T LOunge for May 17th, 2021

Posted on May 17, 2021

Dijon Bar and Restaurant – Almaty, Kazakhstan


What a perfectly bright and happy LOunge for this, the worst day of the week. Find a spot, park your ass, and tell your server to never stop pouring the Champagne. Why not? It’s your fantasy day, darling. Don’t spend it being respectable.

Yes, it’s MONDAY. All damn day.

Truth be told, we feel like the whole “reminding you what day it is” schtick, like so much of what we call “covid culture,” is starting to feel a bit dated an unnecessary. Over the weekend, we deleted a draft of a tweet about missing being around people because it just didn’t feel… we don’t know … of the moment, we guess. Not that the pandemic is over or anything, but we’re definitely in a phase of looking forward and returning to past behaviors instead of sitting around and talking about missing them. We went out maskless for the first time in over 14 months and it was exhilarating, but also surprisingly easy to get used to again. We’re not ready to return to every single activity just yet, but we also don’t feel the whole “whining about lockdown” vibe anymore.

Anyway, those are our Monday musings, dolls. Feel free to add some of your own!


How Broadway Star Krysta Rodriguez Transformed into Living Legend Liza Minnelli
The Halston star talks channeling Minnelli’s “most intimate moments” and the clothing that makes her feel powerful.

“I watched Liza’s performances and movies, but I found the most wealth of information in her interviews and what people said about her. We were doing a show that’s about Halston, and so any way you slice it, it’s going to be Halston’s version of his relationship with Liza. Then I had to figure out how she would be in her most intimate moments, which we will never see.”


Brooches Are Making a Grand Comeback This Season
And the message is clear: these aren’t your grandmother’s pins.

For spring/summer 2021, a season that will undoubtedly be defined by many variations on post-pandemic revenge dressing, brooches are enjoying a revival. And, most importantly, they are shedding their reputations as being reserved for women of a certain age. “The attitude toward brooches has definitely relaxed,” says jeweler Jill Heller.


‘Bridgerton’ Gets Young Queen Charlotte Spinoff
Following the recent renewals for a total of three more seasons of the hugely popular series, Netflix and Shondaland will add a second show to the franchise, a limited prequel series based on the origins of Queen Charlotte, which will be written by Shonda Rhimes.
The Queen Charlotte limited series will center on the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte, the reimagined character added to the Bridgerton series that was not in Julia Quinn’s novels on which the show is based. Played by Golda Rosheuvel, Queen Charlotte quickly became a fan favorite and one of Bridgerton‘s breakout characters. The spinoff will also tell the stories of young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury. Rhimes will write the series and serve as executive producer alongside Betsy Beers and Tom Verica.


Playing Elsa Peretti in Halston Taught Actress Rebecca Dayan to Never Compromise
The budding star on portraying the famous jewelry designer and working with Ewan McGregor.

“We know her for her work, but we don’t really know how much sacrifice went into her being able to come up with that body of work. As a young woman in the early ’60s, when she decided to pursue her dream of being a designer and wanted to go to school in Barcelona, her father cut her off. She came from a really high-society, very rich family, and her father was not supportive of her choice.”


30 Grilled Chicken Recipes to Make Again and Again
Chicken is wonderfully versatile, and especially delicious In this roundup, we’re celebrating some of our favorite ways to cook it outdoors (or indoors, if you’re using a grill pan), from grilled chicken thigh recipes like and to grilled chicken breast recipes (try Anita Lo’s ). Read on to find out how to make them, and more of our best grilled chicken recipes.


Looking Back at Halston’s Life in Photos
A new Netflix miniseries chronicles the late designer’s career. Here, some iconic moments from his life, captured on camera.

The iconic American designer had a glamorous social life. A regular at Studio 54 and friends with A-listers like Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol, and Bianca Jagger, Halston was an early influencer. But his story was also full of drama, with exorbitant spending habits, a penchant for drug use, and a history of explosive love affairs. A new Netflix miniseries out now on the streaming platform, chronicles the rise and eventual fall of Halston, played by Ewan McGregor. The cast will also feature Krysta Rodriguez as Liza Minnelli, Rebecca Dayan as Elsa Peretti, and Gian Franco Rodriguez as Victor Hugo. Here, take a look at real photos of Halston’s incredible life.


