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The magical voice behind music duo The Carpenters, Karen Carpenter (1950-1983) passed away at age 32. The gifted vocalist and drummer made her musical debut in a couple of small bands while in high school. She and her brother quickly rose...

By: Katie Armour

Greetings ladies! For this month's edition of "Chit Chat" we want to know about your favorite romantic comedies. Is there one you can recite word for word? Are you a Bridget Jones kinda gal? Annie Hall? Sally Albright? Let us know...
When friends Olivia Brock of Lacquered Life and Hanna Seabrook of Gadabout join forces to host a Charleston, South Carolina, tea party, you know a good time will be had by all. The lush garden of Olivia’s eighteenth century home on...

By: Katie Armour

In honor of the king of witticisms, a roundup of our favorite Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) quotations. Some are taken from his written works and others from his sharp tongue...1. "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."2. "You can never be overdressed...

By: Erin Newkirk

Dear Erin, I have been loving your posts, but I can't help but think I'd love them more if I understood more about what etiquette really is. What is the history and your "take" on etiquette? Seems like the etiquette you...
The beloved author of almost two-dozen children’s storybooks, Beatrix Potter was born in South Kensington, London on July 28, 1866. She spent her life devoted to her stories, both creating the tales and illustrating the life-like pictures of the playfully charming...

By: Katie Armour

With the royal baby due any moment, we thought it might be nice to look back at the beloved Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997). In memory of the late Princess, a few of her wise words...1. "I don't go by the...
Dear Erin, I love the idea of entertaining. It just seems so hard! I read so many blogs where people talk about it being second nature and it makes me yearn for that ease. Is there a recipe for a great...

By: Katie Armour

Greetings ladies! For this month's edition of "Chit Chat" we want to know about your summer plans. Are you going somewhere exciting? To your family's cabin on the Lake Michigan? A long weekend in Paris? All the way to Hong Kong?...
Born Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854-1900) in Dublin, his extravagant name offers a glimpse into the cultural impact of this literary master. Wilde, a Victorian dramatist best known for The Importance of Being Earnest and The Portrait of Dorian Gray,...