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Now Watching: The Bold Type, Season 1 Review

It’s been a week since The Bold Type season one finale aired and I’m going through withdrawals! With Pretty Little Liars over and done, I needed to fill my Tuesday night show void and feel young again. I am young, what am I talking about?

On July 11th, The Bold Type premiered on Freeform fka ABC Family. I had seen ads on the network and wanted to support one of my favorite actresses in young hollywood, Katie Stevens. From what I could tell, the premise of the show: three twenty something year old women trying to juggle relationships, their careers, and life as a millennial while working together at one of the top magazines, Scarlet. One of the tag lines was “I’m not a boss bitch. I’m a boss, bitch.” If that doesn’t scream badass, I don’t what does. It wasn’t hard to convince me that this would be a show I’d like.

The Pilot episode gave us a glimpse of the trio of strong women and what relevant issues they’d be tackling head on.

First we have Jane Sloan, played by Katie Stevens. Jane is the bright eyed writer of the trio. Like her best friends, she started as an assistant and was recently promoted to “writer” at Scarlet Magazine. It’s her dream job as she often reminisces about being “a young girl in Colorado reading Scarlet magazine in my closet.” But things get a little hectic and intimidating when Scarlet’s head honcho, Jacqueline Carlyle (Melora Hardin), constantly pushes her to think outside of the box and get out of her comfort zone. In the first episode, we see Jane second guessing herself and reluctant to revisit her past for a piece, but Jacqueline doesn’t take no for an answer.

Sutton Brady (Meghann Fahy) is the one among the three that’s still slaving away as an assistant. It’s what she’s known for the past 4 years. She’s comfortable, but longs for a lot more than sitting at the front desk of Lauren Park’s office. And it sounds ever so familiar to me. Seeing her best friends move up the ranks while she stays behind is a little disheartening for her.The most out of routine thing in her life is her secret relationship with an older guy, Richard Hunter (Sam Page). Their relationship is a bit taboo as Richard is Scarlet’s legal advisor and a board member. While Sutton makes Richard feel younger, Richard supports Sutton’s endeavors to leave the assistant desk. Later on in the season, she leave’s Lauren’s assistant desk for Oliver’s assistant’s desk. But at least it’s in something she’s passionate about – fashion.

Kat Edison (Aisha Dee) rounds out the trio. After 2 years of being an assistant, Kat became involved with the social media team at Scarlet and was recently promoted to Social Media Director. When we first meet her in the Pilot episode, you could tell she is very outspoken and confident. She speaks/does things before she thinks. Things change a little when she meets Adena (Nikohl Boosheri), a Muslim lesbian, who is also very outspoken. After spending some time with Adena, everything she thought she knew about certain things went down the drain. Many times we see her deem herself as the one who doesn’t do relationships, but she becomes immersed into one. Her relationship with Adena sparks a lot of spontaneity.

The trio gets a lot of support from other Scarlet personnel. We have Alex (Matt Ward) who I think is that honorary best friend to all of the young women. He’s Jane’s wing man, Kat’s voice of reason, & Sutton’s not-so-secret admirer who is ultimately friendzoned in the end. There’s Richard who always seems to put in a good word for Sutton. However, when he meets with Kat and Jane, I think he realizes that he doesn’t quite fit in their world. There’s also Jacqueline, whom I mentioned earlier. She’s the head boss at Scarlet magazine and is definitely a motherly figure to the three young women. She helps them when in need and is understanding to their feelings, but knows when to put her hand down. She’s just not a boss to them, she’s a mentor who was once in their shoes.

The Bold Type has covered topics from feminism to politics to sexuality to social media, etc. In one episode, Jane is assigned the sex column and has to write about orgasms. Having never experienced one, she has to get very familiar with herself and ends up getting familiar with Ryan (Dan Jeannotte) aka Pinstripe. They inspire each other in more ways than one, but later on in the season Jane wants more in their relationship.

In another episode, they cover breast cancer awareness. As a twenty something year old, I think it’s not something I’m too familiar with or open to discussing. But The Bold Type gave us that perspective and put me in an emotional roller coaster ride as we learned more about Jane and her mother. During this episode, Kat and Sutton were also there for Jane knowing that it was a sensitive topic. They are friendship goals. Everyone needs a squad with a Jane, Sutton, and Kat.

