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Winter Wedding

Happy 2018!  Today it’s back to everything for me today, including blogging!  Let’s start with Amanda & Miguel’s wedding, the last weekend vlog of 2018!  This vlog features a Maid of Honor speech by yours truly; an experience I hope never to repeat.

All and all, it was a beautiful wedding and so. much. fun!  It was a great way to close out the year and sure does make me anxious nervous excited for my own wedding!

October, Over and Out

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Happy Halloween, guys!  I can’t believe how fast this year is going by.  I mean, tomorrow basically starts the holiday season, doesn’t it?

It seemed like October flew by!  I did enjoy:

[1] A weekend trip [2] apple picking in New York [3] fall foliage with a side of a matching Vespa [4] discovering this little bridge has been named for David Ortiz [5] an awesome pokémon card pull! [6] some spooky weather around my favorite public art installation [7] a quick trip to Nashville [8] tons of jack-o-lanterns (stay tuned for this vlog!) [9] and reading again!  I finished Magonia yesterday and absolutely loved it.

I’m psyched for November, which is my favorite month because it means my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is coming!  Also, SUN & MOON is just 18 days away!  What are you looking forward to in November?

Project Runway Season 14 Finale

Okay, the actual finale!  This happened last week and I have some thoughts about it to end our time with Project Runway season 14.

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After the judges’ critiques, each designer had a little work to do… okay, some more than others.  Edmond and Candice had to rework a lot of their pieces.  Kelly was basically told to amp it up, and Ashley just told she needed better finishing.  Tim went shopping for Kelly and Ashley and came back with glitter and zippers and threads, oh my!  We finally got to see the full collections.

Kelly presented first, and I can honestly say this was my favorite line.  I was so nervous about adding the glitter to the shoes, the pristine headphones, and even the lips, but man did it work so well!  It was very Kelly, and it was very cool.  As Zac put it when Kelly was oh so close to winning, “Kelly’s a cool girl.”

Edmond’s line definitely benefitted from the judges’ critiques.  His silhouettes were, for the most part, sleek and sexy.  The judges did not respond well to his ruffle dresses, but I especially loved the white one.  It was whimsical to me, not– like Heidi said– a toilet paper dress.

Candice’s line was “Asian infused,” as she kept saying, and I really think she meant Asian-inspired, but what can I do about it?  Actually, if she did mean infused, maybe that’s why there was such muddling of her voice.  Candice did great work throughout the season– I like the black and witchy, and I love Asian inspiration.  Aside from the jacket/cigarette pant look, I didn’t love this collection.  I did burst into tears when she scooped up her children for her walk up the runway, though – precious!

Finally, Ashley– the winner, by the way, if you haven’t heard by now.  I love that she did a plus size collection.  I love her color palette.  I love, and would wear, several of her pieces.  Nina seemed especially taken with Ashley this time around and how it’s “brave” to be “inclusive.”  As someone not in the fashion world at all, I don’t quite understand this, but I do know that a “plus size model” is a real size woman, so I’m glad a plus size collection was finally made.

Ashley and Kelly displayed the most creativity throughout the season.  I’ve been head over heels for Kelly lately, and I did really want her to win.  I think back to Ashley’s polaroid dress and remember that she deserved this win just as much as Kelly.

Thoughts?!

Project Runway: Finale part 1

I’ve already explained that I’m not one for finales, but I’ve watched this episode twice now and I can honestly say I can’t wait to see these designers’ runway shows and the judges’ reactions!

As I’d predicted desperately hoped, Tim Gunn uses his save to bring Edmond to the finale.  THANK GOODNESS.  These four– Edmond, Ashley, Kelly, and Candice– were really the standout designers of the show.  They deserve it.  Heidi mentions that they hope Ashley considers making a plus size collection, which was her plan, and Tim says they will support her with plus size models.  A first!  How cool!  The get 7 weeks and $9000 to cook up their 10 look collection.  For finale part 1, we have Tim visiting each of the designers at home.

First, Tim goes to see Ashley in San Diego.  She apparently lives at her sister’s house, where she has a pastel and lace-filled collection brewing.  She’s dyed all of the fabric herself and designed floral headpieces to be worn with each.  Tim then heads to her parents’ house with her, where he is charged with making tortillas.  Adorbs.

