T LOunge for December 8th, 2021

Posted on December 08, 2021

Zambri Bar and Restaurant – Kifisia, Athens, Greece


Today’s LOunge looks like the perfect place for sparkling conversation. Granted, it’s WEDNESDAY and most of us are probably not up to the task of being witty and dazzling at the moment, but all you need to do is take a seat and let other people worry about being the floor show if they want to. Peruse our menu of curated distractions and stare off into the distance for long stretches of time, letting your thoughts flit from this to that as it suits your mood.


Halle Berry Burned Her Razzie Award for Worst Actress
The Razzies, short for the Golden Raspberry Awards, are an annual parody awards show commemorating the worst cinematic projects and performances of the year. In 2005, Berry was awarded a Razzie for Worst Actress for her performance in 2004’s Catwoman—though the actress remained characteristically unfazed. Not only was she in attendance at the awards show that year, but she also took the opportunity to make light of the situation by later burning the award.


26-Year-Old Gallerist Destinee Ross-Sutton Brings a Fresh Fashion Perspective to the Art World
Among the glitz and glamour of Miami’s splashy Art Basel fair, there was a new art showcase that stood out from the rest. At the Bhojwani Tower, Destinee Ross-Sutton—the 26-year-old owner and curator of the Ross-Sutton Gallery in New York—debuted a new show that merged fashion, culture, and art into one striking space.
For the show, titled “Black Excellence/Black Elegance,” Ross-Sutton asked 11 Black artists from around the world, including Khari Turner and Nedia Were, to create images that convey what fashion and chicness means to them.


Nazanin Boniadi Created a Dress That Symbolizes Freedom for Iranian Women
Nazanin Boniadi has long been driven by a desire to help others. She’s equally known for her acting credits—she’s appeared in How I Met Your Mother and Homeland and stars in the upcoming Amazon Lord of the Rings series—as she is for her activism. Boniadi is a U.K. ambassador for Amnesty International, a member of the think tank Council on Foreign Relations, and a former volunteer at the northern France refugee camp Care4Calais. Now, she’s turning her attention to the fashion world with a new collaboration with a fellow Iranian American, designer Amir Taghi, on a dress and a shirt with a powerful message.


“I Will Never Get My Head Around How Ghislaine Could Have Betrayed Our Womanhood”
In her new memoir, Silenced No More, Jeffrey Epstein survivor Sarah Ransome details the abuse she endured at the hands of the late sex trafficker and his closest confidante.

Ransome is releasing her memoir, Silenced No More: Surviving My Journey to Hell and Back, which not only details the depravity she suffered at the hands of the co-conspirators but reveals the lifelong exploitation that led her to their doorstep. Raised by her mother, who struggled with alcohol addiction, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ransome was first raped at age 11 by one of her mother’s lovers and again at 14 by a teenager from a wealthy family. She eventually developed her own codependency on alcohol and endured numerous abusive relationships, all while navigating financial struggles. So when she was approached by a young woman in a club who told her a billionaire philanthropist friend would be glad to help her apply to and pay for her dream school, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Ransome saw it as her ticket to a new life.


Barefoot and Oreo Made a Wine to Pair with Oreo Thins
The cookie-inspired bottles will be sold exclusively on Barefoot’s website starting Thursday.

“Everyone knows that red wine pairs well with chocolate, but Oreo Thins and America’s most loved wine, Barefoot Wine, are collaborating to take this classic combination to a whole new delicious level,” Sydney Kranzmann, brand manager for Oreo Thins *Oreo’s slimmer cookie cousins ) stated. “Oreo Thins cookies have always been the perfect Oreo cookie for adults — so we are excited to showcase a new grown-up pairing.”


How It Felt To Turn Up To A Party In The Same Dress As Princess Diana
Turning up to an event in the same dress as someone else is a fashion faux pas we’d all prefer to avoid. But what happens when you arrive at a party, only to find out that you’ve accidentally chosen the same dress as Princess Diana?
That’s exactly what happened to Natasha Fairweather, when she was invited to a party at Windsor Castle in 1985 to celebrate the 21st birthdays of Prince Edward and his cousins Lady Helen Windsor, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones and James Ogilvy.


