T LOunge for October 20th, 2021

Posted on October 20, 2021

Ruby Lucy Bar & Cafe – London, England


We’re feeling all capricious and shit, so for today (which is WEDNESDAY), we want a LOunge that’s a bunker, but also with comfy seats and lots of visual stimulation – oh, and a sunny area in case we get claustrophobic or feel like we’re low on Vitamin D. We are large and contain multitudes, darlings. We want it all. Such is the nature of the hump day. We’re off to see if we can find some celebrities to berate for their choices (our holy calling in life), so chat amongst yourselves about colder weather, shorter days, crunchy leaves – or the fact that you live nowhere near any of this stuff. Or even better, talk about how much you hate all the aforementioned. We did call you bitter kittens, remember? Hate on the pumpkin spice world around you, darlings. It’s what we’re all here for.


Rita Moreno Had The Perfect Comedic Response To Her Tribute At ELLE’s Women In Hollywood Event
“It’s astonishing—I mean, who knew that you can be in two places at the same time?” she said. “Tonight my body is right here on top of this monument to film, but my memory is down the street, right down there at street level…back when this building was the flagship May Company department store. I was there.”
“The way my career was going, I had lots of free time, and I would come in here—the May Company—and imagine myself in the latest fashions of somebody special, and then I would visit my favorite perfumer,” the Puerto Rico-born actress said. “That was 1957. I was only 17.”


A Major New Book Celebrates Woman Designers
Curated by architect Jane Hall, Woman Made pays homage to 200 groundbreaking moments in home design.

Architect Jane Hall is helping the century’s preeminent woman designers claim their spots in history with a curated collection spotlighting their works.
Last week, Hall released Woman Made: Great Women Designers, featuring the publishing world’s most extensive A-to-Z collection of designs created by women. The collection tells the stories of overlooked women in design, paying homage to a diverse set of works that changed the landscape of modern architecture and decor. It proves the extent to which women have impacted the design world throughout the century—whether or not they were rightfully recognized.
The collection features pieces designed across 50 countries by more than 200 women, including big names like Ray Eames, Eileen Gray, Florence Knoll, Ilse Crawford, Faye Toogood, and Nathalie du Pasquier, along with women who were lesser known during their time. Dating from the 20th century to the present, the book’s designs range from furniture to textile, product, and lighting pieces. Each one comes with a description written by Hall.


Why the Netflix Protest Matters
Employees have planned a walkout to push back against the misguided corporate response to the Dave Chappelle controversy.

I regret to inform you that, over at Netflix, the autoclown setting has been left in the “on” position.
For the past couple of weeks, the company has been mired in two related controversies: One revolves around the anti-trans content of comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix offering, The Closer, and the second centers on the company’s tin-eared reactions to the responses to the special. I haven’t seen any professional critics or Netflix employees asking for the special to be taken down; many of those who have objected to The Closer—and to the company’s unfortunate actions—have only asked that their feedback and concerns be taken seriously. That doesn’t appear to have happened yet, and Netflix employees have a walkout planned for this Wednesday, October 20.


Brad Pitt’s Rosé Winery Releases Second Version of Its Champagne
Fleur de Miraval ER2 is Château Miraval’s first release since Pitt paired with new partners on the brand.

Earlier this month, Angelina Jolie offloaded her stake in Château Miraval — the wine brand she co-founded with her now-ex-husband Brad Pitt — to Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of the Stoli Group. Pitt and his partners (new and old) are already moving on. Today, Miraval has announced the release of its newest wine: Champagne Fleur de Miraval ER2, the second edition of the rosé-focused winery’s take on Champagne.


Remote work can take a toll on company culture — here are 7 ways to strengthen your work relationships
Even before the recent COVID-19 pandemic when more people began working remotely, I noticed the dynamics changing in many workplaces — both between employees as they interacted with peers, and in their interactions with customers.
People on both sides seem to have a shorter attention span, appear less tolerant, and are less interested in building personal relationships related to business.
In my role as a business advisor, my challenge is to understand the reasons for these cultural changes and to offer guidance on what you can do to keep your team engaged and positive.


Kraft Is Starting a Mac & Cheese Club and Members Will Be the First to Taste New Flavors
Each drop also comes with free limited-edition mac ‘n’ cheese merch.

Over the past year, Kraft has gone on a major promotional push with their previously pretty straightforward macaroni and cheese. (Not that SpongeBob shapes aren’t exciting, but it’s still just mac and cheese.) In September 2020, Kraft brought Pumpkin Spice Mac & Cheese to America, followed by candy-flavored, pink Mac & Cheese for Valentine’s Day. And then, Kraft Mac & Cheese Ice Cream was a surprise hit over the summer, completing a viral trifecta.
So to keep this momentum going, Kraft has come up with a new plan to get fans excited about their next mac and cheese iteration: a Kraft Mac & Cheese club.


