T LOunge for November 5th, 2021

Posted on November 05, 2021

Character Restaurant and Lounge Bar – Fira, Santorini, Greece


Who needs words with a view like that? Indulge and enjoy, darlings. It’s Friday and we say you’ve earned it.



Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo to Star in ‘Wicked’ Musical for Universal
Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo are soon to be defying gravity.
Grande and Erivo will portray Glinda and Elphaba, respectively, in Universal’s big-screen adaptation of the Tony-winning musical helmed by “In the Heights” director Jon M. Chu. He has been attached to the project since February, and casting rumors for the film’s two main roles have been swirling for months.
“Dear Cynthia, honored doesn’t even begin to cover it. I cannot wait to hug you. See you in Oz,” Grande wrote in a message to Erivo, sent with a pink and green floral arrangement (the signature colors of Glinda and Elphaba).


How The Red Carpet Got Fun Again
Award show fashion has always been known for its high-stakes, if slightly safe, approach. Now, after the world-altering past 20 months, it feels freer—and more fearless—than ever.

“The Cannes quartet was a glimpse at a hybridized new paradigm in which celebrities and stylists were playing across a wide range of cues, from the casual and Zoom-ified to the highest chords of electrifying chic. The risks celebrities and their stylists began taking while dressing within the bounds of a Zoom window seemed to have paid off with a new, more freewheeling approach to step-and-repeat style.
When virtual dressing became a hot topic last year, it evolved almost as quickly as the news cycle. There were plenty of stories about people dressing up, from the waist up, for digital meetings while wearing off-camera sweatpants. Eventually, however, a hunger for non-athleisure became more pronounced.”


I’m The First Female Afghan Refugee Doctor In My Community. I Hope More Women Can Follow In My Footsteps
“My dream was always to become a doctor. At first, I believed that there was no such opportunity for refugees like me. However, through the support of the Commissioner for Afghan Refugees in Lahore, I applied for medical school in Rawalpindi. When I secured the only seat reserved annually for a refugee in a medical college in the Punjab province, it was a turning point in my life. I will always be grateful to the Commissioner and to the friends and teachers who helped me believe I could do this. After several years of medical studies, I completed my bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery, and, upon graduation, became the first ever female Turkmen doctor in Pakistan.”


Twitter Is Cringing Over Chris Pratt’s Latest Instagram Tribute to Katherine Schwarzenegger
Perhaps he should simply log off?

“Guys,” Pratt began his caption. “For real. Look how she’s looking at me! I mean. Find you somebody that looks at you like that!! You know!?”
The image in question shows Schwarzenegger looking lovingly at her husband while he turns to face the camera directly.
“We met in church,” he went on. “She’s given me an amazing life, a gorgeous healthy daughter, she chews so loudly that sometimes i put in my ear buds to drown it out, but that’s love! She helps me with everything. In return, periodically, I open a jar of pickles. That’s the trade. Her heart is pure and it belongs to me.”


Norma Kamali on the New “Carrie Bradshaw” Dress, Her Iconic Diana Design
Bradshaw is the latest in a decades-long list of women who’ve worn the $215 style.

Like Kamali’s Sleeping Bag Coat, the Diana Gown is a house staple—one the designer first created in the 1970s and has only minutely adjusted in the years since. The latest version of the dress, the same Carrie Bradshaw will wear on-screen in December, is available for pre-order at Revolve.
Kamali was excited to see her dress appear on the show, but she didn’t expect fans to be familiar with its history. “I’ve been doing this for 53 years. So a lot of the people who are buying the Diana now have no clue or could care less about the fact that that dress was done such a long time ago,” the designer tells BAZAAR over Zoom. “They know Norma Kamali today.”


Public Libraries Are Under Attack. Here’s How You Can Help
Former librarian Angie Manfredi on the freedom to read and what you can do to support your local libraries from encroaching censorship.

As the results for the Virginia governor’s race began to filter in this past Tuesday, it seemed clear that Republican Glenn Youngkin was going to pull off a narrow victory, defeating Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe. There are plenty of hot-button discourse topics about this race that will no doubt be rehashed endlessly, but as a librarian, I believed that I knew what had really gotten people clutching their pearls and pouring into polling places: books.


Britney Spears Says Her Mom “Secretly Ruined Her Life”
She then deleted the Instagram post.

