T LOunge for March 25th, 2021

Posted on March 25, 2021

The Velvet Bar and Restaurant – Bratislava, Slovakia

 

 

Just to switch things up, we’re going for a darker, moodier, more intimate sort of LOunge today after taking you on a short tour of brighter, louder, more energetic space. Not that we’re in a bad mood or anything. How could we be? For it is THURSDAY today and that is one of the better days of the week, praise Thor. Nah, we just felt like switching things up and going for a swankier, more “cocktail hour” sort of spot. Find the chesterfield or banquette that speaks to you most and place your heinie on it for the rest of the day.

We are very excited to announce that some celebrities actually got dressed up (a little) in recent hours, which means we’re dashing off to bang on our content drums, so once again, chat amongst yourselves, dolls. Drinks are on us; distractions and discussion prompts are free:

 

Chris Evans Resurfaced and Reminded Everyone That He Has Chest Tattoos
Everyone say thank you Chris Evans.

Everyone once in a while, Chris Evans will resurface and remind us of why he’s an utter delight, like the time he turned an accidental NSFW photo leak into a voting PSA.
This time, the Captain America star made a virtual appearance alongside his brother, actor Scott Evans, for an interview with ACE Universe. Still, it wasn’t the Evans brothers’ reunion or their adorable childhood memories that had fans worked up. It was the reminder that Chris Evans has chest tattoos.

 

A First Look Inside Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s New Restaurant
[Interior designer and stylist Melissa] Bowers and Chopra Jonas worked closely on the look and feel of the restaurant. “There’s nobody that personifies global Indian more than Priyanka, and she has broken down boundaries in a way that no one from Bollywood has today,” says Goyal, who met Chopra Jonas through a mutual friend. “Priyanka didn’t want [the design] to be on-the-nose Indian, but she also knew how to make it uniquely Indian in certain ways, and Melissa was interpreting and hearing all of it.”
The Indian decor references were ultimately inspired by what Bowers terms, “Indo Deco,” the Art Deco period in India, of which Mumbai is a primary example—the city has the largest collection of Art Deco buildings after South Beach.

 

Reckoning With Early Aughts Celebrity Culture Starts With Reckoning With Ourselves
How ‘Framing Britney Spears’ and ‘Kid 90’ reflect a culture we’re not yet fully removed from.

It was the era of the giant cell phone, TGIF nights with Family Matters and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, and the return of the sexually empowered pop star. But even with all the cool new things the ‘90s wrought, the emergence of the 24-hour news cycle would become our fascination—and our downfall.
With the release of documentaries The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears and Kid 90, millennials at the forefront of today’s cultural reckoning have had to confront their formative years as the ‘90s and early aughts face a comeuppance. Framing Britney chronicles the misogynistic media coverage of a young pop star eagerly devoured by the public—including by those who call themselves fans. In Kid 90, Soleil Moon Frye looks back on a time when she was carefree in the face of the deeply repressed trauma. Both films pose three vital questions: How do we reckon with the era, who we were then, and how we’ve grown since?

 

We’re Still Here
Three Frontline Workers – One Year Into The Pandemic

We checked in with three women—restaurant owner Hannah Cheng, nurse Brook Plato, and domestic abuse hotline director Angela Lee—to find out all that’s happened these past 12 months, and how they are preparing for what comes next.
“The pandemic still plays a huge part in all of the digital, sexual, physical, financial, emotional, and verbal abuse ‘contacts’—which basically means the calls, texts, and chats—we receive. We have received 22,000 contacts where the caller mentioned COVID as a condition of what they were experiencing. Anything that adds stress, like isolation or financial strain, can create circumstances where a survivor’s safety is further compromised.”

 

Here’s Everything Coming to Netflix in April
Next month, the streaming giant will usher in a fresh slate of new titles, including generation-defining flicks like Legally Blonde. Royal fans still processing Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey are also in for a treat with the arrival of Diana: The Interview That Shook the World. And—if you needed a reminder that we’ve been quarantining for a year now—next month will also see the premiere of the second season of The Circle, Netflix’s viral reality TV show in which quarantined contestants try to determine who among them is real and who is a catfish.

 

What Equal Pay Day Gets Wrong
The day marks how far into the year an average women must work to earn what the average man earned the year prior. In her first finance column for Marie Claire, Sallie Krawcheck shares why Equal Pay Day also isn’t measuring up.

