T LOunge for April 12th, 2022

Posted on April 12, 2022

Jin Gui Bar and Restaurant – Hamburg, Germany


Here we are, rallying you all once more. It’s TUESDAY and we all deserve a spot that manages to be grandiose and cozy at the same time. We’re moody types around here, so we need a LOunge with options depending on how our days are going, right? Pick your spot, but feel free to move around all day as the mood strikes, like cats following a sunbeam. Anyway, Britney’s pregs and Philly just reinstated its mask mandate. Talk amongst yourselves.


Britney Spears Is Pregnant
She announced the news with a photo of … carnations?

During one of her conservatorship hearings, Britney Spears told Judge Brenda Penny that one of the stipulations of the arrangement was an IUD that she wanted removed, because she was hoping to have more children. Today, fans found out that Spears’s freedom from her conservatorship meant that she managed to get the IUD taken out, because she announced that she’s pregnant with her third child. The news came via Instagram, where she shared the message alongside a photograph of pink carnations and a cup of coffee.


Spring’s Most Popular Hair Trend Is Looking Like You Just Got Out of the Shower
Yes, you read that right.

Leaving your house with your hair wet or half dry is often a last-ditch effort to get where you need to be on time, but as far as celebrities and top designers are concerned, wet-look hair is edgy, cool, and one of the most popular ways to style your hair for spring 2022.
“The wet look is having a moment because it’s for any girl, so it’s accessible and for the most part easy to do,” says Bridget Brager, celebrity hairstylist and T3 ambassador. “It’s the kind of style that allows you to change your attitude, stand up a little straighter, and gets you noticed.”


Prince Charles Commemorated the Anniversary of Prince Philip’s Death With Rare Family Photos
And Queen Elizabeth commissioned a poem for the occasion.

It’s been a little bit over a year since Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99 and the royal family is celebrating his life with a few sweet posts. On the official Clarence House Instagram page, Prince Charles shared rare black-and-white photos of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, with Philip and their children. The snapshot dates back to 1955, People reports, and shows Charles on a swing with his sister, Princess Anne, as Philip pushes them. Queen Elizabeth is off to one side holding back the family dog.
Another photo shows Charles and Camilla with the queen and Prince Philip back in 2016 at the unveiling of the Queen Elizabeth statue.
“Remembering The Duke of Edinburgh today, one year since his passing,” the post’s caption reads.


Severance’s Britt Lower Doesn’t Know Anything About The Baby Goats
But the star can finally tell us about that riveting finale.

What drew you, initially, to what—at least on paper—is a really bizarre show?
“The character. First, she’s the most defiant, brave, unapologetically honest person I’ve ever countered on a page. And as myself, [someone] who was such a rule-follower growing up, it was exciting to jump into the shoes of someone who does not care what anyone thinks about her. And is on a very clear mission to get out of this place at all costs, to challenge these rules that she’s been presented with that make no sense to her ethically. I think the heart of the story, for me, is about identity and her longing to know who she is at the core. That’s such a basic human need, to know who we are. For her to wake up with no memory—the color of her mother’s eyes, for example—is so heartbreaking.”


Mommies Who Mushroom
Inside the growing—and, to some, controversial—movement in which parents are using psychedelics to take the edge off modern parenthood.

According to Sienknecht, parents have reported numerous positives following psychedelic-assisted therapy, including “having gained a wider-angle-lens perspective on their behavior and reactions to their children, access to greater self-compassion in their roles as parents, and expanded capacity to understand the dilemmas and vulnerabilities of their children with more empathy and patience,” he says. “What was also quite noteworthy was parents’ increased ability to be responsive rather than reactive to their children, especially when they were able to understand the source of their reactions in their own childhood experiences.”


How Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy Paved the Way for Anthony Bridgerton
Anthony’s wet shirt scene isn’t just a coincidence.

More than 25 years ago, Colin Firth made a splash when he played one of literature’s great romantic figures in the BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries. Since then, Firth’s version of Darcy has become a visual shorthand for the brooding Regency love interest, a fraternity which recently got a new injection of smoldering poster boys in Netflix’s breakout historical romance, Bridgerton. The Firth-as-Darcy aesthetic is a thread that continues in Bridgerton’s second season through overt wet shirt nods but also more subtle references.
Timing, costume, and actor all played a role in propelling this vision into the pop culture stratosphere, but Firth was far from the first to play Mr. Darcy.


