Downton Style: Lady Rose Blouse

Lady Rose in Downton Abbey wears a ribbon trimed blouse
Lady Rose in Downton Abbey wears a ribbon trimed blouse

Lady Rose's braid trimmed blouse in Downton Abbey looks easy to emulate. Unlike many of the elaborate costumes worn by the cast here is a blouse idea that could be copied using a plain long sleeved pullover blouse as the base.  If your blouse does not have a square neckline you will have to cut a square neckline in front and finish the edge with a hand-rolled hem. as seen in the close-up picture above. Then hand stitch or machine stitch braid or ribbons in similar colors as seen on Lady Rose above and you have wearable Downton Style!

Audrey Hepburn’s Enamelware Salt Box

Audrey's kitchen saltbox is seen on the wall to the right of the picture. Circa 1953, "Actress Audrey Hepburn at home preparing and serving coffee and cake." From photos by Earl Theisen for Look magazine

Audrey is seen in her kitchen preparing coffee for guests. On the wall to the right there is an enamelware salt box. I saw a very similar one on eBay HERE also pictured below. Vintage enamelware pieces can easily be found on eBay and add a retro vintage look in your kitchen.

Enamelware Salt Box on eBay - click picture for details.
Enamelware Salt Box on eBay - click picture for details.

Audrey Hepburn’s ‘Blue Denmark’ Sugar Bowl

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Audrey Hepburn in the Kitchen - A 'Blue Denmark' Sugar Bowl on the table Photo: Circa 1953, "Actress Audrey Hepburn at home preparing and serving coffee and cake." From photos by Earl Theisen for Look magazine.

In the 1935 photo above Circa 1953, "Actress Audrey Hepburn at home preparing and serving coffee and cake." From photos by Earl Theisen for Look magazine, there is a "Blue Denmark" pattern pottery sugar bowl on the table in her kitchen. The pattern is called ' Blue Denmark' and it is likely in the blue and white color because there are also a couple of Willow pattern cups and saucers which would match the blue nicely. The currently known pattern ‘Blue Denmark’ originates in Copenhagen, Denmark and dates to the 19th Century but the pattern is reputed to have been brought to Europe from the China or Japan in the 18th Century.  Pieces in this pattern were made by Royal Copenhagen . The pattern was also used by Staffordshire potteries, Furnivals in England and by Franciscan Pottery in USA among others.

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Franciscan Blue Denmark Sugar Bowl - lid missing - seen on eBay

You can serve the sugar in a bowl like Audrey's, there is a vintage Franciscan Denmark sugar bowl on ebay HERE

Walk from Villa America to Garoupe Beach

Sarah and Gerald Murphy and their children liked to walk to the Garoupe beach from the house they build nearby 'Villa America' (112 Chemin des Mougins ). Here is a Google map of the walk so you can follow in their footsteps.

When The Murphy's first came to Antibes and discovered the Garoupe beach, they were staying in hotels such as Hotel Du Cap or rented accomodation. The eventually bought a property and renovated it and called it Villa America.

Some popular books on the Murphys. I have recently read "Everybody was so Young" and "Making it New" each of which I highly recommend. "Everybody was so Young" is a comprehensive account of the life and times of the Murphys. "Making it New" examines the evolution of their stylish lifestyle including Gerald's paintings and is a good one to read following the other book.

Wilshire Brown Derby Restaurant Coffee Shop

A 1954 Menu from the BROWN DERBY COFFEE SHOP in Los Angeles, now long closed, has turned up on eBay. For collectors and those interested in the bygone days when movie stars frequented the famous Brown Derby restaurants this is a gem. bdcoffee
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See more scans of Brown Derby Menus from lapl.org:


Restaurant Cuisine City Menu Cover
The Brown Derby American Hollywood
Brown Derby American Hollywood
The Brown Derby American Los Angeles
The Brown Derby American Hollywood
The Brown Derby American Hollywood
The Brown Derby American Hollywood
The Brown Derby American Hollywood
The Brown Derby American Hollywood
The Brown Derby American Hollywood
The Brown Derby American Los Angeles
The Brown Derby American Los Angeles
The Brown Derby American Los Angeles
The Brown Derby American Pasadena
The Brown Derby American Pasadena
The Brown Derby American Pasadena
The Brown Derby American Pasadena
The Brown Derby American Pasadena
The Brown Derby Car Cafe American Los Angeles
The Brown Derby Coffee Shop American Los Angeles
Brown Derby, The American Hollywood

 

Opening of Desi Arnaz Western Hill Hotel April 1957

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ENJOYING THE FESTIVITIES at the at the press preview Friday night was Mrs Dolores Arnaz, Desi's mother. She watched the events of the evening with interest, and on being asked how she liked the new hotel, said. "I really like it. 1 think it’s very beautiful.”
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LT. OOV. HAROLD Powers, al right. standing, chats with Lucille 'Ball' Arnaz during the opening of the fabulous new Desl Arnaz Western Hills Hotel at Indian Wells. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bogert join in the discussion. Hundreds of TV and movie personalities and newspaper people were flown into Palm Springs airport, where they were taken by helicopter to the hotel. (Desert Sun Photo).

