don’t stop me now-dwts:week 8

Happy weekend, everyone! First, I want to say thank you for all the great feedback I got on my Key West post (if you missed it, you can find it here). I’m planning on sharing more of my life on here, and it means so much to me that you all enjoyed the post.  As anyone who knows is aware, my love for TV is also a huge part of my life, so I’ve got another Dancing With the Stars recap for you today!

Paige_Antonio Spin

Favorite Dances

1. Jodie and Keo’s Jive was my favorite dance of the night.  Sadly, it was also their last performance together as she got eliminated at the end of the episode. Jodie’s footwork was quick and accurate and I agreed with Len that she had become more comfortable on the stage.  This was evidenced by the moment when the two of them are fanning themselves while traveling across the dance floor, you could tell she was comfortable in character and just having a great time!

2. Ginger and Val’s Argentine Tango was actually not originally one of my favorite dances of the night.  However, after re-watching the episode, I was impressed by the technicality and skill that I imagine went into this dance (because I have no dance training and only know what I think looks good). I loved how it went from slow to fast, and you could feel the intensity, emotion, and intention behind the choreography changing.  Ginger is one to watch out for in this competition, for sure.

3. Team Len’s Judges Challenge Samba was the most fun dance of the night.  I’m well aware that this dance was not the most technically difficult but I’m a sucker for Len, and especially a cheesy, happy, dancing Len.  Some stand out moments: the giant cut out of his head in a rock formation, Wanya’s glitter six pack shirt, and the hip thrusts Len threw in at the end. If it was up to me, 10’s from Len all around!

Did Ya Catch That?

Waving Len1. See: Note above about my love for a happy and goofy Len.

Mark_Paige Producer Push
2. Paige and Mark apparently weren’t following their cues, and got pushed on stage by a producer.

Beverly MItchell
3. Beverly Mitchell made a trip to the ballroom this week, sitting behind Season 21 champion Bindi Irwin and her family.

Dressing With the Stars

Sharna WorkoutThis week, I want to bring attention to the athleisure wear that the female professionals dancers are wearing in the practice packages.  I certainly don’t look that cool when working out, but I can admire anyone who does.

Sharna Workout Tank
1. Sharna tops her outfit with a laid-back grey pocket tank.  For some reason, wearing loose tanks makes me feel pretty bad-ass, like a boxer or something, so I might be stocking up on these tanks soon.  This one is American Eagle and can be found here.

Sharna Harem Pant
2. I couldn’t find Sharna’s exact pair of floral harem pants, but these Lovers + Friends floral ones are pretty close.

NIke Wedge
3. I’ll never understand how these women dance like they do in heels, although these Nike wedge sneakers may make it a little easier for us mere mortals.

What did you guys think of this week’s episode? Were you sad, like me, to see Jodie go? Everyone still in the competition is so good, I hate seeing anyone go!

xo
Em

movin’ on-dwts:week 5

Dancing With the Stars is really on a rollercoaster this season, from the highs of Disney week to the (pretty much) lows of Switch-Up Week.  Obviously, we couldn’t expect to have the same chemistry between the celebrities and their new partners after only working together for 4 days, but I was hoping for a bit more than what we got.

Von Hip Wiggle Gif

Favorite Dances


1. Nyle DiMarco and Sharna Burgess danced the Viennese waltz to near perfection (if you believe the paddles the judges held up, not the scores they submitted to production).  It was ethereal and fluid, aided by the fog machine and Sharna’s angel-like gown.  It still amazes me how Nyle can dance so beautifully without hearing the music, but I’ve come to realize this man is just amazing.


2. Pairing Jodie Sweetin and Val Chmerkovskiy together was genius, as they both have similar intensity and drive to win this competition. I was happy to see Jodie bounce back from her disastrous performance last week, to close the show with this great Paso Doble.


3. I know that Doug Flutie is not the greatest dancer, but I love how he continues to strive and improve.  Although some dancers may have gotten better scores than Doug, not many other people achieved their best scores on Switch-Up week.  For that reason, Doug’s is one of my favorite dances of the week.  It may not have had the difficult of content of some other dances, but I thought he looked his sharpest and most accurate, and that made me happy.

