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Italian Parade Shield dated between 1380-1450 from Florence on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

This rare shield would have been used for ceremonial purposes only. It boldly declares the identity of the Villani Family, who were wool merchants in Florence. 

Their arms dominate the surface, and when not in use the shield would have been put on display in their home.


“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years”

                                                                                                  Audrey Hepburn

Florence + The Machine Album’s era by Painting

Between Two Lungs: The Abduction of Europa by Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre

Ceremonials: The Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse

How Big How Blue Bow Beautiful: Examination of a Witch by Thompkins H. Matteson

anonymous asked:

I love frat boy Liam but Liam in a suit just does something for me. Top 5 (or 10) Liam dressed in a suit looks! You know, for science 😉


The disrespect, you bring up the holy Liam Payne in Suits discourse, whyyyyyyy? Liam in suits isn’t just about well fitted fancy pieces hugging his skin, nope. It’s an art form by itself. And idk if it’s just me but whenever I see Liam in suits my olfactory senses get triggered? Like, I bet he smells as sinfully sumptuous as he looks. 

(numbering signifies a semblance of order, not the ranking per se)

1. I am Bolt Premiere, London (2016): All black is a combination he works extremely well. That black tie accentuates the sleekness of this whole look

2. Believe in Magic Cinderella Ball, London (2015): Sophisticated but also a great hue for the event? I don’t have words okay no words, Look at how good his shoulders look and again that black tie contrasts so well with the blue ugh

3. Robbie Williams Live in London (2013): Another all black but it’s so differently styled. This was such a polished look I am emotional

A close up because I’m a glutton for payne

4. Glamour UK Women of the Year Awards, London (2017): Before Milan Fashion Week, and okay I’m a sucker for refined suits and Armani specialises in them and Armani Liam, the dream combination. He looks like the heir to the biggest investment firm ready for the announcement of his takeover bye

5. Queen’s Leaders Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London (2017): Iconic, Elegant, Intellectual debonair. I just. Full course meal.

6. Jimmy Fallon, NYC (2014): Exquisite, really. He looks so so so so so regal. I wish we got HQs I’m still bitter. Look at his posture

7. American Music Awards, LA (2015): Look, lbr, every AMA appearance by Liam deserve a separate appreciation post but this fine grey suit, pink pocket square matching his socks and the sexy burgundy Christian Louboutins, this spells illegally hot 

8. MITS Awards, UK (2015): Such an underrated look!!!!! I think this was a three piece suit and Liam honestly looked gorgeous

9. BRITs, London (2015): Remember when Liam served Justin Timberlake vibes? Look, I’ll tell you now, not many look this *pretty* when they get a new hairdo so quick, nope

10. Jay (bless her beautiful soul) and Dan’s wedding, Manchester (2014): I think this has probably one on the most dapper looks tbh. Aristocrat who is actually a Spy in disguise vibes

Special mentions because, obviously:

Cannes (2016): The level of aesthetic in this look and this picture has transcended human perception

Ruth and Tom’s Wedding, Somerford Hall, UK (2016): Legit the entire family looked gorgeous. Nicola, Geoff, Karen, ofc the beautiful Ruth and I know people had doubts over this look but idk, he looked like the star of a period film, okay?

BRITs, London (2014): A very fancy outfit, so well fitted and he wore boots too like. Panache.

This got long but all’s fair for science :3
(pictures credit to the owners, thanks!!)

For Throwback Thursday and in honor of the 2017 ceremonies Sunday in London, we look back fondly at Eddie Redmayne (2015 Best Actor) at the BAFTA awards through the years. (Can you guess which year he was so sick from eating “dodgy salmon” airplane food that he had to leave before presenting an award?)

Keith Moon At The London Olympics

Why does no one remember when Keith Moon had a letter wrote to him by the 2012 London Olympic committee asking to perform at the opening ceremony? The letter was wrote in complete seriousness. His manager responded by saying:

‘Unfortunately, Mr Moon is not available for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics as he currently resides in (name of cemetery). He has been there since 1978. If however, you really require him to play, I suggest you conduct a seance.
Kind Regards’


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We Got Married

Part 2 of I Got Married?!

“What do you mean we can’t?” Jack’s mouth fell open as he stared over at the older gentleman sat across from him.

“Unfortunately, sir,” The lawyer shuffled his papers, avoiding the younger man’s surprised stare, “Because the two of you consummated your marriage, we cannot simply annul the marriage.”

“I can’t be divorced at twenty five…” Joe mumbled, sitting back in his seat, “Especially when I don’t even remember the wedding!”

“There has to be another option!”

“There isn’t.”

“But….but we were drunk!” Jack said, as if he hadn’t claimed that multiple times, “And in Vegas!”

“The marriage is still legal and was bound the moment you two spent your night together. It is get a divorce, or simply remain together. Any other questions?” The lawyer clasped his hands together, staring over at the couple.

“No,” Joe placed his hand on Jack’s arm, quieting him before he could say anything, “Thank you for your time.”

“I hope everything works out,” The man smiled as the two stood and shuffled out of the office.

The couple remain quiet as they exit the building and onto the busy London streets, the noise washing over them.

“Well,” Jack turned to face Joe, “What do we do?”

