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“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.” -Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
February 3rd
5:22 PM
I admit it. I’m absolutely obsessed with Lauren Conrad. I never really paid much attention to her before she released her line at Kohl’s, but now half my closet is decked out in LC labels. What’s the big deal? The line (complete with shoes, jewelry, and sunglasses) is affordable, trendy, and seems to be of high quality. It’s unapologetically girly with floral, frills, lace, and chiffon on the racks year-round. 
I only have two complaints, directed entirely to the shoe department: All the shoes are designed from man-made materials and, sorry vegans, I will always be a leather girl! More importantly, her heels are adorable but with 5-inch spikes are a no-go. Sure they boast a platform for “stability and comfort” but I’d rather not fork out the cash to find out. Her winter collection had some great fringed boots that we’re sold out 90% of the time, but I happened to snag a pair. They were made of real suede, very comfortable, and rivaled Minnetonka.
If you’re still not a fan of Lauren Conrad or her all-frills line of clothing, you at least have to admit she’s got great hair. In June of 2011, Conrad made an appearance on Chelsea Lately with the braid seen at left. Girls everywhere were trying to get in on the secret and Kristin Ess has finally released it with a step-by-step guide to the simply stunning, head-turning hair.
LC for Kohls (pictured): Dress, Shoes, Sunglasses, Bracelet

I admit it. I’m absolutely obsessed with Lauren Conrad. I never really paid much attention to her before she released her line at Kohl’s, but now half my closet is decked out in LC labels. What’s the big deal? The line (complete with shoes, jewelry, and sunglasses) is affordable, trendy, and seems to be of high quality. It’s unapologetically girly with floral, frills, lace, and chiffon on the racks year-round. 

I only have two complaints, directed entirely to the shoe department: All the shoes are designed from man-made materials and, sorry vegans, I will always be a leather girl! More importantly, her heels are adorable but with 5-inch spikes are a no-go. Sure they boast a platform for “stability and comfort” but I’d rather not fork out the cash to find out. Her winter collection had some great fringed boots that we’re sold out 90% of the time, but I happened to snag a pair. They were made of real suede, very comfortable, and rivaled Minnetonka.

If you’re still not a fan of Lauren Conrad or her all-frills line of clothing, you at least have to admit she’s got great hair. In June of 2011, Conrad made an appearance on Chelsea Lately with the braid seen at left. Girls everywhere were trying to get in on the secret and Kristin Ess has finally released it with a step-by-step guide to the simply stunning, head-turning hair.

LC for Kohls (pictured): Dress, Shoes, Sunglasses, Bracelet

February 2nd
4:30 PM
If your wish is to look like Mary Crawley but you haven’t planned tea with your Dowager Countess grandmother or a five-course dinner complete with footmen, then you probably don’t need a floor-length dinner dress. Instead this ModCloth dress is perfect for Sunday brunch or a dinner out. Check out the rest of my picks at Pinterest. 

If your wish is to look like Mary Crawley but you haven’t planned tea with your Dowager Countess grandmother or a five-course dinner complete with footmen, then you probably don’t need a floor-length dinner dress. Instead this ModCloth dress is perfect for Sunday brunch or a dinner out. Check out the rest of my picks at Pinterest

February 1st
8:34 PM

Check me out on Pinterest!

You can see all my latest fashion picks and obsessions on Pinterest. Don’t have one yet? Just follow me on Tumblr, send me a quick message and I’ll give you an invite.

7:35 PM
Swivel Chair: 1, Violet: 0

Swivel Chair: 1, Violet: 0

January 31st
7:09 PM

Everything I Know I Learned from Downton

We’re now half-way through the second season of Downton Abbey, and I thought I’d share a few tidbits of information I’ve learned from the British drama (most of which are meant to be humorous).

Edith could learn a thing or two from Dame Maggie Smith

Edith could learn a thing or two from Dame Maggie Smith.

