T LOunge for September 1st, 2021

Posted on September 01, 2021

Pas d’Art Bar and Restaurant – Stockholm, Sweden

Hump Day, darlings! We’re all tantalizingly close to the holiday weekend (the USians, that is), but we still have to make our way to the finish line. As always, we can think of no better way to do that than by sitting in a gorgeous space all day, eating and drinking and talking. You know. Procrastinating. Some may call it a dysfunctional behavior, but we call it a lifestyle and an art form. Come practice the ancient skills and techniques with us today. Your seat is ready. Your tab is open. Your distractions are provided below. You have no excuse for being productive, kitten.


Who Will Be the Next James Bond?
Who on earth will be the next James Bond? It’s a question that’s been on the lips of the film industry’s kingmakers since Daniel Craig first spoke about hanging up his tuxedo. Now that No Time to Die, the long-delayed 25th installment of the series and the actor’s fifth and final outing as the martini-sipping secret agent, is scheduled to land in cinemas on October 8, the rumor mill has gone into overdrive once again—and the frontrunners are emerging.
Among them is Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton’s dashing Duke of Hastings; Henry Golding, who won hearts in Crazy Rich Asians; and Lashana Lynch, who takes on the 007 mantle in the new blockbuster while Bond is in exile. Could she really become the first woman to front the franchise, or will an established heartthrob long tipped for the part pip her to the post? Only time will tell.


McKayla Maroney Is Done Being Unimpressed
In an exclusive sit-down, the Olympic gymnast and sex abuse survivor says she is moving beyond the meme—and the trauma she secretly suffered for years—to put her best face forward.

Back at the 2012 London Olympics, the gymnast stuck the landing on a two-and-a-half twisting Amanar vault, one of the most impressive feats in the sport at the time. You may not remember. But you definitely remember her face on the second-place podium after landing on her butt during the individual vault finals. Pursed lips sagging slightly to the right, and dagger eyes—the same so-over-this scowl of someone in line at the DMV. The “McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed” meme was born. Overnight, Maroney’s face was Photoshopped next to everything from Beyoncé’s baby bump to the Great Sphinx of Giza
When she abruptly announced her retirement three and a half years later, not even those closest to her understood why she would give up a shot at redemption—at individual gold. But behind the scenes, Maroney had been launched headfirst into the most challenging chapter of her life, one that threw her twice as many twists as an Amanar.


The Future Of Fashion: Biodegradable Jeans, Luxe Upcycling, And More
A few predictions about what the future holds for our wardrobes.

No one is looking to give up their denim anytime soon—but as one of the world’s most beloved clothing staples, it’s a bit of a water hog, requiring about 1,800 gallons of H2O to grow enough cotton to produce a single pair of jeans, not to mention the dyeing and washing processes. Los Angeles-based denim brand AG has set out to change all that with The Jean of Tomorrow. Despite the forward-looking name, many of the solutions the design team found have been around for eons, namely hemp fibers, plant-based dyes, and corozo nut buttons. The result: 100 percent biodegradable garments. (That’s right, you could bury your worn-out denim and it would return to the earth, though the brand recommends donating it or sending it to a textile recycling program.) “I can’t say what the new green standard will be,” says president and creative director Sam Ku. “I’m willing to bet that biodegradability will become a common component.”


A Sacred Task
On September 11, 2001, journalists across the country took on the unimaginable: reporting on a series of terrorist attacks that would change America forever. Twenty years later, they’re opening up to ELLE about the stories of loss, love, and extraordinary heroism they worked so hard to tell.

Within minutes, they were at the scene—or what was left of it—battling falling debris and braving waves of dust. They kicked off their heels and ran barefoot toward the Twin Towers while everyone else was trying to escape. They slept in news trucks and did live reports from hospital beds to let the world know what happened; to make sure no one would ever forget. Now, as the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, ELLE sat down with 10 female journalists who reported on the ground in New York City, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. For many of these women, talking about that day is just as emotional as it was two decades ago—but as former NY1 anchor Kristen Shaughnessy said, “We owe it to the people who were killed to continue telling this story.”


Dumpster Diving for Discount Desserts Behind the Entenmann’s Outlet
“Everyone deserves to eat not just healthy, fresh foods, but comforting sweets as well.”

