My Top 10 Best Dressed at the Met Gala 2018!!!

Yesterday was the opening of the Costume Institute Gala’s annual fashion exhibit with the theme  Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Celebrities from all walks of the industry flock to the Met Gala to show off their best fashion ensemble and raise funds for the…well, the Institute. With that being said let me present to you my Top 10 Favorites this year and we’ve a lot of super-awesome outfits and costumes so trimming it down to 10 was super-difficult!

10. Rihanna, a co-host of this year’s Met Gala was wearing Maison Margiela Artisanal.

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9. The uber-slick trio of Offset, Quavo and Takeoff from Migos wearing Versace. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

8. Rooney Mara is looking divine wearing a piece from Givenchy. (DAVID FISHER/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK)

7.  Zendaya wears a custom Versace channeling Joan of Arc. EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

6. Sarah Jessica Parker, wearing Dolce & Gabbana

5. Janelle Monae looks absolutely fantastic in this Marc Jacob creation! Wow! (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

4. The Queen herself wearing Jean Paul Gaultier! Yasss! (John Shearer/Getty Images)

3. Bela Hadid was wearing Chrome Hearts. 

2. And my second best dressed, and of course technically the best dressed male of the night goes to Chadwick Boseman who’s looking oh so fine with this Versace piece! (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

And my best dressed this year goes to none other than the uber-gorg Blake Lively in this Versace number!!!!

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (9662983ga)
Blake Lively
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, Arrivals, New York, USA – 07 May 2018

when fashion meets art 😍 #blakelively #versace #metgala

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Yup, Versace wins this year! ❤

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Book Review: The King’s Command (Bred for Love, #2) – Revella Hawthorne

Published August 15, 2015 by S.J. Himes
Format: Novel
Genre And Themes: Romance, Fantasy, Slavery, MPREG, LGBTQ+
Length: 174 pages, ebook
ASIN: B00Y5PBLRM
Characters: Edward, Percy, King Henry

Blurb: Percy is pregnant. He is overjoyed, and Prince Edward, his master and owner, is just as happy. Both men are content, and are enjoying the simple life at Hartgrove, Prince Edward’s country estate. There they stay in pre-baby bliss, until the christening of the Cassian Dynasty’s newest princeling approaches. Prince Edward decides to risk King Henry’s wrath, and brings Percy back to the capital to attend his nephew’s christening, putting his and Percy’s unconventional relationship front and center in the media and the court. Rumors abound about the two lovers, and a strange and unusual threat to Percy surfaces, leaving Prince Edward regretting their return to the capital. Percy is confronted by the reality of his social status and what exactly it means to be the collared consort of a Cassian blood prince–and how dangerous that place of honor can be.

Caught between the orders of King Henry and the dangers lurking in the shadowed alleys of the capital, Percy and Edward strive to protect themselves, their love, and their unborn child.

Now, this one was still a very exciting read! I loved that we are learning more about the royal family and the development of Edward and Percy’s relationship tho, quick was very much believable.

This one didn’t disappoint one bit when it comes to the progression of the story because as we go along, there are a lot of things happening in it. We also get to know more about Reynard – Mason’s ‘bestfriend’ / Percy’s bodyguard. I just loved all the alpha males in this series! They’re just so sexy!

I also loved how this story felt like a throwback what with all the royal talks but since it’s set in the future – the uniqueness of its storyline is still as fascinating as its first installment.

This is definitely a must-read!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Pen name for m/m author SJ Himes.

Find me on my SJ Himes profile or on Facebook and Twitter.

No more release dates until books are 100% done. I self-publish, and trying to find a system that works for me has been trial and error.

I am active on Facebook and Twitter. Find me there for up to date and accurate release information.

Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray for Preview.PH May 2018

Here’s my favorite and the reigning Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray gracing the digital cover of  Preview.PH’s May 2018 edition.

