T LOunge for November 8th, 2021

Posted on November 08, 2021

Il Marchese Osteria Mercato Liquori – Rome, Italy

Today’s LOunge seems like the perfect place for a boozy breakfast-into-lunch, an afternoon spot of tea, or evening cocktails. Let’s plan for all three today, shall we? It’s MONDAY after all. We should have a game plan for getting through it and as always, we propose pretense and procrastination. They’re our go-to coping mechanisms.

We have to take a cat to the vet this morning, but we have a full plate of celebrity style offerings coming your way today and trust us when we say, “eye-popping” is on the menu. Until then, chat amongst ya’selves, dolls!


Have We Reached the Peak of the Diana Cinematic Universe?
Over the decades, more than a dozen actresses have played Princess Diana. Some regret the experience. Others consider it the best of their careers.

The great irony of Diana, the late Princess of Wales, was simple: She was as much a creator of media as she was its creation. The British press might have forced the blushing teenaged “English Rose” to blossom, but Diana’s own tactics are why, 24 years after her tragic death, multiple award-nominated celebrities are playing her. In the decades since the young Diana Spencer crept down the aisle in an overflowing taffeta wedding gown, more than a dozen actresses have attempted to match her magnanimity. Madonna tried it. Naomi Watts tried it. Most recently, Kristen Stewart has tried it. And as one of the first and only films about the late princess to achieve critical acclaim, Stewart’s Spencer begs the question: What happened differently this time? And have we finally reached the pinnacle of Diana’s clutch on pop culture?


19 Movies That Will Bring New York to You
For many of us in New York, and lucky enough to be working from home, one of the particular burdens of lockdown is a persistent, needling impulse to flee—and only risk spreading the virus elsewhere. Without the city’s normal kineticism, it can feel, in darker moments, slightly pointless to be here. Where’s my quaint, country retreat? I keep saying into my otherwise empty apartment, like quaint, country retreats are being handed out to people for free. A few days ago, on a furtive walk through Central Park, I tried to imagine that I was somewhere—anywhere—else, narrowing my eyes so that I couldn’t really see the high-rises over the tree-line.


Therapy in the Time of the Apocalypse
As a criminal defense lawyer dedicated to aiding the most vulnerable clients, Natashia Deón found herself headed towards compassion fatigue. What came next was a personal and spiritual reckoning.

How long will it take for you to see yourself?
This is what I think about while studying to be a licensed therapist. I’ve been a practicing lawyer for two decades and began my journey into therapy because I thought I could still help people. As a lawyer, I have already been trained to be an active listener, to be high functioning in trauma and conflict. Now as a therapist, I’ve learned to be present in a different way. When I slow it all down, I create a special space where I try my best to hold onto the needs of another person, share in our humanity, and have genuine compassion. I believe we all can heal. Not in a yoga pants, green juice, kind of 10-day cleansing way, but in an apocalyptical way.


You Don’t Get to Just Show Up with Mac ‘n’ Cheese at My House
You have to be assigned. You have to be appointed. You have to be anointed.

This dish is far more than a simple side. In Black American households, for the most part, being the designated maker of macaroni and cheese is the pinnacle—the highest culinary accolade. There are rules of engagement and distinct hierarchy when it comes to this dish. Who makes it, how it’s made, and who’s allowed to bring it to a gathering involves negotiation, tradition, and an understanding. Not just anybody is allowed to make the mac ‘n’ cheese. If you’re invited to someone’s house, especially for a holiday, you can’t just show up toting that casserole pan.


‘Wicked’: Fans Petition Producers to Not Cast James Corden in Movie Adaptation
‘The Late Late Show’ host’s ubiquity and previous misadventures in musicals such as ‘Cats’ and ‘The Prom’ have caused something of a backlash.

Fans are petitioning producers behind a movie adaptation of the hit musical Wicked to not cast James Corden.
The petition, posted on Change.org and addressed directly to Universal which is producing the film, has racked up over 21,000 signatures already. The petition states simply: “James Corden in no way shape or form should be in or near the production of Wicked the movie… that’s pretty much it.”
Corden was trending on social media over the weekend after major casting announcements were made for the Wicked movie with Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande playing leads Elphaba and Glinda, respectively.


Elizabeth Debicki Just Recreated Diana, Princess Of Wales’s Revenge Dress Moment For The Crown
The next instalment of The Crown is currently in production, and if there were any doubts that season five of Peter Morgan’s Netflix drama would tackle Prince Charles’s infidelity, the latest shots of Elizabeth Debicki in character as Diana, Princess of Wales have put them to rest. Paparazzi captured the willowy Tenet star filming the late royal’s grand entrance at a Vanity Fair fundraiser for the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens in 1994, when she wore an off-the-shoulder chiffon dress by Greek designer Christina Stambolian and silk Manolo Blahnik heels, entrancing the media.


Issa Rae Has a Message for Insecure Stans Who “Complain” About Every Episode
Viewers have been nothing if not consistent.

