T LOunge for May 15th 2024

Posted on May 15, 2024



PinMūn Bar and Restaurant – Paris, France

Oh, yes. Let’s all drink in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower today, darlings. After all, it is WEDNESDAY and that calls for flights of fancy, oui? Oui. Settle in for a long day of frivolous discussion of little import.


Palme d’Or: Behind The Artistry Of Cannes Film Festival’s Most Prestigious Award
This year’s honorary winners include Meryl Streep, George Lucas and Studio Ghibli.

An integral part of the the festival, the Palme d’Or is designed by Cannes’ long-time luxury jewellery, watch and accessories partner, Chopard, who donate the trophy to the event, and have done since 1998.
The award itself is created in Switzerland, and hand-crafted Geneva workshops by no less than seven artisans. As it takes over 40 hours of work to finish, the award is considered an artistic masterpiece, and with good reason. The award’s signature golden palm leaf is made of 24-carat-gold and affixed to a crystal cushion, which is sculpted to imitate the look of an emerald-cut diamond. However, crystals are never identical so each trophy differs from the one before, making the trophy highly unique.


Bowen Yang’s Dangerously Authentic Journey: “I’ve Had to Learn It the Hard Way”
The Emmy-nominated SNL MVP on going straight for Sydney Sweeney, sleep demon Troye Sivan, and Tina Fey’s timeless advice.

From Yang’s stellar work opposite hosts including Ryan Gosling and Kristen Wiig to his definitive spoof of ex-congressman George Santos, the mantra has served the comedian well. He’s steadily emerged as an anchor of SNL’s current ensemble and continues to stretch himself, keeping viewers on their toes. Plus, the creative breakthroughs have arrived at a major inflection point for Yang. He’s starring in big-ticket Hollywood productions like the upcoming Wicked movies. He’s getting schooled by SNL legend Tina Fey on the rules of being, well, famous. And he’s navigating the intersecting, maddening mazes of mental health, career opportunity, and personal fulfillment. There’s no better time to catch up with Yang about it all.


Bridgerton Books: What order to read, what’s next, & where to buy
Here’s your crash course on Julia Quinn’s book series.

The Bridgerton books series by Julia Quinn – which takes place in the Regency era in London – is a wildly popular series that follows the eight affluent Bridgerton siblings searching for love and marriage.
So, it wasn’t a surprise when Netflix unveiled that there was to be a Shonda Rhimes-produced show based on the books. Nor was it a surprise when it became an instant smash hit, reaching 63 million households in its first four weeks and making the Bridgerton cast bonafide stars.
So if you’re all set to watch third instalment of the steamy period drama on Netflix this Thursday 16 May – which is set to explore Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan)’s relationship with Colin Bridgerton – why not update yourself on the Bridgerton book series?


18 top movies coming out in 2024, from Kinds of Kindness to Alicia Vikander’s Firebrand
How about we spend all of this year in the cinema, yes?

Even as warmer and fairer weather approaches, you still can’t beat a cinema trip, and we’re keeping our eye on the top movies coming out in 2024.
So what should we be adding to our “to-watch’” lists? The good news is that there’s something for everybody. We’ve got a nostalgic sequel in Beetlejuice 2, a Mad Max prequel, Jodie Comer’s turn as a biker chick in The Bikeriders and Lady Gaga’s entrance into the Joker movie universe. And that’s not all.


Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie are reuniting for a new TV show, in the biggest Noughties plot twist ever
“New Era. Same Besties.”

There’s no doubt about it – Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie were absolute Noughties icons.
Their show The Simple Life was the stuff of legend, seeing the two wealthy socialites attempt a normal life by living with a “middle class” American family and working low-paid jobs. And the hilarity and iconic lines ensued.
And now, twenty years later, they will be returning to our screens with a new TV show. Paris’ announcement of the show on Instagram included the caption: “New Era. Same Besties. Coming soon to Peacock.”


21 hair masks that quench better than an ice cold lemonade
Your hair will slurp it up.

Our hair puts up with a lot – de-tangling, straightening, curling, dyeing – so its only right that we give it some love. Hair masks are the answer. They’re the beauty equivalent of giving your hair a hug, wrapping around each strand and embracing it with nourishing and strengthening ingredients that give back bounce. The right mask will help to smooth strands, nourish dry ends and even prolong your hair colour, allowing it to look glossy and healthy for longer.


20 best tinted lip balms for a moisture-packed alternative to lipstick
Shine, moisture and pigment.

There’s no denying that tinted lip balms are one of the most popular skincare-makeup hybrids right now. Beauty retailer Space NK reports that sales of lip treatments, largely driven by balms, is up 283% vs 2023 – proof perhaps that we’re shaking loose the reliance on lipstick for the feel-good factor.
For skincare enthusiasts, it’s all taking lips from chapped to pillow-soft. Packed with moisture-loving ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and shea butter, they’re formulated to deliver long-lasting hydration.


