The Golden Globe 2020 Ladies Fashion Post

Last night, like millions of others, I watched the ‘Golden Globes.’ I had a great time seeing the red carpet introductions and the comments… and knowing me, also the fashion.

During the show, the winners, at times, made me shake my head. I saw quite a few of the nominated movies and the involved actors and couldn’t understand some choices. – Just one example:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kaitlyn Dever (“Unbelievable”)
Joey King (“The Act”)
Helen Mirren (“Catherine the Great”)
Merritt Wever (“Unbelievable”)
Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”) – WINNER

They had Helen Mirren nominated in ‘Catherine the Great’ – and they made Michelle Williams the winner? I’m sorry, I cannot understand that.

Also, they pronounced ‘Missing Link the Best Animated Film! Are you kidding me?? They had nominated Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, and The Lion King!! Every single one of them far better than the winner…

The complete winner list can be seen here:

https://www.goldenglobes.com/winners-nominees

I admit I’m not an expert, that is just my personal taste. I suggest you decide for yourself on the winners.

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I figured, I would concentrate on the ladies fashion (with one exception, maybe), since I ‘grew up’ in Ladies’ Fashion, learning everything, every single step from the design to the sales, I helped to dress models and organized Fashion Shows… that is something I know about. (I might not be a fully-fledged expert, but definitely a mini-expert with a good taste.)

Let’s pick some of the most impressive dresses and their wearers and have a closer look at them:

Trend: elegant, red evening gowns with an abstract ‘extra,’ like a ‘twist,’ a waterfall, a drapery or a train that pronounces the simplicity of the dress but shows the great taste of the wearer.

Another beautiful dress, worn by an extraordinary actress was Helen Mirren in Dior:


A different trend at this year’s Golden Globe red carpet was oversized sleeves, which in my opinion, were not very flattering. Olivia Coleman’s balloon-like puff sleeves added some weight to her attractive appearance.

Jodie Comer nearly disappeared in the monstrous green fabric, which, in my opinion, is quite a pity since she usually has a far better taste. She is so pretty, why hiding her in that green tent?

As for Beyonce’s dress: I think it is a quite tasteless construct with no decent form. The over-dimensional golden sleeves, to the same time, build the top, and can barely keep her cleavage at bay. Sometimes, less is more, Mrs. Carter.

Sleeves at the Golden Globes - Beyone, Jodie Comer and Olivia Colman


Absolutely stunning:

Michelle Pfeiffer                                                     Rachel WeiszImage result for Golden Globes 2020 Michelle Pfeiffer dressRelated image

Ana De Armas                      Renee Zellweger                           Reese Witherspoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Aniston                 Glenn Close                                      Akwafina

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gillian Andersson                 Dakota Fanning                             Natalie Morales

Slide 39 of 74: Gillian Anderson opted for this sleek white gown, which featured a half cape-like detail and half sleeveless style. Aside from the interesting top half, the rest of the gown was classically simple, a fitted column-style skirt that made a glamorous statement. Next up? The interested twist the star added along the back...

Slide 74 of 74: Natalie Morales rocked this vibrant off-the-shoulder gown on the red carpet. From the slim fit to that glamorous train, we loved the silhouette but think it needed a little more sparkle or glam for such a big night.Slide 47 of 74: Dakota Fanning's lilac confection gave us fairy princess vibes on the red carpet. The star's Dior design featured sweet puffy short sleeves, braided detailing and a full pleated skirt. Next up? A better look at her stellar jewelry selection...

I don’t think I need to explain why I find these ladies’ impeccable taste and wonderful choice of dresses simply a feast for the eyes.


Not sure? My opinion:

Joey King hasn’t exactly hit the ‘jackpot’ with this Iris Van Helpen dress. I don’t think it’s an evening gown, predestined to be shown on the red carpet of one of the most important award events in Hollywood. (Besides, the iridescent pattern on the black and white dress is irritating my eyes.)

Joey King Golden Globes 2020

I read many scornful, malicious, and rogue comments about Cate Blanchett’s light yellow/silver dress with the unusual wing-sleeves. I cannot find anything bad about the design of this dress, and it fits Cate Blanchett’s slim body and fair skin perfectly well. To me, she looks as ethereal as a fairy princess. Stunning, in my opinion.

Cate Blanchett Golden Globes 2020

Billy Porter, in his white tux in combination with the bright white feathery train (which, in my opinion, isn’t even right for the wedding of a pair of crop pigeons), looks like the personified bird-flu, as I find. It’s just too much. This isn’t a ‘statement’… it’s a demonstration of a poor taste.

