beautiful love.

I swear, I will eventually get these Bachelor posts up on Tuesday. My recreational football league on Tuesday nights is over (we made it to the championship, but we’ll just leave it at that. We most definitely did not lose 72-0), so I can devote my Tuesdays to rewatching the Bachelor and writing up my thoughts.

Thoughts on Episode 4

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  1. I think that Lauren B is our clear front runner, and she’s starting to become my favorite. The way that Ben nuzzled into her during their one on one time, it was obvious that he was comfortable with her.  Lauren B has a joking tone when she talks about the process that is “The Bachelor” which I think endears her to Ben, and to me. For example, she doesn’t use any of the “I’m unlovable” or “I’m scared to open up” cliches when asked how she feels about falling in love. Instead, she laughingly says “Its terrifying”. And that’s true, it totally is. Letting your guard down and giving someone the power to potentially hurt you IS terrifying. I just enjoy the way Lauren B says it, as if its the most obvious thing in the world (because it is).
  2. Ben and Becca’s date was perfect for two hopeless romantics (say what you will about Becca being unable to love, but girlfriend has been on two of these shows). I could’ve done without the awkward fake proposal by Ben though, there was a serious look of panic in Becca’s eyes. The two of them seemed like they had a lot of fun together, and I thought their discussion about Becca’s virginity was lighthearted and easy.  Neither of them seemed uncomfortable with the topic, and even though they are on different ends of that situation, they seemed to bond over their shared values, even if they choose to express them in different ways.
  3. I really can’t call these my thoughts on the episode if I don’t talk about Olivia.  I try my hardest to only say positive things about people here, because this isn’t meant to be a negative space.  Man, though, the editors are really making it hard to like, relate to, or really to do anything besides wish Olivia would go home. She didn’t seem like herself the entire episode, although I’m not sure if this was because of her performance on the group date (where she was clearly uncomfortable), or if this behavior had started earlier. She just seemed to be acting erratically, perhaps because she was being influenced by producers to do something she normally wouldn’t. I got a sense of nervous energy around her. Her actions at the rose ceremony were also bizarre, stealing him from Jennifer after 3 minutes (supposedly), and then telling Jojo that she told Ben she loved him, and the feelings were reciprocated. The uncomfortableness that she was feeling from the group date seemed to snowball into the rose ceremony. However, the editors’ pièce de résistance in the “Olivia is the villain this season” plan was her voiceover during the rose ceremony that ended with Ben “saving the best for last”.

Tweets of the Week

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Favorite Outfits

  1. Lauren B’s deep V top and jeans
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  2. Becca’s white dress (which is available in black here, thank you Becca’s twitter)
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  3. Jennifer’s rose ceremony dress
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Sorry for such poor quality on those screen grabs, I’m going to research how to make them clearer this week!

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xxEm

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sweater weather.

I hope all of you on the East Coast are staying safe and warm during Jonas.  Here in Philadelphia we got about 22 inches, so it seemed like a perfect time to hunker down and write a post.

Awesome Things in the Sports World this Week

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1. The Buffalo Bills hired Kathryn Smith, the first female full-time assistant coach in the NFL.  There has been a lot of traction regarding females in a male dominated sports world, with the hiring of Becky Hammon by the San Antonio Spurs and Sarah Thomas being hired by the NFL as the first full-time female referee. Bravo to Rex Ryan on this hiring, and congratulations Kathryn!

2. Larry Fitzgerald seems to be an incredible human. When brainstorming this section, I planned on writing about him taking time to thank an elderly veteran for his service on game-day. Then, after scoring the game winning touchdown to get his team into the NFC championship game, he spends his post game interview time sending best wishes to ESPN NFL reporter Chris Mortensen, who had announced he was undergoing treatment for throat cancer.  Its hard to root against a guy like that.

3. After saving a woman from her car during a potentially dangerous car crash, linebacker for the New England Patriots Darius Fleming didn’t go around and brag about his heroics. He simply went to the hospital to get 22 stitches in his leg from kicking in her car window to get her out, and then played in a football game against the Kansas City Chiefs that weekend.  Just a guy, doing the right thing, and putting other people before himself.

My Favorite Text-Focused Sweatshirts

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Graphic text sweatshirts seem to be having a moment and I’m all in on the trend.  I already own numbers one and two, and am looking to add three to my closet soon.

