Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century

November 25, 2015

19th-century American Landscapes

Hill, John, 1770-1850. Fairmount Water Works (Philadelphia). ca. 1825, Intaglio print. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

These 19th-century landscapes of the U.S. countrysides are beautiful!

November 23, 2015

Giveaway Winner Announced For The Tokyo Milk Kiss Me Kit

The Fall is Fabulous giveaway has ended and we have a winner! The lucky winner drawn at random is...

November 16, 2015

A Day In 18th-century Paris

"Le Pont Neuf" The oldest standing bridge across the river Seine in Paris.

Paris, circa 1780, would have been an ideal situation for an avid people-watcher. Busy, lively streets, everyone with something to do and somewhere to go. I found a rich description of a typical day that might pass by in eighteenth-century Paris. It makes it easy to imagine all the sights and sounds...

November 07, 2015

A Fall is Fabulous Giveaway!

Tis the season for giveaways! I am super excited to offer this giveaway and spread the word about my brand new Twitter account and Facebook page.

So I invite you to enter to win The Kiss Me Kit by Tokyo Milk. I love this kit in Kiss & Tell, which features a portrait of Marie Antoinette on both the matchbox case and the tube. Oh and the color is shimmery and gorgeous!

November 03, 2015

120 Objects From the Life of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI

Attributed to Jean-Babtiste Andre Gautier D'Agoty, Marie-Antoinette in front of the Temple of Love, oil on canvas. 41 x 33cm. Christie's.

Well I am totally shocked to learn one of my favorite portraits of Marie Antoinette is up for grabs today, and sadly I don't have the $17,000 laying around to pick it up.

Today, Christie's is holding the Collection Marie-Antoinette design auction in Paris.  This sale features 120 objects ranging from architectural plans, paintings, fans, miniatures, books, documents, sculptures, and more.  The items gathered for this sale are ah-mazing. I seriously suggest you take a flip through the catalog - it is fantastic!

October 30, 2015

18th Century Halloween Costume Tips!

Marie Antoinette from the film with a powder puff
Photograph from Marie Antoinette. Directed by Sofia Coppola. Performed by Kristen Dunst. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2007. Film.

I am going to assume that you are all getting dressed up to the nines, in your most fabulous 18th century garb for October 31st, if only to hit up your favorite pub or go to a fancy ball your best friend is throwing at their mansion. Who knows!

In any case I want to give you some friendly advice and reminders to keep in mind while you begin your toilette and prepare for festive Halloween parties!

October 24, 2015

Why Twitter Permanently Suspended My Account Without Warning

First of all, I would like to invite you to follow me on Twitter!

On Friday morning, October 9th 2015, I was busy getting ready for what was an already heavy weekend. I was on the guest list for two weddings; my cousin was getting married that afternoon and my college roommate would be getting married Saturday night. Beyond all of these events my husband’s father was on day two in the cardiac unit of an upstate hospital. We had traveled far, missed work and we were tired. I tried to focus on the positive happy things in life.

That was the last tweet I ever tweeted as @MarieGossip.