Giorgio Armani: Acqua di Gioia

‘The difference between style and fashion is quality.’ /Giorgio Armani/

About the brand
Giorgio Armani is a worldwide known haute couture designer from Italy. He was born in 1934 and first he studied medicine and wanted to become a doctor.  After his military years he started working as a window dresser and he founded his own brand, Armani in 1975.
He designed the costumes for more than 200 movies during his career.
He was the first designer to ban models whose weight was under 18 BMI.
Armani is good friends with actress Cate Blanchett. Two of the most expensive dresses of all time were designed by Armani, worn by Blanchett and were encrusted with Swarovski crystals. She wore the first one in 2007 and the second one in 2014 to the Oscars. The actress is currently the face of the Sí perfume.
The Armani Beauty brand consists mainly of perfumes, makeup and skincare products.

About the scent
Acqua di Gioia was released in 2010 and it is still available for customers.
It is classified as a floral aquatic scent.
Heart notes: Jasmine, aquatic note
Top notes: Crushed mint leaves, Limone Primo Fiore Feminello
Base notes: Cedarwood heart, brown sugar, labdanum

The perfume was first advertised with Victoria’s Secret model, Emily DiDonato.

In 2016 Hungarian supermodel, Barbara Palvin became an Armani Beauty Ambassador and she started to become the face of the Gioia collection.

My opinion
I’ve been spending my first Glamour Days in the capital with two of my best friends and our shopping trip lead us to Marionnaud. After tiring our noses with basically all the scents in the store, I found the one I was looking for.
Acqua di Gioia is fresh and earthy but still has something very luxurious about it. It is the perfect choice from spring to autumn.
Funny thing that it also came with a red beauty bag. Red is one of my favourite colours and it is so elegant! It has the label tag with golden in the front and it came in a black carrier. I know what you think… who needs a bag for a bag? Well, you don’t know you need it until you have it!
So altogether, Glamour Days 2018, you’ve made my heart melt but by wallet cry.

Where can it be found? 
Douglas
Sephora
Marionnaud
Walmart
Macy’s

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A Simple Favor

‘She is an enigma, my wife. You can get close to her, but you can never quite reach her. She’s like a beautiful curse.’ /Sean Nelson in A Simple Favor/

What is the movie about?
Stephanie Smothers (played by Anna Kendrick) is a well-organised, a little shy single mother who is very serious about motherhood and her Youtube channel. Her son, Miles becomes friends with Nicky, whose mother seems very stylish and mysterious. Emily Nelson (Blake Lively) has everything: the luxurious house, the best job as a PR manager of a fashion company, the handsome artist husband and a son. Everything seems perfect except Emily has some issues, for example hating if someones takes a photo of her. The two mothers start to bond and become the most unusual friends. But deep inside they both have something the other is very jelaous about. Emily often asks Stephanie to look for her son, because she is so busy with work all the time. And one day, Emily Nelson disappears.

And the story behind it…
Not long ago Blake Lively deleted all her Instagram posts and followed women whose name was Emily Nelson. Of course everyone started guessing and the upcoming movie already had major attendance and the guessing started. Is this a true story? And if it is, what happened to Emily?
The answer will be disappointing.
The movie is based on Darcey Bell’s novel with the exact title and the writer was influenced by Edgar Ellen Poe and Patricia Highsmith. She previously worked as a preschool teacher and she was inspired by the mothers she met.

What did I like about the movie?
Although the movie is cathegorised as mystery thriller, for me it rather seemed like a tragicomedy, principally the ending of the movie. But I promise I stop here and won’t spoiler anything.
It has similar features to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. The story is not easy to predict and mood rises with every detail that comes out.
With the movie’s sarcastic tone I also think it wants to slap the face of rich people with a huge mirror showing how their fancy life is so fake.
The French songs that appear in the movie are amazing, I still listen to them a lot.
And last but not least let us not go further without taking a look at Blake Lively’s fabulous clothes!

To whom would I recommend it for?
To everyone who likes thrillers or psychological dramas.
For a Saturday night with the girls.

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Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam

Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam
Opening hours: 3.50-12.50 EUR
Tickets: Open every day! Monday-Sunday 10:00-17:00
Click here for more information!

About the founders
During a visit to England one antique bag took the heart and constant attention of Hendrikje and Heinz Ivo. Throughout the years they collected 5000 bags and first had
an exhibition at their home in Amstelveen in 1996. The collection moved to its current place, a house that is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage in 2007. Their daughter, Sigrid Ivo is the director of the museum and the museum is often mentioned as one of the best fashion related ones on Earth.

The collection
The exhibition starts with the oldest bags from the 5th century and by explaining the methods how bags were made and used in the past centuries. Did you know people started making bags back then because their clothes didn’t have any pockets? It moves through time, materials and fashion as well until we reach our current days.
Let me just mention of couple of names from the haute couture collection: Chanel, Dolce&Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Judith Leiber, DKNY, Gucci, Hermés, Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton.
It also contains bags that used to belong to celebrities: the bag Madonna wore to Evita’s premiere, Sophia Loren’s, Julia Robert’s and Lady Gaga’s bag, Salvador Dalí’s wife, Gala Dalí’s bag, Hillary Clinton’s, Margaret Thatcher’s and some of royal families.

