Fashion, Lady

How to Own Your Style with Confidence


Even though the idea of discovering your signature style sounds really attractive, one thing is certain – it’s a process that requires a lot of time, energy, and effort, which can be really overwhelming for many women. However, the final results are completely worth it. Defining your style and being confident about it is one of the best possible scenarios, so stay with us if you want to know how to make that happen. Here are some useful tips on how to accomplish that and feel as confident as never before, so check them out.

How to define your personal style?

Defining your personal style isn’t a process that can happen overnight – it can take a lot of time, possibly several years until you’re completely sure that something perfectly fits your personality. We’re sure that so many ladies are still searching for their signature style, and that’s completely fine simply because it requires experimenting and playing with colors, patterns, fabrics, and patterns.

You have to understand that fashion isn’t about obeying the rules, since that certainly won’t help you define your personal style. Instead, you can take those rules as some general guidelines, but it’s totally up to you to decide what to wear and what to skip. This means that you shouldn’t try to keep up with the latest fashion trends at all costs. Of course, if being trendy and fashionable is your cup of tea, you can always include such pieces to your everyday combos, but we’re saying that head-to-toe outfits that blindly follow the latest trends probably aren’t the best possible choice.

Understand your body shape and find signature pieces according to it

The first step towards finding your personal style and being self-confident is understanding your body shape. This step is crucial because you simply need to learn which silhouettes will always look flattering on you, without exceptions. If you still aren’t sure about your body shape, you can use a body shape calculator to find out. Of course, your friends and family can be of great help, since they’ll always be honest when something simply doesn’t fit right or looks silly on you.

Besides that, you can take pictures of the combos you’re trying on, which can help you a lot to spot the pieces and silhouettes you should stick to. When it comes to your signature pieces, it can be literally anything you like – from a pair of killer heels and a designer bag to colorful scarves and interesting brooches. Remember Anna Wintour and her famous sunglasses? That’s what we’re talking about! If you’re more into alternative fashion and some authentic pieces not everyone can wear, you should know that it’s actually a huge plus, since such pieces are truly unique.

This means that you will be noticed no matter what, which will help you stand out even in a crowd of people. One of the all-time favorites when it comes to this style is definitely a signature gothic corset, which was adored and worn by a lot of celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Kim Kardashian. Apart from being really fashionable and stylish, this piece will accentuate your waist and make it look even tinier, which is never a bad thing!

It isn’t about the labels, but about your self-confidence

Defining your signature style and elegance is much more than just sticking to particular brands and labels – is more about being self-confident and comfortable while putting together your outfits. As already stated, style is personal and there should be no rules and trends to keep up with. You should follow your heart and know what looks amazing on you, and to stick to those pieces no matter what. Your style comes from within, from knowing exactly who you are and who you want to be, and that’s what makes you different from millions of other girls.

If you think that you’re beautiful, others will see you that way as well. That’s why you should love yourself in the first place, because if you don’t do it, no one else will. Always believe in yourself and you’ll see an instant improvement in your personal style and the way people perceive you. That’s the key to success when it comes to defining your signature style.

As you can see, coming up with your personal style can be a time-consuming process that can’t happen overnight – it takes a lot of time and effort, but it’s completely worth it in the end. Once you accomplish this task you’ll feel much more confident and authentic, which is exactly what counts most!

Written by Amy Mia Goldsmith

Regular contributor to Highstylife.com and Elegantluxelife.com. Contributer to a number of publications including Stuartsays.com, Sifascorner.com, Polishedpolyglot.com, Glitzandglamourmakeup.co.uk

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Celebrities, History, Lady, royal life

Kate Middleton appearing at the Foundling Museum


The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton made her first appearance after the recent exciting news of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle’s royal engagement news.

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Beauty, Lifestyle

7 Genius Makeup Tricks That Shave Years off Your Look Makeup


Makeup is one of the most important things for a girl. Every girl wants to look attractive and beautiful all the times. To do so is impossible nowadays. Women have to do work both in office and at home. They have to expose their skins under the sun, and they work hard for getting the finance they need to facilitate themselves. Before some decades the trend used to be much different.

Girls used to work at home, and it was the responsibility of male to earn capital, but now the trend has changed. In today’s era male and female have to work together to move constantly with time.

