Little pause

Because a little pause never killed nobody… (Or does the lyrics go with party? Hmm…)

I know there haven’t been posting anything lately and I have to say there will be no posts for at least another week. I didn’t have time to prepare new posts because I’m about to take a journey and a lot of things had to be done beofre leaving.

So I’m coming back in a while because I have a lot of ideas going on in my head.

You may ask, where are you going, Lady Fraise? And I’m not going to tell you (*evil laugh).

Ok, I may give you some hints.

Van Gogh
Bicycles
Tulips

Did you find out?

Take care and bon voyage!

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‘As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on. There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.’ /Emma Watson, actress, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador/

The Club chooses a book for the month and it is being discussed vie Goodreads, Instagram and Twitter.

The book club’s current list includes novels like:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
The Door by Magda Szabó
Common Ground by Justin Trudeau

Feminism’s goal is to establish the same opportunities for women that are provided for men. Equality is the key. The feminist movement started back in the 19th century with the sufragettes who fought for women’s right to vote. Then Simone de Beauvoir, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis followed. Today’s activists include Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female Supreme Court justice, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Emma Watson.

By discussing the current situation of women, Emma started a long and rocky conversation. She encourages people to get to know more about equality and feminism in a good way. By hiding books on the streets of London, by doing interviews with iconic women such as Gloria Steinem and Malala Yousafzai or by bringing Marai Larasi, the executive director of Imkaan to the Golden Globe as her date.

Wish there were more famous people like her who use their popularity for good.

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15 things I learnt about Switzerland

After getting a taste of Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Spain, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary of course, we are moving to the beautiful Switzerland. I was 13 years old on a 10-day bus trip with my parents and this is the only family vacation of which we don’t have our own pictures. Because for a camera it’s the best time to fall apart while you are visiting landscapes and cities in Switzerland… so we have pictures of stranger people and we are smiling happily on every 30th picture. Even though this happened I remember enjoying Switzerland a lot.

  1. The Swiss Confideration is a sovereign state and it consists of 26 cantons. It is surrounded by Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Lichtenstein.
  2. The country was founded in 1291 and its population is about 8 million people.
  3. The official languages are German, French, Italian and Romansh.
  4. The capital is Bern and the most popular tourist sights are Zürich, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne and Basel.
  5. Switzerland is a very rich country. Banking industry and tourism are the major fields of their economy.
  6. When it comes to Swiss national dishes fondue comes to most people’s mind. During the cold days in the mountains the Swiss invented fondue to eat cheese and bread.
  7. Raclette, Rosti and Meingue also came from this region and let us not forget Swiss chocolate! Lindt, Milka, Nestlé, Moser Roth… seems like they know all that must be known about chocolate. They are one of the world’s biggest exporters.
  8. Swiss inventions include muesli, milk chocolate, potato peeler, cellophane and LSD.
  9. Famous Swiss people include Daniel Bernoulli, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Carl Jung, Elisabeth Külber-Ross, Siegfried Wagner, Hermann Rorschach, Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Roger Federer.
  10. E=mc2, the theory of relativity was born in Bern during Einstein’s stay at 1905.
  11. The Swiss Guard, the bodyguards of the Pope all come from Switzerland and they wear the same uniform since the 16th century.
  12. The world’s largest physics lab, CERN can be found is in Geneva. If you are a Big Bang Theory fan, the Hadron Collider will sound familiar to you. The CERN scientists who discovered the Higgs-Boson particle received a Nobel Prize in 2013.
  13. Switzerland has many natural beauties (there are 208 mountains and 1500 lakes!) so filmmakers often choose to shoot some scenes for a movie. Angels and Demons, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, Star Wars III and Goldeneye are just a few of the list.
  14. Even though peple can own a gun in Switzerland and assisted suicide is legal, the country has the second longest life expectancy in the world (the first one is Japan). The country has the highest doctors to patients’ ratios in the world
  15. Empress Elisabeth of Austria (who was also Queen of Hungary) was assassinated by Luigi Lucheni in 1898 in Geneva. The murderer used a small and narrow grater but the Sissi died hours later because her corset was so tight the bleeding was very slow. A statue stands there as a reminder of the horrible event.

