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Our Next Bachelor

I mean as if we didn’t already know this by the end of the last season of The Bachelorette! What took them so long to announce it? Maybe because they didn’t want all of the people auditioning for the show to only be there because of Ben and wanted to still have that element of surprise. I bet that by doing this they eliminated some of the crazies. Ben Higgins was a favorite of mine throughout the last season, but I couldn’t really picture him with Kaitlyn. He reminded me of Catherine from Sean Lowe’s season though in which he kind of stayed under the radar, but was always very classy and a gentleman. It wasn’t until Katilyn had asked him if he was a virgin that Ben started to lighten up a litle bit and show a more humorous side to him. And then all of the girls died and were like Kaitlyn/Nick/Sean who?

Exactly. It’s Ben’s turn now and we can’t wait!

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Wedding Mondays

There was just too much quirkiness in this video that made me have to share this with you all today. Actually though, we’re behind on watching wedding videos! I didn’t watch any last week which meant I had two weeks worth to catch up on (in reality that’s not a whole lot since not every post comes with a wedding video) I was kind of captivated by this one at the start because doesn’t it just look like so much fun? I also think that the details from the post of the couple’s wedding were super sweet – the home flags that they incorporated into their photos to the black bridesmaid dresses from ASOS. Also we forgot to mention, it’s a Washington wedding! YAY!

Bonus: Now, not all of our wedding videos get to have this, but we also happen to have their proposal story and photos from Green Wedding Shoes too. Enjoy! This is our gift back since we missed last week. Sorry!

To view Anje and Alex’s wedding on Green Wedding Shoes, click here!

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Song of the Day

Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself

I’ve got something really important to say about today’s Song of the Day. I was actually woken up by this song as my alarm sometime in the middle of the last week and I didn’t think much of it then because I was half asleep so I decided to give it a second chance when I was more awake. And to be honest, I haven’t stopped listening to it since. Do you all remember when I made a whole playlist for “Girl Anthems?” Well, this is the latest great addition!

A friend of mine just moved back to Cupertino after a hard break up so I’ve spent a lot of time with her lately watching her re-build herself back up again. We’ve all been there. Shoot – that was me just last year and while over half a year has gone by now, it’s hard to imagine that I am where I am now and that my friend will get to the point I’m at in just a few months’ time. I could spew out a bunch of cliches right now about how you never need another person to be happy with yourself or that friends are the ones who are always going to be there for you over a guy (but it’s true!) however, the most important cliche ever is the one that comes from my mom – that you can’t ever truly be happy in a relationship until you’re happy with yourself. She’s right.

Another anecdote: I was recently propositioned to move in with a friend who is looking to buy a house. I told someone that I could do that… and it would be an okay option, but I love myself too much. He laughed at me. And in my head I thought, but… no. I do. And you don’t really get what I’m saying. I love myself and not in the I’m “full of myself” kind of way. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m in my mid-twenties now or if it’s because I’ve just grown up a bit within the last few months, but I am for the first time in a long time feeling more confident and secure with myself more than ever about the things I enjoy and my interests and I don’t really need someone there to validate those things.

Hailee, we approve of you making the switch from an acting career to a singing career. Thanks for giving us women a very powerful anthem.

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Wedding Mondays

Traditionally, wedding videos come at the end of a featured wedding post. Let me walk you through what I see – you’re sitting where I’m sitting, you’re going through a wedding blog and you’re drawn in by the first photo. As you scroll down, you start to see photographs of the dreamy wedding gown, the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids, the alter set up, the tables of the reception, the bride and groom having their first look or their first touch, the reception, the dance floor and the party. Everything starts to pull you in even more so that by the end of the feature, you’ve fallen in love with so many of the details that you just HOPE that there’s a wedding video at the end to tie it all in together. I would say 80% of the time the weddings featured that I seem to love don’t include a video. However, today we got lucky.

There is an extremely sweet story tied to this wedding feaure so please go ahead and read the whole thing here at Green Wedding Shoes.

