Mike and I went to this year’s Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Jane Austen Ball in early August. As usual, it was a fun night of dancing. The only issue was it was a really hot day, temperature wise. The museum has air conditioning, but it was not quite up to temps that high (upper 90s), what with the humidity and the crowd. But nevertheless, everyone had a great time. We just had to take way more water breaks.

We were working with a new lens setup on the Nikon D5300 (a 35mm f1.8), and we are fine tuning it for low light events like this. So I have fewer photos than normal, although we still got some decent ones.

Glynnis, Maggie, me, and Jess
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Doug with the twilight light outside the window
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Maggie in her lovely sari gown
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I decided to go with a bunch of bling. Necklace by me, earrings from Dames a la Mode, and of course, a tiara.
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Maggie and me
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Jess in her new gown with a neat sleeve treatment
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I love the flashes of gold in this photo. Maggie has a fan she commissioned from my Etsy shop, and I really like the black and gold combination.
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A little bit of twitter and Pok√©mon Go…
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I’m sure Maggie is telling an amazing story in this one.
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Ruth mid-dance
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After a year off, Mike and I went back to Baltimore Comic-Con last Sunday. I love this con as a change of pace from the others we usually go to (like PAX East or Awesome Con), because it is so comics centric. It’s the best place to find that issue you’re missing from a certain run or a trade that you’ve been searching for. There were not any panels we wanted to see on Sunday, but that did not matter, because it took us hours to make it through the vendor area and artists’ alley. And we found some pretty cool stuff!

I debuted my Black Canary cosplay based on art by Ed Benes. I had been working on it in fits and starts for over a year, so it was gratifying to finally finish it. Mike re-wore his Hipster Mr. Marvel cosplay, which was a big hit, predictably, at a comics-focused convention.

My hope is to get a post written up on how I put this together, including sources. It was pretty simple, actually, because I found the perfect leotard from a dance wear supplier. But it wouldn’t be a superhero cosplay (at least for me) without me having to sew my own custom gloves by hand!
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Mike loves taking photos with other Ms. Marvel cosplayers!
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With Nastassia as Black Cat!
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Some intense on-location work going on in a Spider-Man photoshoot
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An adorable Ash and Misty pair
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Katie Coe as Charizard. She made her wings out of EVA foam.
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Two Black Canaries are better than one!
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David as Duke Thomas and Apotheosize Cosplay as Damian Wayne
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This Zatanna had a cool prop that looked like birds flying out of her top hat.
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Link and Zelda (plus an ocarina!)
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Logan as Red Hood
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A very cool Katana by Lady O Cosplay
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Another great Ms. Marvel cosplayer!
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More Black Canary!
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I love this picture with Sarah of Life of Cosplay. She was trying to do a “badass Black Canary pose,” while I was trying to channel “sweet Cinderella.”
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The Hawkguy
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Our haul. We got one of our favorite issues of Hitman signed by the artist, John McCrea. He was really friendly when we talked to him. The Star Wars dog prints are by Naomi Romero. They were so cute, I just had to have them. Not pictured is a copy of the Alias hardcover omnibus, which we bought for a friend’s birthday gift. Those are hard to find, so it was really exciting that we were able to buy one.
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All of my photos are here.

First off, here is my full photo album with all of my pictures, including a few I just uploaded off of my phone tonight.

As you can imagine, everyone was pretty beat by Sunday. I’m getting tired just thinking about it, more than a month later. However, it was a good tired. Having spent lots of time learning new things, meeting new people, and hanging out with old friends tired. Thankfully I did not have any long classes on Sunday. I attended a couple short lectures only. Also in the spirit of taking it easy, I re-wore a cotton print anglaise that is an old favorite. At the end of the day a number of us gathered for a mini-bridal shower for Vanessa, which was a nice way to wrap up the trip. Afterwards Bunny showed us this sushi place around the corner that was super yummy.

Then the next morning it was time to fly home! And by the next morning, I mean getting up at 4:30 AM. But the ride to the airport and the flight went off without event, and all of my luggage and many purchases made it home safely. I was sad to leave such a wonderful convention and say goodbye to everyone, but let’s face it, I also needed sleep.

