T LOunge for August 9th, 2022

Posted on August 09, 2022

Sanshi Bar and Restaurant – Brescia, Italy

 

To hell with sitting in the sunlight and open air today, kittens. Everything’s melting or about to burst into flames outside so we’ll take somewhere cool – in every sense of the word – and dramatic to get our LOunge fix for the day. It’s TUESDAY and we may as well spend it all somewhere fabulous but removed from the rest of the world, don’t you think?

 

Olivia Newton-John, ‘Grease’ Star and ‘Physical’ Singer, Dies at 73
Olivia Newton-John, the top female pop vocalist of the 1970s who starred in movies including “Grease” and “Xanadu,” died Monday. She was 73.
Her husband, John Easterling, posted the news on her official Facebook page, writing: “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”

 

Prey‘s Amber Midthunder Is the Action Star We’ve Been Waiting For
She might be the first Native American actress to front a major studio film, but she’s determined not to be the last.

Set 300 years ago, the film revolves around Naru (played by Midthunder), a young Comanche warrior who fights to protect her tribe from a predator. This project will make her the first Native American actress to lead a major studio film — a feat for the Native community that she is honored to be a part of, as she recognizes the opportunities that could follow and hopes for more Native talent and stories to come. It is a moment in her career that has easily become one of her proudest.

 

Olivia Newton-John Remembered by Hollywood: ‘We Are Forever Hopelessly Devoted to You’
Jane Lynch, Antonio Banderas, Lea Salonga, Gabrielle Union, George Takei and more have posted tributes to “Grease” star and singer Olivia Newton-John, who died on Monday at 73 years old. In addition to John Travolta, who shared a heartfelt post about his “Grease” co-star on Instagram, other actors, directors and members of Hollywood took to social media to remember Newton-John’s career.
On Monday, Newton-John’s husband announced that she “passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California…surrounded by family and friends,” adding that she was “a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years” after sharing her experiences with breast cancer.
Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi posted a series of photographs with her and her mother on Instagram without a caption.

 

Outlander Actor Sam Heughan Is Writing a Memoir
His first solo book is set to debut later this fall.

He’s picking up the pen on his own and working on a memoir called WAYPOINTS, which, per publisher Voracious, will see Heughan set “out along a 100-mile journey deep into the Scottish Highlands to explore his life and reflect on the personal waypoints that define him. With the rugged West Highland Way as the backdrop to the narrative, Sam writes a love letter to the wild Scottish landscape that means so much to him—full of charming, funny, wise, and searching insights into the world through his eyes.”
It’s set to debut in hardcover October 25, and will be released simultaneously in the U.S. and the UK.

 

13 Books to Help You Reconnect With Nature
We all know that spending time in nature is good for us—it can help boost our mood, as well as lower our stress levels. But with the fast pace of modern-day life (and our addiction to our phones), many of us don’t prioritize being outside as much as we should. Here, Vogue picks out the best nature books that’ll help you to reconnect with Mother Earth.

 

Majestic Photos of Queens Wearing Crowns Throughout History
When it comes to iconic royal accessories, there are tiaras: jeweled headpieces worn by aristocratic women on formal occasions. Then there are crowns: gilded works of art, wore by queens on their coronation or during the opening of parliament. They feature priceless jewels of almost unfathomable sizes. They’re lined with sumptuous fabrics such as velvets and brocades. And most importantly, they feature symbolic motifs and emblems that nod to each wearer’s national duty.
Many crowns have been donned by queens throughout the centuries—however, very few have been photographed on the heads of their respective monarchs. Some were lost during conflicts before the medium was even invented, others only sit inactive in museums. But there’s something (quite literally) majestic about seeing them in use.

 

The Most Important Lessons I Learned From Claire McCardell’s Newly Reissued 1956 Book, What Shall I Wear?
It is not an exaggeration to say that the concept of American fashion would not be what it is today without the designer Claire McCardell, who is credited with inventing the idea of American sportswear with her pragmatic approach to clothes in the 1940s and ’50s. “Most of my ideas come from trying to solve my own problems—problems just like yours,” she wrote, “I like to be able to zip my own zippers, hook my own eyes. I need a dress that can cook a dinner and then come out and meet the guests.”

 

A Guide for Transitioning to Gray Hair, According to Pro Colorists
While beauty ideals are evolving, the fact remains that the cultural obsession with youth means that many women find themselves considering the social implications of going gray, rather than just their own volition. “Sometimes women are nervous of this transformation,” admits Martin, whose most famous silver-haired clients include Jane Fonda and Andie Macdowell. “It’s a big, new thing and they might be going against people around them with people saying, ‘Are you crazy? Why do you want to look old?’” As Macdowell told Vogue last year, that was the case for her while navigating her acting career in Hollywood in her early 60s. But it didn’t stop her from joining the burgeoning gray-hair movement—and as the excitement around her salt-and-pepper strands indicates, trusting her intuition and embracing the natural aging process of her hair has paid dividends.

