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  1. terrymct

    S17.E14: Finale

    As imagined by a Japanese teenager
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    S17.E14: Finale

    If Hester would listen to significant input, it’d be great to see her to a stint under a hip and young-ish or avante garde designer who doesn’t do accessories at all. She could Improve her construction skills and maybe bring some fresh ideas to her Clueless Goes to Japan style. The Blonds? Alexander McQueen?
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    S17.E14: Finale

    ...and Hester used hers to dress herself and still her own creation looked bad on her. She should have stayed with one of her more usual silhouettes for herself and a more resilient fabric since she’d be wearing it for hours rather than just down the runway.
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    S17.E14: Finale

    Hestor would have to make some significant changes. DvF's wrap dress won’t work well with a Plz Die beret and a teddy bear purse. Hester would be better off with Betsy Johnson. Or Juicy. Or a website catering to young women who attend anime conventions.
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    S17.E14: Finale

    My BF watched the runways with me, first he’s seen of the show this season. His comment about Hester: Why is she ripping off Japanese street and anime style? Second comment: Why are the judges acting like Hester's stuff is unique. I said others have wondered that as well. Garo was profoundly bad at time management. I don’t understand why he didn’t abandon that gown that was too big. It’s a nice dress, but he had better in his collection. Glad that Sebastian won. His outfits were outstanding. Nina gave a nice little speech at the end, too. A well deserved win.
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    S17.E13: One Elle of a Day

    Hester’s third outfit was as much Christian’s as hers. He gave her specific advice repeatedly that saved her. Bishme got “Oh I’m sure you’ll think of something”. No brainstorming or suggestions of any real use for him.
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    S17.E13: One Elle of a Day

    I’m hoping that someone on Twitter asks the judges if they’re seen the movie.
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    S04.E01: Pardon Your French

    Oh dear lord, that’s horrible. Tie back your damn hair for a start. If she really went to Le Cordon Bleu Paris, they should rescind her degree.
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    S17.E13: One Elle of a Day

    Hester is clearly getting the sympathetic winners edit, but I think Sebastian had the far superior mini collection. His outfits were gorgeous, flattering, and looked runway ready. Hester’s sewing improved when she was given more time but she’s still passing off cosplay as something original. Bisme, poor soul, fell apart and for understandable reasons. He didn’t even arrive with a complete collection. He deserved to go home because of that if nothing else. Sending him home is also a mercy to him so he can be with his sister. Garo, wtf? The suit was crappy. The judges were right. That was a hard extra assignment but why didn’t he make a jacket and mini skirt rather than pants then put the saved time into the jacket? The sequined mini dress was pretty mainly because of that sparkly fabric.
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    S04.E01: Pardon Your French

    I like her, but I wish she'd make some better decisions. Hooking up or starting a relationship with someone when you're living in such tight quarters is asking for trouble, especially when you're in a leadership position. When Hannah is firing on all cylinders, she's very good at her job but she undermines her own position.
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    S04.E01: Pardon Your French

    You're value judgement of "serious" is a problem. No, not all serious cooks would. It's not necessary although it can be fun or interesting depending on where you hope your career takes you. Not all serious cooks would or could jump from a community college or other program to the LCB Paris or CIA. It'd be a potentially great experience, particularly the CIA, but not a needed one. What you're saying and what I'm relaying from my family is a good demonstration, though, of the differences in attitudes of people who went to LCB and those who chose not to or weren't able to afford it. I'm glad you found your experience at LCB worthwhile.
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    S04.E01: Pardon Your French

    That's how I interpreted the snippet in the preview, but it's hard to tell. And with this bunch, who knows.
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    S04.E01: Pardon Your French

    I was invited to the wedding of a fellow student when I was in grad school. Sitting at the reception, I kept looking over at the bar wondering when they'd start serving and if we'd have to pay. Eventually, the maid of honor came over and asked me why I wasn't bar tending. She and the bride decided that I'd tend bar for the reception as a gift to the happy couple (in addition to the gift I gave them)...but they forgot to ask/tell me. I should have walked out, but instead went along with it. I was possibly the worst wedding bartender ever. Didn't know how to make many of the drinks people asked for, so I'd ask them to describe it and I'd give it a try. That day ended my friendship with a couple of people.
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    S17.E12: The Art of Fashion

    If you have a long torso, a jumpsuit tends to give you a continuous wedgie, too. Regarding the comments about "your girl", I was part of a focus group for a new-ish clothing company from whom I've bought several items. The group was fairly diverse from young fashion bloggers to me, an middle aged broad who has a physically active life. At one point, the company folks mentioned that they were thinking of getting into lingerie including panties. Comments around the table mostly centered on making the pieces look beautiful and sexy. When it came time for me, I said that I needed underwear that look nice but more importantly that came be washed multiple times without the elastic falling off or losing it spring. The panties also can't walk up my backside during the course of the work day. OMG, you should have seen the looks the young women gave me. Let's talk again in a couple of decades, ladies. lol
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    S04.E01: Pardon Your French

    I asked some follow up questions about Le Cordon Bleu (American) and culinary schools more generally. The opinion of the chefs was that LCB's biggest downfall (or co-biggest along with cost) was that they were terrible about job placement. Other culinary schools, from the Culinary Institute of America down to the community college programs, usually offer really good job placement opportunities. In many of them, including the CIA, students do rotations through restaurants that have long standing relationships with the school. That gets you real kitchen experience and some references as well. Some people can get a job after graduation at one of those kitchens, too. Culinary schools (other than LCB) also have pipelines into jobs with hotel chains, which gives you a decent paying job right off the bat but also means that the hotel chain is likely to move you from place to place around the country which sucks once the novelty wears off. Unless you are already known in a kitchen (such as through a previous rotation), a culinary school grad has to start out on the lowest rungs to prove that he/she knows the basics such as knife skills, sauces, and so forth. Then they're given a test on the line to see if they can handle stress and if they can work their short term memory quickly as orders come and go. Once those tests are passed, just like people who come in without a culinary school diploma, you could be moved into a more interesting position. I also described Chef Old El Paso's meals. The former and current chefs laughed their butts off, as we did. They said that either this woman went to just a vanity short course or she's lying about having gone to any culinary school at all. Food safety is stressed from the get-go (no licking raw steaks or your fingers, this was met with looks of true horror when I described it). Structuring a menu and timing courses is stressed, as well, both in culinary school and coming up through kitchens. There was a long discussion on how easy it is to cook the things she was trying to do. Oh, and using old ranch dressing from the back of the fridge for people who paid beaucoup bucks, that elicited gales of laughter and a comment that maybe it was her own cooking that made her throw up.
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