Honestly, my lack of posting about The Bachelorette this season hasn’t even been for the reasons I wish it was.

No, I haven’t become any more high brow, and yes, I’m still watching.

Just color me hashtag unimpressed, hashtag uninspired by this season.

Which is a huge letdown, because I was so pumped for Kaitlyn to become the Bachelorette. She was so funny and spunky on the Bachelor, and as The Bachelorette… based on her choices and how she is handling each one, I’m liking her less and less.

My thoughts on this season, this far:

1. What’s with these dates?

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I assure you, seeing a guy I’m dating in a sumo wrestling outfit is not high on my list of needs or desires. Her dates have been the weirdest and (I think) least fun of any Bachelorette show there has been. A fake funeral? A horror mystery scene?

“Here! Go in a room of elementary school children and teach them sex education!”…What? Is she agreeing to all of these? Because if she has any veto power to these date ideas, she should be using them. They’re weird, and they’re not making for great television.

But kudos to you, Ben H., because that stupid sex ed date was the moment I truly fell in love with you.

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2. I will never, never, ever in a zillion years understand the attraction to Nick.

Joshua understands my lack of words for it (and, for the record, I liked him and was sad to see him go… poor guy. Poor hair).

Nick was insufferable on Andi’s season (as was… pretty much everyone in that entire season). I don’t see the physical attraction. I don’t know how Kaitlyn can stand him after watching him be a complete jerk to Andi (and all the other guys) on the last season of The Bachelorette.

NO. I am lit-rally offended by your presence on this show, Nick.

3. While we’re on the Nick subject, I have strong feelings about the way Kaitlyn handled accepting him onto the show late.

I think if Kaitlyn had any respect for the other guys, or if she thought one of those guys was “the one,” she should have told Nick that he needed to leave. In past seasons, before even getting to know the guys, Bachelorettes have denied an extra contestant from a past season.Here’s my take. If I was Kaitlyn, and if I had a crazy crush on Nick and he wanted to join the show, I would approach it in the vain of “no regrets.

If I were Kaitlyn, I would have explained to the guys that I took this opportunity to find my husband. If I were truly diving into the last man standing with my whole heart and soul, I wouldn’t want any outstanding “maybe”s or “what if”s. So, I felt the need to include Nick now so I wouldn’t worry later that he may have been the one.


But, ya know, I’m not the Bachelorette, and I think Nick is a goon. So who cares what I think?

4. Other appeals I don’t understand: Jared and Joe. If you recall, I was unimpressed by Joe at first glance.

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This has not changed, and I feel he may be one of the most awkward humans alive (see: sumo wrestling date with his man parts unabashedly hanging out of his cloth).Joe, *NSync circa 1999 called. They want their band member back.

And Jared. Whaaaaat?

Thank you to The Soup for this gem. I feel like this picture doesn’t even do the beady eyes justice. They might shoot lasers.

5. I might say this every season, but this is the biggest, WINIEST group of guys I’ve ever witnessed.

I sit in front of my TV rolling my eyes, physically asking Shaun aloud if he knows what show he signed up for.

Uh, yeah. It’s hard. Did you walk onto the wrong production set, or are you just less tough than you claimed to be right out of the gates?I like Shaun and all, but his belly aching is just annoying. Check yo’self and keep on trucking if you want Kaitlyn.

You know, the girl you’re dating who had sex with the guy you hate.


6. And finally, the whole Kaitlyn-slept-with-Nick thing on National TV.

Sure, feminism, modernism, and all that. I’m not unreasonable. But in my opinion, it’s less about what actually happened between Kaitlyn and Nick and more about how it showed a lack of respect for the other relationships she is in and allegedly trying to cultivate.

Diiid she think about how this will affect her other relationships when the others find out? I’m thinking no.

Is a guy going to be pumped to propose to a girl who just slept with another guy while you were dating her? On TV? I’m thinking no.

But, who knows, maybe if it were Ben H. and not Nick I’d feel differently.

That’s a joke.

I’m also in a rage over ABC making us wait for three whole episodes to watch her confession to the other guys, but I can’t wait to see how she owns up.



I need new jewelry like I need a hole in the head. I always find myself gravitating toward new studs, necklaces, and bracelets I can stack for the new season ahead.

It’s a problem.


However, I think I’ve found something to solve said problem.


How pretty are these guys? Through Rocksbox, I can borrow, wear, and send them back, or I can purchase them so they’re mine for keeps (for the record, I bought and kept the above Sophie Harper Taner Bar Mini Studs).

