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.

I was remiss and didn’t take many photos this year, but my friends Michelle and Loren did, so thanks to them for allowing me to piggyback off their effort! You can find Michelle’s post about the evening here and Loren’s post here.

Hope you enjoy seeing a little of our evening!

Here’s my screaming hot pink saree gown! So much fun!
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I changed it up a little by wearing my Sailor Moon cameo necklace with my gown.
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Enjoying tea is better with the Silver Imperium Crystal from Sailor Moon. (The Sailor Moon teacup is Michelle’s!)

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Twila is in the sherbet colored saree gown below!
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Michelle and Will looking adorable!
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Crystal and Alyxx watching the dances.
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Emma looking lovely in pink and Loren‘s gorgeous black ensemble!
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The dance!
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Check out this adorable video that Iamchubbybunny Michelle did of our evening!

Here’s a little video of Katherine koshka-the-cat’s twirly ribbon dress!

@koshkacat ‘s crazy adorable ribbon #regency dress! She always makes beautiful things! #JaneAustenEvening #janeausten

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I’m super happy to show you this Project Yokai photoshoot I did with my friends IamChubbyBunny Michelle, YumeNinja, Max Song and Big White Bazooka Photography! I’ve wanted to do a yokai inspired kimono shoot for a long time and it was awesome to finally do it with awesome and talented friends. Yokai are Japanese spirits and monsters.

It was really cool to use my kimono collection in such a beautiful way. Michelle did most of the set dressing and it was amazing how she took a pile of kimono and obi and turned it into a separate environment and feeling for each yokai look. Each person chose which kimono and obi they wanted and the style of their character and I helped to dress them. The kimono dressing is not strictly traditional. We were more going for a fantasy look. Yume did a lot of help with our makeup and Max’s hair as well. Everyone pitched in getting everything pretty.

The amazing photos and lighting are by Big White Bazooka Photography.

My Hannya mask / demon woman inspired look. I’m wearing a traditional Japanese wig. I made the faux obi out of sequin fabric. The outer white wedding kimono is one my husband bought for me while we were dating!

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IamChubbyBunny Michelle in her Tengu (mountain bird demon) inspired look. I really love how dramatic she looks. Michelle made her awesome wig, hair pins, tengu fan and wing back piece! She’s also wearing awesome one-tooth geta like Tengu do.
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YumeNinja in her Kitsune (fox demon) inspired look. I love how colorful she chose to represent her kitsune. Yume made her awesome wigs, ears and tail! Her outer kimono is one that my cosplay friends and I (HCC) won in a cosplay competition, so it feels awesome to see it used in such a beautiful way.
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Max Song in his Yuki Onna (snow demon) inspired look. I love how cool he looks! Eric did some really awesome stuff with lighting in this one, too.
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I made the twins and their friend Kiki Princess in Black costumes for Christmas from Shannon Hale’s Shannon Hale’s The Princess in Black book series! 🙂

NOTE: I do NOT take costuming commissions. Please do not ask to buy these or for me to make you one, sorry! I just don’t have time.  If you would like to try to make your own, please see construction, pattern and fabric details on my costume page here!!

I had a lovely time at Anime Los Angeles 2016! This year it moved to Ontario, California for a larger venue.

I wore my new Steven Universe Rose Quartz cosplay on Saturday! You can read more about how I made my Rose Quartz Cosplay here.

The masquerade Saturday night was really nice with lots of lovely and entertaining entries and the halftime dancing and singing was amazing! I really enjoyed attending.

Here’s a few of my photos from the convention!
This first photo is by Gilbert Chen.

You can see a silly short video of me twirling in it here:

Poofy Rose Quartz poof! #rosequartzcosplay #StevenUniverse #cosplay #animelosangeles

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Awesome Seraph of the End cosplayers! There was a huge meet up! You can see a short video of it here. I love the manga and anime of this series.

So much #seraphoftheend . I’m soooo happpyyyyy #cosplay #animelosangeles

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More awesome Seraph of the End cosplayers

Me and a beautiful Kurako from Jellyfish Princess.

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Lando! 😀

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One Punch Man!

Princess Tutu!!

Totally beautiful Avatar the Last Airbender costumes. They were covered in rhinestones!

Beautiful Magic Knights Rayearth costumes! (This trio of costumes is still one of my favorites from that series!)

Rainbow Quartz, Lion, Steven and me!

Miyazaki!

Beautiful Lucky God Nozomi from Love Live!

Naruto cosplayers escaping the rain, go ninjas go!

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