TOP 3 – HBO TV SHOWS written by Miriam

HBO has given us amazing entertainment, groundbreaking, shocking, hilarious entertainment. However, this is only a Top 3 list, so I do not have a lot of space to spare, and also I am not basing this list on the number of viewers or prizes (if I did, The Wire wouldn’t even be on this list). I am solely basing this ranking off my personal taste. So I do apologize to those who are missing Game of Thrones, or Curb Your Enthusiasm, or True Detective on this list, because I can only speak for myself and what I have seen. And the three shows I am about to introduce to you are three of the best TV drama series you will ever have the joy of watching.

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3. Boardwalk Empire

The Volstead Act, which introduced the Prohibition era to the United States that lasted from 1920 to 1933, was a bad idea, because it did not work the way it had been planned. Boardwalk Empire shows how a group of gangsters became millionaires by smuggling alcohol into the US every which way, killing whoever stood in-between them and the alcohol they wanted to illegally import into the US. The series centers around Nucky Thompson, played by always awesome Steve Buscemi and based on a real-life person. Nucky is the treasurer of Atlantic City, but basically controls the entire city, and when the Volstead Act is officialized, he and a group of politicians and gangsters decide to cash in. The first 3 seasons of this historic TV show are epic and thrilling, with an amazing ensemble cast, including not only good old Steve, but also Michael K. Williams, Michael Shannon, and Daredevil Charlie Cox. The scale of this superbly written drama really reaches epic proportions, considering the producers were unable to shoot scenes on the actual boardwalk in AC, so they built a new one in another city, furnishing it with amazing details from original 1920’s postcards and photos. The wardrobe and cars used in the show are so true to the prohibition era the production costs must have been astronomically high, and it pays off: anyone watching will definitely feel like they were transported right into the year 1920. Add to that the amazing variety of characters and gripping dialogue (as usual for HBO), this show is just fun to watch. It can be quite gory at times, though (there is a scene in season 2 where someone is literally scalped), so it might not be suitable for people with weak stomachs, but that just proves how amazing the special effects make-up is, as well. Characters you hate will die, and characters you love will die, and you just have to know how the story continues. There are several characters involved in the plot who existed in real life, such as Charlie Luciano, Bugsy Segel, and Al Capone (portrayed perfectly by Stephen Graham), which again proves the attention to detail applied to the writing. Season 4 loses some of the show’s excitement and speed, and season 5 seems like a tired, idea-lacking wrap-up that had me quite disappointed, but the first 3 seasons are just plain brilliant TV drama.

“We been on the road for eighteen hours. I need a bath, some chow, and then you and me sit down, and we talk about who dies, eh?”

“F***in’ tough guy, you gonna shoot me for mouthin’ off?” – I wasn’t going to, but you kinda talked me into it.”

“Untie him. Oh, but before you do, put a bullet in his f***ing head.”

2. The Sopranos

This is a TV drama that basically paved the way for all other TV dramas that followed. There would be no Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or Dexter, without Tony Soprano and his family of thugs. For those of you who have actually never seen it, it is a show about Tony Soprano, New Jersey mobster and capo and later on the boss of the Soprano clan. Officially employed in waste management, he and his underlings are stone-cold killers who make their living with drugs, prostitution, illegal gambling, and collecting debts. At the same time, however, Tony is a loving father of two children and an unfaithful husband. The show explores themes of faith, family, loyalty, friendship, Italian-American intercultural conflicts, and lays down ground rules for storytelling and dialogue that were revolutionary at the time. Also, you will see some of the finest acting ever broadcast, on the small or big screen. Michael Imperioli especially, portraying Christopher Moltisanti, will tear your heart out with his all-in performance, and was awarded with the Emmy for his efforts. Moreover, I believe it was the first TV show to begin the tradition that was later copied by Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead of killing off characters unexpectedly that you were sure would stay until the very end. Some of the deaths you will see coming, some will hit you completely unprepared and make you weep with either glee or (more often) grief. The show stays brilliant throughout its six seasons, but the finale is, well, debatable. Nonetheless, if you love TV dramas, and you liked Goodfellas, Casino, and of course The Godfather, you need to see this. Even Martin Scorsese himself did not want to miss out on the fun and has a very brief cameo in the first season.

