T LOunge for April 19th, 2022

Posted on April 19, 2022

Toujours Bar and Restaurant – Haarlem, The Netherlands


It’s TUESDAY, kittens. No sense in being coy about it. Grab a velvet seat and plant your ass on it for the duration. Enjoy the Open Buffet of Distractions below or bring along a distraction of your own.



How The First Lady Gave Viola Davis Those Famous Michelle Obama Eyebrows
Turning one incredibly famous woman into another incredibly famous woman is no small feat.

Carol Rasheed, armed with three decades’ worth of experience, led a staff of anywhere from four to 15 throughout production. Each of the show’s three stars had their own personal makeup artist: Julie Kendrick transformed Anderson into Mrs. Roosevelt, Valli O’Reilly morphed Pfeiffer into Mrs. Ford, and Sergio Lopez-Rivera turned Davis into Mrs. Obama. “It was just a makeup artist’s dream, to be honest with you,” Rasheed says. “I am so ecstatic about the opportunity that I got with this, to be able to bring this team on and be able to help tell the story through the lens of makeup artists.”


Forget Selfies, Interior Portraits are the New Way to Signal Status
Royals once commissioned their palaces to be painted, now everyone from Lorne Michaels to British nobility is immortalizing their interiors.

Two centuries before influencers began obsessively documenting their terrazzo-filled condos, royals caught the craze for palace paintings. The practice, which began in the 1800s with technical drawings of scholarly libraries, became colorful and nuanced in the hands of skilled artists like Vasily Sadovnikov, who painted Russian palaces for Empress Alexandra. (It is thanks to Sadovnikov that images of the doomed empire exist, such as the grand interiors of the Winter Palace.) Empress Josephine of France and Queen Victoria also commissioned portraits of their palaces, Victoria becoming a voracious collector. Aristocrats everywhere hopped on the trend, as interior design books like Edith Wharton\u2019s 1897 The Decoration of Houses started celebrating the pastime of peeping into the (intricately styled) lives of others.


Francesca Bridgerton Is (Mostly) Missing From Bridgerton. Where Might She Be Instead?
The sixth Bridgerton child is often absent from the Netflix series.

You’d be forgiven for forgetting Francesca Bridgerton exists. There is indeed a fourth Bridgerton sister in the beloved Netflix Regency drama, as well as in the Julia Quinn novels upon which the series is based, though I was not convinced of this fact until mere days ago. This is largely because Francesca, played by Lockwood & Co. actress Ruby Stokes, takes a significant sabbatical in both seasons 1 and 2 of Bridgerton. Given that the series only comments on her truancy in rare moments of throwaway dialogue—if it’s explained at all—it’d be easy to assume she’s a cousin, a 19th-century ghost or, better yet, a figment of your own imagination.


Fierce Attachments by Lena Dunham
It’s 1997 and I want to be cool. About to be twelve, and my mother, understanding the urgency of the mission, has finally agreed to let me shop in the grown-up section—albeit of a vintage store, Alice Underground, on lower Broadway. (For once in my life I am small, under-sized in fact, and she says that the antique fit works better for “petites.”) So I’ve headed to school in flared ’70s bell-bottoms—purple, embroidered with orange pop art footprints—and a ringer tee with a mess of smiley faces. Inspired by reruns of The Brady Bunch, my hair is short and feathered with a smattering of fuschia strands. Lilac Sketchers with a chunky heel. I think I’m hot shit.


Cecilia Alemani on Her Historic (and Surprising) Exhibition at This Year’s Venice Biennale
With just days left to finish installing 213 works from around the globe, Cecilia Alemani took a break in early April to talk about her highly anticipated Venice Biennale, the original biennial that all others model themselves after. (It opens on April 23.) As curator of the 59th international art exhibition, she’s the first Italian woman to hold that position in its 127-year history. (She’s also the first to be married to someone who curated an earlier one—Massimiliano Gioni did it in 2013.) Oh, and one more first—she’s got more women in her Biennale than ever before by a long shot; more than 80%, accompanied by only “21 or 22 male-identifying artists.” When we talk, she’s outside the Central Pavilion, wearing two jackets because it’s “crazy cold” in the Giardini, where her Italian Pavilion is located. (The rest of her international show is going up at the Arsenale nearby.) A gusting wind is blowing and a giant crane is lumbering around behind her, making it hard to hear.


Strawberry-Vanilla-Rhubarb Jam
When the blush red stalks of rhubarb begin to fill the market stalls, it’s a sign that spring is finally here. Puckeringly tart, fibrous, and juicy, rhubarb is made for adding dimension and depth to sweets.
Recipe developer Jasmine Smith likes to pair rhubarb with a classic partner, strawberries, to bring a brightening acidity to this luscious jam. Strawberries’ natural sugars and pectin also help the jam set after boiling. Choose crisp, thin stalks of young rhubarb that are firm, not wilting or woody, for the best flavor and texture.


