Caleb Rivers Could Be Mary Drake’s Son

Caleb Rivers Could Be Mary Drake’s Son

Caleb Rivers could be Mary Drake’s son.

Okay, okay.  We’re all making theories.  We’re all running out of brain cells with which we can (not) stop ourselves from utilising on Marlene King’s mindfuck of a mystery that is Pretty Little Liars.  

I don’t have much to go on.  However, upon a rewatch.  (Yes, I’m in grad school and have a shit ton of school work, and yet STILL find the time to theorise of this god forsaken show!)

But I digress.

Upon a rewatch episode 3×19 – “What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted?” – Hanna finds out that Caleb’s ‘Uncle-Daddy’, Jamie Doyle, lives in Amish Country.  

I know that the WB backlot probably only has one barn to use for 25 television shows, but the barn Jamie is working in looks pretty familiar.

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And then in 7×03, “The Talented Mr Rollins” Aria and Hanna visit Amish Country to find out more about Elliot Rollins.

 

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But back to Caleb…

We don’t know anything about Caleb’s “real” mother, Claudia Dawson.  We are aware she lives in Montecito, CA and that she has a shit ton of cash.

We know that when Caleb was 5/6 years old, his aunt left him with a babysitter and nobody ever came back for him.

I know, why would Claudia admit to being Caleb’s mother (and have a PI track him down) if he wasn’t hers?

Maybe because she believes that the Caleb we know is her son.

In 3×04, “Birds of a Feather“, we see a computer screen accessing Radley’s patient database removing visitor restrictions for Mona.

‘A’ is at the Montecito Airport – presumably to intimidate  Caleb’s ‘mother’ and run her off the road.  WHY?

Again, WHY?  That’s a lot of effort to just get back at Hanna.  I suppose that Caleb is sticking his nose in, but again, there has to be more as to why ‘A’ would target Caleb’s mother.

Caleb goes out to visit his mother and comes back with an expensive Mercedes-Benz and new clothing – she let him drive back to Pennsylvania on his own in her car?

I don’t know.  It all seems a bit odd.

Maybe Jamie ‘Uncle-Daddy’ Doyle had a thing for Radley hotties. Perhaps at the same time, he was having a relationship with Caleb’s mother he ALSO had a relationship with Mary Drake.

Maybe Jamie was a patient at Radley also?

Is it possible that Jamie kidnapped Caleb, and that’s why at the age of six he was eventually “left with a babysitter”, and they never came back for him?

Could Caleb have been switched with Claudia’s real son?

From the tone of Caleb’s early childhood stories, he was a kid placed in dangerous situations at a young age, rather than born into one.

I mean, c’mon, you (usually) don’t end up sleeping in high school HVAC system at sixteen if you come from a stable affair.

I mean, unless you’re Alison.  Well, technically she was sleeping rough, but, again, her family is super fucked up too.

Anyhoo.

I also find it very suspicious that we’ve never met Caleb’s mother, but then again, we’ve never met Jenna’s or Toby’s folks either.

Or Noel’s for that matter.

Also, Caleb just happened to “bump into Spencer” in Spain during the flash forward?

I’ve had some weird random connections in life.

However, we all know that there are no coincidences in Rosewood (or between any of its previous residents!).

I’m not saying that Caleb is AD.

I’m not even suggesting that he’s bad, but he has always been sketchy in a vigilante type of way to me.

I need to stop watching this show.

You’re killing us all, Marlene.

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Any thoughts?

 

Out on the Lanai

Out on the Lanai

So, the other day, while cruising the Interwebs, I stumbled upon something spectacular.

Wanna know what it was?

A Golden Girls podcast.

Whaaaaaaaaat?

That’s right.  A GOLDEN GIRLS PODCAST.

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It’s called “Out on the Lanai” and it is fantabulous.

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Ever since I turned 30, the Golden Girls have been, like, my religion.

If I’m sad, sick, tired, or whatever extreme mood I may be in, I know there’s an episode or two of the Girls that will take my mind off of my life.  Well, at least for 20 minutes to an hour.

I can’t even tell you what my favourite episode is; I don’t think it’s even possible to have just one?

I also can’t even tell you which GG is my favourite.

Though, I did take a “Which Golden Girl Are You?” quiz and as it stands now, I got Sophia and Dorothy.

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I’m not mad.  In fact, my best friend always used to tell me that I was like a mixture of Dorothy’s sarcasm and level-headedness and Sophia’s sass and wit.

