Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlett Letter

Recently I’ve been having a classic vibe, so these are the kind of books that are coming.

Who was Nathaniel Hawthorne?
The American writer lived from 1804 to 1864. He wrote his first novel when he was only 28 years old! His art is considered to be a part of dark romanticisim and the location of most of his novels is New England, where The Scarlet Letter takes place as well. One of his ancestors was a judge in the Salem witch trials and most of his works is about the sin. The Scarlet Letter is considered his masterpiece and it was published in 1850.

What is the Scarlet Letter about?
It’s about a woman, Hester Prynne who has to face trials because she had a love affair with a man who is not her husband. She has to wear a scarlet letter A on her chest as a sign of her sin and she is living an isolated life with her illegitimate daughter, Pearl. She works very hard as a seamstress and often helps the unfortunate. Her husband turns up from a long journey and asks her not to reveal his identity. As time goes by, her lover gets unmasked and the whole town has to face the truth.

What kind of question does the book raise?
Can we call someone a sinner when we are sinners as well?
Is it better to come forward with your sin or hide it for years?
Who is a true friend and who isn’t?
Do we have to care about what other people think?
Is it possible to live happily when society rejects you?

Why did I like this book?
I always liked historical novels and this one gives us a very detailed description about the 19th century’s puritan American society and religious beliefs. Although the book is 167 years old it still makes very accurate points about the hypocrisy of people. I also liked how the story unfolded and when it began to dawn on me who Hester’s lover was, I has another interesting character to pay attention to. Even though it is a sad story the whole novel has a very peaceful sentiment.

What kind of movies did the book inspire?
There are two film adaptations of the novel. The earlier one is from 1995 and the main actors are Demi Moore and Gary Oldman.

The latter one is from 2015.

But it also inspired a romantic comedy with Emma Stone and Penn Badgley.

Beauty is everywhere

Call me a romantic but I truly think that beauty surrounds us everywhere we go.

It happened in 2016 when Palestine ballet dancer Rima Baransi travelled to Triest with her family. They were walking down a street when they saw a street musician playing the theme song of Amélie. Rima’s father encouraged her to dance and this spontaneous and magical performance happened:

The violinist’s name is Ivo Remenec and he is from Slovakia. The video of the performance spread worldwide and reached millions of views, so it was obvious people wanted to see the magic happen again. The two artists were invited to Dublin this year. Same song, same performers:

The message of the story is for all of you see the world with a child’s eye and discover the beauty that is all around.

Chech out Rima’s Instagram here.

Gastro movies

‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food’ /George Bernard Shaw/

It’s one thing to hurry to eat your lunch and than get back to work. It’s another thing to really enjoy the food you eat. And another to watch people making or eating food (yep, that’s me…). Here I’m going to list all the food related movies I love.

I dedicate this post to my friend, Helen, who is a sweet tooth just like me. ❤

My favourite food related movie is Chocolat from 2000. It features Juliette Binoche, a chocolate maker who shakes things up in the conservative town she moves to.

What can be cuter than an animal chef? Nothing! This movie not only stole our hearts but the critics’ as well, because it won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year 2018.

I know it’s not a classic gastro movie, but I have to include Eat, pray, love too. Julia Roberts travels to Italy, India and Indonesia to find all the things that are important in life.

Johnny Depp seems to know his way around chocolate! This is a classic visionary and direction of Tim Burton. The movie was based on the novel of Roald Dahl.

Based on Lasse Hallström’s novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey captures the funny competition between a French Michelin-starred restaurant and an Indian one that moves to its neighborhood.

This animated movie is about a young and passionate inventor who designs a food machine. Is it raining burgers? It can happen!

Bradley Cooper plays a chef who has a lot of drama going on in his life. Definitely watch it if you are interested about what days are like in a classy restaurant.

Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s wedding

Yesterday Prince Harry married the former American actress, Meghan Markle in St. George’s Chapel. Meghan’s new title became Duchess of Sussex. We can state that the world’s tearful eyes were watching this beautiful event. Now let’s take a look at what people were wearing.

First of all let’s talk about the wedding dresses. The first one is a Givenchy design and with this neckline and headpiece it reminds me of the one Audrey Hepburn wore in Funny Face.

The second dress is very simple but more modern than the first one. It was designed by Stella McCartney.

Ready to 💃🕺🏻 #royalwedding

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge wore this light beige outfit for the event.

Prince George reminds me of little Mozart, we have to say that he looked very elegant and Princess Charlotte was a true lady who stole the event with her angel-like looks and sweet waving.

Amal Clooney’s marigold dress is also the design of Stella McCartney.

Tennis player, Serena Williams wore a Versace gown.

Victoria Beckham wore one of her own designs, a navy blue midi dress with red heels.

Oprah also wore Stella McCartney for the wedding.

And now you can watch the wedding ceremony by clicking to the video. But I warn you, take a box of handkerchiefs. Try not to cry when Harry tells Meghan she looks amazing!

Wishing this lovely couple all the happiness in the world!

Best of Met Gala dresses 2017

Last year’s Met Gala’s theme was Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, which seems a bit weird because the Japanese designer’s work is more like ‘antifashion’. She uses destroyed garments so her collections often consists of absurd dresses. Even so she is considered a brave and groundbreaking artist and has the support of Alexander Wang, Donna Karan and Jean-Paul Gaultier. 

