T LOunge for August 18th, 2021

Posted on August 18, 2021

Bouillon Julien Bar and Restaurant – Paris, France


Time for some old-school GRANDEUR, Parisian style, wouldn’t you say? Oh, who are we kidding? When is it NOT time for some old-school Parisian GRANDEUR? But today is Wednesday and that just happens to be the perfect day for it. Grab a seat and start stuffing yourself with cheeses, wine and crepes to your heart’s content.

We had plans to return to Paris (after WAY too long away) this fall. Well. Not “plans,” exactly. More of an idea of returning. We’re not so foolish as to book an international trip in the middle of a pandemic, but we had a vague idea that if our Vegas trip went off without a hitch, we’d start blocking out dates around the holidays and making tentative plans. But as we all know, this has not been a great period of time for making any sort of plans and now we’ll just have to make do with pictures of fabulous Parisian restaurants to keep us happy. This is not a woe-is-us tale, since literally everyone’s going through the same thing, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck, right?

What sucks for you right now?


Girl Scouts’ New ‘Adventurefuls’ Cookies Taste Like a Salted Caramel Brownie
We tried the newest Girl Scout Cookie before its launch next year.

August is a tough time of year for Girl Scout Cookie devotees. The scouts’ cookie season generally runs from January to April, so by late summer, diehards have almost certainly exhausted their supply and are still months away from their next chance to restock. So what do the Girl Scouts of the USA decide to do during these desperate moments? Taunt everyone with a new cookie not slated to be released until 2022, of course!


The K-Drama Renaissance
How South Korean entertainment took over your TV.

For the unacquainted, Korean dramas—K-dramas for short—are South Korean scripted TV shows. Sometimes they’re referred to as Korean soap operas, but that description is misleading because K-dramas actually encompass a wide range of genres, from sci-fi and romance to horror and period pieces and everything in between. Most consist of a finite number of episodes (often between 16 and 24, though some—especially family-oriented and historical dramas—run for 50-plus) and are usually completed in a single season, with a few notable exceptions (more on that later).
K-dramas are generally known for having high production value, intense and often engrossing storylines, and quality acting that helps build an emotional connection between the characters and the audience.


Kristen Stewart’s ‘Spencer’ Hits Theaters in November
‘Spencer’ follows Diana “as she spends the Christmas holiday with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, and decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.” The movie is set in December 1991, a year before Charles and Diana announced their separation to the world. As the press release explains, “The Prince and Princess of Wales’s marriage has long since grown cold. Though rumours of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at Sandringham Estate.”


A Shore of Their Own
During Jim Crow, Black vacationers found joy in Black-owned resorts throughout the United States. Morgan Jerkins chases the last glimmers of history in these vital spaces of rest and escape.

The story goes that two feuding brothers owned a substantial lakefront property off the northeastern part of Indiana. One of them figured that the best way to get back at the other was to sell his portion of the land to Black people. No one has been able to verify if this legend is true, but regardless, that property, now known as Fox Lake, has been a historic African-American resort for close to a century. The official story is that Fox Lake, which is named after its original owner, Daniel Fox, was acquired by a group of white businessmen in 1924; established the Fox Lake Land Company; and promoted the area as a way to create a Black resort, the first of its kind in the state. In 1926, Black people started to buy lots of property and two years later, the first houses were built. The great-grandfather of Dr. Robin Newburn, founding member of the Fox Lake Historical Society, was one of those early pioneers in the area.


How K-Beauty Took Over The World
The rise of K-Beauty reflects a complete shift in skincare. Because of trends originating from Korea, many skin enthusiasts worldwide now double cleanse, wear sheet masks, and spread snail mucin on their faces all in the name of healthier pores. But K-Beauty is more than skin deep—its prevalence has created deeply felt cultural shifts from its advocates. “My way of making friends and getting people to accept more of my culture was honestly through skincare,” explains Ave Lee, a New York-based skincare content creator and expert, in the series. They were enthralled with the skincare she brought from home to her dorm room, and she started bringing gifts back from trips home to give all her friends a taste of Korea.” That same process is now playing out on the shelves of Sephora and Urban Outfitters across the world.


