T LOunge for July 26th, 2021

Posted on July 26, 2021

Le Perchoir Porte de Versailles Cocktail Bar and Restaurant – Paris, France


Kittens, how on earth is it MONDAY again? Didn’t we just do this like three days ago? We’re not having it. Today’s LOunge is dedicated to the idea of not accepting reality. Not immediately, anyway. Yes, it’s an oasis of procrastination for all who observe the practice. Indulge, darlings.

After a roughly 30-second weekend of doing nothing, we’re back in the saddle, ready to ride off to the content fields to see today’s grazing possibilities. Talk about your own 30-second weekend! Or distract yourself with Dr. Lorenzo’s Carefully Curated Daily Gluten-Free Macrobiotic Distraction Menu. The choice, as always, is yours.


Bourdain, My Camera, and Me
The photographer behind one of the most indelible images taken of the late chef remembers their friendship—and the way it evolved over time.

The bone kept sliding out of my hand. I had picked it up at Ottomanelli & Sons on Bleecker Street, overloaded and teetering at the counter, balancing my cameras, my tripod bag, while I explained to the guy what I needed. “The biggest you’ve got,” I said. He wrapped it up in paper and I was on my way.
Tony Bourdain might have been known as a badass and truth speaker but he was always early. I was shooting for My Last Supper, my first solo book. Tony’s would be one of 50 images in a project meant to mark a moment in history.


Angelina Jolie and Guerlain Want to Save the Bees—And Empower Female Beekeepers
“It’s a little hot,” says Angelina Jolie, acknowledging the sartorial perils of putting on a protective bee suit made of several layers of thick breathable mesh, in the middle of the summer, in the Sainte-Baume mountains outside of Marseille. But the actor and humanitarian is undeterred by such occupational hazards. She’s also unbothered by the swarms of bees flying around the seven hives she is currently inspecting with the participants of Guerlain’s inaugural Women for Bees program, which ended its intensive one-month course earlier this week. Jolie has a history with the buzzy pollinators, having long understood their importance to our own existence. ”They are responsible for one-third of our food supply,” she explains of why their preservation is a part of the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which she started in Cambodia 17 years ago and named after her eldest son.


J.Lo Goes Instagram-Official With Ben Affleck on Her 52nd Birthday
Bennifer is sharing their PDA on main!

Bennifer is official!
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck made their relationship social-media official with a PDA pic on J.Lo’s main Instagram feed. The pic, which shows Affleck planting a passionate kiss on Lopez with his arms wrapped around her, is part of a slideshow celebrating Lopez’s 52nd birthday.
The rest of the slideshow shows Lopez celebrating her birthday on what looks like a luxury yacht. J.Lo is wearing a red string bikini with an orange triangle pattern, paired with a flowing floral cover-up, layered gold necklaces, and an olive wide-brim fedora. Affleck wears a navy button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up.


Princess Diana’s Niece, Lady Kitty Spencer, Is Now Married
The bride wore custom Dolce & Gabbana in a lavish ceremony in Italy.

Lady Kitty Spencer is now married!
Princess Diana’s niece, 30, married multi-millionaire fashion mogul Michael Lewis, 62, in a lavish ceremony at Villa Aldo Brandini in Frascati, Italy, this weekend. The socialite’s brothers Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Samuel Aitken walked her down the aisle
for the ceremony, which was attended by friends and family, per People.
Lady Spencer wore a Victorian-inspired Dolce & Gabbana custom gown, which featured a high neck, delicate buttons down the front, and a long train. She paired the gown with a traditional veil and subtle hoop earrings.


Hannah Waddingham Shows Her Soft Side
The Ted Lasso actress—known for playing imposing, even dark characters on TV—shares the joy of Rebecca’s arc in season 2.

Today, Waddingham will admit she had no idea if the show would hit its mark. She had to trust Sudeikis’s instincts, and it paid off—for her role, the 46-year-old actress just earned an Emmy nomination, one of an astounding 20 for the series. In retrospect, she can trace how she, as Hannah, and the character of Rebecca fit together with such alacrity. As an actress known for several of her more imposing roles, she understood that the so-called “ice queen” was, in fact, a deeply vulnerable husk, careening in the wake of her divorce and separated from any semblance of a support system.


These Burgers Taste Like Bloody Marys
One of (many) beautiful things about hamburgers is how easy it is to customize their flavor. And in this week’s episode of Mad Genius: Home Edition, Food & Wine Culinary Director at Large Justin Chapple gives his burgers a boost with ingredients inspired by a classic cocktail—the Bloody Mary. While there’s no vodka involved in this recipe, horseradish, tomato paste, hot sauce and more ingredients help evoke the drink’s signature taste. The best part? The burgers are ready in just two simple steps.


