Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wentworth – the Australian version of Orange is the New Black


I just finished up Season 3 of Orange is the New Black and after doing so each year I then always watch Wentworth, the Aussie TV show based in a woman's prison. There's now 4 seasons of Wentworth on Netflix, I just started season 3. Wentworth is the grittier version of OITNB. The show follows the main character Bea Smith (redhead in the middle), the newest prisoner who is in prison awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband, who must learn to deal with the top-dog prisoners. What happens in the prison ends up affecting what happens to their family outside the prison which is dirty. The lives of the guards are also shown with plenty of drama. Like OITNB, there is also a transgender character who becomes a key figure. The inmates get a new governor who really makes their lives miserable. The show has drug-smuggling, violence, a prison escape, and much more. Most of the scenes are dark, filmed in low lighting. I love the Australian accents, but sometimes miss what they are saying. I highly recommend watching this show!

If you've finished OITNB can we talk about it for a bit? Spoilers ahead. I was surprised they went the whole season without Daya ever mentioning her baby. The show took on some political issues this season parallels to the Black Lives Matter moment, discussing mental health, prison overcrowding, a Martha Stewart celebrity like character, and so much more. Did you see Poussay walk by the guard on the street? See the flashback was to show how making small decisions can end up with a large consequence and how two people can do the same thing but have different endings. Most of the prisoners on this show committed small, petty crimes but are in prison when they probably shouldn't be. I think Poussay used Lolly's time machine to fix the mistake that got her arrested. And since she lived in her fictional world of the library, it would make sense for her to take some magical adventures after leaving her body. I thought it closed the episode nicely seeing her smiling and that she lived a happy full life.

While I'm sort of on a prison fix, sounds weird lol, I’m also reading Teresa Giudice’s book: "Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again." It’s her memoir and experience in prison, the same one Piper Kerman from OITNB went to. It got horrible reviews on amazon, but I've just started it so can't give my opinion on it yet.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Have you heard of Nordstrom's annual sale? Well, it's going on right now! I just started shopping at Nordstrom last year so I only recently found out about it. Every summer Nordstrom has an anniversary sale where they put new fall items on sale. Once the sale ends on Aug 8 the items go back to full price. Nordstrom has early access for debit or credit card holders but the sale opens up to the public on July 22 so I have my calendar marked! Nordstrom has free shipping with no minimums!

I've pulled together a small list of my essential picks.  My favorite underwear are Natori briefs and for the sale, they released new colors so I will be stocking up! As well as some tunics for fall as that was one of my style resolutions for the year. If you read my blog you know Kendra Scott is my favorite jewelry designer, well some of her pieces are on sale! You can also find in the sale MAC makeup sets and Nike shoes. My favorite grapefruit body wash is discounted!



Happy shopping! What are some of your favorites from this year's sale?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Ghostbusters


Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! I loved Ghostbusters 2 as a kid and I'd watch it every Halloween. I finally got around to watching Ghostbusters 1 last year to learn the back story. When Mindy Kaling wrote her first book she said wouldn't it be cool if they remade Ghostbusters with an all female cast, and what do you know it happened! I think it's really awesome to have a blockbuster movie where the main cast is all female and who are scientists. The movie will also have action figure dolls which is pretty groundbreaking considering it will be little boys playing with female action figures.

The storyline for the movie is following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat. They hire the hot Chris Hemsworth to be their secretary. There were quite a few moments in the movie that had me cracking up laughing! At the end of its first weekend, it's number two in the box office so it did pretty well. You can expect to see cameos from the original Ghostbusters cast and your favorite ghosts Slimer and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.

Last week I watched the cast do their media circuit and have been in awe of Melissa McCarthy's fashion! I love a good yellow dress; she wore them to the movie's premiere and to the Today show. She used to have difficulty finding designers to dress her for red carpets because she wasn't a certain size. Now she started her own fashion line, trimmed down a bit and always looks so stylish on the red carpet. Her co-star Leslie Jones tweeted last month how she couldn't find a designer to dress her for the movie's premiere and threatened to put those designers on blast who refused her! lol

A couple weeks ago Lyft brought the Ecto 1 car to DC and you could request a ride in it! Sadly I had nowhere to go those two days and missed out. Sad face. I just finished Bobby Brown's book and it reminded me of his cameo in the movie Ghostbusters 2 and his song for the movie "On Our Own."

