Royally Played, Princess Charlotte’s Christening

a) Can I interest you in two squirmy royal babies and a McQueen coatdress on a Sunday morning? I THOUGHT SO.

b) If you’re interested in Charlotte’s godparents, People of course has the whole scoop. Essentially, it’s two cousins (a Spencer [basically] and a Middleton) and the other four are Kate and Wills’s actual close friends. (Not to insinuate that they’re not actually close with their cousins — I assume they are — but just that they didn’t choose, like, Posh Old Person We Don’t Really Know But Have To Honor For Boring Royal Reasons for the other spots.)

c) George looks SUPER Traditional Royal Baby, in a new outfit that’s a match to the one Wills wore to meet Harry when he was born, which is really sweet. It’s certainly a nice shout-out to Uncle Harry, who is in Africa at the moment but I assume the Queen held up her iPhone the entire time so he could Facetime the ceremony while he ate dinner. Kate is REALLY into Vintage Baby Outfits and Meaningful Clothes for People, which makes sense given that she’s got an Art History degree, but which I also think is really smart. It’s also interesting, which frankly is basically all I care about it. (PS: If you want to revisit George’s christening, that post is here and Harry IS there. You know. If you miss him, or whatever.

d) Obviously, Charlotte is in a re-wear. (PS: Mario Testino is taking the Official Family Photos, probably as I type; we’ll definitely post them once they’re released.) To the church!

PS: The Telegraph has video of the walk to and from the church, that you will probably want to watch. (George, at one point, makes a run for it.)

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Fugs and Pieces, July 2, 2015


Yes, it’s only Thursday! We are kicking off early this week in honor of the 4th of July holiday here in the United States (and also because half of the world’s celebs are currently on a boat and out of camera range right now, thanks to said holiday). However! I will be covering Princess Charlotte’s christening on Sunday, so swing by this weekend if you get a spare sec. Until then:

– If you are looking for something to read this long holiday weekend, and you haven’t read THE ROYAL WE yet, here is a gentle suggestion that you take it to the beach/pool/BBQ/silent retreat/family reunion this weekend!

– Rumor has it that Sean Penn has moved along to….Minka Kelly. Interesting. (Lainey)

Lainey’s also, of course, all over the Ben Affleck/Jennifer Garner divorce. I, on the other hand, am already trying to figure out who each of them should date next. Obviously, we all want Bffleck back with J Lo, for the gossip and the spray tans. I might want J Gar to hook up with Chris Evans. If I can’t have him…

– Grantland’s tennis coverage is grand, and this piece about Federer is no exception: “Ask what it means, in a sports culture whose obsession with legacy and dominance verges on the psychotic, for the greatest player in tennis’s history to have spent half of his career as a kind of Nike-blazered Prospero — still special, still magical, but from his old role atop the game, banished..”

– Watch Channing Tatum vogueing (and other classic dances, all in 30 seconds). DO IT! (Vanity Fair)

Us Weekly‘s 25 Things You Don’t Know this week is Mariah Carey and IT’S AMAZING. To wit: “2. I have an extreme aversion to overhead lighting.”

– Also amazing, in a totally opposite way, from The Guardian, is Kazuo Ishiguro’s essay about how he wrote Remains of the Day. IN FOUR WEEKS. This is old — it ran in December — but someone just send it to me and it’s well worth a look.

– You want to look at pictures of Chris Evans. (Socialite Life)

– Please tell me one of you is going to make this Cake Stuffed With Pie for the holiday weekend. (Thrillist)

– The New York Times looks back at Donna Karan’s career upon her retirement.

– Pajiba’s headline on this story wholly echoes my thoughts: Unless We’re All Being Pranked, Paul Thomas Anderson Is Making a Live Action ‘Pinocchio’ Starring Robert Downey Jr. Like…what?


– The AV Club is right: A supercut of people in movies giving the middle finger is surprisingly satisfying.

Bon Appetit tells us how to have a better lunch at our desks.

– Huge thanks to A Design So Vast for naming The Royal We one of the best books she’s read so far this year.

– Girls of a Certain Age just wants you to win some caftans!

– I enjoy this Yahoo Travel piece about Secret Travel Uses For Common Accessories. (Has auto-play video.) I LOVE travel hacks.

– Here’s your Weekly Hiddletstone. (Celebitchy)


Royals Round-Up, July 2, 2015

Why yes, it IS Thursday. We are kicking off early this week to celebrate the 4th of July holiday (and also because all the celebs have ALSO kicked off early this week and we have nothing to talk about). But never fear! Princess Charlotte’s christening is happening on Sunday (yes, George is scheduled to attend), and I will be back at my desk to cover it here — as well as any potential Royals Wimbledon Appearances (although Wills and Kate aren’t supposed to attend until Wednesday)– so make sure to pop back in before Monday, in between your BBQing and cocktailing and setting off fireworks and swimming and falling in love over potato salad (I decided you’re going to fall in love with someone over potato salad) this weekend. This week’s Royals Round-Up brings you ice cream and maxi-dresses, which also seems seasonally appropriate, but not a ton of actual people, because they’re all holed up in their country houses with a G&T right now.

PS: If you are looking for something to read this long holiday weekend, and you haven’t read THE ROYAL WE yet, here is a gentle suggestion that you take it to the beach/pool/BBQ/silent retreat/family reunion this weekend! (Readers in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, the e-book will finally be available for you as of [I am pretty sure] July 15th!) Also! If you missed it when we posted it originally, here’s the post detailing how we created the alternate universe for the Lyons dynasty to exist whilst not rewriting ALL of British history.

While we wait for all that good stuff to happen, please enjoy:



Terminator: Fug: Emilia Clarke

Psst, Emilia:


Someone forgot to finish the top of your dress! Do you think the robot can help?

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Well Played, Dakota Johnson


This isn’t going to set the world on fire with how amazing it is, or anything. But nor is it going to cause us to run, screaming, from the screen as if our hair is on fire:

Dakota Johnson Attends 'El Hormiguero' Tv Show

Sometimes, that’s enough.

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Fugs or Fabs: Amber Heard and Jada Pinkett-Smith


Magic Mike XXL Amsterdam Premiere

In which one woman is forced to cobble together a gown out of a shower curtain and her favorite pink nightie, and the other realizes her secret identity as Lady Hulk has just been inadvertently revealed. “Thank god my shoes are amazing,” she laughs. “I hate you,” the other says through a smile. “I just realized mine might be part Lucite.”  On the next installment of Magic Mike XXL Takes Europe!

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