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Theme 15: Downton Abbey. The Exhibition in New York.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition Review. New York, 2018

When I first heard that Downton Abbey: The Exhibition was coming to New York, I was beyond excited! It has been years since the last season aired. Nothing could quite replace witty, funny quotes of Dowager Countess, the fascinating-to-watch competition between Mary and “poor Edith”, blossoming romances, emotional heartbreaks and seemingly never-ending miseries of upstairs and downstairs habitants of Downton Abbey.

Asking myself the iconic “What is a weekend?”, I decided to take my friend Allison, a fellow fiction writer and another die-hard Downton Abbey fan, to the exhibition on Saturday morning to explore and review it for my Pastiche.today readers. I already had a Downton Abbey theme running on my blog, and I knew that this experience will be a perfect addition to the collection of my articles about the show and looks inspired by the Downton Abbey’s characters. You can click here to see the rest of the posts inspired by the famous PBS show.

Mrs Patmore's kitchen. Downton Abbey exhibition in New York.

From the very beginning, the exhibition immerses you into the Crawleys’ household and really makes you feel that you are stepping into the Highclere Castle, where the PBS show was filmed. It all starts with the warm welcome from Carson and Mrs Hughes, and leads you through an impeccably and very true-to-detail executed kitchen of Mrs. Patmore, where she ruled over a handful of kitchen maids and footmen. Then you continue to explore the detailed sets and costumes of the servants’ quarters.

Servants Quarters in Downton Abbey. PBS show exhibition
Downton Abbey cast's costumes on display in New York.

The second and the third floor explores the lavish and beautiful world of Crawleys. It felt almost scandalous to peek at immaculately recreated Lady Mary’s bedroom, where I couldn’t help to avoid thinking of Kemal Pamuk. Then there is of course a grand dining room. Empty, but all set for an exquisite dinner party that could arrive any second. Every detail is intimately familiar and gives such a surreal feeling of invading Crawleys’ home that I half expected the Dowager Countess Violet to appear in front of me with a suppressed, but visible mark of a humorous disdain on her glorious face:  “Oh, roll up, roll up, visit an actual dining room! Complete with a real life table and chairs!”.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition.
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20s dresses in Downton Abbey. Period drama costumes. Fashion of Downton Abbey.

Slowly walking and taking in all the magnificence of the masterfully designed space by Imagine Exhibtions, Allison and I especially enjoyed all the interactive and smartly placed insights of the historic events and changes that occurred in daily lives of British subjects from Post-Edwardian Era to the World War 1 and the Roaring Twenties. I can confidently and sincerely declare that even those who haven’t yet seen the Downton Abbey would enjoy all the valuable and entertaining information if they have even a remote interest in history!

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Downton Abbey. Edit's Wedding gown
Downton Abbey fashion.
PBS Downton Abbey fashion styles.
Sybil's harem pants in Downton Abbey.

And how can I forget to mention the costumes and accessories of the Downton Abbey’s ladies and gentlemen! The abundance of wedding laces, strict lines of riding costumes and enchanting glitz of all the glamorous 20s gowns absolutely stole my heart. Even though sometimes I like slipping into pajamas at a Netflix kind of night at home, I desperately long for the times when an afternoon tea in a garden required a pretty hat, and for a 6 pm dinner you had to change into an evening gown and wear long elegant gloves.

20s fashion in Downton Abbey show.
Downton Abbey Exhibition

Lord and Lady Granham, Mary, Edith and Sybil, Tom Branson, Mr, Barrow, Isobel, Daisy and all other beloved and sometimes despised characters of Downton Abbey already felt so real to every fan of the show, but the exhibition immersed us into their world like never before. Allison noted: “The section with the gramophone and the visual explanation of social hierarchy reminded me of the circumstances these characters faced and the changing landscape they had to navigate. The characters already felt real and three-dimensional. All of this information along with the costumes, sets, and  props made them even more alive!”

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition has exceeded my expectations and truly made me feel like I was a dear guest at the Crawley’s, or a curious phantom wondering through the halls and sumptuous rooms of the family that quite honestly feels in a way like my own!


Theme 38: Exploring Williamsburg. Cinématographie

Exploring Williamsburg by Ulia Ali. Leopard Jumpsuit.

I seriously should be hired to be a location scout for films as I always find the most interesting and not overused spots for my photographs. For the Theme 38 I decided to Explore Williamsburg and shoot my another PrettyMissy look.

FSP heels and PrettyMissy leopard jumpsuit.

I paired this leopard jumpsuit with a red beret from Urban Outfitters (similar one for cheaper price HERE) and one of the most exquisite pair shoes I ever had - Femmes Sans Peur that remind me of Assyrian and Egyptian temple art.

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Ulia Ali wearing FSP heels.
Ulia Ali in Williamsburg. YSL, leopard jumpsuit and red beret look.
Ulia Ali blogger in Brooklyn, Williamsburg
Ulia Ali NYC blogger wearing Femmes Sans Peur.
Ulia Ali in Williamsburg
Femmes Sand Peur heels
Red Beret look by Ulia Ali.

