T LOunge for November 22nd, 2022

Posted on November 22, 2022

Ivy Bar and Restaurant – West End, London, UK

 

Some days – like today, for instance – you just want a LOunge that lets in a lot of light but still keeps the world at bay. Come join us this fine TUESDAY, won’t you? Let’s be sparkling sophisticates, if only in our own imaginations. That’s what the LOunge is for, after all. Enjoy our sample platter of distractions while you’re here:

 

The White Lotus’s Simona Tabasco Is Peeling Away Lucia’s Armor
“We always see her running around with a goal, something that she’s looking for, and maybe in the end, what she’s looking for is love,” Tabasco tells BAZAAR.com.

“I think, and Mike was agreeing with me, that there’s no specific way to portray a character that plays a prostitute. It depends on circumstance, history, background, and what is the story that you’re trying to tell. As far as acting goes and how we did this on set, Mike was very clear, but as I said before, it’s something that we built throughout the shooting.
What’s important that I think I say is that Lucia is an escort, but she’s also a little naive. She’s not a pro. It’s not something that she’s been doing forever; it’s not something that she is amazing at. She has her own insecurities with it. And so, I think that’s beautiful, because it underlines her humanity in it. We never forget the person that’s behind the role that she is playing for this particular occasion.”

 

Naomi Biden On Her White House Wedding
Naomi enters the Green Room inside a beehive of giddy activity: hairdresser, make-up artist, stylist (Bailey Moon) and two Ralph Lauren designers, Andrea and Lorenzo, who have come as keepers of the custom gown, quick to jump into the frame and help fluff and smooth the mille-feuille organza, charmeuse, and crinoline skirt.
“Like every little girl, I had a vision in my head—it was Grace Kelly’s dress I loved,” admits Naomi, who with her Audrey Hepburn brows and honey-colored hair is not a far cry from the Princess of Monaco (after all, a White House wedding is our country’s version of a royal one). The cathedral-length silk organza veil with matching Chantilly lace border is stretched out covering the entire blue and yellow carpet of the oval-shaped Blue Room, and flutters of panic ensue when it is suggested we try photographing Naomi in it.

 

How You Can Help Victims of the Colorado LGBTQ+ Club Shooting
A gunman killed five people and injured 25 inside Club Q in Colorado Springs last Saturday night.

Since the shooting occurred, advocates began creating fundraisers, offering mental health services, and sharing locations for blood drives to help survivors and victims’ families. Mourners across Colorado Springs have even organized at least 14 vigils to offer support for the community, and out-of-state supporters have done the same. Here are ways you can support the victims, as well as the LGBTQ+ community.

 

Bob Mackie Revived One of Elton John’s Most Iconic Costumes Last Night
Singer Elton John closed out his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour at Los Angeles’s Dodger Stadium last night. “Tonight is a very special night, a very emotional night for me,” John said shortly after performing “Philadelphia Freedom” on the piano. “It’s been a long journey.” The choice of location was significant, given it’s where John performed a series of sold-out stadium concerts back in 1975—and where sported one of his most iconic costumes of all time. You may remember the fully-sequined L.A. Dodgers baseball uniform he wore, designed by Bob Mackie, master of stage style. It’s a look so memorable that stars like Harry Styles have even replicated it today.

 

The 18 Best Lesbian Films to Stream on Netflix
We’ve rounded up the best sapphic flicks on the platform.

We’re living in a golden age of entertainment—and, with it, a peak era for LGBTQ+ media representation. Take Netflix as a case study, for example. In just over 25 years, the company has grown from an online rental service slinging DVDs to a streaming platform so massive that its name is now a verb (and/or shorthand for a particularly lazy date idea: “Netflix and chill,” anyone?). And for just about as long as they’ve been making original movies and shows, their slate has included queer-inclusive content like Orange is the New Black and Grace and Frankie.
Fast-forward to today, and the platform is home to a robust array of Netflix Original series with sapphic storylines: Feel Good, First Kill, She-Ra, Atypical, Heartstopper… need I go on? When it comes to movies, the offerings are a little slimmer, but rest assured—we’ve rounded up the best sapphic flicks on the platform for your viewing convenience.

 

How To Travel Well
Go the “high-value, low-impact” way—the term du jour for fabulous holidays in crowd-free places that do right by people and the planet.

