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Looks I Love: NYFW (Red Carpet Edition)

It’s #FashionFriday and New York Fashion Week has officially come to an end for Fall 2017. This year fashion week kicked off on Thursday, September 7th and ended Wednesday night on September 13th. Cinq À Sept was one of the first shows and the week was full of other celebrations that tailored to Fashion Week, like Harper’s Bazaar “Icons” celebration.

While so many people flocked to New York to check out what will soon be trending in the fashion world during Spring/Summer 2018, I kept tabs on what my favorite celebrities were up to and what they were wearing.

Here’s a recap of a few of my faves! (Photos from Zimbio, unless stated otherwise)

Jamie Chung

I always look forward to Fashion Week because I know that Jamie Chung will be there! She’s made her way up the fashion totem pole and is almost always seen every year in the front row at the hottest shows.

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Stylist: Jeff K. Kim. Hair: Yasmein Abdulla. Makeup: Brian Dean

She kicked off her NYFW journey at the Kate Spade Presentation, styled by her go to stylist Jeff K. Kim. Jamie wore a Kate Spade New York boho floral jacquard dress over black slacks. The dress comes with a detachable black bow at the collar, which she opted out of. But the look isn’t without a bow, as she decided to go for a black bow as a belt at the waist. The outfit was paired with appears to be a tusk colored Kate Spade “Cameron Street Jensen” tote bag.

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Stylist: Jeff K. Kim. Makeup: Brian Dean

Later that night, Jamie attended the Harper’s Bazaar “Icons” event. Styled by Jeff K. Kim with makeup done by Brian Dean, Jamie walked the red carpet with a Roberto Cavalli dress. After doing some research, this tiered, patterned dress looks like it may have been part of the Spring 2017 collection

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On September 9th, Jamie showed some love to Han Chong at the Self Portrait show while rocking their Camo Lace Frill Jumpsuit. I’m loving the navy laced top as it gives the illusion that it’s a two piece outfit.

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The former Gotham star was last seen front row at the Jonathan Simkhai show alongside Sabrina Carpenter, Karen Gillan, and Shay Mitchell. She wore a black Jonathan Simkhai Dimensional Lurex Trumpet Skirt, which is part of Jonathan Simkhai’s Fall/Winter 2017 line, and paired it with a grey sweater.

Favorite Look: Jonathan Simkhai
Where can we see Jamie Chung next: She can be seen on Fox’s new show The Gifted which premieres on Oct. 2, 2017.
Social media: Twitter | Instagram | WhatTheChung

Ashley Benson

Ashley Benson has always been and will always be one of my favorite actresses. Over the past few years, we haven’t really seen Ashley attending Fall NYFW, but now that she’s a New York resident, it was definitely a bonus to see her this year. This year she turned to stylist Tara Swennen and had Chad Wood alongside for a fresh new hairstyle!

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Stylist: Tara Swennen. Hair: Chad Wood. Makeup: Todd Delano

To start off her Fashion Week experience, she attended Refinery29’s ’29Rooms: Turn It Into Art’ event with a pair of black trousers by Dorothee Schumacher and a white (or baby blue) button down top from Brunello Cucinelli. A pair of black suspenders held the outfit together. While roaming around, she was also spotted with her signature leather jacket, which always makes her look so badass.

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Stylist: Tara Swennen. Hair: Chad Wood. Makeup: Todd Delano

The next day, Ashley sat front row at the Jeremy Scott show with a different look compared to the night before. She opted for a Jeremy Scott hoodie from his Fall 2017 Ready-To-Wear collection, donning the image of Jesus. Who needs pants when you have these amazing Pollice Lee “Lily” boots?!

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Stylist: Tara Swennen. Hair: Chad Wood. Makeup: Todd Delano. PHOTO

The other half of ButtahBenzo also happened to attend W Magazine’s “It Girl” luncheon. I wasn’t able to find a full size photo of her outfit, but it looks like she may have been rocking the Fleur Du Mal Double Breasted Short Blazer Dress. Also, Chad Wood did a great job with her hair.

Favorite Look: Refinery29’s ’29Rooms: Turn It Into Art’ event
Where can we see Ashley Benson next: Ashley’s taking a little break, as she should, considering Pretty Little Liars lasted a while.
Social Media: Twitter | Instagram | XOBENZO

Shay Mitchell

A part of me is a bit bummed we didn’t get any ButtahBenzo moments. Shay was slaying mostly every day during NYFW. She had so many looks to keep track of, but she looked like she had a lot of fun.

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Stylist: Marie-Lou Bartoli. Hair: Chad Wood. Makeup: Patrick Ta assisted by Jen Tioseco. PHOTO

She was at one of the first shows of the week, the Cinq A Sept presentation. She was styled in black from head to toe by Marie-Lou Bartoli. She wore a black, off the shoulder Cinq A Sept dress with some Saint Laurent heels and a black Hermes bag.

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Stylist: Mimi Cuttrell. Hair: Laura Polko Makeup: Patrick Ta assisted by Jen Tioseco.

The same night, she attended Refinery29’s ’29Rooms: Turn It Into Art’ event. She was styled by Mimi Cutrell in a Fausto Puglisi oversized shirt, no pants needed! The slicked back, high ponytail was styled by Laura Polko and makeup was done by Shay’s go to, Patrick Ta (assisted by Jen Tioseco).

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Stylist: Unknown. Hair: Laura Polko. Makeup: Patrick Ta.

The next day, the Pretty Little Liars star was spotted front row at the Cushnie Et Ochs show. I wasn’t able to find the exact stylist Shay worked with, but they opted for a Cushnie Et Ochs white jumpsuit very similar to the “Valerie” jumpsuit seen in the Fall 2017 collection.

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Stylist: Marie-Lou Bartoli. Hair: Unknown. Makeup: Ariel Tejada.

She then made her way to Harper’s Bazaar “Icons” event with an opposite colored look styled by Marie-Lou Bartoli. She wore a vintage (Pre-Fall 2013) Versace gown with a hint of gold. She had her make up done for the night by Ariel Tejada and had some sultry, smokey eyes.

