Quote of the Day

“Isn’t that what the Monarchy’s for? To brighten the lives of the Nation with stateliness and glamour?” Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey (movie)

Quote of the Day

“When something bad happens, there’s no point in wishing it had not happened. The only option is to minimise the damage.” Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey

Quote of the Day

The Dowager Countess made this remark looking forward to 1920, but I think it applies just as well to the real world as we look forward to 2020!

“1920! Is it to be believed?! I feel as old as Methuselah! When I think what the last ten years has brought, God knows what we’re in for now.” Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey

Sartorial Saturday–The Erstwilder Lucky Dip

I recently did something rather out-of-character for me…I ordered an Erstwilder “Lucky Dip.”

What is a lucky dip, you might wonder? It’s basically a mystery item. It could be something general, like a scarf or a necklace, from a variety of collections, including some of Erstwilder’s more vintage pieces. Or it could be more specific, like a brooch from the recent Sesame Street collection. It all depends on what kind of lucky dip you order. And they’re offered at a discount…the items are 10-50% off the normal retail price. I don’t usually like blind items like this, for several reasons. What if I get something I already have? Or what if it doesn’t go with my wardrobe? And even the rare possibility of what if I don’t like it?

But when I received an e-mail coupon from Erstwilder that I could use on a lucky dip, I decided to take a chance. I hadn’t purchased any items from the Art Deco collection, even though I liked pretty much everything in it. So I figured that between the coupon, and the markdown from $39.95 to $29.95 (Australian dollars), it wasn’t much of a gamble, because even with international shipping, I was going to spend less than $15 US dollars. Plus, I knew there was a 33% chance that I could receive the black “Burst of Sun” brooch that was a special exclusive gift for people who attended the Art Deco launch party in July, and I really loved that piece.

I guess I really do have good luck, huh? I’m so excited to have a limited-edition item, and even more so because it’s a perfect match for the Downton Abbey era! It’s everything I wanted, and I’m so glad I took a chance!

Quote of the Day

“Oh, my dear, in my time I wore the crinoline, the bustle and the leg-of-mutton sleeve. I’m not in a strong position to criticise.” Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey