Thursday, 31 May 2018

April & May Favorites

I have always wanted to do a «monthly favorites» type of post on this blog, but I kept putting it off some reason or the other until this year. I will be doing one of these every month (or every two months) and I will include literally everything that I have loved or that has made me happy during that time, be it a film, a song, a book, a TV show or even an item of clothing. These are my April and May favorites.

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Favorite film: The Age of Adaline (2015)
For those who have never seen it, The Age of Adaline is about a woman named Adaline Bowman (beautifully played by Blake Lively) who stops aging after an accident in 1937, at the age of 29. After years of loneliness, she meets a dashing philanthropist named Ellis Jones (played by Michiel Huisman), who complicates the eternal life she has settled into. The supporting cast includes Harrison Ford, who plays Ellis's father and Adaline's former lover, and Ellen Burstyn, who plays Adaline's daughter. I loved this film so much that as soon as finished watching it, I wanted to watch it again. Blake Lively is stunning as Adaline and Michiel Huisman is simply perfect as her love interest.


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Favorite album: AMERICA by 30 Seconds to Mars
30 Seconds to Mars have been one of my favorite bands ever since I heard «From Yesterday» for the first time when I was 17 years old. I have loved every single album that they have made and the new one is not an exception. It is absolutely brilliant and I listened to it pretty much non-stop all throughout April. I love that Shannon got to sing a song («Remedy») on the album. I never knew he could sing.


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Favorite song: «Great Wide Open» by 30 Seconds to Mars
Naturally, my favorite song this month is a song by 30 Seconds to Mars: «Great Wide Open». It is my favorite song out of their new album and one of my favorite by them ever. It has a very anthem-like feeling to it and I cannot wait to hear it live in September (which is when I am going to see them live in concert for the sixth time).


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Favorite TV show: Grey's Anatomy
I started watching Grey's Anatomy when it premiered back in 2005, but for some reason I stopped watching it after season seven. But I couple of weeks ago I decided that it was about time that I started watching it again. So I did, and I am completely obsessed it with right now. I had forgotten how good it actually is!
 

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Favorite random item #1: These plimsolls by Stradivarius 
They are glittery shoes. How can you not love them? They are super comfortable, too. 

 
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Favorite random item #2: Tom Holland performing 
«Umbrella» on Lip Sync Battle
Tom Holland appeared on Lip Sync Battle about a year ago, but I only found out about it  a few weeks ago. Let's just say I was shook. I mean, seriously! Is there anything that kid cannot do? I am not going to lie, I have watch it more times than I probably should, but I regret nothing.
 

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And that is it. These are all the things that I have loved throughout April and May.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

February & March Favorites

I have always wanted to do a «monthly favorites» type of post on this blog, but I kept putting it off some reason or the other until this year. I will be doing one of these every month (or every two months) and I will include literally everything that I have loved or that has made me happy during that time, be it a film, a song, a book, a TV show or even an item of clothing. These are my February and March favorites. (I know it is April, but life has been busy, so I apologize for being late.)
 
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Favorite film: From the Land of the Moon (2016)
For those who have not heard of it, From the Land of the Moon is a French film (originally titled Mal de Pierres) starring Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel and Àlex Brendemühl. It is post-WWII drama about a woman (Cotillard) who enters a marriage of convenience to a man (Brendemühl) who had shown kindness to her family during the war. Constantly sick, she goes to a spa to recover and falls in love with a veteran (Garrel) she meets there. After they part, she considers whether to build a family with the man who loves her or re-kindle the lost bond with the man she loved while briefly away from home. BUT — there is a twist, which I was not expecting AT ALL, that alters everything. This is without a doubt one of the best films I have ever seen and I totally recommend you watch it. Marion Cotillard is an absolute goddess and as for Louis Garrel... well, I think I have found myself a new actor to stalk.

 
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Favorite TV show: La Casa de Papel [Money Heist] (2017)
The world has been taken over by a little Spanish TV show called La Casa de Papel and so have I. If you have never heard of it (which if you haven't, shame on you), the show follows a gang of eight people who are recruited by a mysterious man named El Professor («The Professor») to carry out the biggest heist ever: enter the Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre (the Royal Mint of Spain) and print 2.4 billion euros. In order to do this they need eleven days of seclusion inside the building, during which they have to deal with 67 hostages and the elite forces of the police. In between, members of the gang disregard the Professor's orders and make a mess, others fall in love with hostages, and even the Professor finds himself in a trick position after he falls in love the police investigator who is handling the case. So yeah, La Casa de Papel. Go watch it. Now. It is on Netflix under the title Money Heist.

