T LOunge for April 29th 2024

Posted on April 29, 2024



PinDar Mima Restaurant – Paris, France

Shall we do this once again, kittens? After all, it’s not like we have a choice. It’s MONDAY once again and before we plunge into the workweek, let’s all meet virtually in Paris for a morning cocktail to brace ourselves. Then let’s never leave.


‘Doctor Who’ Star Ncuti Gatwa to Lead Revival of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’
“Doctor Who” star Ncuti Gatwa leads the cast of a revival of Oscar Wilde‘s 1895 play “The Importance of Being Earnest” at London’s National Theatre.
The play follows Jack Worthing, who while assuming the role of dutiful guardian in the country, lets loose in town under a false identity. Meanwhile, his friend Algernon Moncrieff takes on a similar facade. Unfortunately, living a double life has its drawbacks, especially when it comes to love. Hoping to impress two eligible ladies, the gentlemen find themselves caught in a web of lies from which they must carefully navigate.
Max Webster (“Macbeth,” “Life of Pi”), making his National Theatre debut, reimagines the play.


Is Challengers based on a true story? Well, kind of
The real-life inspiration behind Zendaya’s character and her new film.

The film, starring Zendaya, Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist, spans a decade and explores the complicated dynamics (or should we say entanglements?) between their respective characters Tashi, Patrick and Art.
Tashi (Zendaya), a tennis prodigy turned coach, transforms her husband Art (Mike Faist) into a world-famous Grand Slam champion, AKA winner of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open.
But when Art finds himself in a losing streak, Tashi enters him into a “Challenger” event, the lowest level of a pro tournament, in an effort to help him get back to basics. Tensions quickly rise when Art finds himself playing a match against his former best friend and Tashi’s ex Patrick (Josh O’Connor), the now washed-up tennis player.


The ‘princess bob’ haircut is trending for summer: here’s how to get the look
It’s chic, sharp, and A-list approved.

Summer hair trends may come and go, but one style is always in fashion: the bob haircut. This season’s take on the enduring chop? The A-list approved ‘princess bob’: a chic, sharp, and super blunt style that hair pros suspect will be everywhere this summer.
“The princess bob is definitely a statement haircut; it’s perfect for those wanting to switch up their current style,” says Nicola Wood, leading hair specialist and founder of Hair Made Easi. “Sported by stars including Elle Fanning, Gigi Hadid, and Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark, it’s a razor short cut that sits above the shoulders, just below the ears,” Nicola continues. “The princess bob is great for those wanting a fresh, lighter cut in time for the summer heat.”


Meryl Streep reveals Nicole Kidman’s Big Little Lies skinny-dipping routine at AFI Life Achievement Award gala
Plus: Morgan Freeman spoofs Kidman’s iconic AMC ad and more highlights.

Nicole Kidman is the latest recipient of the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award — and apparently a committed skinny-dipper.
The 56-year-old actress received the honor Saturday night, and the stars were out in full force to pay tribute to her career. Reese Witherspoon regaled audiences with stories about their producing partnership. Naomi Watts took the stage to celebrate their friendship, which began when they were 15 years old. And Mike Myers surprised everyone when he emerged from behind an Eyes Wide Shut mask.
It was a true Kidman love-fest, filled with laughter and deep affection. Here, the five best moments from her AFI ceremony.


The skin cancer jab doesn’t mean you can stop wearing sunscreen
The risk is never worth it.

“Imagine if you could rub a cream on your breasts to prevent breast cancer,” Holly Thaggard, whose friend developed skin cancer in her early 30s, says. “We would do it in a heartbeat, wouldn’t we? Then why, when there’s a cream that can be rubbed all over our skin to prevent cancer, do we not apply SPF every single day?”
I know you’ve heard the sun safe message before – I’ve certainly written about it every year of my beauty editor career. But even I was stopped in my tracks when Holly, who has gone on to become the founder of the cool-girl sunscreen brand Supergoop!, made this impassioned declaration over dinner.


13 best shampoos ever, reviewed for all hair types
Time to lather up those locks.

Thanks to a highly saturated market, finding the best shampoos for your hair type – from a multitude of shampoo brands offering “game-changing” results – can be quite tricky. But whether you’re looking for a shampoo that’ll keep coloured hair fresh, or you’re after something that’s been specifically designed with curls in mind, there’s guaranteed to be a shampoo out there that’s absolutely perfect for you. And we’ve dedicated the past few years to helping you find it.


34 of the best hotels in the UK and Ireland
From countryside retreats to city escapes.