This work makes a woman much busier and indulges them much in work. At this time nobody can think of makeover. The girls who are possessive towards their facial expression usually opt surgery and operation. This causes a higher finance and gives much pain.

Surgery creates an artificial look and shine which can be spotted very easily. This makes many girls curious about anyway which requires less time and gives the fairness and smooth skin they intend to have.

Every working woman is getting much older with time, but they have no solution to avoid this. But even in this difficult time nature is still very helpful and some accessories can have a potential to make us younger in no time.

1- Fairness cream
To look beautiful the most important thing is the fairness. To gain fairness, you can use a fairness cream. First of all, you must decide a natural cream with fewer chemicals and harmful material.

2- Face-wash
The face wash is a material used to give you a smooth skin. Face-wash is to be used instead of soap to wash your face. A face-wash helps you get a smooth skin by removing the unessential from your face.

3- Sun-screen
Sun-screen helps you avoid the harmful rays emitted by the sun. It acts as a medium to reflect the dangerous rays such as the UV rays.

4- Mascara
Best tube mascara can be very efficient to give you a cute look. This mascara has a very thin and dark line which can get broader according to the requirements.

5- Cleansing
A cleanser is used to clean the dirt and the spots on the skin. What it helps is to avoid the growth of pimples and dark spots.

6- Lip-gloss
The modern-day upgrade to lipstick is a lip-gloss. It gives a glossy look to a girl to make her look younger day by day.

7- Diet
It is very important to remain on a diet. A diet helps us gain a better shape of a body. With inhaling more fats not only causes our belly fat to increase but it also makes the structure of our face much wider.

Written by Jane Williams

Author Bio:
Jane Williams is a makeup artist and stylist. She is obsessed with fashion, makeup and new makeovers. She regularly blogs at http://styledowntheaisle.net/

poetry, Thoughts

Ode—Autumn Thomas Hood (1799–1845)


I

I SAW old Autumn in the misty morn

Stand shadowless, like silence, listening

To silence, for no lonely bird would sing

Into his hollow ear from woods forlorn,

Nor lowly hedge nor solitary thorn;—

        5

Shaking his languid locks all dewy bright

With tangled gossamer that fell by night,

Pearling his coronet of golden corn.

II

Where are the songs of Summer?—With the sun,

Oping the dusky eyelids of the south,

        10

Till shade and silence waken up as one,

And Morning sings with a warm odorous mouth.

Where are the merry birds?—Away, away,

On panting wings through the inclement skies,

Lest owls should prey

        15

Undazzled at noon-day,

And tear with horny beak their lustrous eyes.

III

Where are the blooms of Summer?—In the west,

Blushing their last to the last sunny hours,

When the mild Eve by sudden Night is prest

        20

Like tearful Prosperpine, snatch’d from her flow’rs

To a most gloomy breast.

Where is the pride of Summer,—the green prime,—

The many, many leaves all twinkling?—Three

On the moss’d elm; three on the naked lime

        25

Trembling,—and one upon the old oak tree!

Where is the Dryad’s immortality?—

Gone into mournful cypress and dark yew,

Or wearing the long gloomy Winter through

In the smooth holly’s green eternity.

        30

IV

The squirrel gloats on his accomplish’d hoard,

The ants have brimm’d their garners with ripe grain,

And honey bees have stor’d

The sweets of Summer in their luscious cells;

The swallows all have wing’d across the main;

        35

But here the Autumn melancholy dwells,

And sighs her tearful spells

Amongst the sunless shadows of the plain,

Alone, alone,

Upon a mossy stone,

        

40

She sits and reckons up the dead and gone

With the last leaves for a love-rosary,

Whilst all the wither’d world looks drearily,

Like a dim picture of the drowned past

In the hush’d mind’s mysterious far away,

        45

Doubtful what ghostly thing will steal the last

Into that distance, gray upon the gray.

V

O go and sit with her, and be o’ershaded

Under the languid downfall of her hair:

She wears a coronal of flowers faded

        50

Upon her forehead, and a face of care;—

There is enough of winter’d everywhere

To make her bower,—and enough of gloom;

There is enough of sadness to invite,

If only for the rose that died,—whose doom

        55

Is Beauty’s,—she that with living bloom

Of conscious cheeks most beautifies the light;—

There is enough of sorrowing, and quite

Enough of bitter fruits the earth doth bear

Enough of chilly droppings for her bowl;

        60

Enough of fear and shadowy despair,

To frame her cloudy prison for the soul!

Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Simple and Easy Ways to Decorate Around a TV


Even though television sets are less bulky than they used to be, designing around them is as tricky as ever. Making the TV visible from every point in the room without actually making it the focal point is never easy, so we bring you a few simple and easy ideas to decorate around the TV so that it’s perfectly incorporated into your room’s design and décor.

Hang shelves

A great way to diminish the impact the TV has in a room is by displaying things around it and drawing attention away from it. The easiest way to do so is by getting shelves and placing them around. Simple tiered shelves which are wider than the TV set are a great solution for displaying your collectibles. You can also pick smaller shelves and level them with your TV set, or you can even place your TV set on a specially designed bookcase. Some of these bookcases also have a sliding panel which will allow you to ‘hide’ your TV when you’re not using it.

Accessorize as much as you can

If you feel like your TV overpowers the entire room, you can try ‘fighting’ it with an unusual tactic. Attack the black box from all sides by surrounding it with different colourful accessories: frames, lamps, decorative plates, plants, etc. You can even add bold touches below and hang colourful tablecloths or decorations underneath. This way, your TV will become just another accessory instead of the focal point in the room.

Paint the wall black

If you don’t really like the idea of adding things around your TV, but would still like to keep it out of the centre of attention (at least when it’s turned off), you can try painting the wall black. This way, when it’s turned off, the TV will become just another element of the wall, unnoticeable until turned on. This is a good solution for living rooms with elegant furniture, as everyone’s attention will be drawn to them instead to the TV. If you aren’t really into painting the wall black, you can pick dark wallpapers instead.

Get a TV cabinet

If you’re looking for a way to conceal your TV and draw everyone’s focus elsewhere, you can try getting a TV cabinet. This is an especially good solution in bedrooms, as in the bedroom, the focus should be on the bed, rather than the TV. Both the cabinetry and the TV should be as unobtrusive as possible. If you struggle to find the perfect piece for your room, you can always hire a carpenter to build you a piece which will fit perfectly into your room.

Make a gallery around it

You can make a stylish gallery around your TV; all you need are identical frames and some skill to make sure they are hanged with precision. You can hang them so that they make a special geometric shape: a square, a circle, a rectangle or even a heart. If you’re hoping to colour-coordinate, you should opt for black and white photos and matching frames, but if you’re willing to experiment, adding splashes of colour to your room will work too.

Frame it!

On the other hand, if you want to draw attention to your TV, you can try making it as pretty as a picture – literally. Have a carpenter make a custom frame for it and colour it with bright, bold colours so that it matches the rest of your furniture or your curtains. Keep in mind that this can only be done with a wall-mounted TV, so don’t hesitate to call professionals in TV installation from Sydney to help you install the TV and make sure everything is fine.

It’s never easy to decorate your room so that it looks like your TV belongs right there, but it is possible. Think about the effect you want to achieve, whether you want to draw attention away from the TV or to hide it completely, and try to put your ideas into action with the help of a professional decorator.

Contributing Writer, Diana Smith

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10 Beautiful Reasons why we can’t help but fall in love with Britain


1. Culture

The most fascinating and interesting country that it is, it is the country with the most richest history. It has a very ethnically mixed population and is influenced by it’s history of Victorian times, Edwardian times, the Regency Period, the middle ages, the Tudor Period, and other periods like the Anglo-Saxona and Roman period.

It’s history is absolutely intriguing and widely looked at. I would love to do an overview of each period but that would take a VERY long time! From the Lancastrian period to the House of York, and House of Windsor, it is full of pomp and circumstance, which is a familiar motto used in the country.

It is defined by the distinct cultural standards of England and the “English” people. I particularly like the culture in London as it is widely believed to be the culture capital of the world, known for its music ( people like Ellie Goulding, Victoria Beckham, Mick Jagger, John Lennon and Paul McCartney just to name a few!), museums (V&A, Natural History, National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery), festivals (Boomtown, Winchester, Bestival, Lulworth Castle – the Green Man Festival full of comedy, theatre, and literary worlds – there is also the Latitude Festival that is held at Hehla, Park which has DJ’s hidden in the woods, colourful sheep roaming, opera on the lake, and actors and dance troupes)

England is known for its traditional music halls, West End theatres, London has it all when it comes to entertainment! It is renowned for its theatre (just like Melbourne!) and an array of tours and attractions and sporting occasions.

