Victorian Fashion – Tea Gowns

The second longest reigning monarch of England - Queen Victoria, marks her 197th birthday on 24 May 2016. Nearly 200 years old, the Victorian Era stays etched on our minds and mimicked in our manners to this day. Etiquettes and fashion are synonymous to the era and were known to breed fastidious quality among its…

Review: Afternoon Tea at Number Sixteen London

Every time I either read, write about or experience an English afternoon tea my mind wanders into the Jane Austen novels. Perhaps it stems from my childhood when I would be utterly besotted by a fairytale-like home with a beautifully crafted tea set and savouries perfectly laid on the table. Even today I am unabashedly an Afternoon Tea fanatic and truly…

Trending Traditions – English Afternoon Tea

Ever since Julian Fellowes enthralled us with his saga of post Edwardian era English aristocracy - Downton Abbey, many of us have been accustomed to merrily living the early 20th century life in our minds. Our fascination has taken fondness for tea gowns and hats, afternoon tea and dressing up almost four times a day…