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GFY Giveaway: TALES FROM THE BACK ROW by Amy Odell


GIVEAWAY TIME!

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THE PRIZE: We are delighted to have one signed copy of Tales From the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry for you! Per Amazon:

Funny and fearless, Tales from the Back Row is a keenly observed collection of personal essays about what it’s really like to be a young woman working in the fashion industry.

In Tales from the Back Row, Cosmopolitan.com editor Amy Odell takes readers behind the stage of New York’s hottest fashion shows to meet the world’s most influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers.

But first, she has to push her way through the crowds outside, where we see the lengths people go to be noticed by the lurking paparazzi, and weave her way through the packed venue, from the very back row to the front. And as Amy climbs the ladder (with tips about how you can, too), she introduces an industry powered by larger-than-life characters: she meets the intimidating Anna Wintour and the surprisingly gracious Rachel Zoe, not to mention the hilarious Chelsea Handler, and more.

As she describes the allure of Alexander Wang’s ripped tights and Marchesa’s Oscar-worthy dresses, Amy artfully layers in something else: ultimately this book is about how the fashion industry is an exaggerated mirror of human fallibility—reflecting our desperate desire to belong, to make a mark, to be included. For Amy is the first to admit that as much as she is embarrassed by the thrill she gets when she receives an invitation to an exclusive after-party, she can’t help but RSVP “yes.”

The book comes out Monday, but we read an advanced copy — we blurbed it, in fact! Full disclosure — and I fully believe you AT LEAST need to read the bit where Amy interviews for a gig with Anna Wintour. I would have peed myself. (Which actually would also be good book material, so at least there’s that.)

THE TASK:  As always, I will pick the winners at random. But to keep it fun, and speaking of Anna, please comment and tell us the most terrifying boss you’ve ever had.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. The contest is for US residents only. (Prizing provided by the author. Thank you!)

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GFY Giveaway: MOVIE STAR BY LIZZIE PEPPER by Hilary Liftin


Another prize pack coming your way this week, and it includes sunglasses, which is awesome because — as you are well aware — everyone looks hotter in them:

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THE PRIZE: We’re delighted to have THREE prize packs to give away today, pictured above, and each of which includes a signed copy of Movie Star By Lizzie Pepper. Let’s read the back of the book and find out what it’s all about:

“I’ve had a million meetings in my acting career, and I had no idea that this would be the one that would change my life forever. I walked into the room, and there was Rob . . . in the flesh.”

Actress Lizzie Pepper was America’s Girl Next Door and her marriage to Hollywood mega-star Rob Mars was tabloid gold—a whirlwind romance and an elaborate celebrity-studded wedding landed them on the cover of every celebrity weekly. But fame, beauty, and wealth weren’t enough to keep their marriage together. Hollywood’s “It” couple are over—and now Lizzie is going to tell her side of the story.

Celebrity ghostwriter Hilary Liftin chronicles the tabloids’ favorite marriage as Lizzie Pepper realizes that, when the curtain falls, her romance isn’t what she and everyone else thought. From her lonely holidays in sumptuous villas to her husband’s deep commitment to a disconcertingly repressive mind-body group, Lizzie reveals a side of fame that her fans never get to see. Full of twists and turns, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper is a breathless journey to the heights of Hollywood power and royalty and a life in the spotlight that is nearly impossible to escape.

That certainly sounds like a juicy beach-read for the end of this summer! I hope, wherever she is, Katie Holmes is reading it right now. I suspect she might be extremely sympathetic to the heroine.

THE TASK. I will pick our winners by random draw, but to keep it fun, please choose the celebrity with whom you’d most like to enter a contracted marriage, and why.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. The contest is for US residents only. (Prizing provided by Penguin Random House. Thank you!)

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GFY Giveaway: Stephanie Clifford’s EVERYBODY RISE


Really, really looking forward to this giveaway. I had the occasion to read this book a couple of weeks ago, and I thought it was great; I totally recommend picking up a copy if you don’t win one. But I hope you win one!
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THE PRIZE:

About the book, via Amazon:

It’s 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and glamorous. Money and class are colliding in a city that is about to go over a financial precipice and take much of the country with it. At 26, bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto the Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she’s forced to embrace them.

Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating, and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family’s downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way.

Bracing, hilarious and often poignant, Stephanie Clifford’s debut offers a thoroughly modern take on classic American themes – money, ambition, family, friendship – and on the universal longing to fit in.

(You can also read a sneak peak of the first two chapters here.)

