Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Edwardian Ball

Captain Goofball reporting for duty!
Given Valentine's day is always a clustercuss in terms of planning this year we bypassed it all in favor of celebrating early on Saturday and going to the Los Angeles Edwardian Ball. (There is a San Francisco one as well as a New Orleans one too.)

It's not really Edwardian, it's really a sort of Edwardian-1920s/steampunk/fantasy electro-swing costume party. And this year for some reason I felt very meh about costuming.  Since I've been watching Agent Carter and daydreaming about the Lee Miller cosplay I'm going to do for  Costume College I was in more of a 1940s mood, so I decided to pull together a dieselpunk look from my closet and I have to say I was pretty happy with it!

The ball was at a new venue this year. While Downtown LA is very convenient for us I have to say I liked the other theater better. This seemed a lot more crowded and didn't have the lovely rooftop dancing area that we'd had in the past. Nonetheless we had a good time.

Main floor

Hilarious clown DJ
The top hatted and monocled audience

They had hilarious Gorey themed cut outs and speech bubbles in the hallways.


and the always fabulous Dark Garden Corset Fashion Show

We found and lost friends and cell service was terrible so we ended up just hanging out in the basement where the excellent jazz was.  Get a load of The John Brothers Piano Company!

A thrilling time was had

Monday, February 13, 2017

Jane Austen Evening 2017

This is one of my favorite events of the year.  Everyone always looks dressed to the nines, the music and dancing are wonderful and the company is the best.

This year some friends decided to skip the tea at the event and go to the Huntington Gardens for tea instead.  The tea room at the Huntington is under new management and I'm sorry to say they still have some kinks to be worked out.  But the food was good and we had fun.

And it was all worth it because when we came out it was the "golden hour."  You know, that time of day when everything looks like a Maxfield Parrish painting?  We got some amazing photos at the gardens as a result.  Take a look and see for yourself!

We were all so giddy with the golden light  we hastened back to change for the ball in high spirits.
I hadn't managed to get to any of the dance lessons this year but remembered enough of that dances that I made my way through 4 easy ones without injury or falling on my face.

 I can't wait until next year!