Handbags, Books...Whatever

Handbags, Books...Whatever (http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/) is the website of Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction.

Handbag lover.
Avid Jazzerciser. Mah jong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Choc-aholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome.

HBW Calendar

  • 09/09 - Book Release! Vicki Batman
  • 09/08 - Travel & Book, Nancy Haddock
  • 08/29 - Handbag & Book, Judy Penz Sheluk
  • 08/25 - Something cool, Patricia Preston
  • 08/22- Handbag & Book, Debra Goldstein
  • 08/18 - Downton Abbey: Costumes 4, Vicki
  • 08/15 - Downton Abbey: Costumes 3, Vicki

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August 22, 2016

Is writing a solitary experience? Try Mah jongg! says Debra Goldstein #Rssos #MFRWorg #RB4U #playingmahjongg

Although I find writers to be some of the most supportive people who exist, writing often is a solitary experience.  When I look at this purse, which was a gift from my Thursday Mah Jongg group to celebrate the publication of Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery, I remember there is a world outside writing that I must stay connected to. 

Look at the picture and you can imagine the friend who always is concerned about you; the one who knows it all and wants to get on with the hand or whatever she believes everyone should be doing; the one who is just there; and the one who sips her tea, observing quietly until she says exactly the right thing. The bag may be small, but its meaning is great and it certainly holds my Maj card and winnings well.


Carrie Martin’s precarious balancing of her corporate law job and visiting her father at the Sunshine Village retirement home is upset when her mother reappears in her life after a twenty-six year absence. Her mother leaves her with a sealed envelope and the confession she once considered killing Carrie’s father. Before Carrie opens the envelope, her mother is murdered at the retirement home.

Instructed to leave the sleuthing to the police, Carrie continued efforts to discover why her mother returned and why she was killed quickly put her at odds with her former lover – the detective assigned to her mother’s case.  As Carrie and her co-sleuths, the Sunshine Mah jongg players, attempt to unravel Wahoo, Alabama’s past secrets in this fast paced mystery, their efforts put Carrie in danger and show her that truth and integrity aren’t always what she was taught to believe.

 “The first time I thought of killing him, the two of us were having chicken sandwiches at that fast-food place with the oversized rubber bird anchored to its roof.”

“I know the one.” I hand a cup of coffee across my desk to a woman I have not seen in twenty-six years.

With her free hand, Charlotte Martin pushes back a gray strand escaping from her ponytail.  “It didn’t seem like the right thing to kill him in a place they close on Sundays.  Besides, Carrie, being a lawyer, you can understand I didn’t want to do prison time.  I decided it would be better to divorce your father.”

In all the ways I’ve imagined reconnecting with my mother, I never thought it would be on a Sunday morning in my office discussing why she once wanted to murder my father. …


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Find out more about Debra H. Goldstein at: Website

Oh Debra, do we need to chat because I play mahjong most Mondays. I love how it challenges my brain. And I just have to share my bag. It's a
stitch and zip needlepoint kit which I did stitch and just love. Yours is very cool (major envy over here). Isn't it fab having a group like this to share with??

Who else does an activity on a regular basis like play bridge, paint, book club or what else?? 




August 18, 2016

Downton Abbey: a last post about the costumes #historicalprograms #Rssos #accessories #fashion

Travels with Vicki and
Downton Abbey 4

And for my last post on the costumes of Downton Abbey, I have more treats to share!

Lady Rose is wearing a silk velvet evening dress with glass bead and sequin decoration. Worn at supper and a party in London. Because this is after WWI, it is not full-length. Don't you love the coral color?

Lady Cora wore this beautiful gown when she accompanied Lady Rose on her presentation at Court. Presenters wore a headdress of three feathers with a tulle veil (attached to a tiara), a train, and while or pale in color. She also carried a fan. The dress is in velvet, dropped waist with original lade and beadwork from the twenties on the bodies and sleeves. Diamante stones and gold seed beads are embellishments.

While pregnant, Lady Sybil wore this velvet maternity dress with gold embroidered borders. I have to say my photo doesn't do the dress justice. It is quite beautiful and unusual. The dress on the left was worn by a guest at a party attended by Lady Edith. The fabric is of black silk net with intricate embroidery known as Tambour work.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of Downton Abbey costumes. I truly will miss the show and seeing the exhibit renewed my want for more.

August 15, 2016

Downton Abbey: a third post about costumes #historicalcostumes #PBS #RSSos

Travels with Vicki and
Downton Abbey 3

This gown worn by Lady Cora is absolutely stunning. It's fashioned from silk with a net overlay and a beaded panel in front. If I remember correctly, the front panel was found and the dress fashioned around it. Dazzling.

Equally dazzling is the day dress worn by Cora. It's a coat and dress with floral embroidery, won at Lady Edith's wedding. Fascinating note: the coat was created from a 1920's damask tablecloth. Who would have thought.

A ruby colored coat worn by Lady Mary. Velvet trim on the collar and cuffs. Leather gloves and a matching velvet handbag.

August 11, 2016

Downton Abbey & Travels #2 #PBS #costumes #Thursdayblog #Rssos

Travels with Vicki and
Downton Abbey 2
And so our journey continues with this second post about the costumes of Downton Abbey.  

On the left is a riding habit and hat worn by Lady Mary. The skirt is split at the front and back with jodphurs underneath for decorum.

On the right is a dress and hat worn by Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by Maggie Smith. The bodice is of silk trimmed in black. Lady Violet wore purple for half-mourning.

The Earl and the Countess of Grantham wore these outfits at the Downton Village Flower Show. The Earl sports a light cream linen suit with a straw Panama hat. Cora has on a silk day dress and coat with black frogging and a large silk hat with net, flowers, and ribbon.

A dusty pink evening dress in silk with a black net overlay, adorned with beads and sequins worn by Lady Mary at a dinner party when Sir Richard visits Downton. I was gasping.

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