T LOunge for August 4th, 2022

Posted on August 04, 2022

Anar Restaurant – Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE


You may have noticed that this week’s LOunges have all been bright, bold, and potentially clatter-filled spaces. We send out our deepest apologies to all the moody kittens who just want to congregate in the cool and the dark all week, but for whatever reasons – maybe we’re feeling the winding down of summer or something – we just want to sit in the sun a little bit longer. Join us, won’t you? We promise you won’t have to talk or be sociable if you don’t want to.


What Would Working Girl Style Look Like Today?
A reboot of the classic 1988 rom-com Working Girl is underway, and Selena Gomez is reportedly set to produce it (no word on if she will star in it, though). In the original film, Melanie Griffith plays Tess, a Staten Island secretary who impersonates her power suit-wearing boss Katharine (Sigourney Weaver) in a ploy to advance her career. The film’s oh-so-eighties fashion is one of its most memorable aspects. Tess navigates the workplace setting while sporting chic skirt suits—with big shoulder pads, of course!—paired with chunky sneakers and sleek briefcases.
With a 2020s reboot of the film on its way, though, we have to wonder about the fashion. We don’t know yet what decade in which the film will take place. The 1980s boardroom attire is such a signature aspect of the film, but it just so happens that cool, stylish suiting is trending on both the red carpets and on the runways this season. Should the new Working Girl take place in the 2020s, the protagonist will have plenty of options for a modern, maybe even sexy, take on a professional wardrobe.


Beyoncé Transcends Fashion
Unlike nearly any other pop star, she’s writing her own rules rather than playing the game.

Beyoncé does not simply release an album; she unleashes a vision. At times this comes, as it did quite revolutionarily with 2016’s Lemonade, as a visual album, in which the music is fully understood through rich accompanying film. Last week, in the days before she dropped Renaissance, her first solo studio album since then, she released a series of images on her site: on a red velvet sofa with brown liquor in a rocks glass, with metal spears jutting out of a fitted black minidress to form a plated bustier; sitting in the middle of an empty dance floor in an exuberant silver chiton gown, one arm flung in the air and the other covering her breast; floating in an altar room in a lime green lace dress with a facemask and a bushy lime Mongolian fur trumpet hem. The images are a nightclub fantasia that conjure the sense of decadent escapist release dressing up to dance all night promises. They set the tone for her sound, and prepared us for the house-inspired wildness, like a visual primer for her knowledge-hungry acolytes.


How to Untangle Necklaces
These tricks will save you from feeling frustrated.

Arguably the worst part of owning jewelry is jewelry maintenance. For one thing, you can’t just throw your favorite accessories into the washing machine like you would your favorite sweater or pair of jeans; there are very specific ways to clean silver jewelry versus gold jewelry, clean earrings versus diamond rings, etc. The ways in which you store your jewels is also an integral part of their upkeep. Take necklaces, for example. If you’re not hanging them up on a stand or carefully arranging them in a drawer, you might as well learn how to untangle necklaces, because chain knots happen, and they are the absolute worst.


How to Watch Florence Pugh’s Upcoming Period Drama The Wonder
Set in 19th century Ireland, the new Netflix movie is based on the true stories of Victorian era “fasting girls.”

Florence Pugh is returning to period dramas. After a trip into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Yelena Belova in Black Widow and Hawkeye, the 26-year-old British actress is traveling back to the 19th century. Pugh is set to star in The Wonder, a tale of a religious girl who supposedly stops eating but remains alive and healthy. Pugh will play nurse Lib Wright, a veteran who is hired to observe her—and make sure she’s not actually eating. As the tagline asks: Is the village harboring a saint “surviving on manna from heaven” or are there more ominous motives at work?


7 Hot Summer Nail Trends to Try Now
We’ve never been more obsessed with our nails. It’s no longer a case of just a quick lick of polish, either. Now, creating the perfect nail look is a rigorous fortnightly self-care ritual with a trusted nail technician (soon to be best friend), prefaced by a brainstorm around shape, design and technique. Whether you have a penchant for a natural look, or prefer your manicures to be big, bold and expressive, here the pros predict the biggest nail trends of summer.


