“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
“All this endless thinking. It’s very overrated… I blame the war. Before 1914 nobody thought about anything at all.” Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey
“Harsh reality is always better than false hope.” David Robb as Dr. Clarkson in Downton Abbey
This is pretty solid advice!
“My advice, Daisy, is to go as far in life as God and luck allow.” Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes on Downton Abbey
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
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!
“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
Having a girls’ night out to see the Downton Abbey movie!
“At my age, one must ration one’s excitement.” Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey
“Principles are like prayers. Noble of course. But awkward at a party.” Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey