Live Well: BRB, Watching True Detective...

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Hey guys - I know I've been a terribly inconsistent blogger as of late.

And to be honest, I don't have a great excuse for that inconsistency. I mean, yes, I am dealing with crazy work schedules/social events/a desire to regularly attend the gym, all of which cut into my blogging time. But really I've been so bad so far this week because we finally, FINALLY got around to watching True Detective

To be honest, I was a bit hesitant to start watching the show - a few things I had read/heard suggested that maybe it wasn't all that enjoyable. They. Were. Wrong. In retrospect, the fact that I didn't immediately jump on the bandwagon for this show is completely perplexing for three simple reasons:

Exhibit A: Matthew McConaughey

Exhibit B: Filmed in the South

Exhibit C: It's a murder mystery

And (bonus) Exhibit D: Getting to watch Woody Harrelson be charming on screen for the first time since I was obsessed with Cheers in middle school

I mean, seriously...how did I not realize that this show was custom-made for my enjoyment? Detective books have always been my thing: when I was a kid, I LOVED Nancy Drew. Later on, I graduated to Agatha Christie's body of work, and recently have been a major fan of Tana French. True Detective is the best television extension of those types of books that I have ever seen.

Additionally, I have to once again hand it to Matthew McConaughey for doing an incredible job transforming himself and being an integral part of yet another interesting work about life in the South. Thanks to all the astounding work he's done recently in BernieMudDallas Buyers Club, and now True Detective (and even Magic Mike!), I will go see ANYTHING that he's in (a level of fandom that I don't give our lightly). This performance has me hoping that he'll beat out Bryan Cranston for the Emmy win...but let's keep that a secret, lest the Breaking Bad uber fans decide to come after me :)

If you've been on the fence about watching True Detective, I urge you to give it a shot. It's thoughtful, suspenseful, beautifully shot, and only requires eight hours of your time, all in. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are both spectacular in it. And while the mystery's subject matter can be tough (the murder of women and children) they manage to approach it in a way that never makes you feel like you're watching a movie based on a Stephen King novel.

We finished the last episode of the series late last night. I wish that meant that I will be immediately back on the blogging bandwagon, but I'm going to be at an overnight company retreat tomorrow and Friday sans internet access, so you won't be hearing from me the rest of this week! I'll be back next week - I promise!

Dress Well: HIMYM Homage

J. Crew cardigan (old), J. Crew shirt, J Brand jeans, Rag&Bone booties, TEXI leather bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

I was inspired to wear this shirt after seeing Lily wear it during Monday's How I Met Your Mother finale. Having one last opportunity to get excited when I saw Lily wearing a clothing item that I own felt so right...which just adds to my feeling of sadness about how everything else about the HIMYM finale felt so wrong.

The costume director of HIMYM has had a penchant for dressing Lily in J. Crew, Madewell, and Anthropologie clothes over the course of the show, which has resulted in my being pleasantly surprised on several occasions when clothes I own pop up on screen. There was even one time where Lily and I matched - earlier this season I was surprised to see one of the Madewell shirts I own show up on screen, only to realize that I had the shirt on too. Twilight zone!

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Unfortunately, the warm and fuzzy vibes stopped with matching shirts for me when it came to the HIMYM finale. It's funny - one of my main complaints about shows today is that they don't seem to have a plan. Writers just churn out season after season of content, riding their viewership numbers as long as they'll last without enough regard for what the point of the story was in the first place. Even though the last four seasons of HIMYM have dragged on and on and ON, I was always comforted by the fact that they had a plan from the beginning. The creators told the public that they'd filmed one of the final scenes eight years before - a undeniable sign that they knew where they were going, at least in my mind.

Unfortunately, the "planned ending" felt entirely out-of-date and out-of-touch in this instance. After watching the highly anticipated final footage, I wish they had left it in the vault. It was a terrible case of sticking to the plan, even when it's clear to everyone else that the plan is bad. Sometimes stories change and the plan has to change, too. I see that now. And I'm kicking myself for wasting too many hours of my life hanging on for dear life to the bitter end, only to be disappointed. If I'd have known how things would turn out, I would have stopped watching a long time ago.

I will give massive props, however, to Cristin Milioti, who made such a wonderful, lovable mother. You deserved a better end!

That's enough HIMYM ranting - let's put the subject to rest forever. And in the meantime, have a wonderful Wednesday!