Monday, March 31, 2014

SinfulColors Folly

SinfulColors Folly Accent Manicure

SinfulColors Folly

SinfulColors Folly Accent Manicure

SinfulColors Folly Accent Manicure

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Folly
Spoiled Champagne Siren (accent)
SinfulColors Queen of Beauty (accent)
OPI Gaining Mole-mentum (accent)
SOPI Flurry Up! (accent)
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I've come to realize that I probably have a good 40 or 50 shades of hot and bright pink that slightly vary from one another. But they're all different, so they're all totally neccessary. This one... Folly from SinfulColors is a very close-to-red shade of raspberry pink. A raspberry almost-red with tiny little pink sparkles in it. I'm not sure you can see them in my pictures, and you definitely can't see them when you look at the bottle. But I swear, they're there, and aren't sparkles always a good surprise? (yes. yes they are!)

Application was great... SinfulColors polishes are pretty consistent for me, and the brush is standard sized. Folly had an almost jellyish look to it while I applied it, but it's definitely a creme finish when it dries. It's a really pretty shade, but they could totally amp up the sparkle factor and I'd be more than okay with that!

For my accent nail... I had intended to layer Spoiled Champagne Siren and SOPI The Gilded Age, but I couldn't find my bottle of The Gilded Age anywhere. I swear, my gremlins have a thing for hair ties and nail polish... o.O

ANYWAY...

I started out with 2 coats of Champagne Siren and added Gaining Mole-mentum from OPI... but it didn't really stand out that much from the fine gold glitter of Champagne Siren. So, I added 2 (I think) coats of Flurry Up for some silver contrast. Then I added a coat or two of Queen of Beauty in between a coat or two of Champagne Siren. That created a silvery gold brocade finish. This is definitely my preferred method of dealing with the brashness of gold glitter. A little silver makes it so much more wearable, and that's coming from a person who is legit obsessed with glitter and all the things that sparkle. :D

What do you think of Folly?

Friday, March 28, 2014

SinfulColors Violets Are Blue

So, I'm really trying to channel warm weather with all these spring colors. Think it'll work?!? Today I'm wearing a bright, shimmery, sky blue from SinfulColors. It's definitely a nice contrast to all the rain outside right now... But you know what they say, showers before flowers... :)

Sinful Colors Violets Are Blue

Sinful Colors Violets Are Blue

Sinful Colors Violets Are Blue

Sinful Colors Violets Are Blue

Sinful Colors Violets Are Blue

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats SinfulColors Violets Are Blue
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

If I had to picture a color to go with the name Violets Are Blue... I'd probably go with something a bit more purple leaning. BUT... that doesn't mean I don't like this shade. I just might've named it differently. It's a part of Sinful Colors Mod in Bloom Collection for Spring 2014.

Violets Are Blue is a cool, sky blue creme polish with silver microshimmer. It's a cool cousin to Sinful Colors Cinderella, and a pretty on-trend color for Spring 2014. The shimmer adds a nice softness to the polish, so it doesn't come across chalky, like some pastel colors can tend to do.

Application was great, and yes... 4 coats were definitely neccessary. This polish is pretty sheer, and my coats were on the thinner side. Violets Are Blue built up nicely though, and I don't feel like I have an obscene amount of layers. I mean, really, 3 is my norm, sooooo... :)

Have you picked up any new SinfulColors shades recently?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

L'Oreal Too Dimensional?

Too Dimensional by L'Oreal

L'Oreal Too Dimensional

Too Dimensional by L'Oreal

L'Oreal Too Dimensional

Too Dimensional by L'Oreal

L'Oreal Too Dimensional

Too Dimensional by L'Oreal

L'Oreal Too Dimensional

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats L'Oreal Too Dimensional
1 Coat OPI Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I don't own very many textured nail polishes. The ones I do own tend to fall in the same category as Too Dimensional... total glitterbombs! It's a part of L'Oreal's Colour Riche Gold Dust collection that came out a bit before the Holidays. I thought about purchasing a couple of these shades, but so far, this has been the only one I've added to my collection!

Too Dimensional has an indigo base that is packed with small blue and silver hex glitter, plus some superfine green-gold shimmer. There's a lot of sparkle to this one! When sunlight hits it, it radiates glimmer... I honestly don't think it has a bad side. It photographed really well, and I may or may not have gone a little overboard with taking pictures!

