Six Seasons: What I’ve Learned About the Vanderpump Cast

Martin Scorsese watches Vanderpump Rules!

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But honestly, at this point, who doesn’t watch Vanderpump? I even got my Bravo hating husband to watch live with me on Monday nights! After six seasons, the show is at the top of its game and even got nominated for a MTV Movie & TV Award. However, I’m not here to discuss how great the show is after six seasons, I’m here to discuss what I’ve learned about each cast member after all these years.

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Lala

The show could stay on the air forever if every couple seasons it brought on cast members like Lala and James. I don’t know if you know it, but the world is here for Lala Kent! She’s Stassi 2.0 and if you’re following her journey with “her man” on social media, she’s very much in line to leave Vanderpump and become the newest Beverly Hills housewife! I thought she schooled James about how she thought they were becoming better people, not saying horrible, body shaming comments about others, plus she’s so honest, how can you not like her? Side note, I bought of one of her lip glosses … stuff is the real deal! What did I learn about Lala Kent from this reunion? While I may not fully agree with her definition of feminism, the girl is a boss bitch who I want to hang out with!

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James

I don’t really feel I’ve seen much of a change in James since his first season. Is he drinking less and getting along with most people? Yes, and obviously the scenes with him and Jax are television gold. Plus he got his job at SUR back and See You Next Tuesdays is brilliant … however, he still drinks too much at times and talks out of his ass. So what did I learn about James Kennedy from this reunion? He is pretty much the same dude, only now with a robot girlfriend and some minor improvements.

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Stassi

Stassi said she wanted to be “well-rounded” instead of a waitress this reunion. I like how Stassi isn’t always the focal point of the show anymore, but is more in a sideline character, friend role. I have been closely following her and Beau on social media & her podcast, so I pray he’s on the next season because they seem really great together! What did I learn about Stassi Schroeder from this reunion? She has self-reflected, and I think now is fully honest with the type of person she wants to be!

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Jax

Jax’s “hashtag me too” comment pretty much sums him up: he’s never fully aware of what is going on, nor does he understand important issues. He put Brittany though [“rot in”] hell this season, but I truly believe the death of his dad made him finally realize what is important in life, and I really do think he’s trying to be a better person. “But what about his attack on Scheana then?” I actually watched that part of the reunion twice; the first time seeing it I didn’t think it was that bad, but re-watching it … yeah it was. Jax can’t change over night though, and I agree with many of the cast, he was lashing out because he was still in pain. What did I learn about Jax Taylor from this reunion? At least he’s trying now.

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Brittany

This reunion completely made me change how I view Brittany, mainly in terms of her relationship with Jax. I say that because more than once Brittany said something along the lines of not judging others because you don’t truly know what someone is going through. She said this in regards to the comments she received about sticking with Jax, but also when Andy asked Britt her thoughts towards Lala’s feminist attitude. What did I learn about Brittany Cartwright from this reunion? I really believe she’s an angel sent from heaven to make earth, and especially self-centered people from LA, better!

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Tom Schwartz & Katie

I wanted to put Katie and Tom as a package deal because I don’t feel we had too much drama from them individually this season, especially after the beating they took last season leading up to their wedding. I could NOT be prouder of how hard Katie has worked on herself, plus the bravery she showed in sharing the story of her accident. Sweet Tom, while I’m proud he’s getting his shit together and becoming a business owner, he has got to stop blacking out. I completely see where Katie is coming from; it’s so scary. So what did I learn about Katie and Tom from this reunion? Marriage is helping them become the best versions of themselves.

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Tom Sandoval & Ariana

I simply don’t have that much to say. I thought it was cool how Tom told Stassi that Patrick “smothered her flame” … so sweet, until he got salty about the fact that Lisa didn’t force her to waitress #whatever. As far as Ariana goes, she replied to one of my tweets last week so that was cool …? She supports Scheana so that’s cool …? What did I learn about Tom and Ariana from this reunion? They need to be on the show and probs always will be, but to me they are neither here nor there.

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Scheana

I reeeeeeally don’t want to female bash here, but it’s reeeeeeally hard for me to say anything nice about Scheana. I mean she was bad enough obsessing over Rob, saying horrible things about Shay only to come out & then say good things about him on the reunion, but to say she only watches herself on the show? Girl, this is (mostly) your full time job and you can’t spend one hour, one night a week, to watch the others so you can contribute to the conversation at the reunion?! Over it. What did I learn about Scheana “I know her last name isn’t Shay anymore but I’m too lazy to find out what it is” from this reunion? She only walked off set because her makeup was messing up, not because she was truly upset.

