Sunday, 27 September 2015

PLL Theory // Wilden is Alive + Hanna's Father!

Warning: This post contains SPOILERS!


I'm really not sure where to start with this theory, so I'm just going to get straight into it. I always believed before the 6A finale that Darren Wilden was still alive. I had my suspicions that he could have been Charles DiLaurentis, but even when that turned out not to be the case I still firmly believed that he was alive. In fact, I am even more certain that Wilden's death was faked since CeCe was revealed as Big A.

Here's why..

- This isn't the first time we have been lead to believe that one of the PLL characters had been killed at the hands of CeCe. Mona, Jason and Kenneth were all drugged by CeCe to slow down their breathing and heart rate and essentially make them appear dead. This reminds me of a storyline from the old NBC soap opera 'Passions' where Sheridan Crane's death is faked by the FBI using the same type of drug. Sheridan even had an open casket funeral like Wilden did, and yet we were all none the wiser until we found out later on that the FBI had drugged her to make her appear dead. I am 99% sure that this is how Wilden's death was faked, most likely with the help of CeCe.
- In S4E1, where the liars attend Wilden's funeral, the title of the episode is 'A is for A-L-I-V-E'. Enough said.
- In S3E21, the day after Ashley Marin ran over Wilden, she sees Wilden across the street walking around live and well. We later find out in 3SE22 that Wilden really is alive. Could this be foreshadowing his fake death that is about to happen?
- Finally, we now know that S6E19, the second last episode of the upcoming 6B season is titled 'Did you miss me?'. This is a line that both Wilden and Ali have said before. Ali turned out to be alive, does this mean that Wilden will too?

Now before you guys state the obvious, yes, I do know that Sara Harvey (Black Veil) reported to CeCe that Wilden was dead as we saw in the 6A finale flashback scene. But why would CeCe need clarification that Wilden was dead if she killed him herself? Perhaps CeCe asked Sara to go to the funeral to make sure that everything was going to hers and Wilden's plan by making sure that Wilden simply appeared to be dead.

I'm not suggesting that Wilden is Big Bad/Uber A (although if he does turn out to be, you heard it here first) but I do believe that he was working with CeCe for the following reasons..

- In S3E20, after the elevator incident in which Jason is nearly killed, the liars are standing around asking each other who they think could have stolen the photo of Wilden/Ali/CeCe from Jason. The next second, Wilden shows up at the door. Coincidence? Perhaps. What I think though is that this was a subtle hint that Wilden stole the photo. How would Wilden know that Jason had the photo unless CeCe told him?
- In the same episode, we see Wilden pull over and push CeCe into his car. The way they talk to each other is almost like a sibling relationship or at the very least some kind of longterm friendship. Wilden does appear to have some sort of power over CeCe, but at the same time CeCe doesn't appear to be scared of him. It seems like they could be working together.
- Also, we are lead to believe that Wilden killed Garrett on the Halloween train and was dressed up as the Queen of Hearts. All while CeCe was in charge of the A game.

The next big Wilden theory I have is that Wilden is actually Hanna Marin's real father. I know right? CRAZY! Before you go getting all hysterical though, please take the time to read the clues below..

