T LOunge for August 4th, 2021

Posted on August 04, 2021

The Meat & Wine Co Bar and Restaurant – Adelaide, Australia

 

It’s Wednesday and we can think of no better reason than that to declare that what we all need right now is some old-school, classic, self-indulgent GRANDIOSITY. Hence today’s LOunge, courtesy of Lorenzo (who tends to be somewhat gifted when it comes to being grandiose). Grab a banquette and call it yours for the day. You’ve earned it.

 

Happy Birthday, Martha Stewart: 20 Vintage Photos of the DIY Icon
Before her name became a byword for “good taste,” Martha Stewart was born Martha Kostyra, the oldest daughter of six children in a well-to-do Polish Catholic family. Raised in Nutley, New Jersey, she displayed an entrepreneurial knack from an early age: A 10-year old Martha booked her first paid gig by planning birthday parties for the kids in her neighborhood. She began modeling as a teenager, earning $50 an hour to appear in ad campaigns for the likes of Chanel and Tareyton cigarettes. With her 5’9” frame and knockout beauty, Stewart’s modeling portfolio radiates the same mix of cold charm and playful sensuality that would later define her entire brand.

 

Rebel Wilson Recreated an Iconic Britney Spears Look for Her New Movie
“Can you tell that I’m the biggest Britney fan!”

Rebel Wilson’s “life is CRAZY right now,” as she quipped on Instagram. The star has just wrapped up filming for her new movie, Senior Year, and has generously shared some exclusive behind-the-scenes content—including an amazing photo of herself recreating Britney Spears’ outfit from the “(You Drive Me) Crazy” music video. In the photo, Wilson is wearing a sequined green top, with “CRAZY” written in neon lights behind her, just like in the music video. The actress further captioned the post, “[heart] you Britney.”

 

A New Exhibition in Philadelphia Examines the Hidden Histories of Reproduction
Since meeting at a baby shower in 2017, the design historians Michelle Millar Fisher and Amber Winick have tried to elevate the narratives and history around fertility, childbirth, parenting, menstruation, and similar experiences through the lens of design. In 2015, Fisher had been a curatorial assistant at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she proposed adding a midcentury breast pump to the collection. (The device had significantly improved on the discomfort and noise from the previous adapted dairy farm equipment.) She argued that this breast pump model, like celebrated household appliances and other “humble masterpieces,” had advanced a design that meaningfully bettered the lives of women. This was worth canonizing, she said. Yet the museum politely disagreed.

 

31 Recipes to Make in August
August is the last full month of summer, and we’re celebrating with dishes that make the most of the season’s produce. Think berries, corn, stone fruit, and, of course, plenty of tomatoes. With 31 recipes to choose from, you’ll have plenty to carry you through every day until September.

 

Christian Siriano Is Painting His Pandemic Feelings
So Project Runway’s proudest son painted the darkness he felt, in some 30 paintings and 60 sketches that he shared publicly for the first time on Sunday in a show at Westport’s Swoon boutique. Siriano’s favorite: a large-scale, sculptural black piece he created about a month into the pandemic, replete with muslin plucked from his studio, made to look as if a dress had been sliced and splayed on canvas. “It was a darker time,” he said. (The “graphic and grounded” work hung for a while on the white walls of his entryway; now it’s headed to a client’s.)

 

“She Telegraphed Her State Of Being Through Her Clothes”: ‘Respect’ Costume Designer Clint Ramos On Aretha Franklin’s Style
Starring Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson, Respect charts the rise of the Queen of Soul. Ahead of the biopic’s release, its costume designer discusses the thinking behind Franklin’s sartorial decisions.
“Aretha was a very photographed star, but a lot of the film imagines what could have happened outside of that public persona. That was the biggest challenge. What did she wear when she was battling alcoholism or when she was really disappointed in her marriage? These are the things that kept me up at night – not the gowns and the glamour, although reimagining those beautiful outfits was really fun.”

 

New York City to Require Vaccine Proof for Indoor Restaurants, Gyms and Performances
New York City will require proof of vaccination for people going to indoor activities like restaurants, gym and performances, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.
The program will launch August 16 and will be enforced beginning September 13. The policy is one of the first of its kind in the United States; other large cities, like Los Angeles and San Francisco, that have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases as the Delta variant spreads have resumed requiring people to wear face masks indoors.