Style icons III.: Sarah Jessica Parker

”Follow your instincts and do not let other peoples opinion of you become your opinion of yourself.”

Sarah Jessica Parker is most famous for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. Curly hair, a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s, cigarette in one hand and Cosmopolitan in the other. She was the first IT girl on television and she won 4 Golden Globes in the Best Lead Actress in a Television Series category.
After the show has ended she appeared mostly in romantic comedies such as Failure to Launch with Matthew McConaughey, All Roads Lead to Rome and Did You Hear About the Morgans with Hugh Grant.
She released 5 fragrances and the SJP shoe collection.

Reading has never been this fashionable.

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One of my favorite things about Instagram is talking with so many of you about books, sharing titles and supporting writers, booksellers and our libraries. I've been a devoted reader since I was a little girl so I'm particularly thrilled to introduce a stunning debut novel, A PLACE FOR US, by a new and powerful American voice, Fatima Farheen Mirza. Our first for #SJPforHogarth. US readers can pre-order now to redeem a special bonus gift. The link with information is in my bio. To all those dedicated international readers, stay tuned. We'll have more information for you very soon. This book is a gift for its fortunate readers and I'm so excited to imagine it in readers hands or on their stacks. Any questions, ask away!!! X, SJ​

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Simple, elegant and feminine.

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@bravoandy always leaves me laughing. X, SJ

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If you thought pink can never work with purple, you were wrong.

A glamorous shoe can spice even the most simple outfit.

This year’s Met Gala theme was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic imagination’. SJP wore a gold nativity scene as a headpiece and a dress designed by Dolce & Gabbana.

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This is now. X, Sj

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The headpiece obsession started actually in 2015 at the ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ Met Gala. It was designed by Philip Treacy and she wore a dress she collaborated on with h&m.

On this year’s Golden Globes she supported the ‘Time’s Up’ movement by wearing a black Dolce & Gabbana dress.

To the Golden Globes in 2017 she wore Vera Wang that has certain Princess Leia vibes.

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Many hands. Many masters. I'm on my way. X, Sj

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SJP is one of the New York City Ballet’s board of directors and she attends all of the Fall Galas in the last 7 years. In 2015 she wore a Zuhair Murad dress with Cartier jewelry.

And for the ending let’s take a look at beautiful shoes of the SJP collection. They exist in all the colours of the rainbow so everyone can find the perfect match.

Ant-Man and the Wasp in 4D

‘I do some dumb things, and the people I love the most – they pay the price.’ /Scott Lang in Ant-Man and the Wasp/

What is this movie about?
First of all you have to check out the first Ant-man movie to fully understand this one. Scott Lang /Paul Rudd a.k.a. Phoebe’s boyfriend, Mike from Friends/ has been under house arrest for three years. On the last week of his penalty he faces a serious decision. Becoming a free man or taking a huge risk but saving people’s lives.

What did I like about this movie?
Ant-Man is not my favourite Marvel movie but I always liked Scott’s character. He is very gentle and his daughter means everything to him. In addition he has a down-to-earth kind of personality and feels he responsible for other people as well.
In addition the whole movie is very funny. Not just Scott but his co-worker Luis will make you pee in your pants if you are not careful.

Who do I recommend it for?
I recommend this movie to all Marvel fans, because it’s essential for them (Who do I want to kid? Us!) Also if you are looking for a comedy with a lot of action scenes.

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And what about the 4D?
As a huge cinema fan I always wanted to try watching a movie in 4D. In Hungary you can only find this kind of opportunity in the capital, Budapest. So during my mini-holiday I decided make my dream come true. The ticket costs three times more than a regular one but it’s OK, because we are having hardcore fun, right? After entering I got a regular 3D glasses (That I have to put on top of my regular glasses. You can imagine how much fun that is.). The movie starts with a car hunt and when it all began my seat began to move. Up and down, from side to side, sometimes in circles. I felt like sitting roller-coaster rather than in the cinema. But it was new. Then smoke came out and an air cannon brushed my earlobe and my legs (That made me jump… twice… hard… with a shout…). I remember never letting to of the seat’s rail. All in all I’m glad I tried 4D but it rather put me off than making me feel like I was actually in the movie.
Now I’m thinking… Should I try IMAX?

