October 20, 2014

Music to work with! New Playlists and 18th Century Music for Writing, Studying and Research

I love working from home because I always feel so productive! Also - I can actually play music out loud or use headphones if needed! It is also a must when blogging. Music just helps me work. I have even started listening to certain soundtracks when reading, something I never use to do. What about you?

Here are some of my music mixes I made for working, writing and studying.  Also, some short soundtrack suites, 18th century music and the big one - (something I have always wanted to own) music from Versailles box set! <3

Art Library Mixes

My most recent mix. love the art library mixes! I just let them play all day in the background! Enjoy

I made this mix (my original). Enjoy

Short suites of music for reading!

A short suite of some of the music from the soundtrack to Sense & Sensibility I made for reading, writing and researching.
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A short suite of some of the music from the soundtrack to North & South I made for reading, writing and researching.
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A short suite of some of the music from the soundtrack to Jane Eyre I made for reading, writing and researching.
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Downton Abbey [Suite] by aaronmbuckley
A short suite of some of the music from the soundtrack to Downton Abbey by arron made to accompany his review.

18th Century Music

Le Salon de Musique de Marie-Antoinette, Available as digital album and CD.
If you are looking for music of the period...this should get you through!

My first suggestion is the album Le Salon de Musique de Marie-Antoinette.
"This enchanting disc is one to be enjoyed in tranquil moments. It conjures up the flavour of the salon of Marie-Antoinette, who counted music among her pleasures during the politically turbulent times at the court of her husband, Louis XVI. Aside from her penchant for the serious operas of Gluck and for the lighter ones of Grétry, Marie-Antoinette liked to play and listen to chamber music, an attractive, varied range of which is enshrined in this programme."  Norris, Geoffrey. "Le Salon de Musique de Marie Antoinette, classical CD of the week." The Telegraph.

Player not working?  Preview the album here!

18th century chamber music

Enjoy 30 minutes of 18th century chamber music composed by Franz Ignaz Danzi (1763 – 1826). Chamber music is composed for and preformed by a small group of musicians that could fit easily into a chamber (hence the name!) Below is Danzi's Wind Quintet Opus 67, Nos. 2-3 performed by the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet.


200 Years of Music at Versailles

200 Years of Music at Versailles box set. 20 discs.

And then of course we have the ever popular, 200 Years of Music at Versailles box set.  This set has been on my amazon wishlist forever. If you are like me and just cant afford the set, here is a sample playlist of some songs from it.


What do you listen to while working?  Post your favorite mixes/channels too! I am always looking for new stuff.

October 09, 2014

Marie Antoinette Receives Advice from her Mother about Louis XV

Marie Antoinette's mother, Empress Maria Theresa, writes to her daughter with some advice regarding King Louis XV.

“You are his Majesty's first subject; you owe him submission and obedience; you owe an example to the Court, to the courtiers, who execute the will of your master."
Maria Theresa, 30 September 1771

September 10, 2014

Marie Antoinette Inspired Sunglasses and 18th Century Eyewear: Fit for a Queen

I recently saw a post on My Elle blog about an eye-wear ad campaign inspired by Marie Antoinette. While I am pleased that Marie Antoinette continues to influence the fashion world this year, and a new twist - eye wear, in this case I would say the interpretation is all about the styling!

This time my beloved Wildfox Couture has released their new AW2014 line of eye-wear, The Fit for A Queen collection shows (some) inspiration from the 18th century. Several of the designs feature a super round frames that we can certainly say is reminiscent of 18th century spectacles and their predecessors. The designers push this style with over-sized frames, more inspired by eye-wear of the 1960's.

The Bel Air sunglasses in Tokyo Tortoise, for example, have some 18th century inspiration to be sure. They are super-round frames with "Wildfox" and "Bel Air" etched in gold lettering on the front. In the 18th century, tortoise shell glasses would sometimes have Chinese characters carved into the bridges. Some characters included money, freedom and joy.¹ So these frames are very in tune to 18th century spectacle aesthetic.

Wildfox did a Spring 2011 campaign, inspired by Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette
I have collected a couple of excellent examples of 18th century eye-wear below. Wildfox has long been inspired by the 18th century and what they love is to create luxe photo shoots that extend scenes, colors and style of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006). So even if the glasses aren't for you, enjoy the lovely photography, fashion and art!

Philippe Mercier, The Sense of Hearing, The Sense of Sound. 1744 to 1747, oil on canvas. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

Mercier, detail.

Jean-Siméon Chardin, Self Portrait. 1775, pastel on paper. Musée du Louvre.

Chardin, detail.

Winona Sunglasses by Wildfox in Gold and Mint Green

Wildfox AW2014 eyewear ad campaign.

Allan Ramsay, Mary Adam. 1754, oil on canvas. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection. 

Detail of super round frames.
Bianca Sunglasses by Wildfox in Tortoise
Arthur William Devis, Admiral Peter Rainier (1741–1808. 1805, oil on canvas. College of Optometrists.
The Bel Air and Twiggy frames look familiar...
Wildfox AW2014 eyewear ad campaign. These are the Bel Air glasses.

Bel Air sunglasses by Wildfox in Tokyo Tortoise 

Possibly Schneider, One Pair of Spectacles. 18th century. Brass, wire, glass. Brooklyn Museum.

Wildfox AW2014 eyewear ad campaign
Twiggy Deluxe Sunglasses in Mint Green

¹Stewart, C. (2005, Mar 19). Spectacles bear closer scrutiny. The Times.