Tuesday, 31 December 2013

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Bye 2013...

Last day of 2013... Time to look back, examine what was good and what was bad... and than... move on!

For me 2013 overall wasn't a very good year (a lot of soul-searching, feeling powerlessness about some things, etc.) but since I decide to focus on positive, here are only some of good stuff ;)

Photos are from my Instagram account.

Mybe it sounds superfluous but I'm so grateful that I'm healthy! I take time for my body and exercise regularly even though my schedule can be quite hectic. I also try to eat more heathy and in moderation.

The best man I ever met, my love, my better half. Words can even explain how much I love him. Btw, we're celebrating our 100th monthsary today. I know it's just a number but it's kind of cool! <3

Despite work, time for my loved ones, workouts and other stuff I still write blog ever day. If it would be possible, I would definitely write even more. Dedicated? Yes!

Working and learning about myself is very big deal for me and I think I made a progress. Didn't stop yet though!

Finally took a chance in things I tought I wasn't good enough and took every opportunity I've got. Some fail but at least I can say I tried.

Time spend in nature, with animals, listening to music and enjoying food (in good company of course) are always amazing. I really cherish those moments!

I hope year 2013 was great for you. If not, I'm sure you've experienced good thing also. Focous on them!

Monday, 30 December 2013

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Celebrities recap 2013

I love show business entertainment but in a positive not gossip and trashy way. I know what is going on, I always had my favorite celebrities, people who inspired me but through years I also learned how to read all these media stuff properly, with a certain distance and critical acknowledgement.

What I love most is to read, listen and watch interviews with actors, musicians and artists but we all know, it's hard to avoid gossip. And because end of the year is almost here... my quick celebrity recap of year 2013.

FAVORITE CELEBRITY OF THE YEAR: Benedict Cumberbatch. One word: obsessed! What a brilliant actor he is! If you didn't watch tv series Sherlock, do that! Only two more days till seson 3 begins! Benedict was also amazing in Star Trek Into Darkness and lend his voice to dragon Smaug in Hobbit 2. I must watch also his recent films: 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate and August: Osage County.

FAVORITE COUPLE(S): Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger, Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston. I think they are so adorable, hot and in love of course.

Plus some of most popular couples: David & Victoria Beckham, Jay-Z & Beyonce, Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, Prince William & Kate Middleton, Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale, Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba & Cash Warren, Jason Statham & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban, Enrique Iglesias & Anna Kournikova, Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin, Fergie & Josh Duhamel, Javier Bardem & Penelope Cruz, Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz, Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr., etc.

MOST HAPPY ABOUT THEIR ENGAGEMENT: The Vampire Diaries actress Candice Accola and her beau Joseph King!

Congrats also to engaged couples: Olivia Wilde + Jason Sudeikis, Adam Levine + Behati Prinsloo, Lindsay Ellingson + Sean Clayton, Hayden Panettiere + Wladimir Klitschko, Scarlett Johansson + Romain Dauriac, Novak Djokovic + Jelena Ristic, Ginnifer Goodwin + Josh Dallas, Lauren Conrad + William Tell, Analeigh Tipton + Aaron McManus, Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser, etc.

MOST HAPPY ABOUT THEIR WEDDING: Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian. They just look so cute and in love. Congrats!

Couples who also tied the knot: Kristen Bell + Dax Shepard, Stephen Amell + Cassandra Jean, Keira Knightley + James Righton, Kerry Washington + Nnamdi Asomugha, Avril Lavigne + Chad Kroeger, Halle Berry + Olivier Martinez, Jesse Tyler Ferguson + Justin Mikita, Kate Bosworth + Michael Polish, Zoe Saldana + Marco Perego, John Legend + Chrissy Teigen, Kelly Clarkson + Brandon Blackstock, etc.

MOST HAPPY ABOUT THEM GETTING PREGNANT: Emily Blunt with John Krasinski. You know I love Emily right?

Also expecting: Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington, Kristin Cavallari, Kelly Clarkson, Drew Barrymore, Thandie Newton, Rachel Zoe, Teresa Palmer, Megan Fox, etc.

MOST HAPPY ABOUT THEIR BABY: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard welcomed a baby girl, Lincoln on March 28, 2013.

