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Downton Abbey Finds: Season 2 Episode 1

Bates comes home after his mother’s funeral.  Look at that traincar.  I love it! The attention to detail in this show continues to astound me!

Sybil is packing to go to nursing school and flurrying about in this cute almost nautical skirt and blouse. Both pieces are quite wear-able and I wouldn’t be surprised if the sailor collar back comes back in style.


We meet Lavinia at a benifit concert. Mrs. Crawley, Captain Crawley, and Lavinia enter the room. I love Mrs. Crawley’s jacket. That would be so easy to make and would be a great addition to a wedding or prom dress.

Here we see Lavinia’s hair. I love the head band with the tear-drop. Very Art-Deco and unique.

I tend to be more excited about the day-wear than the fancy dinner dresses. No exception, I love this dress Edith is wearing. Again with the side row of buttons and not a super flattering color for her but I really like the shape and styling.

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Here’s another shot
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I’m excited to see new clothes in this season and I’m hoping we’ll see more of the house as well.

Also, if you haven’t seen the “History of Highgarden Castle” where Downton Abbey is filmed, I recommend it. It is a supplement to the second season as is available free on Amazon with and without a Prime membership.


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Downton Abbey Finds: Season 1 Episode 7

It’s the end of Season 1. Mary has thrown over Matthew, we find out about and lose a baby boy, Mrs. Patmore has eye surgery, and we learn the whole story about Mr. Bates.

Mary spends some extra time in London with Lady Rosamund, Lord Grantham’s sister.  She has a great hat but I love this military riding coat look.  I can see it being paired with something flowing and sparkly peaking out underneath.  Lady Mary’s all white suit is good in concept but it doesn’t quite fit her right or something but I do love the umbrellas.



Lady Sybil looks beautiful as usual.  I love the skirt and blouse.  I could wear either of them today.  The little black low-heeled shoes are also super cute.  I need a pair like that.  As always the house is stunning.  This is the entry way.  Wood paneling, cool lamp sculpture, neat wallpaper/tapestry.



Cora is expecting and we see the Dowager Countess in the same purple dress and lace over-dress as in Episode 6 when I commented on her cameo.   The two things that stand out: The Chaise, and the fireplace screen.  I also love the big mirror above the fireplace that reflects the Four Poster bed.  The sconces are pretty good too and the simple flower arrangement on the mantel is so sweet.



I hope you’ve enjoyed season 1 of my Downton Abbey Finds series.  I’ll keep going since I’m having so much fun.  What’s your favorite find from the series?


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Downton Abbey Finds: Season 1 Episode 6

I’m afraid I have a bunch of things to show you for this episode.  This is the one where Sybil gets hurt in the fight at the Election Count.  Another good Sybil episode.

Lady Edith puts her moves on Sir Antony and eventually, he reciprocates.  She does have the cutest short hair style.  The curls on this bob are sophisticated and flattering.  Styling short hair fancy can be hard but this is a totally do-able hairdo. Also notice how she’s wearing the same “frock” I commented on in Episode 3.


Sir Antony is a bit taken aback by Edith’s boldness but the real star in this image is that piece of spectacularly inlaid furniture behind him. I also love the vase on a plant stand with flower in it. That’s really a great way to add some pizzaz to a space that doesn’t quite have room for a piece of furniture.


Sir Antony and Edith go for their drive in his “Open Rolls Royce” and Edith sports cute hair, a cute hat, and the most darling linen jacket. I’d have to have a ladies maid just to keep it ironed but it is a beautiful coat.


Here is the Dowager Countess being told that the rumors about Mary are true. She looks shocked and appalled but she has a super cool mantle clock and a gorgeous Cameo at her throat. I love me a good Cameo.


Cora is hearing about the rumors in London from Carson but what I really love is the colorful embroidery on her dress. I can totally see sheers with embroidery being an up-and-coming fashion trend.


That’s all I’ve got for you today but episode 7 is coming up and it’s after the london season so we should be seeing some new clothes in the rotation.

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Movie Inspirations: M is For Murder

Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder is a rather good movie. It was based on a play so the entire show mostly takes place in a single apartment. Grace Kelley stars as the accused murder and is so accused in this absolutely stunning dress. I would wear this dress all the time!


off-center buttons, bow at the waist, pleated skirt. I believe it is a sweater-dress or some sort of heavy-weight knit. It is so wearable but still decidedly vintage.

To watch the movie on Amazon Instant Video, click here:

Have you found anything inspiring in a movie recently? Have a good movie I should watch for inspiration? Share in the comments.


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