T LOunge for December 8th, 2022

Posted on December 08, 2022

The Artist’s Bar and The Promenade Dining Area at The Dorchester – London, UK


Honestly, if you didn’t wake up thinking you needed a mirrored piano in your day, you certainly think it now. Just one of the many ways we spread our gay thoughts far and wide, for the good of humanity. Enjoy the eleganza, darlings. It’s THURSDAY and we declare this work week officially almost over. Huzzah and hooray. Drink up.


How Meghann Fahy Became the Breakout Star of The White Lotus
Fans of The Bold Type loved her. Now she’s proving her range.

When Fahy received the news that she got the role, she celebrated “for about 30 seconds” before the usual artistic terror set in. “Oh, my God. I’m gonna totally ruin it. I’m gonna mess up, and this is gonna be the end of everything good for me!” Fahy was a fan of the show first, wryly insisting she would have settled for playing a waiter. “Anything you will have me do, I will do it” was her attitude.
Fahy, however, isn’t just doing anything. She’s tackling the layered and dynamic Real Housewife of SoHo Daphne Sullivan—mother, wife to a cheating finance bro, and erratic participant in civic duties (she can’t remember if she voted). But Daphne is no doormat. Despite the infidelity, she seems to be happily married, and it’s strongly implied that she levels the playing field by cheating back (context clues hint she even has a baby who wasn’t fathered by her husband).


The Beauty and Freedom of Black Punks
Black people have always been a part of punk music. Harper’s Bazaar gathers a multigenerational group of artists to talk about the endless creativity of the Black punk scene.

Harper’s Bazaar gathers a group of Black punk creators, across generations to discuss their work in the scene; artistic influences and what the ethos of punk has brought to their creative lives.
Felice Rosser was there at the birth of New York City new wave and punk. She collaborated with Jean Michel-Basquiat, Bush Tetras, and Gary Lucas and appeared in new-wave classics like Jim Jarmusch’s Permanent Vacation and Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames. Her own band, Faith NYC, fuses the musical styles of jazz, punk, and reggae–all the disparate traditions she’s drawn on as an artist. The writer and illustrator James Spooner came to punk as a teenager in the ’90s, eventually directing the hugely influential documentary Afro-Punk in 2003. He is currently working on an anthology on Black punks, Black Punk Now, out next year with Softskull Press.


I’ve Been On 12 First Dates This Year. Here’s What I’ve Learned
It’s January 2022. One of my best friends is pregnant, seven others are planning weddings, and two of my fellow long-term singles are in the early throes of promising relationships. I’m 31, soon to be turning 32, and slap-bang in the middle of what the journalist, author, and British Vogue columnist Nell Frizzell has coined The Panic Years*—*time when a woman’s biological clock is ticking incessantly in the back of her mind, overshadowing every decision she makes. I’m not sure whether I even want to have children, but I resolve to start taking dating seriously in case I one day hope to start a family with a partner.


Watch Lea Michele Do Her Funny Girl Stage Makeup
It’s Lea Michele’s moment, and she’s not taking it for granted. “This is the perfect timing for me to be doing this show,” says the 36-year-old star of starring as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl’s much-talked-about revival on Broadway. Though she’s no stranger to the spotlight on the Great White Way, Michele relishes playing the role of her dreams while parenting her two-year-old son in New York City. But how does the Glee alum balance it all? For her, it’s all about self-care. “I really believe [that] if I’m taking care of myself and doing all the things that are good for me and my body, then it really helps me do my job best [and] be a really good mom,” she says. Today, Michele takes Vogue backstage for a behind-the-scenes peek at her preshow beauty routine, from refreshing skin care to her stage-ready makeup techniques.


Busch Light’s New ‘Bush Lights’ Will Make Your House the Talk of the Neighborhood This Holiday Season
Love Busch Light? You probably need these bush lights.

Busch Light, the affordable Anheuser-Busch brand, is giving fans an unexpected new way to mark the festive season: The chance to light up their house with glowing beer can lights.
The punnily-named “Busch Light Bush Lights” are, as Busch explains, “exactly what they sound like,” a chance to drape “electric glowing cans” across the greenery in your front yard (though in a promo video, Busch Light jokes that these lights are “only for bushes”). Each string contains 150 flashing cans and even plays an electronic version of the brand’s classic “Head for the Mountains” jingle – in case you felt like the cans themselves wouldn’t draw enough attention.


These Are the 11 Drinks Trends That Dominated 2022
This year, our drinks desk loved tea leaves in cocktails, miniature Martinis, low-proof drinks, and so much more.

If 2021 was the year of finding your new favorite to-go Negroni or juice-pouch cocktail, 2022 was the year of sidling up to the bar, hanging out, and rediscovering the joy of a professionally made drink that was designed to be experienced in person. Whether it was enjoying a second wind from an Espresso Martini at the end of a big night out, or noticing low-proof cocktail sections on bar menus across the country, here are a few of the cocktail trends that stood out to us the most over the course of the past year.


Agent of Change
Lashana Lynch on deconstructing stereotypes, and shaping her legacy on act at a time

Lashana Lynch is a woman shaping the future. From becoming the first female 007 to leading the charge for Afro-feminist epics in The Woman King, she’s a genuine trailblazer. Yet her latest role, as Miss Honey in Matilda the Musical, sees the actor tackle a vulnerable, more nuanced character – and, as she tells Abigail Blackburn, challenging the ‘strong Black woman’ trope has proved her toughest test yet…


Jennifer Lawrence and Viola Davis Get Honest About Female Action Heroes, Motherhood and Press Tours Ruining Acting
Jennifer Lawrence is not someone who gets intimidated easily, but she’s a wreck when meeting Viola Davis. “This is the biggest honor of my life,” she says before paying her a heartfelt compliment. “Your performance in ‘Fences’ changed my life,” she says of Davis’ Oscar-winning role opposite Denzel Washington.
In the past decade, Lawrence and Davis have changed the face of movies, each in her own way. Today, though, coming together to talk about their craft, they realize just how much they share. From stories about the highs and lows of motherhood to taking on an industry that believes male actors are a more valuable commodity at the box office, Davis and Lawrence are trailblazers who stand at the top of their field.


‘Lord of the Rings; Rings of Power’: How the Canals of Venice and Germany Inspired a Multi-Layered World
Costume designer Kate Hawley and production designer Ramsey Avery were thrilled to join a talented team of creators and artists for “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” Prime Video’s sprawling fantasy series.
“Rings of Power,” with a price tag that reportedly could hit $1 billion both for the rights and the production of a planned five seasons, is the most expensive television series ever produced. The overall arc tells the story of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth in the Second Age, thousands of years before the Third Age of the Peter Jackson-helmed “The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy. The first season introduced viewers to elves, dwarves, orcs and Harfoots one of three hobbit races) during a time of prosperity and relative peace.
For both the set design and the costumes of the Númenorians, Avery and Hawley took inspiration from pre-Raphaelite artists, some of whom were Tolkien’s contemporaries. The costumes of Queen Regent Míriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) were inspired by painter Herbert Schmalz’s “Zenobia.” Hawley also reflected the shared heritage of elves and men in their wardrobes, drawing on Tolkien’s frequent references to nature.


J. M. Coetzee’s War Against Global English
What lies behind the celebrated South African writer’s decision to publish his latest novel in Spanish before making it available in English?

It may come as a surprise to most of J. M. Coetzee’s readers that he published a new novel in August. “El Polaco,” which is set in Barcelona, is about a romantic entanglement between Witold, a concert pianist of about seventy known for his controversial interpretations of Chopin, and Beatriz, a music-loving Catalan woman in her forties who assists him during his stay in the city. Fired more by mind than body, the two attempt to conduct their affair using the kind of stilted, colorless “global English” to which international communication so often defaults. Apart from an initial carnal encounter, their romance takes place in large part by correspondence: Witold writes Beatriz poems, but, with English verse lying beyond his grasp, he does so in his native Polish. Beatriz engages a translator in order not just to understand but evaluate Witold’s poems, which she gives modest marks.


Charlize Theron: “I Don’t Need to Be an Enigma”
The actress explains why she loves “the backbreaking part” of her job but offers some choice words (154 of them, in fact) for the pretenses of stardom: “Let’s break down all the walls so that we can just get down to business.”

Theron left apartheid South Africa after winning a modeling contest at 16, though the catwalk held little appeal. Instead, the Joffrey-trained ballerina settled in L.A. in the mid-1990s where she famously landed a manager who’d overheard her arguing with the teller at a bank. In the nearly three decades since, the 47-year-old “broad” — her descriptor, not mine — has been in some 50 films, from Monster, which earned her an Academy Award, to Mad Max: Fury Road, which solidified her status as the action genre’s biggest female star. She’s also a bona fide producer, with her 19-year-old production company, Denver & Delilah, responsible for an onslaught of TV (including David Fincher’s Mindhunter) and film (The Old Guard), as well as a brand ambassador, a U.N. Messenger of Peace and a major philanthropist. Theron, who is being honored with The Hollywood Reporter‘s Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project in 2007 to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in her home country.


The Best Way to Organize Your Shoes
Keep your favorite accessories right where you can see them.

If you were asked to quantify the number of shoes you’ve bought over the course of your lifetime, what would it be? It’s likely a high number. And if yours are currently disorganized, it can be easy to lose track of what’s actually in your collection, which can lead to an unnecessary purchase (not to mention an organizational headache) down the road. We tapped organizing experts for tips on how to get your footwear in order—which starts by identifying the pairs you already have.


Parchment Paper vs. Wax Paper: The Difference Between Them and When to Use Each
Although they’re visually similar, the two shouldn’t be used interchangeably.

Both parchment paper and wax paper are kitchen must-haves for people who love to cook and bake. However, despite looking quite similar, there is a distinct difference between the two. One is oven safe and can be used to line cookie sheets and cake pans, while the other is helpful for rolling out dough and wrapping leftovers. When heat isn’t involved, parchment and wax paper can be used interchangeably, but there’s one key factor that sets the papers apart when it comes to using them in the oven.


How to Host a Cookie Swap, the Sweetest of All Holiday Parties
Make this fun pre-holiday party the best it can be.

If there’s a dessert that speaks most to the holiday season, it’s cookies. That’s why cookie swaps are so popular this time of the year. Not only is sharing and swapping cookies with friends and family fun, but you get to leave with a selection of treats to enjoy and new recipes to try. Instead of getting invited to a cookie swap this season, consider hosting your own.
Hosting a cookie swap can be as simple as inviting a few friends over for snacks, drinks, and some cookie exchanging—and tasting. Our guide includes everything you need to make your party run smoothly, from sending out paper invitations and preparing appetizers to coming up with theme ideas and festive décor. But keep in mind that the end result—you and your favorite people slowing down and celebrating together—is what really makes your swap a sweet success.


What your kid’s teacher really wants for the holidays
Finding the right gift for teachers and other service workers is a puzzle, but there’s one thing everyone will appreciate.

You should consider giving a little something extra to anyone who helped make your life easier this year, Swann says. Babysitters, teachers, house cleaners, dog walkers, landscapers, personal trainers, hair stylists or barbers, sanitation workers, building supers, door attendants, and postal workers are all fair game. By no means do you have to gift every single service worker you encounter, but it’s a nice gesture to show the ones who squeezed you in for a last-minute appointment or went above and beyond that you appreciate their work. Be sure to check with school district policies or other rules the gym, salon, building, or company may have about gifting. For example, public school teachers in Massachusetts and Oregon can accept gifts up to $50; United States Postal Service workers can’t accept cash or gift cards in any amount or any other present worth more than $20.


Mauna Loa is erupting in Hawaii. Here are 7 things to know about volcanoes.
It’s a reminder that volcanoes are beautiful, dangerous, and closer than we may realize.

A volcano is considered potentially active if it has erupted in the past 10,000 years. America has 169 active volcanoes, mainly clustered in the West — in Hawaii, Alaska, Wyoming, Washington, and California. Around the world, there are 1,500 potentially active volcanoes, 500 of which have erupted since humans have been around, according to the USGS. Some of these potentially active volcanoes may never erupt, some may ooze lava slowly for years, and some may one day have a massive ejection that wreaks havoc.



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