T LOunge for September 1st, 2022

Posted on September 01, 2022

Opa Kipos Bar and Restaurant – Mumbai, India

 

Darlings, it’s THURSDAY and we figured a cool, cozy, colorful and airy LOunge suits the moment best. Let’s all do nothing. Actually, we have plenty to do, so we’ll leave you to it. Ciao, kittens!

 

Billy Eichner Is Here to Fight Hollywood Homophobia and Fulfill Your Gay Rom-Com Dreams
There’s now “Bros,” the new Universal Studios romantic comedy, which opens in theaters on Sept. 30 after it premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival and is a revolutionary look at modern love. Finally, there’s a gay romantic comedy that fully embraces its gay characters — in fact, the entire movie is cast with LGBTQ actors, even in the straight roles (except for a hilarious cameo from Debra Messing, playing herself). That’s not the only milestone. Eichner co-wrote the film in addition to starring in it, becoming the first openly gay man to accomplish those two feats on a major studio film of any genre. So, yes, there’s a lot riding on “Bros.”
“I feel a responsibility for it to do well,” says Eichner as he sips iced coffee in the restaurant of a West Hollywood hotel. “I’ve worked so hard on it, I care so much about it, and I want it to do well for the sake of the LGBTQ stories getting greenlit. So there’s a burden I feel, much as I want to sit here and just talk about how funny the movie is.”

 

Ana de Armas Opens Up About Life in the Spotlight and ‘Blonde’s NC-17 Rating
After conquering Hollywood, in her new Netflix film Blonde, the Cuban actress is taking on her most challenging role yet: the inimitable Marilyn Monroe.

“I can tell you a number of shows or movies that are way more explicit with a lot more sexual content than Blonde. But to tell this story it is important to show all these moments in Marilyn’s life that made her end up the way that she did. It needed to be explained. Everyone [in the cast] knew we had to go to uncomfortable places. I wasn’t the only one.”

 

The Night We Lost Diana: Six Reporters Look Back at One of the Biggest Tragedies in Royal History
Twenty-five years ago, Princess Diana was killed in a shocking accident. The journalists covering it have yet to see another story like it.

Newspaper reporters and anchors jumped out of bed. “I was asleep and the phone rang, and it was the foreign desk in New York calling to tell me that Diana had been in an accident, a bad accident, in Paris. I think they knew at the time that Dodi was dead,” recalls Marcy McGinnis, who led CBS News’s London bureau at the time. “It was late, but I started to call people to get into the office because I knew that, whether she died or not—and it didn’t even enter my mind that she would die—this was a huge story.”

 

One Year In
Three Afghan women talk to ELLE about fighting for their freedom—and the right to live—under Taliban rule.

This month marks the first anniversary of the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan. But in a country crushed by unprecedented humanitarian crisis, there isn’t much to celebrate. Countless jobs lost, the banking system in turmoil, and half the population—nearly 20 million people—suffering from dangerously high levels of food insecurity. To some, the takeover feels like a death sentence in a country already on its knees after decades of war and climate change-driven droughts.
For women, the regime change has manifested in myriad ways. Many of those working in government offices have lost their jobs, and tens of thousands of teenage girls are now barred from school. As women’s rights activist Mary Akrami recently told me, “We lost 20 years of achievements and effort.” It can be hard to make sense of it all.

 

Tia Mowry Was Never Afraid to Go Gray
“Why are we trying to diminish, or suppress, the beauty and the blessing of getting older?”
When I was a child, I was surrounded by European standards. What society said beauty was, or what beauty was supposed to be, or what beauty looked like, is all based on that. So growing up, there were just no visuals or representation of someone who looked like me — Black girl with curly hair. All I saw being showcased was blonde, straight hair, blue eyes, white skin. And there was little to no visibility for women of a certain age.
As I got older, became a teenager, and was on television, I started to straighten my hair during the final seasons of Sister Sister, all because this is what society was pushing as beautiful. There wasn’t really room for anything else. There were even times after the show had gone off the air when I would go out on an audition with my hair curly, and I was told that it was a distraction. And, of course, with that coming from a casting director, it encourages insecurities.

 

The History of the Spectator Shoe
The two-tone pumps recently worn by the Duchess of Cambridge have strong roots in English—and royal—fashion.

The stylish shoe, which is bubbling as a trend, also has ties to her late mother-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales, who also used to wear the staple in the ’80s. But the spectator pump has a stylish history behind it—and one that is very much rooted in British fashion history. Here, we delve into the background of the footwear style, how we arrived at the current trends, and of course, how to wear them.

 

30 Recipes to Make in September
September is the bridge between summer and fall, and in this recipe collection, we’ve included dishes for both seasons. If you’re still on a tomato kick, make Steak, Potatoes, and Tomatoes with Quick Chimichurri, or Lemony Chicken Thighs with Burst Tomatoes and Swiss Chard Pesto. To welcome apple season, whip up Miso Caramel-Apple Danish, Apple-Ham Quiche, or Roasted Merguez Sausage with Apples and Onions. The spread also includes Fresh Figs With Labneh and Carob Molasses, Hatch Chiles Rellenos, and more. Read on for all 30 recipes to try this month.