Theme 35: Fall in New York. With Mer-Sea Luxe Collection

MerSea Luxe Collection. Ulia Ali blogger. Fall Inspiration photoshoot in Central Park, New York,

Ben and I are living in hotels again!  But you probably already know that if you follow my daily Instagram Stories and watched me try to fit my life into a hotel suite's limited space. The truth is the hotel hopping life is great, but I still need some special little details that help me transform a standard suite into our home.

I have recently discovered Mer-Sea & Co. brand and fell in love with their classy decor elements, lush bathroom products and travel accessories. Their new LUXE COLLECTION is rich and beautiful and is probably one of the most safest gorgeous gifts you can get your girlfriend, mother-in-law or just as a hostess gift to someone.

it became my ritual lighting up Amber Fumée candle every night and using a Mer-Sea Mystique roomspray that smells like a fresh field of grass, light flowers and lemon trees gardens after a rain. The candles and sprays really set up a dreamy mood, and look very chic as decor elements too, thanks to minimalistic luxury design.

MerSea Luxe Collection. Ulia Ali blogger. Fall Inspiration photoshoot in Central Park, New York,

Mer-Sea also carries a great range of travel accessories, and considering how often I fly all over the map, it is almost a necessity to have a set of quality functional items for the travels! First of all, I didn't even know how much one travel wrap can get used, but I love my black cotton cashmere wrap. It looks super stylish, it is comfy, it is soft and luxury (hello, it is cashmere!) and I wear it not only on the plane, but out, to a dinner over a dress, and, frankly, I often use it a blanket when I watch Netflix. It really gets much more use than I ever anticipated, so I recommend you to pick at least one travel wrap for yourself. Plus, it folds into a tiny pouch, which is always great as we all hate to stuff our carry-ons till the bursting point.

Second travel accessory I really like from Mer-Sea Luxe Collection is a Passport Clutch. It is also big enough to store couple of credit cards and my ID, and it is very pleasant and as always classy.

I wanted to show you my regular casual airport look, but I didn't want to force Ben or my photographer to shoot at the airport, so I thought I should take my readers to the Central Park, to the lake and to the trees touched by this magical fall. The beauty of classic Mer-Sea luxury items was really accentuated, in my opinion, by warm fall colors and I hope these pictures will give you a happy tingly feeling.

MerSea Luxe Collection. Ulia Ali blogger. Fall Inspiration photoshoot in Central Park, New York,
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All the gorgeous photos taken by - Dennis  (if you are a blogger of just want killer shots, he is your person!)

Theme 34: New York Fashion Week. Best Blogger NYFW Street Style Looks

NYFW bloggers streetstyle best looks SS 2018, September 2017. Influencers style during New York Fashion Week.

This was my second time attending NYFW (my first was in February 2017) and I can say the experience was drastically different from my first one. There is no doubt that even my first Fashion Week was quite amazing for a newcomer, but this September I really got to see a lot of amazing shows, and watched this weird, fascinating merge of Fashion, Bloggers, Envy, Brands, Celebrities and Egos. But let's don't get ahead of ourselves, because I will share my true Fashion Week story with its' own beauties and monsters later this week.

For now let's celebrate the BEST NYFW STREETSTYLE LOOKS. The list will be updated, so come back for more in a few days, and submit your looks via DM on Instagram to @uliaali.

Iconic blogger  Aimee Song  from  @songofstyle  somehow fashionably survived the hot September weather in a fur coat, a warm dress and booties.

Iconic blogger Aimee Song from @songofstyle somehow fashionably survived the hot September weather in a fur coat, a warm dress and booties.

Blogger and writer  Ulia Ali  from  @uliali  (ok ok, that's me!) wearing  Layana Aguilar  during NYFW. The outfit reminded people of  Game of Thrones  fashion! 

Blogger and writer Ulia Ali from @uliali (ok ok, that's me!) wearing Layana Aguilar during NYFW. The outfit reminded people of Game of Thrones fashion! 

Suarez sisters,  Natalie  and  Dylan  rocking interesting looks during NYFW. 

Suarez sisters, Natalie and Dylan rocking interesting looks during NYFW. 

One of my favorite bloggers   Jourdan   .

One of my favorite bloggers Jourdan .

Jourdan 's looks were hard to miss on the streets of New York during this Fashion Week.

Jourdan's looks were hard to miss on the streets of New York during this Fashion Week.

Tezza  looks amazing in Gucci. One of my favorite NYFW outfits that can also be worn during "normal life" days!

Tezza looks amazing in Gucci. One of my favorite NYFW outfits that can also be worn during "normal life" days!

Mary Gui  is one of the rising blogging stars.

Mary Gui is one of the rising blogging stars.

Her outfits are always full of colors, and that earned her a lot of attention from press and followers.

Her outfits are always full of colors, and that earned her a lot of attention from press and followers.

