my town-nick: week 8

We’re so close to the end! This week we had hometowns (and no rose ceremony), which included a lot of heartwarming and fun moments! Let’s get to them.

racquel-hometown-1Us too, Nick

My Takeaways

In my opinion, we started the week with the most successful home town date, which was an interesting choice by producers. I guess it was low drama so best to get the normal date out first. From the beginning, Raven and Nick’s chemistry was out of control. That make out in the rice field was HOT!

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I was genuinely moved by Raven’s dad telling her about his clean bill of health. I know first hand what its like when one of your parents is battling serious health issues, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. You can tell that this is a tight family, and Raven is looking for a love like her parents’. Nick got the stamp of approval, but was Raven’s dad worried about a shotgun wedding?

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During her hometown date in Dallas, Rachel takes Nick to her church. I loved how welcoming all of the congregation seemed towards Nick, especially the lady who tapped him on the shoulder while the minister was addressing him.

rachel-hometown-church‘Hey, he’s talking about you’

At home, I think America was collectively disappointed that Nick didn’t get to meet Mr. Lindsay and accidentally call him Sam to his face. We did get to meet Rachel’s mom and sisters, and talk a lot about the fact that Nick and Rachel are an interracial couple. I understand that this is a serious issue, but I hope that Rachel’s entire season isn’t spent discussing interracial relationships in America. As far as I’m concerned, love is love.

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Corinne’s hometown date actually made me like her – kinda. I’m starting to see why Nick has been keeping her around – who wouldn’t want to spend time with that friend who is willing to throw down her credit card for a $3,000 shopping spree. I’m kidding (a little), it is evident that Corinne really does like Nick and he enjoys having fun with her. I don’t see them having a sustainable grown up relationship, but I don’t think Corinne is quite as diabolical as I did at the beginning of the season.

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Finally, we are graced with the infamous Racquel’s presence. It was really heartwarming to see how excited Racquel was to see Corinne, and I do think Corinne sees her as a member of the family. As exciting as it was to meet Racquel, the real star of this date was Corinne’s dad, who we never see without a drink in his hand.

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I thought it was an interesting look into post-Bachelor life when Corinne’s dad asked her what Nick did for a job and she said, “he was a software salesman.” I don’t think Nick has been a software salesman since he was on Andi’s season. Corinne’s dad is very concerned that Nick won’t be able to support his daughter’s lifestyle on Instagram ads and paid appearances.

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I think Vanessa wins for best “date” portion of the hometown dates as she takes Nick to meet her students. You could really tell how much she means to them. It was a real ‘I’m not crying you’re crying’ moment when a few of her students started to tear up.

Vanessa’s parents aren’t together, so Nick gets to meet both parents separately. Vanessa’s family seems very hung up on what will happen to this relationship once it enters the real world. Where will they  live aka Nick will you move to Canada because Vanessa is not allowed to leave? While in the actual real world I don’t think anyone should be forced to move unless they are absolutely certain and ready, Bachelor world is not the real world. Of course Vanessa will move to L.A. to be with Nick, and perhaps to sit in the audience while he competes on Dancing With the Stars. (I think Kaitlyn is the only lead in recent memory to move for their fiancé).

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Vanessa’s dad is having none of Nick’s attempts to charm. He continuously questions Nick on whether he is serious about his daughter because there are still 3 other girls in the process. When Nick asks Vanessa’s dad for her hand in marriage, he scoffs at the request. He can’t give his blessing (happily) when Nick also asked three other dads the same question.

The rose ceremony will be back in New York City, and all the women are nervous. Not as nervous as Nick is though, when he opens his hotel room door to see ex-lover Andi Dorfman standing there.

Best Tweets

Best Dressed

Raven Hometown Outit

I loved the camisole Raven wore to her hometown date. I’m pretty sure it was the Zoe by CamiNYC, and I can’t find it in stock anywhere. You can find a similar top here (same designer) and more similar camisoles here and here (lower price point!).

Vanessa Hometown outfit

I also really liked Vanessa’s hometown outfit. The lace-up of the top adds some sexiness, but the fur vest makes it acceptable for that Canada weather. I found some similar lace-up tops here and here, and (faux)fur vests here and here!

I think Raven is my favorite going into the rose ceremony (besides Rach, obviously), although Vanessa is equally impressive. There is just a fun side of Raven that I like that I haven’t really seen in Vanessa Who do you guys think is going to take home Nick’s final rose? Let me know in the comments!

xo
Em

realize-nick:week 6

So, I was wrong last week and Corinne did not go home – two people went home on a different one-on-one date. I don’t want to get ahead of myself so let’s get to the episode!

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My Takeaways

The confrontation between Taylor and Nick was anti-climactic, with Taylor just telling Nick that Corinne lied to him. Nick tells her that the decision he made had nothing to do with what Corinne had said and everything to do with his heart.

