T LOunge for July 6th, 2022

Posted on July 06, 2022

Bakan Bar and Restaurant – Madrid, Spain


Good morning, glories! We are going to get through this interminable week together, like a family. Today is WEDNESDAY even though every day of this week feels like Monday. Try not to think about it too much. Grab a seat and start your day of non-productivity. As always, we’re here for you.


Please Let Ryan Gosling Usher In The Era Of The Male Spray Tan
Admirers of attractive men everywhere will be forever grateful.

Responsible for Gosling’s newly glowing visage is the film’s tanning specialist Kimberly Nkosi—any movie maintaining a tanning specialist is Oscar-worthy in my book—who shared just how the tan was created alongside the inspiration. “For me applying sunless tanner isn’t about spraying something on and hoping for the best,” she wrote on Instagram. “It’s about a feeling more than a look. Plus when you work on a set there are so many things to take into consideration the camera picks up every little detail and can completely change the appearance of the tan, especially under lights. Being mindful of this and being consistent is key to achieving a flawless tan each and every time.” Nkosi used Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning water in shades of Medium and Dark to create a balance for Gosling, but Nkosi also shared that it’s more about a “Barbie glow.”


How Ann Getty Built the Look of American Money
An excerpt from the new book Growing Up Getty uncovers how the San Francisco grande dame changed stateside interiors forever.

Following J. Paul Getty’s death in 1976, Gordon’s income from the Getty Trust rose dramatically. Unlike most other Gettys, Ann wasn’t shy about spending it. The couple purchased a magnificent five-story neoclassical mansion, designed by architect Willis Polk shortly after the 1906 earthquake. Perched atop Pacific Heights, with stunning views of San Francisco Bay, it sits on a two-and-a-half-block stretch of Outer Broadway, the bastion of San Francisco’s gold rush and old money families.
To help her decorate it, Ann hired the blue-chip firm of Parish- Hadley, a partnership between the indomitable WASP grande dame Mrs. Henry “Sister” Parish II and Tennessee-born Albert Hadley, the nice one. Their client roster, a who’s who of American aristocracy, included Jackie and John F. Kennedy, Babe and Bill Paley, and Betsey and Jock Whitney.


How Downton Abbey: A New Era Hinted at the Off-Screen Relationship Between Two of Its Stars
There was more than meets the eye to the scene in a French hat shop.

Downton Abbey is famous for its love stories—from the tragic tale of Mary and Matthew, to the frequently tested bond between Anna and Bates, to Tom Branson’s second chance at happiness with Lucy Smith.
But what is less well known is how the romance sometimes continues off-screen as well. The franchise is at least in part responsible for one pairing between castmates: Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith Pelham, met and fell in love with her co-star Michael Fox, who plays footman Andy Parker, on set. And the latest film hints at another relationship between beloved Downton Abbey actors Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton.
Carter, who has portrayed the steadfast-if-stuffy butler Mr. Carson since the beginning of the series, is married in real life to Staunton, the Harry Potter who joined the first Downton film as Maud Bagshaw, a distant relative of Lord Grantham harboring quite the secret past.


Everything You Need to Know About Charbono
Charbono isn’t nearly as familiar as many of its red grape counterparts, but its influence in California and Argentina is increasing. Read our Charbono wine guide to learn more about this grape variety.
Charbono is one of those grape varieties that, despite its long history, flies under the radar in the United States. Still, there is a core group of U.S. winemakers and grape growers that are devoted to not only keeping it alive in California, but also building its reputation.
Charbono is far more widely known in Argentina, where it is the second most planted grape variety after Malbec. Yet because of Malbec’s primacy, the contributions of Charbono — which is known as Bonarda in Argentina — are quiet, if significant.


Rebel Wilson Says, “Weight Doesn’t Define You,” as She Shares New Swimsuit Photo
The actress and her girlfriend have been enjoying a Mediterranean getaway.

