My Week in TV pt. 1

Revenge (Sundays 9/8c): MEH. I don’t know if it’s the new writers they have this season or the acting, but I am just not feelin’ it. I was literally OBSESSED with seasons 1 and 2 and this new one just feels different. In the season premiere episode (SPOILER ALERT) when Emily/Amanda was shot – and apparently killed – on the boat, I didn’t really care. That’s saying something if you don’t have a reaction when the main character dies in the first 5 seconds of the season. I think they started out that way so viewers will stick around all season to see who killed her, but it could honestly be ANYBODY. Everyone seems to hate Emily/Amanda these days. Usually that’s what makes it exciting, but unless there’s some huge plot twist coming up, I’m just really not into it. But I’ll continue to watch, obvi.

New Girl (Tuesdays 9/8c): HOORAY. I love that Jess and Nick are finally together after all that awkward sexual tension in the previous seasons. I gotta say, I was a little disturbed when Schmidt took all of Jess’ birth control pills out of rage/in attempt to break the new pair up – but then I remembered it was just a TV show and that didn’t really happen, thank GOD. All in all, loving this season so far. Well-written, funny, relatable, woohoo.
 
The Voice (Mondays 8/7c & Tuesdays 9/8c): Guilty pleasure, for sure. I just love Blake Shelton. And the rest of the judges (Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, & CeeLo Green) are pretty great too. Judging based on the few auditions I saw, I think it’s going to be a fun season to watch with a lot of talent.
 

Modern Family (Wednesdays 9/8c): …is it just me or do all of my favorite shows come on at 9? Anyway, this week’s Modern Fam was hilariiiious. My roommate and I were just lol-ing all over the place. But would you expect anything less? If you haven’t already jumped on board the Modern Fam
bandwagon, 1) who are you? and 2) stop that right now and do it.
 
Parks & Rec (Thursdays 8/7c): This show is EVERYTHING. Amy Poehler is truly the greatest, and I cry a little inside every time I think about all of the Emmy’s she has been robbed of. Other than Modern Family, this is the funniest and most underrated show on television. If you need to catch up, all the beginning seasons are on Netflix – no excuses!
 
Glee (Thursdays 9/8c): Oh, my heart. This week’s episode was the much-anticipated tribute to the late Cory Monteith. If you know me, it probably isn’t surprising that I usually cry at some point or another during every episode of Glee anyway. Needless to say, I spent most of Thursday leading up to the episode feeling kind of nervous, trying to emotionally prepare. I wasn’t sure how they were going to address his death without losing Finn’s innocence. For many fans, Finn and Cory went hand-in-hand, both seeming so relatable on and off the screen. They didn’t address how he died in the show, and I don’t think they needed to. Cory’s death was so public in real life and affected so many people, it would have been strange for him to die any other way in the show. Instead they documented how each character was dealing with the loss in their own way. I thought it was beautifully done, and it showed the obvious bond that the entire Glee cast and crew have formed over the years. I see the cast on the Paramount lot from time to time, and I really just want to give them a hug. I’ve strangely felt so affected by Cory (and Finn’s) passing, as it is always heartbreaking to see someone taken so soon. I respect Glee for giving the fans some closure, and some pretty amazing music.
 
Scandal (Thursdays 10/9c): OLIVIA POPE DA GOD. I one day hope to be half the bad ass that Olivia is. As much as I want Liv & Fitz to be together, I hope it isn’t for a veryyy long time so the show never ends. Season 3 is becoming what I hoped it would be — Huck is still terrifying but sweet, Quinn is actually really scary now (calm down, girlfriend), and the rest of the Gladiators are doing their thing. Mellie and Cyrus need to just go somewhere, except not so that we can keep the show going. The introduction of her father and his role in b316 is genius, I knew Liv had some serious daddy issues. & YAY Jake’s alive (barely)! LOVE YA SHONDA, keep em coming!
 
 
Shows I want to watch: Nashville, The Mindy Project, The Walking Dead
Any other suggestions???

Thursday Thought: Patience

Oh hi, there. It’s been a good six months since I blogged last, and even then I was only posting every once in a blue moon. There is much to catch up on – like graduating from UNC, moving out to LA, starting my first post-grad job, etc. – but for now I just wanted to share this quote I stumbled upon (on Pinterest, obvi).

“I want to remember that no one is going to make my dreams come true for me…it is my job to get up every day and work toward the things that are deepest in my heart…and to enjoy every step of the journey rather than wishing I was already where I want to end up.”

The quote struck a chord with me, as I realized it applies to a lot of things I’ve been experiencing in this new phase of my life.  The whole process of trying to figure out exactly what I want to do with my life has really tested my patience. I am so ready to be where I want to be. I have spent most of my post-grad life thus far realizing what is not right for me and exploring new options with an open mind. I know you have to start somewhere, and I know that where I end up is where I am meant to be.  I need to focus on enjoying these in-between moments, learning as much as I can and appreciating every step of the journey. It will all work out, as it does.

