T LOunge for April 18th, 2022

Posted on April 18, 2022

Azul e Branco Restaurant and Lounge at H10 Duque de Loulé – Lisbon, Portugal


It’s a bright, crisp MONDAY morning and we need a LOunge that’s…in total opposition to our dark, moody selves. Oh, we’re just kidding. It’s Spring, the cheesecake turned out fine, and we have a basket full of Easter candy. Who could stay mad under those conditions? On the other hand, we’re both working our way through the first cold either of us have had in years and one of us is having quite the shitty time of it. Poor us. We’re going to have a couple peanut butter eggs for breakfast and pout a little. Talk amongst yourselves!



Women Are at the Center of Anatomy of a Scandal. So Is Toxic Masculinity
Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery, and Naomi Scott on tackling hard themes in a highly bingeable format.

It’s clear even on first glance that Netflix’s British drama Anatomy of a Scandal is a modern David E. Kelley joint. The six-part limited series is packaged in a fast-paced, frothy, and impeccably stylish format, while its contents confront themes of power, privilege, consent, and abuse. The core cast is made up of women whose divergent stories dovetail around the misdeeds of a man, and who grapple with the fallout in posh locales while draped in covetable outerwear. Just like the school drop-offs of Monterey in Big Little Lies and the Upper East Side charity circuit in The Undoing, this is a setting loaded with secrets and twists.


Hacks Season 2: Everything You Need to Know
The Emmy winning show, starring Jean Smart, returns next month.

Season 2 premieres on May 12, 2022.
HBO Max announced the show’s premiere date along with a teaser trailer (seen below) showing some of Deborah and Ava’s adventures on the road. In the clips, we see Deborah trashing an antiques shop (which looks different than the shop from season 1’s premiere), Ava cheering as the women dumpster dive, and the duo enjoying some shopping, sailing, and drinking.
The season’s official description reads, “The dark mentorship between legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) and her young, entitled writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder) continues to evolve as the two travel across the country workshopping Deborah’s new stand-up act.”


All About the Legendary Dresden Green Diamond
The most famous green diamond in the world isn’t the one that was recently part of a high profile proposal.

Even the force of Bennifer couldn’t make her new green diamond the most famous green diamond in the world-even after the bubble bath revelation. Her 8.5 carat modified cushion brilliant cut green diamond engagement ring may have introduced many in the world to the very idea that diamonds can be green, but the most famous green diamond in the world? Not yet. That title remains firmly with a 41-carat stone in the center of a hat pin inside the Green Vault in Dresden.


The True Story of Julia Child’s Friendship with Food Icon James Beard
In HBO Max’s Julia, the drag queens might be fictional, but the relationship between two culinary titans is very real.

In Julia episode five (“Crepes Suzette”), which marks the halfway point of HBO Max’s series depicting the creation of The French Chef, Julia Child (Sarah Lancashire) ventures to San Francisco, the first city outside of Boston to syndicate her television show, and bumps into longtime friend and fellow food personality, James Beard (Christian Clemenson). It’s not long before a dinner with colleagues and friends is whittled down to the two peers as Beard takes Child to a gay club, where they are surrounded by “screaming queens” and drag performers.
“Isn’t it something? I always feel like I’m Dorothy when she lands in Oz. Finally, some color,” Beard says as the two sit down at a table facing the stage.
“It is indeed colorful. But you could have given me some kind of warning,” Child responds.
“I was afraid that you wouldn’t come,” Beard says sheepishly as his friend settles in.


How to Know If a Wedding Dress Is “The One,” According to Bridal Designers
With endless options out there, we asked the pros for their best tip on how to choose.

For many brides, picking out a dress is one of the more fun parts of the wedding planning process. After all, how often do you get to wear something so elaborate and fancy, or rock white head to toe? It’s an excuse to play dress-up and try on tons of styles all while sipping champagne and sharing a laugh with friends and family! The tricky part, though, comes when choosing which dress to actually purchase for your big day. How will you know when you’ve truly found the one?


For These Ukrainian Women, Their Weapons Are Their Smartphones
By collecting cell phone video straight from the front lines, Dattalion shows the unfiltered horrors of the war.

Many of the volunteers—including leaders in government, business, sports, and the arts—are wives and mothers who, after ushering their children to safety, went back into Ukraine’s areas of conflict to document the atrocities committed by Putin and the Russian military.
So far, they’ve collected and distributed some 1,700 smartphone videos and photographs from the front lines—there are images of bombed-out buildings, groups of children huddled together, and captured Russian soldiers. The videos, many of which are graphic, are submitted by people the group calls “citizen journalists,” as well as obtained from private social media accounts and Telegram channels.


With “Maya Ruiz-Picasso, Daughter of Pablo,” Diana Widmaier-Picasso Mines Her Mother’s Memories of a Genius
Within the Musée Picasso Paris, Diana Widmaier-Picasso is immersed in the incomparable legacy of her grandfather, who died in 1973 at the age of 91—the year before she was born. The established art historian and modern art specialist leads me to the main gallery of the upper floor, where there are more than a dozen joyous portraits of her mother, Maya Ruiz-Picasso, as a young girl. Pablo painted her in striped socks, clutching a toy boat or a doll; he painted her in a sailor costume and a monogrammed beret; he painted her with green pigtails and blue lips, or with grayscale skin and sharply angled arms and legs. He painted her with delightful fascination, liberated abstraction, and fatherly love.


Which Famous Chef’s Chicken Recipe Should You Make For Dinner?
Take this quiz and find out if you’ll be dining with the legendary recipes of Edna Lewis, Julia Child, Zarela Martinez, Marcella Hazan, Jacques Torres, or another Food & Wine favorite. (Spoiler: They’re all winners.)

Food & Wine has been around since 1978, and since the very first issue — which featured recipes for William S. Proops’ Chicken with Artichokes, Dorian Leigh’s Chicken Braised with Aromatic Herbs and Vegetables, and W. Peter Prestcott’s Chicken Salad — we’ve been cuckoo for chicken in all its versatile forms, from crispy fried thighs and salt-baked showstoppers to whole, roasted birds and the jerk and pho of your dreams. In the nearly four-and-a-half decades we’ve been publishing, we’ve been so clucking lucky to have some world-class chefs share their recipes. Take this short quiz to figure out which culinary luminaries will provide you with your next winner of a dinner.


‘Life After Life’: Thomasin McKenzie, Tessa Ross, John Crowley on BBC Adaptation of Kate Atkinson Bestseller
Kate Atkinson’s bestselling 2013 novel “Life After Life” has been brought to vivid life as a four-part BBC series by a heavyweight team.
The story centers on Ursula Todd who dies one night in 1910 before she can draw her first breath. On that same night in 1910, Ursula is born and survives. She finds herself time and again, living and dying in different circumstances only to be reborn into a new, alternative iteration of life once more. Ursula navigates her way through an era spanning two world wars, an encounter with Hitler and major life events.


Why AriZona Iced Tea’s Price Has Stayed the Same for 30 Years at Just 99 Cents
The company’s founder is committed to the low price.

Thirty years ago, a gallon of milk cost around $2.78, a gallon of gas would set you back $1.13 on average, and a 23-ounce can of AriZona iced tea was 99 cents. This year, a gallon of whole milk is around $4.02, the national average for that gallon of gas is $4.11, and a 23-ounce can of AriZona iced tea is…still 99 cents. So what gives?


Will This Warhol Become the Most Expensive Artwork Ever Sold?
When one of the pop artist’s famed portraits of Marilyn Monroe goes to auction next month, some observers think it could fetch up to half a billion dollars. What is it about this particular work that gives it such potential to break the market?

Though known for democratizing the idea of fine art through pop imagery and mass production, Warhol only made five Marilyn Monroe portraits at this size, 40 inches square, each in a different color. Each time one has sold, it’s rejiggered the entire Warhol market—or possibly the entire art market in general. In 1998, in the midst of a recession, a great-niece of the German industrialist Karl Ströher put the Orange Marilyn on the block at Sotheby’s, with an aggressive estimate of at least $4 million. Stroher had bought it for an estimated $25,000 from the wife of Long Island collector Leon Kraushar, who bought it from Leo Castelli for $1,800 in 1965.


Queen Elizabeth’s trusted confidant will share details of pandemic life at Windsor Castle
An updated version of Angela Kelly’s The Other Side of the Coin will feature new photos and revealing anecdotes about the Queen during the past two years

Queen Elizabeth II gave her full blessing to Angela Kelly, her trusted confidant, to publish The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe in 2019. Now, Kelly’s publisher has announced that an updated edition of the book in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be released in May.
In a press release, Harper Collins announced that the new material will cover the last two years, including the “royal household’s isolation during lockdowns at Windsor Castle; Angela supporting the Queen in new ways, such as cutting and setting her hair; the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral; the first public engagements post lockdown; and a look ahead at the Jubilee celebrations in June.”