Is Uncoupled the Gay Sex and the City?
In the new Netflix comedy series Uncoupled, successful Manhattan real estate broker Michael (Neil Patrick Harris) is forced to start over when his longtime partner, Colin (Tuc Watkins), wakes up one day and decides that he wants out their relationship. You could call it a midlife crisis for the both of them; Colin suddenly feels stuck in his comfortable life, while Michael must now reckon with being newly single in a city where the competitive gay dating scene favors the young, fit, and trendy. Cue the chaos!
Given the new series is backed by Darren Star—whose Sex and the City offered us a fabulous glimpse into the sex lives of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha—Uncoupled unsurprisingly takes on a similar format. Michael is thrust into Manhattan singledom armed with his three sassy best friends: coworker Suzanne (Tisha Campbell), actor friend Billy (Emerson Brooks), and art gallerist friend Stanley (Brooks Ashmanskas).


How to Store High-End Whisky
It’s worth taking a few extra steps to get the most out of those precious bottles.

It’s no secret that whisky values have been absolutely soaring for the last decade. What was known back in the late 1970’s as a “poor man’s drink” when bottles like Macallan 50 Year Old couldn’t be given away, to being worth no less than $50,000 a pop now, times have surely changed.
Nowadays, the price of bottles worth collecting is much more closely related to the world of art or watches than to the world of drinking and or bartending. There are several single bottles of Scotch Whisky worth over $1 million, and a plethora of Japanese Whiskies whose prices range between $100,000 and $950,000. As an expert in luxury whisky, it is the general consensus amongst experts that American whiskey is the next category that will boom, with bottles currently ranging from $10,000 to $70,000.


Discover All That California’s Sparkling Wine Has to Offer On This New Tour
California’s best bubbles are crisp, dry, delicious, and highly underrated.

It was afternoon on the tasting-room terrace at the Roederer Estate in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, and the bees and I were having a time of it. As they feasted on pollen in a nearby stand of lavender, I nibbled a lavender honey and goat cheese crostini while sipping from a magnum of creamy, honeyed Brut. A multi-vintage blend containing a percentage of reserve wine aged in neutral oak, the sparkling wine had a fleshy lusciousness that wrapped its mineral spine. It reaffirmed what I’ve long believed: This little-traveled AVA in Northern California produces the nation’s best bubbles. Now, Mendocino’s new Sparkling Wine Trek, a self-guided tour of more than 20 of the county’s 90-plus wineries, is proving as much.


Jennifer Coolidge’s White-Hot Comeback: Hollywood Didn’t Get Her, Then She Landed the Role of a Lifetime
In 2011, Jennifer Coolidge’s agent came to her with an offer: A theater in London was putting on a production of the musical “Legally Blonde,” based on the 2001 film in which Coolidge played the lovably dizzy manicurist Paulette. (The seductive “bend-and-snap” move Paulette practices on film? In the show, it’s a whole number.) And the theater wanted her to audition.
“I said to my agent, what do you mean, audition?” she recalls. “It’s not a straight offer?” He reiterated the request: Would she be willing to fly to London to try out for a part she’d already played? “My agent said, ‘I think they just want to see if you can sing and dance.’ Look, if I got up onstage and farted, and that’s all I did, it would still be the lady from the movie!”
Now, at 60, Coolidge is close to the center of the frame, so much a part of the “White Lotus” phenomenon that she’s the only major cast member to make the jump from Season 1’s Hawaii resort to the show’s next location in Italy — no audition needed. Lodging at the first White Lotus to find comfort after her mother’s death, Tanya alternately sulks and rages, drawing a service worker (played by Natasha Rothwell) into the orbit of her narcissism. Coolidge may be a supporting player, but she’s nobody’s comic relief. Her majestically unhinged performance is like nothing she’s done before, and unlike any experience she’s had on set too. “I feel like the coach asked the other actors to let me dribble the ball more. Give the ball to Jennifer once in a while,” she says. “I get to shoot now.”


Aldi Is Looking for a Couple to Win the Grocery Store-Themed Wedding of Their Dreams
The wedding will include an Aldi cocktail reception, an Aldi wedding cake, and an Aldi employee as the officiant.

If you love your significant other and you both love Aldi and you’re looking to take your love of both to the next level, Aldi has the contest for you: The grocery chain is looking for the perfect pair of Aldi addicts to become the first couple ever married in one of their stores, all expenses paid.
From today until August 17, interested Aldi fans can head to the Happily Ever Aldi page on the brand’s website where they can explain why they deserve an Aldi-hosted wedding for up to 50 friends and family. (According to the official rules, the couple’s travel and accommodations are covered; the guests — as for most weddings — are on their own.) The event will be held at the Aldi Insights Center, the chain’s model store at its U.S. headquarters in Batavia, Illinois, with the brand promising they’ll be “transforming the whole space to be wedding-ready for the event.”