Application was good. The polish didn't build up too badly on the brush like some texture polishes tend to do. I probably could've gotten away with just two coats, but I painted on a third to be sure I didn't have bare spots. It's hard for me to tell if I've covered everything when it comes to textured polishes... O.o

The next time I wear this, I definitely want to paint a layer or two of jelly polish over this and change the color around. Or maybe it's time for a slightly gritty jelly glitter sandwich? (Totally to-do listed!)

Do you own any of the L'Oreal Colour Riche Gold Dust polishes?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wet n Wild: On A Trip

Today's nails are definitely channeling spring... and flowers... sunshine, too. Despite the fact that it is snowing... yes, snowing outside. Say it with me and maybe it will be so... spring Spring SPRING!!! 

Wet n Wild On A Trip

Wet n Wild On A Trip

Wet n Wild On A Trip

Wet n Wild On A Trip

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Wet n Wild On A Trip
1 Coat OPI Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

This shade of purple totally reminds me of wisteria... one of my favorite flowers! I've had this polish for quite some time, and I think I wore it in a skittle mani when I first got it, and haven't touched it since. So, I dusted it off and got to work!

On A Trip is a mid-toned blue-leaning purple. It has a slight crelly finish to it, so it shines even without all the top coat! Application was great... 3 easy thin coats with the big mop of a brush. Surprisingly, I don't mind moppy brushes as much lately... perhaps I'm getting used to them? Scary thought, I know!

I'm debating whether I want to put on a completely different polish tonight, or layer something over On A Trip. I'm so undecided... ideas? suggestions? Bueller?

What do you think of On A Trip? 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pretty Little Liars: "A is for Answers" (4x24) RECAP

It's officially over. Season 4... the season of "answers" has come to an end. But did we really get that many answers? The finale picked up right where Unbridled left us hanging... with Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily surprised to see...

PLL 4x24 Noel Kahn
c/o SoYoureALiar on pretty-little-liars.wikia.com (henceforth, PLL Wiki)

Noel Kahn! Apparently he had been helping Alison this whole time. He relieved the girls of their phones, then drove them to New York to meet Alison. Hanna wasn't sure whether to hug her or smack Alison when she saw her, and the Liars collectively wondered why Ali trusted Noel all this time. Turned out... Noel had secrets too.

PLL 4x24 Alison DiLaurentis
c/o RedCoatKatrina on PLL Wiki

In a quick information download, the Liars told Alison that they thought her mother, Jessica DiLaurentis could be A. Alison didn't seem too surprised. The episode really got going and Alison told the girls she was ready to tell them everything. But... if they couldn't figure out who A was that night, she would have to disappear for good.

PLL 4x24 CeCe Drake
c/o Alietta on PLL Wiki

While the girls were with Alison in New York, Detective Holbrook was questioning CeCe Drake. He gave her a chance to confess to Wilden's murder and tell her side of the story, but CeCe didn't bite. Instead, she wanted to bargain. She told Holbrook that she knew about the girl in Alison's grave, and she knew who killed her. Oh, and about Alison being alive? She can prove that, too.

Alison began telling the story of what happened the day/night of her disappearance. She started off that morning in Hilton Head with Ian. Turns out, she just wanted to be able to get away from A, who had been tormenting her since Halloween (PLL 2x13: The First Secret). Melissa drove down to confront Ian about his relationship with Ali, and he claimed he was just biding his time until Melissa came back to him. Alison overheard his harsh words and proceeded to copy a bunch of N.A.T. files from his computer onto a memory stick. She left Ian in Hilton Head with Melissa.

Later, Alison confronted Jenna at the hospital, where she was still recovering from The Jenna Thing. Alison blackmailed Jenna with the video of Toby and Jenna from Ian's computer. Alison admitted to the girls that Jenna was her top suspect as A. After Ali played the video for Jenna, she told her to stop harassing her and never come back to Rosewood or Alison would bury her. As she walked out of the room, Ali got another text from A, eliminating Jenna from her list.