“It’s literally called a half-hour comedy,” Issa said point blank, before also addressing the names trolls have given to character Condola Hayes (“catapult” and “constipation” are her favorites) and the #LawrenceHive. “There have just been so many things that we’ve never anticipated writing.” She continued, “I’m glad we never tried to play into what the audience wants because they’re just gonna do their own thing.”


A female astronaut made history this weekend when she became the first Chinese woman to ever complete a spacewalk
Astronaut Wang Yaping has become the first woman in Chinese history to walk in space.
Wang, 41, is one of the three astronauts — or taikonauts, China’s term for the country’s space explorers — currently stationed at the Tiangong space station. She is part of the Shenzhou-13 crew, which blasted off from a launch center in the Gobi Desert on October 16 to embark on a six-month mission in the Tianhe module, the core of the space station.


The case for mandating Covid-19 vaccines for kids
Schools and other officials can try persuasion first, but — eventually — they should be ready to do more.

All of America’s school-aged children can now get the Covid-19 vaccine. But should kids be required to get it?
Schools in every state, after all, already mandate vaccines for a range of diseases. These mandates have a long history in the US, with some states requiring immunization in schools as early as the 19th century. One goal of the mandates is to stop the spread of potentially deadly diseases, but another is to prevent outbreaks from disrupting the classroom as kids get sick and stay home.


Casting controversy for The Crown: Actress with familial links to the IRA to play Countess Mountbatten
Countess Mountbatten’s family members were famously murdered by a bomb planted on their fishing boat by a member of the terrorist group

There have been no shortages of dramas for Netflix’s popular and acclaimed series inspired by the lives of the Royal Family, The Crown. While some have accused it of rewriting history, others have been offended by its characterisation of real-life people. Now, though, the show has come under fire yet again – this time for casting the actress Natasha McElhone as Countess Mountbatten in the upcoming fifth season.


A Gravy Fountain Would Make Your Life So Much Better
You deserve your own personal gravy Versailles after all you’ve been through.

I don’t mean to tell you how to live your life, but you need a gravy fountain. Scratch that—you deserve a gravy fountain. I’m not saying it needs to be flowing 24/7, but then again, who am I to dictate how you live your gravy life? We’ve been living in an era of scarcity and uncertainty for what feels like a century now, and I can think of no better affirmation of OK-ness, no better rejection of the soul-eroding malaise of the eternal Blursdays, than to be able to hold forth your drumstick, biscuit, mashed potato mound or housecat to be warmly enrobed in an endless font of savory gravy.


The personal collection of Victoria, Lady de Rothschild is up for auction
And it’s the jewellery we’re most excited about…

She was hailed as a champion of art and design, a style icon and philanthropist who later became vice-treasurer of the Conservative party. Victoria, Lady de Rothschild was the second wife of British banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, born Victoria Schott she was the daughter of an American property developer and judge (Lewis Schott) who with her considerable wealth, impeccable taste and society connections grew a personal collection that included art, furniture and fine jewellery. Now, 11 months on following her death in January, Christie’s will be auctioning her entire collection in a unique online sale, estimated to reach a staggering £1 million.
Yet jewellery collectors will be keeping their beady eyes on ‘Jewels Online:The London Edit,’ where a selection of Victoria’s most precious pieces will be on sale, alongside household names; Buccellati, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston to name a few. For Victoria’s jewels, there are several highlights worth noting.


Live in this £5 million Dartmoor estate – and Prince Charles could swing by at any moment
A beautiful Edwardian home, once owned by the Prince of Wales, could be yours – but it’s worth noting that its former occupant still has some rights over the estate

Was there ever a more rural, idyllic place to live than on Brimpts Mead estate in Devon? The Edwardian family home set in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park is where the east and west River Darts meet – and it is wholeheartedly charming.
It could be yours for £5 million, but there is a quirk – that you would be living with the possibility of the future king cropping up at only 24 hours notice with his fishing rod. Its current owners, a British couple, bought the freehold from Prince Charles in 1993 for an undisclosed sum. However, a covenant gives the prince the right to fish, providing he gives 24 hours’ notice, according to Land Registry documents.


14 Ideas to Make Your Thanksgiving Table a Joyful Space
Add a little something extra this year

This year for the fall holidays we’re taking a break from the moody hues and traditionally serious table settings. Thanksgiving is about sharing things—celebrating both the family and the community we care for with great food and drinks. To make things feel a little more special we suggest amping up the ambiance with fun, festive additions from cookware to candles. Items here run the gamut in terms of investment, but there is something great to elevate every table and space for every budget. Read on for some of our favorite tabletop ideas for Thanksgiving in 2021.


The Great Organic-Food Fraud
There’s no way to confirm that a crop was grown organically. Randy Constant exploited our trust in the labels—and made a fortune.

Glen Borgerding met Randy Constant in the late nineteen-nineties, when landowners in northern Missouri hired them to help set up an organic soybean farm. Borgerding, an agronomist from Minnesota, took soil samples and made recommendations about fertilizer and weed control; Constant, a Missouri native who had a day job as a regional sales manager for the Pfister seed company, ran the farm’s day-to-day operations. By then, Borgerding had spent more than a decade in organic agriculture. Constant had not, but he had evident ambition. Borgerding recently told me, “Randy was an exciting guy to be around—when things were working well.”


