Fopperies & Frivolities


A lady living in Philadelphia; an ex-pat, an occasional artist; an enthusiastic but unskilled cook; a vintage lover; an aspiring crafter. Things that make my heart flutter: top hats, old silver candlesticks, costumes, books, Victoriana, peacock feathers, masks, stockings, burlesque, feminism, retro pin-ups, kitsch, fantasy, sci-fi, and all manner of misfits and oddities.

I blog about my Russian heritage, steampunk, Sherlock Holmes (in his multiple modern variations), art, pretty clothes, pretty ladies, and whatever tv shows catch my fancy.

Yesterday, there was more tea with Mary. I like ladies who indulge my fondness for grandma-style entertainment.

(Also I took photos but they turned out terrible so I am mostly using hers.)

Her dress matched my tea set perfectly. Because one of us has to match the locale at all times.

— 3 days ago with 36 notes
#tea  #life  #my apartment  #premierbonheur  #tea pot  #tea sandwiches  #tea cup 

You guuuuuyyyssss… it makes me really happy to see the Moscow metro post get reblogs. :D I post a lot of stuff, but this is something I really think is amazing about my birth city and seems to be so unknown outside Russia, and I’m glad other people agree that it’s pretty damn awesome. 

— 3 days ago
#moscow  #moscow metro  #personal 

One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.

These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.


They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.

These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.

And the metro is always this clean.

In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.

Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.

We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.

— 4 days ago with 1540 notes
#moscow  #russian  #moscow metro  #russia  #underground palaces of moscow  #people's palaces of moscow  #beautiful 

The other day I met Miss Mary Burgers (aka premierbonheur) for lunch/tea at one of my favorite local Lebanese restaurants. It is a really great place, and definitely a highlight in West Philly.

Miss Mary is lovely and witty and many of you should check out her blog.   

— 4 days ago with 56 notes
#yes I wore that skirt to match the restaurant  #why yes we dress like that all the time  #premierbonheur  #self  #me  #manakeesh  #west philadelphia  #tea with friends 
Anonymous asked: Why do you think that a dog's life worth less than a person's?


Of for fuck’s sake. I got this before.

A) I’m vegan. I don’t need to be lectured on “speciesm.” You’d better be lifestyle vegan AND not own any pets that aren’t rescues, anon, to start up with me on this. Don’t wear wool, leather, or silk? Don’t use any household cleaning products or cosmetics that were tested on animals? Or any lipsticks with beeswax or carmine? Make sure all your makeup/art brushes are synthetic? Make sure all your bedding is down-free? Know which types of beer are vegan and which aren’t? Hope so, cause I do.

B) The point in this case is that a person’s life is worth LESS. Hey, I’d be happy if it were worth as much! Because then Mike Brown’s killer would be facing some consequences!

C) It doesn’t even matter what I think about the relative worth of any animal’s life. What matters is what the facts of our society are. And the fact is that you can kill a dog legally. You can euthanize it. You can own it, as your property. You can sterilize it without its consent. You can do all sorts of things to dispose of its life that you are not allowed to do with humans. Humans are entitled to many, many rights that we do not grant to dogs. Regardless of whether you or I think that dogs should have those rights, the point is that when a person is given less consideration than a dog, that is a disgrace. Because that means that person is being treated as lesser than less.

— 4 days ago with 3 notes
#THIS is your concern here?  #This is what makes vegans look bad  #jesus christ  #I keep saying all the vegans I know are rational awesome people and then THIS