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


You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

20 Minute Delay Ep 35 Books That Call Us To Places






New 20 Minute Delay podcast Ep 35, "Books That Call Us To Places"! Piper & I chat about books that give us a strong sense of place + how we write setting.
Watch us on YouTube to see how much we hand wiggle and get excited! https://youtu.be/4YgKicCAgPk
 
I'm wearing one of my newer eShakti dresses. A turban from Amazon and a vintage necklace. 
 

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:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle



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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Gail Discusses The Enforcer Enigma, The Heroine's Journey, and Tons of G...






I finally got some of my energy back and am a bit more upbeat than last time. The first question tackles some weighty matters and we delve in and out of the current troubling state of the book industry, but mostly I managed to keep it pretty light a chatty. 

RELEVANT BOOKS 




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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Gail Talks Future Projects, Author Demigods, and Gets Emotional





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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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Swimsuits: Come to the Retro Side, We Have Support from Gail Carriger


Every one of us hates swimsuit shopping, Fashionable Reader.

I don't know a single curvy girl who enjoys it.

It's the worst of bra shopping, meets the worst of size matching (no, actually my bottom is a medium and my top is a large), meets the great fear of Cellulite in Public.


I go on holy grail hunts for companies that do bra-sized tops with bottoms I can buy separately. That's if I dare risk a bikini, which I mostly don't. Plus, I know I'm out $80 for a bikini that fits well, but it still won't fit perfectly.

 I have one tankini with a zipper front but it's so very sporty-looking zipped (and so very not sporty-looking unzipped) that it rarely gets an airing.

Wearing a reto leopard tankini top (from Target) as a top.


I came to a realization (odd it took so long for a girl who wears so much retro off the beach) that perhaps I should try vintage bathing costumes. Why not? The past produced dresses better for curvy girls, why not swimsuits? One good part being that, without chlorine and with different fabrics, vintage swimsuits seem to last longer than modern ones. Also, they have such interesting patterns and necklines.


I started the hunt some eight years ago and have ammassed a collection of suits since then, perhaps not of the colors and patterns I might wish, but I'm willing to take a color risk in order to wear a good, supportive, nicely-shaped suit.


I will admit, I was afraid they might look a little, well, granny-like. However, vintage suits seem to be all over the fashion blogs and runways for summer this year. So what do you know? I'm on trend for a change.


Vintage suits seem to dictate a specific look ~ full make-up, heels on the beach, matched robes or little jackets.

(left ~ yellow form the 1960s, right ~ Carolyn Schnurer bathing suit ca. 1952 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

However, I think you can go beach chic with a vintage suit and not have to go all the way retro. Here are my three paired as possible outfits.

 (Maxine of Hollywood suit thrifted $20 a long time ago, gold ballroom Very Fine dance shoes from It's a Wrap in LA $10, sailor shorts from Crossroads in San Francisco $12)
 (Labelless suit from Bon Mar Thrift store in Sonoma $5, Union Bay cargo shorts thrifted a while ago $15, Miz Mooz sandals recent score from Crossroads in SF $25, silver cuff probubly around $10 can't remember source)
 (Roxanne turquoise tie-side skirt suit from Bon Mar Thrift store in Sonoma $5, H&M shorts $25, thrifted Apepazza flats probably from Buffalo Exchange around $20)

So there you have it, why not give a vintage suit (or a vintage inspired retro suit) a try?

Here are a bunch of retro suits on Amazon. They can get expensive. 

Please do check your vintage and thrift stores because suits do sometimes turn up. Often they are in the lingerie section.

You'll stand out in the right way. And I believe such suits provide the kind of support and coverage that gives a curvy girl those most necessary of feelings when wearing a swimsuit ~ confidence and courage!



(Claire McCardell bathing suit ca. 1957 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)


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


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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Defy or Defend by Gail Carriger: Audiobook Sample







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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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.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
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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!

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

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


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.