Happy Sunday! Cannot believe it's already almost July, but that means the Fourth is coming!

Here are my latest Picks and Flicks!

All the Ways "Gilmore Girls" Predicted the Future (HelloGiggles): Stars Hollow was full of hipsters before the term was even coined.

Masterminds Trailer:
This film has really flown under my radar and after seeing this trailer I haven't a clue why. Stellar cast and the official return (in my eyes anyways) of Owen Wilson. Haven't seen him in much besides Wes Anderson's film...although I'd never complain about Wes Anderson.

The Stars of "Teen Wolf" Are Now Practically Family (BuzzFeed): There are few things I love more than a good bromance, especially when it involves two of the most grounded and real actors in the business: Tyler Posey and Dylan O'Brien.

"Orange Is The New Black" Helped Its Breakout Star Learn How To Love Herself (BuzzFeed): Truly love Adrienne C. Moore's (aka Black Cindy) story of her journey into self-love and acceptance.

Amy Poehler and Seth Reunite for a New Really!?! (Late Night with Seth Meyers):

One of my all-time favorite SNL segments comes to Late Night and it's predictably on point.

Keep an eye out for my July Slate up on Wednesday!

Happy Summer Solstice!

Edited: Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed

Get ready to dance with my current favorite song: The Weeknd's 'Can't Feel My Face'

Samira Wiley Gives Names To Her "Orange Is The New Black" Costars (Buzzfeed): I love this cast so much.

Ten Times I Knew I Loved You (BuzzFeed): My best friend sent this my way and it's so heartwarming and lovely. It'll make you smile, laugh, and cry. Oh, please just read it already!

Cara Delevingne Opens Up About Her Childhood, Love Life, and Why Modeling Just Isn't Enough (Vogue): Fantastic interview with Cara. I really admire how open and true to herself she is.

I Am Channing Tatum (AMA Reddit): Everything about this is pure GOLD. Just wait until you get to his favorite sandwich.

12 Pieces Of Advice From Aziz Ansari About Love and Dating (Buzzfeed): I cannot wait for Aziz's book Modern Romance. Love his perspective after writing it too.

Actors on Actors: Emmys (Variety): There's nothing like watching brilliant minds interact and discuss their craft. All of these are worth a watch!


P.S. What songs get you dancing these days? Let me know in the comments!
In which I spew forth all of the praise and feels for Cecelia Ahern's Love, Rosie (formerly titled Where Rainbows End).

It's not often that a book touches me so profoundly that I take a good, hard look of what I think the trajectory of my life will be. Will I actually accomplish what I want to accomplish? I'm a firm realistic optimist, so I say yes! Will I find true love? When the time is right. Will I travel the world like I so desperately want to? I sure as hell hope so. I attempt to plan my future, but let's get real for a minute: I'm 22 and I'm much better at meal prepping and fangirling than I am at life planning. And that's okay.

Rosie. Just typing her name makes me smile, because to begin to describe her complexities...well, I could write a book about it. She's smart and witty, but doesn't give herself nearly enough credit. Rosie's caring and selfless, but also human and raw. Her eloquent rambling makes me connect to her on a spiritual level. The way that she consistently perseveres and stands up for herself, her family, and what she believes to be true: Rosie is such a heroine in her own right.

Alex. I feel like the laugh I just had over thinking about him says it all. He's an overachiever who frequently misses the mark in his personal life. A lover who commits in all of the wrong ways...until it's finally right.

In tracing the course of Rosie and Alex's friendship from childhood to adulthood, through births and deaths, I felt I was given a gift being able to see these charming, multi-faceted characters progress (and sometimes regress). They're those two friends you know who've known each other forever. They're the backs of each other's hands, yet they can never seem to get it right. Basically, you want to smoosh their faces together and BOOM happily ever after.

I spent the duration of the novel wanting their happy ending to come already. While there were so many moments where I wanted to strangle the book in frustration, because I yearned for that coupling satisfaction, the rocky friendship needed to evolve. And evolve it did.

Love, Rosie is told through the written word only. By that I mean you read all of the emails, instant messages, handwritten letters, and chat-room sessions that the characters send to each other. I hadn't directly thought about it before, but you can learn more about a person just by their writing aesthetic (please spell correctly, for the love of the literary fairies!) than by a lot of standard first person narratives. It's less biased and more about the intricacies of their personal relationships.

