The Nightingale Tells Its Tale

The lovely Eunice, is one of the few Washington bloggers I have met in person (in my defense I've only been here less than a year and I'm a recluse). Eunice writes the blog What's Your Tale Nightingale and has even designed her own line of clothes with the cheekily titled "I dream in cake" lookbook. I asked her to plan a dream party complete with a fictional guest list that includes some of the Victorian ladies whom she has occasionally channeled in her wardrobe.
eunice, whats your tale nightingale, interview, the clothes horse, blog styleWhat type of party is it?
I'm not sure if I would categorize it. More like a giant weekend gathering of all my favourite people together, enjoying life together.
Who's invited?
My favourite writers & their heroines:
Jane Austen - The Bennett sisters from Pride & Prejudice, the Dashwood sisters from Sense & Sensibility, Louisa May Alcott - the March family from Little Women
Roald Dahl & Enid Blyton (their books have put so much warmth and colour into my childhood)
Foodies: Anthony Bourdain (for his wit and his excellent taste in food), my father, my husband
Style icons: Audrey Hepburn, Zooey Deschanel, Rebecca (the Clothes Horse of course!), Rhiannon (Liebemarlene Vintage), and all the bloggers on my links!
Others: Keith Johnson (from "Man Shops Globe", buyer for Anthropologie) - have him write down all the good places to shop around the world for me, and ask him all about his travels.
Family & close friends!
Where does it take place?
A big (it has to fit everyone!) french cottage in the countryside (with a garden & farm nearby). Tables with freshly cut flower bouquets, gardens filled with beautiful organic fruits and vegetables. Food is a must. Whether you like to cook or eat (or both), you can find yourself in the kitchen or eating outdoors. Wood oven and charcoal barbeque smell in the air.
Libraries of classic novels and children books in one room, with beautiful and comfortable chaise, for you to relax and read your favourites!
A room full of sketchbooks, sewing machines, threads and fabrics that you would want. And with easels and paints of any possible art tool.Music (with record players) and dancing in the garden, full of instruments that you could pick up and play and a simple recording system nearby to capture the memories. Karaoke room - for the brave ones. Cameras, polaroids, holgas in all the rooms for everyone to enjoy. A movie room full of different screens (children movies for the kids, and classic adaptations of novels)
What are you serving?
Anything you wanted with the ingredients that we have around the garden and the farm! We got cooks in the kitchen! For me - anything from what I grew up eating (my comfort food) to imagainary fictional food that I've always wanted to taste -
Food from my culture/childhood:
Shanghainese wontons (my grandmother's receipe), roasted corn on the cob with butter & elephant ears (reminds me of fair food), Hong Kong cafe style milk tea, and Hong Kong cafe style lemon tea.
Fictional food:
Frobscottle, (from Roald Dahl's "The BFG") "of vanilla and cream, with just the faintest trace of raspberries on the edge of the flavour," Butterbeer (from Harry Potter), and Turkish Delight (I know it's already made, but it is just NOT how i imagined it...).
Who would get to sit next to you (and why)?
My family would be nearby me of course, but I would love to have the writers close by me so I could pick their brains and ask them questions!
What is the theme or what is everyone wearing?
Whatever you feel comfortable in. I would not want to give a dress code. I believe in being comfortable in your own threads. If I were to choose my outfit for my "dream dinner" though, I would choose a simple vintage gown with a bow around the waist.
Are there any party favors?
Whatever you made that night! Paintings, clothing items, sketches, recordings, etc. Plus an electronic copy (nerd alert!) of the pictures that everyone took that night for you to take home, along with everyone's favourite quotes.
What are the hot topics of the evening?
Food. Art. Passion. Books. Family. Life.
Who is the last to leave?
My family.
Who is the most likely to get drunk and dance on the table?
I don't know about getting drunk and dancing, but I have a feeling Anthony Bourdain would be a heavy drinker...he wouldn't dance though. Although maybe after he drinks, we could make him karaoke...haha maybe.
For more of Eunice visit her blog.



  1. I like her style! and I love the green coat in the last picture, so pretty ^.^

  2. love her dresses! :) thanks for this post<3 x

  3. You guys should actually have a real party and then blog about it. That would be pretty sweet.

  4. she looks adorable! I will definitely be checking her blog out

  5. She is stylish!

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  6. she cute and has this lovely (asian) style ^^

  7. Sounds a little like my idea of heaven, actually.
    P.S. I just adore that green coat.

  8. Me likey :) you always have most amazing and thrilling ideas :) love this one. Thank you for blog(ger) recommendation, and she look wonderful in every outfit, especially in this green coat (I can`t help it - love the green). have a nice weekend :)

  9. oh wow! she's so gorgeous! her pictures are very similar to hers ... you can tell you both draw inspiration from the great state of washington!

  10. thanks for pointing me to her blog its really cool :)
    and i really like her green coat :L
    awesome interview idea!

  11. This is so weird. Every single one of her answers are what I would put :O My favorite ones are the Butterbeer and Turkish Delight comments, and inviting the Bennet sisters! Great interview, I always love seeing what other people would say! I'll have to go check out her blog right now!

  12. I really like her outfits! esp. the blue dress with grey tights/awesome shoes and the green coat..lovely! Will be checking out her blog..thanks for sharing!

  13. I love how supportive you are of other bloggers! you're amazing for so many reasons!!! :) keep up the good work. you have a huge fan-base here in Atlanta, GA.

  14. She seems so lovely. That very last coat is so stunning!

  15. her style is so vintage sweet...and that green coat is tdf. Will go check her blog.

  16. Rebecca, I always love these features you do! They're more than just a featured blogger spot, they also give us insight into what really tickles their creative fancy. :)

    I really love her style! and the fact that she would invite Anthony Bourdain GUARANTEES that the party would be interesting.

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  17. This is such a great idea, totally agree with her on The Little Women front, an amazing book. Am going straight to her blog now!



  18. This is such a great interview! Eunice sounds so cute and her style is amazing! Her dream party sounds like a blast! I can't wait to read her blog!

  19. That would be the most amazing party me thinks. Anthony Bourdain is my secret hero :-)

  20. I love her photographs:colorful yet muted. Her style is neat!

  21. oh fun! I like her girly style too.

  22. she described like my perfect party... can i be invited too?

  23. the first shot is fantastic, and I love the green coat in the last image.

  24. she is so beautiful like you!
    i love your jeffrey campbell studded shoes from modcloth!

    have a nice day,

    veren .a little princess.

  25. Love her answers! :) I grew up reading as well.

  26. ooo...a new blog to check out. she's adorable! thanks!

  27. I love her style! I've been looking for someone to model my style after...I think I found it!!

  28. Aww, Eunice is the greatest!!!!!

    I'm so honored to be invited to the pretend party . . . maybe I'll hang out in a corner and hang out with Jane Austen, though she might kind of scare me. I love it. :)

  29. Love all outfits!!! <3

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  30. I always love these posts of yours! She has lovely feminine pretty style, will have to check out her blog!


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