T LOunge for June 24th, 2022

Posted on June 24, 2022

Roka Restaurant – Oia, Santorini, Greece

 

There it is. There’s your Friday sorted, kittens. You’ve earned today’s LOunge. Indulge yourself. Don’t do anything productive today.

 

Gloria Estefan Is Finally Taking the Lead
After five decades, the Cuban icon is soaking up the spotlight.

By the late ’70s, Gloria was singing lead for Miami Sound Machine, the band founded by Emilio Estefan, who she would go on to marry in 1978 (and prompt her to change her name from Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García). The band would produce hit songs such as “Conga,” “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” and “Get On Your Feet” — which would become the name of the 2015 jukebox musical telling the story of Gloria and Emilio’s life.
In 1990, at the peak of her fame, Gloria would encounter a life-changing accident that would alter the course of her life. While touring in Pennsylvania, her bus was struck by a truck, a devastating collision that would leave her with a fractured spine and temporarily paralyzed.

 

The Sports Bra Gave Us the Freedom to Compete
Fifty years ago, Title IX changed the history of women’s sports. The sports bra rose to the challenge of this brave new world.

Title IX turns 50 this year. It’s no accident that on the heels of that milestone, the sports bra is turning 45. Opening sports to women gave rise to the need for proper equipment—the right bra—and so these anniversaries are forever intertwined, and we should celebrate.
I remember buying my first sports bra in 1990. I was 13, awkward and mortified. The women in the store who tried to help had little advice to offer. When I got home, my great aunt examined every inch and seam. I can still remember her asking, “It keeps your boobies from shaking, really?” She would never wear one, but she made sure I had three so I could do all the sports I wanted.

 

Edible Arrangements: An Urban Forager on Eating From Your Own Backyard
Alexis Nikole Nelson (@blackforager), author of a forthcoming guidebook-cookbook, teaches her 4.5 million followers how to ID and cook the wild plants growing all around us.

Even if all of your produce comes from the grocery store, you’ll likely find Alexis Nikole Nelson’s foraging videos compulsively watchable—she blends the hyped enthusiasm of a kindergarten teacher with the knowledge of an erudite botanist. For example, holding a gorgeous purple wisteria bloom, she speed-talks through a recipe for transforming it into a flavorful simple syrup, including: “The flowers? Edible and delicious. Every other part of the plant? POISON!”
Her millions of followers on Instagram and TikTok tune into her videos about edible plants she finds growing in her Columbus, Ohio neighborhood, or on her travels. She even foraged in Central Park—using black walnuts she found there for spiced Italian-style liqueur and turning milkweed into fritters. Nelson, 30, wants foraging to be accessible to everyone, and is helping Black people to reconnect to food traditions that were outlawed after emancipation.

 

My Life Was So Broken That I Pawned My Olympic Gold Medal
Soccer star Briana Scurry was forced to let go of her proudest possession in order to move past the worst moment of her life.

As a little girl, soccer star Briana Scurry dreamed of going to the Olympics. When she made the U.S. Women’s National Team alongside greats like Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain, that dream came true. Scurry, the team’s goalie, helped USWNT win gold at the Atlanta Games, the first time women’s soccer was ever played in the Olympics. Scurry went on to win a second Olympic gold medal in 2004, cementing her status as one of the best players in the history of the sport. She was also the first female goalie inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame, and remains the only Black woman.

 

How to Reverse, Minimize, and Prevent Sun Damage, According to Skincare Experts
The first place summer makes its mark is on your skin. How you treat your face and body during the hottest months will determine the condition of your complexion for the remainder of the year—and long-term, how you treat your skin in one cumulative year will impact its condition for the next decade.
There are simple remedies that help along your skin’s healing process before spots and scars set in. (I remember, years ago, frantically tracking down a skin expert I interviewed, Dr. Lamees Hamdan, after sustaining an inexplicable sunburn through a hat and several applications of SPF 50; she recommended taking chamomile tea, chilling it for a few hours in the fridge and then applying it to my face with a soaked towel. It worked beautifully.)

 

At the 2022 Westminster Dog Show, Everyone Was a Winner
The Westminster Dog Show is a reliably great source of entertainment, launching pets like Wasabi the Pekingese into the upper echelons of animal stardom. This year, the winner of the coveted Best in Show prize was a stately bloodhound named Trumpet, but it must be said that he had some stiff canine competition. (I don’t know how one goes about judging bloodhounds vs. Pekingese vs. border collies vs. every other dog breed, but I’m pretty sure trying to do so would be the death of me.)

