T LOunge for May 2nd, 2022

Posted on May 02, 2022

The Governor Grand Cafe – Haarlem, The Netherlands


Happy MONDAY, kittens! We realize that phrase is a bit of an oxymoron, but for us, it’s the most epic and important Monday of the year, MET GALA MONDAY. In yet another of those “nature is healing” moments, the biggest fashion event of the year has returned to its “first Monday in May” perch for the first time in three years. All is right with the world again. Anyway, we have a few nibbly bits of celebrity fashion content to dole out to you today, but we’ll also be limbering up and stretching for the marathon of opinionating to come. We’re off to hydrate and warm up. Talk amongst yourselves, dolls!



The Best Met Gala Looks of All Time
Did you know the Met Gala has been around since 1973? Sure, the outfits seem bigger and bolder now, and the event’s name has been altered ever-so-slightly (it used to be the Costume Institute Gala and also the Costume Institute Benefit), but the goal has remained the same: to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, and also mark the opening of its latest exhibit. Each year, celebrities are invited alongside designers and asked to dress for the exhibit’s theme. Unsurprisingly, those creative dress codes have led to many memorable fashion moments, so choosing the best Met Gala looks ever — ever! — isn’t an easy task. And yet…


Miley Cyrus Looks Back On Her Best Beauty Moments From Over The Years
“I did my own space buns.”

Millennials have grown up alongside Miley Cyrus. We first met her as Disney Channel’s undercover popstar Hannah Montana in 2006. Since then, she’s shed the blunt-banged blonde wig and fully grown into Miley—she’s an animal lover, founder of The Happy Hippie Foundation, and continuing to make music on her own terms.


How Billy the Kid Star Tom Blyth Found His Inner Outlaw
The actor talks the horses, heroics, and hurdles of his new series, airing now.

When Tom Blyth signed on to play the Old West gunfighter Billy the Kid in a new Epix series by the same name, he was interested in more than just an infamous outlaw. The British-born, New York-based actor—who not too long ago graduated from Juilliard and recently appeared on The Gilded Age—was inspired by the Westerns he watched and read as a kid to tell a story about independence, immigration, and standing up for what you believe in. He was also keen to do his own stunts.


The 15 Best Hair Perfumes That Deserve a Spot on Your Vanity
Trust me, you’ll smell amazing.

Hear me out: Hair perfume is the most valued player in my routine. I’m the queen of day two dirty hair and despise the crunchy grit that comes along with dry shampoo. But a little spray of one of the best hair perfumes on the marker gets me smelling (and feeling) fresh in five seconds flat.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my body fragrances just the same—but they’re reserved for my wrists and neck. Unlike the traditional formulas, hair mists are made with a lower alcohol content, so they don’t irritate my scalp or dry out my strands. I’ll either spray the mist directly onto my hair, or coat my brush in the scent before styling. Regardless of the method, the end result is the same: delicious-smelling hair.


‘André Changed the World’: Inside André Leon Talley’s Moving and Joyful Memorial Service in Harlem
In life, André Leon Talley was a towering figure, famous for what he knew—and how he spoke—about culture and style; for the elegant circles that he ran in; and for the way that he carried himself in an industry where few people looked like him. Yet as a memorial for the late Vogue editor made clear on Friday, Talley was also a humble man, a generous man, and a man of deep and resounding faith. (He was, after all, a Southerner, brought up in Durham, North Carolina by his devout and beloved grandmother.)
At the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, where he was a congregant for decades, legions of Talley’s closest friends, family, and followers gathered both to celebrate his memory and reflect upon his legacy. By turns intensely moving and utterly euphoric, the service made for a suitably special tribute to a very special person. As a statement from Michelle Obama read, “through his kindness, charm, and electricity, André changed the world.”


