T LOunge for January 20th, 2022

Posted on January 20, 2022

Trigona Cocktail Bar – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 


We’re in the home stretch of the week, kittens! Let’s go somewhere glittering and fabulous to celebrate, yes? How is it the 20th of January already? What is time? Where are we? These and more questions can be asked and answered over imaginary drinks in today’s LOunge. Pull up a pouf and plant yourself for the duration. It’s called self-care.


Hilary Duff on Growing Up Alongside Her Very Famous TV Characters
The actress talks her new sitcom, How I Met Your Father; navigating her career post–Lizzie McGuire; and whether or not she’ll ever return to music.

The people who were watching Lizzie McGuire were just forming their own identities, and she was right there along with them, and I think that’s what makes her so lovable and beloved … and famous! [Laughs.] Really, really famous.
And I think that that was what was hard about it. [It] was just not being able to go anywhere without someone shouting that at me, calling me Lizzie or whatever it may be. It was like I couldn’t go anywhere, do anything, and that made me want to so deeply be just myself. And the pressure of being her was a lot at 18, when I was very much forming a different version of myself, than at 14.
And that’s where my music came into play, and I think what was so cool was that I had this big following when, maybe, the industry wouldn’t quite accept that I was a singer.


How Yellowjackets Ended Up with Some of the Best Music on TV
The show’s music supervisors on ’90s nostalgia, deep cuts, and the song they had to have for the finale.

Music is transformative. Nostalgic music can trigger memories that were long dormant, and they reappear as vividly and as fleetingly as when they occurred. When I hear the music on Showtime’s Yellowjackets—the buzzy (pun intended) show about a 1996 high school girls’ soccer team that is stranded in the woods after a plane crash—I revisit powerful moments from my childhood I didn’t even realize I remembered.
Jen Malone and Whitney Pilzer, the music supervisors for Yellowjackets (who also helped sonically curate Euphoria, Zola, Atlanta, and more), know how integral music is to telling a show’s story, establishing the characters, and setting the tone, and it helps that the ’90s are just as nostalgic for them as they are for the audience.


Outlander Season 6: Everything We Know
The latest season of the time-traveling romance finished filming in Scotland at the end of May and will premiere in early 2022 on Starz.

The sixth season of Outlander sees a continuation of Claire and Jamie’s fight to protect those they love, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in colonial America. Establishing a home in the New World is by no means an easy task, particularly in the wild backcountry of North Carolina—and perhaps most significantly—during a period of dramatic political upheaval. The Frasers strive to maintain peace and flourish within a society which—as Claire knows all too well—is unwittingly marching towards Revolution. Against this backdrop, which heralds the birth of the new American nation, Claire and Jamie have built a home together at Fraser’s Ridge. They must now defend this home—established on land granted to them by the Crown—not only from external forces, but also from the increasing strife and conflict in the community within their care. For the Frasers and their immediate family, “home” is more than simply a site in which they live, it is the place where they are laying the foundations for the rest of their lives. If Season 4 asked “What is home?” and Season 5 asked, “What are you willing to do to protect your home?” then Season 6 explores what happens when there is disharmony and division among the inhabitants of the home you’ve created: when you become an outsider, or an ‘outlander,’ so to speak, marginalized and rejected in your own home.


Cardi B Will Pay Funeral Costs for Victims of Apartment Building Fire in the Bronx
“I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy,” the rapper said in a statement.

“I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still,” the rapper told CNN in a statement. “So, when I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal. I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.”


What Is the Most Popular Hot Sauce Brand in Your State?
Instacart broke down the nearly 445,000 gallons of hot sauce it delivered over the past year.

Your favorite brand of hot sauce can say a lot about you. Do you prefer the cayenne kick of Frank’s RedHot or the jalapeno wallop of Huy Fong Sriracha? Or maybe you’re infatuated with a smaller local hot sauce brand? Independent hot sauce producers have been popping up as fast as craft breweries and coffee roasters.
As an online grocery app, Instacart receives plenty of data on what hot sauces people buy, so the company recently compiled its own “Hot Take on America’s Favorite Hot Sauces” to see if any details could be gleaned from people’s buying habits between December of 2020 and November of 2021, which added up to 444,854 gallons of sauce sold through the platform in total.


