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GFY Giveaway: After the War is Over By Jennifer Robson

This is right up our street, Fug Nation, and PERFECT TIMING, given the return of our beloved Downton Abbey, which is set in a similar time period (and of course, involves Romantical Troubles in Olden Times, my fave):


THE PRIZE: We’re delighted to have FIVE autographed copies of this wonderful book at our disposal! Per Amazon:

The International bestselling author of Somewhere in France returns with her sweeping second novel—a tale of class, love, and freedom—in which a young woman must find her place in a world forever changed.

After four years as a military nurse, Charlotte Brown is ready to leave behind the devastation of the Great War. The daughter of a vicar, she has always been determined to dedicate her life to helping others. Moving to busy Liverpool, she throws herself into her work with those most in need, only tearing herself away for the lively dinners she enjoys with the women at her boarding house.

Just as Charlotte begins to settle into her new circumstances, two messages arrive that will change her life. One, from a radical young newspaper editor, offers her a chance to speak out for those who cannot. The other pulls her back to her past, and to a man she has tried, and failed, to forget.

Edward Neville-Ashford, her former employer and the brother of Charlotte’s dearest friend, is now the new Earl of Cumberland—and a shadow of the man he once was. Yet under his battle wounds and haunted eyes Charlotte sees glimpses of the charming boy who long ago claimed her foolish heart. She wants to help him, but dare she risk her future for a man who can never be hers?

As Britain seethes with unrest and post-war euphoria flattens into bitter disappointment, Charlotte must confront long-held insecurities to find her true voice . . . and the courage to decide if the life she has created is the one she truly wants.

So many things I enjoy! Romance! Plucky heroines! Sad British men! People with hyphenated names! Love triangles?! Whee! Additionally, one EXTRA lucky winner is going to get a prize pack that includes the book, a tin of Mariage Frères black tea, and a mug with enclosed tea strainer from Tea Forté . See?


THE TASK: I shall be picking the winners at random – and then the grand prize winner by running THOSE winners through the randomizer — but you know I like to stir up conversation. Tell me what books you got (or bought yourself) this past holiday season.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. (US and Canada residents only, unfortunately.) FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, (a) I’m very glad you’re here and (b) the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.



Well Played: Diane Kruger at the W Magazine Party

If you’re not following Diane Kruger on Instagram, you should. She posts a lot of fun pictures of herself, but more importantly, she is not shy about sharing Pacey on there — including one the other day of her cat appearing to high-five his foot. And finally, occasionally she mixes up a word and writes things like, in a post about a female friend, “Thanks for years of unconstitutional love.” It’s a treat.

As is this dress (how’s THAT for a transition?):

Josh Jackson and Diane Kruger W Magazine

I wish parts of the shoes weren’t plastic, but the entire vibe here — the clutch that matches (I think) her heels, and the mod frock — is fabulous on her. If a genie came out of a bottle right in front of me and told me I could change any of my body parts, I would swap in her legs immediately. Well, first I would explain to the genie, “Generally, this is not how genies work, and you need to rethink the specificity of your approach,” but THEN I would say, “Also, give me Diane Kruger’s legs, and throw in Pacey because if they’re touching we can consider him an extension of her.” Then we’d probably get into a fight and he’d give me Tori Spelling’s Season 10 90210 boobs without me asking and threaten to leave them there, but in the end we’d make up and maybe even have some impossible feelings for each other before I sauntered away on THOSE LEGS and became my very best self.

[Photo: Getty]



The Lightbox Purge: Everyone Else at the People’s Choice Awards

Overheard at the People’s Choice Awards: “But what are you wearing to the Globes?”

[Photos: INF]


Fugs and Fabs: The Dudes at the People’s Choice Awards

Instead of my usual placeholder text of “WORDS,” maybe I should just write, “DUDES” for this one. Oh, look. I just did.

[Photos: INF]


People’s Choice Awards Fug or Fab: Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano

I REALLY thought Sarah Hyland was going to wear this Siriano, and not this one, which, for the record, I didn’t like at the time:

The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards - Arrivals

I might like it better here, but the truth that I have to admit is that while I WANT to like this — and I think I’d be okay with it, if we could just shear off the Palm Springs Bridal Suite Shower Curtain bottom — I do, in the final analysis, not. I like the parts of it: the color, the beading, the SPARKLES, and I don’t think she looks BAD. But somehow, the sum of the parts don’t add up to a win for me. But not in like a hideous flaming horrible angry rage kind of way. In more of, “hmmm, maybe not. Do we have any croissants left?” kind of way.

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People’s Choice Awards Fugs and Fabs: Everyone In Jumpsuits

Yes, that title is a reference to Gap’s Everyone In Khakis campaign, which you will remember if you are old like me. It involved, at one point, Patrick Wilson picking up Claire Danes and twirling her around, and it was fun. BUT ARE THESE? Come and take a look!