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Fug and Fab the Cover: A Variety of International Vogues

As usual, so many of these are more eye-catching than the covers we see here in the United States. Also: this might be Kim Kardashian’s best cover ever. I’m serious. Katy Perry does not fare quite as well.

[Photos: respective Vogues]


GFY Giveaway: French Coast and Rome in Love by Anita Hughes

This week’s giveaway feels perfect for this part of the summer. I want to go to both of these places:

romeinlove frenchcoast

We’re delighted to have two books to give away from Anita Hughes. What are they about, you ask? Let’s examine the book descriptions and answer that question:

ROME IN LOVE, which comes out this upcoming week:

When Amelia Tate is cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in beautiful, Italian city of Rome for the next two months.

Once there, she befriends a young woman named Sophie with whom she begins to explore the city. Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to offer. But when Amelia’s boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting career, her perfect world begins to crumble.

While moping in her hotel suite, Amelia discovers a stack of letters written by Audrey Hepburn that start to put her own life into perspective. Then, she meets Philip, a handsome journalist who is under the impression that she is a hotel maid, and it appears as if things are finally looking up. The problem is she can never find the right time to tell Philip her true identity. Not to mention that Philip has a few secrets of his own. Can Amelia finally have both the career and love that she’s always wanted, or will she be forced to choose again?

FRENCH COAST, which came out this spring:

Serena has the job she’s always dreamed of and Chase, the man her heart never dared to. As a new editor at Vogue, she bags the biggest interview of the year with Yvette Renault, the infamous former editor of French Vogue, in The Carlton-InterContinental Hotel during the Cannes Film Festival. She eagerly jets off to France while Chase stays home, working with her father, a former senator, on his upcoming mayoral campaign.

Everything feels unbelievably perfect…until it doesn’t. The hotel loses her reservation hours before her big interview. Serena fears that she’ll have to go home without her story, but then she meets Zoe, a quirky young woman staying in the suite below Yvette’s who invites Serena to stay with her. Serena is grateful for her mysterious roommate’s generosity, but it seems that there’s more to her story than meets the eye. To make matters worse, soon after arriving in Cannes, Serena learns a shocking secret about her parents’ marriage, and it isn’t long before she begins to question her own relationship.With her deadline looming and pressure mounting, Serena will have to use her investigative journalism skills, new friendships, and a little luck to get her life and love back on track.

These sound like excellent options for your beach bag, and I wish you good luck in winning them! Speaking of:

THE TASK: One winner will get both books, and I will choose that lucky person at random. But to make it fun, please comment and tell us where you’d go on vacation if price were no object.

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. The contest is for US and Canadian residents only.


Your Afternoon Man: Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt Departing On A Flight At LAX

Come on, why is everyone at LAX leaving Brad Pitt hanging like this? Sure, he’s wearing that hat he loves, the one that looks like it went through a house fire, but he’s cut the wacky hair and he’s dressed like a person and YES his shirt is kind of sheer, but I assume that’s because of the flashes of the cameras, and also it seems like perhaps Brad has been working out. So give that man a high-five already!

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Royally Played, Princess Charlene at the Red Cross Ball

Lots of Monaco on GFY today — how nice of them to leave the house! Unlike past years at this gala, Albert and Charlene are the only two royals in attendance. I can only assume everyone else was still hungover from Pierre and Beatrice’s wedding. Or maybe everyone just decided they might steer clear of Charlene’s jumpsuit?

[Photos: Getty]


Royally Played: Beatrice Borromeo in Valentino Couture

As promised in Royals Round-Up, Beatrice Borromeo and Pierre Casiraghi (Princess Caroline’s son) had their civil wedding ceremony this weekend (the religious ‘do is happening on her family’s island next weekend, because if your family owns an island, then obviously you hold at least one of your weddings there, right? Remind us to eventually write a book that involves a wedding on a private island, okay?). Thus far there has been but one photo thereof, although I am on the lookout for more. I obviously demand all angles of anyone’s wedding dress, over which, ideally, to coo.

Until then, from the Valentino folks (surely operating with bridal permission):

Yeah, yeah, you two are so happy and gazing into each other’s face and WILDLY IN LOVE or whatever, but turn around so I can see the front of your dress, lady!

WISH GRANTED, thanks to Trendecias:

It might look a wee bit like a nightgown/bed jacket for my taste? But I like, and am not surprised by, the fact that she went fairly non-traditional. Whenever I think of the Casiraghi wives, I think of that sort of Extremely Expensive Boho thing that Vogue loves and hardly anyone can actually pull off, and that extends to the color of this dress and also to her floral wreath.  I suspect her gown for the religious ceremony next weekend might go more Full Bridal.

Parenthetically, The Casiraghi Wives would make a much better ABC soap than their current experiment with astronauts’ wives. Just think of it: Princess Caroline (allegedly) hates her current spouse but won’t divorce him because (allegedly) she doesn’t want to lose her HRH title. Her previous husband, Stefano Casiraghi, Pierre’s dad, died in a motor boating accident, after which he was supposed to retire, and mere days after he ALMOST died in a boat explosion. (In the soap, obviously, this was murder, because…wow. It’s so sad; he was only 30.) Pierre’s sister Charlotte is, of course, the very beautiful Gucci model/equestrienne. Beatrice’s family, as previously noted, OWN A ISLAND and her Dad is a count. Pierre’s brother Andrea’s Wiki page notes, “In 2011, [Andrea] was named the second most beautiful male royal of all time by the BeautifulPeople.com, behind Prince Carl Philip,” so it’s possible he’s the one character who spends a lot of time writing his own Wikipedia page. (I mean, they’re both very handsome, but ALL TIME? I think this very scientific list might be biased in favor of people who are still alive.)  His wife, Tatiana Santo Domingo, has a net worth of over two billion dollars. (Seriously. Her grandfather is the second richest man in Colombia.) Aunt Princess Stephanie is…you know, Princess Stephanie. Add in the possibility that Aunt Charlene once may have wanted to escape the country, throw everyone in the blender of the French Riviera, and PULSATE. I’d watch.

[Photo: Valentino's Instagram, Trendencias' Twitter]


Royally Played: Wills and Kate at the America’s Cup World Series

In which the boat race itself was called due to unsafe sailing conditions, but whatever: WILLIAM IS WEARING NORMAL PERSON JEANS. I told you Kate would eventually toss the Dad Jeans into the fire pit. Victory in our time! As far as she goes, you’ve seen this all before –  I believe this is her Official Nautical Boating Outfit — but it might not help your cause if you’re trying to avoid buying another striped shirt. This post also has Sports Watching Faces (except this time, they’re “Wow, They’re Taking That Boat Out of the Water With a Crane!” Faces), and Team Cambridge pullovers that I hope Wills and Kate wear when they show up at Clarence House for game night with Chuck and Camz.

And just in case you’re just bumming around reading the internet this Sunday (NO JUDGEMENT), here’s Kate’s previous America’s Cup event (she’s a patron of the British team, which is why they were at this event today), including YACHTING SCANDALS, a giant trophy, and the surprise appearance of a member of Duran Duran.

[Photos: Getty]