I was feeling a little silly about writing about this show, and then saw a few of my favorite bloggers doing the same thing so I know it’s cool. Also, do you ever have stuff just floating around in your brain that you absolutely must share with someone? And then you try to talk about it, maybe just in casual conversation, and you realize the topic that seemed so utterly urgent and possibly even worthy of an entire book club meeting, well it’s just, hmmm, not?
Case in point: the other night I was out with friends and somehow (I totally know how, I forced the topic) arose the subject of those Neiman Marcus items Target had for sale over the holidays. Did you ever notice those? Oh, I see. You’re still marveling at how I managed to work this topic into casual conversation over some margaritas? I’m a PRO, people. But I will admit, it came across as a tad random and met with sub-enthusiasm.
While we’re on the subject (ha! I did the same thing to YOU!), what DID you think about that? Here’s what I thought, just the other day as I noticed all that high-end (in name) merchandise gathering dust in Target’s 70 percent off bin. It goes like this: the people who want a Marc Jacobs scarf are not going to be willing to get the Target version of that item. Same with the Skaist Taylor fur vest, the Oscar del la Renta pet bowl and the very, very cute Prabal Gurung cape shawl which I’ll admit right here I had been eyeing since back when it was $79.99. And then it got down to $20 and I couldn’t bring myself to buy it. I did try on the fur vest and stood in the mirror mulling things over when I suddenly remembered I wasn’t currently fronting a rock band touring major U.S. cities. I’m cool, but not that cool.
I noticed some girls on Twitter (friend of a friend, I don’t know them IRL) lamenting the fact that Tory Burch was being sold at Target and how horrible it was because “it cheapens the brand.” Of course I laughed, but it reminded me of a time, forever ago, when I was obsessed with Martha Stewart. I referred to her books before making any kind of home decorating decision and while I couldn’t afford any of the items for sale under her then very limited brand, I was in love.
And then she came to K Mart and I knew, after studying ad nauseum her line of Arucauna-inspired interior paints and obsessing over her vast collection of jadite and McCoy pottery, that Martha would never buy anything at K Mart. She just wouldn’t. So why would I buy some Made In China mixing bowl with Martha’s name on it if she herself would never settle for anything less than (at the very least) vintage Americana but more likely procured in a French flea market. Or an auction at Christie’s.
Wow, this is shaping up to be a really snobby sounding post but bear with me. That’s not what I’m getting at. I’m really just curious, from a marketing standpoint, what happened with the Neiman Marcus line at Target, and why it didn’t sell much at all (based on the fact that the before and after sale racks looked to have the same amount of items). People who want the high-end name want the real deal, not the “made for the masses” version.
Okay, thanks for putting up with that (whoever is still reading). Again, gotta get these thoughts out and like I said, bringing it up at Margarita Night didn’t meet my need of over-analysis.
MOVING RIGHT ALONG!
Everyone seems so relieved that Edith didn’t end up with Sir Anthony (I’m talking about Downton Abbey now, not Martha Stewart).
Are you relieved they didn’t wind up together? I don’t know, for some reason I was excited for her. She seemed so happy to have a sense of purpose and it really seemed to me (based on the tee-iny amount I know and understand about that time in history) that she really didn’t have any outlets for meeting anyone else. Where would she have met someone? I guess I read somewhere about her maybe traveling to America for adventure. Maybe that will work out?
But take our need for a sense of romance and youth and beauty out of it (although Sir Anthony wasn’t too bad to look at, right? He wasn’t overly geriatric, dangling arm aside), it would have been a nice set-up for Edith. The large house, the large staff, a life outside of her parents. What’s the big deal?
I’ll admit that I was a tad annoyed that people were so down on the union until the Dowager Countess stepped in. I read somewhere that this action seemed out of character for her but it made me feel like the break-up was the right move. Up until then I was rooting for the sweet old/young couple to get married. And then Gramma stepped in and said everyone knew breaking up was the right move and so, not one to disagree with the Dowager, I nodded my head in solemn assent. It must be this way, Edith. I am so sorry.
Also, I wish I could record footage of Paul’s reaction to Matthew about that stupid letter and the stupid money. Matthew was being such a martyr about the whole thing and the best part was I thought Paul was going to reach through the television and wring Matthew’s neck. Get over yerself, Matt dude. Just chill. (p.s. I knew all along that Lavinia didn’t die thinking Matthew was her besmitten and it was QUITE revealing that he had such a high opinion of himself in the situation. Oh, heck, I don’t know that I totally agree with what I just wrote there.) But the bottom line was his schtick was getting real old real fast. Thanks goodness Mary has a brain and knows how to use it.
One last thought I’ll share, unrelated to Downton but along the lines of “this must be shared with someone” is the fact that someone spilled an entire cup of milk in my van two days ago. And now my van smells exactly as it should had someone spilled a large cup of milk all on the carpeting two days ago. Oh my heck, whoever said you shouldn’t cry over spilled milk never had a kid spill one. In her van.