T LOunge for April 7th, 2021

Posted on April 07, 2021


Le Salon de Thé and Lounge, Mamounia – Marrakech, Morocco


GRANDEUR, darlings! Embrace the concept, because today is a day for being dramatic and totally extra! It is WEDNESDAY and that calls for a little exuberance if not outright obnoxiousness. Sweep and twirl dramatically through today’s LOunge or stretch out luxuriously and purr with serene comfort; whatever floats your proverbial watercraft. As always, the LOunge is all about taking the time to do the thing that helps you get you through your day.

The weather is warm, the days are longer, and the streets outside T Lo Tower are filling up with people, which is normally a welcome sight, but since we’re a good three weeks away from being fully vaxxed and ready to hit the dancefloor, so to speak, we just paw silently at the glass and whimper. It’s amazing how much time slows down when you can see that end-of-the-tunnel light. Still, it’s a better position than the one we were in a month ago and it’s only another month or so before seeing friends and family again, not to mention mundane things like impromptu Target runs or even grocery shopping, become casual possibilities in our day-to-day lives again. We’re being patient, but whiny about it.


Plants Were My Beacon Of Hope During The Pandemic
Their undeterred maturation was a reminder that spring—indeed life itself—was moving on.

I planted tulip bulbs in November of 2019. I distinctly remember the process and timing of planting these bulbs. My father had died the month before and each bulb I placed in the ground was moistened by both fertilizer and my tears.
Even though I was suffering from the debilitating grief of having lost my father a mere few weeks after his unexpected diagnosis of stage four pancreatic cancer, there was only a brief window of time that I could plant the tulip bulbs.


22 Period Dramas To Fill The Bridgerton Void
After eight episodes of matchmaking, weddings, sex, a problematic sexual assault scene, births, rumors, and a narrator who’s the original Gossip Girl, there’s a lot to discuss. Maybe you’re done with period romances and want something a little more modern—with maybe a touch more consent and self-awareness. But if you live for the fashion, the accents, the parties, and the longing glances, you might want some more material like Bridgerton (and the book series on which it’s based). As the queen of the period drama—as well as drama while on my period—I’ve got all the suggestions for what you can watch when you’re done analyzing Netflix’s update on Jane Austen-adjacent material and awaiting season 2.


Brooke Baldwin Reflects On Her CNN Story
The journalist and new author is saying goodbye to the network after a decade in the anchor seat.

Brooke Baldwin’s job is everything a journalist dreams about. She has met with presidents, and interviewed first ladies, members of Congress, astronauts, scientists, and activists. She has traveled the country and world covering everything from natural disasters to terrorist attacks. On a slow news day, she might enjoy a little light banter with actors and rock stars. But Baldwin doesn’t let any of this get to her head. “I’m a Southern girl,” she tells me. “So I grew up with the saying: ‘You best not get too big for your britches.’”
“I was born and raised in Atlanta,” she says, where CNN is headquartered. “For as long as I can remember, all I ever wanted was to be a CNN anchor and have this unique window to the world.”


21 Sustainable Beauty Innovations for 2021
Shampoos, deodorants, mascaras, and even glitter (that sneaky microplastic) are getting an eco glow-up this year.

Although the beauty industry is far from perfect when it comes to preserving our planet, you’ve got to give it credit for taking steps toward positive change. We’re starting to see concentrated hair and body products that will radically reduce carbon emissions in their production and transport, as well as ambitious corporate commitments to reduce and reuse packaging and adopt biodegradable formulas. Even glitter (that sneaky microplastic we love all too much) is getting an eco glow-up.


Would You Go to a Hotel Just to Sleep?
The premise, when I explain it to my kids, is confusing. You’re going to a hotel—to sleep? For the past 12 months, my passport has languished in its drawer, and not a single ticket stub has made its way into my wallet; travel of any kind is a novelty. A night away, simply to knock myself out? Inscrutable to them, highly appealing to me.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Production Company Announces its First Series With Netflix
Harry is set to take on the role of Executive Producer in the Invictus Games documentary series and he will also appear on camera.

Since Prince Harry launched the Invictus Games in 2014, he has been credited with creating a life-changing community for wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women. Now he is set to shine a spotlight on some of their stories even further through a new documentary series about the competitors.
With the working title Heart of Invictus, the series will see Harry take on the role of Executive Producer in addition to appearing on camera.