 

Rose Byrne on Embracing ’80s Style and Exploring the Darker Side of Wellness Culture in Physical
At the beginning of the very first episode of Physical—the pitch-black comedy starring Rose Byrne that premiered on Apple TV+ last year—we meet our anti-hero, Sheila, exactly where she’s always wanted to be. The year is 1986 and Sheila, clad in spandex and with her hair teased into a dramatic perm, is an aerobics star, stepping onto an outrageously elaborate set to film a routine for her latest blockbuster workout video. That is, until we swiftly rewind to five years earlier, meeting Sheila as a bored, viciously self-loathing housewife in San Diego suffering from bulimia and searching for a sense of purpose, one she eventually finds in the rapidly emerging, cut-throat world of the 1980s Californian fitness industry.

 

How Catherine Martin Crafted Elvis’s Dazzling, Vegas-Worthy Wardrobe
As Martin explains, perhaps the most remarkable element of the Elvis look—the billowing trousers, dainty lace shirts (he owned them in several colors), dandified neckerchiefs, drooping eyeliner—was that it was completely self-invented. “I think one of the things the Graceland archive allowed me to see was a world that formed Elvis,” says Martin. “Both his mother and father were products of the Depression, and his father kept every single receipt and every single check that ended up back at the bank. I saw the kind of financial simplicity that he came from, and how extraordinary his fashion choices actually are because he’s completely self-created. He lived in a time before stylists and before people helped to create the image. This was totally Elvis creating the look himself.”

 

22 Recipes for Your Fourth of July Cookout
Potato salad? Check. Burgers? Check. Pulled pork sandwiches? You bet. We’ve gathered over 20 recipes to help you host an unforgettable Fourth of July cookout, from side dishes to a frosty frozen drink. Make a platter of crunchy, crispy fried chicken; serve up Vegetarian Muffulettas if you want something meatless; take advantage of the summer’s best produce and make a watermelon salad or this summer squash fricassee. In the mood for cake? Round out your menu with this icebox cake, rated five stars and crowned with bright red strawberries. Read on for all of those dishes, and more recipes to celebrate the Fourth of July.

 

Oklahoma Theater Posted ‘Lightyear’ Gay Kiss Warning: We’ll Try to Fast-Forward Through It
The 89er Theatre in Kingfisher, Oklahoma has come under fire after posting a warning about a brief gay kiss featured in Pixar’s “Lightyear.” A sign was posted on the window of the theater during the movie’s opening weekend warning moviegoers about the gay kiss and claiming the theater would “do all we can to fast-forward” through the scene. Kingfisher is located about 50 miles from Oklahoma City.
As reported by NBC News, the warning post included the following message: “Attention Parents: The management of this theatre discovered after booking ‘Lightyear’ that there is a same-sex kissing scene within the first 30 minutes of the Pixar movie. We will do all we can to fast-forward through that scene, but it might not be exact.”

 

This Whiskey Is Made From Crabs
Green crabs pose a problem to coastal ecosystems. One New Hampshire distillery has a tasty solution.

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But if life gives you an invasive crab species, make bourbon?
New Hampshire’s Tamworth Distilling — working with a team from the University of New Hampshire — have created Crab Trapper, a green crab-flavored whiskey. And regardless of whether a seafood-accentuated spirit sounds up your alley, this unusual alcohol has an even greater purpose: to find a use for the state’s unwanted green crab population which wreaks havoc on New England’s coastal ecosystem.

 

In Gods That Walk Amongst Us, Artist Camila Falquez Captures Heavenly Beauty
“The title came from this capacity to, and it’s not something I do consciously, see the goddess quality in humans. I live and work in Bushwick, and I’m not a huge fan of the graffiti there, but there is this one piece that I love of two Indigenous people. It’s really beautiful, and the title of it is “Gods That Walk Amongst Us.” When I read that, I was like Oh, wow. The truth is, there are people walking among us, who are gods or royalty. This show is so not about me, it’s about presenting something that I’ve realized is overdue: presenting these gods and goddesses as they are. Every photo is someone looking at the viewer and not questioning their presence in that beauty and on that pedestal for a second.”

