Every few months or so, I start getting messages on social media from strangers telling me that I'm beautiful. That would probably weird most people out, but to me it just signals that my episode of "What Not to Wear" has aired again on syndication somewhere.
In May 2017, it will be seven years since I taped my appearance (it aired in January 2011). My life has completely changed but, honestly, I haven't overcome all of the issues we addressed on the show.
The question I'm most asked is "Do you still wear sweatpants to work?"
Well, yes. However, I work from home, so stop judging. For the most part -- because I'm not perfect -- I try to dress up whenever I'm going out. I try to be put together.
What was the worst part of being on "What Not to Wear"? That god-awful 360 mirror. I still have nightmares about it. Okay, I don't but couldn't blame me if I did. They had to turn the air conditioning off when we were in there. Between the lights and the fact that you've stuffed three people into a reflective box, I was a sweaty, disgusting mess. I was so hot that it didn't really even bug me that I was staring in a mirror.
Did you really get $5,000? Yep. Here's what I spent it on.
Am I over my body issues? No, of course not. I'm a woman. I'll never be completely happy with my body. That said, what we focused on was my issues with my scars. I'm actually over that. I have scars. Big deal.
I do still struggle with confidence on a daily basis. But, hey, I'm working on it.
Since the show, my body has changed and so has my style. Sometimes I make good choices and sometimes I do not. I've cut my hair, I've grown it out. I've dyed it dark and then lightened it back up. I've changed my appearance with every season of the last seven years.
I didn't walk away from the show and change my personality. I walked away the same person but on a different path. One of the biggest conversations that I had with Stacy and Clinton off camera was how much I needed a change. They encouraged me to quit my job and move to Los Angeles. With their support, I did.
Granted, life brought me back to Nashville a year later, but I made a big leap that I probably would've have without their encouragement.
Since then, I earned my MFA and I got a book deal. Country Music Hair, country music's greatest mullets, bobs, beehives, and bouffants collected together in one entertaining volume, illustrated with dozens of color and black-and-white photographs, was released in 2016.
I am grateful to have had the experience of being on "What Not to Wear." I'm not perfect, but I think the point of the show wasn't to change the person, but to let them see that they have worth.
Robert Irwin, son of "The Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, is a chip off the ole block. Not only does he look like his father (check out the clip) but he has his father's enthusiasm of animals and educating people about them. Robert brought a variety of unusual animals (legless lizards?) to "The Tonight Show" and Jimmy's reactions were priceless.
I think that clip provided every reaction gif you will ever need.
1. "Hey, how r u?"
"beaut bonza" is the most Aussie phrase in the world
2. "How was ur date?"
3. Do not want
4. Afraid yet curious
5. Mild shock/ when you aren't really paying attention anymore
6. Standard cute
7. When something unwanted enters your life
8. "C'mon man."
9. Deeply concerned/nervous/unsure
10. An apt question for anyone who rides public transit
11. When you're getting unwanted attention
12. Hyping up your boy to go talk to the pretty girl at the bar
13. When you aren't paying attention and something serious happens
14. "Whatever, it's not that cool."
15. When they respond positively to that risky text
Over the last couple of years, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have really emerged as one of those normal Hollywood couples. You know, people you might want to hang out with sometime.
Mainly, it seems like they do normal things and have some real perspective on this whole celebrity lifestyle, but also they do weird things like eat a ton of snacks on camera and live tweet an entire day of mundane events leading up to a big event.
Recently, Anna Faris live-tweeted an entire day of activities. Chris Pratt was prepping for the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" premiere and Anna was just eating raisin toast and getting her hair done. It was amazing.
We picked out a few of our favorite tweets from the day and compiled them all into a video for easing scrolling.
To say that Starbuck's Unicorn Frappuccino Blended Creme is a sign of the apocalypse is a smidge dramatic. But, only a smidge. The once proud coffee roaster has ceased to care by creating a "drink" that changes flavors and looks like a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper. In so doing, Unicorn Frapp is first drink specifically made for Instagram instead of tastebuds. This is the result of all of our food posts. This is how culture dies.
Jimmy Kimmel can read the writing on the wall and made a spot-on drink of his own made from coffee, pancake batter, chocolate frosting fries, vodka, and Lexapro. It is the next logical step after the Unicorn Frapp.
"Treat yourself to an Snapchat photo-op and ride the fast lane to diabetes with the Unicorn Frappuccino. Made with fresh milk and inert chemical weapons."
Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino Blended Creme ingredients
Now excuse me while I go ironically order one. Check out my social media for a full review.
We've always known that Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most beloved celebrities of all-time. Who doesn't love her? Currently, Nicki Minaj loves her so much, she's name-dropped in her in her most recent song and video, which is a shot at Remy Ma.
Ellen's name comes into the rap during the first verse.
I woulda helped you out that pit you fell in
I am the generous queen! Ask Ms. Ellen
Tried to drop "Another One", you was itchin' to scrap
You exposed your ghostwriter, now you wish it was scrapped
Of course, Ellen hears, "I am DeGeneres queen, ask Ellen."
We don't not hear it.
For her part in the feud, Ellen has asked the age-old question-- do I have to do anything?
Great question. We hope she finds out.
We know this about James Corden-- he knows his way around a popular tune or three. And we know this about Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway-- she knows her way around a romantic comedy. So, what happens when the two get together on "The Late Late Show?"
Soundtrack To a Rom-Com happens and the world is a better place because of it.
