T LOunge for September 30th, 2021

Posted on September 30, 2021

Caffè Florian – Venice, Italy


Let’s go for a little old world grandiosity today, shall we? Today’s LOunge was established in 1720 and is the oldest coffee house in continuous operation in Italy, and one of the oldest in the world. That should do as a distraction for you, right? Pick a gilded mirror to sit under and plant your ass on a banquette. You’re getting nothing done today if we have anything to say about it.


Sex, Money and Murder: My Life as the Chippendales Den Mother
For Candace Mayeron, working with America’s most salacious strip show was full of passion—and peril.

Curse of the Chippendales, a new discovery+ docuseries, peels back the curtains on the Chippendales saga, a twisty (and almost unbelievably real) tale involving a murder, an international manhunt, and lots of oiled men in g-strings. The famous male revue began as a stunt in Los Angeles in the 1980s, but soon became embroiled in a slew of scandals, including the 1987 assassination of Chippendales choreographer Nick De Noia and two other planned hits on a dancer and producer—all orchestrated by Chippendales founder Steve Banerjee.


Nicole Richie On Y2K Fashion, The Real Housewives, And Living The Actual Simple Life
Bees. Chickens. Couture.

Nicole Richie famously caught on fire last week, but the truth is, she’s been hot for a while—so long, in fact, that some of her Gen Z fans have never even seen her 2003 TV breakout, The Simple Life. That’s because in the ensuing years, Richie has become a savvy style mogul in her own right with her brand, House of Harlow 1960. She’s made the line a hit by digging deep into ’70s glam rock vibes, with slinky silhouettes and velvet textures available on the trend mecca that is Revolve. “I’ve been obsessively involved from day one,” she says from her home in California. “I source the crystals that we use in the jewelry myself, and charge them in the full moon.”


Sarah Paulson On Understanding, Not Defending, Linda Tripp
The Impeachment: American Crime Story actress has spent months in the mind of a woman widely regarded as the world’s worst friend: Linda Tripp. As she eases back into her own self, Paulson is still grappling with the questions left behind.
“I came to feel a tremendous amount of empathy, more than sympathy, for Linda. I feel a lot of compassion for what she endured. It doesn’t matter that it was at her own hand. I can still feel badly that she had to experience that because I think, in my heart, she didn’t know the extent of the fallout. I think, if she had known what would have happened to Monica, I believe in my heart, she would not have done it. That’s what I think.
I don’t know if anyone else agrees with me, but I’m the one who spent the last year and a half living inside of this mindset. So it’s what I’ve decided is true.”


Margaret Qualley Is Learning to Let Go
Margaret Qualley’s career is taking off, and the 26-year-old actor and former ballerina is embracing the ride.

There is a tenderness to Qualley, a softness and silliness that she can bury for roles—certainly for her commanding performance in ‘Maid,’ which is steered by grit and vigilance. “Unfortunately, it’s so common,” she says, choosing her words carefully when I ask how she prepared for the emotional abuse her character endures. “And it’s true that more than half of people experience some level of psychological threat within a relationship in their lifetime. I just did my best to read the script and experience Alex’s reality as much as possible within the scenes.”


Wait, What Exactly Happened to Linda Evangelista?
In the world of cosmetic treatments and procedures, non-invasive doesn’t mean risk-free.

Linda Evangelista, best known as one of the original supermodels of the ’90s, recently filed a $50 million lawsuit against Zeltiq Aesthetics, the parent company of CoolSculpt. On Sept. 22, the runway star shared via Instagram that she suffered horrific side effects from a popular fat-reducing procedure called CoolSculpting, which left her “brutally disfigured.”
Instead of producing a slimmed down effect, Evangelista says the procedure triggered a condition called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), which caused hardened protruding fat masses across her body. But how can a non-invasive treatment that promises to permanently eliminate up to 25% of fat cells ending up granting the opposite result?


Britney Spears’s Father Is Officially Suspended From Her Conservatorship
For the first time in 13 years, he won’t be overseeing her entire life.

