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Fugs and Pieces, September 26th, 2014


Can I interest you in some procrastination material?

- Did you know that there’s a GFY Book Club on Goodreads? There is, and it is awesome, and you should join. The October book is Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, and discussion begins October 1st.

- Vulture has made you a Scandal monologue generator, and it is awesome.

- Can I interest you in something called The Secret Histories Of 5 Famous Hollywood Costumes? I thought so. (Fast Company)

- This also seems like it might fall into your areas of interest: The Reclusive, Doll-Collecting Copper Queen of Fifth Avenue (Collectors Weekly)

- Ditto: How to Make the Perfect Gin & Tonic. NO JUDGEMENT. (The Telegraph)

- This is a fascinating piece about Secret Oxford Drinking Clubs (speaking of) in Tatler.

- You guys! Per Boston Magazine: There’s a Time Capsule Inside the Head of the Lion from the Old State House. It’s over 100 years old! I LOVE TIME CAPSULES! Especially SECRET ONES!

- Rookie takes a very groovy look at Mary Quant.

- Adam Sandler is adapting Real Genius. As a TV show. (Pajiba)

– Flavorwire swears they’ve made a list of the 50 Worst Movies Ever Made.

– Linda Holmes wrote this great piece for NPR about YA fiction and the Shangri-Las.

- Lena Dunham has released a bunch of advice videos to promote her new book, and they are quite charming. In one, she reveals that she’s bought “a see-through rain dress,” so I look forward to THAT, obviously. (Who What Wear)

- THIS IS EXCITING! They are re-releasing all of the Anastasia Krupnik books! The Cut talks to Lois Lowry about this very thrilling news. (Contrary to their headline, though, we never forgot about Anastasia. She’s the whole reason Teddy McCormack [the love interest in Spoiled] has a tower bedroom)

- Also at The Cut: GREAT MOMENTS IN PANTS.

- I don’t want to alarm you, but apparently Lindsay Lohan is terrible in Speed the Plow. I know some of you went to see it this week! WEIGH IN. (Lainey)

- Also on the Lilo front, Grantland has round up her reviews.

- The Washington Post thinks Ariana Grande is about to have big, big image problems.

- Sometimes Blake Lively says things that make me laugh: “Blake Lively thinks she ‘looks like a potato’ when she dresses like Kate Moss.” (Celebitchy)

 

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Fugs and Pieces


Thanks for sticking with us through a technologically frustrating week here at GFY — I know it’s been annoying, and we truly appreciate all your patience and good vibes as we deal with all these crazy server issues. They’re still sort of in play, but the final kinks ought to be worked out soon, if any remain. While we wait:

– Ever since Heather pointed out that she thinks Allison Williams as Peter Pan looks like Armie Hammer, that’s all I can see. (Lainey)

– Need I say more than: Sandwiches: Ranked? (Gawker)

Hot male models? Don’t mind if I do. (Socialite Life)

– History Extra has just republished something I think you will enjoy: A time traveller’s guide to medieval shopping.

– YOU GUYS: An oral history of Party of Five. (Vulture)

– More brilliance at Vulture: Let’s Discuss the Totally Bananas Fifth Season of Beverly Hills, 90210. Via its soundtrack.

– Look at this awesome literary map of London! (i100)

– It’s the evolution of the naked dress, thanks to Elle.

– Thanks, Buzzfeed: 19 Inconceivable Facts About The Making Of “The Princess Bride”

– Pajiba wonders whatever happened to the cast of Ed. Well, one of them is making crazy money on Modern Family.

– This headline is my everything:  Gwyneth Paltrow could have starred in Vanilla Ice’s ‘Cool As Ice’ (!!) (Celebitchy)

– Julie Klausner’s remembrance of working with Joan Rivers is wonderful. (Vulture)

– And The Cut has an AMAZING slideshow of her fashion highs and LOWS. JOAN. What were you thinking?!

