Friday, 18 March 2011

I Love It When They Walk...

Ron Weasley said it best! Best to not elaborate and just watch (handkerchiefs out, Ladies! It's not polite to be caught drooling.)

Prince Albert



Mr. Darcy


Mr. Thornton (and his EPIC cravat!)


Captain Wentworth
(Jenni: Persuasion is about this man marching around looking gorgeous ^_^)


Mr. Rochester
(I could not find a walking picture yet, as it's still fairly new. I'm sorry to say you'll have to accept him half shirtless instead.)


More Mr. Thornton because really, who can resist that top hat?


Sometimes Ctp. Wentworth just can't walk fast enough.


Just to make sure I haven't alienated half of the Mr. Darcy Fan Club


And a modern day example of how to dress well: The Doctor


"A well-knotted cravat is the first serious step in a man's life."
- Oscar Wilde


Gentlemen. Take note. Please.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Tea of the Day!

Plantation Mint Tea (Bigelow Tea): 3/5

I did enjoy Bigelow's Plantation Mint tea. It is made with black tea and spearmint, which gives it quite an interesting flavor. In fact, after having a cup I was surprised to find out that there is no peppermint in it! (Though the spearmint was quite obvious) Though it was good, I found the the combination of mint and black tea a little strange. I fell like, if I want mint tea (of whatever combination of mints), I just want mint tea, not some strange combination. It makes the mint much weaker though, so I suppose it would be quite good for those who really do not want to be kicked in the teeth by their tea. The addition of the black tea also lends a wee bit of a sourness to it. I definitely recommend it on a lazy afternoon. (Though I would personally go for a Liquorice Mint herbal tea blend)


Tea in the United States: The most famous tea story in American history may be that of the Boston Tea Party, but the United States also produced two other tea phenomena. At the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, Richard Blechynden, an English tea merchant, was dispensing free samples of Indian tea to promote his product. Since the weather was extremely hot, he literally could not give the tea away. Blechynden added ice to the drink, fairgoers got hooked, and Americans now consume five times as much iced tea as they do hot tea. In 1908, New York tea merchant Thomas Sullivan began sending tea samples to his dealers in silk pouches. These were found to be so convenient for brewing tea that the tea bag was born.
Tea is grown in South Carolina, where the French botanist Andrew Micheaux brought the first tea plants and seeds to Charleston in 1799. Although intermittent attempts to market South Carolina tea failed, it is again sold today - and has been named the states official hospitality beverage by the state legislature. ~All About Tea Knowledge Cards

"With each sip I taste the fire that gives its heat. The water gives its wetness. The leaf that gives its spell." ~ The Minister of Leaves

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Hallelujah, It's Raining Men!

AMEN!

1848 and the Top Hat of Destiny!
(or something...)



1852 Which is more impressive? My vest or my spiffing swirling vortex of Scottish hair?


1860 Reverend Rendall Fantastic Posture. Especially when Leaning.


Epic Top Hat man's younger brother? Also smoking a cigar, but not yet full grown in the Hat.


1848 William Young McAllister
Because everyone knows a well cut jacket and a well trimmed beard put the Man in Gentleman!


Mixing patterns (well!) since the 1850s!
(The gold watch chain and Wolverine hair-do make it okay, Mummy said so)


1865 It's all about one's posture. And possibly velvet lapels...


1860 Lord Dufferin (Governor General and Viceroy of India)


1853 Johannes Brahms (my OTHER History Crush!)


And lastly, I leave you with this Gentleman (he came to the Halloween Party as Mr. Darcy, remember?) I have no information about him, and am pretty sure that he is an actor of some sort. He's also a teaser for Friday. ^_^




Monday, 14 March 2011

Jane Review!

So, I got over my bad self and FINALLY (read: 8 years later) read Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Mostly, I was busy having a love affair with sister Emily's Wuthering Heights, and refused to believe that anything else could be that good. My words taste good this week. ^_^

(And after gulping it all down, I did NOT get to see the movie! Stupid limited release! *stamps little foot*)

Life is Hard. Jane is an orphan living in her Aunt's home. Instead of accepting her as family, Aunt Reed takes the position that Jane is from her late husband's family, not her own, and refuses to treat her with any sort of kindness ("How can anyone love a pebble in one's shoe?" ~Ever After) She is then sent to school (which is always boarding school), at which the girls are frozen and starved, and the teachers can do nothing about it. It is here that Jane is humiliated beyond her imagination, and also makes her very first friend!

After Jane outgrows being a student, she stays on in the isolated little school as a teacher for two years. After her beloved headmistress leaves, Jane finds she must leave in search of something more, so she advertises for a position as a governess. She is hired at faraway Thornfield house to teach a little French girl, Adele. What she does not realize at first is that the woman who receives her is not the mistress of Thornfield, only the housekeeper. With only a skeleton crew of servants and the child, Jane's life again lapses into spirit crushing monotony. Then Mr. Rochester comes home. ^_^

I'll leave it there. (Though I will say that there are almost 100 Mr. Rochesterless pages in the middle that are just TRAGIC!) I was quite sad about that (and said so. Frequently.) It is definitely the amazing love story avid readers claim that it is. The beginning is long, but not uninteresting in the slightest. It got to the point where I could not read the book fast enough and just wanted to absorb it into my brain! Whatever scale I have been rating out of, I give Jane Eyre full marks and then some!

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Forget Cowboys, Where Have All The Well-Dressed Men Gone?

Maybe I've been immersing myself in too much 19th century romance lately. (Read Jane Eyre, started North and South, watched Pride and Prejudice, TRAGICALLY have not seen Jane Eyre yet, hopefully will see The Scarlett Pimpernel this week...)

Or maybe men really just need to start wearing top hats again.
(For the express purpose of tipping them at women, of course. ^_^)

1853: Painter William Sydney Mount


1861: Half of my History Crush, Albert, The Prince Consort!


1840: Henry & William Pinkney Rodgers


"I Say! Bertie, Old Chap! What a fine pair of top hats those two had! Do you think we should nick them?"
"Of course not, Rupert, what's the use of being thus spectacularly coiffed if you're just going to stuff it under a hat?"


1854 Jacob Wertheim, son in law of photographer Eduard Isaac Asser
Notice the checkered trousers and fancy watch chain! (To say nothing of his mustache!)


Edward Brooks, in a Fantastic stance! With a Fantastic vest! And ring! And monocle! (And what looks like a walking stick as well!)


And speaking of checkered trousers, this French dandy from 1860 is an Expert!


1850s Mr Fehrenbach
Love the tailored jackets!


1850s This man has FRINGE on his Cravat!


Occasionally I also love non-tailored jackets...provided they are accompanied by a top hat and cane!


ps: I have another extra special Friday post! Keep watching!