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

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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



Fugs and Pieces, January 23rd, 2015

Happy Friday! This Sunday brings with it Hollywood’s most self-congratulatory awards show, The SAGS! We will be live-tweeting the red carpet, as always (no live-blog for this one). Until then:

– Enjoy Eyebrows Through The Ages. (The Fashion Spot)

–  I vote YES to ALL of this: Bletchley Park ‘girls’ break code of secrecy for book launch. I obviously shall read this book! (The Guardian)

– I love this: 13 Daily Prophet Listicles We Want to Read. “49 Times Gilderoy Lockhart Should’ve Taken One More Thing Off Before He Left the House.” I MEAN RIGHT? (B&N Teen Blog)

– And you will like this, at Vanity Fair: How Downton Abbey’s Fashions Changed as the Show Entered the 1920s (video).

– On that topic, here’s a behind-the-scenes article talking to the costumers for Wolf Hall, Broadchurch and Doctor Who. SO interesting. Also: I was thinking about recapping Wolf Hall once it starts running here in the US on PBS, if people are interested? Let me know in the comments. (The Independent)

– Hey! It’s Becks, in his undercrackers! (Elle)

- Hee. 10 Celebrities Dressed In Pizza, In Honor Of National Cheese Lovers Day. (Refinery29)

- To quote the intro to this post over at Lainey, “Here are new photos of Chris Evans walking around in a tight shirt. Enjoy.”

– Speaking of, have you read about Chris Evans and Chris Pratt’s Super Bowl bet? You should. (Nerdist)

– And speaking of the Super Bowl, this is cool, over at SI: Journalists who have covered every Super Bowl look back

– HOLA LOVERS! Jennifer Lopez Reflects On The 11 Movies That Have (For Better Or Worse) Defined Her Career. (Buzzfeed)

– This is really funny: All of my Issues With the “Goodnight Moon” Bedroom (The Ugly Volvo)

– From Book Riot, and this is awesome: Tolstoy’s Macaroni and Cheese and Other Recipes from Classic Authors

– I’m just going to cut and paste this right from our friends at Pajiba: “Watch the Super Weird Trailer for Tina Fey’s Netflix Sitcom, ‘The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘”

– Do you want leggings covered in Benedict Cumberbatch’s face? YOU DO. (Jezebel)


– Heather and I talked to Yahoo Style about the question, Is There a Stylist Backlash on the Red Carpet?

InTouch has already got Intern George and Amal divorcing and I think that is a complete work of fiction. (Celebitchy)


Fugs and Pieces, January 16, 2015

Happy Friday! As a bit of housekeeping: if you entered last week’s giveaway of After The War Is Over, PLEASE check your email! I haven’t heard back from the grand prize winner yet. If I don’t hear by Monday, I will pick a new winner, but if you’re the original one, you will be sad if that happens. That bit of shenanigans taken care of, please peruse:

– WHY YES, I do want to read about the history of the Lifetime movie. (The Washington Post)

– This is interesting, from Vanity Fair: The 9 Hollywood Players Who Might Just Save the Book Industry

– And this is awesome and well worth a read, even if you’re not a football fan: The Green Bay Packers have a long-running and very meaningful to them tradition. It’s a Settlers of Catan game. And apparently, they’re obsessed with it. For example, “Two weeks ago, Linsley won the game, but Bakhtiari, who typically hosts the games at his house, had briefly gone outside to cook a chicken for the group. He furiously protested Linsley’s victory because of this. ‘He put an asterisk by it. I didn’t,’ Linsley said. Backup quarterback Scott Tolzien is famous for slamming the board in frustration when he loses.” (WSJ)

Tatler gives us…the best beauty looks of Joan Collins. BUT OF COURSE.

– In which Food & Wine ranks all of the coffee served on Twin Peaks.

– You probably want to eyeball Chris. Evans, Pratt, Hemsworth. ENJOY. (Lainey)

– This is a DELIGHT: The Weird World of Vintage Poison Rings. I NEED A POISON RING. (Retroette)

– I love these pieces: How to Tell If You Are In a Henry James Novel. For example, “1. You’ve done something in a piazza that renders you unfit for polite company.” (The Toast)


– The history of CTRL + ALT + Delete. (Mental Floss)

– Linda Holmes’s take on the trailer for The Boy Next Door is a thing of beauty. (Monkey See)

– In the category, “I’ll Just Leave This Headline Right Here, behold: Tom Hiddleston might have a sex scene with a Victorian ghost in ‘Crimson Peak’ (Celebitchy)

– A woman got a tattoo of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and it is pretty awesome. (Cosmo)



Fugs and Pieces: December 19, 2014

Almost vacation! As a bit of housekeeping: we are currently heading into a That Time When People Stop Leaving The House, so regular seven-times-a-day posting  will taper off a bit as we get closer to Christmas and New Year’s. We WILL be doing plenty of year-end stuff — Hotness Retrospectives, three huge Royals Round-Up Round-Ups, our annual Vogue-predict-a-cover, a look back at the year’s most popular posts, some Downton Abbey goodness, style round-ups of various personages, Hideous Outfits You Perhaps Forgot, etc etc — and I’m obviously going to be all over it when Wills and Kate pop out of the house, so make sure you drop by over the holidays. But we probably won’t be full-on business as usual until Monday, January 5th, after which point, my friends, IT WILL BE ON: The Golden Globes are January 11th! AND we’ll have Exciting Book News to bring you! And other stuff will happen! Until then:

