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    Issue #159 - "Herschel Dawlish Attacked Me"
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    4 New Trends Set To Take Society By Storm!
    While our continental cousins across the Channel lack many of our country's estimable qualities and refinements, it cannot be denied that where fashion is concerned we often find ourselves taking cues from them. Not all of Europe's trends are worth emulating, but a great many are and will be. It is in the best interest of a society lady to find out as soon as possible which trends will make it across so as not to fall behind her peers in fashion.

    For this reason we bring you a shortlist of the continental fashions guaranteed to dominate the upper echelons of society over the next few months.

    1. Miniature Gnome Villages
    We anticipate this first one will be met with a great deal of skepticism but we ask that you bear with us if you have yet to witness firsthand a miniature gnome village. While gnome removal is a task delegated to one's gardener, the determination of the pests to return and infest one's prize rose bushes among other places where they ought not to be is an ongoing battle many know all too well. One witch is said to have had such difficulty with her gnome population, that after they ambushed a garden party she held this summer, she came up with a unique solution.

    Some of these gnome villages are incredibly detailed and ornate.

    A three foot scaled down village was constructed for the gnomes with enchantments placed around the perimeter to prevent their escape and rather than banish her gnome infestation, she has turned them into a decorative piece. Her gnome village was such a success that it has been imitated in a great many of Europe's country estates.

    2. Bosom Rings
    Particularly in vogue amongst the well to do (of both sexes) in Paris, bosom rings are exactly what they suggest. Much like the commonplace earring, these are rings that instead decorate one's nipples instead of the lobes of one's ears. Many go so far as to have delicate chains connecting these rings to further decorate the area. Part of the allure of this trend, we must assume, is the mystery that is wondering which of your peers may be obscuring a handsome set of bosom rings beneath their attire.
    3. Jolis Flotteurs
    You'd be forgiven for thinking this was another fashion cultivated in France when in fact it is a Belgian gentleman who is to blame here. The aforementioned gentleman has quickly risen to great eminence in the flying carpet industry with his revolutionary flying carpets. However, if you accused Monsieur Fournier of making flying carpets, he'd be most grievously offended. His Jolis Flotteurs, as he calls them, are each unique and tailor made for the customer and bear little resemblance at all to a 'carpet'. Fashion has returned to air travel in the form of stunning silks, velvets, and satins that look as though they oughtn't to be able to bear the weight of even a small child. They are truly a sight to behold and can only be purchased from the man himself. The waiting time to place orders is allegedly up to six months at present but predicted to fall back to four or five months after the holiday season.

    4. Mustache Charms
    Now one for the gentlemen. In Italy, a fashion for larger than life mustaches has married with magic and the result spread like wildfire. The gentlemen following this trend are growing their mustaches — many are said to be using charms and potions to enhance their mustache yield — waxing them, and then casting various charms upon them. The most commonly seen style of enchanted mustache is the self-curling and unfurling mustache. Others include musical mustaches, mustaches that change style with the wearer's mood, and even mustaches that have been turned into scenes in miniature. One gentleman spotted at a quidditch match had the ends of his mustache forming three goal hoops each while tiny conjured chasers threw a quaffle back and forth.

    This is quite tame compared to some of the mustaches gentlemen are currently sporting!

    Mustache competitions are said to be a common occurrence among gentleman and one of the causes for increasingly more extravagant displays. Some of the consequent mustache treatments that have been produced as a result of this trend have been known to cause adverse effects, however, with a number of men finding their mustaches bursting into flames or falling out in unbecoming chunks.

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    Quiz: How Old Are You Really?
    With the holidays just around the corner, some of us may find ourselves in a troublesome situation when posed with the task of gift giving. In our best intentions, we may think one present best fits our loved one's interests, only to find out they absolutely hate whatever it is that you have bought for them. This could be due to odd hobbies or social habits as a result of their inner age, posing a very difficult obstacle to navigate around for you as the thoughtful gift giver. To make matters easier, we have provided a brief quiz for you to show to these individuals to make the holidays all the more joyous for everyone.


