5 Netflix Original Christmas Movies From Worst to Best

 If you’re traveling home for the holidays, your mom probably still has a bunch of DVDs of old as hell Christmas movies you liked when you were like, 7. Netflix is the easiest way to watch movies, these days. No sifting through a million DVDs and starts in mere seconds. While packing and avoiding said packing, I binge a few of these Netflix original Christmas movies. Could they be more corny than Hallmark movies?? Let’s start with number 5:

Christmas Wedding Planner

The gist:

Kelsey plans a Christmas Eve wedding for her best friend and cousin Emily. Trouble ensues when Emily’s ex boyfriend Connor shows up.

Why it’s the worst:

Not even 15 minutes into this movie I said, out loud, “Can I even get through this?” We hear the main character’s inner monologue constantly and it is nauseating. She’s extremely huffy, scatter-brained and says things like “I am a fierce warrior!” to herself. This can’t even be described as corny, it’s just bad. I felt like I was watching a bad scripted reality show. Joey Fatone makes a random appearance and he’s probably the only decent thing in this movie. The ending is the most terrible thing ever. I feel like they got sick of filming it and said “Let’s just wrap this up and make it happy as quickly as possible.” Please save yourself life is too short to watch this movie. Watch the video below but there’s spoilers (but really who cares about spoilers for this movie).

The Princess Switch

The gist:

Baker goes to a foreign country for a baking competition and meets a princess who looks exactly like her. They decide to switch lives because the princess wants to be normal for a few days. Trouble ensues.

Why its #4:

This movie made absolutely no sense.  These two people look exactly alike, but no relation. Uh, yeah sure, Jan. They threw in the obvious necessary tropes such as: “too smart for her own good little kid”, “foreign person who has to have a fake British accent because no one can do any other accents”. Vanessa Hudgens was such a random choice for this movie, but after watching it, I could not tell you what else I’ve seen her in besides High School Musical. Like no shade, but how is she still famous? Also another movies where all 17 loose ends got tied up in the last 7 seconds of the movie. Not the worst thing i’ve ever seen, but still up there.

Christmas Inheritance

The gist:

Rich party girl goes to the small town where her father’s multi-million dollar company got started. Trouble ensues. 

Why it’s #3:

This one wasn’t too bad really. Here’s a small snippet of the script(not really but you get me)

“This is a small town lil lady!”

“Sorry I’m rich and I don’t get it”

“I’m being an asshole guy because I like you!”

Also see: Undercover Boss and The Simple Life starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Riche. Super folksy, not too bad. Got through it very painlessly and almost kinda cute. 

 A Christmas Prince

The gist:

Girl tries to get a story on the Prince of Aldovia. She’s mistaken for his little sister’s new Nanny. Trouble ensues. 

Why it’s #2:

If you’re a new follower and haven’t been acquainted with my scathing review of this movie please enjoy. It’s a bit of a messy post since it’s one of the older ones, but worth it, I think. It’s definitely a love-to-hate-it type movie. Hallmark style corny featuring all the classics: mean-but-misunderstood-little girl, playboy-prince-with-an-actual-heart-of-gold, different-from-all-the-other-girls- girl complete with “takes off glasses and now she’s pretty” makeover. A must-see if you haven’t yet and yes I will be doing a review of the second movie because how could I not?

The Christmas Chronicles

The gist:

Two siblings stay up late on Christmas Eve to catch Santa on video while their mom is working late. Trouble ensues.

Why it’s the best:

This right here? My kind of Christmas movie! Think Santa Clause 1 and add troublesome Charlie from the Santa Clause 2 and subtract annoying whiney Charlie and add cool little girl. Just the right amount of corny and funny, I definitely cried( I cry at almost everything now but still). Kurt Russel was so good and snarky (Tim Allen Santa vibes) even Goldie Hawn makes an appearance! If you wanna spice up your Christmas movie watch list, please add this. I loved it, 10/10. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sunday Summary

Talking about this new dry shampoo hair trick I tried, my new favorite pants (cause I’m all about pants lately), the best Galentine’s ever and the best workout for your abs!

