After a day of House of Cards and sunshine, happy Sunday!

Let's get to this week's Picks and Flicks!

Reasons Why Outside is the Worst (Whine About It): While I've become more of an outside person over the past couple of years, THERE ARE BEARS. Also, public bathrooms.

Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' Music Video
                                From the stunning visuals (those lens flares, though!) to the FREAKING LIONS to the handsome as hell Scott Eastwood, I will be watching this on repeat all week. Really love the Taylor and Joseph Kahn collaborations for her 1989 videos.

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer Are Making the Goofy, Cool-Girl Movie of Your Dreams (Vanity Fair): When two of my current favorite females get together only amazingness will ensue. Also, I love that Jenn is now screenwriting and YAY for female screenwriters! I wonder what her scene descriptions look like...yes, these are the things that I think about.

Ghostbusters love their women (Melissa McCarthy): This tweet is everything I needed this week. #girlpower

Kill Your Friends trailer (YouTube): Nicholas Hoult working in the music industry in a British black comedy? YES PLEASE.

Stay tuned for the September Slate up on Tuesday!

Happy Sunday! It was a week of reading and pool time for me and that was just what I needed!

Let's get to this week's Picks and Flicks!

31 Of The Most Beautiful Film Quotes Of All Time (BuzzFeed): So many of my favorites in here.

One Direction - Drag Me Down (Vevo): This is an amazing video for one of my current repeat songs. Also, NASA is one of the most fascinating things to me. Nobody can drag me down, seriously!

Madden: The Movie (Madden NFL 16)
                                   I'm pretty sure I understand about 25% of this short, but it's ridiculously funny and I don't even play Madden! Also, Dave Franco.

Project Greenlight trailer (HBO): I am so excited that this show is coming back! I love the behind the scenes aspects of filmmaking.

Kristen Stewart would be a great person to road trip with (Nylon Magazine): I mean, LUNCHABLES! Enough said.

Tune in next time for more Picks and Flicks!

Happy Sunday!

Have you caught my latest post on The Strength of BBG? If not, check it out and let me know what you think!

Let's get to this week's Picks and Flicks!

Love Myself by Hailee Steinfeld (Vevo): I absolutely love this song. The lyrics are so on point. Love yourself!

10 Things Women In Their Twenties Need To Stop Worrying About (BuzzFeed): I need to print these out and tape them on my walls Elementary School style.

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg Talk About Weed and Things Get Weird (BuzzFeed)

This interview is everything I never knew I wanted out of an interview. Also, BuzzFeed is forever tops.

Reasons Going Out Is The Worst (Whine About It): 'All you need is warm carbohydrates.' Preaching all of the truths, Matt!

28 Important Lessons “Pretty Little Liars” Taught Us About Life (BuzzFeed): They may be liars, but these truths are of the utmost importance.

37 Important Things People Want Themselves To Know In The Future (BuzzFeed): You made it (and you're a badass)!

Tune in next time for more Picks and Flicks!

When it comes to working out and staying healthy, I am the type of person that craves routine.

Sticking to a routine provides me with less opportunities to talk myself out of it, especially in those first few weeks when sometimes you have to force yourself to get on that treadmill, take out that yoga mat, and get to it. 

My latest venture is with Kayla Itsines' fitness empire: Bikini Body Guide. Personally, the program's name sounds super demeaning and doesn't nearly encompass what BBG does for its followers and what is has done for me over the past few months.

It was initially recommended to me by one of my best friends, Tama, who wanted to get fit and healthy once and for all. Tama's like me, tried doing it countless times before, but couldn't ever quite get it to stick. For the couple months I followed her progress, seriously skeptical of the program, her confidence was rising while her body was starting to become what she always knew it could be. But the thing that really sold me to start the program was how much more positive she was about herself and her body, regardless of the numbers on the scale.

So I started it. To say that the first few weeks are tough is an understatement. It's an adjustment, because even though each of the three thirty minute workouts a week wears you down physically, I find that it's more emotionally taxing for me. Mostly due to the fact that sometimes I get in my head too much and doubt my physical abilities. I'm working on it!

