Who’s That Vans Girl?: @sydlars10

When it comes to adventure, Sydney Larsen’s got it on lock. We first fell in love with Sydney’s killer style and lust-worthy travel photos when she popped up in our Twitter feed months ago— and we’ll admit, we’ve been stalking her ever since. Get to know the free-spirited Vans Girl and learn her tips for transitioning your Winter wardrobe into Spring.

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Micaela Almonester (1795-1874): The Survivor Baroness of New Orleans

This is the story of a survivor.

Micaela Almonester had everything going for her. Smart, beautiful, and sole heiress to one of the most prominent (and wealthy) couples in 19th century New Orleans, she was destined to do great things. Unfortunately, she would have to go through decades of misery before achieving them.

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Vladimir Ovchinikov - St.George Church in Old Ladoga

St.George Church is one of the oldest in Russia. It was built in 12th century, and even keeps frescoes of that time. 

Old Ladoga was Novgorodian fortress, a key to the Trade Route “From the Varangians to the Greeks”. Novgorod, of course, was a trade city, whom wealth and freedom depended on control of that Trade Route. 

Thus Old Ladoga was an important town, and there was built such expensive (for those times) and splendid church. 


Folk Names: All-Heal, Amantilla, Capon’s Trailer, Cat’s Valerian, English Valerian, Garden Heliotrope, Phu, Red Valerian, St.Georges Herb, Sete Wale, Set well, Vandal Root, Wender Root

Gender: Feminine

Planet: Venus

Element: Water

Properties: Love, Sleep, Purification, Protection, Enchantment.


The Greeks named the Plant, ‘Phu’ as in, ‘Phew!’ due to it’s strong odour. The flowers it blooms however, smell sweet, & were widely used as a perfume in the middle ages. The Latin valere from where the common name originated means, ‘to be healthy.’

Valerian was used by the Germanic Tribes as a tranquilizer to bring a restful sleep. It was discovered that the Native Americans were using the plant as a medical preservative, & topical wound treatment before the colonists arrived, & the roots were used as food & flavouring to their Tobacco. It was even said to be used in the treatment of the plague. Modern Herbalists use Valerian as a stress reliever in tea form. It is considered an excellent sedative & it is because of these very properties that one should not be driving any vehicle whilst under it’s influence. Tests of Valerian have indicated that it can lower blood pressure, but those with high blood pressure should seek a physician first. 

  …Magickal Uses…

Protection: The rather Ill-smelling Root is powdered & added to protective Sachets. Hung in the home to prevent lightning from striking it.

The Greeks hung a sprig of the Valerian under a window to ward off Evil.

A few leaves of the plant, placed in ones shoes prevent the wearer from contracting colds & flus.

Sprinkled at the front door, Valerian prevents disturbances from unwanted visitors. 

Love: The Leaves are hung around the home to maintain harmony amongst loved ones.  

The Root is said to aid in self acceptance & is commonly used in spells related to ending guilt & other negative thought patterns such as self hate. 

Added to Love Sachets & given to quarreling couples to bring calm. Mixed with basil & boiled, it is said to have much the same effects. 

Purification: A great cleanser, Valerian can be used to cleanse Ritual spaces, also used in self purifications as a tea form. It is one of the herbs said to be used by King Solomon when tending his Temple.

Sleep: Probably the most widely known use of Valerian is for it’s sleep inducing properties. It is a common ingredient in a vast number of modern medical prescriptions. Placed in Pillows or added to Dream Sachets to help aid in sleep.

Mild sedation in the relief of Insomnia & Anxiety. Studies have also shown the plant can relieve muscle spasms. 

Enchantment: Small mammals are attracted to the plant, especially Cats & Rats. According to early German Folklore, it was stored in the pockets of the pied Piper as he lured the Rats. Said to be useful in Animal Magick, especially Cat Magick & invoking Animal Spirits. 

Misc: Powdered, the Root can be used as a substitute for Graveyard Dust in Ritual & Magickal Workings.

