T LOunge for December 3rd, 2021

Posted on December 03, 2021

Red Bicycle Bar and Restaurant – Oia, Santorini, Greece


Darlings, can you hear the angels singing as you take the view in? We’re on Santorini, so this must be that high holy day in honor of Frigg herself, FRIDAY. Let us all be worthy of it by doing nothing. We will have to postpone our respite, however, as Frigg’s Day is almost always our busiest of the week. We’re off to podcast about movies and write about celebrities modeling clothes, darlings! Enjoy the view and cocktails!


Kelly Marie Tran Felt Like A Real-Life Disney Princess In Her Red Carpet Áo Dài
I knew coming into this process that Raya and the Last Dragon was a movie I wish I had growing up. It meant so much to me, especially because it’s inspired by the cultures in Southeast Asia, where my family is from. Honoring this part of the world is something I rarely get to do in my work. I wanted to reflect that in a lot of my fashion choices for the press tour, so for the film’s virtual premiere, I texted Thai Nguyen, who designed my first premiere dress for The Last Jedi. (He also designed for Paris by Night, this big Vietnamese performance show my parents are obsessed with.) I asked him, “What do you think about me wearing an áo dài?”


Another ‘Game of Thrones’ Spin-Off Is Coming
Games of Thrones is the best TV show ever (pending if we’re pretending the last season never happened). Okay, maybe not the best, but it’s so good that multiple spin-offs are in the works. No, I’m not talking about House of the Dragon, though you should be hyped up for that too. I’m talking about Tales of Dunk and Egg.
While we all loved GoT for its interconnected storylines, something we’re sure to see with the upcoming spin-offs, there’s something more exciting about seeing the world of Westeros with a focus on just one main character or two. The Tales of Dunk and Egg should deliver just that.


You Can Thank Stacey Plaskett’s College Friends For Her Viral Blue Impeachment Dress
I don’t usually wear things that are that form-fitting, but my friends and I had a long discussion about retaining femininity, that I’m 54 years old, and I don’t know how much longer I’m going to have this body, so I might as well flaunt it before it falls apart. They gave me confidence to go ahead and wear a dress like that. I also thought it was a way of subtly thumbing my nose at the dress code because women have been told they can’t wear sleeveless dresses.


A New Vanguard Is Reshaping the Art World
How curators, gallerists, and directors are reconfiguring museums and galleries in a more equitable, inclusive way.

The art world, traditionally a bastion of high-cultural power, has had its curtain lifted, revealing the stitches and the seams that have been holding it all together. “It brought to the fore how much the social landscape informs or extends discourse in the art world and that such events aren’t happening only in a political or activist bubble, but are part of the complex American story,” says Nicola Vassell, a veteran of New York’s influential early 2000s Deitch Projects gallery, where Wiley launched his career. Vassell opened her own eponymous space in the city’s high-wattage gallery district in Chelsea this past May with a show by photographer Ming Smith. “We are at a unique crossroads of reimagining the present and history as something more multifaceted than the conqueror relishing conquest.”


Meghan Markle just beat the Queen to win the title of “world’s most influential royal”
In Royal news today, new research has revealed that the most influential Royal is, in fact, not the Queen. A study by Design Bundles – an online design site – saw Meghan Markle in first place ahead of Her Majesty. The research took into account their digital presence, including Instagram hashtags, Google search, and more.
The Queen has come in second, and Meghan has bagged the title of “the world’s most influential royal”, despite stepping down as an official Royal family member last year.