PLL 4x24 Text from A to Alison
c/o FabCassandra on PLL Wiki

Back in Rosewood, Veronica Hastings was on the phone with Pam Fields, and then Ashley Marin. None of them could find their girls. We saw Detective Holbrook walk down the stairs, and Veronica told him that she was more than happy to cooperate, if he could just tell her what he was looking for. Holbrook tells Veronica that the girls are suspected to have information about a missing person. He showed Veronica a picture of Alison talking to the Liars just after their trip to Ravenswood. She seeemed surprised that Alison was alive, even more surprised when Melissa walked into the kitchen. Turns out, Toby went to get her and she came home because of Spencer's relapse. (Great timing, btw.)

PLL 4x24 Mirror Message from A to Alison
c/o FabCassandra on PLL Wiki

Flashback to the night of Ali's disappearance, she arrived home to find a top that her mother had picked out for her. Alison pulled the infamous yellow top on, and turned around, horrified to find a message from A written on her mirror in lipstick.

PLL 4x24 Mrs. D. talks to Alison
c/o RedCoatKatrina on PLL Wiki

A few moments later, Alison went downstairs and got in an argument with her mother. Mrs. D. didn't want Alison going out that night. She sounded concerned as she was on the phone talking to someone, but we don't know who she was talking to. While Jessica continued to talk on the phone, Alison acted like she was going back to her room. Rather than head back to her room, she stole a few sleeping pills from her mother's bag and sneaked over to Spencer's barn.

Ali mixed her mom's sleeping pills with the alcohol the girls drank. She figured that if she got another text from A while the girls were out, she could cross them off the list too.

At Rosewood PD, Veronica, Melissa, and Peter were all being questioned. Detective Holbrook didn't let Peter or Veronica know that the other one was there. As Melissa was questioned, she claimed that she returned because Toby told her that Spencer missed her.

PLL 4x24 Alison talks to Ezra
SoYoureALiar on PLL Wiki

Alison continued to explain... now addressing her relationship with Ezra. She and CeCe went to a bar together, and that's where she met Ezra. She lied about her age and acted like she was into literature like he was. Ezra came to see Alison the night she disappeared, because he had figured out how old she really was. He broke things off with her, telling her she wouldn't see him again.

PLL 4x24 IAlison confronts Ian
SoYoureALiar on PLL Wiki

Ali continued on her way to meet Ian at the kissing rock. Thinking Ian could be A, Alison threatened him with the videos from his computer, but Ian warned her about doing so. He claimed that there was stuff on the videos that would bring everyone down, including her family. Alison returned to the barn, and found Spencer waiting for her.

Back at the station, Detective Holbrook questioned Peter about hiring a private investigator to tail Spencer. Peter played dumb, but Holbrook slid a large folder over to him, claiming that Spencer's name was all over the place inside the file. Outside of interrogation, Holbrook learned that the GPS information placed the girls in Philadelphia. As Peter was outside of his interrogation room, Melissa spotted him. Peter realized that he, and likely his wife, had been duped by Holbrook. Melissa wanted to know what was going on.

PLL 4x24 Alison keeps Spencer's secret
c/o RedCoatKatrina on PLL Wiki

In the barn the night of Alison's disappearance, Alison and Spencer argued, but Spencer didn't hit Ali. She chased after her and fell. Spencer's pills fell out, and Alison learned another secret. Spencer begged her not to tell the others, and Alison claimed she would keep her secret, because that's what friends do. Alison warned Spencer about mixing the pills with alcohol, and told her to go back to the barn and sleep it off. While Spencer headed back to the barn, Alison met with Byron, in an attempt to get more money out of him. She threatened him with the N.A.T. videos. He didn't bite, instead, he acted like he was defeated and ready to tell Ella the truth.

PLL 4x24 Mrs. D. sees someone hit Alison with a rock
LM Perfection on PLL Wiki

Alison walked back to her house. Having not received any more texts from A, she thought it was finally over and she was safe. She spotted her mother through a window, staring at her. Jessica's expressions changed as Alison was hit in the head with a rock, and fell down, unconscious. Alison gained consciousness as her mother was burying her alive, but she couldn't move or say anything to make her stop. According to Alison, her mother was upset and kept saying "What have you done?" to someone, but Alison couldn't see who. At some point after Mrs. D. finished burying her, Alison was pulled out of her grave by Grunwald and taken to the hospital.

