T LOunge for July 9th 2024

Posted on July 09, 2024



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Let’s be posh today, darlings! And why not? It’s TUESDAY, the official Worst Day of the Week. Fantasy, procrastination, and irresponsibility are practically de rigueur. Slide into a banquette like an expert, without spilling so much as a drop of your cocktail.


Lost Turns 20: The Real Reason a Tropical Island Melted Everyone’s Brain
Lost writer and producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach knows exactly why the show—originally conceived as “Cast Away meets Survivor”—hit so big.

It has been 20 years since Lost ruled the world. I should know: I was there at the beginning, aiding in the development of the show during the filming of the pilot, and then serving as a writer and supervising producer for the first two seasons. And like so many things that once ruled the world, Lost’s greatest lesson of success has yet to be truly learned…just as it wasn’t learned from Moonlighting, ER, or even Die Hard, for that matter. It is never the high concept that creates the success, but rather the audience’s affection for the characters who live within the high concept.


The Perfect Couple is Netflix’s upcoming star-studded series with serious Big Little Lies vibes
With Nicole Kidman, Dakota Fanning and Eve Hewson at the helm, we can’t wait.

Nicole Kidman’s Netflix rom-com A Family Affair is just a hint of what’s to come from the actor this year – she’s also set to star in The Perfect Couple, a seriously star-studded series adapted from a top beach read.
The salacious show looks to be fronted by some amazing women, with Bad Sisters star Eve Hewson and Dakota Fanning joining Kidman to lead the series. We’ve got wealth, a dysfunctional family and one big murder mystery. On board yet?


Victoria and David Beckham just rewore their iconic purple wedding outfits to celebrate their 25th anniversary
Okay, we’re obsessed.

Just when you thought *those* Victoria and David Beckham purple wedding outfits could get no more iconic, the pair have rediscovered them over two decades years on and slipped in them to celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.
Marrying on July 4 1999 in Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, Posh and Becks had a much more intimate wedding than you might have expected from one of the world’s most showbiz couples.


Simone Ashley is leading and producing new rom-com Picture This, and representation is her prime mission
“Growing up, I have never really seen women that looked like me in these kinds of movies.”

“The more experience I have, the more I am learning that producing your own work can really change things. You can tell stories that otherwise would never see the light of day,” she said.
“The world is becoming more hopeful about the idea of love and romance,” she said. A top priority was making sure all kinds of audiences would be able to relate to the story. “I think many people are going to relate to it, no matter where they are from,” Simone said, adding that producing movies means that she can affect change when it comes to rom-com representation and help never-before-seen love stories come to screen.


Undereye concealer is dead, apparently
And I think I like it that way.

It used to be that I started my makeup by swiping a doe foot loaded with near-white undereye concealer from the edges of my nose all the way out to my temples. That was standard practice in the 2010s; it’s what the beauty YouTubers taught us to do. Now I shudder at the thought, and I’m not the only one. As far as TikTok is concerned, undereye concealer has gone the way of the skinny jean: it’s over as we know it.


Do sportswomen really need to be ‘sexy’ to be taken seriously?
A lingerie campaign with Team GB’s rugby team has divided the internet.

It’s a depressing but well-documented truth that women get a rough deal when it comes to sports.
At the top end of the sporting world, female athletes are paid less and routinely subject to sexism. At the amateur end, almost half of women drop out of any kind of sports after the age of thirteen, and 61% of women who have children reported feeling too guilty about taking the time out to exercise. All in all, a pretty depressing state of affairs.


46 best breakup songs that will help mend your broken heart
We can buy ourselves flowers.

Breakup songs are so powerful, aren’t they? They get you through a period in your life when you feel there may be no hope. No matter what stage of the breakup you’re in, there’s something for everyone to relate to and keep pulling you ahead to the other side of single-life freedom.
From heartbroken and sad to angry and bitter and to simply having the strength to leave the past in the past, failed romances have long served as inspiration for musical artists when it comes to penning their new songs. Whether you are in the throes of denial and want your ex back, processing what went wrong or finally moving on, we know full well that we can turn to music to help mend our broken hearts.


66 of the best Netflix series to watch during your next sofa sesh
The choice is endless…

After the best Netflix series? The streaming service’s offering of TV shows is so extensive that there really is something for everyone. But with such a vast catalogue comes the classic conundrum plaguing modern streamers: there’s just too much choice. We know, how ungrateful we sound! But if you’ve ever spent 45+ minutes scrolling the endless reels of Netflix series while your dinner gets cold, you’ll know what we’re talking about.
So, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to handpick the best Netflix series, spanning every genre from award-winning period dramas to classic sitcoms and cult sci-fi phenomenons. Whether you’re in it for the true-crime drama, the feminist comedies, or simply the best in reality TV – we’ve made sure there’s something here to satisfy your desires.


Chappell Roan Is Taking It
Trixie Mattel’s voice gets serious for a moment as she declares that Chappell Roan is the “missing link” between drag queens and pop stars. Roan responds bashfully: “I would not even make the finals at a local show. I can’t really give shows the way that actual queens can.”
The admission stuns me, partly because it isn’t true, but also because it is now one of several moments I have watched the diva on everyone’s lips brush off her genuine star power, or the cosmic shift she’s created in the industry around her. Barely a week prior to my backseat participation in the conversation between her and Mattel for this story, I’d snuck into Roan’s pit at Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama. It took some creativity on my part, brandishing my press badge and phone like I was an important something-or-other in front of inquisitive security guards, hurriedly whispering to onlooking publicists that I was there to grab “social content.” Technically true, but mostly I wanted a good look at PAPER’s latest cover star.


I’m a nail tech, and I’m naming the ‘naked’ manicure 2024’s most underrated nail trend
The mani for people who don’t like manis

As a beauty editor come nail tech, there’s no time when I’m not trying out new manicure designs and shades and scrolling for inspo on 2024 nail trends. And I’m a huge nail art girlie, but when I’m not painting on a neon orange French manicure, I’m wearing naked nails.
Now, naked nails don’t actually mean naked. Taking the idea of the ‘boring manicure’ one step further, a naked manicure is the most natural, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it coat of colour done exactly how you like it. Here’s everything you need to know about elevating those naked nail days with these tips, tricks and products.


Welcome To The Age Of ‘Amlete’
A rising wave of women are turning to endurance sports as a counterpoint to thriving working lives. But is there a cost to juggling a full-time career with high-intensity activity? Katie O’Malley explores what drives the new ‘amateur athletes’.

Most new endurance competitors are ‘average’ women looking for new avenues, unrelated to their demanding careers, relationships and family lives, that push their bodies and minds to the limit. ‘Hyrox is the perfect sport for focused and ambitious women, testing both mental and physical strength and endurance,’ explains Christian Toetzke, a former professional athlete who founded the competition in 2017. With an average female competitor aged between 35 and 39 and the aim of Hyrox becoming for gym-goers what the London Marathon is for runners, Toetzke believes that working and training go hand in hand, and often result in high productivity within the workplace. ‘We’re seeing a new generation of professionals who are keen to put their competitive streak to the test outside of the office,’ he says.


‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Sequel in the Works at Disney With Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna in Talks to Return
Gird your loins. Miranda Priestly is set to deliver more withering glances in a sequel to “The Devil Wears Prada.”
Disney is developing a sequel to the hit 2006 movie starring Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, the high-powered fashion magazine editor from hell (or, more accurately, the editor-in-chief of Runway magazine) with Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt as her harried assistants Andrea Sachs and Emily Charlton.
The original film’s screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Your Place or Mine”) is in talks to return to pen the next chapter. Who from the original cast will return is not clear, but the storyline reportedly follows Priestly as she navigates her career amid the decline of traditional magazine publishing and faces off against Blunt’s character, now a high-powered executive for a luxury group with advertising dollars that Priestly desperately needs.


A Savannah Itinerary for Every Traveler
Experience craft cocktails, coastal gardens, and more in this Georgia city.

A little dose of Southern hospitality goes a long way, and the charming city of Savannah has got that in spades. No matter your vacation goals, it has an ideal itinerary that’ll fit the bill. Read on to discover what to do, where to stay, and what to eat, whatever type of traveler you may be.


