T LOunge for January 4th, 2022

Posted on January 04, 2022

Ladurée Restaurant and Tea Room – Lisbon, Portugal

 

EYES WIDE OPEN, KITTENS! We’re sorry if you were expecting a moodier, darker sort of vibe for today’s LOunge, but we continue to feel the need for a little shot of caffeine in our ambience this week. You are not to consider the choice of today’s LOunge as some sort of directive for participating. No one is expected to be productive or pressured to be sparkling round these parts. We just figured everyone could use the maximum amount of light and color in their day. It’s January, after all. And worse: the first work week of the year. Bathe in the light, darlings. Gossip about whoever’s annoying you today. Share your dinner plans. Avoid being responsible. Order another round.

 

Janet Jackson Documentary Shares New Trailer And Premiere Date
The hotly anticipated two-part A&E documentary Janet will be covering the long, iconic career of musical artist Janet Jackson. A new trailer for the doc dropped on Sunday, and it shows a star-studded group of interview subjects who turn up to pay homage to Jackson, including Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, Q-Tip, Janelle Monae, Teyana Taylor, Tyler Perry, Samuel L. Jackson and many more.
The four-hour documentary has been in production for five years, according to Pitchfork, and will be including never-before-seen footage from Jackson’s life off stage. The trailer suggests the doc will be delving into the more controversial aspects of Jackson’s life, from her “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Show to the allegations leveled at her brother, Michael Jackson. In the trailer, Jackson begins to share about the role her father, Joe Jackson, had in controlling her and her sibling’s lives and careers, and touches on her need to seize back control.

 

The Women Leading Today’s Historic Labor Movement
Amid pandemic-fueled workplace strikes demanding better pay and benefits, and more flexibility, female union leaders are heading the charge for a brighter professional future.

The labor movement saw an unprecedented, uproarious resurgence in 2021, as workplace strikes became commonplace throughout the country in what’s being referred to as a historic employee uprising. As the pandemic continues to evolve, leaving in its wake the worst U.S. recession in history with millions of people still out of jobs, employers across industries are facing acute labor shortages. Why? In short, because swaths of people have left their pre-COVID positions in pursuit of more money, more flexibility, and generally better quality of life in an especially fraught time. According to the Labor Department, four million people quit their jobs in April of 2021 alone, while those who’ve remained are shown to be joining unions and organizing in ways they perhaps previously hadn’t.

 

What is Balayage and Why Is It the Ultimate Lazy Girl Hair Trend?
An elevated highlight look for less money and maintenance — sign me up.

As a natural blonde who’s had to face the sad reality of darkening hair over the years, I’ve been wanting dying to lighten my hair. But because of old wise tales and fried-hair horror stories, I didn’t want to deal with the upkeep or potential damage of highlights or all-over foil. I just wanted to keep my natural color that was the result of spending every summer outdoors as a kid.

 

Interior Design Trends to Know in 2022—And What’s on Its Way Out
For millennia, interior design trends have been used as aesthetic aids in our attempts to find some sort of inner peace: take the ancient Chinese art of feng shui, where spatial positioning corresponds with energy flow, or wabi sabi, the Japanese practice of embracing an imperfect aesthetic, or ancient Rome’s fondness for using earth-tone colors and geometric patterns in order to mimic the harmony of nature. “There is more and more research that shows the direct influence that our homes have, not only on our moods, but our overall health and well-being,” interior designer Timothy Corrigan of Timothy Corrigan Inc. tells Vogue. So is it any wonder that in 2022—our third consecutive year in a global pandemic—the top interior design trends are again focused on making us feel emotionally at ease?

 

Are Black Wedding Dresses Having a Moment?
There’s something undeniably alluring about black wedding dresses. In 1997 Sarah Jessica Parker visited one of her favorite boutiques and chose one right off the rack to wear to her ceremony with Matthew Broderick. “Our logic was we didn’t want to call attention to ourselves that day, because we’re actors and we get attention all day long,” Parker said. “Matthew bought a suit off the rack, and I bought the first dress I looked at.” Though Parker has gone on to say that she might have done things differently, the fact of the matter is that for something that was meant to be an understated fashion choice, the look is still getting attention.

 

31 Recipes to Make in January
After the busyness of December, January can be a welcome respite — a time to kick back, slow down, and fill your meal plans with comforting dishes. Think Collard Greens Ramen, Tadka Dal with Roti, and a Lemon Curd Tart when you need something sweet. It’s also a great time to go beyond root vegetables to vibrant winter chicories, such as Belgian endives, puntarelle, and more. Read on for even more recipes to cook this month.

