Monday, February 19, 2018

👗Meghan Markle vs Bee Shaffer

It's been a while since the last time Burberry was on #WWIB and today's contestants are two ladies who are both brides to be, as Meghan is about to marry Prince Harry on May, this year, while Bee is to be engaged with Francesco Carrozzini, son of late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani.
This Burberry blue and green plaid coat from the label's Spring 2018 collection made his first appearance on American actress Meghan Markle first, while she and her fiancèe Prince Harry where visiting Edinburgh, earlierl last week. She was so elegant and smartly opted for a tartan pattern for her first visit in Scotland. She kept the underneath look very simple with black Veronica Beard high waist trousers and matching black Wolford turtle neck sweater. 
A couple of days later, during London Fashion Week, it was Bee Shaffer who showed up with the same coat, while attending with her mother (Anna Wintour) the Burberry fashion show.
She opted for black skinny jeans, same colour for the high platform sandals and a sandy plaid scarf.

Who do you think wore it better?
Meghan Markle or Bee Shaffer?

Ph: &

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

🗾 What to visit: Nezu Shrine in Bunkyō, Tokyo

Among the lots of things Japan is famous for, we can put temples and shrines in the top 3. The main difference between the two is this: the shrines are places were you worship Shinto gods and deities, temples are for Buddists.
Today I wanted to talk about Nezu Shrine, in Bunkyō ward, near the more famous Ueno Park.
This shrine is probably an hidden gem not many people know about, or they decide to skip it in order to visit much bigger shrines....NOT.A.SMART.IDEA!
The area around the actual shrine is very calm and quite and the beside the shrine, the best feature are the dozens red torii gates, just on the right side of one the entrances!
You can walk through them for their entire path and enjoy an upper view of the shrine...
It was amazing just like this now that's still winter, just imagine how beautiful would it be during springtime with all the cherry blossoming!!
Nezu  Shrine is also a spectacular work of architecture and it has all the things you can find in a bigger shrine: omikuji, which are paper strips with a soothsaying written on them...if it's good you get to keep it in order to make it true, if it's bad you have to tie it up on a bar in the shrine to leave the bad luck there.
You can buy EMA (wooden boards where you write your wishes and hang them in the shrine, but you can take them at home as souvenirs as well), omamori (good luck amules in different shapes, the most common is the sachet one) and there's the opportunity to have your Goshuin notebook signed (a stamp book where you can collect all the shrines and temple signatures).
Nezu Shrine's EMA - how cute is it!!

What I liked the most about my visit were there have been the quiet I found and the fact that there was almost no one, so it felt like a private sighseeing.
I highly reccomend you visit this place, it's just 5 minutes walk from Todai-Mae Station and from here you can head to Ueno Park, the best park to go to during the cherry blossom period.
Nezu Shrine's stamp and omamori (this white one is for good luck in your studies)

Ph: all pictures taken by me!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

👗Mandy Moore vs Goya Toledo

I'd never thought I'd be seeing this black&white layer dress worn twice, and yet...
Today's designer is Venezuelan born (American naturalized) Carolina Herrera and her Resort 2018 gown is for sure an eye-catching piece!
The dress made its first appearance last September, during the 2017 Emmy Awards, on "This is Us" actress Mandy Moore. The meringue effect was behind the corner with this kind of layering, but Mandy pulled it off with a classic and wavy chignon and tiny simple jewelry pieces.
Earlier this February, Spanish actress Goya Toledo hit the 2018 Goya Awards (in Madrid) in the same dress. She opted for a loose wavy hairstyle and statement earrings, which added a more spontaneous vibe to iy.

Who do you think wore it better?
Mandy Moore or Goya Toledo? 


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

👗Emmy Rossum vs Beth Behrs

Beth Behrs must love Self-Portrait a lot: last time she was seen here on #WWIB it was with the same label's jumpsuit (if you need a refresh, click HERE). Today's Self-Portrait black jumpsuit with lace insert is super sexy, definitely eye-catching and I think that's the reason why it has been worn by these two young ladies within 24 hours difference.
Actress Emmy Rossum has been the first to wear it, on January 31st, at "The Minefield Girl" audio visual book lauch. She styled her hair up and completed the look with an intense smokey-eyes make up.
The very next day, "Broke Girl" former actress Beth Behrs wore the same outfit at "The Female Brain" premiere. She hit the red carpet in high platform red leather pumps by Charlotte Olympia and had her hair styled into a fun, long messy braid. Completed everything with a light-blue nail polish and her signature bright smile.

Who do you think wore it better?
Emmy Rossum or Beth Behrs?

