Happy Birthday, Jane Austen

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Holidays are a very busy time of year. I’m so sorry I’ve missed posting this week, it’s been rather crazy with last-minute free-lance SEO writing jobs this week.  Paid writing takes precedence of my little hobby blog!  Anyway, I’ve been planning this post for a while, in honor of Jane Austen’s Birthday.  I may have more than my fair share of naughtiness, and despite being a squeaky clean Regency Era daughter of a minister, I suspect Miss Austen did too, as much as she could get away with anyway. Even if her books are entirely pure and even the bad guys aren’t so very bad, she is still my favorite author of all time. There is just something in her biting satire, all wrapped up in sparkling wit and charming manners that just speaks to my soul.

I don’t have much to show you, really only two things, as I’ve blogged the hair before, only this dress, and the jewelry.  I’ve spent time off and on for the better part of six months looking for the perfect Regency gown.  There are lots of beautiful designs out there for standard avatars, but when it comes to fitmesh, I guess maybe the Janeites aren’t giving up their cash.  As you can tell by my shape, I didn’t find a Regency gown for Slink Hourglass, I found two different gowns fitted for Maitreya however, and decided for a few reasons, to buy the one from Belle Epoque.  Janire, the owner, is a total sweetheart for one, the other gown was a gacha and I just wanted to pick the one for me,  and the light pastels of Belle Epoque’s Fabiola would be appropriate for what a young Regency Miss would be wearing.  (Not that I’m a young Miss, but if it’s roleplay I’m going to be Elizabeth Bennet, dammit!)

I had dinked around with several accessories and bonnets, Fabiola comes with one actually, and I bought an amazing set of Regency Bonnets from Spyralle with this post in mind.  Then I picked up a free Regency outfit from Twelfth Night on the marketplace that also came with a bonnet as well as a cap, and if you know much about Georgian fashion a woman of my age would be in a cap!  But, since I’m not me, I’m Elizabeth Bennet, there was no reason to make myself dowdy! The perfect accessories actually came to me serendipitously, as I was asked by Kimbra of Beloved Jewelry to show off this set that will be sold at Inspiration starting tomorrow. The design of this jewelry is so classic that it could have easily been the height of fashion in Almack’s in 1811 as it could at a formal event today. Actually, you can see a Georgian canatille piece that is quite similar in design to this set that was featured on Antiques Roadshow.  P.S.  There’s also a very lovely dollarbie gift at the Beloved Jewelry Stall at Inspiration.

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You can buy each individual piece of the  “Olearia” set for 50L at  Inspiration.  Each piece comes with a script that allows you to chose between 12 different textures for the metals, and 22 choices of main and accent gem.  I whipped out the t1-82 again, and if my combinations formula is correct, that means each piece can be customized in 18,480 ways.  Making each individual look of each piece cost less than 0.003 lindens.  I decided with gold 1 for my metal, garnet for the main gem, with emeralds as the accent to give it a bit of a festive holiday feel.  I did slightly adjust the location of the forehead tiara to be more in line with how a tiara like this would have been worn in Regency times, with the hairstyles of the time.

If you just look at the front, this dollarbie hair from Ali & Ali could be the pinned back bangs that were curled to bouncy masses of hair framing the face that was a popular hairstyle in the early 19th Century. I actually have a scar on the right side of my forehead from when my brother threw a skateboard at my head so we can say I didn’t center part for that reason, vanity and all. The following two paintings from the era serving as my inspiration for using both the hair and the jewelry.

As for my surroundings, I downloaded a pic of the “Octagon Room” at the Bath Assembly House in Bath, England, and pasted it on 1 prim box I have that I stretch and do all sorts of things with, and the table and vintage candles are gifts I’ve picked up at past events.

And, that’s about all I’ve got to show off today!  Now to enjoy some roleplay time, and maybe find a Mr. Darcy to dance with.

Get it!

Hair:  Ali & Ali Designs “Pheobe Hair Dark Brown”- 1L on marketplace

Skin: Avi-Glam  “AG. Anna Skin (T1, black eyebrows, cleavage)” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Eyelashes:  ATIA’s  “Plume” in Swag Bag  –FREE!

Dress:  Belle Epoque “Fabiola” -399L

Jewelry:  Beloved Jewelry “Olearia” (Necklace, Bracelets, Earrings, Tiara sold seperately” 50L each @ Inspiration Event

Table: Beech & Ebony “Ladym’s Entry Table”

Candles:  Earthworx “White Vintage Candles”

 

 

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