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Kristen

Ever since Kristen got fired from SUR, she’s been slowly fading into the background of the show. She’s 100% a side character, and who knows, maybe she purposely sat up with James until seven in the morning in Mexico just so she could have a story line. With all that being said, I’d definitely be sad to see her go and I do believe she’s grown alot in the six seasons the show has been on. What did I learn about Kristen Doute from this reunion? She’s boring, but necessary.

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Lisa Vanderpump

I learned one thing and one thing only from watching Lisa Vanderpump this season and especially at the reunion: get her off Housewives and keep her only on Pump Rules; I mean telling Kristen to “shut up” was GOLD! She doesn’t really bring anything like that to RHOBH (sorry not sorry).

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Cheers to another fabulous season of Vanderpump Rules! I hope this show never ends! 

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May 19, 2018

I am having a major Royal Wedding ending hangover, but luckily I can relive it all here! 

Welcome to My Hollywood Hangover, a pop culture blog started by a small-town, Kansas girl, obsessed with all things celebrities and Bravo TV. If you have never visited the site, go ahead and click on the four lines in the top right corner. There you’ll find all our past posts and you can also subscribe to get posts sent straight to your email the moment they’re released! If you aren’t new to MHH and are a friend … it’s so good to be back!! I’ve missed missed missed you!

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Unless you live under a rock, wait scratch that, I have absolutely NO IDEA and no words to even describe how you wouldn’t know the Royal Wedding was this past weekend. It was absolutely EVERYWHERE, on every channel, and on every social media. I was here for ALL OF IT!

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I remember being in college and waking my boyfriend, now husband, up at who knows what time to watch William and Kate get married. I wasn’t as into it as I was this wedding (we’ll get to that shortly), but I knew it was a global big deal and wanted to be witness to it.

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Since I feel closer to Meghan and Harry’s ages, plus am obsessed with The Crown, and have read multiple Royal biographies, including Diana: Her True Story, I was way more invested this time around. PLUS Meghan is AMERICAN (not to mention bi-racial and a divorcee). With we learned anything from Wallace Simpson, this wedding was going to be a HUGE HUGE deal! I also learned from Vanity Fair’s ‘Love and Royals’ issue, Meghan and I are birthday buddies, so safe to say … I’m obsessed!

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My spread at 3:30 am the day of the wedding!

So let’s get right to it shall we?!

Favorite Hat:

Hats on hats on hats! I’m not sure if you knew this but “tradition calls for morning dress and morning dress calls for a hat” according to Vanity Fair, so hats were required at Harry & Meghan’s wedding. Boy did we see some! My favorite, however, had to be Camilla Parker Bowels.

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While she may not be my favorite person in the story of the Royal Family, England has come to embrace her as a part of it. I loved the pink, I loved it’s size, and I loved the feathery look. Her hat synced her whole look together. Speaking of…

Favorite Look:

I did NOT want to give this award to this person, but there was no arguing. The person who had the entire look from dress to hat to shoes to plus one was Amal Clooney

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The canary yellow was bright and festive, fit for the beautiful day. The veil was subtle and perfect, but added to her hat. And that train on her dress?! If you watched live and were tuned in to the Today Show, Hoda and Savannah couldn’t stop talking about the train of her dress. The reason I say I didn’t want to annointe Amal with best look is because she’s an obvious choice. But, as I was watching back clips of guests walking in, Amal *literally* (Chris Trager voice) looked like a sculpted model. Serena Williams and Doria Ragland were runner -ups!

Most Disappointed:

I’ll come right out and say it: Abigail Spencer.

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Google image search her and include the words “Timeless character” and you’ll probably get something very similar to this look right here, hence I say, she should have stepped it up for the Royal Wedding!

The Dress:

I figured Meghan wouldn’t wear anything flashy because a) the Royals are more understated, b) this is her second wedding dress, and c) she’s 36. When you’re mid-thirties, marrying for the second time and it’s to the Prince of England, flash isn’t a word used to describe the dress you’ll be wearing.

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So with that being said, I thought her dress was boring. Now, before you get set to argue me, it was only boring in comparison to Kate and Diana’s. Kate’s dress will go down in history as my favorite wedding dress ever, but that’s because I’m a big lace fan. My own wedding dress was covered in lace.

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However, Meghan’s dress was absolutely perfect for this wedding and for her. It was elegant, simple, graceful, and I think the term all the news outlets used was regal. Because of that, it was perfect.

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And that veil! It was my favorite part of her look!

Many were saying Meghan’s makeup and hair were basic. I thought so too. But, the more I went back and looked at images of her and her dress, I actually liked that she had very basic makeup. I like that she looked like herself, kind of like an everyday Meghan. I wouldn’t want her to be wearing so much makeup, she didn’t look like we’d expect. Plus, she had enough love and Markle Sparkle in her eye, she didn’t need a ton of makeup!

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I don’t know who I stole this picture from, but the person *literally* made her into a Disney princess.

