T LOunge for February 6th, 2023

Posted on February 06, 2023

Alexo Restaurant – Târgoviște, Romania

It’s MONDAY, darlings. We regret to inform you. We do not, however, regret picking today’s LOunge for you, beause it’s bold and bright, but also cozy and a little homey; the perfect spot to satisfy all of the many moods you’ll cycle through today. We had ourselves a very busy weekend, so feel free to catch up on all of our hard work while we get ready for a day of Grammys red carpet posting.


Viola Davis Is Officially an EGOT
Actor, author, and philanthropist Viola Davis became a brand-new inductee into the EGOT Club—also known as the small, rarefied group of celebrities who have earned an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony in their careers—on Sunday, taking home her first win at the Grammys for her performance of the audiobook for her memoir, Finding Me.
Davis is only the third Black woman in history to become an EGOT, with other members of the club including Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Moreno, Mel Brooks, and Mike Nichols (and, in the fictional TV-sphere, 30 Rock’s Tracy Jordan, who turned the coveted accolade into a diamond-encrusted necklace). “It has just been such a journey,” Davis said in her acceptance speech at the Grammys, announcing jubilantly: “I just EGOT!”


Beyoncé Breaks Record for Most Grammy Wins of All Time
Beyoncé has broken the record for the most Grammy wins of all time, with 32, after earning four awards from the Recording Academy in the 2023 proceedings.
The award that put her over the top was a win for best dance/electronic album for “Renaissance.” Beyoncé was on hand at the arena to accept this one, unlike earlier in the CBS telecast, when she was not yet on the premises for the win that had her achieving a tie, when “Cuff It” got best R&B song and earned her win number 31.
“I’m trying not to be too emotional and I’m trying to just receive this night,” she said, after breaking the record a little more than two hours into the main telecast. “I want to thank God for protecting me. … I’d like to thank my uncle Johnny, who’s not here, but he’s here in spirit.” She thanked her parents, husband and three children before concluding, “I’d like to thank the queer community for your love and for inventing this genre.”


First Lady Jill Biden Attended the Grammys in Signature Style
Dr. Jill Biden’s dress for the 65th annual Grammy Awards may seem a bit familiar. When the first lady presented the award for song of the year to Bonnie Raitt on Sunday night (for “Just Like That”), she proved that great design deserves to be appreciated more than once, wearing an off-the-shoulder Oscar de la Renta gown with a botanical cutout lace pattern.


FarmTok: The Wholesome Social Media Trend I Can’t Get Enough Of
I guess you could say I’m one of the many millions of people who are obsessed with #FarmTok right now. While I can personally take credit for only a few of the 9.4 billion views on the topic on TikTok—being in my thirties is my only explanation—over on Instagram I’m consuming wholesome nature content like no one’s business. And my algorithm is taking note. Alongside the new Love Island contestant “Farmer Will,” an innocent and earthy character who takes selfies with lambs (obsessed), there are a number of outdoorsy, nature-worshipping accounts that I can’t get enough of.


65 Vintage Photos of Old Hollywood Stars on Their Honeymoon
Including Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’s nautical getaway.

Marrying the love of your life shouldn’t be followed by any old vacation—especially when you’re a celebrity who is used to the glitz and glamour that comes with stardom. And while some of these famous marriages eventually ended in heartache—and often dramatic, messy divorces—that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look back at the happy times. Here, rare photos offer a peek inside the most lavish Old Hollywood honeymoons, from Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher’s Italian escape to Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio’s Japanese getaway.


Happy Valley, Tommy Lee Royce and the glamorisation of violence
The barrister-turned-crime writer Helen Fields on the delicate art of making record-breaking but responsible drama

The nation has been gripped – understandably so – by Happy Valley. From the BBC drama’s launch in 2014 through to its tense conclusion last night, the performances have remained consistently compelling, with Sarah Lancashire’s outstanding portrayal of Catherine Cawood a joy (albeit mostly devastating) to watch. Opposite Lancashire is James Norton – the charismatic actor known for playing a charming vicar in Granchester, often cited as a contender for the next 007; chiselled jaw, piercing gaze, great hair. Of course, here, he’s playing the killer Tommy Lee Royce, but what’s not to like?


Paco Rabanne, Purveyor of Space Age Fashion, Dies at 88
Paco Rabanne has passed at the age of 88 in Portsall, France. The news was confirmed by Puig, the Spanish company that controls the Paco Rabanne fashion and fragrance house. “That radical, rebellious spirit set him apart: There is only one Rabanne,” said José Manuel Albesa, president of Puig’s fashion and beauty division. “With his passing, we are reminded once again of his enormous influence on contemporary fashion, a spirit that lives on in the house that bears his name.”


Kim Petras Makes History As First Trans Woman To Win Best Pop Duo Grammy And Her Speech Is Everything
‘I want to thank all the incredible transgender legends before me who kicked these doors open.’

Kim Petras made history at the 2023 Grammys on Sunday night as the first transgender woman to win the Grammy Award for pop duo/group performance.
The German singer accepted the award, which she won with non-binary British artist Sam Smith for their chart-topping collaboration, ‘Unholy’.
Accepting the award from Madonna, Petras delivered a heartwarming speech about becoming the first transgender woman to receive the gong, and paid tribute to her late friend, Sophie, a Scottish-born music producer who passed away in January 2021.


How My Love Of Clothes Became A Hoarding Problem
From 7 to 18 February, Plymouth Laureate of Words (and Vogue Talent Contest finalist) Laura Horton will stage Breathless at London’s Soho Theatre, a witty yet sensitive examination of 30-something protagonist Sophie’s battle with a chronic hoarding issue. Here, she writes about how much of the play borrows from her own life, and why it’s high time the mental health disorder was more accurately represented across both the arts and media.


