• Feb 07

    My Bachelor Recap: Episode 6

    February 7, 2012 • 2:45 pm


    Holy, what a freak show! Loincloths (which was awesome) tears (standard) and major awkwardness (the kind you have to look away from).

    Le sigh. I have such a girl crush on Kacie B! I mean I’ve been here before and I hate when people used to say this to me but I HOPE HE PICKS HER! If not then its totally cool because then she won’t be busy doing media after the show and that will make her much more available to be my friend.

    I was feeling bad for Kacie B and Ben on their date- roughing it out there, until we saw those overflowing flutes of champagne! Sign me up for a deserted island excursion if that’s on the agenda!

    Next up was the scandalous little group date with Ben lookin’ sassy in his loincloth… Ben Flajnik come on, tell us… what was underneath!??! A speedo? Nothing? I promise your secret is safe with me and all of my very trusty readers.

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    Oh and Courtney’s bare boobs were also roaming free!

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    Would you have gone all natural or do you think it’s just too much? I mean… I remember on Jason’s season when we had to make those molds of our boobs. I near wanted to die of embarrassment – lets just say they don’t call me Bee Stings for nothing. So would I go bare? Mmmm looking back, no. But now I’m proud of my little tarts (after all they haven’t changed since I got them back in ’93) but still … there are certain rules while going on national television – showing your bare tata’s is definitely in the top 3 no no’s – unless your on "Jersey Shore" of course.

    Once again, Courtney dominated Ben’s time and showed some super aggressive moves. She keeps asking why the other girls are making it easy on her… I think it’s because the other girls actually like each other and are trying to be respectful! I get it on both sides though, your time’s limited so you do have to go out of your comfort zone to an extent…

    I thought that this two-on-one date would be the height of awkwardness for the episode:

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    …but then the Jamie mounting assault happened. Poor girl, that was SO awkward to watch. Her instruction guide was pretty intense- she must really want a do-over. In all my years watching the show (post my stint) there hasn't been much that has really shocked me … but this one got me (good job Fleiss!). I seriously slithered off the couch squealing for her.

    What did you guys think of Casey S’ farewell? I would feel for Casey S more if I wasn't so insanely jealous of that adorable romper- which, by the way, the Posessionista has told me is from Urban Outfitters… she’s like my persona clothing sniper. But seriously – I didn’t really get the drama with Casey.

    Tell me what you thought of last night’s episode below! Did you think it was right for Casey S to go home? Who are your favorites?


  • Feb 07

    Valentine's Day Giveaway

    February 7, 2012 • 6:00 am


    You guys know I’m a big fan of giveaways here on JillianHarris.com. I wish I could shower you with gifts and goodies every day of the week!

    Well, I’m excited to announce a FABULOUS giveaway I have in store for you today, to pamper you for Valentine’s Day!

    One lucky JillianHarris.com member will receive this adorable Valentine bag from Me + You:

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    This tote is reusable and comes with a wood heart keychain inscribed with “don’t forget about me + you...” as a reminder to bring tour bag when shopping- the perfect eco-friendly style statement! You can purchase your own Valentine bag here and don’t forget to follow Me+ You on Twitter @iheartmeandyou and Facebook to keep up with their latest happenings!

    And I couldn’t let your bag go empty, so I’m also filling it up with some Valentine’s Day goodies, including:

    1. bliss fabulips treatment kit which takes care of your most important asset this Valentine’s Day: your lovely lips!

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    Bliss gives some much needed TLC to your kisser with the only complete beauty regimen for your lips! The fabulips treatment kit cleans, exfoliates, plumps and softens your lips for a ‘spa’-tacular smooth every day- it’s a facial for your pout! You can get yours at bliss spas, blissworld.com, and Sephora!

    2. June Jacobs Citrus Bergamot Candle to set the mood this Valentine’s Day…

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    Originally designed for use in professional spa settings for couples massages, the brand received such great feedback that they created it for in-home use. June knew she wanted a sensual scent to complement couples’ treatments, so she blended citrus, an aphrodisiac used to increase desire, with delicate notes of shea blossom, fragrant clover honey, pure vanilla, and smooth sandalwood create a relaxing environment to ease the body and mind. You can purchase your own candle at JuneJacobs.com.

    3. AHAVA Lavender Mineral Bath Salts to calm your nerves and relax you before your romantic evening…

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    The scent of AHAVA’s Lavender Mineral Bath Salts works to soothe the senses and promote well-being. It’s 100% natural and packed with healthy minerals such as magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium, the skin-energizing Dead Sea salt crystals help relax muscles and joints and keep skin soft, smooth and refreshingly hydrated. You can get your own Lavender Mineral Bath Salts at www.ahavaus.com.

    4. Judith Ripka necklace from SweepStreet to add major style to your celebration:

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    This beauty is just one of many gorgeous pieces on SweepStreet.com, a great place to buy discount jewels this Valentine’s Day. SweepStreet.com has new inventory, replenished daily, from the best designer jewelry brands (think David Yurman, Marco Bicego, Roberto Coin, etc).