 

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Fugs and Pieces, August 29th, 2014


We made it to the weekend, you guys! If you want to relieve the past couple of awards shows, here’s our wrap-up of the Emmys for The Cut, and the same for the VMAs. Phew! PS: Thanks to the Labor Day holiday here in the United States, regular posting will resume on TUESDAY, September 2nd, although we’ll have bits and pieces for you over the long weekend, as usual.

– The New York Times has a very interesting piece about fashion at the U.S Open. (On the players, not the spectators.)  I like to watch tennis while I work, and was just thinking yesterday how crazy everyone looks at the Open compared to the classic tennis whites of Wimbledon. (I enjoy both, to be frank. I LOVE tennis outfits.)

– And InStyle brought us HOT DUDE TENNIS PLAYERS.

– You are going to love this story about Lizzy Caplan choosing her Donna Karan Emmys’ dress. (Elle)

– And Uzo Aduba took Buzzfeed behind the scenes for her own Emmys outing.

– Look at this amazing carpet, made of 750,000 flowers, in Belgium! (Smithsonian)

HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THE WIG ON CHER HOROWITZ in the new Brittany Murphy biopic. IT’S THE WORST. (Vulture)

– Whee! More City Hall Weddings from Refinery29.

– Here’s Kristen Stewart in Vanity Fair France. She looks really good, I have to say. (Lainey)

– These are awesome. Beer label-inspired manicures. And they are sincerely elegant. (Birchbox)

– Hungry? Here’s a (very interesting and educational) photo history of American school lunches. (Bon Appetit)

Hello Kitty is not a cat? WTF?! SHE HAS CAT EARS. (Los Angeles Times)

– The evolution of the Victoria’s Secret catalog is pretty fascinating. (Cosmo)

The Science of Us wonders why you can never smell your own home and now I’m paranoid.

– Pajiba says, Please Never Revive These 10 Quintessential ‘90s Shows

– This is funny: What Would The BuzzFeed Post About You Be Called?

– Something about this headline makes me laugh:  Amal Alamuddin visited George Clooney on the set of his Nespresso commercial. I don’t know why. (Celebitchy)

 

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Fugs & Pieces, August 22, 2014


I can’t believe summer is almost over. I haven’t even made it to the beach yet. Do you think salt water would be bad for my laptop? While I wonder this, please enjoy the following:

– PROGRAMMING NOTE: The VMAs are this SUNDAY. You can find us on Twitter, and of course complete coverage here on Monday. THEN, The Emmys are on MONDAY NIGHT (because of a scheduling conflict with both football and the VMAs). We are going to be live-blogging for The Cut, and I’ll throw up the link when we have it, as well as on Twitter, and of course, major coverage here next week as well. There! All caught up.

– ALSO: We have a working mobile site once more (YAY) and an improved slideshow function, where the whole page no longer reloads every time you go to a new slide. Y’all have only wanted that FOREVER and it has finally happened. To go from slide to slide, just mouse over the left or right edge of the photo; an arrow will appear. We may still be working out some photo-cropping kinks, but beyond that, we hope it makes things much swifter for you. Please let us know if you run into any other weirdo problems with any of it.

— ALSO ALSO: ICYMI, we took a look back at the 2004 VMAs, and at the 2004 Emmys, and in case you forgot: 2004 WAS HIDEOUS.

NPR did a great piece about JUNK DRAWERS. I have like four junk drawers. I think that means I am a hoarder.

– This is a couple of weeks old, but still SO good. The Awl talked to — well, let me just quote them: “Peter Mendelsund is associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf Books, which makes him perhaps the preeminent expert among those who judge books by their covers. He’s designed covers for everything from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to classics by Dostoevsky, Nabokov, Joyce, and De Beauvoir.”

– Speaking of books, let’s look at all these beautiful libraries. (Travel and Leisure)

– Racked was nice enough to do an interview with me and Heather about the site, and how great y’all are, and all that good stuff.

– Anna Wintour did the Ice Bucket Challenge. YES, The Bob gets it. It’s really pretty great. (Vogue’s Facebook.)