The tiny Himalayan Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan is an Aman- and COMO-strewn slice of cultural authenticity, vertiginous natural beauty, and the kind of sweet-scented air only carbon negativity, achieved here in 2017, gets you.
In September it committed what may seem like touristic suicide: It raised its already hefty visitor tax to $200 per person per day, the highest in the world. Called the “sustainable development charge,” the tax is earmarked by the government to fund projects designed to protect Bhutan’s culture and environment: community education, conservation, organic farming, carbon-­neutral infrastructure. In the past the fee could offset the cost of your lodgings, meals, guides, transport, and monastery and museum admissions—no more.

 

Meet the Designer Behind Carrie Bradshaw’s New “Converted Closet”
In season one of And Just Like That, we saw Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw mixing vintage (from her Fendi Baguette to her Chanel boots) with buzzy new pieces (the Gucci X Balenciaga Hourglass bag comes to mind). It’s an approach to dressing that feels very 2022: combining much-cherished pieces already in your wardrobe with investment buys that’ll stand the test of time.
As filming gets under way for season two, it seems that Bradshaw has added a series of upcycled pieces to her wardrobe, although the designer behind them—Kate McGuire—prefers the terms refashioned, or converted. “I’ve been converting clothes my whole life,” the founder of Converted Closet and former headhunter, tells Vogue. “I always like to wear something a bit different or unique.”

 

Cheetos Releases Appliance for Grinding Up Their Snacks to Dust All Over Your Favorite Foods
The Cheetos Duster is being sold exclusively through Amazon while supplies last.

To the tidy types among us, the orange dust that sticks to your fingers while eating Cheetos is a messy nightmare. But to Cheetos fans, it’s the source of the snack’s amazing flavor — and it has a name: Cheetle. Last year, the brand even hosted a cheese dust exhibition at Art Basel featuring works made from Cheetle.
Now, Cheetos is making it easier than ever for the Cheetos-obsessed to get their hands on that sweet, sweet Cheetle, launching what’s being called the brand’s “first-ever cooking gadget,” the Cheetos Duster.

 

Gingerbread, Red Velvet, and Sugar Cookie Doughnuts Hit Krispy Kreme for the Holidays
Plus the return of a classic treat decorated like Santa’s belly.

Krispy Kreme never shies away from a chance to offer new varieties of doughnuts: Thanksgiving, Independence Day, summer in general… So of course, the question isn’t if the doughnut chain will be releasing a special lineup of Christmas-themed treats, but instead what kind of doughnuts will they be. For this year’s theme, Krispy Kreme is turning to the jolly old man: Santa.
Launching the day after Thanksgiving, November 25, the “Santa’s Bake Shop” collection features three new doughnuts that Krispy Kreme says is “inspired by Santa himself and Mrs. Claus’ recipe book” — alongside two returning fan favorites.

 

History of the Hero: The Louis Vuitton trunk
It has transported world-famous paintings, a long-lost memoir and some seriously covetable clothing collections – we unlock the Louis Vuitton trunk and the stories inside

What’s beige and brown, nearly 170 years old, travels well and has assumed the form of a library, cocktail bar, jukebox and vase? It’s Louis Vuitton’s iconic trunk, of course. More than just a covetable piece of luggage, it is an objet d’art, a treasure trove of stories and the foundation upon which the house was built.
If you’re going to think outside the box, it’s a good idea to perfect the box, first. At least, that was what Louis Vuitton did, spending 17 years mastering the art of trunk making before establishing his eponymous company in 1854 and putting his own stamp on the travel essential.

 

Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus Set to Host NBC New Year’s Eve Party
Our favorite dynamic duo is back and they’re ready to help you ring in the New Year!
Miley Cyrus helped us countdown to midnight last year for NBC’s New Year’s Eve celebration alongside serial hottie-dater, Pete Davidson. Presumably to avoid him bagging any other baddies, NBC is welcoming Dolly Parton to host alongside Cyrus, who is her goddaughter.
Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party is executive produced by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels and will feature a star-studded cast of special guests and performances. No word on who will be performing, so start placing your bets now.

 

Red Lobster Is Reopening Its Holiday Gift Shop for the First Time in Three Years
The online pop-up will be open until the end of the year, but supplies are limited.