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Stylist: Marie-Lou Bartoli. Hair: Andrew Fitzsimons. Makeup: Patrick Ta assisted by Jen Tioseco

Just like Jamie Chung, Shay was seen front row at the  Jonathan Simkhai show. Styled by Marie-Lou Bartoli yet again, I had some Ariana Grande vibes from this look. She was seen rocking a Jonathan Simkhai white fur sweater from the Fall 2017 collection and a lace bodysuit from Pre-Fall 2017 collection under a pair of jeans. The combat boots and Shay’s bun done by Andrew Fitzsimons, completed the whole look.

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Stylist: Marie-Lou Bartoli. Hair: Andrew Fitzsimons. Makeup: Patrick Ta

Two days later, Shay was seen front row at the Anna Sui presentation. She looked like she stepped out of the 1970’s! She wore a gold two piece outfit (foiled diamonds wrap top & foiled diamond pants) from the Fall 2017 collection by Anna Sui. Completing the 70s look, Andrew Fitzsimons gave Shay some “big hair” with some curly locks.

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Stylist: Marie-Lou Bartoli. Hair: Andrew Fitzsimons. Makeup: Patrick Ta

Shay ended her NYFW stint at the Naeem Khan presentation on September 12. It was definitely a contrast from her look at the Anna Sui show. She wore a Caviar Beaded Dress With Long Sleeves from the Fall 2017 collection of Naeem Khan. Instead of pairing it with some heels, she opted with some Louis Vuitton boots. The slick long hair was also perfect!

Favorite Look: Naeem Khan
Where can we see Shay Mitchell next: Shay is in New York filming “You” an upcoming Lifetime show alongside lonely boy, Penn Badgley.
Social Media: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa took a little time off of being a judge on So You Think You Can Dance? and attended a few events at NYFW. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Vanessa always rocks whatever she wears. She exudes confidence and that’s what I love about her.

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Stylist: Natalie Saidi (correct me if i’m wrong!). Hair: Andrew Fitzsimons. Makeup: ?

Like Shay Mitchell and Jamie Chung, Vanessa was seen at the Harper’s Bazaar “Icons” event. She was joined by long time beau, Austin Butler, and they looked amazing together. She wore a black gown by Jeremy Scott with some butterfly prints similar to what can be seen in his Fall 2017 Collection.

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Stylist: Natalie Saidi (correct me if i’m wrong!) Hair: Chad Wood. Makeup: ?

A few days later she was sitting front row at the Jeremy Scott presentation alongside Spring Breakers co-star Ashley Benson and bf Austin Butler. She wore a black cut out dress and an orange colored bomber jacket, which I believe is by Jeremy Scott, but I’m unable to find it! If anyone knows where this jacket is from, please let me know. Chad Wood also hooked her up with some gorgeous hair extensions.

Favorite Look: Jeremy Scott
Where can we see Vanessa Hudgens next: SYTYCD & climbing mountains on NBC on Running Wild with Bear Grylls! set to air on Sept. 16.
Social Media: Twitter | Instagram

And there you have it! My favorite people and their OOTDs during New York Fashion Week. What were your favorite looks?

If I’m missing anything or if I listed anything incorrectly, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know!

xoxo,

Adele

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MTV VMAs: Fifth Harmony

It’s the night of the MTV Video Music Awards! With so much new music dropping and drama between all the musicians’, one can’t help but wonder if tonight’s show will go smoothly or be a complete trainwreck.

To be honest, I didn’t even know the VMAs were this week until yesterday. Other than Demi Lovato & Fifth Harmony, I had no idea who else was performing or who was set to host/present. And those are the only two performances I watched. #SorryNotSorry.

So naturally, this post will be short and sweet. I just wanted to communicate the feels I got from Fifth Harmony’s performance.

First let me start by saying congratulations to the girls for winning Best Pop Video for “Down”. As a foursome with new music, this was their first award and as a harmonizer I was very proud.

And then came their performance. I laughed in the beginning. I shouldn’t have, but I did. The performance started out with the four of them on stage joined by another hooded member in the center. As soon as “Angel” started, that hooded person was knocked off the stage by the beat. People want to keep talking about the elephant in the room, but obviously they’re tired of it. And people need to get over it. This was their way to end the topic. Camila is doing fine by herself and Fifth Harmony is still holding it down together.

Normani and Lauren slayed their verses in “Angel” before they fell back to join the fallen member and the lights cut off.

The performance continued on with their first single off the latest album, “Down”.  The four appeared in separate boxes and kicked their way out before breaking it down with the chorus.

When Normani started the second verse and dropped into the splits, I was Bebe Rehxa and Hailee Steinfeld as seen in the following:

Then Ally went on with her verse before they all passed their mics off to the dancers to start a dance breakdown. Honestly, the dance was not clean at all. But i’m not a fan because of their dancing, I’m a fan of their voices and their personalities.

After the dance breakdown, Gucci came on stage with his own little back up dancer.

The end was epic as they sang the last chorus. Water started pouring down on them and on the last beat, they dropped the mic. Literally and figuratively.

Check out their performance:

Now I’m off to watch Game of Thrones. Have a great week everybody!

xoxo,

Adele
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It’s over. – A (A farewell post to Pretty Little Liars)

Dear PLL fandom,

I had no idea what I was getting myself into seven years ago on June 8, 2010 when the Pilot episode of Pretty Little Liars aired. I hadn’t read the books and I definitely hadn’t watched anything religiously on ABC Family. There was Greek, but that was on and off and no other original show on the network was able to captivate me.

At the time, my favorite show Smallville announced its final season, Gossip Girl was in between the 3rd and 4th season and another favorite, Glee, was finishing its first season.  But let’s face it, I was turning 21 and still much into those teenage, coming of age shows. Plus, Ashley Benson was my favorite (and still is). And as a huge fan, I had to support my girl!

So then the day came, the Pilot began and I was hooked. It started with 4 young girls starting a new school year one year after the leader of their pack went missing. The episode introduced us to the characters we’ve loved for seven seasons.

We were first introduced to Aria Montgomery, the artsy girl who went through a little goth phase, returning to Rosewood after one year in Iceland with her family. During that year, she held on to one huge secret: her dad’s affair with his student. Things also get complicated when she hooked up with her future English teacher, Ezra Fitz. The eye contact the two share during the revelation was one of the most iconic scenes of the series.

