T LOunge for February 18, 2021

Posted on February 18, 2021

Born & Raised Rooftop Bar and Restaurant – San Diego, US

Kittens, it’s cold, gray and snowy as we look at over the hills and dales of our grand country estate, so we’re feeling the need for something airy and open and fabulous today. To counter all the shivering and blanket-wearing that constitutes our morning.

Today is THURSDAY. Make the most of it. And by that we mean be totally lazy and unproductive if that’s what suits you.

We’re actually trying the whole “productive” thing on for size this month. There’s some writing to be done and some podcast updating and behind-the-scenes tech stuff that’s keep us focused and motivated right now. All things considered, the past year has been a rewarding challenge for us on the professional front, for a bunch of reasons that are too esoteric or personal to get into here. We’re trying to keep that energy going for what we hope is the final stretch of our lockdown life. It’s not that we think it’s ending soon, but we’re actively trying to prepare for that transition when it comes.

Anyway, that’s a lot of semi-serious wool-gathering on our parts, for which we apologize, kittens. Get your drank on and distract yourself to your heart’s content.


Drew Barrymore Looks Back On Her Best Beauty Moments From Over The Years
“I didn’t feel very confident with this haircut, but now looking back on it, I love it.”

After decades of being a beauty chameleon, Drew Barrymore has finally committed to a look she truly loves. “I’ve fried my hair,” she says with a laugh over the phone. “I’ve cut it off and regrown it what feels like thousand times. I’m finished, but I am so glad I played. This is it.”
The “this” that she’s referring to is a look that deserves its very own talk show: Glossy, amber-brown waves that are parted down the middle with loose boho waves that follow.


100 Movies You Have to Watch at Least Once in Your Life
The popcorn’s been popped, the sweatpants are on, and the evening is your oyster. Your next challenge: Figuring out exactly which of the great movies available to you is the one you’re going to commit to tonight. No matter what you’re looking for—romance, drama, comedy—there are certain movies that, if you haven’t seen yet, now’s the perfect time for. After all, if the past couple of months cooped up in our homes has taught us anything, it’s that there’s nothing better than a movie to take us to a place that’s far, far away from our current one. These are modern classics, the best of the best, the movies that millions of people are most likely jealous that you get to see for the first time. There are a few that might be outside your comfort zone, and a couple that’ll introduce you to cultures and environments you know nothing about. This list may be long, but FOMO is eternal. Now’s the perfect time to catch up on the films that your friends can’t believe you haven’t seen yet. Here are the 100 essential films absolutely everyone should see (and if you’ve seen them, ones to watch again and again).


For Asian Americans, Sharing Our Grief Is An Act Of Revolution
With anti-Asian violence on the rise, our fierce love for our elders is compelling us to speak our truth.

The anti-Asian racism we’re seeing across the U.S. is nothing novel. But what is momentous is the wave of Asian Americans publicly verbalizing their grief in the wake of these attacks. Often in Asian communities, we’re taught to keep our heads down and stay silent about our struggles. In the Chinese language, 吃苦 (cantonese: sik fu; mandarin: chī kǔ) roughly translates to “eat bitterness” or “swallow suffering.” The term reflects a cultural value and idea that holding in our grief and hardship is fundamental to our collective well-being.


Regina King Will Play Shirley Chisholm in a New Biopic
Shirley will be an intimate portrait of the history-making congresswoman and former presidential nominee.

After making her directorial debut, Regina King is stepping back in front of the camera. The Oscar winner will portray Shirley Chisholm, the first Black congresswoman and the first Black candidate for president, in the upcoming biopic Shirley. John Ridley, who won an Oscar for his 12 Years a Slave screenplay, is penning the script and directing.


The Age of Peak Advice
You can get life tips from a greater diversity of voices than ever before, but what are we really searching for?

The origins of the advice boom trace back to 2010, when Strayed began writing an anonymous column for the Rumpus. The advice column had been a settled, successful format for decades; most followed the Dear Abby framework, pioneered by female newspaper columnists, and offered practical suggestions to concrete problems. Strayed took that successful model and set it on fire. You didn’t write in to “Dear Sugar” for advice. Instead, Strayed would transform your existential problem into swooning, bespoke essays that exposed as much of the advice-giver as they did of the petitioner.


Understanding Silence of the Lambs’ complicated cultural legacy
30 years after its debut, the classic horror film’s influence is so much bigger than Hannibal Lecter.

Even at 30, Silence of the Lambs — for all it’s been endlessly parodied — remains a well-acted, superbly directed, and deeply disturbing film. Outside of giving us decades of bad Hannibal impressions, it’s had a profound impact on just about every aspect of pop culture: the media’s portrayal of women in the workplace; a collective fascination with serial killers as well as a collective interest in true crime and crime procedurals; the roles that women in Hollywood are “allowed” to play; and the cultural reception not only of horror movies but of genre movies in general. It has also profoundly impacted the trans community, though decidedly not for the better.