Billy Porter Golden Globes 2020

Rooney Mara, in her black lace dress, might look a little bit on the ‘goth’-side, but I can’t help myself: on her, this frock looks perfect. Since the lace is making the black dress quite vivid, she made a great decision by wearing her jewels in her hair. The only thing that’s missing is a smile.

Rooney Mara Golden Globes 2020

Salma Hayek was another actress whose red carpet look got quite a few horrible comments.  I personally think, compared to other dresses I saw her wearing, she did quite well with her Bombshell Gucci dress. The white and blue looks good on her, and even though the plunging top turned heads, the top fabric was still strong enough to hold everything where it belonged and present it nicely. Others might not share my opinion, but I think she looks awesome!

 

I’ll make this one short. Many seem to think Lucy Boynton looks stunning in this silver dress. I think she looks like she’s wrapped in aluminum foil and corded up on the neck like a trash bag. Sorry, not my taste.

Slide 43 of 74: Lucy Boynton stunned in silver on the Golden Globes carpet. From the high neck to those sweet short sleeves to the pleated skirt, this metallic Louis Vuitton number was fabulous enough on his own. But the star added her own twist with her signature dramatic makeup, and this year she didn't disappoint...

Zoe Kravitz’s two-pattern polka dot dress got quite different comments. From ‘boring’ to ‘doesn’t fit,’ ‘looks bad’, ‘bad taste’ up to ‘should have stayed home’ almost anything could be read – a few of the comments I read were carefully neutral, like ‘did her best’… I don’t know why the bad comments. Yes, it might not be the most elegant, the most head-turning, or even the sexiest dress of the event – but I think she looks simply cute! Well done, Zoe.

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Beautiful Margot Robbie earned wonderful reviews and compliments for her Chanel frock with the metallic top and the white bottom. Even though it is a ‘safe side’ evening gown, I’m afraid with me it triggers an unsuppressible yawning reflex. She can do so much better.

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Michelle Williams is a wonderful lady and quite a good actress. To see her in this orange dress is a bit sad to me. That gown looks like it accidentally slipped to the side, revealing some blue undergarment that doesn’t belong there. This gown here is, once again, an excellent example that shows Luis Vuitton should stay with designing travel baggage instead of Ladie’s evening gowns. It didn’t do Michelle Williams any good.

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A ‘different’ kind of couple at the award was Jason Momoa and wife Lisa Bonet. I heard bad comments about Lisa Bonet, while, of course, Jason Momoa is and was the ladies’ favorite. I’m not sure what people are talking about. Lisa Bonet was never a candidate for conventional fashion, and I wouldn’t expect her to be one now. With her simple, floral Fendi couture dress in beige, and Jason Momoa’s combination of Ford and Valentino, carried over a black t-shirt, they both make a well dressed beautiful couple, known for their individual style.

I read many negative and positive comments about beautiful Charlize Theron’s dress choice for the Golden Globes this year. From ‘stunning’ to ‘breathtaking’ to ‘unfinished’ nearly everything could be read. I think the cut of her black and green Dior dress is almost impeccable, sexy, and flatters her slim frame. Would it be cream or apricot-colored, it could have been the perfect gown for her. But I think that particular green makes her look like a bottle of poison.

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No-No – My opinion:

In this overblown and feathery pink monstrosity beautiful, Sofia Carson looks like exploded cotton candy.

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Stunning Taylor Swift usually has impeccable taste when it comes to presenting herself the best. But this time she failed. Her green Etro Couture gown presents huge busy yellow blossoms that turn the wide princess dress with the cut-out into a monstrous pile of fabric that seems to swallow the singer. ‘Shake it off,’ Taylor!

Kerry Washington wore an Altuzzara design in black and combined it with a chain that started at her chest, ‘divided’ her chest into two, and showed far more than it should. The plunge line, in this case, was far overdone, even more in combination with the sky-high slit in the skirt. I’m sorry, but in my opinion, she looks like she just came straight from work – in a brothel.

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This next picture here shows one of the two outfits that I could not find any positive reviews for. ‘Leftover Christmas present’ and ‘disastrous look’ were the nicest. One look, and I could barely hold back a burst of irresistible laughter. While the monstrous gold and green bow in the front helped to wrap the torso of the singer in a bizarre way, the bottom white skirt part looked like a bed-sheet after a college party.  Oh – NO, J-Lo!