How ‘Better Call Saul’ Recreated ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Most Iconic Set
When set decorator Ashley Marsh found out “Better Call Saul” was going to revive the iconic RV from “Breaking Bad,” she was psyched. And luckily, the original “Krystal Ship” had been kept safely stored at the Sony lot. There was only one issue: the RV was “completely gutted on the inside.”
Now, “Breaking Bad” had always used two “RVs” — one fully functional vehicle for exterior and driving shots, and a separate soundstage for shooting the interior. To recreate that set for “Better Call Saul,” Marsh “religiously rewatched ‘Breaking Bad’” and took “8,000 screen grabs.” With careful attention to detail, the team had to replace every beaker, tub of methylamine, round-bottom flask and more. Everything we see inside the RV on “Better Call Saul” was new.


‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Samira Wiley: In Conversation
After a decade of compelling roles on the screen, the actor makes her London stage debut in a timely tale of the Harlem Renaissance

‘My mother is from the UK, so I have wanted to work in London – specifically in theatre – for a long time,’ she says. A new city offers the opportunity to catch up with old friends (and possibly make new ones).
‘People re-energise me and that’s why I’ve been so excited to find a whole new family there.’ She says she’s particularly looking forward to Notting Hill Carnival, which she’s never been to, and experiencing the euphoria of the iconic festival after its two-year hiatus. After I give her a full tutorial on what to expect, our plans are cemented. ‘I should find you for Carnival!’ she laughs.


How ‘Yellowjackets’ Stars Survived Hollywood
Tawny Cypress, Juliette Lewis, Melanie Lynskey and Christina Ricci on overcoming industry indignities and wishful do-overs: “I think people without regrets are narcissists. I think they’re lying to themselves.”

Sure, they may have eaten a person back in the day. But there are some things the grown women of Yellowjackets just wouldn’t do. On this, the actresses who play them — Tawny Cypress, Juliette Lewis, Melanie Lynskey and Christina Ricci — agree, as they gather in a backyard in L.A.’s Topanga Canyon in late July, just a few weeks before they start filming the second season of their breakout show.
The Showtime survival thriller, created and executive produced by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, earned seven Emmy nominations, including outstanding drama series and acting nominations for Lynskey and Ricci. The Yellowjackets storyline alternates between 1996 and the present day as it follows members of a high school girls soccer team whose plane crashes and strands them for 19 months in the wilderness, where they resort to cannibalism to survive.
Part of the show’s nostalgic appeal relies on its casting of these actresses, three of whom audiences knew as young women for their slyly offbeat roles in films like The Addams Family (Ricci), Cape Fear (Lewis) and Heavenly Creatures (Lynskey), to play the crash survivors as adults. In this conversation with THR, Cypress, Lewis, Lynskey and Ricci disclose their ’90s regrets, share what it means when you call an actress “quirky” and reveal how survival bonds women — including in the trenches of Hollywood.


This Iconic Flight Snack Has Been Around Since the 1980s — and It’s Still the Best Treat in the Sky
For the frequent fliers and Speculoos stans out there.

The Biscoff is a small rectangular cookie with a satisfying, caramelized crunch. But it’s more than mere confection. It’s actually a reliable predictor of how often you park yourself on a plane. If you’re seldom to be seen in the sky, you’d be forgiven for your unfamiliarity with the Belgian snack food. If you’re a frequent flier, however, it’s more ubiquitous than an Oreo. So, here’s some food for thought: How did this one sweet biscuit so successfully associate itself with air travel?


Endless Lines, Baffling Delays, Crocs for Days
Travelers want to be comfortable and practical but overly casual dressing at the airport might not be the ticket.

Flying home from Paris recently, I suddenly had the creepy sensation of something hovering over my shoulder. Looking toward the aisle I spied nothing. Swiveling my head to the left, I saw what it was. The woman in the row behind me had somehow wedged her toes into the seat crevice alongside my ear.
The eye has to travel, as the famous Diana Vreeland epigram had it, and logically where the eye goes, the body follows. The question one would put to fellow travelers is this: Would it really be too much to ask you to wear shoes?




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