T LOunge for January 28th, 2022

Posted on January 28, 2022

Vitrin Cafe Creperie – Oia, Santorini, Greece

 

Just as we were putting the final touches on this post, the first flakes of the coming storm started falling outside our windows. How perfect. Forget whatever’s going on outside your windows and come spend the day on Santorini with us. It’s Friday and you’ve earned it, kitten.

 

 

Christine Baranski Has Waited a Lifetime for The Gilded Age
Her character rules over old New York with “great clothes and great lines.”

It’s hard to believe there was anything Christine Baranski hadn’t done in her life as an actor, but then The Gilded Age came along.
Over the course of her career, the Buffalo, New York, native has conquered seemingly every form of storytelling. Two Tony Awards and Broadway-icon status? Check. Roles in beloved movie musicals like Mamma Mia! and Chicago? Check. A decade-plus run as feminist lawyer Diane Lockhart, spanning two shows (The Good Wife and The Good Fight) and six Emmy nominations—not to mention her previous win for Cybill? Legendary.

 

How A Pearl Necklace Helped Amy Schneider Make Jeopardy! History
Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California, closed out Jeopardy!’s second-longest consecutive win streak (40 games) on Wednesday, with $1,382,800 in winnings—making her the quiz show’s top female earner and also the first transgender contestant to compete in Tournament of Champions (a competition among Jeopardy!’s top 15 earners from that season). Schneider’s history-making run put her in the ranks of all-time Jeopardy! great Ken Jennings, who is currently serving as guest host. It also launched Schneider headfirst into a space that, for a long time, made her uncomfortable: the spotlight. She found confidence behind the buzzer with help from a sartorial good luck charm; her “pearls of wisdom” necklace.

 

Ann Lai Filed a Lawsuit to Tell This Story
She quit her high-profile job and sounded an alarm about bad behavior in tech—and she was nearly forced from the industry. This is the story of her fight to be heard.

It’s past closing time at Hemster, a buzzy tailoring start-up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and as the sun sets outside the industrial windows, tailors and patternmakers store spools of thread and put away irons. Inside a conference room, two women, heads bent over their laptops, are still working. One is Ann Lai, a venture capitalist who’s on Hemster’s board, and the other is its founder and CEO, Allison Lee. They talk at a rat-a-tat pace, so fast it’s like they’re getting graded on a decision-per-minute metric. The best layout for the new factory? That one. How to roll out Hemster at a big retail chain store? Like this. How can we segment customers? Here’s how. It all comes down to this: how to make something as touchy-feely, as individualistic, as tailoring into a data set that can be modeled and mined to analyze what customers might spend and how to capture their loyalty. That’s Lai’s specialty, though for several years, effectively barred from working in the venture capital industry, she couldn’t get a job doing it.

 

Christian Dior’s Haute Couture Show Included 64 Looks — and It Took 1,350 Hours to Make Just 2 of Those Pieces
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating process and details.

It’s not unusual for us to quite literally gasp upon seeing haute couture designs make their way down the runway. These pieces are handcrafted, elaborate yet intricate at the same time, and we can only imagine how much effort went into making them. But quantifying it with numbers — 850 hours, for instance — really puts things into perspective. That’s actually how long it took for a team of eight people to make just one — one! — tulle dress from Christian Dior’s Spring 2022 haute couture collection, which, yes, included 64 looks in total.

 

Jenna Ortega, Future Icon
The actress opens up about filming school-shooting drama The Fallout, tackling Wednesday Addams for Tim Burton, and giving herself permission to let the tears flow.

In The Fallout, Ortega plays Vada, a student traumatized by a shooting at her high school. Rather than focusing on the shooter, the film explores what happens to Vada’s mental health and relationships after bearing witness to a horrifying act of gun violence, and the ripple effect of such terrorism. “One guy with a gun can fuck up so many lives in six minutes,” Vada says toward the end of the film. The line captures The Fallout’s thesis succinctly while showcasing a performance defined by ease, no doubt a main reason writer and director Megan Park (an actress herself) was so eager to cast her.

