As the long winter nights draw in and the temperature drops, early bedtimes and late lie-ins become ever more appealing. Night time attire and 'loungewear' has got a bad rep recently with the whole 'onesie' fad, but there are plenty of ways to stay stylish whilst lounging around in your pyjamas- simply look to times gone by for inspiration.
This little gem from 1949 tells us all about balance, poise and general fitness. Also included are tips on eating well and getting a good rest.
The more things change, the more they stay the same...
by Prunella de Pedant
"To be beautiful and natural is the birthright of every woman."
Wise words from Constance Bennett, a stunning starlet who wooed the gentlmen (she was married five times) and captured audiences for more than five decades.
In this sweet little moving picture, Constance Benneett shares her beauty tips - from exfoliation to insight on makeup basics.
What a treat to observe true old fashioned glamour...
By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy
Walking into old houses sometimes reminds me of visiting favourite relatives in my younger days. And what is more welcoming than walking into a friend's house greeted by the wonderful smell of freshly baked bread or chicken soup simmering on the kitchen stove? Or how about walking through the perfume section of a department store or past the open door of a candy shop, flower shop or fast food store? All of these places have distinctive smells associated with them that conjure up either pleasant or very unpleasant memories.
This little gem of a video from the fine gentlepeople at Videojug will demystify the seemingly complex ritual of tying a bow tie.
It is one of the more dapper accoutrements a gentleman can sport. Watch, learn and practise.
By Dana Gornitzki
Is it just us or is elegance simply a nostalgic reverie? It would be fair to say – and who could argue? – that the notion of Casual Friday has extended to the rest of the week. It’s far from uncommon to see a gentlewoman or gentleman walking to work in denim.
A physical fitness regime is vital to our general wellbeing.
Take a little peek at this charming moving picture to learn about balance, poise, skill, strength and confidence - all old school and true to form.
Essential and enjoyable viewing...
By Mark Daniell
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, wrote Charles Mingus in 1959: a sentiment shared by jazz fans and people on windy bridges the world over. But could any of them have known how accurate a forecast this lugubrious melody was to be? For it seems ever since that day the hat, all hats, have been rolling up, punching out and vanishing from our daily lives.
As we promised, here is our news about our newest venture to delight, to educate, and to remind us all that we still need to mind our Ps and Qs.
Here are the full details we've been sending in the form of a digital missive. Please spread the word and come join us for a tea and lesson, it would please us greatly.
On September 14th, The Charm School is popping up in a space on Exmouth Market in London.
by Prunella de Pedant
A health regime is of the utmost importance to anyone who wants to live a genteel life. Exercise keeps us calm and boosts our vitality, ensuring that we have a robust and balanced existence.
This is the reason for this humble piece: I would like to share a stretch that I find most effective. It was designed and penned by one of my heroines Dorothy Cocks, the author of The Etiquette of Beauty.