Too scared to go to the hospital, Alison hightailed it out of Grunwald's backseat. As she was walking alongside the road, Mona pulled up beside her and took her to the Lost Woods Resort. Mona cleaned her up, and suggested that Alison let A think that she had died that night, and leave Rosewood. Mona put Alison to bed, and went nextdoor to her hideout, proceeding to brush a blonde doll's hair, telling the doll that it was such a pretty, pretty, girl. (creeeeepy. sooooo very creepy.) In the present day, Alison claimed that Mona played her like a fool.

PLL 4x24 Mona's Lair
c/o RedCoatKatrina on PLL Wiki

Back at Rosewood PD, Melissa told her father that Spencer didn't kill "that girl" and whispered something in her father's ear that we couldn't hear. Peter looked shocked.

Time was ticking by in New York, and Alison and the Liars were no closer to finding out the identity of A, but the girls asked Alison not to leave. Alison then told them that she was the one who pushed Ian from the bell tower, and she was at the lodge to make sure they were safe, but she only pulled Hanna out. She didn't know who saved Emily, Aria, Spencer, or Mona. As the girls were talking, a hooded figure armed with a gun appeared.

PLL 4x24 5 Little Liars
c/o SoYoureALiar on PLL Wiki

The girls fled to the roof (always a good idea...) and Ezra (rather suddenly) came out of one of the doors, enjoying a brief scuffle with the masked black hoodie. Shots were fired, and Hanna grabbed the gun after it fell onto the ground, holding A at gunpoint. The girls yelled at "A" to take off his/her mask, but instead, A jumped onto the roof of the next building, almost falling in the process. As the hooded figure escaped, the Liars told Ali there's no way that could've been her mother. Aria walked over to Ezra to thank him for interfering, and realized he had been shot. He passed out as Aria begged for him to hold on, and the other girls yelled for help. (Noel took their phones while they were in Philly.)

At the end of the episode, in the spot usually reserved for A shenanigans, we see someone dragging Jessica DiLaurentis to a grave, and begin to bury her.

PLL 4x24 Mrs. D. is buried
c/o RedCoatKatrina on PLL Wiki

Initial Thoughts

Okay, so just like last time, I plan on doing a completely separate "Theories" post for the Season Finale. But I couldn't resist commenting at least a liiiiiiittle bit with the recap. :)

Noel
He has secrets, too. What secrets, I wonder? You know, other than harboring girls in distress?

Mrs. DiLaurentis
So, while first contemplating theories, I made one based on something Marlene said. (which I should know by now not to believe her...) She pointed out that the fade to black before Mrs. D. being buried could suggest ambiguity in the timeline. I posted a theory on my tumblr before I really thought about it too hard, and kudos to viviandarkbloomesque for pointing out that Mrs. D. is wearing the same clothes as she was in the police station. So, I guess this has to have happened around the same time as Mrs. D. visiting the police station during the finale. So much for my idea, right?

"That Girl"
An awful lot of people seem to be referring to the girl in Alison's grave like they know it's not Alison. CeCe is understandable, but Peter, Veronica, and Melissa? I mean, the Hastings act like Spencer was responsible for killing a girl, specifically, "that girl." Did they always know that it wasn't Alison? Did they suspect it was Alison at one point? Was Melissa whispering into her dad's ear that she killed "that girl," not Spencer? Always so many more questions than answers, in true PLL fashion!

Jason as A
I feel like the show is pushing us to believe that Jason attacked his sister that night, and that's who Mrs. D. was protecting. But I don't think that's the case. Mrs. DiLaurentis saw who attacked Alison. I think that person is who killed Mrs. DiLaurentis. She covered for this person once, believing that they had killed Alison. She covered for them again, in her attempt to pin Ali's death on Spencer.

Twin Theories
Could Jason be the one with a twin? Maybe CeCe has a twin? Mrs. D. has a twin? Or maybe Alison really does have a twin. Or perhaps there's a sibling between Ali and Jason that sorta lived in Radley and got out the night of Ali's disappearance. Mrs. DiLaurentis was concerned about something that evening, and if she had a child who stayed at Radley and got out, she'd probably be worried.

