THE REMARKABLE LIFE AND TIMES OF Alice Keppel


"Love is all very well but money is better"

Did you know...

1. Alice Frederica Edmonstone was born on 29 April 1868 in Woolwich Dockyard, Kent, England .

2. Her father was the 4th Baronet Edmonstone and she grew up at Duntreath Castle, which had been her paternal family's home since the 14th century.

3. At the age of 23, she married British soldier the Honourable George Keppel, son of the 7th Earl of Albemarle on June 1, 1891. The Keppels had what would be considered an 'open' marriage with Sonia carrying on numerous affairs with rich men that her husband was aware of, so that their family could afford the lifestyle that was beyond their means due to her husband's lack of money. Alice desired to be rich and the only way she could achieve her financial goal was to use her rumoured unquenchable sexual appetite in her favor and sleep with wealthy men who would in turn, fund her family's lifestyle. Her husband was once quoted as saying "I do not mind what she does as long as she comes back to me in the end." She became one of the richest women in Europe and is considered the most famous courtesan of the time. It is rumoured by family members that both of the Keppels daughters, Violet and Sonia were not the biological daughters of George Keppel.

4. In 1898, she met met Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII and the current Queen Elizabeth's great-grandfather) and shortly after, began an affair with him that would last until the King's death in 1910. After the King's passing, the Keppels left Britain under the pretense of educating their daughters but in actuality with the King's death, the family's circumstances in England changed for the worse. The King's widow, Queen Alexandra, who was aware of Alice's relationship with her husband and initially fond of her, made it known that their presence was not welcomed in royal circles anymore.

5. Her daughter Sonia, who went on to marry Roland Cubitt, 3rd Baron Ashcombe, was the grandmother of the former Camilla Parker Bowles. Like great-grandmother, like great-granddaughter, Camilla also had an infamous affair with a Prince of Wales. Camilla, with the knowledge of her husband,  carried on a decades-long affair with Prince Charles before, during and after his marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales. Upon her marriage to Prince Charles, Camilla became the Duchess of Cornwall and will become the Queen consort when Prince Charles becomes King. It is rumoured that upon first meeting the Prince of Wales, Camilla engaged his attention by saying "My great-grandmother was the mistress of your great-great-grandfather — so how about it?"

To learn more about the remarkable life and times of Alice Keppel, we recommend reading 'Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter' by Diana Souhami



SOCIAL Q's What Should I Call My Future In-Laws?



Dear Lily,
I recently got engaged and now I'm not really sure what I should be calling my fiance's parents? I feel pretty close to my father-in-law but my mother-in-law is a different story. I just don't get the 'vibe' that she would be cool with me calling her mom. So far I have just avoided calling both of them anything. Is it rude to just call her by her first name?
Thanks,
Leesha

Dear Leesha,
Congratulations on your engagement! The months leading up to a wedding are full of anxiety-inducing questions like this one that seem overwhelming at the time but stay calm, there is no right or wrong answer here, only what feels right for you.
While it is certainly not rude to call your in-laws by their first name, my suggestion is to continue calling them exactly what you have been calling them (or not calling them 😃)  until they suggest otherwise.

Sometime during the engagement period, most parents will usually suggest to their future son-in-law/daughter-in-law to refer to them in a more personal manner; some will suggest their first name or some might go the traditional route and ask you to call them mom/dad. If you are so inclined, do your future in-laws the honour and call them mom and dad if that is their wish, unless it goes against ever fiber of your being to call anyone but your own parents ma and pa (and it sure does for some of us. I have a friend who just couldn't bring herself to call her mother-in-law anything even closely related to mom for the length of her 17 year marriage. She would mumble or gloss over it when she had to greet her or get her attention and her mother-in-law seemed to never catch on so neither of them ever broached the subject)
If they have asked you to call them mom and/or dad, and you just can't bring yourself to do it, kindly explain that to them. Tell them you are truly honoured but that at this time, you just don't feel comfortable calling someone mom/dad other than your parents and then let life do it's thing; allow the passing of time to nurture your relationship and then let your heart tell you what's comfortable and what's not.
If your wedding comes and goes and the topic still hasn't come up, take the initiative while you are in the post-wedding mellow mode and ask them yourself what they would like to be called.

Regards,
Lily


THE MODERN MUSE Kiernan Shipka

WHO
Kiernan Shipka

WHAT
Award-winning actress, undercover foodie and quite possibly the most stylish teenager you will ever meet!

WHERE
Born in Chicago, she is currently splits her time between home in Los Angeles (her family moved there when she was 6 to pursue her career) and work in Vancouver where she is currently starring in the much buzzed about series 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'

WHY
We've been obsessed with Kiernan Shipka ever since Sally Draper became a household name during her run as Don Draper's precocious young daughter turned rebellious and occasional envelope-pushing teenager. It might have been her on-set ease at skillfully mastering some pretty heavy material that first caught everyone's attention but it was her performances in the style department that cemented her as a promising chic starlet to watch on and off the set.
 Her style equation is simple; fierce + fanciful = absolutely fabulous! Kiki will give you a serious case of the fashion envies with her timeless style that can run the gamut from the teen uniform of jeans and a t-shirt to mad fabulous frocks that were made for you to day-dream about. Google her name and I dare you to find even one instance of a style misstep (you won't). She's mastered the perfect balance between remaining age-appropriate (she was only 6 when she started on Mad Men!) and taking her rightful place amongst the fiercest of fashionistas twice her age.
I challenge you to take her in and not be as obsessed as I am with the young Miss Kiernan Shipka!

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CHIC THIS WEEK Best Dressed for November 4-10, 2018

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


KATE MIDDLETON
In Jenny Packham
('Vamp' sandals by Jimmy Choo, bespoke clutch by Jenny Packham)
At the Tusk Conservation Awards in London, England



GEMMA ARTERTON
In Delpozo
('Laurie' sandals by Jimmy Choo)
At the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits reception in London, England



KERRY WASHINGTON
In Zuhair Murad
At the ‘American Son’ opening night after party in NYC, New York



CAMILA CABELLO
In Alex Perry
At the 2018 MTV EMAs in Bilbao, Spain



LADY GAGA
In Christian Dior
(earrings by Le Vian, heels by Christian Dior)
At the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s 'Patron of the Artists' Awards in Beverly Hills, California



RACHEL MCADAMS
In Rami Kadi
At the 2019 Breakthrough Prize ceremony in Mountain View, California



CAMILLA BELLE
In Michael Kors
At a dinner hosted by Michael Kors celebrating Kate Hudson and the World Food Programme in Los Angeles, California



ZOË KRAVITZ
In Saint Laurent
At the 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' premiere in Paris, France




Who is your choice for Best Dressed for November 4-10, 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham
Gemma Arterton in Delpozo
Kerry Washington in Zuhair Murad
Camila Cabello in Alex Perry
Lady Gaga in Christian Dior
Rachel McAdams in Rami Kadi
Camilla Belle in Michael Kors
Zoe Kravitz in Saint Laurent


WHAT SHE SAID Gloria Vanderbilt

"I do take very good care of myself, and I'm always in love. And by that I mean I have an appetite for life. I'm in love with beauty and things and people and love and being in love, and those things I think, on the inside, show on the outside"

Gloria Vanderbilt