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London

Jack the Ripper Museum

9 November 1888. The mutilated body of 25-year-old Mary Jane Kelly was found in her bed in 13 Miller’s Court. She was the youngest, and possibly the last (at least during Autumn 1888), victim of Jack the Ripper. A few months earlier, Mary Nichols (42-43) was found murdered on 31 August. This was followed eight …

Fashion London

Three Tiaras at Kensington Palace

Not to be missed at Kensington Palace this year are three tiaras which previously belonged to Queen Victoria and her granddaughter, Princess Louise. These tiaras are on display in the last room of the Victoria Revealed exhibition. Diamond and Emerald Tiara and Parure In 1843, Prince Albert designed a diamond and emerald parure for his …

Fashion Vancouver

Fashion Exhibition: Babes & Bathers

If you’re interested in the history of bathing suits for women and men, the ‘Babes and Bathers’ fashion exhibition is on tour at the Okanagan Heritage Museum until 3 September 2018. The exhibition features bathing suits and beachwear from the late 19th Century to the 1980’s from fashion historian Ivan Sayers’ private collection, which had …

Lifestyle Travel

High Tea at Sally Lunn’s

If there’s somewhere you must visit in Bath, it’s Sally Lunn’s. The oldest building in Bath dating back to 1482, Sally Lunn’s serves its famous Sally Lunn buns, a large brioche-like bread. According to legend, the namesake of this eatery was a French Huguenot refugee named Solange Luyon who came to Bath in 1680. She …

Travel

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse (also known as Holyrood Palace) is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. This is where she resides during Royal Week or Holyrood Week at the end of June or the first week of July. The palace is open to the public year round except for certain days in the year. Holyroodhouse began …

Travel

Garden Party at Holyrood Palace

One year ago today I attended the Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse (Holyrood Palace) in Edinburgh. It would be the last Garden Party that The Duke of Edinburgh would attend with The Queen, as he had announced his retirement earlier in 2017. It would also be one of the wettest and coldest Garden Parties …

Fashion Travel

Attending the Royal Ascot

One year ago today (24 June) I had the privilege of attending the last day of the Royal Ascot in the Royal Enclosure. This was made possible through the Canadian High Commission. The popular five-day event attended by Royals and people like us is where fashion meets horse racing.   How to get tickets You can …

Lifestyle Vancouver

Afternoon Tea at Shaktea

If you’re looking for a quiet little tea salon to enjoy one of the best macarons and fine tea selection in Vancouver, look no further than Shaktea. Located just off Cambie St, this tea salon has been in Vancouver since 2005 and recently relocated from Main St. I was introduced to Shaktea last month when …

London

Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade

Every June, The Queen’s official birthday is celebrated through Trooping the Colour (TTC). This year’s Trooping the Colour falls on Saturday, 9 June 2018 and will be trooped by the Colour of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. Founded in 1650, the Coldstream Guards are the ones with red plumes on the right of the bearskin. My friends …

Travel

Herstmonceux Castle

In my last post on Hever Castle, I mentioned Herstmonceux Castle and its founder’s connection to Hever Castle. Today I am finally introducing my readers to this castle which has a special place in my heart. Ten years ago, I spent a spring term at Herstmonceux Castle, also known as BISC (Bader International Study Centre), …

Travel

Anne Boleyn’s Hever Castle

Today, 19 May, marks 482 years since Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded at Tower Green (at the Tower of London) around noon. As today also marks the day of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, this post is being scheduled before the wedding ceremony takes place at …

Travel

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the world’s largest and oldest occupied castle, dating back to c. 1070-86. It is where The Queen spends her weekends, Easter, and a week in June for the Order of the Garter and Royal Ascot at Windsor Castle. In a few days on Saturday, 19 May, the spotlight will be on a special …