T LOunge for February 23rd, 2022

Posted on February 23, 2022

21 Crimes Cocktail Bar – Aberdeen, Scotland

Discover 21 crimes that saw over 160,000 thieves, rogues and vagabonds deported to Australian penal colonies.


It’s WEDNESDAY, darlings. Let’s be moody and mysterious for the day.


Can Better Posture Lead to a Better Life?
“Stand up straight” I am 13 years old, patiently waiting for the organ to launch into “O Thou the Central Orb,” when I hear these words and feel two hands yanking back my cassocked shoulders. Towering over my peers in the choir stalls at the front of Holy Trinity Church Northwood, just outside London, my face flushes. I am tall for my age, the second tallest in my class, and already developing an apologetic stoop as a result. This makes me fair game for behavior correction from concerned parties—my grandmother, random adolescent boys, septuagenarian choristers. I think murderous thoughts. Then, I pray for poise.


Trashy Lingerie, a Hollywood Fixture, Has Been Quietly Dressing Stars For Years
For Madonna’s Who’s That Girl world tour back in 1987, the superstar opened her show with “Open Your Heart” while wearing a fitted black bustier with golden tassels, which she enthusiastically twirled around. Custom-made for her by the Los Angeles store Trashy Lingerie, the iconic piece recently sold at auction for a whopping $72,000 in 2011. However, Madonna isn’t the only star who has worn Trashy’s sexy, one-of-a-kind designs. The Hollywood fixture has been quietly dressing your favorite stars for years—and by paying a visit to its flagship at La Cienega Blvd today, you too can channel that glamour.


What’s Changing—and What Isn’t—About Fashion’s Relationship to the Body?
“It was a shock to go from training for the Olympic team and loving all my muscles to hearing, ‘No, this girl, she’s too strong,’ ” recalls Williams, one of the seven incredible women photographed for this story. “I took it as a challenge: Let’s see how lean I can get, just jogging around and never eating any bread, or really anything tasty. It paid off—I started working, a lot,” she continues. “But I started to hate my body, too. Love-hate. I didn’t know how to feel.”
It’s no secret that for most of its history, the fashion industry has exalted exactly one kind of body: tall, slim, and young; able-bodied, cisgender; as a general rule, white. There’s nothing wrong with being any of those things, but neither is there anything inherently right about lucking into the phenotype long advanced as the ideal of female beauty. The social and psychological costs of that ideal are enormous, roughly on par with the billions—trillions?—in profits totted up by businesses peddling diets and cosmetic enhancements and antiaging cures, and it is paid not just in dollars and pounds but in the mental tax on women held hostage to the love-hate relationship with their bodies that Williams describes.


Robert Palmer Was the O.G. Sharp-Dressed Rock Star
The musician wore a suit as naturally as any 1930s movie star.

One of the most striking trends in rock stardom these days is the return of male dandyism, spearheaded by Harry Styles. Lil Nas X and Tyler the Creator are committed to fashion as a big part of their personae, but in the case of Styles it does not feel like a costume. Pearls and an angora sweater seem subtle enough to be relatable.
All, by the way, are descended from the sartorial template of classic 1970s rockers like Bryan Ferry, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and the late, great Charlie Watts. But there is one fantastic dresser of old, perhaps the least flamboyant but most self-assured, who does not get the credit he deserves as an influencer today, and that is Robert Palmer.


The U.S. national women’s soccer team wins $24 million in equal pay settlement
The U.S. Women’s National Soccer team has reached a proposed settlement in its class action equal pay lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.
“We are pleased to announce that, contingent on the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement, we will have resolved our longstanding dispute over equal pay and proudly stand together in a shared commitment to advancing equality in soccer,” both parties said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
U.S. Soccer has agreed to pay a lump sum of $22 million in back pay to the players, ESPN reports, which will be distributed in a manner proposed by players and approved by the court. The federation will also put $2 million into a fund for USWNT players’ post-career goals and charitable efforts, with each player able to apply for up to $50,000.
The federation has also promised to provide an equal rate of pay between the men’s and women’s national senior teams in all friendlies and tournaments, including the World Cup.