    5. Anthony Logistics for Men Body Cleansing Gels in Spice, which will keep your man smelling fresh and yummy!

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    Romance and freshness collide with the deliciously scented tingle of this limited-edition body cleansing gel in Spice. This liquid soap revs up hormones with its warm scent, conditions the skin with Aloe Vera and Glycerin and moisturizes with Wheat Protein, making for a sizzling shower experience. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this product will be donated to prostate cancer research. You can also purchase these cleansing gels at Anthony.com.

    How great are all of these items? The perfect way to spice up your Valentine’s Day if you’re celebrating with your man- or celebrating your single self! ☺

    To enter to win the items above, leave me a comment below telling me about your worst OR your best Valentine’s day ever! I’ll announce the winner here on the site this Friday!

    Good luck! XO

    UPDATE: We have a winner! The lucky lady is... JENNIFER SMITH! Congratulations Jennifer and thank you to all for entering! XO 

    -This sweepstakes is open to all registered users of JillianHarris.com residing within the US and Canada.
    -You may only enter once. Multiple entries will not be considered.
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  • Feb 06

    Ask Jillian: Drinking on The Bachelorette

    February 6, 2012 • 6:00 am


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    “I noticed on some of your dates you seemed a bit tipsy (not judging, in fact, it made me like you even more), and I don't think it was ever blatantly obvious but I was wondering was there one episode where watching it back you thought ‘man, I drank a little too much that night’? I think back and the episode where I remember thinking you were drunk was the one in the snow (skiing, snow shoeing... memory is drawing blank) that made me giggle the most because I thought you were pretty tipsy.” -Jamie

    Yep. For sure. I mean I am no angel and I like to over-indulge just as much as the next single, fun-loving lady. I have no qualms about it. On the show there is extra pressure so it’s easy to reach into the cooler and grab another bottle of champagne. I don’t have any regrets however – and I would say HALF of those times it was a combination of being EXHAUSTED (sometimes I would only get an hour or two of sleep a day) with the stress…. So I guess we’ll never know which times I knocked a few too many back and which times I was just beat. Either way I am sure it was entertaining!

    Have a Bachelorette related question for me? Leave it below!


  • Feb 03

    Food Friday: Your Super Bowl Menu

    February 3, 2012 • 10:49 am


    It’s almost game time! Today’s recipes are perfect for Super Bowl Sunday because they’re easy, you can prepare ahead of time, and they require very little of your precious attention (I know, you’ve got commercials to watch!). I’ve also included all of the manly ingredients you could ask for: whiskey, beer and bacon!

    First up, for my foodie friends that appreciate the complex and pricey flavor of truffle, I’ve got a super indulgent Super Bowl treat for you! The ingredients should be illegal – but guess what, I checked and they’re not – so chow down!

    Truffle, Bacon and Parmesan Popcorn
    *This feeds a roomful, so you can cut the recipe in half if desired

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    Ingredients
    1/2 cup of popcorn kernels (makes about 7 cups)
    1 pound of bacon, diced and precooked (drain oil and filter to remove sediment; set aside
    1/4 cup of oil for later)
    2 tablespoons of white truffle oil
    1 1/2 cups of finely grated parmesan
    1 teaspoon of salt (or to taste)

    Instructions

    1. Cook popcorn (as instructed) till light and fluffy
    2. In a small bowl, mix bacon oil and truffle oil well
    3. Toss popcorn in bacon truffle mixture
    4. Add fresh bacon bits and parmesan
    5. Toss & enjoy!

    * the flavor profile is already pretty intense but if you want to beef it up, add a few sprigs of finely chopped rosemary.

    Next up is our SOUPER bowl Ale Cheddar Soup. This is pretty basic so don’t overthink it- you should be enjoying yourself, not thinking about the food!

    Ale Cheddar Soup

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    Ingredients
    Butter
    1 bottle of ale (I used hop head ale)
    1 leek, chopped (leave green end out)
    1/2 onion, chopped
    4 celery sticks, chopped
    1 carrot, chopped
    1 garlic clove, chopped
    1 cup of half and half cream
    2 cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese
    2 cups of chicken stock
    1 tablespoons Worchester
    2 tablespoons flour
    Salt & Pepper
    Fresh bacon bits (optional)

    Instructions

    1. Melt butter in heavy sauce pan
    2. Add celery, leek, carrots, onion and clove and cook on medium until onions are translucent- do not burn or brown
    3. Add beer, simmer for 5 minutes
    4. Add 1 and 3/4 cups of chicken stock, simmer for 5 minutes
    5. With a handheld mixer, blend mixture until creamy and smooth
    6. In a separate container, mix remaining chicken stock (1/4 cup) with flour until there are no lumps
    7. Add to soup and stir until soup starts to thicken
    8. Add cream, Worchester and cheese and allow to simmer for an additional 5 minutes and serve with a dollop of cheese, a cold beer and bacon bits if you like

    And to top it off:

