T LOunge for June 1st, 2021

Posted on June 01, 2021

Chica at the Venetian Bar and Restaurant – Las Vegas, US

 

Darlings, we think it’s safe to say we all need color, art, and incredibly flattering lighting today. We’re back, after the first 3-day weekend we’ve had in several centuries. This Memorial Day weekend was absolutely the first time since the Before Times that it felt like an actual holiday was happening and we decided to do something we literally never do, which is take the entire weekend off from any work. No emails, very little social media, no newsletter – not even drafts to be worked on at a later date. Total T Lo work stoppage. It was lovely. Highly recommended.

HOWEVER…

Today is TUESDAY (even if it doesn’t feel like it) and that piper, as always, must be paid. So while we get not one but two Drag Race recaps up and scour the celebrity style happenings to see if anything’s … well… happening, you kittens should just settle in and get started on a long day of distractions and procrastinations. It’s the T LOunge way.

 

A New Netflix Series Will Chronicle The Tragic Story of This Austrian Empress
The dark saga of Duchess Sissi of Austria could be a spiritual successor to The Crown.

Elisabeth, known as Sissi, was Empress of Austria beginning in 1854, when she married Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary at the age of 16. But despite this lofty title, her life was largely dark and difficult—she lost her first child at a young age, and then lost her only son, Rudolf, in what was suspected to be a murder-suicide on his part (his body was found next to that of his lover). Less than ten years later, her sister Duchess Sophie also perished in a fire. After all of this loss, Elisabeth’s own life also ended at a young age, when she was assassinated by an Italian anarchist in 1898.
Titled The Empress, the six-part series will star German actress Devrim Lingnau. Per The Daily Mail, the series won’t all be doom and gloom—it’ll also explore Elisabeth’s infamous beauty and fitness regime, which led her to be dubbed “the loveliest woman in Europe.” She was reportedly an exercise fanatic, performing 20 pull-ups every morning, and used a series of unusual beauty treatments including bathing in goats’ milk, putting veal on her face, and washing her hair in eggs and cognac.

 

Camilla’s Son Tom Parker Bowles Shares How to Make the Perfect British Cup of Tea
Plus, the particular type of tea the royal family has been a fan of for years.

Personally, Parker Bowles likes to start his day what is called “builder’s tea,” a robust cup of black tea with a little milk and sugar. Prince Charles, it seems, prefers his tea with milk and honey, whereas the Queen likes a little milk with no sugar. The royal family has been a fan of loose leaf tea for years. Parker Bowles explains that the tea leaves are larger when they are loose and produce a more nuanced flavor than the bag. “Just like wine, tea has a terroir to it, and that is better expressed with the larger leaves.”

 

Tulsa Massacre Survivor Lessie Benningfield Randle Reflects on the Horror and Looks Forward
The 106-year-old woman is seeking reparations for the 1921 tragedy.

At 106 years old, Randle, affectionately called Mother Randle by her friends and family, is one of the last remaining survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. She is a soft-spoken, tiny woman with an equally soft laugh and striking smile who attributes her longevity (or what she would call her youth) to living on the land as her parents and grandmother did. The centenarian doesn’t even wear glasses.
The devastation Randle lived through as a child was immediately downplayed by officials. Initial reports claimed dozens of Black people were killed; historians now estimate as many as 300 Black people died and 8,000 were injured in the massacre, an incident many deem the deadliest single occurrence of racial violence to have transpired on American soil.

 

The Food & Wine Guide to Cooking with Wood
Learn how to fuel and flavor your next cookout with wood, the most elemental of ingredients.

Used intentionally, wood can be as essential and impactful an ingredient as fat or salt. As it burns, wood releases chemical compounds that deliver delicious flavors and aromas to food. A mesquite or oak log placed down the center of the grill alongside a hot bed of charcoal will bring additional heat and a kiss of smoke to thick steaks and chops, while just a few small chunks of sweet applewood on top of the coals will do the trick for fish or mushrooms.

 

Is It Bad That I Long For My Partner To Return To The Office?
Since the arrival of our first child in October 2020, this has been our reality; a bizarre juxtaposition of silly baby voices, projectile vomit and crying (me and the baby) with spreadsheets, formal meetings and intense deadlines. We live in the same house with only floorboards between us and yet we could be on different planets. Despite this – and the loud “you stink” song – my husband plans to continue working from home. His employers have sent him office furniture, he has a new monitor, he bought a jigsaw (to dip into on his coffee breaks); he’s here to stay.

 

Naomi Osaka Withdraws From The French Open With A Powerful Statement
Over the past few days, the French Open has been overshadowed by a heated debate around the obligations of its players to engage with the media. On Wednesday, following Naomi Osaka’s victory over the Romanian player Patricia Maria Tig, the Japanese-American champion and current world number two completed her courtside post-match interview, but chose not to attend the post-match press conference. This lead to a $15,000 (£11,000) fine, and a forceful rebuke from the league of Grand Slam tournaments that make up the most esteemed – and ultimately highest-paying – bodies within the world of tennis.
“The truth is I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that,” Osaka wrote. “Though the tennis press has always been kind to me (and I want to apologise to all the cool journalists who I may have hurt), I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world’s media. I get really nervous and find it stressful to always try to engage and give you the best answers I can.”

