Monday, January 30, 2012

It's here!  The Elegant Ladies on CNN International answering that age old question: Why is Downton Abbey so Popular?


Saturday, January 28, 2012


This week's viewing of Downton Abbey will be at Angela's apartment! But I'm all in a tizzy because I just received this email letter by post from Lady Ang, and don't know what to bring!
Good Evening Dear Friends,

Your presence is requested this Sunday at the Halsey Manor Convalescent Home. I am almost recovered from consumption and am certain I shall be prepared to host our Downton Abby gathering by Sunday evening.
As my home is extremely 'cozy' and the kitchen hardly deserves the title, I request that you bring a dish to share with our group. In America I believe this is called a 'pot luck'. I shall prepare a dish of something called 'yams,' an exotic root vegetable from one of our colonies on the African continent. You may elect to bring an appetizer, protein, vegetable, or desert. I shall also provide wine and spirits. Feel at liberty to arrive any time after 7:30, for dinner at 8.
Ring apartment #4 and then wait for me to *gasp* come down to greet you, as there is neither intercom nor buzzer (nor apparently, doorman).
I am,
Yours & etc etc
Lady Angela
Any favorite potluck recipes that I should try dear readers? Or should I say, what would Mrs. Patmore cook?

Oh and also, I know what you're thinking, and you're right, we don't play around with this elegant ladies stuff.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hello Downton fans!  I'm here to give my thoughts on last night's episode, but first I have to tell you something crazy.  I got this email on Friday:
I’m a Planning Supervisor at CNN International. CNN is producing a piece on the popularity of Downton Abbey. I read the NY Observer and NYT articles about your Downton viewing parties and was wondering if you’re having a viewing party this Sunday and if you would let us come film the party?
 And then this was me Sunday night:

It is all so surreal!  We had a great time, and the producer and camera woman were so nice and cool that we all felt pretty comfortable really quickly- we'll as comfortable as you can feel when a CNN is at your house.  They were there for two hours and filmed us eating dinner and watching the show.  Then both Tammy and I talked to the camera!  Tammy talked mostly about the amazing Edwardian meal she prepared it was so exciting! And delicious.  Here she is below:

Did you guys watch?  What did you think about this scene?  As Mrs. Hughes said "I may not be a woman of the world but I don't live in a sack!"

Dismissed without notice or character!
Or this one?

We were watching with the closed caption on (because we get too rowdy with yelling at the screen a lot) and started singing along, even though we didn't know the song.  And then when Matthew walked in it was gasps and cheers all around!

I did notice the Dowager Countess didn't have that large of a presence in this episode but I did enjoy her line about living in a second rate hotel "where the guests keep arriving and no one seems to leave." Cousin Crawley got what was coming to her, but then I felt bad for her in the end.  These characters are so multi layered!  That's what makes them so good.

Oh, also, I'm mad at Branson for being a misogynist.  Sybil's work is bringing "hot drinks to a bunch of randy officers??"  How dare you sir!  And seriously, what evidence does he have that she loves him?  I'm starting to feel like he's manipulating Sybil!

So what were your thoughts on this eventful episode?  Will keep everyone posted when I know more about the CNN piece!

Monday, January 9, 2012

M'Ladies and M'Lords,


That was the Countess's first quotable line in Season 2 episode 1 of Downton Abbey, and maybe the most confusing, next to the "Guns at Lucknow" line- who else took out their phones and started Googling?

Our Downtown Party was a success thanks to our fabulous hostess and of course the very satisfying first episode!  First, the outfits.  Unfortunately, we forgot to tell Lord Dee Dee to wear his tux.  He was very upset.

And now, the analysis.  Here are parts that had us yelling and hooting at the screen:

-First and formost, Carson's non heart attack, and Edith's complaint about him spilling the wine on her dress!  What a bia.  If Carson dies, I will be beside myself.

She has evil in her heart.
-And speaking of Edith, way to ruin a farmer's wife's life!  What is her deal???  Honestly, I feel sorry for her and her stupid, sorry life.

Molesey, please.
-Eww.  Molesey.  Is he the new Thomas?  Ewww.  Just eww.  Way to go Anna for refusing him though.

-Although, for the first time evs, I'm starting to get annoyed with Bates!  I feel like he's using his "good man" loyalty as an excuse to be uncommunicative and not have any balls!  Stand up to your evil wife!  Do it for Anna, she's willing to "live in sin" with you!! (Yeah, she said that).

You're not a young man Grantham.
-Lord Grantham needs to take his uniform off and get over himself as well.  You're too old to go to war.  It will kill you and make Cora a widow.  You can not handle those trenches (how impressive were those trenches by the way?)  Stop thinking about just yourself, for once in your life! I know Lord Grantham is usually very accommodating and unselfish, but really the being a soldier thing is all about his ego and nothing more.

-And you know he's going to find out about the scandal eventually- Carson almost spilled the beans!  Is that what gave him a heart attack?

So, those are the main things I can remember from our wine fueled, cheesecake eating evening!  

Did you watch it too?  Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Lady SoSo

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Originally Published January 8, 2012

Today is the day I have been waiting for for almost a year, the premiere of Downton Abbey Season two!  And I am lucky enough to have a group of elegant ladies and one dashing lord to celebrate with tonight as I'm going to a Downton Abbey viewing party!  Before I reveal to you all my fabulous outfit, complete with a British fascinator (I think Lady Sybil would approve) here are my thoughts on Downton Abbey Season 1.

The scandal of Pamook and Lady Mary is so so good.  And really, even scandalous for 2011 standards!  The suspense of whether Lady Mary's reputation will be ruined for good over it is killing me.

On a similar note, everyone's favorite is Maggie Smith's Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, but I think I love her the most when she decides to forgive Lady Mary for her mistake.  That, and when she sit's in a swivel chair for the first time.

My favorite characters are:

The Dowager Countess for her one liners and scathing looks.

Lady Mary- She is so mean and pretty evil, but I love her because she's also smart and believes in true love.

John Bates- the epitome of generosity and trust and so Mr. Darcy-esque, especially when there is the whole wine stealing scandal.

Lady Sybil- For being a rebel feminist who wears pants and helps her maid become a secretary.

Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes- are tied for no nonsense tough love types (my favorite!)

Matthew- for being so anti class and not realizing when he insults his valet or whatever. And for being a romantic.

Anna- for being so kind, loyal and hardworking, and knowing exactly what to do when your boss wakes you up and asks you to move a dead body in the middle of the night.

Cora- because I love the way her and The Dowager Countess are true pals.  Plus, she's really pretty for an old.

The characters that I HATE the most are (as in I love yelling at the screen whenever they are on, so I actually love them):

Daisy- really she is just so stupid!

Isobel Crawley (Matthew's mom)- for  being such a know it all.  I know she is a good person and I should probably like her, but I'm constantly sighing and yelling "ugh, shut up!" whenever she says anything.

Lady Edith- Just as evil as Lady Mary and yet so not as cool about it.  Plus, I hate her ugly face.  There. I said it.

Thomas- Ugh, just the worst!

O'Brein- Because I love yelling "O'Brein!" angrily at the screen.  And her curly bangs are ridic.

All images were taken from the Downton Abbey page on  Hop on over for more Downton fun, including a What character are you? Quiz- I got Anna!