T LOunge for September 8th, 2022

Posted on September 08, 2022

Kilimanjaro Bar and Restaurant – Istanbul, Turkey

 

Oooh, we would like our entire kitchen and dining area to look like this. Magic blogging genies, please make it so. We can skip the gigantic yacht-shaped cage for liquor, though. Granted, our cats would LOVE it. Anyway, it’s THURSDAY and we not only have much to show you and tell you today, but we also have an airport and flight to a family wedding weekend on our daily planner, so we must dash. Chat amongst thyselves!

 

 

Queen’s doctors are concerned for her health and recommend medical supervision, palace says
Queen Elizabeth II’s doctors “are concerned” for her health and have recommended that the monarch remain under medical supervision, Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday.
“The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral (Castle),” the statement added.
A Royal Source told CNN that immediate family members of the monarch, who is 96, have been informed of the concern for her health.
Her son Prince Charles, along with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen’s grandson Prince William, have traveled to Balmoral.

 

Why People are Soft Launching Their Babies Online
Social media can seem tailor made for pregnancy and birth announcements. But more and more, people are choosing more thoughtful ways to introduce their children online.

Pregnancy and birth are one of the most intimate and sacred experiences, yet pregnancy itself is very visible, public, and subject to critique.
Pregnancy announcements, especially on social media, have become a societal norm. It can create the feeling for some that birthers share every aspect of their pregnancies with us—due dates, registry items, baby names, whether they will chestfeed or opt for formula, with the public often judging every decision. The mix of birth, parenthood, and the intense criticism that is the norm for social media interactions make for a toxic brew.

 

See Barack and Michelle Obama’s Official White House Portraits
The Obamas returned to the White House today for the unveiling of their official portraits.

The portraits were commissioned by the White House Historical Association; the Association has organized the presidential portraits since the 1960s. The artists are typically kept under wraps until the ceremony; today, the public learned that Robert McCurdy painted Barack Obama and Sharon Sprung painted Michelle Obama.
“I want to thank Sharon Sprung for capturing everything I love about Michelle: her grace, her intelligence, and the fact that she’s fine,” the former president said during the ceremony. “And I want to thank Robert McCurdy for taking on a much more difficult subject.” Obama also jokingly said the artist “talked me out of wearing a tan suit.”

 

‘Don’t Worry Darling’: How Arianne Phillips Teases Film’s Secrets Through Costume Design
Costume designer Arianne Phillips is no stranger to working on midcentury films. From Brad Pitt’s Hawaiian shirt in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” to Reese Witherspoon’s perky frocks in “Walk the Line,” she’s at home with a variety of 1950s looks.
For Olivia Wilde’s dystopian thriller “Don’t Worry Darling,” opening Sept. 23 after bowing at the Venice Film Festival, Phillips channeled a look that was grounded in that era without being ultra-realistic. The film’s stars — Wilde, Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and Chris Pine — look like they’re living a carefree Rat Pack lifestyle, but something is off-kilter.

 

A New Fashion Exhibit Spotlights Contemporary Indigenous Design
To kick off the 100th Santa Fe Indian Market late last month—one of the city’s biggest events of the year, where Indigenous artists across North America gather to showcase and sell their works—a special fashion exhibit debuted at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Similar to the goal of the Indian Market, the new “Art of Indigenous Fashion” exhibit, which is on view until January 2023, was launched with the aim to spotlight contemporary Native fashion. It proves that Indigenous design isn’t one specific thing but rather greatly varies depending on an artist’s tribe, location, and style. “There is no one way to explain Indigenous fashion,” says the exhibit’s guest curator, Amber-Dawn Bear Robe.

 

Michelle Obama Returns to the White House in Style
Barack and Michelle Obama returned to the White House together for the first time since departing as president and first lady in 2017, attending an unveiling ceremony for their official portraits alongside President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. After sharing the paintings—Barack was depicted by the photorealistic painter Robert McCurdy, while Michelle’s was the work of artist Sharon Sprung—with the American public for the first time, President Biden delivered a speech honoring Obama as “one of the most consequential presidents in history.”

