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I Need To Discuss Downton

Monday, February 25th, 2013

I know it’s been a couple of weeks since the finale here in the States and I know most of us are caught up on the drama, but as an Official Downton Abbey Addict I must share some thoughts on Season Three.

Matt and I watched the first two seasons together but this time we watched it separately, me at first all by myself kept company by a bag of popcorn and with each episode awaiting every character’s lines and plot turns.

With him, I watched Season 3 the second time yes, the second time  while he was the one carefully listening for the brilliant lines and plot turns, I was eyeing the fashion and interiors and the subtleties uttering out loud things like “oooh, that writing desk” and “oh the beading on that dress” much to his annoyance.

So I have to get these thoughts off my 21st century chest since I love this show so much and I’ve been saving these snapshots for weeks and weeks, but first:

* SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER * alert 

Do not read this post if you’re not caught up on the entire season!!!

May I begin? First of all the hats! The hats this season were so amazing, my compliments to the milliners, I especially loved the plumes on Shirley’s head.

hats downton abbey

plumes on downton

downton abbey hats

edith and cora hats

downton abbey hats on ladies

 

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Favorite Splurges!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Hey y’all!  I’m in Charlotte, NC for the next two days – wow, what a beautiful place!  I can’t wait to get out an explore a little bit, I’ve always wanted to visit here, and I’ll share some pics next week. 

Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I think it’s an excuse to splurge on something special and show yourself some love, ha! I rounded up some blogger friends to share their favorite indulgences with you today in a continuing "blogger favorites" series (last month it was organizational tricks).  I asked them to share that special thing they indulge in to make themselves feel special or to share a recent favorite splurge.  Mine is at the bottom, don’t think I’m weird, but I’m in love!


archipelago candle

 

"My splurge item is the Archipelago Black Forest candle.

It is one of the best candles I’ve ever purchased. It smells so lovely and it’s beautiful too."

~ Danielle Moss, graphic designer and co- founder of The EveryGirl blog

image: stoffer photography

 

"My husband first gave me this "hot chocolate on a stick" for Christmas, and I’ll admit, I thought it was a little odd. Then I tried it.

Let’s just say my cupboards are now comfortably stocked with the salted caramel flavor."

~ Nicole Balch, design blogger at Making It Lovely

hot chocolate on a stick

 

macarons " There’s nothing like indulging in a macaron to make my day feel a little more special. Their pretty pastel colors make them irresistible and they’re so tiny, I hardly feel guilty eating them. Just a nibble, pinkies up, and my messy house disappears and I’m instantly transported to a small cafe in Paris!"

~ Jennifer Flores, DIY and design blogger at Rambling Renovators

 

"My favorite splurge is definitely fancy fixtures! Case in point, my beloved kitchen bridge faucet. It was pricey and it would have been a lot easier on my wallet to go with a more affordable option but I’m so happy I went with a splurge. I still love the way it looks six years later. "

~ Stefanie S., design and DIY blogger at Brooklyn Limestone

stefanie faucet

 

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