La Galerie Lounge at the Hotel George V – Paris, France
A place for lingering, darlings. That’s what we all need out of today’s LOunge, don’t you think? It is MONDAY, a day that requires precise, regularly applied self-care. Hence all the beauty and comfort and aesthetic perfection you see before. Sweep dramatically into the room and then swan about elegantly until you find an appropriate spot to flare out your skirt and dip into your seat as if angels placed you there.
We confess to wanting to linger for a little while longer, if only because we have a ton of red carpet content to unload on you, courtesy of last night’s surprisingly fashionable SAG Awards. Not that we mind the work, of course, but it looks to be one of those days where we’re not going to get much of a breather until it’s all done. We just want to sit in this lounge and drink it all on as our batteries charge. Waitron, another Champagne, if you please. And a pot of coffee.
Talk amongst thyselves!
An Exclusive First Look At Lauren Groff’s Matrix
The ‘Fates and Furies’ and ‘Florida’ author returns with her first novel since 2015.
The world in which Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies became a national phenomenon was decidedly different from 2021, at least on a surface level: The Atlantic declared 2015 “the best year in history for the average human being,” a laughable departure from our recent state of political and pandemic-born tohubohu. Yet the parallels to our current landscape were everywhere: the police killings of Walter Scott and Freddie Gray; the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston; the steady, creeping rot of racism, oppression, and misogyny permeating the fabric of our communities. Groff, the National Book Award-nominated mastermind who also imagined the worlds of Arcadia, Florida, and The Monsters of Templeton, is finally releasing her next novel, Matrix, this year, in a world she’d argue has not shifted as much—not in six years, not in hundreds—as we might think.
The Friends Reunion Special Is Coming in 2021
Here’s everything you need to know.
After months (or, at this point, years) of rumors and anticipation, the Friends reunion of our dreams is going to become a reality. The cast was set to gather for a special on HBO’s streaming service HBO Max, to honor the iconic sitcom’s 25th anniversary. There have been some bumps in the road to production as the entertainment world is on pause during the coronavirus pandemic; but as we wait for what will be Jennifer Aniston’s perfect behind-the-scenes Instagrams from the set, we’re laying out everything we know about the project so far.
Regé-Jean Page On Why He Isn’t Coming Back To Bridgerton
The news is out. Regé-Jean Page will not be returning to Bridgerton for season 2. In an exclusive interview with Variety, the actor said that he was always suspecting the role would be a short-term one.
“It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end—give us a year,” Page said. “[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”
He added that he appreciates that the Julia Quinn book series is an anthology that gives focus to a different sibling’s love story in each book.
The Palace Releases Two New Pictures of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles at Frogmore House
The pictures offer a sweet look at the royal family’s private Easter weekend celebration in Windsor.
Buckingham Palace celebrated the Easter holiday this year with two new official pictures of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. The photos were taken on the grounds of Frogmore House in Windsor, where the monarch and her son enjoyed a spring walk together on Friday.
The official royal family Twitter account shared the first of the photo, taken by photographer Chris Jackson, which shows the Queen and Prince Charles smiling and in great spirits during their quiet outing in Windsor. An old, stone bridge and a small pond can be seen in the background behind the royals in the picture.
41 Surprising Rules First Ladies Have to Follow
…Like not being allowed to drive!
The First Lady of the United States may not be a politician herself, but she’s certainly got her work cut out for her. Throughout American history, the role of the first lady has evolved with each new administration. Modern day women in this position are responsible for high-profile events, like state dinners and the White House holiday celebrations, but they’re also not allowed to do some simple things, like open windows in the White House or drive their own cars. Ahead, the surprising rules Dr. Jill Biden will be expected to follow as first lady.
The 12 Best Canned Cocktails
Leave your judgment at the door and give the cans a chance.
After tasting more than 45 canned cocktails, F&W Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle and I learned the following: First, it’s important to check out the alcohol content before taking a big swig, as some have merely 8% ABV, while others clock in at a cool 42%. Second, hip branding does not a good product make. And third, if you’re really serious about discovering gems in an oft-maligned corner of the liquor store, leave your judgment at the door and give the cans a chance.
Vaccine-themed gear is in high demand on Etsy
A lot of sellers did well selling cloth masks. Now some shops are turning to vaccine-themed gear.
Etsy sellers are racing to meet growing demand for all sorts of vaccine-related gear — from “Fauci Ouchie” buttons to “Pfizer Alumni” T-shirts to protective cases sized for a CDC card — especially as more and more people getting the jab look to celebrate the milestone.
The popularity of vaccine-themed swag is a sign that people aren’t just showing up to get their shot, they’re actually excited to share news of their inoculation and spread the word. That enthusiasm is important as vaccine eligibility continues to open up across the United States and public health campaigns continue to try to reach Americans that are still apprehensive about getting the shot.
Peeking Behind the Hemingway Myth
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s new documentary examines the burden of the author’s performance of himself.
I’m not exactly sure when I first read Ernest Hemingway, but I do remember when I first recognized Gertrude Stein’s indelible influence on his sentences. I was in my mid-twenties; a close friend turned me on to her difficult, hilarious, and unclassifiable work. I was no stranger to literary modernism, but to me Stein wasn’t part of that group so much as its mother, one who took a monstrous and roiling joy in exposing what lay underneath conventional narrative: thinking as it was thought.
‘Minari’ Star Youn Yuh-jung Makes History at SAG Awards
The 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards aired Sunday.
Youn Yuh-jung took home a historic SAG award in the best female actor in a supporting role category on Sunday night.
The Minari actress beat out Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy), Olivia Colman (The Father) and Helena Zengel (News of the World) to become the first Korean actress to ever win the category.
From the Society Pages to the Museum
How Gilda Darthy’s bed tells a story about writing women back into history
With its grand size and luxurious upholstery, this bed makes a statement. However, it is also special because we know so much about it. It’s unusual for an 18th-century piece of furniture, no matter how ornate, to have such a well-documented life. One particular owner, a woman named Gilda Darthy, sold this bed in 1923, along with much of her art collection, at auction in Paris.
[Photo Credit: fourseasons.com]