Naomi Osaka Lit the Olympic Cauldron at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony
Naomi Osaka played an important role in the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo Friday night. The 23-year-old tennis star had the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron and officially kicking off the summer games.
Osaka, whose mother is Japanese and father is Haitian-American, was born in Japan and moved to the United States when she was three years old. The four-time grand slam champion competing in the Olympics for the first time this year, making her debut in her home country


Well Intentioned: Kathryn Hahn on the Power of the Purge, And How to Creative Direct Your Dreams
Longtime fans of Kathryn Hahn are likely unsurprised by what the Internet has dubbed the Hahnaissance, the well-deserved mainstream success of one of the funniest women in Hollywood. Whether you met her in Anchorman or Step Brothers or came to love her in Bad Moms, you likely haven’t missed her Emmy-nominated work as Agnes (aka Agatha Harkness) in the acclaimed Marvel Universe Scarlet Witch spin-off, WandaVision. “It’s insane,” Hahn admits of the nods from the Television Academy, not to mention how her summer has played out: for the last few months, Hahn has been living with her family in Greece where she is filming Knives Out 2 alongside Daniel Craig, Ethan Hawke, and Kate Hudson. “It’s like Mamma Mia over here. I’m gonna buy a boutique hotel in a little resort and never come home,” she jokes of the fortuitous career turn, which is enough to make anyone’s head spin. But the 48-year-old mother of two, who recently partnered with homecare brand 9 Elements, is focused on staying present with mantras, meditation and finding solace in simple rituals, like doing laundry. Oh, and staying off social media. “I’m a technophobe,” admits Hahn, who, in a refreshing twist, is not on Instagram. Here, the talented actress reveals her tips for decluttering her mind—and her closet.


This Japanese Singer’s Tomo Koizumi Olympics Gown Set the Internet Alight
As singer-songwriter Misia stepped out to perform the Japanese national anthem “Kimi Ga Yo” to an eerily empty stadium, attention quickly turned to her dramatic gown. Cut from dozens of layers of recycled organza and with a multicolored ombré effect—produced by spray-painting, nonetheless—it set Twitter aflame as many compared it to everything from snow cones to cotton candy to cherry blossoms.


How the Pandemic Helped Me Embrace Being a Rabbi’s Wife
I was 23 years old when I arrived on the Upper East Side as an awkward bride—marrying a young rabbi, and with him, all that came with synagogue life.
The traditional responsibilities of a rabbi’s wife, colloquially in Yiddish the “rebbetzin,” are to visit the sick, attend weddings, funerals and charity dinners at her husband’s side, host refined Shabbat and holiday dinners, teach religious studies and inspire the women in the community—a spiritual First Lady. It is life in a fishbowl: one is expected to smile, nod, hold hands, listen; to be present. She is “always called upon to be hospitable, amiable, friendly, and above all tactful,” one rebbetzin, Ruth Wolf Levi, wrote in 1955. The lofty expectations of the American rebbetzin transcended cultural trends; many women gravitated to the status of being a rabbi’s wife, yet chafed at the high bar set for them. One Orthodox rebbetzin, Libby Klapperman, wrote in a satirical letter in 1969, “She who is required to be the best dressed, most frugal, best cook, most slender, best speaker, most glamorous, and most articulate, charming, talented, relaxed, pleasant, well-adjusted, happy partner.”


Photos of the free, fun spirit of LGBTQ+ New York in the 1970s
Stanley Stellar’s Artifacts at the End of a Decade is an intimate queer time capsule, documenting NY’s West Village before AIDS, human connection, and an Edenic era of LGBTQ+ history

Documenting the vibrant LGBTQ+ scene began when Stellar recognised he was living in truly extraordinary times. “Christopher Street was a haven,” he says. “I realised I was a part of history, that there was finally a place for us. I would go in the afternoon, sit by the river, and hang out with my friends. It made you feel like a human being, that being queer wasn’t based on having sex in dark corners. As soon as I started taking pictures, I know I was photographing a special time in the history of homosexuality.”


Anti-abortion lawyers are finally being honest about what they want from the Supreme Court
For decades, abortion opponents urged the Court to lie about abortion restrictions. They don’t need to anymore.

Anti-abortion lawyers, in other words, are finally being honest about their ultimate goal. Rather than asking the Court to place some arcane and nonsensical limit on Roe and Casey, while simultaneously pretending that these two cases remain good law, Mississippi just asked the Court to eliminate the right to an abortion altogether.


The Spencer Brides: From Lady Diana to Victoria Lockwood, this dynasty has always led the way in bridal fashion
As one of Tatler’s twin cover stars, Lady Amelia Spencer, plans her wedding, we look back at the spectacularly fabulous wedding dresses that have come before her, from her mother’s medieval fur-trimmed creation by Tomasz Starzewski to their late aunt Diana, Princess of Wales’ more-is-more gown by the Emanuels. And will she borrow the Spencer tiara, as worn by her famous aunts


Gymnastics still hasn’t fully reckoned with its abuse problem
Allegations of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse go way beyond Larry Nassar.

Three years ago, more than 150 women testified in court that Larry Nassar, a former doctor for USA Gymnastics and sports medicine physician at Michigan State University, had subjected them to sexual abuse in the guise of medical care.
Since then, he has been sentenced to more than a century in jail, USA Gymnastics has filed for bankruptcy, and a reckoning around the abuse of gymnasts has swept the world.
But that doesn’t mean the problems in gymnastics have gone away.







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