T LOunge for March 29th, 2023

Posted on March 29, 2023

NuBel Bar, Restaurant and Lounge at Reina Sofía Museum – Madrid, Spain


Darlings, your prodigal bitches are BACK – stuffed with olives, codfish, cheese, and gallons of sangria, woozy from four flights in nine days while hopping through three different time zones – but back nonetheless from our lovely and much-needed trip to Spain and Portugal, the details of which you can see all over our insta. In fact, when it came time to pick our celebratory return LOunge, Lorenzo literally returned to a space we featured once before (something he tries mightily to avoid) simply because we wandered into it after a full day of museuming. Lorenzo gasped so loud that Tom assumed he’d spotted someone super-famous in the crowd. Before he could get the words “What? Who? Is it Prince Harry? Is it Lizzo?” out while frantically scanning the room, Lorenzo explained that he recognized the space as a former T LOunge. It’s exactly as gorgeous and ambiance-heavy as it looks and the food is fantastic. Probably the best museum cafe we’ve ever been in. Anyway, we’re happy to be home with our feline babies and we’ve got much in the way of things to show you today, so settle in and be sure to order a cocktail or two while you peruse the buffet of distractions. We can attest that they make fabulous drinks here.


Burberry celebrates its history with beautiful new book
Step into the archive and discover the heritage of the house

Burberry is celebrating its heritage with a beautiful new coffee table book, which has been made in collaboration with Assouline. In the tome – which is available to order here – the British fashion house pays tribute to 165 years of innovation and adventure, and its unique expression of Britishness.
The book is filled with material from the Burberry archive and beyond. There are five chapters featuring 200 illustrations, which depict the house’s evolution from a family-run company, founded in 1856, to the powerhouse it is today.


What, Exactly, Is Going on With Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ski-and-Run Trial?
“Gwyneth Paltrow is on trial for her role in a ski accident at an upscale Utah resort” may sound like a random assortment of words (or the log line for a new Ryan Murphy courtroom drama that I would absolutely watch), but in fact, that’s exactly what’s unfolding at a courtroom in Park City. There, the actress and wellness influencer is being sued by a man who alleges that she crashed into him from behind while skiing recklessly in 2016.


The Mental Health Benefits of Spring-Cleaning
“Spring is considered the season of renewal, both in nature and in consumer or popular culture,” says Marni Amsellem, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Smart Health Psychology, of the desire to press reset. “After a long winter, we are eager to shed layers and activate. It feels good to do this in our homes as well.” The fact is we’re naturally in harmony with the seasonal shifts happening around us. “People’s energy can really be a lot lower during the wintertime,” explains Dr. Dawn Potter, PsyD, a clinical psychologist in Cleveland during an episode of Cleveland Clinic’s Health Essentials podcast. “And we can see a corresponding surge of increased energy in the springtime: Days are brighter, days are warmer, people are getting outside more, and they feel more energized by that exposure to sunlight.” But the compulsion to improve the aesthetic and functionality of our homes goes beyond seasonality. It can also be an evergreen coping mechanism for daily stress and anxiety. “Cleaning and organizing can help us feel mastery over our immediate worlds,” Amsellem says. And who doesn’t want more of that year-round?


Kelly Ripa Battled Outrageous Sexism as She Became Daytime’s Top Star: ‘I Don’t Think They Wanted to Pay Me. They Had to Pay Me’
Kelly Ripa has spent 22 years as the host of a single daytime talk show, now earning a salary in the range of $20 million a year. She not only got movie-star rich as the co-host of “Live!”; she’s part of TV history, in a league of legends — Regis Philbin, Phil Donahue, Jerry Springer and Oprah Winfrey — who changed TV as they greeted millions of stay-at-home moms and dads each day.
Following in Winfrey’s footsteps wasn’t a path that the actress born and raised in New Jersey dreamed for herself. When Ripa joined Philbin on “Live!” in February 2001, after a fierce nationwide search to replace Kathie Lee Gifford, she was a bubbly soap-opera star best known for her years on “All My Children.” Since then, Ripa has maintained a cheerful (but not plastic) persona as she steered “Live!,” the most-watched syndicated talk show on TV, through divisive moments in our country’s history and three co-host changes. Through it all, she has remained a part of America’s morning ritual, as familiar as Folgers.


