Monday, 17 October 2016

The Hate is Strong for the Instagram Model, But Maybe it’s Time to Let It Go.

Isn't that gif cute?

Let it go. Let it go. Let. It. Go. Look I’m like 99.99% of people who like fashion and follow the modelling world. Whenever I see a new photoshoot of Kendall, or Gigi, this is literally me most of the time:

Yeah, I'm THAT impressed.

I’m undecided about Bella. On one hand her look is very striking

*whisper* *yes I know about her surgery*, on the other, her range of expression seems very limited. Basically, you have the choice between two options: a bored death stare and another bored death stare. I guess that this is better than miss I’m-as-expressive-as-a-teapot (Kendall), though. I must admit that a few of Bella’s editorial have been quite impressive. And that every now and then I’ve liked some of Teapot's (I guess, you guess who I'm talking about) and Malibu Barbie's (This one is simple! She's the one dating a former One-Directioner) work.

Going back on track, as I was saying, the Insta-trio is not composed of the most skilled model out there but still those girl are winning! And by winning I mean that the fashion industry, lead by Vogue and its more insipid twice removed cousin Cosmopolitan are constantly glorifying these girls. And that said girls are cashing on ad campaign money.

Instead of following the fashion crowd, the world at large (and often fellow models) are constantly pouring vitriol at these the Insta-trio. I don’t mind negative comments. God knows I do my share of those. However, there is a difference between harmless derision in the face of mediocre work that is praised to heaven by those who matter and ill-mannered slander. 

By the way, for those who don’t know, in modelling, people call insta-model the girls who's fame has more to do with their family connection and privileged background than their actual skills as models.

I dislike defending people I’m not a fan of. I’m petty like that. But the way, some people are acting. About two weeks ago, an editorial  of Kendall in which she pretended to be a ballet dancer came out. So what did people do? They found nothing better than to criticisize her. It wasn’t one or two isolated people rather it was a swarm composed of bitter (and envious?) individuals. 

And the best for the end

Donald Trump. Murder of black people. Sexism. Brexit...There is truly nothing MORE offensive than Kendall's photoshoot in 2016!!!! Yeah Right...

Girl, honestly...IT’S. JUST. BALLET, duh. GET OVER IT! The sad thing is that the ed was of Teapot’s best. That says a lot about her work… 

There is worse than a senseless freak out over ballet. When Gigi was grabbed from behing by a so called "prankster", there are quite a couple of lightbulbs who considered that she had overreacted. Yes! You heard me right. A girl is lifted off her feet on the street from behind by a lunatic and she gets pissed off and it is SHE who is in the wrong? O_O In what world? For those that thought this way, I would like to point out that in the brief pace in which Vitalii Sediuk (the "prankster") grabbed Gigi, if he had had a knife he would have easily been able to harm her badly. As in, it could have fatal. 

Though she isn’t a model, I would like to say the exact same thing concerning Kim Kardashian’s horrific robbery. Some very nasty and heartless individuals wrote things such as “I wish she had been gunned down”. Ughh, can you write such a thing and look yourself in the mirror afterward? I wonder. 

Here’s a shocker: celebrities are human being, made of blood and flesh like the rest of us. People need to realize this. However, in the case of the Insta-models and the Kardashians, I wonder if there isn’t something subtler at play. You know that green monster. We’ve all encounter it, some more than others. Yes, I’m talking about jealousy. I guess some are extremely envious and mightily riled that wealthy, good-looking, healthy, happy people became famous and even wealthier with according to some, seemingly doing nothing or at least being outrageously privileged. I do agree that if they hadn’t been born wealthy and gorgeous (and for some had talented surgeons) we wouldn’t know who the Hadids or the Kardashians are. But my opinion concerning their work ethic differs. You simply cannot be as successful as they are without hard-work and an ambitious and focused mind. It is simply not possible.  And this is coming from someone who isn’t even a fan. 

Besides, why be so upset? It’s not as if any of these girls and women were running for president or applying for high level government jobs. We have Donald Trump and the Bush family for that which is already scary as it is.

In any case, guys, Please Guys, Let. It. Go!

Do you feel like me that Teapot, Malibu Barbie and Death Stare are overreated models? Or are you mad in love with them? By the way, if there's any fan of those three around here, remind yourself that this post was written from a place of...Well...Let's just say that I wasn't trying to be mean.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Kate Daniels #9: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Goodreads Summary: Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar...

Kate's father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead. 

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules...
Published: September 20th by Ace
Genre:  Urban Fantasy 


Sooooooooooooo, in case you were wondering, yes, I'M STILL ALIVE! This is my first real post in a bit more than a year. What kept me away? If I wanted to sound serious and level-headed I would say that my absence was caused by yet another tumultuous but satisfying uni year. If I were honest, I would admit that I have been laaaaaaaaaaa-aaaaaa-zy *gather breath*. But who cares? I’m back! And I think it is only fitting that I review lastest release inthe Kate Daniels series which by now you should know is one of my favourite series ever as my homecoming post. 

In this one, the situation is bad, hell what am I saying it is DIRE. Kate’s main goal in life has always been to defeat her evil father Roland. Problem is, she can’t because she's simply not powerful enough AND she knows it. Thanks to a few seers, she also knows that it is not only her life that is in danger but the one of her loved one. BUUUUUT our Kate is a fighter, despite these foreboding vision, she has no intention to flee or even give up. The book resolve around her trying to find a way to turn a bleak future into a hopeful one. 

