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Looks I Love: Ashley Benson | TIFF 2018

New York Fashion Week isn’t the only happening event from this past week. The Toronto International Film Festival has also been bringing in the world’s biggest stars and my favorite one has been in attendance promoting her movie Her Smell.

Ashley Benson kicked off her TIFF 2018 trip at the The Hollywood Foreign Press Association And InStyle Party. Styled by  Tara Swennen, Ashley wore an Osman London piece from the Pre-Fall 2018 line. That night she also made it to the DIRECTV House Presented By AT&T and a Vanity Fair event celebrating the film This Changes Everything.| Photo Source: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

 

The next day she made it back over to the DIRECTV House styled in an Everlane top, and Brunello Cucinelli pinstripe pant suit. Paired with some Veronica Beard loafers, Ashley looked like a badass boss lady. More power suits please! | Photo Source: Charley Gallay/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Before heading home to New York, Ashley attended the Her Smell Premiere and the RBC Hosted Cocktail Party with her co-stars, including rumored girlfriend, Cara Delevigne. The former PLL star was red hot in a Dolce and Gabbana dress and some black Jimmy Choos. | Photo Source: Jemal Countess/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Her Smell is Ashley’s first project after the end of Pretty Little Liars and will be premiering in the US at the end of this month at the New York Film Festival. I can’t wait to see it!

xoxo,

Adele

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Now Watching: You “Pilot” | A Recap

When you put three actors from three of my favorite shows ever, you better believe I’ll be watching. And with the tagline, “Not everyone wants to be followed,” one is lead to believe this is Gossip Girl x 100, which I am 100% okay with.

The series starts with a voice over by Joe (Penn Badgley) and I got major Gossip Girl vibes. Here Joe is, watching and recounting a girl’s every move right up until she approaches him. It’s creepy if you ask me, especially as he analyzes everything about her. You see, Joe’s a literary type. He’s a bookstore manager and seems to read people that he does books. When Joe and Beck (Elizabeth Lail) first interact, it’s oddly cute because they connect on the fact that people suck. Let’s face it…people are disappointing.  But as a viewer, the moment is ruined when Joe starts having pervy thoughts.

As Beck smiles and turns to leave the bookstore, Joe can’t keep his thoughts at bay. He feels like he needs to protect her from the world at all costs, but mainly from getting her heart broken like he did. How does he start? He Googles her. People do it all the time. But we all know Joe may go a little too far. “And there you were, every account set to public. You want to be seen, heard…known. Of course, I obliged,” Joe says to himself as a matter of fact. As Joe finds himself outside of Beck’s home staring at her in her towel through the window, I realize he’s that character that reminds us all to put all of our social media on private.

Joe memorizes Beck’s schedule, and I’m wondering when he’s going to “accidentally” run into her and have another so-called cute meeting. He even shows up at the bar where her and her friends celebrate a birthday. He hates them because they’re rich, snobby brats, especially that Peach (Shay Mitchell) – Beck’s nothing like them. “Your social media is a liar. It says you’re a happy go-lucky dilettante. But underneath it all, you seem like the genuine article,” Joe has a way of words. But when he gets jealous of booty call Benji, the on/off boyfriend, it’s a bit alarming. Benji leaves Beck unsatisfied. Moral of the story? Beck needs curtains. Ultimately, Joe needs to stop masturbating to Beck masturbating through the window.

Now, Joe doesn’t seem to have many friends, just like “Lonely boy”. But he seems to take on a big brother role for one of his neighbors’ child, Paco. It’s almost as if he wants to mold Paco to grow up just like him. It’s almost endearing. But when he brings up chivalry, I’m not sure Joe really knows what that is considering how he’s been stalking Beck. I almost spit out my water at the fact that Paco’s alcoholic stepfather sees right through Joe, calling him a freak.

The little interaction with the stepfather triggers something in Joe. He takes the stalking one notch higher, reporting a gas leak and simply walking in like it’s nothing. While Beck meets with her Professor, Joe goes directly to Beck’s laptop to get more dirt. Much to Joe’s dismay, Beck comes home earlier than expected and finds himself hiding in the shower. Luckily, Beck’s friends have perfect timing.

