T LOunge for February 23, 2021

Posted on February 23, 2021

Kai La Caleta Bar and Restaurant – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

 

Kittens, we felt like y’all needed a little sunlight and brightness in today’s LOunge. While hunkering down in the shadows to mutter to yourself is still always an option (if not a necessity), there’s plenty of space to spread out, order drinks, and have scintillating conversations about topics of little import.

Today is TUESDAY. Practice self-care during this difficult time.

There have been two weird and unexpected benefits to this weird and unexpected time. The first is that we’ve been lucky enough to be in a position to save more money than we normally would have in this period and the second is that we have never in our lives been so good at the housekeeping game as we are right now. We’re like a couple of ’50s housewives on diet pills. Never has our place been so buffed and polished and tidied up as it is right now. Of course the reasons for our unexpected burst of domestic productivity come down to boredom and more or less needing to keep our jail cell clean, but still. What sorts of weirdly unexpected bright sides have hit you lately?

 

Kathryn Hahn All Along: A Guide To Her Best Roles
Whether or not you’re one of the many former Marvel Cinematic Universe skeptics who have recently found themselves hooked on WandaVision (the comic book giant’s arguably most successful foray into the television arena), you can probably agree that Kathryn Hahn is the sitcom’s standout performer.
But doesn’t Hahn really just steal just about any scene she’s in, regardless of the project? Everyone knows it’s delightful to see her turn up, whether she’s starring in indie dramas like Private Life, supporting the show in slapstick comedies like Step Brothers, or lending her voice to animation like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. If you haven’t seen those yet, it might be worth asking yourself where you’ve been for the last two decades of Hahn’s career, but let’s say you want to do a deep dive into Hahn’s oeuvre. Where do you begin?

 

Dior’s New Film About Perfume Takes You On a Trip Around the Globe
Nose is the mental escape we need right now.

The film documents two years of his life and opens with the silver-haired star visiting patchouli plantations in Sulawesi, Indonesia. It then hopscotches all over the world as he scouts bergamot in Calabria, ylang ylang in the tiny island of Nosy Be in Madagascar, sandalwood in Sri Lanka, and even ambergris (digestive matter from sperm whales—yes, you read that right—which has a sweet, musky scent that Demachy calls “mysterious and magical”) along the County Clare coast of Ireland. Home base is between Paris and Grasse, the epicenter of French perfumery, where, growing up, Demachy honed his olfactory sense amid plush fields of jasmine, tuberose, and rose de Mai. He was pretty much born into perfumery.

 

Kate Winslet: ‘I’ve been asked so many times about the intimate scenes’
Kate Winslet on facing down misogyny in film, strange lockdown habits and the unexpected joys of fossil hunting

“I mean, you haven’t asked me, but I’m choosing to discuss it because we’re talking about the objectification of women. But I have been asked so, so many times about the intimate scenes in Ammonite, way more than I have ever been asked about any heterosexual love scene before. When I have, it’s been comparisons – how was Leo compared with Jude? So embarrassing, so naff. But what happens with the discussion of LGBTQ love scenes is that people actually use different words to describe them.”
“I shouldn’t have worked with Woody, or Roman [Polanski], and I’ll probably always grapple with those regrets.” She shakes her head. “It’s just unbelievable to me now that those men have been held in such high regard in this industry, and for such a long time. I defy anyone in the acting community to deny that parts in their movies were heavily coveted. And that’s only just changed.”

 

The Rarest Pearl of All? It’s Called the Melo Melo
How Tiffany & Co. discovered this 95-carat orange gem—which takes decades to grow and occurs only naturally—for its latest Colors of Nature collection.

“‘Rare'” is truly an understatement. Taking decades to grow in Melo Melo sea snails, the most prized Melo Melo pearls are revered for their large size, warm, orangish-yellow color, and silky, porcelaneous luster. Melo Melo pearls, like conch pearls, are not true pearls, as they are not made of nacre. And they occur only naturally, making them even more special as untouched miracles. This Melo Melo pearl possesses what is perhaps the most beautiful feature of these exquisite pearls, something only 1 percent of Melo Melo pearls exhibit: the flamelike markings that dance across the surface.”

 

Gillian Anderson to Star Alongside Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer in Showtime’s ‘First Lady’
‘The Crown’ and ‘Sex Education’ favorite will play Eleanor Roosevelt in the anthology.
Gillian Anderson is taking on another famous woman in history.
The Crown and Sex Education favorite has been tapped to star alongside Viola Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer in the Showtime drama The First Lady.
The anthology focuses on the personal and political lives of the country’s most enigmatic heroes, with season one focused on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford (Pfeiffer) and Michelle Obama (Davis). Anderson, who most recently portrayed Margaret Thatcher in Netflix’s The Crown, will portray Roosevelt.