Americans Near Paris: A New Exhibition in France Highlights the Work of Isabel and Ruben Toledo
As part of SCAD’s 20th anniversary celebrations, the school’s museum is putting on the first posthumous exhibition of Isabel Toledo’s work. “Love Letter” highlights the collaboration between the late designer–best known for creating Michelle Obama’s Inauguration ensemble–and her artist husband Ruben. Isabel, explains curator Christina Frank, encouraged Ruben, who worked extensively in black and white, to add color to his repertoire, and the exhibition represents those two spectra. Most of the pieces on exhibition are from the 2000s, an era that is being deeply mined at the present. Here, Ruben Toledo talks to us about his and Isabel’s connection to France, and what defines American fashion.


The Best Coffee Roaster in Every State
From Alabama to Wyoming, these coffee roasters are ushering a new era of perfectly crafted beans and brews.

Ask for a list of the best coffee in the country, not very long ago, and you’d have had it within minutes. As recently as a decade ago, there simply wasn’t that much competition—not at the top, anyway. Even as late as 2018, the first year Food & Wine took a comprehensive look at American coffee culture, things were a lot more straightforward. Today, that list is mostly useful as a reminder of how much has changed since.
Even just one year—and countless cups of coffee!—later, something quite important had already become clear—the list, which was at the time attempting to capture the best of everything, not only roasting, but also the best shops as well, would have to be divided in two. For one, being great at both sides of the business isn’t as common as you might think. For another, there was simply too much to talk about, too many good people being left out of the conversation.


Master the Art: Shonda Rhimes on building a TV empire
The executive producer of Bridgerton, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy shares her advice

Shonda Rhimes knows good television. As the head of her own production company, Shondaland, Rhimes has been responsible for some of the most popular programmes in recent history – from long-running shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, to limited series like Inventing Anna, and of course, everyone’s favourite Regency drama, Bridgerton.
“We make projects that we want to watch – that’s really it,” Shonda Rhimes tells us in the latest episode of our Master the Art franchise. “I read Julia Quinn’s [Bridgerton] books over and over again; I thought that they were amazing. I could see myself in them which meant that they felt universal to me, and I thought that these would make great shows. I would want to watch them, and I felt like other people would want to watch them too. That’s pretty much how we choose to make our projects…. We follow our gut and we make the projects that we love.”


Can a dream job become a nightmare?
What to do if you fall out of love with your career

A famous piece of career advice, interestingly attributed to both Confucius and Mark Twain, goes as follows: “Do what you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” In other words, if your job is going well, it shouldn’t feel like work at all. This chimes with today’s mood, which decrees that we should have passions, callings and vocations as opposed to mere employment. We are all expected to talk about our work with profound reverence, as though it is the most defining aspect of our lives, whether we are brain surgeons or quantity surveyors. It is no longer enough to shrug and say: “It pays the bills.”


Best Napa Valley Wineries to Visit
Choosing the best Napa Valley wineries to visit is close to impossible: From Carneros in the south to Calistoga in the north, from valley-floor estates to properties perched high up in the mountains, America’s most famous wine region is one of the most beloved wine-tourism destinations in the world for good reason. The range of experiences on offer here is practically infinite: Whether you’re in the mood for something historical and rustic or leaning in the direction of all-out luxury, a straightforward tasting or one with pairings so elaborate they may fill you up before dinner, Napa Valley has it all. You can even taste in a cave if you choose! Here are ten of the best. There are countless more as well, but these represent some of our favorites. Just remember to get an appointment ahead of time. Wine-club members tend to receive preferential pricing, so explore those options beforehand. And, as always, show up thirsty.