There's something so satisfying, too, about completing these seriously tough workouts and feeling on top of the world with your sore muscles the next day. Well, of course, this is after the immediate post-workout jello-legs, but the sense of accomplishment that you did just kick on serious ass and you can do it again.

One of the things I love most about BBG is the community. Personally, I follow the majority of it on the Instagram hashtags BBG and BBGGirls. They're both filled with inspiration, tips, and positivity. In my experience, there isn't much in the way of negativity, only those excited about their progress, new recipes they've found, and tackling that latest legs workout.

Currently, I'm on Week 15 of BBG 2.0, the second string of workouts. I've really learned not to be so hard on myself. I do spend a lot of time working out, but that's as much of a benefit for me physically as it is emotionally. BBG is about a lot of hard work, but it's also about discovering and harnessing the strength that you might not have known you had.

To check out Kayla's BBG plans and more click here! I highly recommend them if you didn't already surmise that yourself.


Tell me in the comments what keeps you healthy and fit! 
It's Sunday and what a great week it's been!

Let's get to this week's Picks and Flicks!

29 Photos That Prove “Breaking Bad” Had The Greatest Cinematography (BuzzFeed): Seriously, the cinematography was always one of my favorite parts of the show. So stunning.

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg's Awkward Interview (Funny or Die): Kristen and Jesse mocking the gender inconsistencies in interviewing is everything. I love it so much that they were both down for this sketch and that they committed to it.

By The Sea trailer
So many tears and dramatic body poses that I am so in for this! This film should be subtitled 'Heartbreak.'

Taylor Swift Has Perfect Advice For Anyone Who’s Ever Doubted Their Worth (BuzzFeed): Taylor giving advice to fans on Tumblr is one of my favorite things. This time it's something that everyone needs to check out.

The Cast of Fantastic Four Plays “Would You Rather”
 (Collider News): This is such a fun interview with a really great cast. Say what you want about Fantastic Four, but I thought that the film was entertaining to say the least. Check out my review here!

Deadpool red band trailer
                                Graphic in so many ways and I. Am. Ready.

19 Fucking Things Only Women Who Love Swearing Will Understand (BuzzFeed): This is my day-to-day life. I feel the majority of these on a spiritual fucking level.

The Last Witch Hunter trailer (Collider News): Vin Diesel's been talking about this project for years now, so I've always been curious about it. I want to dive into the film's mythology and yeah, it may be scary, but damn if it isn't interesting.

Tune in next week for more Picks and Flicks!

So, I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who actually enjoyed Fantastic Four...and that is okay.

I've been looking forward to this film since the castings were announced. Take a look at this stellar talented core cast: Kate Mara as Sue Storm (phenomenal in House of Cards and American Horror Story), Miles Teller as Reed Richards (top-notch in Whiplash and heartbreakingly authentic in The Spectacular Now), Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm (still can't talk about Fruitvale Station without crying and, of course, Friday Night Lights), Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (I know him mostly from the under-seen action/sci-fi Jumper and his role in Snowpiercer), and Toby Kebbell as Victor Von Doom (who I wasn't previously familiar with, but now want to see more of).

It makes sense why the cast is one of the best parts of the film. From the subtle looks to the banter, you can tell that they really gel together well. Introducing the film with the core Reed and Ben friendship was such a crucial segment and it really worked smoothly in transitioning between the different time sections at the start. Plus, Reed and Ben as kids is just about the cutest thing ever. Sue and Reed's friendship is so sweet and you can read into there being something more there without it ever overshadowing the storyline at hand. They're playful friends and first-and-foremost scientists. Plus, Johnny and Reed's friendship makes me smile. From the almost-fist-bump to the smile and hug after their reunion later in the film, they connect on such a level that isn't expected based on their personalities alone.

The small moments are fantastic in this film. When Ben forgets to bring the toy car to the science fair. When Reed thanks the security guard by name at the Baxter Institute. Victor calling Sue 'Susan.' These moments give such deep insight into these characters without having to say much at all. I want to see the director's cut so, so badly. Even just seeing all of the countless scenes and shots in the trailers and other promotional footage that actually didn't make it into the film makes me wonder about all of the small scenes that are left on the cutting room floor.

