T LOunge for December 20th, 2022

Posted on December 20, 2022

Dishoom Restaurant – Kensington, London, UK

 

Let’s spend today talking like we’re in a 1930s movie and say things like “Why I oughtta…” or “Say, what’s a gal gotta do to get a little service around here?” Why? You know why. Because it is Tuesday, the least productive day of the week during the least productive week of the year. Frivolity is the only thing on the menu. Indulge.

 

Mary Berry Shares Her Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Tips
Ahead of her new special Mary Berry’s Ultimate Christmas, the baking queen herself shares her holiday essentials.

This season, to celebrate the holidays, Mary is debuting a brand new holiday special—Mary Berry’s Ultimate Christmas. Premiering on PBS on December 19, 2022 at 9 p.m. eastern, the special is filled with Mary’s tried and true holiday favorites, with everything from canapés to roast turkey with stuffing, and even a luxurious Christmas pudding. Since the holidays are all about getting together, Mary also visits friends like Chef Angela Hartnett and Monica Galetti to learn about their holiday traditions and recipes, and even cooks up a few veggies guaranteed to tempt even the pickiest eaters.
Ahead of the new special, T&C talked with Dame Mary about her ultimate holiday entertaining tips.

 

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Lead Hairstylist Camille Friend on What Inspired the Looks
Every style tells a story.

“From the very beginning speaking with [director] Ryan Coogler, we said, ‘This movie is about the women,’” shares Friend. “Our inspiration was the mother, the sister, and all the women in the Black Panther support group, and their hair is an important part of the art of telling the entire story. When we see them again, they have been grieving. Wakanda has taken a hit, but they are still standing and holding down the fort. So we need to see their strength, integrity, and the importance of family and tradition.”

 

Yellowstone’s Costume Designer Breaks Down the Looks: ‘Everything from Wrangler to Gucci’
Johnetta Boone on being a Black creative in the industry, representing Native American culture truthfully, and how the show “speaks to a conservative audience.”

Whether you love or loathe John Dutton and what his fatally flawed Montana family represents, there’s no denying the power of Yellowstone. The one-time sleeper Paramount series is now the hottest show on TV, with nearly 16 million viewers tuning in for the season 5 premiere earlier this fall. And while the neo-Western’s fan club is bigger than ever, few know the Black female costume designer behind the show’s signature looks: Johnetta Boone. With 30 years in the industry under her belt, Boone trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology then went on to work on Hollywood hits like The Notebook, Cadillac Records, and Hustle.

 

A Case for the Return of Mystery
Close Instagram, bite your tongue, and revel in the joy of keeping some things to yourself.

Perhaps it’s time for mystery to make a comeback. Not persona “curation” or coyness in social media feeds, but the renewed adoption of the idea that one doesn’t owe an audience—real or imagined—access or explanations.
Of course, in the current political climate, keeping to oneself can be trip-wired as well. Yet electing to be private doesn’t amount to complaisance or complicity. On that note, let’s take inspiration from Garbo’s rival, Marlene Dietrich. While Dietrich reveled in the spotlight, she protectively guarded her private life. But at the onset of World War II Dietrich came forward as an outspoken opponent of the Nazis, renounced her German citizenship, became an American, and spent much of the war entertaining Allied troops across Europe. When it mattered, she left no doubt about where she stood.

 

Everything We Know About the Beautiful Movie Musical
Daisy Edgar-Jones will star as Carole King.

Beautiful, the musical about Carole King’s early life and career featuring her music, is becoming a film. The Broadway showed starred Jesse Mueller as King—she won the Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical for the role. Now, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will make the leap from stage to the big screen. Here’s everything we know about the movie musical so far.

 

How Two Young Climate Activists Are Tackling Water and Food Insecurity Across North America
With a name derived from the Lakota tribe’s historical Tokala Society—a group of warriors who showed bravery and leadership from a young age—Tokala is a photography series spotlighting the next generation of BIPOC climate activists. Here, in part three, meet two activists working on the eastern shores of Canada and the US to improve water and food security within their own communities and far beyond.

 

The Most Popular Christmas Cookie in Every State, According to Google
Cookie swap, anyone?

If you spent the first week of December searching for holiday cookie recipes, you’re not alone. In fact, you might see your internet history reflected in Google’s state-by-state sugary sweet cookie search results.
According to Google Trends data, first published by Axios, a lot of people took to the internet between December 3 and December 9 to hunt down different cookies (to buy or to bake, we don’t know, but either way, it’s a tasty search). However, there was one cookie that topped them all: gingerbread. According to Google, gingerbread cookies were the most searched seasonal cookie in seven states and Washington D.C. (A Google Trends spokesperson told the outlet that to top the list in each state, that particular cookie had to be “uniquely searched, as a term that is over-represented in a region compared to the country.”)

