Three Dreamy Period Pieces to Binge On This Weekend

When I was young, I hated history. I thought it was incredibly boring, but looking back on it, I think it was the way it was taught in my school. I'm convinced that if someone had shown me pictures of the fashions and art and design, I would have been WAY more into it than I was back then. I'm thankful for my college art history class, recreations on the History Channel, and of course, the glory that is Netflix for getting me interested in history again. After all, as my dad used to quote "those who ignore history are condemned to repeat it." 

Back to period fashions, I've been obsessed with three period pieces on Netflix - and in no small part because the costumes and sets on all three shows are absolutely exquisite. So if you're in the mood for some binge watching, here are 3 I recommend:

1. The Crown: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the very start of her reign as Queen of England. What happens when a super masculine man must literally bow to his wife?

2. Medici Masters of Florence: I fell in love with Florence when I visited in 2009. Nick was studying there for a semester, so I spent a whole week in Florence, leisurely exploring the city. I especially enjoyed visiting the Medici palace and its accompanying gardens, and grew more intrigued by the Medici story while I watched DaVinci's Demons on Showtime. This story takes place the generation prior to DaVinci's Demons and despite Dustin Hoffman's weird accent, is very interesting. 

3. Versailles: I just started this series this week, and I have to say, this series has the most extravagant costumes and sets of all three series. Drama, sex, intrigue, betrayal, illegitimate children, war.... this series has it all. Visually stunning, and with an interesting story to boot.

All three shows are available on Netflix now. Enjoy your binge, and please let me know what you're watching these days- bonus points if its a period piece!

Winter Skin Survival

A few years ago, I did a little feature on beauty tips on Fox 8.

But since that was over a year ago, I feel like I'm due for an update. Here's what I'm using the winter to keep my skin soft and hydrated:

From left to right:
Julep Mint Condition pedi creme: I walk around barefoot. Which is so terrible in the winter, but its what I do. This smells delightful, and works wonderfully for daily wear. I usually put it on before bed and before workouts-- I once read that the heat from a workout helps the lotion get absorbed into your feet. I'm not sure its actually true, but it certainly doesn't hurt! *cruelty free
Lush Sympathy for The Skin: I do not say this lightly-- this is THE BEST body lotion ever. It smells like vanilla (you can see the flecks) and dessert, and it leaves your skin ridiculously soft. I've even gotten comments on how soft my skin feels. Even better: this product is vegan and not tested on animals! *cruelty free
Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint: This stuff spells sweet relief for my dry lips, and enhances the natural color of my lips. It looks different on every person, adapting to your own lip color. *animal testing language vague.
Swell Skin Miraculous Multi-tasker: This sea buckthorn oil is magical. Keeps my skin clear and hydrated, wrinkle-free, and also helps with accidental flat-iron burns. This smells a little "earthy" and is made locally, and is not tested on animals. *cruelty free

So there you have it-- my winter skin rescue arsenal. What are some of the beauty products that you're loving this season?

My TV obsession - Downton Abbey

I only have a short time until Season 2 begins, so I'm going to get straight to the point. DOWNTON ABBEY. If you're not watching this show, you are seriously missing out. I watched Season 1 via Amazon Prime late last year, and I was instantly hooked. Its a British period piece, set in a fictional town in Yorkshire. The series follows the story of the aristocratic Crawley family, including their household staff. It's so interesting to see the difference in lifestyle between the upstairs of the house and the downstairs (servants quarters), but both are filled with drama and intrigue. This show has everything- compelling story, great cast (including the awesome awesome Maggie Smith), drama, war, period costumes, family intrigue, star-crossed lovers, social change-- EVERYTHING!! Did I mention its part of the Masterpiece Classic on PBS, so you can feel intellectually superior as you watch it?

Just look at these costumes!!!! So glamorous, and people even got dressed for dinner at home!!! In the meantime, I will be watching in my PJs. The complete opposite of glamor. It happens...

Season 2 begins tonight on PBS at 9:00 pm EST.