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Three, three, three!

Oh hello there lovelies!

I see that it has been awhile since I sat down and wrote a blog post. One year to be exact…oops!

Today I am celebrating Pretty Little Shoes’ third birthday! Say whaaat?! How has it been three years already?! Three years ago I had NO IDEA what I had gotten myself into and was a little, ok, a lot, over my head but with patience and perseverance, here I am three years later, running a successful ladies and little girls home and online based shoe company.

It has become a tradition for me to write a blog post on our birthday so this year I am going to be telling you the story of how exactly Pretty Little Shoes came to be.

All the way back in 2011, I was at a ladies night with my mom. To my surprise there was a lady there selling shoes. After further discussion I learned that her name was Kim Moss and her company name was Head Over Heels. That night I was like an annoying little fly that wouldn’t leave the table. I’m sure I tried on every single pair of shoes Kim had there. I fell in love with a pair of heels - they were zebra patterned but most importantly, they were PINK! Drool, right?! My mom ended up buying them for me as a Christmas gift. Thanks mom!

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That night, Kim had mentioned that she does shoe parties and much like many lady’s reactions I thought, “A shoe party is a thing?! Sign me up!”.

May 17th, 2012 was the date of my first shoe party. I just about had to cancel my party because I was so sick with pneumonia. I remember that night just feeling like garbage, watching all my friends shop while I stood back and just watched. I felt so bad! But my party was a success and I remember getting lots of fabulous shoes for free and 1/2 off!

My haul from my very first shoe party. Can you tell I had a thing for heels?! Are they all just gorgeous?!

My haul from my very first shoe party. Can you tell I had a thing for heels?! Are they all just gorgeous?!

That fall I decided to host another party, a boot party this time. Because it was November 1st, the weather was super crappy. It was snowing and freezing rain - such a terrible combination. That party wasn’t as big as success as my party six months prior but it was still fun and I still got some beautiful boots that are still in mint condition that I wear often!

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Between 2011 and 2016, I purchased most of my shoes from Kim whether it be shopping with her online or at other events and parties. I was hooked on supporting this wonderful company.

In January of 2016 Kim had posted on Facebook that Head Over Heels would be closing down but talked about a business opportunity that she was making available. I won’t go into the specifics but this opportunity intrigued me. At that time in my life I was studying from home and had been looking for an opportunity to make some extra money while studying. I tried traditional direct sales businesses but they just weren’t for me. So after corresponding with Kim for a few days, yes, only a few days, I decided that opening my own shoe company was something that I was wanting to move forward with and accepted the opportunity.

The days and weeks that followed were such a whirlwind. I had to get business licenses, get tax and legal stuff figured out, inventory my stock, book parties, build a website, and other things that make my head spin just reflecting on them. Those first months are still so fresh in my mind. I probably started getting on Kim’s nerves messaging her what seemed like daily with questions.

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Three years later, it is so fun to reflect and look back on how much things have changed from the early Pretty Little Shoes days to now. Back then, I was simply just a ladies shoe company that did shoe parties and shopping appointments. Now, we’re so much more! We sell other products on top of shoes; we not only sell ladies footwear but also sell little girl shoes; we have a wonderful rep Mandalyn; we sell on Amazon; and we travel out of province for events!

To those who have had a piece in Pretty Little Shoes’ first three years, whether it be big like hosting a party or small like ‘liking’ one of our Instagram or Facebook posts, please know what I wouldn’t be where I am today without your support. From the bottom of my heart, THANK-YOU!

To show my appreciation for your support and to celebrate three years in business, all ladies footwear is 25% off using discount code THREEYEARS at checkout. Sale ends January 15th. <3

Here’s to another year of Pretty Little Shoes!

xo Baillie

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Two Years & Counting

They say time flies when you're having fun. That must be true because I cannot believe it's Pretty Little Shoes's second birthday! Happy Birthday to us!!! 

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Last year on our one year anniversary, I penned a letter of gratitude for your support with my business. And while I am forever grateful for the continued support, this year I thought I would share the top 11 things I have learned over this past year of business.

1| There never is enough hours in a day. There is always another email to respond to, social media post to put up, and more shoes to buy. But knowing myself, I get burned out trying to keep up so knowing my limits has been an asset to running my business.

2| It's ok to be who you are. I struggled with not wanting to overshare about my life on social media and on my website but I learned that people want to know who is behind the business. Sharing more has helped me become more personable and helped me grow my relationships with my customers and business connections.

3| There are going to be days when you want to quit. I have these days...often. I have learned though that I need to trust where God has me and be obedient to Him. Sometimes it takes a few days of being patient and still. But for every reason I want to quit, there are 10 reasons why I shouldn't.

4| Don't underestimate the power of friends who are business owners. These women are your tribe - they understand the ebbs and flows of business and life as a business owner. They are likely the first to support your small business because they understand the value in supporting small and are always there to offer advice and a listening ear when needed.

5| A little competition never hurt anyone. Of course it would be great to have the entire ladies home shoe party market to myself but that is not realistic. Different companies offer different products and each company is run differently. Competition allows me to stay innovative and authentic which is important in business.

6| Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Although competition is healthy, imitation is not. I've had companies copy and paste things from my website, take my hostess program, bring in identical products, and mimic my social media posts. This is not cool and is just downright hurtful. But when another company imitates, it doesn't make me look bad, it makes the other business owner look bad.

7| You don't have to say yes to every opportunity. Every opportunity may lead to more sales and more bookings but sometimes those opportunities are not what's best for you or your business. I have a strong intuition and go with my gut. If something just doesn't feel right, I know to decline the opportunity or even cancel.

8| There is nothing shameful in asking for help. As a relatively independent lady, asking for help is a struggle. However, having an extra set of hands is sometimes needed. I'm so thankful for the helpful hands of my parents, brother, sister, cousin, friends, and boyfriend. All have helped me SO much throughout the year in various ways and have helped me learn that it's ok not to do everything myself.

9| Cancelling an event is not the end of the world. This year I had to cancel one party because my vehicle broke down on the highway while driving to the party. Another party, my hostess orchestrated her own party because I had to go to the emergency room. Neither were ideal scenarios but life happens.