 

Making of ‘Nomadland’: How Frances McDormand and Chloe Zhao Created a Story That “Crossed Cultural and Generational Lines”
Zhao, 38, a Beijing-born, London-educated filmmaker, had been itching to make a road movie set in the American West, but says, “I wasn’t familiar with what the road meant to people of Fern’s generation, and that took on a whole different meaning. A whole way of life was disappearing for that generation, and that intrigued me.”
Once Zhao signed on, she began working on a script. Or, more aptly put, a non-script. “I don’t really ever feel like I had an artifact that was a script,” says McDormand. “We had scenes that were written, but it was much more of a blueprint, I think, for Chloé than it was a script per se. Not a script like a traditional script.” Working with nonactors, she explains, “I was always trying to be like, ‘Oh, maybe I can help. Maybe I can say something and help them talk.’ And what Chloé really needed me [to do] was just to be quiet and be there and be a part of the architecture of the scene.”

 

Organic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Are Headed to the Candy Aisle
Hershey says it’s “the first mass chocolate brand to offer an organic option,” and even some plant-based products could be on the way.

Starting this month, Reese’s will be offering new Organic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in both dark and milk chocolate varieties nationwide—with the brand promising that “no taste [is] sacrificed” with this different formulation. The “certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Rainforest Alliance Certified” candy is being sold in two-cup, 1.4-ounce packs with green fringe on both ends of the otherwise standard orange packaging for a suggested retail price of $1.99.

 

How Failure Became A Cultural Fetish
From CVs listing rejections to Silicon Valley’s ‘failure parties’, failing has become a modern-day aspiration. But is it a privilege that only few can really afford?

“We’re seeing people knock themselves down from their own pedestals. Triumph over adversity is the basis of all storytelling; no one wants to see the rise and rise of someone who was pretty successful to start with.
Perhaps identifying as a failure is a way for those at the top to feel better about their privileged position. Now, to be privileged is to be contentious; it’s become a dirty word. It’s much easier to warm to someone who has failed. Fallibility and vulnerability are likeable qualities that allow us to connect on a much deeper level. No wonder people are deploying them.”

 

Return of the Power Pearls: the classic gemstones are enjoying a contemporary comeback
As seen on everyone from Kamala Harris and the Queen to Rihanna and and Angelina Jolie

If rubies are known as the king of gems, then pearls are definitely “the queen of gems and the gem of queens,” as Grace Kelly once observed.
Officially the oldest known gemstone and the only one created by a living creature, the pearl has long been a symbol of wealth, sophistication and power, with none of the overtly glitzy associations given to other precious gems.

 

Amanda Seyfried’s Golden Age
Like Marion Davies, the classic Hollywood star she plays in Mank, Amanda Seyfried knows the limitations of ingenue duty—but unlike Davies, she’s gotten the chance to grow.
Seyfried has only six scenes in Mank, but her performance—breezy and wise, with a Brooklyn-infused accent that handles such period-appropriate exclamations as “nerts” with aplomb—amounts to a long-overdue reconsideration of Davies. She was a gifted comic whose best screen roles are either largely forgotten or never happened, thanks to Hearst. For nearly a century, her legacy has been tied up with that of Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore), the opera-singer wife in Citizen Kane who is untalented, brittle, and disconnected from her wealthy husband.\n\nDavies wasn’t like that. “Everybody remembers her for how much fun it was to be around her,” Seyfried says. “In a room, she lit up everything, even if onscreen people never got to see that. We’re cut from the same cloth,” Seyfried says of Davies.

 

For Maximum Flavor, Make These Spice Blends at Home
Grind these five versatile, beloved mixes ahead of time, then keep them on hand for cooking that’s full of verve and depth.

Savvy cooks across the globe know that one of the easiest ways to add verve to their cooking is to keep a selection of aromatic spice blends at the ready. From Chinese five spice to Cajun seasoning, from Indian masalas to Chilean merken, spice blends are the cornerstones of so many cuisines, with very good reason. Used by the pinch or by the cupful, a harmonious spice blend can deepen and round out the flavors of almost any dish, instantly adding color, perfume and, sometimes, a stinging kick. And unlike individual spices, the beauty of a blend is in its efficiency. With all the spices carefully measured and mixed ahead of time, cooks don’t need to stop and wing it when the chicken’s in the pan.

 

Can I Still Wear My Grandmother’s Fur?
Vanessa Friedman, fashion director of The New York Times, takes reader questions.

The evolution of the social contract and shared morality can have unexpected repercussions on fashion, relegating garments once considered essentials — like clothes cut to restrict women’s movements or cordon off social status — to the dustbin of history. Fur, especially new fur, is now teetering on this precipice in many countries.

 

 

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