Thursday, July 21, 2011

Books & Nails: Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

Books & Nails
a new vvb32 reads feature

I was inspired to create this meme from The Fashion Planner's Burgers and Nails mention in her Things i Love Thursday post.

So cute, eh?

While I love burgers, I thought it more appropo to swap out the burgers for books.

Won't you join me with some fun-making and participate in a future Books & Nails post? This will be a way to share our love of books with a twist.

How to play:
1. Email me (vvb32 at a picture of your Books & Nails.

2. Tell me the title and author of the book you are reading.

3. Provide a description of your decorated nails (optional).

Anyone can join!

If you prefer, you can send me a pic with nails au naturel.

AND now, my very first participant...

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by The Fashion Planner
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I am reading Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff, which I picked up at a nearby library. The biography pieces together the few facts there are about Cleopatra and explains how she became one of the most famous women in history.

As for the nails, I am wearing Purple-Xing by Nina Ultra Pro. For the cupcake designs, I used Zoya Lo for the base, Pure Ice Super Star! for the frosting, Revelon Frankly Scarlet for the cherry, and Zoya Robyn and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet for the sprinkles. I topped off all of my nails with Nic's Sticks Top It Off Top Coat.

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by The Fashion Planner
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Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacy Schiff

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.

Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator.

Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, among the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and--after his murder--three more with his protégé. Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends. Cleopatra has lodged herself in our imaginations ever since.

Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Shakespeare and Shaw put words in her mouth. Michelangelo, Tiepolo, and Elizabeth Taylor put a face to her name. Along the way, Cleopatra's supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff 's is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.


* inspired to create this meme from The Fashion Planner's Burgers and Nails mention in her Things i Love Thursday post


  1. I love this new feature. And the cupcake nail is adorable.

    Now I want to get a manicure.

  2. Impressive! That cupcake nail is too cute --- I like the idea of the photos of nails & books

  3. Sounds fun :D Should try to fix my nail and send you something

  4. Wonderful idea! Those nails are adorable, will have to see what I can come up with ;D

  5. OMG it's so totally adorable! I SO want to play along!

    FUN FUN!

    *wheels turning as I think of what I can put together*

    Can the nails be all one color? Or should the ring finger be something fun and different?


  6. That's a cool idea!
    The cupcake design is so cute.

  7. That's so fun! I never paint my nails until Halloween time and those are always black. So my pics would be pretty boring! Awesome nails, Midnight Cowgirl! Also a creative way to see what fun books people are reading and what fun ways to paint nails there are! Woot!

  8. Cuuuute! I might have to do my nails now so I can get featured! How often will you do this?

  9. What a great excuse for a manicure!!
    Now I want to read Cleopatra:A Life too!


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