Equal Pay Day is the day in 2021 that represents how far into the year the “average woman” must work to earn as much as a white man made in 2020. It’s the day on which we traditionally bemoan the gender pay differential, celebrate women who have “made it,” share the research on the positive power of diversity, and give advice to those who aren’t quite there yet on “how to win at work.”
But can we please…not? Equal Pay Day misses the point. In fact, it misses a whole bunch of points. Let me count the ways: First, Equal Pay Day in 2020 was March 31. This year, it’s March 24. So that indicates that the gender pay gap improved during 2020.
No. Way.

 

On My Mother [Erica Jong], Phyllis Schlafly, and the Long Path of the Equal Rights Amendment
Recently, I called my mother to ask her the kind of question only a daughter can ask her mother. “Did you hate Phyllis Schlafly?”
“I didn’t know her to hate her. She was just against feminism,” she responded. “People used to think of her as the opposite of me,” my mother told me. “They used to put me on television up against her. I might have argued with her, I can’t remember. She was the anti-feminist, and I was pro-feminism. She thought feminism wasn’t good for women.”

 

Can food carts survive the pandemic?
The streets are empty, but Joanna Despas is still cooking. Here’s what it’s like to run a food cart during a pandemic.

When I walk up to Mama Jo’s Breakfast Cart, which is located two blocks away from the MetLife Building in Midtown, Manhattan, she’s already packing up the kitchen. It’s 10:15 am on a Tuesday. She typically doesn’t close until 11 am. These used to be her prime hours, but the pandemic has altered things dramatically for the food cart business. The banks are closed, the tourists are gone, and everyone is working from home. The Mama Jo of the cart’s namesake, real name Joanna Despas, tells me that she’s been lucky to get more than 20 customers per day.

 

A scientist on the great responsibility of using ancient DNA to rewrite human history
There are ethical and methodological pitfalls to avoid.

“We are in the midst of an ancient DNA revolution,” says Elizabeth Sawchuk, a bioarcheologist at the University of Alberta. “Everything we know from fully sequenced ancient DNA, we learned in the last 10 years.”
But while Sawchuk is excited about the possibilities of this research, and uses ancient DNA in her own work, she also sounds a note of caution. Ancient DNA is a minefield of potential ethical problems, she says, and when researchers rely too heavily on it alone, they run the risk of engaging in “molecular chauvinism” — assuming that DNA evidence is the only evidence that matters. Instead, ancient DNA is just one tool in our toolkit, and Sawchuk has some ideas about how to use it most responsibly.

 

How online shopping became unavoidable
Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram want you to shop while you scroll.

The pandemic has already upended our usual shopping habits, accelerating the sad but inevitable collapse of storied brick-and-mortar retailers. It might take more than a year of online shopping to fully quash our desire to try things on before buying, but social media and e-commerce sites are already banking on it. Almost three-quarters of apparel purchases were made online in February. The future of shopping is very clearly on the internet. The next frontier consists of fully integrated “social commerce” — in which social media apps become our official shopping destination — and livestream video shopping.

 

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

“[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 Brooch Is Back, Baby
“These days, better than a tweet,” as one stylist put it.

Widely considered stodgy and trite, brooches have been seriously out of fashion ever since the “Dynasty” years. Grandmothers have drawers full of them. Catherine O’Hara, playing the loony Moira Rose on “Schitt’s Creek,” wears them incessantly — even when going to bed. Jewelers rarely list them on their e-commerce shopping menus (though they do sell them). And from the 1950s through the ’80s, they acquired a reputation “as daytime, luncheon jewels,” Marion Fasel, a fine jewelry historian, said. Who, if anyone, has lunched since the ’80s? All of this means, of course, that the brooch is ripe for a revival.
In the 2020s, “it’s men who are in charge of making brooches cool again,” Ms. Fasel said. Regé-Jean Page showed up on “Saturday Night Live” last month wearing an Alexander McQueen suit that came with three pearl brooches sewn onto the lapel. Jared Leto chose a huge, corsage-y Gucci brooch at the Golden Globes, where Anthony Anderson went for a Chopard flower. At the Grammys, Trevor Noah wore the Tiffany-Schlumberger gold-spiked, diamond-studded Apollo brooch, and DaBaby went for a diamond DG pin on his Dolce & Gabbana jacket, only to switch to a Chanel jacket affixed with a diamond C on each lapel.

 

 

 

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