Tim then hits the beach in San Francisco to meet Candice, her mom, and her two kids– Perseus and Logan.  They go back to her studio where the cage for her final piece is sitting outside waiting.  Candice’s collection is an amalgamation of Asian inspirations and full of black and red leather.  Tim worries it could go full-tilt drag queen.

Next, it’s off to see Kelly in Springfield, MA… which, if you didn’t realize, isn’t actually Boston!  Seriously, she may as well be Kelly from Albany in that location.  I guess all of Massachusetts does feel very connector to our capital city.  Anyway, Tim previews Kelly’s studio 54 meet streetwear collection which is full of detail and so, so cool.  She has cool headphones to pair with some of her looks and has made fanny packs from scratch to go with each.  In love!  After dinner with Kelly’s dad, aunt, and cousin, Tim is off to Kelly’s deli where they’ve names a sandwich after him!  Tim gets the “Big Gunn Milanese” wrapped to go and he’s off!

To Atlanta, that is, to pop into Edmond Newton’s studio.  He has a lot of work to do still, but Tim steers him in the direction of the effortless looks and away from the architectural pieces.

Back in New York, the designers get to see each other and, for the first time, their collections.  Edmond’s stays in garment bags.  He says he’s busy with finishing 3 looks, but he’s not fooling anyone.  They know this game by now.

Of course, there’s a challenge!  Each designer must show 3 pieces, one of which is to be created right then and there.  They get to work on the additional work, and here’ what they show to the judges:

Top row: Candice, Kelly; Bottom row: Edmond, Ashley

Top row: Candice, Kelly; Bottom row: Edmond, Ashley

And after critique, they all have a lot of work to do.  I can’t wait to see part 2 of the finale tonight!  Who do you think will win?  Me?  I’m team fanny pack– go #designerKelly!

Project Runway: Red Carpet

Last week’s Project Runway was the last challenge before the finale.  Four extremely talented designers were left– Kelly, my Boston girl, who has grown immensely throughout the season, wowed the judges, and stands as my favorite; Edmond, a front-runner from the beginning creating polished and stunning pieces; Candice, who I’ve always liked and definitely has direction; and Ashley, who I liked right away but has sort of lost her shine throughout the season.

These four are flown to Los Angeles, California for the Best Western challenge.  The winner gets 100 free nights in any Best Western (!!) and obviously, goes on to fashion week along with two of their fellow designers.  They have a budget of $400.  I have a lot to say about each of the looks, so let’s just fast-forward the two days back to New York for the runway!

Zac, Heidi, and Nina are joined by guest judge Christian Siriano for the runway show.  Here’s what the designers present:

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  • Candice’s look is lovely.  The top of that dress is beautiful.  Is it safe, as Nina says?  Yes.  Will it get her sent home?  Absolutely not.  It fits the challenge as red carpet wear.  I’ve liked Candice throughout. Apparently I’d never noticed until now that she has a full leg tattoo (like a sleeve, but on your leg.  a pant?).  I’ve enjoyed her work and her aesthetic.
  • Kelly does it again!  I was worried about the risk of presenting a jumpsuit, but this gorgeous layered textile she created honestly works so well in this format.  I can’t even picture this as a dress.  This is absolutely polished enough for the red carpet and it’ll definitely get photographers’ attention.  I’m still so proud of Kelly.  I’m laughing about the moment she calls it “her deli” from back home and then laughs at herself saying, “I don’t own a deli; I make sandwiches!”  She’s grown so much and there’s not one second I doubted her space in the finale throughout this episode.
  • This fabric didn’t speak to me the way it spoke to Edmond in mood.  Sure, I like it, but I would never choose it.  I can’t picture this ever swinging elegant.  I do like the silhouette he ended up with, even though Christian says he could do it in 10 minutes.  It’s especially lovely from the back.  Never for a second did I doubt Edmond’s spot in the finale either.
  • Ashley’s ready-to-wear pieces are so good.  Ashley’s lavender hair and perfectly coordinated lip color are both so good.  Lately, though, Ashley’s doubts have gotten the better of her.  This dress didn’t do it for me.  I liked the textile and I liked Aube’s cleavage.  Nina noticed fit issues and so did I all the way from TV land.  She struggled in this challenge and in my opinion, she was the least deserving of the four to go to fashion week.

