T LOunge for March 3rd, 2021

Posted on March 03, 2021


Rundle Bar and Lounge – Banff, Alberta, Canada


Dark, mysterious and luxurious, darlings. These are your words du jour. Let them be your guide to making it through the day fabulously. Or let them be descriptors of today’s LOunge, which you have no intention of leaving in order to go do responsible and expected things. The point is to be dramatic in your ennui and procrastination and we’re here to be your drama coaches.

Today happens to be WEDNESDAY, by the way. Attagirl.

It is exactly one year since the release of our book, and while it did not turn out to be the year we envisioned for ourselves (which puts us in the company of literally every other person on the planet), we wanted to take this moment to pause and express our gratitude and happiness with how things turned out. Oh sure, we would have loved that book tour we had planned and we’ll never not believe that the pandemic lockdown seriously cut into our sales momentum, but we wanted to write a book that people loved, that people learned from, and that people would happily recommend to others. Mission accomplished. On to the next one.

We’re all observing one-year anniversaries of one form or another over the next few weeks. We said a while back this month would be hard for that very reason, but with the news that we’ll all have access to vaccinations by the end of May, it’s not as painful to look back on the year as we feared. There really is light at the end of the tunnel. We just have to determine how long that tunnel’s going to be.



Checking In! Grace Kelly, Little Edie, Liza Minnelli, and the Untold History of the Barbizon Hotel for Women
How one Manhattan boarding house became the epicenter of 20th-century celebrity and glamour.

Throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s, requests for rooms at the Barbizon Hotel for Women grew exponentially. Meche Azcarate from Mexico, for example, was forbidden by her mother to stay anywhere other than the Barbizon. But even if left to her own devices, she would never have wanted to stay anywhere else; she loved “the atmosphere of a sorority house,” where “you can never run out of bobby pins.” The hotel manager Hugh J. Connor, with the help of assistant manager Mrs. Mae Sibley, was now finding it a challenge to coordinate all the various reservations. Together they calculated that close to “100 famous fashion models, radio and television actresses” along with many more “stage and screen hopefuls, girls studying art, music, ballet and designing” were residing at the Barbizon at any given time.


What Makes a Food Go Viral? Inside the Explosive Popularity of TikTok’s Feta Pasta
During the second week of February, Instacart started to notice something strange. Sales for block feta had skyrocketed 117%, and the cheese was now the top-trending search term on its website. Cherry tomatoes and basil were not far behind. What on earth, the company wondered, was causing this random spike?
Meanwhile, supermarkets from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Jersey City to Sydney couldn’t keep the salty Greek cheese in stock. Harris Teeter, a popular southern grocery chain, said demand for feta was up 200% across its 230 locations. On social media, users spewed frustration about empty shelves at Whole Foods.


Meghan Markle Denies Accusations of Bullying Palace Staff
The allegations surfaced in a Times story just days before the Sussexes’ sit-down interview with Oprah is set to air.

Just a few days before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to air, Valentine Low of the Times is reporting that the Duchess of Sussex was accused of bullying by Palace staff, and that she wore earrings, which were a wedding gift from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, during a royal visit to Fiji.
Per the Times, “Two senior members of staff have claimed that they were bullied by the duchess,” and a third told the publication that “it felt ‘more like emotional cruelty and manipulation, which I guess could also be called bullying.’”


Sorry Gen-Z, You Didn’t Invent the Middle Part
And you won’t kill the side part either. From Josephine Baker to Cindy Crawford, it always comes back.

Tensions are mounting on the interwebs these days, with the latest controversy springing from the Gen-Z social commentary hotbed otherwise known as TikTok. The drama: Gen-Z has officially called out the skinny jean and the side part as passé. The latter pronouncement in particular raised eyebrows (to say the very least) among their Millennial counterparts, who have made side-parted tresses their generational calling card.
The first two decades of the aughts were indeed side-part heavy—but we had our reasons. First, a side part can help lift the face and account for slight facial asymmetries, which we all have. Secondly, on some, the severe middle part can be a little… unforgiving.


How an Indigenous Tribe Is Preserving Ancestral Lands by Cultivating Heritage Sugar
Using traditional, regenerative farming methods that protect biodiversity, Arhuaco tribespeople in Colombia cultivate rare sugar from ancient varieties.

Using traditional farming methods, the Arhuaco tribespeople cultivate rare handcrafted sugar from ancient sugarcane varieties grown on steep slopes. Heritage varieties of panela sugarcane are planted during the full moon in small, wild-grown organic plots, in accordance with ancestral, regenerative farming methods.