How to Make Crispy Falafel for Sandwiches, Salads, and More
Deep-fried, baked, or even air-fried, this crisp-tender vegetarian street food tastes just as good at home.

If you’ve ever ordered falafel from a street cart or restaurant, you know just how irresistible these warm and savory fritters can be, whether tucked into a pita and drizzled with tahini or served alongside salad greens and rice. What you might not know is how easy this wholly vegetarian, chickpea-based dish is to make from scratch. Here’s a guide for turning chickpeas and spices into restaurant-worthy falafel.


I Went to Italy to Learn How to Make Pizza, and These Are the Tools I Now Use at Home
Turns out, the pizza oven is only one of the key pieces of equipment for at-home pizza magic.

I’ve now taken five pizza classes in Rome, Naples, and Parma. And yes, I have learned that Italian 00 flour is worth seeking out for your dough, and I only use genuine San Marzano tomatoes for my sauce. And a Breeo Pizza Oven for authentic wood-fired pies has joined the family. But it is the proper tools that have made the biggest difference in my home pizza-making experience.
If you or someone you love has gone down the pizza rabbit hole, here are the nine pieces of equipment that have made the biggest difference for me.


Nutella Is Releasing a New Version of Its Beloved Spread — Minus One Ingredient
Vegans, get excited.

That delicious jar of Nutella is about to look a whole lot more appealing to vegans.
This year, Fererro, the maker of Nutella, confirmed it’s moving forward with plans to offer a vegan version of its famous hazelnut spread. And if you thought it was vegan this entire time, you’d be sorely mistaken. As the product’s ingredients list states, it’s made with seven ingredients: sugar, milk, palm oil, cocoa, hazelnuts, lecithin (an emulsifier), and vanillin. But now, a new version will be made sans the milk additive.


The Best Hotels in Paris, From Five-Star Grande Dames to Design-Forward Boutiques
Few cities in the world capture the imagination of travelers quite like Paris—and few cities in the world can boast the same wealth of luxury and design-focused hotels, whether the palatial grande dames dotted across the 1st arrondissement, or the new wave of cult-favorite boutique properties springing up in further-flung neighborhoods offering plenty of local charm. Whatever it is you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it somewhere within the City of Light.


‘A Family Affair’ Had as Much Fun Dressing Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron as They Have Ripping Off Each Other’s Clothes
No actual shahtoosh shirts were harmed in the making of this Netflix rom-com.

“We had a few different options for the reproduction T-shirts, and we loved the graphic nature of Blondie,” Sequeira told IndieWire — as did the filmmakers, who added Blondie music to the scene. “That was the first scene in the movie that we actually saw Nicole’s character kind of unwound and very casual, so that was an important statement. And also gives a little bit of history and a kind of kitten sexiness to her. We needed something that was not appropriate to welcome someone in, which would then give us a reason for a costume change.”


The death of the summer job is a good thing
Teen jobs aren’t what they used to be. They’re worse.

You may have heard that the summer job, once a rite of passage for American teens, is dying.
At least, that’s according to a spate of news stories since the Great Recession, with headlines like, “The End of the Summer Job?,” “The Death of the Great American Summer Job,” and “American ‘idle’? Teens have lost the summer job urge.”
The teenage workforce has indeed been shrinking for decades. In the 1970s, roughly 60 percent of American teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were either employed or looking for work during the summer months. By 2016, only 35 percent were.


We deserve a more nuanced conversation about working moms
The “motherhood penalty” is more complicated than you think.

This spring, a European study came out with the provocative conclusion that having children contributes “little to nothing” to the persistent gap in earnings between men and women.
The study caught my attention because I know the threat of earning less as a parent has had a chilling effect on people in my generation considering starting families. Last year, while I was reporting on motherhood dread in the US, young women told me they feared having kids would mean they’d be penalized in the workplace, affecting their financial security and opportunities. Meanwhile, the media does little to allay that concern: “One of the worst career moves a woman can make is to have children,” the New York Times once declared.


Copenhagen Tries Rewards for Good Tourist Behavior
The Danish capital is offering free museum tours, art workshops and more to visitors who take part in climate-friendly initiatives.

