T LOunge for June 8th, 2021

Posted on June 08, 2021

Kaikaya Bar and Restaurant – Valencia, Spain


Some LOunges you look at and you just know the energy is off the charts when the place is buzzing and popping. No quite moments of reflection today, darlings. It is TUESDAY, which is traditionally seen in most cultures as the day to get LOUD. Says who? Says us! Plant your heinie and start gabbing about whatever comes to mind. We have provided helpful discussion prompts below because we’re givers.

In peek-behind-the-curtain news (or as we like to call it “It’s not all pictures of dresses with snarky captions, folks!”), this week, we are tasked with shooting a whole series of videos of ourselves for various promotional purposes having to do with our book. They’ll all be posted on various social media accounts so you’ll get to see them if you keep your eyes peeled, but kittens, the PRESSURE. We made a choice a long time ago to not make our big gay faces the “face” of our business because we rejected early on the idea that blogging was some sort of celebrity activity. We’re not exactly hiding in seclusion, but we only rarely release pictures of ourselves because it has always been about the writing and the other forms of content, not about establishing ourselves as some sort of Perez Hilton-esque “personalities.” Still, you can’t sell a book from your hermit cabin, so it means we have to sometimes smile pretty for the camera in a way that doesn’t necessarily come naturally to us. Anyway, after the pictures with dresses and captions are all done for the day, we’ll be trying to tap into our inner Spielberg AND our inner movie stars at the same time. Wish us luck!



Crying in H Mart Is Getting a Film Adaptation
Author Michelle Zauner, who performs as Japanese Breakfast, will also make original music for the movie.

Published on April 20, Crying in H Mart expands on Zauner’s viral essay of the same name that she wrote for The New Yorker in 2018. In the story, she reflects on growing up Korean-American, losing her mother, and the moments they shared together over food. Zauner also recalls grappling with her Korean identity: how she distanced herself from it as she moved to the East Coast for school, started a job, and got married, but then reckoned with it after her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer.


The New Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle is France’s Most Remarkable Hotel
“It’s the first time in centuries that people can sleep [on the grounds of the palace] without being courtiers. The place elicits an extraordinary aesthetic emotion.”

Check into Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle—it just opened, on June 1—and you’ll be surrounded by the late 18th century of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, that proto-influencer extraordinaire (whose proclivities helped lead to her undoing). Their taste inspired the designers, who set 1788 as their benchmark—the year Marie Antoinette renovated the Petit Trianon, her and her children’s private residence in the Versailles complex, and the year the Grand Contrôle building was last inventoried.


9 Experts on How to Incorporate Greenery Into Your Wedding Decor
From outdoor events to designs looking to bring the outside in, these are the ways to get the best out of greens.

Floral design is one of (if not the) key components in a wedding’s look and feel. From the tabletop at the reception to the design of the ceremony and all of the arrangements that complete the setting, your floral designer is responsible for bringing color, an intimate feel, and a natural, impactful element to your indoor or outdoor venue.
With the pandemic bringing on the rise of all-outdoor events or celebrations with fluid, indoor/outdoor event flows, it’s now more important than ever to utilize natural elements as organically as possible. That’s where greenery comes in, be it through big moments like installations or more micro moments like tablescapes and place settings. Greenery is also ideal for the couple who isn’t excited by loads of bold florals and wants to achieve a natural feel without the added swaths of color. Ahead, the top names in design and florals weigh in on how to best use greenery when designing your ceremony, reception, tablescape, and more.


Texas Bakery Goes Viral After Heart-Shaped Rainbow Pride Cookies Led to Backlash
How could anyone hate a rainbow cookie?

A heart-shaped cookie with rainbow icing sounds pretty innocuous. But a social media photo featuring that exact item sent a Texas bakery on a rollercoaster of a week after they used the goodies to wish patrons a “Happy Pride.”
“My heart is heavy. Honestly I never thought a post that literally said more love less hate would result in this kind of backlash,” the post continued. “If you love our cookies we will have an over abundance of them tomorrow. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.”


What We Wish Restaurant Guests Knew About Tipping
After a disastrous year for restaurants, the industry is rethinking how it does business, and tipping is a crucial part of the discussion.