I have a lot of exciting stuff coming up in October, and I plan on documenting everything along the way – for real this time. I may not know exactly where I’m going but I can promise it won’t be boring.

“So Smart and So Pretty”

For the past four years, UNC Women’s Club Volleyball has been a huge part of my life at Carolina. I remember going into tryouts as a freshmen being extremely nervous and intimidated by all the upperclassmen. Basketball was always my main sport growing up, and I started playing volleyball in high school following in the footsteps of my sister. I kind of randomly decided to continue volleyball in college and here I am, four years later with two years of being President under my belt. Needless to say, I don’t know how I’m going to adjust to not having practices during the week, tournaments every other weekend, and dealing with all of the responsibilities that are involved with being President. We recently went to Dallas, Texas for the 2013 NCVF National Championship tournament, and the whole experience just felt different as a senior from the past three years. At the end of our last game, it hit me that it was all coming to an end. It was an amazing trip, and I am so proud of how both teams performed.

Let’s be honest, managing a large group of ladies definitely has its challenges. From the varying opinions and attitudes, I have learned that it is impossible to make everyone happy all of the time. As a leader it is important to make the decisions that have to be made with the best interest of the entire organization in mind. I would not trade everything I have learned and the friendships I have gained from being a part of this team for anything.

Being a part of this team has taught me so much about being a leader, a member of a team, and a friend. I always jokingly congratulated my teammates after a good play by saying, “You’re so smart and so pretty!” But I have realized that there is so much truth in that statement. I have had the honor of getting to know the most intelligent and beautiful, inside and out, women I have ever encountered. “Volleybonding,” as we call it, with each and every one of them has been an absolute privilege and I am genuinely going to miss them on and off the court.

Tonight we are having our final team dinner and are holding elections for officers for next year. So as I step out of this role and into a completely new one post-graduation (yikes), I just wanted to let all of my “so smart and so pretty” teammates know how much I appreciate you and have enjoyed being your president, your teammate, and your friend. I hope I have made even half of the impact on you as you have me.

Wedding Bells: Maid of What?

A few weeks ago my sister got engaged, and I could not be happier for her. Needless to say she is already in full-swing wedding planning mode as the date has been set to a year from now. She has selected me as Maid of Honor, which is semi-frightening because all I know about weddings I learned from Bridesmaids and Wedding Crashers. I have received a laundry list of all of my responsibilities, highlighted and organized by priority. If any of you will be a Maid of Honor in the future, or for some strange reason are just interested, here is the list of the duties my sister sent me – which essentially amounts to doing everything and is a mild form of slave labor. LOVE YA SIS!

The maid of honor has one of the most important (and demanding) jobs out of the bridal party.Not only does she need to be responsible, she must be very close to the bride as well and be able to keep her cool, calm, and collected throughout the entire process. Duties include the following:

  • Assists the bride with all wedding related shopping: the dress, bridesmaid dresses, accessories
  • Helps organize hair and makeup for the bridesmaids
  • Plans and hosts the bridal shower and bachelorette party
  • Witnesses and sign the Marriage Certificate
  • Attends the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Carries an emergency kit for the bride on the day of the wedding (although if you have a planner or day-of coordinator, they usually hold onto this)
  • Holds the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony
  • Stays by the bride’s side at all times and oversee the bridesmaids – KEY!
  • Holds onto the groom’s ring during the ceremony
  • Helps make favors and address invitations
  • Gives a speech and toast during the wedding reception
  • Acts as air traffic control for the bride, wedding planner, and family
  • Responsible for paying for her own travel, attire, and accessories
  • Gives the bride both a shower gift and wedding gift
  • Helps out however and whenever she can
  • Encourages guests to get on the dance floor during the reception (You shouldn’t have a problem with this)
  • Create and maintain wedding website

And I was like…DANG, ANYTHING ELSE? But seriously, I’m honored she chose me to stand beside her throughout this process and I can’t wait to be apart of it all.

Since I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing and my best idea so far of the Bachelorette Party in Las Vegas got rejected (what?), I turned to Pinterest. I have compiled a board of all of my favorite ideas for dresses, decor, invitations, parties, etc. Here are some of my favorite ideas:

Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses – Simple & Elegant

Little Black Dress Themed Bachelorette Party

Bridemaids Dresses

With Buoy!

For the Reception

Checklist for Bachelorette Party – 21st Birthday Style

Spa Weekend in Charleston, SC

Dancing Shoes for the Bride/Bridesmaids – VERY necessary

Reception: sweet tea, water, and pink lemonade for guests, all pre-poured into mason jars

So there you have it, you’re welcome sis!

