T LOunge for December 21st, 2021

Posted on December 21, 2021

Blend Berlin Kitchen and Bar – Berlin, Germany


Grab a seat and start your procrastinating, darlings. We’re all just marking time this week, right? Best to mark it in fabulous surroundings with witty kittens. We’re in the middle of compiling our year-end celebrity style list, so we must dash but feel free to order anything you like! Someone will pay for it eventually.



A Decade of Watching Issa Rae
As the groundbreaking HBO series Insecure comes to an end this week, Hanna Phifer reflects on ten formative years of Issa Rae’s stardom.

It can be difficult to remember, with the plethora of content dedicated to Black girlhood now, but back in the early 2000s to mid-2010s, if you were a Black girl, there were only so many options you had when looking to be represented in the media. You could be the combative and catty types who were depicted on “reality” television. You could be the sleek, professional, Michelle Obama type. You could be the best friend, the sidekick, the Black girl who provided sassy quips and nothing else. “Somewhere along the line, we became unrelatable and invisible to the Hollywood system,” Rae says in her personal essay collection, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. “Our images and diverse portrayals just weren’t worth the dollars and effort anymore.”


Bottega Veneta Is Supporting Italian Artisans with a New Initiative
A new program from the Milanese maison with a catchy name and important mission.

If you’re familiar with Bottega Veneta’s storied history, then you know that beyond the highly coveted shoes and candy-colored handbags, the Italian luxury brand is revered for its impeccable craftsmanship. From leather that’s made to last generations to its signature intrecciato weaving design, beyond creating collectible bags, the maison’s focus is on forever pieces. Today, just in time for the holidays, the fashion house announced that it will be stepping out of the spotlight and instead highlighting some of its favorite local shops with Bottega for Bottegas, a project offering a new batch of small mom-and-pop stores worldwide visibility.


Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, And Cynthia Nixon Respond To Chris Noth Allegations In Joint Statement
The And Just Like That… stars shared the statement across each of their social media accounts.

In a joint statement that ran across all three And Just Like That… stars’ social media accounts, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon have responded to the accusations that fellow Sex and the City actor Chris Noth sexually assaulted multiple women.
The statement is short and to the point, but shows support for Noth’s alleged victims. “We are deeply saddened to hear the allegations against Chris Noth,” the statement reads. “We support the women who have come forward and shared their painful experiences. We know it must be a very difficult thing to do and we commend them for it.”


Blake Lively Mixes Up a Mean Holiday Mocktail
The actress and Betty Buzz founder shares her recipe for one of her favorite sparkling, seasonal beverages.

Like many of us, Blake Lively loves a seasonal libation but doesn’t always want alcohol in her life. Unlike most of us, the actress-turned-entrepreneur has channeled that feeling into a line of nonalcoholic drink mixers, which she calls Betty Buzz.
Lively explains that she wants her drinks to be bold and robust. “It was important for me, when creating Betty Buzz, to have drinks that weren’t too sweet. That didn’t take away from the dish if you were eating food, but were flavorful enough if you wanted to have a drink and feel like you were having [something special],” Lively tells BAZAAR.com. “I don’t drink, because I don’t like the effects of alcohol, but I like being a part of it—I like being social, and I like people coming together.”


Martha Stewart Has a Genius Use for Candy Canes
Plus, the one type of cookie Stewart makes every holiday season.

When the range of seasonal sweets swings from holiday sugar cookies to babka and brittle, classics like candy canes are often considered more décor than dessert. We all have a box of the striped peppermint sticks on hand to hang on the tree or garnish a cocktail glass, but of course Martha Stewart has a much better way to use the leftover Christmas candy.


39 Traditions Added to UNESCO Cultural Heritage List, From Arabic Calligraphy to Truffle Hunting
The list now includes traditions from countries that are represented for the first time.

UNESCO added 39 traditions to its cultural heritage list on Friday, including some from countries represented for the first time.
The traditions, which come from all over the world, were added by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, according to UNESCO. This year’s decision was also a landmark for Montenegro, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Denmark, the Seychelles, the Federated States of Micronesia, Timor-Leste, Iceland, and Haiti, which each had something presented for inscription on the list for the first time.


At 84, Jane Fonda Is Still the Very Definition of Beauty Goals
“We need to revise how we think about aging,” Jane Fonda, 84 today, said once. “The old paradigm was: You’re born, you peak at midlife, and then you decline into decrepitude. Looking at aging as ascending a staircase, you gain wellbeing, spirit, soul, wisdom, the ability to be truly intimate and a life with intention.” Wise words to live by, and live by them she has—Fonda’s zest for life has endured well into her ninth decade, and she has long demonstrated that beauty isn’t merely about what you look like, but also what you put into the world.


