T LOunge for August 24th, 2022

Posted on August 24, 2022

The Alchemist Bar and Restaurant – Manchester, UK

 

We don’t quite know if we’re in a party-all-day mood today, as we’re writing this very early in the day and don’t know how we’ll feel when – and if – we get our second wind, but we feel the need to have partying as an option we can return to at a moment’s notice; hence today’s LOunge. It feels like it could go either way, moodily pensive or raucous with possible inappropriate dancing involved. Let’s see where WEDNESDAY takes us, shall we?

 

An Exclusive Look At Jennifer Lopez’s Wedding Dress
The bride wore custom Ralph Lauren Collection to walk down the aisle. Ralph Lauren has always been a go-to designer for the Marry Me actor. The wedding gown she wore during the ceremony was the first of three Ralph Lauren dresses that comprised her line-up of looks for the evening. Over 1,000 handkerchiefs and 500 metres of fabric were cut into ruffles to make an ethereal version of Ralph Lauren’s classic turtleneck column dress. The ruffles were then attached by hand, creating a voluminous, romantic skirt. The sleeve was inset with a cascading ruffle, draped from the back of the turtleneck to the shoulder. A cathedral-length veil added an additional layer of drama.

 

Jennifer Lopez wears three custom Ralph Lauren wedding gowns
All the details on every single one of the singer’s beautiful wedding ensembles

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are married. The pair held a wedding celebration for friends and family this weekend after making things official last month.
More than 20 years after they became engaged the first time around, the Afflecks chose a low-key ceremony at a chapel in Las Vegas in July, and then held a huge celebration at their Georgia estate over the weekend.
And of course it goes without saying that Lopez pulled out all the stops when it came to her wedding dresses, wearing more than a few very special gowns.

 

The One Thing You Have to Eat in Every State
If you had time to eat one food in every state, what would it be?

From the start of his career as a travel and food writer in the late 1990s, Landsel has traveled to each of the fifty states for research more times than he can count, with many revisited at least once during a typical travel year. As a magazine, over the decades of celebrating the very best of food and drink, we’ve come to greatly appreciate each state’s unique contributions to American food culture — that’s how this list came to be. It’s a highlight reel of the very best American food we’ve covered over the years, including write-ups we’ve published of our all-time favorite restaurants.
This is the list to end all lists, an answer to the question: If you had time to eat one thing in every state, what would it be? From Alaska to Florida, Maine to California, we’ve chosen regional treats that you just can’t miss.

 

A Walk Down Hair Memory Lane with Four Black Writers
Black hair is innovative, historical, and magical. Black girls’ hair is distinctive and exceptional because no two heads of texture and curls are alike— and so much of a Black girl’s experience centers around her hair. But for many Black girls like myself, the hair care battle was far from an easy feat growing up. Societal pressures aside, a part of that journey often included a years-long quest for hairstyles that work for you while rarely seeing you and your hair represented in mainstream media. For me, this meant tugging through knots with combs to perfect the two-stand twist, burning scalps due to chemical relaxers, shielding ears from any hot tools, and spending the equivalent of a full work shift in a salon chair for treatments and haircuts that sometimes produced less than desired results.
Our respective routines are as different as our hair types, but one thing we all have in common is the process of learning to love and care for our kinky, curly, and coily hair. I spoke with a few writers (with fabulous hair) to reminisce on the ultimate Black girl products and experiences that we can all relate to.

 

Life After Student Loan Debt
As the Biden Administration makes moves on the student loan debt crisis, Lacy M. Johnson writes about the extraordinary relief of debt forgiveness.

I don’t regret my education, or what I had to pay to get it. I grew up on a farm in a rural community and put myself through community college, and then through public state university by working at Walmart, selling steaks door-to-door, and for a few semesters, working as a stripper. No matter how many part-time jobs I pieced together, I never earned quite enough to cover the bills and my tuition, so I took out student loans.

 

A Detailed Look at Jennifer Lopez’s Breathtaking Green Diamond Engagement Ring
When it comes to fine jewelry, Jennifer Lopez’s collection is on a par with Elizabeth Taylor’s—particularly when it comes to her engagement rings. The 53-year-old has worn a number of designs over the years (half a dozen, to be exact), but the stones chosen for her by her now-husband Ben Affleck are far and away the most discussed.
Take the pink Harry Winston diamond she received from the Oscar winner in 2002. “I looked at the ring, and I was like, ‘Oh my God,’” J.Lo told Diane Sawyer in a segment back in the early Noughties. “It was just—it’s the most magnificent thing.” Valued at an estimated $1 million at the time, the 6.10-carat stone inspired a trend for colored diamond rings—even impressing the likes of Barbra Streisand, a diamond fanatic.

