Sunday, October 1, 2017

90's House on MTV: Nope. Just Nope.

Having fond memories of the 90s, I thought the show 90s House on MTV might be a fun watch. It wasn't.

Usually I try to find some redeeming qualities about a show, but this show didn't fill me with nostalgia, it filled me with being annoyed. Travana's over the top personality was too much to handle, the pettiness was extreme, one guy was 29 so he pretty much grew up in the 90s, and the tears...oh, the tears.

Skip this one. Sorry, MTV.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

TLC’s Behind Closed Doors: The American Family: A Review of Episode One

TLC Go lets us watch Behind Closed Doors: The American Family before it appears on television. I watched episode one and enjoyed it. The premise is that families are filmed 24 hours a day by wall mounted cameras, rather than an in-home camera crew.

Mandy and Jeff host a podcast about marriage, but their own marriage is struggling. After adopting a child, the parents of four decided Mandy would be a stay at home mom. That's been tougher than she imagined, causing her to struggle. Mandy's too tired for sex, causing Jeff to be quite unhappy. This show seems like a way for the pair to get more views for their webcast, which I'm sure it will.

Andy cheated on wife Deena, and the pair hasn't recovered from the infidelity. This incident caused Deena to shut down, creating a rift between her and her kids, as well as leaving her marriage in shambles.

Tam and Paul have a tumultuous relationship. They are both stubborn and refuse to give in to the other. Tam got super insecure when Paul was texting with an ex, due in part to her childhood insecurities - she was born with a penis, but as she matured, she grew breasts and became more female, I believe called XXY syndrome.

Is this show worth watching? Yeah, it's an interesting take on reality TV. I think it's got novelty value, because with cameras on 24/7 and without a camera person around, it's easier for the couples to show who they really are, and for TLC to get enough crazy footage to keep us tuned in.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

90 Day Fiance Reunion, Part 2 - Some Thoughts

90 Day Fiance's reunion last week was explosive, and week two is only getting better. Or worse. Same thing, in this case.

First, Paola and Russ fought because she wanted Russ to have her back, but he can't get over the whole lingerie issue. With all due respect, Russ, please get over it. You married a woman who is very in touch with her desire to model and her sexuality; what did you expect? Later, Russ defended Pao because he's smart and figured out what he needs to do.

Danielle addressed that she has a new boyfriend, but doesn't want to talk about him because he doesn't want to be in the spotlight. To me, it sounds like he either wants his privacy (normal) or doesn't want anyone to know he's dating her. Mohamed claimed that Danielle never loved him, which sounds like he's trying to convince himself. Danielle cried and ran offstage, and Mohamed said that's how she reacts every time something doesn't go her way. He then claimed Danielle isn't independent, and that she's faking her reactions for sympathy.

Okay, let's be real - Danielle loved Mohamed, at least to the capacity that she can. Mohamed played the victim here - he said he tried to make it work, but Danielle gave him no reason. He claims that he tried to pick up the pieces but things were too broken. The host asked Danielle if she thinks she can get too attached, and she said yes, which is obvious. She has the book of social media conversations that she plans to send to immigration, after all.

Mohamed said he plans to disappear after this reunion to fix his life. Danielle said that makes her angry because he's not taking responsibility for himself. He wants to be rid of her, she still wants an apology, and although she's not saying it, she wants him back.

Loren was on an angry rampage. She asked Jorge what Anfisa loved about him, aside from his money. She said she can't see more to Anfisa than a bunch of Botox. Loren was also mad at Danielle and Mohamed because both couples make the process look like a joke. She was upset that she and Alexei got denied twice, but these two couples were approved easily. Paola joined in to support Loren, as they are friends, and have probably discussed Mohamed and Anfisa's relationships with their spouses at length.

It was noted that Anfisa never cared for Jorge's family, yet she got upset when Jorge didn't defend her, even though she didn't respect him. Jorge was asked why it took almost a year for him to see his family. He said it's because of Anfisa's insecurity. She claimed that he was talking behind her back, but really, he's allowed to have his own conversations! Should he talk badly about her? Well, she wasn't giving her any reason not to! Jorge was asked if he could have done better at introducing Anfisa, and he said yes, but Anfisa never showed interest. What it seems to be is that Anfisa didn't feel welcome, so she felt like Jorge's family was against her. That actually makes sense - I'll give Anfisa some credit here. Plus, when Jorge's sister talked badly about Anfisa to her face, Jorge did not defend her. He says it was because he didn't want to disrespect his sister. And really, her comments weren't the nicest, so Jorge could have at least said they were inappopriate.