Lily Collins on the Highs, Lows, and Heartwarming Surprises of Emily in Paris’s Return
Around this time last year, when we all needed a little escapism during our endless lockdown winter, Emily Cooper landed in our lives. And while Emily in Paris may first have appeared on your Netflix feed as a shiny, festive bauble of a show, within a matter of days it became a near-inescapable global phenomenon—sparking endless debates over just how accurately it depicted the expat experience in Paris, in what seems to be one of the most mind-boggling cases of missing the point in recent memory. When it came to ticking the boxes for escapist binge-watching, lest we forget, Emily in Paris did exactly what it said on the tin: offered breathtakingly gorgeous backdrops, impossibly attractive actors, wildly expensive fashion, and plotlines as delightful as they were implausible.


‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: U.K. Versus The World’ to Kick Off Relaunched BBC Three Channel
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: U.K. Versus The World” will be the centerpiece of the opening night on BBC Three, the U.K. digital platform that is being relaunched as a linear channel.
The commission is one of three revealed by BBC Three on Tuesday. In “RuPaul’s Drag Race: U.K. Versus The World,” the U.K. will be the host nation and nine international members of “RuPaul’s Drag Race Royal” alumni will compete for the title of Drag Race Superstar. Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr will join RuPaul as judges. It is produced by World of Wonder.


3 Fruity Punch Recipes To Make This Christmas, Courtesy Of Claridge’s
Anyone stuck for a last-minute Christmas present should consider Claridge’s: The Cocktail Book, a brilliant compilation of recipes that have shaped the art-deco Mayfair hotel’s world-renowned cocktail bars through the years. Our favourite chapter? The one dedicated to the revival of punch. Below, a brief introduction to the much-misunderstood tipple courtesy of Claridge’s manager Denis Broci and director of mixology Nathan McCarley-O’Neill, along with three recipes delicious enough to convert any punch sceptic.


When Pop Culture Raids Art—and the Reverse
The Met’s show on Walt Disney and French decorative arts, and the Cooper Hewitt’s on the modernist poster designer E. McKnight Kauffer reveal the power of influence.

What explains the lasting wonderment of French rococo, the theatrically frivolous, flauntingly costly mode in art, ceramics, furniture, décor, and fashion that flourished in mid-eighteenth-century aristocratic circles before, having gradually given way to sober neoclassicism, being squelched utterly by the Revolution of 1789? And why did that bedazzling visual repertoire recur in twentieth-century America as a species of imitation art—kitsch, in a word, although managed with undoubtable genius—in animated films branded by Walt Disney? “Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts,” a fun show at the Metropolitan Museum, answers the question by conjoining the pleasures of authentically froufrou historical objects, mostly from the museum’s collection, with their style’s application in production drawings and video clips from Disney movies.


You Can’t Help But Sing Your Heart Out to the 50 Best Love Songs of All Time
Let’s set the scene: Me, on my couch, box of Cheez-Its in hand.

As much as I love a good breakup song, there’s something special about a great love song. When you’re actually in love, they feel like they were written just for you. But let’s be clear: you don’t have to be in love to enjoy listening to a love song. You can belt them along on a road trip with your besties, sing them to yourself while you cook dinner, use them to power you through the last few minutes of your workout, or just listen to them because you like them.


Why The Matrix never stopped being relevant
The groundbreaking sci-fi franchise, explained in 5 eras.

When it came out on March 31, 1999, The Matrix felt like no other film that had ever existed.
And, yes, its script drew heavily from philosophy texts, comic books, and classic sci-fi. Heck, the movie’s premise is almost identical to 1998’s Dark City, a very good film you should check out.
But I’m not talking about the movie’s component parts; I’m talking about how the movie felt. And the feeling of watching The Matrix in 1999 was almost overwhelming. In the minds of Lana and Lilly Wachowski, all of these elements blended and fit together seamlessly. And the movie’s masterstroke was setting its story in a world that felt very like the actual world in 1999, rather than an overtly fictional setting (as was the case with Dark City). The film captured a growing sense that nothing was real and everything was manipulated on some level, a sense that has only grown in the 22 years since the movie came out.


A Panettone Baked in Prison, and It’s One of Italy’s Best
An employment program near the city of Padua helps inmates develop life skills and earn a substantial wage.

Panettone is the Italian national Christmas cake, and it is notoriously tricky to perfect. So when the version from Pasticceria Giotto was named one of the 10 best in Italy, it was a real honor. But the most striking difference between the panettone at Giotto and the nine others on the list is that Giotto’s is made in a prison.
Inside the Due Palazzi prison (above) on the outskirts of Padua, in northeastern Italy, a crew of inmates in white coats are supervised by four professional pastry chefs. Six days a week, they start baking at 4 a.m., beginning with the brioche that will be served by local pastry shops and hotels. Giotto also produces cookies, pies, nougat, chocolate and ice cream — but panettone is the specialty.


Building with Plastic
Why architects turned to plastic in the mid-20th century—and why conserving these buildings is surprisingly challenging

In the 1950s, a Missouri-based agricultural biotechnology corporation called Monsanto was looking for new markets and wanted to demonstrate the versatility of plastic—a high-quality engineered material with limitless potential in structural applications.
When Monsanto teamed up with Massachusetts Institute of Technology architecture lecturers Marvin Goody and Richard Hamilton, the Monsanto House of the Future was born.





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