Tom Stephenson writes a compact but adorable Lifestyle blog, so I asked him what the answer is. He says,
'Lifestyle' is how we emulate the 'Culture' of those to whom we aspire. Culture is either acquired through exposure to generations of traditional practices ... or bought using hard cash ...Lifestyle, he goes on to suggest, is "a natural, pinkish sort of high" that can be glamorised a lot more readily than culture.
[my facial recognition software struggled with this tart]
There may be some truth in that. This is what I call my 'Lifestyle Tart', glamorised through being placed on polka dots. It gives me that natural pinkish sort of high and is a staple for entertaining visitors, unless I'm being lazy and can only rise to a hand-purchased packet of chocolate biscuits.
If I consider this tart to be an art installation on my kitchen table, emblematic of transience or what have you, does it become Culture? If not, what is the Culture it aspires to emulate? Would you and Melvyn Bragg come round for a slice and help me out here?