T LOunge for August 18th, 2023

Posted on August 18, 2023


PinCa’s Patró March Restaurant – Cala Deià, Mallorca


Can you feel the FRIDAY in your bones, darlings? Are you ready to just exhale the entire week while you soak up the sun and let water make light ripples on your face? Take a seat and get to work on your relaxation.

Mini Majesties! 11 of the most magnificent royal Barbie dolls ever created
From Queen Elizabeth I to Princess Grace of Monaco and the Prince and Princess of Wales, these royals have been given the Barbie treatment

Barbie has become the summer’s biggest pop culture phenomenon and not even the Royal Family can resist its charms. The Princess of Wales is among the majestic style mavens embracing head-to-toe pink, while Mike Tindall imagined what he and Zara would look like as dolls. But the relationship between Barbie and royalty is nothing new.
For decades, delightful dolls inspired by royals from around the world have attracted interest from collectors, enthusiasts, children and the young at heart. There are Barbie versions of Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Elizabeth II and the Princess of Wales, with a special edition even released to mark the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate in 2011.


An And Just Like That Guide To New York City
Has there ever been a fictional character with a more glamourised lifestyle than Carrie Bradshaw? She’s worn designer bags as well as shoes that have sold out immediately afterwards, made Magnolia Bakery world famous and, this past summer, even had a pop-up “experience” dedicated to her in an empty space in Soho. One doesn’t need to “couldn’t-help-but-wonder” why: Carrie made being single and living in New York seem like an endless, well-dressed adventure, where carriage rides in Central Park with romantic millionaires, fabulous parties in Tribeca, and trips to the Vogue closet were always in reach. So when visiting New York City, it’s always fun to see the sites that made up her fantasy.


How Did Priscilla Presley Find Her Dream Las Vegas Wedding Dress?
Before we see the lace-trimmed gown recreated in Sofia Coppola’s upcoming biopic Priscilla, revisit the surprising story of how a young Priscilla Beaulieu tracked down the dress of her dreams ahead of her wedding to Elvis.

On 1 May 1967, just before 10am, Nevada Supreme Court judge David Zenoff married king of rock and roll Elvis Presley, 32, and his girlfriend of many years, 21-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu. It took place in a flower and candle-filled suite at the Aladdin Hotel in front of around 14 people. The bride’s wedding dress was white, encrusted with pearls and topped with a rhinestone tiara and three-foot tulle veil, and the groom sported a black paisley silk brocade tuxedo, made in secrecy by an MGM tailor named Lambert Marks. Naturally, his signature pompadour was supported with wire.


The best statement-making cocktail rings to buy now
Worn alone or opulently piled on, oversized rings never fail to make a dazzling statement

Cocktail rings have been statement-makers since the 1920s, when they were apparently worn by party-going flappers as a dazzling symbol of defiance against prohibition. These days, of course, anything goes and bold, bejewelled rings are the fastest way to elevate any outfit, no matter how casual.
Whether you’re drawn to rainbow-hued ornamental stones, piles of pearls, sculptural shapes or glittering faceted gems, we’ve found the best cocktail rings to suit you.There’s only one rule: go big, or go home.


Do you need a ‘Lazy Girl’ job?
The internet’s new fascination with ‘Lazy Girl’ jobs is nothing to do with being idle – in fact, it’s a radical indictment of our unhealthy work culture

This summer, this ‘anti-work’ mindset has taken the form of ‘Lazy Girl’ jobs – a phrase coined by Gabrielle Judge, an influencer and the founder of online initiative Anti Work Girl Boss (more on which later), which went viral. So what exactly is a ‘Lazy Girl’ job? To put it simply, one with minimal stress and decent pay, but little to no emotional investment. It has been pilloried as a symptom of Gen Z entitlement and, yes, laziness, but might it actually be a shrewd indictment of the way we work?


30 Great Celebrity Fringes To Inspire Your Next Haircut
When done correctly, getting a fringe cut in can make a huge difference to your whole look. Whether it’s a full fringe, side fringe, curtain bangs, or simply some face-framing tendrils, adding some detail to the front of your hairstyle can totally transform your aesthetic.
Celebrities are an eternal source of inspiration when it comes to fringes. Everyone from Emily Ratajkowski to Naomi Campbell have experimented with the style in their time – and the good news is that there is a style for everyone.


Pamela Anderson Is Savoring This
Aritzia’s new campaign star is having a bona fide fashion moment.

