Mrs Beeton’s Household Management Book

Isabella Beeton

These wonderful illustrations are from ‘Mrs Beeton’s Book for Household Management’ which was published around 1861. We, at Mimi Berlin, are always in awe of what people used to call salads. Look at these colorful sombrero-like dishes below, aren’t they just great?! How much fun are they compared to the salads we serve today? Right, SO much more fun!

Book of Household Management

“Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management was a guide to all aspects of running a household in Victorian Britain, edited by Isabella Beeton. It was originally titled Beeton’s Book of Household Management, in line with the other guide-books published by Beeton. It was first published as a book in 1861 by S. O. Beeton Publishing, 161 Bouverie Street, London, a firm founded by her husband, Samuel Beeton.”

Home Life and Comfort

“Isabella, was 21 years old when she started working on the book, and she died at 28. The first publication was in 1859 in the form of 24 monthly installments. On December 25, 1861, the monthly installments were combined into book form and called The Book of Household Management, and was used as a guide for all Things Connected with Home Life and Comfort.”

The Grandmother of Modern Domestic Goddesses

“It was an immediate best-seller, selling 60,000 copies in its first year and totaling nearly two million copies by 1868. Beeton has been described as ‘the grandmother of modern domestic goddesses’ and to this day her name still has iconic status in Britain: most people recognize it and know its connotations, although relatively few have actually come into contact with the book itself.”

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Satan and Woman Pulp Fiction Book Covers

Pulp Fiction

Have a look at these classic book covers of Pulp Fiction from yesteryear. Satan is a woman and Satan was a lesbian. These pockets are highly collectable and worth lot’s of dollars!

“She carried hell in her heart”

“Brewer, Gil. SATAN IS A WOMAN. New York: Fawcett Publications, Inc., [1951]. Small octavo, cover art by Barye Phillips, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Gold Medal #169. Paperback original. The author’s second published novel; the second novel he wrote, the first to be purchased by Fawcett, but published by them after they published 13 FRENCH STREET, also released in 1951. A hard-boiled mystery novel. Touch of edge rubbing, a light stress crease to front cover, a near fine copy. (#128082).” (image via/buy lwcurrey.com) Satan was a Lesbian, 1951 (image via/buy amazon.com)

Thanks a bunch Rex Dieter!!!

Dylan Westerweel Winner Lichting 2019 Fashion Contest

Dylan Westerweel

Dylan Westerweel is the winner of Lichting 2019. That’s the annual fashion contest for freshly graduated Dutch fashion design students. Westerweel graduated with honors at the ArtEZ Arnhem fashion design department. He showed his work, together with 13 other participants from schools allover The Netherlands, at De Nieuwe Kerk. The Nieuwe Kerk (tr; New Church) is a wonderful venue used as catwalk during the Amsterdam Fashion Week. Since we cover this fashion contest each year we suggest you click here to get to know more about Lichting.

Homme Fatale

Westerweels winning collection ‘Jack Saul’ is inspired by rent boys from the Victorian era. Dylan created the male counterpart for the femme fatale with his vision and design talent. By using the beauty and sexuality of the boys as a weapon and a tool, he created a well balanced collection. The images above show what that story looks like.
(photocredits: Team Peter Stigter)

Jury is

Kim Bekker (Freelance Creative Direction for a.o. Isabel Marant), Eva Losada (Fashion Photographer), Jo Simpson (Curriculum leader at Fashion & Textiles department Central Saint Martins) and Rolien Zonneveld (Editor-in-chief for i-D Netherlands).

Jury says

“Over the course of fashion history, designers have reacted to, and in many cases influenced, the social and political frameworks of sexiness of their respective times. Today, with gender identities and expectations crumbling quicker than ever, the idea of what makes a man sexy has never been more fluid. Dylan’s collection was a refreshing take on what that masculine sexiness means in 2019. Inspired by the rent boys of the Victorian period, he gave us an interesting take on the idealised masculine silhouette, by crafting intricate corsets for men and combining it with soft and seductive fabrics. His use of embroidery, hand painting and 3D structures in florals and anatomical hearts showed great technical skill. His baby blue and magenta pink colour pallet, applied to soft hand dyed pink cotton and wools was original and fresh.”

Honourable mentions were given to Iris van Wees, graduate of AMFI Amsterdam Fashion Institute and Armia Yousefi, graduate of Utrecht School of the Arts.

Søstrene Grene and Plan International Partner-Up

Søstrene Grene

Søstrene Grene is een Deense retailketen, opgezet door de Grene familie in 1973. Søstrene Grene (de Gezusters Grene in Deens) heeft maar liefst 13 winkels in Nederland en twee in België. De producten die te koop zijn worden ontworpen met creativiteit, geluk en plezier (‘hygge’ in Deens) en het concept van “Slow Living” in gedachte. De winkel heeft een ruim assortiment aan producten voor huis, keuken, knutselen, feest, kantoor, en kinderen. Prijzen zijn laag; een afdruiprekje heb je al voor €4,89. Wij, van Mimi Berlin, hebben de winkel nog niet bezocht maar we zijn erg benieuwd! (scroll down for English text)

Koop water doneer aan Plan International

Plan International en Søstrene Grene starten een drie jaar durende samenwerking met als doel gelijke kansen voor alle kinderen, met een nadruk op meisjes. Bij de keten gelooft men dat er meer gelijkheid moet zijn op deze wereld. Wanneer iedereen elkaar als zussen behandelt, zal de wereld een mooiere plek worden. Met deze gedachte is de samenwerking van start gegaan, waarbij een deel van de opbrengst van kartonnen waterkartonnen aan Plan International gedoneerd wordt.
Per verkochte karton, van €0,66 wordt €0,10 gedoneerd aan Plan International. Daarnaast zal Søstrene Grene, ongeacht hoeveel waterkartonnen verkocht worden, het eerste jaar minstens €53.500 doneren. Als er meer waterkartonnen verkocht worden, zal dit bedrag nog hoger worden. Plan International zal het gedoneerde geld gebruiken waar zij het nodig vinden.”

Buy Water, Donate to Plan International

Plan International and Søstrene Grene start a three-year partnership with the aim of equal opportunities for all children, with an emphasis on girls. The chain believes that there should be more equality in this world. When everyone treats each other like sisters, the world will become a more beautiful place. With this in mind, the collaboration started, with part of the proceeds from cardboard waterboxes being donated to Plan International.
To be exact € 0.10 is donated to Plan International for every € 0.66 cardboard waterbox. In addition, regardless of how many waterboxes are sold, Søstrene Grene will donate at least € 53,500 in the first year. If more water boxes are sold, this amount will be even higher. Plan International will use the donated money where they find it necessary.

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