Monday, September 30, 2013

Parasol Protectorate Cosplay!

Some fun images I've collected of those in Parasol Protectorate cosplay attire, two inspired tattoos, and a pumpkin set.

Alexia Manga Cosplay Soulless Vol. 2

Debbie Bretschneider at WesterCon2013 via FB

Manga Cover Art Vol. 1 Cosplay

Broken Ankh Tattoo

Lord Akeldama Cosplay

Parasol Protectorate Inspired Tattoo

Parasol Protectorate Inspire Pumkins
Omnibus Cover Art Cosplay?

Gail & Her Cover

A word on attribution. If you'd like your art taken off this page, credited to you if I have not, or linked back to your site in anyway please leave a comment bellow. Also if you, yourself have done some cosplay of my books and would like to appear in this blog, I always love to see it. Thanks! Gail

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Then & Now ~ Cream & Turquoise


1912  The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Duchess in the Details
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Then & Now ~ Black Lace Overlay


 1900  The McCord Museum


 Rachel McAdams on Red Carpet

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Happy Retirement, My Pretties

In addition to getting rid of a number of dresses recently, I've also retired some items of clothing. I've either given them to friends, or put them into storage, because I can't quite part with them. I rarely store clothing. I simply don't have the space, but I do have a small wish fulfillment trunk for items that may fit me, post Rack-reduction. These are a few that made the "I love you too much to let you go forever" list.

Black & White Check Suit

I know, I'm sad to see it here too. So many memories. I adores this suit. Black and white, nice fabric, beautiful fit, pairs well with everything, lots of great memories. But the dress is too small for the Rack now (stop growing Rack!), and it requires so many repairs fuze would have to be employed, argh. I hate working with fuze.

 In Frankfurt in the full suit, in Budapest with the dress part as a skirt and a belted top.

 In Frankfurt with the dress paired with a cardy, and the jacked paired with my red dress.

 At my first offical WorldCon as a professional author 2008.

And at the WorldCon where I was nominated for the Campbell 2010

Black & Green Cocktail Dress

I adore this tulip skirted I. Magnin dress. Adore it. But after the event pictured above, I broke the zipper. I can't stand repairing hidden zippers, so it's gone into retirement until I find a tailor I trust. It'll need a YKK. Also, it was tight over the chest at the time and I'd like to see if the zipper has any extra material to let out. It's a big sewing project.

 In Portland and & ComicCon

Crazy Pink Gown

I got a great deal on this dress at $15, although it needed repairs, and then I really only intended to wear it for the one event. However, I did want to wear it again recently and found it no longer fit in the top. Because it is such a unique statement piece, I'm going to keep it for now.

Big White Hat

This is one of the ones I fitted with magnets to make it hold different colored flowers for any outfit. Unfortunately, it's hard to pack, and I so rarely have outdoor events, I never seem to wear it.

Black Gold Purse

This one is real vintage, possibly as old as the turn of the century. I inherited it from my great great grandmother. Unfortunately, it's so old the leather is dieing, and the handle snapped from pure age. It's going into the heritage trunk in storage, and I don't know what will happen to it in the end.

Purple Flower Blouse

A truly wonderful piece, but it's slightly too small all over. I'm considering passing it over to a truly skilled seamstress to deconstruct, pattern, and size up into muslin. Get a fitting, and then commission a whole bucket load in various different fabrics and colors. The fit is that stunning on a really curvy girl, it might be worth the expense, but the blouse itself would be destroyed in the process.

Green Miz Mooz Booties

I actually didn't retire these, I had them died chocolate brown. Don't get me wrong I adore the green, but they didn't go with anything in my wardrobe so I wasn't wearing them. Now they go with a bunch of my steampunk stuff, not to mention everyday, so I'll be in them more often.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Gail's Top 12 Fashion Picks for Fall 2013

It started to rain this morning, Fashionable Reader, for me this marks the beginning of fall. My part of California really only has two seasons, raining and not raining. I did have a bit of a panic as I'd left the skylight of my office open, which happens to be directly over my desk. Please don't worry, no computers were harmed, but I may have to buy yet another remote keyboard set up and replacement hub.  Frankly it could be a lot worse. But you didn't come here to hear about writing woes, you came for Fall Fashion!