For those who have never been to an Entenmann’s Outlet, here’s how it goes. Grocery stores that don’t sell out of their Entenmann’s stock by a certain date send their remaining inventory to the outlet where shoppers can scoop up the goods at a dramatically discounted price. But there is a catch. Most of these breads and desserts are within 48 hours of their expiration date. The Entenmann’s Outlet, though a bright haven of discount desserts, is really a pastry purgatory. It’s Entenmann’s last stand before heading to the Dumpster.


Fran Lebowitz on becoming a pop-culture icon at 70
The cult writer talks to Bazaar about books, Britney and the right to be grumpy

Her lack of digital identity does not remove her from an understanding of pop culture. She is a voracious reader who consumes books and newspapers to a gluttonous degree. She tells me she is aware of the Free Britney movement, despite not having too much of an understanding of who Britney is. “It sounds really unfair, what happened to her – we should definitely help her fix that,” she comments. “But I do find it odd that millions of people are furious about that, but no one seems as bothered by what’s happening to millions of women and girls in Afghanistan? That seems pretty important to me.”


The Making Of Michaela Coel
She is one of the country’s most exciting creative talents: an actor, writer and director whose work ploughs the depths and heights of modern life. Here, she talks to Farrah Storr about the power of standing out in a world where everyone wants to fit in.

You see, Michaela Coel is not like any other actor. She writes, directs and is a dab hand with an open mic. Her mum still makes her clothes. She offers her phone number to people in the street and cries and laughs and hugs with strangers. In 2018, she turned down $1m from Netflix when she was still relatively unknown; then, fired her agent for pressuring her to take said deal. That same year she outed the entire TV industry on one of the most public and prestigious stages in the world. Some said she would never work again. She hasn’t stopped.


Good Restaurant Reservation Etiquette Is More Important Than Ever
Whether you use the apps or make a phone call, remember these four rules for making restaurant reservations.

At their best, restaurant reservations benefit both the customer and the restaurant: Diners get peace of mind knowing they won’t have to awkwardly linger before being seated, while advance bookings guarantee sales ahead of time. Thanks to the rise of online reservation platforms like OpenTable and Resy, it’s easier than ever to snag a table, but whether you use an app or make a phone call, good customer behavior is nonnegotiable. As of this writing, many restaurants are limited to a fraction of their capacity and simply cannot sustain the financial losses of no-shows, late arrivals, and gratuitous table-lingerers.
Mark Strausman of Mark’s Off Madison in NYC says that while reservation apps make life smoother for guests, they have also made it easier to double-book tables or repeatedly no-show.
“It’s just one more example of digital convenience making it easier to forget that there are actual humans behind the business,” he says. With many restaurant workers reporting entitled customer behavior at an all-time high, it’s essential that diners re- think their role at the table. Here’s how to make your next night out better for your favorite restaurant.


50 Most Romantic Places in the United States
Nothing brings couples closer together than traveling to new destinations and sharing experiences together. But no two love affairs are the same, which is why we believe that no two romantic getaways should be the same, either.
For couples planning an epic trip from sea to shining sea or for those just hoping to book a romantic getaway close by, we went from coast to coast to find 51 of the most romantic places our country has to offer. There’s one in every state, and even the District of Columbia.
There are plenty of romantic wilderness retreats where couples can take advantage of epic cliffs, waterfalls, and beaches. For more urban couples, we found waterfront streets and high-up cityscape views. And, of course, there are a few castles for couples swept up in a fairytale romance.
And hey, even if there isn’t a special someone to take on a trip this year, in the words of Oscar Wilde, “to love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”


7 Amazing Fall Wine Tours Across the U.S. and Canada
Revisit an old favorite region or discover somewhere new on these self-led wine tours.
What better way to immerse yourself in fall’s glorious array of colors than with a flight of wines before you? Between the U.S. and Canada, there’s a slew of fantastic wineries — in new and exciting wine regions as well as in the reliable, world-famous stalwarts — to check out this fall.


The Massachusetts Couple Who Befriended Artists and Built an Avant-Garde Archive
Inside the remarkable collection of Fluxus art, on view for the first time

The Browns began collecting art in the 1950s, their Springfield, Massachusetts, home filling up first with works by contemporary abstract expressionist artists and later, Dada and surrealist works. They were interested in more than just paintings; they also kept postcards, flyers, letters, and catalogues that documented their favorite artists. (They always referred to their collection as an “archive,” signaling its inclusion of original sources and possibilities for research.) Neither was formally educated in the arts—Jean briefly took classes in librarianship at Columbia University and worked for a time at the department-store library of the Albert Steiger Company, while Leonard graduated from Brown University in 1930 before entering the insurance business. But they kept up remarkably well with trends in the art world, in part by traveling to New York City museums, bookstores, galleries, and art shows where they often purchased works directly. The couple also maintained relationships with dealers who nudged them towards artists whose careers were on the upswing.


