T LOunge for October 13th, 2021

Posted on October 13, 2021

Van Der Valk Bar and Restaurant – Zwolle, Netherlands


Oooooh, yes. Today’s super-fabulous, ultra-swanky LOunge is just what the doctor (or in this case, Lorenzo) ordered. We don’t know; we just feel like Wednesdays call for way more a party vibe. Pick the spot that offers you the most flattering lighting, and park your heiny on something plush. It occurs to us that it’s going to be a very sad day when the people who design trendy restaurants and bars decide that plush velvet setting is passé.


Lucy Boynton Shares The Best Career Advice For Women In Hollywood
The actress partnered with Chanel’s Through Her Lens program, which celebrates female voices.

“Something that is continuously requested of the entertainment industry is more variety and diversity in the stories told, and my experience with this program was such a beautiful and tangibly informative example of the necessity of that. When I sat on the panel last year we had to judge five finalists’ projects, all of which were very very different in tone, content, and takeaway. For those of us on the panel, it was really informative and, at times, surprising just how different all of our tastes were. What stood out to each of us or spoke to each of us was so different. Some felt very drawn to one story while others didn’t feel that same pull, some felt a script really resonated while others didn’t feel as connected to the very elements that brought others to tears. Talking through it all was such an education and the education was a perfect example that not every piece of art is for everyone. It reaffirmed the notion of always staying true to your art because there will be someone who doesn’t understand or feel it, and on the contrary, there will be others who could be potentially changed by it. It was deeply inspiring and energizing. I’m so grateful for that experience.”


The Eye of the Storm
Kansas has become a beacon for abortion access. But over the next year, that could all disappear, making the Midwestern abortion desert bigger than the country of France.

About half of Kansas’ abortions are performed on people from out of state, mostly from neighboring Missouri, which has only one abortion clinic and some of the harshest abortion laws in the country. But as the states circling it continue to tighten abortion restrictions, Kansas has increasingly become the easiest access point in the region.
People from Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas—which just effectively outlawed abortion, by banning the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy—are turning to Kansas for abortion access. For many of the residents of those states, reaching Kansas is easier than heading to New Mexico or Colorado, which also have less stringent abortion laws.


How to Make a ‘Squid Game’ Halloween Costume
From the players’ tracksuits to the Red Light, Green Light doll.

This Halloween, why not take inspiration from the biggest television hit of 2021 so far? Squid Game hit Netflix just a month ago and quickly became one of the streamer’s all-time biggest hits, drawing audiences far and wide with its edge-of-your-seat storylines and unforgettable cast of characters. Whether you want to go as a player, a guard, or the “red light, green light” doll this Halloween, the global success of the series means that you have endless options for where to buy or make your Squid Game costume. Below, our guide to the characters to consider channelling this October, and how to put together (or buy) the costume and supplies you’ll need.


The Life-Changing Magic of Not Tidying Up
I was raised by a meticulous mother. My mom was Marie Kondo before the Marie Condo industrial complex took hold; her de facto standard of neatness is The Container Store. She makes every bed, every morning. (My dad claims he once offered her $50 to not make the bed; she couldn’t do it.) Some people strive for inbox-zero; my mom lives in pursuit of empty laundry hampers, empty wastebaskets, the satisfying slide of an empty dishwasher rack. The accumulation of lint in the dryer irks her to her core. Each pair of her socks is rolled into a ball and nestled into a honeycomb-shaped drawer insert. A place for everything and everything in its place, as her own mother used to say.


Liberté, Égalité, Modernité: How Olivier Rousteing Made Balmain a Revolutionary Force in Fashion
“Olivier is one of the most followed fashion designers in France, if not the most followed,” Pierre A. M’Pelé, himself a leader among the generation of French fashion journalists to reach prominence through online followings, recently said. “He understood very early on that social media and the digital sphere were inherent to the future of fashion—that it wasn’t just about shopping online but communicating directly with your audience. The reality is that people are hungry for fashion content, but also for more personal content: They want to know who is behind the brand, and about people’s lives. I blame this on the boom in reality TV over the past decade.” He paused. “But that’s what Olivier understood and has committed himself to.”


Coquito, or “little coconut,” is a traditional creamy rum punch served in Puerto Rico for Christmas and throughout the winter holidays. While some cookbook recipes refer to the drink as coconut eggnog, each family puts their own twist on the drink: Some include eggs or egg yolks, others do not. Shamil Velázquez, the executive chef of Delaney Oyster House in Charleston, stands firmly in the no-egg camp. Velázquez’s coquito recipe takes its richness and viscosity instead from coconut cream and three types of milk, while warming spices and white rum add aroma and flavor. In Puerto Rico, some families use pistachios, almonds, and even Nutella to flavor their proprietary blends. “People get crazy with this stuff around the island,” Velázquez says. “My family’s signature is the ginger, which gives a little spiciness. That’s what makes ours different.”


Heinz Knows You Use Ketchup as Fake Blood — Now They’re Selling Halloween Makeup Kits
“If you have Heinz, you have a costume.”

If you’ve never used ketchup as fake blood, congrats to your parents for raising an emotionally stable child. For the rest of us, the condiment has long served as an edible blood replacement in pranks, videos, and general mayhem of all kinds. And this Halloween, even the king of ketchup, Heinz, is embracing its use as a childhood prop with special edition Heinz Tomato “Blood” Ketchup, a costume kit, and the brand’s first Halloween store.


