T LOunge for May 1st 2024

Posted on May 01, 2024



PinMaxim’s Restaurant and Bar – Paris, France

It’s WEDNESDAY, darlings. Let’s DO this. And by “this,” we mean “nothing more than spending the day pretending you’re lounging around a legendary Paris nightspot.” Sounds like a plan to us!



Every one of Zendaya’s incredible Met Gala looks through the years
Revisit all the looks the star has worn to fashion’s biggest night.

Peanut butter and jelly. Bacon and eggs. Cookies and milk. Zendaya and the Met Gala. Some things are just meant to be together.
Now, Zendaya might have only attended the Met Gala five times in total, but she’s already become one of the most-anticipated invitees at the event, and after much, much waiting, she is finally making her grand Met Gala return as one of the co-chairs for 2024.
In 2021, when she announced that she wouldn’t be attending the event’s long-awaited return after a one-year break in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many lamented the news. (She was busy filming the second season of Euphoria, so she had a valid excuse!)


What is Beltane and when is the Gaelic May Day festival?
Celebrate May Day with the Faeries.

May Day is finally here — or, for the Neopagans and the Celts, the Day of Beltane.
After what felt like another endless winter, the sun is finally starting to peek through the clouds — the skies are looking a little more blue and the days are feeling a little less bitter. Could summer finally be around the corner?


Daisy Ridley’s new film Young Woman and the Sea tells the story of the first woman to swim the English channel
It’s an incredible true story of female empowerment.

Daisy Ridley is back on our screens, in new Disney biopic Young Woman and the Sea and a new Star Wars movie.
While she will return to the Star Wars franchise as Rey, in a film written by Peaky Blinders creator Stephen Knight, first Daisy will star as Trudy Ederle, a real life competitive swimmer who decided she wanted to swim the English Channel in the 1920s – making her the first woman to do so.
Here’s everything we know so far about Young Woman and the Sea.


How Marseille Found It’s Magic
Chanel is heading to Marseille for its cruise show – here’s why we’re all following South for the city…

‘I love Marseille for is depth and realness – the city has grit and honesty. It’s not the easiest [place]. You really have to dig for things here. But the light is spectacular, and there is no better city to enjoy the Mediterranean in the summer,’ says supermodel Erin Wasson, who recently opened the vegan-friendly Cécile Food Club in the city with her husband, who comes from the area. ‘One of my favourite places for a drink is Ivresse, a lovely natural-wine bar in Le Panier. I also love to have long lunches at Sepia. It backs onto a park, and often there are dogs and kids just running around.’


This Monet Painting of a Haystack Could Sell for More than $30 Million
Meules à Giverny (1893) heads to sale on May 15 by Sotheby’s.

On May 15, Sotheby’s will auction Claude Monet’s Meules à Giverny (1893)—and it is estimated to sell for more than $30 million. The piece leads the auction house’s Important American Estate Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Impressionism & Its Influence in America sale that will also include works by the impressionist Camille Pissarro, Childe Hassam, and Pablo Picasso.
The impressionist painting features a maroon haystack amid a lush green field surrounded by trees. It is one of only a handful of works by Monet featuring the haystack to come to auction, and, according to a release, is one of the last times Monet ever used the haystack motif.


Lily Gladstone on Under the Bridge, MMIW Awareness, and Radical Empathy
After an awards season that saw Lily Gladstone scoop up a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for her astonishing work as Mollie Burkhart in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, the actor has moved swiftly on to her next project: Hulu’s limited series Under the Bridge, based on the best-selling true-crime book by Rebecca Godfrey.
In it, Gladstone plays Cam Bentland, an Indigenous policewoman determined to solve the missing-person turned homicide case of Reena Virk, an Indo-Canadian 14-year-old girl, in the late 1990s. Badly bullied at her school in ultra-white Victoria, Reena falls in with a local group of teens who style themselves the “Crip Mafia Cartel” before she’s discovered dead.