 …Growing Valerian…

Valerian grows as a tall perennial, producing clusters of white, to light pink flowers that attract Bees & Butterflies. Valerian enjoys a spot that sees all day sunshine. It also likes plenty of moisture with well draining soil. Be sure to give this plant plenty of space, it can grow to about five feet high & a foot across! 

 …Harvesting Valerian…

Spring & Fall are the best times to harvest Valerians roots, along with any plants needed.


1)Decorated pavise shields - designed to protect crossbowmen or archers during the medieval period, particularly during sieges .

2)An archer’s pavise finely constructed in kipping with the style of The Burgundian-Swiss War of 1474-77, bearing the arms of the Duchy of Burgundy.

3)Pavise (Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien) – Published: Wehrhafte Stadt: Das Wiener Buergerliche Zeughaus im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert.

4)Setztartsche (Pavise) with St.George and the Dragon, ca. 1480 - Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Wien, Austria.

5)Austrian Pavise, from Klausen, Tyrol, ca 1480 – Austrian Bindenschild (gules, a fess argent). Small coats of arms: St Georges Order and Sigismond of Tyrol.

6)A Bohemian Gothic Hand-Pavise decorated with Gold and Silver Leaf. A minutely-detailed figural group of St.George and the Dragon, ca 1485-90 – The Property of an Austrian Nobleman (Schloss Guntersdorf, Lower Austria).

7)Setztartsche (Pavese), Böhmen, um 1485-1490 (Wiener Burgerlische Zeughaus - Inv. Nr. 126-141) – Wappen von Olmütz vor Flammen-Hintergrund.

8)The Hand-pavise (targe?) of Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary (1443-90; King, 1458) – Viennese Master, ca 1485-1490 – Around the combined coat of arms of New Hungary, Bohemia, Dalmatia and Ancient Hungary are grouped the king’s further coats of arms and the inscription “Alma genitrix Maria interpella pro rege Mathia”. From the charge on the Hunyadi shield, which impales the central coat of arms, Matthias adopted the surname Corvinus (“The Raven”). – (Paris, Musée de l'Armée).  
9)Bemalte große Pavese (Setztartsche) aus Holz, Schweinsleder und Leinwand. Süddeutsch, um 1500. Die Pavese ist 122 cm hoch. (Bayerisches Nationalmuseum München W 398).

10)Burgundian with Cross of St Andrew and Firestrikers. Burgunderbeute 1476/77. Buchenholz with painted leather. 1450 - 1475. Zürich Zeughaus. 96 cm x 48,2 cm, depth 1,8 cm. Schweizerisches Landesmuseum Zürich KZ-386 front .

basementfloor  asked:

what does taking absinthe feel like? does it taste strong? is it bad for you? (sorry for so many questions, im just so curious lol)

Drinking absinthe has pretty much the same effects as drinking any other spirit - a mild glow or relaxed feeling (depending on your tolerance for alcohol), but that’s it. Absinthe is usually 110 -140 proof, so it has a high alcohol content. Thujone, the chemical found in wormwood that was believed to cause the “absinthe hallucinations”, isn’t a hallucinogen. It’s toxic in high amounts, but there’s not enough of it in absinthe to be dangerous - you’d die of alcohol poisoning long before you’d ingested enough thujone to be dangerous. (Read more about it here!)

Absinthe has a strong anise flavor, with other herbal notes. If you don’t like licorice, you won’t like absinthe. And while I originally tried absinthe because of the historical mystique around it, I now favor it because I genuinely like the flavor!

My favorite absinthe is Mata Hari, closely followed by St.George and Pacifique. Absente and Lucid are the best easy-to-find brands. NEVER DRINK HILL’S ABSINTHE. It tastes like NyQuil, gasoline, and despair. 

And of course, I am impatiently waiting for Arbutus Distillery’s Baba Yaga absinthe to become available, because I MUST HAVE IT.