T LOunge for May 13th, 2022

Posted on May 13, 2022

Reeza Restaurant and Bar – Mykonos, Greece


Expansive views of the sea and sky, a well-stocked bar, and beds to boot. What more could you possibly need from a Friday LOunge, kittens? You’ve earned this.



Chris Pine Is in His Blouse Era, and We Hope It Never Ends
Can’t get enough.

In terms of men’s fashion, 2022 is giving. Credit the collective vibe shift or our renewed interest in leaving the house, but our Hollywood boyfriends have shown up and out on the red carpet as of late. Jacob Elordi rocked the mini-bag trend like a pro (obviously, we’re fans). Oscar Issac can’t stop wearing skirts (and we can’t stop talking about it). Harry Styles, as always, continues to spark joy. But, the most unexpected street style star of 2022 has to be Chris Pine.


Paris When It Sizzles
The lights are back on, and the French capital shines brighter than ever, with a revived arts and culinary scene

Mariane Ibrahim, the French-Somali gallerist, hadn’t planned to expand beyond her original location in Chicago, where she has focused on artists from the African diaspora, including Ghanaian-born star Amoako Boafa. “During the pandemic, I had a strong urge to be in Paris,” she explains, so she opened an outpost on Avenue Matignon. “The city is going through a revival,” she says. “It’s like the roaring ’20s.” Indeed, there are world-class hotels opening up, innovative chefs are energizing the culinary scene, and the Bourse de Commerce, home to François Pinault’s formidable art collection, and new galleries are turning Paris into a contemporary-art capital.


Selena Gomez’s Colorful New Cookware with Our Place Is Fit For Stylish Chefs
The ‘Selena + Chef’ host has cooked up vibrant colorways of the brand’s Always Pan and more.

Selena Gomez is spicing up our kitchens and dining tables with her new collaboration with Our Place. Now that the Grammy nominee has showcased her culinary chops on her HBO Max series, Selena + Chef, the actress is putting her stylish touch on the cult-favorite kitchenware brand’s best-selling Everyday Essentials line.
The Selena Gomez x Our Place collection ($40 to $215) features the Hollywood-loved company’s Always Pan, Perfect Pot, Knife Trio, Drinking Glasses and Main and Side Plates in Rosa (a bright berry pink) and Azul (an electric blue). The vibrant hues are two of the Rare Beauty founder’s favorite colors, and the Rosa shade is inspired by lipsticks from the Only Murders in the Building star’s cosmetics brand (the Lip Soufflé Matte Cream Lipstick in the true berry shade is a perfect match for your new pot or pan).


Avantika Says Senior Year Is Not Just Another Teen Movie
The actress starring alongside Rebel Wilson in Netflix’s new comedy breaks down what sets it apart.

“I think when we watch [classic] chick flicks now, it doesn’t seem all that different, because that movie just takes place in that era, and everything’s kind of normalized for that,” she says. “But to see both [eras] side by side … Now, we really see all the progression we’ve made in terms of welcoming LGBTQ communities into our school and just a lot of the subtler intricacies of the evolution of high school culture.”


Tokyo Vice Is a Layered and Nuanced Portrait of the Japanese Capital
How series creator J. T. Rogers avoided the Hollywood pitfall of exoticizing Tokyo for western audiences.

A tall order, indeed. Tokyo, much like Paris, is one of those cities Hollywood has long loved to fetishize—for its perceived exoticism, its otherness, the fantasy of the Orient. It’s an all too common trope: A naive American protagonist arrives wide-eyed and curious, in awe of the neon lights and quirky fashions, mystified by the language and customs, perplexed by chopsticks. Not so in Tokyo Vice, thanks to more than a few factors.


There’s Never Been a Better Time to Visit Amsterdam’s Breathtaking Gardens
Wandering through the cobbled streets of Amsterdam’s historic center, one of the most striking features isn’t just the narrow townhouses with their traditional Dutch gables, or the city’s idyllic canals, but the greenery that lines each and every one of them. You’ll find yourself passing under the lush canopies of the thousands of elm trees planted along the banks, or spot bridges that have been extravagantly decked out with baskets of brightly-colored pink and white geraniums.


