Friday, February 21, 2014

Imagine Life Without Mirrors?!

   "I didn't have to care what I look like because I didn't know what I look like. All the imperfection were «gone» because I just felt like I didn't have any. I felt like being me more."
    "I'm not convinced that we would become more confident without mirrors. If you think about it, mirrors can reassure someone that they look good. Without a mirror, we're always uneasy about how we look. We would be worrying about how we look more because we can't see it. Not to forget about traffic mirrors."

    "If there were no mirrors and we didn't care about our physical appearance, well, that would mean no need for makeup companies. There wouldn't need to be a modeling industry. Magazines targeting women to do almost anything to look different would be out of existence. "

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Nail Art Ideas + Nail Polish Brands

     For me it's so hard to create and mentain fancy nail designs during school, as I have little time, or I'm too tired to care enough for the way they look...However, I can't help marvelling at amazing nail art and hoping that some day I'll be in the right disposition to draw complicated stuff. 
     Here are a few ideas for both quick and more requiring models, along with a list of best nail polish brands.

     Hope you enjoy the little gallery and get inspired!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My Own 101 Things to do Before You Die

       A 101-something list seems to be the quickest post for a busy Wednesday but it turned out to require a more elaborate brainstorming process... After skimming a few other lists I noticed how provoking would it be to create one of your own and try to accomplish all of the goals. Some of them are funny, some very striking and some really simple to do; but I feel that reviewing these points at times would really motivate and cheer me up :D

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Happy-Meter.

- or "The diary of a self-conscious girl"

Before reading the article below take a minute and think about whether you're happy or not with yourself.
The answer may not come so easily, but you've definitely contoured a general impression. Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn't just happen, it centres on the conscience of being happy.
A week ago I realised I was happy! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Healthy Wednesday: Remedies for sleepless nights

    You've certainly had those frustrating nights when you felt like The Princess and the Pea... There was nothing that would have helped you fall asleep. But if these turn into habits, you are in desperate need of help. 

    Here are some simple tricks that will bring you back to a normal sleeping schedule and will allow you to return to your everyday activities.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Top 25 Films You Must See

I just took a look at my IMDb Watchlist and realised that some of those movies are an absolutely MUST! They are lifechanging and definitely worth seeing. So if you haven't seen  them, don't waste any more time. Skipping the boring introduction,  there you go:

1.    The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

 Crime | Drama | Thriller

The main reason I like this one is the incredible sensation of tension and mystery. A young F.B.I. cadet has to discuss with an incarcerated dangerous killer in order to get information about another serial killer, who made a habit of skinning his victims... 
The 90s atmosphere is superb, and the cast completes beautifully the amazing script. Anthony Hopkins is so credible in the role of doctor Hannibal Lecter, making an interesting contrast with apparently innocent Jodie Foster, who plays Clarice Starling.

     2.  American Beauty (1999)


Although some people find it extreme and going in the wrong direction (at least that was my friend's reaction, don't judge her) , "American Beauty" has not only a dreamy, eye catching title, but also a disturbing story. Everything centres on Lester Burnham's depression, a mid-aged man who lives a personal crisis. Hence, he develops a weird obsession for his daughter's attractive friend, the thing that will bring about further consequences.

    3. The Breakfast Club (1985)

 Comedy | Drama
      Continuing with the 90s movies (even though this is 5 years earlier), I could not forget about Breakfast Club. It presents the very captivating adventures of 5 high school students who meet by chance in detention. Although the atmosphere at the beginning seems boring, static and so on, gradually you discover the interesting mixture of characters, so different but yet essentially similar. Detention is not a very appealing way of spending the weekend morning, but these teenagers break through the boundaries, making you laugh out loud. 
      Not to mention the unavoidable love stories, and Andrew Clark, for whom I had fallen...

            4. Blue Valentine (2010)

 Drama | Romance

      This modern couple was a thrill to me! Fascinating and heart-breaking, sweet and dark at the same time. So basically the movie follows the evolution of a young married couple, highlighting the causes and consequences of their actions. My favorite part is the beginning of their relationships, so authentic and intense. I have to confess, the end made me silently cry my heart out in the middle of the night...

