T LOunge for November 4th, 2022

Posted on November 04, 2022

Bar, Restaurant and Lounge at San Dominica Palace Hotel – Taormina, Italy

 

We figured you might want to spend this well-earned FRIDAY at the gorgeous hotel in which the second season of THE WHITE LOTUS is set, darlings. A little history lesson while you wait for your cocktails to arrive:

Built on the site of a 14th century Dominican convent, the San Domenico Hotel first came to life in 1896 with the addition of a new building in Italian Liberty style (today’s Grand Hotel Wing) adjacent to accommodations converted from former quarters in the Ancient Convent Wing. It soon became a highlight on the Grand Tour, favoured by royalty and nobility and increasingly, a colourful cast of artists, writers and Hollywood stars.

Through the early 1900s, the hotel’s reputation grew, attracting nobility and famous writers and artists, such as King Edward VII of England, the second Baron Rothschild, Oscar Wilde and DH Lawrence. During World War II, San Domenico Palace was used as a headquarters by the German army, and as a result, it was bombed by the Allies in 1943. The convent’s church was almost totally destroyed and required reconstruction, using elements of the original architecture. (The church now serves as the Chiesa Ballroom.)

Upon reopening as a hotel around 1946, San Domenico Palace was the scene of many over-the-top parties, where the Allies mingled with the locals and danced all night to alternating Italian and American bands.

From the 1950s and beyond, San Domenico Palace welcomed the world’s most illustrious stars of stage and screen, including Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren. In 2017, the hotel hosted the world’s political leaders for a G7 summit meeting.

Ciao!

 

Steven Spielberg: The Origin Story
In ‘The Fabelmans,’ starring Michelle Williams, Paul Dano and Gabriel LaBelle, the director finally tells his own coming-of-age saga, mining family secrets and the antisemitic bullying of his youth as well as the obsession with filmmaking that helped him process it all.

Spielberg has spent much of his more than 50-year directing career mining the fable of his own family, but it had been typically delivered in crowd-pleasing genre films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In 2020, he realized he was ready to tell the version of that story without the alien spaceships and 700-year-old knights. “I started seriously thinking, if I had to make one movie I haven’t made yet, something that I really want to do on a very personally atomic level, what would that be?” Spielberg says. “And there was only one story I really wanted to tell.”

 

Tár’s Beautiful Bespoke Suiting Will Make You Weep
In the acclaimed film, the fashion is a metaphor for a lust of fame and fortune.

Todd Field’s Tár works like an ocean wave, dragging you under and spitting you out, head spinning. The film is a nuanced, thorny portrait of a person in crisis—Lydia Tár, played by Cate Blanchett, an imperious and world-renowned Berlin orchestra conductor embroiled in a #MeToo-type scandal—that asks many more questions than it answers, about empathy, cancel culture, and the legacy of artistic giants who abuse their positions and power. After a recent screening, I found myself struggling to make sense of what I’d just seen. But I did have one solid truth to cling to, which is that the fictional Tár has an incredible wardrobe.

 

I Love Joan Didion’s Stuff
A forthcoming auction of the author’s things is one of the warmest portraits ever painted of her.

At the time of her death, at age 87 at the end of last year, she had at least 38 blank notebooks waiting to be filled. One of them, you might be surprised to learn of this paragon of Good Taste, had as its cover a Penguin edition of Pride and Prejudice, so you can pretend you’re writing The Great Canon Novel when you’re scribbling down pedestrian observations. Much more Nancy Meyers heroine (or Nora Ephron antiheroine) than you would expect from the famously chic, famously severe writer of books like Play It As It Lays.
Speaking of Meyers and Ephron: Didion had two white slipcovered sofas and a club chair, with smushy needlepoint pillows. She had a gorgeous rolling pin. And she was allegedly famous for her jambalaya.
These are the sorts of objects that are available in a November 16th auction called An American Icon: Property from the Collection of Joan Didion, organized by Hudson, New York’s Stair Galleries.

