Okay, kids. It’s Episode 2. If you missed the recap of episode 1, click HERE so you can get all caught up! JoJo has obviously gotten her groove back (watch out Stella) and she’s ready to start weeding out some more guys!!!!
Here are a couple of “fashiony” things before we get started on this weeks recap. If you follow me on facebook (and you totally should by the way, you can do so HERE) or saw my Memorial Day post, then you got a look at this tote already. Quick review: It was sent to me by the company FashionABLE, and the tote is wonderfully “distressed” and natural. It is crafted in Ethiopia with 100% genuine distressed leather…and not only do I love the bag, but I also love the brand! I had never even heard of FASHIONABLE before, but I sure do like what it stands for. You can click HERE to learn more about their commitment, mission, and values.
I wore this outfit to meet my dad for lunch last week, and I loved how it all came together. The blouse I got earlier this year (I’m wearing a small) and the shoes are a couple of years old. I loved mixing the fresh white with my leopard shoes and turquoise accents in the jewelry. And the bag just topped it all off perfectly! It is simply THE MOST GORGEOUS COGNAC LEATHER. Now, remember, there aren’t any interior pockets, which was weird at first – but the overall beauty of the bag helped me get over that quickly. 😉
top / turquoise circle hoop earrings c.o. Sole Society / $18 necklace / bracelet trio / similar jeans from same maker (just a darker wash and less distressing) / leopard shoe options below/ leather tote c/o Fashionable
Here’s what a couple of readers have had to say about the tote:
I have had that same tote for over a year & a half and constantly have people commenting on it or asking where I bought it. It’s so lightweight and has a great strap length. The leather is incredibly soft! I have used mink oil twice on it to brighten up and protect the leather. I usually carry a purse organizer inside so my stuff is easy to find. By the way, I don’t work for the company or even know anyone who does, but I have convinced at least 5 people to buy the bag because I like it that much! Enjoy xx Natalie
I have the FashionABLE tote and it is gorgeous! It gets better each time you carry it. The founder was in my Bible study this past year, and they are doing amazing things! I love supporting a company that gives back and empowers people around the world. – Beth M.
Thank you Natalie and Beth for your input! I love hearing from others about items that I love as well!
And since my exact leopard flats have been sold out for awhile now, here are some leopard footwear choice for you:
One more fashion thing… I’ve received 3 e-mails in the last two weeks all about one subject: earrings. And I always know for every e-mail I receive, there are probably at least 10 other people with the same question. So, after receiving 3 in one week, I knew we needed to talk about earrings. One reader talked about how she loved her Gorjana hoops and wished she could find some similar with color! One reader talked about how she doesn’t wear necklaces so she’s always looking for fun statement earrings that aren’t too heavy on her ears. One reader talked about the fact that she is wary of wearing statement earrings, but she wanted to branch out and needed some direction.
I surfed the web (I’m kind of good at it now ifidosaysomyself), and I found several earrings that caught my eye. I ordered two of them (one of them I was wearing in the outfit above), but you can see some of the others that I liked in just a sec…
These are the earrings I got. Click HERE for the earrings on top c/o Sole Society. Click HERE for earrings on bottom. Apparently I’m crushing on turquoise right now. They are both light weight, but the top ones are VERY light.
Here are some other earrings to choose from:
Okay. So here we are. Episode 2.
And before we even really get started, something of note happened. We saw Chad strapping his suitcase (full of protein powder. for real.) around his waist and doing pull-ups on the pergola. No, Chad. Just no. I couldn’t believe he wasted precious suitcase real estate on protein powder. For what it’s worth, my suitcase would contain favorite snack foods and various salsas.
What you should find interesting is that this is the least offensive thing Chad did this episode.
GROUP DATE CARD #1: Let’s Heat Things Up!
Who was going: Luke, Grant, Bill, Evan, Daniel, Vinny, Ali, James F., Wells, and Robby
While sitting around, they heard an explosion and ran outside. And a limo was on fire. I was all, ISN’T THERE A FIRE FIGHTER IN THIS BUNCH? COME ON, FIREFIGHTER BOY! IT’S TIME TO STEP UP AND SHOW US WHAT YOU GOT!!!!
Well, no need to strap on your gear Grant….because JoJo hopped out of a fire truck in those huge yellow pants, a white tank, and the biggest red suspenders I’ve ever seen. And in true JoJo fashion, she somehow looked good. But in all seriousness, try to imagine yourself in that outfit. I’m guessing a majority of you actually laughed out loud (just at the thought) like I did.
So, anyway… the date was the boys going through various firefighter duties in a relay because “she wants to see who can take care of her in an emergency situation”. Uh-huh. JoJo, if what you’re honestly looking for is emergency skills, well then you’re going about this all wrong. What you really need to see is who can create a makeshift trash can the fastest when a kid is throwing up in the back seat of the car. Now THAT is a real life emergency skill. #keepingitreal #youknowiamright So. Whoever won the relay was going to get to spend extra time with JoJo. And I’m thinking that Grant, THE FIRE FIGHTER, had a serious unfair advantage. And I’m thinking that DJ boy didn’t have a shot. All-4-One can’t help you now, DJ boy.
