what if-nick:week 7

We’re in the home stretch of this journey, and we’re going to hometowns next week. Let’s get to the episode, and see how Nick’s relationships with the women are trucking along.

My Takeaways

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We pick up this episode with analysis of last week’s cliffhanger by the women and Chris Harrison. Chris and Nick have a man chat on the beach, while the women sit in their villa discussing the anxiety they are feeling about whether Nick is just going to quit the process all together. Lucky for the women (and ABC! Could you imagine the ratings if they had to air re-runs of Dr. Ken), Nick joins them at the villa to tell them that he is fully committed to the journey with these women. This has to be one of the more awkward dynamics among the women – my very good friends and I are very excited that the man we are all dating is going to continue to date all of us in the hopes that one of us will marry him?

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The first one-on-one date of the week goes to Vanessa, who kissed Nick after vomiting the last time they were alone for an extended period of time. I like Vanessa because she doesn’t seem caught up in the ‘Bachelor’ of it all. When Nick does something that is kinda lame, she calls him out on it. Many times on these shows you find women who look past all the Bachelor’s faults and see him as some type of Prince Charming. Vanessa doesn’t do that and sees him as a real person.

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Despite his faults, Vanessa is falling in love with Nick and tells him as much at dinner. Nick, not wanting to tell girls that he loves them before the end of this whole thing, talks around the issue for an extended period of time. Seriously, I was watching with my roommate and she said, “what did he say to her, I literally was not listening.” Vanessa was a bit disappointed by Nick’s lack of enthusiasm over her declaration, but I think it was for the best. Just ask Ben how telling multiple women he loves them works out.

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The next date was the group date, featuring Corinne, Raven, and Kristina. Corinne is extremely disappointed because she is the only one of the women left who has not had  true one-on-one date. Plus, she really wants Nick to meet her nanny, Racquel. I think most of America wants this to happen as well.

With only three women on the date, it feels like it’s just a competition for Nick’s time. If Nick is paying attention to Kristina, Corinne needs to one up her. If Nick is paying attention to Corinne, Kristina isn’t going to let that happen. I love Raven even more than I already did for that fact that she seems to be above all of the competition. She chooses to spend her time talking to Nick about their relationship, and not worry about any of the other women. For that, she gets the group date rose, and is the only one who will be safe going into the end of the episode.

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The next one-on-one date this week was with Danielle M., who had the first one-on-one of the season. I’ve liked Danielle all this season, but I’ve always thought she was a little too timid and quiet for this experience. While I don’t doubt that there were a lot of conversations between her and Nick that weren’t shown on camera, but all we really know about her is that she’s sweet.

In this date, the conversation struggle was real. It was filled with ‘um’, Nick asking questions and receiving one word answers, and Danielle just reaffirming things Nick says.

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At night, poor Danielle pours her heart out to Nick, telling him that she is ready to take on life with him. Nick, however, only feels a great friendship with her and knows it’s time to send her home. He tells her that he doesn’t think their relationship can get to where he wants the love in his life to be. He tells her that he is sorry and that she is so great, and then the great heartbreak of the episode:

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Danielle, you are a kick-ass PICU nurse who deserves better than a guy who wears a hoodie on a nice date. You are great enough.

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Knowing that Nick is probably upset after sending Danielle home, Corinne decides that this is the time to go sneak over to his room and seduce him. In an impressive move, Nick turns down her advances, actually learning from his past experiences on the show. I do feel for Corinne though, this is the second time that she has attempted to throw herself at Nick, and has had him turn her away in some capacity. I think she is harder on herself than she should be though. Nick feels a connection with her, and I think Corinne thinks it is more just a physical connection, when I think that Nick actually enjoys her company.

corinne_week-7_1Finally we got this masterpiece in an episode.

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Rachel’s one-on-one is easy and fun, just like their relationship. They hang out at a local bar, and just chat with the locals and each other. We get more amusing conversations about how Nick should address Rachel’s dad, and I just pray that he somehow messes it up next week. I also enjoyed that they don’t shy away from the fact that this is an interracial relationship.

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Although Nick was awkward in bringing it up, Rachel is very direct. No, she hasn’t brought a white guy home before but yes, she has dated white guys before. I never think Rachel has anything to worry about after her one-on-ones, and I’m once again proven correct.

