Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
It's pretty much a given that if you hand me some sort of fantasy book I'm going to love it. Maybe I'm just wired that way? Or could it be my propensity to daydream? I mean, if you skim back over our blog, a majority of the posts are about one of us riding off into the sunset with (insert the name of handsome leading man here). And I know that many of you lovely readers feel the same way us Victorian Swag ladies feel when it comes to dashing male leads, especially when they are the unconventional sort. So, what does one get when one combines fantasy novels and unconventional, swoon-worthy leading men? Why, none other than a Robin McKinley novel! Without further ado, I give you: Spindle's End.
Ali's Pick: My absolute favorite thing this week? My sister is here to visit me! She flew all the way from St. Louis to Hilton Head Island to spend a weekend with me at the beach. I am SOOOOO HAPPY!
Mariah's Pick: Etsy is basically my kryptonite; I can't venture onto the site without finding at least fifty million different things that I need. There are, of course, lots of lovely little shops, but recently I've found myself trying very hard not to spend all of my money on Kaylee's (Retro Circus) magical Disney creations. Because a Flynn Rider necklace pretty much goes with every outfit. Don't you think?
Thursday, June 28, 2012
|(Victorian authors Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning enjoyed popular Victorian names and influenced name popularity with some of their characters.)|
Stemming from my recent stint of Victorian history related posts, I have been doing some research on said era and have run across dozens of stories, hundreds of facts, and thousands of names that have caught my fancy. Names have always fascinated me. They tell one so much about a character or a person and are able to evoke memories and judgments as easily as a Proustian madeleine. Shakespeare’s Juliet famously posits, “that which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” I’m not entirely convinced that this is true. I may put a lot of stock in names but I do not believe Romeo and Juliet would be the characters we know and understand today had their names been Joe and Rhonda. In literary characters and even historical figures, names are essential components of personality and significance.
While I could really begin to wax philosophical (I’ll spare you), I just needed a segue into a post about historical celebrity baby names and popular Victorian era and Turn of the Century America and Britain. Some of these names have endured but I am quite pleased to say that some have not. You can be the judge on most but let me simply say that I am happy most royals were traditionalists and pleased that authors have traditionally been unafraid to use their imaginations when it comes to naming their characters.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Don't be sad, dear readers! Proposals Gone Right may be over, but that doesn't mean we can't look back and swoon over them to our hearts' content. I hope you've enjoyed living vicariously through these heroines as much as I have... ZOMG *GRABBY HANDS*! Now for the awards!
Get it, girrrrrrrl!!!! I mean... Ahem... When Mr. Tilney popped the question in Northanger Abbey, Catherine pushed him right into the shrubbery for a kiss. Safe to say that would have been my reaction to a T.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
|The scruff, y'all|
I love British men in riding gear, but I will go weak in the knees for an as-American-as-apple-pie guy dressed like a 1800s mountain man. Example: Matt Barr in Hatfields & McCoys. I've only just started the series, and I'm in love. Of course, I fell in love with Mr. Barr during Harper's Island, which scared the bejeebles out of me, and House Bunny, which is a very classy movie. But honestly, how can you resist the scruff, the mountains, and the good, old-fashioned American ruggedness? You can't, I tell you, you just can't.
Monday, June 25, 2012
|"There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl's complexion."|
- Never Forget You ... Noisettes
- It Happened in Monterey ... Frank Sinatra
- Along Comes Mary ... The Association
- See You In September ... The Happenings
- Mama Said ... The Shirelles
- Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter ... Herman's Hermits
- April in Paris ... Ella Fitzgerald
- A Bushel and a Peck ... Doris Day
- Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) ... The Byrds
- Bookends ... Simon & Garfunkel
- Sur les quais du vieux Paris ... Juliette Gréco
- Strange ... Patsy Cline
- Monday, Monday ... The Mamas & The Papas
- It Ain't Me Babe ... The Turtles
- Dancing in the Street ... Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
- All Day and All of the Night ... The Kinks
- Downtown ... Petula Clark
- Kiss That Grrrl ... Kate Nash
- Honey In the Sun ... Camera Obscura
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Saturday, June 23, 2012
For some reason, when I was looking for pictures to go with today's post celebrating our beloved Fassy, "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Mis was going through my mind. And while on first thought, the song may seem to have nothing to do the Fassbender, I started thinking that maybe if we look a little deeper... Because I don't know about y'all, but if we were to get all fancy and say: Fassy is to life as the dream I dreamed is to my future husband, then I would have to say that Michael has, indeed, killed the dream I dreamed. Because how can any other guy every measure up? Oh dear.
Friday, June 22, 2012
|1, 2, 3, 4|
Mariah's pick: I would just like to say that I'm really not sure why the critics were so hateful towards John Carter, because I, for one, thought it was pretty freaking fantastic. Of course, I'm a girl, and this could be largely due to Taylor Kitsch's shirtlessness, but I choose to believe it was the Star Warsesque storyline and Lynn Collins' kick-ass Dejah Thoris that drew me in. So, if you've been on the line about whether or not this film is worth your time, I take your disbelief and raise you a shirtless Taylor Kitsch.
