T LOunge for December 12th, 2022

Posted on December 12, 2022

Bacchanalia Bar and Restaurant – London, UK

 

Let’s have a grandly dramatic bacchanal today, darlings. Oh, wait. It’s MONDAY. Never mind. Let’s just ease into the week surrounded by bacchanalian grandeur without making any commitment to participating, yes? Yes.

 

 

Aubrey Plaza Is an Unlikely Action Star in Emily the Criminal
The White Lotus star chats with VF about her Gotham– and Indie Spirit–nominated performance in Emily the Criminal, now on Netflix.

If you’re wondering how you’ll get through your Sunday nights without Harper after the White Lotus finale on Sunday, fear not. Aubrey Plaza plays another prickly woman, albeit from the opposite end of the socioeconomic ladder, in the indie film Emily the Criminal, now available to stream on Netflix. Plaza earned a nomination for outstanding lead performance at the Gotham Awards and best lead performance at the Independent Spirit Awards for her work as Emily, a young woman with a criminal record deeply in debt in Los Angeles and trying to make ends meet. In her quest to stay afloat financially, she gets embroiled in even more criminal activity that turns her life upside down.

 

Is It Time to Bring Back the Holiday Punch Bowl?
The answer, obviously, is yes—and T&C has convinced event planner extraordinaire Bronson van Wyck to share his family recipe for the perfect eggnog.

For the bowl’s T&C-christened comeback, we consulted event planner Bronson van Wyck on what’s indispensable for a fabulous holiday punch: Select a worthy vessel (Puiforcat will do just fine) and garnish generously (citrus slices, fresh coconut, maraschino cherries, dried apricot). Then go beyond the art of taste. “Engage the senses by selecting herbs like rosemary, thyme, or lavender to add aroma,” says van Wyck, who knows a thing or two about spirited refreshments: Not only did he launch his own line of canned cocktails earlier this year (called Dio, after Dionysus, god of wine) but, perhaps most crucially, his family eggnog recipe has the Martha Stewart stamp of approval.

 

King Charles and Queen Camilla Share Their Festive Christmas Card
The elegant card includes a picture of the happy couple taken in Scotland last September.

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla have chosen this year’s Christmas card.
Buckingham Palace shared a new image of the royal couple’s holiday message this afternoon. The elegant card is simply decorated with a crest embossment and a dark red border, which wraps around an portrait of the smiling pair. In the picture, which was taken by Samir Hussein at the Braemar Games last September, the queen consort wears a green dress coat with red piping and a matching hat topped with a multicolored feather, while the king is dressed in a neutral plaid suit jacket and a white, green, and gold tie.
“Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year,” the card reads.

 

WNBA star Brittney Griner released from Russian custody in a high-profile prisoner swap between the U.S. and Moscow
Griner was detained in February at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport after Russian authorities said they found vape canisters with cannabis oil in her luggage.

WNBA star Brittney Griner was free Thursday after the Biden administration negotiated her release from a Russian penal colony in exchange for an arms dealer, according to a senior administration official.
President Joe Biden signed off on the trade, which took place in the United Arab Emirates, even though it meant leaving behind Paul Whelan, a U.S. corporate security executive who remains jailed in Russia.
“She is safe, she is on a plane, she is on her way home,” Biden said Thursday morning at the White House. “She will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones, and she should have been there all along.”
“I’m proud that today we have made one more family whole,” Biden said, adding that he will continue to work to free Whelan. “We’ll keep negotiating for Paul’s relief. I guarantee it.”

 

Austin Butler and Janelle Monáe Go All In, From Living as Elvis for Three Years to Keeping Books of ‘Knives Out 2’ Notes
Austin Butler transformed into a music icon this year, taking on the presence and the swagger of the King in Baz Luhrmann’s electrifying “Elvis.” And Janelle Monáe made the reverse journey, continuing her reinvention from futuristic pop diva to multi-hyphenate actor with a meaty (and mysterious) central role as a tech entrepreneur in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.”