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So, the hosts of “Out on the Lanai”, H. Alan Scott and Kerri Doherty, are super hilarious.  And they often have equally entertaining guests on their podcast episodes.

I’m all kinds of jealous that I don’t have another GG enthusiast to do a podcast with because the show is timeless.  Sure, some of the social issues they touched on are dated, but let’s face it – this show will be treasured forever, and it is irreplaceable.

One of the things I love the most about the OOTL podcast is that they do a “golden take away” from each episode – a tiny bit of wisdom you can take to heart and can apply to your life.

When it comes to the Golden Girls, for me, the two lessons I learned from these ladies are: You can choose your family and that your life doesn’t have to end just because somebody else’s does.

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Dartmouth Jitney

The Dartmouth Jitney (Coach)

There are few times I can recall when riding in a coach bus for any amount of distance didn’t haunt me before it started.

I used to take the Fung Wah from NYC to Boston.  But after multiple bus fires and crashes, they were forced to shut down last year.

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I had realized that I had every right to question how safe a $15 bus ride is long before this happened, though.

In 2010, I upgraded to Peter Pan Bus Company.  Not bad for the NYC to Boston trip.  Also, it was a notable upgrade from the Fung Wah (enough to justify spike in price, anyway.)

When I went back to America, for three weeks in April, I needed to make the most of my time.  I had heard for years that the Dartmouth Jitney (Coach) was a great way to make the trip from NYC to New Hampshire.  The DC travels from just outside Grand Central Station to Lebanon and Hanover, New Hampshire in about 5 hours.

Trust me, if you’re trying to get to northern NH, you don’t want to take a bus to Boston and have to switch over to another route all the way up north.

I knew that riding in a coach created to shuttle wealthy NYC kids to and from Dartmouth was going to be a different experience, but I had no idea that it would resemble that one time I got upgraded to first class on Delta.

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The seats were leather and cushion.

There were outlets on either side of my seat.

There was loads of leg room (which at five feet tall is still a luxury.)

There was a coffee bar.

Best of all, though, by far, were the other passengers.

Women aged 45-70 who live between absurdly priced pieces of real estate in Hanover and Manhattan and like to slum it on the Coach after a weekend of upper-class debauchery.

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I don’t watch any of the “Real Housewives” shows, but I’m willing to bet the ladies on the Coach could fit in nicely with that lot.

Also, the producers of the Housewives franchise should definitely look into a Real Housewives of Hanover series.  I would be petty and hilarious for so many reasons.

First off, they knew the driver by name as they addressed him while handing off their Louis Vitton bags to him.

The driver played along by showing a “genuine” interest in their weekend activities.

So… what did you ladies get up to this weekend <fake laugh>?”

“Oh, it was a quiet one.  Just a bit of shopping, the theater, brunch, and anal bleaching!”

Okay, I made that last bit up.  But did I?  Really?

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Don’t worry.  I’m gonna wrap this up.

My bus ride was at 7:45 am on a Monday morning, so I was hoping it would be quiet.

And it was quiet.  The ladies of leisure took to a separate rows of seats, put their feet up, and blocked out the daylight (and land transportation energy field) by covering themselves with designer eye masks and pashminas.

Except for that one lady, who was doing yoga poses across from me in her Lululemons unapologetically.

If you wear leggings that cost more than my entire outfit (including my shoes), there’s just no way we’ll ever understand one another.  I don’t care how much we both enjoy fitness.

We may have been sharing a bus, but we certainly don’t live in the same world.

To be honest, the entire bus ride felt like an anthropological experiment.

I didn’t make eye contact with the other subjects or disturb their natural habitat and because of that, I got to experience why the other half will voluntarily travel by coach.

The takeaway?

For an extra $125, you can probably avoid this:

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But not this:

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The choice is yours.

 

largs

Hill Walking In Largs

After three weeks of having the fantastic (sarcasm), summer weather of Scotland, Luke and I finally got to get out on a Saturday and be with nature.

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One of the things I love the most about Scotland is that, no matter where you are at any given moment, you can be near cows.  A fact that makes me question my love of cheeseburgers almost daily.  I understand people who don’t eat meat when I am staring into these eyes.

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I am eating more turkey burgers now.  My compromise.  Raise your hand if you have been personally victimized by turkeys.

Don’t judge me because I’m already judging myself.