- In S1E1, Wilden comes to the Marin front door and tells Ashley that Hanna has been caught shoplifting. How did Wilden know that it was Hanna shoplifting just from looking at the security footage? Ashley then tells Hanna that she will take care of the situation, and ends up sleeping with Wilden so that the charges against Hanna are dropped. How did Ashley know that she could sleep with Wilden to shut him up? Do Ashley and Wilden have a history?
- In the ending scene of the same episode, where Wilden introduces himself to the liars outside the church, he addresses them all by name. "Emily, Spencer, Aria and Hanna". When he says Hanna's name he seems to linger on it slightly and stares at her a little bit longer than the other girls. Creepy.
- In S1E2, Wilden is seen spying on Hanna whilst she is out shopping with Mona. Later in this episode, Wilden shows up at the Marin house with takeaway for dinner and Ashley asks Sean (Hanna's boyfriend at the time) to leave. Why was it time for Sean to leave just because Wilden arrived?
- In S1E3, Wilden is seen at the Marin house after having obviously stayed the night. When Ashley asks Wilden to go upstairs and put some clothes on, he stays behind to eavesdrop on Hanna and Ashley's conversation.
- Later in this same episode, when Hanna is called to the school office to speak to officer Wilden, Wilden says to Hanna "One can't underestimate how much the past informs the present". This statement is weird and interpretative in itself, but Hanna's response is even more odd when she replies with "Really? So are you still that same party boy you were in the class of 96? Did you call me down here to do keg stands?". How does Hanna know that Wilden graduated in the class of 96? How does she know he was a party boy unless she heard it from someone who knew him personally? If he graduated in the class of 96 this would either make him 32 years old in this episode (if he was graduating from highschool) or roughly 35/36 (if he was graduating from College). I think he would most likely have been graduating from University given the keg stand reference though. Either way, it would have to be someone older (like a parent) to know about Wilden being such a big party boy. Ashley Marin perhaps? If Wilden was graduating from College in 1996, this would put him at roughly the right age to have fathered Hanna as well. The liars were all 16 when the show first aired in 2010, meaning Hanna would have been born in roughly 1994. This would have been at around the same time that party boy Wilden was still attending college (or highschool). Not exactly the best father material from Ashley's perspective, am I right?
- Furthermore, towards the end of this episode, Wilden offers Hanna a lift somewhere to which she basically tells him to take a hike. I thought it was sweet and out of character for Wilden to offer her a lift. He then goes back to his normal Wilden self and starts rifling through Hanna's handbag. When Ashley sees this, she finally tells him that he is no longer welcome for breakfast.
- In S3E20, Wilden shows up at the restaurant Ashley Marin is eating at and orders her a glass of wine. He then proceeds to try and convince her that the rumours about him getting Alison pregnant aren't true. Ashley doesn't seem to believe him. Could this be because he got her pregnant once too? In the same conversation, Wilden also talks about his history with Ashley and tells her "I'm not the only one with secrets". I highly doubt that Wilden was merely referring to Hanna's past of shoplifting.
- In S3E22, after Ashley drops Hanna off to stay at Emily's for a few days, Wilden shows up to see Hanna and to collect his car keys (this is after Hanna and Aria pushed his car into the lake, thinking that he was dead after Ashley ran him over). The conversation they have is very telling. Wilden says to Hanna "You, me and your mother - it's complicated. I don't think any of us have been completely honest with each other about things". Maybe Wilden knows he is Hanna's father but Ashley has never outright told him? Neither of them are being honest with Hanna about it at least. It is important to note that this is their last conversation together as well. I also believe Wilden wanted the keys to his car so that he could protect Ashley and Hanna, not himself.
- Also, what about after Wilden's death when Hanna can't get a scholarship for college, but when she suggests to Ashley that she go and ask her Dad (Tom), Ashley is very insistent that Hanna not bother Tom about it. Is this because Tom isn't really Hanna's Dad? Perhaps Tom knows he isn't Hanna's real father? Maybe that's why he has always been such a distant father figure to her? To add to this theory, if Wilden is in fact working together with CeCe, it would also explain why Hanna is eventually given a scholarship by The Carissimi Group.

Given the clues above, not to mention all the other occassions where Wilden/Hanna/Ashley are together, it makes me wonder why the majority of Wilden's scenes are focused around the Marin's. Was he really meaning to target Hanna, or was he simply wanting to spend time with her in whatever way he could? Also, why doesn't Ashley do something about the fact that Wilden is targeting Hanna? Is she afraid that he might spill her secret?

I actually have a sneaking suspicion that in S6E19 Hanna will be getting married to someone. Whether the wedding goes ahead or not I have absolutely no idea, but going by a photo I saw on twitter the other day I'm fairly certain Hanna was wearing a wedding dress. Anyway.. as I mentioned earlier, the title for this episode is 'Did you miss me?'. Wouldn't it be perfect if Wilden showed up for Hanna's wedding and said that famous line we have heard him say once before.. 'Did you miss me?'.

I'd love to hear your thoughts! Please leave them in the comments. Also, if you like this post, please make sure to share it. It is the first of it's kind! :D

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Snap Happy Sunday // A 'Friends' Themed Party.

