T LOunge for October 4th, 2021

Posted on October 04, 2021

Mythos Bar and Restaurant – Craiova, Romania

 

Darlings, you are probably already aware that the food and drink available in our LOunges is completely consequence-free in every way, but what you may not know is that all of our LOunges are also magically protected against spills of any kind. Wave your red wine in the air with gusto! Gesture broadly with a full cup of coffee in your hands! Eat fudge! Order a big plate of spaghetti in marina sauce! Nothing will stick to you or stain the surroundings. We say this because, if you’re anything like Tom, you might walk into a space like today’s LOunge and immediately suggest going to McDonald’s or some other place where he won’t be stressed out about an errant dollop of hollandaise on the upholstery. Fear not and indulge lustily.

Anyway, off we go to the content mines! Enjoy, darlings!

 

The Floral Sofa Is Back in Fashion
Florals weren’t always such a polarizing print: 1stDibs Director of Fine Art Anthony Barzilay Freund notes that in the 16th century, the Tudor Rose patterned textile was the design du jour due to its frequent use by Henry VIII. Then, in the 17th century, chintz—or pattern cotton fabric with a glazed finish—made its way from India to Europe.
In the 19th century, during the height of the Industrial Revolution, William Morris idealized the English countryside in decorative designs of flora and fauna—ushering in a folksy, medieval decor style now known as the Arts & Crafts movement. “The Victorians, with their winter gardens and potted palms, also saw floral or nature-themed patterns as a respite from the increasingly gray world outside their windows,” says Barzilay Freund.

 

Wait, Who’s Buying All This Candy Corn?
Here are the states consuming the most (and least) of the polarizing seasonal treat.

There are a few questions that can be so polarizing, you’d hesitate to ask anyone but your closest friends for their opinions. Almost anything involving politics falls into that category, and it can be equally risky to bring up pineapple on pizza. But during the 31 days of October, the quickest way to start a fight with almost anyone is to tell them how much you love candy corn — or by telling them how much you hate candy corn.

 

Jennifer Lawrence Walks in the Rally for Abortion Justice March in D.C.
The mom-to-be and comedian Amy Schumer attended the main rally of the nationwide abortion ban protests.

Jennifer Lawrence has shown her support for abortion rights.
The Silver Linings Playbook actor attended the Rally for Abortion Justice with comedian Amy Schumer, yesterday in D.C. The rally, organized by the Women’s March movement, was one of hundreds of nationwide protests, where activists protested the recent restrictive bans passed in Texas and proposed in other states.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Goddess Locs
Expert tips straight from the style’s creator, Dr. Kari Williams.

There is no limit to the protective hairstyles you can choose from nowadays, but goddess locs should rank high on your list. Designed in partnership with actress Meagan Good and hairstylist Dr. Kari Williams, this gorgeous style was inspired by none other than Lisa Bonet.
Goddess locs themselves are distinguishable from other traditional loc extensions due to their freeform look and curled ends. “I believe that this style gives people—both men and women—the opportunity to experience the beauty of locs without the long-term commitment,” Williams says. With more than 18 years in the hairstyling business and a Ph.D. in trichology, Williams is a hair expert with clients who include Ava DuVernay, Willow Smith, and Brandy Norwood. Ahead, she shares everything you need to know about goddess locs.

 

Colorado Is the New Sonoma
With its charming farm stands, vineyards, and stellar dining, Colorado’s Grand Valley is a wine region on the rise.

Grand Valley, on Colorado’s Western Slope, about four hours west of Denver, is an agricultural mecca. And it turns out that the sunny days and cool nights responsible for the region’s famous peaches are also ideal conditions for growing grapes, particularly quicker-to-ripen, high-elevation varietals like Viognier, Riesling, and Mourvèdre. Dotted with unpretentious tasting rooms, mom-and-pop fruit stands, and family-run farms, it transported me to Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, but with rocky mesas rather than redwoods.

 

The Spring 2022 Nail Trends We’re Already Eyeing
From simple to stiletto nails.

If your nails follow the fashion calendar, then they are already well into spring 2022. And while just about everything else in the world may be out of our control, at least we know which nail trends to look forward to—and let’s just say, your nails aren’t even ready. From cool updates on the French mani to the shape everyone will be wearing, we’ve scoured the spring/summer 2022 runways to predict the trends that will take off (and you can absolutely start wearing now). Keep scrolling for all the mani inspiration you need through next year.

 

182,448 Black People Went Missing in the U.S. Last Year — These Sisters Are Working to Find Them
Sisters-in-law Natalie and Derrica Wilson created the Black and Missing Foundation to bring missing people of color back to their families, often without adequate law enforcement or media support. And they’re doing it in their spare time.

Derrica and Natalie Wilson rise early in the mornings, before they clock in to their full-time jobs and then burn the midnight oil to help solve the countless missing persons cases plaguing Black communities across the United States, which they say have been disproportionately overlooked by both law enforcement and national media outlets. “If you see something wrong, you have to be willing to come up with a solution to fix it,” Derrica says. “So we became the change.”

 

There Are Reportedly Secret “Booze” Tunnels Under St. James’s Palace
Princess Eugenie’s husband apparently let the royal secret slip at a party.

You know how in all those British spy movies there are secret tunnels and rooms that appear behind bookcases when you pull a hidden lever and whatnot? Well, according to Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank, that’s an actual thing and the Queen has one under St. James’s Palace and it leads to a very expensive bar.