The Year I Spent Texting My Husband From 15 Feet Away
A casual survey of my friends reveals that intra-family communication has taken a textual turn this past year. Some of this has been prompted by the need to quarantine within the house to prevent COVID-19 spread: Some friends texted their partners when their dirty dishes were stacked outside their door or they needed more Advil. One friend FaceTime-d with her kids from the other room during her entire 14-day quarantine—a bleak but poignant memory that her kids will doubtless hang on to from this strange and sorrowful time.
What is all this firing of blue-bubble missives doing to our relationships with our nearest and dearest? How is it changing our relationship that we share not only our grocery lists but our jokes in a way that is simultaneously intimate and distant? Texting may be a direct and efficient mode of communication, but it has occurred to me that messaging someone who is literally in your house is just a way of saying, “Leave me alone.”


A Closer Look At Elizabeth Taylor’s 10 Spectacular Engagement Rings
Elizabeth Taylor’s expansive jewellery collection reflected a life filled with love and loss. The actor was engaged 10 times, married eight, divorced seven and widowed once. Her personal life was only marginally less colourful than the precious stones that shone from her many rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches and diadems.
Though she had been presented with three before it, Taylor’s first gobstopper jewel came when Mike Todd proposed to the then 24-year-old with a “not quite 30 but twenty-nine-and-a-half” carat engagement ring in 1956.
While for most women, their engagement ring is likely the showpiece of their jewellery collection, some of Taylor’s were modest compared to her non-matrimonial rocks – she had been married to Richard Burton for five years when the couple bought the famous $1million (£750,000) stone that was christened the Taylor-Burton diamond.


Kate Hudson On Family Politics, Hollywood Gender Parity & World Hunger Campaigning
The Hollywood actor and UN World Food Programme goodwill ambassador talks to Vogue about campaigning to help end the world’s hunger emergencies, striving for gender parity in filmmaking, and raising a family in Tinseltown.

“I recognise I’m an actor and a businesswoman, and I have the ability to reach almost 13 million people [through Instagram] and that can hopefully help us continue to do great work. I do it because I care and my hope is that I can inspire others to care. I’m really passionate about making sure that we can feed our children, as well as mental health — about [growing] healthy minds. Many women struggle with breastfeeding — if it doesn’t work, you feel like you’re not giving your children what they need instinctively as a mother, even if you have another means of feeding them. Put yourself in the situation where you don’t and it’s devastating.”


The Generation War At Work
Should your office be a safe space? Do hurt feelings trump free speech? Or does your boss need to listen more?

“As a millennial (I’m 38), I’ve sometimes felt like the long-suffering middle child in organisations. I’ve been a manager in progressive organisations where I found myself increasingly frustrated that junior members of staff needed endless validation. While in some of the more traditional, male-dominated places I’ve worked – such as a big, old-school advertising agency – I’ve been the difficult one, calling out the lack of diversity and insisting language on official documents is changed to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ people. But my experiences years ago are nothing compared to the polarisation playing out in offices, even virtual ones, today.”


Sophia Loren Wants to Go On Forever
“You know, the moment I walk on set, the moment I see the camera and feel the light, I don’t feel 86 anymore. I can still joke about it—I don’t know how old I feel. Certainly not 86. Maybe 46.”
“I don’t know which barriers I broke. I’ve just always been myself, and I always wanted to live in a way that was right for me, with the way I think and feel. And if it means that living like this I broke barriers, then it’s good. I don’t think of my place in the film industry as a woman. I think of my place as a person, and how I can improve myself as a person in my life—as a mother, as a sister, as a friend. If it makes me also a better woman, then I’m really happy.”


How to Pretend You’re in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, Today
You might not be able to travel on spring break this year, but you can immerse yourself in Maya culture from home.

Like many travelers who first visited the area when it was quieter and less crowded, I was taken not only with its natural beauty — the lush jungle, the turquoise and green water-filled sinkholes called cenotes that some Maya believed were portals to the underworld — but also with the remaining traces of a society going back thousands of years. This is the Riviera Maya that instantly captured my attention, the coastal gateway to a great civilization that throughout Mesoamerica built pyramids and tracked the motions of the moon, gave the world striking hieroglyphic script, and left a legacy of captivating myths. And it just so happens that these enduring aspects of the culture are uniquely suited to exploring from home.




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