I make no secret of the fact that I am a fan-girl of the Duchess of Cambridge, or as I still like to affectionately call her, Kate (to some royalist's annoyance). She will forever be my favourite mentor. Love her or not, here are seven lesson we can all learn from this darling Duchess.
In Defense Of The Princess by Jerramy Fine
Win signed copies of In Defense of the Princess & Ladies Like Us. These modern books on feminism and femininity turn the current view of what it means to be a "feminist" on it's head. Who says a love of princesses and all things pink can't inspire and motivate a generation of strong, capable women?
Ladylike ways to deal with sneezes and sniffles
Having the sniffles is never fun, especially when you don't know whether it is polite or not to blow your nose in public. Our resident Etiquette Expert offers her advice on what to do when you have to navigate the task of blowing your nose, cough or sneeze in a formal setting.
Navigating political debate at a dinner party
This week our resident etiquette expert, Jill Kryston answers a reader's question on how to handle uncomfortable political debate at a dinner party. A lady should know how to handle this minefield, so here are Jill's tips on how to be gracious, dignified and ladylike in the face of such awkwardness.
How to be elegant: in the morning
How did you wake up this morning? Refreshed and ready to face the world or miffed that you couldn't stay in bed another hour, or four? Elegance is a state of mind, and that begins from the moment your feet hit the floor. Here's how to start your day in a graceful, ladylike and elegant way every day.
Join The Darling Academy Alumnae on Facebook
Would you like to meet fellow likeminded women from all over the world who share your values and outlook? We have some beautiful, brilliant Ladies Like Us in The Darling Academy Alumnae social group, come and join us for a virtual cup of tea and a friendly chat...
How to be elegant: build a classic, ladylike and classy investment wardrobe
Forget about those sales! Ladies know that when it comes to building a classy wardrobe she needs to think wisely about it and not act on impulse. It's neither about fast-fashion or racking up "luxury" debt just to look great. Clothe yourself in style and dignity - which can be bought! Here's how....
Single Image: A girl's best friend
Taking a little paws...
Look Book: classy through cold and flu season
Suffering with the sniffles? It is proven that surrounding yourself with all thinks pink and buying a bunch of daisies can help you through cold and flu season. Don't believe me.... Take a peek at this look book and tell me it doesn't make you feel instantly better?
The Old Money Book
Freedom for your finances! How looking at your money through the lenses of "the old boys" can help boost your self-esteem and get you on track to invest in a real and positive future. Stop dreaming and turn your attention to what really matters....a review of The Old Money Book by Byron Tully.
Cheese, Broccoli & Egg Muffins recipe
Every girl needs an arsenal of fail-safe recipes that she can whip up in a flash. The best ones are quick makes that are versatile enough to cater for a simple lunch at home as well as being appropriate for a bring and share. These broccoli muffins are delicious, light, gluten-free and zero sugar!
Creating hygge in the kitchen
Recently I've become acutely aware of my desire to purchase from only heritage brands, not just for the quality and longevity but the pleasure of indulging the rose-tinted nostalgic memories of my Morfar's kitchen. Let's call these happy-conscious buys. Hygge for the kitchen, if you will...
How to be elegant: at Christmas
Dry turkey, presents that disappoint, old grudges being dug up, and interfering relations. Oh joy, it's Christmas time again! A time to pressure ourselves to have the "perfect" holiday, or an opportunity to focus on our presence and poise more than ever? Here's how a true lady spends Christmas...