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WTF: Tia Mowry


When I saw this photo in tiny little thumbnail, for one brilliant, heart-stopping moment I thought it was Jade, the best contestant America’s Next Top Model ever gave us (you may recall that her exit interview was done in the form of spoken word poetry, punctuated by her snapping fingers), despite the fact that they don’t really look anything alike. I blame the hat, and also that I was seeing the change I wanted to see in the world — namely, Jade’s triumphant return to my life. Having said that:

STK Los Angeles 2016 Anniversary Party

I do think poetry might improve this?

[Photo: Getty]

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Royal Retrospective: Princess Anne


Today is Princess Anne’s 66th birthday! And it’s vitally important to share with you proof that (a) she has always seemed highly skeptical and incredibly suspicious; an amateur detective since birth, (b) she was also quite foxy indeed back in the day, and (c) she has worn some truly noteworthy (read: crazy) hats. Please join me for this flashback episode of The Princess Anne Mystery Diaries!

[Photos: Getty Images]

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Fugs and Fabs: Pixie Lott


Pixie Lott here is a British singer who is currently appearing as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in the West End, with Matt Barber (who you probably remember as Rose’s husband Atticus on Downton, but who has done a lot of theatre, including playing opposite Michelle Dockery in Pygmalion, to increase the Downton references in this post). She is also an occasionally wacky dresser, and dating a model, and this combination means that the British paparazzi are on top of her whereabouts more often than not. Let’s eyeball her. I’ll say one thing for her: She rarely wears boring shoes, and I salute that in a woman.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]

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Fugs and Fabs: The September Issue of International Vogues


Last week, I promised that we’d have more September Vogues to eyeball — and I did not lie to you! (The first round is here, in case you missed it, and, of course, Kendall Jenner is on the cover of American Vogue.)

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Well Played: The Glorious Swimming Abs of the Rio Olympics


You loved them in London. Now, romance them in Rio. I am pleased to bring to you, once again, the finest abs (and arms, and legs, and dimples, and also, surprisingly, glasses) of the Olympic pool.

[Photos: Getty Images, Tony G]

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Fugs & Pieces, August 12th, 2016


Happy weekend! Please enjoy the following:

– Before I forget: The Royal We is currently part of a promotion Barnes & Noble is doing wherein if you buy two of their favorite paperbacks, you get one FREE! I am here to enable you.  Go buy some books! (We were also extremely excited to see that The Royal We was included in last week’s print issue of Entertainment Weekly, as #22 on their list of 50 Best Pop-Culture Pick-Me-Ups!)

– At Fashionista, this is totally relevant to your interests: Fashion History Lesson: How Halston, Levi Strauss and Ralph Lauren Changed Olympic Uniforms

– Also relevant, at Revelist: 17 times Gillian Anderson was better than you’ll ever be

– Sometimes, when the world is too much, I just want to look at pretty pretty pictures — like these Instagrams snaps from around the world, at This Is Glamorous

– Speaking of “too much,” this long-read at Buzzfeed, about the issues Twitter has as a company in fighting their (serious) issues with abuse, is really interesting. I do think that unless Twitter can figure out a way to deal with the massive amounts of trolling that happens on their platform, it will be the end of them. Most people, in general, don’t want to spend a lot of time being abused online, and while Twitter is great in a lot of ways (we love tweeting with you guys, for example), I’ve seen it get more and more negative over the last five years, which, frankly, can’t be great for their business model.

– At Mashable today I learned that everyone in Fiji was so excited about their gold medal game in rugby 7s at the Olympics yesterday — which I watched on CNBC or something; yesterday during the day I watched rugby AND archery AND judo! — that one of their banks closed for half an hour so that they could watch their team win Fiji’s first gold medal ever. Then there was a lot of celebrating and crying, which is as it should be. YAY FIJI!

– At Lainey, I learned that The Rock is basically writing Blind Items now.

– Also at Lainey: I am DELIGHTED that Leslie Jones is in Rio as of today. I wish they’d let her take Al Trautwig’s job.