So, have y’all heard of Rocksbox? It’s a service that allows subscribers to “borrow” jewelry before they buy.

Whaaat? Yes!

For a monthly fee, Rocksbox members receive a curated box (three pieces) of designer jewelry with the option to borrow, buy, or swap at any time. 30+ amazing designers including Kendra Scott, House of Harlow, Gorjana, and Loren Hope are included in the choices for each box.

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And how cute is that packaging?!

Once you you sign up (which you can do and get one month free with code “alhalterxoxo”), you fill out a style profile letting your stylist know what jewelry styles you’re seeking. From there, you can create a wishlist from about a zillion different pieces of jewelry.


Your stylist then takes your style profile and your wishlist, sends you some pieces from there, and uses a little inspiration to build upon that and send some surprise pieces.

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I’ve had some disappointments with stylist services in the past (has StitchFix gone seriously downhill for anyone else out there?). I’ve gotta be honest, though, my stylist has hit the ball out of the park for both Rocksbox boxes I’ve received.

What’s more, with a subscription to Rocksbox, when you purchase the designer jewelry, the price tag is much lower than you can get it anywhere else with the special “Insider” pricing.

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How cute is the delicate Moon & Lola Elephant Bracelet?

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Gorjana Aida Cuff Ring: Kept it, and now I wear it every day with a pair of stackables I already owned.

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I asked for some statement pieces for work and dressing up, since I tend to buy all dainty necklaces to wear on the reg. I received this one in my first box, and I got about 6 compliments the first day I wore it.

I’ve found Rockbox perfect for times when I need a new statement piece, but haven’t budgeted the funds to drop a lot of money on new designer jewelry. It’s also made me discover Kendra Scott jewelry, which I absolutely adore (I think I’ve pinned about 60 of her stud earrings to a wishlist… I want ’em all).

What will you use Rocksbox for? What catches your eye for your own wishlist? Go try it for a month fo free! A few of my friends (and mother) have done it, and they love the service.


This is a sponsored post. The company who sponsored it compensated me something of value to write it. All opinions and recommendations are my own. Thank you for supporting life of blyss and understanding a girl’s gotta eat (and rock some sweet jewels from time to time)!


Mondays. Suck.

But these things don’t.

You’re welcome.

  1. The 121 best dancing GIFs of all time.

    Featuring a few of my faves:tumblr_lhzn7g4p9n1qcnhhzo1_500
    tumblr_llatbbCeky1qbnthu tumblr_lic7zaNNkQ1qabm5vo1_500-1(anyone reading this who performed in Pippin or Aida with me and can really appreciate this?)If you know me at all, you know I have a serious love for GIFs and using them in my text messages. Britt sent me that webpage and it really got my day started off on the right foot.

  2. The Bachelorette is on tonight.embed_kaitlyn_thebachelor
    If you’re missing my Bachelorette recaps, go visit my friend Ashley. Or, my favorite person from Bachelor nation, Ali Fedotowsky (she still remains the best Bachelorette ever), who shares her theories and sheds some pretty bright lights on how the Bachelor franchise actually works.Honestly, I’ve felt so… uninspired by this season. I was so pleased when Kaitlyn was chosen as the Bachelorette, but her choices continue to baffle and frustrate me. I think I need to write a “What Kaitlyn Should Have Done” post. Because this is like watching a terrible train wreck.Oh, and I was right, my projection on most of the guys was pretty inaccurate (ew, Justin and JJ). But Ben H. is my very favorite.
  3. It’s a four day week!I’m heading to my parents’ house in the Inner Banks of NC to spend the July 4th holiday with my them and my niece, my Poppop, and Brittany and Isaac. I’m so ready for boating, running along the Sound, and cookouts.
  4. As The Skimm likes to call them, “The Supremes'” ruling to make gay marriage legal in all 50 states.tumblr_nqkgutuAVw1rwtu9vo1_500
    For the most part, my Facebook has been filled with so much love and acceptance. It made me want to cry tears of joy when I woke up to the news on Friday morning that every single one of my friends can legally marry whomever they want wherever they want.105847-full
    I’m not one to get political on my blog, but honestly, to all those bellyaching, arguing and getting angry about equal rights for everybody, I’ll politely leave you with this:giphy-1
  5. This baby lion trying to roar.Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 9.53.23 AM

Happy Monday, y’all! Go forth with a Friday attitude.


What’s making you smile today?


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