Behind the Scenes of Sweeney Todd’s Bloody, Brilliant Opening on Broadway
Beware the tale of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim’s Grand Guignol masterpiece—a glorious revival of which opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York on Sunday, starring Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford—follows an unjustly exiled barber (Groban) who returns to 19th-century London, seeking vengeance on the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. In so doing, he meets Mrs. Lovett (Ashford), the resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop who soon becomes his partner in crime: After Todd revives his barber practice upstairs, Mrs. Lovett’s luck shifts when his thirst for blood—and facility with a razor blade—inspires her to start turning people into pastries. (See: the indelible “A Little Priest,” as devilishly delightful as ever here.)


The Brightness Of Being Jodie Turner-Smith
The actor may have Hollywood at her feet, but she hasn’t forgotten the journey to getting there. She sits down with her ‘Sex Education’ co-star and friend Ncuti Gatwa to discuss self-love stardom and what comes next.

Ever since her 2019 breakout performance in Melina Matsoukas’ Queen & Slim, Jodie Turner-Smith has carved out a place for herself within the worlds of film and fashion as a woman to watch. Her starring role as a lawyer turned outlaw was both boldly commanding and deeply vulnerable. It was a transformative moment in what has been a storied career: in her twenties Turner-Smith moved from Pittsburgh to LA, USA to work as a banker in a corporate firm, before quitting to become a model and then actor. Onscreen, Turner-Smith has a mesmeric presence. And off, her playful approach to style lights up every red carpet she graces. Last year she hosted the FashionAwards in London. Before that, she danced down the runway of Alessandro Michele’s SS22 Gucci Love Parade. 2023 is set to be a landmark year for the 36-year-old British actor. She has already appeared as a tenacious political reporter alongside Succession’s Brian Cox in The Independent. Next, she flexes her comedic muscles, joining rom-com icons Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Murder Mystery 2 this summer, before starring in Star Wars spinoff The Acolyte.


‘The White Lotus’ Season 3 Will Be Set in Thailand
“The first season kind of highlighted money, and then the second season is sex,” White said in a clip pegged at the end of the Season 2 finale. “I think the third season would be maybe a satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality. It feels like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round at White Lotus.”
Production on Season 3 has yet to begin, as sources say White has been spending time in Thailand scoping out sites. Casting details have yet to be announced, but as Season 2 featured a primarily new ensemble, it’s safe to assume there will be plenty of fresh faces on vacation in Asia.


19 Best New Spring Cookbooks of 2023
Our editors can’t wait to add these new releases to their shelves.

It’s hard to overstate the simple joy of bringing home a new cookbook in anticipation of an afternoon spent adding post-it notes on that page with a must-try cake, or an unexpectedly simple weeknight dinner upgrade. Even if your home is as packed with cookbooks (as well as wine and cocktail books) as ours are, we think you’ll agree: there’s always room for a few more good books.
This spring, we’re especially excited to get our hands on much-anticipated debuts from folks like pastry chef and activist Natasha Pickowicz, as well as veteran vegetable magicians like Abra Berens and Steven Satterfield. Whether you’re looking to breathe new life into your springtime recipe arsenal, need a dinner party gift that isn’t another bottle of wine (though we’ve got you covered there, too), or just want something pretty to put on your coffee table and glance at every now and then, read on for the 19 new cookbooks our editors are most excited about this spring.


Rice Krispies Cereal Now Has Its Own Candy Bars — And They’re Not Chocolate
Two flavors of crunchy treats are hitting the candy aisle.

They’ve snapped, crackled, and popped in your cereal bowl for years and found their second calling as a marshmallowy treat, but starting this month you can try Rice Krispies in a whole new way. The cereal brand is releasing its own line of candy bars in two debut flavors.
For its inaugural lineup, the famed Kellogg’s brand is sprinkling its cereal bits not into chocolate, as you might expect, but into marshmallow and strawberry flavor candy. The first is reminiscent of the classic gooey snack (that’s become so popular the recipe is printed on the box). The other fruitier flavor might evoke memories of adding some fresh berries to your cereal bowl, or perhaps similar candy combos like strawberry Pocky.


This Art Collector’s Staggering Personal Jewellery Collection Would Have Made Elizabeth Taylor Blush
With an estimate of £122.3million, the billionaire art collector Heidi Horten’s personal jewellery collection – featuring an exceptional array of Bulgari, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston pieces – will go up for sale at Christie’s in May. The auction house gives British Vogue an exclusive first look.
With a pre-sale estimate of more than £122.3million, it is set to become only the third private jewellery collection in the world to fetch a total of more than £70million, following the auction house’s two previous record-breaking sales – the Elizabeth Taylor Collection in 2011 (£74million) and the Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence auction in 2019 (£87million).