On to the photos:

Morning class with Lauren of American Duchess
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Isn’t Lauren’s 1740s costume super cute?!
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Stephanie in lovely bright yellow regency
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My re-wear, but with my new American Duchess Kensington shoes
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I made my necklace based on this painting by John Hesselius
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Impressive work by Samantha in the costume exhibit
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And continued
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I love Katherine‘s Votes for Women costume.
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Very cool showgirl Wonder Woman costume by Butterfly Frillies
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Vanessa and Twila make a super sweet pair.
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Rebecca in her very pretty hoop era ensemble. Love her bonnet!
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I was very happy to be able to see Katherine‘s beaded regency in person!
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Seriously, though.
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Taylor had an amazing hat. Amazing!
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And check out her antique quizzing glass!
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Vivian looks so dramatic!
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Cynthia as if she stepped out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting
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Lauren of American Duchess discussing the costumes of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
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My face after ten hours of travel. Two different TSA personnel at LAX commented on my shirt. One thought it was Nightwing, the other thought it was Batman Beyond. Both close, but not quite. It’s Jason Todd, the Red Hood.
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My suitcase unpacking explosion
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The yummy fabric I brought home! The green wool and red/black stripe are kindly gifted from Loren.
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All my purchases, except for…
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…this awesome Mela Hoyt-Heydon bonnet!
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And that’s the end of my Costume College wrap-up!

Guess who managed to run through a bunch more picture editing?! Which means that I have photos from the Saturday night Gala at Costume College!

The theme was “A Midsummer’s Night Fantasy.” I did not have anything that particularly fit with that theme, so I just choose a formal dress that took up very little suitcase space. Enter my regency “court-esque” ensemble that I have not had the chance to wear since Dress U in 2013. It folds into a small area and is easy to iron, thus perfect for a convention requiring a cross-country flight.

I’m going to stop blabbing and just present the photos. Be prepared for a lot of bling and fabulousness!

Stephanie debuted her embroidered regency court gown in striking ivory and crimson.
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I love the shape of her train.
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I tried to accessorize with lots of gold. Gold tiara, gold fan, gold necklace, etc.
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Loren in an amazing gold and red francaise
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What a great version of The King and I!
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I love her ruffs and the hem trim treatment.
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The centerpiece at our table
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The lovely Angela!
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Jen really rocked the Van Dyke trim
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Twila in very sweet plaid
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Lauren and Seamingly Vintage look ready for dancing!
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Merja‘s gala dress came out amazing!
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A pretty pair in shades of green, Katherine and Twila
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Vivian in her amazing rendition of Lady Tremaine (from Cinderella)
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The dance demonstration
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Taylor in a unique and beautiful color combination
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Close up of Taylor’s hair, you can never have too many feathers!
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Samantha looked so regal.
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I’m sure folks have already seen photos of Cynthia‘s Worth gown. But OMG.
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Taylor and Lauren
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Bethany in gorgeous teal
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Aubry and Llyra Lee in matching blue and white
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I love the deep green of Katherine‘s dress combined with the sparkly trim.
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Let’s just stare at this some more.
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Hey look, I finally have finished editing photos from Saturday at Costume College! It’s actually nice to look at pictures several weeks later, as a fun reminder of the great time I had.

I found Saturday during the daytime surprisingly chill. I attended two very interesting classes, and because one of them involved dyes, I only dressed up for part of the afternoon. Which meant I wandered around and took a bunch of photos of others’ costumes.

Iron Man–Yes!
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Close-up of Katherine‘s beautiful work
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What a lovely crowd of costumers!
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Emma and Ginger in a sea of silk
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Kim in her perfect 18th century ensemble
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Jen in striking blue and black
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I think something exciting is happening in this photo, but I cannot remember what!
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Taylor and Jenny-Rose, a perfect pair
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The magic of the robe a la piemontaise
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The artist at work
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Aubry looking fabulous
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A very informative class on the history of the hanfu, taught by AJ
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My second class was on casting and mold-making, taught by Christina. Look, I made a button! I now want to mold and cast all the things.
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Stephanie and Vanessa
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Afternoon break!
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Stephanie, looking very elegant
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Bunny and Cremini!
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What I wore: blue and grey with pops of red. Some of my favorite colors!
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This was Stephanie‘s idea!
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Friday evening at Costume College was the Friday Night Social, with the theme “Run Away to the Circus!” A lot of people went all out on the theme, with beautifully bright costumes. I went the other direction, wearing my Outlander-inspired outfit, which is a brown jacket paired with … wait for it … a brown and grey petticoat. But I remain very happy with the fit and function of that costume, even if it was not exactly circus-y.