10| Taking time for yourself is essential. This was a mistake I made my first year of business - working up to nine events a week just because I couldn't say no. But by the end of the year I was so burned out I didn't even want to look at another pair of shoes. I never took time for myself; I never saw my friends and I was miserable. At the beginning of the year I decided that I would commit to only doing 4-5 events per week so I could take the time to do things I enjoyed and pay more attention to my relationships. This made a huge difference in my overall happiness.

11| At the end of the day, it's just shoes. Yes, it can be frustrating as a customer when there is a hiccup, but in reality no one is going to die if they have to wait an extra week to receive their order, if there is a quality issue, or if there is an inventory error on our site. I am only human - I make mistakes. No one is perfect and it is unfair for people to assume that we are. We all have lots going on in our lives and sometimes things slip through the cracks. Yes, we feel horrible when they do, but it’s not the end of the world. We just ask for forgiveness, learn from our mistakes and hope we can do better next time.

Friends, thank-you very much for making year two of Pretty Little Shoes a success. Whether you hosted a party, shopped with us, or follow us on social media, I am forever grateful for the impact you have had on my business. I wouldn't be where I am without you. 

And of course, thank-you to my family. Man alive - the support I get from them is out of this world.

Enjoy these never-before-seen photos from the last year! Cheers to another fabulous year. <3

xo Baillie

Me + my mama sitting in the tow truck after my vehicle broke down. :(

Fashion show fun with my good friend Jess from Covered & Co.

Women supporting women. My friends, Dani from Dani's Vintage Designs and Kaitlyn from Spruce Homes coming shopping at Woman's World.

Deciding on our spring stock. One of the most difficult parts of my job. Seriously.

Two of my happy helpers - my brother Ryan + cousin Noah.

My not-so-happy helper. Love you Noah! ;)

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

It's time to celebrate mom! Normally I'm a procrastinator when it comes to gift giving but this year I'm on top of it. Ok, I just got my mom's gift yesterday but that's still five whole days before Mother's Day - pretty impressive for me! ;)

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If you're still struggling with what to give your mom, I've put together a Mother's Day Gift Guide that may just help. I love every one of these items and I know your mom would too!

1| All Natural Candle

This all natural soy candle from Pretty Clean is clean burning & has a wonderful subtle scent of lavender, pine, & spearmint. The woodwick crackles as it burns & it will last for about 40 hours! Pretty Clean also has amazing all natural cleaners that not only smell amazing but work really well! Follow Pretty Clean on Facebook and Instagram!

2| Pop Top Tumbler & Tea

The Pop Top tumbler from Steeped Tea is the best to-go cup that was ever created! It keeps your tea hot for 8 hours or, on the flip side, keeps ice frozen in the cup for 8 hours! It comes with an infuser to place loose leaf tea leaves in and the lid has a lock so you don't have to worry about spilling. Get your mom a yummy bag a tea to go along with the Pop Top and you are good to go! Follow Colleen Janex, Independent Steeped Tea Consultant on Facebook.

3| Customizable Locket

Honour the special Mom in your life with a customized locket from Annibelle Lockets!
The Family Tree Locket is a modern twist to a traditional family ring & the lockets have magnetic closure so new birthstones can be added at anytime! Complete designs range in price from $30-$60, and you'll receive a preview prior to order finalization so you can ensure the locket is perfect! Follow Annibelle Lockets on Facebook and Instagram.

4| Heels

Pretty Little Shoes always make a great gift! We have lots of styles to choose from but are currently loving the Shaky-S heel in hot pink for Mother's Day. The color is stunning (everything is better in pink!), the lay of fabric on the foot is pretty, and they are practical as the heel is thicker and not too high. If your mom doesn't wear heels, we have lots of other shoes she will surely love. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.


Finally, happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! Your sacrifice, patience, and most of all, love doesn't go without notice. Celebrate you today - because you deserve it!

Me &amp; my mom &lt;3

Me & my mom <3

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Top 5 Most Popular Items this Season!

Our spring/ summer collection has been out for a week now, and ladies, you are loving it! This week, I'm highlighting our top 5 most popular items this season!

1| Nero-07 Bootie

I had no doubt when I brought these in they would be a hit! The soft suede, cute cut outs, gold accent toe, and gorgeous taupe color - simply stunning! Also available in black.

2| Reba-127D Sneaker

My current obsession. <3 These shoes are cute, comfy, and go with everything! Plus, they have the prettiest pattern on the inside. Also available in white.

3| Jim-S Heel

Everything is better in pink, am-I-right or am-I-right?? The way that the strap on this shoe accents the foot is so pretty - I can't wait to share with you some real life photos! These shoes are also made for optimal comfort, so you may just be able to run a marathon in them. :)

4| Tundra-39S Sandal

If you haven't tried these on, you need to! They have loads of padding for optimal comfort. They will be your summer go-to sandal!

5| Knot-1K Little Girls Sandal

The little ones love the bling too, that's what's making these cuties so popular. 

Do you have a current fave? Comment below! Can't wait to hear from you!

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It's Here...Spring/ Summer Collection!

Well hello there beautiful friends! I know I mentioned in last week's blog that this week's post will be tips and tricks to walk in heels but that's just going to have to wait - we have NEW shoes to talk about!

I really believe this collection is our best shipment yet! There is something for every woman out there - we've got some sandals, heels, loafers, sneakers, and of course, little girl items! 

This collection is also a reflection of my personal style, which is fashionable and feminine. I am obsessed with the Reba-127D sneakers in black but also Amie-2 in mint, which features lots of dainty cut outs.

I did a Facebook Live showcasing all of our new items - have a watch! I'd love it if you'd comment below with your thoughts on this collection and what your favourite items are.

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What's In a Name

One common question I get asked is how did I come up with the name Pretty Little Shoes for my business. I'd like to say it was an easy decision but boy oh boy, it was not! 

One of the first things you have to do when starting up a business is to create a name. Not only because it is the basis of your brand but in order to complete any paperwork that progresses the legal process of setting up your business, a name needs to be listed.