29 Essential Southern Recipes
Defined by an abundance of fresh produce, seafood and smoked meats with a blend of flavors and influences from Spanish, French, German and West African cultures, Southern cuisine is soul-warming comfort food at its best. These recipes represent the diverse genre of Southern recipes, from traditional classics such as Fried Chicken with Tomato Gravy passed down through generations to modern mash-ups like Summer Bean Salad with Potlikker Vinaigrette and Pork Belly Burnt Ends with Barbecue Sauce. Scroll through to see some of the best Southern recipes the region has to offer.


How This Couple Transformed a 19th Century Berkshires Home Into the Most Charming Airbnb
Michael Bolognino and Nick Spain cite several inspirations for the interiors of their 19th century Italianate-style farmhouse in the Berkshires, which is fast becoming one of the most sought-after listings on Airbnb. One was Donald Judd, the artist whose contributions to Marfa honored the culture of the Texas town yet “ultimately contemporized it in a way that felt like it had always been there,” says Spain. They also looked to Osvaldo Borsani, Gio Ponti, and Nathalie du Pasque, who translated Italy’s historically romantic and flamboyant style into a more au courant aesthetic in the 1950s and 60s. All of those people accomplished what Bolognino and Spain hoped to do with their traditional home, once a rectory, that dates back to the 1850s: appreciate its past while pushing ahead to the present.


Krispy Kreme Stuffed an Entire Twix Bar into a Doughnut
It’s one of three new Twix-themed options hitting Krispy Kreme for a limited run.

Over the years, Krispy Kreme has released so many limited-edition doughnuts — including major partnerships with big brands like Reese’s and Oreo — sometimes you have to wonder if there’s anything left in the tank. When you’ve already made a doughnut with a giant Oreo wafer, what other tricks are left up your sleeve?
Well, for their latest collaboration with Twix, Krispy Kreme has shoved an entire candy bar inside of a doughnut. Well played, Krispy Kreme.
The chain’s first-ever collaboration with the Mars-owned brand includes three new Twix-themed doughnuts, and clearly, if you’re going to stick an entire Twix inside one of them, that’s the showstopper.


The chaotic, irreplaceable Wendy Williams
Wendy Williams’s rise, reputation, and absence from her talk show, explained.

The 57-year-old host has been rattling off her opinions into millions of American living rooms since 2008. But The Wendy Williams Show kicked off its 13th season this past October without Williams as its host. After many delays due to medical complications from Williams’s ongoing thyroid condition and a Covid-19 infection, guest hosts and panelists such as Michael Rappaport and Kym Whitley occupied Williams’s seat. It was unclear when Williams would return, if at all, but it now seems that she is being permanently replaced by previous guest host and former co-host of The View, Sherri Shepherd. This fall, the new daytime show Sherri will take over Williams’s typical time slot. According to Debmar-Mercury, which syndicates the show, Shepherd was the most popular substitute for Williams during her stint as a guest host, and was able to maintain the show’s ratings.


For Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog Marks a Culmination—And a New Beginning
A candid interview with the first-time Oscar nominee, on the film that may define her next chapter in Hollywood.

Dunst, 39, was already a consistently working actor before she turned 10 years old. As a child, she stole scenes from the likes of Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise (Interview With the Vampire); into adulthood, she served as the muse for one of the aughts’ most exciting breakout directors, Sofia Coppola, and won major awards for everything from art house cinema (Melancholia) to prestige TV (Fargo). Yet 2021 felt like the year her place in the industry crystallized, with her stunning supporting turn in Campion’s Western masterpiece. After decades of great work, The Power of the Dog has earned Dunst her first Oscar nomination.


A family of 4 travel around Europe in a red fire truck that they converted into a mobile home with solar panels on the roof
A family of four uses a converted fire truck as a mobile home for their European travels. Jess Branton and Dave Smith traveled to five countries in 2020 with daughters Poppy and Luna. The former fire service truck has a double bed, gas oven, and solar panels on the roof.


