T LOunge for May 16th 2024

Posted on May 16, 2024



PinMasala Zone at Piccadilly Circus – London, UK

Shall we go for grandeur today, darlings? Let’s. After all, it’s THURSDAY and if that’s not a good enough reason to get a little grandiose, then what is? Meet us under the elephants.


Emma D’Arcy, Olivia Cooke slay the House down in EW’s House of the Dragon cover shoot
Get intel on what to expect from season 2.

Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke are here to slay… looks, not each other.
The two stars might be fighting on screen in House of the Dragon, but there’s only love between them on the London set of Entertainment Weekly’s Summer TV Preview cover shoot, where they share exclusive insight into what’s coming when season 2 hits HBO and Max on June 16.
D’Arcy says their character, Rhaenyra Targaryen, “is somewhat unleashed this season,” adding, “This season really investigates rage and maybe in particular a woman’s rage.” As for Rhaenyra’s childhood-friend-turned-adversary Alicent Hightower, Cooke explains, “All of a sudden she’s of no use to anyone. She’s done what she was supposed to do — put her son on the throne — and now she’s discarded. Who is she if she can’t be the person to implement wisdom?”


Reba McEntire on Hosting the ACM Awards, New Music, Her New Sitcom & More
Reba McEntire is set to host the 59th ACM Awards this week. The iconic singer spoke to THR all about her big return to Country Music’s Party of the Year, new music, her new TV show, Reba hitting Netflix and much more ahead of the ceremony that streams free on Amazon’s Prime Video live on Thursday, May 16.


Sophie Turner just powerfully opened up about mum-shaming after her divorce from Joe Jonas
“I really do completely torture myself over every move I make as a mother.”

Sophie was on set filming Joan, an ITV drama based on Joan Hannington, Britain’s most infamous jewel thief, when these headlines started circulating. “I remember I was on set, I was contracted to be on set for another two weeks, so I couldn’t leave,” she explained.
“My kids were in the States and I couldn’t get to them because I had to finish Joan. And all these articles started coming out […] It hurt because I really do completely torture myself over every move I make as a mother – mum guilt is so real! I just kept having to say to myself, ‘None of this is true. You are a good mum and you’ve never been a partier.’”


The Bridgerton season 4 love story has already been picked
Julia Quinn, the author of the original book series, spilled the beans.

Bridgerton season 3 has only just been released, but fans are already looking ahead.
Speaking with People, Julia Quinn, the author of the original book series the hit show is based on, opened up about the show’s future going into season 4, admitting the love story that it’ll centre on has already been picked and locked.


I’m Childfree And This Is What I Learnt From Using My Savings For A Non-Maternity Year
Author Emma Gannon found herself signed off with ‘clinical burnout’ and planning a non-maternity year to take the time to prioritise her brain and body after over a decade of pushing herself to the max. Here, Gannon explores what she learnt from her ‘burnout buffer’.


Why Raw Denim Will Change Your Jean Game
Discover the denim that moulds to your body.

We’ve all spent hours in the fitting room trying on countless jeans in the endless pursuit of finding just the right pair. However, in your Goldilocks approach, you may have missed the right pair for you—raw denim.
For true denim devotees, it’s their first choice and there’s a good reason. The difference between raw and your regular fair is in the title: raw denim is untreated and left in its natural state. There is no shrinking or prewashing with this style, meaning the first few wears might seem uncharacteristically stiff, but this is where the magic happens.


A 1970s Fashion History Lesson: Disco, Designer Denim, and the Liberated Woman
The 1970s was the decade for the woman, capital W. As women’s liberation marched on (in 1970 more than 50,000 people participated in the first women’s equality march, the Women’s Strike for Equality, in New York City), the way women dressed also embraced a bold new course.
The fashion of the 1970s also put the female body on show like never before. Clothes were soft and clingy and worshipped the figure in its natural form, with much of it requiring little to no structure from undergarments. She was liberated! She wore the pants—literally! Pants, suiting, and—by the late 1970s, anyway—designer denim all became fully acceptable for just about any situation.


How Did Root Beer Become Such a Big Deal in Utah?
You might know less than you think about this classic American soda pop.

