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The Bachelor Recap: Dream Date & Derby

I was super impressed with the second episode, so here are my thoughts on my top 5 front runners, along with some other thoughts on the episode.

Becca: Becca seems like a great fit for Arie. Her date was a dream date for a girl. I mean she got all those dresses plus that fabulous looking spread of food. It was lighthearted until we finally got to the night portion, and they seem like a nice match. She had a solid one on one and she seems relatively normal and not about the drama, which is a another good sign for her.

Chelsea: Chelsea actually didn’t bother me that much. I think Arie is still very much invested in Chelsea especially when she revealed she had a son. I like that she didn’t really play games and acted coy this episode.

Bekah: Bekah and Arie had a steamy moment, and you can tell he’s really into her. They have a cute little moment when he says he wasn’t sure if she’d be into him, and it’s a funny exchange between the two. I just wonder if it’s just lust right now, but I mean Bekah has been very magnetic personality, so it has potential to turn into something more serious.

Seinne: I really love Seinne. She played her cards just right during the group date. She won the competition overall, and then she really impressed me when she was talking to Arie. She’s well-traveled, went to Yale and is really stunning. I mean if she doesn’t win, I think she’d be an awesome Bachelorette just based off this second episode.

Krystal: Krsytal annoyed me to no end in this episode, but Arie liked her a lot so I kept her in the top 5. She just doesn’t come off as genuine. I’m sure she’s sweet in real life, but on TV, she came off really condescending toward the other women. Thankfully, Queen Bibiana came through.

Other Thoughts:

  • Bibiana was a little crazy during the group date, but she totally redeemed herself when she called Krystal out for stealing everyone’s time. It was composed and fabulous, and I love her already.
  • Annaliese is hilarious. I find her super endearing, and I cannot believe how silly that sequence with the bumper cars was. It reminded me so much of the episode of Friends where Rachel is afraid to go on the swings. XD
  • Jenny was devastated to leave, but not because of Arie, no, no, she was leaving all the friends she made. That was so cringe worthy.
  • This episode was my favorite in a while! I loved the drama, and it definitely changed my attitude toward the season. I think the girls are going to be crazy, and I think Arie won’t know how to handle all these personalities, so it should be an interesting season for sure.

Thoughts on Big Little Lies

After a huge win for Big Little Lies during the Golden Globes and a few of my friends telling me to check out the HBO success, I gave in and watched all seven episodes in one day.

*SPOILERS AHEAD* With a star-studded cast, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern carry the show as they all play seemingly happy mothers all doing the 9 to 5 while taking care of their first graders. However, dark secrets from their past start to surface in Monteray Bay, California.

By the end of the first episode, we have three questions: Who’s the bully? Who’s the murderer? And who was killed?

The show benefits from an impressive cast. Nicole Kidman steals the show as she portrays the character with the biggest gap between the perception of others and what is really happening with her abusive husband played by Alexander Skarsgård. His portrayal of Perry is so good, you actually feel scared when he enters a scene. Kidman and Skarsgård both play off each other well, and that’s probably why they both were awarded Gloden Globes.

Reese Witherspoon and Adam Scott play the central couple going through their fair share of issues, but they also serve as the glue that links everyone together. Shailene Woodley gives a quiet performance as she plays a single mother battling her past as another question raises: Who was her rapist? Laura Dern gives a great performance as she plays a frustrated mother battling the three mothers throughout the series to protect her own daughter.

The show also benefits from a lot of small elements that make the mini-series so special. The soundtrack is fabulous with a killer theme song that I never skipped over once. The female relationships in the show are really strong especially between Jane and Madeline. The prospects for a season 2 also make up for the lack of resolution between Madeline and basically her whole family.

Now let’s get into the real spoilers, so if you do not want to find out what happened in the finale, do not read on.

The first reveal was that Max, one of Celeste and Perry’s twins, was actually the one bullying Amabelle, and not Ziggy. My sick head thought it might have been an adult, and I thought making it one of the twins would have been almost too obvious. But I was definitely wrong about that one and it makes a ton seeing how Celeste’s therapist says a few times in the series “What if the kids find out?”

So after finding out that Perry was both the rapist and the person being killed, I instantly felt dumb for not realizing it seeing how aggressive he was with Celeste. Hearing Jane say to Celeste that she has to accept her son might have violent tendencies clearly has a double meaning, and it’s great foreshadowing. I had an inkling that her rapist would be someone from the main cast, but for some reason I thought it could be Nathan or Ed. Celeste and Perry’s storyline was so separate from the rest that I didn’t think the stories would cross wires.

