T LOunge for March 22nd, 2021

Posted on March 22, 2021

The Elder Bar and Restaurant – Bath, Somerset, England

 

It’s MONDAY, darlings. Might as well rip that Band-Aid right the hell off. To help with the sting, we’ve selected a fun little spot with a ton of atmosphere, just enough outside light to make you feel like you’re part of the world, and plenty of cute spots to gossip, kvetch, or babble freely.

It’s weird, but we had an insanely productive weekend for no reason at all. We won’t get into the work-related accomplishments because they’re boring, but we had one of those Marriage Moments on Saturday morning where we each wordlessly decided that this weekend was going to be the one where we gave the ol’ homestead a power-washing. After so many years, neither of us has to say, “It’s time for a spring cleaning sesh, don’t you think?” Forty-eight hours later and the floors are buffed, the furniture oiled, rugs and upholstery cat hair-free (for now), windowsills and baseboards scrubbed, and every glass surface is streak and finger-print-free (for now). The cats are traumatized but it felt good to clean the place like we would have if we were having a dinner party. It’s nice to wake up to a sparkly pad on Monday morning. Yes, this is a brag. What can we say? We have no kids and a lot of time on our hands.

What did you do this weekend? And if the answer’s “Not a thing,” ATTAGIRL. GOOD FOR YOU. GIVE THE WORLD NOTHING, DIVA.

 

Jewelry Designer Elsa Peretti Has Died
Peretti’s jewelry first made its way down the runway at a Giorgio di Sant’Angelo show, but she’s best known for her long standing collaboration with Halston, for whom she designed jewelry and perfume bottles. It was Halston who introduced Peretti to the Tiffany brass, a relationship that lasted for nearly 50 years.

 

Prince Harry Says Princess Diana’s Death Left “Huge Hole” Inside Him in a Note to Bereaved Children
The Prince has opened up about losing his mother in a foreword for a book to support bereaved children and young people whose loved ones have died from COVID-19.

“When I was a young boy I lost my mum. At the time I didn’t want to believe it or accept it, and it left a huge hole inside of me. I know how you feel, and I want to assure you that over time that hole will be filled with so much love and support. We all cope with loss in a different way, but when a parent goes to heaven, I was told their spirit, their love and the memories of them do not. They are always with you and you can hold onto them forever. I find this to be true.”

 

Sandra Oh Implores Attendees At Pittsburgh AAPI Rally: ‘If You See Something, Will You Help Us?’
Actress Sandra Oh stopped by a Stop AAPI Hate rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday with a very important message.
“For many of us in our community, this is the first time we are even able to voice our fear and our anger, and I really am so grateful to everyone willing to listen,” Oh says in a video that’s been making the rounds on social media. “One thing that I know is that many in our community are very scared, and I understand that. And one way to go through our fear is to reach out to our community.”

 

A Brittany Murphy Documentary Is Coming to HBO Max
The new project will explore her life and tragic death in 2009.

A documentary delving into Brittany Murphy’s life, career, and untimely death is heading to HBO Max. The two-part series will be directed by Emmy nominee Cynthia Hill for the streaming service, Deadline reported. No release date or title has been announced yet.
The docuseries promises to be “an in-depth, intimate character portrait” of the late actress, who was on the rise in the ’90s and best known for her roles in Clueless, 8 Mile, King of the Hill, Just Married, and Girl, Interrupted. HBO’s film will feature archival footage of Murphy and interviews from people who were closest to her. “Our Brittany Murphy documentary cuts through the tabloid noise with an elevated, nuanced depiction of a sensational story,” HBO Max exec Jennifer O’Connell said in a statement.

 

Labels Like Collina Strada and Ahluwalia Have Always Upcycled. Now, the Big Guys Are Too.
Luxury houses are picking up the threads first embraced by indie brands and Etsy evangelists.

“Brands have realized that in order to attract younger audiences that are increasingly more concerned with the environmental and social impacts of the fashion industry, they must begin to incorporate some of these values into their business strategy,” says the stylist Rachael Wang.

 

9 Art Exhibitions Worth Masking Up for This Spring
In New York, most museums and galleries reopened some time ago, but with the zing of spring now in the air—and more vaccines being administered all the time—setting a date to go out and (safely) see some art feels especially apropos. All sorts of interesting exhibitions have bowed over the last few weeks: the color-saturated “William Eggleston and John McCracken” pairing at David Zwirner’s 69th Street location (up through April 17); “Goya’s Graphic Imagination” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (through May 2); “Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And” at the Brooklyn Museum (through July 18); plus, Frick Madison has just been unveiled. And then there are the shows beyond our city limits—“Soutine/de Kooning: Conversations in Paint” at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia (on through August 8); the fun “Paris to Hollywood: The Fashion and Influence of Véronique and Gregory Peck” in Denver; and LACMA will finally reopen with a rush of new programming on April 1.
We’ve narrowed down just a few of the new and coming attractions, in New York City and elsewhere along the Eastern Seaboard.

