Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century

December 18, 2014

Marie Antoinette's Mother Offers Tips on How to Behave in Public

"In France people behave in a very edifying way in church and generally in public... Stay on your knees as long as you can; that will be the best position to set an example. Do not allow yourself any grimaces which only look hypocritical: that is a reproach to be avoided above all else in that country."


December 16, 2014

Which style gown do you prefer? [POLL]

The poll is now open! Which style gown do you prefer? 
The Robe à l'Anglaise or the Robe à la Française?   

Both styles were worn between the years of 1720 and 1780.  The robe à l'anglaise developed with a fitted back after the style of dress worn in England. The sacque-back of the robe à la Française is reinterpreted from the seventeenth–century gown to incorporate two expansive pleats from the neckline at back.

 Robe à l'Anglaise
Robe à l'Anglaise, French. 1785-87, silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Robe à l'Anglaise

Robe à la Française
Robe à la Française, French. 1750-75, silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Robe à la Française

Which style gown do you prefer?

December 13, 2014

5 Perfumes Inspired by Marie Antoinette and 18th-Century Fragrances

Here is another edition of 18th century inspired gifts for the holiday season. Our theme is perfume! 

 Vote for your favorite!

December 08, 2014

23 Marie Antoinette Inspired Holiday Gifts

Marie Antoinette Christmas Card by PaperNosh

Largely inspired by the wonderful list of Jane Austen Inspired Holiday Gifts on Austenprose, I have compiled a list of Marie Antoinette Inspired Holiday Gifts!

December 04, 2014

Book Spotlight + Jane Austen Giveaway!

Author Syrie James was inspired to write Jane Austen's First Love by references in several of Jane Austen's letters to Edward Taylor, heir to Bifrons Park in Kent (pictured above!).  You will feel like you are on holiday with Austen as the book looks back to real events and people Jane encountered while visiting the countryside with her sister Cassandra.

Fifteen-year-old Jane Austen dreams of three things: doing something useful, writing something worthy, and falling madly in love. When she visits her brother in Kent to celebrate his engagement to Miss Elizabeth Bridges, Jane meets wealthy, devilishly handsome Edward Taylor, heir to the nearby estate of Bifrons--a fascinating, highly accomplished young man who is truly worthy of Jane's affections. Jane knows a match between her and Edward is unlikely, but every moment she spends with him makes her heart race--and he seems to return her interest.

Much to her displeasure, however, there is another seeking his attention. Jane seeks distraction by attempting to correct the pairings of three other prospective couples. But when her matchmaking aspirations do not all turn out as anticipated, Jane discovers the danger of relying on first impressions.

Win One of Five Fabulous Jane Austen-inspired Prize Packages

To celebrate the holidays and the release of Jane Austen's First Love, Syrie is giving away five prize packages filled with an amazing selection of Jane Austen-inspired gifts and books!

To enter the giveaway contest, simply leave a comment on this post.

Increase your chances of winning by visiting multiple stops along the Jane Austen's First Love Holiday Blog Tour! Syrie's unique guest posts will be featured on a variety of subjects, along with fun interviews, spotlights, excerpts, and reviews of the novel. Contest closes at 11:59pm PT, December 21, 2014. Five lucky winners will be drawn at random from all of the comments on the tour, and announced on Syrie’s website on December 22, 2014. The giveaway contest is open to everyone, including international residents.
Good luck to all!

Continue reading for a peek inside the new novel!