Too hot to handle, too cold to hold They're called the Ghost busters and they're in control Had 'em throwin' a party for a bunch of children While all of the while the slime was under the building 
So they packed up their group, got a grip, came equipped Grabbed they Proton packs off their back and they split Found about Vigo, the master of evil Try to battle my boys? That's not legal

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Summer Beach Reads


I'm really excited I'm going to the beach this weekend! If you haven't see the movie Me Before You it's still showing in a few theaters, definitely the best movie (from a book) I saw this year! 

The Golem and the Jinni  - Helene Wecker, 486 pages, 2013

This is the best book I've read this year!  It’s a beautiful, wonderful, heartwarming story that I hated to put down and couldn’t wait to resume whenever I did. The book is a fascinating combination of Jewish and Arabian folklore mixed with the bustling reality of immigrant neighborhoods in 19th-Century New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though from very different backgrounds and cultures, these two foreigners' paths are crossed. United by their shared statuses as outsiders, a strange friendship develops, and they struggle to find their place in the New World. The book will completely transport you to another world!



Every Little Step: My Story - Bobby Brown, 336 pages, 2016

Yes, Bobby Brown wrote a book! lol And it's juicy! hahaha
I grew up listening to New Edition so I was a big fan and this book was a quick read full of crazy stories! He talks about his friendships with Mike Tyson, Michael Jackson, and Eddie Murphy. His affairs with Madonna and Janet Jackson and how he knocked someone up while engaged to Whitney Houston. Then he reminds us of how big a star he was (by his record sales) because his legacy really is only of being a bad boy. Bobby Brown was a great entertainer, he worked the stage, he had a huge persona that to this day is hard to touch by any other artist the way he commanded the stage.

When I read LA Reid's book he talked about Bobby's strong work ethic which Bobby also touches on in this book to explain how he was so good onstage. Not something you'd expect by his reputation. He practiced his dance moves until he didn't need to think about it and mentioned that you don't see many other artists with a lot of choreography.  He made $30 million on his Don't Be Cruel tour and spent that money like water.  He got his own record label, one of the first artists back then to do so, but it failed due to his mismanagement.

He talks about his run-ins with the law, a DUI that kept sending him back to jail over the course of 10 years every time he violated his probation. Phaedra Banks was his lawyer back in 2004 and she had cameras always meet them at the courthouse (which annoyed him) but she never won a case for him. He shares his recipe for his jail soup from products from the commissary. He's also been arrested in the middle of a show for dancing suggestively on stage which was illegal in that state. He was dragged to jail, posted bail, then went back to the arena and resumed his concert an hour later. After another imprisonment, Chris Rock launched a "Free Bobby Brown" campaign including having a plane flying over the jail with a banner. lol

He describes his time with Whitney Houston as an incredible love story, how they were truly made for each other, and  how much  fun they had together. When he asked Whitney's father for her hand in marriage he asked how much money he had in the bank, and at the time he had more than Whitney. He was only 23years old when he married and she 5 years older. He walked in on Whitney snorting coke right before their wedding of 800 people where they gave away bottles of Cristal. Donald Trump was a guest. He talks about how he was addicted to drugs for a decade and how his attempts to get clean were hard when Whitney wouldn't quit. And how he felt he failed his daughter who grew up watching all this. He also admits that he's bi-polar. He has his children all write a couple pages so it's interesting to see other sides to his story. This book is quick read filled with stars and drama.


How to Be Single - Liz Tuccillo, 404 pages, 2008
This book inspired the movie of the same title that came out on Valentine's Day this year. The book is about single 38-year-old women living in NYC. I loved the movie starring  Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson so I had to read the book afterwards. The book will make you laugh over how nutty some people get at a certain age if they haven't married.

