Books

The Ladies Paradise by Emile Zola Readalong!

In celebration of Mr. Selfridge’s season premiere, Tasha of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books asked if I’d like to participate in a readalong of Emile Zola’s The Ladies Paradise. If the book and title look familiar, it’s because the BBC/PBS series The Paradise was loosely–very loosely–based on the Zola novel. Because I read and loved …

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Music

Opera Stars of the Edwardian Era

The Edwardian era was the apex of the Golden Age of Opera, which roughly dated between the 1880s and the early 1930s. Hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life crammed into opera houses across the globe to weep and clasp their hands to the thrilling sounds of top opera stars, and the …

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Paris

Shopping in Belle Epoque Paris

We’ve already run down a list of the basic sartorial necessities of a society woman in a previous post, where the author laments the “The Impossibility of Dressing on £1000 a Year“, but now we follow the Edwardian woman on her annual shopping trip to Paris. Most titled women reserved trips to Paris as a …

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