T LOunge for May 28th 2024

Posted on May 28, 2024

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It’s TUESDAY, darlings! Normally, that’s terrible news but this time, it’s the start of the shortest (but also longest from an emotional perspective) work week of the year! Let’s get into this! And by that we mean hanging out in today’s boldly whimsical LOunge all day and doing nothing important!

 

Being Bob Mackie: Hollywood’s Campy Couturier Dishes on His Very Fashionable Life
In documentary ‘Naked Illusion,’ the 85-year-old diva-dressing designer discusses his first wife, Lulu Porter, his longtime partner, the late Ray Aghayan, and the granddaughter and great-granddaughters he didn’t know he had.

For more than 60 years, Bob Mackie has reigned as the over-the-top couturier for Hollywood’s elite. After gaining attention as the costumer for The Carol Burnett Show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and Cher’s solo variety show, the designer became the go-to choice for divas like Judy Garland, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Madonna and Elton John, and created clothes for 60 Barbies. In the process he won an impressive nine Emmys, a Tony and a CFDA lifetime achievement award, plus three Oscar nominations.
Now with a long-awaited documentary devoted to his life in showbiz, Bob Mackie: Naked Illusion, arriving this summer (a distribution deal has not yet been finalized), the so-called Sultan of Sequins, Rajah of Rhinestones and Guru of Glitter seems to be having yet another major moment, with his archival pieces worn today by the likes of Anya Taylor-Joy and Zendaya.

 

Meet the New A-List: The 10 Young Movie Stars Taking Hollywood by Storm
Are Timothée, Sydney and Glen the new Leo, Scarlett and Tom? Studio execs are certainly hoping they are, with Hollywood betting on stars like Paul Mescal and Jenna Ortega to carry slates and save the box office.

As the entertainment industry struggles to get audiences to theaters and adjusts to the new economic realities of the post-streaming-war era, stars like Sweeney and Powell, who delivered $220 million at the box office with Anyone But You, are offering a glimmer of optimism to beleaguered studios and their balance sheets. And while the New A-List may be diverse in terms of talents and personas, there’s one area where that’s certainly not the case: actual diversity. Despite pushes toward inclusion, the mostly white names exemplify how studios have failed to radically change the paradigm.

 

Behind Gottmik’s Loewe Look for ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’
According to Gottmik, it’s actually the first time that anyone has worn a bespoke garment from a major fashion house like Loewe on the main stage of RuPaul’s Drag Race. “Designers are finally recognizing the art of drag, and recognizing our talent and impact is so monumental, and I am so honored to be in my position to represent and be part of such a huge movement for the community,” Gottmik tells PAPER. “Loewe was established in 1846, making it one of the oldest luxury houses, and with drag being such a new industry, being able to come together and create with such an iconic brand is nothing short of poetic.”

 

Seashell nails are mermaid meets fairycore — and summer’s cutest nail trend
Glazed donut, but make it fantastical.

Beauty lovers clearly can’t get enough of ethereal aesthetics inspired by the fantastical, from mother-of-pearl manis to fairycore makeup. The latest trend? Iridescent seashell nails, which A-list nail enthusiasts Kylie Jenner, Megan Fox, and Saweetie have all co-signed, as have celebrity nail artist Tom Bachik and his client turned mermaid Hailee Steinfeld.
No two sets are alike — Kylie’s are multi-coloured while Megan’s and Hailee’s are blue and Saweetie’s pink—and the style is essentially another variation on the chrome moment (chroment?).

 

5 signs you and your partner’s arguments are unhealthy
If one of you regularly employs the silent treatment, that’s a problem.

Everyone has arguments. Maybe you and your partner bicker about money, household chores, or parenting styles. Perhaps you can’t stand their tone of voice while discussing logistics or your skin crawls when you talk about politics.
While it may feel, at times, like you have a shared identity, you and your significant other are two different people. “Even though you’re together, fell in love, and maybe built a family, that doesn’t mean you’re the same person or have all of the same views and opinions,” Lisa Brateman, a New York City–based therapist and the author of What Are We Really Fighting About?, says.

 

Every classical cover song in Bridgerton‘s season 3 soundtrack
Including the Pitbull Bridgerton crossover we never knew we needed.

The Bridgerton season 3 soundtrack just hits different. With the release of every new season, you’re guaranteed some truly immaculate crossovers of modern favourites and classical flair, with pop hits being reimagined in the best possible way.
Though the series is set in the Regency era (1811 to 1820), Bridgerton season 3 showcases instrumental bangers from the likes of BTS, Billie Eilish and Mr. Worldwide, AKA Pitbull.
On the decision to include the Archer Marsh cover of Pitbull, the show’s music supervisor said “It’s a little bit outside of the sound of the covers we normally hear. It almost leans further into a pop sound, slightly, just because the original song is such a banger pop track.”
So should you need some inspiration for your Spotify playlist, gentle reader, look no further.

 

Does Jennifer Lopez owe us an update on her relationship with Ben Affleck?
The irony of Jennifer Lopez shaming a reporter for asking about Ben Affleck is not lost on me.

You don’t have to be a Deuxmoix fan girl to have heard the rumours about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s possible break up. To say speculation has been rife is an understatement. Headlines about the pair reportedly living apart have featured on every major news site.
However, when Jennifer was given the chance to clear things up at a press conference for her new Netflix movie Atlas in Mexico earlier this week, she instead opted to scold the reporter who dared cut to the chase and ask the question, “What is the truth about these Ben Affleck rumours, what is the truth of the situation?”

