5 Binge Worthy TV Shows

I consider myself somewheat of a pop culture aficianado, but somehow I missed these 5 great shows in the beginning. Thanks to Netflix and Amazon Prime though, I was able to hop on board and thought I would share some of my favorites. Plus, who doesn’t love watching a full season of a show minus commercials and waiting week-to-week for new episodes? Instead of inserting pictures, I put the first season trailer (some of these are older shows so I promise the trailer doesn’t do them justice) but thought it would give you a better sneak peek into the shows. If you’ve overlooked these shows in the past, plan a little staycation, grab some snacks and get ready for some seriously good tv.

1. Friday Night Lights

I don’t know how, but somehow I completely missed Friday Night Lights when it was on tv (truth? I was probably too busy watching the CW). My brother and his wife were completely into watching it a few years ago, and to be honest, I didn’t understand the draw. I thought it was some football show, and not being much of a sports girl, decided I wasn’t really interested. Well, was I missing out. Friday Night Lights is one of the best tv series out there and I can’t tell you how sad I was when the 5th season was over. It is a show where you really fall in love with the characters and of course idolize the marriage between Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler. It also doesn’t hurt that there are a number of very cute guys on the show! There’s always drama, but what keeps you coming back is the heart, it feels like quality television that I just couldn’t get enough of. No judgment here if your new mantra becomes, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose”.

2. Suits

When Friday Night Lights was over, I was on the hunt for a new show. Luckily, my bestie Krae came to the rescue and suggested I watch Suits. I haven’t really watched much on the USA Channel but found that I was missing out on this great legal drama. I have always loved legal dramas and this one is up there with the best. Similar to The Good Wife (another fave if you haven’t seen it), most episodes feature a case of the week, but they are far from boring. They have a unique ability to capture your interest while progressing the characters storyline, not to mention some relationships as well. Come for the legal drama, but stay for the dynamics between Harvey and Mike, they are the dynamic duo that you never want to be broken. Also, the female characters on this show, like Donna, Jessica and Rachel rock and are strong women that you don’t get to see on many shows. An added bonus is that Suits is currently airing Season 4 right now, so once you finish your binge watch, you can continue your obsession in real time.

3. Veronica Mars

I remember catching an episode or two of Veronica Mars years ago, but never really started watching it. Then, when the kickstarter campaign for a movie started and was a smashing success, I thought that maybe I was missing something. This is a show that is really best to watch from Season 1 because you would miss a lot of the character’s arcs without it. Veronica is a high school student (and later college) that happens to be a private eye on the side. I’ll admit that it sounds a little cheesy, but somehow, the show just nails it. Kristen Bell does a phenomenal job and is totally snarky and loveable at the same time. It definitely is a little on the younger side but such a fun show to watch. Plus, it has the added bonus of catching up with Veronica in the movie when she’s 30 which if you’re like me, you’ll start streaming the second after you finish the final episodes of Season 3!

4. Parenthood

Parenthood was another show like Friday Night Lights that I just never found myself getting into for no real reason. When Krae suggested that I get on board (yep, she suggested another of my favorites) I knew I had to start watching because we have such similar tv taste. Parenthood feels like Friday Night Lights in the wholesome sense mixed with Brothers & Sisters in the family sense. It revolves around the Bravermans which includes the grandparents, their four children (including Dax Shepard, Lauren Graham and Erika Christensen) plus their significant others and their children. Needless to say it’s a big group. But the more you watch, the more you fall in love with the Bravermans and they will make you laugh and will make you cry. In fact, Vulture does a great “cry-cap” after each episode rating scenes on how many tears were shed. Season 5 just wrapped and the 6th and final season premiers in the Fall, so be sure to check it out before then!

5. House of Cards

Yes, the Netflix show that everyone talks about really does live up to it’s hype. My brother urged me to start watching this series, so just before the second season was set to drop, I binge watched the first season. And wow, what a season it was! HOC is set in DC and revolves around Frank Underwood, the Democratic Majority Whip Leader who is extremely ambitious and ready to do anything to rise up in the ranks. It stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright Penn as the power couple that you do not want to cross. Episodes are shocking and exciting and if you like Scandal this show is for you!

Other shows that would be great to binge watch: The Good Wife, Scandal, Revenge and Pretty Little Liars! (Can you tell I love a good drama?) In the comedy department I only really watch one: The Mindy Project and it’s amazing. So much so, in fact, that I might have to do a full focused post on it soon!

Questions:

-What are your favorite tv shows?

-Any shows that I need to binge watch? I’m always looking for new recommendations!

Oscars Fashion

Hi lovelies, I’m back! It’s been quite a long time since I’ve popped up on GGG, and unfortunately, it’s because I’ve been very ill. February has been a rough month health wise and yet what I thought was bad, turned even worse last week. After numerous doctors appointments, more herbal supplements than I can count, we still don’t exactly know what was wrong with me. I’ll spare you all the details but it was probably the sickest I’ve been in my whole life. (And coming from me and many medical issues, that’s saying something.) But rather drone on and on about how bad I was feeling, I’d rather talk about something more fun… like Oscar dresses!

