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Gail Carriger Retro 1950's eShakti Coral Pink Lace with Brown in Chicago & New York (Imprudence Tour Outfits)


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

Gail Carriger Retro 1950's eShakti Coral Pink Lace with Brown in Chicago & New York (Imprudence Tour Outfits)
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).

Gail Carriger Retro 1950's eShakti Coral Pink Lace with Brown in Chicago & New York (Imprudence Tour Outfits)
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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In Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any Outfit

I love millinery Fashionable Reader. No, really love.

There are few things in life that make me happier than hat decorating. Perhaps tea. Maybe the perfect macaroon. But I digress . . . hats!

I have a number of hats of the Victorian persuasion that I have attacked with a hot glue gun and way too many feathers and ribbons over the years. They survived my attacks and I wore them with a smile. Yes, I have a bit of the Ivy Hisselpenny in me. Well, maybe more than a bit. (Here's a blog on doing it steampunk style.)

In Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any Outfit

But what troubled me was ~ how to trim a neutral colored hat to match several different outfits? I wanted to be able to switch out the trim depending on the dress. Inspired by the magnetic badges at Literary Orange 2011, I sourced some strong rare-earth magnets and Got Creative.

In Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any OutfitIn Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any Outfit
The magnet off of my Literary Orange badge. The metal going into place on a hat band.

In Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any OutfitIn Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any Outfit
My weapon of choice, the hot glue gun,. The metal in place on my wide straw hat.

In Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any Outfit
The magnet in place on the straw topper. Make sure you "line up" your magnets positive to negative.

In Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any Outfit
The hats and trim awaiting action.

In Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any OutfitIn Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any Outfit
Blue/green hat trim ~ used a strip of binding tape glued over the magnet. The blue flowers were sourced from a thrift store $0.50 and the metal flowers were off of an old pair of shoes.

In Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any OutfitIn Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any Outfit
The trim on the two hats. Magnet to magnet seems to work better and be more secure than magnet to metal.

In Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any OutfitIn Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any Outfit
The cream trim. Cannibalized an old decorated hair elastic (my hair is now too short).

In Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any Outfit
The double magnets made it stick out a bit so I added some extra flowers behind, adhered to the side of the magnet.

In Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any Outfit
The final cream flower.

In Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any Outfit
Pink flower off of a hairband from Ross, $2.50. Has the advantage of being already curved.

In Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any OutfitIn Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any Outfit
The finished pink in place.

In Which Gail Carriger Get's Crafty, Using Magnets to Make Plain Hats Match Any Outfit
The finished product!

So excited. I now have plans to make more to go with other dresses. I'm a magnetic hat flower maniac! Be assured, Fashionable Reader, I will tell you all about it here.
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