L-R: Me dressed up as a pregnant Phoebe (holding Ellie who was dressed up as "the duck"), Nat dressed up as the ever glamorous Rachel, Josh and Ella not dressed up (but holding Nala who was dressed up as "the chick", Jodie dressed up as Chandler in his pink rabbit Halloween costume (holding Hunter who was dressed up as Joey dressed up as Chandler lol), and Jodie's partner Joss dressed up as Ross in his Spudnik Halloween costume.

Happy Sunday guys! I hope you've all had an amazing weekend so far! As you will already know if you've been reading my last few blog posts, last night was the night of my Friends themed "Cups and Ice" party. I've been so excited to host this party ever since I first came up with the idea that I could hardly sleep the night before and spent all day yesterday cleaning the house in preparation for the party. All my planning paid off though as it was a completely stress free night for me and I felt like I was able to fully get involved whilst still being the host (this isn't usually the case for me as I am incredibly OCD - and I don't say that lightly).

Trifle was made by Jodie, choc chip cookies were made by Nat.

We started off the night digging into the Friends themed food that me and my awesome guests kindly put together. As you can see we had pizzas (the food of Joey's ancestors), meatball subs (Joey's lifeline), cheesecake (Little Mama's Bakery style), traditional English trifle (sans mince sauteed with peas and onions) and choc chip cookies (recipe courtesy of NeslĂ© Toulouse). Also, unpictured, we had a table full of "tiny portions of pretentious food" including some fancy handmade chicken and sausage rolls courtesy of Josh and Ella.

Of course, what would a Cups and Ice party be without a display of cups and ice? I had a lot of fun picking out Friends themed colours for the decorations, plates and cutlery (purple and teal blue for Monica's apartment, with pops of yellow for the frame on the back of Monica's door in case you were wondering) and even supplied some cute mason jar cups for my guests to take home as a party favour.

Obviously I had 'Friends' playing in the background throughout most of the party, that is when we weren't playing Pictionary or Friends Trivia games. Pictionary was especially fun as we played in teams of girls versus boys. The boys managed to beat us by one point in the end - clearly they were cheating!

Nala "the chick" and her boyfriend Hunter.

Ellie "the duck" and Nala "the chick".

Last but not least, I couldn't end this blog post without making a special mention to the real stars of the party, the puppies! At the very last minute I came up with the idea that Nala and Ellie needed to dress up as the chick and the duck. I couldn't find any chick costumes as it was too late to buy from Ebay and pet stores only stock chick costumes around Easter time, so luckily my friend Jodie let me borrow Hunter's old chick costume and I just had to find a duck costume for Ellie. In the end I was left with no other option than to purchase a white bonds baby top from the reduced racks at Big W. She didn't look exactly like a duck, but it did the job! As for Jodie's dog Hunter, he came dressed up as Joey dressed up as Chandler. Possibly the cutest dog costume you've ever seen? :P

I am so glad that I finally held a Friends themed party. I definitely feel like I have just crossed something huge off my bucket list. Have you ever thrown a TV show themed party before? I'd love to hear all about it if you have!

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PLL Theory // Sara and Aria are Twins!

Warning: This post contains SPOILERS!


So I was recently rewatching S3E17 "Out of the frying pan, into the Inferno", which from the title screamed flames/burning/pain to me. For this reason, a conversation between Byron and Aria towards the beginning of the episode really stood out to me as Byron told Aria a story about how he and Ella wouldn't use the fireplace when Aria was younger as he was worried that she might get burned. This conversation didn't really seem to have much relevance to the PLL story, which is probably why I didn't think much of it the first time around, but this time the conversation really smacked me in the face and I feel like it was included in this episode for a reason.

Later, at the end of the episode, we see Red Coat (presumably Sara) flicking the Hanna bobble head and burning her face with a blowtorch. Could the two references to someone being "burned" in this episode be related?

As you guys know, I have already written a blog post on the possibility of Hanna and Sara being sisters/twins, mostly due to the fact that we are constantly seeing Red Coat (Sara) spying on Hanna or her Mother, or doing vengeful acts towards Hanna. I mean, it would make sense.. HOWEVER.. Now I know this sounds ridiculous, but what if Red Coat (Sara) was wrongfully targeting Hanna thinking that she was her twin/sister, when in reality Sara is actually ARIA's twin sister!