A new fee for Venice day trippers. A looming ban on vacation rentals in Barcelona. Restrictions on the sale of alcohol in Majorca. At a time when overwhelmed European destinations are slapping tourists with restrictions and fees, Copenhagen is trying a different approach: rewarding visitors who act responsibly.
Beginning July 15, tourists who demonstrate climate-friendly travel behavior by participating in the city’s green initiatives — including cycling, train travel and clean-up efforts — will be granted access to museum tours, kayak rentals, free meals and more.


‘Agatha All Along’ Trailer: Kathryn Hahn Investigates Wanda’s Dead Body and Teams Up With a Witchy Aubrey Plaza in ‘WandaVision’ Spinoff
Marvel has unveiled the first trailer for “Agatha All Along,” the upcoming spinoff of the hit Disney+ series “WandaVision.”
Kathryn Hahn reprises her role as Agatha Harkness in the “WandaVision” spinoff series. Jac Schaeffer, head writer of “WandaVision,” serves as executive producer and head writer for the show. Variety exclusively broke the news on the upcoming Marvel series for Disney+ back in October 2021.


Tea Cocktails Are Trending (Again)—Here’s How to Make One at Home
Here’s why these creative concoctions are trending, plus tips for making your own spirited brews at home.

Tea has always figured into summer’s lineup of thirst quenchers, be it frosty pitchers of iced tea or Arnold Palmers, that classic lemonade-tea combo. But lately, another tea refreshment has cropped up on restaurant and bar menus: tea-based cocktails. Whether made with tea infusions or syrups, mixed with spirits or alcohol-free, these delightful drinks are causing a stir. We connected with beverage professionals to find out whether this trend is more than just a passing fancy—and picked up tips for putting your own spin on tea-based libations at home.


How to Sort Laundry for Cleaner, Fresher Garments
Sorting your laundry is an essential step of this chore.

Sorting your laundry may feel like a nuisance, but it really does make a difference when it comes to how efficiently your garments are cleaned. Separating your pieces by color, soil level, and fabric type helps avoid dye transfer, ensures stains are treated properly, and prevents accidental shrinkage. Although it’s easier to skip this process when preparing your laundry for the washer, sorting contributes to the longevity of your garments. Here, cleaning experts explain how to sort your laundry the right way to ensure fresh, clean clothes after every load.


17 Ceiling Ideas That Take Your Interior Design to the Next Level
Expand your decorating plan by reaching upward.

If you limit your design plans to the lower parts of your room—the walls, floors, furniture, and windows—then you’re missing an opportunity to take your aesthetic to a higher level (literally!).
Incorporating the ceiling into your interior design allows you to change the whole mood of your room. Add a subtly printed wallpaper in a rich color, create a focal point with beams, make your room cozier with exposed rafters or paneling, or choose an unexpected hue that turns the rest of your aesthetic into a cohesive whole. Ahead, let these ceiling ideas inspire you to take your design to new heights.


Paul McCartney Photographs 1963–64: Eyes of the Storm
As The Beatles captured the hearts of millions, founding member Paul McCartney captured it all on his Pentax camera. Traveling from the UK to New York—just as “the boys” did six decades ago—Eyes of the Storm takes us inside the frenzy of Beatlemania in 1963–64, when the band’s first U.S. tour skyrocketed them to superstardom. More than 250 of McCartney’s photos, recently rediscovered in his archives, reveal his singular vantage point at the center of this whirlwind of attention and adoration. Many of the prints buzz with the electricity of 1960s New York City, which has had a love affair with The Beatles ever since.
Displayed alongside video clips and archival material, the photographs not only showcase McCartney’s artistic versatility but also serve as a personal and historical record. They convey the intensity of The Beatles’ touring schedule, as the Fab Four were swept from concerts to hotels to the road with rabid fans and paparazzi at their heels. The images also evoke an affectionate family album, picturing McCartney and bandmates John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr at a time when their lives were changing irrevocably. See through the “eyes of the storm,” as McCartney describes his unique perspective on this extraordinary period, and relive a musical legend’s meteoric rise.

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