10 Tricks for Using Up Leftover Wine
From making jam to pan sauce, here’s how you can take extra wine and give it a new lease on life.

At the end of a dinner party, a date night, or a night hanging out with friends, you might find yourself with one or two unfinished bottles of wine. At this point, you have two options: try to finish drinking it before it turns, or find a way to repurpose it. Route A certainly works just fine, but if you aren’t up for drinking more, we’ve got options. A bottle of leftover wine is something that’s full of possibilities, offering you an exciting chance to get creative in the kitchen. The last few glugs of rosé can be used in homemade jam, and extra red wine can star in everything from a chocolate snack cake to a dreamy pan sauce for lamb chops. We’ve included those tips and more of our favorite tips for cooking with leftover wine below, whether you’re in the mood for dessert, poached seafood, or still want to drink your wine—albeit, in a different format. Read on for all 10 tips, grab your bottle, and get cooking.


Deep Deception: What It’s Like To Find Out You’ve Been Dating A British Spy
Between 1987 and 2010, countless women unknowingly engaged in intimate relationships with undercover officers, who had infiltrated their activist groups. Katie O’Malley speaks to three of the victims to find out how the confusion and trauma of their experiences have shaped their lives.

Falling in love with a spy is something you should read about in the pages of fiction. In a plot involving thrilling car chases in Aston Martins, and martini-fuelled sex in six-star hotels. But, for a number of women in the UK, the reality of dating a spy couldn’t be further removed from the James Bond fantasy. For them, it was a case of being groomed, gaslit and ghosted. For years, they believed they were their love stories’ protagonists. Little did they know that they were merely pawns in a four-decade-long police operation involving undercover officers.
From 1968 to the 2011, two top-secret undercover police units – the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) – were established in the UK to surveil protesters in groups (mostly left-wing) that challenged the status quo. The units’ officers – many married, with children – were instructed to secretly infiltrate activist groups ‘by any means necessary’, per the SDS’s informal motto. This included stealing the identities of deceased children, using fake passports, and creating long-term, sexual relationships.


How One Indian Brand Is Reimagining Waste While Preserving Traditional Craftsmanship
Purpose is crucial for emerging designers deciding to enter the fashion industry today, particularly considering the growing concerns around excessive consumption. For Bhaavya Goenka, the 27-year-old founder of Iro Iro based in Jaipur, northern India, tackling the industry’s massive waste problem has always been at the core of her circular brand.
Rather than being purely a fashion label, the designer sees Iro Iro as a service that enables organisations that create textile waste to close the loop. “I see my role as somewhat of a creative waste management person,” Goenka tells Vogue. So far, the rising brand has managed to divert five tonnes of discarded materials from landfill by creating garments out of fabric scraps sourced from other fashion brands in India and Singapore, as well as from hotels.


After A Decade Of Failed Trials, Is Effective Male Contraception Finally Within Reach?
If there was a male contraceptive, things could be different. I might not have been put on the pill aged 17 – and experienced body dysmorphia when I gained a stone. I probably wouldn’t have been given a coil aged 21 – and had a panic attack in a spinning studio because I thought it was falling out. And perhaps I wouldn’t have fallen pregnant aged 23 – and had an abortion because my partner had taken the condom off without my consent.
Okay, these things might still have happened. But they would have been less likely if the men I’d been sleeping with had been on some form of contraception. Of course, such a thing is not possible. At least not yet.


Guo Pei’s “Couture Fantasy” Exhibition Bonds East and West
Ever since starting her fashion career in the 1990s, the Chinese designer Guo Pei has sought to evoke the meeting of East and West through her fanciful, otherworldly couture pieces. But her watershed moment came on May 4, 2015, when Rihanna wore Pei’s dramatic, bright yellow cape gown on the Met Gala red carpet. For many, it was the first time seeing a Guo Pei design—despite the fact that Pei is widely considered China’s first couturier and has dressed many celebrities, not to mention designed clothing for the athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It was the ultimate illustration of two cultures being bridged, she recalls. “The attention she attracted was totally unexpected for me,” Pei says over e-mail through a translator. “I was there, and I remember being surprised when she walked out from backstage to great cheers. When this gown was first shown in China, the model had difficulty walking on the stage because it was too heavy for her, so I regretted it was not perfectly presented in front of the public. Rihanna gave the gown a second life. After this event, many people have been trying to find out more about my designs, even today.”