Next came Emily Fields, the sweet girl on the swim team, with the popular jock boyfriend.  I’d like to think she was part of a conservative family, with her mom part of the neighborhood welcoming committee and her father in the army. Life gets a little complicated when she is constantly reminded of [her love for] Alison, while a new girl moves into Alison’s old house. Sexuality is questioned and in a small town like Rosewood, that’s unheard of.

Spencer Hastings then graced us with her presence. She was almost the epitome of overachiever. With the Hastings name, you’ve got to be especially with Melissa Hastings as an older sister. Spencer was the girl involved with everything, intelligent and outspoken. She was striving for good grades to get into an ivy league college and follow in the footsteps of her lawyer parents. But then she strayed away from the perfection, when Melissa’s boyfriends decided that she may be the better Hastings daughter.

And then there was Hanna Marin, formally known as “Hefty Hanna”, who transformed over one summer to become one of the most popular girls in school. She lived in the shadow of Alison DiLaurentis. Getting body shamed by her “close” friend, her confidence and self esteem was low. Her father leaving her and her mom didn’t help, either. So Hanna’s motto was practically, “new year, new me” and with her new popular girl title along with a trusty sidekick, Mona Vanderwaal, she was able to step out of Alison’s shadow. But the whole problem was maintaining her top spot and getting the attention she longed for. Hanna Marin will always be my favorite character.

What did those 4 girls have in common? Alison DiLaurentis, the girl who knew all of their secrets. However, she was the girl they knew nothing about. She was the glue to the group up until she disappeared, but that suddenly changed when “Alison’s body” was found and an anonymous stalker decides to start playing mind games with the girls. Alison’s “death” brings the girls back together and just like that the Pilot set the whole premise of the show.

For seven years, Pretty Little Liars ruled social media. They’re practically known to be the most social television show on air, with so much social media engagement from fans. It’s safe to say that it was the pioneer of trending topics when it came to TV shows and live tweeting along around the world. It allowed fans and those involved with the show to communicate with each other. Every Tuesday since it has aired, fans have been able to get PLL trending with hashtags like #PLL, #WhoIsA, #betrAyal, #WorldWarA, #Poor[Insert character name], etc. And of course the main hashtag for this season, #PLLEndGame, which tailored not only to the game, but obviously to the PLL relationships. #Ezria, #Spoby, #Haleb, & #Emison. I was only a year into Twitter by the time the show aired, and it definitely had me talking and more active on the web. The downside was all the spoilers. But I didn’t have an issue – I absolutely loved/love spoilers.

I think people have learned over the years, that if you don’t want to be spoiled, you better stay off social media until you watch the episodes. It’s so much more fun to live tweet. That’s why I ended up having a separate twitter just for that fact.

Since the Pilot, I’ve stuck through it and my obsession for television grew stronger as I dedicated a new Tumblr to my love for entertainment: PrettyLittleGossipGleek. The name was fitting for me as it was three shows on air that I absolutely loved that made me feel more like me. I started to make gifs and fanart of my favorite moments, something I enjoyed doing and something that kept my mind off of reality. One time TvGuide used one of my gifs, #ganstAtoby, and to this day, I’m very proud of it. HAHA

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Pretty Little Liars always had me at the edge of my seat with all the cliffhangers and kept my mind going, thinking of all the possible outcomes to the question,”Who is A?” I think that anything that gives you several mind f**ks is worth watching.

I watch a lot of television, and very rarely do I dream about them. Pretty Little Liars was an exception. I dreamt about running away from “A”, so obviously the show managed to sneak it’s way into my sub conscience.

But enough about me..

To the endgame couples —

Ezria: For a long time you were my favorite #PLL couple. The chemistry was unreal. I’ll never forget the first time Aria and Ezra met and the look of shock a few days later in Mr. Fitz’ English class. You were a forbidden love, like Romeo and Juliet, sneaking behind everyone’s back. It was starting to get toxic because you were holding each other back. And then the love story took a turn when Ezra was revealed to be stalking the girls for inspiration for a novel. True feelings were tested and you both entered intoseveral other relationship, but in the end you found your way back to each other. To all the haters, stop. It started off as a relationship based on lies, but the truth is that they make each other happy.

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Spoby: Your relationship didn’t start from the beginning and I think that’s what drew me in to you. I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t love Alex for Spencer in the first season. I loved them and their somewhat forbidden love, but Alex left and the relationship with Toby came out of nowhere.  As I rewatched the first season, it’s clear that Spencer had strong negative feelings towards Toby. Toby was that creepy bad boy that hardly said a word, so it’s understandable. He was a suspect in the murder of Alison DiLaurentis for goodness sake. That didn’t go well with a lot of people, but Spencer, you sympathized with him and gave him a chance. Sure, you took a French tutoring job just to find answers about Alison, but I’m sure you didn’t expect to fall in love with Toby. I’m sure you didn’t expect to even like or understand him. A part of me thanks Emily for somewhat bringing you two together. When your relationship was threatened by “A”, you kind of gave up easily. You both tried to protect each other, doing things that broke the trust you built. Eventually you grew up and realized maybe you weren’t meant to be in each other’s future as a significant other. Your break up was by far the worst. It broke my heart the most, especially with the possibility that you weren’t endgame. But fate has a funny way of working and in the end, you two still shared a love for each other. That’s all that matters. In my head you make it. You were #RelationshipGoals.

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Emison: You made it from beginning to end, but not without the ups and downs and occasional mind games. Emily was always so sure of her feelings for Alison. The latter not so much. Honestly, I was never really a fan of any of Emily’s girlfriends (well maybe Samara because I love Claire Holt). I always thought that Alison would one day return Emily’s feelings. But I admit, it was an unhealthy relationship. When they were young, Alison always led Emily on. She gave her hope that wasn’t really there. I mean, Alison always had Emily wrapped around her finger and Emily constantly forgave the girl. But that’s the thing about Emily, she sees the best in people and gives them [constant] chances even if they do her wrong. Although the pregnancy was pretty messed up, I’m happy that it brought the two of you together along with two cute Emison babies. Along with some instigating from Paige, it helped Alison realize her feelings for her best friend. That proposal was the cutest thing because come on…I think we all thought Emily would’ve been the one to propose. AND how cute was it that Pam gave Alison her blessing? I guess you could say you’re soulmates.

