Imprudence Tour Outfit & WorldCon ~ New Purple Dress & Eyeball Necklace

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I picked up this purple chiffon pleated day dress on a whim from a local vintage shop for $30, Fashionable Reader. Already it has proved itself a very good investment.



It's super light and thin and packs beautifully. I'm guessing 1970s from the fabric and the way the flowers are sprinkled over it.

On Book Tour 

On Instagram

On tour I wore it without a hair clip because I forgot the flower back in my hotel room however I remembered the matched eye of Suaron jewelry set that I got at WorldCon in London (from Etsy shop Hibernacula ~ worst most impossible to remember name EVER but boy do I love their stuff, here's their actual website), tobacco skinny belt (vintage, similar $10) and Guess tobacco wedge sandals (similar $30).

with Hope via Facebook

via Jennifer on Facebook

At WorldCon


I paired it with cream instead.  


That's the same necklace (I REALLY love it), the belt is a modern one (similar reversible $34), the shoes are these kind of patterned scaled Via Spiga peeps with blue heals from yonks ago (similar $46), and that's a vintage bag (similar $44) with a vintage octopus broach pinned to it (similar $19 or here $12). 



The scarf, upon which I got many compliments, is here for $14. I love it. I find 32" square is the perfect size both for packing (see this blog post on how to roll vintage) and for doing more elaborate hair scarf ties. There is something about the colors in this particular one that I find goes with most of my wardrobe, and I get tons of complements. (The makers have a whole range of different patterns.)

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Edwardian Picnic Costuming Report

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The one weekend I was home in August I went to an Edwardian Picnic in the East Bay.


This is not a time for which I have any specifically period accurate attire. Or better put, I have one late Edwardian costume but it's an indoor only evening gown with a long train that needs repairs. So I put this outfit together from bits and bobs. The hat is from an old (now defunct) walking dress outfit. The shirt is actually a 1970s peignoir, the skirt is actually the underskirt for the above mentioned evening gown and the vest I picked up at a thrift ages eyes ago and only now fits me (after the Rack Reduction, although it's still a bit tight in the boobs). Those are 1950s vintage leather gloves and that's a modern parasol. (I got the parasol from Lace Parasols Online, my favorite parasol purveyor. This is their Penelope and it's not lace, but broderie anglaise, which is why I like it so much. Everyone has the lace ones these days.)


Here you can see the hat a bit more. That's what happens to hats when left alone too long with me and a glue gun. I'm not wearing my standard glasses or lippy, and I've a ton of fake hair pinned on. How Gail looks incognito.


The picnic was quite lovely with everyone under the trees stylishly dressed. We had delicious nibbled and lovely tea.


Here are a few more outfits that caught my eye...




All in all a lovely little interlude over a busy weekend. Hope you all had lovely times too.


Costuming tip! Hat Trick: Instant Edwardian Glamour Using a Wreath and Wide Straw Hat
via The Pragmatic Costumer

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Imprudence Tour Outfits ~ Pink in Chicago & New York

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For my events in Chicago and Brooklyn I wore some old favorite pink lace dresses.

Chicago with Kristin (via @kristinbriney on Twitter)

This coral number is from eShakti and is one of the few of my custom eShakti pieces to survive the Rack Reduction. I'm wearing it with a golden tan fascinator that I love because it travels flat and then can be puffed up (find it here for $15), steampunk earrings (gift from a fan, similar $20), my Bumbersnoot necklace (find it here $29), and Guess tan wedge sandals (similar $30).

sorry, reference lost

In Brooklyn I wore this modern bring pink lace cocktail dress with a full skirt. I got it on uber sale at Nordstrom Rack. I don't often go for sleeveless but I do love this dress's keyhole back (although I need to fix the clasp). I wore it with a match pink flower hair clip, no idea where I got that (similar $10) and the same shoes as the day before in Chicago (or possibly the gold ones, can't remember). It was REALLY HOT.

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