Life Lately

My (Not So) Guilty Pleasures

May 4, 2016

I’m one of those people who takes satisfaction in the little things in life. Whether it’s painting my nails, making a new dish for dinner, or indulging in a glass of wine after a long day at work, I’m usually pretty easy person to please.

Which got me thinking the other day about whether I have any guilty pleasures that I actually feel guilty about… And to be totally honest, I’ve never felt a pang of remorse for my indulgences. I mean, if I really like something why should I feel guilty about doing so? Plus everyone’s got at least one or two (and you’re lying if you say you don’t), so why not spread the cheer and be open with yourself and everyone else!

So I’m throwing my secrets out into the open and sharing with y’all my top “guilty” pleasures:

  1. Watching way too much reality television It’s gotten to the point where I refer to Lisa Vanderpump and Stassi Schroeder by their first names as if I know them because I’ve watched way, way too many episodes of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules. Sometimes you just need a little mindless tv after work and plus I love gossiping about new episodes with my friends the next day. Also The Bachelor/The Bachelorette is basically an addiction for me, so much so that it got to the point where a few friends and I set up a Bachelor Bracket for this past season.
  2. Eating popcorn for dinner I absolutely love cooking and trying out new recipes (I made a mushroom gnocchi for dinner last night!), but sometimes there’s nothing I love more than channeling my inner Olivia Pope and enjoying a bag of popcorn and a glass of wine while catching up on my latest book. This is mostly because I can be unbelievably lazy some nights but whatever because I’m an adult and I make my own decisions haha.
  3. Taking photos out of airplane windows while traveling Yes I know that this classifies me as absolutely basic but I just can’t stop. It’s either taking pictures or sleeping, so I might as well use the excuse to practice being artsy!
  4. Pretending to host my own cooking show when I’m home alone I haven’t come up with an official name for my show yet but I feel like it’s going to be a hit. I’m thinking something along the lines of “Cooking with Courtney,” which will follow my struggle as I try to finally figure out how to make cauliflower rice without it turning to total mush.
  5. Watching Say Yes to the Dress and getting emotional when the girls find the perfect wedding dress No I don’t have plans to get married anytime soon but I just can’t help but get drawn in with all of the drama. Most of my thoughts go something like, “WHY WON’T GRANDMA STOP BEING SO CRITICAL OMG” and “WHY IS SHE TRYING ON A DRESS THAT’S $10,000 OUT OF HER PRICE RANGE” and so on.

What are your favorite guilty pleasures??


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  • So many of these guilty pleasures are my own too! “Pretending to host a cooking show” made me laugh out loud because I totally do that!

    • I’m kind of embarrassing when I’m left home by myself but I love it!

  • Love all of these guilty pleasures! Watching the Real Housewives is mine for sure. 🙂

    • I absolutely love the Real Housewives! One of my fun facts at parties is that Bethany Frankel went to my high school!

  • Love eating popcorn as well!!

    Take care doll! Kisses,


    • Popcorn is my favorite! I could munch on it morning, noon, and night!

  • Rachel

    I’m with you on the Bachelor/Bachelorette. It’s so addicting and they keep bringing back contestants from the previous seasons so you are compelled to watch! So excited for the new season to start haha!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • I absolutely love the Bachelor!! And I’m so excited for Jojo to be The Bachelorette. She’s so cute!

  • Blaire Bingham

    I feel the same way about the Bachelor series and I am really looking forward to the new one this month!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • I am too! I loved Jojo on this past season and can’t wait to see her as the Bachelorette!

  • Haha I love this! Reality tv = fave. Southern Charm is my jam right now and I’m patiently awaiting the new season of The Bachelorette.

    Southern Style

    • My mom has been trying for ages to get me into Southern Charm because it’s her favorite reality show! I actually really like it when I do watch it with her so I’ll have to go back and start from season 1!

  • Biana Perez

    Haha I’m so with you on the reality show watching but pretending to be on your own cooking show – that is genius!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • I really need to come up with a title for my show haha

  • Lauren Farrell

    Reality TV is so bad it’s good sometimes! Anything that helps you wind down in my book is ok! Looking forward to the Bachelorette myself!

    • I’m so excited for Jojo to be the Bachelorette! She’s too cute!

  • I’m totally with you on the popcorn for dinner thing!

  • I always get emotional at things on shows too! And I love making cereal or popcorn dinner – no cooking? Why not! Fin things to know about you.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Cereal is another favorite for me when I’m feeling unmotivated to cook or am just not that hungry!

