Friday, December 15, 2017

👗Natalia Vodianova vs Naomie Harris

There are a few people I deeply belive made a deal with the devil, because they never seem to age...Among them, there's Natalia Vodianova, who's 35 and yet looks like she stopped aging at 20!!

Back to business, today's #WWIB feature an old good friend of ours...Louis Vuitton!
Who said you have to wear only sparkles during the festivities? Black is always a certainty!
Russian born model Natalia Vodianova wore this interesting piece from LV's Resort 2018 collection at the Louis Vuitton Spring 2018 show, held during last Paris Fashion Week. Natalia looked chic as alway, matching the dress with simple black sandals and an Louis Vuitton rounded brown monogrammed purse.
A month later, in November, British actress Naomie Harris attended Louis Vuitton celebrated GingerNutz in Vogue’s December Issue even, in London. She opted for shiny black boots, to achive a more modern look, and a two toned rectangular purse.


Who do you think wore it better?
Natalia Vodianova or Naomie Harris?

Ph: zimbio.com & hawtceleb.com

Thursday, December 14, 2017

👗Jennifer Lawrence vs Arizona Muse

It wouldn't be Christmas time without lights and blings, this golden dress works perfectly for a festive #WWIB!
This shiny gold Ralph & Russo Fall 2017 Couture piece has been worn first by smiling Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, at the 'Mother!' premiere after party, back in September. While posing alongside her friend Emma Stone, she showed off her dress, matched with open-toe sandals and a messy updo.
Arizona Muse wore the same shimmering dress in Vienna, while attending the the Aquazzura x Mytheresa.com Dinner. She donned a wavy short bob haircut and completed the look with a gold purse.

Who do you think wore it better?
Jennifer Lawrence or Arizona Muse?


Ph: hawtceleb.com & vogue.it

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

📖 Novel of the Week: Rasputin's Legacy by Lee Jackson




His Code Name Is Atcho, a Cuban-born West Point graduate. He is the only covert operative on earth to be trusted by both the President of the United States and the Premier of the Soviet Union. A chance meeting of Rasputin, a mysterious monk with the daughters of the last Czar deep in the forests of Russia sets in motion cataclysmic events that surface 70 years later. Atcho finds himself battling a mysterious religious sect, the KGB, the Soviet military, and the Communist Party to save the National Power that had kept him imprisoned for more than 19 years – and he must do it without help or assistance from US intelligence resources. Failure would result in placing the full nuclear capabilities and military might of the Soviet Union into the hands of a madman bent on world domination.


Review
If you have been following my books reviews for a while, then you'll be very aware how much I love stories set in Russia, in the post-tsar era. So it shouldn't be a suprise when I say that I really liked this novel, even if it's set in 1988. The protagonist, Atcho Xiquez is a resourceful person, with a profound sense of duty towards the country that helped him and his daughter to escape from Cuba. The story spreads from Washington D.C., to Paris, Romania and finally Russia, to prevent Borya Yermolov's coup to take power over the URSS and to make the Cold War hotter than ever. Yermolov is Rasputin's descendent and so he managed to get money and help from a sect of his loyalists in order to make his plan a success.
This novel is filled with suspance, plot twists and remorseless characters, whom are ready to do anything to reach their goals. 
If you like Cold War thrillers, this is a must read; thanks to the flowing writing style and the vivid descriptions, you'll find yourself in Paris, chasing a Rasputin sect, or in the snowy Novosibirsk, trying to stop the only person who would love to start another World War...
The characters are interesting, with particular backgrounds and it's a gender equality novel, since Atcho's fiancée, Sofia, isn't just a secondary character, but a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. 
To sum it up, if you want action, conspiracies, half globe travels and a life threatening mission, with very low chances of success, well...Rasputin's Legacy is what you need to read!


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"Pure Gold!" CarmineZozzora, Producer of Die Hard with a Vengeance and Color of Night.


 "Espionage, subterfuge ... absolutely stunning...." Midwest Book Review.

 "Wow!. A must read." Joe Galloway, NYT Bestselling Author of We Were Soldiers Once...and Young (adapted to a Mel Gibson movie) and We Are Soldiers Still.

 "Riveting! Thrilling ..." Kris"Tanto" Paronto, Hero of Benghazi, Bestselling Author of The Ranger Way.

 "With this page-turning thriller, Lee connects the brooding mystic Rasputinto the Cold War, traces his dark influence into the present, and makesit relevant to today's churning world events. Stunning!" Bill Thompson, Editor of Stephen King's Carrie and John Grisham's The Firm.

 "Clearly one of the best books of historical fiction I have ever read. Extremely entertaining and educational at the same time." Lieutenant-General RickLynch (Retired), former Commanding General, 3rd Infantry Division during the Surge in Iraq.


Also Available in the Cold War Series

Curse The Moon 
Lee Jackson Brings Heat To The Cold War.

