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Princess Dagmar of Denmark, who became Tsesarevna of Russia upon her marriage

…with her enormous charm, Princess Dagmar, known as Minnie, and now Maria Fedorovna, acquired great popularity as soon as she moved to Russia. “People saw guarantee of well-being in her, and people placed all their hopes in her, and her radiant eyes lit up hearts, and her simplicity and charm promised happiness and peace […] Every heart flew to the young tsesarevna.” 

She loved to swim, ride horseback, roll a hoop, and dance till four in the morning. Maria Fedorovna seemed to personify eternal youth. Knowing how important it was for her to look good in public, she paid close attention to her wardrobe. Lady-in-waiting von Flotow sent detailed description in letter to the young tsesarevna´s mother. At one Imperial ball Maria Fedorovna “stayed until 3 am and came home as fresh as a morning rose. She was brilliantly dressed again […] this time the tsesarevna was literally a rose of roses!”

Y.V. Plotnikova in Russian Splendor: Sumptuous Fashions of the Russian Court

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BOWIE BLITZ: aladdin sane bowie embroidery hoop by studiosrh

there’s something unique and beautiful about this embroidery hoop art piece … i’d love to add it to my collection. i miss you, DB.

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First Look: The Lotus Elise Sprint 

Evolved, energized and even lighter, a significant update for the legendary Lotus Elise has been unveiled ahead of its arrival in showrooms this spring.

Pride of place in the latest Elise line-up is the new Sprint edition, capturing the spirit of Lotus by offering the latest in efficient engineering to deliver a car that sets the standard at under 800 kg. Featuring a host of weight-saving items as standard, as well as the Elise’s distinctive new styling, the new Lotus remains true to the company’s founding principles. Benefiting the range as a whole, all new Elise editions receive the car’s new look and new interior options, and every single one of the Sprint’s lightweight components can be specified on the standard Elise Sport and the Elise Sport 220 variants.

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The Cornish Bride

I’m beginning the Poldark Costume Project with a costume that is one of my favorites as well as featuring a woman in red in honor of International Women’s Day. Demelza’s wedding dress is a modified late 18th Century Round Gown. Before Queen Victoria popularized white, brides who could not afford to buy a new dress wore their “Sunday Best” in their favorite color. 

The most prominent feature of the Round Gown is the bodice and the petticoat (outer skirt) were seamed together. The hook and eye front closure on Demelza’s dress is a little bit ahead of the time, but this detail isn’t immediately obvious. This Pinterest collection of various extant (still in existence) 18th Century gowns shows closed front dresses that were most likely pinned, had hidden buttons or ribbon lacing to secure the front. 

Another thing to note is that Demelza is not wearing a bum roll, panniers, or pocket hoops which were used to extend the dimensions of the dress at the back and sides. This shows the transition during the Poldark era from earlier wide skirt styles to the streamlined Regency gowns. 

Her loosely curled hair with a wide headband is a reflection of more modern bohemian styling. 18th Century women regardless of class would have had a wider cap, bonnet, or hat covering their pinned up hair. This purposeful deviation away from history shows Demelza as a free-spirited woman in touch with nature.

Are there any particular costumes you would like to see a historical breakdown for? The Ask Box is open for your suggestions!

Current Draft of List of Serpents In My Generic Fantasy Setting

I’m certain it’s not finished, because I know there’s probably a dozen or more monsters from around the world I’ve probably left out, but it’s a start!  Or hopefully a middle.  Maybe even a start of an end?

I didn’t include things that will be chimeras (i.e. a magically created hybrid of two or more unrelated animals) unless a dragon or basilisk was involved in the mix, because there are too many goddamn chimeras in mythology that have snake parts in ‘em to count.  So serpentaurs, Gorgons, and Questing Beasts (and a billion other critters) will have to wait their turn.

