T LOunge for December 7th, 2022

Posted on December 07, 2022

Scott’s Restaurant and Bar – Richmond, Greater London, UK


GRANDEUR! But you have to say it with a French accent, even if we are in London for the day. Pull up a plush chair or slide into a banquette, because we have some things to show you today. Drinks are on us! Please peruse the daily menu of distractions while we prepare your main courses.


The Incredible Story of How Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Began Hollywood’s Most Famous Affair
An excerpt from the new book Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit & Glamour of an Icon reveals the beginnings of their iconic love story with never-before-seen letters.

The first day that Elizabeth Taylor saw the handsome Welsh actor Richard Burton on the set of Cleopatra he walked over to her and whispered, “Has anybody ever told you that you’re a very pretty girl?” It was not a great pickup-line by anyone’s standards, especially since Elizabeth, who was on the cusp of 30 and at the height of her smoldering sensuality, was already the most famous star of the twentieth century known for her raven hair and legendary blue eyes that some swore were an otherworldly shade of violet. “Here’s the great lover,” she joked, “the great wit, the great intellectual of Wales, and he comes out with a line like that.” Plus, Richard’s reputation as a married man with a penchant for seducing his leading ladies had preceded him. But her feelings changed on January 22, 1962, when they filmed their first scene together.


Thomas Doherty Just Wants to “Make Cool Sh-t”
The Gossip Girl star is embracing fame on his own terms.

Doherty is refreshing to talk to, because he doesn’t speak in gushing terms about everything he’s done as an actor. In fact, sometimes he sounds borderline apologetic about it. “My first thing was Disney, and it kind of got into that field. And once you’re in there, it’s slightly harder to get out,” he explains. “I did start to feel like I wasn’t doing the acting that I always hoped and dreamed for.” We talk about the “Venn diagram,” where, as a creative, the work you really love doesn’t always match up with the work that pays the bills or gets you the most exposure, which makes it even more satisfying on the rare occasions it does. “Just like any career, some people are very lucky, and they can dive straight into careers where they’re doing what they’ve always wanted to do,” he says. “But for the vast majority of people, it’s definitely a stepping-stone thing.”


The 35 Best Winter Movies to Prepare You for the Chilliest Season
Snow looks so much prettier in the movies.

Regardless of how you feel about the holiday season, it’s hard not to romanticize winter, with its snuggly sweaters and magical snowstorms. But if, like me, you hate navigating snow in real life, then watching snowscapes onscreen is the perfect solution. From Chris Evans’ iconic sweaters in Knives Out, to Jennifer Lawrence’s career-making performance in Winter’s Bone, there are a plethora of movies set during the coldest season that just have to be watched. Here, we round up 35 of our favorite winter movies to prepare you for the months ahead.


How To Read James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small Books In Order
The beloved PBS show is based on a series of eight books.

Masterpiece PBS’s All Creatures Great and Small, aka perhaps the most wholesome and comforting show on television, will be back soon for its third season. The series follows the adventures of a young veterinarian, James Herriot, who moves to the north of England (the stunning Yorkshire Dales, to be specific) during the 1930s.
As most fans already know, the show is based on a series of equally beloved novels by Herriot, whose real name is James Alfred Wight, and who wrote the books based on his own experiences as a young veterinary surgeon. So if you just can’t get enough of the rich, uplifting world of Herriot and the animals he cares for, here’s how to read the original books in order.


The Top 10 Food Trends of 2022, According to TikTok
Have mug cakes taken over your feed, too?

Regardless of what social media platform you scrolled this week, you probably saw countless screenshots and stories detailing everyone’s Spotify Wrapped. (No, we didn’t think we’d listened to that many Harry Styles songs, either.) But alongside that slightly embarrassing musical history, you also likely saw a few food-filled posts. And, according to Chiquito, a U.K.-based restaurant chain, it probably involved a charcuterie board or two.
According to data sourced and parsed by Chiquito, the top food trend of 2022, at least on TikTok, belonged to cloud bread. The ultra-fluffy, super-easy three-ingredient recipe dominated everyone’s For You feed in 2022. According to the data, users watched cloud bread-related videos 3.4 billion times in 2022.


31 Recipes to Make in December
December tends to be a busy time of the year, but with these 31 recipes—one for each day of the month—we’ve got you covered. For a festive treat, make a batch of Banana Challah Fritters With Sweet Tahini Sauce or Fudgy Grasshopper Sandwich Cookies. Or go all out on a Seafood Tower with Crab Salad with Serrano and Kewpie Mayonnaise and Scallop and Apple Tartare. Need a pick-me-up? An Espresso Martini is your best friend. Read on for even more recipes to make this month, and start planning your menus now.