Portrait of His Majesty King Charles III
Unveiled By Hm King Charles Iii At Buckingham Palace

The first official portrait of HM King Charles III as monarch has been unveiled by Their Majesties The King and Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Commissioned by The Drapers’ Company, it depicts him larger than life and wearing the uniform of the Welsh Guards, of which he was made Colonel in 1975. Jonathan had 4 sittings with the subject between June 2021 and November 2023 at Highgrove and later at Clarence House, working on it in between in his London studio.


The Best Summer 2024 Nail Trends You Can Already Start Wearing
Fresh, fun, and vibrant

From eye-catching prints and patterns to bold colors, summer nail trends are always fun to show off. And according to Jin Soon Choi, famed nail artist and founder of JINsoon nail spas, we’ll see one overarching trend for summer 2024.
“Jelly nail trends are really taking off for the summer of 2024,” says Choi. She speaks to the versatility of jellies, adding that they can be bright, neutral, or pastel. “The recent Met Gala showcased numerous stunning jelly nail looks, and I had the privilege of creating three out of four of them,” the pro says, noting that the Michael Kors and Brandon Maxwell spring/summer 2024 fashion shows also had jelly-like looks.
Ahead, take a closer look at what we predict will be the biggest 2024 summer nail trends, and shop the products that will help you get the looks yourself.


Growing Your Hair Out: A Survival Guide
… I had short hair for years, convinced that that was the best way of keeping my unruly mane in check (or at least somewhere in that region). But what happens when you get bored of the bob? When you get a sudden pang for the practicality of a ponytail, or start to long for the nonchalance of a top knot? That’s the position I found myself in some months ago: mired in a pit of hair ennui and starting to hate my supposedly low-maintenance bob.
This rut eventually set me on a mission towards changing things up—but not before canvassing some experts on how best to navigate what I knew was coming: the awkward growing-your-hair-out phase.


Cinsault: Everything You Need to Know
If you love Châteauneuf-du-Pape or a crisp glass of rosé, Cinsault belongs on your radar.

Cinsault is one of those grape varieties whose impact tends to be far greater than its less-than-famous reputation might imply.
Its most well-known use is as a blending grape in the red wines of the Southern Rhône Valley and the Languedoc, as well as a component or sole variety for rosé. It also can be found in California (Lodi and Paso Robles are particularly notable), Australia (McLaren Vale and parts of Barossa), the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, and the Western Cape of South Africa..
It’s also one of the parents of Pinotage (alongside Pinot Noir), historically the variety most closely associated with South Africa.


Here’s the Secret Password for Spain’s Convent Cookie Windows
Italy may have wine windows, but cloistered nuns have a sweeter surprise in Spain.

In Cáceres, Spain, the fairytale city where much of House of Dragons was filmed, a sweet secret lies behind the hidden windows of three convents. Inside, cloistered nuns make cookies and sell them to the public using a bell, a lazy susan, and phrases spoken through a cloaked window.
Marco Mangut, a native of Cáceres, visited these convents as a child with his father. The nuns make muffins, tocinitos de cielo (a dairy-free flan-like dessert), mantecados (shortbread cookies), and a few styles of sweets. He loves the perrunillas made with a secret recipe by the nuns at the Convento de San Pablo. The sandy but crunchy texture that melts quickly in the mouth is reminiscent of shortbread and emblematic of the Extremaduran region of Spain.


How Your Pantry Looks Says a Lot About Who You Are
The performative pantry must be stopped.

The performative pantry aesthetic assumes certain truths about your life. First, that you have a relatively large kitchen and fridge, and I can say from experience that those plastic bins end up eating a lot of space. Second, that you have the time, funds, and energy to remove all the food you eat and the ingredients for your meals from the packaging that they came in and into individual containers. And third, that you basically have the same grocery list every single time.


Here’s Why Everyone Is Putting Pickles in Their Dr. Pepper Right Now
“Don’t knock it ’til you try it.”

Pineapple on pizza. Mint and lamb. Chicken and waffles. They all sound a little wrong together, but one bite and you realize they’re actually a match made in heaven. And that’s apparently what everyone is figuring out about Dr. Pepper and Pickles, the flavor combination you never knew 100% slaps.
Over the last few days, TikTok has become absolutely enamored with tossing a few salty pickles into the super-sweet soda thanks to TikToker Mississippi Memaw, who shared her favorite “Pickle Dr. Pepper” order as she went through the Sonic Drive-thru.


Alice Munro Reinvigorated the Short Story
Working with the author, who has died, at ninety-two, was both a thrill and a lesson in intentionality.

I was brought up to believe that the worst thing you could do was ‘call attention to yourself,’ or ‘think you were smart,’ ” Alice Munro, who died on Monday, at age ninety-two, once said. She rebelled against this edict, of course, but it stayed with her. There was, in her writing, often a very deliberate, confident moment of calling attention to herself—an attempt to startle, to pierce with words and meaning—and then a more modest retreat. Fireworks, followed by starlight. That seeming contradiction was always there. In person, she could come off as reserved, demure (albeit with a sharp sense of humor), yet she wrote fearlessly and sometimes explicitly about bodies and sex, death, crime, tragedy—the damage people inflict on one another in the name of love.


