Anybody else out there watching The Good Place?  Very funny (and sweet, and enlightening, and thought-provoking) half-hour sitcom starring Kristen Bell as Eleanor, a woman who, upon her completely ignoble death – flattened by a boner pill truck while bending down to retrieve an errant bottle of Lonely Gal Margarita Mix that had rolled out of her shopping cart – is sent to The Good Place, a heaven-ish type neighbourhood filled with nothing but pleasant people, pleasant surroundings and pleasant, pleasant pleasantness, instead of The Bad Place, where she most likely belongs.  Because Eleanor in life was kind of a dick, although her time in The Good Place really begins to bring her around.

Anyhow, tangent there, because this manicure has nothing to do with Eleanor, but rather Eleanor’s gorgeous glamazon of a next door neighbour, British socialite and It Girl Tahani Al-Jamil (played by actress Jameela Jamil, who I’ve never seen in anything before, and I simply don’t know how, because she’s just fantastic.)

Tahani actually begins The Good Place as Eleanor’s nemesis, a smothering and seemingly insincere neighbour who makes everybody’s business her business and name-drops more often than she blinks.  But Tahani’s also deeply insecure, and all the mentions in the world – that time she brokered a peace accord between her friend Kanye, her good friend Taylor and her best friend Beyonce, the year she spent as Baz Luhrmann’s muse, the $60 billion she raised for charity – can’t compensate for a lifetime of emotional cruelty from her cold socialite parents.  But lord, does Tahani try.  Tries Eleanor’s patience, for one, although it quickly becomes clear that Tahani is the real deal – a genuinely good (if occasionally insufferable) person who lives – and lived – to help others.  And hey, if she could snog Ryan Gosling at the Met Ball while she was doing that – twice – then so much the better!  It’s hard to stay mad at that, and by the end of the first season (second season coming soon!) Tahani and Eleanor consider themselves friends.

One of my favourite things about Tahani, though, is her gigantic, enviable wardrobe of flouncy and floral – girlfriend wears an honest to goodness Belle dress to a first-night gathering in The Good Place, hosted by her, of course, because ain’t no party like a Tahani Al-Jamil party!  She’s quite the fashion plate (although she laments that her modelling career was so regrettably short-lived; seems her bosom was simply too ample for couture, the poor dear.)

These nails depict one of the many, many, many floral dresses Tahani wears on her adventures about The Good Place, a dusky blue number she pairs with a floppy, wide-brimmed hat, afternoon gloves and a picnic basket (stuffed with morale-boosting maple butter scones she passes out to the other residents following a bit of neighbourhood strife.)

Anyhow, big recommendation on The Good Place.  It also stars Ted Danson, and another group of fabulous unknowns – William Jackson Harper, D’Arcy Carden and Manny Jacinto among them, and they’re all freaking hilarious (particularly D’Arcy Carden, who plays Janet, a Siri/Alexa-like informational assistant in The Good Place.)  Trust me, just watch it – it’s great. 🙂

8 thoughts on “#TahaniTime

  1. Gorgeous manicure and this show sounds fabulous! I will have to check it out soon. But can I tel you how many times I re-read maple butter scones simply so I could fantasize about a maple butter scone. How would it taste? Would it melt in my mouth? Good Gosh I need some sweet bakery carbs. But I won’t have them. Nope. Not today Satan. Off to stuff some cantaloup in my gullet.

    • It’s so great; I love it. And the costuming IS pretty fantastic.

      Satan comes bearing maple butter scones, does he? Well, it makes sense they’d be darn scrumptious-sounding – like he’d come around with sub-standard pastries. Ain’t nobody going to sign up for hell over a dry scone. Or cantaloupe (I’m sorry it didn’t magically turn into calorie-free scones on your plate; if we could figure out a way to make that happen, that would be pretty outstanding.)

  2. This design holds a 1940s era vibe that I adore, my favorite period of US History, especially style-wise. The floral is almost kitschy but elegant, makes me happy:) Don’t know if I could get on board with that show however, I remember scoffing at the preview ads and rolling my eyes at the premise. This is certainly a ringing endorsement though. Are there any tortured soul types? I always root for that character, or the angsty ones.
    I do love your tv inspiration, I have tried to link tv shows with scent reviews in the past, but it didn’t quite translate, could have been my angsty, everyone’s a double-crossing spy period drama choice in Turn:Washington’s Spies, lol!
    This is a contender for my FC top ten;)

    • Hey, I’m glad you like these so much – I like them, too, although I get a china vase kind of vibe off of them. It’s funny you say 1940s, though, because the dress the character wears is ’40s in silhouette.

      The Good Place is really not schmaltzy, and there’s a lot of dark, dark humour there. It sounds a bit stupid and preposterous, but it has a lot of interesting things to say about differing world cultures, religious tolerance and morality. You know, real lightweight issues! It’s also funny as heck. Don’t want to oversell it too much in case you do check it out and loathe it (now when has that happened before – ahem, Virgin Suicides, ahem! – but it’s a good one, quirky without being obnoxious. But tortured soul types? Of a sort. No Heathcliffs, though.

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