Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gail Carriger Red & Black Steampunk at the Alaska Steamposium


It is a truth universally acknowledged, Fashionable Reader, that a lady in want of steampunk and warmth will struggle to pack lightly.


It wasn't as cold as I expected but it was cold. I'm wearing leggings and an undershirt and flat boots (because I didn't bother to pack any heels, I know, but it happens sometimes). 



From the top down I am wearing:

Black and red facinator from Amazon for $15 (lots of colors, packs well).


I actually added a knitted ladybug to the center. From a newly discovered crafter Borealis Baubles, more on her later.

Vintage gold costume earrings & necklace and the obligatory pen necklace $20.

That's a new lipstick I'm not sure about. CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Color & Lip Gloss, Richest Red $10.50. This is the base coat and then it has a darker gloss to go over it. I like long last lippy, and I like a glossy look, but as is always the issue is the gloss gets on everything - teeth, food, etc. So I'm not sure I'll keep up with this brand, but for a performance or special occasion it's a great option.



That's a little gold shrug I got on a whim from Ross for like $15 and wear all the darn time. I forget how useful a metallic neutral is. Similar $17-23

That's my Dark Garden Corset, the Class 5 custom with custom leather details. 
Here's a costume alternative, for $35-$53:



I'm wearing it over a Max Studio silk cross over full sleeved blouse (similar $16).

And that's one of my favorite skirts, the Power Broker from Amazon c. $30.

I'm wearing some leather and suede black button gloves I picked up in Germany a few years and and my Pilner leather and suede gaiter riding boots $75. They're a few seasons old but there are some still out there. Also come in brown. I got mine at Nordstrom Rack.



 That's the first outfit round up. I've one more from this event and then a great look at a fantastic cosplay from Alaska.

Pip pip!

Miss Gail

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Then & Now ~ Star Spangled Strapless Black Dress


Then

1956 Bosphore  Christian Dior  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Now

2014 Elie Saab black petal

Matched Merch


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Thursday, April 6, 2017

My Shoes & The Social Media Platforms They Represent In My Psyche


So I was randomly thinking about social media platforms the other day, Fashionable Reader.

What does this have to do with fashion?

Well apparently in my head it has to do with shoes.



Want to peek?

My Shoes & The Social Media Platform Each Represents In My Brain


Facebook = The Black Stiletto

A beloved staple and vital to my wardrobe but mostly uncomfortable.

Twitter = Trainers

Comfortable but not very attractive.

Google+ = Folding Flats

Useful but somehow rarely used.

YouTube = Gold Sandals

Flashy but a bit of a pain to wear regularly.

Tumblr = Quirky Flats

Seems fun but gets a bit hot and probubly for someone younger than me.

Instagram = Red & Black Pumps

Always gets compliments but mostly for show.


Flickr = Patchwork Boots

Old fashioned, pretty, but a pain to get into.

The Newsletter = Black Riding Boots

Of vital importance but high maintenance.

Goodreads = Green Pumps

Great but only for a specific type of person.

Pinterest = Red & Black Flats

Pretty and comfy but doesn't go with much else in my wardrobe.

Wikia = Crazy Wedges

Unique and painful, but vital to my well being.


Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Gail Carriger in Retro 1950s Black & White Gingham Check (pictures in my office)


There is something about gingham, Fashionable Reader, that comes off as intrinsically vintage. Perhaps because we associate it so strongly with tablecloths from the 1950s?


Here I am wearing a pedal pusher version of black and white gingham trousers, which, of course helps the vintage look even when I pair them with a modern t-shirt. This is my Team Soap shirt, from my Zazzle shop.

Team Soap shirt can be found here.

They can be a little broadening, in the manner of horizontal stripes. But I like them so much I will keep wearing them.


I'm in the downstairs part of my office for this shoot. For those of you who follow my FB Lives or my YouTube Channel, you can see why I have problems with back-lighting in this office, but boy it is wonderful from a general light perspective. In addition to the two huge windows downstairs, there is also a skylight in the loft section.


These photos were taken by the incomparable Brittney Hart. 

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.