T LOunge for May 5th, 2021

Posted on May 05, 2021

Maraca Bar and Restaurant – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


Today’s glorious LOunge is continuing our run of highly stimulating spaces and we just figured out why we’ve been so drawn to them lately. With the end of the weirdest awards season we ever covered, we’re taking this liminal time to put the final touches on our newsletter and getting it ready for launch. You can get a fairly low-info preview here, but we’ll have an introductory post up within the day. It’s been WAY more fun and exciting putting this together than we thought it would be; forcing us to use parts of our brains and aspects of our skillsets that we really haven’t had reason to use since we launched this site and later, our podcast. It’s a new platform with new challenges and we’re delighted to find out that we still think it’s fun to launch a new venture. We’re not even close to having all the bells and whistles in place, but subscribing is free and would be ever so helpful to your manly hosts as they hoist this new platform into place.

Oh. Today is WEDNESDAY. Celebrate good times, come on.

We had verrrrry different reactions to the news of Meghan Markle’s children’s book, although we’re inclined to keep our mouths shut on the matter. We’re winding down on lockdown and it feels like people are getting antsier and snippier than ever. Hey! That would make a great newsletter essay! Chat amongst yourselves!


Meghan Markle Has Authored a Children’s Book Inspired by Prince Harry and Archie
“My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine,” Meghan said about her new book.

“The Duchess of Sussex’s debut touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between fathers and sons and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family,” Penguin Random House said in a statement. The book is illustrated by artist Christian Robinson and will be published in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa.


How to Check Twitter, Read Gibbon, and Watch The Serpent, All While Remembering to Call Your Mother
A classics scholar on the modern art of multitasking.

Structured breaks are a particularly good way to handle social media. Twitter didn’t exist when I was first figuring out the freelance life, but it has become as much of a distraction for me as it is for everyone else—lately more than ever, of course, when our lives have been wholly online. You’ll feel better and more in control if you admit that you’re going to be posting, but create pockets of time for tweeting, Instagramming, Facebooking, and the rest. I’m quite active on Twitter, but I look at it only in the morning, at lunchtime, and when my workday is over.


The Five Best Wine Road Trips in the U.S.
Five fantastic wine regions to discover—no passport required.

I’ve been fortunate to travel to many wine regions, but somehow I have never fully explored the one right outside my door: Virginia. After being shut in for months and on the brink of going stir-crazy, though, I decided it was time to escape D.C. for greener pastures—ones that included wine. Virginia wine country is vast, with over 300 wineries and 4,000 acres of grapes, but I narrowed it down with this plan: I would visit only wineries with wines I had never tasted before. After achieving a deep, deep familiarity with the walls of my home, I was definitely in search of something new.


What Is Life Like After The Real Housewives?
For some former cast members, the reality-TV juggernaut was the pinnacle of success, for others it was just the first step.

For 15 years, The Real Housewives franchise has been the crown jewel of reality TV. On the surface, it’s all backstabbing and table-flipping—a show filled with tiny dogs and massive diamonds. Though the wealth may be staggering, the series’ personalities are the real-life soap’s centerpiece. These finger-pointing, scandal-loving, Louboutin-wearing broads are why Housewives not only continues to survive but thrive after all these years.
Indeed, there would be no Bravo without Housewives and there would be no Housewives without Andy Cohen, the franchise’s expert casting curator. Determining who stays and who goes is what’s kept viewers glued to Cohen’s empire. After getting voted off the metaphorical (or, in the case of New York, literal) island, it’s up to each Housewife how they’ll parlay their newfound fame. Some will launch a business empire, while others skulk to the washed-up reality television graveyard after using up their 15 minutes of fame.


The Great Escape
Amid a rash of women fleeing oppressive families in the middle east, the case of Princess Latifa, who has tried to run away twice, has been splashed across headlines around the world. In exclusive interviews with her friends and family, Marie Claire goes behind the scenes of her last attempt and their fight to #FreeLatifa.

Princess Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, the daughter of the billionaire ruler of Dubai, was careful to avoid suspicion. On the morning of February 24, 2018, the then-32-year-old modern and sporty royal instructed her driver to drop her off at a shopping mall downtown so she could meet her close friend, Finnish personal trainer Tiina Jauhiainen, for breakfast. The two women had met at the same time and place several times before in order to give the impression that this was a normal Saturday. But this particular day was far from ordinary.


Pat McGrath on How She Became the “Mother” of Modern Makeup
After a 25-year career, makeup mastermind Pat McGrath’s artistry remains unparalleled. In this essay, she says she owes it all to her own mother.

McGrath opens up about her humble beauty beginnings, like watching her mom perfect the art of dewy skin while bathing in a full face of makeup. “I owe my love of makeup to my mother [Jean McGrath],” she says. “When I was growing up in England, we would spend every Friday shopping at departments stores so she could create new beauty looks.” She also shares what’s kept her inspired during this tumultuous year (spoiler: Bridgerton and The Crown are on her list). Ahead, she reflects on her 25-year career, in her own words.


Outlander‘s Sam Heughan Asks Fans to Be Respectful at Historical Sites
“Hopefully, reading our book or other books, people will understand the history of what happened and treat historic sites with the respect they are due,” Heughan said.

