T LOunge for May 23rd, 2023

Posted on May 23, 2023

Romi Bar and Restaurant – Les Hauts de Saint Jean, Saint Barthélemy Island


Shall we, darlings? Your bright, sunny, colorful LOunge awaits. Forger responsibilities and stressors. Plant your ass on a pink cushion and drink something fruity right now.

The psychology behind wearing colour – and how to make it work for you
Always feel like you have nothing to wear? The answer might lie in the shades of your wardrobe

“Colour is one of these amazing forms of self-expression,” says colour psychologist Karen Haller. “What colour allows us to do is communicate how we’re feeling, how we want to feel or how we want other people to interact with us – without actually saying anything at all.”
As humans, only 20 per cent of the decisions we make are conscious – the rest happen without us even realising. This same rule applies when we wear colour: we have emotional experiences with different hues and shades, and respond to them subconsciously.


The sea-goddess manicure is spring’s prettie
Think pearls, pearlescents and beyond

Sea-goddess nails are having a major moment this spring with 48.1 million views on TikTok for videos tagged ‘mermaid nails’ and searches for ‘mermaidcore’ spiking 90 per cent in the past three months. But instead of being twee or garish, 2023’s approach to the otherworldly trend is surprisingly chic and grown-up.
The summer runways embraced all things aquatic with impossibly glossy, dewy cheekbones as seen at Edward Crutchley, pearlescent skin at Alberta Ferretti, Ariel-worthy waves at Chloé and Blumarine, and just-out-of-the-ocean hair at Dries Van Noten.st nail trend


The shocking true story behind Joan, a new TV show starring Sophie Turner as a 1980s jewel thief
The Game of Thrones actress plays the lead role of Joan Hannington, one of London’s most notorious crime bosses, in this highly anticipated ITV drama

Turner (of Game of Thrones fame) plays the part of protagonist Joan Hannington, a housewife and mother who eventually becomes one of the city’s most powerful diamond thieves. When her husband, a violent criminal named Gary, goes on the run, Joan seizes the opportunity to create a new life for herself and her daughter. A similarly A-list cast joins Turner, including Frank Dillane as Boisie, Hannington’s husband, and Gershwyn Eustache Jnr (who you’ll know from I May Destroy You and Top Boy).
“I’m so excited to be bringing Joan Hannington’s fascinating life story to screen in Joan,” Turner has said. “She is one of the most notorious figures in the criminal underworld of London, earning her the nickname ‘The Godmother’. A woman who goes between her thriving and daring career as a jewel thief, all while trying to get her daughter back from social services, we see a mother in despair swept up in the exhilarating world of crime.”


Extra-long hair is more popular – and possible – than ever
It’s the ‘quiet luxury’ of hair lengths

While it seems as if an A-lister debuts a short bob haircut daily, another famous face will step out sporting ultra-long hair. Meghan Markle, Gigi Hadid, Priyanka Chopra, Margot Robbie and Victoria Beckham have all recently opted for hairstyles with significant length, elevating a simple aesthetic to of-the-moment status.
Why now? “Extreme length is a type of wealth signalling,” Tom Smith, hairstylist and trend forecaster, tells Harper’s Bazaar. “Typically we are seeing very long hair with effortless, relaxed waves, and subtle, multi-tonal colours, and this all plays into the ‘quiet luxury’ lifestyle” – that of whispering wealth via understated sartorial codes. “Extra-long hair gives off an effortlessly cool vibe, as opposed to short, structured cuts which can come off as more high maintenance.”


Dodgers Re-Invite Drag Nonprofit Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to Pride Night, Apologize to LGBTQ Community
“After much thoughtful feedback from our diverse communities, honest conversations with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and generous discussions with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Los Angeles Dodgers would like to offer our sincerest apologies to the [Sisters], members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends and families,” the team said in a statement, adding that the group has “agreed to receive the gratitude of our collective of our collective communities for the lifesaving work that they have done tirelessly for decades.”


The Rise Of The Radical Sabbatical
Can a break from the norm actually change your life? Jenny Southan goes in search of a new direction.

Since the pandemic, there has been a rise in people taking holidays with the express purpose of reassessing or improving their lives – these transformative short stints are called ‘radical sabbaticals’. Whether we’re suffering from milestone anxiety, considering leaving a partner, starting or stopping fertility treatment or dreaming of launching a business, there are times in our lives when we feel we are at a crossroads, and need to make a big decision or take a leap of faith.


How ’50s Model Wenda Parkinson Changed The Course Of Fashion Photography Forever
Since his death more than 30 years ago in Malaysia – he was 76 and on assignment for Town & Country – there have been several books about Norman Parkinson, and many more magazine and newspaper articles. He remains a significant figure in any history of fashion photography.
Made chiefly for Vogue from 1943 until the late ’70s, his “piccies”, as he called them, have been thoroughly picked over, and there is, as might be expected, not much left to say about his output. A biography would be fun, because it was a relatively long life, and one flamboyantly led. From these pages another figure would surely stand out – one integral to Parkinson’s lore, who, having slipped a little from view, is coming back into the light.


Firebrand Provides An Alternate History, But What Was Katherine Parr’s Marriage To Henry VIII Really Like?
Karim Aïnouz’s Firebrand, an audacious retelling of the story of Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife, Katherine Parr (Alicia Vikander, opposite Jude Law’s raging monarch), opens with a statement about the nature of history, noting that it “tells us a few things, mostly about men and war”, but that everything else is often “wild conjecture”. That is exactly what this sumptuous period drama aims to be – taking its lead from Elizabeth Fremantle’s historical novel Queen’s Gambit, it imagines the final years of Tudor England under the formidable King’s reign, and his death which, in this version of the tale, is hastened by the Queen herself. While there’s no evidence of this, there are also kernels of truth in the film’s depiction of the couple and their tumultuous marriage. Below, we outline everything you need to know about the real-life relationship between Katherine Parr and Henry VIII.


The Always Evolving Róisín Murphy Announces a New Album
Turns out Murphy has spent the past few years working very hard on one thing in particular: her upcoming sixth album, Hit Parade, arriving 8 September. Where Róisín Machine served as a kind of overview of one facet of Murphy’s career – her role as a dance-floor siren, all velvety vocals and thunderous house and disco beats – Hit Parade speaks to her wonkier, more surrealist side, a sound she honed with her sole collaborator on the album, DJ Koze. The first single, “CooCool”, dropped in May: a misty-eyed ode to falling in love as birds sing around you, it sounds like something that might have soundtracked a Disney princess walking through the woods (if the animators were on acid, anyway). Then, Murphy released the equally fantastic “The Universe,” which interpolates “Row Row Row Your Boat” over breezy electric guitars and arrives with artwork that shows Murphy’s disembodied head on a platform, mouth stretched to Cronenbergian proportions.


The Weird & Wonderful Possibilities Of Wall Lights
How often does anyone ever actually use their overhead lights? I know I don’t. Most of mine don’t even have light bulbs in – they’re primarily there as hanging objets de dusty. And to be brutally honest, I think bright overhead lighting is quite possibly the most unflattering, least sexy light there is. (Especially the spotlight kind – now that really should be illegal.) […]
We all know that ceiling lights can provide an important decorative focal point, and when the light is diffused in the right way, they can illuminate a room spectacularly. But not only do the sconces bring a sense of life to walls, but they quite literally make a room feel like it’s glowing from the inside – and by moving them around, there are infinite possibilities for how to illuminate the room.


‘The Color Purple’ Musical Trailer: Fantasia Barrino Stars in Emotional First Glimpse of New Movie
The Color Purple is in theaters Dec. 25

The Color Purple movie musical is almost here.
On Monday, Warner Bros. Pictures debuted the first trailer for the new adaptation of the Alice Walker novel and the Broadway musical it inspired, which was previously released as a non-musical film in 1985 directed by Steven Spielberg.
In this version, directed by Blitz Bazawule, Fantasia Barrino plays Celie in her feature film debut, while Danielle Brooks plays Sofia among a star-studded cast that also includes Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey, Louis Gossett Jr., Corey Hawkins, David Alan Grier, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, H.E.R., Ciara, Jon Batiste and Deon Cole.