Beauty

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As a blogger, I follow a ton of bloggers on Instagram (duh). I recently started following Brighton Keller who lives in Dallas. She super sweet and one of the more genuine bloggers in my opinion. I saw on one of her stories recently about a dry shampoo trick she does with her hair and then mental made a note to try it out one day. Well Friday I was struggling with some day-3-hair-bun-action and this guy was like “let’s have drinks!” My motto is to just say yes to everything so I was like I guess I gotta figure out how to make this work and then I remembered her trick and was immediately over-joyed. I’ll link her video here, but the gist is to take a round brush, hair drier, dry shampoo and basically act like you’re drying your hair with a round brush even when its dried. Sounds very weird but my hair was super flat and gross so I figured I’d give it a shot. I used Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Dry Shampoo, but you can use whatever you have.

 

And there you have it! Definitely not something I have time or energy for everyday since I barely have time to dry my hair, but definitely something to do on day 3 hair that just the grossest it could possibly be (aka my hair).

Style

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would like pants that look like these, but New York has changed me (kinda). These are some that I got from work that aren’t available yet (coming soon I swear its on the website), but you really can get these anywhere. Super comfortable and have like a denim-feel without looking it straight up jeans. Here I dressed them up with booties and a black turtle-neck:

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Then I dressed them down with a t-shirt and sweater with converse:

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Fitness

I love me some Tabata because its short bursts of working out, which makes it go by quicker. To me, it’s the best new way to do a HITT workout. My new favorite is this super quick ab workout I just discovered. As I’ve said in my workout routine post, I run every other day and do abs. This is great because its quick and by the time I finish running, I’m over it (cause running kinda sucks lets be real).

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So I watched this show………

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This honestly should just be titled “I binged this show in a day because it was so good.” I don’t know if you guys remember Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, but me and my mom LOVED that show when I was a kid and we watched it all the time. Well Netflix has done a re-boot with all new people and it is the best reality show I have seen in a while. The guys are ADORABLE and fun, I have a huge crush on Antoni like zamn. It’s just like the old one where each guy is in charge of different aspects of life like food, style, and design. Besides this show being hilarious and fun, it’s also so important and they touch on some really serious issues. They talk about police brutality against black men (Karamo is black), what it means to be gay and religious and the struggle to define yourself as a black and gay man. I laughed, I cried and I cannot wait for next season

So I read this book…….

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I subscribed to Book of the Month, which is a great way for me to push myself to read more and I get a gorgeous hardcover book for 16 bucks! I just finished this book and wow, it was insane. It’s all about this woman living with Agoraphobia (fear of the outside) because of a drama she experienced about a year ago. Of course it’s a murder mystery romance-y thing because that’s all I read now.

 

So I did a fun thing in NYC and you should too

If you’re a human being, you know that Valentines Day was this past week (barf). However, you might not know that the day before Valentines day is Galentine’s Day! Coined by the beautiful and fictional Leslie Knope of Parks and Rec, it is a day of celebrating gals! I decided to take my gals to this beautiful restaurant Café Medi. I’ve been wanting to see it girl because the pictures I’ve seen are unreal.

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They were having a Galentine’s event, 3 courses AND a bottle of wine for 50 bucks. Basically a steal for NYC and I love any excuse to drink on a weekday. The place was gorgeous, and the food was unbelievable. I ate way too much and had way too much fun. No complaints from me.

The Sunday Summary

You might be reading this title and saying to yourself “Excuse me, is this……the vibes???” to which I would say “uhhhhmmmmmm no????????? Obviously the title is totally different can’t you read?”

Okay I know I said I was canceling the vibes and you know whatgiphy-4

This is my attempt at revamping/classin’ up the vibes okay? “the vibes?” what am I 22??? No I’m 23 so now I have just a summary of my classy life. (honestly the title is TBD cause summary is not my best work with words but its HARD okay?)

Lets get into it.