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And here it is: on my list, it’s the number one worst dress of the evening. Welcome, Gwyneth Paltrow. When I looked at her, I literally shook my head, rubbed my eyes, and looked again. I couldn’t believe that’s for real. She wears nothing underneath a practically sheer brown laced and ruffled tulle-dress (not counting two different necklaces which looks like a child had dressed her). Why didn’t she just show up naked? It would have saved her getting into that sheer dumb fabric. If one could oversee her being naked underneath, which is practically impossible, but IF one could ignore it, in that rag, she looks like an 1870 workbasket.

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I hope very much you had fun with these pictures and a recap of the Golden Globes 2020 red-carpet with my personal comments. If you have something to add, please do so in the comments below. I’m curious about your opinion.

 

How to Get Reviews to Ensure Your Books’ Success – Written By Dave Chesson

Dave Chesson writes about reviews and how to get them on BookWorks. Thank you very much for your support, Dave.


Think about the last time you went to buy a book.

Did you pick your new read based on a catchy title and attractive cover art?
Maybe. But more than likely you also did a bit of research. You probably went into what genre the book is, basic plot description, character profiles, etc.
AND… I bet you read some reviews.

Because let’s face it… if a book has nothing but negative reviews, why waste your money?

Reviews are crucial to your book’s success. Having many positive reviews can be one of the main driving factors of a book’s sales. But if your book has many negative reviews, you may not sell very many books at all.

And what if you have no reviews?

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BOOK REVIEW: Soul Taker (The Council of Twelve Series Book 1) by A.J. Alexander – Written By Janis Beck

I was informed today that Janis Beck’s ‘Soul Taker’ review can be found on her blog. Thank you so much for your efforts and support, Janis!


After long years in the line of duty as a ‘Soul Taker’, Kate is worn out.
When she gets a new job offer from the ‘Powers Above’, she accepts her new job as a Guardian gratefully without knowing that her teacher is one of the most powerful beings in existence, the Archangel Raphael.
Along with Raphael, she takes on her new task and the connection between them grows.
Raphael helps, protects and supports Kate, but suddenly, she becomes a target for the Demons of Hell.

Raphael realizes that Kate means more to him than he expected, which causes him to fight furiously against danger. If he fails, Kate’s future will contain eternal darkness, evil, and torture.

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New author A.J. Alexander excites us with her debut novella Soul Taker. Kate is an angel of death, taking the soul into the afterlife. After a job that went bad Kate wants to call it quits.

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Soul Taker Got Its Second 5-Star Review

One more time I’m grateful and happy when I saw that ‘Soul Taker’ got another 5-star review. I’m more or less dancing through the day.


An Impressive Start To A Brand New Series…

Soul-Taker Kate finds herself being given the promotion to Guardian Angel and soon finds a whole new world open to her, one filled with pleasure, danger, and even love.

A fascinating tale featuring filled with intriguing characters, mystery, and the promise of future installments that will leave the readers eager for more.

Check out where to find the book:
Amazon Ebook US
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Soul Taker Got Its First 5-Star Review

I’m very excited and grateful. ‘Soul Taker’ got its first 5-star review. This is amazing. I catch myself smiling all over the place.


“a wonderful start to a series”

REVIEWED BY: LINDA TONIS
MEMBER OF THE PARANORMAL ROMANCE REVIEW TEAM
Kate’s job as a Soul-Taker has been weighing heavily on her especially when there are children involved. Now she is given a new job as a Guardian Angel and her teacher is none other than Archangel Raphael (Rafe). Rafe and Kate will be working together for at least three or four years while she learns everything she needs to know.

A fight between demons finds her in Hell in the hands of Abbraxxas whose nickname is “The Butcher” because of his love for torture. When the Archangels finally rescue her she is near death and Rafe is always by her side. When she is well enough she is put through weeks of vigorous training to get her back in shape and during this time Kate and Rafe’s feelings for each other grow.

Kate appears to be a constant target for evil and the reason is finally revealed by Kate herself when she remembers something from her childhood. Of course there is no way I will reveal this important piece of information. The very next time she is caught off guard she finds herself face to face with Lucifer himself and he knows what she is capable of and wants her. Archangels to the rescue once again but there is much more to this story that I can reveal without giving too much away. There is no fun in reading a book when you know all the answers in advance.

I loved this book, a book about good vs. evil and a book filled with wonderful characters and a beautiful romance. I look forward to more in this series and truly highly recommend it. I actually read this book in a few hours that was how interesting it was.