Tips have a thorny past. Tipping was first popularized in the United States after emancipation, when formerly enslaved people working in the hospitality sector were expected to work for tips in lieu of wages. Since then, tipped workers have continued to depend on the whims of customers for their income. In one recent study, the Economic Policy Institute found that in states like Virginia, Texas, and Alabama, where restaurant owners can pay employees the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 an hour, 18% of hospitality workers live in poverty, a rate double that of non-tipped workers in those same states.


Taraji P. Henson Wants to Know What’s on Your Mind
The award-winning actress’s next role is as a crusader for mental health awareness.

“The first thing we wanted to do was get Black people talking about mental health,” Taraji P. Henson says. “Let’s just get it out there. I’ll say something. I’ll break the ice.” That’s just what she’s done. Since founding in 2018 the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (named after her father, a Vietnam War veteran who struggled with both post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder), Henson—who won a Golden Globe for her role as Cookie Lyon on the TV series Empire, having earlier earned an Oscar nomination for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button—has been a tireless advocate for addressing mental health in the Black community. And never have such efforts been so necessary; according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 17 percent of non-Hispanic Black adults in the United States struggle with mental illness, including depression and anxiety.


20 Women Who Prove That Underarm Hair Is the Ultimate Show of Confidence
Fresh off the return of the full bush, there is yet another triumph for team no-nicks-and-cuts: Grown-out underarm hair. According to a recent study, nearly one in four women under the age of 25 have stopped shaving their underarms. And after lockdown, it’s likely that this number has only gone up, with many embracing a more lived-in look. But this long overdue shift in society’s standards of female beauty wouldn’t have been possible without the women who bucked convention in the first place.
During the golden age of Old Hollywood, Sophia Loren redefined bombshell beauty by displaying bushels of armpit hair in curve-hugging halter dresses, while Grace Jones’s underarm fuzz was a cool complement to her gender-bending style in the ‘70s and ’80s. Equally radical were two of the latter decade’s biggest rule breakers, Madonna and Lisa Bonet, who each tossed the razor with bad girl aplomb.


Best Croc Collaborations Of All Time
From Christopher Kane to KFC, these rubberised shoes have had many fashion partners. Here is a look at the best Croc collabs of all time

It’s been nearly 20 years since Crocs – rubberised clog shoes with optional slingback – first found their way onto tootsies. And while early-adopters used them to squelch through boggy gardens, for their post-mud-bath hoseability, they’ve since penetrated the fashionverse.
To first behold, they seem an unlikely shoe to be making their way to fashion week, but they’ve now had runway exposure a few times, thanks to some collaborating brands with serious clout. From Christopher Kane’s crystal encrusted clogs through to LA brand Chinatown Market, Crocs have seen incarnations spanning high fashion through to streetwear, with a few musical team-ups in between (Justin Bieber and Post Malone have both designed a Croc).
And now, as if we thought clogs covered in astroturf were the most inventive of the bunch, the Balenciaga croc era is upon us, and these shoes are setting the internet ablaze.


Prince Harry spoke with the Queen about baby Lilibet ahead of birth announcement
Despite the tabloids theorising that the royal family may have been blindsided by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s birth announcement for their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana this weekend, it turns out that the Queen herself knew about baby Lili’s arrival before the rest of the world.
A source close to the Sussexes confirmed to Elle.com that Harry spoke with his grandmother about Lili’s birth in advance of Sunday’s announcement. Buckingham Palace aides also confirmed to the Telegraph that the Queen was “aware” Meghan and Harry planned to name their daughter after her family nickname, prior to their public announcement.


Cuppy: Growing up between cultures is hard, but it’s become my superpower
The popular Nigerian DJ and philanthropist writes about her story of belonging amid the push and pull of Lagos and London

I have travelled more than 31,000 miles from where I came from to where I am now. My life from Lagos to London has been nothing short of a rollercoaster and I’m still on the ride. As an international DJ, artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, my career makes it almost impossible for me to stay in a place for an extended period. I’m very grateful to have experienced first-hand different cultures and met some of the most amazing people over the course of my travels, but the real question is, where do I call home? I was born in Lagos, Nigeria at 4pm on a dusty Thursday afternoon. My mother said her hospital room was filled with flowers; I was truly an African princess. Fast forward to now and I consider myself a Londoner at heart. The push and pull of assimilating into two different cultures hasn’t always been without difficulties. It’s a process that has been years in the making.


