Downton Abbey is one of my favorite TV shows. The British period drama is a feast for the eyes featuring exquisite costumes and gorgeous locations. Series 4 is finally airing in the U.S., and the first episode has me excited to see the rest of the season. If you don’t follow the show, there is still time to catch up. The first three seasons are available on Amazon Prime.
The series opens the day the Titanic sinks, killing the heir to Downton Abbey. If you enjoyed the costumes in Titanic, you will probably enjoy the fashion in this series. Lady Mary, the eldest daughter of the Earl of Grantham, has an envy inducing wardrobe. From a sever but spectacular riding habit to intricately beaded evening gowns, Mary steals every scene. When not dressing for dinner, the Crawley women fancy soft colors and blouse and skirt ensembles. The series ends at the start of World War I.
It’s 1916, and the Battle of the Somme is taking place. The world is changing and so are the fashions. Hemlines are creeping up and gowns are getting looser, and we start to see early flapper looks. People still dress up, but the formality of dressing for dinner starts to slowly fade away – after all, there is a war on. The series ends in 1918.
After losing her reporting job to layoffs at the local paper, Caeleah Turner’s pity party at the airport is interrupted by a woman claiming to know the location of the world’s best cheesecake. Intrigued, Caeleah trades plane tickets with the woman and finds herself in Chestnut, Colorado, a tiny town hiding a woman known as […]
I did a lot of reading this year, and a lot of it was pretty random – plays, memoirs, cookbooks, etc. Here are some of the books that entertained and stayed with me even after I finished the final page. Chick Lit Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale Pembrook Park, a Jane Austen themed park, […]
It’s that time of the year for watching your favorite holiday movies. In my opinion, these are the best Christmas movies and are worthy of a holiday movie marathon. Putting this list together has made me realize that I have a bit of an obsession with New York in the 1990’s. I guess I should […]
At Symbol Marquee Light – This would look great in an office or den. Spotlight Tripod Table Lamp – Turn your living room into a movie mini set. The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz – A fantastic look behind the scenes. The Hunger Games Prop Replica of Katniss’ Arena Jacket – Three jackets in one! Best of […]
I can’t resist the pull of a good book on a cold, rainy day (or any day), and I can’t get enough of historical fiction. Who says you have to read a textbook to study the past? get adderall online These three books have kept me occupied lately and left me yearning to learn more […]
Saturday is the day when all our hopes and/or fears will collide with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. What is going to happen? I don’t know. I refuse to watch the trailer. Spoilers. Invitations Hand out TARDIS blue envelopes like in “The Impossible Astronaut.” Random Creativity has a great tutorial. Decorations Turn your door into a […]
It snowed last night, and despite the weatherman’s promises, the ground is still covered in a soft, white powder. Noooo! I’m not ready for winter. However, cold weather season is the perfect time to pickup a crochet hook and start making some book inspired accessories. Go check out my guest post on Quirk Books for […]
I’m not much of a comic book fan. I don’t care who Spider-Man is dating or if Captain America is alive or dead. However, somehow I became a fan of Loki, the conniving but miscalculating villain of Thor and The Avengers. Despite the long list of movies I want to watch, I ended up seeing Thor: […]
Apparently, Christmas is less than two months away. I don’t want to believe it because then it would mean that the year is almost over and what do I have to show for it…? Time mercilessly marches forward while I am left floundering in its wake. Dramatic pause. Now, I think this is a […]