T LOunge for April 9th, 2021

Posted on April 09, 2021

Ladurée Quai des Bergues Patisserie, Café and Tea Lounge – Geneva, Switzerland


Kittens, can you even STAND how cutely fabulous and inviting today’s LOunge is? This may be one of our all-time faves, even though it doesn’t come with an expansive view of the oceans or mountains of skyline. It’s all just so darn cute and sweet, which makes no small amount of sense for a patisserie, of course. See? Not all LOunges have to be bars. Now fill your flasks and come inside.

Today is FRIDAY. Blessed day. Most holy day.

To our delight and surprise, there’s been a minor flurry of celebrity style activity late in the week. So while we go turn their choices into content, feel free to chat freely about anything that pops up. Distractions and discussion prompts can be found below, but let’s face it: we’re all gonna spend all day talking about Philip. We have no intention to write on the subject of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death, but our thoughts can be summed up in our tweets this morning.


Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth’s Husband, Has Died at 99
H.R.H. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died at the age of 99 after a lifetime of service—and controversy. The news was confirmed by representatives of the Royal Family earlier today, adding that the announcement was made “with deep sorrow” and that the prince passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
Prince Philip, noted Vogue in 1961, “Seems more completely the ideal of the American hero than most American heroes. He has drive, and opinion, and courage, and humor robust enough for Mississippi riverboats or the Royal Navy.”


The Serpent Star Jenna Coleman on the “Rollercoaster” of Playing Marie-Andrée Leclerc
The true crime limited series is streaming now on Netflix.

“I had lots of questions about her. There was a lot that I could understand, and I could also see the appeal of playing the duality of Marie Andree and [her alter ego] Monique. She was this person who, from literally one perspective of the camera, looks like this exotic 1970s, dark Brigitte Bardot, yet underneath was an entirely different person. How did this devout and inexperienced woman, who’d had no life experience, meet this man and in the space of three weeks begin actively drugging people and robbing them? I think I felt a real urge to understand her.”


Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth: Their Love Story in 30 Photos
On November 20, 1997, the night of her 50th wedding anniversary, Queen Elizabeth made a speech in front of Tony Blair and dozens of distinguished guests at London’s Banqueting House. It was relatively short and succinct, as her speeches usually are. And much of it was quite, well, run-of-the-mill: she thanked the Prime Minister for hosting that evening’s festivities, as well as the country as a whole for supporting the couple during her reign. But, at the end of her speech, she spoke of her husband, Prince Philip, with profound and uncharacteristic emotion: “He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years,” she said. “I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”


Bridgerton Announces New Cast Members for Season 2
Following Regé-Jean Page’s departure, four new characters are joining Netflix’s steamy period romance.

While some Bridgerton fans need a bit more time to process the news that season one lead Regé-Jean Page will not appear in the show’s second season, today, Netflix announced four new cast members to get excited about. Charithra Chandran, Shelley Conn (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Calam Lynch (Dunkirk, Derry Girls), and Rupert Young (The White Queen) are all joining the series.


How Much Should You Spend on a Wedding Gift? 12 Etiquette Tips
All your wedding gift etiquette questions — answered.

Wondering how much to spend on a wedding gift? It’s a fair question—as socially distanced wedding invites start to pile up, dollar signs might also start to flash. The idea of having to spring for flights, hotels, bridesmaid dresses, and then—on top of everything—a wedding present for each occasion can become a serious source of stress for wedding guests. Complicating matters more is the seeming lack of concrete wedding gift etiquette. Questions, like how much to give for a wedding gift, start to come up. When do you buy the gift? Can you buy gifts outside the registry? Is giving cash gauche?


35 Brunch Recipes for Pulling Off the Homemade Brunch of Your Dreams
Whether your go-to order is a simple or a stack of , it’s easy to create a restaurant-worthy brunch spread at home. We’ve gathered some of our favorite recipes here, from sweet, flaky pain au chocolat to eggs benny toast, a spin on the classic eggs Benedict. With over 30 to choose from, you’ll have plenty to fill your menu.


The Duke Of Edinburgh’s Life In Pictures
Born into the royal families of Greece and Denmark in 1921, Prince Philip of Mountbatten joined the Royal Navy at just 18-years-old. In 1939, he met Princess Elizabeth during her visit to the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, and struck up a correspondence with the future Queen, who was 13-years-old at the time.
Years later, in the summer of 1946, he asked King George VI for his daughter’s hand – with the pair marrying in Westminster Abbey the following November. The day before their nuptials, the King bestowed the style of His Royal Highness on Prince Philip, and on the morning of the wedding, he made him the Duke of Edinburgh. A decade on, the Queen granted her husband the title of a Prince of the United Kingdom.
The Duke of Edinburgh remained an active member of the Royal Navy until the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952, when he left to fully devote himself to supporting her work. Through the years, he has served as a patron and member of more than 750 organisations, and in 2009 he became the longest-serving British consort in history. He stopped carrying out public engagements with the full support of the Queen in 2017, having completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.


