Costume Parties

1valchloesmall  Hi, Anne here.

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Romance Writers of Australian annual conference in Sydney. It was a terrific conference, but I'm only going to talk about one aspect of it — the Friday night cocktail party that kicks off the conference.

    When I first joined RWAust, more than twelve years ago, the cocktail party was billed as "Meet the Authors" — very appropriate, since Harlequin Sydney sponsored the event. They were quiet, decorous — and dare I say it?— slightly dull affairs. Everyone would dress elegantly, and the published authors, who pretty much all knew each other, would gather in small clumps and chat, while unpublished or new people gathered in their small clumps and chatted. You had to be pretty brave to walk up to an author and talk to them — in fact you had to be pretty brave to walk up to any group of strangers and talk to them. A lot of people simply didn't attend.

    A few years later the conference was in Melbourne (my home town) and in an old historic hotel. Some bright spark got the idea to make the cocktail party a "retro" dress up affair and people were encouraged to dress up. I remember encouraging people to get into the spirit of it, even if they only wore a feather boa — and a few people did. There's a story about that on my website, here, if you're interested. 
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    That year less than 10 % of people dressed in a retro style — we had a few 1920's flappers and a sprinkling from other eras, but quite a few people wore a boa, at least, and it was fun. The costumes proved to be an icebreaker. 

    Fast forward ten years and these days the cocktail party is a highlight of the conference, and 90% of people dress in costume — many going to enormous trouble to make their own costumes. The costumes serve as a brilliant icebreaker, and anyone talks to anyone. There's something about wearing a costume that releases inhibitions in many people, and the costumes are a talking point. 

 Each year the theme is different — this year the theme was "Fantasy Island" and people came as all kinds of fantasies. Formerly quite shy people can become quite bold in costume, and nobody feels too shy to talk to a Famous Author who  looks like this — this is multi award-winning Marion Lennox, usually one of the most elegant women in a room. Hers was an island fantasy — basking in her backlist billions.

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 Here were four of the Bennett sisters. Only Lydia was missing — a rumor was circulating that she'd run off with a soldier, but of course that was too scandalous to be believed!

Here's a trio who will be forever known as the Harlequin Harlots. 

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 Shaneen made this mermaid costume herself.

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Alison Roberts had to protect her date with Johnny Depp from barefaced piracy by Kelly Hunter.
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Fiona McArthur, dressed as a World Famous Author, travelling the world, complete with cabana boy.
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Presents author Trish Morey, (mother of four) wore a sign, "Virgin on the Ridiculous"
  
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    Paranormal author Keri Arthur looked gorgeous as a dark angel, with lovely wings. She's pictured here with Kat from Book Thingo who kindly sent me some of these photos.
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I came as Dame Barbara Cartland, complete with stuffed pekingese dogs (one was also attached to my shoe.)  I've never been so pink in my life!

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And here, after the event, is a peke that's no longer strapped to a shoe, but sitting in it. As my friend, Jenny, said, she looks more like a canine version of Miss Piggy than a peke. LOL

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So what about you — do you like dressing up in costume or do you hate it? Are you shy in company at large events, or do you enjoy it? And if you had an island fantasy, what would it be?

 

115 thoughts on “Costume Parties”

  1. Oh, Anne, what a ROFL reminder of what fun Ozzies are! Loved the Bennett sisters, the Harlequin Harlots, everyone–but NO ONE surpassed your Dame Barbara!
    Last year’s theme, when I attended, was Arabian Nights. I wasn’t quite up for carrying costumes 10,000 miles, so Anne kindly supplied the Mayhem Consultant and me some headresses that helped us blend in.
    Wish I’d been there this year!

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  2. Oh, Anne, what a ROFL reminder of what fun Ozzies are! Loved the Bennett sisters, the Harlequin Harlots, everyone–but NO ONE surpassed your Dame Barbara!
    Last year’s theme, when I attended, was Arabian Nights. I wasn’t quite up for carrying costumes 10,000 miles, so Anne kindly supplied the Mayhem Consultant and me some headresses that helped us blend in.
    Wish I’d been there this year!

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  3. Oh, Anne, what a ROFL reminder of what fun Ozzies are! Loved the Bennett sisters, the Harlequin Harlots, everyone–but NO ONE surpassed your Dame Barbara!
    Last year’s theme, when I attended, was Arabian Nights. I wasn’t quite up for carrying costumes 10,000 miles, so Anne kindly supplied the Mayhem Consultant and me some headresses that helped us blend in.
    Wish I’d been there this year!

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  4. Oh, Anne, what a ROFL reminder of what fun Ozzies are! Loved the Bennett sisters, the Harlequin Harlots, everyone–but NO ONE surpassed your Dame Barbara!
    Last year’s theme, when I attended, was Arabian Nights. I wasn’t quite up for carrying costumes 10,000 miles, so Anne kindly supplied the Mayhem Consultant and me some headresses that helped us blend in.
    Wish I’d been there this year!

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  5. Oh, Anne, what a ROFL reminder of what fun Ozzies are! Loved the Bennett sisters, the Harlequin Harlots, everyone–but NO ONE surpassed your Dame Barbara!
    Last year’s theme, when I attended, was Arabian Nights. I wasn’t quite up for carrying costumes 10,000 miles, so Anne kindly supplied the Mayhem Consultant and me some headresses that helped us blend in.
    Wish I’d been there this year!

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  6. OMG, Anne, I absolutely LOVE it! Good thing I’d just swallowed my coffee or you’d be wearing it.
    Then again, so would my laptop…
    I’m going to the ECWC this year. I don’t think they have a costume get together. What a hoot that would be!

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  7. OMG, Anne, I absolutely LOVE it! Good thing I’d just swallowed my coffee or you’d be wearing it.
    Then again, so would my laptop…
    I’m going to the ECWC this year. I don’t think they have a costume get together. What a hoot that would be!

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  8. OMG, Anne, I absolutely LOVE it! Good thing I’d just swallowed my coffee or you’d be wearing it.
    Then again, so would my laptop…
    I’m going to the ECWC this year. I don’t think they have a costume get together. What a hoot that would be!

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  9. OMG, Anne, I absolutely LOVE it! Good thing I’d just swallowed my coffee or you’d be wearing it.
    Then again, so would my laptop…
    I’m going to the ECWC this year. I don’t think they have a costume get together. What a hoot that would be!

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  10. OMG, Anne, I absolutely LOVE it! Good thing I’d just swallowed my coffee or you’d be wearing it.
    Then again, so would my laptop…
    I’m going to the ECWC this year. I don’t think they have a costume get together. What a hoot that would be!

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  11. Sounds like you all had a good time. The pictures are great.
    I’m not the costume type, or any kind of party type, so I would probably hide by the front door and escape early.
    And I loved Barbara Cartland’s books, way back when, when I read them. Those days are over now–I read Wench books–but I probably still have some of Barbara’s books around the house.

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  12. Sounds like you all had a good time. The pictures are great.
    I’m not the costume type, or any kind of party type, so I would probably hide by the front door and escape early.
    And I loved Barbara Cartland’s books, way back when, when I read them. Those days are over now–I read Wench books–but I probably still have some of Barbara’s books around the house.

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  13. Sounds like you all had a good time. The pictures are great.
    I’m not the costume type, or any kind of party type, so I would probably hide by the front door and escape early.
    And I loved Barbara Cartland’s books, way back when, when I read them. Those days are over now–I read Wench books–but I probably still have some of Barbara’s books around the house.

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  14. Sounds like you all had a good time. The pictures are great.
    I’m not the costume type, or any kind of party type, so I would probably hide by the front door and escape early.
    And I loved Barbara Cartland’s books, way back when, when I read them. Those days are over now–I read Wench books–but I probably still have some of Barbara’s books around the house.

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  15. Sounds like you all had a good time. The pictures are great.
    I’m not the costume type, or any kind of party type, so I would probably hide by the front door and escape early.
    And I loved Barbara Cartland’s books, way back when, when I read them. Those days are over now–I read Wench books–but I probably still have some of Barbara’s books around the house.

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  16. Sherrie, here. Anne, I just love the playfulness of the RWAust costumes! How fun that everyone participates so wholeheartedly. You’re right about it being an icebreaker. When you’re in costume, it just seems to give you permission to step out of one’s normally reserved character and become more outgoing. I have always adored dressing up in costume, and have had some wonderfully hilarious moments in costume.
    I once made an outrageous bumblebee outfit of blue and yellow striped fabric. I padded the front and back with pillows and wore blue tights and leotard. On my head I wore blue deely-boppers that had wire springs with a ball on the end for antennae, and even made wings out of wire and gauze. Oh, and I had a stinger. And I carried a lunchbag with flowers sticking out of it, and labeled the bag “lunch.” I won a Halloween costume contest with that outfit, and the following year my sister wore it for Halloween and won her office costume contest.
    The year my sister wore the bumblebee costume, we went out to dinner after work, and then to a Halloween movie extravaganza at the local art theater afterwards. We were both in costume (I was the grim reaper), and spent a lot of time laughing. The restaurant we went to was very hoity-toity, and despite the fact it was Halloween, neither the greeter nor the waiter nor the busboy cracked a smile or even commented on our outfits. I nearly died laughing sitting across from my bumblebee sister, her face painted blue, her stinger sticking out through the gap between the back and seat of her chair.

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  17. Sherrie, here. Anne, I just love the playfulness of the RWAust costumes! How fun that everyone participates so wholeheartedly. You’re right about it being an icebreaker. When you’re in costume, it just seems to give you permission to step out of one’s normally reserved character and become more outgoing. I have always adored dressing up in costume, and have had some wonderfully hilarious moments in costume.
    I once made an outrageous bumblebee outfit of blue and yellow striped fabric. I padded the front and back with pillows and wore blue tights and leotard. On my head I wore blue deely-boppers that had wire springs with a ball on the end for antennae, and even made wings out of wire and gauze. Oh, and I had a stinger. And I carried a lunchbag with flowers sticking out of it, and labeled the bag “lunch.” I won a Halloween costume contest with that outfit, and the following year my sister wore it for Halloween and won her office costume contest.
    The year my sister wore the bumblebee costume, we went out to dinner after work, and then to a Halloween movie extravaganza at the local art theater afterwards. We were both in costume (I was the grim reaper), and spent a lot of time laughing. The restaurant we went to was very hoity-toity, and despite the fact it was Halloween, neither the greeter nor the waiter nor the busboy cracked a smile or even commented on our outfits. I nearly died laughing sitting across from my bumblebee sister, her face painted blue, her stinger sticking out through the gap between the back and seat of her chair.

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  18. Sherrie, here. Anne, I just love the playfulness of the RWAust costumes! How fun that everyone participates so wholeheartedly. You’re right about it being an icebreaker. When you’re in costume, it just seems to give you permission to step out of one’s normally reserved character and become more outgoing. I have always adored dressing up in costume, and have had some wonderfully hilarious moments in costume.
    I once made an outrageous bumblebee outfit of blue and yellow striped fabric. I padded the front and back with pillows and wore blue tights and leotard. On my head I wore blue deely-boppers that had wire springs with a ball on the end for antennae, and even made wings out of wire and gauze. Oh, and I had a stinger. And I carried a lunchbag with flowers sticking out of it, and labeled the bag “lunch.” I won a Halloween costume contest with that outfit, and the following year my sister wore it for Halloween and won her office costume contest.
    The year my sister wore the bumblebee costume, we went out to dinner after work, and then to a Halloween movie extravaganza at the local art theater afterwards. We were both in costume (I was the grim reaper), and spent a lot of time laughing. The restaurant we went to was very hoity-toity, and despite the fact it was Halloween, neither the greeter nor the waiter nor the busboy cracked a smile or even commented on our outfits. I nearly died laughing sitting across from my bumblebee sister, her face painted blue, her stinger sticking out through the gap between the back and seat of her chair.

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  19. Sherrie, here. Anne, I just love the playfulness of the RWAust costumes! How fun that everyone participates so wholeheartedly. You’re right about it being an icebreaker. When you’re in costume, it just seems to give you permission to step out of one’s normally reserved character and become more outgoing. I have always adored dressing up in costume, and have had some wonderfully hilarious moments in costume.
    I once made an outrageous bumblebee outfit of blue and yellow striped fabric. I padded the front and back with pillows and wore blue tights and leotard. On my head I wore blue deely-boppers that had wire springs with a ball on the end for antennae, and even made wings out of wire and gauze. Oh, and I had a stinger. And I carried a lunchbag with flowers sticking out of it, and labeled the bag “lunch.” I won a Halloween costume contest with that outfit, and the following year my sister wore it for Halloween and won her office costume contest.
    The year my sister wore the bumblebee costume, we went out to dinner after work, and then to a Halloween movie extravaganza at the local art theater afterwards. We were both in costume (I was the grim reaper), and spent a lot of time laughing. The restaurant we went to was very hoity-toity, and despite the fact it was Halloween, neither the greeter nor the waiter nor the busboy cracked a smile or even commented on our outfits. I nearly died laughing sitting across from my bumblebee sister, her face painted blue, her stinger sticking out through the gap between the back and seat of her chair.

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  20. Sherrie, here. Anne, I just love the playfulness of the RWAust costumes! How fun that everyone participates so wholeheartedly. You’re right about it being an icebreaker. When you’re in costume, it just seems to give you permission to step out of one’s normally reserved character and become more outgoing. I have always adored dressing up in costume, and have had some wonderfully hilarious moments in costume.
    I once made an outrageous bumblebee outfit of blue and yellow striped fabric. I padded the front and back with pillows and wore blue tights and leotard. On my head I wore blue deely-boppers that had wire springs with a ball on the end for antennae, and even made wings out of wire and gauze. Oh, and I had a stinger. And I carried a lunchbag with flowers sticking out of it, and labeled the bag “lunch.” I won a Halloween costume contest with that outfit, and the following year my sister wore it for Halloween and won her office costume contest.
    The year my sister wore the bumblebee costume, we went out to dinner after work, and then to a Halloween movie extravaganza at the local art theater afterwards. We were both in costume (I was the grim reaper), and spent a lot of time laughing. The restaurant we went to was very hoity-toity, and despite the fact it was Halloween, neither the greeter nor the waiter nor the busboy cracked a smile or even commented on our outfits. I nearly died laughing sitting across from my bumblebee sister, her face painted blue, her stinger sticking out through the gap between the back and seat of her chair.

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  21. Love the costumes, Anne! I do adore you as Pretty in Pink. “G”
    Like Linda, I’m not much of a costume person. I once made my own witch costume by adding long black lace sleeves to a short black minidress, which is totally not witchy but was as far as I’d go.
    I enjoy watching other people in their creative getups!

