Leña Bar and Restaurant – Toronto, Canada
Alright, Kittens. We’re on Day Two of the workweek (aka TUESDAY) and we just realized that we (U.S. Kittens, that is) are barreling toward a blessed holiday weekend, which will have the effect of making this week seem longer than it is. The tunnel seems so much longer now. But we can do this. All we need to do is hunker down somewhere fabulous until the day blows over. Fortunately, Lorenzo has you covered. The seats are velvet, the vibe is impeccable, and the space is suitable for deal-making, gossip, affairs, or simply sitting quietly and judging all of the aforementioned. As we always say, all are welcome in the T LOunge, from the moody to the effervescent.
Would you care for some conversational ice-breakers to go with your cocktails? Once again, Lorenzo has you covered:
Sarah Paulson Has “Regrets” About Wearing a Fat Suit in Impeachment: American Crime Story
“I think fat phobia is real. I think to pretend otherwise causes further harm,” the actor said.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the Emmy Award–winning actress said that she has regrets about playing Linda Tripp, a controversial public figure who worked to expose the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal in 1998. Fat activists criticized Paulson’s use of synthetic padding to play Tripp (a role for which she also gained 30 pounds). Further, they called her casting a missed opportunity to have a plus-sized actor play the role.
Sandra Oh Opened Up About Her “Traumatic” Adjustment to Grey’s Anatomy Fame
“When one loses one’s anonymity, you have to build skills to still try and be real.”
“To be perfectly honest, it was traumatic,” she said of starring on such a popular series. “And the reason why I’m saying that is the circumstances you need to do your work is with a lot of privacy. So when one loses one’s anonymity, you have to build skills to still try and be real. I went from not being able to go out, like, hiding in restaurants, to then being able to manage attention, manage expectation, while not losing the sense of self.”
Do You Wash Your New Clothes Before You Wear Them?
If you don’t … you might want to start.
Needless to say, people (including myself) had some thoughts about the wash vs. no wash debate. The reason I started washing my new clothes — including items I purchase online — is because I learned more about the apparel supply chain. Until I began regularly covering and writing about the fashion industry, I was blissfully unaware of just how many hands touch your clothes before they ever make their way into your closet.
16 Pies Every Home Baker Should Know How to Make, According to Chefs
Master these classic pie recipes with tips from pastry pros.
Pies seem to run on their own seasonal schedule, with fall bearing the bulk of fan favorites like apple and pumpkin. But you don’t need to wait for Thanksgiving to roll around to break out your pie molds. Once you have your pie baking basics down, you can easily riff on a classic and make it your year-round go-to.
From Southern spins like peach praline to savory starters like French duck pie, here’s what the pros deem worthy of adding to your pastry repertoire.
Kristine Froseth Is Ready for Her Close-Up
The actress and Chanel darling is set to star in the upcoming Lena Dunham film Sharp Stick—and she’s just getting started.
Growing up, the 25-year-old split her time between New Jersey and a small town outside of Oslo. Moving every several years was challenging (to say the least); Froseth struggled to adapt to the language shifts and confluence of cultures. Even though she convincingly played a mean girl in Netflix’s Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, in reality, Froseth was on the receiving end of snide comments, so she did what any savvy performer would do and channeled the energy of her less-than-friendly classmates for the part. “I’m grateful now because I feel like it definitely helped me get out of my comfort zone,” she says, referring to the trials and tribulations of her high school days. “But while it was happening, it wasn’t that fun.”
When Will Black People Get to Stop Being “The First”?
It’s time to move beyond the solitary, vulnerable, and relentlessly difficult position of being the first or only Black person in the room.
“You know, you’re the first Black friend my parents let sleep over.”
It was still light outside and my fourth-grade schoolmate and I were settling into sleeping bags on her living room floor. Stephen King’s Pet Sematary sat ominously on top of the TV as we rewound the Blockbuster rental. I can still recall the sounds of the VHS cassette whirring in the player. I can recall her voice at that moment, too. She sounded triumphant and proud. Her words felt like a sword knighting my lanky brown body through my insulated polyester pod, as the honorary “Good Black” title was bestowed upon me with a single sharp, uncomfortable sentence.
The History of the Honey Deuce, the U.S. Open’s Iconic Signature Cocktail
Wimbledon has the Pimm’s Cup. The Kentucky Derby has the Mint Julep. The U.S. Open has the Honey Deuce—Grey Goose, fresh lemonade, raspberry liqueur, all topped with a honeydew melon skewer. Over one million honey deuces have been served at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the past four years alone (that’s three million honeydew melon balls and over 37,000 bottles of Grey Goose, in case you were wondering). Every year, its popularity grows exponentially: there’s been an 88 percent increase in orders from 2015-2019. Simply put: You can’t not get a Honey Deuce (or its non-alcoholic iteration) at the Open.
Natalie Portman on Summer Reading and Britney Spears
The actor and face of the latest Miss Dior eau de parfum talks about the value of anonymity and training for the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.