What if Sara was burned in a fire as a baby, possibly by Aria, as Aria's first sign of menace against her twin. Maybe this could be prefacing when Aria later stabs her sister when they are fighting over their dolls (as in the Halloween episode). Maybe Ella and Byron sent Sara away to live with Byron's brother Scott Montgomery and his wife (we never hear much about Sara's father do we?), and kept Aria with them in order to give her treatment (it's not like they could give the 'evil' twin to someone else to look after could they?). I know this sounds completely crazy but I am absolutely willing to run with it!

Other possible Sara/Aria twin clues:
- Aria finds a doll that looks just like her with her eye stabbed out. She flips the doll over and see's a blonde doll as the other half instead of legs. HUGE twin (and stabbing) clue, and a blonde twin clue at that!
- Aria looking into mirrors, all the dang time! (MPD or twin clue? or both?).
- Speaking of mirrors, in S3E23, Aria spots Red Coat (Sara) when looking into a mirror. Even more reason to believe they could be twins?
- Let's not forget all the other clues that suggest that Aria is one of the Halloween twins (that would be a whole other blog post though).
- When Sara as Red Coat was spying on the Marin household, we presumed she was spying on Ashley Marin, but.. ELLA Montgomery was also sitting there talking to Ashley!
- Possibly the biggest clue of all, in S4E1, we see Black Widow (also Sara) lifting up her veil to show her BURNT Ali mask. In this same scene, there is a photograph of Aria on the wall directly behind Black Widow. This photo is in Black Widow's view as she looks at herself in the mirror!

If you have any other possible Sara/Aria twin clues, please leave them in the comments!

So what do you guys think?! I just did a brief google search and haven't spotted any other Aria and Sara twin theories, so this very well might be a first! :D

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

A weekend on Maggie + New Firmoo Sunglasses!

This past weekend B and I ventured back to Maggie for a (very) belated overnight stay for my birthday. As soon as I finished work on Saturday afternoon we caught the 3.45pm ferry over to the Island where our gorgeous beach front hotel was waiting for us. Whilst I settled in and got ready for the night ahead, B headed over to the local bottle shop to pick us up a bottle (or two, shh!) of my favourite wine.

After polishing off both bottles in record time, we headed downstairs for dinner in the hotels restaurant. As the room was quite dark (and I was a fair bit tipsy) I didn't bother taking any photos of our meals, but you can take my word for it that they were delicious. The parmesan mashed potato was particularly spectacular. For once in our lives we were actually too full for dessert so after dinner we headed back to our room where I had the most magnificent hot bath before falling asleep in the comfiest bed ever.

Come Sunday morning I felt surprisingly refreshed despite the wine from the night before. I'm putting this down to the amazing bed and taking it as a sign that B and I need to spring for a new mattress. So anyway, we headed downstairs for a scrummy buffet breakfast before packing up our bags and heading off to hire some scooters for the day. I'd never been on a scooter before, but after I got the hang of it I had an absolute blast. :)

Once we picked up our scooters our first stop was the top of this hill so that I could get a photo taken on my pink scooter wearing my awesome matching helmet. We then headed down to Picnic Bay to take some photos of me in my new prescription sunglasses that I was kindly sent by Firmoo to review a few days earlier.

If you're a loyal reader of my blog you will know that I have been working with Firmoo for many years now, and they are still my all time favourite online optical retailer. The prescription sunglasses they sent me were absolutely perfect for the beach, and unlike most sunglasses this pair actually fit me perfectly. I went for a simple black frame and lenses with a slight purple tint and I think they look awesome.

If you are interested in purchasing some high quality, affordable glasses of your own, you can check out Firmoo's new arrivals here and their 15% off deal for new customers here.

Next we headed over to the other side of the Island to check out the markets at Horseshoe Bay. I never usually buy anything at markets but this time I picked up a birthday present for my step sister, some yummy gelato, as well as purchasing an incredible 15 minute massage while B went for a quick dip in the ocean (pretty sure I had the better end of that deal). 

Afterwards we decided to hire a kayak for half an hour, then we drove over to some walking tracks and went on a hot, sweaty, exhausting hike to Arthur Bay and back. Totally worth it though as the views were just incredible.

