T LOunge for May 13th, 2021

Posted on May 13, 2021

Tattu Bar and Restaurant – Edinburgh, Scotland


Darlings, can you even STAND how fabulous today’s LOunge is? Does this setting not call for cocktails, seduction, gossip and intrigue? Your plans for the day are now set. Go and be scintillating.

Today is THURSDAY. We figured everyone could use a little pep talk.

Restaurant plans are afoot! We will be dining outside and paying other people to make it happen for us. One thing we’ve noted in our return-to-normalcy experiences is that they’re not as wildly weird or alien to us as we kinda figured they’d be. Instead, there’s a real sense of time wasted hanging over everything. Not so much “Wow it’s so strange to be doing this again” as it is “Fuck, I can’t believe how much time has gone by since I last did this.” We’re in an interesting time (for all the good it’s doing us) and we’re fascinated by the different responses and reactions people are having as we all try and reset our baselines.

Anyway, talk amongst yourselves, dolls. Today’s LOunge suggests that you say everything in whispered tones accompanied by knowing glances, so get to it.


Pyer Moss Is Set To Debut Its First Haute Couture Collection In Paris This Summer
Creative director Kerby Jean-Raymond is the first Black American designer invited by the Chambre Syndicale to present.

It was announced on Wednesday that the designer is set to present the first Pyer Moss Haute Couture collection in Paris this July, as a part of the Fall/Winter 2021/2022 schedule as the first Black American designer invited by the Chambre Syndicale (the regulating commission, founded in 1868, which determines which brands are “true haute couture). Additionally, it was revealed that the brand would be returning to the NYFW calendar this September after a two-year hiatus to show its Spring 2022 collection.


Meet Thuso Mbedu, the Star of Barry Jenkins’s The Underground Railroad
Thuso Mbedu is 29 but looks significantly younger. And yet, in her extraordinary performance as Cora, the central character in Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Underground Railroad, she manages to look older as well. Premiering on Amazon Prime Video this month, the limited series follows a young enslaved woman who escapes a Georgia plantation, making use of a subterranean train—a literal underground railroad—to travel north. The show marries a haunted magical realism with dark chapters of American history, and requires much of its heroine. “They say still waters run deep,” says Jenkins of his lead, “and that’s how I think of her. There are episodes where she looks 18, and then there are episodes where she looks 57. It was almost superhuman, what this woman did.”


Halston Was The Original Influencer
The upcoming Netflix series portrays a talent who was far ahead of his time.

Ewan McGregor steps into the role of Halston, but the series also gives serious screen time to his muses and collaborators, from Liza Minnelli to Elsa Peretti. “It was fascinating how he courted those people,” Minahan says, explaining that Halston provided Warhol with names from his Rolodex when the artist started doing portraits of notable people, and Warhol then gave him press in Interview magazine. “They sort of cross-pollinated.” Anticipating the dawn of fashion designers as celebrities in their own right, Halston appeared in his own ad campaigns and in bold type in the society columns. While he became legendary for his nightlife exploits, they were also a corollary to his day job, an early form of nose candy-assisted networking.


Ellen DeGeneres to End Talk Show: “I Need Something New to Challenge Me”
DeGeneres gets candid about her decision to wrap up the show in 2022, the allegations that nearly sent her packing and the parts that she’ll miss most — and least — about her daily platform.

“When it started, with that stupid “someone couldn’t look me in the eye” or whatever the first thing was, it’s like a crest of a wave. Like, “This isn’t going to be that big of a wave.” And then it just keeps getting bigger and bigger until it was out of control. And I really, honestly, felt like, “I don’t deserve this. I don’t need this. I know who I am. I’m a good person.” And I was sitting back going, “If I was someone watching this, I would think, ‘Well, there must be some truth to it because it’s not stopping.’” Of course they’re going to believe this because I’m not addressing it because I was told not to and you can imagine what that felt like. And it’s a lot to live up to. I started saying “be kind to one another” because I really believe people should be kind to one another and so it was easy clickbait to say, “Oh, the be kind lady isn’t so kind.” I am kind. I’m also a woman and I’m a boss.”


