Fug File: Fugs and Pieces

Fugs and Pieces, June 19th, 2015

Friday at last! Have a successful weekend, Fug Nation, and while you’re waiting for it to get started, enjoy:

– If you’ve read The Royal We – AND YOU SHOULD! — you might enjoy this deep dive into how Heather and I fiddled with actual history to create our fictional Lyons dynasty while still preserving a lot of Britain’s past. Contains a very detailed family tree from Victoria (Queen Victoria I, in our world) to the current Queen Eleanor and chatting about how we killed off a variety of people. (The Lyons men tend to klutziness.)

– Should I watch Poldark? Tara Ariano at Previously.TV makes a strong/pervy case for YES.

— On that tip, at The Cut: It’s Totally Fine to Objectify This Hunk’s Butt

– I also think you will enjoy this: The James Spader Bangability Index. (Pajiba)

– You guys HAVE TO READ the Channing Tatum AMA. JUST TRUST ME, OKAY? (Reddit)

– This is rad: Jell-O Molds and Shrimp Trees: Behind the Insane Vintage Food of The Astronaut Wives Club

The first photos of Lady Ghostbusters are out (not the real title, THANK GOD), and they look pretty good. (Lainey)

– This is an interesting interview with Emma Stone in the WSJ.

– And The New Potato talks to Jackie Collins.

– None of this surprises me: Kim Kardashian used to provide dirt on Paris Hilton to In Touch Weekly (Celebitchy)

– All Things Georgian examines the original “waist trainer” — stays.

This week’s summer cocktail, courtesy of Good. Food. Stories. is a pineapple-chile-beer concoction. Get in my mouth!

– This seems pertinent to our interests: What Did Rory Read After The Gilmore Girls ended? (Book Riot)

The Los Angeles Times wonders what went wrong at The Gap? I present my own exhibit A: they were selling PALE WASH DENIM HIGH-WAISTED GAUCHOS. No one NO ONE goes to the Gap for those.

– SWINTON has opened a school. Cannot we all attend the school of Swinton? (The Guardian)

– Finally, to end on a sober but important note, in the wake of the horrifying, terrible, heartbreaking shooting in Charleston this week, you may have seen this essay from Esquire. It’s called Speaking the Unspeakable, Thinking the Unthinkable, and it’s worth your reading.



Fugs and Pieces, June 12, 2015

Happy Friday! Before we get into it, some housekeeping: Some of you have been asking if you can get autographed copies of The Royal We and the answer is yes! We signed stock when we were in Chicago last weekend, so The Book Stall has a lot of signed copies at hand right now, and will happily ship to you wherever you may be. You can call them at 847 446-8880 to order, or email books@thebookstall.com. (They’ve actually got LOTS of signed books in stock, so take a look at the list and see if there’s anything else you want, too.)

Readers in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, we will have some good news for you on that front VERY SOON.

And on to the business at hand!

– This is fun! NPR wants to know all about your favorite romantic novels for their Summer of Love. (They’re putting together a list of 100 love stories; it doesn’t need to be Romance romance, but can be.) I can’t WAIT to see the list.

–Speaking of love, I love The Toast, and I love this: The Greatest Wedding Group Shot Of All Time Is From 14th-Century Bologna. It’s so brief and perfect. Mallory Ortberg is a genius.

Carolina Herrera is OVER the sheer trend, to which I say, INDEED. (The Washington Post)

The idea of Chris Hemsworth as the receptionist in the new Ghostbusters is so delightful. He’s good at comedy and he’s so likeable and also he’s hot. I decided Ghostbusters HQ is, in my fantasy world, across from GFY HQ and he and our new receptionist (Chris Evans) go out for happy hour on the regular. (Lainey)

– Flavorwire gives us a Classic Book for Every Myers-Briggs Personality Type.

– Speaking of books, School Library Journal asked a bunch of authors and illustrators what they’re reading this summer, and the results make for an EXCELLENT list. (I am not just saying that because Leila Sales name-checked The Royal We — she said, “Bex is one of the best narrators I’ve met in years”! — but that WAS my favorite part, let’s be honest.)

– We were likewise delighted to make Buzzfeed’s list of 29 Best Summer Reads. This is definitely the only time I will ever be on a list with Tolstoy.

– Let’s go to here: Hobart, NY, which The Guardian calls “America’s burgeoning book village.”

– At Bustle: I Washed My Hair With Orange Fanta And It Revamped My Volume And Texture Unexpectedly. Oh my god, you guys. I am totally going to end up doing this.

– I love this story of the man who donated his (dead) wife’s wedding dress to the local charity shop with a note of good luck on it. That’s totally a novel right there: the story of the first couple, and then of course of the woman who buys the dress. Someone get to work on that! (Yahoo!)

Peach sauvignon blanc sorbet? OKAY. (Cup of Jo)

– Jezebel’s interview with OITNB/HTGAWM’s Matt McGorry — about feminism, among other things — is well worth a read.

– Pajiba’s Seriously Random Lists feature always makes me giggle. This week, in the form of  Five Horrible Movie Characters Whom Everyone Still Wants to Bone.

– This is great, at Mental Floss: 12 of the Sweet Valley High Books’ Most Ridiculous Plotlines.  To wit, “Jessica continues to see Jonathan, who Liz has figured out is a vampire based on some books she found at his house. She tells all the SVH kids, and they believe her. When Jonathan takes Jessica to his lair—a cave on the beach—Liz and Todd come to save the day, an angry mob on their heels. Jonathan turns into a bird and flies away. Vampires are real. The end.” WHAT? I missed that one.

– At Celebitchy, they’ve got the Mockingjay 2 trailer. I must confess, I had issues with that book — namely how much of the ending happened off-screen/while Katniss was in a coma or whatever — but the trailer is promising.

Vulture has all the dropped plot points on Pretty Little Liars, so…ALL OF THEM? This in particular made me laugh: “It is very difficult to believe that a man who spent what felt like years spying on four teenagers from various bunkers full of surveillance equipment all in the name of an accurate true-crime novel would be totally fine with letting the pages of his hard work flutter to the ground off a ski lift, all so he could continue to statutorily rape Aria. I’m not buying it, Ezra. Wasn’t your agent mad?”

– At Vanity Fair, this oral history of Clueless — excerpted from As If!: The Oral History of Clueless, as Told by Amy Heckerling, the Cast, and the Crew by Jen Cheney, for which (in the interest of full disclosure) we were interviewed (I am in Clueless [that is a lie]) — is an AWESOME must-read.




Fugs and Pieces, May 29th, 2015

First of all, a reminder that Heather and I will be visiting Chicago on June 6th for the Printer’s Row Lit Fest, and we’d LOVE to meet you, sign copies of The Royal We, talk about pizza, and the blog or whatever else you like. All the details are here, and please let us know if you have any questions! Or you can just cut right to the chase and buy your tickets here. (They’re only $2)

Speaking of The Royal We, we are delighted that Publisher’s Weekly just said, “Royal watchers and chick-lit fans alike will delight in this sparkling tale. Pure fun.” As you may know, we also made the New York Times Summer Reading List! As I said down in Royals Round-Up, that if you are looking for something to read this summer I GUESS I HAVE A SUGGESTION. Anyway,  the book is out now everywhere in the US and Canada, and I think we will have some good news for those of you in the UK/NZ/Oz  soon. Please watch this space!

And now:

Uproxx ranked EVERY “song of summer” since 1985. PREPARE TO ARGUE. Like, for my money, “Promiscuous” should NOT be higher than “Call Me Maybe.” The top three are strong, though.

– THANK GOD. SkyMall is coming back to planes everywhere. (HuffPo)

– I am sure you want to see the Beckhams punting in Cambridge, don’t you? (Stylist)

– And I know you want to go behind the scenes of that Nearly Naked Hot Neville photo shoot. (Attitude)

– Not to mention, that you want to read this Vanity Fair bit with Judy Blume.

– This is funny and sad and wonderful and great and finally something good is coming out of the Entourage movie. (Also, good on you, Jerry Ferrera). At The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Writer Raises $14K in Two Days to Watch ‘Entourage’ Movie for Charity. Because that’s the only way she would agree to see it.

– OH YES: What REALLY Happened Behind the Scenes of Designing Women. (Grantland)

– Have you been wondering why Amal is wearing so much Galliano lately? (Or, at least, two Gallianos in a row?) Her stylist is John Galliano’s partner. (Pret-a-Reporter)

People Stylewatch gets deep into sheet masks. I LOVE SHEET MASKS.

– You know how I am obsessed with articles about packing? (Is that weird? Doesn’t everyone have something like that — a fairly practical subject they can read about ENDLESSLY? Mine are packing, and also articles about Well Stocked Pantries.) This one at The Everygirl is good.

