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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.

aryeastark:

Emma Watson’s tweet about leaked pictures x

I hope all the Reddit dudes talking about how they wished Emma’s nudes were part of the leak because she’s their “fantasy wife” will read this and know how gross and pathetic she thinks they are.

aryeastark:

Emma Watson’s tweet about leaked pictures x

I hope all the Reddit dudes talking about how they wished Emma’s nudes were part of the leak because she’s their “fantasy wife” will read this and know how gross and pathetic she thinks they are.

(via reecebunny)

— 17 hours ago with 21309 notes
#emma watson  #privacy 

gayisthenewokay:

me on jennifer lawrence’s leaked nudes:

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Okay, no. As a selfish and unfeeling cad you are delighted.

There is nothing delightful in the violation of another person’s privacy and their distress, even if it’s to your benefit. (Seriously, anyone who is taking “delight” in this is delighting in something that causes the supposed object of their “affection” horror and dismay, how sick is that?)

All the people posting the Jennifer Lawrence and other nudes with commentary about how they totally want to wife her or whatever are showing a bizarre disconnect with reality, as they’ve just pretty much ensured that the woman they claim to be a fan of will hate them and be disgusted by them if she ever met them.

I mean, it’s human nature to be curious and look, and people obviously will. People want to see anything that makes it onto the internet. But to crow over it and spread it about?

Gross gross gross gross. Way to go on your total lack of recognition of others’ humanity, compassion, or empathy, asshole.

— 1 day ago with 4331 notes
#not any sort of feminist  #or even humanist  #just an asshole  #jennifer lawrence  #privacy 

Art director: Tô Thanh Tân
Stylist: Long Kan
Photo: Thiện Hùng
Costume: Tiến Lợi
Model: Phùng Ngọc Yến
Make up: Thế Vinh
Location: Tú Long

(Source: us.24h.com.vn)

— 1 day ago with 9 notes
#Phùng Ngọc Yến  #vietnamese fashion  #vietnamese model  #glamour  #gown  #fashion  #asian model 

Aladdin and the Lamp, by Frankie Dapol.


So, funny thing: in the actual One Thousand and One Nights, the story takes place in China. Aladdin is supposedly Chinese, although due to his name and his father’s name (Mustapha), and his family’s ties to a sorcerer from Maghreb, he could also be an Arab man living in China. At the same time, Princess “Jasmine” is called Princess Badroulbadour (Full Moon of Moons, a nice name but definitely not Chinese) in the original, so authentic names are clearly not the tale’s forte. (Some have suggested the story must take place in the Xinjiang province of China to account for all the Muslim names.)
The story itself has no written Arabic source, and was added to the Arabian Tales collection in the 18th century by a French translator, who said he heard it from a Syrian man. If the Syrian storyteller indeed existed (the man himself has a name and did exist; whether he told the story is another matter), the confusion with the names is most likely simply what happens when a Syrian storyteller wants to set his tale “far away in a distant land” to make the magical nature more believable through exoticization, but doesn’t really bother with the details.

Aladdin and the Lamp, by Frankie Dapol.

So, funny thing: in the actual One Thousand and One Nights, the story takes place in China. Aladdin is supposedly Chinese, although due to his name and his father’s name (Mustapha), and his family’s ties to a sorcerer from Maghreb, he could also be an Arab man living in China. At the same time, Princess “Jasmine” is called Princess Badroulbadour (Full Moon of Moons, a nice name but definitely not Chinese) in the original, so authentic names are clearly not the tale’s forte. (Some have suggested the story must take place in the Xinjiang province of China to account for all the Muslim names.)

The story itself has no written Arabic source, and was added to the Arabian Tales collection in the 18th century by a French translator, who said he heard it from a Syrian man. If the Syrian storyteller indeed existed (the man himself has a name and did exist; whether he told the story is another matter), the confusion with the names is most likely simply what happens when a Syrian storyteller wants to set his tale “far away in a distant land” to make the magical nature more believable through exoticization, but doesn’t really bother with the details.

— 1 day ago with 2 notes
#aladdin  #aladdin and the magic lamp  #Arabian Nights  #1001 nights  #One Thousand And One Nights  #frankie dapol 

Photo by Zerrin Gunaydin.

Turkish coffee. 


Or Greek coffee, or Arabic coffee, depending on where you are. Traveling through North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Balkans, it is important to make the distinction so as not to offend people. Also so that you actually get your coffee. Servers and shop keepers will sometimes refuse to bring it to you until you call it by the regionally correct name. <—personal experience
(This one is Turkish.)

Photo by Zerrin Gunaydin.

Turkish coffee.

Or Greek coffee, or Arabic coffee, depending on where you are. Traveling through North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Balkans, it is important to make the distinction so as not to offend people. Also so that you actually get your coffee. Servers and shop keepers will sometimes refuse to bring it to you until you call it by the regionally correct name. <—personal experience

(This one is Turkish.)

(Source: giverecipe.com)

— 1 day ago with 51 notes
#always delicious tho  #turkish coffee  #coffee  #greek coffee  #cezve  #black coffee 
Oh, Russia.

Conversations from this weekend:

Russian waiter #1: Lately, the popular way to stay in America has been through same-sex marriage.

Me: Oh, that’s brilliant! Since Russia has a very anti-gay reputation right now, of course it makes sense that people would try stay here, and the legitimacy of the marriage is less likely to be questioned.

Russian waiter #1: But it’s just viscerally disgusting to me, you know. I mean, here, I’m almost used to it, but to see it back home, it’s perverted and unnatural.

Me: …

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Russian waiter #2: No, no, in large cities like Moscow, Russia doesn’t really have problems with race anymore. There’s foreign students at the universities. I know several and they do fine.

Me: Oh, really? Because I know physical altercation is unlikely, especially in tourist areas, but in the more residential areas and if you meet someone drunk…

Russian waiter #2: Well, if you come across a drunk late at night, maybe. But nowadays, even among the drunk idiots there’ll be someone more enlightened who’ll say, “hey, leave the monkey be.”

Me: Yeah, see… if you’re used to not being called a monkey, that alone is pretty unpleasant…

Russian waiter #2: What, I’ve said “monkey” before. And it’s not like I have any problem with blacks, it’s just if you say anything else, people will say, “what’s with you, why are you defending the animal” and you have to choose the words that will be best received in the situation.

Me: Well, yes… but that’s not exactly making the best case.

— 2 days ago with 2 notes
#tw: racism  #tw: homophobia  #russia  #here is where I am not proud at all  #sigh  #and why I do not want to go back 

I’m in Delaware for the weekend, and for some reason the hotel’s wifi is terrible. So have some beach selfies as I go mostly offline for a few.

— 4 days ago with 9 notes
#me  #selfie  #beach  #self  #delaware