T LOunge for October 26th, 2022

Posted on October 26, 2022

La Palma Bar and Restaurant – Toronto, Canada

 

It’s WEDNESDAY, darlings! And Lorenzo is continuing his hot streak of bright, cool, stimulating LOunges for us this week, possibly in response to the days getting distressingly short. Pull up a comfy seat, bask in the reflected sunlight, and do as little as possible today. It’s for your own good.

 

15 Throwback Photos of the One and Only Pam Grier
Once described by Quentin Tarantino as film’s first female action star, Pam Grier’s iconic rise found her righting wrongs, taking names, and becoming a beauty icon still impactful today. The fourth season of TCM’s docu-podcast The Plot Thickens: Here Comes Pam, out today, finds Grier and her loved ones revisiting emblematic moments from her life—and, of course, her life in looks.
Since her arrival on the screen scene in the 1970s, Grier has been synonymous with feminist badassery. The decade’s Blaxploitation films found a center point in the actress. She existed at the nexus of physicality and femininity, her parade of vigilante characters fighting for their rights and influencing the era’s aesthetics in the process. From the glamorous mullet that kicked off her career in Coffy to Foxy Brown’s enduring Afro to her brushed-up Disco curls and bombshell blowouts, Grier is a defining force, embodying strength, spirit, and style from mane to toe.
Her looks also lean chameleonic, both reflective and refractive. Grier simultaneously drove and adapted, embodying the evolution of Black beauty throughout the entirety of the ’70s and ’80s. In terms of influence, in short, Grier is a whole lotta woman. Here, a look back at 15 iconic throwback images of the one and only, Pam Grier.

 

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Will Host a Grace and Frankie Reunion to Fight the Climate Crisis
They’re back!

Campaigns for a Grace and Frankie spin-off series haven’t paid off just yet, but stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are nevertheless steering the Netflix series’ sizable fanbase toward collective democratic action. On Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. EST, the co-stars behind the hit comedy will return to their roles for a table read fundraiser benefitting Fonda’s organization, the Jane Fonda Climate PAC. The committee is devoted to vetting and electing “climate change champions” in all areas of government, in an effort to “stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fight for the future of our planet.”

 

Meghan Markle Dissected the “Angry Black Woman” Stereotype With Issa Rae and Ziwe
The candid conversation occurred during the latest episode of Meghan’s ‘Archetypes’ podcast.

From speaking out about being objectified while working on Deal or No Deal to opening up about her worst point, it’s clear Meghan Markle isn’t afraid to tackle tough topics on her Spotify podcast, Archetypes — and this week’s installment is no exception. While chatting with actress Issa Rae and comedian Ziwe, the Duchess of Sussex dissected the meaning behind the “angry black woman” trope and broke down the difference between being “difficult” and being “clear.”
On Tuesday’s episode, Markle discussed the stereotype with each woman while opening up about her first-hand experience of feeling cautious about how she’s perceived in certain situations. “I’m particular,” Markle said while talking to Rae. “A. I think a high tide raises all ships — we’re all going to succeed, so let’s make sure it’s really great because it’s a shared success for everybody.”

 

At the Guggenheim, a Major Alex Katz Retrospective Finds the Light
Born in 1927 to Russian émigrés in Brooklyn, Alex Katz’s career roughly parallels the modern history of New York. A melting pot of Modernist experimentation, it was there that Katz carved a niche for himself among mid-century luminaries like painters Jane Freilicher, Fairfield Porter, and Larry Rivers; photographer Rudolph Burckhardt; and New York School poets John Ashbery, Edwin Denby, Kenneth Koch, Frank O’Hara, and James Schuyler.
Since those early years, Katz’s art has also evolved with the city. From his 1950s paintings, which included numerous portraits of friends and his wife, Ada, an accomplished research biologist, to his more recent collages, composed of cut-out iPhone photographs, his career has been a story of continuous growth, as landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Waldorf Astoria, and Lincoln Center sprang up around him. It seems only natural, then, that Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum—which recently celebrated its 63rd anniversary—should host the definitive retrospective of Katz’s life in art, “Alex Katz: Gathering.” In such a setting, Katz’s often domestic, personal subjects become universal, symbolic not only of a period in history, but of an entire people.

 

How the 18th-Century Drawings of Henry Fuseli Speak to Our Decadent Age
“When people accept futility and the absurd as normal, the culture is decadent,” wrote the scholar Jacques Barzun in his 2000 book on the decline of the West, From Dawn to Decadence. Little in the news of late seems to be proving him wrong, however a new exhibition of drawings from an earlier age of decadence, “Fuseli and the Modern Woman: Fashion, Fantasy, Fetishism,” unexpectedly offers a glimmer of hope by demonstrating the cyclical nature of history—the hope that the wheel will continue to turn rather than fall apart. The very existence of the artist’s drawings, now about 200 years old, is also a testament to longevity and survival.

