UPDATE: Adding an update to the beginning of this because some of you pointed out that Rachel’s is publicly saying she’s engaged and at this point it so obviously that it’s Bryan and Peter in the end, so why would the show let Rachel say PUBLICLY that she’s engaged unless they are trying to throw us off. (You guys are so smart!) Given that, I 100% think she ends up with Peter and the show is trying to set us up for a big surprise at the end when Peter takes the plunge and get down on one knee!!! Otherwise, it would be too obvious at this point that it’s Bryan and the show wouldn’t have let her say she’s engaged publicly.
Man, last night’s episode was intense! I felt my heart breaking for Rachel at the end of the episode during her conversation with Peter. So I want to start this blog post off saying that I just want to send so many good vibes out there in the universe for Rachel right now. And to every person looking for love! One of my closest friends, Moses, is always saying that if you put out good vibes, good vibes come back to you. So let’s all send some good vibes out into the world today! (BTW, this Good Vibes sweatshirt is the comfiest thing I’ve EVER worn and it’s on sale for $37 as part of the Nordstrom Sale! And the fit is so good!!!!)
Let’s start with meeting Rachel’s family…
I love it when we see real life scenarios play out on the show. I’m not saying that the show isn’t real life. It is. But it’s also a tv show. Every season there’s a formula to how the show works. And I just find it really cool that because Rachel’s sister is eight months pregnant they had to move her “meet the family” episode up a week. I actually had to do something similar when my sister and I were both pregnant at the same time. She couldn’t travel after a certain point so I had to move my baby shower up a few weeks so she could travel from Massachusetts to California to attend it. Having family be a part of these major life moments is the most important thing. And Rachel has been very clear that family is important to her.
When Eric and Bryan were talking about Peter, it kind of bothered me when Bryan said it would be a shame if one of them went home over Peter who isn’t fully committed. First, I don’t necessarily agree that Peter isn’t committed. I think he’s just being realistic about what the situation is. But at the end of the day, Rachel shouldn’t send Peter home just because he’s not necessarily ready to propose. What matters is that they’re falling in love. No one should be sent home because they don’t feel ready to propose. That’s a huge deal! And at the end of the day, I would rather end up with somebody on the show, and not get engaged, if I really cared about them and they cared about me. That’s better than getting engaged to my second choice because my first choice didn’t want to propose on a TV show after 2.5 months. What do you guys think? Yeah yeah, I get that he signed up for this. But there’s nothing in the contract you sign saying you have to propose! And maybe he went on the show to find love but didn’t necessarily think it could work out. If you ask any past contestant, they will tell you that they didn’t think it would work out but they’re then surprised when they actually do fall in love. The only person that goes on the show thinking they will find love is the lead of the show. And that’s because they’ve already gone through it as a contestant and they realize that it can work! So I don’t blame Peter whatsoever for being hesitant. I think it’s real and refreshing to see. And I don’t think any of the guys should stay OVER him just because they are ready to propose and he is not.
Also, I just want to say that just because he’s not ready to propose at this moment, it doesn’t mean that when he went on the show he wasn’t ready for marriage. I think he 100% is ready for marriage. But again, like I said above, you don’t go on the show thinking it’s actually gonna work out.
Let’s talk abut Eric. I like Eric. I’ve liked him since the very beginning when they met on After the Final Rose. That said, I almost wished I could have fast forwarded his part of the show last night. Not because I think less of him than any of the other guys. Just because I see absolutely no chemistry between him and Rachel. It just seems obvious to me that they aren’t meant to be. I think we will go home next episode. Sorry I don’t have a ton to say about this.
All season long I’ve never once felt like Bryan was going to be the last one standing. I, like Rachel, kind of thought he was a “douche bag” at the beginning of the season. But, I will say that he totally grew on me when we saw him with his mother. I think Bryan is actually very genuine and sincere, but maybe what his genuine looks like isn’t what it looks like to us. Does that make sense? I just think Rachel is really smart and if he won her over then he won us over too! Because all that matters is what Rachel feel and that he is going to treat her right. I trust her judgement in that. I mean really, he went from Rachel thinking he was a douche bag, to her possibly wanting to get married to him! He’s got to have a lot of good in him right?!
And look, I’ve got to hand it to him for being so confident in his feelings for Rachel. He told Rachael’s mom that if she chooses him in the end, he will 100% propose to her. And while I by no means feel that it’s necessary for that to happen, he is the only guy at this point that is saying 100% he will propose. I do like the confidence he has in the relationship and that willingness to commit. I guess my question is… is this confidence in commitment new? Although, to be my own devils advocate, if you don’t find the right person then you’re not going to be ready to commit. Maybe it took him this long to meet the right person and that person is Rachel.
Even though I found Eric’s visit with her family to be a bit boring, I actually really enjoyed watching their day in Spain. We saw Eric open up more during this date than he has this entire season! And I have to say that when people say “I love you” for the first time on the show, I usually think it seems so forced and fake. But I really didn’t feel that way at all when Eric said it. I think he really is finding feelings of love maybe for the first time in his life! And I think that’s a beautiful thing.
Once again I found Peters honestly extremely refreshing during their day in Spain. One thing that I can never quite understand every season is how much pressure is put on a proposal in the end. Look, I don’t remember how my season was edited so maybe at some point something aired that made it seem like I was pushing for a proposal at the end. But I can say with 100% certainty that when we were filming my season and the producers would ask me about a proposal, I was always so adamant about the fact that it might not end in a proposal. And I was adamant about the fact that I didn’t want it to end in a proposal unless one of the guys truly wanted to propose to me! So I find it so strange that Rachael, a very independent and strong woman, is putting so much emphasis on a proposal at the end of the season. I think she might just be a little brainwashed at the moment by the process of the show. And I know brainwashed is a strong word to use. But essentially when you’re talking to people every single day and doing interviews every single day about how the show is supposed to end in a proposal, you start to believe that that’s the only good outcome. When really, if she walked away from this with someone she loves, that’s an incredible outcome! Whether there’s a proposal or not. That said, I’m sending Rachael so many good vibes right now! Good vibes that she finds exactly what she’s looking for. Well I guess my good vibes are kind of pointless at this point since we all know she’s engaged right now. She’s been very vocal about that ever since she started doing press at the beginning of the season. So is she engaged to Peter right now? Or is she engaged to Brian? I think Peter based on my update above!
Before you guys take off, check out of some of my favorite looks from the past 2 weeks (I didn’t blog about the show last week because I was traveling) and my tops picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale below! The Sale is 3 weeks long but we are almost down to the last week and many of these items are selling out! Everything is linked below the pictures and everything is under $100. The first top is my fave and only $39!!!!