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More Hauteville stuff :-)  -  Bohemond of Antiochia

A detail of an intitial depicting Bohemond of Antiochia (1054-1111) and patriarch of Jerusalem sailing for Apulia. Bohemond was the only son of Count Robert Guiscard  and his first wife Alberada de Buenalbergo. Since the count and Alberada were related the marriage was annulled by pope  four years after Bohemond was born.

Count Robert died (was poisoned?) in 1085 and a succession crisis ensued between Bohemond and his halfbrother Roger Borsa. Eventually an acceptable compromise was found between the heir apparents. Roger became duke of Apulia and Calabria whereas Bohemond received Taranto and other nearby towns.

Bohemond was also one of the leaders of the first crusade though he was mostly interested in carving out a kingdom for himself. This goal was partially achieved when Antiochia fell in 1098. After the conquest Bohemond concentrated on securing his new realm and took no part in Jerusalem campaign. This was prudent because he managed to conquer areas surrounding the city and hence posterity remembers him mostly as a longtime count and ruler of  Antiochia. 

BTW: A Byzantine historian and princess Anna Komnena has written an interesting description of Bohemond in her Alexiad. Apparently he wasn’t your average  “Frank” and the princess was obviously impressed :-)

The description can be read here

Diagonal French Tips: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

Unless you’re heading to prom or a wedding, French tips in the classic pink and white color scheme can feel a little dated. Luckily for us, there’s a new way to wear the time-tested favorite this spring. French manicures with a pop of bright, unexpected color were all over the Spring 2013 Fashion Week runways, and it’s such a simple look to recreate at home. I love this orange and nude diagonal design from the Lauren Moffatt show. Here’s how to get the look.

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Vanity Fair Hollywood Covers by Annie Leibovitz (1995-2004)

  • 1995: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, Patricia Arquette, Linda Fiorentino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore, Angela Bassett, and Sandra Bullock.
  • 1996: Tim Roth, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Rapaport, Stephen Dorff, Johnathon Schaech, David Arquette, Will Smith, and Skeet Ulrich.
  • 1997: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Claire Danes, Renée Zellweger, Minnie Driver, Alison Elliott, Jada Pinkett, Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron, and Fairuza Balk.
  • 1998: Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, Natalie Portman, Djimon Hounsou, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire, Claire Forlani, Gretchen Mol, Christina Ricci, Ed Furlong, and Rufus Sewell.
  • 1999: Adrien Brody, Thandie Newton, Monica Potter, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Stiles, Leelee Sobieski, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Polley, Norman Reedus, Anna Friel, Omar Epps, Kate Hudson, Vinessa Shaw, and Barry Pepper.
  • 2000: Penélope Cruz, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Marley Shelton, Chris Klein, Selma Blair, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and Sarah Wynter.
  • 2001: Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve, Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Vanessa Redgrave, Chloë Sevigny, Sophia Loren, and Penélope Cruz.
  • 2002: Kirsten Dunst, Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Connelly, Rachel Weisz, Brittany Murphy, Selma Blair, Rosario Dawson, Christina Applegate, and Naomi Watts.
  • 2003: Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Ewan McGregor, and Matt Damon.
  • 2004: Julianne Moore, Jennifer Connelly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Aniston, Kirsten Dunst, Diane Lane, Lucy Liu, Hilary Swank, Alison Lohman, Scarlett Johansson, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Fall Foliage Nail Art: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

I was walking down my Brooklyn street a few days ago in leather boots and a sweater, holding a pumpkin latte in hand (hello, fall!), when I noticed my neighborhood’s first changing leaves of the season. That means it’s officially autumn in my book, and of course my nails needed to reflect the exciting change.

A few weeks ago I showed you how to achieve a marbled manicure with an ordinary roll of plastic wrap, and I thought the technique would work perfectly for fall-hued nails inspired by the gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows of the changing leaves. Here’s how to use this fool-proof technique to get the look yourself.

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These are three members of our italian community! Stefania ( @stewaits88 )  and Anna ( @xjerryland ) with both Norman and Andrew and the sweet Alice with Melissa! (She asked Mel if it was ok to kiss her cheek and the answer was “Ok. The important thing is not biting me” lol)

(on that paper in the picture with Norman it is written “cat addixon” and they took the picture two times because in the first one Stefania closed her eyes xD) 

The Nail Art Secret Weapon You Already Own!: Guest Blogger

Nail art is a Birchbox obsession. One of the first places we look for inspiration is Glitter, She Wrote, Anna Norman’s cheery, imaginative blog, where she shares her gorgeous designs and muses about life in the Big Apple. This week, Anna takes us inside her nail guru world, and will show us how to get gorgeous, DIY art on our fingertips.

The Beatles said all you need is love. But if we’re talking nails, I say all you need is Scotch Tape.

For geometric nail designs like stripes, triangles, or zig-zags, Scotch tape is a girl’s best friend. With the help of a simple roll of tape, even the shakiest of hands can create clean, crisp designs.

For the look above, I used Color Club Neons in Jackie Oh! and Age of Aquarius, and Zoya Dove. Here are a few tips to create your own eye-catching Scotch Tape nail art. No one will believe you did your nails yourself!

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A DIY Cure for Stained Nails: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

No matter how consistent you are about using a base coat, if you have an affinity for red or dark nail polish, at some point it will happen to you: stained nails. Whether they’re stained a lacquer-specific color or they have that unfortunate yellow tinge that polish addicts know far too well—it definitely isn’t pretty.

Luckily, the solution is an easy one, and the three ingredients you need are probably already in your kitchen. Gather up these simple items and bring your tired, stained nails back to life in just a few minutes.

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Scrapbook Scissor Nails: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

I’ll admit that I’ve done my fair share of scrapbooking, but I haven’t laid a hand on a pair of zigzag scissors in years. When I spotted a rack of funky scissors by an art store checkout a few days ago, I knew it was time to bring them back into my life. This time, it’s all about the nails.

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5 Polish Shades You Need This Spring: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

It’s officially March, and even though it’s still quite chilly out, I’m itching to switch up my nail polish wardrobe. Goodbye dark, vampy shades, and hello to the colors of spring. While I do enjoy a pastel here and there, spring lacquer doesn’t always mean Easter egg-inspired hues. Here are my five picks to carry you through the season.

Poppy Red (thumb): This bright orange-hued red is one of the most universally flattering colors—it was even selected as one of the Pantone Fashion Color Report shades for the season. It’s livelier than the blue-hued reds of winter, but still looks sophisticated and classic. I’m wearing the brand new My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours by OPI

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