Baba Bar and Restaurant – Edinburgh, Scotland
Color, charm and a metric shit-tonne of visual interest to keep the distraction level high – THAT’S what we all need today, don’t you think? The LOunge for today has more personality than a convention of game show hosts and enough eye candy to be considered a little fattening just to look at it, probably. It stirs the “I want to go to there” feelings as a good T LOunge should.
Or maybe it looks so good because today is MONDAY and we’re desperate for something uplifting. Either way! Enjoy the surroundings, indulge in our Buffet of Curated Distractions below or just chat amongst yourselves about whatever pops up. Whatever you need to get you to the finish line of today, it’s here, darlings.
Mr. Big Won’t Be in the ‘Sex and the City’ Reboot
Mr. Big and Steve reportedly aren’t in the revival.
Page Six reported that Chris Noth will not reprise his role as Mr. Big in the Sex and the City reboot. The outlet also reported that David Eigenberg, who plays Miranda’s man, Steve Brady, also won’t return, but a rep for the actor said he’s in negotiations to make an appearance on the new show.
9 Times Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis Rocked Hand-Me-Downs
The Windsors are known for passing down their clothes.
Kate Middleton has made headlines time and time again for shopping in her own closet—and she’s passed down her penchant for thriftiness to her and Prince William’s three adorable kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Below, check out nine times the royal tots have been spotted wearing hand-me-downs.
Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish Want to Take You on a Road Trip
You won’t even have to leave your living room.
“Hopefully it will help,” McTavish says. To him, the show offers its viewers an escape, albeit a brief one, from the ongoing global crisis. And the show is an escape. It’s filled with gorgeous sweeping shots of the Scottish landscape, and bite-sized history lessons. The episodes are also peppered with pranks and wagers and good-natured teasing; Heughan and McTavish share a “childish sense of humor”—McTavish’s words, not mine—which adds a real levity to the show.
“It’s called Men in Kilts. But really, it should be titled, ‘Ways of Winding up Graham,’” says Heughan. “One of my greatest pleasures in life is to put him in a precarious situation and then see him lose his temper or bluster or squawk or just generally, be grumpy. And it’s wonderful.”
Dickinson‘s Anna Baryshnikov Dishes on Lavinia’s Spider Dance
The actress says the outlandish burlesque act “was probably the weirdest and most wonderful thing I’m ever going to able to do on TV.”
“Taste my whip.”
So begins the Spider Dance, a sublimely absurd, extremely sexually charged performance by Lavinia Dickinson—Emily’s younger sibling, played with hormone-fueled gusto by Anna Baryshnikov. Lavinia scuttles across the floor, flutters her skirts, and wields her whip, all in a bid to test her would-be fiancé’s tolerance for her true self: not the aspiring housewife of season one, but the independent, artistic woman she’s begun to grow into, with a little help from her older sister. Judging by the look on said fiancé’s face, it’s a hit—and it’s just as compelling for the audience watching at home, if for other reasons.
Kim Kardashian Files For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of Marriage
“Kim and Kanye have grown apart and the couple is considering divorce. The two love each other unconditionally but have grown apart over the years and it’s come to a point where it might be too far gone to save now. Kim and Kanye are no stranger to fighting for their love and one another but they want to be at a place where things are amicable and easy so they can co-parent.”
Princess Diana’s Never-Before Seen Letters to Friends Are Going Up for Auction
A set of new, previously-unseen letters from the late royal have been unearthed and are going up for auction.
There are almost 40 letters total in the set, all of which were written by Diana to her close friend, Roger Bramble, the former Lord High Sheriff of Westminster. Many of the letters were written in the early ’90s, when Diana was dealing with the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles.
David Lay Auctioneers, the group handling the auction, describes the set as, “a unique, never-before-seen collection of nearly 40 letters and cards written by the Princess of Wales to a close family friend.”
A New Documentary Centers Protest, Poetry, and the Fight for Native Hawaiian Sovereignty
In This Is the Way We Rise, which was chosen to be screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Osorio’s internal conflict is set against the backdrop of the fight to protect Mauna Kea, a protest that at its height drew thousands of demonstrators to Hawai‘i’s highest peak. As we watch the growth of this movement, so too do we witness Osorio reclaim her voice.
“The issue at the heart of Mauna Kea didn’t start in the last five or even 20 years. Mauna Kea is a product of the long-standing hand of colonization. This is a conversation about the long-term impact of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. This larger conversation around Mauna Kea is about the diminishing and ignoring of the Native people and Native community in Hawai‘i.”