 

Have an Easy House Drink Ready for Guests
Having simple signature drink makes dinner parties a breeze, but also means you are always prepared for when guests unexpectedly drop by.

One of the best hosting tricks I’ve learned as an adult is always having a house drink at the ready when friends come over—ideally something extremely simple, easy to keep on hand, and that’s a sure crowd-pleaser. The house drink can be boozy or alcohol-free, but at its core it must be unfussy. My go-to is a cocktail so simple that I’m not sure that I can even properly call it a cocktail. It’s a drink I picked up from the team at Saint-Germain in New Orleans: a gentle pour of Dolin Blanc, over a good ice cube, with a twist — ideally in a Nick and Nora glass, but honestly any thin-rimmed cup will do. It’s refreshing, and only three ingredients if you count the ice cube.

 

Kristen Stewart and Nicole Kidman on Nailing Accents, Embracing Failure and Shattering Hollywood Standards
Nicole Kidman and Kristen Stewart both delve into iconography — and play with their own images — on screen. In “Being the Ricardos,” Kidman takes on Lucille Ball, portraying her both in character as TV’s Lucy Ricardo and as a creative force on the set of “I Love Lucy.” It’s a role whose resilience and grit calls to mind Kidman herself, at the top of her game decades into her career. And in “Spencer,” Stewart plays Princess Diana over a turbulent three days spent with the British royal family. Her work leverages Stewart’s glamour and her toughness, while showing us sides of the actor we hadn’t seen before.

 

Kirsten Dunst Knows The Power of the Dog Is Her “Lightning in a Bottle” Moment
On this week’s Little Gold Men podcast, Dunst talks about her career trajectory—from collaborating with Sofia Coppola to crafting her latest role alongside Jane Campion.

When Kirsten Dunst took on the role of unraveling Rose in The Power of the Dog, she was no stranger to how gender can inform a narrative. Throughout her time in Hollywood, Dunst has shifted between both female- and male-led sets, she tells David Canfield on this week’s episode of the Little Gold Men podcast. “It was nice to go from bro-ville Spiderman to a very intimate [environment], playing a queen in Versailles with Sofia [Coppola, Marie Antoinette director],” she says. “It was a great balance. I remember doing Interview With the Vampire with the biggest male actors, then going to [1994’s] Little Women, which [had] the biggest female actors with a female director.”

 

‘Emily in Paris’ Renewed For Seasons 3 and 4 at Netflix
“Emily in Paris,” Darren Star’s Emmy-nominated romantic comedy series, has been renewed by Netflix for a third and fourth season.
Season 2 was released on Dec. 22, debuting in the Global Netflix Top 10 and topping the list across 94 countries with 107.6 million hours viewed from Dec. 22 to Dec. 26. Season 1 also made the Global Top 10, re-emerging on the list across 53 countries.
“Emily in Paris” follows Emily (Lily Collins), an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, who unexpectedly lands a job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company. She is tasked with revamping their social media strategy, and embarks on a new life in Paris filled with adventures and challenges, as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances. Season 2 sees Emily travel from Paris to the French Riviera, including Saint-Tropez.

 

Diamonds Are A Dude’s Best Friend?
That’s the message at Boucheron, the consistent rule-breaker in the well-behaved world of high jewellery.

Who do you picture when you imagine a man decked out in the finest jewellery that Paris’s Place Vendôme has to offer? Perhaps the actor Timothée Chalamet, who has made a habit of tricking out his eclectic red-carpet ensembles with antique Cartier brooches. Maybe it’s the basketball player Russell Westbrook, who draped a sapphire necklace over his trad tuxedo at the Met Gala in September with the insouciance of a workplace lanyard.

 

How the Cartier Tank Watch Became a Forever Classic
The now iconic timepiece has surprisingly modernist origins.

