T LOunge for December 29th, 2021

Posted on December 29, 2021

Le Grand Salon Cocktail Bar – Paris, France


We have mutually decided that today would be a cookie-free day. It turns out, we can’t actually tear through the holidays wolfing down sugar like an 8-year-old. Who knew? Actually, we did. We make this mistake every year. Time for a minor cleanse with fruits and yogurt. If we make it to bedtime without breaking into the stash, we will consider ourselves superheroes. The six or so candy dishes are fair game, however. Mint M&Ms better watch out.

So how is your between week progressing so far?


How Beverly Johnson’s Groundbreaking Vogue Cover Changed Fashion Forever
Beverly Johnson is used to doing the impossible. Johnson, a former competitive swimmer and law student, came on the fashion scene in the 1970s. At the time the industry’s beauty ideals narrowly focused on blondes with blue eyes and fair skin. The look’s uniformity meant that even the most minor idiosyncrasies—Lauren Hutton’s gap, Patti Hansen’s freckles—were considered shocking. Still, Johnson knew what she wanted to achieve within her career: a cosmetics contract, the chance to write a beauty book, and a spot on the cover of Vogue.


The Story Behind the Dramatic Transformations of Don’t Look Up’s Star-Studded Cast
As they confront the apocalypse, each familiar face has been dramatically transformed. Lawrence gets a red dye job and an undercut to play a nonconformist grad student, DiCaprio’s movie star’s good looks are hidden beneath wire-framed glasses and tweed blazers, and Chalamet dons an epic mullet. The makeovers add to the feeling that the world we’re witnessing is just slightly off-kilter—one where Grande’s vocals can still top the charts, but without the aid of her famous ponytail. For costume designer Susan Matheson, creating the film’s distinctive mood meant exploring one of her favorite archetypes. “That characters I love are always going to be gritty outsiders,” she says. “Someone who is a bit of an iconoclast and doesn’t follow the same path as everyone else. I get very excited whenever there is any character like that, but here, we had several.”


Britney Spears Writes That Refusing To Make Music Was A Way To Hurt Her Family
Pop icon Britney Spears shared on Instagram that her hiatus from making new music was actually her way of striking back at her family, who she feels betrayed her during her 13-year conservatorship. Spears’s money and movements were placed under the control of her father, Jamie Spears, during that time. She has frequently expressed anger and resentment towards other members of her family on social media for their lack of support.


20 Fabulous Vintage Photos of Maggie Smith
Before she was the grand dame of period dramas, Maggie Smith—who turns 87 today—was the sprite-like British talent blazing a trail in Hollywood after carving out a stellar reputation on the West End stage.
The Essex-born actor kicked off her career playing Viola in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Oxford Playhouse, where she studied her craft. It was the beginning of a love affair with the Bard that has endured over the decades: she played Desdemona in Othello (and earned her first Oscar nomination for her performance in the 1965 film adaptation); starred as Queen Elizabeth, Lady Macbeth, and Cleopatra on stage in the late ’70s, and as recently as last year joined Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellen, and Derek Jacobi over Zoom for a charity discussion entitled For One Knight Only.


What You Need to Know About California’s New Composting Law — A Game Changer for Food Waste
First approved in 2016, these mandatory statewide organic waste collection rules have been over five years in the making.

In 2022, residents in America’s largest state will begin seeing major changes to how their waste is collected: Originally passed in 2016, California Senate Bill 1383 officially takes effect on January 1 – which will eventually require everyone in the state to separate organic and compostable waste from the rest of their garbage.


21 of the Biggest Celebrities Who Died in 2021
From Oscar winners and TV icons to Broadway’s giant in the sky.

In 2021, there never seemed to be enough time with those we lost. Some beloved stars left us while at the top of their professional game—Michael K. Williams received his fifth Emmy nomination shortly before his death; Willie Garson passed while reviving his beloved Sex and the City character. And theater giant Stephen Sondheim died just days before an updated West Side Story—his first major musical as lyricist—opened to critical adoration. In chronological order, here are 21 stars who died in 2021 who made their mark with every minute.


The Duchess Of Windsor’s Tongue-In-Cheek Guide To Entertaining
After her husband, the Duke of Windsor, abdicated the British throne, Wallis Simpson became a world-renowned hostess, entertaining the leading political figures of the day wherever she and her husband travelled. For a 1949 issue of Vogue, the Duchess shared her tips for holding dinner parties – “one of the finest flowerings of the good society” – to remember. Below, read her drily hilarious guide in full.


8 Easy Ways To Overcome The Post-Christmas Energy Slump, According To The Experts
Ah, that period between Christmas and New Year where all the drinks have been imbibed, there are (empty) chocolate wrappers scattered everywhere, and you never want to see a whole plate of food again. Lethargy and a lack of motivation to do anything but watch TV abound and you find yourself here, on this article, trying to learn exactly what you can do to boost your energy.
The good news is that we’re all in the same boat – and Vogue spoke to some experts, on behalf of the nation, to find out exactly how we can recover and get over this post-Christmas slump.


The Most Anticipated Books of 2022
While you may not have polished off your list of books to read in 2021, next year promises some delicious debut novels, sharply written essay collections, and memoirs from some of our favorite celebrities that you will definitely want to add to your list. From Molly Shannon’s memoir to Janelle Monáe’s sci-fi anthology, these are the books we can’t wait to get our hands on in 2022.


Netflix’s ‘Cheer’ Set to Return, Deal With Season 1 Fallout
The docuseries will take on allegations against Jerry Harris and continue to follow the Navarro College cheerleading squad.