19 Dreamy Archive Pictures Of Stevie Nicks That Prove Shes Forever Been A Free Spirit
Harry Styles once described legendary Fleetwood Mac front woman Stevie Nicks – who famously performed with the singer in 2020 – as “a magical gypsy godmother,” and he’s bang on the money. Mystical, free-spirited and fiercely bohemian, Nicks is a well-loved icon of the hippie generation.
Carefree should be Stevie’s middle name – not least for the fact that her effortlessly beautiful aura lights up every stage she graces. At the dawn of the ’70s, a young Nicks offered her instantly recognisable harmonious voice to Fleetwood Mac, a band that has since been coined a soundtrack of the era. Often seen with her ribboned tambourine in tow, Nicks is the ultimate performer. Having curated a foolproof wardrobe comprised of ponchos, sweeping dresses, flared sleeves and plenty of fringing, she is deservedly considered a style icon.


28 OnScreen Brides To Inspire Your Wedding Dress Search
The big and small screens have contributed an array of memorable wedding dresses to the collective fashion consciousness. There are those films that are actually about weddings, such as Father of the Bride (1950) starring Elizabeth Taylor, or 2001 Jennifer Lopez vehicle The Wedding Planner. Then wedding scenes often provide the perfect “happy ending” to a good rom-com, and some movies have used a bridal gown as a plot device.
Take the Vivienne Westwood wedding gown Sarah Jessica Parker wore as Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City movie (2008), which was from the autumn/winter 2007 collection and made from special luxurious ivory silk duchess satin and Radzimir taffeta. The majesty of the gown changed Carrie’s plan for an intimate ceremony, and she memorably ended up planning a wedding that was “bigger than Big”. You might say that glorious Vivienne Westwood gown was the reason she found herself jilted at the altar by her great love.


Brooke Shields Never Knew Normal
The star, who’s been a lightning rod for attention since she was a child, on how she has survived controversy and life in the public eye.

The more you learn about Brooke Shields’s life, the more you marvel at how well-adjusted she must be to have got through it all in one piece. Born in 1965, Shields began modelling during infancy, and she has lived in the public eye—as a totem of American girlhood, as a paragon of beauty, as a lightning rod—ever since. Her first big movie role, filmed when she was eleven, was in Louis Malle’s “Pretty Baby,” from 1978, about a child prostitute in early-twentieth-century New Orleans. Shields was immediately called on to defend her nude scenes, all while navigating the alcoholism of her mother and manager, Teri Shields. Two years later, she starred in “The Blue Lagoon,” in which two young people, shipwrecked on a desert island, stumble into sexuality. (As Pauline Kael put it, “All we have to look forward to is: When are these two going to discover fornication?”) The film, released in the summer of 1980, turned Shields into a provocative sex symbol, once again putting her on a pedestal that felt more like a witness stand. She was fifteen.


A TikToker sparked a debate about where to put your carry-on bags on planes, saying that only the locker above your seat is fair game
A TikToker sparked a debate on where people should store carry-on luggage on a plane.
“Don’t place your carry-on in row 8 on your way to row 26,” the creator said.
Some thought it was only OK to place it above your own seat, whereas others were more flexible.


If the Sound of Your Partner Chewing Bothers You, You’re Not Alone—Here’s What Science Says
According to a new study, about one in five people have misophonia, a condition that causes a negative reaction to harmless everyday sounds like chewing and breathing.

It goes without saying that you admire your significant other, but as the person you likely spend most of your time with, there’s bound to be a few things they do that set you on edge. If some of those annoying quirks include their everyday sounds, like chewing, yawning, or breathing, you’re not alone. A recent study found that about one in five people have misophonia, which is a condition that causes a strong negative reaction to harmless everyday noises that are usually made by other people.


The French Bulldog Is the Most Popular Dog in America—Dethroning the Labrador After 31 Years
After climbing the rungs the past 10 years, the petite breed officially took the top spot.

Whether you prefer large breeds, dogs that look like puppies at any age, or something in between, many people have a favorite type of dog. And it seems as though Americans are statistically on the same page when it comes to their most beloved breed. According to the American Kennel Club’s annual list of the most popular dog breeds, the French Bulldog takes the prize.
This news marks an end to the Labrador Retriever’s 31-year reign as the most popular dog breed in America. But it is a dethroning the AKC saw coming—the registry notes that the French Bulldog has been climbing the ranks in popularity over the last 10 years. In fact, just last year, the dog breed ranked second as America’s most beloved type of dog.