An enduring token of luxury and refinement, the Tank has been part of the canon of Very Important Objects since it was created in 1917—the ultimate dress watch for connoisseurs and aesthetes of all stripes. According to Cartier lore, it was inspired by the aerial view of a World War I combat vehicle; the lightweight case resembled a moving turret, and the flanks represented wide treads on either side of the hull. The Tank’s design was unabashedly modern: Punctuated with blued-steel hands, Belle Époque Roman numerals, and a sapphire cabochon on the crown, its rectangular face was a radical break from the traditional round shapes of the time. In the ensuing decades, the watch became an emblem for an enviable list of movers and shakers, from Cary Grant to Muhammad Ali to Princess Diana. More recently, rapper Tyler, the Creator went from wearing an $11 Casio to amassing a serious Cartier collection as part of his glow-up; and in 2017, Kim Kardashian reportedly paid $379,500 at auction for a vintage version once owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

 

Marvel Star Evangeline Lilly Protests Vax Mandates: “This Is Not Healthy”
The ‘Ant-Man’ star attended a rally and sounded off on COVID vaccine mandates: “Nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything.”

The 43-year-old star posted on Instagram that she attended a rally in Washington, D.C., this weekend to support “bodily sovereignty” — i.e., protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. It was apparently the same Sunday rally where speaker and devout anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. made headlines by comparing vaccine mandates to the Holocaust.
“This is not the way,” Lilly wrote Thursday. “This is not safe. This is not healthy. This is not love. I understand the world is in fear, but I don’t believe that answering fear with force will fix our problems. I was pro choice before COVID and I am still pro choice today.”

 

A new theory helps explain the epic mystery of bird migration
Birds are way better than people at finding their way. Here’s one reason why.

Birds navigate in many ways, among them sight, smell, and even the stars. Perhaps most remarkably, they seem endowed with some kind of biological compass that helps them follow Earth’s magnetic field — an invisible field produced by the planet’s rotation and liquid-metal core.
The mysteries of magnetic perception in birds have intrigued scientists for decades. Now we have some fresh clues into this astonishing ability. A new study in the journal Science suggests that Eurasian reed warblers — and likely other migratory songbirds — sense a specific aspect of Earth’s magnetic field, called the angle of inclination, to know where to roost on their journey north. It functions as a kind of magnetic address or “stop sign,” the researchers write, that tells the birds when they’ve arrived.

 

The secret lives of baby teeth
Why some are trying to discover more about our bodies’ “little living archives.”

Baby tooth formation begins before birth. Cells build the tooth enamel layer by layer in a daily cycle, depositing prisms of tightly packed crystalline rods that make up the enamel. “It’s like a clock that starts ticking, and it continues throughout the formation of each individual tooth,” said Tanya Smith, a biological anthropologist at Griffith University in Australia, who studies tooth growth and structure.
As primary or baby teeth grow, they capture the conditions of their surroundings, similar to growth rings in a tree.

 

Bravo fired one Housewife over racism. What about the others?
Bravo fired Jennie Nguyen over racist social media posts, but it sure seems like bigotry is a feature, not a bug, in the network’s Real Housewives machine.

If Jennie’s past comments are grounds for firing, what about someone like Ramona Singer who was, according to tabloids, investigated by Bravo for making a racist comment about fellow cast member Eboni K. Williams? Singer was also recently on a Housewife spinoff show where she feuded with and cursed at castmate Kenya Moore and repeatedly called her “Porsha,” who is Moore’s Atlanta castmate. (Both Moore and Porsha are Black.)
What about Singer’s castmate Luann De Lesseps, who appeared on the show in a blackface costume in 2018? (De Lesseps has denied that she wore blackface.) And where was Bravo when Tiffany Moon, an Asian American cast member on The Real Housewives of Dallas, complained about overt racism against her, including by one of her castmates, Brandi Redmond, who filmed herself mocking Asian Americans in a 2017 social media post?

 

Julian Fellowes hints at a third Downton Abbey film
Set in the south of France, Downton Abbey: A New Era promises sun and extravagance, but where could the Crawleys take us next?

