‘The Season Has Commenced Ladies and Gentlemen! Yes, it is that time of year again. Weddings, weddings and, oh yeah, more weddings! Now, as a hopeless romantic I love myself a good wedding; after all, I am the perfect guest. I laugh, I cry, I will detangle the train, I will reroute Uncle BoozeHound away […]
One of my favourite posts on my Book blog
Feel free to check it out!
photo courtesy of Alberta Ferretti from Vogue Magazine 2015 and Me!
The day I saw this dress was the day I fell in love with designer Alberta Ferretti. I was browsing through my Instagram feed when I saw this photograph. This dress! Stunning beyond words in its simplicity and floral motif, the epitome of Spring. Interestingly, the first thought that popped into my head when I laid eyes on this lovely creation was ‘Oh look! It’s a Pride and Prejudice Dress!’ Isn’t that strange?
Apparently not. People find inspiration in many ways, and Italian designer Alberta Ferretti is no different. After digging up an article by Vogue Magazine from 2015 (http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2015-couture/alberta-ferretti-limited-edition) , I discovered that this dress was designed by Ferretti after moving her Paris showroom to a historic townhouse on Rue du Faubourg, Saint-Honore. In the interview for her Fall 2015 Limited Edition Couture Collection, she talked about how…
View original post 252 more words
Hello Friends! I recently started another blog devoted entirely to my obsession with books. It is a love affair that has spanned decades, with each and every book leaving it’s imprint on my life and my perspective of the world. I posted my first official post today, I hope you check it out!
Every year, after the holiday has come and gone, I like to take a moment to just sit by my Christmas tree and reflect on how the season played out. Overall it was a nice Christmas and New Year-with moments of warm cheer, generosity and spirit, but also moments of loneliness, worry and solitude.
The holidays tend to be advertised as “the most wonderful time of the year”, but just like everyday life, it is an emotional rollercoaster, with its beautiful highs and lows amidst the softly falling snow.
While pondering these thoughts by the tree, the following book came to mind. “A Boy Called Christmas” by Matt Haig was gifted to me by the lovely Harper Collins Canada this season and it was wonderful, it completely mirrored my own Christmas spirit. Whenever those polarizing emotions took over me, this book read like a favourite Aunt; empathizing with me…
View original post 194 more words
The brilliant Nayyirah Waheed brings it home again.
Straight to the heart.
Finally! A magical adventure kids series that stars a kick-ass 12 year old GIRL for a change! Thanks for everything Harry Potter, all the best to you Percy Jackson-The Theodosia Series by R.L. LaFevers is in town and is on its way to being the next big thing in Children’s Literature, I guarantee it.
Theodosia is positively delightful. Set in the early 1900s London, Theodosia is a smart, sassy, fearless little girl, living part-time in a museum with her archaelogist-parents. While her parents devote all their time to the museum, Theodosia uses some very special, very secret powers of her own to keep it safe from some not-so-ordinary villains and enemies from the present times and the Ancient Egyptian past.
I accidently picked up the first book, Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, at my local bookstore as a gift to my sister, who loves Ancient Egyptian History, but somehow the book ended up on my shelf instead. One of the great things about this book is the main character herself. It is so refreshing to FINALLY have a solo female protagonist who possesses the special powers, who single-handedly discovers the mystery and then hits the road running to go solve it and save the day. While I love the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series, one cannot ignore the fact that the female characters tend to be the wing girls-ready to step in and use their superior skills to help the hero out, but eventually going back to the sidekick role and letting the hero save the day. And even though she doesn’t directly come out and say it, LaFevers does point out the hardships that women tend to face by burdening Theodosia with all the female stereotypes prevalent in the early 20th century so that, not only does she have to solve the mystery herself, but she also has to overcome society’s idea of the “proper lady” as well (And this, in my eyes, make her even more awesome!)
