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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bachelor Summer Recap

I really fell off of the blogging wagon this last season and a half with finishing school (graduated woohoo), starting a new job and really liking the people on the show. A lot has happened in the Bachelor world since I last blogged. 

I cheered for Andi all of the way through Juan Pablo's season and really love her and Josh together. I have said multiple times how interesting it was to watch a season where the contestants did not have girlfriends, were not disappointed with the lead and all fell in love. When there is not any drama and you like the lead there is not much to talk about. The only drama all season was Tricky Nicky at the After the Final Rose, which was a low blow I might add. 

We are in middle of Bachelor in Paradise which is a perfect mess. This season is filled with fan favorites some being my Bachelor pals. 

I love Michelle Money being back on TV, she is the only person I have interviewed twice. Of course having Chris back was funny as ever, he is a trooper and is the only person who still follows me after so much Twitter snark. I have been surprised by the amount of coupling up (except for Kovacs he has been doubling and tripling up). 

Regardless of when Marcus and Lacy go home she won. She got out of Juan Pablo's season on the first night, got Marcus to fall for her and managed to make it all the way to the bathroom before throwing up. If that does not deserve an award I do not know what does. 

The recreation of the Putz balcony fall and Kalon solo date are my top Bachelor in Paradise moments so far. 

Then the next Bachelor was announced. I had my fingers crossed it would be Chris. He seems like such a good guy and there are not enough people in his town for him to find love. Arie was not neutral enough of a contestant, I liked him on Emily's season but that was a long time ago and that would be a tough sell. Chris will be charming and the girls will be crazy and we will all tweet in happily ever after. 

Follow my live tweets @BachelorExpert.

XO,
Ashley 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"The Bachelorette" Season 10 Episode Six Recap

“The Bachelorette” episode kicks off in Italy and the guys are very excited. Sporting v-necks and hoodies, the guys are shocked when Andi explains the next one-on-one starts immediately.

One-on-one:

The date goes to C-O, just kidding the date goes to the person who does not play with others. Nick looks like he could be the child of Ben Flajnik and Spencer Pratt. Andi and Nick hang out and the get all dressed up for a fancy dinner. Nick explains how he is offended by being called the frontrunner and everything that happened last week. The night ends with a mask and a make out session.

Group Date:

The guys are distraught that they have to participate in the lie detector test. I feel they should take a breather and be happy that they do not have that man who always appears on Dr. Phil. The test questions range from “are you here for the right reasons” to “do you wash your hands after using the bathroom?”

Dylan who does not wash gets hands get cold feet or dirty hands and does not feel well. He goes back to the hotel for no reason though because she does not read the results. Andi why did you not read them? I am terrified that she and the contestants will all get the norovirus because of poor hand-washing practices.

Brian steals Andi away for one-on-one time and he really has some game. Then the guys do a collective kick in the face to whoever is the “secret admirer.”

I do like Josh but he was totally sour grapes during this date, maybe it was the scarf cutting off circulation or something.

Chris admits he is the secret admirer and Andi could already tell. Andi feels that he makes their alone time like a date and gives him the rose. In return, JJ throws a fit and does not want to be happy for him.

One-on-one:

Cody finally gets a date and he is thrilled. I love how excited the guys were for him to get a date. Their date is to read love letters and it is really sweet. Cody is a solid guy and I am not even talking about muscles.

For dinner, Cody wears a v-neck and a blazer. The dinner starts out casual but ends with Andi in tears and Cody saying the long he is kept around the more he is trouble. She respects him too much to let him stay and Cody realizes that he just got six weeks of vacation.

Cocktail Party:

Nick who has a rose pulls Andi away and this continues to show how he cannot play well with others. Dylan is going to interrupt and I have fingers-washed, I mean fingers-crossed that he washed his hands before.

Everyone is on their game during the party and Josh feels the most insecure because he was Debby Downer about the lie detector date. She did not read the results so drop it.

Rose Ceremony:

JJ goes home, old man version and all.

Follow me @BachelorExpert to live-tweet with me during the show. What are your thoughts on this season and guys?