  

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Favorite song: «Come Under the Covers» by Walk the Moon   
and «Everglow» by Coldplay
Throughout February and March, there were two songs that I listened pretty much non-stop: «Come Under the Covers» by Walk the Moon and «Everglow» by Coldplay. They are very different songs, but equally as good.

 
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Favorite album: American Teen by Khalid
Khalid does not exactly make the kind of music I usually listen to, but I really liked his song «Young, Dumb & Broke», I thought I would give his album a try. And as it turned out, I genuinely loved it. Besides «Young, Dumb & Broke, my favorite song on the album is «American Teen

 
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And this is it. These are the things that I have love throughout February and March.
Did I interest you in any of them?

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Top 10 Favorite Best Actress Gowns

As part of my Oscar-related articles, today I bring you my top 10 favorite gowns worn by Best Actress winners from 1929 up until 2017. Be prepared to see a lot of white/nude dresses.

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#10: Sally Field (1980) | Dress by Bob Mackie
Won the Oscar for playing Norma Rae Webster in Norma Rae (1979)

This dress is kind of the «odd-one-out» of all the gowns in this list. It is definitely not as fancy or embellished as all the others, but I genuinely love it. The floral tulle blouse/bolero adds a beautiful finishing touch. And since it was the 1980s, she had glorious big hair to go with it.


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#9: Olivia de Havilland (1950) | Dress by Unknown
Won the Oscar for playing Catherine Sloper in The Heiress (1949)

This dress is so pretty! I love the floral black and white appliqués and the lace detailing on the sleeves. I am not too keen on the gloves, but it was the 1950s so of course there had to be gloves.


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#8: Julianne Moore (2015) | Dress by Chanel
Won the Oscar for playing Alice Daly Howland in Still Alice (2014)

I do not think Julianne Moore deserved the Oscar (Rosamund Pike should have won it), but her dress was lovely. It is kind of an updated version of Olivia's dress. She accessorized with Chopard jewels.


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#7: Kate Winslet (2009) | Dress by Yves Saint Laurent
Won the Oscar for playing Hanna Schmitz in The Reader (2008)

I am not usually a massive fan of one-shoulder dresses, but this one I really like. I love the color and the black lace detailing down the side. She complemented her look with Chopard jewelry.


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#6: Jennifer Lawrence (2013) | Dress by Christian Dior
Won the Oscar for playing Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

This dress may not have been the most comfortable to walk in, but she looked stunning in it. Fun fact: this gown was inspired by a design Christian Dior created for Jackie Kennedy Onassis in 1967.


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#5: Brie Larson (2016) | Dress by Gucci
Won the Oscar for playing Joy Newsome in Room (2015)

Some people were quite underwhelmed by this gown, but I loved it. I adore the color of it and the embellished belt is a lovely addition to the whole look. The only thing that I am not really a fan of is the hairdo, but she looked beautiful anyway. She wore Aquazzura shoes and Neil Lane jewelry.


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#4: Audrey Hepburn (1954) | Dress by Hubert Givenchy
Won the Oscar for playing Princess Ann in Roman Holiday (1953)

This is definitely one of the most iconic dress of all time. I absolutely loved it! It is elegant, classy and completely timeless. Audrey Hepburn's pixie cut and radiant smile complement it beautifully.


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#3: Marion Cotillard (2008) | Dress by Jean Paul Gaultier
Won the Oscar for playing Édith Piaf La Vie en Rose (2007)

This dress is simply gorgeous and it suited Marion Cotillard perfectly. She looked like a mermaid. Like Julianne Moore and Kate Winslet, she accessorized with Chopard jewelry.


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#2: Reese Witherspoon (2006) | Dress by Christian Dior
Won for playing June Carter Cash in Walk the Line (2005)

This gown is just beautiful and she looked lovely in it. It is a genuine 1955 vintage Christian Dior gown that she apparently found herself in a boutique in Paris.


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#1: Cate Blanchett (2014) | Dress by Armani Privé
Won the Oscar for playing Jeanette «Jasmine» Francis in Blue Jasmine (2013)

Cate Blanchett is always the definition of elegance at every award show, but this particular gown is absolutely stunning. She looked ethereal. She also complemented her look with Chopard jewels.


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And that is it. These are my top 10 favorite Oscar-winning gowns.
Were you surprised by some of my choices? Did I pick any of your favorites?