 

The Beautiful Stories Behind 8 of Oaxaca’s Traditional Outfits
Every July, Oaxaca hosts Guelaguetza, a joyous celebration of the region’s rich cultural heritage including the complex, fascinating, and beautiful outfits of the state’s different regions.

In the colorful mosaic of Oaxacan festivals and traditions, the Guelaguetza stands out for its deep roots in the Mexican state’s cultural identity. The name of this celebration—which takes place every July—traces back to the Zapotec word guendalizaa which refers to the act of making a gift or offering. Its origins date to the pre-Hispanic era and the ritual sacrifices made to the Mexica, or Aztec, goddess Centéotl, the goddess of corn.
This annual event became the focus of renewed interest after the Mexican Revolution when the social dynamics in the country led to an intense nationalist campaign to reclaim the country’s indigenous past. An earthquake in 1931 also gave new prominence to the celebration when it was seen as a potential means of reviving the local economy by highlighting the cultural wealth of Oaxaca. Those efforts culminated in the Homenaje Racial, a program of events in 1932 that coincided with the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city.

 

Microgreens Are Small in Size but Big on Flavor and Nutrition—Here’s How to Use Them in Your Cooking
Just a sprinkle is enough to take any dish to the next level.

They seem to be ubiquitous in trendy restaurants these days, but what are microgreens? Think of them like the shoots of salad vegetables picked after the first few leaves have developed, says chef François Payard. Microgreens is a marketing term used to describe a growing category of young, tender, edible varieties of vegetables and herbs. Micro broccoli, micro wasabi mustard, micro kale, and micro watercress are all common varieties of microgreens. They’re larger than sprouts and smaller than baby vegetables. Microgreens can be grown indoors in very shallow soil. In fact, many home chefs and professionals may take to tending and harvesting a windowsill microgreen garden themselves for peak freshness.

 

‘Drag Race,’ ‘Queer Eye’ and ‘Top Chef’ Casting Directors on Finding Thought-Provoking Contestants for Reality Shows
How does the reigning champion of Reality TV, “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” continue to raise the bar with each new season of the show?
“The Queens themselves continue to raise the bar,” the show’s casting director Goloka Bolte says.
The search for America’s drag superstar is a year-round process. Bolte explains, “We ‘formally’ cast the show for about eight to ten weeks, between when we announce casting and when the final tape submissions are due, but we keep an eye out for fresh talent everywhere we go. Throughout the year I’m bookmarking queens on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, catching drag shows, collecting recommendations and keeping a running list of who might be ready to apply next season.”

 

Why You Should Never Store Onions with Potatoes—Plus, Other Fruits and Vegetables That Don’t Go Together
It all comes down to which produce items naturally create ethylene and which absorb this harmless-to-humans gas.

Reducing food waste is always a good idea, especially when a few easy at-home shifts can help cut down grocery bills and help our environment. One way to do just that? Knowing which fresh produce items can be safely stored together—and what fruits and vegetables should never be too close. Heeding our tips will prevent your apples from smelling like onions, stop your fruits from ripening too quickly, and get rid of moisture that turns fresh lettuce to mush.

 

Josephine Baker Was the Star France Wanted—and the Spy It Needed
When the night-club sensation became a Resistance agent, the Nazis never realized what she was hiding in the spotlight.

Who was she, really? Baker homages are usually unsubtle and beatifying, embodied by contemporary Black denizens of the arts who managed to do what Baker couldn’t: carve out stardom on American soil. Diana Ross, Beyoncé, and Rihanna have played in her silhouette; Lynn Whitfield received an Emmy when she starred in HBO’s “The Josephine Baker Story” (1991). In “Frida” (2002), Baker has an affair with the title character, a nod to the free sexuality of each; she rumbas through “Midnight in Paris” (2011). Cush Jumbo staged an acclaimed tribute show, “Josephine and I,” in 2015, and Carra Patterson recently played her, with strange showgirl malaise, in an episode of the horror series “Lovecraft Country.” Ruth Negga and Janelle Monáe are now slated to take their turn, in a pair of TV series about her. Last November, Baker was inducted into the French Panthéon, the first woman of color to grace the hallowed monument, among such figures as Victor Hugo and Marie Curie. “­Stereotypes, Joséphine Baker takes them on,” President Macron said. “But she shakes them up, digs at them, turns them into sublime burlesque. A spirit of the Enlightenment ridiculing colonialist prejudices to music by Sidney Bechet.”

 

75 Fresh Kitchen Ideas to Inspire Your Next Redesign
From fixtures to paint colors, turn your dream cooking space into a reality.

Chances are you spend a ton of time in your kitchen, and it’s where a lot of memories are made: preparing meals with your partner, entertaining your closest friends, gathering around the counter with your kids. For those reasons, it’s important to craft a space that brings you joy — not only because of your great style choices, but because the setup is functional and practical. Even the smallest kitchen upgrade — think new wall decor, light fixtures or peel-and-stick backsplashes — can mean a big change.
If you’re looking to gather inspiration for your next kitchen design project, browse this roundup of well-designed interiors — showcasing a mix of modern kitchen ideas, retro design trends and charming country kitchens. We’ve thought of everything, whether you love to follow the latest decorating trends, prefer timeless kitchen decor that’ll never go out of style or want creative ideas on a budget.

 

67% of Our Readers Think It’s Unsafe to Sit on Their Bed in Outside Clothes—a Doctor and Laundry Expert Settle the Debate
We polled 6,207 of our readers—and most of you said they would never climb into bed with your outside clothes on.

After a long day, few feelings compare to plopping onto our beds and getting comfortable. But when you do so, is it in loungewear or a fresh pair of pajamas—or are you perfectly fine sitting on your bedding in the clothes you’ve been wearing all day? While some of us have an aversion to wearing “outside clothes” in or on our beds, others don’t see anything wrong with it.

 

Issey Miyake, Japanese Fashion Designer, Dies at 84
He was known for his innovative origami-like designs, creating skirts, dresses and trousers with prisms of unfolding shapes.

Issey Miyake, the Japanese designer famed for his pleated style of clothing and cult perfumes, and whose name became a global byword for cutting-edge fashion in the 1980s, died on Aug. 5. He was 84.
The death was announced on Tuesday by the Miyake Design studio, which said the cause was liver cancer. It did not specify where Mr. Miyake died.
Mr. Miyake is perhaps best known for his signature micro pleating, which he first unveiled in 1988 but has lately been enjoying a surge in popularity among a new and younger consumer base.

 

Embarrassing, Uncomfortable and Risky: What Flying Is Like for Passengers Who Use Wheelchairs
For passengers who use wheelchairs, air travel in the United States can be an embarrassing, uncomfortable and perilous prospect.
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Among the risks are personal injury, the loss of expensive equipment and a lack of accessible bathrooms and of federally mandated services.
To better understand the obstacles faced by wheelchair users, The Times sent a reporter and a photographer to document one man’s domestic trip. Here’s what they saw.

 

In Search of Mexican Pizza
Taco Bell may have made the name famous, but this pizza — made with leavened dough and traditional Mexican ingredients — has become a genre all its own.

On a sticky day in late June, Margarita Jeronimo and Aaron del Rosario assembled a feast on a picnic table outside Rosario’s, their restaurant on a quiet corner in South Philadelphia. The procession started with tamarind and hibiscus aguas frescas, followed by tortilla chips and hand-painted bowls filled with green and red salsas, and finally, pizza.
Rosario’s signature pies — built on leavened dough, but swapping tomato sauce for a base of black bean purée or tomatillo, guajillo pepper or mole sauces — feel like a tribute to the convergence of South Philadelphia’s deeply rooted Italian population and, since the 1990s, a thriving Mexican population.
These are what the owners call Mexican pizza, a phrase that for many Americans conjures up either the Taco Bell menu item (tostadas stacked and shellacked with meat, bean and cheese) or the taco pizza, a Midwestern novelty pie that deconstructs a hard-shell taco on a sturdy pizza crust. Rosario’s is part of a new generation of Latino-owned pizzerias in the United States that are creating a style of pizza all their own.

 

My Grandparents Fled the Holocaust, and I Returned to Their Homeland After Reclaiming Their Citizenship — Here’s What It Was Like
Austria and Germany passed laws allowing descendants of victims of Nazi persecution to reclaim their citizenship. I’m one of the new citizens under this law.

I am not a debutante.
You cannot imagine my shock walking into the resplendent Carlone Hall at the Upper Belvedere museum, dripping in frescoes and chandeliers, and hearing my sister say that my grandmother’s debutante ball was here. “Here” meaning in a palace built for a prince that became the residence for Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne whose assassination started World War I.
Both of my grandparents on my mother’s side were Austrian Jews who escaped the Holocaust.

 

 

 

 

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