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After his date with Rachel, Nick knows what he needs to do. I like that he is forgoing the formality of rose ceremonies, in order to have the difficult “break-up” conversations with these women who he has built strong connections with. Unfortunately, this break-up is with Kristina. As we learned last week, Kristina has been through some tough situations in her life, and she isn’t going to deal with Nick’s nonsense. As he is breaking up with her, Nick is tearing up and Kristina is shooting daggers. She does deserve someone who won’t sit in front of her and tell her that he has stronger relationships with someone else. Although she doesn’t seem the type, I’d love to see Kristina in Paradise, just so we can follow her journey more. I could see her finding someone there.

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We’ve got our final 4 ladies to head into hometowns. In a shocking (not really) move by ABC, we have already found out who our Bachelorette is for next season, and she is still in the running. Although I’m a little bummed to have the season spoiled a bit, I couldn’t be more excited that my girl Rachel will be the Bachelorette next season!

Best Tweets

Best Dressed

Unfortunately, I only really loved one outfit this week, and that was Raven’s dress from the group date. Luckily, I know where it’s from! You can get Raven’s STYLESTALKER dress here!

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I’m seriously considering purchasing this beauty for one of the many weddings I have this summer. All I need is a little tan.

Sorry this got posted so late guys! Here’s to hoping next week is better. As always, I’d love to hear any feedback – you can always find me in the comments or on Twitter.

xo
Em

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oh, my nola-nick:week 5

I’m going to try something a little different this week, and give more of my impressions of the relationships than a general play by play of what went down.  I figure if you guys are checking this recap out, you’ve probably already watched the episode and don’t need to know every time Corinne was drunk in an ITM.

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My Takeaways

We start this week where we left off last week, with the Taylor vs. Corinne feud.  We all knew this  relationship was going to come to a head at some point, and we get that with the dreaded 2-on-1 date. Although I am #TeamTaylor in this conflict, Corinne said some things throughout the episode that made me think about this feud in a different light. When arguing with Taylor at the rose ceremony, Corinne actually has concrete examples of how Taylor has made her feel un-welcome or disrespected. When Taylor responds that she doesn’t want to be fake to people, Corinne says, “that’s not what we want.” She isn’t making the confrontation entirely about her, which makes me think that there may be some merit to her complaints. There are two sides to every story, and the producers can choose to only one side. However, I question that when Corinne chooses to tell Nick that Taylor verbally attacked her and then gloat about her take down in her ITM.

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On a more positive note, the dates are heading to New Orleans and the first date of this week belonged to Rachel aka my girl crush. From all the one-on-ones that we’ve seen, I really think that Nick and Rachel have the best chemistry. The entire date, Nick can’t keep his hands off of her, and their chemistry jumps through the screen at you. From trying beignets to dancing with The Second Line, these two just really seem to be in sync. Something I thought was really refreshing about Rachel, is she acknowledges the process that she is on.  When The Second Line is coming down the street, she says in an ITM that she knows that it is for them.  Any person walking in New Orleans wouldn’t assume that, but she knows that this is a show, and things are amped up. There is none of the “oh my gosh, I can’t believe that there is a private concert/helicopter ride/hot tub in a corn field” with her.

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At night, Nick isn’t afraid to tell Rachel that he’s into her, even saying “I don’t know if I’m breaking the rules, but I’m super into you.” There doesn’t seem to be any hesitation in him when talking about meeting her family. He sees Rachel being here for the long haul. My favorite interaction between the two of them was regarding Rachel’s dad who is a federal judge.

Nick: Do I have to call him sir? I mean, I’m going to call him sir until he tells me to call him something else.
Rachel: Do not call him Sam.
Nick: I will not, ever. I’m not an idiot.

Nick thinks he’s going to meet Rachel’s family in the future, and he wants to get this out of the way in preparation. No surprise, Rachel gets the rose.

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The group date of this week had all of the women spending the day at a haunted house. It’s a perfect date for New Orleans, but it doesn’t have a ton of substance. The majority of the air time is spent on the girls being scared in the house, and odd “coincidences” happening due to spirits. I’m guessing there were a lot of producers in that house that night.