How Lady Chatterley’s Lover Became the Most Scandalous Book of the 20th Century
When the new adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover arrived on Netflix earlier this month, it came with an R rating for strong sexual content and graphic nudity. The period drama features several lengthy and uninhibited romantic scenes between Emma Corrin’s Lady Chatterley and Jack O’Connell’s Oliver Mellors, where little is left to the imagination.
It may be easy to assume that the streaming service amped up the sensuality—this is, after all, 2022, when such stuff sells. But the reality? The original book was just as steamy as its film adaptation made almost a century later—and much, much more controversial.
D.H. Lawrence, a famed British author known for his radical and sexually explicit works like Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, and Women in Love, published Lady Chatterley’s Lover in 1928. It was his last novel before dying from tuberculosis in 1930—and would prove to be not only his most controversial book, but his most important.


A New Book Documents How Designer Ken Scott Championed Freedom with Florals and Flying Colors
Serving as a reminder that the American Heartland has been, and continues to be, a place where fashion talent is incubated is a just-released coffee table book on the designer Ken Scott. “He’s the designer of some of the most colorful clothes in the world today,” crowed Vogue in 1966, calling him, “the boy who started way back in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and made it as Mr. Famous International in Milan.” Fifty-five years later, Alessandro Michele was responsible for reviving Scott’s notoriety through the Ken Scott x Gucci Epilogue capsule launched for resort 2021.


The Bride Wore 13 Custom Looks at This Four-Day Wedding Extravaganza on the Turkish Riviera
For her wedding wardrobe, Anisha collaborated with the Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani and Syrian designer Rami Al Ali. “With Tarun, I wanted a classic yet modern look, which I think they nailed,” she says. “We went back and forth for months FaceTiming with Tarun and his team ideating on panels and different beadwork to create the perfect wedding day look.”
The bride initially gravitated towards nude and gold tones, but ultimately, she ended up choosing a soft blush gold. “My parents were both involved in the process, and we iterated on each embroidered section to ensure that both from up close and afar it would look amazing,” she says. “After coming up with the final design, we worked with Samir Kashwal of Gem Palace Jaipur to pick unique jewelry pieces to complete the look. I wanted to balance the blush tones with emeralds and rose cut diamonds. When Samir brought the necklace out, I immediately knew it was the one.”

Matt Lucas Leaving ‘Great British Bake Off’ After Three Seasons
All things crust come to an end.
Actor and comedian Matt Lucas is leaving as co-host of “The Great British Bake Off” after three seasons on the show, citing scheduling conflicts with his new series “Fantasy Football League” for Sky.
“It’s become clear to me that I can’t present both ‘Fantasy Football League’ and ‘Bake Off’ alongside all my other projects,” Lucas said in a statement posted to Twitter. “So, after three series and 51 episodes, I am cheerfully passing the baguette on to someone else.”


How ‘Knives Out 2’ Production Designer Built the ‘Glass Onion’ Using 350 Sheets of Glass and a Real Onion
Rian Johnson’s “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” features a billionaire character, Miles Bron, who owns a private island in Greece.
Bron, played by Edward Norton, invites his circle of friends, an all-star cast that includes Kate Hudson, Janelle Monáe and Leslie Odom Jr., to join him for a murder-mystery weekend.
Everything about Miles screams extravagance and power. With that, it was up to the production designer Rick Heinrichs to build the perfect home.
That meant a giant mansion topped with a glass onion. Inside, an atrium resembles a museum filled with Banksy, Kandinsky and the Mona Lisa.


“We Blew the Doors Off”: How Bring It On Shocked Hollywood
An excerpt from the new book Bring It On: The Complete Story of the Cheerleading Movie That Changed, Like, Everything (No, Seriously).

“The studio had very moderate expectation, at best,” Beacon’s Abraham told me. One industry friend had run comps and tracked it to make about $6 million for the weekend, he said, not great for a movie that cost over $11 million. It was a low financial risk as far as movie budgets go, sure, but you always hope for a movie to earn back its budget. “I didn’t feel the best about six for the weekend, but I’ve had many times of disappointment, so you kind of get toughened to it,” he said. “I think we were hoping to get like, nine. . . . I was a little bit, you know, hoping, but I didn’t expect anything major to happen.”


The real story behind Netflix’s The Swimmers
Yusra Mardini shares what she has learnt through her journey from war-torn Syria to the Olympics

Sometimes your purpose in life is way bigger than you can ever imagine,” says Yusra Mardini, the Syrian refugee and Olympic swimming champion whose life story forms the basis for the new Netflix film, The Swimmers.
Growing up in Damascus in Syria, Yusra dreamed of competing at the Olympics. She remembers watching the games with her father, who was a professional swimmer, and began training when she was nine years old. But after civil war broke out when she was just 13, her life changed dramatically. “Our house was destroyed, so we had to live with my grandma, and sometimes with my aunt,” she says. “We went to school, but it was dangerous; it was the same with swimming.”


Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Great Experiment
During his six years at the helm of Valentino, the designer has transformed haute couture into a vehicle for expressing big, bold ideas.

Since 2017, when he presented his first solo collection for Valentino, Piccioli has been giving a jolt to haute couture. He has played with dramatic, sculptural forms; harnessed the extraordinarily precise techniques of the Valentino ateliers; and combined colors in startling ways. But unlike designers of the past, Piccioli has used his couture collections to advance messages about inclusivity, gender, and diversity. “To me, couture is an instrument to say in an even louder way what I believe in, what I stand for,” he explains. “Couture is pure as a process, as an approach, so when you generate attention with couture, it can have a bigger impact than with other means of expression.”


The Science of Christmas Trees
A ninety-year-old Vermont farmer tells all.

This here is a fir that would be classified as a Charlie Brown tree,” Greg Williams declared, of a spare little cutting of balsam fir. “But prune it severely the first year and you can make a good tree.” Williams was demonstrating some of the knowledge that goes into tending a Christmas-tree farm. He broke a few needles off the fir, releasing the cough-drop intensity of their scent. He showed me the latent buds on the branches; they looked like little thimbles. Those were the spots to trim back to, Williams explained, as he clipped the branch with shears. “But that pruning strategy doesn’t work for a pine,” he said. He picked up another plausible Christmas-tree candidate, a white pine. “With this, you shear the tree when the new needles are half the length of the old ones.” He had two different sets of shears, but told me that many people prefer to simply use a long knife. “That’s faster,” he said. “But you have accidents. You use that and you’re going to have a slit boot, or stitches, or a dog with an injury.”


These Pom-Pom Animals Are One of Our Favorite New Craft Trends
Maker Tsubasa Kuroda shares how she brings these sweet, furry faces to life.

Heartwarming, happy, and adorable—those are the three words that come to mind when Japanese maker Tsubasa Kuroda (or trikotri, as she goes by online) thinks about her specialty craft: pom-pom animals. Take a peek at her Instagram, and you’ll see the collection of her charming critters—plump little parakeets, fluffy hedgehogs and house cats, and smiley Shiba Inus.
And whether they’re bundled in a basket or artfully pinned to a sweater lapel, the appeal of those furry faces is irresistible. What’s more, they’re soft to the touch and meticulously detailed with eyes, noses, and needle-felted ears—and each one is wearable as a brooch, too.


The 10 Most Common Cookie-Baking Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them
Follow our sensible advice for your best cookies ever.

It’s always a perfect occasion for cookies. They’re (relatively) easy to make, super portable, eminently shareable, and universally beloved. Chances are, cookies are one of the first things you learned to bake. But anyone who’s ever made cookies has experienced the agony of treat defeat when a batch baked with the highest of hopes just doesn’t hit the mark.
They could be dry or doughy, tough or crumbly, spread too thin (or hardly spread at all), entirely too sweet or bewilderingly bland, or burnt or underbaked. So many things can go a little bit—or a whole lot—wrong with a batch of these treats, leaving you to make the disheartening decision to either start over, buy dessert instead, or present them as is (and hope it’s not as bad as you thought).


Give people what they want for the holidays: Money
Thinking of getting your kid’s teacher a present? Consider a gift card or cold, hard cash.

Ask a teacher what gifts they hope to receive from their students during the holidays and the answer might be similar to that of Nancy LeBano, a speech therapist in southern New Jersey: “Not candles!”
According to LeBano and her colleagues, mugs are another no-go. Scratch-offs are nice gestures. But gift cards are best. Always gift cards. “Because you [can] get what you want or need,” says Shelby Davidson, a teaching assistant at the same school. And if any parents of LeBano’s students happen to be reading this, she’d specifically love a Wawa gift card. (Wawa, for those uninitiated, is a convenience store chain with locations along the East coast.) “Wawa is thoughtful because we love coffee and it feels like a treat,” she says.


Guitar gifted to Marie Antoinette by King Louis XVI set to fetch €80,000 at auction
The ill-fated French queen played the ‘sublime’ instrument at her beloved Petit Trianon

She may be best remembered for her extravagant tastes and gruesome end, but Marie Antoinette was a woman of many talents, including being an accomplished musician. Now, a guitar that once belonged to the last French queen is set to go up for auction, expected to fetch between €60,000 and €80,000.


No John, No George, No Ringo, but Still a Lot to Say
“The McCartney Legacy” follows the superstar from the last gasp of the Beatles to “Band on the Run.” It’s 700 pages — and only the first volume planned.

Volume 1 of “The McCartney Legacy,” by Allan Kozinn and Adrian Sinclair, arrives like a well-planned encore a year after the publication of “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present,” by Paul McCartney, edited by the poet Paul Muldoon. The latter volumes were packaged in Kermit green, presumably a nod to the two Pauls’ Irish heritage. The new book is a saucy red, as if inviting customers to stack it atop “The Lyrics,” stick on a bow and cue up the bouncy seasonal synth of “Wonderful Christmastime.”


Railbiking Is a New Adventurous Way to Experience Train Travel — Here Are the Best Places to Try It in the U.S.
What you need to know about railbiking, the newest adventure travel trend.

Trains have always held a certain romantic allure, but there’s a way to ride the rails in the open air with fresh breezes, unobstructed views, and a dash of exercise. Railbiking — an outdoor activity that gives you the power to pedal the tracks — is becoming the next trend in adventure travel.




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