4 Ways to Remove Water Stains From Wood, According to Cleaning Experts
Setting your water glass down without a coaster won’t ruin your furniture when you keep these cleaning solutions at top of mind.

Few things are more enjoyable than an ice cold glass of water. But if you forget to use a coaster, the condensation will drip to the bottom of the glass and form an unsightly ring on wood furniture that can feel impossible to remove. Rather than get rid of your furniture, or resort to covering up the stain with a fresh coat of paint, there are a few tried-and-true ways to remove water stains from wood.


Gwyneth Paltrow’s ski-and-run trial is a reminder that stars are not like us
Countersuing an optometrist for a ski slope collision is basically Gwyneth Paltrow’s White Lotus audition.

Seventy-six-year-old retired optometrist Terry Sanderson is suing Paltrow, the extremely wealthy, Oscar-winning actress/businesswoman/nepotism baby, alleging that a collision with her on a bunny slope in Park City, Utah, on a fateful February day in 2016 ruined his life. Paltrow countersued, claiming that the man actually barreled downhill into her, not seeing her until it was too late. Some of his injuries, she and her lawyers allege, predate the collision. She claims his lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt to leverage her fame into a payday.


Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton song ‘Rainbowland’ banned from Wisconsin school class concert
The song was removed by the school district because its lyrics “could be deemed controversial” per a school board policy.

A school in Wisconsin doesn’t want its students living in “Rainbowland,” apparently.
Administrators at a Wisconsin elementary school have banned a first-grade class from performing the song, which hails from Dolly Parton and goddaughter Miley Cyrus, at a forthcoming concert because its lyrics “could be deemed controversial” according to a school board policy.


The dazzling life of Spain’s late Duchess of Alba, who mingled with royals, befriended Jackie Kennedy and turned down Picasso
The Duchess of Alba, who was born 97 years ago today, led an extraordinary life filled with extraordinary wealth and privilege

Towards the end of her life, she cut an eccentric figure with bright white hair and waxy skin. But when María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, the 18th Duchess of Alba, was in her prime, she was considered one of the greatest beauties of her age: Picasso wanted to paint her, Jackie Kennedy visited her Seville palace and she was friends with Grace Kelly.


How Should Gwyneth Paltrow Dress for Court?
At the celebrity ski trial of the century, Ms. Paltrow can’t deny her own profile, but she can’t fully lean into it either.

Gwyneth Paltrow, wellness guru, entrepreneur and actress, has given the world many things: conscious uncoupling, rectal ozone therapy and, now, a week and a half into that limited series officially known as Sanderson v. Paltrow and unofficially as the Gwyneth Paltrow Ski Crash Trial that is taking place in Park City, Utah, and streaming on the Law & Crime network, a new style subgenre that ought henceforth to be known as courtcore.
It may be more precedent setting than you might think.


We Will Never Reach Peak Croissant
Ten years after the Cronut, croissants are still taking on new shapes, sporting swirls and stripes and drawing crowds.

When the baker Amadou Ly spotted the right moment to pull his croissant dough from the roller, it flowed like silk over his wooden counter. It had taken three days of precisely executed fermentation and lamination, the exacting process of folding fat into flour to create a supple dough.
When the geometry and the hygrometry align like this, the buttery sheets can be pleated and pinched, folded and braided, rolled and dyed.
That’s just what the world’s leading pastry chefs are doing with croissant dough: coiling it into pinwheels and squiggles, tying it in knots and stacking it into cubes. They are turning it into breakfast cereal, tie-dyeing it and, in Mr. Ly’s case, wrapping it around baguettes.


Why You Have to Take Your Shoes Off to Stand in This Famed Spot in Westminster Abbey
Visitors on the “Church and Crown” tour will be able to stand in the same spot where King Charles will be crowned, sans shoes.

This special tour at Westminster Abbey puts you right at the center of King Charles III’s May 6 coronation — as long as you take your shoes off.
According to The Associated Press, Westminster Abbey officials are opening a section of the Cosmati pavement, a marble, stone, glass, and metal mosaic floor commissioned by King Henry III in the 1200s that sits at the Abbey’s High Altar. The area, crafted by Italian and English masons, is where coronations — including that of Queen Elizabeth’s II — have taken place throughout history. It’s also where several royal weddings have taken place, including that of Prince William and Kate Middleton.





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