Train travel has been around for a long time. And even though they are not as popular today as they used to be [at least in the States], they still induce a feeling of old world charm. When many think of this mode of travel, images from vintage movies like White Christmas come to mind... … Continue reading TRAVELING BY TRAIN WITH A MALE ESCORT: OLD WORLD WAYS
There are some things that make Christmas farce. One is self-indulgence under the pretense of generosity, or rather, thinking you are generous when you are only doing something for yourself. What I mean is this. A well-to-do person gives her well-to-do relative some handsome linen, which she knows the latter wants but does not quite … Continue reading MAKING CHRISTMAS A FARCE
The other evening, as we were walking down the street to attend a political meeting, a young couple passed me. He was scowling. She was talking in a high-pitched voice. Just as they came opposite to us we heard her say sharply, “All right, then, why didn’t you go alone?” There was nothing very bitter … Continue reading QUARRELING IN PUBLIC
Who was the man who used to have to push up hill a big rock that kept rolling down as fast as he pushed it up? It wasn’t Tantalus, was it. No, it was Sisyphus. Well that’s the man I always feel like after the strain of entertaining an unenthusiastic guest. If I were a … Continue reading DO GUESTS NEED TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC?
If you are in a healthy, loving relationship, know that you are blessed. Many women have never experienced such a relationship; some have never even fallen in love. Such relationships are not easy to come by, especially today when there are so many distractions to lead the mind and heart astray. If you are blessed … Continue reading 4 POWERFUL SENTENCES THAT CAN IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
“I don’t want to accept that invitation,” a friend of mine said to me one morning recently, when the postman brought her a week end invitation as we sat together on her porch. “Why not? I thought they had a lovely big house.” “They have, but the last time we went there, X found so … Continue reading ARGUING AND CRITICIZING IN PUBLIC: AN ANECDOTE
Did you ever watch a group of young people chattering to each other while some older person sat silent in their midst, almost as much ignored as if he or she were invisible? It is a sight I see every once in a while and it always fills me with a combination of sadness and … Continue reading EXAMPLES OF LOW BREEDING
Not long ago I was a guest at a little week end house party, at which one of the chief indoor diversions was discussing and making fun of the guests of the previous week. It was amusing, in a way, for our hosts were clever mimics and good satirists. They could pick people to pieces … Continue reading MAKING FUN OF GUESTS: RIGHT OR WRONG?
Ever wondered if there were rules for spending the week-end at a country estate in the early 1900s? If yes, you'll be happy to read this short guide on rules and practices for such occasions. If you have been invited to a week end gathering this summer, know that many of the rules still apply, … Continue reading COUNTRY HOUSE ETIQUETTE: 9 TIPS FOR THE SUMMER GUEST
In a unique Boston school, founded to teach the science of homemaking, where the girls put their theories into practice in houses run by themselves, one of the tasks allotted is to keep flowers in the house on an allowance of 50 cents a week. They manage this in various ways. One girl bought bulbs. … Continue reading MAKE YOUR HOME WITH FLOWERS, PART 1
Speaking of animosities did you ever stop to think how many of your animosities you inherit or borrow or catch? Not just the way you catch measles or a cold but by the mental contagion, the way you catch an affectation of speech or a slang expression. A woman just passed by the house and … Continue reading CATCHING ANIMOSITIES
It's hard to know which guy is right for you and which is not. This is why dating is so important if you are not friends first. When dating someone new, you must arrange time to see him at different hours of the day and in different occasions. You must see how he reacts to … Continue reading WHAT TO ASK AT THE BEGINNING OF A RELATIONSHIP: 19 QUESTIONS
"Royal Ascot is synonymous with sartorial elegance. This is upheld by our Dress Code and annual Style Guide, which invite guests to take inspiration from the season’s key trends and contribute to an occasion heralded as a major fashion event in its own right." - AscotRacecourse Are you going to the Royal Ascot this year … Continue reading THE ROYAL ASCOT: HATS AND FASHION
Starting and maintaining a great conversation can be difficult. There are so many rules to remember. So, in this post, we will be narrowing down some quick don'ts for you. 1.. Do not yell or speak too loud. If you see people wince when you raise your voice or look at you from the across … Continue reading HOW TO CONVERSE: 9 DON’TS
"According to the Boston Consulting Group, between 2010 and 2015 private wealth held by women grew from $34trn to $51trn. By 2020 they are expected to hold $72trn, 32% of the total. And most of the private wealth that changes hands in the coming decades is likely to go to women." - from The Economist … Continue reading WHY WOMEN SHOULD INVEST & HOW: THE BASICS