Friday, July 20, 2018



Yellow in any hue seems to have become THE colour of the summer!
The sunny shade made a royal appearance at Wimbledon earlier this week and now
the always stunning Ciara brought it in a major way to the ESPYS in this sculpted, saffron yellow gown. I've always loved Ciara's style but lately I'm in total awe, I adore everything about this look from head to heel!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018


I bet they could hear my squeals of delight as far away as Ripon and Thirsk last week when the news finally hit that Downton Abbey will be back and this time, the Crawleys and company are headed for the silver screen! It's been confirmed that production will start this summer but no word yet on when it will hit the theatres. (oh must they play with us like this 😂)
Since we're have a little time to kill before we rush to the Cineplex, I thought while we wait (with bated breath of course) for the return of Downton, we could mentally prepare by brushing up on some of the more delightful words and idioms that might have rolled off the tongues of the Earl of Gratham, Isobel Crawley and the Lady Mary.
There is an absolute treasure trove of phrases and expressions that were vocabulary standards during the early 20th century and are now unfortunately seldom ever used. Words that have fallen out of fashion but should be brought back into everyday speech just because of their sheer deliciousness!
I think there is no better place to begin with than a term that embodies the Crawleys to a tee!

polite society
A term for the upper class or more specifically, members of the upper class who go to great lengths to behave properly in social situations. 'Polite Society' is often used with an air of humour and suggests that its members like to pretend that things they consider unpleasant do not actually exist. Things that would be considered inappropriate to discuss in front of polite society are religion, illness, financial issues and of course how the lower and working middle classes actually lived their lives.
Enter the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, the queen of polite society 😄

Follow along the new series 'The Lost Language of Polite Society' every Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

THE LOVELY ONES Annabelle Neilson

Annabelle Neilson

Did you know...

1. She was born to an aristocratic family in London, England on March 31, 1969.
2. Her grandmother was second cousin to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
3. She suffered from severe dyslexia and was bullied at private school because of it. She left school at 16 without graduating and headed to Australia to stay with family friends until she could figure out what she would do next. While there, she was the victim of a horribly vicious assault by an attacker who was later convicted of killing three women. During the assault, the attacker had tied her to a tree and beat her for two hours, leaving her in need of facial reconstructive surgery. She was left depressed by this trauma which led to her heroin addiction by the time she was 16.


dress D&G     bag D&G

Don't you just love the look on a new mom's face when she's taken a tiny break from tending to her little ones? Just a smidge of worry that surfaces every once in awhile but is overpowered by a whole lot of glee when she remembers she’s free for a whole afternoon!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

SOCIAL STUDIES How To Make A Reservation

Is it me or does it seem like there is an app for everything these days? An app to count your steps, an app to search for handymen in your local area, an app to find your perfect love match, even apps to make a reservation for you at your city's dining hotspots like OpenTable which happens to be one of my favorites! I use it all the time and it keeps track of every little thing, it even sends you reminders just so that you don't forget where you are supposed to be (yes it happens and often 😁)
But every once in a while, you might find yourself thrown back into the wretched stone ages when dialing a phone number and speaking to an actual person is the only way to save that special table at 'your place' so if it must be, than it must be done right!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

CHIC THIS WEEK Best Dressed for July 1-7, 2018

Who is your choice for best dressed this week?
Don't forget to scroll down and vote!

In Christian Dior
At the Christian Dior 2018 Haute Couture show in Paris, Frnace

In Givenchy
At the 2018 Vogue Foundation on Tuesday in Paris, France 

In Valentino
At the Valentino 2018 Haute Couture show in Paris, France

 At the ‘Your Commonwealth’ Youth Challenge Reception in London, England

In Chanel
At the Chanel Fall 2018 Haute Couture show in Paris, France

In Valentino
At the Valentino Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 show in Paris, France

In Christian Dior
At the Christian Dior Haute Couture 2019 in Paris, France

In Schiaparelli
 At the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 show in Paris, France

Who is your choice for Best Dressed for July 1-7, 2018?

Kate Bosworth in Christian Dior
Liv Tyler in Givenchy
Tracee Ellis Ross in Valentino
Duchess of Sussex in Brandon Maxwell
Penelope Cruz in Chanel
Olivia Palermo in Valentino
Emma Roberts in Christian Dior
Mandy Moore in Schiaparelli

Friday, July 6, 2018

FLASHBACK FRIDAY Female Deportment in 1853

Modern society expects (or should I say 'hopes') everyone has a general understanding of good manners. But back in the times of Queen Victoria, decorum and respectability was very serious business and went much deeper than just knowing how to perform a proper curtsy or which utensil to use to fork your shrimp. In 1853, the year the book 'Cranford' was published, something as simple as a lady entering a room had a 'Do/Don't' list as long as the ivory handle of her parasol!
(I love the one below about a lady's feet not being shown, as if no one should know she had feet 😄)

On Female Deportment: “As a lady enters the drawing­ room, she should look for the mistress of the house, speaking first to her. Her face should wear a smile; she should not rush in head foremost; a graceful bearing, a light step, an elegant bend to common acquaintances, a cordial pressure, not shaking of the hand extended to her, are all requisite to a lady. Let her sink gently into a chair, and, on formal occasions retain her upright position; neither lounge nor sit timorously on the edge of her seat. Her feet should scarcely be shown, and not crossed… Excepting a very small and costly parasol, it is not now usual to bring those articles into a room. An elegantly worked handkerchief is carried in the hand, but not displayed so much as at dinner-parties. A lady should conquer a habit of breathing hard, or coming in very hot, or even looking very blue and shivery. Anything that detracts from the pleasure of society is in bad taste.”

Excerpt from 'CRANFORD' by Elizabeth Gaskell