British ladies have a reputation for being so much more refined and classy than their American counterparts. Well, let me just dispel that rumor right now. Brits are no more classy and elegant than we are — if these pictures from the Royal Ascot Ladies’ Day are proof. For some reason, there is a subset of British women who seem to think that dressing up means modeling yourself after a taffeta-swathed toy princess or cartoon character. Ladies, it’s not a good look. After the jump, a slew of tarted up gals from the Ladies’ Day festivities.
In this vintage video from the 1970s, a bunch of average Brits were asked for their take on the burgeoning platform shoe trend that was sweeping the streets of London. Unwearable? Impossibly chic? Oh, they’ll definitely tell you what they think. What I wouldn’t do for some of these vintage pairs. [Pathe]
Love Brit High Street stores — like South Savoir and Love Label — but hate paying for stupid overseas shipping? Us, too. That’s why we’re pleased to announce that Very.com has hit American shores, and is offering the best in British brands stateside. The site offers everything you might need in sizes ranging from petite to tall to plus-size, and has hilarious little Anglo idiosyncrasies. Dresses are split up into maxi, day, going out, occasion and “smart” categories. It’s definitely worth a look. [Very]
Between the BP oil spill and the U.S. and U.K. facing off during the World Cup, the “special relationship” across the pond has gotten seriously strained in the past few weeks. This is unfortunate considering that—as I learned from spending a decade in London—creating any relationship with a Brit is not an easy task. As a 32-year-old comic in England, I suffered for years from “cultural autism,” not understanding the bulk of people’s actions and words. Or at least what they meant in “English.” I was lost in a morass of professional, social and romantic rules, constantly making shameful mistakes. But I eventually decoded the etiquette of the glorious Brits by researching their anthropology and, uh, marrying one. Here are my hard-culled tips to U.S. travelers who set off to the U.K., a land where not everyone is an American-loving Hugh Grant or Hugh Laurie. (Although everyone is called Hugh).
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Dame Helen Mirren is speaking out on behalf of disgruntled British actors. In a recent interview, she urged Hollywood to stop typecasting Brits as villains. I’d never thought about it before, but Dame Helen may have a point. No one does dastardly quite like the Brits. After the jump, some English villains who made us cower in fear … or at least laugh. This one’s for you, Helen! [Celebitchy] Keep reading »
A recent study found Britain to have more casual sex than any other Western nation. The study was conducted by asking more than 14,000 people in 48 countries to fill out anonymous questionnaires. Participants were asked about their number of partners and one-night stands, how many people they expected to sleep with in the next five years, and what their attitude towards casual sex was. The answers were given a numerical value, and while Britain scored 11th overall, the country was the highest of all western nations (the US was 6th). Keep reading »
The Brits might love their TV even more than we do, or maybe fewer of them have DV-R. A new poll revealed that a fifth of those surveyed regularly shun family, friends, and partners so they won’t miss their favorite TV shows. Some planned vacations around TV schedules, and 17 percent of women between 16 to 24 said they will either speed up or skip sex so they can watch TV. “Loyal fans let little stand in the way of seeing their favorite show,” said The Sun Tiscali TV director Simon Hunt. Yeah, heaven forbid life get in the way of TV. [Sify] Keep reading »
I have a new favorite show, well, for now. Secret Diary Of A Call Girl debuted last night and I love it. A British import based on the blog by call girl Belle Du Jour. Billie Piper plays Belle (real name: Hannah), a call girl who loves sex, loves money, and loves having sex for money. Does the show glamorize prostitution? At first glance, i.e. the first episode, sure. But Belle is a high-class call girl — as she reminds us in the clip above — and isn’t exactly trolling the streets having sex to feed her drug habit. I’ve read that the show will start to reveal that Belle has a hard time keeping her professional life and her personal life as Hannah separate, but in the meantime, I found the show hilarious, sexy (oh goodness, there is much nakedness), and smart — and Billie Piper has some serious acting chops. Check out the clip above and if you like what you see, head on over to Showtime and watch the first two episodes for free. [Showtime: Secret Diary Of A Call Girl] Keep reading »