T LOunge for March 18th, 2021

Posted on March 18, 2021

Logan’s Punch Bar – Shanghai, China



Welp. It’s another day of blogging in the dystopia for us. We really wish the world would just calm the hell down so we can all return to frivolity, but unfortunately, that’s not how this works. Trying to straddle that line of giving our readers the kinds of distractions they need to get through their day and acknowledging the reality of extremely non-frivolous events has pretty much been the defining feature of our jobs for the last year. We’re honored to be that distraction for people who need it, but there’s no denying the persistent feeling that there’s no right way to ask people to stop paying attention to the world when it feels like it’s on fire. So here’s us, after a shocking event of anti-Asian violence denouncing racism once again and asking our readers to let us dance and juggle in front of them for a few minutes to help them relax.

Sorry to be such a downer, but it would have been worse if we had pretended otherwise. We’ve got the usual distraction in the pipeline for you today, so while we go get our clown costumes on, talk amongst yourselves, darlings.

Be kind today.


You Can Thank Stacey Plaskett’s College Friends For Her Viral Blue Impeachment Dress
“When people started comparing my dress to a Superwoman outfit, I was embarrassed. I have this theory that most women see themselves the same way they were as middle schoolers. In middle school, I was the awkward, gangly kid in class, so I’m not comfortable with having attention on me. Having people pay attention to my looks or my clothing always makes me more uncomfortable than if people were paying attention to my intellect or to my presentation.
After the trial, losing was absolutely heartbreaking. We don’t like to admit it, but after the vote came in, the group shed some tears in the back room. But the polling afterwards demonstrated that we did convince the American people. We convinced the world what the president had done.”


I Thought I Won My Divorce. Then I Realized The Standard Custody Arrangement Is Court-Sanctioned Sexism.
How is formally tasking mothers with all the responsibilities of childcare any sort of victory for women?

Like the majority of the 16 million single mothers in the U.S., I soon became the sole provider for my household, and carried the overwhelming brunt of the logistical, emotional, and time labor required of childrearing. Building a career, finding time to exercise, relax, hang out with friends or date is exponentially harder when child care is disproportionately on one parent’s shoulders. This reality has been exasperated by the pandemic, which has hit single mothers harder than other groups.


AAPI-Supporting Organizations to Stand With and Donate To
Hate crimes against Asian-Americans have skyrocketed in the last year.

According to a new report from Stop AAPI (Asian American/Pacific Islander) Hate, between mid-March 2020 and the end of February 2021, the organization received almost 3,800 reports of hate incidents against the AAPI community, largely Asian-American women, a number that they noted represents “only a fraction of the number of hate incidents that actually occur.” In New York City alone, NYPD data showed an increase of at least 1,900 percent in anti-Asian hate crime incidents between 2019 and 2020.


A Bird With Character Inspired These Beautiful, Beaded Boots
Renowned Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock beadwork artist and designer Jamie Okuma is an expert at putting an Indigenous twist on luxury fashion. Okuma will take sky-high heels from labels like Christian Louboutin and add beads by hand to create colorful prints that reflect her tribes’ unique designs. Her pieces have been featured in countless museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian. The artist’s latest beaded footwear, however, serves as her most personal project yet. She hand-beaded a pair of boots in honor of her unlikely childhood pet: a wild bird with a penchant for piano music, cash, and cigarettes.


Inside The Wondrous World Of Ellie Diamond, The “Baby Doll Of Dundee”
Time will tell if Ellie Diamond will clutch the crown of RuPaul’s Drag Race season two or see her sashay away from the glittering competition. Ahead of the unveiling, she talks rhine-stoning, her drag journey and “living life to please yourself.”

It took just one watch of Drag Race to inspire Glen to become Ellie Diamond. A friend suggested that season six was the best starting point and the future queen was soon mesmerised by contestant, Adore Delano. “I thought ‘oh my god, that’s fabulous, I need to do that,’” he laughs. Borrowed Snazaroo face paints from his aunt – bought originally for church events – were used for Diamond’s experimental early make-up looks, applied with the guidance of YouTube tutorials. “It’s horrible now, but at the time, I was Hannah Montana putting on make-up for the concert!” he admits. “It was such a creative outlet for me.”


Bimini Bon-Boulash Is Punk Fashion’s Most Fabulous Drag Queen
As Bimini prepares to lip sync for the crown in the final of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season two, they talk gender, non-conformist fashion and the importance of going your own way with British Vogue.

“There’s no destination for drag, it’s a continuous journey,” asserts Bimini Bon-Boulash, the non-binary “bad bitch”, boundary-breaking drag queen and finalist of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season two. Anyone in Team Bimini – who squealed with delight as they walked down the runway dressed as an Iris van Herpen-inspired bacteria cell, and embodied “Isabella Blows… a lot” in a Vivienne Westwood-esque gown – will know that you can’t put Bimini in a box. For those who don’t watch the show, their approach to drag, “to keep evolving and to never feel comfortable”, is an excellent guide to life itself.


