T LOunge for August 11th, 2021

Posted on August 11, 2021

Mardeleva Bar and Restaurant – Barranquilla, Colombia


Let’s get this party started, right? Darlings, we’re feeling celebratory today! Not only is it WEDNESDAY, which is the first not awful day of the work week, but we also have a veritable landslide of celebrity style content to judge! Things have been a little late-summer light on that front (and we suspect are notably worse than normal due to that bitch Delta), but with the Emmys coming up (and hopefully the planned September version of the Met Gala), things are starting to look up again. Notably, we’re seeing an uptick in Instagram serves again, which feels a little bit too much like last summer for our comfort, but still. Off we go to herd up some posts! Feel free to sample from our buffet of distractions or ignore it completely to build your own.


Phoebe—A Street Art Star in New York—Has Landed a Museum Show in Denmark
Danes missing New York, take note: A slice of the Big Apple is coming to Copenhagen. It will be served up in the form of a monographic exhibition, “My Paper World,” featuring the work of Elizabeth “Libby” Schoettle—better known as Phoebe New York—at Horsens Art Museum. Opening on the heels of Copenhagen Fashion Week, the show runs from August 21, 2021, through January 30, 2022.
Phoebe’s face, if not her name, will be familiar to those who spend a time in downtown Manhattan. Since 2015 this round-faced, sassy, highly opinionated, and somewhat neurotic sprite has held court, illegally, on lamp posts and such. She’s always dressed to the nines, and is never at a loss for words.


Go Behind the Scenes of American Ballet Theatre’s Epic Cross-Country Tour
The dancers filmed an ABT Across America video diary exclusively for BAZAAR.com.

8 cities. 20 dancers. 6 buses. This summer, American Ballet Theatre (ABT) hit the road for a tour of truly epic proportions. In a triumphant return to live performance, ABT Across America saw the New York–based company perform outdoors for socially distanced audiences in Lincoln, Nebraska; Iowa City, Iowa; Chicago, Illinois; Minneapolis, Minnesota; St. Louis, Missouri; Charleston, South Carolina; Middleburg, Virginia; and New York, New York.


Platonic Love Is Not A Consolation Prize
Romantic soulmates get plenty of play on screen and IRL, but finding friends who love you unconditionally is just as worthy an end game.

Twenty years ago, Sex and the City’s Charlotte (Kristin Davis) sat down with her three best friends—Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon)—at a diner in the middle of the night. She had a radical proposal: “Maybe we can be each other’s soulmates,” she said. “And let men be these great, nice guys to have fun with.”
This overture began with the disclaimer “Don’t laugh,” because the very notion that women could abandon the idea of a fairytale romance for their platonic friendships sounded ridiculous in 2001. But in 2021, after we were deprived of the physical presence of some of our closest relationships for more than a year, those connections seem to have been reprioritized—at least onscreen.


Here’s What the Cast of Call the Midwife Looks Like in Real Life
You’ve never seen the midwives of Poplar like this.

Between biking around Poplar, working late nights, and dealing with lots of crying babies (and mothers), the midwives of Nonnatus House don’t often get the chance to dazzle with their hair and makeup, but for the real life actresses who play them, walking the red carpet is just another day in the life. In preparation for the show’s upcoming tenth season, here’s a look at what the characters of Call the Midwife really look like.


The Beauty of Grilled Nopales
A quick trim gets fresh cactus ready for dinner. Here’s the simple recipe from Angie Vargas.

I grew up in Monterrey, Mexico, with a backyard filled with more than 200 nopales, or cactus plants. But as a kid, I wasn’t a fan. My mother loved nopales—she even ate them raw and used them in smoothies—but I wasn’t convinced. “I don’t like nopales; they’re slimy,” I remember complaining to her. It wasn’t until much later, after I had moved away to New York, met my husband, and had his family’s grilled nopales, that I finally learned to appreciate the spiny villain of my childhood.


#UnmaskOurKids? Not So Fast.
At its core, #Unmaskourkids politicizes a certain sadness that many parents can understand. Did most Americans parents ever expect to see their children wearing face masks? No. Do any of us relish the sight? Of course not. I remember how eerie and surreal it felt last year, walking hand-in-hand around the quieter streets of New York with my seven-year-old in a mask and a flower crown from Claire’s, her blue eyes smizing for a photo. We had to wrangle our then-three-year-old son into keeping his mask on, bribing him with candy. Their masks made back-to-school and end-of-year photos into time capsules that tugged on my heart, but my pain was not my kids’ pain. There are conspiracy theories, sure, but absolutely no evidence that masks are hurting children. Quite the contrary: masks enabled them to learn in person as much as possible; they gave them a semblance of normal life back.


Nobody Elevates the White Suburban Mom Trope Quite Like Connie Britton
Connie Britton has been playing mothers for decades, but don’t mistake the now 54-year-old actress for a victim of typecasting. Yes, many of her mom roles share demographic markers (white, blonde, suburban, wealthy, likely to shame you over your inadequate contribution to the PTA bake sale), but Britton’s dazzling yet somehow restrained acting talents make each of her characters distinct. After all, you’d never mistake Nashville’s faded country music diva Rayna James for American Horror Story: Murder House’s terrified, grieving, stay-at-home mom Vivien or The White Lotus’s narcissistic, cancel-culture-decrying girlboss Nicole Mossbacher. In many ways, she’s in a league of her own.


Pizza Hut Is Testing Plant-Based ‘Beyond Pepperoni’
The new Beyond Meat product will be available at a handful of Pizza Huts starting today.

