T LOunge for February 2nd, 2022

Posted on February 02, 2022

Yasmine Palace Restaurant – The Pearl-Qatar, Doha, Qatar

WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP! It is Wednesday and that means we could all use as much stimulation as we can get. Today’s LOunge should keep you peppy and sparkling all day long. As always, however, if you’re feeling dark and moody, quiet and reflective, please feel free to sit in the center of it all with a cloud over your head. No one will judge. We’ve all been there. All are welcome in the LOunge. So. What’s the thing on your agenda today that has you currently procrastinating?


Sweethearts and Crocs Made Fuzzy Conversation Hearts Clogs for Valentine’s Day
Croc fans will have to enter a drawing for the chance to buy a pair.

On Valentine’s Day, different people show affection in different ways. Maybe it’s flowers. Maybe it’s candy. Maybe you cook your loved one a delicious Valentine’s Day meal. But for diehard clog fans, the best gift for February 14, 2022, has already been decided: a pair of fuzzy Crocs made in collaboration with Sweethearts candies.
The new partnership brings together two brands that, on first blush, sound like an odd match but make sense in Crocs fashion context. The star of the show is a limited-edition Classic Fur Sure Clog: It’s bright red, it’s fuzzy, and it comes with oversized plush Sweethearts “Jibbitz” — aka the charms that you can buy to accessorize your Crocs by attaching them in the holes.


Jessica Chastain and Rita Moreno on Refusing to Judge Their Characters and Their Unforgettable First Meeting
When Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) and Rita Moreno (“West Side Story”) meet to discuss their respective works, each has done her homework. Moreno has watched Chastain’s catalog, and praises “Tammy Faye” to the heavens — pun intended — while also complimenting her recent HBO series, “Scenes From a Marriage,” with Oscar Isaac. “I have to say that you and Oscar have the most gorgeous chemistry,” Moreno says.
For Chastain’s part, she’s studied Moreno as an actor and a cultural figure for years, and says, “You are such a gift to our industry,” as she asks Moreno about the difficulties she’d encountered in Hollywood — thereby opening the door for a very personal conversation. And then there’s the story of the time Moreno ran into Chastain at a restaurant …


America’s Least Favorite Pizza Topping Isn’t Pineapple
A new poll reveals the three ingredients people find the most polarizing.

You’re finally off the hook, pineapple. According to a recent survey of over 2,000 adults, Americans’ least-favorite pizza topping isn’t chunks of tropical fruit anymore; instead, we’re collectively skittish about salty fish. The survey, which was commissioned by Columbus, Ohio-based pizza chain Donatos and conducted by OnePoll, revealed that the three least-welcome toppings are, in order, anchovies, pineapple, and jalapeno peppers.


Umber Ahmad’s Wedding Honored Pakistani Traditions—And Her Love of Pastries
Umber Ahmad, the CEO and founder of Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery, first connected with Ray Crisara, an actor and acting coach, online after a particularly challenging breakup. “My friends insisted on creating an online dating profile for me,” Umber says. “They did so without my knowing and started to amass an inbox of people. When I finally relented to going on a date, I perused the inbox and selected the most handsome photo of the lot. I told myself if I didn’t laugh at all during our first date, I would not ever have to see him again. Alas, we laughed and talked and shared our stories for hours. That date’s name was Ray, and he’s now my husband!”


51 Black-Owned Brands to Shop All Year Round
It’s pretty much impossible to walk into a mall and find Black-owned fashion brands to shop. Even the fact that we live in the glorious digital age of shopping doesn’t always make the process of discovering Black fashion designers easy. Sure, we’ve personally come across one or two brands while scrolling through Instagram accounts, conducting Google searches, and have learned about a handful through organizations like Brandice Daniel’s , Victor Glemaud , and Zerina Akers’ . But even after a handful of companies have committed to supporting Black-owned business with Aurora James’ , it’s still harder than it should be to find amazing Black designers to support.
So, to make things a little easier for everyone, we’ve rounded up 52 of our absolute favorite Black fashion designers. Keep clicking through discover some of the best celebrity-loved and up-and-coming labels, ahead.


49 Murder Mystery Movies That Will Satisfy Your Inner Detective
Complete with more than a few twist endings.

We’re living in a golden age of true crime content, from documentaries to podcasts to TV shows and books. Which means, no surprise, that the murder mystery film is also seeing a resurgence in popularity. The classic genre has had some major standouts over the last several decades, and the typical whodunit setup—several people in a house, one dies, a detective has to solve the crime—has expanded to include truly unique settings and stories. That’s a good thing: It means that a lot of these mysteries can play with form and framing while still giving you a perfect twist ending. There are horror films, action movies, and dramas on this list (not to mention a couple comedies!). From Alfred Hitchcock to the Coen brothers to David Fincher to Rian Johnson, some of the best directors in history have tried their hand at this iconic genre. The one thing these movies have in common? A killer mystery—pun absolutely intended.