Off to Greenpoint we go! Beck has finally decided to participate in open mic night and let’s just say it was a train wreck. Her friends showed up for support, but hate the fact that they’re even there (Peach is a far cry from Shay Mitchell’s PLL character). Even Joe felt so bad, he had to leave. But fate brings the two together in a strange way. As Joe waits for his train, Beck and the drunk mess that she is, shows up too. In a flash, Beck falls over into the train tracks and Joe finally stops lurking in the shadows and becomes her knight in shining armor. But something tells me, this is exactly what Joe wanted.

As Beck sobers up she realizes how familiar Joe is. “I don’t want to sound like a stalker, but I think I know you,” she says, while I internally scream, “he’s the stalker!” Joe hails for a taxi and the naive Beck offers that he gets in on the ride. As Joe listens to Beck talk, we all know he already knows everything about her. Joe makes a rookie mistake when he mentions her poetry, but is quick enough to generalize that every young writer in New York writes poetry. Smooth, Joe, smooth.

Joe finally asks for Beck’s number as he drops her off at her apartment into Benji’s arms. But apparently she lost her phone at the subway, so email is the best communication. That doesn’t make sense because we saw she grabbed her phone, but she wasn’t sober enough to realize that and sadly, Joe just got to it first. As he leaves, he comes to a conclusion: Benji is not worthy of Beck’s time and he’s on a mission to make sure no more time is wasted.

And now comes the end of the Pilot episode? Remember when I mentioned that Joe and Paco’s relationship is a bit endearing? I’m not sure this relationship should continue. As Joe cheers the young boy up and shows him how to mend a ruined book spine in the private downstairs dungeon of the bookstore, he seems to reveal his plan for Benji. Lure him downstairs and hit him over the head with the right force, just like the spine of a book. And he succeeds. If only Benji got his head out of his ass, he’d realize that Joe is the guy that dropped off his girlfriend the other day. Serves him right, I guess. Joe has his chance and takes it, by asking Beck out via email of course.

TLDR version:

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy stalks girl. Boy saves girl from train. Boy kidnaps girl’s on/off boyfriend and hits him over the head. Boy scores a date with girl.

So far, I’m intrigued. What are your thoughts?

xoxo,

Adele

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Looks I Love: 2018 Academy Awards #ManCrushMonday Edition

Last night the ladies rocked the #Oscars red carpet, but a lot of the men cleaned up very nicely as well. Some showed up in classic black tuxedos, while others decided to go against tradition and added some color and style. So before my Monday ends, here’s a special dedication to those guys.

90th Academy Awards

Timothee Chalamet followed last night’s trend of white on the red carpet dressed in an ivory tux by Berluti. He finished off the look with some black dress shoes and couldn’t look more perfect. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America) via Zimbio|

 

Armie Hammer gave a new meaning to red velvet in this suit by Giorgio Armani. His look was definitely a contrast compared to his Call Me By Your Name co-star Timothee, but it looked great when the two were pictured together. | Photo Source: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Chadwick Boseman looked like a King last night in an all black ensemble by Givenchy Haute Couture. After the success of Black Panther, I wouldn’t expect anything else. I loved the long coat with the grey detail. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

 

Gael Garcia Bernal, best known for his role in Mozart in the Jungle, represented Disney Pixar’s latest hit, Coco. He did a beautiful job performing the lullaby version of “Remember Me” last night and looked good in a navy Dior suit. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

 

Tom Holland left his Spidey suit behind for a custom Hermès suit.  It was fitted perfectly and was suiting for his age. My favorite part of the look was the double breasted jacket. | Photo Source: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Ansel Elgort walked the red carpet with girlfriend Violetta Komyshan in matching Tom Ford ensembles. The Baby Driver star went with a little more color on the top in a green velvet jacket with satin lapels. | Photo Source: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Daniel Kaluuya kept it classic in Brunello Cucinelli with black slacks, but added light brown into the mix, in what appears to be a suede jacket. The fit looked perfect on the breakout star of Get Out. | Photo Source: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Let’s not forget the men who couldn’t make it to the ceremony:

Mercedes-Benz USA Official Awards Viewing Party

 

Navy was a popular color among the men’s suits. BFFs Chord Overstreet and Glen Powell practically matched, and Kendrick Sampson spiced it up a bit more with a velvet jacket.

