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For the Love of Jane Austen

pridenprejudiceI was introduced to the world of Jane Austen by my sister.  I read Pride and Prejudice, and like most of its readers, I fell in love with Mr. Darcy.  All these years later, I’ve watched many of the movies, BBC televised mini-series, read some of the spin off books, and even made some regency era costumes.

<—-  This is one of the gowns I made with cream colored satin and lace, and I also made the plum/maroon colored coat that Rob is wearing.

This year, I had made a resolution to do more for my love of Jane Austen, and I’m happy to report what I’ve been up since then.  I started my pursuit of Austen activities in January with Alamo Drafthouse’s Afternoon Tea: Sense and Sensibility.   After that, I joined the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), and I’ve started to read Mansfield Park, which is JASNA’s focus in 2014.

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(Dirndl and Shoes from Modcloth; Hairstyle: Boho Crown Braid; Banquette from World Market )IMG_7188

In addition to all these things, I went to one of my regions first JASNA meetings, where we had a lecture on English Country Dancing, and were later joined by a group of dancers who taught us how to dance.  It was a lot of fun, and it made me excited to do some more costuming and start to learn some English Country Dance, so I could have a Lizzy and Darcy moment myself.

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Fashion Forward

Piece of my Heart

So I like fashion a lot, but the problem is that I don’t always dress the way I’d like to.  Most of the time, I settle for frumpy and blah.  It’s easy, it’s comfortable, and it doesn’t take long.  However, when I look in the mirror sometimes, I get so disappointed and full of self loathing.

Since about the start of 2014, I’ve been trying to be a little better about really dressing and looking the way that I’d like to.  Not everyday, but certainly, a great deal more than I used to.  At least once or twice a week, I’ll do my hair, and I’ll look for a cute outfit to wear.  My latest goal is to only own clothes that I really love, so that I’ll be wearing something that I am always happy with.

This particular outfit made me extremely happy.  Most of it comes from Modcloth.   Piece of Your Heart Dress, and Lady in Rad (Navy) Boots on sale- they also sent me a nifty little card holder to attach to my phone.  Not quite sure where I got the tights- maybe from Target? Also, I did up my hair in victory rolls.