T LOunge for April 20th, 2021

Posted on April 20, 2021

Pani Cafe – Aventura, FL, USA


Darlings, let’s make today a pastel-colored tea party. Let’s only eat pink things or lavender things. Let’s hold little teacups with our pinkies out before settling them in their saucers. Why? Because today is TUESDAY and you’ve gotta do something to make it through, right?

It’s an exciting day here at T Lo International Tower because the window cleaners are arriving and we will likely be spending our morning herding freaked-out cats who only have a vague idea that other humans even exist at this point away from open windows or other nonsense they might find themselves doing while their senses are overwhelmed. Also, there’s a chance they’ll be cute. They sometimes are. We have to take our little entertainments where we can get them here in solitary confinement.

Anyway, that’s us. What’s going on with you?


Michael Kors at 40! A Celebration of the Designer’s Life in Fashion
“To be honest with you, I’m a little kind of pinch me.” So says Michael Kors about his 40th anniversary, which he’s celebrating with a blockbuster fall 2021 collection reveal tomorrow. With characteristic ebullience, he adds, “I’m still kind of juiced to just see people on the street wearing what I design.” His cup runneth over: Michael Kors has fans everywhere.
What draws these customers to Kors, beyond 10-ply cashmere and and a super-recognizable geometric logo, is the jet-set dream. A sun and fun ethos has always been a mainstay of the Kors brand, be it the flash of clear blue waters, the diamond sparkle of snow, or the pop of a flashbulb. Celebrities like Zendaya, Viola Davis, and Nicole Kidman flock to the designer not for the Cinderella treatment, but for red-carpet looks with just the right amount of dazzle that lets them shine.


Senator Hirono on Her Journey to the U.S. Senate and Having a “Heart of Fire”
At first glance, Heart of Fire is a political memoir. At its core, it’s an ode to a mother who changed her daughter’s life.

She said goodbye to her grandparents and her 3-year-old brother and the ginkgo trees and the only life she knew in Fukushima, Japan. Then 7-year-old Keiko Hirono, later known as Mazie K. Hirono, boarded an iron ship with her mother and older brother on an afternoon in March 1955 and crossed the Pacific Ocean to a new life in Hawaii. Had it not been for her mother, Laura Sato Hirono, who made the decision to move her family to her own birthplace to escape her husband, known for his alcoholism and gambling, Mazie K. Hirono might have never become a Hawaii State House Representative or Hawaii’s lieutenant governor or a U.S. House Representative or the first Asian American woman and Japanese immigrant to serve in the U.S. Senate.


The Time For Hollywood’s ‘White Male Genius’ Is Over
I left a higher-paying, benefit-filled position for my dream job. It was anything but.

Remember in the Devil Wears Prada when Anne Hathaway’s character just really takes initiative with everything? It’s sort of like that.”
That means the showrunner is Miranda Priestly, you dick, was all I could think.
This was the end of one of many conversations with a producer on the show. He’d called to explain that the questions I asked my boss—the creator and showrunner of the hit drama we all worked on—created too much extra work. In their eyes, I didn’t look resourceful, unlike Anne Hathaway’s character in The Devil Wears Prada (whose name is Andy, by the way). Never mind that the whole point of the movie is to never change your values or sense of self for a job.


Bethenny Frankel Is Minding Her Own Business
With a $100 million empire, a massive philanthropic arm, and a new show on HBO Max, the Real Housewives breakout has moved on from the franchise that made her famous. But does she really want to leave the drama behind?

Plenty of people would scoff at the notion of a Real Housewife serving as the arbiter of what is and is not in good taste. Frankel is cognizant of this stigma. It’s part of why she left the show. “It pulls you back in a little, to be attached to the Housewives,” she says. “It [hurts your] credibility as an entrepreneur and a businessperson. No matter how many Forbes covers you could be on or how many hundreds of millions of dollars you’ve raised worldwide in philanthropy.”


There’s Never Been a Better Time to Learn to Knit
I can’t talk right now, I’m doing hot girl knits.

Nicole Leybourne is known for two things: her chunky, woolly, sweater designs, which she shares with her 48k followers on Instagram, and not wearing pants.
When she first began modeling her knit pieces in 2016, Nicole’s comments section was mobbed by knitting enthusiasts who were scandalized by the latter aspect of her images, calling the self-taught knitter’s sweaters-n-panties aesthetic “inappropriate” for the platform. (I can only imagine what they thought about tumblr, where Nicole’s images would have been right at home.) As Nicole’s star began rising, the haters found a new focus: They came for her career, telling her that her work would be obsolete in a matter of seasons; that her chunky, “ugly” designs would be swallowed up by the trend cycle.


The Nevers Star Ann Skelly on the Wild Side of the Fantastical Period Piece
Inside the HBO series and the stunt that she calls “one of our maddest endeavors.”

“It’s a world from the past in which we can recognize elements that are familiar. One thing I find really interesting about the Victorian times is how we’re still recovering from that mentality and the institutions that they laid down and how much we can recognize our own world in the Victorian scope of things. It’s also very interesting to see women at the front of a show like this—and I’m not trying to share spoilers it’s quick and fast-paced and about a world on the verge of embracing new technology. We’re all so deep into our own technology now, I wonder if that’s an intriguing element.”