 

Netflix’s Operation Varsity Blues Documentary Will Appall You All Over Again
“Why did the parents choose to cheat, when their children had so much already?” one college prep expert asked. But the story, and the documentary, also taps into the sense of schadenfreude that came with the FBI bust, the sentences of the white, wealthy and privileged flashing across the screen near the end. Many of the parents or couples spent a mere few months in jail, in glaring contrast with the other justice system that exists for people of color in the U.S. Still, it was a tiny shred of justice. “In America, we love the wealthy and we hate the wealthy,” New Yorker staff writer Naomi Fry says in the documentary. “They disgust us, and they fascinate us.”

 

How to Buy a Wedding Dress Online: Tips, Tricks, and Gowns to Consider
“A lot of the brides we are styling now are having multiple events,” says Anny Choi, head stylist at Over The Moon. “With not everyone vaccinated yet and uncertainty around travel, we’ve noticed couples splitting up events between close, older family members and the friends group.” In most cases, multiple events mean multiple looks for the bride, and “instead of putting all eggs in one basket with a more expensive bridal designer, a bride might look to buy something from a contemporary ready to wear designer to split up costs,” says Choi. One of the easiest ways to discover those need-to-know designers? Browsing online.

 

Why Can’t I Stop Comparing Myself To Other People On Instagram?
Humans have been comparing themselves to each other since the dawn of time. But thanks to social media, these comparisons are happening at an unprecedented scale and rate. It’s also having a negative effect on our mental health — so what can we do to help?

Where in primitive times we had only our immediate community to contend with, today we have access to people all over the world, which means social comparisons are taking place at an unprecedented rate and scale. Furthermore, we’re not just comparing ourselves to other people, we’re comparing ourselves to optimised versions of other people. Thanks to not so primitive tools such as photo-editing apps Facetune and Photoshop, we can accentuate and edit all the things we like about ourselves and delete all the things we don’t. It’s no wonder we feel we cannot compete: the game is rigged.

 

Queen to appoint diversity chief following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s racism claims, royal source says
“This is an issue which has been taken very seriously across the Households,” an unnamed royal source told the paper. “We have the policies, procedures, and programs in place but we haven’t seen the progress we would like and accept more needs to be done. We can always improve.”

 

10 TV Costume Designers on Their Favorite Looks and Biggest Challenges
Finalists for the Costume Designer Guild Awards sound off on signature designs from their nominated works in television, from the White Queen in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ to Queen Charlotte on ‘Bridgerton’.
10 talents nominated across multiple TV categories by the Costume Designers Guild talk about inspiration, character, their greatest challenges and when to color outside the lines. The winners will be announced virtually during the organization’s 23rd annual awards ceremony April 13, streaming live on Twitter.

 

Ann Lowe’s Barrier-Breaking Couture
How a Black designer made her way among the white élite.

In 1953, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier married John Fitzgerald Kennedy in one of those “weddings of the century” that seem to occur every few years. She was a twenty-four-year-old former débutante, who had been working for a Washington newspaper as an “Inquiring Camera Girl” while prospecting for a husband. He was a freshman senator from Massachusetts with his eyes on the White House. But you know all that, and what ensued. You may even recall the pictures of Jackie’s dress—one of the most photographed bridal gowns in history. Jackie was the architect of her own myth, and pretty much everything she wore after her marriage was chosen to enhance it. Her Gallic ancestry, embellished in the retelling, was a central motif. In that regard, her wedding gown was a disappointment to her. According to Kennedy historians, the young Miss Bouvier had lobbied for something svelte and Parisian. But Joseph Kennedy, the groom’s father and impresario, overruled her. He was wary of sending the wrong message: decadent foreign glamour. The dress that Jackie got was a chaste confection of ivory silk taffeta with a portrait neckline, a daintily tucked bodice, and a parasol skirt appliquéd with frilly rosettes. She wore it with regal aplomb, though her pique may have simmered. In 1961, Mrs. Kennedy’s first year in the White House, a writer who interviewed her for the Ladies’ Home Journal reported that the gown had been made by “a colored woman dressmaker” and was “not the haute couture.”

 

 

 

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