I was born in Vermont, so nothing lifts my spirits more than to walk through sheep shit, cowpies, swamp-like patches, and territorial livestock.

Nothing.

I even let my father take a look at the view.  He always loved hiking and constantly reminded me that placing myself in nature is the one true salvation of human life.

So, this walk was really for you, Dad.

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It’s cold at the biotch.

I love to go to the beach in July.  As I was walking along the boardwalk in Largs, I was texting with my friend who is in Philidelphia.  She was telling me she was planning to spend the day at the beach, and I let her know that I was also at the beach on this Saturday in July.  Wearing two fucking coats.

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I’m not gonna lie.  I hate not having a real summer. However, I don’t miss oppressive heat and humidity.  I do have a bit of a chuckle when it is 68 degrees Fahrenheit and people are like, “it’s ROASTING oot”.

Roasting? Hmm. If by roasting they mean it’s warm enough some days in July to wear only one coat and dare I say it, sunglasses?  Then yes, I guess you could say that 68 degrees Fahrenheit is roasting.

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I also love that I was able to add to my collection of abandoned Irn Bru container photos.  There’s something provocative to me about the nation’s best-selling soft drink containers occurring” organically” in nature.

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Inevitably, it started to rain.  So, we returned to Glasgow and got stuck into Stranger Thingswhich I highly recommend you watch.

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I, for one, am super excited to see Winona Ryder in something awesome again. I love her. I don’t even care about her Vicodin five finger discount saga of the early 2000’s. I totally owned a “Free Winona” t-shirt.

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To make a long story short, it was a good weekend.

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Was yours?

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12 observations about pretty little liars episode 7x04

12 Biggest Observations From Pretty Little Liars Episode 7×04

So, last night’s episode of Pretty Little Liars (which is this morning’s episode over here in the UK) 7×04, was action-packed and full of all kinds of “bitch, please” moments.

Here are the 12 most memorable moments of episode 7×04:

  1. Vehicular manslaughter is not first-degree murder.  The girls did not drive out toward the pin drop on the GPS with the intention of killing Elliot Rollins.  Although, why do they ALWAYS have four shovels with them?  I don’t even own a shovel and certainly never kept one in the trunk of my car.
  2. Spencer, I love you, but your comment “What do we tell the cops? That Hanna can’t tell the left pedal from the right?!”  That’s cold, Spence.
  3. Ali would be amazing at “the claw” machine.  Seriously.  She just stuck her hand in the dirt and pulled out Elliot’s security keycard without any need for a do-over.  #AliClawLaurentis
  4. Does Emily seriously work 2-hour shifts at the Radley?  She seemingly worked an entire shift with Spencer sitting there chugging martinis?  Also, Emily, you knew that Spencer had to drive Elliot’s car to the train station, purchase a ticket, and board the fucking train – why are you serving her tons of alcohol?  You guys already killed one dude with a car this evening.  Just saying.  #EmilyFieldsWorkEthics
  5. Caleb crying through the door about stroking Spencer’s chin dimple on a street corner was touching, but also, I feel like he needed a day to come up with that speech.  Also, Ashley Benson’s crying game is on point.  #CalebIsCoDependent
  6. Alison DID follow Charlotte into the bell tower of the church the night she died, but when she left, Charlotte was still alive.  This event is becoming the new “that night” scenario of PLL.  #WhoKilledCharlotteIsSheEvenDead
  7. Loved the “Keebler Elf” shout out while Hanna and Aria tried to relocate their car by the tree mostly likely to have housed one of the cracker eating critters.  Also, I’m glad Mona showed up with the car before these two set fire to it in a heavily wooded area.  Adding a massive wildfire arson charge to the evening isn’t what they needed.  #MonaThinksOfEverything
  8. Spencer totally used Elliot’s credit card to pay for the drinks she was slamming with the new detective she almost banged in the elevator.  Woops.  #DrunkSpencer
  9. Best line of the show goes to Jenna Marshall and her response to Emily’s question, “And you’re staying at the Radley?” to which she replied, “Oh, didn’t you hear?  My house blew up.”  #YasJennaYassss
  10.  Hanna and Mona rubbed their fingerprints and scent all over Elliot’s car.  They might as well have keyed, “Mona + Hanna BFF” on the hood.
  11. Elliot’s real name is, Archer Dunhill, but he’s not A.D.  I know that Marlene lies about things sometimes, but I believe she told us that Elliot and Mary are working with A.D. and that individual is, UBER A.   Also, he’s friendly with Jenna, and that means things are going to get even MORE confusing.
  12. Don’t worry, dear, Mary Drake is “in charge now.”