 

26th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party

 

It was a Glee reunion last night! But it’s too bad we didn’t see any pictures of Darren Criss and Chris Colfer. Sebastian Stan took it up a notch with a navy jacket with a lot of detail.

2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones

 

A lot of Hollywood’s couples stepped out together last night. Both Liam Hemsworth and G-Eazy looked extremely in love with their counterparts, Miley Cyrus and Halsey. Personally, I loved G-Eazy’s whole ensemble with the velvet jacket and the loafers. Spiderman star Tom Holland changed his outfit from the main event and stepped into a maroon ensemble by Dolce&Gabbana.

Which guys are your #ManCrushMonday?

xoxo,

Adele

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Looks I Love: 24th Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards

The 2018 red carpet season continued tonight with the 24th Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards. Kristen Bell served as the very first host of the award show. Morgan Freeman took home the Lifetime Achievement Award. And of course the audience was full of beautiful people. Here were some of my favorite looks of the night:

Natalia Dyer – The Stranger Things actress walked the red carpet alongside co-stars Dacre Montgomery and Joe Keery in a two tone Christian Dior Haute Couture dress. The dress started with a sheer black top and continued on with a white printed skirt. The recently turned 21-year-old finished off the look with a bun and looked as elegant as ever. | Photo Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Halle Berry – The former Catwoman graced the red carpet in a custom Pamella Roland gown. The nude gown had sequined detail from head to toe, while the black tulle train amplified the look. She confidently showed off her assets and honestly does not look her age at all! | Photo Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Mandy Moore – The This Is Us star shimmered in a  Ralph Lauren dress. Her and her fellow female cast mates all decided to walk the carpet in royal blue proving that this cast/family is truly deserving of the the Best Ensemble award. The neckline is somewhat conservative, but she kept it low cut in the back. I loved the soft curls she paired along with the look. | Photo Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Yara Shahidi – Yara Shahidi proves to be a force to reckon with in her generation. The Grown-ish star chose to wear a black Ralph Lauren jumpsuit. She definitely stood out in the crowd. But this wasn’t just an ordinary strapless jumpsuit. What made it elegant and perfect for the SAG awards was the flowy train. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Millie Bobby Brown – The young fashion icon of her generation decided to continue on with Calvin Klein by Appointment  just like she did at the 2018 Golden Globes. She kept it young with a blush colored high-low dress, but my favorite part of the look was the fact that she chose to wear white Converse. Walking the red carpet in heels isn’t always comfortable, so she said screw it. And it’s absolutely cute on her. | Photo Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Kristen Bell – The host of the night decided to walk the carpet in a pink J. Mendel gown. The strapless gown had floral detail from the top to bottom. The gown was tight fitting at the top but the skirt flared out and to me she looked like a Disney princess. The low bun and subtle makeup completed the look. Throughout the show, she let her hair down and opted for black gowns and she looked great! I’ve loved Kristen Bell ever since she was that investigative high school student who pretty much broke the rules all the time (Veronica Mars)So I think she was the perfect person to host the SAGs for the first time. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Let me know who your favorites were in the comments!

xoxo,

Adele

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New Music Friday: “Camila” | A review.

I woke up this morning and saw the headline, “Camila Cabello’s debut album is breaking records,” and a part of me is proud to see that girl who started with the X-Factor’s Fifth Harmony in 2012 do so well. The other part of me was sad that it couldn’t work out with my favorite girl group. As a huge 5H fan, it was bittersweet. In a perfect world, they’d all be happy for each other. But that’s none of my business. 

Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony over a year ago and has been working on making it solo [even when she was with the group]. In 2016 she collaborated with artists such as Shawn Mendes and Machine Gun Kelly, and in 2017 began her solo journey by releasing her first single, “Crying in the Club.” To be honest, I wasn’t really a fan of that song, but after that she had several hit singles and features including my personal favorite, “Havana.”

