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02 September 2008 @ 10:18 am
Monday? No, but it feels like it.  
No jewelry over the weekend. It was actually so busy I was barely home. Family get togethers, housewarming BBQs and grocery shopping, oh my!

I did keep watch over Gustov, with prayers for everyone in his path. I was really anticipating the worst, (possibly from some of the reports I was reading), and was so, so, SO relieved when it went down to a category 3 instead of up to a category 5.

So, to start off the week, I thought I'd bore you with a lunch photo! Haven't posted one of those in awhile:

Sorry the color's off. This was taken in my dimly lit kitchen this morning, with my cell phone. That's leftover beef stew, made from leftover roast and drippings. MMmmmm. A boiled egg, potato salad, and a piece of buttered french bread for the stew. Also some yogurt and string cheese. Tomorrow I'll have to make sure and do some veggies.

Also, I wanted to get the f-list's opinion. For Halloween this year, my friend L and a bunch of gals she works with are organizing a super cool Masquerade, for charity. They've rented a really neat venue, they've got a band willing to perform live, for the gas money it'll cost them, and some other cool stuff. So as you might imagine, I'll be putting some extra special effort into my costume this year. (And those of you, *cough*kistha*cough* who live within driving distance and might want to attend, let me know! Tickets will be $20 whenever they get things set up for sale, and will be limited to 250.)

I've decided after much deliberating and waffling over patterns, I'll be going as a lady of Marie Antoinette's court. Provided the costume works out, of course. But I've already been looking at accessories, and no Marie Antoinette-era costume would be complete without a wig. Now, I don't want to spend tons. This will get worn once, maybe twice if I ever wear the costume again. (Which I might, after all the work that will inevitably go into this thing. All my fabric was purchased on super-clearance. We're talking stuff that normally goes for $20/yard that I purchased for $2/yard, no lie. Since this dress will have a LOT of yardage, this is a very good thing. Fabric will have only cost me $30-50 for the entire costume.) Mauve and silver will be the costume colors. These are my wig options:

I've also found several others i didn't much like. Of these two, the first one is by far the cheaper of the two, and if I'm only going to wear it once, cheap is good, right? Plus, blond will undoubtedly look better with my skintone than white. However, white fits the costume better, and that white one is much nicer quality. I am waffling! Help me decide! If it were your costume, what would you do?
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rhienellethrhienelleth on September 2nd, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, see, and therein lies my problem. I really want the white, but justifying getting the white for one night....
Miss Crankypants: North & South Margaret Eleganceaka_paloma on September 2nd, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Um...erm...the first one? All I see is Dolly Parton and not a lady of the French court. So, can you justify getting the white to avoid looking like Dolly Parton in period costume even if it is for just one night? Not that there's anything wrong with looking like like Dolly Parton in period costumr. Just saying. ;)
rhienellethrhienelleth on September 2nd, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
OMG, I didn't even notice that!

Now it's all I can think of.

Well. I DID just find the exact white same wig for...$5 cheaper. So, $45 isn't bad, right? The blond one is less than half of that, but if it makes everyone think of Dolly...*shudders*
Miss Crankypants: North & South Margaret Eleganceaka_paloma on September 2nd, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
$45? For an elaborate, structured wig like that? I think that sounds pretty reasonable. If I was going all out on the dress, I'd want a wig to equal that. Also, you've saved loads on the fabric costs. The whole costume appears to be under $100. That's pretty amazing for what you're making.
rhienellethrhienelleth on September 2nd, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
Well....when you add in the cost of the steel boning (I only make "real" corsets for my costumes, not that fake plastic stuff the patterns want you to use) and trim and other small notions, I think it'll be closer to $150. But yeah, still a good deal!

And you are right. I like this wig better than many of the more expensive ones I've seen for the era.
Miss Crankypants: North & South Margaret Eleganceaka_paloma on September 2nd, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, well, that still sounds cheaper than I would have imagined for such a costume.

You'd mentioned concern about the white wig your colouring: just make your face as pale as possible. Can you incorporate some of the white Hallowe'en makeup into what you usually use or do you have allergic reactions to makeup like you do with metals? Because if you can, not only will that fit the wig but also the general look of the time. You could also use a bit of talcum powder to give yourself a whiter look.

God, this sounds like so much fun. I haven't dressed up for Hallowe'en in aaaages. And you MUST take pictures when you're all dressed up and ready to go so we can see it.
rhienellethrhienelleth on September 2nd, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, there will be pictures! I'm also helping my sister with her costume - she is going as a dove, with a cute short little skirt and corset, complete with feathers. If I can convince him, the husband will be going as something period japanese-esque. But he is not into dressing up so I'm not sure he will come.

But whoever is in our party, there will be pictures, indeed.

Hmm. No allergies. But the talcum powder...good idea. I may need to experiment with this.
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on September 2nd, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
It is possible that I could make a dove mask for your sister (and one white feather boa would make a great wig.

Email me if you're interested.
Ambassador of  Awesomeamphetamine_47 on September 2nd, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I would love to see pictures of this when you're done, because it sounds amazing!

And I, too, would definitely go with the white. The blonde one makes me think of Nellie Olsen from Little House on the Prairie... Besides, if you put more money in that gives you more incentive to wear it again, right? Maybe? :)
annearadiaannearadia on September 2nd, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
WHITE...cos Kirsten in the MA movie had the whole white thing going for her, plus its easier for people to relate to your costume when u tell them its her court lady u are going as :)