T LOunge for August 2nd, 2022

Posted on August 02, 2022

Tzatzi Bar and Restaurant – Strasbourg, France

 

It’s TUESDAY! Let’s make some clatter and din! Having spend an extended weekend on Fire Island, we’re afraid we need the kind of LOunge that’s gonna keep us upright and forward-facing today. Visual and ambient caffeine, if you will. But you should not feel pressured to be sparkling and witty today if you’d rather be sullen and moody. You should not sit in the light today if you don’t want to. Find your perfect seat, whether it over in the corner or smack in the middle of things, and have exactly the kind of day you’d prefer to have today, kittens. Having energized ourselves with this little visual pep talk, we’re off to the mines. Talk amongst yourselves! Or not!

 

Why “Old Lady Perfumes” Never Go Out of Style
The term is inaccurate at best, ageist at worst.

Whatever the intent of calling something Old Lady might be, the implication seems negative. No one is talking about how the hottest new perfume releases smell like Old Lady, or that for spring, the latest trend is Old Lady. And if someone, after embracing you and catching a whiff of your scent, says, “Wow, you smell like Old Lady,” that’s probably not a compliment.
But what exactly is an Old Lady Perfume? The term is generally applied to perfumes launched between the 1920s to the 1980s. And though the fragrances that fall under the Old Lady Perfume umbrella aren’t a monolith, there are some common threads.

 

Inside Louis Vuitton’s 200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries: The Exhibition in L.A.
The showcase is free of admission and will run through September 6.

Louis Vuitton’s “200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries” exhibition has just touched down in Los Angeles. First unveiled in December at Vuitton’s historic residence in Asnières-sur-Seine, France, followed by a stop-over in Singapore in April, the doors for the next leg of the traveling showcase have opened in a contemporary building at 468 North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills near the luxury fashion house’s flagship store through September 6.
For the exhibition, which celebrates the revered designer’s bicentennial birthday (born August 4, 1821), friends of the house—spanning from brands, artists, and creative visionaries across science, sports, and pop culture—were asked to personalize and dream up their own versions of the iconic Louis Vuitton trunk. Among the names who participated include street style label Supreme, activist Gloria Steinem, designer Marc Jacobs, and makeup artist Pat McGrath. Altogether there are 200 trunks, all of which will be up for auction at Sotheby’s in 2023, with all proceeds being donated to charity organizations supporting young people through their creative endeavors.

 

A Complete Chronological Guide to Jane Austen’s Books
Austen’s stories are timeless, and worth a read—even outside of English lit class.

While she lived and wrote over 200 years ago, Jane Austen’s heroines remain beloved to this day. Her stories are rendered timeless with modern day adaptations like Clueless, Fire Island, and Bride and Prejudice and her influence is practically unmatched with her books still being read in university lectures and high school classrooms around the world today.
“She is canonical in a way that she probably would not have anticipated,” explains Stanford English professor Alex Woloch. “Her work falls so easily into dialogue not just with past literature but, strangely, with novels that had yet to be written.”

 

16 Must-Read Poetry Books
These powerful poetry collections are worth the read.

​​“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold, no fire can warm me. I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry,” wrote Emily Dickinson, whose life was dedicated to the hundreds of poems she poured herself into. Poetry, an honest and intimate art form, is a way to question humanity through the use of words and rhythm. Here are 15 books of verse—both contemporary works and well-known collections—that ask the reader to think critically about complicated concepts like race, sexism, and the meaning of life.

 

Maria Ressa on the Fight for Facts—and Her Own Freedom
The 58-year-old journalist is a beloved figure on the world stage, unsparing about the road we’re on—and the effects of social media in particular—but curious, charismatic, and kind to seemingly everyone she meets. When Ressa won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize (along with the Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov), she became a global personification of bravery and the battle for truth over disinformation. She and her reporters at Rappler have critically covered the former Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, earning the consequences of his ire in the process. Ressa has twice been arrested and is facing a cyber-libel conviction and tax-related charges that could lead to decades of imprisonment. She must ask permission to leave the country (“I don’t pack until I get approval. I’m a maniac after I get approval”). She and her staff have been targeted by brutal trolling and violent threats on Facebook, which is ubiquitous in the Philippines, and all the more toxic for it. Her Nobel speech in Oslo was blunt: “Technology, with its godlike power, has allowed a virus of lies to infect each of us, pitting us against each other, bringing out our fears, anger, and hate.” But her rhetoric soared, too—and she ended that speech with her hands clasped together in a communal hymn to hope: “Please, with me, close your eyes and imagine the world as it should be,” she said. “A world of peace, trust, and empathy, bringing out the best that we can be. We have to make it happen.”

