T LOunge for January 3rd, 2022

Posted on January 03, 2022

Malaterra Neapolitan Pizzeria – Via della Mercede, Rome, Italy


It’s the first Monday of a New Year and in honor of that, today’s LOunge represents a little bit of tough love on our parts. We figured we could have eased you into the moment with something soft and soothing, but instead we’re serving you light, color, and a little bit of loudness just to shock your system into accepting the inevitable. Or maybe we just needed a visual pick-me-up. Either way, we figure today’s LOunge is a great way to kick things off. Grab a table and start creating some din, darlings.


Swarovski Crystal Exhibit Highlights Gloves Worn by Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson
Conceived by fashion designer Michael Schmidt, ‘The Art of Performance’ exhibition also includes dazzling fashions seen on Nicole Kidman, Cher, Selena Gomez and Marilyn Monroe.

“It’s literally like living in a disco ball here,” says fashion designer Michael Schmidt during a video call from the new exhibit that he’s put together spotlighting iconic fashion items worn by mega-stars and all featuring Swarovski crystals. Taking sparkling and dazzling to new heights, the exhibition of embellished costumes opened in November at Swarovski’s Kristallwelten — that’s Crystal Worlds in English — a park and museum, opened in 1995, that’s located near the jewelry company’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria.
Most items in the exhibit, titled The Art of Performance, are original pieces, including one of Michael Jackson’s famed gloves. “To me this is the greatest piece of pop memorabilia in history so I’m thrilled to have this here. This is an original. It’s on loan from Michael Bush, who was Michael Jackson’s designer. He made all of Michael Jackson’s clothes for the second half of his life,” says Schmidt.


At 53, Christy Turlington Only Gets More Beautiful
From her high cheekbones to that unmistakable wide smile, it’s easy to see why Christy Turlington (and her fellow super, Linda Evangelista) could refuse to get out of bed for less than $10,000. In her decades spent owning the catwalks, we have seen Turlington transform into all manner of different characters, from sultry bombshell to free-spirited beach babe. Nowadays, Turlington is much more the latter, with a keen interest in wellbeing – she loves yoga, running and meditation – and at 53, continues to look as radiant and healthy as she ever did. On her birthday, Vogue takes a look at some of her best beauty moments, from theatrical runway make-up to off-duty model looks.


From The Archive: Nigella Lawson’s New Year’s Cleanse
In the ’90s, shortly before the publication of her seminal How to Eat, Nigella Lawson wrote a food column for Vogue. Post-Christmas, revisit one of her earliest pieces for the magazine, when she wrote about “tightening her belt for the new year” with “recipes that are low in fat and high in taste” for the January 1996 issue.

Eating and drinking too much over Christmas is inevitable. Don’t even think of fighting it. There is, after all, nothing much else to do. But now, with the new year upon us, is the time to tighten your belt. Decadent though it seems, I always find the idea of gastronomic restraint peculiarly attractive after periods of massive gluttony and overindulgence. It’s not that I want to do penance, but boredom-induced overeating is as burdensome as it is bloating. It’s almost a relief to give it up.


Do you need a Power Hour?
Writer and podcaster Adrienne Herbert on the ultimate New Year mentality…

How do you spend the first hour of your day? Wailing at your alarm clock? Hitting snooze for the tenth time? Mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, or your inbox? What if you could reclaim that time and make it worthwhile? This is the revolutionary concept from Adrienne Herbert, a wellness professional and inspirational speaker, whose Power Hour ideology has spawned a hugely successful podcast and book. The premise is simple: take an hour each day, normally the first, and set it aside for you.


The Hypnotic, Subversive Cinematography of The Lost Daughter
Maggie Gyllenhaal and D.P. Hélène Louvart discuss a series of vivid, complex images from their Netflix drama.

