T LOunge for August 16th, 2021

Posted on August 16, 2021

San Mateo Circus Cocktail Bar – Madrid, Spain

 

ARE YOU FEELING STIMULATED YET, KITTENS? Lorenzo figured you needed a jolt to get your week started so he settled on a lounge that’s equal parts comfy and dazzling. Choose your own adventure: will you settle in on something soft and keep to yourself all day or will you be flitting from conversation to conversation like the social butterfly you feel yourself to be today? Or even better, perhaps you’ll take the more capricious approach and settle on neither style of LOunging fully. That’s the beauty of the T LOunge, you can do or be whatever or whomever you want. So settle in, order whatevs, and feel free to use any of the ice-breakers provided below, should the need to express yourself suddenly arise.

 

Ryan Murphy’s New Show Will Cover the Love Story of JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bassette Kennedy
The mega-producer is planning a new spinoff of his American Story franchise, called American Love Story.

FX announced that it is developing two new series with the American Horror Story creator, ahead of the premiere of Impeachment: American Crime Story. Per Deadline, the two new limited anthology series will expand Murphy’s American Story banner, which has covered sensational cultural moments throughout history, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial and the murder of fashion magnate Gianni Versace.
One of the series, called American Love Story, is a scripted anthology series of “sweeping true love stories that captured the world’s attention,” per Deadline. Its first season will depict the courtship and marriage of JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette. The son of President John F. Kennedy and the fashion publicist married in 1996, and the golden couple’s relationship captivated America until the pair’s untimely death in a 1999 plane crash.

 

Aretha Franklin Used Clothing for Protection, to Take Up Space, and to Make Herself Heard
Respect‘s costume designer, Clint Ramos, breaks down the icon’s wardrobe and bringing it to life onscreen with Jennifer Hudson.

“In a way, clothing for her was a way to express her emotions, not necessarily a personality or a sense of style,” says costume designer Clint Ramos, who worked on the newest Franklin biopic, Respect. While the drama, starring Jennifer Hudson, traces the music legend’s journey of finding her voice over the course of her transcendent career, it also highlights Franklin’s underrated status as a fashion icon. Beyond Franklin’s signature glittering gowns and luscious furs, the film makes it a point to showcase her church attire, which reflects her spiritual upbringing, and her ’70s caftans and Afro, which, like her voice, allowed her to unapologetically take up space.

 

The Coal Miners’ Wives Keeping A Strike Alive In Alabama
The women in miners’ lives is a labor trope that reaches back centuries, but these women are on the front lines of the struggle here and now.

Cheri Goodwin never thought she’d grow up to marry a coal miner. Born in Mexico to a pair of Christian missionaries, she spent most of her early childhood there before moving to Michigan, then made the move down to Alabama as a seventh-grader to be closer to her grandmother. The soft-spoken 36-year-old smiled conspiratorily as she told me that the jump from the Midwest to the Deep South had been a bigger cultural adjustment than crossing the border. After she met her husband, adjusting to his job took some time, too.
“I think all coal miners’ wives are pretty strong; we have to be, we raise our kids pretty much alone during the week,” Goodwin told me. “Twelve hours a day, six days a week, he’s underground, and there’s no reaching him. It has to be an emergency, like a medical emergency, to call and get a hold of him. We have to handle everything above ground.”

 

In 2021, Even Fictional Vacations Are Hell
From The White Lotus to Nine Perfect Strangers to People We Meet on Vacation, today’s entertainment is teaching us there’s no such thing as escapism.

“When you travel with someone, you have a chance to see them under duress. You see them at their very worst and their very best,” says Emily Henry, the author of People We Meet on Vacation, in which a close friendship grows into love over the course of many awkward, are-we-or-aren’t-we summer trips. “Some of the best inside jokes and the stories you pull out at parties come from trips that went very badly and what you learned about yourself, and your companions, in the thick of it.”
“During the pandemic, I thought in the beginning that it would be nice to have some downtime, but I started to have a lot of existential angst,” says White Lotus creator Mike White. “I sometimes feel like on vacations you escape some of your immediate problems, but the bigger, macro, low-frequency questions about what you’re doing with your life can start to creep in. That seemed like a ripe conceit for the show.”

 

Bonne Maman’s Advent Calendar Is Here and Bound to Sell Out Again
Get a head start on the holidays now.

