T LOunge for November 9th, 2022

Posted on November 09, 2022

Barrio Bar and Restaurant – Soho, London, UK


Let’s go for color and bold whimsy today, yes? It’s WEDNESDAY, after all. If you stayed up all night watching election needles, you could use the stimulation and if you didn’t follow any election coverage at all (like we did, and we highly recommend it), you probably woke up needing something bright to match your mood. Today’s LOunge is for everyone.


How Jennifer Lopez Found Happily Ever After
That Lopez has pursued love across four marriages, two broken engagements, and assorted misbegotten alliances over 25 years should be news to almost no one. Neither is the fact that her great romantic experiment has coincided with a relentless professional momentum, an enormously productive and still expanding career (more than 30 movies, eight studio albums, a dizzying array of branding endeavors), and now, at the age of 53, an untouchable aura that somehow contains glamour, grit, and goodness all at once. While it sometimes seems as if Beyoncé might live on a small, satin-upholstered space station, Lopez, despite her aura, has remained accessible, real, gears exposed, Jenny from the block and all that. Though she possesses an unusually deft touch with the press, dusting the trail with crumbs and remaining an object of extreme media fascination for a quarter century, Lopez has also built more walls around her over the years.


The Essential Princess Diana Documentaries To Watch After The Crown
The fifth season of The Crown is set to chronicle one of the most turbulent chapters of Princess Diana’s life – a six-year period over which her marriage to Prince Charles crumbled, against the backdrop of explosive royal biographies, even more explosive TV interviews and highly publicised romances on both sides. But, as with all dramatisations of her life, from Pablo Larraín’s surreal Spencer to the numerous TV movies that have been released in the 25 years since her death, they leave us with more questions than answers.


The Best Books of 2022 So Far
One of the best parts of working at a magazine? The piles of books that arrive months before the rest of the world gets to see them. But the influx can often be overwhelming, so when something rises to the top, we like to take note. We have been collecting and curating our favorite titles all year; here we present our selection of the best books that have been published in 2022.


Meet The Earthshot Prize Finalist Making a Vegan Leather Out of Flower
Later this year, Prince William will travel to Boston for the awards ceremony.

Like many innovations, Fleather evolved out of a process that initially started as something else. Inspired to clean up the river Ganges, Ankit collected used flowers that would otherwise be dumped into the river in droves by temples and pollute the water with pesticides. “Initially I began by converting these flowers into natural charcoal for incense,” he says. Then, one day, he noticed that one of the unused flower piles had developed a mat-like coating. “It had a very strange morphology. I was very intrigued by it…Slowly, slowly, after three years of hard work, we were able to figure out this material behaves exactly like animal leather.”


The Stunning Strength of Cristina BanBan’s ‘Mujeres’
In the artist Cristina BanBan’s dazzling new show at Skarstedt gallery, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the female form is in full, commanding force, tapping into the long tradition of the painted nude. The 15 oil paintings in “Cristina BanBan: Mujeres” (on view through December 17) evoke a seizing of power, a recapturing of attention. The women are bold. They are strong (those hands!). Their Rubenesque bodies, projected onto canvases that can stretch more than seven feet tall, are shapely, fleshy, voluptuous. Their presence is visceral, immediate yet intimate, and, yes, sensual. But they are also at a remove, not so much beckoning the viewer as daring them to dwell. Who are you to stare? Who are you not to?


The Crown‘s Dominic West Puts Charles in Charge
How the actor who’ll play the series’ final Prince of Wales found his way through drama, Diana, and the death of a monarch.

West thinks so highly of Charles (now King Charles III) that it almost kept him from taking the part. When I ask West why he wanted the role, he says bluntly, “I didn’t,” saying he was “very apprehensive.” He has met the new monarch half a dozen or so times through his ongoing role as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, the charitable organization Charles started in 1976. West believes sincerely in its mission of helping disadvantaged youth. In one group photo from a red carpet in 2014, West appears just over Charles’s right shoulder, grinning from ear to ear.


Blue Moon Releases Miniature Pies to Pair with Your Beer
The collaboration with Melissa Ben-Ishay is only available online this week.

Between the guest list, everyone’s personal preferences, and assorted allergy accommodations, it can be quite a challenge to decide what kind of pie to serve at Thanksgiving. You love pumpkin, but your in-laws want sweet potato, and if your nephew is here, then that rules out pecan. But perhaps Blue Moon Brewing Company has just made your decision easier by helping you choose a pie that pairs with your beer.


History of the Hero: Chanel No5
At a time when perfumes captured the essence of a single flower, Gabrielle Chanel wanted to design something as complex as one of her dresses. Here’s how she made it happen.

What makes a beauty product truly iconic? Perhaps it’s decades of unwavering popularity, or a backstory that unfolds like a fairytale. Associations with old Hollywood surely lend weight. To many, it’ll be the ability to conjure memories of loved ones, or a twang of nostalgia that hits in the heart. Whatever the word means to you, Chanel’s No5 is surely worthy of the moniker.
No5 is now 100 years old – well, 101 to be precise – and remains the most famous perfume in the world. A scent synonymous with bold, old-school glamour and timeless femininity, it has managed to transcend both cultural predilections and fleeting trends.


Krispy Kreme’s New Mini Doughnuts Taste Like Classic Holiday Pies
Sneak a bite of pumpkin, pecan, lemon, and apple pies before Thanksgiving.