XO,

Ashley

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends" by Courtney Robertson: Review

I recently got the opportunity to review Courtney Robertson’s new tell-all book, “I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends.” I read the book in a few hours so before you judge book by its cover or a person by their ITM (In the moment interview) I promise you should keep reading.

I read the book without looking at any reviews or excerpts and I am glad I did. People seem to be caught up on the hot button issues, which are good and juicy I might add, but the book is more than that.

Ben’s season was filled with a lot of entertainment, but Courtney was the entire show beside Jaclyn’s one-liners and Blakeley drama. As much as Courtney was given a hard time by everyone, including me at times, I always stayed true to the fact that season would have been a snooze fest without her.

In the book, Courtney gives her side of “The Bachelor” story and the first thing you must know is she really did love Ben and confirms that the experience was real. Throughout the entire season it seemed like she just wanted to win and while the humor did not translate as well as it could have she honestly liked him and wanted their relationship to work.  

For all of the people who are upset about her calling people out, I think saying she is “throwing people under the bus” is a little dramatic and seems as if it is without merit. Now she does knock a few people off of their pedestals, but can you honestly blame her? She is one of the most vilified contestants in Bachelor history and if viewers saw some of the things she talks about in her book, then a few of the “favorites” wouldn’t have that title.


Top 10 Interesting Things From the Book (In no particular order):

1. Courtney almost did not go on the show and even changed her mind a few times.
2. A lot of my favorite contestants have advice columns in the book. (Michelle Money, Jaclyn Swartz, Chris Bukowski)
3. That every snappy comment usually had something to do with the Pink Ladies.
4. All about the hilarious scene that seemed straight out of the “Bridesmaids” movie.
5. The details behind the skinny-dipping situation and what happens in the fantasy suite.
6. Ben changed immediately after the show was over.
7. The Flajnik family dislikes chain stores and didn’t even like when Courtney modeled for chain stores.
8. Some things Bachelor secrets are so scandalous that names could not be revealed.
9. How and what happened during the short fling with Arie.
10. Ultimately, she wanted the relationship with Ben to work.

She never claims to be innocent in the situations that viewers saw on “The Bachelor” but gives insight to the other sides of the story. You will not be able to put it down because it is juicy yet endearing, hilarious but still serious and everything in between. If you are a true Bachelor fan you will love this book and if you do not want to read it because of fear it might throw someone under the bus or be a little edgy, are we really watching the same show?

“I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends” is on sale today.  You can get the book on Amazon, Harper Collins and more. If you do not read it I am not convinced you are here to make friends.

Tweet me at @BachelorExpert or comment below.

XO,
Ashley




Disclosure: I received an early copy of the book to review by Harper Collins and Courtney Robertson. This review is completely based on my opinion of the book.

Monday, June 23, 2014

"The Bachelorette" Suave Review

If you have been watching “The Bachelorette” this season you have seen the Suave commercials including Andi Dorfman, Catherine Lowe and Desiree Hartsock. I got to review the products included in the sophisticated ponytail look that was featured on Andi Dorfman in last week’s commercial.

The products include:

Split End Rescue Shampoo

Split End Rescue Conditioner

Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil

The shampoo and conditioner smell great and not too strong. It definitely has a scent similar to coconut. After using those products I used the Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil which I LOVE. It leaves hair smooth and not frizzy even on the most humid days.

Stay tuned for a Suave Giveaway on my Twitter @BachelorExpert.

For now, check out more about Suave here and watch the video on how to get Andi’s date night hair below.

XO,

Ashley



Disclosure: I received these items in exchange for a review from Suave. These opinions are mine and based on my own experience.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

'Bachelorette' Thoughts on the Andi & Eric Situation

My ‘Bachelorette’ recap is late and I kept going back and forth about what I was going to write for this week. While there was a funny group singing date and a lot of humor this week’s episodes were sad in general.

First of all, I do not think Andi was wrong in this situation and I do not think Eric should have called her a “TV actress” but was he wrong for saying how he felt too? No, neither one of them were wrong for how they felt. I do not think this would be an issue if Eric had not gotten into a fatal accident, which did not allow the opportunity to talk it over.