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  22. Love the costumes, Anne! I do adore you as Pretty in Pink. “G”
    Like Linda, I’m not much of a costume person. I once made my own witch costume by adding long black lace sleeves to a short black minidress, which is totally not witchy but was as far as I’d go.
    I enjoy watching other people in their creative getups!

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  23. Love the costumes, Anne! I do adore you as Pretty in Pink. “G”
    Like Linda, I’m not much of a costume person. I once made my own witch costume by adding long black lace sleeves to a short black minidress, which is totally not witchy but was as far as I’d go.
    I enjoy watching other people in their creative getups!

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  24. Love the costumes, Anne! I do adore you as Pretty in Pink. “G”
    Like Linda, I’m not much of a costume person. I once made my own witch costume by adding long black lace sleeves to a short black minidress, which is totally not witchy but was as far as I’d go.
    I enjoy watching other people in their creative getups!

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  25. Love the costumes, Anne! I do adore you as Pretty in Pink. “G”
    Like Linda, I’m not much of a costume person. I once made my own witch costume by adding long black lace sleeves to a short black minidress, which is totally not witchy but was as far as I’d go.
    I enjoy watching other people in their creative getups!

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  26. Mary Jo, I did think about putting up the pictures of you as an arabian princess, with the Mayhem Consultant/sheikh, and I have one of Jo in her ‘invisibility cloak” from a few years earlier, but ended up sticking with this year’s pics.
    I nearly always manage to produce something for the overseas visitors to wear — when I was a high school teacher my friend Moira and I used our coat lockers into the “drama cupboard” and even though it’s years since we worked in a high school, we don’t seem to have lost the habit — that was Moira’s head-dress you wore.
    The nice thing about this affair is that nobody has to go OTT — a head-dress, a scarf, a cardboard sign and you’re in the spirit of the thing.

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  27. Mary Jo, I did think about putting up the pictures of you as an arabian princess, with the Mayhem Consultant/sheikh, and I have one of Jo in her ‘invisibility cloak” from a few years earlier, but ended up sticking with this year’s pics.
    I nearly always manage to produce something for the overseas visitors to wear — when I was a high school teacher my friend Moira and I used our coat lockers into the “drama cupboard” and even though it’s years since we worked in a high school, we don’t seem to have lost the habit — that was Moira’s head-dress you wore.
    The nice thing about this affair is that nobody has to go OTT — a head-dress, a scarf, a cardboard sign and you’re in the spirit of the thing.

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  28. Mary Jo, I did think about putting up the pictures of you as an arabian princess, with the Mayhem Consultant/sheikh, and I have one of Jo in her ‘invisibility cloak” from a few years earlier, but ended up sticking with this year’s pics.
    I nearly always manage to produce something for the overseas visitors to wear — when I was a high school teacher my friend Moira and I used our coat lockers into the “drama cupboard” and even though it’s years since we worked in a high school, we don’t seem to have lost the habit — that was Moira’s head-dress you wore.
    The nice thing about this affair is that nobody has to go OTT — a head-dress, a scarf, a cardboard sign and you’re in the spirit of the thing.

    Reply
  29. Mary Jo, I did think about putting up the pictures of you as an arabian princess, with the Mayhem Consultant/sheikh, and I have one of Jo in her ‘invisibility cloak” from a few years earlier, but ended up sticking with this year’s pics.
    I nearly always manage to produce something for the overseas visitors to wear — when I was a high school teacher my friend Moira and I used our coat lockers into the “drama cupboard” and even though it’s years since we worked in a high school, we don’t seem to have lost the habit — that was Moira’s head-dress you wore.
    The nice thing about this affair is that nobody has to go OTT — a head-dress, a scarf, a cardboard sign and you’re in the spirit of the thing.

    Reply
  30. Mary Jo, I did think about putting up the pictures of you as an arabian princess, with the Mayhem Consultant/sheikh, and I have one of Jo in her ‘invisibility cloak” from a few years earlier, but ended up sticking with this year’s pics.
    I nearly always manage to produce something for the overseas visitors to wear — when I was a high school teacher my friend Moira and I used our coat lockers into the “drama cupboard” and even though it’s years since we worked in a high school, we don’t seem to have lost the habit — that was Moira’s head-dress you wore.
    The nice thing about this affair is that nobody has to go OTT — a head-dress, a scarf, a cardboard sign and you’re in the spirit of the thing.

    Reply
  31. Theo, it is a lot of fun. Have a great time at your conference. I’m going to the Jane Austen Society conference next week, and there a lot of people dress in Regency outfits on the Saturday night and I’m sure they have a lot of fun dressing up. We’re all kids at heart, aren’t we? I don’t have any regency clothes, but if this becomes a regular thing….
    Linda, the nice thing is that nobody gets hassled to dress up. Some people never do, and they come and quietly sit back and watch. There’s plenty to see, and the costumes make talking easy if you want to talk.
    Most writers have a strong streak of introvert in them, and some people retreat behind costumes and others retreat to their rooms
    As for Barbara Cartland, when i was a kid I used to devour her stories serialized in magazines.