We were told by Marlene that the Liars would make “the biggest mistake of their lives” and that this error will be the FUEL to fire Uber A’s final game.  I, like many other viewers, have been wondering what the hell the “most dangerous A of all” has done that is so terrible compared to any other A — so, hopefully now that the girls done fucked up, we’ll all start to see things get scandalous.

As seen in the promo for 7×05, “Along Comes Mary.”

 

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Ten Observations From Pretty Little Liars 'Tick-Tock, Bitches'

Ten Observations From Pretty Little Liars ‘Tick-Tock, Bitches’

SPOILERS!!

Happy Wednesday!  So, I’ve watched the season premiere of Pretty Little Liars, and, I think that the episode was excellent and has certainly pushed my suspicions in a very particular direction.

First off, wtf with the masks? The masks are stressing me out. Now that I know that this show is becoming a ‘MaskFest 2016,’ I feel like it’s possible some of the characters that we are seeing could be wearing masks and not who they say they are.

Probably not, but still. That Hanna mask was crazy.

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So, here are ten observations I had during Tick-Tock, Bitches:

  1. The opening sequence with Emily, Spencer, and Aria digging what appears to be a grave is the cliffhanger of our midseason finale episode, 7×10. I think the entirety of season 7A is going to be the four days leading up to that scene.
  2. Mary Drake is possibly the mother of Melissa or Spencer. There were too many hints dropped during the 10-minute cup of tea between Spencer and Mary. I believe that Veronica is the adoptive mother of either Spencer or Melissa, and this would be another way for Marlene and Co. to pay homage to the books (I believe Spencer is adopted in the books, right?).
  3. According to her passport, Mary was last in London before returning to Rosewood. You know who else lives in London? Wren and Melissa. Hmmm.
  4. It was suggested, by one of the PLL writers, that there will be a “Romeo and Juliet” type of storyline. We all know that Spencer doesn’t just like Shakespeare, she loves Shakespeare.
  5. Team #Spoby? Did you see the scene when Spencer texted, “How do we know Hanna is still alive?” and the camera cut over to Toby looking at his phone?

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  6. Whenever someone is called out for being the killer, they are not. Alison did not murder Charlotte.
  7. I kind of love Huw Collins as creepy Elliot. (I also love that he is married to the daughter of my home state of New Hampshire’s Senator!). Also, obviously because, British.
  8. I fucking love Mona. I just do. “And then what, we waterboard her?” – the best line from the entire episode.
  9. Spencer was visiting Hanna. If we’ve learned nothing else from PLL, it’s this: When people think they are seeing another person, it’s not a vision, it’s happening.
  10. Mary Drake is a whole lot like the killer from The Woman In Black. Especially now that we know she was responsible for the death of a baby and spent over five years being admitted and discharged from Radley.

I’m excited because I think ANYTHING could happen this season. Anyone could be a villain.

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What are your predictions for season 7? Any thoughts on ‘Uber A’?

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perfume trauma

Perfume Trauma

Controversial title.

Real issue.

I grew up in a small town. Like, minuscule. I’ll put it this way; my town didn’t matter to anyone (including most of its residents) until Walmart decided to set up shop near a highway exit.  That’s not to say people were happy about the Walmart.  My point is, sadly, my hometown is the kind of town which only really gained any recognition by its ability to house a Walmart.

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As you can imagine, growing up as a child in the 80’s and early 90’s without being in proximity to a shopping mall was not awesome.

I envied people who lived near a mall and could hang out with their friends and eat Cinnabon and drink Orange Julius until they inevitably puked in their family’s minivan on the ride home.

As a child from small town America, I felt well and truly left out.  The mall was the place to be, but I couldn’t be there.

Oh, capricious youth and all its struggles.

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Well, times have changed.

As an adult, I loathe going to the mall and despise department stores.

I think malls and department stores are horrid.  They are hot and full of people buying meaningless filler crap made in sweatshops to make their lives seem less miserable

You know I’m a scoach dramatic, but not really?

Is it just me or are the fragrance people in department stores aggressive AF?

You know what, no. It’s not just me. I’ve been a victim of what I call “perfume trauma” multiple times in the past thirty days.