Haleb: I remember when you two first met. You were practically bickering like an old married couple and to this day you still do. Only difference is that you’re actually married now! You know what they say, opposites attract. Your relationship basically started on a lie though, with Caleb acting as Jenna’s spy. But just like Spoby, falling in love probably wasn’t part of the plan. When Caleb ran away to Ravenswood, I wasn’t sure if he’d be back (I liked Ravenswood and thought maybe it would go on longer). You were on and off and like the others, you grew up. Life got in the way. Your different lifestyles got in the way. For a short time I liked Spaleb. It was a random relationship and it caused a strain on other relationships. But the thing about Caleb is that he’s loyal and will do everything in his power to protect the people he loves and I love him for that. I love him for loving and protecting Hanna. It took me a while, but watching season 7, I finally appreciated the relationship that is Haleb. Also, I always think about how both of them were on Days of Our Lives, at different times.

To my favorite guy, Ezra Fitz: You will always be my favorite English teacher. You were straight out of college, nerdy and adorable AF. You played the girls for a little and I was Aria when the truth was revealed. But I forgave you. How can I not? I feel like you’re the one guy who had the most secrets. Maybe it’s the mystery that is Ezra Fitzgerald that captivated me because even though the series has ended, I still feel like you’re hiding something. On a side note, I miss your brother Wesley.

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To my favorite villain, Mona Vanderwaal: I love you, I really do. I could never really hate you. Even though you were the first “A” to start the game, I still couldn’t dislike you. You’re intelligent. You think outside the box. You’re prepared and detail oriented. Jealousy seeped through your blood and you wanted to be accepted. You just wanted to be loved. You went too far, but somehow you still managed to wiggle your way back inside, even though the others hardly trusted you. I trusted you many times because I didn’t know what else to think about you. I trusted you because I know you wanted to protect your “friends”. Ultimately, someone stole the game from you and you were determined to win. Your passion and drive is probably what I admire the most. In the end, I couldn’t decipher whose side you were on, but you won and got your happy ending. You’re no longer Loser Mona. You were never a loser though, just misunderstood.

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To my favorite character, Hanna Marin: I see myself in you the most. Your back story hit me hardest. To this day, I still have low self esteem when it comes to my body image. But I’d like to think I’m good at faking it. You came from a broken family and you faked it til you made it. You wanted this sense of love and acceptance and it took a while for you to feel that. But you learned to love yourself and you learned to say what you feel. There were so many layers to you and I’m glad we were able to see them unravel over the seasons. You may not have been book smart, but you were street smart. You made me laugh many times. But you were also the source of my tears as I watched PLL. I never liked to see you being tortured or hurt. It broke my heart every time because you didn’t deserve any of it. The thing I admire most about you is your loyalty to your friends, no matter how many times you got hurt. Also, I wish I had your passion for fashion and all your OOTDs. 🙂

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To my favorite actress, Ashley BensonBENZOooO. You’ve been my favorite forever. I mean, you were practically the reason why I started watching PLL. From being Abby Deveraux on DOOL to Carson on Bring It On: In It to Win It, I followed you on to your biggest project yet. We’re the same age, so in a weird sense I feel like we grew up together and a part of me wishes I was part of your #SQUAD. I was able to meet you once and it remains one of my favorite moments ever in my almost 28 years of existence. You were the sweetest person ever and i’m not just saying this because I love you. I absolutely adore your sense of humor, your style, your personality and the way you love and support your family/friends, Olive, and Walter. I absolutely adore YOU. Thank you for being my inspiration to do the things I love. Thank you for playing a character I absolutely love and connect with. Thank you for doing that epic dance scene in Season 5. And thank you for just being you and allowing us fans into your world. I love you!

To A.D, you’re awful. What kind of person wants to get rid of their twin sister so they can live in their shoes? All the awards to Troian Bellisario for bringing not just one great character, but two. Sure, Spencer and Alex looked alike, but they were so different and you were able to portray that to us viewers. The only similar thing I see between the two, is the yearning to be part of a family.

To the WHOLE cast, it’s been quite the 7 years, hasn’t it? You all practically grew up in the show, especially Sasha. To think she was only 13 when she shot the Pilot! Even I feel like i’ve grown up with you all. And then in Season 5 you started playing characters closer to your age and it felt even more relatable. Not that I have a stalker in my life, but just the fact that you were all in your twenties trying to figure out life. I lived vicariously through each and every one of you, through the drama and relationships. Thank you for bringing these characters to life and not giving up on your fans. Not only did people fall in love with your characters, but with you as actors. Even though things were so dramatic on cam, off camera you brought us some great BTS laughter and fun. It’s so great to see actors and actresses who have been on the show continue to do awesome projects. There’s a reason this show stuck around for so long and you all are why.

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To the directors, writers, producers, and crew behind it all: First off, thank you Sara Shepard. Without you there would be no Pretty Little Liars. Your mind and creativity came up with this whole universe. You had these characters and constant mystery that captivated your audience. And I thank you for that. I hope one day I’ll get to reading all the books! Marlene King, thank you for bringing the books to screen. I’m pretty sure that this was one of the most popular book to tv adaptation. Thank you for taking that risk and bringing the whole team together to create the magic that is PLL. I can’t wait to see what else you have in store. And to the rest of the team behind PLL, thank you for the dedication and hard work you put behind the scenes to make sure the viewers got the best experience. From the set, the costume design, the score, the props…you all made PLL the iconic show that it is. Also, shout out to Lisa and Romy for putting up with Ashley and Shay all the time. 😛

It’s been two weeks since the show ended and I meant to post this a few days after, but I just never got to finish it until now. I think a part of me still doesn’t think Pretty Little Liars has ended. I mean, there’s so much that could happen after that finale. Alex and Mary Drake could escape Mona- I’m sure Detective Tanner is wondering where Mary Drake disappeared to and she’s a closer remember? I mean, I’m pretty excited to see the PLL reunion in the future.  It’s an iconic show and will be for many years to come. PLL’s impact in popular culture should not be underestimated.