 

Meet Claudie, the American Girl Doll Outfitted by Harlem’s Fashion Row Designer Sammy B
For many young people, getting an American Girl doll is a rite of passage. Originally developed as a way to teach American history to children, the dolls often lived through tragedies or complicated moments in history, all detailed in the accompanying books that are an essential part of the American Girl Doll experience. Among others, there is Addy, a fugitive slave who escapes to Philadelphia with her mother during the Civil War; Samantha, an orphan whose parents died in a boating accident, and her best friend Nellie, who is a child laborer; and Josefina, who grew up in New Mexico in 1824, a few years before the Mexican-American war.

 

The Truth About Princess Diana’s Sapphire Engagement Ring
The stunning 12-carat Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring was actually a catalogue item.

Princess Diana’s pret-a-porter ring became a symbol of history. In fact, when I asked jewelry experts to contribute ideas for my book, Jewels That Made History, her ring was on every single one of their lists. It may have been this jewel that first marked her desire for independence.
The Duchess of Cambridge wears the 12-carat oval sapphire engagement ring, surrounded by 14 diamonds, that belonged to Prince William’s late mother, Princess Diana.
To be fair, sapphires—long a stone of kings and a symbol of devotion and integrity—have always been a royal engagement ring stone of choice. When Lady Elizabeth—better known to us as the Queen Mother—said “yes” to the Duke of York (later King George VI) in 1923, the agreement was sealed with an oval shaped sapphire.

 

The Best Place to Store All of Your Favorite Condiments, According to Food Safety Experts
We answer the age-old question: pantry or refrigerator? Plus, exactly how long mayonnaise, ketchup, hot sauce, and other essentials actually keep.

Everyone knows that condiments have expiration dates, but there is often confusion about whether mustard, ketchup, vinegar, and other sauces should be stored in the refrigerator or left at room temperature in the pantry. The answer varies depending on the condiment, so we turned to Argyris K. Magoulas at the Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education in the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service department for advice.

 

Why do we expect so little from male politicians and so much from female politicians?
If you’re shocked at the footage of Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin dancing at a private party, wait until you hear what her male counterparts have been up to

Last week, two videos emerged of a woman singing and dancing at a private party. So far, so banal – and yet this non-story quickly circulated among the international media. Why? The woman in question happened to be 36-year old Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin. So scandalised were the media and certain Finnish politicians by the sight of a woman enjoying time off with friends that Marin was forced to not only apologise, but also to take a drug test to clear her name. “I danced, sang, and partied – perfectly legal things. And I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve seen or known of others [using drugs],” she said.

 

A woman is selling her childhood home — a 16th-century manor that appeared in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ — for $7 million. Take a look inside.
Luckington Court in Wiltshire, England, is on the market for $7 million. The 16th-century manor served as a childhood home to the current owner. The property appeared in the 1995 TV adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice.” The 8-bedroom manor in Wiltshire, south-west England, served as the childhood home of the current owner, who inherited it from her father, Major Trevor Horne, a spokesperson for the estate agency Woolley & Wallis told Insider.

 

Caring about the future doesn’t mean ignoring the present
Effective altruism hasn’t abandoned its roots

I agree with longtermism’s central claim that people not yet born should be a key priority in our policy and decision-making. But if the shift to longtermism meant that effective altruists would stop helping the people of the present, and would instead put all their money and energy into projects meant to help the distant future, it would be doing an obvious and immediate harm. That would make it hard to be sure EA was a good thing overall, even to someone like me who shares its key assumptions.

 

Who Is Quiet Quitting For?
For those not ready to make a grand exit, a softer approach may work.

“I recently learned about this term called ‘quiet quitting’ where you’re not outright quitting your job, but you’re quitting the idea of going above and beyond,” says Zaiad Khan, a TikTok user with over 10,000 followers, in a soothing voice, juxtaposed with a video of the New York City subway. “You are still performing your duties, but you are no longer subscribing to the hustle culture mentally that work has to be our life.”
Many people feel perplexed: Why do you need a term to describe something as ordinary as going to work and doing your job, even if it’s not well? Some people feel validated for never raising their hands at work, or judged because they actually like being overachievers.

 

His Medium, Salted Butter. His Craft, Sublime.
Gerry Kulzer, the new butter sculptor at the Minnesota State Fair, is ready to capture the likenesses of the dairy princesses, if only he can sculpt their tresses in time.

Butter sculptures first appeared at the Minnesota State Fair more than a century ago. In 1965, a dairy trade group began the fair’s tradition of sculpting the finalists in Midwest Dairy’s pageant, which began about a decade earlier (the Associated Milk Producers, a trade group, has donated the 900 pounds of butter needed for the art since 1993). The contest honors young female leaders in the state’s dairy industry; the winner is crowned the night before the fair begins, and greets guests at 6 a.m. as they enter the gates.

 

 

 

 

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