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Fugs and Pieces: December 19, 2014

Almost vacation! As a bit of housekeeping: we are currently heading into a That Time When People Stop Leaving The House, so regular seven-times-a-day posting  will taper off a bit as we get closer to Christmas and New Year’s. We WILL be doing plenty of year-end stuff — Hotness Retrospectives, three huge Royals Round-Up Round-Ups, our annual Vogue-predict-a-cover, a look back at the year’s most popular posts, some Downton Abbey goodness, style round-ups of various personages, Hideous Outfits You Perhaps Forgot, etc etc — and I’m obviously going to be all over it when Wills and Kate pop out of the house, so make sure you drop by over the holidays. But we probably won’t be full-on business as usual until Monday, January 5th, after which point, my friends, IT WILL BE ON: The Golden Globes are January 11th! AND we’ll have Exciting Book News to bring you! And other stuff will happen! Until then:

– This is AMAZING: Bored Coworkers Recreate Classic Paintings Using Office Supplies. (Demilked)

– So is this, from Scientific American. Let me give you a taste: “For this year’s Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, UK engineer-turned-fashion designer, Matthew Hubble saw an opportunity to blend fashion and science via May Britt Moser‘s receiving the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine this year along with her husband, Edvard Moser, and colleague John O’Keefe for their work on grid neurons. Matthew’s background as an engineer, along with his daughter currently studying neuroscience, resulted in him considering a way to elegantly represent the neuroscientists’ work through fashion. He settled on creating a sophisticated gown that featured the neuron grid.” !!! It’s awesome.

– Vulture put together a look at the 16 best times Stephen Colbert broke character. It is a DELIGHT. (Sadly, it does not include my own favorite one, which is the time he lost it on The Daily Show eating a banana and making homosexual innuendo about Prince Charles, a clip in which both he and Jon Stewart look SO YOUNG). I LOVE YOU COLBERT. (I really do. He is my ideal man. Tall, brunette, Catholic, Southern, liberal, funny, smart, loved his mom, really nice to his wife, secretly full of feelings.)

– Refinery29 ranked 2014′s best literary moments.

– This WSJ story about Colts QB Andrew Luck is really, really amusing, even if you don’t care about football.

– This news about how Selena Gomez had a hissy over Justin Bieber at Taylor Swift’s birthday this weekend really makes me look forward to the Get A Grip song Taylor is eventually going to write about her. IT’S GOING TO BE AWESOME. (Lainey)

– This headline cracked me up: From “A Royal Christmas” to “Merry Inkmas”: Your guide to the hellscape of Christmas-themed programming. (Salon)

– As did this one: How to Be a Ladyperson at the Holidays: 10 Important Tips (I Miss you When I Blink)

– Over at Girl of a Certain Age, everyone is discussing the worst gift they were ever given.

– Here’s your Weekly Cumberbatch, via Celebitchy

– But there’s more of him here, in the New York Times‘ series of nine short films of actors kissing.

The NYT also put together a quiz about the year in fashion and style. I didn’t do so hot (9 out of 15). If it had been a quiz on the Belts of Prince William, I would have aced that thing.

– And in the category of videos you might want to watch, you do want to see this Oxford a capella group’s DEEPLY ADORABLE cover of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”  (ABC)

– Our friends at Socialite Life bid White Collar farewell with gifs of hot hot Matt Bomer.

Buzzfeed tells us the 12 TV shows they quit this year. What did you quit? I quit Masters of Sex IN THE MIDDLE OF AN EPISODE.

– Pajiba brings you….The 10 Most Forgettable Movies of 2014. And I HAD forgotten about some of them!

– And finally, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, because it’s nearly Christmas, it’s time for my favorite GFY Holiday Tradition. The playing of the “Last Christmas” video, in all of its INSANELY FEATHERED HAIR and GRANDMA SWEATERED GLORY:



Royals Round-Up, December 19, 2014

Are you ready to look at some Royals Christmas Cards? Because I have some to show you. (They were not sent to ME.) I also bring you an enormous stuffed goose, Dominic West, Brianne of Tarth, and William wearing his eyeglasses.

