The Search for 'Downton Abbey' Inspired Fashions

Downton Abbey is not just successful as good entertainment. Women everywhere are clamouring for clothing inspired from the show, and finding that modern-day retail wear is not even as pretty as the show's most simple dresses....more

Film Review: ‘Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky’

I’ve wanted to see Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky ever since it was given the coveted “last slot” at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. I was captivated immediately, since it starts with a recreation of a ballet performance that caused one of the most notable classical music riots in history: the 1913 Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring: <...more

Five Classic Drinks to Make for Your Man

I love mixing drinks for my husband. But before you picture me padding around in a subservient Stone Age, I'll let you in on what I get out of it....more
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The Simple Secrets to Audrey Hepburn's Style

Audrey was known for something which has disappeared, and that is elegance, grace and manners. —Billy Wilder, filmmaker ...more
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Dating Etiquette: Going to the Theatre

Whether you're going to the movies, the opera, or a school play, there are a few situations that can cause people to (literally!) stumble. Here's how to know when to remain seated, when stand to let others into your row, and whether men or women should sit closest to the aisle:How To Let Others By in Your RowChances are that after you're seated, others will arrive that need to get past you in your row. At any theatre performance you'll see some people stand and others remain seated to let other patrons pass by. So which is correct?...more

Use What's in Your Closet to Dress Like a Woman from 'Mad Men'

There’s a reason women love AMC’s Mad Men—besides the great characters and plotlines, the sets and dress hearken back to more stylish days. There are a number of articles about dressing like a “Mad Woman,” most notably AMC’s own post, but they all seem to focus on what vintage-looking retail-wear you can buy. But there's a good chance there are Mad Men fashion trends already in your closet.Click on the links in the article to view photos from AMC's Mad Men photo galleries....more