T LOunge for January 11th, 2024

Posted on January 11, 2024


PinThe Gallery Tea Room at Adare Manor – Adare, Ireland

Pinkies raised, darlings! Let’s be fabulous and elegant today, if only in our minds. After all, we’re writing this from a Newark Airport Marriott (Bon Voyage, Lorenzo’s mom!) and looking out at gray skies and interstates. No need to acknowledge reality when the fantasy is just so pretty. Grab a plush seat in today’s LOunge and wait for yet another tsunami of red carpetry to come.

Selena Gomez to Play Linda Ronstadt in New Biopic
Selena Gomez will play Linda Ronstadt in an upcoming biopic, Variety has confirmed.
The pop singer and “Only Murders in the Building” star teased the role Tuesday night by posting a picture of Ronstadt’s 2013 memoir “Simple Dreams” on her Instagram story.
The music biopic is currently in pre-production, with producers including Ronstadt’s manager, John Boylan, and James Keach, who produced the 2019 documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.” No other casting has been announced.


See Regina King become the first Black congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in Shirley first look
The biopic will chronicle Chisholm’s groundbreaking run for president of the United States.

Regina King is running for president in a biopic that’s over 10 years in the making.
The Oscar-winning actress is set to portray Shirley Chisholm, the first Black U.S. congresswoman, in the upcoming feature film, Shirley. King has been attached to the project since 2012 and spent over a decade trying to get the movie greenlit — only now is her dream finally coming true.


Kaitlyn Dever Will Join Bella Ramsey And Pedro Pascal In The Last Of Us Season 2
The first season of The Last of Us was a bona fide TV phenomenon – a video game adaptation that defied doubters by winning over both existing fans and those with no prior knowledge of it, and turning Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal into superstars overnight. Now, another Hollywood insider is poised to join their ranks for the show’s second instalment and, thus, take her career to a whole new level: Booksmart’s Kaitlyn Dever.


The Back To Black trailer reveals the first look at the Amy Winehouse biopic
The first trailer for the Amy Winehouse biopic Back To Black has finally dropped, giving us our best look yet at hotly-anticipated movie.
The short teaser sees Industry’s Marisa Abela transform into Amy, set to her classic song ‘Back to Black’. There’s also brief glimpses of Jack O’Connell as Blake Fielder, who was married to Amy between 2007 and 2009, and Eddie Marsan as Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse.


The best safaris to experience in 2024
Intrepid voyages into the wild: walking with elephants in Zambia, sleeping under the stars in South Africa and exploring the jungles of India

Whether you follow the Big Five – lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes and rhinos – by four-wheel drive in South Africa, sleep under the stars during a walking safari in Zambia, cross paths with tigers and sloth bears in India, or spot some of the world’s rarest creatures in Madagascar, a safari is a must for any intrepid traveller.
Embark on the ultimate bucket-list adventure with our selection of this year’s most exhilarating itineraries and camps, where you can see beautiful creatures roaming freely in their natural habitats.


Reformer Pilates explained: how it can work for you
It promises greater flexibility, strength and stamina – and yes, everybody’s welcome

“The reformer machine was originally designed by Joseph Pilates using rudimentary materials such as bed springs to help add a level of resistance to exercises,” explains Hollie Grant, founder of Pilates PT – but the reformer was also designed to support those who needed help during certain exercises, she notes. “Many of the reformer exercises are simply mat Pilates exercises that use the machine to either make the exercise more challenging or make it easier. This is the beauty of the reformer – it can help intensify exercises (by increasing resistance), but it can also ease exercises (by providing support through resistance).”


The luxury guide to Provence: where to stay, eat and explore
From lavender fields to rosé on the beach – the top tips for France’s most celebrated region

If quiet luxury is the mot du jour, Provence is surely its homeland. A space of unobtrusive prettiness and sleepy charm, it has a glamour that has retained a unique brand of untouchable chic through many decades of global tourism. The diversity of this pre-alpine and coastal region means that there is something to suit all tastes, be that undulating landscapes and deep gorges, quaint villages embraced by fields of lavender, or glitzy beaches seasoned with rosé on Provence’s fashionable, maritime edge, the Côte d’Azur.


The latest Lady Dior Art Project is here
The beautiful creations from 12 superb artists are available to buy now

Each year, Dior enlists some of the world’s most exciting artists to take part in the Lady Dior Art Project, asking them to reinvent the iconic Lady Dior handbag through their own artistic vision. Now in its eighth year, this time sees 12 artists – including the likes of Mickalene Thomas, Zadie Xa and Michaela Yearwood – take on the challenge, with seriously beautiful results.


Dissecting The Almost Impressively Backwards Logic Behind The FKA Twigs Calvin Klein Ad Ban
There isn’t enough Red Bull in the world to give me the energy to reiterate why it’s so problematic that a Black woman consciously choosing to strike a powerful pose in an ad campaign would be deemed “likely to cause serious offence”, while Kendall Jenner is apparently just a nice white lady with her crotch in the air, nor do I have the strength to hammer home the fact that policing female sexuality in this way should have gone out of fashion around the same time as the bustle.


Some of the World’s Rarest (and Largest) Gems Are on View in L.A.
It’s one of the most spectacular precious stone exhibitions you’re likely to see.

Jonker 1, the largest at an impressive 125 carats, was bought by King Farouk of Egypt before vanishing in the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution. Years later it re-surfaced on Queen Ratna of Nepal before being sold to a private collector. And for the last 45 years the stone has remained out of sight of public view and largely forgotten. Until now: the rock is currently in L.A., part of a new exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County called “100 Carats: Icons of the Gem World.”


Girl Scout Cookie Season Is Back — Here’s the 2024 Cookie Lineup
We’ll order 10 of everything, thanks.

“When people buy Girl Scout Cookies, they’re buying so much more than cookies,” GSUSA Chief Revenue Officer Wendy Lou said in a statement. “Every package of Girl Scout Cookies sold puts girls one step closer to making real change in their own futures, communities, and the world. Girls break expectations through the power of the cookie program and open a host of possibilities beyond the box.”


Everyone Can Calm Down, Stanley Tucci Is Returning to Italy and to TV
We’re ready to tune in.

When CNN said “ciao” to Stanley Tucci’s Emmy-award-winning Searching for Italy last year, it was heartbreaking. After all, the show, which followed the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor around Italy, was certainly an upgrade from how the star has been keeping busy most recently — which, if you haven’t seen, is TikTok cooking tutorials and a collaboration with GreenPan at Williams Sonoma. But there’s good news: Tucci is back.


It’s Not Christopher Briney’s Fault You’re, Like, in Love With Him
Sure, he’s Aaron Samuels in the new ‘Mean Girls’ reboot. And, yes, he plays Conrad Fisher in ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty.’ And, OK, he thinks it’s important to buy his girlfriend expensive flowers. Actually, maybe it is his fault…

Yes, Briney is starring as the prototypical Y2K high school cool guy, Aaron Samuels, in the highly-anticipated movie adaptation of the musical adaptation of Mean Girls. The film version of the Broadway show (in theaters this Friday), created by mastermind of the original 2004 movie, Tina Fey, is poised to launch its stacked up-and-coming cast to superstardom, just as the first did for Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Amanda Seyfried.


The Soloist
At fifty, Mikhail Baryshnikov reflects on how ballet saved him.

After his defection to the West, in 1974, Baryshnikov said again and again that he had no wish to return to the Soviet Union, or even to the former Soviet Union. Then, late last year, he accepted an invitation to dance at the Latvian National Opera, the stage on which he first set foot as a ballet dancer. Why he changed his mind is something of a mystery. Perhaps he just felt that it was time. (He will turn fifty next week.) Perhaps he wanted to show his children what he came from. To me all he said was “I am going to visit my mother’s grave.”


Elton John’s First Auction in 21 Years Has It All: Boots to Banksy.
The 900 items from his Atlanta home include blue-chip art by Julian Schnabel and Richard Avedon, Versace dinnerware and flamboyant costumes.

Elton John is downsizing — and the superstar’s former penthouse residence in Atlanta has been emptied for a series of auctions at Christie’s starting on Feb. 21. The items are expected to bring in an estimated $10 million.
Want the Yamaha conservatory grand piano where the Rocketman plunked the keys of his Broadway shows “Billy Elliot” and “Aida?” It will cost roughly triple what similar models sell for online, with a high estimate of $50,000.


How Long Does It Really Take for Nail Polish to Dry?
Avoid ruining a fresh manicure with these expert tips.

Getting a manicure is a relaxing way to pamper yourself, but it can quickly become less so when you underestimate the polish’s drying time and accidentally ruin your newly painted nails. To ensure your nails look their best post-manicure, it’s important to give that lacquer enough time to dry. However, it can be difficult to tell when it’s safe to resume normal activities after a manicure—which is why it’s important to know how long nail polish really takes to dry. To help answer this question, we’re sharing some expert insights, as well as tips for how to speed up drying times.


How Many Glasses of Wine Are in a Bottle? (Probably More Than You Think)
Here’s what to know before you pour.

If you’re planning a party, wine is likely to be a key part of your shopping list. Understanding how many glasses of wine are in a bottle—and then how many bottles you’ll need—is key for hosts. Nobody wants to run to the store mid-party because they need to get up an extra case of sauvignon blanc. But most of us also prefer not to break the bank by overestimating and ending up with unused bottles. There are certainly worse things than leftover wine, but you still want to get it right. Here’s how to figure out the number of glasses in a bottle and how much you will need for a gathering, large or small.


20 Best Places to Visit in Ireland — From a Dark-sky Park With Milky Way Views to One of Europe’s Highest Sea Cliffs
From the popular Cliffs of Moher to lesser-known towns, islands, and mountains, these are the best places to visit in Ireland.

When I visited Ireland for the first time back in 2016, I thought my four-day itinerary was airtight. My friend and I would spend a night in Dublin, head to Galway, drive to the Wicklow Mountains, and then explore Howth before flying home from the capital city. While we certainly covered a lot of ground, the plan was flawed from the beginning. Four days is barely enough time to discover one region, much less the country as a whole. Yes, I checked off several popular items — including Trinity College Library, Quay Street, and the Cliffs of Moher — but the country boasts many more charming villages, natural wonders, and historic landmarks, each as worthy of a visit as the next.

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