Netflix has announced a second season of its docuseries Cheer — one that will deal in part with the aftermath of the show’s first season.
The series following coach Monica Aldama and members of the Navarro (Texas) College cheerleading squad will premiere Jan. 12. Season two will have nine episodes, up from six for the show’s first season, which debuted in January 2020.
Cheer will spend part of its season tracking the case of Jerry Harris, who was a breakout star in the first season but was arrested in September 2020 on a charge of producing child pornography. Additional charges were brought against him in December of that year; he has pleaded not guilty in the federal case, which is making its way through the court system.


Betty White Reveals Her Secrets to a Happy Life at 100: ‘I’m So Lucky to Be in Such Good Health’
Betty White’s longtime friend Carol Burnett and her The Proposal costars Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds and Mary Steenburgen also tell PEOPLE about their experiences with the “very funny” actress

Betty White is gearing up to celebrate her centennial birthday on Jan. 17!
In this week’s cover story, White tells PEOPLE exclusively how she feels about turning 100 years old. “I’m so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age,” says the veteran actress. “It’s amazing.”
According to White, being “born a cockeyed optimist” is the key to her upbeat nature. “I got it from my mom, and that never changed,” she says. “I always find the positive.” As for her diet, White jokes: “I try to avoid anything green. I think it’s working.”


Want to donate to charity? Here are 10 guidelines for giving effectively.
How to do the most good possible with the money you give.

Giving to charity is great, not just for the recipients but for the givers, too.
But it can be intimidating to know how to pick the best charity when there are thousands of worthy causes to choose from, and especially when the world is recovering from a massive pandemic and economic calamity that’s still causing huge pain and suffering at home and abroad.
This holiday season, I thought it might be helpful to update our annual guide to giving. Think of this as not only a rundown of charity recommendations but also a broader guide to thinking about how to give. Here are a few simple tips for end-of-year giving that can help.


The very best TV show of 2021
And 12 other terrific shows, from You to Reservation Dogs.

I have been making “best TV” lists in one form or another since 2006, taking only one year off in that entire time. (It was 2020, because I did this instead.) And in those 15 years, my introductions to my lists have only grown more ambivalent about the nature of list-making, especially for a medium where there’s so much stuff to consume.
So in making my 2021 list, I opted not to try to have a comprehensive survey of “the best” because I’m increasingly convinced that no one person can watch enough television to reasonably say what the best even is.


Marriage Requires Amnesia
Do I hate my husband? Oh for sure, yes, definitely.

After 15 years of marriage, you start to see your mate clearly, free of your own projections and misperceptions. This is not necessarily a good thing.
When encountering my husband, Bill, in our shared habitat, I sometimes experience him as a tangled hill of dirty laundry. “Who left this here?” I ask myself, and then the laundry gets up to fetch itself a cup of coffee.
This is not an illusion; it’s clarity. Until Bill has enough coffee, he lies in a jumble on the couch, listening to the coffee maker, waiting for it to usher him from the land of the undead. He is exactly the same as a heap of laundry: smelly, inert, almost sentient but not quite.
Other times I experience Bill as a very handsome professor, a leader among men, a visionary who has big ideas about the future of science education in America. This is clarity.


How Will Americans Eat in 2022? The Food Forecasters Speak.
They see a new interest in mushrooms, a rethinking of chicken and coffee, a resurgence of 1980s cocktails — and, believe it or not, a return to civility.

Last year at this time, optimistic trend forecasters predicted that the cork would burst from the bottle by summer. With vaccines in arms, food culture would vibrate in a robust economy. American menus would be full of innovation driven by waves of international travel, and a new generation of digital-native cooks would rewrite the rules.
Clearly, the prediction game can be a losing one. But so what if things didn’t turn out like everyone thought they would? Trying to forecast food trends is still fun, and sometimes even accurate. (Kudos to those professional prognosticators who in recent years nailed the mainstream rise of quesabirria, soufflé pancakes, delivery-only restaurants and CBD. And a special citation for those who saw early on that those ripples of veganism would become a plant-based tsunami.) So how are things looking for 2022?


The 8 Best Small Towns in Hawaii, According to Locals
These small towns in Hawaii are big on culture, history, arts, food, and fun.

While your Hawaii itinerary likely includes some of the best beaches and popular spots like Waikiki, spending some time in a small town offers the chance to experience another side of island life — one where you can learn about the area’s history and culture, shop at local farmers markets, sample Kona coffee and island wine, engage with the arts scene, and even live like a Hawaiian cowboy for the day.
Here are eight of the best small towns in Hawaii with a population of 11,000 or less — handpicked by locals.


20 U.S. Destinations Perfect for Solo Travelers
These destinations make traveling solo easy — and extra fun.

Traveling alone is all about freedom and independence — freedom to go where you want, when you want, and independence in your ability to visit new places and meet new people without the crutch of a travel companion. It’s not for everyone, but those willing to venture off on their own are rewarded with a compromise-free vacation and unforgettable experiences (exciting things just seem to happen when you’re traveling solo).
But where to go? If you’re just testing the waters of solo travel, you might want to stay close to home, which is where these U.S. destinations come in handy. Whether you dream of a spa vacation with plenty of time to relax and reset, a trip packed with activities, or a soul-searching expedition, these U.S. destinations cater to the solo traveler, thanks to their ease of transportation, low crime rates, and large selection of things to do.
Ready to book your next solo trip? Read on for the best places to travel alone in the U.S.






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