T LOunge for August 8th, 2022

Posted on August 08, 2022

Isola Bar and Restaurant – London, UK

 

The perfect spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner cocktails, don’t you find, darlings? Pull up any old seat you want and settle in. It’s MONDAY and no one who is your friend expects anything out of you today, trust.

 

 

Jenna Coleman on drowning out the noise and trusting her own instincts
The actress reflects on the “very unusual experience” of living life in the public eye

After playing everyone from Queen Victoria to a real-life serial killer’s accomplice, Jenna Coleman is no stranger to embarking on a big acting challenge – but she may have just taken on her most highly anticipated role yet. The actress stars as Johanna Constantine in Netflix’s The Sandman, a 10-part show based on Neil Gaiman’s wildly popular comic book series. But, while there are clearly huge expectations of the project, Coleman is not feeling the pressure.

 

“As If I Invented Nudity.” The Revolutionary Rudi Gernreich, of Monokini Fame, Would Have Been 100 Today
Today marks what would have been Rudi Gernreich’s 100th birthday. A dancer-turned-designer, Gernreich’s designs were intensely body-focused and freeing, and noticeably lacking in prudery.
“As if I invented nudity,” the designer remarked to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1964, on the subject of his famous breast-baring monokini. It’s mind-boggling that more than half a century later Gernreich’s most iconic design is unpostable on Instagram with its institutionalized nipple ban. Though provocative then and now, there is a rigor to the design of Gernreich’s monokini that is akin to that of Achille Castiglioni’s Arco Lamp, which was designed just a few years earlier.

 

Selena Gomez Talks Wanting a Family, Mental Health, and Quitting Instagram
In a new episode of her bestie Raquelle Stevens’s vodcast, “Giving Back Generation,” the musician and actress shares her hopes for the future and explains that her biggest “love language” is physical touch.

Gomez is one of many celebrities appearing on Giving Back Generation’s seasons two and three, which are focused on different aspects of mental health, including grief, eating disorders, and bullying. Jay Shetty and wife Radhi, Gabe Kennedy, Tanya Rad, Serena Poon, Taylor Thompson, and Leah Haywood also appear in the episodes, directed by Chiara Tilesi and premiering each week on TaTaTu, a social entertainment platform that rewards people for social media activities, such as watching signature content.
Gomez has been open about her mental health struggles, which include dealing with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and lupus. She has worked tirelessly to use her platform to promote mental health awareness, donates a portion of her beauty line Rare Beauty’s profits to mental health services, launched a platform called Wondermind to help connect people with resources, and was recently invited to the White House to discuss mental health with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.

 

This Is Not a Drill: Beyoncé and Madonna Just Released a “Break My Soul” Remix
The catch? You can only order it on her official website for now.

What’s better than one diva on a hit track? Two.
While fans are still emotionally reeling from her seventh studio album Renaissance, Beyoncé decided to bless us with another gift: an official remix to “Break My Soul” (dubbed “The Queens Remix”) with the one and only Madonna. As of writing, the track isn’t available to stream on Apple Music, Spotify, or YouTube and can only be purchased on Beyoncé’s official website to then be delivered via email as a MP3 file. When the news first began to circulate on Twitter fans initially thought the news was a rumor or a hoax, but Parkwood Entertainment’s official Twitter account quickly confirmed the news.

 

The Loot Shopping Guide: Maya Rudolph Is Summer TV’s Most Flamboyant Billionaire
Costume designer Kirston Mann breaks down the Apple TV+ comedy’s best looks—and what it takes to look L.A. rich.

“Maya is so willing to have fun with fashion. She’s just game,” says Loot costume designer Kirston Mann, for whom this is her seventh collaboration with the actress. “She will take risks that not everybody would be willing to do.” Note: the multicolored head-to-toe La DoubleJ outfit her character wears—matching headband and purse included—to whisk her new co-workers off to Miami on her private plane.
That Molly is a member of the nouveau riche jetset who lives in Bel-Air made crafting her sartorial identity all the more interesting. First, she had to look distinctly L.A. rich. “I’d say New Yorkers are a little more European and Angelenos gear a little more Japanese and so we were able to have a lot of fun with color and pattern. If this was Manhattan we would’ve been more subdued,” Mann says. “We wanted to make Molly a woman of this time and of this place—and new money, which is a little more wild.”

 

Inside the Big Business of Sponsored Weddings
When it comes to over-the-top weddings, some couples are saying I do to a different kind of partner: brands. Is nothing sacred?

If you’ve recently noticed an increase in wedding photos on social media tagged with brand names instead of just cutesy portmanteau hashtags, you’re not alone. The practice of bold-faced names collaborating with fashion designers, luxury hotels, liquor brands, and the like to sponsor their nuptials has become as common as honeymoons in the Maldives. But what are couples giving up in order to have their champagne toasts or bridesmaids’ dresses underwritten, and how does it square with the gravity of till death do us part?

 

The Surprising History of the Corn Cob Holder
From corn-forks to tiny swords to cornscrews, hands-on inventors have tried it all.

A hot ear of corn can be hard to hold, made even more challenging when it’s slippery with melted butter. Although humans have fared just fine using just their fingers to eat corn on the cob, history has seen a dizzying number of inventions that assist in the corn-eating experience.
One of the earliest patents for a corn-holding accessory was obtained in 1897 by Mary Donnelly, who invented the “Corn-Fork,” which had a pacifier-shaped handle and three sharp prongs to stick into a cob.

 

Why a Guest Book Belongs at Your Next Dinner Party
Pass the pen!

I’ve kept a guest book ever since I started throwing dinner parties at home in New York City 13 years ago. The dining table in that first apartment may have been small—it was my coffee table, actually, and my chairs were backless and ground-level (i.e., they were the floor)—but there was always a guest book.
Something about the term “guest book” makes it sound stuffy, but I assure you that, unlike grape shears or a cake breaker, guest books deserve a place in this century.

 

‘Games of Thrones’ Star Sean Bean Says Intimacy Coordinators ‘Spoil the Spontaneity,’ Decries Censorship
“Game of Thrones” actor Sean Bean says intimacy coordinators “spoil the spontaneity” of shooting a sex scene.
“It would inhibit me more because it’s drawing attention to things,” Bean, who played Ned Stark in the hit fantasy show, said of having an intimacy coordinator in the room. “Somebody saying, ‘Do this, put your hands there, while you touch his thing…”

 

‘The Sandman’ Aspect Ratio: Netflix Explains the Deliberate Creative Choice Behind the Divisive Skewed Imagery
With Neil Gaiman’s highly-anticipated “The Sandman” arriving on Netflix this week, some viewers have been swift to comment on the show’s aspect ratio looking slightly off.
“Why does everything looked so stretched upwards? Is it supposed to be dreamy and I’m just an uncultured swine or is there something wrong,” one user asked.
“Sandman” viewers first noticed the skewed images in trailers for the series, sparking some trepidation among fans of the original comic book series. The distorted images were not isolated to the trailer, remaining a mainstay in the series itself.
Some questioned whether a technical issue was the causing the distinctive visuals. However, a spokesperson for Netflix confirmed that image distortion is a deliberate creative choice on “The Sandman.”

 

Why Are People Still Mocked For Believing In Horoscopes?
It comes up every time I go to a social event, whatever the cause or crowd. Each time, it’s being feverishly debated more than what’s on TV or what we’re reading. I’m talking, of course, about star signs.
Something like the weather will be being discussed and out of nowhere, the conversation will pivot to the topic of no return (or rather, Saturn return). “Typical Virgo,” I’ll say in response to a retort from someone that is typically Virgo. Then I’ll witter on about being a cardinal sign and blame something on my Sagittarius rising. After a few more drinks, I’m suddenly keying in the time of birth of a total stranger into an app we think will tell us everything about them.