The Story Behind Audrey Hepburn’s Other Givenchy Dress
“It is a dress of dreams – Hollywood dreams, to be exact,” writes Kerry Taylor Auctions of the rare lot in the house’s fashion sale today. The Givenchy haute couture white point d’esprit ballgown is an exquisite exemplar of Golden Age fashion, and the iconic style of its wearer. Measuring just 20.5 inches at the waist, and cinched with the sweetest baby-blue satin bow, the sequin-dotted dress of course belongs to Audrey Hepburn.


This Is the Most Expensive Bottle of Champagne Christie’s Auction House Has Ever Sold
The 1874 Perrier-Jouët also set a record back in 1888.

The bottle itself wasn’t the only thing included in the price tag. The winning bidder will also be receiving a VIP Maison Perrier-Jouët Experience which includes “a night at Maison Belle Epoque for up to 10 people, a guided tour of the house and the cellars, a tasting of the full range of current Perrier-Jouët cuvées and the 1874 vintage with Cellar Master Séverine Frerson, and a gastronomic meal prepared by three Michelin starred chef Pierre Gagnaire with champagne pairings from the Oenothèque Perrier-Jouët.”


The Beautiful Brilliance of Hedy Lamarr
Lamarr was a gifted inventor as well as a screen siren—though you wouldn’t know it from Ecstasy and Me, the torrid “autobiography” that ruined her life.

I’ve never been satisfied. I’ve no sooner done one thing than I am seething inside me to do another thing,” Golden Age screen siren Hedy Lamarr once said.
And do things Lamarr did. The stunning star of classics including Algiers and Samson and Delilah was much more than the label she was given, “the most beautiful woman in the world.” Married six times, she was an actress, pioneering female producer, ski-resort impresario, painter, art collector, and groundbreaking inventor, whose important innovations are meticulously cataloged in Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Rhodes’s 2012 book, Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World.
However, it was another book that would alter the course of Lamarr’s life. Ecstasy and Me: My Life as a Woman, ghostwritten by Cy Rice and Leo Guild (who was also ghostwriter of the notorious Barbara Payton tell-all I Am Not Ashamed), was released in 1966 and immediately became a best seller.


The Divine Art of Uniform Dressing
Fran Lebowitz, Peter Marino, Bevy Smith, and more on why consistency is the ultimate expression of personal style.

Anyone who has ever worn a prescribed uniform—to school, for a job, to play a sport, or as part of a ceremony—knows that it has its benefits. Proponents of uniforms like to tout their effectiveness at preventing decision fatigue, clearing out space in your mind for more important considerations. They also eliminate any questions about whether what you’re wearing is appropriate for the setting or, in the case of some sports and professions, whether it’s properly functional for the activity at hand. They can be a great equalizer, or they can denote varying degrees of authority. They can also give you a tangible sense of connection to a religious or cultural tradition.


Does Kenny G Make Good Music?
The documentary “Listening to Kenny G” will have you questioning your own musical taste.

“I don’t know if I love music that much,” the saxophonist Kenny G gamely admits in “Listening to Kenny G,” a new documentary directed by Penny Lane that premièred last week on HBO. As he says it, Kenny G—born Kenneth Gorelick, in Seattle, in 1956—seems to realize that this was maybe not the most prudent thing to admit. He scrambles to course-correct: “I guess, for me, when I listen to music, I think about the musicians, and I just think about what it takes to make that music, and how much they had to practice and how good they had to be.”


‘Queer Eye Germany’: Netflix Sets First International Version Of Hit Makeover Show
Netflix has set presenters and released a teaser for Queer Eye Germany, the first international spin-off from its reality series following a group of makeover experts – the ‘Fab 5’ – who team to turn the life around of a nominated individual.
The German Fab 5 are as follows: Work/life coach Leni Bolt, fashion virtuoso Jan-Henrik Scheper-Stuke, beauty guru David Jakobs, nutrition and health expert Aljosha Muttardi and design ace Ayan Yuruk.


Why we’re so obsessed with nuns
Benedetta and Matrix are just the latest in a long line of pop culture stories about nuns. There’s a reason.

What kind of power, exactly, does a nun wield? Having taken vows to pursue a life devoted to religious service as Christ’s bride, she is revered and set apart. A convent is, from one perspective, a kind of haven. For centuries, it was a place for a woman who didn’t want to marry or had no prospects to find respect and a future (or, more darkly, for a woman to be hidden away by her family). A woman who wanted to become educated could enter a convent. Most of her daily interactions would be with other women. For some, it could look, at least from some angles, like a place to go if you simply didn’t want to deal with men anymore.


