Saturday, March 24, 2018

365LLC Days 81 - 83: Of Handwriting Practice, Wearing A Gift, & Book Recommendations

March 22, 2018

What better way to work on handwriting than writing out a recipe? I am still playing around with the quill pen, even writing out the letter the other day with it, and so I took the time to enjoy using it to practice. My notebook is really a mess with all sorts of things in it, from little scribbles, short stories, poems, and to do lists, recipes that I'm fond of can also be found throughout it's pages. I think I'm starting to get back into the groove of writing with a quill, regardless I am enjoying the practice of it.

Do you like adding odds and ends like this into your journal?

March 23, 2018

I actually put this together for the Lolita Blog Carnival post for today and discovered it would work well for this post as well. I compared and dissected my newest and oldest in age pieces from my wardrobe and threw something together to display it in a pretty fashion, it turned out the blouse was a gift from a friend quite a few years ago. 

March 24, 2018

Not only will I recommend this book to my friend I will to anyone who will listen. I've actually also recommended this book in the lifestyle Lolita group I'm a part of, The Secret Garden, just a few weeks ago. I read this book back in middle school and still love to go back to it every now and then.

The story uses Newport, RI, as  a template as well as the history of the Gilded Age that comes along with it as the beautiful mansions were the summer homes of the Fortune 500, who would travel from New York to RI to enjoy a summer of leisure. It does put some notable characters of history in but mostly in name only, like the Vanderbilts, and renames all of the mansions and even the famous Rosecliff of which the story's crimes take place.

The Cliffwalk, known to RI as the Rosecliff for it's gorgeous flora that graces the walking path which is indeed on the cliff's edge, has become a dangerous place to tread for any lone maid. Usually used as a path between the houses for servants to travel if necessary, maids have been found strangled to death with a very particular rose laid out by their bodies to be found and baffling the police dept. When one of high society's own is found dressed as a maid and slain in the exact same fashion it becomes a far more entangling mystery. 

Why was she dressed as a maid and out on the Cliffwalk?

I wont go into it any further but I will say the book is a delightful little jaunt and the author details Newport, clothing of the time, and the mansions very well. I think if you have a chance to find this and read through you will enjoy it, a very quick and easy read.

I've got to be off for the day and get working on another particular project that I can't wait to share with everyone.

Cheers! XOXO

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