    If the description wasn't convincing, you have to know that Ryan Gosling is the main character!

            5. Lolita (1962)

 Drama | Romance
     Kubrik's version of Nabokov's tale of a middle-aged professor's (James Mason as Prof. Humbert Humbert) self-destructive obsession with a young schoolgirl (Sue Lyon as Lolita). Making a film that dealt with underage sex was considered impossible in 1962 due to the strict censorship regulations, but Kubrik managed to get round this, with the aid of subtle wordplay and symbolism. A riveting transposition from page to screen, which will fascinate you due to the black and white color scheme, controversial topic, an surprising appearences!

6. Black Swan (2010)
Drama | Mystery |Thriller

A ballet dancer whose self-discovery is shown in an unusual, bewitching manner. The performances of Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and French Vincent Cassel are the recipe to success.

7.Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
 Drama | Romance 

The warm, bohemian and vivid atmosphere of the Spanish city, Barcelona. Summer holiday and a complicated love twist. Totally worth seeing.

8. Vertigo (1958)
Mystery | Romance | Thriller 

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. Hitchcock is a genius!

9. Scent of a Woman (1992)

A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated. Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell are a bonus pack.

10.Strangers on  a Train (1951)

 Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller

Oh how I love this movie, one of my first immersions in the world of film-noir. Exactly the type of movie you'd like to see if you want something attractive, twisted, based on a very intelligent script.

11.Psycho (1960)

 Horror | Mystery | Thriller 

Nominated for numerous awards, "Psycho" is probably Hitchcock's best movie. The major  difference from the others consists of the horror side, which keeps you on the edge of your seat...

12.Hannibal (2001)

 Crime | Drama | Thriller

The movie following "The Silence of the Lambs". Hannibal returns to America and attempts to make contact with disgraced Agent Starling and survive a vengeful victim's plan.

13.Red Dragon (2002)
 Crime | Thriller

The 3rd film of Hannibal Lecter's series, when a retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer;  everything, with Hannibal's help, of course.

14. Despicable me 1&2 (2010&2013)
 Animation | Comedy | Crime 

One of the best animations I could say! Despite my initial reticence, I fell in love with the minions, with funny Gru and the three little girls - the movies got me completely absorbed in the gripping plot.

15. Rear Window (1954)
 Mystery | Thriller

Starring  James Stewart and Grace Kelly, the movie could be nothing else but a total success. Although everything happens in an appartment room, it has a little bit of everything. A fine suspense story combined with romantic tension in the main plot,  numerous sub-plots, some humorous and some moving, all with many psychological overtones.

16. Requirem for a Dream (2000)

Drugs. They consume mind, body and soul. Once you're hooked, you're hooked. Four lives. Four addicts. Four failures. To my mind, the most striking part is Sara Goldfarb's transition, who becomes almost unconsciously caught up in the fatal trap.

17. American Psycho (2000)
 Crime | Drama

Patrick is a troubled guy. On the surface, he appears to be normal – he's a Wall Street broker with a secretary, an expensive apartment suite, his own limo and a fancy business card. But on the inside, he's a monster – complete with an insatiable blood lust and lack of empathy for fellow human beings.
The rest is mystery.

18. The Machinist (2004)
Drama | Thriller 

A man who hasn't slept in a year starts to question his own sanity, blurring the lines between reality and dream.

19. The Dreamers (2003)
 Drama | Romance

One of the most fascinating and bizarre distillation of the 60s mentality, with three bold, venturesome teenagers and a suitable background- beautiful Paris.

20. Shutter Island (2010)
 Drama | Mystery | Thriller

Shutter Island. A film that will leave many upset, and hating it. A movie that messes with you. And no one likes to be messed with. And that is exactly where it exceeds. Think I'm contradicting myself? 

