Thursday, May 31, 2018

Gail Carriger Wears Black & White 1950s Polka Dots at Phoenix Comic Con 2018


This was my first outfit in Phoenix recently, Fashionable Reader!




This is an old favorite dress because it's polyester and packs easy (no wrinkles) and is relatively cool. Because there were lines in the sun to get into the event, I paired it with a check umbrella as a parasol, and walking sandals (no heels for me this day).

Outfit Details



Mini Black & White Umbrella as Parasol: $15
Knitted Octopus as a hat: Gift
White Sun Glasses: (many colors available) $11
Bumbersnoot Necklace from Badali Jewelry
Gold Pen Necklace: No longer available. Similar
Steampunk earrings: Similar $12
Polka dot A-line dress: Very old, similar $30
Straw Bag: Ross, out of stock, similar $25
Mesh gloves: $16
Flat black walking sandals: No longer available. Similar $30-60
I'm wearing my new dark wine pink lippy. 




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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Quest for the Perfect Pink Lipstick wiht Gail Carriger


Recently, Fashionable Reader, I had a horrible lipstick experience.



I was super unhappy with the way this pink looked on my recent FB Live, so I started hunting for a darker pink.

* Before we start I'd like to state the following:

I'm a colorstay girl. I've been wearing it since Revlon first introduced it. I know EXACTLY how to apply a long wear lippy. I can put it on at 8am and it won't have budged by the time I go to bed - with three meals and snacks in between (so long as I avoid oily meals).

This blog post here contains my full makeup routine as well as step-by-step instructions on how to apply a no budge color stay.

Round 1




So I tried these two (Maybelline SuperStay Matte, Believer on top and Covergirl Outlast, Deep Burgundy on the bottom). Taken in direct sunlight, much darker when indoors. With these I felt I'd gone too far in the opposite direction, these are far too plum & dark for my taste.

So I picked up this one: Maybelline Superstay All Day Cherry.



This one is way less red than it looks on my computer (I find this is common with the word "cherry"). I like it OK.



Still I'm not totally happy with the application and finish (it's a little thin for a matte), and I'd like something a mite more saturated and more vintage looking, so the hunt persists.

Round 2


NYX's Prague & Lime Crime's True Love. Both suggested in the Retro Rack Facebook group.



Both of these are new brands to me. NYX's Prague is on my upper lip, it's pretty thick and sticky and I'm not wild about the applicator (or the scent) but you can't beat the price point. It's still leaning a little plum, although it certainly has a vintage look.

Lime Crime's True Love is on my bottom lip. What a GREAT lipstick. It goes on smooth, the applicator is lovely and the saturation in the color is fantastic.

If the Lime Crime stays on, I may have a new lipstick brand love affair in the making. It ain't cheep at $20, but what a joy to work with!

DISASTER

 Neither one is ADVERTISED as color stay. Both easily wiped off after lunch. Curses! I knwo there are some of you out there who believe the Lime Crime velveteens are color stays, but for me they his one did nto work.

(See starting point above, yes I know ALL THE TRICKS for keeping a colorstay in place. This one came off when I drank a soda water half an hour after application! That's not a good sign.)

Round 3


So I went back shopping for one advertised as color stay:


Maybelline SuperStay Matte since this looked like it might be similar in tone to the Lime Crime above. I keep gravitating towards plum tones, when I just shouldn't, so I forced myself to try these instead.

Success!!!

Top lip: Maybelline SuperStay Matte, Pioneer
Bottom Lip: Maybelline SuperStay Matte, Romantic

You can see I had a tough time with the application and that's my complaint. The brush charges too much and I don't like the shape at all, also the formula is really sticky. BUT the sucker stayed on and the two colors look like they will work for my outfits. We shall see how they photograph!

Wait, but you've worn pink dresses before?


So what did I wear previous to this hunt, when I wore pink? Maybelline SuperStay Wine. And if I can't figure out a new option, I'll go back to that one.



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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pearls: Gail Carriger Talks Multiple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace & The Names of Necklace Lengths


I have this multi-strand stacked mock pearl necklace that I bought on a whim from a retro fair and wear all the flipping time.

 

Here's your names for the different lengths...

via antique-royals tumblr

Collar, choker, princess lengths are my favorites. I will occasionally wear a rope. The other two don't work with the Rack. Not on me, anyway.


This kind of stacking has been around a long time.

Queen Margherita of Italy via antique-royals tumblr

1840 antique-royals tumblr

1870 fawnvelveteen tumblr stacked pearls

Mine I'll wear for daytime or evening because of the style of bead.


Although in the past with real pearls it does tend to be MAJOR formal events.

Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh then Grand Duchess of Russia

After the Turn of the Century

1925  Christie’s

via sala66- Clara Bow, 1927

Christian Dior 1948 Hat, Philippe Pottier, Fashion Photography  (Source- hprints.com)

 “More is More” Hilary Rhoda by Roe Ethridge for W Special Edition May 2014
via Glamorous Vintage Soul tumblr


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger


Want to play a rousing game of spot that outfit in Gail's book?

In How to Marry a Werewolf I feature a number of fashionable items, I thought you might want to see them ahead of time so you can try and spot them as you read.

So with the book releasing this weekend, here you go!

On Faith...


Walking suit, American, circa 1890-95. Wool, silk taffeta.
Mint Museum

1890 ca. Boater Hat English Straw, silk, by Lincoln Bennett and Company's Hats.
museumofcostume.co.uk

Raudnitz & Co. evening dress, 1897
From the Musee Galliera

Punch 1895 - History of the bicycle
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rouff ca. 1897 | French
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
I love this last one because it so perfectly goes with How to Marry a Werewolf.



On Teddy...

Walking dress L'Art et la Mode 1894 N°47 Marie de Solar

1895 Ballgown by House of Worth Paris,
the Bruce Museum



On Channing (in the past)...


Player's Cigarettes "Regimental Uniforms, Second Series" (issued in 1914) #52
Coldstream Guards ~ Light Infantry Company, 1793

Peninsula 1812 1_The Honourable W Dawson 1st Foot Guards 2_Daniel Mackinnon,
Coldstream Guards 3_The Honourable Orlando Bridgeman 1st Foot Guards



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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Gail Carriger Suggests an Excellent Article & Podcast on Feathered Hats & MURDER


Hello fashionable readers, here's something fun for you!

Fun article:
Murderous Millinery: A brief look at the fashion for feathered hats in the early 20th century


And a companion podcast on the subject:  Murderous Millinery

I do love hats, despite their murderous intentions.

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