2020 Holiday Gift Guide

We have (somewhat) jokingly wondered if we could just be professional gift shoppers/givers, because we not only love giving presents, but also because people often tell us that we’re really good at it. We are strong believers that your job should be something you truly enjoy, so why not choose gifts for a living?

For us, it’s kind of strange to believe there are people who struggle with picking out presents, because it’s innate for us. But we all have our own talents, and we want to use ours to help others.

Unfortunately, we have yet to figure out how to make the professional gift shopper concept into a reality. So, until then, we have taken it upon ourselves to help others this holiday season by creating a gift guide.

A gift guide is actually something we have wanted to make for years, but we never had the time or energy for until now. So, for our first one, we’ve compiled gift guides concerning a couple topics we, our friends, and our followers are interested in.

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Testing My Twin: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Edition

One week ago, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aired its two-hour long series finale, which means it has been two weeks since Ashley forced Amanda to watch AoS. Okay, that’s not entirely true, but Ashley watched AoS in its entirety during the ongoing pandemic. It quickly became Ashley’s favorite show.

Meanwhile, Amanda has really only seen the majority of season seven and bits and pieces of other episodes throughout the series. Knowing this, Ashley thought it would be fun and interesting to see just how much AoS knowledge Amanda learned.

Entertainment Adventures: Favorite Ships

Shipping has become such a big part of fandom culture, and as hopeless romantics, we have shipped more than our fair share of couples in movies and TV shows. During this unprecedented time where we’re at home more than ever before and seek comfort, watching movies and TV shows is how we’ve spent a lot of our time.

So, as unapologetic fangirls, we wanted to show some love and positivity for the ships in the movies and TV shows we’ve watched during quarantine and throughout the years.

To prevent one fandom from dominating this post, we chose only one couple per show/movie to feature but did choose honorable mentions that come in a close second/third. We also tried to avoid choosing the cliche/popular endgame answers.
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Woman Crush Wednesday: Chloe Bennet

Chloe Bennet collage

In our Woman Crush Wednesday series, we will feature a woman whom we are fans of and admire. In our fourth installment, we’re featuring television and film actor Chloe Bennet!

Who is our WCW?

Chloe Bennet is a Chinese-American actress and singer best known for portraying Daisy Johnson/Quake/Skye in Marvel’s television show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

At 15 years old, the Chicago native moved to China to pursue a singing career, using her birth name “Chloe Wang.” When she returned to the U.S. to pursue an acting career in Hollywood, she started working under the name “Chloe Bennet” after having trouble booking work with her Chinese surname. She chose “Bennet,” her father’s first name, to pay homage to him.

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Man Crush Monday: Enver Gjokaj

Enver Gjokaj collage

In our Man Crush Monday series, we will feature a man whom we are fans of and admire. In our fourth installment, we’re featuring television, film, and theatre actor Enver Gjokaj.

Who is our MCM?

Enver Gjokaj is an Albanian-American actor best known for portraying Victor on FOX’s science fiction television show Dollhouse and Daniel Sousa on Marvel’s television show Agent Carter. He recently reprised his role as Sousa in the ongoing final season of another Marvel television show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Enver can also be seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as “Young Cop” during the Battle of New York in The Avengers.

Enver Gjokaj in "The Avengers" and "Agent Carter"

Left: Enver Gjokaj in “The Avengers” | Right: Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Sousa from “Agent Carter”

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To All the Musicals Lara Jean Has (Probably) Loved Before

With two movies and a third one already filmed, the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series is a surefire hit. But the story behind these Netfilx films first existed on the page in Jenny Han’s young adult novel trilogy of the same name. If you’re a fan of the movies but have never read the books, that’s okay. But one of the things you may not know about Lara Jean is that she likes musicals.

Throughout the book series, Lara Jean references numerous musicals. She sings along to “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” from The Sound of Music with her family, she expresses her desire to see Hamilton, and she makes a Cosette-Eponine comparison a la Les Misérables (though it could have been a book reference) when confronting her ex-best friend, Gen.

As fellow introverted musical-loving bookworms, we couldn’t help but wonder what other musicals Lara Jean would be a fan of. Given the similarities we share with the character, we figure our taste in musicals are similar but not quite the same. We brainstormed some ideas, analyzed their stories and how they would fit Lara Jean’s taste, and decided the following are five musicals that Lara Jean has (probably) loved before. Continue reading

Woman Crush Wednesday: Laura Osnes

In our Woman Crush Wednesday series, we will feature a woman whom we are fans of and admire. In our third installment, we’re featuring Broadway performer Laura Osnes, who celebrated her 34th birthday yesterday!

Who is our WCW?

Laura Osnes is an American  actress, singer, and dancer best known for originating the role of Ella in the original Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She competed on the reality television show Grease: You’re the One That I Want!, winning the competition and the female lead role of “Sandy” in the 2007 Broadway revival of Grease. She made her Broadway debut in that musical and went on to originate two other roles on Broadway: Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde and Julia Trojan in Bandstand. Continue reading

Man Crush Monday: Taron Egerton

In our Man Crush Monday series, we will feature a man whom we are fans of and admire. In our third installment, we’re featuring British actor Taron Egerton, who celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday!

Watch the video below for our latest installment of “Testing My Twin” and to see how well Ashley knows Taron Egerton, Amanda’s favorite actor.

Who is our MCM?

Taron Egerton is a rising actor and singer who is best known for his breakout role of Eggsy Unwin in the Kingsman movies as well as playing the legendary rockstar Elton John in the fantasy movie musical Rocketman.

He trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and graduated in 2012. After graduating, he was cast as Dennis “Asbo” Severs in the British TV series The Smoke, which led to film producer and director Matthew Vaugh discovering and casting him as the main character, Eggsy, in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Taron’s other notable film roles include Olympian Eddie Edwards in Eddie the Eagle, Mad Teddy Smith in Legend, Johnny in Sing, and Robin Hood/Robin of Loxley in Robin Hood with Jamie Fox. In addition, the Welsh actor has done voicework for animated TV series, such as voicing Moomintroll in Moominvalley and Rian in Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Continue reading

Entertainment Adventures: ACE Comic Con Midwest

Two weeks ago, we went to our first comic convention, ACE Comic Con Midwest in Rosemont (right outside of Chicago). We only went for one of the three days, but we still had an unforgettable, wonderful time. Since it was our first time at any sort of convention, there was a lot to take in―literally.

First, it took a little while to find parking. We got there about two hours after the convention started at 10 AM on Sunday, October 13, so we pretty much had to drive all the way to the top of the parking garage to find a spot. Then the walk to the convention center via a walkway was much longer than we anticipated, so it honestly kind of felt like a maze. When we finally got to the first floor of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and went inside the exhibit halls, it was overwhelming. Continue reading