T LOunge for June 17th, 2021

Posted on June 17, 2021

Rockwell at the Trafalgar Cocktail Bar – London, England


It’s THURSDAY, so your concierge Lorenzo has chosen a lively LOunge in order to accomplish the two most Thursday of tasks: celebrate the light at the end of the tunnel while also keeping us all stimulated enough to make it to the finish line (if you don’t the mixing of metaphors).

We keep getting asked the “So what are your plans for the weekend” question with greater and greater frequency and we’re here to put a stop to this nonsense right now. This is a question from the Before Times and the only reason you’re asking it is because you are relying on a conversational fallback and are hoping for a return to normalcy. Stop. Very few of us are jetting off to Paris at the moment or hitting the clubs and resorts. People are just barely making their way back to restaurants and movie theaters. Slow that social pressure roll. What are our plans for the weekend? We don’t know… going outside and breathing. Doing a Target run. Sitting in someone’s backyard and drinking wine. Laundry. Giving the cat her meds. Or maybe we’ll figure it’s too hot outside and we’ll binge-watch some obscure thing on Hulu or something. It’s all good. Let’s find a better ice-breaker. Post your suggestions.

Or not! No pressure! It’s all good!


How the vaccine changed bartending, according to a bartender
The pandemic made bartending more stressful. Is it better now?

In many parts of the country, as vaccinations become increasingly available, Americans are just now getting accustomed to bellying up to bar settings again. New York allowed bars and restaurants to reopen at full capacity on May 19, and finally removed its midnight curfew on the May 31.
But in other states like Texas, Tennessee, and Florida, those restrictions were never so stringent. That means someone like French had plenty of experience serving drinks during the absolute bleakest months of the pandemic. We talked about the anxiety he felt after receiving the call to go back to work, what it’s like to kick out anti-maskers, and how the nightlife mood is changing in Austin now that he, and many of his patrons, are vaccinated.


30 Emerald Engagement Rings to Envy
Go for the color that symbolizes truth–and eternal love.

It’s no surprise that the emerald is one of the most popular gemstones–this luxe stone, with its known calming powers, has been coveted for centuries by the likes of Cleopatra, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jackie O for good reason.
Emeralds are known to be the gemstone with the most personality as they are one of the few precious gems where inclusions actually add value to the stone. Imperfections are part of the beauty of each emerald, as is the color; the more vivid the green, the higher the value of the stone. Emeralds with bluish overtones, typically sourced from Colombia, are the most coveted and rare; the third most important characteristic of emeralds is the cut, and the emerald cut was created to enhance the color and quality of this stone because it mimics its original crystal shape.


A Letter to My Partner on My Non Binary Parenthood
Speaking to his partner Anna, memoirist Krys Malcolm Belc celebrates and mourns the parts of parenting that changed after he began taking testosterone.

When your friends at work become pregnant you come home and tell me everything. The boys are still half in their pajamas and they are all running around the house yelling and scattering their toys as widely as they can. It is eight in the morning and I am emptying the dishwasher and washing berries in a little colander and I am cutting the kids’ pancakes and trying to find Samson’s lunch box. It is under the couch. My eyes are closed at the breakfast table waiting for coffee to hit me. Nobody bother your dad before his first cup of coffee, you say. You are passing out plates and forks like playing cards. You want to talk about your pregnant friends. When they are due and what their partners are like and where they plan to give birth and whether they are sick and what I never say is that I hate these conversations so much.


The New Old Stacy London
The What Not to Wear host isn’t on TV anymore. Or in fashion. Or dating men.

Long before internet vernacular had us begging celebrities to step on our necks and ruin our lives, we longed for Stacy London to insult our clothes. The erstwhile TLC co-host is something of a fashion-world shape-shifter, having been a magazine editor and stylist before landing in our living rooms in 2003 to teach us how to dress, which she did for 10 years through backhanded compliments, outfit formulas and shopping rules. She spent the next several years dabbling in creative pursuits, spending her TV money, and awaiting her next media moment, ultimately realizing it wouldn’t come. Not the way she thought anyway.


Diana Ross’s Best Pop Icon Beauty Looks of All Time
“It takes a long time to get to be a diva,” Diana Ross once said. “I mean, you gotta work at it.” True to her own mantra, the queen of Motown, 77 – who today announced a new album, Thank You – has been doing just that throughout her career with directional hair and make-up. While attending high school, Detroit-born-and-bred Ross enrolled in cosmetology school, practising hairstyles on herself as well as taking on neighbours as clients. But it was when she became the lead singer of The Supremes that Ross’s look — her coiffure and thick lashes especially — reached new heights. “My mom does all her own hair and make-up, and always has,” explains her daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross. “Eyelashes, the whole deal — she does it herself.”


