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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Blue on a Budget

Lately I have been thinking about the need for thriftiness when clothes shopping. One of my favorite places to shop and save money doing so, is Old Navy. I made it my mission to complete an outfit entirely from this single brand. I am loving turquoise this spring, therefore I began with shorts that reflected that passion. I then worked my way out, sticking with a classic V-neck tee in white in order to make way for brighter accessories. I find this to be a perfect warm weather ensemble. Next time you visit Old Navy, keep your eye out for these pieces!





Blue on a Budget


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pink and Zebra

When one thinks of pink and zebra, they might picture a little girl's birthday party. Ahh but I beg to differ. This combination has evolved into something more. I make no secret of the fact that I am a grown woman who vehemently loves pink. I love sparkle too but I'll save that for another day. I am also a staunch supporter of breast cancer awareness. Therefore I added a touch of hope to this week's Sweet Style.



Pink and Zebra

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Navy Casual, Navy Chic

If ever there were a reason to shed a few pounds, this is it. Makes me want to hit the gym to tone up for these shorts.


There's something so crisp and clean about pairing navy with white. And even if a primary component of the outfit isn't navy, accessorizing with navy accents still accomplishes the same effect, in my opinion. As for the white shorts, I believe they are a wardrobe staple. Their possibilities extend far beyond what you see here. That's the beauty of white. In a word - versatile. Here's to going from navy casual to navy chic with one mix and match ensemble.

Navy


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Finale

It's finally here. The night we've been waiting for. In the words of Chris Harrison, "the most controversial finale in Bachelor history." For the first time all season, I didn't fast forward through the previews for the night's episode. I am relishing every minute of this last one of the season. The last bit of Monday night entertainment on ABC (my apologies to DWTS) until Emily graces our screens in May.

Before I begin, I must say that my blogging doesn't end with this finale. Yes I will pick back up this topic with Emily's upcoming season. Until then, you should know that I blog at random in addition to my Bachelor blogging. I typically post one to three times a week. Come back and see me! I take topic requests ;)

On with the drama.

Ben reminisces about his two finalists as he explores his chalet to this year's anthem courtesy of David Gray. One last time.

Actual lyrics: This year's love, had better last
My version: Courtney's love, will never last

Ben's Mom and sister arrive in their black & brown themed clothing. Apparently, the Flajniks missed the memo about the color wheel being socially acceptable in a wardrobe. So anyway, the triple-drabs jump into conversation about the final two women - the one that rode in on the horse and...the other one. Sis calls Ben's attention to Courtney's red flags. Ben remains the only person on the face of the Earth that does not see those flags.

Day one goes to Lindzi. She meets the ladies in Ben's life and nerves get the best of her. Fork in lap. Fork on floor. Brightly colored clothing suggestion. Well maybe not that last one, but it sounded good in my head. Lindzi sits down with mommy dearest. Barbara has a few questions for our little horse jockey, but nothing too deep. Sister Julia delves in just a little deeper. She then jumps into a discussion about Courtney. Lindzi remains diplomatic and polite as not to bad-mouth Courtney. Sweet Kacie would've let out her two cents on the issue, that's for sure. I miss her. But Lindzi knows that this Bachelor is too big a moron to allow anyone to badmouth the skinny dipping trollop. Sis gives Lindz her stamp of approval.

It's Courtney's turn up to bat with Mom and sis. I'm hoping for a crash and burn. Before they go inside, Courtlip has to get a little reassurance that he still likes her a little bit. Who asks that? Really. Who? All that was missing was a check yes or no letter. When our small time not-so-super-model begins her D of the mouth, she finds a way to point out that the other girls in the house were "judgy" (her word, not mine) and didn't like her. Well I wonder why, genius! Outside for a bit of chitty chat. Sis grills her a little but Courtlip heads that off at the pass with a load of kaka a mile high. I literally almost caught a whiff of the stinch. Grab your waders, Julez...you're gonna need them with this one.

Date time with Lindzi. Appropriately, he picks her up in a horse-drawn carriage for a stroll through town. Ben then transforms her into a ski bunny. The gondola stops high up in the Swiss Alps with the Matterhorn in the background. Some conversation takes place which totally loses me. So far this date is like a dose of Tylenol PM.

Night falls and Ben shows up at her place. They take to the love seat for some more conversation that completely bored me. Am I over Ben? Am I over Lindzi? Am I over this whole season? Yeah that's it. This episode bores me so much that I wonder if I must be over the whole show itself. Almost, but not quite. But I am definitely over this season. Oh, and yes I'm over Ben too. I'm finding it harder and harder to take him seriously the longer his hair gets. There's a fine line between Bieber and Kid Rock....and Ben has clearly begun his journey down the lonely road of faith with that stringy mess.