I felt a lot of pressure to have a really great business name but only had three days to think of one. Three very short days. Those days my family's supper conversation consisted of them throwing names at me. Either I thought it was decent and jot it down or I tossed it right out the window. We came up with SO many ideas, but nothing seemed just right. 

During this period in my life I had a slight obsession with the television show Pretty Little Liars. It was the first show that I actually binge watched so I'm sure you can understand my deep emotional connection to it. :) Anyways, on that third day I was flipping through my Instagram feed hoping to gain some inspiration when I came across a post on Pretty Little Liars page. As you can see, it's not an incredible, inspirational, or motivating post, but as soon as I saw the name Pretty Little Liars, the name Pretty Little Shoes just popped into my mind and it stuck.

I didn't want a name that was similar to another business, that people would forget, or may get confused about what our product was. It had to be clear and concise. Likeable and memorable. Cute and feminine. I think Pretty Little Shoes encompasses all those qualities.

So there you go! That's how Pretty Little Shoes came to be. Next week I'll be giving you tips and tricks on how to walk in heels. Stay tuned for that!

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11 Reasons Why You Should Shop with Us

I am beyond grateful for those who choose to support Pretty Little Shoes, whether it be following us on Facebook or Instagram, shopping with us, or hosting a party. In this week's blog, I'm sharing 11 reasons why you should shop with us (and the impact of your support).

1| You are supporting a small business

You're not paying a CEO's wage; you're helping me pay my bills, buy food, and enable me to further my education. 

2| You're supporting our local economy

Supporting our local economy allows for job growth, development, and innovation. Think about this - when you pay sales tax on our items, the money goes back to the community, repairing our roads, supporting our schools, police, and other services.  

4| You're giving back to the community

We currently have three organizations that we support. Locally, we donate shoes to The Princess Shop and internationally we support Water For Good and Angel House

5| You're getting some of the cutest & fashion forward products

Every item we carry is carefully selected to ensure they meet my standards as well as your standards. If they're not cute, comfy, and practical, they just won't do.

6| We're a one stop shop

Shop for you and you're little girl all at one place. Plus, we carry accessories - bracelets, boot cuffs, and boot socks! And don't forget about our gift certificates, which are available in many different increments.

7| You won't break the bank

We keep our products affordable so if you have a tight budget or want to purchase one of everything, we can accommodate you!

8| You can shop in the comfort of your living room (or a girlfriends)

The beauty of a shoe party is we bring the shoe store to you!

9| You can earn shoes for FREE and 1/2 off

Who doesn't love free stuff?!

10| Our products are unique

You likely won't find our brands in stores or on many other ladies feet. We only order a small amount of each style to keep our product line fresh. 

11| We support small business too

The accessories we sell come from small businesses, so when you purchase them from us, you are helping those businesses grow as well.

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Our First Year

It’s hard to believe that Pretty Little Shoes came into existence one short year ago today. Owning my own company was something I knew I had wanted but also thought it was a far and distant dream; and never did I think I would own a shoe company. But God works in mysterious ways and I'm so glad He brought this opportunity into my life.

During my first year in business has proved to have many highs and lows, learning curves, challenges, blessings, and growth. I met hundreds of customers, new friends, and business people; sold thousands of pairs of shoes; increased our social media following (be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram); had tens of thousands of website visitors; expanded our product line; and partnered with local and international charities to help spread a little bit of love and hope in this world.

It’s very heartwarming to see how far we have come in the last year. It’s even more heartwarming to reflect on how Pretty Little Shoes has impacted our customers, friends, and even the world! One of the most humbling things to reflect on from this past year was having customers who were amputees, have physical disabilities and hearing/ visual impairments, and even a sweet little girl who is currently battling cancer. These beauties have so much joy within them and it was such an encouragement meeting them.

On paper, Pretty Little Shoes is technically a one-woman-show. But it would be wrong of me to take all the credit. I owe a huge amount of thanks and gratitude to my family. My sister Brianne is my photography and photoshop extraordinaire. She puts up with my constant questions, takes photos for me, and edits them for free out of the goodness of her heart. My brother Ryan loaned his muscles when I got my very first {yet incredibly large} stock order. My dad - he has loaned me his muscles, his truck, trailer, and heart over the last year. Sometimes his willingness drives me crazy but he’s just being my dad. My mom has been my shoulder to cry on, my idea-bouncer-offer, and my right hand woman. I can’t thank her enough for all she has done for me. To my aunts, cousins, and friends who have helped me out throughout the year, asked how business was, helped me out at events, or offered encouragement - I love you all so much and am so grateful for you!

I also owe a huge amount of gratitude to Kim Moss. Many of you have had the pleasure of meeting Kim - she was the owner of Head Over Heels Shoe Company, which I took over for. A year has past and I still text, email, and meet up with her to answer questions. Over the last year, she has also become a sweet friend and mentor and I am so glad I have her in my life.

Lastly, I have YOU to thank! Whether you are a follower, friend, customer, hostess, or just stumbled across our website, I appreciate you taking the time to support my small, local business. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have had an incredible first year in business. Loyalty from customers and hostesses is something that I thrive on so thank-you for coming back, whether you were a Head Over Heels customer/ hostess or a customer/ hostess I have had the pleasure of meeting throughout the year.

Oh friends! I’m so looking forward to 2017. This coming year is going to be full of growth and expansion (hint, hint!). My commitment to you is continue to provide the best shoe shopping experience possible - a positive place where you can come purchase shoes, host parties, and receive top notch customer service. I ask that you please continue to refer your friends and family to Pretty Little Shoes - referrals are the greatest compliment I can receive.

Thank-you again for an incredible year! Here's to an even better year ahead. :)

Enjoy these never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes photos from the past year. <3

Just after I picked up my first order (I had no idea what I got myself into!) // My brother playing with all the boxes // Our front room was FULL

My sister taking stock photos // My favourite little helper giving me a hand with choosing stock // My friend Jenn & I goofing off at 'The Man Show Meets Women's World'

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The BEST Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe!

