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The Hills Celebrates 10 Years

Okay so technically it was last week, but we’ve put off writing this post and now we’re catching up! [Hi Beth!] For those of you who don’t know, we watch a lot of television – specifically a lot of REALITY TV and we aren’t ashamed of it. The Hills came onto the air 10 years ago and it was iconic. Every girl wanted to be Lauren and if you didn’t, you were probably a Heidi, Whitney or Audrina which was okay too! I think it was about a year ago that I discovered MTV had the old seasons on OnDemand and I played a serious game of catch up watching episode after episode after episode. Naturally, they flew by because they were just 20-25 minutes. We learned a lot about love [no combat boots at the beach, please] and friendship in that every time we get in a fight with our friends, we shout out, “You know what you did!”

Also who could forget that classic lonely black tear shed on Lauren’s face.

But what’s the most important lesson of all?

You NEVER chose the boy over Paris. Lauren learned a tough lesson with that and god, the world never lets her forget it! Honestly this list could go on, but we want to keep this short. :)

So it was announced last week that there will actually be Hills special airing on MTV in August and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We’re going to see where Lauren is at (married and being successful of course) and learn more juicy details about what it was like to film for the show.

The producers actually already shared some pretty good details that I poured over last week regarding the series and it’s something I think you’ll all find interesting as well – if you’re a fan, that is! You can check it out here!

 

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The Weekend: 5 Things

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Everytime I travel somewhere, I always feel like I need the next weekend after to completely unwind! That didn’t really happen this time around though because I packed my entire Saturday with being in the city. I ventured to a new part of town for the first time and discovered Cole Valley with my pal Erica. It’s considered a neighborhood, but really it only has two blocks of shops and a brunch place that we did not love. Womp womp.

I love how most of the charming houses in San Francisco are always pastel colored. Funny, for someone who used to tell people my favorite color was “pastel” I am living far from this city.

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Song of the Day

The Weeknd – The Hills

I wasn’t sure if this would be too aggressive for a Sunday, but we really love listening to The Weeknd… and coincidentally I watched like 7 episodes of The Hills last night. The only coincidence is that they have the same title. :)

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Lauren Conrad is Engaged!

Our favorite Laguna Beach and The Hills star Lauren Conrad announced her engagement this weekend to her boyfriend William Tell. The two started dating last year. You basically just know that she’s going to have the most perfect wedding ever! Congrats Lauren! In other Laguna Beach news, her ex-boyfriend Jason Wahler got married this weekend to model Ashley Slack this past Saturday.

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Lo Bosworth Shares Advice on YouTube

Earlier this week our favorite Laguna Beach’er Lo Bosworth announced that she was reviving her former blog “The Lo Down” and this time with advice shared over YouTube videos featuring food, fashion, and beauty. It didn’t matter what she said when she was 18 on the MTV reality series, but for some reason I always found her to be the most reasonable of Lauren’s friends. I would follow her advice so…

Also we think this video of her introducing the channel is pretty cute.

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The Hills Alternate Ending

Personally, I’ve always been more of a Laguna Beach Season 1 girl, but I won’t lie to you – I was thrilled when I heard that Lauren Conrad would have her own spinoff in Los Angeles. It wasn’t always a perfect television series, but it had its moments. We learned some great lessons from the series like…

  • At some point you’re going to have a Jason Wahler in your life and he’s going to suck
  • Your best friend won’t listen to you when you try to tell her that she’s with the wrong guy. We’re talking about you Heidi.
  • You can never trust anyone that has two first names – Justin Bobby
  • You should never give up a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris for Jason Wahler, but if you’re lucky like Lauren, you’ll get a second chance.

The alternate ending that MTV aired is entertaining, but I prefer the original.

Watch it here and let me know what you think!

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What If “The Hills” Ended Differently?

(Yes, this is from the Laguna Beach promo – it was better than The Hills anyways)

Who could ever forget that ending with Kristin Cavallari saying goodbye to Brody Jenner and driving off into the sunset before *gasp* a backlot was revealed suggesting that the reality television series had been staged all along?!

Well now, it looks like MTV wants to give us an alternative ending to the show…

But fans may get an even more satisfying resolution this summer: EW can exclusively reveal that MTV will air a different, alternate ending to The Hills on Friday, August 9, at 11:30 a.m. ET. It’s all part of the return of “RetroMTVBrunch,” which beginning July 8 at 9 a.m. ET and will feature encore presentations of both Laguna Beach and The Hills. Then, starting July 10, the marathons will air from 8 a.m. ET till noon ET. In between the airings, castmembers from MTV’s Girl Code and Awkward. will be providing commentary on the classic reality soaps.

