T LOunge for August 17th, 2023

Posted on August 17, 2023

PinFire Bar and Restaurant – Dublin, Ireland

Let’s go for drama today, darlings! And why not? Is it not THURSDAY, a day that practically begs for a little flourish as the weekend comes into view on the horizon? Let’s break off into groups and start a gossip chain over cocktails today.


Annette Bening on Meeting a “Dire” Moment, From Hollywood Strikes to Attacks on LBGTQ Rights
The new board chair of the Entertainment Community Fund implores Hollywood to support workers affected by the work stoppages while expressing hope for post-strike unity: “We will move forward.”

It wasn’t the Oscars, but close. On Sept. 25, 2021, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences christened its $484 million Renzo Piano-designed movie museum with a starry gala. That night, Annette Bening, Tom Hanks and Bob Iger received Pillar Awards, recognizing their efforts leading the capital campaign to complete the long-gestating project. The scene represented a moment of true unity for Hollywood and the city of Los Angeles that, at long last, had a new landmark to brag about.
Less than two years later, that communal pride has given way to deep fractures across an industry at a standstill amid the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. As the battle rages, Bening is back in the lights with a new mission.


Coming to The Met’s Costume Institute, ‘Women Dressing Women
Today it was announced that the upcoming exhibit at The Met’s Costume Institute will be all about women. “Women Dressing Women” will open at the end of this year at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with a group of around 80 objects from its permanent collection by designers such as Madeleine Vionnet, Claire McCardell, and Vivienne Westwood along with contemporary designers including Miuccia Prada, Collina Strada’s Hillary Taymour, Yeohlee Teng, Simone Rocha, and Comme des Garçons’s Rei Kawakubo, among others. It will trace a line through the history of 20th-century Western fashion.


Why the cuff bracelet is the perfect power accessory
The striking design is enjoying a major comeback right now

Whatever you may think of Marvel and DC’s action-packed blockbusters, a quick scan of their female superhero line-up reveals there’s one accessory that’s prized above all others. Surprisingly, it’s not a cape – it’s a cuff. […] Indeed, in Wonder Woman 1984, which debuted in 2020, Gal Gadot can be seen expertly wielding her bracelets in battle, before reuniting with her long lost beau while wearing Elsa Peretti’s iconic Bone cuff design for Tiffany & Co, which also celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020.


Why some people are calling for Sandra Bullock’s The Blind Side Oscar to be revoked
It comes after claims from Michael Oher, whose story inspired the film, that his ‘adoptive’ family exploited him.

People on Twitter are calling for Sandra Bullock to “give back” the Oscar she won for The Blind Side, amid exploitation claims from Michael Oher, the NFL player whose streets-to-success real life story was fictionalised in the 2009 sports drama.
The 2009 hit is based on Michael Lewis’ non-fiction book about the evolution of football and Oher’s life story. Lewis’s credibility as a writer/reporter so far hasn’t been questioned, but Lewis—who also wrote the book Moneyball is based on—went to prep school with Sean Tuohy, which is kind of an eyebrow raise. Like maybe he didn’t get an unbiased version of the story?


To all men who date women: please stop making comments about our bodies and what we eat on dates
Why I’m tired of unsolicited observations and ‘advice’ on first dates.

Dating is really, really hard: this is a fact I’m sure most single people can agree on. While going on dates and meeting new people can be full of joy, it’s also pretty draining, and the series of bad dates myself and my friends have gone on are unfortunately full of horror stories.
And lately, I’ve noticed a pattern when recounting said horror stories from my own dating life: they pretty much all include incidents where men have commented on my body, diet or exercise regime. Which led me to ask: when did this become OK?


“I Really Want To Write The Books I Want To Write Before I Die”: Zadie Smith Is Back With An Epic And Emotional New Novel
In The Fraud, her first work of historical fiction, the prolific author unravels a 19th-century trial – and the nation’s self-deceptions. Zing Tsjeng meets the literary luminary in – where else? – northwest London.

Smith – now 47, having spent the last few decades briskly dispensing of the condescending literary ingénue label that attached itself, remora-like, in the wake of her 2000 debut, White Teeth – is in adventure mode. Various local maps have been shoved under her armpit with determination. That leonine face and the striking, wide-set eyes are today mostly covered up with a cheerfully giant pair of sunglasses, the signature headwrap discarded in favour of braids with golden hair rings. The effect is less artistic luminary and more cool downtown aunt at a farmers’ market.


First Gwyneth, And Now Mila Kunis And Ashton Kutcher Are Putting Their Beachy Santa Barbara Guest House On Airbnb
If you ever dreamed of living like a celebrity, now you can – at least for a night, anyway.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are offering their Santa Barbara guest house on Airbnb for a one-day stay on 19 August. In return, the booking platform is making a donation to Thorn, an organisation dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of children.
While only one lucky family will score a vacation at the Kutcher-Kunis home – where meals will be provided and the actors will greet you upon arrival – thanks to the listing photos, the world gets to see inside the two-bedroom beachside residence.


Women Authors Are Redefining the Hip-Hop Books Canon
As hip-hop turns 50, the stories told by and centering women in the culture are more important than ever. Here, eight writers tell us why.

It took just over 25 years after hip-hop’s inception for a woman author to engage the culture with feminist thought. In 1999, journalist and author Joan Morgan published When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down, once deemed curio within music literature. Unless they were music journalists or orators, women were rarely given authority to critique and detail their connection to hip-hop in longform; men largely postured themselves as experts on the genre and its roots. As hip-hop reaches its 50th anniversary, the reach of women hip-hop authors stands firm against the patriarchal ideologies that have tried to silence their stories, from fictional to autobiographical.


An Ode to Stella’s Soft Style
On the 25th anniversary of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Yaminah Mayo remembers the enduring importance of costume designer Ruth E. Carter’s work.

If you are a Black person born before 2003, for the past 25 years, there is a good chance that How Stella Got Her Groove Back has been used in some colloquial way to represent a woman taking a vacation, making a major career change, switching up her routine, or breaking with societal norms and (gasp!) dating a younger man. In some way, Stella Payne (memorably played by Angela Bassett in the 1998 film, which celebrates its 25th anniversary today) has been with Black millennials for the bulk of our lives, but viewers often don’t look deeper than the surface-level romance—which is rife with blaring red flags, by the way—and overlook a woman prioritizing pleasure and fulfillment at 40, a vulnerable and consummate 20-plus-year friendship, unanticipated grief, and, my personal favorite, the clothes.


21 Artists to Know at This Year’s Santa Fe Indian Market
This weekend, the 2023 Santa Fe Indian Market kicks off in New Mexico. The annual market—which is held in and around Santa Fe’s historic main plaza—serves as one of the city’s biggest attractions of the year; it’s where Indigenous artists of all backgrounds across North America come to sell their innovative works, including jewelry, textiles, pottery, and more. Even better yet, it’s also where the Indigenous Fashion Show is held, where leading contemporary Native designers such as Jamie Okuma and Orlando Dugi come to showcase their newest ready-to-wear and couture collections—all of which are built around the idea of modernizing their cultural design motifs and carrying them forward in new, exciting ways.


See Inside Jackie Kennedy’s Childhood Summer Home In the Hamptons
Lasta, the former Bouvier family vacation house, is currently on the market.

Lasata, the seven-acre East Hampton, New York estate where Jackie Kennedy spent her summers as a child, is now owned by American designer Tom Ford, the Wall Street Journal reports. Ford reportedly bought the house for $52 million.Kennedy’s grandfather, John Vernou Bouvier, Jr., originally owned the home—whose name comes from a Native American word for “Place of Peace”—in the 1920s.
The property at 121 Further Lane includes the eight-bedroom main house, two-bedroom guest cottage, caretaker’s cottage, pool house, and a three-car garage, on approximately 7 acres.


Eggo Just Dropped a Boozy ‘Brunch in a Jar’ That Tastes Just Like Waffles
The brunch drink you never knew you needed.

Last fall, Eggo and Tennessee’s Sugarlands Distilling Company collaborated on an adults-only cream liqueur called Eggo Nog. The cinnamon-and-nutmeg spiced drink was inspired by the upcoming holiday season and by the number of parents who said they liked to treat themselves to an Eggo or two after they’d tucked their kids in bed. Now, almost a year later, the two companies have teamed up on a second “Sippin’ Cream,” and this time, it’s inspired by some classic brunch menu items.


Beer Is Becoming ‘Less Dominant’ in America, Here’s What People Are Drinking In Its Place
What’s your order?

