February Favorites: Bernie Sandwiches, #ObamaAndKids & Lucy Church

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February 2016 brought lots of great comedy, music and TV episodes. I have a feeling this winter is going to end quite well.

I’m looking forward to all the March Madness (minus the basketball because I’m not into sports). I feel quite calm for the first time since this year started, so maybe the March lion won’t swallow me and just go out like a lamb?

Here are my favorites in pop culture for the month of February:

Favorite News Articles

1. I hope this reporter got a laugh out of this Bernie Sandwiches joke he created. Or else, Stephen Colbert is just “Reuben him the wrong way.”

2. #ObamaAndKids. Just the hashtag we needed to remind ourselves how much we’ll miss Obama when he’s gone.

3. Chrissy Teigen accidentally gave out her phone number in her new book. I thought people only put their address on dog collars…

4. Hayley Williams got married to Chad Gilbert! They’re wedding was so chill and cute ‚̧

Favorite Music

1. Toi Et Moi by Paradis. I swear, if they don’t come to NYC when this new album is released we’re going to have problems.

2. Too Late Now by Anik Khan. I’m not a fan of hip-hop or rap, so this is scaring me. Perhaps it’s the jazzy, samba vibe I’m getting from this?

3. Somebody Else by The 1975. They dug deep into the dark abyss for this song, and I love it.

4. Hide and Seek by Nude ft. JJ. This is probably the sexiest lounge house track I’ve ever heard.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran at the 2016 Grammys. These two pretty much won cute.

Things got a little silly for GRAMMY winners @taylorswift & Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos) in the audience at the 58th #GRAMMYs last night!

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2. Emeraude Toubia in Regard Magazine. She’s freaking gorgeous and I love her in Shadowhunters.

New issue ūüĎłūüŹĽ @RegardMag #RegardingEmeraude

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3. Nathan Fillion and his kitty. OMJ kitty kisses.

An old trick to get your cat to kiss you: put a mouse in your mouth.

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4. Kickthepj in clown makeup. He looks like a nicer version of the Joker.

WILL YOU DATE THIS CLOWN?! check out my new video for some pathetic clown action! >>> youtube.com/kickthepj

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Favorite TV Episodes

1.¬†Limitless,¬†“Undercover!” Please tell me this is not the last time we’ll see Lucy Church! I love her femme-fatale sexiness, and I love her with Brian!

2.¬†Lucifer,¬†“Manly Whatnots.”¬†I am so happy Tom Ellis uses his Welsh¬†accent for this show.¬†Rush¬†fans, you need to watch this show!

3.¬†Pretty Little Liars, “Where Somebody Waits for Me.” That Haleb flashback was hard to watch, but it was necessary for us to see in order to move on.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. “Make Me Like You” music video. Gwen Stefani is back and falling over skates!

2. Rhett and Link try¬†interesting popcorn toppings. I could not stop laughing when Rhett calls¬†Link his baby and then Link says, “I’m not your baby, I’m your popcorn buddy.”

3. “Baby Boy” lyric video. Yuna + Lincoln Jesser is pure music making brilliance. Love the way this lyric video ends.

Happy March!

January Favorites: RIP David Bowie, Leo DiCaprio’s Flinch & Liley Reunited

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January 2016 was a roller coaster. Between celebrity deaths, award shows, and couples reuniting, I’m amazed I was able to keep up!

My list of news articles was way too long for this favorites post, so I selected the best few to share with you guys. I also had a great time picking music this month, and all of my favorite shows are slowly coming back from their hiatus, which means more episode favorites!

Here are my favorites for the month of January.

Favorite News Articles

1. RIP David Bowie. He and Iman are such a photogenic interracial couple. My heart goes out to her.

2. Leo DiCaprio went viral at the Golden Globes after flinching when Lady Gaga walked by him. Because, look at those side hoop hips, though.

3. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are engaged. Again. And they better stay that way.

4. Emily Blunt is pregnant! Wooohoo! Hazel is getting a sibling to play with!

Favorite Music

1. “All That’s Left” by Manila Killa ft. Joni Fatora. This song can take me “round and round on this carousel” any day.

2. “House on Fire” by Sia. Only Sia can make what would usually seem like something masochistic sound romantic, and I love it.

3. “All I See”¬†by¬†Draper ft. Laura Brehm. Such a cute song right in time for Valentine’s Day.

4. “Home” by St. Lucia. “You can tell them you’re going home.”

