I remember watching Phaedra's first season on RHOS recently (she was pregnant with Aiden) and she was so beautiful and fresh-faced. Her looks haven't really changed but she lost some of that bloom. I don't know how to explain it. Maybe it's because I find her sketchy and fake now that her looks do not resonate the same way for me.
It's too bad they didn't get a ratings jump because IMO this has been NYC's best season to date. It has been a mix of lifestyle aspirational, humor, drama, humor + drama (please see my sig), honesty (Bethenny's confrontation with her past, Carole and Dorinda in LOndon) and just plain watchable for me. I watched the three reunion episodes back-to-back and while it did get heated and a bit nasty at times, I love the way it ended with all the women (especially Bethenny and Ramona) coming to a real understanding of each other. In short, all RH shows should be this open and (relatively) untoxic. I even was cool with Carole by the end -- and IMO she has been a sneak and sh*t-stirrer all season. Even Andy seemed absolutely thrilled with the ladies and this season. I've never seen him so comfortable and present in a reunion.
I personally wouldn't care if they dropped Kristen from the mix as she and her rehearsed lines to LuAnn were her weak-ass effort to remain relevant. However, I do like a big group as it somehow feels less claustrophobic and more real as the women move through cocktail parties and different cliques and friendships.
Basically, I am hoping for another season with the same group of women, although it looks like Heather won't be rejoining. Too bad, as the evil in me sort of wanted to see her get a little comeuppance next season. At least she got called out on her BS dramatics during the Turks & Caicos trip.
Omg Matt, you love Exo! So do I. They are my favorite kpop group. Their back catalogue of songs is so good, I can't even. I'm still bummed Heart Attack never got a mv, it's such a strong song for me. And What is Love is such a perfect slow jam. (And I have a crazy crush on lead dancer Kai but that's beside the point). Their vocal line can be very strong too.
And yasss I am on vacation right now but can't stop listening to Married to the Music over and over. Such a catchy hit. The live choreo to that song is epic and makes life worth living for me. Shinee have had an amazing cb this year.
Dr Pepper is also growing on me... sigh. I love CL tho I really dislike Diplo.
I need to listen to Beast and BtoB when I come back from vacation. And Hyuna! I haven't heard her new solo album yet. I have listened to GG's Lionheart and You Think. Lionheart is such an ear worm and while I didn't like their other song nearly as much, it is growing on me.
As someone whose mother suffered through (and survived -- touch wood) Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (via chemo), I have a hard time believing that Brooks lost all that weight just for a storyline on OC. I don't know how to explain it other than chemo aims to nuke everything in your insides. It can be a difficult, overwhelming treatment. I could be mistaken, but Brooks has that wary, exhausted look in his eye that I've seen before.
RHOC was incredibly badly scripted yesterday. From Tamra talking about the psychic she trusts her life with (but never actually met in person) to him -- surprise -- showing up at the restaurant, to Brooks being invited over to Cut Fitness because Tamra got him a cake (please! As if she would ever!), to Brooks tripping over the "cancer I had/have" moment. I am hoping this is a situation where Brooks is not lying but the SL that everybody is in on is that there are rumors he may be. I *HOPE* it is NOT "Brooks, let's pretend you have cancer and keep the viewers guessing." Because that would be awful.
I can't with Meghan. Period. The way she whined to Jim about how difficult it was with Haley to correct 18 years of parenting mistakes. Way to throw a mother dying of a terminal illness under the bus for the sole purpose of polishing your halo. #Hashtag is very pretty but her personality is so ugly to me. Everybody is disposable to her purposes of making herself look better. I see from Reality Tea that on social media she is trying to befriend Z-list coke-sniffers like Denise Richards. Good luck to you, babe. Honestly, Meghan isn't always the devil incarnate but the way she's using people to make herself look saintly is so... obvious. And she is condescending. It makes me take against her.
Jim Edmonds is giving me Jim Bellino vibes and that's not a good thing. At least he isn't giving me Slade vibes. Slade was the kind of guy who dated Playboy bunny wannabes because he thought he could control them. His ugly Miss Piggy diatribes against Vicki illustrated the kind of latent anger and insecurity he holds against women who actually stand up for themselves. I don't know why I am mini-ranting against Slade today, I just felt like it lol.
Hmmm. Hope this isn't connected to Brooks' cancer. http://www.realitytea.com/2015/08/16/vicki-gunvalson-brooks-ayers-split-pair-issue-joint-statement-regarding-break/
And Peter & Cynthia are facing eviction of Bar One which apparently has never reopened since they moved locations?? http://www.realitytea.com/2015/08/14/money-woes-cynthia-bailey-peter-thomas-bar-one-gets-eviction-notice/
They might as well give Petal Thomas [(c) RealityTea] a peach at this stage. And Apolline once he steps out of the state pen.
Yay for that pot-stirring escort girl Marlo, tho! I personally cannot wait for her to show off her wardrobe (Battle of the Dresses -- Cynthia vs Marlo).
RHoOC: LOL Tamra. Only you could equate pot-stirring with "honesty" and "laying things on the table." She basically stirred the pot with #HashtagCoolStepmom on the boat, then with Heather. Now #Hashtag proclaims that she "loves" Tamra and "has her back." #Hashtag has clearly decided that Shannon is the weakest link on this show and that Tamra is the one to align herself with. If only she knew that Shannon is actually pretty popular with OC viewers and that aligning herself with Tamra is like swimming with sharks. #Hashtag is such an awful HW, she actually makes Alexis look like an actual, complex human being instead of a walking posterbot for breast augmentation.
lol can you tell I can't stand that Meghan creature?! I can't even feel sorry for her when, in the previews, her husband basically tells her he doesn't give a sh*t about her feelings as he licks bbq sauce off his fingers in a totally gross Jim Bellini way.