Couples who also had a child: Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Shakira and Gerard Piqué, Busy Philipps and Marc Silverstein, Lily Allen and Sam Cooper, Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell, Malin Akerman and Roberto Zincone, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Stacy Ferguson and Josh Duhamel, Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies, Jamie King and Kyle Newman, Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll, Jordana Brewster and Andrew Form, Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas, Michael Buble and Luisana Lopilato, etc.

MOST SURPRISING SEPARATION: Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom. Still love them both and clearly they still care about each other. Their relationship is a proof that you can work unfortunate things with inner growth, love and respect.

Couples also split: Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev, Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest, Malin Akerman and Roberto Zincone, Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVitto, Madonna and Brahim Zaibat, Keri Russell and Shane Deary, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, Clint Eastwood and Dina Eastwood, George Clooney and Stacy Keibler, Jane Lynch and Lara Embry, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Michelle Williams and Jason Segel, Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen, Diane Lane and Josh Brolin, Liberty Ross and Rupert Sanders, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana, Richard Gere and Carey Lowell, Chad Michael Murray and Kenzie Dalton, Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell, Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel, etc.

MOST SHOCKING DEATH: Paul Walker. Even I am surprised of how shocked I was and how many times I still think about the fact he's gone :'(

Also passed away this year: Lou Reed, Nelson Mandela, Cory Monteith, Peter O’Toole, James Gandolfini, Richard Griffiths, Margaret Thatcher, Joan Fontaine, etc.

And you? For which celebrity news were you most excited about and most shocked?

Sunday, 29 December 2013

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The Restart Project

I came across The Restart Project a while ago and now I would like to introduce you to this video project.

Actress and nutrition enthusiast Gwyneth Paltrow has join forces with stars trainer Tracy Anderson for their interesting project. What it is about? They spend time with women who've overcome hardship, injury and setbacks to triumph in the face of adversity. We'll hear their inspiring stories firsthand, whether fighting back from a career-ending injury or transforming their lives and bodies through diet and exercise.

More in the video below and on therestartproject.org.

I think projects like this are amazing and always inspiring! It's amazing what our minds, determination, right attitude and motivation can accomplish! Get inspired for a new year and best of luck with your projects!

Saturday, 28 December 2013

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Movie review - Don Jon (2013)

Don Jon (2013) / romance, comedy

Directed and Screenplay by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Sttaring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Rob Brown, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson, Tony Danza, Jeremy Luke
Trailer: click.

Italian American Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt) only cares for his body, pad, ride, family, church, his boys, his girls and porn. Although he has an active sex life, he simply can't resist pornography. But can that change after he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) or even him doesn't realise that he has a problem?

Don Jon is Gordon-Levitt's feature directorial debut and I'm happy to say it: he did a fine confident job! Congrats! He points out and amplifies sex and relationship extremes of both: men's visual obsessions and women's over fantasizing fairy tales romances. And he does that in the honest way, without hollywood sugar-coated words and stereotypical viewpoints. Yet it's believable story and has a message (again without moralizing). It's straightforward and real. Good and bad thing are hidden in characters. They are all just average humans and no one is really likeable. Untypical ending is great but you'll have to see it for yourself (I don't want to give it away). Another sex addiction movie, but this one is lighter in tone most of the time and very watchable. Entertaining refreshing breeze I would definitely recommend you to see. 4/5

Friday, 27 December 2013

Happy Holidays from the VS Angels

In case you didn't get any sexy Holiday card... Victoria's Secret Angels wish you happy holidays too ;)


Thursday, 26 December 2013

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Movie review - Thanks for Sharing (2012)

Thanks for Sharing (2012) / drama, comedy

Directed by Stuart Blumberg
Screenplay by Stuart Blumberg and Matt Winston
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Joely Richardson, Patrick Fugit, Josh Gad, Alecia Moore or better known by Pink, Carol Kane, Michaela Watkins, Emily Meade, Poorna Jagannathan
Trailer: click.

We get to know and follow three disparate characters who are learning to face a challenging world of their sex addiction. Adam (Mark Ruffalo) is 5 years sober and finds himself in a possible relationship with Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow); Mike (Tim Robbins) is Adam's sponsor who has his hands full with the sudden arrival of son Danny (Patrick Fugit) and newbie young doctor Neil (Josh Gad) who starts the program and develop a friendly relationship with a fellow female member Dede (Pink). They all face ups and downs but will they stayed on the road of recovery and gain/remain the freedom or will they fall off the wagon?

