T LOunge for July 13th, 2021

Posted on July 13, 2021

Zalmhuis Bar and Restaurant – Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands


Feeling the need for a little swanky today? Lo’s got you covered. It’s the perfect LOunge for mingling or staring out the windows in a funk, both of which appeal to us at the moment.

We’d like to insert some interesting little observation or vague tidbit about our lives here, but at the moment, we’re pretty uninteresting people; stuck at the halfway point between two vacations (Vegas last week, Fire Island at the end of the month), which means we’re dieting off one week’s worth of indulgences in preparation for another one. A vacation holding pattern, if you will. We suppose it feels weird to us because we’ve taken so few vacations over the last decade. Indy blog publishing doesn’t allow for it all that much. You think you can blog from a train or plane or hotel room if need be, but it’s never as simple as that. Should be mighty interesting if we go to Europe at the end of the year, as planned. Of course plans have a way of not working out, especially when there’s still a worldwide pandemic happening.

Anyway, that ramble was quite the journey, yes? We better stop our wool-gathering and get to content farming pronto. Talk amongst yourselves, dolls.



Should I Freeze My Eggs?
The number of women choosing to freeze their eggs is rising year on year. But considering less than a fifth of patients ending up using their eggs to have a child, the treatment’s cost and the physical and psychological toil, we’ve got to ask ourselves, is it really worth it?

But in reality, the idea of collecting eggs from a very young woman and expecting her to be able to use them to become pregnant if she only feels ready many years later, is injudicious. In fact, the average age of women opting for egg freezing is 38. The majority of women prefer to freeze their eggs later in life for several reasons: the younger you are when you freeze your eggs the less likely you’re going to use them as you might conceive naturally and most women in their 20s and 30s don’t have the finances to freeze eggs in the first place.


Inside the New Gucci Archive in Florence With Its Maestro Alessandro Michele
According to Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, archives are living organisms, not mausoleums or frigid clinical spaces where a brand’s history is kept frozen and mummified. A cultivated and eclectic collector and lover of archeology, Michele’s constant dialogue with the past has shaped his work at Gucci, whose 100th anniversary has been celebrated this year. As a cherry on the birthday cake, the Gucci Archive has just opened in Florence. Housed in the Palazzo Settimanni, a Renaissance gem located in the lively Oltrarno neighborhood of Santo Spirito, it has been meticulously restored to its original splendor and refurbished to house the brand’s vast collections.


10 Rare Photographs Of Princess Diana With Prince William And Prince Harry
A collection of heartwarming photos during Princess Diana’s early years of motherhood.

When Prince William did arrive in June of 1982, Princess Diana became the first member of the Royal Family to give birth to a direct heir in a hospital, rather than a palace. She famously chose the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, London, following in the footsteps of her sister-in-law, Princess Anne, who had given birth there years prior. This would reveal the moment that is now so iconic, that of a shy young Diana in a polka-dot dress, holding her baby son beside a beaming Prince Charles. While the Queen had displayed her children on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Princess Diana’s choice signalled a new modern era for the royal family.


Alessandro Michele & Gucci Go Sky High With A Rainbow Of Gems
Gucci’s garden of delights is a gemmologist’s fantasy – a high jewellery collection that doesn’t just play with the “big four” gems (diamond, sapphire, emerald and ruby) but runs amok with the full rainbow of precious stones.
Australian opals, Afghani and Brazilian tourmalines, electric-green peridots and spinels in every shade of purple – from palest lavender to dark plum – jostle together like handfuls of boiled sweets, dripping with diamond fringes or exploding into shooting stars that fizzle into burnt orange spessartite garnets.


Behind the Lens: Olivia Lifungula
The photographer opens up to Bazaar about representation and the power of saying no

“I was definitely that kid that was fascinated by MTV and watched a lot of music videos. I also religiously collected magazines and constantly looked at them and I think that’s where my love for image-making started. That said, it took a little while to start taking photos; I never even thought of photography as a career because I just didn’t grow up seeing anyone that looked like me, or was from where I’m from, doing it.”


How to make your wedding day as sustainable as possible
The expert guide to making sure your big day doesn’t cost the earth

We are all seeking, in whatever way possible, to make our lives more sustainable – be it our fashion choices or the way we consume our food and energy. There’s no reason your wedding day should be any different. When it comes to tackling the ecological impact of your big day, everything from the wine in your guests’ glass to the menu in their hand and the cake on their plate, counts – not to mention that all-important dress.


The Inalienable Right to…Skip a COVID Vaccine?
State lawmakers in Montana and Alabama have passed laws protecting people who choose not to get the COVID-19 vaccine from “discrimination.”

In a push designed to treat unvaccinated Americans like an oppressed group, Republicans are reportedly pursuing a series of bills that would make it illegal to “discriminate” against those who choose not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. At least one state—Montana—has already signed such a bill into law, and according to Axios, others around the country are following suit.
Montana’s law prevents businesses such as grocery stores and restaurants from refusing customers based on their vaccination status. And employers in the state cannot consider an applicant’s vaccination status when making hiring decisions. In a similar move, Alabama passed a law prohibiting schools and universities from mandating COVID vaccine requirements for students, faculty, and staff, while other government institutions and private companies are also barred from stopping service to unvaccinated patrons.