Ellie Kemper on Involvement in Debutante Ball With ‘Racist, Sexist Past’: ‘Ignorance Is No Excuse’
Ellie Kemper has responded to backlash about her 1999 involvement in a St. Louis debutante ball with racist origins.
“The century-old organization that hosted the debutante ball had an unquestionably racist, sexist, and elitist past. I was not aware of this history at the time, but ignorance is no excuse. I was old enough to have educated myself before getting involved,” Kemper wrote Monday on Instagram.
“I unequivocally deplore, denounce, and reject white supremacy. At the same time, I acknowledge that because of my race and my privilege, I am the beneficiary of a system that dispensed unequal justice and unequal rewards,” she continued.


Rob Zombie Confirms He’s Directing a Reboot of ‘The Munsters’
The ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ director will reanimate the 1964 sitcom classic for its first-ever reboot movie

Rob Zombie has confirmed his long-rumored resurrection of The Munsters is really happening. The musician-director announced the news on his Instagram page Monday.
“Attention Boils and Ghouls!,” Zombie wrote. “The rumors are true! My next film project will be the one I’ve been chasing for 20 years! THE MUNSTERS! Stay tuned for exciting details as things progress!” The film is from Universal Studios via its 1440 Productions division, which means it’s likely going to Peacock instead of getting a theatrical release.


An Expert’s Guide on How to Quit Anything
We’re here to help you make changes that will set you on the fast track to happier.

Everyone has at least a couple of things — that spirit-sucking job, a toxic friendship or a personal habit (thinking things to death or snarfing sugar like it’s about to be criminalized, for example) — that they’d like to put behind them. It’s not a newsflash, but change, whether it’s a tiny tweak or a major shift, is hard. It just is.
Change can be difficult because the reasons we engage in many of our habitual behaviors are often outside of our conscious awareness, says Wendy Wood. Ph.D., a social psychologist at the University of Southern California and author of Good Habits, Bad Habits. The science behind why you keep repeating this habit or behavior “doesn’t have anything to do with whether you want to do it,” she explains.


Chrissy Teigen’s fall from grace
The rise and fall of Chrissy Teigen shows how drastically Twitter changed in 10 years.

“I remember the exact time I realized I wasn’t allowed to say whatever popped in my head-that I couldn’t just say things in the way that so many of my friends were saying,” Teigen tweeted. “Before, I never really knew where I stood in the industry, in the world. Eventually, I realized that once the relatable ‘snarky girl who didn’t care’ became a pretty successful cookbook author and had more power in the industry, I couldn’t just say whatever the fuck I wanted. The more we grow, the more we get those wakeup calls.”
So Teigen could see her cancellation coming. But it wasn’t until May 2021, when Stodden revealed how Teigen had bullied them, and it became clear that Teigen had done something genuinely horrible and not just a little cringey, that her cancellation truly arrived.


Prince Philip’s life to be celebrated in new exhibitions at Windsor Castle and Holyroodhouse
‘Prince Philip: A Celebration’ will feature 150 objects including the royal wedding invitation, order of service and breakfast menu from his 1947 nuptials to Her Majesty the Queen

The late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died aged 99 on 9 April, just a few months short of what would have been his 100th birthday this Thursday. To mark the occasion, two exhibitions have been planned at Windsor Castle and Holyroodhouse, dubbed Prince Philip: A Celebration.


Summer’s Greatest Prize: Watermelons, With Seeds, Please
For many Americans, juicy, scarlet watermelon is a must for Juneteenth. The heirloom varieties are a sacred summer fruit.

In the fervor of June, heirloom watermelon varieties flourish in backyard gardens and family-run microfarms throughout the American South. Their scarlet-colored flesh, stippled with black seeds, is a striking relic of summers past in comparison to the seedless supermarket varieties.
“I don’t believe in seedless watermelon — that is against my religion,” said Gabrielle E.W. Carter, a multimedia artist and gardener in Apex, N.C. The presence of ebony kernels is equivalent to winning a free ticket from a lottery scratch-off; it’s a modest thrill.




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