So is Benedict Cumberbatch’s. It starts off slow STICK WITH IT. (YouTube)

Paper examines the reclamation of pink. (The color, not the singer.)

Sounds like Mariah and Nick Cannon really are OVER. Who gets his Bedazzled loafers?! Also, I think we can all agree that this marriage lasted longer than anticipated. (Lainey)

– Here’s the one where I just leave you the headline: World War II’s sensational venereal disease posters. (Paris Review)

– The Hairpin ranks best friends in rom-coms and whilst I might not agree with all of them, number one is ON POINT. You’re right, The Hairpin. You’re right. I know you’re right.

– Lucky wonders: Our Favorite Brands Of Decades Past: Where Are They Now?

– Oh, Vulture. You make me laugh: Great Moments in Dystopian Knitwear.

– Also from our friends at Vulture: Ranking the Top 15 Most Successful ANTM Contestants.

– I love the Top Shelf series over at Into The Gloss and I love J Crew, so of course I was very excited to read the Jenna Lyons Top Shelf this week! “I approach aging with ice cream and a martini.” Amen to that.

– From Jezebel: Every Outfit Shelley Long Wears in Troop Beverly Hills, Ranked.

How freaking great is it that Sports Illustrated has put an 8th grade girl on the cover this week? Mo’ne Davis rocks. (Celebitchy)

– This is awesome: Inside Papa Pope’s Most Memorable “Scandal” Monologues With Joe Morton. (Buzzfeed)

– This post is just an excuse for endless gifs of Jon Hamm making faces and I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE. (Pajiba)

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Fugs and Pieces, August 15th, 2014


Newsflash: The Emmys are a week from MONDAY. That makes me feel more like it’s almost fall than anyone going back to school, let me tell you. While you think about the unrelenting march of time, distract yourself with these:

– This is a video from Radio 1 but you probably want to watch it, as it’s Matthew Lewis acting out fanfiction about himself.  Well, technically about Neville and Harry. It’s quite, quite funny (and somewhat naughty, as you can imagine). Matt Lewis is VERY VERY CUTE. (YouTube)

– While we’re talking about Harry Potter, Book Riot has a great round-up of the new covers, and HP covers around the world.

– Do not pretend you don’t want to see Idris Elba shirtless in Details. (Lainey)

– Here’s a headline for you: Attic that inspired Jane Eyre’s ‘madwoman in the attic’ Bertha open for public tours. Reader, I loved the gift shop. (The Independent)

– Russell Brand’s piece on Robin Williams is wonderfully eloquent and beautifully done. (The Guardian)

– This is a fascinating conversation with the casting director for Orange Is The New Black. (Buzzfeed)

– All I want in this world is for Kanye to wear this tee-shirt covered in images of Kim crying. (People StyleWatch)

– Ten years later, Paper catches up with the cast of Napoleon Dynamite.

– In case you fall into a hole in the fabric of space and time, here are 9 Tips for Avoiding London Pickpockets from a 19th Century Guide, via Mental Floss.

– Also from Mental Floss, and in honor of back to school — also, making kids go back to school this week is insane to me. In my day, you didn’t go back to school until after Labor Day! Get off my lawn! Etc — The History of the Trapper Keeper. Oh god, I love school supplies. This article also just taught me that Pee Chee folders were only here on the West Coast! LEARNING.

– Apparently the new DanRad/Adam Driver/Zoe Kazan movie is GREAT and I am delighted because I like those people and also because I laugh in the ads every time DanRad inadvertently pushes that dude out the window. (Pajiba)

Lauren Bacall’s enduring style. (The Cut)

GLAMOROUS CAFTAN MOMENTS! (Town and Country)

Harper’s Bazaar celebrated Audrey Hepburn’s birthday with 15 rarely seen photos.

