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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Oct 29 2010

Playing Dress-Up

Anthropologie already invites us to don upholstery and granny heels. Now, says the Washington Post, it’s bracelets made of teacups.

I’m glad there’s a safe, experimental space out there that makes it possible for us to dress up as both the tea ladies and the tea service.
 

Oct 15 2010

Emily Post Friday: The Gentlewoman’s Tip Jar


In honor of the long lost Internet tradition Cat Picture Friday, I bring you the wise words of my own favorite feline, Emily Post. Excerpted from her Blue Book of Social Usage, which hails from a time much like our own—1950—when unwed couples required chaperones to travel and new brides worried about throwing a dinner party with only one servant.

Do you have anxieties over being a good guest? Not sure how to make a proper exit from your college roommate’s duplex? Why, it’s simple!

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Oct 13 2010

Bag o’ the Month Club


It took me a whiskey and a glass of wine to get through the first 100 pages of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. I am going to need a case of something to finish it.

Reading the book is like being glued to your chair at an awkward holiday dinner where an excruciating drama begins unfolding and escalates to an out-and-out marathon of judgment, guilt, and piling on. Who can stay sober for that? E. proposed some sort of partnership between Franzen and the makers of box wine. Perhaps a limited-run rosé or a nice zin?
 
 

Oct 8 2010

Emily Post Friday: The Ann B. Davises


In honor of the long lost Internet tradition Cat Picture Friday, I bring you the wise words of my own favorite feline, Emily Post. Excerpted from her Blue Book of Social Usage, which hails from a time much like our own—1950—when unwed couples required chaperones to travel and new brides worried about throwing a dinner party with only one servant.

Today Mrs. Post reflects upon the charming lives led by bachelors.

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