Sunday, March 19, 2017

📖 Novel of the Week: Soldier Dog by Sam Angus

I finally managed to read Soldier Dog by Sam Angus, a book that caught my attention just with its beautiful cover (both in the English and Italian edition). What shoul have been a good story about a boy and his dog turned out a wonderful description of a young boy's journey during the horrors of World War I and how loyalty and reliability between a human and a dog can literally save someone's life, in more than one way.
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England/France, 1917-18
Stanley Ryder is forced to live alone with his bossy and depressed father, after his mother died and his older brother Tom enrolled in the army, to fight in France. The only "thing" Stanley's dad is interested in is their dog Rocket, a local run competitions champ, but that as well slide away when Stan forgets to keep the dog in and, after a night, she comes back pregnant.

When the puppies arrived, Stan's father brings them to a gathering of hunters to give them away, but Stanley keeps the only male of the litter and name him Soldier...however, after several weeks, the dad takes Soldier away and that's what forced Stanley to make drastic decision: to enroll him as well in the army to go and live with Tom.
Destiny wanted Stanley to be amazing with animals (thanks his innate empathy with them) so he gets into the "canine unit", to train messangers dogs. This is war, where humans and animals lives are really in danger of death so it's of extreme importance that the dogs deliver their messages quickly and promptly.

Stanley wasn't ready to go first line in war: that will make him rethink his decisions and stumble when bad things start to happen...

What I liked 👍
It's safe to say I'm a dog person (even if I've never had one...yet) and I'm not saying this because only dog people can enjoy this book...au contraire! 
I'll add this to my "book I've cried for" list because it has such an emotional end and I unsuccessfully tried to fight tears back. Dogs' well known features (such as loyalty and trustworthy) are protagonists in their own way and are very relevant as we get to know the dogs that Stanley ends up working with. 
What I did not like 👎
The first part is lacking in clearness of the descriptions, I had to re read a few lines more than once to understand what was going on

As soon as the story starts to define itself, the novel takes a whole new path and I loved it! I couldn't put it down, not even if I wanted to. The boy-dog relationship is heart melting and war is surely no place for sentimentalisms.

My vote: 9/10

Related movie:
War Horse (2011) by Steven Spielberg

Photo credits: goodreads.com

Saturday, March 18, 2017

👗Michelle Monaghan vs Ruth Wilson

And after 5 days European designers' gowns, it was about time to have an American based designer; and the lucky one is...Michael Kors!
Michelle Monaghan wore this amazing blue shirt & skirt combo first, while attending at the Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast last October. To give the look a pop of "colour" she wore a white pointy peter pan collar as well as white pumps. Barely there make up and flawless hair completed the look. 
Ruth Wilson wore the same outfit, but skipped the white accessories and, instead, opted for a black belt and matched black sandals while attending the Olivier Awards nominations celebrations, last week, in London.

I personally love this assamblement (the skirt in particulat) and I think Michelle Monaghan did a fantastic job and make it stand out!


Who do you think wore it better? 
Michelle Monaghan or Ruth Wilson?

Photo credits: zimbio.com

Friday, March 17, 2017

👗Lupita Nyong’o vs Beyoncé Knowles

I personally like a lot this shade of bright green and it's perfect for the skin colour of the two celebs of today's "who wore it better"!
The one who wore this Gucci plisse gown has been Lupita Nyong'o back in 2015, on the red carpet for the Cannes Film Festival opening cerimony. I like her hairstyle choice, what I don't like is how the dress fit on her upper body part, but she managed to look fabulous anyway.
Much more recently (earlier this March) Beyocé appeared in an Istagram pic with the same dress, before heading to the "Beauty and the Beast" premiere in Los Angeles. She look really good, sporting wavy hair and glowy make up.

Who do you think wore it better? 

Lupita Nyong’o or Beyoncé Knowlesr?

Photo credits: zimbio.com & dailymail.co.uk

Thursday, March 16, 2017

👗Nicole Kidman vs Sonam Kapoor

I simply love this Christian Dior vintage soft pink embroided dress, don't you too?
Australian actress Nicole Kidman wore this Dior S/S 2017 tulle embroided dress first, back in January, at the 28th Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards. She looked a lot like Taylor Swift (back in the days where she sported long and wavy blond hair). She completed the look with nude pink heels and a classic red lips make up.
Indian actress Sonam Kapoor wore the same dress as Nicole while on clothes fitting appointment and had to keep her Instagram followers updated by posting a lot of pictures. She opted for a classy hairstyle and added some fun with lots of earrings and chockers.


Who do you think wore it better? 
Nicole Kidman or Sonam Kapoor?


Photo credits: zimbio.com & Instagram.com

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

👗 Diane Kruger vs Chiara Ferragni

Think you might having a déjà-vu? Well, yes! Not so long ago I did another who wore it better post about a Dior sheer dress and Chiara Ferragni was in it (HERE)...what can I say, she obviously loves Christian!
This Christian Dior pre Fall 2017 nude pink dress has been worn first by German actress Diane Kruger. She wore it at the 2017 Sidaction gala back in Januray and styled it with a matched pink furry bolero, black shoes and purse. She also happens to like a lot chockers since she is wearing them a lot, lately! 
Then we have yours truly Chiara Ferragni, who has been spotted with this sheer dress at the Christian Dior show, during Paris Fashion week, a few days ago. She went for Dior total look and styled her hair in a tight ballerina chignon.


I find myself a lot undecided over this #WWIB because on one side, I don't like Diane's bolero AT ALL. On the other side, I'm not a fan of the braless when it comes to sheer outfits. Tell me, what do you think?

Who do you think wore it better? 
Diane Kruger or Chiara Ferragni?

Photo credits: zimbio.com 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

👗Caitriona Balfe vs Sofia Sanchez de Betak

Big fan of Valentino, always have been...that's why I have hard times understading why they produced this overly layerd and overly multicolor gown!
Caitriona Balfe wore it first on BAFTA's red carpet, earlier last February. The "Outlander" actress managed to stun in this dress, adding just a little sparkle with diamond earrings. 
Argentinian art director and Fashion Consultant Sofia Sanchez de Betak attended (in the same dress) the Valentino F/W 2017/2018 show, during Paris Fashion Week, earlier this March. She opted for a boho-chich/gipsy look adding a black beaded necklace. She pull her hair in messy chignon.


Who do you think wore it better? 
Caitriona Balfe or Sofia Sanchez de Betak?

Photo credits: zimbio.com

Monday, March 13, 2017

👗Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway vs Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

This week is going to be just about "who wore it better" posts, except on Sunday. 
Enjoy!

If you follow this column, you'd know that we already had #WWIB posts with royals, but this is the first time the contendants are both royals. And not simple royals, but soon to be Queen of Norway and future Princess Consort of UK...not bad, uhm?
The first royal member who wore this Erdem shiny dress has been Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, at the end of her first day of State visit in Canada, last November. She styled her ice blonde hair in soft waves and wore nude Christian Louboutin heels. On the other side of the Atlantic, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wore the same dress,late this February, while partecipating to a reception (with other members of the Royal family) to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.
As usual, she sported her signature hairstyle and a brand new pair of sparkly Oscar de la Renta shoes.


Who do you think wore it better? 
Crown Princess Mette-Marit or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge?

Photo credits: zimbio.com & newmyroyals.com