Bertie’s Whisky Bar at Fife Arms – Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
That’s right, kittens. You can tell by today’s LOunge that it’s THURSDAY, aka the day you just want to hunker down and get through so you can hit the finish line tomorrow. Come join us in today’s fabulously appointed bunker. Let the storms and fires rage far from us. Today is all about soothing lighting and soft velvet. And just walls and walls full of liquor, of course. That almost goes without saying.
Chat amongst yourselves! Ice-breakers and conversation-starters can be found below. We’re off to the content yards to load up today’s shipments.
Male Celebrities Are Being Sensitive and It’s Hot
Talking about their mental health: Good.
It is a well-established fact that culture is obsessively critical of women’s bodies, and if you’re a famous woman, you can expect every tabloid in the world to have something to say about every stretch mark you have and every bathing suit you wear. When the body police does come for a man it still hurts — but it hasn’t always been socially acceptable for the guy to say so. It’s refreshing when Jonah Hill speaks up on Instagram about the damage constant body-shaming has done to his mental health. “I know you mean well but I kindly ask that you do not comment on my body good or bad,” he wrote on Instagram. “I want to politely let you know it’s not helpful and doesn’t feel good. Much respect.”
Clarissa Ward on the Close Calls and ‘Bitter Pills’ of Covering War
From on-the-ground reporting in Kabul to covering India’s COVID catastrophe, CNN’s chief international correspondent feels called to tell the world’s stories.
Whether she’s reporting on the complexities of India’s COVID catastrophe or the military coup in Myanmar, Clarissa Ward provides a clear firsthand account of what is actually happening in hot zones. In August she was in Kabul when the Afghan government fell to the Taliban. As she and thousands more scrambled to evacuate, her crew had a close call while covering the chaotic scene.
An Exclusive First Look at Tan France’s New Gender-Neutral Outerwear Line
Returning to his design roots, Queer Eye star Tan France debuts a collection of coats — and his pal Lilly Singh is first to wear them.
Since breaking big on Netﬂix in 2018, France has turned down countless opportunities to develop a new apparel line. But when he was recently approached by brand incubator THMBL and given creative carte blanche, minus the logistical responsibilities of production, France suddenly felt the familiar pull to design — although choosing exactly what to create wasn’t easy. “I didn’t want to do a regular clothing line, because everyone seems to have one these days, and I couldn’t care less,” he says with a laugh. “Plus, when those pieces go out of style, they end up filling a landfill and killing this planet.” Instead, he turned his attention to a more timeless category: outerwear. “Coats are the only thing people really see on you during the cooler months,” says France, who modeled the line, called Was Him, for our shoot along with his friend Lilly Singh. “You can wear something crummy or casual underneath, and as long as what’s on the outside is gorgeous, it looks intentional.”
Andie MacDowell and Michael Keaton on the Beauty of Getting Older
KEATON: Trust me, you’re going to hear from more people. And you look great! Not that it matters, but you’re so gutsy to say, “This is how I look, man. This is my hair. I’m down with it.”
MACDOWELL: I feel better like this. Honestly, it’s exhausting to have to be something that you no longer are. I was finally like, “You know what? I’m not young. And I’m okay with that.” I hate the word ’embrace,’ because it always sounds like you’re having to accept something, and I don’t feel like that. We’re beautiful at every age and glorious in our own way, and we have so much to offer. I feel so much more comfortable. It’s like I’ve taken a mask off or something.
Jamie Lee Curtis and Melanie Griffith on Finding Love and Horror in Hollywood
CURTIS: “I was trying to figure it out. We’ve called each other Miss Kiss for a very long time.”
GRIFFITH: “Yes, we’ve known each other for 40 years. We’ve been through a lot, together and separately. But I have to say, I admire you so much, Jamie. You’re an icon.”
CURTIS: “Thank you, Melanie. That feels very endgame to me.”
Leslie Grace On Becoming Batgirl: ‘You Can’t Be Afraid To Be Your Own Hero’
Leslie Grace made her acting debut this summer as Nina Rosario in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s big-screen version of In the Heights, which follows the sueñitos, or little dreams, of the Latinx community in the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights. For her second major film role, the 26-year-old Bronx-born actress is back in Gotham, this time as Barbara Gordon in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batgirl, slated to premiere on HBO Max in 2022. While plot details are being kept under wraps, Grace exclusively revealed over Zoom that in the film Gordon becomes “her own hero.”