Becoming Pamela Anderson
It took four hours every day, from multiple wigs to multiple prosthetics, but there’s no doubt that in Hulu’s new limited series Pam & Tommy, Lily James fully embodies the role of the blonde bombshell.

Pam Anderson’s look in the 1990s has been referred to as the Baby Bardot look, mirroring another blonde bombshell, Brigitte Bardot. “She comes from a long line of blonde bombshells,” Williams says. “That is the iconic look we all know Pam as.” The show features the look created by makeup artist Alexis Vogel for Pam’s Playboy shoots; it also features a more natural, soft look for Pam’s scenes at home with Tommy. “She is a young girl from Canada who very aptly exemplifies that sun-kissed California girl,” Williams says.


Finding the Beat
As part of the Showtime Marching Band, the Ooh La La! Dancers and the Flashy Flags are crafting their Black beauty identity on the historic grounds of Howard University.

To fully grasp the power of Black beauty at Howard University, one can easily look through the lens of homecoming. Stepping foot on campus during that particular weekend is a true spectacle, in every sense of the word. The festivities are a celebration of Black excellence: beautiful crowds emit glitz, glamour, and unbridled joy throughout the historic streets of the nation’s capital. The energy is simply contagious, begging you to join in on the fun.
For the uninitiated, the main attraction of most HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) homecoming events is not football—it’s the marching bands. HBCU marching bands are known for consistently delivering high-octane performances while covering every genre of Black music—from trap to gospel, soul to soca, and back again.


Here Are the Top-Selling Valentine’s Day Candies in Each State
After two years of stalled production, conversation hearts are back on top of this annual Valentine’s Day candy report.

When choosing candy for Valentine’s Day, only so many options make sense. You typically go with something heart-shaped or something chocolate… because a box of Nerds or a Kermit the Frog Pez dispenser may not send the right message.
And so, two types of candy seem to shine on February 14: conversation hearts and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, at least according to CandyStore.com. This year, the bulk candy seller says that, after two years of being relegated to second place, conversation hearts have once again claimed the top spot as Valentine’s Day’s top-selling candy.


How to set boundaries at work
Cate Sevilla, author of How To Work Without Losing Your Mind, shares her advice

Check in with your boundaries
“I think, firstly, you need to know if you are crossing yours. It’s so difficult with many of us still working from home or doing more hybrid-style working, but as well as ‘always being on’, if you have that constant feeling of guilt because you’re not feeling present when you’re meant to be off – or perhaps you’re trying to juggle more domestic matters when you’re meant to be available to work – the feeling of being spread too thin and never resting is a big red flag. Equally, listening to your body (headaches, stomach aches, etc) and your own anxiety levels are a pretty good indicator if you’re asking too much of yourself, as well.”


The most spectacular new-season couture jewellery
Dazzling colour, high-tech materials and transformability continued to shine at Couture SS 2022

Following several seasons of virtual presentations, the City of Light was back on schedule this January couture week. Buyers, private clients, and journalists alike abandoned their at-home offices and flocked to Paris, eager to feast their eyes on the world’s most exclusive fashion collections in real life.
Jewellery aficionados certainly weren’t left wanting. While it’s true that Van Cleef & Arpels, Chanel and Bulgari held off presenting their one-of-a-kind confections until July’s couture schedule, there was plenty of sparkle to be had at many of the city’s other storied jewellers. And given that January high jewellery presentations are traditionally smaller and more heritage-focused than their summery counterparts, there were still plenty of show-stopping pieces and surprising world-firsts on display.


More ‘Sex and the City’? Michael Patrick King Dishes on ‘And Just Like That,’ Samantha’s Texts and the Future of Carrie Bradshaw
Michael Patrick King, the executive producer, writer and director of “And Just Like That … ,” the HBO Max revival of “Sex and the City,” talks with exclamation points in his voice, sounding invigorated as he discusses Season 1 of the show, which concludes this week. Continuing the stories of Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) — who became both icons and archetypes during the original series, which King ran as an executive producer — has been a delight for him, and he uses variations on the word “thrill” multiple times. “All I’m really interested in now in my career is following creative risks,” King says.


