T LOunge for February 21st, 2023

Posted on February 21, 2023

Scarfes Bar – London, England


We’ll meet you at the exclusive Bitter Kittens private club today, darlings! It’s TUESDAY, which means it’s the perfect day to sit around drinking something brown and saying witty things. Pull up a club chair!


The Very British History of Burberry
Ahead of Daniel Lee’s debut show at Burberry, where the designer will rework the very idea of Britishness, a look at how the brand became synonymous with the country that birthed it.

Perhaps no brand is more closely associated with the idea of Britishness than Burberry. Under new Creative Director Daniel Lee, a Yorkshireman and former creative director of Bottega Veneta, the brand’s latest campaign taps into its heritage while advancing images of a modern, multi-ethnic Britain. Shot by Tyrone Lebon, rapper Skepta and footballer Raheem Sterling appear alongside swans waddling on the shore of the Thames, English roses, and plenty of inclement weather—all emblazoned with an Authurian knight bearing the phrase “Prorsum” or “Onward.” It’s very British.
But what being British means these days is an open question. As Burberry looks ahead to its London Fashion Week debut under Lee, textile design professor Sian Weston, unpacks the brand’s past in her new book, The Changing Face of Burberry, arguing that Burberry has always updated its vision of Britishness to suit the times–even when it seemed to symbolize the old order.


Jamaica In My Own Words
Model Kai Newman gives a tour of her hometown of Kingston in some of spring’s best looks.

Fashion shoots have often treated Jamaica as a backdrop to the story. But Jamaica is a place with an outsize influence on global culture. The country’s musical genres have continually reset the pace of popular music. Its cuisine is imitated but rarely captured. And Jamaican patois remakes language, sounding new chords in the chorus of dialects we call English.
Jamaica is a crucible for all the questions that animate our modern world. Jamaica is a space where questions of freedom, art, and humanity are posed by a people who have made an art form out of everyday life. Countless poets, writers, and philosophers—Claude McKay, Sylvia Wynter, Erna Brodber, Michelle Cliff, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Marlon James, and Safiya Sinclair to name a few—have written and rewritten the story of the island.


Who Will Be Our First Woman President?
What will it take for a woman to obtain the highest office in the land? While pundits debate Nikki Haley’s chances, historian Alexis Coe looks back at a speech former President Gerald Ford gave to a group of children and wonders if he—and whole bunch of film and TV writers—was right all along.

In 1989 a bespectacled girl with a yellow ribbon in her hair asked Gerald Ford if he had any advice for a “young lady wanting to become president of the United States.” Ford didn’t recommend the best schools or list acts of service. He didn’t even answer her question, instead pivoting to a morbid prediction.
“I will tell you how I think it will happen, because it won’t happen in the normal course of events,” Ford, an unpopular, unelected one-term president, told the hundred or so children gathered at the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in Iowa on a late October day. The first woman to ascend to the presidency, he said, would be promoted, just as he had been when Richard Nixon resigned after Watergate.


In Defense of Ariana DeBose’s Rap: BAFTA Producer Slams Twitter Criticism as ‘Incredibly Unfair,’ Claims ‘Everybody Loved It’
BAFTAs awards producer Nick Bullen believes Twitter criticism of Ariana DeBose’s opening number at Sunday’s awards show was “incredibly unfair.”
Speaking to Variety the morning after the telecast, the producer — who was backstage during the London awards ceremony honoring the best movies of the year — shared that the “West Side Story” star “put the whole piece together” with her team, working closely with a musical director and choreographer, and didn’t deserve the vitriol.
DeBose and her back-up dancers burst onto the stage following host Richard E. Grant’s opening monologue. Belting out “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves” and “We Are Family,” the singer transitioned into an original rap saluting the awards’ female nominees.


How Martin McDonagh and the Coen Brothers Make You Laugh, Even When You Know You Shouldn’t
Composer Carter Burwell has provided the scores for some of the best dark comedies of recent decades, from Fargo to his latest Oscar nomination, The Banshees of Inisherin.

It’s usually a safe bet to say that people contact me because of something I’ve done with the Coen brothers,” says composer Carter Burwell. Since 1984’s Blood Simple—the feature-film debut for Burwell as well as the writer-director brothers and star Frances McDormand—Burwell has provided the music that guides Coen movies across that signature razor’s edge of comedy and humor. As Burwell puts it, if you’re inclined to laugh when you see a socked foot sticking out of a wood chipper, he’s helping make that happen.
But Burwell has established several other long-running relationships with directors across his career, including Todd Haynes—whose 2015 film, Carol, earned Burwell his first Oscar nomination—and Martin McDonagh, who reunited with Burwell for this year’s heavyweight awards contender The Banshees of Inisherin. With its bloody humor and swerves from lightness to despair, Banshees is classic McDonagh, and his first feature film set in his native Ireland; but as Burwell explains, McDonagh was entirely against using Irish music, leaving the composer to create a score that feels derived from a fairy tale.


