T LOunge for May 5th, 2022

Posted on May 05, 2022

The Ivy Chelsea Garden – London, UK

 

We’ve been stuck inside all week doing Met Gala opinionating, so we’re feeling the need for some greenery and flowers in our line of sight. Someday we’ll leave the house and breath in the pollen, but for now, we’ve still got quite a few more lewks to get through before wrapping this up. We realize we could’ve gotten it all done in a day or two, but we prefer to distinguish our coverage by doing as many spotlight posts as we can, devoting 150-200 words to each look, which tends to be a lot more time consuming than doing a bunch of rundowns. Having said that, we’re off to do a couple of rundowns to wrap this thing up, so enjoy the scenery and greenery, darlings.

 

 

And Just Like That, Kim Cattrall Found Power in Saying No
Of course, Cattrall had made it abundantly clear in interviews that she was done playing Samantha, and in 2017 she turned down a script for the third “Sex and the City” movie. Chunks of that story — which centered on Mr. Big’s sudden death and Carrie’s grieving process — provided the seeds of inspiration for “And Just Like That …” But not everything made it into the show: In the film that didn’t happen, Samantha’s storyline reportedly revolved around her receiving unwanted “dick pics” from Brady, Miranda’s 14-year-old son.
“I haven’t deserted anybody. Can you imagine going back to a job you did 25 years ago? And the job didn’t get easier; it got more complicated in the sense of how are you going to progress with these characters? Everything has to grow, or it dies. I felt that when the series ended, I thought that’s smart. We’re not repeating ourselves. And then the movie to end all the loose ends. And then there’s another movie. And then there’s another movie?”

 

Take a Trip Inside the 2022 Met Gala With Photographer Sinna Nasseri
In 2020, photographer Sinna Nasseri set out on a cross-country road trip to capture what Americans were thinking and feeling during that contentious election year. He examined a rather different—if not entirely unrelated—scene this week when he headed to 2022 Met Gala, where the theme was, appropriately enough, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.”
Nasseri was on hand over the course of the star-studded evening to record all kinds of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments for posterity, from Swizz Beatz greeting Sarah Jessica Parker to two New York City mayors—one past, one present—locked deep in conversation.

 

How To Protest The Pending Decision To Overturn Roe V. Wade
Not on our ovaries.

It’s time to put on our marching shoes, because our ovaries and rights are once again in jeopardy. There are multiple ways to help, whether you want to take to the streets or support long-standing organizations doing the work. We get that this can all be overwhelming, so we put together a list of the top places to support so people can maintain the agency to do what we want with our bodies.
In the words of Toni Morrison, “Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” It’s time to reclaim our bodies and fight for our freedom of choice. Let the protesting begin.

 

How One Woman Celebrated Her Afghan Heritage During Eid
Lema Afzal always gets in a festive mood for Eid—the celebration to close the month-long sunrise-to-sunset fast for the Muslim holiday of Ramadan—thanks in large part to her outfit. The 25-year-old student, who has gone viral for wearing traditional Afghan garb, explains that it is customary to wear a new piece of clothing for the event. Afzal, who was born in Afghanistan and immigrated to Belgium from Kabul at four years old, chose to wear her traditional Afghan garb this year. “Usually people buy new clothes for Eid and try their best to dress up nicely because it’s a whole celebration,” says Afzal. “I went for a traditional Afghan outfit–one that I haven’t worn before–because it instantly puts me in a festive mood.

 

Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward Didn’t Just Live Thrilling, Dangerous Lives—They Helped Define 1960s Los Angeles
Mark Rozzo’s Everybody Thought We Were Crazy: Dennis Hopper, Brooke Hayward, and 1960s Los Angeles is at once a biography of a wildly creative and inventive couple and a landmark and long-overdue cultural history of a scene that made a city. Hayward—a model, actress, author (of the bestselling memoir Haywire), and former Vogue cover star—and Hopper (best known, of course, as an actor and director, but shown here to be more prolific as a poet, painter, and photographer whose work was featured in Vogue many times) didn’t just dabble in the art of their era: They helped define it with their patronage, their purchases, their social acumen, and their daring.

 

A Special Glimpse Behind the Scenes of Broadway’s Buzzy New Macbeth
Something wicked—and very special—came to Broadway last week, as a starry new production of Macbeth finally opened at the Longacre Theatre. Led by Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga and directed by Sam Gold, this latest iteration of the Scottish play channels all the anger and alienation of the last two years into Shakespeare’s classic story of violent ambition. “People have a lot of rage and a lot of dark thoughts in times like these,” Gold told Chloe Schama earlier this year. “And instead of jumping off a bridge, or going into fits of rage, can you go into a theater with your community and watch this darkness play out, and let Shakespeare help you through the catharsis?”