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Majestic unicorn goddess iiSuperwomanii (Lilly Singh). Work that beach, girl.

Long hair. And a few selective cares. #HonestRapLyrics

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2. Slow Magic on the drums. Must have been such a fun show!

‚Ě£‚Ě£‚Ě£ always standing on drums

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3. Zendaya’s eyes above the fan. Those eyebrows are perfection.

Aight y'all… Go to @covergirl for a chance to go to the Grammys and meet yours trulyūüėŹ

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Favorite TV Episodes

1.¬†Pretty Little Liars,¬†“Of Late I Think of Rosewood.” I know it was Ezra and it’s killing me and I don’t know if I can take it.

2. Younger,¬†“Tattoo You.” Kelsey got her own imprint and I’m so happy for her! #CareerGoals

3.¬†Suits,¬†“Blowback.” Welcome to hell.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Bevin’s Haul Heaven. Please bring Bevin and his weird friend back for another episode.

2. Ryan Abe’s poor face. Why would he do such a thing?

3. Josh and Kory find out who knows Colleen Ballinger-Evans better. Spoiler, it’s…oh heck just watch it.

 

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Hanna in #PLL Episode “Charlotte’s Web”

Hanna, PLL Episode Charlotte's Web

On last week’s episode of¬†Pretty Little Liars titled “Charlotte’s Web,” Hanna Marin (played by Ashley Benson) wore this lovely wide-legged floral trouser with a white sleeveless collared linen blouse.

It made me wish we could just fast forward to spring in the Northeast. Regardless, it’s never too early to start putting together a spring wardrobe!

She paired the look with some light gray boots and bright red lipstick. Later on in the episode she was seen wearing a black blazer.

Unfortunately, all of the original items Hanna is wearing in this episode are sold out. Below are some alternatives.

Top:

1. H&M, $17.00

2. ASOS, $27.50

Pants:

3. Saks Off 5th, $39.99

4. Next, £36 ($51.30 USD)

Boots:

5. Gilt, $69.00

6. Lovely Wholesale, $19.99

 

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Ashley Benson @ the 2015 #AMAs

Ashley Benson 2015 AMAs

For the American Music Awards on Sunday, Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson looked simply stylish in a Max Azria Atelier emerald green pantsuit. I was so taken aback when I saw how casually she was dressed amongst the other women on the red carpet. There’s nothing extravagant about the pantsuit, yet she looks so stunning in it!

For those of you trying to achieve this simple elegance at family dinners and other events this season, below are some pieces similar to what Ashley is wearing. And if you’re like me, you’ll probably need a clutch bag bigger than the one she’s holding‚ÄĒmaybe one like item number 8.

Note: Some items below reflect Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale prices.

Blazer:

1. New York & Company, $31.98

2. Forever 21, $24.90

Pants:

3. 6pm.com, $35.99

4. Ted Baker, $143.00

Shoes:

5. Nine West, $49.99

6. Nordstrom, $129.95

Clutch:

7. Perfect Handbags, £16.50 ($24.96 USD)

8. Yves Saint Laurent, $138.00

 

 

 

August Favorites: Wee Blind Girl, Adele’s Upcoming Album & “Wildest Dreams” Music Video

August Faves

August 2015 will go down in history as the month of the heart-wrenching cliffhanger season finales.

Between the¬†Suits, Pretty Little Liars,¬†and¬†Devious Maids¬†season finales,¬†I can’t tell who won. Did all the screenwriters of the world band together to plan this?!

Anyway, no podcast for this month (sorry, I was too busy adulting), but here’s a list of my August favorites:

Favorite News Articles

1. ¬†Autocorrect gives a 21-year-old a “Wee Blind Girl” birthday cake. Oops?

2. Adele’s next album is coming soon! GAH so excited! My ears are ready!

3. Snake people. What even…

Favorite Music

1. “I Give It” by Night Beds. I think I’ve listened to this song (and the majority of the other songs on¬†Ivywild)¬†like a million times this month.

2. “Slumlord” by Neon Indian. This song is totally making me want to go see him live when he comes to NYC in October.

3. “Never Be” by Meg Mac. Here ye, here ye, we have found the Australian Adele.

4. “Gimmie Love” by Carly Rae Jepsen.¬†Who would have thought that the sweet innocent “Call Me Maybe” girl would be singing songs like this a few years later?

5. “In The Night” by The Weeknd. I’m really loving his new Micheal Jackson-esque style.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Selena Gomez snoozing during the Wonder Magazine shoot.