 

Matisse-Inspired Cocktails Mark the First Tasty Collaboration Between MoMA and The Modern
The exhibit runs until September 10.

The summer bar menu at The Modern, the two-Michelin-star restaurant at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, features a first for both the restaurant and the museum: a pair of cocktails inspired by an exhibit.
The exhibit, Matisse: The Red Studio (which runs until September 10), celebrates the artist’s radical — and vividly red — 1911 masterpiece. The show, an exploration of a moment in time when art shifted, uses the painting as a lens to view the artist and his time.

 

Merriam-Webster Adds ‘Pumpkin Spice,’ ‘Oat Milk,’ and ‘Plant-based’ to Dictionary
Surprisingly, the definition for “pumpkin spice” doesn’t even mention lattes.

It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about pumpkin spice season (even though it is pumpkin spice season). Merriam-Webster tends to add new words to the dictionary every fall — and they’re at it again today, introducing 370 words to their tome in total. And, oh yeah, “pumpkin spice” is actually one of them.
Of the hundreds of new words (and definitions) that have been added, Merriam-Webster states, “Some of these new terms, like shrinkflation and metaverse, have recently been in the news; others, like yeet and janky, are more lighthearted.” And at least nine of them are food-related.

 

Olivia Wilde on Don’t Worry Darling, “Baseless Rumors”—And Everything Else
Its Venice premiere may have captivated the internet for all the wrong reasons—no, Harry Styles didn’t spit on Chris Pine!—but its fierce, “fucking tough” director is proud of the film, its cast (starting with the “astounding” Florence Pugh), her career, her kids, and the choices she’s made following her split with Jason Sudeikis.
“No amount of internet bullying can cause me to question my belief in a movie made collectively by so many brilliant people. We worked too hard, and went through too much together, to be derailed by something that really has nothing to do with filmmaking.”

 

Can Kelly Clarkson Save Daytime? The Host on Taking Over Ellen’s Spot, Touring Again and Broadway Dreams
As Clarkson prepares to take over DeGeneres’ syndication turf, it’s a new day not only for daytime but also for the star. Clarkson, whose divorce from music manager Brandon Blackstock, her husband of seven years, was finalized earlier this year, is feeling recharged after decamping with her children — daughter River, 8, and son Remington, 6 — to her ranch in Montana to unplug for the summer. “Nature is so good for me. I’m a Texas girl and I grew up in the country,” Clarkson says.

 

The Rigorous Glamour of Deeda Blair
The medical research advocate and style arbiter maintains that curiosity breeds good taste.

“I’m an observer. I have enormous curiosity, and I don’t hesitate to ask about things. And I don’t like the conventional or the ordinary. But I’ve had the luxury of knowing very, very creative people. One of my most influential friends was Hubert de Givenchy. I’ll never forget the first time he took me to Château du Jonchet, his house in the country. He had what I’d call a magnificent simplicity. There was a giant blue Miró on the wall, and some worktables and a few very good rattan chairs. Nothing else—no rug, nothing.”

 

Rosie O’Donnell Is Still a Fan
The actress and former talk-show personality discusses Madonna, “A League of Their Own,” knowing when to make a public apology, and life after feel-good daytime TV.

“Listen, so many comedians come across that way, but their innate disposition is . . . for me, I have major depressive disorder, right? It’s hard to get to the surface sometimes. Now, what helps me? The sun, the water, my children, my family, working, having to be accountable to someone. Maybe that’s what TikTok does as well—who knows what place it fills? It also is funny that you don’t need a publicist anymore, which my publicist will probably be furious at me for saying. I’m just saying that it’s almost become an antiquated business form, because, if somebody says something about you, you can just go, “Well, here’s my response to that.” It feels like an authentic form of free speech.”

 

Viola Davis and Gina Prince-Bythewood on the Battle to Get ‘The Woman King’ Made
For the film’s star and director, the historical epic of West African female fighters represents Black women in a new light: “The part of the movie that we love is also the part of the movie that is terrifying to Hollywood.”