– Over at Pajiba:  8 Sad, Bitter, and Mysterious Fallings-Out Between Once Famous Partnerships. I’m relieved to hear that Kenan and Kel are all right now.

OMG, Selena Gomez is back together with The Biebs? They are SO that couple you know that breaks up and gets back together all the time and eventaully everyone is like, ENOUGH ALREADY I CAN’T. AKA, why Taylor Swift and Selena aren’t friends anymore. (Lainey)

– At InStyle: All the Times Lupita Nyong’o Has Perfected the Twirl

– This Art Garfunkel interview at The Guardian is quite a read.

– Time to pool our resources: Downton Abbey Manor Home for Sale. GFY HQ HERE WE COME! (People)

– Ooh, look at these vintage menus! (Los Angeles Magazine)

– Heather and I are obsessed with Shake Shack (we had Shake Shack twice in three days when we were on our NYC/DC book jaunt) which is why I just sent her this Fake Your Own Shake Shack recipe from Smitten Kitchen with only the words, “FOR YOU” attached.

– And if you like Your Afternoon Man, you’ll love Vintage Dudesday at Retroette!

– This is exciting: Twin Peaks Diner to Be Restored to Its ’90s Glory for New Season (IFC)

– Speaking of damn good cups of coffee, someone is making coffee cups MADE OF COFFEE GROUNDS COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE (Bustle)

– And then Kellan Lutz showed up. (Celebitchy)


Fugs and Pieces, May 15th, 2015

Happy weekend, everyone!

Allow me to remind you, once again, that our book, The Royal We, is out and about and very appropriate for your Nearly Summer Poolside Readings, if you haven’t picked it up. If you’re still on the fence, by the way, those first seven chapters are still free. And, elsewhere:

– This is interesting, at The Hollywood Reporter: Cannes: What the Color of Your Badge Says About You

– Also at THR, ALSO intriguing: The Dark Side of Monaco, Uncovered: Murder, Tabloid-Ready Royal Marriage, Art-World Sting Among Newest Scandals

Center Stage is 15 this week! It’s a sophomore in high school; next year, it will learn how to drive! Celebrate with EW.

– And I loved this, at Avidly: The Little Women Televisual Analog Test

– Slate’s salute to Mad Men repurposes Don’s greatest work triumph.

– And Vulture talked to a BUNCH of people about their favorite Mad Men memories.

– Over at People StyleWatch, the ladies test lipsticks that claim to be life-changing.

– I don’t understand why I’m not eating these cupcakes RIGHT NOW. (Cupcakes and Cashmere)

– I enjoyed this bit in The Atlantic about regional colloquialisms. Although I’m like a 9th generation Californian or something and I’ve NEVER heard the one they have for us.

– This is called My Dad Tried to Kill Me with an Alligator and it’s really good. (Outside)

– I cannot believe they’re remaking The Craft. (Lainey)

– Smithsonian looks at the history of unisex fashion.

GQ has an interesting look at how Periscope is going to change the face, potentially, of Pay-Per-View.

– Huge thanks to Pop Sugar for naming The Royal We to their list of the year’s “sweetest, sexiest books of the year. (So far).”

– And thanks to College Prepster for naming it to her Summer Reading List!

– Here’s a look at those new Rihanna ads for Dior. (Elle)

Mulder and Scully kissed in public this week, because they’re masters of PR and really want us to watch The New X-Files. FINE. I’LL DO IT. (Pajiba)

– At Collectors Weekly, Fashion to Die For: Did an Addiction to Fads Lead Marie Antoinette to the Guillotine?

Apparently Beyonce did her hair for the Met last minute, in her elevator. Also apparently she hasn’t answered a direct question in a year. (From the press, I assume. I am pretty sure that if Jay asks her if she, like, wants a smoothie or something, she will respond to him.) (Celebitchy)


Fugs and Pieces, May 8th, 2015

Happy Friday, Fug Nation! I bring you glad tidings: As you may know, Heather and I are going to be in Chicago for the Printers Row Lit Fest. And finally we have a time and date for our event! We’ll be chatting with Beth Fenner, Editor-in-Chief of Chicago Magazine, on Saturday, June 6th, at 1pm, about The Royal We, the blog, and whatever else you want to ask us, after which we will be signing books and chatting you up! We are VERY EXCITED to finally visit Chicago, so please come out and see us!