The acclaimed creator of Downton Abbey has let slip that we could be expecting even more from the Crawley family. According to the Mail Online, Julian Fellowes has hinted that the forthcoming film Downton Abbey: A New Era may not be the last for the cast and crew.
Elizabeth McGovern, who plays the glamorous Cora Crawley, the Countess of Grantham in the series, is currently performing at the Riverside Studios in London, as the Hollywood tycoon, Ava Gardner. However, it may not be long before she is back in evening dress, keeping a watchful eye on guests and family, at Highclere Castle.

 

Bringing a Goddess Back to Life
How a Getty conservation intern spearheaded a beloved painting’s restoration

Diana, executed by Peter Paul Rubens’s assistants according to his design, was one of J. Paul Getty’s favorite paintings—he mentioned it in diaries and in comments to the media, and chose to be photographed in front of it. He purchased the work in 1961 and hung it in his grand, stately home, Sutton Place, in England. In 1971, Getty donated the painting to the Getty Museum. But the painting was never displayed in the Museum galleries. When preparations began for the Villa exhibition Rubens: Picturing Antiquity, Diana came out of storage and into the conservation studio.
Although the painting was in stable condition, the layers of varnish, which are meant to protect the surface of the painting and saturate the colors, had degraded over time. This gave the painting a yellowish appearance and obscured its lively colors. The varnish was also so thick that it was difficult to see the texture of the brushstrokes.

 

Men’s engagement rings for modern grooms
Men’s engagement rings, whether classic or colourful, make for sentimental tokens

Men’s engagement rings are more popular than ever, with many men now keen to mark this most emotional of commitments in suitably spectacular style (and make a mark with alternative engagemment rings). Jewellers have been playing with both classic and more avant-garde options for engagement rings to treasure – whether sinking precious stones into bands, keeping to a minimalist sprinkling of diamonds or embracing jewel-like tones, every man will find something to love in our edit.

 

Here, kitty: Bidens welcome cat named Willow to White House
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have finally added the long-promised cat to their pet family.
Her name is Willow, and she’s a 2-year-old, green-eyed, gray and white farm cat from Pennsylvania.
“Willow is settling into the White House with her favorite toys, treats, and plenty of room to smell and explore,” said Michael LaRosa, the first lady’s spokesperson.

 

A Hello Kitty Theme Park and Hotel Are Opening in 2025 — What to Know
The park, which will be located in the Haitang Bay area of China, will also have a hotel and shops that all center around Hello Kitty.

A Hello Kitty-themed amusement park and resort is coming to China in 2025, welcoming visitors to immerse themselves in the world of the super cute Japanese character.
The 52-acre Sanya Hello Kitty Theme Park Resort will be built in the Haitang Bay area of China, which sits along the southern island of Hainan.
“We believe that the hotel and Sanya Hello Kitty Resort will become icons in Hainan’s tourism landscape and enable us to tap the growing demand for high-quality travel experiences in this region,” Jeffery Pun, the chief executive officer of the Keyestone Group, said in a statement.

 

This Unique Way to Explore the Grand Canyon Offers Fewer Crowds and an Unforgettable Outdoor Adventure
Go rafting in the Grand Canyon this winter for a national park adventure without the crowds.

As millions of people flock to the Grand Canyon to enjoy the expansive views and picture-worthy day hikes, it’s easy to wonder how a place so vast can feel so crowded. It’s unsurprising that one of the seven natural wonders of the world attracts visitors from all over the globe, yet few are privy to one of its most exclusive experiences: exploring the national park by raft.

 

Cooking & Cocktails: France
Flan Pâtissier

Often referred to as Parisian Flan, this French tart features a crispy golden base and a creamy, vanilla-flavored custard filling. It’s rich, buttery, sweet, and delicious! While it takes a little practice to get it right, it’s well worth the effort. Ready to learn how to make this popular French treat?

 

 

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