EWP Reviews Fall TV: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I watch a lot of TV.  Like a lot.  And I have decided, as your ever magnanimous EWP, to put this TV watching to good use and help you out.  I will watch the new fall TV so you don’t have to.  Or so you know you do have to, if something is good.

Today we kick off with a show that I haven’t heard anyone talk about, so obvi I have to – the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.crazy-exgirlfriend

I decided to take on watching all the new fall tv, so I watched this mostly because it fit my quest, but like 10% because it’s on the CW and I effing LOVE the CW and watch most of its shows, and 5% because Hans from Frozen is in it.  Why was that a selling point?  I don’t know, I have a 4 year old daughter and Frozen is basically on a loop at all times.

But then I realized that this show has spontaneous singing.  I effing love spontaneous singing.  I loved Glee for its musical glory, until it turned terrible, but where Glee used pop hits, CEG (which is what I’ve decided to call it just now) uses original songs making it feel more like a Broadway musical.  What kind of original songs?  Well, such soon to be classics as “Sexy Getting Ready Song.”

Why did this tickle me so? I think it was the rapper who decided he had mistreated all his video hos and needed to apologize to them.

The show is weird and quirky, but also rather cute and fun.  I’ll definitely keep watching.

EWP Grade: B+

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EWP Review: Apple & Eve Organic Juices

I had the pleasure of receiving some free juice in the mail to try out.
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I don’t know about y’all, but we go through a lot of juice boxes in this house. The fact that these were organic made me feel a little better about my child’s juice consumption.
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I decided the prime time to deploy my test juices was at book club. A 1 liter to share with the adults and some juice boxes for the kiddos.
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Despite appearances, the children were thrilled about their juice boxes. They just were not thrilled with being stopped from playing and juicing to take a picture.

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In sum, the juice boxes were a hit with the kids. But let’s be honest, it was juice, in a box.  I’m not sure if they have much requirements beyond that.  I liked that they were organic.

As for the 1 liter, I myself don’t drink juice that much beyond apple juice. I don’t know why, I like it plain and simple. The Apple & Eve Orange Pineapple was fine and juice like. It also had my key requirement in juice purchasing – it was 100% juice. Had I been able to choose my flavor, I’m sure I would have loved it.  You know me, I like being picky.

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Ye Ol’ Royal Follicles

There have been some follicular happenings with the royals over in England, and I felt the need to comment. Because these are clearly the pressing issues of our time.  Okay, not really. But it’s the fluff I like to write about.

First up: Kate Middleton got herself some fringe.  That’s what the Brits call bangs.
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Her hair is lovely and luscious (serious hair envy over here) but these bangs really don’t do it for me. And rumor is that she regrets her fringe too. Here’s hoping it grows out quickly.
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And in royal follicular news I can really get behind: Prince Harry has grown a beard.harrybeard
I repeat: PRINCE HARRY HAS GROWN A BEARD (and looks delightful whilst playing with children). harrybeard2
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I am hoping the Queen issues a royal edict forbidding Harry from shaving his beard. That’s a thing, right?
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Another hard hitting news post from your fave EWP.  You’re welcome.

Lupita Nyong’o on Vogue October 2015

I had to come out of blog hibernation for this.

I MEAN OH MY GOD BOW DOWN

Lupita is absolutely fashion perfection. I love her.  And she is owning this cover.  Straight up slaying.

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Valentino Haute Couture dress

I had been worried about if the magazine would go for lightening her skin, as magazines and ad campaigns have definitely done in the past for women of color. But I am happy to say they didn’t. They let Lupita shine in all her glorious radiance. She is my favorite just the way she is.

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Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Haute Couture lace dress, earrings, and bag. Tiffany & Co. necklace.

I’m not sure why they thought this was a great pose, but you know what, Lupita is working it. She looks stunning. She’s very, oh what, this is my lay around the house and sometimes climb up the couch gown.

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Schiaparelli Haute Couture velvet dress

I’m not sure how I’d feel about this look walking down the street, but peeking at me, past a museum case, it fits right in. Of course you wear Gaultier to check out Picasso. Duh.

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Gaultier Paris lace bodysuit and satin skirt.

Ack! I have no words! I just love this. All of this. This is a dream.

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Chanel Haute Couture beaded dress and Chanel Fine Jewelry earrings.

This is my second favorite look of the spread. It’s just so floral and Paris (they shot these pictures in Paris) and volume and drama but understated at the same time. ACK I want to hang out with her so badly.

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Dior Haute Couture silk-faille coat and Dior Fine Jewelry bracelet.

This I do not love. If the other looks did not exist, I would totally be dying over this, but with this much perfection to choose from, the less than perfect is getting criticized. A little too flapper for me. But she’s still striking and gorgeous.

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Atelier Versace embroidered–chain mail dress and chiffon headband.

HOW IS SHE A REAL HUMAN? I mean seriously, effortless chic. Just hanging out for coffee in my couture. As you do.

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Maison Margiela “Artisanal” designed by John Galliano dress and heels.

Here Lupita is going full on Greek goddess and is slaying.

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Valentino Haute Couture velvet dress and headpiece.

THIS IS EVERYTHING. This is my hands down favorite. I am dead. I am in heaven. OMG all the capes for Lupita all the time. Please and thank you.

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Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda sequined cape.

Lupita, Queen of All Fashion, we bow down.

Images credit: Vogue

Escape the Summer Chafe

Today’s a day to talk about a topic near and dear to my heart – summer chafe… Okay, not really. No one gets excited talking about summer chafe. But if you are a woman whose thighs touch (i.e. 99.99% of the female population), you know how uncomfortable the thought of walking around all day in a dress on a hot, 50% humidity kind of day can be.  And I am here to help.