Inside the Psychedelic Mexico City Home That’s All Over Your Instagram
Designed and completed by the Mexican architect Javier Senosiain in 1984, Casa Orgánica opened to the public for the first time ever in late 2020. (It’s currently under renovation, but will fully reopen later this year.) Prior to accepting visitors, the home was Senosiain’s family’s private residence and just one of the architect’s projects in the Naucalpan de Juárez area. Inspired by the eclectic works of the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí and the modernist structures by Frank Lloyd Wright, Senosiain is a legend in his own right as the pioneer of organic architecture in Mexico. His design philosophy is rooted in the harmonious meeting of human habitation and the natural world. With no straight walls in the entire home, the design is meant to feel like entering some of the most sacred spaces of humankind: a womb, a cloister, a cave.


A New Book, Legends of Drag, Pays Homage to “Queens of a Certain Age”
Today’s crop of drag queens—especially the superstars on RuPaul’s Drag Race—are more creative and inventive than ever. Queens like Shea Couleè are using high-fashion looks to send important messages, while Landa Lakes uses their drag to educate others about Indigenous culture, and those are just two examples. The art of drag has always been about more than the look, of course. Each queen brings a unique story and vision to their art form. And a new book, launching next month, aims to pay homage to those who paved the way as far back as the 1960s.


Why baby formula is in short supply — and who is most at risk
America is enduring its worst baby formula shortage in decades.

The shortage can be traced back to a contamination problem at an Abbott factory that produces much of the Similac formula, as well as several other brands, for the US market, Abbott voluntarily shut down the factory in February, amid consumer complaints about contaminated formula that was linked to two infant deaths. As of mid-May, it’s still not up and running again. As Politico reported this week, it’s not exactly clear why Abbott and the FDA have failed to come to an agreement that would allow the plant to resume producing formula and help alleviate the shortage.


A Summer Travel Guide to Aspen, Colorado
An Aspen, Colorado summer is nothing short of spectacular. The skies are a sparkling electric blue (Aspen gets 300 days of sunshine per year), while the temperature hovers at that goldilocks range of high 70s, low 80s. Indian paintbrushes and blue bells dot the meadows, and the air seems to carry a certain fresh sweetness from all that’s in bloom. The Rocky Mountain peaks, unburdened from heavy snow, exude their full majestic glory. There are abundant trails for mountain biking and hiking, and the Roaring Fork River is a paradise for paddleboarders, kayakers, and flyfishers alike. Add in Aspen’s impressive culinary and cultural offerings (the Food and Wine Classic, held in June, attracts thousands of visitors each year), as well as its world-class shopping, and you have a summertime destination well worth the trek.


The Fine Art of Dining Alone When You’re a Socially Anxious Man
Solo dining has shed its stigma, but that doesn’t mean things can’t get awkward. A retired chef shares the pros and cons of eating at the bar or a table, what the heck to do with your hands, and how to zone out politely.

In my past life as a restaurant chef, I frequently ate alone. In some cases, it was due to my odd schedule. Having only Monday off and being a curious cook eager to experience what other restaurants were doing in the city — be it tacos or degustation — the likelihood of finding a dining companion willing to run the gamut of price points at the beginning of the week was slim. I ate very well, but most often as a party of one. In more recent years, it was work travel. Work almost always took me to a great food city where I was often more inclined to experience the restaurant scene by myself than to hermit with a room service club sandwich after a day of travel.


‘The Staircase’ Went to Real-Life Peterson Home to Create Three Exact Crime Scene Replicas
Eagle-eyed fans of the original series will notice deviations in the new settings, but the home’s back and front staircases required such heightened attention to detail that Shaw eventually had to view the source material.
“Those two elements symbolize what the whole story is about,” Shaw said. “The grand staircase is the facade that you put on to the public, and the back staircase is where all the secrets are kept.”


So Who Bought Andy Warhol’s Marilyn for Nearly $200 Million?
Bezos…Larry…Geffen…Elon? The masterpiece was almost certainly acquired by a billionaire collector, but the mystery of which one, exactly, has only deepened in the days since the sale.

On Monday night at Christie’s New York, Larry Gagosian lifted his hand and spent $195 million of someone’s money on a single work of art, Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn. Any way you slice it, that is a stupendous display of global capital, a transaction played out in the heart of Manhattan by the world’s most powerful art dealer, on behalf of an anonymous billionaire client—perhaps one of the biggest billionaire clients, if the many clued-in sources are to be believed.
The portrait of Marilyn Monroe—consigned by the estate of Thomas and Doris Ammann, with the proceeds going to a foundation that provides health care to underprivileged children—was the priciest work by an American artist ever sold at auction.
“We did sell the most expensive painting of the 20th century, and we’re very proud of that,” Christie’s chairman of 20th- and 21st-century art, Alex Rotter, said in a press conference after the sale. “Nearly $200 million. Just let that sink in.”