Netflix releases the first official images of Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West as Diana and Charles.
Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West portray Princess Diana and Prince Charles in the new season. And now, we finally get a look at them in character.
In two new official stills from the fifth season of The Crown, Debicki can be seen lying on a sofa with a subtle smirk on her face, while West is clad in a signature Prince Charles–esque brown suit and a concerned disposition.


Mariah Carey Just Launched Her Own Irish Cream Brand, ‘Black Irish’
Celebrity-owned spirits brands have been all the rage recently — and for the celebrities, why shouldn’t they be? In 2018, George Clooney was named Forbes’ highest-paid actor not due to any on-screen roles, but instead thanks to the near billion-dollar sale of his tequila brand, Casamigos. Similarly, last year, the Ryan Reynolds-backed gin brand Aviation sold for about $610 million. If you can pour a bit of your wealth into a liquor company and come out nine figures richer, why wouldn’t you?
Mariah Carey is certainly on board. Yesterday, she turned to Twitter to make a big announcement with limited details: “Introducing BLACK IRISH,” she tweeted. “Two years in the making. Truly a cause for celebration!!!” The tagline borrows a lyric from her 2005 song, “It’s Like That.”


K-Pop Conquered The World. Now What?
Korean pop has become a multibillion-dollar juggernaut in record time, and the music industry will never be the same.

K-pop—high-concept, hyper-stylized pop music, known for its immaculate performances and Motown-inspired studio system—is the latest evolution in hallyu, or the current “Korean wave” of culture capturing international interest: K-beauty, K-fashion, K-dramas, Korean barbecue. But the industry has been around for nearly three decades, beginning in the early 1990s with the formation of the big three entertainment companies: YG, JYP, and SM. Think of the companies as one-stop shops—record label, talent agency, and artist management, all in one.


If You Want to Help the Women of Afghanistan, Here’s What You Need to Know First
You don’t have to ‘solve’ the crisis in Afghanistan in order to center, uplift, and provide resources to help the women living there. Seeking to know and understand them would be an important first step.

The images inundating social media were harrowing: Afghan men and boys clinging to a US aircraft taking off from the airport in Kabul. The desperation was palpable and it almost looked staged. But this event is not staged, it is happening in real time in Afghanistan.
What we did not see in those images were women and children: the most vulnerable of the population. Very often when we witness injustices, there is a deep sense of sadness, anger and helplessnes for those of us so far away. We cannot understand what we don’t see; or we don’t know how we could possibly help. That hopelessness allows for inaction, which we shouldn’t accept.


Catch Bobby Cannavale While You Can
The Nine Perfect Strangers actor shares tales of pandemic parenting and why he’s starting to be a lot more choosy about his work.

He grew up in Union City, one of those “just through the Lincoln Tunnel” towns near Hoboken, and did a middle school stint in Puerto Rico when his Cuban-born mom followed one of her three husbands down there, then moved to Florida before he made his way to New York alone to act right out of high school. In interviews over the years he’s talked about what came next as happenstance, being in the right place at the right time, taking what he could get, and meeting the right guys (including Al Pacino and Martin Scorsese).
But Cannavale really does leave it all out there in a way that draws audiences to the characters he originates — like Gyp Rosetti on Boardwalk Empire, a most disconcerting combination of charm and terror — and those he brings to life off a page. Currently, he stars among a well-balanced ensemble on Nine Perfect Strangers, a Hulu miniseries out August 18, based on the 2018 novel by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty.


Old Navy Is Redefining What Plus Size Shopping Looks Like
“After intensive research where we spent time listening, learning, and walking in our customers’ shoes, it was clear there was an opportunity to do more to meet their needs and make sure that every woman saw herself in our brand,” Nancy Green, President and CEO of Old Navy, said over email. “BODEQUALITY represents a complete transformation in how we run our business—from the design and production process, to our shopping experience across stores and online, and how we engage with our customers across all brand touchpoints. This launch reinforces our brand belief in the democracy of style.”


‘Flowers in the Attic’ Prequel Miniseries Ordered by Lifetime
Lifetime has ordered ‘Flowers in the Attic: The Origin,’ a prequel to the V.C. Andrews classic featuring a large ensemble cast.