Interesting Cast Members on the Upcoming Season of Survivor

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1.The only person who might be more fun than Aubry Bracco is her grandma who seems like a total bad ass and didn’t eat chicken because “their legs were too close to their butts”. She seems to have a great knowledge of the game, name dropping Shambo and Greg Buis in her interview — two players who weren’t on the past 3 seasons.  Plus, if Survivor doesn’t work out for her, I’m first in line to buy her children’s book about manatees.

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2.Although Caleb Reynolds’s bio does not seem particularly interesting, I can’t help but get excited to see someone who has spent a summer in the chaos also known as the Big Brother house attempt to spend 39 days on an island in Cambodia. If that isn’t enough to get you excited, he chose to refer to himself as “Beast Mode Cowboy” throughout the summer.  Still not enough? Check out this gif:
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I can only hope that we get more of this on the island.
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3. Support for Debbie Wanner being the most eccentric person on that beach: she used the word Spartan to describe herself, mentions the lead of Pit Bulls and Parolees as her inspiration in life and is a card carrying member of a juggling club.  Oh, and she compares herself to Hannibal Lecter.  I’m not positive that I’ll be rooting for Debbie, but I find it hard to believe that she won’t bring some entertainment.  Girl has got style though, 17 year-old competitive swimmer Emily would love that bathing suit (who am I kidding, I would still love to rock that suit).
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Anyone else obsessed with a show that many people don’t know is still on? How about your thoughts on the games this weekend? I’d love to hear from you!

xxEmily

Roses

The Bachelor is one of my favorite shows of all time. It has become almost a cult classic recently, and nothing is more fun than sitting around with my friends on a Monday night and dissecting everything about the show.  I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the show with you here.

My Thoughts on Episode 3 of the Bachelor

  1. This episode seemed like it should be titled, “Most Dramatic Rose Ceremony Ever: Rise of the Mean Girl”. Between the attacks on Jubilee, and the biting comments behind Olivia’s back (and I’m not an Olivia apologist), I was slightly uncomfortable with the front that these women were putting forward to the camera.
    Did anyone else think that all of the attacks on Jubilee seemed completely unfounded? Maybe as someone who also expresses their anxiousness through sarcastic comments, I just see where she was coming from with her “anyone else want to go on this date?” comment.  I have to guess that then continuing to confront her, in the guise of it being a “conversation”, isn’t going to win you any points with the guy you’re all trying to date.  What do I know though, I haven’t been on this show three times.
  2. I think Ben is really into Lauren B, who I also like as she seems to be completely down to Earth and aware that she might be one of the most ridiculous shows of all time. She’s frequently sarcastic, which I can definitely appreciate. In my eyes, Ben looks at her in a completely different way then he looks at the other girls, and it was really telling when he wanted to tell her something that he hadn’t talked about with anyone yet.  He didn’t seem to be telling her because the producer’s asked him to, but because he really wanted this girl that he was falling for to know the real him, and the things he was struggling with. (Sidebar: Why did Ben’s pastor call him to tell him about his dad and not his mom or another family member? That being said, I’m very happy that Mr. Higgins is doing well).
  3. I’m really proud of Lace for removing herself from the show.  I felt like her insecurities were getting the better of her in some of her interactions with Ben, and I can only imagine how tiring and taxing that is. It takes a big person to realize that something that might make you (in)famous may just not be the best thing for you, especially when a babe soda like Ben Higgins is involved.  All that being said, can’t wait to see Lace in paradise.

Favorite Tweets from Monday
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My Favorite Bachelor Themed Items

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I love a good tongue and cheek reference to the ridiculousness of The Bachelor.  You can get this glass perfect for your Monday night sipping here.

2. bach and chill
This is pretty much my dream life.  You can buy this here.

3.wine bach yoga pants
I’m sure many of you have seen this shirt around.  I couldn’t not include it though, it is a classic, and pretty much encapsulates my Monday nights. As far as I know, if you use the code “BACHELOR” at check out, you can get 10% off and 10% of the profits go to an animal shelter.  So get a great shirt, and help man’s best friend by clicking here.

What are your thoughts on Episode 3 of the Bachelor? I’d love to hear them!

xx
Em

 

 

Love Yourself

Hey there!  I hope everyone had a great weekend, and is fully charged for the upcoming week! I’m getting ready to bundle up, as we’re supposed to get some frigid weather this week, a big departure from the 60 (SIXTY, SIX-ZERO! It’s January people!) degree weather that we had yesterday.  I’m about to start cooking some game day snacks for the Clemson vs. Alabama game tonight. But first, a blog post!

Vines That Have Made Me Laugh This Week.

