Movie Sets I’m in love with…





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Atonement. I love these muted florals.  I love the fabrics.  I love the feeling of these rooms.  Is that a needlepoint Aubusson rug?  And why can’t I find any of these vintage, fringed lampshades in the States (ebay)?  Is that an English thing?  And look!  There is a sweet beveled/etched mirror (my new obsession) on the vanity table.  Have you ever seen anything like this fireplace surround?  It’s the epitome of fancy/cozy.


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Testament of Youth.  I can’t find any other pictures of her bedroom.  It was so lovely.  It had the same feeling as Keira Knightly’s bedroom in Atonement to me.  Muted florals, velvets, the caned bench.  LOVE.

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And this sweater!  I have to make one!  I just want to buy one a similar color and embroider it with yarn myself.  That sounds doable, right?

Atonement takes place during WW2 and Testament of Youth during WW1.  Isn’t it funny that the decor feels so similar?  I think it is all about the vintage wallpaper.  I think I need it in my half bath.  This past summer we had a leak and had to replace flooring in the powder room so we also put up a half wall of white bead board and a vintage light fixture at the same time.  I love it.  I painted the upper wall white…but I’m not loving it.  It is such a small space, I think vintage wallpaper would be just the thing.

Look at this wallpaper Rachel Ashwell used.  Look at this wallpaper from Lily Ashwell’s house.  Are they not so inspiring???  They all have the same feel that I am after.

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Look at this vintage wallpaper from ebay.  It feels just about right I think.  But it is hard to say since I am looking at the colors on a computer screen.  There are 8 yards total.  I have no idea if that is enough or not.  I will need to measure.  I’ve never hung wallpaper, let alone vintage wallpaper!  What do you think???


Downton Abbey Season 6 is back (in England of course)

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d79fd607396a9d3a6ceae79dbf500ddf DA Lavinia       From The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes. Copyright © 2011 St. Martin’s Press, LLC.

Downton Abbey is such a favorite of mine.  The costumes never disappoint!  We have to wait until January to see it in The States :/

Do you like my new blog?  I think the make over is complete!  This is my first test post in a year <3


Have you seen Queen Margot?

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I am an absolute costume movie/period movie addict.  I just love looking at the clothes and sets of different time periods.  So I am super excited to see that Queen Margot, one of my top five period films of all time, is being re-released for it’s 20th anniversary with additional footage!  I read that they cut out a lot of the original French movie in order to make it more appealing to the American market.  They wanted this French movie to focus more on the love story for the American release.  Isn’t that sort of unexpected and interesting?  I have not seen the new version yet but I am dying to.  There are so many scenes that look like they are straight out of a Renaissance painting.  I’ll warn you now though.  It is an all around intense film.  The massacre and fighting is intense, Margot’s family is intense, and the French love scenes are intense (but not in a bad, cable tv way, in a way that they fit seamlessly into the movie and enhance the characters/story).  The film is based on the Alexandre Dumas book (written in 1845) that tells the story of the 1572  St Bartholomew’s Day Masacre.  I read the book after seeing the movie and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t impressed with the book (and I usually like classic books).  How often can you say that?  Actually, I often say that when it comes to period films.  I am so in love with the visual aspect of the film that I frequently don’t care if they have destroyed the story.  As long as they haven’t made a mess of the dialogue (I hate bad dialogue!).  I can usually roll with it when the costumes and set are worth it.  That’s terrible, right?  I have to say though that with Queen Margot, the story, casting, dialogue, costumes, and sets all work for me.  It is all so terrifying and beautiful and French.


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This blue dress kills me.  Literally.  I want one.


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Look at the hair jewelry/crown.  To die for.


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This shot is amazing.  It looks like a painting to me.  The director goes for some extra long, still shots of some scenes so that you can appreciate the artwork of it all.


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Isabelle Adjani was 39 years old in this movie.  What?!?!?  I’m 39 now.   She is so lovely.  French women really do know something about beauty, don’t they?  It’s rather inspiring.


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Did I mention that Vincent Perez plays Margot’s love?  He is every bit as beautiful as she is.


I just realized something.  I think this is the film that truly began my obsession with period films, costumes, and fabric.  I was maybe 19 or 20 when Christian and I rented this on video.  I can remember watching it for the first time and rewinding it and re watching it immediately afterwards.  If you haven’t seen this movie, please do and tell me what you think!




The Great Gatsby and a few other things…


Is everyone as excited as me to see Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby?  It comes out May 10.  I am all about period movies based on classic literature.  I think it is my favorite movie genre ever.  I’m in love with the clothing from this time period.  Have you seen the Prada sketches of costumes for the movie floating about on Pinterest?  Every time I watch this Gatsby trailer I want to chop my hair off and lose 20 pounds.  LOL  I am of course on the lookout for some Gatsby inspired clothing.



I have been extremely lucky in finding some new clothes this Spring that I just adore.   They are not 1920’s but they feel vintage and maybe even a little Gatsby to me.  They sort of make me want a Mint Julep.


I am just crazy for subtle, feminine detailing in clothing.  I also really enjoy clothes that look period or even a little costumey.  I get that it’s not everyone’s thing.  In some parallel universe, I think I just might be a costume designer for the movies:)  This is a 100% cotton eyelet, peplum top with a scalloped sleeve from Ann Taylor Loft.  I have to admit that I had just about given up hope on Loft.  Their fall/winter stuff was all synthetic materials and no vintage feeling clothes at all.  I am so happy I “happened to check them out” again.  They are just about the only convenient clothing store (other than Target) to me so I will most likely forever continue to walk through Loft even though I have a love/hate relationship with it.