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Power Couple Alert

So it looks like this is happening today. Apparently Gigi Hadid was the matchmaker in all of this and we’re not totally opposed to it because we really like Kendall Jenner. A part of me does feel very sad for Olivia Culpo though. And then there was a part of me that hoped Nick Jonas would just get back together with Selena Gomez. Oh the conflictions…

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In Random Instagrams of the Day…

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Taylor Swift said Happy Birthday to her BFF Karlie Kloss today and hey – Calvin Harris just happens to be in the photo too. We see you, Taylor.

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Wedding Mondays

These past few weeks have been a complete blur for me – so much of a blur that we’ve skipped Wedding Mondays for almost three weeks! The more I watch wedding videos the more picky I have started to become. It’s almost amazing to me now that I can watch 7 seconds of a video and stop it without watching the rest. That’s not something that was the norm for me. Way back when, I would watch each video from start to finish because I just had a lot of hope that a) wedding videos could turn it around a minute in and b) that it’s not about the video, that it’s still about the love. What are these words I am spewing? I don’t even know. It has been a long day and I’m doing something that I normally would’ve done on a Sunday. Tonight, I really needed a win though. I needed to see a good wedding video and I’m not sure what I was looking for, but this was beautiful and that’s enough for me. It’s a good way to end today.

To view the entire feature (and trust me – you’re going to want to!) visit Style Me Pretty.

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Getting Engaged in 2015

Now, when my friends are getting engaged these days, I don’t imagine that they are experiencing a scenario like this one. However, there’s a part of me that thinks that maybe there is some staging happening to an extent. This one takes it a little bit too far, but it’s something to think about isn’t it? I’ve been meaning to write a post on this (and I will soon, I promise) but lately a friend/co-worker of mine and I have been “beefing” up our Instagram game. We’ve taken things to some pretty extreme lengths and it’s almost to the point if it hasn’t gotten there already that our friends are starting to hate us a little bit.

“Are you using VSCO to edit your photo?”

“Can you take this one more time?”

“Did you double share to Facebook? TAG US!”

More on that later though…

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Interracial Couples Talking About Stereotypes

Warning: some of this language is not safe for work. Mom and Dad, you’re not going to want to watch this.

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According to Science:

According to a new study, couples who drink together are happier! Actually clarification – couples who have the same interest in drinking or share the same distaste for it are actually the happier ones. I find this to be totally believable because imagine if you’re person A and you like to have a couple of drinks on a Friday or Saturday night and then your partner is like “nah, I want to be a wet blanket tonight and have a water.” It sounds like a disaster.

A higher correlation was found for alcohol consumption, suggesting that a couple who shares a similar love (or distaste) for drinking is destined to be happier in their marriage and, conversely, that a discrepancy will often lead to marital dissatisfaction.

The study tracked 634 newly married couples over the course of a seven-year follow-up period and found that while smoking habits stayed relatively the same, and so did not incur mounting levels of dissatisfaction, partners who drank did so with more frequency over the years, thus resulting in increased dissatisfaction at each couple check-in.

I think as long as you’re not a mess and you and your partner don’t become destructive when you drink that this is pretty positive. Here’s hoping that all my future partners are down to have a least two drinks. Doesn’t this naturally just make dates easier because you’re breaking the ice?

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Blog Roundup

– I can’t even with these sushi beach towels [Colossal]

– The pain of being in love with someone you can never be with [Elite Daily]

– 15 rules for an unconventional wedding [The Coveteur]

– Things to avoid when eating out [The Guardian]

– The Real World is casting in SF next month, do you have what it takes? [7×7]

– Silicon Valley Dictionary – like Urban Dictionary, but a place where people only in tech can truly relate [Silicon Valley Dictionary]

– The most popular foods across the world calculated by Instagram [Photoworld]

– The best amenity kits in first class by airline [Afar]

– How to recover from an all-nighter

– Calculate how much time you’ve spent watching your favorite television shows [tiii.me]

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Offline Dating

I quite enjoyed watching this video actually more than I thought I would. Online dating these days for my generation has made the old school ways of dating so much harder! As I was watching this video, I was nodding in agreement with a lot of the things these women said. And I think if I were in their spot, I probably would’ve done the same! We’re so thrown off by meeting strangers sometimes that someone we don’t know approaching us for a date is kind of uncomfortable. I know that that’s one of the reasons why my friends always prefer a mutual friend being the middleman (or woman) for setting up dates. I thought this was pretty entertaining to watch.

