Fumbling Etiquette

It happens to everyone

ascot

Dear Miss Fine, What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you in a formal situation? I’d like to feel better about that time I fell over at Royal Ascot and flashed my striped underwear to the world. As you are an expert, would you be so kind as to share a fewRead On >>

How to Get Fat in Paris

Without Even Trying!*

macaroons

1. Constantly go to cafes. Order coffee. It’ll come with a large jug of full-fat milk and will taste so bitter, you’ll need to douse it in sugar. You’re going to need a croissant to break up the strong flavor of coffee. It’ll be made almost entirely of butter. 2. Buy “souvenirs” for friends andRead On >>

Love in the Time of Tinder

When Does a Lady Swipe?

iphone wedding photo

A tongue-in-cheek yet very important etiquette column Dear Miss Fine, Let’s talk about Tinder. It’s a dating phone app where one views a few photos of potential suitors and swipes “yes” or “no” if you like them or not. How would you approach this as such a fancy, refined lady? Who would you eliminate immediately?Read On >>

An American in England

Etiquette Advice from Miss J Fine

edith downton abbey

A tongue-in-cheek yet very important etiquette column Dear Miss J.Fine, I’m an American new to England. I know the stereotype of the loud, ugly American – but what are the lesser-known (but just as serious) faux pas that I should avoid? Does it really matter which way I pass the port? Signed, Scared of PoshRead On >>

That Time I Wrote Sex Ed Dramas

The Weirdest Job I Ever Had

romeo and juliet kissing

This is part of our ongoing series of the worst/weirdest jobs — I worked for this charity, a youth arts education charity in South Kilburn. I was working on a big housing estate with lots of gang activity, but also lots of kids who are misjudged and prejudiced against just because they wear urban wearRead On >>

A wonderful roasted tomato and pepper soup

Simple things to cook up

roasted tomato soup

We’re well into the transition between winter and spring. For us, daytimes are wonderfully warm in London’s elusive sunshine, but evenings can get bitingly chilly, and this soup works a treat to energize and soothe. With all the flavors of warm summer light, this soup is easy on the wallet and super healthy, too. LoversRead On >>

That Time I Was a Fashionista

The Weirdest Job I've Ever Had

Yigal fashion show

This is part of our ongoing series of the worst/weirdest jobs — When I was 14, I worked at London Fashion Week, which they do at the Natural History Museum. They have this big tent outside, so all of the big fashion designers are running around inside and all the smaller designers are outside under theRead On >>

A Dress Fit for the Queen

Regal Fashion Advice from Miss Fine

Kate Middleton garden party

Dear Miss Fine, It’s March and the daffodils are blooming, which means one thing is certain: sundresses and bare legs will be possible once more! However, I feel like a lady should always dress as if she could meet the Queen at a moment’s notice (future grandmothers-in-law are influential, after all). Any tips on howRead On >>

A nomad finds her way to her lifelong passion

Connecting the dots years later

Fiona Lee 1

This is the part of our ongoing series in which we interview people who have interesting jobs and get them to tell us how they landed them. They will also reveal how they handled the transition to the real world after graduation — Fiona Lee has a resume a mile long — she’s worked in publicity, marketing,Read On >>

Meet The Doctor Who Writes About Fashion

Balancing medicine and sartorial critiques

Kin

I met Kin Woo a year ago at a friend’s going away party in London. We only spoke briefly, but I remembered him well because of his double profession: he’s a doctor who also happens to write the popular fashion column, Insiders, for AnOther Magazine and starting next month will be a  writer-at-large at Dazed, aRead On >>