Chantel was asked why her family thought that chicken feet were a voodoo tradition when Pedro's family made them. Chantel said that nobody in the family ate the chicken feet, although Pedro did eat some and didn't see a problem with them. Then, we found out that Pedro's mom is a lawyer. A lawyer! A lawyer!!! So why is Pedro sending her money if she has the ability to make a good income?

We flipped to a scene where Anfisa said he was her first. Loren and Paola laughed because they didn't believe it. Jorge said, "I guess I believed her". Jorge said he didn't even know Anfisa was dating guys before she came to America.

The money discussion came up, and Jorge said he never claimed to be a millionaire, but he did flash money in her face and she responded. Jorge said he felt like he was treated like a dog when he couldn't keep up with Anfisa's financial needs. Jorge was asked why he didn't disappear once Anfisa said she's all about the money. She defended himself saying that all women want nice things. Jorge said he was going through a lot when he met Anfisa, and he just wanted someone to love. Jorge wants people to understand what he went through; he gave Anfisa trust and she backstabbed him. But what actually happened? THE SHOW ENDED!!! We won't find out until next week!!! NOOO!!!

Note: Paola mentioned a gold digger academy in Russia, and asked if Anfisa went. While the group laughed at this, this article does show that it is real.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Off Topic: Why I'm Moving Away From Fast Fashion, And Where I Shop Now

When I was in college and afterwards, I loved shopping at Old Navy and similar places because I could run in and walk out with some affordable, cute clothes. I would never say I was particularly trendy, but I do have a distinct style, and H&M, Forever 21 and other stores could cater to that. Now that I've gotten older (not to say I'm a dinosaur or anything, thank you very much), my focus is on longer lasting, high quality clothing...and bonus points if it's good for the world.

Seriously, though, fast fashion can create a lot of clothing waste because the products aren't necessarily high quality, causing lots of textiles to go to waste. I'd rather buy something that will last and I can truly enjoy over the long term, rather than something that will go out of style or bore me in a month or two. Below are three brands that I'm really into right now.

Pact Organic packaging
Pact Organic

My latest find is Pact Organic, which creates amazing basics that are reasonably priced. Plus, my discount code will give you 20% off. The clothes are fair trade certified, and have no toxic dyes or pesticides. This is a great place for leggings, t-shirts, underwear and socks. Everything so soft and lovely to wear. This site features clothes for men, women and kids.

Bonus points for amazing customer service. I received the wrong leggings, and a five minute call to customer service had a correct pair on its way to me. No hassle on my part whatsoever, which I truly appreciated. Plus, the person I spoke to was very cool and understanding.

I got a 50% off discount code from Facebook, so I bought a bunch of stuff, and I'm definitely going to return for more.

Effie's Heart

When it comes to high quality women's wear, I'm now obsessed with Effie's Heart: effiesheart.com.

This brand does cost a fair amount, but the fabrics are amazing and high quality. The patterns are fun and creative, and the clothes are flattering. Everything I tried on fit me perfectly. And bonus points for modesty - I like a dress that shows off my curves, but not one that makes me worry about if my butt is going to make a public appearance. I like the retro-yet-modern vibe of the clothes. If you're looking to make an understated statement (if there is such a thing) this brand is perfect for you.

I've included a photo from the company's website of the Napoli dress, one of my favorites. This dress, aside from being beautiful and available in a variety of patterns, is machine washable. This is amazing for people like me, who are way too lazy to go to the dry cleaner. It also has pockets, which is a big seller for people. For me, I like that the pockets don't add bulk around the hips, which is often a problem.

A key benefit of this brand is their size range - they don't limit fashion to those who are a size two. These clothes are made for - and look great on - a range of sizes.

ThirdLove

This bra and underwear company's goal is to give women undergarments that fit properly. Before you choose a bra, you go through a series of questions designed to find a bra that fits you just right. You tell the site what you're wearing now, what your issues are, and some info about your shape, and it pops out your anticipated size. Not convinced? You can try on a bra before you buy it. How cool is that? It's a great way to get your fit right without going to a retail store.

While the prices of ThirdLove's products aren't low, they're reasonable. And when you buy more bras, the prices get lower. Plus, the quality is great - my friend described wearing a ThirdLove bra like not wearing a bra at all.

Want to buy one? This referral should give you $15 off your first purchase.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Thoughts On 90 Day Fiance - 8/20

Now that we've got 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After and 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days, Sunday nights are pretty awesoCortneyme, aside from the part where the next day is Monday.

First, let's talk about Happily Ever After. Specifically Danielle and Mohamed. Did Mohamed use Danielle? I have no doubt. But Danielle also lied, so I tend to agree with the judge in their trial - divorce is the right answer because both of them were equally wrong.

