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Review: Instant Hotel

Instant Hotel, an Australian reality TV show, is the latest binge-worthy gem from Netflix. And I do mean binge-worthy! I watched all 12 episodes in one day! I just couldn’t stop!

Luke & Juliet: Our Hosts

Instant Hotel has everything I love about reality television: colorful characters, interesting locations and cutthroat competition. Pairs take turns hosting the rest of the group at their AirBNB-like home rentals. Hosts are scored by the guests on criteria such as location and value for money, while hotel expert Juliet weighs in with her own score to bring a little reason to the proceedings.

All that luggage for a 24-hour stay!

While there are some newlyweds and a couple of family pairs (mother/daughter; brother/sister), figuring out the actual relationship between some of the players is half the fun. What do Lynne and Simon mean by “just friends” anyway? And how much money can you really make selling human hair? Are Serena and Sturt really just business partners? Do you spoon YOUR business partners? What exactly qualifies Mikey and Shay as “socialites”? And do any of these people (other than the friendly sibling pair of melon farmer Tris and professional wakeboarder Bec) have real and/or normal jobs?

Lynne & Simon: Would you buy human hair from this woman?

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never been to Australia, but I was amazed when I found out Instant Hotel originally aired in late 2017. Because some of the fashions on the show appear a bit… well… dated. Luke and Juliet are pretty much on point throughout the show, but the rest of the pairs are a series of ongoing fashion disasters. I lost count to how many times I thought: What is she wearing? Some of the interior design choices were just as outrageous as their owners’ wardrobes.

Mikey & Shay: Are we dressed for drinks on the lanai or a trip to the local dungeon?

I did really enjoy seeing the different parts of Australia, especially the areas that were less familiar to me, such as the wine valley region of Barossa and the Murray River adjacent town of Mildura. There are enough scenery shots and local activities included for you to get your travel fix in addition to all the campy drama.

Babe & Bondi: Crushed velvet beachwear?

Honestly, some of this show has to be seen to be believed. From mandatory margaritas to sewage treatment tours, this show has it all. I would love to spoil it all for you, but it will be so much more fun for you to discover Mark’s mullet, Mikey & Shay’s meltdown (#NoNewFriends) and Serena’s scheming all on your own. Happy binging!


Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“You either know fashion or you don’t.”

– Anna Wintour

Happy New Year!

Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash

Oh, Kate…

You will be missed.

Facebook Free for 30 Days

I deactivated my Facebook account last night.

I’ve been trying to quit Facebook for years now. It’s not a healthy environment for me. I’m not sure it ever was, but it’s definitely gotten worse during the dark days under President “He Who Must Not Be Named” (if you don’t want your blog comments full of frog-loving trolls). Last night was the worst. There’s no need for me to be sobbing over social media when it’s a pain and torture that I inflict on myself.

And yet, I still couldn’t permanently delete.

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Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.”

— Marc Jacobs

Met Gala 2018 – My Favorite Looks

The One Everyone Expects (Because She Absolutely Deserves It): Rihanna

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The One That Really Is My Favorite: SZA

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Joan of Arc? Joan of WOW! Zendaya

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Les Bons Mots de la Mode

““Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.”

— Christian Louboutin

Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

— Coco Chanel

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