Let there be light

I have always loved candles. Theres something so peaceful and beautiful about a candle lit room. The best kind of candles are the ones that you can’t knock over so you don’t need to worry too much about. When I was little I had loads of floating candles. My mum bought them from IKEA, they were red, green and white and i loved them floating about in a glass bowl (also my mum approved as one tip over and they’re automatically extinguished)

More recently I’ve been a fan of the church style thick pillar candle. Although they don’t use all the wax when they burn they do make an excellent mantlepiece display. Tea lights are also invaluable for my oil burner and my little snowy pottery house in which a candle gives it a warm wintery glow

Last weekend we went to IKEA and since its not often I have access to that many cheap candles, i stocked up! Im really looking forward to redecorating the mantlepiece


Bioshock is too scary (but oh so pretty)

When Bioshock 2 first came out I saw the cover and thought ooooh pretty, then I though oh its a first person shooty game and thought no more of it. That was until I borrowed the original Bioshock of someone and was mesmerised.

The whole look of the game is futuristic steampunkish gothic 1940/50’s art deco, all with that mysterious green underwater tinge. The setting is the underwater secret city of Rapture, built…. but descent into a dystopian society of mad genetically and surgically altered inhabitants. Its a beautiful (if dark and falling apart) place to explore and I was having great fun trotting through the scenic rooms …then I got scared… when the crazy party mask wearing deformed nurses tried to kill me. My record time for playing it alone in the evening was 10 seconds and its unfortunate that I haven’t touched it since. The plot is super and the artistic style so beautiful with that air of 40’s gothic which is so me. Ill have to tackle it again sometime, but ill need someone to hug and maybe some daylight.

On the other hand Bioshock Infinate is due for release sometime and that looks to be set in daylight so may be better for me…but who can tell just from the trailer?

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This month I have mostly been reading about Vampires

This month I have mostly been reading about Vampires, and it was totally unintentional. It was only when I was going on a long train journey and was deciding which of my currently in progress novels to read came to this realisation. The Choice was Eclipse (Stephenie Meyer), Blameless (Gail Carriger) and Carmilla (Sherridan Le Fanu). To be honest I do like a good vampire book, especially when theres mystery, elegance and romance. When I was twelve I had already read Dracula and was busy making my way through the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles.

Carmilla is one of the original iconic vampire novels. Its by Sherridan Le Fanu and can be found in the collection of stories In a Glass Darkly. Where Dracula is seen as the original iconic male vampire, Carmilla is the female (lesbian) equivalent and appears again and again in stories (ever seen the film Lesbian Vampire Killers). Written in 1872 it tells the tale of Laura who lives in a “picturesque and solitary” castle in the midst of an extensive forest in Styria (Austria) with her retired father. Her loneliness is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful and mysterious Carmilla who’s past we know nothing and tho two girls become inseparable. Of course mysterious and terrible events are to follow. It was a really enjoyable read and free to download as an eBook too! (I got mine from iBook store)

Blameless is the third book in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. Set in an alternative Victorian London where Vampires and Werwolves are integrated into society and scientists invent crazy inventions, we follow the life of Alexia Tarrabotti, a young woman who when danger approaches will not hesitate to whack it over the head with her parasol. The first book is Soulless and I really reccomend the series.

I hesitated to read the Twilight Saga at first as I’m not 14 and really don’t care about teen angst, however I have found them quite enjoyable. Ive currently nearly finished Breaking Dawn and I’m desperate to know what happens (before someone ruins it by telling me or the trailer for part 2 comes out. For me the best parts of the books are the histories of the characters; how and when Carslile became a vampire, where did Alice come from (neither of these covered in the film). The worst parts are when Bella and Edward are alone and talking about their feelings. I am enjoying the books (although I think I prefer the films, apart from the bits they missed out as previously mentioned) although I think I would have enjoyed them more when I was 14 (I probably would have bought the film merchandise but its all Edward or Jacob, give us Jasper! he’s the best looking)

Next Vampire book: Anno Dracula (can’t wait to start it but have library books to finish first)

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The Wicked Lady

Last weekend I was invited to such a fun Halloween party, everyone dressed up and I got to once again wear the Goth Dress. I’ve had the goth dress for many a year but don’t get that many opportunities to wear it, it was originally bought by my mum for me to wear to my university ball but as an occasion dress it spends most of its time in a wardrobe. The dress is from www.thedarkangel.co.uk which sells “Fairytale, Gothic, Bohemian and Historically inspired alternative clothing”. When I say gothic, I’m talking about the elegant style, long flowing velvet medieval style dresses which you can float around ancient ruins in quoting tragic poetry. Ive always wanted a long velvet medieval dress and always wondered what it’d be like to go to sainsburies in it.

This year I dressed up as Lady Barbara from the 1945 film The Wicked Lady, a 17th Century lady who becomes a highwayman. Its a great film, full of romance, murder and mayhem, action and melodrama. Nobody knew who I was of course (some thought I was a pirate) but it was great fun dressing up all the same. All i needed to buy for the costume was a tricorn hat (pirate hat yey) which I adorned with a lace shawl to make it more feminine and create an identity concealing veil.