And Happy New Years At No. 11…

Off to our No. 11 in Tombstone this long weekend, all that fun holiday stuff has to get packed away and the sewing room disassembled…because during the next Phase of Old House Restoration, that room will become the guest room, then more foundation work, then a room addition, and so on… Missing the Little House, but happy to say we’ll be out there more often.  🙂

And the obligatory selfie…

Angus and I modeling our latest fashions…

Boxing Day In The UK

Boxing Day traditionally comes the after Christmas and is a major holiday in itself in the UK. After the relative quiet of Christmas Day when London almost completely shuts down, we decided to brave the crowds and head out to Liberty London.

Here I am examining some of Liberty’s recent releases…below are just a couple:

Afterwards, we decided to take a walk down Carnaby Street to take in the sights:

The crowds were HUGE, something we’re not used to in LA. 😀 Well, that’s all for now, stay tuned!

Trending For Christmas & New Years…1878

The late 1870s has always been a source of fascination for us and recently, we came across some interesting fashion plates published by The Young Ladies Journal dating from that period. To us, it’s simply amazing that wide variety of styles and colors that were available as depicted in this fashion plate:

The Young Ladies Journal, Christmas & New Years, 1878

What we find especially interesting is that there seemingly was no set “holiday color palette” like one sees today. What’s also interesting is that colors range from the jewel tones to pale pastels (something normally associated with the spring and summer months). Now, making allowances for artistic license in regard to colors, the styles themselves are still even considered on their own. And no surprise, the various pleatings and ruffles all serve to emphasize the cylindrical silhouette characteristic of this period.

So just in case you’re lacking in holiday inspiration, this should help.  🙂