Sarah's pick: I saw Rock of Ages this week, and let me just say...EPIC!!! Normally, I really don't like Tom Cruise, but he blew my mind! Also, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin should continue to do movies together until the end of time. Now, if you don't like 80s music then 1. what the hell is wrong with you? and 2. you will not like this movie. Of course, if you don't like 80s music, then you have bigger problems than the possibility of not enjoying this movie.
Ali's pick: Sometimes life requires a little bit of retail therapy and that has definitely been the case for me, lately. I finally had a day off last Sunday so I took advantage and purchased a brand new pair of TOMS to keep my feet happy this summer. They don't make a better pair of shoes than these; I might just go back and snag another pair to add to my collection this weekend.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
We end Proposals Gone Right with my absolute favorite. I know what you're thinking... You're thinking all these proposals were so unfathomably good that it would be impossible for me to actually choose between them. And while I do love each and every one of them, there is one that trumps the rest. Now before you go thinking I've saved Pride and Prejudice for last, let me go ahead and clear the air before the outcry... I consider that second declaration much more of a proposal gone implied (*braces self for a slew of rotten tomatoes*) and that is just going to have to be a series for another day! Anyway, here it is, the big one! Drumroll please...
|Behold! The face of the luckiest girl on the planet!|
It's from Falling for a Dancer. Sound familiar? You may remember it for having one of the worst proposals gone wrong known to mankind both on and off the page. So how can a guy who tried to let his cousin propose for him (as was custom, but still a romantic faux pas), who was then subjected to every foul name under the sun, redeem himself to the point of landing the most swoon worthy proposal gone right in the end? Well. After being in love with Elizabeth from afar some eight years, after screwing up his first proposal so royally, after more trials and tribulations- scandals! murders! runaway carriages! oh my!- than someone should have to handle in a lifetime, Mossie finally acquired something called perfect timing. Perfect being the key word. PER-FECT.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
|(The Queens at Coronation: Elizabeth II and Victoria)|
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
There is something indescribably magical about books. I mean, I don't know anyone who hasn't dreamed of this library:
If you have not fantasized about this library, or if you don't know what movie this is from, then you may stop reading now and go elsewhere.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
|*VICTORIAN FAN FLAIL* (1, 2)|
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
|Eeeeeee!!!! Ahem, you can fill up my entire dance card any time, Mr. Crawford. (x)|
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
|Because this is how we all look when we look at him... *le sigh* (x)|
Monday, June 11, 2012
So I have to be completely honest when I say the inspiration for this blog post came to me in a moment of utter panic. A moment where I'm sitting at my laptop frantically trying to think of something that gives me lots of FEELINGS and is, above all, Victorian Swag worthy... when it came to me. And I swear it was one of those angels singing, clouds parting, light shining down moments, and I would totally mean that literally if it wasn't for the fact that it's been raining cats and dogs here for the past month. You'd think I'd moved to London or something. But I digress. What I'm trying to get around to saying is that I was sitting here and all of a sudden I found myself thinking, "Mariah, what could possibly have more ALL CAPS FEELINGS involved than childhood?" And then I started daydreaming about all the fabulously amazing books that got me through my formative years and all the swoon-worthy male characters that had me blushing furiously from such a young age. And darn it, I think they deserve just as much attention as Darcy and Rochester, because they're the characters who started my need to consume every novel in sight. So, without further ado, I give you my list of early literary loves, those guys that stole my heart a long time ago and have refused to give it back (but, hey, I'm not complaining.)
Saturday, June 9, 2012
|The beard, the pocket square...|
Friday, June 8, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Ahem... Anyway, Mary and Matthew have been in love for aaaages (in short: ten we-blissfully-look-just-as-gorgeous-as-the-day-we-met years). Their relationship started off in a most cringe-worthy way, but the love-hate relationship quickly turned to true love. It was all very romantic until Mary ruined everything, allowing Matthew to slip through her lacy fingers. We all watched this happen with unadulterated wine-induced fury as we ripped apart Dove Promises wrappers before inevitably scrolling down pages of cats up for adoption through veils of tears with the Dawson's Creek soundtrack blaring in the background. In the second season they both got engaged to other people, but once Matthew's fiancée conveniently died of Influenza, he was free to step right in and beat the shizz out of Mary's vile Richard. And then propose to her the next day! THIS IS A STORYBOOK ROMANCE!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
1) Howlin' for You- The Black Keys
2) Hold the Line- Toto
3) Let the Good Times Roll- Ben Rector
4) Give a Little- Hanson
5) Postcards from Italy- Beirut
6) Second Hand News- Fleetwood Mac
7) The Kids Were Wrong- Memoryhouse
8) It's Time- Imagine Dragons
9) 48 to Go- The Fray
10) Atlantic, - Sleeping At Last
11) Feeling Oblivion- Kate Walsh
12) Speak For Me- John Mayer
13) Teach Me How Love Goes- Kris Allen
14) Don't Fade Away- David Choi
15) Come Back Home- Matthew Mayfield
16) Eighteen- Robert Francis
17) Good Vibrations- The Beach Boys
18) Pull My Heart Away- Jack Peñate
19) Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)- Regina Spektor
20) Hey Now- Dave Barnes
21) Band on the Run- Paul McCartney & Wings
22) Go Outside- Cults