Sunday, January 20, 2013

Event: A Dickensian Christmas

Real life has barreled into the blogosphere and landed right in the lap of yours truly. I’m sorry I haven’t been updating nearly as often as I should, but allow me to make it up to you with a trip back in time to the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in Daly City…


You know me, name a lit-themed convention where period costumes are required and you can bet your bustle I’ll be there in mine (see: the 2013 Edwardian Ball). Fair planers transformed the Cow Palace into a miniature Victorian London, complete with sooty chimney sweeps, mince pies, and carts full of sweet, warm nuts.


Highlights included custom corsets from Dark Garden (model and cupcakes not included), Whirlwood Magic Wands, a performance by the Royal English Opera Company, and perhaps most of all unbelievable leather masks by Mitchell Walker.


What’s that I hear? The tinkling sleigh bells of a new holiday tradition?!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Fashion: The Final Markdown!

I had a sinking feeling I hadn’t seen the end of the men’s cashmere sweater debate. Sure enough, when I hit H&M for their after-Christmas sale, I found not one but two blue cashmere jumpers discounted from $99 to $30.

(Sorry for the photo quality; I snapped these with my cell phone on the fly.)




True, some reviewers say it’s not worth it to buy cashmere from chains like H&M because it pills in no time. But considering our next-cheapest contender for first-hand, store-bought finery is a $195 pullover from Macy’s, I’d take my chances with the chain.