The finale episode covered the topic of rape, which isn’t an easy topic to talk about. Jane decides to shine a spotlight on an activist who was a victim of rape. She goes head to head with Jacqueline on how to approach and understand the person of interest. The finale scene of this episode reveals something about Jacqueline, but it’s so full of hope, positivity, and support.

For me though, I think the recurring topic that rung to me as a viewer, was the feeling of not being challenged and getting out of your comfort zone, as I mentioned before. I graduated from college 6 years ago. I’m sure you can imagine how “stuck” I feel. At the end of the season, Jane is faced with choosing between what she’s known for years or starting with something new that could possibly (or not) be good for her career. Kat has this responsibility with Scarlet as the Social Media Director, but Adena has inspired her to see the world and leave it all behind. Then there’s Sutton. She was the assistant that was left behind, but her drive and passion for fashion got her one step closer to her dream. She wasn’t challenged anymore and she did something about it even though she had no fashion experience on her resume.

Another recurring thing that stood out to me was their meeting place. Throughout the season, we see the trio face obstacles together and often see them talking things out in a safe/neutral place, the fashion closet. The fashion closet housed many celebrations, freak outs, and of course fashion emergencies. The moments in the fashion closet were my favorite. I wish I had a place like the fashion closet to escape to at my job.

Speaking of fashion, the fashion on the show is on point. The cast of The Bold Type definitely rock their outfits confidently and I would love to raid their closets.

This review does not do The Bold Type any justice, but I highly recommend you binge watch this show if you’re looking for inspiration.

As far as I know, Freeform has yet to renew the show, but they should! Obviously, it’s very far from what Pretty Little Liars was, but if this is the direction that Freeform is going in, I’m not complaining.

You can binge watch The Bold Type on the Freeform app or online.



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Looks I Love: 2017 Teen Choice Awards

When it comes to the Teen Choice Awards, the red carpet is pretty casual. Gowns and suits are not needed. But like any red carpet, confidence and style is a must.

To be honest, this year the only nominations I knew about or cared for were for PLL and Fifth Harmony. But of course the (blue) red carpet looks peaked my interest. [Photos courtesy of Zimbio]

First let’s start off with the actual teens that caught my eye. What is a Teen Choice Award show without their target audience. I mean, let’s be honest. Most of the actors and actresses we see in our favorite teen shows are way over their 20s. Very rarely will we see an actual teen play high school student. But that’s where these 3 come in to play.

Millie Bobby Brown is the breakout star of the Netflix hit show,  Stranger Things. She made her big red carpet debut last year during Emmy’s week. I remember saying that she is going to be a fashion icon of her generation, and that definitely still holds true. The 13-year-old Choice Breakout TV star nominee, chose to walk the blue carpet with a yellow Kenzo dress and some cute yellow and orange block heels. She paired the look with some round sunglasses that screamed she was chill AF.

Maddie Ziegler is best known for being on Dance Moms and the girl from the Sia music videos. The 14-year-old has grown before our eyes and has been the teens’ Choice Dancer for 2 years! Yes, she won again this year. On the red carpet, she went with a black two piece Zac Posen Resort outfit with some floral detail. There was no need for a clutch because she had pockets. Pockets are life. She rocked the red carpet with her BFF Millie Bobby Brown and it’s great seeing these young girls support eachother. She’s going to be a fashion icon as well!

Jade Chynoweth will soon be seen on the YouTube Red series Step Up: High Water. If you aren’t really aware of the dance community, she’s pretty popular and can be seen killing so much choreography. YouTube her. She’s fierce AF. I mean, did you not see her performance alongside co-star Kendra Oyesanya at the awards tonight? The 18-year-old opted for a white crop top and some navy striped palazzo pants.

Next comes the Freeform starlets. In my opinion, the PLL cast was pretty much the most stylish cast on TV. With Pretty Little Liars ending, I’ve been looking for some new fashion icons from the network. And think I’ve found them.

Niki Koss is fairly new to the young hollywood game. Famous in Love is her first TV series and she definitely stood out. If you’ve seen one particular photo shoot she’s done, she has this uncanny resemblance to Audrey Hepburn.  Her whole aura screams fashion icon in the making. She chose to go with a yellow, floral, off the shoulder mermaid style dress by Pretty Little Thing. Looking at the pictures, she definitely looked comfortable on the red carpet. And those eyebrows are always on point.

