The Best Shows on Netflix

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From the creators of  The Matrix comes this tense series in which eight people can telepathically experience each other’s lives.

I was honestly blown away by this series. It’s like nothing else. It goes all out, in every way, delivering beautiful scenes done by beautiful characters. It’s weird and wonderful, and I cannot wait for the next season (which should release soon!)

Pretty Little Liars

A group of friends (the gorgeous Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson & Shay Mitchell) wake up to find one of their friends missing and, later, dead. After her murder and disappearance, the group is contacted by a mysterious figure who claims to be their deceased friend.

This show is my guilty pleasure. It may have started out being aimed at preteens, but the murders, kidnappings, love stories, cliffhangers and fact that I’m the same age as these actresses mean that I will continue watching until the end (which is coming this spring!).

Lost

After their plane crashes on a deserted island, a diverse group of people must adapt to their new home and contend with the island’s enigmatic forces.

If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with this show. The description doesn’t do it justice. My family and I started watching it as soon as it aired on ABC (on Wednesday night’s, after church, with burgers from the Woodson Inn), and then my husband and I followed it through college, even watching the series finale at the Alamo Drafthouse. I can’t say enough about this show, so I won’t say any more!

Gossip Girl

The series is narrated by the omniscient blogger “Gossip Girl” and is voiced by Kristen Bell. The plot revolves around the lives of privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York, and they can hide no secret from the ruthless blogger who’s always watching. Rounding out the main cast in the series are Blake Lively (as Serena van der Woodsen), Leighton Meester (as Blair Waldorf), Penn Badgley (as Dan Humphrey), Chace Crawford (as Nate Archibald), Ed Westwick (as Chuck Bass), Kelly Rutherford (as Lily van der Woodsen) and Matthew Settle (as Rufus Humphrey).

I’m not traditional, in any sense, so I didn’t watch Gossip Girl when it was cool to watch it; I watched it, like, last year – which was perfect, since my family took a Christmas trip to NYC, so I got to walk where Chuck and Blair got married, only a couple of days after watching it.

Stranger Things

A lost boy. A government lab steeped in terrible secrets. A mother who won’t rest until her son is found. The great Winona Ryder. The lovable Millie Bobby Brown. And Natalia Dyer and Finn Wolfhard as the Wheeler children.

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This was an instant hit, and most people (Me!) finished the eight episodes in one day, being drawn in by the unique story and 80’s vibe.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Narcissistic friends Charlie, Mac, Dennis and Dennis’s sister, Dee, run Paddy’s Pub, a downtown Philadelphia Irish bar, where everyone’s judgmental (and juvenile) behavior usually brings situations from uncomfortable to hysterically horrible.

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What a great description for a great show. My now-husband and his old roommate got me hooked on this show, and we.are.them. My husband, Tommy, is Mac, obsessed with working out. I’m Dee, born to be a star yet ridiculed, at times, for being so tall and bird-like. Bonus points for the fact that these two are married in real life! My brother (Dennis on the show and Tanner in real life) is a tall, self-proclaimed god-like creature, perfect in every way. And finally, there’s Charlie, the wild card (We’ll give this honor to our friend Robin;). If you like to laugh and are okay with ridiculous/crass situations, I highly recommend Always Sunny (Season 12 coming 1/4/17!).

I’ll Tell You What I Want…

I hope

that I get to be creative every day for the rest of my life.

that my boyfriend and I are still cool bffs 70 years from now.

polar bears don’t go extinct.

more truly scary movies come out.

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I dream

of publishing at least one book.

of being famous…or at least rubbing shoulders with even more famous people (since 148 = not enough).

that my teeth fall out.

of traveling the world with my loved ones.

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I aspire to be

better than I am.

a happy and healthy mother (to possibly many children, all fabulously dressed).

excited to wake up 87 percent of the time, ready to conquer the day, in some way/shape/form.

someone people enjoy being around and writing letters to.

