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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Bachelorette: Week 2 Fashion

Now that I've given my recap of the show, it's time to break down Ashley's clothes from this episode!  All pictures from the episode are screen caps I took from Hulu.

Dolce and Gabbana Dress

The Bachelorette William's Date

Lace overlay dress
$70 -

$71 -

Sigal A Kimono Dress
I found two different dresses for this one.  One is more expensive and resembles the dress closer and the second one is cheaper but not as close of a match.

The Bachelorette William's Night Date
Akira fitted dress
$28 -

$249 -

C&C California
Throughout the season she is also seen wearing a Qhandmade necklace with her name on it

The Bachelorette Vegas Group Date
Sandra Ingrish long sleeve top
$58 -

The Bachelorette Vegas Group Date Night

Cooperative short top
$30 -

13 GBP -

Madison Marcus Nucleus Tank
Elizabeth and James Emery Blazer

The Bachelorette Mickey's Date

Banana Republic sleeveless tank
$40 -

Tailored blazer
30 GBP -

The Bachelorette: Week 2 Recap

The second episode starts with Chris delivering the first date card.  Does anyone else remember in the earlier seasons when they used to give out date boxes filled with all kinds of stuff?  If not, I guess I've been watching this show too long.  Anyway, back to the episode.  William gets the first one-on-one date since he received the first impression rose.  When they read the card, I thought maybe they were going to a water park in Vegas since it says they're going to make a splash but boy was I wrong.  I really liked William in last week's episode so I can't wait to get to know him better on this date.

Even though I don't care for Ames, I loved his comment to Jeff about wishing he had a white mask in the hot weather.

Now to William's date, they were so cute when all the fans greeted them and wanted pictures.  William is so adorable and was such a good sport on this date, especially when he played along when the lady at the ring store asked them about a wedding date.  I loved when he asked Ashley where her bouquet was then he handed her a potted plant!  I couldn't believe when William said "I Do" and then when Ash paused and he just said "Babe?".  I can't believe this dinner in the middle of the Bellagio Fountains, big kudos to the producers!  I think he would make a good stand-up comedian like he says he wants to be.  He picks up on cues instantly like when Ashley said she hopes some guys love her and he grinned and raised his hand.  The story about his dad and the watch being frozen on the time he passed is killing me.  My heart is aching for him.  Ashley scared me to death when she said but during her speech before giving William the rose, I can't even being to imagine how he was feeling.  If Ashley doesn't pick William, I want him!  How precious was it when he said, "I want to do everything I can to make you this happy all the time"?

I hate group dates, especially ones of this size; twelve guys?  I never feel like I get to know the people.  Ashley's abs are killer and I'm totally jealous.  As if trying to get to know twelve guys wasn't bad enough, now half of them will be sent back to the mansion without any one-on-one time with Ashley.  It's a double edge sword for Ashley; on one hand she has fewer guys to spend time with but she also loses out on time with six of them.  What is it with all these guys wearing plaid?  I love the names the guys come up with for the crews: No Rhythm Nation and The Best Men.  I love The Best Men's entrance, it was adorable!  The main reason I don't like No Rhythm Nation is because of Bentley but they did incorporate Ashley in the whole dance and she IS the reason they're there.  I can't believe the guys get to perform with the actual crew during their show in Vegas.  First Ali and Roberto got to perform in "The Lion King" on Broadway and now this?  I'm so jealous!

I'm so glad Blake was the first person to pull Ash aside at their after party and said they would be twice as perfect.  I really liked West in last week's episode but his story reminds me so much of Emily's from last season.  Now we're on to one-on-one time with Bentley.  He is so rude in his interview.  I can't stand him, but I do have to give it to him, he's pretty good looking.  I wish she would quit begging him to be there, he doesn't feel anything for her just for the screen time.  As soon as she picked up the rose, I cringed because I knew she was giving it to Bentley.

It's interesting how the date between J.P. and Mickey was picked.  At least she wasn't faced with the dreaded two-on-one date yet.  I really wanted J.P. to get the date.  I don't remember why, but I didn't care for Mickey last week.  The pulley contraption to pick their wine was so cool.  I love when Ash said she was scared she wasn't going to catch the coin; that'd be me for sure!  The view from the room is incredible.  I hate to say it, but I'm bored by their date.  I agree with Ashley, I love momma's boys, too!  What is it with Ashley throwing in these "but's" during her speech before handing out the rose?  Mickey ended up getting a rose then they headed out for a walk on the beach.  A private concert from Colbie Caillat?  I LOVE her!  Is it just me or does Mickey look like Topher Grace?

On to the cocktail party.  All the guys seem subdued, maybe it's due to the weather?  J.P. bringing a coin to their one-on-one time was adorable, very clever.  Ashley hasn't wasted any time when it comes to kissing those boys!  As much as I loved William during his date, he's being really cocky during this cocktail party.  Maybe he's just drunk? -- not that that's much of an excuse.  I really hope he's not like that because their date was so perfect!  Ok, these shots of Jeff looking out from over the banister are really creepy.  I feel like it's a scene from "Phantom of the Opera" or something.  Of course, when Jeff goes to take his mask off Matt interrupts.  I love Ben C. and am glad he was able to get some time with Ashley.  He really makes her laugh and that is such an important thing.  I'm so sick of Bentley; he is rude and completely disrespectful.  Oh Ashley, your sincerity radar is so far off right now.