Rose Byrne: “I’m as self-conscious as the next person”
The actress discusses body-shaming, self-doubt and her aerobics-themed TV show Physical

In the pilot of her new 1980s-set comedy-drama series Physical, Rose Byrne establishes everything you need to know about her character in three minutes flat. Byrne, in a ringleted wig and patterned kaftan, assesses herself in the mirror with a downturned expression of complete self-hatred, dabbing concealer onto a stubborn spot on her laugh line. The voice in her head prods at her insecurities with a sneer: “You really think you’re pulling off the disco sex-kitten look at your age? You’re not fooling anybody with this shit.” There’s a knock at the bathroom door. The actress calls out in a sunny, singsong tone that utterly clashes with the harshness of her internal monologue.


Olivia Colman: “Old age is not for the weak”
Olivia Colman and director Florian Zeller discuss what they learnt from making Oscar-winning film The Father

For Colman, it was also a reminder of how difficult growing older can be. “My mum always said, ‘old age is not for the weak,'” she said. “It’s a famous saying, I don’t know where it came from, but if only you could just keep everything, your marbles, your health, right to the very end – brilliant. But the fact that something has to let you down is so cruel… and unkind. I’ll do whatever it takes to keep all this stuff at bay for as long as possible. Cold water swims are supposed to be very good for dementia, so I’m going to start doing that.”


Becoming H.E.R.: How a 23-Year-Old Music Prodigy Grew Into an EGOT-Bound Voice for Her Generation
Black Music Action Coalition co-chairman Binta Niambi Brown says, “I consider H.E.R. to be one of the strongest voices when it comes to Black liberation and social justice in America. Her songs and actions are so compelling and so necessary, and it’s clear that they’re coming from deep within her.”
Yet being a spokesperson wasn’t always in the cards for the woman born Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson on June 27, 1997, in Vallejo, Calif., although the issues she addresses were always part of her life. Her mother shared stories about her upbringing in the Philippines, and her father, an iron worker by day and a musician by night, spoke of growing up Black in Arkansas. But even in the polyglot Bay Area, she stood out.


Rita Moreno Walks Back ‘In the Heights’ Colorism Defense: ‘I’m Incredibly Disappointed With Myself’
In a new statement posted to Twitter, Moreno acknowledged that she was “clearly dismissive” of dark-skinned Afro-Latinos and the importance of the community’s representation on-screen.
“I’m incredibly disappointed with myself. While making a statement in defense of Lin-Manuel Miranda on the Colbert Show last night, I was clearly dismissive of black lives that matter in our Latin community,” Moreno wrote. “It is so easy to forget how celebration for some is lament for others.”
Moreno’s statement continued in a thread, in which she praised Miranda’s response to the criticism.
“In addition to applauding Lin for his wonderful movie version of In The Heights, let me add my appreciation for his sensitivity and resolve to be more inclusive of the Afro-Latino community going forward,” Moreno said. “See, you CAN teach this old dog new tricks.”


Jean Smart and Bowen Yang Discuss the Genius of ‘Hacks’ and the Adrenaline Rush of Working at ‘SNL’
On HBO Max’s “Hacks,” Jean Smart plays the queen of comedy. Her Deborah Vance is a Joan Rivers-style figure, a dominant but fading presence on the Las Vegas Strip who must learn to adjust to a new era of humor. (She also played a dramatic role this year on HBO’s “Mare of Easttown.”) Few comedians more aptly represent the new era than Bowen Yang, a breakout on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” whose absurdist sensibility and erudite wit have made him a fan favorite.


Idris and Sabrina Elba Partner With Christian Louboutin on “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” Capsule Collection
The powerhouse trio talks to THR about the just-launched collaboration, which will benefit five charities chosen by the rock-star shoe designer and A-list Hollywood couple: “We wanted to select organizations at the grassroots level that would have the most impact.”

“The collection is meant in no way to suggest that anyone walk in our shoes specifically, but to look and be open and understanding to those around you who may not have the same privilege in life and are facing systematic injustices that we all need to rally against,” Idris tells THR. “We want everyone to see that there are ways we can contribute and be innovative about that contribution. None of us are profiting from this collaboration; the Christian Louboutin team is 100 percent dedicated to this cause, and we hope that will set some precedent.”