The Ceremony:

From the moment Meghan walked in by herself with grace, to Prince Charles leading her to Harry, the ceremony was beautiful. I love love LOVED the performance of “Stand By Me” by that gospel choir. But, my absolute favorite moments from the ceremony had to be how nervous Harry looked & his sweet sweet words to her. If you don’t know what I’m talking about her, simply look it up and you’ll find a million gifs of him saying things like, “You look amazing” and “I’m so lucky.” They both looked extremely in love; you could especially see it in their eyes. Also, for as nervous as Harry looked, Meghan looked cool as cucumber and super poised, which just shows that she can be the ying to his yang!

Final Thoughts:

If I didn’t already mention it, the wedding was everything to me. I loved how much of a big deal with was, how excited the world was, and how happy both Meghan and Harry seemed. I especially loved loved loved Meghan’s evening dress and that cool car Harry drove them in.

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I’m so unbelievably sad it’s all over, but so incredibly happy I got to witness it and had social media to share my thoughts. Speaking of sharing my thoughts, school is out in two days! Then My Hollywood Hangover will be back in full force, and is planning to be bigger and better than ever!

If you’re not already subscribed to receive our posts, you can do so (as I mentioned before) in the top right hand corner. You can also follow MHH on Twitter and IG. Just search our name! Until next time …

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Where has My Hollywood Hangover Been?!

I totally blame Arie Luyendyk for my lack of wanting to blog. After allllll those hours of the Bach finale, including that “uncut” footage, I just have not felt the tv inspiration or my want to discuss, hence the lack of posts.

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This was just alot for me too …

However, I have been totes active on Twitter and as always I suggest you go give MHH a follow: click here, click here, click here!!

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I promise the blog isn’t going away, but may be slow these next two months (as school winds down before vacation).  I promise we’ll be strong once the summer months are here!  I promise I will let you know when inspiration hits. And I promise I’ll let everyone know when a post drops because we all know there isn’t a lack of material … see below!

Coming up on Hollywood Hangover …

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Season 10

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Family Reunion

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RHOA Reunion

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More Pump Rules

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Southern Charm returning, plus bringing us New Orleans 

As well as …

  • Beverly Hills
  • Potomic
  • UnReal
  • Scandal
  • Empire
  • Movies of the Week
  • and more……!!!!

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Spring Break Updates

Tomorrow the hubs and I set off to beautiful Florida because it’s my …

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I’ve been so behind on shows, plus have had way too many hours of Bachelor to watch and Oscar movies to catch up on (we finally saw Three Billboards!), so I haven’t had time to sit and pour my thoughts out on it all. Now, we’re about to leave for a week’s vacation (much needed mind you, but I will miss my lazy tv days). However, before we leave I have a few highlights from my week in entertainment I just have to share …

Morning Breath Drama

Image result for the morning breathSERIOUS justice for Claudia and Jackie. If you don’t know the story, simply google “Girl With No Job scandal.”  I’m not going to dive deep into it, but I will say this: you can’t help who your parents are or the crazy thoughts they may put into your head while raising you, AND as an adult, you can’t change the very stupid things you said as a teenager. The Oshry sisters are some of the funniest, social media millennial influencers, SO BRING BACK THE BREATH!


RHONY Trailer

Image result for real housewives of new york trailerThe Real Housewives of New York return in April and the show looks AMAZING! While many of us have been speculating what would be shown, we found out Bravo will be including Bobby Zarin’s death and Luann’s arrest. We’ll also see Dorinda drunk slurring like always, Bethenny going off, and the trailer didn’t even get to the dramatic boat ride! Overall, I feel confident to say this season is going to bring. it! (RHOP trailer dropped during the writing of this post; it looks pretty awesome as well!!)

Oscars 

@shalexandej tweeted: “Something you might hear us filmheads saying today is that “The Oscars are like my super bowl!!” and that’s only because we love film so much”

Showing I agree with @shalexandej must be why I sat through 3 and 1/2 hours of the award show Sunday night (plus the Red Carpet) to see which films were awarded this year. For my FULL recap, please go follow me on Twitter: @myhollywoodh (I live tweeted the entire thing!) My favorite moment from the 90th Academy Awards was all the movie montages because beyond the speeches, dresses, & any controversies, it’s about THE MOVIES (just as @shalexandej said)! I was SUPER happy to see Jordan Peele win, and utterly shocked that a movie about a love affair between a deaf girl and sea monster could win Best Picture! But, I have yet to see it. Who knows, it may be the next movie I watch on repeat to help curb my hangovers (the movie that currently holds this spot is Bring It On) !!