 

Protecting Princess Diana’s Legacy 25 Years On
“We often come back and say ‘If Princess Diana was here today, what are the issues that she would be championing?’” says Tessy Ojo CBE, Chief Executive Officer of The Diana Award.

It was five years ago that Princes William and Harry made the decision to share with the world some of their most personal thoughts about their mother on the 20th anniversary of her death. Taking part in two landmark documentaries—by the BBC and ITV—they sat before the cameras and opened up about their last phone calls with Diana, how their father broke the news to them at Balmoral, and their feelings about walking behind her coffin. It can’t have been easy to share such intimate memories so publicly. But, as their aides made clear at the time, the brothers recognized the need for the right voices to be heard the loudest during a moment when so many people would want to talk about their mother.

 

Björk Created a New Word to Name Her Next Album
A week after announcing her new album, Björk is back with more details about Fossora, with its first single, “Atopos,” due out soon.
The Icelandic artist took to Instagram to share the fantastical fungi-filled cover art, confirming that the album has a set release date of September 30. In the post, Björk said, “each album always starts with a feeling that i try to shape into sound, this time around the feeling was landing on the earth and digging my feet into the ground (after my last album utopia which was all island in the clouds element air and no bass).”

 

Sidney Poitier and Judy Garland Featured in New Six-Story Hollywood Mural
Pop artist Tristan Eaton was commissioned to create the spray paint work on the new Aster hotel and club.

About six weeks ago, locals and visitors to the famed intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street saw one of the bare walls in the area begin to show some shapes and colors. Over on Instagram, posing at the same spot, Los Angeles urban pop artist Tristan Eaton wrote on July 17, “My dream wall is finally happening!”
On Aug. 25, the six-story mural, which adorns the south-facing side of the Aster club and hotel, had its official reveal in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The mural was created with spray paint and executed in Eaton’s signature collage style, which mixes pop art and traditional techniques. It’s a salute to Hollywood groundbreakers such as Judy Garland and Sidney Poitier, whose likenesses are the largest figurative elements of the work. Garland’s daughter, Lorna Luft, and granddaughter, Vanessa Richards, were among the guests who attended the ribbon-cutting.

 

How to Make Your Own Compound Butter
Stock your fridge (and freezer!) with Sweet Gorgonzola Butter, Cacio e Pepe Butter, and more.

Butter is nothing short of glorious. It’s rich, it’s creamy, and it has practically endless uses in the kitchen. It’s the base of the roux that makes your macaroni and cheese irresistibly creamy. It’s responsible for the flaky layers in baked goods like biscuits and croissants. It even makes plain toast into something magical. And while we would never ask butter to change, we’re certainly not opposed to augmenting it to make it even more tasty. That’s where compound butter comes in. This ready-made flavor hero is a great thing to have on hand, whether you want to upgrade your weeknight pasta or add an extra-flavorful finish to hotcakes. We’ve broken down the basics about it here.

 

This Show Will Change The Way You See Indian Jewellery
Until now, Santi Jewels has been a well-kept secret in the world of contemporary jewellery. An exhibition at Phillips in London next month will change all that and give a whole new meaning to Indian jewellery.

India has one of the most fascinating jewellery cultures in the world with a history that stretches back millennia. To many though, Indian jewellery conjures up images of maharajas lavishly bedecked in giant gemstones and elaborate, traditional necklaces and headpieces. Krishna Choudhary, founder of Santi Jewels and himself a 10th-generation jeweller, is on a mission to change all that with his entirely contemporary take on his country’s richly bejewelled heritage.
Until now, Santi has led a discreet life within the sumptuous confines of Choudhary’s private salon in Mayfair, where it was established in 2019. A visit there is always one of hushed awe, as Choudhary pulls out from his desk box after box of historical, museum-worthy gems that have been repurposed from his family vault into exceptional 21st-century designs.

 

The 22 Most Iconic Photographs Of Diana, Princess Of Wales
On 4 March this year, two white-gloved curators hung a portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales on the walls of Kensington Palace. While photos of the late royal aren’t rare – in the 1990s, she was one of the most photographed women alive, and 30 years later, her image is all over the internet – this one had never been on public display before.
Taken by David Bailey in 1988, the black and white portrait is striking in its minimalism. A simple image of the princess in profile, staring steadfastly ahead, it lacks the formality and grandeur of royal portraits past, like those by Cecil Beaton. Whereas several other photos from the same shoot were acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in the ’80s, this one remained for years in Bailey’s private collection. The Historic Royal Palaces, a non-profit committed to maintaining Kensington Palace, secured the photo for the Life Through A Royal Lens exhibit, which focused on portraits of the Windsor family.