 

Emma Corrin Is A Ravishing Lady Chatterley In The First Trailer For Netflix’s Latest Period Drama Sensation
Emma Corrin went stratospheric following their turn as a wide-eyed Diana, Princess of Wales in The Crown – a part soon to be inherited by Elizabeth Debicki in season five – but, the actor’s next role is a far cry from the naive young royal: that of Constance Chatterley in an electrifying Netflix adaptation of D H Lawrence’s most scandalous novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover. First published in Europe in the ’20s, the explicit tale of a Baronet’s wife who begins a torrid affair with her gamekeeper only found a British publisher in the ’60s – with Penguin Books becoming the subject of a history-making obscenity trial as a result.

 

Laura Dern Made a Cameo in The White Lotus Season 2 Premiere
That voice screaming at Michael Imperioli’s Dominic on the phone? That was Laura Dern.

In the opening episode, Dominic, who is clearly going through marital troubles, calls up his wife. The conversation doesnt go well, and his wife, Abby, starts yelling at him, and cursing him out. Viewers thought they recognized Laura Dern—and this week, HBO confirmed that the actress who played Dominic’s screaming ex was in fact Laura Dern.
It’s unclear whether or not Dern’s Abby will make an actual appearance at the White Lotus: Sicily this season, though many fans are hoping that she will show up.

 

The Crown: Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce on Channeling Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
The Oscar nominees play the queen and her consort during the mid-’90s, a time period famously rife with scandal for the royal family, in The Crown‘s fifth season.

“Realizing how strong the queen’s faith was and the strength that gave her allowed me to access this inner serenity, thoughtfulness and kindness and goodness that I think she had. For me physically, that kept me quite focused and still, and that was useful for me to try to inhabit,” says Staunton, adding that she found unexpected inspiration for the performance from the queen’s lifelong love of horses. “Horses have the blinkers on so that they can just see straight and go straight ahead. I think she just looks where she’s going and just deals with what she has to deal with head-on.”
Staunton had been doing research for the role since she was cast in 2019—savoring video of the monarch in particular. Given the queen’s world-class containment, Staunton combed the footage for subtle clues—comparing her behavior in public situations to that of other royals.

 

These Fan-Favorite Cereal Flavors Have Been Shrunken Down into ‘Minis’
General Mills is introducing smaller versions of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Reese’s Puffs, and Trix.

When considering what cereal to purchase, there’s a priority list. First, do I get anything free inside? Second, how cool is the mascot? Third, sure, flavor. Fourth, maybe nutritional value? But one trait that often gets overlooked is the size and texture. The spectrum ranges from “how the heck am I supposed to fit this on a spoon” Honeycomb to the more sensibly sized options like Trix and Cocoa Puffs to “this is more bits of cereal than I bargained for” Fruity Pebbles.
Earlier this year, General Mills already experimented with flavor, taking Cinnamon Toast Crunch and making it “Fuego.” Now, the brand has gotten out the shrink ray and experimenting with size by introducing new Minis cereals.

 

The Crown’s Season 5 Costumes Reflect the Royal Family’s Tumultuous ’90s
Netflix is keeping calm and carrying on with season 5 of The Crown, even after the real-life royal monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away last month. As the series charts a new era with a fresh cast of characters, we see the royal family come up against a cluster of challenges under the Queen’s reign during the 1990s. From the rocky marriage of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, to a devastating fire at Windsor Castle, this decade was a tumultuous time for the royal family—and this season’s wardrobe, made by Emmy award-winning costume designer Amy Roberts, reflects that.
The cast, which includes Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce, Lesley Manville, Elizabeth Debicki, Dominic West, and Olivia Williams, were all dressed in silhouettes and sartorial styles that echoed the Nineties (think: big shoulder pads, pantsuits, and the like).
Roberts, who has worked on productions including Oliver Twist, The Virgin Queen, and Upstairs Downstairs, says she collaborated with a team of workroom designers to create the cast’s luxurious wardrobe in a range of textiles and fabrics. Referencing the senior royals themselves by reading scripts and doing extensive research, Roberts took key visuals for each principal character during that era, while simultaneously keeping in mind the various events of the day.