The New Series Clipped Explores the Cutthroat World of…Topiary?
Martha Stewart and other garden experts judge the cutting skills of aspiring topiary champions.

More important, in this age of naturalistic garden design, topiary is too often misunderstood and under-appreciated. Most of us picture formal estates dotted with giant animals shaped from boxwood or yew. Impressive, but not easy to execute or particularly relatable. But topiary can be large or small, figurative or abstract, and greenery can be planted into the ground, pots, or forms filled with soil or moss. It can and should be part of every home garden, backyard picnic area, or apartment terrace. Trim a small bush into a sphere and, voila, topiary!


Jennifer Lopez’s Pink Diamond Made Her an Engagement Ring Influencer
When Ben Affleck proposed to J.Lo with a six-carat colored diamond, he kicked off a craze for one of the world’s rarest stones.

In 2002, Ben Affleck went into Harry Winston to see about a pink diamond. Legend has it that it was just because Jennifer Lopez liked the color pink. But he also might be a jewelry psychic with an eye for the future of stones and great investments. Affleck eventually decided on a 6.10 carat fancy intense pink diamond (radiant cut) with white diamond side accents.
This, of course, was several engagements ago for Lopez. She and Affleck broke up and she went on to marry singer Marc Anthony. They divorced in 2011, and most recently, Lopez was engaged to Alex Rodriguez, though the couple called it quits in April 2021. But her pink ring from Affleck—who she has reportedly been seeing since her split from A-Rod—remains iconic.


I’ve Been a Waiter for Almost 35 Years and I’m Proud of It
If you’re about to ask a rude question, let me tell you why you shouldn’t.

Last week was my final shift at the restaurant I had worked in for 10 years, two months, and nine days. Why I left and where I’m going next isn’t important, but 10 years at one place of employment is no easy feat, especially in the world of food service. Restaurant staff changes faster than a hungry waiter can gobble down a few french fries on the way to a table. When I made the announcement on my blog that I was leaving my restaurant for a new opportunity, one person named Jesse felt the need to comment negatively about it: “Please tell me you’re not a waiter for ten years.” That single comment elicited over 2,000 replies and 1,400 angry face emojis. Clearly Jesse struck a nerve with waiters and waitresses. It’s like he asked for 10 hot teas on 10 separate checks.


Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows
Discover the groundbreaking work of Ishiuchi Miyako, whose photographs powerfully fuse the personal with the political. Her remarkable career has greatly impacted the history of postwar Japanese photography, and has notably influenced subsequent generations of Japanese women.

A maverick in the history of photography, Ishiuchi Miyako (b. 1947) burst onto the scene in Tokyo during the mid-1970s with gritty, emotional work that shocked the male-dominated photography establishment in Japan of that era. Since then she has continued to fuse the personal and political in her photographs by interweaving aspects of her own identity and experience with the complex history of postwar Japan that emerged from the shadows cast by American occupation.


Universal Pictures International Apologizes to Laverne Cox Over ‘Promising Young Woman’ Dubbing
Universal Pictures International has apologized to Laverne Cox for giving her a male voice in the Italian-language version of “Promising Young Woman.”
“We are deeply grateful to Laverne and the transgender community for opening our eyes to a bias that neither we nor many in our industry had recognized,” a spokesperson from Universal Pictures International said in a statement. “While there was no malicious intent behind this mistake, we are working diligently to fix it. We have begun redubbing Ms Cox’s voice with female actors in our international territories and are pushing back release dates to ensure the correct version is available. We are sorry for the pain caused but are thankful that we can address the situation on this film and prevent similar mistakes from happening again on future projects.”


Colton Underwood, the First Gay ‘Bachelor,’ Confronts His Controversial Coming Out
Seen through the prism of reality TV, social media, sports and faith, and as someone who was raised with conservative values, he suddenly found himself mired in controversy. His announcement that he was gay coincided with news that he was filming a Netflix reality show about his new life.
Social media lit up with accusations that Underwood was monetizing his coming-out story. And others legitimately argued that as a hunky white gay man, he was benefiting from privilege, taking a platform that other members of the queer community deserved more than he did. Some critics wondered: Was his entire season of “The Bachelor” an act for fame, as he strung along women with rose petals and romantic kisses?


