T LOunge for September 21st, 2023

Posted on September 21, 2023

PinThirteen Cocktail Bar – London, UK

We’re gearing up for our second European vacation of the year and the longest vacation we’ve ever taken as a couple, darlings. It’s practically all we have on our minds (aside from publishing this site, recording a podcast, and working on various book proposals, that is), so you’ll have to forgive Lorenzo for his Euro-LOunge obsessions at the moment. Not that we think you’ll mind spending your virtual day inside such a fun and fabulous space. Grab a seat. It’s THURSDAY. Do nothing of import.


Lana Del Rey Forgives You
Music’s introspective queen of melancholy discusses moving on from (and winning over) her longtime detractors, being a mentor to Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo and that viral gig at Waffle House.

Lana Del Rey never intended to punch in for a quickie Waffle House shift. But after seven days of seeing the same faces during a visit to Florence, Alabama, and a July morning’s worth of shooting the shit with her brother and sister in the same plastic booth, the singer-songwriter found herself wearing the Southern chain’s familiar uniform: a polycotton, working-class blue button-up garnished with a name tag bearing the crudely stickered letters L-A-N-A.
“We were on our third hour, and the servers asked, ‘Do you guys want shirts?’ ” she says. “Hell yeah! We were thrilled.”
The resulting video didn’t last 10 seconds. But after the restaurant’s manager posted the clip to Facebook and a few fan selfies featuring Del Rey in uniform popped up on the usual platforms, a narrative took hold.


Naomie Harris: “True sustainability involves substantive change”
The actress on her own sustainability awakening, how we can all approach fashion in a greener way, and her eco-friendly fashion design debut

“Embracing sustainable fashion isn’t a passing trend,” Naomie Harris tells me. Of course, she’s right: unlike the rise and fall of our jean waistbands, skinny scarves, ‘tomato girl’ summer and ‘Barbiecore’, sustainability is one trend we simply cannot afford to ignore. “It’s imperative for our planet’s wellbeing and a powerful way for consumers to make a positive environmental impact,” the actress says.


The rich history behind hair-oiling traditions
Plus, the 15 best hair oils for growth, hydration and shine

Hair oiling may be trending on TikTok but it’s certainly nothing new, and that’s exactly where its allure lies – few beauty treatments come with tried-and-tested validation as weighty as this ancient ritual. The concept of soaking strands in richly nourishing oils may be 5,000 years old, but it remains a prominent beauty ritual for many South Asian women today.


Julia Garner On Minimal Make-Up, Collecting Perfumes And Always Staying Authentic
The Inventing Anna actor and face of Gucci Beauty talks growing up in New York, working with A$AP Rocky and Elliot Page and always listening to her instincts.

Since arriving on our screens in 2012, Julia Garner has delivered one unwaveringly gripping performance after another. A string of Primetime Emmy Awards under her belt, including Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Ruth Langmore in Ozark and Outstanding Lead Actress for Inventing Anna, the New York-born actor is a powerhouse of authenticity, both on-screen and off.
Known for her signature platinum pixie curls and striking red carpet presence, it’s hard to believe that Garner’s emergence as Gucci Beauty’s latest muse is her first public endeavour into beauty – and the reason why she’s chatting to ELLE UK today.


The ultimate green reading list: 10 books to help you become more sustainable
From food to fashion, this green round-up will help you live in a more responsible way

If each of us makes small but significant changes to our everyday lives, we’ll help to undo some of the harm caused to our planet. If you’re unsure where to begin but are feeling empowered to make a meaningful change, then pick up one of the books from this curated reading list for guidance. From our wardrobes to our cooking habits, our beauty routines and our holidays, the decisions we make have consequences. With some smart tweaks and changes, we can adapt our lifestyles to make the planet a better place.