    1.) Where do you see yourself in five years?
    A. In a large estate surrounded by family.
    B. Invested in a long-term career.
    C. Travelling the world.
    D. Deceased.

    2.) What do you most enjoy doing during the day?
    A. Enjoying the fresh outdoors.
    B. Working.
    C. Meeting with friends for a casual outing.
    D. Meddling in other's affairs.

    3.) What is your favorite beverage like?
    A. Something simple and elegant.
    B. Something sweet.
    C. Something tart and tangy.
    D. Something strong and bitter.

    4.) What is your favorite holiday?
    A. Halloween.
    B. Christmas.
    C. Valentines Day.
    D. Your Birthday.

    5.) What is one word you would use to describe yourself?
    A. Outgoing.
    B. Dedicated.
    C. Adventurous.
    D. Wise.

    6.) What is your favorite food?
    A. A fancy danish.
    B. Salad.
    C. Any type of dessert.
    D. Exotic meats.

    7.) What is your favorite time of day?
    A. Night.
    B. Mid-day.
    C. The afternoon or evening.
    D. Early in the morning.

    8.) What is your dream vacation scenario?
    A. A small, quiet and romantic location where your every need and whim is tended to.
    B. In the city with a lot going on. You always have something to do!
    C. Somewhere exciting, colorful and warm to match your personality.
    D. Relaxing on the lake with a good book and favorite drink in hand.

    Results:
    Mostly A's... 30-40. You have a taste for elegance and have gone through the more stressful period of life. Your experience thus far has prepared you for what's to come and has granted you with either a family, a career, or some other long-term path.
    Best gifts to give: something practical, realistic, and useful in the home.

    Mostly B's... 20-30. You are in the prime of your life. So many things are happening for you and things are beginning to fall into place. You have matured and come into your own and may be looking for someone to share all of your successes with. Best gifts to give: something simple and meaningful, though perhaps beneficial and can be used for a long time.

    Mostly C's... 10-20. Your life is just starting, you're experiencing new things and you have so much left to accomplish. You have a lot of goals set in place that you hope to achieve soon and rely on your peers and family for support. Best gifts to give: classic items and hand-me-downs to encourage marriage or independence.

    Mostly D's... 40 or older. You may feel young, but you have reached the point in your life where you must relax and take it easy. You have gone through quite a lot, have had immense gains and loss, and may carry with you a plethora of stories to entertain the grandchildren for hours. Best gifts to give: peace and quiet are largely appreciated, though small trinkets with meaning will do the trick.
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    A well-respected member of wizarding society, who wished to remain anonymous in order to protect her own reputation, spoke out regarding her own rather shocking experience with Mr. Herschel Dawlish, Chief Warlock and candidate for Minister of Magic. "Herschel Dawlish Attacked Me" - A Victim Speaks Out
    Last week we at Witch Weekly attempted to shed some light on the nefarious social schemes of Ministerial Candidate and current Chief Warlock Herschel Dawlish. Since then, a woman has come forward with a first-hand account of the man's indiscretions. For reasons that will soon become obvious to the reader, our source requested to remain anonymous, but suffice to say that her name is more or less a household fixture in magical British society, and our audience would be shocked to learn the impeccably credible source for this story! Reader discretion is advised, as this tale can at times be shocking and disturbing to a well-bred lady.

    I had known of Mr. Dawlish for some time, but my first real interaction with him occurred earlier this year, our source told us. Before then he had been flirtatious to the same degree that you mentioned in your last article, but I never paid it much mind. In retrospect it seems quite inappropriate, but at the time I was too young and inexperienced to know any better. This year, however, everything changed. He took a particular interest in me when he was presented with an opportunity to speak with me alone - something I'm sure my guardian would never have allowed had it been known then what sort of man he was!



    Mr. Dawlish immediately put his hands on me. I attempted to protest, at first by simply moving away from his touch and then by vocalizing how uneasy I was with the situation, but he only grew more bold by the second. Without any encouragement whatsoever from my end, he took my hand, then touched my arms, and then began to rub at my legs through my skirts. At this point I had no idea what to do - As you can imagine I had never been in a situation like this before and could not fathom what I ought to say to him that I hadn't already said. He clearly had no intention of stopping, however much I protested.