Katie Stevens definitely represented The Bold Type tonight. She oozed confidence. Obviously, she’s not a newcomer to the Teen Choice blue carpet because we’ve seen her rock some great dresses when she was Faking It on MTV. But tonight she went with the power pose in a green power pant suit by Styland. She boldly wore a low cut blazer opting to go bare underneath. Her slicked hair and black heels finished out the look.  Jane Sloan would be proud.

Let’s move on to the two experts at the red carpet who happen to be former Disney stars!

Zendaya IS a fashion icon of her generation. People are always looking forward to see what she wears on the red carpet and in real life. She has such a huge influence, she was nominated for six awards tonight, including Style Icon. Although she didn’t win the Style Icon award, she won the red carpet with her outfit. She wore a striped pajama like set by Ashish. She looked comfortable and casual and made the look work.

Vanessa Hudgens has been rocking the Teen Choice Red Carpet since 2005. At that time, we all knew her for her role as Gabriella in High School Musical. Fashion has evolved since then and so has her style. She looked sophisticated in a Reem Acra outfit as she accepted a special award. Vanessa was presented with the #SeeHer award for “pushing boundaries on changing stereotypes and embodying the fight for realistic female portrayals in media.” She has definitely used her voice to inspire a lot of young women to be themselves!

I’d like to acknowledge the PLL fam that represented tonight. Honestly, I’m pretty bummed that Pretty Little Liars lost Choice TV Drama. They gave us 7 great years. Oh well, they are still winners in my eyes.

Lucy Hale took a break from filming her new show Life Sentence to attend tonight. She showed up in a red and gold Fausto Puglisi dress with some floral detail. As she pointed out when accepting the award for Choice TV Drama Actress, this years Teen Choice Awards was practically her last PLL event. I’m definitely going to miss seeing the PLL girls together, but I will be paying attention to what they’ll be wearing on future red carpets. And of course I’ll be supporting their future projects.

Janel Parrish had my favorite look of the night. She was a vision in white from head to toe. The Hamel dress included a ruched skirt and she showed off how toned her body is! Now while she looked like an angel, she went home with the Choice Villain award for her role as Mona Vanderwaal. I feel like some people underestimate her since she’s not part of the core 5, but she is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Also, her hair is flawless. 


Finally, I want to shoutout to Fifth Harmony for winning their awards and slaying the red carpet with their outfits! I’m so used to seeing them coordinate their outfits, but each of them have their own personal style and showcased that tonight.

What were your favorite looks this year?



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I still get jealous. (A Faking It Recap)

Hey fakers! (I’m not sure if that’s the correct name for Faking It fans, but i’ll just go with it)

“It’s all good,” but after last night’s season 3 premiere, I’m thinking otherwise. As a refresher of the finale, Karma and Shane took a lifeguarding job. Lauren stayed in Austin to keep the sisterly love going and Liam went on a journey to find his biological father. But most importantly Karmy was at odds when Amy decided to leave for the summer in an attempt to get over Karma.

We first see Amy explaining herself and how the summer was a good experience for her, but turns out she was just practicing on her newfound friends before facing Karma. Although she was obviously nervous about seeing Karma again, I love how the first thing she did when she got back was go to the pool to see her. But she didn’t expect to see Shane between Karma’s legs. GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER. They were in the pool and he picked her up on his shoulders! Frenemies turned to friends? I’ve said this before, and I’m saying it again. A lot can happen in a summer.

While Karma was expecting an apology, Amy wasn’t on the same page which led to awkward attempts at avoiding the subject all together.

After being brushed off by Karma, Amy made her way home and the redhead was not the only person made at Amy for leaving. Lauren was not impressed and even less impressed by the fact that Amy already had Karma problems. But it’s all good because Lauren is on a search to find a new Lisbeth since she left (yeah, she left to be a candle enthusiast. Kudos to you if you understand that reference). Only Lauren would try to find a “friendtern”. I love Faking It and their new hip words. Also, they snuck in a little jab about Amy not being on Twitter. Oh look, Rita tweeted!

My favorite bromance, Liam and Shane, reunited to exchange summer stories. In a turn of events, all attention was turned to Liam as Shane was trying to avoid something, much like Karma had. On a somewhat good note, Liam found out about his father/family!

