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This season of ABC's The Bachelor concluded this week, and throughout the season finale and live after show of this lackluster season, I found myself feeling mostly uncomfortable with the show's conclusion.

Here's the thing, I like Nick Viall. I was excited for him to be the Bachelor, but this season has been a snoozefest and I just don't feel/see the connection or chemistry between him and his final two: Raven and Vanessa. Both are really cool girls, but I just couldn't see either of them with Nick. The person I always felt he had the most incredible, tangible, fiery chemistry with is Rachel. So it was disappointing when The Bachelor franchise revealed weeks ago that Rachel was slated as the next Bachelorette, while she was still on as a contestant on The Bachelor. For myself, that pretty much took the wind out of my sails for the rest of this season. We already know he doesn't end up with Rachel and she was in the final three, so I immediately lost interest after. It felt a little deflated for me.

So, let's just skip ahead. Nick finally takes a knee and proposes. But not to Raven. He lets her make a whole speech about loving him and then he breaks up with her. What annoys me about this is that when he was in Raven's position in past seasons, both Andi and Kaitlyn spared him from going all the way and getting down on one knee only to be rejected. I kinda wish he would have extended that same courtesy to Raven, having known how difficult it is to be in her shoes. I think the best part, though, was when Nick said to Raven, "I'll miss you," and she steadfastly and stoically responded with "I know." That was badass and I was proud of her for that.

Fast forward another couple minutes, and Nick does actually propose to Vanessa and seeing as how they're both weepers, they were crying all over each other and hugging for the rest of the finale. Now, I don't want you guys to think I have anything against Vanessa, I don't. I just think she wasn't well suited for the show, which she somewhat admits herself on After the Final Rose, and that now being able to make this relationship work is going to be extra challenging for both she and Nick.

We saw the couple on After the Final Rose and they kept it pretty real. Vanessa seems to be the kind of person who is very honest, and because of that I believe it's difficult for her to sugarcoat or cover things up - she's a pretty easy read because her eyes and facial expressions are extremely emotive. Seeing she and Nick, a beautiful engaged couple, sitting together on the couch - it felt a little tense and at times awkward listening to them talk about their current situation and engagement. I do believe they love each other, but we all know that it takes more than just love to make a serious relationship, especially a marriage, to work - and it appears that they're experiencing that now.

Schematically, it's already difficult for Nick and Vanessa since they live in different countries, she in Canada, and he in the States. Compound that with having to keep their relationship a secret for months, as well as now continuing to learn about one another in a real day-to-day world setting, that's a big challenge! While talking with Chris Harrison, both Nick and Vanessa said "we're still getting to know each other," and "we still have things to figure out." But the one line that really raised my eyebrow was when Nick referred to the fans of 'Bachelor Nation' and how they always "[want] the couples to work out...but we know we have a long way to go." That gave me pause, because it almost sounded like he was preparing the audience and fans in case he and Vanessa split up.

In the final segment of After the Final Rose, they bring out the next Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay. Chris Harrison promised the audience a big surprise, and he delivered by putting Rachel on the spot to meet a few of her new suitors in front of the live audience. It was super uncomfortable to watch and it appeared pretty awkward for Rachel and the four suitors on set.

I think I actually may have hated this surprise. I don't know why they keep trying to do things early with Rachel, between announcing her and now this stunt - it's annoying - just let us have a proper intro episode with her! Actually, I don't understand why the Bachelor franchise continues to take these weird risks with only the Bachelorette branch - remember a couple seasons ago where they made both Britt and Kaitlyn the Bachelorette(s) and had their potential suitors pick which one they'd rather date?!?!! That was gross and unnecessary. And this whole charade with Rachel, a clear ploy to try and pump ratings for After the Final Rose didn't work either. Let her have a proper season because that girl is AMAZING.

Final Final Thoughts: I still like Nick, but I sure am glad his season is over. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Rachel, but of course, I'm most excited about my favorite hot mess which is Bachelor In Paradise this summer! See you next season!
FILM & TV

Grab the popcorn and keep your spirits high!