My Greek parents tried 15 different Greek Trader Joe’s products and ranked them from worst to best
Greek cuisine is the first food I remember falling in love with. Every summer my parents would take me back to Greece to visit our family, and every meal was an adventure. I have fond memories of bright cucumbers and tomatoes glistening in a classic horiatiki, light-as-a-feather lavraki licked with olive oil, and crunchy plates of calamari by the sea.
Back home in California, my parents stayed connected to Greece through food. My mom would make big pans of cheese and spinach pies, while my dad whipped up his famous pastitsio. Cold nights were for avgolemono soup, and Christmas always featured baklava for dessert.
But many Greek dishes take time and effort, so I wanted to introduce my parents to a whole new world of quick and easy Greek items at Trader Joe’s. My parents are tough critics, and I was excited to see what would impress them — especially in terms of authenticity.


Succulents are the latest victims of poaching
The tiny plants were already popular when the pandemic hit. They are now pilfered by the thousands from the wild.

Last month, a South Korean man was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of wild dudleya plants from the California coast. The small, cactus-like succulents, which grow in lotus-shaped rosettes of fleshy leaves, are so valued by collectors that, in recent years, dudleya have been pilfered by the thousands from their native habitat and shipped around the world to be sold.
The environmental impact of this plant poaching is now so destructive that in September 2021, California passed a law making it illegal to harvest dudleya from the wild without landowner permission or a permit. The misdemeanor crime carries a possible six-month prison sentence and up to $500,000 in fines.


Why the Oscars are so weird about real people roles
Almost half of this year’s acting nominations went to actors playing real-life icons.

Why do the Oscars love actors who play real people?
When the Oscar nominations were announced on February 8 (ahead of the March 27 ceremony), the trend was striking. Eight of the twenty acting nominations went to actors portraying real people: Princess Diana (Kristen Stewart) in Spencer; Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain) in The Eyes of Tammy Faye; Richard Williams (Will Smith) and Oracene Price (Aunjanue Ellis) in King Richard; Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman), Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem), and William Frawley (J.K. Simmons) in Being the Ricardos; and Jonathan Larson (Andrew Garfield) in Tick Tick… Boom.
Most of these names are iconic figures whose faces were familiar to any casual TV watcher. But in a year loaded with great performances, it’s remarkable that the Academy filled nearly half of their nominations with people who, in essence, are trying to recreate a performance we’ve already seen.


Exceptionally rare blue diamond set to smash records at auction this spring
The De Beers Cullinan Blue is worth more than $48 million

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then the De Beers Cullinan Blue is surely the ultimate confidante. The largest vivid blue diamond ever to appear at auction, the stunning stone will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s Hong Kong this April.
Blue diamonds are exceptionally rare, occurring when trace amounts of the element boron are found within the diamond crystal lattice. There are only a handful of mines where they can be sourced, and most discovered to date have been recovered from the Cullinan mine in South Africa (Cullinan has been the source of many famous diamonds, including the 530-carat Great Star of Africa, the biggest faceted colourless diamond in the world; and the central stone in the Queen’s Cullinan V diamond brooch).


Vienna Is Beloved for Its Museums, Café Culture, and Gorgeous Parks — But It’s Now One of Europe’s Most Exciting Cities for Nightlife
The Austrian capital is having a Renaissance, with flamboyant restaurants, craft cocktail bars, and fashion-forward hotels.

Vienna’s 20th district, a traditionally working-class neighborhood across the Danube from the city’s famous Rococo churches and Jugendstil villas, was well down the list of places I expected to have one of the most spectacular meals of my life. My friend Ellie Tzortzi and I were already five courses into a 15-plate extravaganza of sublimity, subversion, and occasional eruptions of out-and-out weirdness when a dish arrived that both my palate and my cerebellum are still buzzing from: a miniature döner kebab, made not with lamb but shoulder of venison, on a flatbread incorporating dark poppyseed, Austria’s most cherished baking ingredient. Devotee of Sacher torte and knödel that I am, the combination struck me as delicious and incongruous in roughly equal measure. As I’d soon come to learn, however, a more perfect culinary totem for today’s Vienna couldn’t be devised.






[Photo Credit: 21crimes.com, tintoarchitecture.co.uk]

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