When Gilmore Girls – everyone’s favourite fast-talking, coffee-guzzling, soul-soothing mother/daughter lovefest – announced that it would be returning to our screens with a Netflix reunion series, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, there was an implicit challenge: to watch all seven seasons before the new one was released.

It’s been a tough and gruelling few months, as we and everyone we know tried to binge (or re-binge) the previous seven seasons before November 25th. It warmed our hearts, then broke our hearts, then warmed them all over again. There were hilarious moments, nail-biting moments, and moments where a rogue spoiler made us want to throw our pumpkin spice lattes at the wall (it’s ok Lily, I forgive you – Lauren).  

But that day is finally here, so for those of your who made it to the end of the series in time: congratulations!

For those of you who didn’t: fear not, we’ve put together a summary of all 153 episodes distilled into 700 words. Kind of. 

WARNING: what follows is basically one giant spoiler. If you don’t want to be spoiled, scroll no further.

Got that? On your marks, get set, GO!

This is Stars Hollow

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This is the small town in Connecticut where all the magic takes place. There’s a town square, a town troubadour, people get dragged out of bed in the middle of the night for town meetings, and there’s even a town fundraiser where everyone just sits in the square and knits. If you’ve never yearned to live in a tiny town where everyone knows your business before, you will now.

This is Lorelai Gilmore

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This is Lorelai Gilmore. She really likes coffee. She also likes junk food, sarcasm and winding up her mother, Emily, with whom she fell out when she got pregnant at 16 with her daughter, Rory. Lorelai and Rory, meanwhile, have the mother-daughter ‘best friend’ relationship everyone dreams of. They make each other laugh, they binge watch terrible films together and they eat medically inadvisable quantities of pizza and pop tarts.

This is Rory Gilmore

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This is also Lorelai Gilmore, but she goes by Rory. Yes, Lorelai named her daughter after herself because she’s awesome.

Rory is crazy smart. She got a scholarship to a fancy private school and ended up going to Yale University before getting a job working on Obama’s campaign (NBD). Rory is adored by pretty much everyone; her mum thinks she’s an angel, her grandparents tried to donate a building to Yale in her honour, boys fall at her feet and the town of Stars Hollow made her their poster girl Ice Cream Queen. Let’s be real, there’s no greater honour than that.

These are Emily and Richard Gilmore

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These are Lorelai’s parents. They are mega-posh. We’re talking: they have a MAID posh. But with their mega-poshness comes their tendency to disapprove of everything Lorelai does, from being a teen mom to loving a man who drives a truck to making too many jokes over the foie gras.

Sadly actor Edward Herrmann passed away two years ago (the trailer leads us to believe there will be a tribute to him – all the feels), but Emily Gilmore will be there, in all her sassy glory, organising lunches and cocktail parties and rocking a pant suit better than anyone since Hillary Clinton.

This is Luke Danes

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Luke. Oh Luke. Luke’s like those viral videos you see of bears that initially seem kinda grumpy and cross, but then do something super sweet and give you an overwhelming urge to reach through the screen and hug them.

He and Lorelai have your classic TV will-they-won’t-they relationship. Finally, after five seasons of *agonising*, they eventually started dating (yay!) and got engaged (double yay!) then lived happily ever after. Lol jks. Actually, Luke’s 12-year-old daughter appeared out of the blue, put a spanner in the works and Luke and Lorelai broke up (negative yays). But, the very end of the show saw them snogging in street – and the trailer for the reunion leads us to hope for more Luklai (this isn’t a thing, but let’s make it a thing) worked their differences out.

This is Christopher Haden

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Christopher is Rory’s absurdly handsome dad. He and Lorelai have more chemistry than your GCSE science textbook, but never quite seem to make it work. They were on-again-off-again throughout the series until they got married on a whim in Paris (plot twist!) after Luke and Lorelai broke off their engagement. Then they split up when Lorelai realised the reality of their relationship wasn’t quite as good as the version she had in her head. Damn reality.

