Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Latest Aquisitions: Convertable Bra, Flat Sandals, Versitile Scarf


I put in a new order at eShakti recently, I'll let you all know how that goes, Fashionable Reader. I haven't purchased anything from them in over a year. Just haven't felt the need but I went on a big maxi dress purge recently and decided to use eShakti to update may wardrobe with replacements. The ones I was finding in shops just didn't have the vintage feel I was looking for. (Nor, for that matter, did they have sleeves & pockets.)

One of the things I like about eShakti is that most everything they make has pockets, and because I am putting in custom measurements anyway and paying the $10 extra for alterations, I tinker with neck lines, sleeves, and skirt length so I look at each dress with this in mind. Also they have added to option to put in a back zipper (instead of side) which I LOVE. That way putting the dress on isn't a makeup worry.

Anyway, I've a number of posts on advice when shopping with eShakti if you are going to try.

Meanwhile here's a few things I have added to my wardrobe recently.

Ekouaer Women's Strapless Convertible Padded Underwire T Shirt Bra 32B-42DDD $20

I already owned this in nude. My new size is 32DDD (at least in this bra). I like it. Not too much padding, just enough for shape and the convertible strap is great, two different spots to fasten on the back so it accommodates different cuts of straps and it can also be a halter, single strap or cross back. Here's the kicker, it's $20. It's so amazing to be spending so little ona  bra I like, and that fits. I supose after a lifetime of this the surgery will have paid for itself.



For summer I got some new sandals:

Aerosoles Women's Chronichle Flat Sandal $30
Man do I love these sandals. I now have them in nude and silver as well as black. I wear them all summer. I don't like flip-flops (the thing between the toes bothers me and I'm not happy with how casual they look) these are perfect. Little bit of bling to bring them up in the world and a bit of a squish to the sole so they really are comfortable. 
Kobwa(TM) Women Flower Mulberry Silk Square Scarves Bandana Scarf with Keyring $7
This is the first scarf I've found that is in the size I prefer for tying about the head and has a steampunk pattern in colors that will work with my wardrobe. So yeah, pretty chuffed about that!

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Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dress the Cover: Poison or Protect in Purple


A year ago, Fashionable Reader, Poison or Protect released into the world. Now, finally the audiobook is also available.

Here for your fun an entertainment are some fashionable items that match this cover...

 1880 Mourning dress, 1880-85  From Kerry Taylor Auctions

 For Alexia...

Worth day dress, 1880’s  From the State Hermitage Museum

1890s  Sotheby’s

 For Prudence...


Day Dress  1895  Augusta Auctions

For Quesnel...


1890s Ascot The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Gail...


Earrings  Cartier, 1920  Sotheby’s

  Suzy Perette, 1950s  Mill Street Vintage

 Jabot Pin  1925  1stdibs.com

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You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Vintage Pink Flowered Tiki


For the final day of SDCC, which was also my spotlight panel, I wore one of my favorite vintage dresses. This is a 1950s tiki faux-wrap dress in pink and cream, cotton, comfortable, and super flattering. (Here's the closest I could find from Sourpuss $30-50.)


I'm wearing it over the new Dark Garden foundation corset.


Frankly they might have been made for each other. Well, to be honest, the corset was, in fact made to go under this kind of dress.

Outfit Details


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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Red Steampunk Pin-Up


For the Saturday of SDCC, Fashionable Reader, I wore what I'm calling my red pin-up steampunk.


This is turning into a new favorite outfit. I also had on gloves but I forgot them in the photo, and a parasol for when I went outside.

Outfit Details

Lets go from the bottom up, just for a change of pace.

One more to come!

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 as Silver Flapper


For Friday evening of SDCC I wore one of my more comfortable dresses - a late 20s style flapper number.


Because it's not fitted and I'm a curvy lady, this isn't the most flattering of gowns, but it sure is comfy. There isn't much like it out there to recommend you buy (if you see something like this and it fits, my advice is to snap it up, always elegant and timeless.) However, there are a whole lot of fun 20s style dresses lurking about Amazon these days, here are some options. If I were in the market for a new cocktail dress I'd go for one of these.


Outfit details


Next up... more from SDCC!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Leopard & Red


For the second day of San Diego Comic Con I wore my coolest outfit (literally and figuratively). For this one I went pure pin up.


I like red and leopard together, but then I love red, so... Leopard is so very versatile.