Desert Sun, Volume XXX, Number 158, 2 April 1957

Today the Desl Arnaz Western Hills Hotel is called the Indian Wells Resort Hotel

Frank Bogert Named Desi's Hotel Manager Desi Arnaz. star of stage, screen, radio and television, announced last night that Frank Bogert, manager of El Mirador Hotel, has signed a contract with Western Hiils I-odge to run his new luxury hotel which is currently nearing completion near the Indian Wells Country Club. Bogert will be managing director of the hotel—Desi Arnaz-Western Hills Lodge—which will be open to the public late in March AT THE SAME time, Arnaz announced that he ha* signed a contract lease with H S. tHanki Green, presirddnt of Western Hills Hotels, to take ever the operation of the new hotel. Green is from Ft Worth. Texas, where the main office of Western Hills is located The new hotel at Indian Wells will have 36 units completed in March, with immediate plans for another 30 units to gel underway this coming summer The hotel faces Highway lit, and Is harked by the beautiful Indian Wells Golf Course. BOGERT CAME to Palm Springs in 1326. and except for four years in the U. S. Navy, has held important positions In the community. He was manager of the famed Racquet Club, Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, Thunderbird Country Club and El Mirador Hotel. One of the most active civic workers in this community, he Is vice president of the Desert Riders Association, member of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce president of the Desert Turf Club, president and publisher of the Villager Magazine, presiden of the Palm Springs Polo Association, executive vice president of the Palm Sprl ,gs Capital Company, and a member of the Naval Order of the United States Bogert resides in Palm Springs with hi* wife Janice, and three daughters Denni. Cindy and Donna.
Frank Bogert Named Desi's Hotel Manager
Desi Arnaz. star of stage, screen, radio and television, announced last night that Frank Bogert, manager of El Mirador Hotel, has signed a contract with Western Hiils I-odge to run his new luxury hotel which is currently nearing completion near the Indian Wells Country Club. Bogert will be managing director of the hotel—Desi Arnaz-Western Hills Lodge—which will be open to the public late in March AT THE SAME time, Arnaz announced that he ha* signed a contract lease with H S. tHanki Green, presirddnt of Western Hills Hotels, to take ever the operation of the new hotel. Green is from Ft Worth. Texas, where the main office of Western Hills is located The new hotel at Indian Wells will have 36 units completed in March, with immediate plans for another 30 units to gel underway this coming summer The hotel faces Highway lit, and Is harked by the
beautiful Indian Wells Golf Course. BOGERT CAME to Palm Springs in 1326. and except for four years in the U. S. Navy, has held important positions In the community. He was manager of the famed Racquet Club, Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, Thunderbird Country Club and El Mirador Hotel. One of the most active civic workers in this community, he Is vice president of the Desert Riders Association, member of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce president of the Desert Turf Club, president and publisher of the Villager Magazine, presiden of the Palm Springs Polo Association, executive vice president of the Palm Sprl ,gs Capital Company, and a member of the Naval Order of the United States Bogert resides in Palm Springs with hi* wife Janice, and three daughters Denni. Cindy and Donna. Desert Sun, Volume XXX, Number 117, 2 February 1957

1936 Headwaiter At The Brown Derby, Recalls His Experiences Serving The Stars

September 1936

Some Wait For Fame And some Wait On Tables

"Nick' Formerly Headwaiter At The Brown Derby, Recalls His Experiences Serving The Stars.

As told to Muriel Babcock

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ALL head waiters have nervous indigestion—particularly those who work in Hollywood. But that's natural. By the time you take an order for a rare steak without any seasoning and a glass of grapefruit juice, for Suzie Blotz, one for raw vegetable salad with non-fattening mineral oil dressing forSadie Glutz, rush through a couple of lobsters for Gary Cooper, and get Papa and Mama Tourist satisfied with a 40-cent plate of scrambled eggs, you don't care much about eating. You have indigestion from trying to keep other people's digestions working well.

People are always asking me what movie stars like to eat. Why, I don't know. They are just like everybody else with their food preferences. Some like cold, some hot food. Jean Harlow likes sour cream and cottage cheese salads and always a glass of claret wine with a meal. James Cagney likes sea food salads, while Pat O'Brien enjoys stews and Irish bacon and eggs. Continue reading 1936 Headwaiter At The Brown Derby, Recalls His Experiences Serving The Stars