 

What happened when I let AI pick my perfume
Scent is such a personal experience. I’d never trust anyone else to nail my signature perfume, and yet, I let a robot pick my fragrance for me.
AI perfume may sound so sci-fi and space age that it feels far away, but it’s much closer than you’d think. In fact, it’s reached the high street. That’s how I found myself stood in The Fragrance Shop’s flagship store on Oxford Street, while a machine mixed together three bespoke scents in front of me.
The fragrance retailer has partnered up with EveryHuman, an algorithmic perfumery library and the world’s first AI guided scent creation platform to offer shoppers the chance to blend a personalised fragrance based on their history, preferences, personality and style.

 

We’re Living in the Golden Age of Dad TV
Sure, middle-aged men have never exactly been underserved by Hollywood. But TV has gone overboard this year, offering a smorgasbord of muscular historical-fiction series tailor-made for fathers. Which one is right for your dad?

 

20 Times Miley Cyrus Ruled the Red Carpet
This style chameleon always keeps us guessing.

Just like her on-screen alter ego once sang, when it comes to her sense of style, Miley Cyrus is all about having “the best of both worlds.” Equally talked-about for her unique aesthetic when she’s off-duty as the looks and outfits she chooses for the red carpet and the stage, this chart-topper has been influencing how her followers get dressed since she was just a tween.
From the moment she entered the spotlight during her Disney channel heyday, Cyrus has gone through no shortage of fashion iterations—from rock princess to provocateur and country music belle to indie icon.

 

An Expert Guide to the 10 Most Popular Nail Shapes
For the indecisive, having many different nail shapes can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand (forgive the pun), it can be an easy way to elongate your fingers or elevate whatever intricate nail art you want to wear. But how does one possibly make a final decision on a shape without living in regret? For that, you need all the facts laid out in front of you. Consider this the ultimate guide to every nail shape.

 

Every Cheesemonger We Spoke to Said Storing Your Cheese This Way Is Ruining It
Here’s what to use instead.

My happy place is the local cheese shop, where I get plenty of free samples and always walk away with an armful of new cheeses to try. But as someone who’s lactose-sensitive, I can’t have all the cheese I want without paying the price, so I tend to eat through my cheeses at a slower pace. For years, when I still used plastic wrap to store my cheese, I had to say sad goodbyes to ones that went bad before I could eat them. Then, I found out from professional cheesemongers that there’s a better way to store cheese, and it doesn’t involve a single bit of plastic.

 

Martha Stewart Loves This Award-Winning Unsalted Butter From Vermont
And it works perfectly on caviar-topped baked potatoes.

Recently, Stewart shared her super simple tips for creating one of the most luxurious high-low meals ever: the caviar-topped baked potato — a dish that relies on the quality of each component and ingredient. Of course, Martha being Martha, gave shoutouts to a couple of her favorite supermarket staples, which you know is guaranteed to be the best of the best. In her Instagram video, she recommended topping each glorious potato with “a dab of the best unsalted butter…”

 

Where to Taste Vermont’s Silky, Sweet Maple Creemees
Summer is the season when local ice cream and maple syrup join forces.

Vermont may conjure images of fall and apple orchards, covered bridges and small town charm, or glittery winters and frosted ski trails. But in the summer, world-famous ice cream and rich maple syrup come together in the maple creemee (yes, spelled just like that).
Nothing short of perfection, Vermont’s signature frozen treat is a genius combination of the state’s two most famed products: high-quality milk and high-quality maple syrup. This frozen treat is almost too much goodness to be swirled onto one cone. Vermonters, like myself, are fiercely proud of the maple creemee, as we should be. It’s an ode to Vermont’s heritage, the time-honored craft of maple sugaring, and farming.

 

The sundress discourse, explained
How the male gaze launched an internet debate about who summer dresses are really for.

Much like “is a hot dog a sandwich” or “does not liking Taylor Swift mean you hate women” (no and no), “sundress season” is one of those things that sparks perennial debate on the internet. The term entered the popular imagination in 2010, when an episode of How I Met Your Mother had Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) extolling the virtues of the garment. “The sundresses, Ted! I don’t think I can make it another eight months with no sundresses,” he says, then poses a riddle: “What piece of women’s attire most stokes a man’s desire?” “What lightweight outfit, pink or white, makes the front of my slacks abnormally tight?”

 

Inside the dazzling tiara collection of Queen Mary, on the anniversary of her birth
Tatler looks back to three tiaras belonging to Queen Mary, which became iconic symbols of her granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II

In 1891, aged 24, Mary was betrothed to her second cousin once removed, Prince Albert, eldest son of the then Prince of Wales (future King Edward VII). However, six weeks after the announcement of the engagement, Prince Albert died unexpectedly during an influenza pandemic. The following year, Mary became engaged to his only surviving brother, Prince George (future King George V), marrying him in 1893. When he became Prince of Wales in 1901, she became Princess of Wales.

 

100 Easy Summer Recipes for Right Now
Breezy and adaptable, most of these dishes can be on the table in 30 minutes or less.

More fun, less drudgery. That’s my goal for the summer — and specifically for my summer cooking. In my dreams, I’m whisking together a vinaigrette in a seaside cottage with a big breezy kitchen and a farm stand down the road (think Diane Keaton’s place in “Something’s Gotta Give”). While that’s not the reality for most of us — myself included — you can still welcome that relaxed sensibility in the recipes you cook and how you cook them (barefoot, good music playing, windows thrown open — or the A.C. on full blast).

 

The 200 Greatest Country Songs of All Time
From Hank to Shania, from George Strait to Beyoncé

WHAT MAKES A great country song? It tells a story. It draws a line. It has a twang you can feel down to the soles of your feet. Some get mad, some get weepy, some just get you down the road. And these are the songs that map out the story of country music — from Hank Williams howling at the moon to Ray Charles giving “hillbilly” music an R&B makeover to Shania Twain taking her karaoke-cowgirl feminism worldwide, and much more.

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