Tuesday, February 2, 2016

in my Mailbox #2

This first month of 2016 has been quite full of new books for me...I won two books giveaway from two adorable italian book blogs, two were given to me thanks to book exchanges and one is my twin sister's (and brother as well!) gift for me for Christmas!
 The wins were:
  • Fiore di Fulmine by italian author Vanessa Roggeri, which I won on the blog Parliamo di Libri click here
  • I cento colori del blu ("A Different Blue" italian version) by Amy Harmon. I won it on the blog Penna d'Oro click here
The book exchanges:
  • Il principe (Clockwork Prince) by Cassandra Clare
  • Cercando Alaska (Looking for Alaska) by John Green
And last but surely not least...a book that I wanted for what it feels like FOREVER...Parigi è sempre una buona idea by Nicolas Barreau. The English translation is Audrey Hepburn's very well known quote "Paris is always a good idea!"...for what I've read so far, the book is a good idea as well!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Jane Fonda vs Anna dello Russo

You'll never guess who this gown is! Just kidding, it's Valentino, it's barely impossible not to recognize the designer's touch!
Actress Jane Fonda wore this pale light bue/greyish dress while attending, last November, the premiere of her movie "Youth". It's rare to see the actress with a such voluminous dress, she's famous for her incredible figure and she surely isn't afraid to show it with form fitting dresses. She also took risks by wearing a thin embellished hair band and statement earrings. Even if  'Vogue Nippon' editor and well known fashionista Anna dello Russo wore the same dress (at Valentino Fashion show during Paris Couture Week this month), she went really minimal on hairstyle and make up.
Premiere of Fox Searchlight Pictures' 'Youth' - ArrivalsValentino : Front Row - Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Spring Summer 2016

Who do you think wore it better:
Jane Fonda or Anna dello Russo?

Photo credits: zimbio.com

Friday, January 22, 2016

Amber Heard vs Sofia Vergara

I don't know if we should pick who wore this Victoria Beckham black dress best by basing just on the look or also on who styled the look with the best husband...
Actress Amber Heard wore it first at the premiere of her husband Johnny Deep's last movie "Black Mass", during last Toronto Film Festival in September. She went for her usual "femme fatale" style, with matching red lips and shoes.
The same dress appeared on anothe red carpet last December, at the world premiere of "Star Wars: the Force Awakens", on Sofia Veraga. She opted for a Princess Leia's modern braided updo and showed not only her famous curves, but her brand new husband Joe Manganiello as well.

Who do you think wore it better:
Amber Heard or Sofia Vergara?

Photo credits: zimbio.com

Monday, January 18, 2016

Novel Of The Week: Nash (Marked Men #4) by Jay Crownover

The song that could best sums this 4th book of the Marked's boys is "Everybody Needs Love" by Drive-By Truckers (which, at some point, is mentioned in the novel itself) and if you're going to read this book, you'll understand why.
Ladies and Gents, here's my (not so brief) review and (not few) thoughts on Nash by Jay Crownover.

Friday, January 15, 2016

2016 Academy Awards: My Winners

On January 14th, Oscar Nominees and Nominations have been announced! Like I did last year, I wanted to say my opinion on who should win (because, you know, I'm such an expert!) basing my picks on personal feelings BUT also on who's most likely to win...

Last year, I score 2 out of 8 AGAIN (Best Actore & Actress in a Leading Role), but this year is even harder to choose since there are a lot of amazing movies and talented actors/actresses in the run!  

So let's begin!

Best Picture :
The Big Short
Bridge Of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Best Director:
Alejandro G. Iñárritu - The Revenant
Adam McKay - The Big Short
George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road
 Lenny Abrahamson - Room
Tom McCarthy - Spotlight

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Bryan Cranston - Trumbo
Matt Damon - The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Micheal Fassbender - Jobs

Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Cate Blanchett - Carol
Brie Larson - Room
Jennifer Lawrence - Joy
Charlotte Rampling - 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Christian Bale - The Big Short
Tom Hardy - The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight
Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone - Creed

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara - Carol
Rachel McAdams - Spotlight
Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet - Jobs

Best Animated Feature:
Boy And The World
Inside Out
Shaun The Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Best Foreign Language Film:
Embrace Of The Serpent (Colombia)
Mustang (France)
Son Of Saul (Hungary)

Theeh (Jordan)
A War (Denmark)

And now I want to explain why I made these choices! 

First of all let me start with not one BUT TWO complains:
Dear Academy, why on Earth didn't you nominate Steve Carell as Best Actor in a Leading Role for his Mark Baum in "The Big Short"? Seriously, he was amazing! 
And second, why LeBron James did not receive a nomination for portraying himself in Trainwreck"? Seriously, I'm kidding!

I'm not one of those Leo di Caprio's fan, in fact I belive the Academy should have given him an Oscar A LOOONG ago, and even if it's very likely that he'll win this year, even Matt Damon has his fair chance to make it.

As far as it is concerned the best actresses I stick with my choices, even if I'm I'd love to be wrong and see Saoirse Ronan winning...Brooklyn is a must see, anyway!

And now the only thing we can do is to wait until 28th of February to see if I'm right or wrong with my picks!

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

My winners in RED

Real winners in GREEN () updated on 28th of February

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Golden Globes 2016: My personal Best Dressed

In the night between the 10th and 11th of January, Los Angeles has been the stage of one of the most important event when it comes to movies and television: the Annual Golden Globes awards!

The night has been full of surprises: Lady Gaga and Sylvester Stallone won their first Golden Globe and Leonardo di Caprio seems one step closer to win his first Academy Award for his role in The Revenant.
The red carpet was also very interesting: a lot of colors and sheer dresses, but down here you can see which ones were my favorites! Enjoy!

   Lady Gaga in Versace 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Chrissy Teigen vs Sarah Drew

I love this time of the year because it is the Awarding Season!!
I can't wait to see who will win (and what is going to be worn!) at the Golden Globes and, of course, the Oscars... This season started on January 6th, with the People's Choice Awards and, as I was scrolling to see the red carpet pictures, I saw a familiar dress...
This sheer/lace Self-Portrait dress has been worn first by model Chrissy Teigen (back in November) at the A+E Networks 'Shining A Light' concert. She opted for black sandals and clutch and a messy upo hairstyle. At the PCA the same dress has been worn by Grey's Anatomy actress Sarah Dew, where she donned curly hair, but failed miserably (in my opinion) with the shoes' pick... If it wasn't for this particular I would have picked her as my favorite without a doubt! 

Who do you think wore it better:
Franca Sozzani or Nicky Hilton?

If you feel a sense of deja vu with this dress, it's probably because I posted another Self-Portrait #WWIB not too long ago and you can see it HERE

Photo credits: zimbio.com