The museum shop 
If you take a look at Tripadvisor and other sources you will find that this museum shop has been named the best one in Amsterdam. But why is it so special compared to the one in the Van Gogh Museum for example? Because it is impossible not to find the perfect bag there for yourself. This September the newest collection of Valentino was also on sale. Hard to be strong when so much useful (!!) beauty is surrounding you…
Anyway, you can also take a look back at the bags by buying a book containing stories and photos of the whole collection.

During the visit you can design a handbag for yourself. Here is the one I made while feeling very creative and empowered standing next to a red Chanel bag. Am I a born designer or what?!

My bag

 

 

Vogue

‘When I first moved to New York I bought Vogue instead of dinner. It just felt it fed me more.’ /Carrie Bradshaw – Sex and the City/

The fashion industry’s monthly Bible has to be Vogue magazine. The magazine contains articles mostly about fashion (more specifically haute couture), beauty and lifestyle. It was already founded in 1892 in the USA by an American businessman, Arthur Baldwin Turner and was published first as a weekly newspaper. In 1905 the magazine was bought by Condé Nast.

Vogue has spread from the USA and today it is published in the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Turkey, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China, India, Thailand and Arabia.

From 1988 the editor in chief for Vogue is Anna Wintour. She was born in 1949 in London. Her career started at Harper’s Bazaar and then in she changed to British Vogue in 1986. She wears her signature look, the bob haircut since she was 15 years old and she is rare to be seen without sunglasses.
Time Magazine claims ‘Runway shows don’t start until she arrives. Designers succeed because she anoints them. Trend are created or crippled on her command.’ Today she is the most influential woman in the fashion industry and is the curator of the Metropolitan Museum of New York so she organizes the MET Gala every year. The First Monday in May documentaey captures how the event is organized.
She supported and raised today’s famous John Galliano and Michael Kors. She declared the magazine’s main goal: ‘Vogue is the best of evrything that fashion can offer and I think we point the way. We are, you know, a glamourous girlfriend.’

Fun facts about Vogue:
Mexican Vogue featured a portrait of Frida Kahlo on the cover in 1937.
Vogue’s photographers include Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino and Helmut Newton.
The first celebrity cover featured Madonna in 1989.
Kate Moss has the most (over 60) Vogue covers.
There is only 8 American Vogue covers that feature a man including George Clooney, Ben Stiller and Richard Gere.
Salvador Dalí made illustrations for Vogue covers in 1939 and 1944.
The September issue is the most important one in each year because it influences the whole season. The September Issue documentary shows how much it takes to make such an influential magazine.

Anna Wintour’s former assistant, Lauren Weisberger wrote the famous The Devil wears Prada novel. People often compare Anna Wintour to Meryl Streep’s character in the movie. She attended the premier and wore Prada.
Today there are special editions of Vogue such as Teen Vogue and Men’s Vogue.
Fashion designer, Vera Wang started as an assistant at Vogue.
Alexander Wang and Joan Didion also used to work for Vogue.
The largest edition of Vogue weighs 4.5 pounds and has 916 pages in September 2012.
42% of online Vouge’s readers are men.
71K issues of Vogue are sold in half a year only in the UK.

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Best of Emmys dresses 2018

Emmy Award goes to people in the American television industry. The first Emmy statuette (a woman with wings holding an atom) was given in 1949 to Shirley Dinsdale. The person who received the most Emmys is Julia Louis Dreyfus with 11 wins and 24 nominations.
On 17th September the 70th Emmys took place in the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It was hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost and the whole event was flooded with celebrities. Here you can find this year’s list of wins and nominees.

Let’s take a look at what people wore to the red carpet.

Vanessa Hudgens certainly found her version of the little black dress that was designed by SemSem. The huge bow makes it look very chic and dramatic.

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The full look at the @netflix Emmy’s party!

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You can never go wrong with Chanel. Penélope Cruz looked like a modern princess.

Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke was showing of her amazing figure in Dior.

Gossip Girl has never looked more classy. Kristen Bell wore a white Nicole Chavez dress with diamonds.

Dakota Fanning chose a simple and elegant dress from Dior.

The Handmaid’s Tale’s beautiful and talented actress, Madeline Brewer wore a dress from Brock Collection with stunning Bvlgari earrings.

Taraji P. Henson’s dress was inspired by nature and was designed by Giambattista Valli.

Stranger Things’ Max, Sadie Sink look liked a 21st century angel wearing Custom Hiraeth Dress. It was designed by Academy Award nominee, Rooney Mara.

Zac Posen proved that it is never enough of tulle and attended the event with Joey King.

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Underneath the purple rain ☔️ @zacposen

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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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