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11.15.2016

Life // My Unofficial Gilmore Girls Binge-Watching Guide

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Guys... we are only 10 days away from Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life! Are you as excited as I am?!

I seriously cannot wait and I've been counting down the days by re-watching every season of Gilmore Girls on Netflix (luckily they're all on there because my DVDs are starting to get a little worn) for the umpteenth time. 

I wouldn't say I'm addicted to Gilmore Girls (OK, maybe I am) ...but I have seen every episode more times than I can count. Somewhere in college (which was five years ago now at this point), I started watching every episode again for the 20th time and just stopped keeping track. 



Since I've watched Gilmore Girls so many times, and at the request of my mother, I decided to put together my Unofficial Gilmore Girls Binge-Watching Guide. To quote Lorelai who is quoting the Matrix, in my all-time favorite episode "You Jump, I Jump, Jack" - "I am the Oracle. I carry all the knowledge."

I realize that most of you (unlike me) probably have lives (and sleep more than I do), so it might not be possible to watch all 153 episodes. So instead, here are the top 5 (or 6 in season one's case) episodes from every season that I think are must watches. 



Season 1
— Ep. 1 Pilot
— Ep. 2 The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton
— Ep. 9 Rory’s Dance
— Ep. 15 Christopher Returns
— Ep. 16 Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers
— Ep. 21 Love, Daisies and Troubadours

Season 2
— Ep. 1 Sadie, Sadie
— Ep. 4 The Road Trip to Harvard
— Ep. 5 Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy
— Ep. 13 A-Tisket, A-Tasket
— Ep. 22 I Can’t Get Started

Season 3
— Ep. 1 Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days
— Ep. 7 They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?
— Ep. 9 A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving
— Ep. 13 Dear Emily and Richard
— Ep. 22 Those Are Strings, Pinocchio

Season 4
— Ep. 2 The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale
— Ep. 18 Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!
— Ep. 20 Luke Can See Her Face
— Ep. 21 Last Week Fights, This Week Tights
— Ep. 22 Raincoats and Recipes

Season 5
— Ep. 1 Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller
— Ep. 3 Written in the Stars
— Ep. 7 You Jump, I Jump, Jack
— Ep. 13 Wedding Bell Blues
— Ep. 22 A House is Not a Home

Season 6
— Ep. 1 New and Improved Lorelei
— Ep. 7 Twenty-One is the Loneliest Number
— Ep. 9 The Prodigal Daughter Returns
— Ep. 13 Friday Night’s Alright for Fighting
— Ep. 22 Partings

Season 7
— Ep. 1 The Long Morrow
— Ep. 4 S’Wonderful, S’Marvelous
— Ep. 7 French Twist
— Ep. 20 Lorelai? Lorelai?
— Ep. 22 Bon Voyage

Congratulations, you've officially been Gilmored!



It was hard to pare it down to just five episodes. Obviously there are other episodes that may be funnier, wittier, or more charming, but I think these 36 episodes are essential to understanding the plot and essence of Gilmore Girls.

What do you think? Agree with the list? Any you'd add or take off? Tell me in the comments below! Happy binge-watching!

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11.02.2016

Life // As the Gilmore Girls theme says: "Where you lead, I will follow..."

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So, I meant to post this last week, but then the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life trailer dropped and I just got to emotionally overwhelmed to do anything really outside of work.


Between the Luke's coffee day and the new trailer and my trip to Connecticut at the end of Oct. I've had quite the Gilmore Girls-filled past few weeks.

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Why was I in Connecticut, you might ask? Well, I had the extreme fortune to be able to attend the 1st Ever Gilmore Girls Fan Fest in Washington Depot, Conn. (the town that inspired the show), with my mother. I grew up watching the show with my Mom from ages 11 to 18 so when news about the fan fest broke in August, I knew that 1) I had to go and that 2) it'd be the perfect mother-daughter road trip. So I called her up not really expecting her to agree, but to my surprise, she did with any hesitation and we bought our tickets.

The Fan Fest took place from Oct. 21 to 23. It was about a 9-hour drive from my parent's house in Pennsylvania so we got up at 5:30 a.m. Friday morning and drove there in time to check in, check out the town, eat at a local tavern and catch the first panel.

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Friday night's panel included a lot of behind-the-scenes people who helped make Gilmore Girls happen including writers, producers, costume supervisors, casting directors and a dialogue coach (yes, they needed one to keep that Gilmore pace). I actually really, really enjoyed this panel, especially all the BTS secrets - like, did you know Ryan Gosling auditioned for a role but Amy Sherman-Palladino wasn't impressed and said his acting "fell flat"!?!? TV Line (who moderated the panel) has a lot more BTS information.