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  32. Theo, it is a lot of fun. Have a great time at your conference. I’m going to the Jane Austen Society conference next week, and there a lot of people dress in Regency outfits on the Saturday night and I’m sure they have a lot of fun dressing up. We’re all kids at heart, aren’t we? I don’t have any regency clothes, but if this becomes a regular thing….
    Linda, the nice thing is that nobody gets hassled to dress up. Some people never do, and they come and quietly sit back and watch. There’s plenty to see, and the costumes make talking easy if you want to talk.
    Most writers have a strong streak of introvert in them, and some people retreat behind costumes and others retreat to their rooms
    As for Barbara Cartland, when i was a kid I used to devour her stories serialized in magazines.

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  33. Theo, it is a lot of fun. Have a great time at your conference. I’m going to the Jane Austen Society conference next week, and there a lot of people dress in Regency outfits on the Saturday night and I’m sure they have a lot of fun dressing up. We’re all kids at heart, aren’t we? I don’t have any regency clothes, but if this becomes a regular thing….
    Linda, the nice thing is that nobody gets hassled to dress up. Some people never do, and they come and quietly sit back and watch. There’s plenty to see, and the costumes make talking easy if you want to talk.
    Most writers have a strong streak of introvert in them, and some people retreat behind costumes and others retreat to their rooms
    As for Barbara Cartland, when i was a kid I used to devour her stories serialized in magazines.

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  34. Theo, it is a lot of fun. Have a great time at your conference. I’m going to the Jane Austen Society conference next week, and there a lot of people dress in Regency outfits on the Saturday night and I’m sure they have a lot of fun dressing up. We’re all kids at heart, aren’t we? I don’t have any regency clothes, but if this becomes a regular thing….
    Linda, the nice thing is that nobody gets hassled to dress up. Some people never do, and they come and quietly sit back and watch. There’s plenty to see, and the costumes make talking easy if you want to talk.
    Most writers have a strong streak of introvert in them, and some people retreat behind costumes and others retreat to their rooms
    As for Barbara Cartland, when i was a kid I used to devour her stories serialized in magazines.

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  35. Theo, it is a lot of fun. Have a great time at your conference. I’m going to the Jane Austen Society conference next week, and there a lot of people dress in Regency outfits on the Saturday night and I’m sure they have a lot of fun dressing up. We’re all kids at heart, aren’t we? I don’t have any regency clothes, but if this becomes a regular thing….
    Linda, the nice thing is that nobody gets hassled to dress up. Some people never do, and they come and quietly sit back and watch. There’s plenty to see, and the costumes make talking easy if you want to talk.
    Most writers have a strong streak of introvert in them, and some people retreat behind costumes and others retreat to their rooms
    As for Barbara Cartland, when i was a kid I used to devour her stories serialized in magazines.

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  36. Sherrie, lots of RWAust members who initially hated the idea of dressing up have since discovered it’s fun, and also the perfect thing for reserved people. In fact, some of the more outrageous costumes are worn by normally quite quiet people. It’s a seeming contradiction.
    Your bumblebee costume sounds fab and how good that your sister could borrow it. The restaurant experience is hilarious — and of course you went to a hoity-toity restaurant — you’re a born stirrer. 😉 I’m sure some of these costumes will be worn again.
    Pat you would make a totally cool witch, I’m sure. You never know how the costume thing will take you — I remember at the first conference costume party, I forced Marion Lennox into a boa. The second time I bought her feathery pink wings, and that was the only “costumy” aspect of her outfit — the rest was pure elegance. But now look at her. LOL

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  37. Sherrie, lots of RWAust members who initially hated the idea of dressing up have since discovered it’s fun, and also the perfect thing for reserved people. In fact, some of the more outrageous costumes are worn by normally quite quiet people. It’s a seeming contradiction.
    Your bumblebee costume sounds fab and how good that your sister could borrow it. The restaurant experience is hilarious — and of course you went to a hoity-toity restaurant — you’re a born stirrer. 😉 I’m sure some of these costumes will be worn again.
    Pat you would make a totally cool witch, I’m sure. You never know how the costume thing will take you — I remember at the first conference costume party, I forced Marion Lennox into a boa. The second time I bought her feathery pink wings, and that was the only “costumy” aspect of her outfit — the rest was pure elegance. But now look at her. LOL

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  38. Sherrie, lots of RWAust members who initially hated the idea of dressing up have since discovered it’s fun, and also the perfect thing for reserved people. In fact, some of the more outrageous costumes are worn by normally quite quiet people. It’s a seeming contradiction.
    Your bumblebee costume sounds fab and how good that your sister could borrow it. The restaurant experience is hilarious — and of course you went to a hoity-toity restaurant — you’re a born stirrer. 😉 I’m sure some of these costumes will be worn again.
    Pat you would make a totally cool witch, I’m sure. You never know how the costume thing will take you — I remember at the first conference costume party, I forced Marion Lennox into a boa. The second time I bought her feathery pink wings, and that was the only “costumy” aspect of her outfit — the rest was pure elegance. But now look at her. LOL

