Before we get to the OMG recap, I have to share a couple of things with y’all. Very important things. We are talking SALE ALERTS and BACK IN STOCK ALERTS. #priorities
First of all, lots of amazing Spring and Summer neutral pieces are ON SALE! Some up to 40-50% OFF! I might have ordered the block heel sandals for myself. Okay, I did. They are supposed to arrive today! YAY!
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And do y’all remember this top from last year? Well, it’s back in stock! And spoiler alert: IT’S STILL DARLING. I mean, I fell in love with the blue and white….but it’s also off the shoulder AND EMBROIDERED. Embroidery gets me every time. And I’m of course wearing the best strapless bra EVER.
This is one of my favorite outfits I’ve ever shown on the blog. I love everything about it.
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Now it’s time for the recap!!!!!!! Harrison opened up the show by teasing something that’s going to happen on After The Final Rose. Yeah, yeah Harrison. We’ve heard this before. THE MOST DRAMATIC BLAH BLAH BLAH. But this time he threw in the word HISTORICAL. I have to admit, I was intrigued. IT BETTER BE GOOD, HARRISON. #bringit
So, one of the first things we see this week is Nick frolicking down the streets of Finland with a pack of merry “elves” behind him without a care in the world. And this my friends, this was the high point off the show. Seriously. This is it. This was the pinnacle. #downhillfromhere
Before either of the girls showed up, Nick had some alone time with his family. I want to take a minute to point out here that I know that not everybody is a fan of Nick. BUT I AM. I think he’s real, and kind, and there’s no doubt that he has a loving and wonderful family. And I think it’s both terrible and hysterical how obvious it is that Nick’s parents are SO OVER THIS whole Bachelor thing. LOOK AT THEIR FACES. #seriouslyoverit
And y’all! We got to see sweet Bella again! Don’t think for one second that they aren’t already prepping Miss Bella for Bachelor 2022. Because this girl is the real deal. And the producers know it. Poor Mama and Papa Vial. A 5th Bachelor season might just do them in.
RAVEN’S TIME WITH THE FAMILY
Raven arrived, hugged the family, made small talk, and then they headed into the dining room for dinner. Was it just me, or was this table freakishly short? They look like giants, right?
In summary, Raven was easy to love, and everybody in the family did seem to pretty much love her. Raven told Nick’s dad that she told him that she loved him, but he didn’t say it back (but that she was okay with that). And she said that she was hoping for a proposal. Dad said she was more mature than he was expecting. I guess that’s because she looks 12. Again, the whole family seemed to be absolutely smitten with Raven. Except one person. Who just happened to be Nick. DANGIT.
Nick’s mom, although cautious, did say she could never imagine Raven hurting anybody. Raven’s ex-boyfriend would like to go ahead and beg to differ. And he has the stiletto shaped scars to prove it.
VANESSA’S TURN WITH THE FAMILY
Vanessa had a hard act to follow after the love fest with Raven. They sat down as a family and asked her to tell them everything about her. She said she loves her family, her job, her friends..and her family….and her family…and her family. Oh, and let us not forget that her love for her Canadian homeland runs deep.
While with mom, she said “I love your son. I’ve never felt like this for anyone.” Mom was eating it up. BUT THEN she confided that even though she wants to end up with Nick and can’t imagine any other scenario, that she still wasn’t totally sure about ending up engaged. This was Nick’s mom after that bomb was dropped.
Nick spent some time with his dad and admitted to him that he had a type. You don’t say, Nick. I’d like to submit this as Exhibit A Your Honor.
Actually, he said his type was a strong woman. Nick’s dad was like “Yeah, and how well has that worked out for you so far?” Nick’s dad is so wise.
Vanessa had some time with dad and was asking him the hard questions. She asked dad if love was enough to make a relationship last. Dad answered “No.” It’s commitment and it’s selflessness.” And then he started
tearing up bawling. And then Vanessa started crying and said “I never thought I was going to meet anybody like your son.” She then went on to say that she would be willing to move from Canada for him. And that my friends is what you call a 180. #ithinkihavewhiplash
Dad said that Vanessa convinced him that she loved Nick.
Speaking of Dad. Corinne needs to educate Nick’s dad about the power of a good nap. He looked totes tired the entire show.
FAMILY TIME AFTER BOTH GIRLS
Nick’s mom started crying. Again. MY GOODNESS The Bachelor scars run deep with the Vial family. And I feel like I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the following: This guy is the BAD BOY brother. Right? I want to know his back story.
LAST DATE WITH VANESSA
For their last date, they rode horseback through a Winter Wonderland….which was about 23 million times better than a zero gravity plane or doing the polar blear plunge. It really was gorgeous. And she didn’t puke or suffer from hypothermia, so I’d consider that a win.
They came upon a little shack in the middle of the wonderland, and out popped Santa Clause. And y’all, part of me thinks that Vanessa thought it was actually Santa. Because the girl was PUMPED. Santa asked them what they wanted for Christmas. Nick said he wanted a turtleneck sweater that was more turtlenecky than last week’s sweater and Vanessa said she wanted Nick to just shut up, move to Canada, and sign up for Sunday family lunch till death do they part. Just kidding, they both said “love”. Santa’s elves couldn’t whip up a happy ending, but they did craft a heart shaped piece of wood with Nick and Vanessa’s pictures burned into it. I would have asked for the gift receipt.
