T LOunge for February 15, 2021

Posted on February 15, 2021

Fit’z Cocktail Bar – London, England


Kittens, perhaps you are like us this fine day: loaded with the usual contradictions. For example, we are feeling the need for a LOunge that is cozy, but also expansive so we can stretch out; homey, but also sophisticated and chic. Because who wants to feel like they’re at home right now? Today’s LOunge checks off all our boxes. So to speak.

Today is MONDAY. Yes. We know it sucks.

We have to admit, we’re glad we’re entering a slight stretch without any holiday observations for a while. Valentine’s Day was lovely, but we’re both kind of exhausted from a full calendar year of locked-down holidays and the attempts to “make it special” each time. When this is all over, we suspect we’ll have at least a full year of holiday observations in which we pay someone else to make it special for us. 2022’s going to be a banner year for the tourism and hospitality industries, we’d bet.


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Expecting Their Second Child
The couple announced the news with an exclusive black-and-white photo that was taken on an iPad by their friend and photographer, Misan Harriman. In the photo, Markle is seen lying on the lawn wearing a white Carolina Herrera dress as she cradles her baby bump, while Harry looks on with a smile. “Meg, I was there at your wedding to witness this love story begin, and my friend, I am honoured to capture it grow,” Harriman wrote on Instagram.


Sergio Hudson Finally Has His Star-Making Moment After Dressing Michelle Obama and Kamala Harris for Inauguration Day
“The crazy thing is, I’ve dressed so many celebrities, but I’ve never had a ‘moment’ like the inauguration or the Academy Awards or the Met Gala, so this was my first time to shine in that way,” he says. “I didn’t realize it was going to be such a big deal. What Mrs. Obama wore was just quintessential Sergio Hudson, and that’s what I do.” Adds Koop, Obama’s stylist, “I see Sergio’s design aesthetic as chic, polished, sexy and bold. I especially love the way he uses color and texture.”


The Serpent Queen: What to Know About Starz’s Catherine de Medici Series
The premium cable channel continues to mine royal history for its original series.

“The Serpent Queen may be the most cunning account of one of the most influential women ever to wear a crown that Starz has told,” said Starz head of originals Christina Davis. “We are thrilled to be working with such an incredibly talented team who will give this series a modern voice among a sensational historical backdrop.”


‘Fake heiress’ Anna Sorokin on life after prison and why regret is ‘a useless feeling’
“I know what I did and, and I know where I’m coming from. And I don’t even need any reflection on that. I don’t really have a problem with myself as a person, because I know I was never planning on defrauding anyone.
Whoever I would get the money from, I thought they would get it back. So I never needed the time to reflect on that.”


The Revival of “Objects: USA” Celebrates a New Generation of Design Talent
When it opened in October 1969 at what is now the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C., the groundbreaking exhibition “Objects: USA” introduced American audiences to the studio craft movement. Organized by the farsighted New York art dealer Lee Nordness and Paul J. Smith, then the director of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now the Museum of Arts and Design) in New York, it presented more than 500 pieces by 308 American artists working with traditional craft materials like ceramics, glass, wood, fiber, and metal, but often using them in a way that was much more connected to contemporary art movements like Abstract Expressionism, Pop, and California Funk.


Does Language Matter Anymore When It Comes to Pop Music Success?
There’s been a significant change in pop music over the past few years. Though not solely responsible for the change, Luis Fonsi’s 2017 smash hit “Despacito,” featuring Daddy Yankee (and its hugely popular Justin Bieber remix) marked a seismic shift in a global appetite for Latin and non-English-language music not seen since the days of Gloria Estefan in the 1980s, Ricky Martin in the 1990s, and early-2000s success of Enrique Iglesias. Since “Despacito” became Spotify’s third-most-streamed track worldwide in 2017 (its remix coming in second), artists who eschew the lure of performing in English have seen continuing success.


What I’ve Learned From Dating Every Sign of the Zodiac
I was a hardened astrology skeptic until my mother, a lover of all things woo-woo, booked me in for a chart reading with an eccentric septuagenarian astrologer named Fritz on my 18th birthday. In the 90-minute session, Fritz cracked a window onto my angsty teenage soul: Everything about me—from my nerdy obsession with Manga cartoons to my quirky fashion sense—seemed to be written in the stars.
A few years later when I first discovered Linda Goodman’s Love Signs, I learned that astrology could come in handy when it came to navigating my romantic life too. Heralded as “the first astrological blockbuster,” the book was essentially a self-help guide for lovelorn astrology geeks. Goodman takes each of the 12 sun signs and explores the romantic compatibility with each of the others in detail.


“If It Weren’t for My Children, I Wouldn’t Be Here Today”: Yolanda Hadid Shares Her Struggle With Lyme Disease
Why do you think many of us are still so unaware of the prevalence and seriousness of Lyme disease?
“It comes down to a lack of education. Right now, the proper diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease are hindered by three key factors: the lack of a uniform case definition that adequately reflects the clinical presentation of the disease; poor laboratory test sensitivity [a test’s ability to designate an individual with a disease as positive]; and high treatment-failure rates.”


The Model Couple Who Started a Glass-Blowing Business During Lockdown
When lockdown first struck in New York, Box had just finished her first glass-blowing course. Given the impending travel restrictions, she rushed back home with her class-made cup and paperweight in tow, returning to Dupont and their flat in London. At home together for the longest period of time since they signed the lease, Box and Dupont finally made their space reflective of themselves. “We had to make home, heaven,” Box says. After hanging Olympic rings from the ceiling, and installing a meditation tent inspired by Charlotte Perriand, their transience transitioned into a deep appreciation for home, inspiring them to release their first collection of functional pieces that straddle design and sensuality.


Janet Jackson Thanks Fans in Emotional Video a Day After Justin Timberlake Apology
“I was at home just the other day by myself and I began to cry. I was crying because I was so thankful for all that God has blessed me with,” she began in the video. “All that he has given me and I’m so thankful for him being in my life, and I’m so thankful for all of you being in my life.”


A Landmark Royal Jewellery Auction Is Coming To Sotheby’s
Girl Guide badges are traditionally awarded in the shape of embroidered fabric patches. Patricia Mountbatten, later 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, however, received her emblems in the shape of gold, enamelled medallions that were fastened to the links of a bracelet rather than the ordinary sash. She was a member of no ordinary Girl Guides troop. She was one of 20 recruits to the 1st Buckingham Palace Company, established in 1937 to allow her third cousin, the young Princess Elizabeth, to join the association. Patricia’s father, Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India and 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, designed the charm bracelet for her to commemorate her membership.
This March, the whimsical jewel is among 350 lots offered by Sotheby’s London in a blockbuster sale uncovering treasures from Newhouse, the 18th-century Kent manor that Lady Patricia and her husband, the Oscar-nominated producer John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne, called home until her death in 2017. The auction includes 18th-century Thomas Chippendale furniture, family portraits, and rare objets, but the real auction standouts are the many jewels that point to Lady Patricia’s glittering biography and family ancestry.





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