‘television’ Category

08 January 2014

Sons of Anarchy

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: television

One word: Addicted.

Last holiday season, while my regular shows were on hiatus, I surrendered myself to Breaking Bad, and emerging a huge fan, although late to the game.

This year, it was Sons of Anarchy, and holy fucking shit it is GOOD. Gritty, violent, dirty and awesome, with LOTS of tattoos and facial hair. And normally that stuff isn’t my thing when I’m attracted to guys but I want ALL of the sexy time with Jax Teller.

In fact, I burned through all five seasons on Netflix within two weeks AND am now searching for the current season online….illegally (don’t judge).

I don’t know what it is about this show but I cannot get enough. Sure, I nearly spit out my breakfast when Otto bit off his own tongue (yeah, you saw it), covered my eyes when someone was shot in the head, and then a couple had sex next to the body (I mean, when you’re in the mood…) and shuddered at a brutal prison scene.

The thing I love about shows like this (similar to Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad) is that you end up caring about the characters. You may not like what they do, but you get it, and you root for them.

So, on Saturday when a very sad thing happened in season 5 of SOA, I texted my brother and Katelin (also super fans) crying, and then cried to my brother over the phone. Seriously you guys. ALL OF THE FEELINGS.

If you haven’t started watching yet, please do!! First season is a little slow but then it picks up, and it’s great.

Game on FX.

08 January 2013

Breaking Bad

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: television

I’ll say it, I watch A LOT of TV. I am triple booked on shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I have to a) pare back on what I watch and b) make time to actually watch it.

It’s a constant annoyance, so, the last thing I should be doing is adding a new show to watch.

But I did.

In fact, over the holidays, I watched A LOT of TV on Netflix, instead of using the network hiatus for something productive like…reading.

And one show I watched en masse, at the urging of my brother, coworkers, friends and pretty much anyone else I talk to, was this one…


I won’t lie, I fell in to the hype from people around me and was a bit disappointed in seasons 1-mid-way season 3. It was fine and setting the foundation but was a tad boring in parts.

But once season 4 started, I was completely obsessed.

OBSESSED. My brother (who already has seen it) and I discussed and he even watched with me, watching my reactions.

Also, when someone says, “the box cutter episode,” I have flashbacks to a key scene in it, and my stomach still feels unsettled.

It was amazing.

Then I got back to Chicago and watched the first part of season five (illegally) online because I had to know what’ll happen next!

Sadly, the show isn’t back now until July, but I AM READY.

Also, the show has sworn me off ever doing meth. So, that’s a plus.

Are you a fan?

27 February 2012

Oscar fashion recap!

By: Jessica B.

I love football but I don’t care about the Super Bowl unless one of my favorite teams is playing. And this year’s Super Bowl was a snoozefest for me.

Which is okay because the Super Bowl of FASHION was on last night. Yes, it was Oscar night, my favorite night of the year.

So without further ado, let’s close out this year’s award fashion recaps by dishing about the drama that was Oscar fashion.

Oscar Fashion Favorites

Sandra Bullock – Classy, gorgeous draping and no need for jewelry

Jessica Chastain – Gorgeous embroidery, fit and great overall look with the hair. Gingers unite!

Emma Stone – Sure it looks like the bow looks like a goiter but the color on her is so fabulous

Michelle Williams – Love the ruffles and  detail on this dress. Looks perfect w/the pixie cut

Natalie Portman – Polka dots and Dior, I’m a fan. And that necklace? KA BOOM!

Penelope Cruz – A little safe but glamorous. Love her hair and make up

Did Not Love As Much

Rooney Mara – You can tell me this is “fashion forward” but it is ill fitting, unflattering in the chest and the color washes her out. Let’s try a new look

Viola Davis – Too matchy matchy. Green makeup with green dress and smothered boobs with green earrings? Too much

Shailene Wooley – How old is she? Wear something age appropriate!

Berenice Bejo – I’m sure this is considered French haute couture, but I just dislike the rosemary-like detail here

Overall, I was a little underwhelmed by the fashion. There were some definite hits and misses, but the ones that hit, hit hard!

Who was your best or worst dressed?

19 October 2011

Treat yo self!

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: television

My favorite day of the week is Friday. Not only because it’s the weekend, but also because it’s TREAT FRIDAY.

I coined this phrase to describe my Friday mentality at work. Yes, I still get work done but it’s also about treating myself right. I’m adamant about packing my lunch Monday-Thursday so Friday is treat day. I buy lunch (and maybe dessert!!!) and just do nice stuff for me. Why? Because it’s TREAT FRIDAY! Woooooo!

Then, I watched Parks and Rec last week and saw Tom and Donna celebrate Treat Yo Self Day.

Here’s more information on this yearly holiday

Seriously, seeing this made my day. It’s like Treat Friday on crack. So Saturday, to try and boost my spirits, I had a mini Treat Yo Self day myself.

It included:

  • Dior red lipstick. Treat yo self!
  • Lobster roll and oysters with friends for dinner. Treat yo self!
  • Pinkberry with mochi and strawberries. Treat yo self!

This won’t always happen but damnit, it’s time to embrace this. I plan to shout “Treat yo self” to people randomly now. Because I’m a big fan of this. Plus, Parks and Rec is just awesome. This and DJ Roomba seriously make me happy.

How are you going to Treat yo self this week?


04 October 2011

Fall TV is back!

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: television

I love television and after a summer of mid-season distractions and lots of reality TV, the fall season has officially started and I am SO EXCITED.

I blame the lack of Mad Men for my sometimes questionable summer TV choices, but fortunately, my DVR is back to working full time (no one lives at my house for free) and almost all of my favorite shows are back.

Here’s what I’m watching right now (and loving:)

  • Modern Family
  • Fringe
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Awkward
  • Good Wife
  • Ringer
  • Rachel Zoe Project
  • Glee (yes, this has been a slow start so far, but I’m optimistic)

Shows I’m on the fence about:

  • Hart of Dixie
  • Community
  • The Office
  • Gossip Girl
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Project Runway
  • Millionaire Matchmaker

Shows I’m excited to come back:

  • Top Chef Texas
  • 30 Rock
  • Cougar Town
  • MAD MEN!

Also, as much as Bravo owns my soul, I’m burning out a bit on their programming. This weekend, I saw previews for the next round of shows and, honestly, SNORE. Next Top Artist? Fashion hunters? Boring. Okay, I won’t lie, I’ll watch the Fashion hunters one simply for fashion porn. But I own up to it.

What are you watching right now that you love?