– I really enjoyed this profile of Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski. She is fascinating, and feisty, and she led a “Pantsuits Rebellion” in 1993. The whole thing is highly quotable, but I particularly loved this bit: “Mikulski remained the only Democratic woman in the Senate for her first six years until the image of [Anita] Hill in 1991 getting grilled by the all-male judiciary committee sparked something of an uprising the following year with the elections of Patty Murray, Carol Moseley Braun, Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer. Headline writers hailed it ‘The Year of the Woman.’ Mikulski responded in classic contrarian fashion: ‘Calling 1992 the Year of the Woman makes it sound like the Year of the Caribou or the Year of the Asparagus. We’re not a fad, a fancy, or a year.’” I don’t want to spoil the kicker of this piece for you, either, but it is simply great.

– Over at Pajiba:  What It Means to Be a Difficult Actress vs. a Difficult Actor. The list of things “difficult actors” have done is AMAZING and includes both “ate a locust on the set of Tombstone just to weird people out,” and “repeatedly fucked up lines so Frank Sinatra would have to keep eating cheesecake which he hated.” (Pajiba’s previous piece about unbearable Method acting shenanigans is also really good. Shia DeBeouf’s section alone is BEYOND and why, I think, he doesn’t work much anymore. When Brad Pitt has to move you to another hotel because you smell too badly to stay at the same one as your co-stars…HOW BAD DO YOU SMELL? Well, dear readers, he claimed he didn’t bath for four months. I really really pity hair and makeup and costumes in that instance.)

– At Celebitchy, Ian Ziering claims he’s talking to Hulu about rebooting the real 90210. I was at a live-reading of the DONNA MARTIN GRADUATES episode of said TV show last week, and Charles Rosin was there and was asked about this rumor. He said that Ian is always bringing this idea up and he hasn’t heard anything about it being for real, but I got the impression that he’d be delighted if something came of it. This also seems as good a place as any for me to note that I am concerned about Shannen Doherty’s health, given that her breast cancer has spread. It was nice to see this snap of her and Sarah Michelle Geller together recently. Be well, Shannen Doherty.

– You will enjoy this profile of Christian Siriano at Elle.

– And you will want to read this, at Colossal: Outfits Sourced From German Public Transportation Fabric by Menja Stevenson

– Heather and I were delighted to be part of Read a Romance Month, where we wrote about our favorite romantic comedies. (And shared some behind-the-scenes deets about The Royal We.)

– And, in case you missed anything here at GFY this week, some highlights!

 

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Royals Round-Up, August 12, 2016


NO ONE is having a better time at the Olympics than Prince Albert. HE IS HAVING THE BEST TIME. (Charlene stayed home because of Zika.) The slideshow today brings Olympics shenanigans, a few fab day dresses, a cute baby, a random royal-ish wedding, and MORE BOATING.

Elsewhere of interest, you may enjoy the following:

– This is super-interesting, in The Independent:  Dark Ages royal palace discovered in Cornwall – in area closely linked to the legend of King Arthur

– Princess Eugenie had a big interview — and photo shoot — in Harper’s Bazaar. I chuckled at this bit: “6:00 P.M. I’ll go home, change, and go to the event. I love trying new looks. I don’t want to be pigeonholed. You wear the same thing twice? Great. If you don’t, great!”

– Speaking of the Sisters York, I’m sure you’ve heard that Princess Beatrice and her boyfriend, Dave Clark, are “on a break”/dunzo. Onward and upward, Bea!

Hello! (of course) has all the deets on an obscure Euro Royals Wedding that’s set for next summer, which will be enjoyable because they always are, but the best part of this article is the kicker: “Princess Caroline of Monaco would not attend given that she is estranged, but not divorced, from her husband Prince Ernst.” I love a royal estrangement!

The Duke of Westminster died suddenly this week at 64, leaving literally billions and his ginormous estate to his 25 year-old son, who is Prince George’s godfather. I am linking to the Daily Mail’s coverage of this because, say what you will about them, they generally have the most obscure and fascinating details about posh personages, and this includes a very interesting sidebar about the family’s wealth as it began in literally the 17th century.

– I could read about this particular tiara ALL DAY. [Order of Splendor]

The Guardian has a fascinating piece about Emperor Akhito’s desire to retire, and the complicated political situation in Japan as it relates to their Imperial family. I am less informed about the history of the Imperial House of Japan than I am about, say, the Brits, and I would love to learn more, so if you have any book recommendations, please let me know in the comments.

Speaking of books, I mentioned this in a post earlier this week about good vacation reads, but I’m currently reading Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten, as recommended here, and it is JUICY. I really think if you enjoy Royals Round-Up, you will find it highly entertaining.

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