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The only meaningful interactions on this date happened in a few one-on-one sessions outside. In Raven’s time, she accidentally lets it slip that she loves Nick. I loved how she was not embarrassed about it, or anxious/paranoid that it was too soon. She had the outlook of “Eh, I feel it, I said it. It is what it is.”. Nick’s one-on-one time with Danielle M. was also pretty significant, as he gave her the group date rose. From what was shown, they did more cuddling and kissing than talking but I like Danielle M. a lot.

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As I said earlier, Taylor and Corinne are put on the two-on-one. On their  date in the bayou, you could cut the tension with a knife. Piggybacking on her previous conversation with Nick, Corinne reiterates how Taylor makes emotionally attacked her, called her stupid, and made her feel bullied. Nick asks Taylor about this, telling her that he was surprised, and despite all of Taylor’s insistence that it is not true and also surprises her, Corinne had already buried her too deep. Corinne gets the group date rose, leaving Taylor alone in the bayou. Unable to go out on Corinne’s terms, Taylor decides to crash Nick and Corinne’s dinner. I normally hate this move, but I don’t blame Taylor in this case. She wasn’t able to really, truly defend herself as she was trying to make a good impression and not spend her alone time with Nick talking about Corinne. After not being given a rose, she has nothing to lose, but she does have her reputation to protect. Obviously, we don’t get to see the conversation between Nick and Taylor, as we get the dreaded, “To Be Continued…”.

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We lost style star Sarah, Astrid, and Taylor in this episode, and from the preview it seems Corinne could be right behind them. Here’s to hoping!

Best Tweets

Best Dressed

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The shirt Danielle wore upon their arrival to New Orleans was so casual and cool. I wasn’t able to find Danielle’s exact shirt but you I found some similar cold shoulder lace tops with a similar vibe. You can check them out here, here, and here.

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My girl knows how to do casual like no other. I loved the sexiness of the open back of Rachel’s body suit, paired with some really cool distressed and high-waisted jeans. While trying to find the exact jeans (unfortunately I failed), I got really excited for spring, and the ability to wear distressed denim again.  Some similar bodysuit options can be found here and here, and some denim options can be found here, here, and here.

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Vanessa’s dress for the group date looked SO comfy.  If you know me, you know I’m a girl who loves to be comfortable (My boyfriend bought the majority of my Christmas presents by reading this Buzzfeed article, and I loved everyone of them). Besides its comfort, Vanessa looked amazing in this form fitting, grey, racerback dress. I’ve found some similar, and very budget-friendly(!), options here, here, and here.

What did you guys think of this episode? Are you hoping Corinne gets the boot next week or do you love the entertainment that she brings? Let me know in the comments!

xo
Em

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.

forever & always – jojo:week 8

Hey everyone! This episode was definitely the best one since we said goodbye to Chad, with multiple surprise eliminations.  JoJo has developed feelings for all of the men, so getting down to her final 2 has been really tough to her.  Tough decisions means tears and drama for JoJo, so let’s get to it.

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1. This episode is super easy to break into three parts as there are three men left, but we do need to address the cliffhanger at the end of last episode. I was certain that there was no way Luke was going home, considering the editing of last week’s episode and JoJo discussing her decision before the rose ceremony in an ITM.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.  JoJo made Jordan, Robby, and Chase her final 3 and sent Luke to the limo and back to Burnet, Texas.

I found it very heartbreaking to see Luke go home.  He really had no idea that he was the one going, and it broke my heart to hear him say, “I thought you knew” when JoJo told him she just didn’t know where he stood.  I think this falls on JoJo because if she needed more from Luke, she should’ve asked.  She has said multiple times to other men that one of her love languages is ‘words of affirmation’ when she wasn’t getting what she needed from them.  Luke was 100% blindsided. As soon as he leaves, JoJo says that she already misses him. I think that Luke was the guy who she would have had the most successful relationship with (although I hope that I’m wrong).  He seems down to earth and truly ready to settle down.  I know that Luke has country music aspirations, but I don’t think he was using this as his platform to get there.  Luke for Bachelor!

