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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.

One time, I gave a souvenir bottle of Russian vodka as a housewarming gift to a friend, and she excitedly said that she’d have to ask me about vodka cocktail recipes to make with it.
I looked at her in consternation. Russians don’t make cocktails from vodka. The drinks known in the West as a “black Russian” and “white Russian” would be a sacrilege at a Russian table. Vodka with cream? Goodness no.
Russians drink our vodka straight. Chilled but not on ice, because we don’t even want to dilute it that much.
We do have chasers, though. Vodka is accompanied by pickles, and all manner of salty foods, as well as potatoes. Dried, salted, or pickled herring, pickled mushrooms, salo (salted pork fat), salt and black bread, and salt with onions. 
Yes, you dip the onion into salt and eat it, then follow it up with bread or a potato. Or just dip the bread or potato into the salt. You want fancy snackfood? No, dammit, you get raw onion and boiled potato. And you like it that way.
So if you’re in Russia and a bottle of vodka gets brought out, expect it to be served like this instead of this.

One time, I gave a souvenir bottle of Russian vodka as a housewarming gift to a friend, and she excitedly said that she’d have to ask me about vodka cocktail recipes to make with it.

I looked at her in consternation. Russians don’t make cocktails from vodka. The drinks known in the West as a “black Russian” and “white Russian” would be a sacrilege at a Russian table. Vodka with cream? Goodness no.

Russians drink our vodka straight. Chilled but not on ice, because we don’t even want to dilute it that much.

We do have chasers, though. Vodka is accompanied by pickles, and all manner of salty foods, as well as potatoes. Dried, salted, or pickled herring, pickled mushrooms, salo (salted pork fat), salt and black bread, and salt with onions. 

Yes, you dip the onion into salt and eat it, then follow it up with bread or a potato. Or just dip the bread or potato into the salt. You want fancy snackfood? No, dammit, you get raw onion and boiled potato. And you like it that way.

So if you’re in Russia and a bottle of vodka gets brought out, expect it to be served like this instead of this.

— 10 hours ago with 8 notes
#vodka  #russian vodka  #russia  #russian cuisine  #russian customs  #russian culture  #russian food  #drinking  #russian 

Albert Henry Collings (1868-1947).  Portrait of a Lady.

Albert Henry Collings (1868-1947).  Portrait of a Lady.

(Source: lacalaveracatrina)

— 15 hours ago with 56 notes
#albert henry collings  #portrait of a lady  #20th c art  #1920s  #art  #painting 

Friendly reminder that you should ALWAYS check the source of anything outrageous you read on the internet, especially if the outrage plays up to your values and biases

Friendly reminder that legitimate news sources generally know how to spell and how to use possessives and punctuation properly

Friendly reminder not to spread misinformation on fake outrage when there is plenty of real outrage that is not getting enough attention

#ohtumblr

— 1 day ago with 7 notes
#this is why grammar is good  #as is fact-checking  #taylor swift  #blue ivy  #grammar  #seriously that grammar was atrocious  #and I bet the same people laugh at others taking the Onion seriously  #oh tumblr 

Floral skirt by Moriah Hemed, of ilovemona designs.


This easy designer has an interesting marketing approach of selling fairly plain retro-style clothing paired with unusual headpieces. (That are unfortunately not for sale.)
In this case, the headpiece is a white kokoshnik. The floral pattern of the skirt and the wallpaper behind the model definitely give this photo a pretty fairy-tale Eastern European look.

Floral skirt by Moriah Hemed, of ilovemona designs.

This easy designer has an interesting marketing approach of selling fairly plain retro-style clothing paired with unusual headpieces. (That are unfortunately not for sale.)

In this case, the headpiece is a white kokoshnik. The floral pattern of the skirt and the wallpaper behind the model definitely give this photo a pretty fairy-tale Eastern European look.

— 1 day ago with 2 notes
#ilovemona  #etsy  #kokoshnik  #russian style  #israeli designer  #florals 
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feetlips:

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I went to high school with my friend Gloria. She took me to my first Rocky Horror. She’s always been one of the smartest and most interesting people I know, but for the past 5 years or so, her family has been on a continuing downward spiral, running out of options to just keep surviving.

I am asking you to either please, please, put in even a very small donation to help them keep their electricity on, or at the very least, as a personal favor to me, reblog this post. It would mean so much to me. Her family is in such dire need of kindness and they have no one to provide it.

Signal boosting. Gloria and her mother are in dire need, and if you could simply reblog this, I would really appreciate it.

— 1 day ago with 37 notes

lovemedont:

Cover art for Japanese rock band “Plastic Tree” (aka “PuraTuri”) for their single Mime. Art made by Doroinu from the Gekidan Inu Curry troupe (same artists who did the witch artwork in Puella Magi Madoka Magica).

I love this type of illustration style. Reminds me of some of my children’s books.

(via ayakitsune)

— 1 day ago with 1389 notes
#art  #illustration  #doroinu  #paraturi  #cover art  #album art 

I was looking up some Selina Kyle images, and I noticed a little something. Apparently in her current incarnation, Selina really dislikes clothes, and really likes lacy lingerie. And the artists are really really into showing us her bra. Not even anything else… just her bra.

Come on now, DC artists. Isn’t this a little embarrassing/ridiculous?

— 2 days ago with 5 notes
#Selina Kyle  #catwoman  #batman  #dc comics  #dc universe  #sex sex sex sex