Author Archives: Jessica

Your Afternoon Chat: What Are You Reading Right Now?

This chat is always a fun one, if bad for my wallet. I’m trying VERY hard not to buy any more books, because I have a bunch to read on my bedside table right now.  I just finished Emma Straub’s book Modern Lovers — which I thought was great; I really, really enjoyed it, and recommend it — and need a new one. (I think I’m going to read The Nest next; I am really catching up on my summer reading. I know it’s October. Leave me alone!)

What book are you reading, right now?


Well Played, Martha Plimpton

Martha is one of those celebs who looks reliably fab, and I am happy to note that her Streak of Fabulousness continues here. With bonus Stan from Mad Men!

[Photos: Getty Images]


Fug and Fab the Covers: Various International Vogues

It’s been a while since we’ve done this, and we have a lot to catch up on.

[Covers: Various Vogues]


Fug or Fab: Nicole Kidman in Alberta Ferretti, then Armani

I’ve got it. I have figured it out. Between this and her previous outfit, it’s so obvious:

Screen Talk: Nicole Kidman & Dev Patel - 60th BFI London Film Festival

Nicole Kidman is angling for the role of Ted Danson’s boss in The Good Place. She’s that no-nonsense, highly competent, upper-management angel with no patience for shenanigans of any kind — but, you know, she’s also really really virtuous. Consider it, you guys. She’ll provide her own wardrobe!

And if her character turns to the dark side…

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Well Played, Amy Adams in Alexander McQueen

I love this, and I’ve decided that THIS should be the next Alexander McQueen frock that the Duchess of Cambridge models for us:

'Arrival' - Photocall - 60th BFI London Film Festival

(Can you imagine? She’d look great, and a variety of people would have a stroke about how she accidentally let her sexual scenery show.) It’s a lot of cleav — but sometimes it’s fun to bring the cleav out for an airing, and nothing about this is tacky or tasteless, thanks to the fact that this dress makes the Boobs Or Legs choice for you, and the rest of it is super understated. Bonus points for the shoulder pads, which give this entire operation a She’s The New Girl on Dynasty And She’s Probably Going To Murder Someone Before The End of The Season vibe. Which is frankly one of my personal favorite sartorial vibes.

[Photo: Getty]


Fug or Fab The Cover: Gwyneth Paltrow on Harper’s Bazaar, November 2016

I misread the headline as “The Dating Issue” and thought, “OMG am I supposed to be wearing a bikini to the supermarket on dates now?!? NO ONE TOLD ME.”

As far as the interview goes, it’s….somewhat Goop-y. For example, she says:

“If you haven’t taken all of life’s incredible knocks and disappointments and used them to become a fully integrated, self-expressing person by the time you’re 40, then what can I tell you?”

I know what she means — and it makes more sense/comes off much better in context — but also just listen to yourself, Gwyneth. Plenty of 40-year-old women are not “fully integrated, self-expressing people” yet, because that is a tall order — one many people do not fulfill in their entire lives, and something everyone is working on all the time. I myself am 41 and I do not think I would ever describe myself as a “fully integrated person,” in part because that makes me sound like a top-of-the-line blender. Sigh. Oh, Gwyneth. You truly are who you are.

That said, the interview was conducted by Samantha Bee and Samantha Bee got some good and interesting bits out of Gwyneth — she tells a story about a time her father told her she was being an asshole, and it changed her life, for example. It’s worth a read. But not before you look at what awaits us inside.

[Photos: Alexi Lubomirski and Harper's Bazaar]


Fugs and Fabs: Celebs at the Airport

You can rest easy, friends. Celebs are still trudging to and from the airport like the rest of us. Finally, they’re wearing coats!

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]