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Issue #179 - Success In The Second (Or Third) Season!
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To Glove Or Not To Glove?
Although during winter months gloves are not so much a fashion choice as a necessity, propriety has often dictated that women wear gloves whenever they are outdoors, regardless of the season. Some formal events also necessitate keeping a pair of gloves on, but in most instances it is appropriate to remove them with one's coat and hat upon arrival, which puts fashion-forward young women in a bind: how to appropriately couple jewelry with gloves. Large, bulky gloves are often obviously unwieldy and risk harming the lady's appearance outside, though they can typically cover all but the most cumbersome rings. Slimmer, more attractive gloves, on the other hand, may necessitate the lady going without jewelry for the main event!

The choice of gloves is a complicated one, and much thought must be given as to the amount of time a lady is expected to be wearing them. For events with an outdoor component, such as garden parties or sporting events, women are advised to forego jewelry and instead choose a particularly fetching pair of gloves. Evening parties such as dances and formal dinners will, on the other hand, most likely mean that very few will see the woman in her "outer wear," and thus the primary consideration should be for planning her jewelry, and the gloves chosen merely to cover. The clumsiness of the gloves will not be an issue if she is escorted by a proper man who will open doors and lower carriage steps for her!

There is, however, a third alternative, lately debuted by a Italian fashionista. The warmer climate in the Mediterranean has made the wearing of full fingertip to elbow gloves quite odious to many young ladies, and so they have created what is called the "cuff glove;" simply put, these are composed of small collars that fit around a lady's wrists, and loose, decorative fabric which covers her hands without actually fitting over her fingers. It is yet to be seen whether this trend will catch in England, where propriety may dictate against it--but if they become popular, cuff gloves might serve the perfect balance between allowing ladies to bedeck themselves however they see fit, without having to wear cumbrous outer gloves (at least, not in warm weather).

Lace gloves are elegant and form fitting, but it is absolutely impossible to pair them with jewelry such as rings or bracelets without risking a snag.


Traditional gloves can cover most slender rings, but are often bulky and clumsy.


A pair of “cuff gloves” -- the wave of the future?


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Mr. Grimm is an eligible bachelor with a suitable job despite his questionable family members. 10 Facts About Edmund Grimm
With the new season approaching fast, many eyes are turning towards the eligible bachelors in society. One likely overlooked bachelor is Mister Edmund Grimm. The following are ten facts that have been gleaned about Mister Grimm so that a young lady might see if he might just be her perfect match this season!


Mister Edmund Grimm has quite the dashing smile which just might make up for the fact that he has a limp!
1. He is the Head of the Department of Magical Games & Sports
While not one of the more prestigious departments, the Department of Magical Games & Sports is nonetheless quite important. Especially when it comes to our entertainment in the form of dueling or quidditch. Holding such a position speaks both for his ability to support a wife and to be a fun sort of fellow. Despite not meeting the usual job requirements, he gained special permission from the Minister of Magic to take on the role which shows just how trusted and capable he is seen as being.

2. He was born on April 9th, making him an Aries!
Aries are said to be courageous and confident, both great aspects to have in a husband. The most compatible with Mister Grimm would be ladies born under the sun signs of Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius. It is best that Cancers and Capricorns stay away from this man.

3. He was a Gryffindor in the class of 1872.
Other notable people of his year consist of Jonathan Webster and Gaius Malfoy!


4. He is the older brother of Everett Grimm!
Some readers might remember the more infamous Everett Grimm. The younger Mister Grimm has since settled down into marriage which is a positive sign that any wild tendencies that Mister Grimm might possibly have can also be tamed by the right woman.

5. His best friend is Jonathan Webster.
Mister Webster is also an eligible bachelor which makes the pair the ideal match for a pair of close friends or sisters!

6. He used to play for the Appleby Arrows!
Prior to his career in the Ministry, Mister Grimm played for the Appleby Arrows starting from his graduation from Hogwarts all the way to 1879 when an injury saw him retiring. He then took up a job in the Department of Magical Games & Sports.

7. He was part of the Hogsmeade Trail Expeditions.
A horrid part of our history, Mister Edmund Grimm likely survived great turmoil and returned from the expedition in one piece. This speaks well of his resourceful nature.

8. He lost part of a leg in the Ministry Catastrophe of 1885
Surviving a brush with death, Mister Grimms right leg was not able to be saved. He is now always seen with a cane.

9. His wand wood is rowan.
Rowan wands are purported to be drawn to protective natures, a desirable trait to have in ones husband.

