T LOunge for April 7th, 2022

Posted on April 07, 2022

Frades Bar and Restaurant – Milan, Italy

 

Oooh, some place coolly modern with a touch of the ancient is exactly what we all need today. Let’s sit here and just be fabulous all day, darlings. It’s THURSDAY and that’s as good a reason as any. Drinks are on us.

 

The Burden of Brilliance: Nina Simone’s Tortured Talent
Together, Simone’s autobiography I Put a Spell on You and Alan Light’s biography What Happened, Miss Simone? elucidate an anguished genius.

When I used to get blue years ago, James Baldwin would say the same thing to me each time: ‘This is the world you have made for yourself, Nina, now you have to live in it,’” the trailblazing musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone muses in the opening lines of her 1992 autobiography, I Put a Spell on You.
Throughout this slight, remarkably placid autobiography (co-written with Stephen Cleary), one sometimes wonders—almost with relief—whether these words are actually the voice of Nina Simone. Could this possibly be the same tortured musical prodigy whose mental illness and irrational actions are brutally and heartbreakingly documented in Alan Light’s 2016 biography What Happened, Miss Simone?—a book inspired by the harrowing 2015 documentary of the same name?

 

The Grandest White House Weddings in History
It’s official: there will soon be a wedding reception in the White House.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden recently confirmed they will host a celebratory soirée at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for their granddaughter, Naomi Biden, and her soon-to-be-husband Peter Neal, on November 19. “The first family, the couple, and their parents are still in the planning stages of all of the wedding festivities and look forward to announcing further details in the coming months,” the East Wing communications director Elizabeth Alexander said.
Anything involving weddings qualifies as joyous news, but this one especially so: the American public hasn’t had a presidential family member mark their marriage in Washington D.C. for around 15 years (Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of George W. Bush and Laura Bush, had a 600-person reception in June 2008). Yet, throughout history, many White House weddings have been held in the East Wing.

 

Learning to Sew at the End of the World
Amidst supply chain issues and the ongoing pandemic, sewing your own clothes is having a moment.

Before the pandemic, Kate Bauer didn’t even know how to sew on a button. But when the Toronto-based PhD student and content creator, who goes by the handle @readwritethrift, managed to score a free sewing machine in October 2020 from a neighbor in her condo building, she challenged herself to learn.
Bauer, whose style skews cheerful and maximalist, set out to sew a “big baby ruffle collar” from vintage ditsy floral fabric she had acquired from Etsy. She downloaded a PDF manual of her sewing machine to figure out how to thread the needle and cobbled together enough instructions from YouTube tutorials and sewing blogs, to shakily transform the textile into a real, wearable accessory. When she finished the project, Bauer felt a bit like a wizard, with the miraculous ability to conjure objects out of thin air. “Honestly, it felt surreal,” she says.

 

A beginner’s guide to crystals
How to incorporate the practice of crystal healing into your own self-care rituals

In turbulent times, many of us harness ways to feel grounded, to calm anxiety and soothe stress, so it’s not surprising that alternative therapies like crystal healing have come to the fore. The concept of using crystals to heal has been around for centuries but, with celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Miranda Kerr speaking publicly about their belief in the practice, it’s had a more mainstream resurgence in recent years. And, as with most trends reentering the zeitgeist, social media has played a huge part in its popularity – in more ways than one.

 

15 Rules for Great Wine and Food Pairings
Some advice for pairing food and wine can be overly strict. The truth is, you can eat pretty much whatever you want while drinking whichever wine you choose. Are you pairing a green chile cheeseburger with a glass of crisp Chablis? Sounds great. Would it be recommended in most food-pairing guides? Not really, but go for it. Some pairings should generally be avoided, like tannic red wines alongside artichokes or raw asparagus, but those are few and far between. There are, however, a number of time-tested guidelines to help you go through life as an educated lover of food and wine. It’s basically a “you should know the rules before you break them” situation. Here are 15 tips for pairing food with wines. Commit them to memory, master them — and then break the rules to your heart’s desire.