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  39. Sherrie, lots of RWAust members who initially hated the idea of dressing up have since discovered it’s fun, and also the perfect thing for reserved people. In fact, some of the more outrageous costumes are worn by normally quite quiet people. It’s a seeming contradiction.
    Your bumblebee costume sounds fab and how good that your sister could borrow it. The restaurant experience is hilarious — and of course you went to a hoity-toity restaurant — you’re a born stirrer. 😉 I’m sure some of these costumes will be worn again.
    Pat you would make a totally cool witch, I’m sure. You never know how the costume thing will take you — I remember at the first conference costume party, I forced Marion Lennox into a boa. The second time I bought her feathery pink wings, and that was the only “costumy” aspect of her outfit — the rest was pure elegance. But now look at her. LOL

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  40. Sherrie, lots of RWAust members who initially hated the idea of dressing up have since discovered it’s fun, and also the perfect thing for reserved people. In fact, some of the more outrageous costumes are worn by normally quite quiet people. It’s a seeming contradiction.
    Your bumblebee costume sounds fab and how good that your sister could borrow it. The restaurant experience is hilarious — and of course you went to a hoity-toity restaurant — you’re a born stirrer. 😉 I’m sure some of these costumes will be worn again.
    Pat you would make a totally cool witch, I’m sure. You never know how the costume thing will take you — I remember at the first conference costume party, I forced Marion Lennox into a boa. The second time I bought her feathery pink wings, and that was the only “costumy” aspect of her outfit — the rest was pure elegance. But now look at her. LOL

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  41. Oh this looks like such fun! I wish they would do something similar for RWA here in the States. Trust the Aussies to know how to throw a ripping good party!
    My first writers conference was Moonlight and Magnolias and as Sherrilyn Kenyon was the keynote speaker the party the night before was a Dark Hunter theme. I went dressed as Simi, Acheron’s demon child. I had a ball!
    I have attended some Fasching balls in Austria and they were always costume balls. Loads of fun.
    Nowadays people say I cheat when it comes to costumes because I actually managed to keep some of the ones I wore when I was singing.

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  42. Oh this looks like such fun! I wish they would do something similar for RWA here in the States. Trust the Aussies to know how to throw a ripping good party!
    My first writers conference was Moonlight and Magnolias and as Sherrilyn Kenyon was the keynote speaker the party the night before was a Dark Hunter theme. I went dressed as Simi, Acheron’s demon child. I had a ball!
    I have attended some Fasching balls in Austria and they were always costume balls. Loads of fun.
    Nowadays people say I cheat when it comes to costumes because I actually managed to keep some of the ones I wore when I was singing.

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  43. Oh this looks like such fun! I wish they would do something similar for RWA here in the States. Trust the Aussies to know how to throw a ripping good party!
    My first writers conference was Moonlight and Magnolias and as Sherrilyn Kenyon was the keynote speaker the party the night before was a Dark Hunter theme. I went dressed as Simi, Acheron’s demon child. I had a ball!
    I have attended some Fasching balls in Austria and they were always costume balls. Loads of fun.
    Nowadays people say I cheat when it comes to costumes because I actually managed to keep some of the ones I wore when I was singing.

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  44. Oh this looks like such fun! I wish they would do something similar for RWA here in the States. Trust the Aussies to know how to throw a ripping good party!
    My first writers conference was Moonlight and Magnolias and as Sherrilyn Kenyon was the keynote speaker the party the night before was a Dark Hunter theme. I went dressed as Simi, Acheron’s demon child. I had a ball!
    I have attended some Fasching balls in Austria and they were always costume balls. Loads of fun.
    Nowadays people say I cheat when it comes to costumes because I actually managed to keep some of the ones I wore when I was singing.

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  45. Oh this looks like such fun! I wish they would do something similar for RWA here in the States. Trust the Aussies to know how to throw a ripping good party!
    My first writers conference was Moonlight and Magnolias and as Sherrilyn Kenyon was the keynote speaker the party the night before was a Dark Hunter theme. I went dressed as Simi, Acheron’s demon child. I had a ball!
    I have attended some Fasching balls in Austria and they were always costume balls. Loads of fun.
    Nowadays people say I cheat when it comes to costumes because I actually managed to keep some of the ones I wore when I was singing.

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  46. Mahalo, Anne, for the fun pictures! Obviously you all down under know how to party!
    I’ve heard interesting stories about Barbara Cartland from Kathryn Falk and Cathy Maxwell when they attended an RT sponsored tour of the UK.
    More recently, my inlaws (aviation enthusiasts) touredhistoricl airfields in the UK. One in Kent was also a race track and had a room dedicated to Barbara Cartland – she donated the funds to furnish it as a “ladies’ retiring room.” Barbara was a legend!

