Friday, January 1, 2021

This Retro Rack Blog is Fading

In case you hadn't noticed recently, Fashionable Reader, I've been lax about posting to this blog.

 Maintaining two blogs has gotten a bit overwhelming for me. Something has got to give. Much as I love fashion, it isn't actually my primary working world. Writing is, so that has to take most of my focus.



What's Going On?


I have been migrating and posting my historical fashion stuff, which ties to my books, over on my main blog, at my gailcarriger.com website.

There is a Victorian fashion tag there if you want to see all my posts on the subject.

And I have been posting pictures of myself in my outfits there as part of the footers there.



In other words, I'm fading this one away.


However! I promise there are ways to stay in touch with me and my fashion.

Instagram


Of course I am also on Instagram. I would truly LOVE it if you follow me there. Apparently there are secret things you can unlock and have access to if you get over 10k followers and I am ... almost ... there.


Pinterest


Alternatively I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to my Retro Style & Looks and their inspiration, you can always follow that board. Or I have one that is all my Steampunk outfits.

Facebook


I always post pictures of my event outfits to Retro Rack's Facebook group.

I know that's not ALL the platforms, but again, writing and lack of time mean I have to be selective about where I spend my online chips.

Anyway! Thank you for sticking with me for almost 10 years, and I hope you will not lose touch.

I will keep this blog's old posts, particularly the useful ones like eShakti shopping tips and how to prepare for breast reduction surgery, and links alive as long as Blogger will let me.

I might move some of my popular ones of these plus steampunk DIYs over to my author blog eventually. I won't be deleting this blog, I will just stop posting to it. 

Stay in touch, please.

Yours,
Miss Gail


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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Gail Carriger Meets Mercedes Lackey ~ A Fangirl Story





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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Gail Carriger and Mike Perschon reading The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn't






Gail Carriger and Mike Perschon reading from Gail's short story, "The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, The Mummy that Was and the Cat in the Jar " at Pure Speculation in Edmonton, Alberta, November 2013. 
 
The video only contains the first 30 minutes of the reading. 
 
If you want to own this short story it is available for $0.99 on most platforms, The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t. 

Enjoy!




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Monday, May 18, 2020

Sample PRUDENCE Audiobook by Gail Carriger








Get your copy of PRUDENCE on Apple, Audible, Google Play & more!

https://gailcarriger.com/youtube_CP1 
 
 Introducing the Custard Protocol series, in which Prudence travels to India for Queen, country…and the perfect pot of tea.

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (“Rue” to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do – she christens it the Spotted Custard and floats off to India.

Soon, she stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier’s wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. 
 
Faced with a dire crisis (and an embarrassing lack of bloomers), Rue must rely on her good breeding – and her metanatural abilities – to get to the bottom of it all.

This is the exciting next generation spin-off series from the Parasol Protectorate books, but it is not necessary to have read those first.



Retro Rack is now mainly on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts, and you can do the same. Or you can follow me on my regular blog for historical fashion posts, or join my newsletter, The Chirrup, for insider trading information.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

In Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw Hats



Summer is ending, although you'd never know here in Nor Cal. I thought before it came to a close I'd do a little something on straw hats.


I have a number of them of all different kinds. Including a red one I am over-making right now and you will get a DIY blog on eventually. Here is a small sample.


I know, they all seem to fall in the same color pallet, don't they? Huh. Anyway, the up side of straw is that it's cool, the downside is that the can catch and mess up the hair.


So, anyway, in honor of summer I present to you this little retrospective on straw hats. I'll be off the radar, I think, until Monday, so please enjoy.

Vintage straw hats . . .


1760-1770 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1910 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

1914-1917 via The Cincinnati Art Museum; 1914-1920 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

1930 cold comfort farm; 1934 tea for two; 1938 hold that kiss

1940 Sally Victor

1950 Lillian Bassman; 1954 Dior; 1954 Otto Lucas straw hat

1955 Christian Dior via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1956 Cover

1956 Dior June; 1958 Day

And now, I must leave you. Have wonderful weekends all, and I hope you are afforded the opportunity to don a straw hat!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Gail Carriger's Defy or Defend Launch Outfits







Retro Rack is now mainly on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts, and you can do the same. Or you can follow me on my regular blog for historical fashion posts, or join my newsletter, The Chirrup, for insider trading information.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
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Monday, April 27, 2020

Gail Carriger's Poison or Protect Audiobook!








Sample Gail Carriger's Audiobook Poison or Protect! 

 
You can find POISON OR PROTECT: A Delightfully Deadly Novella here: https://gailcarriger.com/youtube_PoP 
 
A sexy assassin, a Scotsman, and two lobsters attend a Victorian house party.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger brings you a charming story of love and espionage set in her popular Parasolverse. 
 
ASSASSIN 
 
Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star, has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately, she looks fabulous in black. What society doesn’t know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea’s employer. And Preshea has one final assignment. 
 
VERSUS SCOTSMAN 
 
t was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn’t anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven – massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and… working for the enemy.

In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart – a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one. 
 
May contain plaid, dainty sandwiches, and the strategic application of leather gloves. 
 
Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Outlander in this charming story from the author of the Parasol Protectorate books. Perfect for fans of Ilona Andrews, Lindsay Buroker, or Diana Gabaldon.

From the author of the Finishing School series, featuring deadly ladies of quality, this story stands alone but you can find out what happened to the next generation in Reticence. 
 
 Delicate Sensibilities? 
 
Contains men pleasing women, and ladies who know what they want and ask for it, sometimes in detail.



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Monday, April 13, 2020

Silly stories of Gail Carriger the Fangirl, Bonnets and Glue Guns, Defy or Defend







I mention my upcoming book, Defy or Defend, and give a few non-spoiler sneak peeks.


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Sample of Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger read by Moira Quirk






Etiquette & Espionage is available most places: https://gailcarriger.com/youtube_FS 
 
It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School. 
 
 Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. 
 
But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. 
 
Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.


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Monday, April 6, 2020

Sample GL Carriger's The 5th Gender Audiobook!







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You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
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