This is Sookie St. James

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Sookie is Lorelai’s BFF, after Rory. She’s an incredible chef who co-owns The Dragonfly Inn with Lorelai (friendship goals). She’s your basic role model for clumsy, adorable sidekicks the world over. I mean, look at her dimples. Just look at them. She’s married to Jackson, who is her vegetable supplier (yep, that’s as cute as it sounds) and they have – eventually – three kids together.

This is Dean Forester

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Dean is Rory’s first love. They went to drive-in movies, they made out a lot, he built her a car WITH HIS BARE HANDS. Everything was perfect, until…

This is Jess Mariano

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Jess is the boy all parents fear. He wears a leather jacket. And a cuff. Look at the cuff. He reads intense philosophy books and has a lot of Deep Thoughts. He and Rory never so much broke up as Jess just disappeared, riding into the sunset on a horse (okay, I made up the bit about the horse).

This is Logan Huntzberger

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Rory meets Logan at Yale. Initially, she hates him, because let’s be honest, he’s a pretty hateable guy. He’s very blonde and very rich and is a member of a rich-people society called The Life and Death Brigade (seriously). Despite all this, she ends up falling in love with him and goes through a really rebellious phase where she gets arrested for stealing a yacht, drops out of Yale and moves in with her grandparents. It’s all very un-Rory. In the final season, Logan proposed to her in front of all her friends and family, which was pretty presumptuous of him. And awkward when she said no.

This is Lane Kim

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Lane is Rory’s BFF. When she and Rory were teenagers, she’d hide her rock ‘n’ roll love tendencies from her super strict Korean mother (FYI watching in 2016, this whole subplot seems slightly racist). She eventually falls in love with and marries her bandmate Zack, and gets pregnant with twins on their honeymoon (people in Stars Hollow are apparently rabbit-level fertile, and their sex ed classes really suck).

This is Paris Geller

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Rory’s rival-turned-roommate-and-friend, and also possibly the most intense woman in the world. She will almost certainly be President of the United States at some point. She also shares a surname with Monica and Ross from Friends, and we like to believe that somewhere in an alternative TV universe, they’re cousins.

So… what next?

There’s only one way to find out what happens in 2016 Stars Hollow, and that’s to watch it and see. But we’ve had a bash at our own predictions anyway, because it felt like the kind of thing Lorelai would do.

“The series will end with Rory giving birth to a daughter, who she also calls Lorelai.”

“Taylor and Miss Patty will elope and open a classical dance studio together, where they only teach dances that wouldn’t look out of place in Pride and Prejudice.”

Paris will be more successful than Rory. Rory’s cutesy Pollyanna act might have beat Paris in Chilton, but this is the real world, and in the real world, women like Paris run the Pentagon and women like Rory eat Pop Tarts with their mothers.”

“Dean will be back with Lindsay and will have voted Trump.”

Kirk is the social media manager for every small business in Stars Hollow now.”

“Emily Gilmore will have her grieving period over Richard, then become utterly FABulous.”

Lane will have split up with Zach years ago, and now has a pretty-popular-quite-respected art rock band in Boston. I don’t care what happens to the twins.”

“Mrs. Kim will run a Christian-themed 6:30am exercise bootcamp class in the square.”

“Jess will spend most of his time on Twitter, sliding into the DMs of women in their early 20s.”

So, there we go. Now you’re all caught up, you’re ready to watch the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Let the witty banter soothe your soul and bring a glimmer of happiness to 2016.

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It’s Friday, which means that school is almost done for another week and a weekend full of hot chocolates, duvet hibernation and watching cute cat videos on YouTube awaits.

But to keep you going in the meantime, here’s our weekly round-up of everything we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week.

Give these women a medal! Oh, they did.

President Obama awarded 21 Medals of Freedom this week. The medals are a BIG DEAL, basically the American equivalent of being knighted. One of the people to receive a medal was Margaret Hamilton, the lead software developer for the 1969 NASA Apollo lunar modules and command modules. You’re looking at the lady who put astronauts on the moon, at a time when most women were still expected to be housewives.

