T LOunge for August 11th, 2022

Posted on August 11, 2022

Blue River Bar and Restaurant – Holercani, Moldova

 

We continue our streak of “Everything is on fire outside so let’s hit a cool, dark bar” of LOunges, darlings. We can’t imagine anyone would mind today’s choice, which has a soothing, comfortable vibe that practically begs for civilized cocktails and shocking conversations. Let’s get to work on that, shall we?

 

Jennifer Behr and Celebrity Stylist Micaela Erlanger Make a Strong Case for Wearing a Bow at Your Wedding
The duo spoke to InStyle about their new accessories collaboration, Jennifer Behr x Micaela, and share advice for our biggest bridal fashion dilemmas (like whether or not bridesmaids should match).

With all that goes into planning a wedding, it’s easy to overlook one seemingly minor — but actually major — detail: accessories. These final, fashionable touches, be it drop earrings or hair clips, are essentially what pull your look together and turn it into something extra-special. And it can be argued that no one does wedding accessories better than Jennifer Behr. Except maybe Jennifer Behr and celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger, who have now teamed up for a stunning collaboration, aptly titled Jennifer Behr x Micaela.

 

The Glorious Performance Art of Grace Jones and Issey Miyake
One of pop music’s most original auteurs, Jones built her indelible image through the late Japanese designer’s work.

Every fanatic of the designer Issey Miyake, who died last week at the age of 84, has an icon who represents for them the work of this awesome genius. Hypebeasts might envision Robin Williams in a purple and blue cargo bomber from Miyake’s Fall 1996 collection as their ultimate grail. Ladies of the canyon may worship Joni Mitchell in her Miyake finery: the singer has admitted to owning “hundreds” of the designer’s pieces. And the general public knows Miyake through his relationship with Steve Jobs, whose plain black turtlenecks, made by the hundreds by Miyake, solidified the Apple co-founder’s public image as a normcore pragmatist who let his design work speak the loudest.
But no Miyake-wearing celebrity comes close to the energy and influence of *Beyoncé voice* Grace Joooones.

 

Ballet Flats Are Trending — But They’re Actually Terrible for Your Feet
Stars like Jennifer Lopez may be bringing back this simple shoe, but podiatrists warn against wearing them.

Ahh, the ballet flat. It’s a favorite footwear trend that seemingly never goes out of style (at least not for long). You can slip them on as you’re heading out the door without needing to fiddle with buckles or straps, and the shoe pairs well with virtually any ensemble, from jeans and a tee to a dress and a blazer.
But you know what they say: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Unfortunately, the beloved ballet flat is no exception. According to medical professionals, ballet flats are bad for your feet, so you might want to re-think making this shoe your go-to — even as they rise in popularity for 2022.

 

Serena Williams Reflects on Her Life in Looks: From Nike Catsuits to Camp Gucci
“The French Open was kind of upset about it,” tennis legend Serena Williams says of that instantly iconic —and controversial— black catsuit she wore at the 2018 French Open. Williams is certainly no stranger to sparking conversations with her fashion. The seven-time Wimbledon champ has spent nearly three decades dominating the court, wearing everything from denim-on-denim competition looks to Virgil Abloh-designed tutus. In a new video, Williams sits down with Vogue to revisit some of her most memorable looks on and off the court.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Mourvedre
Mourvedre is best-known as a blending grape, though it also produces excellent wines on its own.

Despite the fact that it can produce excellent wines on its own, Mourvedre is one of those grape varieties that is best known as a blending partner. It plays a key role in the great red blends of the Rhône Valley, and is one of the marquis components of Australia’s beloved GSM blends (GSM, after all, stands for Grenache – Syrah – Mourvedre). On its own, Mourvedre is dominant in the French wine region of Bandol, where it produces reds and rosés of serious depth and character. In Spain and California, where it’s known as Monastrell and Mataro, respectively, the variety is capable of producing wines that balance fruit and more savory tones beautifully.

 

The Best Snack in Every State (and Where to Find Them)
How many of these have you tried?

Narrowing down the choices was a tough job, made easier by one stipulation — in order to be considered, the food in question needed to be able to ship without a lot of effort. (In other words, probably no dry ice.)
While the primary goal of our state-by-state projects is finding the very best of everything, we’ve also aspired to paint a broad picture of American food culture, and to celebrate the considerable breadth and diversity of what’s on offer, from sophisticated tinned seafood in the Pacific Northwest to the humble but mighty boiled peanut in the Deep South.
For this reason, you won’t find potato chips representing 25 different states, even if we can think of at least that many worthy regional favorites, nearly off the top of our heads. Who knows — maybe that’s the next list.

 

5 Common Burger Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Whether you’re grilling a beef patty in the backyard or crafting the perfect veggie version in your kitchen, these tips will help you make the perfect burger every time.

