'Costumes'

Downton Abbey The Movie

September 23, 2019

By Tab Byrum

What better way to head into the Fall season than with the return of an old friend from TV in the form of a new film. I have to say right off the bat that I’m a HUGE fan of Downton Abbey, I have been since the first season it came to our televisions. Like all good things, it had to come to an end and did back in early 2016. So, I was over the moon last year when we began hearing that the writer/creator of Downton, Julian Fellowes, was putting together a film version that would pick up right where the TV series left off. We saw the movie over the weekend and let me say it does NOT disappoint. (above image via)

Read More

Remembering Doris Day: My Top 10 DD Films

May 16, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Today we are going to continue our look at the actress/singer Doris Day who died this past Monday at the age of 97. Doris started out as a singer in the 1940s and eventually gained fame which led to her being screen-tested and winning her first role in “Romance On The High Seas” in 1948. Eventually, Doris Day would make 39 feature films between 1948 and 1968 before trying her hand at television from 1968 to 1973 and eventually retiring from acting altogether. Doris Day had quite a range as an actress making musicals, comedies and acting in a few dramas. She worked with Alfred Hitchcock among directors and her leading men ranged from Gordon MacRae and Ronald Reagan to Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, and Rock Hudson. Today I’m going to share my thoughts on 10 of my favorite Doris Day films. Let me know what you think and what your favorites are. Enjoy!!! (via)

Read More

‘The Gown’ A Book Review

April 16, 2019

By Tab Byrum

(via)

Every once in a while I like to share something I’ve experienced, whether it’s a film, a restaurant, a recipe, or a book and today I want to share a wonderful book I finished reading over this past weekend entitled ‘The Gown’. The Gown is a historical novel that follows real events but with some real and some fictional characters, in this case, it’s the wedding of then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 in post-WWII England. The novel opens with Ann who is arriving at her small cottage outside of London and we learn that Ann is an embroider in London for Norman Hartnell in his fashion house. Hartnell was known for the beautiful clothes he designed in the 1930s, 40’s, and 50’s for the ladies in the British Royal Family, especially the King’s consort and current Queen’s mother, Queen Elizabeth. During the story we also meet Miriam, a young Frenchwoman who has made her way to London following the war, she is also a classically trained embroider who goes to work for Hartnell, but she also has a secret. The book does a little time traveling as we meet Heather in 2016 who is Ann’s granddaughter living in modern day Toronto. Without going into a lot of detail and giving anything away we witness the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress for her November 1947 wedding to Prince Philip, we watch as the young ladies meet the young men who may or may not be the men of their dreams and come to terms with who they are as well as coming to terms with family secrets and events that shape their lives. The book is a peek behind the curtain at what it’s like to work in a couture fashion house and the research and detail work that goes into creating something like a royal wedding gown. I strongly recommend this book if you enjoy historical fact and fiction novels as well as romance and/or fashion. The Royals make a few appearances in the book but it mostly focuses on these three women as they each struggle in their own lives to live their dreams and become who they were meant to be. I look forward to reading the other books by author Jennifer Robson, I hope you’ll read it and Enjoy!!!

‘The Gown’ author, Jennifer Robson (via)

Happy Halloween 2018

October 31, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s October 31st, Happy Halloween!!!! Today in celebration of everyone’s favorite October holiday we are taking a look back at some Vintage Halloween images for parties, costumes, and idea books. I have to do some research on Bogie Books but they were apparently a deal back in the first half of the 20th century, they were books filled with ideas on parties, costumes, entertaining and having fun for Fall and Halloween. Join me today for a little trip back in time and see how Halloween was celebrated close to 100 years ago and enjoy your Halloween this year and be safe. Enjoy and BOO!!!!!! (above via)

Read More

Agatha Christie on Amazon Prime ~ “Ordeal By Innocence”

August 22, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We LOVE to watch TV at our house, at night after everything is done for the day and we’ve had supper and are settled down we love nothing more than watching something recorded on the DVR or finding something new on one of the streaming services. We really love British television and as you may know the British have a special affinity and knack for mysteries. Recently it was announced that the production arm of the Agatha Christie estate is teaming up with Mammoth Screen to produce seven Agatha Christie novels to be shown on television. Here in America Amazon has signed on to be the distributor and the first of the seven is “Ordeal By Innocence” and it was recently released. “OBI” is the story of the wealthy Argyll family in England, unable to have children of their own Leo and Rachel Argyll adopt five children. After the children are grown a member of the family is murdered and one of the kids is accused of the crime, they are found guilty and sent to prison. The story takes a turn when a man shows up who says he was with the accused killer the night of the murder and there is no way they could have committed the murder. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story and of course, eventually, the mystery is solved but not before taking you on a wonderful journey. From a design standpoint, this 3-hour mini-series was wonderful. It’s set in the late 1950’s so the clothes and cars are wonderful and the decoration of the mansion is gorgeous. I love all the colors used throughout the huge house, especially the blue used in the entry and all the way up the three-story entry hall. If you have Amazon streaming definitely check out “Ordeal By Innocence”, just sit back relax and enjoy it, it’s definitely worth it. Enjoy!!!  (above via)

Read More

Marvelous Designs Of Mrs. Maisel

January 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I’m not a TV or movie critic but I know what I like and when I see something that’s entertaining to watch and ALSO beautiful to look at I want to share, that’s how I feel about the new Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The show takes place in the late 1950’s in NYC and stars Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam Maisel, Midge to her friends and family. Midge is living the idyllic 1950’s housewife life, she has a gorgeous apartment in a building with a doorman, a successful husband and two children, a BOY and a GIRL. Midge’s world is turned upside and she discovers a talent for stand up comedy she didn’t realize she had. The story follows what it was like to be a woman in 1950’s America trying to climb the ladder and be successful, along the way we meet her wonderful parents played by Marin Hinkle and Tony Shaloub, they are always there for their little girl but at times she does push them to the limit. Anyway, the story is awesome but half of the entertainment value comes from the beautiful sets and the costumes worn by everyone. The series does an excellent job of portraying NYC in the 1950’s, from the clothes and decor to the cars and cabs on the street. If you love a good dramedy filled with self-deprecating humor and beautiful EVERYTHING then check out The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon TV this weekend, it’s awesome. Enjoy!!! (above via)

Read More

ibride ~ LOVE THESE TRAYS!!!

October 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We are planning a vacation for next year and are thinking about renting an apartment in our destination, while I was looking at possible rentals I was immediately intrigued by some of the pieces being used to decorate the walls in a certain apartment. Luckily the rental agency named the decorative pieces as being from ibride and I immediately looked them up. ibride is a French company and has been around for 20 years and prides itself on creating “dreamlike creations”, I particularly love the trays I’m featuring today where beautiful birds and other animals take on human characteristics while wearing dramatic clothing and costumes. The trays are created through a high laminate process and are made to either be used as flat surface trays or works of art that can be hung on the wall. There are also beautiful trays featuring lovely ladies from the 19th century, I’ll definitely be back to feature more of the beautiful creations from ibride marketed through the Amara website. Enjoy!!!

Read More

Best of Tabulous: Animal Print Clothing

August 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today we are looking back at a post we did on this date in 2014, looking at Animal Print, specifically Leopard, and its use in our clothes and accessories. Click here to see the full post and get a look at some wonderful clothing over the last almost 100 years. Enjoy!!!

Princess Grace in a Leopard coat in the late 1950’s. 

The Beguiled~ A Sofia Coppola Film

July 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We went to the movies over the weekend, one of our favorite things to do, we saw two films and one of them was the new Sofia Coppola film The Beguiled. The film stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell as well as Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning and is based on a 1966 Southern Gothic novel titled A Painted Devil. The film takes place during the Civil War in Virginia at an all girl’s school run by Martha Farnsworth, she and one other teacher are in charge of the five girls still at the school. One of the students, Amy, stumbles onto a wounded soldier named John McBurney while gathering mushrooms and takes him back to the school hoping Miss Farnsworth will tend his wounds. McBurney is set up in the Music Room of the southern mansion turned school, his wound is tended to and let’s just say sexual tension takes over. (above image via)

Read More

Sunset Boulevard On Broadway

April 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I wanted to give you little tease today for what we are doing in NYC tonight, we are seeing the musical Sunset Boulevard on Broadway, starring Glenn Close. SB is an Andrew Lloyd Webber production that first appeared on Broadway 23 years ago in 1994. Today the musical stars Glenn Close as Norma Desmond, silent screen star that time has forgotten, leaving her to live out her days in her Los Angeles mansion on Sunset Boulevard. The musical of course is based on the 1950 movie of the same name that starred Gloria Swanson and William Holden. I am so excited we are able to see this production, especially with a talent like Close. I’ll let you know about the show more next week after I get home. Enjoy!!! (above image via, below image via)


Design by Ana Degenaar + Development by Brandi Bernoskie + Logo by Kelly Beall