T LOunge for December 10th, 2021

Posted on December 10, 2021

Barbarossa Bar and Lounge – Alexandria, Egypt


Close your eyes and tilt your head toward the sky, darlings. Let the Egyptian sun warm your brow as you sip something cool. You have arrived at your destination. Congratulations. It’s Friday.


Olivia Wilde Is Living Her Best Life
Wilde has known that she wanted to direct for almost as long as she’s wanted to act, and she’s known that she wanted to act for a long time. She grew up in Washington, D.C., the second of investigative journalists Andrew and Leslie Cockburn’s three children. (Wilde changed her last name as an 18-year-old theater student in Dublin, in homage to Oscar.) Along with his brothers, Alexander and Patrick, Wilde’s father, who was born in England and raised in Ireland, is a member of an impressive journalistic dynasty. Wilde’s extended family tree includes: her grandfather Claud Cockburn, a prominent English communist who founded the radical magazine The Week; the baronet who ordered the 1814 Burning of Washington; and Evelyn Waugh. She was particularly close to her uncle Alex, who died of cancer in 2012; she named Daisy after his daughter.


Where To Shop The Looks From The Sex And The City Revival, And Just Like That
Costume designer Molly Rogers walks us through creating a wardrobe fit for Carrie Bradshaw, circa 2021.

More than 20 years have passed since onlookers were first taken aback by the image of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) walking down a Manhattan street in a tutu. Since then, Sex and the City has changed the way audiences interact with contemporary costume design. Viewers were just as drawn to Carrie’s closet as they were to brunch hangouts, Cosmos, and the on-again-off-again relationship with Big (Chris Noth). Even after two decades, it is impossible to think of Manolo Blahnik without conjuring an image of his biggest fan splurging her cash on a new pair of his heels. Now Carrie Bradshaw is back in the SATC reboot And Just Like That… and so is her ongoing romance with the shoe brand.


Jodie Turner-Smith on Becoming Anne Boleyn
The actress talks about playing one of history’s most misunderstood figures.

One thing becomes certain when you’re watching the AMC+ miniseries Anne Boleyn: Jodie Turner-Smith was born to play a queen.
This new retelling, the first to be made by a nearly all-female creative team, presents the downfall of the 16th-century queen as a psychological drama. The details of Anne Boleyn’s life that have been less sensationalized over the centuries—the trauma of her multiple stillbirths, her relationship with her brother, her love of her daughter, Elizabeth—are depicted with intense depth by Turner-Smith, who commands every scene.
“I felt like this is a woman being played by a Black woman. I want my Anne to have long, Afro-texture hair. My hairstylist and makeup artist, Jody Williams, bless her heart, was so talented and skilled and collaborative, and we just really had a lot of fun with that. I wanted her to wear a bonnet when she slept, so we did that, too—she had her hair wrapped. I just felt like, when we have the opportunity to tell a story and we’re gonna do identity-conscious casting and cast somebody who’s not white, then why don’t we add the nuances of a person who’s not white? That means not European hair, having kinkier hair and styling that and seeing that life.”


Madonna Matches with Her Boyfriend and Kids in Elf Costumes for Christmas
They understood the assignment.

Madonna is getting festive with family this holiday season.
Earlier this week, the pop star posted a Christmas video on Instagram. She was joined by four of her kids—David Banda, 16, Mercy James, 15, and twins Stella and Estere Ciccone, 9—as well as her boyfriend, singer Ahlamalik Williams. The group matched in coordinating elf costumes and sang “Last Christmas” while decorating the tree and dancing.
“Let me tell you something about Christmas,” David says at the beginning of the sweet video. “It’s the best time of year.”


This Skittles-Dispensing Bed Can Be Yours for Just $1.50
Only one bed is being sold, and only on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Simmons Sweet Sleep begins life as what looks like a massive candy dispenser featuring five large tubes, one for each Skittles flavor (or whatever candy you’d want to fill them with). However, that facade slides to the right, revealing a twin Murphy bed — replete with a Simmons mattress, of course — that flops down to offer temporary sleeping arrangements next to your candy machine.