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Saturday was the rainiest, coldest, most dreary day I've seen in a while (it was a high of 44 degrees with 100% chance of rain and winds up to 40 mph), but still my Mom and I braved the elements to venture through different parts of the town and neighboring areas to be a part of the "real Stars Hollow."

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I got the chance to meet Lane, Jackson, Kirk and Lulu! We got tea and walked through the gardens at the Mayflower Inn, which is where AS-P stayed during her trip to Connecticut in 1999 and where she wrote the pilot episode. We watched screenings of fan-favorite episodes under a big tent while drinking lots of coffee and ho-cho (hot chocolate in Gilmore).

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The local hardware store had recreated Luke's Diner and passed out free coffee. Later, the local grocery store and bakery prepared cakes for a cake tasting (like when Rory and Lorelai sampled cakes at Weston's Bakery for Lorelai's wedding to Max - even though Sookie was making the cake).

Saturday night was also the cast panel moderated by the Gilmore Guys where 13 former Stars Hollow residents (Gypsy! Lulu! Miss Patty! Kirk! Tom! Andrew! Morey! Cesear! April! Lane! Brian! Zach! Jackson!) shared their favorite memories, thoughts on the show, and more. I'm not going to lie, it was a little odd seeing and hearing them out of character, but, again, I loved the behind-the-scenes information and special moments they shared.

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Sunday morning closed out the weekend with chats with fellow Gilmore Girls lovers, giveaways, a special tribute to Ed Herrmann (Richard), and a screening of the finale. We said goodbye to the "real Stars Hollow" and hit the road.

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But, I decided since we're in Connecticut, we needed to make it a true Gilmore Girls road trip and visit Yale University. I found Durfee and Bradford Halls, which is where Rory lived freshman and sophomore year, and also walked around campus trying to find landmarks from her tour when the Chilton girl came to visit.

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Overall, it was a super fun, super Gilmore Girls filled weekend. While Washington Depot, Conn., isn't exactly like Stars Hollow, on that weekend, it felt like Stars Hollow...

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In case you need some more Gilmore Girls to tide you over until Nov. 25, Buzzfeed put together a list of 17 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The Making Of “Gilmore Girls” from the weekend.

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Gilmore Girls, A Year in the Life, Lorelai Gilmore, Rory Gilmore, Lulu, Kirk, Jackson, Lane, Stars Hollow, Washington Depot, Connecticut, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Netflix, Samantha Chic

Gilmore Girls, A Year in the Life, Lorelai Gilmore, Rory Gilmore, Lulu, Kirk, Jackson, Lane, Stars Hollow, Washington Depot, Connecticut, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Netflix, Samantha Chic

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10.12.2016

LA Life // Luke's Diner Pop-Up Shop for Gilmore Girls

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If you follow me on Twitter, then you're probably well aware that I'm a huge Gilmore Girls fan. I grew up watching the show (it ended in 2007 - the same year I graduated high school), and I've continued to watch it ever since then. I've watched it so many times, I'm surprised my DVDs haven't worn out - so thankfully they're all on Netflix now. And even more importantly is the new "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" revival episodes coming in November!

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So, when I heard that Netflix was doing Luke's Diner Pop-Up shops across the country in honor of Gilmore Girls and National Coffee Day, I knew I had to be a part of it - no matter what!

The closest pop-up shop near me was Comoncy in Beverly Hills (right near Rodeo Drive) about 10 miles away. I set my alarm for 5:30 a.m., got up early and was out the door just after 6 a.m. To quote Lorelai, "It's six in the morning! Nothing says coffee like six in the morning!"

I got there by 6:35 - well before their 7 p.m. open date - and was surprised to see at last one hundred people or more already in line. It was already starting to go around the block by the time I got my spot and more people were arriving by the minute.

By the time they finally opened, we were barely moving forward. I actually ended up standing in line for two and a half hours! Right around hour two I was really starting to feel ridiculous, but by that point, I was only 10-12 people away from the door so I knew I just had to commit. Luckily, I did and got one of the commemorative Luke's cups, with the special Snapchat filter, and coffee quotes.

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I got a chance to take some pictures around the shop before heading off the work. Literally as I got in my Uber and was driving past the shop to work, Luke Danes (a.k.a. Scott Patterson) showed up to start serving coffee! What a surprise! I'm a little bummed that I didn't get a chance to meet Luke himself, but just seeing Scott and being a part of Luke's Diner was a great experience.

And it definitely helped get me in the mood for my trip next week to none other than the first ever Gilmore Girls Fan Fest in Washington Depot, Conn. - the town where Amy Sherman-Palladino was inspired to create Stars Hollow. I'm so excited to go! Just a couple months ago I was thinking how great it would be if there was a Gilmore Girls festival and lo and behold - here it is! I can't wait to meet and mingle with other Stars Hollow junkies. If you're going to be in Connecticut, let me know!

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