I can’t wait to see and support each of the cast members in their next projects, but I’m sure nothing will ever replace the love I have for Pretty Little Liars.

To whole PLL fandom, thank you for your passion.

What show should I recap now?

xoxo,

Adele

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Til deAth do us pArt. (PLL Series Finale Recap)

It’s over, it’s finally over. This is it. My last PLL recap and it’s so bittersweet.

The episode begins with a fantasy. We’re taken in Mona’s head where the girls talk about missing A.D. “Without fear, there cannot be courage,” dream Spencer reminisces and it’s definitely a true statement. But her daydream is quickly interrupted when a mystery person decides to visit her at the hospital.

One year later…everyone seems like they are finally happy and A.D. free. But the game is not over.

As I started writing this recap, it started to get super long considering we had a 2 hour finale! So with a change of heart, I’ve decided to do Top 5 moments.

5 Our couples get a happy ending. This isn’t really one moment, but it’s how each of the end game couples ended up together.

The first couple we see after the time jump is Ezria. They are at the Warner Bros lot with Ezra and Aria. It kind of seems like they’re going the route The Hills took, where they reveal they are on a set implying it was all fake. I would have died if that happened. But nope, it just turns out that their book is being adapted into film. Rainer and Paige should star! Kudos if you get the reference.

The majority of the episode revolves around the Ezria wedding. Aria gets cold feet because she learns that she won’t be able to have a child, but Ezra’s there for her every step of the way. On their actual wedding day, Ezra’s a no show, but not on his own will. But in the end, they make it together.

Emison had twins, Lily and Grace! Alison seems to be on edge sneaking around, but she’s just meeting with Emily’s mom. We don’t get much from their first meeting, but obviously it’s about Emison’s future and Pam seems to give Ali her blessing. Usually we see Emily reassuring Alison, but this episode was very much about Alison and her love for Emily.

Later in the episode, Emily is angry at Alison for hiding a secret, but it turns out Alison was planning a proposal. Alison didn’t plan for it to happen due to an argument, but it gave the Emison fans lots of feels with the pug sweatshirt.

We then have Haleb, the recently married couple. In the last episode, we saw the two tie the knot in a small ceremony. It’s not the wedding anyone really pictured for Hanna, and this episode it seems to be what’s on Hanna’s mind as well. But that’s only because the two are not on the same page when it comes to Mona.

While Hanna has a baby on her mind, Caleb has Mona living in their loft on his mind and they are not happy thoughts. Spencer also happened to interfere, when she calls out the tension to Hanna. Later on, things get better and Hanna gets exactly what she wishes for, a baby.

Then comes Spoby. Toby finds his way back to Rosewood and immediately connects with Spencer. While everyone is off doing couple things, in an ode to past Spoby moments, they play Scrabble. Spencer wins of course, with the word “limerance” alluding to some kind of unrequited love. Toby loves you, don’t you ever doubt that Spencer.

Without saying too much, there is some unrequited love with Toby. But Toby knows the real Spencer and chooses her.

4 Addison is a brat. I literally cannot with her. We saw her in one episode and then she comes back like she owns the high school. She’s the current bully and it makes me wonder how effed up her family tree must be. I absolutely despise people who disrespect their teachers. Addison knows and cares too much about Alison and her friends. Also, the fact that Jenna also dislikes her says a lot. “I may not be able to see, but I can smell a bitch from a mile away,” such a burn.

The girls constantly ask Addison’s “friends” if she’s bullying them and you can just see the fear in their eyes. In the final scenes, history repeats itself when Addison goes missing. I didn’t even dislike Alison this much.

3 Mona is a minion again. Just when we all thought Mona was going to get the help she needed, once she was released, A.D. reeled her back in again. She causes a rift between Hanna and Caleb, when Hanna is just trying to be a good friend. As Mona’s former best friend, who happened to bring her back to gaming, Hanna feels a responsibility to take care of Mona. She practically forgives her for everything. But you should never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret.

In a mask disguised as Melissa, Mona spies on the girls and their significant others. She attempts to gain A.D.’s trust by spying on their every move and even knocks Spencer out, just like she did in the season 2 finale, “UnmAsked”. No matter how much intel Mona gets, A.D. is still very hesitant to reveal their identity. Later on, Mona beats A.D. at their own game. It’s interesting because later on we see who’s side she was really on.

2 A.D. is finally revealed. A little after the first hour, A.D. is finally revealed after they get Mona to ambush Spencer. Spencer wakes up in a room thinking she’s looking into a mirror, but it’s actually her twin, Alex Drake. Turns out Mary Drake had a second baby that no one knew about. The doctor put Alex up for adoption and promised not to say a word for money. Alex then grew up in London, but it was not the environment she or Mary Drake had hoped for. She never felt the love she yearned for.

That is until she met Wren, who mistakes her for Spencer. They fall in love and clearly Wren has a type. Blinded by love, Wren tells Alex everything, and she’s intrigued by Spencer’s life and Cece’s game for the girls and continuing the legacy. Turns out that Hanna’s dream of Spencer, was actually Alex.

Her love for Cece  and avenging her death spurred her on to keep the game going. She made sure to put on the best show of her life, asking Wren to shoot her, just to match Spencer’s shot wound from Jenna.

At Aria’s wedding, Alex whispers under her breath and reveals that Wren is the baby daddy. The sad thing is that Wren didn’t get the chance to meet the babies as it’s implied that Alex killed him. Why kill the man that loves you and is willing to sacrifice everything for the guy who doesn’t even know you exist and is actually in love with your twin sister?!

Alex even helps Mary Drake escape so they can all be one big happy family, at least in Alex’s little made up world. So not only does she have Spencer, she has Mary Drake and even decides to kidnap Ezra because he was seen as a threat.

However, her plans are squashed when Jenna has a little encounter with her outside the Hastings’ law firm, posing as Spencer. Jenna can smell a bitch from a mile a way, and this bitch smelled like A.D. She calls Toby and he realizes he slept with the wrong twin. The signs are there when Spencer’s horse, Bashful, isn’t so sweet with Alex and the book he received from “Spencer” is not the same book he’s seen the real Spencer with.