 

A Loving Defence Of New Year’s Resolutions
Every year, I’m confronted with the same undeniable truth: I love New Year’s resolutions. I love their shiny, back-to-school/The Secret energy. I relish a calendar year full of opportunity and the excuse to buy gorgeous new felt-tip pens. In a new year, amid the same old pandemic mess, I’m all in on irrational optimism – in my case, about dancing (and maybe even performing) again, creative writing, drinking (water and 40 ounces, not an absurd 64), and summoning more patience. Based on the number of people unironically captioning their Instagrams with “I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 2022”, I’m not alone.

 

Can Becoming A Parent Make You More Efficient?
There was a time when even just standing on the pavement and putting out the bins felt like a three-night holiday.
The relationship between parenthood and efficiency is tricky. Namely, one both creates and overrides the other. I have known new parents to fix washing machines between feeds, having rarely touched a spanner before in their life. I have known new parents to take on legal cases while pushing a pram. I knew one mum who cut down a hedge with a chainsaw while her second child slept in a car seat on the doorstep. (After raising a toddler, she was so galvanised by the comparative passivity of a newborn that she became a whirlwind of productivity every time her youngest dropped off.) I have also known parents who, because of the needs, challenges and distractions of their children, cannot do anything traditionally considered “work” for months. I want the world to recognise how incredibly organised, capable, economical and powerful new parents can be, while not wanting any of them to work too hard. Because, you see, they’re already working very hard indeed.

 

Anna Marie Tendler Looks Back at “Harsh and Punishing” Year After Her Ex John Mulaney Welcomes a Baby Boy With Olivia Munn
Tendler and the comedian announced the end of their six-year marriage in May, one week before news broke that Mulaney and Munn were dating.

John Mulaney’s estranged wife Anna Marie Tendler took stock of the difficult year she’s had in a lengthy Instagram post, reflecting on the “unfathomable” loss we’ve all experienced while hoping for a healing year ahead.
“Over the past two years it seems that change has been synonymous with loss and collectively this loss has been unfathomable. It is tempting to construct a poetic list of all we’ve watched slip through our hands, but what’s the point? We already know it and we grieve it daily. Even if we speak of a future when ‘things will go back to normal,’ our cautiously hopeful tones belie reality. Inertia has propelled us forward, there is no going back, there is no ‘back’ to go back to. Normal means something different now,” the artist captioned a self-portrait.

 

Elizabeth Holmes found guilty on four out of 11 federal charges
Elizabeth Holmes, the former CEO and founder of failed blood testing startup Theranos, was found guilty on four charges of defrauding investors, capping off the stunning downfall of a former tech icon.
She was found not guilty on three additional charges concerning defrauding patients and one charge of conspiracy to defraud patients. The jury returned no verdict on three of the charges concerning defrauding investors, and Judge Edward Davila, who is presiding over the case, is expected to declare a mistrial on those charges.
The charges Holmes was found guilty of include one count of conspiracy to defraud investors, as well as three wire fraud counts tied to specific investors. Holmes faces up to 20 years in prison as well as a fine of $250,000 plus restitution for each count.

 

The 101 most stunning women’s sports photos of 2021
Sports rebounded from the punishing COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, allowing women’s sports leagues, teams, and athletes to enjoy one of their most successful and memorable to date.
Between Naomi Osaka’s run-in with a butterfly at the Australian Open en route to her fourth career Grand Slam title, Simone Biles’ heroics at the Tokyo Olympics, a riveting and star-studded 2021 WNBA Finals series, and national championship games across several college sports, there was no shortage of excitement in the world of women’s sports.
Getty Images captured it all, so Insider spoke with several of the brand’s top sports photographers about how they captured some of the most stunning shots in women’s sports throughout the year.

 

Timothée Chalamet is Giving Back with His Latest Project
Timothée Chalamet took to Instagram on Wednesday to share the news about his latest project, and no, we’re not talking about the highly-anticipated Willy Wonka prequel that took hold of Twitter back in October. Instead of a new movie, Chalamet is currently promoting something very different: clothing. The actor shared a photo with French designer and close friend, Haider Ackermann where the two of them are wearing white sweatshirts splattered with blue to show the face of a young woman. But these aren’t your basic hoodies, they were designed to give back.

 

The Queen of the Desert
How Susan Sorrells transformed a Death Valley mining village into a model of ecologically conscious tourism.