Alec Baldwin on Who’s to Blame in ‘Rust’ Shooting: ‘I Know It’s Not Me’
Alec Baldwin gave a detailed interview on the “Rust” shooting on ABC Thursday night, answering questions about why he pointed a gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and saying he had not heard any safety concerns on set beforehand.
Baldwin told interviewer George Stephanopoulos that he has nothing to hide and does not feel guilt about the incident.
“Someone is responsible for what happened,” he said. “And I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”


Netflix Making Movie About Grandma Who Accidentally Invited a Stranger to Thanksgiving Dinner
Six years ago, a grandma in Arizona mistakenly invited a stranger to her Thanksgiving dinner. What started as an accidental text message — a humorous exchange that quickly went viral on social media — has turned into an unlikely friendship and a heartwarming holiday tradition. Now, Netflix is turning the feel-good story into a feature film.
“The Thanksgiving Text” will recount the true tale that began in 2016, when Wanda Dench thought she was texting her grandson to check if he would be coming over for Turkey Day. Apparently, she had the wrong cell phone number. She actually texted Jamal Hinton, a high school senior at the time, who accepted her invitation anyway — and has attended her feast every year since.


Mariah Carey Takes Vogue Through Her Christmas Rituals
Every November, the memes about Mariah Carey slowly defrosting and preparing to take over the airwaves start popping up again. They’re not wrong. You can hardly step into a mall or grocery store without hearing one of Carey’s festive songs. The Queen of Christmas plays into this spirit. This year, she smashed October’s Halloween pumpkins and boldly declared, “It’s time.”
Now that we’ve entered December, it’s indeed Carey’s prime time to shine. The singer is returning to Apple TV+ with her second Christmas special, titled Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues. It’s the much-anticipated follow-up to her 2020 Christmas special, Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special, which featured special guests Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, and Snoop Dogg. This time around, Carey enlisted her friends Khalid and Kirk Franklin to star in her special with her – and perform a new Christmas song with them. A new special also means a new wardrobe, and you can be assured that Carey’s involves lots of sparkle.


‘Sex and the City’ Boss on His HBO Max Revival: “This Isn’t What Was; It’s What’s Next”
Michael Patrick King opens up about Kim Cattrall’s absence, Willie Garson’s death and what he wanted to say with his Carrie Bradshaw update, ‘And Just Like That.’

“We did everything we could to make it be worth a trip back,” says Michael Patrick King — who is Zooming in from New York, where he has been consumed by his Sex and the City revival, And Just Like That, for the better part of a year. It was he, with buy-in from star Sarah Jessica Parker, who had initiated the follow-up, which rolls out as a 10-episode series on HBO Max on Dec. 9.


A massive snowstorm in Denmark stranded 30 people at an Ikea — so they had an impromptu sleepover
In northern Denmark, an Ikea showroom turned into a vast bedroom. Six customers and about two dozen employees were stranded by a snowstorm and spent the night in the store, sleeping in the beds that are usually on show.
Up to 12 inches of snow fell, trapping the customers and employees when the department store in Aalborg closed on Wednesday evening.
“We slept in the furniture exhibitions and our showroom on the first floor, where we have beds, mattresses, and sofa beds,” store manager Peter Elmose told the Ekstra Bladet tabloid. People could “pick the exact bed they always have wanted to try.”


The 70 Best Christmas Songs of All Time
Get your holly jolly on with the ultimate holiday playlist.

There are two types of people in the world: Those who listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving … and Grinches. Fine, that’s not exactly true, but there’s just something magical about Christmas songs — the nostalgia, the traditions, the feeling that can only be described as jolly — that just set the mood. So, even if you’re the type to wait until after Turkey day, if you’re decorating the house, trimming the tree, wrapping gifts or just in the mood to relax and want to listen to some of your holiday favorites, we’ve created a playlist of the best Christmas songs of all time.
The list, which ranges from 1942 to today, has a little bit of everything. There are the old, classic favorites you look forward to hearing every year. There are the under-the-radar, modern Christmas songs that should be classics, but haven’t been around long enough yet to reach that status. There are country Christmas songs that add a bit of twang to the holiday. And, of course, there’s Mariah, because no playlist would be complete without her. Throw these all on your playlist, and you’ll put modern Christmas radio stations to shame.