 

Pat McGrath Reveals the Secrets Behind Taylor Swift’s Dazzling Makeup Looks in Her New ‘Bejeweled’ Music Video
The music video for “Bejeweled”—which dropped last night at midnight, naturally—finds Taylor Swift taking on the role of Cinderella in a Swiftian (and very sparkly) twist on the classic fairytale. There are stepsisters (Haim sisters), an Academy Award-winning stepmother (Laura Dern), and a producer-turned-prince (Jack Antonoff). And, along with transforming into the tale’s queen, makeup artist Pat McGrath served up the video’s visual feast of bejeweled beauty.

 

Carly Rae Jepsen’s Loneliest Hour
“I’ve been really lucky to feel the support of a fan base that’s all about authenticity,” Jepsen says. “I have a desire to deliver for them on all fronts because I feel like it’s my job to keep making them happy – and that pressure can kinda make a girl lose sleep at night.”
She can rest peacefully. Her latest studio album, The Loneliest Time, is another collection of shimmering pop gems; Jepsen continues to write about the head rush of falling in love and the heartache that accompanies it with surgical precision. The Loneliest Time features a number of tracks that rival Emotion in terms of sheer pop power – the Kylie Minogue-ish album opener, “Surrender My Heart”, is a particular standout. But its pulsating synths can only do so much to hide the vulnerability of Jepsen’s lyrics: “I’m sorry if I push your good away, specially when I’m needin’ you to stay / I know you hate that I still test your love, I’m tryin’ not to fuck this up.”

 

This Husband-and-Wife Design Duo Transformed a Century-Old Cottage Into a Charming, Tuscan-Inspired Abode
Vintage treasures, limewash paint, and classic Italian design gave each room in this home, which was built in 1916, distinct presence.

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Washington in Los Angeles, Calif., the home was originally built in 1916 and has since been transformed into a welcoming and romantic three-bedroom, one-bath cottage with an accessory dwelling unit. The 1,136 square-foot mini-compound is defined by its old-world elegance and unique vintage treasures, which the Gibsons have sourced from all over the world.
“Since the house is over 100 years old, I wanted it to feel very warm and inviting, while still retaining its charming cottage aesthetic,” says Naomi, who has been in the field of interior design since 2018. “I looked to vintage Tuscan kitchens for inspiration, especially ones with a wood burning fireplace and dining table central to the space.”

 

6 Timeless Kitchen “Trends” That Will Never Go Out of Style
From color palette options to intriguing details, here’s how to design a kitchen that stands the test of time

Your kitchen is easily one of the most utilized spaces in your entire home. It’s a gathering hotspot when hosting friends and loved ones, a destination for memory-making with your family, and a place for you to mentally side-step life’s stressors and focus on the task at hand—be it kneading, stirring, basting, or beyond. With all of this in mind, it’s important to balance a sense of welcoming warmth and supreme function when making design choices in your kitchen.
Maybe you’re considering a complete overhaul, or perhaps toying with the idea of a quick renovation to help breathe new life into your cooking space. While laying the groundwork for upcoming plans, consider what kitchen “trends” are more apt to stand the test of time and which fads might fade faster than you can say, “Dinner’s ready!”

 

What Do Our Strollers Say About Us?
A new work of memoiristic cultural criticism explores the author’s ambivalent relationship to the ubiquitous parenting tool.

In Morgan’s judgment, contemporary strollers—especially the fancier ones, with their higher price tags, design-conscious aesthetics, and elaborate add-on options—sit right in the unfortunate intersection of natural parental anxiety, consumerism run amok, and the outsized weight we place on the choices of individual parents. We don’t have robust paid leave or affordable child care. In most of the country, streets and transit systems treat children as an afterthought. As a new parent, there’s very little you can do about any of this: you can’t duck out during nap time and fix the national relationship to reproduction. You can, though, fret over getting the best stroller you can afford, the one that optimizes your interactions with a hostile-feeling world.

 

66 Cute Halloween Costume Ideas for the Teens Out There
Cue the “How do you do, fellow kids?” meme.

Halloween is basically here! And if you’ve waited til the absolute last minute to put together your costume (relatable), we’ve gotchu covered. Luckily, there are plenty of fun ideas for Halloween costumes for teens. Whether you’re dressing up to go trick-or-treating, participate in your school’s costume contest, or head to a party with your friends, you want a costume that’s perfectly you. Depending on your vibe, you could go with a scary costume, a punny one, a pop culture-inspired one, or something else entirely. These teen costume ideas work as individual costumes, but a lot of these ideas could also work as a starting point for a bestie costume, a couples costume, or even a group costume.

 

Casey Alberti’s Vibrant Macrame Decor Is Here to Spruce Up Your Space for Any Season
The Sweet Home Alberti founder wants her hanging planters and eclectic accessories to bring any space to life.