The Tony Nominations Are Out! Here’s How Some of Broadway’s Biggest Stars Reacted—From the First-Timers to the Theater Veterans
If you are sensing a frisson of excitement in the Manhattan area today, that may well be because the 2024 Tony nominees were announced this morning. (Installed at Sofitel New York on West 44th Street, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jesse Tyler Ferguson made a deeply charming double-act as they read off the categories.) In a season filled with several thrilling debuts—as well as vaunted revivals, reunions, and other happy returns—the list of nominated actors, directors, playwrights, composers, and other theater-makers this year was filled with all manner of exciting names, from rising stars to Broadway veterans.


Return of the Mint Mani, A Subtly Elegant Manicure
The return of romantic pastels has been in the air for a while now, and for the mood is manifesting into shades of mint for summer 2024. For minimalists who prefer to swerve nail art and decals in favor of something a little more low-key, these soft shades–best applied to short, neat nails–are bound to appeal.


Measuring Your Ingredients This Way Is a Big Mistake, According to Experts
Here’s what to use instead.

They say that if cooking is an art, baking is a science. Precision is key when measuring ingredients for just about any baked good, but following a recipe to a tee is much more difficult than it looks. We polled the experts for tips on how to achieve better, more consistent baking results, and as it turns out, you’re probably measuring your ingredients the wrong way.


Food Lovers Are Heading to Savannah and So Should You
The dining scene in this charming Southern city is heating up.

Growing up, Savannah was the closest thing I had to a big city. I lived 95 country miles away, and every few months, my mom would load us into our minivan and drive to Savannah to shop. We’d eat lunch at Spanky’s, a restaurant that claims to have invented the chicken finger, or at a chain restaurant near the mall. Occasionally, we went downtown for a cheeseburger at the old-school Crystal Beer Parlor. But meals were mostly incidental.
Indeed, no one would have considered Savannah a food destination until a decade ago, things started to change, with investment in the city’s downtown — and with the 2014 arrival of game-changing restaurant The Grey.


Skittles Is Giving Fans the Chance to Live in This Colorful Micro-Apartment Rent-Free for a Year
You must love color to enter this giveaway.

In September, Skittles announced its “littlest” innovation with Skittles Littles, a teeny, tiny version of its candy that it promises is more “poppable” than before.
“Expanding our portfolio with Skittles Littles allows us to create even more pleasantly perplexing experiences and inspire moments of everyday happiness for fans,” Ro Cheng, the marketing director at Mars, shared at the time. “We can’t wait for our fans to experience this tiny treat and Taste the Rainbow in a whole new way.” Now, not only can fans eat the teensy candies, they can live in an equally adorable micro-apartment inspired by Skittles Littles. For free. For an entire year.


Velveeta Is Introducing 3 Ready-to-Eat Queso Flavors and 2 New Shells & Cheese Options
We’ll take one of each.

On Tuesday, the cheese company announced its first foray into the world of queso. And it’s not just bringing one dip to the party — it’s bringing three.
As the company shared in a statement provided to Food & Wine, it’s releasing three flavors — the Queso Con Salsa, Queso Blanco, and Jalapeño, all in the ready-to-eat queso category.


Why Normal Music Reviews No Longer Make Sense for Taylor Swift
Critics argue that “The Tortured Poets Department” sounds too much like Swift’s previous albums. Fans argue that that’s the whole point.

Ask music critics what they think of Taylor Swift’s eleventh studio album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” and those who aren’t afraid of getting doxed might say something about the interminable length, the repetitive synth overlays, or the uninspired lyrics. Take “imgonnagetyouback,” a track that’s notably similar to Olivia Rodrigo’s “Get Him Back!” In the chorus, Swift sings that she hasn’t yet decided “whether I’m gonna be your wife or gonna smash up your bike.” Perhaps the lyric is meant to be somewhat infantile, but even the most novice editor should have pushed Swift toward the more obvious rhyme: “whether I’m gonna be your wife or gonna smash up your life.”