The Woman King is the product of a thousand battles Davis, 57, and Prince-Bythewood, 53, have waged over the course of their careers, on subjects ranging from budgets to hairstyles. Despite being the only African American actor to achieve the triple crown of acting — an Oscar (for Fences), an Emmy (for How to Get Away With Murder) and not one but two Tonys (Fences and King Hedley II) — Davis had not had the opportunity to play a physical, heroic role like this one. The Woman King is a $50 million action-adventure epic — think Braveheart with Davis in the Mel Gibson role — a movie that somehow felt both inevitable and impossible for her and Prince-Bythewood to get to the screen. Its cast includes South African actress Thuso Mbedu, English actress Lashana Lynch and Ugandan British actress Sheila Atim as warriors in the army, and English actor John Boyega as the Dahomey king.

 

New coffee table tome explores the lasting legacy of Tiffany & Co.
The book will examine the 185-year history of the brand, from its humble beginnings to world domination

Since its first store was opened by Charles Tiffany in New York during the mid-19th century, Tiffany & Co. has resonated across generations as the archetype of good taste and opulence, its jewellery donning the necks, hands and wrists of the rich and fabulous. In recent years, the brand has taken on a number of notable ambassadors, including British tennis player Emma Raducanu, who wore more than £35,000 of Tiffany jewellery whilst at Wimbledon this year. Now, a new book titled Tiffany & Co. Vision and Virtuosity, is set to add a degree of grandeur to coffee tables around the world. Conceived as the catalogue to accompany the exhibition Vision and Virtuosity at the Saatchi Gallery, this volume encapsulates all the romance and heritage of the world-famous American brand, with a detailed history of its Blue Book jewel collections, the making of classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, as well as the origins of the yellow Tiffany Diamond.

 

The Women of ‘Wakanda Forever’
For the “Black Panther” sequel, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and their castmates leaned on each other to get through the grief-stricken shoot.

When Marvel released the trailer for the sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” in July, it garnered 172 million views in its first 24 hours. That was nearly double the viewership of the original “Black Panther” teaser in 2017. In the intervening years, much had changed. The first one, directed by Ryan Coogler, smashed not only box office records but also expectations and stereotypes about whether overseas audiences would watch films with predominantly Black casts. “Black Panther” also became the first superhero movie nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards.

 

Christine Baranski Brings Throwback Flair to Her Ripped-From-the-Headlines Stardom
The actress is back for the final season of “The Good Fight.”

At 70, Ms. Baranski is busier than ever. She has wrapped up the sixth and final season of Robert and Michelle King’s “The Good Fight,” a spinoff of “The Good Wife.” The show has continued the adventures of the liberal Chicago lawyer Diane Lockhart, now working at a prestigious, predominantly Black law firm. But “The Good Fight” has a more madcap feel — as if everyone’s about to break out in song — blending fantasy and current events with fun guest stars playing real luminaries or thinly veiled ones. Diane becomes a conspiring leader of the Resistance against Donald J. Trump.

 

6 Simple Lifestyle Changes That Can Help Relieve Your Allergy Symptoms
According to the doctors we consulted, these small adjustments could make a major impact on how you feel when allergies strike.

There’s nothing quite like budding leaves and longer days in spring or the crisp, cool air of fall, there’s an unpleasant side effect associated with these transitional times of year: seasonal allergies. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), nearly 8% of people suffer from hay fever—cold-like symptoms (runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing, and sinus pressure) caused by allergies.

 

Your Step-By-Step Guide to Painting the Perfect Wall
Start by painting the trim with a brush, then move onto the ceiling and walls with a roller.

Unlike retiling your kitchen floor, painting a room is a doable task that even renovation novices can tackle in one weekend. But before you grab your brush and dive right in, it’s important to learn a few basics—like how to prep the walls and the tools you’ll need—so you avoid any painting mishaps.

 

 

 

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