T LOunge for July 27th, 2022

Posted on July 27, 2022

Madame Rêve Bar, Restaurant and Terrace – Paris, France


Grandiosity, darlings! High ceilings, an oak bar, and expansive views of Paris are all we’re asking for today. Is that so much? We say no. It’s WEDNESDAY and  we all deserve some luxury to help us get over the hump. Grab a seat, order something French, and sample from our buffet of distractions. You’ve got today all figured out.


Portrait of Bravery: Ukraine’s First Lady, Olena Zelenska
Being first lady is not a role Zelenska ever wanted to play. “I like being backstage—it suited me,” she told me. “Moving into the limelight was quite difficult for me.” She and Zelenskyy met in high school, started dating at university, and had a full life in the entertainment world before he won the presidency in 2019 in a landslide on an anti-corruption platform. Protective of their family life, she hadn’t wanted him to run. But like so many of her fellow Ukrainians in this war, Zelenska has risen to the occasion with grace and grit. “I’m trying to do my best,” she said. She has always been a diligent student.


On the Joys of Seeing Keke Palmer Win
The first time I remember seeing Palmer on screen, I was sitting on a hardwood floor, staring up at one of those old-school projection televisions that stood as tall as I did as a seven-year-old kid. My aunt, who was babysitting me at the time, slipped a disc into the DVD player to keep me occupied, but little could she know how *Akeelah and the Bee—*and that film’s young lead actress—would stay with me. Alongside actors like Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, I saw Palmer playing a smart and determined Black girl defying all odds and making her mark on the world. And from her family and her mentors to her braids and wire-framed glasses, I recognized my own life, even as a mixed-race Black and Filipino girl. As I watched her on screen, I saw myself.


Everything You Need to Know About Platform Shoes
Look no further than a pair of platform shoes for an uplifting experience. Whether you want to get above it all, or stand apart from the crowd, or stay at a distance from something, this footwear will do the trick. Across the globe, various types of platforms, including Medieval patens, Japanese getas, Venetian chopines, and Middle Eastern kabkabs, were historically used to protect the body—and hems—from dirt.
They reappear in modern Western fashion history, making the leap from beach to street in the 1930s. With war on the horizon and materials rationed, cork and wood were used instead of leather on raised soles. Their relative clunkiness balanced the broad-shouldered silhouette that was popular at the time; in the 1970s, platforms would give flared-hem pants just the lift they needed to swing freely. Subcultures adopted the platform in the ’90s and ’00s as a form of defiance. Many high fashion houses, including Prada and Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Marc Jacobs, have used this footwear style as a platform to challenge conventional taste through the category of the “ugly” shoe, while others, like Valentino and Versace, use platforms more straightforwardly to high the high notes.


Driving Force: how Gemma Chan is using fame to share untold stories
The actor, producer and activist is a real force for change

Chan is at her best when inhabiting characters whose veneer of perfection disguises deep emotional scars, as she did in Crazy Rich Asians with her portrayal of Astrid Leong, the billionaire heiress broken by her husband’s affair. She created someone wholly compelling in her vulnerability – so much so that there will now be a spin-off dedicated to Astrid. In Don’t Worry Darling, she plays Shelley, the wife of a cult-like leader (Chris Pine at his most charismatic and sinister), who runs the Victory Project, a utopian community in mid-century America. Chan thrills with menace, armed with a smile that betrays her icy core.


The most beautiful suits for modern brides to wear on their big day
Swap the traditional big white gown for some bridal tailoring

There is no denying that wedding fashion is changing. Where the big white gown once felt like the only option available, the past few years have seen plenty of brides turning to more modern silhouettes, often shunning the traditional look in favour of something more toned down. This is even more true post-pandemic, where many brides have felt empowered to design a day that is more suited to them, and an outfit that is more in-keeping with their usual personal style. As a part of this, we have seen a significant rise in the number of women choosing to get married wearing a suit.


RIP to Klondike’s Iconic Choco Taco
The Choco Taco has melted away. Klondike’s famous ice cream treat, which had a crunchy sugar cone shell lined with chocolate, fudge-filled core and peanut topping, is being discontinued by the company amid an “unprecedented spike in demand” across all of their products over the last two years, forcing them to re-evaluate their portfolio and make some tough choices.
Klondike had teamed up with Taco Bell just earlier this year in February to relaunch the product for a limited time at select locations in Los Angeles and Milwaukee to help celebrate Taco Bell’s 60th anniversary and Klondike’s 100th anniversary.


Mad Men’s Smoke and Mirrors Have Aged Like a Fine Whiskey
Fifteen years after the show’s premiere, Peggy, Don, and the Sterling Cooper gang feel more relevant than ever.

I celebrated the 15th anniversary of Mad Men last week by rewatching its pilot. I had forgotten how perfect that episode was—magnetic and cinematic and cryptic. When I first watched it back in 2007, there was no way I could have grasped how elegantly it introduced Mad Men’s central characters and laid out the ambitious themes that would underpin the narrative over seven seasons.
Mad Men made the past look drop-dead glamorous while skewering our inherited clichés of the 1960s. The show even wittily addressed the theme of nostalgia itself at the end of the first season, when Don is asked to create an ad campaign for Kodak’s slide-projector wheel, which he renames “the carousel.” Using his own family photos, he mesmerizes his clients and colleagues with a speech about the power of memory. “This device isn’t a spaceship. It’s a time machine. It goes backwards and forwards. It takes us to a place where we ache to go again.”