Britney Spears is speaking out about the deep hurt her family has caused her. In a now-deleted Instagram post, the singer explained that it was actually her mom Lynne who was at the origin of her conservatorship, not her dad Jamie.
“My mom gets so CONCERNED and says ‘You’re acting weird … what’s wrong with you ???’ I say ‘Hi, my name is Britney Spears … nice to finally meet you !!!'”
She continued, “Before I go any further, forgive me in advance …. It’s been 13 years and I’m a little rusty !!!! It was a family business before … it’s no longer that anymore !!!! I was BORN today cause I get to SMILE … so thank you for exiting out of my life and finally allowing me to live mine !!!!”


A Look Back at the Fabulous Life of Estée Lauder, in Photographs
“My first memory of her was probably her scent,” Aerin Lauder recalls of her grandmother, cosmetics pioneer Estée Lauder. Not a specific scent, she clarifies, as Estée was forever test-driving perfume samples for her eponymous company to make sure they fit her exacting standards. One day, she’d spritz on “Youth Dew” (which, by 1984, had reached over $150 million in sales); another time it would be “Azurée” (a portmanteau of “Azur” and “Estée”). “I remember as a little girl having her come into a room, or into the car and the whole space would smell of whatever fragrance that she was working on,” Aerin adds.


This Corn Liqueur Will Be the Coolest Bottle on Your Bar
Nixta Licor de Elote distills heirloom corn, piloncillo, and whiskey for an intriguingly complex sip.

I’m crazy about corn. Corn on the cob? Can’t get enough of it. Arepas? Amazing. Tortillas? Transcendent. Fritos? Don’t get me started, they’re my kryptonite. I didn’t think I could be any more smitten with corn, but then I tried Nixta Licor de Elote, the world’s first corn liqueur, which launched in March 2021 out of Jilotepec de Abasolo, Mexico.
Nixta is made by Destilería y Bodega Abasolo high up in the mountains of Jilotepec, roughly two hours north of Mexico City. When I first saw the bottle, which is shaped like an oversized ear of corn, I knew at once I had to try it. (I also have a soft spot for food and drink packaged in containers shaped like what’s inside. No mysteries here!) While Nixta’s memorable bottle is straightforward, the liqueur inside is intriguingly complex.


Mariah Carey Responds to Bar that Banned ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’
The Stoneleigh P bar in Dallas has once again put strict limitations on the pop singer’s seasonal hit.

We haven’t even finished eating our leftover Halloween candy yet, but we’re all getting plenty of reminders that another festive season is on its way. Retailers have slapped clearance stickers on the unsold bags of candy corn, so they can fill their shelves with chocolate Santas and candy canes. Some coffee chains are already serving Peppermint Mocha Lattes in addition to all that Pumpkin Spice. And Mariah Carey’s inescapable “All I Want for Christmas is You” has jingled and jangled its way to No. 40 on Apple Music’s list of the Top 100 songs in the U.S.


This Spanish Cheese Was Just Named ‘World’s Best’
After a year on hiatus, the World Cheese Awards returned for 2021.

Our planet has a new best cheese — at least according to the 33rd World Cheese Awards held as part of this week’s ongoing International Cheese Festival taking place in Oviedo, Spain.
Olavidia, a soft goat’s cheese from the Spanish producer Quesos y Besos (Cheeses and Kisses), topped the list of 4,079 entries from 45 countries to claim the coveted title of “best cheese in the world” which hasn’t been awarded since 2019 due to COVID-19.


Dan Levy On The Kardashians, Schitt’s Creek Fashion And ‘Secret’ Details From The Hit Show
The writer and star of the Emmy-winning series talks to ELLE UK about his new book, the Kardashians and making a David Rose jumper collection.

“What I love most about the show, and what fans have responded to, is the fact that we never cut any corners with our story and character development, we thought everything through. And our fans tend to have a better understanding and encyclopaedic knowledge of this television show than I do. We’ve done a lot of interviews and met a tonne of fans, so we knew the book had to be chock full of details that took the conversation one step further.”


And Just Like That is Reportedly Leaving the Door Open for Kim Cattrall
“Viewers will learn that Samantha and Carrie have fallen out over Carrie firing Samantha as her publicist and that they no longer talk,” the insider said. “This effectively ends their personal relationship.” The story between Samantha and Carrie will reportedly be covered early on in the season, but Samantha will not be forgotten. Apparently, Carrie “misses her friend” throughout the first season, leaving the opportunity for reconciliation in season two.


Why Dakota Johnson Is Hollywood’s Heiress Apparent
With four hot projects and a tabloid-trolled private life (with Coldplay’s Chris Martin), the actress takes her place in an A-list dynasty: “I’m grateful for my parents and my crazy life — the only reason I am the way I am is because of how I grew up.”