I've read theories that Mrs. D. has the crazy twin, and that her twin's daughter was Sara Harvey. There's a whole lot of speculation that Sara Harvey is the body in Alison's grave. Honestly, it's not that far off of an idea, BUT it was practically handed to us by the producers. So... I dont know. Could Sara have been wandering around Rosewood that evening?

I keep coming back to the Alison has a twin theory. I know, I know... the producers say they're not doing that, but they LIE. After watching the Season Finale, I'm reminded of a part in the books. We've been wondering why Alison didn't mention certain things from that night that we already know, or think we know. Like, Garrett whacking Ali with a field hockey stick and Jenna thinking she was dead, or Jason seeing Melissa talking to CeCe, or one little thing about why CeCe was dressed as Alison. In the books, the girls realize that Ali wasn't their Ali, because she didn't know about certain things that Courtney was present for, while real Ali was in the Preserve. Could it be that Alison didn't mention a couple of things about that night, because there are things that didn't happen to her, per se... they happened to her twin? I'm hoping that's not the case, because I actually like that Alison is back, and that she has changed. I want to see if she can be redeemed. 

Ezra
Ezra took a bullet for Aria... does this redeem him? In my eyes, no. No it does not. I wasn't opposed to their relationship until he turned out to be a serious creeper. Ezria just doesn't have the magic that it used to after all the truth has been revealed. Will that gunshot wound be fatal? Producers have already confirmed that Ezra will live... Talk about a two-second cliffhanger!

And lastly... Season 5 premieres on Tuesday, June 10th with EscApe from New York... 77 Days and counting!

-S

*Pictures are all c/o the PLL Wiki, thanks to some technical issues. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

State of the Sparkle *003*

Spring is here... like really officially here. And that just feels so good. The sun is warming up... the days are a little longer... I know after all the snow we got this past winter, even most coldaholics are ready to welcome Spring with a big old hug.

http://theberry.com/2014/03/21/happy-first-day-of-spring-photos/
What Spring is made of... c/o theBerry.com
I know I haven't been posting very regularly lately, and I'm aiming to change that very soon. Things have been extra crazy at Chez Sparkle. Mr. Sparkle, or shall I say, SPC Sparkle is away training because he joined the Guard. And now Chez Sparkle is now plural and Peanut and I are slightly more nomadic. But we'll get used to it.

And creativity? Oh... where are you? Not sure if its the winter blahs or what, but I could use some Springspiration to get my creative juices flowing. Maybe they need to thaw out first? I dunno. 

In other news... yes, I watched the PLL Season 4 Finale, I'm just incredibly behind with my recap and the following theory post, but it WILL happen. Pinky promise!

My laptop has been in a serious little funk for about the past year, and I finally caved and upgraded. Meet Chromey...


Yes... I tend to name things. Electronics included. It's an Acer C720 Chromebook, and it's pretty cool. Light, portable, and lots of zip. All important things to a newly nomadic being such as myself.

Continuing with Nomad News... I've been researching all kinds of organization tips and techniques for my closet, and I've gotta say... A lot of the ones on Pinterest are either completely unrealistic and unaffordable when you have a little one. Yes... a rolling clothes rack would be great! Until Peanut starts surfing through the house on it... o.O

And speaking of Peanut...







Can she just slow it down with the growing? Some days it's like... aaaaaaaaaand my baby went where?!?


And if those feels aren't enough... her little face says it all here! That's exactly how I feel... Everything about her is growing... Her hair is getting longer, she's getting taller, her cheeks are getting bigger, and she adds more words to her vocabulary every day! I'm trying my best to soak it all in and thoroughly enjoy every moment. Not that it's always easy... we're definitely having some bedtime issues, but that's fairly normal at her age, right?

And yes... I'm still painting my nails and everything... I just haven't been able to take pics and write posts about them with everything that's been going on. I promise... regular posting will resume! And because I know you've been wondering... I'll finish all this random miscellany with a list of the last 10 polishes I bought... :)

10. Sephora by OPI Wired
9. Orly Purple Poodle [layering]
8. Sally Hansen Indi-Glow [layering 1] [layering 2]
7. Sinful Colors Green Ocean [layering]
6. Sinful Colors Queen Of Beauty
5. Sinful Colors Violets Are Blue
4. Sally Hansen Galaxy Green
3. OPI Hey Baby [swatched]
2. OPI Gaining Mole-mentum
1. OPI Pirouette My Whistle


-S

Friday, March 14, 2014

OPI Hey Baby

How many times have I said I've found thee perfect hot pink? 'Cause I totally did! (Again...)

