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Tyne O’ Connell is a Mayfair based author of 13 International bestselling novels. She often writes about lawyers, toffs, princes, Mayfair, sex and Hollywood whilst her latest book is set in the world of Mayfair Eccentrics.

Tyne is a triple threat. Not only is she a talented novelist and Mayfair Historian, but she is also impeccably elegant whilst she was recently awarded Eccentric Thinker of The Year by the Eccentrics Club (patron HRH Prince Philip).

I caught up with her over a sumptious afternoon tea to talk dandizettes, salonnieres and what it’s really like to be on best friend terms with Scott’s…
On Mayfair
I adore Mayfair and St James. Some of the most wonderful places are Claridges, Fortnum’s, Scott’s and The Wolseley (who incidentally do a fabulous Steak Tartare and Battenberg).
At Claridges, you can wear your pyjamas and take a darling tea providing you dress appropriately. The trick is to wear the finest silk, sling a fox fur over your shoulder, wear a large pair of Audrey Hepburn shades and of course your best tiara.
When I lived on Mount Street my children found it hilarious that I would go off to meet a girlfriend and have to climb over the garden fence to get back in. They would have to get a ladder to help me, but I wasn’t drunk- just lost in Mayfair.
Another favourite thing to do was to chat to local old ladies. We would tie Battenberg onto string and let it drop out of the window, enticing them upstairs so we could find out all of their brilliant old lady stories!
There are lots of secrets held in Mayfair. I’ve seen corpses on the street and people disappear, all with no police investigation. My next book will be set around this murder mystery theme.

On Tiaras
Tiaras are one of the many perks of being a married woman. When I was a young girl, I was excited to be married so I could wear a variation. Quite a lot of my tiaras are Georgian, Victorian, Regency or from the French Empire period. They include Rose cut diamonds, pearls and sapphires. It is always best to keep a spare tiara in your handbag as you never know when you’ll need it. Then you can simply slip it on at a moment’s notice and your ready for your close up…
On Tea
Tea should always be served in fine porcelain. When my children were at Oxford I immediately furnished them with a set of fine bone china tea sets- serving it in anything else simply won’t do. Just because it’s a cup and saucer doesn’t mean it’s a set, otherwise you are serving a completely different drink…

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On Being Best Friends With Scott’s
Living so close to Scott’s was an attribute. I became on such good terms with the owners and waiters and they do the most fantastic oysters! If I was busy writing at home, I could simply drop a bucket down and they would happily fill it for me with their finest selection.

On Her New Book The Mayfair Eccentrics
This is my first foray into none fiction and I became immersed in the history of Mayfair and St. James when I found out the land was owned by Mary Davies, who in 1665 when her father died, became the heiress to 100 acres of land. This book covers the eccentric woman and forward-thinking gentleman, from 1660 to the present day and the many secrets and history that Mayfair beholds. Some of my inspirations include Catherine Braganza, Duchess of Newcastle, Elizabeth Wilbraham as well as more recent ones Edith Sitwell and Evelyn Waugh, who wanted to pursue art, literature and tea salons.
The Mayfair Eccentrics will be released in late 2016

Every year, people across the globe celebrate Saint Valentines Day on the 14th February. A special day to cherish the one you love or even show friends just how much you care.

Originally an annual feast day honouring Christian saints named Valentinus it is now recognised as a significant cultural and commercial celebration for sweethearts all over and is often left annonymous (always good to keep them guessing I say!)

May you celebrate the Beauty of Saint Valentines Day in the most delicious way!

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“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day. And I believe in miracles.” Audrey Hepburn

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“There comes a time in a girls life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne…” Bette Davis

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“The best thing in life to hold on to is each other…” Audrey Hepburn

“A woman written in mystery is worth a curiosity trip.” Mae West

Wearing: Janet Reger Valentines Lingerie

Table: Fortnums and Masons Jam, Liberty’s Roses and Veuve Cliquot Rose

Photography courtesy of Harriet Packford

The French call such a figure a femme fatale. In more modern times she is known for her destructive illusion…

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I can afford a blemish on my character, but not on my clothes.

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She’s a saint with the lips of a sinner,

She’s an angel with a devilish kiss.

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Maybe she loved mysteries so much she became one.

Look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man and work like a boss.

All jewellery by Butler and Wilson

Photography courtesy of H. Milton

The beginning of a new year is always exciting. A clean slate. Time to start over, work on new dreams and be inspired again.

Below are some of my favourite January items in one of my favourite areas Holland Park, W11.

So ignore the chill, dust off your finery, polish your best shoes and live life like it’s a catwalk.

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It’s the start of a new year. A new beginning. Everything will change.

-Mae West

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You will open the book. It’s page are blank. The book is called Opportunity.

-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself

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Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

-Paulo Coelho

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I want it all- and I would like it delivered!

-Bette Midler

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Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.

-Marilyn Monroe

Shoes @rupertsanderson

Glasses @miumiu

Coat @zara

Dress @flamingovintage L.A

1940’s Hat @MGM L.A

Photography courtesy of H. Milton

In Honour of Bettie Page

Photos by Eamon McCabe

 

Bettie Page, often referred to as ‘Queen of Pinups,’ was a 1950’s icon and has influenced artists for generations. She started off as a ‘camera club’ model and soon gained popularity as Miss January 1955 for Playboy. She started modelling after moving to New York City and soon posed for infamous photographers Bunny Yeager and Irvine Klaw whilst she was widely known in magazines Wink and Beauty Parade. Here is my shoot by Eamon McCabe wearing her trademark black bangs with a dash of vintage glamour…

 

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“The interesting thing about Bettie that I discovered was to leave mystery. She always retained a little mystery. Let there be some unknowns.”                                                                                                                    

 –Gretchen Mol

 

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“I was never the girl next door.”                                                                                                                                    

Bettie Page

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“It suggested forbidden fruit as well as apple pie.”

-Playboy Magazine on Bettie Page

 

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“I never kept up with the fashions. I believed in wearing what I thought looked good on me.”                    

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