Playing Gordon is the opportunity of a lifetime for Grace, who says she relates to her character’s self-determination. “I can’t believe Batgirl and I are in the same sentence,” she says. “I’m so grateful to everyone that has placed faith in my potential. I’m working very hard and studying very hard to not let anybody down.”
14 Wedding Color Schemes That Work for Any Season
From pretty pastels and rich color combinations to monochromatic moods, these are our favorite color palettes for weddings, no matter the time of year.
Gatherings are on the return, and rather than approaching your design with a color palette of two to three hues, consider all the shades on the spectrum around your chosen tones. Highlighting the depth and dimension of your colors and creating a design concept that is dynamic and festive—without looking overly thematic—is an ideal place to start. Include neutrals instinctually, organically, and as needed, but remember, adding an unexpected pop will keep your decor from feeling boring and instead keep your guests’ eyes enticed.
5 Can’t-Miss Moments from the Christian Dior Exhibition in New York City
Inspiring and iconic work at every turn.
How do you cover over 70 years of fashion history in a single fashion exhibition? It’s an immense undertaking, but one that “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” does with mastery. After a successful run at Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the retrospective has now arrived in New York City. The expansive 20,000 foot showcase at the Brooklyn Museum runs through February 2022, and features a sweeping overview of the French design house from its beginnings in the ’40s through today. Featuring some of the house’s most iconic gowns and never before seen pieces, it’s an immersive experience that combines art, photography, and film.
Happy Thanksgivukkah! Adeena Sussman’s Menu Is the Best of Both Holidays
This year, Hanukkah begins as Thanksgiving weekend ends. Cookbook author Adeena Sussman created a festive feast that draws from both traditions.
Regardless of where I am in the world, convenience informs how I put together a feast, no matter the size or how much advance notice I have. That rings especially true this holiday season because the first night of Hanukkah takes place the Sunday after Thanksgiving. For Jews (and others) celebrating both holidays, the back-to-back festivities undoubtedly will mean even more time in the kitchen. That is why, for Hanukkah, I’m focusing on dishes that can be made in advance and finished with lots of fresh flourishes. The resulting menu marries varied elements of the Jewish culinary experience.
How to Salt-Roast Turkey
Roast this year’s bird in a salt crust for the juiciest turkey ever.
Arguably the most versatile ingredient in any pantry, salt has capabilities far beyond seasoning. This recipe for Salt-Roasted Turkey Breast honors salt not only as an ingredient, but also as a tool. Salt-roasting is a technique that is often employed to keep lean fish moist while roasting; the mixture of salt and egg whites forms a nearly airtight crust when baked, locking in moisture and flavor. It works the same magic with turkey. Whereas traditional methods for roasting turkey tend to yield dry white meat, salt-roasting delivers an incredibly juicy breast that’s perfectly seasoned to the bone, with no brining required. And though I’m a fan of salt in all its forms, from fine sea salt for baking to flaky sea salt for a finishing touch, coarse kosher salt is the best bet here to ensure maximum coverage at a reasonable cost.
The Unsung History of Designer Patrick Kelly
A new exhibition at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco pays homage to Kelly, whose garments were favored by the likes of Grace Jones and Pat Cleveland.
As a child, my Saturday morning rituals consisted of cartoons, hot combs, laundry, and Soul Train; somewhere amid the chaos of chores and the requisite entertainment required to sustain the work, I would catch glimpses of Style with Elsa Klensch. In hopes of emulating my own chic mother’s fashion sense, I’d study the designers and models featured on CNN’s weekly show. This is where I first saw the American fashion designer Patrick Kelly. I was initially struck by his runway shows, which actually looked fun—the models sashayed, skipped, and twirled in his clothing, turning the catwalk into a party. Most importantly, the majority of his models were Black, and as a height-challenged teen with dreams of becoming a model, seeing Black women command the runway and magazines in his designs created a seismic shift in me. I wanted to be a part of Patrick Kelly’s universe.
Kumail Nanjiani on How His Mom Helped Pull Together ‘Eternals’ Red Carpet Look
The actor’s mother helped him find the designer, Umar Sayeed, to create the purple-and-gold traditional Pakistani sherwani, made in consultation with stylist Jeanne Yang.
“I wanted to wear a Sherwani because 1. They look awesome and 2. My costume in the film always reminded me of Sherwanis. And I wanted to use a designer in Pakistan, not just a Pakistani designer in the U.S. So I called my mom, she gave me names of three amazing designers in Pakistan.”
