everybody-nick:week 3

Guys, what an episode! Granted, it was basically the Corinne show, and I’m about sick of her on my television, but it was a seriously crazy episode. Let’s get into it!

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My Takeaways

1. The episode starts with the news of Nick and Liz’s night at Jade and Tanner’s wedding spreading through the mansion like wildfire. This leads into the rose ceremony, where Nick once again tells the women (bluntly) that “Liz and I had sex.” He welcomes the women to ask him any questions about Liz and his past history with her, in hopes to put the situation behind them. Luckily (I don’t know if I could listen to much more about Jade & Tanner’s wedding), most of the women are fine with it, realizing that Nick is a 36 year-old man, and he probably has slept with people before.

Most of the cocktail party chatter was pretty basic, we get re-introduced to a new front runner Danielle L., and some of the girls bring out gimmicks in order to make their time with Nick memorable. Not to be outdone, Corinne takes everything one step too far.  Upon hearing that Nick and Liz had slept together, she decides that she also wants to explore him sexually, her words not mine. She takes off her cocktail dress, and slips on a trench coat, ready for Nick. I have to imagine that she found Nick right after this because the other women would find it pretty suspicious that she was all of a sudden just walking around in a trench coat. Her and Nick make their way to the front of the mansion to have some alone time on a large pillow.  Nick is also confused by her outfit, asking her if she was wearing a dress or a coat. Corinne asks him to give her the whipped cream, as her genius plan begins to take effect. She sprays whipped cream in Nick’s mouth, sucks it out, then puts it on her boobs and asks him to lick it off.  Nick, while looking uncomfortable, obliges her request. Around this time, Jasmine walks by, but seeing what she has stumbled upon continues on her way. Nick calls her back, leaving Corinne to feel rejected. When Corinne feels rejected, she cries, and sleeps through the rose ceremony.

corinne-winceThis is how we all feel about you on the show, Corinne. 

Deep down, I think Corinne is super insecure. As infuriating as she is to watch, because her behavior seems so inappropriate, I can see where her devastated reaction to Nick spending time with Jasmine comes from. If you had just thrown yourself at a guy, only for him to say “no, I think I’ll talk to this girl now” you would probably be devastated too. I know that this is what she signed up for, but I think we can all agree that Corinne just might not be mature enough to handle this process.

2. The group dates on this episode are AWESOME! The first one has the women and Nick performing as back-up dancers for the Backstreet Boys. Upon receiving the date card, the women are greeted by the Backstreet Boys at the mansion, and we were greeted by the screeching of about 15 women.  I have to say, I think some of these girls are a little too young to be freaking out about the Boys. My peak Backstreet Boys fandom was probably around age 9, which would make some of these women 6? That might be a little young for a band that sings “Am I sexual?” but then again I went to a Hanson concert at 6, and I don’t think anyone knows what Mmmbop is about.

Corinne is on this group date, which will be tons of fun since she does really well not being the center of attention.  Shockingly, as soon as she begins to fall behind in the choreography, as she is not great at “planned dancing”, she runs to the bathroom to cry about how difficult it is watching Nick spend time with other women. At the performance, the Backstreet Boys select Danielle L. as the one who had the best connection with Nick, and she gets the reward of slow-dancing with Nick while the Boys serenade them.  I think this is even more awkward that the private concert, as all the other women are standing by and watching.

awkward-serenadeUncomfortable.

At the cocktail party that night, Corinne finally reveals to the women that she has a nanny. Here are a few of the things that Raquel, Corinne’s nanny, does for her: makes her bed, gives her sliced cucumbers for lunch, does her laundry, makes her cheese pasta (Is this mac and cheese, a ravioli, or just spaghetti with parmesan on top? The world needs to know.) The other women can’t believe what they are hearing, and Jasmine gets the award for the best reaction faces.

Jasmine Reaction.gifMy spirit animal when it comes to Corinne.

The next group date had the women competing in a “Nick-athalon” (gross),  in front of Olympic medalists Michelle Carter (!), Alyson Felix (!!), and Carl Lewis (!!!). Whoever has the top three cumulative scores after all the events, would square off in the 100 yard dash, and win time with Nick.  In true dramatic Bachelor fashion, Rachel is leading the entire race, but upon grabbing the ring that solidifies the winner, she knocked it off its pedestal. Astrid, who was in dead last grabs the ring, and she gets the special alone time with Nick. Awkwardly enough, that involves sitting in a hot tub, on a track, in broad daylight. What I took away from this date was Rachel continues to be the coolest, as we can add athletic to her list of accomplishments. The cocktail party that night was pretty boring, Rachel gets the rose, because she’s the best.

rachel-track-and-fieldTHE BEST

Nick’s one-on-one date this week was with Vanessa, who is one of my favorites. They went on a zero gravity flight, which was like being in space.  It looked like so much fun, until Vanessa started to get sick, and needed the provided barf bags. In a disgusting turn of events, Nick makes out with her, even after she threw up. GROSS.