The final three are headed to Thailand, and Robby’s date is up first. They walk around the market and eat exotic foods, something that has happened on every Bachelor season since they started going to other countries. After getting caught in a downpour, the two of them get a Thai massage, and discuss the situation surrounding Robby’s past relationship.  They both agree that they are glad the issue was confronted, and that they can move forward together as a couple. Robby confirms his honesty by ONCE AGAIN reminding her that he told her he loved her in Uruguay.

At night, the two go to dinner.  JoJo tells Robby how she told Ben that she loved him on this date last season. Does anyone else think that its weird for her to discuss how she loved another man with these guys? Maybe not since they all already know. Robby says that his parents love to see him so happy but they could tell that he was a little down about the information that had arisen about his past girlfriend.  According to Robby, his dad must have snuck a note in the pocket of his jeans telling him that he was “the man”.  I say ‘according to’ because if you poll any of my friends, they will all tell you that they think Robby wrote the note himself. At the end of dinner, JoJo and Robby decide to spend the night together in the fantasy suite. And Robby lays the cheesy lines on strong:

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The next morning, JoJo is really excited that her and Robby are having their first breakfast together – even though the food is at the bottom of the bed and looks as if it hasn’t been touched. JoJo says there were a few times when she was with Robby that she wanted to tell him that she loved him, but didn’t because she knows she’s not ready to say without a doubt who will be standing there at the end of the night.

2. Jordan’s date was next, and JoJo has a difficult hike planned for the two of them. I feel like Jordan required some needling from producers when saying, “don’t you look sporty” because my sporty clothes are definitely not a crop top and cut-offs. I’m lucky if my leggings and my shirt match. Since the two of them are SO sporty they make it to the end of their hike, which leads them into a cave  There is a temple somewhere in a cave that they are exploring, and JoJo and Jordan aren’t allowed to kiss there.  This is something that has happened on plenty of seasons as well, perhaps because so many of the beautiful Asian countries that they visit also have strong ties to religion.  Either way, the lead always makes it a point to tell their suitor that they are not allowed to be kissed in this location, which is difficult because these people can’t keep their hands off each other. In their defense, there is something about beauty that brings out the romance (fireworks, sunsets, temples in Thailand).

At the temple, JoJo and Jordan talk about meeting her family and he asks what they’re like.  Since Jordan didn’t watch last season, he doesn’t know that JoJo’s mom likes to take champagne to the face:

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During dinner, JoJo and Jordan talk about what their future would look like, which is surprisingly not something they’ve discussed before. JoJo asks him what he imagines the next year of his life to look like and Jordan can’t really answer the question. He says he doesn’t have a home base right now, so he can be wherever she is. JoJo is afraid that she will end up with him and not realize how different their lifestyles are. Jordan tries to calm her fears by telling her “I want to spend the rest of my life with you” but JoJo is quick to come back with, “ahh, that’s what Ben said.” I think JoJo has already fallen so hard for Jordan but is putting her walls up and being defensive with him. JoJo doesn’t want to get heartbroken again since Ben also told her he wanted to spend his life with her, so JoJo drills Jordan asking how he knows he’s in love with her. Jordan says he feels like a different person and whenever he imagines his wedding day or getting down on one knee, it’s worth her. JoJo eats it all up and the two of them venture to the fantasy suite.

The next morning, JoJo once again points out that they are eating their first breakfast together – this time, they seem to actually be eating.  In an ITM, Jordan says, “we took a big step last night, in a really exciting direction.” Hmm, wonder what that could mean?

3. Chase’s date is up last and it starts in a fish market, super romantic. Chase surprises me by continuing to open up aka actually talk. The two of them take a boat ride on the waters of Thailand, and have a really deep connection with a monkey. The two of them sit on a beach and talk about how far they’ve come in their “journey”, and then get hot and heavy in the water.

Between the day portion and night portion of Chase’s date, we get an interruption by Robby who just wanted to say hi to JoJo. The previews made it seem like this was a big deal, but really Robby just stopped by to tell her he loved her and then goes on his merry way.

At dinner, Chase mentions that he’s “battled through this” a little more than Robby and Jordan aka they’ve been front runners (and Chase knows it) and he’s had the slow and steady rise to the top. Chase lets Jordan know that he wants a future with her and the two of them go to the fantasy suite.