Let’s take a look at last year’s very creative outfits:

Cara Delvingne was wearing a Chanel suit and her whole outfit had an alien kind of vibe.

The queen of every year’s Met Gala, Rihanna fulfilled the absurd theme the best with a dress from not other than Comme des Garçons itself.

first monday in may.

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Lily-Rose Depp wore a princess like Chanel dress to the event.

Bonbon🍭

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My absolute favourite was Blake Lively who wore this feathered Versace dress that made her look like a beautiful bird.

Met flashback (more things I didn’t post but now have the excuse to!)

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Miranda Kerr a true fashion icon wore this strapless dress that has an A line skirt.

Thank you @cartier ❤️ #metgala

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Rita Ora looked fabulous in this ribbon dress from Marchesa.

I can’t decide whether I like Lupita Nyong’o‘s Prada gown or her make up more.

#fbf #METBALL

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Kate Hudson was showing her beautiful figure in a Stella McCartney dress.

#MetBall2017

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And last but not least model Ashley Graham wore an H&M dress that is more like artwork.

Environmentally friendly

‘And lastly, I just want to say this: Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.’
/Leonardo DiCaprio’s Academy Award acceptance speech from 2016/

I couldn’t agree more. We are all responsible for the things that are currently happening to our planet. Though we might consider ourselves small ants walking on Earth but all of our decisions has an affect.

Here are the things everybody can accomplish:
1. Don’t throw your used batteries into your dustbin, because they release chemicals into the soil. There are specific containers for them in schools or supermarkets.
2. Whenever your are going shopping, take a linen bag with yourself to pack your goodies and never ask for a plastic bag. They need 400 years to decompose.
3. Instead of buying multiple bottles of mineral water, have a permanent container that you can refill over and over again.
4. Use public transportation instead of driving cars.
5. Try to avoid wasting paper. You can buy your new novels as e-books or read your magazines online.
6. Go to the local market for shopping. This way you are supporting your national production and your fruit didn’t need to be transported through the world.
7. Participate in events like the Earth Hour. Click here for more information!
8. Whenever you get bored of your stuff, and they are still usable, give it to your friends or relatives who would be happy to have them for longer. Organise a swapping party with the girls and find treasures! Give the rest of the stuff to charity.
9. If you have clothes that can’t be used any longer, take them to h&m so they can have a new purpose. Click here for more information!
10. Surround yourself with plants. They are not only nice to look at but they produce oxygen with photosynthesis.
11. If you have the opportunity, collect your waste selectively.
12. Whenever you are on a journey, make sure not to destroy the place you went to. For example don’t bring a bit of sand with yourself from the beach and don’t buy edelweiss or ivory.
13. Use eco-friendly electric products (washing machine, light bulb etc.)
14. Make compost from your biodegradable waste (crusts, eggshells). You can later use it to make your soil more fertile.
15. And finally, it is very important who you are supporting on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and whom you trust with your vote. Remember that people possessing power or fame can easily make change, but you can as well. With every single decision you make.

Avengers: Infinity War

‘All my life I dreamed of a day, a moment, when you got what you deserved. And I was always so disappointed. But now, you kill and torture and you call it mercy. The universe has judged you. You asked it for a prize and it told you no. You failed. And do you wanna know why? Because you love nothing. No one.’ /Gamora in Infinity War/

The new Avengers movie came out in April and of course I had to see it! The movie has set many records already because its estimated costs make it the most expensive movie ever made in history. But don’t you feel sorry about the producers, because it became the highest grossing superhero film of all time.

What happens in the movie?
Thanos, the Titan decides to collect all of the Infinity Stones so he can rule the universe and make a new order that he thinks would be better. The Avengers team up with Guardians of the Galaxy to save the day.

Who appears in the movie?
With all these characters we can call this film a superhero Woodstock.
Iron Man /Robert Downey Jr./
Thor /Chris Hemsworth/
Hulk /Mark Ruffalo/
Captain America /Chris Evans/
Black Widow /Scarlett Johansson/
Doctor Strange /Benedict Cumberbatch/
Vision /Paul Bettany/
Scarlet Witch /Elisabeth Olsen/
Black Panther /Chadwick Boseman/
Spider-Man /Tom Holland/
Falcon /Anthony Mackie/
Winter Soldier /Sebastian Stan/
War Machine /Don Cheadle/
Star-Lord /Chris Pratt/
Gamora /Zoe Saldana/
Rocket /Bradley Cooper/
Groot /Vin Diesel/

And now ladies and gentlemen SPOILER ALERT!!

Why I liked this movie?
First of all, I am a huge fan of the Marvel superhero movies and it feels nice when the characters you like from different films get to meet each other. 🙂
Then because there is constant tension through the film.
And finally because it is not predictable. I think it’s the first (or second, if we count Logan) Marvel movie that doesn’t end with a happy ending.

But what about that ending?
I’m trying to tell you my thoughts without spoilering anything for those who haven’t seen the movie yet. But just to make sure, don’t read further! Sooo… I think they will all come back. Think about what Doctor Strange said after his visions. He only saw one option for a positive ending and then he told Ironman he couldn’t do anything else. So I think he gave the stone to Thanos because of that. And what about the ‘end end’? Well, can’t wait to meet Brie Larson as Captain Marvel.

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