T LOunge for December 22nd, 2022

Posted on December 22, 2022

Bam Karaoke Box Cocktail Bar – Étoile, Paris, France

Another fabulously cozy LOunge for us to hunker down in while the cold snap passes by and the holidays continue holidaying outside. Settle in for a long winter’s nap, darlings. We, silly men that we are, have opted to brave the cold for a day of NYC museums. Wish us luck as we brave the canyons of Manhattan today.


Have You Considered Buying the Same Present for Everyone You Know?
It’s down to the wire on holiday shopping, but I swear all you need is one great gift. Here are some that’ll work for every person on your list.

Don’t get me wrong: Thinking about what each person in your life needs is a worthwhile exercise. But if, like me, you end up losing the plot and buying something not-so-great in a last-minute panic, gift-giving perfectionism is definitely more pressure than it’s worth. Thankfully, I have found the answer: Buy everyone in your life the same thing. No, seriously.


Naomi Ackie Found Her Voice Playing Whitney Houston
Preparing to embody the voice of a generation, Ackie initially thought the project was “too big and too insurmountable.”

“You know what’s so funny? ‘It’s Not Right But It’s Okay’ is the first song I remember coming out as a hit single when I was younger,” she says, reminiscing of her days back in Walthamstow, London. “It was the leather dress, the deep fringe, the bob. And she was like, ‘I’ve had enough. You’re going to stop your wickedness, and I’m going to be OK.’ I remember singing that as a child, which is so funny, because can you imagine me at 8 years old talking about credit cards and stuff?”


Jessica Henwick’s Long Game Is Finally Paying Off
Two major movies after a Marvel show? The Knives Out star is ready to say checkmate.

Jessica Yu-Li Henwick is a mastermind — and she’s not shy about admitting it. In fact, it’s a title she wears with pride. Despite living life as a self-proclaimed Swiftie, the actress’s grand scheme had nothing to do with capturing a love interest like Taylor Swift sings about on her newest album, Midnights. Rather, Henwick says she found a way to “Mastermind” her way into one hell of a career high over the past year, evident in the fact that she nabbed breakout roles in two of 2022’s most star-studded films.


Lucien Laviscount Will Always Have Paris
The Emily in Paris heartthrob says Alfie is so much more than a playboy.

Although Laviscount quickly found his place in the City of Light, being away from home in a foreign city felt less lonely when surrounded by the cast of EiP. He says Collins took him under her (fashionable) wing once they started filming, becoming like a “big sister” to him.
“She’s so giving as an actress and just as a human as well,” he says. “She can really focus on what’s in front of her when she’s doing it and give a hundred percent. It is quite amazing to see how she snaps between all these different roles within her life [Collins is also a producer on the show], and it’s so seamless.”


The Best Classic Christmas Movies of All Time
If you go through the holidays without watching at least one of these films, you might just be the Grinch…

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, one of the best parts of the festive season is curling up on the couch with a mug of hot cocoa—or perhaps a wintry cocktail—and settling in for a true Christmas movie marathon. But the holidays will be here before we know it, so don’t waste a second of the winter by channel surfing or digging through streaming sites. Instead, just bookmark our definitive guide of the best seasonal films to watch, and refer back to it as you’re planning out your viewing for the night. From the heartwarming classics like It’s a Wonderful Life to Christmas-movie-legend Home Alone, here are 50 classic Christmas movies that the whole family will love.


Lessons From Two Legendary Parties: Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball and the Rothschild Surrealist Ball
As holiday party season is upon us, we’re taking inspiration from two of the most infamous fêtes of the past.

What’s the key to throwing a memorable party—one that’ll have guests talking long after it winds down, with non-attendees imbued with envy? The blueprint to true soirée prestige can be found in history, if one only looks to the two of the most legendary society parties in history.
On December 12, 1972, the gorgeous and glamorous made their way into Château de Ferrières just 26 km east of Paris for the Rothschild family’s legendary Surrealist Ball. On the night of the event, guests got to experience the iconic space in its splendor with the only requirement to adhere by a dress code which read, “black tie, long dresses, and surrealist heads.”
What did this obscure dress code mean?


The Story of the Attallah Cross, Princess Diana’s Most Unusual Accessory
When Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981, she transformed from Sloane ranger to fantasy princess, all romantic, puff-sleeved gowns and glittering jewels. As time wore on and she grew in confidence, the Princess of Wales became bolder and more playful with her sartorial choices—and perhaps never more so than on October 27, 1987, when she attended a London charity gala in an Elizabethan-style black and burgundy dress, complete with high neck ruff and dramatic cross pendant.


This Is the Most Common Holiday Cooking Mistake — Do You Know How to Avoid it?
If you make a mistake, just remember you’re not alone.