Working with a label from her home province was a natural fit for her. “We’re two Canadian brands colliding,” she jokes. Still, the fashion whirlwind is new to her. “When I was younger, I never thought that I would be in any campaigns, especially really recognizable ones. I always felt like I was an outsider, a little bit rebellious. So I’m laughing to myself, going, ‘Wow, I feel really in the zone and accepted by my peers lately.’”


Shall We Dance? Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire’s Onscreen Romance
In complementary (and opposing) autobiographies, Rogers and Astaire explain the truth behind their big-screen magic.

“ver the years, myths were built up about my relationship with Fred Astaire. The general public thought he was a Svengali, who snapped his fingers for his little Trilby to obey; in their eyes, my career was his creation.”
So writes Ginger Rogers in her 1991 autobiography, Ginger Rogers: My Story. But despite her protestations, the Oscar winner will always be linked in the public mind to Fred Astaire, with whom she made ten delightful musical comedy classics—including Swing Time, Follow the Fleet and Top Hat.


From The Whimsical To The Truly Decadent, 24 Of The Best Afternoon Teas In London
More than 150 years after the seventh Duchess of Bedford began serving a meal between lunch and dinner, the best afternoon tea in London is still difficult to narrow down. Naturally, there’s no shortage of traditional options, which take their cue from her preferred menu: scones with lashings of jam and cream; cucumber finger sandwiches; trays of pastries and cakes; and pot after pot of Darjeeling and Earl Grey. Tempted? Dress for the occasion and head to The Ritz to dine in the lavish Palm Court or savour treats in the spectacular Thames Foyer of The Savoy. Equally appealing, however, are the more whimsical places that also deserve a place on any list of the best afternoon teas in London.


Life While Incarcerated Is Dehumanizing. Crochet Has Made All the Difference.
Kunlyna Tauch, who is currently incarcerated, reflects on the transformative impact the art of crochet has had on a community of men at his California facility

These men, who number around one to two dozen, learned to crochet from each other, passing skills and knowledge from one incarcerated person to another. They share yarn with each other when someone runs out, and barter for different colors or stuffing for the characters and animals they create. Their wives and friends mail them crochet patterns that they trade amongst each other, exchanging directions for crafting to make cartoon and video game characters, teddy bears, sock monkeys, and even clothing for infants.


‘Mom Guilt’ Is a Trap—So Why Do So Many of Us Still Feel It?
Five days after I became a mother of twins, I held my daughter beside her NICU bed and sobbed openly. When a nurse approached me and asked what was wrong, I let it all spill out: I told her how I felt disconnected from everything. My body, my emotions, myself. My children.
Everyone told me that the day I met my babies would be the best day of my life, but I didn’t feel that joy or an instant, all-consuming connection — it was buried too deep beneath fear, birth trauma, extreme sleep deprivation, and, I now suspect, an undiagnosed case of postpartum depression. I felt like I was inhabiting someone else’s body, holding someone else’s child.


Thirsty Raccoons Are Breaking Into Homes in Germany, and Specifically Stealing Beer
They really are little bandits.

Raccoons are not native to Germany, but in less than 100 years, the number of the little masked mammals in the country has grown to several hundred thousand. Some Germans refer to them as waschbären — washing bears — because of their habit of dunking their food before they eat it, while other Germans just call them straight-up annoyances. Especially when beer is involved.


Our Favorite Places to Eat, Sleep, and Explore in Napa Valley
Follow us as we take a food tour through wine country.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the options when planning a trip to Napa Valley. From where to stay to which wineries to visit and what activities to work in, there are really unlimited opportunities. But we’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite places to help you narrow down what to see and do during your stay.


How Carl Linnaeus Set Out to Label All of Life
He sorted and systematized and coined names for more than twelve thousand species. What do you call someone like that?

Binomial names are extremely important to scientists but rarely used by the rest of us. Apart from T. rex, I am aware of only a few that crop up in everyday conversation. We know our own full name, of course—Homo sapiens, the last surviving species in a genus that once included Homo habilis, Homo floresiensis, Homo neanderthalensis, and several others—as well as that of the boa constrictor, a snake of the genus Boa, and E. coli, a bacterium of the genus Escherichia. […]
Inside scientific circles, however, binomial nomenclature still rules the day, lending concision and clarity to fields ranging from molecular biology to evolutionary ecology. It was developed, as you might also remember from your school days, by the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in the middle of the eighteenth century, an era that was in thrall to the mighty project of trying to systematize all of nature.