Has Netflix Killed Original Action Movies? Why Michael Bay’s ‘Ambulance’ Crashed at the Box Office
You may be saying, “Hey! We’re still living through a pandemic, and the domestic box office has not returned to normal.” And that’s true. But during the same three-day period in which “Ambulance” fizzled, the family friendly “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” opened to a mighty $71 million. And older male moviegoers, the target demographic of Bay’s films, have shown up for “The Batman,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and James Bond’s latest mission “No Time to Die.” Several other movies have still managed to sell tickets despite lingering pandemic effects. Through Sunday, “Ambulance” only grossed $2 million more than A24’s comedy-fantasy-sci-fi mashup “Everything Everywhere All at Once” ($6 million from 1,250 North American theaters) even though the latter was playing in far fewer cinemas.


Now’s The Time To Bust Out Your 2000s Shield Shades
This may seem like I’m reminiscing on a bygone fashion fad, but shield sunglasses are having a moment right now, in line with the fashion world’s hunger for Y2K trends in general. The decade’s miniskirts, low-rise jeans, and Juicy Couture tracksuits have all experienced a comeback, thanks to stars like Rihanna, Dua Lipa, and Kendall Jenner sporting them. But it’s the sunglasses revival in particular that has piqued my interest: Dua has worn big brown shield sunglasses, Jenner a metallic blue style, and Kim Kardashian has been wearing Balenciaga’s large, Batgirl-esque sunglasses with virtually every look. Labels like Blumarine have also brought them back on the runway, styled with floral dresses. It’s official: After a few seasons of micro The Matrix shades, we’re making a full return to gargantuan 2000s eyewear.


17 of Our Best Sauces for Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are the ultimate messy finger food, whether you love them with classic buttery Buffalo flavors, a sticky fruit glaze, or a sweet-and-sour sauce that will make your mouth tingle. Chicken wings (and drummettes) are ideal for the grill, oven, or deep fryer because the meat stays juicy as the skin crisps in the high heat, ready to take on whatever flavors strike your fancy. We’ve got plenty of recipes for sauces and glazes to slather onto chicken wings. Try a fun twist on classic Buffalo wings with Spicy Sriracha Chicken Wings, get your hands on Sticky Baked Chicken Wings for a perfect game day snack, or tuck into Sheldon Simeon’s hot and tangy Huli Huli Chicken Wings. Read on for more of our best chicken wing recipes before your next snack attack or backyard cookout.


Richard Malone On The Importance Of Cultivating Irish Craft
Where some fashion designers revel in the acclaim operating an eponymous label can bring, Richard Malone rather enjoys the opposite. The London-based Irish designer’s label is focused on creative community and the cultivation of like-minded collaborators, who champion craftsmanship, slow production, skill-sharing and sustainable manufacturing. “I’m focused on protecting a creative language that is very female-led, like weaving and lace-making,” Malone – who often cites his seamstress grandmother Nellie as an inspiration – explains.


Orville Peck Is Still Here for the Yee-Haw Agenda
The masked country singer, whose sophomore album Bronco comes out on April 8, weighs in on dad rock and quintessential gay literature.

The country musician Orville Peck—like so many of us—retreated to comforts during the pandemic: the music, such as Bakersfield country or Laurel Canyon folk, that he’d been fond of in high school. “Going back to something that you loved when you were younger, you have such a different perspective on it,” he said recently. “It started re-inspiring me.”
The product is his sophomore album, Bronco, his first full-length since 2019’s Pony made him one of the faces of the cowboy revival (or at least, a masked face of it, considering he’s never appeared publicly without a fringed mask). As the album title implies—“bronco” being a real equine level-up from “pony”—it’s an expansion of his interests, including a wider array of musical influences (he’s cited bluegrass and psychedelic rock) and, in videos, a constellation of his friends: Norman Reedus, Margaret Cho. The most recent video, for “Hexie Mountains,” features the actress Riley Keough—a dear friend of Peck’s since she appeared on his cover of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” last year.


What Black Maternal Health Disparities Mean For Childless Black Women
In 2018, Serena Williams preached to a choir of countless Black mothers when she opened up about her life-threatening childbirth experience. The pain of the multi-millionaire, tennis prototype familiarly resonating with Black women of all social and economic backgrounds was rare. Williams’s experience has become an oft cited talking point in the years since, creating a relevant point of connection in the discussion of Black maternal health disparities and the commemoration of Black Maternal Health Week.
However, for Black Maternal Health Week in 2022, there is another perspective deserving consideration: childless Black women whose fear surrounding shocking Black maternal health disparities has informed their reproductive health and family planning decisions.