“One of my favorite things on Instagram is to find friends or people I’m curious about who I find have similar reading tastes, and then find out what they’re reading. I find it’s always a great way to learn about new books that I might not be exposed to. Reading is one of the great joys in my life. And then it’s been such an incredible opportunity to get to meet authors and ask them questions, which is also one of the, basically, coolest privileges of being a public person: that I can cold-call a writer that I admire and get to talk to them. So it’s been really incredible to share that and then hear people’s experiences reading the books together, too.”
The Best Places to Go Apple Picking in the United States
Even if you’re not excited to get your hands on a Red Delicious, a Pink Lady, or a MacIntosh apple, apple picking is about so much more than fruit.
All over the country, these farms supplement apple picking with fall entertainment like live music, festivals, corn mazes, hay rides, and even wine tastings for adults who want something a bit more elevated.
Many of the farms on our list also have amazing shops, which sell jams, candies, cider donuts, and all kinds of signature fall treats.
Fortunately, not all the best apple picking is limited to the East Coast. While there are plenty of great orchards in Maine, Massachusetts, and New York, autumn lovers can find scores of beautiful farms to visit across the Midwest and on the West Coast, too.
Happy Birthday Queen Rania of Jordan: A life of elegant style in photos
Since marrying the then Prince Abdullah of Jordan in 1993, Queen Rania has captivated the world with her breathtaking beauty, esteemed grace and, of course, her impeccable royal style. As elegant in traditional Jordanian clothing as bedecked in diamonds at lavish gala dinners, the philanthropist and education advocate knows how to dress for any occasion. As Queen Rania of Jordan turns 51, we take a look at the incredible outfits that defined her fashion evolution.
Unforgettable hairstyle inspiration from the late Diana, Princess of Wales
From her teenage bob to chic 90s crop
When the then Lady Diana Spencer was jettisoned into the limelight aged 19, she did so with a short rounded bob. As her confidence grew, so did the volume of her hair. Through much of the 80s the Princess donned a glamorous feathered shag cut – often swept to one side and topped with a tiara or a statement hat.
In 1990, the Princess met hair stylist Sam McKnight, who refreshed and modernised her look. Upon first meeting McKnight, she asked, ‘What would you do with my hair if I just said do anything?’ He said, ‘I would cut it all off and start again.’ She replied, ‘Well, why don’t you cut it off now?’ – and so he did. McKnight remained her stylist until her death in 1997. Here are her best hairstyle moments.
Why false claims about Covid-19 vaccines and infertility are so powerful
The anti-vax fertility panic, explained.
This idea, however, has no basis in science. The vaccine “has been studied among women who are trying to get pregnant, who are pregnant, who are breastfeeding” and “we have not seen any adverse impacts of the vaccines on fertility,” Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist at NYU and Bellevue Hospital, told Vox. This message has been confirmed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and a long list of medical experts.
But the myth that vaccines can harm reproductive health remains concerningly widespread, traveling from a handful of anti-vaccine activists to conservative commentators to influencers who amplify it on Instagram and YouTube. In one June survey, 25 percent of respondents and more than 52 percent of those who did not intend to get vaccinated said they believed vaccines could damage women’s fertility.
Enchanted by the Mountains’ Ever-Changing Beauty: 45 Miles on the Teton Crest Trail
A three-day hike through the Teton Range in northwest Wyoming offers consistently stunning — and constantly unfolding — scenery.
“When I arrived at my first campsite in Wyoming’s Teton Range, some 17 miles from the trailhead, I fully expected to collapse into my sleeping bag. My feet ached, my shoulders were cramping from the weight of my pack and, despite having spent much of the day hiking above 9,000 feet, I had yet to fully adjust to the altitude. I quickly set up my tent, pried my boots off and climbed inside.”,”So began what felt like a nightlong play in five acts, with the Tetons occupying center stage: the clarity of early evening, the dusky glow of sunset, the gradual emergence of the Milky Way, a saturated set of predawn hues and, finally, crisp streaks of early-morning light.”
Disney+ Planning French Series on Fashion Icon Karl Lagerfeld
‘Kaiser Karl’ will explore the life and career of the German designer, who was creative director of the French fashion house Chanel from 1983 until his death in 2019.
Lagerfeld, a feature of the fashion world for decades with his signature white hair, black sunglasses, and high, starched collars, was creative director of the French fashion house Chanel from 1983 until his death in 2019. He was also the creative director of the Italian fur and leather goods fashion house Fendi, and had his own, eponymous, fashion label.
The Disney+ series, Kaiser Karl, will start in the 1970s when Lagerfeld was just beginning to break into the French fashion scene.
The series is part of a broader push into European originals by Disney. Koeppen said the company was on target to deliver 60 original European series by 2024. The company has already announced multiple projects from across the continent, including Sam: A Saxon, the true story of the first Black police officer in East Germany, the French teen fantasy drama Parallels, and the Italian mafia series The Good Mothers.
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