Whoopi Goldberg Suspended From ‘The View’ for Holocaust Remarks
Whoopi Goldberg has been suspended from “The View” for two weeks after facing wide criticism for her remarks that the Holocaust was “not about race.”
Goldberg’s suspension was announced in a statement released by ABC News public relations on Tuesday night.
“Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments,” reads a statement attributed to Kim Godwin, president at ABC News. “While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments. The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities.”


The Radical Woman Behind “Goodnight Moon”
Margaret Wise Brown constantly pushed boundaries—in her life and in her art.

Many readers now think of Brown titles like “The Runaway Bunny” as tranquil introductions to storytelling, but they were radical for their time. When Brown was emerging as a writer, in the nineteen-thirties, most books for young children drew on classic fables and folktales, providing moral instruction on each page. She rejected this orthodoxy in favor of stories that better reflected the preoccupations of young children, from sensual pleasures (the shape of an apple) to visceral emotions (fear of the dark). When boys and girls are first exposed to reading, Brown argued, they are most engaged by stories about “tables and chairs, plates and telephones, animals they know.” Even though her work embraced everyday subjects, it was far from banal.


Two New York nurses were arrested after making $1.5 million in fake COVID-19 vaccine card scheme
Two Long Island nurses and a receptionist were arrested this week after investigators uncovered a COVID-19 vaccine card fraud scheme in which they made millions selling bogus vaccine cards, and then entering false information into the state vaccine database.
Julie DeVuono, a 49-year-old pediatric nurse practitioner, and Marissa Urraro, a 44-year-old licensed practical nurse, were arrested Thursday for second-degree forgery, a felony, according to court records.


21 Black pioneers throughout history you definitely should know
Madam CJ Walker was America’s first female self-made millionaire.
Madam CJ Walker was the first child in her family to be born free. But she was orphaned when both her parents died when she was 7 years old. Once grown, she worked in the cotton fields and then in barbershops.
In the 1890s, Walker lost most of her hair due to a scalp disorder. This prompted her to create hair products for African Americans. Walker traveled around the South giving tutorials on how to use her products in the early 1900s. This became known as the “Walker Method.”
Eventually, the hair products took off, making Walker a millionaire.


Can VR art help us see the real world differently?
How artists are thinking about the future of virtual reality.

I’ve been accustomed to thinking of VR as a platform for escape — leaving this world and entering a “fake” one. It’s often depicted that way in dystopian fiction, or in movies like Ready Player One.
My experiences with VR have been decidedly mixed, whether at festivals or in museum exhibitions; that feeling of dissociation was often reinforced. That rubs me the wrong way because I strongly believe if we choose to habitually disconnect from our physical reality then we risk losing what makes us human. And even when artists have the best intentions, sometimes the art just doesn’t work for me.


‘Jeuje,’ ‘Zhoosh,’ ‘Zhuzh’: A Word of Many Spellings, and Meanings
Commonly used to describe that extra something added to almost anything, the slang term has a centuries-long history.

When you fluff up pillows on your well-worn sofa, or turn your shirt sleeves up just-so, or sprinkle some spices over your morning eggs, you may be engaging in the art of the “jeuje.” Or is it “zhoosh”? Make that “zhuzh.”
However it’s spelled, the word is used to convey what is often hard to: the act of adding an extra something special, a little oomph, to a dish, hairdo, outfit or any number of things.
But where did it come from?


Yves Saint Laurent takes over six museums in Paris
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the maison of Yves Saint Laurent, six museums in Paris pay tribute to the late couturier, from Centre Pompidou to the Louvre

Yves Saint Laurent may be most associated with the Left Bank of Paris, but in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the house’s founding, six of the French capital’s most prestigious museums are paying tribute to the creative legacy of the late designer, one who, after founding his maison when aged just 26, revolutionised the concept of ready-to-wear, fused the spheres of fashion and art, and popularised silhouettes now synonymous with the contemporary woman’s wardrobe, from the Le Smoking tuxedo to the safari jacket.


The Fanciest Sleeper Car Trains Around the World
Travel the world in style.

Train travel comes with one very important life lesson: Letting the world pass you by can indeed be a good thing.
Riding the rails is as romantic as travel gets. Peaceful and slow, it can show you the world outside your window. Plus, it makes the trip about the journey, not just the destination. But, like all travel, there are still ways to level up an already stellar experience. And with train travel, that means booking an epic sleeper car so you can see the world in style.


Cooking & Cocktails: Japan
Daifuku Mochi

Made with just five ingredients, daifuku mochi is a must-try recipe. The chewy dough is made from glutinous rice flour. When paired with the sweet red bean filling, the result is an irresistible treat! Ready to learn how to make daifuku mochi at home?





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