One of my resolutions this year was to take better care of myself and to take more short weekend trips to beautiful places! I did both of those more this year and that’s awesome! We even got to enjoy the Super Bloom in the poppy fields!
I didn’t have a ton of time to make costumes this year due to other obligations but I still made some things that I really loved!
My main costume for this year was Rose Quartz from Steven Universe. I really enjoyed doing my own version of the costume and adding embellishment details that were fun for me. More photos and details on this post. Photo by Gilbert Chen.
Hey folks! Sorry, I realized I never actually blogged about the Jane Austen Evening this year. It’s one of my favorite yearly events held at the beautiful Pasadena Masonic Lodge by the Society for Manners and Merriment. I really love the Regency period and Jane Austen books and films and on top of that I really enjoy sharing this enthusiasm with friends!
Due to busy holidays, I wore the same hot pink gown I made last year. You can read more about how I made my gown here. I really love this gown though, so it was no huge sacrifice! There is a great variety of people who attend the event. Some that love to dance English country Regency dancing, some that love to make costumes and every combination in-between! You do not have to attend the event in Regency wear, you can attend in formal wear. Some folks rent costumes, others buy from Etsy, others borrow, others make from scratch! The event starts with mingling and then goes on to tea and live entertainment. This year there was a lovely live band playing period appropriate music. In some past years it’s been a Regency improv group. A lot of tea attendees bring their own fancy tea cups and plates and candelabras to dress up their tables. I love how whimsical this makes it. Some enthusiastic Regency costumers actually wear more than one look for the event. They have a day gown for tea, which is more casual, and they have a fancy evening gown for the dance. There are dance classes weekends prior to the event and even someone as clumsy as me has been able to get passable at dancing thanks to them. This year I danced at least 5 or 6 dances thanks to my gracious partners! You can dance with your friends or be asked by strangers or ask strangers yourself. Everyone is very nice and it’s a lovely evening.