Vanessa and Nick had some time together. And let me tell you, it was a lot of 2nd verse, same as the 1st. Vanessa was feeling weird about the fact that she’s not the only girl left and was feeling unsure about where she stands. She really wasn’t sure how she was going to feel about the fact if she ended up with him only because their relationship was slightly better than the other relationship. I mean, do they not get the show in Canada? Her concern is literally the exact premise of the show.
She straight out asked him, are you ready to get engaged? And he was basically like “Well…maybe…hard to know..I still have another date with another chick…..”
She started bawling, but Nick confused it as a cue for I want to make out. I hate it when that happens.
So, at the end of this date, I was thinking CLASSIC BACHELOR. The producers were playing mind games with us making us think it WAS NOT Vanessa, when it in fact really was Vanessa. OR. And I’m not kidding. Maybe they were making it look like it’s not Vanessa, so we’ll think it IS Vanessa, even though it’s really not Vanessa. Yep. I had it all figured out.
LAST DATE WITH RAVEN
They went ice skating together (they piped in the song “Kiss Me” for our pleasure), and Nick and Raven were LEGIT precious together. I’m talking ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. They were FUN and PLAYFUL, pretty much opposite day of what it was with I Can’t Believe There’s Still Another Girl Here Vanessa.
At the end of their couple’s skate, they laid down right on the ice and made out. At least the frozen lake couldn’t give them dysentery.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any more adorable, Nick brought out some Husky puppies. PUPPIES! STOP IT!!!!!!!
And I hate to ruin the puppy moment, but we have something very important to discuss. I didn’t mention it last week because I was trying to give Nick the benefit of the doubt. But now we HAVE To talk about this because it’s quite clearly intentional. WHAT. THE. HECK. Tuck in your bangs, buddy.
#tuckinthetuft Let’s get this trending.
MEETING WITH NEIL LANE
Mr. Lane showed up at Nick’s cabin with about 7.3 mill worth of diamonds. And even Mr. Lane couldn’t let the opportunity pass to throw a little bit of shade Nick’s way with a coy “I hope this one works.”
FINAL ROSE CEREMONY
IT’S TIME! WE’VE MADE IT Y’ALL! IT’S TIME FOR THE FINAL ROSE CEREMONY
The fist girl out of the limo was Raven. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m screaming, because if you’ve ever watched the show before, you know that being the first out of the limo on finale day isn’t a good thing. The second Raven walked up to him, he looked like he was going to puke. She said “I’m ready. I couldn’t be more sure. And I love you.” And in the next second, I think she knew that Nick wasn’t choosing her. And then he basically gave her the ol’ “It’s not you, it’s me.” speech. She said “I will never regret standing her and telling you how I feel.” He said, ‘I’ll miss you”. And she said, “I know.” And at that point, I felt like I wanted to stand up and slow clap. Because he IS going to miss her. Especially on Sunday’s around lunch time.
Vanessa was up next. She walked in to the proposal room, and the way he scooped her up and hugged her actually had me convinced that he really did love her. And don’t get me wrong here. I like Vanessa, I just don’t like them together. He said lots of lovely things. She said lots of lovely things, BUT NARY A TEAR. And I’m sorry, but I wasn’t really buying it.
AFTER THE FINAL ROSE
Raven handled herself beautifully! I mean, NOT A STILETTO IN SIGHT. What gives? She was sweet and well spoken. And Harrison invited her to Paradise! YIPEEEEE! My goodness I think she and Luke Pell need to hook up and go live on a farm somewhere. And have little country babies.
Here was my take away from the time with Nick and Vanessa. I GIVE IT 2 months. 3 months tops. (But I said the same thing for Kaitlyn and what’s his name, so what do I know.) These two crazy kids seemed to already be having some relationship difficulties. I’ll say it again: I like both of them as people individually, I just don’t love them together. If you need a little proof that there is already trouble in paradise, the below pic highlights words they kept spewing on Monday night.
OKAY. SO THIS IS IT. TIME FOR THE HISTORICAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!! Harrison let everybody know that Rachel was about to meet her first several guys. WHAT? THIS IS UNHEARD OF! It’s also a little LACKLUSTER. Some might say “HISTORICAL” was maybe a tad dramatic? The first guy on stage told her she needn’t look any further. He pulled out two tickets to Vegas (which was cute and funny), but then he pulled out a ring. Not cute anymore. Now it’s creepy. Slow your roll, Damario.
The second guy made me…..and the audience….and if I may be so bold to speak on behalf of my country…..the rest of America so uncomfortable. There was an almost hand shake, and then an almost hug, and then an almost kiss….and I pretty much wanted to die. My face looked like the emoji with all of the teeth showing, and my right shoulder rose up to cover my right ear. I don’t know why, it was instinctual. I think it helped.
These introductions were soooooooooooooo awkward. But I’m telling you, Harrison was POSITIVELY GIDDY.
The third guy came out and said “I’m ready to go black and I’m never going to go back.” Nobody knew how to react. I think his name was Dean.
Then the 4th guy came out. He was good looking, charming as all get out, and THE BOY HAD MOVES. They both broke out into a spontaneous dance routine and I was half waiting for Rachel to give him the first impression rose right then and there. #teameric
Can’t we just end it right now? I mean, I would seriously consider calling the season. JUST PICK ERIC!!!
Now I have to know. Who was happy that he picked Vanessa? Who thinks that it’s going to last? Who is still experiencing 2nd hand embarrassment from the on stage introductions with Rachel’s first 4 guys? Who wants to help me lovingly sweep Nick’s bangs into his hat? Leave a comment with your thoughts!