Margaret, we salute you and your kick ass-ery.

Another very special lady received a Medal of Freedom this week: the hilarious all-dancing LGBT ambassador Ellen Degeneres. As the President noted, because of Ellen’s extraordinary success it’s easy to forget the enormous risks she’s taken – coming out as a lesbian in 1997, her career suffered and the show she was starring in was cancelled. But thanks to role models like her, LGBT rights have come on a long way in the last 20 years and nothing will warm your heart like watching a tearful Obama embrace a tearful Ellen. You guys.

Read, steady, SHOP!

It’s Black Friday, which means that there are sale everywhere. Topshop, Boots, New Look and ASOS are among the brands that will be taking part. The Guardian has rounded up of the best sales going, in case you want to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping…. or your ‘I really deserve a new jumper’ shopping.

Wake up and smell the coffee, Gilmore Girls is BACK! 

After month of waiting, it’s finally here! The Gilmore Girls reunion is on Netflix now. Today. It’s right there waiting for you, shiny and new as Emily’s soup tureen.

And if you haven’t managed to watch all seven seasons, don’t worry, we’ve put together a cheat sheet with all the key characters and plot points. What are you waiting for? Altogether now! “If you’re out on the roooad… feeling lonesome and so cooold…”.

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Big news: you could win VIP Little Mix tix

We’re giving away two VIP tickets (plus one for a cool parent) to see Little Mix at the O2 in London. All you have to do to enter is post a video or photo on Instagram, telling us what you’re wishing for – or you can just leave a comment underneath our Instagram post. Remember you have to follow and tag @bettycollective to be eligible. Hurry, the competition closes December 2nd!

We met Jennifer Niven

This week we met Jennifer Niven, New York Times Bestselling author of All The Bright Places – which bagged a spot in Zoella’s bookclub and is now being made into a movie starring Elle Fanning as the main character, Violet. She’s now back with a new book called, Holding Up The Universe, which she told us all about when she came to visit our new betty studio. And she was delightful. We heart you, Jennifer.

Keep your eyes peeled for the interview!

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Have a fab weekend, see you Monday! x

It’s been a big week for our screens, both big and small; Bake Off is over, PLL has called a wrap, Instagram has introduced an awesome new mental health feature and the Gilmore Girls returned for a blissful 2:28 minutes.

Here’s our weekly round-up of everything we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week.

GBBO desserted us 

On Wednesday night, 14 million people tuned in to watch the Last Ever Bake Off As We Know It (yes, that deserves capitalisation). Somehow the Great British Bake Off managed to out-British itself, with an entire episode devoted to the royal family (who we can only assume were huddled around their TVs, rooting for Candice along with the rest of us).

Fare thee well, Bake Off – it’s been a tremendous reign. Long live her memory, and long live Mel and Sue’s soggy bottoms.

Instagram gets serious about mental health

This week Instagram started rolling out a new tool that lets its users anonymously flag friends’ posts about self-harm. Instagram will then send a message saying: “Someone saw one of your posts and thinks you might be going through a difficult time. If you need support, we’d like to help.” Your friend can then ignore the post or click through to see a list of support options, including a suggestion to call or message a friend, access more general tips or contact a help line. Insta, nice to know you’ve got our backs.

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Women of Iceland melt our hearts

The Northern Lights. Björk. Thermal baths. Iceland seems to have a pretty good gig. But according to a New York Times report, women in Iceland are still paid 14-18% less than men. In a genius move, on Monday at 2:38 p.m., with 14% of the workday left (during which they essentially work for free), women all over the capital city of Reykjavik walked out of work and took to the street in protest.

In the UK the gender pay gap hovers at around 20%, so we should be walking out a little after lunch…?

That’s a wrap: PLL had its last ever day of filming 

This week, our Instagram feed has been overflowing with the cast of Pretty Little Liars paying tribute to the show and each other. But none of them are quite as emotional as Patrick Adams’ tribute to his fiancée Troian Bellisario. We dare you to not tear up reading it.