Her Majesty The Queen’s Life in Jewellery
A look at the magnificent jewellery bequeathed upon Queen Elizabeth II throughout her reign – from birthdays, inheritance, wedding presents and state gifts, Queen Elizabeth II has amassed one of the most staggering collections of royal jewellery in the world. These are some of her most significant jewellery moments…


The Queen’s devoted Mistress of the Robes has died aged 101
The Dowager Duchess of Grafton served the monarch for almost 70 years

The duchess spent much of her long life in royal service, beginning as Lady of the Bedchamber in 1953. Appointed at the very start of the monarch’s reign, before she had even had her coronation, Fortune was by the Queen’s side as the royal first began to navigate her new position as head of state. She then became Mistress of the Robes in 1967, a senior role in the Royal Household that once entailed overseeing the monarch’s wardrobe and jewellery, but today also encompasses arranging the rota of attendance for the various ladies-in-waiting, plus carrying out duties at official engagements and state ceremonies.


Millions of Followers? For Book Sales, ‘It’s Unreliable.’
Social-media fandom can help authors score book deals and bigger advances, but does it translate to how a new title will sell? Publishers are increasingly skeptical.

A book by Billie Eilish seemed like a great bet. One of the most famous pop stars in the world, Ms. Eilish has 97 million followers on Instagram and another 6 million on Twitter. If just a fraction of them bought her book, it would be a hit.
But her self-titled book has sold about 64,000 hardcover copies since it came out in May, according to NPD BookScan, which tracks most printed books sold in the United States — not necessarily a disappointing number, unless Ms. Eilish got a big advance. Which, of course, she did. The book cost her publisher well over $1 million.


Museum to fix ‘ripples’ in Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’
Rembrandt van Rijn’s iconic painting “The Night Watch” will be restretched to get rid of deformations in its top left corner, the Netherlands’ national museum announced Wednesday.
The 379.5×453.5-centimeter (149.4×178.5-inch) canvas will be removed from its wooden stretcher next month and placed on a new one to remove rippling that was caused when the world famous painting was housed in a temporary gallery while the Rijksmuseum underwent major renovations from 2003-2013.


Jewellery comes to miniature life in New York
Prounis bring a tiny world of great imagination and jewellery to New York this week

Who said bigger is better? Eschewing the established scale of billboard-sized campaigns, New York-based jeweller Jean Prounis has collaborated with miniaturist Carmen Mazarrasa, an artist who specialises in creating hyper-detailed diminutive dioramas packed with charm, to realise a unique installation at Dover Street Market New York.


These Are the Artists With the Most Expensive Paintings in the World Right Now
If you are into art as an investment, these are the big names to keep on your radar.

While art, at its core, is a way for artists to express their creativity and imagination, it’s not a secret that it can also be a very lucrative investment. Of course, that is, if you know what artists to invest in. According to a report by the UK-based price comparison website money.co.uk, Picasso is the artist whose works currently have the most value at auctions.
The Spaniard, whose art is of course displayed at museums around the world, has sold 15 of the most expensive paintings ever; Those sales total $1.24 billion. In 2015, “Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)” sold for an eye-popping $179,365,000 setting a world auction record for any work of art.


8 Best Small Towns in Scotland — From Bucolic Islands to the Rugged Highlands
Striking castles, stunning scenery, fascinating history, and much more await in these beautiful small towns in Scotland.

Celebrated for its deep, fascinating history, striking mountains, stately castles, and misty lochs — not to mention its mythological monsters — Scotland is arguably the most ruggedly beautiful of all four United Kingdom nations. Like its southern neighbor, England, it has its fair share of major cities — Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Glasgow, to name a few — but there’s also a wealth of smaller gems scattered across the glens and valleys of its incredible landscape — if you know where to look.
Whether you’re seeking the finest dram of whisky (it’s been distilled here since the 15th century and always spelled without an “e” to set it apart from the American stuff) or simply want a break from the grind in some spectacularly romantic surrounds, these are the small towns in Scotland you should add to your next U.K. itinerary. (Kilt and sporran optional).






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