That night, Nick and Vanessa dine on the tallest building in Los Angeles.  He tells her that being with her makes him believe that this process could really work. Cue the waterworks, not mine, but Nick’s.  For some unexplainable reason, Nick finds this so moving he is tearing up at dinner. Get a hold of yourself, man. Nick gives the rose to Vanessa, although its permanence is brought into question later in the episode.

3. Nick decides that he doesn’t want to have a cocktail party before the rose ceremony, but instead, a pool party. Alexis puts it best:

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The women are all over Nick, but none more so than, you guessed it, Corinne. She has a bouncy castle brought in as a “little” surprise, and brings Nick into it to jump around and straddle. All of the other women see this, starting the inevitable avalanche of women telling Nick she is not there for the right reasons. My favorite reason given comes from Raven:

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Vanessa isn’t just annoyed by Nick and Corinne’s behavior, but is straight up pissed. During her one-on-one time with Nick, she questions his intentions as the Bachelor. She says that she is not mad at Corinne and her actions, but is mad at Nick. She wants to know if he was just looking for someone to mess around with or if he is really looking for a wife. If he isn’t serious about the process than she doesn’t even want the rose. With that, the Bachelor producers take us to the dreaded “To Be Continued…”

Best Tweets

Best Dressed

Sarah was my fashion star of the week, having two of my favorite looks.

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I loved Sarah’s patterned mini dress.  The color looked great on her and I liked balancing the short style (sorry you can’t see the whole thing), with long sleeves. Sarah’s dress is from The Jetset Diaries, and can be found here.

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My second favorite Sarah outfit was this two piece from For Love and Lemons. This is from last summer’s Nordstrom collection but I was able to find it on eBay here.

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Rachel looked so cute in her black and neon bikini! I love the red bandana as a head wrap as well.  I’m not positive where her suit is from, but it looks like the TRIANGL balconnet style, which you can find here in tons of different colors.

What did you guys think of this week’s episode? Are you sick of Corinne’s antics, or think she keeps things interesting? Let me know in the comments!

xo
Em

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summer-nick:week 2

So, I may not have posted this in a timely manner, but it is getting posted before the week 3 episode. As I said last week, I’m determined to recap this entire season, so better late than never.

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My Takeaways

1. The first date of the episode is a group date, where everyone is given a “style” of wedding and the girls will take wedding photos with Nick. An example of the wedding themes are beach wedding (Corinne), fairytale wedding (Taylor), 80’s wedding (Vanessa and her equally voluminous bridesmaids), and shotgun wedding (master of dress-up, Alexis, who follows up on last weeks dolphin costume with a baby bump). For a jealousy inducing date like taking wedding photos, the girls are friendly towards each other and oddly (outwardly) happy when another woman kisses Nick. That is, all the girls except Corinne.

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Corinne is the real star of this date, and if you play any type of Bachelor fantasy, has real Chad upside when it comes to scoring points. While all the girls are talking and laughing together, Corinne is sitting on the corner or the couch, drinking wine, and scowling. She is mad about other girls kissing Nick, talking about Nick, and also that she has to wear a bikini top when Brittany gets to be topless. Don’t think that stopped her. When it was Corinne’s time to have her “beach wedding” with Nick, she decided it would be a topless beach wedding. She even asks Nick to hold her boobs. There’s nothing like going to second base on a first date…..on national television…..in front of 10 other women.

Unsurprisingly, the photographer decides (the producers decide) that Corinne and Nick had the best connection, and she would get to spend additional one-on-one time with him. Luckily for us viewers, there is still an evening portion of the date with the other women, so we continue to get to know them and not just Corinne. At night, Corinne steals Nick first. She isn’t a favorite among the women, so the side-eye taking place is real. In Corinne’s defense, someone had to be the first one to talk to him.  What someone doesn’t have to do is steal Nick again. And again. In all my years watching the Bachelor, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the double steal before. On her third steal, Nick is in the middle of a conversation with Taylor. After talking to the women about Corinne’s behavior, Taylor decided that she is going to interrupt Corinne to continue her conversation. Corinne takes this very personally, saying “she re-interrupted me, which I think is very rude.” Watching this, you almost can’t believe that she is serious. Then again, she keeps referring to herself in the third person, so maybe I can believe it.