Today, she finally released her first solo album, self-titled “Camila”, formerly known as “The Hurting, the Healing, the Loving” . According to Billboard, it has reached the #1 spot on iTunes in over 90 countries all over the world. She’s proven to be a force to be reckoned with.

Let’s get to it!

  1. “Never be the Same” – This track was released prior to the whole album release. To me it sets the tone of the whole album – reminiscent of love and relationships. She talks of an intoxicating love, someone who comes along and leaves a huge impact on her life. I’m not sure if it’s a positive impact, but the girl sounds addicted to this love. It’s one of the few electronic tracks, but it’s not overdone. She has a lot of control in the song.It sounds like the Camila we’re so used to hearing (in 5H), but also a little toned down.
  2. “All These Years” – Because I’m a sucker for slower tracks, I love this song. It’s not a ballad or anything like that, but it has a stripped down, acoustic sound I love. Keeping in tact with the love, she sings about reuniting with a past love, maybe the one that got away? I think about these things too, Camila, so I totally get it. It’s definitely not a song you’d expect to be dancing to during your nightlife shenanigans.
  3. “She Loves Control” – After “All These Years,” we are hit with a more upbeat song, with a little Latin flavor. It’s doesn’t reach the level of “Havana”, but it’s enough to get you moving. Camila is most definitely singing about herself in the third person. She loves control, so you better let her have it.
  4. “Havana” feat. Young Thug – As much as I love this song now, it took me a while to get into it. This song is what today’s kids call, “lit”. She takes the listener back to her roots, where she was born and raised. It’s another track with Latin flavor and it’s more upbeat. It’s more so an ode to her home town rather than a past love. It’s also the only track with a feature, but I’m sure it would have been a hit otherwise. Daddy Yankee appeared on the remix for this song with Camila singing Spanish for the opening verse.
  5. “Inside Out” – I’m still trying to figure out what this song sounds like. I’m getting a more pop, island, mellow vibe, if that’s even thing. However, it doesn’t feel like it fits in the album, as it’s the most diverse. Honestly, it’s not my favorite, but without a doubt it’s another upbeat song that will get you bopping your head.
  6. “Consequences” – The album seems to shift at this point – it goes from upbeat to a little heartbreaking. “Consequences” is another slower track with that stripped down feeling. The piano melody is simple and paired with Camila’s vocals, the song hits you right in the feels. As I listen to the lyrics and the ending, “Loving you was sunshine, but then it poured. And I lost so much more than my senses, ’cause loving you had consequences,” I sit here wondering who broke Camila’s heart. Lyrically, this proves that Camila has a way with words and is blossoming into a more experienced songwriter.
  7. “Real Friends” –  This was another track that was pre-released. It was released alongside “Never Be the Same” and was clearly different from the opening track. “Real Friends” is actually my favorite track on this album. It’s another stripped down track with an acoustic guitar and when I first heard it last month, I knew I had to learn it. Anyways, this song, to me was the most heartbreaking. It’s not a love song about some guy who broke her heart, but a song about trying to find, what the title suggests, “real friends.” It touched upon “feeling so alone in every crowded room” and that became one of my favorite lines. One could easily think that this was inspired by her fall out with the members of Fifth Harmony – just when I finally thought I was over it.
  8. “Something’s Gotta Give” – Continuing on with the heartbreak, Cabello keeps it slow in this track. If you’ve ever heard, Bruno Mars’ “Talking to the Moon,” this song has a similar sound to it. That addictive love she sang about in the beginning seems to come to an end in this track. Again with the lyrics, we’re hearing a more mature Camila Cabello. It’s definitely a break up track you’d be singing along to when going through a heartbreak.
  9. “In the Dark” – As I listen to this song, the line “LA doesn’t feel like home” makes me feel like Camila has a love/hate relationship with the city, or more so the LA lifestyle. It almost feels like a follow up on “Real Friends” as she has a conversation with someone caught up with the LA lifestyle, asking them to bear their truths and come clean “in the dark” so to speak. This song also ends the vulnerable sound we heard in the last few songs.
  10. “Into It” – The vulnerability is completely thrown out the door with this song. She shows us her sexy side with this track starting off with the line, “I’m not a psychic, but I see myself all over you.” This song is where the album comes full circle. She starts this relationship then goes through the heartbreak and then gets over it and starts again. She’s confident in this one and to be honest, this has a Fifth Harmony sound if that makes sense