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Our world collided with Rainbow Rowell and Leigh Bardugo

Who wouldn’t love to work with their BFF? You get to hang out all the time AND get paid for it. Rainbow Rowell (author of Fangirl, Eleanor & Park) and her BFF, Leigh Bardugo (who wrote the Grisha Trilogy) have done exactly that with their ‘Worlds Collide’ tour. For the Mancunians out there, the final stop of their tour is heading your way tonight! You can grab your tickets here.

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Gilmore Girls dropped a new trailer

Look, we know you’ve probably seen it but if, by chance, you’ve been somewhere on half term that doesn’t have the internet or if you’ve been living under what we would only assume was a very cosy rock, the Gilmore Girls trailer is here. And. It. Is. Magnificent.

All our old favourites make an appearance and we have so many questions! Why is there a teacup pig? Is it a replacement Paul Anka? Lorlei and Luke aren’t wearing wedding rings? Will Rory really end up with Dean (aka ideal first boyfriend, but maybe not the ideal forever guy), Jess (aka a douchebag made slightly less douchebagy by the fact he reads a lot) or Logan (aka rich douchebag)? We’ll find out on November 25th! Christmas comes early.

Happy weekend you lot!

First things first, this is a weird Friday. Half the country is mourning the end of half-term while the other half is celebrating the beginning of theirs. But wherever you are in this half-term limbo, you deserve distractions – so here’s a round-up of all the things we’ve been reading, watching and doing this week…

Simone Biles continues to be awesome

It’s been a pretty awesome year for Simone Biles. She won four gold medals and one bronze medal in the Olympics and became everyone’s imaginary BFF. She met the cast of Pretty Little Liars. She met Zac Efron. And now, she can add ‘star of a music video’ to her CV with this cameo in Jake Miller’s Overnight. We’ve got it on repeat.

Covergirl announces its first ever male spokesmodel

James Charles made history this week when the 17-year-old was announced as the face of Covergirl’s latest mascara, ‘So Lashy!’ The brand’s first ever male spokesmodel, James found viral fame earlier this year when he defied the laws of the universe by looking spectacular in his school photo. Not fair.

Psst… Cover Girl, if you’re looking to find a male model in the UK, can we suggest Bake Off’s latest bootee? “Selasi in So Lashy!” has such a great ring to it.

Zoella’s New Book Club Picks 

Zoella announced her second round of bookclub picks this week, and there are some pretty awesome choices on there. Our favourites are ‘Finding Audrey,’ by Sophie Kinsella and ‘I Was Here’ by Gayle Forman. You can buy the books here (or make a beeline for your local library), and let us know which is your favourite on Twitter at @bettycollective.

LGBT students face discrimination and bullying in high school 

new report from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has been released that reveals that students in middle and high school in the US still experience more bullying and are more likely to skip school or drop out than their straight, cisgender peers.  There have been huge advancements made in the LGBT community in the last decade, but it seems there is still a lot of work left to do. Let’s look out for each other, shall we?

The tampon tax is seriously sketchy

The tampon tax is based on the ridiculous premise that tampons are a ‘luxury item,’ like they’re designed by Gucci or diamond encrusted. Why Hide It released this illustration explaining which countries still have tampon taxes. The premise is pretty simple; the bloodier the tampon, the bigger the tax. South Africans fare the worst, with over a 50% tax while the UK is the towards the end of the list with a 5% tax. But no matter what the tax rate, we say it’s bloody ridiculous.

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Hijabs for all skintones

A 22-year-old designer and blogger from Birmingham, Habiba Da Silva, has launched a hijab fashion line, ‘Skin,’ that aims to provide ‘nude’ scarves for women and men of all races. Da Silva says she wanted to break the norm of companies catering to Muslim women but only using light-skin models. The hijabs are £20 online – but the idea has been so popular that they’re currently out of stock.

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Nintendo Switch is coming!

This week, Nintendo announced their new console. It’s called Nintendo Switch, and it puts the best bits of the Nintendo DS (being able to take it with you wherever you go) with the best bits of the Wii (being able to take up the whole living room in order to play on a beautiful big screen, and being able to play with your friends).

