T LOunge for February 1, 2021

Posted on February 01, 2021

Lennon’s Bar and Lounge – Bangkok, Thailand

The sky is fat with snow in the world outside the windows of T Lo Manor, and while a two-day snow storm is not likely to have any measurable effects on our totally locked-down lifestyle – or rather, if it does have any effects, they (“Oh no. We are running low on milk. We may have to ration it.”) will lack any real sense of urgency. We’re made of harder stuff than that! We were forced to use cheap toilet paper and go without Clorox wipes for the better part of last year! This is nothing!

But it’s not nothing, darlings. It is MONDAY. All day. And that really blows, as we all know.

So let’s hunker down somewhere swanky and LOungey today. Let’s sip our drinks, soak up the atmosphere and talk in hushed tones about people who aren’t here with us. All day. Let’s be shameless about it.


Cicely Tyson Gave Fashion Six Decades of Glamour
Tyson thrived in the fashion world. She earned 65 dollars a week at her modeling peak—a substantial amount in 1950s money—and captured other creatives’ attention. En route to a job for African-American lifestyle publication, Our World, she crossed paths with character actress Evelyn Davis. The latter encouraged Tyson to audition for a role in the independent drama, The Spectrum. The film was shelved, but Tyson emerged as a performer to watch. Elegant, gifted, and arriving on the scene when Black achievement was beginning to be celebrated, her momentum was unstoppable.


Working From Home and Homeschooling? If You Get Time to Read This, Here’s What I’ve Learned
Covid-19 has cataclysmically changed the working world. Our home and business lives have collided and the smokescreen that existed between the two is outmoded. Managing these two worlds is a delicate balancing act, but we’ve done it. You know what Lee from HR’s wallpaper looks like. You’ve clawed through 10 months without a single event to warrant your shoe collection. (A special nod here to Netflix’s Tiger King and Bridgerton for being the new form of therapy.) Millions of us are at home, while heroes work on the frontline at hospitals, care homes and supermarkets. But it’s really our children and their formative years that have been interrupted in unfathomable ways.


I’m Thrilled My Husband Is Getting the Vaccine—I’m Also Very Jealous
After 10 months, this virus has given us a whole new vocabulary: flattening the curve and asymptomatic, essential worker and N95, PPE and PPP. Now, alongside these COVID-19 terms, maybe it’s time to add vaccine envy. That’s what happens when the totally and completely virus vulnerable contemplates the deep kernel of inner peace knowable only to the newly inoculated. How are those of us still at risk supposed to grapple with that twinge of discontented longing that comes from contemplating the vaccinated state of our loved ones?


“Everything Is Possible”—Sébastien Jondeau Has Written a Memoir of His Life as Karl Lagerfeld’s Right-Hand Man
One of Jondeau’s goals, he says, was “to show people from where I am now how my life was from the beginning.” That’s reflected in the structure of the memoir, which alternates between scenes of Jondeau’s life with Lagerfeld and elements of his personal story. Ça va, cher Karl? is in some aspects a tale of two worlds colliding. Indeed, the Frenchman compares meeting Lagerfeld to crossing paths with an asteroid.


Female Soldiers Will Now Be Allowed To Wear Lipstick, Nail Polish, and Locs
The U.S. Army announced the changes, citing “diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

For women in the U.S. Army, the changes to regulation and grooming standards announced Tuesday morning will mean more freedom of expression, as well as some much-needed support. Sergeant Major Mark Anthony Clark from the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel remarked on how the Army’s grooming standards was in place for soldiers to present “a clean and professional appearance.” Now, that can include wearing lipstick, nail polish, earrings, and hairstyles like braids, twists, and locs, as opposed to buns. “In an effort to stop hair damage and loss stemming from hairstyles like the bun, the Army approved healthier hairstyle options that are more inclusive of various natural styles,” Clark announced.


What’s The Real Story Behind the Archeological Bonanza in The Dig?
Simon Stone, who directed the Netflix period drama, on the true story that inspired the film.

The movie, directed by Simon Stone, stars Mulligan as Edith Pretty, whose country estate is discovered to be home to some very important artifacts—buried, of course, deep beneath the ground. As the threat of war looms over Britain, the operation to unearth the treasures on her land goes into overdrive; archeologists will feud, museums will scheme, the notion of how history is presented will loom like a storm cloud over characters played by Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, and Johnny Flynn. It’s based on the 2007 historical novel by John Preston as well as the true story of Edith Pretty, whose land—known as Sutton Hoo—was where two medieval cemeteries were discovered in the early 20th century, and where excavation was ongoing as recently as the 1990s.


The ‘Bridgerton’ Jewelry Effect: Sales Spike for Regency-Era Baubles
Since the premiere of Netflix’s period drama, sales of early-1800s necklaces and rings have jumped on the luxury site 1stDibs, which has also seen ‘Ratched’ and even ‘Tiger King’ spark trends.
Entertainment has long held the ability to influence and set trends, particularly in fashion and home decor. Case in point: the recent Netflix series Bridgerton, where high society’s romantic trials and tribulations in Regency-era London are set off by glittering jewelry, sumptuous costumes and period furnishings.


Michelle Pfeiffer Chooses Carefully
She played characters that were both ditzy and wily, high-femme and high-maintenance, scrappy and—especially in the case of Catwoman—armed with claws. Pfeiffer went on to star in critically lauded dramas—her turn as the doomed Countess Olenska, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis, in Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence” is a highlight—and proved herself to be one of the great actors of her generation, despite never having formally studied the craft. Still, Pfeiffer has yet to have the kind of fawning career renaissance that rocketed Laura Dern into memes and onto T-shirts in recent years.


Carey Mulligan On Playing The “Extraordinary” Edith Pretty In Netflix’s ‘The Dig’
“Finding out about Edith Pretty was a real eye-opener,” Carey Mulligan tells British Vogue of learning about the Suffolk landowner and archeologist Basil Brown, who together were responsible for one of the most important archeological discoveries of all time, the 1939 Anglo-Saxon ship burial excavation at Sutton Hoo. Mulligan devoured books about Pretty ahead of playing her in new Netflix film The Dig. “Reading her biography, I was just so in awe of her. She was so extraordinary. She served as a volunteer nurse in the First World War, and she travelled to Egypt and America, and lived in Paris for six months on her own. This was kind of revolutionary stuff for a woman in the time that she grew up in. I loved the idea of somebody with that capacity for learning, study and adventure.”


Should Hairstylists Be Trained to Work With All Hair Textures?
The rest of the country has (at least officially) been desegregated, but salons remain largely separated. Educators, hairstylists, and clients weigh in on the pros and cons of it staying that way.

Many people have never had a hard time finding a hairstylist. Indeed, there’s a large swath of the population that has never seen a hair appointment as anything other than a blissful experience, with the exception of the occasional bad cut.
But for some — predominantly women with highly textured hair, who tend to be Black and brown — the salon experience can feel racially divided and unwelcoming. Historically, hair has been, as with many things, viewed in terms of Black and white: A sleeker texture was thought to be the domain of “white” hair, while kinks and curls — aka highly textured hair — was seen as “Black.” Salons and hair-care brands emerged to serve each clientele and, even though the rest of the country has (at least officially) been desegregated, salons nationwide have remained widely separated by this distinction in client hair types.





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