Stop calling them “accidents”
From car crashes to environmental spills to workplace injuries, author Jessie Singer encourages us to reconsider the word “accident.”

In the new book There Are No Accidents, author Jessie Singer argues that basically everything we consider to be an “accident” — be it car accidents or fatal fires or workplace injuries — are in fact not accidents at all. Humans, Singer writes, make mistakes all the time, but it’s the dangerous conditions in our built environments that result in fatal consequences. Larger systemic forces, shaped by corporations and governments, intersect to create vulnerabilities that we don’t all share equally. Anticipating and reducing those opportunities for human error is the key to preventing needless death.


The Duchess of Portland’s coronation tiara was stolen by criminal gang in ‘ruthless’ home raid, court hears
The Cartier tiara and an accompanying brooch have been valued at £3.75 million

A piece of royal history has been lost, after a ruthless gang of thieves were able to steal the Portland Tiara from the Harley Gallery in 2018, Nottingham Crown Court heard yesterday. The Cartier headpiece, which was on display in the gallery alongside a matching brooch, was worn by the Duchess of Portland to the coronation of King Edward VI in 1902. Although the diadem has since been reclaimed, it was broken up, and the prosecuting QC explained that it will now never be seen again in its ‘original state’.


The best cinematic portrayals of America’s First Ladies
As The First Lady release date looms closer, Tatler looks back at the actresses who have already faced the challenge of becoming the president’s wife

Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy
Natalie Portman starred as the ‘witty and sardonically intelligent’ Jackie Kennedy in the 2016 film Jackie, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. The film follows the First Lady in the aftermath of the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy, in 1963. It begins with a journalist interviewing Jackie at her home in Massachusetts, and continues to document Portman’s moving display of all-encompassing grief. Portman explains that Jackie’s elegance and image are practically regal, stating in a Vanity Fair interview that the First Lady was synonymous with an ‘American Queen’. On how she mastered Jackie’s idiosyncratic accent, she describes it as being a ‘diagram of her background’, with its New York edge combined with ‘very proper’ received pronunciation.


One Garment’s Journey Through History
The evolution of the Korean hanbok is a lens into the history of the country, which is now being traced in the series “Pachinko.”

The word “hanbok” translates to “Korean clothes,” and before the introduction of Western styles to Korea, it was simply everyday wear. While period shows depicting this earlier era are common fare on Korean television, the new Apple TV + series “Pachinko” is a watershed moment in American television entertainment. The trilingual series, told in Korean, Japanese and English, takes care to portray, in intimate, humanizing detail, such elements of everyday Korean life from the early 20th century.
Hanbok has reflected variations and styles over its more than 2,000-year history: Jacket and skirt hemlines have shortened and lengthened; sleeves have widened, rounded or narrowed over cycles of subtle change. Today, contemporary designers continue to take great inspiration from the garment, yet the most traditional form continues to take cues from the Joseon era, a dynastic period that lasted from the late 14th century to the early 20th century.


This Vintage Train Will Take You on a 1940s-inspired Ride Along the Hudson River — and It Departs From NYC
Hudson River Rail Excursions will bring back its train rides from NYC to Albany this summer aboard 1940s rail cars. Last year, tickets sold out in two minutes — here’s how to snag yours.

Hudson River Rail Excursions’ rides from New York City to Albany, in glamorous 1940s vintage rail cars, return in June. But if you want to experience this train trip along the Hudson River, you’ll have to act fast since last year’s inaugural tickets sold out in less than two minutes.
Hudson River Rail Excursions will bring back rides in the Hickory Creek sleeper-lounge car aboard New York Central’s 20th Century Limited train, which was called “The Most Famous Train in the World.” Train travelers can book a seat in the Hickory Creek car for a round-trip journey from NYC to Albany over 21 dates in June. Passengers will travel the same route as riders in the 1940s and 1950s, on a round-trip day excursion between New York City’s Moynihan Train Hall and Albany-Rensselaer Station.






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