T LOunge for February 3, 2021

Posted on February 03, 2021

Jumeirah Bar and Lounge – Baku, Azerbaijan

We feel like you all need a sexy, swanky MOOD of a lounge, so plant your ass on some purple velvet today and get to work on your procrastinating.

It is WEDNESDAY. You deserve some recognition for making it this far.

We’re off to compile the Golden Globes nominations! Chat amongst yourselves!


Queen Elizabeth’s Northern Ireland Residence Launches a Limited Edition Gin
The limited edition drink is flavored with rose petals gathered from a garden named after the Queen’s late aunt.

Last July, it was announced that Buckingham Palace had launched a gin made with botanicals from the palace garden. And now the Queen’s official residence in Northern Ireland is following suit, with a limited edition gin flavored with rose petals gathered on its grounds.
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, which is located just outside Belfast, has teamed up with local distillery Rademon Estate to create a version of their award-winning Shortcross Gin called Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Shortcross. Historic Royal Palaces, the charity which looks after the castle, says the spirit will be made using “hand-picked” rose petals from the castle’s Granville Rose Garden.


What We Know So Far About The Nevers
A new sci-fi show set about Victorian women with superpowers is coming to HBO.

It’s about a group of women with extraordinary abilities during the Victorian Era.
They’re known as “the Touched,” and they’re ready to face some formidable enemies.
“[The Nevers is a] phrase that’s meant to evoke a sort of reaction to their oddity, to what is considered unnatural. The idea that you should never be like this, you should never have existed. Something is not the way it should be, and you don’t have the right to have whatever weird power or ability that you have,” Joss Whedon, who served as the creator of the series and an executive producer, but exited before its premiere said, describing his characters.


The Mysterious Life and Death of Robert Maxwell
Today, Ghislaine Maxwell’s father Robert is remembered mostly for his death. But in his prime he represented power, money, and shocking deceit—and British society ate it all up.

Throughout his life, Maxwell worked tirelessly to obscure the truth about himself. He changed his name, denied his religion, and played shell games with vast fortunes, all in an effort to storm first the British aristocracy and later the international cabal of billionaires, businessmen, and power brokers. The plan worked. In his lifetime Maxwell became a global publishing tycoon—running such newspapers as London’s Daily Mirror and New York’s Daily News—a member of Parliament, and a bête noire for the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Margaret Thatcher. There were also rumors that he was a spy for Israel, or Britain, or both.


All Creatures Great and Small’s Rachel Shenton on the Pressures of Adapting a Beloved Classic
Plus, why the 1937-set show has “never felt more relevant than now.”

For many, her show All Creatures Great and Small, which is based on the beloved books of James Herriot has been one of those bright spots during this difficult time. Gentle and funny and centered around community, it follows a young veterinarian as he joins a farming village in the English countryside. Here, Shenton reflects on why people are so drawn to the show right now and the pressures of adapting an iconic British story.


Black Designers Are Rarely Featured in Top TV Shows and Movies — But That’s About to Change
One woman has made it her mission to connect Black-owned brands with today’s top costume designers.

Sex and the City made Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo household names, and, everyone knows what “an Alaia” is — and that the couturier is a “totally important designer” — thanks to Clueless. Even when a brand isn’t name-dropped so bluntly, the impact of a pop-culture appearance can be a major launchpad for success.
Black fashion designers have largely been left out of the opportunity for such exposure — especially small independent brands, which may not have PR teams to send free samples to costume designers, or host them in fancy showrooms, which is how many onscreen outfits come to be. In instances that aren’t paid product placements, it’s up to costume designers themselves to prioritize inclusive brand representation. More often than not, that effort becomes a personal commitment by members of the Black community.


The Nap Dress Must Be Stopped
In the age of the stress nap, I don’t want to feel adrift in a flowy cotton hanky.

Sleep has never been an especially easy task for me. Like many people, the unsoothing nature of the past year have made my attempts at a good night’s sleep acutely hellish. Lately, I do what I expect most of us do: jerk awake offensively early after spending hours clawing my way to sleep, spend a few minutes negotiating with my brain over its level of commitment to being awake before giving up, rolling over to pick up my phone, and blasting my retinas in the dark to see what what people on social media haves been up to. Recently, buying something called a “nap dress” is one thing many of them have been up to.


40 Rare Photos of Grace Kelly Through the Years
The epitome of classic old Hollywood style.

She may have been the Princess of Monaco, but Grace Kelly still reigns as one of America’s original sweethearts—and the epitome of classic, old Hollywood style. Ahead, get a glimpse of rare photos from the actress’s life.


Ricki Lake Never Expected to Find Confidence in Gray Hair
A year after shaving her head in response to hair loss, she feels more comfortable than ever.
“As women and in this society, we’re not supposed to embrace gray hair, but I’m really, really happy with it,” the former talk-show host tells me, positively beaming. “Colorists are saying to me, ‘You can’t bottle that.’ Being in my early 50s, it’s all about self-acceptance.”


The Crown Cast: A Complete Guide To All The Actors And Their Royal Counterparts
Including those who are joining the series for season 5…

Gillian Anderson appeared on the Late Show With Seth Meyers and discussed previously unseen footage of the entire season four cast of The Crown – in costume – dancing. Were they practising the waltz for their state dinner ballroom scenes, you ask? No, it was to Lizzo’s ‘Good As Hell’.


America’s First Moonshine, Applejack, Returns in Sleeker Style
From the Blue Ridge Mountains to Vermont, new distillers are reviving a drink that vanished during Prohibition, giving it the age and polish of a fine brandy.
Applejack was traditionally produced from the hard cider that was the everyday drink for most Americans in the 18th century. Naturally fermented and low in alcohol, hard cider was safer than well water, cheaper than beer and easy to make at home. Home-brewed applejack died off during Prohibition. Modern makers often refer to the young spirit as applejack and the aged liquor as apple brandy, although for federal labeling purposes they are identical.


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