We’re officially entering pie season, when family gatherings and holiday parties practically necessitate the baking (or buying) sharable desserts. But if you’re not ready to commit to an entire slice — let alone entire pie dish — just to score a taste before dessert is served on Thanksgiving, then Krispy Kreme may have a shrunken-down solution for you: mini pie doughnuts.
Available as of this week, this pie-inspired collection is the chain’s latest limited-edition iteration of the tinier takes on its classic doughnuts which joined the permanent menu in 2020 and were the canvas for another dessert theme last year. This time around, the topped and filled doughnuts represent four classic pie flavors found on many Thanksgiving dessert spreads.


What the Suzuki Method Really Taught
A new biography of the program’s creator argues that reducing it to a system of music instruction misses its underlying point about human potential.

It is a scene by now observed by countless parents and many nonparents, from Tokyo to Paris and beyond. In a classroom or on a stage, a platoon, or sometimes a small army, of very young children are sawing away in unison at Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Minor, with maximum aplomb and some surprising musical skill. “Little geniuses!” the observers mutter, either admiringly or—universally, among the nonparents—sarcastically. The Suzuki method of musical training has had another outing, and with it the passionate belief that little children can be activated as artists—alongside the companion quarrel about whether they are modelling or merely mimicking mature music-making. Are they musicians in a meaningful sense or just the human equivalent of those trained seals who used to play horns in the circus? Though the Suzuki method was originally specific to the violin and to classical music, it raises a larger question: Is the kind of mastery we associate with historic “prodigies” actually available to every child, with the right encouragement?


The Cast of Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Open Up About Season 5 And How They Honored Queen Elizabeth II
The cast of Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ season 5, Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce, and Lesley Manville talk about the upcoming season and how they honored the late Queen Elizabeth II and more!


You Can’t Help But Sing Your Heart Out to the 59 Best Love Songs of All Time
Let’s set the scene: Me, on my couch, box of Cheez-Its in hand.

As much as I love a good breakup song, there’s something special about a great love song. When you’re actually in love, they feel like they were written just for you. But let’s be clear: you don’t have to be in love to enjoy listening to a love song! You can belt them along on a road trip with your besties, sing them to yourself while you cook dinner, use them to power you through the last few minutes of your workout, or just listen to them because you like them.


To Play the Queen, ‘The Crown’ Chooses Another Stalwart Briton
Peter Morgan, the show’s creator, said that Imelda Staunton had the “vulnerability and strength” to play Queen Elizabeth II for the final two seasons.

Staunton, 66, has had a long and successful career on both stage and screen. She is probably best known to movie audiences for her Oscar-nominated titular role in the Mike Leigh film “Vera Drake,” and for playing the deliciously evil, kitten-loving Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films. Onstage, she has received awards and accolades for a variety of musicals and dramas.
Yet she has never been a star or a household name. That suits her just fine. “Like the Queen, I’m a very private person,” she said.


‘Movement Never Lies’: The Genius of Martha Graham
The most revealing statements in a new biography come from the dancers who gave their lives and bodies to her experiments.

“Martha always wanted to leave behind a legend, not a biography.” So wrote the highly successful American choreographer Agnes de Mille about an American choreographer she was far from alone in considering a genius: Martha Graham. And a legend is what Graham left behind: not just of the chief creator of what is still called modern dance and the founder of a company now approaching its centennial, but of an all-consuming flame, a world-changer and a sacred monster, both the abusive high priestess and the sacrificial victim of a cult of art.


How to Carve a Turkey Like a Professional
Follow our step-by-step guide to ensure your turkey is cut perfectly—which allows for beautiful presentation on a platter.

You just removed the turkey from the oven and it looks like something straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting—well done! Now for the hard part, which is making it look just as beautiful and festive when it is cut up and arranged on a platter. But don’t fret: We have the expert tips and step-by-step method you need to slice effectively and achieve perfect presentation this Thanksgiving.


This National Park Is Called ‘North America’s Galapagos’ — and It Has 145 Species Found Nowhere Else
Here’s everything you need to know about Channel Islands National Park before you go.

You don’t have to make the trek to the Galapagos Islands to see plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Right off the coast of California, in Channel Islands National Park, are five rugged islands that were isolated for thousands of years. Over time, the flora and fauna evolved, unhampered by outside forces — and today, over 2,000 species of plants and animals make their home on the islands and surrounding waters, including 145 endemic species.
In addition to unique flora and fauna, Channel Islands National Park provides visitors with a remote and rugged experience. The islands are void of restaurants, hotels, and even cars, and travelers have to bring their own food and water. The ferry journey from Ventura Harbor only adds to the experience.


Dollywood Has the Best Cinnamon Bread in America — and We Have the Official Recipe
Dollywood’s cinnamon bread is the comfort food we all need right now.

When it comes to theme park food, a few select treats reign supreme: Disney’s Dole Whip, Universal Studios’ Harry Potter-inspired Butterbeer, and Dollywood’s cinnamon bread. Dollywood is well-known for its Southern eats, with popular dishes like fried chicken and catfish at Aunt Granny’s, barbecue pork sandwiches at Hickory House BBQ, and the 25-pound apple pie at Spotlight Bakery. Most popular, however, is the Grist Mill, home of Dollywood’s iconic pull-apart cinnamon bread, served hot with apple butter or icing.




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