 

16 Great Oregon Pinots for Springtime Pouring
Plus some great places to eat and stay while you’re in town.

It’s funny, in a way, how firmly Oregon Pinot Noir is lodged in our wine-loving brains. It’s become one of those automatic associations—Oregon? Pinot Noir!—and yet the grape was only first planted in the state in 1961 and has been grown in the Willamette Valley only since 1965. Fifty-odd years is nothing when it comes to wine; Cistercian monks in Burgundy were growing Pinot in the 1300s, if not before. Happy chance, then, that Oregon, and the Willamette Valley particularly, has so rapidly proven so exceptionally suited to Pinot Noir. (Top that, monks.)

 

Amanda Seyfried, Redefined: How ‘The Dropout’ Finally Opened the Door for More ‘Thrilling’ Roles
As much as Amanda Seyfried believed in “The Dropout,” she wasn’t expecting it to become a phenomenon. “I’ve never carried anything like this before, and now that it’s all done, it’s been amazing,” she marvels. “I’ve never felt the impact of something so viscerally. It feels like everyone I’ve talked to has seen it!”
She’s not wrong. “The Dropout” immediately cut through streaming TV’s increasingly crowded lineup in large part thanks to Seyfried’s undeniable performance as Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of a billion-dollar blood-testing company who’s since been convicted of fraud. For the role, Seyfried transformed physically like never before, nailing Holmes’ wild-eyed blank stare, eerie and invented baritone voice, and aggressively awkward dancing style (which has since become prime GIF fodder, to Seyfried’s delight and chagrin).

 

The enchanting Elizabeth Olsen
“I love playing characters whose actions people disagree with,” she says, tucking her cropped blonde hair behind her ears. “In a world where we don’t really care to understand other points of view, I feel like if we as an audience can have empathy for people we don’t agree with, that’s a good thing.” One of the most powerful figures in the Marvel Universe, Wanda straddles the morally dubious line between good and evil, and this is what interests Olsen about her; the characters she is most drawn to are the complex, knotty ones that need untangling. “Then I can kind of be their lawyer and defend them. I get behind their actions, even if I don’t agree with them,” she explains. She has recently wrapped an HBO series called Love and Death, which follows the true story of Candy Montgomery, who murdered a woman with an axe and acted as though it didn’t happen. “I adored playing her,” she says. “People would ask: ‘Are you going to play her as a sociopath?’ And I was like, ‘No, why would I do that? I’m going to try and understand how someone would be able to compartmentalise this until they were caught.”

 

The Fine Art of Ordering Off-Menu
Your orders have consequences, even if you don’t see them. Here’s what happens behind the scenes when you make a special request.

It’s been almost three years since I left the restaurant business, and somewhere in this city, there is a man who still holds a grudge against me for not selling him a side of guacamole. Like the Skunk Ape, I’ve never seen them, but tangible reports of sightings confirm that they are real. It’s not that I didn’t want to sell this person guacamole; it was on the menu. But they didn’t want an entire order of it, just a wee bit to accompany their entree. I said no.
“The Customer Is Always Right” is a mantra attributed to various retail magnates and hoteliers over a hundred years ago. It signals a commitment to excellent service, to which most businesses aspire. When it comes to ordering off-menu, this thinking does not apply.

 

The Breakfast At Tiffany’s Diamonds Are Going On Display At The Saatchi Gallery
It’s the Breakfast at Tiffany’s chapter that will naturally prove most alluring to Audrey Hepburn fans, though. In addition to Truman Capote’s annotated ’60s scripts and the figure-hugging Givenchy dress that Hepburn accessorised with a croissant and tiara, visitors will be able to get up close and personal with the Tiffany diamond itself, last seen on Beyoncé in the house’s “About Love” campaign and previously worn by Lady Gaga at the 2019 Oscars.

 

How Anna: The Biography Was Written Without Anna Wintour
The result is a stunningly thorough, balanced, humanizing portrait of the most powerful woman working in fashion, and one of the most powerful business leaders in America. Of course, it chronicles every time she’s ever cried (hardly ever) or said or published something offensive (a more regular occurrence). But the things people normally salivate over — her Starbucks order and the toils of her various assistants — are the least interesting parts. After speaking with over 250 sources and poring over letters and magazines, Odell gives us countless juicier, more illuminating details to gobble up.

 

Our Obsession with Ancestry Has Some Twisted Roots
From origin stories to blood-purity statutes, we have long enlisted genealogy to serve our own purposes.