Anne and James took 12 songs and the plot to every romantic comedy ever (meet, fall in love, move in together, fight over a giant misunderstanding, break-up, reconcile) and put on a musical for james' audience in one take. Oh, yeah-- there were nine sets.
This is good TV.
"House Hunters" is infuriating. For people on a home-buying show the couples are shockingly ignorant about houses and how to buy one. It's as if all the couples either don't know what a budget is or have never heard of paint. The most minor things are considered deal breakers and no one blinks an eye at the crippling debt that awaits them.
"This house is $250,000 over budget, is an hour from where we work, is in a bad school district, but the kitchen is white and has nice appliances. I'LL TAKE IT!"
Thank goodness I'm not alone in this. The world is not insane, yet. Twitter has taken notice and is giving the show and all its glory the hilarious meme treatment.
7 "House Hunters" Tweets That Really Sum Up the Terrible Home Buyers:
That show is going to drive me crazy.
Westerns aren't as popular as they used to be, what with Marvel and "Star Wars" dominating the box office. But you should never think that the genre is unimportant. Fun films about outlaws and frontier justice are both entertaining and help us investigate deeper questions about morality, justice, duty, love, and what it means to be a good person.
There are many great westerns and everyone has their own opinions about which is best. I'm not going to tell you which western is best, it's dealer's choice. But there are some westerns every fan must see. This list will give you an overview of the genre's history, breadth of story, the high notes, and where the genre is heading today.
18 Must-See Westerns for Movie Lovers:
1. "El Dorado"
Howard Hawks magnificent story of a ragtag bunch of heroes fighting against greedy ranchers. It's funny, action packed and boasts an all-star western cast.
2. "3:10 to Yuma"
Christian Bale plays a down-on-his-luck rancher tasked with escorting a dangerous outlaw (Russell Crowe) to justice. But when the two are form an unlikely alliance, the men must decide if they can go against their moral codes or die taking a stand.
3. "Once Upon a Time in The West"
There's a fine line between revenge and justice, but sometimes the two find the same end. Sergio Leone's masterpiece is may not only be one of the greatest westerns of all time, but perhaps is one of the greatest films ever made.
4. "Hell or High Water"
When a ruthless bank threatens to foreclose on their mother's land, two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) decide to rob the bank to pay the loan and end up on the run from the law. This movie was nominated for a couple of Oscars in 2016 and absolutely lives up to the hype.
5. "The Ox Bow Incident"
Henry Fonda plays a drifter who gets pulled into a lynch mob in this classic film that looks at what causes normal men to love violence and skirt justice. Bonus: The trailer is a great example for how much movie marketing has changed in the last 60 years.
6. "The Man who Shot Liberty Valance"
What does true courage and leadership in the face of violence look like? James Stewart plays a mild mannered politician who doesn't have the courage to face a notorious outlaw, while the only man who does (John Wayne) has no interest in getting leading.
7. "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"
Paul Newman and Robert Redford star as the titular duo, riding in the last great "hurrah!" of the western outlaw that is the spiritual prequel to their Academy awarded Best Picture , "The Sting." It is a fun romp through the west with iconic acting and one of the most memorable explosions in film history: an exploding train car literal feet from the actors.
Arguably the best western of all time. "Shane" is the story of a hired gun, a man running from his past and hoping for a quiet future, that gets drawn back into violence to protect a small town from a vile cattle baron. It typifies the men of the Greatest Generation: men who always did their duty, no matter the cost.
Fun Fact: Hugh Jackman's last X-Men movie, "Logan" was loosely based on Shane.
9. "The Magnificent Seven"
The original, of course, in which a group of misfits band together to save a town from a murderous gang and find greater meaning to their dead end pursuits.This iconic western was based off a Japanese samurai film, "The Seven Samurai," and is the basis for "The Three Amigos" and multiple remakes since it's release.
Gene Hackman, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman star in this tale of vigilante justice. What happens when outlaws are heroes of justice and the law is standing in their way?
11. "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"
This is final and best movie in the Man With No Name trilogy. Treasure hunting outlaws during the civil war face enemies on all sides in the story or treason, greed, violence, and frontier justice.
12. "The Searchers"
John Wayne plays a bigoted anti-hero returned from the Texas civil war only to find his family murdered or abducted by Comanches. This is a dark, complex look at racism, survival, and revenge in the west.
13. "Dances with Wolves"
A decorated soldier befriends the people he is supposed to fight in this story of love and allegiance. The film takes a hard look at one of the darker periods of American history and the disappearing frontier.
You didn't have to be an outlaw to be notorious in the wild west. The Earp brothers were unshakable law men who struck fear into the hearts of wanted men across the west. The group moves to Tombstone to settle down and become business men. But trouble always has a way of finding peaceful men.
15. "High Noon"
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men do nothing." Gary Cooper plays a sheriff who takes a stand when everyone behind him decides to run.
16. "The Wild Bunch"
The west had to die, outlaws were tamed with the country they rode. Right before the west was won, an aging outlaw is betrayed during his last job and chases his former friends into Mexico in a hail of bullets.
17. "The Outlaw Josey Wales"
A man bent on revenge joins a confederate troop during the civil war to hunt down the union soldiers who killed his family. This is one of Eastwood's best.
18. "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
The most artistic film on the list is also the most introspective, investigating how celebrity affects our culture. Obsession, a longing for greatness, and fame hold center stage as Robert Ford grows to despise his one time hero.
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