Met Gala 2024: How to Literally Touch and Smell Fashion Details at The Met Museum’s New Costume Institute Show
Ahead of fashion’s upcoming, over-the-top night on May 6, curator Andrew Bolton talks about the ways his new show ‘Sleeping Beauties’ engages all the senses.

How does historic fashion compete with the likes of Zendaya and Jennifer Lopez on the biggest night of the New York calendar? That’s Andrew Bolton’s superpower.
The curator in charge of the Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2016, Bolton, 57, excels at producing fashion exhibits that are multilayered and visually arresting, while also answering a question — “Is fashion art?” — with a resounding yes.
Zendaya and Lopez, alongside fellow co-hosts Chris Hemsworth, Bad Bunny and Condé Nast chief content officer and Vogue global editorial director Anna Wintour, will join the throngs of Hollywood elite echoing the concept of fashion as art when they gather May 6 for the museum’s annual Met Gala.


Zendaya And Law Roach Have Launched ‘Challengers’ Magazine
The actress and image architect have come up with the best marketing ploy for the newly released film.

If you thought Zendaya and Law Roach’s “Challengers” press looks on the red carpet and during TV and panel appearances were excellent, just know it gets better. The actress and image architect have launched Challengers Magazine. The new publication’s cover star? Tashi Duncan, the main character in Challengers, the new Zendaya-starring film.


Tony Nominations Snubs and Surprises: Steve Carell and ‘The Wiz’ Miss Out
It was a strong year for female directors, a play featuring music and American productions.

The day of the Tony Award nominations is like college acceptance day a bit earlier in the spring, but on the scarcity model: Of the dozens of artists eligible in each category, only five or so are “admitted.” That means some great work gets left by the wayside — but also, because the number of nominators is small enough to be idiosyncratic, that plenty of outcomes defy all prediction. Here are our thoughts on this season’s inadvertent (and possibly advertent) snubs, delightful (or mystifying) surprises and other notable anomalies.


This Is Peak College Admissions Insanity
Selective college admissions have been a vortex of anxiety and stress for what seems like forever, inducing panic in more top high school seniors each year. But the 2023-2024 admissions season was not just an incremental increase in the frantic posturing and high-pressure guesswork that make this annual ritual seem like academic Hunger Games. This year was different. A number of factors — some widely discussed, some little noticed — combined to push the process into a new realm in which the old rules didn’t apply and even the gatekeepers seemed not to know what the new rules were.
It happened, as these things often do, first gradually and then all at once.


Sofía Vergara Graces the Cover of PEOPLE’s Beautiful Issue — and Gets Real About Dating, Growing Older and Her Secrets for Beauty
She washes her hair every day, tries any anti-aging trend and can never refuse cake. The funny, gorgeous star knows who she is and what she wants when it comes to her life, career and love

Vergara has all the love she needs these days. After winning over hearts for nearly 11 years in Gloria Delgado-Pritchett’s stiletto heels on Modern Family and serving as a judge on America’s Got Talent since 2020, the actress, 51, has found a new cadence to life.
Single after her seven-year marriage to actor Joe Manganiello ended last July, she plays it coy when asked if she’s dating anyone. “Maybe,” she says with a sly smile (though she has posted about rumored beau Justin Saliman). But what really excites her is the thought of her son Manolo, 32, whom she shares with her high school sweetheart ex-husband, making her “Abuela” someday: “I think I’ll be a fun grandmother.”


Amy Schumer Can’t Escape Backlash… She’s OK With That
Amy Schumer was in the zone. This was in March, when she was filming on the street in Brooklyn for her upcoming movie “Kinda Pregnant,” a comedy about a woman who pretends to be knocked up for attention. In one take, Schumer emerged from a subway station while answering a phone call — and was interrupted by a stranger shouting at her from the sidewalk: “Fuck you, Amy Schumer! You’re a Zionist! You love genocide!”
Disruptions of the four-letter variety aren’t unusual in a raucous place like New York, though they’re usually less pointed. Schumer didn’t break character, refusing to stop working as the woman carried on. The actress finished the scene finally, packed up her stuff and went home to her husband and their 4-year-old son.


