Today, we want to share our favorites with you. There are some costumes that blew my mind, because of their design, because of the their color, because they were timeless, and because of who they represented in their personality. Daisy the scullery maid and Mrs. Patmore the cook are my favorite characters and their outfits were part of the exhibition.
Here’s the first of our favorites, also one of the most popular of the exhibit, judging by the number of visitors crowding around it:
Edith’s wedding dress
Daisy’s work dress
Beside evoking Daisy, this costume is special in other ways. The apron has triangular pockets! and the waistline closeup looks like the way someone would sew by hand rather than with a sewing machine. I may have read somewhere that this is an authentic antique. But I don’t know if that is the apron or the dress.
Mrs. Patmore’s dress and apron
Again, this costume evokes Mrs. Patmore perfectly. Can’t you see her staring at you, both kind and stern and uncertain and certain? Plain sewn edges, no lace, but double neckline — just lovely!
Closeup of Mrs. Patmore’s dress and apron from Downton Abbey
Rose’s flapper dress
This might be my most favorite. The photograph does no justice to the color and texture of this genuine antique. The color blows you away, and the velvet picks up every shade in the light. The beading is almost secondary to the outfit.
Closeup 3 of Rose’s flapper dress from Downton Abbey
Lady Mary’s spider web dress
This dress was a surprise for me. I don’t think of Lady Mary as especially vampy, but this dress is all that and more. I imagine that the beading is antique, meaning that the dress or what there is of it is authentic, but it definitely requires underlayment and under garments galore!
Sybil’s harem pants
This outfit drew a lot of press. It was not an antique but drew on a famous designer’s introduction of harem pants around the turn of the century. I have seen bodice embroidery like it machine made from about 50 years later, but this could be original to the period.
We’ll leave you with one of the great quotations from Downton Abbey, when the Dowager Countess is slyly poking at Matthew’s mother’s always pointing out what needs fixing. It is one of my favorites.
Enjoy the eye candy and share with us your favorites!
Our guest author today is Jessie Hughes. This is a sponsored post.
There are many specific occasions in life when it’s considered a good idea to give flowers. These range from happy events such as birthdays and anniversaries to sad times such as a bereavement. If you are thinking of sending flowers then it’s a good idea to know what the most appropriate blooms are for the occasion.
This isn’t as simple as ticking off a list because a lot of the consideration can be on a personal level but there are certainly some dos and don’ts to be aware of.
Flowers on a bereavement
Often people send flowers when someone dies as a sign of respect; there are several things to consider if you are thinking of doing this. If you are sending flowers for the actual funeral the most important thing is to find out whether flowers are actually wanted; some people ask for family flowers only and that donations should be made to a relevant charity instead.
If flowers are being received then certain blooms are more popular for inclusion in such arrangements. Such flowers often include white lilies, roses and irises. If you knew the deceased, or know the family, well then you may be in a position to include a favorite or meaningful bloom in the arrangement.
Of course you can also send flowers to the family of the deceased after the funeral. The choice for this can vary from a white and more somber bouquet to a color and type of bloom that you know will be appreciated by the recipient.
If you are buying flowers for someone on their birthday then you are probably going to consider the recipients preferences in your purchasing decision. But what if you don’t know the person that well; what sort of flowers can be fun and bring a smile? Sunflowers are excellent for doing this; they symbolize warmth and happiness. The face of the sunflower also reflects the longevity of the sun itself so you are wishing the recipient many more happy birthdays to come.
Roses are a traditional bloom for love, so they are extremely popular as a gift on wedding anniversaries. But that doesn’t mean they are the only flowers you can send on these occasions. There are certain flowers that are usually sent on certain anniversaries. Freesia is commonly sent on the seventh wedding anniversary and is a symbol of fidelity and trust.
Tulips are many people’s favorite flower of love and are also a symbol of grace; they are traditionally sent on eleventh wedding anniversaries.
No Reason at All!
You can see how much flowers are an integral part of gift giving on several life occasions; of course you can actually give flowers at any time, you don’t have to have a reason. But if you are going floral for a specific reason then it’s a good idea to put some thought behind the purchase and buy blooms that effectively reflect the occasion.
Have Flowers Sent to You
Remember, men, women love flowers! Anytime, anywhere, any reason. Just do it! You’ll be rewarded in ways you can’t imagine. You don’t have to have the flowers delivered, or you can have them delivered to yourself and then take them in hand to your love. It’s less expensive than a fancy meal, easier than shopping for that just right gift of jewelry, and the memory to her will last FOREVER!