Bach Finale

Image result for bachelor finaleI probably should dedicate an entire post (or two) to discuss all my thoughts on what went down this week in Bachelor Nation. Sadly, we don’t have the time. (As always, you can see all my thoughts on Twitter; I live tweeted this event too!)

Here is what I saved into my notes on my phone as I watched the Becca breakup: “This is making me sick to my stomach and I KNEW it was coming the whole time (I read spoilers). I can’t FATHOM FOR THE LIFE of me why ABC would show this! Why is it being filmed in the first place, like did Arie contact production and say ‘Hey I’m feeling this way?’ and they’re like ‘You can only feel this way if we can film it?!'” (I did read somewhere that apparently Arie broke up with her on camera because he thought it would give Becca a better chance at being the Bachelorette?? For f***’s sake!)

Then came Tuesday and I continued saving notes to my phone saying, “Why did Arie propose to Becca in the first place; we could ALL see he was obsessed with Lauren the whole time! I mean, I thought it was going to be Lauren as he was narrowing down the women, so why not just FREAKING PROPOSE TO HER IN THE FIRST PLACE?!” Ugh and then to do it on After the Final Rose?!

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No one cares you proposed again.

I could go on and on and on about this, but I’m tired of talking/hearing about it. As I said before, go read my Twitter to see ALL my thoughts. As for Becca being the Bachelorette? Couldn’t be happier for her and I’m sure I’ll discuss this more when the show airs in May!

Riverdale

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Riverdale returned this week after taking a few weeks off and honestly, I’m not excited about it. Let’s be clear; I LOVE this show, but it has had major suckage in it’s second season. Like, why was the janitor the Black Hood, and what does Betty have to do with it all? Where has Cheryl been this whole season and why is her mom a freaking harlot, who is also dating (??) Betty’s dad? Why the heck was this complete random druggie murdered by Betty’s mom, like where does that fit into the story line? And, Archie is now part of the Lodge’s “mob family?” I mean so what, Veronica and Archie are destined for marriage now even though they’re still in high school? RAN DOM plot lines make for not a good show right now!

UnREAL

Un-Real 2Speaking of an actual good show, if you are part of Bachelor Nation, you NEED to be watching UnReal on Lifetime. Even if you’re not part of Bachelor Nation, you need to be watching this show.  I’ll be honest, I haven’t yet started the new season (four hours of Oscars on Sunday & five hours of Bachelor Monday/Tuesday … I’ve been busy!) but I’m just so so excited it’s back! I’ve been waiting forever!

Before we part ways for a week (or two) I want to say, I appreciate ALL the support and people who click on my posts and read them. MHH is up to almost 50 subscribed followers (you can do this by entering your email in the right hand corner!!) and over 100 followers on Twitter. While they may not seem like much, it’s weird to me that even 5 people would be reading my words. Plus, I’ve met so many unique and fun people who love to share their thoughts and opinions with me on all the crazy shows we watch, and the celeb gossip that happens each day. So again, thank you! I hope if you’re having a Spring Break, you enjoy the hell out of it; you deserve it!

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The Bachelor Winter Games: The Couples

I know, I know, I know. Everyone in Bachelor Nation is talking about women telling all and Arie knowing what he did (and if you don’t know, just go check US Weekly …).

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But, I can’t stop thinking about the Winter Games couples; I’m really really sad the show is over. Sighh… I guess we’ll always have Instagram!

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Before we completely bid adieu to the wonderful Bachelor break from Arie’s season, I thought I’d give a few quick thoughts on each couple … I promise this will be quick & painless!

Bibiana & Jordan

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I was most devastated to see this couple not work out because I was really rooting for Bibi! AND to have Jordan fall so hard and quick for her, when he said he didn’t feel that way about ANYONE on his entire season of The Bachelor? I wanted it to work between them! However, she gave a good speech at the World Tells All when she used an excellent book metaphor about them not being on the same page or chapter.

Lesley & Dean

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Obviously Dean needs to grow up (what with his rocket ship comparisons and proposing with a house key) but Lesley calls him out on it which I LOVE! I don’t think any of the many girls Dean has been involved with in the past (in Bachelor world) have done that! I also appreciate the playful side of their relationship and really really hope it works out.

Stassi & Luke

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Speaking of working out (or not), let’s discuss Stassi and Luke. I wasn’t really rooting for them because I didn’t think she was that great and all his ramblings and “poetic” nonsense were the worst. But dude … to completely ghost her after the show, try to make some sort of reasoning for it on the reunion, and then to be just a straight d*** once you thought the cameras stopped rolling …? Zero excuse for it buddy.  There was even a campaign to stop following him on Twitter. I hope Stassi gets all the joys the world can give her and I hope Luke never releases a hit single in Nashville.

