Everyday Edwardian

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, I’m pretty enamored by the Edwardian era. Obviously I love Titanic, but Somewhere in Time, Tuck Everlasting, and Downton Abbey also have a special place in my heart. I love the layered skirts, the elaborate updos, the beautiful jewelery, and the corseted figures. Sigh.

Not quite so "everyday" here...

Not quite so “everyday” here…

Whenever I watch any of these films I am overtaken by a rather ridiculous and overbearing desire to be there… despite the fact that I would have been barely more than property back in those days. Oh well. I feel like the stunning homes and incredible dresses would have made up for it (scratch that if I would have been a servant, though… we all know this fantasy only works if I get to be stupidly wealthy).

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10 More Quick, Easy, and Creative Halloween Costumes for Procrastinators

It’s almost Halloween again! While Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays owing to my childlike love of dressing up, now that I have a job and what not I no longer seem to have time to sew an epic costume that makes people feel bad about themselves (jokes…). These costumes are all pretty easy to pull together at the last minute, so you can go to all of your fancy-pants Halloween parties with your costumed head held high as you aren’t going as a sexy nurse for the fourth year in a row.

Snow White
With two Snow White films and Once Upon a Time released this year, she’s pretty much the fairy tale character of 2012, and you’ve got four different versions to choose from; Kristen Stuart (Snow White & The Huntsmen), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror), Ginnifer Goodwin in Storybrooke, and Ginnifer Goodwin in magical fairytale land. Whichever Snow you choose, I’d recommend powdering yourself with some baby powder to get nice and pale, and finishing the look off with red lipstick, bright eyes, and some subtle blush. You’ll also need dark hair, so consider a wig if you’re blonde. Or… (more…)

10 Easy Little Black Dress Halloween Costumes

I would love to be able to say that every year I am invited to more Halloween costume parties than I can possibly attend, and I am often left improvising top-notch costumes that are a brilliant combination of originality and whimsy at the last minute in order to attend each party in a unique outfit. Oh well, we can’t all have everything. So, just in case you are the in-demand social butterfly that I am not, here are ten easy little black dress costumes you can quickly whip up and head out in.

A Red-Winged Blackbird
I love this idea. I may use it myself. All you need is a red and orange scarf. Drape it around your shoulders and set the look off with some dramatic red and orange eye make-up. Et voila.

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Stop New Jean Bleed

Whenever I buy a pair of new jeans I’m always treated to a period where my legs appear to be horribly bruised from the dye rubbing off the jeans. Since I rarely buy new jeans I usually forget about the dye thing, and then end up wondering what on earth I did to myself to entirely bruise both thighs.

I recently bought two pairs of jeans in close enough proximity to one another that I remembered the dye thing by the time I bought the second pair. So I remembered to do something to fix it.

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My Updated Edwardian Lingerie Dress

As you may or may not have notice, I love Titanic. And not just the movie. Or even the ship. I love the entire time period. Now, you know I love the costumes from Titanic. But I also love the costumes from Tuck Everlasting, Finding Neverland, Somewhere in Time, and pretty much any other period film you care to show me, as well as extant dresses from the time.

One of my favourite type of dresses from the era is the lingerie dress. White, frothy, and heavily adorned with lace, pin tucks, and eyelet trim. And oh, oh-so lovely. So lovely. So I elected to create myself an updated version of it so I could have a bit of Edwardian elegance on a day-to-day basis.

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Titanic Photoshoot

Phew! It’s been a crazy weekend, so I thought I’d share part of what made it so busy. I needed some new photos of me in my Titanic dresses for reasons I will disclose sometime later, so I got together with the lovely Hannah P. to shoot some. We had great fun.

Anyone want to guess what my favourite movie is?

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