They ran through some exercises so the fire chief could choose the Top 3 to compete in a relay for the extra time. Wells (DJ boy) started struggling. Like REALLY struggling. Like somebody have 911 on hold struggling. The chief told him to take off his uniform, get some water, and lay down. And he got to spend some QT with JoJo. #wellplayed
So who did the chief pick to be the 3 people to compete? Luke and Grant (because they did the best job) and Wells “because he didn’t give up”. And I’m like NOOOO! Not Wells! He needs to rest and hydrate!!!! Then there was this little gem of a moment. After Wells was picked to participate in the competition, he said this:
Now come on, that’s cute.
First one of the three to the top of the tower would win the event. Grant got to the top of the tower before the other 2 guys. And Luke was DEVASTATED. But COME ON, Luke! Keep your head up! Grant is an actual fire fighter! Grant losing the fire fighting competition would be like me losing an online shopping competition. Or a taco loving competition. It just wouldn’t happen.
On a sidenote….did anybody see the Amazon commercial that aired during the break with the baby, stuffed animal lion, and golden retriever? I bawled.
Back to the show. At the group date cocktail party, Grant said he would never leave the house and not kiss her before he left “because it’s messed up and he might not come back”. I mean, probably not the best line when you are trying to woo a girl. But whatevs. They kissed.
Luke was going on and on about how he wasn’t getting any time with her. #maybeitsyourhairLuke #edityourproductusage #dialdownthedippitydo
Time for Wells! He was super cute about his failure as a fireman. I think he’s so charming, and I really like his self-deprecating humor (that’s not pathetic). Take notes, Luke.
But after she and Luke spent some time together, I’m thinking she digs the hair. Because they seriously mugged down. And I’m just going to go ahead and say it. It was kinda hot. Almost as hot as Arie throwing Emily up against that wall years ago. LUKE. WHERE WAS YOUR WALL? A 1/2 balcony isn’t the same. GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME. I do feel as if I have to point out that it was kinda like she was kissing Danny Zuko. If you don’t get the joke, shame on you and go rent GREASE right now.) #igotchills #theyremultiplying Now, in all seriousness, I think Luke is a real contender in this thing. He just needs to be more confident in himself! I really like the whole southern thing he’s got going on.
Wells got the 1:1 rose.
Back at the house, the remaining boys were having a sing along. They were soooooooo pleased with themselves. The song went a little something like this, “JoJo…where’d you go? You went on a date and I’ve been missing you at home. Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo Jo.” And then JoJo was repeated another 3,400 times.
DATE CARD ARRIVES!
1 on 1 Date: Love is Full of Choices
Who was going? Derek.
I have one question. Who is Derek?
Well, I might have not known who he was, but they sure did look good together.
Their date was like one of those Choose Your Own Adventure books, so they got to make choices all along the way on what the next step of their date would be. But before we talk about the date, let’s talk about JoJo’s outfit. Get her exact short drusy necklace HERE, and necklaces similar to her long pendant can be found HERE and HERE. And a great olive green tank (ON SALE!) can be found HERE.
They hopped in a convertible, and I again wondered why in the world JoJo doesn’t keep a rubber band around her wrist. Doesn’t every self-respecting girl do this?
SEA or SKY? They both chose SKY.
NORTH or SOUTH. They both choose NORTH.
They ended up in San Francisco. GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE or LOMBARD STREET?
They chose the Golden Gate Bridge and ate a picnic overlooking the water. And they kissed. I mean, it wasn’t as good as when she kissed Danny a couple of minutes ago, but it was still good. #summerlovinhadmeablast #summerlovinhappenedsofast
They headed to a private table somewhere for dinner, and Derek took the most round about way to tell JoJo that he had been in another relationship that he was very serious about, but that the girl cheated on him. It’s just he wouldn’t say “cheated”. It would have saved us a lot of dang time if he would have just come out and said it. They then balanced on the side of a fountain and made out. I have to say, I felt a little cheated. Did the private concert fall through? WHERE WAS OUR PRIVATE CONCERT? Isn’t there always a private concert?
The guys were back at the house practicing the song. Yes. Again. EVERYBODY NOW! JOJOJOJOJOJOJOJOJOJO
Where were Chad and Daniel you ask? Why were they not participating in the sing along? Well, they were casually sitting on a sofa together outside. Wearing matching black tank tops. And thinking they were better than everybody else. Chad even tried to get all philosophical on us and create some metaphor about a dude protein shake. And it made ZERO sense. Like NONE AT ALL. I even tried to write down what he said, and I couldn’t even do that. I can’t even make a joke about it because it was JUST THAT CONFUSING. Daniel didn’t get it either, but he tried to act like he did. They ended their special time together by high-fiving over the fact that they each think the other one is cool. Which is of course totally uncool, but I was excited to see another bromance brewing. I’m thinking it’s only a matter of time until one of them pulls a JJ and makes the other one cry. #poorclint Or, wait. Was it Clint that betrayed JJ?