• Dragons
• Dragonets: catchall term for young dragons
• Knuckers: catchall term for aquatic/amphibious freshwater dragons
• Guivres: catchall term for aquatic/amphibious saltwater dragons
Hydra Syndrome: a genetic disorder common to all dragon species where they grow more than one head, and is often tied to having enhanced healing abilities
• Zmeys – three headed variant of Hydra syndrome, lacks enhanced healing
• Orochi – the only known case of hydra syndrome affecting a loong
• Lesser Drakes: a clade of dragons with four legs and no wings
• Peludas: a subclade of lesser drakes that has spikey armored scutes on its back
• The Tarasque Peluda - a massive species of peluda that resembles the mythical tarasque
Greater Drakes: a clade of dragons with four legs and two wings
• Flightless Greater Drakes – greater drakes whose wings are used for other purposes than flight, a missing link between lesser and greater drakes
• Piasa – the only greater drake ever known to be found outside of Midgaheim and Meditera .  Was driven to extinction by competition with Thunderbirds.
• Lindorms: a clade of dragons with two forelimbs and no wings or hindlimbs
• Wyrms: a clade of legless dragons
• Wyverns: a clade of dragons with two wings, two hindlimbs, and no forelimbs
• Sting-tailed wyverns: wyverns whose tail spades have developed into venomous stingers
• Zilants (aka False Wyverns): a clade of dragons with two wings, two forelimbs, and no hindlimbs
• Amphipteres: a clade of dragons with two wings and no legs
• Tatzelwyrms: a clade of dragons with two hindlimbs, no forelimbs, and no wings
• Loongs: A clade of dragons native to the North-Eastern continent that my lazy ass hasn’t named yet - i.e. Asian dragons.
• Loong Life cycle
• Imugi: water snake dragonet
• Kiao: water snake with carp-like head, 1- 500 years old
• Kiao-lung: carp-scaled serpent with loong’s head, 500 – 1000 years old
• Kioh-lung: near-mature loong, most recognizable type, 1000 – 2000 years old
• Ying-lung: “wing” horns develop, 2000+ years old
• Tien-lung: celestial dragons, most powerful of loongs, guard palaces of the gods.
• Shen-lung: spirit dragons, control wind, rain, and storms, help farmers, have blue scales, lazy
• Imperial Loongs: shen-lung with five toes that are especially exalted
• Fut-lung: subterranean loongs, guard treasures of the earth, cause volcanic eruptions when they emerge above ground
• Ti-lung: earth dragons, watch over rivers, lakes, and streams
• Tao Tieh: a loong with one head and one pair of forelegs, but two bodies (i.e. the spinal cord branches), with two pelvises, two pairs of hind legs, and two tails
• Yu-lung: an aquatic loong with a fish-like body
• Ryujin: a particularly fierce saltwater loong
• Druk: Short bodied loongs
• Notable Hybrids
• Draikainas: Dragon, Titan, & Serpentaur hybrid
• (The Original) Chimaera: dragon, basilisk, lion, goat mix
• Cerberus: half dragon, half hound, suffered from the Zmey version of Hydra syndrome
• Cetus: half dragon, half kraken
• Lou Carcolh: Dragon & Snail Hybrid, enormous, resembles a snail-shelled dragon with tentacles over its mouth, drips with slime
• Tarasque: a complicated chimera: hybrid of dragon, basilisk, turtle, and lion
• Zburator: Dragon & Fenrisbrood hybrid
• Alphyn: Dragon & Cathaneg hybrid
• Grootslang: Dragon & Behemoth hybrid
• Kirin: Loong & Unicorn hybrid
• Hai Ryo: Loong & Phoenix hybrid
• Dragon Turtle: Loong & Turtle hybrid
• Dragon Fuu: Loong & Fuu Dog hybrid
• Gye-lyong: Loong & Rooster hybrid
• Chi Wen: Loong & Leviathan hybrid

• Basilisks
• Creeping Basilisks
• Slithering Basilisks
• Cockatrices: hybrid of chicken and basilisk
• Draconic Cockatrices: hybrid of chicken, basilisk, and dragon

Other Magical Serpents
• Sirrush: a four legged, antlered serpent
• Unhcegila: giant, armored, creeping basilisk-like creature
• Jaculus: a small, bipedal serpent that leaps out of trees.  Its neck frill can resemble wings and allows it to glide for short distances.
• Ichneumon: a serpent that preys upon larger serpents, burying itself in mud to attack its foe from beneath.  Similar in appearance to the Jaculus.
• Sciatale: a bipedal serpent with brilliantly colored, shining scales that can hypnotize prey.  It is extremely warm.
• Plumed Serpents: serpents with forelimbs that have been modified to serve as wings, with a mix of scales and an integument that superficially resembles feathers
• Quetzalcoatl
• Peuchen
Amphisbaena – a two headed serpent (two serpents conjoined at the hip)
• Horned Serpents
• Cerastes – horned serpents from Midgaheim and Meditera, have ram-like horns
• American Horned Serpents have deer horns
• Estakwvnayv – aquatic, iridescent scales, large crystal in forehead
• Tcinto saktco – red, blue, white, and yellow horned varieties
• Uktena – similar to estakwvnayv in appearance, with rings/spots along its length, uses the light reflected by its diamond to lure enemies, breaths poisonous gas, huge in size.  
• Other names for species in this group: Kitchi-at’husis, misi-kinepikw, msi-kinepikwa, misi-ginebig, mishi-ginebig, pita-skog, sinti lapitta, unktehi, unktehila, olobit

Actual Magical Snakes
• Boyg – a massive snake that oozes acidic slime
• Rainbow Serpents – massive, flying serpents with brightly colored stripes
• Hoop Snakes – intelligent and durable snakes who curl into a hoop and roll down hills to travel swiftly
• Yurlungur – a massive copper-colored snake
• Nagas – large, magically attuned cobras that sometimes take on human-like features (an imitation act, rather than a true hybrid like serpentaurs)
• Tsuchinoko – a fat snake with a stinger tail that can speak.