The mind of Leda Caruso is a complicated place, brought to always vivid, sometimes erotic, occasionally terrifying life by writer-director Maggie Gyllenhaal and her director of photography, Hélène Louvart.
Marking Gyllenhaal’s feature directorial debut, The Lost Daughter is adapted from the novel by Elena Ferrante, and follows a literature scholar on vacation in Greece as she encounters a rambunctious—and, maybe, dangerous—family, whose various incidents and dramas take her back to her own struggles in motherhood. If relatively light on plot, the drama makes for an ingeniously claustrophobic experience, forcing the audience into Leda’s inner-life as she reckons with her choices and still-unresolved feelings about being a parent, daughter, and human being in the world. (Olivia Colman plays Leda in the present, with Jessie Buckley starring as her younger counterpart via flashbacks.)


An Expert’s Guide To Going Vegan This January
So you want to go vegan, but don’t know where to start. You have a thousand questions (and doubts) and are unsure if it’s the right lifestyle for you – or if you can feasibly sustain it. It would be easy to think with the plethora of plant-based products now on the market that veganism has been fully immersed into the mainstream, but that’s not to say there aren’t still a few awkward hurdles to surmount.


Watch Betty White’s Funniest Moments, From ‘Golden Girls’ to Feuding With Ryan Reynolds
Betty White, who died on Friday at 99, was simultaneously a graceful and daring comedian, able to jump into any situation and be the funniest person in the room. Variety has gathered some of White’s best viral bits and moments.


‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Deaths in 2021 Reflect Passage of Time for Network TV
The WJM-TV newsroom is in mourning.
Betty White’s death on Dec. 31 marked the sixth major figure from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” to pass in 2021. Actors Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod, Ed Asner , series co-creator Allan Burns and director Jay Sandrich also died during the year that just ended.
The coincidental timing of the losses of these legends underscores the passage of time for the network television business. “Mary Tyler Moore,” “All in the Family,” “MASH” and other early 1970s shows ushered in the era of big ensemble comedy hits destined to endure as classics of the form. TV historian Tim Brooks has dubbed this period the “relevance era,” representing a backlash to the fantasy escapism of 1960s comedy hits such as “Bewitched” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”


Ryan Reynolds, Ellen DeGeneres, Henry Winkler and More Remember Betty White: “She Lived the Best Life Ever”
“The world looks different now,” Reynolds, who co-starred with White in ‘The Proposal,’ shared about the icon after she died Friday at 99.

Hollywood, along with the world at large, is mourning the loss of Betty White, the legendary performer and comedian who delighted generations of fans.
White, known for memorable performances on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland, in addition to witty stand-up comedy routines and charming talk show appearances, died early Friday at the age of 99, her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas told The Hollywood Reporter.
“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” Witjas shared with People magazine in a statement. “I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”


The Case Against the Trauma Plot
Fiction writers love it. Filmmakers can’t resist it. But does this trope deepen characters, or flatten them into a set of symptoms?

How to account for trauma’s creep? Take your corners. Modern life is inherently traumatic. No, we’re just better at spotting it, having become more attentive to human suffering in all its gradations. Unless we’re worse at it—more prone to perceive everything as injury. In a world infatuated with victimhood, has trauma emerged as a passport to status—our red badge of courage? The question itself might offend: perhaps it’s grotesque to argue about the symbolic value attributed to suffering when so little restitution or remedy is available. So many laborious debates, all set aside when it’s time to be entertained. We settle in for more episodes of Marvel superheroes brooding brawnily over daddy issues, more sagas of enigmatic, obscurely injured literary heroines.


The Afrofuturist Beauty Renaissance Is Happening Now
The decades-old aesthetic that imagines the cultural and technological wealth of a Black future is thriving yet again.

Wielding pieces of wire and bundles of kinky hair, hairstylist and makeup artist Fesa Nu meticulously braids a last-minute creation she dreamed up on the set of Chole Bailey’s Flaunt cover shoot. After weaving at least five plaits over pieces of wire, Nu fixes them to look as if they are floating mid-air. They are tied just far enough from the ends to bloom into cloud-like puffs, piercing the fire-colored sky behind her.
You’d be right to call it a work of art — one part of a canon that is ever-changing and expanding. Afrofuturism: the word itself sounds like it belongs in the title of a comic book or vintage film. But it’s more like a movement, ideology, and at times, an aesthetic. It’s a form of Black cultural expression that ties together the past, present, and future. The term was first coined by the author Mark Dery in his 1993 essay, “Black to the Future.” The work explores speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, and the like) through interviews with Black creatives Samuel R. Delaney, Greg Tate, and Tricia Rose.