As usual, I like to informally poll people on their chafe-fighting options.  One option I heard a few times were Spanx.  And, well, I’m not putting Spanx on unless I absolutely have to.  If it’s hot and humid, the last thing I want to pair with my breezy dress is a tight pair of Spanx constricting everything and not breathing.  There has to be a better way.  And I’ve got a few options for you.

1) A cotton short

I pick up cotton shorts from Dick’s or the like to throw on with my dresses.  They’re oh so comfy and have my favorite thing on a hot day – breathability.  And the sports shorts (non-compression ones of course!) sit a little snugger to the body than a regular ol’ short, so they’ll lay nicely under your skirt or dress.  My only quibble? I only ever find them in dark colors like grey, blue, and black.  Not great with a white dress.

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2) Skimmies
Jockey has a line of shorts called Skimmies that I saw an ad for claiming they’d help with summer chafe and I immediately dismissed it. I was like, gosh, those are just Spanx, I don’t want that constriction! But then my desire to branch out from my black and grey shorts for light dresses and skirts had me ordering a pair of Skimmies to try in nude.  For research purposes. I leave no stone unturned, no item unordered for you, dear readers.   And I have received them, worn them on a hot day, did some extra walking in them on purpose, and I kind of seriously love them.  They do not ride up, they are thin and light (I was really worried about having a heavy spanx like fabric, but they’re really light), soft, and they breathe.  I shall be ordering some more for sure. 002109_sel2

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3) Body glide

And sometimes your dress/skirt circumstances don’t allow for shorts (read: you’re wearing a mini), what are you to do then?  For those days, there is body glide. It’s like a deodorant stick you put on your thighs.  Sexy, I know.  Honestly, it’s not my fave of the options, it doesn’t last all day and doesn’t block as well as a short, but when you can’t do a short, this is definitely better than doing nothing.

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Grab up these options, and enjoy a lovely chafe-free summer.

xoxo,
EWP

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EWP Review: Weight Watchers Ice Cream

Sometimes I get free things to try and blog about them. Those times are awesome. I love free things.

This time was especially exciting, because I was getting free ice cream.  I got two coupons to try two Weight Watchers ice cream treats.

I chose: 1) Peanut Butter Caramel ice cream candy bars because I oh so love peanut butter.
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2) Ice cream sandwiches.  Classic, can’t go wrong.
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BabyWP volunteered to taste test with me. So selfless, this one.
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She chose her treat.
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And I chose mine.
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Then for the moment of truth.

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Verdict? This tasted like a knock off Snickers Ice Cream Bar.  Knock off in that you could tell the good tasting stuff was switched out for less calorie options.  And not a bit of it tasted peanut buttery.  I was sorely sad to have no peanut butter.  The name was a bit misleading.  Yes, there were peanuts, but no peanut butter.  But if you like Snickers Ice Cream bars (who doesn’t?) but don’t like the calories, this is the treat for you.
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As for the ice cream sandwiches, they were HUGE.  Like three times the size of the ice cream sandwiches I normally buy.  If you want a treat that lets you actually have a whole giant dessert, then this ice cream sandwich is for you.  Weight watchers EWP -006

Oh and if this reaction is any indication, they were good.  Like couldn’t tell they were low calorie versions, good.  BabyWP only let me have one bite to test for this post and she ate the rest of the box herself.

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I’m actually going to buy some with real money, since I don’t have any more free coupons. And that’s saying something about how I feel about the ice cream sandwiches.

Happy low calorie desserting,
EWP

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

A Quick Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I promised a friend a Mother’s Day Gift Guide.  I have been horribly remiss in researching and posting said guide.  This is quick and short.  But it has good ideas!

For the culinary goddess:

Some fancy Le Creuset cookware is always sure to wow.

Le Creuset, was $249.95, sale $179.96 @PRO-1836006_Default_2_200x200

For the jewelry lover:

How about some nice David Yurman in your child’s birthstone? Or hers? Or just in a stone she likes?

David Yurman ring, $1,050 @ R06910DSSABTDI_ONMODEL

Or some stacking rings?

Nelle & Lizzy, $53

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For the balcony gardener:

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Or get her dressed up with a dress:

J.Crew, $158 @C5531_GR7384

For the photographer:

Every mom these days is running around with an SLR.  But often times those digital images never see the light of day.  Why not print out some prints and frame them?  Or order a canvas of her favorite shot?  Doesn’t have to be of the kids, maybe she took an awesome shot of a bridge that would be great in the living room.  I love Mpix.com for prints.  Absolutely not a paid endorsement, it’s just what I use all the time. Great quality, great price.  Homepage-MothersDay-Reminder-May15

Or how about a new lens to go with that fancy camera of hers?

I think the 35mm is a great and low cost everyday lens.  Nikon, $196.95  Nikon_2183_AF_S_Nikkor_35mm_f_1_8G_606792

Or, if she’s like everyone on the planet, she’s throwing that giant, pricey piece of art and machinery into her purse where it’s getting bonked around because camera bags are unwieldy and ugly.  Why not give her purse some cushioned and cute digs in a camera bag purse?  Has handy padding and compartments for SLRs and lenses, but cuteness of a bag she’ll actually want to carry.

Jo Totes, was $199, sale $99 @missymintmain

For the coffee lover:

Her very own Nespresso. Don’t forget the milk frother!  These things are heavenly.

Nespresso, $279 @PRO-942896_Default_2_200x200

And of course there’s always the fabulous massage gift certificate. Tried and true, and every mom needs one.
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Happy shopping and happy Mother’s Day to the mama you’re shopping for!

xoxo,
EWP

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