Thoughts On A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty by Mimi Matthews for fellow historians and readers

I often find myself wishing that I owned a stash of Victorian fashion magazines - perhaps those gorgeously volumnious bound editions that are practically bursting at the seams with patterns, tidbits and illustrated fashion plates. Sigh, there's the dream. Until I have the luxury of even more shelf space, there are plenty of ways to … Continue reading Thoughts On A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty by Mimi Matthews for fellow historians and readers

The Teen Fiction That Meant The Most To Me: Revisiting My Favourite Young Adult Books

One of the treats of my teen years were those visits to the Young Adult spread of a local independent bookstore - it had a real chalkboard feel. I loved deliberating over handpicked recommendations, noticing what was new in that week and holding the paper bag in which the book was popped... Some of my … Continue reading The Teen Fiction That Meant The Most To Me: Revisiting My Favourite Young Adult Books

Light Reading: Afternoon Tea Week

Hooray Henry! Its Afternoon Tea Week. A decidedly English habit with its own ritual, Afternoon Tea truly puts the gentility into polite society. At any rate, tea, along with luxury commodities like sugar and porcelain was formerly the preserve of the well-heeled and for the curious modern reader, promises a chequered history of questionable morals. … Continue reading Light Reading: Afternoon Tea Week