Occasionally, Fashionable Reader, I pay attention to the runways. Generally only when they showcase vintage. Here are my top 12 for Fall 2013. Mind you, I can't afford to buy any of it, but that doesn't mean I can't be inspired. So I've noted what I like about each runway, and how I might adapt it to my existing closet.

1. Alice + Olivia

Cropped pants I feel they are OK if styled quite retro. I'll be going with that crisp black and white Paris chic look and trying it with a pop of color from the bag and shoes. I plan to wear my checked pedal pushers through the winter.

As to the cute little drop wasted pleat skirt tennis outfit with cherry red accessories it reminds me a little of this outfit I wore to Comic Con:

2. Bottega Veneta

 Pre-Fall 2013
Slim stunning simple pencil dress in winter white with 1940s length and sharp shoulders. I'm going to try some monochromatic white, it's risky when you're as clumsy and curvy as me, but I do like it so much. My approach will be slightly more Grecian than this one, simply because that's the white dress I already have in my closet.

3. Carolina Herrera


Love the maxi skirt paired with a little fuzzy sweater (perhaps not fuzzy for the Rack). I think this is a fun style to explore. I'm thinking I have a black maxi-skirt that would pair beautifully with my fancy cream cardy for an elegant winter evening.  I could wear now if only someone would host an appropriate event... Oh for the days of fancy dress gallery openings and symphonies. I also have a comfy cotton maxi I could pair with a fuzzy grey sweater for a more casual warm look.

4. Douglas Hannant

Girly shirt and pencil skirt, you know I love it, but I don't like the uncoordinated accessories. I'm more likely to pick two complementary colors. I have a blue pencil I'll try with that same fuzzy grey sweater grey tights and court shoes.

5. Gucci


I do love the long gloves with the three quarter or half sleeve. Although sometimes it makes the gloves hard to get off.  The pleated top pencil skirt isn't for everyone, although it can work to hid a tummy, but it is very vintage looking. I'm still working on the long gloves short sleeves thing.

6. J. Crew


Meh to the baseball hat, never a good plan. But the full skirt is cute. I keep forgetting that I have one, because it's part of a two piece suit set, but I'm going to try to remember to wear it more.

7. Lela Rose

Pre-Fall 2013

I really love this dress, the darker detail is in the most flattering location for a fuller bust, I even like the full pleat A-line skirt. Plus I love the colors and that is it shown with flats. I have a white dress of a similar shape that I might pair with a vest to try for a similar look. I covet a pair of those flats.

8. Nina Ricci

All white looks from Nina, I love them both, and I adore the play on proportions. Of course the second look is way more my style. As with the other monochromatic winter white option, I'm thinking about it, but not sure I can really carry it off.

9. Louis Vuitton

Again a cute waist-length scoop-neck knit top, pretty pencils skirt, and fuzzy bag? I'm not a fan of ankle strap shoes (I think they optically shorten my legs) but in my book, that's the only thing wrong with this look. I would wear it right off that runway. In a real girl size, of course. I'm going to emulate it with my favorite polka-dot A-line pale yellow with black dots and either a little teal or red sweater.

10 Temperley London

Again with the little knit fuzzy top or the pussy cat bow, very feminine details throughout, including my favorite, the peep-toe heel. My black A-line is retired due to massive repairs, but I have the wool trumpet that might work and I'll pair it with a pussy cat blouse.

11. Valentin Yudashkin

Pussy cat bow, tailored red shorts, and a shrunken blazer. I would sub out the shorts for my red leather pencil skirt but I could do this easily. In fact, I may at my next event.

12. Oscar de La Renta

Two kinds of plaid? Soft dove greys. Sign me up. I don't have a grey plaid dress but I do have a skirt and a teal sweater that would look so cute together. As for the other I have a few flowered day dresses I realized recently I don't have any pointy toed heels. A gap in the shoe closet! The hunt is on. Cream perhaps?


Ladylike swing jacket in a  bright color with hem detail. Aside from the rain cape I don't have much like this, I include it because it's so cute. Perhaps something like it with trickle down to the high street shops eventually?

Clearly the trends I am gravitating towards are:
  • green
  • ladylike
  • printed pussy-cat bow blouses
  • A-line knee-length skirt
  • cropped sweaters
  • 1940s length pencil skirts
  • monochromatic winter white
  • exotic print combinations
  • bright colored structured bags

Something new and different for me? I think not. Sigh. I guess I like what I like.

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