Jan 3, 2013

British Invasion

   I've always had a fascination for British culture but it's never been more apparent until lately. I've been unintentionally waving a metaphoric Union Jack for the past couple of weeks and I'm just now realizing it. That's quite alright though. I've come to terms with my obsession and decided to wave it proudly for all to see.

Exhibit A: Britflix
   Downton Abbey was all the rage last year and when I found out it was on Netflix I clicked my heels together and did a wee somersault in the air and watched every episode within a day. Sadly, I had to wait for the second season to be available and left it alone for awhile. First, let me say that I love watching TV shows on Netflix. It's like a never ending movie! Call me crazy, but I even take the liberty of completely watching several of them more than once. Let's see, I've watched Roseanne, Louie, Freaks and Geeks, How I Met Your Mother and I've probably watched Arrested Development about 3 times over. I refused to watch the last two episodes because I really didn't want it to end. I guess I'll just have to watch them all over again and bite the bullet. So over the weekend, I started watching the first season of Downton Abbey again. Much to James' discomfort. "Look James! She's wearing pants! Pants James! Isn't that ever so shocking?!", in my best Cockney accent. Dominique came over with Howie on Saturday and being that the weather was ugly, we decided to pick a movie on Netflix. We scanned over Gosford Park's description "...hunting party...Sir William...murder mystery...whodunit....servants" I felt bad enough putting James through a whole morning of Downton so I quickly changed the subject. James said, "Just put it on baby. She wants to watch it". Remember you said that...
   After the movie he said, and I quote, "thanks for putting on Downton Abbey: The Movie". LOL! After finishing the first season yesterday at work, I was already going through withdrawals and started Googling "movies similar to Downton Abbey". The only full length feature that came up on numerous sites was Gosford Park. Ha! It was Mr. What's His Nuts in the drawing room with the candle stick! Case closed.
   Like I said, I was going through Jolly Goodness withdrawals and wasn't stopping until I got a nice big dose of dazzling British cinema. As prescribed by Taylor, I decided on watching A Room with a View and it was incredible! So beautiful and romantic. I loved it. I had to pause it yesterday for a few hours when I went home, made dinner and shared a bottle of Henriot with James while watching the Grey. I finally was able to continue watching late into the night on my phone in bed. Taylor mentioned there was male nudity in it but I was completely shocked at how much there was! I was laughing my ass off in bed and tried to show What's His Nuts what his nuts looked like but he just adverted his eyes. I fell asleep during the last ten minutes and rewound it so I wouldn't miss a minute.

Exhibit B: Grace
   I became and instant fan of Grace Coddington after watching the September Issue. She's a British-born model turned creative director at American Vogue. I loved her demeanor throughout the film. Especially because she seemed to be the only person to stand up to Anna Wintour. I didn't even know she wrote a book until I read an article about it in Allure. I don't buy new books very often and definitely do not usually spend over $20 for a book but I made an exception for this one and it has not disappointed. 
   She has filled the pages with her very own drawings and photo after photo of her old modelling days and just sitting around with her fabulous friends. I had no idea she was so "with it" back in the day. Shit, she still is. I especially loved reading about her growing up on a windy Welsh coast, growing up in a beautiful old hotel her parents used to run. What a life this woman has had! Incredible. I highly recommend this book. 
Grace, Helmut Newton, Manolo Blahnik, Anjelica Huston and playboy photographer David Bailey "makes love daily"

Exhibit C: Honey Pie

  I love the Beatles. I've always loved them. My parents had the While Album before I was born and I would play this one side over and over. Mostly because it had Rocky Raccoon and Martha My Dear (my longtime favorite). I recently realized I hadn't really given the other side that much of a chance so I listened to it and instantly became obsessed with the song Honey Pie. It's so cute! In the style of British music hall, Paul croons a plea for a British actress turned Hollywood starlet to come back home. I've had it on repeat for the past couple of days. I couldn't stop singing it all day yesterday. Listen to is HERE.

Honey Pie

She was a working girl
North of England way
Now she's hit the big time
In the U.S.A.
And if she could only hear me
This is what I'd say.
Honey pie you are making me crazy
I'm in love but I'm lazy
So won't you please come home.
Oh honey pie my position is tragic
Come and show me the magic
of your Hollywood song.
You became a legend of the silver screen
And now the thought of meeting you
Makes me weak in the knee.
Oh honey pie you are driving me frantic
Sail across the Atlantic
To be where you belong.
Will the wind that blew her boat
Across the sea
Kindly send her sailing back to me.
Honey pie you are making me crazy
I'm in love but I'm lazy
So won't you please come home.

Exhibit D: My adoration for Gary Oldman

Exhibit E: Tea time

   I was forever having tea parties when I was young. I distinctly remember my mother buying me a Lambchop tea set when I turned 8 years old. We were living in the middle of Utah nowhere on my fraternal grandfather's farm. She woke me and my sister up and told us to come out in the yard. She had set up the tea set with breakfast and cookies. It was so sweet. I think she even put M&Ms under out plates as a last surprise. :) Well, I'm all grown up now but I still love tea. I haven't had a tea party since those days but who says I can't now? I've been on the hunt for the perfect tea set. I found a vintage Noritake set on eBay and I absolutely love it! The only holding me back isn't the price but the size. It's so small! The pot alone is only 6 inches tall. Is this normal of the vintage sets? I really don't know but I can't bring myself to buy it... yet. James was so sweet and bought me a tea set from Teavana for Christmas. It came with a Perfect Tea Maker and samples of their tea with little tin canisters. He did good. Real good. 
Isn't it beautiful? I can't wait to use it.

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  2. Such a lovely post, I like these pictures so much! :)

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  3. I adore British tv and films (I mean I am a Brit myself, but I just think they have a sort of flair that other countried don't quite have) xx

  4. I too am a bit obsessed with all things British - great post! I love Grace and can't wait to read her book, she was so impressive in The September Issue. Thank you for following my blog - I am really loving yours :)

    xo Tracy


  5. Yeah, but it's Gary Oldman. That's just proof that you're human. :)


  6. Oh, wow, really great post and I adore Beatles too :)

  7. LOVE LOVE!!!! Great post and the pics are so cool.


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  8. Great post! I love anything British too and am always trying to mimic the London accent (much to the amusement of my boyfriend). I'm also a fan of Grace Coddington, and will be hunting down her book :)

    x Gi

  9. i'm reading the grace book now and loving it. wonderful blog, let's follow each other! x

  10. I had such an intense love affair with Britain whilst I was living there; I can completely understand! And who isn't in love with the Beatles?! Loved reading this post. :) Hope you are having a wonderful new year!



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  11. Glad to know you like us Brits!

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  12. What an awesome blog! I have the same fascination with British culture and find it easy to slip into a British accent ;) I love it there and well I can so relate! British films, books, actors , music ... I need to watch Downtown Abby. Thanks for the great post.

    - Jen

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