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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.

xoxo,

Adele

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Now Playing: New Music Friday 9.8.17

Hello!

Here’s yet another edition of me pretending I know how to review music. To be honest, I really just want to showcase my feels when I hear songs for the first time, especially from artists that I love.

Here are a few songs that stood out to me on this week’s New Music Friday playlist :

“You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” by Demi Lovato

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/3JBUv4SVXFAbZVlnchORpU

At 10 p.m. PST last night, I saw that this song was released. I was about 1 hour late, but you better believe I went straight to Spotify and streamed it. I will always love Demi Lovato’s voice. It’s so strong and soulful and there’s just so many feels when she belts out those high notes. Her ballads are always my favorite.

This is the 3rd track from her upcoming album and from what I’m hearing I could tell that I’m going to enjoy it. I feel like she’s gotten some inspiration over the years and just like Sam Smith’s new song, I feel some heartbreak.

Her 6th studio album, “Tell Me You Love Me”, will be released on 9/29/17.

“Too Good At Goodbyes” by Sam Smith

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/7oAraczbemGSNWqnbkU87R

It’s been two years, so people have definitely been waiting to hear from Grammy Award winner, Sam Smith. With records like “Stay With Me”, “Lay Me Down”, and my personal favorite “Not In That Way”, expectations are high. And being deemed the male version of Adele, emotions are high as well.

In “Too Good At Goodbyes”, Sam gives such a soulful performance. He is basically singing about not giving a f**k when the relationship in question ends. But even though he’s trying to mask it, you can hear the heartbreak.

“Let Me Go” by Hailee Steinfeld with Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5Gu0PDLN4YJeW75PpBSg9p

I love Hailee. For some reason, I feel like she’s been in the music industry for a while and then I remember she’s only 20 years old. While her sound is very pop, I feel like she stands out as an artist. When I listen to her sing, I don’t see Hailee Steinfeld, the actress trying to merge into the music business. I see her as the solo music artist, if that makes sense. I think she does a really good job at keeping the two careers separate. I’m hoping a studio album is coming out soon.

Anyways, this song has a very familiar sound to it. It’s definitely clear that Alesso is on the track. But I think the cool part of this song is how Florida Georgia Line is featured. When country meets pop, it’s always a good time.

“Love So Soft” by Kelly Clarkson

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0o7glLPfZgns8ZF14Wlpf7

It’s so hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Kelly Clarkson was deemed the 1st American Idol. Makes me feel old AF. But Kelly Clarkson, along with Carrie Underwood, is undeniably one of the most successful American Idols.

With this song, I feel like Kelly stayed true to herself, but added a little more flavor to go along with what we’re currently hearing on the radio now. It’s a song to sing along to and it gets you up and moving.

“Leave Right Now” by Thomas Rhett

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0wyja8xD9cNhDtfuY0dVMP

I don’t listen to country often. I don’t hate it, but it’s just not something you’ll see on my playlists. I’ve never listened to Thomas Rhett, but like most country songs, this song sounded super sweet. I like that it starts off sweet with an acoustic guitar and then later on there’s some electronic music infused as if a DJ came and remixed the song.

From what I can tell, Thomas Rhett is kind of straddling the line between country and pop and it sounds great. If I didn’t know that Thomas was a country singer, I probably wouldn’t have thought this was country.

“Dark Side of the Gym” by The National

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/1OdpIb0nzhDcqwkiYp0O1u

I have no idea who The National is, but apparently they’re an indie rock band that’s been around since 1999 (maybe even longer). I usually like alternative rock, but just like country, it’s not on my typical playlists (at least currently).

This song is pretty chill and mellow, but there’s a music break towards the end that makes me think of those cheesy teen movies from the 80s. I even get a 50s vibe. All I picture is a young couple slow dancing in a gym at their school dance.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/1YuIEfhp8umr6QSal4FTK4

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/4nGW06TRJOIrVRfjnuK4se

A few of these songs will be on repeat for the next few days and I’m extremely excited to hear what’s coming up for the artists.

Do you have any favorite new music that’s out?

xoxo,

Adele

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31 days. A recap

Hello friends and readers that have been following my random rambles this past month. I’m really proud of myself.

I used to always love blogging when I was younger. I had my Xanga and would write about everything that happened in my life. I was even on LiveJournal for a little. But even before online blogging, I loved writing in journals and diaries. I didn’t have very much content, but I liked to write. Sometimes I find old journals from when I was in elementary school and I giggle as I read the random things. But I guess it was my way of keeping memories, whether if it was just a sentence or a long paragraph.