  • Hey, there’s nothing wrong with taking pictures outside a plane window! It’s a beautiful world down there and you don’t often get to see it from above so why not?! I’m with you there! And I always watch Say Yes to the Dress even though I’m already married. <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • I think my boyfriend has a mini-panic attack every time I mention that I’ve watched a wedding show haha!

  • reneejessome

    haha this was great! I am so with you on the reality tv thing! I just can’t stop!!

    Renee | Lose The Road

    • I’m such a fiend when it comes to reality tv! And I’m very grateful that most of my friends watch it too!

  • That view looks so beautiful

    Beauty Candy Loves

  • I literally laughed aloud at reading #4 because I do this, too, haha! I love Cooking with Courtney, so catchy and perfect! I used to love watching Say Yes to the Dress, but for some reason, my schedule doesn’t permit to catch the episodes when they’re on anymore! It’s so funny because I ended up seeing an old friend from years ago on the show! I was like, wait, I know that girl! Haha! Anyway, I hope you’re having a great start to your day so far, beautiful, and thanks so much for sharing such a fun post!



    • That’s so crazy that you knew someone who was on the show!! And I’m a little embarrassing when I’m home by myself but I have fun haha

  • thefashionfolks

    Hahah eating popcorn to dinner for sure, and chocolate! Xx

    • Yes to everything you’ve said!

  • Oh my gosh! Most of these are me to a T!!!! I LOVE me some reality TV and I’ll take popcorn for dinner most of the time too! LOL! I binge watch SYTD sometimes! LOL!

    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • I love to eat popcorn while binge watching SYTD haha!

  • I eat way to much popcorn too! I discovered homemade popcorn a few years ago (I know, crazy right? I honestly used to have no idea how to make it unless it was in a bag!), and fell in love!

    • Popcorn is definitely my favorite snack to munch on anytime throughout the day!

  • Chelsea Patricia Henriquez

    Omg number 2 and 3 are me!! Love how simply candid these are.


    • Thanks! I definitely watch way too much reality tv but I’m not even embarrassed about it!

  • Aww say yes to the dress for the win 🙂 I absolutely love that show and noone else gets it! It’s brilliant, I have shed some tears when people finally find dresses, too emotional!
    First dates is my favourite guilty pleasure show, simple idea of just watching new people meeting on first dates but it’s hilarious! x

    • Omg I love watching people on first dates!! My boyfriend always gets annoyed with me because I get more interested in their dates than our own haha!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    So fun hearing your guilty pleasures girlie!! I’ve eaten popcorn for dinner many a time!! 😉

    • It’s just so easy to make and so delicious!!

  • I don’t watch much Television, however we did just do popcorn for dinner, and made three versions for our Netflix weekend. <3

    • Yum that sounds like my perfect weekend!! Popcorn and Netflix sound amazing!

  • Haha I have beenw atching way too much of reality tv lately! Great post x

    • I’m finally catching up on the latest season of #RichKids of Beverly Hills which is so silly but I can’t stop watching!

  • Carly

    I have a reality TV addiction too! Are you excited for the next bachelorette to begin? I can’t wait….. just a few more weeks
    Have a wonderful Wednesday
    Carly from Dresses & Denim

    • I am so excited to watch Jojo on the next Bachelorette! She seems so cool and I’m hoping that her season will be fun to watch!

  • I love photos out of airplane windows! The views are always gorgeous, and how often do we see things from above like that? Screw basic, it’s beautiful! And I’m totally guilty of way too much reality tv too, although I do enjoy a good sitcom and drama too <3
    Green Fashionista

    • I love your approach to take plane pictures!! I actually feel the exact same way but I get so nervous that the people sitting next to me are judging me…. I’ll just have to own it next time!

  • You and I are the same! I am probably the easiest person to please ever! My friends tell me all the time how I am the best person to tell exciting things to because I get really happy over the littlest things! Hilarious about your cooking show! Maybe one day?! Love it!!

    Xox Dana Ivy //

    • I always feel like being easy to please is such a good thing though since we can find happiness in even the smallest acts or things!

  • I’m obsessed with eating popcorn at the moment! I don’t know what it is but I love it. And Say Yes to the Dress is easily one of my favourite shows!

    Anika |

    • Say Yes to the Dress is so amazing!! And popcorn is my favorite!

  • Love all of these guilty pleasures! Eating chocolate and watching reality TV would be two of mine (I haven’t actually worked out how to take a photo out of an airplane window – mine are always blurred! 🙂

    • Reality tv is such a guilty pleasure of mine! Luckily most of my friends watch too much reality tv too!

  • Loved your list. I’m guilty of indulging on popcorn and chocolate. I just can’t stop.

    • It’s so hard to stop snacking on popcorn!!

  • I love this post! And I’m totally guilty of way too much reality tv too!
    Thanks for sharing!
    XO Erica

    • Reality tv is so amazing that even my mother’s gotten into watching Bravo!!

  • Danielle Tsuji

    These are so funny! Love them all! I watch way too many vlogs on youtube!


    • Thanks!! And I love watching vlogs, especially travel vlogs, too!

  • Anaivilo Borsa

    I totally get you with the popcorn dinner, ahah! :))) I get so lazy sometimes and I stop caring about mu nutrition and sometimes I feel guilty for doing that, but, oh well 🙂

    • I always convince myself that popcorn is healthy and so I rarely feel guilty about eating too much haha

  • Charlotte Johnson

    Haha these are so funny! Great post! I’m excactly the same with reality tv – I watch them all hahaa!

    Charlotte xxx

    • I’ve become such a reality tv junkie and I’m trying to get my boyfriend into my favorite shows too. We trade off between watching RHoBH and watching basketball haha!

  • Ahh loved this post and made me laugh with your kitchen show when home alone 😀

    Gemma x

    • I’m kind of embarrassing when I’m left by myself but I have too much fun to stop!

  • Hahah these are great guilty pleasures, and I am totally with you on every single one! PS. I’m glad I’m not the only one who does popcorn and wine for dinner (while reading!)

    — Dara //

    • Popcorn and wine is my favorite for lazy nights when I’m too tired to do more than heat up popcorn in the microwave! Especially now that I’m getting better at getting the cork out of wine bottles!

  • lol…i like this. Nice to know more about you.

  • Erica White

    Haha I love this! Say Yes to the Dress is so great when they find their dress! Great post hun!

    • Thanks! And I’m so obsessed with Say Yes to the Dress!!

  • Angharad

    I’ve never done popcorn and wine, but I’m occasionally partial to a bag of those freshly baked cookies you get in the bakery section of the supermarket! Angharad x

    • Cookies sound amazing right now!! I’ve been trying to perfect my cookie recipe recently which means I’ve definitely been eating way too many sweets lately!

  • Raindrops of Sapphire

    Lol! The cooking show thing made me laugh, but I don’t feel guilty about the things I enjoy either. I mean I love the music from One Direction and Justin Bieber and people try to make me feel bad about it, but I don’t. We like what we like, own it 😀 😀

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • I am such a big fan of boy bands too!! Harry Styles is my favorite in One Direction!

  • Meghan Conard

    Loving this post! We share quite a few “guilty” pleasures! Nothing better than reality tv & not actually cooking dinner after work! Hope you have a great weekend lady!

    • Reality tv is perfect for winding down after a day in the office! Plus I just love the drama haha

  • Eating popcorn for dinner is such a guilty pleasure of mine, too!! Twinsies!!

    xx Leah /

    • I’m so glad that I’m not the only one!!

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    Haha, love the cooking show one! I love watching too much TV too!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

    • I just like to pretend that I’m a famous Cooking Network star haha!

  • ALL of these! Especially the popcorn for dinner and the reality tv.

    • Popcorn for dinner is just so much fun since I’m technically an adult and can make my own decisions (I actually do eat lots of veggies though lately haha)!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Amazing post! Thanks for sharing doll. Have a fabulous weekend!
    Much love, Len

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    Love this post, Courtney! I totally agree, we should never feel “guilty” for making ourselves happy. Life is too short to be anything but happy. p.s. I love taking pics out the window too 😉

    Edye //

    • I love how you put it and I totally agree with you! If it makes you happy, do more of it and don’t hide it from others!!

  • C A M I

    Eating popcorn at night is definitely my guilty pleasure and reality Tv shows are just the best thing ever!

    My Vogue Style |

    • Reality tv is my favorite, especially the Real Housewives!

  • Staying in pyjamas at the weekend until way too late!

    • I’m totally guilty of doing that too!! I just love an excuse to wear my cute pajamas!

  • I love that you do your own cooking show too!! And omg doing your own imaginary makeup tutorial sounds like so much fun!

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