Lovely things

My rather nice husband bought me this Cockney necklace from Tatty Devine as a surprise present.

Hello again. I’ve been really quiet, haven’t I? Sorry about that but it’s all in a good cause as I stupidly decided to commemorate 1.5 million blog hits by moving my blog to self hosting (it’s almost done and, if you’re interested, I’ll be selling some VERY limited advertising space just as soon as it’s finished); writing my Minette and detective novels (both going well and I also know what my next two books will be about – one of which may come as a bit of a surprise to long term readers of this blog!) and also working on a TOP SECRET project that I hope to be able to share with you in a couple of week’s time.

Wuthering Heights!

In the meantime, I’ve trotted back again to share this object of loveliness with you! It may LOOK like a vintage copy of Wuthering Heights but is actually my new Kindle case. How brilliant? I’ve had my Kindle for almost a year now but didn’t get a case until now as, frankly, I couldn’t find one that wasn’t either intolerably plain and cheap looking or just plain ugly. Imagine my delight, therefore, when my friend Faye from Scandal and Hysteria posted about We Love Odd‘s amazing ‘Run For Covers’ Kindle cases. Faye went with the Alice in Wonderland case but I opted for Wuthering Heights as, although it’s not my most favourite book, I loved the simple aesthetics and also couldn’t resist having ‘Gothic Novel’ on the front!

We Love Odd seem to stock more cover designs all the time and currently have cases with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dracula, Macbeth and more. They are also very lovely people.

New boots! I’m a bit in love.

Other top buys this week have been my beloved and very beautiful Doctor Marten Triumph 1914s and some of the new Illamasqua collection, including a rather wonderful black glittery nail polish. I’ve basically given up pretending that I’m not a goth – how could I when I’m off to see my beloved Fields of the Nephilim play in London on Halloween? I mean, you don’t get much more goth than that, do you?

Brewing Stars with Little Bear.

I’ve also been buying more art for our house – I’m in love with this print by Lisa Falzon and have two more Madame Talbot prints coming – I succumbed to the Halloween and Absinthe prints, which will add a dash of colour to my collection!

Has anyone else bought Royal Style: A History of Aristocratic Fashion Icons by Luise Wackerl? It is a wonderful look at the most exquisite aristocratic and royal style icons from Medieval times to the modern day and is really lovely to look at.

I have to dash now but not before letting you know that I’m off to Buckingham Palace on Monday to have a snoop around the state rooms and also the exhibition of the Queen’s diamonds. I’m also going to be taking in the new Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at the Tate so expect full reports about both next week before I head to the Jack the Ripper Conference in York! Cor, busy!

We went to a wedding at Ashton Court, an estate just outside Bristol, on Saturday and they had these marvellous fake eighteenth century portraits about the place – including this imaginative version of Lawrence’s portrait of Queen Charlotte. I want one for my bedroom!

Oh and if you’re in the UK and interested in blogging, you may like to know that I will be talking about self publishing on the ‘Getting Published’ panel at the first Mumsnet Blogfest in London on the 10th of November. I’m a bit excited about getting to hobnob awkwardly with the likes of Jeanette Winterson and Caitlin Moran for the day!

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