T LOunge for December 6th, 2021

Posted on December 06, 2021

Paradiso Palms Cocktail Bar – Mersin, Turkey

What the hell; let’s have a Friday sort of LOunge on Monday. We don’t know about your neck of the woods, but the hills and vales outside stately T LO Manor are awash in gray, with skies the color of a pearl and not a ray of sunlight to be spotted. We’re feeling the need for a little seaside view in our pretend gathering spot today. We’ll be turning the tree lights on early just to keep the gloom at bay, but then again, isn’t that the entire point of a winter festival of lights? It took us exactly a week, but we have completed our holiday decorating and this place looks like a Christmas bomb went off. It’s very Christmas at the White House if the White House employed Lucy Van Pelt as a decorator. You can check out our fave decorations on our Instagram. Lorenzo’s been posting little glimpses every day. We’re off to write things about dresses and movies and Italian drag queens, so we must dash, but to quote (once again) Mad Men‘s most tragic character, “Enjoy the liquor and delicatessen.”


Caitríona Balfe Pays Homage to the Women Who Raised Her in Belfast
The actress recounts her experience filming the buzzy Kenneth Branagh–directed movie.

“There’s a lot of my mother in my understanding of Ma,” Balfe says with a smile. “I wanted to honor the amazing Irish women that I know and love, who love very fiercely and are quick to laugh and quick to enjoy life—but also quick to anger.”
Having left Ireland at the age of 18, Balfe says that, while traveling has become a foundational part of her career and everyday life, she understood Branagh’s sense of loss and longing for a place that has dramatically changed in his absence on a personal level. “Traveling is like a rolling stone gathers no moss in some ways. I think I can never go back to the Ireland that I grew up in, because it doesn’t exist anymore,” she explains.


Reese Witherspoon’s Kids Ava And Deacon Model New Adidas Collection For Beyoncé
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe’s children, Ava and Deacon Phillippe, made their modeling debut together after being tapped by Beyoncé for her new Adidas collection, Halls of Ivy Park. The brand released six portraits of the siblings, writing, “Welcome @AvaPhillippe and @DeaconPhillippe to the Halls Of Ivy.”
Ava, 22-years-old, is often compared to her mother and sometimes called Witherspoon’s “mini-me” because of their strong resemblance. In this photo of Ava in a houndstooth zip-up crop top and matching head band, she is definitely conjuring her mother.


Art Returns to Miami After a Two-Year Hiatus
Miami Art Week is fully in person for the first time in two years, and the Magic City—always a thriving cultural center—is bustling.

For the first time in two years, Miami Art Week is back fully in person, and the Magic City—always a thriving cultural center—is bustling. December kicks off with Art Basel. The fair, sidelined last year due to the pandemic, returns to South Florida with representation from 254 galleries from 36 countries and territories—43 of which are joining for the first time. Among them: Lagos- and Los Angeles–based Rele Gallery, which is offering a solo presentation of the young Nigerian artist Marcellina Akpojotor, whose richly textured figural works incorporate discarded pieces of Ankara fabric sourced from local fashion houses.


The Power of the Dog Cinematographer Ari Wegner on Embedding With Jane Campion and Going Toe-to-Toe With Benedict Cumberbatch
Standing in for Montana would be the remote South Island of New Zealand (“Jane’s backyard,” Wegner jokes of the Kiwi native). “It looks incredibly similar to Montana in the ’20s because that part of New Zealand hasn’t had that level of development, as opposed to Montana. We really wanted to find a place where you could look 360 degrees and not have to cheat.”
Their first task was to cast the perfect mountain. “It needed to have an emotional draw, where Phil could have this relationship with it,” Wegner says. “New Zealand is so devastatingly beautiful, but some of the mountains we saw were too postcard or too Tourism New Zealand or too Lord of the Rings—too epic. We needed something that was humble enough that we’d believe this family owns this property.”


What It’s Like to Spend the Night at Versailles
Each morning and night, hotel guests are invited to enjoy after-hours access to the palace. Walking up the Hundred Steps in Nikes, guided by a becaped hotel steward holding a lantern, it felt like I might be underdressed for one of Louis XIV’s infamous parties. But arriving inside, there were no carousels or towering cakes (a relief). We split into English and French-speaking groups for a guided tour of the king’s apartments. I’d walked through these rooms on a school trip years ago, but seeing the space devoid of crowds made it mesmerizing—a chance to gaze up at the ceiling’s Greek gods without running into anyone, and have an existential moment (or a selfie) in the Hall of Mirrors. A security guard followed us through the apartments, locking doors with a ring of giant keys after we passed through.


You Can Build Your Own Gingerbread Dive Bar This Christmas with This Kit from Miller High Life
Building a gingerbread house can be either a super-memorable part of your holiday season or a guaranteed argument with whoever casually ate half of the roof… or both. In the past couple of years, we’ve seen creative versions of the December staple, ranging from a gingerbread-free “gingerbread” house for cats, an incredible gingerbread Hogwarts castle, and a completely over-the-top $78,000 pearl-and-ruby encrusted gingerbread house that could be designed to look like your own home. This year, Miller High Life is giving gingerbread a go with its first-ever Gingerbread Dive Bar Kit.


Is Your “Meaningful” Job Ruining Your Life?
The idea of “meaningful” work is, on its own, a good thing. Everyone wants to spend their hours, days, and lives in a way that feels constructive. But issues arise when our understanding of “meaning” becomes corrupted or manipulated. And those good intentions – you know, to not waste your life – are turned against us.
To fully understand how this happens, we need to back up. Not so long ago, a job was a straightforward thing. You showed up to a place, did a service, and were recognised for your efforts with money and the security that your role would exist tomorrow. That combination of fair pay and stability was designed to elicit a sense of achievement, certainty, self-respect and community spirit.


How Diana, Princess Of Wales Became A Gen-Z Influencer Posthumously
Nearly 25 years after her death, Diana, Princess of Wales is dominating the news cycle once again thanks to a wealth of buzzy portrayals of the late royal. Kristen Stewart is tipped for an Oscar for her searing performance in Spencer, a bold and at times shocking biopic, while the internet is obsessed with a photo of Elizabeth Debicki recreating the legendary “revenge” dress in the upcoming season of The Crown. That’s before mentioning Diana: The Musical, which premiered on Netflix in October after making its debut on Broadway.
Perhaps more intriguingly, though, Diana is also finding a fanbase on social media: something that didn’t exist during her lifetime.


Tom Holland Confirms Role as Fred Astaire in Upcoming Sony Biopic
“Spider-Man” star Tom Holland is swapping his web-shooters for dancing shoes. The 25-year-old officially confirmed on Sunday that he’ll portray legendary actor, dancer and singer Fred Astaire in an upcoming biopic for Sony.
In a recent profile for GQ, Oscar-nominated producer Amy Pascal teased that she wanted Holland for the part of Astaire in the forthcoming movie, as well as another trilogy of “Spider-Man films.”
But during an interview with AP, at an event promoting the upcoming “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Holland confirmed that he’ll step into the entertainer’s dance shoes for the project, which is still in its early stages.
“The script came in a week ago,” Holland told reporters. “I haven’t read it yet; they haven’t given it to me.”


Michael B. Jordan on His Growing Empire, New Love and Seizing the Moment: “It’s My Turn”
As he toplines the romantic drama ‘A Journal for Jordan’ and prepares his directorial debut (‘Creed III’), the actor-producer discusses his “clean brand,” new willingness to share his personal life and the price of agitating for real change in Hollywood.

“My ambition has intersected at this moment where I have the experience and knowledge to direct, the opportunity within a franchise to step behind the camera and [the ability] to maximize it by having a production company,” he says. “It’s my turn to make my impact while I have the energy and strength. I’ve got to tee up the ones that come after, but at the same time hyper-focus on what needs to be done right now. It’s the moment I’ve waited for my entire life. This is it. This can dictate the next 10, 15, 20 years.”


Machine Gun Kelly on the Meditative Power of Painting Your Nails
The world of celebrity beauty brands is a crowded one. (How many blush and highlighter palettes touted by a pop ingenue could one possibly need?) So it can be hard to get genuinely excited about the launch of the moment. But when we got word that Colson Baker, a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly, was starting a nail polish line, we were all over it. The musician known for his ability to defy genre as much as his red carpet antics with girlfriend Megan Fox is a master in the art of self-expression. He, of all people, knows how to embellish and decorate his body in ways that delight (his extra-long talons at the iHeart Music Awards this year), shock (his black tongue at the Billboards) and fascinate (anything he’s ever worn on stage).