How to Pick, Frame, and Hang a Picture or Painting
The dual questions of how to pick art, and then how to frame a picture or painting, are popping up more and more lately. Make sense: As we spend more time in our homes, suddenly those blank, bare spots on our walls are increasingly irksome. Filling them is no longer just a stylish choice, but something that saves our sanity, if only briefly.
Welcome to My Parsi Party
Parsis revel in their reputation as hedonistic gourmands. Every gathering, celebration, religious occasion, and even loss is marked by food. Writer Sabrina Medora shares never before printed recipes for the dinner parties of her childhood.
Doorways of our homes are marked with chalk outlines of fish for prosperity in the manner of the crown of Cyrus the Great. On special occasions, we ward off the evil eye by circling recipients’ heads seven times with eggs and then cracking them. Grains of rice are used to garnish vermilion dots on our foreheads. The vermilion signifies the sun and the moon; the rice grains are rays of light. They say the more rice that sticks to your forehead, the more bountiful your life will be. As a child, I would pick up fallen grains and stick them firmly to my forehead. I suppose it worked.
How to Preserve a Piece of Abolitionist History
In late August 1850, Cazenovia, New York—a small town not far from Syracuse—hosted an important gathering that was captured in a rare photograph.
The event was to rally opposition to a proposed Fugitive Slave Act under review by the United States Congress, which would allow marshals to arrest anyone suspected of having escaped enslavement.
“All 19th-century photographs are considered rare, because few have survived, relative to the billions of physical and digital photographs that we have around the globe today. The daguerreotype method creates a unique image without a negative which makes them even more rare, but this particular image may have been printed as a copy of the original by taking a picture of the original plate – a picture of a picture. The reason we think this could be a copy is because of the overall soft focus of the image that is often seen with copies.”
Vanessa Redgrave & Her Family Star As “Mythological Goddesses” In Roksanda’s AW21 Film
Listening to Vanessa Redgrave softly recite Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73 in Roksanda’s autumn/winter 2021 video is without a doubt the most soothing thing you’ll hear today. Watch her gaze out the window of her daughter Joely Richardson’s countryside home as her granddaughter Daisy Bevan brings the family’s winter garden back to life via voluminous ruffle and bow-adorned gowns in shades of honeycomb, vermillion, meadow blush, sienna and celadon, and you’ll start plotting your escape from the city. In a short yet wonderfully transportive insight into the lives of three generations of incredible women, Roksanda Ilinčić communicates fashion’s inextricable link to familial bonds in all their fragility, strength and tenderness.
The Story Behind The Royal Family’s Enduring Love Affair With Cartier
Francesca Cartier Brickell, author of the best-selling book The Cartiers and descendant of the family that founded the historic jeweller, reveals a very personal account of Cartier’s longtime connection with the royal family.
“Ten years ago, I – like millions of others – tuned in to watch Catherine Middleton walk down the aisle of Westminster Abbey towards her prince. I was in France at the time, at the house of my late grandfather, Jean-Jacques Cartier. When the bride stepped out of the car in front of the world’s media, I caught myself looking to the chair where Grandpa had always sat. Because while the reporters were all talking about the heavenly Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress, I was transfixed by the “something borrowed” under the veil. With a scroll design in diamonds, the Queen’s Halo tiara had, 75 years earlier, been made under his father, Jacques Cartier, in the jewellery workshop he founded above the New Bond Street showroom.”
Nomadland turns American iconography inside out
Starring Frances McDormand, it’s an aching portrait of wandering people in a country that’s abandoned them.
Nomadland evokes and rewrites these cultural themes by telling its own story, one that counters the metaphors with reality. Based in part on Jessica Bruder’s 2017 nonfiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, and written and directed by Chloé Zhao, it’s a piercing look into a country that’s becoming less and less inhabitable for its older men and women, and more stingy about who gets to dream. And, fundamentally, it’s a poignant portrait of a broken heart.
On Horseback Among the Eagle Hunters and Herders of the Mongolian Altai
Deep in the Altai Mountains, where Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia meet, Kazakh people have for centuries developed and nurtured a special bond with golden eagles.
Deep in the Altai Mountains, where Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia meet, Kazakh people have for centuries developed and nurtured a special bond with golden eagles, training the birds to hunt foxes and other small animals. Alankush, an eagle hunter, animal herder and father of two, said that he looks after his eagle “as if she were a baby.”
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