T LOunge for January 12th, 2023

Posted on January 12, 2023

Magistracy Dining Room and Botanical Garden – Hong Kong


Kittens, it’s THURSDAY and we’ve decided supply you with options. Do you want to hunker down inside with a good drink, a good book, and a chance for some juicy gossip or would you rather sit out in the sun, soaking up the Vitamin D and living your version of la dolce vita? It’s all up to you today.


Shining Light: Lucy Boynton
The quietly brilliant actress and fashion favourite who takes success in her stride

Whatever her technique, it has clearly worked; Boynton emanates a calm, quiet dignity that is its own kind of star quality. She arrives at the Hoxton hotel in Holborn for our interview wearing a black, collared dress with gold embellishment by the Milan-based label Vivetta, her hair newly transformed from platinum-blonde to auburn. With a wardrobe that combines fairy-tale gowns and edgier, retro-inspired looks, she has become a red-carpet favourite with brands from Chanel to Erdem. “The publicity side of things still feels a step away from who I really am, but I’ve found a way to take the pressure off those moments by thinking of them like costume fittings,” says Boynton.


Prince Harry’s Memoir Is the Fastest Selling Nonfiction Book in UK
The only books that sold more on their first day featured a very different Harry: Harry Potter.

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare hit shelves globally yesterday to much fanfare. Not only has it garnered media attention, however, but it is breaking sales records. In the UK, Spare just became the fastest selling nonfiction book ever. In total in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, the English language edition sold 1.4 million copies on the first day of its release, according to Penguin Random.
Transworld Penguin Random House said that 400,000 copies were sold on the first day of Spare’s release in the UK, per British sales figures. “We always knew this book would fly but it is exceeding even our most bullish expectations,” Managing Director Larry Finlay said in a statement.”


The Age Of Adulting Is Over
Back in 2013, Kelly Williams Brown released Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps – a bestseller promising to help millennials adjust to the demands of life in their twenties and beyond. Ten years and a pandemic later, one writer asks: did its advice do more harm than good?

You’ll have read it somewhere. You might have a mug, notebook, cushion or tote bag with the word emblazoned across the front. Perhaps you’ve listened to a podcast about it. You may have even used it yourself, as I did last year in my book about female friendship: “It’s unenviable to be the friend who chooses to step back and do some adulting,” I wrote, breezily throwing out the term without a second thought.
And yet, it’s been only a decade since the word “adulting” entered our consciousness, placed there by Kelly Williams Brown who wrote a bestselling book about it in 2013 called Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps.


This Is the Germiest Place In Your Kitchen, According to Science
Luckily, it’s an easy thing to clean.

You likely already know a lot about how to safely cook your food. From ensuring meats are cooked to the right temperature to washing your veggies, there’s a lot you can do to avoid food contamination. However, according to a new study, there’s one area in your kitchen you likely didn’t realize could be festering with germs.


There’s a New Girl Scout Cookie You Need to Know About
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

In the words of Shelly Long and her troop from Beverly Hills, “it’s cookie time, it’s cookie time, it’s cook-e-time!”
Yes, it’s the greatest season of all — Girl Scout cookie season. The organization is back with all its tried and true classics, including the Thin Mints, Samoas, and Peanut Butter Patties, but this year, it’s bringing something new. And it’s known as Raspberry Rally.
According to the Girl Scouts website, Raspberry Rally cookies come with a thin and crispy exterior “infused with raspberry flavor,” all dipped in a delicious chocolate coating. “They may look like Thin Mints’ sister, but these cookies have a delicious taste that’s all their own,” the site added.


Angela Bassett And Michelle Yeoh Address Hollywood Ageism At The 2023 Golden Globes
The two powerhouse actresses reflected on their decades-long careers during their moments onstage.

Both Angela Bassett and Michelle Yeoh had an underlying message in their Golden Globes acceptance speeches tonight: Age is just a number.
The actresses made history with their wins—Bassett won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Wakanda Forever, and Yeoh won Best Actress in a Motion Picture for Everything Everywhere All at Once. The Black Panther sequel is the first Marvel film to win an award at the ceremony, and Yeoh is just the second Asian actress to take home a leading actress award. (Awkafina was the first in 2020 for another A24 film, The Farewell.)
During their speeches, the women addressed the importance of the timing of their wins coming at a later part of their lives and professional careers, and stressed the importance of chasing one’s goals no matter one’s age.


