Showing posts with label blue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blue. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mesa Arizona in a Blue Dress at LepreCon

I wore this dress for the book release of Curtsies & Conspiracies, with black accessories (as that was winter). It cost me $10 at a Vintage fair and it's great. Pleated skirt. Travels well. Very light weight. Although, it does suffer the blousing problem.

I paired it with a wide cream belt to give myself some shape, Sofft sandals, vintage cram bag, vintage gloves, multi-strand fake pearl necklace, and my favorite leather flower hairband (I wish I could find more of these, it's one of the few that doesn't give me a headache). Vintage cream jacket over the top.

I don't have much to add on this outfit. You can see I've invested in one of the pen necklaces in silver as well as gold. I love the gold one so much I decided I needed two, one for every possible occasion.

"It is ungenteel to go to the breakfast-table in any costume approaching to full dress."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

San Diego in Blue & Cream at ConDor

For various complicated reasons I don't wish to go into here, Fashionable Reader, I was confined in my wardrobe choices for ConDor down in San Jose. Luckily everything went smoothly. For the first day of panels I wore this:

Sorry, it's a bit blurry. That's a royal blue dress from JC Penny with cream oxfords (starting to look a bit warn and sad), Juicy navy cardy, pen necklace, fan earrings made of shell, and a little bow hat. The earrings are relatively new, a gift from my mum, and they tie in to the next Finishing School book.

Later that evening there was an ice cream social reception at ConDor and it had gotten cold so I changed some of my accessories. 

 Photos by Jerry Abuan

I put on my cream cashmere sweater instead, a multi-strand pearl necklace, smaller earrings, and peep toe shoes. Jerry was the convention's offical photographer, he did a great job, but still cut off my feet in almost every shot.

  Photos by Jerry Abuan

  Photos by Jerry Abuan

This is normal, I've found. I'm beginning to formulate an rather obnoxiously biased gender theories about those behind the camera. I don't know what I have to do to get a photographer to take a picture of my shoes, but it clearly isn't "wear cute shoes." I don't mean to complain (OK, I do) but I pretty much have to say, to every person who takes a picture, "Don't forget the shoes!" Otherwise I'm footless in every single shot. And I spend so much time picking out my shoes, and so much weight and packing space transporting them, it hurts me to have them neglected?

Forgive my needling? I just love shoes.

Anyway, this evening outfit features one of my more recent acquisitions (OK it was last October or something, I got it at the Alameda Vintage Fair for $15) a multi-strand (fake) pearl necklace. I love it because it actually fits my scrawny chicken neck. It was a whim purchase but since I got it I've been seeing them everywhere, and it's remarkably warm.

Simone d’Aillencourt in white crépe dress by Nina Ricci, 1957 via theniftyfifties tumblr; Anna May Wong  miss-flapper tumblr 
  Photo by Jerry Abuan
 Dovima via myvintagevogue tumblr; Fashion for Glamour magazine, December 1956. via theniftyfifties tumblr

I love that I managed ot find so many vintage examples because it shows how it can be worn over clothing, partly over clothing or with a lower necked top. When I first got it I though I woudl be limited by just wearing it with low necked stuff, but these photos showed me it could be more versatile.
Necklace  Verdura  Sotheby’s

2014 Chanel

Tom Binns Pearls in Peril gold-plated Swarovski crystal necklace at

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Book Outfits in Blue ~ German & French Covers of Soulless

Today, Fashionable Reader, I present for you clothing chosen to match one of my foriegn covers.

This is the French pocket paperback issue of Soulless utilizing the German cover. I started out ambivalent about these covers but they have grown on me. The color pallet is by far the best feature.

Here's what Alexia might actually wear of an evening:

1875  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Here's what a real corset looks like from the time period (OK a little earlier)

1860s  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Some some lovely stocking to go with:

1890 Stockings  1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Artblue

Here's something to wear over it all:

1885-1889  Evening Cape  Emile Pingat, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Muff  1860  Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Here's something for winter visiting hours:

1880  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
And here's something for Lord Akeldama to wear as he receives her call.

1800 French Court Suit, c. late 18th/early 19th century
He'd probably be deeply excited that they matched so well.

Some items in my own wardrobe I might wear to match this book:

Blue dress from J.C. Penny some 7 years ago, $40

Glass beaded necklace from Murano, Italy 1996

Lapis vintage 1950s necklace, gift

Matched earrings I found at a Thrift store

A favorite dress of mine, 1940's influenced, good stretch, $40

the original German cover

Some vintage and retro pieces I'd like to add to my wardrobe!

1920s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

Marni earrings via Pinterest
1940s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

Mawi earrings pictured via
Shoes  Roger Vivier for Dior, 1960  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mad Man Season 6 Publicity Still, Joan

Sara Weinstock Lapis large Victorian earrings

Asos biker cape coat at

Irene Neuwirth earrings via

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies

Last week Curtsies & Conspiracies went on sale. I thought you would forgive me an amended reboot of a blog post from the beginning of this year with some fashion items to match the book cover.

Here we go!

 First let's start off with things from the past.

 Something for Sophronia's mother, perhaps?

1842 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
And an amazing broach to go with it:

1845  Doyle Auctions

Something for Sophronia herself to wear:

1850-1852 Evening Dress  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Dimity:

1850  Nasjonalmuseet For Kunst, Arketektur, og Design
Something for Monique:

1855  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1950s Headdress  mid-19th century  The Museum of FIne Arts, Boston

Something for Agatha:

1854  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Something for Preshea:

1855-1858 Evening Dress The Metropolitan Museum of Art
And something for Lady Linette:

1855-1859Dinner Dress  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Alexia to wear in the Parasol Protectorate books:

1874 Afternoon Dress  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And something for underneath:

1884  The Chicago History Museum

Something for Prudence to wear in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad books:

1900s  The Goldstein Museum of Design
For her hair:
1900s  Sotheby’s

And to carry.

1900  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

And how about some pretty sparkles?

Boucheron Plume necklace

Harry Winston Skyscraper ring via Harry Winston on Facebook

Vhernier necklace at
Sapphire Ring  Tiffany & Co., 1920s-1930s   Lang Antiques

Willow Pattern Plate Set Necklace

The Rockefeller Sapphire via  Christie’s

Some Modern Looks

Zac Posen short sleeve dress;  Elie Saab Spring 2013 Blue Suit

Roland Mouret Jarndyce Gown
And a peak at what Gail might wear to launch this next book!

 Blue brocade shirt, made from an 80's dress.

Blue and white print dress & over jacket.

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