T LOunge for September 17th, 2021

Posted on September 17, 2021

Le Tipanié Restaurant and Miki Miki Bar – Bora Bora, French Polynesia



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Jane Powell, Spirited Star of Movie Musicals ‘Royal Wedding,’ ‘Seven Brides,’ Dies at 92
Jane Powell, who starred as an angelically visaged young actress in a number of MGM musicals including “Royal Wedding” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” during the 1940s and ’50s, has died of natural causes. She was 92.
The blonde, blue-eyed Powell usually played characters with a gentle mischievous streak in her musical comedies, but she would shatter the light-hearted atmosphere of her films when she sang: A surprisingly powerful coloratura would emerge from the diminutive (5-foot-1) thesp. (Interestingly, she never learned to read music.)


‘Bridgerton’: Nicola Coughlan Says Season 2 Gets a ‘Whole Lot Spicier’
“It’s such an exciting thing when you do a show that anyone watches and connects to. But the level at which people connected to Bridgerton and the scale is really mind-blowing. I think we really went in more relaxed, which I know maybe some people wouldn’t,” the actress noted. “I think we felt so much love from the fans of the show and support. Also, the book which this season is based on is like the big fan favorite,” the actress said, referring to the popular sequel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which follows eldest Bridgerton sibling Anthony as he embarks on a journey to find a suitable wife. Things change when he meets Kate, a character who’s been reimagined for the TV series.


‘I Blame An Entire System:’ Olympic Gymnasts Testify About The FBI’s Larry Nassar Investigation
Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, and Maggie Nichols spoke before Congress about the sexual abuse they suffered—and how investigators failed them.

Biles, the first gymnast to speak, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that there is an “entire system” that still needs to be held accountable. “To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse,” Biles said as she fought back tears.
“We deserve answers,” she added. “Nassar is where he belongs, but those who enabled him deserve to be held accountable. If they are not, I am convinced that this will continue to happen to others across Olympic sports.”


Angelina Jolie Met with White House Officials to Defend the Violence Against Women Act
The Oscar-winning actress visited Washington, D.C., to advocate for the reauthorization of the landmark legislation.

A spokesperson for Jolie told the outlet, “UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is in D.C. for a second day meeting with Senior White House and DOJ officials, and Senators to continue to advocate for the rights of women and children and health in families. In her meetings she will talk about the importance of VAWA reauthorization, FBI reforms, judicial training, and health equity including non-biased forensic evidence collection.”


It Took 430 Hours to Make Carey Mulligan’s ‘Revenge Barbie’ Met Gala Look
Mulligan’s gown seems solid from afar, but zooming in closer reveals five different micro prints. Piccioli utilized a combination of taffeta, faille, and seven additional fabrics, all in a striking neon rose hue. The contrasting textures are what take things to the next level. In total, it took 430 hours to take the piece from sketch to reality, then a special fitting with Mulligan over the weekend to ensure the perfect fit. On the night of Mulligan accessorized with Cartier’s 18K white gold Reflection de Cartier High Jewelry earrings and a Panthére de Cartier ring. Her understated beauty look featured a chignon by Kylee Heath, Mary Wiles natural makeup, and nude nails from manicurist Queenie Nguyen.


Want to Fall Asleep Fast? Try the 4-7-8 Method
The man behind the technique, Dr. Andrew Weil, the founder and director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, has dubbed it a “natural tranquilizer for the nervous system.” It works by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for our rest and digest mode, while switching off the sympathetic nervous system, which triggers our stress response (or fight or flight mode).


How Sharon Stone Got Ready for Her First Met Gala, From Stretching to Skin Care
“Our common source of inspiration was an homage to American glamour,” says Los Angeles-based makeup artist Daphne Chantell, who thought of Grace Kelly while creating Stone’s cosmetic finish. “Thom Browne’s structure is unrivaled, his tailoring is impeccable, and his gown is breathtaking—Sharon wanted a clean and elegant beauty look to maintain the focus on her stunning gown,” says Chantell of keeping things sleek with Chanel’s Les Beiges bronzing cream and a mix of Tom Ford eye colors before lining lashes with Swarovski crystals for “a touch of sparkle” that Stone was happy to sign off on—and why not?


The Story Behind Simone Biles’s Three-in-One, 88-Pound Met Gala Gown
“How do I feel in the dress? It’s definitely heavy, but I feel beautiful, strong, and empowered,” Simone Biles said yesterday at the final fitting for her Met gala dress. Designed by Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk of Area, the three-in-one outfit consists of a hand-embellished skirt covered in Swarovski crystals and weighing 88 pounds; a minidress underneath; and a glittering black catsuit decorated to look like a starry night sky (though each of the stars is really Athleta’s logo, the chi).
Assembling the look was no easy feat. More than 100 people worked for 6,650 hours to embellish and craft the three garments, which were finished “around 4 a.m.” on Sunday, according to Panszczyk. The skirt, though it is heavy, is actually padded, giving it a feel similar to a weighted blanket rather than so much crystal-covered armor. Fogg and Panszczyk wanted Biles to be comfortable, so she can detach the skirt and remove the minidress as the night goes on if she wants to be freer to dance and move around.


My Restaurant, My Rules, and Yes, That Includes Proof of Vaccination
If you don’t like it, you are free to eat elsewhere.

Word got out that I had required proof of vaccination, a decision I made on the heels of NYC’s Estela announcing that this would be their policy moving forward. I was met with overwhelming support. Previous guests and devout fans of my cooking reached out publicly and privately, virtually waving their vaccination cards at me asking for a seat.
Of course, there were the freedom-thumping trolls and bots who wielded the term “medical segregation.” But of the five voices screaming this at me only one was a real person, a high school classmate who had become a fellow cheesesteak slinger. We reconnected over Facebook when he reached out asking to pick my brain about cheesesteak egg rolls, a menu special he was working on.


Hershey’s Just Announced Their First Reese’s Holiday Flavor and New Gingerbread Kit Kats
Plus Grinch-y Hershey’s Kisses and more holiday treats are on the way.

Reese’s is launching its first-ever holiday flavor, and there’s never been a more perfect pair than this! The beloved peanut butter cups are combined with peanut brittle-flavored creme and crunchy peanut butter for a treat that is quite nostalgic — and very obviously an ideal first flavor extension for this sweet season. The new PB cups will come in the Big Cup, King Size, and Miniatures so you can gave a bite o’ brittle any time you want (no candy thermometers needed).


Harris Reed on embracing peacocking, finding your personal style and the transformative power of jewellery
Reed’s design aesthetic is best described as fluid romanticism with a modern twist. And, when it comes to jewellery, there is no such thing as too much; layering is very much encouraged and all the pieces are designed to be mixed and matched together. This is maximalism at its finest.
“Jewellery is perfect for experimenting and is the best way to play up your identity. You can have fun with it and see what’s comfortable for you. If you’re in a situation where it feels too much, you can easily take a piece off on the tube and put it back on when you arrive wherever you’re headed,” they laugh. “It’s a really easy, fluid way of playing with your identity, how you want to express and peacock yourself to the world.”


Inside the Hermès Workshop That Makes Its Iconic Bags
At the new Hermès workshop in Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, France, the Kelly serves as a training ground for freshly minted leather artisans.

There is a kind of fashion object so long-lasting, so tirelessly wanted that its name becomes recognizable, a metonym for the brand that made it: the Air Jordan, the Love bracelet. Few brands, successful though they may be, attain that kind of saturation. Hermès has done it twice: the Birkin and, arguably the first of the household-name phenomena, the Kelly. Originally designed in the 1930s as the Petit sac haut, à courroie, simplifié, the Kelly was rechristened after the newly crowned Princess Grace was photographed, in 1956, clutching it to conceal her early pregnancy; the image appeared on the cover of Life magazine.


Everything You Need To KNow About the 2021 Met Gala’s Accompanying Exhibit
A survival guide to this year’s Costume Institute exhibit, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” at The Met.

Fashion’s biggest night out, more often referred to as The Met Gala, has already come and gone in a whirlwind of sparkling dresses, tailored suits, and a few politically charged masterpieces. There is no denying it—the wide array of red, or rather beige, carpet looks was mismatched and all across the board and begged the question, what is this theme?! Not clearly discernible from Kim Kardashian’s face-covering black bodysuit ensemble nor Kim Petras’ horse-headed gown, the theme of this year’s most fashionable ball is actually of two parts: Part one, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” and part two, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.”
Perhaps the wide display of styles worn to the event really does encapsulate the theme, for America is, as we like to say, a melting pot. If you’re still not entirely sure of what this broad title entails, don’t fret. There is an entire accompanying exhibit dedicated to “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art opening on Sept. 18, 2021 and remaining on display throughout part two, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” which opens on May 5, 2022. Both shows, in the Anna Wintour Costume Center and period rooms in the American Wing of the museum, will run through Sept. 5, 2022.
If you’re unable to make it to the exhibit in person or you’re just curious as to how this theme will be curated, we’ve created a Met Gala exhibit survival guide, if you will, with the ins and outs of everything you need to know.


What’s Going On With Alanis Morissette’s HBO Documentary Jagged?
Alanis Morissette has never been shy about speaking her mind, whether she’s angrily addressing ex-lovers in songs like 1995’s “You Oughta Know” or putting music-industry sexism on blast. Now, though, the target of her ire is a little closer to home; this week, the 47-year-old singer-songwriter spoke out about what she felt was an inaccurate and hurtful depiction of her life story in the brand-new HBO documentary, Jagged. Below, everything you need to know about the drama surrounding the film.


Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman Breaks Silence Over ‘Canada’s Drag Race’ Bullies
When the actor, now starring in Disney+’s ‘Doogie Kamealohoa, M.D.,’ landed a judging spot on the reality show, it was a dream come true — until a cadre of hateful fans turned it into a nightmare: “I had never experienced hate from my own community.”