How to Remove Every Type of Stain, From Grease and Coffee to Wine and Lipstick
The first step to removing a stain is identifying where it came from, which will dictate how and what you need to get it out of your clothes.

Whether it’s from cooking dinner or doing work in your garden, getting a few stains on your clothes is a common occurrence. But not all stains were created equally—they each have specific properties that require their own unique cleaning solutions. What might get out a grease mark, for example, might not be conducive to eliminating a coffee stain. No matter what type of spot you’re dealing with though, there is a cleaning solution out there that can return your piece to its original condition. The first step? Identifying the type of stain you need to treat.


Learn How to Make Perfect Cacio e Pepe at Home with Our Step-by-Step Visual Guide
This pasta is simple, but it’s important to get the technique right.

It’s one of the most elemental and elegant recipes you can make, and it’s also one of the simplest: We’re talking about the classic Italian pasta dish cacio e pepe. It translates to cheese and pepper and the dish can be just that—pasta with Pecorino Romano cheese and freshly cracked black pepper.
Yes, it sounds simple, but even the simplest recipes can go wrong. The sauce can be thin and greasy or the cheese can clump rather than melt. Follow our step-by-step guide to get cacio e pepe with a creamy, emulsified sauce coating each strand of pasta. It’s totally irresistible—and a dish you’ll pull out to impress guests for years.


7 Foods to Eat for a Stronger Immune System, According to Registered Dietitians
From berries and sweet potatoes to oysters, consider adding these wholesome foods to your diet.

Your immune system works hard to keep you healthy. After all, it’s in charge of fighting harmful germs, controlling disease, and recognizing dangerous substances. Genetics can play a big role in how your immune system works, but lifestyle factors—including exercise, stress levels, and diet—matter too.
On the food front, a well-balanced, plant-forward diet is generally associated with optimal immune function. This includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, but are there specific options worth calling out? To find out, we consulted registered dietitians for the seven best foods to eat for a strong and healthy immune system.


Why we loved Everything Everywhere All at Once — and why we hope it wins the Oscar
Our panel of experts discusses whether last year’s surprise breakout can win it all on Hollywood’s big night.

Everything Everywhere All at Once, from the directing duo known as the “Daniels” (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), has turned out to be one of 2022’s biggest success stories. It’s a quirky, non-franchise film with a wholly original plot about a Chinese immigrant mother who owns a laundromat with her husband, has a tense relationship with her daughter, and is hurtled into a fantastical plan to destroy the multiverse. Not your typical Oscar fare.
It has netted a whopping 11 Oscar nominations, and two of its stars — Ke Huy Quan and Michelle Yeoh — have been feted all awards season. Could this little film that became a sensation have a chance on Hollywood’s big night?


Why Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti is such a big deal
The Grammy nominated artist is making Latinx music mainstream, while expanding what it can be.

Once again, Bad Bunny is breaking records. His latest album, Un Verano Sin Ti, is the first Spanish-language album to ever receive a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. The feat in and of itself is huge — acknowledging the sheer growth and dominance of Latin music in the American mainstream in the last decade, regardless of whether he wins Sunday night.
It’s a nomination well deserved, after what can only be described as a blockbuster year for the Latin trap artist. Bad Bunny kicked off 2022 wrapping up a stadium tour for his previous album, followed straightaway by launching Un Verano Sin Ti with a sold-out world tour. He then co-starred alongside Brad Pitt in Bullet Train, and won a Video Music Award, becoming the first non-English language performer to become Artist of the Year. He accepted his award moments after smooching a male and female dancer during a livestream performance of his song “Tití Me Preguntó” at Yankee Stadium.


Mushrooms Aren’t Here to Destroy Us — Or to Save Us
The fictional fungus in “The Last of Us” touched a collective nerve. When it comes to mushrooms, we just can’t keep our cool.

There are around 1.5 million species of fungi, a kingdom that is neither plant nor animal, and they’re some of the strangest and most marvelous life-forms on the planet, both feared and revered. But our relationship with mushrooms, particularly in the West, can be fraught — and not just because misidentifying one might be dangerous.
In nature, mushrooms happily appear under the grossest and most fractious circumstances, when little else will. They can signal death, thriving in damp, dark rot, blooming in decomposition and nimbly decaying organic matter. Nevermind that this process is vital and regenerative (and, witnessed in a time-lapse, weirdly beautiful), it really freaks us out.


Grammy Awards 2023: See the complete list of winners
From Harry to Bey to Bunny, here’s who walked away with gold at the 65th annual Grammys.

It’s been quite a year for music, from Beyoncé’s unbreakable soul and Adele’s “Easy” listening to Bad Bunny’s hot-boy Verano and Harry Style’s House party. But now we finally know who’ll need a U-Haul to take home all their trophies from the 65th annual Grammy Awards.
And then there was the night’s most coveted trophy — Album of the Year — a category that once again pitted Adele (for 30) against Beyoncé (for Renaissance). But neither diva would snatch the statch (nor would Bad Bunny, ABBA, Mary J. Blige, Lizzo, Brandi Carlile, or Coldplay). The award instead went to Harry Styles for Harry’s House. Like Lizzo, the “As It Was” singer used his acceptance speech to praise his fellow nominees. “Man, I’ve been so, so inspired by every artist in this category with me,” he said. “And I think on nights like tonight it’s so important for us to remember that there is no such thing as best in music. I don’t think any of us sit in the studio making decisions based on what is going to get us one of these.”




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