Check out where to find the book:

Amazon Ebook US

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Amazon Paperback US

Amazon Paperback UK

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Why Readers Aren’t Reviewing Your Books – Written By Sandra Beckwith

Why do you think readers are’t reviewing our books? Sandra Beckwith on Build Book Buzz knows the reason. Read here about it. Thank you for your hard work Sandra.


When my first book was published in the dark ages – the 1990s – I didn’t have to think about online reader reviews.

Amazon was only starting to sell books when WHY CAN’T A MAN BE MORE LIKE A WOMAN? was released in the spring of 1995; Barnes and Noble was still a strictly bricks and mortar business.

That meant that reader reviews came in the form of good, old-fashioned, word-of-mouth recommendations among friends. If you liked a book, you told someone: “You will love this book.”

It was a pretty simple process.

Reader reviews have power

In today’s publishing environment where the Internet lets us recommend books to anyone, online reader reviews have become powerful and influential. In fact, most readers rely on them to make purchasing decisions.

Whether they should or shouldn’t doesn’t matter. The fact is that they do.

This can be frustrating. Unless you’re at the same level as authors who are household names — think John Grisham, Jodi Piccoult, Carl Bernstein — you probably struggle to get reviews.

To continue reading this blog post, go to:

https://buildbookbuzz.com/why-readers-arent-reviewing-your-books/

Anatomy of a Bad Review

Author Don Massenzio provides us with the analysis of a bad review written for one of his books. In my opinion he gives us a great example on how to handle bad reviews in general. But I figure I will find out for sure once one of my own books is published. Thanks for this post, Don!

Author Don Massenzio

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I’ve been blessed. I’ve written a number of books. I’ve been very fortunate. Readers that I don’t know have given my work reviews that have, in the vast majority, earned four or five stars.

That’s why, when I receive a bad review, I like to study it and figure out if there is something I can learn to improve my work.

Let Me Be Frank - CoverWhen I signed onto the Amazon author’s site, I saw this review for my second book, Let Me Be Frank:

bad review

I’ve redacted the name in this review. I didn’t want to make this post about the person who submitted the review, I wanted to make it a teaching moment.

First, I looked at the review. It’s titled ‘Boring’ and starts out with the words ‘too slow’. This is valid criticism for a book and sometimes, in a detective novel, the pacing can be…

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In Need Of A New Computer

Picture courtesy of: https://www.fastweb.com/college-search/articles/undecided-is-not-a-major

 

 

It’s been seven years that I welcomed my desktop to my home… In all these years it has been a loyal and trustworthy accomplice to me in everything I had planned. But I feel it’s getting tired. Even though I can hear it works hard to fulfill my every need it has significantly slowed down.

I would say – another six months and my faithful friend is going to be retired. (or falling into a coma whichever comes first).

To me, this means I need to think about a successor for my dear electronic brother.

After thinking for quite some time and considering the move I have in mind, amongst other things, I decided for a laptop instead of a desktop. Well, that decision was easy, compared to deciding on a model.
The questions I had to ask myself to find THE laptop have been numerous, and I’m still not convinced I thought about everything. Finally, I found a page http://youthvillage.co.ke/top-10-best-laptops/ where they listed the ten best laptops. I was still not sure if one of these would be right for me.

 

I admit I’m lost. I feel overwhelmed with the sheer choices and possibilities. I’m a writer – and I work on a computer daily… but I’m still only a user, not an IT-expert.

After going on with research, I found a website with the best laptops for writers. http://www.144hzmonitors.com/best-laptop-for-writers/ Here they give me a table with the best laptops for writers.

 

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To be honest: It doesn’t help. I’m still no expert and what they list here doesn’t tell me a lot. Yes, some things help – but some of the more detailed descriptions leave me more confused than ever.

I don’t know which one I should pick. I only know I won’t buy an Apple product. After this decision, it still leaves me with five laptops and just as lost as I was before.

 

Is there anyone who can give me a recommendation? Is someone using one of these laptops and can give me a review? Or is there any other suggestion or advice I can follow? I’d appreciate every help I can get.

 

 

About Reading Recommendations Reviewed

Susan M. Toy published a blog post about ‘How to support an Indie Author’, which I find very helpful, useful and admirable, to each one of us. Thank you Susan!

Reading Recommendations

I launched a new blog the other day that’s dedicated to publishing honest and positive reviews of books I’ve featured on this blog, Reading Recommendations. Today I created a page with information about the blog and how to get your reviews posted on it. Please read About Reading Recommendations Reviewed and send me your reviews for future consideration.

How to support ANY Author!!

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