My Favorite Oscar nominees

Sometimes it is nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of my everyday life to hit up the theater and see a good movie! In my spare time I treated myself to viewings of some of the most popular movies of the year. My three favorite Oscar nominated movies of 2013 were…

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The Great Gatsby: There is not much to dislike about this movie. It was visually stunning and really made me want to throw on my pearls, doll myself up in some fringe and grab a time machine to head back to the 1920’s to drink some champagne and party at Gatsby’s house!sitting

Blue Jasmine: This controversial yet inspirational story had me almost falling in love with the crazy character because of their truly, brilliant acting.

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Wolf of Wall Street: Good acting, crazy good director, awesome storyline! Wolf of Wall Street was definitely impressive and who doesn’t love Leonardo DiCaprio?

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What was your favorite movie of 2013?

Styling à la Florentine

When you enter a city trough the medieval gigantic doors, you know it is a special place.

Firenze (Florence)  is an epitome of the Italian Renaissance where even the hotels are built with the Renaissance in mind.

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When the hotel room has a Renaissance themed frescoes on the walls, it must be Florence!

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Florence has a very distinct style.

It is an open air museum that would take a visitor a few months to experience and appreciate all the gems that this city has to offer.

One of the least touristy places is the Medicis’ villa. There are so many primary spots that I think the Medicis’ villa hardly gets any traffic.

It is a unique feeling to experience such historical locations in a Zen atmosphere.

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In this Zen environment, I have stumbled upon the most beautiful movie theater ever!IMG_1998

Doesn’t it just look fascinating?

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It just needs a popcorn and a soda machine!

Talk about Form NOT Following the FUNCTION!

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And if the movie is boring, one can always look up to the “sky” for more action!

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What do you think? Would you like a home theater à la Florentine ?

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Happy Birthday Achilles!

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Did you know that June 7th is considered the Greek Semi-God Achilles’ birthday?

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Greek Mythology is full of Gods, Goddesses, but Achilles was always very special for Ancient Greeks.

In some regions of the Black Sea he was even considered as The Sea God and Alexander the Great was priding himself as a descendant of Achilles.

What makes Achilles so special?

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According to the Greek legends Achilles embodied all the invincibility of the Gods: Strength, Courage, Power while he was vulnerable as a human.

His mother, nymph Thetis, was holding him from his heel when she dipped him into the waives of the legendary Styx, to make him immortal and Godlike, but his heel did not touch the immortal water and stayed vulnerable …

That vulnerability made him very relatable and very human…

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Achilles’ archetype is so strong that he even found his place in numerous works of literature and art, from Dante’s “Inferno” to modern pop culture.

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Sometimes we are trying too hard to be superhuman and hide our weaknesses, but maybe that’s what makes us human and relatable… what do you think?