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Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

So recently, Fashionable reader, there was a little gathering in Hayward at the Golden Tea Garden with members of The Book Shop round the corner. I chose one of the dresses I purchased for Comic Con but didn't end of wearing, a brown gingham.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

As you can see, others were also dressed for the occasion. This dress is similar to my brown plaid, but different enough in cut and fabric that I decided it was worth having two dresses both in the same color pallet and check family.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown GinghamGail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

One of my favorite things about this dress is the bow detail at the neck. You can't see it in the photo above because it was off the dress while I made some repairs. But trust me, it's cute.

Often vintage dresses have bow details at the waist.

Which I must say I also adore, but it's always fun to find a dress that has some kind of neck line interest, I feel it detracts from the Rack and draws the eyes up to the face.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham
Geoffrey Beene, 1960s  Augusta Auctions

This particular dress is back to my old standard of pencil dresses.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

I always try to wear pencil dresses with heels but my ankle is still not mended. (I hate being old!) So I am confined to flats. I am inordinately upset about this. I'm loosing the beautiful summer months and my lovely lovely collection of heeled sandals is languishing because of this stupid ankle. I might have to do a bit of an Ode to the Unworn post soon, just to stay sane. So for this tea, I had to wear my oxfords, again. Ho hum. I seem to be living in these shoes these days. Thank goodness I have six pairs, a color for every possible outfit.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

Back to the tea. The company was charming, the tea admirable, and the food tasty. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

I selected an English Breakfast, because I have no imagination when it comes to tea and every time I sally forth into another blend I'm disappointed. And of the nibbles the roast beef and horse radish was my favorite by far.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

After chattering away about books and writing and such I signed really quickly and then scuttled off back into the night, or whatever.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

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Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 1952 Valentina  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Bondage purse. How fun, the bits all move around and can go on the purse or one the wrists. It's like a transformer bag! (The good transformers, the ones from the cartoons.)

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro NeutralGail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

These tights are very like a pair I used to own, there were gifted to me by a bride afer her wedding. I was 10. It began my life-long love of hosiery.  I adore the dress, I could see it on many different figure types. No certain about the belt but it is lovely.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
Graphic print neutral peep toe pumps? Yes please.
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 1920  Christies
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 Infanta  Charles James, 1950  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral


Neutral Mary Janes are nice and practical.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Adorable pink blazer. I already have one of a different cut but I love the retro color wit the slightly modern cut.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

I have a passion for clutches, although I rarely use the ones I have and they aren't practical because the occupy a hand.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 By We Love Yan's Cakes
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro NeutralGail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

I love love love this printed dress, although the cut isn't great over a Rack. And the grey peplum jacket with the military detailing works multiple duty for everyday, event, and steampunk.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

1950s faux book bag.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

This season's retro look.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Fantastic cherry blossom nail art. I've never had or done nail art on my nails but the more I see it the more appealing I find it.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

 I am on the active hunt for this slip. I have one already like it but it's about to die and it is endlessly useful.
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Cutest most impractical little purse ever!

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro NeutralGail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

I've been hunting for and craving the perfect cream colored suit for a very long time but the blue sure is lovely. Perhaps I shoudl switch loyalties.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Not in my size but so adorable.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Perhaps better in ideal the actuality, this kind of ring gets caught on everything.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 By Melania's Exquisite Cakes
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

Such a cute little spare stool, I'd like a whole little collection for company. Except that we rarely have company because out apartment is so tiny.


Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral


Too expensive for what it is, but the idea is sound. I'd like something like this for travel, would work for both the computer transport for convention events and for tourist trotting about foriegn climes.

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral

I covet these scissors. How amazingly cool are they?
 

And, something for Prudence.


Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 1890  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral
 1906  The Indianapolis Museum of Art


From the Mum's Lady's Tea. 

Gail Carriger Lust Objects ~ Retro Neutral


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Gail Carriger's Stocking Stuffers & Other Randomness

It's a blustery wintery England sort of day outside. Makes me think of knitwear, hats, and furs . . . and turning the heat up just a little bit.