I feel if I didn't share the recipe for my super delicious and healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe it would be a crime, because my friends, it is honestly THAT GOOD! The best part is that it only has three ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to make! Say goodbye to the overpriced, sugar-filled, high calorie, unhealthy Starbucks PSL that comes out once a year for two months and hello to this amazingness!

Pumpkin is one of those foods that feels so homey and warm. It is filled with antioxidants including, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as many minerals including potassium, phosphorus, copper, and calcium. Another amazing thing about pumpkin is that is has very few calories!

This is so good I eat it by the spoonful!

This is so good I eat it by the spoonful!

I do have two ways of making this pumpkin spice latte - the first way (and the way I make it 4/5 times) is by using canned pumpkin pie mix. The second way of making it is using either fresh or canned pumpkin then adding all the yummy spices to it afterwords. You can see how to make it that way here.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Snap a photo of you making my version of the PSL and post it on Instagram and hashtag #PLShoesRecipe. Enjoy!


The BEST Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

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Ingredients:

Directions:

Blend the pumpkin pie mix, almond milk, and coffee (if desired) in a blender until smooth. In a saucepan, pour in mixed pumpkin and milk. Sprinkle in cinnamon. Stir occasionally. When latte begins to boil, froths, and is at desired temperature, remove from heat, pour into a cup, and ENJOY! 

Prep time: 3 minutes // Cook time: 7 minutes // Serves 2


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The Bachelorette

The Bachelorette Week 10... JoJo Finds Love <3

The finale of this show is always bittersweet - excited to see who the lead chooses but sad because what the heck are we going to do Monday nights?! I don't know about you but Dancing With the Stars just doesn't cut it for me. ;)

JoJo's family (actually her brothers) seemed normal this time around (remember last season when they accused Ben of brainwashing the women?). And where did JoJo's sister come from (and does she have a voice)?! I thought she was actually one of JoJo's nieces because she looked so much like one of JoJo's brothers. :)

I think both guys did so good meeting JoJo's family though. The fam asked some tough questions that would've had me shaking in my boots. Not only when he met JoJo's family but throughout this whole episode, Jordan seemed real and almost appeared to have a nervousness that can across as real. Although he never asked JoJo's parent's for her hand in marriage during their day together, I don't think he ever would have proposed without asking someway, somehow. 

Robby wears his heart on his sleeve and doesn't hold anything back, including when he met JoJo's family. How respectful was it getting not only her dad's permission to propose but bringing her mom into the conversation as well?! Kudos to him! Also, hearing his "plan" for his and JoJo's life together was so great! One really great thing about Robby is that he never wavered with how he felt about JoJo; and other than the hiccup during his hometown date, their relationship appeared to be so strong.

I'm not going to analyze the rest of the episode because we all know how it ends, but I will say that I think that all season it was clear who JoJo was going to choose Jordan. She gave him the first impression rose, she always pushed Jordan and asked him the really tough questions, and throughout the season, she was very protective of him.

Watching proposals on this show always gives me the chills. Whether or not they last, they represent something so special. With that being said, I hope JoJo and Jordan do end up having that "forever love" she was looking for. <3

Until we get to watch Luke on The Bachelor (still crossing my fingers for that one ;)), enjoy Bachelor in Paradise! 

xo Baillie 

P.S. I literally was obsessed with all of JoJo's fashion choices this season but especially her proposal gown. It is seriously stunning!

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The Bachelorette...The Men Tell All

Oh boy, oh boy! Where to even start???

Where did Santa Clause, I mean Nick, come from?! He told Alex basically everything I was thinking this entire season. What I didn't realize was the amount of animosity there was between Alex and Derek. I guess there was other drama they had to focus on this season.

Ok, let's talk Chad. The only thing I think I have ever agreed with was his comment about people going on the show to move their careers forward (Alex = model; James Taylor = singer; Wells = radio host). But is there anything wrong with that? So many people have went on the show, including, James Taylor and Wells, with what I believe are pure intentions, and yes, if the show helps move their career forward SO BE IT! He's a real estate agent. Does he not think he is going to get more business from being on the show?

 

Chad is really one of a kind. I think him dating not one, but TWO other cast members ex-girlfriends shows what kind of person he is - that is a really shallow thing to do. His need to resort to violence is terrifying. His threats are empty (afterall, he was going to hunt Jordan down after the show and bring him "candy"). Saying he has dirt on James Taylor and Wells is cowardly. JoJo was right about him just wanting attention - he doesn't deserve it.

For being such a little guy, Wells seems to be one of the most well respected men this season. He is the one person who didn't have a problem with calling Chad on his crap. All season, including during The Men Tell All, Chad listened to what he had to say and never challenged or threatened Wells (that we saw at least). Like Wells said, it was unfortunate that the Chad drama got some much airtime that we didn't get to know a lot of the guys but hey, it wouldn't be reality TV if there wasn't any drama, right?! ;)

"Sometimes you choose apples when you should've chose pickles." I have no idea what this means but I think I may have to add it to my vocab, haha! Thanks for that Chad! :p

Uggghhhhh, Luke! Such a well spoken gentleman. For him to say that it's ok for him to experience the pain and heartbreak he had in order for JoJo to find love and happiness was so kind. He is also very articulate and understands that it kind of was his fault as to why he didn't get a rose. Wouldn't he make such a GREAT Bachelor?! I feel like they already have been setting him up to be the next Bachelor - they never showed him being involved in the drama throughout the season, he didn't go to Paradise, he has the right demeanor, and everyone loves him! #lukeforbachelor

Chase really impressed me during The Men Tell All. He seemed so deep and in tune with his feelings. Hearing that he ultimately didn't regret telling JoJo that he loved her was a great thing to hear. Having regrets is never a good thing, especially when you are putting yourself in such a vulnerable position, such as being on a show that 10 million people watch per week.

JoJo had to answer some tough questions from the guys but she really knocked it out of the park. And the way she handled Chad and his ridiculously inappropriate comments about Robby and Jordan was a serious mic-drop moment! You go girl!

