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Sephora Spring 2019 VIB Sale Recommendations

Sephora Spring 2019 VIB Sale Recommendations

Sephora, our higher end beauty mecca, is infamous for having very few sales. Sorry if you fell in love with a $30 mascara but can’t justify paying that every time the suggested 3 month usage period is up. Luckily, Sephora does have a sale in […]

Shows I promise I’m going to watch this year

Shows I promise I’m going to watch this year

A lot of the time people recommend shows to me, I just know I’m not going to watch them. I’m sorry, it’s not you, it’s me. I just have a particular taste, and that taste is mostly calming British shows. I’m just know in my […]

September Reads

September Reads

Another month, another failed attempt at reading more than one book. I am slacking. Hopefully I can use the back half of the year to catch up on my reading. Does anyone have any recommendations for me?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

4.5/5 Stars

Monique Grant, a magazine reporter trying to find her footing in her dream job, receives a request out of the blue to interview Old Hollywood star, Evelyn Hugo. When Monique arrives to Evelyn’s apartment, she finds out the Evelyn wants her to write her biography. Unsure why, Monique goes along with it. In hearing the glitz, glamour, and gore of Evelyn’s Hollywood life, she gets her answer.

Although the book opens with Monique, and it parts is narrated by her, the story is mostly told from Evelyn’s perspective. It’s broken down in sections with each of her seven husbands, telling the stories from each of those periods.

I really enjoyed this book. I was excited to get to it after finishing ‘Daisy Jones & The Six. It had some twists that I really wasn’t expecting. It was emotional, and Evelyn was a very flawed character which made it interesting for me.

I also loved the different style in storytelling, which I think Taylor Jenkins Reid really excels with. I can’t wait to add more of her books to my ‘To Read’ list.

Check out everything else I’ve been reading here.

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My Personal Rankings of the cast of Big Brother All-Stars 2

My Personal Rankings of the cast of Big Brother All-Stars 2

My fandom of Big Brother has come in ebbs and flows in the last two decades. I vividly remember watching season 3 on the little TV in my bedroom at the tender age of 10. I continued to watch for years, but gave up in […]

July Reads

July Reads

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston 4/5 Stars What if the first son of the United States and the Prince of England were in their early 20’s and fell in love during a tumultuous election year? Red, White & Royal Blue explores just […]

My Personal Rankings of the songs on “folklore”

My Personal Rankings of the songs on “folklore”

Taylor Swift saw us in lock down for the past however many months and gave us what we all needed – a surprise new album.

This new album gives us a stripped down version of the pop star Taylor Swift that we’ve come to know over since the release of 1989. The sound leans heavy into the indie/folk genre. “folklore” expertly highlights Taylor’s songwriting and story-telling.

It feels very different than “Lover”, but it’s great to get this kind of range of music within a year. It feels like Taylor’s country past and pop future are coming together in this album.

Here are my rankings of the songs on “folklore”:

1. exile (feat. Bon Iver)

I love love love this collaboration with Bon Iver. I think it highlights the style Taylor was going for in this album. It’s a cool way to see the two sides of a breakup. The bridge gives me chills every single time. I love these two voices together. It took a couple listens of the album for this song to become my number one, but it’s cemented there.

Favourite Lyric: I can see you starin’ honey, like he’s just your understudy

2. the 1

Is it ironic that “the 1” is my number two favourite song on the album? I think it’s a really great song to start it all off. I find it a really easy-listening pop song. It was my favourite on the first few listens but it got dethroned for exile. I was shocked to hear Taylor Swift swear on the first line of this new album. That’s when I knew we were in for something a little different.

Favourite Lyric: I’m doing good, I’m on some new shit

3. betty

Oh damn, do I love ‘betty’. This song feels very much like early Taylor Swift. I feel like it would fit perfectly on “Taylor Swift” or “Fearless”. I love the way that “betty” connects with a few other songs on the album, tying together three different perspectives.

Favourite Lyric: Betty, I know where it all went wrong

4. peace

This song feels like a dedication to Taylor’s current boyfriend. It’s a declaration that it won’t be easy being with her but it will be worth it and she will fight for them. I just really like it!

Favourite Lyric: The devil’s in the details, but you’ve got a friend in me

5. cardigan

The lead single off the album comes in the top of my rankings. That hasn’t been the case for the last few albums. It doesn’t feel like it’s out of place, which I felt like “Me!” did on “Lover”. I love the cardigan imagery, I think it’s a cool metaphor.

Favourite Lyric: And when I felt like I was an old cardigan under someone’s bed, you put me on and said I was your favorite

6. august

I love a song about summer that feels like a fall song. This song about young love also feels like it fits seamlessly in with the trio of songs centered around “betty”, but I don’t actually think it’s part of it. “august” also feels like some early Taylor.

Favourite Lyric: August sipped away like a bottle of wine

7. the last great american dynasty

This is the perfect song for history junkies that love mostly correct facts. The song covers Rebekah Harkness’ interesting life. A fun detail is that Taylor now owns the Rhode Island house that Rebekah owned with her husband. She makes parallels between herself and Rebekah in the song.