Before Nick gives out the date rose, Corinne gives a monologue about how she “can’t stress this enough” that this experience is going to be awkward and you have to put yourself first and go after what you want.  Personally, I thought watching her slur through her “advice” to the other women was awkward, since all of them handled themselves with more grace that Corinne. But to each their own I guess. It seems to Nick’s own too, as he gives the group date rose to Corinne.

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2. Danielle got the first one on one date of the season, and it was generally uneventful. Danielle seems so normal for this show. She’s extremely soft-spoken, smart and sweet – Lacey even says that she is happy Danielle got the one on one date because she didn’t even know girls could be as nice as she is.

On the date, Danielle and Nick take a helicopter to a yacht and spend the day on the water. They talk about their upbringings in Wisconsin, and their date seems so normal. I think Danielle reminds Nick of his friends and family back home, and I imagine that familiarity is a comfort in a crazy situation like the Bachelor.

At dinner, Danielle shares with Nick about her tragic past relationship. She was engaged about 5 years ago, and unfortunately her fiancé died of a drug overdose. Nick is incredibly understanding, as I would hope he would be, and made Danielle feel ok about telling him this. She mentions that many of her former relationships ended shortly after she shared this information, but I don’t think that is going to happen here. I think Danielle is going to be around for a long time.

3. For the second group date, Nick took the women to the museum of broken relationships. Everywhere they turned were items that people left behind once their relationships were over, and Nick even contributed the engagement ring that he had picked to give Kaitlyn. The big activity for this date was for the women to “break up” with Nick, in a bit of role play.

Most of the women had fun with the activity, turning Nick into an alcoholic, cheater, or someone who doesn’t floss. Liz, however, took the activity very seriously, because she feels like Nick has been avoiding her. During Liz’s “break-up”, no one but Christen knows that what Liz is saying to Nick is the truth, instead of a fictional dramatic role play. Earlier in the week, Liz shared with Christen that her and Nick have a history, spilling all the details of them hooking up at Jade and Tanner’s wedding. I’m sure having something that you feel you need to get off your chest but are unable to is stressful while on the Bachelor, and I think Liz did a good job picking out a person with whom she could trust this information. Some women might use this against Liz, or use it to “blow up Nick’s spot” but Christen keeps it to herself.

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Christen’s jaw was definitely dropped.

During the evening portion of the date, Christen admits to Nick that she knows about him and Liz.  Fearful that Liz has told more than one woman, Nick finally decides to address the Liz situation. They have a discussion, which ultimately comes back around to the fact that if Liz wanted to get to know Nick better, she could have just asked Jade for his number. Nick asks Liz to leave, citing that he has relationships with other women building that he doesn’t want to jeopardize. I don’t think that Liz’s intentions coming on the show were un-pure, but I also don’t think Nick trusted them.

After showing Liz out, Nick decides that he needs to come clean to the women. He sits down with the remaining women and tells them that Liz has left. He tells them that he had met her at Jade and Tanner’s wedding. Then, as the episode is ending he says, “Liz and I had sex that night.” Cue dramatic music and TO BE CONTINUED. You’re killing me Bachelor producers.

Best Tweets 

Best Dressed

Unfortunately, the fashion just wasn’t there for me tonight. With the lack of a rose ceremony and so much focus on Corinne and Liz, I wasn’t able to get a good sense of what the other women were wearing. Plus, there were just SO MANY CROP TOPS. I did love what Danielle wore for the dinner portion of her one on one.

Danielle One on One Jumpsuit.jpgI thought it was a successfully bold choice to wear a jump suit on the one on one date.  As you probably know, I’m a sucker for an open back, and the leather-y material that you can get a sense for in the close up shot makes this jumpsuit look extra luxurious. Danielle’s jumpsuit is Cavanagh Baker, and is unfortunately no longer available as it was part of their Spring/Summer 2016 collection. I found some similar black jumpsuits here, here (I’m obsessed with this one and pray that one day God will allow me to look good in a jumpsuit) and here.