Wilson has spoken of her dramatic weight loss before, saying in an interview in May that she was looking to become a mom soon, and that is what sparked her health journey. She recalled that during a visit to the doctor to discuss her fertility plan, she was told that she would have a better chance at getting pregnant if she were healthier and lost some weight.


Who Will Be The Next James Bond?
Who on earth will be the next James Bond? It’s a question that’s been on the lips of the film industry’s kingmakers since Daniel Craig first discussed hanging up his tuxedo. Now that he has, following his fifth outing as the martini-sipping secret agent in No Time to Die, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive once again — and the frontrunners are slowly emerging.
Among them is Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton’s dashing Duke of Hastings; Henry Golding, who won hearts in Crazy Rich Asians; and Lashana Lynch, who took on the 007 code name in the latest blockbuster while Bond was in exile. However, according to the franchise’s producer, Barbara Broccoli, it will be a while yet before a successor is named. “We’re working out where to go,” she recently told Deadline. “There isn’t a script and we can’t come up with one until we decide how we’re going to approach the next film because, really, it’s a reinvention of Bond. We’re reinventing who he is and that takes time. I’d say that filming is at least two years away.”


Serving Cocktails Flavored with Cheese
Roquefort in a cocktail? Mais oui.

Most people look forward to eating cheese during a trip to France. Fewer, perhaps, expect to be drinking chèvre and Cantal. Yet that’s exactly what you’ll discover at Le Syndicat in Paris, a regular on The World’s 50 Best Bars list, that’s become known for serving cocktails made with unexpected ingredients, including — yes — cheese. One of their recent successes, Gettin’ Milky with Nut, is a delicious combination of Roquefort, curry, gin, milk, and walnut vinegar.


The Many Confrontations of Jean Rhys
In her life and in her writing, the author of post-colonial works such as “Wide Sargasso Sea” met adversity—inflicted and self-inflicted—with an unflinching eye.

It’s natural to consider Virginia Woolf and Jean Rhys literary allies of a sort, near-contemporaries doing pioneering work at the same time, both adept at constructing productive lives in the shadow of trauma. But, though Woolf was always a prominent figure, Rhys disappeared so thoroughly from literary existence that in 1949, when an actress, Selma Vaz Dias, tried to contact her about the possibility of developing a dramatic adaptation of “Good Morning, Midnight,” she had to resort to a personal ad appealing for information about the novelist’s whereabouts. “Very tactless of me to be alive,” Rhys later commented.


Why Do We Obey Rules?
Some last and some don’t, yet we cling to them in times of change.

“Rules: A Short History of What We Live By,” by the historian of science Lorraine Daston, similarly features reason, and rule-making kings, as charismatic minor characters. The shape-shifting rules themselves are the Alice that is interrogated. Daston analyzes rules as diverse as those for making pudding, those for regulating traffic, and those governing the movement of matter in the universe. In considering a series of historic anecdotes and texts, Daston helps us see rules (and their neighbors, such as laws and regulations) through the concepts of thickness and thinness, paradigms and algorithms, failures (it was nearly impossible to get eighteenth-century Parisians to stop playing ball in the streets), and states of exception. She writes, “Cultures notoriously differ as to the content of their rules, but there is no culture without rules. . . . A book about all of these rules would be little short of a history of humanity.”


Official Lucky Charms, Trix, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Candles Will Make Your Home Smell Like It’s Part of a Balanced Breakfast
Five classic General Mills cereals are now available as candle scents at Target stores.

The collection is surprisingly robust, with 23 different options currently online — from 4-ounce candles for $5 each sold in what look like tiny creamer jars to larger 11-ounce one-wick and 12- and 13.5-ounce three-wick candles sold in a variety of packages for $10 a pop. Finally, Target has three gift sets, all for $15: two different three-packs of rectangular tins (one has Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch while the other has Trix, Honey Nut Cheerios, and Lucky Charms) and a three-pack of traditional glass jar candles featuring mascots from Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Honey Nut Cheerios.


Bette Midler Responds to Backlash Over Her Tweets About “Erasure” of Women
Midler has been criticized for using language that some consider anti-trans, as it mocked inclusive terminology surrounding abortion access.