The last episode was definitely the strongest with reveals coming out slowly and then leading to the scene where Perry meets the women by the stairs. Zoe Kravitz’s character Bonnie being the murderer was unexpected, but it was awesome seeing all five women in one scene battle it out. I love the moment that Jane has her realization and it almost seemed like Madeline and Celeste read her mind instantly and knew what needed to happen. The beach scene was heartwarming, and to be honest, I can see a second season of the show coming about with all the women being questioned by the main detective.

Also, one last thought, how cute was Tom? He was adorable in that last episode. Let me know what you thought of the mini-series!

 

Golden Globes 2018 Favorite Looks

First off, I really loved that everyone wore black. It was a sign of solidarity, and it really gave the celebrities a platform to talk about the Time’s Up campaign. We saw several celebrities taking a stand in their acceptance speeches, and we got to witness Queen Oprah give a brilliant speech.

Katherine Langford

The 13 Reasons Why star looked absolutely dazzling for one of her first red carpet appearances. I think the embellishment serves well as a faux belt, and I’m obsessed with her hair swept to one side. Everything about this look is effortless.

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan won big for her film Lady Bird, and I was so excited for her. She’s an underrated actress in my opinion, and I happen to love a lot of her red carpet looks. I love how powerful this look comes off with it’s sleek fit and strong shoulders. Her styling is super simple, but I think that’s what makes this a winning look.

Penélope Cruz

Penelope Cruz was radiant in this off the shoulder gown. I love how she let the lace gown shine on its own. It stood out to me because it was one of the few lace dresses I spotted.Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel took a risk by wearing this jumpsuit. It’s not going to be liked by everyone, but I happen to love seeing pant suits on the red carpet. I like the lead embellishment a lot, and the white made the look stand out in a sea of black on the red carpet.

Diane Kruger

I loved this look, and I had no idea we would see Diane Kruger come on stage to accept an award, but I was stoked to see her behind one of the films. Her outfit is suck a showstopper with a tool like cape to top off an effortless looking dress. It’s luxurious and perfect for the red carpet.

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner wore this incredible tool dress. It’s a bold choice, but she can definitely pull this look off.

Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown is adorable and looks super sweet in this black dress. It’s so bold, and I was a little surprised to see her taking such a risk with this frilled top dress, but she is working it. Love her.

Anyway, what was everyone’s favorite look? And what was their thoughts on everyone wearing black?

The Bachelor Review: Januarie Begins

So begins another season of The Bachelor. To be honest, I don’t have a ton of thoughts on the premiere because it felt pretty formulaic, and nothing really stood out. That being said, I struggled to come up with five girls that stood out, but here’s my initial thoughts on who Arie likes.

Chelsea: Chelsea looks a lot like Olivia from Ben’s season, and she kind of reminded me of Emily too. She was definitely the most polarizing person this episode. I’m going to defend her a bit though. She seems like she has a dry sense of humor and that might not translate well on screen. As a journalist myself, I’ve had people film vlogs and multimedia projects where my sarcasm isn’t totally clear. So I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Bekah: Bekah seems like a chill chick. She presented herself really well and I loved her talk with Arie when they were sitting on the car. I loved when they were talking about liking each other and she was all like “So far, I like what I see from you.” You can tell she doesn’t put him on a pedestal, and he came off like the more nervous one.

Becca: Becca had a solid night and she reminded me a little bit of Vanessa. She had a cute moment with Arie, but it was kind of just a glimpse. It looks like she might get the first one-on- one date too

Tia: Tia is in the same boat as Becca. She had a pretty good night, and she seems like she’ll go far based on her package in the very beginning of the episode.

Krystal: Krystal’s voice drove me a little crazy in all honesty, but I mean Arie was all into it so good for her for playing that up. She’s beautiful, and she seemed pretty poised all night so I’m going to have her as my dark horse.

Other random thoughts

  •  I will say Arie came off really nervous whereas I think while both Ben and Nick were nervous, their priority was to make the women feel comfortable, and I’m not sure if Arie did that. Again, it’s a lot of pressure and he probably had a billion thoughts going through his head.
  • LOL at Bekah saying “You’re excited for excitement?”
  • Sean must be sick of being one of the only two success stories from The Bachelor. He can never catch a break.
  • It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged about the show. I’ve been busy with school and work. I missed an entire season of BIP recaps, but I’m back and ready to cover this season.