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Victoria July/August 2019

In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

United States
Hoffman Media
7 Issues

in this issue

1 min
dear friends

“I walked far down the beach,” Anne Morrow Lindbergh writes in Gift from the Sea, “soothed by the rhythm of the waves, the sun on my bare back and legs, the wind and mist from the spray on my hair.” When I discovered this inimitable volume—our current Victoria Classics Book Club selection—thoughts drifted naturally to my mother, who has always sought solace along the shore. Living near the coast during my childhood, our family often slipped out on Sunday afternoons to picnic in the sand. Unfettered by distractions, we made the best memories together, and I remember keenly how at ease my parents seemed in those unhurried hours whiled away amid salt-tinged breezes. Years later, when raising my boys, I recognized that familiar glow as I watched Mother stroll the Gulf…

1 min

Take a closer look at some of our favorite July/August features: Plein Air Preservation Learn more about a talented trio of Florida artists who wield their paintbrushes to safeguard the distinctive character of a beloved coastal community. Her Signature Look Find inspiration among the elegantly adorned environs of interior designer and author Carolyn Westbrook, whose Texas abode mingles French style with gracious Southern charm. Bursting with Sweetness Savor summer’s freshest picks with desserts developed by the Victoria test kitchens to highlight the season’s most vibrant berries. New England Flavor Bring home a taste of Vermont’s historic Basin Harbor with the stunning lakeside resort’s prized recipe for Herbed Crab Cakes with Sweet Corn Sauce—perfect fare for a day on the water. Digital Edition Subscribe to Victoria on your favorite reading platform for earlier access and searchable articles available at the simple…

7 min
collected along the shore

The gifts to be found at the water’s edge are many and profound. When I was a child, I discovered that the little bubbles that occur when the waves roll back, when excavated just a bit, yield odd little eels that I would gleefully place in a sand bucket with my youthful dream of keeping them as pets. Since then, I have seen similar tiny bubbles under receding waves, but never again have they yielded such exciting live treasures. In my grown-up sojourns, I look for unusual conchs, mostly in shades of white, and prize them for their graceful beauty, even when broken. A recent trip to Florida yielded the prize of prizes: an open, pearlized conch ready-made to hold other treasures. It is a natural showcase for jewelry. The best gift…

6 min
annabelle and the yellow baron

Trouble in paradise. How often it lurks under an aura of perfection. That year, spring’s exuberant expression rose over the top. Plentiful rain and early warmth had coaxed lilac, dogwood, jasmine, and roses all into intersecting bloom. A cool interlude followed as early summer approached, and the display held. I remember it even now because I recorded the astonishment one morning, taking coffee and a notepad outside. Birds flew every which way, and Annabelle, our little cat, seemed overwhelmed. She just sat regarding the scene from her favorite post under the birdbath. It’s too early in the season for the Yellow Baron, I thought, as I heard the faint, unmistakable drone of his fast, low-flying, brightly colored plane. The neighbors tended to shake their heads when mentioning him because he was…

1 min
brushed with heritage

2 min
cherished heirlooms