Phew! I didn't think I had that many thoughts about The Men Tell All! ;) Next week is the finale and the premiere of Bachelor in Paradise (thank-you preview for giving away one of the engagements - did you catch who it is?), which is sure to not disappoint! 

Chat soon!

xo Baillie

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The Bachelorette Week 9...The most shocking good-bye in Bachelorette History :(

I had a glimmer of hope after last week's cliffhanger that Luke would make it another week, but alas, JoJo stuck to initial plan and sent him home. :( Poor, sweet, sweet Luke. That was one serious look of shock/ disbelief/ heartbreak he had the entire time after she called Chase's name at the rose ceremony. Watching it back, my heart breaks more and more for him. He was completely blind-sided; and then for him to apologize to JoJo just shows what a true gentleman he is. Rooting for him to be the next Bachelor. 

I feel like we really don't know Robby. Did he get any airtime before episode five this season? I think that's why I'm not #teamrobby. He was the first one to profess his love (back in episode five) and he seems like a sweet guy but all this ex-girlfriend drama is throwing me off. I have a hard time reading him. He must be a sweet guy and have some depth to him considering he has made it this far. I will say one thing I appreciate Robby - he calls JoJo Joelle. There is just something endearing about that.

There have been some really awesome dates this season and Jordan and JoJo's date didn't disappoint. The hike looked like so much fun and finding the cave and temple was so sacred and spiritual. Their convo in the temple about meeting JoJo's family and what they hope would come out of that time seemed very real. It was one of the first times this season I felt like Jordan was being himself and sincere.

For Jordan to be unable to answer the question, "where do you see yourself in a year" would be a huge red flag. Shouldn't he have a foundation and a clear picture of what he would want his life to look like if he was the one JoJo picked? Hmmmmm...

Also, did anyone else notice that Jordan was the only one who didn't pull JoJo's chair out for her at supper? That's my 'odd observation' of the episode. ;)

Chase was so playful the first 1/2 of the date! It was refreshing to see some comedy after Luke's dreadful exit (yes, I'm STILL reeling over it!).

JoJo has gotten a lot of flack for giving Chase the Fantasy Suite card, then taking it back. But why? Why would she spend the night with Chase if she knew that she would never get to the same place that she is already with with Jordan and Robby? That is only given Chase false hope. Yes, it was bad timing that she came to the realization that Chase wasn't the one right after he told her I love you (something so hard for him to say) but it's also JoJo's journey and she had to stick with her heart. 

Chase "coming back from the dead", as Robby calls it, I think may have been his stint to redeem himself and get back into the running to be the next Bachelor. What are your thoughts? I don't think he needed to do this - his reaction to JoJo sending him home, in my opinion, was completely legitimized as to how he was feeling. But we all know Luke is going to be the next Bachelor, right?! ;)

The Men Tell All is next and can you believe that next week is the finale already?! Who is JoJo going to pick???

xo Baillie

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The Bachelorette Week 8...That Cliffhanger Though!

I know we deal with copious amounts of snow during our Saskatchewanian winters but Colorado simply looks stunning! The mountains and snow covered trees in the background looked amazing!

I have been a fan a Chase since his first one-on-one so I was excited to see him really in his element. This is a slightly silly observation but I love how his house was "normal". By normal I mean not a mansion like we normally see on the show (*cough* JoJo, Jordan, etc *cough*) and wasn't in "perfect" condition (see below). 

Chase had really deep convos with dad, mom, and sister and you could tell they really touched his heart. But I felt like the basis of his hometown was his parent's divorce. I don't understand why we are just hearing about how this has affected him until now? Maybe this is one of those situations that is victim of editing but it made his hometown slightly boring.

Onto Jordan's hometown - Chico, California! Chico must be a boring little town if he had to bring her to his highschool for their date. ;)

The whole Aaron disowning his family situation is very intriguing to me. Is anyone else really wondering what happened? It must've been something really bad if no one wants to talk about it. I find it concerning that Jordan won't elaborate on the situation to JoJo. If he's the one she chooses, that seems like something she should know all about. Maybe he's just waiting until the Fantasy Suite Date next week to tell her off camera. 

I think JoJo is going to loose Jordan if she keeps questioning him. I get that she is scared of being hurt but he seems to get more and more irritated the more she questions him.

Robby planned such a fantastic hometown date! The carriage ride through the beautiful city of St. Augustine was very romantic! 

There was a lot of discussion about exes on this date. Do you believe Robby when he says that he has moved on from his last relationship? How about the accusations that he broke up with his girlfriend to be on The Bachelorette? I think because his mom had told him about the accusations and his reaction to her telling him made it seem like the ex girlfriends roommate was trying to start trouble. I can't imagine during a breakup he would just say, "honey, I'm throwing this four year relationship away and dumping you to go on some dating show, so bye". It just doesn't seem logical to me.

Sweet, sweet Luke. Now THAT is a hometown date! It has always bugged me how, during hometowns, within The Bachelor franchise it only includes meeting immediate family. Although it was nerve-wracking for JoJo, she got to see him 100% in his element and got to meet so many people who helped shape who he is. I also have to mention how incredibly sweet and wise Luke's dad is. He seems like such a great man!

Luke and his surprises. The party, then the horse ride through the pasture, and finally the candlelight walk to the flower petal heart. <3 Amazing!

I was SHOCKED when JoJo said that she was planning on sending Luke home. WHAT?!?!?! I was thinking Chase would be sent home, maybe Robby, but certainly not Luke. After reading JoJo's blog and rewatching the episode, I can see that she was "off" during the latter part of the date. But I don't understand why she didn't tell him her doubts during their time together in Texas.  

That has got to be the most dramatic cliffhanger in Bachelorette history! Will JoJo change her mind and send someone else home? Will she still send Luke home?

Next week is another double header! Regular episode is on Monday and Men-Tell-All is Tuesday!! Yeah baby!

Until then...

xo Baillie

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The Bachelorette Week 7...And the rose doesn't go to...

