Tag: Guest Blogger: Luli

The Historian

Hello, dear readers. Let’s talk books.

I’m currently reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

It is an incredible read! It has everything I could ever want in a novel: intrigue, romance, history, travel, adventure and vampires.  I’ve only just started reading this novel, but the plot sucked me in immediately.  Have you read it?

What are you reading right now?

Luli

Victorian England

Last week I was browsing through the history section of my library, not really looking for any books in particular, when I came across Victorian England Aspects of English and Imperial History 1837-1901 by L.C.B. Seaman.  So of course I checked it out and ran home with it.  It turns out that Chapter 3, Disease and Drudgery, is the most interesting.

Seances became popular during the Victorian era.

Why are we so fascinated with the Victorian era? It wasn’t the best time to be a child or a woman. Yet, I can’t seem to read enough about it, whether it’s about medicine, fashion, marriage, trains or manners.

Victorian hair styles from an issue of Harper's Bazar.

Which era fascinates you and why?

Luli

Fashion inspired by the Victorian era. Via Polyvore.

{Victorian image of seance via here. Hair styles via Pinterest. Bottom image via Polyvore.}

The Time-Traveling Fashionista

I read this lovely book last year, and I’ll be honest: I was drawn to this book because vintage fashion takes center stage.  The Time-Traveling Fashionista, by Bianca Turetsky, is about time-travel via a very special vintage dress.  Our 13-year-old heroine, Louisa,  discovers this fact after she tries on a lovely gown and is transported back to the Titanic.  Oh no! Will she or will she not return back before the ship sinks?

I won’t give anything away, but even though this book is Young Adult (YA) and Louise is only 13 years old, it was still an interesting and very fun read for us grown-ups.  Also, the book features original and beautiful illustrations of vintage gowns.

Next month, the second book in the series, The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette will be released.  This time our heroine is transported back to the court of Marie Antoinette. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

PS. Last week I read Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner and this week I’m reading The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner.

Oh, and yesterday Grimm started back up again. So I’m basically in TV & Books heaven right now.

What are you reading?

xoxo

Luli

What are you reading?

For the first time in a very long time, I’m actually not reading anything right now. I am thinking about picking up Jennifer Weiner’s new book, The Next Best Thing. Her books always make me happy. What are you reading?

xoxo

Luli

{Incredibly cute image is from here.}

What are you watching?

While I’m waiting for my two favorite tv shows (Once and Grimm) to return from their summer hiatus, I’m entertaining myself by watching Downton Abbey (Season 1). If I had known how awesome and addictive this show is, I would have started watching it much, much sooner. :)

What are you watching?

Luli

To Catch A Thief

Grace Kelly’s grandson, Andrea Casiraghi, is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, the lovely Tatiana Santo Domingo.  The wedding news made me think of Grace Kelly and how happy she’d be for the young couple.

My favorite Grace Kelly film is To Catch A Thief (1955).   Have you seen it? It is a charming Hitchcock film, complete with breathtaking scenery, the handsome Cary Grant and, of course, Grace Kelly’s incredibly chic wardrobe.

I hope your week is off to a beautiful start.

Luli

Your Moment Of Calm

Hello, sweet English Muse readers.  On my little blog, I have a series titled Your Moment of Calm to remind myself to slow down.  I’m always on the go, always saying yes, always over-committing myself.  So, I am finally learning the art to sit still and enjoy the moment.  Are you like that too or have you mastered the art of enjoying life?

xoxo

Luli

{Image 1Image 2, Image 3.}

%d bloggers like this: