The Cultural Attaché
Royal Ascot (pronounced "Ascut") is more than just fabulous horse racing, it is a fashion spectacle. Royal Ascot expands five days, from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd June.
Whilst most British society events have an "implied" dress code, unless specifically written into the invitation, Royal Ascot mandates their style guide to every patron, regardless of which enclosure they are assigned. This is to ensure the uniformity of presence and to maintain their high social standards. The dress code does update from time to time to reflect the modernisation of fashion. Last year, they allowed the jumpsuits for the first time.
The high society culture in Britain is about "fitting in" and they rarely like change. It is a social class structure that is MORE about BREEDING than it is about money. In America, money can buy you not only a Penthouse in Manhattan, but "social" acceptance. In Britain, money might buy you a title, but it cannot buy you social acceptance or even membership to the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot. Regardless of breeding, you may put forth your best appearance with a bespoke morning dress from Saville Row, but if you have no social graces, all your efforts were for naught.
Most Americans who were not educated within a certain class structure or do not understand cultural mores of a certain social group will have a difficult time "fitting in" to this world. For this reason, I would highly recommend training in proper etiquette, as if you were meeting The Duchess of Cambridge. The chances of meeting a member of the Royal family is greater when attending these high society social events. Americans do not necessarily have to curtsey to Royals, but they should know the appropriate greeting to offer.
In addition to proper table manners, one should completely eliminate the fashion faux pas mainly associated with novices making their entrance into British high society. Whilst I am no "fashion police," I do cringe at "noteworthy" fashion "misses" in CERTAIN social settings. It is always best to "check yourself, before you reck yourself." Prior to an outing, please do read the fine print of the invite. It is also perfectly fine to consult a "reputable" stylist. The culture of the "elites" in Britain is all about "fitting in" and "uniformity." A square peg in a round hole just would not do.
Argument FOR and AGAINST Meghan Markle’s attire at Trooping the Colour ceremony.
I recently came across a tweet in which I did not agree with the argument. Thus, I had laid my own claim as a rebuttal. The response I received was more than “venomous” to say the least. The User characterised me as a “pathetic hater” and called our website “trashy.” She later denied having said this, when the EVIDENCE was clearly against THAT claim.
The world is a melting pot or salad bowl of opinions; AND people have a right to argue their respective positions. We don’t all agree and it is quite fine to “agree to disagree.” Unfortunately, passions do run high amongst those who can not see past their own opinions and in turn resort to “name-calling” when an argument is presented that goes against what they believe.
Social media is an interesting vehicle that allows varied opinions to be posted without filter. It is used by many to express one’s “position” and sometimes done behind the “safety” of one’s electronic device. In this world of “make believe,” you can also call yourself whatever you wish and don masks that are not true representations of yourself. For every “Duchess Kate” Twitter handle, there are probably an equal amount of “Duchess Meghan” Twitter handle and so forth.
Most people, it appears, expound upon things they know nothing about. That is perfectly fine, since they draw from their own experiences, how they “feel” about the subject, i.e. Meghan Markle and what they “bloomin’ hell” think about the situation.
But how should you RESPOND when you are so passionate about the subject and want everyone to see it YOUR WAY. You simply can’t. For EVERY argument, there will ALWAYS be a counter argument. That is the fact. That is LIFE. For every evidence you can find to support your argument, there are probably an equal amount of evidence to counter that argument. THAT is the basis of DEBATE.
When we argue in this manner, we remove ourselves from the subject-matter and LISTEN MORE. It is in the listening that we begin to LEARN and have a GREATER respect for differing opinions, arguments and debates.
In a rather disgusting turn of events, the husband who admits to living separately from his wife, now "spills" on her "mental health" issues. Contrast this to how other family members, including his own brother, David Spade and Ms. Valentine's niece Rachel Brosnahan remembers the fashion icon. The most "tell" signs that something was amiss in the Spade-Valentine partnership-relationship was the cryptic note Ms. Valentine left for her daughter: "Bea - I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!"
Mr. Spade characterises his wife as someone who suffered from "depression" and "anxiety." He continued to overshare his wife's very personal journey, by writing that she was also battling "personal demons." He freely revealed that she took medication and was "working closely with her doctors to treat her disease," for the last five years.
Of himself, he states: "There were no business problems. We loved creating our businesses together. We were co-parenting our beautiful daughter. I have yet to see any note left behind and am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media."
T.E.A.M. Conclusion: You do not have to be a psychologist to know a classic "deflective," shift-the-blame to the victim statement. In his attempt to garner the public support for a "grieving" husband, Mr. Spade is airing "dirty laundry" on his wife, in a classic shifting of the blame. His attempt to make himself more than, or appear more genuine to the public, he states the love they had for each other and how they were raising their daughter together; however, he also stated "There was no business problem." Absolutely none? Then he unleashed his anger by stating how "appalled" he was about the "private" note left for his daughter that was made public. He said "I have yet to see any note left behind." Here, he tells the "audience" and readers that the note the police did find was not valid, in his view.
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