RIP the Dublin-NYC Portal, you were destined for greatness x
The art installation, which connected Dublin to New York via livestream, has been shut down due to ‘inappropriate behaviour’, from public nudity to 9/11 memes

The concept was genius in its simplicity, and simple in its genius: a two-way live video link would be set up in Dublin and New York, resulting in a “portal” through which residents of each city could watch each other and interact in real-time. It would be a work of participatory art, in the form of two 3.5-tonne screens, and maybe – just maybe – it would bring people together across continents, fostering deep interpersonal connections, sparking collective joy, and causing empathy to flourish on an international scale. What could possibly go wrong?


A Teary Meryl Streep Reflects on Her Last Time at Cannes While Accepting Honorary Palme d’Or: ‘I Was About to Turn 40 and I Thought My Career Was Over’
In her speech, Streep thanked Cannes for welcoming her back after 35 years, with her last appearance being for 1989’s “Evil Angels.” She said that watching the ceremony’s retrospective clips of her career was “like looking out the window of a bullet train, watching my youth fly into my middle age, right onto where I am standing on this stage tonight. So many faces and so many places that I remember.”
Streep said that the last time she was at Cannes, “I was already a mother of three, I was about to turn 40 and I thought that my career was over.”


ABBA’s New Doc Recalls Agnetha Fältskog Being ‘Talked About as a Body Part’ at Height of Band’s Fame
‘ABBA: AGAINST ALL ODDS’ premiered Saturday on The CW

At the height of ABBA’s career, demeaning comments about Agnetha Fältskog’s appearance were not lost on her.
In ABBA: AGAINST THE ODDS, a documentary on the Swedish band that premiered on Saturday, May 11, viewers get a look at remarks Fältskog faced as she opened up about her struggle with fame.
In 1977, ABBA was seeing massive success during their tour in Australia. While the group loved their fanbase, they admit in the documentary that it got to be a bit too much at times.


Reese Witherspoon producing Legally Blonde prequel series about Elle Woods’ high school years
“Elle” will debut on Amazon Prime Video.

Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine will produce a Legally Blonde prequel series titled Elle, centered on future lawyer Elle Woods’ during her high school years, Amazon Prime Video announced Tuesday at its inaugural upfront presentation. […]
“I truly couldn’t be more excited about this series,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “Fans will get to know how Elle Woods navigated her world as a teenager with her distinct personality and ingenuity, in ways that only our beloved Elle could do. What could be better than that?”


19 Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas That Will Jumpstart Your Mornings
Start your day with one of our go-to vegan breakfast recipes.

There are so many good reasons to incorporate more plant-based foods into your daily life. Whether you’re doing it for animal welfare, environmental concerns, or your own personal health, everyone can benefit from making healthier choices every day. One of the easiest ways to do this is by adopting a plant-based diet—even removing animal products from one meal of your day can make a significant impact. These 20 plant-based breakfast recipes and our meal planning tips will help you do that—and start your morning off strong.


How to Thrift Shop Like an Interior Designer
Unlike antiquing, thrift shopping can unearth treasures from any era—from the past to present day.

In a time when you can decorate your home with a few swipes or clicks, thrift shopping can seem like an antiquated endeavor. (The amount of time and research is at odds with today’s emphasis on instant gratification.) But if you’re looking for beautiful, budget-friendly items that speak to your unique sense of style, slow and steady wins the race.
Unlike antiquing—which is similar in theory but different in practice—thrift shopping celebrates the art of buying secondhand.


How to Grow Roses From Cuttings—Plus Expert Tips for Ensuring Success
Healthy cuttings from your current garden can grow into successful new plants with these expert techniques.

Whether you fancy English, hybrid, tea, miniature, Knock Out, or any of the other 1,000-plus rose varieties, these iconic blooms are a staple in every garden. The fragrant, woody-stemmed plants pair well in mixed flower beds or hold court on their own, climbing pergolas and trellises or blooming on show-stopping bushes.
If you’ve seen success with your current crop of roses in previous seasons, you may want to consider taking and establishing cuttings to expand your rose empire. Below, David Filter, the owner of English Garden Florist and a BloomNation affiliate, walks us through the process.


We Got a First Look Inside Disney’s Newest Theme Park Land — Here’s Everything to Know About Fantasy Springs
We rode every ride and ate everything at Fantasy Springs — the newest land at Tokyo DisneySea.

In Disney’s newest land, fantasy meets real life with adventures and eateries inspired by “Peter Pan,” “Frozen,” and “Tangled.”
Aptly called Fantasy Springs, it’s the newest themed land and the eighth “port of call” at nautically themed Tokyo DisneySea, a theme park regarded as one of the very best in the world thanks to its super-immersive, larger-than-life design and unique attractions.


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