“You hardly meet an American who does not want to be connected a bit by his birth to the first settlers of the colonies, and, as for branches of the great families of England, America seemed to me totally covered by them,” Alexis de Tocqueville marvelled in 1840. It’s often said that genealogical research is the second most popular hobby in the United States, after gardening, and the second most popular search category online, after porn. Those claims should be sprinkled with a few grains of salt, but more than twenty-six million people have taken genetic ancestry tests since 2012, incidentally creating a database of huge value to pharmaceutical companies and law enforcement.

 

Netflix’s Big Wake-Up Call: The Power Clash Behind the Crash
As rivals toggle between schadenfreude and fear, top creators and insiders are increasingly becoming vocal about what’s gone wrong with the streaming giant’s culture.

Before we get to the deep dive on the internal drama at Netflix — the internecine battles among top leadership that more than one source calls “the Hunger Games” — let’s pause to let the town enjoy this moment.
The thing about schadenfreude is that the freude (joy) is usually savored when the schaden (the bad thing) happens to someone else. In the case of Netflix’s ongoing debacle, however, the streamer’s competitors acknowledge that they are damaged themselves by the sudden discovery that maybe the sky is not the limit when it comes to streaming. But they are relishing the bad news anyway.

 

Office snacks might be dying off. Good.
If your employer loves you, they should give you money, not a granola bar.

Snacks were not always so big of a thing in the United States, in culture in general or at work. But over the latter half of the 20th century, that changed. Manufacturers were producing and sending out prepackaged snacks to the masses, and consumers were literally eating them up. From 1977 to 2002, the percentage of Americans eating at least three snacks a day rose from 11 percent to 42 percent. Snack culture spilled over to the workplace, as Jamie Lauren Keiles laid out in 2019 for the New York Times, in wheeled carts and vending machines for employees to buy from. During and after the dot-com boom, it became employers who were buying and providing snacks. You probably know the familiar startup trope: the pingpong table, the video games, beer on tap, and, of course, an array of foods that no one would call a full meal.

 

Tiara of the Month: How the Essex Tiara went from Coronation diadem to Rihanna’s cover star look
Commissioned for a dollar princess, the diamond diadem from Cartier has been worn by a roll-call of impressive women, from Clementine Churchill to Rihanna

This tall Cartier tiara features diamond scrolling foliage with a central drop pendant and was most famously worn by Clementine Churchill, the wife of Sir Winston Churchill, to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. But it wasn’t the tiara’s first appearance at a Coronation ceremony.

 

How the Queen’s Garden Party looked in the past
As the Queen confirms the summertime tea parties are back on after a two-year hiatus, Tatler looks back at the glamorous occasion

One of the most coveted invitations of the season, the Queen hosts 30,000 people at one of her three summer Garden Parties every year, with the events taking place at her Buckingham Palace and Holyroodhouse residences. Chosen on the basis of their charity work or positive impact on the local community, the esteemed revelers consume 20,000 slices of cake and 27,000 cups of tea, wearing their finery (that’s dresses and fascinators for women and morning dress for men) just in case they meet the Queen herself. First established by Queen Victoria in the 1860s as twice-yearly ‘breakfasts’, the royal occasions were actually held in the afternoon, and took advantage of the new-found national obsession with tea-drinking. In the 1950s, the Queen folded the traditional debutante presentation party into a third Garden Party, so that new debs could be presented to her there instead. Scroll down to see the royal knees-up in bygone days…

 

What My Mother’s Cooking Taught Me
She was a midcentury housewife with an innovative style and a taste for fine ingredients. That care in the kitchen shaped my approach as a food writer and home cook.

Whenever I slice and sauté onions, I think of my mother.
No, she did not make me cry, but her meticulous handling of a mundane kitchen task left a lasting impression, one that informs my own cooking. Slice the onions and monitor their progress in the skillet so the result is a bronzed, sweetly fragrant tangle. Do not rush: Keep the heat on medium, and stir frequently to guarantee no bitter burned edges.

 

12 Most Beautiful Lakes in the United States
Red rock-lined waterways in Arizona and crystalline craters in Oregon make up some of the best lakeside views in the U.S.

With thousands of lakes scattered across the country, chances are good that you’re no farther than a tankful of gas away from a great lake. But not all are created equal: some lakes won Mother Nature’s lottery when it comes to natural good looks, so we’ve rounded up some of the best lakes in the U.S.
Take, for example, the impossibly blue, deep water of Oregon’s Crater Lake, created by a volcano, or clear, cold Lake Superior, as it laps against dramatic sandstone cliffs.

 

 

 

 

 

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