Next weekend I am attending Sirens, a convention on women in fantasy. The theme this year is "Tales Retold." It culminates in a fancy dress ball, for which I would like to be appropriately attired.

I would like some ideas for a costume. Here are the criteria:

1. Must be fancy, pretty, striking, or otherwise nice to look at.

2. Must be a character from (ideally) myth, legend, folklore, or fairytale. Alternately, a character from fantasy literature would be OK.

3. Must be something I can put together from my existing wardrobe plus makeup and maybe a simple prop or accessory. Assume that I have a fairly extensive wardrobe, including some goth/Ren Faire/punk/leather items. So suggestions like, "If you have a black dress/a corset/black boots/a white skirt/etc" are fine. What I don't have: specialized props or costume items. So nothing that would require wings, armor, weapons (not allowed anyway), wigs, etc.

If you click the tag, you can see what I look like. My hair is currently dark brown, shoulder-length, and curly.
Pretty, pretty outfits below cut. Thank you, Sherwood, for taking the photos and indulging my vanity.

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I am right now preparing Crispy Pork Belly (Siu Yuk), to be eaten with rice and sauteed ha choi. While I'm doing the parboiling, I am watching Nyesha kick ass on Last Chance Kitchen.

Also, I have pretty Parisian shoes. )
rachelmanija: (I have cleavage)
( Nov. 29th, 2011 01:56 pm)
Photos of scenery and me in a pretty dress posing with a bear below cut.

Take a walk with me around my parents' property. It was sunny but chilly. The smooth copper-colored shrubs are manzanita; the wood is satiny, and the bark skims off in brittle scrolls like old parchment.

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rachelmanija: (Firefly: Kill you with my brain)
( Apr. 29th, 2011 11:21 am)
I recently got author photos taken. They came out great - I look exceptionally pretty. Can you go to LJ to help me select the most flattering one?
rachelmanija: (Firefly: Kill you with my brain)
( Apr. 29th, 2011 11:19 am)
This was taken when I got my author photos done. It started to rain, and the photographer insisted on dragging me out into the COLD WET RAIN in the hope that it would provide interesting atmosphere. After taking one shot, she decided to try again the next day.

Please suggest a suitably amusing caption for this extremely flattering photo of me, brief enough to be easily iconized. At the time it was taken, three of us looked at at it, and spontaneously burst out with, if I recall correctly, "We are not amused," "DIE," and "I'm WET! And I'm STILL HYSTERICAL!"

ETA: After careful contemplation, I am going with "We are not amused." Would some kind soul care to iconize for me? Probably quite a bit can be cropped.
Photos of me modeling various outfits from Sirens, including my debut as the Prohibition Pixie!

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rachelmanija: (I have cleavage)
( Apr. 11th, 2010 11:26 am)
Sherwood and I are on a writing retreat in Santa Barbara, working on our post-apocalyptic YA novel. We took a break and walked around downtown, and Sherwood found a shop especially made for her, entirely stocked with 60s-ish clothes in rich colors and intricate prints (and also disdainful 80s mannequins). After she shopped, I spotted a shop especially made for me, entirely stocked with adorable 50s-ish Gothic Lolita (light on the Gothic, heavy on the adorable) clothes - at significant discounts.

I now own something I have never owned before but which I've felt the lack of for some time, a little black dress. Here it is!

rachelmanija: (I have cleavage)
( Apr. 8th, 2010 06:07 pm)
Pictures of my new hair, plus California poppies, below cut. Photos by Sherwood Smith.

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I have now have red hair! All I need are jewel-colored eyes and psychic powers, and I could be the heroine of an awesomely bad (or awesomely entertaining) novel or fanfic.

(Sorry, camera is out of order so no pictures.)
I hope this works-- I've never been able to get a photo into an entry before.

Here I am in the dress and hat I wore to a party last night. It's a vintage dress, asymmetrical and with gauze over layers of satin. The skirt swings out when you spin. Can anyone identify the era of the dress and hat? I just got it and have no idea.

The gallery has a closer view of the hat.

Glam Rachel II Glam Rachel II
Feast your eyes upon my dress.

rachelmanija: (Default)
( Sep. 7th, 2007 06:21 pm)
Courtesy of [ profile] sho_sunaga (who also did the frame and added text, of which I think the part I could read says "very [something] sexy??"), a photo of me. In The Outfit. Eating a chestnut cream pastry.
Taken and sent to me by a kind gentleman attending Worldcon: (in post-apocalyptic landscape, apparently) (In front of Yokohama World's Largest Ferris Wheel, and I want you all to know that the photo was sent to me with the title already attached) (with Henson puppetteer Julianne Buescher and Henson exec Halle Stanford)

Oh, I forgot to mention: that's a black leather collar.
The Harajuku outfit-- revealed!!!

1. A very tight black pleather (but high-quality pleather) lace-up corset with straps.

This gives the illusion that I have, not merely breasts, but BREASTS, and led to incidents like "May I take your photo again? You're very..." gaze drops, jerks back up... "boobalicious photogenic." And also a plaintive request to button my coat so we could have an actual conversation, as the guy I was speaking to confessed that he kept getting distracted.

2. A floor-length black coat with pleather (again, high-quality) elements, and at least eight large shiny buckles. Plus lots of straps and snaps and a slightly batlike collar. Picture Vash the Stampede's coat in black, basically, but sleeveless. If I walked quickly, it swept out behind me in perfect bishounen or Matrix or swashbuckling fashion.

3. Vanbraces! These are forearm sleeves with three large shiny buckles each and a thin black strap connecting them to the shoulders of the coat-- somewhat like Lust in FMA.

The rest of the outfit, being cobbled together from what I already had with me, consisted of black cotton pants, black hiking sandals, and black fuzzy socks to make said sandals look like regular shoes to a casual glance.

Stephanie put my hair up into a chignon, assisted by a French twist, two different types of black hairpins, hair clay, and gel. I wore a bit of face powder, red lipstick, and fire engine (Stephanie corrects, "fuck me") red nail polish.

The most remarkable thing about this get-up was not the attention it received, but how wearing it made me feel even before men started dropping at my feet and rushing up with cameras. The corset reminded me to use the perfect posture that my physical therapist is always nagging me about (my natural posture is something of an L-like slouch), the coat dragged on the floor unless I walked quickly and very erect, and the whole thing made me feel cool, elegant, sexy, and tall. Yes, tall!

Quite amazing. It was the first time I'd ever worn a costume (I have acted a bit, but only in contemporary plays) and I suddenly realized what actors mean by "getting into character."

It better not get lost in shipping.


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