Dressing Downton

Earlier in the week, myself, Patrick, and a friend went to Anaheim’s Muzeo as they were hosting the touring exhibit, Dressing Downton, which features the costumes of British show Downton Abbey. As a fan of the show and vintage fashion, I leaped at the opportunity to visit! If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it chronicles the life and times of the fictional Crowley family, and their estate, Downton Abbey in the Yorkshire countryside, along with those who they employ, from 1912 through I believe 1923, so a great deal changes both in lifestyle and fashion.

For the visit, I went with a simple adventurer chic look with Egyptian revival jewelry, as seriously I don’t do the Edwardian period or the 20s really. My 20s garments consist of more gowns, nothing for a casual afternoon at a museum. So, this is about as close as I get sometimes.

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Wonderful Things

Shortly after moving I heard that the San Diego National History Museum would be having a King Tut exhibit. As I love all things ancient Egyptian, I jumped at the opportunity, as San Diego is now only about an hour and a half away! So Patrick and I drove down and we met up with Carla, of Tiny Angry Crafter, who I spent a great deal of time with when I tagged along on Patrick’s San Diego business trip earlier this year.

The exhibit is actually a collection of recreations, showcasing detailed replicas of the items found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. While I was disappointed, I will admit that I completely understand that items of both historical importance and age cannot be jetted around the world, and handled with extreme frequency. I guess it just gives us one more excuse to visit Egypt one day.

After our visit to the museum, which also showcased dinosaur and skull exhibits, we snapped a few photos for our respective blogs, complete with silly adventurer shots.

Carla is hands down one of the most wonderful persons I have had the joy of meeting, and makes me so thankful for this blog, as I may not have met her without it! She’s a delight to be around, especially because we are so similar. We love vintage, Egypt, Disney, cosplay and being silly. I’m so happy we live just 90 miles away instead of 1,000 and look forward to more adventures together.

Outfit
Sweater: Magpie, Portland, Oregon
Skirt and Brooch: Antique malls in California that I can’t remember! We stopped at so many during our road trips!
Earrings: AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium, Portland, Oregon
Bangle, Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Kartush Ring: Found by my dad
Purse: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Tights: Nordstorm Rack
Shoes: Miz Mooz

Walk Like an Egyptian

First, I really want to thank all of you who commented with such kind words of support regarding my last post. Your comments always mean a great deal to me. Today’s post kind of highlights one of the directions I really want to go with my wardrobe more; adventurer style.

As stated before, I’ve always had a love affair with ancient Egypt, and Egyptian Revival jewelry is a weak point for me when out antiquing, but it is often pricey.  Right now my collection of Egyptian Revival is small, and consists of a mix of 1920s and 60s pieces (as there was another Egyptian Revival after the release of the Elizabeth Taylor film Cleopatra), but the plan is for that to change. By choosing to part with some of my more average pieces of clothing I hope to take funds from those and put them towards Egyptian Revival, in addition to Western/Mexican and unique, super atomic 50s garments.

I wore this the other day when I visited with Sarah at Simply Vintage to do some trade for the stunning black lurex Estevez I mentioned in the last post (I’m not sure when I’ll take that beauty for a spin, but when I do, you’ll see it!).  This outfit is an odd, but fun mix that I really enjoyed putting together.  The outfit actually started with the open knit tights I found at the Nordstorm Rack (as I have learned that place is good to score Minnetonkas cheap!) as the pattern reminded me of the reed imagery you see in some ancient Egyptian works of art.  The rest just fell together.  The blouse is from the 1960s, while the skit is made from a 1940s pattern, and the jacket is actually from the 70s! But it just came together to create a unique look at evokes the Egyptian Revival of the 1920s and 30s without being 100 percent period perfect.

Outfit
Jacket: The Clothes Horse, Eugene, Oregon
Blouse: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Skirt: Made by me, McCall 7153
Belt: Buckle from Brownsville Antique Fair, Brownsville, Oregon, belt replaced using ribbon from Fabric Depot
Tights: Nordstorm Rack
Shoes: Miz Mooz, Johnny Sole, Portland, Oregon
Earrings: AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium, Portland, Oregon
Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Kartush Ring: “Stole” from my dad
Purse: Don’t remember…

Mummies!

One career path I gave serious consideration to was becoming an archeologist, specifically, Egyptology.  Prior to my birth, my parents took a trip to the Holy Lands, and parts of our home were decorated with relics and souvenirs of the journey.  I read all of the books I could get my hands on regarding ancient Egypt (even put in a great deal of time learning to read hieroglyphics), and put my 6th grade teacher to shame when we did our ancient civilizations unit in Social Studies.  When I got into high school, and began my college search, I looked into various schools that offered archeology programs, and even went on a local dig to get a feel for the true life experiences.  That didn’t end well.  Let’s just leave it at that. And as I progressed in high school my idol shifted from Indiana Jones Howard Carter to Edward R. Murrow and I entered college as a journalism major, but I did take a few anthropology and archeology courses, before stumbling out of college on graduation day with a history degree. But my passion for Egypt has never disappeared, and has translated into my wardrobe over the years with pieces of Egyptian Revival jewelry. And recently, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (better known as OMSI) was blessed with a mummy exhibit! I was so excited and went to the exhibit with Patrick and my friend Kali.

Since OMSI does not allow photography, so you’ll just have to settle with just my outfit…

The exhibit itself was very interesting and included artifacts such as canopic jars and ushabti figures for the Egyptian portion of the exhibit, which defined deliberate mummification, while the rest of the mummies were the work of accidental mummification due to climates.  The exhibition is in its final weeks, so if you’re interested, go soon! Find out more here.

Outfit
Hat: Urban Eccentric, Vancouver, Washington
Blouse: Don’t recall…
Skirt & Scarf: The Clothes Horse, Eugene, Oregon
Shoes: Payless, like five years ago
Gloves: Gift
Purse: Expo
Earrings: AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium, Portland, Oregon
Brooch: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Bracelet: Gift from my dad!