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  47. Mahalo, Anne, for the fun pictures! Obviously you all down under know how to party!
    I’ve heard interesting stories about Barbara Cartland from Kathryn Falk and Cathy Maxwell when they attended an RT sponsored tour of the UK.
    More recently, my inlaws (aviation enthusiasts) touredhistoricl airfields in the UK. One in Kent was also a race track and had a room dedicated to Barbara Cartland – she donated the funds to furnish it as a “ladies’ retiring room.” Barbara was a legend!

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  48. Mahalo, Anne, for the fun pictures! Obviously you all down under know how to party!
    I’ve heard interesting stories about Barbara Cartland from Kathryn Falk and Cathy Maxwell when they attended an RT sponsored tour of the UK.
    More recently, my inlaws (aviation enthusiasts) touredhistoricl airfields in the UK. One in Kent was also a race track and had a room dedicated to Barbara Cartland – she donated the funds to furnish it as a “ladies’ retiring room.” Barbara was a legend!

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  49. Mahalo, Anne, for the fun pictures! Obviously you all down under know how to party!
    I’ve heard interesting stories about Barbara Cartland from Kathryn Falk and Cathy Maxwell when they attended an RT sponsored tour of the UK.
    More recently, my inlaws (aviation enthusiasts) touredhistoricl airfields in the UK. One in Kent was also a race track and had a room dedicated to Barbara Cartland – she donated the funds to furnish it as a “ladies’ retiring room.” Barbara was a legend!

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  50. Mahalo, Anne, for the fun pictures! Obviously you all down under know how to party!
    I’ve heard interesting stories about Barbara Cartland from Kathryn Falk and Cathy Maxwell when they attended an RT sponsored tour of the UK.
    More recently, my inlaws (aviation enthusiasts) touredhistoricl airfields in the UK. One in Kent was also a race track and had a room dedicated to Barbara Cartland – she donated the funds to furnish it as a “ladies’ retiring room.” Barbara was a legend!

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  51. Louise, there’s no such thing as cheating when it comes to costumes — people are just jealous coz you don’t have to make or hire your costumes.
    Mine are usually homemade — cobbled together at the last minute, and relying on splashy effect and color rather than detail.
    I’ve always wanted to go to Moonlight and Magnolias — it’s such an evocative name, it can’t help but be fabulous.
    Kim, I’ve also heard some wonderful Barbara Cartland stories. She was an amazing woman and did some remarkable things in her life, and it’s a shame she’s mostly remembered for churning out cookie-cutter books and wearing pink. Her early novels were very good, but with a total of 700 and something books by the end, they were very repetitive. But she did a lot more than write books and wear pink.

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  52. Louise, there’s no such thing as cheating when it comes to costumes — people are just jealous coz you don’t have to make or hire your costumes.
    Mine are usually homemade — cobbled together at the last minute, and relying on splashy effect and color rather than detail.
    I’ve always wanted to go to Moonlight and Magnolias — it’s such an evocative name, it can’t help but be fabulous.
    Kim, I’ve also heard some wonderful Barbara Cartland stories. She was an amazing woman and did some remarkable things in her life, and it’s a shame she’s mostly remembered for churning out cookie-cutter books and wearing pink. Her early novels were very good, but with a total of 700 and something books by the end, they were very repetitive. But she did a lot more than write books and wear pink.

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  53. Louise, there’s no such thing as cheating when it comes to costumes — people are just jealous coz you don’t have to make or hire your costumes.
    Mine are usually homemade — cobbled together at the last minute, and relying on splashy effect and color rather than detail.
    I’ve always wanted to go to Moonlight and Magnolias — it’s such an evocative name, it can’t help but be fabulous.
    Kim, I’ve also heard some wonderful Barbara Cartland stories. She was an amazing woman and did some remarkable things in her life, and it’s a shame she’s mostly remembered for churning out cookie-cutter books and wearing pink. Her early novels were very good, but with a total of 700 and something books by the end, they were very repetitive. But she did a lot more than write books and wear pink.

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  54. Louise, there’s no such thing as cheating when it comes to costumes — people are just jealous coz you don’t have to make or hire your costumes.
    Mine are usually homemade — cobbled together at the last minute, and relying on splashy effect and color rather than detail.
    I’ve always wanted to go to Moonlight and Magnolias — it’s such an evocative name, it can’t help but be fabulous.
    Kim, I’ve also heard some wonderful Barbara Cartland stories. She was an amazing woman and did some remarkable things in her life, and it’s a shame she’s mostly remembered for churning out cookie-cutter books and wearing pink. Her early novels were very good, but with a total of 700 and something books by the end, they were very repetitive. But she did a lot more than write books and wear pink.

