Today's post is really not about anything in particular but some lovely things that I saw and can't stopping thinking about.
The husband is gone on call and I got to while away an hour watching episode 2 of "Downton Abbey" (season 3) from last Sunday. The images, settings, camera angles, gorgeous backdrop, costumes, period details, and everything else have me irrevocably addicted. If you are also experiencing symptoms of constant daydreaming, anxiety about how many hours to waitu ntil the next episode, and thorough envy of Lady Mary's wardrobe, I have to ask if you loved the wedding in the season 3 opening episode as much as I did??
The show is a pleasure for me on so many levels. I feel so wrapped up with Mrs. Hughes' health scare and Mr. Bates' never-ending predicament. The thought of losing Downton Abbey is as painful to me as if it were my own, but, I have to say, the tucked-away country cottage isn't so bad either! As Sybil's husband says, it looks like a fairy dream house to most of us!
When I got married, I was only going to wear a veil in my hair but my mother insisted and persisted that I wear a tiara. When Oberon's grandfather added his voice to the argument in favor of, I relented and found the tiniest, least modern tiara I came across, never quite finding exactly what I wanted. Its shape was still a little too Disney-princess-like for my taste, but it satisfied all parties and that was what mattered most that day.
When I saw Lady Mary's wedding tiara, my jaw dropped to the floor. That was the tiara I had wanted to wear! Can I get married again just for this tiara??? (Don't worry, darling. You'd still be my groom.) This glorious and stately piece is studded with 45 carats of diamonds and made by the UK jewelers Bently and Skinner.
These photos of Lady Mary and said tiara were taken from this blog.
Lady Edith wore the same tiara I believe for her wedding. <little sniff> (photo here)
This beautiful Georgian Diamond Floral Tiara by Bentley & Skinner will set you back only 125,000 pounds! You should know, this particular piece is very versatile. It collapses into two brooches to get the most out of your money. <insert smiley winky face thingy> I'm sure I'll never have the occasion to wear a tiara again, but I can always look for a smaller version of this to pin into my hair for an elegant occasion. I'll just need an elegant occasion to justify my plans...I'll work on it.
I also read an article in "Martha Stewart Living" today on the most serenly organized kitchen. I feel calmer just looking at it. And I am inspired to imitate it someday in a kitchen of my own.
I hope one of these images made you a little bit as happy as they make me!