The Bachelorette Review: Rachel Deals With Some Boys

As we heard it last time, Rachel wants a man, not a boy. But these past couple of weeks have shown that she is indeed dealing with a mansion of boys.

First let’s get to the good stuff first. Here’s my top 5 based on the men we’ve seen in the past two episodes (sorry for not recapping episode 3)

Dean: Dean had his episode last night by just being himself. To me, he came off super authentic even when he was talking about his mom. It didn’t feel like a sob story because it kind of naturally came up during their conversation. I love that he was afraid to go on the blimp, but smiled nervously the whole way through. Dean is definitely a dark horse.

Peter: After their one on one date, Peter is still pretty high on my list. He did especially well this week while talking to Rachel one on one and then doing his adorably funny rap to Rachel. They’re just so darn cute together.

Bryan: I have mixed feelings about Bryan. I like him when they hang out one on one and then he starts going a little overboard with some of the lines he uses. Like he’s definitely used those lines with other girls before. Some people love him. I think Rachel is super into him so we’ll see.

Alex: Alex killed it on the Ellen date. He’s so charming with his crazy little outfits and honesty. I love how his personality really shined through in that date. My only concern is that we’re not even seeing that much of him, but I hope he goes far.

Eric: Eric came around this episode for me by actually using his time with Rachel well. I also think Rachel is super into him even though as an audience, we might not understand it. Maybe we’ll see more of his personality as the season continues.

Other Thoughts:

  • Lee was so awful. He’s so cocky with everything he says. He’s instigating everyone, and with everything I’ve been hearing about his racist and sexist Tweets, I’m not sure why the producers thought it’d be a good idea to bring someone like that on the show. I know certain people are cast to bring drama, but this is way over the line. That’s so unfair for Rachel to deal with.
  • Iggy is annoying the crap out of me too. At least Lee knows he’s a villain. Iggy is just insecure so he keeps bringing up people’s names.
  • We haven’t see that much of Josiah, but I like his personality. I thought he handled the Iggy situation pretty well, and he was so funny when he was recapping it to the other guys on the stairs.
  • Poor, poor Rachel! She should not have all this pressure of being the first black bachelorette. That’s ABC’s fault, but it’s so sad that she has to deal with the repercussions.
  • OK, Bryce and Brady..Fine, but DIGGY???? Nooo
  • Regarding paradise, I really don’t want to get too into it, but it seems like everyone is taking sides with DeMario in terms of the cast. I feel bad for Corinne because everyone is slut-shaming her. I HATE the way the press is bringing up the fact that she hooked up with three other guys, and the way she acted on Nick’s season. What does that matter? Another perfect example of victim-blaming. DeMario is also getting a lot of unneeded comments from social media. We don’t know the situation completely, so let’s not judge.
  • Congrats to Carly and Evan on their wedding on Saturday
  • OK, that’s it for this week. I’ll be recapping the rest of the season as it goes, so stay tuned!

 

 

The Bachelor Blog: Stiletto Power

Raven: I really liked Raven’s date with Nick. It was fun, easygoing and just a nice normal date. But besides that, I love Raven’s personality. She has a sweet southern charm, but she’s also pretty headstrong and confident, which I’m sure is what attracted Nick to her. Her past relationship is super dark, and I love the way she told it without any sort of sugar coating on it. Raven really stood out this episode, and she rose to the top for me in this episode.

Vanessa: Vanessa is such an awesome human being. Her little scrapbook was a cute little reminder of how old school she seems in comparison to the other women. She and Nick have a very strong connection, so we’ll see what happens next.

Corinne: Corinne is crazy, but she wasn’t the craziest person in this episode. To me, Taylor came off as super entitled and demeaning toward Corinne. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Corinne is delusional in some of her thoughts, but at least she owns it and doesn’t bother the other women. She’s not being rude to any of the women, so I’m not sure why some of them feel the need to judge her and question her intentions when they should be focusing on Nick.

Rachel: Rachel is going far! I think she’s just having a slow start. We keep seeing small little scenes between her and Nick, but nobody seems to see her as a legitimate threat. I think she’s going to make it somewhat far, but until we see the one on one date, we will have to wait to see if there is a real connection.