45 Christmas Advent Calendars to Make Your 2021 Holiday Season Merry and Bright
Find a cheery countdown for everyone in your family — kids, adults and dogs.

Christmas Day is the main event (obviously), but let’s not skip past all the excitement that the month of December brings. And while, yes, there’s a lot to do between now and December 25 (decorating the house, baking Christmas cookies, wrapping presents, to name a few), try your best to embrace the merriment of the season every chance you get. Need help getting in the holiday spirit? Pick up one of these Christmas advent calendars to count down to Santa’s arrival with toys, beauty products, fun socks and chocolates galore.
In the past, many people kept to tradition with cheap chocolate advent calendars, but now there are so many alternative options to match different interests and budgets. Even though some of these picks are made specifically with kids or adults in mind (the alcohol advent calendars, for example), most of them can be enjoyed by the whole family this year and all the years to come. That’s right, depending on which calendar you pick, you may be able to reuse the box and fill it with candy or trinkets for future countdowns. Now, take a look at 2021’s best advent calendar offerings and be sure to pick yours up ASAP since a lot of the coolest ones sell out well before December hits.


From Kristen Stewart to Catherine Oxenberg: 11 Actresses Who Have Played Princess Diana
The late royal’s story has been told numerous times in movies and TV shows.

Though Princess Diana’s life was the subject of multiple movies while she was still alive, since her death, films, movies and Broadway productions have continued to tell her story. The latest is Pablo Larraín’s Spencer which features Kristen Stewart playing the late royal who was born Diana Frances Spencer. While Spencer takes place over the weekend when Diana considers whether to end her marriage, other films have focused on her relationships after Prince Charles. Diana stars Naomi Watts in the titular role and showcases her connections with British-Pakistani surgeon Hasnat Khan and Egyptian film producer Dodi Fayed.


Harry Styles Helped A Fan Come Out To Her Mom During A Sold-Out Show In Wisconsin
‘Lisa, she’s gay!’

If you have a plan that requires a lot of flair, it might be worth recruiting Harry Styles.
On Wednesday, a fan did just that during Styles’s sold-out Love on Tour show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Multiple videos captured McKinley McConnell holding a sign in the front row that read, ‘My mom is in section 201. Help me come out.’
Taking note of the request, Styles ambled down the stage toward McConnell and asked, ‘What would you like to tell your mother?’ before reaching the mic out.


Dakota Johnson Calls Cancel Culture “Such a Downer”
The actress added that it’s resulted in the “loss of great artists,” and reflected on the “incredible time” she had working with canceled actors like Armie Hammer, Shia LaBeouf, and Johnny Depp.

Dakota Johnson is not a fan of cancel culture, blaming the modern social justice trend for “the loss of great artists.”
The actress—who has starred opposite a number of high-profile “canceled” individuals like Johnny Depp, Shia LaBeouf, and Armie Hammer—addressed this hot-button topic in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Cancel culture is such a fucking downer. I hate that term,” Johnson confessed. She explained that she believes there needs to be some opportunity for redemption for these disgraced figures, adding, “I never experienced that firsthand from any of those people. I had an incredible time working with them.” She continued, “I feel sad for the loss of great artists. I feel sad for people needing help and perhaps not getting it in time. I feel sad for anyone who was harmed or hurt. It’s just really sad.”


The Empire State Building Has Its Own Beer and You Can Only Buy It on the 86th Floor
A collaboration between NYC brewers, View from the Top of the Empire State Building Hazy IPA can be enjoyed at a pop-up beer shop in the observatory this month.

In an era where drinkers have about 9,000 breweries to choose from in the U.S. alone — many of which don’t distribute beyond their own taproom let alone their own state — it’s not uncommon to travel far and wide to score rare beers. But what about traveling high? One of the world’s tallest buildings has just gotten its own exclusive beer, and if you want to try it, you’ll have to head up 86 floors.
Introduced this week, View from the Top of the Empire State Building Hazy IPA is a new beer sold exclusively at the legendary New York City skyscraper, arriving courtesy of the Manhattan craft beer retail chain Craft + Carry which brewed it in collaboration with Brooklyn’s Five Boroughs Brewing.


Inside a Volcanic Ritual on the Indonesian Island of Java
During the Hindu ceremony of Yadnya Kasada, the Tenggerese people toss offerings — food, money, flowers, livestock — into the hazy crater of Mount Bromo.

Indonesia is home to more than 120 active volcanoes, along with several hundred more that are now considered extinct. On Java, the country’s most populous island, a string of volcanoes stretches like a backbone, from east to west, some 620 miles, giving rise to dense communities that rely on the fertile volcanic soil to farm.
Among them are the Tenggerese, an Indigenous people who live on the slopes of an inactive volcanic crater in the Tengger highlands, in the province of East Java.
I traveled here from my home island of Bali in June and July 2018 to visit two Tenggerese villages: Ngadas and Ngadisari.




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