The best hotels in the UK and Ireland should not be underestimated compared to their overseas competitors. Take our word for it.
Sure, beach holidays and long-distance trips are forever special. But many of us have grown to appreciate the great British staycation over the past couple of years, and there are countless hotels in the UK good enough to make you feel like you’re ~actually away~. Not just a few minutes up the road from your own abode.
If you know where to look, that is. The good news? We’ve been working hard (*ahem*) visiting some of the most luxurious hotels the UK has to offer, in a bid to reveal the very best hotels dotted about England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.


Reeling from Baby Reindeer? These are the edge-of-your-seat TV shows and movies to watch next
Your weekend binge-watch, sorted.

Gripping, psychologically complex, brilliantly acted – it’s easy to see why Baby Reindeer has been a runaway hit. Based on the real story of how a female stalker bombarded comedian Richard Gadd with thousands of emails, texts and voicemails, the show delves into the thorny territory of obsession, mental health and abuse – and it does so with a refreshingly inquisitive, non-judgmental approach.


13 Undersung TV Gems to Binge Right This Second
Now that Peak TV has peaked, consider watching one of these unjustly uncelebrated series, handpicked by Maureen Ryan.

We are sliding down the other side of Peak TV.
Six hundred scripted shows were available to American consumers in 2022. That number sank by 14% last year, according to FX. Given the post-strikes slowdown and other cost-cutting pressures faced by Hollywood, the contraction is likely to continue indefinitely. I don’t love that trend for shows whose runs are unfairly cut short, or for industry workers who are battling brutal economic headwinds they didn’t create. (Both Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Lower Decks are ending soon, just to cite two enjoyable shows that could have run much longer while employing a lot of talented people.)


Japan is the number one destination for 2024 – here are the best hotels for a bucket list trip
Ah, Japan. That far away place, with the allure of pioneering neon-lit cities and arguably one of the best cuisines in the world. It was recently named the number one destination for 2024 by Conde Nast Traveller, and it’s easy to see why.
Of course, there’s the vibrant future-pushing capital city of Tokyo, home to thousands of contemporary sushi restaurants, underground jazz bars and an innovative gin scene. Then there’s the imperial city of Kyoto with an abundance of centuries-old Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.


From Game Day to Gourmet: The Surprising (and Delicious) Return of Onion Dip
Topped with caviar or edible flowers, it’s a hit at some of New York’s best restaurants. Your move, queso.

Dinner at Le B in Manhattan’s West Village can include all manner of indulgent delights, from a Dungeness crab Wellington to crepes Suzette flambeéd tableside. But one of the most exciting items on chef Angie Mar’s menu is something you might actually have last made at home.
Onion dip, the classic American party staple, has gone from basic to bougie, and is now gracing fine dining menus and captivating a new generation of enthusiasts. Today’s versions are far from the simple mix of a packet of onion soup stirred into sour cream, however; they have become genuinely gourmet creations.


Where to Taste the Best Bagels in Montreal
Montreal bagels are known throughout the world, and we turned to a local expert for the best bagel shops to seek out.

Montreal takes its bagels seriously — and for good reason. These chewy rings of dough are more than just a breakfast staple. They’ve become a symbol of the city’s melting pot, a dish steeped in history and immigrant lore. If you’re a pastry aficionado or simply appreciate a side of storytelling with your delicious food, a trip to Montreal’s renowned bagel shops is a must.
The story of the Montreal bagel is closely woven with the history of the European Jewish community in the city.


Melbourne’s Next-Level Pastry Scene Is Reason Enough to Book a Flight to Australia
Come to Melbourne for the lamingtons, stay for the madeleines.

You could say that Melbourne has always been a pastry city. Jewish refugees paved the way with chocolate Kugelhopf, baked cheesecake, and plum cake when Pearl and Joseph Levine arrived by ship from Poland via Perth, opening the Monaco Cake Shop in the inner city suburb of Carlton in 1931. The bakery followed the influx of Jewish migrants to the seaside suburb of St Kilda, moving to a new location on Acland Street three years later and rebranding as Monarch Cake Shop. This little slice of continental Europe quickly spawned three new cake shops on the same street when a few of the Levines’ apprentices left to open their own businesses. Although it’s now had a handful of owners over the decades, Monarch is still open today and still baking that Polish cheesecake to a 100-year-old recipe.


Victoria & Albert’s in Disney World Is the First Theme Park Restaurant to Win a Michelin Star
It’s a gourmet world after all.

