Blogmas?!

Hi Guys!

For my American peeps, I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving yesterday! Mine was filled with family, dogs and tons of turkey and pie! For everyone else, I hope your Thursday was extraordinary!

This post is just a quick thing to let you all know that I will be doing BLOGMAS this year! I am so flipping excited, but also a little nervous. I’m not totally sure how I’m going to come up with 24/25 posts, as well as not quite sure exactly how I’m going to go about it! It will definitely be a learning experience.

I do have a few posts already written, so those will definitely be going up earlier in the month, but I would love some suggestions if anyone is up for it! I have one or two more posts planned for November, before Blogmas gets started, so look out for those.

Until then, I hope you all have the best weekend, and find the best deals for Black Friday that you can! Get that Christmas shopping done while it’s on sale! My Christmas is mostly a DIY thing this year, so I’m incredibly excited to get going on those!

See you soon, and happy bargain hunting!

XOXO K

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Tuesday’s Are Now Meaningless

Hey everyone!

So, like I said last week, I would be writing a reaction to the PLL Finale. Well, here it is. First, if you haven’t yet seen it and don’t want spoilers, stop here, go watch, and then come back and read! If you’ve already seen it and agree with any of the points that I make in this post, tell me about it.

Right, if you haven’t seen it but don’t mind spoilers and stayed with me, let me give you a little recap. It started out in a little dream sequence that paid homage to all of the past seasons. I LOVED that part. As weird as it was, I think it kind of summarized the series and was pretty awesome. It then started out a year after it was revealed that Mona killed Charlotte and the game had ended. Ezria were getting married, Emison had adorable twin girls, Jenna works at Rosewood high-and apparently can smell a bitch anywhere-, Haleb were fighting like the true married couple, Melissa and Spencer had horses, and Toby looked like a caveman. Everything was right in Rosewood, except it wasn’t.

Mona was let out of Wellby (the new Radley, since Radley is now a hotel…) by a mysterious hooded figure, and she’s the Queen Creep she’s always been spying on the liars at the Lost Woods while wearing a Melissa mask. Later, it’s Ezria’s rehearsal dinner and the mom’s are drunk and awesome and Spencer is driving them home, going to meet Toby, and then going home and getting knocked unconscious by Mona. When she wakes up, she’s in some weird cell, and looking at herself in the mirror. Except, drum roll please, her mirror image drops her hand before she does, revealing that SPENCER HAS A TWIN!!!!!!! An evil, British one at that named Alex Drake, or A.D. Turns out, Spencer was born first, given to Peter Hastings before Alex was born, therefore no one knew there were two. Alex was shipped off to London to live with a wealthy family, but she started to go cookoo and was left at an orphanage.

Alex, who took the name Drake back, escaped from the orphange and had a rough life, before she runs into Wren while bartending one night. Wren calls her Spencer, confusion ensues, and then Alex learns she has a twin who grew up in a happy home. Wren introduces Alex to Charlotte, explains that they are sisters, and when Charlotte dies, Alex loses the only family she had and wants revenge. Wren takes her to Rosewood, she impersonates Spencer a couple of times (airport, Spoby goodbye kiss, Hanna in the barn, etc.) and learns she really wants Spencer’s life, specifically Toby. So she kidnaps Spencer-and Ezra for that matter just because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time- and locks them away with Mary underground. Ezra is gone, the wedding is postponed and Alex is just living her life as Spencer for a few hours, before she runs into Jenna, who is the first one to put two and two together, by SMELLING her nonetheless.

Jenna thinks she doesn’t smell like herself, tells Toby what she thinks is happening, and they all go on a rescue mission led by Mona because she knows where they are. Spencer and Ezra almost make it out-of the lair of all lairs, it was A.D’s doll house, Hastings yard and house edition-before Alex bludgeons Ezra, and tries to kill Spencer so she can take over her life. The liars find them, figure out who’s who by poetry-go figure right?- and Mona called 911, Mary and Alex being arrested.

Ezria get married, Hanna is pregnant, and it turns out Mona’s “cop” was just her French boyfriend, and they smuggled Alex and Mary out of the country to go be Mona’s personal Dolls in Paris under her doll shop.

So there, that’s my not so little summary. It was quite a confusing episode, and there were definitely parts that I did not like, but overall I loved it. So, I’ll do a little Loved and Hated list for it.

