There's nothing worse than finishing your favorite show on Netflix. Seriously.
You aimlessly browse show after show, looking for another to make you laugh, cry, to suck you in. You look for that binge-worthy show.
If you're like me, it's hard to find that replacement. I will start twenty different series, discounting it in the first five minutes because it's just not the same.
This is what happened after I finished all my favorites. Jane the Virgin, Reign, Once Upon a Time, Orange is the New Black: after waaayyyy too many hours of binging, I was caught up.
Then my friend Christie mentioned Wentworth.
At first, it was just okay. I liked it, but it wasn't Orange is the New Black. I could stop after just one episode.
And then, around episode eight... I couldn't. I'd found my new binge-watch just in time for summer.
Wentworth Vs. Orange is the New Black
Wentworth is an Australian drama set in a women's prison. Like Orange is the New Black, it gives us a cringeworthy, dramatic look inside prison life. You start to root for the characters, you see the connections develop. You see relationships on the outside fall apart. There's a whole lot of lying, cheating, stealing, killing, crying, and drama. I love that the prison staff isn't immune to all of these things, either.
The only thing hard to get used to is the lack of humor. This IS a DRAMA. It was weird because I kept waiting for the punchline, for the crazy Susan moments. They don't come. There aren't any laugh out loud moments.
But... there are a whole lot of good things.
The main character, Bea, is very likable. Unlike Piper, she really is much easier to feel sorry for. Bea finds herself in a very difficult position, one we can empathize with. I really feel for her throughout the drama.
In my book, Australian accents are awesome, so there's that going, too.
I feel like the atmosphere in Wentworth is a bit more realistic since it is a drama and not a comedy.
The verdict? I'm still an #OITNB fan all the way. It's still my favorite.
But if you find yourself in a "show hole" (Kristin, are you smiling? :) ), Wentworth is a good watch for in-between seasons.
So now... I'm off to watch more of season 2. Happy binging!
P.S: If you're feeling like reading instead, check out the book Orange is the New Black. It's very different from the series, but I found myself "binge reading" it. It's rivoting. Here's my video review on Youtube to check out.
Cue everything pink, sparkly...and, as contradictory as it seems, the winter blahs.
The holidays are over, and summer seems so far out of sight. The prospect of two-hour delays is dwindling for those of us in the teaching world, and it seems like we're in the eternal days of slush, cold, and boredom.
Okay, enough dreariness for one post! If the season has you down, read on to find some of my newest obsessions. They've managed to perk me up...maybe they can help you boost your mood as well :)
1. Born This Way Foundation by Too Faced
I've tried dozens of foundations, always looking for the perfect mix of coverage and glow. I've tried foundations that have turned orange or looked cakey. I've tried brands that make me look oily and that don't cover.
This one is sheer perfection. It's medium coverage, so it does give you the evening out benefits you need in a foundation, but it doesn't make you look like you have on a Halloween mask. It also seems to help control oil, as I have somewhat oily skin and haven't had any issues. It's a little pricey at $39, but I feel that it is definitely worth it!
2. Jane the Virgin
I found myself in a "show hole" a few weeks back, so I decided to give this show a try.
Laugh out loud funny! That's all I can really say. I love that Jane is into writing and English. I love her soap opera dad Rogellio. Most of all, I love the narration that makes this drama-filled, ridiculous show amazing to watch.
My mom and I tried Zumba for the first time a few weeks ago and were surprised that we LOVED it.
Let me give you some backstory. Three years ago, I begged my mom to try a Zumba class with me. We went to a small Zumba class in a small building, nervous but ready to shake our Latin hips.
The instructor was...well...a little crazy. My mom and I found ourselves stumbling all over our own feet while the instructor consistently came and danced in front of us in some questionably scandalous moves. Yeah, it was awkward, and we were left wanting to crawl to the doorway and leave Zumba in our past forever.
This week, though, we decided to brave up and give Zumba another try. We went to a new location with a new teacher...and guess what? We LOVED it. It's such a good workout and so much fun. Thankfully, we love our new instructor, and there haven't been any scandalous moves happening. It is an amazing workout that doesn't feel like a workout. It just feels like pure fun. And this is coming from a self-proclaimed workout hater.
4. LuLaroe Leggings
I just got my first pair this week...and yes, they are worth the money!! They are so soft and comfortable. Do yourself a favor and buy one...or ten!
Check out the pattern...so fun! And Stanley also thought they were super soft!
How about you? Have any new obsessions lately? Please share!
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