In fact, it happened just a few weeks ago.

Said trauma was during a last minute quest to find Soul Mates for a garden wedding we were attending (which, by the way, are the BIGGEST WASTE OF MONEY) and, to date, this was the worst perfume trauma I’ve ever experienced.

I went in, like no exaggeration at all, 25 stores in Glasgow City Centre on this quest.

It was a scavenger hunt for something I didn’t even really want to find.  The best kind, right?

But I digress. One of the stores I went into was House of Fraser department store.

I mean, no offence if you like that shop, but the one on Buchanan Street here in Glasgow was an absolute shitshow as far as shopping experiences go.   Seriously.

First off, the music is way too loud (and shitty) and there are fucking mirrors EVERYWHERE.

As I first walked into what was about to be one of the most annoying retail experiences of my life, I was attacked by a vigorous and powerful mist of perfume.

Like, it went into my mouth and eyes.  Like pepper spray.

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As I was choking (not even exaggerating) the girl who attacked me tried to hand me a piece of paper with the awful scent on it.

“Would you like a wee sample of [most offensive fragrance ever]?”

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Straight up perfume trauma.

I asked the girl who finally (didn’t) help me locate what I was looking for in House of Fraser how she could work there. To which she replied, “I don’t know, but it certainly makes me think twice about drinking the night before a shift.”

Seriously, that is a version of hell I’d rather not imagine.

So, you can imagine my enthusiasm this morning when my husband mentioned that he wanted to go into a particular department store to “compare colognes.”

In fact, the conversation went a little bit like this:

Luke: “How do you feel about popping into [store I’d rather not mention]? I want to compare colognes.”

Me: “Can I counter your question?”

Luke: “Uh, sure.”

Me: “How do you feel about me stabbing myself in the neck with this key?”

True story.

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Have you ever experienced perfume trauma?  Do you like malls and/or department stores?

 

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Pretty Little Liars Season 7 – The Countdown Begins!

Warning:  SPOILERS

If you watch Pretty Little Liars (and you’re a not-that-far-from-being-middle-aged woman who made this show her guiltiest pleasure, like yours truly), then you are probably just as excited as I am for the Season 7 premiere next Tuesday!

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I admittedly calmed down with my PLL theory searching for about six weeks during the show’s current hiatus, but I’ve been back in action the past couple of weeks trying to see what types of theories are out there.

I’ve been skimming the PLL Reddit page.  No, I’m not joining it.  I kinda don’t want to be an actual part of Reddit.  I fear I will get sucked in and never come back out.  I just don’t know if I can handle that kind of commitment in my schedule right now.

 

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Some fans are speculating crazy things to come in season 7.

And some fans are already predicting that Marlene King and Company will let them down.

 

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As for me? I’m pretty optimistic. I think that the writers have an excellent shot at both making this show come full circle and answering some of the many questions PLL viewers have had on their minds for literal seasons.

 

#SaveHanna

I think we can safely speculate that Hanna will not die, but nobody knows for sure.  That creepy promo tells us that the Liars have 24 hours to change Hanna’s fate in 7×01 “Tik-Tok Bitches.”  Marlene said that the Liars will be making the “biggest mistake of their lives”.

Judging from the trailer, me thinks it’s going to be an unintentional murder.

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My Top Pick PLL #ENDGAME Theory

I’ve read and seen a few theories I find interesting/plausible, but the one that is really, really solid and well-constructed is the one called “The Killer Three” by PLLTheorist.  Seriously, read it.

This theory is totally worth a read if you’re like me, and you think that Charlotte may not have told the whole truth in 6×10, because…

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Of course, I’m not leaving out my semi-theory that Toby could be the one to shock us all in the end.  Toby has so many things to hate the DiLaurentis family for, not to mention, Peter Hastings.  Alison got him sent away and she blinded Jenna.  Jessica and Peter were on the board at Radley and facilitated the cover up his mother’s murder, which CeCe witnessed and was later accused to have committed.  Peter was also instrumental in convincing Toby and his father to take a settlement rather than seeking justice for his mother’s death.    And let’s also not forget that Toby’s house was blown to smithereens by “A.”  “But he helps the girls all the time” –keep your friends close and your enemies closer?

That’s the saying, right?

I’m not much for revenge, but seriously.  That’s a whole lot of shit to take off one family.  I can’t help but feel like he might have a motive or two to get his hands dirty in the end.  Plus, he made a convincing and creepy “A” helper.