The Ted Lasso backlash was inevitable
The soccer comedy is its folksy, charming self in season two. That might be why some people are so mad at it.

The Ted Lasso discourse has hit, and it is a torrential downpour of hot takes, over-the-top tweets, and impassioned arguments for and against the AppleTV+ comedy. The discussions aren’t just happening online, either — even my personal trainer recently filled me in on why he thinks season two has been a disappointment.
It is frankly baffling that Ted Lasso, of all shows, is prompting such heated discourse. Ted Lasso is a solid television program, but it is also an unassuming one. Its most salient qualities are its big heart and its sneaky charm, perhaps best reflected by Ted himself (Jason Sudeikis), a US football coach who is hired to run a UK soccer team … into the ground.
Somewhere in the middle of a very, very difficult 2020, a lot of people discovered that Ted Lasso was a great comfort-food watch. The series became an unlikely sensation, and just last month it raked in 20 Emmy Award nominations. So as it returned for its second season in the middle of a very, very difficult 2021, a lot of fans were hoping that Ted would light the way forward, with kindness and a twinkle in his eye.


Palace Confidential: Omid Scobie spills the tea on his relationship with the Duchess of Sussex
Omid Scobie’s riveting new epilogue to his best-selling biography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is published today. Often called ‘Meghan’s mouthpiece’, Scobie spoke to Tatler in November 2020 about tears, tiaras, the real deal behind the Sussexes departure – and his age.

There’s no denying Omid Scobie is close – very close – to the Duchess of Sussex. Take the duchess’s last solo appearance as a working royal, on the day she finally flew out of England. Scobie, who is co-author of the best-selling, if critically derided, Finding Freedom, was one of only three journalists invited to the engagement – an engagement the duchess (or ‘Meg’, as Scobie says ‘her close friends and husband call her’) found so emotional, she and Scobie shared ‘a big farewell hug’ beneath the ‘malachite candelabras’ of the 1844 Room in Buckingham Palace. And as they hugged, the duchess said: ‘It didn’t have to be this way.’


Tiara of the Month: The Angoulême Emerald Tiara
Commissioned for Princess Marie-Thérèse of France, the glittering piece did little to bolster the security of the ill-fated French monarchy

In 1792, the month of September was a grim one for French aristocrats, starting with the infamous September Massacres at the beginning, and the establishment of the First French Republic by the end – effectively ending nearly 950 years of absolute monarchic rule.
The French king and queen at the time, Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette, had attempted to escape Versailles during the uprising but were captured, imprisoned and eventually guillotined. When they had married in 1770 Louis and Marie-Antoinette were 15 and 14 years old respectively, and it was eight years later that their long-awaited first child, Princess Marie-Thérèse, was born. Despite having three more biological children, Marie-Thérèse was the only surviving family member of the Revolution and was imprisoned until she was nearly 17.


It’s Never Too Late to Ditch the City and Run a Farm
Martha Prewitt performed as an opera singer for 15 years. But passions wane. She now runs the family farm in Kentucky, singing arias to cattle and corn. Sometimes bugs fly into her mouth.

She did, following a passion for performance into 15 years of classical singing and opera, performing with the Knoxville Opera, Capitol Opera Richmond in Virginia and Charlottesville Opera in Virginia, and earning a Master’s degree in vocal performance along the way. But sometimes passions curdle, and sometimes barn doors blow back open.
At 33, following the sudden death of her father last year, Ms. Prewitt came home again. It never seemed possible, doing what he’d done all those years. But there, under the wide Kentucky sky, she discovered that something had shifted. (The following interview has been edited and condensed.)
I got into opera through choir, in high school. The thrill of singing with an orchestra, the vibration in your bones, being totally in character and completely outside of yourself. There’s nothing else like it.
But there are things about the industry that didn’t gel with me, politically and culturally. With a few exceptions, I thought the opera world was operating under an outdated, elitist business model. A few years ago I started to fall out of love.





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