2. Charming little towns and villages

There are many gorgeous little villages that hold character and charm, such as Chester (Cheshire in which I have talked about in previous posts) it is a county in the north west of England located on the River Dee with a population of around 300,000 and is one of the best preserved wall cities and full of medieval buildings, some, Victorian Restorations.

There is also Canterbury which has Canterbury Cathedral which is very special and is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and is the mother church of the Anglican community throughout the world. it is a historical cathedral city and UNESCO world heritage site and a local government district of Kent. it lies on the River Stour. It was also a pilgrimage site in the middle ages. It is a very historic British town.

3. Beautiful Scenery

England has absolutely BEAUTIFUL scenery, and you can see ocean views from places like Eastbourne (a seaside resort), in the country and then you’ve got amazing, picturesque, gorgeous area of natural beauty at the Lake District. It is one of the most beautiful places of England, even though I haven’t been there I have heard so much about this huge area, and know a few people that live there or have been there on holidays. There seem to be incredible views! especially of glistening waters and valleys.

You have also got the South Downs National Park in Sussex

3. Enchanting Georgian Architecture

Apparently one of the most beautiful places in England is the gorgeous and harmonious location of Bath, Somerset. This is DEFINITELY on my “list of Travel Dreams”, and is so elegant-looking. It is known to be the place that Jane Austen used as a setting for her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persusasion, and apparently where Thomas Gainsborough (the painter) did his landscape paintings.

4. The Best Pub Walks

From its spectacular coastline to its mountain peaks, Britains diverse landscapes can also be the best for walking. Britain is known for its unique establishments ‘the pub’ – for example, you have, The Cob and Lobster, The Old Nags Head, Lister Arms, The Boatman, which is nestled below Windsor Castle beside the River Thames, overlooking Eton Bridge.

5. The Peak Disctrict

This is another piece of inspiration for Jane Austen, plus Charlotte Bronte, it has been a charming spot for Brits for centuries, with its billowed hills, desolated cliffs and eye-catching country houses.

6. Romantic Places

My idea of Britain is becoming more and more about having a stroll in the countryside, or munching on some Fortnum and Mason goodies, or reading in the park with some delightful macaroons from Pierre Herme Paris or L’Orchidee.

Also, my idea to take myself back to something evocative even though I haven’t been there is, Tintagel Castle in Cornwall. it is known to be one of the most greatest medieval sites in the entire country, and apparently is the birthplace of King Arthur. It looks simply enchanting. or such as Highclere Castle nestled in the countryside of Hampshire.

When I think of the word ‘romantic’ I think of ‘Derbyshire’, an abundant hinterland, the district of Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’ looks absolutely breathtaking. This county is filled with stately homes and looks as green as ever!, and also in Pride and Prejudice the character Fitzwilliam Darcy was situated here as well, plus one of Georgette Heyers books, and quite a few others as well have used it as a novel setting.

7. It’s old castles

One of the most iconic of all fortresses is:

Dover Castle. From the Romans to the Cold War, you can roam through centuries of history here. You can also step into the Great Tower and immerse yourself in a medieval castle. In the 1180’s Henry the second remodelled it.

Kenilworth Castle

It is full of so much history of 900 years, an Elizabethan palace where the Great Hall played hosts to medieval monarchs and early Tudor Kings. You can also have a walk in the 400 year old, Elizabethan Garden, a haven of peace and tranquility, and bursting with full colour! There is also an exhibition, Leicesters Gatehouse a castle entrance built by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester in 1571, as part of his plan to pursue Queen Elizabeth I.

There are so many other castles such as Tintagel, Bolsover, Portchester, Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Carisbrooke, Middleham and Beeston.

8. The People

Full of friendly inhabitants, British people are citizens of the United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories and Crown dependencies. The ‘British’ can be referred to as the Celtic Britons, which were ‘The Celts’ who were an Indo-European people who inhabited Great Britain during the Iron Age right into the Middle Ages, at which point their culture/language diverged. They spoke Common Brittonic Lanaguage.