 

Inside Princess Diana’s Most Cherished Handbag Collection
“Fashion might not have been a priority, but she loved to experiment,” Princess Diana’s stylist Anna Harvey once said of her client, the woman she helped to transform from kindergarten aide into royal figurehead. The Princess of Wales’s style legacy belies her initial nonchalance – “upper-class English girls weren’t as knowing about clothes as they are now – there were no It-girls then,” explains Harvey – with brands still riding high on the marketability of Diana. Handbags – which were a window into the princess’s personality, particularly once she had distanced herself from the monarchy in the ’90s – remain an emblem of the woman her stylist describes as resolutely modern, but never concerned about being fashionable.

 

Will Audiences Return to Movie Theaters? Yes! But It’s Now a Culture War Issue
And what’s now clear is that the way this is going to play out, over the next year and maybe the next decade, already has the overheated dimension of a culture war. To go or not to go? To believe in the primacy of the communal, cathartic big-screen experience or to see it as a stodgy, unhip relic? No one thought this way about the movie theater versus VHS or DVD; the industry wasted no time transforming those technologies into ancillary markets that helped keep movies afloat. But streaming has changed the chemistry. The two radically different ways of experiencing filmed dramatic entertainment (theater vs. home) will now be competing as never before, and in some ways it’s a battle of cachet. For the moment, the TV medium has won the cool contest.

 

Why Movies Love Kids’ Books
Craig Gillespie’s “Cruella,” starring Emma Stone, and the Finnish bio-pic “Tove” illustrate the pitfalls and the possibilities of cinema’s fixation on children’s classics and their authors.

The milking of children’s literature is now a dairy industry. Movies, in particular, continue to pump away. You might think that every drop has been wrung from the classic texts, yet still, unceasingly, fresh adaptations emerge. Last year brought a new version of “The Secret Garden,” as well as Matteo Garrone’s suitably Then there are the spinoffs, prequels, and sequels that kidnap a character from a book and freely riff on her, or him, or it. Between 2017 and 2019, readers devoted to “Anne of Green Gables” were treated to—or, if they were purists, mortified by—three seasons of a Netflix series called “Anne with an E.” (Why the change of title? Did the producers hope to appeal to impurists by hinting that Anne would be taking Ecstasy at a rave in Club Avonlea?) Yet there is nothing inherently doomed about spinning variations on a theme; the bear/person interface, though it fizzled awkwardly in “Christopher Robin” (2018), with Ewan McGregor needing emergency life coaching from Pooh, worked a treat in “Paddington” (2014) and its sequel, three years later.

 

Leni Sinclair’s photographs capture the radical White Panther Party
The photographer and activist lenses the beatniks, artists, and musicians who got together as an anti-racist group that supported the Black Panthers

In 1968, when the founder of the Black Panther Party, Huey P. Newton, was asked what white people could do to support them, he suggested that they could form a White Panther Party. A group of beatniks, artists, and musicians in Detroit took him at his word and formally assembled the White Panthers. Among them was Leni Sinclair, a photographer who chronicled this turbulent, fraught time in American history. At the forefront of Detroit’s progressive history, her archive of stunning images capturing the spirit of activism, rock ‘n’ roll, and revolution have been gathered together in a new book, Motor City Underground (published by MOCAD and Foggy Notion Books).

 

Why it took 100 years for America to learn about the Tulsa massacre
The long-hidden racist attack on “Black Wall Street” and its residents is finally in the open — and raising questions about all that Americans don’t know and have tried to hide.

For decades, the story of the massacre remained untold so as not to deviate from the narrative that America is exceptional and founded on democratic ideals. But the Tulsa massacre is no longer a secret. The story is being told locally and nationally, in the media, on television, and before Congress: Two award-winning HBO series — Watchmen, which aired in 2019, and Lovecraft Country, which aired in 2020 — depicted the event for millions of viewers. Theater productions such as Tulsa ’21: Black Wall Street will soon open to Oklahoma audiences, following the earlier play Big Mama Speaks. The Bitter Root comic book series recently illustrated the massacre on its pages. Two upcoming documentaries, one executive-produced by NBA star Russell Westbrook and co-directed by Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams, will be released on the 100th anniversary of the massacre.

 

Ancient Rome Will Never Get Old. Take It From Mary Beard.
“What the Romans are teaching is always at that meta level of what it might be like to take a view different from your own.”

Is America akin to Rome in decline? Was Trump like Caligula? What can the Antonine plague tell us about our response to Covid? These are questions that have been asked of late, but they’re only recent iterations of a longstanding impulse: When a seeming paradigm shift occurs, contemporary commentators will look to ancient Rome for parallels, lessons, warnings. But what do we truly hope to reveal with these comparisons to Rome? And what do those hopes say about us? Mary Beard has spent a lifetime examining such questions. The success with which the Cambridge classics professor, best-selling author, television documentary series host and feisty Twitter star has done so has elevated her to something akin to icon status — though, like the subjects she studies, that status is not free of complications, which she welcomes. “If I’ve got a function in life other than being a bloody dinosaur,” says Beard, who is 66, “then the job is to say things are complicated. They’re always complicated.”

 

Tiara of the month: Empress Eugenie’s pearl diadem
Commissioned by Napoléon III for his wife Eugenie, this tiara was worn by punk Princess Gloria TNT on her wedding day

In celebration of June’s birthstone, the Tiara of the Month is this monumental pearl diadem by Gabriel Lemonnier, which was commissioned by Napoleon III in 1853 as a wedding gift to his bride, Eugénie de Montigjo. The tiara features 212 pearls and nearly 2000 diamonds set in foliage scrolls with upright pear-shaped pearls, set in silver.

 

Wedding Belles: Celebrating over 100 years of society brides on the cover of Tatler
From Nancy Mitford to Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, many a glamorous debutante starred on the magazine’s cover when she tied the knot

 

 

 

 

 

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