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London, Travel, Vancouver

Captain George Vancouver: From UK to Vancouver

Today marks the 260th birthday of Captain George Vancouver, the namesake of Vancouver and Vancouver Island, BC (as well as Vancouver, WA and others). I had long been curious about Captain George Vancouver, one of Britain’s greatest explorers, and decided that when I moved to the UK, I must visit his birth and burial place. …

Travel, World of Costume

Harewood House & ITV’s ‘Victoria’ Costumes

Harewood House is the family seat of the 8th Earl (David Lascelles) and Countess (Diane) of Harewood in West Yorkshire. Until I visited, I thought it was just another ‘abandoned’ heritage property and did not realise that it is still in use and also managed by Harewood House Trust! This neo-classical Georgian manor was built between 1759-1771 for …

London

Afternoon Tea at Cafe Liberty

Up on the 2nd floor of Liberty on Great Marlborough Street in London is a small cafe where shoppers can rest and enjoy some refreshment. Cafe Liberty offers breakfast, lunch, brunch, and afternoon tea every day of the week. There are 2 options for afternoon tea: Cream tea (plain & fruit scones with strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream, as …

World of Costume

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

If the trailer theme for Cinderella (2015) was to “have courage and be kind” (#bekind), Disney’s upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast is telling us to be their guest(s) (#BeOurGuest) and learn more about the heroine, Belle. Interestingly enough, ‘Be Our Guest’ was the opening song in the 1991 trailer: A 21st Century Heroine Disney’s remake …

Fashion, London

‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ Exhibit

Today was the first day of ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story‘ exhibition at Historic Royal Palace’s (HRP) Kensington Palace. The exhibition, which will run for 2 years (until 28 February 2018), is in honour of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who was taken from this world 20 years ago on 31 August 1997 in Paris, …

Fashion, Travel

61st Vienna Opera Ball & ‘Blue Danube’ Tiara

Today marks the 61st annual Vienna Opera Ball (Wiener Opernball) at the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper). This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the premiere of ‘The Blue Danube’ (An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314) by Johann Strauss II (1825-1899). It was first performed on 15 February 1867, complete with lyrics by Joseph …

London, World of Costume

‘Seduction Late’ at the National Maritime Museum

On Valentine’s Day, I passed the evening at the ‘Seduction Late’ for the ‘Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity‘ exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. This was a museum late where guests could view the exhibition after museum hours whilst immersing themselves in a Regency ball experience co-hosted by Miss B and Miss Kitty Pridden from …

World of Costume

Perfect Period Dramas for Valentine’s Day

♥ Happy Valentine‘s Day! ♥ Whether you are spending Valentine’s with your significant other, or Galentine’s with your girlfriends, or spending SAD (singles awareness day) at home, here are my top 20 favourite romance period dramas (mostly movies and TV movies without sad endings)! Ever After (Movie: 1998) – One of my favourite versions about Cinderella set in Medieval France. If …

Travel

Palace du jour: Karlsruher Schloss

One of the places I visited on my Ba-Wu Schlosskarte (castle/palace card) was the Botanic Garden (Botanischer Garten) [of] Karlsruhe, which is part of Karlsruher Schloss (which now houses the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe). Karlsruhe Palace had been a residence of the rulers of Baden since 1715, when it began as a palace partially made of wood, until 1918. …