 

The Princess of Wales dials up the glamour in favourite Needle and Thread gown in Together at Christmas sneak preview
Kate is hosting a special carol concert at Westminster Abbey this week, which will form part of a televised ITV programme on Christmas Eve

Royal fans are in for quite the festive treat on Christmas Eve, as the Princess of Wales will grace our screens in a special broadcast of a carol concert she’s set to host this Thursday at Westminster Abbey.
The Prince and Princess of Wales’s social media accounts offered a glimpse of the upcoming ITV programme over the weekend, sharing an image of Kate in a fittingly festive red dress, posing in front of a magnificent Christmas tree, bedecked in sparkling red and gold.

 

How I Learned to Stop Overplanning My Travels and Go With the Flow
At some point over the past few years, I realized I’d forgotten how to travel—and as a travel writer, that was a bit of a problem. The pandemic changed almost every aspect of my job, my lifestyle, and indeed, my very identity. While a more mature writer might have spent lockdown reflecting on the meaning of life and how to be a better human—or you know, writing—I spent it mostly just… feeling sorry for myself.
So when I started traveling internationally again in 2021, I did so with an insatiable, voracious energy that probably made me a fairly tedious travel companion. I made traveling—even on personal vacations—feel like work. I ignored my own interests and desires in order to see and do as much as possible. I felt like I had to make up for lost time, that I had to squeeze every last drop from every day that I was traveling, because I didn’t know when the next COVID wave—or world war—would strike, shutting down borders.

 

‘The White Lotus’: Mike White Hints at Asia-Set Season 3 Focused on ‘Death and Eastern Religion’
The White Lotus” just wrapped up its second season, but creator Mike White already has his eyes set on Season 3.
In the “Unpacking S2 E7” clip pegged at the end of the Season 2 finale, White hints that Season 3 may take place in Asia and focus on “death and Eastern religion and spirituality.”
“The first season kind of highlighted money, and then the second season is sex,” White said. “I think the third season would be maybe a satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality. It feels like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round at White Lotus.”

 

Lady Gaga Recreates The ‘Wednesday’ TikTok Dance In Tuxedo Shorts
The pop star put her spin on the viral trend.

Lady Gaga gave herself a mod makeover to join the Wednesday social media craze.
The pop star put her spin on a TikTok trend related to the Netflix hit, where users dubbed her 2011 track ‘Bloody Mary’ over Jenna Ortega’s fan-favourite dance from the show.
The black-and-white clip begins with the ‘Bad Romance’ singer giving herself a makeover with braided pigtails and extended brows, before she changes into an Addams Family-appropriate look comprised of a shorts suit and a black top with a frilly white collar.

 

“We’re Growing And Expanding What Love Looks Like”: Joel Kim Booster Is Shaping The Future Of Rom-Coms
’Tis the season… for rom-coms. This week at Vogue, we’re examining the good, the bad and the ugly elements of the eternally popular genre. Here, Vogue catches up with actor, comedian and writer Joel Kim Booster, who’s offering a fresh take on onscreen romance.

“Reading Pride and Prejudice on Fire Island: that was the genesis of the movie,” explains Joel Kim Booster of his Austen adaptation, Fire Island, which pokes fun at the popular holiday destination’s catty social hierarchies. While reading about the romantic trials and tribulations of Elizabeth Bennet in Georgian England, the comedian noticed parallels every time he looked up from the page, especially when it came to “the ways in which gay men create these artificial class lines for each other”.
When the 34-year-old first started visiting Fire Island with film co-stars Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers, “we didn’t have the right clothes, we didn’t have status, we certainly didn’t look the part, so we would show up to these parties, congregate by ourselves and feel like we stuck out.” Today, the island is “still largely white, largely the same body types, but you are seeing pockets of people taking it back – because the island belongs to all of us.”

 

9 Rarely Seen Photographs Of A Young Elizabeth Taylor
When the late Queen travelled to Washington DC on her 1976 tour of America, she decided to host a 1,500-person reception at the British Embassy. All night long, a fleet of television crews shadowed Her Majesty as she moved around the embassy’s velvet-soft green lawn, shaking hands with her many guests – until, suddenly, the cameramen up and disappeared in a frenzy. It turned out that Elizabeth Taylor had made her long-overdue grand entrance, and MGM royalty trumped actual royalty in terms of TV ratings – a fact Elizabeth II found deeply amusing.
No one, but no one, commanded a room like Elizabeth Taylor – a Hollywood legend celebrated as much for her diva-like behaviour as her Oscar-winning performances. This is someone who built her outfits around her megawatt Van Cleef & Arpels diamonds, and who once flounced out of a 1965 Beverly Hills dinner before Princess Margaret, the guest of honour, had even arrived, after taking objection to the seating plan. (Taylor felt strongly that she and her then-husband Richard Burton should have been at Margaret and Lord Snowdon’s own VIP table.)