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MTV Throwback…Friday with The Hills

I saw this post last night being passed around on Twitter by my dear friend Kathryn!

Things “The Hills” Taught Me

Be realistic

Have Standards

And so much more…here!

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Lauren Conrad For Lucky

LC will always be one of my favorite MTV icons. She’s come a long way from Laguna Beach and The Hills and has really made a name for herself.

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Labor Day Weekend: 4 Things

Bumbershoot 2012!

  • Best Coast
  • M83
  • Bryan John Appleby
  • Kina Grannis
  • Passion Pit

Stephy Roo is the best concert buddy to have ever.

The Hills marathon that spanned three days long

Joe and I pulled a tourist day today and picked up some fresh berries from the market and ate them outside of a Starbucks.

It’s back. Pumpkin Spice Latte!

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André Leon Talley Exits ANTM; Kelly Cutrone Enters

After four years of being a judge on America’s Next Top Model alongside Tyra Banks, we have learned yesterday that André Leon Talley will be leaving the show at the end of the season. His replacement? None other than HBIC PR Head Kelly Cutrone. I know I throw around the term “HBIC” pretty often, but I really mean it this time. Cutrone is known in the fashion business industry for her public relations company People’s Revolution, but on television, is known for being the cutthroat boss to both Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad on The Hills/City. Who could ever forget the moment when Kelly interviews Stephanie Pratt for a position at the PR firm?

Well, I did so here it is again.

I don’t normally watch this show, but Cutrone is one of my idol’s so I might have to make an exception.

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Lauren Conrad for Kohls Spring

Lauren Conrad may not be getting a new reality show on MTV, but we think that she will do just fine. After all, she is the most successful cast member out of both Laguna Beach and The Hills. She also has a way of making her collections look super cute without being high end whereas Heidi failed to do the same with her collection for Anchor Blue. Anyways, her new spring photos for Kohls were just released and they are adorable.

To view the entire Kohls spread, click here.

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In the News…

– Mr. Teddy Bear himself, Jorge Garcia, will be making an appearance on the upcoming season of How I Met Your Mother. Jorge is most known for his role as Hugo “Hurley” Reyes on Lost. [Source]

Lauren Conrad will be returning to MTV for a new reality show. The series will focus on her professional career as opposed to …well… what The Hills was known for. More info will be released next week. [Source]

Pauly D. will be getting his own spin off from the hit series Jersey Shore. The show will be about what Pauly D. off of the show, which is being a DJ. [Source]

Florence + The Machine will re-release their debut album “Lungs” on November 15th. The new album will feature the new song “Heavy In Your Arms” also on the new Twilight soundtrack as well as songs from the first album remixed. [Source]

Catfish – a documentary that I happen to find intriguing.

Chloe Moretz [the little girl from Kick Ass and the sister from 500 Days of Summer] will star in the film adaptation of the comic “Emily The Strange.”

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are reportedly getting married this December.

– Actress Hayden Panetierre will portray Amanda Knox in the new Lifetime movie.

– Did you know that Kristen Bell used to date Matthew Morrison AKA Glee’s Will Schuester back in college?

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Taylor Swift’s alma mater high school, Henderson High School, has decided to name their school auditorium after the singer. Taylor only studied there for her freshman and sophomore year of high school. [Source]

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Meet: Jessie Payo

It was only just a year ago that I had started doing interviews for Yow Yow! and the first person I asked was Jessie Payo. Earlier that year, her band Jupiter Rising, had released their second album The Quiet Hype, which was packed with both pop-rock and hip-hop influenced tracks. Their songs were picked up and featured in episodes of The Hills, Criminal Minds, and The City. Jessie was the first person I wanted to interview because I was a huge fan of Jupiter Rising and had also met her for the first time a few years back. Anyways, a year went by and I decided to reach out to Jessie again. Luckily, we were able to get this going the second time around. She is an absolute sweetheart! I hope you enjoy this everyone.

Q: How old are you and where are you from?

Jessie: I’m a youngster from Los Angeles.

Q: Growing up, did you always see yourself becoming a singer? How did your career first start out?

J: When I was little I wanted to be a painter, then a dancer, then an actress.  It never really crossed my mind that I would want to spend my life as a musician.  My parents were very artistic and they had all sorts of artist friends that would come over and play music.  One time at a backyard party, there were a bunch of musicians jamming out to a Janis Joplin song…at the time I had become a huge fan of Janis.  So when the song began, I started singing really loud into the mic.  I surprised my parents…and myself.  Soon after that, my father started a band with a bunch of our church friends.  We played coffee houses and small festivals with Aretha Franklin covers and blues songs.  After that, I knew I wanted to keep on playing live.  It wasn’t until later that I started writing my own songs.