It has only been a month and a half since Catriona Gray was crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Universe but the internet is already abuzz with her fighting chance at this year’s Miss Universe pageant. Perhaps a fourth crown for the country at pageantdom’s most prestigious competition is all too soon—we had just won in 2015—but we’re not about to complain. Catriona, after all, goes far deeper than the aforementioned hype that surrounds her these days. Her dedication should not come as a surprise to anyone who’s seen her work at close range way before she became a full-fledged beauty queen. (s)

See her full spread and read the full article via https://www.preview.ph/

Book Review: The Prince’s Consort (Bred For Love, #1) – Revella Hawthorne

Published April 21, 2015 by S.J. Himes
Format: Novel
Genre And Themes: Romance, Fantasy, Slavery, MPREG, LGBTQ+
Length: 201 pages, eBook
ASIN: B00VKGJPFO
Characters: Edward, Percy, King Henry

Blurb: In a world where humans are genetically designed, altered and sold for sexual pleasure and breeding, a young prince of the powerful Cassian Dynasty decides to take a mate and sire heirs. Not wishing to saddle himself with royal and meddlesome in-laws, and a wife he would have no desire to bed, Prince Edward goes to Heritage Breeders, and finds far more than just a warm body to sate his lust and carry on his lineage.

Percy is the result of a master DNA architect designing himself his own personal sex slave and breeder. Yet when his creator and Master dies, leaving Percy alone at the mercy of the callous stable masters and the new owner of Heritage, he fears his future. Afraid he’ll be bought by a wretched old man or a deviant monster, Percy is terrified when he is dragged from his cell and presented to the most prestigious client Heritage has ever welcomed…a Cassian Royal.

Prince Edward is immediately infatuated with the shy, nervous and enchantingly beautiful Percy, and claims him for his own. Yet not everyone is pleased by a royal purchasing a breeder, especially one like Percy, and tensions rise both in Heritage and in the palace.

Torn between desire, duty, a king’s command and the innermost desires of their hearts, Edward and Percy are set on path that is anything but easy. Can Percy trust Edward with his heart as he does his body? Can Edward keep an angry king and unseen enemies away from the young slave who is steadily stealing his heart?

And what happens when Nature takes its course, and sex leads to more than just pleasure?

I’ve read this in 2015 and have been rereading it since. This is definitely my favorite MPREG series, as well as one of my favorite series’ in general from the MM genre.

Its futuristic set up where male and female clones are created mainly for breeding and sex slavery was a bit disturbing but very fascinating plot-wise.

I absolutely adore Percy! The whole thing about his character will make you feel what Prince Edward felt for him from the very start. Like Edward, I just want to hug him forever and keep him safe!

I loved the conflict involving the King and the Heritage House. It was very interesting and it makes you involved. I just know that by the end of the story, I was totally rooting for Percy and Edward – I just want everything for them to work out wonderfully.

I so recommend this book for anyone who has not read an MPREG book before.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Pen name for m/m author SJ Himes.

Find me on my SJ Himes profile or on Facebook and Twitter.

No more release dates until books are 100% done. I self-publish, and trying to find a system that works for me has been trial and error.

I am active on Facebook and Twitter. Find me there for up to date and accurate release information.

Book Review: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) – Maggie Stiefvater

Published April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press
Format: Novel
Genre And Themes: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Supernatural
Length: 439 pages, hardcover
ISBN: 0545424984 (ISBN13: 9780545424981)
Characters: Blue Sargent, Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, Noah Czerny, Mr. Gray, Maura Sargent

Blurb: All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Let me start this review by saying this is definitely one of the best series’ I’ve read in years and let me tell you that I’ve read a lot of them from different genre.

The Raven King as the series’ last installment is a fitting conclusion but it’s definitely far from being over. Now, this is a good thing I think. We’re given a very thick plot that will leave us yearning for more. Some readers may find that off-putting but I am actually satisfied with the way the author ended their quest. Their whole journey also felt longer because of everything that has happened since Blue and the Raven boys laid eyes upon each other.

I think the best thing about this last book and the series in general is its character development. In such a short span of time, as per the series’ timeline, we got to know a lot of characters aside from Gansey, Ronan, Adam, Noah and Blue. The most interesting for me would have to be Mr. Gray – I just loved him. Such a fascinating character since his appearance in The Dream Thieves. I’d definitely read a standalone story about him.

