Nice outfit. :) I happen to be wearing sleevless dark blue dress at this very moment. I have to try white blouse over it...
Thanks! I have several white blouses and mostly wear them in this manner when it's too warm for a cardie.
So the cat likes to curl up with a good book just like its master and mistress. :)
He is very sophisticated:)
Sophistication brought one thing to my mind. I have been reading historical novels and watching epoque films lately and noticed, how class difference is often displayed: upper/middle class ladies, even if they meet enormous financial problems do their best to look as tidy and neat as possible; they may have only one dress, but that fits and is made well. Think about Jane Eyre for example, or the heroine in the movie "the Making of a Lady". Lover class women tend to spend their little money in quantity over quality, cheap, ill-made clothes, cheap parfum and cheap decorations. Now I assume that the idea in that is to make heroine's moral superiority very clear and in real life many upper class women were more interested in cheap decorations than quality, but I still find it interesting. Maybe there is social class, and the the real class?You can see it in modern life, too: white trash with their fake nails and fake tans and ugly tattoos... I am afraid they do not even realize that such a word as "classy" exists.
Housewife, there was an interesting research in Scandinavia which tied class distinctions to IQ differences, which figures. Money can buy a lot of things but not breeding. It's something which the person either has or hasn't, or like Ross Poldark said to the banker guy: "It takes one gentleman to know another:)"
I'd like to add that in the times you refer to, upper class were expected to express noblesse oblige attitude towards those less fortunate and a lot of efforts were made to raise the lower classes to the middle class standard. Look at all the educational vids produced in the USA in the 1940s on table manners, dressing for dinner etc etc. Unfortunately, nowadays it's vice versa as the underclass fashions and behaviour is being promoted as "cool" and "hip" by the lying MSM.
So relaxing. I love the beautiful country
Thanks, I'm planning to post more photos tomorrow.