I'll start by saying: Don't expect movie to be romantic comedy because it's definitely not. It's more of a drama with comedic elements but none of them really touches you. You know what they want to accomplish but it's not quite working (drama + comedy). The interesting thing for me is that storyline is touching and acting it's good but still, I'm not feeling it. Chemistry between Adam and Phoebe is really good, Mike and Danny's story is nice, Pink made a solid acting debut, you get to know sex addiction is a real disease... But everything is too simplified, superficial and not emotionally enough. That would be my main critic, plus sequences didn't blend together very well. Screenplay has some good stuff yet on the other hand some really cheesy, predictable stuff. Nevertheless, film is accessible, a crowd pleaser worth watching. 3/5

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

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Last week's favorite looks (December 16 - 22)

Christmas Wednesday and my last week's favorite looks (December 16 - 22).

Gabrielle Union in white strapless jumpsuit with a mix of gold and white enamel jewelry and gilded Stuart Weitzman strappy heels.

Camila Alves in hot lace red long-sleeved Dolce&Gabbana dress while arriving at the premiere of the film The Wolf of Wall Street in New York City.

Margot Robbie attends a luncheon and Q&A held in honor of his new movie The Wolf of Wall Street in New York City. She wore Oscar de la Renta gingham dress and Casadei heels.

Angelababy in Stella McCartney gown at Bazaar Jewelry Gala Dinner.

Street looks. Julianne Hough in LAX Airport, Reese Witherspoon in pair of Koral skinny jeans and a gray top, Kate Bosworth in red flannel shirt while arriving on a flight at LAX Airport and bundled up Amber Heard in New York City.

Monday, 23 December 2013

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Movie review - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) / adventure, fantasy, action

Directed by Peter Jackson
Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro
Based on The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Aidan Turner, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Graham McTavish, Dean O'Gorman, Cate Blanchett
Trailer: click.

Where we left off to say simply. Film continues to follow the journey of Thorin, Bilbo and Company through Mirkwood, Laketown and into Smaug's Lair.

1. The Hobbit movies are not like LOTR trilogy and they are NOT a sequel to the LOTR trilogy
2. Films are NOT the same as the book and before going in, it is important to realize that this is not simply 'the movie of the book'. Jackson's Hobbit trilogy is based on the 1930s children's book, basic motivations are the same but beyond that, it's Peter's film (darker tone and more fantasy action)!
3. If you still have hard time because movies are in three parts: get over it!

The second film is more confident, with faster pace, exciting and superior to the previous. Where the first movie didn't quite deliver, this one does! Film is definitely a huge improvement on the previous instalment. Adventure is bigger and bolder, the danger is ever more present, full of details, beautiful sets, costumes and most impressive CGI. We get introduce to new characters and spend enough time with them to fall in love with them (Thranduil, Tauriel, Bard). I loved Tauriel's (Evangeline Lily) strong character. Plus she adds a much needed feminine touch. On the other hand we also see old character growth (especially from Bilbo). It was so nice to see Legolas (Orlando Bloom) again, even if he is not in the book. Whole cast is great!

There are many scenes I love, for example, Gandalf's scenes in Dol Guldur but when Smaug entered... Aaaaamaaazing! I think Smaug is the best-designed movie dragon ever! I'm so impressed! He is as awesome as you could have hoped and I simply can't rave enough about him! And than you have voice of Benedict Cumberbatch! He is excellent! And the ending! You want more! Just brilliant!

Next thing. Peter of course! It’s pleasing to watch a filmmaker this in love and committed with storytelling and creating entire worlds. I respect the man so much!

Negatives. My biggest complaint is about interactions but I can understand how hard it is to include everything. There are 13 dwarfs and a hobbit and yet you rarely see them interact. The other thing are added subplots. Some of them were totally unnecessary and don't add much to the story. Like romance between elf Tauriel and dwarf Kili. For me it was a bit forced.

Yes, it's also crowd-pleaser but so enjoyable! We all know second/middle movies can be tricky but this one is just brilliant! All things considered. I'm a fan and I looooved it! Can't wait to see the final chapter in this absolutely amazing Hobbit masterpiece by Peter Jackson! 2013 must see film! 5/5

Sunday, 22 December 2013