Shared Memories From Our Founder

MelissaPicColorDear Friends,

I hold such fond memories of summertime potluck picnics. The womenfolk would proudly contribute to an appetizing expanse of secret family recipes upon red-checkered cloths. Variation on fried chicken and deviled eggs were flaunted on Fiestaware while soda in technicolor fruit flavors floated in ice. My sisters and I would grapple for black cherry and red cream soda that we gulped down with brownies.

Similarly, we have gathered a buffet of bliss-inspired goods on these pages, sourced from countless artists and cottage industries. Allow yourself to be tempted by something irresistible to satisfy your charmed lifestyle.

May this find you swaying in hammocks and porch swings with pleasant breezes tousling your tresses. Savor the simple pleasures of this nonchalant season.

Melissa

Melissa Rolston

FOUNDER

Bad Boys of the Victorian Era

Gentlemen on the streets. Rapscallions in the sheets.

True to form, what is seen isn’t always the most honest portrayal of conduct. These charlatans, these men of passion, enchanted ladies of their time. Poet Lord Byron fashioned  She Walks in Beauty. Similarly, artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti committed the loveliness of his muses to canvas.

But what of those bad boys who were more than mere playboys. . ? 

We’re glad you asked.

Reasons to Detest Mr. Darcy

Never had there been such punishment for eavesdropping.

Perhaps Elizabeth Bennet had no supposition of hearing accolades pass Mr. Darcy’s lips on her behalf. Still, nothing could have prepared her for the offense.

“She is tolerable,” Mr. Darcy said, “but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.” 

Upon its publication and henceforth, ladies have taken Mr. Darcy as a Knightley character.

Oh No They Didn’t: Victorian Scandals

In true fashion of the era, Victorian scandals were as prim as they were preposterous.

The Queen was no exception.

Her reign nearly ended before it began thanks to an accusation. No doubt a ploy to discredit Sir John Conroy, Victoria made veiled accusations targeting a lady-in-waiting who’d recently presented a swollen abdomen. . . and had been most recently traveling alone with the manipulative comptroller.

Adamant of her purity, Lady Flora Hastings humbled herself to the court’s suspicions and, to her great humiliation, submitted to an examination by the royal doctor.

Her diagnosis of liver disease proved Lady Hastings was, in fact, not with child. Further, it confirmed to Queen Victoria’s adversaries that she still was one.

The “baby” scandal wasn’t the only plot that backfired. . .