Recharge Your New Year With 10 Minutes a Day

Recharge Your New Year With 10 Minutes a Day

(photo source) There is no doubt that the holidays are a hectic time of year; yet for many of us, this hectic lifestyle doesn't stop when  the holidays are over. We rush, rush, rush through November and December - buying and wrapping gifts, attending parties, entertaining out-of-town guests, and Continue reading

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: An Elizabethan Christmas

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: An Elizabethan Christmas

(Photo source) Two years ago, I wrote about the Christmas traditions of Victorian England. Although Victorian England is one of my favorite eras, Elizabethan England - the time of Shakespeare - is a close second (minus all of the torture and head chopping). So, as Christmas is less than one week Continue reading

Twinings’ Boston Tea Party

Twinings’ Boston Tea Party

(photo source) In 1706, Thomas Twining opened his first tea room in London. By 1831, Twinings company had launched its first brand of Earl Grey tea, a brand and taste that would remain consistent and intact for 180 years...that is, until this year. In April, Twinings tea, one of the most Continue reading

British Styles at the Gap

British Styles at the Gap

 (Gap's Portobello Road Collection) This weekend, I headed to an outdoor mall for a little back-to-school shopping. No, I'm not personally headed back to school, however, this time of year always makes me want to buy new clothes. I passed by several shop windows before seeing a truly lovely Continue reading

My European Staycation: Tea at the Drake Hotel

My European Staycation: Tea at the Drake Hotel

In keeping with my new goal of having a European staycation in August, I made my way to "England" this weekend via afternoon tea at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago. As many of you know in reading my posts, I love to take afternoon tea, whether it is in my own house or in another country. In Continue reading

Posh Picnics and Pink Martinis

Posh Picnics and Pink Martinis

Shabby chic meets French country style in this truly amazing picnic display. Every summer, my husband and I attend several outdoor concerts near our house. The venue is such where you can bring a full picnic of outside food, wine/alcohol, small tables and chairs, candles, etc. Although many Continue reading

Wimbledon Brunch

Wimbledon Brunch

As I mentioned in my previous post, this weekend marked the 125th grand slam tennis tournament held at Wimbledon in England. In honor of this historic event - and the fact that my sister and cousin were visiting from out of town - I served a very Bistro Chic Wimbledon Brunch: Mimosas - made with Continue reading

5 Facts About Wimbledon

5 Facts About Wimbledon

(photo source) I will be the first to admit that I am not a tennis fan. However, seeing as this week/weekend is the 125th year that the grand slam tennis tournament is being played at Wimbledon (located in Merton, England) it's hard not to be a little excited. In honor of this age-old sporting Continue reading

Royal Ascot Celebrates 300th Year

Royal Ascot Celebrates 300th Year

This weekend marked the 300th year of a major sporting event in England - Royal Ascot. Founded by Queen Anne in 1711, Royal Ascot is the most popular flat horse racing event in England. As you may know, I've written about my fascination with Britain's Royal Ascot in previous posts - the glamour, the Continue reading

Morning Dress at the Royal Wedding

Morning Dress at the Royal Wedding

(Photo sources: left, right) I was one of the many millions of people who watched - celebrated  - the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last Friday. I absolutely loved Kate's dress - simple, understated, elegance, quite like how she dresses normally. But I also loved seeing all Continue reading

Celebrate Will & Kate With A Royal Breakfast

Celebrate Will & Kate With A Royal Breakfast

(photo source) Tomorrow is a very special day in the Bistro Chic household. I will be rising at 5am to capture as much Royal Wedding footage as I can before jetting off to work at 7:30am. Here's how I will be spending my morning.... Bistro Chic Royal Wedding Breakfast Crumpets with fig and Continue reading

Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea

Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea

Nearly 30 years ago, I remember sitting in the living room of my parents' house anxiously awaiting a once in a lifetime event. It was 1981 and my mother, who was quite fond of the British Royal Family, had turned the television on to watch Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles marry at Westminster Continue reading