 

Everything you need to know if you’re considering copper-red hair this spring
Copper tones have never been more popular – we asked the experts for their advice on going red

The temptation to embrace a new hair colour is one that often coincides with the start of the new season. As we shake off the winter layers and emerge from our knitwear into the sunshine, you may also find yourself keen to switch out the darker tones of your hair for something lighter or brighter.
For 2022, there’s been one shade in particular that’s been catching our attention: copper. Anya Taylor Joy in 2020’s Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit may have first been a catalyst for the popularity of the red hair shade, with Gigi Hadid swapping her famous California blonde for fiery auburn last year and Zendaya experimenting with a warm mahogany shade. And this year, the scarlet fever in celebrity circles has intensified. Actress Sophie Turner stepped out in February with a new deep cherry shade, while model Kendall Jenner debuted a golden copper shade during fashion week this month, choosing to keep the shade after the shows rather than dying it back to her natural brunette.

 

Jared Leto Pretended to Be Disabled in the Name of ‘Method Acting’
Jared Leto is coming under fire for his latest attempt at “method acting.”
For those of you who are unaware, the actor is notorious for taking his roles to the extreme, doing everything from living on the streets with addicts to allegedly sending his co-stars condoms and dead rats in order to prepare for parts. However, Leto is now facing criticism for pretending to be disabled on the set of his new Marvel movie, Morbius — even when he wasn’t in front of the camera.
In a new interview for MovieMaker, director Daniel Espinosa revealed that Leto brought this nonsense to set in order to get ready for scenes as the film’s titular character, a scientist who morphs into a living vampire after curing himself of a blood disease that left him in chronic pain. And his way of doing this? By limping everywhere on crutches.

 

48 Happy Films That Will Lift Your Mood, From Legally Blonde To La La Land
Your evening entertainment is officially sorted

It’s important to watch a feel-good, happy film once in a while, whether it’s to cheer you up from the grey weather outside, a stressful day at work or just because you’re in need of a good, old giggle.
Whether it’s a romantic comedy like Jerry Maguire or La La Land to watch while tucked up in bed, or animated films like Up, Soul and Enchanted to accompany you while you sit with a takeaway in your pyjamas, there’s nothing quite like a film to lift your spirits.
As we all know, life is better with cheer, laughter and a bit of a singalong.

 

David Oyelowo On the Will Smith Slap, the Intersection of Race and Bias
The ‘Selma’ star notes how coded language is being used to discuss the Oscar-night incident, and warns Hollywood’s inclusion efforts “mustn’t be eroded by those with bad intentions who would seek with relish to weaponize this incident.”

I’ve never heard or used the word “processing” more than I have in the days since these last Oscars. Having been in the room where it happened, I’ve been beset by questions from journalists, friends, family members and people I haven’t heard from in a long time. My answer has remained the same as I’ve also heard from others. “I’m still processing what just happened.”
My experiences of attending the Oscars over the last few years have been steeped in unexpected drama and a constant intersection of public opinion, politics and race.

 

A Château for the 21st Century
Victoire de Pourtalès and Benjamin Eymère have turned what they thought was a lockdown escape into a home—complete with hemp fields and an ambitious artist residency.

The property, where de Pourtalès spent the first years of her life, is only an hour’s drive from the city, past Orly airport, but seems a thousand miles from anywhere, with its 247 acres of rolling farmland and deep forest, and water on all sides (“marais” translates to “swamp”). De Pourtalès grew up swimming in its 1,800-foot-long reflecting pool. It was a magical childhood, she says, with horses to ride and ancient tunnels to explore, and rabbit holes of history down which to get lost. The château has its own 16th-century dungeon, along with a chapel, enough guest rooms to put up a queen’s royal court, and a small family museum that’s open to the public on summer weekends.

 

Kaley Cuoco is Back to Snooping in The Flight Attendant Season Two Trailer
Things are looking up for Kaley Cuoco’s Cassie in the first thirty seconds of The Flight Attendant’s season two trailer. She is still serving the skies, she’s gotten sober, and has even moved to Los Angeles to live with her new boyfriend. In general, she’s “making better choices,” she tells her Alcoholics Anonymous group. Of course, those who followed along with Cassie’s antics in the Emmy-winning first season of the show knows that where she goes, chaos follows.

 

Bridgerton‘s Charithra Chandran on Colorism, Culture, and Choosing Yourself
“If [people] can get anything from this season, it’s that you are much more in control of your own life than you imagine.”