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I wish I could

get my points across better.

live multiple lives.

pay off student loans faster.

adopt/save every cat out there.

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What you can learn from…

Alice in Wonderland – If you don’t know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter which path you take.

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Barbie – You can be anything and everything you want to be.

Chameleons – Sometimes it’s okay to blend in.

Dads – Half of the most important lessons of your life.

Elle Woods – Wear pink on more than just Wednesdays.

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Family Guy – You shall not tell a lie.

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Gilmore Girls – You can never have too much coffee.

Hilary Duff – Nice girls are the prettiest girls.

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Ice Age – Families come in all shapes and sizes but all equal love.

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Jenners/Kardashians – Fashion is fun.

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Katniss Everdeen – Whistling is fun.

Leslie Hunter (& the rest of the St. Elmo’s Fire gang) – Tradition and familiarity are sentimental and nostalgic bonds.

Moms – Half of the most important lessons of your life.

New York Housewives – It’s okay to ask for help if/when you’re on your last leg.

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Otters – Find your soulmate and stick with him/her.

Parenthood – The people close to you will help you through anything/everything.

Quebec Lottery – 4,8,15,16,23,42 will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Reynolds, Dee – Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

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Social Media – Just because you can share it doesn’t mean you should. #youjustlookdumb

Terminator – If you have some time to kill, you should build up muscles.

Uncle Jesse – Life isn’t always perfect.

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Vanellope von Schweetz – Do what you can with what you have.

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Wizarding World – Magic is real.

X-Men – Robert Downey, Jr. is hotter than Hugh Jackman…and Chris Evans…and Christian Bale…etc.

Yourself – Who you are.

eZra fitZ – Drama can be troublesome…but also make you pretty.

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Copycat

As a child, I looked up to the pretty, nice girls in high school and my fave actresses on TV, but here are the ones that I actually imitated in real life…

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I’m sure I’ve tried to be like Hilary/Lizzie many times (We ARE both from Texas, and she IS one of the few who hasn’t let Hollywood ruin her.), but you see those lights behind her bed? Yes, I immediately bought some flower ones, to light my room up oh-so perfectly.

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While I wasn’t obsessed with this show or anything, I do enjoy reminiscing about Clarissa’s fab outfits. But the thing I stole from her? I, too, transformed my old doll house into an entertainment system, with the perfect cubbies for a TV and VCR.

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Currently, I’m realizing that great leaders – the ones to really look up to – are the ones whose words, actions and entire lives you’d be okay with copying. Furthermore, if these people lead by example and don’t even know it – it’s just that apparent that they know what they’re doing and they do it oh-so well – then those are the ones you should definitely be admiring and, yes, even copying a bit, to acquire the best traits possible!

BONUS: Maybe this is the day you’ll get a new spark of inspiration, to strive to be like the people above. Whether you want to update your home accessories or work to live with character that blows others away, I hope you do so happily and purposefully!

 

What Should You Be When You Grow Up?

1. When you were a child, you could be found playing with:

A. Sporting equipment

B. Dolls

C. Sticks

D. Crayons

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2. In middle school, you were known as the kid that:

A. Won every game

B. Wore makeup early

C. Never bathed

D. Was always reading

 

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3. Your first love was:

A. A sports team

B. A total hottie

C. Ew, gross, no!

D. A secret

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4. When graduating, you wanted to be remembered for:

A. MVP records

B. Your looks

C. Anything

D. The sets you designed for plays

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5. If you could’ve picked any college major, it would have been:

A. Skipping school and heading for the pros

B. Something that will allow me to model on the side

C. Whatever is easiest

D. A major that would’ve let me truly express myself

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6. Your biggest accomplishment so far is:

A. That state championship in high school

B. Finding true love

C. Still being alive

D. Landing a job you’re passionate about

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7. Speaking of seven, our final question, who do you consider lucky:

A. Lebron James

B. Kim Kardashian

C. No one – luck is dumb

D. Me, of course!

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If you answered mostly…

A: It may be too late to join the NFL (maybe!), but why not consider getting your personal trainer certification or teaching Little League? Your love of the game will come across as helpful in these situation – when you do find time to squeeze them in around your season tickets!