Obamas Readying Film and TV Event ‘Blackout’ for Netflix
The scripted project will focus on six love stories, each penned by a different writer.

The Obamas’ Higher Ground and Fatherhood producers Temple Hill are re-teaming for a new project at Netflix.
The companies are developing Blackout, a film and TV “event” that is being adapted from six different love stories, each penned by a different writer. The project, Netflix notes, is being developed concurrently as a TV series and film adaptation. That means that some of the six stories could wind up in the film, while others are in the TV show. Sources caution that while this seems like a franchise in the making, it’s not a “multiverse” that will consist of multiple films and TV shows — at least not right now.


The Legacy of “Alice in Wonderland”
A new exhibition explores the book’s long afterlife.

At a certain hour, reading becomes a psychedelic experience. This is especially true of Lewis Carroll’s still trippy “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” from 1865, and its even odder sequel, “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There”—both of which I’ve been reading late at night. In the morning, when other books have had their coffee and sobered up, Carroll’s works remain dreamlike and stubbornly nonsensical. “Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end?” Carroll writes, as Alice plunges down the rabbit hole. The hole is lined with shelves (naturally), and she plucks a jar of orange marmalade from one as she passes. “I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth!” she frets. “How funny it’ll seem to come out among the people that walk with their heads downwards!” The origins of Alice’s tumble into Wonderland and its long cultural afterlife—everything from Carroll’s tentative first sketches to cheery, Alice-themed advertisements for Guinness and tomato juice produced a hundred years later (“Welcome to a Wonderland of good drinking!”)—are the subject of a beguiling new exhibition, “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser,” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London.



Undersea volcanoes are home to more life than we know
Yet the threats these castles of biodiversity face are mounting.

One of Earth’s most underappreciated biodiverse habitats is, for now, mostly a mystery. That’s left a chasm in the collective understanding of the full extent of our largely detrimental effects on the world’s watery domains. And the threats these habitats face, from warming oceans to commercial fishing to a controversial, nascent deep-sea mining industry, are mounting.
A disquieting race is now afoot. Conservationists are toiling away, hoping that protective measures and standards are agreed upon and in place long before any future waterborne enterprises get their own shot at the seafloor — and, in the process, potentially inflict lasting damage on unknown ecologies obscured by the depths.


The struggle to make health apps truly private
Why privacy and patient advocates are worried that substance use disorder apps aren’t keeping data private.

Jonathan J.K. Stoltman already knew how hard it can be for people with addiction to find the right treatment. As director of the Opioid Policy Institute, he also knew how much worse the pandemic made it: A family member had died of an opioid overdose last November after what Stoltman describes as an “enormous effort” to find them care. So Stoltman was hopeful that technology could improve patient access to treatment programs through things like addiction treatment and recovery apps.
But then he consulted last year with a company that makes an app for people with substance use disorders, where he says he was told that apps commonly collected data and tracked their users. He worried that they weren’t protecting privacy as well as they should, considering who they were built to help.


3 rules for when schools should keep masks
The CDC says some schools can drop mask mandates — but not all of them.

As the US quickly returns to a pre-pandemic normal, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now working to ensure that schools do the same — releasing new guidelines last week outlining, in part, when schools should still consider mandating masks.
The guidelines put the CDC at the center of yet another Covid-19 controversy. As everything from concerts to bars to movie theaters has started up again, parents have pushed for schools to pull back Covid-related restrictions, too, leading to protests and shouting over masks at public school board meetings. Elected officials have taken note, with eight states now banning school districts from imposing mask mandates.
But experts say there are good reasons to continue requiring masks in at least some schools, particularly those where the majority of the student body isn’t — or can’t be — vaccinated and in areas where the coronavirus is still spreading at high rates. The CDC guidelines reflect this expert guidance, arguing that universal masking requirements make sense in several circumstances.


Prince William, Boris Johnson and Gareth Southgate condemn racist abuse of England’s football stars
‘This England team deserves to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media,’ the Prime Minister said as pressure mounts on tech giants to hand over details of football racists so they can face real life consequences

England lost in nail biting penalties, 2-3, and since the result, the players who failed to score – Marcus Rashford, 23, Jadon Sancho, 21, and Bukayo Saka, 19 – have been subject to vitriolic racist abuse on social media. Abuse that has been denounced by the Prime Minister and the Duke of Cambridge, to name but two high profile public figures. Boris Johnson told the racists to ‘crawl back under the rock from which you emerged’ and the Duke of Cambridge called it ‘abhorrent’. Gareth Southgate, the England manager, said it was ‘unforgivable’.


Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diana film to premiere at the Venice Film Festival in August
The plot of the new film Spencer is said to take place at the end of her marriage to Prince Charles, when she decided to reject royal life and give up the chance of being Queen

Diana, Princess of Wales tragically passed away over 20 years ago, yet for many, the fascination with the ‘People’s Princess’ endures. Now, almost a year after Emma Corrin made her debut as the young Lady Diana Spencer in season 4 of The Crown, Kristen Stewart is taking on the role in the upcoming film Spencer, which will make its premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month.




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