Thursday, August 25, 2016

Novel of the Week: Built by Jay Crownover

Zebulon? Really, Jay??
If you thought Marked Men protagonists names were...unusual, to say at least, be prepared for a whole new level as you start Saints of Denver! Here's to you Built by Jay Crownover. [spoiler free]

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Novel of the Week: Suddenly Last Summer (O'Neil Brothers #2) by Sarah Morgan

If you're a mountain lover (even in the summertime) and you're looking for an easy and light romance, then maybe this is your novel! Here's to you Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan.

Élise Philippe is a French chef and has been living at the Snow Crystal resort for a few years now, thanks to a job offer that Jackson did to her when they met in Paris. 
She's happy there, she feels like she's part of the O'Neil family and found herself some friends as well, like Kayla and Brenna. She has everything under control, in the kitchen and in her personal life...or, to be precise, this was it until Sean showed up in town, after his grandfather had a health problem.

Sean O'Neil (Jackson's 
twin brother) loves his life and job as a sport doctor in Boston; he worked so hard to leave Vermont and the Snow Crystal behind him, after what that place did to his dad...But he can't deny there's at least one thing he likes about it: Élise. They had a brief romance the previous summer and she hasn't been like the other girls Sean dated: she was more than happy with one time thing and didn't bother him after.

Now the two of them have to confront their "demons": for Élise the fear of relationships, after what happened to her in Paris and Sean, on the other hand, the skepticism and coldness of his grandpa, who never quite understood why he left his family.

What I liked

I loved the descripions, they really add a lot to the story. As I already said, if you like mountain romance, this is the one for you. It also deal with a serious problem of Élise and it's not superficial nor described in a easy and novelettish way.
It's also fun and a quick read, perfect for summer!

What I did not like
Out of the three books, this was my least favourite. It lacks of the atmosphere and romance you can find in the other two books, but I don't think that is the setting the problem. The finale is pretty much the same as "Sleigh Bells in the Snow" (ok, we got it: their are twins, but a hoped for something different).

Anyway, if you want a light romance, this is not a bad choice!

My Vote: 6/10

Maybe this Christmas review CLICK HERE

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Lily Collins vs Ariana Grande

Varsity jackets have been a must in the past months, so it's no surprise that designers decided to add them to their collections...this one below, particularly, is by Stella McCartney A/W 2016 collection.
Brit actress Lily Collins was the first who wore Stella's nude pink Chinese embroidered jacket at the Stella McCartney Autumn 2016 presentation back in January, in Los Angeles. 
The same bomber has been worn by singer Ariana Grande earlier this month, at NBCUniversal’s Press Day during the 2016 Summer TCA Tour. 
Both wore it dress-like but, while Lily went opted for a more sporty Stella McCartney total look, Ariana complet her outfit with black high knee boots. 

How do you think wore it better?  
Lily Collins or Ariana Grande?

Photo credits: & zimbio

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Read It before You See It

9 Books to read before you go to see the Movies on
In the past years, there's been a lot of books adaptations: whether they were comic books (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, but also Superman, Batman and so on) or proper books (like Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Twilight, Da Vinci code ecc.). Not to mentions videogames adaptations like the Resident Evil saga...
Well, be prepared! because in the next few moths we'll be flooded with movies based on books. Here some of them, 

The Light Between Oceans is a heart breaking novel about motherhood and relationships (with others and with your special one). Is on this set that Micheal Fassbender and Alicia Vikander fell in love.
Scheduled release date: September, 2nd (USA) 
Click for my review HERE

13 (Reasons Why) is about to become a Netflix series. The novel is about a girl who takes her own life, but previously records 13 cassette tapes and send them to the people who force her on this tragical ends. 

Selena Gomez was first thought for the protagonist's role, but declined it and decided to be the procuder.
Scheduled release date: 2016 (USA)

Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children - I read the trilogy and found it very interesting, the style and plot are flowing and, belive me, this first book will give you goose bumps for the entire reading.
Scheduled release date: September, 30th (USA) 

Assassin's Creed - the movie is based (or better, took inspiration) from the novels, who are based themeselves on the popular videogames. We find Micheal Fassbender souls "moved" from nowdays to the XV century Spanish Inquisition in the body of one of his ancestor.
Scheduled release date: December, 21st (USA)

Inferno by  Dan Brown. After Paris and Rome, it's time for Florence to be in the spotlights! A new adventure for Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and his new "sidekick" Felicity Jones.
Scheduled release date: October, 28th (USA) 

The Girl on the Train - this was the IT thriller last summer...Everywhere I went (and I mean really everywhere!!) I've seen people reading or talking about it, posters outside lilbraries e and even spots on tv. Let's see if the movie gets the same attention and success.
Scheduled release date: October, 7th (USA) 

So this are a few of the movies scheduled for the second half of 2016...did you read some of these books or are you waiting for the movie?

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lucy Liu vs Jennifer Lopez

After Irish week, I can go back to usual categories as #WWIB, which I like a lot! 
Today we have two actresses wearing the same Self Portrait black lace mini dress, so cute with all that tiered peplum layers!
This dress has been worn first by actress Lucy Liu, on the red carpet of her animated movie premiere "Kung Fu Panda 3", earlier this year. She went all black with T-strap shoes, but added a pop of colour with a bright red clutch. Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez wore the same piece last week, while attending the afterparty of the theatrical play "Hamilton". She opted for a slick high ponytail and open black sandals.