Speaking of which, this reminds me of Jennifer Aniston's statement she released yesterday. I really respect her comments because she never vents, so for her to say this means the press has really gotten to her. If you didn't know, pictures of her in a bikini were taken on vacation after eating a burger so the press speculated she was pregnant. Her response:

 "The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time... but who's counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they're not married with children. We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. But I'm not in pursuit of motherhood because I feel incomplete in some way, as our celebrity news culture would lead us all to believe."


The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo - Amy Schumer
The book doesn't come out until August but I am anxiously awaiting it! She will also be on tour in DC at the end of September if you want to see her live. I first heard of Amy from the movie Trainwreck which was hilarious! The book will be about funny stories from her life. Check out these funny books from other female comedians: Chelsea Handler, Mindy Kaling, and Amy Poehler.














Related posts:
2015 Summer Beach Reads
2014 Summer Reading List
Books I Read on Vacation
Celebrity Book Club


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Favorite Summer Recipes


I hope everyone had a happy holiday weekend. I went to Dancetrance, a bbq and watched the fireworks on a rooftop. Here's a roundup of some of my favorites recipes for summer. Have you tried Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher? It's flavored with passion fruit & acai, lightly caffeinated with green coffee extract and served freeze dried strawberries. It's 90 calories with 20g of sugar, so sweet and delicious! From their secret menu, you can ask for the "Pink Drink" which is for them to use coconut milk instead of water in this drink. It's similar to their Tazo Passion Iced Tea but better.








                                                                                                                                                                   

My favorite drinks for the summer are green smoothiesmelon cucumber cooler, and Tazo passion iced tea.











                                                                 If you're a regular reader of my blog you know I'm obsessed with popsicles! Apricots have a short season and right now they are in Trader Joe's so be sure to pick some up! My favorite popsicles are Boozy Apricot,  Grapefruit Rosemary, and Nectarine Buttermilk.
















For breakfast, I'm eating a lot of oatmeal in a range of flavors from Apricot, Black Forest Cake, and fresh peaches.














I'm also eating a lot of salad and making my own dressing which is super easy to do. Try out my Peach Vinaigrette and my Cilantro Lime small batch fresh and unique salad dressings.










                                                                                                                                                           

Back to breakfast, I have some more unique options. First up is the super filling Chia PuddingBlackberries and Cream Quinoa, and Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats which tastes similar to the ice cream!






Wednesday, June 29, 2016

How to Wear Distressed Jeans


Nothing is more essential in your wardrobe than a good pair of jeans. I haven't worn distressed (formally called ripped jeans lol) since high school. Since then I bought my first pair a couple years ago and they are still my favorite! Old Navy jeans are super comfortable come in a number of different washes, here's my post on their grey ones. They come in mint color, so be sure to check out my post on how to Style Mint Pants. They claim their jeans are "New Stay-White denim technology repels stains & spills so your jeans stay white, no matter how messy the day gets."









I am always on the hunt for cool new ways to wear denim and wanted to share a couple looks of how you can wear them dressed up with heels or dressed down with (rose gold) sneakers. Below are links to similar shirts that will give you that effortless, but put together look. All the jewelry are from Kendra Scott, my favorite jewelry designer. On my nails I'm wearing the new Zoya nude color April. Check out my post on my favorite summer nail polish colors and on how to stop your sunglasses from falling off your face.

Are you wearing white jeans this summer?





Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Activewear from Target




Had another great weekend, Friday I went out to dinner with my father. Saturday I did a day trip to Baltimore to walk around the harbor and see the aquarium. I haven't done that in years and really enjoyed it and got to touch a jelly fish. In the evening I hit up some rooftop bars with a friend. Sunday I spent the afternoon with my mother.

I spotted one of the women in my Dancetrance class wearing this cute cut out shirt and turns out it was from Target! So I wanted to share some of the cute clothes you can find there. If you're looking for affordable fitness clothes, but can still appreciate good design and fit then you should totally check out the C9 collection at Target. In my last Target post, I talked about Marimekko clothing, well now you can find them all on clearance in the store.

Also check out this Forture article, it has a pic of the uniforms lululemon is outfitting for the American and Canadian beach volleyball players and a few cyclists. Here's an interesting article on why you should wash your workout clothes after one wear even if you think they are dry.

What’s your favorite summer activewear?  Do you have a signature gym style?
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