How to Smell Like a Regency Era Gentleman

How to Smell Like a Regency Era Gentleman

I fully admit to having a thing about the way my characters smell. I kinda get a bit obsessive about it. Maybe it’s because I can still recall which cologne each of my ex-boyfriends wore and, if I smell them today, the scent will bring back a distinct memory. And before you question that statement, I’m [...]

London’s Albany: An Exclusive Address for the Regency Era Bachelor

London’s Albany: An Exclusive Address for the Regency Era Bachelor

One of my favorite parts in developing a character is trying to determine where they live. I’m currently writing An Unexpected Countess and my hero, the Earl of Hartwick, would rather chew glass than live under the same roof as his father. After looking at a number of options, I decided Hart would live in one [...]

Costume Jewelry in the Georgian Era

A few days ago, I went shopping for a birthday gift for a friend. She likes to wear rather large statement pieces of jewelry, and I found a perfect necklace for her at Henri Bendel. Today, wearing costume jewelry is quite common, but did you know there was something similar to costume jewelry during the Georgian era? It’s [...]

Get Your Bling On – Jewelry of the Georgian Era

Get Your Bling On – Jewelry of the Georgian Era

I intended to write this post about an entirely different topic, but then I became distracted by the jewelry I saw in this portrait by Thomas Lawrence. Not one to be able to resist a good sidetrack in my historical research, I followed my urge to find out more about the jewelry that was made during the Georgian era. The [...]

A Fashionable Georgian Address: Berkeley Square

A Fashionable Georgian Address: Berkeley Square

Since the Georgian era, Mayfair has been one of the most prestigious places to live in London.  And during the Georgian era, Berkeley Square was one of the most desirable addresses. Berkeley Square is actually an oblong garden that was, and is, surrounded by residential and commercial buildings. It's named after John Berkeley, the 1st Lord Berkeley of [...]

A Peek at the Prince Regent’s Art Collection

A Peek at the Prince Regent’s Art Collection

When  I was writing An Uncommon Duke, one of my favorite things to research was the art collection owned by the Prince Regent. In the story my heroine, Olivia, is one of the people the Prince Regent turns to when he wants to acquire new pieces. Aside from his passion for women and food, King [...]

Museum Exhibitions to Keep You Busy on a Cold Day

Museum Exhibitions to Keep You Busy on a Cold Day

When the cold weather hits, I'm always looking for interesting things to do indoors. Here are a few museum exhibitions that caught my eye. If only I had my own private plane, I would lace up my boots and visit each one. IN GREAT BRITAIN: Wedding Dresses, 1775-2014 at the V&A Now through March 15, [...]