Walt Disney World’s Victoria & Albert’s restaurant, at the theme park’s Grand Floridian Resort, made history last week when it was awarded a Michelin Star.
The fine dining destination is the first and only restaurant owned and operated by a U.S. theme park to hold the prestigious honor, according to Disney Parks Blog. And while most visitors are more likely to associate Walt Disney World with Mickey Mouse rather than Michelin, the team at Victoria & Albert’s is changing that.


As She Turns 50, A Look Back At Penélope Cruz’s Very Best Beauty Moments
As Penélope Cruz turns 50, it felt like the right time to reminisce on some of the Spanish actor’s best beauty looks. With her raven hair, fresh, even-toned complexion, wide smile, and dark features, she has always been a sight to behold and, on her fiftieth birthday, she looks better than ever. Whether it’s a sultry smoky eye or an elaborate Audrey Hepburn-esque up ’do–or her new blunt-cut bob–she hits the mark every time. Here, Vogue takes a look at some of her best hair and makeup moments.


A 1950s Fashion History Lesson: Dior’s New Look, Hollywood Bombshells, and The Golden Era of Couture
Not to split hairs, but the look of the 1950s was really born a few years prior. When academics talk about 1950s fashion history, the era is usually defined as 1947-1957—and just so happens to coincide with the years that Christian Dior operated his fashion label. After the designer’s premature death in 1957, 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent took the reigns at the Dior, closing out the decade with his beatnik-inspired collection of 1960.
During this infamous era, fashion reached its most glamorous height, reflecting the world’s eagerness to leave wartime rations and austerity measures behind. The world was in dire need of beauty and the fashion industry delivered—and then some.


We could be heading into the hottest summer of our lives
High temperatures across the US have the potential to increase risks for drought, wildfires, and hurricanes.

Higher temperatures in the summer can directly contribute to the proliferation of droughts because heat increases water evaporation and the loss of moisture from plants. Droughts often reduce water supplies for people and animals, and impact the ecosystems of flora and fauna that live in bodies of water as well. According to the National Weather Service, the Southwest, part of the Pacific Northwest, and Hawaii are a few of the regions susceptible to drought this coming summer.


Fair dos: a guide to tiara etiquette for glamorous brides
The perfect accessory for any elegant wedding ensemble. Here, Tatler reveals exactly how to wear a regal headpiece for your big day

Tiaras are the fashion accessory for high society brides, but how to wear them correctly? While elegant brides across the nation plan their upcoming nuptials, Tatler answers your questions on exactly how best to sport the regal accessory.


How ‘The Sympathizer’ Makeup and Hair Artists Believably Transformed Robert Downey Jr. Into Four Different Characters
When “The Sympathizer” showrunner and director Park Chan-Wook brainstormed ideas for HBO’s newest miniseries, one scene struck him as a “quintessential American institution and represented the idea of America.” It took place in a steakhouse with several characters coming together.
Based on the best-selling novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen and set at the end of the Vietnam War, “The Sympathizer” follows a captain, played by Hoa Xuande, in the South Vietnamese army who’s secretly spying for the North Vietnamese communists. As Saigon falls and the U.S. retreats, the Captain remains embedded and escapes to Los Angeles. Throughout, Robert Downey Jr. pops up as various characters who interact with the Captain including Claude, the Captain’s CIA contact, as well as a professor, a congressman and an auteur.


7 Easy Ways to Get Wrinkles Out of Clothes—Even if You Don’t Have an Iron
These foolproof methods will keep your garments wrinkle-free.

Few things are more frustrating than pulling your favorite shirt or pants out of the closet to find they’re too wrinkled to wear. When this happens, don’t reach for something else to put on. Instead, use one of our foolproof methods for getting wrinkles out of your clothes. We provide techniques that anyone can do from home—even if you don’t have an iron or steamer.


10 Creative Uses for Tea Towels Around Your Home
Put your tea towels to work with these clever ideas, from wrapping gifts to stabilizing a cutting board.

If you’re like us, you likely have an abundance of kitchen linens—dish towels at the ready to dry hands, aprons to keep your clothes clean while cooking, oven mitts to keep your hands safe, and tea towels to wipe down plates, counters, and everything in between. The wonderful thing about tea towels, in particular, is that they come in myriad patterns, colors, and motifs, adding a touch of whimsy to our kitchens. If you have too many tea towels to count, just know that you can use them for all sorts of things besides drying household items. Ahead, we rounded up some of the most common, expert-approved uses for tea towels, from providing stability under your cutting boards to lining your bread baskets.

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