Rihanna’s Hair Evolution – Every One Of Rihanna’s Next Level Hair Styles
We bow down to hair chameleon queen Ri.

If there’s a hair style that Rihanna hasn’t totally rocked then frankly, we are yet to witness it. Whether RiRi is working a super chic sleek black bob, waist length scarlet braids, or going full on Tina Turner on us with dark roots and blonde curls, there’s no look that this hair chameleon can’t pull off.
A soft boho fringe? Ri’s done it. A jet black mullet? Worn it. Retro auburn bob complete with crown? Been there, done that. Frankly, there isn’t a hairstyle Rihanna doesn’t look completely amazing with. Which is why we’ve gathered every one of her epic hair transformations in one place so you can trawl her hair history (hairstory?) to your heart’s content. Did someone say ‘new haircut inspo’? Check out Rihanna’s entire hair evolution and every one of her epic hair colours and hair styles right here.


Jane Fonda On Feminism, Finding Motivation And Why She Does Her Iconic Aerobics Workout Every Day
‘I grew up thinking you have to go with the man, identify with the man, please the man…’ the face of H&M Move tells us.

Political activist, actor, fitness guru and all-round icon Jane Fonda has just turned 85, and is just as fabulous and fierce as ever (she’s still doing her best-selling workout video every day, we’ll have you know). An ambassador for the new H&M Move campaign, a collection empowering everyone to get moving this year, Jane Fonda speaks exclusively with ELLE UK about exercising at 85, keeping motivated, the women who changed her life and the importance of solidarity…


Michelle Yeoh On Her Meaningful, Award-Winning Globes Night
The next day, Yeoh expanded further on why the award was so meaningful to her. “Representation is a non-stop battle, but our society continues to evolve and we have to see that reflected on our screens,” she tells Vogue. “It means so much to me to be a part of such an incredible film that will continue to break glass ceilings for Asian representation, while also promoting a message of kindness, love and family.” The actor also shared that the project has been one of her most challenging and meaningful to date. “For it to come now, after 40 years, has been the biggest blessing,” says Yeoh. “Playing Evelyn was demanding both physically and mentally, and sometimes you worry that the older you get, you will not be given these opportunities because people see you by your age rather than by your capability. It was also so beautiful for me to be able to give a voice to a very ordinary woman, an ageing immigrant woman, who had never really had a voice before.”


The making of Margot Robbie’s Golden Globes Chanel dress
The gown featured 30,000 elements of embroidery

The actress was one of the best-dressed stars of the night; her pale pink, embellished fishtail gown featured an elegant halter neckline and delicate frothy tulle. As you might expect, a dress so intricate in detail takes expert design and the best craftsmanship to create, something that Chanel delivers on time and time again. Robbie’s Golden Globes gown took 750 hours to make, with around 30,000 elements of embroidery used such as sequins, beads and feathers.
“Haute couture in itself is an art form,” the actress said. “It’s been such a privilege to be a Chanel ambassador for the past five years and really see first-hand the incredible craftsmanship that goes into these gowns. There are so many beautiful, handcrafted, intricate details in this dress, I feel incredibly lucky to be wearing it this evening.” Here, step inside Chanel’s atelier to see how Robbie’s elegant gown came to be and the delicate details up close.


How Should We Think About Our Different Styles of Thinking?
Some people say their thought takes place in images, some in words. But our mental processes are more mysterious than we realize.

I was nineteen, maybe twenty, when I realized I was empty-headed. I was in a college English class, and we were in a sunny seminar room, discussing “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” or possibly “The Waves.” I raised my hand to say something and suddenly realized that I had no idea what I planned to say. For a moment, I panicked. Then the teacher called on me, I opened my mouth, and words emerged. Where had they come from? Evidently, I’d had a thought—that was why I’d raised my hand. But I hadn’t known what the thought would be until I spoke it. How weird was that?
Later, describing the moment to a friend, I recalled how, when I was a kid, my mother had often asked my father, “What are you thinking?” He’d shrug and say, “Nothing”—a response that irritated her to no end. (“How can he be thinking about nothing?” she’d ask me.)