LOVED

  • Ezria happily ever after-Aria looked beautiful in her dress and who doesn’t love Mr. Fitz?
  • Haleb- everything about them has always been perfect, even when they are fighting.
  • The Emison twins were ADORABLE!
  • Ali’s proposal to Emily was the sweetest and most perfect thing ever.
  • WINE-O MOMS!
  • Twincer reveal-that was one of the coolest shots, with Alex pretending to be Spencer’s mirror image.
  • Everything about Alex-she was bold, she was brash, she was a complete psychopath!!
  • Troian Bellisario- She is an INCREDIBLE actress, and it really showed.
  • BAD ASS BITCH JENNA!!!-She literally figured out it wasn’t Spencer by smelling her!
  • Bashful the horse-he was like what the f**k you do with my Spencer?!
  • Epic twin vs. twin-ness
  • THAT GOODBYE SCENE THOUGH!?!?!- all the feels came out, I was bawling like a baby
  • MONA. IS. QUEEN!!!!!-She finally got her happy ending

Hated

  • Everything to do with Mary-that character was rubbish
  • Lack of Melissa Hastings
  • WREN IS DEAD?!?!?!
  • Twincer- I loved Alex’s character, her backstory was brilliant, but I did not like the fact that they literally just took the character of Courtney in the books, her motives included, and gave Spencer the twin instead of Ali. How original I.Marlene.
  • Useless Toby-I never liked him, and it took Jenna telling him that the girl he’s been sleeping with isn’t really Spencer for him to figure it out, come on..?
  • Lack of Lucas’ storyline-why was he so creepy?
  • WREN IS DEAD?!?!?!-and also, how did he die? (yes I know this is on here twice, but have you seen Julian Morris?)
  • Aria can’t have kids-that was an unnecessary evil inflicted upon her for an Ezra storyline.
  • Second generation liars-No. Just, no.

All-in-all the finale was very good. It had it’s faults sure, but I think it was a perfect ending to a series that kept on giving for 7 seasons. The characters were girls that everyone could look up to, and the fact that so many people watched it from start to finish is telling of how amazing the show itself was. I applaud the cast and crew for making and portraying such versatile and strong woman that young girls can use as role models.

My Tuesday’s will never be the same. Thank you, Pretty Little Liars, for a brilliant 7 years.

XOXO, K

My PLL Finale Theory

Hey guys!

Like most 16 year old girls in 2010, I was extremely excited when ABC Family- I will forever call it this, wtf is Freeform?- announced that they would be coming out with a show that was based on the Sara Shepard series Pretty Little Liars. I had read the first few of these books recently, and I was obsessed with the ongoings of the Liars in Rosewood and couldn’t wait to see how they would show this on the TV Screen.

When the first episode aired that June, I was in heaven. I loved how they chose to show the girls, I loved the story lines and how they were similar and different from the books. I just loved the show. Each time a new A was revealed, I cried with the Liars. Each time a character died, I was heartbroken. The drama was riveting, and I never missed an episode.

Fast forward seven years and my love for it has diminished quite a bit, but I still watch it because, like most people, I. NEED. ANSWERS!!!!! Who really killed Ian in season one? Did Charlotte really do everything she said she did? Why is Sydney such a bitch? WHO IS AD?! I grew up with this show, and 5 days out from it’s series finale, I’m feeling quite sentimental.

But as bittersweet as the show ending is, I wanted to share with you who I really think AD is, and how I think everything came about. Before I start, I would love to hear what your theories are, of they are similar to mine, if you think I’m cray-I probably am, but I’m sticking to this for the next 5 days- so comment down below!

Right, let’s get to it:

First, we know that Ali’s mom has a twin, Mary Drake, who is actually Charlotte’s mother. We know that she was in the Radley Sanitarium-which Hanna’s mom turned into a hotel…? I would NEVER stay there-when Charlotte was born, so Jessica, her twin and Ali’s mom, took the child and raised them. Charlotte, born a boy named Charles, ends up in Radley herself, but that isn’t relevant to the story. Jessica has an affair with Peter, Spencer’s father, and they have Jason, Ali’s older brother.

Jason and Ali share a mom (Jessica), Jason, Spencer, and Spencer’s sister Melissa share a dad (Peter). Charlotte, is Jason and Ali’s cousin/adopted sister, although they don’t know this because they remember her as Charles, until she went into Radley. 

We found out this season that Spencer, daughter to Peter and Veronica Hastings, isn’t really Veronica’s daughter. Mary snuck out to meet Peter, pretending to be Jessica, and subsequently slept with him. 9 months later, she’s back in Radley giving birth to Spencer.

Spencer and Melissa only share a dad (Peter) and Charlotte and Spencer share a mom (Mary Drake). 

Because Peter decides to do the right thing, with Veronica’s prompting no doubt, they take Spencer and raise her as their own.

24 years and Ali’s fake death later, Charlotte, who tortured them for 4 years, is dead and everyone is back in Rosewood, the drama quickly ensuing.

