Book Review – A Clash of Kings

Here I am, back with the review of the second book of A Song of Ice and Fire. I must say that I probably enjoyed this book more, simply because the tv show, despite following most of the events, did not feel as a carbon copy of the book, therefore making the reading of the book more enjoyable.

Trying not to divulge too much of the plot for those who have not read it yet is impossible and I am sorry. So if you have not reached this part yet, I recommend you click out since I will now make a list of my favourite events:

  • Renly’s death: this was probably the moment where we, as readers, realised that magic is indeed real in this book, under the form of Renly’s killer and that Melisandre might not be as crazy as we all thought;
  • Brienne’s introduction: Brienne is one of my favourite characters and I could not wait for her to be revealed. Her loyalty is probably her most interesting feature and I cannot wait to see how it develops in the later books;
  • Jaqen H’ghar: I just love everything that has to do with Essos and he is no exception. His demeanour and mystery make me love him even more, especially seeing his relationship with Arya evolve;
  • Battle of Blackwater Bay: probably one of the few times I actually appreciated Sansa’s point of view (POV). I loved the back and forth between her POV and Tyrion’s and how the battle was lived inside and outside of the Red Keep. Of course, I cannot forget to mention Tyrion’s brilliance;
  • Jon Snow killing Qhorin Halfhand: again, in this moment I understood how great and meant for greatness Jon really is. He is one of my favourite characters and him being loyal to the Watch through and through left me speechless;
  • House of the Undying: all the prophecies there are so amazing and I cannot wait for all of them to happen. Anything regarding Rhaegar I love, so him saying that his son is the prince who was promised and that his is the song of ice and fire just makes me hope.

Regarding my favourite POVs, Tyrion takes the gold, while Davos is in second place. They are also my favourite characters throughout; I do also enjoy Jon’s, although I am not a fan of the whole behind the wall narrative. The POVs I do not really enjoy are Theon’s and Bran’s (besides when he has visions of the past).

All in all, I loved this book and I see how it sets the foundation and stepping stones for the rest. I am reading A Storm of Swords as of right now and I will keep you updated.

Score: 9/10

Thank you for reading.

xx

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Book Review – A Game of Thrones

I finally gave in to the Game of Thrones craze and decided to ask as a gift the first book of the series, A Game of Thrones, and the special companion book, The World of Ice & Fire. I read the first one quite quickly and I am halfway through the companion book, but since it is full of “historical” events, I get bored easily and I prefer to only read a bit at a time.

Let me start this review by saying that if you have watched the first season of the HBO series, you already know what happens in the first book. It is 99% the same thing.

In case you do not know anything about this series, it follows the life and adventures of various characters, from various points of view, living in Westeros, a fictional land. I would say, if we were to collocate it chronologically, that it would be set in fictional medieval times.

The whole plot is based on games of power and the fight between various houses, especially Lannister and Stark, with a side of Targaryen. Telling you about the characters would ruin everything for first time readers, so I cannot reveal too much. I can only say that my favourite house is House Lannister and that my favourite character is Tyrion Lannister, a very intelligent, overall good, and witty man.

There are no bad things that I can say about this book, to be completely honest. Okay, it is very long, but it is extremely worth it. The length is proportional to how much information is contained and how many dialogues George R.R. Martin had the fantasy to conjure.

I have already gotten the next two books of the series and I promise I will review them as soon as possible.

Score: 10/10

Thank you for reading.

xx

 

 

Nike Air Max Thea Premium in Desert Camo – Review

You do not have any idea of how much I have wanted this pair of shoes for the past two years nor how near and far I went looking for them. No shop had them, no online store, no nothing.

Until Nike decided to bring them back right in time for my birthday and this was my gift from my parents. They are probably my favourite shoes at the time and I love them.

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The problem was not finding this style of shoe as much as finding the colour, Desert Came, that everyone loves and it is always the first on to sell out.

If you wear a big size, you might have luck on the Nike site, here, where there are two sizes available. I bought mine on Zalando when they were also on sale, for no reason. I finally got lucky for once.

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I was a bit scared before buying them, because reviews on the site said that they were not comfortable. I do not agree with that in the slightest: they are the most comfortable pair of sneakers that I own. In my opinion, you should get half a size up, which is what I did, and they fit perfectly.

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They are a pretty costly shoe, €130 on the website, but in my opinion they are totally worth the investment, since you can pair them up with everything.

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It is indeed a premium shoe and it feels like it 100%.

Score: 10/10

Thank you for reading.