 

Sarah Jessica Parker: Please Stop Saying Gray Hair Makes Me ‘Brave’
The actor opens up about the most confounding parts of aging, starting with “I just don’t understand why I’m supposed to think about it so much.”

Sarah Jessica Parker has just been informed that she has “herringbone highlights” and tens of thousands of Allure readers have read a story all about them. “Oh wow! That’s… what are they?” I explain that they are highlights woven in and around natural grays. Her description of this hair-color trend for which she is unwittingly a face is far less catchy: “I can’t spend time getting base color every two weeks. Can’t do it. Nope. Too much.”
This choice, many have said, is not a reflection of laziness or indifference or a crazy work schedule. It is bravery. Maybe you remember, last summer, when Parker was photographed dining al fresco in Manhattan. She was bare-faced, hair scraped back, and the headlines blared: “Sarah Jessica Parker goes gray!!” The images went viral. “It became months and months of conversation about how brave I am for having gray hair,” she recalls. “I was like, please please applaud someone else’s courage on something!” Especially since, as Parker points out, she hadn’t even stopped coloring her hair. Those herringbone highlights were just bleached out from the summer sun.

 

How Hollywood validates the myth of the good guy with a gun
On screen, an armed hero saves the day. But reality is different.

The backbone of Hollywood storytelling is the good guy with the gun.
When NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre first used that phrase, it was 2012, one week after the massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said, and it spread like wildfire. Many have decried the statement, noting that at the deadliest mass shootings — such as the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 21 people died — the so-called good guys with the guns were there, but absolutely failed to prevent tragedy. Broader data clearly shows that in American active shooter attacks, the armed good guy often does not make a difference.
Yet the phrase sticks. It’s an attractive scenario to imagine. It’s romantic. Evidence suggests that gun owners, on the whole, imagine the good guy with the gun and see themselves. We all feel helpless to prevent attacks; for some, acquiring a gun is an appealing way to feel in control.

 

Regal Pride: Royals throughout history who were LGBT
From monarchs forced to hide their true selves to the trailblazers of today

Queen Anne of Great Britain, 1665-1714
Friends since childhood, Queen Anne was known for her close relationship and reported romance with Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. Famous for telling the Queen exactly what she thought with zero flattery, the Duchess had the Queen’s ear when it came to matters of politics, influencing her on behalf of her husband, the Duke. They even had pet names for each other: Mrs Morley (Anne) and Mrs Freeman (Sarah). The Duchess’s fall from favour, following the introduction of her cousin Abigail Hill to the Queen’s household, was depicted in Oscar-winning film, The Favourite, starring Olivia Colman as the Queen, Rachel Weisz as the Duchess and Emma Stone as Abigail.

 

How Priscilla Presley went from rock ‘n’ roll queen to bohemian belle
As Baz Luhrmann’s latest biopic, Elvis, hits the silver screen, Tatler looks back at the metamorphosis of his former wife’s wardrobe

It was in 1967 that a 21-year old Priscilla Beaulieu wed the king of rock’n’roll. Having courted her years prior, during his time in the army, Elvis Presley thrust the young ingenue into the forefront of the media when he made her his wife. Wearing a pearl-encrusted, lace-sleeved dress, rhinestone tiara and a bouffant to rival all bouffants, the couple married at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, and a style star was born.
Following six years of marriage, the couple divorced in 1973 and soon after, excited to make her own ventures in business, Priscilla opened a boutique in Beverly Hills. Along with Olivia Bis, her business partner and stylist, ‘Bis & Beau’ was a success, garnering a high-end, celebrity clientele which boasted Cher, Liza Minelli and Natalie Wood as returning customers. The shop was closed just three years later.

 

For the Most Complex Heroines in Animation, Look to Japan
The girls and women of anime tend to experience the conflicting emotions of real life. That’s because the auteurs try to create “an everyday, real person.”

At a time of widespread debate over the depiction of women in film, the top Japanese animators have long been creating heroines who are more layered and complex than many of their American counterparts. They have faults and weaknesses and tempers as well as strengths and talents. They’re not properties or franchises; they’re characters the filmmakers believe in.

 

Elvis Broke Fashion Boundaries, Too
He was many things, as a new biopic illustrates, but one of the least appreciated was his role as a gender pioneer.