Was The Blind Side’s white savior narrative built on a lie?
Michael Oher says the story of his adoption by a white family was never true and that they exploited him.

The film earned more than $300 million at the box office and was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, while Sandra Bullock took home the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of family matriarch Leigh Anne Tuohy.
Now, however, Oher, a former NFL player, has alleged that the crux of the story — that a white family adopted him out of homelessness — is a lie and that the family exploited his name and story for years to enrich themselves. Oher says that he believed he was a legal member of the Tuohy family for nearly two decades, only to learn this year that he was not.


Creating a Riot of Color, in a Studio of Her Own
A vivid display of Yevonde’s idiosyncratic oeuvre argues for her role as a photographic pioneer.

With a focus on female representation, “Yevonde: Life and Color,” a vivid display of her idiosyncratic oeuvre at the city’s newly reopened National Portrait Gallery, argues for her role as a pioneer of color photography.
Born Yevonde Cumbers in South London in 1893, she was known professionally as Madame Yevonde, rarely by her married name (Mrs. Edgar Middleton). On her own terms, she used the singular Yevonde, with which she signed her prints, exhibition invitations and 1940 autobiography, “In Camera.”


A Centuries-Old Fiber Supplement Entices the Ozempic Generation
Psyllium husks, a staple of South Asian medicine, are catching on in America for all kinds of uses, like easing digestion, curbing appetites and gluten-free baking.

In a wellness economy that revolves around colorfully packaged supplements, boutique fitness classes and celebrity-endorsed diet pills, psyllium husks may seem an unglamorous throwback. Derived from a shrub native to South Asia, where they have been used for centuries as a digestive aid, the husks look like the bedding found in a hamster cage, taste like sawdust and turn gelatinous when mixed with water. Yet in the United States, they’ve become a hot-selling item.


This 4-Ingredient Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Will Make Every Load Sparkle
Use this DIY formula to give your dishes a natural cleaning.

Buying a few basic cleaning supplies in bulk to make custom cleansers for each part of your home is more sustainable—and often cheaper—than stocking up on a cabinet full of specialty bottles of commercial products with ingredients you can’t identify. Homemade dishwasher detergent is especially simple to make.


The Difference Between Tomato Sauce and Tomato Paste—and When to Use Each
Plus, find out where marinara sauce fits into the equation.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the many seemingly similar tomato-based products in the pasta section of your grocery store. Tomato sauce, tomato paste, and marinara sauce are often displayed next to each other—and there are many brands of each.
But there are actually a few key differences that make each one unique. Here, we explain the difference between tomato paste and tomato sauce—and, with the help of two experts on Italian cuisine, we also share how marinara sauce fits into the tomato product equation.


The Long History of the Medieval Plague
If you know one thing about the European Middle Ages, chances are, it’s the Plague.
Usually, when people refer to the Plague they’re talking about a really specific, ten(ish)-year period beginning in the late 1340s when a deadly illness swept across Europe, causing mass death and destruction. Medievalists usually call this specific outbreak the “Black Death.”
But that’s only part of the Black Death’s story.


Michael Cera Personally Emailed Greta Gerwig to Be Cast in ‘Barbie,’ She Responded: ‘Let’s Get on a Zoom Right Now’
Michael Cera plays the awkward, one-of-a-kind Allan in Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster “Barbie” movie. But if not for arranging a last-minute Zoom call with the director, Cera might not have made it into the film.
“It was a kind of very last-minute casting,” Cera said in a video interview with GQ conducted before the actors strike. “My manager got a call checking on my availability for it, and he called me and he said, ‘I got a call about this movie. It’s the “Barbie” movie. Greta Gerwig’s directing it, and it’s filming in London for four months of something, so I told them you probably wouldn’t want to to do it because you probably don’t want to go to London.’”


2 American Tourists Caught Sleeping in the Eiffel Tower Overnight
The two men were found the next morning by a security guard.

It’s been a summer filled with instances of bad behavior for travelers visiting the most historic and iconic destinations in Europe.
This week, two inebriated American tourists entered a restricted zone in Paris’ famed Eiffel Tower and slept overnight, according to the BBC.
The two men snuck into the area and passed out and were awoken by a guard the following morning during a routine security sweep, according to the news outlet. The incident prompted emergency personnel to investigate, a delay in opening of the Eiffel Tower to ticket holders by an hour.

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