Mona knows the scooby gang is on to Alex and it looks like she calls A.D. for help. But it’s all for show as she betrays Alex. She reveals her true plans to the scooby gang and they are able to ambush the house Toby built, finding the upgraded doll house. As the twins fight to the death, they enter and Toby pulls out his gone. He ultimately has to choose and he chooses correctly when Alex answers a question incorrectly. Alex’s final words as a copy takes her away: “Well, no one can call you ‘loser Mona’ anymore.” And just like that Mona ultimately won.

 

1 Which then takes us to the final scenes. The Ezria wedding finally happens, in the Rosewood Church. They say their vows and I’m on the verge of crying. But when the priest calls out if anyone objects, a phone rings and I almost have a heart attack. The whole audience does because after 7 years, a ringtone has caused a lot of trauma. Luckily, the videographer, played by Marlene King, just forgot to silence her phone. I love that after all the drama, they kept it light and funny.

After the wedding came the honeymoon talk and goodbyes. This was the last scene the girls filmed and my heart had so many feels to see all of them happy. Aria is only leaving for 3 weeks, and WE ARE ALL EMOTIONAL WRECKS. Alison hits it right on the spot when she says, “For some reason, this feels like it’s the end of something.”

On the other side of the world, Mona gets her happy ending with a new boy toy, whom I believe was the cop that took Alex away. She works at a doll shop, but the big toys are in the back when it’s revealed that she has Mary Drake and Alex held hostage during tea time. Mona is the best. That is all.

The FINAL scene takes us back to the pilot with a group of girls at a sleepover. They wake up to find that Addison is missing and history is about to repeat itself.

A part of me is really pissed about the big A.D. reveal. Spencer has a twin and we’re all supposed to believe that absolutely no one knew about her. But I guess they are all good at keeping secrets anyways. But I still enjoyed the execution and the way they made it work. The finale was an ode to the fans that have been there since the Pilot and I’m happy to have been part of the PLL army.

I’m happy because my little liars are finally happy. #GameOver

Anyways, stay tuned for my farewell post to PLL in the next few days. It’s been a long ride, but we’ve finally reached the destination.

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Adele

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Who killed Charlotte DiLaurentis? (“Farewell, My Lovely” 7×19 Recap)

First off, let me apologize. This recap is all over the place. I’m all over the place. Next week is #PLLGameOver and I’m not ready.

The penultimate episode starts with our favorite case closer, Detective Tanner, obtaining arrest warrants to make her move against the girls. She must have some solid evidence!

And the body in the back of Aria’s trunk will most likely add to that evidence. Aria, who is stopped by the police, makes up some story about her keys getting stuck and manages to slip away without the police finding the decomposing body.

While Aria drives away she starts having a conversation with the dead body. She manages to convince herself that it’s time to turn the body in to the police and face the consequences. If the Radley Sanitarium was still open, I’m sure Aria would be checked in.

Back at headquarters, Caleb and Ezra reveal to the others that Mona has the game. As expected, Hanna is in disbelief. Ezra, on the other hand, can’t get a hold of Aria and gets angry at the others for turning his fiance away. He has no idea what is going on and I don’t think he has any right to feel this angry towards the others.

We then see Mona return to her apartment only to find the game is gone. Nothing is left, but a note saying, “Time for pie, be there.” A.D. wants to meet at their favorite diner! Unbeknownst to Mona, Hanna and Caleb are hot on her heels.

Spencer manages to run into Mary Drake at the Lost Woods. She claims to have unfinished business and decides to leave a parting gift for Spencer and Alison: The Lost Woods deed. She knows what’s happening and wants them to get the money for lawyers to help them and their friends.

While everyone is off running around trying to tie up all the loose ends, Ali and Emily are home worrying about the outcome of it all. But A.D. has different plans for them as they infiltrate the place with sleeping gas. Later, Emily wakes up from a nightmare to find the game sitting in the living room. It oddly starts playing a recording, “we don’t have a lot of time.”

We find ourselves back with Aria as she is about to go to the police station to present her case, but Ezra finds her in the nick of time. Ezra wants to take Aria away from it all, but Aria cannot leave her friends behind to deal with it alone, not after what she’s done to betray them. While Ezria discusses the next steps, someone decides to pop open the trunk and disappears with the body. How does someone transfer a body so easily?

Mona is sitting at the diner waiting to meet someone about the game, but she didn’t think that Caleb would be the one she’d be sharing apple pie with.  Caleb wants her to confess to everything, but Mona claims she no longer has the game. “SOMEBODY IS ALWAYS STEALING THE GAME FROM ME!” This #EndGame isn’t for you, Mona.

A.D. manages to sneak a note over to Mona to get out and she runs to the ladies’ room as Hanna and Spencer show themselves. Hanna, Spencer and Caleb are too late and later find that there’s a secret doorway. Caleb and Spencer decide to take the tunnel through, advising Hanna to take her car. Although Haleb is endgame, I’ll always have love for the short lived Spaleb. I’m not sorry it happened and I will never forget it!

While waiting to hear back back from Caleb and Spencer, Hanna takes a stroll around Rosewood. She ends up outside the church, as flower petals fall down to her. Her feet bring her to the bell tower only to find Mona is the culprit of the flower petals. Mona is dressed up as her younger self and is out of her mind when she greets Hanna as Charlotte.

We are then taken to a flashback of Mona meeting Charlotte, unhappy with her release from the hospital. Charlotte was obsessed with power and Mona wanted to make sure her friends were safe from her games. Mona then threatens Charlotte with a screwdriver, giving Charlotte the chance to jump on her own rather than Mona pushing her. We are then led to think Mona pushed her as she attacks Hanna in present time. Luckily Spencer and Caleb save Hanna. They feel sorry for Mona and think it’s time to call Dr. Sullivan. As they head back to their cars, the final two puzzle pieces were left and it looks like it was Mona’s turn after all.

