28 February 2015

Carnival in Venice - Day 1

Hi My Land Browsers,

So, this year I spent Carnival in Venice for the first time in my life. I loved every second of it. The atmosphere was amazing, the costumes, the colors, the music, the animation, the feeling in the air. It was all out of this world. I took a tone of pictures, because I couldn't stop myself from capturing every moment of this incredible experience. And now, I share some of them, with you.

Hope you like it ;)

Lunch at Ristorante Al Teatro. 

Gnocchi with salmon.

Spaghetti with mussels. 

Trip Journal.

One of my favorite photos.

Inside the Peggy Guggeneim Museum. 

Another one of my favorite photos.

We were feeling full from lunch, so we decided on some coffee, tea & cookies, at Caffé Lavena.

The amazing chandelier at Caffé Lavena.

And that's all for now, but with more to come...;)

Maryanne C.

P.S. - The images above are all my own and I own the rights to them.

23 February 2015

Who won the fashion Oscar?

Hi My Land Browsers,

So, as we all know, last night was held the 87th Academy Awards Ceremony, also known as the Oscars. All around the virtual world, people have been talking about it and expressing their opinions, so I thought I should too.
Everyone loves the magical movie world, with all its famous stars and its immense glamour. This night is the highlight of a year gone by and when we, common mortals, can reach a little bit closer to those stars and for a mere moment judge them. Let's be real, we girls, wait anxiously for this night, just to be able to point a finger at some dress choices, but also to dream with wearing the grand designers some day.
I've watched the whole ceremony, with some occasional dozing off, due to the time difference, and I've rated the dresses of the night, simply based on my personal opinion. So, and without further adieu, let's see some of the dresses that walked by the red carpet. Feel free to leave your own opinion in the comments, I really would love to read it.

Hope you like it ;)

Category I: I would beg to wear it, even die for it!

Gwyneth Paltrow - Ralph Russo
Anna Kendrick - Thakoon
Faith Hill - J. Mendel
Nancy O'Dell - Gauri & Nainika
Tracey Edmonds - not statted
Keleigh Sperry - Lorena Sarbu

Category II: I would so totally wear this! So chic!

Jessica Chastain - Givenchy
Meryl Streep - Lanvin
Margot Robbie - Saint Laurent
Lady Gaga - Alaia (minus the gloves!!!)
Rita Ora - Marchesa (her acting dress was equally beautiful)

Category III: I would recommend it to my dearest friends. And my mum!

Felicity Jones - Alexander McQueen
Viola Davis - Zac Posen
Anna Farris - Zuhair Murad
Rosamund Pike - Givenchy
Jennifer Hudson - Kezeva (her acting dress was a 8 for me)
Emma Stone - Elie Saab

Category IV: It's nice, it's ok, but it's no wau factor!

Reese Witherspoon - Tom Ford
Cate Blanchett - Margiela
Hannah Bagshame - Alexander McQueen (those side thingys take the wau out of it)
Zoe Saldana - Versace
Octavia Soencer - Tadashi Shoji
Dakota Johnsson - Saint Laurent
Sienna Miller - Oscar de la Renta
Jennifer Aniston - Versace

Category V: If I were you I would watch it, because you barely made the cut!

Julianne Moore - Chanel
Behati Prinsloo - Armani
Patricia Arquette - Rosetta Getty

Category VI: Oh ladies, we expected way more from you. Blah is all I got for you!

Nicole Kidman - Louis Vuitton (shinning but not in a good way!)
Marion Cotillard - Dior (are those suppose to be sleeves?)
Lupita Nyongo - Calvin Klein (pearls are not my thing!)
Scarlett Johansson - Versace (if you want a choker talk to her...)

Category VII: Would not want to see my worst enemy dressed in this! Or maybe...

Kerry Washington - Miu Miu (when I saw her walking, it was horror!)
Jennifer Lopez - Elie Saab (it's like she's wearing a puffy skin suit!)
Naomi Watts - Armani (follow the grey brick road...)
Keira Knightley - Valentino (some granny is looking for her curtains!)
Chrissy Teigen - Zuhair Murad (even her husband joked about a sneak peek...)

REMEMBER: This is only my personal opinion. I praise them all for being so confident to walk a 
90 meters red carpet. 

Now, about what the oscars are really all about. 
  • Best supporting actor: J. K. Simmons for Whiplash
  • Best supporting actress: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
  • Best leading actor: Eddie Redmayne for the Theory of Everything
  • Best leading actress: Julianne Moore for Still Alice
  • Best movie production: Birdman

Oscars count:
  1. The Grand Budapeste Hotel -  4 Oscars
  2. Birdman - 4 Oscars
  3. Whiplash -  3 Oscars

Did you agree with the academy winners or would you have chosen differently? Would you have included other nominees in the categories? Let me know all about it in the comments!  

And that's a wrap...;)

Maryanne C.