I've been thinking about fun stocking stuffers, even though I'm not planning on much consumerism for the holidays. Poking about looking at parasols I happened upon this adorable lace fan.

Gail Carriger's Stocking Stuffers & Other Randomness

 OK so I haven't talked about fans yet in this blog, but this is a preview of posts to come next summer. This little puppy is only $14 and unique, I've not seen many like it.

Admired the net gloves I talked about in my glove post? Well you can buy them here.

Gail Carriger's Stocking Stuffers & Other Randomness

You remember those hunter boots I was talking about searching for? Well they've turned up at Marshalls/TJ Max, so if you were looking also. I snapped a shot while I was out curtain hunting. 

Gail Carriger's Stocking Stuffers & Other Randomness

I didn't buy them, because frankly I've too many shoes right now, but it was nice to see they finally exist. This is my life, pity me, more interested in finding the right curtains than the right boots! How has my shallowness morphed into such a domestic manner? Tragic!

Gail Carriger's Stocking Stuffers & Other Randomness

In other winter news, I visited the Dickens Fair yesterday. It was its customary crawling cesspool of plague carrying flirts, drunken debauchery, impossibly yummy sugary sweets, tea, and tiny-little-baubles of cute that you want to buy but shouldn't. I resisted %90 of the cute, $50 of the booze, 10% of the sweets, and 0% of the tea. The plague remains to be seen, that's always a risk with Dickens.

Gail Carriger's Stocking Stuffers & Other RandomnessGail Carriger's Stocking Stuffers & Other Randomness

It was, nevertheless, delightful to see everyone again and say hello. I worked the fair for a decade or so, btu I don't make it back much these days.I wore my ball gown that never woudl pass costume approval, because I could. Some year I will make it for Steampunk Invasion, but I couldn't swing the schedule this year what with the move and all.

Gail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book Launch

One of the fun things about being an author is developing relationships with people all over the globe. One of my foreign language translators who consults with me the most (read: at all) is my Japanese translator. We have a sporadic back and forth on the subject of certain idioms and the meaning of Victorian phrases which I really enjoy. It forces me to stop and think about language as separate from story, which reminds me of my academic days.

Gail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book Launch

In one of those crazy coincidences, right after returning for New Orleans and lamenting my lack of fan, I received the following in the mail from my Japanese translator!

Gail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book Launch

These are cute tiny very light little fans, perfect for fitting into any handbag and the right combination of colors to match almost any outfit I have. Then the next day, on one of the fashion blogs I follow, this broach popped up which looked just like one of the fans! Coincidence if far more common that we think.

Gail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book Launch
 Lucien Gaillard plaque de cou ca. 1900 via Christie’s

So next time I visit New Orleans I shall be ready!

Gail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book Launch

Gail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book LaunchGail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book LaunchGail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book Launch

Gail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book Launch

Also, I promised pictures of Octavia. Here she is. She has grand ambitions to be an octomaton (note the gears) but is being distracted by sniffing flowers.

Gail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book Launch

And here are a few more from Friday's event in San Francisco.

Gail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book Launch

Gail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book Launch

Sadly, I did not have a photographer (AKA the AB) present at the Kepler's event last Thursday in Menlo Park, so I have no additional pictures but it was great fun. I am delighted to report people came even though it was the premiere of the new Harry Potter movie and the day before George R.R. Martin's signing! Also I was given tribute: delicious Japanese Gummy candy, exciting new tea to try, teeny tiny fake food (oddly, foreshadowing of a scene in Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School Book the First), and octopuses!

Gail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book Launch

A random moment of pantyhose!

And, just because I feel like it, I've decided to give away the following three books. It is a combination which, if you follow this blog, might appeal just to you.

Gail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book LaunchGail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book LaunchGail Carriger Talks ABout The Outfits She Wore Fot Her Heartless Book Launch
A signed copy of the UK edition of Heartless by self, Fashion by Christopher Breward, & Tea Wisdom by Aaron Fisher and possibly a few other bits and bobs of cuteness I have lying about.