B: You’re known for your looks, but remember to stay modest! You could definitely try modeling – or at least attempt getting famous on social media, by sharing your outfits and design through blog posts and Instagram photos.

C: You don’t really know what you want – and that’s okay. By picking up new hobbies, hanging out at new places and trying new things in general, you could discover a whole new passion!

D: It will do you good to stay in a position that keeps your creative juices flowing, whether you’re writing novels, painting for fun or teaching/volunteering at a local theater!

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There are thousands of lists out there about the “best entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter” and the “hottest Instagram accounts,” but my list is far more laid back and mostly just a. a way to re-inspire myself for the summer and b. make sure you know about these fab people/pages/accounts/things!

Facebook:

Kerri Eichorn: I’ve known this girl my whole life, and though we hardly ever get to see each other in person, it’s nice to be inspired by her uplifting status updates.

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See, I literally like her stuff!

Instagram:

Jennifer Clayborn: I think we can all guess why. But I’m not going to post someone else’s child’s photo on my blog, because that’d be creepy. And if you’re not friends with her/can’t keep up with Emmalyn’s #ootd – I am so sorry!

How Two Live: These sisters are, like, the queens of style, and I love scrolling through images of giant sunglasses, furry coats and matching awesomeness.

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Twitter:

Harvin Eadon: This sister, though –  my fave! Her and Meyer are stars of Big Rich Atlanta, yet Harvin still acknowledges, like, every fan tweet she gets. Plus, hello, their jewelry line and theseee outfits…

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Tone It Up: Yes, the website I love the keep up with is the one belonging to the TIU girls; their healthy-yet-yummy recipes, day-by-day workouts and adorable faces-n-personalities are great motivation!

Buzzfeed: ‘Nuff said.

Anyone/thing else I’m missing out on?? Share!!

It Takes Two To Make A Thing Go Right

And it takes two to make it outta sight.

Therefore, the best mashups, ever, in all categories…

  1. Salvador Dali & Vogue – In April 1944, the great Dali created this fashionable masterpiece. images
  2. Jackie O. & Diana Vreeland – These two stylish icons worked on a few different projects together.
  3. Troian Bellisario & The Olsen Twins – The Pretty Little Liars star grew up next to Mary-Kate & Ashley, earning her a small part in Billboard Dad.
  4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s & In Cold Blood – Who would ever believe two of my faves have the same author?
  5. Salvador Dali & Disney – Together, they created Destino. 79pp_a
  6. Stephen King & The Sox (& JFK) – If you’ve read his thrillers, you know he loves the Red Sox (and read 11/22/63!).
  7. Tim Burton & Alice in Wonderland – As if the story wasn’t crazy enough, they added this genius into the mix.
  8. Ashley Benson & Hilary Duff – I don’t know when, and I don’t know why, but gaze at this beauty. images (1)
  9. Kim Kardashian & Project Runway – She was a judge on the show during season nine, so yay.
  10. Barbie & Harry Potter – These are just my other two loves, and there are HP Barbie dolls.

Note: This post was titled a few week’s back, but now, with the sad news this week, I’m glad it is what it is, to honor  DJ EZ Rock. RIP

 

My Style Idols

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Amidst the tutus and shoulder pads in my too-narrow closet, I have hanging MY STYLE IDOLS, who are the following.