The British are a diverse, multi-cultural and bilingual society. The British are very polite people and say ‘thank you’ to everything!!! ‘Excuse me’ is used A LOT and are known to keep to themselves, generally ‘quite’ reserved!

9. Quality of Life

The U.K is a good place to live and work and is one of the best developed countries for quality of life.

Why?

Education:

Education is highly-ranked internationally and the U.K has spent billions of dollars on primary and secondary education plus tertiary. $83.4 billio was spent on education.

Income:

The median household income is about 23,556 pounds and the U.K is quite a wealthy country, what would it be without Lords and Ladies??? Income can vary considerably by location and a few of the most expensive suburbs are Chelsea, Kensington and the city of London itself, with median annual income of $58,000 pounds.

10. The BIG cities!!!!

From Manchester to Birmingham-Wolverhampton to Liverpool and Leeds-Bradford, London ranks as the highest in the hierarchy of British cities, and of COURSE I am going to include it!!!!!


There are currently 69 cities in the United Kingdom that have been granted city status by letters patent (which is a legal instrument issued by a monarch or head of state) and royal charter (a formal document granting right and/or power to an individual or an association or society).

There is SOOO much information on London alone and is the most populous city in England. It overlooks the River Thames and can also be known as ‘Londinium’ which came from the Romans as they were the ones that founded the city. It is a metropolis and a leading global city, in the arts particularly, and majorly in fashion, media and entertainment, and also known for its professional services and research and development. It is also the worlds largest financial centre and the worlds most visited city according to international arrivals.

Londons famous landmarks are:

Trafalgar Square

The London Eye

The Shard

Tower Bridge


Picadillly Circus

Buckingham Palace

Westminster Abbey

St Pauls Cathedral

It has a population of 8 million people.

…. and these are the reasons why we can’t help but fall in love with Britain

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The 7 Traits of successful elegance


Here are my top 7 tips and traits for a lady aspiring to be a woman of elegance.

1. Kindness – caring, compassionate, loving and considerate

A kind person shows concur for the feelings of others and is helpful and generous. A kind person does good deeds without expecting rewards for doing so. It is a fundamental aspect of manifesting careens and can be the ability to place the needs of others before your own, to be completely selfless and full of empathy.

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”

Mark Twain

Kindness is a character strength and a lot of people in this world classify it as ‘good character’. To me,it is number one. You are always going to have unkind people in this world, but we can’t change that, but we CAN change it by being kind. In some situations, where someone is unkind to you and your approach is to be kind back – to me, that is what a woman of strength is, and having that virtue of humanity can change your world.

You can practise or express kindness through doing charity work, or just going home and loving your family is enough.

“Kindness consists of doing favours and good deeds for others without the expectation of personal gain. This strength requires respect for others but also includes emotional affection. Kind people find joy in the act of giving and helping other people, regardless of their degree of relatedness or similarity.”

Tayyab Rashid

According to studies, it creates a significant increase in life satisfaction. Another study also found that participants felt happier spending money on others rather than themselves.

Happiness can be increased through the practice of kindness.

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness” Dalai Lama

Here are some ways to practice kindness:

– Buy a small gift randomly for someone
– Make a card for a friend
– Talk to someone who is shy
– Set up a coffee date with an old girlfriend
– Donate your unneeded possessions
– Talk with a neighbour
– Smile at people passing by

 

2. Cautiousness

Now you are probably wondering why I put this down as a trait. I put this second as it is a trait that a lot of women aren’t really aware of. There can be so many situations where you can put this into practice. In relationships, particularly when someone uses you for their own gain – you need to be watchful and mindful of these kind of people, and carry on in circumspection.

Another great words to describe this trait is to be ‘vigilant’. These two words are found in the bible in Psalms a lot, particularly when King David talks about his enemies.

 

3. Self – Respect

As they say, “Elegant ladies are hard to come by.” If you are a young girl looking for information on how to be an elegant lady or like a lady in Downton Abbey, you will come to realise that they have a lot of self-love and del-respect for themselves. The way they carry themselves is with two things:

grace and poise

as they always say!

And how they dress definitely reflects their character. Self-care is of the utmost importance and self-respect and self-care co-exist. It is by development of self-understanding and self-awareness. Through the way they speak, address people, talk, what they are capable of, and holding a lot of self-confidence.

it is all about being aware and confident of who you are.