Allegra Stratton, And The Weaponisation Of Female Tears
There is a historic tendency, remarkable in Victorian novels and their adaptations, for a women’s tears to shut down the objections of all those around her. The tears are a kind of coda. A line is drawn: fin. Whether because they make some men uncomfortable (“For God’s sake, someone stop that woman from crying”) or provoke a protective instinct (“Fetch a handkerchief and some smelling salts!”) these ideas are predicated on the notion of women being the more delicate, vulnerable sex, and they don’t really belong in this century.


This $23 Tool Is The Secret to Perfect Pancakes Every Time
And it has over 6,600 five-star ratings.

Pancakes are one of those foods, like hot dogs or dark chocolate, that when you want it, nothing else will suffice.
Can’t you picture the plate? It’s nearly groaning with the weight of a massive stack of fluffy flapjacks. A fat pat of butter slowly melts on top as thick maple syrup cascades down the sides. All that’s left to do is fork and knife your way to a nap.
But recreating that happy brunch moment when the server sets down those buttermilk beauties can feel like a challenge at home. Pancake batter, like beach sand, seems to get everywhere. Using a measuring cup or the pour lid of a mixing bowl makes for misshapen flapjacks that cook unevenly.


Jussie Smollett Convicted of Lying About Hate Crime Attack
Jussie Smollett, the former star of “Empire” who ignited a firestorm in 2019 when he claimed to be the victim of a homophobic and racist assault, was convicted on Thursday of five counts of lying to the police about the incident. He was acquitted on a sixth charge.
Smollett faced six counts of “disorderly conduct,” a Class 4 felony in Illinois — a relatively minor offense. The charges carry a potential maximum sentence of three years in prison, but are more likely to result in a sentence of probation.


Ariana DeBose On Taking On The Role Of A Lifetime In West Side Story
Of course, this story has been told many times before – most memorably in the original 1957 Broadway production and the 1961 film, in which Rita Moreno played Anita and became the first Latina ever to win an acting Oscar. Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner’s new adaptation pays tribute to these earlier versions – for instance, Moreno is one of the film’s executive producers and appears as a world-weary pharmacist named Valentina – but also brings it into the 21st century. It highlights the contemporary resonances of its themes of discrimination and class struggle, and, unlike the 1961 film in which many white actors played Puerto Ricans, casts Latinx actors as Latinx characters. This was particularly important to DeBose, who herself is half Puerto Rican.


The Whole Foods ’12 Days of Cheese’ Sale Returns with a Dozen Cheesy Deals
For the first time, all 12 cheeses will be discounted on all 12 days starting December 10.

We all have our cheesy holiday traditions, but few are literally as cheesy as Whole Foods’ annual “12 Days of Cheese” promotion. For the sixth year running, Amazon’s upmarket grocery chain will be offering 12 cheeses at a steep discount for 12 days straight.
However, in a new twist for 2021, instead of offering one cheese per day, all 12 cheeses will be discounted the entire time, from December 10 to December 21. So there’s no need to mark your makeshift advent calendar with a bunch of different cheese names. Just pop in at any point during the 12-day sale.


First-Century Roman Bust Joins Getty Villa Collection
The Getty Museum has acquired an early first-century marble bust of the Roman general Germanicus, adopted son of Tiberius and father of Caligula.
“This stunning portrait bust adds an extraordinary sculpture to the Villa’s collection of Roman portraits,” says Timothy Potts, Maria Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Tuttle Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “It is among the finest and best-preserved portraits of the young Germanicus at the time of his adoption in AD 4 by his uncle, the soon-to-be Roman emperor Tiberius and complements nicely other Roman busts in the antiquities collection at the Villa.”


A TikTok food star on why gas stoves are overrated
As the natural gas industry tries to defend its turf, chefs are touting the benefits of induction cooking.

The American stovetop is increasingly a battleground in a war over the fate of the 70 million buildings powered by natural gas.
On one side of the stove wars is the natural gas utility industry, which has tried to thwart cities considering phasing out gas in buildings. One of its PR strategies has been to hire influencers to tout what they love about cooking with gas to generate public opposition to city efforts.
On the other side are climate and public health advocates who point to years of mounting scientific evidence on what combusting methane in a kitchen does to one’s health. Even the relatively small amount of gas burned by the stove has an outsized effect on indoor health because it releases nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide, two pollutants known to increase risks of respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Dozens of cities in California have passed stronger building codes that encourage new construction to be powered by electricity instead of natural gas pipelines. New York City and Eugene, Oregon, may be the next cities to adopt these ordinances.


