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A Chic Queer Bar With Hearty Late-Night Food
What does a Parisian queer bar look like in 2019? A bit like Dirty Lemon — a warm, sophisticated and inclusive new spot in the city’s 11th Arrondissement. The chef and owner, Ruba Khoury — who previously worked in the kitchens of Frenchie, Yam’Tcha and Bonhomie — wanted to create a space that catered to queer women in particular. “I don’t identify with the gay bars in town,” she told me. “Most are clubby and dark, and the menu offerings are nothing special.” Instead, Khoury focuses on serious food and cocktails, served in a bright and gender-neutral atmosphere (think muted hues, dried flowers and antique lighting). She brings her technical skills to a menu of unpretentious Mediterranean dishes, like roasted cauliflower with smoked yogurt and sumac and, after 11 p.m., barbecued kebabs, harissa chicken wings and halvah ice-cream sandwiches, while the American mixologist Brittini Rae Peterson is behind the inventive cocktails, like the mezcal-based Hot Mama. A safe and sexy place for women (queer or not) that anticipates our deepest late-night cravings? I’m in. dirtylemonbar.com.
Glittery, New Year’s Eve-Ready Eye Makeup
Since its premiere in June, the HBO series “Euphoria” has inspired a resurgence of glittery makeup looks, but the imperfect shimmery eyes worn by Zendaya and her co-stars seem particularly well suited for holiday parties. And, as if I weren’t already convinced, Chanel offered two different takes at its pre-fall show in Paris last week. The first version — described as “masculine-feminine” by the fashion house’s global creative makeup and color director, Lucia Pica — involved swiping transparent balm across the eyelids and mascara on the lashes, then placing a single silver rhinestone (which can be found at most craft stores or on Amazon) near each tear duct. To achieve the second look, which Pica said gives off a “cool, minimal ’90s vibe,” she applied silver eye shadow across the lids (from Chanel’s Les 4 Ombres palette in Modern Glamour) and down around the tear ducts. For an even more sparkly eye, try Glitter Shot from the Miami-based brand Smith & Cult, a metallic paste packed with iridescent glitter. Or for a subtler (and daytime-appropriate) option, check out Victoria Beckham’s Lid Lustre in Blonde, which provides a delicate shine.
Residents of Los Angeles’s Eastside know all too well that while the area abounds with restaurants, boutiques and good coffee, it doesn’t offer much when it comes to modern accommodations; visitors typically trek back to West Hollywood or Downtown L.A. at the end of the night, or, as I was reminded by out-of-town family over Thanksgiving, spend hours searching for an Airbnb. The developer Avi Brosh’s Palisociety has wisely filled the void with the Silver Lake Pool & Inn, a 54-room hotel set just off Santa Monica Boulevard, south of Sunset Junction. The property, designed by the Venice Beach-based firm Electric Bowery — with earth-toned rooms, tiled staircases and angled, Casa Barragán-like terraces — embraces a Mexican Modernist aesthetic, but the framed prints by Block Shop, the towering succulents and the pool deck, from which one can spot the Griffith Observatory, give it a distinctly Californian feel. Plus, the intimate green marble bar in the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Marco Polo (where spritzes, ricotta pancakes and salt roasted branzino by the consulting chef Casey Lane are the draw) hosts a mix of guests and locals — a combination that’s hard to come by. Rooms from $225, palisociety.com.
A Classic Nan Goldin Photography Book, Revisited
In 1993, the photographer Nan Goldin published her second book, “The Other Side,” a homage to drag queens from Boston to Bangkok, that offered a rare glimpse into queer and trans communities around the world. The photographs, captured from the 1970s onward, depict lovers entwined in hotel rooms, candid moments backstage at drag performances and friends suffering through the AIDS epidemic. A new edition, published this September, includes quotes and interviews with some of the subjects, providing context that illuminates the intimate portraits and highlights both their vulnerability and glamour. There is a haunting element to these photos: The people they depict are playing with and claiming their identity in societies that often ostracized them, and, sometimes even denied them humanity. Still, as Goldin writes in the forward: “This book is about beauty. And about a love for my friends.” $55, artbook.com.
Now that the temperatures have dropped, my home is just a little bit cozier thanks to Espelma, the candle company launched last year by the Barcelona-born sisters Clara and Claudia Carulla. Paraffin-free and made entirely out of natural waxes (coconut, soy and bee), each candle comes in a refillable, handblown Murano glass vessel, making it especially dazzling for a mantelpiece or countertop. (The candle-wax inserts can also be purchased separately.) Espelma, which means “candle” in Catalan, is carried by Matchesfashion.com and Alex Eagle and includes six different scents, like Fig Tree (with notes of Mediterranean fig and white musk), Smoky Tea (pine embers and Chinese cedar) and Home for the Holidays, (a blend of cardamom, clove and almond biscuit) — any one of them the perfect gift. From $110, espelma.com.
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