A sea of colorful costumes!
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Stephanie in her fun green and orange dress
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Angela looked beautiful in 1920s
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The well dressed trio of Jenny-Rose, Taylor, and Loren
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Look at the amazing work Loren did on her redingote
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Vivian in her super chic cocoon coat
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Llyra Lee as red riding hood, fresh from battle (victorious I assume!)
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Aubry and Katherine, take one
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And take two, adorable!
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This woman had a lovely circus-themed 18th century ensemble.
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What a colorful trio! I really like Vanessa’s lolita pirate costume.
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Jen, so pretty in 1860s
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See, I told you, I was pretty boring on the color spectrum.
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Hotel room selfie, showing off my new cap and half-tiered the necklace I made (based off a portrait by John Hesselius)
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After the social, a number of us went to Taylor and Cynthia‘s trunk show, to see some of the beautiful things they had for sale. So much bling in one hotel room!
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These corsets and stays were gorgeous.
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Lots of goodness on my first full day at Costume College! For classes, I took three: Samantha‘s lecture on the oorijzer/ear iron, leather mask making, and tips for running your own costuming business from Lauren and Cathy. All of them were very informative and well worth my time.

In terms of costuming, I opted for simple Regency, so I could change to street clothes before the mask making class (which involved using paint and dye). I had a great time seeing everyone else’s amazing creations. The Star Wars group was an obvious highlight, but there was also a lot of other fantastic work to look at. Photos below!

Stephanie in her beautiful yellow regency gown
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Such pretty trim!
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My day ensemble
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I wanted to go with all coral jewelry, so I picked out some of my favorite pieces I have made. I need to make more of these, as I love the look! I have sold some in my Etsy shop before, but it has been a while since I have carried them. Soon!
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Samantha explaining the oorijzer
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The whole Star Wars group
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Loren in her mod take on Darth Vader
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Check out her amazing 3D printed purse!
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Katherine in her wonderfully embroidered Regency Bespin Leia
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Jen as Edwardian Kylo Ren. Although I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite of the Star Wars gals, I will throw my vote in with Jen. Such a great interpretation of the original movie costume!
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She sculpted the handle for her parasol out of polymer clay to be a lightsaber hilt.
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And isn’t her purse great?!
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Ginger as a perfect Medieval A New Hope Leia
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Llyra Lee in her super cute BB8 dress
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Jen and Bunny
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Stephanie and Taylor
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Aubry and Jenny-Rose
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Mask making class!
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The finished mask, which I think I will use for my Stephanie Brown Robin costume (I smooshed the previous mask I had made).
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Loren and Merja
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Lauren and Cathy teaching their class
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Mela Hoyt-Heydon‘s table in the marketplace! So many pretty hats and bonnets! I may have bought one….
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I just processed photos from the Thursday night pool party at Costume College. (Of course, the only reason I was able to do them so quickly was I only took a few….) The theme was 1960s “It’s a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World,” and there were some really cool interpretations! I was excited for my first taste of Costume College, and it did not disappoint. I met so many fun people in just a couple hours, and I got to talk to some folks that I had not seen in person for many years.

I had nothing that fit with the theme, so I just wore my Rockford Peaches uniform again. Which I still love. It’s very comfy, and it traveled well in the suitcase. The perfect costume for the first event of a con.

On to the photos!

Stephanie (foreground), Rebecca, and Leimomi
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Angela, Ginger, Bethany, and Taylor
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Jen, Loren, and Ginger
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Bethany and Angela
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Merja
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Me, at the end of the party
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And with my roomie, Stephanie!
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Last night I finished editing the photos from Kat’s wonderful Victorian picnic, which took place in June. This year’s theme was “seaside,” and Kat went all out with the nautical decorations. Plus, a lot of attendees wore blue and white costumes, which added to the mood. The weather was decent, not too hot and no rain. Kat’s party is always a highlight of the summer, and this year was another one to remember!

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I re-wore my 1910s princess line dress, which I made for a Downton Abbey event a couple years ago. The lightweight cotton was good for the warmer temperature, and afterwards it laundered by machine very easily. Bonus!
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All of my photos are here.

In preparing for my first Costume College, I thought it was a great opportunity to celebrate with a sale in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/inthelongrun.

From now until August 31st, use the code “2016COCO10” for 10% off your purchase! Note that the shop will be closed from Saturday July 23-Monday August 1.

Below are photos of some of the items I currently have listed:

Festoon Necklace By In the Long Run Designs
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