After a dreadful one week hiatus, The Bachelorette is back and started out with Alex being sent home!!! I mean, could the episode have started off on a better note?! Their road trip seemed so awkward - Alex was feeling it but you could tell JoJo wasn't. They didn't kiss when they first greeted one another then JoJo wouldn't even Pringle kiss him...ummm, ouch! Then they got to spoon the horse (hey, it's the professional goucha's words, not mine;)) and that was just as awkward. Those two just didn't have any chemistry. 

Alex telling JoJo that he was in love with her was cringe worthy. He initially said, "I think I'm falling in love with you", then corrects himself and says, "I know I'm falling in love with you". To me, he just said that to further advance himself in the "competition" and I really appreciate JoJo's completely legit concerns about what she said in response to him. She has such a graceful and real way to breakup with guys and she handled Alex's feistiness perfectly. Bye Alex!!

All I could think of during Jordan and JoJo's grape squashing date is that I hope Jordan picked the toe jam out of his feet, haha! I have really doubted Jordan's intentions throughout this season - I talked about it in last week's recap. But by far, JoJo and Jordan have the most chemistry. The way she looks and smiles at him reminds me of a giddy school girl in love. We haven't seen Jordan open up a lot this season until this episode but in this episode he certainly did. I still have my doubts about him but he earned a few points in my book this week. 

Robby (looking out the window at the pouring rain): "Man, it's a little different than yesterday."

Jordan: "Yeah, how does that affect the possibilities of today?"

Robby: "I'm going have my boots on."

Did everyone else catch that exchange? I laughed so hard! :p

I'm glad they were rained out! The stay-cation date was awesome! Stuffing french fries in James' mouth, truth or dare, group massages, and bedtime snuggles provided some great entertainment. 

The convos we got to see with the guys on the group date seemed really deep. I was trying to guess who JoJo was going to give the group date rose to but I really had no idea. There is something sketchy about Robby that I think we'll get to see next week but for now, he deserved that rose just as much as the other two guys. Although it was really depressing seeing how defeated Chase and James Taylor were when they didn't receive it. 

LUKE! Have I mentioned how much I love him?! He was so in his element on this date and it was HOT! Watching him handle the horses and teaching JoJo skeet shoot melted my heart! Your's too?! I was just disappointed that their date only had about 10 minutes airtime. :( 

JoJo sending Mr. James Taylor home was heartbreaking. We all know they didn't have chemistry but he was such a kind, genuine guy that it's hard seeing him leave. His exit was one of the most real and sincere exits we have seen in a really long time. She cried. He cried. The whole world cried. :(

Next week is hometowns and it's going to be dramatic. Check out these tweets from Bachelor franchise creator Mike Fleiss tweeted while they were filming:

 ...yikes!!! Can't wait until Monday!

I'm going to leave you with this hilarious rap. Enjoy!

xo Baillie

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The Bachelorette Week 6...Nooooo! Not Derek!

"Are you guys gonna kiss today?" Way to make it awkward Luke. I think he was foreshadowing for the rest of the week. :)

I hadn't even noticed that Wells and JoJo hadn't kissed until it was made such a big deal this week. Poor guy! She had given him so many signals before he actually kissed her to kiss her. Was it nerves or did he just didn't see them? When they finally kissed, JoJo made such a big deal out of it a and made it more awkward. 

By this point we know the type of guy JoJo is into and Wells doesn't really fit that description. It's sad that he got so excited about the future with her after their kiss, but JoJo just didn't see it and sent him home. The poor guy was completely blindsided. I really hope he finds a sweet girl to spend forever with.

Holy Luke and JoJo! Talk about passion! Watching their make out sesh was one of those times were I felt like I was violating a very intimate moment. I think those two have the most intense chemistry out any one else. He deserved that group date rose, obviously.

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Oh Mr. James Taylor. Why oh why did he feel like he have to bring Jordan up during their one on one time? I understand what he was saying about Jordan Rogers being Jordan Rogers (a celebrity) but the whole card game issue and how he apparently acted entitled was a little weird. This episode really showed James' insecurities and I just hope he is able to work through them before it's too late.

JoJo confronted Jordan the wrong way. Why did she have to name James? Maybe she could've have said, "It has been brought to my attention blah, blah, blah." Jordan also handled it, um, odd shall we say? He got so weird! I'm surprised he never ended up sloshing his wine all over himself.

Hold the phone!!! Another two-on-one date?! And one with two guys that I liked?! Be still my heart...this wasn't going to end well. I think it's obvious I like Chase, but I LOVE Derek! He was open with her which she seemed to need. Although it took some work, Chase was super open with her too. It seemed like he wanted to be open but something was holding him back - maybe fear, maybe nerves. 

Her not giving Derek the rose broke my heart. His look and words of hurt and defeat was almost too much for me to handle. He was so confident going into the date and he and JoJo started out so strong. His departure goes to show that you can't draw back throughout the process. I will miss you Derek. :( #mancry

What do all y'all think about her not sending anyone home at the rose ceremony? I've made it pretty clear how I'm not a fan of Alex whatsoever so I would've been happy if she sent him home. I predict next week he will get a one-on-one but won't receive a rose; at least I hope that's what happens. ;)

Did you see the previews for the rest of the season?! It looks soooo dramatic! Yipeee! ;)

Until next week...

xo Baillie

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The Bachelorette Week 5...Jordan Likes Juicy Cucumbers

Sorry this recap is so late! I was enjoying some time off and if you can believe it, I didn't watch the The Bachelorette for two whole weeks!! I know, what is wrong with me?! If I'm being honest, I thought about it everyday and how much I was missing it. #addict

So week 5 started with the return of Chad. This was totally producer influenced because once you are eliminated, you are not allowed to return to the house. I am shocked that he didn't go back to that house and deck someone. He is one challenging guy. However, I thought the guys reaction to Alex getting the rose was awesome! Throwing a party, OH YEAH!

Was anyone sad to see Daniel or James F. leave? We never really got to know either of them but it was obvious to me right from the beginning neither would have chemistry with JoJo. Afterall, Daniel "has a better chance of getting struck by lightening while, you know, shaving my face" than JoJo being the one for him.