“Who do you think you are?” – “I’m the person who says how things go, that’s who I think I am.”

“You don’t think that human beings possess free will?” – “How come I’m not making f***ing pots in Peru? You’re born to this sh*t. You are what you are.”

“You’re being set up! He’s lying to you, whoever he is!” – “Wouldn’t make any difference.” – “What do you mean, it wouldn’t make any difference?!” – “He wants you dead.”

1. The Wire

Once denoted the “best show that nobody watches,” The Wire is possibly the best TV drama ever created, and still, if you research how many awards the show has received, you will be appalled, and rightly so. Even though it was supposedly suffering from continuously low ratings, luckily the creators managed to produce five whole seasons, and they are a gift to anyone who loves watching high-quality TV drama. At first glance, it seems to be a cop show, but it cannot be compared to Law and Order and the likes thanks to HBO’s liberty to give it a gritty sort of realism, which is what the show is praised for and owes largely to its creators, who are an ex-cop and a journalist, respectively, and know how the real world of crime and punishment works in Baltimore, Maryland. Using their background to thoroughly investigate and tell the story of life in Baltimore from as many angles as possible, the show aims to portray a new point of view in every season. While the first season begins with introducing the police in Baltimore and kicks off the amazing plot by starting the investigation of the Barksdale clan, a drug-dealing organization operating on the streets, the second season introduces the struggles of the dockworkers on the Port of Baltimore. The third season focuses more heavily on Baltimore’s politicians, showing a white councilman’s attempt to become mayor in a predominantly black city. In the fourth season, we enter the school system of Baltimore, while the fifth season places us in the newsroom of a big Baltimore newspaper. The fascinating thing about this multi-faceted way of portraying Baltimore is that we not only learn more and more about the city and how its institutions have an effect on the individual, but that the plot manages to outline not only the stark differences, but also the striking parallels between all these milieus. Giving every character, from the lowest street thug to the richest politician, their moment to shine, we see how every system is built on greed and deception to achieve its goals of surviving and persevering. The Wire is also the only TV drama I can think of that stays equally strong and brilliant in its casting, acting, and storytelling from the first episode to the very last one. If anything, the series finale is the best episode of them all, because it manages to wrap up the story of the entire show by demonstrating how everything always changes and yet stays the same. There is a reason why it has been termed a literary show. It is beautiful, skillfully crafted, and yet still entertaining enough for people who prefer less demanding entertainment, through awesome and funny characters such as Omar, the gay gunman who robs drug dealers for a living. The Wire is my favorite TV show of all time and will always be an example of how to do it right.

“You come at the king, you best not miss.”

“Does this sh*t look like money, motherf***er? Money be green!”

“You heroic mother***ers. Fighting the war on drugs, one brutality case at a time.” – “Girl, you can’t even call this sh*t a war.” – “Why not?” – “Wars end.”

 

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Top 10 Christmas Movies

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing with you my Top 10 Christmas movies. There are only a few weeks left until Christmas and I love to watch Christmas movies every day. When else are you going to watch them, right?

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Die Hard

The Santa Clause

Scrooged

Elf

The Polar Express

Love Actually

Home Alone

Miracle on 34th Street

Four Christmases

How the Grinch stole Christmas

I do have to say that Scrooged, Elf, Love Actually and How the Grinch stole Christmas are my absolute favorites! I could watch them on repeat! If you click on the title of the movies it will transfer you to Amazon! :) Also I know that Die Hard seems to be an odd choice for Christmas, but it always is on TV during Winter time and the action in the movie is happening around Christmas, and who doesn’t love Bruce Willis.

And I have to admit something… Scrooged only has been on that list since last year, because that’s the first time I watched it. Yeah I know, what were I thinking? But I didn’t think about it until a friend recommended it to me. And I love that movie!

What are your favorite Christmas movies? Tell me in the comments.

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you did make sure to show it some love. I would really appreciate it!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Chris Carter – The Crucifix Killer – Review

Hey my loves,

today I am going to review a book I recently finished reading and fell in love with. It’s ‘The Crucifix Killer’ by Chris Carter! If you are a big fan of the thriller genre then keep on reading:

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So let me tell you a bit about the story: It’s about the hunt for a psychotic killer whose name is ‘The Crucifix Killer’. It’s the first book of a series about the Homicide Detective Robert Hunter. Detective Hunter and his partner are trying to find out who this serial killer is and enter a hunt that is gripping, dangerous and definitely not for people who cannot handle distress. I don’t want to give to much away, so I think that is all you need to know about this book.