“From recent research, we know that one in five people visit Scotland having seen the locations on film or TV—and a high number of those visitors cite Outlander as the inspiration behind their trip,” Jenni Steele, Film & Creative Industries Manager at VisitScotland. Often, these fans want to visit sites that play a key role in the Outlander story, like the Culloden Battlefield, and its gravesite. Heughan wants to let visitor know that these locations aren’t film sets, but a place where people have died and are buried.


Julie Andrews to Be Honored at Rescheduled American Film Institute Gala in November
The actor will be recognized on Nov. 11 at the Dolby Theatre.

The American Film Institute will honor Julie Andrews with the 48th Lifetime Achievement Award at a rescheduled Gala event at the Dolby Theatre in November.
“Julie Andrews has lifted the spirits of the world for generations,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO. “Now, more than ever, AFI looks forward to gathering the globe to celebrate the many gifts and joy she has given us — proving her, of course, ‘practically perfect in every way.’”
Throughout her career, Andrews has earned numerous awards including an Oscar for her role in Mary Poppins in 1964. She was nominated for her performances in The Sound of Music and Victor Victoria, in which she played dual roles.


Hollywood’s Most Powerful Stylists 2021
With a nearly all-virtual awards season wrapped, The Hollywood Reporter spotlights the 12 tastemakers who made the most impact during this very unusual year, creating looks for everyone from Zendaya and Anya Taylor-Joy to Viola Davis and Tom Brady.

Law Roach – THR’S Top Stylist of the Year
Even Mother Nature knows that it’s Law Roach’s moment. As his client Zendaya walked the Oscars red carpet in a midriff-baring, canary yellow Valentino gown, a gust seemed to appear out of nowhere, giving dramatic effect to her long-flowing locks and allowing the layers of the garment to float alongside its megawatt star, creating a peak goddess effect. And when Zendaya was gone, so was the wind.
“For there to be no wind, and then for this girl to walk on the carpet, and then for it to be heavy wind?” marvels Roach with a laugh. But the stylist — who also works with Anya Taylor-Joy, Kerry Washington, Tiffany Haddish, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Aldis Hodge, Tom Holland and Hunter Schafer — isn’t just about creating red carpet looks to go viral; he’s had a transformative effect on the industry itself.


How to Be King in Mesopotamia
In ancient Mesopotamia, being king meant many things. Kings were not just rulers of their kingdoms and empires; they were also expected to be religious leaders, warriors, hunters, scholars, lawmakers, and builders. All of these roles were embedded in a complex belief system that begins with the gods bestowing kingship on mankind.
A Sumerian list of kings (some real and some mythical), says that kingship “descended from heaven.” It was a gift from the gods and the king was therefore divinely chosen. For this reason, he was expected to be especially pious and perform the appropriate rituals to ensure that the gods brought good fortune to his people. In the hymn on the tablet shown below, King Shulgi of Ur gives offerings made of lapis lazuli, silver, and gold to the gods, who in turn favor him.


Hey bestie, why is everyone saying “hey bestie” online?
On “cheugy” and the internet’s endless fascination with out-of-touch white women.

Hey bestie! Do you keep logging onto the internet and seeing people calling each other “bestie” and “girlie” and “girlboss” and “queen,” and you sort of get the sense that these words are on some level being used ironically but also you aren’t totally sure what the joke is?
If you spend a lot of time reading TikTok comments, the most brutal and hilarious place on the internet, you almost certainly have. There, everyone is “bestie.” Regardless of whether you are wonderful or absolutely suck, you are “queen.” Did you have a really bad opinion on something you don’t know anything about? “Hey girlboss it’s not too late to take this down <3” Did you post something that you thought was a flex but it ended up being a self-own? Someone will have commented “hey bestie I can’t do this today!”


Reality TV used to be about getting famous. 90 Day Fiancé is about the American dream.
The sprawling TLC franchise changed the game in reality TV.

When you stop to think about it, reality TV and documentaries are cousins, if not siblings. The family resemblance may seem unlikely, but it’s there. Both documentaries and reality shows use the raw material of “real life,” then selectively edit and craft a narrative that’s funny or thrilling or dramatic, with characters, stakes, and something to tell us about ourselves. You might even say that documentary walked so that reality TV could fly — or vice versa?


Gorgeous Regency property once owned by Queen Charlotte is now on the market
Live like a Bridgerton in this smart 18th century townhouse in Bath

The beautiful apartment, which is being marketed by Strutt & Parker for £1.25 million, was used by the Queen Consort as a ballroom when she was staying in Bath. She used to visit the city to ‘take the waters’ – a famous spa treatment utilising the area’s natural springs that was popular at the time and was thought to cure a variety of ailments.


The Art in the Oval Office Tells a Story. Here’s How to See It.
What if the paintings and sculptures in the Oval Office could talk? What if they already are?

This is a pretty standard White House photo, the sort of image you have probably noticed dozens of times since President Biden took office a little more than 100 days ago, from newspaper photographs to shots on cable news networks. But look just past the president and notice the bust of Robert F. Kennedy behind him.




[Photo Credit: maracasd.com]

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