T LOunge for April 13th, 2021

Posted on April 13, 2021

L’Avventura Bar and Restaurant – Stockholm, Sweden


And just like that, we’re back to grandiosity. Someone peel us a grape. After all, today is TUESDAY and that’s always been the roughest workday of the week, from where we’re sitting. Let’s virtually surround ourselves with the ambience of a pre-eruption Pompeii, darlings. Just for the hell of it. Drink up and celebrate, because that thing could blow at any minute. A metaphor,  if you will.

We’re weirdly looking forward to our second jab, which is, by all accounts, the one that knocks you flat for half a day. We’re pre-nesting for our little vax comas. And while that sentence makes a modicum of sense in April 2021, it is going to sound horrifying to anyone who stumbles upon it in years to come. Cheers from the dystopia, future reader!

Anyway, the sun is shining and the buds are stubbornly willing themselves back into existence on the trees outside the windows of T Lo Tower. We’ve been pretty good at maintaining a home workout schedule during lockdown, but we’re now trying to embrace a daily walking schedule. There’s a huge difference between a controlled cardio workout and being able to walk around the city all day; a skill that has somewhat atrophied in our year+ in domestic jail. Once we tend to our daily garden of bloggy distractions for you all (there’s much in the pipeline for today), we’re going out wandering, something we haven’t done in far too long.

Oh! Also? We’re thinking of starting a subscription newsletter on culture and the Zeitgeist. Is there interest? We’re asking.


The Costume Institute Announces a Two-Part Exhibition on American Fashion for 2021 and 2022
Homegrown fashion is the focus of the Costume Institute’s upcoming blockbuster, a two-part exhibition to be presented over the course of 2021 and 2022 in two areas of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Part one, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” will open in the Anna Wintour Costume Center on September 18, 2021, and will remain on display when “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” opens on May 5, 2022, in the period rooms of the American Wing. Both shows will run through September 5, 2022.


The Future of Edibles Is Artisanal
Artisanal edibles are not your parents’ weed brownies, nor are they the blue raspberry-flavored gummies coated in artificial sugar to mask the taste of cannabis. Now, brands like Rose, Sundae School, and Serra are serving a variety of delicious culinary innovations in the form of Turkish delights, mochi gummies, and gum drops. We’ve reached a new turning point where eating a carefully dosed, gourmet edible feels luxurious.


Sorry, But Hanging Out Should Take Two Hours or Less
I have a confession to make: It’s been less than a month since I cleared the two-week mark after the second Pfizer jab that rendered me CDC approved to hang out with other vaccinated people, and I’m already so socially exhausted that I canceled plans to spend tonight lying motionless under my duvet watching The Comeback. Am I…broken?
What if our pre-COVID expectations for how long a social event should run were just miscalibrated? Back in the day, I regularly met up with friends for pre-drinks, then actual drinks, then dinner, then dancing, then drunk 4 a.m. cheese fries, all of which culminated in me spending the entire next day feeling like I’d just run a 10K across hot coals. Even lower-key hangouts tended to last the entire afternoon and well into the evening, leaving me precious little time to tend to my hobbies of lighting overpriced incense in my bedroom and staring at Twitter.


The British Royal Family Tree
A comprehensive who’s who of Queen Elizabeth’s family, from her grandparents (the first Windsors) to little Archie Harrison and every cousin in between.

The House of Windsor as we know it today began in 1917 when the family changed its name from the German “Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.” Queen Elizabeth’s grandfather, King George V, was the first Windsor monarch, and today’s working royals are the descendants of King George and his wife, Queen Mary. Below follow the line of succession and explore the many branches of the family over which the Queen presides.


What Secrets Do the Costumes on The Nevers Reveal?
Decoding the hidden messages hidden among the petticoats on the new HBO fantasy series.

How do you dress characters for a period drama when it takes place in a period like none we’ve ever seen before? That was the challenge when it came to The Nevers, the new fantasy series that premiered April 11 on HBO. While the series—about a group of Victorian women blessed (or, perhaps, cursed) with uncanny abilities—takes place in the mid-1890s, it also has to contend with the kind of action (among heroes, villains, and every type in between) that might not always have a true-to-life historical precedent. For costume designer Michele Clapton, a veteran of The Crown and Game of Thrones, that was part of its appeal.