OPI Hey Baby

OPI Hey Baby

OPI Hey Baby

OPI Hey Baby

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats OPI Hey Baby
1 Coat Seche Vite

Hey Baby is part of OPI's Gwen Stefani collection. I was really excited when I originally heard about the collaberation. I'm not sure what I expected from the collection... I was thinking bold colors, crazy glitters... and we ended up getting a pretty standard collection of colors with a variety of textures. Red creme, pink creme, blackened burgundy creme, gold satin, black satin, silver chrome, and a silver glitter top coat. I can't really say that any of the Gwen Stefani shades jumped out at me when I first saw promo pictures...

BUT!

On the nail? Hey Baby isn't just hot pink... it's thee hot pink. It's a total instant classic (at least for me!), that just happens to be in a Limited Edition collection. But the best part? I picked up my bottle at Sally Beauty for 50% off! That's a big deal when it comes to pricy polishes like OPI. Even better? The entire collection is on sale, so if you've been waiting to pick them up, now is definitely a great time!

What do you think of Hey Baby?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pretty Little Liars: "Unbridled" (4x23)

Season 4 has been dubbed the "Season For Answers" and last night... the story continued moving forward from where Cover For Me left off. It was the penultimate episode of the season... next week Ali supposedly tells all, and we finally get some answers. Probably. Maybe. Hopefully...

Unbridled began as Spencer was chasing a shadow through the woods. She fell, got back up, continued the chase, and SNAP... 48 hours earlier...

PLL 4x23 Emily, Aria, Hanna, Spencer

The Liars held a meeting at The Brew, discussing the note Paige wrote to the cops. The girls recapped just where they were at in the whole mystery; wondering about the body in Ali's grave, was Mrs. DiLaurentis really A, did Spencer attack Alison, could Mrs. D. know Ali is alive, could Spencer have attacked someone else? (All very good questions, ladies. We're all wondering a looooooot of these same things too!)

Jason DiLaurentis PLL Unbridled

As Spencer and Emily left, they spotted Jason and called out to him. He completely ignored them, jumped in his car and took off. They got into Spencer's car, intending to follow him, but her car wouldn't start. Emily pulled out a long strip of photos... The face was blacked out, and on the back was a message... "You know me Spencer. You killed me." (Creeeeeeptastic!)

PLL Unbridled Photos in Spencer's Car

PLL Unbridled Ella Aria Love

Meanwhile, at Chez Montgomery... Surprise! Ella came home from Vienna!

PLL Unbridled Spencer Hastings

The next morning at the Hastings Estate, Spencer spied Jason moving some boxes and wanted to talk to him, but not before Dean got his morning urine sample. Spencer was "tapped out," so Dean shoved the pitcher of water in her direction and suggested that she replenish. He'd wait. Dumdedum.

At school, Emily and Spencer were in the bathroom when Paige walked in. Em finally got to talk to her about the note she slipped into Holbrook's car. Emily accused Paige of using the information about Alison to get revenge for Alison tormenting her. Paige denied it was true, but Emily called bull and angrily stormed out the door.

PLL 4x23 Travis and Hanna

Hanna spotted Travis in the hallway and asked for a Do-Over on their date, but he said he was busy.

At Camp DiLaurentis, Mrs. D. spotted a cop car outside and walked out of the house onto the front porch. Detective Holbrook came to inform Jessica that the coroner's report didn't mention a broken arm, and he noticed a picture of Alison in a cast in the files... so Rosewood PD decided to exhume Ali's body. Mrs. DiLaurentis wanted nothing to do with it, asking Holbrook to let her daughter rest in peace. He countered that he was not asking her permission... he was merely keeping her informed.

PLL Unbridled Jessica DiLaurentis

While Mrs. D. talked to the cops, Ashley Marin was inside looking for name placards in the guest room and stumbled on a shopping bag in Ali's old room. Inside the bag were clothes for a teenager. Ashley looked for a receipt and found the clothing had been purchased the day prior. Jessica found her in Ali's room and angrily asked if it looked like a guest room.