Now, I’ve read some reviews stating they find the ending a bit rushed which I tend to agree to some degree but I do think that it doesn’t lessen the fact that it is still a good ending. That conclusion is basically begging for another book, another story involving our main characters.

I’d love to read more from these guys especially about their lives after Glendower. Will Blue be able to travel the world? Will Gansey become the politican he was groomed to be? Will they end up together? Will Ronan and Adam stay together and all that stuff… Just a lot of possibilities.

I cannot recommend this series high enough!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

Book Review: King’s Cage (Red Queen, #3) – Victoria Aveyard

Published February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen
Format: Novel
Genre And Themes: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Heroes, Slavery, Rebellion, Superpowers
Length: 507 pages, Hardcover
Ebook ISBN/ASIN: 0062310690 (ISBN13: 9780062310699)
Characters: Tiberias Calore “Cal” VII, Mare Molly Barrow, Maven Calore, Cameron Cole, Evangeline Samos

Blurb: In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

am not a fan of this third book. The whole thing was just devoid of vibrancy. See, I loved the idea of the Red and Silver bloods and Aveyard’s world-building was awesome but this was just boring for the most part.

Here, the focus was on the characters. Here are my thoughts about them or atleast my thoughts about the important ones.

Mare – I loved her the most out of all the characters. I actually do not find her annoying or whiny at all. My problem is that her thoughts are all repetitive. It’s like the author kept prolonging everything thus the need for repetition.

Cal & Maven – Ugh. I don’t really like them. They’re almost the same if you think about it. Although I’ve to say that Maven’s character is more dynamic than Cal. Cal was just freaking annoying and I’m just hoping that he’ll get a gruesome death in the final installment.

Cameron – I don’t see why she needs to have her own POV in the book. She’s selfish and annoying af.

Evangeline – Now, this angle is quite surprising. I loved that Aveyard incorporated this sub-plot in the series. She did get my sympathy in this book and I loved how she was paired with an equally powerful silver.

Farley – I also loved her character but we didn’t get much from of her in this book. Boo!

Kilorn – I loved this boy but sadly, it’s looking like he’s going to be one of the casualties in the finale. Sad, really.

Now, I didn’t even realized that Calore’s granny was still alive. What an evil bitch. I want her to join his grandson getting that gruesome ending, tbh.

Okay, enough of the ranting. This is a fail follow-up for me but since I am so invested with the story already, I’d still very much wait for the release of the fourth and final book next month!!!

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Victoria Aveyard graduated from USC, where she majored in screenwriting. RED QUEEN is her first novel. She splits her time between Massachusetts and Los Angeles. You can visit her online at www.victoriaaveyard.com.

Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3) – Maggie Stiefvater

Published October 21st 2014 by Scholastic Press
Format: Novel
Genre And Themes: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Supernatural
Length: 391 pages, hardcover
ISBN: 0545424968 (ISBN13: 9780545424967)
Characters: Blue Sargent, Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, Noah Czerny, Mr. Gray, Maura Sargent

Blurb: The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

This isn’t my favorite in the series but that’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it. I’ve actually read it a bit too fast I think, to get to the final installment right away. Here, we get more of Blue’s POV which absolutely delighted me because we learned about her growing feelings towards her Raven boysshe was finally finding her own voice being a conduit of energy and all!

Aside from Blue, we also see the boys here maturing emotionally and psychologically, to think that everything here happens only in a year’s time. It’s maybe because they’ve gotten into deep in searching for the Welsh King. It’s weird how they’re all so worshipful of Gansey. I loved how the author portrayed Gansey as someone that is up there for the rest of the guys to look up to. What an odd, engaging and irresistable character!

There are also a number of funny scenes here involving Mr. Gray’s former employer Colin Greenmantle, his wife Piper and of course, the banter between our main characters especially between Ronan and Adam. I just loved the development in their relationship. It made me like Adam and made me love Ronan even more!

The whole search for the sleeping King was getting intense with evil, undesirable creatures getting in the way and I loved that as we get closer in solving the “mystery,” the author was still able to give us pleasant what ifs in case said King is non-existent or if some characters will die for waking it up.

This is another blockbuster writing from the author. It’s definitely one of the best YA series out there.