Burgers are one of those essential foods to learn to cook at home. Despite the ubiquity of them on menus from drive-thru to fast casual to fine-dining establishments, a great burger you create yourself is a staple for even the most unpracticed home cook. On the surface, a burger is one of the easiest things to make: some ground protein or grains formed into a patty, a hot grill or skillet, and all you need to do is break out the buns. But that doesn’t mean all of us haven’t been faced with burgers that are charred on the outside and raw within, or come out with the texture of rubber. Here are the five most common mistakes we all have made when cooking burgers. Avoiding them puts you that much closer to burger perfection.

 

Lena Hall Responds to Sean Bean’s Controversial Take on Intimacy Coordinators
In his interview with British publication The Times, Bean said that intimacy coordinators, whose job is to choreograph sex and other intimate scenes in order to ensure the safety and comfort of the actors involved, “spoil the spontaneity” of sex scenes.
Bean explained, “I think the natural way lovers behave would be ruined by someone bringing it right down to a technical exercise.”

The actor also referenced his experiences on the show Snowpiercer with co-star Lena Hall: “I suppose it depends on the actress,” Bean said. “[Lena Hall] had a musical cabaret background, so she was up for anything.”
Hall responded to a Variety article about the actor’s comments with a Twitter thread. The actress clarified that her background does not mean she is down for anything, expressed that she is pro-having intimacy coordinators on set, and said that her experience with Bean on the show was a positive and respectful one.

 

How Angus Cloud Survived a Broken Skull and Became ‘Euphoria’s’ Stoner Icon
“Euphoria” is Cloud’s first acting job, and he was literally plucked off the street for the role. “I was with some friends,” he says. “We were just hanging out.” Casting scout Eléonore Hendricks, who specializes in street casting, spotted him while walking through Brooklyn one night. He then found himself reading for casting director Jennifer Venditti, who was eager to populate creator Sam Levinson’s series with naturalistic actors. “People think, ‘Oh, he just shows up. He’s just this lazy stoner,’” Venditti says. “Angus doesn’t get enough credit.”

 

What It’s Like To Be An Abortion Doula And Clinic Staffer In The US Post Roe
It’s been barely over six weeks since Roe v Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, but already the lack of legal protection for abortion care is being felt across the US. Clinics are closing around the country, doctors are being forced to choose between doing their best to help pregnant patients and following the law, and a generation of young people has been systematically disempowered from controlling their own reproductive autonomy.
To the extent that there’s any good news here, it’s this: Abortion providers and clinic staffers in states where abortion remains legal are still working around the clock (in fact, often harder than ever before) to provide their patients with a full spectrum of options. Recently, Vogue spoke to one of them – an abortion doula and clinic staffer in Maine, where 31 per cent of counties have no abortion clinics – under the condition of anonymity to get a sense of how her vital and often challenging work has evolved since the overturning of Roe.

 

Westworld’s Costume Designer Keeps Getting DMs About This Fan-Favorite Look
Debra Beebe discusses moving Hale out of the boardroom with her style—and the belted black number viewers are loving.

If you’ve kept up with Westworld—HBO’s Emmy-winning, dystopian, sci-fi thriller—for all four of its seasons, then your head might be spinning while deciphering the drama’s barrage of plot twists. Main characters like this season’s Christina (Evan Rachel Wood), Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson), Maeve Millay (Thandiwe Newton), and Caleb Nichols (Aaron Paul), find themselves on a never-ending loop across time, traversing fantasy realms inspired by the old West, the 1920s, and even futuristic elements. It makes sense, then, that the show’s whirlwind feel is closely familiar for costume designer Debra Beebe, who leads the costuming for season 4.

 

Ernst Lubitsch Made the Hollywood Comedy Sublime
His acolyte Billy Wilder is better remembered, but Lubitsch’s wit reigns supreme.

n the summer of 1943, the playwright and screenwriter Samson Raphaelson received word that Ernst Lubitsch, the Berlin-born director of such incandescent Hollywood comedies as “Trouble in Paradise,” “The Shop Around the Corner,” and “Heaven Can Wait,” had suffered a fatal heart attack. Raphaelson, who had written scripts for those films and for many others, set about composing a tribute to Lubitsch, extolling him in terms that few other directors of the era elicited: “However great the cinema historians will eventually estimate him, he was bigger as a person. He was genuinely modest. He never sought fame or coveted prizes … He was as free from guile and pretense as children are supposed to be, and this made him endlessly various and charming.”

 

Armie Hammer’s Alleged Victims Speak Out in House of Hammer Trailer
The three-part docuseries from Discovery+ dives into the allegations against the exiled Hollywood actor, as well as the “dark and twisted secrets” of his family.