To enter, simply leave a comment below. You don't have to say anything of import but I am interested in your views on Retro Rack so far. Is there anything you would like to see more/less of? Which kinds of entries interest you the most and which do you skip? Any other thoughts?

The winner will be chose by random number generator, and the contest will end next Tuesday, July 26. I'll announce the winner in this blog, along with the first in an eight part retrospective on the fashions I've worn to WorldCons of old (leading up to Reno 2011).

Have a lovely weekend, Fashionable Reader, and if you are visiting San Diego ComicCon I want a Fashion Report! Pretty please?

In Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the Dummy

My dearest Fashionable Readers, I'm working on a new steampunk outfit (the direct result of finding a matched over-skirt to one of my favorite corsets at a thrift store last month).

That's what's On The Dummy right now.

Unfortunately, the only shirt I have that goes with this corset is white. White doesn't work with the skirts.

So I decided I would try tea dyeing for the first time. I have dyed before, but not with tea. Why not? It is, after all my favorite beverage!

In Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the Dummy

I had some old American Twinings lying around that I knew I would never drink so, the adventure was afoot!

In Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the Dummy

In addition to the shirt, I added a pair of white gloves and a garter belt, both of which I felt might get more use if they were cream instead of white. I washed them all in clear water.

In Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the Dummy

"Steam rises from a cup of tea
and we are wrapped in history,
inhaling ancient times and lands,
comfort of ages in our hands."
~ Faith Greenbowl
In Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the DummyIn Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the Dummy

I did have to forcibly stop my father from dipping a hopeful mug into the tea bath! Since there was a cup of salt in as well, it would not have been a pleasant experience. His comment was, "What a waste." There is some truth to that.

In Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the Dummy

About 10 minutes in I began to see some discoloration and staining in the arm pits of the shirt and the fingertips of the gloves but proceeded willfully along. (The thing about salt is that it's a fixer, including the salt produced by your own body.) I simmered in the tea for about 30 minutes, stirring regularly. Nice to have the house smell like tea instead of dye chemicals for once!

In Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the Dummy

Rinse and result! Sorry the photo isn't great, turns out I was dying the fabric the same color as my floor! The shirt (muslin) was somewhat stained under arms and in a few creases on the torso, the gloves (cotton) were badly and unattractively stained (chucked em), but the garter (polyester) came out beautifully.  I'm so used to polyester bring the difficult one!

In Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the Dummy

In Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the DummyIn Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the Dummy

In Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the Dummy

All in all I liked the color: a little more rose than a standard cream. And how did it work with the outfit? You be the judge.

In Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the DummyIn Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the DummyIn Which Gail Carriger Dyes with Tea & What's On the Dummy

I'll do more blogging on this outfit once it comes completely together and gets more steampunk. I have plenty of time. I'm thinking its maiden voyage will be at TeslaCon this November.

Gail Carriger in LA in a 1960s Maxi Dress with Tulips





Who: Gail Carriger

What:
1960s maxi dress by Lorrie Deb San Francisco. Possibly a bride's maid's or prom dress. Bright pink chiffon overlay top with bow details at the waist and on the back with a mini train. Linen skirt with hand painted tulips in increasing size.

When:
Purchased March 2011

Where:
Bon Mar Thift Store in Sonoma, CA. Required minor repairs to the snaps. Total cost $15.

Why:
To wear to a tea, reading, and book signing in Pasadena, CA. April 2011.

To What Degree: Added a vintage 1960's white straw hat of the topper style, crocheted gloves, pearl button earrings, gold pen necklace, new Alfani cream bow peep toe stilettos, vintage cream bag, and cream parasol. More pictures from the event are here, from Pixie Vision Productions.

What Works: Dark color on top, lighter color on the bottom balances out the bust. Also wide boat neck draws attention up towards shoulders and face. Top is tightly fitted, skirt billows out slightly, also balancing. Here is a slightly similar coctail number from Mod Cloth.



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