As a child, there was no “aha” moment when Johnson realized her calling. “Acting was always — truly always — what I wanted to do,” she says. “Even when I was so little and I would be on set with my mom, it was a deep craving to do it. I wanted to look at everybody doing their jobs. I couldn’t get enough.”
“I was raised by lots of people, my mom and my dad and then stepparents and nannies and tutors and friends and teachers and then friends’ parents and boyfriends’ parents. I wanted to learn from everybody. And I still am like that. I’m grateful to my parents and my crazy life because the only reason I am the way I am is because of how I grew up. And that came with seeing some gnarly things as a kid, having to deal with adult content at a young age and also having a public life at times. But then also on the lighter side of that, things that were really beautiful and privileged and educational and the travel and the art and the artists. It was both: It was dark, dark, dark, dark, and it was light, light, bright lights.”


This Philadelphia Bookstore Honors Harriet Tubman’s Legacy With Literature, Art, and Activism
Harriett’s Bookshop opened in February 2020 and managed to weather the pandemic.

Philadelphia, PA, is no stranger to indie bookstores, but when the city’s Fishtown neighborhood welcomed Harriett’s Bookshop in February of 2020, it gained more than just a place for people to buy newly released novels.
Jeannine A. Cook, the writer and educator who founded the store, came with a specific vision, part of which includes honoring the legacy of a historical figure that she says does not get enough credit for her contributions; a figure who inspired the materials in one of Cook’s published works, as well as the name of her bookshop: Harriet Tubman.


Why the Myth That Dark Skin Is Harder to Photograph Persists
And how three photographers are pushing back against a bias that’s existed since film was invented.

In the early days of color film technology, Kodak sold the majority of the color film used in the United States. From the 1940s until the 1990s, Kodak supplied photo labs across the nation with a reference card meant to calibrate the colors — including skin tones — within an image. These reference cards, dubbed “Shirley cards” after the original model’s name, all featured photos of similar-looking alabastrine, brunette white women. “Shirley” became the standard for color correction, the yardstick used for processing by technicians, and now, a symbol of the skin color bias so deeply rooted within the world of photography.


The open secret to looking like a superhero
How performance-enhancing drugs helped create the new male body standard.

“I’ve been amazed when I watch movies that famous actors are very muscular in. They’ve got more muscle mass than some athletes who have been training for years. Interesting,” Rabin, the WADA director, said. “They say they train two or three hours every day? Sure, I can believe that. But what else are they doing?”
The “what else” is sometimes PEDs, insiders say.


It’s time to freak out about methane emissions
This lesser-known greenhouse gas will make or break a “decisive decade” for climate change.

Many people may be unaware that humans have been spewing a greenhouse gas that’s even more potent than carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate not seen in at least 800,000 years. It harms air quality and comes from sources as varied as oil and gas pipelines to landfills and cows. But methane and other greenhouse gases, including hydrofluorocarbons, ozone, nitrous oxides, and sulfur oxides, are finally getting the attention they deserve — thanks largely to advances in the science.


The Platonic Ideal of Macaroni and Cheese
Inspired by Stouffer’s mac and cheese, in the red box from the freezer aisle, this homemade version delivers the same molten creaminess.

A Stouffer’s restaurant menu dated Friday, July 5, 1955, for instance, lists a macaroni and cheese dinner plate for a dollar, among other entrees like chicken fricassee, broiled whitefish and breaded pork steak with apple sauce. The mac and cheese came with a trio of sides: spinach soufflé, julienne carrots and a tossed green salad. If a drink was in order, one could wash all of that down with a claret cobbler, a cocktail of red wine, fresh fruit and sugar, or maybe with a Bamboo, which mixes sherry and vermouth — both for 55 cents. This is the same Stouffer’s that has become best known for frozen dinners sold in a distinctive red box.


The Art and Ritual of Rangoli
Making ornate floor art can be a celebratory act for festivals like Diwali and a meditative practice.

Every year around this time, more than a billion people worldwide celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, with warm family meals, bursting fireworks, glowing lamps and an ornate ancient Indian folk art known as rangoli.
These geometric patterns, religious symbols and floral designs are drawn on the floor of one’s home, often using chalk and colorful powders, as a way to ward off evil spirits and welcome the good faith of gods and goddesses. The word “rangoli” is derived from the Sanskrit word “rangavalli” and roughly translates to “rows of colors,” a fitting image for Diwali’s message of light conquering darkness.





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