 


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Beauty

As per usual, I am trying to revamp my skin care. I’ve switched completely to the charcoal life and i gotta say I dig it. I use both of these products, but the exfoliating one I only use every other day. I definitely notice a difference in my skins overall oily-ness. Let me also add that the exfoliating one smells like a beautiful man so extra added bonus in my opinion.

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Style

I just got these beautiful babies and I got sooo many compliments at work(and the gram because I had to post about them). Bad news is I cannot for the life of me find them online but I swear they exist somewhere in the abyss that is Forever 21. Happy hunting!! In all seriousness, based on the fact that I went through every pant they had online, they have a TON of striped pants of all colors. Just an FYI ya know.

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Foods

I was trying to figure out a way to make my cauliflower taste good but not have to use too many ingredients(cause money). I also wanted to try to use stuff I already had available. Pinterest came through though and I found a recipe! All I did was separate some cauliflower florets and heat some oil in a pan. Then put some minced garlic and the cauliflower in the skillet and let it brown for a bit. Next added soy sauce, juice of a whole lime and some strata sauce and voilà! Unbelievably good and easy.

So I watched this show……

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*Spoilers maybe???

I finally got around to watching The Crown! At first, I was like sheesh every episode is like a mini movie how am I gonna finish this? Of course it reeled me in and I finished two seasons in a week hah. Literally my favorite episode was the one where the queen mother is in Scotland and she meets that cute little old man and he’s so nice to her. I cried and also I really wanted them to get together cause that poor woman could use some joy!!!

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So I’ve been listening to some music……

This playlist though. It took me on a ride through the angsty early 2000s and I love it. It satisfied all of my phases including but not limited to: Blink 182, Good Charlotte and All Time Low. Very nostalgic and I love it.

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So I found a new podcast…..

I stumbled upon this after a suggestion from one of the other podcasts I listen to. It’s all about this missing persons case from 2005 and it literally unfolds as the guy is doing the podcast its crazy. Theres a bunch of episodes and he also has another podcast called Atlanta Monster! Also makes me a little homes sick cause of the people have thick Georgia accents and its the cutest thing.

So I did a fun thing in NYC and you should do it too..

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I haven’t done brunch in forever so I decided to try one of the best bottomless brunches in NYC at Agave. I couldn’t make reservations, but after an hour and a half(this place is POPPIN) we managed to get a table. It was definitely worth the wait!

The food was so good and these guys sitting next to us told us to get the prickly pear margarita and man were they good and so pretty! Our waitress was so cool and nice despite being so over-worked with all the people. So could not recommend enough.

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‘A Christmas Prince’: My Scathing Review

If you are even a person on instagram or have a netflix account (if not please unfollow me that means YOU DAD), then you’ve probably heard of the new Netflix movie A Christmas Prince. Since according to a Netflix tweet 53 people watched it for 18 days straight, I figured it couldn’t be that bad. I was so very wrong.

Plot: 

Every movie about some girl and a Prince either goes one of two ways: she either dates him for a while and then, he’s actually a prince and she’s awkward and doesn’t fit in because she’s “not like all the other boring royal girls” or whatever. The second option is, he’s a prince and she is awkward and weird but somehow earns the trust of one person close to the royal family so they accept her and he finds out that she’s “not like all the other boring royal girls.” This movie is the second option. She is a journalist who works at a crappy place with mean people and all her co-workers say she should just quit already!!!!!!!!!! (but they won’t obviously cause they’re okay with the job actually they’re just sick of her bs).

So first, we meet her Dad. Her mom is dead because of cancer, since apparently divorce is unheard of. Her dad is basically just a mouth piece for the most corny lines you could ever think of. Also he owns a diner in Brooklyn and anytime people talk in the diner, its to say they love him for either his pie or giving them free champagne on New Years. The barf test starts early people just so you know.

She ends up having to travel to Alluvia to cover a story on the prince who is labeled as “a player and a bad boy.” She somehow ends up convincing some very questionable staff that she is the princesses tutor and hilarity ensues, (actually its more barfing)!