– I should have shared this two weeks ago, but you’ll still live it: 82 of Oscar de la Renta’s best looks. (Elle)

The Fashion Spot talked to little kids about the new Fall fashion ad campaigns and the results are very amusing. For example, “I do like that the other girl is like, ‘Do I look bored to you? I’m just going about my day. Don’t think I’m boring like the other girl.’ And she’s not having a good day. I don’t like the clothes. ”

–It’s the 30th birthday of the PG-13 rating and Flavorwire looks at 10 times the MPAA screwed it up.

Lifetime is making a movie-of-the-week about Brittany Murphy and although her father (with whom, I believe, she was not close in life) plans to sue, I must admit that I will totally watch this movie on Sunday while I’m doing laundry. There is some uproar about it, but this is exactly Lifetime’s bread and butter. Mysterious death based on a true story? That is LITERALLY what a Lifetime movie is. (Celebitchy)

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Fugs and Pieces, August 8, 2014


READ THINGS:

– I know you. I know you want to see a shirtless and buff Dan Stevens. COUSIN MATTHEWWWWW. (Lainey)

– This is a super interesting article about the benefits and drawbacks of complaining. (The Science of Us)

– I’m going to complain right now. The Lifetime Saved By The Bell movie looks TERRIBLE. (Vulture)

The Dress Down looks at the hows and whys of the way Keri Russell is so awesome and well-dressed now. 

– The Telegraph has this insanely interesting piece, looking at the military kit British soldiers carried into battle over the last thousand years. Men were given cheese to carry into the Battle of Waterloo, which seems like the least any army could do for its men.

– Speaking of war, this is ALSO very interesting: Bra History: How A War Shortage Reshaped Modern Shapewear. (NPR)

–Relevant to our interests, the BBC looks at the world’s most influential pointing finger. (I had no idea, even, that UK military recruiting posters used the iconic “I want you” pointer finger, as we also do here in the US. LEARNING.)

– The Hairpin looks at The Tragic History of Fallen Teen Magazines. Bop just folded THIS WEEK. RIP, Bop. I’m sure I bought you for pictures of River Phoenix.

– Oh, Cosmo. You had me with this headline: 12 Ways to Make Bagels Even Better. OKAY!

– You know what? Weird Al should be the Superbowl Halftime performer. (Ravishly)

– MAC is releasing THE MOST AMAZING line of make-up based on romance novels. I hope my beloved Smart Bitches, Trashy Books weighs in! (Refinery29)

– I have long opined that it is the great tragedy of my life that I am not married to Stephen Colbert, and his Ask A Grown Man for Rookie only proves it. He is the most wonderful.

– I LOVE paper dolls, and I was sad to read that Tom Tierney — THE KING of good paper dolls — died last week. His obituary is fascinating and wonderful. I had SO many of his works: the Princess Diana ones (which actually came up in Royals Round-Up today), the Vivian Leigh ones, and probably a bunch I can’t even remember. (New York Times)

– This is a delight: I Tried Living Like Blake Lively, and It Was Nerve-Racking, yet Triumphant. “To start my day, I tore the T-shirt, which unarguably resembled a dirty kitchen rag, out of its packaging. “This single piece of cotton is meant to be lived in, loved in, tattered, worn in, sworn in, destroyed, sweat in, slept in. let it become you,” I was instructed, via a small note card. I let the shirt become me, and felt immediately like an extra in a Mumford & Sons music video.” (Vanity Fair)

I dunno that I think Nine West’s new ad campaign — in which they call one pair of their shoes ripe for “starter husband-hunting” (what if you already HAVE a husband or don’t want one?) — is going to work out all that great for them. (New York Times)

Posh Spice is auctioning off 600 (!) items from her closet, for charity. (Elle)

– Also at Elle, Sally Holmes tried gym-going the way Taylor Swift does it. It’s not as easy as it looks.

– Breckin Meyer HATES Dustin Diamond  — on Zach Morris’s behalf, I’m pretty sure — and he is NOT pulling punches. (Pajiba)

Lucky gives love to Marissa Cooper’s style. Aw, Coop. We knew you well.

– Here’s your Hiddleston for the week! (Celebitchy)

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