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I’m also looking forward to the return of characters like Jenna and Noel.

Tammin Sursok stated during an interview that her character will be “very much involved” in the overall storyline. Either way, with Miss Marshall’s return, we’re bound to have some good drama/possible red herrings thrown into the mix – that will hopefully keep us all on our toes.

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Are you looking forward to season 7 of Pretty Little Liars? Are you still hoping that Wren is Uber A? Me too. Me too.

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DIY Blonde Hair Toner

DIY Blonde Hair Toner

If you’re a blonde, you know the drama of keeping brassy tones out of your hair.

If you’re also anything like me, you have spent an extensive amount of time on Pinterest and YouTube trying to find the best and most cost-effective method of getting your hair the perfect tone.  I love a cooler, ash blonde tone, and this DIY toner I recently tried gives you just that.

Before you try this out, I will state the obvious:  I am NOT a professional. I will also warn you:  If your hair is SUPER dry (which, as a blonde, it most likely is), you’re going to want to prepare your hair for this toner with a deep conditioning treatment, like coconut oil, to avoid hair breakage and further damage.  I will further warn you, depending on the lightness of your blonde, your hair may have a lavender or purple hue to it.  I have some very, very light streaks (I mean like they are WHITE), and those will have a silver/lilac shade after ten minutes.

Bottom line:  Try at your discretion and start off leaving the toner on for the five minutes and add on additional time if need be.

For this DIY blonde hair toner, you’re going to need three items (*Depending on your hair length and thickness you may need more – it’s a 1:2 ratio of ACV to shampoo):

Add the ACV and purple shampoo into the spray bottle and shake to mix.  Apply the mixture with the spray bottle anywhere you want to tone your hair and leave on anywhere from 5-20 minutes depending on the condition of your hair.  ACV and purple shampoo can be very drying on their own, so that is why it is best to do a deep conditioning treatment before applying your DIY toner.

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After leaving the toner on for the desired amount of time, rinse the mixture and follow-up with a deep conditioner.  Rinse out the conditioner with water as COLD as you can stand it – this step is important as the ACV will have opened the hair up, absorbing the purple shampoo. So, the cold water will help to seal the hair back up and hold the toner in place longer.

You can repeat this treatment as needed but I would discourage you from doing it more than once a week, bi-monthly is probably best!

Again, I’m not a hair professional, but I know that this is the method that has worked best for me.  I wanted to avoid using a demi-permanent color and developer (such as Wella ColorCharm), and this DIY mixture gave me the closest results to that.

Being blonde is SO much fun, but being blonde is also SO demanding.

Aren’t all things that are worthwhile this way, though?

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Have you ever tried a DIY hair toner?  Do you struggle to keep your blonde hair bright?

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Fave New Music #2

Since I’ve discovered the joy of Podcasts, I have been seriously neglecting music.  It’s actually quite a weird thing for me to wrap my mind around.

I used to be literally unable to function without music.  That’s why I started listening to some again recently.

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I will also admit (though not included in this collection) that I like ZaYN (is that how he spells it?) Malik’s solo album.  It’s quite soulful.

Funny enough, I was over in the UK when One Direction participated on X Factor.  I vividly remember saying, “this group wouldn’t be famous in America, we’re really over boybands now!”.  Boybands are still pretty relevant in the UK.  It’s kinda ridic.

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I ain’t no Simon Cowell.  I’m okay with this fact, though.

Anyhoo, here’s some stuff I like at the moment.

  1. “Couldn’t Believe” – Broods (Such fun).
  2. “Hurts So Good” – Astrid S  (Something I can ignore while simultaneously enjoying).
  3. “Best Love” – Yuna (Tune).
  4. “Fill in the Blank” – Car Seat Headrest (Reminds me of my angsty youth.  In the best way, of course).
  5. “DOPE” – T.I., Marsha Ambrosius (This song reminds me of 2Pac a bit, that’s why I’m feeling it.  I know, think it, it’s okay).
  6. “Since We Were Kids” – Arthur Beatrice (named after Bea Arthur of The Golden Girls – such fun!)
  7. “Summer Was A Day” – Pete Yorn (So very excited about new music from Pete!)
  8. “Chicago” – Sufjan Stevens (Oh, Sufjan, you’re so wounded and beautiful).

What tunes do you love these days?

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