T LOunge for January 17th, 2023

Posted on January 17, 2023

Palais Royal Restaurant – France, Paris


Today, let’s all be coolly, classically fabulous in a Parisian sort of way; yes? Yes. Today is MARDI, after all. Universally understood as the worst day of the week. Pick a spot to ignore it all and sip French cocktails all day.


Is the White House Finally Ready for Black Hair?
It’s 2023—the U.S. justice system needs to stop ironing out Blackness.

In 2008, when Barack Obama was sworn into office, newly-minted first lady Michelle Obama proudly stood next to him. She held the Bible as he made the oath to our country, donning a custom lemongrass Isabel Toledo dress and coat, with her coily curls smoothed into a voluminous silk press. And while her outfit screamed modern and memorable—an aesthetic mirroring Jackie Onassis’ clean-cut pink suit and unforgettable pillbox hat—we were ushered into an era not seen since that time: a first lady with influential style. Her relatable J.Crew picks sold out by the minute; small POC designers like Jason Wu became household names—diversity was represented on T.V. and became a part of history.


Prince Harry Said He Cut Out Details From Spare That He Wouldn’t Be Forgiven For
His first draft was 800 pages long.

“The first draft was different,” he said. “It was 800 pages, and now it’s down to 400 pages. It could have been two books, put it that way. And the hard bit was taking things out.”
In particular, there are stories about himself, his older brother Prince William, and his father King Charles that he doesn’t “want the world to know.”
“I don’t think they would ever forgive me,” he added. The book already includes stories about altercations in the family that don’t cast anyone in a good light, but the Duke insists that he is not interested in “taking down” the monarchy or royal family.


Tom Hanks Thinks You’ll Love His 2-Ingredient Cocktail
Stephen Colbert loves it too.

Tom Hanks, as we’re sure you know, is a national treasure. He’s conquered our hearts through his films, his coffee company, and now, through his love of a two-ingredient cocktail.
On Tuesday, Hanks appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert where he was seemingly there to promote nothing but his lovely charms. Though he did leave everyone with a fun little treat — the recipe for “Diet Cokagne.”
While discussing what he did over the holidays with Colbert, Hanks revealed his family visited Café Carlyle in New York City and they had a “celebratory bottle of champagne brought by.”


What to expect from the new Amy Winehouse film
The real story the biopic will tackle – and the controversies it may not

After years of speculation and debate, last week it was announced that the Amy Winehouse biopic is officially en route. In fact, it has a lead, in Industry star Marisa Abela, whose transformation into the singer was revealed in a first look on Friday (above) – complete with iconic beehive and heavy winged eyeliner. Production begins this week in London, but what will the film, about the controversial and tragic life of its eponymous star, likely cover?


You can now rent the beautiful villa from The White Lotus
Italian summer incoming

The second season of The White Lotus had us all gripped when it aired towards the end of 2022 – and if we weren’t booking a Lucia-inspired appointment at the hair salon or hotly debating the fashion credentials of Portia’s wardrobe, we were dreaming of an exotic Sicilian escape.
Well now, you can be one step closer to achieving that luxurious Italian lifestyle, as one of the picturesque villas used during the filming of the series is available to rent via Airbnb. You might recognise Villa Tasca from the dark comedy, which recently won the award for ‘Best Limited Series’ at the 2023 Golden Globes.


Rihanna Shares Behind-the-Scenes Look at ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Song ‘Lift Me Up’
As Rihanna readies herself to perform at next month’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, the singer will likely hear her name being announced on Jan. 24 when Oscar nominations are announced. Rihanna is hotly tipped to be nominated for best original song for her “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” track “Lift Me Up.”
In a new behind-the-scenes video, Rihanna is seen in her recording studio listening to the finished song for the first time with filmmaker Ryan Coogler, composer Ludwig Göransson and Roc Nation CEO Jay Brown.
The song plays over the end credits of “Wakanda Forever” and was co-written by Göransson, Tems, Rihanna and Coogler.


Gwyneth Paltrow Claims That Having Children ‘Ruins’ Relationships
The actor shares two kids with her ex-husband.

Gwyneth Paltrow has shared an honest thought on the impact of having children, telling Katy Perry she thinks kids ‘ruin’ relationships.
‘It’s hard on a relationship,’ the actor and Goop founder said on her podcast. ‘Like I’ve looked back now on like the data set of parents with young kids. It just ruins the relationship.
‘It’s really hard!’ Gwyneth, who shares two children – 18-year-old Apple and 16-year-old Moses – with her ex-husband Chris Martin, added.


The Victorian Reformers Who Defended Same-Sex Desire
Confronting severe legal and social sanction, they sought to change the culture. A scholar and a novelist return us to a hinge of history.

E.M. Forster’s friends tried more than once to persuade him to publish “Maurice.” The novel, which he wrote when he was thirty-five, moldered in a drawer for decades afterward, with a note attached that read, “Publishable. But worth it?” In other words, was it worth the risk to career, friendships, and family for someone with his literary reputation and social standing to publish a novel whose main character was an “unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde sort”? “I am ashamed at shirking publication,” he told Christopher Isherwood, “but the objections are formidable.” One friend put it to him that the French writer André Gide’s memoirs made no secret of his homosexuality. “Gide hasn’t got a mother,” Forster replied ruefully.


All the Must-See Art Shows of 2023 (So Far)
Describing the early 2023 arts calendar as “stacked” feels like an understatement. The sheer number of exhibitions, group shows, retrospectives, and openings is overwhelming in both number and scale. But fear not: we’ve put together a list of the highlights from the first few months of this year in New York City, Los Angeles, and other select cities throughout the United States. Consider this your grab-bag guide to the can’t-miss exhibitions of the season, and check back often—we’ll be updating this list as more events roll in.


