Covet This: Drink from Marie’s Cup

    You may or may not know this, but when Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI decided to escape the Tuileries Palace in 1791, they first commissioned a series of custom travel accessories, including a luxury coach, a walnut travel desk, and silver goblets created by famed silversmith, Jean-Pierre Charpenat. If you’re reading this, you … Continue reading Covet This: Drink from Marie’s Cup

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WWMAD: Where do a lady’s prerogatives end and her undergarments begin?

A weekly series where the queen answers thorny questions on how to behave properly in polite society each Sunday. Send your own question to whatwouldmariedo at gmail.com    Dear Marie, As a full-figured modern woman, I don't see the point to restricting my figure. I abhor modern shaping garments (especially brassieres) and wish to dress … Continue reading WWMAD: Where do a lady’s prerogatives end and her undergarments begin?

Covet this: Chocolates from Marie’s court

Like any true lover of life, Marie chose her indulgences carefully. Her drink of choice was water from the Ville d’Avray. Her drug of choice for many years was high couture. And Marie, like you and I, was a lover of chocolate. She even started her mornings with a cup of sipping chocolate. Marie, of … Continue reading Covet this: Chocolates from Marie’s court

Is Courtney Love a Modern Marie?

    Our rosy queen made the cover of Hole's latest album, Nobody's Daughter. The image is a portrait by Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun tellingly cropped at the neck. Does Courtney Love see herself as a Modern Marie? Maybe. Like Marie, Courtney has been a symbol of bad behavior, partying and (sadly) tragedy.  And like Marie, she … Continue reading Is Courtney Love a Modern Marie?

Covet this Book: Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady

Modern Maries should rejoice. Derek Blasberg, a very dapper gentleman who has written for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, has written a guide for women who need some extra help. Included in the illustrated, easy to read guide are topics such as: Frenemies, Fair Weather Friends and Backstabbing Bitches Say it, Don’t Sext it The Allure … Continue reading Covet this Book: Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady

A reader asks Marie: Is reading entirely necessary??

In this weekly series, imaginary letters are written to Marie Antoinette asking her for advice on love, life and any topic at all. Send in yours at whatwouldmarieantoinettedo@gmail.com to be answered next Sunday. Your Majesty, I’m in something of a quandary. I dislike reading and it troubles me immensely. Some of my most beloved role … Continue reading A reader asks Marie: Is reading entirely necessary??

Quiz: How to Find a Place to Sit in Versailles

Say you find yourself in a room with an armchair, a chair with a back but no arms, and a stool. Where do you, of lesser nobility, rest your weary self? Armchair: Nope. This is for the King and Queen. Unless people are calling you “your majesty” you’d best back away. Chair with a back, … Continue reading Quiz: How to Find a Place to Sit in Versailles