The group is headed to St. Thomas. Upon arriving, Nick greets the women and whisks Kristina off on the one-on-one date of the week. We don’t get to see a ton of this date, which makes me think it was pretty boring. I did find it refreshing to see them drinking a couple beers while they chatted. I feel like these women are so often drinking champagne or wine. I certainly love a few glasses of wine or champs, but sometimes you just want a cold beer. Please forgive my minor tangent about alcohol, I’m doing sober February and watching the Bachelor makes the temptation real.

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At dinner, Kristina finally tells Nick the story of her childhood. Her story is heartbreaking, and I admire her for everything she has been through. As Nick says, “when I was 5 I was complaining about going to kindergarten and Kristina was fending for herself.” There was no way Kristina wasn’t getting a rose after that story.

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The group date looked really fun, even though it dissolved into mayhem. The theme of the date was just ‘hanging out’ but Nick forgot that even that can be ruined by doing it with 6 with women who all want to marry you. I did find it really bizarre how quickly everything seemed to fall apart.  We know that they were all drinking (at one point, Nick made a call for shots), so emotions were already running wild but, it seemed like one minute they were playing volleyball and the next minute everyone was crying. This reaction shot of Raven summed it up best for me:

raven_volleyball_week-6:sigh: guys, I thought we were supposed to be having fun

At night, things don’t go much better. Rachel’s conversation with Nick was shown, and I think her experience probably mirrors most of the women’s. The group date situation isn’t natural, and it’s hard for them to just have fun when there is so much pressure on each relationship to move forward. The process is so short that a day spent having fun seems like a day wasted.

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Jasmine either didn’t have had any fun or had too much fun, because she was mad from the minute she heard that she was on the group date. She was the only woman there who hadn’t had any substantial alone time with Nick, and she felt like she was being overlooked. During their one-on-one time, she told Nick that she was frustrated how he seemed to be overlooking her and sometimes she just wants to choke him. Then she shows him how she would choke him, calls it sexual, asks him if he’s ever done that before, then tells him she’ll be the first to do it to him. It was a whole 30 seconds of awkward. Nick, not wanting to waste anyone’s time, tells Jasmine that he thinks it’s time for her to leave.

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Instead of being excited that one more woman was out of the running, they are shaken by Nick’s unpredictability. This theme continues with the two-on-one date. Whitney (she speaks!) and Danielle L. are chosen for the date, and are taken to the beach via helicopter. The beach is really just a great place to leave people behind (see: Olivia during Ben’s season). Nick has fine conversations with both women, but knows after speaking to both of them that Whitney is not the one for him. I was impressed to see that Whitney had a little spunk in her, and questionedvNick’s decision. Nick is not one to change his mind though, so him and Danielle fly off in the helicopter.

At this point, Danielle is probably feeling very confident, but she has not yet gotten the rose. At dinner, they talk about what they want in a relationship. It was obvious to see that Nick was trying to get her to not give a cookie-cutter answer when he asks, “besides communication and  honesty what are one or two words that describe the type of relationship you would want?” Danielle says, “trust”. I swear I could see Nick roll his eyes and kick himself for not including trust in his previous list of characteristics. I think that answer put the final nail in Danielle’s coffin, as he sends her packing as well. Unfortunately for Nick, during dinner Danielle had told him that she is falling in love with him. The process is getting to him, and he can’t figure out why he doesn’t love these great women who love him, and beginning to wonder if he is the problem.

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In an odd, and possibly unprecedented move, Nick goes to the women’s hotel room after the date to talk to them. No knock either, he just barges in. He is visibly upset, and tells them that he is worried this process won’t work for him because he had so much excitement for his relationship with Danielle and it somehow fizzled out. He is worried that that will happen with all of their relationships as well. This is a lot to take in, so the women are mulling over what he says. In this time, Nick leaves the room. That’s Nick’s style I guess. Enter, drop bombshell, leave.

Next week looks to see pretty intense as it’s not even clear what the process will look like when Nick comes back to it. Luckily, we have Corinne and her platinum vagina to fix everything for us!

Best Tweets

Best Dressed

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I loved Whitney’s dress during the rose ceremony. Her dress was by For Love and Lemons, a favorite of the Bachelor/Bachelorette ladies, and unfortunately is out of stock everywhere.  You can buy the mini dress version here, and the maxi is available on eBay here.  Another option for a similar look is a maxi skirt and crop top in the same style.

Rachel Week 6 St Thomas Arrival Outfit

Rachel’s look for arriving to St. Thomas looks like something I would wear on a plane. I love the graphic shorts and she looks so darn cute with the bandana as a headband! I wasn’t able to find her exact shorts, but I’ve included some other graphic black and white options here (only $5!), here and here.

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I thought Danielle’s dress during the cocktail portion of the group date was so romantic and easy. The dress is the Bardot Maxi from Flynn Skye.  I’m not sure that the exact print she wore the dress in is still available, but there are plenty of other gorgeous options here. I love the dress in ‘Day Bloom’.

What did you guys think of this episode? Are you starting to think this season is just going off the rails? Will Nick end up anyone? Let me know!

xo
Em

 

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.

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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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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.