Netflix Adds 11 Titles to Sprawling 2023 Korean Content Slate
The streamer already has 34 Korean films and series to promote for 2023, its biggest annual lineup of K-content to date.

Netflix unveiled its biggest-ever annual slate of Korean films and series on Tuesday, while stating that over 60 percent of its global subscribers watched Korean content in 2022. The company showcased 34 titles in its 2023 slate announcement, including 11 previously unknown projects.
The 2023 slate includes a raft of returning K-content hits, such as new seasons of Sweet Home, D.P., and The Glory. Part two of revenge drama The Glory will be released in March, after part one became Netflix’s most-watched non-English TV show during the first week of January with 82.48 million viewing hours.


A TikToker is creating the dresses designed by her grandma, who dropped out of fashion school in the 1940s, to keep her old dreams alive
Julia, a 27-year-old TikToker, has been making dresses designed by her grandmother in the 1940s. She said her grandmother was an aspiring designer who dropped out of fashion school in her teens. She told Insider she wanted to surprise her grandmother and share her designs with the world.


31 Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes That’ll Make Anyone Fall in Love
For your sweetheart, Galentines, or just yourself!

When you’re a kid, Valentine’s Day is pretty much about eating all the candy you can at your class party. But now that you’re an adult, it’s…okay, pretty much still all about the candy, if we’re being real. But instead of eating all the chocolate you can get your hands on, you should try making your own Valentine’s Day dessert for something different this year. Whether you want a romantic ending to your cozy date night at home or you’re looking for something to serve at your Galentine’s Day party, these Valentine’s dessert recipes are sure to make everyone fall in love.
No matter what your baking skills are, we’ve got a sweet recipe for everyone to try. Some of these are super-duper easy. Like, three ingredients and you don’t even need to turn on your oven kind of easy. Of course, if you’re a baking pro, we’ve also got some more elaborate recipes that’ll impress everyone. Plus, if you or your sweetheart are gluten-free or vegan, we grabbed a few recipes that work for them. Because no one should ever have to skip dessert, imo.


How King Charles I became a royal best-seller with his own ghost-written memoir
Remind you of anyone?

Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, has sent shockwaves around the world – and flown off shelves – after it was released on Tuesday. But the Duke of Sussex is by no means the first royal to have published a ghost-written book, nor is he the first royal to have raised an eyebrow doing so.
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor released their memoirs in 1951 and 1956, respectively. The Duke of Windsor’s autobiography, A King’s Story, charts his early youth at Sandringham, his years at Naval School on the Isle of Wight and his time at Magdalen College, Oxford, and takes in his military service during World War I before he ascended the throne on the death of his father George V, in 1936. Crucially for royal watchers, it also documents his ‘lonely’ stint as king and his decision to marry the then Wallis Simpson against the wishes of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.


12 Classic Cocktails Every Home Mixologist Should Know How to Make
Learn how to shake or stir up a Manhattan, martini, piña colada, and more.

What makes a cocktail a classic? It might be the liquor that defines it, or its era of conception. It also might simply start with the letter “M”—after all, the martini, Manhattan, margarita, mint julep, and mojito all fall under the iconic label. But there are other drinks that command our attention, too, like the old fashioned and the negroni. And then there are the outliers: Is the cosmopolitan forever? We think so. What about vacation-forward daiquiris and piña coladas?
Diverse—but classic—mixed drinks have one thing in common: a timeless formula that is seamless, successful, requires no tinkering, and has an authentic tale to tell. In an (albeit exciting) age of artisanal craft drinks, it can be a relief to return to these exemplars of mixology. That’s why we think you should master making each one.


Our Best Valentine’s Day Card DIY Ideas
For Valentine’s Days past, you once dutifully crafted hundreds of handmade cards as a student in school. And while you may not have classmates to impress anymore, it’s still a cherished tradition. When it comes time to show how much you love and appreciate your significant other, friend, or family member, a card says it beautifully, especially when it’s personalized to the recipient.
We’re making it even easier for you by providing the templates, clip-art, and heart-shaped inspiration you need for a Valentine’s Day card. No matter what kind of love note you want to create (we’re partial to this pleated iteration, with a love note penned on the back), the list of supplies doesn’t vary much. You’ll need card stock, scrapbook paper, and envelopes, as well as pens and pencils, scissors, a ruler, craft knife, cutting mat, tape, hole punch, and bone folder. With these items on hand, you’ll be well on your way to making a Valentine’s Day card that will truly melt your beloved’s heart.


Flying Fish, Unicorns, and Humanoid Bears
How Arnoldus Montanus imagined the Americas in 1671

In 1671, De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld (The New and Unknown World) was published in Amsterdam.
Written at the request of bookseller and engraver Jacob van Meurs, it presented readers with an overview of the European expansion in the Americas. However, the book’s author, Arnoldus Montanus, had never been to those continents. The information for the book came from what travelers had written or depicted before him. These stories were filled with stereotypes and misreadings of the people who lived in those territories and fantastical images of the native (and often invented) animals. Montanus’s volume was illustrated with 125 copper engravings. One of them is signed by his publisher, but the rest remain anonymous. Several are currently on view at the Getty Research Institute (GRI) in Reinventing the Américas: Construct. Erase. Repeat. Below is a selection of prints that present inventive imagery of the “unknown world,” proving that the Americas were created and imagined, rather than discovered.






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