After our hike we headed back to Horseshoe Bay for a much needed late lunch. B went for fish and chips and I went for a delicious serve of vegetarian nachos which I had absolutely no hope of finishing (death by sour cream anyone?).

As I'm sure you can imagine, our day was pretty much over by this point, so we headed back to Nelly Bay to return our scooters and hopped on the next ferry home.

We had such an amazing weekend together and I seriously can't wait to head back over again. If you're ever up in Townsville, the twenty minute ferry ride to Magnetic Island is 100% worth it. Next time we head over we're going to hire some jet ski's and go on another (even longer) hike. Our next visit couldn't come fast enough!

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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Farewell Winter.

Normally my Sunday posts are photograph focused with very little reflection, but today I just felt like sharing some of what is on my mind at the moment.

My shifts at work have recently changed (yet again) so I am currently in the middle of a three day weekend (I wonder how long these will last) and feeling somewhat relaxed for the first time in ages (I say 'somewhat' because living with invisible illnesses means you can never feel fully relaxed). Today is also Fathers Day here in Australia, which is a little bittersweet this year as although my Dad if thankfully still with us he is currently having heart problems and is going in for an angiogram tomorrow. It's also tinged with sadness as B's Dad recently passed away and this Thursday just gone my Stepmum's father passed on as well. Let's not forget my Pa either who passed away a couple of years ago this month. It's almost like today is a reminder that we're getting older by the minute and we need to start making the most of our lives before it's too late.

Speaking of making the most of our lives, my PLL obsession is starting to get a little bit extreme. I have taken to joining in with a "watch and discuss" facebook group where we have gone back to season 3 and are rewatching each episode one by one to take note of clues relating to the Big A reveal and discussing them together as a group. If this was a class at school I would be getting an A+ for sure, but it's not, and so I'm pretty sure this makes me crazy right? I've been getting so into my detective work that not only have I been finding Big A clues, but possible Uber A clues as well. As a result I've actually got a few new theory posts lined up, so keep a look out for those.

Anyway, back to the original theme of this post, Winter has recently come to an end (not that we got a real Winter here in Townsville - it was cold for all of about a week and a half) and I am practically in mourning. The past three months have been so wonderful weather and atmosphere wise that I never want to live anywhere else again. Don't get me wrong, I hate summer with a vengeance, but I dislike the cold that little bit more. Winter in Townsville is essentially a three month Spring with a few random cooler days sprinkled in for good measure. We never got a Spring back home in Brisbane though. It was either freezing cold, or a gross dry heat. Yuck!

So what's happening for me next? Well, next weekend B is finally taking me to Magnetic Island for my birthday getaway (3 and a half months late, but who's counting?). I'm working on the Saturday and then we're heading over straight from work to catch the ferry and check in to our hotel right by the water. We don't have any plans set in stone for the weekend yet aside from knowing we want to hire some scooters and eat lots of yummy food. I'm sure we'll be taking plenty of gorgeous photos, so follow me on instagram if you aren't doing so already.

Aside from that, the weekend afterwards I will be hosting my very first proper party at our new house. It's going to have a Friends theme of "cups and ice" and we will be eating lots of pizza, tiny portions of pretentious food, choc chip cookies, cheesecake, traditional english trifle, and maybe even meatball subs. We'll also be playing a bunch of friends trivia games which is great, because the majority of girls I've invited are almost as nuts about Friends as I am.

Oh, and probably the most important (and exciting!) thing that I will be doing for a while is going down to Toowoomba for 5 days for my Father's wedding. The wedding was originally planned for tomorrow (and then Dad was going to come up here with the family for their honeymoon a few weeks later), but because of his heart problems they had to reschedule the wedding as well as the trip, so it was decided that I would go down to visit and attend the wedding on the new date of September 23rd instead. I'm not going to lie, I am actually pretty happy that the wedding has been rescheduled as now I am able to be there in person (up until a week ago I was working every second Sunday so I wouldn't have been able to make it to the original wedding day). I am so happy for Dad as he really seems to have found his ideal match in his partner Judy.

So what's been going on with you guys? Anything out of the ordinary? I actually have a pretty big announcement coming up soon about a new lifestyle change of mine, but I'll save that for later. ;)

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