Ulia Ali   wearing Pablo Garibi, Chanel and Christian Louboutin. One of my favorite NYFW looks this year!

Ulia Ali wearing Pablo Garibi, Chanel and Christian Louboutin. One of my favorite NYFW looks this year!

Olivia Culpo  is looking hot and stylish this Fashion Week!

Olivia Culpo is looking hot and stylish this Fashion Week!

Who knew that an oversized blazer can look so amazing? We believe that  Kali Passiglia  is a future fashion icon.

Who knew that an oversized blazer can look so amazing? We believe that Kali Passiglia is a future fashion icon.

We love her original looks that are so true to her unique personality,

We love her original looks that are so true to her unique personality,

Rosa Crespo  looks are always interesting and want us to have her wardrobe!

Rosa Crespo looks are always interesting and want us to have her wardrobe!

One of the most beautiful fashion bloggers,  Anabelle Fleur , looks amazing in this white Chloe dress during New York Fashion Week. Via  @vivaluxuryblog

One of the most beautiful fashion bloggers, Anabelle Fleur, looks amazing in this white Chloe dress during New York Fashion Week. Via @vivaluxuryblog

Another USA based Azerbaijani blogger   Ruslana Gee  , and her friend, beautiful   Maja Malnar  , looked amazing at NYFW.

Another USA based Azerbaijani blogger Ruslana Gee, and her friend, beautiful Maja Malnar, looked amazing at NYFW.

Another one of  Maja Malnar  because we think she looked stunning in this all black look!

Another one of Maja Malnar because we think she looked stunning in this all black look!

Another fashionable and fierce blogger babe  Adriana Naomi  spotted before one of the NYFW shows.

Another fashionable and fierce blogger babe Adriana Naomi spotted before one of the NYFW shows.

How pretty this elegant look? As seen on Olga from  @allbuenothingsoli

How pretty this elegant look? As seen on Olga from @allbuenothingsoli

Pastel perfection on Nathalie from  @nata_allbuenothings  during NYFW.

Pastel perfection on Nathalie from @nata_allbuenothings during NYFW.

We love Marilyn's beautiful face and her bold and stylish looks. Via  @the_lunar_phase

We love Marilyn's beautiful face and her bold and stylish looks. Via @the_lunar_phase

Danielle Bernstein  at New York Fashion Week.

Danielle Bernstein at New York Fashion Week.

Week 29: NYFW Recap. My REVOLVE & Cynthia Rowley Looks

Ulia Ali in Tularose striped 70s dress from Revolve.

MY LOOK 1:

Dress - Tularosa X Revolve | Bag - Christian Louboutin | Hat - PomPom London |
Boots - UGGs (grey and white style here ) | Socks - similar here, but expensive! And $5 red ones I like :) |
Fur Coat - Снежная Королева (similar here. sort of! :) )

I wore this comfy, yet stylish look for Francesca Liberatore NYFW show. The show was beautiful, and I could spot so many famous bloggers and TV personalities, like Dorothy Wang from Rich Kids from Beverly Hills, in the audience. I have made a little collage with my favourite looks from Francesca Liberatore's beautiful FW 2017 show.

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Francesca Liberatore
Ulia Ali in Tularose striped 70s dress from Revolve during NYFW.

I wore this 70s inspired Tularose dress with a white fur jacket, and I can imagine wearing the dress on a beach vacation as well. So easy to style it! Revolve always has the best selection of clothes and brands. If I could shop only in one store for the rest of my life, it would be, without any doubt, Revolve. 

I also wore my new Christian Louboutin pink bag for the first time. It was another gift Ben gave to me when we were in Copenhagen. And Ben was also the one who took all these photographs and the upcoming video!

Ulia Ali in Tularose striped 70s dress from Revolve. UGG boots
Blogger babe Ulia Ali in Tularose striped dress from Revolve.
Blogger babe Ulia Ali in Tularose striped dress from Revolve.
Ulia Ali in stripes.

MY LOOK 2:

Dress - Cynthia Rowley (its not on sale YET, but I will link it when it's available) |
Bracelet - Hermes | Shoes -  Christian Louboutin

Mari Vanna NYC brunch | blogger

Another NYFW look that I wore for some meetings and a brunch at my favourite Russian restaurant Mari Vanna NYC. This teal blue dress with embroidered flowers is by Cynthia Rowley, and it is so pretty! Kind of reminds me of my Marie Antoinette Theme Week (click here to see my Marie Antoinette inspired looks!)

Blogger Ulia Ali in turquoise embroidered dress by Cynthia Rowley.
Mari Vanna NYC brunch | blogger
Blogger Ulia Ali in turquoise embroidered dress by Cynthia Rowley.
Mari Vanna NYC brunch | blogger
With my youngest fans :)

With my youngest fans :)

Blogger Ulia Ali in turquoise embroidered dress by Cynthia Rowley.
Blogger Ulia Ali in turquoise embroidered dress by Cynthia Rowley. Hermes pink bracelet.

Thank you Shopstyle for the dresses!