Black-Tie Optional

Black-Tie Optional

(photo source) Bonjour Everyone! I am headed to beautiful Baltimore in just a few days where I will be attending a black-tie optional Gala (ooh la la!). I would love to report that the Gala event is in celebration of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, but alas, it is not. Nonetheless, it is a Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II and Her Diamond Jubilee

  (Photo source) This weekend, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee with 60 years as Queen and Head of State of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealths. At 86 years old, the Queen has celebrated numerous accomplishments and reached significant milestones, Continue reading

The Boat Race: Oxford and Cambridge Rivalry

The Boat Race: Oxford and Cambridge Rivalry

(photo source) A few years ago, my husband and I traveled to London, but did a quick stop in Oxford. I had always wanted to see the university and had heard about the famous "Oxford/Cambridge" Boat Race. While in Oxford, we heard mumblings about the race. We knew race day was getting close and Continue reading

Happy Birthday Duchess Kate

Happy Birthday Duchess Kate

(photo source) Happy Birthday Kate! Today, the Duchess of Cambridge (formerly Kate Middleton) turns 30. Although she is technically not a princess, being a Duchess has its benefits, including snagging a handsome man who is in line for the throne of England. Although we can't all be a part Continue reading

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

Christmas in Washington

Christmas in Washington

Yesterday I returned from Washington, DC, after spending 3 days there for what will probably be my last business trip of 2011. As I mentioned before, I've been to Washington many times, mostly on business. However, this was my first time visiting the Capitol during the holidays. After spending a day 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

Finding Europe in My Own Backyard

Finding Europe in My Own Backyard

(photo source) In my previous post, I shared with you several ways that you could have your very own European-themed staycation, no matter where you live. While writing that post, I realized that there are still several experiences I wanted to add to my summer to-do list. And, it just so Continue reading

12 Ideas for a European Staycation

12 Ideas for a European Staycation

(photo source) Have you ever wished you could experience Europe or even a different country, without the excessive expense or time away from work? With one month to go until the unofficial end of summer, why not plan a few European-like experiences right in your own area  - a European Staycation 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