THE TASK: We will have ONE winner, and I will choose that lucky person at random. But to make it fun, please comment and tell us your favorite weekend jaunt (fictional, or otherwise: mine would be Santa Barbara, but I haven’t been in ages!)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. The contest is for US residents only. (Prizing and samples provided by St. Martin’s Press. Thank you!)

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GFY Giveaway: The GiGi New York Coupon Code


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Happy Monday, Fug Nation! To ease the pain of a new work week — and as promised in our recent giveaway of a Hayden Satchel from GiGi New York (which I think was our most popular giveaway to date; y’all love a good bag!) — we’re pleased to bring you a 15% off coupon code from GiGi New York, exclusive for Fug Nation.

The code is GFY15, and it’s good for 15% off sitewide. (FYI, it cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. If you saw this post earlier and then wondered where it went, the code wasn’t working earlier. BUT NOW IT IS.)

It’s valid from 8/3-8/10. Now, go buy yourself something pretty!

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GFY Giveaway: French Coast and Rome in Love by Anita Hughes


This week’s giveaway feels perfect for this part of the summer. I want to go to both of these places:

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We’re delighted to have two books to give away from Anita Hughes. What are they about, you ask? Let’s examine the book descriptions and answer that question:

ROME IN LOVE, which comes out this upcoming week:

When Amelia Tate is cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in beautiful, Italian city of Rome for the next two months.

Once there, she befriends a young woman named Sophie with whom she begins to explore the city. Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to offer. But when Amelia’s boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting career, her perfect world begins to crumble.

While moping in her hotel suite, Amelia discovers a stack of letters written by Audrey Hepburn that start to put her own life into perspective. Then, she meets Philip, a handsome journalist who is under the impression that she is a hotel maid, and it appears as if things are finally looking up. The problem is she can never find the right time to tell Philip her true identity. Not to mention that Philip has a few secrets of his own. Can Amelia finally have both the career and love that she’s always wanted, or will she be forced to choose again?

FRENCH COAST, which came out this spring:

Serena has the job she’s always dreamed of and Chase, the man her heart never dared to. As a new editor at Vogue, she bags the biggest interview of the year with Yvette Renault, the infamous former editor of French Vogue, in The Carlton-InterContinental Hotel during the Cannes Film Festival. She eagerly jets off to France while Chase stays home, working with her father, a former senator, on his upcoming mayoral campaign.

Everything feels unbelievably perfect…until it doesn’t. The hotel loses her reservation hours before her big interview. Serena fears that she’ll have to go home without her story, but then she meets Zoe, a quirky young woman staying in the suite below Yvette’s who invites Serena to stay with her. Serena is grateful for her mysterious roommate’s generosity, but it seems that there’s more to her story than meets the eye. To make matters worse, soon after arriving in Cannes, Serena learns a shocking secret about her parents’ marriage, and it isn’t long before she begins to question her own relationship.With her deadline looming and pressure mounting, Serena will have to use her investigative journalism skills, new friendships, and a little luck to get her life and love back on track.

These sound like excellent options for your beach bag, and I wish you good luck in winning them! Speaking of:

THE TASK: One winner will get both books, and I will choose that lucky person at random. But to make it fun, please comment and tell us where you’d go on vacation if price were no object.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. The contest is for US and Canadian residents only.

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GFY Giveaway: The GiGi New York Hayden Satchel


We are VERY excited for today’s giveaway. Those of you who follow me on Instagram, or who have come to any of our recent book signings, have probably seen my own Hayden satchel, which I splashed out for, Treat Yo Self-style, some time last year when GiGi was running a sale. I get tons of compliments on it — I actually wrote down the info about the brand, GiGi New York, on a scrap of paper for one of you at our Chicago book event — so when GiGi asked Heather and me if we’d like to give one away to Fug Nation, we were delighted and we jumped at the chance. The winner will be able to choose the color from the options in the slideshow above (black, navy, cobalt, stone, ivory, white, or saddle [which is the camel color], some of which are embossed to resemble python), and can also have it personalized. We just want to give you nice things!

You can find all the stats on the Hayden satchel at GiGi’s website, and because I have one, I will very likely be able answer any questions you might have about them, too.  (In a couple of weeks, we’re also going to be able to bring Fug Nation a special discount code for GiGi’s site, so you can go crazy and buy yourself a whole pile of bags if you want.)

THE TASK: We will have BUT ONE winner, and I will choose that lucky person at random. But to make it fun, please comment and tell us the one thing that you always have rattling around the bottom of your bag. (Mine is lip gloss.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday night, July 26th.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. The contest is for US residents only.

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