Lily & Courtney

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These two are probably my favorite couple and I think they deserved to win the whole thing over Ashley and Kevin. They had the cutest ice dance routine and they seem to genuinely care for one another (even though Courtney kind of annoys me). The best thing about them came after the show though when they rented an RV and road tripped across the United States.  I thought it was awesome for their relationship and just a cool thing to do, especially both being from foreign countries!

Ashley & Kevin

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Meh, probably my least favorite couple. Yes, I want Ashley I. to finally win at the Bachelor (hence why they probs decided to let her win that stupid golden rose) and yes I want her relationship to actually work out … but I’m not invested in this relationship. I hate looking at all that makeup on Ashley’s face and I hate just looking at Kevin’s busted face. But, everyone deserves happiness, even Ashley I. and here is just one more amazing thing about the Winter Games … even Ashley I. could find love!

Clare & Benoit

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LOVE him, kind of hate her, and may have cried when he proposed. I’m glad Benoit is happy because seriously all the dude deserves is happiness … and I guess we can be happy crazy Clare finally found someone too! Bitch totally lucked out, not only on an amazing guy, but she can now travel to Paris and never have to worry about a language issue because Benoit speaks amazing, beautiful French! I hope they make it down the aisle only because I don’t want to see sweet Benoit cry anymore!

Final Thoughts

Things I loved about the show and what I will miss most: all the contestants being cooped up in the house forcing their relationships. Seeing so many Californians fall in the show. Yuki. Finally, ALL the shade thrown by the producers, from that first “Survivor-style vote” rose ceremony, to basically having some of these people’s ex’s (Jojo, Rachel, Arie) judge a kissing competition to determine if couples got a rose. ABC, you HAVE to keep this show going each year; the international contestants and fun competitions make for such a wild ride!

I guess all we have now is Monday where we find out what Arie did; I’ll have a large glass of rosé and my tweeting fingers ready!

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The Bachelor Winter Games: Week 1

“If there is anyplace to help me fall in love, it’s the Winter Games…”

and I can only agree! I had more smiles watching four hours of the Winter Games, than all of Arie’s season. I’m too lazy to go into the premise of the Bach WG, and I feel like if you’re here reading this post, you probably already know what the show is about. Click here for the who, what, when, where, & why of the show; I only have time for my thoughts.

Initial reactions …

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I guess it wouldn’t be a Paradise spin-off if Ashley I. wasn’t caught crying, but you’d be so shocked to hear her story at the end of the week (spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched … wait, why are you even reading this if you haven’t watched?!).

I’m not sure if it’s Olympic hype or the the boredom I feel for the current season the The Bachelor, but I am SO pleasantly surprised that I was not in pain watching the first two episodes of Bach Winter Games! There are just SO many things I liked about the show.

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While the whole “opening ceremony” was stupid, I loved meeting the cast (cast? contestants? singles? players? WHAT DO YOU CALL THEM?!) from other Bachelor franchises, especially from other countries! I immediately loved the Canadians: Kevin (swoon) and Benoit (more on him in a minute). While I thought it was a little weird bringing someone in who spoke zero English (Japan), I knew Yuki would bring something special, if not entertaining, to the mix!

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Click here to meet the full cast!

Since I only became part of Bachelor Nation during Jojo’s season I got to see a few familiar American faces including Luke, Dean, & Eric. But it was fun to meet people from past seasons I didn’t watch including Lesley and Clare.

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I also really enjoyed the different competitions during the show, especially because most of the Americans are from L.A. and have no idea what they are doing in or on the snow. I just feel like sometimes these Bachelor shows do nothing but talk about feelings, talk about feelings, or kiss, kiss, kiss (ahem, Arie’s season right now zzzzzzz…) so it was fun to see the cast (cast? contestants? singles? players?) do something different and compete against each other (and not just for one person’s attention).

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Speaking of something different, I LOVED how at the first rose ceremony, you weren’t guaranteed a rose if you were in a relationship; you got voted off by the opposite sex because “maybe you weren’t here for the right reasons!” It was BEYOND entertaining to then see them all scramble and to hear the conversations being had. While I was happy to see this aspect of the show, I was totes sad to see Eric “WE OUT HERE” Bigger go home.

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Finally you guys, I am SO here for all the couples that formed in the first week of the show. Even Ashley I. seemed to find a true connection after she took Bibiana’s sloppy seconds. Can we talk Bibi for a second? First she lands Kevin, one of the hottest guys there. Then decides to give him to Ashley because Ashley is hysterically crying in the corner, only to have Bibi tame the New Zealand bad boy Jordan.

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If you thought she was crazy or loud or anything negative in Arie’s season, girl redeemed herself (even though she didn’t need to) on the Winter Games and is KILLING IT!