The tweet set off a storm of controversy, garnering more than 20,000 replies, a significant number of them criticizing Midler for using language that some consider anti-trans as it excluded trans people who need abortion care. The more extreme reaction saw some users accuse Midler of being a “TERF,” or trans exclusionary reactionary feminist, an epithet that has been used against J.K. Rowling. Some even floated the idea of boycotting the upcoming Hocus Pocus sequel on Disney+, in which Midler reprises her role as Winifred.


How Comics Creators and LGBTQ Inclusion Are Fueling TV Animation’s Young Adult Genre
Animation industry members discuss the burgeoning narrative space, which is being shaped by a new generation of publishing-industry talent, streaming’s democratization of content and artists’ desire to tell more complex and inclusive stories.

“For a long time, I think the kids’ space was just really confining. There was this very clear line: This is what we do and this is what we don’t do. These are the rules,” Gal says. “The artists and creators who grew up in that studio system grew up with a bunch of rules. Then here come these graphic novel artists and writers who are creating this work on their own outside of that system, without the rules. They did what they wanted to do. There was no rule about ‘We don’t tell relationship stories or we do tell relationship stories or we tell these kind of relationship stories.’”


“How do you go through the world and not be bitter and angry?”
Stoicism, explained.

Stoicism is having a bit of a moment.
Wherever you look — books, podcasts, newsletters, YouTube videos — you’ll find plenty of content about how the Stoics can help us live better lives today.
Which is somewhat odd, since Stoicism is a school of thought that dates all the way back to Zeno of Citium in ancient Greece. It’s a philosophy that preached detachment from the passions and a belief in the supremacy of our rational mind. If I had to boil it down, I’d say the Stoics were mostly searching for ways to master themselves through the control of their emotions. And the goal wasn’t merely to live a good or virtuous life, it was also to be happy in a truly sustainable way.


The Mother of Strange Fashion
A new exhibition in Paris on the designer Elsa Schiaparelli shows how her Surrealist “little jokes” still inspire weirdness today.

The way Schiaparelli presented her work, too, is still relevant. She was an early adopter of themed collections, choosing subjects like music, astrology, the pagan (making women look like Botticelli paintings) and the circus.
The 1938 circus show, in particular, with its hired dancers and clowns, has been long cited as an example of Surrealism’s rise amid the threat of war. Describing it as “riotous and swaggering,” Schiaparelli unveiled lavish embroidery inspired by ringmasters and acrobats, and accessories like balloon handbags and ice cream cone hats. It was jubilant and escapist but memorable for its taste of death, too; with Dalí, she debuted a long black skeleton dress with padded ridges mimicking protruding bones.


Famous for Happiness, and Limits on Tourism, Bhutan Will Triple Fees to Visit
As Venice and other European hot spots explore permit systems and daily fees to limit the number of tourists, the tiny Buddhist kingdom will require a $200 tax on international visitors when it reopens this fall.

Now as the government of Bhutan prepares to reopen its borders on Sept. 23, it has overhauled the tourism system and will significantly raise the cost to visit. Visitors no longer need to be on a package tour, but they will now have to pay a $200 daily fee directly to the government, and pay separately for their accommodation, meals, tours and other travel expenses. The new policy, officials say, will rebrand Bhutan as “an exclusive destination,” attracting “discerning tourists” who will have access to a wider range of higher-quality services.


The Ultimate Country-by-country Guide to Tipping in Europe
Here’s how much to tip in Europe, from hotels and restaurants to taxis and tour guides.

Travelers to Europe often take group tours and want to reward an especially entertaining or accommodating guide. For a two-hour walking tour, for example, a tip of two to five euros per person is appropriate, according to Rick Steves. For a smaller group, the tip should be more, and for a private guide, 10 to 20 euros for the group is fine in most cases, unless extra service is provided. At bars in Europe, tips are not customary, but leaving change or a few euros is always appreciated, if not expected. For takeaway food or drinks, counter dining, or stand-up service, tips are also not customary.





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