Gugu Mbatha-Raw On Audrey Hepburn And The Joy Of Self Expression
The Loki star, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and actor talks all things BAFTA beauty…

Being told you should conform to one type of beauty is so outdated,’ declares Gugu Mbatha-Raw down the phone to ELLE UK. ‘But, I think we’re getting better at celebrating individuality,’ the actor concludes. It’s Sunday morning and we’re catching up with the Loki star, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, and presenter of one of tonight’s BAFTA 2023 awards to talk all things beauty. Despite spending what could have been a well-earned weekend lie in being interviewed by us, Mbatha-Raw is what can only be described as a delight. Gracious, chatty and hyper intelligent, with a sprightly laugh that bubbles over every other sentence, we’d happily call her every Sunday morning. If she’d let us.


Stoicism And Resilience: Is Keeping Calm A Healthy Option?
In the midst of permacrises, an ancient Greek philosophy that advocates for resilience and acceptance has become newly fashionable. Dedicated stoic Natasha Bird questions how well its principles actually serve her and the world we’re living in.

It feels weird to call myself a stoic. The word is often and easily misconstrued; its Ancient Greek principles of reason, neutrality and persistent self-control fell out of favour in the Sixties when emotional expression, talk therapy and empathy became the preferred approach to mental health. It might sound like a leaning towards self-flagellation or, worse, a grasp at martyrdom, but stoicism’s original doctrines of steeling yourself, evaluating and then moderating your emotions and keeping an even keel in the face of turbulent outside forces are all strong, enabling tenets to live by. So is picturing and accepting the inevitability of death. The original stoics like Seneca and Epictetus believed in grieving loved ones while they are still alive, familiarising yourself with the feelings so that they don’t later incapacitate you.
Watching stoicism’s renaissance has been fascinating. It’s easy to see why it’s become an anchor to many in this era of pandemonium and catastrophe. But having practised it for so long, I also hope that people won’t cling to it too tightly. I say this from a place of experience with its downsides.


16 Classic Italian Pasta Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Make
Make noodle night extra special by dipping into our collection of classic Italian pasta recipes. You’ll find dishes you know from your favorite restaurants, spring vacation on the Amalfi Coast, or Sunday nights spent sitting around your nonna’s table.
In addition to recipes like Bolognese that require slow cooking on the stovetop, we’ve included classics that are much quicker to put together—like the 15-minute wonder that is our famous One-Pan Pasta. Other time-honored pastas have a short ingredient list but pack a lot of flavor, such as rich and creamy Spaghetti Carbonara and spicy options like Linguine Arrabbiata.
These classic Italian pasta recipes are popular for good reason—make them all to taste why these dishes are such favorites.


How to Clean Your Walls (and Remove Stubborn Scuffs and Stains), According to the Experts
Plus, find out how to preserve the quality of your paint job as you clean.

Your walls are the literal foundation of your home, but they’re also a blank canvas for all kinds of eye-catching details, including collections of photographs, that extra-large flatscreen, or even a statement coat of bright paint. That’s why wall smudges and stains can really stand out. These marks happen all the time—think splatters that hit the walls when you cook or fingerprints courtesy of curious toddlers.
But when left uncleaned, these smudges can become true eye sores and are often a pain to remove. That’s why we’ve enlisted the help of cleaning experts; they helped us navigate the entire wall cleaning process, from dusting to removing stubborn marks.


3 Easy Ways to Remove Candle Wax From a Jar
Plus, learn how to clean the jar after the wax is removed.

Candles make for a lovely addition to any room in your home. Beyond adding a warm glow, the right candle—with an aesthetically pleasing jar—can also spruce up your space and tie together a room’s entire décor. Whether you have a favorite candle (and want to retain the jar after you burn through most of the wax) or you simply want to repurpose leftover wax for another DIY project, figuring out how to get that sticky residue out of a candle jar is a valuable technique to learn.


The Ultimate Vermeer Collection
A bravura show at the Rijksmuseum displays more of the Dutch Master’s work at once than he himself ever saw.

In 2021, when the Frick started renovations at the mansion and moved its collection off-site, a chink of light in the institution’s tightly shuttered terms was spotted: during this interregnum, the works could finally travel. “Mistress and Maid”—along with the Frick’s two other Vermeers, “Officer and Laughing Girl” and “Girl Interrupted at Her Music”—has now recrossed the Atlantic, returning to the Netherlands for a landmark show at the Rijksmuseum, in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum has corralled enough Vermeers to make the most hard-hearted of robber barons swoon—twenty-eight paintings, out of an acknowledged thirty-six or thirty-seven surviving works by the artist, who may have produced no more than fifty in his short lifetime. (Vermeer died suddenly in 1675, at the age of forty-three.) As Taco Dibbits, the general director of the Rijksmuseum, points out, the exhibition gathers more Vermeers in one place than Vermeer himself ever had the opportunity to see.


