T LOunge for July 15th, 2021

Posted on July 15, 2021

Saraya Gallery Restaurant and Billiard Bar – Cairo, Egypt


Shall we go for grandiosity today, darlings? Yes, let’s. We deserve a little bit of extraness in our Thursday, don’t you think? Today’s LOunge gives you that over-the-top feeling and still manages to look cozy and comfy somehow.

We are most definitely in a mid-summer slump, energetically speaking. The content orchards are yielding a healthy crop for this time of year and we’ve worked out pretty much every day this month, but we haven’t managed any more than that since we got home from Las Vegas. It feels like all that energy to keep our spirits up and keep ourselves productive during lockdown has dissipated and we’re in a minor burnout phase. We’ve been meaning to paint our bathroom for at least six months now and every time we so much as look at a paint swatch, we get exhausted. We’re having company this weekend (for the first time in 18 months) and we are hilariously adrift on coming up with any plan or menu. No idea what to serve or how to entertain anymore. And bitches, we were masters of that realm pre-lockdown. Fortunately, it’s family so we don’t have to impress anyone, but man, we are rusty.


The Badass 50
After a full-stop year, life is slowly returning to normal. But the women on this list never put their passions on pause. They’ve championed vital causes and strived to realize their visions for the world amid the most challenging times. And we’re all better for it. Introducing, 50 women who are making the world a better place in 2021.


Meghan Markle Is Executive Producing a New Netflix Children’s Series Titled Pearl
The new show is one of the latest productions to stem from the Sussexes’s landmark deal with the streamer.

Duchess Meghan has yet another project in the works.
As part of her and her husband Prince Harry’s landmark production deal with Netflix, Meghan will serve as executive producer for an upcoming animated series titled Pearl. The show is set to follow the adventures of a 12-year-old-girl who “is inspired by a variety of influential women from history,” according to an official announcement from the streaming giant.
“Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,” said Meghan in a statement. “I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history. David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it today.”


The Pandemic Stopped Time, But For 30-Something Women, The Clock Kept Ticking
“I want to do it before it’s too late.”

At the onset of the pandemic last March, Calgary Brown, then 39, was living in a one-bedroom apartment in East Los Angeles with her roommate and their two cats. The two cooked together, often grocery shopping at the 99-cent store to keep their expenses down. (Brown had taken a pay cut when she moved west to become a non-profit consultant after leaving a cushier corporate gig in San Francisco.) Her quarantine setup was great for a while… until it wasn’t. Turns out, there’s a limit to how much togetherness even the most compatible of friends can tolerate. By the fall, Brown was ready to get out of her apartment—and Los Angeles.


Texas Is Offering A $10,000 ‘Bounty’ On Abortions. Here’s Everything You Need To Know.
All over the country, restrictive abortion bans continue to be introduced at the state level. In Texas, a new fetal heartbeat bill goes one step further by incentivizing individuals to enforce the law with a $10,000 (or more) award to anyone who successfully sues someone providing or assisting a woman seeking an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. Even religious leaders who provide emotional and spiritual counseling to patients considering abortion could be liable under the law.


Ralph Lauren Reveals the Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniforms for Team USA
The designer is bringing a dose of preppy style to this year’s Olympic Games.

With the long-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics opening ceremony now just days away, designer Ralph Lauren has unveiled the official uniforms that Team USA will wear to the big event.
The brand shared a video debuting the new uniform to their Instagram featuring Olympic athletes including Sakura Kokumai, Ashley Johnson, Daryl Homer, and Connor Fields. Along with the images of the athletes in their opening ceremony looks, the video also includes a voiceover of some of them speaking about the impact of having the opportunity to compete in the Olympic Games.


How Do I Tell My Story of Getting Sober?
When Elissa Washuta got sober, she had to reconcile the story she told to her recovery groups with the story she told herself about her drinking.

At meetings, we were supposed to speak to the other drunks in a general way about what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now. What happened is a memory hole where narrative drowned. What it was like—what what was like? I could talk about the bathroom floor and the jelly jar but not what got me there, not in rooms full of men. It didn’t matter. I could make a narrative true without making that truth precise. It was not untrue that I was born wanting, or that I wanted to change the way I felt, or that I believed in no power greater than myself.


The 71 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time
Where does your fave fall on the list?

Romantic comedies: Love them or tolerate them—and let’s be honest, you can’t hate a rom-com—they’re always good for a cozy evening in and a life lesson or two. They’re also versatile: You can enjoy a good romantic comedy with almost anyone in your life, from your boyfriend to your parents to your best friend. Not to mention, they pair perfectly with just about any kind of snack (we’re partial to M&Ms with our rom-coms, but you do you). For the next time that nothing but a good rom-com will do, we ranked the best and the most classic rom-coms of all time.
Are you looking for enemies-to-lovers romance? We got you! Love watching someone hire a fake boyfriend or girlfriend only to fall in love? Same. Obsessing over two teenagers and who they’ll take to the prom? (Plot twist: they’ll meet each other there.) That’s our favorite activity! The point is rom-coms are the butter of the movie world as they just go perfectly with whatever your craving. So now we just have one final question: Where does your fave fall on the list?