 

A Detailed Look At Elizabeth Taylor’s 8 Wedding Dresses
Though Elizabeth Taylor walked down the aisle eight times, only once did she do it in a “traditional” bridal gown. Taylor’s first wedding, to Conrad “Nicky” Hilton in 1950, when the actor was a studio darling, came courtesy of MGM, and her elaborate gown with its nipped-in waist was a bespoke creation by costume designer Helen Rose.
Just two years after that, Taylor would forgo the fuss to marry her next husband, Michael Wilding, in a prim skirt suit, holding a sweet and low-key posy of flowers. It was on the occasion of her third marriage to Mike Todd, however, that Taylor showed signs of the dramatic diva she would ultimately become. For their wedding in Acapulco, Mexico, she wore swathes of white silk-chiffon with a glamorous hood.

 

How to Clean Every Mushroom Type the Right Way
To soak or not to soak? To brush or not to brush? Learn how to clean portobello mushrooms and other favorite varieties with our helpful guide.

There is a myth in the cooking world’s collective memory that says washing mushrooms is a bad idea—but this isn’t true. Mushrooms are mostly water, so a little more is not going to change their flavor or texture. These fungi also lose moisture when they are exposed to heat, which means any extra water is simply going to cook out. The takeaway? You can wash mushrooms with a clear conscience. We’re here to help: Learn how to clean all the different varieties of mushrooms the right way with our helpful guide. There’s just one caveat: Wash mushrooms just before you need them, since unwashed mushrooms last longer in the refrigerator.

 

6 Types of Flooring You’ll Love Now and in 20 Years
Timeless floors are often made with natural materials, like wood and stone, which only get more beautiful as they age, say our experts.

One of the biggest design choices you’ll make when building or renovating your home is your space’s flooring type. Not only does it set the tone for the entire project, but it can also be costly and time consuming to undo if you’re not pleased with the results. For those reasons, it’s always best to select a flooring style that stands the test of time, rather than opting for a recent trend.
Look to natural materials, like wood and stone, when considering which types of flooring are long lasting. “Trends come and go, but nothing can match the timeless simplicity of materials that provide visual warmth, tactile engagement, and connect the inside and outside in continuity,” says Kristin Washco, design director at MADERA.
Flooring types that never go out of style are also ones that become more attractive with age. “Natural materials age in a way that actually increases their beauty over time, building up a palimpsest made richer with use,” says Washco.

 

19 Hanukkah Dinner Recipes That the Whole Family Will Love
Give family and friends the greatest gift of all at your Hanukkah celebration: an assortment of beloved recipes, including latkes, brisket, short ribs, kugel, and more. Whether you like to prepare traditional holiday dishes or branch out with more modern interpretations of the classics, our collection of essential Hanukkah dinner recipes has something for every family. Rooted in tradition, these dishes will make your celebration both meaningful and delicious.

 

The Most Memorable Theatre of 2022
The shows we couldn’t stop thinking about had a way with words.

Though there were quite a few visual spectacles, particularly at places like the Park Avenue Armory and Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as the customary Big Glitz on Broadway, most of our key pleasure this year came from language. You learn a lot about an art form’s priorities when you see it recovering from distress, and again and again the theatre reminded us about its love of words. They were rapped, murmured, whispered, spoken in translation. These words made sense, unmade sense, and sensed something beyond us. We did lose some of the wild genre diversity that Broadway saw in 2021; the Main Stem turned away from that year’s burst of experimentation and returned to a season full of musicals and tried-and-true dramatic offerings (some of which had already won Pulitzers).

 

Here’s Literally Every Royal Family Christmas Card We Could Get Our Hands On
Charles and Camilla simply can’t stop doing the most.