Danielle M: How funny was Danielle when she read the date card? Love her. She just seems so chill.

Other Random Thoughts: 

  • Danielle L. didn’t make my top 5 because I honestly didn’t think there was that much of a real connection between the two of them. She just kept repeating the same thing over and over again. Maybe it was just nerves, but I don’t think there’s much to their relationship.
  • The ex in the coffee shop was just about as real as the girl’s excitement of going to Milwaukee.
  • Seriously, it didn’t add anything to the show really.
  • Bella is killing it. She reminds me of the little sister from 500 Days of Summer.
  • Cristen left! I loved her, and I hope she makes it on BIP.
  • Nick handled Vanessa’s questioning pretty terribly. He really couldn’t defend himself, so he just reassured her. I guess in the moment, it worked out fine, but it did not read well on television.
  • I saw Leah, Olivia and Corrine hanging out together on social media. I love when the villains ban together.

 

Bachelor Blog: Planned Dancing

Here are my top 5 after this episode.

Vanessa: I love Vanessa. She was my early pick after the first episode, but she really exceeded my expectations. The date seemed like so much fun until she started feeling sick. Nick was so sweet and protective over her, which was a nice side to see to him. I really liked their dinner date as well because they had a very meaningful conversation followed by Nick actually crying! Then we end with a cliffhanger of her calling Nick out. We’ll see what happens next week.

Rachel: Rachel is another one of my favorites from this episode. She just seems very put together and had a great attitude at the group date. This was her first date outside of the house, and she seemed very grateful.

Danielle L: Danielle had a great showing this week, but I only see a physical connection between the two. I honestly don’t remember much from their conversation, but she might be a dark horse.

Raven: I still think Raven is going to go very far this season. She doesn’t seem like Nick’s type, but she seems like she’s got a connection with Nick still.

Corinne: Corinne is so ridiculous, it almost seems unreal. She is such a cringe worthy character to have on the show. It does worry me that females might think this is the sort of behavior they need to get the guy.  I love that Vanessa said she’s not judging Corinne because at the end of the day, they should be solely judging Nick, the object of their affection, not Corinne.

Other Random Thoughts:

  • Alexis is my spirit animal. She’s hilarious.
  • The reaction to Liz was pretty underwhelming. Nobody seemed to care.
  • The entire season seems like it’s geared toward questioning Nick’s intentions.
  • Sending Dominique home was smart on Nick’s part. She was just comparing herself to all the other girls.
  • Josephine is such a riot. She’s quirky and a lock for BIP.

BIP Review: Three Engagements

Carly and Evan: I really like these two. They had a wacky story in paradise, but it worked out in a pretty entertaining way. It made me so happy to see them in such a giddy state throughout their date. I’ve always liked Carly, but I actually warmed up quite a bit for Evan. In all honesty, Carly and Evan’s proposal was the most heartfelt, and if I had to put my money on any of these engagements turning into marriages, I’d pick these two.

Lace and Grant: Lace and Grant got tattoos, and it was so random. I think the show tried to make them seem more unsure than they actually were. I also liked their engagement, and I really like that Grant appreciates Lace’s craziness. We’re all looking for someone to put up with our inner nuttiness.

Amanda and Josh: As much backlash as these two have gotten, I do think Amanda and Josh are pretty compatible. Josh and Andi seemed like they’d have a constant power struggle whereas Amanda just seems like a laid-back kind of girl. I think they might last, but I’m not positive if all these couples can handle the tabloids.

Jen and Nick: Nick and Jen had a great date, and then all of the sudden, she was dumped by Nick. I have no idea when that clicked for him, but it did. Tenley did the same thing, but I guess Nick is getting more heat for it. I will say I do feel bad for Jen throughout all of this craziness with Nick becoming the bachelor. I love Nick, but it must really suck to be in her position.

Wells and Ashley: I like Wells and Ashley, but I think they just came into paradise too little too late. Had they started off in the beginning, I could definitely see them lasting. They were a very quirky couple, but I hope they remain friends.