I thought that almost everyone looked phenomenal at the Oscars and loved that the ladies were embracing and embodying old Hollywood glamour. Here are my top pics…

Back in Black (and Silver)

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  • Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab Haute Couture: Though this silhouette and style are nothing new, Sandra looked absolutely perfect in this gorgeous gown. I love how she kept her hair sleek and simple and loved how only the bottom 1/3 of the gown was actually sheer making it a beautiful, tasteful choice.
  • Halle Berry in Versace: I’m not usually a huge fan of Halle’s red carpet choices but I’m loving this art deco dress. The vertical stripes are so on-trend and no one could pull off this dress like Halle Berry with her amazing figure.
  • Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan: I absolutely loved this dress and it’s a pattern that we haven’t really see before. I think the black band perfectly emphasizes her tiny waist and love that she kept her accessories simple (with George Clooney on your arm, what else do you need?)

But the most surprising and the winner in my book of the best silver look? None other than First Lady, Michelle Obama in a custom Naeem Khan gown.

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Perfectly Poufy

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  • Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta: If I were going to the Oscars, I would pick a gown just like this. It’s romantic and elegant while still being princessy at the same time.
  • Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture: Besides taking a tumble on her way to receive her Best Actress award, Lawrence looked beautiful in this blush colored dress with a major train that was both youthful and daring.
  • Jennifer Aniston in Valentino: This is a departure from Aniston’s usual red carpet attire and I loved it. I think she looked beautiful in this punchy red and the design is classic just like Aniston herself.

I also have to give a special shoutout to Les Miserables actress Samantha Barks, who looked flawless in this gorgeous gown and despite searching for quite some time, I can’t find the designer. Hope the details will come out soon!

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And the worst look of the evening? Goes to Real Housewife of Beverly Hills aka archnemesis of Leanne Rimes, Brandi Glanville. I’m not sure why she was at the Oscars or what stylist let her walk the red carpet in this…

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Questions:

-Did you watch the Oscars?

-Who was on your best and worst dressed list?

Red, White and Blue

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had an amazing weekend. Are you all watching the Olympics? I’ve never been that into it before, but this year I can’t seem to get enough. You know I love diving, but I’m also loving swimming, volleyball and of course gymnastics. This weekend has involved lots of Olympics watching, but it started off with a bang on Friday. It was actually supposed to be a book club with some of my girlfriends but because so few people read the book, we also turned it into an Olympics Opening Ceremony party. I always try and make something delicious for Book Club and this party was no exception, but with the added challenge of making something USA-themed. I thought about making my giant cupcake, but wanted to make something a little different, so I decided on Golden Oreo truffles, recipe courtesy of Sally.

The ingredients are super simple…

I followed Sally’s recipe almost exactly but subbed fat-free cream cheese for regular (I mean, why not save a few calories when you can!) And because I only have a mini food processor, I processed everything in batches. Also, I noticed that the truffles turn out best when you really blend the cream cheese and oreos together until they become a similar texture as cookie dough.

But I wasn’t the only one with an Olympic themed treat- everyone brought amazing things, including red, white and blue mac and cheese. And of course, adorable decorations by my friend, party planner extraordinaire, Biz. Also, check out the bowls below- they are Olympic rings ;)

But food wasn’t the only thing on our minds. Of course the wine was flowing as well and we decided to take it a step further as my friend Ashley created something special for our Olympic viewing…

And what kind of an Olympics party would it be without some awesome glasses…

Questions:

-Do you have any television viewing parties?

-If you could compete in any Olympics sport, which one would you do?

Funfetti and The Final Rose

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was full of so many fun things with great friends that it’s going to take me a couple of days to fill you in. But rather than start from the beginning, I want to chat about Sunday night. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it, but a group of my friends and I have a Bachelorette bracket. My team name was Em & Em, but unfortunately, thanks to Charlie getting sent home very early, I didn’t do so well.

But who cares about the results of a bracket when you have good friends, good food, and a fantastic season finale to watch, right? We all made a different dish to bring to the party and after seeing this recipe on Pinterest, I knew it would be perfect, especially because it only called for these 3 ingredients…

These combine to make the ever popular, Healthy Funfetti Dip! This recipe is so incredibly easy to make and is a definite crowd pleaser. Since the recipe basically consists of stirring the above together, be sure to note that it needs to be refrigerated for at least 3 hours for the flavors to combine and if you eat it right away, it lacks the true cake flavor that develops later. Also, unless you are taking this to a large party (we had about 10 people) I’d suggest halving the recipe, as this makes a *huge* bowl.

As you can see, our hostesses went all out and had red roses scattered around the apartment, candles lit, and even Jef and Arie napkins! Also, the above is only part of the dessert table as cupcakes and special yogurt waffle cones were later added! In addition to all the sweet treats, we had my friend Ashley’s famous baked brie (maybe I’ll get her to guest post and share!), quinoa stuffed peppers, spinach artichoke dip, snap pea and bean dill salad and more! Needless to say, along with our wine we were all sufficiently stuffed. But that didn’t stop us from squealing as we watched the episode together and gasping when Emily said goodbye to Arie. An Indy car driver, Arie was my favorite from the beginning and their chemistry was undeniable, but when it came to who was a better fit for Emily, I did have to agree that Jef was the right choice.

Photo courtesy of ABC

And with that another season of the Bachelor franchise is over! Bachelor Pad started last night and while I’m sure that I’ll inevitably watch it, it won’t be nearly as much fun as tuning in every week with my family and friends to see who Emily is going to pick.

Questions:

-What’s your favorite food to bring to parties?

-Did you watch the Bachelorette? Were you surprised with Emily’s choice?