Aside from a strong TV storyline, why did Danielle's friend encourage her to talk to Mohamed after the court proceeding? She needed to let it go. And blasting Mohamed for a social media post? Why were they reading it in the first place?

In terms of Pedro and Chantel, I am happy the wedding turned out okay, but why would the sister wear white? Was that passive aggressive, or something cultural that I don't understand? I hope this brings the families closer together, and maybe they can all stop insulting each other for five minutes to see that this isn't about them. That being said, Pedro and Chantel majorly screwed up by lying about why Pedro came to the US in the first place, so they kind of caused this drama.

Next up was Before the 90 Days. Can we address Darcey, please? Darcey is practically screaming for Jesse to marry her, while he didn't even want to change his Facebook status to 'in a relationship'. This couple is strange all around - he's way too into pheromones, and she's seeking a proposal , when he said Americans get married too fast.

Starcasm has some great info on Darcey, like the pilot for the reality show she was trying to make happen (reported here) and the fact that she regrets doing 90 Day Fiance, but is still hanging out with Jesse.

I feel so bad for Cortney, who is clearly naive. She's flying to Spain for a guy she's never even spoken to, who is either a catfish or a porn star. Neither one is an excellent option. She's been catfished before, so my hopes for her are not so high. The thing is, though, the 90 Day crew must be in touch with someone in Spain, so whether or not her guy is who he says his, somebody exists.

Abby sees dollar signs flashing in front of her face with Sean. But if they're both happy, all good. This YouTube video states the pair is still together.

What do you think?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Reality From The Week - Project Runway, Undressed and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team

Here's some reality snippets from the week so far.

Project Runway gave us a blast from the past, giving us twins Shawn and Claire from Twinning. They are competing as individuals, but I can't help thinking they were cast for their novelty value, like their bit of fame and the fact that they're twins. In any case, Claire did well, while Shawn found herself in the bottom three for making shiny shorts part of a red carpet look.

Project Runway also took a new turn, giving us models of all shapes and sizes. That's right - gone are the set of matching twigs with different colored hair; in are real models of differing shapes and sizes. (No hate to skinny models, but real people come in different shapes and sizes.)

Onto Undressed, MTV's new reality show where people meet up, strip down to their underwear, and follow cues on a screen, like get into bed, cuddle and kiss. The screen also provides a series of questions to discuss. I can do without this show. It was average at absolute best. Not really new or unique, just kind of tame and whatever.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team did not disappoint. The competition was tough, with KaShara wowing the judges with her solo dance, amongst some other incredible talent. Disappointingly, Dayton failed to shine, despite her legacy. It looked like the judges really struggled with cutting her from the team, but to be fair, she didn't seem to really want it that bad or be super prepared. Brianna from New Jersey, on the other hand, clearly wanted it and I hope to see her go far in the competition.

Poor Holly lost her top during her solo, but that girl handled it like a champ, covering up and sauntering off the stage with style. She said it was the most embarrassing moment of her life, but if that's the worst, the girl has had quite a charmed life!

Side note from a previous week: I wonder if Katie, the ballroom dance champion, will be back to try out again next year. She seemed a little too shocked to have not made it, although I can see why - ballroom and cheer don't necessarily correlate in the way that she expected.

On a scripted note, is anyone watching The Guestbook? I've watched three episodes so far, and episodes one and two were stronger than episode three, but I think the show has some major potential. And I love the guest stars and the premise of having a new cast every week. What are your thoughts?


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Paul from 90 Day Fiance - His Past - Oh My Gosh!

You know how Paul on 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days talks about a secret past? Oh my gosh. OH MY GOSH.

I'm going to give you some info, but the original story is here.

When I first saw Paul, I was like, okay, he's close to his mom and probably has low self esteem, and he's had some girls cheat on him or something. (His mom giving him some hair to take with him was a little weird.)

But then I read the article linked above and some other stuff that accuses Paul of stalking people! And on top of that, this article states:

According to the Kentucky corrections website, Paul was found guilty of felony arson in 2014. Back in 2007, he allegedly committed second-degree arson and "Burning Personal Property To Defraud Insurer" and was convicted seven years later. Starcasm added, "The site says he is currently being supervised under shock probation, which means that he probably served a brief amount of time in jail before being released.

Whoa. WHOA. I get that the guy creates a great storyline (I think he's the one we see being mugged - I would NOT want to be the crew on his segment), but...why does TLC want to be associated with this? I guess all drama is great for ratings, and Paul's got us talking, which is what TLC wants. So, there's that.

Also read this, which shows that there may be more to Paul's storyline than we know, and the fact that he goes by an alias online, calling himself Seth.

But my goodness, this is quite a secret for Paul to keep from Karine! Yikes!