Almost two-thirds of Americans say they drink alcohol, whether that’s beer, wine, or spirits. That’s according to the pollsters at Gallup, which surveyed 1,015 adults in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., last month.
Sixty-two percent of respondents said they “have occasion to use alcoholic beverages,” which is close to the 63% average that dates back to 1939, Gallup’s earliest poll result for this particular question. (The lowest percentage of respondents who reported consuming alcohol was 55% in 1958, while the highest annual percentage — 71% — was reported for three straight years between 1976 and 1978.)


“Girl” trends and the repackaging of womanhood
Online, women eat “girl dinners” and go on “hot girl walks.” Welcome to the girlouboros.

“What kind of insufferable girl are you?” my TikTok algorithm asked me the other day. The options were “femcel,” as in someone who’s pathologically unlovable because she’s a radical feminist; “coquette,” as in, someone who wears bows and listens to Lana Del Rey, or “blogger,” as in me. The original video appears to have been deleted (too insufferable, perhaps), but it stayed with me not because it was particularly insightful or laden with meaning but because it offered yet another “girl” on the internet for me to be, and maybe the only accurate one. […] For one, a solid percentage (if not most) of the people participating in and discussing “girl” trends are women, which therefore makes it feel slightly infantilizing and icky and like, why should 30-year-olds care what type of “girl” they are?


How to Deep Clean Your Home in a Single Day—Plus, the Hourly Schedule You Need to Get the Job Done
Use our schedule if you’re short on time, but still want to enjoy the results of a thorough deep clean.

One of the hardest things about deep cleaning your home is setting aside the time to do it. Between work and family obligations, finding the consecutive hours needed to give your house the intense attention it deserves can not only feel daunting, but downright impossible. We understand completely—and have a solution. Instead of scrambling to find an elusive window of time, block off an entire day to refresh your home from top to bottom.


How to Taste Your Favorite Foods and Drinks More Fully
Want to hone your sensory abilities and improve your palate? Follow this advice from a tasting expert and start savoring every meal.

Have you ever had that “aha!” moment when you take a bite of, say, pesto pasta, fragrant with basil, or a sip of flinty sauvignon blanc, and all of the flavors not only sing in your mouth but envelop your senses? That heightened awareness doesn’t have to be an isolated incident.
According to certified taster Mandy Naglich, who is also a drinks educator, advanced cicerone (the highest level of certification for beer), and author of How to Taste: A Guide to Discovering Flavor and Savoring Life, you can taste food to its fullest extent, gaining more of an appreciation for what you eat with just a few simple steps.


What Makes Penne Alla Vodka So Delicious? It’s All in the Sauce.
The exact origin story of vodka sauce is uncertain, but its legacy is bold, spicy and ubiquitous.

Some might assume that penne alla vodka is an ancient Roman pasta, but it gained popularity only in the ’70s and ’80s. The documentary “Disco Sauce: The Unbelievable True Story of Penne Alla Vodka” explores the dish’s many origin stories, from Italy to the United States, but none are definitive.
One of the first written accounts of vodka in creamy tomato pasta comes from the 1974 cookbook and memoir “L’Abbuffone” (later translated to English as “The Injester”).


‘This Is an Existential Threat’: Will AI Really Eliminate Actors and Ruin Hollywood? Insiders Sound Off
When it comes to Hollywood, the sudden rise of AI-enabled content-creation platforms has only widened the already enormous divide between entertainment unions and the industry’s largest employers. Generative AI — advanced computing platforms that can create new text and imagery based on reams of existing reference material — has become a veritable villain in the current labor standoff. Signs on the unions’ picket lines this summer have been emblazoned with anti-AI slogans like “AI is not ART,” “Wrote ChatGPT This” and “AI’s not taking your dumb notes.”
What it comes down to is the WGA and SAG-AFTRA want ironclad guarantees from studios and streamers that robots won’t become replacements for performers and scribes.


This Lesser-known Scenic Byway Is the Perfect Place to See Fall Colors — and It’s Studded With Waterfalls, Hiking Trails, and Lakefront Towns
Fall comes twice in this part of the U.S. — and it’s extra spectacular along the shoreline.

The fall colors in Minnesota don’t get the attention of the foliage in Vermont or Maine, but while every other leaf peeper heads east this autumn, our tip is to head north, where fall comes twice. Along Minnesota’s North Shore, which runs along Lake Superior between Duluth, Minnesota, and the Canadian border, there are two distinct fall foliage seasons: the colorful maple trees in the mountains, followed by the aspen and birch trees that run along the shore.



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