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Wedding Mondays

When you see a 13 minute long wedding video, you take a chance. Just before I stumbled upon this video and decided to press play, I had started to watch another wedding video that I ended up stopping after just 8 seconds. I coudn’t stand the music. A part of me thought, maybe I should give this one a chance though, maybe after this cheesy tropical music something special would follow. I think what my gut was telling me was that it was another video that would capture my attention. Since it’s been awhile since we’ve had a wedding video, I knew what I was looking for tonight. I wanted something romantic, something extraordinarily beautiful. I wanted to hear a speech and maybe see some tears. (Can you believe I used to hate wedding speeches?!) This wedding video of Ellie and Rob had everything that I was seeking. And yes, it even brought me to some tears as well! No surprise there. To view the rest of the wedding feature, click here to visit Style Me Pretty!

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That Last Bachelorette Episode

Since I happened to be in Seattle this past week, I was very lucky to be able to watch The Bachelorette’s most scandalous episode of the season with my 3 favorite girlfriends. Every week, we’ve all watched it from our own homes – me in California and the three of them seprately in Seattle all of us texting each other throughout the two hours for our reactions, but this time it was so much better to be in one living room together!

In case you missed it, Kaitlyn had the sex with Nick Viall on The Bachelorette. Obviously, nothing was shown, but audiences could definitely hear what went on behind closed doors. Someone should remind them to not only take the mics off, BUT to not leave the mics turned on either. In the past, getting to this stage in a relationship on the show usually happens within the last two episdoes at the fantasy suite when there are usually just three suitors left. In Kaitlyn’s case, she had 9 guys left vying for her love and a long road ahead of her. For reference, the last Bachelor/Bachelorette to be intimate before the fantasy suite was Juan Pablo and Claire.

At the end of the episode, I just had to ask the girls: so what did you think?

All of us agreed that what she did was wrong. It was wrong because there were still 9 guys left and essentially still very early on in the process. When you are down to just three contestants, it seems more okay because you are starting to get more serious and having that deeper connection. It doesn’t look great on Kaitlyn because it was on television for the whole world to see it. Do we feel that she is being treated unfairly though or being slut-shamed for what she did? Absolutely. From the very beginning of the season, we saw a preview of this clip as to what we could expect from Season 11 and it seemed like this was a very pivotal moment in Bachelor/Bachelorette history. When this happened to Juan Pablo, we didn’t know it was happening until it happened. Kaitlyn didn’t get the same treatment.

I met with a former professor the next day who also watches this show and engaged in this conversation with me as well. She asked me, “Where does Kaitlyn go from here? How does she redeem herself?”

I thought it was a great question because honestly – if I were in Kaitlyn’s shoes, I wouldn’t know what to do either. Part of why I’m disappointed in what Kaitlyn did was because now this sets an expectation for the other men. In their eyes, they might now feel that they have to sleep with Kaitlyn in order to feel like they’re ahead which puts Kaitlyn in a very uncomfortable position that no other woman really wants to see her have to be in. It feels a bit unfair though as I’m writing this because while she did make herself feel a little “easy” to Nick, she wasn’t doing something that was wrong with regards to dating because when most women date, intimacy is an important part of that. However, the girls and I decided that it is wrong when you are exclusively dating 9 men at the same time.

Readers, would love to hear your thoughts on this on this episode if you have any!

 

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Via IMBOYCRAZY

By no means do I ever feel like I’m going to reach a point in my life where I feel like I know everything. Sure, I’ve had my fair share of experiences, but I love seeking advice from my girlfriends and vice versa, I love to dish out my own advice too (if they ask!) Sometimes these pieces of advice come in various funny forms. I was having brunch with Neel (who was visiting from Boston for the weekend) and Spencer on Saturday when all of a sudden Neel hopped up from the table and said to me, “Katie, I have something for you! It’s from Yelly!” YELLY?! She is our mutual friend as well, but she hadn’t been at brunch with us so I was very confused as to what was happening. He came from his car with…

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