In this lovely picture, Anna, Jen and Debbie (all hosts at the Hub Islington in London) demonstrate a very important action; while Anna enthusiastically shows us the word, Jen and Debbie clink beverages at which point they must look each other in the eyes and say "Cheers!"
Who wouldn't want to indulge a kind man like Andy when he says "please" so politely?
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.
Wishing you and yours a magnificent long weekend. We hope you get a taste of street parties, a sneak peek of royal pageantry in the flesh, a big lunch with friends and family, and - most of all - lovely jubilation and a spot of relaxation.
Hip hip hooray!
by Prunella de Pedant
Call me old-fashioned, but I believe that there are some things we do for ourselves that should remain behind closed doors. Applying makeup is one such activity. Perhaps, it's because I believe that lipstick, blush and mascara belong in one's handbag or boudoir - not brought out to be shared with strangers in a moving carriage.
Over here at MIEN Magazine, we adore the written word. Of course, here we are communicating with you via the internet cannon...but nothing replaces a lovely card received in the post.
You can only imagine our delight when the divine Twinkle Troughton sent us a sample of her Nanna Trudy's work. You see, Twinkle just found some of the works from the early 50s tucked away in her family home, and is now reviving the work with a new collection of cards and home goodies. These will surely appeal to all illustration and stationery enthusiasts - we can't wait to get our hands on these cards (and send one to all of our friends!).
Here is Vintage Trudy's story and a sprinkling of her work:
The Mistress of Manners wishes you and yours a joyous holiday. Enjoy your family time, a spot of relaxation, and try not to over-indulge in all the goodies - everything in moderation (wise words that have been passed on for generations).
Looking forward to 2012 - here's to health and happiness, and the rest will follow.
Oh, and of course please don't forget to mind your Ps and Qs.
by Katie Antoniou
I don't know whether it's just that I'm getting old or the novelty factor of paper goods in a digital age, but I'm becoming more and more obsessed with stationery. Nothing gets my ink running quite like some old school erasers, beautifully covered notebooks, customised stamps or, best of all-real mail in the post. Lucky for me and anyone else suffering from a similar fetish, there's now a plethora of retail experts and artists catering to our craving for the white stuff.