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Fugs and Pieces, March 6th, 2015

A gentle reminder: you can read the first seven chapters of our forthcoming novel, The Royal We, for FREE! (It comes out in just about a month; I can’t believe it.) And if you’re in the US and interested in winning a galley version of the book, Goodreads is giving away 15 of them — the contest ends on Monday.

And now…please enjoy the following:

– Speaking of books, W has a preview of Robin Givhan’s upcoming book, The Battle of Versailles. I can’t wait to read the whole thing; I love the way she writes.

– Per the NYT, spray deodorant is BACK! (I am actually delighted by this, because I bought some Dove spray-on when we were in London and IT WAS AWESOME and I was really sad when it ran out. Let’s just talk about deodorant, you guys.)

– Fashion Spot has put together a guide to the history of Anna Wintour’s assistants.

– Let’s eyeball the ten most expensive hotel suites in the world. (Harper’s Bazaar)

– And these beautiful, BEAUTIFUL libraries. (The Independent)

– This is a great interview at Heroes and Heartbreakers from an author of historical romance novels about..well, let me just give you the headline: Keeping “It” Clean: Hygiene, Hot Sex, and the Historical Romance Novel

– Gawker has a tell-all about what it was like to work at The Daily Mail (I Know). It’s not particularly complimentary. I know, this is shocking to you.

– Did we know that Amber Rose is writing a tell-all? I will read this.  (On the Books)

– I love this history of restaurant matches. (Eater)

– And this look back at some of Madonna’s more iconic tour ensembles. (Bustle)

– Over at Lainey, Denzel and Lenny Kravitz got dinner together this week, and Lenny is wearing sunglasses at night, and yet somehow my reaction is not, “it’s got to be so dark for him! How is he not walking into trees?!” but rather, “jeez, Lenny looks good.”

– So sue me. I like the new Carly Rae Jepson single. (Paper)

– Hee. Ranking the 21 Worst Movie Haircuts of the 21st Century. (Pajiba)

Cousin Matthew has been cast as The Beast in the new Beauty and the Beast (opposite Emma Watson) and I AM IN. (Celebitchy)

– Speaking of Downton, I have loads that will be of interest. First, the New York Times put together an interactive look at how actual historical events fit into the series to date. Also at the NYT is an interview with Julian Fellowes in which he doesn’t seem to realize that he IS writing a soap opera; and a wonderful piece about the show’s food stylists.

– Also on the Downton tip, Hypeable had a great chat with Matt Barber, AKA Atticus Aldridge.

– WHAT. Is this the worst purse of Paris Fashion Week? I think maybe yes. (Elle)


Fugs and Pieces, February 27, 2015

I seriously had to think about what year it was when I wrote this. And then I got the date wrong. Where AM I, and why isn’t the answer “Tahiti”? Post-Oscars is a confusing time.

First of all! ICYMI, you can now read the first seven chapters of our forthcoming novel, The Royal We, for free! FREE! Also, Goodreads is giving away 15 signed galleys, so be sure to enter if you are interested! (Unfortunately, the giveaway is for US readers only.)

In non-book-related news, it’s also possible that you missed some of our Fashion Week shenanigans given the Drama and Grandeur of the Oscars that came right on the heels of NYFW. If so, we’ve got a round-up of everything we did and wrote for Cosmo here. You cannot miss Heather asking Martha from The Americans about what it’s like to boink Matthew Rhys when they’re both wearing crazy wigs.


Romance titan Bertrice Small died this week. When I was a teenager, I was OBSESSED with her Skye O’Malley series. (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books)

– And Leonard Nimoy died today, which I am so SAD about. The New York Times has a neat video of him explaining the origin of the Vulcan hand signal.

You guys will love this piece on Ralph Fiennes, and not just because a Fug National was quoted therein. (The Telegraph)

Jamie Lee Curtis interviews Signourney Weaver for Interview and it is awesome. To wit: “I played a woman who kept a hedgehog in her vagina in one play; I was schizophrenic in another. It was just so much fun.”

– YAY! Allen Leech — AKA Tom Branson on Downton Abbey — did an AMA on Reddit. You should know that he called Maggie Smith “The Notorious M.A.G.”