 

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Hanging and Arranging Pictures on a Wall
The process of hanging a new painting or a collection of family photos can feel overwhelming. There are multiple pieces to examine and there ultimately isn’t just one correct way to put them all together. Don’t be afraid to play with a few different arrangements before landing on the best one for your space—the most pleasing set up may be the one you least expect. Amp up your home décor with perfectly placed frames.

 

Starbucks Holiday Cups Are Back for the 25th Year
The Peppermint Mocha returns for its 20th season on the holiday menu.

Halloween has come and gone, so hopefully scarfing down your kids’ unwanted Sugar Daddys is giving you enough of a buzz to propel you into the holiday season. (Hey, Thanksgiving is only 22 days away!) Starbucks certainly isn’t wasting time. Today, the coffee chain unveiled their annual holiday “red cups” and announced their winter food and beverage menu, both of which will launch nationwide tomorrow, November 3.
The cups get the top billing this year: Starbucks says the now-iconic holiday cups were first launched in 1997, meaning they are celebrating their 25th anniversary (though it’s only been seven years since the tradition was marred by a pointless controversy). Similar to last year, this year’s cup designs are inspired by gifts. “We have always talked about the cups as little gifts, and we hope they feel like a festive present to our customers and store partners,” Gary Jacobson, Starbucks creative director for this year’s holiday campaign, stated.

 

Liquid, Tablet, or Powder: Which Dishwasher Detergent Cleans Best?
The answer involves your water type, say our experts.

After cooking and enjoying a meal with loved ones, staring at the stack of pots and dishes in the sink at the end of the night can zap some of your joy. That’s why we treasure our dishwashers: With the push of a button, you can easily get all of those dishes, wine glasses, and (some) pans clean again.
This process is even smoother if you use the right detergent, which most often comes in tablet, powder, or liquid form. But which one, exactly, is best? We tapped a few cleaning and appliance experts to explain more about these cleaner varieties—and to determine whether or not one trumps the rest.

 

Everything We Know About Agatha: Coven of Chaos
The WandaVision spin-off already has a pretty incredible cast on board.

WandaVision’s Agatha Harkness can’t exactly be called a break out character, since she is the series’ main antagonist, but the villainous witch was loved so much that she’s received her own spin-off. Kathryn Hahn will be starring in Agatha: Coven of Chaos, reprising her role as a magical woman who sucks power out of the other witches around her and who kept Wanda, the Scarlet Witch, bamboozled for nearly an entire season of her own show.

 

40 Festive Christmas Nail Designs to Try in 2022
Prepare to “sleigh” at your holiday soirée with these easy designs.

It’s Christmastime, the stockings are hung by the mantel with care — and by now your nails are polished to festive perfection. But if you just reached for a shade of red or green nail polish (or other traditional Christmas nail polish colors) we encourage you to try designs that are a bit more festive for the big day. We’re feeling inspired by the custom Christmas nail art that we’ve seen all over Instagram — including looks you can easily DIY as well as ornate details that you might want to have a professional execute. But what to try first?
Luckily, there are endless cute Christmas nail art options to choose from. From candy canes to glitter, ornaments to snowflakes, this list of impressive manicures has it all. And if you’re feeling like a design on every nail might be too ambitious (or just too much!), we also have some nail art ideas that include accent nails (or a “party” nail) to spice things up without being too loud. Plus, there are easier-than-ever nail stickers and decals to get a holiday mani in a flash. ‘Tis certainly the season for sparkle.
Now, without further ado, please meet the most adorable ways to paint your nails this winter. Whether you’re on the naughty or nice list this year, you’re sure to turn heads with these Christmas nail designs. Ahead are 40 Christmas nail ideas and cute Christmas nail designs to inspire you this season!

 

How education culture wars have shaped the midterms
With calls of “parents’ rights” Republicans are targeting transgender youth up and down the ticket.