We had three Royals-y pieces here at GFY for you this week, namely:


[Photos: Getty, Splash, Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images]


People Magazine Awards Well Played: Elisabeth Moss in David Koma

(A) This set-up looks alarmingly like a memorial to Jon Hamm AND DON’T EVEN PUT THAT OUT INTO THE UNIVERSE, PEOPLE MAGAZINE. I’ve been reading you since I was 12, and you were the only thing that got me through my orthodontist appointments, but trying to murder Jon Hamm is something for which I will not stand:

The PEOPLE Magazine Awards - Show

(B) That said, this actually how Heather and I prefer to do all do all our business presentations.

(C) Moss looks TOTALLY CUTE. See?


It sucks that her shoes are kind of disappearing into the carpet, but I’m NEVER going to complain about a sassy red shoe and she looks kicky as can be in this. Give ‘em hell, Peggy.

[Photos: Getty]


People Magazine Awards Fug or Fabs: Nicole Richie and Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson’s PR people have earned their keep for the year in even just the last few weeks. I swear, I hadn’t thought about Kate Hudson in months, and then the next thing you know, she’s going to some events…slowly reminding us that she’s alive…then she announces that she’s breaking off her [very long-term] engagement, and that she’s dating Derek Hough, and now People’s giving her an award and she’s on the cover of Us Weekly (a cover which posits that she’s been having a secret affair, but then the article is like, “actually, that’s just what people THINK, but it’s not true, totally don’t even worry!”). I’m not mad at it. I secretly like Kate Hudson:

The PEOPLE Magazine Awards - Arrivals

These two both look…fine, right? Kate kind of looks like she’s auditioning for a remake of The First Wives Club (please god, don’t ever touch that masterpiece; I am not kidding) and I’m pretty sure the fabric on her dress is also the wallpaper in the lobby bathroom of the Montage Hotel, but not in the worst way I’ve ever seen? Nicole sort of looks like a bossy business lady from an 80s movie (I guess Kate’s in The First Wives Club: 2014 and Nicole’s in Working Girl: 2014), but I like bossy business ladies, so….carry on, you two?

[Photo: Getty]


Royally Played: Prince Harry

At the beginning of the month, Harry went to Lesotho, Africa, to visit his charity project there, which provides a variety of help — education, healthcare — to kids who’ve been orphaned by the AIDS crisis in the country (which is quite severe; one in three kids in Lesotho is an orphan). A) This is a serious and important cause, and good on him for being, from what I can tell from behind my computer all the way across the world, wearing yoga pants and sticking Peppermint Joe Joe’s into my maw, really committed to it.  Harry has really done a lot of Good Works this year, both with this charity and all his work with veterans and the Invictus Games and whatnot. I can but assume his Gran will sneak an extra orange into the bottom of his stocking this Christmas as a reward. B) Not to take away from these pertinent and important issues, but these kids are extremely cute and the pictures from this trip are really great and extremely forearm-y. (One can be interested in Important Issues and admire people’s forearms whilst they gambol with adorable children. We all contain multitudes.)

[Photos:  Chris Jackson at Getty Images, HRH Prince Henry of Wales]


Well Enough Played: Anna Kendrick in Temperley London

My objection to her shoes is obvious:

Anna Kendrick arrives at "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' in NYC, wearing a blue eyelet dress

She’s been really making the rounds for Into the Woods – I thought they’d put the heavy lifting onto Emily Blunt (Meryl’s too famous to need to plug anything), but I guess it makes sense. After all, she’s an Oscar nominee and everyone loved Pitch Perfect, and I imagine the overlap in the Venn diagram of People Who Care About Those Things is probably the people who are into that movie. And this is…fine, right? It’s good! It’s cute! it’s totally unobjectionable! Keep up the good work!

[Photo: Splash]