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I love a good thriller and this definitely is one of the best ones I’ve read in my life so far! I absolutely love the storyline and the characters! It’s super intense and I even cringed a few times about a some things in the story and that says a lot, because I don’t cringe easy! But that only made the book even more fantastic! You fall in love with the characters and root for them and the end, oh my god, the best part ever! You had absolutely no clue who the killer was and when it all unravelled you were left shocked, excited and completely overwhelmed! I love the detailed storyline and immediately bought the second installment of the series.

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If you love thrillers and a good detective story and aren’t of the squeamish kind you will fall for this book very hard! I would recommend this book to all the thriller lovers out there!

Have you read any of the ‘Robert Hunter Series’ books by Chris Carter? Let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you did make sure to give it a thumbs up. I would really appreciate it!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

March Favorites – 2016

Hey my loves,

today I’m sharing my 2016 March favorites with you. Everything from Music to Clothes to make-up and media. I had a lovely month and I hope April is going as good as March did, but I am of very high hopes. So here are my favorites:

Converse – Chuck Taylor Classics in Black

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Nike – Flex Trainer 5 in Black

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I love both shoes a lot! The Nike shoe is perfect for long days of walking or for working out and the Converse ones are just the comfiest things ever! I just ordered myself the same ones in white, because I’m back on my Chucks. What are your favorite pair of trainers for the day? And for working out?


Another thing that I loved in March was doing Sudoku, it’s perfect for those long hours I was on the train and it’s also a great way of relaxing! If you never done it you should try it, it might seem complicated, but once you get the hang of it, it’s fun and easy. Why don’t you check out my Travel essentials to see what else I do when I’m on long train journeys?

Long Train Journeys Essentials

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Fairway Solitaire App for iPhone

This game is so cool! I played it long before I went on holiday, but I got to love it even more during my train journey! If you love Solitaire games than give this app a go!


 

Favorite Movies & Tv Shows

Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice

Since I don’t want to spoil anyone anything, I’m just gonna say this: I expected a lot different that what I got, but I still loved it. And even though, in my opinion, no one will ever be as good as Christian Bale as Batman, Affleck did a decent job! Can’t wait for the next movies!

London Has Fallen

Loved, loved, loved this movie! Loved the first one and the second one was as great! Loved the new site to Butler’s character and the ass-kicking of Eckhart’s character!

Blindspot

Well, in the beginning I wasn’t sure if I liked this new TV show, but ever since season 1B I’m hooked! Give it a try!

Scorpion

I’ve been a fan of this show from the very beginning, but I think Season 2 is by far my favorite. I love the character development of Walter and the whole story! Give this show a try, Season 1 is on Netflix!

If you click on the title of each it will lead you to the IMBD website!


 

Make-Up Favorites

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Rimmel – Brow This Way

I love this brow product by Rimmel! I’ve got thick eyebrows so I always tend to over-do them, but with this product – using it on its own – it’s perfect for my everyday make-up look. It gives a bit of a tint to the brows and holds them in place!


 Favorite Quote

There are things you carry in your heart so deep that not even the reality can destroy them. There are moments which touch you so much that one word is sufficient to make you cry. There are moments in your life which you wouldn’t exchange for any money in the world. There will be people who will always love you, even beyond death. But there will also be shadows that lie about your existence. There will be rainy days that make you feel like the sun has died. There will be days full of suffering, anguish, grief and pain, which will manage to make you start to doubt. And there will be moments when you rather want to die than to endure them longer. No matter how dark the days seem to be, no matter how sad you are, no matter which messages make you worry, no matter where you are and what you do – It is important that you stand by your decisions. It is important to stand up after you fall. It is important to believe in yourself. It is important that you never lose your target. Only when you start to believe in yourself, only if you have understood that life consists out of light and shadows, only when you are sure you have found your way, and only if you know who you really are, you understand this life and are willing to do anything for what may come.