Brett/ Izzy/ Vinny: I felt so sorry for Izzy, but that’s karma man. Love that Vinny was like “Who this?” when Izzy called. She was such a mess, but Vinny wouldn’t even give her a chance. I really liked Vinny and Izzy together, but they seem pretty over at this point.

That’s it for now! I hope you enjoyed my Bachelor in Paradise coverage for the season. I can’t wait to see Nick’s crazy adventure unfold. I’ll be back next year for Bachelor coverage.

 

BIP Review: Why Nick Becoming The Bachelor is the Best Decision

Here is my recap of paradise after the last episode.

Ashley and Wells: How cute were these two? I love Wells. He was one of the best guys from Jojo’s season and ya know, actually had a personality. I loved their date, which was filled with tacos and dogs, something they both love. I think they had great chemistry, and it was nice to see Ashley have some success on the show. She’s not nearly as crazy as they edit her to be, and it’s finally showing with Wells. I also like that Wells cleared up that he would’ve picked Ashley regardless of all the pressure from the other cast members.

Caila and Jared: So Caila decides to leave because of Ashley, so Jared and Caila leave paradise together. But you have to watch After Paradise if you didn’t because it was some next levels of awkwardness when they have Caila, Jared and Ashley all sitting on a couch. It’s so apparent that Jared and Ashley are cool and still good friends. The coldness between Jared and Caila was so icy, and I actually appreciated Caila finally standing up for herself and saying that Jared needs to cut ties with Ashley. It’s all starting to sound like a bad romantic comedy at this point.

Nick and Jen: So Jen tweeted that Amy Schumer gif with her drinking that giant wine glass during After Paradise, and I thought it was hilarious. We know that Jen and Nick don’t work out, but they were cute in these past episodes. Now, let me say how happy I am that Nick Viall is the next freaking bachelor. Luke and Chase were cute, but neither has the candidness and humor that Nick brings to the table. Nick’s polarizing for sure, but it’s about time we get a bachelor with a strong personality. He’s going to be an awesome bachelor. Also, as a sidenote, I love Nick’s frienship with Ashley.

Josh and Amanda: So I’m not sure if Josh is stoked about Nick being the bachelor. But I do feel bad for all the hate coming to Amanda about her relationship. I don’t love Josh, but I also haven’t met this guy to say I can’t stand him.

Carly and Evan: Carly and Evan were super cute when they were having their little cuddle session.

Grant and Lace: Lace is nuts, but she does go through something very relatable, which is pushing someone away because you’re scared. Luckily, Grant has the patience.

Brett and Izzy: I’m indifferent about Brett and Izzy.

How stunning was Ashley in that blue chiffon dress and a pulled back ponytail? For more bachelor fashion, go to Pradux: http://www.pradux.com/tv/bachelor-in-paradise 

 

BIP Review: The Silver Fox, Papa Bear & Lamp Guy

Caila/ Jared/ Ashley:  Okay, so I might have an unpopular opinion, but I don’t blame Ashley for her actions entirely. Does she sometimes go overboard? Of course. But Caila and Ashley were friends prior to the show, and Caila specifically said she was never going to go for him. If I vented to my friend about trying to get over someone, I would be so upset if that friend started dating him. Wells needs to come already because 1) He’s awesome, and 2) Ashley needs to move on.

Izzy and Vinny: I really loved these two. I was rooting for them to last. I really loved Vinny on BIP, and he honestly just seems like a normal dude. Izzy can’t help how she feels, but she definitely could’ve handled it better. But at the same time, if she really loved Vinny, she wouldn’t be feeling doubtful. I like them both and wish nothing but the best for these two.

Lace and Grant: Lace seems like a handful after this episode. Bless Grant for the upcoming episodes.

Jen and Nick: Jen and Nick are such a cool couple. I love Nick’s honesty throughout this season and appreciate that Jen confronted him about being scared again. I’m rooting for you Nick!

Carly and Evan: Carly and Evan are easily the most entertaining couple simply because of their personalities. Between Evan’s constant excitement and Carly’s hilarious commentary, I think they’re the most real couple on paradise right now.