 

Remembering Charlize Theron’s Millennium Style
Everyone knows Charlize Theron’s J’Adore Dior adverts. You know the ones: they saw the glamazon actor dripping in gold Dior, emerging from a shimmering golden pool, or stepping blithely out of her diaphanous Dior gown (also gold).
Less well known – though equally noteworthy – are the outfits she wore off-screen as a young starlet in the ’90s and ’00s. Back then, Theron sported the skinny brow that defined the era, became synonymous with a platinum pixie crop, and lived in sherbet-coloured cami tops and low-rise jeans by day, slinky slips by night. As she turns 47, rediscover Charlize Theron’s millennium style.

 

Michelle Yeoh’s Best Red Carpet Looks Prove She’s Been Bringing the Glamour for Over 20 Years
Crazy Rich Asians introduced Michelle Yeoh to a new generation of fans, but the actress has been hard at work since the ‘80s. The Malaysian-born actress started her career in martial arts films (where she did her own stunts, by the way) for a while before making the move to Hollywood with a major role in the 1997 James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. From Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to Star Trek: Discovery, Yeoh has been on both the big and small screen for decades, working the red carpet the whole time. Since her role in Crazy Rich Asians, though, Yeoh has seemingly found her style niche, and it can be summed up with just two words: royal glamour. The actress loves gowns fit for a queen, sparkling, off-the-shoulder pieces, often with an attached cape detail. It’s because of that preference that Yeoh usually taps Elie Saab for her premieres and events. In honor of the actress’ 60th birthday, let’s take a look back at over 20 years of red carpets to see how Yeoh’s style has evolved.

 

The Hard-Won Pleasures of a Yeasted Cake
The real trouble (and fun) of cooking with yeast is that it has desires of its own.

I usually know that things are going well for me when I start making life harder for myself in the kitchen. Met a deadline? Nothing like making mayonnaise from scratch to balance the scales. Upon finally conquering this year’s tax paperwork, I decided to make peach ice cream—without an ice-cream maker, and about an hour later than I had planned to be in bed. Recently, feeling the need to complicate things after a pleasant weekend with a friend, I started dreaming of a cake leavened not with reliable baking powder but with living, finicky yeast.

 

The Problem With Wine Bottles
They may be a perfect container for aging wine, but glass bottles contribute enormously to climate change.

Glass bottles have historically been the perfect containers for wine. They are inert and handily sealed, so wine can age and evolve for years free of influence. They are easy to transport and store. A 750-milliliter bottle is the perfect size for two people.
Yet glass bottles have never been more of a problem than they are today, at a time of global trade disruptions and climate crisis.
Many producers over the last couple of years have reported difficulties obtaining bottles and complained about higher costs. Along with the usual pandemic supply-chain problems, bottles from China, a major source for the United States, have been subject to 25 percent tariffs since 2018. Production in Ukraine, where bottles are made mostly for Europe, has effectively halted because of the war with Russia, diminishing the supply.

 

This 17th-century Clifftop Monastery Was Transformed Into a Stunning Amalfi Coast Hotel 
There’s even a confessional handy.

The property acted as a convent for some time, and pieces of its past remain, including the bell guests once rang when leaving items for the nuns who lived there. A small turnstile still sits at the entrance, where the nuns would return the favor with their fresh-baked sfogliatelle, a delicious ricotta-filled pastry perfected over generations. Now, it acts as the perfect station for welcome drinks awaiting thirsty guests. There’s also a confessional booth for those who need to get something off their chest in private. But that’s not all.

 

I ate every single cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory and ranked them from worst to best
I tasted every flavor of cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory and ranked them from worst to best.
The Low-Carb Cheesecake and Mango Key Lime Cheesecake both received low marks from me.
In my opinion, the best offering is the smooth and light Lemon Raspberry Cream Cheesecake.

 

 

 

 

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