Courtney gets her final date. They hop in a chopper (shocked) to fly above the Matterhorn before having a picnic in the snow. I love picnics and I love snow, but something about the two together just doesn't make sense. And two other words that don't mix...Courtney and angel. Even if it IS a snow angel. Just feels wrong to use Courtlip and angel in the same sentence. How about our "happy couple" riding that tiny sled down the hill toward that pond. Who else was rooting for the brakes to give so Courtlip would cry about cold wet hair? Can I get a what what.

Ben makes his way to room 415, Courtney's humble aboad as she called it. Betcha five hundred bucks she had to look that up in the dictionary. By the way, did anyone else notice how knock-kneed she is? Anyhoo. C wrote a letter to B...AND she read it aloud. Pretty sure she was waiting on a gold star and a Jagerbomb. After that they retire to the couch for some tense convo. Would've been much more interesting if it'd went something like this.

C: I was always having to defend myself to these bleeps. That was bad enough but then your stupid mom and judgmental sister brought it up.
Ben: I know you are but what am I. Don't talk about my girls like that, hooka. You're the one who acted like the bleep. I mean, oh em gee.
C: This makes me sad that you question me.
Ben: It's a big decision and I trust the opinions of my mom and sister, so have a Coke and a smile and...
C: Watch the language, mister.
Ben: Mea culpa. You just bring out my bad boy side. Can't you tell by my greasy Kid Rock hair.
C: That's what I like about you, Bennyboo. You are hardcore. Get some barb wire ink on your bicep and we be cool. Wait. What does mea culpa mean?
Ben: Yeah I'm pretty badbleep like that. I'm not afraid to tat up, plus I know big words. Did you see that lighting when you were making your angel? Angel. Hmph
C: Dude. Seriously. Who do you think I am. Blakeley? Now SHE was a stripper.
Ben: Why didn't anyone tell me this? Excuse me while I go talk to Chris about something.
C: Will you see if he knows why Jesse Metcalf only went on one date with me? After all, he did check yes.

Flashback time. I'm not sure I can even watch without cringing. I have a sick feeling this isn't going to end the way I want it to. At this point, I just want it to end. I'd like to thank wardrobe for not warning Courtney that a JCPenney nightie and gray grandpa socks would make her look like a total douche. Visual of the night, folks! She's sexy and she knows it.


She works out. Moving on.

As I try to get past our "model's" new look, the jeweler arrives. He opens up his Deal Or No Deal case to reveal several really beautiful rings. The hair plug version of Howie Mandel takes his case and leaves. Ben gets dressed. The girls get dressed. Everyone heads off to a  mountain top. Anticipation mounts. The first one out of the chopper....

Lindzi. Immediately, her fate is evident. After all, the first one up gets the crappy end of the deal, right?! He tells her he fell in love with her...just before he says he's now in love with someone else. Pretty sure that someone else is his reflection, but whatever. It would've been really sweet if Lindzi would've said, "Don't sugar coat this. Nothing ends unless it ends bad, you douche bag! See you in Dumpsville once that crazy [insert garden tool reference here] is finished with you." Props to our girl Lindzi for having the most graceful exit ever.

Next up, Courtney in her cat woman gloves. Yada yada yada blah blah blah boogity boogity boogity, will you marry me. Gag hurl bleck puke. What a tool.

Seemed like a high school production of some obsessive love story with no happy ending in sight. Throw in a boiling bunny and that's more accurate. Four words...they-deserve-each-other. Three more words...it-won't-last. That's all I have regarding this decision.

I'm so distraught and angry that I'll just move on to After The Final Rose. 

The new and not at all improved Ben takes the stage with his out of control locks, sporting some REdiculous facial hair. He announces that they had broken up after the show began airing because of the pressure of the press etc. That's code for "I finally grew a brain...and a set." For Pete's sake, true love could survive anything. TRUE love, that is.

Crazycourtlip takes the stage to quite a few boos. What I wouldn't give to have been in that audience with a sling shot and a wilted rose. I must say I found it very gratifying to hear her say he dumped her and abandoned her and didn't even send her flowers on Valentine's Day. Score, baby. Chris asks if they are still together. She initially says yes they are together. Then an I think so. Then she doesn't know. Then tears. Oh boy. Soooooo NOT feeling sorry for her. Get over it.

The unhappy couple takes the couch together. Ben claims they are still engaged. Hmmm. Ten minutes after she told us she didn't know what was up with their relationship. Nice try, Ben. Then he proceeds to call her a "no drama person." I almost choked on my own windpipe! They then claim to communicate really well. Says the girl who just admitted not knowing where they stand. Says the guy who ignored her on Valentine's Day. Why must this idiot sit and scramble to say words that are going to bite him in the derrière?