PLL Unbridled Ashley Marin

PLL Unbridled Jason DiLaurentis

Emily saw Jason and asked why he ignored her the day before. A la flashback, Jason told Em about the time he overheard Mrs. D. accuse Spencer of harassing Alison. But Ali claimed that she didn't think it could be Spencer. Emily immediately texted Spencer what she found out.

PLL 4x23 Emily Texts Spencer

Spencer was having trouble falling asleep, so Dean offered to read to her. Both of them ended up falling asleep, and Mrs. Hastings walked in, thinking something else was going on. She fired Dean on the spot.

PLL Unbridled Spencer Hastings

Aria took her anger out on her mother, accusing her of not being there for her through the breakup with Ezra.

PLL Unbridled Aria Montgomery

In an attempt to get more information about Mrs. D, Hanna decided the girls should model for Jessica's Bridal Show.

PLL Unbridled Hanna Marin

Spencer accused her parents of hiding her "lost summer" from her. Veronica mentioned a conversation with Alison that Spencer supposedly overheard, but didn't remember.

S: ...You two put up a firewall. How do you expect me to trust myself when my own parents clearly don't?
V: None of us want to revisit that time. It was harrowing, okay? It was as if there were two of you living in this house. The Spencer we recognized and your evil twin, and we never knew which one was coming down to breakfast. That's why I made your sister promise that she would never bring up that incident that happened before she left for school.
S: What incident? Mom! What incident?

FLASHBACK!

PLL Unbridled Veronica Hastings

V: Alison!
A: Sorry Mrs. Hastings. I was just cutting through to use our backdoor, it's, you know, past my curfew... what happened?
V: Nothing, I'm uh, just, cleaning up.
A: Did Melissa and Spencer have one of their fights? I know a crazy scissors when I see one...
V: Alison, please. Not tonight.
A: Look, I can stay and help you clean up...
V: I don't want your help. Just... I want to understand this and I can't. What is happening to her? Why is she acting like this?
A: I wish I knew... but if I ask her, she might turn on me.
V: Go home, it's late. Your parents are probably worried.

PLL Unbridled Shady Spencer

FLASHBACK OVER!

V: You don't remember any of this? (Spencer shakes her head.) Right...

The events of that night happened just a few days before Alison went missing. Mrs. Hastings asked her daughter to just forget that summer, saying, "We know you're not a monster. Those pills were poison. But you need to leave that summer alone. Please." Crying, Spencer turned toward the window to Ali's room and saw Mrs. DiLaurentis staring at her...

PLL Unbridled Mrs. DiLaurentis

At the Bridal Show, Hanna discovered that Travis was working as a valet.

Inside Casa DiLaurentis, Spencer tried to convince Jason that she wasn't modeling in the show to spy on his mom. She asked him if it was possible for there to have been another blonde in a yellow top around the area that evening, but their conversation was interrupted before Jason could answer. Dean stopped by to say goodbye and gave Spencer his number, just in case she needed him. Spencer told him about Jason's stay in rehab, and Dean told her that Clark Center had been closed for 2 years. Spencer passed the information along to the other Liars.

PLL Unbridled Bridal Spencer

Outside the tent, Spencer saw Mrs. D hand something to a person in the shadows.

PLL 4x23 Mrs. D. Handoff

Hanna asked Travis to keep an eye out for Mrs. D. so that she and Emily could search Ali's room. He helped the other valet back into the mailbox so he would have something to talk about with Mrs. DiLaurentis. Before Hanna left for the mission into Ali's room, Travis kissed her.

PLL Unbridled Ella & Aria

Ella asked Aria about Ezra, but she didn't want to talk about it just yet. She told her daughter that while in Vienna, Zack proposed, showing Aria the ring.

PLL Unbridled Ali's Collage

In Ali's closet, Hanna found a collage with brochures, post cards, a restaurant menu, and a bumper sticker. The restaurant menu was for Mama Gabusi's, which just happened to be the number Alison listed on the contact info hidden in her room.

Spencer chased the shadow into the woods, and we arrived at the moment from the beginning of the episode. We heard the clank and saw that Spencer's train tripped a metal bear trap, not her foot. She ripped the fabric out of the trap and ran back to the DiLaurentis house.