Candice is announced as “in” first and is off to fashion week!  I’m a bit surprised that they’d announce her first, but that’s because they were saving Kelly’s spot to announce that she had won the challenge!  Kelly wins 100 free nights at Best Westerns, a ticket to fashion week, and literally like a new life?  I’m so proud of her.  It comes down to Edmond and Ashley, and I’m shocked that the judges do not invite Edmond to fashion week.  I was sure that Tim was going to suddenly whip out that Tim Gunn save and send him there anyway.  Maybe with some time at home, Ashley will have a fresh perspective on her designs and wow us at fashion week.  …but I really wanted to see Edmond’s collection.

Thoughts?!

Project Runway: Bridges, Squares

If anyone knows where this title comes from, leave me a comment and let’s be best friends.

Last week’s Project Runway challenge was a true first for the show and a truly cool and innovative one!  When Heidi announces that the challenge will be in 3D, the designers and I are pretty rightfully confused.  I’m also confused about why Merline thinks it’s unique that she sees the world in 3D, but we won’t go there.

All comes to light when the group meets Tim at the Queensboro Bridge.  This bridge, along with the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge are to serve as inspiration to the designers for avant garde looks.  They will also be using 3D printed elements in their garment.  They’re still rightfully confused, (Kelly notes she doesn’t own a “2D printer,”) but they’ll have a consultant for sketching who knows what this Cube 3D printer can do!  As the winner of last week’s challenge, Kelly gets to select her bridge and goes with Brooklyn.  Tim button-bags the rest– Candice and Merline get Queensboro and Edmond and Ashley get Manhattan.

Here’s what they come up with:

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Kelly took a real risk in taking this challenge so literally, but everyone responded really well to it.  I love it too.  It’s so fitting for the challenge and it’s just so cool.  Kelly won for the second time in a row!  You go, Boston!

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  • Merline’s process was so interesting to watch this week.  I finally feel like I understand her as a designer.  She has such grand ideas that don’t always translate when she’s done the work.  Her 3D printing was some of the best too.  I just think the dress is underwhelming.  The judges agree.
  • Edmond’s piece is so gorgeous.  He earns high praise from the judges this week as well and is just consistently on through this competition.  I LOVE the mask he added!
  • Ashley seems to have given up to me.  While I love her pants, I hate the application of the 3D printing on the cape.  I love a cape, but this doesn’t work together as a look.
  • Candice may not have quite hit avant garde with this dress, but she had the absolute best 3D printing application around.  I loved this dress and so did guest judge Mel B., who asked if she could wear it to an event!

Ashley and Merline found themselves in the bottom this week, and Merline was out.  As much as I’ve loved Ashley this season, I thought it was her time to go.  She just seems tired.  Merline went out so positively and she will be missed.

Thoughts?!

Project Runway: Broadway Style

When you think Broadway, you probably think costumes.  That’s not what the designers had to contend with in last week’s episode!  The designers find themselves on Broadway, in a theatre, face to face to Matthew Morrison.  It’s something fun!  They actually get to sit and watch Finding Neverland on Broadway and design the next day.

They are to draw their inspiration from Fining Neverland, but the garment can be whatever they want.  The designers are all seemingly very affected by the musical and, for the most part, significantly inspired.  Candice and Lindsay are both moved to tears.  It’s Kelly’s first Broadway show and she’s feeling very special; she decides, bolstered by her immunity, to try something completely out of her norm.  Ashley is nervous; she feels she needs parameters to do well.  The next day at Mood, Edmund is choosing crazy colors.  Tim’s a bit nervous, but Edmund says he dreams in color.  Tim adds he dreams in black and white and shades of gray.  Love you, Tim Gunn.

Swapnil knows he procrastinated his look a lot the previous week.  Tim even acknowledges that he’s given 40% and needs to give 100%.  Swapnil ends up disappointed because giving 100% makes him safe.  Merline, who had a bit of trouble getting inspired but ends up with a cool cagey shoulder look, is also safe.  The best and the worst this week:

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  • Candice | This gorgeous floral winged-coat, leather bodice, and tight pant combo blows me away.  I love it and so do the judges.
  • Lindsay | The color is beautiful and so is the movement of the dress.  I don’t like the high cut of the neckline, but I like the flow of the dress.  The judges do not.
  • Edmund | Okay, his coat looks like Lumpy Space Princess, but I also kind of like the texture.  The crop top and pants underneath the (Zac Posen calls it a muppet) coat are pure gold, though.
  • Laurie | I mean, the model isn’t dressed.  I like her coat, but all of the models parts are out.
  • Kelly | Her reimagining of old Broadway attire works for me.  She made the gloves, so points!  Both myself and the judges love the green sequin fabric.
  • Ashley | I like the ombre textile, but I don’t like the dress.  Neither do the judges.