At a court hearing in Los Angeles, Judge Brenda Penny granted Britney Spears’s legal team’s petition to suspend her father, Jamie Spears, as conservator of her $60 million estate, the New York Times reports. Mathew S. Rosengart, Spears’s lawyer, insisted that the move was in her best interest — and Judge Penny agreed, saying that “the current situation is not tenable.”
For now, John Zabel, a California accountant, will act as temporary conservator of Spears’s finances. While certain members of Spears’s team wanted to terminate the conservatorship immediately, Judge Penny’s decision will allow for further investigations surrounding Jamie Spears’s conduct to continue.
“She wants him out of her life today rather than a lingering and toxic presence,” Rosengart said during the hearing. “Britney deserves to wake up tomorrow without her father as her conservator.”


How to Bake the Perfect Pie, According to Martha Stewart
The culinary legend shared her best baking tips at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

During her event at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Martha Stewart demonstrated how to make beautiful, seasonal fruit desserts. Perhaps just as valuable as the recipes, which will appear in her new cookbook Fruit Desserts on October 12, is the wisdom behind them. While baking gorgeous treats like apple crostatas and mixed-fruit hand pies, Stewart shared her tips for making perfect pies every time.


How to Choose Whiskeys for Your Home Bar, According to a Pro
There has never been a better time to be a whiskey drinker in America. From exceptional craft bourbons to rare Japanese whiskies, the market continues to expand and diversify, leaving the consumer in somewhat of a bind: Which whiskey to choose?
Star mixologist Alba Huerta, who is the owner of the award-winning bar Julep in Houston, Texas, has never been more impressed with the average drinker’s knowledge of whiskeys, in part due to the pandemic, which forced many people to become their own bartenders.
“I’ve seen the consumer become more educated than ever,” she said. “You’ve taken the Zoom classes; you’ve purchased your own bar at home. You have your own selection of spirits.”


The Story Behind Lena Dunham’s 3 Wedding Gowns
Lena Dunham asked Christopher Kane a question—kind of out of the blue—a few months back over text. “She said, ‘By the way, I’m getting married, and I’d love for you to do the dress.’ I was like, that came out of nowhere, but yeah, absolutely,” Kane says over Zoom two days after Dunham married musician Luis Felber in an intimate ceremony at the Union Club in London’s Soho neighborhood. “I had no idea she was seeing someone.” They didn’t have much time; their first fitting was two and a half weeks before the wedding. But they had a shared vision.
Jeanna de Waal—Broadway’s Diana—on Bringing the Royal Musical to Netflix, and Getting the Hair Just Right
Princess Diana’s real-life fairy tale-turned-tragedy has sparked many dramatic adaptations, from The Crown to Kristen Stewart’s forthcoming Spencer and Naomi Watts’s Diana film of yore. In 2015, the character of Diana appeared, walking distinctively with her chin tucked into her shoulder, as an eerie, ghost-like figure in the West End and Broadway futuristic play, King Charles III. In pre-pandemic 2020 came the news that an entirely new incarnation—Diana: The Musical—would debut in Broadway, after a run at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse.


Inside Lena Dunham’s Whimsical, Whirlwind London Wedding
“He does the engagement story better than I do,” Dunham says, her joy palpable through a transatlantic phone call. After meeting in January through what the 35-year-old actor, writer, and filmmaker refers to as “a series of friends machinations”, Dunham and Peruvian-British musician Luis Felber turned a whirlwind romance into a whirlwind engagement and impromptu wedding at Soho’s Union Club, where Dunham wore three custom dresses designed by Christopher Kane. “I was trying to parse it, and we were sort of talking about it, but talking around it,” Dunham says of Felber’s proposal, noting that some people do exactly that for 10 years. “So we just cut the 10 years down to 10 hours. And then we took a month to get married instead of waiting six months or a year.”
Dunham and Felber, both of whom are in the middle of their own respective creative projects (Dunham is editing a film that Felber is writing the music for), accepted that planning and executing a wedding in just one month, during a pandemic, would not be without its challenges. So they called in reinforcements. “There was no way this was going to be pulled off without help, and it was my mother who suggested reaching out to her gallerist Amanda Wilkinson’s child, Donna,” says Dunham. Event coordinators Donna Marcus Duke and their partner, Jacob Mallinson Bird, had never done a wedding before, but they were up for the challenge, which was significant – not least because of Covid travel restrictions.