Don Lemon to Undergo “Formal Training” After Nikki Haley Remarks, Will Return to CNN Show Wednesday
The ‘CNN This Morning’ host has been off the news network since his comments about Haley last Thursday.

Embattled CNN This Morning anchor Don Lemon will return to the show on Wednesday, CNN CEO Chris Licht told staff in a memo Monday night.
Licht added that Lemon, who has stepped away from the news network’s nascent morning show amid controversy over his comments about Nikki Haley, will participate in formal training before his return, although no details were provided on the type of training he would undertake.
“I sat down with Don and had a frank and meaningful conversation. He has agreed to participate in formal training, as well as continuing to listen and learn. We take this situation very seriously,” Licht said in a memo sent Monday night obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.


A Kansas couple got a 3-bed Dutch colonial house for free. Since then, they’ve spent $95,000 relocating and renovating it into their ‘forever home’ – take a look.
Ever wonder what it’d be like to get your dream house for free? Meet Julie and Eddie Flores, a couple who have gotten exactly that in Kansas.
Eddie and Julie Flores won a bid to become the new owners of a free house in Lincoln, Kansas. But the renovation, including moving the house miles away, has cost them $95,000 so far. The couple believes they’ve found the “forever home” where they plan to raise their three kids.


Iconic photos of beloved White House pets throughout history
Dogs are the most popular presidential pets, but some leaders have also had cats and even raccoons.
The Bidens entered the White House with two German shepherds, Champ and Major.
They now have a German shepherd named Commander and a cat named Willow.
First lady Grace Coolidge brought the family’s pet raccoon, Rebecca, to the White House Easter Egg Roll in 1927.


What rewatching old shows teaches us about ourselves
Returning to familiar TV shows is about more than nostalgia.

In the early 2000s, just a few years before Netflix began offering streaming services and when time spent watching TV in America was at its peak, Cristel Russell had an observation: Amid the boom of new television series, why did so many people choose to rewatch shows they’d already seen? Russell, a professor of marketing at the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University, realized the phenomenon applied not only to television, but books, movies, and travel experiences, too. “I thought this question had already been studied,” she says. “And it turned out it had not.”
Russell and a collaborator, the marketing researcher Sidney Levy, interviewed 23 study participants to parse their motivations for revisiting familiar media. Published in 2011, Russell and Levy’s paper helped define the concept of a rewatch — volitional reconsumption — and explained why nostalgia isn’t the primary motivation for returning to these shows.


Mardi Gras, Fastnacht or Shrove Tuesday, It’s All About the Food
New Orleans’s take on the Tuesday before Lent may be the best known, but it’s hardly the only celebration of all things rich and sweet.

This year, Feb. 21 isn’t simply another Tuesday in New Orleans: It’s Mardi Gras. And while the prevalence of bead-related nudity is exaggerated, the sheer amount of food and drink celebrators will consume is not.
In Louisiana, the traditional Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, sweet is the king cake, covered in icing and decorated, commonly, with purple, green and gold sugars. But Mardi Gras is just one of many varied and memorable celebrations happening around the world on the day before Lent, including pancake races in Buckinghamshire, England; orange-throwing wars in Binche, Belgium; and the boisterous Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.


Everything You Need to Know When Flying With Medicine — Including What to Do If It Gets Lost
Including how to pack medicine effectively and the TSA rules you need to know.

Preparing for a trip should be part of the fun. After all, you get to plan outfits and make a packing list that matches all your activities. You get to plot out every moment of your adventure to come and even lay out a cozy outfit for the plane ride to get there the night before. However, if you’re someone who takes regular medication, you know there is at least one major stress point to preparing to travel: Figuring out just how to pack it.
From questions about prescription refills to TSA requirements, and right down to how much space you have in your luggage, packing medication for a trip can be tricky. But don’t stress too much, as we’ve got all the answers you’re looking for. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medication.


How to Have a More Thoughtful Visit to Hawaii, According to Hawaiian Natives
As Hawaiians work to make tourism more enriching and more sustainable for locals and visitors alike, a T+L contributor meets the cultural ambassadors dedicated to sharing their aloha.

On a family trip to the islands of Hawaii and Maui last June, I got a swift education in the challenges facing this ever-popular destination. When we arrived at Rainbow Falls, in Hilo, I was shocked to see a gaggle of tourists hopping over a rope barrier and climbing a tree for photos — despite the many signs asking visitors to stay out of the branches.
Of course, not all who go to Hawaii are inconsiderate of the state’s resources. But with visitor numbers once again on the rise — the state saw 6.8 million arrivals in 2021 — so too is the pressure to manage the crush. It’s not just a question of natural riches: Hawaiians, and in particular Native Hawaiians, are trying to prevent the archipelago’s history from being erased and its culture being appropriated, distorted, or disrespected — even if that’s sometimes done unwittingly.




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