There's no point in rehashing every moment of this excruciating ATFR. He can put that ring on her finger all he wants. He can claim they'll get married all he wants. But in the end, we all know it'll never last. Karma's a Courtney, baby.

My final words for this season are exactly the same as my final words of Ashley's season, and the complete opposite of my first words of this season. In the course of 10 weeks he has went from rockstar status to something quite different. My final thoughts on Ben -

WORST.BACHELOR.EVER

My final thoughts on Courtney -

BIGGEST.LOSER.EVER
PS - That tasted fantastic coming out of my mouth!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Women Tell All

Yes ma'am! The night I've been waiting for! The Women Tell All. Let the fur fly, baby! Bring it on. Chris begins the show by announcing that this has been one of the most dramatic and controversial seasons ever. Pretty sure he says that every season, but let's play along anyway. He also lets the crowd know Courtney will be there. You could just hear a collective sigh from the anxious audience.

But first a look at the Bachelor Pad hopefuls. Can't figure out why they led with the most pathetic Bachelor Pad contestant ever. Erica. The incoherent, overly busty, annoying one who should've learned her lesson about mixing with the Bachelor/ette crowd. And Ed. How did I NOT know he and Jillian broke up?! Oh well. And how did Ryan P end up in the mix. Zzzzzz. The one I DID hear about was the Ali-Roberto breakup. Ali Ali Ali. What on Earth would ever cause a woman let go of a smoldering hottie like Roberto. Honestly people. He is a serious hunk. That hair. That skin. Those eyes. [cough cough] Excuse me. He does it to me every time. What can I say...it's been a while since I've talked about him. I lost my composure. So sue me. This year's BP should be grrrrreat!

First we see the lineup of this season's girls. Obviously they aren't all there, but the good ones are...and so are the bad ones. A few flashbacks grace the jumbotron. The big hat. The granny. The costumes. The hooker references. Guilty. The insecurity. The unexpected exit. The aWWWWWWkward lap dance followed by the weirdest kiss in history. The skinny dipping. Excuse me while I gag a little. Winning. Kill shot. Oh the loveliness of Courtney.


After the clips ended, Chris begins the night opening fire on Blakeley. Once upon a time I disliked her but as you may remember, by the time she left I had developed some positive feelings for her. She starts explaining herself and is almost immediately interrupted by the weird nose with great shoes. I literally told her to shut up. Then Sammy Sash chimes in with her high pitched rantings about how Blakeley showed her bleeps and then bleep bleeped Ben in the pool and how she is a bully and whaaaa whaaaa whaaaa. I think this girl talks just to hear her own voice! Thank you to Jamie for coming to Blakeley's defense.


Finally we move on. We get to hear from granny's girl. She admits she had no attraction toward Ben. And miss snippity sash begins again. Granny's girl says she is happy with her decision to go home because her time would be better spent elsewhere, and the date belonged to a girl more interested in Ben. And again, Samantha. Accusing her of all sorts of nonsense. Britt calls her a chihuahua. Bahahaha. Perfect animal reference. I actually can envision her nipping at heels and yapping around the house jumping from furniture piece to furniture piece.


Who's up next? Shawntel. She gets some forced applause but not exactly a warm welcome from the gals. I totally get that. As flashbacks roll along, we are reminded of the harsh things some of the girls said about our good ole mortician. If she wanted approval she should've given them a vein drain tutorial or something really cool like that. With a few comments from the girls, things don't really get any better. Of course I may have missed something since I was a bit distracted by Emily's dress...or lack thereof. Talk about bringing the ladies out to play. Holy fun bags, mama!


Speaking of knock knock knockers, she gets her turn in the spotlight. We relive the whole ugly thing. The Courtney drama comes screaming back. Emily makes a good point in saying she wouldn't want to end up with somebody who would fall for Courtney's bull. She gets another jab or two in before her time on the couch ends. My guess is every girl in the room is counting their blessings that they didn't end up with Ben. I know I would be.


Sweet Nicki is up next. All that segment did was make me feel sorry for her all over again. She really did love him. But I doubt she has a hard time finding Ben's replacement. 


My poor Kacie has to rehash her heartbreak next. I'm surprised I didn't shed a tear. Fell in love with her all over again, watch her heart break into pieces all over again. Stupid Ben. Kacie talks about the fact that she just wanted answers. She was being told one thing, but actions said another. She wanted the why of it all. I-TOTALLY-GET-THAT!!!! If he didn't plan to keep her he shouldn't have made her believe she was the one. She's better off without him anyway. The right match is out there waiting for her, I feel very confident of that!