For inspiration, Yang sent pictures to the designer showing “the colors and the vibe” of Nanjiani’s onscreen look — in Eternals, Nanjiani’s superhero character assumes the identity of a Bollywood star.
How New Superman Slogan Finally Lets Him Be a Man of Tomorrow
“Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow” reflects the evolution of what it means to be the Man of Steel.
Since 1939, DC’s Superman has been called “the Man of Tomorrow.” The nickname debuted in New York World’s Fair Comics No. 1, and in the intervening years has morphed to take on new meaning.
Judging by the new Superman mission statement unveiled during this weekend’s DC FanDome, these days, it just might be a reference to the optimism inherent in the character. “Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow” replaces the old-school “Truth, Justice and the American Way” — a shift that has garnered all kinds of attention for the shift away from a nationalism that, for those with long memories, he officially abandoned a decade ago when he renounced his American citizenship.
25 of America’s Most Festive Towns to Visit for the Holidays
Nothing quite compares to the joy of holiday decorations. The sight of a town decked out with boughs of holly, among other quintessentional decor , can send warmth all the way down to your toes — even in the midst of a blizzard. Whether you’re returning home to see family and find yourself eagerly awaiting the 25-foot tree illuminated in your town square, or you’re taking a solo trip to a seasonal destination this year and are ready to be met with holiday cheer, there’s always a reason to visit one of the best holiday towns in America. So, with that in mind, we’ve gathered 25 of the best holiday towns in the U.S. for you to visit this season.
Crazy Rich Georgians: The story of the Duchess who scandalised Georgian society
Before Daphne Bridgerton, there was Elizabeth Chudleigh. As the Netflix hit begins to tease its second season, Catherine Ostler’s book about the society beauty and bigamist who enthralled Georgian society makes for excellent background reading. See her discuss it live at Cliveden Literary Festival this weekend.
In the late summer of 1777, anyone standing on the banks of the Gulf of Finland might have beheld a most spellbinding sight: a three-masted maritime marvel of polished wood and golden paint, its sails billowing in the northern wind. On the deck of the yacht, they might have spotted the lone figure of a woman, her eyes fixed on the course of the Neva river flowing towards St Petersburg. If they could have seen inside, they would have found contents as exotic as the ship’s story: a menagerie of animals, including small monkeys; an orchestra; two clergymen (a Catholic for the French crew and an Anglican who doubled up as publicist); a state room, a kitchen, a bathroom and decorative heaters, along with a priceless selection of silver, and art in a picture gallery. The beady-eyed might have caught the name of the ship on the side: the Duchess of Kingston.
When can we start enjoying nightlife again?
Scientists don’t want you to be going out right now. But if you must …
A year and a half later, I have the option. Nightlife — clubs and bars — has come back. New York City, where I live, has more than a few really great disco parties, provided you are fully vaccinated. Lawmakers and public health experts have loosened messaging and restrictions, even as warnings about the delta variant continue.
But the question that lingers is, if nightlife was shut down so urgently at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, should we be going out at all while it continues? Is there really a responsible way to dance to “Rasputin” in a nightclub full of sweaty people?
OnlyFans May Be a Refuge for Nude Fine Art
The Vienna Tourist Board has joined the adults-only site to display artworks that other social platforms have censored.
OnlyFans has a surprising new member: the Vienna Tourist Board.
No, its account will not feature after-hours photos of employees. Instead, the board will use the adults-only site to show images of paintings and sculptures displayed in the Austrian capital that have been blocked by social media sites for nudity or sexual content.
The offending artworks include the Venus of Willendorf, a 25,000-year-old limestone figurine of a woman. Facebook removed a photo of it from the Vienna Museum of Natural History’s page several years ago for being “pornographic.”
Vinyl Is Selling So Well That It’s Getting Hard to Sell Vinyl
Left for dead in the 1980s, vinyl records are now the music industry’s most popular and highest-grossing physical format. Getting them manufactured, however, is increasingly a challenge.
This ancient technology — scuffed and dinged, the lathe looks like something from a World War II submarine — is a key part of Joyful Noise’s strategy to survive the very surge of vinyl popularity the label has helped fuel. Left for dead with the advent of CDs in the 1980s, vinyl records are now the music industry’s most popular and highest-grossing physical format, with fans choosing it for collectibility, sound quality or simply the tactile experience of music in an age of digital ephemerality. After growing steadily for more than a decade, LP sales exploded during the pandemic.
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