“Boston Marriage” was a term used in the 19th century and early 20th century to refer to two single women living together, independent of men. The term was originally coined in Henry James’ novel The Bostonians, which told the tale of an intimate companionship between two wealthy, Boston women. Rumored to have been based on his sister’s relationship with a woman, James referred to the novel as “a very American tale.” Whether he was referring to the notion of homosexual relationships or the promise of gender equality is unclear. Interestingly enough, Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004. So perhaps Henry James was on to something.
David Mamet brought the concept to popularity again in the year 2000 with his play of the same name, “Boston Marriage.” According to the New Repertory Theatre’s notes on the Mamet play, “[Boston Marriages] potentially fostered rather than interfered with the heady and exciting new ambitions of the early generations of professional women … Most likely, the Boston Marriage was many things to many women: business partnership, artistic collaboration, lesbian romance. And sometimes it was a friendship nurtured with all the care that we usually squander on our mates.” Keep reading »
Want to travel like a queen? Why don’t you book a stay in a castle on your next trip? Turns out the phrase “affordable castle” isn’t an oxymoron: from Belgium to France to Ireland to New Jersey(!), we found eight beautiful castle hotels with prices starting at less than $200 a night (a few for much less than that). Click through to check ‘em out, and prepare to add a few new entries to your travel bucket list…
I can’t let the day end without acknowledging the date, though I always feel a bit awkward in doing so because I never seem to have the right words. Today, our thoughts are with the victims of the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001, their families and their friends, and all those whose lives were affected on that day — which means you and you and you and you and everyone in some way really –just as they are every year on this anniversary.
Here is what we’re wearing today.
Day 6 of fashion week and there were several strong shows: Rodarte, Karen Walker and Monique Lhuillier all impressed with their deeply feminine, highly wearable collections. Marc Jacobs’ clown-wear, not so much. Check out his runway looks, along with Alice + Olivia, Thom Browne, and more — after the jump!
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Denim is totally having a moment. I mean, yes, you could say that denim has been having one long moment since the day it was first invented, but I’m hard-pressed to think of a time there was such an exciting variety of denim pieces available in so many cuts, colors, styles, and sizes. From pencil skirts to chambray shirts to colored jeans, here are 12 fabulous denim pieces for my plus-size ladies, perfect for work or play. Click through to check ‘em out!
As New York Fashion Week slogs on, we’ve seen some commonalities emerge between designers. Besides all employing desperately skinny models, we’ve noticed other similarities between collections. Like white. It was everywhere on the runway this NYFW, in flowing dresses, in surprising suiting — and in inexplicable hat/dress combos (we’re looking at you, Prabal Gurung). Check out our gallery of the best white runway looks.