20 Years Later, Moulin Rouge! Is Just as Fabulous As Ever
In many ways, Moulin Rouge! was ahead of its time. In 2001, Hollywood was no stranger to big blockbuster films, but a splashy approach to making movie-musicals was still relatively new. Director Baz Luhrmann’s approach saw the genre go bigger, louder, and glitzier than ever before—much thanks to Moulin Rouge’s elaborate set designs and over-the-top costumes, of course. “We were sailing in uncharted waters,” says Catherine Martin, who served as the co-costume designer alongside Angus Strathie. “Baz was trying to reinvent the modern movie musical, and flying in the face of all studio conventions. He is an extraordinary visionary, and pushes you as an artist to examine stories and historical periods in new and totally unexpected ways.”


Contemporary Voices in Asian American Photography
Six artists share insights about their experiences making photographs. Reflecting diverse approaches and motivations, their work ranges from a focus on personal narratives and recording transnational histories, to an exploration of experimental practices.


Decoding the Medieval Volvelle
Made from circles of paper or parchment, the volvelle was part timepiece, part floppy disk, and part crystal ball

A volvelle is a cousin of the astrolabe. Volvelles are concentric paper or parchment circles used in medieval Europe to calculate the phases of the sun and moon, while astrolabes are instruments, often made of metal, used since antiquity to observe and calculate the position of celestial bodies.
It is remarkable that this device—which inspires so much manipulation and movement—has remained intact since its creation around 1386. This was not long after volvelles were introduced to Europe in 1274 by artist and writer Ramón Llull, who worked in the Kingdom of Majorca (present-day Spain).


Pat Ast Was the Halston & Andy Warhol Muse Who Never Got Her Due
In the show, there’s plenty of drama from the Halston cohort. But there’s one character who doesn’t get nearly as much airtime as she should: Pat Ast, the model and actress who hung around both the Halston and Warhol gangs in the 1960s and ‘70s. Played in the limited series by Shawna Hamic, Ast was a pioneering, out-there muse who walked the runways for both Halston and YSL. Weighing in at over 200 pounds, Ast was certainly the exception, not the rule. But her larger-than-life personality and attitude was said to be infectious—leading her to a life of parties and fame. Here are the details on one of the most notable stars featured in the Halston biopic series—who shines just as brightly as she did 50 years ago.


Lily James Looks Exactly Like Pamela Anderson in Her Iconic Red ‘Baywatch’ Swimsuit
Um, am I seeing double?!

The new photos show Lily in a fire engine red one-piece swimsuit, reminiscent of the suit Pamela wore while filming her TV show, Baywatch. The drama series ran from 1989 to 2001 and followed lifeguards who worked at a Los Angeles beach. They saved lives, got into trouble, oh, and fought crime… don’t ask. The point is that Pamela played a lifeguard (duh) named C. J. Parker, who pretty much always wore the same swimsuit.


Ramps, spring’s trendiest produce, explained
How ramps went from an Appalachian staple to urban restaurant trend.

If you haven’t heard, it’s ramps season. A comedy video from TikTok user Jake W. Cornell parodying a well-heeled Brooklyn dad panicking that his kid wouldn’t get to experience this year’s “ramps season” before it’s over has gone viral. “I’ve tried three markets, I’m literally in the park foraging right now and there are no ramps!” he yells into the phone at his husband.
The video has nearly a million views, and the comments are full of two types of people in particular — those saying they also love ramps season, and those reasonably asking: What are ramps, and what the heck is a ramp season?


Dream job alert: Cornish island is looking for a live-in ‘Castle Officer’ five days a week
The historic island is part of the National Trust and has been home to the St Aubyn family for centuries

Lord and Lady St Levan are looking for an enthusiastic, discreet and hands-on caretaker to join them (and their four children) in their medieval castle on the island of St Michael’s Mount, just off the coast of Cornwall.
The role will see the castle’s custodian undertaking a variety of tasks, from organising security for the castle and its contents and assisting the St Aubyn family in both the private and public areas of the castle, to performing maintenance tasks such as furniture moving and picture hanging, as well as promoting conservation.


What We Learned From a Year of Crafting
Making things — masks, quilts, ceramics, mandalas — was a practical and sometimes political response to the moment.

Stuck at home without the diversions of socializing, travel or dining out, the crafting continued. Americans knitted, crocheted and wove through the lockdown. They made hand-tufted rugs, paper orchids, wooden chess sets, tiny shrines and botanical mandalas. Sewing machines got hauled out of closets, dusted off and used to create, among other things, jackets out of vintage quilts, which spurred a fashion trend. And if the crafts themselves look modest and homespun, the money they are generating is not: A booming trade on Etsy more than doubled the company’s revenues to a record $1.7 billion in 2020, according to its financial reports.



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