The Quite Continental Charm School

29/01/2012 § 5 Comments

The Quite Continental Charm School
A modern guide to creating a charmed life

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
Coco Chanel

I am pleased to announce the founding of the Quite Continental Charm School.  Every year in the month of February, guided by the wise words of Coco Chanel, I will bring you a daily tip to generate more class and fabulousness in your everyday life, spanning the topics of fashion, travel, beauty, etiquette, relationships, and whatnot.  Most important is the “whatnot,” bien sûr...

Formerly called my “28 Days of Classy & Fabulous Things,” the new name reflects two epiphanies.  First, it is a leap year this year and there are 29 days in February.  I hear this kind of thing happens every 4 years or so.  Second, when I discovered pictures of young ladies at charm schools in the 1940s and 1950s, I found myself wishing we still had them today, but that they would offer the modern girl of today a bit more substance than how to balance a book on your head.  Perhaps I am wrong, but to me the charm schools of yesteryear seem especially focused on outward presentation, with an emphasis on catching a mate.  Of course, looking great and having a satisfying relationship remain important to a lot of people — but that is not the end-all, be-all for most of us these days.  So let’s take the idea and make it better, shall we?

Enter, the Quite Continental Charm School: a modern guide to creating a charmed life, where you will learn classy and fabulous things to do, to see, to think about, to taste, to buy, to read, to listen to, and to experience.  And as I definitely don’t claim to have a monopoly on such knowledge, you’ll have lovely guest instructors, chosen for their class and fabulousity.

While it is my earnest hope that we’ll be a coeducational establishment, some boys might like to supplement their studies with a look at Valet’s Handbook, an excellent collection of tips and tricks that was one of the original inspiration sources for this feature.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
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To be continued…


Day 1: Get Your Passport

Day 2: Own a True LBD

Day 3: Social Stationery

Day 4: The Red Lip

Day 5: Keep A Diary

Day 6: Champagne!

Day 7: Give Back

Day 8: Tie a Tie

Day 9: Move It

Day 10: Fresh Flowers

Day 11: Calling Cards

Day 12: Perfect Your Signature

Day 13: Pearls

Day 14: Be Your Own Valentine

Day 15: Wear Pajamas

Day 16: The Trench

Day 17: Thank You Notes

Day 18: Disconnect

Day 19: Try a Bit of High Art

Day 20: Une Bicyclette

Day 21: Fix Your Face

Day 22: Have a Signature Dish

Day 23: Fly Solo

Day 24: Get a Tailor

Day 25: Watch Classic Films

Day 26: Smell Pretty

Day 27: How to Stock a Proper Bar

Day 28: C’est Fini

Moppets Charm School, taken by Arthur Rickerby for LIFE Magazine.
Images via the LIFE Archive.

The Quite Continental Charm School
A modern guide to creating a charmed life

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