Overall, this album kind of went through different stages in a relationship. Again, a lot of it was stripped down and vulnerable. We saw a more mature side of Camila Cabello, but also a softer side. When she was in Fifth Harmony, she always seemed to make herself stand out and that she did. But with this album, I didn’t feel like someone was trying too hard. There weren’t elaborate voice tricks or an overload of runs – it didn’t feel forced, if that makes sense? She also had the chance to showcase her song writing skills and creativity, which any artist would be happy to do.  Camilla Cabello proved she isn’t just a one hit wonder or girl group has been. With the success of her singles and the clear success of this album, she can make it on her own.

What are your feelings on the first solo breakout of Fifth Harmony?

xoxo,

Adele

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Rewatch & Recap: The Secret Circle 1×02 “Bound”

Hi friends!

Did you think I was joking when I said I’d be recapping The Secret Circle each week? Last week, we saw the main heroine, Cassie Blake, go back to her roots in Chance Harbor. Five other teenagers revealed her connection to magic and left her in a state of shock. During high school, teenagers question their identity and the news of a “secret circle” confuses Cassie even more.

On episode two, the episode starts off with Cassie reading a letter from her deceased mother. She finds this letter in her family book, which showcases the history of their magic. She warns Cassie to be careful of who she trusts, especially because of the strong power she possesses. Her power is supposed to keep her safe from those trying to wrong her. At this point, siding with the rest of the circle is far from Cassie’s mind.

We’re then taken next door to Nick’s residence. He and Melissa are hooking up. Melissa pretends it’s just a hookup, but when Nick makes a douchebag comment, we can see it’s more than a hookup to her. As Melissa leaves, Nick sees Cassie again from his window. This time, Cassie tries to obstruct the view and goes a little overboard by breaking Nick’s window.

Faye’s grandfather, Henry, decides to pay a visit to his grand daughter and daughter-in-law. Faye looks like she absolutely adores him, but Dawn is clearly weary of his visit. Later on in the episode we find out that Ethan (Adam’s dad) called Henry after his little encounter with Charles Meade.

Throughout the episode, Sally Matthews, the class president, constantly tries to make Cassie feel welcome as the new student. At this point, she’s just a normal student without magical powers who constantly butts heads with Faye. While Sally invites Cassie to volunteer at the fair, Faye interrupts to bring up the topic of binding the circle yet again. Faye is still against it. And Cassie is still against all of it.

During Chemistry class, Faye provokes Cassie with some fun chemistry magic. Faye gets things boiling which causes Cassie’s glass beaker to break. Cassie’s pissed and ignites a fire before running out. Adam, the knight in shining armor, runs after her and offers to help her understand.

Diana’s pissed at Faye again after the stunt she pulled in class. The power struggle is real. Faye does NOT want to bind the circle, while Diana is standing her ground about binding the circle. Melissa is starting to lean towards Diana’s side of the spectrum, but Faye shut that down real quick.

We then see Cassie and Adam practicing their magic again. This time they play with electricity: battery –> Cassie –> Adam –>light bulb. Energy passes through them and Adam encourages Cassie to try herself. There’s too much energy and Cassie is scared of the connection she’s making with Adam again.

Cassie accepts Sally’s offer of normalcy and volunteers at the fair. Faye thinks it’s a perfect time to practice more magic. Winning fair games becomes so easy, but Henry catches her from afar. He reports this to his daughter-in-law who does a good job at acting like she has no idea and even offers to. Because of Henry’s suspicions, Dawn asks Charles to pass over the magic crystal so she can make sure another mess doesn’t happen.

Cassie and Ethan have another encounter. Like their past encounters, Ethan talks about Emilia and the energy and attraction they shared. Cassie knows exactly what he’s talking about because she feels the same thing with Adam. This scene is then followed by Adam and Cassie staring at the sunset.  Diana watches from afar and it’s almost heartbreaking, especially since Faye decides to be a brat and rub it in Diana’s face.