The saga of Armie Hammer and the Hammer dynasty is far from over. Discovery+ has released the first trailer for House of Hammer, a docuseries detailing the allegations against the actor and “the dark and twisted secrets” of the Hammer family.
The three-part docuseries takes a deep look at the allegations of emotional abuse, manipulation, and sexual violence that brought Hammer’s flourishing Hollywood career to a standstill in 2021, a saga previously examined by Vanity Fair’s Julie Miller in a story called “The Fall of the House of Hammer.” (Hammer has repeatedly denied the allegations leveled against him via his lawyer, Andrew Brettler. With the help of friend Robert Downey Jr., he also checked himself into a rehab facility last year.) In the trailer, two of Hammer’s alleged victims, Courtney Vucekovich and Julia Morrison, detail their experiences with the Social Network actor, providing screenshots of messages and voice memos of their alleged conversations with Hammer, which often involved the actor sharing cannibalistic fantasies and sexual fetishes.

 

Cary Grant Biopic Series Starring Jason Isaacs In Lead Role Set For ITV & BritBox International
Archie will start with his birth in Bristol in 1904 and tell the story of a childhood spent in extreme poverty, dealing with his father’s adultery and the loss of older brother John. At 14, he joined music hall act the Bob Pender Troupe and moved to the U.S. and, soon after, Cary Grant was born.
The show will intercut scenes from 1961 when, at the height of his fame, Grant was desperately unhappy in his private life after two failed marriages. Grant then began wooing TV star Dyan Cannon, who was 30 years his junior and didn’t immediately fall for his charms. He married her in 1965 and retired from film acting one year later.

 

The search for an AC that doesn’t destroy the planet
The AC is about a century old. What comes next?

Amid a growing number of heat waves, air conditioners have become a lifeline. Because these appliances are critical to keeping people cool — and protecting them from dangerously hot weather — the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that there may be more than 5 billion air conditioners across the planet by 2050. The problem is that while air conditioners do keep people safe, they’re also a major contributor to climate change. So why not rethink the AC entirely?

 

It’s okay to be envious. It can even be a good thing.
Let envy be a motivator instead of holding you back.

There are many human emotions we’re told are unsavory. Seven of them have even been lumped together and deemed deadly: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth.
Not only does society cast these sentiments in a negative light, but they aren’t super fun to experience, either. Envy, in particular, is one feeling we don’t enjoy sitting with for long. It’s uncomfortable to feel covetous or less-than when someone in our circle has something we want, like a supportive group of friends or a rewarding career. When everyone we know — and many people we don’t — constantly broadcast their wins and extravagances online, envy can rear its head more frequently than we’d like.

 

The Power of Hugs in Anime
Anime is an art form characterized by exaggeration — overblown facial features, impossible hair, crazy gestures and absurd reactions. Even in the more subtle examples of the genre, there’s still often a sense of extravagance, perhaps even melodrama, conveyed through atmospheric music or delicate animation.
An embrace between lovers or family or friends is an expression of intimacy that anime can magnify. A hug is a kind of surrender, the meeting of the vulnerable parts of two people, who touch belly to belly, chest to chest, heart to heart.

 

In Italy, Where Pizza Was Born, Domino’s Bows Out
The company entered the Italian market

It turns out that Italians don’t necessarily like pineapple on their pizza, after all. Or at least not enough to keep nearly three dozen Domino’s Pizza franchises afloat.
Last month, the Italian outlets of the American pizza conglomerate extinguished their pizza ovens, unable to win over picky palates in the place where pizza was invented.
Though the company’s Italian website remained live, outlets in Turin, Parma, Rome and elsewhere offered the same discouraging message: “Sun. to Sat. CLOSED.” Domino’s international map was more up-to-date. It listed 90 international markets, but Italy was not among them.in 2015, but seems to have been done in by a proliferation of home-delivery food during the pandemic and a desire for more artisanal pies.

 

Everything to Know About Halloween at Disney World
Disney World’s Halloween season is unlike any other time of year. The resort’s enchanting year-round magic is amplified with jaw-dropping decor, delicious bites, and spooky surprises.

The bewitching hour is here! Walt Disney World is summoning all ghouls and goblins to relish in their longest season: Halloween. The festivities begin in early August and run until the big night, October 31. That’s right. As much of the country is still squeezing out the last few moments of summer, the most magical place on Earth is rolling out the red (or orange) carpet for oversized pumpkins and ghostly sights.
Disney World Halloween is unlike any other time of year. The resort’s enchanting year-round magic is amplified with jaw-dropping decor, delicious bites, and spooky surprises. Visitors can enjoy a bounty of themed limited-time goodies and sellout merchandise or snag a spot at the ticketed festivities that will rival any theme park event. Yes — the fan-favorite Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is back!

 

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