It’s a beautiful frosty day, and with the year drawing to a close I’m curled up by the fire feeling reflective. I adore the concept of the eighteenth century salons – the mix of high culture and scientific ideas with the more frivolous side of life. Art, literature and science all enrich my life immeasurably, but so do good food, beautiful surroundings and fashion.

So I thought I’d share my experiences and the things that make me happy here, whether it’s my latest read, an interesting new discovery, or a particularly lovely new dress; and try to create my own little salon. Of course a key part of any salon is the company, so I’d love to hear from you too. If something I write strikes a chord (or not!), or you’d just like to share an interesting tidbit then please do leave a comment or drop me a note.