Five Minutes With Sydney Sweeney, Talking Vintage Cars and the MCU
Earlier this year, when fans discovered the hidden TikTok account @syds_garage, they quickly realized they’d stumbled upon Sweeney in the process of refurbishing a cherry red vintage Bronco. Sweeney wasn’t trying to show it off—she was simply in the shop, doing the work. And it was that very authenticity which fans glommed onto. Now, after a year of hard work, the Bronco is finally road-ready (though she doesn’t have a name quite yet), and Sweeney has partnered with eBay Motors to show off the finished product for the first time. The actress took some time from her baby’s big debut to talk to W about the car, her rapid ascent in Hollywood, and her forthcoming debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Jessica Biel Transforms Into An Axe Murdering Housewife In The New Trailer For Candy
Candy tells the story of a church-going mother of two living in Wylie, Texas in the 1980s. From the outside, Candy’s life seems picture perfect—she’s well liked, has a loving husband, and she seems to be quite the volleyball player—but everything begins to unravel when Candy engages in an affair with Allan Gore, the husband of her friend, Betty (played by Yellowjacket’s star Melanie Lynskey). When Betty shows up dead, violently killed by an axe, the town seems hesitant to accept that anyone but a “strong man” could have committed the crime. “Swinging an axe 41 times, that can’t be easy,” Raúl Esparza says in the trailer. As the truth continues to unravel, however, Candy is forced to get her story straight.


Natasha Lyonne on Her Ride to ‘Russian Doll’ and Telling Her Own Stories
The multihyphenate and Animal Pictures co-founder talks about the return of her Netflix series, splitting up with Fred Armisen over a swimming pool and rebounding from the pitfalls of child stardom: “The resentments I had against this business, I’m over them.”

“There’s something about being more settled and like a journeyman who grew up in this business where you really start to understand the players on a more individual, human basis. When I was younger, especially when I would be high for all of these things, people and places would just kind of whoosh by you as if you were driving in a car quickly. Now, you start to understand that you’re going to run into the same cast of characters as their careers morph over a 10-, 20-, 30-year span. Assistants become managers and agents and network executives. Somebody with a weird indie movie that had no budget, five years later is directing Star Wars. You can’t process that journey until you’ve been through the other side.”


How to handle a lopsided friendship
If you think a pal is way less (or way more) invested than you are, here’s what to do.

A lopsided friendship happens when one friend is more active in maintaining contact and the other friend is more passive about keeping the connection going. It’s understandable to be sad or upset if you’re the one constantly reaching out, sending thoughtful messages and asking if you can schedule brunch or happy hour together. According to a 2010 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, social rejection can feel as distressing as physical pain.
“We live longer if we feel connected and supported,” says Kasley Killam, a Harvard-trained social scientist who specializes in connection and loneliness, and founder of the nonprofit Social Health Labs. “So when someone expresses that they’re perhaps not as interested in being friends with us or they need a break or whatever, that can trigger this innate fear inside of us that we’re going to be alone or that we’re not of value.”


The Fiddle Leaf Fig Is Dead
Meet the man working to put the next big “It” plant on every windowsill in North America.

Plant sales for all kinds of varieties have surged over the past few years. About 38 million households in the United States participate in indoor houseplant gardening and spent about $1.67 billion in 2020, an increase of 28 percent from 2019, according to the 2021 National Gardening Survey.
Many enthusiasts, including millennials and Gen Zers, continue to gravitate to rare varieties with a sharper look that often sell for hundreds of dollars in online auctions. Now, mass-market growers like Costa Farms are on a mission to deliver the next “It” plant at a time when new varieties lose their novelty in a matter of months.


I Traveled on the World’s Largest Cruise Ship — Here’s What It Was Like
Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, is ideal for a nervous, first-time cruiser. Here’s why.

I’ve always been a go-big-or-go-home type of person, so taking the maiden voyage on Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, in April was an absolute must. Funny thing is, I’d never been a cruise person, despite having never been on one — that is, until this Caribbean sailing.
The trip was scheduled for late March 2020, so needless to say, it was put on ice as the COVID-19 pandemic halted the industry. But fast-forward almost exactly two years later, I decided to give it a go again on Royal Caribbean’s new 1,188-foot-long ship.
It turns out, the things I initially thought I disliked about cruising are what I enjoyed most during the seven-day journey that sailed from Fort Lauderdale to Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas.




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