Ryan and Haley: The Silver Fox nabbed Haley and they had such a cute little date.

Emily and Carl: Emily and Carl were literally having the time of their lives on the date they went on. It was so funny to Emily all giddy.

Amanda and Josh: I like that these two comforted Izzy after the Vinny situation.

Lamp Guy: Who knew lamp guy was going to have such an impact just by being there?

Anyway, to check out more BIP fashion, click on the link I left below the photo for more fashion from the episodes.

 

 

BIP Review: Three Tears Too Many

Ashley / Emily/ Jared/ Caila: So Jared broke it off with Emily for Caila. He seemed really into Caila. He seemed so somber even with Emily, but with Caila, his body language is so different. Then, Ashley came to paradise, and oh my god. I love Ashley because she’s so honest and real, but like the conversation with Jared at the rose ceremony was so intense. He’s so not into her, but she’s not ready to move on. I love the conversation with Nick and Ashley. It’s the kind of conversation for Jared to have with Ashley.

Daniel and Sarah: Daniel and Sarah have been super cute, and based on their social media, they still hang out so maybe they just have a good friendship now? I really like these two, but importantly, I really love Daniel. I’ve been defending his weirdness in Jojo’s season too. He’s just so funny. If you watched the aftershow, he’s hilarious but also endearing. When the hosts ask why he left Ashley during their date, he just plainly says he was hungry.

Izzy and Vinny: Izzy and Vinny are very sweet together and remained pretty strong throughout the episode. There seems like trouble in paradise next week though.

Grant and Lace: These two are also super rock solid. I love how Lace was not having it about having water poured on her. Honestly, the whole date seemed really fun.

Nick and Jen: I’ve always liked Nick’s honesty, and he gives great advice to all his friends in both episodes. I love how he told Emily it’s okay to be upset, and that Ashley is just infatuated with him. Haley giving him a rose was another great friendship moment. He really made a comeback, and then Jen comes to paradise. These two are great. I’m really happy for Nick.

Evan and Carly: Carly’s commentary is the best. With her commentating every single occurrence with Evan, it makes sense why she ended up liking him in the end. They were both so funny and I was actually dying when Carly thought Evan made this all up to impress her.

Amanda and Josh: Poor Amanda. She and Josh have had quite the interesting edit. I mean it’a literally just pizza and making out. Andi’s book is the real winner here, as she’s getting some free publicity. They might as well plant a spare copy on Amanda’s pillow.

Now to the fashion from the episode: http://www.pradux.com/tv/bachelor-in-paradise

Ashley Iaconetti's Feather Print Maxi Dress on Bachelor in Paradise

I loved these outfits in this scene. Ashley’s dress was so pretty, and Haley’s looks great with her updo. I also liked Emily’s off the shoulder dress. The prints were all pretty, but Ashley’s feather printed dress was stunning.

Jen Saviano's Floral Romper on Bachelor in Paradise

Jen walked in looking so pretty in this romantic one piece. The floral print and ruffles worked really well with her loose waves.

Amanda Stanton's White Lace Off-The-Shoulder Dress on Bachelor in Paradise

I really liked this dress from Haley. The color is super pretty and the strategic cutouts work well with her shape. The twins always kill it with their style. Amanda also wore this off the shoulder dress, and it was cute.

Lace Morris' White Lace Bustier Dress on Bachelor in Paradise

I really liked how Lace wore this dress so effortlessly with simply blue earrings and a fishtail. It worked really well, and it actually stood out from the off the shoulder dresses and maxi dresses.

Emily Ferguson's Blue Lace Asymmetric Dress on Bachelor in Paradise

This was super pretty. I love the asymmetrical cut of the dress, and I’m a huge fan of the color. 

Sarah Herron's Leaf Print Strapless Romper on Bachelor in Paradise

Sarah is the real MVP when it comes to fashion because this romper was only $14.99 from H&M. Compared to the other 100-200 dollar dresses and rompers, this was a great steal.

 

Hope you liked my recap! Check out the fashion from the episode at Pradux.com.