Through self-awareness you are attuned to your feelings, emotional responses, and listening to the tone of your inner voice. I also did a post on “Staying true to yourself” and it is not easy to do that if you really don’t know who you are, perceptively. To perceive is to be aware, and someone who is perceptive is considered aware, intelligent and insightful.

Huffington Post states on “the 10 Understated Qualities of a truly beautiful woman” that “when your are self-loving you naturally possess a quiet confidence. Your self-awareness, dedication to self-development and personal growth provide you the knowledge to succeed nearly at anything you seek”

 

4. Treat yourself first-class

An elegant striving lady always treats herself first-class; she is comfortable in her own skin and with her self.

Sometimes we feel less than a lady if we don’t treat ourselves as number 1! You have to think of yourself as FIRST CLASS even if you are in the middle/low classes of society. Society brands certain ladies to be who they WANT to be first-class. We can be bigoted about it and often we forget to use our strongest trait to be kind to ourselves.

5. Use what you’ve got

Wearing a $1000 Buberry coat, and $500 pairs of Vivienne Westwood shoes doesn’t have to be everyones signature and yes, I love delving into high-end luxury brands but at the end of the day, that doesn’t make you elegant. I believe elegance is definitely an inner beauty. It is the way you interact with people and the demeanour you carry that makes you truly elegant. You don’t have to look a MILLION dollars either, although that would be nice! You are probably thinking, why should I take advice from someone who uses the word “exquisite” for their blog, and they’re saying this!!?? but that’s just something I aspire to, and it is not the actual definition of my name. I hope you understand where I am coming from.

 

6. She uses proper etiquette

In my recent post “How to have proper etiquette” I hone in on the 19th century background but if that doesn’t interest you, it’s fine! In the modern world, it still applies today.

Proper etiquette never goes out of fashion, and knowing the basics, it shows an air or possession of elegance. Over the years, we forget the general rules of etiquette – it can be a “younger generation” thing or maybe you weren’t taught at home, or in your upbringing. It is important to understand it’s meaning and what perceptions you have.

 

7. A BIG heart

To some, this may seem the most important. I think this can co-exist with kindness because without a big heart ,there is none!

She is someone who doesn’t like to meddle in major gossip and is not petty or catty towards anyone! She is someone who is aware of her thoughts, moods, actions and she puts in a lot of effort when it comes to relationships/friendships.

I love what Kathleen Cheung said at the University of Toronto.

“She’s introspective and she puts in the effort to understand herself on a deeper level so she doesn’t let “what others think” or “what others do” to direct her decision in life.”

She is open-minded, honest, and most of all, believes in herself, and allows things to be, instead of meddling in other peoples affairs. It takes a big heart to help shape other peoples lives and your own. So, don’t forget to have an open heart towards people, even when you have been heart broken in the past or something major has changed the course of your life path.

I suggest you go through each trait thoroughly and write notes if you like. You can use the information for your own benefit, and I highly praise you for reading till the end because it is not EVERy girls ambition to have these kind of character traits and I admire you for wanting to read something of this calibre, with this title, to further develop yourself as a woman and “A Lady of Quality

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How to have proper Etiquette


In the 19th century, wine, entertaining and feasting was widely practised, as tradition in an English home was banqueting and/or hosting such huge events.

In Western European culture attending parties was almost like the law. It was a British regulation, and part of high society. In the late nineteenth century, a wealthy family would always serve their feast on exquisite china followed by silverware.

Although you have the working class to lower and upper middle class, all classes celebrate at some point.

I would love to one day specifically do a blog on “Victorian Englands Social Hierarchy” but I don’t want to get too carried away and off topic, but I just want to give you a bit of a background to the topic we are going to be covering.

The idea of banqueting is actually found in ancient times, but the definition of it is: a large meal or feast, completed with main courses and desserts. It is also known as an elaborate and formal evening meal.

For example, you have ‘state banquets’ held at Buckingham Palace. The English have “Dinner Etiquette” when it comes to formal dining. If you have been invited to a dinner, always make sure to RSVP at least within a week whether it is lavish or not. This is out of general respect. Your response should always be handwritten or printed on a correspondence card.