Grab your PJs and your cocktail shaker, 'cause it's gonna be a good time!

You guys, the Oscars are this weekend, and we all need to watch and take a little break from our lives and the news. What better way to escape and enjoy an evening of artistic celebration, fantastic fashion, and beautiful people, than to throw your own Oscars viewing party with your friends! So, to make life even simpler for you - you're welcome, by the way - we've compiled a list of 5 simple and delicious cocktails that will take your Oscars party to the next level. Check them out below:

PINK GIN FIZZ

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Ingredients (1 serving)

1 ½ oz. London dry gin

1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice

½ oz. simple syrup

½ oz. grenadine syrup

3 oz. chilled club soda

Instructions

Take a handful of ice cubes in a cocktail shaker, add gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and grenadine. Shake for about 30 seconds until the shaker is frosty and strain into a glass over ice cubes. Pour club soda over top and serve!

(Recipe courtesy of Chowhound)

SPARKLING POMEGRANATE PUNCH

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Ingredients (10-12 servings)

¾ cup Riesling, chilled

2 bottles (750 milliliters each) sparkling wine, chilled

3 tbsp sugar

1 cup pomegranate juice

¼ cup pomegranate seeds

2 oranges thinly sliced

1 cup diced pineapple

Ice cubes, for serving

Instructions

In a punch bowl, dissolve sugar into pomegranate juice, stirring vigorously. Add the sparkling wine, Riesling, followed by the orange slices, diced pineapple, and pomegranate seeds. Serve the punch over ice cubes!

(Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine)

THE BERNIE PALOMA

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Ingredients (1 serving)

½ oz. Vermont maple syrup

½ oz. fresh lime juice

2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice

2 oz. silver tequila

Instructions

Add ingredients to shaker, shake, serve over ice and garnish with lime wedge!

(Recipe courtesy of My Recipes)

ALMOND STARDUST

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Ingredients (1 serving)

1 oz. Amaretto (Disaronno)

½ oz. vodka

1 oz. strawberry liqueur

Prosecco - to top

Instructions

In a chilled champagne flute, add the Disaronno, vodka, and strawberry liqueur. Top with chilled Prosecco and serve!

(Recipe courtesy of Complete Cocktails)

AMARULA BRANDY AND CREAM

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Ingredients (1 serving)

1 ½ oz. Amarula Cream Liqueur

1 ½ oz. light cream

½ oz. brandy

Chocolate shavings, for garnish

Instructions

In a shaker, add ice, Amarula, light cream, and brandy. Shake. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with chocolate shavings - side note: can also garnish with cinnamon!

(Recipe courtesy of Complete Cocktails)

So, pop that bubbly, gather round the tv, and have yourselves a spirited evening with friends and gorgeous, golden statuettes!
Fashion

5 fashion week trends to look for at The Oscars

Our red carpet style predictions

While we're still in the middle of Fashion Month, the runways have been lit with stunning fashion artistry and trends to look out for. Since the Oscars are upon us, we've combed through the runway styles from Spring/Summer '17 as well as Fall/Winter '17 to see what looks we expect to see on the award show's red carpet this weekend! Here are our top 5 trends to watch out for this Sunday at the Oscars:

  1. Feathers - Old Hollywood glamour will be in full effect with feather detailing and statements on gowns. For the full on glitz look, we're likely to see them paired with dresses that are beaded and crystalized; not holding back on the sparkle and shine we love to see at the Academy Awards. With their stunning looks and classic Hollywood glamour, we'd love to see Emma Stone or Naomie Harris dazzling us in one of these gowns!