Inside the Costume Institute’s “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” Exhibition
The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been home to many fashion fantasies. Alexander McQueen’s savage beauties, Rei Kawakubo’s witches, and Manfred “Thierry” Mugler’s angels have haunted galleries, giving guests an awesome sight. But this year’s flagship exhibition, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” is more about reality—especially the realities that popular American fashion narratives have forgotten.
The first three items viewers will see as they enter the museum’s American period rooms are an American-made coat worn by George Washington, some say to his inauguration; the Brooks Brothers jacket president Abraham Lincoln wore when he was assassinated; and a Brooks Brothers-made coat worn as a part of the uniform of an enslaved man. Lincoln’s coat is missing some crucial pieces, not because of his fatal injury, but because mourners were briefly allowed to cut off a scrap of the fabric as memorabilia. Far from a fashion fantasy.


What to Read and Watch After Netflix’s The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe
There’s apparently no limit to our collective fascination with Norma Jeane, as evidenced by the reaction to Netflix’s latest true-crime documentary, The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes. Released on April 27, Emma Cooper’s film revisits Pulitzer Prize finalist Anthony Summers’s three years of detailed research into the circumstances surrounding Monroe’s death—offering up soundbites from hundreds of recordings he made with everyone from Billy Wilder to Monroe’s psychiatrist Ralph Greenson. The biggest revelation to come out of the 101-minute documentary? The fact that Monroe passed away en route to the hospital rather than being found dead in her Brentwood home, giving credence to various theories that there’s more to Monroe’s purported drug overdose than meets the eye.


Grace and Frankie’s Ageless Beauty Secrets, From Gray Hair to Glowing Skin
Needless to say, there’s much that’s aspirational about Grace and Frankie. As Fonda put it, “I think one of the reasons that people like the show is that it’s really easy on the eye.” There’s the scenic California locales, like that beachfront San Diego house. There’s their style, which is definitely a wink at the coastal grandma aesthetic TikTok can’t get enough of. And of course, there’s each of their individual, yet ageless beauty aesthetics: Grace is classic and elegant, while Frankie skews earthy and bohemian. Here, we’re speaking with Fonda and Tomlin’s glam team about each character’s beauty ethos—and the hair and makeup tricks behind their signature looks this season.


American Originals: Unsung Talents Who Are Finally Getting Their Due at the Met in “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”
The Costume Institute’s simultaneous shows on American fashion coincide with its founding 75 years ago. Curator Andrew Bolton and his team have taken this opportunity to deep dive into the museum’s holdings in order to explore its untold stories. Some of the designers whose work will be shown in the period rooms of the Met’s American Wing as part of the “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” exhibition—like Charles James, Claire “The Mother of American Sportswear” McCardell, and Ann Lowe, the maker of Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding dress—are fairly well known. Others are much less so—which is where this primer comes in.


Rose in Bloom: Rose Leslie on home, heritage and conquering Hollywood
From Downton Abbey to Game of Thrones, Rose Leslie is on a path to global stardom. She talks to Helena Lee about her love of Scotland, her aristocratic lineage and family life

Unforgettable in Game of Thrones as the fierce, warrior wild-woman Ygritte (who captured her now-husband Kit Harington’s heart on screen and off), she has subsequently held her own in Hollywood blockbusters against the likes of Vin Diesel and starred in three seasons of the prime-time, Emmy Award-winning drama The Good Fight, as well as in Kenneth Branagh’s sumptuous adaptation of Death on the Nile this year.
Until recently, hers was a high-octane existence: though based in New York, she was constantly shuttling across the Atlantic. “North London is a different world,” she says of her trendy neighbourhood, today framed with clouds of cherry blossom and violet magnolia. “You feel you can breathe in this space – although I have never stepped into so many churches in my entire life!”


Judds Inducted Into Country Hall of Fame in Tearful Ceremony a Day After Naomi’s Death
Carly Pearce and Gillian Welch were among those singing in honor of the Judds. A COVID-stricken Brandi Carlile posted her planned Judds cover. Also singing at the ceremony in honor of Ray Charles and other inductees were Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.

The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday evening in Nashville, in an emotional medallion ceremony that went on as scheduled the day after Naomi Judd’s death. The Hall had announced Saturday that the induction would go on in the wake of the tragedy due to the wishes of the family.
“I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today,” said a tearful Ashley Judd, according to an Associated Press report. The actress and sister Wynonna Judd were described as holding onto one another and reciting Psalm 23 together.


The Collateral Damage of Queen Elizabeth’s Glorious Reign
In Tina Brown’s “The Palace Papers,” other royals stand and wait, but what purpose do they serve?

