Netflix Review: Dude

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Spoilers Ahead:

Dude stars Lucy Hale as she and her three best friends prepare for high school graduation. The film opens with best friends Chloe (Kathryn Prescott from Finding Carter) and Lily (Hale) who are hanging out with Chloe’s brother, Thomas, played by Austin Butler. Butler’s character is killed off pretty early on in a unseen accident and from there, the movie takes shape as it flashes forward one year to the four girls being seniors and getting into college.

The death of Chloe’s brother looms over the movie as Lily can’t seem to get over the past. I’m going to admit that I had low expectations going into the movie, but what I like about it is the fact that everything seems very real from the way teens are portrayed to the emotions they experience.

There’s a lot of ugly things about this movie including a very realistic portrayal of rape, an imperfect love interest, and the irrational fighting the girls go through. It’s ugly because it’s all very real and isn’t glorified in any sort of way. The girls struggle to find their place after high school especially Lily who has grown attached to her high school routine.

I’m currently in college about to graduate and I’ve definitely had my “Lily” moments when I grow frustrated holding onto something that is simply meant to be a memory in the past. A lot of my friends graduated last semester, and I felt so similar to Lily in a lot of ways, especially her still coping with the loss of Thomas. Going from one phase in your life to another is scary, but holding onto the past is not the answer, and I think this film really hones in on that.

The other two girls, Rebecca and Amelia, are also fleshed out a bit, but the main focus really sticks to Chloe and Lily. Chloe also has a sweet love interest, and it works because it makes Lily freak out when Chloe endures all these changes at once. Lily’s love interest is also sort of fitting as his indecisiveness and back and forth with Lily makes sense since she is equally confused about the state of her future. Overall, the supporting characters worked for the most part, including Lily’s mom who snaps her back to reality.

Overall, I really like the simplicity of the plot. Some may say it may not even have one, but the characters feel real and authentic, and I found myself relating to a lot of the different aspects of the core four girls. I would recommend this movie for sure. Is it the best movie? No, it’s not, but it is a nice feel good movie and if you’re graduating, then you should watch it for sure.

PLL Fashion 7×07

 

There was a won of fashion from the last PLL episode, so here are my thoughts on the fashion. Also, you can check out my review right here: https://mytrendingstories.com/article/pretty-little-liars-season-7-episode-7-review-original-gangsters/

Forever 21 ‘Contemporary Open-Shoulder Top’ – $14.90

I loved this off the shoulder top for Emily. It’s super effortless and I love the choker and loose waves giving an easygoing summer vibe. And this top is super affordable too.

Topshop ‘Embroidered Jacquard Jacket’ – $59.99

This Topshop jacket is super pretty for Aria. I love how architectural this jacket is with its boxy structure.

H&M ‘Merino Wool Sweater’ – no longer available

Yvonne wore a super low key sweater, and I love how casual and cute it is. The sheer front has such a delicate scenery pattern, which I like a lot.

Topshop ‘Striped Hybrid Jumper’ – $80.00

This one piece jumper is very Spencer. It’s classic, simple and Troian always rocks these types of preppy looks.

Zara ‘Patchwork Leather Mini Skirt’ – $69.90

Aria is known for her main staple, which are leather jackets, but she opts for an interesting Zara skirt. I love the patchwork with the different muted colors.

Topshop ‘Gingham Ruffle Shirt’ – $60.00

Hanna surprised me with this textured top. This top has a lot going on with the flowers and the gingham print and the ruffles, but Hanna pairs it with a classic jacket. It made for a fun outfit with a sharp look.

Forever 21 ‘Galaxy Print Athletic Jacket’ – no longer available

So when Emily and Pam were on their run, I noticed how cute this jacket was. It’s sold out, but who knew Forever 21 had such great affordable athletic wear.

Stella McCartney ‘Jeweled Sateen Top’ – $326.00

This jeweled top is super pretty. I love how random the colors and shapes are because the top is so simple. It really works here. Thanks to PLL Closet on Tumblr for the photos and details on the clothing from the episode.

The Fosters Fashion: Callie’s Blouse

Here’s my review on the episode. I’ve been enjoying recapping the show and appreciate anyone who watches to check it out here: https://mytrendingstories.com/article/the-fosters-review-now-for-then/

So Callie wore this really cute top from The Fosters the other day, and I found the details on her Topshop blouse at WornOnTV. What I’m still searching for is Courtney’s romper that she wore from the episode.

Topshop Ladder Stitch Scarf Print Tee worn by Maia Mitchell on The Fosters
Callie’s Top

The Fosters Fashion: Mariana’s Preppy Look

The Fosters returned last night with a solid episode. Here’s my review: https://mytrendingstories.com/article/the-fosters-review-trust/

 

Topshop Plaid Kilt Miniskirt worn by Cierra Ramirez on The Fosters
Mariana’s skirt

I liked how preppy Mariana’s look was in last night’s episode. It was a nice change from her usual flirty and fun looks. The skirt is super cute, and the Anthropolgie cardigan and collared shirt made it look very put together. I put the link below the picture.

Thanks to WornOnTV for having the details on her skirt, along with the photo provided.

Girl Meets Upstate Fashion

Girl Meets World came back with Girl Meets Upstate, and I really enjoyed the episode. Here’s my review on the episode: https://mytrendingstories.com/article/girl-meets-world-review-shawn-and-maya-find-themselves/

As far as the fashion, even though Riley and Maya wore similar outfits, I liked different pieces more. Here’s what I liked from each of their outfits.

