The Mistress of Manners invites you to the Cadogan Hotel where MIEN Magazine's Charm School will be popping up for four exclusive classes starting November 19th.
For this holiday special, etiquette enthusiasts are invited to attend classes in the glorious setting of the Cadogan Hotel where the likes of Oscar Wilde have imbibed and socialised in a most civilised fashion.
The sessions we have designed are dedicated to the fast-approaching holiday season, which is always fraught with situations that require more social savvy.
The Charm School will be welcoming visitors on November 19, 20, 27, and 28th.
A preview of the sessions (with further details and ticket links on the Charm School schedule):
by Katie Antoniou
I grew up with the idea that Halloween is a very commercial holiday, an American import which is simply being used to sell us more stuff, and in asking some of my fellow Brits, I've discovered that they also shared this opinion. However, in the last few years I've had a few experiences which have changed this perception altogether.
A few years ago I was working part-time as a nanny in a very nice part of Pimlico where many of the squares are inhabited by Americans. To my surprise, come Halloween, the little girls I nannied got very excited and explained to me what a big deal trick or treating was in their area. I helped them plan a little party at theirs before we set off around the neighbouring squares, in fancy dress, with a few parents along too. The surrounding streets resembled some sort of film set- with houses and doorways decorated from floor to ceiling- windowpanes covered with cobwebs, carved pumpkins lining doorsteps and all sorts of frightening props on display. But from within the houses came the warm, welcoming glow of light and the noise of chatter and play- all the homes were happy to receive trick or treaters, with buckets of sweets at the ready.
We all love a fresh start. Which is why, even though our student days are long gone, we still jump on board the 'back to school' bandwagon every September. We like to see it as a warm-up for January; the chance to practise some resolution-making, diary-keeping and general leaf-turning.
And what better to aid you than some new desk candy? There's been a real backlash against the digital movement with dedicated stationery suppliers popping up all over the place;
by Katie Antoniou
Readers of the synopsis for the new movie 'Austenland' may be forgiven for supposing that the 'Jane Austen theme park' the protagonist travels to in order to find love is merely a figment of Hollywood's imagination, but actually, it's not that far from the truth.
Wrapping up last weekend, was the annual Jane Austen Festival which took place in Bath, a city that features in many of the author's novels.
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 Elizabeth Renzetti
Perhaps the following scenario seems familiar: You’ve decided to treat yourself to a plate of pasta or a cappuccino, and throw open the door to your favourite restaurant only to be confronted by a landscape that looks like an SAS obstacle course. Except in place of tire swings and vast pits of mud there are babies.
by Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy
One of the most rewarding activities many people enjoy now that the weather is warming up is taking their dogs for nice leisurely walks. The hurried cold winter walks are part of the past now, and joining friends to walk around town and catch up on local gossip is back on the schedule. I enjoy walking or cycling through town and seeing the greenery reappearing, the flowers dotting the many yards and the gardens beginning to show their forms. I know the small garden I have in front of my house is not much to see at the moment, but it does have a few perennials whose shoots are emerging from their winter's rest.
As I was walking down the sidewalk, I approached a lady with her dog who was standing squarely in the weed-covered patch, which is my garden.
By Dana Gornitzki
Just because tough times call for leaner spending, there is no excuse to cut back on tips when you do consume. Basic etiquette must kick in, and your judgement only calls for common sense.
Jen says goodbye - it's an important to say the word despite that it may bring a tinge of sadness.
London 2012 = BEST Olympics ever (even if we are biased).
Thank you and hope to see you again soon.
Lena Weber, Editor and Founder of Style High Club and The Vintage Guide to London says many thanks.
It's been a wonderful Olympics!