Netflix Lands ‘The 39 Steps’ Limited Series
Benedict Cumberbatch, Director Edward Berger & Scribe Mark L. Smith Update A Classic

Netflix has landed The 39 Steps, a limited series star vehicle for Benedict Cumberbatch. Edward Berger, who previously teamed with Cumberbatch on Patrick Melrose, will direct and The Revenant scribe Mark L. Smith will write the series. It’s an update of the classic thriller novel by John Buchan that was famously turned into the 1935 film classic by Alfred Hitchcock.


The Best Kept Secret for Finding Your Dream Engagement Ring
Don’t overlook the auction houses for exceptional discoveries—and even great deals.

If you think the auction houses are just for expensive, historic jewels, you will be surprised to discover they offer a range of fabulous rings at all prices, and they will even track down your dream diamond any day of the week.
Jewelry auctions are the only place where you will find ring designs from virtually every period in a single sale, along with diamonds and gemstones, and pieces with impressive provenance. You might even pick up a royal’s ring, or a colorful socialite’s gemstone.


Jennifer Lopez: All Of J-Lo’s Most Stylish Looks
The Hustlers star has provided three decades worth of incredible outfit inspo

Jennifer Lopez is a well-known triple threat: Singer of anthems like ‘I’m Real’, star of beloved movie roles – need we mention Maid in Manhattan – and top notch dancing like the routine in the Get Right music video.
It’s hard to believe that the eternally youthful looking J-Lo turned 50 this year and it seems life is going better than ever. She headlines a Las Vegas show, her upcoming Cardi B-starring movie Hustlers is a must-watch and she’s engaged to baseball legend boyfriend Alex Rodriguez. And, well, they’re just the cutest.
Most recently, the actress wore a total of four amazing red carpet outfits at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) to mark Hustlers’ release.


‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ Casts Lucy Liu as Villain
Lucy Liu is officially a god.
The “Elementary” and “Why Women Kill” star has joined the DC Comics adaptation “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” as the villain Kalypso, the sister of Helen Mirren’s villainous character Hespera.
Along with Liu and Mirren, the core filmmaking team from 2019’s “Shazam!” is returning for the sequel, including Zachary Levi as the eponymous superhero Shazam!, and Asher Angel as his teenage alter ego Billy Batson. David F. Sandberg is returning to direct the film, from a screenplay by Henry Gayden. Peter Safran is producing with his shingle the Safran Company.


How Did a Linguist Come to Own an Indigenous Language?
The Penobscot language was spoken by almost no one when Frank Siebert set about trying to preserve it.

When I first met Carol Dana, in the spring of 2018, she told me that she was thinking of getting a parrot. Dana, a member of the Penobscot Nation, one of five hundred and seventy-four Native American tribes recognized by the United States federal government, was attending a small ceremony at the University of Maine’s anthropology museum. She wore her silver hair pulled back from her face, and introduced herself to me as the tribe’s language master, a title, she added, that she wasn’t fully comfortable with. The idea of mastery seemed an imprecise way to describe the fraught relationship she had with the Penobscot words inside her head. Though not fluent, Dana has a better grasp of the language than anyone else on Indian Island, where six hundred of the world’s estimated twenty-four hundred members of the Penobscot tribe live.


Our Best Lamb Recipes
When you think about lamb you might picture a traditional roasted rack or leg, served with mint jelly. Why stop there? These delicious lamb recipes include garlic-crusted roast rack of lamb and juicy braised lamb with potatoes, as well as a Turkish-style pizza with ground lamb and a luscious Rogan Josh.


The hottest number in conservation is rooted more in politics than science
The goal to protect 30 percent of the Earth is more arbitrary than you might think.

Right now, in the conservation movement, a lot of people are fixated on a single number: 30.
The US and more than 50 other countries have pledged to conserve 30 percent of their land and water by 2030 as a means to help thwart the biodiversity crisis.
Biodiversity tends to increase with the area of land or water conserved, yet just 16 percent of global land is in protected areas today (in the US, it’s closer to 12 percent), according to the World Database on Protected Areas. Intact ecosystems also play a major role in mitigating climate change.
As conservationists have recognized the importance of protecting rich ecosystems before they’re bulldozed, drained, deforested, or abandoned, “30 by 30” has become a rallying call for the movement’s most influential organizations, political leaders, and advocates.


Valentino Defends Photographer’s Nude From Homophobic Trolls
After online trolls attacked an unassuming Valentino ad for the model’s androgyny, the brand’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli is having none of it.
During the weekend, Valentino uploaded several campaign images to its Instagram, and while all the images were in the same wheelhouse, one in particular, featuring Michael Bailey Gates, the photographer who shot the images, was the focus of hate by online commenters.




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