I’m also really liking Dean and Lesley (Deanie Baby, please don’t break her heart!), Josiah and Ally (redemption for Josiah this season!) & surprisingly Clare and Benoit/Christian (spoiler: I can’t hate on Clare because something major is going to go down next week or on the reunion special, even though I REALLY want to hate on her for breaking sweet Benoit’s heart!)

Again, I am SO here for these couples. Like, I am wanting a Raven/Adam love I can follow on social media for Jordiana, Desley, EVEN Ashlin!! (If I didn’t ship their names correctly, someone please let me know asap!)

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I am obsessed with this show and am PUMPED for next week. I had planned to cover all four episodes (sad it’s only four episodes) in one post, but once I got started my love could not be contained, so lucky you, I’ll be back at the end of the week to share my thoughts on the remainder of the show.

Find me on social media and let’s discuss your thoughts … are you too loving this season? If so, what couples do you like? And if you aren’t liking the show, to that I must say …

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… couldn’t help myself!)

See you next week! Xoxo!

Movie of the Week: Dunkirk

My view count of nominated movies now sits at 2/9!

Go me! I realized the other day I have a little bit of time seeing as the Academy Awards don’t air until March 4th. The hubs and I have seen Get Out and now Dunkirk, with Lady Bird and Twelve Billboards being the next on our “to watch” list.  But for this week, we traveled back to World War II to see if Harry Styles really could act or not.

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Okay chill, that was a joke; of course he can act; Harry Styles can do anything. More important than Harry is the plot of the film and it’s retelling of the rescue of over 300,000 Allied troops from Dunkirk to England in 1940. Now class, please refer to the map below to understand the significance of this rescue.

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As you can see, the bad guy or the Enemy as called in the film, surround the troops who were literally in lines waiting for their rescue, either from the Navy or Air Force. Yet, not much help was coming. This is one (OF THE MANY) thing I hate about war depictions in film … the sitting and waiting of troops with the enemies lurking close by. I completely understand this was real life and is why the film was made in the first place, but there goes my gel manicure every. single. time.

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It took me a while to figure out there were three story lines going on simultaneously, yet at different intervals of time. I think that’s how I would explain it, right? There is the story line of all the troops waiting on shore and their story is told over a week’s time during the film.

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Then there is the story line of the cutest dad and son (& random other kid who sadly dies — didn’t really get the point of him being in the film … unless he was a real person, in which RIP) traveling through treacherous, war filled sea, to help rescue the men on shore. This boat they take to save the soldiers is a straight up … oh I don’t know … vacation boat? Tourist boat? Definitely not a war boat!

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Their story lasts only an hour in time over the course of the film.

 

 

 

Finally, there are the men in the air, one being the legend known as Tom Hardy. From what I could understand, there are three pilots, two get shot down, the little vacation boat I mentioned above picks up one of the pilots, and Tom Hardy lands on the shore of Dunkirk…? (Fact checkers or intense movie fans, feel free to correct me here). The pilots’ story is only an hour in time over the course of the film.

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I’ve read and heard from others who have seen the movie, that the lack of dialogue contributed to a low rating of the film. In my opinion, that is precisely the point of the plot.

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As I said, these men were literally trapped, with the enemy closing in. I really don’t think they are going to sit down and have a long discussion about the state of the world; they’re just trying to survive it. Plus, nothing can go right. The troops on shore (especially the three men being followed for the plot) try two or three attempts to get off the shore, only to have something bad happen. Once, they literally are in the water only to float back to shore. The dad and son experience a tragedy while going to the Dunkirk shore, but keep going anyway. Finally, the three men in the air? The story ends with only one. Plus, the shore, boat, & air plot lines eventually all come to intersect, which to me was so so so fascinating, so sorry fans that wanted a ton of dialogue to strengthen the film. #8.1onIMDB

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If you’re interest in this film is not yet peaked, I’m sure these two words will do it: Harry Styles.

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I kept trying to think of how I would describe Harry’s acting chops or how I felt about him in the film. I still am not able to put it into words. The best I could come up with are that a) I have never loved him more (& I never really loved him in the first place) and b) if you didn’t know that was HS, you would have appreciated him just the same. With the latter I mean, he did nothing to stand out as Harry Styles, which I think is important because then you buy into him as a soldier and you don’t see Harry Styles each time he’s in a scene. You just experience the film.

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“When I was growing up in the house, we’d watch the Oscars.” — Billy Crystal

Me too, Mr. Crystal. I believe Dunkirk is a perfect film to be nominated for an Oscar. Do I think it will win? No. Was I disappointed that I watched? Not in the least!

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Super Bowl Half Time Show — I Can’t Take It Anymore

My name is Katy and I am a Justin Timberlake fan.

