Dresses by Marchesa Notte

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The best dresses to get from Marchesa Notte

Marchesa Notte is an American label; it was founded by Georgina Chapman and Keren Carig. In comparison to the other label founded by Chapman and Craig, Marchesa, Marchesa Notte produces less pricier clothes. The label has (surprisingly) been spotted on red carpets on stars such as Alicia Vikander, Adriana Lima and Vanessa Hudgens.

Marchesa Notte floral applique high low gown at Farfetch
This black tulle gown features applique of flowers in shades of pink and has a bodice which was influenced by the design of a corset – wear it during dinner on a cruise ship.

Marchesa Notte long flared dress at Farfetch
This red-colored dress is very long in length and has an embroidered sheer overlay in a similar color, upon which there are embroidered pink flowers and green leaves; the dress also has sheer shoulder straps and an open back – wear the dress to a wedding.

Marchesa Notte soutache embroidered tiered gown at Farfetch
This sleeveless gown features the two colors: black and green plus a tiered skirt; it also has sheer panels and embroidery – wear it to a military ball.

Marchesa Notte ruffle tulle dress at Farfetch
This red sleeveless dress has a fitted waist and ruffles; it also has a v-cut neckline at the front and the back – wear it to a romantic date.

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Wide Leg Jumpsuits

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The best wide leg jumpsuits to get

This season, there is a wide-leg jumpsuit which can be worn to every party which you are invited to. When you wear one, wear it with a pair of heels (choose: Christian Louboutin Just Nothing 85 PVC and patent-leather mules) and carry a clutch (choose: Christian Louboutin Paloma embellished suede and textured-leather clutch).

Red belted wide leg jumpsuit at River Island
This brightly-colored jumpsuit has a belted design at the waist, no sleeves plus wide legs; the belt is rather wide and it has both a silver buckle and silver holes – wear the jumpsuit to an office party.

Stripe Sequin Wide Leg Jumpsuit by Club L at Topshop
This sequined jumpsuit has stripes in various colors, such as navy blue, pink and green. It also has no sleeves plus a backless design and a plunging neckline – wear it to a house party which a friend has thrown.

Sequin High Neck Jumpsuit at Pretty Little Thing
This green jumpsuit has sequins all over, a halterneck plus wide legs – it is perfect to party the night away in a club.

Elie Saab Embroidered Wide-Leg Jumpsuit at Moda Operandi
This jumpsuit has a sheer bodice which has floral embroidery (in colors such as red and black) on it. The trousers of the jumpsuit has a red and white stripe across the waist plus its legs are tailored – wear the jumpsuit to a dinner date.

The Water Forest

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Cow and Noir are sitting on a couch in the living room. Noir has with her a deck of eighty brown-coloured cards; each card carries a print of a different animal.

Noir: Alright! So the game is called The Water Forest. The game can only be played by three people. You distribute ten cards to each player from the deck and you start playing the game.
Cow: How?
Noir: I’m explaining that! From the deck you need to find cards which match with the ones you have.
Cow: Oh! That should be really easy to do!
Noir: It’s not! You pick one card and if it doesn’t match with any you have, then I will pick one! If the card I picked matches with any of the cards I have, then I get the chance to pick again and I will keep picking, until I find a card which doesn’t match with any of the cards I have! Also, when exactly a player’s pick turns out to be a matching card depends entirely on their luck!
Cow: Oh! I never get lucky with anything! But I will still play!

Thirty minutes later…

Cow: So the whole deck has been gone through and yet, I couldn’t match even one of my cards!
Noir: Yeah! I matched four of mine!
Cow: I hate this game!

Costa Book Awards (2018) Shortlist

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The Costa Book Awards is an annual set of prizes which awards great books in five different categories:

  1. Costa First Novel of the Year Award
  2. Costa Novel Award
  3. Costa Biography Award
  4. Costa Children’s Book Award
  5. Costa Poetry Award

This year, the four novels which were shortlisted for the best first novel category are: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Meet Me at the Museum, An Unremarkable Body and Pieces of Me. I think the best first novel, out of the four books chosen, is The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle; the plot of the novel revolves around a woman who is killed many, many times by a pistol at a party and also a man who tries to save her every night that that happens but fails to do so. Additionally, the four novels which were shortlisted for the best novel category are: The Silence of the Girls, Normal People, The Italian Teacher and From a Low and Quiet Sea. I think the best novel, out of the lot, is The Silence of the Girls; the plot of the novel revolves around a queen who, when her city surrenders, is turned into a spoil of war for Achilles.