We patiently await a few things every year when it comes to high-demand products: new Le Creuset colors, the latest KitchenAid mixer release, and the jammy annual advent calendar of our dreams from Bonne Maman. Despite the heatwaves, fall is knocking on the door, and the 2021 Bonne Maman Limited Edition Advent Calendar has arrived. Here’s why we can’t wait to pop open all the doors for the latest version.

 

Who Carries the Load?
Black women are done being martyrs—now, we’re putting ourselves first.

My first impression is that most people who are not on the receiving end of racism underestimate it. Either they can’t conceive of its breadth and depth, or they think that the facts sound like one big conspiracy theory. During moments of heightened activism, we all share a collective yet vague vision of a “better world,” but, like clockwork, the allyship fades over time until the only ones left standing are those most victimized by and vulnerable to systems of oppression like racism: Black people, women, queer and trans people, people with disabilities, those who don’t have the privilege of taking time off from the causes tied to their identities. And therein lies our problem.

 

Hulu’s ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’: What We Know
Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, and a mysterious wellness retreat? Sign us up.

The show is based on Liane Moriarty’s book by the same name. It was released in November 2018 and became an instant bestseller—no surprise, considering the Australian author’s last book, Big Little Lies, was also a runaway hit and Moriarty’s name gained international recognition after it was turned into the award-winning HBO show (which also starred Nicole Kidman).
The book’s synopsis offers more insight into what to expect from the show, particularly for Melissa McCarthy’s character, Frances: “Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut,” the book’s description reads. “She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer – or should she run while she still can? It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same…”

 

When I Stopped Shopping By Gender, I Fell In Love With Fashion Again
I’ve always been fascinated with women’s clothing. As a child, my tomboy sister refused to wear her frilly, pink princess gowns and toddler heels, but I coveted them. I found comfort in playing with Barbie dolls and dressing like the Spice Girls, but whenever I would try to wear something that I inherently liked—like a tiara—I was told it was wrong. “Boys don’t wear that.”

 

29 Tasty Corn Recipes, from Succotash to Corn on the Cob
Fresh, sweet corn is perfectly good simply grilled on the cob (and we have plenty of those recipes, if that’s what you’re after). But we also love to turn it into relish for tacos, creamed corn grits, and fresh corn tamales, too. And, of course, we couldn’t forget cornbread, either. Read on for even more corn recipes that we love.

 

Made in the U.S.A.: A Glimpse Behind the Curtain at ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’
The most ambitious exhibition to date from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute kick-starts with a question: Who gets to be American? A red, white, and blue silk sash from the grand finale of Prabal Gurung’s 2020 10th-anniversary collection bears the phrase, and it greets visitors from the threshold of the Anna Wintour Costume Center. It’s a query every immigrant must consider—but shrouded in golden light at the outset of a fashion retrospective, it takes on a new verve. “It was important to open with that,” says Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute’s Wendy Yu Curator in Charge. “It tackles this notion of acceptance and belonging, which recent events have brought to the fore. Of course, these are questions that have always been present—but there are moments in history when they’re more resonant and resounding.”

 

Mimi Choi Is TikTok’s Wildest Makeup Artist
There’s a reason makeup artists are called artists. This is clear scrolling through Mimi Choi’s TikTok, where the Vancouver-based professional shows off her surreal, 3-D makeup looks that always makes you do a double-take. On her TikTok page, Choi often uses her own face as a canvas for makeup that practically jumps out of your phone screen. “I’m drawn to this style because I have complete freedom to create and express myself in ways that I can’t with words,” says Choi. “I feel that there is so much potential with this type of art, and my imagination is my only limit.”

 

As She Turns 63, Enjoy 19 Excellent Vintage Madonna Looks
A slick of red lipstick; a shock of platinum blonde hair; and those thick, unruly brows – just three of Madonna’s beauty signatures. A master of beauty reinvention, the “Like a Virgin” singer has experimented with all manner of hairstyles, from a punkish electric blonde pixie crop to Marilyn Monroe pin-curls, and she expertly marries high glamour with a girl-next-door sensibility. “Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred as a sheep,” she once said. An icon if ever there was one, on her 63rd birthday, British Vogue takes a look back at some of her best vintage beauty moments.

 

Jennifer Coolidge’s ‘White Lotus’ Performance Is a Triumph of Big Emotion and Complex Acting
It’s common to talk about scene-stealers — performers who, allowed to go wild and blessed with the ability and fearlessness to do so, dominate whatever project they’re in. Jennifer Coolidge seems like that type of star: In HBO’s “The White Lotus,” the perennial character actress makes big, bold choices. But they’re so keyed into the story that show creator Mike White wants to tell as to seem inevitable. As the saying goes, Coolidge understands the assignment — and that’s what makes her work exceptional.