Ruth Negga Will Star As Josephine Baker in a New Limited Series
The television drama is being developed for ABC Signature by LeBron James’s entertainment brand, The SpringHill Company.

The trailblazing icon is getting her due tribute with a new limited series currently in development at ABC Signature, in partnership with The SpringHill Company, an entertainment brand co-founded by basketball star LeBron James. Ruth Negga, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in 2016’s Loving, will executive produce and star in the drama. Written by Dee Harris-Lawrence (David Makes Man) and directed by Millicent Shelton (30 Rock), Josephine promises not to be a sugarcoated portrayal, but rather a raw and nuanced look at Baker’s life and career.


Baby bonds could shrink the Black-white wealth gap
A race-neutral plan to give young Americans economic security at birth.

Combating America’s extreme wealth concentration will take a robust approach, including progressive taxation, such as an inheritance tax, and stronger enforcement of laws that fight against discrimination in housing, employment, and education. But these policies must also be paired with actual capital. One idea is baby bonds — giving money to children at birth.


The Kardashians Changed the Way We See Beauty — for Better or for Worse
They came. We saw. They contoured. Arabelle Sicardi reflects on one Southern California family and their outsize influence on this century’s beauty standards.

How you feel about their influence might be how you feel about class and race in America. Brunel University London held its own intellectual Kimposium to assess the famous family’s impact on pop culture across the world. Lauren Michele Jackson, author of White Negroes, describes Kim as representative of American race discourse. If Kim is good at anything, she posits, it’s “metachrosis,” or the power of some animals to change color voluntarily. “Kim’s distance from whiteness, however relative, made her a person of interest and revulsion — that is, a desirable person,” she writes. “Kim’s particular fame derives from a cherished place in the American racial imagination that, combined with wealth, prevents contact with the deathly effects of brownness in this country, while reaping the exoticism of not-quite-whiteness.”


How the Year’s Most Beautiful Movie Costumes Were Made
The designers behind Emma, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, and more reveal they used vintage fashion archives, period-appropriate dyes, and incredible amounts of research to work their magic.


Are trends no longer in fashion?
In a world currently disrupted by a global pandemic and facing a climate crisis, do consumers still feel influenced by what is considered ‘in’?

Red is the new black, stripes are in, romanticism is out, double denim is back… For decades, fashion trends – determined by what designers put out on the catwalk as well as what’s worn by celebrities, and more recently, street stylers and influencers – have been key when it comes to deciding which clothes we buy each season. The idea of seasonal trends, however – and those fleeting, of-the-moment must-haves – has been rightly questioned in recent years, with the fashion industry attempting to rework itself onto a more sustainable path as the climate crisis becomes an unavoidable issue.


The most spectacular new-season couture jewellery
The shows might have gone virtual this season, but the incredible creativity on display is very real

In pre-Covid times, journalists and clients from across the globe would descend upon Paris each January in a fabulous whirlwind of in-person appointments to discover these imaginative flights of fancy, wrought in precious metals and gems. This year, however, it was all about maximising sparkle over Zoom, downloading videos online and emailing images from socially-distanced photoshoots. Even so, many jewellers managed to unveil truly spectacular jewellery collections this season, inspired by everything from the natural world to NASA.


45 Nostalgic Golden Globes Snaps To Get You In The Mood For Awards Season
The Globes has a long history of glamorous moments both on the red carpet and at the ceremony itself: the irresistible ’50s gowns, gloves and gems worn by the likes of Jean Simmons, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe in the Golden Age of Hollywood; the iconic celebrity pairings we’d (almost) forgotten from the ’90s and early ’00s; Tom Cruise sharing a laugh with the stars of Sex and the City in 2004; and Beyoncé toasting Prince with a glass of Moët over dinner in 2007. The 2018 Golden Globes were particularly memorable, serving as the triumphant springboard for the Time’s Up movement and increasing awareness and visibility of women’s rights in the film industry.


Stuck at Home, Pastry Chefs Find Freedom. New Yorkers Find Cookies.
At dozens of microbakeries in apartment kitchens, laid-off chefs are flexing their creativity to meet the city’s demand for cheer and calories.

Taking advantage of a state licensing exemption that allows to sell baked goods and certain other foods with minimal oversight, most of them use consumer-grade ovens and refrigerators in their apartments, supplemented, perhaps, by a utility shelf or a makeshift work table propped up on sawhorses. What emerges from these improvised kitchens is a wealth of muffins, scones and shortbreads; brownies with a swirl of tahini and blondies with a bite of candied ginger; classic tarts and tortes; Rice Krispies treats augmented with brown butter or matcha; cupcakes, croissants, rosewater-scented North African-style ghriba cookies, and breads in forms both recognizable and previously unknown.



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