Tayce Is The Big-Hearted Welsh Queen Bringing New Meaning To The Word Fierce
As a child growing up in South Wales, a weekly trip to McDonald’s was enough of an excuse to pull together a look. “I would wear a braided headband wig with a pink feather boa around my nipples,” she recalls. “Then, I’d take a scarf and tie it around my waist and then pull all these other scarves over it so it was a hula skirt. I didn’t care, and my parents never cared.”
Tayce, the eldest of four, goes on: “A lot of my confidence, it has to be said, has come from my parents giving me creative freedom from a young age. I was never told you can’t wear this, you can’t wear that. I was never treated like I was something to be gasped at, or that I was something different. It felt completely normal.”


“I Just Love Making RuPaul Laugh”: ‘Drag Race’ Star Lawrence Chaney Is Queen Of The One-Liner
“I think the Glaswegian sense of humour is a good symbol of not taking yourself too seriously,” says Lawrence Chaney, self-proclaimed “Scottish drag royalty” and finalist in season two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. “And that, hand in hand with drag, works really well. It’s a good duality.” From the get-go, Chaney’s cutting one-liners have left viewers – and RuPaul – buckled over in hysterics. Whether she was telling Drag Race alumni and award-winning make-up artist Raven that she has been “painting the Great Depression on”, or proclaiming: “I’m like the Loch Ness Monster, a legend”, Chaney has delivered the laughs a locked down nation needed in abundance.


Stella McCartney Introduces Her First Garments Made Of Mylo, The “Leather” Alternative Grown From Mushrooms
She’s been working closely with Bolt’s team ever since to develop and scale its most promising plant-based innovation: Mylo, an “un-leather” grown from mycelium, the vegetative part of a fungus. (It isn’t “mushroom leather”; think of mycelium as the underground root structure of a mushroom.) McCartney worked with Mylo’s scientists to perfect the material’s weight, drape, and texture, a process that was slow at first, “but became really exciting very quickly”, McCartney says.
In 2018, they made a Mylo prototype of her Falabella bag for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Fashioned From Nature” exhibit, and last fall, she formed a consortium with Kering, Adidas, and Lululemon to invest heavily in Mylo’s development. Now, she’s unveiling the industry’s first-ever Mylo garments: a jet-black bustier and utility pants.


How Hollywood Is Complicit in the Violence Against Asians in America
Reducing Asians, women and sex workers to flat punchlines isn’t just degrading — it’s dangerous

Reducing Asians to flat, heavily accented caricatures is a favorite pastime in this country, and has been for decades. Mocking Asian men as weak and effeminate is so common that it’s become white noise for too many who hear it; Asian women have long been reduced to dehumanizing stereotypes, whether meek and speechless or aggressively sexual robots whose only purpose seems to be servicing white American men.
Whether or not the people cracking wise about Asians realize it, they’re helping to dehumanize an entire population for no reason other than their own instant gratification. And frankly, granting the benefit of the doubt of “whether they realize it or not” is probably far too generous considering the ample evidence of how many do, in fact, realize exactly what they’re doing.


Oscars: How the 2021 Nominees Broke Records and Made History
Between a posthumous acting nomination, a streamer approaching a distributor milestone and several diversity records shattered, the 2021 nods were as history-making as Hollywood’s pandemic year.
When the 2021 Oscar nominations were announced on Monday morning, more than one woman was nominated in the best director category for the first time, the first Muslim and Asian American performers were nominated for best actor, respectively, and several other notable records were broken.


Men in Boas: A Brief History
Harry Styles shook up the Grammys with his boas, but he was hardly the first man to rock feathers.

As long as there have been boas, there have been men in them: Take French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as an example.


The Pastry A.I. That Learned to Fight Cancer
In Japan, a system designed to distinguish croissants from bear claws has turned out to be capable of a whole lot more.

I tried to gather myself while the attendant wrapped and bagged my items. I was still stunned when I got outside. The bakery system had the flavor of magic—a feat seemingly beyond the possible, made to look inevitable. I had often imagined that, someday, I’d be able to point my smartphone camera at a peculiar flower and have it identified, or at a chess board, to study the position. Eventually, the tech would get to the point where one could do such things routinely. Now it appeared that we were in this world already, and that the frontier was pastry.


Our 21 Most Popular Recipes on Instagram
The most-viewed posts on our social media accounts tell the story of what our readers cooked this past year.

Social media isn’t all gooey cheese and molten cookies. To be clear, there’s no shortage of either of those things on the NYT Cooking Instagram account (or on this list), but our most-viewed posts tell a fuller story about how our readers have been cooking this past year. The recipes they have loved range from achievable one-pot dinners to aspirational layer cakes, and, rarely but thrillingly, include some viral runaway hits.






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