It “tells the story of the headstrong and determined Olivia Winfield (Rooper), who is working alongside her beloved father (Hamlin) when she finds herself unexpectedly wooed by one of the nation’s most eligible bachelors, Malcolm Foxworth (Irons). After a whirlwind romance, Olivia finds herself as the mistress of the imposing Foxworth Hall, where she soon discovers that the fairy-tale life she expected has quickly become a nightmare. Under Malcolm’s debonair exterior lies a dark heart, and a twisted evil lurks inside Foxworth Hall that will threaten Olivia’s happiness and that of her children. Her attempts to keep them all safe ultimately push Olivia to become the most terrifying version of herself, leading to her inevitable — and notorious — decision to lock her grandchildren in the attic.”


Road trips and raging hormones: These photos are an ode to teenage rebels
From Karen Marshall’s portraits of Manhattan latchkey kids to Benyamin Reich’s depictions of burgeoning sexuality, these photos capture the beautiful, boisterous, and banal interlude between childhood and adulthood
Caught between the lure of childhood and the inexorable pull of adulthood, being a teenager is a potentially perilous time. Friendships burn with a new intensity as your identity recalibrates amid wild hormonal impulses, and heady new freedoms are often undercut by external pressures from your peers and your community.
We’ve gathered some of the best photography projects depicting the angst, boredom, and exhilaration of this formative time. From basketball courts in Brooklyn to riotous nights out in Basildon, these photographs capture fleeting moments in these once-in-a-lifetime liminal years of teendom.


How the US made affordable homes illegal
The rules that keep American housing expensive.

Over the past year, housing prices rose precipitously, shattering the dreams of many would-be homeowners and highlighting the underlying inequalities in the housing market. Low interest rates and millennials’ entry into the market spiked demand across the nation, leading housing prices to increase by more than 20 percent in some cities.
But while this year was unique in many ways, and demand is a big part of the story, what’s often ignored is the biggest reason it’s increasingly difficult for Americans to find affordable housing: We don’t have enough houses. According to one estimate, we are now facing a shortage of nearly 4 million homes in the United States. And the primary reason for that shortage? Exclusionary zoning.


An 18th-Century Armchair in Focus
Three Getty graduate interns share their contributions to planning a special exhibition

The Getty Museum’s exhibition Silk and Swan Feathers: A Luxurious Eighteenth-Century Armchair presents a focused look at a singular object. This magnificent French armchair embodies the era’s sensibilities towards style and comfort. In a time often characterized by opulence, this silk-upholstered and swan down-stuffed chair would have been a sumptuous seat. Made for a country château, rather than Versailles or a Parisian townhouse, this armchair reflects the preferred style of aristocrats away from court. A product of many craftsmen—from joiners to upholsterers to varnishers—the armchair has managed to survive nearly intact, though in a fragile state, through the centuries.


When Fandoms Stop Playing Nice
Pop culture used to unite people. Now Star Wars, DC, and Marvel have all been plagued by vicious behavior. Can we fix this?

As midnight neared on Hollywood Boulevard, the fights broke out. Not real fights—lightsaber battles. It was May 18, 1999, and soon the doors of the Chinese Theatre would open for the first public screenings of the first Star Wars film in 16 years, The Phantom Menace. The premiere for 1977’s original Star Wars had taken place at this same theater, making it a sacred place for lifelong fans of George Lucas’s space saga. Many of the attendees had camped out on the street for weeks, which was the only way to guarantee access in the first-come-first-served era before advance ticket sales and assigned seats. I was on the scene to cover the opening night festivities for the Associated Press, and there really was a carnival aspect to it, like an intergalactic Mardi Gras.
People were elaborately costumed as Jedi and Stormtroopers, tall Yodas and assorted Leias, even though the movie they were about to see involved mostly new characters. At one point a different group of fans—dressed in Star Trek uniforms—arrived to stage a “counterprotest,” but the jeering exchanged then was seen by both sides as playful and comical. Everyone was in this together, enjoying the camaraderie. Even in my button-down shirt and tie, I was welcomed into this strange family. The reason so many people camped out for days or weeks wasn’t just about seeing the movie first. It was about sharing a love of Star Wars with each other. The party was the point.



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