Ballet on TV

Just like every little girl I always dreamed of wearing a tutu and dancing flawlessly on pointe shoes. Then when I became 12 I began jazz ballet and modern dancing. Then I did some ballroom dancing and salsa and I only got to do ballet at 17 and then at 20 and 24… and I have never said proper goodbye to ballet because I always consider going back. For me ballet is the most beautiful form of dancing.

Here are my favourite ballet movies of all time:

My ultimate favourite is Billy Elliot. The story features a young boy who has to take ballet classes by accident and begins to like it more he thought before. He becomes torn between his father and his love for dance. Elton John liked the movie so much he succeeded to convert the story into a musical.

This story is about three sisters who decide to write their names into history books. Ballet shoes features Emma Watson as an actress, Lucy Boynton as a ballerina and Yasmin Paige as an explorer.

Natalie Portman received the Oscar for her leading role in Black Swan. The actress practiced a lot and lost a serious amount of weight to play this role.

First position is kind of an exception because it is more of a documentary rather than a movie. I recommend this movie to you if you are really interested in ballet. I still follow the journey of Aran Bell and Miko Fogarty.

12 youngsters enter the American Ballet Academy to find out if they really can make it as a ballet dancer. Center Stage is for a casual weekend.

And here are my favourite two ballet series:

If you thought that ballet is only about tutus and pirouettes, this series will change your mind completely. Flesh ans bone slaps you in the face by presenting jealousy, vanity, aggression and anger that surrounds the every day lives of dancers.

Amy Sherman-Palladino, the writer of Gilmore girls released her next series, Bunheads in 2012 that features Broadway actress, Sutton Foster and four teenage girls who are friends and although they don’t have a lot of things in common, their love for dancing binds them together and solves their problems.

Lush

Where is Lush coming from?
Lush is a British brand that was founded in 1995. The company produces vegan and handmade products from organic ingredients and essential oils. Its main goals are protecting animals and saving the environment. Doing so they never test the items on animals. Besides that the company always tries to bring attention to endangered species by donating money with charity boxes. And the environmentally friendly part mean that most of the products are packaging free or if it needs wrapping, a simple paper bag can do the trick. If the product needs to be contained in something, because it’s liquid based, a jar that is made from recycled plastic is used. They also sell canvas bags or scarves that are made from organic cotton or recycled plastic bottles.

How did I meet the products?
Honestly I only got to know about the brand from my favourite Youtubers, because Lush stores can only be found in the Hungarian capital and nowhere else. When I went to Budapest this month, I decided to visit a shop to find out, is it worth the hype? When I entered the store and orgy of wonderful scents hit me in the head and it was amazing. The shop assistants asked what kind of products I was looking for, what my skin types and problems were and they suggested things to me based on this. They explained certain ingredients and let me test all of the products before deciding what I wanted to buy.

What kind of products did I buy?
I wanted to treat myself with luxurious baths for relaxation so I first tried a set of bath bombs because these are the products Lush is most famous for and they had incredible smell.

Sex Bomb
This bath bomb had the most amazing smell of all of them. It has purple and pink colours and there is a small rose on top of it that blooms at the end of the bath. It contains yasmine, ylang ylang and soy milk. The water became marble-like when it melted away. I felt beautiful while reading my magazine in that Sunday evening.

Turtle
This one in not a usual one, because it is a jelly bomb so it softens the skin. The products contains small drops of agar agar pieces to remind us that many turtles die from eating plastic from the ocean. The product has sandalwood and pine smell. I also tried massaging a part of it into my skin to make it more soft.

Sakura
Obviously this one was inspired by the cherry blossom in Japan. It contains mimosa, jasmine essential oils with orange-blossom and citric oil. It gave a very flowery and refreshing experience.

Would I buy Lush products again?
I was very satisfied with my first set of Lush products. The only problem is that they are not cheap (and I’m being modest here). So I wouldn’t be able to buy all of my beauty products (soaps, shampoo, shower gel, face cream, face masks and body lotion) from Lush for an every day use. So they will remain the luxury treat for me. I will use them when I feel blue and want to treat myself.

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