 

See Cartier’s glittering history and iconic creations in a new exhibition
Studio 7 by Cartier heads to London’s Saatchi Gallery to celebrate the Maison’s timeless jewellery and watches, and the icons it’s adorned

Legends across culture, fashion, and the art world know all about that Cartier drip – from Andy Warhol with his Tank watch, to Jean Cocteau and his Trinity ring, and Tina Turner with her Love bracelet. It’s a brand name that denotes timelessness, enduring beauty and craftsmanship, and iconography that stretches beyond the confines of jewellery. Now, fans, admirers, and culture-lovers alike can explore the glittering history and dazzling contemporary presence of Cartier at a new exhibition.
Studio 7 by Cartier is taking over the ground floor Saatchi Gallery in London for the end of July and August, with a show that explores the Maison’s watch and jewellery creations, as well as the icons who have worn Cartier – you can RSVP for free here. The portrait-led exhibition celebrates the Maison’s seven most iconic pieces of watches and jewellery: Santos, Tank, Trinity, Love, Juste Un Clou, Panthère, and Ballon Bleu.

 

America isn’t panicking about inflation
How worried you are about inflation largely depends on how you vote, a new poll shows.

Despite what some pundits and politicians would have you believe may be warranted, Americans are not panicking about inflation. Still, many are keeping an eye on it. And how worried they are depends on their political affiliation — as well as what they’re watching on TV.
When asked what the most important economic issue is facing the country today, about a quarter of likely voters say it’s the high cost of living or inflation, according to a new poll by Vox and Data for Progress. Voters also say they’re worried about the economy in general (19 percent), the gap between the rich and the poor (14 percent), unemployment and jobs (10 percent), and national debt (10 percent).
When you drill down to who is worried about prices, that’s where it gets interesting. In general, people with incomes of under $50,000 a year are slightly more concerned than those who make upward of $100,000.

 

It’s hard to be a moral person. Technology is making it harder.
Digital distractions such as social media and smartphones wreak havoc on our attention spans. Could they also be making us less ethical?

Think of all the times a friend has called you to talk through something sad or stressful, and you could barely stop your twitchy fingers from checking your email or scrolling through Instagram as they talked. Think of all the times you’ve seen an article in your Facebook News Feed about anguished people desperate for help — starving children in Yemen, dying Covid-19 patients in India — only to get distracted by a funny meme that appears right above it.

 

How TikTok became a haven for queer and questioning kids
Queer signaling in the age of TikTok.

One of the unique parts about TikTok, though, is that it’s a social media app that doesn’t necessarily connect you with the people you know in real life. Unlike on Facebook and Instagram, you could end up going massively viral on the app without your friends and family having any idea, which could allow you to speak more freely than you might otherwise. The other important part is its algorithm, which is legendarily good (and legendarily quick) at figuring out what you like and want to watch — sometimes before even you might know yourself.
This is not to say that TikTok is an unwavering paradise for queer and questioning people. TikTok has censored queer content in certain countries to appease their governments, though has claimed this was aimed to “reduce cyberbullying.” I’ve also come across a disturbing amount of anti-trans videos, often created by young women sharing the sort of fear-mongering talking points typical among TERFs. There are also plenty of popular TikTokers who have been called out for “queerbaiting” for clout, though those accusations can get murky when you acknowledge that, often, “queerbaiting” is someone’s way of exploring their sexuality.

 

A look back at the Queen Mother’s fascinating life in pictures on anniversary of her birth
On the 121st anniversary of her birth, Tatler looks back at some of the late royal’s most memorable moments

Born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon on 4 August 1900, the Queen Mother grew up as part of a sprawling aristocratic family – number nine of 10 children. Her parents were Claude Bowes-Lyon, Lord Glamis (who went on to become the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne in the Peerage of Scotland), and his wife, Cecilia (née Cavendish-Bentinck), and Elizabeth grew up principally at St Paul’s Walden in Hertfordshire and Glamis Castle in Scotland.
After marrying the then Prince Albert, second son of King George V, in 1923, few could have predicted the turn Elizabeth’s life would take – catapulted from the Duchess of York to Queen Consort after her brother-in-law, King Edward VIII, abdicated in order to marry an American divorcée, Wallis Simpson.

 

Tiara of the Month: The Duchess of Kent’s wedding day tiara
The glamorous history behind this sparkling diadem, which after being passed down through several royal generations, has never officially been seen again

In 1961 Katharine Worsley, the daughter of landowner, Sir William Worsley and his wife, Joyce Brunner, married the Queen’s cousin, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. The Duke’s mother, Princess Marina, was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and his wife, Russian Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna, first cousin of the ill-fated Tsar Nicholas II. The Duke’s father, Prince George, was the son of King George V and Queen Mary.
Such majestic and aristocratic ancestry ensured a wedding attended by senior British and European royalty as well as celebrities of the day such as Noel Coward and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. On the day, Katharine wore an art deco diamond bandeau tiara which was a gift to the future Duchess from Princess Marina, who, in turn, had been given the tiara from her mother-in-law, Queen Mary. The tiara had been commissioned by Queen Mary from Garrard in 1925 featuring a dash-dot diamond band design, now known as the Garrard Windsor Motif.

 

 

 

 

 

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