“0h, wow, where did you get that?” is the reaction Casey Alberti hopes people have when they see her macrame planters and wall art hanging in people’s homes or her earrings from their lobes.
But back in 2019 when she first took up the handiwork, macrame was meant to be a distraction. “I was a stay-at-home mom and had suffered a pregnancy loss, so I was just looking for something to do with my hands so that I could be creative,” she says. After learning a few basic techniques from YouTube, she decided to teach her friends at one of the crafty girls’ nights she enjoyed hosting at her home outside of Portland.

 

Networking is a necessary — and misunderstood — skill. Here’s how to hone it.
Networking gets a bad rap, but it doesn’t have to be overly scary, shallow, or corporate.

There’s no easier place to start networking than with people you already know. You might be thinking, “I already know what everyone in my circle does. How can they help me?” As much as we like to think otherwise, the world doesn’t revolve around us. People, even those closest to us, aren’t constantly thinking about us and our needs. They can’t read our minds, either.
A close mentor, professor, or even friend could know that you’re vaguely interested in something but have no idea that you’re actively looking for a job or to learn more if you don’t tell them. All along, they could have had the resources to help you or introduce you to someone who might know more than them. I would talk to someone about journalism and they would say, “Do you know so-and-so? They do something similar, and I’m sure would love to talk to you about it!” It never hurts to ask for an introduction, or you can reach out to them directly.

 

Going to weddings can be expensive. Here’s how to protect your budget — and energy.
Do you have to go to a bachelor party? Who pays for a bridesmaid dress? Your wedding guest questions, answered.

On the first weekend of October, I attended my eighth wedding of the year. Of these eight weddings, one involved an international flight, two took place in-state, and the rest — bar one — required an overnight stay in another city. As my own Instagram became flooded with confetti-drenched couples, bouquets, and champagne flutes, I soon noticed I wasn’t the only person who seemed to be spending every other weekend at a wedding.
According to The Knot, the US is in the middle of a big wedding boom, with data indicating that around 2.6 million weddings were planned for 2022, up from the 2.2 million average of pre-pandemic years. This research also found that 75 percent of couples who got engaged in 2021 set a wedding date for 2022. “What’s happening right now is the impact of Covid,” says therapist Landis Bejar, founder and director of wedding counseling service AisleTalk in New York City. “Guests have been inundated with all these invitations for weddings that have been postponed, events that were already on the calendar, and for new engagements that happened during the pandemic. We’re really getting bombarded.”

 

Christie’s announces a dazzling collection of Lord and Lady Weinstock’s art
The couple’s collection will be offered for sale over the course of three live auctions this autumn

The Collection of Lord and Lady Weinstock is headlining art news this week at Christie’s. With almost 300 pieces of Lord and Lady Weinstock’s magnificent assortment of Old Master Paintings, English and European furniture and extraordinary jewellery, it will be offered for sale in three live auctions this autumn.
The Collection of Lord & Lady Weinstock sale takes place on 22 November. Two works from the Collection are also included in two further separate sales, on 8 November, Magnificent Jewels Geneva will include the Important Diamond Riviere Necklace and a single painting by Jean-Francois de Troy, titled The Reading Party will be sold as part of the Old Masters collection on 8 December. The painting alone is expected to sell for around £2,000,000 to £3,000,000; it is revered for being amongst the finest and most seductive of the Parisian haute monde, known as ‘tableaux de mode’.

 

James Corden and the Dangers of Likability
No one knows what an egg yolk omelet is, but we all know that TV hosts should be relatable. Or should they? That didn’t do Ellen DeGeneres any favors.

One reason this minor controversy about Corden took off is that on television, he doesn’t seem like the kind of person who would humiliate a waiter over an egg. More like a guy who would make a bad pun about eggs to be endearing.
Likability has always been important in talk-show hosts, but balanced by other virtues like creativity, funniness, political or even journalistic insight, the ability to connect emotionally. Johnny Carson was far too remote to be considered relatable, and David Letterman developed a reputation for meanness that, whether earned or not, was part of his appeal to some fans. Even Craig Ferguson, Corden’s predecessor, relied on a certain roguish charm. The more politically minded hosts like John Oliver or Meyers would not be helped by a scandal over yelling at a maître d’, but I doubt it would cause such a fuss.

 

This Painting Survived an Explosion
Artemisia Gentileschi’s Hercules and Omphale comes to Getty for conservation

On August 4, 2020, a double explosion in the port of Beirut devastated the city. More than 200 people were killed and thousands of buildings were damaged, including Sursock Palace, a 19th-century mansion that was once an opulent symbol of Beirut’s cosmopolitanism and prosperity. The roof of the mansion was partially wrecked, and hundreds of pieces of furniture and art were smashed.
One of the many damaged art objects in the building was a priceless painting by Artemisia Gentileschi depicting the Greek myth of Hercules and Omphale.

 

 

 

 

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