The Queen is the only royal who actually matters or does anything. That’s not fair, of course, but the monarchy is unfairness personified and glorified, long to reign over us. Naturally, the rest of the Royal Family—the heirs; the spares; Princess Michael of Kent, whose father was in the S.S. and whom Diana nicknamed the Führer; Princess Anne, Charles’s younger sister, who’s known to feed the chickens in a ballgown and Wellington boots after a night at the palace—are all busy. They have numberless engagements and causes, which fill their identical, repeating years, but they exist only as heralds for the magical authority of the Crown, which resides in the Queen and nobody else.


‘That ’70s Show’ Original Stars Close Deal to Return for Netflix Sequel
Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon and Wilder Valderrama will all appear alongside Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp in ‘That ’90s Show.’

It’s official: Five of the six original young stars of That ’70s Show have closed deals to return for the Netflix sequel, That ’90s Show.
Topher Grace (Eric Forman), Mila Kunis (Jackie Burkhart), Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso), Laura Prepon (Donna Pinciotti) and Wilmer Valderrama (Fez) will each make guest appearances in the sequel series following prolonged negotiations. Danny Masterson (Hyde), who was ordered to stand trial on three counts of rape, will not be involved. The actor has denied the charges.


The oldest restaurant in every state, from historic taverns to classic diners
From Revolutionary War-era inns to classic diners, every restaurant has a story. The ’76 House in Tappan, New York, was the site of key moments during the Revolutionary War. The White Horse Tavern in Rhode Island dates all the way back to 1673.


Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Honor AAPI communities and their tremendous impact on our country by learning more about their cultures.

Each May, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. These 31 days acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of the the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities to the United States — and the world! — be it through their voices, skills, activism, food, fashion or music.
The month of May marks two particularly significant events for AAPI community in the United States. On May 7, 1843, the first Japanese immigrant — a 14-year-old boy named Manjiro — arrived in America, and on May 10, 1869, the transcontinental railroad, which roughly 20,000 Chinese immigrants worked on, was completed.


How the Riviera became a summer hotspot – as seen in Downton Abbey: A New Era
In Julian Fellowes’s new film, Lady Edith is writing an article about how the South of France – until then only a winter destination – became chic in the warmer months. Here, Lucinda Gosling explains its fashionable history

In the summer of 1923, two glamorous American émigrés, Gerald and Sara Murphy, arrived at the deserted Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera and found their own private paradise. At the tiny cove of La Garoupe, they cleared the beach of seaweed and persuaded the owner of the nearby Hotel du Cap (now Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc) to stay open for the summer, living there until their home, Villa America, was built. They were joined by friends Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. The Murphys had a knack of living simply and elegantly, and their adoption of this unspoilt corner of France helped to spark a radical new trend: the Riviera summer holiday.


Johnny Depp Case Brings Stan Culture Into the Courtroom
The defamation trial between Mr. Depp and Amber Heard is a case study in what happens when complex claims are filtered through the lenses of extreme fandom and social media.

A frenzied scene materializes four days a week at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia as fans seek seats at the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.
The line to enter the courthouse begins before sunrise. Throughout the day, people appear carrying signs, wearing fan merch and costumes, even walking a pair of alpacas. Nearly all of them are there for Mr. Depp.
“We just want to support our captain,” said Jack Baker, 20, who arrived on Monday dressed like an extra in “Pirates of the Caribbean” to film footage for his YouTube channel. “If he goes down with the ship, we’re going down with him.”


12 Stunning French Castles That Look Like They Belong in a Fairy Tale
These famous castles in France are as beautiful as they are historic.

France just has that something special. You know, that je ne sais quoi that everyone talks about. It’s a place where romance reigns supreme, which isn’t too surprising when you consider it’s the home of French kissing — and the home of some 40,000 castles scattered across its verdant landscape. Yes, that was indeed the correct number of zeros. There are an estimated 40,000 castles for you to explore. Of course, seeing them all could take an entire lifetime, but don’t worry. We’re here to help you narrow down the list to just a few. Here are 12 spectacular French castles to visit on your next vacation to this beautiful country.




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