Since the girls have all the pieces, it’s now time to claim the Grand Prize – Archer Dunhill’s body.  A.D. leads the girls to Alison’s Aunt Carol, where Charles’ body is. The girls are left with the question, to get rid of the body or let it be? Aria speaks up and thinks it’s time to walk away. If they get rid of the body, A.D. will always something over their head. At first they’re hesitant, but the other follow suit. Their plan is quickly shattered when Detective Tanner and the police show up to dig up the body as well! You don’t want to play A.D.’s game? Well, the police do.

While the girls are taken to the police station, Tanner confirms that the body belonged to one Archer Dunhill. She tells the girls to sit tight, before walking into another room with a two sided mirror revealing Mary Drake confessing to murdering Archer Dunhill and Jessica DiLaurentis. When Mary said she knew everything, she was not lying.

The girls are in disbelief. And so am I. Of course, I don’t want to see my girls go to jail, but it seems like they’re off the hook at least with the police. Tanner obviously knows that the girls aren’t innocent, but she’d rather go with the easy confession. What she says to them is probably a few of my favorite quotes: “What I believe and what I can prove are two different things.” and “You’re not criminals, not really. Try and remember that.” Detective Tanner knows more than she’s letting on. As Mary Drake walks away in custody, she signals to Spencer to not say a word. Mothers will do anything to protect their children.

After their long night, they all return to Mona to apologize and help her. “You needed me. You don’t know how that felt like.” Sometimes a girl just wants to be loved. At this point, Mona seems to be calmer and in a better state of mind and confesses what else went wrong on the night Charlotte died. She didn’t actually push Charlotte. She planned on letting her live a life of hell. Things went south when they break into a fight and Mona slams Charlotte into the wall, where a pipe stabs her in the neck. Charlotte died by accident and Mona did a very good job and covering it up.

Morning arises and A.D. congratulates them on a job well done. The game is dead. It’s over. A.D. has nothing else to play with. A.D. can’t mess with the squad. As the girls leave the game behind, the final scene takes us to A.D. driving away in the sunset to the tune of “Without You” with the girls’ game pieces in a Ziploc bag. Whoever A.D. is, they obviously can’t live without the girls’ love.

I rambled too much about this episode. It was really hard to write this considering next week is the series finale. This episode almost left me in tears knowing that the end is near.

Also, I have no A.D. expectations. I learned not to theorize after the Gossip Girl fiasco. But I’m open to your thoughts!

xoxo,

Adele

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The Girls are forced to “Choose or Lose”! (7×18 PLL Recap)

Hey little liars! We’re nearing the end and tonight’s episode finally revealed some truth.

The episode starts off with Emison sharing a sweet moment that’s later interuppted by the police who happen to have a search warrant handy. However, the DiLaurentis home isn’t the only place being raided. They hit Spencer first and headed over to Hanna’s before making their way to Aria’s. While Ezra is caught off guard, Aria makes sure she shreds the prize she received last week. Also, among the craziness A.D.’s game goes missing.

An angry Spencer barges into the Rosewood Police Station demanding to see Detective Furey; She’s “FUREY”ious. But she’s placed face to face with Detective Tanner. Furey pulled himself out of the case, which is definitely a good idea since it’s a conflict of interest and we all know what happened to the others.”I always thought you were guilty of something…”, Tanner says and we all know Tanner won’t stop till she gets answers.

In the police search all phones were confiscated, but A.D. was smart enough to leave something behind for his latest team player, Aria. Aria demands to meet A.D. and they hesitantly oblige.

But A.D. doesn’t forget about the other girls who are waiting to hear from Aria. A.D. provides some great room service at the Radley Hotel and instead of food, they leave another cell phone to continue the game. It seems to be the last turn and it’s for all of them. “Choose or Lose”: they have to choose between turning one person in or everyone loses the game and goes to jail. Mona decides to crash the party with perfect timing, “If you want an explanation, you might want to ask Aria,” Mona interjects and she has proof!

Toby has returned and runs into Spencer. He was called back to be questioned by Detective Tanner. Toby warns Spencer that Tanner is building a solid case against her and the others.

Aria meets A.D. at the park, only to receive texts indicating that A.D. is watching her. Aria runs off when she hears a noise and is caught black-hoodied (red-handed) by the girls! Aria does not deny her involvement with A.D and as expected, the others are not happy with their so-called friend. Detective Tanner interrupts the heated confrontation by calling the girls to the station regarding all the evidence the police has against them. She offers them an out to hear their side of the story, but no one budges.

“I don’t like sloppiness on my team,” says to Aria as she calls A.D. to exclaim that’s she’s out. Aria’s been sloppy the whole time, I’m surprised A.D. didn’t get rid of her sooner. Either way, A.D. doesn’t grant Aria’s request and tells her to wait til tomorrow for a new revelation.

Spencer visits Aria for answers. Aria pleads with Spencer that she’ll do anything to fix it all and Spencer just wants her to stop. However, their conversation is interrupted when Tanner barges in with all of Aria’s belonging claiming she’s off the suspect list for the murder. Apparently, there is proof that Aria was 300 miles away on the night of Archer’s murder. It’s unbelievable and Spencer believes so too as she leaves unhappy.

Amongst the madness that A.D. and the murder investigation has brought on, the girls decide to spend time with their loved ones before everything hits the fan.

Aria decides to tell Ezra everything. It turns out he knew about the report that Aria was going to file. He forgives Aria, but a part of me feels like he knows a lot more about other things. Either way, all seems to be forgiven and Aria gets Ezra’s support and love.

Caleb decides now is the best time to get married and with Ashley’s blessing, Haleb has a civil wedding. Caleb will do anything to protect Hanna, and I love him for that.

Alison decides to take Emily out on a date. They decide to have a little picnic in the woods that leads to more. Like Hanna mentioned earlier in the episode, it’s about time!

Spencer accepts Toby’s invitation to come to his cabin. She shows up on his doorstep and ;let’s it all out. It warms my heart that Toby is always there for Spencer no matter what.

One day I hope to find someone to share love with like Haleb, Spoby, Ezria, and Emison. But I digress.

Later on they all choose to meet sans Aria. Time is almost up and they make a pact that no one is to blame for whatever happens next. A.D. starts the countdown and it’s finally time for them to choose or lose. Their choice? Spencer decides to destroy the cell phone. It’s all or nothing!