    I knew that if I let him continue in this way, he would not stop until I was entirely ruined. I was obliged to feign a sudden illness in order to bring the meeting to a close and escape him. I told my family (in very abbreviated and edited terms) what had happened, and on my behalf they wrote to Mr. Dawlish and severed the acquaintance entirely. Despite this, he continued to approach me at social events at every opportunity. In the full view of all of wizarding England, he attempted to take my hand and lead me off to get me alone again. Fortunately I stood firm and did not allow him even to sit by me on any occasion. It is my firmly held belief that Mr. Dawlish intended to ruin my reputation entirely by attacking me in the same manner that he had done before, pawing and groping - and that if I had proved unwilling to capitulate to his whims in private, he may very well have gone after me in public just to see me ruined. I can only be grateful for my friends and social companions whose presence at these events prevented Mr. Dawlish from finding a likely opportunity.

    When he began flouncing around with that poor Hogwarts student this summer, he lost interest in me (I can only assume because he had found, in a girl of lesser breeding, and easier target for his lasciviousness), and my life has been much improved for the lack of him - but the desperate measures that I had to take in order to avoid being utterly ruined by him on our first real meeting still come back to haunt me from time to time.

    I felt I could not speak out at the time because Mr. Dawilsh occupies such a position of power, and the word of a young woman often means so little. After seeing your article last week about his tendencies towards young women, however, I knew I had to share my story. If elected, Herschel Dawlish's power to abuse and debase young women will be utterly unchecked, and any self-respecting father, brother, cousin, or uncle to a young woman ought to look out for her safety by keeping this man as far away from the Ministry seat as possible!


    Shocking accusations indeed! We encourage any of our readers with similar tales of victimization at Mr. Dawlish's hands to write in - since last week's article we have also uncovered a story from 1870, where Mr. Dawlish was found in flagrante delicto with the wife of a married man. At the time the incident was widely publicized, but has not yet been remarked on during the election season - has Mr. Dawlish perhaps bought the silence of those involved in an attempt to hide his true nature from the voters?

    One thing is clear: our source's tale is not the first time Mr. Dawlish has overstepped the bounds of propriety, nor is it likely to be the last!


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    What to do if you discover your dress is too similar to another guests'!






















    How to save money without sacrificing a young lady's fashion.
    Questions & Answers with Portia Lilly
    Back by popular demand, Miss Portia Lilly is the resident Witch Weekly expert on fashion, beauty, and style.

    Q: I noticed only after I arrived at a party that my sister and I were wearing almost identical dresses--the exact same color and only a slightly different cut! Since I'm married and she isn't, I decided to go home early so as not to hurt her chances of socializing too much. Is there a way to fix this in the moment, however, if it happens again?

    A: The best practice is to coordinate your outfit with your siblings or close friends so that you can avoid this situation altogether, but of course it is not always possible to ensure your outfit is unique among all the guests. Every lady ought to know a good color-changing charm, which could be applied in the powder room in a pinch. If you don't trust yourself to pull it off without prior practice, try wearing layers to future events; you could detract from the similarities by wearing a capelet, fur, or other such article over the shoulders instead of leaving it in the coat room.

    Q: My daughter is a recent debutante and has quite an eye for style and fashion, but she seems to always go for the most expensive dress in whatever shop we go to! It breaks my heart to tell her no on any account, but we simply can't afford such gowns for every invitation we receive. How can we try and save a sickle or two, while not letting our daughter go about in rags?

    A: Fashion isn't cheap, unfortunately, and this problem will require careful skill from you and your daughter to remedy. Next time you take her shopping, invite along any cousins or friends who may be about her size, then see if, after the event, you can convince everyone to switch dresses. A slight embellishment or a color change will have the dress looking like new, and will cut your costs in half! If this is not possible, find a good tailor who can alter the cut of a dress without entirely remaking it, and this will also save you quite a bit. Any good tailor should know a myriad of color-changing charms and it is quite unlikely that anyone will suspect it is the same gown!
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