What Kind of Bride Speaks at Her Own Wedding? I Do
I went to more weddings that I can count in the years before I myself got married in 2011—so many that my best friend Leslie joked we should make concert-inspired tees listing all of the stops on our sprawling national wedding tour. There were country club weddings in Nashville; big, fat catering hall bonanzas on my native Long Island; one desert dance party in Phoenix. Along the way, I observed varying customs: where I’m from, the wedding party is introduced in grand fashion by the DJ before dancing, as absurdly as possible, into the reception. This would have never flown at one Southern shindig where the men wore white-tie, replete with tails. But one constant seemed to hold no matter the state, religion, or ethnicity of the couple: the brides did not speak.


My Body, My Choice? The Paradox of Republican Anti-vaxxers
These anti-vaxxers are becoming a bigger and bigger part of today’s Republican Party, and they aren’t only against inoculation and mask wearing; they’re also against any kind of COVID restrictions whatsoever and the existence of vaccine passports. Never mind that the only way to stop the virus is to get people vaccinated; Republicans seem not to have made this connection. Instead, they have started treating this group as a protected class—recently, they have started pushing bills that would protect against discrimination toward unvaccinated people. The irony, of course, is that a lot of these Republicans have no problem with discrimination on the basis of race or sex; many of them have argued that there is no need for an Equal Rights Amendment. Yet they want to protect their constituents from a safe, effective, free vaccine that could save their lives from a highly preventable disease.


‘Sex and the City’ Sequel ‘And Just Like That’ Adds Trio to Cast
Karen Pittman, Nicole Ari Parker and Sarita Choudhury have joined the ensemble of the HBO Max series.

HBO Max’s Sex and the City follow-up is expanding its cast.
Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker and Karen Pittman have joined the cast of And Just Like That, which is set to begin production in the summer. The three actresses join a cast headed by SATC stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.
Choudhury (Little Fires Everywhere, Homeland) will play Seema Patel, a self-made, powerhouse Manhattan real estate broker. Parker (Empire, Chicago PD) plays Lisa Todd Wexley, a documentarian and Park Avenue mother of three. Pittman (The Morning Show, Luke Cage) will play Dr. Nya Wallace, a brilliant and challenging professor at Columbia Law School.


The Wedding of the Century: New BritBox documentary features ‘beautifully-restored original film’ of Charles and Diana’s nuptials
With ‘unheard stories… told by those who were there’, the exciting feature-length documentary debuts today

A BritBox Original (exclusive to the BBC and ITV joint streaming service), a trailer for The Wedding of the Century, narrated by Angela Rippon, relates that it revisits ‘a day that enchanted the world’, featuring ‘unheard stories… told by those who were there’. Royal fans will be especially excited to learn that the documentary utilises ‘beautifully-restored original film of the wedding’, bringing to life ‘history as you’ve never seen it before’.


The great American cool
In the past, taste was scouted from hip kids and sold to the masses. But in the great river of content, what does cool even mean?

According to French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, poor people are more practical about their tastes, prioritizing accessibility and entertainment, seeking out things for their utility more than for what liking a thing can say about their personality or pursuit of knowledge.
But middle-class people like myself have far less innocent motivations for choosing the things we like, namely, to gain social and cultural capital. Funnily enough, this contradicts developing a true sense of self and personality. Who we are is enough without commodities and other people, but in-group admission and approval — and the sense of safety and belonging that comes with it — feels like the estimable thing we need to gain in order to self-actualize.


Need to Renew Your Passport? Good Luck.
An appointment to renew or obtain a passport is an elusive proposition these days, as those who let their documents lapse during the pandemic are finding out.

As Americans finally start taking their long-awaited vacations, a surprising number of them are realizing that before they can go abroad, they must first take a different kind of trip: to a U.S. Passport Acceptance Agency. During the most extensive travel shutdown in modern history, hundreds of thousands of Americans let their passports expire. Others are only now seeing that their documents are set to expire soon. But despite the State Department making headway on a massive backlog of passport applications that piled up in the early months of the pandemic, appointments at passport agencies across the country remain elusive, and processing time for renewals by mail is lagging by 10 weeks or more. The crunch is forcing many Americans who need travel documents urgently to travel significant distances — sometimes even across the country — for an in-person appointment that will get their documents processed on time.






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