Candice takes the win!

It comes down to Laurie and Lindsay for who’s to be out, and Lindsay goes.  I’ve liked Lindsay, but despite her saying she likes being here, I’m not believing it.  I’m shocked that Laurie’s garment held up against hers, but maybe it was just time for Lindsay to go.  Thoughts?!

Girls: Cubbies

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After a week hiatus thanks to a wonderful Super Bowl game, Girls was back this Sunday!  It was, may I just say, completely worth the wait.  This episode was so good!  The ending, even though you could absolutely predict what was about to happen as Hannah walked up to the door, was still so satisfying, so titillating… I am so invested in this plot right now.

There’s very little Jessa to speak of this time around, so let’s talk about our other Girls:

Shoshanna | We start with a hilarious job rejection.  Shoshanna has been interviewing a lot, and this time she finds herself at McKinsey.  This is a no joke job, kids– kind of brings light to her attitude at the last interview we saw.  When her fit at the company is called into question, she tries to salvage the interview by comparing herself to Chelsea Clinton, who has to overcome her hair.  “Chelsea Clinton doesn’t work here anymore,” the interviewer corrects her.  “Because of her hair?”

Shosh spends the rest of her unemployed day doing errands with Ray, apologizing more for their relationship, and affirming that she wants to be his friend.

Marnie | Marnie seems to be taking the end of her liaisons with Desi well.  It’s Desi who seems disturbed by Marnie’s change in attitude.  Marnie wakes up to Desi banging on her door and screaming her name.  She lets him in, and is sobs uncontrollably that he broke up with Clementine.  At first, Marnie is kind of into it, like it may be a romantic gesture– being that good friend she always is and consoling him.  She asks what happened, and apparently Clementine’s been thinking of someone else sexually, who he suspects she’s already slept with.  So, it was really Clementine who broke up with him.  Her alert to the weirdness of the situation melts away in sexual gratification, though.  This is going to be trouble, Marn!

Hannah | Hannah continues on her sinking ship that is the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.  After insulting all of her classmates, she writes a so-called apology letter and puts it in the cubbies of all her classmates.  The letter is not so much of an apology, but more of a passive-aggressive defensive cry for attention.  I can’t help but think if Hannah just kept her head down and produced some work things would’ve gone better… but Hannah blames her inability to focus in the program on others.  She admits to her professor that she would be happy to be kicked out.

So she leaves, finally, and heads back to New York.  Key in lock of her apartment door, it suddenly opens and a girl stands before her, Mimi Rose.  Adam greets her with an awkward hug.  Hannah asks if Mimi Rose is his roommate, and gets a no… to be continued!  This sure is going to be interesting!

Did you guys love this episode as much as I did?

Links for a New World [3]

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featuring more pictures of Philly from last weekend.

 

  • David Tennant’s Face –  I’m usually crushing on ladies more than men, but the big exception of my twenties has been David Tennant, specifically as the 10th Doctor.  This weekend, I started watching Gracepoint to deepen my obsession.  This quiz asks if you can pick the Doctor Who episode on DT’s face alone… and, perhaps sadly, I could.
  • Embracing the Basic – What does it mean to be basic in Boston?  This Boston.com list will tell you, and even encourages that it might actually be cool to be basic.  With the likes of Lululemon yoga pants, tweeting at the MBTA, Alex and Ani bangles, Hunter wellies, everything pumpkin spice, and leaf-peeping on this list… I’d say I’m a shoe-in.
  • Jessica Lange singing Lana del Rey – because I want you all to know that I’m still too obsessed with this moment that I already blogged about which occurred over a week ago.
  • Vital Donut Updates – Eater Boston, the most important blog I read, has a collected stream of donut-related news.  Since I’m dubbing 2014, the Year of the Donut for me, this is especially relevant.  If you’re not a Bostonian, check out if Eater has a blog for your city!
  • Intervention Ware – You know you’re old when you want to buy plates for fun and/or decorative reasons.  Fishs Eddy’s “Intervention Ware” is an honest china pattern that cracks me up.
  • Paris & New York – This split screen time-lapse captures similarities and differences between Paris and New York.  Paris is one of my favorite cities, and seeing it side by side with New York seems to make New York a bit more magical.
  • Grace Helbig is my spirit animal – Buzzfeed has Grace answer some important questions, and goodness is she perfect.