Shoshone could easily have devolved into ghost-town status—not a picturesque ghost town but one of those bleached, rusted places that appear to have emptied out during the Eisenhower Administration. The chief custodian of Shoshone’s renaissance is a woman named Susan Sorrells, who owns the village and a thousand acres of land around it. Her grandfather was the same Charles Brown after whom the market is named; he helped to establish Shoshone, in 1910, and he kept manning the gas pumps even after he became a California state senator. A complicated man with a secret past, Brown guided the town from its rough mining origins toward desert tourism; Sorrells, a Smith College graduate who studied African literature, has completed the turn from exploitation to preservation, seeking a mode of ecologically conscious living on the border between civilization and wilderness. She is now leading an effort to have a vast area of eastern California and western Nevada designated the Amargosa Basin National Monument. She deserves to be on anyone’s shortlist of the most interesting people in California.

 

The exhausting concept of the “2022 rebrand”
Young women on TikTok are eschewing New Year’s resolutions for a “2022 rebrand.” But the rest of the world seems ready to give up entirely.

There’s a thing going around on TikTok right now about “rebranding” one’s self for 2022; in other words, leapfrogging the concept of the New Year’s resolution and transforming into an entirely different person instead. The trend’s participants are almost exclusively young women, as is typical for this sort of aesthetic self-improvement content; they share mood boards of toned stomachs and Chanel logos, Amazon hauls of Olaplex and Crest Whitestrips, tutorials, and list templates that include lines like “listen to inspiring podcasts” and “get a fake tan routine.” They “soft launch” their 2022 selves by waking up at the crack of dawn, doing yoga, taking bubble baths, journaling.

 

In praise of the humble tote bag
They say so much about who we are and who we want to be.

For many of us, totes are more than just receptacles for running errands, and have instead become an essential part of our daily lives, bringing us a sense of comfort and connection everywhere from the grocery store to our TikTok feeds. Even the ever-fashion-conscious Carrie Bradshaw will be exchanging her Fendi baguette for an NPR tote bag in And Just Like That, the Sex and the City reboot.
The tote bag didn’t become an omnipresent accessory overnight. Over recent decades, however, it has become a go-to bag for so many people, largely because of the easy, functional way it allows for self-expression.

 

3 ways remote work could remake America
From climate change to political polarization, remote work could change it all — even for in-person workers.

While only 37 percent of jobs could be performed remotely full time (according to two University of Chicago economists), those jobs have outsize purchasing power (accounting for 46 percent of all US wages by the same estimate). When people with these jobs congregate, they provide the necessary demand for a vast array of service sector jobs, from nurses and lawyers to teachers and taxi drivers. This is hugely important — it means that remote work could expand the choices of where to live for millions of Americans, not just those who have the option to work from home full time.

 

To Boldly Explore the Jewish Roots of ‘Star Trek’
An exhibition at a Jewish cultural center has plenty of artifacts to delight Trekkies — but it also notes the Jewish origins of the Vulcan salute.

Adam Nimoy gazed across a museum gallery filled with “Star Trek” stage sets, starship replicas, space aliens, fading costumes and props (think phaser, set to stun). The sounds of a beam-me-up transporter wafted across the room. Over his shoulder, a wall was filled with an enormous photograph of his father — Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock on the show — dressed in his Starfleet uniform, his fingers splayed in the familiar Vulcan “live long and prosper” greeting.
But that gesture, Adam Nimoy noted as he led a visitor through this exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center, was more than a symbol of the television series that defined his father’s long career playing the part-Vulcan, part-human Spock. It is derived from part of a Hebrew blessing that Leonard Nimoy first glimpsed at an Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Boston as a boy and brought to the role.

 

Before and after: a history of the world’s most extraordinary art spaces
Past lives: we track down the most distinctive, weird and wonderful art exhibition spaces around the world

From resurrected churches to roller skating rinks and subterranean reservoirs, we reflect on the past lives, and reincarnations of the world’s most extraordinary contemporary art spaces. Explore the untold history of art.

 

The Most Luxurious Train Rides in the World
Take a hint from the glamour of yore and indulge in slow-moving, on-the-ground transport with luxury train travel.

In the 1970s, American travel writer Paul Theroux set himself an impressive goal: to travel from England to Asia entirely by rail. He catalogued his experience in the book “The Great Railway Bazaar,” which is regarded as one of the most romantic pieces of writing about train travel.
“If a train is large and comfortable you don’t even need a destination,” Theroux wrote. “A corner seat is enough, and you can be one of those travelers who stay in motion, straddling the tracks, and never arrive or feel they ought to.”
In an era when time is a luxury, take a hint from the glamour of yore and indulge in slow-moving, on-the-ground transport. Whether you’re exploring the Andes or dashing through a Japanese island, luxury train travel proves that fly-by country is much more interesting when seen on the ground.

 

 

 

 

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