Why That Reality TV Song Sounds Familiar (But Isn’t)
A burgeoning industry of made-for-nonscripted tracks is becoming the go-to soundtracker for producers and supervisors averse to shelling out for top artists.

Tune in to a hit reality show these days and you’re likely to hear a trend: songs extolling the empowered, girlboss lifestyle, from artists you’ve probably never heard of. While the reality landscape was once soundtracked by top 40 hits on shows like The Hills, today’s content takes a different approach, relying heavily on music libraries with no-name artists and custom scoring to fill the silence. The reason? Complicated, and expensive, music licensing rights and a growing industry of made-for-reality-TV tracks.


Everything You Need to Know About Malbec
Malbec is the most important red grape variety of Argentina, but it also produces excellent wine in many other countries around the world.

Malbec has become the most important vinous calling card for Argentina, as the grape variety is responsible for the country’s most famous and highly regarded wines. Indeed, Malbec and Argentina are, among a wide swath of the wine-drinking public, considered more or less synonymous. Yet while Malbec arguably is best able to reach its peak of quality and expressiveness in Argentina, it is also grown and crafted into fantastic wine in many other countries around the world. In fact, its roots aren’t even based in Argentina –– they’re found in France, which remains home to many excellent Malbecs.


Jeremy Allen White Hopes No Romance Will Infiltrate The Bear’s Kitchen
The runaway hit series’s leading man digs into his preparation for becoming a top-notch chef and his excitement ahead of season two.

“Before we did the pilot, I went to the Institute of Culinary Education in Pasadena. That’s where I got to know Ayo—we were getting to know one another while cooking, which was nice, since so much of the way Sydney and Carmy communicate [with] one another is through cooking. I worked at this place before we shot the pilot called Pasjoli in Santa Monica. Chef-owner Dave Beran was a Chicago chef for a long time—he worked at Alinea—so not only was he really talented and let me in, but he also had a knowledge of Chicago food specifically. Then we shot the pilot. As soon as we got picked up, I had three months to work with a chef here in New York called David Waltuck, who had a great restaurant called Chanterelle. We did one on one, Monday through Friday, for weeks, just preparing and working on knife skills. Then I went back to Pasjoli for a while and they let me work the line, which was really insane.”


15 Cookbooks We Rely on for Weeknight Recipes
The best weeknight recipes are unfussy, quick, and come with a relatively short ingredient list. After all, the last thing anyone feels like doing after work is spending a few more hours working on dinner.
If you’re looking for some inspiration to add new delicious dinner recipes to your weeknight routine, we asked our editors which cookbooks they lean on for meals that are fast, tasty, and exciting. One of our favorites is Family: New Vegetarian Comfort Food to Nourish Every Day. This beautiful cookbook offers a new spin on vegetarian comfort food that the whole family will enjoy.
To help you narrow down your choices, here are our editors’ picks for the best cookbooks for weeknight recipes.


What I Learned When I Became My Parents’ Caregiver
Caregiving doesn’t always come naturally. Here’s what you need to know.

I didn’t volunteer to become a caregiver to my elderly parents. Instead, I was slowly initiated into the role. It started by doing little things to help. Even though they were in their mid-eighties, they insisted on staying in Pensacola, Fla., their home of 50 years. Since I lived in Virginia, I called twice a week to check on them and shopped for them online. With each visit, I tried to notice things that would tell me if they were doing all right. Were the bathrooms clean? Was the yard mowed? Was there spoiled food in the refrigerator or the pantry? For the most part, they passed these tests. Still, I pleaded with them to consider moving; the answer was always, “not yet.”


A Black rodeo rewrites the story of the West
At the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, Black riders and fans bring a sense of swaggering cool to a culture overlooked by the history books.

Historians estimate that one-quarter of American cowboys were Black, but Vason felt that Pickett and other turn-of-the-century Black figures who were part of the fabric of America’s Western expansion had been all but written out of history books. So, in 1984, Vason started the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, a Black rodeo that he saw as a way to challenge and broaden the narrow lore of the West. Today, the rodeo crisscrosses the US, serving as an inclusive gathering place for Black rodeo fans and budding Black rodeo stars alike.


Study Shows Disability Representation Onscreen Is Increasing, but Still Falls Short
The study published Tuesday also showed that television continues to lag behind film when it comes to representation of characters with disabilities.

Even with these prominent examples of disability representation onscreen, relative to the approximately 26 percent of adults in the United States who have a physical or psychological disability, representation continued to lag behind, a new study released Tuesday by Nielsen found. The report, whose release was timed to the 32nd anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, analyzed the representation of disabled characters on film and TV shows released from 1918 to 2022.


8 Most Scenic Train Rides in the UK
From the countryside to charming seaside towns, these U.K. trains offer beautiful views along the way.

From adventurous cross-country journeys to luxurious rides in the world’s most beautiful destinations, there’s something truly romantic about train travel. It transports passengers to a simpler time, highlighting the joys of slow travel and, of course, showcasing beautiful views along the way.
Luckily, exciting train trips exist around the world, including the U.K., which is home to some of the best, grandest, and most scenic railways. So, if you’re seeking a memorable getaway with stunning countryside, seaside town, and city vistas, check out one of these amazing train trips in the U.K.





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