 

The Most Transgressive and Personal of Blondie, According to Debbie Harry and Chris Stein
Blondie is a band that lures you in with a siren call and then smashes your head straight into a mirror. And you’ll happily let it happen again, and again, and again. It’s an honor to be concussed, really. Queue up any song and it’s almost impossible to know when that smash will occur: You can get a disco delicacy (“Heart of Glass”), a CBGB scorcher (“Rip Her to Shreds”), or perhaps an apocalyptic dance-floor hymn (“Atomic”). It’s all abstract. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein’s vision for the band, emerging from the underground of mid-’70s New York City, was exactly that — the co-founders weren’t bothered by a standard genre classification, making Harry’s ascension as the archetype for women in rock all the more gratifying.

 

The Rise and Fall of Vibes-Based Literacy
Is a controversial curriculum, entrenched in New York City’s public schools for two decades, finally coming undone?

I looked online for help, and learned that our Brooklyn public school’s main reading-and-writing curriculum, Units of Study, is rooted in a method known as balanced literacy. Early readers are encouraged to choose books from an in-classroom library and read silently on their own. They figure out unfamiliar words based on a “cueing” strategy: the reader asks herself if the word looks right, sounds right, and makes sense in context. My daughter was taught to use “picture power”—guessing words based on the accompanying illustrations. She memorized high-frequency “sight words” using a stack of laminated flash cards: “and,” “the,” “who,” et cetera.
It seemed to me that, rather than learning to decode a word using phonics, by matching sounds to letters with close adult guidance, a reader following this method is conditioned to look away from the word, in favor of the surrounding words or the accompanying illustrations—to make a quasi-educated guess, perhaps all on her own.

 

A British couple transformed an abandoned church that was infested with rats into a 5-bedroom mansion. It’s on the market for $4.3 million — take a look inside.
Trinity House in Devon, England, was previously the parish church of Holy Trinity and was built in 1894, a spokesperson for the real-estate agency John Couch told Insider.
It was designed by the architect John Watson and was the last Victorian Anglican church to be built in the Gothic style, according to the spokesperson. Gothic architecture is commonly found in church buildings and often has an intricate and delicate aesthetic, according to My Modern Met.

 

So your kid wants to be an influencer
“Influencer” has become one of the most aspirational jobs for kids and adults. What now?

“Influencer” is now one of the most desired career paths for both children and adults. A Morning Consult poll found that 54 percent of Americans ages 13 to 38 would become an influencer if given the chance, while a Harris Poll study of 3,000 kids found that in both the US and the UK, if choosing between a teacher, a professional athlete, a musician, an astronaut, or a YouTuber, nearly 30 percent ranked YouTuber as their top choice.
So where’s the line between making safe, informed decisions and crushing your child’s dreams? “On the one hand, parents can ask, ‘Why should I stifle my child’s creativity? They want to share something with the world,’” Burroughs says. “But then when it becomes a job, that’s where it becomes a gray area.” He recommends thinking about what kind of exposure you and your kid are willing to handle. “Is the child’s face going to be on camera? Are they doing voiceovers? Are you showcasing work they’ve done, such as animation? I would put these in different categories,” he says.

 

How Ana de Armas Transformed Into Marilyn Monroe for Blonde
Turns out, dyeing the actor’s hair blonde was the least important step in the process.

Illusions are a major part of the movie business. Not only is film magic made through special effects — like simulating a child flying through the air on a bike with an extraterrestrial, for example — but through wigs and prosthetic illusions as well. Hair and makeup magic were crucial to the upcoming Netflix film Blonde, a fictionalized chronicle of Marilyn Monroe’s life. The lead role is played by Ana de Armas, a decidedly brunette Cuban-Spanish actor portraying the heavily-reported life of one of the most recognized faces in pop culture through the span of many years. The casting decision sparked criticism the moment it was announced. Although the Monroe estate has since come out in full support of Ana as Marilyn, ensuring she bore an uncanny resemblance to the late actor appeared to be of the utmost importance for the film’s ultimate success.

 

Tiara of the Month: The diadem of Princess Andrée, third wife of Aga Khan III
The wedding gift that was lost to time – until Cartier rediscovered it

Owning some of the most extravagant and fabulous pieces of jewellery in the world just comes with the territory when you are married to the Aga Khan. Such was the case for Princess Andrée, the Parisian shop owner turned royal, who became the third wife of Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III, in 1929.
Amongst her trousseau was an Egyptian style diamond and platinum tiara from Cartier, bought by her new husband in 1934. It features stylised lotus flowers set onto a diamond band, and is intended to be worn high on the head.

 

Jenifer Lewis, in High Gear
With a new Showtime series and book of essays, the veteran actress, who relishes her real-life role as everybody’s auntie, is enjoying her flowers.

“I didn’t get a lot of shows when I auditioned and I was like, I think that’s enough,” she said. “I don’t want to be insulted anymore. I don’t want to walk in a room and people don’t know who I am after what I’ve done. I don’t want to deal with the riffraff and the politics of it.”
Although her portrayal of Ruby, the slick-mouthed grandmother on “black-ish,” earned her widespread acclaim and served for many as an introduction to her talents, she has long been beloved by Black audiences for playing matriarchal supporting roles opposite Will Smith, Tupac Shakur, Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett, to name just a few. (The title of her first book, “The Mother of Black Hollywood,” nods to her association with those types of roles.)

 

 

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