It has been four and a half decades since Mr. Presley’s death, nearly 87 years since he was born in a modest frame house in Tupelo, Miss. Yet somehow he remains as potent a figure as ever. He is instantly identifiable and simultaneously obscure, a symbol of the working-class South he emerged from; a pop world he transformed; a culture of erasure that even now leaves in doubt how much of Elvis was his own creation and how much borrowed from the Black culture that is still the barely acknowledged American mother lode.
There is, more simply, Elvis, a creature of style and fashion — and that Elvis should be easiest to pin down. Yet even here Elvis remains tantalizingly elusive, the person inside the clothes clinging stubbornly to his mystery. Although we cannot know with much certainty how Elvis arrived at and evolved his indelible image, at least we can track what he wore.

 

A Gay Pilot Reflects on What Travel Means to Queer Folks
As Pride is celebrated around the world, a traveler recalls the cities that helped shape his identity and dreams.

I first came to Montreal in 1992, when I was 18. My boyfriend back then — even after two years together, we remained so fearfully secretive that I often burned his letters — was keen to attend the jazz festival. I was indifferent to jazz, but I liked road trips and couldn’t believe that Pittsfield, our small hometown in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, was within driving distance of a French-speaking metropolis.
Now, 30 years later, I’ve flown to Montreal often as a pilot. Over the last few years, from the cockpit at night, the world’s large cities remained as bright and beguiling as ever, despite the pandemic. At ground level in many places, however, local restrictions had stilled and depleted the streets almost beyond recognition. In some cities, I, along with my fellow pilots and flight attendants, stayed in airport hotels that we were not allowed to leave.

 

21 Gorgeous Layer Cake Recipes for Every Occasion
Some occasions just call for a layer cake. If you’re looking for an impressive recipe that yields a delicious cake, you’re in luck. We’re sharing our favorite layer cake recipes that will take you through every season and holiday of the year.
Layer cakes are fan favorites because they’re so versatile: Two layers or five? The same frosting to fill the cake and to decorate it, or different fillings between each layer? Our collection of layer cake recipes ranges from light-as-air chiffon cake simply filled with fresh strawberries and cream, no decoration needed, to birthday-worthy cakes with chocolate frosting just waiting for the candles.

 

How to Grill Any Vegetable Like a Pro
If you think steaks are the only thing made better by time spent on the grill, think again: the best seasonal vegetables make for delicious additions to any summer meal and grilled vegetables are quite simply the best. Unlike their meaty counterparts, vegetables cook very quickly and they take on the best smoky flavors from the grill. Most of the time, you can tell that vegetables are ready to eat by simply looking at them. Some vegetables fare better on the grill than others, however, so it’s important to understand how to approach cooking each type over an open flame. That’s where we come in: We’re taking a deep dive into the best techniques for making grilled vegetables in the following slides.

 

Your ultimate guide to the incredible Kate Bush
Ahead of the launch of new exhibition and photobook The Kate Inside, we go inside the career of one of modern music’s most ambitious and innovating artists

“First of all I thought she was mad, probably, a mad woman had slipped onto the airwaves. And then really I thought that it was very, very good.” Back in 1993, during an interview with Michael Aspel, British comedian Victoria Wood summed up in just two sentences the world’s collective response to the brilliant, bizarre, inimitable creature that was – and is – Kate Bush. A brave thing to say, perhaps, given that Bush herself was sitting alongside her. But Bush, in her quiet, lilting speaking voice, concurred. “Yes, I think I probably am truly mad, you know?”
It’s easy enough, though, to write off Kate Bush’s ambitious, constantly evolving eccentricity as madness. But behind her wide-eyed theatrics there lies one of those most innovative creators of the past 50 years. As we look ahead to the release of The Kate Inside, a new photobook and exhibition that contains over 300 previously unseen photographs of the increasingly elusive artist by Guido Harari, we’ve compiled a guide to the essence, uncontainable though it is, of Kate Bush.

 

With Roe Overturned, How State Abortion Laws Are Changing
The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization upended a half-century of precedent on abortion law set in Roe v. Wade and returned authority to the states. About half the states are expected to ban or further restrict access to abortion.
The New York Times is tracking abortion laws in each state following the court’s decision. The states fall into five categories: those where abortion is likely to be prohibited; those where it is likely to be prohibited or restricted; those where the status of abortion restrictions is uncertain; those where abortion is expected to remain legal; and those where the procedure will remain legal and where access is being expanded.

 

 

 

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