The Best Celebrity #ALSIceBucketChallenges

The #ALSIceBucketChallenge has been doing the internet rounds for weeks now and it is not showing any signs of slowing down. The challenge aims to raise vital funds and awareness for ALS or Motor Neuron Disease. There have been various charity social media trends this year for good causes, like the #NoMakeupSelfie for Breast Cancer Awareness at the start of the year. However, the Ice Bucket Challenge is by far my favourite! Aren’t fundraisers better when there are soaking wet celebrities involved?!

Justin Timberlake

I love the energy and collective effort JT and his team went to in this video. They make the challenge look fun and exciting.

David Beckham

Well if a shirtless David Beckham doesn;t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will!

Lady GaGa

Cool, calm and collected!

Niall Horan

Great reaction by everyone’s favourite One Directioner!

Victoria Beckham

The sheer delight and laughter in the background of this video is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. Victoria getting drenched is an added laugh.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Only Leo could do an IceBucketChallenege whilst raising awareness for two important charities. A true philanthropist.

Michelle Dockery 

I love Michelle’s video! Surrounded by half naked men in golden shorts and  she gives us possibly one of the best reactions to the ice cold water.

Don’t forget to donate if you do the challenge! Let me know your favourite video, celebrity or otherwise!

Summer Reads Part 2

This summer it’s time to make the most of your free reading time before college, university, school or work takeover control again.
While your typical summers day may not involve embezzlement, fraud, reckless driving, a murder case or life as a circus hand, why not grab the opportunity to experience them?!

The Wolf of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort (RRP £8.99)

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About: The story of how Wall Street’s biggest multimillionaire banker, known as the Wolf of Wall Street, had it all and lost it all!  Sinking yachts, running up $700,000 luxury hotel room bills and landing helicopters completely stoned.  Told by the Wolf himself, this is a tory of the “ill-fated genius”. Trivia: Soon to be released as a motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey.

The Lincoln Lawyer – Michael Connelly (RRP £7.99)

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About: Defending drug-dealers, bikers, con artists and drunk drivers is the norm for L.A lawyer Mickey Haller.  Travelling from courthouse to courthouse in a black Lincoln town car, Haller finally get his first big paying, high profile case in the form of  Beverly Hills rich boy, Louis Roulet, who has been accused of sexual assault and attempted rape. As the evidence begins flooding in Haller believes he may have been assigned his easiest case yet, an innocent man. As the trial begins Haller soon realises he has bitten off more than he can chew with Roulet.

Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen (RRP £ 8.99)

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About: The Great Depression Strikes again! Jacob Jankowski finds himself orphaned, penniless and desperate for work. He joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a travelling circus. Now in his nineties, Jacob recalls himself as a young man and the events that changed his life forever. Haunted by his memories of the beautiful Marlena, the wife of the cruel, merciless, circus master and star of the show, Jacob tells a story lf love, trust and hope. Together Jacob and Marlena train Rosie, the elephant bought to save the circus. Sparks soon fly between Jacob and Marlena, and it’s only a matter of time before the crew, including the Ring Master, begin to notice.

The Help – Kathyrn Stockett (RRP £7.99)

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About: It’s 1962 in Jackson, Mississippi. Here, the black maids raise the white babies. When twenty two year old Skeeter learns that her maid, friend and confidante, Constantine has disappeared, she vows to get to the bottom of it.  Aibileen, a black maid who has raised seventy white babies, struggles to deal with the loss of her own son. The short, fat and mouthy maid Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, loses her job and in the process her previous employer ruins her reputation. Throughout the story we watch as these three woman come to terms with their losses. All three are connected and soon, their stories collide. An amazing, humours and full of hope, The Help will stand the test of time.

The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffienegger (RRP £8.99)

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About:  Meet Henry DeTamble. Henry unwillingly travels through time, pulled without warning, into his past or future. When Henry meets Claire Abshire, a young and beautiful artist, they embark on a unique and unconventional relationship. Far away from the soppy romance stories that dominate bookshelves worldwide, The Time Traveller’s Wife is a romantic, unique and moving story about two lovers caught in the trap of time!

Tigers in Red Weather – Liza Kluassmann (RRP £7.99)

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About: A nod to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Tigers in Red Weather depicts cousins Nick and Helena’s summer of cocktails, champagne and parties. After the Second World War the girls’ lives are just getting started. Helena is off to Hollywood to begin her life as a new wife, while Nick awaits the return of her husband from the war.  When Nick and Helena both return to Tiger Estate in the 60’s with their families and husbands, they discover the victim of a brutal murder. The violence surrounding the murder brings family secrets and lies to the surface.

You can find my Summer Reads Part 1 here: https://vanessataaffe.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/summer-reads-part-1-2/
Let me know your favourite summer reads in the comments below!

The Great Gatsby Part 1: Fashion

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This week I went to see The Great Gatsby. It certainly lived up to the hype. What a spectacular film! If you haven’t been yet, I can’t recommend it enough. The glamour, wealth and elegance will leave you wishing it was the 1920’s Flapper Era all over again.  I’ve decided to do a few Gatsby themed posts this week inspired by the fashion and jewellery in the film. In this post I’m going to focus on fashion.

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The film has been criticised for its lack of accuracy in the fashion department. However, that doesn’t mean we still can’t adore it! Daisy Buchannan, portrayed by the flawless Carey Mulligan, was undoubtedly the best dressed character through the film.

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Each scene introduced a new stunning gown adorned with pearls, sequences, feathers or fur. Daisy’s clothing tended to stay on a neutral palette, mainly nudes, pale pinks and purples.

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Compared to Daisy’s elegant dresses, we see Myrtles garish and in your face attire, aspiring to the wealth and sophistication of the Buchannan’s.

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The contrast between Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchannan’s clothing in the film represents the contrast of “Old” and “New” money. Traditionally speaking, the old money gentlemen wore darker clothing and suits, like Tom. New money types like Gatsby tended to wear brighter colours along the whites, creams and pinks spectrum.

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Then you have the Nick Carraway’s of the world. Not poor but not exactly as well to do as the company he keeps.

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His clothing throughout the film was smart, a balanced mix between light and darks.  All the male characters wore pocket squares and striped or patterned ties. And of course, fedoras!

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Stay tuned for more Great Gatsby inspired posts. Let me know your favourite outfits in the comments below!

Find  Part 2 here: https://vanessataaffe.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/the-great-gatsby-part-2-jewellery-2/