– Speaking of Downton, here’s a great piece on that showstopper of a dress that Rose wore last week. (Spoilers, obviously, if you’re not caught up.) (Radio Times)

– PNEUMATIC TUBES! I’m obsessed with them; Lapsed Historian has a FASCINATING piece about their use in London.

– That T Swift is savvy; she explains to People StyleWatch why she posted a bikini pic on her Instagram. Spoiler: to screw with the paparazzi.

People also has a cool video, reliving the Oscars red carpet in 90 seconds.

– The pics from inside the Vanity Fair Oscar party are great, if you haven’t seen them yet. Like this one, of Bandaidcatcher Casteroil talking to the Sisters Collins.

– And I love this piece from Bon Appetit about Oscars gowns that remind them of recipes.

– The first image from the Jem and The Holograms movie is HERE! (Pajiba)

– Open Culture explains why people do their best thinking in the shower. Which is true for me. I once almost rented an apartment that had a white board hanging over the bathtub. I think I walked in and said, “well. A writer used to live here.”

Drew Barrymore is writing a book of “personal essays,” which could potentially be interesting. She has lived a life. (Lainey)

Apparently Jude Law was almost cast as Superman. That is INTRIGUING. (Celebitchy)


Fugs and Pieces, February 20, 2015

You guys, the Oscars are on Sunday. I hope you’ve been eating your Wheaties. We’re not live-blogging the red carpet, but you can follow along with all the shenanigans on Twitter — and of course we’ll be ALL OVER IT here on GFY on Monday. Until then:

– Speaking of the Oscars, we revisited the 2005 Oscars red carpet for Cosmo.

– Still speaking of the Oscars, Vanity Fair live-blogged the 1995 ceremony, AKA the year of Uma/Oprah.

People put together a “where are they now?” about famous Oscar dresses.

– Also from VF: the make-up artist from Grand Budapest Hotel tells us how she turned Swinton into an old lady.

– AND! The reunion of Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer!! This article is so good. I love you, Capt Von Trapp.

– I think you’ll enjoy this article about the hidden meanings of Celebrity Pinterests. (Zulkey)

– Robin Givhan’s writing about fashion is so smart. Here, she takes on Kanye, and menswear, for the Washington Post.

– Relevant, as they say, to your interests: ‘Dawson’s Creek’: The Pacey & Joey essential episode guide, thanks to Zap2It.

– Hottest Heads of State ranks the US Presidents in Order of Hotness, which is obviously the most important metric for a leader.

– This is a great piece in the New Yorker about Key and Peele.

– Also at The New Yorker, a very thoughtful and interesting reflection on Joan Rivers.

– The Toast reflects upon the dream of Chris Evans being one’s boyfriend aka MY OWN PERSONAL DREAM.

Carey Mulligan looks great in the trailer for Far From the Madding Crowd, which I have actually never read. (Lainey)

– This is amusing: 18th century advice on “How to Bag a Handsome Man.” (History of Love)

– I love that Pajiba is still obsessed with the craziness of Winter’s Tale.

Elle’s drawings of NYFW are really neat.

–I’m sure you want some of the inside deets on the Cumberbatch wedding. (Celebitchy)



Fugs and Fabs: The Rest of The BAFTAs

Yes. I did give you two photos of David Beckham today. I want you to be happy, that’s all.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]


Fugs and Pieces, February 6, 2015

Mark your calendars! This weekend is the Grammys AND the BAFTAs, so Monday will be JAM-PACKED WITH ACTION. Until then:

– We’re excited to note that we’re going to be covering Fashion Week — which kicks off Thursday! — as well as awards season and a variety of other fun things for Cosmo! Come by and see us sometime. We will cherry-pick the best sex tips for you.

– Speaking of: A writer for Cosmo tried “all the sex from 50 Shades of Grey in one weekend.” She made me laugh out loud. (Cosmo.com)

– This is awesome: The Long Lost Archives of New York’s Most Glamorous Hotel (Atlas Obscura)

– I KNOW you want to read Fashionista’s interview with Downton Abbey‘s costume designer.

– The WSJ has an interesting piece on a new book site called Literary Hub. We all need more places to read about books we need to read!