Another aspect I loved about this series is the extensive research LaFevers put into it. She definitely knows her Ancient Egyptian history and doesn’t try to modernize it by dumbing it down; rather, she maintains the dignity and respect of the Ancient Egyptians gods, traditions and practices while presenting it through the eyes of a 12 year old girl, making it understandable and fun. You really feel the power of Ancient Egyptian history in these books, not in a boring way, but a dazzling, exciting, hanging-onto-the-edge-of-your-seat way. And trust me, it only gets more fun and more exciting with each new book
Overall, I whole-heartedly recommend the Theodosia Series to EVERYONE who loves kid literature. Read it together with your kids, your parents, grandparents, your classmates–read it to your cat for goodness sakes’, just pick it up and READ IT! Its really that awesome.
P.S-Once you finish reading Theodosia, I’m sure you’re going to be hooked so here are some other series that LaFevers writes as well-enjoy!
His Fair Assassin Series (recommended teen 14+ years old)
I was on Pinterest the other day and I came across this painting and was heartstruck. Being a fan of Michael Jackson since I was 3 years old–and when I say fan, I mean owning-a-little-red-leather-jacket-sparkly-white-glove-dancing-to-thriller fan– I just had to save this image and write something about it.
Firstly, I don’t know who the artist is, I didn’t see a name anywhere, but what struck me the most about this painting is the Sincerity of it. I believe that, despite all the scandal, the hardship, the lawsuits and legal and financial troubles, Michael Jackson was still just a child, mind, heart and soul– the real-life Peter Pan living out his childhood dreams. And as a result, he got a lot of shit for it- used, abused and taken advantage of left, right and centre.
To me, this painting reflects the Michael that the world seemed to forget admist the musical genius, the media chaos and the scandal, which is why I like it so much. As a fan, it totally captures my own feelings for Michael, such that I wouldn’t even need to explain them. I am glad that there are still people out there who remember him like this.
2theArtist: I don’t know who you are, but thank you for painting this. If you ever see this, please drop me a line.
P.S Here’s one of my all time favourite Michael Jackson songs, I could listen to this forever…. ❤
**NOTE: These reviews are just my humble opinion on books I’ve read***
Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans: AMAZING! FANTASTIC! WONDERFUL! BEWITCHING! MESMERISING! ALLURING! JUST ALL-ROUND-FREAKIN-AWESOME! There really aren’t enough adjectives in my vocab to describe how much I enjoyed this book. From start to finish, I couldn’t put it down. It was the last thing I read before bed, the first thing I read at breakfast, and I even tucked it into my lab coat at work and read it walking down the halls-it really is just that great.
So how did I come by this treasure? The cover art. It was the first thing that attracted me to the book. Sometimes I DO judge a book by its cover(sue me!), and the black n white clockwork art details caught my eye, invited me in for a better look,and then once I read the back cover-BBAAMMM, I was hooked.
Story-wise, this book was mesmerising. In a time where the kid lit scene is flooded with Fantasy books that are each spectacularly more convoluted and complicated than the last, Lissa Evans keeps it simple-and that, in my opinion, is why this story works. Instead of pages and pages of glamourous, other-worldly magic, Evans takes us back to the old days, weaving magic, mystery and adventure into the everyday stuff that kids experience-being the new kid, friends, school, summer vacation, growth spurts (or in my case, lack OF…). I could totally relate to all things Stuart, the main character, goes through and I’m sure most kids can as well. Yet, to go through all of that with a bit of magic on your side–well, who wouldn’t want a childhood like that eh?
However, just because Evans story and characters are relatable, dont think you know what its about and dismiss it-’cause chances are, you don’t. That was another perk of this book-it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think you’ve figured it all out, Evans does a 180 and takes you down a whole other road and you fall smack on your ass in surprise, just like I did in chapter….(hehe, Im not tellin’. If you want to know, go check out the book-then we’ll talk! :P). Get my drift?
All in all, Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms is a fantastic book! I gave it 3 hearts and I recommend it to anyone out there who wants to make their childhood or childhood-past just a lil bit more magical. Also, if you end up loving it just as much as I did, there’s a part 2! Horten’s Incredible Illusions by Lissa Evans – now available at a bookstore near you!
Take it easy