On June 27, 2020, amid the first wave of COVID-19 lockdowns and the trauma of George Floyd’s murder, Canada’s Drag Race premiered. For fans of the franchise — the spinoff aired in Canada on Crave (it would become the highest-rated original series in its history), in the U.K. on BBC3 and throughout the rest of the globe on the streamer WOW Presents Plus — it was a rare oasis from a seemingly unending onslaught of horrible news.
For Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, it should have been a dream come true. Raised in a tiny town in Alberta, the 36-year-old actor and model — whose biggest credit was playing a manipulative reality TV producer on Lifetime’s UnREAL — was chosen to sit among its panel of judges.
The openly gay, biracial Bowyer-Chapman already was familiar to Drag Race fans the world over, having appeared a handful of times as a guest judge on VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars. “There’s something about drag that I’ve always been so enamored by,” he says. “Drag is magic.”
But the dream quickly turned into a glittery nightmare, when Bowyer-Chapman — whose tart critiques of contestants rubbed some viewers the wrong way — felt the full force of Drag Race‘s toxic fandom.


Japanese high schoolers sent out a message in a bottle 37 years ago. It just turned up in Hawaii.
High schoolers in Japan placed rolled-up pieces of paper in glass bottles 37 years ago and sent them out to sea. This month, one of the bottles was found in Hawaii, more than 3,700 miles away.
The bottle was found by 9-year-old Abbie Graham, who picked it up on a beach in Hawaii’s Paradise Park, per the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
Graham spotted a contact form in the bottle with information written in multiple languages, including Japanese and English, per the Tribune-Herald. The letter explained the bottle’s origins and appealed to whoever found it to contact the Choshi High School, located in the eastern Japanese prefecture of Chiba.


The hype around exercise dresses, explained
Thanks to TikTok, the three-year-old athleisure trend started by Outdoor Voices has yet to settle.

It’s not a stretch to claim that most millennial and Gen Z-aged women have heard of the dress — or even own one themselves. For those unfamiliar, allow me to explain: The exercise dress, as its name implies, is an all-in-one garment made from stretchy fabric (generally a nylon-spandex blend), with built-in spandex shorts under a short, slightly flared skirt. It’s the definition of modern athleisure: loungewear that is active and stylish.
The dress is designed for exercising and the occasional run (or walk) around town, and I’ve witnessed women sporting it at the farmers market, the coffee shop, the beach, happy hour drinks, and casual social functions without a second thought. It’s not a coincidence, then, that “doing things” is the hashtag-cum-lifestyle mission of Outdoor Voices, the millennial-run athleisure brand credited with launching exercise dresses into the fashion zeitgeist.


It’s getting harder for people to believe that Facebook is a net good for society
Why the latest Facebook scandal might stick.

At this point, it isn’t exactly surprising that social media platforms like Facebook can have negative effects on society. For years, journalists, politicians, social scientists — and even biologists and ecologists — have been raising concerns about the influence Facebook has on our collective well-being. And Facebook has always defended itself by insisting that it is a net good to society because of how it brings people together.
But a new series of reports from the Wall Street Journal, “The Facebook files,” provides damning evidence that Facebook has studied and long known that its products cause measurable, real-world harm — including on teenagers’ mental health — and then stifled that research while denying and downplaying that harm to the public. The revelations, which only strengthen the case that a growing chorus of lawmakers and regulators have been making for breaking up Facebook or otherwise severely limiting its power as a social media giant, could represent a turning point for the company.


How Edwardian high society pre-dated the internet’s obsession with fabulous felines
With Benedict Cumberbatch set to star as the late Louis Wain, Tatler takes a look at Britian’s real aristocats

While Wain’s tale (or tail…) is somewhat sad due to his struggles with schizophrenia in later life, his legacy is one to be celebrated in many ways. His art, as seen in newspapers, children’s books and greeting cards, is credited with beginning a trend for imbuing animals with human characteristics. Meanwhile his love of cats coincided with a trend amongst Edwardian high society for importing exotic breeds to Britain.
Wain was also the chairman of the National Cat Club, a group of enthusiastic feline fans who organised competitive cat shows around the UK. Its president was the Duchess of Bedford, herself a proud owner of Siamese cats, who often organised galas and events to raise money for the cause. In fact, one event in 1901, the annual New Year’s supper for the cat’s meat men of London (don’t worry they supplied cats with meat, not the other way round), was so largely oversubscribed that hundreds of these feline feeders were turned away at the door.


The contents of Prince Philip’s will to remain secret for 90 years
The court ruling was made to protect the dignity of the Queen

When you’ve lived for almost a century, you acquire quite the collection of possessions. Yet we will never know what Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband, had amongst his prized belongings when he died aged 99 earlier this year, as the contents of his will are set to remain sealed and secret until 2111.
Judge Sir Andrew McFarlane, who is president of the Family Division of the High Court, said: ‘I have held that, because of the constitutional position of the sovereign, it is appropriate to have a special practice in relation to royal wills. There is a need to enhance the protection afforded to truly private aspects of the lives of this limited group of individuals in order to maintain the dignity of the sovereign and close members of her family.’
Sir Andrew also emphasised that he himself had not seen the contents of the will nor knew what was in them, and that the preliminary hearings had been conducted behind closed doors so as to avoid any media attention or speculation.




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