The trailer showed people playing Mario Kart, a new Zelda game, Splatoon, a basketball game and what looks like an entirely new Super Mario game! It’s set to launch in March 2017, so there’s only four months to go before the entire betty team spends a solid fortnight playing Mario Kart rather than writing.

The Rory Gilmore reading challenge 

Everyone at betty is obsessively binge-watching the Gilmore Girls in preparation for the release of the four NEW episodes on November 25th (yes, it’s engraved in our diaries) – so we raced through this awesome quiz that compiles all the books Rory reads over the course of the series and lets you tick off the ones you’ve read too. Out of the betty team Lauren had read the most, with a whopping 54 of the books! Maybe we should be closing our Netflix and opening up some Dickens…

Happy weekend – enjoy the start/end of your half term!

From the best and worst places to be a girl in the country, to social media lies and the real life Gilmore Girls, here’s what we’ve been doing, loving and obsessing over this week…

Hillary Clinton has pneumonia

In case you missed it, the US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton collapsed on Tuesday after attending a 9/11 memorial event. The Democrat candidate later revealed she was suffering from pneumonia which isn’t ideal timing considering, you know, she’s running for President and all. Obviously, Trumpy fans took the opportunity to suggest she isn’t up to the job – but Hillz’ doctor later pronounced her totally fit to be Prez.

In other news, Donald Trump remains fully Donald Trump. Sigh.

We may have found the real-life Gilmore Girls

If you’ve worked your way through all seven seasons of the Gilmore Girls and are anxiously awaiting their return triumphant return to Netflix, we’ve found something that might cure some of your cravings.

A 13 year old girl was sent on a mission to find sanitary products by her mum. The ensuing text exchange, which her mum screen-shotted and uploaded to Facebook, makes Lorelai and Rory’s quick-fire banter look practically boring by comparison. Our favourite quote: “VAGINAS ARE MYTHS WHISPERED QUIETLY IN SECRET AMONG ONLY THE BRAVEST OF MEN, COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO EVEN MENTION THE NAME”.

Mothers really do know best.

The results are in – and it’s not looking good for girls in Middlesbrough

A report published by Plan International UK and the University of Hull earlier this week outlined the quality of life for girls all over the country. They compared five factors – childhood poverty levels, life expectancy, teenage conception rates, GCSE results and percentage of girls under 18 not in employment – to conclude that life is worst for girls growing up in Middlesbrough.

Turns out the best place to be a girl in the country is Waverley. So guess we’re all moving to… (ok, we had to look it up) Surrey.

Community announcement: don’t believe everything you hear 

In her latest video, YouTuber Nikisha Brunson made the bizarre claim that bras give you breast cancer. To anyone who saw this and wondering if there’s any truth to her video, we can confirm that this could not be less true. Even actual Breast Cancer charities are trying to bust this myth.

Also, while we’re at it, there is zero evidence that spray on deodorant gives you breast cancer, either. So bra up and spray away – or don’t, it’s up to you.

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Ready, steady, break off: Mel and Sue are dessert-ing Channel 4’s Bake Off

In the news that shocked the nation, GBBO has broken up with the BBC and immediately confirmed that they’re going to start dating Channel 4 instead. What does this mean for all us baking enthusiasts? It means we have to say goodbye to Mel and Sue, and hello to ad breaks. NOT COOL.

(Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

The tee we’re lusting after

Support your local girl gang! Ne’er have truer words been spoken Pull & Bear.

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Support your local girl gang tee, Pull & Bear, £12.99

I-I-I-do! Anna Camp and Skylar Astin got hitched!

Last Saturday, Pitch Perfect’s Anna Camp (AKA Aubrey) and Skylar Astin (Jesse) tied the knot for realsies, and loads of their note-perfect co-stars were in the audience. It was aca-amazing wedding and the photos are so dreamy they might just make you tear up.

Talk about a harmonious couple.