Free People Shrunken Sequin Vest worn by Sabrina Carpenter on Girl Meets World
Free People Vest

For Maya, I really liked this maroon vest. The sequined pattern and velvet is a lot for a vest, but Maya pairs it with a more understated lace up top to balance it out. Sabrina Carpenter always adds a more boho vibe compared to Riley’s more preppy feel with her red lace up top.

Topshop Lace-Up Short Sleeve Crop Top worn by Rowan Blanchard on Girl Meets World
Topshop Lace up Top

Thank you to Worn on TV for having the details and photos for Riley and Maya’s clothes. Check out the website for more television fashion: https://wornontv.net/

My Thoughts on Project Runway

So I took a break from Project Runway reviews because I’ve been busy with classes. We’re down to the final four, and I wanted to do a quick summary on the eliminated contestants and final four.

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Edmond: Edmond is my favorite to win. Personally, I like his aesthetic the best. It’s clean, fresh and innovative. I loved his red bombshell dress. Out of all the designers, he is the most strategic with the concepts of the  challenges.

Kelly: Kelly from the deli has had quite the transformation. I think she’s another force to be reckon with. She finally gets how to edit down her crazy ideas, and her taste level has elevated. Her silver tin dress was perfection,and her brick dress was surprisingly chic and playful. I think she could have a great collection as long as it’s cohesive.

Ashley: Ashley’s storyline has focused a lot about her insecurities. I think she has the potential for a fun, flirty collection, as long as she’s confident. I also think she does romantic styles very well too. Her standout moment for me was the photograph fit and flare dress.

Candice: For some reason, I’m not as invested in Candice’s pieces as the other three designers. Her red dress was stunning, but I agreed with Nina. She could’ve done more. I am excited to see her black edgy style in a collection.

Merline: I love Merline’s personality. She’s so positive, and I think her work is underrated. I agree that her last dress was lackluster compared to the others though.

Swapnil: For some reason, Swapnil got the weirdest “I don’t care,” edit. I think he wanted to win, but he was distracted. Looking back, his earlier pieces were much better than what he ended with.

As far as the other designers, I knew they were goners. Laurie, Joseph, and Lindsey were not surprises. Blake was kind of surprising because he was starting to grow on me during his last few episodes.

Other than that, the final four will all probably go to fashion week because Tim will use his save on whoever is kicked off. I can’t remember the last time there was a final three anyway. I’m pretty happy with what the designers left, so I’m looking forward to the last few episodes.

The Bachelorette Review & Fashion

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It is two episodes into The Bachelorette, and I’m here to review the first two episodes, the fashion from the girls, and my top 5 picks.

Last season, during The Bachelor, I made a ranking of the dresses all the girls wore. If I’m remembering right, I think Becca’s dress was on top for me. So I won’t be ranking the suits on the guys, but I did have a few thoughts on the two bachelorette’s dresses.

I really loved both Britt and Kaitlyn’s dress that they wore on night one. I felt like the soft, grecian dress matched Britt’s personality more. Her hair also looked amazing with it swept on one side. The sparkly dress on Kaitlyn clearly matched her firecracker personality. I liked Kaitlyn’s dress slightly more, but I thought both girls looked gorgeous.

Now since I won’t be ranking the guy’s fashion (unless I’m really impressed), I thought I would pick my top 5 picks for the season.

1) Cupcake Chris- I’m really biased with this pick because his entrance was by far my favorite thing ever! He’s actually my lock screen on my phone right now. XD I’m not even sure if Kaitlyn really likes this guy, but he rode in on a cupcake, and kissed Kaitlyn on Night 1. He was also such a lovable dork during Episode 2, when he was telling everyone how unfunny he was.

2) Shawn B.- Kaitlyn definitely likes this guy a lot. After Night 1, he snagged the first impression rose and kissed Kaitlyn. I’m not sure if he’s going to win, but he’s going far. He was downplayed during Episode 2, so I think he could be a winner, despite the omen of the first impression rose.

3) Ian- Ian is the Whitney of this season. He mentioned that he’s only here for Kaitlyn, and I think those types of contestants make it really far. I love that he took her aside during Episode 2 to where they first met. He’ll also go far, but I’m not sure if he can win.

4) Joe- After seeing Kaitlyn fall for Farmer Chris last season, I think this guy has potential. He wins points for bringing moonshine for Kaitlyn and for stealing her away for one on one time during Episode 2. His “Well I’ll be,” statement was also adorable. He seems endearing with his southern charm so far, and could definitely be a dark horse.

5) Ben Z- He and Kaitlyn had a great conversation during the boxing date. He got a group date rose, and they had great chemistry. He’ll make it at least to top six.

Random Thoughts:

– The whole two Bachelorette thing just didn’t work. It got the drama the producers wanted, but I felt so bad for Britt (even as a Kaitlyn fan). If it wasn’t for Brady leaving to be with Britt, the producers would have more backlash.

–  Tony and Ashley S would be perfect together on Bachelor in Paradise

– When Kaitlyn said she’s never felt closer to love at first sight than with Shawn B, that was my thought with the Cupcake.

-Amy reminding JJ that he isn’t that smart was so funny.

– I thought JJ would be the new Nick V, but it looks like Nick V. will be on the season.

– I saw some funny tweets about Kupah showing up on the ABC show The Whispers