Entertainment, Television

TV Review: HBO’s GIRLS S3E8

This week: Hannah realizes that having a “real person” job can do wonders for your bank account and wardrobe, Ray breaks up with Marnie, Adam gets cast on Broadway, and Jessa falls off the wagon.

Hannah’s story-line has toned down these past few episodes and she is coming into adulthood, slowly but surely.  Her insecurities about Adam chasing his dreams makes her wonder if he’s going to stick around while she figures out hers again.  Surprise.

Marnie’s still bumbling about and working at whatever part-time, food-service job she can get her hands on.  She’s been using Ray as an emotional/physical relationship crutch, but this week he decides that wasting his time with her really isn’t going anywhere.  He dumps her and Marnie has to re-evaluate her life yet again.  Surprise.

Jessa’s rehab friend/father-figure, Jasper, has hunt her down to get her back into living her “life.”  By living life, I mean getting back into doing coke binges and running around town just for the hell of it all.  The two of them steal money from the baby boutique that Jessa’s been holding down a job at… and she was doing so well… Surprise.

Shoshannah goes back to her background noise role in the show, just like the weird, trendy ottoman that she is.  No surprise there.

I don’t know what to expect for next week’s episode.  I just want to know how Shoshannah’s going to find out about Marnie and Ray.  Shosh snapped at the beach house last week over the girls being their vapid, self-absorbed selves but I feel like Marnie sleeping with Ray will light a spark in her again.

Though Adam tells Hannah’s dying grandmother the two of them are getting married…

Check out the preview below:

Beauty, Health & Wellness, Life

Product Review: Maybelline Tinted Baby Lips, Cherry Me

I was in RiteAid and I wanted to try out some new products.  Marching back and forth the make-up aisle, I found the Maybelline Tinted Baby Lips collection on a bottom shelf covered by a “Buy One Get One 50% Off” sign.

I took that sign as a sign and made my purchase.  I was tired of the ranting and raving over an infant-named beauty product.  I had to know what all the fuss was about.

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Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me.

This lip balm gives my lips a sweet, red tint and has a fruity scent.  The package is smaller than what I expected from the commercial.  I have small hands, so there is no excuse for this false advertising impression.  However, I am happy that I don’t have a chunky lip moisturizer.

Maybelline boasts, “Our exclusive formula moisturizes lips for a full 8 hours.  Lips renewed in 1 week.”  We will see, Maybelline.  We will see.

I would recommend this product to anyone who also is looking for a tinted chap-stick and Burt’s Bees is out of stock.


College, Education, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Life

Drink Review: Crane Lake, Cabernet Sauvignon

If you’re tired of Sutter Home, Carlo Rossi, and Yellow Tail: Crane Lake will have you feeling sophisticated because you stepped away from the norm.

Crane Lake, the very name, gives you the imagery of a soothing, swan populated lake on a Spring day:  A sudden glimpse of the majestic bird through the trees on the river bank, the sudden heat of the Summer to come, and the allure of what the day (or night) ahead has in store for you.

This Cabernet Sauvignon will give you the love affair without the impending doom of heartbreak.  Certainly, the bottom of the bottle has its own despair and enlightenment.  However, the wine gives you a glimpse into the happiness that is the serendipity of life.  The win gives you a warmth and joy that only a great, cheap wine can possess.

No story, no word can describe how great a great, cheap wine is for an of-age, collegiate wine drinker.  This wine will bring you fulfillment and satisfaction for reasons of taste and for reasons of frugality.

Beauty, Fashion, Life

Phone App to Download: Wish

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Did you ever wish eBay gave you coupons and alerts for items that you’ve had your sights on?

Did you ever wish the items in your eBay cart were magically between $10-15?

Why haven’t you downloaded Wish yet?

An Android App, Wish caters to both men and women with a stylish and trendy eye.

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The Wish App sends you updates directly to your phone for when new items go on sale.  The App says, “Start your Wishlists and get special offers and gift cards for items you like directly from merchants and brands.”

What’s not to like?  Sales, easy access, and gorgeous fashion items?

Only word of advice: Be sure to keep an eye out on the sizes.

Entertainment, Television

TV Review: HBO’s GIRLS S3E7

In this week’s episode, Marnie plans an “adult” Summer vacation for the girls to “heal.”  Obviously things don’t go according to plan, but Shoshannah grows a spine!

The episode kicks off with Marnie doing a little flower arranging in a beach house and then follows her as she places name cards on each of the beds for each of the girls.

Very Martha Stewart of her.

The other three girls arrive via bus and Jessa makes friends with a nice, elderly couple.  Marnie picks them up (sans the old people) and off they go for some time-slotted-by-Marnie fun in the sun.

The problem with this little vacation is that the girls have been boiling over with angst towards each other.  Unfortunately, all of them are too self-absorbed to vocalize and express their emotions.

On a trip into the beach town for some groceries, Hannah runs into Elijah and they reconnect their friendship.  Hannah invites him and his friends to the beach house to lighten up the mood.  One of the friends is involved in musical theater and eventually instructs a major dance routine for the gang to perform.

Marnie’s control-twitches start to overload and she becomes the metaphorical emotional-snap-bomb to watch out for.  The group of Gays and Gals begin to heavily drink and start to bond over the things drunks bond over: resemblances, reminiscing, drinking, fun, and food.

Jessa’s sobriety since rehab has stayed strong, but you can tell her promiscuous tendencies are about to emerge as she hits on one of Elijah’s gay friends in the middle of a naked pool swim session.

After dinner, the group performs the dance routine they have been rehearsing all day.  Marnie pushes for perfection and then Hannah snaps at her for her perfectionist ways.

This confrontation then spreads to the rest of the group and Shoshannah ends up calling out all of the girls’ bullsh*t: Jessa’s newly found enlightenment from rehab; Hannah’s self-obsessive, egotistical, and narcissistic focuses; Marnie’s American Psycho ways.

Kudos, Shosh.

The night ends and a new day begins with everyone in silence over what happened the drunken night before.  On the wait for the bus, the girls continue to practice their dance routine like everything will sort itself out.

Here’s to that strategy.

Because that always works out for the best.

My only criticism is that I want Shosh to find out about Ray and Marnie.  This would have been the perfect time for Shosh to use her kickboxing moves again.

Maybe next week.

Education, Entertainment, Fashion

My Favorites from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: KAUFMANFRANCO

I have realized that the runways are either populated by one of two kinds of designs: 1.) Designs you can wear; and 2.) Designs meant for artistic expression. When the two of these categories collide, I bow down to the designer. Fashion is a form of expression that we can wear, but when you can’t really find an occasion to wear the item of clothing: you are left with just a nice piece of art.

Below are my favorites from KAUFMANFRANCO from Fashion Week in New York:


KAUFMANFRANCO Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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KAUFMANFRANCO Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

KAUFMANFRANCO Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

KAUFMANFRANCO Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

KAUFMANFRANCO Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

KAUFMANFRANCO Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

KAUFMANFRANCO Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

KAUFMANFRANCO Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

KAUFMANFRANCO Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week