 

Selma Blair Announces Documentary “Introducing, Selma Blair”
American actress Selma Blair announces documentary “Introducing, Selma Blair”, set to release Oct. 15, 2021.

In 2018 American actress Selma Blair, 49, announced she had multiple sclerosis (MS). Since announcing her diagnosis, Blair has worked on a documentary Introducing, Selma Blair, detailing her experience living with MS. Directed by Rachel Fleit, who lives with her own autoimmune disorder, the film chronicles Blairs changing treatment and care. The trailer depicts the ups and downs of the actress’s life with MS. It strikes a raw and humanizing tone, showing the audience how living with MS doesn’t mean that someone’s life is over.
The film offers a glimpse into Blairs life: needing a stem cell transplant, raising a child, and still being a well-known public figure.

 

Banksy shares a video of his ‘Great British Spraycation’ by the sea
A short film confirms that the street artist is behind a string of artworks that popped up in seaside towns last week

Earlier this month, a string of graffiti artworks popped up around British seaside towns, bearing all of the usual Banksy hallmarks: his signature stencilled style, playful interaction with the surrounding environment, and in one case a sunbathing rat (because even his fave Tube-dwelling vermin needs a summer holiday).
Since then, fans of the elusive street artist have been monitoring Instagram — his preferred method of authentication — for proof that the artworks are the real deal.

 

The college dorm shopping industrial complex is real
For college students, dorm decor can showcase newly discovered identities. For parents, it can be a second nesting phase. It all adds up to a lot of shopping.

The “it” bag among a subset of shoppers-in-the-know is adorned with tacky logos, contains a garish combination of two primary colors, and has a kind of glitchy zipper. Despite all this, it is sometimes unavailable due to high demand. You can often find it marked up by 300 percent on third-party marketplace sites.
Gucci? Coach? Nope, it’s the Frakta bag, courtesy of Swedish designer … Ikea. I just bought six of them direct from the retailer, at $4.99 each.
The dorm shopping economy is a robust one, with plenty of places to buy things that you see on Instagram or TikTok or Facebook groups. In addition to Amazon, the traditional dorm retailers like Target and Bed Bath & Beyond offer dorm registries, complete with discounts. Then there are specialty retailers like OCM, DormCo, and Dormify that offer dorm-specific storage options and decor. They even sell full packages that allow students and families to buy everything all at once, like OCM’s 27-piece, $250 package that includes everything from sheets and towels to a laundry bag and surge protector.

 

The Duchess of Sussex’s Givenchy gown ranked most popular wedding dress of the decade
Meghan topped a list that also saw the Duchess of Cambridge, Hailey Bieber and Ariana Grande raking in thousands of monthly UK searches

Shrouded in secrecy until the big reveal, the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress caused quite the stir when it was first seen by the world on 19 May 2018. Designed by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller, the elegant gown attracted so much attention that it’s now been dubbed the most popular wedding dress of the last decade, according to a new study.
Research conducted by gift specialists Find Me A Gift analysed the internet search volume for a slew of celebrity bridal gowns. Given the pomp, ceremony and excitement that surrounds a Royal Wedding, it’s no surprise that the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge easily secured the top two slots – a close call with 21,900 and 21,500 average monthly UK searches respectively.

 

From Windsor to Castle Dracula: a new book charts the making of a dazzling Romanian Queen
BAFTA-winning journalist Paul Kenyon is more used to reporting from wars and revolutions than on royalty, but while writing his latest book he found himself smitten by the 19th century British-born princess who became Romania’s fairy tale queen

She had no idea what to pack. Swimming costume? Jodhpurs? Minks? Perhaps a crucifix and sprig of garlic? After all, the prettiest granddaughter of Queen Victoria – Princess Marie of Edinburgh – was on her way to the land of vampyres and the undead. At least that’s how the great gothic writers of the day imagined the unexplored forests on the other side of the Carpathians.
Marie’s train flew across the snow-capped mountains into the newly formed Kingdom of Romania in January 1893, at the very moment Bram Stoker was writing Dracula back home in London. But this was no devilish sightseeing tour. Unworldly, innocent, and dressed in a violet and gold cape chosen by her mother, Marie had just married the uptight Crown Prince Ferdinand of Romania, and was off to meet her new in-laws for the first time in Bucharest. Romania would become her adopted home, and one day she would become its Queen.

 

 

 

 

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