It seems that too much was edited out, because the film feels disjointed. The first two-thirds is a clear, grounded, character-driven sci-fi film and the last third is a huge special effects spectacular. I definitely didn't hate the last third, but it certainly felt like it was from a different film. How could there be such a dramatic shift to the literal complete opposite of it being grounded? Going from the understated majority with only two scenes with overt special effects to the completely foreign, it doesn't read true to the heart of the first parts of the film and that makes me sad. Because the majority of the film is so good.

So maybe Fantastic Four didn't live up to your expectations. Maybe the drama surrounding the production or even the promotional tour clouded your judgment. Maybe you just didn't like it for a variety of reasons. That is okay. While there are negatives in this film for me (like the underutilized cast and how the script could've been taken up a few notches), I choose not to focus on those aspects. I'm concentrating on how much I truly adore this cast and how much I want to see their characters continue.

A crossover with X-Men was potentially in the works and I feel like, if anything, a disappointing box office return should encourage Fox even moreso on this venture. Combine the casts, continue exposing the fans to these characters, make them more accessible and desirable, then produce the Fantastic Four sequels. Yeah, the first one has bombed at the box office. The cast is right and the tone is different, but it works. The issues lie in the disagreements in direction and the third act of the movie really showcases that. Find creatives that have the same vision and work well together, utilizing the cast to their full potential, while remaining true to the characters, the tone, and the basics of storytelling and it can work.

Before you write off Fantastic Four completely, give it a watch and recognize all of its potential. Trust me, there's a fun future there and it's blazing.

Happy Sunday!

It's August already. Summer is going by wicked fast, but means that my August Slate is up!

Let's get to this week's Picks and Flicks!

Take A Break: The Painted Nail (The Late Late Show with James Corden): The latest Take A Break segment with the best reaction to a massage chair I've ever seen.

Room teaser trailer
                                 Brie Larson is a powerhouse. Cannot wait to see her break my heart in this.

Reasons Why Clothes Shopping Is The Absolute Worst (Whine About It): Matt Bellassai preaching it about why clothes shopping is my favorite/least favorite activity. "It's ninety degrees. I'm sweating..." aka my life in a changing room. Is high-powered A/C too much to ask for?!

Don't Talk PSA: Coach: (Alamo Drafthouse): Effective and hysterical series. Plus, Coach Taylor is life, obviously.

Did You Read The Book? Cara Delevingne, Press Junketry, and Me (Medium / John Green): Lovely and fascinating defense of Cara's 'interview gone wrong'. Listen, the woman had been doing long press days and decided to have a little fun with some newscasters. Not her fault they didn't get the sarcasm!

Black Mass trailer
                               Super fascinated by this cast and super disturbed by the characters that they're playing. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch's Boston accent...? I love you Benedict, but hmm.

“Orange Is The New Black” Star Danielle Brooks Has Shared An Inspiring Body Confidence Picture (BuzzFeed): I love how Danielle's promoting self-love and confidence. This is just another step in the right direction for doing what's right for yourself no matter what anyone else thinks.

Tom Cruise Fails His Own Catchphrase Challenge (MTV News): This is just pure gold. Tom, you tried so hard. So, so hard.

The Night Before Red Band Trailer
                                Wu Tang onesie. Also, Mindy Kaling.

Looking for something cute to watch this weekend? Check out Paper Towns and read my review here!

Tune in next week for more Picks and Flicks!

Happy August!

Let's get to this month's film-centric picks!

August 7th: The Fantastic Four

Huge fan of this cast and the cinematography looks off the charts. Flame on!

August 7th: The Diary of a Teenage Girl

After months and months of festival buzz I knew I needed to see this special film.

August 14th: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

This one has flown under my radar until this month. I love the sleek and stylized trailer aesthetic. Great cast in a blend of Pink Panther and James Bond.

August 21st: American Ultra

I am here for every whacked-out moment of this.

August 21st: Digging for Fire

Cannot wait to see what Joe Swanberg cooks up this time around!

August 28th: We Are Your Friends

Finally this movie is coming out! I absolutely cannot wait to see this. Again, though, who seriously takes the SATs in pen? Are you trying to make me panic for you?!

August 28th: Z for Zachariah
                                I get so tense every time I see this trailer, so I can only imagine how freaked I'll be in my theater seat.

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