Highly recommended!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

Film Review: Love, Simon (2018)

Synopsis: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

I am absolutely delighted by this movie adaptation! The book didn’t do much for me but this one just made me appreciate it more in a way. Nick Robinson was very charming and funny as the closeted High School teenager blackmailed by a fellow student!

I also love Duhamel. It thought he’d be awkward as the ‘awkward’ dad but he’s incredibly charming here. Jennifer Garner was her usual amazing self and she and Nick had the best scene in the movie methinks. Their heart to heart talk is so beautiful it made me tear-up right then and there.

I loved that Berlanti did not demonized Martin’s (the creepy blackmailer) character here but I was maybe hoping that one of the most intense scenes would be Simon confronting Martin about HIM taking away his right to come out in his own terms.

Super sulit! I wished more people would watch it. Too bad, it’ll be affected by the Infinity War but if you’re looking for an alternative watch, then you should really check this out.

Director: Greg Berlanti
Cast: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Keiyan Lonsdale, Miles Heizer, Logan Miller, Talitha Bateman, Tony Hale, Natasha Rothwell, Drew Starkey, Clarke Moore, Joey Pollari, Mackenzie Lintz

Love, Simon was based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. (Read my review HERE)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Love, Simon opens in Philippine cinemas on May 9, 2018 courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

Book Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) – Maggie Stiefvater

Published September 17th 2013 by Scholastic Press
Format: Novel
Genre And Themes: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Supernatural
Length: 439 pages, hardcover
Ebook ISBN/ASIN: 0545424941 (ISBN13: 9780545424943)
Characters: Blue Sargent, Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, Noah, Mr. Gray, Maura Sargent

Blurb: Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

Just a bit of a disclaimer here – I wrote this review after finishing the rest of the books in the series and I’ve to say that this second installment (there are four!) is definitely my favorite in The Raven Cycle. Ronan isn’t exactly my favorite character (It’s Gansey!) but I really do loved his characterization from the very start. I knew there’s something about him that’s oh-so-different even without his bad boy image.

See, Ronan’s a literal dreamer who can manifest practically everything (people included?) from the dreamland into reality. Pretty neat, yeah? The story went even deeper here in the group’s quest of finding the Welsh King. We also learned here that Ronan isn’t the only dream thief in the sleepy town of Henrietta. Very interesting right?

I guess, what I loved most about this installment is the development of each character. They are all fully realized and you’d really get a feel of everyone since the book offers multiple POVs. This one is obviously heavy on Ronan but somehow, the author was able to flesh out each important character especially the introduction of Mr. Gray. I loved Mr. Gray and I think you will too!

Now, this is just my second book from the author and I am absolutely delighted to have found her stories even if this series have been released for quite sometime now. Her understanding of the genre is totally on a relatable level. Her characters so engaging and I cannot wait to read more from her.

This second installment like the rest of the series is very highly recommended by yours truly.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

Book Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) – Maggie Stiefvater

Published September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press
Format: Novel
Genre And Themes: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Supernatural
Length: 409 pages, hardcover
Ebook ISBN/ASIN: 545424925 (ISBN13: 9780545424929)
Characters: Blue Sargent, Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, Noah

Blurb: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

I absolutely adore this book! The characters, the plot and everything about it is perfection for me. At first, I thought it was kind of slow but I realized that it’s part of the beauty of the story. The pacing goes with the whole vibe of the setting – the quiet and mysterious town of Henrietta. And the characters – their just so vibrant especially Gansey and Ronan.

Okay, I think I pretty much summed up my review already but let me just add in my own words what the book is basically about – a group of teenagers searching for a magical dead / undead (nope, he’s not a vampire) Welsh king that was supposed to grant them a favor or whoever wakes him, that is.

The story is a fascinating one and I loved the tidbits of history incorporated along with the supernatural.

As for the characters – each boy (Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah) have its own individuality. As I’ve said, I particularly loved Adam and Ronan, then Noah. I don’t know why I didn’t like Adam that much. If you decide to give it a go, help me analyze why. LOL

As I’m writing this review, I’m already halfway thru the second book! I am loving it so far as much as this first book in the series! I cannot believe that it took me forever to read this!!! I highly recommend this amazing, amazing book!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.