It took three years, but the Red Lobster holiday merch shop is ready to pop-up once again. Starting today, RedLobsterShop.com is back open for business. Yes, the Cheddar Bay Biscuit-holding ugly sweater is back (with a new design) as is a slew of other new products three years in the making — including an ornament with a topical tie-in.

 

‘The Making of The Rings of Power’ Debuts on Prime Video, Offering Behind-the-Scenes Looks
Behind-the-scenes looks at Prime Video’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” are now available for streaming through X-Ray, providing insight into the making of all eight episodes from the show’s first season. The all-new series of bonus clips is titled “The Making of ‘The Rings of Power.’”
In diving into the elaborate production of the spin-off series, viewers dig deeper into the lore of J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary universe, including the painstaking attention to detail from artisans on staff such as set decorators, costume designers and makeup artists. The new content will also include footage from production, sneak peeks at how the Middle-earth realms were designed and interviews with cast and crew.

 

The Struggle to Unearth the World’s First Author
Decades ago, archeologists discovered the work of Enheduanna, an ancient priestess who seemed to alter the story of literature. Why hasn’t her claim been affirmed?

Around forty-three hundred years ago, in a region that we now call Iraq, a sculptor chiselled into a white limestone disk the image of a woman presiding over a temple ritual. She wears a long ceremonial robe and a headdress. There are two male attendants behind her, and one in front, pouring a libation on an altar. On the back of the disk, an inscription identifies her as Enheduanna, a high priestess and the daughter of King Sargon.
Some scholars believe that the priestess was also the world’s first recorded author. A clay tablet preserves the words of a long narrative poem: “I took up my place in the sanctuary dwelling, / I was high priestess, I, Enheduanna.” In Sumer, the ancient civilization of southern Mesopotamia where writing originated, texts were anonymous. If Enheduanna wrote those words, then she marks the beginning of authorship, the beginning of rhetoric, even the beginning of autobiography. To put her precedence in perspective, she lived fifteen hundred years before Homer, seventeen hundred years before Sappho, and two thousand years before Aristotle, who is traditionally credited as the father of the rhetorical tradition.

 

The Right Way to Organize Your China Collection, According to the Experts
Keep your pieces safe, while still ensuring they’re in an easily accessible space.

For as fun and rewarding as collecting chinaware can be, keeping a large trove organized is no easy feat. Along with making space to carefully store fragile pieces of chinaware, collectors have the added task of also making sure their china is easy to access. Although the pieces are delicate, half the point of china is to use it—so storing it somewhere near the kitchen or dining room increases frequency of use.
“Storage space can always create a challenge when collecting china,” says Claire Perry of M. Lavender Interiors. “Also, the delicate nature of china means that certain precautions must be taken to prevent damage.”

 

There’s No Such Thing as the ‘Dark Ages’
Getty medievalist Larisa Grollemond illuminates the Middle Ages

The 14th-century Italian poet Petrarch is the best-known medieval source for the idea that the period in Europe from around 500–1500 was “dark.”
But that phrase was a specific gripe. Petrarch was complaining about the general quality of literature in his own specific time and place: Italy in the 1300s (which makes him sound like a snob).
A 1602 text by Caesar Baronius used saeculum obscurum (the dark age/century) to refer to the 10th and 11th centuries as lacking in surviving historical sources. But dark really just meant that he didn’t know a lot about the time.
Unfortunately, the term persisted and historians started using “dark” as a pejorative term to mean a period of superstition and stagnation in art, literature, and science.

 

How to cook and eat well when food is more expensive than ever
Inflation is hitting grocery prices hard. So what trade-offs should a home cook make?

For those who love to cook, fall is peak cooking season. It’s literally harvest season, and there’s an abundance of beautiful produce that makes for cozy autumnal recipes: pumpkin bread, butternut squash soup, apple pie. And then there’s Thanksgiving, which can feel like the Olympics of home cooking: elaborate menus and cooking schedules, dozens of side dishes, and a giant turkey to roast.
At the same time, cooking in the fall of 2022 isn’t as simple as it used to be. Inflation is at the highest levels we’ve seen in decades, and food prices keep rising. Rising grocery prices have made it tougher than ever to eat and cook nutritiously. This Thanksgiving looks more expensive than ever thanks to a combination of forces: inflation, of course, but also Covid-induced supply chain issues, an avian flu outbreak resulting in a turkey shortage and a rise in poultry and egg prices, and the war in Ukraine causing a shortage of wheat and grain products. “When you think about things like turkeys and ingredients to make pies — eggs, flour, butter, fruit, vegetables — it’s going to be an expensive holiday season when it comes to putting food on the table,” says David Ortega, a food economist at Michigan State University.