  1. I really enjoy LeBron. I think he’s a great athlete and he was my favorite part of Trainwreck. I love that he’s back in Cleveland, and really respect him.  That does not make this not funny.

2. I caught this sequence live.  Unfortunately, I could only relive it once as I was watching the Globes on a TV from the dark ages (aka no DVR).  Luckily Vine was there to save the day.

3. An oldie, but a goodie.

Sports Thoughts.

  1. I’m going to preface this by saying that I’m not a Steelers fan, which I’m sure is not surprising considering my extreme homer-ism for Philadelphia teams. However, as unbiasedly as I can, I think the end of the Steelers/Bengals game this weekend was atrocious. I’ll give the penalty for the Burfict hit, even though I think there was nothing he could do about it.  The real travesty of the last few minutes was the nail-in-the-coffin penalty from Adam Jones for hitting an official, which should have been offset by a penalty on Joey Porter from the Steelers.  There is absolutely no reason for a linebacker coach to be on the field when an offensive player is hurt.  Porter has been known to enjoy stirring things up, as evidenced by his inclusion on this list of top Super Bowl trash talkers.
  2. The Eagles should not hire Tom Coughlin.  I believe that he is a fantastic man and leader, as evidenced by his players’ reaction after his “resignation”, which is starting to feel more like a firing. However, the Eagles have been playing in a progressive system, and I think going from Chip Kelly’s kale smoothies and wearable technology to a more traditional system is a big change; one that might be a little too much for an already thin roster.
  3. Robert Griffin III cleaned out his locker at the Washington Redskins facility today.  He left this behind: rg3source

Best Dresses at the Golden Globes

  1. Alicia Vikander: Possibly the most critically acclaimed up-and-comer of this awards season, didn’t disappoint on the red carpet.

     

  2. Lily James: The star of one of my favorite movies of last year (Cinderella, no shame), looked gorgeous at the Golden Globes.

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3. Jenna Dewan-Tatum: I like the more traditional ball gown cut of this dress, and a little sparkle never hurt anyone.

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I hope everyone has a great week! And definitely check out the namesake of this post, my current jam “Love Yourself” by JBiebs.

xxEmily

Third Time’s a Charm

Hey Y’all (I’m not from the South, but every time I go there for more than 2 days I develop a strong Southern twang.  And I like it!)

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As long as I can remember in my grown up “internet person” life, I’ve loved blogs, and I’ve tried to start one two times before.  However, I think I always tried to write a blog that was like the ones I like to read, but not necessarily the kind that I was meant to write. I just love too much stuff (and it is stuff) to write a one topic blog, whether it be fashion, beauty, entertainment, sports, etc.  So my idea for this is to combine all of those things, and to share the things I’m loving with other “internet people” who are interested in the same thing.

So my idea for this is: three topics a post, with three items beneath each one.  I can’t promise that this will never change, because I know there will be an occasion when I have a passionate rant inside me. So without further ado….

About Me.
1. Anytime I’m with a new group of people, I suggest playing the “fun fact” game, which is not even a game.  I don’t think this wins me any friends, as most people, in fact, do not like this game.  I find the weirdest or most unique things about people the most interesting. In case you were wondering, my fun fact: I have 20 teeth like a small child.
2. I live in what I consider to be the most passionate sports town, Philadelphia. I know a lot of people can argue for their towns, and I’m sure some could give us a run for our money.  No one lives and dies by their teams like Philadelphians though.
3. I have an accurate countdown to the day when I’m allowed to be a puppy mom (447 days).

What I Imagine You’ll Find On This Blog. 
1. LOTS of stuff about the TV I watch. My interest run the gamut from trashy reality (you’ll find me on my couch with wine on Mondays for the Bachelor), HGTV, network dramas, and premium cable “prestige shows”.
2. Sports. I’m a HUGE sports fanatic. And although I’m a ride or die Philly fan, I can appreciate other teams. I’m a big fan of sports Twitter and podcasts, so I’m sure you’ll find some random sports gifs and tweets on here from time to time.
3. Things that I think are hilarious. I kind of picture this blog to be all of the things that I send to my friends, my boyfriend, or my parents – and I’m hoping you guys enjoy them too!

All Time Favorite BuzzFeed Articles.
1. 18 People Who Forgot There Was Already A Word For That
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2. The 37 Most Important Puppy Pictures of 2015
See #3 of the About Me.
3. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s Best Moments of the 2014 Golden Globes
Because they are goddesses and I love the term “garbage person”.

Let me know what you think in the comments! And please share your favorite articles, or really anything! That’s what this is all about!

xo
Emily