Here is another way to do Leopard, although, not in Canada. (One gets mistaken for local comedic talent, as it turns out.)


And here is the last time I wore red and leopard together, on the Sword & Laser podcast & video.


Right, now where was I? Oh yes... Comic Con.


Outfit Breakdown

  • Turban style hat. I've gotten really into these lately and am planning on buying more (I already have red, white, and leopard). They come in quite a range of colors, styles, fabrics, and prices, this one is $8. I want to try one of the ones with a bow next.
  • I paired it with a leopard flower hair clip (similar $8).
  • Steampunk earrings (similar $17).
  • Red sunnies $9 (they seem out of the red, but the red and black are killer). 
  • I'm wearing the Bumbersnoot necklace from Badali jewelry that they SOLD OUT at Comic Con. There are more on their website, $23-48 depending on material. (I'm currently giving one away to a lucky winner via my newsletter, The Chirrup.)
 

Next up, more from Comic Con!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Miss Carriger At San Diego Comic Con 2017 in Hot Pink


My dear Fashionable Reader, for the first day of San Diego Comic Con I wore a hot pink 1930s style dress with a hand painted Dark Garden Corselette.


The dress I picked up from Max Azaria outlet mall store, years ago. I paired it with a Corselette (this is a curved variation in poplin designed to be a foundation garment) from Dark Garden. Since I now have a custom corset for my foundation garment, I decided to attack this one with metallic puffy paint, because I'm kinda like that.


I specifically went for a lightly 1930s design. Not sure I quite achieved that, but I think it looks rather nice. I might still futz with it a bit and I may put a design on the back too. We shall see. Knowing my limited free time these days, I'll likely just leave as is. I paired it with corset busk cover buttons from Ruby Blackbird.


What else am I wearing?



Hope you liked it! Next up, what I wore on the second day of Comic Con!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Dress


Then: Something For Alexia

1878-1879  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now

2014 Anna Sui

Matched Merch


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sumage Solution Book Launch Outfit: Pink 1960s Maxi Dress

The Sumage Solution officially releases today!


For my book launch at Borderlands in San Francisco last weekend, Fashionable Reader, I chose one of my more striking and least worn statement dresses. 


I can't for the life of me remember where I bought this maxi dress but my guess is it's late 1960s and possibly was intended as a bridesmaids dress. I love the silly little back pleated empire train, it feels very Grace Kelly. And the bows!


When I bought it, the bow and the back area needed some repairs but it's now good as new. Because the bottom skirt part is linen it doesn't travel well but it is pretty darn cool for a vintage dress. (Cool as in "not hot and sweaty".) At first I thought the flowers were hand painted but now I think it's a printed design. The bodice and the train are both chiffon.


See how it has those gores at the waist right under the tiny bows which happen to also line up with the princess seams on the bodice? That's the kind of detail you rarely get outside of vintage these days. 


I paired it with a...


I have on cute (but practical) flats from Aerosoles. I pretty much live in Aerosoles flats all summer. I don't like flip-flops, so flat leather sling-back slides are my thing. One of the reasons I love a maxi dress, I can safely pair it with flats. 


So there it is, hope you like the outfit.

Your,

Miss Gail


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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Gown with a V-Neck


Then: For Monique

Ball Gown  Emile Pingat, 1860  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now

2014 Altuzarra

Matched Merch

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Things I'm Picking Up for Prime Day


So I keep a long list of items that interest me, Fashionable Reader, but that I'm not sure if they are worth it or not. Prime day, for me, is an excuse to try out some stuff at a lower price point.

So here is what I am picking up...



Angerella Vintage Retro Pin Up Halter One Piece Swimsuit Monokinis for $9.99 comes in four different patterns, sizes are kind of restricted. I'm trying the L & XL (6 & 8) respectively. (I know, right?)


Pretty Polly Womens Nylon Backseam Tights for $14. Like all other denizens of the nude with black back seam (who can't wear Leg Avenue), I used to buy American Apparel. They discontinued their version years ago. I've been hunting for a replacement since. We shall see how these fit.



Things on sale that I have, love, and recommend...





Life's perfect silk head scarf for $13 There is something about this scarf, the colors just seem to always go with everything in my wardrobe and its thick enough to be full cover, but still light-weight, and it's the right size to tie in pretty ways without too much excess.




Life's perfect sleep mask $9.99. Super-smooth with the all important Two Straps.
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You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
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