Binge-worthy: Hotwives of Orlando

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I’m a big fan of Angela Kinsey from her days on The Office.  Though her character, Angela Martin, was never exactly the life of the party, I loved watching this little ray of sunshine play such a convincing unimpressed character.  I follow Angela on instagram, and that’s how I heard about The Hotwives of Orlando.

The Hotwives of Orlanda is a Hulu original series and a parody of Bravo’s The Real Housewives.  Its seven episodes (6 stories + 1 “reunion special) feel like a long-format SNL skit.  The show opens with: “Mario Lopez once said, Orlando is the most glamourous city in the world” which got an immediate laugh out of me.  This series was enjoyable to watch all the way through– funny, light-hearted, and on-point with attention to detail from the Bravo counterpart.

Oddly enough, this show kind of made me want to watch The Real Housewives… like I need another bad reality show to occupy my time!  To me, each character seemed to embody a different Housewives location.  Wikipedia breaks it down a little more:

Angela Kinsey plays Crystal Simmons, “the Religious Zealot.”  Crystal is a holy roller, who believes her husband is king.  She admits to never having read the bible, because her husband told her that women can’t interpret it as well as men.  She is based on The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Alexis Bellino and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’s Kyle Richards.  Though I’m unfamiliar with both of these Housewives, Crystal is my favorite.  I love this stereotype and find it very funny.  I also love Angela Kinsey just so much.

Kristen Schaal plays Amanda Simmons, “the drug-addicted former child star.”  Amanda is single, and a complete alcoholic mess.  She was in Florida Prune Juice commercials as a kid, and has not let this go.  She is based on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’s Kim Richards.  Again, I’m unfamiliar with her, but this is a familiar stereotype that works well in this format.  Think: Cinderella in the SNL spoof, Disney’s Real Housewives.  Kristen Schaal is another favorite of mine, as she gives voice to Louise, my favorite character in Bob’s Burgers.

Casey Wilson plays Tawny St. John, “the trophy wife.”  Tawny is a gold digger with a bad roots who has convinced herself her older husband is dying, and is blatantly screwing her fitness instructor, Heath (played by Joey McIntyre!).  She is based on RHOC’s Tamra Wilson and Gretchen Rossi, but really, every Housewife has a little Tawny in her.  From silly charity events to bad entrepreneurial ideas, Tawny seems to be what the Real Housewives as really like.

Danielle Schneider plays Shauna Maducci, “the bankrupt overspender.”  Danielle is a loud, overreacting, material girl.  She has 4 (or possibly 5) daughters with ridiculous names that we never see.  She is pure Real Housewives of New Jersey and is based on the infamous Theresa Giudice.  Her overspending has pushed the envelope so much that the family’s home is repossessed.  In the final episode, her husband Anthony is arrested for fraud.  This is the most familiar character to me, as I’ve actually watched some RHONJ.

Tymberlee Hill plays Phe Phe Reed, “the entrepreneur.”  Phe Phe (which is short of Phenomenon) is prone to speaking her mind and claiming– she’s just being Phe Phe!  She is a lawyer, a CPA, an ordained minister, an amateur taxidermist, and a music video producer to name a few!  She represents the Real Housewives of Atlanta, specifically Nene and Phaedra.  Even though I’ve never seen RHOA, I watch Bravo and recognized her name mash-up right away.

Andrea Savage plays Veronica Von Vandervon, “the cougar.”  Speaking with a pseudo-British accent, (which she explains in the reunion special, is how white people with money speak,) Veronica is an heiress to a mini-golf course in Orlando.  She makes overtly sexual jokes, then explains them to you in case you didn’t pick up on it. She was based on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’s Lisa Vanderpump and The Real Housewives of New York’s Sonja Morgan– I’m familiar with Sonja enough to see this and her name is a great play on the likes of Vanderpump.

Producer Paul Scheer makes a cameo at the end of every episode and hosts the “reunion special” as Matty Green, a perfect play on Bravo’s Andy Cohen.  This adds to the accuracy and authenticity of this parody, making it all the more hilarious.

If you’re looking for a fun, quick watch this summer, I highly recommend you check out The Hotwives of Orlando.  In a weird way, this show actually makes me want to watch the Bravo shows it parodies…

Has anyone heard if they’re doing another season?  I’m hooked!