So You Married an Evil Despot: An Etiquette Guide for Asma al-Assad

These days, Asma al-Assad — wife of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad — has a lot on her plate. She's got 3 kids to Mom, a whole country to First Lady, an unstable, despotic, maybe-evil chemical weapons-wielding husband to Wife, and, most importantly, luxury goods to consume. Juggling the multiple responsibilities of being … » 9/06/13 12:40pm 9/06/13 12:40pm

Someone Paid an Insane Amount of Money for Marie Antoinette's Shoes

What is the most you would ever pay for a pair of shoes? Maybe $1,000 if they were so beautiful they made you cry? Well, one bidder at an auction just paid more than $57,000 (43,225 euros) on a pair of shoes that they'll probably never even wear. The shoes are believed to have belonged to Marie Antoinette.… » 3/27/12 9:45pm 3/27/12 9:45pm

"Which Is More Important: Travel, Or My Girlfriend?"

This week, a dude wrote into the WaPo's Carolyn Hax with a relationship question. Her advice was great and all, but we were curious to see what famous dead people had to say! » 8/20/09 5:00pm 8/20/09 5:00pm

Rich People: Shut Up! The Recession Backlash

And so it begins: as the cocktail party circuit has buzzed with the novelty of "cutting back" and "shopping their closets" and "haute frugality," the seething has started. And now it's becoming audible: "doesn't 'thrifty chic' make you want to vomit?" rails Alex Renton in today's Guardian. "Is there anything more grubbily… » 12/09/08 3:00pm 12/09/08 3:00pm