22 things we think will happen in 2022
Forecasting what’s shaping up to be another bumpy year.

Predicting future events is hard, but it’s among the most important tasks a journalist can perform. Especially if you work at a section called Future Perfect.
Our mission is to explain the world around us to our readers, and it’s impossible to do that without anticipating what comes next. Will inflation continue to rise in the US and Europe, or level off? Will the Supreme Court allow states to ban abortion, eliminating legal access in red states? Will Brazil’s 212 million people be led by a left-wing populist, or a far-right anti-vaxxer?
All of these questions matter, and preparing ourselves for potential outcomes — and having a good sense of how likely specific outcomes are — is a major part of explaining the world accurately. And if policymakers could rely on accurate predictions about the outcome of a foreign war or the advisability of a budget proposal, they could make much better policy decisions.


Doris Lee, Unjustly Forgotten, Gets a Belated but Full Blown Tribute
Shining a spotlight on a painter and illustrator at the nexus of folk art and Modernism. She appeared everywhere, from W.P.A. murals to Life magazine. Then she disappeared.

An accomplished Depression-era figurative painter and tremendously successful commercial artist through the 1940s and ’50s, Lee learned at a young age that to stay in the game she had to at least pretend to play by the rules. Her farm scenes and family gatherings might summon a Rockwellian sentimentality or the wholesomeness of Grandma Moses (with whom she’s sometimes compared), but beneath the surface of her Americana is a simmering feminism.


10 Insightful Tips From People Who Prove It’s Never Too Late
Let their stories be your inspiration as you set resolutions for 2022.

The arrival of a new year presents a moment to set goals and reconsider what’s possible. As the people we featured in the Times series It’s Never Too Late prove, there is no one way — and no deadline — when it comes to pursuing your dreams. We gathered some of their best words of wisdom. Let their lived experience and encouraging tips (Dream big! Don’t let fear stand in your way! Do something new!) provide you with a dash of inspiration as you set your 2022 resolutions.


Peiming Song translates Chinese food culture into jewellery
Our Next Generation 2022 showcase shines a light on 22 outstanding graduates from around the globe, in seven creative fields. Here, we profile jewellery design graduate Peiming Song, from Central Saint Martins, UK

Peiming Song translates both the traditions and the sensory experience of Chinese food culture into jewellery. Her ‘Sugar Melon’ collection pays homage to the patterns within the cooking process, drawing textured silhouettes in porcelain and gold-plated silver. Forming fluted curls and sculptural forms, her pieces consider both traditional artefacts and contemporary design.


Must-see Pieces of Public Art Around the World
Visit these 11 cities for beautiful, fun, and thought-provoking public art, from murals to sculpture.

Cities around the world are adorned with public art, from traditional statues and abstract sculpture to murals and street art. You’ll see it on buildings and walls, in parks, and in open spaces. Tours in both large and small cities focus on experiencing public art with self-guided walks and private excursions, and for many visitors, public art is the reason for selecting a destination.
Street art has become widespread around the world, encouraged with festivals and in many places, promoted by local governments. Part of the dynamic of street art is its evolving nature, and many travelers return to their favorite cities to find new murals, either added to or painted over existing work. Current events, social commentary, and political issues keep street art fresh and relevant.


These Are the Best Things to Do in NYC for Free
Here are 20 of the best free things to do in New York City.

There’s no shortage of cool things to do in New York City, from visiting historic sites to trying some of the best food in the world to filling your camera with amazing photos of the city’s magnificent skyline.
Unfortunately, a lot of the best things to do in the Big Apple also happen to cost a big chunk of change. Heading to the top of the Empire State Building, for example, will produce amazing views of the city, but it will also cost a pretty penny. Meanwhile, a visit to Times Square to enjoy a Broadway show may be on most visitors’ lists, but tickets for the most popular plays aren’t exactly cheap.
Don’t fear, as there are plenty of things to do in New York City that don’t cost a dime, but still take advantage of its history and culture. These are the best free things to do in NYC.





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