– This is AMAZING: Bored Coworkers Recreate Classic Paintings Using Office Supplies. (Demilked)

– So is this, from Scientific American. Let me give you a taste: “For this year’s Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, UK engineer-turned-fashion designer, Matthew Hubble saw an opportunity to blend fashion and science via May Britt Moser‘s receiving the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine this year along with her husband, Edvard Moser, and colleague John O’Keefe for their work on grid neurons. Matthew’s background as an engineer, along with his daughter currently studying neuroscience, resulted in him considering a way to elegantly represent the neuroscientists’ work through fashion. He settled on creating a sophisticated gown that featured the neuron grid.” !!! It’s awesome.

– Vulture put together a look at the 16 best times Stephen Colbert broke character. It is a DELIGHT. (Sadly, it does not include my own favorite one, which is the time he lost it on The Daily Show eating a banana and making homosexual innuendo about Prince Charles, a clip in which both he and Jon Stewart look SO YOUNG). I LOVE YOU COLBERT. (I really do. He is my ideal man. Tall, brunette, Catholic, Southern, liberal, funny, smart, loved his mom, really nice to his wife, secretly full of feelings.)

– Refinery29 ranked 2014′s best literary moments.

– This WSJ story about Colts QB Andrew Luck is really, really amusing, even if you don’t care about football.

– This news about how Selena Gomez had a hissy over Justin Bieber at Taylor Swift’s birthday this weekend really makes me look forward to the Get A Grip song Taylor is eventually going to write about her. IT’S GOING TO BE AWESOME. (Lainey)

– This headline cracked me up: From “A Royal Christmas” to “Merry Inkmas”: Your guide to the hellscape of Christmas-themed programming. (Salon)

– As did this one: How to Be a Ladyperson at the Holidays: 10 Important Tips (I Miss you When I Blink)

– Over at Girl of a Certain Age, everyone is discussing the worst gift they were ever given.

– Here’s your Weekly Cumberbatch, via Celebitchy

– But there’s more of him here, in the New York Times‘ series of nine short films of actors kissing.

The NYT also put together a quiz about the year in fashion and style. I didn’t do so hot (9 out of 15). If it had been a quiz on the Belts of Prince William, I would have aced that thing.

– And in the category of videos you might want to watch, you do want to see this Oxford a capella group’s DEEPLY ADORABLE cover of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”  (ABC)

– Our friends at Socialite Life bid White Collar farewell with gifs of hot hot Matt Bomer.

Buzzfeed tells us the 12 TV shows they quit this year. What did you quit? I quit Masters of Sex IN THE MIDDLE OF AN EPISODE.

– Pajiba brings you….The 10 Most Forgettable Movies of 2014. And I HAD forgotten about some of them!

– And finally, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, because it’s nearly Christmas, it’s time for my favorite GFY Holiday Tradition. The playing of the “Last Christmas” video, in all of its INSANELY FEATHERED HAIR and GRANDMA SWEATERED GLORY:



Fugs and Pieces, December 5, 2014

So many Best Books and Gift Guides! (Speaking of, the Fug Nation gift guide went up this week, and you should check it out, if you haven’t!)

– Best of both worlds! The Los Angeles Times book gift guide is awesome and also REALLY PRETTY.

– I’m just going to share the title of this Collectors Weekly piece: Royalty, Espionage, and Erotica: Secrets of the World’s Tiniest Photographs

– This is also fascinating and well-worth your time, from the New York Times: My Great-Great-Aunt Discovered Francium. And It Killed Her.

– And also in the department of Great Headlines that Say It All, from Grantland: The Weight of Guilt. Death, disgrace, and a handful of knockers: inside the secret world of competitive bass fishing cheaters.

– Check out Slate’s piece on the best Overlooked Books of 2014.

– And Book Page’s best books of the year.

And Huff-Po’s!

– I hope you like books! Because here’s another round-up, and it’s a biggie. The New York Times‘s 100 Notable Books of the Year.

Entertainment Weekly ran down the most awkward sponsored challenges of Project Runway.

Elle’s advent calendar is just HOT DUDES.

– Ooh, look at all these pretty vintage engagement rings! (Retroette)

These photos of America’s malls in 1989 will take you back to junior high, if you’re my age. I can smell the Sbaro’s. (Mashable)

– Here are some Benedict Cumberbatch cupcakes! (People)

– Speaking of enjoyable headlines: Meryl Streep had to use her neighbor Gwyneth Paltrow’s oven on Thanksgiving. You can use my oven any time, Meryl. Not a euphemism. (Celebitchy)

– Miley is really going all out at Art Basel. Those pasties are gonna be a bitch to remove. (Lainey)

– You surely want to see the teaser of Clooney on Downton (Vanity Fair)

– Try the Hipster Business Name Generator! I’m Butter & Capes, which is apt because I love butter AND capes.

Pajiba tells you what the very WORST Christmas movies on Netflix currently are. One of them stars Daniel Baldwin.