Here is another one from Loft, 100% cotton, dotted Swiss t with an eyelet panel down the front and 3 little buttons on the back.



This mint, 100% cotton, peter pan collar shift has row, vertical pleats (That isn’t the right word.  Granzie, help me out…what is that called?  It escapes me right now.) and khaki highlighted, open work/hemstitching (not sure exactly what that’s called either) down the front.



This one is from Boden.  It’s 100% cotton, dotted Swiss with a peter pan collar and scalloped button placket.  I will most likely wear all of these with jeans.



The shoes are from  It’s a brand new to me called Chelsea Crew that does some very vintagey looking shoes.  Yay!  I saw these shoes and had to have them even though I don’t wear heels.  These are very comfortable and great for someone like me who loves the look of heels but doesn’t have the sort of life for heels (they are very low+wide=practical).  I’m wearing these to the grocery.  With jeans.   I don’t care.  I’m not waiting to dress up to use them (because I really never go anywhere that I need to dress up).  I have always wanted t-strap shoes, they are just so old fashioned.  These are synthetic (not leather) and therefor, pretty reasonably priced.   The hat was $10 from Target.  Oh no!  Hats on beds is bad!  Thanks Drugstore Cowboy for giving me a hats on beds phobia (Carey, this movie always makes me think of you <3 ).

PS  The flower duvet on the bed is a recent consignment find that I’m absolutely crazy for.  I got a whole set of Liberty of London for Target bedding from the Consignment shop next to the Farm Woman’s market in Bethesda a few months ago.  It was a great price AND my mom was so kind to spoil me and buy it for me 🙂



I’ve been messing around with some Masterpiece Theater inspired hairdos in an attempt to feel inspired about keeping my hair long when I see Gatsby.  I’m so not kidding.  When I walked out of Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge movie I knew I needed a belly button ring.  I didn’t even like the movie, but it was so visually inspiring.   PS  This hairstyle was super easy.


Um….I’ve never posted a pic of myself in the 3.5 years I’ve had my blog.  Awkward.  I wanted to post this for 2 reasons.  #1 My Grams face-timed me by accident last weekend and I was sick and looked awful.  I promise I don’t always look soooo horrible, Grams 🙂  (plus, I was taking a pic of my hair anyway).  #2  This is the other shirt I bought this Spring from Boden.  It is synthetic, but it has a peter pan collar and horizontal, row pleating/what-sits?    And the color is just darling.


OK, so the name of this post should actually be:  Holy Cow!  I bought five shirts!  Such a splurge but I’m happy I did it.  Sometimes it just feels good when it’s my turn to be spoiled.


**Pin tucking!  Thanks, Nora 🙂  Those are the pleated what-sits I was thinking of…**



Call the Midwife

PBS has a new show airing this Sunday (September 30th) at 8pm.  It’s called “Call the Midwife” and it looks fabulous (I guess it is already a hit in England?).  It is about midwives and it is period (of course it’s a hit).  Super fun!  Don’t forget to watch it!



Masterpiece Theater starts on Sunday!!!

Masterpiece Classic

This winter and spring, Masterpiece classic returns with signature period dramas, hosted by Laura Linney.

  • December 18 & 25, 2011; January 1, 2012 at 9pm
    (Check local listings)
    Downton Abbey, Season One
    Episodes 1 & 2 (Dec. 18th – 180 minutes);
    Episodes 3-4 (90 minutes); TV-PG

    A stately country house, a noble family and a succession crisis are the backdrop for this Primetime Emmy® Award winning drama by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) starring Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and others.
  • January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12 & 19, 2012 at 9pm
    (Check local listings)
    Downton Abbey, Season Two
    Episode 1, 6 & 7 (120 minutes); Episodes 2-5 (60 minutes); TV-PG
    Multiple Primetime Emmy® Award winner (including Outstanding Miniseries) Downton Abbey resumes the story of aristocrats and servants in the tumultuous World War I era.
  • January 15, 22 & 29, 2012 at 10pm
    (Limited TV airings; Check local listings)
    Three 90-minute episodes
    Sherlock Holmes stalks again in this contemporary thriller, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse) as the go-to consulting detective in modern-day London, with Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) as Dr. John Watson.
  • February 26, 2012 at 9pm   (Check local listings)
    The Old Curiosity Shop
    One 90-minute episode
    A teenage girl and her grandfather lose everything to a maniacal moneylender and flee his relentless pursuit. Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius) stars as Grandfather, with Sophie Vavasseur (Northanger Abbey) as Nell and Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as Quilp.
  • April 1 & 8, 2012 at 9pm   (Check local listings)
    Great Expectations
    Episode 1 (60 minutes); Episode 2 (120 minutes)
    Great Expectations tells the story of Pip the battered orphan boy, who rises from blacksmith’s apprentice to gentleman under the patronage of a mysterious benefactor. Gillian Anderson (Bleak House), David Suchet (Hercule Poirot) and Ray Winstone star.
  • April 15, 2012 at 9pm   (Check local listings)
    The Mystery of Edwin Drood
    One 120-minute episode
    An adaptation and completion of Charles Dickens’ last novel left unfinished at his death, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood is a psychological thriller about a provincial choirmaster’s obsession with 17-year-old Rosa Bud. Cast includes Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters) and Julia MacKenzie (Miss Marple).
  • April 22 & 29, 2012 at 9pm   (Check local listings)
    Two 90-minute episodes
    Based on Sebastian Faulk’s novel about lovers torn apart by World War I. Eddie Redmayne (The Pillars of the Earth) plays Stephen Wrayford, whose pre-war affair with Isabelle Azaire (Clemence Poesy, Harry Potter) has an enduring effect on him as he fights in the trenches.