The most elegant bridal manicures providing inspiration for your wedding day
From timeless shades to eye-catching details.

When it comes to wedding day make-up, most brides will tend to opt for a natural and glowing finish, not straying too far from the norm to avoid any unexpected mishaps. With your bridal manicure, you can afford to exercise a touch more creativity.
Classic wedding-day manicures often include a neat nude nail or a tasteful and precise french tip. If you’re looking to add a little bit more flair to your look however, a touch of nail art can elevate your bridal look without overwhelming it.


How Camilla Became a Queen (Consort) for the Modern Era
As the royal family struggles to control fractures while redefining itself for a new era, perhaps no one has better footing—to everyone’s surprise—than the Duchess of Cornwall.

There was a time not so long ago when the greatest threat to King Charles was Camilla Parker Bowles.
Yet with Her Majesty’s blessing for Camilla to become queen consort when Charles is crowned king, you could now say that the Duchess of Cornwall is one of the monarchy’s greatest success stories—and a vital pillar of strength for its future. The monarchy looks very different from how it did just 10 years ago at the diamond jubilee. Following the death of Prince Philip, the Sussexes standing down, and the spectacular fall of the Duke of York, the royal lineup is somewhat depleted.
Yet here’s Camilla, whose metamorphosis from mistress to “my darling wife,” as Charles calls her, has been remarkable—a triumph matched perhaps only by Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, who transformed himself from mistrusted German outsider to revered royal.


Why Are We So Into Unusual Cakes? Ask The Creators Of This New Zine
It’s been a banner few years for cake, with pandemic baking giving way to a new trend in pastry that is decidedly weird and more than a little messy. While cake might once have been the luxe stuff of Marie Antoinette and debutante cotillions, today’s cakes are all about a DIY aesthetic and an in-your-face vibe, and there’s no better distillation of that approach than Tanya Bush and Aliza Abarbanel’s new zine Sexy Cake.


Greta Lee Gets Uncomfortable
As she settles back into California, the Russian Doll actress reflects on the fight-or-flight reflex that’s been a driving force in her life.

The actress Greta Lee swore on her grave that she would never, ever return to her hometown of La Cañada Flintridge, a Southern California suburb known colloquially as La Cañada. Growing up at the foothills of the Verduro Mountains, just nudging the San Gabriel Valley to the southeast, Lee was “one of those L.A. kids who never felt comfortable there,” she tells me during a recent video call. While in the throes of classic teenage angst and rebellion, Lee would drive to a parking lot by the La Cañada country club and smoke Camel Lights, gazing into the expanse of greater Los Angeles, dreaming about the moment she could move to New York City, where she’d pursue her dreams of acting—and, no doubt, finally be accepted for who she was. “I just felt like, ‘I gotta get out of here, I am never coming back,’” she recalls. “‘Fuck this town, this is a shit town.’”


Danyel Smith Tells the History of Black Women in Pop
The author discusses Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, racism in magazines, and why she’s so hopeful for the future of music and writing.

If I tell you Danyel Smith is a writer and editor who grew up in Oakland, California, in the nineteen-seventies, and went on to become one of the nation’s most astute chroniclers of pop and hip-hop culture—especially through her leadership of Vibe magazine, in the nineties—how much am I actually telling you? How much am I leaving out? “To say I ‘became’ editor-in-chief of Vibe in 1994—and the first woman and the first Black person to have the job, and the first woman to run a national music magazine—is a criminal abbreviation,” Smith writes in her new book, “Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop.” Although the book gives us her backstory, it is not primarily a memoir. It is an experiment in intertwining her own stories of self-doubt, love, and ambition with those of the Black-women artists she profiles—from the nineteen-sixties hitmakers the Dixie Cups to icons such as Jody Watley and Mariah Carey. These are artists who collectively created the sounds and styles of American pop.


Quinta Brunson on ‘Abbott Elementary’ Success, Crafting the ‘Soul’ of the Series & Staying Grounded | Emerging Hollywood
‘Abbott Elementary’ star and executive producer Quinta Brunson sat down for the latest episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Emerging Hollywood to discuss being raised as a Jehovah’s Witness in Philadelphia, how a breakup helped fuel her drive for a career in comedy, the praise she’s received for the ABC series, how her former teacher inspired her and more.


These Small Indoor Plants Will Fit In Even the Teeny-Tiniest Apartments
Take me to the nursery—I’m ready to be a plant mom.

If you have little room to work with, chances are you’ve probably avoided starting a massive collection of plants. I mean, that random corner is much better reserved for a bar cart, bookshelf, or something more functional, right? Ahem, WRONG! According to plant ecologist and botanist Tanisha M. Williams, PhD, there are dozens of benefits that come from having plants in your home, and there are plenty of low-maintenance options that’ll fit even the smallest of spaces.


