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Arctic Photo Tour | Custom made Tours Iceland - Magical Sky Iceland

If you are looking for the best Arctic Photo or Custom Made Tours in Iceland, then Magical Sky Iceland offers Personal Tours, Private Tours, Photo Workshops and Photography Workshops and other tours.

We have 16 years of experience in this sector. Call us + 354 895 6364 for more information.

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review 2019-03-11 14:36
What happens to a dream deferred?
Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir - Mikael Awake,Daniel Defoe

Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

 

What happens to a dream deferred?
 
      Does it dry up
      like a raisin in the sun?
      Or fester like a sore—
      And then run?
      Does it stink like rotten meat?
      Or crust and sugar over—
      like a syrupy sweet?
 
      Maybe it just sags
      like a heavy load.
 
Or does it explode?
Langston Hughes
 
Wow. So it's funny that I now know who made the clothes that the rappers that I grew up watching (Big Daddy Kane) on tv wore. I never heard of Dapper Dan before, but I found myself engrossed in his story as he recounts how his family left the south (Great Migration) and them settling into Harlem. We follow Dan as he starts playing dice and using that to make money. From there we follow him as he gets caught up in the drug world, going to jail, becoming addicted, and follows how Dan turns his life around and starts making clothes that will eventually have drug kingpins and rappers at his shop day and night in the late 80s and early 90s. 
 
Dan Day has a beauty with words. You can tell that this book was researched. Besides providing us with personal anecdotes, we also get some history while reading. I have read about the The Great Migration or the Black Migration that occurred between the early 1900s and late 1970s with African Americans moving out of the South up North and parts of the Midwest.  However, reading about how Dan's father and mother both moved up to New York and found themselves struggling there made it more real to me than just reading about it in a history book. 
 
Day shows you that for many African Americans, the decks were stacked high against them to even have enough food to put on the plates for their children. Many of the boys Day's age end up dropping out of high school and going to work selling and taking drugs. 
 
Day's fall into drugs, him seeing what it does to two of his brothers, eventually has him kicking the habit (after a stay in jail) and him embracing the tents of the Nation of Islam. He ends up not following them or the Black Panthers though due to some of the violent rhetoric they get into about drug dealers. However, he still exercises and stops eating meat. When Day travels to Africa, he eventually finds himself a tailor that makes him clothes that has all of the men in Harlem wanting to know where did he get that look. From there Day is able to start his own empire providing clothes to rappers, athletes (like Mike Tyson) and even meets a future Supreme Court Justice. 
 
When the book goes into Day's next downfall (dealing with Gucci and Fendi suing him for taking their trademark/luggage and working them into clothes) you wonder how is going to recover from this.

I thought this book was raw and honest. Day doesn't blink from the things he did and offers no apologies except when mentioning how he had multiple children and wishes he had been there more for them. Day's insights into people like Don King, Mike Tyson, and even Muhammad Ali just made the book feel like you get a front page seat watching history as it unfolds. I still don't get dice (yeah I have tried to follow that even when I was a girl) and it seems as if Day has the magic touch for dice. Him realizing that he is not going to be able to feed and clothe his family if he can't figure out another way to provide for them and his flair for designing clothes was great. 
 
I loved that the book included some pictures of Day's family growing up. Since this was an ARC there wasn't a description on the photos, but I still enjoyed seeing them. I do wish that we had gotten some pictures of the singers and rappers he mentions wearing his designs. I think that would have made the book pop even more. 
 
The Fat Boys were among the first of many rappers to make use of Dapper Dan's services.

The ending leaves things with a big question about what the future held for Day. I got nosy and found out that he ended up in a partnership with Gucci last year in a new Harlem atelier, a space for him to work his sartorial magic with a free hand and raw materials supplied by Gucci, see https://www.gq.com/story/dapper-dan-gucci-harlem-atelier-exclusive-interview

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text 2019-03-09 17:06
Reading progress update: I've read 4%.
Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir - Mikael Awake,Daniel Defoe

“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”—James Baldwin

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text 2019-03-07 09:03
REVIEW TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Our Bridal Shop (Match Made in Devon Bridal Shop #1) by Danielle Blair
Our Bridal Shop (Match Made in Devon Bridal Shop #1) - Danielle Blair

Every family has its secrets, and the March family is no exception.


For the March sisters, Match Made in Devon, the bridal shop opened and run by their parents, was a real-world representation of what true love was all about. But for eldest sister Alexandra that kind of perfection has always seemed unreachable.


Alex has spent over fifteen years in Boston, building up an impenetrable shell of confidence and taking control over her own destiny. If there’s anything missing from her life, it isn’t important anyway. But with her mother’s unexpected death Alex is forced to leave her life in the big city behind and return to her hometown of Devon…and a past she’s been running from for years.


As the March sisters try to salvage the bridal shop their parents loved, Alex is forced to confront her painful past and the real reason she left Devon so many years ago…including childhood sweetheart Jonah Dufort.

 

@GoddessFish, @hotchoc84 (Charlotte), #Womens_Fiction, 4 out of 5 (very good)

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-03-06 23:23
Book Review : Fruits basket vol 2 collector's edition 3-4
Fruits Basket Collector's Edition, Vol. 2 by Natsuki Takaya (2016-06-28) - Natsuki Takaya

March 5-6
When she was living in a tent pitched on the Sohma family's land, Tohru Honda's primary concerns were dirt and slugs. But now that she's living with the Sohmas, magical powers and ancient curses are the order of the day! With Yuki and Kyo at each other's throats like cats and... rats, life at the Sohmas' is lively enough, but it all heats up as Hatsuharu joins the fray, spoiling for a fight! And even before the new school year can get underway, the mystery surrounding the family escalates when Akito, head of the Sohma clan, confronts Tohru without warning...


Review : I loved this volume so at school Tohru’s class is doing a fitness test which involves running kyo sees this as a chance to race Yuki but Yuki is getting sick and Tohru is worried about Yuki but he ends up going to school anyway . Kyo and Yuki race meanwhile Tohru finds a person on the side of the road which turns out to a member of the zodiac Haru the year of the cow who trips Kyo and wants him to fight him but Kyo doesn’t want to cause he’s in the middle of racing Yuki but this triggers Haru’s black side and Kyo and Haru end up fighting until Yuki passes out and they have to take him back to the house they put Yuki on Haru while in cow mode . Valentines day is almost here and when Kyo hears that he wants to leave to avoid kagura but they end up going on a double date with Yuki and Tohru . Momiji wants to take Tohru to a hot spring and Yuki and Kyo end up going also in which Tohru learns Momiji is going to be starting high school with them and Haru which she is shocked cause he looks likes he’s in elementary school . New semester and Momiji and Haru are starting high scool Tohu runs into Akito and Yuki finds them I do not trust him in the slightest and Tohu ends up pushing Akito away cause she could see Akito causes great pain to Yuki . we meet another member the year of the snake who turns out to be Yuki’s older brother Aaya Yuki and him don’t really see eye to eye the only person AAya listens to is Hatori . It’s the one year anniversary of Tohur mom’s death so Yuki Kyo and her friends are going to visit her . Momiji tells Tohru that they erased his mom’s memory of him cause it was to painful for her I was crying I felt so bad for him . They go visit Tohru’s mom and have a picnic . 

 

 

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