21. The Shining (1980)
 Horror | Mystery

Ok, maybe I developed a strong liking for this kind of movies. But seriously, how could you resist the story of an isolated family during winter, in a hotel that proves to be haunted by evil and spiritual presences?
One of the creepiest parts about the movie is the feeling of isolation that Kubrick makes. The hotel is very silent, and the rooms are huge, yet always empty.

22.  It's a wonderful life (1946)
 Drama | Family | Fantasy

This film has become a Christmas tradition for me. I watch it every year and never tire of it. Frank Capra is a master of creating films with a message that reinforce strong values. This is probably his greatest film in that regard. Both he and Stewart have publicly stated that this is their favorite film.

23. The Book Thief (2013)
 Drama | War 

This is without a doubt one of the most riveting, thought-provoking, and utterly powerful movies for young people (or any people, for that matter), as it promotes such qualities as self-sacrifice, courage in the face of unspeakable difficulties, and using your life to make a difference for others.

24.  Tangled (2010)
 Animation | Comedy | Family

One of the few movies that I watched with my whole family. We were all charmed by dainty Pascal and the royal horse, but also compelled by Rapunzel and funny Flinn Ryder.

25. The Wold of Wall Street (2013)
Biography | Comedy | Crime

I postponed as much as I could seeing this, probably because of the 180 minutes that scared me. Surprisingly, the movie proved to be more than a plain, stupid comedy, as it containded a very large pallette of characters, events and turnarounds. Leo, you did well! 

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Most Inspiring Women

What makes a person inspiring? What exactly do we expect from such a person?  

    Well, I suppose that the criteria of selection differ from one another, but by and large, we appreciate those people who do things differently, who dare to be real in spite of negative opinions, who work, learn, travel and share the results of their experiences. As far as the expectation part goes, I can only tell that these people should guide us, empower us and exalt our spirits ceaselessly.

     I realised that I admire successful people who are able to open up in a funny, interesting manner;  who are in love with what they do, who create an invisible connection to your heart. I feel so close to these people, that I truly imagine a parallel world in which we would be BFFs. Of course, this is very likely to happen if the people you admire most are friends, teachers or members of your family.

  • The Youtube Community

Almost three years ago I accidentally noticed a featured video on Youtube that was going to have a major influence on my future self. "Hotel room tour" with three happy girls, was exactly the type of video that could have caught my eye- and it certainly did. In this way, I immersed in the adventures of the beauty youtubers.
As you could have possibly guessed, one of them is Missglamorazzi (aka Ingrid Nilsen). I feel like I've known her for such a long time- and maybe this is exactly the type of feeling expected to appear between one and the person he/she appreciates. I can't tell if it's her bubbly personality, her beautiful videos, the Californian atmosphere or simply the strange time in my life when I "met" her, that made me so fascinated with this world. One thing is for sure: I am completely relaxed every time I watch a new "episode", and expect fluffy Nugget (her cute feline pet) to sneak in the video.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Self explaining

I don't even know what I should start with. I feel like everything would be too rushed, so I guess that I should introduce myself first.

18, brunette, green eyes, looking for attention.

Even though I'd like to describe myself as perfect, I have to publicly admit that I'm not. (sad face)
I'm rather silent, indecisive, too selective at times, unable to express my feelings. I am a realist with abundant emotions... And now I feel really naive for hoping that somebody would be interested in reading my crappy self-description :D.

I don't know exactly what my blog will be like, but I intend to create a mixture of teenage confessions, girly interests, lifestyle, movie reviews, random observations- in brief, a little bit of everything. Hopefully, the blog will contour itself after a while...  


Blog Recipe

Even though "Journal Brûlé" doesn't sound much like an appealing dessert, I'm going to write down the ingredients needed to prepare it...

First of all, during the winter holiday, find some friends that are too preoccupied with their own business for a couple weeks- which will make you bored and questioning things. Next, watch as many movies and series as you can for a few days, read and procrastinate.
At this stage, you are almost done. Don't forget to find an uncommunicative family and to stay isolated as much as you can.

Tips: the February blues is a plus in this case.
Secret ingredient: sugar (melt it until you get the sweetest scent on earth)

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