 

And last but not least, my favorite songs this month! But since I’ve went on holiday I’m going to share my Travel Playlist I created on Spotify:

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I hope you liked this entry, and if you did make sure to give it a thumbs up!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

January Favorites – 2016

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing my January Favorites with you! What were your favorites this month? Tell me in the comments.

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Beauty Favorites

The Balm – Mary-Lou Manizer

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I love this so much! I bought it a couple of weeks ago and have been using it every day! It definitely is worth it’s money! You can buy it here: FeelUnique – The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Bourjois – Bronzing Powder in 52 Peaux Mates

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A long time I have been using a drugstore bronzer from Catrice, but since buying this product I could never go back to it. This is absolutely amazing! It looks so flawless and natural, I love it! You can buy it here: FeelUnique – Bourjois Bronzing Powder

EOS – Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry

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This product became quickly one of my favorite lip balms of all time, it’s moisturizing and smells great and even though I have been using it for pretty much every day for two months it still looks like it did in the beginning! You can buy it here: Evolution of Smooth – Lip Balm

Lancome – La Vie est Belle – L’eau de parfum (Try Version)

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This parfum was a gift I got for Christmas, I got it in a small try version together with the other versions of this product. I love the smell of this! It’s amazing! You can buy it here: Amazon – Lancome La Vie est Belle L’eau de Parfum

KIKO Milano – Rebel Bouncing Blush in 03 Treasure Rose

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I only own this product a little over a week, but I have been using it everyday since then! It’s amazing and the color is great! If you want to know a little more head over to this entry: KIKO Milano Haul If you want to give this product a try, you can buy it here: KIKO Milano Germany – Blush

Essence – All that Greys Eyeshadow Palette in 01 – 7 Shades of Rose and Grey

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Lately I’ve been into smoky eyes even during the daytime and this product has been my go-to ever since! I love essence eyeshadow palettes a lot, you get a lot for your money and with a primer underneath, the eyeshadows stay on all day! I love this palette, if you can find it in your local store try it!


 

Non-Beauty Favorites

Busy B – 2016 Busy Life Diary

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This calendar is amazing! I have been looking for something like this a long time. I wanted a calendar in which I can have one site for my blog and other things and one side for my Uni stuff, and the little reminder pages before each quarters is amazing! You have to have this in your life, I bought it here: Amazon

Coloring Book for Adults

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This might seem odd, but I got this as a present from one of my best friends and I absolutely love it! We talked about it a while ago and she surprised me with it! Coloring books for adults is a great way to destress and just let go for once, I have almost colored everything in, and it has been a great time for me. The exact coloring book I own you can buy here: Amazon

Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects

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Why this book is in my monthly favorites, you can find out here: Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects – Review


Music Favorites

Pretty much the whole album “Badlands” by Halsey (iTunes) and “Royality” by Chris Brown (iTunes) have been my favorite this past month. Especially Halsey’s album runs on repeat!


 

That’s pretty much all it! I hope you enjoyed this entry, if you did make sure to give it a thumbs up!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects – Review – 2016

Hey my loves,

today I want to give you a review of the New York Times Besteller “Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn. As I told you earlier this month I wanted to read more this year and this book was the first one of my New Year’s resolution. And I loved this book! I read in about a week I think, probably would have finished it earlier, but I was busy with other things so I only read in the evening for about 30 min. or more. This is what the cover looks like:

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I loved this book so much it was dark, twisted, thrilling and fascinating at the same time. You had moments where you literally sat there and was like “WTF?? How? Why? Isn’t she a bit to young?” I was so sucked into the world of the main character – Camille Preaker – and my imagination played wild during reading. I would like to see this made into a movie, it was so compelling and the potrayal of the individual characters was so original. I just have to recommend this book for you if you like this sort of stuff – the dark, psychological, thriller ones – because I surely do, and this book might just be one of the best in that genre that I have read. Chapeau to Gillian Flynn, for her incredible work.

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I don’t want to give too much away from the storyline, so here is what’s written on the back of my paperback copy:

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: She must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie group on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims – a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story – and survive this homecoming.

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Have you read this book? If you did, tell me in the comments what you think of it. If you haven’t read it and were thinking about reading it, definetely do so. It’s absolutely amazing and was the best book I good start of my year with.

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