Friday, July 6, 2012

Bee in my Bonnet

Here's the bee hat from my upcoming Bee Victorian fancy dress costume.  I was tempted to add more but I really think the minimalist thing might work best for this, or maybe a few long "follow me boys" ribbons down the back.  I plan on wearing the same curly hairpieces I used for the Labyrinth Ball for this.  It's a simple buckram shape I made with a pleat in it for shape, wired and covered with black velvet.  The "antenna" are feathers with all but the ends stripped off and the "eyes" are rhinestone covered disks I got on sale at Michael's.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball

So, LoJ was awesome, as per usual.  Although there were some interesting differences, some of which I am sure we due to our going Friday instead of Saturday...

H and I booked a room at the Millineum Biltmore, which was the official LoJ hotel and went there early to change then take the shuttle to the ball.  It 's a beautiful old hotel that's been restored but the service was...well, you'll see. We made good time downtown but we stymied by the hotel which made us wait - I kid you not - more than 30 minutes at the front desk trying to find us a room - and we weren't checking in early, it was 6!   They claimed it was because some people "extended their stay" but we saw a long line of other LoJ people behind us waiting and heard other stories when we got there of hotel screw ups.  Then they tried to make us pay to get us to upgrade to a suite.  I think not.  I put on my bitch face and said we'd take the suite but they'd pay for it and they did.  FINALLY we got up to the room and began the mad dash to change.  I wore my "Water" gown from the Victorian fancy dress elements group we did at Costume College a few years back and my husband wore a sack suit from Gentleman's Emporium, bowler and mask I got years ago from the Shakespeare Theater's costume sale as a sort of Victorian man's "Earth" costume. A shower, some ironing, primping and champagne later and we were ready to head over to the park plaza to meet up with my sister and her husband.
In the cab      and in line at the Park Plaza
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The beautiful Park Plaza

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All of us had tickets for the pre-show which included a champagne toast and some hors d'oeuvres - the munchies were quite good and fairly substantial, unlike last year - mmmm, tasty, tasty goblin fingers! (aka bacon wrapped dates) -but we didn't get into the pre-show until at least 1/2 an hour later than advertized or more.  In general things were a little more unorganized  and there didn't seem to be as many huge costumes - the stilt walkers and troll for example - than last year.  Or maybe it was just because it was Friday?  I'd say the majority of the costumes were either fairies or steampunks.  There were so many steampunks, and most of them were good but not stunning,  that I ended up not taking any pictures of them at all!
Cute fox couple   and Pirate Girl
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We were all sort of elementals - My husband was "Earth," I was "Water," my sister was "Fire," and my brother in law was "Air"  They both made their own costumes and I think they did a great job!  My sis' skirt even lit up with tiny red and yellow lights.
Fire and water   and fire and air
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It was also a lot less crowded on Friday, which was both good and bad.  There wasn't the dreaded bottleneck problems of last year, and it was quieter so you could actually talk to people, but in some of the rooms in the earlier part of the evening there weren't enough people to really make it feel as much of a party as I would have liked.

Skullman with painted lace skull make up under his mask  Merlin from Excalabur
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Part of that may also have been that they had opened yet another ballroom this year, "The Clockwork Ballroom," which was lovely and had live classical music all evening.  There were some cool vendors there too, although I didn't end up buying anything.  The Clockwork Ballroom was a nice place to hang out though, sort of tranquil with the music, and there was ample seating.  They were also doing a Tea for the first time ever.  I thought about making a reservation for it but they wouldn't let you reserve times until you arrived and I worried about waiting in a line for too long and missing things.  The tea looked decent though.
Renaissance Death  and Plague mask
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Odd glowing moth person  and fairy sitting on a mushroom - fake legs on top, real legs in mushroom stem!
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Bast and Annubus   and Centaur
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My favorite rooms were the main stage and the room next to the outdoor area, both of these were mostly playing dance music and people were really going crazy dancing which H and I loved.  They went through a line up of old 80s songs including the ever popular "You spin me right round" and "kiss them for me" all of which was very fun but a bit odd, don't kids these days have any good dance music of their own?  I guess they did play some Lady Gaga too...

Me and Kaylie from Firefly  "David Bowie"
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Random devil/elven girls
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Fan of watch hands   and dragon
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Merman and Glowing fairy wings, I think because it was less crowded on Friday there were a lot more BIG wings than Sat last year.
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Downstairs was more of a DJ set up with weird atmospheric musical mash ups that were also very toe tapping.  Basically, we danced and danced, and danced all night (as one should at a ball!) and left sometime after 2:30.  Cabbed back to the hotel and crashed.  Slept til we were forced awake by our silly bodies at the far too early hour of 8, then we went off in search of breakfast and had some very good crepes for very cheap, cooked by a very brawny, very Gallic chef.  It was very good.  :) 

All the rest of my pics are up on flickr here.

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Dress U part 3

I've got to get these up before too much more time goes by!!

Anyway, after the tea there I went to Isabella's extant clothing class and a vintage parasol class.  I took tons of pics at both, if you go to my link to the flickr album of the photos at the end of the entry you can see them all.
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A few of us needed to see the sunshine after so much time indoors so we found a little green space out next to the pool and relaxed and snapped a few pictures.

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Then it was time to get ready for the Tiara and Jampagne party.  I didn't want to pack the crown for my evil queen costume because it's rather delicate and I was afraid it would get crushed in transit.  This left me in a bit of a pickle as most of my other Tiaras are silvertoned and that wouldn't work with the evil queen.  I ended up going with my Regency Tiara, which really was too delicate for the evil queen but it worked and I tried to overlook my tiara envy but my roomie made it hard - look at her!  We went down early to help set up the party and it all looked lovely.

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And there were so many lovely Tiaras!
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But Kat's took the cake - she wore a crown AND a tiara.  She was so regal she seemed to float...
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I was starting to turn into a pumpkin by the end of the party.  And some friends were leaving.  Some good byes were said, some packing was done, and before long I was waking at 5 to go get my plane for home.

All my Dress U pics and a few movies are here on flickr.