Chase still hasn’t dropped the L-bomb and he knows that the fantasy suite is the right place to do it. He tells her that he doesn’t want to be scared anymore and wants her to know that he’s 100% in love with her. He’s never told anyone that first and knows what a burden that phrase carries, and he is ready to carry that for her. She kisses him then says, “thank you for telling me that….can you hold on one minute?”

Upon coming back in, JoJo tells him that she didn’t feel what she thought she was going to feel when Chase told her he loved her and that she doesn’t know if she is in the same place. She  doesn’t think spending a night together would change her feelings, and Chase responds accordingly.

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Chase doesn’t let JoJo off easy telling her that he just jumped over a hurdle he’s never done before, and she has left him shattered. He tells her that he 100% regrets telling her he loves her. Also, this gem of a line:

Chase Quote Week 8

Chase was terrified to say “I love you” and now he feels like he shouldn’t have done it. He believes that JoJo didn’t give it a chance, which I think further solidifies the notion that Jordan and Robby have been front runners since the beginning.  JoJo wanted to prevent Chase from being blindsided like she was, but Chase feels as if this breakup is exactly that. JoJo, like most people, wants the break up to end on an amicable note but Chase doesn’t really feel the same way, and I think that is a justified feeling. He’s allowed to be angry, and walk away from her. Chase cracks a beer, and hops into a creepy van to be taken away from what he thought would be one of the greatest nights of his life.

At the rose ceremony, JoJo wants Jordan and Robby to also say yes to her. In a SHOCKING twist, Chase shows up and wants to talk to JoJo, leaving Robby and Jordan feeling a little nervous.

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They shouldn’t have been worried though, Chase just wanted to tell JoJo that he didn’t want to let their relationship end the way it did. He says he was shocked and there was a lot he wanted to say but he couldn’t because his shock turned to anger.  Chase wants to tell JoJo that he is proud of her and thinks she’s amazing and that he isn’t angry. He wants wants best for her and thinks she deserves something great.

JoJo gives Jordan a rose first followed by Robby, leaving them as the two men who will meet JoJo’s family next week!

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Best Outfits

JoJo Week 8 Crop Top1. JoJo wore a lot of blue on this trip and looked amazing in all of it. I really loved the casual blue and white crop top she wore in a montage of her walking the beach. The top is Show me your Mumu and can be found here.

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2. JoJo continued to look great in blue in this ensemble from her dinner date with Jordan.  The white crop is Show me your MuMu and unfortunately I couldn’t find the white option in stock.  Luckily, it comes in a lot of fun prints: paisley, floral,  and even black. The real stand out is that skirt. The skirt is MiJo by Michelle Jonas and can be found here.

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3. I’ve been into peek-a-boo shoulder tops and dresses, so the dress from her date with Chase was obviously a favorite. This dress is Ramy Brook and can be found here.

Are you guys ready for the finale? Who will JoJo pick, Jordan or Robby? And will the relationship last? Let me know in the comments!

xo
Em

 

small town USA – jojo:week 7

So I actually had started a draft of a post for last week’s episode with the line “If I thought last week was boring it was nothing compared to this week.” I figured, if an episode was that boring, not that many people wanted to read about it and I didn’t want to attempt to formulate coherent or interesting thoughts about an episode that just was not interesting. So I didn’t.

Hometowns, on the other hand, were pretty interesting. So let’s get to those.

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1. First up was Chase, someone who I thought was clearly in fourth place going into this week.  He surprised me, by actually speaking, and I have to say I warmed up to him a little bit. It was nice to see him open up to JoJo about his parents’ divorce, and try and explain to her why it is hard for him to share his feelings.

Chase takes JoJo to his house, where she meets his dad (Does anyone else find it funny that if JoJo ended up with Chase and moved to live with him, she would basically live in the same town as Ben and Lauren? Do you think they’d go on double dates?).  His parents aren’t on good terms since their divorce, so any family events are held separately.  I was happy to see that Chase has a close enough relationship with his dad that he wanted him to meet the girl that he loves. At night, Chase and JoJo visit his mom and stepdad’s house, where she meets the rest of the McNary clan. Chase’s mom looks like a real good time, and I think JoJo fit in the best with this family. Chase seemed so emotional during this part of the date, especially while talking to his mom.  To me, it seemed like he wanted to tell JoJo he loved her so badly, but just physically couldn’t.  When it was time for JoJo to leave, Chase awkwardly blurted out that he loved her.  It wasn’t the most eloquent declaration of love but at least he said it (cough, cough Luke).