And in other news:

– The REAL McCann is brilliantly handling being portrayed as flat-out evil on Mad Men with clever, good humor. (The AV Club)

Our erstwhile Intern George chatted about Amal’s fashion sense. We need a new intern. He never comes to work and now he’s not even giving us the exclusives on her Met Gala ensembles. (Lainey)

– Filed under News You Can Really Use: How to Make a Great Drink on a Plane (Cup of Jo)

– And at Gawker, Shot, Sake, Margarita, Slush: The Best Drinking Around the World. By “the world,” they mean Epcot Center.

– Over at Mental Floss, 17 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Bookstores.

– Refinery29 has a lovely set of essays about the book Prepone of my favorites — on the occasion of its tenth anniversary.

– As ever, good work from The Toast: Women Trying To Politely End Conversations With Men In Western Art History

– I’ll never turn down an article about words that have fallen out of favor, like this one at My Domaine. (Although I personally still use “scofflaw” and “lollygag.”)

–This is a fascinating piece at NPR about Harper Lee and the town of Monroeville.

ABC has renewed Agent Carter! I am really surprised but also delighted. (They’ve also renewed Galavant, which is nice because that dude is very good-looking and also I enjoy singing GAAAAAAL-a-VANT! for no reason.) (Pajiba)

– Yahoo Style has a piece on Guo Pei, the designer who did Rihanna’s Met Gala look.

– And, at Vogue: How 7 Chinese Actresses Translated Their On-Screen Style for the Met Gala Red Carpet

– Nicholas Hoult looks pretty dreamy in GQ. (Celebitchy)

– This is such a good piece in Salon about the issues with this season of The Good Wife.

– This is a treat: The Somewhat Weird History of Publishing Wedding Cake Recipes in Bon Appétit

– At Jezebel: Death to the Maxi Dress: A Manifesto

– Slate thinks Kim Kardashian’s coffee table book of selfies is her greatest masterpiece.


Fugs and Pieces, May 1, 2015

Happy Friday, Fug Nation! Hope you have a wonderful weekend planned. If you are looking for something to read, as ever, I suggest our new book, The Royal We (just today, one of you said to me, “I had no idea you had a new book out!” so forgive us for continuing to plug it), the e-book price of which is (I think) about to go up. You can get it for your Kindle here, or click on the previous link for all kinds of buying info — get on in there and get your deal!

Elsewhere, for your enjoyment:

– Heather and I wrote an essay for The Toast about how we write as a duo — both logistically and, like, emotionally.

– This is a wonderfully written piece over at Cosmo by our friend Alie, about her struggle with alopecia (and her very awesome new wig).

– Over at Oyster Review, a lovely piece about “the good bits” in books.

– At Elle, this women let her Tinder matches pick her outfits for the week.

– Pajiba is predicting the summer’s biggest box office hits and flops.

Shirtless David Beckham. ENJOY. (The Fashion Spot)

Vanity Fair ranks all the wedding gowns on Game of Thrones

– A very interesting article in Smithsonian about the death of nylons.

– Big thanks to Hitha on the Go — one of my favorite sources for travel packing tips; have I mentioned I am obsessed with travel packing and am terrible at it? — for adding The Royal We to her April Hit List!

– In honor of the Kentucky Derby this weekend, look at all these crazy old hats! (Retroette)

Amy Adams is allegedly getting married this weekend. Mazel tov, you glorious redhead! (Lainey)

– This Grantland article about Nikki Minaj, bar mitzvahs, and thirteen year old boys is making the rounds for good reason.

– One of my favorite things is when Kanye gets really into decorating — remember when he ordered a cherub rug and got a rug WITH NO CHERUBS and was distraught on Twitter? And ergo I enjoyed this at Celebitchy:  Kim Kardashian: Kanye ‘literally flew to Belgium to find wood for our kitchen’

– The ladies over at People StyleWatch attempt a variety of shenanigans to get Kylie Jenner-esque lips. It’s funny AND educational!

– Did you ever wonder what Charlie from Center Stage looks like now? Spoiler: Still hot. (Buzzfeed)

– Speaking of Still Hot, somehow I ended up revisiting our Olympian Abs post this week, while looking something up, and you should too. Just do it.

– This is fascinating, insane: Soon, We’ll Be Able to Grow Our Own Handbags (The Cut)


White House Correspondents’ Dinner Fugs and Fabs: Blues, Greens, and Purples

I think Gillian Jacobs might have been my favorite look of the entire night. But there are others to eyeball, don’t you fret.

[Photos: Getty]