I guess I just like writing about myself. Maybe it’s the Leo in me. But I definitely think I communicate a lot better when I write. In person, words don’t come out of my mouth very well. I stumble and get shy. I’ve always wished I were an eloquent speaker.

I must say, however, that it was hard trying to write about something different everyday, especially when I started this thing without any real motivation or inspiration. I took prompts from Googling “lifestyle blog topics”. I picked and chose topics that seemed easy to write about and I even repeated topics.

There were even days I almost didn’t want to write anything, just because I didn’t know what to write and I didn’t want to make people think they were wasting time. But every time I thought that, I told myself that this is a challenge for myself, not for anyone else. So even if I BSed my way through some days, I at least wrote something.

The top 3 things I felt comfortable writing about were probably OOTDs, food, and of course…entertainment. The whole reason I started this wordpress a few years ago was because of my love for tv shows. But as you can see, I’m trying to expand my horizons.

Even though this is the last day of the challenge, I still plan on blogging more. Not everyday, but at least twice a week. Hopefully because I’m giving myself more time, I’ll put a lot more effort into putting out better content that both you and I can enjoy.

Ultimately, I hope one day I can be a positive influence in someone else’s life.

If you want to check out all my blogs this past month, check it out here.

xoxo,

Adele
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Favorite Way to Spend Time Alone & Unwind

I love my alone time. It allows me to gather myself and rejuvenate. Extroverts get their energy from being around people, while introverts are known to get drained from being with others. If you can’t tell, i’m an introvert.

When I come home from work, I usually drop everything on the couch and go straight to my bed and lay down. I used to think I was a morning person, but it’s clear lately that is not the case. 

If I go out one weekend, the next I want to stay in and re-energize.

But what exactly do I like to do?

If i’m not scrolling through my IG or Facebook feed, I’m making lists. No, i’m not like Arya Stark making THAT type of list. I’m making lists of things I want to check off. I make lists of things I need to do and things I want to do. Whether I do check off the things in the future, is a different story.

I read. There are so many books I want to read. I want to read books that inspire movie adaptations. I want to read autobiographies of my favorite celebs. I read fanfiction. And most of all I want to read books that will allow me to better myself and that will inspire me. Like I said in a previous post, I always want to learn.

I watch things. There are over 50 shows & movies on my Netflix list. I never realized that, but I guess I love my tv. My life is pretty uneventful, so I love to emerge myself into the lives of fictional characters.

I play video games. My favorite video game to play is Grand Theft Auto. I know it’s shocking, but it’s fun to drive around and do stuff that I would never do in real life. Too bad my PS3 is broken.

I sleep. Sleep is essential. If I don’t get enough sleep, I’m not a nice person. But i’ll still smile at you.
xoxo,

Adele

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My Favorite Asian Snacks

I love snacking and sometimes I have weird cravings when I wake up in the middle of the night. One time I woke up around 1 a.m. & started to crave salt and vinegar Lays chips.

But lately I’ve been craving lots of snacks from the Asian market. When I’m shopping for produce and meat at the asian supermarket, I make sure I grab some of the following snacks each visit. And I’m visiting at least twice a week, so it’s always snack time! I know, I know, I should eat healthier…

Shrimp Snacks (Original flavor)

These are my absolute favorite snack that I pretty much buy every time I’m at an Asian supermarket. They are basically these light and crispy chips supposedly made from real shrimp. I’m not sure if I taste the shrimp, but it is salty goodness that I need in my life. The bag says to grab your favorite dip, but I love them plain and original. The chips just melt in your mouth and lately I’ve been super addicted.

Sweet Corn

These are addicting as well! If you’ve ever eaten cheese balls, these are basically corn balls. They are yellow colored balls with the same sort of texture as cheese balls and they taste like sweet corn. I’m captain obvious today. They’re a perfect combo of sweet and salty, but mostly sweet. It’s kind of like popcorn in a different form.

Prepared Shredded Squid

This is obviously not for everybody since it’s seafood. But if you’re down to try it, it’s dried squid with seasoning and a hint sweetness. I usually go for the original flavor, but it comes in spicy if you like hot stuff.

Boy Bawang

Bawang is tagalog for garlic. Boy Bawang is like the Filipino version of Corn Nuts. And it’s highly addicting. The most common flavor is garlic, but there are so many other flavors like hot and spicy, barbecue, and adobo flavored. Again, I’m basic and opt for the garlic flavor.

Hi-Chew

I believe this year was the first time I had a Hi-Chew. They are basically a chewy candy, kind of like taffy. There are many different fruity flavors, but of the ones I’ve tried, my favorite flavors are mango and melon.