The 20/20 Experience

JT has officially brought sexy back, and it doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon. Like almost everyone else, I’ve been listening to his new album “The 20/20 Experience” on repeat since being released. I’ve heard some complaints about the songs being too long, but I say the more JT the merrier. And as if one wasn’t enough, JT confirmed that a follow-up album is not only in the works, but has already been recorded. With all of this new music, it seems only right that he partner up with none other than Jay-Z to co-headline a stadium tour this summer, starting on July 17 in Toronto. He has also been rumored to be in the running for the role of Daddy Warbux in the remake of “Annie,” produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z and will star Quvenzhane Wallis from “Beasts of a Southern Wild.” Not entirely sure how I feel about a sexy Daddy Warbux – but I guess we will just have to wait and see! Regardless, I love Justin just as much as I did when he looked like this.

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Before “The 20/20 Experience” was released, JT put out two singles – “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors.” According to HuffPost, the song and the music video for “Mirrors” are dedicated to Timberlake’s grandparents, William and Sadie. William passed away last year, and the song serves as a retelling of their love story. AW!

Aside from “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors,” some of my other favorites from the new record include:

1. Tunnel Vision

2. Spaceship Coupe

3. Let the Groove Get In

4. Pusher Love Girl

 

Every Great Dream Begins with a Dreamer

Playground of Dreams (POD) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping kids pursue their dreams and visions for our world. “The most life-defining, impactful moments in a child’s life are created when they are free, safe, and inspired. POD is in the business of creating these moments.” The kids in the program are putting together “The Coolest Variety Show on Earth,” which will be hosted by Catt Sadler of E! News, and will take place on April 6, 2013 in LA. The show is an opportunity for each child to turn his or her dream into a reality. This is a truly inspirational organization that genuinely believes in the power of our youth. Kids believe they can do anything. It’s up to us to keep that spirit alive. Who knows, maybe they will help us discover our own passions in the process.

“I could bake a better cake than anyone because it has love in it.” How great is that?

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman

Love This Look: Spring Forward

As it  slowly transitions into warmer weather, I love this look for those days when it’s “not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket!”

You can find pieces similar to the ones in this outfit almost anywhere. The white tee and skirt pictured here are both from Zara, together valued at $45. All you  need is a basic white tee, high low skirt, and leather jacket. Match it with a vintage clutch and belt and you’re good to go.

Merry Oscars Eve: My Predictions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As Audrey Hepburn said, “Everything I learned, I learned from the movies.” The Academy Awards are about honoring excellence in the film industry, one of our most valued forms of entertainment that gives us the movies that inspire us, make us cry, think, and laugh. The Oscars air tomorrow night, February 24th at 8:30pm on ABC. But if you’re like me and the red carpet is just as important as the actual show, the Oscars Red Carpet live begins at 7pm on ABC and Countdown to the Red Carpet begins at 1:30pm on E!, followed by live red carpet coverage at 5:30pm.

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85th Academy Awards

Here are the nominees and my predictions for the 2013 Oscars. Let’s see if my hard work of going to see all of these movies paid off.

Best Picture: I think it’s very possible for Lincoln to sweep a lot of categories, but I have my fingers crossed for Silver Linings Playbook. Wouldn’t hate if Django won either.

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, and deservedly so. Abraham?? Is that you??

  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook (LOVE)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Denzel Washington, Flight (Paramount, whatup!)
  • Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained (Oh wait, he wasn’t nominated. WHY?)

Best Actress in a Leading Role:  Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook. Amazing Performance! She’s already won if you ask me (Bradley Cooper, need I say more).

  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty (Close second to my girl, Jennifer)
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook (duh)
  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Actor in a Supporting Role: Torn between Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook and Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained. Can both win?

  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln (My 3rd favorite)
  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables. Although I would love to see Sally Field give her a run for her money.

  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Mis
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  • Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Animated Feature Film: I have to admit, I’ve only seen Brave out of all of the nominees, and I fell asleep half way through. So, I’m assuming it’s not that one. I’ll go with Wreck-It Ralph, whatever that is.

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie (#lolwut…)
  • ParaNorman
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Directing: Ang Lee, Life of Pi.

  • Amour, Michael Haneke
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin
  • Life of Pi, Ang Lee
  • Lincoln, Steven Spielberg (close second)
  • Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

Other Categories:

  • Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Argo
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
  • Best Cinematography: Life of Pi
  • Best Production Design: Anna Karenina
  • Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina, or Les Mis
  • Best Original Song: Skyfall, Adele (duh)
  • Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi

Lennon & Maisy Stella

Obsessed with these two sisters who are absolutely the cutest and could sing the alphabet and it’d still be amazing. I’ve loved watching them grow over the past year, as they successfully used their popularity on YouTube to land starring roles on the TV hit series, Nashville. Here are a few of my favorite covers by the duo. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for both of these talented artists. In the meantime, I’m still trying to figure our why I’m not the third Stella sister.