Thursday, April 28, 2016

Movie Review: The Dressmaker

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I've been dying to watch this movie since the first time I saw its trailer...or, to be a bit more precise, when I saw Liam Hemsworth shirtless at some point of it!
From that the movie looked like the frivolous and sparkling type of comedy, yet it turned out being more of a tragedy and left me shocked and confused.

If you want to know more, here's my review and thought!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Salma Hayek vs Nina Garcia

You probably already know who's this dress' designer by the red/green striped belt...but if you're still in doubt, keep reading!
Mexican actress Salma Hayek wore this Gucci S/S 2016 black lace dress while leaving the Jimmy Kimmel Live! studios last March. She looked really confident in it and complete the outfit with Giambattista Valli black sandals.
"Marie Claire" Creative Director and 'Project Runway' judge Nina Garcia wore the same dress as Salma while attending the "Fresh Faces" party, in April. She was all smile on the red carpet, where she wore black and gold sandals to finish the look.

Who do you think wore it better:
Salma Hayek or Nina Garcia?

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge vs Drew Barrymore

Same dress, worn the same day, but in two very different events and parts of the globe...Everyone reported about it and in honor of the latin figure of speech "repetita iuvant", I'll talk about it too!
The mentioned dress is an embroiedered colorful gown by Tory Burch. HRH Duchess of Cambridge wore it to attend the dinner with the King and Queen of Bhutan, as a part of the tour that took her and her husband visiting India and Bhutan. The British royal opted for her signature hair locks and double-rings gold earrings by Scottish designer Brora.
Same dress, but different time zone and event for American actress Drew Barrymore, who wore it for ASPCA 19th Bergh Ball (in her honor), in New York.
Drew as well went for a straight loose hairstyle and wore a bright red lipstick.

Who do you think wore it better:
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge or Drew Barrymore?

If you enjoyed this post, HERE my #WWIB edition with the Duchess!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Movie Review: When Marnie Was There

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When Marnie Was There (2015) by Hirosama Yonebayashi. Original name: Omoide no Mânî

"When Marnie Was There" is originally a 1960s novel by British author Joan G. Robinson and, likewise another original Brit novel "Howl's Moving Castle", it became a major movie thanks to Studio Ghibli and Hirosama Yonebayashi, who directed it.

It has been nominated at the 2016 Academy Awards for 'Best Animated Feature'... Oscar that went to Diney/Pixar's "Inside Out" instead.

This movie has been on my 'to watch' list for a while and recently I had the chance to see it, so here's to you my review and opinion.


Anna is a 12 years old introverse and lonely girl, suffering of severe asthma attacks. After the last one, the doctor suggests she takes a break and maybe goes somewhere with a cleaner air.
Anna's family do have relatives, Setsu and Kysosama Oiwa, who live in a rural seaside area and are more than happy to welcome Anna for a while. 
Her hosts try to help her making some friends, but Anna wants non of it and keeps spending time alone while sketching  a beautiful and huge mansion across a salm marsh.
One afternoon, thanks to the low tide, Anna is able to reach and visit the mansion, discovering that it's not abandoned as she thought it was. There she meets Marnie, a girl, same age as Anna, with shiny blond long hair and wide blue eyes, who tells Anna the mansion as her own house, lived by her and her parents. Marnie is also often by herself because her parents travel a lot for work, so she's taken care of by a governess.

The two girls quickly become friends and start to spend quite a lot time together, but Anna finds strange that Marnie can't (and won't) leave the surroundings of her home. Adding to this odd behaviour the discovery that the masion as a matter of fact isn't inhabited and has been sold to a family that is renovating it...even if Marnie didn't seem to notice it...

My opinion

I learned that the only way to enjoy a Studio Ghibli's movie is to relax and simply watch it, without trying to figuring out the events before the actually happen. What could seems the same old "young girls friendship" kind of movie, turned out being much more: it has themes like fear and trusting others, misteries and gloomy and sad consequences, yet this is not a drammatic movie, but the complete opposite! 
I liked it and I belive it deserved the nomination to the Oscars; as always the drawings and atmospheres are suggestive and beyond amazing: the artists at Ghibli's are so creative and original! There's no particular mood you have to watch this movie with, you can either be upset, bored, happy or anything in between and however it would be quite an entertainment!

Raking : 3/5

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Zoey Deutch vs Caitriona Balfe

And between a Dolce&Gabbana gown and a Valentino dress, I managed to find a non-Italian designer #WWIB...this time around is a Christian Dior vintage inspired grey piece. 
American actress Zoey Deutch wore it first while attending the 22nd Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards on October, last year. She styled it with fun Nicholas Kirkwood polka-dot pumps and a "messy" updo hairstyle.
Irish Caitriona Balfe posed with the same dress at the unveiling of "Outlander‘s special window display" at Saks Fifth Avenue event, last 7th of April, in New York City. She wore bright ankle-strap pumps and a white envelope clutch. She styled her hair into a twisted bun.