 

The chilling true story of the real-life ‘fasting girls’ who inspired Netflix’s The Wonder
Dating back as far as the 15th century, young women and girls became local celebrities with claims they had starved themselves for months at a time. The phenomenon is explored in the new Netflix film starring Florence Pugh

After much anticipation, The Wonder arrived on Netflix this week. The film stars Florence Pugh, one of the buzziest actresses of the moment, as Lib Wright, a 19th-century English nurse who is sent to the Irish Midlands to observe Anna O’Donnell (Kíla Lord Cassidy), a deeply religious 11-year-old girl who claims she hasn’t eaten in four months and subsists solely on ‘manna from heaven’.

 

Mayfair townhouse where Handel and Hendrix both lived will become a museum of musical greatness
It is made possible thanks to a generous £1 million donation

A Mayfair townhouse which has was home to not one, but two, musical greats is poised to be transformed into a ‘major British attraction’, thanks to a £1 million donation. The house, on Brook Street, was home to 18th-century composer of the Messiah, George Frideric Handel, who lived there for 36 years. Some 200 years later, it became the home to legendary American guitarist, singer and songwriter Jim Hendrix. The combination of Handel and Hendrix makes the address a potential site of musical pilgrimage.

 

Army Veteran Went Into ‘Combat Mode’ to Disarm the Club Q Gunman
Richard M. Fierro, who served for 15 years in the military, was at the nightclub in Colorado Springs with his family when the gunman opened fire. “I just knew I had to take him down,” he said.

As he held the man down and slammed the pistol down on his skull, Mr. Fierro started barking orders. He yelled for another club patron, using a string of expletives, to grab the rifle then told the patron to start kicking the gunman in the face. A drag dancer was passing by, and Mr. Fierro said he ordered her to stomp the attacker with her high heels. The whole time, Mr. Fierro said, he kept pummeling the shooter with the pistol while screaming obscenities.
What allowed him to throw aside all fear and act? He said he has no idea. Probably those old instincts of war, that had burdened him for so long at home, suddenly had a place now that something like war had come to his hometown.

 

93 Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes to Make Any Night of the Week
From chili and chicken cutlets to spaghetti and meatballs and sheet-pan salmon, consider this your ultimate guide to making a fast weeknight dinner.

There’s a time and a place for almost every recipe, and if that time is limited, you’re in the right place. Every one of the 93 (yes, 93!) quick dinner recipes we’ve pulled together in this collection can be made in 45 minutes or less—many of them come together even faster.
Our recipes run the gamut, so you’ll find familiar favorites like spaghetti and meatballs, mac and cheese, and stir-fries, as well as creative takes, like a North African beef stew and pasta with butternut squash and herby, garlicky, creamy Boursin cheese. While many of these dishes do rely on store-bought shortcuts (think rotisserie chicken, refrigerated pesto sauce, pre-made gnocchi, and canned or boxed chicken broth), the vast majority of them draw on raw, everyday ingredients.

 

Prince Edward Island Is One of the Best Places to Travel in 2023 — Charming Towns, Coastal Trails, and Lobster Suppers Included
The Atlantic Canada province packs a powerful punch when it comes to scenic hikes, seafood, and small-town charm.

Prince Edward Island may be Canada’s smallest province, but don’t be fooled by its petite size. What this eastern Canadian island lacks in square mileage, it makes up for in spectacular coastal drives, pristine shores (there are more than 90 beaches), and hiking and cycling trails that usually lead to something delicious (think: freshly shucked oysters, lobster rolls, and award-winning ice cream).
Along with being affectionately nicknamed “Canada’s Food Island,” PEI is best known as the setting of the novel “Anne of Green Gables.” Every summer, visitors flock here to step into the peaceful, storybook world that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s fictional town of Avonlea. And thanks to its red sandstone cliffs, quaint towns dotted with folk art mailboxes, and pastoral rolling hills, its views don’t disappoint.

 

 

 

 

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