Gal Gadot Gets Backlash for Comments on Israel-Palestine Violence
The Israel-born actress star was bombarded with criticism – and some support – after sounding off on the current wave of violence.

Gal Gadot waded into the topic of the current wave of Israel-Palestine violence and, not surprisingly, is receiving some backlash online.
The Israel-born Wonder Woman star was trending on Twitter on Wednesday after posting on Instagram the following: “My heart breaks. My country is at war. I worry for my family, my friends. I worry for my people. This is a vicious cycle that has been going on for far too long. Israel deserves to live as a free and safe nation. Our neighbors deserve the same. I pray for the victims and their families, I pray for this unimaginable hostility to end, I pray for our leaders to find the solution so we could live side by side in peace. I pray for better days.”


Beers, doughnuts, and discounts: The growing list of vaccine freebies
Half of American adults have received one vaccine dose. Could incentives close the gap?

It’s been almost a month since all American adults were deemed eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. About 50 percent of Americans have received one dose so far, and cases in the US are on the decline. And while the pool of people who have expressed hesitation about being vaccinated has shrunk, vaccine incentives have become mainstream, initiated by corporations and politicians alike.
Major corporations began announcing initiatives that “strongly encouraged” employee vaccination as early as February, with some offering extra pay and bonuses. As of late, however, such messaging has been geared toward the general public. In May, the White House announced a nationwide partnership with Uber and Lyft to offer free rides to and from vaccination sites from May 24 until July 4; it will also work with national grocery chains, retailers, and sports leagues to offer discounts and promotions for those who have been vaccinated.


Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.
Flowers have always held meaning. Then the pandemic came.

Flowers ask the big questions, which may be why they seem to have meant a little more this year. On a practical level, people tend to interact with flowers in three ways. There are the flowers we buy for ourselves as an act of self-love, just to brighten our own day. There are the flowers we exchange with others to express affection and support — to connect. And there are the living flowers we encounter in nature, parks, and planters, reminding us that we’re part of something bigger. At a time when many of us have struggled with our mental health, when we’ve been denied the nourishment of other people’s company, when our worlds have shrunk so dramatically, it’s no wonder flowers hold a particular appeal. They’re a counterweight to the forces that might otherwise drag us down. Maybe they don’t tip the scales completely — some of them are very small — but they do help.


Semipermanent Tattoos That Disappear in a Year Now Exist
We chatted with one of the founders of Ephemeral Tattoo Studio in NYC about its specialized, made-to-fade ink.

The Ephemeral team does not want you to confuse them with “temporary tattoos,” however. “Our ink is real tattoo ink that’s applied by real tattoo artists,” Sakhai says. “It works just like any other tattoo ink, so artists will use their actual machine and equipment.” Instead, Sakhai and the rest of the crew refer to Ephemeral’s tattoos as “made-to-fade.”
Ephemeral’s revolutionary ink took more than six years and 50 formulations to create. Shah and Pierre tapped their Ph.D.s in chemical engineering for the lengthy development process. The exact ingredients are top secret, but Sakhai reveals the black ink is composed of “medical-grade bioabsorbable and biocompatible polymers ” with “high-quality pigments.” Over time, the ink breaks down and the particles become small enough to be eliminated by the body, leaving your skin tattooless once again.


One of Wales’ grandest houses styled on Versailles is up for auction today for £850k
It’s been dubbed one of the grandest houses in Wales, a Versailles-style country estate that dates back to 1874 is going under the auctioneer’s hammer this week with a guide price of £850,000.
Kinmel Hall, near Abergele, Conwy, might seem like a bargain but this crumbling stately is in need of extensive renovation after standing empty for some time.
With a mighty 122 rooms, 365 windows and a whopping 80,000 sq ft of space, this stunning property is situated just a few miles inland from the beautiful coast of North Wales.


Like Sweatpants, Squishy Furniture Is In
Versatility is not the only reason blobby sofas and chairs are back in style.

It’s the furniture equivalent of sweatpants. After a year in which many people hung up their office attire and evening wear in favor of all-day pajamas, a design trend that has been bubbling up for years became fully inflated: the embrace of bulbous, low-slung, super-squishy furniture that offers all-out comfort.





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