Fugs and Pieces, November 13th, 2015


A Note from GFY HQ: I wrote this post before the absolutely horrible events in Paris unfolded tonight.  At the moment, The Guardian seems to be a good place for news and intel, but the New York Times has also temporarily lifted its paywall, so as to provide news to everyone. France24 also has had excellent (English) coverage.

Fug Nation Paris, I pray that you are safe and well. Please let us know how we can help.


We are lucky: The Royal We advanced one round, and is now in the semi-finals for the Goodreads Choice Awards — for Best Fiction of 2015 — and we’d love to get your vote to help us move into the finals. You can vote for us, or anyone, here. Thank you!

– As I mentioned in Royals Round-Up, Heather and I saw Hamilton this weekend when we were in New York for a quick business trip. It was awesome, and this is funny (and true), at Bustle: 16 Stages Of Becoming Painfully, Irrevocably Obsessed With ‘Hamilton’ On Broadway

– Speaking of Hamilton, we saw Lin-Manuel Miranda’s alternate Javier Munoz — who does every Sunday matinee, and who’s been working with LMM this way since In The Heights — and Vulture has a great interview with him about the experience of being LMM’s second in a color-blind musical about the Founding Fathers. For what it’s worth, Munoz was fantastic.

If you haven’t read these comments, wherein Fug Nationals talk about women in their lives who inspire them, you should. Your stories are amazing and touching and heartbreaking and awesome: Each of you knows (or is!) a woman who could be the heroine of an amazing book.

– I enjoyed this interview with Gabourey Sidibe at Buzzfeed. I also didn’t know she has a memoir coming out!

– At The Toast: Unsolicited Advice For The Six Wives Of Henry VIII, Working Within Their Social Parameters And Not Suggesting They Just Invent Feminism Because That’s Anachronistic

This Sports Illustrated piece about Michael Phelps — post-rehab — is really interesting, especially if you are (like me), a fan of swimming, the Olympics, and talented men with good abs who are beset by personal demons but fight through them to triumph. (Well, ideally.) It’s also fascinating to me to watch someone like Phelps go from wunderkind to adult athlete. I am a big fan of Phelps — I was ALWAYS Team Phelps when he went up against Lochte, for example — but one of my favorite things about sports is that they are, at their best, a story: There are underdogs, and triumphs, and coming from behind, villains and rivals and allies, heroes and weasels and romances.  This gives a fascinating insight to a lot of what we didn’t know was going on behind the scenes, and what might happen in the final chapter of his career.

– At Lainey, the latest on the Gwen/Gavin break-up — it seems that he was allegedly carrying on with the nanny for something like three years.  (However, since before that scoop broke, BlindGossip has been running items that COULD POTENTIALLY ALLEGEDLY be decoded to imply that Gavin had been planning to leak a major false story to try and defuse those persistent gay/bisexual rumors. So. The plot thickens?)

– This is great, especially for a native Los Angeleno like myself, at KCET: The 5, the 101, the 405: Why Southern Californians Love Saying ‘the’ Before Freeway Numbers

– At Celebitchy, a run-down of Cate Blanchett’s recent interview with Guardian Weekend.

– From Atlas Obscura: Secret Chambers, Grain Silos and the Long, Long History of Pyramid Conspiracy Theories. I love a good pyramid conspiracy theory!

Over at The New Potato, The 25 Best Holiday Drinks. Cheers!

– From our friends at Pajiba: 12 Years Later, Mary-Louise Parker Finally Opens Up About That Skeezebag Billy Crudup

The Atlantic is running a bracket to determine who on TV is THE ACTUAL WORST. (Fitz is clearly in the running to take it all.)

Shia LaBeouf is…screening all his movies in a row at some theatre in New York and is sitting through this himself, with a webcam on his face or something? PEOPLE ARE WEIRD. Anyway, Vulture sent someone to check it out in person, and it’s quite a good read.


Royals Round-Up, November 13th, 2015

Greetings, Fug Nationals! This week’s Royals Round-Up is a joint effort between me and Heather, because as you read this, I will be recuperating from having two wisdom teeth out and apparently it’s not advisable that I write about Prince Harry whilst strung out on Vicodin. WHICH SEEMS UNFAIR.  I’m sure my thoughts would be perfectly cogent.

Other royals coverage this week here at GFY included:

Wills & Kate went to the Festival of Remembrance this past weekend, along with a variety of family members. Wills wore his glasses!

Max and Wax came to London for Remembrance Sunday, which also brought us a McQueen coat on Kate, which is also somewhat of a tradition. Also: swords.


Hello! has put together a bunch of amusing anecdotes about the British Royal Family, including that the Queen collects pepper shakers. I guess once collecting colonies is out of the question, one must collect SOMETHING. (Sorry, I saw Hamilton this week; I have colonies on the brain.) Also, this is amazing: “To avoid arriving late, Prince Philip has given his valet the task of feeding him sandwiches while he drives.” That is truly living the dream. For Philip, not the sandwich-feeder.