11 Things To Know About Jackie Onassis’s Beauty Regime
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (or Jackie O as she’s fondly known) has long been one of the world’s most beloved beauty icons. The coiffed hair, those bold eyebrows, the oversized sunglasses – the former first lady knew the power of looking and feeling good. Here, Vogue takes a look at her beauty routine, from the foundation she swore by to why champagne was an important part of her diet.


Olivia Wilde On Making Sustainability Sexy, Freeing The Nipple And The Importance Of A Social Media Cleanse
“I think that we can all really benefit from making sure that we don’t allow the stigmatisation of women’s bodies to infect our own perspective of ourself. If we are allowed opportunities to celebrate our body, it has an effect. It has an effect on how we treat one another and how we treat ourselves. I wish that in this country, we weren’t so terrified of women’s bodies in the way that we are and have this kind of puritanical perspective on nipples. I think it’s really silly. [Laughs] I’m someone who breastfed two kids and it’s funny [because] honestly, when you’re breastfeeding, you have a different relationship to your breasts and sort of the rest of the world. And it’s really hilarious to kind of navigate this society’s fear of women’s bodies, even though without them, we honestly wouldn’t be here.”


‘Walking Dead’ Anthology Series ‘Tales of the Walking Dead’ Ordered at AMC
“‘The Walking Dead’ is a show that made television history and attracted an army of passionate and highly engaged fans,” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “We see so much potential for a wide range of rich and compelling storytelling in this world, and the episodic anthology format of ‘Tales of the Walking Dead’ will give us the flexibility to entertain existing fans and also offer an entry point for new viewers, especially on streaming platforms. We have seen the appeal of this format in television classics like ‘The Twilight Zone’ and, more recently, ‘Black Mirror,’ and are excited to engage with fans in this new way, against the backdrop of this very unique and engrossing world.”


Kumail Nanjiani’s Feelings The man in the Marvel suit confronts his body.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why Nanjiani’s physical superhero transformation riled people when comparable ones undergone by funnymen like Chris Pratt and Paul Rudd were met with an unslakeable thirst. It’s possible we’re approaching the uncanny valley of muscularity. (Even a recent photo of Chris Hemsworth inspired some backlash.) The fashion bloggers Tom and Lorenzo suggested a racial double standard may be at play, writing, “Unhealthy body images can’t be considered a problem only when a brown man exhibits one.” Another theory, lobbed by Nanjiani’s wife, Emily V. Gordon, is that some might feel a sense of betrayal. That Kumail was “one of us” — an extremely online relatable nerd who built a fan base by doing things like launching a video-game podcast, The Indoor Kids, with his wife, co-hosting a wildly popular comedy show in the back of a comic-book store, and starring as the loveless and anxious computer programmer Dinesh on HBO’s Silicon Valley. Audiences liked the niche he occupied, and maybe they wanted to keep him there. Maybe there was a feeling that Kumail Nanjiani should know his place.


61 Seriously Cute (and Creepy) Halloween Cupcake Ideas
These cupcakes for Halloween are the easiest way to add sugar, spice and spookiness to your dessert table.

October 31st is basically an open invitation to eat Halloween desserts and Halloween candy all day, right? When it comes time to host a Halloween party, festive and fun Halloween cupcakes should always be on the menu. You’re in luck: Any one of these adorable ideas will easily add some fright (and sugar!) to your holiday festivities.


A better way to legalize marijuana
States are generally following the same model for marijuana legalization. They don’t have to.

As marijuana legalization has grown into a political triumph, a standard model has emerged for how it should be done: “Regulate marijuana like alcohol” is the slogan that has dominated legalization campaigns since Colorado became one of the first two states to legalize pot.
This is commercialized legalization. For-profit companies grow, cultivate, and sell marijuana. Some companies are expanding across state and national lines and doing more advertising. Soon enough, the market for marijuana will look a lot like the market for alcohol, with large companies spreading brands to make big profits while smaller, boutique operations take off here and there.
So far, 18 states have commercial legalization, and there are fights in a handful more states as well as in Washington, DC, to enact the model there.


Duke and Duchess of Sussex branch out into banking – with a very Harry and Meghan twist
The couple’s Archewell organisation has embarked on an ‘impact partnership’ with sustainable investment firm, Ethic

Having set out into the spheres of television and audio production, via joint ventures with Netflix and Spotify respectively, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have now set their sights on the world of finance. The couple’s Archewell organisation has just announced a new ‘impact partnership’ with Ethic, which provides ‘personalised investment solutions’ aimed at aligning ‘personal values with financial goals.’


‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at 50: What Was the Buzz?
The rock opera, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, opened on Broadway on Oct. 12, 1971, to protests, an irate composer — and sold-out shows.

The musical, which opened 50 years ago on Oct. 12, 1971, turned the story of one of history’s most notorious executions into a splashy spectacle. In doing so, it married rock and musical theater, ushering in Broadway’s British invasion of the 1970s and 1980s and paving the way for shows like “Les Misérables” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”
But the nearly 90-minute concept album came first in 1970, because, as Lloyd Webber recalled recently to The Telegraph, no producer wanted to put “the worst idea in history” onstage.


The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Every U.S. State
An Instacart survey determined which sweet takes the no. 1 spot in each state.

It’s officially the sweetest time of year as popular candies like Twizzlers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and M&M’s take over store shelves in preparation for Halloween. But according to a survey conducted by grocery delivery service Instacart, not all candy is loved equally across the country.


21 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in the United States
While many people associate watching the leaves change with weekend getaways to the Northeast, there are plenty of places to see the stunning seasonal views throughout the country. Classic leafy views in Maine, New Hampshire, and New York are always a great go-to, but you can also find amazing leaf changing action in states like Georgia and New Mexico.





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