Dining-room-buckingham-palace

Manners and Etiquette in general should still matter these days and proper manners allow us to be comfortable in front of others and society. It is used in todays aspects, in a world of social media. Social Media etiquette is something I really would like to cover and is a whole other topic and should be used when posting on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, etc. I believe that when you use the correct manners you will always be highly regarded and more respected than those who don’t.

Formal Dining

  1. A formal dinner requires a lady to wear evening attire, such as a slim black dress that flatters or accentuates your body. In the eighteenth century the dinner dress code was a corset, bodice, stockings, petticoat, a gown, ruffles and shoes. (With  formal evening attire make sure you dress classically and appropriately. If you are not sure about the appropriate dress, ask the host before attending)
  2. Never serve for yourself, unless stated
  3. Do not pass dishes around, to avoid any trait of clumsiness
  4. When there are butlers, they do all the service and table clearing If there are serving dishes or utensils placed on the table then you may ask the hosts if you can serve yourself, otherwise, I always wit until I am told that i can serve myself. Wait, watch, look and see what other people are doing as well
  5. It is not your local coffee shop where you can just sit down wherever or whenever you like – there is specific seating arrangement, especially in a royal household!

When serving a formal dinner

  1. Forks go on the left
  2. Salad fork first
  3. Dinner fork beside the plate
  4. On the right side of the plate, knife, appetiser, salad knife, spoon or soup spoon.
  5. The dessert fork and spoon are placed on the table above the plate, fork pointing right, spoon pointing left

At a formal dinner, the host/hostess or the guests do not assist with serving meals. Formal dining, you should know, does not allow you to have second helpings as well.

formal dinner diagram

Menu Courses

A full course dinner can consist of several dishes. Even 16!

  1. Appetisers – These canapés would be served in the drawing room before entering the dining room
  2. Soup – A cream coup to help digestive systems prepare for heavier courses
  3. Fish – Can be served as a platter hot or cold
  4. Entree – can consist of poultry or vegetables
  5. Removes – This is a portion of a meal
  6. Sorbet – This is a palate cleanser
  7. Roast – The final heavy course

You can also include number 8 as a salad which is greens with a light dressing.

If you want to Eat like an Edwardian with a meal plan like the Crawleys of Downton Abbey, this is the way to go! You can also include fruit and cheese! Here is an example from Prince William and Catherine Middletons wedding:

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Traditionally, after the whole course menu there is some form or entertainment, typically in the 19th century it was dancing and playing with cards – like you see in those period costume dramas.

Getting involved in these activities will benefit you socially and people will love you for it!

Lastly, don’t forget to say ‘thank you’ to the host/s for such a wonderful evening, or for holding such a great party! The nicer you are, the more respect you get!

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Make Your Home Look Beautiful With Furniture Style Bathroom Vanities


Making a choice of the right bathroom vanity in accordance with the size of the bathroom tends to give your bathroom a more organized look and feel. Storage gets easier and stepping into the bathroom no longer give a cluttered feel. You can say, these bathroom vanities work miracles and help you enjoy your bath all the more.

There is a wide range of options available in these. You can choose between not only the different sizes but also the different colors, designs, and styles according to your bathroom space. If you find hunting for these vanities a daunting task, you can conduct an online search.

Different Styles in Bathroom Vanities:

With styles like the traditional and the modern available in the bathroom vanities, you can select according to the décor of your home. This is obviously a big advantage, as you are not required to make any compromises on the style of your home. The modern types have concealed drawers, glossy finishes, and offer cleanliness. For an apt modern look, you can think of choosing a vanity unit of a finish of a white gloss. In case, you wish to have a designer look, then black works out to be an ideal choice.

Traditional vanity units are ideal for those homeowners looking for a classy and elegant look to their bathroom. Most of these units are available with doors of wooden panels, design, which is floor standing and handles more on the decorative side. They are available in natural finishes for the timeless feel. You can opt for these units to add a rustic touch to the total look.

Storage Sorted Out:

Opting for a bathroom vanity keeps your bathroom looking tidy and organized, as most of the nitty-gritty of the bathroom is stored in this. This means, cleaning your bathroom gets much easier. Think of using storage trays for the ultra-small items required in a bathroom. A clean bathroom is anytime more inviting than a bathroom, which is messy and cluttered. Organizing and storing things makes them easier to access.

