Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Figure-Eight Braid ~ Civil War Hairstyle

     Hello friends! This style is quite simple to do, but I think it looks rather complicated and is very pretty. You will need rather long hair if you do this exactly as I did, but improvisations could be made if you have shorter hair.
     As far as I know it could be an accurate Civil War-era style. You probably can't tell, but I've parted my hair on the side in the front. In the 1860s center parts were most fashionable, so that's what I would recommend to anyone who is more flattered by center parts than I. Also, back then it was not usually fashionable for the ears to be showing, so you can keep that in mind if you want to be super accurate.
     I think this same sort of bun could be made to look 1920s or '30s if you wish. Like Miss Lemon or Mrs. Hughes. You would just need to alter the shape a bit and add finger waves or something. 
Step 1: Braid your hair into two braids, temporarily securing them at the end with whatever you have handy. 

Step 2: Twist the braids around into two buns. Try to keep it smooth and nice-looking.

 Step 3: Cross the ends of the braids, tuck them around the bun on the other side, and pin them into place.

And you're done! Told you it was simple. :)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Favorite Period Drama Wardrobes ~ Edwardian

Elise McKenna (Somewhere in Time)

This movie is breathtaking all around, and the costumes are just gorgeous. Most of Miss McKenna's dresses are made of light, flowy fabrics in light summer colors.

Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)  
Now this is how I would like to dress about every day. Anne and Diana's clothes are so sweet and simple.  I love how they dress when they're young girls, and then when they grow up too.

Those sweaters! I love Anne's blue one that she wears a lot.

These dresses are so frilly and poufy and Edwardian-looking. But yet they are rather simple. I love the white with the colored ribbon around the waist. Actually I think it's a bit more than a ribbon. Whatever you call it.

This might be my favorite outfit of Anne's. The one Marilla hasn't seen her wear in years.:)

 She looks every inch the perfect teacher.

This blouse might be the same one as above. I love the outfit with the blue apron. That scene is so beautiful! 

The Crawley sisters (Downton Abbey)

These girls clothes are simply magnificent. Whether they're in the dining room, or hunting, or driving a tractor, or anything else, they always look perfectly lovely. I've always admired how each girl's clothes are distinctly different. They each favor certain styles and colors. I can't say who's wardrobe I like the best because each one is perfect for its wearer. Their clothes always suit and flatter them wonderfully. 

The colors and textures!

Ah, the old days.

That's one of my favorite outfits of Mary's. I think she was at her best in the second season. It's one of my favorite outfits of Sybil's too. :) And the colors of Edith's blouse and skirt look so elegant on her.

Rose, you're adorable.

Christy Huddleston (Christy)

I know I said I wanted to dress like Anne every day, but I really want to dress like Christy every day. While I admire fine fabrics and trims, I like simple clothes best. I love her work dresses, and her slightly fancier ones that aren't overdone. 

What a solid work dress. 

I wish I could see the front of this dress, but McGuffy's readers and slates are nice too. I can't tell, is it the purple one of Margaret's?
There's one green blouse with white dots that I particularly love, but I couldn't find any pictures of it.

What are some of your favorite wardrobes?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ten Favorite Screen Characters Tag

Hello friends! Hamlette has tagged me to do this fun tag. I am horrible at picking favorites, especially when we're talking about screen characters, but I'll try to at least pick ten of my favorite screen characters. Some of them might be a bit random, but I want to pick less obvious ones. Well, here I go! Oh, and they will be in no particular order, either.

Christy Huddleston (Christy) 
Because she is young and inexperienced and kind and pretty and altogether very likable.  

William Bush (Hornblower) 
Because he's just the coolest person ever. The end.


Ingrid (Dr. Quinn) 
 Because she's sweet and pretty. I so wanted she and Matthew to get married and have a family of their own.

Abigail Adams (The Adams Chronicles) 
Because she is Abigail. I cannot describe her in words. There's no one like her.

August King (The Journey of August King) 
Now I really can't describe August. I'm afraid by attempting I would make less of him. I'll just say I like him a lot.

Brett Main/ Hazzard (North and South)  
Because she works in the fields with Semiramis and Madeline. And she's so nice to Orry. And she loves Billy. And she knows how to put Ashton in her place, even if it's only long enough for Billy to get away. 

Arthur Hastings (Poirot) 
 Because he's the perfect gentleman. And he's always positive. And he's so interested in cars, and races, and he likes to golf with men named Skiffy that he meets at hotels. 

Diana Barry (Anne of Green Gables) 
Diana is such an amazing friend. She's a bit more sensible that Anne, though not always entirely sensible. She goes along with Anne's whims and fancies. She has such a nice way about her. I would love to have her as a friend.

Matthew Crawley (Downton Abbey)
Because he is Matthew Crawley, and I cannot exclude him from this list.

Mr. Pinch (Martin Chuzzlewit)
Because he is genuinely kind and humble. It's sad that he isn't perfectly happy at the end. But nothing could turn him bitter. 

Who are some of your favorites?