Globes Pianist Says She Would Never Play Music Over Winners’ Speeches and Cleared the Air With Michelle Yeoh
Chloe Flower tells The Hollywood Reporter that while taking the heat for music playing during winners’ speeches rattled her, she kept it professional and did her job during the live show. She also said she spoke to the winners after their speeches to explain she wasn’t playing music over their words.

Golden Globes pianist Chloe Flower wants to make one thing super clear: She was not playing music over the winners’ speeches at the 2023 Golden Globes. She also tells The Hollywood Reporter that she cleared the air with Michelle Yeoh, who had joked “I can beat you up” when music played during her acceptance speech.
“I’m feeling great,” says Flower the following day. “I saw Michelle, and she embraced me. She reached out and grabbed my hand, and I was like, ‘I would never play during your speech.’ We talked for a minute, so it was really nice.”


Job interviews are a nightmare — and only getting worse
Employers are constantly finding new hoops for candidates to jump through.

Job-seeking can be a real exercise in immersive futility. It often feels like you’re tossing your resume into the abyss and praying to the recruitment gods for a response. If and when you get that response, the landscape doesn’t always get easier. Companies are seemingly coming up with new, higher, and harder hoops to jump through at every turn. That translates to endless rounds of interviews, various arbitrary tests, and complex exercises and presentations that entail hours of work and prep. There can be good reasons for firms to do this — they really want to make sure they get the right person, and they’re trying to reduce biases — but it’s hard not to feel like it can just be too much.


Was Princess Grace of Monaco the most glamorous royal of all time?
Her influence is perpetual: she radiated poise, style and beauty. Now, 67 years on from her engagement, Tatler looks back at her best moments

Princess Grace of Monaco’s name has become a byword for elegance and style. To this day, decades after her untimely death, few come close to her legendary status. Her influence is perpetual: she radiated poise, beauty and, yes, grace, in every photo.


Prince Harry’s Memoir Has Record Breaking Sales
The steady drumbeat of revelations that preceded the book’s release helped push early orders and initial sales, making “Spare,” on its first day, one of the best-selling hardcover books in recent memory.

Prince Harry’s memoir, “Spare,” has become a record-breaking success, with first-day sales that exceed some of publishing’s biggest hits, including blockbusters by Barack and Michelle Obama.
“Spare” sold more than 1.43 million copies in all formats in the United States, Canada and Britain, including pre-orders, according to its publisher. The figure marked the largest first-day sales for any nonfiction book ever published by Penguin Random House, the world’s largest publisher.


The Secret to a Banana Bread With a Little More Bite
A familiar favorite gets a shot of flavor from miso and pecans.

Banana bread is both striking and unremarkable, simple and staggering, found on the counters of coffee shops and apartment bar tops and tiny cafes globally. A corner piece can shift your entire day. Or maybe your tea is a slice from the middle, full of flavor without the baggage of a crust. Or perhaps your ideal banana bread is whichever iteration is available — YouTube’s code sags under the weight of banana-bread recipes, and they’re each as delicious as the impulses behind them. It’s a dish as perfect as it is malleable.


52 Places to Go in 2023
Travel’s rebound has revealed the depth of our drive to explore the world. Why do we travel? For food, culture, adventure, natural beauty? This year’s list has all those elements, and more.


The Right Way to Poach an Egg Is Much Easier Than You Think
Are poached eggs already part of your kitchen repertoire? If not, consider this your invitation to get cracking and bring your egg game to the next level.

At first glance, poaching eggs can seem complicated: The finesse required to crack an egg without breaking the yolk, the fussiness of having to put each egg in its own little bowl before adding it to the pan, the careful regulation of water temperature, and the leap of faith necessary to slip a liquidy egg into liquidy water and trust that it will somehow adhere into an intact, semi-solid globe of deliciousness.
Adding to the air of intimidation is the fact that so many well-known cookbook authors and culinary experts proclaim that they have the best way to poach an egg—and each technique is different. Who needs that kind of turmoil at breakfast or brunch?



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