1. My hair would look so much better if I had an Anna.
2. I would probably subscribe to a newspaper if I had someone to iron it for me.
3. If a man’s idea of a first date is snooping, he’s probably up to no good.
4. Don’t let an unusual man in your bed, especially if he’s not British.
5. If a man asks you to marry him, say yes. If he loses his fortune/someone better comes along, you can always take it back.  
6. If a woman has enough power to keep you out of war, take her up on it. Cowardess is an option.
7. Don’t kiss the farmer who has a wife. She’s probably watching, and you’ll probably be out of a job.
8. Sisters share clothes, even wealthy ones.
9. Speaking of sisters, watch your back. Blood or no blood, they will ruin your life (with your shirt on their back).

Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters, 
Never had to have a chaperon, no sir, 
I’m there to keep my eye on her 
Caring, sharing, every little thing that we are wearing 
When a certain gentleman arrived from Rome 
She wore the dress, and I stayed home. 

10. Even the butler has his favorite.
11. Everyone else has their favorite too - and it isn’t you Edith
12. There’s always a bad apple in the help. Better to weed them out before they poison the bushel. 
13. If your wife is about to go to prison, don’t cover for her. She probably deserves it.
14. If you drop the soap, you pick it up. Best not leave that to your bitter lady’s maid. 
15. Weekends are for the working class. (via Dowager Countess Violet)
16. No one wants to kiss a girl in black. (via the same, because everything that comes out of her mouth is gold)
17. Never hire progressive thinkers. They cause trouble.
18. Next DIY home project: installing a bell. They’re handy.
19. If he’s going to war, you accept his proposal. If he’s dying, you marry him.

20. "Every mountain is "unclimbable"

until someone climbs it. So every ship

is “unsinkable” until it sinks.” Thank

you very much Lord Grantham.

2:38 PM
Via

MRS. HUGHES: You’re making work for yourself, Mr. Carson, and I have no sympathy with that
MR. CARSON: I’m not asking for sympathy

Mr Carson doesn’t ask for your sympathy. He hasn’t got time for that.

Mr. Carson is a a dignified butler who is always prepared to do his duty. Interested in hearing a real butler’s story? Check out Eric Horne’s memoir, ‘What the Butler Winked At’, among other Downton related reading. It will make the withdraw so much easier. 

January 30th
11:52 PM
"The world was in a dream before the war, but now its woken up and said goodbye to it. And so must we."
—  Lord Grantham, Downton Abbey. Just one of the quotes used in my reading list!
11:31 PM

Required Reading for Downton Fans

So, it’s Monday. Which is honestly made more depressing by the fact that I’ll have to wait an entire week to get my Downton on. Not even Gossip Girl’s royal wedding event/100th episode (which I have not watched yet) can entice me. So I’ve compiled a list of books to make the weekly withdraw a little less Downton deprived. After all, it’s called intelligent television for a reason.

January 29th
1:51 PM

For Love of the Crawleys’

 Looking over my Tumblr/Twitter/Blog I came to the abrupt conclusion that I am obsessed with Downton Abbey. Its been known to happen before. I spent roughly two years of my youth convinced I was Belle. The late ’90s found my walls plastered with cutouts of Leonardo Dicaprio and ‘My Heart Will Go On’ rocking my boombox 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Let’s not forget the Harry Potter obsession that spanned more than a decade of my life. Immediately following the end scene of the final chapter, I was well on my way to an infatuation with the Starks of Winterfell. This was cut short by my sudden, overpowering and all-consuming obsession with… Downton Abbey. I came in late to the party, with the second season already underway on PBS, but all I needed was a lazy day and Netflix streaming to get hooked on the show everyone else was already talking about. The series has inspired me to listen to classical music (yea, I bought the soundtrack), read All Quiet on the Western Front, and reconsider that tan I was looking forward to this summer. Yes, most obsessions are unhealthy, this one has already refined my musical tastes, inspired me to read a classic I’ve been meaning to read for years, and bask in the glory of a pale but healthy glow… sounds like improvement to me! So while I may be taking it a little overboard, I’ll let it slide just this once. 

If you are, sadly, in the dark about this phenomenon (as I was just two short weeks ago), here’s why you should be watching Masterpiece Classic on Sundays at 9pm.

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