Trying and Failing to Make a Great New York Bagel Is My Pandemic Hobby
“Old-world bagels were smaller and thinner,” Leah Koening, author of The Jewish Cookbook, points out. “The old bagels were more like 3 or 4 oz of dough, and many of today’s bagels are often 6 oz+ monsters.” The reason: Lender’s ending up in freezers all across America. Bagels are supposed to be fresh, not frozen. But that’s how Americans outside of a few major cities got to know them, and how they became comfortable with mediocre bagels. I wanted to get away from that. Enough that, during the pandemic, I started trying to make my own. I know it sounds like another person attempting to bake the anxiety away, but please believe me: I only undertook this quest out of spite. I mean, there are all sorts of terrible things happening in this world that get me really angry, but I can still find it in my soul to get upset about how the bagel has been treated.


Rediscovering the true joy of make-up
As beauty standards break down, creativity comes to the fore – and after a bare-faced year in lockdown, the possibilities are thrilling

In the make-up realm, something is shifting. As we begin to cautiously emerge from a year spent largely in confinement, the routines and restrictions of pre-pandemic beauty feel, like many things, much less essential.
That’s not to say the death knell has sounded for make-up, however; while we might no longer apologise for turning up to a meeting (virtual or otherwise) bare-faced, the joy of slicking on a favourite product will always remain. But now is the time to call on your kit for different reasons: make-up has become a route to the rebellion and the freedom that, post-pandemic, we’re all itching to embrace.


Princess Diana’s Hairstylist Shared the Story Behind Her Signature Haircut
Sam McKnight worked with Diana throughout the ’90s.

Princess Diana’s short hairstyle is one of her most memorable features, and according to hairstylist Sam McKnight — who worked with Diana from 1990 until her death in 1997 — the signature style happened simply because she trusted him to chop it all off.
“I said, ‘I would cut it all off and just start again,'” he added. “It was the beginning of the ’90s and it was at the time that I was doing lots of shows and covers and a lot of the girls had short hair, and we were moving from the big frou-frou ’80s into the sharp, more androgynous, business chic of the ’90s.”


I Became Asian When I Left Asia Who do we mean when we refer to the ‘Asian American community’?
Asian American Community in Shock, Asian American Community Petrified, How to Support the Asian American Community. I’ve wondered ever since I started living in the U.S. if I am part of this community. Is the right nationality also a prerequisite for membership? What is the difference between “people” and “community”?
“Community” requires building. If we claim membership to such a broad category, the “Asian American community,” imagine it as fellowship, friendship, family, we must ask — what work does it entail? What have we been given by others, and what can we give?


The never-ending cycle of YouTuber apology videos
Do they even mean anything anymore?

Nearly every major internet personality has made some kind of public apology video; 2020 alone saw mea culpas from YouTube A-listers Tana Mongeau, Shane Dawson, Jeffree Star, Jenna Marbles, Colleen Ballinger, and Tati Westbrook, as well as TikTokers Chase Hudson and Charli D’Amelio. The “YouTube apology video” has been a meme since at least 2015, and blew up in 2018 when PewDiePie made a video ranking YouTuber apologies, including his own. Some of the most common tropes: start off with a big sigh to show that this is going to be ~serious~, shift the blame onto someone other than yourself, and play the victim.


Princess Diana’s 1970s blue bicycle goes up for auction this month
She was often photographed riding it to the nursery school she worked at ahead of her marriage

A bicycle that once belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales is up for auction later this month.
The blue 1970s Ladies Raleigh Traveller bicycle, which the young Princess frequently rode around London before her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981, is expected to fetch £20,000 when it goes under the auctioneer’s hammer at Sussex-based Burstow & Hewett.
Experts believe the bike is a piece of royal memorabilia symbolic of Diana’s youth and she was often photographed riding it to her workplace, the Young England Kindergarten in Pimlico, after her engagement to Charles was announced.


Famed aesthete and socialite Countess of Rosse’s jewellery for sale at Bonhams
Princess Margaret’s mother-in-law shared her taste for the finer things in life

As one of the most glamorous debutantes of the 1920s (she was often mentioned in society columns and photographed by Cecil Beaton), Anne Messel, the future Countess of Rosse, was known for her impeccable style (she famously had a tradition of writing a note about how she felt wearing a certain garment before storing it away). Now, two of her most prized jewels are set to go up for auction at Bonhams, almost three decades after her death.


How to Make Stunning Croissants at Home
Get those perfectly burnished, flaky pastries straight from your oven with this expert advice.

A pastry as miraculous as a croissant is, predictably, tricky to make at home. There is the lamination — the process of rolling and flattening butter into thin sheets between layers of dough — and the rolling and folding of that butter-layered dough, a technique called a “turn.” In professional settings, machines called slab rollers in temperature-controlled rooms laminate the dough quickly and effectively, producing light, flaky, uniform croissants. Home bakers, however, must complete these tasks by hand, making it harder, slower and much more variable.




[Photo Credit: www.mamounia.com]

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