Tamra making sure we all saw her Bible For Dummies.
I thought so too. The London trip was glory for me, not just because I live there, but because it dealt with an emotional subject very beautifully. Anybody who has ever lost a loved one can relate to the grief and even the odd quirks and gallows humor of being in such a situation. The episode never white-washed a thing and it really felt like closure/a celebration of what these women had once cherished with their husbands. I loved how well Doris (lol) and Carole bonded on a meaningful level.
And I wondered if you caught Dorinda greeting Goddess Trinny! What I would give for Trinny to show up on RHoNY. Good luck with your nail line, Kristen, but time to make room for a true clotheshorse and an actually interesting diva.
Bethenny is glory and if she decides not to continue RHoNY next season, it really just will not be the same without her. Ramona is back to her old tricks, I see. As Heather (who I have criticized in recent episodes) said, Ramona is bad-mannered, and that is not funny anymore, it is just rude.
On another note, I'm glad Sonja's fashion show went well. And I'm glad she was invested in every detail, even though it threatened to ruin the show. It was nice to see the ladies pulling for her instead of cackling over her failure, but I did wonder just how many of them showed up to watch Sonja fall.
The business people she surrounds herself with seem suspect at best, though. That business manager unable to give a straight answer to Heather and Bethenny... Lord JESUS. That is some smoke he is blowing up Sonja's ass. My worry is that Sonja tends to have her head turned by people who flatter her the most, and that's a recipe for getting ripped off.
I've been lurking on this thread because I have become kind of obsessed with Nicki Minaj and listening to Pinkprint a LOT lately. It's interesting to hear the different opinions from everybody and it is helping me to not jump on the OMG SHE'S AMAZING bandwagon right away on the basis of a few songs. But I do enjoy her stuff, and want to listen to more of her older material now to get a better idea of her evolution.
I still think The Night is Young is a great pop jam and Feeling Myself, Bed of Lies and Anaconda are such ear worms, I literally cannot get them out of my brain.
I am feeling a little underwhelmed by this Tahiti trip on OC. I don't want violent fights or nasty toxicity, but I just feel it's been particularly contrived. Before, I never felt that Vicki's need to whoop it up was a fakery, nor her friendships (or lack thereof). But on this trip it has felt forced and desperate. I didn't buy for one second that Vicki was drunk (and neither did Heather from the looks of things). Shannon is apparently part of Vicki's posse but their hugs and interaction have been awkward. I love Sophia Loren aka Lizzy, she brings a nice, fun dynamic to the group (and plus she is so [!@#$%^&*] gorgeous), but that pregnancy test bit was kinda mandated by production, it felt like. On the whole it's been a fun trip but a little lacklustre.
Speaking of fakery, that Meghan creature better not be holding her breath for acting jobs in the future. Her attempt to squeeze out tears was SO painful. I believe she cares about her stepdaughter but I don't believe for one second that she is this bereft about that kid not being 'her's.' What a dumbass SL. She's such a whiney thing too: "Vicki and Tamra don't understand the DEEP LUV I HAVE FOR MAH STEPCHILDREN" Lord Jesus. Of course they understand. They are mothers. All the HWs are mothers. They understand what it means to love kids. They're just telling you to stop wasting their time with the crocodile tears and stop competing with your husband's dying ex-wife.
One thing I will say about Meghan: her ass and legs are on point.
I especially love Key's head being kicked across the room. LOL. What on earth have SHINee been smoking.
What is cool about SHINee is that unlike a lot of SM artists (YG is a bit different and allows their idols more autonomy) they have a lot of say in the music and sound and concept. Jonghyun writes songs for just about everybody in SM (CHangmin of TVXQ does too), he and Taemin already had solo albums where they included their own material (you can really hear Taemin's sound in Odd Eye imo). I just think their sound is so cool and fun and retro but not too retro.
Also I never ever paid attention to Minho much but OMG he is really kind of hot and charming in that mv!
Speaking of Minos.... I miss Song Mino of Winner! I want to see some Winner!
Here is Tao's solo effort.
I don't know. I mean, it looks very pro, very SM-in-a-box. But I find it ungracious of him to dismiss his time with EXO as meaningless (apparently the lyrics to this song make reference to that). Quite apart from SM being a ruthless company which ties these kids to slave contracts, I thought he was close with some members of EXO, namely Kris (before he left), Sehun, Suho and Baekhyun. I also think that without the EXO training in singing, dancing and wushu, the TV opportunities and the EXO name, Tao would have found it near impossible to make a name for himself in entertainment. Oh, well. I guess it's done now. Hopefully SM will learn to treat their Chinese trainees better after this mess but I doubt they will change anything at all.
By the way, do you remember Red Velvet? The girl group that did Happiness last year? Ice Cream Cake? I had a listen to their Ice Cream Cake mini album and they have some decent songs. I like Something Kinda Crazy (ICC is good too).
August is going to see GD and TOP do a "duet" lol. Apparently August 5th (tomorrow! Well, tonight for us) is the release day, and it is going to be full hip hop).