13 Spritzes You Can Make in Minutes
‘Tis the season for bubbles, aperitifs, and outdoor entertaining.

As someone who spent much of her life in New England, I can personally attest that there are few feelings better than enjoying that first spritz at the end of the long, gloomy tunnel of winter. Maybe it’s that Aperol Spritz ordered on a Thursday happy hour, or maybe you’re finally heading on vacation to a warmer locale and you’re about to be knee deep in Suze, Cappelletti, Cynar, and other aperitifs that lend themselves to spritz-making. While nothing beats ordering a spritz al fresco (bonus points if you find a bar that brings out some nuts or potato chips to snack on alongside your drink), spritzes tend to be incredibly easy to make at home. Most don’t require the use of a cocktail shaker, and call for three or four versatile ingredients that you can later enjoy on the rocks, in more complex cocktails, or even in your baking. Read on for 13 spritzes you can make in minutes.


Take a Champagne and Burger Tour of NYC This June
Unique burger and Veuve Champagne pairings will be available at 14 different NYC restaurants in June.

If you can’t make it to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic — which will take place June 3 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City— restaurants around New York City have teamed up with the iconic Champagne house via reservations platform Resy to create 14 different burgers that showcase a different expression of Veuve. Bottles (and glasses) include Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, Rose, and La Grande Dame, and the burger and Champagne combinations are available at price points from $36 to $200.


What Susan Sontag Wanted for Women
A new collection reveals a world view haunted by death—and the prospect of liberation.

A certain anxiety besieges the critic asked to introduce a volume of earlier writings on women, lest she find the ideas expressed in them relics of a distant, less enlightened past. But the essays and interviews in “On Women,” a new collection of Susan Sontag’s work, are incapable of aging badly. Though the pieces are around fifty years old, the effect of reading them today is to marvel at the untimeliness of their genius. They contain no ready-made ideas, no borrowed rhetoric—nothing that risks hardening into dogma or cant. They offer us only the spectacle of a ferocious intellect setting itself to the task at hand: to articulate the politics and aesthetics of being a woman in the United States, the Americas, and the world.


Gen Z just wants a stable job
Young people are suddenly interested in working for the military industrial complex.

For new college grads, the tech industry is out, and the defense industry is in. Well, sort of.
Companies like Raytheon and Lockheed Martin saw some of the biggest jumps in search interest by this year’s grads on the popular college career site Handshake. Meanwhile, not a single tech company made the top 10. When it came to applying for work, there was huge growth in the number of applications to jobs in government, law, and politics (84 percent); energy (53 percent); and pretty much every industry that isn’t tech, although that grew too (8 percent). This likely reflects the overall 24 percent growth in full-time applications this year, as students struggle with a rougher job market than last year.


14 Living Room Décor Ideas Every Homeowner Should Try
Lost when it comes to creating a visually cohesive, lived-in space? Learn how to decorate the heart of your home like an interior designer.

Living in an environment you respond to positively will improve your quality of life, says interior designer Gillian Segal. For her, that means creating a space that is calming, comforting, and great for entertaining. When decorating your space, homeowners should think about what’s important to them and make design choices that enhance their lifestyle. For instance, if watching television is a big part of your life, make the TV the focal point of the room. Is natural light important to you? Opt for sheer window treatments that invite the sunshine in.


A Beginner’s Guide to Composting—Plus, How to DIY a Compost Bin
Learn the many benefits of this sustainable fertilizer for your garden, plus all the essentials you need to create your own compost.

Composting is a secret weapon for gardeners—it gives food scraps and other natural waste a second life while serving as fuel for healthy plants. Plus, creating it is actually quite simple. To make compost, all you need to do is compile organic matter—think food scraps, leaves, grass clippings, and coffee grounds—and let it decompose with the help of water, oxygen, and organisms like worms and fungi. The process breaks down the biodegradable materials to make a soil treatment packed with moisture and nutrients, which you can then administer to your plants.


25 Best College Towns and Cities in the U.S.
From coast to coast, these are the best American college towns and cities.

Finding the right college is serious business. There’s a lot to consider before committing to your school of choice, including everything from its academic merits to its scholarship offerings, athletics, and even its social scene. However, we’d argue that one of the most important considerations is location — after all, it’s a place you’ll be spending a few years living in, if not longer.



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