They both look gorgeous and I adore Caitriona (she's Irish and, if that isn't an enough good reason, she's the leading female character in Outlander!), but I have to say I think Zoey won the challenge, the Dior fits better on her and the shoes choice was original.  

Who do you think wore it better:
Zoey Deutch or Caitriona Balfe?

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Duchess of Cambridge's Royal Tour of India & Bhutan lookbook

It's time for another Royal Tour for my favourite couple: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. After their tour Down Under 2 years ago, when they visited New Zeland (click HERE for Kate's lookbook) and Australia (click HERE for Kate's lookbook), this time they visited India and Bhutan in a 6 days me is more a marathon, 2 countries in 6 days!!

Here's to you Duchess Catherine's outfits lookbook while in Southeastern Asia. Enjoy!

Day #1
1) Visit at the Taj hotel with wreath-laying ceremony to honor the victims of the terrorist attack in 2008 (April, 10th) wearing a red cashmere pattern dress by Alexander McQueen
2) Cricket Match with disadvantaged young people & Meeting with charities (April, 10th) wearing a blue/pink patcwork printed dress by Anita Dongre
3) Bollywood reception and dinner (April, 10th) white dress by Jenny Packham

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Who Wore It Best - Book Cover Edition

You know how much I love doing "who wore it better" posts…it’s super funny snooping at magazines and gossip/fashion website looking for a familiar dress. Well, I have to admit that MAYBE this thing could have gone a little further, because now I don't look only for actresses/singers etcetera etcetera...I'm doing it also with book covers!

Is no news that publishers sometimes use the same photos distributor, but I’ve seen a lot of doppelganger I couldn't resist to make a post about it… Here's to you some examples!

Lux by Courtney Cole vs The Territory by Sarah Govett vs Free Falling by Kirsty Moseley

Be my Knife by David Grossman vs Deux by Irène Némirovsky

Italian books vs International ones
Un lungo fatale ultimo addio by Velonero vs The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony
Il non fidanzato peggiore del mondo by Victory Storm vs Beautiful Entourage by E.L.Todd

And last (but surely not least) those book covers that are not identical, but have the same theme and/or this funny meme of Nicholas Sparks' books!
"White people almost kissing" - a book by Nicholas Sparks:
This were the few I was able to find, but I'm sure there are a lot "book twins or tripletes"...If you know some, let me know in the comments.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Novel of The Week: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

The wait is least, in the US: the second season of Outlander is finally here! In Italy we'll have to wait until June, but that doesn't bother me because I already read Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. It took a while before I decided to read the second novel about Claire and Jamie’s adventures, but like the first one, also this second novel was no disappoint. Here’s my review and thoughts, enjoy!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Diane Kruger vs Jennifer Lopez

Yep, another Dolce and Gabbana #WWIB! 
Let me know who do you think wore this Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2015 baby blue short dress better.
German actress Diane Kruger wore it first at the photocall of her latest movie "Maryland", during last Cannes Film Festival. She styled it with Jimmy Choo nude sandals, neutral make up and wavy hairstyle. American actress/singer Jennifer Lopez last February was promoting her new TV show "Shades of Blue"... needless to say, she went for this baby blue dress and, unlike Diane, opted for burgundy pumps and a high/messy bun.

Who do you think wore it better:
Diane Kruger or Jennifer Lopez?

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

#TTT: Top Ten Tuesday

What I've seen of the previously #TTTs:
- When Marnie Was There: 2¾/5 
- Hotel Transylvania 2: 2½/5
- Brooklyn: 4/5
Beautiful Sacrifice by Jamie McGuire (my review HERE)
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Asa by Jay Crownover

This month wishlist:

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016) by Michael Bay. With John KrasinskiPablo SchreiberJames Badge Dale and Dominic Fumusa.
Race (2016) by Stephen Hopkins. With Stephan JamesJason SudeikisCarice van Houtenand Jeremy Irons.
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Land of Mine (2015) by Martin Zandvliet. With Roland MøllerMikkel Boe FølsgaardLaura Bro and Joel Basman
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) by Robert Mulligan. With Gregory Peck, John Megna, Rosemary Murphy and Robert Duvall
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The Sting (1973) by George Roy Hill. With Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw and Eileen Brennan.


Looking for Alaska by John Green
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

La bambina che raccontava i film by Hernan Rivera Letelier
The Rebels of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd
The Foreign Corrispondent by Alan Furst

Have you seen/read something of this list? Any suggestions?

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Top Ten Tuesdy is an original feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. It was meant to be only for books, BUT I changed it a little bit so it will be 5 books I want to read and 5 movies I'm planning to see. PLUS it's going to be monthly and not weekly.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Novel Of The Week: Rowdy (Marked Men #5) by Jay Crownover

In the previous books Rowdy was described as a modern day James Dean / a super funny Johnny Bravo look alike...these premises had been enough to intrigue me. Plus I love the guys from the Marked tattoo shop so here's to you my review and thoughts on Rowdy by Jay Crownover.