Now before I explain my reasoning, I want to state that I believe that Melissa Hastings is AD or Uber A. My theory revolves around Melissa and Spencer’s relationship. They have always had a rocky relationship, and I attribute this to Melissa having found out long ago that Spencer was only her half sister. She never wanted Spencer to get harmed, but she also didn’t care enough to stop her from torturing Spencer along with the other liars.

Now, going back to the beginning of the show, Melissa hated Ali because of her involvement with Ian. I think that Melissa, having found out the truth about Charlotte, blackmailed her to torture the liars so she wouldn’t get found out.

Once Charlotte was murdered, it seemed like the only thing AD cared about was finding out who did it. Well, if Charlotte was working for AD Melissa in torturing the liars, she really would want to know who killed her coverup-which we now know was Mona- Charlotte.

If you’re still following me, I think Melissa is AD. She blackmailed Charlotte into being A so that she could torture the liars while still making them believe it wasn’t her. Charlotte, who is kind of nuts anyway, went along with it because she actually loved the game. Now, with Charlotte dead, she wants to find out who killed her accomplice. Melissa, who still hates Ali, wants her to suffer and she doesn’t really like Spencer, so she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get her way. 

PHEW! And I’m still not done! Mary Drake is willing to sacrifice everything to help Spencer and the rest of the liars out. She’s her mother after all. But what about that weird scene a few weeks ago with Spencer, Wren-hello gorgeous, where the hell have you been?-and Ezra in the airport? Well, for that, I have one word. Twins.

That’s right, I think that while in Radley, Mary Drake had two babies instead of one, i.e., Spencer is a twin. This fits because why would Spencer-at-the-airport not want the others to know that she was there? Because it wasn’t really Spencer. Maybe twin B-let’s call her Zoe- was adopted by different parents after she was born, someone that Mary trusted and when she got out, she found her. This would mean that Zoe was also Charlotte’s half sister.

Zoe, who found out she had a twin and wanted to get to know her, ran into Wren. Wren, confusing her for Spencer, talked about things that only Spencer would know, thus starting their friendship. When Charlotte died and the liars started getting texts and threats from AD, ehmm, Melissa, Wren and Zoe decided to try to figure out exactly what happened, and with the help of Mary find out it’s Melissa and want revenge for Charlotte’s murder.

THERE!!! So Melissa is AD, Spencer has a twin, and everyone lived happily ever after. If that’s not how the show pans out, I may be slightly disappointed.

ENJOY THE FINALE! And look for a reaction post in the next week or so!

XOXO, K

Body Image, Confidence, and a Whole lot of Self Love

Hi Guys!

This is a post that I have been planning for a long time, and it’s something that I think girls, specifically teenage girls, will really benefit from. So this post is going to be all about body image and the trials and tribulations that come along with that.

Now, before I get going, let me tell you a story. I was a gymnast for 15 years of my life, and for those 15 years I was the most confident. I had a toned and fit body, and I didn’t mind prancing around in a leotard or bathing suit, or whatever clothing I was wearing because I worked out 4-5 times a week, and I was in shape. Sure, I went through different phases where I was growing and my body was changing, but I never felt like I wasn’t beautiful.

Fast forward to a year after I graduated high school, and I was in college, not working out 4-5 times a week anymore, and my muscle mass was shrinking, and in it’s place, was flab and fat and all that stuff that girls hate. I was not in a good place when I started noticing this; my confidence was down the tube, and I really just wanted to look like I did all throughout high school.

This was almost 5 years ago, and to this day, I struggle with my confidence, and how my body and weight affects my mood. I see pictures of back then, and I wish I looked like that and could eat anything I wanted because I would be burning it off at practice. The reality of the situation is that that wont ever happen, because in the time that I made my transition from stalky gymnast to adult, I aged 5 years. The difference between 18 and 23 is not just mental, it is a totally physical change as well, and I think learning this lesson was one of the hardest parts of growing up.

As I learned this, and began to realize just how quickly everything changed, I started to really appreciate my body for what it was. Thus beginning my long road to self-love. I still work on this every day, it is something that I will continue to struggle with for the rest of my life, but I am happy.

To help anyone who may be going through this I ask you to do one thing. First thing in the morning, when you wake up and have bed head and stinky breath, look in the mirror and focus on one thing that you love about yourself. It doesnt have to be anything big, it could be your laugh. Focus on that one thing all day, appreciate how much you love it, and when you do the same thing the next morning, say that thing and add one. It might take a while, but eventually, you will start to love everything about yourself.

For those of you that are also dealing with similar struggles regarding body image and self-confidence, I applaud you and wish you to keep on going. You will come out on the other end, loving yourself and appreciating your body for what it is. And always remember that you are not alone, that everyone has their things. Be kind.

Until next time loves,

XOXO K