Fast forward to the night at the fair. Nick tries to make the moves on Faye while Melissa stands to the side. Faye would rather start another storm than hook up with Nick. While the storm is brewing,  Faye tries to provoke Cassie again. Sally attempts to save Cassie from Faye’s nonsense and Faye pushes the class president a little too hard. Her magical strength pushes Sally over the pier onto some rocks. The girl appears to be dead, but mama Chamberlain swoops in and discretely uses the crystal magic to resuscitate Sally. There is no way in hell she’s letting her daughter go away for killing another student. The incident with Sally is what pushes Faye to side with Diana’s request.

Henry saw Dawn use the crystal and finally puts it all together. He wants to stop the use of magic and possible binding of the circle and knows Dawn is involved with it somehow. He threatens to go to the Elders, but Dawn thinks the old man shouldn’t be around anymore. She induces a heart attack and tells Faye he’s at the lakehouse resting. It appears Charles and Dawn’s plans are going as planned.

Before the binding ceremony, Diana confesses that she’s nervous. She’s nervous about what happens after and what could happen between Adam and Cassie. Adam reassures Diana that he loves her, but Ethan’s “written in the stars” spiel is playing like a broken record in the back of my mind.

The final scene brings us to the beach. Diana leads in the chanting and questions, “Do you accept the circle?” The remaining 5 accept and the bonfire burns strongly. The circle is bound, now what are the parents up to?

xoxo,

Adele

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Rewatch & Recap: The Secret Circle – Pilot 

On September 15, 2011, the Pilot episode of The Secret Circle aired. At that time, I hadn’t watched The Vampire Diaries, but from what I gathered, this show was sort of a spin-off about witches. However, it wasn’t really a spin-off. It was based off the book series by L.J. Smith, who wrote the TVD series. TSC also shared some of the same creators and producer.

But I was excited and watching for two reasons:

1. Shelley Hennig was starring in it. At the time, the former Miss Teen USA was mostly known for her role as Stephanie Johnson on Days of Our Lives and TSC was her first role after leaving the daytime soap opera. I’ve seen a few of the other actors work on previous shows, like Britt Robertson in Life Unexpected and Phoebe Tonkin in H20: Just Add Water

2. Witches and magic. There was so much hype around vampires with the Twilight series, other supernatural beings were being shunned away. And as a fan of Charmed, I was ready to see a new generation of witches kick butt and defeat evil.

Sadly, while the show was picked up for a full first season, it was not renewed by the CW. This was one of the show cancellations that I actually cried about. I became too attached. I dreamed I was part of the circle! Over one season we saw 5 characters, with all different personalities, work together because together they were more powerful. They had to fix the mess their parents put them in. Personalities clashed, relationships formed, and there was a power struggle between all of them. The main goal was to defeat the evil beings of the world together, all the while surviving the drama that is high school. And of course there were four bad-ass female characters.

And I’m still bummed about the cancellation. I signed the petitions and I was all over Twitter trying to help the show get picked up after such a cliffhanger of a finale. With the majority of the actors having shows ending soon, one can’t help but hope some revival or reunion comes through soon.

Luckily, the 1st and only season of TSC was on Netflix for a while. It was recently taken off, but just became available on the CW Seed. You can watch it online or on the app for free!

So if you’re up to watching an old show about some new witches, feel free to join me each week as I rewatch The Secret Circle. 

The Pilot episode begins with the main heroine, Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson). It’s a dark night and she’s driving down a long road towards home. That is until a mysterious car cuts her off and causes her to get a flat tire. It’s definitely not an accident when we see the car stall from afar before driving off. While Cassie calls her mother to inform her of the situation, the same car happens to pull up to their house. A little bit of magic here and there and Cassie’s mother and home go up in flames.

After the tragedy that ensued, Cassie is forced to live with her grandmother in a small town named Chance Harbor, where her mother grew up. She starts school at Chance Harbor High School and the first person she meets is Principal Dawn Chamberlain, her mother’s old friend.