Fast forward, Amy and Liam (who are both over Karma…sounds like a broken record) found themselves at a lifeguard bonfire that Karma and Shane both wanted to hide from them. Don’t get it twisted, though. Liamy are NOT friends — Liam was just Amy’s ride. Unfortunately for those two Karma lovers, a new lover invited them and blew their not so secret cover. Dylan, a new guy from Hawaii, seems to have replaced Amy and Liam in Karma and Shane’s lives. There was so much jealousy, I heard Nick Jonas’ song playing.

For the rest of the episode, Liam tries to win back Shane’s attention and even tries to one up Dylan by walking over hot coals. Dylan succeeded, Liam, not so much. I love watching jealous Liam and his need for competition. He doesn’t want to be replaced. It’s one thing that Dylan is Karma’s new beau, but to be BFFs with Shane too? That’s no bueno!

Karma continued to dodge Amy and her “explanation” only to do things that Amy never expected. Amy threw some shade stating that Karma’s changing herself AGAIN just to fit in with the cool kids. Karmy finally had the talk and I was hit in the feels really hard. Sure, Amy changed and got over Karma, but when Karma changes it’s unacceptable. It’s understandable for Amy to feel that way, but at the same time I was irritated with Amy. I just can’t explain it. I’m glad Karma finally spoke up about how she really felt about Amy leaving and I felt her sentiment about Amy not caring. But Amy reiterated that she was not going to apologize for thinking about herself first. I’m a firm believer of taking care of yourself first, but Karma had me crying for her.

One of the final scenes of the night was Karma getting a tattoo. Back in the day, Karma made Amy promise that she’d stop her if that ever happen. While Amy tried, the previous conversation push Karma to the edge. While she was getting that tattoo, it was easy to tell that she’d regret it.

And it looks like Amy regrets forgetting about Karma over the summer.

I’m excited to see how much each character grew over the summer. While Liam and Amy are supposedly “over” Karma, the trailer felt like no one was over anything.

I hate it when BFFs fight.


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Recap: Faking It 2A Finale “Busted”

Hello Faking It fans! I meant to start recapping at the start of season 2, but a combination of time management and laziness prevented me from doing so. However, I wanted to make sure I at least recap the finale, so here I am!

If you follow me on tumblr, you might have read a rant I made about best friendship. After last week’s episode and the truth coming out about Liam and Amy, I found myself in tears because Karmy’s friendship was shattered. In 2×01, Amy and Karmy told each other they could never hate each other, but the scene where everything blew up between Liam, Karma and Amy broke my heart. At that point it wasn’t about the “ships”, it was about a friendship ending.

The finale was all about that friendship and other relationships mending or coming to a closure. The episode begins the morning after the blow up (I assume). Amy wakes up and knows something is up when her mom decided to make french toast and talk like she’s straight out of Gone With the Wind. Karma was at Amy’s, leaving a box behind without a word. It’s one of those “break up” boxes, filled with all the stuff that defined their relationship.

Amy’s mom thinks this fight will blow over, but Amy confesses what exactly happened. “You broke the cardinal rule of the girl code: Thou shalt not sleep with a best friend’s boyfriend,” Amy’s mom responds. That doesn’t exactly make feel Amy feel better, but she still has hope that their friendship will get past this. So does me and the rest of the fandom.

Liam, on the other hand, wants to get far far away from Hester High and all the drama. He still cares about Karma, but he feels the need to focus on something else to keep his mind off of it all. He has family drama and Karma drama, the only thing keeping him sane is his art.

Shane is still hung up on Duke and finds out that Duke has a beard that he brings to church. He wants someone to out Duke so badly and claims he’s done outing people himself. I don’t think that’ll be the case for long.

After being stood up by Theo, Lauren tries to focus on something else. With Leila and Lizbeth by her side, she starts a campaign to run for school president so she can make Hester a school she actually likes to go to. I’ve grown to love Lauren this season, she’s such a badass. I’ve always loved characters who have walls and a facade.

Speaking of Theo, his secret is finally revealed. He stood Lauren up because he spent the whole night with Brandy…questioning her about where she got the pot brownie. Theo’s a cop, people! Who called it? I had a strong feeling, but some people said it would be something viewers wouldn’t expect, so that threw me off. But that’s the only secret that came to my mind when I thought about Theo.