Hail, Mary! High school’s halftime show is a drag pageant
A Vermont high school homecoming football game turned into a “drag ball” runway at halftime, with a mix of students and faculty members parading in gowns, wigs and makeup — and a big crowd in rainbow colors to cheer them on.
“Things went amazing,” Ezra Totten, student leader of the Gender Sexuality Alliance at Burlington High School, said of Friday night’s event, which also included participants from South Burlington High School. “The stands were completely packed. … It was just so heartwarming to see.”
As school cheerleaders wrapped up their routine, about 30 students and faculty members dressed as drag queens and kings — or a bit of both — walked out onto the field and the crowd started to chant, “Drag Ball!”


Valeria Napoleone Puts Ladies First
At home with the collector who focuses exclusively on female artists.

It took Valeria Napoleone “nine years of nightmare” to gut and rebuild her Victorian terrace house in the Kensington district of London. Six of those years were spent winning permits and fighting legal battles. At times, the uphill struggle seemed foolhardy, but Napoleone regarded her mission as more than a personal one: It was for contemporary women artists. She was securing the ideal home for her unparalleled collection of their work.


Dune’s Sharon Duncan-Brewster is Up For the Challenge
The Dune star—who is no stranger to making history on screen—was more than ready to take on the gender-swapped version of Dr. Liet Kynes in Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the sci-fi classic.

After playing a small role in Rogue One—and becoming the first Black woman to have a human speaking role in a Star Wars film—Duncan-Brewster will make history once again by portraying a character originally written as a white man. She is bracing herself for a potentially toxic reception not too dissimilar from the response to her appearance in her last galactic franchise, but what she’s really anticipating is the long-awaited arrival of her biggest project to date. “Imposter syndrome did kick in for a little while,” Duncan-Brewster admitted over a Zoom call from her home in London. “But having said that, there was a part of me that felt like, yes, this is what you’ve always wanted, and you are here, girl! Own it, enjoy it and live it.” With Dune finally set to hit theaters, the actor reflects on the significance of her character and the challenges of filming in extreme conditions.


How Colorful Pumpkins Are Empowering Real Families to Inspire Change
No symbol of the fall season is as cheerfully ubiquitous as the humble pumpkin. But while these carved and painted gourds are often a treasured reminder of beloved family traditions, many people have also turned them into a vehicle for change.
Painted in an array of colors tied to personal stories and particular causes, certain colorful pumpkins impart messages often overlooked around Halloween. Some encourage neighbors to rethink how their holiday festivities can be as inclusive as possible. Others are a tool to jumpstart conversations on conditions that impact communities beyond October — and despite a wide range of causes, which include epilepsy, breast cancer and infertility, it seems that most Americans are using these pumpkins to find common ground far beyond their own neighborhoods, thanks to social media.
Pumpkins have become the heart of many grassroots awareness campaigns and fundraising efforts. Ultimately, they’re a simple way for you and your family to get involved with causes that touch seemingly everyone in your community. Read through some of the most popular campaigns launched over the last decade, and meet the families that are inspiring thousands to create pumpkin-filled displays with purpose.
Halloween gets a new meaning with painted gourds, all of which aim to raise funds, awareness and acceptance.


What’s the deal with fictional influencers?
One tech company has created a slate of scripted influencers, each with their own storylines. But how is anyone supposed to tell the difference between what’s real and what isn’t?

In June, the UK tabloid the Mirror published a story about a TikTok video that discussed “the four biggest dating app red flags,” according to a creator named @sydneyplus, who said she worked at a dating site. Said red flags include standing in front of a fancy car (likely not their own), describing oneself as an “entrepreneur,” or being weirdly obsessed with their mom. The article is a typical hastily written web post capitalizing on trending content in order to drive pageviews, and was later picked up by the New York Post. The only problem was that @sydneyplus doesn’t work at a dating site, because @sydneyplus doesn’t really exist.


For the (Renewed) Love of Vintage Dressing
After several years of all things simple being the height of fashion, there is a pleasure to be found in the messy eccentricities of individualistic, pre-owned items.

“You had a lot of people going through their closets in the pandemic,” said Liana Satenstein, a senior fashion news writer at Vogue who calls herself the Schmatta Shrink. She also hosts an Instagram series called Neverworns, in which she coaches guests on discovering overlooked items from their closets, then encourages them to donate or sell what no longer works. “They wanted to offload stuff, and vintage dealers got an influx,” she said.
The hunger for vintage ebbs and flows, but after several years of all things anodyne and aggressively simple being the height of fashion, there is a pleasure to be found in the messy eccentricities of individualistic, pre-owned items: bold costume jewelry, wool trousers from obscure Italian designers or broken-in Hermès scarves.






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