The Tortured History of the Royal Spare
From King John to Prince Harry, not being first in the line of succession to the British throne comes with its own struggles.

Since they were born, Prince William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, have had many titles. Two unofficial, but impactful ones are “heir” and “spare.” While it may seem silly, these hierarchical designations have long majorly impacted royal siblings, leading to rifts and rivalries like the one apparently rocking the British royal family.
While it may sound cruel to dub a second-born child a “spare,” childhood mortality rates meant that additional children ensured a royal family’s power and lineage would continue.
In modern times, the “spare” has occupied a more nebulous space in the royal hierarchy. Recent royal siblings like Princess Margaret, Prince Andrew, and Prince Harry have seemingly found it difficult at times to navigate their tricky roles as royal superstars with no real endgame.


12 of the Best Small Towns in Italy
From walled hilltop areas to boho beach destinations, here are 12 of the best small towns in Italy.

That Italy has some of the finest cities in Europe, you already know. That it has blockbuster smaller towns, which aren’t full of fellow tourists, you might not. The 12 towns here enjoy everything that Italy is good at — incredible art, top-notch food, and beautiful countryside views — but on a smaller scale, with populations under 10,000. As visitors flock back to the major cities, here’s how you can find a more intimate kind of dolce vita.


At This Renowned English Garden, Getting Your Hands Dirty Is the Point
Meadows. Soil composition. Propagation. Staking and composting. Attending the weeklong horticulture class at Great Dixter is like getting a Ph.D. in gardening.

It was Day 6 of our weeklong symposium at Great Dixter House & Gardens, a six-acre garden in Northiam, East Sussex, celebrated for decades as a fount of experimentation and creativity. While at first glance Great Dixter might seem to be a typical English cottage garden, it is far bolder and iconoclastic, breaking conventions of color, harmony and symmetry in favor of clashing palettes, unexpected plant combinations and constant change.
Mr. Garrett, 55, Great Dixter’s head gardener, has inherited and expanded the work of Christopher Lloyd, the English gardening legend who put Great Dixter on the map. Gardeners, horticulturalists and students from around the world have for years sought out this rural corner of southeast England to explore the ever-varying plantings in the multiple gardens within the grounds. In recognition of his worldwide stature, in 2019 Mr. Garrett won the English gardening world’s highest accolade, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Victoria Medal of Honor. He teaches virtually every hour of the symposia, usually offered four times a year and booked up far in advance.
When Covid-19 struck in the spring of 2020, Great Dixter shut down both its educational programs and public admission to its house and gardens. The gardens reopened in June 2020, operating at reduced capacity with timed-entry tickets and is now fully open, though tours of the house remain limited. The last weeklong symposium was in March 2020. One is scheduled for Oct. 30; dates for next year’s sessions have not been fixed.



Queen of the red carpet: from Diana to Kate, the most glamorous royal moments at film premieres
The Royal Family are no strangers to a glitzy film opening, pulling out all the stops with designer looks, and rubbing shoulders with the A-list. Her Majesty the Queen has met the likes of Julie Christie, Dame Judi Dench and Sally Field, while Princess Margaret famously took a dislike to Elizabeth Taylor when she met her with husband Richard Burton in 1967. James Bond movies in particular have been a hit with the Windsors, with Diana, Princess of Wales attending the premieres of For Your Eyes Only and A View To A Kill, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walking the red carpet for Skyfall and Spectre, as well as No Time To Die. Here are our favourite images of the royals on the movie red carpet over the years, from the Royal Albert Hall to Leicester Square…






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