The next hometown was Jordan, who will get his own section.  I’m fascinated by the Rodgers family dynamic, and I’ve done a good bit of research on it.

Robby’s date was next, and it came with its fair share of drama.  During the day, Robby and JoJo went on a carriage ride around historic Saint Augustine, Florida and then had lunch.  During this portion of the date Robby says more than once “when I told you I loved you in Uruguay,” as if he wants it to be known that he told her before anyone else.  Who am I kidding, of course he wants to remind her of that?

Robby’s family seem like nice, southern people and from certain angles his mom reminds me of a brunette Paula Deen.  JoJo even tells her that she is falling in love with Robby – something she hasn’t told anyone yet! However, all of this love and good feelings aren’t going to last because Robby’s mom has something to tell him.

Apparently, Robby’s ex-girlfriend Hope’s roommate (got all that) has been spreading rumors that Robby broke up with Hope in order to go on the Bachelorette (further fueled by Chad-bear’s now infamous Instagram post). Robby swears up and down that this isn’t true, and I’m inclined to believe him, simply because his mom seems like such a nice lady.  Robby wants to address this with JoJo immediately, as she has had doubts about the time in between the end of his four-year relationship and him coming onto the show.  This development, understandably, freaks her out and you can see JoJo wavering in her trust for Robby.  Eventually, those Ken good looks win out, and she says that she trusts and believes him.

On the last hometown, JoJo visits Luke and his family in an old-timey Western. Seriously, thats exactly what the town of Burnet looks like.  It’s no bother though, Luke drives a truck, and JoJo can rock cut-offs and cowgirl boots like its her job.  He takes her to a cookout at his parents’ house where she meets his family and about 50 of his closest friends.  They eat BBQ and play cornhole and seem to have an all around good time.

Luke has a really sweet heart to heart with his dad about love and when you know you’ve found the one.  His dad tells him how proud he is that Luke has fought for our country and is so grateful that he came home safe. Luke’s dad, a real Texas cowboy, gets teary eyed during this exchange, and I do too.

After dinner, Luke takes JoJo out into the fields to hang out on a really cute hay bale couch.  He shares his feelings, they have a make-out montage (with some suspicious hand placement) to the Dan + Shay song that was played on their first one-on-one date and he never says those three little words.  Get it together Luke.

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2. Jordan’s hometown date was the most interesting, mainly because of the giant elephant in the room named Aaron Rodgers. JoJo sneakily tries to get intel about the situation throughout the date, like when she asks whether a picture is of Aaron in the high school and Jordan dismissively says “yeah”, and does not provide any further information. On a semi-related note, what is with these guys taking girls to their high schools when they are in their home towns.  Ben did it last season , with eventual winner Lauren, and now Jordan is doing it with JoJo.  I don’t know about you but a high school doesn’t seem like a really fun activity. I’ll take BBQ and corn hole any day. Also, making out in a high school library is creepy.

At the Rodgers’ house, JoJo meets Jordan’s parents, his brother Luke, and Luke’s girlfriend.  She asks Luke about Aaron again, and he says “its something that we really like talking about a whole lot”. The absence of Aaron Rodgers is the theme of the entire date, as much as Jordan said it didn’t have to be an issue.  I guess ABC had other ideas.

There is a great Ringer article about the disintegration of the Rodgers family relationships, which you can read here. It’s really fascinating stuff. The relationship had to have fallen apart sometime after 2014, when Jordan can be seen in the Green Bay Packer’s scene of Pitch Perfect 2.


Seriously, were they just trying to pass him off as Aaron? He was never a Packer.

The only way Jordan could have gotten this cameo was through older brother Aaron. Another thing about the Pitch Perfect cameo, is it plays into the rumors about Jordan wanting to be on the show to find fame.  Clearly, if he wanted to be featured in an a cappella movie with a team that he wasn’t apart of, the limelight appeals to him at least a little bit.

