Fugs and Pieces, August 28th, 2015


Summer’s almost over here. And yet it still feels as if I am living on the surface of the sun. Sit in front of your AC and read the following:

– This is a fascinating piece about what Spotify can teach us about the relative timelessness — or otherwise — of music. Spoiler: “No Diggity” holds up. But anyone who’s heard it recently knows THAT. If you like music or data or graphs, this is totally for you. (Poly-Graph)

– I love Robin Givhan’s writing, and this piece about the three Americans who recently stopped that would-be shooter on a Paris train is some of her best. (Washington Post)

– This piece in Marie Claire about the crazy stuff stylists do in order to get the shots they need for hair product ads is an interesting, quick read.

– I enjoyed this piece in Slate about trends in book covers — and not just because The Royal We was included!

– Speaking of, we were delighted to be included in MM.LaFleur’s end of summer book picks!

– Heather wrote a piece for BabyCenter about her family’s decision to delay her twins starting kindergarten.

– If you haven’t read this week’s Afternoon Chat, about everyone’s weirdest date, YOU HAVE TO READ IT. I am not kidding. It has everything: Nazis! Vampires! ATTEMPTED MURDER.

Behold Seinfeld recut as a cheesy, serious movie. It’s gold, Jerry. Gold! Also I swear I’ve linked to this before but ENJOY IT AGAIN if that’s the case. Elaine’s credit is particularly amazing. (Vox)

– You’ll enjoy this piece in praise of Nellie Bly. (The Daily Beast)

– In your F&P Recipe for the Week, let’s just eat a whole bowl of Grilled Jalapeño Popper Dip for dinner!

–A journalist at Buzzfeed asked five different personal shoppers to find her something “flattering.” Let’s just say that results varied.

– At The Toast: Things I Believe With Perfect Trust And Perfect Faith Drake Did Over The Last Three Years To Become Worthy Of Serena Williams. To wit: “Casually looked up tennis scoring names on his phone just before starting conversation with her, clenching his fist and muttering to himself, ‘It’s love, fifteen, thirty, forty, game, you can do this, Aubrey.’”

– Speaking of, Claudia Rankine’s piece about Serena for the New York Times magazine is well worth your time.

– Oh man. Gary Marshall is making a movie called Mother’s Day. You may remember that he also made Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve and YOU GUYS, I CALLED THIS. I called it in 2011! WHERE IS MY CHECK??? (Lainey)

– Over at Pajiba: This Target ad for Star Wars is SERIOUSLY great.

Bring It On is fifteen years old. The choreographer, Anne Fletcher, and director Peyton Reed talk to Entertainment Weekly.

– Speaking of seminal films of that era, Susan May Pratt — the best goddamned dancer in the American Ballet Academy — chatted with Buzzfeed about her career: “It’s kind of disappointing to have one’s career peak in your mid-twenties and have it be a downhill slide since.”

– Brangelina is moving to London, presumably to be closer to their besties Wills and Kate. (Celebitchy)

– Finally, you know how they’re making a musical of The O.C? You want to hear their rendition of “California.”


Royals Round-Up, August 28th, 2015

Boats! Hats! Bottled Water! Medals!




Fug or Fab: Kate Bosworth


And now, the palate cleanser after Rita and Miley: an actual garment.

kate bosworth extra

I don’t really like whatever that fabric is on the top, and although the skirt is cool,  it also looks like she velcro’d her clutch to her groin. Which might be a good idea for cocktail parties, come to think of it.

You should also see the back:

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Rita Fugta

In fairness, Rita had just performed somewhere. But it’s almost like she felt a tremor in the force when Miley waltzed out shirtless onto Jimmy Kimmel’s stage and decided she had to make a play.

Rita Ora

Sadly, Rita, you’re still just nipping at her heels.

ZING. Good night, folks. Stick around for Bob Newhart, and don’t eat the soup.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Well Played, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini in Balmain


This is one of those looks that I both legitimately like and think is vaguely tacky, all at the same time.


Call it the Vegas Effect, rendered — this time — in florals.

[Photo: Getty]


Ten-Year Fugtrospective: The 2005 VMAs

This year’s VMAs are on Sunday — Miley is hosting, Nicki Minaj is performing, Taytay is debuting a new video, sheers and rompers will be worn — and my favorite way to celebrate that is a dazed stumble down memory lane. Warning: The last photo is NSFW. (It’s Ice-T’s wife Coco. You’ve now been doubly warned.)

[Photos: Getty]