    Cheese Stuffed Whiskey Meatloaf Sliders

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    Ingredients
    Meatloaf
    1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
    1 1/2 pounds of lean ground chuck
    2 eggs
    1 teaspoon Worcester
    1 cup bread crumbs
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 pack of Knorr Beef Bouillon

    Sauce
    1/4 cup of ketchup
    1/4 cup of whiskey
    1/4 cup of tomato sauce
    1 teaspoon of Worcester
    3 tablespoons of Bulls Eye BBQ sauce
    1 tablespoon of honey
    Sharp white cheddar, cubed (make about a dozen, approximately 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch)

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400
    2. In a big bowl mix all sauce ingredients well
    3. In a separate bowl mix all meatloaf ingredients well
    4. Add half of the sauce into meatloaf mixture and mix well
    5. Place a small handful of meatloaf mixture into hand, place one cheese cube into middle – roll into ball
    6. Place into mini cupcake tin
    7. Repeat until all ingredients are used
    8. Bake at 400 until mixture is medium rare
    9. Pour remaining sauce on top of mini meatloaf – bake for another 10-12 until sauce is a golden brown
    10. Remove from oven, let cool for 10 minutes… serve!

    Bon appetit and happy game day my friends! Where are you watching the game?!


  • Feb 02

    Room of the Month: February

    February 2, 2012 • 6:00 am


    Once again, the amazing JillianHarris.com community wowed me with the amazing Room of the Month submissions! This month’s winner is a room decorated by one very talented lady- Lesley Lebel. Lesley submitted pictures of her daughter’s loft that she decorated and I was instantly smitten!

    Here’s a description of the space in Lesley’s own words!

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    “This is my daughter's loft that I decorated for her. She is a first year fashion design student so I wanted her to feel comfortable and have her own space for sewing and creating.

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    I gave her my 25-year-old Juki sewing machine to use, she loves it…

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    The chair I picked up at the Christies Antique Show is an old dentists chair. It swivels and the height is adjustable perfect to sit and sew.

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    I love fireplaces so when we purchased this dowtown loft I knew I wanted to make it the focal point of her living room. I love it against of the old brick.

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    I had a lot of fun decorating this space for my youngest daughter. I wanted it to be a little feminine and at the same time suit her needs and personality. The only thing she requested was that she wanted a white shag rug.”

    Well Lesley, she got a whole lot more than a white shag rug! I really love the use of reclaimed pieces in this space and the exposed brick is truly fabulous.

    What do you like best about Lesley’s design work?

    Would you like to see your room featured as our Room of the Month? Here’s how to submit your pictures!


  • Feb 01

    How to Dump an Online Date

    February 1, 2012 • 6:00 am


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    So, you went out on a limb… you gave a new guy your phone number, chatted for a bit, and even lined up one or two dates. You had great food, great wine, tasty coffee, but let's face facts: it just doesn't feel like a match. Has this ever happened to you?

    Yeah, we thought so. There is no shortage of bad online dating stories that have evolved into pestering (or worse) after a first date has gone off the rails.

    It’s just a reality of dating and meeting new people that you are going to be left in a position to have to reject someone, somewhere along the way. This isn’t a rejection of them as a person, of course... but when you’re on the receiving end of a “thanks, but no thanks” it can be very difficult to take it any other way. That being said, doing the rejecting can be even worse.

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    This is one of the reasons Tingle built calling and real-time messaging into their iPhone mobile dating app, so that if you find yourself trending toward awkwardness you can nip it in the bud by simply blocking the person. This works because with Tingle there’s no need to ever give someone your phone number.

    But before you jump on the block button, here are a few easy (and possibly genuine) ways to let the person you’ve just met down gently when it comes time to say goodnight.

    The Bank Shot
    Suggest that while there’s no match, you have a friend whom you think might like him, and tell him that you’ll talk to her, show her his online dating profile, and get back to him if she’s into it. This leaves the door open for further communication so make it clear this is a “don’t call us, we’ll call you” situation.

    The Redirect
    If you actually like the guy but don’t feel that tingle of excitement that leads to romance, lay your cards on the table. It’s doubtful he’s so heavily invested in having a relationship with you that this redirect would be an issue. If a friendship can happen, it will naturally flow from honesty.

    The Consultation
    If you’ve been on a lot of these dates and can see this guy drowning, now’s where you can bring to bear your constructive criticisms, while making it clear that this is all in the interest of getting him hooked up -- with someone else. Become his bodhisattva of dating, if only briefly... it could be fun.

    The Ex Rekindling
    If you don’t feel it happening, weave an entirely believable yarn about having been feeling anxiety about your last relationship, and possibly toss in the fact that you are getting back together with your last boyfriend (if that’s still not working, casually mention he is a Navy SEAL). Most guys will back off here for their own wellbeing, emotional or otherwise.

    But how about finding a date where you don’t have to bust out any of these tricks?

    Try Tingle. It’s a free dating app for your iPhone, and if you sign up now you’ll be entered to win a $200 Visa gift card! Just use promo code JILLIAN before midnight on February 29.

    Imagine never having to deliver a rejection again!


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