Did Ya Catch That? Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 8.55.06 PM1. One of our favorite style stars from The Bachelor recaps, Becca Tilley, was in the audience Monday night!

Ginger Hubby Shimmy
2. Is Ginger Zee’s husband, Ben, lobbying for a spot next season? The man’s shimmy tells me yes.

DWTS Tom Russian Love Slave Joke
3. These hosts are seriously quick on their feet.  Who else could come up with lines like this?

Dressing With the Stars

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 8.49.37 PMThis week, I loved Paige VanZant’s costume, worn during her amazing Rumba with Sasha Farber.

Asos1. This dress, from Asos, has a similar embellished bodice, matched with a fairy tale tulle bottom.

LuLus
2. This dress, from LuLu’s, gives you an asymmetrical hemline, similar to Paige’s, but without the glitz and glamour (if that’s not your thing).  Plus, its a very affordable $52!

RTR
3. Although this rentable dress, designed by Badgley Mischka, is a maxi style, I think the detailed bodice is so gorgeous.  I couldn’t not include it.

That’s all I’ve got this week.  Any thoughts on Switch-Up Week? Are you glad no one went home? Let me know in the comments!

xo
Em

when you wish upon a star-dwts: week 4

So if my last post was better late than never, this one must be ‘it’s ok if you skip a week because Disney week was worth the wait’? Most Memorable Moment week was moving, but the stories were so heartfelt, that not a lot of crazy stuff was going on.  This week, however, was Disney night, and anytime there is an animated gazelle dancing on my screen, I know we’re in for a treat.

Wanya Lion King Ending

Favorite Dances


1.  Witney and Von’s waltz was magical. I may be a little biased because I have a slight obsession with the newest live-action version of Cinderella, but I’m starting to think that movie may have been better if Witney was cast in the starring role. She looked EXACTLY like Cinderella, and the lights in her dress just made the moment even more magical.  Besides Witney’s killer costume, Von was graceful, charming and everything you could ask for in a prince. I think he’s finally in the game, and I can’t wait to see where this couple goes.


2. As a self-appointed “Belle” girl myself, I thought Ginger and Val really brought the atmosphere of Beauty and the Beast to life during their foxtrot.  While watching this dance, I actually had the thought that this looks like something out of a Broadway production, the set design was that good.  ABC goes all out Disney night (their parent company), and you could really see that at play here. I agree with Zendaya, when she said that even with all the amazing set design, you never lost Ginger in the dance.


3. Paige and Mark’s quickstep was the perfect number to end the night.  It had energy and Mark’s patented creativity which combined for a show stopping number. Paige didn’t miss a step, and I think this could be another couple to watch!

Did Ya Catch That?

Len does the Monkey gif1. Sometimes, world renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman does the monkey with Disney characters.

Doug Kickline Gif2. And sometimes, he just has pure joy on his face when Heisman winners do sicklines in  front of him.

Tom_Keo Hair
3. They say Dancing With the Stars is a family, and clearly they are right.  Right in the middle of judging, host Tom Bergeron decides to pick stray hair of Keo’s face. As it seems Jodie Sweetin says, “Ooook”.

Dressing with the Stars
Since everyone this week was dressed as a princess or an animal, I’m finding it hard to translate the costumes into relatable everyday outfits. So this week, we’re just going to pay tribute to the amazing costumes that the wardrobe department puts together, and to the kick-ass performers who wear them.

Witney as Cinderella1. If I haven’t gushed about Witney’s Cinderella costume enough, here’s a better look at it.  It seriously takes my breath away.

Sharna as Jasmine v22. In the first dance of the night, Sharna played the role of Jasmine in an amazing little spandex outfit.  Does anyone know where I can find her workouts?

Nyle and Peeta Tarzan
3. Nyle and Peta pulled off Tarzan and Jane in a very convincing fashion.  I mean, Tarzan didn’t wear clothes, so why should they?

What did you guys think of this episode? Did you think Marla was deserving of going home? And who do you think is next? Let me know!

xo
Em