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The GFY Giveaway: Design For Dying: A Lillian Frost & Edith Head Novel

Another Tuesday, another giveaway! And I think this one is right up our collective alley:


Los Angeles, 1937. Lillian Frost has traded dreams of stardom for security as a department store salesgirl . . . until she discovers she’s a suspect in the murder of her former roommate, Ruby Carroll. Party girl Ruby died wearing a gown she stole from the wardrobe department at Paramount Pictures, domain of Edith Head.

Edith has yet to win the first of her eight Academy Awards; right now she’s barely hanging on to her job, and a scandal is the last thing she needs. To clear Lillian’s name and save Edith’s career, the two women join forces.

Unraveling the mystery pits them against a Hungarian princess on the lam, a hotshot director on the make, and a private investigator who’s not on the level. All they have going for them are dogged determination, assists from the likes of Bob Hope and Barbara Stanwyck, and a killer sense of style. In show business, that just might be enough.

The first in a series of riveting behind-the-scenes mysteries, Renee Patrick’s Design for Dying is a delightful romp through Hollywood’s Golden Age.

THE PRIZE: I have two copies of Design for Dying to give away! And who doesn’t love a princess on the lam?

THE TASK: As ever, the winners will be chosen at random, but for funsies, tell us which movie star (classic or current, alive or dead) you’d most want to have as your partner in crime-fighting.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. (Prizing courtesy of the author; open to everyone. Thank you!)


Fugs and Fabs: The Step Up Inspiration Awards


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Royally Played: Wills and Kate and Harry and a bunch of other Royals at the Chelsea Flower Show

This all went down on Monday, and I waited and waited and WAITED for better pictures, but then I just GAVE UP.  Don’t people know that I want to see Kate sticking her head into a bucket of flowers? Harry, getting stuck in a hedge? William climbing a tree? Harry making Kate laugh by sticking a flower behind his ear? Wills and Kate making out in a rose bush? COME ON. GIVE ME WHAT I WANT.

I guess this is close:

Likewise, thank goodness Emily Nash at Hello! was on the case. I have a lot to say about this:

We DID get video, and it’s not like we haven’t seen this dress/coat/coatdress/I dunno before:

I like that moment where they are both like, “wait, did we lose Harry?” Anyway, SEVERAL royals came out to the flower show Monday — Anne! Beatrice! Eugenie! Eugenie’s boyfriend?!?!? Please eyeball them while I bewail my lack of flora-adjacent shenanigans.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]


Fugs and Fabs: Everyone Else at the Billboard Music Awards

Famous last words, you guys, but I think the Era of the Sheers may be coming to a close. I can see barely ANYONE’s undies.

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Fugs and Fabs: Ciara Hosts the Billboard Music Awards

I swear, I think the same thing about Ciara every single time she goes anywhere: “Beautiful, but naked.” And there is something to be said for flaunting it while you’ve got it — wasn’t it Nora Ephron who said she wished she wore a bikini every single day she was 32? — but doesn’t that get boring? At least you can’t say she didn’t mix it up as host of the Billboard Awards last night. For one thing, at least one outfit had long sleeves.

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Fug or Fab: Demi Lovato in Chanel at the Billboard Music Awards

I appreciate what Demi was going for, and in fact, I’m not ENTIRELY mad at it. We’re just squabbling a little bit over how easily the flashed turned it into a game of peekaboob.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet, Getty]


Cannes Mostly Fabs: Charlize Theron and Adele Exarchopoulos

Charlize shot The Last Face with Sean Penn shortly before she ghosted him. And if you think I’m exaggerating about how awkward that must have been, please feast upon this People story that noted they never stood next to each other nor acknowledged each other (verbally or otherwise) the entire time they were promoting the film, save for this unbearably awkward hug. It’s… delicious.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]