Back on the Karmy friendship front, Amy is constantly trying to get Karma to speak with her. Karma is not having it and even eats a peanut butter cookie to stand her ground. Irma, the lunch lady, is so distraught. So am I, Irma, so am I. Before Amy can follow Karma out of the cafeteria, Reagan calls and reminds her of their camping trip. Reagan can tell something is up and thinks Amy’s going to flake, but the tone in her voice immediately changes when Amy tells her that she’s in a fight with Karma, “You two are always getting into fights, can’t this wait until we get back.” I love you Reagan, but it cannot wait.

Liam is still working on getting out of Hester High next semester. Nicholas Brendan makes an appearance as a Hester High Alum there to interview students for the Jackson Lee Youth Art Fellowship. Let’s just say he’s not impressed with Liam’s BS and art.

Shane takes Liam’s advice and decides to try something new to distract himself from Duke. He decides to run against Lauren for class president and practically rubs it in her face that people would rather see him win. They’re frenemies again and I thought they were past that.

Amy tries to get to Karma by convincing Karma’s mom to get her to talk to her. Karma is still having none of it and it’s all interrupted by a couple of police cars surrounding the Ashcroft’s juice truck. Theo steps out of the car in slow mo and I enjoyed every bit of it.


Anyways, the Ashcroft’s are arrested including Karma. Shane prevents Liam from attacking Theo, but Amy sees an opportunity and punches Theo to be with Karma. Lauren catches it all and her face is heartbreaking.

Amy, Karma, Karma’s mother and a few other women are in a holding cell at the police station and Amy tries to use it to her advantage. Karma drops the bomb and reveals to her mom what Amy did. Karma’s mom cracked me up. “Amy, you slept with a boy?” she says instead of the fact that it was with Karma’s boyfriend.

Karma finally caves and gives Amy 60 seconds to explain herself. If she’s not convinced, Amy has to move schools so Karma doesn’t have to see her face. That’s a little drastic, I think, but I guess Karma has the power. Amy’s speech includes a confession of love since the day they met. Amy had hope that she could be Karma’s Princess Sarcasm.

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When Karma says nothing, Amy holds the other half of their best friend necklace over the toilet and explains that this is Karma’s time to decide if their friendship remains. Karma doesn’t want to throw it all away, but it’s going to take baby steps. I’m glad they’re talking again.

thaurenLauren then confronts Theo, who is actually named Anthony. She asks Theo/Anthony if any of it was real, and before answering “No”, he hesitates and looks at his boss. It was real and Theo actually does have feelings for Lauren, okay? Lauren breaks down talking about trust and shows out her secret by accident, in front of the whole school. Bailey De Young is such a great actress.

Later on we see Lauren’s confession has the student body by her side supporting her campaign for presidency. At first she’s confused, but she rolls with it. I can’t wait to see what Lauren will do during her term.

Shane sort of gets a happy ending for now. He ends up outing Duke to TMZ which causes Duke to hold a press conference where he comes out and confesses his love for Shane Harvey. While it seems like a good thing, I bet things will blow up once Duke finds out Shane outed him.

Angsty Liam actually gets the art fellowship, but it’s thrown away when he asks his grandfather to get the Ashcrofts and Amy out of jail. He sold his soul to Sqwerkel and he’s not happy about it. However, he gets a surprise visit from an angry Karma, which leads to make up sex. But she does let Liam know he’s still not forgiven.

Amy makes the Reamy camping trip just in time and they spend some sexy times in a tent. At this time the “Woah—I know” mystery is solved with some major inception going on. Reagan kisses Amy, Amy opens her eyes and says “Woah”, then the scene cuts to Karma on top saying “I know” who then kisses Amy. Amy then wakes up and turns around to find Liam and they talk about tricking Karma into forgiving them before making out. Finally, Karma wakes up on top of Liam, with an epiphany.

The inception dream was confusing to me. At first I thought Karma and Amy was Amy’s dream, then Amy and Liam were Karma’s dream. Turns out both of those dreams were Karma’s, according to Carter Covington. It appears our little Karma may be having a little bit of more than friendly feelings for Amy now, but also has some trust issues with her ex(?)-boyfriend and best friend, which is totally understandable.

Carter revealed that Season 2B will have a time jump, so I wonder who’s relationships were maintained and mended. What do you think will happen when Faking It returns?

On another note, everyone at Hester High seems to fall in love over a few weeks. I can’t even get a date in that time. I have an unrequited love for Ian Harding. #Awkward.

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