Lena Dunham on Her First Film in a Decade, Youthful Blind Spots and Hope to Reboot ‘Girls’
The polarizing auteur, back at Sundance with “sexual fable” ‘Sharp Stick,’ reveals how surviving hate, sickness and addiction led to artistic rebirth: “I’d love the next decade to be less about apologizing and just about openly making art.”

It began during the final season of Girls in 2016, when the pressures of churning out the hit series while being cudgeled daily on social media and in the press — taking hits for everything from her looks to her many well-documented PR gaffes — finally cracked her foundations. The right was calling her a child molester (based on a revelation in her 2014 memoir that at age 7 she’d examined her baby sibling’s genitals); the left was calling her a traitor (for defending Girls writer/executive producer Murray Miller, whom actress Aurora Perrineau accused of rape, which he denied — and which Dunham later walked back and apologized for). And she was falling apart.
“Those images of me at the last Girls premiere, skinny and hollow-eyed, that was 100 percent my appetite and my body just shutting down in response to that,” she says.
After Girls aired its final episode on April 16, 2017, things got worse. Having spent the majority of her 20s laser-focused on the watercooler series that made her a household name, Dunham suddenly found herself staring into a creative abyss, fearing that she may have peaked too soon.


‘Pam & Tommy’ Stars Sebastian Stan, Lily James on Justice for Pamela Anderson, Internet Infamy and That Wild Talking Penis
For the stars, producers and directors of “Pam & Tommy,” there was a sense that they were on a mission to correct that record — and in particular, perhaps find a little recompense for Anderson. “Pam & Tommy” is really three stories in one: a heist thriller retracing how the tape fell into the hands of a disgruntled construction worker; an unconventional love story about two celebrities whose relationship became more public than they ever could have imagined; and a societal critique on how the media, the justice system and the public all failed Pamela Anderson.


A New PBS Cooking Competition Is Looking for the ‘Great American Recipe’
Amateur cooks will show off their family recipes in the reality series premiering later this year.

A new eight-episode cooking competition debuting this summer is hoping to bring those personal connections to our TV screens with an added focus on the diversity of these experiences. The Great American Recipe — set to air on Fridays on PBS — will find host Alejandra Ramos and judges Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry, and Graham Elliot leading a nationwide search for what the network describes as “treasured recipes from the nation’s most talented amateur cooks” while also celebrating “the multiculturalism that makes American food unique and iconic.”


André Leon Talley: A Life in Pictures
On Tuesday, the legendary Vogue editor and creative force that was André Leon Talley died at the age of 73, his agent David Vigliano confirmed. Known for his deep knowledge of fashion history and his myriad friendships with some of the most influential figures in style and culture from the past half-century, Talley’s six-foot-six stature and flamboyant fashion sense made him one of the most recognizable faces and beloved figures in the industry, and beyond.
As we remember his extraordinary influence on the world of fashion, here, Vogue looks back at Talley’s whirlwind life—and his lifetime of audiences with the crème de la crème of style and high society.


The World’s Largest Cast Iron Skillet Took a Drive Down a Tennessee Highway
The giant frying pan will be housed in the soon-to-open Lodge Cast Iron Museum.

It’s one of America’s great road trip clichés: “Hey, pull over! It’s the World’s Largest (Fill in the Blank)!” West Virginia has the World’s Largest Teapot. Illinois has the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle. Missouri has the World’s Largest Fork. (Wikipedia even has a comprehensive list.) And if you appreciate such blatant appeals for tourism, the next time you’re driving through Tennessee there’s a new one to look out for: the World’s Largest Cast Iron Skillet.


After a serious skiing accident, the actor Gaspard Ulliel died at age 37.
With a look worthy of Alain Delon, Ulliel had charmed French cinema since the beginning of his career. He first gained acclaim for his role as Manech in A Very Long Engagement (2004), opposite Audrey Tautou; the following year, he won the César Award for most promising actor for the same role, and 12 years later, the César for best actor for his moving performance in Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World. Here, Vogue pays tribute to Ulliel and looks back at nine films that made him a darling of French cinema.


Meghan Markle Is The Victim Of A Coordinated (And Lucrative) Online Attack Campaign
A series of reports by analytics service Bot Sentinel finds a cohort of hate accounts are earning millions.

