Exchanging my Christmas tree with My Favorite Fiddle Fig
One of the things that makes me sad after Christmas is taking down the tree. This time however I didn’t mind so much because it meant I was able to pull out my favorite fiddle fig tree again. I found my tree at World Market last spring and I love it! Not only is the shape beautiful but it looks so real.
I keep the fiddle fig in my living room so we can see it from every point in the house. It’s also nice to keep the green going year round. I have to say that I love not having to water a real tree. This winter I picked up a basket from Homegoods to simplify the style a bit, and I love how it looks. I just found out that my tree is out of stock so I found a great back up for you.. Click here to shop.
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Now it’s time to do a complete 180 and talk about my fave show – The Bachelor!
Arie and the girls via ABC
Every Monday night some of my best girlfriends come over to watch The Bachelor and catch up. We began this tradition when the kids were in the first grade (16 years ago!!) and we’ve continued our weekly get togethers ever since. I love to host and my friends love to be spoiled, so it’s a win-win for everyone. There is always a spread with candy, popcorn, snacks, and the most important thing – wine. Nothing fancy.. it’s all in good fun. Do you get together with friends to watch The Bachelor/Bachelorette? If so, what kinds of spreads do you have? Let me know in the comment section below!
I haven’t discussed The Bachelor much on my blog and I’m not exactly sure why.. The Bachelor is an indulgence that many have but are afraid to admit. Not me… I tell everyone then want to hear everyone’s opinion after each week. My friends and I love the drama, the backstabbing, the crazies ( always a few) and we love to fall in love right alongside each and every one of them. Jeff loves my Bachelor nights because it’s his night off as husband of the year. ;) You have never seen a man more happier than Jeff when he sprints upstairs with his wine in hand to have a little alone time with his Madden football on the PS4. ;)
Alright.. Let’s dive in to this season!! My plan is to post a recap a day or two after every show each time it’s on so keep an eye out in the future.
I’m assuming if you’re reading this you probably know something about the show so I won’t bore you with the details or the concept. Over the years The Bachelor has run everyone has been in love or disappointed with some of the choices of the front runner for whatever reason, but this time around I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. At first, I was sooooooo bummed that Peter (from the last Bachelorette) wasn’t named the Bachelor, but once Arie’s name was announced, I was thrilled!!! It’s been five years since Arie Luyendyk Jr. (former race car driver) was on a previous season of The Bachelorette with Emily Maynard and my friends and I felt he deserved a second chance. We really thought Arie and Emily would end up together. Instead, she chose the other guy (the wrong man) and Arie was left heartbroken and alone… After all of that we were certain that he would be selected to become the next Bachelor but he wasn’t.
Arie via ABC
Started from the bottom now he’s here… (Emma reference… who is Drake??? Lol.. just kidding) Personally, I loved Arie when he was on the last time around and thought Emily had made a huge mistake. He was clearly the better choice over the other Bachelor, Jef Holm but that’s an entirely different subject and show. (They never worked out and she is now married to someone completely different) After The Bachelorette Arie became known as the “Kissing Bandit” because he kept sneaking kisses from Emily Maynard. Apparently he has “pillow lips”, a reference that still kills me and is brought up again and again in the show. Anywaysssss let’s get to it!
In last week’s premier show, we were introduced to all the girls. There were a few standouts – Bekah M, who has a cute pixie cut and spit fire attitude, Chelsea, the single mom (she received the first impression rose) who seemed to take up most of Arie’s time (I have a feeling she is going to be our villain this season… she rubbed me wrong right away) and Krystal, the fitness coach with the sex kitten voice and the best bod on the beach. The second episode (this week’s show) always scares me because it seems that every girl I loved from the first night turns into a complete wackadoodle and I’m left wondering where I went wrong.
Becca via Reality Steve
The first date of the season was a one-on-one and Arie chose Becca K. who is Publicist from Minnesota. Oh and FYI, just so you aren’t confused (because I was)… On this show alone there are 2 Becca’s/Bekah’s, 4 Lauren’s and 2 girls with a Jen/Jenna name of some sort… (future Mom’s may want to take note)
When Becca was announced for the first date I had to try and remember who Becca was from the first episode. I think ABC purposely downplayed her – something they do alllllll the time with the seemingly normal girls. She appeared really touched that he chose her and throughout the date she was sweet, funny, and relatable. Becca is the total “Girl Next Door” type.
Arie and Becca via Life and Style Mag
They left the mansion on a motorcycle, (one of many machines they keep trying to tie Arie to) then drove to a beautiful home where she was surprised by celeb stylist, Rachel Zoe and a rack full of gorgeous clothes. Arie also surprised her with Louboutins, (luxury designer shoes with red soles for those who are unfamiliar) Neil Lane jewels, etc. if that wasn’t enough. It seemed a little formulaic (anyone remember Cinderella?) but hey, who doesn’t love a dress up party? Everything was selected for a date later that night. Of course she looked amazing in everything. I mean if you’re going to select one girl out of the bunch to try on all of this she had better look amazing right? ;) One thing I have to say that I appreciated about Arie is that he seemed to know what all of these things were. Jeff wouldn’t know a red sole if it ran across his face. ;) He comes across as a little metro at times with his soft spoken voice and his innate sense of fashion.. I like this vulnerable sophisticated guy. Race car driver turned stylist? Why not.. Oh and did I mention Becca gets to keep the dress, shoes and earrings?
