For the last year, I have been enjoying a subscription to the Acorn streaming media service, as it has all my favorite British period and mystery series, like Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War, Vera, and Poirot. This past August, it started streaming Agatha Raisin, a TV series based on the book series written by M. C. Beaton. It’s a humorous mystery series, spinning off the “cozy mystery” formula in surprising ways, and it stars the dynamic Scottish actress Ashley Jensen as the title character, a PR agent-turned-amateur sleuth.
What I love most about Jensen’s portrayal of Agatha Raisin is how she stays true to her flashy, color-coordinated style, even while feeling (and simultaneously fighting) the urge to “fit in” with her neighbors in the Costwolds. She is realistically flawed while always looking FABULOUS. ♥
My favorite episode thus far is the “Witch of Wyckhadden” episode, which features a castle library, as well as a hidden passageway (which I have been a sucker for ever since reading about Nancy Drew’s adventures in The Hidden Staircase). I took notice when Agatha wore this classic + sassy black-and-brown-tweed combo. I literally shouted at the screen, “I can recreate that outfit!”
And here is my recreation: wide-legged, brown tweed trousers, a thin black sweater, a tan trench coat, a black beret, and a statement necklace. Gotta admit, I felt pretty snazzy in this outfit!
Below is a closeup of the different textures in this outfit, including the tweed of my trousers, the ribbed cuffs of my lightweight sweater, and the dark wood tones of my JORD watch.
Sam and I had fun recreating some of the poses from the screenshots I took of the Agatha Raisin episode. We browsed various antiques and salvage shops downtown in the theater district of Tacoma, and along the walk, we spotted a picturesque stone wall as well as a beautiful set of stone steps and greenery tucked into a hillside.
Sam had also gone to a literary reading the week before at a local antique shop, Sanford & Son Antiques and Auctions, which has three levels of amazing finds. On the bottom floor is a stage lined in bookcases, complete with library ladder. A perfect place to hold a reading — and a perfect place to take photos for this inspiration post! 😀
Weather: Crisp, clear fall day
Where: Antique-shopping downtown on the weekend and on a work day during the week
- Wide-leg trousers: LOFT, old
- Sweater: JCPenney, old
- Beret: Vintage shop in Texas, old
- Necklace and earrings: c/o InPink giveaway, old
- Ankle boots: Hush Puppies, old
- Purse: ?, old
- Watch: c/o JORD, 2015
- Lip color: Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color in “Raisin’ the Roof”
very similar black crewneck sweater // very similar wide-legged trousers in herringbone pattern // similar black ankle boots // very similar jet teardrop earrings // very similar jet necklace // very similar beret // similar herringbone purse
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