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Going strong 20 years now, and honestly, I don’t care whether you are or not. I wasn’t going to comment on his Halftime Show from last night’s Super Bowl but then I thought of two things. One, this is my blog and my outlet to share MY opinions and what I LOVE, and if you know me, you know the love I have for JT is unconditional & never ending. Two, I’m tired of seeing all the hate on social media he got for the performance, so I’m here to defend defend defend!

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Before we get into the actual performance, let’s just realize we live in a world right now where no one can do right (which I totally get is the pot calling the kettle black because majority of my blog is me complaining about actors or making fun of reality stars, but whatever I’m getting cheese fries). Timberlake got hate as soon as it was announced he was performing, especially from Janet Jackson fans, but come onnnnnnnnnnnnnn! I take a firm stance that his 2004 SB performance with her (#nipplegate) was completely planned and if you think for a second that it was a “wardrobe malfunction” then …

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UGH and the #JanetJacksonAppreciateDay trending on Twitter?? Again I say, come onnnnnnnnn! Anyway, people were going to go in on him from the beginning no matter what, so he had quite a bit to prove.

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Not everyone was rooting against him though. Lady Gaga (who is a QUEEN) tweeted out support for him before the performance, wishing him luck, as did Jimmy Fallon. So let’s get into the actual performance and see why he succeeded when so many said he failed.

First, the audio. People were saying it was fuzzy; I didn’t hear fuzz, but I’m sure if people instead heard total clarity, they’d have then said he sang poorly live. Second, the Prince tribute. People were saying it was inappropriate and more; yet if he hadn’t done one, people would have been upset. Last, singing Rock Your Body (aka the #nipplegate song); it’s one of his biggest dance hits, and to those people saying he smirked right at the “Janet Line” you’re reaching so far your arms HAVE TO be tired! Seriously, watch the footage.

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I have seen Justin Timberlake in concert and let me tell you, last night’s show was IT. That was a straight thirteen minute Justin Timberlake concert. Just like at one of his shows, he’s dancing and singing, and straight PERFORMING his heart out,  fusing songs together, singing all your favorites, plus moving all over the arena! He did the same thing last night. From starting underneath the stadium, then waltzing down onto the field to the main stage, then having a center stage where he could perform from any side of it, to straight dancing on the field, to performing with a marching band (which we’ll get to in a minute) to straight dancing into the crowd! Sheesh, I’m just tired describing it all! But at an actual Timberlake concert, it’s two hours of all that (and no one is rooting for him to fail).

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I promise I’m almost done ranting, but I want to discuss my favorite part of the whole show (and it wasn’t changing one middle schooler’s life by taking a selfie with him, but props for JT for doing it!) THAT! MARCHING! BAND! during Suit & Tie! Did anyone catch the football reference?

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Get it? Halftime of a football game and a marching band is performing? Also, raise your hand if you knew that was the actual University of Minnesota marching band? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

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Well, if you’ve made it this far through the post, maybe I’ve started to convince you that his performance was outstanding and deserves credit, not criticism. If not, maybe these famous voices can help sway you because JT SLAYED AND KILLED SUPER BOWL LII! 

 

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Also, congrats to the Eagles! Fly Eagles Fly!

“And the actor goes to …” 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Recap (Pocket-Sized)

“We are living in a watershed moment in time and as we march forward with active momentum and open ears, let’s make sure we are leading the charge with empathy and diligence, because fear and anger never win the race.” — Kristen Bell, 2018 SAG Awards Host

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Ahh yes, another award show where actors toot their own horns by giving awards out to one another. However, here I am watching, but if I must watch, then I must critique! Don’t worry though, my critiques won’t be too tiresome; this is only a small batch, pocket-sized post! First up is Kristen Bell. She’s quoted above because she hosted the award show and was actually the show’s first ever host.  I just love love love love, love her so much. For all her great moments from the show, click here!

What I Learned

The thing I like most about the SAG Awards is it’s actors recognizing and awarding actors, which has to be a huge compliment right? I can only imagine if I went to an award ceremony for teachers, with the awards being presented by fellow teachers. That would have to be an extremely large pill to swallow because teachers do not like to credit other teachers (not all, some, okay most, hopefully I’m not offending all my teacher readers right now; please don’t leave). But it’s easier, probably in any profession, to celebrate one’s own acheivements, rather than recognize others.

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“My students scored this score on the state test” or “Look at this wonderful email a parent sent me telling me what a great job I do.” I’m sure actors are the same: “My movie made this much money” or “Look at the great review my movie received.” So, I would imagine winning an SAG Award is a big deal because people who usually want to brag on themselves this time want to brag on you!

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Shout out to some of my favs on winning: This Is Us, Sterling K. Brown, Claire Foy, and Nicole Kidman!

What I Loved

Mother, freaking, girl power. I knew that Bell being the first ever host as a woman was a huge deal, and I knew the show was branded as “female-powered.” But, it wasn’t until the next day I realized, “Oh wow, only females presented!” It was really awesome to see; read more here!