Later that day they went to their formal attire dinner where Becca opened up about about her family and life. I loved how real she came across from the first minute but during dinner when she talked about her father passing away when she was younger… I immediately fell in love with her. She seems incredible, real and stands out amongst the rest. She obviously got a rose and I’m going to be rooting for her throughout the season!
My Opinion: I love Becca. She seems like someone I would be friends with and comes across as very genuine. I really think there is a spark between them.. and I can’t wait to see more of her. Becca gets an A+!
Arie came across as extremely nice and caring during his time with Becca…even if he is a little too into the fashions for me.
Krystal – image via ABC
Home town date… wait what? The second date is almost always a group date but this time around Arie switched things up and chose Krystal (the fitness buff) for another one-on-one.. From the beginning of the show Arie had said he wanted to do things differently, his way and he surprised everyone, including all of us with this next one-on-one date and with it’s location.
At this point I remembered I loved Krystal from night one as she seemed sweet. I just wasn’t sure if she was being real or not so I was excited to see what she would be like on a one-on-one. The two flew to Scottsdale where Arie lives and grew up because he said he knew that she had never been there before. I was so shocked. This doesn’t normally happen til the end of the show…
He gave her a little tour of his home town.. then they went to meet the parents. We couldn’t believe it. Nooooone does this. Why take her to meet his parents this early on?
Arie and Krystal – image via ABC
I have to say when Arie’s mom came into the room I died because Krystal looked so much like her! They do say that people marry someone who remind them of their parents. ;) After the parent get together, the two of them went to dinner where Krystal opened up about her difficult past. She said that her parents divorced when she and her brother were young and they provided no love or support for them so she ended up raising her brother. He now lives on the streets of L.A which causes a lot of pain for her. Her story was really sad… at that point both Arie and I were butter.
Krystal’s story was touching. I could see that Arie cared a great deal. As a mater of fact, Arie impressed me with his listening and concern on both dates. He’s very close with his family and it’s obvious that he is a caring person. Krystal got a rose and I was happy about it.
My opinion: I didn’t think I would like Krystal as much as I did at the end of the date. Once I heard her story I immediately felt like I had judged her a little too harshly and I had her all wrong. I was surprised however when Krystal went back to the house and the girls began to drill her on the date.. and she gave up no info. On one hand, I can see why she didn’t want them to know anything but on the other hand there seemed to be something a little off. She came across as private but also a little competitive. Hmm…
image via ABC
Disclaimer – I hate the group dates. There is always a stupid theme involved where everyone is vying for the Bachelor’s attention and the competitive claws come out. Girls are pitted against one another which is always a turn off but I get that it makes for good TV. On this date the show had the girls in a demolition derby of some sorts where the cars rammed into one another until the cars could no longer drive. It was dangerous and ridiculous. No man is worth a concussion. The only thing I came away from this is that one of the girls left with whiplash and another has childhood nightmares from a bumper car experience gone bad. LOL Hated this entire date.
Bumper Car Girl – image via ABC
Rose ceremony/ Cocktail party nights are always entertaining… This is when all the girls and their claws come out for one last chance to win Arie’s heart and the chance to stay looking for love. Krystal who already had a rose and was set to stay, spent the night interrupting everyone else’s last bit of time with Arie. I don’t get this girl… Just when I’m I pulling for her… with each, excuse me, I was ready to toss her rose. Bibiana (adorable, albeit a little angry executive assistant) also had enough and let her know… “If I’m with my man, you better back the f— up, that’s all I gotta say. I really think at this point, no one’s going to respect your time. You just dug a big a– hole for yourself.” :O Yikes! Krystal may be selfish and a little crazy but Bibiana scares me. LOL
I’m scared of this hand – image via ABC
In the end 18 girls are left and I can’t wait for next week!! Arie seems so much more together than some of the other Bachelors of the past. Definitely caring and an amazing listener. While some may think it’s strange that Arie took Krystal to his parent’s house on the second date, I find it endearing and smart. It shows he is tired of messing around and wants to see how she reacts around his family. They are his support system after all. Once you are married.. life becomes all about family and his age of 36 reflects that he knows this. I like having an older Bachelor this time around. He knows what it is he is really looking for… (And btw, the age difference doesn’t really bother me as my parents were 14 years apart and were happily married for over 40 years)
Thank you for reading and let me know if you liked my recap of this episode of The Bachelor! I’d love to do more of these – so please let me know what you think.