One Good Thing: Garlic, a perfect food
The fiery vegetable I almost forgot.

But garlic is a cosmopolitan plant, a citizen of the world. People all over the globe have been growing and eating it for thousands of years, starting on the Asian continent in places like China and India. It had culinary and medicinal applications, everything from treating infections to warding off malevolent spirits. Cloves of garlic were found in Tutankhamen’s Egyptian tomb when it was excavated in 1922. The ancient Romans loved it.


The post-Hamilton era of historical musicals has begun
With Suffs and Paradise Square, this season’s new musicals are reexamining the history books.

Broadway has always loved both a painfully earnest historical musical (see: 1776) and an arch and knowing deconstruction of history (see: Evita, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and, more recently, Six). Among Hamilton’s great innovations was that it found a way to serve both subgenres at once. Hamilton invited audiences to empathize sincerely with the travails of the Founding Fathers, and it also used its color-conscious casting to subtly critique America’s historical racism. It’s a tricky, supremely delicate balancing act, but Hamilton proved it could be done. Now its first true imitators are finally here.


Looking back at the original royal fairytale wedding: Grace Kelly’s 1956 nuptials to Prince Rainier III of Monaco
66 years ago this week, a Hitchcock blonde and a playboy prince tied the knot in the world’s most glamorous principality, and fashion history was made

Before Charles and Diana, William and Kate, or Harry and Meghan, there was another royal coupling that was lauded around the globe: that of the Hollywood megastar, Grace Kelly, and the dashing European prince, Rainier III of Monaco. Theirs was a somewhat unlikely union: introduced via mutual friends during the 1955 Cannes Film Festival, they had very little in common. After all, she was from a middle class American background, raised in Philadelphia and earning her living on the screen, while he was the head of state for a tiny, at that time largely forgotten, principality. Yet something clicked, and a year into their romance, the couple announced that they were engaged.


A Beloved Indigenous Dessert Evolves With Each Generation
Different versions of grape dumplings have been passed down and adapted over time — and they are all delicious.

Rose Shields-Jefferson, a Chickasaw Nation elder and the firstborn of 13 children, leaned into her computer screen, her red and black beaded earrings swaying as she gave a conspiratorial smile.
“I’m not bragging, you know, but we’re good cooks.”
Mrs. Shields-Jefferson, 77, is well known in her community of Ada, Okla., for her grape dumplings, panki’ alhfola’ in the Chickasaw language, of which she is a native speaker. Don’t try asking for her exact formula, however. “We don’t use recipes, you know,” she said during a video chat. “I just know how to make it.”


Julia Roberts Hasn’t Changed. But Hollywood Has.
Julia Roberts is one of those few actors who have achieved a stardom that never really fades: She’s always up there in the pop-culture firmament, flashing that famous smile. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that her role as the Watergate whistleblower Martha Mitchell in the new Starz mini-series “Gaslit,” which premieres April 24, is her first acting work in four long years. As if making up for lost time, Roberts has found in the part of Mitchell — wife of the former attorney general and Nixon confidante John N. Mitchell, played in the series by Sean Penn — a character that affords her the opportunity to deliver the full Julia experience.


What Was It Like to Be a Woman Photographer in the 19th and 20th Centuries?
From the ethereal celebrity portraits of Julia Margaret Cameron to the politically minded photographs of Tina Modotti, women photographers have left their mark on the medium since its earliest days.
But women photographers don’t always get their due. Their accomplishments have been obscured and, too often, forgotten. So we asked our social media followers to share their questions about what it was like to be a woman photographer in the 19th and 20th centuries. Curators and staff from the Getty Museum’s Department of Photographs—Carolyn Peter, Megan Catalano, Karen Hellman, and Miriam Katz—revealed the fascinating answers about the visionary, tenacious women who contributed thought-provoking work that advanced the medium of photography.


This New England Island Is the Perfect Summer Vacation — With Over 20 Beaches, Great Restaurants, and Waterfront Hotels
Here, everything you need to know to plan the perfect Martha’s Vineyard vacation.

As compact as Martha’s Vineyard is — or simply the Vineyard, as locals affectionately abbreviate it — this New England island can feel much larger because of its three main towns: Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, and Edgartown, all of which offer something different. There’s also Aquinnah, renowned for its towering seaside cliffs, the sleepier fishing village of Chilmark, and the less touristy, often labeled ‘residents-only’, West Tisbury.
A visit to the island isn’t complete without visiting them all, however, repeat visitors will surely play favorites, flocking back to their preferred destination. Don’t be intimidated, there’s something for everyone on Massachusetts’ largest island, and though it may not be the easiest to access, that only adds to its charm — because once you arrive, you’ll never want to leave.




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