 

Why David Bowie’s Songs Are Perfect for Dramatic Impact in Films From ‘Top Gun’ to ‘Glass Onion’
Several of this year’s Academy Award-nominee possibilities for best picture have something in common: They’ve used David Bowie’s music to illustrate pertinent script points, heighten a scene’s emotionality or simply enrich a mood.
“When you use a David Bowie song… his work as an artist is always so meaningful,” says Randy Spendlove, the president of motion picture music at Paramount and the man behind the music supervision of “Top Gun: Maverick,” one of 2022’s prime movers for poignant, sync-filled soundtracks.
In “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” Rian Johnson used tracks from Bowie’s glam classic “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” to portray scenes of camaraderie among the longtime friends as they dodging detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig).

 

13 DIY Headboard Ideas Guaranteed to Give Your Bed a Boost
Holding court at the center of the room, your bed has a presence that extends far beyond its four posts. But behind every stylish sleeping spot is a headboard that elevates an already eye-catching display of sheets and pillows.
Although it’s an often overlooked design element, a headboard is what ties your frame to the rest of your bedding. And you don’t have to stray far to get one—the piece is simple enough to DIY. By tinkering with different colors and textures and even fashioning a custom piece or two, you can produce a headboard that awakens a room—even as it lulls you to sleep.

 

5 Items in Your Home You Should Organize by Color
A great system for visual learners, sorting by color makes it easy to identify needed books, clothes, and more.

Finding an organizing system that works for you can be difficult, but for visual learners, one method rises above the rest: Sorting by color. While this may not be a candidate for every aspect of your home (like organizing cookware and cleaning supplies) other areas thrive in a color-coded environment. Consider anything that will be easier to find and identify when grouped by color—not only will these spaces look more visually impressive, but you’ll know exactly where to find what you’re looking for.

 

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Reportedly Want An Apology From The Royal Family
Prince Harry and Meghan reportedly want to ‘sit down with the royal family’ to discuss the ‘issues’ they’ve detailed. According to The Sunday Times, a source close to Prince Harry and Meghan said they’re hoping to meet with senior members of the family, as the two feel they have yet to receive any sort of recognition or apology about what they endured. (The paper notes that Prince Harry and Meghan are also expected to attend King Charles’ coronation in May, where they will be face-to-face with the family.)

 

The Year in New Yorker Photography
Many of the magazine’s most memorable images this year made work of subverting the familiar.

James Nachtwey’s photograph from Bucha, Ukraine, is a wartime tableau cluttered with the stuff of life. Bottles and boxes sit atop of a worn floral tablecloth. A metal bowl perches precariously on a chair. The old painted door is flung open to the darkened next room. It takes a moment to notice the lifeless body of the woman who lived there, slumped beneath the table, still wrapped in a heavy coat.
Nachtwey was one of several photographers whom The New Yorker commissioned this year to capture the devastation wrought by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

 

It’s not just Taylor Swift. Musicians describe the ‘demented struggle’ of touring in a shrinking industry where one giant company sells the tickets for most major venues.
The prominent Live Nation Entertainment kerfuffle at the center of the controversy around Taylor Swift’s ticket sales drew fan ire and led to renewed conversations about how fans and artists alike are at the mercy of the industry. On top of that, the Justice Department is reportedly investigating the 2010 merger of industry leaders Ticketmaster and Live Nation.
“Imagine how many shows you could go to and how many scenes you could support, how many local bands you could go watch, how many out-of-town small bands at your local 250-cap venue you could go see if your Taylor Swift ticket was a reasonable price,” Spencer Peppet, a musician, writer, and odd-job worker who plays guitar and sings in the indie-rock band The Ophelias, said. “It just frees up everything.”

 

25 Years After ‘Titanic,’ Quebec’s Love for Celine Dion Will Go On
The outpouring that greeted the singer’s announcement that she has a rare neurological condition showed how both Celine fandom, and ideas of national identity in her home province, have evolved.

If there was ever a sense that Quebec, the French-speaking province of Dion’s birth, was conflicted about Dion’s rise to global superstardom with pop hits that she often sang in English, it has been dispelled. She now occupies an exalted space here, experiencing a cultural renaissance as Quebec’s younger generation has unabashedly embraced her: Radio Canada, the national French language broadcaster, parses her life on a podcast translated as “Celine: She’s The Boss!”; a recent docuseries called “It’s Cool to Like Celine Dion” explored her appeal to millennials, and Celine Dion drag competitions have been surging.
Dion’s emotional announcement this month that she is suffering from a rare neurological condition called stiff person syndrome, forcing her to postpone upcoming tour dates, was met with an extraordinary outpouring.

 

 

 

 

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