At one point in the episode, Jordan mentions how much he misses his brother.  I’m just not sure that airing your family’s dirty laundry on a popular, and much gossiped about, TV show is the way to mend those fences.  Maybe its just a public cry for reconciliation? Only time will tell.

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3. The rose ceremony is being held in an airplane hangar, with the men who get roses heading directly onto the plane and being swept to the next exotic destination. JoJo says that she knows what she has to do, and that is send home Luke.  HOLD THE PHONE. LUKE?!? I can only assume that this is because he is the only one who hasn’t dropped the L-bomb on her. She’s visibly upset, and unsure if that is because she is just very emotional, or if it is because she is making the wrong decision.

Luckily for Luke, he asks to speak to her before she starts handing out roses.  He wants to make it very clear that when he told her that she had his heart, saying, “and you know how I told you that at the end of the night my heart is yours. Then when you left I felt like not only did I want to tell you that but I needed to tell you that I’m in love with you.  I didn’t get to tell you that that night and its been the only thing that’s been on my mind since then.”  JoJo thanks him for telling her this information and walks off to talk to the producers.  However, all of this is too much for JoJo to handle, as now she doesn’t know what to do. We leave the episode with JoJo SOBBING outside and a somber TO BE CONTINUED… over the image. You have GOT to be kidding me.

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Best Outfits

JoJo Chase Hometown Outfit1. I loved this oversized sweater JoJo wore on her hometown date with Chase.  JoJo’s exact sweater is Line, and I can’t find it available online.  A sleeveless oversized sweater by the same brand can be found here, and if you’re looking for a full own blanket sweater, some similar options can be found here and here (same brand!).

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2. JoJo’s laid-back Texas look is on my radar to be recreated for the Luke Bryan concert next weekend.  Her exact shirt is Bebe and can be found here.

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3. Luke was the best dressed man for me this week. By now, everyone knows I’m a sucker for gingham.

Who do you think makes it to the fantasy suites? There is no way she sends Luke, the romance cowboy, home, right? Let me know in the comments!

xo
Em

P.S. If you haven’t seen it, check out this video of Wells drunkenly snapchatting the show. It’s great!

just a friend-jojo: week 5

Finally! I’m back with a Bachelorette recap for JoJo’s fifth week in her journey to find love.  A thief can steal my computer and prevent me from making gifs, but they can’t stop love.

While I was offline, we sadly saw the end of Chad.  I hate that I didn’t have a computer available to me to comment on Chad’s antics in the house – which culminated in him whistling in the woods after being denied the rose.  God, I’ll miss the Chad-bear, and can’t wait to see him on Paradise.

I was hoping that this season would be the one I would recap in its entirety, but alas, it was not meant to be. Maybe next season (which in my dream world would be led by the token good-guy James Taylor).

My Takeaways

1. We’re in Argentina this week, and Chris Harrison drops the bomb that there will be another 2-on-1 date this season, as well as a group date and a 1-on-1.  Inexplicably, he also tells the guys that he hopes to see them all at the rose ceremony, when that is actually impossible with a 2-on-1 this week.

Wells gets the 1-on-1 date, and for some reason reminds the guys that he is the only one who hasn’t kissed JoJo.  This gives the guys the opportunity to awkwardly bring that fact up when JoJo stops by to pick Wells up for their date, and then continue to talk about it for what seemed like a very long time. I think all of the talk of Wells not kissing JoJo put way too much pressure on the beginning of the date, which I think the editors agreed with. The montage of them walking around the streets of Argentina was accompanied by some seriously awkward music.

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JoJo takes Wells to a performance art space that actually seems pretty cool.  I don’t consider myself artistically sophisticated enough to understand the running on the treadmill and getting shot piece, but I could get down with that slip-and-slide pool.  Wells decides that sliding around a pool in the dark is the right time to kiss JoJo, and finally lays one on her.  I loved that she called the kiss out, yelling, “That was the moment Wells, that was the moment! We did it!” It was cute and playful – much like their relationship.

