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Remember that surprise I was talking about?  Well, it’s giveaway time! 

The Prize:

Winner will receive a nautical accessory prize pack.  The pack includes our small sailor hat in white with jellyfish brooch, our picture frame belt in white featuring illustrations from 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, and our portrait brooch in medium, which will be customizable by the winner.  Give me a color and something you like, and I’ll create a special medium portrait brooch for you.

How to enter? 

Like our tumblr and reblog this post.  That’s it.  I’ll select a winner on December 16th, so hopefully I can get this out to the winner in time for Christmas.  I’ll make a post announcing the winner and try to contact them by their blog.  If they fail to respond or contact me in 24 hours, I’ll pick a new winner.

More ways to win:

- Our FB is also hosting a giveaway of a book purse when it hits 1000 likes.  It’s getting close.  Like our FB page and share the contest image to be entered to win.  Remember to make sure your share is public or I can’t see your entry.  Make sure the box for public is checked!

- 10% off and free shipping at our etsy store until Dec. 3, whenever etsy makes our coupon code stop working.  Use blackfriday13.

- Speaking of our etsy, it’s pretty close to 1000 favs itself.  When it hits 1000, I’ll add another prize.  You can be entered for both, but you’ll only be able to win one.

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On this past Thursday, we had our first solo fashion show at the Fashion on the Go event in San Francisco.  Each model wore two looks, and we premiered two new dresses.  More photos to follow.

Our next show will be at Japan Expo USA in August.  Come see us!

Also, those of you excited for the Moon Kingdom OPs, they are coming.  I found a nice lightweight sateen I like.  I just need to finish up the samples and get them photographed.  They should be up later this week or next.

Photos from myself, Expat Woman, SFNewsfeed, and my lovely models.

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Longtime fans and followers may be familiar with Doby, my canine companion.  He died Friday. 

Doby was the little dog that just kept going, no matter what was thrown at him.  He got a thorn stuck in his paw, and instead of doing that neat bend at the knee tuck that dogs on television always do, he stretched it out in front of him and limped on.  We had to call him to us so that we could remove the thorn from his paw.

It’s a sad time, but Doby’s health had deteriorated.  He could no longer pull us along on walks, and instead lagged behind.  His eyesight was gone, his hearing fading.  He no longer tore around the yard, tossing his own toys for himself to chase.  RIP Doby. My little boy. The Dobermon.

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Sorry about that… This guy posted while I was still editing it! Annoying new editor… Anywho, went to a fabric and trim show yesterday. Had kind of a bad day but it turned out okay. I have some pin up stuff in the works for the shop for those of you who are fans of that. Here’s a preview of the rocket girl dress. The wings are adjustable so they can be up more or down more. Also, there will be Black Friday-cyber Monday stuff going on. Stay tuned!

To go with all the wedding dresses, I bought the fabric for my wedding dress this weekend.  I might not get to have the wedding dress moment, but I had a sort of moment with the fabric I picked out.  I didn’t intend to buy yet, but I knew it was the perfect fabric the moment i saw it, and it was even on sale.  Also, I scoped out some new silks and silk blends that may find themselves garments for the shop.

ivyfrozen said:

I want to make a print or embroidery featuring unfortunate princesses from history. Ones killed young or perhaps unfairly maligned now. I'm trying to avoid multiples from the same country/ event. I'm looking for 12 as considering a 12 dancing princesses sort of thing. Considering, as I want to treat these ladies with respect and not sure if that will convey what I want. Any suggestions?

OOH boy what a doozy of a question.  Okay, ummmm here, in no order other than the order I thought of them, some “doomed” royal ladies, some more well known than others:

  • Marie Antoinette is possibly the most famous of all (though she wasn’t terribly young when she was killed, most people think of her as a young woman), she was of course guillotined.  Country of origin: Austria, though she became French queen and died in France

  • They weren’t born royal, but they became queens, so both Anne Boleyn and Kathryn Howard, both beheaded by axe.  Lady Jane Grey, the “nine days queen” is also worth looking at from the same period.  So.  England.

  • Also from England… pre England… Boudicca, warrior queen of the Celtic tribe the Iceni.  Fought the Romans, then took poison to avoid being captured by them… if you’re willing to go ancient, that is.

  • And as long as I’m in Ancient times, who could possibly forget the infamous Cleopatra?  There’s also her sister (half-sister, I think, actually) Arsinoe, who was killed on the steps of a temple to Artemis. Ancient Egypt, again if you’re willing to go that far back

  • I can’t make a list of royal ladies who met unfortunate ends without mentioning the last grand duchesses of Russia before the Russian revolution: Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia.  All were shot by Bolsheviks.  Olga is my personal favourite, but Anastasia is the most well known.

  • From my beloved Byzantine Empire, there is the infamous Empress Theodora, who wasn’t murdered or anything but is rather unfairly remembered, since most people either don’t remember her at all or think she was some sort of hooker turned empress, which is just some vicious propoganda.  Also there is Empress Irene, who was deposed and died in exile, though she was later made a saint of the Greek Orthodox church.  Neither of them were really terribly young when they died though…

  • There’s always Empress Sissi, who was stabbed by an anarchist, from Austria

  • One from Polish history, there’s the very little known Agnes of Badenburg.  Her husband was king of Poland, then deposed, then they spent the rest of their lives in exile.

  • Moving over to Vietnam, there are the Trung sisters, who were, as far as I can tell, Vietnamese military-leaders-turned-queens who tried to fight off the Chinese.  Like Boudicca, they did well at first but Chinese forces were too much for them, so they committed suicide to avoid capture.

