T LOunge for February 4, 2021

Posted on February 04, 2021

The Gipsy Bar – Rome, Italy

 

Darlings, who’s feeling some old-school crumbling glamour at the moment? Who’s feeling a little shabby chic today? Or are you all just feeling crumbling and shabby? Well, that’s where we come in, with our silly notions about things like glamour and chicness. Indulge a little today! Order your favorite Italian cocktail and settle in, because no one leaves today’s LOunge until they’re good and distracted.

Today is THURSDAY. There’s that at least.

We are coming up on our one-year lockdown anniversary and it’s really starting to weigh us down. It’s still a month away, but the looming date keeps forcing us to realize that we haven’t been in a room with other people, inside a car, or outside the confines of our neighborhood for 11 months. That’s just weird as fuck. We… just deleted about a paragraph because it was getting way too deep, dark and introspective for this space. Instead, let’s all drink, eat, and chat our cares away today!

 

 

Why the Dogs, Vegetables—And Crib?—At the White House Matter
There are still many, many existential issues facing the country, none of which will be solved by Major Biden’s cuteness or the freshest bundle of kale, but it is something, even if something small, to tentatively step out of the bleakness and see displays of love and kindness at the top. Taken together, all of those small gestures add up to a mood, an example we can show our children, a part of culture.

 

10 Years After Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae Discusses the Last Season of Insecure
The show, which spawned Rae’s bestselling memoir The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (Simon & Schuster, 2015), was a way for her to shake up archaic Hollywood stereotypes. “Someone told me I should call the series ‘Awkward Girl’, otherwise people would focus on the fact I’m Black,” she tells Vogue from her home in Los Angeles—but Rae wasn’t deterred by the advice. “I wanted to create space for a character who is an awkward Black girl.” She later saw her perseverance pay off when she swept up a Shorty Award for best web series in 2012.

 

58 Small Businesses to Support Across America
Over the course of the last year, businesses around the country have been in crisis. Independent retailers, department stores, concept shops, and boutiques big and small were all profoundly affected by the pandemic. Many shoppers were saving for better days, or putting their money toward essential items. But nevertheless, there was a longing for beautiful things—whether it be clothing, beauty buys, or home decor—and a desire to invest in local communities. Across America, shopping became a way to feel connected, even from home.

 

Inside Jackie Kennedy’s Secret Visit to the Nixon White House
The former First Lady and her family snuck into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a private tour 50 years ago today.

“Thank you with all my heart. A day I dreaded turned out to be one of the most precious ones I have spent with my children,” wrote former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, 50 years ago today. She composed this message after an emotional return to the White House, the only day she would ever go back, eight years after her tragic departure in 1963. What had begun earlier as a simple request, written in her distinctive handwriting on her powder blue stationery, became a cherished memory fueled by the generosity of President Richard Nixon and First Lady Patricia Nixon.

 

This Startup Wants to Bring a Nostalgic Practice Back
The old-school method would solve modern problems.

Do you remember the milkman? For non-boomers out there, the answer is almost certainly no. Back in the day before the ubiquity of plastic and disposable containers, people used to get goods like milk in refillable bottles, dropped directly at their door without a trip to the market or any added waste.
In an era where we’re both more aware of how our consumption damages the environment and more accepting of smartphone-summoned strangers depositing food at our doorsteps, it was only a matter of time before the milkman concept would come full circle. Now, an online shopping platform is launching just such a program throughout the greater Toronto area to prove that convenience and affordability don’t necessarily have to create waste.

 

Golden Globes 2021: Regina King, Chloe Zhao, and Emerald Fennell Make History
With Wednesday’s announcement of the 2021 Golden Globe nominees, what’s set to be the most unique awards season yet is officially underway. Of course, there were still the usual snubs and surprises. And, as occasionally happens, there was some pleasant history-making. For the first time ever, more than one woman—Emerald Fennell, Regina King, and Chloe Zhao—has been nominated for Best Director Motion Picture. All the more impressive: They join the ranks of seasoned industry heavyweights Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher.

 

Two Elderly Sisters in Lifelong Isolation India
A photographer documents how his aunts’ world became even smaller in coronavirus lockdown.

In Kolkata’s Hatibagan area is a two-story house that is a hundred and sixty-three years old. It sits far back from the road, on a piece of land so well insulated that none of the sounds of the city—not the honking of cars nor the cries of the peanut vendors, not even the barking of stray dogs—may enter. It is the ancestral home of Gayatri and Swati Goswami, two elderly sisters who rarely step outside.
The Goswami sisters are albino, with white skin and blond hair, and face a daunting level of scrutiny whenever they venture out in public. Some people point; others taunt, in Bengali, “look, look, a foreigner.” Such behavior has made the sisters reluctant to leave home, save for rare, special visits to another sister’s house, or to the institute where Gayatri studied when she was younger.

 

Millions of Americans Have My “Invisible Disability.” You’ve Probably Never Heard of It.
Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) can make daily life a struggle. So why isn’t it better known?

I’ve spent much of my life trying to communicate to people what I know to be true about my brain—that, yes, I am clumsy as hell, but it’s more than that. Well-meaning friends and family ask me to elaborate, and I can’t. I am an editor, a writer, a person whose career and mental health are built on undoing the threads in my head and putting words to them; I can process and articulate the technical aspects of my disorder as much as anybody with a disorder that gets in the way of processing and speaking can—but in 20 years, I have never, not once, gotten close to conveying what it feels like.

 

The Real-Life Heartbreak That Inspired Cartier’s Timeless Love Bracelet
Aldo Cipullo, the designer behind Cartier’s iconic Love and Juste un clou bracelets, is celebrated in a new book that sheds light on his extraordinary career.

More than 50 years after its creation, the Love bracelet remains a mainstay of many a fashion editor’s bracelet stack today, consistently ranking as one of the most Googled jewellery pieces in the world, and with an enviable ability to retain its value at resale (Love bracelets start from £6,000). Cipullo’s talents stretched far beyond his most famous creation however. “He was a very rare thing: a jewellery designer who understood design in the broadest sense of the word,” Becker explains. “There’s such a depth of meaning in his work that he has risen above the jewellery world to become one of the few people who truly represents the best of 20th century design.”

 

The Golden Globes I May Destroy You snub shows an outdated idea of Britain persists
Last year 1917 and Fleabag dominated, while this year only The Crown has been richly rewarded. Does television have to play to a nostalgic idea of Britain to cut through?

A damning report from last month found that the amount of diversity on British TV screens actually decreased last year, despite the widespread notion that things are rapidly improving. If those that are making it through are then being ignored by award bodies like the Golden Globes, the problem will only persist.
British television that depicts our whiter, more imperialistic stories, often fantasises over our past and is in denial about our present.
One of the most recognised series this year was Netflix’s The Crown, further demonstrating an obsession with Britain’s past and an unwillingness to celebrate its present.

 

Coming Soon: The ‘Vaccine Passport’
In the near future, travel may require digital documentation showing that passengers have been vaccinated or tested for the coronavirus. Answers to your questions.

It isn’t just governments that are suggesting vaccine passports. In a few weeks, Etihad Airways and Emirates will start using a digital travel pass, developed by the International Air Transport Association, to help passengers manage their travel plans and provide airlines and governments documentation that they have been vaccinated or tested for Covid-19. The challenge right now is creating a document or app that is accepted around the world, that protects privacy and is accessible to people regardless of their wealth or access to smartphones.

 

 

 

 

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