Sunday, 26 April 2015

Book Purchases: Spring

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! I am currently trying to fight my way through a mountain of coursework, so I apologise for my lack of posts recently. I have several jewellery reviews to post which I will try to get around to very soon, but I thought I would break my silence today by posting about my latest book purchases.

At the moment the majority of my reading time has been taken up by university reading and research, but I have purchased several books. I always enjoy peeking into bookshelves that belong to other people so I am hoping some of you may feel the same way.

Firstly, I ended up with two beautiful hardback editions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I have my little sister to thank for these. She works in a second hand bookshop and bought them for me when they came in as she thought I would like them. They only cost £1.50 each! The only problem is that I now want to complete the set, but hardback editions usually cost over the £10 mark.

I also purchased several books by Brandon Sanderson. I read The Way of Kings last year and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I purchased the next two books of the Stormlight Archive: Words of Radiance Part I and II.  I also purchased The Final Empire as it was on offer in WHSmiths, and the blurb was intriguing. I am really looking forward to reading these when I have completed my coursework! Sadly The Final Empire is a little bent and the edges are frayed, but it was the only copy they had left.

Finally, I purchased five of the 80p for 80 books Penguin Classic editions. My local Waterstones had these when I visited a few weeks ago, and I admittedly had to restrain myself. They are excellent, and perfect for those of you who want to read more canonical literature without the paying an excessive amount, or for people who want to expand their collection. They are also the perfect size for travelling. I purchased Ovid's The Fall of Icarus, Dante's Circles of Hell, Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, The Robber Bridegroom by Brothers Grimm, The Night is Darkening Round Me by Emily Brontë, and Well, they are gone and here must I remain by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The only thing that I bothers me about these editions is that the white band across the middle does not line up correctly when these are on my bookshelf.

I was also wondering how you would all feel about short summary posts in the future? I have my dissertation due in September and I am expecting the next few months to be chaotic, which would limit the time I have to blog. Do you enjoy reading short monthly summary posts or not?

Have you read anything interesting lately?

Friday, 3 April 2015

Seraph of Light Pendant Necklace by Alchemy Gothic

I hope you all having a wonderful week, and a lovely holiday weekend. Today I have a slightly overdue Alchemy Gothic review.

The Seraph of Light pendant features an oval pearlescent stone, framed by a pair of wings. A dark pink tear drop stone hangs from the bottom of the frame. The pendant is hung on a double chain. 

I purchased this necklace a few weeks ago as an alternative jewellery option for work or university. Several of the pieces I own are fine for every day wear, but I was looking for something a little more understated. When Alchemy Gothic launched their spring collection recently, this was the only piece that really caught my eye. It is rather unusual for me, as I have never owned a piece of pink jewellery. 

This piece is everything that I wanted it to be. It isn't so subtle that it is overlooked, and it isn't so extravagant that it gains a little too much attention. My favourite piece of Alchemy jewellery was previously the Queen of the Night necklace, but I think this one has edged in front. It's simple, elegant and decadent simultaneously. The back of the pendant has been cut away cut away, which gives the impression that the pendant is lit from within. It is especially beautiful when it catches the light.

I am usually surprised by the size of Alchemy Gothic's necklaces, but this one is the perfect size for me. It isn't too large, but it isn't tiny. I would definitely recommend it if you are petite and find Alchemy's pieces to often be too large and overbearing.

My only minor complaint with this necklace is that it is incredibly long. I usually have to adapt most of my Alchemy Gothic pieces to fit me anyway, but this one is especially hard to adapt due to the double chain. 

This pendant also has a matching set of earrings, but I think that wearing the earrings with the pendant would actually detract from the beauty of the pendant. I do not own the earrings, but I imagine they are beautiful when worn separately.

Overall, I am thrilled with this piece. It is incredibly elegant and suitable for any occasion. As always, the quality is superb and I think it will last an incredibly long time. It's a truly wonderful piece and I am hoping to get a lot of use out of it.

I bought my necklace from The Gothic Shop. It cost £28.50. You can find it on the Alchemy Gothic website here.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Disclosure: I bought this pendant myself.

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