‘Peter Lindbergh: Untold Stories’ opens in A Coruña, Spain
The port city in the Galicia region of Spain plays host to ‘Peter Lindbergh: Untold Stories’, an exhibition spanning four decades of work, curated by the photographer himself before his death in 2019

In 2018, a year before Lindbergh passed away, the renowned photographer visited A Coruña, the port city in Galicia, northwest Spain, and was struck by its landscape. ‘The connection between the harbour city and his aesthetics resonated immediately. Galicia’s gloomy weather, the tumultuous tide waves intertwined with the omnipresent industrial background seemed like a perfect counterpart to the Ruhr region, where my father grew up,’ explains Lindbergh’s son Benjamin.


The escalating costs of being single in America
Why is life in this country so hostile to single people?

Think about your household’s monthly expenses. There are the big-ticket items — your rent or mortgage, your health care, maybe a student loan. Then there’s the smaller stuff: the utility bills; the internet and phone bills; Netflix, Hulu, and all your other streaming subscriptions. If you drive a car, there’s gas and insurance. If you take the subway, there’s a public transit pass. You pay for food, and household items like toilet paper and garbage bags and lightbulbs. You buy furniture and sheets and dishes. Now imagine paying for all those things completely on your own.


Why the pope dresses like that
The hidden meaning behind Pope Francis’s clothes.

The pope is one of the most recognizable figures in the world, in large part because of the clothes he wears: all-white robes, ornate ponchos, various hats. But not all popes dress alike; there is a certain amount of personal choice involved. In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI was named “Accessorizer of the Year” by Esquire magazine for his signature red leather loafers. And Pope John Paul II wore a dark burgundy pair.
There are even different articles of clothing that correspond to different events and seasons of year. During times of penance, like Advent or Lent, the pope might wear a purple robe. For ordinary times, he might opt for green. And during major celebrations like Easter or Christmas, popes often wear white and gold to symbolize purity and joy.


The Best Christmas Light Displays in Every State
Whether you live in Texas, Oregon, or North Pole, Alaska, it just wouldn’t be Christmastime without twinkling lights. Bulbs blinking red and green or classic white have become a part of our identity, a symbol of prosperity, holiday cheer, and end-of-the-year celebration.
Christmas lights actually have a history that dates all the way back to the pagan rituals of northern Europe. The custom of the Yule Log, a bonfire of sorts, was first recorded in the 12th century, and is thought to have served as a representation of hope that the sun would once again shine brightly, ending the darkness of December. The winter light traditions have come a long way since the 12th century, from early Yule Logs to candles on the German Christmas tree — perhaps the most flammable Christmas light iteration — to the LED displays we have today.
While travelers fly halfway around the world to see the European Christmas lights illuminating holiday markets, we have some exquisite displays right here in the U.S. Whether you prefer a sophisticated tea light-lined spectacle or a drive-through LED extravaganza, here are the best Christmas lights in every state.


Tiara of the Month: The world’s newest status symbol – the Graff Infinity Tiara
It may be worth a trip to Tokyo to see the unveiling of this spectacular tiara, which is being displayed for the first time in real life at the opening of a new Graff store in the district of Ginza. The Graff Infinity tiara boasts a central heart-shaped diamond which is a whopping 157.8 carats of near perfect quality. It was cut from a rough stone widely believed to have been part of the legendary 1,109 carat Botswanan Lesedi La Rona diamond, purchased by the House of Graff in 2017 for $53 million. Named after a nationwide competition was held by the chairman of the mine, Lesedi La Rona means ‘our light’ in Tswana. Close to the time of mining the 373 carat rough diamond was found close by and when placed side by side they fitted together perfectly – as if once being part of the same stone, and in diamond terms, they are rather special.


24 Days of Cookies
These recipes from New York Times Cooking are sure to make your holidays bright.

What’s more comforting than a cookie? It’s been a long couple of uncertain years, and a homemade cookie (or 24!) is a surefire win. Whether you’ve been feeling hope and happiness, or a white-noise melancholy, you’ll find that these treats from New York Times Cooking recipe creators meet any mood and craving, and they all have one thing in common: They deliver joy. Flip one card at a time to get the recipes, or reveal them all. Once you get baking, you’ll be rewarded with a kitchen that smells like the holidays — and so many good things to share and eat.






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