We then are taken to two other students expecting the arrival of the young blonde, Cassie’s brooding neighbor, Nick Armstrong (Louis Hunter) and other brooder, Adam Conant (Thomas Dekker). When Adam first sees Cassie down the hall, you can feel the chemistry between the two forming. But Adam isn’t the first person to introduce themself to Cassie. Resident bad girl, Faye Chamberlain (Phoebe Tonkin), the Principal’s daughter, oozes out some sarcasm before “helping” Cassie open her locker.

Then Diana Meade (Shelley Hennig), Chance Harbor’s girl next door, comes into the picture. As the unofficial welcome committee, Diana invites Cassie to hang out at the Boathouse Grill after school. Before seeing Diana, she’s awkwardly approached by Adam’s father Ethan, who reminisces about his love for Cassie’s mother, Amelia. “It was written in the stars,” he says before Adam stops him from continuing.

When Adam leaves Cassie alone for a moment, Faye swoops in along with Melissa Glaser (Jessica Parker Kennedy). Melissa is sort of Faye’s sidekick. They continue on with the sarcasm which causes Cassie to leave. Melissa tells Faye, “I don’t think she knows,” and Faye decides to put Cassie through a magic test. This test includes setting Cassie’s car on fire while she’s locked in. Cassie fails,  but luckily Adam is there to use his powers to save her.

Diana’s a few minutes late to the epic event, but when she sees Faye she knows exactly what happened. During this scene, we find out that Diana and Adam are dating. The look of disappointment falls on Cassie’s face.

Remember when I talked about power struggles? Well here goes one with Faye and Diana. Diana’s almost like the leader of the circle. She wants to take it slow and does not want to risk being discovered. Faye on the other hand is loving all the magical energy and wants to use her powers, especially since she saw what Cassie’s energy did with the fire.

At home, it seems Cassie’s power has awoken. But she has no idea what is happening. The next morning she walks into town looking for her grandmother and bumps into a familiar face. At least he’s familiar to viewers. He was the man outside the Blake residence in the beginning of the episode. Turns out he’s Diana’s father, Charles Meade. It makes you wonder if Diana’s aware of what he did considering how nice she’s being to Cassie.

Cassie’s grandma seeks out Dawn Chamberlain and suspects that the kids are practicing after Cassie’s car caught on fire. Dawn’s feigns disbelief claiming that she knows the kids and what they do in their spare time. Practicing magic is not it.

But as we know, they are practicing. And when Cassie is suspicious of weird activity, Diana finally decides to introduce Cassie to the whole gang, aka the secret circle. They have a secret hideout in an abandoned house and it’s finally confirmed who’s in the circle: Faye, Melissa, Nick, and Adam. Cassie completes the circle of six and while Diana tries to lay it on her softly, Faye is blunt AF. “You’re a full blooded, 100% witch.”

Cassie thinks they’re all loony, which is completely understandable. Mr. Conant’s “written in the stars” comment is starting to make sense when the members of the circle explain the existence of each families’ books and the loss of a parent. But for proof, Adam convinces Cassie to chant, “A drop of water as light as air,” and again with their strong chemistry, they produce magic around them.

For a moment, Adam forgets he has a girlfriend. Cassie leaves in search for more answers from the people that knew her mother. She doesn’t get anywhere and appears to be convinced when Diana recalls what she knows about the last circle. 16 years ago there was an accident and all the people that died were members of the circle and happened to be their parents.

What’s more convincing is Faye putting her newfound power to the test again. This time she messes with mother nature and makes it rain. She’s on a high, that is until Diana interrupts and gets hurt. Faye can’t stop it on her own and Cassie intervenes. Faye’s little display for attention has convinced Cassie…convinced her that she doesn’t want to be involved with any of them.

Charles Meade continues to be sketchy. He visits Adam’s dad and gives him a warning to shut his mouth after seeing him speak to Cassie earlier that night. If witchcraft was banned since the last circle, how does Charles have magic?! In a major plot twist, Dawn and Charles are in cahoots with each other. They planned for Cassie to come to town and everything is going as expected.

The episode ends with Cassie finding her families’ book and a letter from her Mother. Looks like Cassie might be siding on Diana with this one.

See you next week with the recap of episode 2, “Bound”.

xoxo,

Adele

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