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Riot by Monti – Swimsuit Review

I purchased a swimsuit from this brand, Riot by Monti, some months ago especially for my trip to Australia (part 1 here). I had my eyes on this particular style, which they do not carry anymore on their site, for months and finally decided to splurge.

I say splurge because their prices are not H&M low, but still, they are not too expensive. You can check their styles out here and they also have an Instagram account here. They also have another Instagram account called Riot Babes which, if you tag it and hashtag your post with #riotbabes, could feature you (they did feature me here).

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The swimsuit itself is amazing. It is made with great quality material and it is not see-through at all. The fit and shape of this particular swimsuit is amazing, exactly what you would want from a one-piece.

Getting it on was slightly more difficult, since the material is not particularly stretchy, but that is absolutely fine.

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This is my favourite swimsuit ever and I would totally recommend you guys purchase swimsuits from this brand. Keep in mind that it is an independent brand and that is the reason why the prices are higher as well as shipping and customs. In my opinion, it is worth it.

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#RelaxItsJustAss

Score : 9/10

Thank you for reading.

Giorgio Armani Glasses – Review

I am back from Australia and I need to up my blogging game as soon as possible. Happy New Year, by the way! Let this be the best year yet.

Anyways, right before leaving for vacation, I decided to change my eyeglasses, since the lenses were not as clear as they used to be and I have had those frames for 3 or 4 years. It was time for a change and I am very glad I did it.

Finding a pair of glasses that I like was extremely hard for both me and the lady helping me, but we finally decided on this Giorgio Armani model, the AR7003. I believe it is an unisex model, since I tend to steer clear of over feminine shapes, like cat eyes and such. I chose this shiny black style and I am in love.

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They are very similar to the ones I had before, but I love the fact that they are very classy and timeless, in my opinion. They have a very professional and clean shape, with the Giorgio Armani logo on the sides.

I have found a couple of sites that carry them :

When they finally arrived, they came inside a beautiful bag, box and pouch. The bag is a beautiful metallic colour with black writing; the box is brown with gold writing; the pouch is made of brown leather and feels very high quality; then there is a smaller textile pouch, where I keep my old frames. The attention to details made the whole experience very special.

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I am very glad I chose this model and I will do my best to maintain them in great condition for as long as possible.

Thank you for reading.

xx

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer – Review

I am pretty sure that all of you already know about this concealer, but I just had to review it myself. This Age Rewind concealer by Maybelline has been the star of the show for the past year, I would say. It appears in almost every Instagram and Youtube video, therefore I felt compelled to buy it.

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It was like looking for a treasure, since no store that I went to had it, but I got lucky and went to a supermarket (Esselunga, if you live in Italy), where I finally found it. Unfortunately, at least here in Italy, they only carry 2 shades, very similar, made for light to medium skin tones. I got very lucky, since I am pretty fair, but anyone with a slightly darker skin tone than mine would end up with nothing.

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The price is pretty fair, at €9. It has the same quantity of product as the Fit Me Concealer, although it is slightly thicker.

Putting it to the test, I was pleasantly surprised on how smooth it was. It fills up every line and pore, for a seamless coverage. The shade I have, Light, is slightly ashy, so I have to set it with a warm toned powder. It definitely has way more lasting power than its competitor, the Fit Me Concealer.

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I am very happy with this product and I probably will purchase it again.

Score : 8,5/10

Thank you for reading.

xx

Converse “Holiday Nudes” Collection – Review

Some time ago I saw a picture on Instagram of a collection of nude Converse sneakers and I instantly freaked out. I went straight to Google to find out what the collection was about and where I could buy a pair of those beautiful sneakers.

Turns out, Converse did an exclusive collaboration with the British shoe store Office, which means that their site is the only place you can buy these shoes. Of course, to the price of the shoes you have to add the price of shipping, if you love outside the UK, which the site will calculate for you. Thankfully, shipping to Italy was only £4.99, so the total ended up being around £65. Below you have the pictures with and without direct sunlight.

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I bought them in this colour, which is the most cold-toned one of the bunch. There are also a couple more colours, but they were either too pink or too peachy for my taste and for what I was looking for. If you want to buy any of them, you should hurry, since there are only a couple of sizes left and they are mostly on low stock.

I love these shoes so so much. They are made of leather and the hardware is golden. Since they are made of leather, they hurt the back of my heel quite a lot, as soon as I walk two steps, so until my feet get used to them, I will have to use bandages. They are also true to size. The only problem was shipping, since the store only offers tracking inside the UK, so that was a bit stressful, but it all worked out fine in the end and delivery times were respected.

Score: 8/10

 

I am extremely glad I bought them and I cannot wait to style more outfits with them, so stay tuned.

Thank you for reading.

xx