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 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.
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.
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.
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.
See more scans of Brown Derby Menus from lapl.org:
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.”
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
"Nick' Formerly Headwaiter At The Brown Derby, Recalls His Experiences Serving The Stars.
As told to Muriel Babcock
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.