Back at Ezra’s, Aria decides she’s done again. She thinks she has a choice and intends to  turn herself in. But A.D. says she’s too late and Aria wins the grand prize, unlimited freedom. With that, the phone blows up. Aria leaves and tries to get a hold of Spencer, but the call ends and her car stops. Aria gets a little surprise in the trunk, a corpse.

The final scene brings us to Ezra and Caleb on their search for the game board. The sensors lead to Mona’s apartment and we see her admiring the game as the jail slowly pops up.

Two more episodes to go and I’m not prepared. I won’t make any serious guesses about A.D. because I don’t want to have high expectations. It happened with Gossip Girl and I was left angry. I won’t allow myself to feel this way towards Pretty Little Liars.

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Adele

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Aria gets a prize! (A PLL Recap 7×17 “Driving Miss Crazy”)

Tonight’s episode starts off on a light note with Ezria having dance lessons in preparation for their wedding. Seeing Ezra and his awkwardness dancing was adorable.But then the moment gets ruined by Wesley Fitzgerald and a certain stalker that goes by the name of A.D. A.D. reminds Aria that it’s her turn again to play the game for the dark side.

After losing some crucial evidence in the hotel flood, Detective Furey decides to visit Hanna and Caleb. He obviously suspects that Caleb is involved and implies that he has some other compelling evidence that could help in the investigation of Archer Dunhill’s murder. In true Hanna fashion, she panics.

And by panic, Hanna decides it’s time to keep playing the game. Hanna, don’t you know it’s not up to you? My favorite blonde also decides that it’s time to reveal to the others that Mona knows about the game. The girls are not happy, but Mona doesn’t want her life in their hands. I agree, especially with how sloppy Aria is being at the moment.

It’s not Hanna’s turn and it’s definitely not Mona’s either. This week it’s Aria’s turn again, but for the wrong side. A.D. wants to stir up some drama with the Hastings clan. Her mission? Drop off a cellphone in a moving box and make sure an incriminating recording of Peter and Mary Drake plays over the Hastings’ sound system.  She succeeds, but again she was not slick at all. The recording conveniently plays right after she leaves the residence. I’m sure Spencer is smart enough to figure it out later on. Also, Peter freaks out.

In what I believe is an attempt to get on the girls’ good side, Mona found the fertility doctor involved with the Emison baby. She spends some time with Emily to interrogate the doctor who doesn’t budge at first, but after the two find some evidence questioning his doctorate, he later gives them the donor patient ID.

Hanna tries to make her own moves to find out what Detective Furey may have on her. As she snoops around the old stomping grounds, she finds out that the shovels were confiscated. Could this be the evidence Detective Furey has?

Tables have turned on the Ezria front. In the first few episodes, we see that Aria is more concerned about the wedding and Ezra is off in another world. However, now that the Nicole thing is behind him, Ezra is focused on making Aria the happiest fiance in the world. Ezra can tell that Aria is having doubts about their relationship, but it’s definitely not the reason he thinks.

All roads lead back to Spencer, at least that’s what Detective Furey feels. He questions her outside her house and brings up the short lived Spaleb relationship. He even accuses Spencer of flirting with him to have a cop on her side. Um, excuse me, that’s what Toby is there for. But Spencer holds her ground…

…That is until Mary Drake surprises us all as she hides in the backseat of Spencer’s car and demands that she drives to the Lost Woods resort. She tells her side of the story: Jessica and Peter were planning to kill Mary Drake, but she intercepted the pills. Mary Drake mutters something about doing anything to save yourself and suggests that Spencer leaves with her.

After Hanna’s little shovel mission and detailing Lucas’ car, she comes home to find her mom, Ashley, is back! Ashley is worried about Hanna and questions why Caleb came back into Hanna’s life. Caleb makes a huge speech about his love for Hanna and at this point, I’m tearing up. Haleb is getting married and later on in the episode, they recreate their first time. I’m in tears.

The episode then transitions into the PLL musical we always wanted. Sadly, it’s just a dream. Mona singing “Jailhouse Rock” is a dream, but then the whole thing is really a nightmare because Aria is having her wedding with a beat up Ezra in jail. And Mrs. Hastings is the officiant, but she is quite harsh.The pressure is getting to Aria and I can’t wait till it all blows up on her. Am I being harsh?

Back at the Hastings’ household, Spencer finds her mom and dad with Mary Drake’s letter. Peter is angry yet again and he tries to justify what he planned to do to Mary Drake with Jessica.”If someone continually threatened you Spencer, I don’t think you’d do any different,” he yells before storming out. If only you knew, Peter, if only you knew. Veronica stays calm during the whole thing and reveals that she will not be taking her seat in the Senate because of Peter’s mistake. Family over everything, right? BUT all that packing was for nothing!

Veronica’s decision seems to convince Spencer that it’s not a good idea to leave with Mary Drake. Her biological mother takes the news oddly well, but as Spencer walks away from the Lost Woods, she hears that someone was watching them. My guess is Detective Furey!

For Aria’s success in planting the #HastingsBomb, she gets puzzle pieces. Mona sees her and I have two thoughts. 1) She planted those pieces or 2) She’s about to expose Aria and all the things she’s done to betray the other girls. A part of me wants it to be option 2 over anything else.

Aria sneaks into Alison’s and puts the puzzle pieces together on the game board. She gets a message from A.D. that the grand prize is right behind her and it’s exactly what Aria wanted, the report on Ezra. First of all, why you chillin’ in a black hoodie? And don’t you think A.D. has copies of that thing everywhere?

The final scene brings us to Mona’s. Emily is outside her door and wants her to check out the burner phone that was left at Spencer’s, but also wants to discuss the donor ID. Clearly, Emily is warming up to the fact that Mona is going to help them play the game, but Mona is too tired to care at the moment. Or so she says. Mona is obviously hiding something and shoos Emily away. Once she makes sure Emily is gone, she goes straight to her computer and the camera pans away to reveal some detailed research on the game and the girls. Looks like another lair has come to fruition and not only that! Mona has the shovels!

We’re down to the last 3 episodes. I’m getting emotional just thinking about it!

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Adele

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