Meanwhile, in the biography category, the following four novels were shortlisted: The Cut Out Girl, The Salt Path, The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography and and To Throw Away Unopened. In my outlook, the best biography in the category is The Cut Out Girl; the biography is that of a young girl who, whilst living in Netherlands was put under foster care and kept out of sight from the Nazis. Finally, the shortlist for the children’s book category includes: The Skylarks’ War, The Colour of the War, Orphan Monster Spy and Bone Talk, whilst the shortlist for poetry category is comprised of: Three Poems, Assurances, Us and Soho.

The Argument

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Turmeric is having a heated argument with Prince Eric. He is talking to him about a story he read recently which made him reach a conclusion afterwards over Prince Eric.

Turmeric: I know extremely well what your character is like Eric! You are a lot like Christopher (the male protagonist in ‘The Teddy Bear’) but you will never marry a girl like Alice. You are just the type who likes to end up with a stupid woman!
Prince Eric: How dare you?
Turmeric: How dare I? Have you ever seen your face in the mirror? You don’t look like the type who would ever marry somebody wonderful!
Prince Eric: That isn’t true! You know I will!
Turmeric: You aren’t listening to me, are you? Prove to me that you won’t end up with some stupid woman!
Prince Eric: I will! Oh! I definitely will!
Turmeric (screams): And when will that be?
Prince Eric: Soon! I just need to fall deeply in love first! And when I do, I promise I will prove that to you!
Turmeric: Fine! I will trust you!
Prince Eric: Thank you!
Turmeric: I am going to share with Noir the conversation I just had with you! If she tells me that she doesn’t trust you like how I trust you, then you better get ready for this fact that I will be deeply disappointed in you…for forever!

The Cake

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It is the day after Christmas Day. Most people in the palace are still sleeping soundly in their beds. The Chef, however, is looking through some recipe sheets in the kitchen to make something. A kitchen boy, meanwhile, is cleaning the kitchen floor with a broom.

Chef: I want to bake a cake. But I don’t want to bake any ordinary cake. I want to bake a cake that is yellow in colour plus low in fat. I want to add slices of fruit on top of it too.
Kitchen boy: That cake doesn’t sound very delicious! Is it for the King?
Chef: Yes! He shouldn’t be eating too much fatty food.
Kitchen boy: Why? Is it because he is in his fifties?
Chef: That is a reason!
Kitchen boy: You should add different coloured fruits then to tempt him into eating the cake!
Chef: That is a good idea! Which fruits do you suggest?
Kitchen boy: I think cranberries, kiwis and plums would be good!
Chef: Yes, those would be good! I will also decorate the cake with ribbons and pearls – the cake will look so beautiful that way, the King will want to eat it right away!

The Boy From The Valley

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It is late afternoon. Turmeric is sitting upon two blue-coloured cushions, next to a window, and reading another story from Hamlet’s Short Stories. The story is titled ‘The Boy From The Valley’.

The Boy From The Valley

Once upon a time, there lived a poor boy in a valley who earned a measly income from selling milk bottles in town. One day, he meets a girl in town, who lives in a house that is situated up on a mountain; she is from a rich family and used to living her life in luxury. The boy falls in love upon first sight with the girl but, at first, he cannot muster up enough courage to tell the girl this out of fear that she will never love him because he is poor. However, he tells everybody that he chats with when he is in town for his job, about the girl and how he hopes to marry her someday.

Many people who hear this story, including members of the girl’s family, laugh at him for thinking a girl like that could ever be his. One day, the girl overhears the boy share his story with a paperboy; when he finishes talking to the paperboy he notices that the girl has overheard what they were talking about. The girl then demands that he tell her just how many people he has shared this story with and how they reacted. When the boy finishes doing so and the girl learns that people have been laughing at him, she begins to feel pity for him; she also begins to develop feelings for the boy and tells him this. Soon, the two get married but the girl never goes back to live up on the mountain because she loves the boy and people in her house had once treated him so badly.

Turmeric (thinks to himself): I love the story! I can’t believe the boy finally got the girl!