– Speaking of books, this is one of my favorite series from The Toast. This time: How to Tell if You Are in a Victor Hugo Novel. For example: “You come across a stranger in a darkened alley by a cathedral—but is it a stranger? No! For there are but twelve people in all of France, and you have long and complicated histories with all of them.”

– Whit Stillman is adapting Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, starring Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale. !!!!! (The AV Club)

– This interview at The Guardian with Patricia Arquette is really excellent.

– Have you seen the new Miss Dior ad with Natalie Portman? Lainey’s got it.

Elle explores How To Dress Like Your Favorite Literary Heroines

Vanity Fair counts down TV’s most satisfying kisses.

– I’m sure you want to read this oral history of The Facts of Life, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly

– I don’t know if this is true, but I like it conceptually. From Celebitchy:  Is Ellen Barkin engaged to a British barrister she met at Clooney’s wedding?

– The pics of Chrises Pratt and Evans visiting a children’s hospital, as part of their Super Bowl bet, will give you feelings. (Buzzfeed)

– Love this post from Elements of Style about how she’d style celebs for the Oscars.

– And you’ll probably want to read this piece in Vanity Fair in which Gina Lollobrigida discusses, as they call it, “her outrageous tabloid scandals.”

– Speaking of the Oscars, The Cut has a good piece all about the infamous Morning After photo of Faye Dunaway.

– I giggled out loud at this headline: Eddie Redmayne Stars In the 21st Century Bad Movie Accent Death Match

– The name of this site says it all: Drunk Girls Do Renaissance Paintings in Bathrooms

– I also LOVE that Mickey Boardman is doing a series for Opening Ceremony about the awesomeness of airport gift shops.

– Over at Paper, they’re running down the best New York “It Girls” of all time (NSFW). I always want to know what happens to the It Girl when she grows up and no one gives a shit about what shoes she’s wearing anymore. She better hope she’s rich, or smart. Or, ideally, both.

– Speaking of lists, this is a hoot: The 28 Worst Celebrity Neighbors, over at Vulture.

– I suspect some of you will need this guidance: 8 Ways to Wait for Outlander’s Return, from our friends at Heroes and Heartbreakers.


Fugs and Pieces, January 30, 2015

Happy Friday! How fast this year is already ticking away. While you ponder the unstoppable march of time, enjoy:

– This will start your weekend off correctly, thanks to Elle: She’s the Boss: Judith Light on Angela Bower, ‘Transparent,’ and Diamonds. YES. She looks amazing.

– Gawker’s (new?) book blog enumerates the 50 best first lines in fiction.

– And in honor of her birthday this past week, Flavorwire treats us to some of Jane Austen’s best insults from Pride and Prejudice.

– Yahoo Style addresses the death of the mani-cam. We think.

– Did you read about this new app that will give you a fake boyfriend for….reasons? Well, over at Jezebel, they tried it out and…it’s funny. Just read it.

Cosmo talks to Empire‘s Grace Gealey about the show’s huge success and diversity on TV. And also jumpsuits.

– I agree with The Daily Beast here: PLEASE DON’T STEAM YOUR VAGINA, no matter what GOOP says.

Stacy London’s Top Shelf was on Into The Gloss this week. I love her.

– This is an interesting interview with Lena Dunham at the Los Angeles Review of Books. This line, in particular, resonated with me: “Friendship, particularly female friendship, has always struck me as more romantic than romance, more familial than family, a complex world where we are reflected back to ourselves in broken/gilded/found-on-the-street mirrors. I love art that addresses the complexity of it.”

– I think you’ll enjoy Amal Clooney’s rejoiner about what she wore to court. (Lainey)

– These books of Fashion Through the Ages are gorgeous. (All Things Georgian)

–Pajiba celebrates the return of The Americans — such a good show — with a look at its wigs. WIGS!

– Speaking of The Americans, Fashionista talks to its costumer designer and you will want to read all about it.

– Buzzfeed asks the real question: HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW CENTER STAGE?

– I’m just going to share this headline with you, from Celebitchy: Johnny Depp is so bored of ‘Mortdecai’ that he made up a chupacabra attack