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Keukenhof

Did you know that the best time see tulips (in the Netherlands) is in mid-April? Every year between mid-March to mid-May, the Keukenhof (literally ‘Kitchen Garden’ in Dutch) in Lisse is opened to the public with a different theme. This year, the theme is on Dutch Design, from fashion to graphic design to architecture. When I …

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 …

Fashion, London

Burberry – Makers House

When I saw photos of Burberry’s Elizabethan-inspired clothing on the website, I knew I had to find out more. Visiting the Burberry website led me to an invitation to the 8-day free pop-up fashion and crafts event co-hosted by Burberry (the luxury British fashion brand known for its trench coats and trademark check pattern) and The New Craftsmen (a network …

London

Christmas at the Historic Royal Palaces in London

Having recently become a member of the Historic Royal Palaces, I decided to visit three in London for their special Christmas events from 27 December 2015 – 3 January 2016: Kensington Palace, Tower of London, and Hampton Court (it’s in zone 6). Kensington Palace A photo posted by V (@ladyandtherose) on Dec 27, 2015 at 8:52am …

Fashion, London

CHANEL Mademoiselle Prive Exhibit in London

“The best things in life are free. The second best things are very, very expensive.” – Gabrielle Chanel Gabrielle Chanel could not have understood so many of us and summed it up better. I found out about the CHANEL Mademoiselle Privé exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London on the opening day (13 Oct) by chance on Twitter. …

Activities in Vancouver for the Old-Fashioned and the Cultural Lovers;
Lifestyle, Vancouver

Activities in Vancouver for the Old-Fashioned and the Cultural Lovers

Last year, I ranted about how Vancouver, BC, Canada is not for the old-fashioned. We’re a true misfit and minority if we love heritage buildings (by my terms, I mean protected and unprotected historically ‘old’ buildings), vintage and antique clothing, antiques, operas, plays, ballets (with costumes fitting the eras), and period dramas. In 2011, I dreaded …

Fashion, Vancouver

SMOC: Wet-Coast Rainwear fashion show

I’ve been meaning to post on my modelling gigs for Ivan Sayers’ historical fashion lectures but keep putting it off. I thought I’d start posting this week, starting with today’s Wet-Coast Rainwear fashion show at Hycroft Manor (the home of the University Women’s Club of Vancouver). Who could have predicted that it would be so …

Lifestyle, Vancouver

How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day (Or: How to Survive Valentine’s Day)

Happy Valentine’s Day! I know many of you hate the holiday because the constant sight of lovey-dovey couples is revolting and a constant reminder that you are miserably alone on this wintery (or summery) day. However, Valentine’s Day is not just for couples. There are plenty of things you can do to survive this pink-and-red-hearts …