Sunday, 20 September 2015

A Broken-Hearted Fan

*In my best Skylar Grey voice*…I need a doctor…I need a doctor…. Guys, there’s a hole in my heart I can’t patch. Yes, I can eat, drink and sleep. There’s no way I can deprieve myself of these things. But that doesn't mean I don't feel the pain! It’s like I’ve been backstabbed by my bestfriend, it’s like someone that wasn’t me ate the last fried chicken in the box, it’s like I gave my seat to a pregnant woman and I have to keep standing in a journey that will take hours.

I used to mock football fans who acted as if the world had ended when their favorite team had lost, but then, on Friday last week some Italian journeywoman ejected Serena Williams from the US Open, a round away from the final. That’s when I realized I had been fooling myself all my life, I’m as much a stan as they are ! 

Friday, 18 September 2015

Working Out? Yes Duh!

Picture by Abdullah Nasser under CC BY 2.0

I stopped playing tennis a sport which I love when I stated uni. In the past months, my sister kept on telling me to start working out again. My sister is one of these people who give great piece of advices even thought they rarely follow them themselves. Proof in case, she is allergic to any kind of physical activities although she preaches their benefits to whoever is listening. 

Friday, 11 September 2015

DiversitĂ© ? Mais oĂč ça ? Il n’y a que des livres blancs, blancs, blancs…

Cela a Ă©tĂ© un des articles les plus durs que j’ai Ă©crit sur ce blog. Un moment, je me demandais mĂȘme si ça valait le coup de le publier. Je voulais vraiment que mes arguments soient entendus sans paraitre agressive ou moralisatrice.

Ok, les gars, aujourd’hui on va ouvrir la boite de Pandore *frissonne*. Je vais parler d’un problĂšme dĂ©sagrĂ©able, bouleversant et agaçant que les pointures du monde littĂ©raire ignorent avec allĂ©gresse ou qu’ils trouvent tout simplement sans importance. Nous allons pĂ©nĂ©trer dans le cĂŽtĂ© obscur de la force. Il y aura des pleures, du sang, de la sueur et—Non, je plaisante. Des fois, j’ai du mal Ă  contenir mon cĂŽtĂ© mĂ©lodramatique *soupire*. Garder juste l’esprit ouvert et tout ira bien :)

Bon, je suis noire. Oui, noire, avec un N majuscule. Originaire de Cote d’Ivoire mais nĂ©e et Ă©levĂ©e en France. Cependant, je rĂ©side en Angleterre en ce moment. Je ne sais pas du tout pourquoi, je vous fais une petite bio improvisĂ©e, mais bon, bref. 

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Kate Daniels #8: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Goodreads Summary: After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

 An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…
Published: August 4th 2015 by Ace
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Good god, I hadn’t realized how much I had missed Ilona Andrews’ writing until I read Magic Shifts, the eight book in the Kate Daniels series. Those two are wordsmiths of the highest order.

For whatever reason, even though I was excited by Magic Shifts release as I always am by any Kate Daniels books, I didn’t care about reading it right now. As you might have guessed, I gave in eventually. My feelings when I opened the book were “just read it Sarah, whatever.” 

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Magic Shifts, Tome 8 de Kate Daniels par Illona Andrews

RĂ©sumĂ© : DĂ©sormais, dĂ©tachĂ© de la meute, la mercenaire Kate Daniels et son compagnon Curran—l’ancien Seigneur des BĂȘtes—s’ajustent Ă  une vie trĂšs diffĂ©rente. Bien qu’ils soient contents d’Ă©chappĂ© aux querelles incessantes,  le dĂ©fi constant qu’Ă©tait de diriger les changeurs de formes manque Ă  Curran.

C’est pourquoi lorsque la meute lui offre ses actions dans la Guilde des Mercenaires, il se jette sur l’opportunitĂ©. Le seul problĂšme c’est que la Guilde ne veut rien Ă  voir avec ni lui ni Kate. Fort heureusement, du a son statut de vĂ©tĂ©ran, Kate peut prendre le contrĂŽle de la Guilde afin de renflouer les caisses de l’organisation et rĂ©tablir sa rĂ©putation. Mais ce que Kate et Curran n’ont pas rĂ©alisĂ© c’est que toutes les missions sur lesquels ils travaillent sont reliĂ©es.

Un ennemi ancien s’est rĂ©veillĂ©, et Kate et Curran sont les seuls Ă  pouvoir le stopper avant qu’il ne dĂ©truise leur ville Ă  petit feu.


Bon dieu! Je n’avais pas rĂ©alisĂ© combien l’Ă©criture d’Ilona Andrews m’avait manquĂ© jusqu'Ă  ce que je lise Magic Shifts, le huitiĂšme livre dans la sĂ©rie Kate Daniels. Je ne sais pas pourquoi, mais bien que j’Ă©tais trĂšs excite de la publication de Magic Shifts, comme je l’ai toujours Ă©tĂ© pour chacun des livres de la sĂ©rie, je n’Ă©tais pas du tout pressait de le lire immĂ©diatement.