How I’m Remembering Lost Loved Ones This Holiday
An author leans into memory while grieving during the festive season.

The Christmas tree topper was staring at me. In its reflection, I saw a jagged prism, a shattered person. It was the first holiday after my father-in-law’s death from Covid, and I had reluctantly gone to rummage through the red and green storage containers that held my family’s beloved holiday decorations.
I had come as a test: Yes, or no to celebrating Christmas this year.
There, on top of a red bin, sat the topper my mother had helped me make decades earlier. I took a seat on the floor and took it into my hands. It wasn’t your typical tree topper, a flickering angel or shiny star. No, our family heirloom was the Frankenstein of ornaments, one made from broken pieces of shattered glass and dreams.


Amanda Gorman’s long awaited debut book Call Us What We Carry is here
It’s been less than 12 months since the 23-year-old poet first exploded onto the world stage with her Inauguration Poem ‘The Hill We Climb’

She captivated the world when she read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, and at 23, she’s already a best-selling author. Little wonder excitement has been high for Amanda Gorman’s debut collection of poetry, which was released earlier this week.
Call Us What We Carry is a powerful collection of poems that discuss identity, grief and nature in times of uncertainty. Split up into seven chapters, the book begins with ‘Requiem Notes’, a collection of works centred around the pandemic. ‘No Power Like Home’ and ‘At First’ (playfully presented like a chain of text messages on iPhone) are poignant pieces that recall the uncertain emotions of lockdown. Gorman’s youth and hopeful spirit is echoed in ‘School’s Out’, where she writes: ‘There is power in being robbed / & still choosing to dance’.


Finding the Musical Spirit of Notre Dame
The beloved Paris cathedral is still being restored after the devastating 2019 fire, but other churches are keeping its musical traditions alive this holiday season.

It has been more than two-and-a-half years since fire tore through Notre-Dame, the most visited church in the world and France’s most visited monument. The herculean task of restoring the medieval masterpiece was then delayed by the pandemic, but the French president has promised that the cathedral will reopen in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The musical tradition at Notre-Dame is as old as the cathedral itself, with origins dating back to the 12th century.
But since the fire, the cathedral’s ancient music school and its choirs, called the Maîtrise of Notre-Dame, has struggled financially: the state and the city of Paris eliminated funding; the school lost one third of its 2-million-euros-a-year budget and had to fire most of its staff and musicians.


The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2022
From far-flung destinations to hometown favorites, 2022 is the year to get back out there and turn your dream trips into reality.

Planning new adventures as a new year approaches is always a thrill, but finding the best places to visit in 2022 is unique. After two years of border closures, cruise cancellations, and travel restrictions galore, 2022 is the year we hope to get back out there, uninhibited (albeit vaccinated and COVID tested), return to our favorite destinations, and cross new ones off our lists.
Though the hospitality industry was hit hard by the pandemic, many properties used the forced downtime to renovate rooms, add new amenities, and expand outdoor spaces to offer even more once guests return. 2022 is when many travelers will venture further from home, and even overseas, for the first time since the start of the pandemic, finally reaping the benefits of these valiant efforts.


Not Home for the Holidays
Liberated by the loss of tradition over the last two years, some are forging their own celebrations — or skipping them altogether.

People across the country are saying no more to holiday obligations. After the drain of the pandemic, some are choosing to skip the stress of travel or of spending hours around a table with people they don’t entirely enjoy. Even those who like their families are choosing to be apart, opting instead to be with friends who live close to them or to go on far-flung trips they’ve always wanted to take.
“We’ve all finally realized we don’t have to do things the way they’ve always been,” Ms. Ivarsson said.
Throughout the pandemic, many Americans have realized the value in taking care of themselves and doing what they want to do, not what’s expected of them.


Historic gold unicorn ring buried for nearly 400 years found near Milton Keynes
Stunning signet ring from the 17th century could sell for ‘a small fortune’

A buried treasure, lost for nearly 400 years, could sell for a five-figure sum at auction after being discovered by a metal detectorist near Milton Keynes.
The impressive 17th-century gold signet ring was discovered on farmland at Thornton, near Milton Keynes, in 2018.
Engravings on the ring, which weighs more than 20g, indicate that it belonged to a member of a noble family.






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