I have had a very busy weekend! As mentioned, we went to the Victoria Steam Expo - we had a blast.
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Directly below are my Wild Card outfits for the months; I couldn't limit myself to only one costume for the 3 days of the Expo, so I did three different ones. These are not composed of items from my April capsule. Below the outfit photos are a ton of pictures of the fantastic costumes I saw, places I was at, wonderful people I met (hello, people!) and things I thought you might enjoy seeing.
Wild Card Outfit #1: Black and Blue (Friday)
My black and blue outfit is composed - like most of my costumes - mostly out of pieces that I already have in my wardrobe. I used the same layering for this outfit a few months ago, with my plaid bustier and striped Noa Noa coat.
here, back in August.
I pinned the hem of the skirt up to show off my Marc Softwalk boots and my striped tights:
I also bought these white gloves at Beacon Thrift Shop for 50 cents.
I customized my "flowerpot" hat (last worn here, 2nd outfit) with homemade copper coils. I had broken the feather stem last time I wore the hat, but the copper worked really well to wire it back in place.
The outfit without the accessories:
And for fun, here's L's outfit. He's a steampunk pirate.
The two of us:
Wild Card Outfit #2 - Victoria Ribbons and Ruffles (Saturday)
What's from my regular wardrobe: my red vintage full slip, my olive maxi parachute skirt (last worn here, scroll down), my plaid jacket and leather vest (worn together here, although the leather vest was part of my February capsule), my leather belt and my new Fluevog Babycakes Minis. Oh, and my striped socks!
Here's how I built the outfit:
In my slip with the maxi overtop of it. I added the little short skirt to make a bustle effect. I found it at WIN for $6.
I added those items after I took this picture.
T Minus, T Plus." I didn't end up wearing either of the leather cuffs because of the be-ribboned cuffs, nor did I wear the red silk scarf ($2 at WIN) or the wide brown belt. My hat pin was worn on my lapel, with my crow pin. The little brown fascinator was $18 at Heart's Content in Fan Tan Alley in Chinatown.
My tassel and the curtain hooks.
I found this awesome leather purse at Regalia Boutique in Fan Tan Alley.
It has another tag inside - and the insides are all leather too.
Wild Card Outfit #3 - Black, White and Red Victorian Punk (Sunday)
Items from my closet: the 80s vintage Le Chateau top hat, my grommet belt (on the hat) from Ruth, the free-to-me consignment Le Chateau skirt (circa 2001-2002), and the Fluevog boots. I last wore the hat and skirt together here.
The blouse is new from Dots ($34.95, purchased last month with my gift card from my birthday). It has red pinstripes, but they're hard to see here. It came with this cool built-in bustling.
I'm glad I didn't buy the stomacher one size smaller.
Check out the cool hem on the blouse:
I wore fishnet tights, and even though you couldn't see the Fluevogs, I knew they were there!
Here's the stomacher:
Okay, now here are a whole bunch of pictures of cool people and stuff that I saw this weekend. Please note that, as always, all links are because I love - I don't get any kind of kickbacks or freebies for linking to people's sites.
We attended an absinthe tasting at the Union Club, a gentlemen's club in downtown that's been around forever.
|Thank you to Annabelle (sp?) for taking our pictures!|
Terry made his jet-pack:
|It lights up!|
This mustachioed gentleman pontificated about the history of the Club, the storied history of absinthe and pretty much a dozen other topics.
"4/20" and many of the people we ran into that night asked if it was a bong.
We tasted 3 different absinthes:
|One was Czech, one was from the Okanagan and one was from France. Vintage slotted spoons.|
Karen's purse for the evening was a metal "union-made" box.
|You look fabulous!|
|It's a gorgeous room.|
|Complete with a picture of Winston Churchill|
I love this picture of my hat, Nick's hat and my gloves, all piled together.
I walked over to Nick and Karen's in the morning to meet up with Karen to head down to the Expo. They had all kinds of vendors, talks and presentations all day.
I saw this awesome piece of graffiti on a bus stop:
|So Art Nouveau!|
|And a very Happy Birthday to you, my dear!|
|We had a lovely stroll to town. It was a gorgeous day.|
|It was very warm as we passed through here.|
This is Ian Finch-Field, of SkinNhydez (maker of my clockwork leather cuff, here):
My amazing friend Carollyne was there (in her steampunk outfit!):
The costumes were amazing. All people pictured agreed to let me post their pictures. Hello!
|Monica and Dave (I think). They were visiting from out of town.|
|Two lovely young ladies|
|The Sheriff - one of the volunteers who kept us in line|
|We had lots of natural light during the day|
|This gentlemen was working at the Freedom Kilts booth.|
|He's sort of a steampunk Scotsman?|
|His sporran lit up!|
|I didn't try it, but it was really cool.|
|This guy had his own clockwork arm!|
|This man played the theremin beautifully - he made it himself.|
|This gent was at all 3 days' festivities - with a different outfit every day!|
|Isn't the boy great? He looks like Oliver Twist.|
|I loved that this was "all ages" - young and not-as-young|
|Right down to the telescope!|
|The marble staircase leading to the lobby.|
These are the creators of the bike:
This guy was right into his character (is it from a computer game?):
One of the volunteers, and Captain Jack, a professional pirate!
This girl and her partner did post-apocalyptic steampunk (a la "Mad Max"):
|To be young and have such a flat stomach!|
|He was hilarious, chomping his unlit cigar|
|Love the purple boots|
|That's a real tiger skin - it's over a hundred years old.|
|Making silly faces|
|Ha! I love that picture.|
|But what do they see?|
|It really pulls the room together|
|I cropped out most of the empty glasses, hee.|
|This is one of my favourite pictures of him and Karen.|
|He even has a globe on his belt.|
We headed off to Vista 18 to meet Cat and Ross for dinner - they aren't into steampunk but wanted to see us all geared up. I love the views of the city there.
|I see the castle!|
Looking back to the east, we got a good look at Mount Baker in Washington state:
And then we went back to the Expo for the burlesque (yay for Cherry Poppins!) and the musical entertainment.
|Everyone waiting to go in.|
|They roamed around a bit as they played.|
|The guy on the left played a "steam violin"|
Elaine and I met up for lunch, then went back to the Expo today for a final go-through and to see the fashion show.
I was happy to get another picture of Kaja Foglio because the one I'd taken on Saturday was blurry.
|I know her from her Magic: The Gathering illustrations!|
I also got to meet the authors of "The Peerless Prodigies of P.T. Barnum":
|Jillian Lerner and James H. Carrott|
I bought a copy:
|The card is pretty neat too|
|The very nice lady gave me this photograph. I'm going to frame it.|
This sculpture was very freaky.
|Very talented artist!|
|She is quite fabulous.|
There was a proper theremin concert:
|Eric and Amy Reiswig - she played a hand-cranked music box that fed paper sheets of "programs"|
As I was leaving, I saw this lady in costume. I really admired her multiple belts. She told me she thrifted the whole thing!
I did treat myself to one extravagant purchase: one of Ian's bracers:
Hope you enjoy my weekend as much as I did!