Q: So Jessie, I actually met you three or four years ago at the black Friday event at Alderwood Mall in Washington. I’m sure you don’t remember meeting me, but I caught your performance w/ Jupiter Rising and after the show I met you and your band manager. I remember being so excited because I had never met a band that wasn’t local before. Back then, I told you that I was interested in booking you guys for a show at the venue I worked for so I was in shock when I received my first business card from your manager. Who was the first person that you met in your music career that has left you speechless?

J: Wow, Katie!  That was a really fun show…really freezing too;)  I’m so happy you remember that show because I had a great time at that show!  Well, the first person I met that left me speechless was Jonny Lang when I was, like, 15…I’m not sure if you know who he is but at the time he blew up as this  teen, blues prodigy!  I was really into the blues at the time and it was so inspiring to meet someone that was young and playing music so enriched in the roots of American music.  I was soooo in awe of his talent…and not to mention his amazing smile.  Later on we got to share the stage together, and that was killer!

Q: You recently told me that you are no longer with Jupiter Rising. I’m sad to hear that especially because I still listen to both of your albums pretty often. What made you decide to end up going solo?

J: Yes, it was a sad breakup but a lot of things happen for a reason.  Spencer Nezey is one of the most talented producers out there and he is now working on a project called Her Majesty and the Wolves.  I felt I wasn’t being honest in myself as an artist and I also felt it was unfair to Spencer because he knew exactly where he wanted this band to go.  I needed to step away to ask myself that difficult question “What is it that I want?”  So now I’m feeling incredibly amazing writing new music and laying the foundation for more exciting things to come.

Q: I follow your Twitter as well and heard that you were trying out for American Idol. Is it true? If so, that’s very exciting! Are you able to tell us anything about it or is it pretty hush hush?

J: I can’t really share the details but it was a great experience.

Q: Who are you usually compared to? And do you think that this person and you are alike?

J: I’m usually compared to Nelly Furtado, Erykah Badu, Bonnie Raitt and Nikka Costa.  I totally see the comparisons yet these four artists have completely different sounds.  I take them all as a compliment

Q: Who were your influences growing up?

J: My first influence was Madonna.  I would imitate her dance moves and bring my “Like a Virgin” cassette to kindergarten…where it was deemed inappropriate.  Haha!  After that I was heavily influenced by Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Eric Clapton , Big Mama Thorton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Erykah Badu, Nikka Costa and PJ Harvey…that’s quite a list of random.

Q: Who is your guilty pleasure collaboration? Who would you like to collaborate with that your fans might find a bit surprising?

J: I would LOVE to work with Jack White….DONE!

Q: The music industry is tough business to get into, what has been your biggest challenge and what piece of advice would you give to those who aspire to become a successful musician.

J: My two biggest pieces of advice is:  Don’t stop working…there’s always something to be said about being a hustler.

Second piece of advice is never make any apologies for the work that you put out there .

Q: At the end of the day, what makes it all worth it for you?

J: What makes it all worth it at the end of the day, is the endless amount of support I get from my friends and family.  Whenever I feel like I’ve reached my breaking point I always have a good friend or family member to remind me to get some perspective.  Leaning on them at times and a good way to step outside of myself when it gets too hard.

Q: Who are you listening to these days?

J: I’m listening to the new Black Keys album “Brothers”, The Avett Brothers, Marina and the Diamonds and the new Weezer Album.  Great stuff!

Q: What’s a typical day for Jessie Payo?

J: I’d like to say that I have a typical routine, but I don’t.  A lot of it consists of running around from rehearsals to shows to sessions to vocal lessons.   Each day brings its own adventure.  Right now I’m working on building the next Empire that is Jessie Payo.

Q: Jessie, you are dating magician Justin Kredible. Has he ever played a trick on you?

J: There’s always magic in the house.  But once he put my head into a vintage head chopper to test it out and it scared the crap out of me to have my head locked into a contraption with a huge blade above it.  Thank goodness nothing went wrong…my head’s still attached to my body.

Q: Where can we see you next Jessie?

J: Keep on the look out for a brand new Jessie Payo EP that’s in the works as we speak!  Also, I’m starring in a film called “Rising Stars” that’s soon to be out!

Q: Anything else?!

J: Check out more to come from Jessie Payo on www.jessiepayo.com

And follow me on twitter at @jessiepayo

Thanks Jessie! We wish you the best of luck!

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