His code-name is Atcho. He leads guerrilla fighters through the US-supported insurgency that rages at the Bay of Pigs in the early days of Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Captured and cast into the island’s worst dungeons, Atcho learns that a phantom-like officer of the Soviet KGB shadows him. Inexplicably released from incarceration and still dedicated to his country, he battles through the bowels of the Kremlin in Moscow, into the granite halls at West Point, and finally to highest levels in Washington, DC. Atcho’s rise opens doors into US National Defense even as the seemingly omniscient KGB officer holds unflinching sway over his actions. His public life clashes with secrets that only he and his tormentor share, isolating him in a world of intrigue among people whom he is determined not to betray – and then he finds that he is the trigger that could spark thermonuclear war.






Buy the Book....

"Splendid! A page-turner." Joe Galloway, NYT Best Selling Author..

“Atcho is at his best…when taking names and kicking ass. Highly enjoyable…” ~ Kirkus Reviews


"Curse the Moon has it all, packaging its tense thriller in the cloak of understanding motivations both political and personal. It's all about danger, sacrifice, and how even would-be romance bows to the pressure of a covert operator's obligations." D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review




THE STORY BEHIND THIS BOOK

“There is much in “Curse The Moon” that is based on real events, and two of the primary characters, Atcho and his daughter, Isabel, were actually based on my father-in-law and my wife. In fact, the code-name “Atcho” is my father-in-law’s real nickname. He fought in the counterrevolution against Castro, was imprisoned after the Bay of Pigs, and spent 17 years in some of Castro’s worst prisons. In the book, he is a composite character. Some of the fictional Atcho’s expoits were the real Atcho’s, and some were accomplished by others in the resistance. The real aspects in the book are the abject cruelty that the Castro regime imposed, and the intrepidity and courage that Cuban patriots exhibited in resisting him.
The other very real aspect was the relationship between both the real and fictional Atchos and their fictional and real respective daughters. Both grew up with their fathers having been stripped from their homes and country, and witnessed much of the savagery as little girls. That stayed with my wife such that, although on a cognitive basis she understood and was even proud of the courage of her father, on a deeper level, she suffered from his absence and felt a sense of having been abandoned – other men escaped Cuba with their families intact.
My initial motivation for writing the book was as a tribute to the real Atcho and my wife. In researching it, I found a story with all the elements of a thriller, and one that should be told: a near holocaust took place 90 miles south of Florida, and most Americans know nothing about it. Further, because of its strategic location just off the US coast, Cuba occupied an outsized place in the Cold War competition between the US and the Soviet Union. This story takes the Cuban revolution as its launching point, and then delves into the strained and often subtle relations between the two superpowers in the waining days of the Cold War. It questions the actions of John Kennedy, brings alive the charm, sternness, and personality of Ronald Reagan, and views Mikhail Gorbachev with curiosity.” ~ Lee Jackson
About the author
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Lee Jackson is a bestselling, award-winning thriller author. He was an Infantry officer with a front row seat on world affairs, and spent 38 months in Iraq and Afghanistan. His first book, Curse The Moon, was published in 5 countries, and follows Atcho, a counter-revolutionary leader in Cuba turned unwilling spy in the U.S. The odds he faces seem overwhelming as he must choose between saving the world from nuclear holocaust - or his daughter. In Lee’s second book, Rasputin's Legacy, Atcho faces a surreal challenge: he must save the country that enslaved his own, or deliver control of the Soviet nuclear apparatus into the hands of a maniac. Can he set aside his personal desire for revenge? Lee lives with his wife in Texas, and is a full time writer.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

👗Julianne Moore vs Anne Hathaway

As I first put my eyes on it, I wouldn't have thought this was a Valentino piece, and yet...It's Valentino, again! This time the same piece from the Resort 2018 collection has been worn by two Oscar-winning actresses!
Julianne Moore wore the feathery vibe dress first, while making a guest appearance on ‘The Tonight Show' Starring Jimmy Fallon, back in September. She was there to promote  ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ and made quite an entrance, with this bright red wth metallic details. She completed the look with a simple hairstyle and camel-toned open toes sandals.
Anne Hathaway (whom has been a close friend of the designer for years) showed up in Julianne's same dress at the “Every Mother Counts” store event, later this November. She wore it with grey ankle strap sandals and her signature wide smile.

Who do you think wore it better?
Julianne Moore or Anne Hathaway?

Ph: vogue.com

Sunday, December 10, 2017

🎄 Novel of the Week [Christmas Edition]: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Welcome to today's book review! As you can understand from the title, today's novel is the most famous and probably most read during the Christmas period...there have been tons of movies adaptations based upon "A Christmas Carol", the last one no more than one month ago (I've talked about it HERE), but the novel still has is allure and fans all over the world and from every age!
5327A Christmas Carol
The story is well-known: Ebenezer Scrooge is a stingy and thrifty man, with not interests except for money and business and, because of it, he neglects people who are closest to him: his employee, his only nephew and his family.
One night, on Christmas Eve, Scrooge's former (and dead) business partner, Marley, appeares in Scrooge's house and tells him that he'll receive the visit of three spirits, in order to make his life more meaningful and less money related.
The three spirits are from Scrooge's past, present and future Christmases and they'll take him on a journey back to when he was a young boy, to the point where he became the arrogant man he is now and to the future Christmas, to see first hand how people will react to his eventual death.