I have to take sides this time and choose Lucy Liu as the winner of this #wwib...she look fabulous and elegant!

How do you think wore it better?  
Lucy Liu or Jennifer Lopez?

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Monday, July 18, 2016

[Irish Week] 48 Hours in Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath), Ireland

Last Post for Irish Week!!

Quick news before heading to the last post of this Irish week...
I just heard Galway city has been nominated as 2020 European Capital of Culture and I couldn't be happier for such a well deserved accomplishment! 
Go Galway!

If you're planning a weekend getaway in the Irish capital (or anywhere else in Ireland) let me give you the key tip: you've to keep in mind that (regardless of the season) the weather there changes quite often from sunny to windy to rainy ecc ecc...and, even if Dublin is dryier than most of Irish west coast's cities, an umbrella would be more an hindrance than a proper help. Only one piece of clothing will be your most valuable alley: the raincoat!

After saying so, let's get to business: here are my top things to see and where to eat in Dublin! 

I would have loved to share my personal photos while there, but I'm not a great photograper, so I'll pass this time....but I'm learing! - The only who's mine it the one inside Old Library - 

Phoenix Park: is the biggest city park in the EU; 1½ times bigger than Central Park in New York and 3 times bigger than the entire principality of Monaco. 
There you can visit the Dublin zoo or just take a walk throught the park, it's massive!
When I was there I took a break at "Tea Room", a simple and petite bar just near the zoo entrance. The food and beverage are really good and aren't overly expensive, but the most attractive thing about this place is its interior design: so cute, it reminds me of the cartoon scenes in "Mary Poppins".
Trinity College and the Old Library: you CAN'T leave Dublin without seeing its famous university. It is worth a visit, even just for the externals: the campus and the park inside the walls can easily compete with the American ones. If you're a bookworm, then you should definitely visit the Old Library: it has an impressive collections of books (one of the largest in the EU). It's breath taking, but unfortunately the second floor is closed to tourists.

Another tip for bookworms: Free Wee Library

Temple Bar: is probably the best known area of Dublin, with all the pubs and bars. During daytime it may looks like a touristic place (and maybe you're right), but the nightlife there is on a whole other level: there are live bands and all sorts of events, it is really a funny place where to spend the evening.
"Brick Alley" cafè in Temple bar --- highly reccomended!
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland
St.Patrick Cathedral: another place you can't leave Dublin without seeing is the Cathedral named after Ireland's patron saint. The gothic church is pretty impressive from the outside already, but the inside is no less...Even if Ireland is mainly a Catholic country, St.Patrick Cathedral is actually a Protestant church.

St Stephen's Green is a beautiful park in Dublin and, even if MUCH smaller than Phoenix park, it's worth a visit. During summertime, concerts and other sorts of pubic gatherings happpen in there and the surrroundings make you forget you're in a city.

A few tips...
If you opt to have all your meal outside your hotel/hostel here a few places where to go:
Breakfast at "Kylemore" (not expensive at all) or "Anne's Backery". These are both in Shop Street.
Lunch at Panem, for a quick sandwich or an easy lunch.

Dublin Sightseeing buses are extremly handy and you can jump on and off it as many times as you'll like. I don't know if I was lucky or all tour guides are alike, anyway mine were interesting and funny.

Dublin is well served from and to the airport, with buses leaving from various stops in the city centre and out every 15/20 minutes. From the city centre to the airport it's 30/40 minutes by bus.

Here other travel bloggers tips on what to do in Dublin - 
A quick guide to Dublin - world of Wonderlust 
How to spend a week in Dublin That Backpacker
A rainy Dublin travel diary - Perhaps Bananas
10 Terrific places you MUST experience in Dublin - Hand Luggage Only

This is it...Irish Week is over and I hope you liked the idea as much as I liked Ireland!
Slán leat!

Song Of The Day : Paradise by Coldplay

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

[Irish Week] Movies and Tv Series filmed in Ireland, but NOT set in Ireland

If you're a cinephile then Ireland is the place for you...thanks to its various landscapes and territories it's perfect for every movie and Tv series genre: comedies, action movies, thrillers and historical too. Maybe what you don't know is that they filmed there quite a number of movies, but pretended to be in another country and, in a case, in a whole different...galaxy!

Penny Dreadful - shot in famous spots in Dublin (like Dublin's Castle), some filming were also in Co.Wicklow, but Showtime hit show is supposed to be set in London during Victorian age.
Game of Thrones - For Winterfell set, the show has been shot in Co.Down and Co.Antrim. (Northern Ireland) as well as in Belfast indoor sets.
An Klondike (Dominion Creek) - filmed in Connemara, is about 3 Irish brothers who emigrate in Yukon (westernmost Canada federal territories) during Klondike gold rush.
Star Wars The Force Awakens - the last scene where Rey and Finn seek for Luke Skywalker to come back from his self inflicted exile and find him on a lonely island...that is Skellig Michael, an island in the south west area of Ireland.
King Arthur - the 2004 movie is, by title, about the legendary King and his round table knights. King Arthur is one of Britain's most famous kings, and yet the movies was shot in Co.Wicklow and Powerscourt
Harry Potter and the Half blood Prince - the adventures of the famous wizard in the 6th movies were shot in co.Clare and Co.Kerry, Cliff of Moher and Skelling island.
Braveheart - this movie is probably know worldwide as the story of a Scottish recreate Scotland's landscapes they shot partly in Co.Wicklow and Co.Meath.