Posts Tagged ‘Guest Blogger: Luli’

The Historian

Sep 11, 2012

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?


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Victorian England

Aug 28, 2012

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?


Fashion inspired by the Victorian era. Via Polyvore.

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

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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?



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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?



{Incredibly cute image is from here.}

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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?


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To Catch A Thief

Jul 10, 2012

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.


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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?



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Happy Tuesday, sweet English Muse readers. I just finished reading Heartless by Gail Carriger (think Jane Austen meets Buffy in Victorian London). I think I might read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies next.  It’s been sitting unread on my night stand for over a year now. Except I think I need a vacation from vampires. What are you reading right now? And just to mix it up, what movies or shows are you currently watching?




A scene from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Would Jane Austen approve?

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I used to think cupcakes were overrated.  Then one lazy summer evening, friends talked me into standing in line for a cupcake at Georgetown Cupcake.

What can I tell you? Their cupcakes are so delicious that the line to the cupcackery is literally a block long.  See Exhibit A below:

Well, I hate to admit this…but I’m now one of those people who will stand in line for a cupcake.

What about you, dear reader, would you stand in a very long line for something delicious to eat?


{Image via DCist. Cupcake images via Georgetown Cupcake.}

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Book Covers

Jun 05, 2012

Hello, dear readers. I am just now getting off my Diamond Jubilee stupor.  What a fun weekend it was! Wish I could have been in the UK for the celebrations.

Today’s post is about books (my favorite subject). Do you ever judge a book by its cover? I totally do!

Here are a few beautiful covers I discovered over at The Book Cover Archive.

Speaking of books, what are you reading right now?

Have a lovely day!



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Hello, sweet English Muse readers.

It seems like everyone is in a New York state of mind this week.  My favorite travel destination is France. However, with the ever-increasing costs in air fare, France is out of the question for this summer.

This weekend is a holiday in the US so we are jetting off to NYC for a few days.  I’m really excited to walk everywhere, people watch and eat good food. I also plan on walking across the Brooklyn Bridge (I’ve never done it) visit the 9/11 Memorial, the NY Public Library (the famous one where Audrey Hepburn filmed a scene for Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and the Met.

What’s your favorite travel destination?

xoxo Luli

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My quest of reading great books by great women continues this week. I’m actually re-reading Little Women. Have you read it? I love the main character, Jo, so much. Did you know that Louisa May Alcott based Jo on herself? They were both born in November, they were both writers and they were both feminists.  Also, both, Louisa May Alcott and Jo, had a great desire to broaden their experiences through travel.

Opening scene in Little Women:

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.  “It’s so dreadful to be poor!” sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress. “I don’t think it’s fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all,” added little Amy, with an injured sniff.

“We’ve got Father and Mother, and each other,” said Beth contentedly from her corner. The four young faces on which the firelight shone brightened at the cheerful words, but darkened again as Jo said sadly, “We haven’t got Father, and shall not have him for a long time.” She didn’t say “perhaps never,” but each silently added it, thinking of Father far away, where the fighting was.

Nobody spoke for a minute; then Meg said in an altered tone, “You know the reason Mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas was because it is going to be a hard winter for everyone; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in the army. We can’t do much, but we can make our little sacrifices, and ought to do it gladly. But I am afraid I don’t.” And Meg shook her head, as she thought regretfully of all the pretty things she wanted.

“But I don’t think the little we should spend would do any good.  We’ve each got a dollar, and the army wouldn’t be much helped by our giving that. I agree not to expect anything from Mother or you, but I do want to buy Undine and Sintram for myself. I’ve wanted it so long,” said Jo, who was a bookworm.

What are you reading this week?



{Vintage images via here and here.}

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Hello, dear readers. It’s me, Luli, from The Enchanting Butterfly.  I have been just so very busy that I haven’t had time to pick up a book. Tonight I’m going to take it easy with hot chocolate and a novel.

I’m about to start a book by Georgette Heyer (she wrote Regency romance).  It will be my first time reading her.  Basically, if you like romance and if you like Jane Austen, then this gal is your kind of reading.  She was quite the prolific writer and penned hundreds of books in her lifetime.


What are you reading?

{Image via here.}

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Book Art

Apr 24, 2012

Hello, sweet readers!  It’s Luli from The Enchanting Butterfly.  I hope you had a lovely weekend.  I am so happy to be back here again. Tuesday is my favorite day of the week because I look forward to posting something new for you.

So, let’s talk books and art.

What do you think about these beautiful book collages by the talented Alexander Korzer-Robinson? I think they are simply divine!

You can enjoy more of his book art at The Telegraph.

Have a beautiful day.

(Credits: Alexander Korzer-Robinson via The Telegraph.)

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Hello, sweet readers, me again.  I hope your week is off to a great start!

Just for fun, here are some fun and inspirational facts for your Tuesday:

Did you know that Josephine Cochran invented the dishwashing machine? Ms. Cochran unveiled the first dishwashing machine at the World’s Fair.  Supposedly she exclaimed, “If nobody else is going to invent a dishwashing machine, I’ll do it myself.”

Lady Ada Lovelace (daughter of Lord Byron) invented the binary systems of numbers.  I’ll be honest, arithmetic is not my forte and I don’t actually know what binary systems of numbers means, BUT her invention makes her the first computer programmer! And that’s cool in my book.

And, did you know that women also invented the windshield wiper, the bra, the jockstrap, coffee filters and chocolate chip cookies?

PS. I learned all of the above facts from reading Backwards in High Heels.

We owe women our thanks for chocolate chip cookies!

Ladies, let this be your inspiration. Now go and invent something!

{Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4}

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Hello, dear reader. I’m Luli from The Enchanting Butterfly and I feel very, very honored to be guest blogging today. Like Tina (and most of her lovely readers), I love books and Paris. So imagine my immense delight when I came across this lovely book, My Little Paris. A book about lovely things to do in Paris? Sign me up! The book is fascinating because it talks about fun and quirky ideas or little well-kept secrets about Paris.  And it even mentions a website ( where you can send yourself an e-mail in the future.  I might actually do that, just to see if my future self met any of my long-term goals.


Would you send your future self an e-mail, dear reader? If yes, what would you want to say?

My Little Paris

"The Best Kept Parisian Secrets"


{ Image of Eiffel Tower via here.}

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