Jordan is the obvious front runner this season. Him and JoJo had instant chemistry. But like Derek, I don't trust him. I think he thinks this is a game and not taking it seriously. Did you know that he didn't even apply to be on the show? About a week before filming started he was contacted by the producers to be on the show. I wonder why out of all men in the world they chose him? When JoJo confronted him about rumors from an ex-girlfriend, I thought he was going to blow his lid. He had the "oh-crap" look on his face. I don't feel like he was truthful in his response to JoJo. If she chooses him, it scares me. I don't see them lasting forever, just because I don't think he is quite ready for marriage.

I hate gossip magazines, because that's all they are. Hurtful, untrue, GOSSIP! The guys read too much into the article. I almost feel bad for her ex because what he said was likely taken out of context. Look at the sub-article that says, "JoJo" Never Really Loved Ben". We know this is a straight up lie. Sometimes throughout this season I still think she is in love with him. Anyways, Those magazines are dumb and I can't believe people still waste money on them. I understand JoJo's hurt though. Whether it was her ex trying to spread rumors or the magazine starting them, no one deserves the hurt that she must've felt. Poor lady!

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Surfing on sand dunes?!?! Sign me up! I didn't even know that was a thing. It was awesome that the date started out chill so JoJo's mind could be taken off the drama.

What's with the guys reading into things this episode? Maybe they are getting bored but I thought it was super rude that they were bugging Derek about getting the group date rose because JoJo said he needed reassurance. Especially Alex. Calling Derek an "insecure little b***h" and calling it a pity rose, sent me over the edge. Who says that?! Alex needs to go.

Robby and JoJo have serious chemistry. He is romantic, sensitive, intelligent, not to mention HOT!!! Did you see those abs?! The way that JoJo looks at him makes my heart happy for her. It's a look of being smitten and love. Speaking of that, he is the first guy to tell JoJo that he was in love with her. I foresee him making it far this season.

I wish we would've got to know Vinny better this season - he seems like he would be quite the character. But sadly he was eliminated this week along with Grant and Evan (YAYYYY!). We will get to watch all three guys on Bachelor in Paradise this summer, so maybe we will get to know Vinny better.

That's all for this episode. Week 6 recap is coming right up! :)

xo Baillie

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The Bachelorette Week 4...Chad likes milk

Week 3 and week 4 back-to-back?! I LOVE IT!

I cannot stand Evan! Him always being the one who interrupts JoJo and Chad's time is stupid and he plays the victim card. To be honest, I wouldn't have been sad if Evan left before Chad. When Evan got the rose on the group date in the last episode, he made a comment about how happy his kids are that he got a rose and made out with JoJo. I wanted to crawl under my coffee table out of embarrassment for him. Such a weird thing to say. 

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Derek, on the other hand, I love! I cannot get over how well he handled the convo with Chad. He is so calm, honest, and confident. That guy knows how to handle conflict. Chad, I hope you were taking notes buddy.

The infamous Bachelor/ette hottub made it's first appearance of the season. What a fun first date for Luke and JoJo! Luke is so soft spoken and kind, but very mysterious at the same time. JoJo said it well - he has a relaxed confidence about him. The story of his friend Jason's death and what he learned from losing such a special person was really beautiful. He is so open and romantic. Might as well through him into the mix for potential Bachelor's if JoJo doesn't choose him.

It is very obvious that JoJo is into Jordan. The way she interacts with him is very different than the way she interacts with the other guys. She gives him subtle special treatment that I don't think the guys have picked up on. Sneaky, sneaky!

In my first blog post of the season I said that I really like Alex. Ever since I said those words, I have become less and less impressed with him. I don't know if it's because he is so short or because he was in the military but he puts on a tough guy persona when interacting with Chad. He's another one of those guys that knows how to push Chad's buttons. I also don't see a connection between him and JoJo either. We will see how long he lasts.

JoJo's no BS demeanor when she talks to Chad, especially the last convo they had together, is nothing short of amazing. She was so done with him but wasn't letting him off the hook that easy. He is a scary, scary guy and I certainly hope that the other guys got a restraining order from him after filming was done. Oh, and did everyone catch that Chad likes milk???

SPOILER ALERT: Chad is on the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise!!! So. Many. Feelings.

Stoked for Monday's night episode. Slightly scared for the other guys again but once the Chad drama ends, maybe it'll be smooth sailing from here on out. Ha! Kidding! With this glorious show, there is ALWAYS drama! ;0

xo Baillie  

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The Bachelorette Week 3...Some yab yum, toe tapping, & tattling

Holy smokers! Ladies, you have kept me so busy with our massive Facebook sale that I haven't had a chance to recap the last two weeks of The Bachelorette! What a travesty! 

Ok, so what happened a mere two weeks ago...

At the beginning of the season, I thought JoJo's group was slim pickings. But every time there is a one-on-one date I'm think, "Oh my gosh! I love him! Pick him! Or don't but hopefully he's the next Bachelor!", haha! 

Angergasm - yep, that's a new word for me. For a first date, how awkward would that have been?! At least JoJo and Chase were such great sports. Chase is hot! And he is a total man's man. He and JoJo had some serious chemistry. I felt like I was violating their privacy watching them yab yum or yim yam. Anyone remember what it's called??? :$

That group date though. SO. MUCH. DRAMA. We'll get back to that.

Mr James Taylor - he is such a southern gentleman. Even his name sounds southern and gentleman like. I'm happy he got a rose but I don't think he and JoJo have much chemistry. He is the type of guy she wants to fall in love with but I just don't think it's there. Don't get me wrong, I think she definitely likes him but I only see those two as friends, sadly.

Let's talk the Chad drama. Evan and some of the other guys do nothing but push Chad's buttons, which really annoyed me. They bite into him and allow the conflict to continue to happen. Then they go to JoJo and Chris Harrison and act like babies that do nothing but tattle, so in a way I can understand why Chad gets irritated. Evan could have shared so many entertaining stories during the group date because of his job but instead he just yaps about how steroids affect your testosterone levels blah, blah, blah, basically insinuating Chad does uses steroids. Little naive Evan thought he could get away with it, but Chad let him have it.

