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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Black Victorian trained skirt

OK boys and girls, I need your help.  
Does anyone know of a good pattern for a Victorian style trained skirt - similar to the one pictured here?
Or alternatively where I can buy something like this?
I've seen some patterns on Etsy which look good but thought I'd pick your brains anyway!

Farewell my Queen

I haven't been able to find out when this movie will come out in Australia or indeed when a DVD with English subtitles will be available.
I did however get a copy of the book from the library. 
It's a different perspective - as I mentioned in an earlier post.
But what I found interesting was that in spite of knowing the outcome, I got caught up in the emotion of the main protagonist - Agathe Sidonie Laborde, a junior reader to the Queen.
I felt as enmeshed as she in the absolutely terrifying inertia of the aristocrats as the situation unfolded. 
Their disbelief that things were changing was like being stuck in quicksand. 
And being used to the instant communication of this world, the idea of not knowing what was going on some few miles away made it all the more terrifying.
And it doesn't matter how many stories I read about the revolution, I still long for a different ending. Silly I know, but human. It is however what happens when people live in a fool's paradise. 
And even now I know anarchy can be so easily let loose.  I wonder what will happen for instance in Greece. Economic collapse leads so easily to chaos.  

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Happy 60th Ma'am!

I've been trying to work out what I will do to celebrate the Jubilee.  
For those of you who aren't in the Commonwealth that is the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
Doing anything for 60 years is amazing. Doing that job is remarkable and I am filled with admiration for her. 
I wouldn't want the Queen's life.  Her picture collection maybe, but not her life. 
I like my anonymity, I like doing things on the spur of the moment, I hate meetings and schedules and I like warm weather.  
Anyway as to how to celebrate, I like the idea of a street party but don't have the time to organise one.
So I think it will be a family 'high tea'!
I'll drape flag bunting around the house, butter the scones and ice the pattycakes.
The Queen has been the most reassuring constant in my life, aside from family and I wish her peace and joy. If I was wealthy I'd buy Brittania, fully renovate it and give it back to her.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

What I will do with my Pompadour shoes!

Have you ordered your Pompadour shoes yet from American Duchess?
I've ordered two pair, one black and one ivory.
I have plans for both.
At this stage I plan to paint the heels of the black shoes deep rouge red, red, red! Just like the aristocrats of old! 
And then I plan to stud the heels of the ivory pair with DIAMONDS... well diamantes anyway and perhaps not just clear ones but maybe green or red ones to imitate rubies and emeralds.  Imagine a pair dyed emerald green!
I remember in Georgette Heyer's novel "The Convenient Marriage" the heroine Horrie had bought a pair of shoes with emerald studded heels at an horrendous price! 
I too have spent horrendous amounts on shoes - when you wear orthotics you have to buy shoes that are made to fit them and to buy really NICE shoes that don't look they were made by a surgical bookmaker you invariably spend a LOT of money.
And as if being able to order Pompadour shoes weren't enough of a thrill, Lauren is running a Pompadour Giveaway at the moment so if you want to win a free pair of those gorgeous shoes you know where to head!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Pompadour Day has arrived!

Yes it's finally here. Pompadour DAY!  Nip on over to American Duchess and pre-order your luscious Pompadour heels today!
heheheh Can't wait!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Les adieux a la reine or Farewell my Queen


Has anyone seen this movie by Benoît Jacquot or know when it will be available on DVD? Or read the book?
I'm getting desperate for an 18th century movie fix and am looking forward to this one - even if it's with subtitles. 
The storyline covers four turbulent days in 1789 during the storming of the Bastille and is told from the point of view of the Queen's lectrice - Sidonie Labord - a lady-in-waiting (played by Lea Seydoux) who reads to Marie Antoinette (played by Diane Kruger). 
I've seen the trailers and love the fact you see what some reviewers have called the 'Upstairs Downstairs' side of life at the French Court.
And I liked the fact that the courtiers and servants look like real 'un-glamourised' people - apart from the Queen and the Duchess de Polignac. It’s certainly has a different look to the sorbet coloured Sofia Coppola movie – though I loved it too!
It looks like a feast for the eyes and that juxtaposition of aristocrats and their servants fascinates me!
Oh and apparently Diane Kruger's mother and Marie Antoinette's mother share the same name: Marie Therese.