Devil in Spring | Lisa Kleypas | New Book

I just had to gush about it even if it meant that I’d have to blog from my office! I don’t know in which world I’ve been living this past month because I’m missing all the juicy news! Well it might be stale to you people by now but I just came across it and I cannot contain my excitement!

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For those (if there are any left) who don’t know what the big deal is, remember the Wallflower series? Evie and Sebastian to be specific? Now their son is going to be the male protagonist in the upcoming third book of the Ravenel series!!! And the book is called Devil in Spring! I’m actually crying happy tears and grinning like a stupid since I read it’s prologue. If I was not in my work place I would be squealing and hopping around!

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Here’s the link to Lisa’s video: Video Sneak Peek

Link to Prologue: Devil in Spring Prologue

If you are wondering what the fuss is all about you need to read Devil in Winter my friend. In fact read the entire series and trust me you won’t regret it a single bit. That is, if you are into historical romances and even if you are not, you’ll be hooked.

Here’s the Goodreads page: Devil in Winter Blurb

Here’s my (first ever) review: Devil in Winter Review

Now all I have to do is wait with bated breath for February 28th 2017!!

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Thank you for dropping by and I hope you all are having a great time and stay happy and have fun lovely people! ❤ Love,

Shivalika-Swar

I’m On Instagram!

Hello everybody!

Well if you were wondering where I got lost, now you know the answer. Yes, I am super late to the insta party but now I am on Instagram! I’m usually reluctant and quite dubious about any new app or social media and hence, always the last one to be  a part of it.  As you might have guessed, as soon as I took this plunge I was addicted and my goodness people are AMAZING with cameras! All I have done in past few days is go through hundreds and hundreds of beautiful images.

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Without rambling much further, here’s the link to my instagram account and please do comment your usernames down below I’d love to check you out (pun unintended)! 😉

I hope you all have a great day and thanks for dropping by! 🙂 Love,

Shivalika-Swar

Hard Disk Crash!!

Hello everyone!
I guess the heading is pretty obvious. I’ve been taking my laptop to work and I did the same yesterday. I shut it down properly while leaving and all the way home I was thinking of the post I had planned to do. But by the time I got home I was feeling too poorly so I just cooked something light for dinner went to sleep. So this morning when I turned the laptop on nothing happened. NOTHING!!
Just the hard disk error message.. 😦
I feel like crap and stupid as hell. I do have most of the data on my external hard disk but I hadn’t updated it since December..and all my future posts ideas and images and all the pictures from my last trip to Jaipur will be lost. 😦 I’m just typing away on my phone and I have no clue if this will work or not. And I don’t know when I’ll be able to post next.
I dropped it off at the service center but I feel so horrible I can’t begin to tell you. The guy at the center was very helpful and he said they’ll try to save the data but I know too well there’s a fat chance of that happening. Anyway, that’s my complaining done and I’ll take your leave and I hope to get back as soon as I can.
Have a nice day or night whatever you have right now! Loads of love! ❤

Victorian Era Fashion | 1840-1855

As you may or may not have noticed I read too many historical romances. And being a reader you tend to develop a sort of attachment to what you are reading about. I mean not just the people, their surroundings as well. From Georgian era to World War period, I’ve read historicals from every setting but I’ve come to love the Victorian period most of all. It’s not just the clothing that I undoubtedly admire. It’s the time of boom, a time when the old and the new merged. New inventions, new discoveries. I think it’s the period that changed a lot of things for us.

Victorian Era refers to the years of Queen Victoria’s reign which lasted about six decades! She ruled from 1837 until her death in 1901 and a number of fashions came and went during that time. Historians have divided this era’s fashion into different time periods. Pre-Hoop Era, the first of them is what I present to you today.

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Pre-Hoop Era 1840-1855

By this time, the ladies of the upper crust society were going through three different dresses each day-morning gown, day dress and the evening gown. And let’s not forget the riding habits and walking dresses! After all you can’t ruin the hems of your pretty gowns with mud and such.

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Quilted Petticoat, c. 1840-45

Before the invention of crinoline, the  bell-shaped skirts of dresses were achieved by number of petticoats. Usually horsehair went into the making of these petticoats; cane and padding was also used for stiffening. According to reports, women wore about six petticoats at a time.

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Muslin Evening Dress, c. 1845

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Silk Gauze Evening Dress, 1855

The morning dresses were a simple affair, NOT to be worn in public! The sleeves of the day dresses were narrow and the neckline high as compared to the alluring plunging necklines of the evening gowns that showed off the neck, shoulders and decolletage. Over the period there was a gradual change as the sleeves became wider and the skirts even more so with the additional help of flounces!

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Canezou, c. 1855

Of course there were numerous added accessories.Like the sheer fabric canezou above, worn over the bodices. Or spencers, purses and parasols!

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Ivory Satin Wedding Dress, 1830s

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Silk Wedding Gown, c. 1838

I know there was only a small society that enjoyed this kind of excess whereas the large part was suffering but since the focus is on the clothing let me just go on rhapsodising about it! I couldn’t help but add these two wedding dresses from the late thirties! Imagine the amount of silks, satin, laces and whatnots that must have gone into making all these gorgeous gowns! Those sleeves though!

I had a lot of fun looking for all the stuff I used here! It makes me wish to my heart’s core that I could time travel and experience all of it personally! I would also like to mention an amazing lady Carol Cork of Rakes and Rascals, whose post Victorian Fashions actually inspired me to do this post. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. So until the next part! 🙂 Love,

Shivalika-Swar

Images Source: FIDM Museum & Galleries

Feature Image Source: Truly Victorian

New Wizarding Schools Revealed!