The Independent reports that certain Indian luminaries and businessmen want the Koh-i-Noor diamond back from Great Britain, and they’re going to sue for it. This is a complicated issue, and one The Guardian articulates well in this opinion piece. But speaking of articulating things well, there’s a quote in The Independent that they got from the DMIK (which I’m sure is EXTREMELY I KNOW about this), in which a historian is quoted as basically saying that India should be happy to let the UK keep that giant diamond out of gratitude for how awesome it was for India to be colonized. I can only imagine that everyone who is on the legal team that’s working to allow the UK to keep the diamond sent that guy a series of texts that basically said, “OMG SHUT THE F UP YOU ARE REALLY NOT HELPING.”

– Speaking of India, Wills and Kate are taking an official trip to India next spring — probably sans Georgie and Charlotte — and I cannot wait. It’s going to be fascinating and incredibly photogenic, I suppose. Imagine the Taj Mahal shot! (People)

Hello! has a run down of past royal jaunts to India.

– Also via People, Wills and Kate are going to Wales next weekend (and have a lot on the docket next week in general). Good thing I will presumably be off my Tooth Drugs by then!)

– Royalista brings us Crown Princess Mary in her best gold lame.

– Per Hello!, the very very very attractive King and Queen of Bhutan are expecting a baby, who will surely also become a very very very attractive individual.

– The Duchess Diaries had basically the same reaction that I did to a recent story in the DMIK that Kate is starting a line of organic foods, namely: I’m so sure.

Queen Mathilde is currently in Ethiopia with UNICEF.

– At Vogue, Michelle Ruiz takes a class called The Duchess Effect — AKA, Kate Training. For those of you who’ve read The Royal We: Exiting a vehicle does not seem to be on the docket, but the proper way to sit is.

– I always enjoy the Jewel History feature at The Court Jeweller,  and this recent one about the court jewels is fun.

Tatler tackles Royal Small Talk.

– The Royal Hats blog updates us on what’s been happening on the heads of the Swedish recently.

– Sophie Wessex met a goat in Canada:

  — We have shots of this in the slideshow, but I thought you might want to see Harry in action:

  — Harry also did this:


Fug or Fab: Rita Ora at the Bambi Awards


Well, first it was Heidi Klum going Full Coverage at the Bambi Awards, and then Rita Ora joined in:

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But where Heidi’s had a lightness to it, this feels a little bogged-down. I feel like the gigantic skirt demands a simpler bodice. This just looks like it befriended a sparkly evening gown and then cruelly ate half of it.

rita ora bambi awards

And yet weirdly, if you stick her inside a giant flowering wreath, it starts to make sense. I think it’s because this has a real whiff of the Eurovision about it. She could be the Dutch contender, riding down an CGI river in her flotilla of blooms, singing a song about how twigs are just tentacles of peace. I’m so on board.

[Photos: Getty]


Fug or Fab: Jennifer Lawrence in Dior


Am I imagining things, or have the Diors — whether you like them or not — been almost studiously tame this time around? We had the one with the sideboob, but even that felt relatively tame. Maybe Team Lawrence has decided to tread carefully through the remainder of this contractual minefield.

[Photos: Getty]


Fug or Fab: Olivia Wilde in Ingie


Most people wanted me to get my head checked after I didn’t outright hate Olivia’s pants ensemble from yesterday. So I’m losing my nerve and putting this up for a vote.

Olivia Wilde

For me, this is a look I want to love outright, but once I break it down, it loses its shine. The stripes, I embrace, and I even like the glittery flower. And her healthy, healthy, shiny, healthy hair, which is so shiny and healthy. But I’m not sure the heavy eye is as flattering on her as a lighter one with a bright lip. I don’t endorse the giant platforms; they deprive this of elegance. And the gown itself looks less designed than it does MacGyvered, as if hurriedly made to fit using whatever tools were handy before the limo arrived. So I think for me this falls in a nether region between fug and fab, with a world of potential, but not styled to take me away like a crate of Calgon.

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[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Fuggingjay: Elizabeth Banks in Monique Lhuillier

I’ve missed Elizabeth Banks being at all the foreign Mockingjay: Part Unnecessary photocells. So fortunately, she’s doing the talk show rounds instead. This is from The Tonight Show.

elizabeth banks mocking jay tonight show

It’s a Monique Lhuillier that, when it was on the runway, I complained looked like a perfectly reasonable dress that had been censored. I stand by that assessment. I’m not sure what’s trendy, exactly, about taking a perfectly lovely floral pattern and then making it look like someone drove a truck over it… but then again, more often than not these days, cuteness falls by the wayside in favor of More. So I suppose that’s a trend in and of itself.

[Photo: Getty]



Well Played: Heidi Klum in Zac Posen


Please reacquaint yourself with what Heidi Klum wore to the Emmys — a Fug Nation Least Favorite Of All Time, methinks — because even if you are lukewarm on any aspects of this, it’s impossible not to give her an A++++++ by grading on that curve:

heidi klum bambi awards

Although I personally don’t have any reservations. This is such a massive upgrade in everything from color to elegance to accessories. It’s like trading in a VW van full of stolen plutonium for a Ferrari that’s paid off completely and yours to keep.

[Photo: Getty]