10. He stands at a very tall six feet, two inches!
Mister Grimm stands well above the average height, making him ideal for women of taller statures.


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Success in the Second (or Third) Season!
Securing a husband in the first season is a struggle for most young debutantes, but few have it harder than young ladies who have failed to find a husband the first (or even second!) time around.

It’s easy for a young woman who had previously had high hopes to grow anxious — or even depressed — when returning home at the end of August with nothing to do for the rest of the year. Some even give up completely, ruling out any options to intermingle with eligible bachelors as “a hopeless cause” and resign themselves to the life of a governess.

Today, Witch Weekly is here to bring back hope into the hearts to the loveless ladies of the magical world!

Step #1: Play Dumb!

One of the key features in women that gentleman look for is youthfulness, and it’s not unlikely that eligible bachelors will be watching for the newest young ladies to the scene! If you wish to catch their eye, you must convince them that you are just as inexperienced as the newest Hogwarts graduates!

Talking about past season’s events are a no-no (at least until you actually secure his heart!), as is any conversation that hints at your age!

Step #2: New Wardrobe!

Even the wealthiest debutantes can sometimes be guilty of entering the public eye wearing last year’s fashion — which, unfortunately for them, is a clear sign of past season’s failures! Not only does it show that you owned last year’s latest fashions, but it demonstrates that you’re trying to same previously-unsuccessful tactics to catch the eye of a prospective husband! If a gentleman believes other men didn’t want you, they certainly won’t!
Step #3: Become Well-Versed in Conversational Topics

While quidditch may be a frivolous and unladylike interest, it’s a sad fact of life that even many of the most dignified gentleman enjoy the sport — either in play or as entertainment! Such is the same with politics, academia, and other topics that a lady of good breeding has no reason to studay in great depth.

Unfortunately, desperate times call for desperate measures; sometimes the best way to a gentleman’s heart is through his own interests, and a woman who’s capable of holding a conversation about them may earn his favor. That doesn’t mean you must become an expert overnight! Sometimes the attentiveness is all it takes to charm him!

Step #4: Be Yourself

Before you pursue this radical of an option, think deeply about who you truly are, as opposed as the face you show to society. It’s a common mistake for young debutantes to obscure their spark — the qualities that make them both appealing and unique — in their attempts to obscure their more unseemly traits. While there are certainly some behaviors and personality traits that should be hidden from a public eye, many debutantes trying to wear the same mask can lead to a gentleman growing uninterested!

If you feel you’re obscuring a truly important aspect to your personality, whether it be a cause you support or a hobby you pursue from the privacy of your own parlor, it’s not an awful idea to show it to the world. While all true gentleman share the same basic traits — chivalry, politeness, conscientiousness — none are exactly alike. While individuality is often looked down upon by society as a whole, it might be that one little spark that attracts your potential life companion!



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The news that the Benet girls had stowed away onboard a sailing vessel caused quite the stir — do you think the situation can be attributed to the terrible luck of twins, or is there something more suspicious going on with the Benet family? Letters From Our Readers!
              Dear Witch Weekly,
I simply loved your article recently about the potion which can ensure you are having a baby boy — but is there anything we know of that can prevent the birth of twins? Having two boys when one is hoping for an heir would complicate matters unnecessarily, and with all of the dramatics surrounding them recently I don't believe my family could handle the trouble they bring! Miss Scrimgeour is the obvious example, but those Benet twins that tried to run away on the ship are another — and they're proof that sometimes both twins are unlucky and ill-adjusted, not just one of the pair!
              Sincerely,
              Hoping For A Single

              Dear Witch Weekly,
I have been an avid reader since your first publication, and in this week’s issue found the decision-maker regarding whether or not to wear a particular gown to be very useful—as are most of your pieces! I consider myself to be something of a mover and shaker in society, which is why I was startled—to say the least!—when this week’s issue featured so prominently a couple I have never even heard of.

I like to think I speak for most of your target readership when I say that no one cares about a baker girl and that, if you wish to hold our interest against similar publications, you should maintain your focus on society, rather than the lower masses.
              Sincerely,
              A Past and Hopefully Future Subscriber

              Dear Witch Weekly,
I hope you intend to do some digging into those shameful Benet parents who let their children run around unescorted long enough to sneak on to a boat! I heard that Mr. Benet's entire family died in France, which I find awfully suspicious — they really must just be the worst sorts of people, and it's clear that you can't trust the Prophet for this sort of cutting-edge investigative journalism!
              Sincerely,
              British Parent (Who Has Never Misplaced Two Daughters)


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