Most major chain restaurants have at least dabbled in plant-based meat at this point, and Pizza Hut is no exception. This past November, the nostalgia-loving pizza giant partnered with Beyond Meat to roll out Beyond Sausage for a limited time nationwide — and our taste tester was pretty content.
Of course, though sausage is a perfectly serviceable topping, pepperoni is the pizza king — and even last year, we were already asking if a meat-free pepperoni was in the cards. Well, wait no more: Pizza Hut and Beyond Meat have teamed up for another launch — the Beyond Pepperoni Pizza — though this plant-based pie is going to be trickier to track down.


RuPaul’s Makeup Artist David Petruschin Never Wants to Send Someone Out in the Same Look Twice
David Petruschin is known to “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fans as Raven. The fan favorite competed in both Season 2 and “All Stars” Season 1 and has been working as RuPaul’s makeup artist for the past five years. Last year pushed Petruschin to work under new conditions when production resumed on “Drag Race” U.K, U.S and a new iteration, “Down Under,” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He had to pivot to making up the queen of drag with new safety protocols in place, and he earned this third consecutive variety, nonfiction or reality program makeup Emmy nom in the process. (He won last year.)


For the LGBTQ+ Community, Fashion Has Always Been “Genderless”
The fashion industry has embraced “genderless” as a marketing buzzword. Queer and trans people who have stepped out of the gender binary for years deserve their flowers.

In the past five or so years, the term “genderless” has become the hottest buzzword in the fashion industry. Brands worldwide have applauded and embraced the shift, noting their customers’ shopping habits and, in turn, putting out collections and capsules that celebrate gender fluidity or aren’t relegated to the men’s/women’s section. But while this, frankly, elementary release from the binaries of womenswear and menswear spreads throughout fashion, I wonder: Where was the applause for queer and trans people who have been stepping outside of the fashion gender binary for centuries?


The power and peril of documentaries in a skeptical culture
The new documentary The Viewing Booth asks if images are losing their power.

Learning to carefully consider the images we see in media is good, because it hopefully means we don’t just swallow what we see on screen without thinking about it. Simultaneously, we come away with tools we can use to reject images that conflict with our views. “It creates a situation in which criticizing media is a way to not see what it is,” he says.
The context in which we encounter videos and images has also shifted, especially in a streaming age. News, entertainment, and verité footage uploaded to the internet by any random person can and often is all accessed through the same screen or device. If you’ve ever watched a TV show where actors play out a scene that looks similar to what you’re seeing in a YouTube clip, and you’re watching both the show and the YouTube clip on similar screens, it’s even more difficult to resist having the fiction frame how you understand the nonfiction.


The controversy over Apple’s plan to protect kids by scanning your iPhone
The privacy-first company’s invasive approach isn’t going over well with many.

Apple, the company that proudly touted its user privacy bona fides in its recent iOS 15 preview, recently introduced a feature that seems to run counter to its privacy-first ethos: the ability to scan iPhone photos and alert the authorities if any of them contain child sexual abuse material (CSAM). While fighting against child sexual abuse is objectively a good thing, privacy experts aren’t thrilled about how Apple is choosing to do it.
Apple’s new “expanded protections for children” might not be as bad as it seems if the company keeps its promises. But it’s also yet another reminder that we don’t own our data or devices, even the ones we physically possess. You can buy an iPhone for a considerable sum, take a photo with it, and put it in your pocket. And then Apple can figuratively reach into that pocket and into that iPhone to make sure your photo is legal.


Two dance purses that once belonged to Princess Diana’s grandmother Countess Spencer are up for auction
Diana’s paternal grandmother married Viscount Althorp in 1919 and was the Queen Mother’s Lady of the Bedchamber

A pair of unique dancing purses that once held the lipstick and compact of Diana, Princess of Wales’ grandmother, Countess Spencer, are up for auction in Cambridge.
The rare items, which are called ‘nécessaires’, would have been used by the Countess during dances and other social occasions. While one is made from 9ct gold and constructed in chain maille, the other is a gilt metal in a similar style, with both estimated to fetch £1,000-1,500.


Why Do American Grocery Stores Still Have an Ethnic Aisle?
This international hodgepodge strikes many shoppers and food purveyors as antiquated. But doing away with it isn’t as easy as it might sound.

Chitra Agrawal, the founder of Brooklyn Delhi, has spent many hours thinking about where in the grocery store her Indian condiments might sell the best.
Positioning her premade sauces alongside pasta sauce, she imagined, might encourage spaghetti lovers to make Indian food. On the other hand, she could be setting her products up for removal from the aisle, as they probably wouldn’t sell as well as pasta sauce. Then there’s her mango chutney, which is essentially a fruit condiment. Would placing it among other jams and jellies make sense, or confuse shoppers?


A Healdsburg winery’s glitzy job contest promised $10K a month. It was a stunt – and it worked
Murphy-Goode’s viral competition is providing a career opportunity to two wine-industry newcomers, but it’s also a way for the winery to try to draw younger customers

If you hadn’t heard of Murphy-Goode Winery before, you probably have by now. The Healdsburg estate was suddenly all over the internet recently with news of its Really Goode Job campaign, which offered what sounds like a dream gig: a yearlong apprenticeship at the winery, free accommodations in a vineyard-adjacent Victorian and a year’s supply of wine. Oh, and a salary of $10,000 a month.
Few job postings, especially in the wine industry, go viral (though, strangely, another one did recently). “I honestly didn’t expect this much interest,” says Murphy-Goode winemaker Dave Ready. “I was like, ‘holy cow!’”



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