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Happy Thanksgiving


I assume this is how we’re all celebrating. Even those of us who are not in Fug Nation U.S.


Fugs and Pieces, November 25th, 2015


No Royals Round-Up this week, because it’s only Wednesday and an insufficient number of them have left the house. That feature will be back in action next week — as will we! Heather and I are taking off the Thanksgiving holiday, and we will return to regular posting on Monday. Here’s to a healthy, happy Thanksgiving to our fellow Americans, and a glorious and swiftly-moving Thursday and Friday, and an awesome weekend, to the rest of you.

Until then, in case you need something to read:

–In case you missed it, the Fug Nation gift guide ran this week!

– I was very interested in this piece in Maclean’s: Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau’s shrewd style.

– Pajiba runs down 8 Magnificent Lead Actors We Need Back on Television Like, Yesterday. It’s a list with which I cannot disagree.

– I loved this piece, in the New York Times: Finding Alice’s ‘Wonderland’ in Oxford

– At THR: Asian Actors Onstage: Lea Salonga, Phillipa Soo Sound Off on Broadway Representation, Cultural Perceptions

I enjoy this list of “favorite things” from Claire Zulkey. It’s very much like Oprah’s.

– This is delicious, at Food52: Cook Like Hermoine Granger and 11 Other Ladies of Literature.

– At Mental Floss, very on topic: Who Invented the Turducken? (My guess was Martha. WRONG.)

– So, I’ve never been to an Automat (they were dunzo by the time I was old enough to be anywhere that had one), but I was always FASCINATED by them because I read a lot of books as a kid where people went to the Automat. Collectors Weekly goes deep into Automat history.

– At Buzzfeed, Anne Helen Peterson interviewed Enya. IN ENYA’S CASTLE. Of course, Enya has a castle.

– Ooooh, The New Potato has three hot toddy recipes. SOLD.

– Very on topic, and very funny, at Eater: Which Food Magazine Wins Thanksgiving?

– Let us peruse these many hair styles of the Georgian era. (All Things Georgian)

– Via Vulture: Jason Street Will Play Coach Taylor in the Unauthorized Musical of Friday Night Lights. I think I speak for us all when I say: !!!!!

– Bless Lainey for bringing this trailer for the Mariah Carey holiday movie to our attention. Mimi directed it AND is starring in it! She also looks like she’s been shot through the same lens and with the same backdrop they use for the Barbara Walters special. She never pans out for full-body shot! I CAN’T WAIT TO WATCH THIS. NEVER CHANGE, MARIAH.

– Allegedly, per Celebitchy, Kate Hudson dumped Nick Jonas because she ‘wants to pursue multiple people.’ And, I suspect, because people didn’t get THAT excited about her allegedly dating Nick Jonas.

–And, finally,  FYI in case you want to Treat Yo Self, The Royal We e-book is marked down to $3.99 basically everywhere for the next week:

Happy Thanksgiving, and don’t get your turkey stuck on your head! (Speaking of, if you haven’t read our post about Thanksgiving mishaps, it may give you a chuckle. People have set things on fire, and gotten limbs stuck in meals, and lost MANY items of food to dogs. It’s great…well, it’s great in retrospect.)



Fugs and Fabs: Everyone Else at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards

We covered Salma Hayek, and Nicole Kidman, but it turns out a LOT of folks went to this event, and some of them looked FANTASTIC. Others..well. Not so much? Come take a look.

[Photos: Getty]


Your Afternoon Chat: Holiday Cooking Disasters

Okay, as promised: Yesterday we discussed our favorite go-to holiday recipes. Today, let’s talk about your worst holiday cooking disasters — either ones you perpetrated, or which you witnessed, assuming you can tell those stories without getting in trouble with your loved ones.Most of my gaffes involve holiday pies. I love to bake, but I don’t really eat a ton of pies so I don’t ever practice making them; on Thanksgiving, though, we generally have a variety of people eating with us, and so we like to offer some traditional dessert options if we can. Last year I tried a pumpkin swirl cheesecake, which I made a day ahead and refrigerated, and which was STILL basically runny when I cut into it. Partly I think my oven blows and has a hard time cooking to the center of some dishes, but also, the mini-fridge I had put it in turned out to be on its last legs and wasn’t actually CHILLING anything. In a fit of rage, I hurled it into the garbage, Iain-from-Great British Baking Show style, rather than try to serve the parts which seemed to have set. And I yelled, “I can’t SERVE THIS to HUMANS.”

That’s fairly mild, although it does include a tantrum, at least. But please give us YOUR worst. Or the best of your worst.


Fugs and Fabs: Everyone Else at the British Fashion Awards

When I think “British Fashion,” I don’t really think “Liv Tyler,” but no one asked me. In other news, Posh & Becks are back, Gaga looks great, and Gwendoline Christie shall rule us all, one day. (And with apologies to my earlier post, in which I thought I’d rounded up all the models. A LOT of models are also in this post. I don’t even know. My mind is on deviled eggs at the moment, it seems.)

[Photos: Getty]


Recent Fugs or Fabs: Salma Hayek

Okay. I know I’ve complained A LOT about Salma’s recent habit of wearing blouses buttoned allllll the way up to her neck, generally then topped off with a whimsical bow:

Evening Standard Theatre Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

But — as lovely as this Alexander McQueen dress is, theoretically — this feels like one hell of an over-correction.

Behold what she wore the following evening:

British Fashion Awards 2015 - Red Carpet Arrivals

Better? Better. (If a wee bit more Medieval Times: The Movie! than perhaps is ever warranted. Thank you, Gucci.)

[Photo: Getty]


Fug Nation’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015

At last! It’s Gift Guide Time (after all, we want everyone to have enough time to order everything they need for their festivities)! We bring you books and housewares and lots of Star Wars paraphernalia and accessories and booze accoutrement, and we hope that something here is perfect for someone on your shopping list — or strikes your personal fancy; WE DON’T JUDGE — but more than ever, we hope your holiday season is full of friendship and love and snacks. Happy holidays, Fug Nation!

PS: Our friends at GiGi New York are going to be giving us a coupon code after Thanksgiving, so stay tuned — and maybe leave anything you want to get from them in your shopping cart until then? Just consider that a word to the wise.