While debates around teaching about racism in schools have waned, Republicans have made gender identity and sexual orientation in schools central. Candidates have targeted transgender youth athletes, as well as classroom lessons featuring LGBTQ+ content. Outside groups have been funding TV ads suggesting Democrats endorse sexually explicit literature about same-sex couples for young children, and on the federal level, congressional Republicans have been fanning the flames, rallying behind the Protect Children’s Innocence Act — a bill that would criminalize performing gender-affirming medical procedures on minors. Democrats, for their part, have campaigned affirmatively on protecting LGBTQ+ youth, and increasing funds for school mental health services.

 

36 Hours in Savannah, Ga.
There is more to Savannah than its alluring green spaces and centuries-old Colonial, Georgian and Greek Revival architecture. In recent years, tour guides at places like the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters are focusing more on the stories of enslaved people, offering visitors a fuller historical picture. Savannah is also a beacon for young creatives, thanks in part to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and the city now has many contemporary galleries as well as newer, locally focused artist hubs like Sulfur Studios. Venture outside of the Historic District, too: In the city’s east and west, you can find a variety of Black- and immigrant-owned restaurants and bars; and the up-and-coming Starland District has plenty of attractions. But be warned — it’s not uncommon for visitors to fall in love with the city and become locals.

 

For the Women of the Black Panther Party, Freedom Meant Survival
From schools to free food and health care, the group’s majority female membership carried out life-sustaining, grass-roots programs that went far beyond politics.

Free Breakfast for School Children. The Intercommunal Youth Institute. The People’s Free Medical Clinics. The Free Ambulance Program. The Oakland Community School. Though the women who made up two-thirds of the Black Panther Party took part in rallies and voter registrations, newsrooms and grass-roots political campaigns, their most direct contributions have gone all but unheralded: the more than 60 Community Survival Programs that provided neglected Black Americans with life-sustaining meals, education and health care.

 

The best seasons of This Is Us, Buffy, and 78 more shows
Every show has one season that stands above the rest.

Let’s all agree: Every TV show has that one season that seemingly stands above the rest. Sometimes it’s universally accepted among fan circles; other times, it can only be determined after several hours of heated debate (which can last longer than the actual season of TV itself). However you arrive at the conclusion, a great season of TV leaves a lasting impression — and with that in mind, the many, many TV fans at EW have rounded up the standout seasons from 74 of our favorite shows.

 

Selena Gomez Wasn’t Sure She Was Ready To Tell This Story
She’s wrestled with bipolar disorder, life-threatening illness, and tabloid hell. Now, she’s opening up about all of it in incredible ways

Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me, a documentary on Gomez’s struggle with mental illness that debuts Nov. 4 on Apple TV+. Any preliminary ideas that this might be a puff piece or vanity project are shattered five minutes in, when the mental anguish that caused Gomez to cancel her 2016 Revival tour early and check herself into a treatment facility is on full, painful, tearful display. The cameras do not stop rolling, and the next hour-plus provides one of the least sugarcoated explorations of mental illness one is likely to find on film. There are scenes in which Gomez is unable to get out of bed, scenes of her lashing out at friends, scenes of her roaming her house aimlessly, scenes of her coming apart in the middle of a press tour, contemptuously responding to the media circus when she isn’t seeming to disassociate entirely.
The documentary is so raw that Gomez almost didn’t sign off on its release. “I’m just so nervous,” she says of that prospect, pulling her bare feet up onto the chair. “Because I have the platform I have, it’s kind of like I’m sacrificing myself a little bit for a greater purpose. I don’t want that to sound dramatic, but I almost wasn’t going to put this out. God’s honest truth, a few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure I could do it.”

 

20 Best Mountain Towns to Visit in the U.S.
These charming mountain towns have something for every type of traveler.

Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure or a luxurious retreat, America’s best mountain towns have something for every type of traveler. During the winter months, these towns offer world-class skiing and snowboarding, and come summer, visitors can enjoy hiking, rafting, mountain biking, and more — they’re truly year-round destinations. From Aspen’s pristine slopes and luxury hotels to Asheville’s vibrant art scene and Leavenworth’s European feel, these mountain towns offer unique experiences and stunning scenery. Here are 20 of the best mountain towns in the United States.

 

 

 

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