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Oooh, let’s get swanky today, kittens. It’s a LOunge for cocktails and intrigue; just what you need to get through your Wednesday. Or rather, just what we need. We invite you to come along on our journey with us.
It’s been a week for mysterious, behind-the-scenes stuff at T Lo International Party Favors, LLC. Sorry to be so obscure about it, but every so often in this game, it seems like the bulk of our focus is on things that never appear on the front page of this here blog. Plates are spinning, darlings! And we’re rushing to and fro, trying to keep them all aloft, so to speak. Still, there’s ripened content that needs harvesting and we better get down to it. Talk amongst yourselves! Lorenzo, as always, has provided you with a series of discussion prompts below.
Mj Rodriguez Makes Emmys History as the First Trans Nominee in a Lead Acting Category
The Pose star is getting her due for her performance as Blanca Evangelista.
The category is … history making.
Pose star Mj Rodriguez made history today as the first transgender performer to be nominated for a lead acting category at the Emmy Awards. She’s currently in the running for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her final act as Blanca Evangelista on the FX show, which bowed with its third and final season in June.
Rodriguez isn’t the first trans actress to receive an Emmy nomination, though. Laverne Cox was nominated in a guest category for her role in Orange Is the New Black, the Los Angeles Times pointed out. Still, both achievements are worth celebrating.
Why Hamilton Was Nominated for Emmy Awards
Though the nods came as a surprise, the musical is technically eligible.
Of the handful of surprises on the Emmys ballot this year, the inclusion of Hamilton was probably the biggest. The hit musical garnered 12 nominations this morning, including seven acting nods. But how?
Though Lin-Manuel Miranda’s famous production debuted on Broadway in 2015, a recorded 2016 performance with the original cast became available to stream for the first time on Disney+ last summer. It arrived on July 3, 2020, making it eligible for Emmys consideration. But categorizing it was the hard part.
Dancing at the Edge of the World
DJ Maryalice played parties in Provincetown for over forty years. Then COVID hit. This summer, she returns to the dance floor. Writer Adam Schubak meets the woman behind the magic of P-town’s tea dances.
Provincetown is located at the very tip of Cape Cod. It has had ties to the gay community since the early 20th century when it was home to artist colonies and experimental theater. Drag performances in the area date back as early as the 1940s. The town hosts some of the longest-running annual festivals gathering members of the LGBTQ+ community from around the world, including Women’s Week, established in 1984. It’s also home to Atlantic House, which is reported to be the oldest gay bar in the United States. That should paint a pretty clear picture as to how important this former Pilgrim fishing village is to the queer community. The tea dance was a popular social activity from the late 1800s to pre-WWI era that saw a revival in the 1950s and ’60s as a Sunday tradition in Fire Island where gay singles could meet each other in a place less likely to be raided by the police. They were called “tea dances,” because it was against the law in New York City at the time to sell alcohol to known homosexuals.
17 Special Occasion Dishes Everyone Should Know How to Make, According to Chefs
Pull off a last-minute dinner party like a pro.
Some chefs have a way of making complicated classics (the sauces! the stews!) seem as easy as boiling water. And why shouldn’t they be? Even if you don’t have a three Michelin-star kitchen, all you need is a few basic techniques to take your cooking from simple to celebration-worthy. From crème brûlée to coq au vin, here are the must-know recipes sure to become your signatures for special occasions.
20 Years of “Perfect Day”: An Interview With Hoku
The early aughts pop star has been off the grid for nearly two decades, but her hit song still makes us feel like we’re living in a movie.
Twenty years later, “Perfect Day” lives on as the song that makes us feel like anything is possible. And, in that moment, Hoku believed it too. As she watched the rest of the film with goosebumps, she realized “Perfect Day” aligned with a larger message Legally Blonde was sending to women—that we deserve to be unapologetically ourselves, and when it comes to doing what we want when we want, well, nothing will stand in our way.
“‘Perfect Day’ was intended to be the lead single from my second album. The company that produced the movie was under the same umbrella as my record company. Or they bought the rights to it or something like that. Basically, Interscope/Geffen Records bought the rights to do the Legally Blonde soundtrack. I was who they were really promoting at the time, so they had this song ‘Perfect Day’ and they were like, ‘Hey, well this is going to be the new single off of her follow-up album. Let’s put it on this movie.’ It was always referred to as, ‘Oh, this little movie called Legally Blonde.’ No one had any idea what it was going to become.”
So What Is Hair Toning, Anyway?
Allow top colorists to explain.
Forget what you’ve been told—hair toning is way more important, and complicated, than simply dousing your hair in purple shampoo. Here’s the deal: When you dye or highlight your hair, the color oxidizes and changes over time. For platinum blondes, for example, highlighted portions of the hair tend to turn a brassy shade of yellow rather than the cool tone they walked out of the salon with. Meanwhile, brunettes and redheads looking to add warmth and dimension to their color might find that their dyed highlights turn ashy. Enter hair toning, which keeps unwanted shades at bay so a more consistent color can be achieved.