Time to talk about the drama. Controversy in the form of a "model" from Santa Monica. Yes, I'm talking about weird lip Courtney. Some of the descriptives used about her:


black widow
vindictive
manipulative
phony
unattractive
selfish
b****y
cold
callous
ugly heart
vapid
liar
not nice
hurtful


I'd say those are some of the nicer things said about her, actually. I know they are nice compared to what I've personally said about her. But that is fodder for another time and place. Immediately the girls jump into why they all loathe the black widow. And as expected, Casey jumps to her defense with some bs about Courtney being sweet and sincere. Those are three words I never thought I'd hear in the same sentence. Delusional much?


Of course ABC is going to give Courtney her time in the hot seat. Ratings are important, you know. I was hoping to go a week without having to look at her lip, I mean face, or hear her voice.  But much to my dismay, she appears. Bring it on girls. Lets give her some of what she dished out all season! They put a little pressure on her and she just puts on this "you are right" persona. Oh gee whiz. Who does she think she's fooling. She is everything she's been accused of and more. Emily dishes on her and she appears to crack under pressure. That's just the show she puts on because of her insecure, b***y nature. The other girls begin to voice their feelings of disdain for her behavior, and she pulls out the Visine-induced tears. As bad as I hate the thought of it, I feel certain that there are a few people watching who actually fall for her crap. But c'mon! She didn't make one or 2 rude comments...she spent the ENTIRE season being mean, ugly, rude & just plain old despicable to these girls. That's a character flaw, NOT a little slip of the tongue. I'm over this too-little-too-late emotion. She may actually regret her actions but only because it has ruined her image, not because she has genuine remorse. One word. WINNING.


After Courtney's exit, Ben takes the stage. His first words..."welcome to my nightmare." Hmm. That pretty well speaks volumes. Nightmare? Nice word, douche. He got some criticism and some questions. He also got some ego stroking courtesy of Jamie. Although I'm pretty sure she shot herself in the foot already with that awkward dance and scripted kiss. I must say I rather enjoyed the blooper reel, but Ben offered no closure to anyone. No big surprise there, though.


Scenes from the finale. Nothing is given away except a bit of drama with Courtney one last time. And also Chris' claim that this will be the most controversial season finale ever. We shall see. After Brad's stunt and Jason's drama, how in the world can THIS be more controversial? I can't wait to find out!


PS - Thank you ABC for that final scene where Jenna gets a little spotlight. So funny that Monica offered her a feminine hygiene product to make amends. "Will you accept this tampon?" I love this show. Until next week, Bachelor fans! I leave you with the nastiest person to ever be cast on The Bachelor, and a couple of tears she worked really hard to muster up with the help of her trusty Visine bottle. Props, crazy Courtney.



Sunday, March 4, 2012

Maxi Times Ten

I absolutely love this outfit. Maxi dresses are just so darn comfy. I do have a couple in my closet that I wear quite often...probably too often. But who can blame me? Maxi dresses are swell.  Plus, they are so versatile they can be worn in practically any weather. Since the temperature is still a bit cool out, I accessorized this outfit with a jacket and scarf. I left the feet exposed because that's just how I roll. It is almost never too cold for flip flops or strappy open-toe heels, although many people I know disagree with that. But that doesn't stop me from exposing my piggies as often as possible. Hope you like this ensemble as much as I do.





Maxi Times Ten



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Friday, March 2, 2012

Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Icing Drizzle

Giving credit where credit is due, this recipe is courtesy of the great Rachael Ray. I'm a sucker for red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing. I'm a sucker for anything made with strawberries. I'm a sucker for waffles. This dessert is a trifecta as far as I'm concerned! Marry those three delicious components and what more could a girl ask for?!


Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Icing Drizzle









Ingredients

  • 1 box of red velvet cake mix
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • For the Cream Cheese Icing Drizzle:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, one small block, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • For the Red Berry Salad:
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup red raspberries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sugar




Yields: 8 waffles

Preparation

Preheat waffle maker to medium-high heat.

Prepare cake mix to package directions. Once waffle iron is hot, spray with cooking spray. Pour 2 cups (about half) of the cake batter into the waffle iron. Cook 5 minutes; carefully remove from the waffle maker. 
For the cream cheese drizzle, cream together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and salt into a bowl. Slowly whisk in milk. Set aside.
Mix together all ingredients for the red berry salad in a small bowl.
Top each waffle with a heaping spoonful of red berry salad and a drizzle of cream cheese. 

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