Like many people who are way less lazy than me, the royals send their friends and acquaintances Christmas cards during the holidays. And they’ve been doing so since at least the early 1900s, when the cards were less “merry and bright” and more…well, haunted, if I’m honest. (Seriously, don’t look King George directly in the eyes in that pic from 1914, it’s likely cursed.)
While not every royal family Christmas card is available to the public, a lot of them have been shared with us non-royals over the years. Plus, once the Queen & co. joined Instagram, they started posting their Christmas cards to social media—even scheduling special shoots just for their holiday portrait purposes.
Check out the best royal Christmas cards throughout the years—from Queen Elizabeth’s time as a mere princess, to Kate Middleton and Prince William’s cozy family pics, to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s very first card as a couple, to literally 1,000 photos of Camilla and Charles (and of course, a few of Charles and Diana before their split), to the first card drops of 2022!

 

 

How the Duke and Duchess of Windsor shocked the world with their memoirs, 70 years before Harry & Meghan landed on Netflix
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor sent shockwaves through the British public when they published their respective memoirs after leaving the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have their Netflix series. Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, is coming soon. So could Meghan’s be next?

With all the speculation, commentary and even vitriol sparked by Harry and Meghan’s interviews, one would be forgiven for thinking they are the first royals to ever speak out publicly about their time within the Royal Family. Yet this is not the case.
The then Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, both gave televised interviews around the time of their separation and divorce that sent shockwaves through the British public. And no one will soon forget the Duke of York’s grilling on BBC Newsnight.

 

The Best Cakes for the Holidays Are Also the Simplest
Fruity, spiced and savory, these three delicious recipes from Dorie Greenspan make everyone in your house feel at home.

The term kitchen cakes sometimes refers to cakes at weddings set aside in the venue’s kitchen. I think of them as easygoing cakes that make holidays sweeter and easier. Rarely frosted and never elaborately decorated, they offer so much pleasure in their simplicity. A warm welcome, too. Having a cake within reach of everyone who passes through the kitchen (and everyone will) is a way to make the people you care about feel truly at home.
These three recipes are among my favorites. Like all of the best kitchen cakes, they’re good keepers, meant to stay out to be eaten over a few days. Since they’re self-service treats, they slice easily and hold their good looks as they get smaller and smaller. (Should they last long enough to go a bit stale, they can be warmed or toasted.) And, of course, they’re easy to make — the last thing a baker needs now is a cake that calls for coddling.

 

36 Hours in Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand’s pint-size and vertiginous capital has spectacular views, excellent dining and a one-of-a-kind bird sanctuary.

Wellington, the pint-size capital of New Zealand, easily invites comparisons. You might think of San Francisco when you see its vertiginous streets and colorful clapboard homes; the city’s obsession with coffee, craft beer and sustainable living has obvious parallels with Seattle; and its blustery weather (it is the world’s windiest city) makes it deserving of Chicago’s nickname. As locals often remind one another, you can’t beat Wellington on a good day, when the water sparkles, the sky is impossibly blue and the coasts, forests and hills are at their most enjoyable. Go between December and March to maximize your chances of a beautiful day in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, the city’s name in the Indigenous Maori language (New Zealand is known as Aotearoa).

 

10 Idyllic Cotswolds Hotels Perfect for an English Countryside Escape
Get ready for the most photogenic vacation of your life.

If you’ve ever dreamed of a cozy winter vacation à la “The Holiday,” consider booking a trip to the Cotswolds. This region in southern England is filled with rolling hills, gardens, and charming little villages lined with stone houses and bridges, as well as a handful of truly extraordinary hotels.
We’ve rounded up some of the best Cotswolds hotels to consider for your next trip, ranging from restored farmhouses to ultra-exclusive members-only clubs. Whether you decide to visit this winter or are planning ahead for warmer months, you’ll definitely have a memorable stay in this delightful slice of the English countryside.

 

The Other Stories about the Virgin Mary
A religious figure’s influence on art through the ages

Why is the Virgin Mary so important in contemporary, often subversive art?
The answer lies in visualizations of the Virgin Mary spanning over 2,000 years.
According to Christian belief, a maiden named Mary gave birth to the son of God, Jesus Christ. The Bible doesn’t actually give a great deal more information about Mary’s life.
But those aren’t the Virgin Mary’s only stories. The Getty exhibition Visualizing the Virgin Mary follows the myriad stories about the Virgin Mary told by her devotees in the millennia since Biblical times.

 

 

 

 

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