It's finally time for the rose ceremony.  The guys who got roses are: William, Bentley, Mickey, West, Constantine, Ryan P., Ben C., Nick, Ames, Lucas, Jeff (mask guy), J.P., Chris, Ben F. and Blake.  Those who were sent packing include: Matt, Stephen and Ryan M. (one of my favorites!!).  I decided to not watch the preview for next week's episode but I've heard there will be lots of drama.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes

Lately, cupcakes have been becoming more and more popular.  Last summer when I lived in the city, I can't even begin to tell you how many different cupcake places I tried.  Along with eating them, I love making cupcakes and have been on the search for a good strawberry champagne cupcake.  I found this recipe today and in honor of "The Bachelorette", I decided to make them tonight.  I added some tweaks of my own and have added that in with the recipe I'm giving you.  Be on the lookout tomorrow for my recap of "The Bachelorette" and how you can get Ashley's outfits for a fraction of the cost.

Cupcake Ingredients
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup pureed fresh strawberries
3 eggs, separated
1 cup extra-dry champagne (I use Cooks)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Icing Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
2 pounds powdered sugar
1/3 cup pureed strawberries
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cupcake Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl

In a mixer, mix together the strawberry puree, champagne, egg yolks, butter and vegetable oil on medium speed.  Turn the speed down to medium-low and add the dry ingredients a little at a time.  Once all combined, set aside.  Next, beat the egg whites into a meringue until peaks form.  Gently fold the whites into the rest of the batter.

Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool the cupcakes completely before icing.

Icing Directions
Cream the butter until it is light and fluffy then slowly add in the powdered sugar.  If it gets too thick, add in some of the strawberry puree.  Keep adding the sugar in a little bit at a time while scraping down the sides so it all gets mixed together.  Once it's all blended, add the strawberry puree and vanilla and mix.  If the icing is too thick for your liking, you can always add champagne to thin it out; just eyeball the amount.


Friday, May 27, 2011

The Mankini: Friend or Foe?

So far, I've mainly talked about women's fashion on here but recently while flipping through one of my magazines I came across a trend for men that I knew I had to share with you....the mankini!  The mankini became popular in 2006 after Sacha Baron Cohen donned a lime green one in the movie "Borat".  Since then, designers such as Alexander McQueen, Emporio Armani and Jeremy Scott have put them on the runway.

I, for one, am not comfortable with a man in a speedo, let alone a man in this type of sling bikini.  Thankfully, this trend has not caught on yet and we can hope that it doesn't.  What do you guys think?

The original mankini
Photo Courtesy of Smaggle

The first two are Alexander McQueen; Emporio Armani
Photo Courtesy of PaperBlog

Jeremy Scott
Photo Courtesy of Beauty Confessional

Photos Courtesy of Trend de la Creme

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Bachelorette: Week 1

I loved Ashely Hebert when she was on last season's "Bachelor" with Brad so I was excited to see that she was going to be the new Bachelorette.  I couldn't wait for the season to start and it finally did this past Monday.  Since it was just the first week, we didn't see Ashley in many outfits but the dress she wore the for the cocktail party was stunning!

Photo Courtesy of Possessionista

This $20,000 beaded nude gown was designed by Randi Rahm, who is known for her beadwork and intricate embroidery.  The beading and sequins are all made by Swarovski.  It is rumored that this dress costs more than Chris Harrison makes per episode!  Ashley has a great body and this dress definitely shows it off.  I wish they wouldn't spray down the entrance to make it look shiny; all it really does is ruin the bottom of the long dresses.

While not everyone can fork over -- or in her case have ABC pay -- for this gorgeous gown, I have found an alternative.  Adrianna Papell has a beaded mesh gown that costs $258 instead.  I threw a rose in with the picture because I'm giving her dress the 'First Impression Rose'.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I could lie and talk about how busy I've been and use that as an excuse for not posting; but in all honesty, I've just been lazy.  It's been so nice to be home and not worry about school just yet.  I have about a month until my two summer classes start.  I've been rereading Harry Potter to get ready for the final movie and I've also gone to a couple movies with my mom -- you have to go see "Something Borrowed" and "Bridesmaids"!

Here are pictures of the hats from the Mother Daughter Banquet that I promised a while back.
My hat

The hat my mom (on the right) is wearing belonged to my great-grandmother

My friend's grandmother had real flowers decorating her hat

Flowers and feathers were in almost everyone's hats

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is celebrating its 137th anniversary today.  The race is held in Louisville, Kentucky at Churchill Downs and is a horse race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds.  The race isn't just about the horses, it's about the traditions!

The signature drink of the Derby is the Mint Julep which is a mix of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup.  While you sip your Julep, you can feast on Burgoo, a stew with beef, chicken, pork and vegetables.  Along with the food traditions, there is the long standing fashion tradition of hats.  When the Derby started, it was a social occasion so women took the opportunity to dress up and stand out.

When it comes to the Derby, the hats are just as famous as the actual race.  It's a time to see and be seen in your best.  The hats aren't just for the women or the people sitting in Millionaire Row; they're for everyone!  Every direction you look, there are hats as far as the eye can see.

With the Royal Wedding last week and the Derby this week, hats are sure to make a comeback!  In fact, for our Mother Daughter banquet today, the theme is "Hat's Off to Mothers" so I got a new hat yesterday to wear to it.  I can't wait!  I'll post pictures of it later; but, for now here are some Derby hat pictures.

Photo courtesy of Glamour

Photo courtesy of Style With Anna

Photo courtesy of Stiletto Sports

Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated