The other day I heard a man tell some people all about his troublesome younger brother who was apparently fitted for nothing so much as a cell in prison. The man described some of the young man’s escapades and what a time the family had to save him from the consequences. He himself had lost … Continue reading TALKING NEGATIVELY ABOUT FAMILY MEMBERS: RIGHT OR WRONG?
The Best Dressed Woman I know came into my yard the other morning with a hat-box. “Want to see my new hat?” she asked. Was there ever a woman who did not want to see a new hat? The Best Dressed Woman carefully untied the tape and produced the hat. It was a beauty - … Continue reading WHY HATS ARE SO IMPORTANT + HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT HAT
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
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?
“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?
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
"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