Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Bustle Tea

In early February I went to a Bustle Era Tea...and I am finally getting around to posting about it!  I was excited because I love the bustle era, I love tea and there is just something so relaxing and nice about chatting with friends in costume while enjoying a nice leisurely tea.

You can see how excited I am...

 Then after tea we went out to the courtyard to take pictures.  I forgot to charge my good digital camera so sadly all I had was my iphone which doesn't do well in bright, glary cloudy days so I'm afraid many of these are a bit washed out.  But believe me when I tell you it looked like an impressionist painting it was so lovely with all the pretty ladies in bright colors and the trees full of blossoms.

Towards the end it actually started to rain (in Southern California?!) and many of us were wearing silk, so we hastened inside and said our good-byes.

I wasn't able to make anything new since I'd had to help my sister with some health issues, so I got out my old Daniel Deronda archery ensemble and wore that.  I had a bit of a snafu with it as there were some last minute issues I'd forgotten about but I had fun and loved the tea, company and beautiful fashions of the other ladies.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


So since my boys are pretty into Doctor Who we bought tickets for LA's big Doctor Who convention Gallifrey One.  Our costumes were pretty much all purchased pieces cobbled together but they came together well and we all had such a good time, we can't wait to go back!

We saw so many great costumes.  Good guys like Doctors and companions and TARDISes...

And bad guys like Daleks and Weeping Angels and Masters

My younger son's 10th Doctor was so popular people were asking him for photos right and left.  I think a large part of it was his natural energy and charisma but also the hair, which is such an important part of David Tennant's Doctor's look.  We owe it all to this You Tube tutorial and I'll add that using the hair iron is key for anyone with ever so slightly wavy hair.

my older son was the 11th Doctor.  I thought he made a perfect Matt Smith Doctor given that he's naturally tall and skinny (and being only 14, also naturally boyish).  He is always a bit shyer and reluctant to dress up but he had a great time and it looking forward to more cons.

And I was River Song on the first day.  We were actually supposed to a reception where we'd get to meet Alex Kingston who plays River Song, but she had to cancel.  I was so gratified then when several people told me they thought I should just pretend to be her!

And the spoof Doctor Joanna Lumley plays, to my husband's spoof Master from Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death.  It's pretty obscure but these were hard core Whovians so a surprising number of people actually got the joke.

Etheric Beam Locators?!

They had awesome Doctor Who themed crafts as part of the kids' programming.
(Cassandra!  A WORKING sonic screwdriver!  and a Dalek!)

We even got to meet celebrities like Uhura and Captain Jack Harkness!

 You can see all my pictures from Gallifrey here.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Jane Austen Evening

Finally, the incredibly tardy Jane Austen Evening post. Lordy, that was ages ago now so much has been going on and I still have Gallifrey and a Bustle tea to post about! Eeep!

Anyway, I had such a good time.  I didn't do any dancing as I still felt a bit uneasy on my feet post surgery, but I had a lovely time chatting with friends, taking pictures and generally enjoying that feeling like I'd stepped back in time.

There were beautiful ladies in white dresses and colorful gowns...

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And handsome gents too...Wait, is that Mr. Wickham??

There were many lovely Austen-like moments...sometimes it felt like we were in a painting or one of the books.  Which is part of the reason why I love this event so much!

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  I wore my old standby yellow striped silk/cotton and the open robe I refashioned from an old 18th C gown at the end of last year.  I really like it so much better as a Regency gown.  My only new addition was the tiara.

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 Best of all I had a great time with friends in costume.  It was not good company, it was the best!

 All my pictures from the Jane Austen Evening Ball and Tea can be found here.