P.S. - I do not own any of these pictures. They are all from Vogue. But I made these collages myself. Feel free to click on the images to enlarge them :)

9 February 2015

January Book Wrap Up - Inspirational Monday #4

Hi My Land Browsers,

I'm back! After some tough times in my life and some changes that needed to be made, I'm back to blogging and I come full of ideas, looks, projects, TAGs and a lot more. Stay tuned, because all the blog sections will be making a huge come back. I'm committing fully to blogging and putting a lot more soul and work on this project, so your support is very welcome. I hope to bring a lot more enjoyable moments to my few followers and let's hope this family can grow bigger by the post ;)

So, new Inspirational Monday, and what could be better than some books? I must admit that I'm a huge bookworm and that I currently have no more room on my shelfs. So, January was a very good reading month for me, maybe because it's the start of a new year and I has feeling very motivated, so pages just flew through my fingers. Also I've been watching a lot of videos on youtube about books and I feel in love with booktubers (people who do book reviews on youtube). So it just seemed natural to incorporate this passion of mine to my humble blog. Ready for my January book wrap up?

Just a heads-up, this is my very own opinion (not sponsored) and there's no intention to offend anyone's likings. I love books of all sorts and I will read it to the very last page even if it turns out not to be my cup of tea. Also be encourage to leave your own opinion or even to recommend me some future readings. You can also befriend me on Goodreads (which I'm crazy about lately). 

Hope you like it ;)

  • Panic by Lauren Oliver. My rating was 4 stars.
This is the story of Heather and it begins when she decides to compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors. where the stakes are high and the payoff it even higher. So first of all, it's nothing like the Hunger Games, in fact it's not even a dystopia, which I kind of hoped it was.  It is a very enjoyable book, I read it quite quickly and it's a different type of story all together for me. It focuses more on personal relationships and social drama than the actual fear effect of the game. The ending is good, but I kind of wanted more. I also enjoyed the characters but some events came across as pretty obvious and expectable. 

  • Atlantia by Ally Condie. My rating was 3,5 stars. 
The main character is Rio, who has always dreamt of leaving the underwater city she lives in. But, everything changes when her twin sister makes an uncalled decision at a key moment. Warning, this is not a mermaid book. I must admit that I'm a mermaid fan and I knew this book was not mermaid themed, but actually I didn't care. I liked it and I must say I was able to connect with Rio and really get what was on her mind. What I didn't like was that this book is a stand alone, so no more Atlantia and some aspects of the book just seemed wrong, like they did't really fit together. I must say I'm a huge Ally Condie fan, I loved the Matched trilogy, which I highly recommend, and the reason why I loved it so much was because it captivated me with the poetic feel of the writing and in this book it just wasn't there.

  • The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. My rating was 4 stars.
This is a book for really young teens, but I loved it. It tells the story of Sophie and Agatha, strange friends that are nothing alike. They are kidnapped by a hooded figure, that takes them to this strange school to become heroes and villains. Sophie is the pretty girl and expects to be a princess and Agatha, with her black clothes, just wants to go back home. So. when Sophie is send of to the evil school and Agatha is in the path to become a tutu wearing princess, everything seems out of place. I really fell in love head over heels for this book. I loved the writing, the Hogwarts feeling of it, the printing and the drawings. Perfect. Sophie will have you grabbing and pulling your hair trough out the entire book, but you still like her and miss her at the end. The negative and the reason it's not a 5 stars for me are the plot changes. They are just overwhelming and unbearable at times and sadly there's a moment when you feel you cannot stand any more personality changes. 

  • Última Palavra: Mãe by José Jorge Letria. My rating was 3 stars.
So this is a Portuguese writer and I doubt that it was been translated to other languages, but I'm going to review it all the same. This was a Christmas gift from my mother, because the main topic of the book is the writer's relationship with his mother. I enjoyed the book, very light and quick reading and it makes you want to pay an homage to your own mother. A pleasant gift.

  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. My rating was 4,5 stars.
This is my second Rowell book, the first being FanGirl, which was good, though nothing special, but this one, I could not put it down for the live of me. It's about a boy and a girl, both misfits, that meet for the first time on the school bus and slowly fall in love with each other and find out that where they fit best is together. I simply loved it. Praise this book, OMG. Strong story, intense character background, the protagonists are just impossible not to love and you can really connect with the intense events that fill this book. When a book has me suffering and wondering how things are going to turn out, I just know it's a good book. Besides, it's filled with comic book references and just reading the word X-Men made me love the book instantly! The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is mainly because sometimes the romance aspect was too "sweet" for my taste. I do prefer a couple that portrays a love-hate type of relationship far more than a head-over-heals-that-I-forget-you-I-am type of thing. The top negative trait for me was definitely the ending, because I like a closed ending with no unfinished business and this one is not like that because it leaves you a bit hanging in the dark. 

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. My rating was 4 stars.
First of all this book is not in the picture shown above because I took it to Spain with me and finished it there, but below is a instagram pic of it. Before reading this book, I saw so many bad reviews on Goodreads that I was even afraid to pick it up from my shelf and also because this was my first book by this author. But it had been recommend by a very dear friend of mine and so I decided I had to give it a try. I must say I found it extremely gripping at times, as much so that I read it in less than a day. Sometimes it was nerve recking, hence the 4 stars, but I do think it is because generally we are so close minded that we can't see the importance and the wonders embedded deeply in this book. To me it didn't feel at all like a self help book or a tale/fable, but it is true that it helped me unravel some hidden secrets of my own heart. Mainly for me, it was a fictional story very well written with a profound message that really got me. So I would most definitely recommend it, maybe not to the most rational of minds, but all together a very pleasant reading. 

And that's a wrap...;)

Maryanne C.

P.S. - The images above are all my own and I own the rights to them.