The Reshaping of Couture: A Reflection on the Fall 2021 Season
Couture shouldn’t be such a slippery subject. You can look it up in a dictionary, for one. And, in 1945 the governing body of French fashion, now known as the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, registered a legal designation of “Haute Couture.” Still, the métier remains the Greta Garbo of the fashion system: glamorous, mysterious, and elusive.
There are times, such as now, when couture feels vital, the highest expression of new ideas. But there have been periods, such as after the infusion of energy provided by Christian Lacroix in the late 1980s, when couture seemed to be operating in an “I want to be left alone” mode. When that happens, hands are wrung until, with perfect timing, the “star” gathers her skirts, raises her chin, and makes a grand entrance once again—always in a new guise. She’s taken on a new role this season.
Ten Years Before Her Wedding, This Bride Found Her Balenciaga Wedding Dress at a Thrift Store
Not every bride would thrift a dress for their wedding, but Monica Sallay aka @sartorialscraps had unintentionally bought her wedding dress second-hand a decade before she actually got married. The software marketing manager had always had an obsession with archival fashion and currently spends her free time building up her collection, which includes a Cardi B-approved cyberdot jumpsuit from Jean Paul Gaultier’s fall 1995 show and a trove of rare Comme des Garçons and Issey Miyake. Also in her collection is a rare Balenciaga dress from the fall 2006 collection, designed by Nicolas Ghesquière, that the 29-year-old bought in New York City 10 years ago at a Goodwill shop, and wore for her wedding in May 2019.
Elle Woods Has Shaped Fashion for 20 Years
If the color pink had a written history, Legally Blonde is entitled to a chapter. The movie premiered 20 years ago today, with the color as its visual north star—from Elle Woods’s sparkling pink bikini she wore for her Harvard “admissions essay” to her killer bubblegum dress she wore to court. “You can’t talk about pink without talking about Legally Blonde at this point. You can’t,” says the film’s costume designer Sophie de Rakoff. With the omniscience of hindsight, calling Legally Blonde a piece of fashion iconography is easy and obvious. But it wasn’t obvious two decades ago. In fact, for a moment, De Rakoff almost didn’t go with pink.
Ariana Grande’s Style And Beauty Evolution Through The Years
From red hair to high ponytails
Ariana Grande burst into our lives in her Nickelodeon heyday when she played Cat Valentine in Victorious and Sam & Cat.
When the show ended in 2014, Grande swapped the red hair dye and red carpet prom dresses for a trademark brunette high ponytail, thigh-high boots, cute mini dresses and oversized sweatshirts launching the now signature and instantly recognisable Ariana Grande look.
Grande stays true to her roots and is still close to her friends from her origins show. The singer recently reunited with Elizabeth Gilles and Matt Bennett on Instagram, reminding us just how far the superstar has come both in professional (hello, five Grammy nominations) and style credentials.
Why it’s time we changed the narrative around black success
It was impossible to avoid getting swept up in all the positive momentum around the England team’s rise to the finals of the Euros, and to feel the buzz of unity and good vibes all round the country. But as that final match approached, my one prayer was that this be an opportunity for the narrative to be changed around black players, and even black people.
Because for black people there’s a double standard when it comes to success. Everyone would have loved those three black players if we’d won the final, but because they missed the penalties, they get even more racial abuse than normal. And that’s the case for black people in general – unless we’re literally knocking it out of the park, achieving ten times more than our counterparts, we’re just not doing well enough in the eyes of the public-at-large.
Mac and Cheese Ice Cream Is Dividing the Internet
Today in extremely cursed collaborations, Kraft and Van Leeuwen have teamed up to create a true nightmare for the lactose intolerant: Mac and cheese ice cream.
You read that right. Timothée Chalamet’s go-to meal is now being sold in ice cream form for a limited time in honor of National Mac and Cheese Day. And the rationale for this… interesting double-dairy mash up? Well, according to Kraft’s senior associate brand manager, Emily Violett, it’s all about combining “two of the most iconic comfort foods to create an ice cream with the unforgettable flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese we all grew up with.”
For women, remote work is a blessing and a curse
Despite stress, depression, and overwork, women still want to work from home.
While the ability to work from home has been a godsend for working parents who were able to keep their children and jobs safe during the pandemic, it’s also exacerbated deeply ingrained gender inequality. Too often a crying toddler makes a cameo on a mother’s Zoom call and not a father’s. In a spare moment, women turn over the laundry while men don’t. Day-to-day scheduling, schooling, as well as decisions about their family’s health amid a global health crisis disproportionately fall to women.
20 Simple Sauces That Will Transform Any Meal
Quick from-scratch condiments, dressings, toppings and seasonings to make every dish — even the laziest snacks — taste special.
There’s the fantasy: cooking a party spread for friends, or even just dinner on any given night. And then there’s the reality: getting home late because of traffic or meetings that run long, or simply losing the motivation to make a whole meal from scratch because of the overwhelming desire to lie on the grass (or the couch) a little while longer. When that happens, a fridge filled with homemade sauces offers the promise of a nearly effortless meal.
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