PLL 4x23 Bear Trap

PLL Unbridled Emily emails Alison

Using Mamma Gabusi as the password, Emily logged in to Alison's secret e-mail, sending her a message that she was in danger. Alison called Emily and the girls explained what they had learned. Alison gave the girls an address and told them to come see her immediately.

Spencer came back from the woods and removed her corset to find finger bones sewn into the lining of the corset, in place of proper dress boning. In the middle of the corset, Spencer found a letter in a small pocket that read, "What will you do when the rest of me comes out of the grave?"

PLL Bone Corset

After the bridal show, Paige came to see Emily and told her the truth, apologizing for her actions. Emily accepted her apology, but said she could never trust her again. Emily told Paige goodbye, getting into Hanna's SUV with the other girls to meet Alison.

PLL Unbridled Paige McCullers

The girls arrived at the address Alison sent them, and were surprised to see someone. (We couldn't see who it was. UNFAIR!!!)

PLL Unbridled Red Finch Inn Guestbook

In the next scene, black gloves was checking into a hotel (The Red Finch Inn), found CeCe Drake's name in the guest check-in book, and called Rosewood PD to report it.

My Thoughts

In Jason's flashback, why wouldn't Alison let her mom look at her phone? I'm thinking she didn't want her mom to find out her other secrets. Her mother knew she was being harassed by someone anonymously, but she didn't necessarily know that Ali was dating an older boy or that she had a pregnancy scare. I wonder if there were any other reasons why Alison wouldn't want her mom looking at her phone... (cough.twintheory.cough)

The more the producers throw Mrs. D. in our faces as A, the more I just don't believe it. Here's how I think it went down... Mrs. D. saw what she saw, and she knows that Alison ended up dead, buried under the gazebo. I think she may have suspected Spencer previously. So, Mr. and Mrs. Hastings convinced her, through the PI or whatever means, that Spencer was innocent. We know that Alison is alive and that Spencer didn't kill her, but Mrs. D. and the parents Hastings don't necessarily know that. Spencer's outburst at Casa DiLaurentis let Jessica know that Spencer's parents had either lied, or paid money to make the problem go away. And then she overheard Mrs. Hastings tell Spencer about the night of the "incident." I think she has no idea that her daughter is alive, and truly believes that Spencer killed her. And those clothes in Ali's bedroom? Not necessarily purchased by Mrs. D. for Alison, or even definitely purchased by Mrs. DiLaurentis. Jason could've bought them. They could've been dropped off. They could be for this mysterious twin that we keep hearing about. They could've been a gift for the neighbor down the street. Or, maybe Mrs. D. is just slightly crazy and really bought them because she thought her dead daughter would've liked them. I'm 97.6% sure that Mrs. D. is not A, BUT I do think Mrs. D. could be behind some of the unsigned threatening messages Spencer received. I think it's Jessica's attempt to, "smoke her out," if you will.

PLL Unbridled Note in Spencer's Car

PLL Unbridled Corset Note

That flashback Mrs. H told Spencer about? Alison's exchange was a little odd... almost... rehearsed? But that really doesn't make sense, because I don't think it's possible that she could've planned to fake her death before she was hit and buried alive. You wanna talk about 9 lives? Sheesh. Good thing we're getting a timeline of that night next week!

If Jason wasn't in rehab, where was he? Jason thought Wilden was behind the elevator incident that sent him to the hospital. I'm with Em, that a call to make sure he was alright would've been nice. Is it possible that he is helping Alison? I'm not sure... He seemed awfully protective of his mother to make me think that he could have been helping her. But like I said earlier, I don't think Mrs. D. knows that Alison is alive. Maybe Jason has been away all this time because of something more nefarious... like, killing Detective Wilden, perhaps?

That person at the end that the Liars were all surprised to see? My guess is Noel Kahn, mainly because of the preview photos from A is for Answers that were released before Unbridled even aired. I'm not quite sure why they released them, because it took away from any surprise of Spencer possibly stepping in a bear trap or being in any real danger in the woods...

Next week is the Season 4 Finale, A is for Answers... We'll see producers. We. Will. See.

-S
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