What I Remembered

Still disappointed in myself as I have yet to see any of the films nominated this awards season; I’m such a failure.

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Fashion

I guess the “let’s all wear black” protest was over because there were many hues to found on the SAG red carpet. My picks for best dressed went to Kristen Bell (her red carpet look; she had quite a few wardrobe changes as host’s normally do, but actually looked amazing in all of them!), Nicole Kidman, Samara Weaving, and Yara Shahidi (pantsuit with a train for the WIN!)

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My favorite looks of the night!

 

 

I really hate to have a worst dressed list because I get it, “fashion is art” and shit but low and behold here they are. Millie, you may be thirteen, but you can’t wear your Chucks to an award show; sorry, you can’t. I don’t even have to explain why I hate Kate’s dress, I mean you have eyes right? Same with Kate Nash. Maybe it was an off night for girls named Kate. Ugh, and Lupita almost made my list for best dressed until the camera panned down to the bottom of her dress. #nope (Her body looked sick though!)

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Sorry ladies, not my favorite.

Lastly, why was Morgan Freeman wearing a hat?!

Moving Forward.

We have Oscar nominations tomorrow and the Grammys on Sunday! I love awards season!

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“You’re Being Obtuse!” Vanderpump Rules Recap: 6×6

This season is too good!

If you are someone I see or text on a regular basis (cough, Becky, Alyssa, Kristin, Cindy) and you ARE NOT watching season 6 of Vanderpump Rules, GO BINGE IT NOW! FIND A WAY! I don’t even care if you know nothing about seasons 1-5 … I’ll fill you in! Even if I don’t talk to you regularly, go binge this season if you aren’t already watching!

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Now, if you are currently watching this season (Mack, Stephanie, Joleen & Xchel) or just follow my blog in general … keep living the good life!

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Okay so this episode starts at Jax and Brittany’s housewarming party (EYE ROLL!), right after Brittany heard the recording Faith made of Jax. Here is what we learned from the recording according to the girls, because I think legally we as viewers can’t listen to it:

  • Jax doesn’t want kids with Brittany
  • He doesn’t want to marry her
  • They haven’t been intimate in months
  • He’s not attracted to her
  • Faith was the best sex Jax had ever had

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The same night the episode of Brittany hearing the recording, crying her eyes out, and cursing until her face is red aired, was the same night she was on WWHL with Andy. Andy asked her about a ring Jax had been seen wearing on his left ring finger and Brittany said she thinks Jax is getting the marriage itch. OMG it’s so sickening to me that she’s still with him!

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I want to support Brittany (I really really really do) because I love her so much, but after the recording and the way he talks to her later in the episode, I just can’t feel bad for her anymore if she’s still with him.

Speaking of support, I LOVE how much the girls rally behind Brittany. First of all Lala Kent needs to be the voice and face of women’s rights … like can we re-brand Rosie the Riveter, but with Lala’s picture on it?

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She’s having a great season. Ariana is also having a good season, despite what Sandoval says. While I agree that it wasn’t the best time to play the recording at 1am while everyone was wasted, Ariana and Lala were probs wasted too (and everything sounds like a good idea when you’re wasted). So step off Tom because Brittany needed to hear the recording and any other time, maybe the girls wouldn’t have had the courage to play it for her.

Second, when all the guys left the apartment, how funny was Ariana when she was all “it’s fine; we have all the artichoke dip and jello shots!” Finally, who is the last person Ariana would take with her to go confront TomTom & Jax … KRISTEN! Yet, there they go together down the hall. In fact, while on Watch What Happens Live with Britt, Ariana said her and Kristen are in some sort of cool/good place!

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Guess who else is having an amazing season?! Mr. James Kennedy himself! First off, him meeting with Lisa after the party was THE BEST scene from the whole episode!

The moment of him throwing his hands up in the air when describing Brittany, but also his making (& naming) of his DJ fliers & the passing out of them … I just cant even! So funny! I put the actual loop of “Whhhhhhhy!!” (or gif if you will) on twitter and James actually retweeted it, so you can find it there. But he’s killing it this season even further back from drinking absinthe with Jax, to bringing the toilet paper cake, to drinks with the guys and his judgey mcjudge face (that we were all making at home), to his successful DJ scenes this episode with only a Shirley Temple in his system! Proud of you James!

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Next week though, it looks like James gets into it with Lala over James’s girlfriend, Raquel. Also next week, Mama Cartwright (Brittany’s mom) makes a surprise visit, much to the dismay of Jax by the looks of it. But honestly, until he can stop twisting everything around on Brittany, Brittany needs all the reinforcements she can get!

For now …

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See you soon!