The True Story Behind The Trial of the Chicago 7
Aaron Sorkin’s film dramatizes one of the most unusual trials in the nation’s history.

The comparisons between America in 1968 and America in the past 12 months are easily drawn: mass protests, brutal clashes with police, calls for racial equity, a contentious presidential election, and a general feeling that the soul of the nation is at stake. With the past feeling less and less distant, the release of Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7—a movie that revisits a pivotal episode from 1968—on Netflix last fall felt particularly timely.
The trial was one of the most dramatic in American history, characterized by the judge’s uncloaked hatred of the defendants; star testimony from some of the era’s cultural icons, including Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Jesse Jackson, and Judy Collins; and disturbing visuals, like the only Black defendant being shackled and gagged in court.


Nigella Lawson’s Lemon-Chicken Orzo for the Soul
The British author dishes on her intimate new cookbook written during lockdown, why brown food rules, and how she engages with readers on Twitter.

“The relationship you have with food and yourself is very, very important. If that is an unhealthy relationship, you’re doing more than persecuting yourself. You’re depriving yourself. I think that it just seems to me to be an unhelpful way to go about things. We live in such an age of clarities, I think people often misconstrue that. They think that means I’m saying heavy cream by the gallon every day, which of course it doesn’t mean. It just means the body, naturally, tells itself what it wants to eat. But people seem to knock that calibration aside by either depriving themselves of food or them eating it in a frenzy of self-hatred.”
“I think that if you’re using every dish in the house, you may be creating more complicated recipes. But I can see that sometimes is enjoyable. Cooking the same thing quite a lot teaches you more about cooking than cooking different things all the time.”


11 Glenn Close Performances to Watch Before the Oscars
How has Glenn Close not won an Oscar already? The 74-year-old Connecticut-born acting legend has received eight nods—for The World According to Garp (1982), The Big Chill (1983), The Natural (1984), Fatal Attraction (1987), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Albert Nobbs (2011), The Wife (2017), and Hillbilly Elegy (2020)—but remains the most nominated living actor without a statuette. It’s astonishing when you consider her contributions to theatre and cinema over the past four decades.
Close began working on the stage in 1974 before transitioning seamlessly to the screen and swiftly establishing herself as a fearless performer with unrivaled range, equally at home playing a Disney villain or corseted aristocrat as she is delivering a subtle and moving turn as an embittered wife.


Meet the Beauty Community That Just Wants You to Finish Your Makeup
Tara is part of a growing community of makeup enthusiasts—on Reddit, on Instagram, on Facebook groups, and Youtube—who are rethinking their approach to makeup and consumption. Makeup panners celebrate used makeup—the more used, the better. They thrill over the first sighting of a crack in the metal pan of an eyeshadow or blush—a “baby pan” (“the best feeling in the world,” Tara says), and document their progress in periodic updates towards a “true pan”—a completely empty product. They photograph skin care or hair care “empties,” and often track their spending through what they’ve used. Instead of celebrating makeup hauls and constant new releases, the panners want to use what they have—and take a more mindful approach to consumerism.


Meet The British Vintage Hunter Who Secured Every Key Look In ‘The Crown’
Chiara Menage is the under-the-radar vintage dealer who sourced ’80s exemplars for Netflix’s Diana, Princess of Wales and she’s on the hunt for more gems. British Vogue followed her to Hampshire, with Ellie Pithers in hot pursuit.

The Liberty-print dress Diana wears to accept Prince Charles’s marriage proposal; an Emanuel Ungaro silk trouser suit sported by a friend of Princess Margaret’s in Mustique; the pale yellow Hardy Amies suit Diana wears to lunch with Camilla in Knightsbridge; most of Princess Anne’s Balmoral wardrobe; as well as several Valentino and Guy Laroche skirt suits worn by Diana – all are from Menage Modern Vintage, the name she chose for the fledgling vintage clothing business she once assumed would be a side hustle and is now her full-time job.


Citizen science is booming during the pandemic
From backyard astronomy to birding, amateurs have been busy collecting data — and making real discoveries.

The pandemic has driven a huge increase in participation in citizen science, where people without specialized training collect data out in the world or perform simple analyses of data online to help out scientists.
Stuck at home with time on their hands, millions of amateurs around the world are gathering information on everything from birds to plants to Covid-19 at the request of institutional researchers. And while quarantine is mostly a nightmare for us, it’s been a great accelerant for science.


The real story of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress and her second bridal outfit, 65 years on
In light of Princess Grace and Prince Ranier III of Monaco’s 65th wedding anniversary on 18 April, Tatler looks back at one of the most celebrated dresses of the 20th century – and Kelly’s lesser-known second ensemble

When it comes to the most celebrated dresses of the 20th century, the wedding dress Grace Kelly wore to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco certainly tops the list.
The dress reflected that of a Hollywood actress marrying into the Monégasque Royal Family, one that went on to inspire the wedding dress choices of thousands of women after her including Kate Middleton, whose 2011 Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown bore a close resemblance.
Not only was Grace Kelly at the height of her career when she married in 1956, after her nuptials she was to become a princess and her gown had to reflect that. The wedding was broadcasted by multiple European channels and was witnessed by over 30 million viewers who tuned in to catch the first glimpse of the dress which was designed by Academy Award-winning costume designer Helen Rose.





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