Chad is so volatile! He is so full of anger and hatred. Has he said one normal thing this season or has it just been snide, douchy comments? His stare could kill it's so intimidating. And why he thinks resorting to violence is the answer to every single conflict is absolutely terrifying. HE PUNCHED A METAL DOOR for goodness sake AND threaten to kill! That is a temper if I ever did see one. 

Ahhhh, the drama. Thank goodness we only had to wait 24 hours to see what happens next. :)

xo Baillie

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The Bachelorette Week 2...A bunch of dudes and one big Meathead

The first group date of the season kind of annoyed me. It was so cheesy! Her jumping out of the firetruck and "fighting" the "fire" was too much for me to handle. And then she needed to be "saved" by one of her suitors, but was eventually saved by a legit firefighter. Real shocker there! 

Starting off the evening portion of the first group date, I love that JoJo grabbed Wells first before a guy pulled her aside. Their convo seemed to be easy and chill. I'm not surprised he got the group date rose (come on, he just about died on the date!). I'm guessing he will be around for a few more weeks but I don't see a romantic connection between the two.

I love Luke. That's that.

What a cool date that JoJo and Derek had and it was something that I don't recall seeing on previous seasons. I suck at making choices so this date would have been a struggle for me! But enough about me. ;) Derek just seems like such a genuine guy. He has been hurt before but hearing JoJo relate to him made their connection stronger. I'm glad he got a rose. Hopefully he can stick around for awhile.

The ESPN date was AWESOME!! The challenges was such a fun idea and great ice breaker; I mean, who doesn't love to let loose and do a touchdown dance. ;) But all good things must come to an end, at least if Chad is on the date. But more of that later.

JAMES TAYLOR! Now that is a gentleman. The note he wrote for JoJo I'm sure melted everyone's heart. He wasn't one of my front runners initially but now he sure is. That guy certainly deserved the group date rose.

OK, let's talk about Chad (and his meat ;p). Did anyone understand his logic about "nice guys" or his logic about the men and protein shakes? I can't seem to wrap my head around that one. He thinks he is this perfect alpha male that is going to win this competition. First mistake right there. Chad thinks he is so charming and it's driving me bonkers seeing JoJo possibly fall for that. What about him constantly eating meat?! I'm no vegetarian but just thinking of the assortment he ate in one night makes me want to vomit.

However, Alex needs to calm down! He is focusing way too much on his relationship with Chad and not enough on JoJo and that just may bite him in the behind. Literally (did you see the preview for next week?!).

Regardless, it's going to get real interesting real fast. Don't forget to set your PVR's for not only Monday, but also Tuesday! Double The Bachelorette next week. Yipppeee!!!

xo Baillie

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The Bachelor Recap...The Women Tell All

The best part about writing a recap for all you is that I get to rewatch the episodes GUILT FREE! Makes me feel a little bit better ;)

I don't understand why they invite majority of the women back for the women tell all, especially the ones that were let go week one and two and even three. They have nothing to say because they don't know anything about the season, until they watch it like you and I.

Side note: was it really necessary for Tiara to bring a chicken?!

Normally I find it unacceptable and rude to boo anyone but Leah had it coming to her. Her reaction to any comment that was made to her on the Women Tell All made her sound like a snob and I would've liked to see them spend more time on the Leah drama of the season. I am not a fan of this woman. That is all.

What do you think of the Jubilee drama that happened on air? Do you believe Jami, Amber, and Shushanna when they said Jubilee had made an offensive comment about being "the real black girl" or do you believe Jubilee when she claims she never said that? My jaw hit the floor when Miss Leah piped in with her eye roll and told Jami to get over it! If I were Jami, that would have offended me way more than Jubilee's initial comment.

I'm so happy Jubilee was able to open up and explain herself. She seemed to be in a much better place emotionally. I wasn't a huge fan of her's on the show but my liking definitely did increase.

Random thought: I wonder how they decide where the ladies sit during the Women Tell All taping. Sometimes it seems as if they seat the ladies in the order in which they were eliminated and other times they don't. Have you ever thought the same thing? :)

I don't have much to say about Lace. If you recall, she was on an episode of Bachelor Live where she had to opportunity to talk about her experience and update on what has been going on in her life. However, I will say that the weird tattoo dude was totally staged - it was way too obvious.

It will also be interesting to see how she copes with being on Bachelor in Paradise. Maybe she will surprise us and be like Ashley S. (onion girl) and be normal. 

I have to admit something - I felt bad for Olivia on the Women Tell All. She may have been aggressive and made an inappropriate comment or ten to the other women but she was bullied a lot in the house and behind her back, not to mention the cyber bullying she was thrown into while the show was airing. People can have their opinions, people can even despise her, but their is no reason to bully and put her down so low that she can't even go on social media. 

When I decided I was going to do a recap blog, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't personally attack any of the cast members because it is wrong, it is hurtful, and I never know who might be reading my words. I believe words can hurt more than actions. Women should praise and raise each other up, not tear each other down, so before you hit send on that rude comment, take a second to rethink how you would feel if you were on the receiving end of it. That is one of the ways I edit my posts.  

OK. Rant over. <3

I am in love with Caila's black jumpsuit she wore on the Women Tell All; so much so I did a little research. Although I couldn't find the exact jumpsuit, here are a couple that are quite similar. Match it with a pair of shoes from Pretty Little Shoes and you'll look hot, hot, hot! :)

Caila really is a class act. Even through heartbreak, she carries herself so well and remains so composed. I admire her. I said it in last week's recap and I will say it again, my money is on Caila being the next Bachelorette.

Talking about class acts, Ben Higgins certainly is one as well. Those ladies had some tough questions for him and he answered them all so well. Scratch that. So perfectly.

BLOOPERS!!! Oh my goodness! So funny! In case you missed them or just want to watch them again, I have included it here for your viewing pleasure. :)

Next week is the finale! So excited to see how Ben's love story concludes. Who is your choice for Ben? Lauren or JoJo?

Until next week,

xo

Baillie


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