Sepia Saturday

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So this week we’re prompted to share photos of wedding or stairs or people on stairs.

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State Library of New South Wales, circa 1935

How’s that for a wedding photo! It’s such a stand out that I’m only sharing one image this week. What could come close!

I hope they lived happily ever after.

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Sepia Saturday

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This week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to post on living rooms, tables, chairs and such so I’m posting some of my favorite historic homes: Charles Dawes House in Evanston, and the Richard Drieshaus Museum in Chicago.

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Charles Dawes House

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Charles Dawes House, Living Room

I wish I had such a living room. Below are chairs from the Art of the Chair exhibit at the Drieshaus Museum.

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Bourbon, Bowties & Bonnets

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Friday I went to a party at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum called Bourbon, Bowties & Bonnets, which celebrated the Kentucky Derby. My friend and I went with colorful, spring outfits, but we didn’t don bonnets because we just didn’t have any. Next year, we will. Still a lot of guests got into the spirit of the festivities and dressed up from head to toe. Many women had spectacular hats, but my favorite was a straw hat with a wide brim decorated with flowers, a small plastic horse and an old ticket from the Kentucky Derby.

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Mint Juleps

When we arrived we were given mint juleps, the cocktail most associated with the Kentucky Derby. A bona fide mint julep comes in a pewter glass and has crushed ice (not cubes), sugar (not syrup), bourbon and mint leaves (recipe here). Bourbon is the first alcohol invented in the U.S. and must be made up of at least 51% corn and be made in fresh oak barrels. After their first use, the barrels are sold to Scotland, Mexico and elsewhere. Those countries use the barrels to make other alcohol. Though distilled in Kentucky for the most part, Bourbon got its name from Bourbon Street in New Orleans, where bourbon became popular.

With our mint juleps we listened to music and nibbled hot appetizers. We learned about the derby’s history.

Then we went upstairs and could taste three different cocktails: The Brown Derby, Old Fashioned and Boulevardier. My favorite was The Brown Derby with the strong Old Fashioned and Boulevardier coming in a distant second and third.

We could wander around the museum checking out this stunning Gilded Age home and the current exhibit on the history of chairs in America. In addition, they had a real life milliner selling gorgeous hats and fascinators, which would be perfect for anyone going to the derby or a royal wedding. Some of our fellow guests were planning on going to the Drake Hotel’s viewing of Prince Harry and Meaghan Markel’s wedding and got their hats here.

Elegance

In response to the Daily Post’s prompt, I’ll share some thoughts on elegance. The video above has several good tips on elegance, but I’ll add a few thoughts.

  • We’re losing or lost the idea of everyday elegance. I sorely miss it. Watching White Christmas on Saturday, I was swept away by the elegant clothing both men and women, stars and extras had on. We can’t roll back time, but we can iron our shirts and look polished even when wearing casual clothing.
  • You don’t have to spend a lot to be elegant and it’s not just for formal occasions. Check out my friend Bridget’s Instagram. She lives in the mountains and everyday posts what she’s wearing. She’s got a knack for casual elegance.
  • I’ve learned a lot about elegance living in Asia. Their outfits are usually “less is more” in that they don’t overdo it with accessories. (N.B. some short, short skirts are in vogue and a few inches more of fabric would leave something to the imagination.)
  • The antithesis of elegance for me is chipped nail polish. I’ve been guilty, but once your polish is getting chipped, remove it. If you’ve got a non-elegance pet peeve, comment below

 

Sepia Saturday

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This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt led me to find some photos of vintage hotels, that I wish I could travel back in time to and stay in to enjoy the elegance.

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Palmer House, Chicago

 

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Jerome Hotel, Aspen – looks desolate here but was plush in its prime

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Sherman House, Chicago

More from Dressing Downton

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Tearoom at the Driehaus Museum

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Worn by Matthew and Mary

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Care to guess who wore which of these at Rose’s presentation?

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I had to include something from the house – what a beautiful fireplace

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Worn by Jack Ross, the jazz singer

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Just like Violet always wears violet, for Rose they liked to                                                                put her in rose or include a rose in her clothes or jewelry