63 of the best Netflix series to binge during your next sofa sesh
The choice is endless…

After the best Netflix series? The streaming service’s offering of TV shows is so extensive that there really is something for everyone. But with such a vast catalogue comes the classic conundrum plaguing modern streamers: there’s just too much choice. We know, how ungrateful we sound! But if you’ve ever spent 45+ minutes scrolling the endless reels of Netflix series while your dinner gets cold, you’ll know what we’re talking about.
So, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to handpick the best Netflix series, spanning every genre from award-winning period dramas to classic sitcoms and cult sci-fi phenomenons. Whether you’re in it for the true-crime drama (Carole who?), the feminist comedies, or simply the best in reality TV – we’ve made sure there’s something here to satisfy your binge-watching desires.


John Waters Dishes on Memorable Items From His Perfectly Rude Museum Retrospective
The filmmaker behind Polyester, Hairspray, and Serial Mom gets his due with “John Waters: Pope of Trash,” at LA’s Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Here, he and the show’s curators talk about the 400-some treasures on view, including outré props, unearthed set photos, and real-world ephemera that sparked his imagination.


Meet The Women Detoxifying The World Of AI
Artificial Intelligence doesn’t get good press, with bleak headlines around its future, and ours. But a wave of women in the field say now is the time to get involved

Tech experts agree that AI will be as transformative as the internet has been. But — from Alan Turing’s work in the 1950s, to ‘Godfather of AI’ Geoffrey Hinton’s multi-layered neural networks — the story of AI has so far been written by men. ‘It’s true that the field is shaped disproportionately by white dudes, and this is the case in both academic and commercial spaces,’ says Brittany Smith, associate fellow at Cambridge University’s Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. ‘This means that biases can be encoded into AI systems in lots of ways.’


Everything You Need To Know About The ‘Stranger Things’ Play Coming to London’s West End
Netflix’s first foray into theatre production is coming to the West End in December.

The London stage production of Stranger Things has announced its cast and set dates for its debut run on the West End.
Stranger Things: The First Shadow, which is a prequel to the Netflix series, is set in the fictional town of Hawkins in 1959. The play’s official synopsis states: ‘Hawkins, 1959: a regular town with regular worries. Young Jim Hopper’s car won’t start, Bob Newby’s sister won’t take his radio show seriously and Joyce Maldonado just wants to graduate and get the hell out of town. When new student Henry Creel arrives, his family finds that a fresh start isn’t so easy … and the shadows of the past have a very long reach.’


40 Housewarming Gifts Ideas That Almost Make a Mortgage Feel Worth It
Unpacking another box? No, thanks. But a gift box? Now we’re talking.

If you have a friend or loved one settling into new digs and are on a quest for the right congratulatory present, you’ve come to the right place. Will you take the functional route by outfitting them with household staples they’ll otherwise purchase for themselves? Or, rather, will you go with something technically unnecessary but totally fabulous to hang on their new mantle? From classics like luxurious candles and cozy new sheets to more unique options like kitchen gifts and personalized home decor, I’ve got some options that really knock it out of the park. Here, find 40 housewarming gift ideas that are actually iconic, if I do say so myself.


For the Culture Gives Black Women in Food Their Due
Klancy Miller’s new cookbook celebrates culinary innovators whose contributions have long been overlooked

For the Culture, the book, out this week from Harvest, is an extension of Miller’s previous editorial feat and a road map detailing the journeys and experiences of Black women and femmes in food. It’s a huge topic: Black women have shaped cuisine in America and all over the world, and it’s important that the nuances of their varied histories are presented with care.


The Senate is No Longer Required to Adhere to a Business Attire Dress Code. Is This a Good Thing?
What does it mean when policies about international relations, taxes, and abortion are debated in casual clothing?

Miuccia Prada once famously said, “Fashion is instant language.” So, what might our American politicians be saying with the recent news regarding the dress code on the Senate floor? Senator Chuck Schumer, a democrat of New York and the majority leader, has made a sartorial change in the Senate that has thunderous implications. For the first time in centuries, American lawmakers are no longer required to don suits and ties while conducting business on the Senate floor.


18 Mullet Haircut Ideas for a Cool-Girl Chop
Deciding on a new haircut can be intimidating. Do you stick to what you know and get a bob, lob, or some variation of a mid-length shag, or do you go in a brand new direction with something bolder, more unexpected? If you naturally lean toward the latter, may we suggest a mullet? Ever since being popularized in the ’70s, the business in front, party in the back haircut has amassed many variations.