We have to judge that moment for the time when it happened and not what occurred afterward. They are just two good people who were not good for each other. Instead of reading a long recap about two episodes this week visit LiveLikeEric.com or go do something fun.

XO,

Ashley

Thursday, May 22, 2014

'The Bachelorette' Andi Dorfman Season Premiere

We kick off ‘The Bachelorette’ season on a somber note with the passing of Eric Hill, which I think that ABC handled the situation well. Then we go to Andi’s hometown in Atlanta, and get to see dad Dorfman. Hy is everything and already has me wishing for the final two. Then poof the show ends up shopping in LA, taking promo photos and walking on the beach.

Andi is waiting on the couch and we hear a knock on the door. It is Andi’s sister who I almost forgot about because Hy overshadowed everyone including Juan Pablo on that date. All I kept thinking was, where is Kelly and Molly?  As far as outfits Andi’s choice was between gold and gold, for the season premiere metallic is always the answer.

Marcus: seems cool and is nice looking. Andi thinks het is “hot.”

Chris: what a pretty farmer, Andi may want to hit the hay with him.

JJ: I am patiently waiting for a “pants” joke.  Does anyone else think he belongs on “Southern Charm.”

Marquel: His outfit is dapper and has a nice smile.  The cookie monster is here to make friends.

Tasos: The lovers’ bridge is a little cheesy but seems more normal than his bio.

Cody: Pushing the limo was not the most over-the-top thing we have seen, but it was up there. I know he did not get that tan in Chicago.

Steven: He seems nice but his hair screams “bro.”

Rudie: seems nice the mutual career field does not seem enough.

Carl: Someone is the victim of the bio photo.

Jason: If he had a hair cute he would have made it through, my dad even agrees.

Nick: Seems like a guy who will make a lot of jokes and try to steal the attention. Nothing says first impression rose like 10 siblings.

Dylan: Very nervous so I do not have much of an opinion.

Patrick: He will either be amazing or have a girlfriend.

Emil: Like Anal with an “m.” This was so cringe-worthy and hilarious.

Brett: Stop trying to make that lamp and mullet happen. He should have given a keratin treatment as a gift. Nothing screams sane like a hotel staying clepto.

Craig: Someone wasted a perfectly fine bottle of alcohol. Who says “potentially fall in love with you?”

Ron: Seems very normal, how did he get on this show?

Bradley: Why recreate the opera-singing wheel?

Josh B: Not much of an impression either way.

Nick S: He shows up on a golf cart and I think Andi is relieved he is not a caddy.

Brian: No complaints, he just seems like a normal guy.

Andrew: He seems like the person who is not there for the right reason. 

Mike: Hair cut.

Eric: I am so depressed about this because he gave the best gift in the history of gifts.  He is so beautiful too.

Josh M: Hands down an early favorite. He just moved to Atlanta and is pretty much Roberto, so hello.   

*Chris Bukowski: Who knew he was coming back to the show? Second, there is no way he just showed up. Andi not really knowing who he is was pretty funny though.

Roses: JJ, Eric, Marquel, Craig, Tasos, Josh M, Brian, Bradley, Marcus, Andrew, Ron, Carl, Chris, Dylan, Brett, Patrick, Cody and other Nick.

What did you all think of the premiere episode? Tweet with me during the show @BachelorExpert.

XO,

Ashley

Monday, May 19, 2014

Happy Bachelorette Monday: Andi Inspired Monogram Necklace!

Happy Bachelorette Monday! One of my favorite parts of 'The Bachelorette' is the fashion beside the lead, drama and man tears. In celebration of the premiere I am reviewing an Andi Monogram Inspired Necklace from Accessory Mercado. Accessory Mercado is based in Chicago where my favorite celeb fashion finder Dana Weiss, the Possessionista lives.

Photo rights: ABC.com



Visit Accessory Mercado to shop Andi Inspired jewels throughout the season. For all fashion finds check out Possessionista.

Disclaimer: Accessory Mercado provided me with this necklace to review. I was not compensated and all opinions are my own!
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