  • Caroline Matilda, originally born in England but her FASCINATING story belongs to Danish history, as she became Queen of Denmark.  Her husband, Christian VII, was… to put it lightly, he was very mentally ill and not really capable of running a country.  Caroline Matilda became lover to his physician Struensee - Christian’s mom found out, had Struensee executed and Caroline Matilda imprisoned.  CM later died of Scarlet Fever.

  • Juana of Castile - “Juana la Loca” or “Juana the Mad”.  From Spain, this poor dear lost her sanity entirely after the death of her husband, Philip the Handsome

  • Blanche of Bourbon is worth a mention, even if I already covered France with Marie Antoinette, if only cos Blanche was literally trapped in a tower.  That’s right, the princess in a tower thing isn’t just a myth!

  • Princess Ka’iulani is also pretty tragic, in that she worked to prevent Hawaii becoming annexed by the USA, but died young and Hawaii became a US territory anyway.  

Please pardon if this list is a bit Eurocentric.  I would love love love to have more queens and princesses from Asia, Africa, pre-colonial America, etc.  But unfortunately I don’t know much about the history of those areas, and don’t want to misrepresent or disrespect any of the lovely ladies of those histories.

As for suggestions on keeping it respectful, personally I think as long as it’s not like portraying them as zombies with their wounds or with their murder weapons if they were murdered (i.e. a guillotine motif for Marie Antoinette could be seen as disrespectful) then it should be fine.  That’s just my personal opinion though…  Oh and I would also suggest avoiding really recent ladies such as Princess Diana

This was a really thought provoking question, thank you.  And if you do ever do it I’d love to see it!

barbiebones

said: how do you tame your tresses?! D: my hair is shoulder length and it just poofs everywhere :( Do you use mousse or gel? helpppp

I get asked about my hair a lot, so here’s an explanation of how I do my hair.  I’ll try to make a full tutorial later.

What you need:

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Denman Brush.  You can find them at Sally’s, denmanbrush.com, amazon, etc.

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Conditioner.  I use pantene’s curl perfection conditioner, but you can use  any conditioner you like that moisturizes your hair and provides slip.  Slip basically means it lathers enough to allow the denman brush to slip through your hair. Some conditioners are quickly absorbed by your hair.  You do not want one of those.

Optional Things:

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Shampoo.  Some people use shampoo, some don’t.  My hair tends to get build up, so I use shampoo as needed to remove build up and add a bit of volume.  I’m currently using Johnson’s baby shampoo, though I also use pantene’s curly shampoo or any shampoo really.

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Combs.  I use a fine tooth rattail comb like this one.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Get your hair soaking wet, all the way through,  Finger comb out major tangles.

Step 2: If you’re using shampoo, use it now.  Apply shampoo to your hair.  Some people do it just on their roots.  When you wash the shampoo out, finger comb out your tangles while your head is under the water.

Step 3: Apply a generous amount of conditioner to your hair.  I have a lot of fine hair and my hair is also long—waist length if I straightened it— so I use like enough to cover my palm.  You may need to use more or less depending on your conditioner and amount of hair; you want to use enough that the denman brush can slip through your hair.  You should be able to squeeze your hair and have conditioner run out.  There is such a thing as too much though; you won’t be able to wash it all out and your hair will be crunchy when it dries.

Step 4: Detangle hair with denman brush while conditioner is in your hair.  Start at the tips and work your way up.  Brush your hair into the position you want it to lie.

Step 5: You’ve got options here.

a) Wash out conditioner with your head right side up.  If you’ve got a comb, use it to comb through your hair as you rinse the conditioner out.  Don’t tousle your hair, finger comb it.  This is good if you want less volume.  It’s going to compact more hair together in less curls.  This option is also best for keeping hair moisturized and tangle free.  Cons are that you might end up with a flat top and not enough volume.  Hair also takes a long time to air dry. 

b) Turn your hair upside down, and wash the conditioner out.  Finger comb your hair while it’s under the water.  You want to try and get all the hair straight hanging down. Then, flip your head right side up. Squeeze excess water out.  Then put your head under the water right side up.  Finger comb hair into place while it’s under the water.  Squeeze out excess moisture.  This option will give you more volume and your hair will dry quicker, however, your hair may tangle a little bit more or become a little bit more dry.

After either option, I use my fine tooth comb to wash the conditioner out of my bangs if I want them thicker.  If I want them thinner, I then wrap individual curls around my finger to define the curls.

Step 6: Squeeze out excess moisture.  Get out of the shower.  Gently position hair where I want it to be when it dries.  Never touch again. Let air dry.

And you’re done!  That’s it.  If you want to add gel or something, I suppose you can.  I never do though. 

Additional Notes:

As my hair has gotten healthier by not using heat, my results have been better.  I also got a brazilian blow out and a trim that helped make my hair healthier and kept it from growing throughout the day and frizzing up in rain.  Beware though, a lot of people find a brazilian blowout messes up their curl texture, leaving their hair limb, as happened to my sister.  My sister is adopted and a different racial mix than me though, and I consider my curls more serious than hers. So basically, how healthy and how damaged your hair is could effect results.

Also note water temperature can effect your results as well.  Cooler water for less volume, warmer water for more volume.  Similarly, it’s harder to wash the conditioner out with cool water and easier with warm.

Finally, length can effect results as well.  The length of my hair combined with the water helps pull it down a bit.  When I trim my hair it poofs up a bit more.

Ivyfrozen said: Avatar has great cg, terrible writing. The whole thing is clearly situated around the white savior.

EXACTLY!  SO MUCH EXACTLY!

Ugh, that trope is so overdone and outdated and needs to die and it’s like… I wanted to like Avatar, I really did, because the designs were very interesting and a lot of my friends really liked it but… It was just 3 hours of all style no substance and I couldn’t get into any of it at all and the more people kept telling me how “great” it was the more I wanted to just… fdshgufgkl

It’s not a good movie.

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