At dinner, JoJo asks Wells about his previous relationship, and they get into a discussion about what they are looking for.  JoJo doesn’t want to believe that the passion in a relationship ever subsides, and wants to always look at her husband and think about how hot and attracted to him she is.  Wells is a bit more skeptical of the “unicorn” love that JoJo describes, leading JoJo to the realization that they may not be looking for the same thing.  Sadly, JoJo doesn’t give Wells the rose, sending him packing.

JoJo doesn’t need a man because she goes back to the performance art space, where she was clearly supposed to take Wells, had she given him the rose.  Her black co-ord paired with her leather jacket made her look like such a bad ass.  Just look at girlfriend strutting around:

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2. During the group date, JoJo took Alex, James, Luke, Robby, and Jordan to wander the streets of Argentina, where they danced with street performers, and played soccer with some locals.  Honestly, this date was pretty boring.  I did get a little enthused when they had a soccer shoot-out to win a kiss from JoJo and James was the only one shown making a goal.  I have such a soft spot for that guy.

At the cocktail party, Luke and JoJo make out. And I mean MAKE OUT.

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Their chemistry is cra-zy.

With his time alone with JoJo, James brings up how he thinks Jordan can feel entitled based on his background.  He tells her a story about how they were playing poker and he felt as though his opinions were disregarded by Jordan.  In his ITMs, James says that he wanted JoJo to know what kind of guy Jordan was, but I think that James was just feeling a little insecure from the date.  Although he was the only one to score a kiss from JoJo, he mentioned many times that he felt out of place with the other guys, and that he felt they were much better than him.  I think by telling JoJo this story about Jordan, he was trying to show her what he had over the other guys, and subliminally trying to compensate for his own insecurities.

When JoJo has her personal time with Jordan, she brings up her conversation with James, and Jordan knows exactly what incident she is talking about.  I found Jordan to be very defensive when explaining the situation to JoJo. In the situation he states, “No James, those actually are just the rules, those aren’t my rules”. I don’t know anything about poker, but maybe James plays by different rules when he’s with his buddies than they do at the tables. Or maybe Jordan was actually wrong.  I found it to be a turn-off that Jordan didn’t even try to acknowledge the fact that either of these could be possibilities.

Jordan confronts James about talking about him to JoJo, and James doesn’t try to deny it (in stark contrast to Leah last season). James didn’t feel like he did anything wrong in bringing up the situation with Jordan.  He wasn’t warning JoJo about Jordan or telling her that he wasn’t the right guy for her.  He was just telling her how something made him feel.  If you are supposed to treat the relationship with the Bachelorette as a regular and real relationship, shouldn’t you share your feelings with them? Even if they are negative feelings, or feelings about something other than her?

3. If the group date was boring, the 2-on-1 date was even more boring. Derek and Chase are taught a 3 person tango. Derek goes on about how much passion he feels with JoJo, while Chase seems to be putting a guard up.

At night, Derek tells JoJo he loves her. During her conversation with Chase, she tells him she noticed the wall and Chase attempts to let it down.  With JoJo asking for words of affirmation, he tells her that he came here for her – to be with her and to leave with her.  That’s all she needs to hear, because the declaration of love wasn’t enough to keep poor Derek around. She gives the rose to Chase, and sends Derek to the limo to talk about himself in the third person.

Derek is Imperfect

At the rose ceremony, JoJo can’t make a decision and everyone gets a rose.

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Best Outfits 

JoJo Red Dress_Ep61. JoJo’s scalloped red dress would be the perfect dress to take from the office to after work cocktails or a date. I’m not positive if this is the exact same fabric dress, but its the same designer and pretty darn close.  Plus, SALE!

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2. It was only when I started researching this post that I realized the cut out in the front of this dress wasn’t open, but instead was black mesh.  I love the subtle sexiness of the mesh, as well as the contrasting black straps.  I can’t find the Noam Hanoch stunner in stock anywhere, but you can get the contrasting straps and cut out in this NBD dress.

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3. Robby can rock a neutral suit like nobody’s business.  I think the blue-grey in his tie and pocket square really gives that “southern gentleman/beach wedding” look I assume he was going for.

What did you think about this week’s episode? Is it starting to feel like a two horse race to anyone else? How are everyone’s fantasy teams looking? Let me know!

xo
Em