Archive for 'beautiful'

Cuteness overload!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. :)

The photographer is Andrea Martin, and you can see more of her beautiful photos on Bored Panda here.

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Reading is good for the brain . . .

. . . As science tells us, and proves with MRIs and so on. Isn’t this a beautiful representation of the goodness too? :)

Artwork: the brain on books

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Would you dare . . . ?

. . . to eat one of these dazzling confections by cake artist Leslie Vigil?

Photo: a confection by cake artist Leslie Vigil

These images shared via @Brindille on Twitter

Photo: a confection by cake artist Leslie Vigil

Photo: a confection by cake artist Leslie Vigil

Photo: a confection by cake artist Leslie Vigil

I’m not sure I could . . . Just too pretty!

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Which gown?

You’re a Regency lady and you’ve been invited to a fancy London party (rumor is that the Prince Regent and Mr. Darcy of Pemberley will be there!). But what to wear? Which gorgeous gown will you choose?

Photo: Which gown? Via LisaBerne.com

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Something pretty . . .

. . . upon which to feast our eyes. A gorgeous wedding dress!

These images via @whatgrandmawore on Twitter: “A trim of orange blossom runs around the bertha of this 1856-59 dress . . . with large silk bows hanging from the shoulders. The bodice ends at a sharp point, nipping in the waist and emphasizing the skirt. Take a look at the lacing on the bodice.”

 

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Cozy bookishness!

Or bookish coziness! Regardless, something pretty and peaceful to look at.

Artist: Bettina Baldassari. Shared via Helen Warlow on Twitter

Artist: Bettina Baldassari. Shared via Helen Warlow on Twitter

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“You are the heroine or hero of your own life”

I really enjoyed the essay “Lisa Kleypas Talks Changing Trends in Romance,” which was recently featured on Goodreads. Lisa’s such a rock star of the genre! (And she has a new book out, too! Who else is excited to read Chasing Cassandra?)Image: Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas (Avon Books)

My favorite snippet from the essay? Photo: Lisa Kleypas

 

The message of romance novels is that you are the heroine or hero of your own life. You, regardless of your gender identification, culture, appearance, belief system, disabilities, or age, deserve to love and be loved. Wholeheartedly, passionately, and entirely.

That’s not an unrealistic expectation. Don’t settle for less.

Beautiful!

And “Don’t settle for less,” has a lot of resonance for me . . . It’s something my heroine Gwendolyn Penhallow says in Engaged to the Earl:

Image: Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Coming your way February 25th, 2020!

“But there is a moral to the story, my dears. It’s this: I hope you’ll always follow your dreams — and settle for nothing less than whatever is the best for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet my valentine!

Presenting . . . Sissy! She was born in Thailand in 1968, which means she’s 52 years old. She’s 8 feet, 3 inches tall, and her favorite food is mazuri pellets. She loves to splash and swim in ponds, even in the rain, and she has an unusual communication style of flipping the end of her trunk to make a popping noise. These delightful sounds are often heard when she’s socializing or when she has a new enrichment item to play with.

Isn’t she beautiful?!?

Photo: Sissy At The Elephant Sanctuary In Tennessee, shared via LisaBerne.com

You see, for Valentine’s Day I “adopted” Sissy, a resident of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.  Am I in love? Totally.

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Lovely in lilac!

I invite you to feast your eyes on this gorgeous ballgown by Vivienne Westwood circa 2005-06.

Photo: a ballgown by Vivienne Westwood, shared via LisaBerne.com

via @whatgrandmawore on Twitter

And this stunning detail!

Photo: detail: a ballgown by Vivienne Westwood, shared via LisaBerne.com

One more view, this one with a somber background that highlights the gown’s dazzling color, graceful lines, and sense of movement:

Photo: detail: a ballgown by Vivienne Westwood, shared via LisaBerne.com

One could make quite an entrance dressed in this, don’t you think?

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Pretty in purple!

Behold this gorgeous velvet and chiffon gown from the early 1900s. I’d love to swan around in this, just like a character in Downton Abbey. How about you?

Photo: a purple velvet and chiffon gown from the early 1900s

Front view: photos via @LaurenCDeutsch on Twitter

Photo: a purple velvet and chiffon gown from the early 1900s

Back view

Photo: a purple velvet and chiffon gown from the early 1900s

Detail of front

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