Television

Throwing a Bachelorette Viewing Party

Watching The Bachelorette or even being considered part of Bachelor Nation might feel a little embarrassing. What really helps the shame factor is having a crew of people to (ironically) enjoy the insanity with. It’s more fun with friends who listen to the same podcasts (Rose Buddies is a good one) and who will play with you in a fantasy league (not for the faint of heart). So naturally when you’ve got a crew in this with you, a viewing party is a necessity especially when it comes to finales.

Tonight Rachel Lindsay will pick her future husband (she claims she’s still engaged), and that might not seem like enough time to toss together a finale party, but it is. There are about 6,000 elaborate ways to celebrate the Bachelorette. I’ve seen everything from date card invitations (which can be cute), sending actual roses to your friends, having them dress up in unfortunate looking prom dresses, filling out dating applications, and plenty of cupcakes. Even on the season finale of the Bachelor last season they visited viewing parties where people had trophies and even cardboard cut outs of Nick. It might be a little too much, so I’m sharing some easier and more low-key ideas. A couple from our own viewing party.

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Five for August

I always feel like all I do for posts on this blog is make lists, but I’m just really good at lists. They are really useful for combining tons of stuff all at once without me having to ramble on and on. It’s the beginning of a new month (what the heck) so I thought I would try something new. Rather than sharing some of my favorite things from the month at the end of said month, I thought I would share some things everyone should know about at the beginning. Kind of like those release radar or things to do this month articles in magazines.

Since it’s a work in progress, I tried to combine local things to do with some things everyone should check out no matter where they are. I thought it would be good to cover things like live music, movies, album releases, and just other things worth knowing about. Of course, they will be catered to things I want to recommend, do, or enjoy. So as much as random karaoke night at some dodgy bar sounds, it’s not likely to be found here. I  think this is a great way of making my blog more personal since when blogs first came on the scene they were about our personal lives. There’s probably a really sad LiveJournal or Xanga record out there of my incredibly emo high school years. But rather than go that far I thought why not try to be myself a little bit more?

Useful Links: Ingrid Goes West trailer, Washed Out @ Marquee Theater, Old School! 90’s R&B and Hip Hop dance party, Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later trailer

Links I Love

It’s Friday and technically the weekend. Well at least as far as I’m concerned because I’ll be taking the weekend off to heal from some lame health stuff. Rather than leave this blog lacking updates I thought I would do something I’ve done on previous blogs that was pretty well received: Links I Love. Basically, Links I Love, is just that. Links of things you should read, know about, listen to, etc for the weekend ahead. Little slices of the web that peak my interest I want to share with you.

I’m hoping to have regular content up and running again on Monday but until then enjoy some interesting internet stuff.

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Twin Peaks

There’s a nostalgia wave hitting television which I’m all for but slightly against. There are plenty of completely unnecessary reboots hitting airwaves at a steady pace. A couple of weeks back one of my favorite shows, Twin Peaks, made its television return on Showtime. Twin Peaks began airing on ABC in 1990 and has become a cult classic (it has even been considered one of televisions greatest dramas).

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Twin Peaks finds FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper solving the murder of Laura Palmer in a town filled with eccentric characters and supernatural elements. It has a very offbeat sense of humor and iconic David Lynch cinematography. To be honest, Twin Peaks is a little hit or miss when you try to talk to people about it. It’s not exactly an easy sell especially the newer episodes on Showtime. They are a little out there compared to the older ones, but that’s likely due to more relaxed views on Frost/Lynch’s creative direction. My favorite part is the return of many of the original characters and the emergence of music as a larger part of the whole experience. I was so excited to see Chromatics on episode one.

I wanted to write a whole blog post about my love of Twin Peaks in-depth especially because of all the annoying things I have to read about people disliking it in my Twitter timeline. But then I just ended up spending tons of time looking at really cool Twin Peaks merchandise online. Seems like a better use of time, right? Nothing will be as cool as the girl I ran into a couple of years ago on Halloween at a bar dressed as the Log Lady, but some of this stuff is just as cool.

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Tote bag, Key tag, Tee shirt, Enamel pin, Minimalist print, Turntable slipmat, Shower curtain, Coffee mug, Tee, Enamel pin, Art poster

Monthly Edit: May

May has been a pretty weird one. Between celebrating my birthday multiple times and finishing off the semester, I’m feeling pretty exhausted. I didn’t know I could feel so emotionally and physically drained, but here we are. I hope the cosmos have some really great things in store for me in June because who knows how much more I can take.

So while I hope for some good universe alignment to come my way, I managed to find some things that were pretty cool this month to enhance the lives of others.

  • Cold water is essential in the warmer months and I love this W&P water bottle ice cube tray. It’s great for making flavored ice cubes to enhance boring old water and, hello, it’s made for fitting in the most inconvenient place to fit ice cubes: water bottles.
  • Get Lost is such a great tune. I just want to dance to it for hours and hours.
  • Master of None is such a brilliant show and it recently just began streaming its new season on Netflix. I love that episode 1 of season 2 took place in the Italian town my family comes from (not to mention the Italian neorealism of that episode is perfect). PLUS there’s tons of pasta to look at and plenty of modern dating (and situations) to laugh at.
  • Sofia Coppola is one of my favorite directors ever and recently just became the 2nd woman to ever win best director at Cannes (71 years later than the first). She has a new movie coming out soon and took W Magazine on a personal tour of some of her inspirations.
  • I love rose gold anything and this Ouai hair and body oil promises to make my hair shiny and hydrated so naturally I’m all in. I’m not sure about using it on my skin but it claims to remove redness and reduce the appearance of scars. I really can’t wait to try it.

4 “Iconic” Lifetime Movies

A few weeks back while enjoying homemade pizza we decided to check out whatever was airing on Lifetime that night. Lifetime has a pretty great reputation for making a steady stream of movies we love to hate. In fact they are so popular Lifetime established a movie network that runs almost 24/7 showing them off. They have just become one of those things you can turn on in the background or watch all day long while laying on the couch. They are just so addicting.

The one viewed that night was Manny Dearest. I thought I could share some thoughts on it because rarely do you get a story about a creepy male nanny. There was quite a bit of humor involved in such a dark subject, but not as much as the classic, A Deadly Adoption, starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. Instead I decided to revisit 4 truly iconic Lifetime movies from yesteryear. Lifetime movies have a few formulas, but the best ones are based on true stories that become even more dramatic for television. For this reason all the movies below are based on a true story (which happened accidentily).

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