GreenPan Stanley Tucci Collection Review: The Prettiest Nonstick Cookware We’ve Ever Seen
Of course it is.

If you’ve seen Stanley Tucci’s Searching for Italy or any number of his recent Instagram posts, you know that he is incredibly passionate about food and cooking. But this past Friday, Tucci had some more official news to share, and it isn’t a new TV show.
Instead, his latest endeavor is here, and it’s a cookware collaboration with GreenPan, exclusively sold at Williams Sonoma. Fittingly made in Italy, the collection is full of pots and pans that are nothing short of chic and timeless in design. But, with every new cookware launch there’s one question we have to ask. And it’s especially true when it’s celebrity backed: Is it any good?


Restaurants Have a Perfectly Good Reason Why They Can’t Seat Your Incomplete Party
No, not even if you promise to order apps and drinks while you wait.

Like many New Yorkers, I am chronically 10 minutes late. I try to leave my apartment with time to spare but whether it be train delays, a broken shoe, or simply poor time management, I always wind up fashionably unpunctual. As a former host at a busy restaurant in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, I am all too aware of the domino effect that people’s lateness for reservations can cause. That’s why I make sure to call, text, DM, or scream from the rooftops if I get even an inkling that I’m going to run over the 10 minute mark.


The Art of the Aperitif
A nip of Dubonnet, a sip of Campari, a little Lillet — to understand the importance of the aperitif, an American writer looks to Europe.

Dinner in a French person’s house can be an unnerving experience for an American. For one thing, no one ever seems to be in a hurry to eat. Although you may be greeted with fabulous kisses and a warm double welcome — Bienvenue! Bienvenue! — you’re likely to be seated in the parlor, without any food in sight. Your host will kindly ask after your health, nodding Bien! Bien! to whatever you answer. (A true French person repeats everything.) Then you will be poured an aperitif. Your first thought — and perhaps your second and your third — will be: When are we sitting down to eat? Shouldn’t this dinner get going?


Gen Z falls for online scams more than their boomer grandparents do
The generation that grew up with the internet isn’t invulnerable to becoming the victim of online hackers and scammers.

Anyone can get scammed online, including the generation of Americans that grew up with the internet.
If you’re part of Generation Z — that is, born sometime between the late 1990s and early 2010s — you or one of your friends may have been the target or victim of an online scam. In fact, according to a recent Deloitte survey, members of Gen Z fall for these scams and get hacked far more frequently than their grandparents do.


How Often to Clean Every Area of Your Bathroom, From Shower to Sink
Keep this highly trafficked area of your home free of bacteria, soap scum, and other residue by cleaning it frequently.

Besides the kitchen, your bathroom is likely the most highly trafficked area of your home, which means it can get dirty fast. From frequent use to high humidity and moisture, the space quickly builds up with bacteria, soap scum, and other grime. Because of this, frequent cleaning of the room is essential. But knowing your bathroom needs to be cleaned is different than knowing how often it should be cleaned. While some areas can go up to a month without receiving attention, other surfaces should be cleaned every few days. To help you come up with a dependable (and sanitary) cleaning schedule, we asked cleaning experts how often you should maintenance every nook and cranny of your bathroom.


26 Fall Centerpiece Ideas That Will Elevate Your Table From Halloween to Thanksgiving
Get your table ready for autumn entertaining with these seasonal centerpiece ideas.

Fall has many opportunities for entertaining, be it for Thanksgiving or a casual evening spent around a bonfire. One way to get your space ready for hosting loved ones during this festive time of year is by creating a seasonal centerpiece for your dining table.
A stunning fall centerpiece is easy to DIY. You can use what’s readily found in your backyard, like fallen foliage, knotty branches, and flowers; or take a trip to a nearby pumpkin patch and gather pumpkins, apples, and gourds for your display. Once you have a few natural elements that call to the season, dress up your centerpiece with a table runner, candles, and vases in natural earth tones and fiery hues of red, orange, and gold.


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