A New Kind of Sports Photography Alice Mann’s award-winning series showcases South African drum majorettes, or “drummies.”
A self-described perfectionist, London-based film photographer Alice Mann spends years at a time creating colorful portraiture essays focused on identity, femininity, and community. “For me, the focus has always been on people. I’ve been completely amazed by [photos of] people. They’re always very magical.”
Perhaps her most magical project to date is the award-winning series “Drummies,” which encapsulates all of the qualities she seeks to represent in her work. The images capture an underrepresented South African subculture: young drum majorettes, or “drummies.” The female-only sport gained popularity in the early 1980s and nowadays evokes nostalgia for that earlier era. That said, it is still practiced today and stands out as a beautiful, intense activity for local young women to participate in.


The Tastemakers of 19th-Century England
How three works in Getty’s collection tell the story of a collector and his friends

We recently uncovered a connection that took us on a journey back to Victorian England into the studios and sitting rooms of a close-knit group of young, idealistic artists. This group evolved from a secret society of seven artists known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood that formed in 1848.
Rather than embracing the Royal Academy of Art’s focus on idealized, classical figures, loose brushwork, and unnatural lighting effects, the Pre-Raphaelites found inspiration in the spiritually uplifting work and principles of artists who predated the Italian Renaissance painter Raphael. First and foremost, they sought to create a visual truth based on direct observation of nature. They created vibrantly colored compositions with subjects from literary, religious, contemporary, and historic sources.


What’s up with the white women doing this fake crying TikTok ‘trend’?
The videos are a stark reminder of the way white people weaponise crocodile tears to accuse and vilify Black people

Over the last year, TikTok has seen its fair share of inventive, dangerous, and potentially disastrous trends. The video sharing app has also become home to a number of divisive tropes – for example, the revival of the British ‘chav’ stereotype – which have caused uproar and controversy online. The latest ‘trend’ to spark widespread criticism sees white women pretending to cry, before suddenly stopping and smiling.


How free trials trick you into thinking you’ll get something for nothing
Why we can’t resist the idea of something for nothing.

Free trials are an enticing marketing tactic intended to reel people in by offering them what is supposed to be a risk-free, minimal-cost introduction to a product or service. And they are everywhere: You can find free trials for underwear, diet pills, makeup, mattresses, razors, CBD oil, gyms, dating apps, educational products, music … the list goes on and on. Who among us hasn’t signed up for a trial of a streaming service or fitness app or beauty product or membership of some sort — and perhaps quit before we were charged.


Passing the Torch: Black Matriarchs Reflect on the Defining Moments of Their Lives
From 1942 to 1945, Clarice Freeman was the only Black student at Eastern Illinois University (formerly Eastern Illinois State Teachers College). In 1953, she married Thomas F. Freeman and the couple moved to Houston, where she made a name for herself as a prominent educator and community leader and her husband became a renowned debate coach and philosophy professor. She will celebrate her 101st birthday in August.


Victoria’s Secret Swaps Angels for ‘What Women Want.’ Will They Buy It?
The embattled lingerie giant is attempting the most extreme brand turnaround in recent memory: an effort to redefine not just itself but also the very idea of what “sexy” is.

The Victoria’s Secret Angels, those avatars of Barbie bodies and playboy reverie, are gone. Their wings, fluttery confections of rhinestones and feathers that could weigh almost 30 pounds, are gathering dust in storage. The “Fantasy Bra,” dangling real diamonds and other gems, is no more.
In their place are seven women famous for their achievements and not their proportions. They include Megan Rapinoe, the 35-year-old pink-haired soccer star and gender equity campaigner; Eileen Gu, a 17-year-old Chinese American freestyle skier and soon-to-be Olympian; the 29-year-old biracial model and inclusivity advocate Paloma Elsesser, who was the rare size 14 woman on the cover of Vogue; and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, a 38-year-old Indian actor and tech investor.


How Diana, Princess of Wales was instrumental in trying to stop the stigma against HIV/AIDs
As Tatler celebrates Pride Month, we look back at one of Princess Diana’s lasting legacies

The late Diana, Princess of Wales is remembered for many things. Not only her relationship with her sons and her incredible sense of style, but also her philanthropic and charity work, and particularly her fearlessness when it came to spotlighting important issues.
Many will remember the images of her walking through Angolan minefields – something that was poignantly recreated on a recent trip by her son, Prince Harry, to the region – or those of her comforting patients suffering with leprosy. Another such issue championed by the People’s Princess was gay rights, and specifically, ending the stigma against HIV/AIDs.



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