  2. Prabal Gurung NYFWTwitter: @CandiceSLovers


  3. Bold Shoulders - We expect to see some 80's throwbacks with big statement shoulders and sleeves coming down the red carpet. They could come on very structured pieces or perhaps combine with a drapey satin fabric to make for some loud, flowy sleeves. This would be worn by someone who isn't afraid to make bold choices when it comes to fashion: typically we'd favor Cate Blanchett for this look, but Michelle Williams and Isabelle Huppert may also be up to the challenge.

  4. Michael Costello NYFWTwitter: @HoneyMag


  5. Pink - Dusty pink or rose quartz is a popular color for this spring. Specifically Pantone's "Pale Dogwood," is a tone getting plenty of attention. We're sure to see lots of rosy hues and floral details embellishing the Oscar's red carpet. We would love to see this color on Viola Davis and Natalie Portman - both ladies would absolutely glow and stun in any gown adorning this shade.

  6. Lela Rose NYFWTwitter: @abitosposa


  7. Corsets - Structured, lingerie inspired pieces are definitely going to be coming down the red carpet this weekend. With their inherent feminine sexiness, corsets can be adorned and embellished or left bare with boning and structure plain and visible, and still be bold, sultry, and coquettish all at once. Our dream nominee to wear this style of gown is definitely Ruth Negga - we can absolutely visualize her wearing an art deco inspired corset gown and owning the carpet in it! Another style icon and fellow nominee who would be perfect for this style is, of course, Nicole Kidman.

  8. Michael Costello NYFWTwitter: @MsCastroRides


  9. Drousers - Seen most prominently down the Elie Saab runways, this dress-jumpsuit hybrid is incredibly fashion-forward, cool, and bold. Octavia Spencer would look amazing wearing a pastel colored drouser gown with strappy heels at the Oscars. We would also love to see Meryl Streep wearing this look in a jewel tone!

  10. Elie Saab NYFWTwitter: @Harpersbazaarcl


So, here are our predictions, and we can't wait to take a break and escape our real world problems next Sunday by tuning into the Oscars and seeing how many of our runway style choices make it down the red carpet!

Silence is no longer an option for MILCK (born Connie Lim). The singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and producer grew up feeling as though her voice was oppressed. Being a Chinese-American female, she was often expected to be a quiet, wilting flower, but Connie pushed against this idea --not without resistance. Throughout her adolescence, the Los Angeles-based artist felt compelled to play certain roles in order to please those around her. However, compromising her own happiness in order to please others left Lim drowning in her own darkness.

After battling domestic abuse, anorexia, and depression, MILCK found her voice. Singing and songwriting became her release and escape from the binds that others placed on her. Now, she's on a mission to help other women find their own voice and strength through her music.

Make no mistake, the girl can sing. Her voice belts and somehow has the ability to feel dreamy, enticing, and powerful all at once. It's catching attention. MILCK's debut single, "Devil Devil," has now been featured on several shows in 2016 including the season finale of E!'s The Royals, Netflix's Marco Polo trailer, and Fox's Lucifer. With lyrics like "You can't try me, devil devil / You can't buy me, devil devil / You won't make a fool of me," it's impossible not to feel moved by the powerful resistance and rebelliousness of the song.

Last month, Shazam listed MILCK as one of their "Artists to Watch," which is another huge honor and success for Connie.

But the project she's most anticipating and excited about comes in just a couple weeks at the Women's March in Washington D.C. on January 21st. She will be releasing her second debut single, "Quiet," and its music video in conjunction with the March, which she will be attending. MILCK will perform "Quiet" in multiple guerilla-style a cappella performances at the Women's March in Washington D.C. She will even be joined by a full choir behind her from the George Washington University Sirens and the D.C. Capital Blends who are lending their voices in this powerful movement and project with MILCK.

The song is anthemic and evokes a raw and courageous strength and power. The lyrics say, "I can't keep quiet, no no no. A one woman riot, no no no," and MILCK will be out in the March empowering and encouraging women all over to join her movement in finding their voices and fighting back against those that wish to silence them.

The time for silence is over, #ICANTKEEPQUIET is coming with a rebel yell, and what a beautiful sound it is.

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