 

Put Down That Shot Glass, Here’s the Proper Way to Drink Tequila
From the right glassware to the perfect temperature, here’s how to appreciate tequila’s complexity.

No other category of spirit has rebranded itself over the last decade as monumentally as tequila. Having long been relegated to party shots and cloyingly sweet margarita mixers, consumers are finally seeing this spirit as worthy of sipping solo. This evolution is in part due to the rise of 100% blue weber agave-based liquids, which offer structure and elegance that simply don’t exist within the sugar-spiked mixtos that previously dominated the marketplace.
In the United States, sales of high-end tequila have quadrupled since 2012. If you find yourself still drinking your tequila out of a shot glass, first thing’s first: you need some suitable stemware to do the luxury liquor justice.

 

Marilyn Monroe Estate Defends Ana de Armas’ ‘Blonde’ Casting Amid Outrage Over Her Accent
The official Marilyn Monroe Estate has come to the defense of Ana de Armas, who is playing the Hollywood icon in Andrew Dominik and Netflix’s upcoming drama “Blonde.” An official trailer for the film premiered online July 28 and left many viewers outraged over de Armas’ casting because her accent did not entirely match Monroe’s iconic breathy tone. The film is not authorized by Monroe’s estate, but the group stands by de Armas’ casting nonetheless.

 

‘Top Chef’ Is Going Abroad for Season 20
Bravo’s culinary competition will also feature a cast of international Top Chef all-stars.

“We’ve always wanted to do a season of Top Chef with winners, finalists and frontrunners, but to take that concept for the 20th season one step further with cheftestants from localized versions across the world has been a dream come true,” Ryan Flynn, senior vice president of current production for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, stated. “And what better place to host World All-Stars than London, a global stomping ground and renowned food city, offering our cheftestants access to the UK’s exceptional ingredients and international flavors.”
The show suggests that London is a perfect place for an internationally-themed season since London is a “culinary melting pot” from “traditional pub food to modern Indian cuisines.” The chefs will be cooking “with the best ingredients the UK has to offer from its sought-after seafood, high-quality meat and produce,” and the judging of the results will also be international, with series regulars Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons being joined by “distinguished judges from the international versions, as well as esteemed global culinary experts.”

 

Taylor Swift Is Being Called Out For Refusing To Take Accountability After Her Rep Defended Her Private Jet CO2 Emissions By Saying That Her Plane Is “Loaned Out Regularly”
“‘She generously rents out her jet for her poorer friends who can’t afford their own personal jets to use’ is the funniest possible way to put a humanitarian spin on her carbon emissions.”

If you’ve been online in the past week, you’ll probably have heard that Taylor Swift was named the celebrity with the worst private jet carbon emissions.
Marketing and analytics agency Yard recently published a list naming the celeb world’s top 10 CO2 polluters, based on the purported use of their privately owned jet planes since the start of the year by studying flight tracking maps.

 

Emma Mackey Is Every Inch A 19th-Century Bombshell In The Latest Stills From Eiffel
Emma Mackey is no stranger to elaborate period costumes. Since her breakout as the deliciously acerbic Maeve Wiley in Sex Education, the 26-year-old French-British actor has donned showstopping ballgowns as Jacqueline de Bellefort in Death on the Nile and will soon be seen in bonnets and hoop skirts in Frances O’Connor’s elemental Emily Brontë biopic, Emily. But, before we watch her penning masterpieces and traipsing across the Yorkshire moors – and long before we see her in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, in a role that remains shrouded in mystery – she’ll appear in a corset, with her hair in an elaborate updo, in another ravishing 19th-century drama.

 

How to Choose the Right Curtain Length for Your Specific Windows
Correctly measuring is more involved than you might think.

Choosing the right curtain length can make or break a room. Professional designers follow one hard and fast rule in order to achieve the perfect dimensions, says Kati Curtis of Kati Curtis Design. “Your curtains should graze the floor,” the interior designer explains. But how you achieve this—by correctly measuring your window and ordering your fabric—is what’s most essential to creating a streamlined finished space. Ahead, Curtis explains the necessary steps to choosing the right curtain length for your room.