Bathroom Upgrade:

The smallest of changes made in a home can be considered as renovation or upgrade. Opting for the bathroom vanity is definitely an upgrade, as this has helped in many ways. This is not only appealing but also serves the purpose of storage. Take some time and make the required effort to ensure you make the right choice for a bathroom vanity. In case, you intend opting for a DIY, you can save money. You should have the required knowledge for this. If not, it is advisable to spend a wee bit more and get the vanity fixed by professionals so that it serves the purpose of an upgrade to a tee.

Adding Value to Your Home:

Any changes made in a home for the better tends to add value to a home. A clean bathroom, which functions without any clutter will definitely help in increasing the value of your home. Potential buyers always admire facilities, which make the home more comfortable and better looking. Thus, it alludes them to buy it at the deal price offered by you.

Choosing a Supplier:

This is not like shopping randomly in a mall or local market, as it makes a lot of difference to the looks and feels of a home. Before you start searching for stylish bathroom vanity units, make sure of the size, style, and other requirements. Look for a reputed supplier, who can offer you the different choices in a varied range. So that, you can pick or choose whatever you wish that too within your budget. An online search conducted gives you the freedom to compare the different prices and look for the discounts.

Contributing Writer, Alyssa Moylan

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Vintage and Modern: Make Your Bathroom Elegant and Chic


Today, interior design is all about blending modern and vintage and creating a beautiful and eclectic space. However, pulling off that look can be a complicated task, especially in the bathroom. Bathrooms are usually smaller than the rest of our rooms and include a lot of hard materials, sharp edges and features you can’t go without. Luckily, if you’re in love with mixing tradition and modernity, your bathroom can also rock that look with a help of a few well-thought-out design moves.

Classic furniture

If your current bathroom is designed in a contemporary style and you wish to add some vintage charm to it, one of the easiest ways to do so is to use furniture. Mid-century furniture pieces like credenza or vanity cabinets made of full walnut are a perfect addition to every modern bathroom. Another great way to add a touch of vintage is to find a big antique mirror with an elaborate frame. Check out some antique shops or fairs and find a French-style mirror that will break the monotony of your modern bathroom and make a great focal point of the room. You can also rely on materials such as reclaimed wood. It can be used for making everything from shelves to seating while introducing some extra warmth and vintage character to the space.

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Vintage lighting

Ask any interior designer and they will tell you that the proper lighting is one of the easiest ways to introduce vintage elements into your bathroom. Vintage sconces or ceiling fixtures don’t cost much, are easy to install and add some drama and luxury to your space.


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Add a touch of eclecticism

If you want your bathroom to be unique and charming, you might want to aim for an eclectic look. An easy way to nail that interior design style is to mix metals. For the longest time, mixing different metals was a big no-no, but now you can install an antique silver chandelier, nickel fixtures and gilded cabinet hardware and they will look perfect together. You can also use unusual materials such as cowhide, sheepskin or petrified wood to add some character to the space. Another great tip when buying decor is to seek out independent vendors since they often have items and materials that will make your bathroom look unique.


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What about the fixtures?

Many people aren’t sure about mixing different style fixtures and often pair modern baths with modern faucets and vintage baths with traditional fixtures. However, feel free to install a minimalistic faucet if you own a traditional freestanding bath with ornamental feet. If you also introduce other elements from different eras, they will blend in perfectly. Traditional faucets and sinks can also be paired with modern and minimalist baths. Basically, nothing’s off limits, as long as the space doesn’t feel too cluttered and jumbled.


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Install a fireplace

Not many people think bathroom when someone mentions a fireplace. For the longest time, they have been associated with living rooms and an occasional bedroom, but very rarely with a bathroom. However, if you want to add some warmth, classical luxury and natural elements into your bathroom, you can do that with a fireplace. Today, there are many different gas fireplace designs that don’t involve any trouble with wood and smoke, which makes them perfect for small spaces like bathrooms. However, if your room already has a traditional fireplace, don’t get rid of it just yet. You can turn it into an electrical one quite cheap and keep the traditional look.

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So, if you can’t make a decision between tradition and modernity, you don’t have to. You can mix vintage and modern elements and create a bathroom that’s functional, elegant, chic and eclectic.

Contributing Writer, Catherine Collins

Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.

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