Pocky or Pepero

I always love Pocky or Pepero! They are dipped biscuit sticks. My favorite Pocky flavors are Strawberry and Green Tea. The strawberry ones can get a little too sweet sometimes, but it doesn’t hurt to have some once in a while. As for Pepero, I absolutely love the White Cookie Chocolate Covered Cookie Stick. I just discovered this flavor a few months ago, & it was heaven.


Dragon fruit

Here’s to a healthy snack. When I first saw a dragon fruit, I was mesmerized by its colorful, bright skin and it’s odd shape. It’s a cactus fruit with a bunch of health benefits. I read somewhere that it helps control blood sugar levels, so as a person having diabetes, it’s good to have. I usually buy a pre-cut cup of dragon fruit as opposed to the whole fruit. It’s much easier in my opinion.

What things are you snacking on at the moment?

xoxo,

Adele

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Adele cooks: Tacos

It’s not Tuesday, but I made tacos. My mom was planning on grilling eggplant so I decided, i’d go to the grocery store and buy steak. I haven’t had steak in a while and since the gril was going to be on, why not kill two birds with one stone.

Now, I’m no master at the grill and i’m definitely not a master at steak. I don’t know how to choose the right cut. I just choose what’s inexpensive. I’m not picky when it comes to meat. It all tastes the same to me. I apologize to all the steak connoisseurs out there.

At first, I was just going to grill a steak. But then I remembered that we had tortillas. You got to utilize what you have right? So the thought came to make steak tacos.

As far as the type of steak I bought, I chose beef chuck steak. It was about 1-inch thick and it was the least expensive. While at the grocery store, I also purchased a bunch of cilantro and pre-diced onions.

When I got home, I [garlic] salted the steak. While I let it sit for a while, I decided I didn’t want to grill outside. It was too hot and I didn’t want my mom to have to wait for me to finish or vice versa. So I ended up searing it in a pan. As I let the steak marinate, I heated and oiled up the pan. When it was hot enough, I seared each side for about 6 minutes and it came out medium rare, which is mostly how I like it!


When it was done, I sliced it up into pieces, placed it in my flour tortillas & topped with the diced onions and chopped cilantro. For some reason I had a tough time chopping cilantro. Hopefully, I’ll be better next time.

And then voila! I was done making dinner. I was too hungry to open up the store bought salsa, but the cilantro and onion gave it some flavor!


Cooking is all about experimenting and using things you have available.

If you think what I wrote sounds good, here are the ingredients I used:

  • beef chuck steak
  • garlic salt to season
  • oil (I would’ve used olive oil, but I only had vegetable oil)
  • diced onions
  • chopped cilantro
  • your choice of salsa

Obviously, you can add your favorite taco seasonings and toppings, but I wanted simplicity. But mostly, it was a last minute craving.

What did you have for dinner today?

xoxo,

Adele
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My Love/Hate Relationship with the Gym

Ever since elementary school, I’ve been a bigger girl. First, I felt like I had baby fat & then middle school, I was the chubby girl. I mean, I guess that’s when I started to feel super self conscious because that’s when people I didn’t know started to make fun of me.

Flash forward to now, I’m still a bigger girl. I’m definitely still self conscious, but I’ve embraced me and instead of feeling shitty about myself when people judge me about my weight, i’m mostly annoyed with those people.

Now the gym is great, if you utilize it. I used to have a subscription to LA Fitness. I hardly went and I hated going in there because it made me feel super self conscious. I hardly saw anyone my size & I never felt like I could keep up with the people that were there. It was intimidating. 

Because the gym started to scare me, I tried finding other things to do. I tried walking around Miramar Lake. That got boring. I got into watching YouTube fitness videos. Those were fun, but I soon got tired of that. And I don’t really have room in my new place to dance around.

So then came a new gym membership at Anytime Fitness last October. I was super hesitant because of my experience at LA Fitness and the 1 year commitment I had to make. I have commitment issues. But I did because two of my coworkers had memberships and they enjoyed it there.

The first month or so, I went. Then I went on vacation for a month. They actually had an Anytime Fitness in the Philippines, but I didn’t go because it was nowhere near me and well, I was on vacation.

When I came back from the Philippines, I went a few times, but in March I fell and hit my head. The doctor said no shaking, and I agreed.

Since April, I’ve only been to the gym once. It’s definitely less intimidating, but it’s just so hard to get in that mindset and I get bored easily doing the same thing. I definitely need to change up my routine. Does anyone have suggestions?

xoxo,

Adele