👍👎My Thoughts
This is a short story and it can easily be read the night before Christmas and if you read the old edition, you can really feel the London from 1800. 
The message is as simple as it is important and what I've found particularly profound is the Present Spirit's speech about people that commit awful acts of hate and cruelty in God's (it doesn't say which God) name.
Descriptions and events are so well written that it's easy to understand why this novel has become a classic (and must) read!




Ph: foyles.co.uk & goodreads.com

Friday, December 8, 2017

📺 Korean Tv Series Review: Lie To Me (내게 거짓말을 해봐)

Here's another K-Drama review! This 2011 series is the classic and well known 'comedy of errors'...and misunderstandings!
Gong Ah Jung is a young civil servant for South Korea's Ministry of Culture and Tourism; she's very passionate about her job, even if her first important event ended up a disaster...she's so focus on her career because she's still hurt by her University best friend, Yoo So Ranbetrayal: she 'stole' Gong Ah's love interest and married him.

The two casually run into each other and Gong Ah, annoyed by So Ran's continuous bragging, tells her that she's married, with a very wealthy man.
Fate (and its incrdible sense of humour) will do the rest: Gong Ah keeps on crossing paths with World Hotel CEO Hyun Ki Joon and soo the rumours that the two secretly married will spread out! 
After a bit of discussions and fights, Gong Ah and Hyun Ki Joon decide to preted they're married for  mutual benefits: she'll have an husband to show off her friends and he will present her as his wife to an important Chinese business man he wants to collaborate with.

Things will slip out their hands when Hyun Ki Joon's younger brother, Hyun Sang Hee, and his ex-fiancèe, Oh Yoon Joo, will come back into his life...
Lie to me (Korean Drama) wallpaper with a well dressed person and an outerwear titled Lie to me


My Opinion👍👎
This is the kind of comedy you watch when you want to unplung for a couple of hours and have a laugh. The plot is fun and since a lie leads to another, be prepared for a lot of attempts for keeping the first one up...
It might be a frivolous TV series, but is, overall, funny and enjoyableI really loved the scenographies, specially the scenes shot in a cherry trees park, it was amazing!
Whom I didn't get has been the female protagonist: for 14 episodes she's all about trying to make him to accept to be her 'fake' husband and when, SURPRISE, he actually want to marry her, she's skeptical...have I missed sometimes or she just went nuts?


Raking: 2
¾ /5


Photo credits: fanpop.com/clubs/lie-to-me-korean-drama

Thursday, December 7, 2017

🎬 Movie Review: A Silent Voice (聲の形)

Risultati immagini per 聲の形 A Silent Voice

Shoya Ishida is the avarege elementary school boy, he likes to play with his friends and has a lovely family. Someday a new alumn comes into Ishida's class and she's not an ordinary one: it's Shoko Nishumiya, a deaf girl, who interacts with people by writing on her notebook.

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Soon, she becomes Ishida's and and his friends targer for their pranks, but Ishida is just the worst: he steals her notebook, waters her with the water pump, writes awful things on the class blackboard...till he reaches the lowest point: he rips with force Shoko's ears implants, several times. 
The girl, who's kind hearted and nice, tries her best to deal with the bullies and become friends with Ishida, but at some point she's retired from school and he will not see her for a long time.

A Silent Voice Bullying
Years have gone by and now it's Ishida who's bullied; to say it better, he's isolated from his highschool classmates and, even if it's a great cause of suffer, he doesn't do much to change things, thinking that he deserves every bad look or rumor about him because of how he treated Shoko in the past. He's a 'lone wolf' and also thought about taking his life, but eventually thought it back.
A Silent Voice full cast
Beside becoming friends with a classmate, Ishida's life is pretty much the same everyday, until he coincidentally runs into Shoko and sees it as the begging of his journey to redeem himself from the hurt he caused her when they were younger.
Ishida and Shoko will meet again with other former classmates, whom have been openly cruel to her (or just watched on the other side), making the healing process a bit more challenging...


My Opinion👍👎
This isn't an easy movie to watch: it's hard to comprehend why Ishida is behaving the way he does and it deals with deep and, unfortunately, daily topics, like bullism and teenage suicide; for these reasons, I would suggest the view to everybody, because the protagonists are normal people with normal lives, even so they have to answer to actions they made in the past.
Even if it's not a sad movie (SPOILER: nobody dies), 'A Silent Voice' is hard to watch and will leave you in the end with a massime weight on your chest, but it also has positive messages: you CAN change yourself for the better, you CAN fix your past mistakes and, with supportive and loyal friends by your side, you don't have to do this alone.


Would I pay the full prize ticket? This movie was a special event in Italian theathres as it was aired for just 2 days: I paid the full prize ticket and, whether I don't think it was entirely worth it, I don't regret it that much.

Raking: 4/5



Photo credits: impawards.com, lmaga.jp & tiffanyyong.com