Favourites of April 2018

Book experience of the month:
I was very curious about Margaret Atwood’s The handmaid’s tale, so I started the month by reading that. It turned out to be less disturbing than the series, but I’ll get to that later. Even though the book sets place in the dystopian America, it poses painfully real questions the current situation of women.
When I was in Budapest, I bought a Poket book called Dairy of a madwoman by Géza Csáth. Although I like the novel, I think it can be very hard to read and understand for people who has never learned psychiatry before.

Audiobook experience of the month:
I got to the 6th Harry Potter book, the Half blood prince, and I know it means that this series will soon end… So I try to enjoy the story as much as I can. I still can’t forgive Ron for fooling around with Lavender Brown. Seriously, what was he thinking?!

Movie experience of the month:
I want to catch up with the Oscar movies, so I watched Three billboards outside Ebbing. Previously I thought this will be a very sad movie, but I was positively disappointed. The movie focuses on the characters, they have enough time to develop until the end and all together gives a great opportunity for the actors in it. I really liked the performance of Woody Harrelson.
Then I moved on to The shape of water and I liked that movie even better. This one became the best movie of 2017 and it won three more Academy awards: for directing, best music and best production design. Very impressive, isn’t it? The story takes place in the 1960’s and is about two extraordinary lovers. Extraordinary, because Sally Hawkins plays a deaf cleaning lady who falls in love with a creature from the sea.
Last but not least I finally got to see last year’s fashion movie, Phantom thread. It is a very interesting story about a dressmaker (Daniel Day-Lewis) who meets a woman, Alma, who becomes his muse. But is it enough for Alma as well? Can she become a real partner to the artist?

Series experience of the month:
After reading the book, I started watching The handmaid’s tale by Hulu as well. I have to tell you, it’s more shocking than the book and it has many changes as well. For example, Luke doesn’t survive in the book and Ofglen kills herself. I’m very excited to see Alexis Bledel in such a role, amazed by Elisabeth Moss and I can’t wait for the second season!

Travelling experience of the month:
I went to Budapest this month to see the Daalarna Fashion Show and it was the best fashion experience ever! Find out more about it here.

Book vending machines opened in Budapest

I would have never guessed, but the world’s first book vending machine was made already in 1822 in England. Currently they can be found in several places around the world such as Spain, Germany and Sweden.

And finally the magic happened on 11th April, the day of Hungarian poetry, when 7 vending machines became open to business in Budapest. The current places where you can find the machines are:
– Madách Square
– Széll Kálmán Square
– Móricz Zsigmond Circus
– Southern Railway Station
– Eastern Railway Station
– Vígszínház
– Stadiums

Each book costs 990 HUF. The idea came from young actors, Miklós Vecsei and Attila Vidnyánszky who call themselves ‘theatremakers’. The first series of these books consists of 5 Hungarian literary masterpieces:
– The Paul Street Boys from Ferenc Molnár
– Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb
– Diary of a Madwoman by Géza Csáth
– Endre Ady’s Night by Gyula Krúdy
– Then I started to yarn by Péter Esterházy

Some internet sources say more machines will be installed in the capital, but they will appear later in other university cities.

I visited 3 of the vending machines on 12th April (so only the day after the opening!), and most of them were almost hollow, which means people like the idea of having their own ‘Poket’ books. I bought the Csáth book at the end and I’m very excited to be able to tell all my followers about this fantastic initiation.

Don’t forget that #readingiscool!

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Photography books II.: Mihaela Noroc

Mihaela Noroc: The Atlas of Beauty

This 32-year old photographer from Bucharest has been travelling all around the world in the last couple of years to take pictures of beautiful women. Singapore, France, Brazil, Iran, Tibet, Ecuador, Myanmar and Mexico are just few of the places she has already visited. According to Mihaela’s Instagram, she is currently in India to ‘explore the unnoticed beauty which lies in people around us’.
She also tells stories about the women she photographs. What it is like to be working as living statues in Ukraine? What it is like to live with a birthmark on your cheek? What are the days like in a refugee camp? These stories reflect not only the situation of women, but also the world we currently live in. What we only consider today an anecdote will become history tomorrow.

Follow Mihaela on her journey:
The Atlas of Beauty (Official)
The Atlas of Beauty (Instagram)
The Atlas of Beauty (Facebook)

Favourites of March 2018

Book experience of the month:
First of all I read The white king written by Hungarian writer, György Dragomán because I saw the trailer of the movie that was made from the novel last year. I haven’t seen the it yet because I wanted to wait until I read the book. The book reminded me of Imre Kertész’s Fateless because it explains a tragic period of history from the point of view of a young person and the way he sees that world doesn’t seem as terrible as it actually was.
Then I moved on to something completely different with Alice Wonder’s Paris, c’est le vie. Alice is a Hungarian lady who spent 7 years living in the ‘City of lights’ and she shares her experiences with her readers in a smart and funny way. I loved it, can’t wait to read the other three books of her series.

Movie experience of the month:
If you want to just sit down and laugh, Central intelligence will be a great choice for you. It stars the Rock as a wierd but lovable CIA agent who gets in touch with his old high school pal.
Planetarium tells the story of the sisters (Nathalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp), who make a living from performing paranormal seances. Very sensitive story.
To see the reflection of current society’s, watch Manifesto with Cate Blanchett starring in 13 different roles. A teacher, a homeless guy, a scientist… all played by her.