 

Painting Black Existence Into History
In the documentary short “Paint & Pitchfork,” Christine Turner examines the life and work of the artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald.

When the filmmaker Christine Turner got a call from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (lacma) asking whether she’d be willing to make a film about the painters Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, she didn’t hesitate to say yes. She’d followed the work of both artists for several years, once even going to see Sherald’s work in New York while nine months pregnant. And she knew that the only way to showcase Wiley and Sherald in all their glory, she told me, was to “give them the same reverence, dignity, and respect” that they grant their own sitters. The final product, “Paint & Pitchfork,” explores the unfinished legacies of two Black cultural icons, and how in painting themselves, their subjects, and their people into the art-historical record they attempt to rectify the social and cultural absence of, as Wiley says, in the film, “people who happen to look like me.”

 

Powwow Season in Full Bloom
From spring to summer, Native American families travel the country to celebrate and compete in competitions wearing intricate garments assembled across generations.

Siliye Pete, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, wore an outfit that represented not only herself, but also her family and tribe. In addition to hair ties made by her stepmother, her otter skins were a gift from her father, her necklace was made by her mother and her bracelets came from her niece. She held a pink umbrella that matched her sparkling pink acrylic nails. The otter skins wrapped around her braids were tied with pink beaded hair ties, and a pink shawl was draped around her shoulders.
“Everyone knows pink is my color,” said Ms. Pete, a 24-year-old teacher. “My stepmom made the hair ties, and I made the rest of my outfit to match them. My nails were just a vibe for the summer.”
Ms. Pete was one of hundreds of dancers attending the 122nd annual Arlee Celebration powwow held over the Fourth of July weekend in Arlee, Mont., a town of fewer than 600 in the valley of the Flathead Reservation, which spans nearly 1.3 million acres of mountainous landscape and rolling hills. The celebration — a mix of dance and drum competitions, traditional ceremonies and games — serves as a space for multiple tribes to gather to compete, eat traditional foods, meet new babies, and visit with relatives and old friends.

 

Should Red Wines Be Served Cool?
The proper serving temperature is nuanced, depending on the style of the wine, the vintage, the weather and your own personal taste.

Wine is a joyous, never-ending education, as I relearn every month in Wine School. Even so, the lessons were humbling to me over the last few weeks as we examined how serving temperature affects red wines.
I had suggested three bottles that I thought would all benefit from a healthy chill. The experience was not what I expected.
Regular Wine School readers are all too familiar with my periodic reminder that most red wines are served too warm, along with my suggestion that, when planning to drink a red, the bottle should be refrigerated for 20 to 30 minutes or so before opening.

 

A $30 Alarm Can Stop a Silent Killer. Why Many Hotels Don’t Install Them.
Three carbon monoxide deaths at a resort in the Bahamas called attention to the dangers of the odorless gas. In the U.S., where it often takes multiple poisonings for hotels to install alarms, a debate about detector policies has been intensifying.

In the past 20 years, at least 1,090 people have been injured by carbon monoxide leaks in U.S. hotels, with 32 people — including 7 children — dying, according to the Jenkins Foundation, a nonprofit that tracks carbon monoxide incidents at hotels. A study published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports last year suggested that these figures could be many times higher given that so few incidents are publicly reported.

 

This 14-day Train Trip Will Take You to 5 National Parks Across the U.S.
See the American West in style.

Vacations by Rail invites you to take the slow route to see a few of America’s most beautiful national parks.
The vacation company is well-known for its delightful trips by train across the globe, but one of its most popular journeys is its 14-day trip through the American West to visit five stellar national parks along the way.
The trip begins at Chicago’s Union Station, where guests will board Amtrak’s Empire Builder train and settle into their accommodations. They’ll take the overnight train to the first official stop at Glacier National Park. Guests will have time to explore the park, hike through its awe-inspiring terrain, and see its 25 glaciers, hundreds of lakes, and flowing waterfalls. And in the mid-morning, guests will take a vintage open-air Red Jammer bus for a tour of the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road while they cross the Continental Divide.

 

These Are the Most Popular Destinations to Name Your Baby After, Survey Shows
From countries to small cities…

Some kids are given the travel bug at birth — all just starting with their name.
Luggage storage service Bounce has identified a trend amongst American parents to name their baby after an important location. According to Bounce, the trend may have started when parents began naming kids after “a favorite holiday destination, honeymoon spot, or even the city where they were conceived.”
And then there are some location-inspired names that just sound cool.

 

 

 

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