Again, sorry for such the late post! I’d love to hear your thoughts on Episode 2 and predictions for Episode 3. You can always find me @third_and_girl or in the comments!

xo
Em

 

red dress-nick:week 1

We’re back Bachelor Nation! It’s a new year and we’ve got a new Bachelor! My New Years Resolution is to actually recap an entire season of The Bachelor, so let’s get started!

My Takeaways

The first week doesn’t have much of a story, so we can kick off this season with the three girls who stood out the most to me.

nickviall_chrissoulesChris Soules starting the night off with that Iowa humor we’ve come to know and love.

1. Liz is probably the girl with the most press before the season began. She met Nick at Jade and Tanner’s wedding, where she served as the maid-of-honor and he was a guest. However, Liz likes to keep her private life private. When a producer asks her if they spent the night together she “pleads the fifth”. That is, until a few minutes later when an ITM voiceover confirms that they have had sex. It’s a mystery no more!

Upon meeting, Nick looks at Liz a bit confusedly, and Liz takes this to mean he doesn’t remember her.  Say what you will about Nick as the Bachelor, but I would hope that he would at least recognize a girl with whom he has a mutual friend and has had sex with.  C’mon Liz, give the guy some credit! Nick confirms to Chris Harrison that he is 99% sure that the girl he met was Liz, so Liz’s hypothesis is officially debunked. Kudos to Chris Harrison for playing the shocked host card when this information was presented to him.

During their one-on-one time, Liz really shoots herself in the foot. First, she admits she didn’t think he would remember. Then, she tells him that she’s didn’t want him to think she was there just because he was the Bachelor (so she’s just there to get on TV?).  Nick questions why if she was interested in him, she didn’t just reach out to Jade and ask her for his number.  To top it all off, she says she had a stereotype of him until she watched him on Bachelor in Paradise, which aired AFTER she actually met him in person. Not great Liz, not great.

All that being said, I really like her.

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Sarah is my spirit animal.

2. If anyone picked Corrine on their Bachelor Fantasy teams, I think you can rest assured that you’ve got a big point earner. In her intro package we learn that she “runs” a multi-million dollar company (aka she works for a company owned by her dad). She also is a 24 year-old with a nanny, who she describes as someone who does “everything for her”.

Upon her entrance, Corinne earns bonus points with the producers for calling the show a “journey”, and gives Nick a hug token to be redeemed inside. During their one-on-one time she gives him a whole bag of tokens, I guess for a whole lot of hugs?

During the cocktail party we learn, Corinne always goes after what she wants. So, she interrupts Vanessa’s time in order to make out with Nick.  Guess those tokens are for more than hugs.

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I wasn’t going to let the dolphin/shark go unaddressed.

3. There are a lot of great girls vying for Nick’s heart, but my absolute favorite is Rachel.  She is a 31 year-old attorney, and is so intelligent and confident.  Through all of her interactions with Nick, she carries herself with a grace that doesn’t show any of her night one nerves.  I was impressed by their conversation, where they both discover they have ties to Wisconsin (him growing up, her attending law school), and agree to disagree about their favorite sports team (I have to go with Nick on this one, Packers > Cowboys). Nick and Rachel’s interaction seems so natural, like the kind of conversation you would have on a first date and not the gimmicky conversation we’ve come to expect from The Bachelor.

In his opening speech, Nick says that he is looking for a woman with a strong personality who feels empowered. Of the women we met tonight, Rachel seems to me like she fits that description to a tee. Nick must agree with me because he gives Rachel the first impression rose.

Best Tweets

Best Dressed

danielle-night-one-red-dressDanielle’s dress was sexy and tasteful, balancing the side and back cut outs with a modest silhouette. Her dress can be found at LuLu’s for a very reasonable $74!

sarah-night-one-pink-dressUnfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a good screen shot of the front of Sarah’s dress.  It was fun and flirty in a feminine color, and looked great on her.  Her dress is by a new-to-me brand, Privacy Please, and is no longer available online.  Lucky for you, Revolve carries many of their pieces, and they are all amazing.  Some of my favorites are this, this and this.

josephine-night-one-red-dressJosephine’s dress was simple in the front, but brought the drama in the back.  I’m a sucker for a low back, and this dress stole my heart the minute she walked into the mansion.  Her dress is by Gemeli Power, and can be found at Revolve.

What did you guys think of the premiere? I think my favorites to get Nick’s final rose are Rachel, Sarah, and Vanessa. Let me know yours in the comments, or @third_and_girl.