Cinema experience of the month:
March has been a very busy month. First I saw Fifty shades freed, but it was a bit of a disappointment for me… It was a crime story filled with some romantic scenes. I still think the first movie was the best of the trilogy.
I absolutely loved the new Tomb Raider movie! Alicia Vikander is such a lovely and talented actress, I really adore her.
And finally, Red Sparrow. Most of the scenes were shot in Hungary, it was amazing to see Jennifer Lawrence walking to Nyugati Railway station, where I’ve been a couple of weeks as well. Some Hungarian actors appeared in the movie too. The thriller is about an Russian ex-ballerina who becomes an intelligence officer because she has to support her mother. I don’t want to make spoilers but it is a great movie if you want to get to know more about true human nature.

Travelling experience of the month:
15th March is a national holiday because of the Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence 1848-49. So that weekend I went to a Hungarian spa town, Harkány with 3 of my very best childhood friends. A blog post come soon with pictures, I promise! 🙂

Food experience of the month:
It recently became clear that I’m lactose intolerant, so one of my friends suggested me to try almond milk. Yummi, yummi!

Favourites of February 2018

Book experience of the month:
This month I read Short stories: The happy prince by Oscar Wilde. The book teaches a lot about the true kind of human nature and every story holds a moral lesson.
Then I read Klimt: Women, that is a short book about the muses of the painter Gustav Klimt and women’s situation in the 19th and 20th century. I got this one from my mummy when she went to see The Kiss last year in Belvedere, Vienna.

Audiobook experience of the month:
Of course I followed Harry’s adventures and fights with Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It starts to make me feel sad that his adventures will be over in two books…again.

Movie experience of the month:
First I saw a very unusual family story of Winnie, the pooh’s writer, A. A. Milne, called Goodbye, Christopher Robin. I finally got to see The murder on the Orient Express! It was very monumental. I also saw a Hungarian movie, 1945. It’s about a small town, where one day two Jewish people turn up after the war. People have to face their guilt and re-evaluate their old decisions. Then I watched Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, which is about the psychologist who wrote the comic in the 1940s. It was very interesting to see Ryan Gosling in a sci-fi movie. Although Blade runner 2049 may seem slow, it really gives you a special feeling. But altogether my most favourite movie this month was Lion! Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman play the main characters of this emotional journey.

Cinema experience of the month:
Yesterday I went to see the new Marvel movie, Black Panther, introducing Wakanda’s king, TChalla played by Chadwick Boseman and his love, Nakia by the Academy Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o.

Series experience of the month:
I want to catch up with the 4th season of Gotham, so that is all. Seems like Big Bang Theory and Vikings went on a holiday. 

Travelling experience of the month:
I went to Budapest twice this month to visit friends! I always find new things to discover there.

Photography experience of the month:
The ones I took on my trips and some shots of my friend at Buda Castle. Can’t wait to start taking portrait pictures more intensely.

Favourites of January 2018

The first month of the year has already passed… Wait! Whaaat?
Let’s see what I was up to in my free time!

Book experience of the month:
First I read a book about Hungarian artist’s love stories (Festői szerelmek) from a Hungarian literature historian, Krisztián Nyári, it was very interesting.
The next one was Vivienne Westwood written by her and Ian Kelly. The book starts with describing the preparations of Paris’s Fashion Week, so it’s a must read to all fashionistas!

Audiobook experience of the month:
This month I continued Harry’s adventures in Harry Potter and the Triwizard Tournament and I realised that if I had to choose my favourite book from the series, it has to be this one or the third book. It’s beacuse they are not so dark as the books following, but still we went to more adventures with Harry already and we know all the characters.

Movie experience of the month:
If you are looking for a very funny action movie, The hitman’s bodyguard will be perfect for your taste. Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds are hilarious!
Inspired by my new chapter, I watched some of my favourite fashion movies, Sex and the City 1 and 2 and of course, The Devil wears Prada. All of them had been a great inspiration for me.
And the last movie I saw was Jumanji from 1995 with the darling Robin Williams. It made me think, how future generations will react to this year’s movies that we consider very spectacular. Where will the film industry develop?

Cinema experience of the month:
And the reason I watched the old Jumanji movie because I saw the new one in the cinema. I was looking for relaxation and I got it! It had been shot in a very scenic place and it actually turned out to be more fun than I thought.

Series experience of the month:
I saw Kit Harrington’s mini series, Gunpowder about Guy Fawkes’ and a group of Catholics who attempted to blow up the House of Lords and kill the king.
The other series I saw is called Dark and if I had to resemble it to an other series, it would be Stranger Things, but the German version of it. Although it has time travelling and more characters. 

Theatre experience of the month:
There is a series in REÖK Palace in Szeged that commemorates the most famous Hungarian painter’s love stories. This month it was Mihály Munkácsy.
I also went to see Amadeus in the National Theatre in Szeged. It was written by Peter Shaffer and I’m a huge fan of this drama. I saw it first in the Katona József Theatre in Kecskemét and I saw the movie from 1984.

Photography experience of the month:
It has to be that Friday when I was shooting ballet classes. Click here to find out more about it.

Music experience of the month:
This month I was listening to French music: Édith Piaf, Francoise Hardy, Jacques Brel, Zaz, Indila, Chloé Stafler.

Drink experience of the month:
My friend, Helen from Taiwan surprised me by sending Taiwanese tea for my birthday, because she knows about my tea obsession. It has been a wonderful surprise! 🙂

Fashion books I.

If you are interested in famous designer’s lives: 

Henry Gidel – Coco Chanel
Vivienne Westwood, Ian Kelly – Vivienne Westwood
Patrizia Gucci – Gucci
Patrizia Gucci – Charme
Laurence Benaim – Yves Saint Laurent

If you want to know more about French chic:

Inés de la Fressange – Parisian Chic: A Style Guide
Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest, Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan – How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits
Tish Jett – Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance

If you are interested in the history of accessories: 

Carmel Allen – Handbag: To have and to hold