Favourite Lyric: She had a marvelous time ruining everything

8. my tears ricochet

I always think I don’t like this song as much as I do because I find the title a little weird. The chorus on this song is one of my favourites on the album. It build and it builds, and then I am just a tad disappointed my the “my tears ricochet’ part. IDK.

Favourite Lyric: I didn’t have it in myself to go with grace

9. this is me trying

This song feels like Taylor getting really honest with us about herself in a way that I don’t feel like we’ve fully gotten in the past. I love the echo-ey and haunting vibe that this song has. It gives it a little more intrigue than some of the other tracks.

Favourite Lyric: I had the shiniest wheels, now they’re rusting

10. illicit affairs

This is another song that feels like classic Taylor with the plucky guitar and a focus on the lyrics, but it’s more mature. Talking about an affair is something Taylor would have never done in her first few albums – unless she was on the receiving end. It’s a nice-sounding song.

Favourite Lyric: And you know damn well for you I’d ruin myself

11. hoax

Hoax is the start of the trio of songs that I don’t find particularly memorable. It’s hard for me to even think of the melody or any of the lyrics. It’s an interesting choice to the end the album with.

Favourite Lyric: Your faithless love’s the only hoax I believe in

12. invisible string

This is a nice little song about fate in finding your partner. I like it. It sounds nice. I just don’t think it’s particularly special or memorable.

Favourite Lyric: A string that pulled me out of the wrong arms, right into that dive bar

13. epiphany

When I think about epiphany, I truly can’t remember anything about it. Even listening to it I think it’s just fine.

Favourite Lyric: Somethings you just can’t speak about

14. mirrorball

This is another song that sounds like classic Taylor, but not in my favourite way. It feels a little bit bland and uninspired, and I don’t think it’s a song I will return to often.

Favourite Lyric: And I’m still a believer but I don’t know why

15. mad woman

This very much feels like an extension from ‘The Man’ on Lover. It goes into how a woman is less able to speak her mind, fight back, or get angry than a man. Sure, I’m behind the message, but it is just kind of a boring song.

16. seven

On the first listen through the album I liked “seven” a lot more than I do now. Also, actually listening to the lyrics it’s a pretty sad song, and not just in a breakup way. I don’t think I will return to this song often.

Favourite Lyric: Love you to the moon and to saturn

Check out my personal rankings on all of the songs on “Lover” here.

June Reads

June Reads

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson 3/5 Stars The Vanishing Stair is the second book in the Truly, Devious series. Stevie Bell is pulled out of Ellingham Academy by her parents after the murder of her housemate. They were convinced to let her go back […]

May Reads

May Reads

In the month of May I managed to read quite a few books and make up for my lacking in other months. I’m now on a better track with my reading challenge! Anyway, on with the books. My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan 3/5 Stars […]

What I’ve been watching this week – May 29

What I’ve been watching this week – May 29

The Challenge

Not only have we been watching this current season of The Challenge, but we have been going back and watching some older seasons in our boredom.

Ethan has shown some interest in the show during his first season of viewing. I asked on twitter what old season we should start with, and a lot of people said Free Agents. So that is what we did.

I hadn’t seen it in ages and I remember really liking it. I loved it again on a second watch. Within a few episodes, Ethan was hooked.

After finishing Free Agents, we went back a little bit further to the first iteration of Exes.

Labor of Love

I almost couldn’t believe that Fox’s newest venture into reality television was not a SNL parody. Well, it’s real and I watched it.

I think the pandemic has rotted my brain, because I actually enjoyed watching it. Or maybe I just have terrible taste.

In this show, our lead Kristy is a 40-year-old woman, wanting children ASAP. So she came to tv to find her future husband(?)/baby daddy. In the first few minutes of the show the men go through some, uh, testing to see if they indeed can be fathers.

Sure, there are some absolute weirdos on the cast, as to be expected. But the cast is actually not that bad? If you can believe it? We even get reintroduced to Survivor Gabon’s Marcus.

If you want to hear more of my thoughts on Labor of Love, check out the podcast here.

Jimmy Carr’s Little Tiny Quiz of the Lock Down

If you love a pub quiz, this will be perfect for you. Jimmy Carr is known for hosting the popular Big Fat Quiz in the UK. I thought it was really fun that he introduced a daily quiz during the lock down. At the end of the week, a compilation video of all of the quiz videos is released so you can watch them all in one shot. Check out the quiz here.

Top Chef All Stars 2

Man, this season of Top Chef just keeps getting better and better. It’s fun, bright, and exciting. After last night’s episode, we are heading to Italy with a flawless final 5. Top Chef All Stars has filled me with supreme joy throughout the entire season, and I can’t wait to see how the rest of it plays out.

Check out the Top Chef podcast on the Reality TV RHAP Ups network.

My Mother’s Banana Bread

My Mother’s Banana Bread

Out of all of the banana breads I’ve had over the years, I’d be lying if I didn’t say my mother’s was my favourite. Sure, I’m probably a little biased. But I do think it’s a pretty good banana bread. If your bananas are super […]