There's sections of the book where Rosie seeks advice through a chatroom suited to her interests and a friend says: If you want something, you need to get out there and grab it by the horns because no one is going to give you what you want on a plate. The truth in this line is so in tune with how I try to steer my life. It's such a good reminder that you are in charge of your life and the path you take.

Just do it already. Pick up Love, Rosie. Fall in love with the oh-so-lovely and realistic characters, the magnificent Dublin (as if I didn't want to visit enough already!), and superb writing. You won't regret it. I'm grateful I did.


P.S. Have you read Love, Rosie and/or viewed the film? Clearly, watching the film is next on my to-do list!
The latest Picks and Flicks to close out this sunny weekend!

Starbucks Frappucino's Six New Flavors: I'm a Java Chip girl for life, but that doesn't mean I won't try these sugary beauties!

Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling on Inside OutMindy's Hulu Move, and Those Daily Show Rumors: First, I'm psyched for Inside Out. Second, Amy and Mindy are two queen comedians who give good quote.

Ariana Grande on Being Empowered: Definitely a must-read and I'm glad that someone with her level of influence is speaking out on this.

The Martian Trailer

Yes, Matt Damon's an astronaut again. Let's hope it turns out better for him this time...

51 TV Writers Reveal Their Favorite Thing They've Ever Written: So many favorites here.

Robert Buckley Plays "Would You Rather": Robert Buckley is even more than everything after this.

Of course, the third season of Orange Is the New Black hit Netflix late Thursday evening...and my life has been consumed ever since!

Tune in next time for more Picks and Flicks!


P.S. Have you binged OITNB yet? If not, what are you waiting for?!
Strap in for a super-sized Picks and Flicks!

Ron Swanson's clearly ready. Are you?

Everything You Thought You Knew About L-O-V-E Is Wrong by Aziz Ansari (Time Magazine): In theme with his new book, Modern Romance, Aziz talks all about love and how we acquire it in the modern age. Aziz's writing is intelligent yet accessible, filled with all of the Aziz swagger we all know and love.

99 Homes trailer

Looks like powerhouse performances all around and I can't wait to see Andrew Garfield continue to break all expectations. Such a talent.

Parks and Recreation Blooper Reel: This is a must see. Just wait until they act like elderly people...

Wes Anderson's The Shining

Talk about a heck of a Grand Budapest Hotel / The Shining mashup!

Gilmore Girls Reunion at ATXFestival: I miss Gilmore Girls so much. If you haven't watched it yet, what are you waiting for?! Hit up Netflix and then let's flail.

Z For Zachariah trailer

Not only does this immediately hook me from the premise, it's got a fantastic cast with such brilliantly eery cinematography. You can count on me opening weekend!

Letter from Lauren: June Shape Up: Lauren Conrad's stellar approach to changing how her website promotes healthy living and the terms used to talk about it is all about body posiitvity and doing what works for you rather than the group. I love this on so many levels.

Tune in next week for more Picks and Flicks!

Happy June! It's time to introduce a new monthly series:

The Slate will feature all of the books/films/TV releases and more that I'm looking forward to checking out that month. As expected, there's lots.

Let's get to it!

June 2ndThe Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
On theme for Summer. Seems adorable times a boatload of feels. Will also feed my new love of mermaids (thanks for that one, C!). Sold!

June 5th: Sense8 Series Premiere on Netflix
                                I'm a huge Wachowski's fan. Unique premise and diversely talented cast will definitely keep me interested. Here's to yet another Netflix original I'm bound to be hooked on!

June 9th: iZombie Season 1 Finale
                       iZombie is a MUST-see. Absolutely cannot wait to discover what Liv finally does to Blaine this week...

June 12thMe and Earl And the Dying Girl

Yes, I want to see it so badly, I'm featuring it twice! I'm a huge sucker for a tearjerker with loads of heart (i.e. this year's grounded TFIOS).

June 12th: OITNB Season 3 Premiere
                           Who's ready for round three of Litchfield? I sure as hell am!

June 19th: The Overnight

So many favorites in this movie. As if that hadn't sold me enough, I crave movies where you think you have it all figured out, then it get's weird. I love weird.

June 19th: Dope

"All we have to do is find the white people...go to Coachella." SOLD.

June 29th: Teen Wolf Season 5 Premiere

A staple on my TV calendar. With even more cast shakeups this year, I'm curious how the cast dynamics will continue to evolve. Also, Stiles Stilinski will be everything, as he always is.

What are your June picks? Hit me with them in the comments!