Ph: &

Saturday, February 3, 2018

🍵Ranma ½ Guest Cafè in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

If you follow me on Istagram, you have probably noticed I'm currently in Japan!! Right now I am based in Yokohama, which is 20 minutes by subway from Tokyo, but I plan to take some trips all around this fascinating country; I can't wait!!
Today I was in Ikebukuro area, which is filled with shopping malls and every kind of shop you can imagine and/or ask for. One thing I promised myself to try when in Japan was a themed restaurant/cafè and I found out that Guest Cafe was hosting a "Ranma ½" themed cafè and diner so I went there and tried it for lunch.
I thought it would have been difficult to find the place, since Ikebukuro is such a huge station and the only thing I knew was that I had to take the East exit...problem that easily solved because there are signs INSIDE the station that will lead you to the Parco shopping mall, by taking the underground road. Simple as that, you just have to pop in an elevator and go to the 7th floor.
Ranma ½ has been a very popular manga and then anime in the 90ies and is actually one of the few I remember and liked, the characters were so hilarious and their adventure tragicomic! 
So here's what I ordered:

Akane's training curry - it's rice with a spicy curry and stuffed vegetables. They also give you two 'secret' flavours for you to choose and mix in. I didn't try those, the curry was already enough for my taste...

Decorated iced coffee - it's a simple iced coffee, on top of which there's a character stamped on the milk. The character you end up with is random and I got Shampoo's cat form and it was simply beautiful!!
The coffee itself was plain, I should have asked for the hot option, which I saw in the nearest table and it came in a HUGE mug, so maybe you want to try that instead.

Was it hard to order or to make yourself understood if you don't speak Japanese?
Not at all! As soon as they understand you don't speak Japanese, the waitress will hand you an English menu and another paper with other informations about the diner, which are:
  • 1 hour policy: you can't stay there more than one hour, mainly because there's always a line before you can actually get in, so it wouldn't be polite to others who want to have lunch/dinner there.
  • You can't just have a drink or side dishes, you must order a main course as well.
I payed 2,246¥ (tax included) which is 16€/20$ more or less, so it's a bit pricey for what I've ordered, but I was expecting it. I enjoyed the meal and I wasn't hungry after, so to me it was a positive experience. 
Would I reccomend it? If you happen to be in Tokyo and are a fan of Ranma ½, than this is your kind of restaurant, if don't miss that much and there are plenty of other places where you can enjoy an equally good meal.
This is a temporary restaurant, it will remain open until February, 18th.

Ph: all taken by me.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

2018 Academy Awards: My Winners

On January 23rd, the 90th edition of the Oscar's Nominees and Nominations have been announced!
This years movies are more than ever various in topics and some have been welcome by both critics and audience, so I'm very curious and, frankly, uncertain on who's going to win...

Last year, I scored 2 out of 8 (Best Director and Best Animated Movies), definitely not a good result and this year chosing will be even worse, given the outstanding interpretations all the Nominees portrayed! 

But I'll try it anyway!  

So let's begin!

Best Picture:

Darkest Hours
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Post
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Call Me by Your Name

Best Director:
Christopher Nolan - Dunkirk
Jordan Peele - Get Out
Greta Gerwig - Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson - Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro - The Shape of Water

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Timothée Chalamet - Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis - Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya - Get Out
Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington - Roman J. Israel, Esq

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Sally Hawkins - The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie - I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird
Meryl Streep - The Post

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Willem Dafoe - The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Sam Rockwell - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins - The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer - All the Money in the World

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Mary J. Blige - Mudbound
Allison Janney - I, Tonya
Lesley Manville - Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird 
Octavia Spencer - The Shape of Water
Best Animated Feature:
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent

Best Foreign Language Film:
A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
Loveless (Russia)
The Insult (Lebanon)
On Body and Soul (Hungary)
The Square (Sweden)

To be honest, I've seen not even half of the movies that are nominated, but anyway it's obvious that I root for a female director to win, since the last one who took home the Oscar has been Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 for "The Hurt Locker", so....go Greta!!
If Daniel Day-Lewis wins, it will be his 4th Academy Awards, always in the Best Leading Actor category, it has to be some kind of record. This year's nomination in the 18th for Meryl Streep as Best Actress in a Leading role and the 22nd in general...another record!

So yes, this 2018 Academy Awards will be very interesting and I can't wait to see the dresses on the red carpet!!

I'm curious....who are your winners?

My winners in RED

Real winners in GREEN () to update on 4th of March

Sunday, January 28, 2018

🎬 [International Holocaust Remembrance Day] Movie Review: The Wave

Today I wanted to review this 2008 German movie, which impressed me a lot because it felt so authentic and portrayed how easily history can repeat itself.
During an history themed week professor Rainer Weger has to teach his class the meaning and implications of autocracy. Even if he'd have prefer to talk about anarchism, he starts a social experiment with his students: they don't think it's possible that something like Nazism could ever happen in Germany nowadays, so Weger dare them and starts to make them call him Her Weger, he abolishes grades and social differences by making them wearing an uniform and comes up with a name "The Wave" (Die Welle) and a signal for the students to recognize who's part of this movement.

Things quickly start to run out of hands: the students isolate who doesn't think like them or is publicly against the movement, which leads to the raising of a parallel group that tries to contrast them and that's when violent episodes start to happen...

Weger calls in for a reunioun and explain to the students that's exactly what happened with Nazism and he tries to put an end to the Wave, but that will just lead to the unpredictable reaction of one student, who was an outcast and found his reason to live when he joined the party...

My Opinion👍👎
It's disturbing how actual this topic is and you'll watch this movie with increasing horrified surprise, making comparisons to the early phases of Nazism. 
Movies like this and 'Look Who's Back' (my book review HERE) are fantastic examples of how easy is for history to repeat itself and how careful we all need to be!