When Meghan Markle learned, in 2019, that she was one of the ‘most trolled [people] in the entire world, male or female,’ she didn’t reveal the stat on a podcast the following year so she could scrounge up pity. It seems she was trying, desperately, to communicate just how dire her situation had become. In hindsight, after the revelations of her and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey and the ensuing media frenzy, these comments seem downright prescient.
That malaise continues into the present day, as the final report in a series of three by data analytics service Bot Sentinel revealed on January 18 that Meghan was (and is) the victim of a targeted ‘hate-for-profit enterprise.’


“There Was Still Hope. It’s Important To See That”: Jamie Dornan And Caitríona Balfe Reflect On Revisiting The Troubles In The Electrifying Belfast
For both of them, the idea of “sides”, of division, did not much figure in their day-to-day. At least, they weren’t aware of it, as children often aren’t. “I always think back to stuff that became normal, that was not normal,” says Dornan. “Like trying to meet your mates on Saturday afternoons in town and there’d been a bomb scare.”
“I remember we used to go weekly shopping in the north,” adds Balfe, “and you would go through checkpoints at least once a week. We didn’t even really think about it until our cousins came up from the south and they would be terrified going through, because you’d have British soldiers with machine guns pointed at the car asking for your papers.”


11 Charming Dolly Parton Quotes on Life, Love, and Everything In Between
Dolly Parton has had something of a renaissance in recent years. There was a podcast, Dolly Parton’s America, devoted to her rise; a Netflix show, Heartstrings; a musical and a book, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics; all topped off with a festive movie, Christmas on the Square. Decades after she first stepped into the spotlight, the queen of country music (and her rhinestone-embellished attire) still inspires a love that knows no bounds.
The singer may famously sidestep politics, but her always witty, often wise words on other topics more than make up for it. With a career spanning over 50 years and a string of unforgettable songs to her name (she did “I Will Always Love You” before Whitney), Parton has managed to achieve the near-impossible: cross-generational appeal.
On her 76th birthday, Vogue takes a look back at some of Dolly’s greatest quotes to date—along with some of her best (and most bedazzled) ensembles.


Queen Elizabeth II is seeking a part-time house keeper to work 20 hours a week on minimum wage
Do you dream of a career in hospitality and think your skills are worthy of royalty? Queen Elizabeth II is seeking a part-time housekeeper to work in one of her royal palaces. Applicants to the role of part-time housekeeping assistant, will be expected to work 20 hours a week at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. They will be paid £9.50, equivalent to $12.95, the UK’s new national minimum wage.
“This is your opportunity to use your enthusiasm and interest in hospitality to deliver the exceptional,” states the job advert, which was posted on The Royal Household’s jobs board.


Is confidence a cult? These sociologists think so.
A new book aims to show why directives to “just be more confident!” are so harmful.

“To be self-confident is the imperative of our time. As gender, racial, and class inequalities deepen, women are increasingly called on to believe in themselves,” reads the first line of the text. It criticizes the individualistic, neoliberal missives from corporations to “just be more confident” — in our bodies, in our relationships, in motherhood, in the workplace, and within humanitarian efforts to support global development — and argues that, most of the time, they end up reinforcing the very beliefs they aim to deconstruct. For example: Orgad and Gill describe one “love your body” campaign that features a dozen or so women all dressed similarly against a minimalist background as “an attempt to use and strategically deploy images of minoritized groups (people of color, disabled people, Muslims, queer people) in commercial culture to ‘take diversity into account’ only to empty any particular differences of their meaning and social significance.”


Françoise Gilot: ‘It Girl’ at 100
The painter, writer and the only woman with the spunk and self-determination to leave Picasso has a few things to say about success, personal style and the nature of intimacy.

Never mind the stir she created with the 1964 publication of “Life With Picasso,” a blisteringly candid account of her 10-year relationship with the artist. (She was the only woman to have walked out on him.) Or her stature as an artist: Her works are exhibited in more than a dozen museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, their prices on the rise.
Some now hang in her home, an airy refuge with barrel-vaulted ceilings, towering bookcases and an outsize window that bathes her canvases in a cool north light. There are works on every wall and stacked along the studio’s perimeter. Two abstract oils are propped like monuments on easels near the door.





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