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October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! Fun tips for dressing up in 18th-century fashion

Bail, Franck-Antoine, Cutting the Pumpkin. 1910, oil on canvas. Private Collection. Bridgeman Education. 
Happy Halloween! 

What are your plans for this weekend? Anyone dressing up? I was invited to one party but still have no costume sorted out. 

October 20, 2014

Music to work with! New Playlists and 18th Century Music for Writing, Studying and Research


18th century private concert held in a ballroom with ladies wearing fancy court dress and a small group of musicians

I love working from home because I always feel so productive! Also - I can actually play music out loud or use headphones if needed! It is also a must when blogging. Music just helps me work. I have even started listening to certain soundtracks when reading, something I never use to do. What about you?

Here are some of my music mixes I made for working, writing and studying.  Also, some short soundtrack suites, 18th century music and the big one - (something I have always wanted to own) music from Versailles box set! <3


October 09, 2014

Marie Antoinette Receives Advice from her Mother about Louis XV

Mother Knows Best header image featuring a picture of Marie Antoinette


Young Marie Antoinette makes a funny face while talking to king Louis XV, a film still from the 2006 film Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette's mother, Empress Maria Theresa, writes to her daughter with some advice regarding King Louis XV.

“You are his Majesty's first subject; you owe him submission and obedience; you owe an example to the Court, to the courtiers, who execute the will of your master."
Maria Theresa, 30 September 1771




September 10, 2014

Marie Antoinette Inspired Sunglasses and 18th Century Eyewear: Fit for a Queen


Modern take on Marie Antoinette's style, a Wildfox model wears 18th century inspired sunglasses with hair piled high in a pouf and lays on a blue velvet couch

I recently saw a post on My Elle blog about an eye-wear ad campaign inspired by Marie Antoinette. While I am pleased that Marie Antoinette continues to influence the fashion world this year, and a new twist - eye wear, in this case I would say the interpretation is all about the styling!

This time my beloved Wildfox Couture has released their new AW2014 line of eye-wear, The Fit for A Queen collection shows (some) inspiration from the 18th century.

August 29, 2014

An 18th Century Dance

An 18th century dance
François Marie Isidore Queverdo. La Danse. 1772, Pen and black ink, bistre, gray and blue washes, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

detail of an 18th century dance