42 Romantic Christmas Movies That Will Warm Your Heart This Winter
Who needs mistletoe?

Christmas movie magic isn’t just for kids. There’s something about the mix of good cheer, warm scarves, holiday miracles and secret wishes that make the Christmas a perfect backdrop for romance. So it’s no wonder that so many of the best Christmas movies of all time are rom-coms — you just can’t beat kisses in the snow. Of course, nobody understand this better than Hallmark, and they’ve set up a full schedule of Hallmark holiday movies for your viewing pleasure. But once you’ve made your way through the best Hallmark Christmas movies, there’s still plenty of romance to go around.


Antarctica was once a rainforest. Could it be again?
The coldest continent on Earth used to be as warm as Italy. Here’s how we know.

Not far from the South Pole, more than half a mile below the ocean in a region that was once covered by ice, a layer of ancient fossils tells a surprising story about the coldest continent on Earth. Today, the South Pole records average winter temperatures of 78 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. But roughly 90 million years ago, the fossils suggest, Antarctica was as warm as Italy and covered by a green expanse of rainforest.


Long hours make bad neighbors
Americans’ excessive and unpredictable work schedules are making us lonely, self-centered, and powerless.

When you’re working constantly — or when you’re perpetually on call, never sure if or when you’ll have to go to work — you might not have the energy to volunteer with your local mutual aid group. You might not have time for political activism, even if it’s a cause you care about. You might not be able to get together with others in your workplace or your industry to advocate for better conditions because your schedules never overlap enough to organize.
“Part of being a member of a community is coordinating your time with others,” Daniel Schneider, a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, told Vox. With the rise of precarious and unpredictable work in today’s economy, many people simply can’t do that.


24 Best Things to Do in Seattle
From a thriving art scene to lots of outdoor recreation, these are the things you can’t miss when visiting Seattle.

People who say you can’t have it all probably haven’t been to Seattle. The city is like a choose-your-own-adventure book of spectacular experiences. From unparalleled views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains to world-class museums, parks, and fresh seafood, the Emerald City is a dream for all kinds of travelers. And the expansive array of outdoor activities, from kayaking to picnicking in the parks or on the beach, only add to the appeal of this eco-conscious destination. To help you plan a memorable getaway to the northwest city, here are 24 of the best things to do in Seattle, according to a local.


The First ‘Golden Girls’ Fan Convention Is Coming to Chicago in 2022
Golden Con: Thank You for Being a Fan hits the white sandy beaches of … Chicago in April of next year.

Mark your calendars for April 22-24, 2022 — the dates of the “first-of-its-kind” Golden Con: Thank You For Being a Fan convention in Chicago.
Cue the piano: And if you threw a convention… invited everyone you knew… you would see the biggest shoulder pads would be on me… and my wicker purse would say, “Thank you for being a fan!”
The event takes place in Chicago’s historically queer Northalstead neighborhood, which honestly seems like a missed opportunity. Why not Miami? As Dorothy and Rose once famously sang, “It’s got style! Blue skies, sunshine, white sand by the


Bearing Witness to Svalbard’s Fragile Splendor
To visitors, the Norwegian archipelago can seem both ethereal and eternal. But climate change all but guarantees an eventual collapse of its vulnerable ecosystem.

With a population of around 2,400 people, Longyearbyen is the archipelago’s largest settlement. It is a decidedly quirky place. Named after an American mine owner, John Munro Longyear, the town is home to a mostly dismantled coal-mining industry, a university campus, a global seed bank and a small but thriving tourism industry that’s focused almost exclusively on Svalbard’s natural beauty.
Viewed from the sea, Svalbard seemed to be the very epitome of wilderness: a vast expanse of largely untouched water, ice and islands, free from human habitation and infrastructure, aside from the occasional passing boat. This, of course, was why I was unable to tear myself away from the deck, wolfing down meals and sleeping as little as possible.





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