Mae Martin Gets Existential
In season two, Martin—who made a name for themselves doing stand-up comedy in Canada (their home country) and the U.K., then starring in their own semi-autobiographical Netflix dramedy—joins the cast as a flight attendant named Grace. Grace and the series protagonist Cassie (Kaley Cuoco) form a fast friendship, but there’s one problem: Grace loves to party, and Cassie is recovering from alcoholism—a dangerous mix indeed.
What Martin wants to say with their comedy is dependent on them serving as representation for LGBTQ and non-binary performers and audiences. “Our way of thinking about everything— capitalism, gender, etc.,—we’re in this cage, where a paradigm that comes from hetero-colonialism from the 1800s is under threat,” Martin says. “We’re realizing the gender binary doesn’t make sense. And because it’s under threat, people are doubling down. Hopefully it’s just because we’re in a transitionary time. We have to build a new way of thinking that allows for the facts that we now have.”


Why pet food is so doggone expensive
My dog loves to eat garbage. Why do I spend so much on pet food?

During the pandemic, a whopping 23 million American households — about one in five — adopted a dog or cat. And the prices are rising, too. Pet food was roughly 12 percent more expensive at the start of this year compared to early 2020, according to the research firm NielsenIQ.
Cat or dog, mutt or purebred, your pet is probably pretty expensive, and there’s a reason why food and treats are such a big part of the cost. For one, “byproducts” aren’t really byproducts as you might think of them. More importantly, though, dog and cat owners have a trait that makes us especially vulnerable consumers: We are completely obsessed with our pets.


Chlöe Takes Her Place Among the Hip-Hop Feminists
As A Teen Star And Half Of A Sister Act, Chlöe Bailey Charmed Audiences For Years. Now She’s Launched A Solo Music Career And Is Lending Her Distinctive Voice To An Essential Story About Sex, Race, And Black Women’s Bodies.

There was a chasm of difference between the way Black and white womanhood was viewed. In keeping with the mores of Victorian womanhood, white women were considered frail, virtuous, and in constant need of protection. Enslaved Black women, however, were believed to be no more than chattel. The primary purpose of our bodies was to provide labor that could be economically exploited, violently disciplined, and sexually violated to reproduce. To justify this exploitation, Black women’s bodies had to be reinscribed as unnatural, depicted as having animalistic strength, but also sexually insatiable and readily available. The truth is, Black women have been trying to undo these deeply disparaging stereotypes ever since. The solution for many was and still is to nix any public performance of pleasure that is in the least bit sexual. It’s considered too dangerous.


The extraordinary untold story of Lady Clara Vyvyan
A sexagenarian explorer, writer and rebel who has largely been forgotten by history

Born in the Australian outback, Clara grew up in England and trained as a pioneering social worker. She worked in the slums of London’s East End before joining up as a nurse during the First World War. She later married Sir Courtenay Bourchier Vyvyan, the 10th baronet of the Cornish Trelowarren Estate. In Cornwall, Clara became close friends with Daphne du Maurier – the two often travelled together despite an age difference of almost a quarter of a century (Clara was the elder). Clara’s Trelowarren home was the inspiration for Navron House in Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek. Here Clara also became renowned for her gardening expertise, her knowledge of birds, and her gorgeous prose.


Wedding Crashers? Lately, More Like Welcome Guests.
People generally prefer that strangers steer clear of their nuptials. A confluence of factors is changing that.

People generally prefer that strangers steer clear of their nuptials — nobody wants to pay for an interloper’s champagne or have them proposition a bridesmaid. A confluence of factors is changing that.
While wedding guest lists by nature are fluid, the pandemic continues to make it harder to gauge attendance. Covid is not the only reason head counts are more unpredictable: in a year when a record 2.5 million nuptials are expected to take place nationwide, some guests may simply find themselves overbooked. Weekday weddings, which can be difficult to juggle with work or school, have also been on the rise.


Peru’s Rainbow Mountain Is an Incredible Display of Color — How to Visit
Here’s what you need to know about visiting Rainbow Mountain in Peru.

Ever dreamed of traveling all the way over the rainbow? It turns out that’s easier than you think. All you need to do is book a plane ticket to Peru.
The South American nation is home to a spectacular array of natural sights, but one of its most precious may just be Rainbow Mountain, a multi-colored hillside that has become wildly Instagram famous. Ready to plan your own trip to see it? Here’s everything you need to know about Rainbow Mountain and how you can nail the perfect shot for your feed, too.




[Photo Credit: rocabella-hotel-mykonos.com, stonesandwalls.com]

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