Whether you’re hosting your first Christmas dinner at your new home or you’ve been in charge of holiday celebrations since Bennifer 1.0, it’s OK to be worried about your ability to pull it off. Because, to be honest, most of us don’t — at least not without a few hiccups. And, according to a recent survey by OnePoll, we collectively make one culinary mistake over the holidays more than any other.


Dunkin’ Cold Brew Concentrate Is Coming
Here’s how you can stock up in 2023.

If you’ve ever lived in or even visited New England, you know that Dunkin’ iced and cold brew coffee is a year-round affair. No matter how low the temperatures go, people living from Connecticut to Maine simply cannot give up that icy beverage. Even the Boston Globe took note of the phenomenon in 2017, exclaiming in a headline, “‘Iced coffee is a way of life’ — even in the dead of winter.” And that is what makes the announcement that Dunkin’ will roll out cold brew concentrates in the spring of 2023 all the more exciting.


How a Nepo Baby Is Born Hollywood has always loved the children of famous people. In 2022, the internet reduced them to two little words.
In 2022, the internet uncovered a vast conspiracy: Hollywood was run on an invisible network of family ties — and everybody was in on it! Everyone is someone’s kid, but it was as if everybody were somebody’s kid. Euphoria, the buzziest show on television, was created by the son of a major director and co-starred the daughter of another. Actress Maya Hawke was not only born to two famous parents but looked like them, too. Half of Brooklyn’s indie artists had dads with IMDb pages. Even Succession’s Cousin Greg turned out to be the son of one of the guys who designed the Rolling Stones’ lips logo. Aghast, content creators got to work. An unwieldy phrase — “the child of a celebrity” — was reduced to a catchy buzzword: nepo baby. TikTokers produced multipart series about nepo babies who resembled their famous parents, exposés on people you didn’t know were nepo babies (everyone knew), and PSAs urging celebrity parents to roast their nepo babies “to keep them humble.”


100 Greatest Movies of All Time
Movies are a young medium, but they’re just old enough to make compiling Variety’s first-ever list of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time a more daunting task than it once might have been.

The movies are now more than 100 years old. That still makes them a young medium, at least in art-form years (how old is the novel? the theater? the painting?). But they’re just old enough to make compiling Variety’s first-ever list of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time a more daunting task than it once might have been. Think about it: You get an average of one film per year. A great deal of ardent discussion and debate went into the creation of this list. Our choices were winnowed from hundreds of titles submitted by more than 30 Variety critics, writers and editors. As we learned, coming up with which movies to include was the easy part. The hard part was deciding which movies to leave out.


My Husband And I Are Doing Marriage Long-Distance, And It’s Actually Pretty Great
The success of your long-distance relationship is directly related to how committed you are to your partner, says Vrutika Shah in a personal essay.

The world has never been kind to a long-distance relationship. While real life never tires of throwing lemons your way, you never see pop culture deliver a fairytale romance that gives the hardest kind of relationship its due credit. On the contrary, it’s dismissed as a facade for underlying superficial intentions. On an episode of How I Met Your Mother, protagonist Ted Mosby sums it up by saying: “Long distance is just a lie teenagers tell each other to get laid the summer before college.” Even in these fictional tales, if the love story somehow results in a happy ending, there are elements of infidelity that often come into play. However, as someone who’s been in a six-year long-distance relationship that culminated in marriage, I’m here to tell you that it’s not that bad. In fact, it’s actually pretty great.


The Curious Case Of Marilyn Monroe’s Missing “Heirloom” Engagement Ring
Marilyn Monroe was famous for her bombshell style, from the iconic white dress she wore in The Seven Year Itch in 1955 to the embellished nude gown she wore when she sang “Happy Birthday, Mr President” to John F Kennedy in 1962 (the very same dress that Kim Kardashian modelled on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet).
It’s perhaps surprising, then, that her engagement ring from baseball star Joe DiMaggio was relatively pared back compared to the glamorous looks the actor was so closely associated with. Featuring 36 baguette-cut diamonds, the platinum ring was an eternity band design – a chic yet understated style that was also sported by the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy back in the day.


The Most Popular Large Dog Breeds in the United States
America loves a big dog—after all, there’s so much to like about these breeds. People adopt big canines because of their athleticism, temperament, the protection they offer, as well as their warm affection. What’s more, well-trained large dogs have impressive self-control and are often patient—even when little ones try to climb on them or an overeager kitten begins playing with their tail. Large dogs are not for everyone, of course, but those who adopt a big pup find that their love and devotion is worth the extra effort.
The numbers prove it: The American Kennel Club has a running list of the “most popular dog breeds,” based on registration statistics. Unsurprisingly, many types of big breeds rank at the top of the list, from Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds to Boxers and Poodles.




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