Yes you heard it right! It has been revealed that eleven long-established and prestigious wizarding schools that are registered with the International Confederation of Wizards. Of which four were detailed a bit by J K Rowling! To put it briefly – Japanese wizards and witches wear enchanted robes that change colour as their magical knowledge improves. African students receive notice from Dream Messengers instead of letter by owls. The Brazilian school is protected by the Caipora, small and furry spirit-beings who are extraordinarily mischievous and tricky.

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As we wait for the details of the American wizarding school Ilvermorny here’s the schools we know as of yet!

Mahoutokoro  [Mah-hoot-o-koh-ro]

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The ancient Japanese school has the smallest student body of the eleven great wizarding schools. Despite that, the school has a legendary reputation for Quidditch. The ornate and exquisite palace of Mahoutokoro is made of mutton-fat jade, and stands on the topmost point of the ‘uninhabited’ (or so Muggles think) Volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima.

Castelobruxo  [Cass-tell-o-broo-shoo]

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Castelobruxo students wear bright green robes and are especially advanced in both Herbology and Magizoology. The Brazilian school for magic may be found hidden deep within the rainforest. The fabulous castle appears to be a ruin to the few Muggle eyes that have ever fallen upon it. Castelobruxo is an imposing square edifice of golden rock, often compared to a temple.

Uagadou [Wag-a-doo]

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Uagadou is the largest of all wizarding schools and the only address ever given is ‘Mountains of the Moon’; visitors speak of a stunning edifice carved out of the mountainside and shrouded in mist, so that it sometimes appears simply to float in mid-air. Much (some would say all) magic originated in Africa, and Uagadou graduates are especially well versed in Astronomy, Alchemy and Self-Transfiguration.

Beauxbatons [Bo-batton]

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As we know from the Goblet of Fire, it is thought to be situated somewhere in the Pyrenees; visitors speak of the breath-taking beauty of a chateau surrounded by formal gardens and lawns created out of the mountainous landscape by magic. A magnificent fountain in the middle of the school’s park, believed to have healing and beautifying properties.

Durmstrang [Doorm-strang]

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Durmstrang once had the darkest reputation of all eleven wizarding schools, though this was never entirely merited. Although believed to be situated in the far north of Europe, Durmstrang is one of the most secretive of all schools about its whereabouts, so nobody can be quite certain. Visitors speak of vast, sprawling grounds with many stunning views, not least of the great, dark, spectral ship that is moored on a mountain lake behind the school, from which students dive in summertime.


J. K. Rowling never fails to amaze me. Just when you think the day couldn’t get any better you get this awesome news! The only sad part is there’s no world renowned school in my country. 😦 But I’m sure it’s not long that the Indian School of Wizardry will be registered with the International Confederation of Wizards.

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So on that positive note I’ll be signing off, with the map of all wizarding schools for you! 🙂 Love,

Shivalika-Swar

Source : Pottermore

Rest In Peace – Alan Rickman

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I just do not have enough words to tell how terrible I feel. I’m already going through a bit of a crisis right now and this news on top of it was too much too bear. It feels like Professor Snape died all over again and all I can do is cry. I might not know him personally but the quote is apt for Alan Rickman, who will ALWAYS be remembered as one of the bests.

‘To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.’

– J. K. Rowling

Working Titles of Famous Books

I was under the impression that only movies had working titles until I came across an article regarding The Great Gatsby and its original title! So obviously I hunted down as many working titles of books as I could.

Here are some of our favourite books and what they were almost named:

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  1. Pride and Prejudice: First Impressions
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus
  3. Of Mice and Men: Something That Happened
  4. The Mill on the Floss: Sister Maggie
  5. David Copperfield: The Copperfield Disclosures, Copperfield Complete, The Copperfield Records, The Copperfield Survey of the World as It Rolled, Mag’s Diversionstgg
  6. The Great Gatsby: Trimalchio in West Egg, Gatsby, Gold-Hatted Gatsby, Trimalchio, On the Road to West Egg, White and Blue, Under the Red, The High-Bouncing Lover, Among Ash-Heaps and Millionaires
  7. Lolita: The Kingdom by the Sea
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring
  9. The Good Soldier: The Saddest Story
  10. Of Human Bondage: Beauty from Ashesgwtw
  11. Gone with the Wind: Tomorrow Is Another Day, Bugles Sang True, Tote the Weary Load, Not In Our Stars
  12. The Sun Also Rises: Fiesta, The Lost Generation, The Old Leaven, River to the Sea, Two Lie Together
  13. War and Peace: All’s Well That Ends Well
  14. Catch-22: Catch-18
  15. Persuasion: The Eliotsdracula
  16. Dracula: The Un-Dead
  17. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Alice’s Adventures Under Ground
  18. The Secret Garden: Mistress Mary
  19. Lord of the Flies: Strangers From Within
  20. Animal Farm: Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, A Satire, or A Contemporary Satire
  21. Bleak House: East Wind, Tom-All-Alone’s, Bleak House and the East Wind, The Solitary House that was Always Shut Up1984
  22. Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Last Man in Europe
  23. Light in August: Dark House
  24. The Sound and the Fury: Twilight
  25. The House of Mirth: The Year of the Rose
  26. Brideshead Revisited: The House of Faith

    So what do you think of the names that could have been of your favourite books??

Love,

Shivalika-Swar