Just read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for the third time in as many months; the spell cast lingers still...
The circus appears without warning...
Set at the turn of the century, this is a love story of two magicians unwittingly engaged in a duel for their very lives, with a mysterious international traveling circus as the venue for this amazing tale! The Night Circus opens only from dusk til dawn, formed of concentric circular paths around black & white tents of many sizes. Their feats of magic produce astounding environs - the Ice Garden, Labyrinth, Cloud Maze and Wishing Tree to name a few...
The Night Circus is rich and seductive - a novel that captivates the senses in otherworldly desire!
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My favorite passage...
Stories have changed, my dear boy, the man in the grey suit says, his voice almost imperceptibly sad. There are no more battles between good and evil, no more monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts take different forms and are difficult to recognize for what they are. And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep going on, they overlap and blur, your story is part of your sister’s story is part of many other stories, and there is no telling where any of them may lead. Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon, or a wolf and a scarlet-clad girl. And is not the dragon the hero of his own story? Is not the wolf simply acting as a wolf should act? Though perhaps it is a singular wolf who goes to such lengths as to dress as a grandmother to toy with its prey.
The heart of the tale and the ideas behind it are simple. Time has altered and condensed their nuances, made them more than story, greater than the sum of their parts. But that requires time. The truest tales require time and familiarity to become what they are.
You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that. There are many kinds of magic, after all.
Photos that remind one of the principle PLAYERS...
Celia, The Illusionist Poppet, the Kitten Tamer
Isobel, the Fortuneteller & Marco, the Magician Tsukiko, The Contortionist
And here's the perfect hat for the most loyal Night Circus fan! This ladies' vintage velvet top hat comes with a wide satin ribbon & bow, leather band, front face netting and removable peacock feather accent. SOLD on etsy for $59!
Adorable porcelein doll necklace with red velvet ribbon and crystal body on etsy for $75 at Dollface!
Wouldn't this amazing, Cynthia Wood original, hand-painted molded leather, reptilian Dragon glass eye necklace with gold and black enamel link chain! Available on etsy for $300 at DragonEye!
Sam Raimi directs, James Franco as Oz; Mila Kunis as Theodora the Wicked Witch of the West, Rachel Weisz as Evanora the Wicked Witch of the East, and Michelle Williams as Glinda the Good Witch.
Looking forward to the new take on Oz, which promises darker magic, new antagonists and fabulous sets and costumes!
Check out these line extensions of the Oz movie: Wickedly beautiful fashion (slide show) presented by HSN.com available starting February 14th! Also, OPI's new line of Powerful Polishes!
I met Anne Hathaway in 2004 when I worked for Premiere Magazine and we were throwing a "Women in Hollywood" party. She was kind enough to pose for a pic when I told her that my little girls LOVED her from Princess Diaries!
Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifa and Olivia de Havilland were also at the party - and were all so gracious!
And finally, we have Fausto Puglisi as the third designer to be
Mad for Plaid for Fall 2013!
It's oh so intriguing that three Italian designers are showing plenty of plaid for this coming Fall including Anna Molinari's Blugirl!