Friday, December 15, 2017

Home Comforts: Improved Shower Bottles

Before-bottles for shower products

After-Improved shower product bottles
Click here for more information on the bottles

A while ago, I wrote a post about decanting shower products into matching bottles (Click here to view it). The shower looked a lot better than with the unmatched bottles that were various sizes, but the clear bottles bothered me because I could always see how much product was left.

One day when I was shopping at Muji, a Japan-based department store that sells consumer goods and home products, when I came upon white rectangular plastic pump bottles. They’re perfect for shower products. The pump enables me to easily access the product inside, the bottles are design-savvy and the minimal look in the shower makes me happy. If you’re wondering how I know which product is in each bottle, Muji sells preprinted self-stick labels that I placed on the bottom of each bottle. What could be better?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Travel: Downton Abbey Exhibition in New York City

the kitchen, along with Mrs Padmore's and Daisy's outfits

Kevin and I were huge Downton Abbey fans and were sad when the series ended. I was thrilled to discover a traveling exhibition that was has sets and costumes from the series. The exhibition was structured like the Crowley’s home, and the first floor included a model of the kitchen, servants’ dining room and Carson’s butler pantry. The second floor has replicas of the family’s dining room and Lady Mary’s bedroom, along with a special display for Violet, the dowager Countess. The second floor is also home to many of the characters’outfits, along with articles providing insight into the times. The third floor is smaller and mainly has Lady Mary’s and Lady Edith’s dresses and accessories.

Visiting the exhibit was a pleasant trip down memory lane. It was nice to see the sets and to see how much detail goes into them. I was especially impressed by the workmanship in the costumes-they're stunning!

This exhibit is temporary, so visit soon if you’re going to be in New York City. Click here for more information on the exhibit.

the servants' dining room. Notice the servants' bells at the far right?

Carson's butler pantry

one of Lady Mary's dresses

the family's dining table

a very formal place setting

Lady Mary's boudoir

Monday, December 11, 2017

Style: Pink Chenille Cable Knit Sweater

Vila sweater (similar), Uniqlo shirt, Madewell pants (similar),
Aldo shoes, Chloe handbag (different color),
Oliver Peoples sunglasses (old)

For the past year, I’ve been searching for a pink chenille cable knit sweater. I had pretty much given up hope and instead was looking for ANY color chenille cable knit sweater. I saw a few at the mall, but the sweaters just weren’t cut well for my body type.

I was watching a Niomi Smart (one of my favorite YouTubers) video when she featured this sweater in a haul and immediately bought it from ASOS, a British fashion website. Though I was worried the sweater would take weeks to be delivered, it arrived in a few days. This sweater was very reasonably priced and will probably only last a season or two, but I’m loving it while it lasts.

Shown with some very old cargo pants and velvet loafers, this sweater is the definition of cozy. Although it can't be seen, I wore a pink Uniqlo shirt underneath the sweater because the holes let the cold air through. My sweater is no longer available, but I’ve added a link to a similar one that I like equally.