Barbra Streisand addresses Melissa McCarthy Ozempic comment: ‘I forgot the world is reading!’
Public, can you hear me?

Barbra Streisand is clearing the air between Melissa McCarthy and herself.
The Yentl star commented a fairly personal message on the Bridesmaids actress’ Instagram post, which prompted Streisand to share a follow-up note to McCarthy.
The Spy actress had posted a photo of herself with Hairspray and Bedtime Stories director Adam Shankman at the Center Theatre Group gala in Los Angeles on Monday. In a now-deleted comment, Streisand wrote, “Give him my regards did you take Ozempic?,” referring to the diabetes treatment medication that many Hollywood stars are using to lose weight.


Daniel Radcliffe responds to J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans rhetoric: ‘It makes me really sad’
Radcliffe says he’s had no direct contact with the author since her anti-transgender rants began.

Daniel Radcliffe is disappointed by J.K. Rowling’s repeated anti-transgender comments.
Speaking with The Atlantic about his role in the Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along, the Swiss Army Man star, who rose to fame as the titular boy wizard in eight movie adaptations of Rowling’s Harry Potter series, commented on the author’s controversial anti-trans opinions.


How to Freeze Fresh Strawberries and Enjoy Them Year Round
Make the most of this berry’s fleeting season by extending its shelf life and correctly freezing any surplus.

Strawberries, in season from May through June, are fragrant, red, juicy, and sweet—they’re delicious on their own, sliced into fruit salads, or as the cornerstone of dessert favorites. But as much as we adore these berries, they aren’t the hardiest. Fortunately, you can freeze strawberries and preserve their juicy, sweet flavor, and enjoy them long after their season is over. We spoke to chefs and recipe developers to find out the best way to store them in the freezer and how to make sure they don’t develop ice crystals.


14 DIY Mother’s Day Cards That Will Make the Day Even More Special
These DIY Mother’s Day cards are as fun to make as they will be to receive.

Whether you’re surprising her with breakfast in bed, a DIY home spa, or a bright bouquet of her favorite flowers, no Mother’s Day gift is complete without a heartfelt card. While finding the right words to tell Mom how much you appreciate her and everything she does is one thing we can’t exactly help with, finding the perfect card to fill with these sentiments is definitely where we come in—in fact, we have plenty of handmade ideas to help inspire you. All you’ll need are a few paper crafting supplies, a dash of embellishment, and a whole lot of heart.
Whatever you decide to make, we’re sure these easy ideas will not only inspire you but also create new memories she’ll cherish for years to come.


How to Clean a Toilet the Right Way (and How Often You Should)
From what to use to how to clean the rim, cleaning experts share everything you need to know about making your commode shine.

It’s not exactly glamorous, but your toilet is easily one of the most-used seats in your home. Creating a beautiful ambience via a jewel box bathroom or beautiful tiling makes this a more enjoyable space, but it’s also important to maintain cleanliness. The good news is that it doesn’t require a lot of time or loads of elbow grease to get this essential fixture sparkling clean. Here, find our no-fail, no-germ-left-behind guide on how to clean a toilet.


The South of France Is My Favorite Vacation Destination — Here Are Its 20 Best Places to Visit
The lavender fields, quaint villages, and beautiful beaches have my heart.

France ranks among the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe — of course there are remarkable destinations in the country that gave us boeuf bourguignon, the Eiffel Tower, and Champagne. But with alluring beaches along the Côte d’Azur, magical lavender fields, and the vineyards of the Luberon, the South of France is a superb destination all on its own. I’m a professional travel writer who’s been to 45 countries across six continents, and it’s my absolute favorite place in the world to visit. If you’re planning on spending even just a few days in le Midi, this list will help you choose which of the region’s many, many highlights to include in your itinerary.

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