When I was growing up, my grandmother would pick my brother and me up from school on Fridays and take us straight to a diner where she and my grandfather had gone on some of their first dates. Our order was always the same: a burger, cheese fries, and a kid-sized root beer in a frosted mug. Once, when my brother brought a school friend along, we watched his eyes widen into saucers as we placed our orders. “My parents don’t let kids drink beer,” he whispered.
He’s not the first or the last to get confused. For many, root beer is something of a mystery.


Reservation Fraud Is Real, and These New York Lawmakers Are Looking to Make It a Criminal Offense
Restaurants have had enough.

“New Yorkers are contending with the reality of our current economic landscape and increased cost of living. So, when consumers have the ability to dine out, they shouldn’t have to contend with malicious software or unethical practices marking up reservations,” Bores shared about the bill in a statement provided to Food & Wine. “Currently, restaurants have no recourse to protect their diners or themselves against these third-party apps. This legislation reins in the black market that has emerged and protects consumers and restaurants.”


California Is Looking to Regulate Self-Checkout Aisles — Here’s What to Know
Senate Bill 1446 will require designated employees to watch self-checkout lanes, in addition to limiting customers to 10 items or fewer.

Whether you love them, hate them, or just wish they’d stop telling you to “place your items in the bagging area,” self-checkout lanes at supermarkets and other retailers seem like they’re here to stay. But a California lawmaker has proposed a bill that would regulate their use throughout the state and change things up for both customers and store employees.


Here’s How Americans Have Been Changing Their Dining Habits Due to Rising Costs
Sixty percent say they are preparing more meals at home.

You don’t have to over-scrutinize your monthly credit card statements to know that food prices have increased dramatically over the past few years, and that’s true whether you’re eating at a sit-down restaurant, ordering fast food, or buying groceries so you can cook at home. According to the Producer Price Index, the wholesale cost of food increased by 22.4% between January 2020 and January 2024. Possibly the best illustration of these rising prices can be found in Trader Joe’s produce department, where the cost of one banana has jumped by 20% — the chain’s first banana price change in 25 years.


The Force Is Strong in Oreo’s New ‘Star Wars’ Cookies
Will unopened or preserved packaging be an eBay moneymaker? Maybe.

This new Oreo collab is truly out of this world.
For the first time ever, the iconic chocolate sandwich cookies are representing a galaxy far, far away, with a branded Star Wars partnership, in collaboration with Lucasfilm.
Special Edition Star Wars Oreo Cookies will be available in two symbolic iterations, though both cookies will have the same Star Wars packaging. Cookie lovers won’t know which side of the Force they’re on until they open their packs of Oreos and see if the creme inside represents the dark side or the light side.


The Mary J. Blige Boot That Sold Out In A Day
The high-end footwear, created in collaboration with the award-winning artist, is no longer available. However, here’s the significance for the fashion industry.

Style icon Mary J. Blige recently collaborated with the global footwear company Giuseppe Zanotti to release a new boot. Blige is known for her stylish boots, often featuring unique designs and embellishments that reflect her bold fashion sense. The launch of the “Mary boot” on Monday, May 13, priced at $1,300, sparked a lot of discussion on social media about whether her fans could afford them. Despite the high price, the boots quickly sold out.


Mary Cassatt’s Women Didn’t Sit Pretty
The American painter depicted women caring for children, not posing for the male gaze. New exhibitions and books reappraise her legacy 100 years later.

In the epic story of modern art, Mary Cassatt has been cast as the premier painter of mothers and babies. Yet she created a world in which no one ever changed a diaper or ran out of milk. Her paintings are set amid the privileged spaces of 19th-century parlors and gardens, where women sew or read or nurse an infant, uninterrupted by men. They typically wear bonnets and ankle-length dresses, bows and ruffles, and do not glance at us. Rather, they avert their eyes, consumed by their own thoughts.


Recreating Amy Winehouse’s Look Onscreen
In the biopic “Back to Black,” Marisa Abela wears some of the singer’s actual clothes, but the hair and makeup team chose to tone the signature beehive down.

Few looks are as distinctive as Amy Winehouse’s was. The singer’s sweeping eyeliner, tottering heels and disheveled beehive are still instantly recognizable, 13 years after her death.
In the new biopic “Back to Black,” Marisa Abela plays the star from the beginning of her music career until her final days. She wears mini skirts with girlish ruffles and small kitten heels to begin with, before adopting her distinctive pinup aesthetic as she dives deeper into the music industry and her self-destructive habits.