@wonderlandmag ūüėŹ

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2. Captain Morgan meets Chrissy Teigen.

3. Peanut butter hair, featuring Rhett and Link…

Today on #GMM …….

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4. Liam Hemsworth’s first Instagram happens to be with Miss Piggy. This is definitely a major step up from Kermit the frog!

Spent Friday with the most beautiful girl in the world. Kermit, #SorryNotSorry. #TheMuppets #misspiggy

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Favorite TV Episodes

1.¬†Suits,¬†“Faith.” EVERYONE IS RESIGNING AND OMJ MIKE. CANNOT. GO. TO. PRISON.

2.¬†Pretty Little Liars, “Game Over, Charles.”¬†Um, who the heck did Alison marry after the 5 year jump?

3.¬†Devious Maids, “Anatomy of a Murder.” So like, can everyone¬†not¬†die next season?

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” music video was everything I’ve ever hoped for and more. Also, can I have that yellow dress?

2. Apparently everyone in France hates Marcus. Poor guy.

3. Troye Sivan’s¬†WILD¬†is going to be freaking amazing.¬†Cannot. Wait.

 

#BloggersBTS Linkup: Favorite Back-to-School Looks on TV

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August is here, and summer is slowly coming to an end. That means it’s time to start making those back-to-school shopping lists!

In addition to buying new school supplies, you might have grown out of your clothing from the last school year, or maybe you just want to add a few new pieces to your wardrobe. Regardless, here are a few outfits I love from my favorite high school and college-aged characters on TV to help you decide what to wear for your first day back!

BTS Linkup Spencer

Spencer Hastings loves to wear dark colored sophisticated pieces. In this scene from¬†Pretty Little Liars,¬†she’s wearing a shirt dress with leggings, paired with a belt and boots (footwear not pictured). This look is perfect for those days when you don’t feel like wearing jeans!

Similar Items:

Shirt Dress: DHgate, $43.30

Belt: Topshop, $48.00

Leggings: Rue21, $9.99

Boots: Sexy Shoes Woman, $79.99

BTS Linkup Tamara

Awkward.‘s Tamara is always bright and bubbly. Just because the summer is over, it doesn’t mean you¬†have to shift¬†to a darker colored wardrobe. Turn heads with bold colored belts and skirts!

Similar Items:

Shirt: Bang on the Trend, £4.99 ($7.80 USD)

Skirt: Chic Wish, $39.02

Belt: ShoexGear, $13.99

Flats: H&M, $12.95

BTS Linkup Haley

So you don’t want to give up that spaghetti strap floral top just yet. Good news: you don’t have to! Haley Dunphy from¬†Modern Family¬†makes a summer piece transition into fall with a flyaway sweater and a fedora. Add a cute triangle necklace and you’re good to go!

Similar Items:

Fedora: Forever 21, $19.90

Top: NextShe, $17.36

Necklace: Bird of Virtue, $64.00

Pants: H&M, $12.00

Sweater: JCPenny, $17.99

Boots: 6pm, $35.99

Bag: Joe Fresh, $29.00

BTS Linkup Valentina

You might feel like wearing a dress to school, but how do you pull it off without looking too done-up? Devious maid Valentina Diaz tones her sweater dress down with a cargo jacket, turning a business casual look into sporty chic. Add a pair of boots and some jewelry for a polished look.

Similar Items:

Sweater Dress: Nordstrom, $78.00

Jacket: Aliexpress, $51.99

Boots: Cici Hot, $48.99

Bracelets:¬†Claire’s, ¬£5.50 ($8.60 USD)

Which outfit would you like to wear on your first day back to school? Leave a comment below!

Happy Back-to-School Shopping!

Fan Art Fridays: Pretty Little Liars’ Aria Montgomery in Watercolor

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Second new series on the blog! (Betcha didn’t see this coming!)

Fan Art Friday is going to be an awesome weekly segment where I post a fun piece of fan art I find online. This week’s fan art is of Aria Montgomery (played by Lucy Hale) from¬†Pretty Little Liars.¬†The art was submitted to the Pretty Little Campaign during the hiatus before season 6.

I really love how this one stands out from the rest. I wasn’t expecting to see anything in watercolor while I searched through the pages of fan art. I wonder if this was scanned in or edited digitally. It was probably the latter. Either way, I think it’s a really creative depiction of Aria Montgomery. The choice of blue and green color really makes her look soft and sincere.

View the original here.