September 24, 2015
September 14, 2015
Autumn has arrived, school has started and things are beginning to calm down for me. Around this time of year I am drawn back to Jane Austen and often find myself rereading one of her books. Just the other day a professor caught me reading Pride & Prejudice, giving us the opportunity to fan girl over it!
If you are looking for something Jane Austen to read, you might be interested in Lisa Pliscou's new book, just published this year, titled Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer. Read on for a chance to win a signed copy of the new book!
August 20, 2015
July 19, 2015
June 16, 2015
When a Queen turns 21, you have to do something big! Of course a party would be planned for her birthday, but what could be done to make the event even bigger? How about starting the party before her birthday even arrived? 36 hours before Marie Antoinette turned 21 the Faro tables opened!
June 04, 2015
|"Spectacular old mine cut diamond and sapphire oversized feather brooch from Fred Leighton -- the one that fashion baron, André Leon Talley, borrows from time to time." source New York Social Diary|
"I beg you will limit yourself to this ornament, even of which your charms have no need. This present should please you the more that it has not increased my expenditure, since it is composed of diamonds I possessed when I was a dauphin."¹Even Louis XVI tried to curb Marie Antoinette's taste for tall headdresses, which were inspired by Georgiana duchess of Devonshire. In this anecdote, he offered her a beautiful diamond aigrette, made of diamonds from his personal collection, to wear instead of the frivolous feathers. Subtle(?) gesture.