“I guess we’re married? I mean, we were going to try dating anyways…”

“Yeah, just skipping a few stages.” Jack laughed, his hand reaching for Joe’s, “But are you sure you want to do this?”

“I was sure in Vegas. And I’m still sure here.” Joe nodded firmly, “Jack, I like you. I’ve liked you for a while. I want to explore this.”

“Alright, then we’re married.”

“That’s going to take some getting used to.” Joe chuckled, letting Jack pull him close.

“I have one question though.”


“Who’s last name are we using?”

“You’re married?!” Zoe shrieked, jumping off of the couch.

“What the hell happened!” Conor joined in, staring over at his brother in shock.

“We may have gotten just a little too drunk while in Vegas,” Jack scratched the back of his neck awkwardly while Joe and Alfie tried to calm Zoe down.

“You married one of your best mates. That’s a bit more than a little.” Conor shook his head, “Have you told mum and dad?”

“No, they’re next on the list.”

“But…” Zoe finally spoke up as she settled back on the couch. “Can’t you get it reversed? It was in Vegas!”

“Uhm,” Joe exchanged a look with Jack as he sat back down beside the younger man, “Normally, yes. Except when you consummate the marriage. Then you can’t.”

“You two got married and slept together?” Alfie asked.


“Remind me to never go to Vegas…” Zoe mumbled to herself, letting her head fall into her hands.

“So, you two are together together?” Conor looked between Jack and Joe, who nodded, their fingers lacing together.

“We talked about it, and realized we both actually liked each other before, but the alcohol just fuelled the courage we needed. I mean,” Joe blushed, “The marriage part was an accident.”

“But we’re just going with it.” Jack finished, smiling over at Joe, “We want to be together.”

“Oh my god,” Zoe shook her head, before lifting it as laughter bubbled past her lips, “I never thought you would get married first!” She told her brother, “And to a guy!”

“Like we said, surprise!” Joe laughed, “Are you mad?”

“No!” She said quickly, shaking her head again. “I mean, as long as you’re sure, and you and Jack are happy, then I don’t care.”

“Same goes with me,” Conor shrugged, “I just want you happy, bro.”

“But wait,” Alfie interjected, “Who’s last name are you taking?”

Telling the parents came next.

First they went to Brighton, and explained everything to Jack’s parents, who were initially quite upset, but once they realized the two were serious about seeing this out, they were supportive. Joe was quickly welcomed into the family, and Anna whined about not getting to be at the wedding.

Jack reminded her that no one was at the wedding.

After leaving Brighton, they made their way back to Wiltshire, where Joe nervously explained everything to his parents.

His dad thought it was a joke at first, but after much convincing, finally accepted it. Joe’s mom was more surprised by the fact that he had married before Zoe, not even batting an eye at the fact that it was with anther guy. Instead she had just smiled knowingly at her son.

“But we have to ask,” Both sets of parents had inquired, “Who’s last name are you taking?”

Once their siblings and parents had been told, the boys decided it was time to reveal what happened to their mates.

Caspar immediately started looking for the hidden cameras, while the others had laughed. It wasn’t until Conor told them that no, it was real, Joe and Jack were actually married, that the boys began to believe them.

“Well, never saw this coming.” Oli finally said. “Congrats, I guess?”

“We didn’t get a bachelor party, though!” Mikey whined.

“We’ll have to throw a post-marriage bachelor party!” Josh announced.

“Wait,” Caspar turned to face the couple once he had given up on finding a hidden camera, “Who’s last name are you taking?”

Joe and Jack decided to throw a small ceremony slash party in London once everyone was told, so they could have a proper wedding, and so their parents stopped complaining about not getting to attend one.

It was a small event, but it was perfect for them.

And at the end of the night, Jack found Joe standing out on the balcony of the room they had rented for the reception.

“There you are,” He said, wrapping his arms around Joe’s waist, “Was wondering where you disappeared to.”

“Just needed some air,” Joe replied, leaning back against Jack.

The two had quickly fallen into their places in their newfound relationship, and were loving every moment of it.

“Everything alright?”

“Everything’s great.” Joe tilted his head back to smile up at his husband, “You?”

“Perfect.” Jack smiled back, dropping his lips down onto Joe’s. “Come on, Mr. Maynard-Sugg, let’s go back to our party.”

“Gladly, Mr. Maynard-Sugg.”


On this day in music history: March 12, 1969 - Beatle Paul McCartney marries American photographer Linda Eastman at the Marylebone Register Office in Westminster, London. The ceremony is attended by Linda’s daughter Heather (from her first marriage), Paul’s brother Michael and Beatles roadie Mal Evans who also act as the bridesmaid, best man, and witness respectfully. What was to be a quiet civil ceremony ends up being leaked to the press, and the couple are greeted by cameras and huge crowds of weeping girls when they emerge from the office. The McCartneys have three children (Mary Anna (born August 28, 1969), Stella Nina (born September 13, 1971), and James Louis (born September 12, 1977). Paul and Linda remain happily married for twenty nine years until her death from breast cancer on April 17, 1998.

Lawlight Week - Wrath

This is the fic that came out of me asking myself the question, “how would L and Light get divorced?” Answer: dramatically, and with a lot (A LOT) of wrath.

Fic is written in the manner of a trashy gossip magazine.

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