Pizza and Queen Margherita of Savoy

By | April 7th, 2018|Victorian Era|

Almost everyone who tastes pizza likes pizza and Queen Margherita was no different, right? Well, there may be some truth to that and maybe not. Pizza’s origins reach much farther back in history than Italy and the Queen’s involvement in the popularization of this now globally-known deliciousness on flatbread has roots more in legend than [...]

Frances Perkins – from Massachusetts to the White House

By | March 25th, 2018|Edwardian Era, Roaring 20s, Victorian Era, Women's History|

Frances Perkins – “I am extraordinarily the product of my grandmother” Frances Perkins was born Fanny Coralie Perkins. She was born on April 10, 1880, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her parents were born in Maine and although the family eventually settled in Worcester, their roots were firmly planted in Newcastle, Maine. Fanny spent her childhood summers [...]

10 Interesting Insights into Isabella Tod; Irish Women’s Rights Campaigner

By | March 18th, 2018|Victorian Era, Women's History|

Isabella Tod; 19th-century women's advocate Isabella Maria Susan Tod was born on May 18, 1836, in Edinburgh, Scotland. She died on December 8, 1896, in Belfast Ireland. What she did during her 60 years on earth is quite remarkable. Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia relates that her biographer, Maria Luddy, observed that her [...]

Gertrude Bell

By | March 11th, 2018|Edwardian Era, Victorian Era, Women's History|

Gertrude Bell - 20th-Century Middle East Influencer Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell was born on July 14, 1868, in Washington New Hall, County Durham, England. Her father was the industrialist, Sir Thomas Hugh Bell. Her grandfather was Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell, a Parliamentarian who worked with Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. She was destined to lead an [...]

Valentine Romance Photo Contest

By | February 17th, 2018|Contests and Games|

Congratulations, Lynn A! She is the winner of our Valentine Romance Photo Contest. Thank you to everyone who participated by submitting a photo or by voting. We'll have another contest soon!  

19th Century Quotable Romantic Moments part two

By | January 11th, 2018|Victorian Era|

In our last article, we explored the romantic quotes from Jane Austen and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Today, we move on to the Brontë Sisters. The Brontë Sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë have given us some of the most quotable romantic moments in 19th-century literature. Charlotte and Emily are more well known but Anne holds [...]

19th Century Romantic Literature and Quotes part one

By | January 8th, 2018|Victorian Era|

Romance was a lot different during the 1800s. Courtship and marriage rituals evolved throughout the century and remain a subject of much fascination, even 200 years later. Even the most romantic literature of the day seems quaint today, yet we enjoy the thought of a ‘simpler time’ (which they were not) when social status and [...]

Romantic Inspiration

By | January 6th, 2018|Civil War, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Old West, Victorian Era|

We love our customers! We often hear how our clothing enhances the lives of our customers. Many are hopeless romantics who relate how they feel beautiful, filled with romance in their hearts. “I feel so romantic," 'I feel like a princess,” and “I feel like royalty,” are some of the phrases they use. We’re so [...]

Christmas Greeting Word Game 2017

By | December 23rd, 2017|Contests and Games|

Christmas is almost here! It's time for our last game, Christmas Greeting Word Game 2017. We hope you'll play along! Use all of the letters below to reveal our holiday greeting to you. It's a familiar one borne of the Victorian era. _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ [...]

Christmas Candy Counting Contest 2017

By | December 21st, 2017|Contests and Games|

Here's an easy game to play and win! Play our Christmas Candy Counting Contest 2017 December 21 through midnight PT on December 22. Three winners will receive a 20% off coupon! This time we filled Santa's sleigh with regular, peanut, and caramel M&Ms. Your job is to guess the total number of M&Ms in the [...]