Of course the girl is a lil brat who sent all her other tutors running but she’s really just complicated okay! They took her character out of like a stock psychology article that says “parent died and now child is lashing out because she is hurt and misunderstood, needs caring “other” to aid her.”

She’s also randomly in a wheelchair for sympathy.

Next, the barfing continues where they have this little exchange and I really almost said “you know what this ain’t worth it,” but decided to blog about it instead.

Then, they have more corny lines where Amber, (the journalist girl), claims she breaks everything. She broke one singular thing…….Then the little girl tells her she’s, “not like everyone else” which is somehow a good thing for girls? Can we please retire the narrative that girls have to be “not like other girls?” because all girls are cool.

Then she creepily watches him play “the First Noel” and acts like he’s a musical prodigy like I didn’t also know that song when I was in 2nd grade, thank you very much.

Next we meet his obviously awful ex-girlfriend who only wanted him for his crown cause he can’t just have a normal ex, she HAS to be evil.

 

So next, the prince guy is supposed to go to his coronation thing, but, whoops, slipped his mind while he was playing with some orphan children.

Next, they have a really fake snowball fight and just fall right into each others arms.

Next, she starts to question who the prince really is like maybe he’s a decent human? Also, she wears an ugly shirt and takes really bad journalist notes.

Then, she tries to stalk him. I assume she thought this was a good idea because she weirdly nodded to herself before she did it? She then gets on a random horse all willy-nilly and it proceeds to throw her off and run away. She’s now lost in the woods for maybe a couples hours, tops, and gets growled at by one wolf for 4 seconds and of course the prince comes and “saves” her.

Then they have some weird talk about his becoming king and how he just wants to be himself ugh! Prince problems! Next, they read some weird poem by his dad? I don’t really know I kinda stopped listening. All I know is she found some papers in a secret drawer and finds out he’s adopted!!!!!

Then the mean girl kisses him after the night of deep talks, scandal!

She then gets super butt hurt about it for some reason.

Also would like to point out the bitchy girl’s name is Sophia. Honestly trying to steal ya man is something a Sophia would definitely do, am I right ladies?

Then they finally kiss because he’s tired of her talking, which is so gross. I would like this to retire in movies as well.

Next, he’s like come to the ball with me and she’s like okay I’ll wear my ugliest dress!

Then the little girl is like, “here’s a weird bracelet and also you need a makeover cause that hair needs help” which I agree.

That night is the highly anticipated ball and we get to see her makeover! Just Kidding, they just do her hair, give her some intense makeup and call that a makeover.

And of course everyone acts like she’s some angel coming down from heaven cause she put some dust on her eyes.

Also casually versed in the art of dance, of course.

Then the shit hits the fan and he finds out he’s adopted, she’s not really a teacher and everyone is mad at everyone. He literally says “I don’t even know who you are anymore” its like Richard, sweetie, you never did also its been like 4 days, tops.

Next, his cousin tries to take the throne cause he’s the only male heir and marries the bitchy girl. Well, apparently the princes dad’s poem is like some weird riddle he has to solve and this really important document that says, “I am the old king and I am dying but my son is my son because I say so and he’s king now, signed me” is hidden in this acorn ornament that he like gives his daughter??? Its all very weird but of course journalist girl figures it out and saves the day!

This dude then doesn’t talk to her for six whole days, (during which I’m sure she is ripping out her hair and burning his stuff), and then just shows up??? Proving that men have no concept of time, whatsoever.

Then, he of course proposes because forget dating!! Let’s just go all in after knowing each other for 4 days!!

And at first she’s like, “what I live in New York and my dad is here I can’t just move and uproot my whole life for you I don’t even know you!” but then she’s like “ehh who cares, I gotta say yeah based on absolutely nothing!”

 

And there you have ladies and gentlemen, the end. 0/10 would not recommend. If you want a good holiday movie with some romance watch Love Actually or The Holiday both kinda corny with a level of sophistication and no barfing. Please love yourselves and just watch something else. Anything else.

Also enjoy this other scathing review from Vogue.