“For me, colorism in some ways is more painful because it feels like a betrayal of your own,” Chandran says. “If someone’s racist to you, you have your community to lean back on.” Unfortunately, being a global star does not exempt you from racism — in fact, the heightened fame can invite more of it. Chandran has had to deal with some racist comments on her Instagram, including derogatory references to curry, which she reposted on her Stories, responding that she’s heard it all before and she wishes bigots wouldn’t be so boring.

 

There are only 78 songs in history that have been certified diamond — here they all are
“Something About the Way You Look Tonight / Candle in the Wind” became the first-ever song to be certified diamond on October 9, 1997.
In fact, it received the certification two years before the official diamond award was unveiled by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In the years since, it has been bestowed sparingly — if a song has moved at least 10 million equivalent units by combining sales and
streaming numbers, and if an artist or label requests certification.

 

The Unsinkable Molly Shannon
In a new memoir, “Hello, Molly!”, Shannon — the “Saturday Night Live” alumna — recounts her comedy career and the devastating family tragedy that changed her life.

“Hello, Molly!”, which Shannon wrote with Sean Wilsey (“Oh the Glory of It All”), goes on to recount her time at “S.N.L.” She joined the long-running sketch comedy show in 1995, and several of her hit characters — including the unapologetically over-the-hill dancer, Sally O’Malley — were in some way inspired by her father’s theatricality.
Then, as Shannon was preparing to leave “S.N.L.” in 2001, she learned that her father had come out as gay in a phone conversation with Levy. Weeks later, in a private moment when Shannon thought that her father was about to share this with her as well, he instead disclosed that he had prostate cancer.

 

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Renaissance Music
Here’s your introduction to the shining, stirring sounds of a revolutionary period in cultural history.

Some of the most sublime encounters between poetry and song come to us from the English Renaissance, works by the likes of John Dowland and Thomas Campion. There is some marvelous frivolity, too, like the madrigal “Come, sirrah Jack, ho,” written for three voices by Thomas Weelkes in 1608. It is the sort of song that Shakespeare’s Falstaff might have called for in the Eastcheap Tavern: a buoyant celebration of drinking and smoking, the singers vouching that the tobacco — which is “very, very good,” as we hear more than once — is “perfect Trinidado.” The song is as intricate and weightless as a twist of smoke, and casts only a shadow of empire as it blows away.

 

We want cheap stuff fast and don’t care who it hurts
Customers are told they’re always right. Naturally, they’ve come to believe it.

“In our culture, we have excessively high expectations,” said Robin Kowalski, a psychology professor at Clemson University who studies complaining. Not just high expectations, but specific ones, about how the economy should run and what we should get out of it. We want things to be cheap, we want things to be fast, we want things to be efficient. For decades, American customers have been told they’re always right. Naturally, they’ve come to believe it.
People aren’t accustomed to having to really think about the trade-offs they make for the economy to run how it does, and when they do have to think about it, they don’t like it. Consumer-centric culture has made it easier for us to be destructive in ways big and small — to workers, to the environment, and to each other. Corporations have manufactured our high expectations, and it’s hard to reverse course.

 

Here Are the Top Home Decor Trends to Watch for 2022, According to Etsy
Now’s the time to show off your personal style!

Leave it to Etsy to get us excited about revamping our homes for spring. The online marketplace, which is a go-to resource for people who appreciate handmade, one-of-a-kind decor finds, has just released a new report that highlights its top home decor predictions for 2022. (Get inspired by our own list of 2022 interior design trends, too).
While people were shopping for everything from checkered textiles to personalized gifts last year, Etsy has discovered that decor enthusiasts are now craving one thing — to show off their personal style. Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson says that means cozy, layered interiors, as well as well-crafted items (think handmade furniture), are all the rage right now.

 

The Crown is reportedly looking for a Kate Middleton
The sixth and final season may include glimpses of Prince William’s early dating life while at university, but the focus will still very much be on the Queen and her children’s lives in the late 1990s and early 2000s

It was once thought that The Crown would avoid completely the adult lives of the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex. Series creator Peter Morgan had originally stipulated that the series would end after season five, with the close of the 1990s, but later backtracked, deciding it would indeed continue to the early 2000s with a sixth and final season. Now, it seems that the final season could include Prince William and Kate Middleton’s early courtship during their St Andrews days, as it has been reported that the show is currently casting someone to play the future duchess.

 

 

 

 

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