 

In Netflix’s Maid, Margaret Qualley Stars as a Woman on the Margins
Stephanie Land’s book, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, doesn’t exactly sound like the stuff of prestige drama fodder: a grueling and socio-economically specific account of the domestic labor a mother endures to make ends meet. Still, as readers of Random Family or Evicted can attest, hardcore reporting on life in America doesn’t lack for tension, plot, and character. In Netflix’s (somewhat loose) adaptation of the book, out today, Margaret Qualley plays Alex, a young mother who leaves her abusive partner in order to protect herself and her toddler child. Without money, a degree, or much family support to speak of—Andie MacDowell (Qualley’s real-life mother) plays Alex’s bipolar artist mom, and her father is mostly out of the picture—she finds herself at a loss, navigating a catch-22 safety net: In order to qualify for the benefits that will sustain her, she has to obtain the very thing she lacks, a paycheck.

 

School Boards Are Begging the White House to Shield Them From Right-Wing Attacks
“Education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the National School Boards Association wrote in a letter to Joe Biden this week detailing incidents that have unfolded across the country.

Education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the National School Boards Association—the representative body for more than 90,000 school board members in the U.S.—wrote this week in a letter addressed to Joe Biden. The reason? Conservative activists who oppose COVID safety protocols and the teaching of “critical race theory in schools.” In a strongly worded appeal, the NSBA described the widespread harassment, threats, and violence that public school officials are currently facing from so-called culture warriors and asked the White House to use federal law enforcement resources to address the issue.

 

Making an Archive of the Climate Crisis
Amy Balkin collects artifacts of sea-level rise, erosion, and glacial melting.

In the museum, the archive appeared small at first, housed in an L-shaped display table that took up only a portion of the room. But, as I approached the table, it became clear that the collection was quite vast, a sweeping array of objects spanning time and place. There was a fire-extinguisher inspection tag from Anvers Island, Antarctica; there was a Nepalese flag; there was a jar of confetti from the Venice Carnival. There were pieces of seaweed, mussel shells, a large mango seed. There were children’s toys—a truck, a plastic bird, a stuffed dog caught in fishing line that had washed up on a Miami pier. There was a brown glass bottle, retrieved from the site of the Rim Fire in California, and a crumpled wrapper of an Australian candy called Snakes Alive. There was a single black slipper, waterlogged, that had been found in New Orleans’s Upper Ninth Ward, and, from Campbell, California, behind a small protective covering, a single wing of a butterfly.

 

This Civil War-era Artifact Was Made With Abraham Lincoln’s Hair
And it’s on display in upstate New York.

A very unusual relic from the Civil War called “The Hairy Eagle” is almost exactly what it sounds like, an eagle made from human hair. However, the name doesn’t let on that the hair used in the artifact is from a very famous head: President Abraham Lincoln.
“The first time I saw it, my jaw hit the floor,” Robert Searing, a curator at The Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) in Syracuse, NY, where the piece is on display, recently told Smithsonian Magazine. “I couldn’t believe it. First of all, the fact that it is human hair, and that it is so incredibly well-crafted. And then obviously, as a historian, as somebody who has a deep affection for Abraham Lincoln … words escape me. … There’s not another item like this anywhere as far as we know. And the provenance is indisputable.”

 

I took a 52-hour train ride from Chicago to California. Here are 12 things that surprised me the most.
The ride didn’t seem as long as I expected, and I didn’t feel too lonely, even as a solo traveler. The food options were impressive, and eating with strangers wasn’t that awkward. Eating with strangers was less awkward than I thought. Talking to strangers in the observation car was one thing, but the thought of eating in front of them was more daunting.

 

Apple picking is a bizarre imitation of hard work
Our performative, Insta-worthy fall visits to orchards connect us to the outdoors, but disconnect us from labor.

One afternoon a few Octobers ago, I sat with a friend from Spain at a picnic table in an idyllic orchard 50 miles northwest of New York City.
As our significant others scoured the farm’s various other goods (jams, butters, donuts), the two of us admired the vast green-and-red foliage blanketing the hills in the distance. Beside us were net bags filled with the dozens of apples we had collected by hand from the property’s dozens of rows of trees — a ritual and scene familiar to many Americans. My friend looked at the bags and gestured toward the sprawl of plants behind him. As enjoyable as the day had been, he found the activity a little weird. “In Spain, we have a lot of fruit,” he said of Europe’s top produce exporter. “But we don’t have anything like this.”

 

The best $200 I ever spent: A stroller that made me feel welcome in public
I wasn’t prepared for the isolation, and the judgment, that came with becoming a parent.

Some people will tell you how isolating it can feel when you have your first child: you have trouble connecting with people in the same way you previously did, and lugging around bulky baby gear is an unneeded reminder that you’re not the same person you were recently. All of the childless people you find yourself in contact with seem more rested, free, and focused. It can feel overwhelming, sort of like you’re sinking in the quicksand of new parenthood, weighed down by the many things you need to bring with you anytime you go anywhere. You pack up your car and when you get to where you’re going, you pack up your smaller, second car: the stroller.

 

One of Emperor Napoléon’s famous bicorne hats bearing his DNA is heading to auction
The newly discovered treasure, expected to fetch up to £150,000 at Bonhams later this month, is the first-ever hat proven to have belonged to the French emperor

In history, there are few garments quite as distinctive as the black felt bicorne hat worn by Emperor Napoléon.
Fondly described as his ‘petite chapeau’, the French military and political leader used about 120 of the two-cornered hats during his 15-year reign, most of which were manufactured by Parisian hatmaker Poupart & Cie, which had their premises in what is now the Palais-Royal.

 

 

 

 

 

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