36 Hours in Minorca
Minorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, sparkles with the same blue-green waters as its more touristy neighbors, Ibiza and Majorca. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1993, Minorca offers a quieter and wilder retreat, thanks to residents who have protected the island from further urbanization and development. Still, megayachts and crowds are descending: In 2021, the international gallery Hauser & Wirth opened a 16,000-square-foot arts center, intended to lure wealthy collectors, on an islet near the capital. Despite the encroaching threat of overtourism, Minorca sticks to its “poc a poc,” or “little by little,” way of life, in which siestas are long and opening hours are more of a suggestion. The island also brims with creativity, wildlife and rich history: Just last year, its prehistoric structures became a UNESCO World Heritage site.


The Nerve of Madonna to Pull It Off, Again
To the question “Is she still relevant?” her Celebration Tour, which concluded this month, is proof that she is. Madonna performed before the largest audience ever gathered to watch a female artist and mounted the single biggest free stand-alone concert in history: 1.6 million people turned Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach into a dance floor on May 4. According to Billboard, her six-month, 80-show tour grossed $225.4 million, making her the only woman in history to gross more than $100 million during six concert tours. (The only solo male in that category is Bruce Springsteen.)


Mixologists Agree: The Batanga Is the Cocktail of Summer—Here’s How to Make It
This 3-ingredient drink will be everywhere.

There’s something about the kickoff of the summer season that makes us crave fun, festive beverages to fuel our warm-weather adventures. While past years have delivered new classics like the Aperol spritz and trendy predictions that have fizzled out (we’re looking at you, Dirty Shirley), the drink of summer 2024 is both new and familiar. We consulted numerous leading mixologists and drinks experts, and there’s a consensus: the batanga is the cocktail we’ll be quaffing all season long.


How to Store Grapes So They Last Even Longer
There’s nothing complicated about keeping grapes crisp—just follow these simple tips from produce experts.

Perfect for snacking, firm and juicy table grapes instantly satisfy that craving for a bite of something sweet, whether enjoyed as a snack or as a complement to cheese or charcuterie boards. Once you know how to store grapes properly, maintaining their tantalizing texture and taste is a cinch. We spoke to fruit experts and learned that keeping grapes crisp (and avoiding soggy specimens) starts with buying the freshest grapes and continues with how you handle them after bringing them home from the market. Get their pro tips for storing grapes correctly and extending their shelf life.


12 Easy Ways to Make Paper Flowers
Learn how to make paper flowers with our easy-to-follow projects—all with printable templates and clip-art.

Fresh bouquets are always a beautiful touch, but then they wither within a week’s time. Flowers made from crepe paper or tissue paper can be just as pretty—and they don’t need watering or sunlight, and they’ll never wilt. Flower for flower, paper arrangements are less expensive than those made with live blooms, plus they’ll last for decades—not just days—if properly preserved. Try one of these paper flower projects, complete with easy instructions and templates, and enjoy a touch of spring all year long.


This Island Has the World’s Most Photogenic Sunset
Bali tops the list, followed by three other islands with sunset-ready shores.

A beautiful sunset may not be a holiday make-or-break, but it doesn’t hurt to have a colorful, vibrant display when you’re sipping on your first post-flight cocktail in your new digs. To sort out the world’s most photogenic sunsets, the travel experts at Titan Travel, a travel agency offering escorted tours, cruises, and train trips, combed through Instagram to see what destinations had the most sunset posts.
Its list, which included islands like Ibiza and Maui along with cities like Paris and Seattle, reveals what sunsets Instagram users can’t help but capture. At the top of the list, with 182,661 Instagram posts, is Bali, an island in Indonesia, long known for its surfing, beaches, waterfalls, and spiritual vibe.


This Italian Town Is the World Capital of Violin Making — How to Plan a Music-focused Trip
For centuries, the Italian town of Cremona has been home to the great instrument makers, and its streets continue to ring with music.

Cremona, located in Italy’s Lombardy region, has been the world capital of violin making for six centuries. A hundred and fifty liutai still ply their trade there, working in the tradition of the Amati, Guarneri, and Stradivari families. Anyone who can pass an Italian-language exam can apply to the city’s publicly funded stringed-instrument-making school, the Cremona Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria. The surrounding region is known for its charcuterie and cheeses, its balsamic vinegar, and, slightly farther afield, its deliciously varied wines, from Valtellina’s rich, dark Nebbiolos to Franciacorta’s bright, dry, sparkling whites.

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