  1. Elle Woods – always in pink, looks great during every occasion, gave me the bend&snap
  2. Mary Tyler Moore – played a classy, put-together, attractive journalist who throws her hat gracefully 
  3. Elizabeth Taylor – legendary bling and sexiness and grace
  4. Madonna – cones (need I say more?)
  5. Victoria Beckham – I am Posh Spice, and she just keeps getting better
  6. Diane Keaton – rocks menswear like nobody’s business
  7. Doris Day – like #2, she was always so classy and cute
  8. Jessica Biel – girl crush, amazing bod, and did you see that pink wedding dress??
  9. Rachel Green – the hair, the style and the legacy 
  10. Brigitte Bardot – If I lived back then, I may want to be her
  11. Alexis Bledel – kind of the modern day #2? classiest young lady in Hollywood
  12. Jem – go watch on Netflix now to enjoy the 80s glitter and neon and shoulder pads and awesomeness
  13. Carrie Bradshaw – ’nuff said
  14. Lady Gaga – I adore the over-the-top
  15. Barbie – Of course she’s on the list!
  16. Hilary Duff – second classiest young woman in Hollywood, my idol and always looking great – especially as a mom!
  17. Audrey Hepburn – the pearls, the cute hairstyles, the cat and Holly Golightly 
  18. Twiggy – eyelashes and Peter Pan collars to die for
  19. Jackie O – period.
  20. Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen – These two have always captivated me, and I love seeing what they wear 
  21. Scarlett O’Hara – If I lived then, I would DEF be her #gimmebigdresses
  22. Farrah Fawcett – the Rachel Green of her time? gorgeous
  23. Marilyn Monroe – She had to be on here, too!

True Love & Its Crazy Rules

I know several of my posts are about Real Housewives, but this one is actually deeper. One of my favorite Bravo women – Carole Radziwill – just wrote a new book, The Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating. Not only is she a coveted RH of NYC, but she’s also a journalist who was married to a Kennedy (see why I love her?). 

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In honor of her new book, she’s having fans write on some of her dating rules, and this week’s is “don’t sleep with him until he thinks he’s in love with you.”

I know I’m young and may not have that many juicy love stories or deep insight into fate and kismet, but here are my thoughts on this rule…

There’s no logic to these things. You meet someone and you fall in love, and that’s that. This Woody Allen quote sums up the tip-of-the-iceberg when it comes to love. Whether we’re eight, eighteen or fifty eight-years-old, we see The One, fall head over heels and can’t help it all.

My first word was the name of a cute boy my dad coached, and from then on, I remember crushing on boys on the playground and beyond. My “real” moment of this, though, happened on a plane ride to Cologne, Germany, where I set my eyes upon Tommy Baze. I switched seats to be by him the entire ride, bonded over music and small towns, ended up at the University of Texas with him…and the rest is history!

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The course of true love never did run smooth. Then, however, bumps and trials come. Our romantic drama may not be as extreme as some of the scenes from Shakespeare, but we lose a little bit of the luster and must decide if this is, indeed, true love.

I was only 16 when I met Tommy, and the first years of college can be confusing, wild and life-changing, so we definitely hit some snags.

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So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every dayWe’ve all been swept away by Ryan Gosling quoting this, and if/when you reach this point in a relationship, you know it’s real and that you can work through tough times and choose each other forever.

After many tears and thoughts and even joining dating sites to get over each other, we eventually became “official,” choosing to be together, for reals and for good.

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I was made and meant to look for you and wait for you and become yours forever. And then we feel complete, knowing that this is why we exist, to live and love, just as Robert Browning spoke about long ago.

Now, we’re a few years into our relationship, and I know we’ll face even more challenges and crossroads, but we only have this one short life, and I’m thrilled to be spending mine with a cutie I met on a Lufthansa flight.

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So when it comes to not sleeping with (or being with or kissing) a guy until he’s in love with you…I say go with your gut! Because as my first point mentions, we seriously cannot help it when we fall for someone, and no matter how great everything seems, we are going to have to have lessons learned. So get out there, and while being smart and safe, test the waters, go on adventures and see if/how you can meet your Prince Charming (or Noah Calhoun;).

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