5 blockbuster art exhibitions to visit this summer and beyond
With lockdown restrictions easing soon, we name the major exhibitions to book now

If, like us, you’ve missed afternoons spent in art galleries, then you’ll be looking forward to returning to London’s culture scene after lockdown ends. All being well, museums and galleries are legally allowed to reopen from 17 May, and there’s a lot to look forward to in terms of compelling and jaw-dropping art, from Yayoi Kusama’s anticipated mirrored rooms to an immersive Van Gogh installation. Here, we’ve rounded up the five biggest summer blockbuster art exhibitions to book now.


What Will Happen to Friendships When We Crawl Out of Our Pandemic Hidey Holes?
A year of isolation has left our lives strewn with carcasses of friendships once held sacred—but can reopening revive them?

Two years ago I wrote an op-ed in which I made the case for ending friendships. It had seemed a radical thing to say, that a person should feel free to walk away rather than wait for a bond to fade out on its own time. But that thinking rested on the assumption that there was a predictable rise and fall of a friendship, and we didn’t have the time or heart to wait out a yearslong degradation. This past year, just as we’ve seen our social muscles atrophy, many of us have witnessed our social networks warp into unrecognizable configurations. Thanks to the flattening effect of social media, casual acquaintances were upgraded to close confidants. Meanwhile, some of our tightest bonds came undone, submerged in a bath of equal parts boredom, anxiety, and sparkless group texts. What happens once we crawl out of our hidey holes?


A Very French Way to Poach an Egg
To my mind, an egg perfectly poached is among the great, essential pleasures of one’s eating life. The protein (the white) is fluffy and textured, shaped by the currents of the water it has been cooked in. The fat (the yolk) is held in place, just, by a thin membrane, looking like a piece of tropical fruit, and always a little surprising when it bursts under the tines of a fork. An egg poached is different from other egg preparations: it requires no grease for frying, no butter for scrambling, nothing at all besides salt and pepper. Rarely is a food that is so simple also so much fun to eat.


A Guide to Neopronouns
Are you a person, place or thing? We have good news.

A neopronoun can be a word a created to serve as pronoun without expressing gender, like “ze” and “zir.” A neopronoun can also be a so-called “noun-self pronoun,” in which a pre-existing word is drafted into use as a pronoun.


Looking to Travel for a Sense of Renewal
Some travelers believe that their first vacations will be about restoration — recovering from the losses, both large and small, of the past year.

Svetlana Reznikova-Steinway, an emergency-room physician who lives in Phoenix, has spent the better part of a year pulling double-duty in an overwhelmed intensive care unit. Early in the pandemic, she and her husband, a urologist, developed a system for after work, stripping off their scrubs in their garage to protect their 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old twin sons from the virus. She has gotten used to intubating critically ill Covid-19 patients. She has learned how to delicately use patients’ phones to FaceTime family members so that everyone can say their goodbyes.
“It’s been horrific,” Dr. Reznikova-Steinway, 43, said. “My colleagues and I have come across a lot of death, a lot of horror and a lot of suffering — it’s pretty hard to describe the weight, the awfulness and the mental and physical toll.”
In June, Dr. Reznikova-Steinway and her husband will join a group of about a dozen doctors, nurses and their spouses — all of whom will be fully vaccinated — on an eight-night journey to Alaska organized by Boutique Travel Advisors, a luxury travel agency. The itinerary will keep them largely outdoors; they’ll bike, hike and kayak amid the mountains and fjords of the Kenai Peninsula.
Beyond needing a vacation, Dr. Reznikova-Steinway said she is hoping to “debrief” with the other health care professionals, many of whom have also been working in emergency rooms around the country.


Celebrating the style of the late Duke of Edinburgh
As the country mourns the late Prince Philip, we take a look back at his celebrated sartorial savoir-faire. A man of distinct style and charm, Tatler commemorates this great man with his most dashing moments


Mother Art and the Politics of Care
How a 1970s feminist art group showed the value of hidden work

In 1977, the feminist group Mother Art staged performances in five laundromats across Los Angeles. Over the course of one wash and dry cycle, Mother Art artists hung their artworks on clotheslines and, against the hum and spin of the washing machines, performed the ritual of folding laundry while wearing paper clothespin masks. “We had hoped to show people that art isn’t just a Van Gogh painting,” Mother Art member Gloria Hajduk told a local newspaper in 1979, “that we can create art from our everyday lives with everyday materials.” In the laundromat, the artists distributed pamphlets protesting the invisibility of what had traditionally been women’s labor: the hidden emotional and domestic work, from familial caregiving to mundane chores, that was often undervalued, underpaid, and unnoticed.






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