GROUP DATE CARD: Prove Your Love to Me and the Nation.
Who was going: Jordan, Christian, Nick, James T., Alex, Chad
The guys headed to the Sports Nation set where JoJo was at the table talking to the two hosts of the show. And I’m thinking this might be in her future. #espniscalling
They switched things around and put together a series of challenges for BachelorNation.
First game: Celebration Dance. The guys each had their turn to act like they had just scored a touchdown. There were lots of shenanigans. And some alleged turf burn. Somebody throw a flag.
Second game: Eyes on the Prize. The boys had to do that ol’ family reunion game where you spin around with a bat and then they had to find their way to JoJo in the end zone and propose to her. Was it silly? YES. But did most of the guys play along? YES. Because they know what they signed up for.
It was cheesy as all get out (this IS The Bachelor), but ol’ Chad just wasn’t going to play along. When he got down on his knee, all he said was “Will you marry me?” When the hosts and JoJo called him out for not saying anything, he accused JoJo of nagging. Now here’s the deal, Wells could say the exact same thing and come off as sweet and charming. But Chad saying it basically gives you a peak into what married life would be like with him. AND NO THANK YOU.
Third game: Press Conference. JoJo sat down at a table with microphones with each guy and they had to field questions from “reporters”.
Chad, tell us again how you are financially stable enough to get married.
He pretty much crashed and burned. What he was saying was fine (that he didn’t know JoJo well enough to know if he loved her), but it’s HOW he was saying it that rubbed me the wrong way. My parents always said, it’s not WHAT you say, it’s HOW you say it. #toneisimportant The way he handled the questions from the reporters and the way he handled the guys calling him out were both VERY telling. He thinks he’s better than everybody else and that he’s always right. Again, neither quality is something you want in a husband.
Max and Marcellus sat down to talk about the guys, and then the Power Rankings came out:
#3: Alex #2: Chad (WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?) #1: James
Chad is totally annoyed that he didn’t get first, and I obviously couldn’t believe that he was ranked at all. But when I really started strongly disliking Chad was when he was sitting in the green room with the guys after the show. He called all of them liars and turned around every single thing they said. Let me just ask you one more time. CAN YOU IMAGINE BEING MARRIED TO THIS GUY?
Time for the group date cocktail party.
JoJo and James Taylor got some time alone together. He read a little note and OH MY HEAVENS WAS IT SWEET! He said he loves his family, manly things, the occasional chick flick, and God (“but I let him down daily and I’m working on that”). Now THIS is husband material JoJo!
Now, I’ll tell you what the worst part of the entire show was for me. Watching Chad SLAM cold cuts. Turkey, Roast Beef, that slick ham (you know what I’m talking about)….it was a menagerie of meats. He was pounding all of it like it was his job. Apparently he had missed his protein shake earlier in the day, and CHAD NEEDS DAILY PROTEIN IN COPIOUS AMOUNTS. Let’s all just admit something right now. As much as we dislike him, we are so glad he’s on the show. Because even though we want to throat punch him, it’s so much fun wanting to throat punch him. Let’s give it to the producers for a second because those guys know what they are doing. And although Chad didn’t really say this, I imagine his internal monologue goes a little something like this. #proteinrocks
Chad continued to totally bad mouth all of the guys. He sat down with JoJo and told her that he’s got a little puppy and that his mom died 6 months ago. Which is obviously so sad and maybe excuses some of his behavior. But I still didn’t like him.
And then Chad headed out by the pool and was confronted by several guys, headed up by Alex. THE MARINE. (Chad made a joke about it being a little something like West Side Story, which was actually pretty funny. Okay Chad, that’s 1 point for you.) Chad was pointing his finger dangerously close to Alex (THE MARINE’S) face, and I tried to mind will Alex into taking the little sword toothpick out of Chad’s mouth and stabbing him in the trachea with it.
My heavens, Chad seems to be pulling out violent tendencies inside of me. #justbreathe
Who does she give the rose to? Don’t worry, it wasn’t Chad. Whew! JAMES TAYLOR FOR THE WIN!
ROSE CEREMONY TIME!
Who got roses: Alex, Christian, Robby, Luke, Chase, Jordan, Grant, Jordan, Daniel, James, Vinny, Grant, Ali, Daniel, Vinny, James F., Nick, Evan, and CHAD. The chad announcement made me want to simultaneously cry and cheer at the same time. It was weird. And Derek and Wells had roses from their earlier dates!
Who goes?: the hipster, one of the James guys (the plastic super fan), and Will.
I have one more thing to say. Next week is a 2 Night Television Event. And I’ve gotta be honest, a little bit of me died inside when this was announced. TWO NIGHTS. FOUR HOURS. I better start carb loading to prepare. Or maybe I’ll take a page from Chad’s book and start slamming protein shakes and/or throwing back cold cuts. Hold the slimy ham.
I have some questions for you: Do you love to hate Chad? Or do you just plain hate Chad? What are your thoughts on the campfire sing-a-longs? Who are your favorites now? Sound off in the comments!
See y’all back here on Friday!