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Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Downton Abbey Style

downton abbey style


Downton Abbey is a guilty pleasure of mine. Every Sunday night, I am not on my computer from 8-9pm because I am totally devoted to watching the Crawleys and their dramas. I’ve always loved period based movies, television shows, and books. There is so much about past eras that intrigue me, especially the fashion.  It’s so interesting how trends have evolved over time.

When Downton Abbey first began, the fashion was different than where the show is currently. The setting began in 1912 when the Titanic sank. That’s when the Crawley family’s problems all began. They survived World War I, and are sailing through the 1920’s. The show is set in 1924 this season to be precise. The clothing styles had changed much during that short time period alone at the beginning of the 20th century.

Back then, there was such pomp and circumstance with the style habits of the wealthy. They changed clothes multiple times a day, wore corsets until that trend changed, and were required to wear gloves to social functions. But, if you watch Downton Abbey, how can you not drool over the luxe fabrics, intricate details, and dazzling jewels that were popular at that time?

So, this week’s Fantasy Wardrobe Friday is my set of Downton Abbey inspired fashion picks!

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: From Day to Night

01_08 day to night

We have a blizzard going on right now, and so I wanted to put a Fantasy Wardrobe Friday post together with an outfit that came across a little more….warm and Spring-like. I also wanted to find an item that could be used in a day to night look. I began looking for the main piece, a dress I ended up finding by Ted Baker. I haven’t been familiar with Ted Baker until recently, when I saw there was a discount sale on one of those sale websites. I think it might have been HauteLook. At any rate, I like how the brand has simple cuts, with bold prints and colors without being too noisy.

For the day look I found a black blazer from Topshop that is simple, but has a nice shape. I kept the jewelry and shoes more on the simple side as well. The bag is suited for a daytime routine, but I kept it in a flashy color that compliments the dress.

The night time look I decided to amp up a few notches. A cropped leather jacket adds some edge, along with some fuchsia, strappy, studded shoes. I completed the look with some fuchsia and silver drop earrings and clutch.

So…is it Spring yet? 🙂

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: A Holiday Pop of Color

Holiday Pop of Color

I really like the color black. I love colors too, but for a long time when I would shop I would end up buying a lot of black things. It’s been a few years since I’ve consciously made an effort to refrain from buying so much black, but a girl just can’t help shopping for stuff in a color that will go with any other color she chooses. When you add a pop of color to anything black, the combination gives the vibrant colors that much more emphasis.

This outfit is something I would wear to a holiday party. The emerald top is a great focal piece with its black crochet texture. The jewelry accents the top with its emerald colored gemstones in the earrings and bracelet. The rings are more simplistic, with a hint of bling. Then, to top off the color, wear a true and vibrant red nail and lip! This ensemble kind of reminds me of something Katherine Hepburn may have worn, but modernized. She liked long trousers. A vintage inspired, 1940’s hairstyle would go well with this look.

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Marsala Hues

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Marsala Hues

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 has been announced, and the color is….MARSALA!

Hears silence…

Yea, that was my reaction too. What color is Marsala anyway?

Actually, some of you may be asking what the hell Pantone is. If you aren’t in some kind of art or design field, or if you aren’t a fashion enthusiast, you maybe haven’t heard of it. Think of Pantone Inc. as the color gods of the universe. The company is best known for the Pantone Matching System, which is a cohesive set of color guides used in the printing, paint, plastic, interior and fashion design industries to color match whatever colors they are using. The colors and their numbers, are held within books of Pantone cards. Basically, they are similar to swatches of paint you’d find at your local hardware store (but not free).

So, if a company uses a certain type of red on their logo, they give the number of that shade of red to the designer who is making them a tradeshow banner. The designer can find that exact color in the Adobe Photoshop software’s color library, and use it in the banner.

Pantone began choosing colors of the year back in 2000. Cerulean, a light toned blue was the “it” color that back then. Pantone hosts a secret meeting in Europe twice a year for two days to determine these colors that will dictate the upcoming year’s trends in consumer driven industries. It sounds like there is some serious debating going on among the color standards experts who take part in this.

I wonder why they chose Marsala. The actual swatch doesn’t really capture my attention. Then again, it is a flat wash of color on a screen or piece of paper. Objects give color dimension and depth.

pantone color of the year 2015 marsala

It’s like…a muddied up plummy red…or reddish plum…like a bruise. I really don’t know how to describe it, but the fancy images of models and settings on the Pantone website made it look good. Like I said though, it’s used in a dimensional way and varies in lightness, darkness, and shade.

I love it when the Color of the Year is revealed, but I love it more when the seasonal color sets are announced. They make me feel creative. I enjoy trying to use them.

For this Fantasy Wardrobe Friday, I did a one brand collection of items from Modcloth. I found a bunch of cute things that were in hues of Marsala!

Time and Grace Dress in Merlot

Champagne Sangria Dress

Time Away Tunic in Sangria

Cheerful Cavorting Top

Clock Clock, Who’s There? Top

Editor’s Choice Heel in Wine

Smooth Statement Heel in Chevron

Strut the Strut Bootie in Merlot

Full Course Load Bag in Berry

Smart Spending Coin Purse

Could It Bead? Earrings

Lime Crime Lip Stain in Wicked


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Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Ode to Cher

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Ode to Cher

Today I found out the singing legend, Cher, cancelled the rest of her tour due to needing more recovery time after her illness. My mom and I had tickets to a concert date n October, and then it was postponed, much to our disappointment. The date had been pushed back to January. It wasn’t a big deal. It’s just that the weather here can be really unpredictable in January. So, you never know when plans might be affected by ice, snow, and wind.

Anyway, I wish Cher good health. As much as I wanted to see her in concert, she really had a grueling schedule and health is one of the most important things in life.

Since it’s Fantasy Wardrobe Friday, I decided to do an ode to Cher. If you have followed her career, she has worked a lot with the clothing designer Bob Mackie. I chose some party dresses to feature that are glitzy and glamorous, just like Madame Cher!

Needle Thread boho dress


Sequin dress

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Fall Classy Plaid


FWF Classy Plaid Fall Coat

I decided I wanted to start a new regular segment on my blog by utilizing Polyvore. I call this “Fantasy Wardrobe Friday.” Basically, it’s a collage of pieces I wish I had in my closet, hence the words fantasy wardrobe. What woman doesn’t dream of more clothes in her closet?

Polyvore is a stylists dream. A fashion lover can go to the site, create an account, and choose from millions of items from thousands of designers to create a style board. If you see a clothing online that you want to see in a collage, you can also use the “Clip to Polyvore” button for your browser. It’s just a fun thing to play with. I admit, this is a bit of a sorry looking collage. Honestly, I haven’t worked much with Polyvore, so this is new to me! This will not be the regular format. I’m still in the experimentation stage. The products are linked using the ShopSense publisher website. The site creates affiliate links and widgets that bloggers can use for their websites. I am playing around with using that as well.

Anyway, about the clothes…I was going to a Fall outdoors look that was classy and edgy at the same time. The coat is a classic, larger scale, black and cream plaid. I thought the red lambswool scarf was a nice pop of color since I stayed with mainly black or gray in the accessories and pants. The black booties aren’t likely the most practical for chilly weather, but since this is a fantasy wardrobe, it doesn’t matter, right?


Admittedly, this is another short post because I have been trying to get a recipe post together. Those take more time for me to plan and compose. Yesterday I got groceries and planned out the execution of the dish. Since I can’t physically take the photos or cook the food, I direct everything step by step. I got that done last night as well! All the photos need to be edited and the content written now!