Thursday, 26 November 2015


Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful November. I've had a hectic month as I've had health problems and work. I'm glad that we are finally moving into December, which is my favourite month. Aside from health problems, I have had a very quiet month. I haven't been able to go  out quite as much as I would like, but I did spend a lovely day in Manchester at the John Rylands Library Gothic Exhibition. I thought I would share a few photos on here as it really is a beautiful building! My camera unfortunately broke recently, so these were all taken on my phone. I will have to go back with a working camera one day!

The John Rylands Library was opened in 1900, and is now part of the university. The exhibition was mainly literature based, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I took several Gothic literature modules during my undergraduate degree, and it was nice to see several of my favourites on display. The building is truly spectacular, and the perfect setting for the exhibition. I was very good and did not buy anything from the shop at the end of the exhibition. I did write down some details of some of the editions that were on display, as I saw a lovely edition of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber. I adored the aesthetic of this building; it is the perfect library setting. I think the John Rylands Library has even surpassed the beautiful Bromley House Library as my favourite library building!

I'm hoping to have more posts planned for December. I've had quite a difficult month, and I'm looking forward to feeling festive and going on a few day trips! I'm visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour again in a few weeks time and I have my graduation to look forward to. Christmas is my favourite time of the year (some of you may remember my very excited Christmas posts from last year) so I'm hoping things start picking up for me. I would also like to apologise for my lack of activity on here and on Instagram. I've been struggling to find the time to reply to comments or write any posts. I do have several posts planned so I'm hoping to have more time free in December!

I hope you all have all had a wonderful November!

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Malice Necklace from The Crypt of Curiosities

Hello again! I hope you are all having a wonderful November. I've been really busy recently, but I decided to have a quiet weekend and post a review of my most recent jewellery purchase. As you may already know, The Crypt of Curiosities is one of my favourite little online jewellery shops. They recently posted a discount code for Halloween, and after seeing this necklace on Instagram, I just couldn't resist making a purchase!

I purchased the Malice necklace. The necklace features a large faceted black stone wrapped in a delicate silver frame which is adored by two detailed and elaborate snakes/dragons. A black teardrop hangs from the centre of the frame, and the chain is adorned by several small black beads. The chain features a long extender and is finished by two tiny black glass beads.

This piece has become one of my favourites in my collection. It's well made, ornate and incredibly striking. It makes a simple outfit look interesting and adds a touch of elegance to my wardrobe. The black faceted glass in the centre sparkles and shines even in the muted autumn sunshine. This piece actually reminds me of some of the pricier Alchemy Gothic pieces, as it is both elaborate and unique. I have always loved pieces like this, I love the opulence and beauty of larger necklaces and this one certainly does not disappoint. It also has a rather Slytherin quality to it which I like! I've had people comment on how lovely it is every time I have worn it. It is definitely going to be a contender for my graduation necklace!

As always, this necklace is very well made and the chain is the perfect length for me. I usually adjust most of my necklaces, but I have never had to adjust any of my Crypt pieces. It's a little more expensive than my other Crypt pieces, but is definitely worth it. It looks a lot more expensive, and is most certainly comparable to some of the Alchemy Gothic pieces which sometimes cost twice as much. I'm very pleased with this one!

This necklace costs £22.99 and can be purchased from The Crypt of Curiosities.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Disclosure: I bought this necklace myself.
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