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  55. Louise, there’s no such thing as cheating when it comes to costumes — people are just jealous coz you don’t have to make or hire your costumes.
    Mine are usually homemade — cobbled together at the last minute, and relying on splashy effect and color rather than detail.
    I’ve always wanted to go to Moonlight and Magnolias — it’s such an evocative name, it can’t help but be fabulous.
    Kim, I’ve also heard some wonderful Barbara Cartland stories. She was an amazing woman and did some remarkable things in her life, and it’s a shame she’s mostly remembered for churning out cookie-cutter books and wearing pink. Her early novels were very good, but with a total of 700 and something books by the end, they were very repetitive. But she did a lot more than write books and wear pink.

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  56. Anne you looked *fabulous* on the night! The master touch was the dog you had peeking out of your skirts. I was amazed at all the trouble everyone went to.
    Now I have that song in my head. There is nothing like a dame…

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  57. Anne you looked *fabulous* on the night! The master touch was the dog you had peeking out of your skirts. I was amazed at all the trouble everyone went to.
    Now I have that song in my head. There is nothing like a dame…

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  58. Anne you looked *fabulous* on the night! The master touch was the dog you had peeking out of your skirts. I was amazed at all the trouble everyone went to.
    Now I have that song in my head. There is nothing like a dame…

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  59. Anne you looked *fabulous* on the night! The master touch was the dog you had peeking out of your skirts. I was amazed at all the trouble everyone went to.
    Now I have that song in my head. There is nothing like a dame…

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  60. Anne you looked *fabulous* on the night! The master touch was the dog you had peeking out of your skirts. I was amazed at all the trouble everyone went to.
    Now I have that song in my head. There is nothing like a dame…

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  61. Ah, Christine, if you had seen the sewing on my dress and the way that hat was cobbled together… Miss Glass, (Year 8 sewing teacher) would have been appalled.
    Shaneen, OTOH sewed on all those sequins. And Chris Weston sewed the pink and white regency dress AND made that stunning hat for Robyn, as well as sewing Keri’s dress and Chris’s own clever outfit the Coat of Many Covers.
    Nice to see you here.

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  62. Ah, Christine, if you had seen the sewing on my dress and the way that hat was cobbled together… Miss Glass, (Year 8 sewing teacher) would have been appalled.
    Shaneen, OTOH sewed on all those sequins. And Chris Weston sewed the pink and white regency dress AND made that stunning hat for Robyn, as well as sewing Keri’s dress and Chris’s own clever outfit the Coat of Many Covers.
    Nice to see you here.

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  63. Ah, Christine, if you had seen the sewing on my dress and the way that hat was cobbled together… Miss Glass, (Year 8 sewing teacher) would have been appalled.
    Shaneen, OTOH sewed on all those sequins. And Chris Weston sewed the pink and white regency dress AND made that stunning hat for Robyn, as well as sewing Keri’s dress and Chris’s own clever outfit the Coat of Many Covers.
    Nice to see you here.

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  64. Ah, Christine, if you had seen the sewing on my dress and the way that hat was cobbled together… Miss Glass, (Year 8 sewing teacher) would have been appalled.
    Shaneen, OTOH sewed on all those sequins. And Chris Weston sewed the pink and white regency dress AND made that stunning hat for Robyn, as well as sewing Keri’s dress and Chris’s own clever outfit the Coat of Many Covers.
    Nice to see you here.

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  65. Ah, Christine, if you had seen the sewing on my dress and the way that hat was cobbled together… Miss Glass, (Year 8 sewing teacher) would have been appalled.
    Shaneen, OTOH sewed on all those sequins. And Chris Weston sewed the pink and white regency dress AND made that stunning hat for Robyn, as well as sewing Keri’s dress and Chris’s own clever outfit the Coat of Many Covers.
    Nice to see you here.

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  66. I loved your barbara cartland and wish you’d put a piccy of your shoes up – they were to die for!!
    I’m also very chuffed that i made it onto this post as one of the bennett sisters – I never thought my face would grace this awesome site! Another thing to thank my sewing goddess of a crit partner who made my regency ensemble.

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  67. I loved your barbara cartland and wish you’d put a piccy of your shoes up – they were to die for!!
    I’m also very chuffed that i made it onto this post as one of the bennett sisters – I never thought my face would grace this awesome site! Another thing to thank my sewing goddess of a crit partner who made my regency ensemble.

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  68. I loved your barbara cartland and wish you’d put a piccy of your shoes up – they were to die for!!
    I’m also very chuffed that i made it onto this post as one of the bennett sisters – I never thought my face would grace this awesome site! Another thing to thank my sewing goddess of a crit partner who made my regency ensemble.

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  69. I loved your barbara cartland and wish you’d put a piccy of your shoes up – they were to die for!!
    I’m also very chuffed that i made it onto this post as one of the bennett sisters – I never thought my face would grace this awesome site! Another thing to thank my sewing goddess of a crit partner who made my regency ensemble.

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  70. I loved your barbara cartland and wish you’d put a piccy of your shoes up – they were to die for!!
    I’m also very chuffed that i made it onto this post as one of the bennett sisters – I never thought my face would grace this awesome site! Another thing to thank my sewing goddess of a crit partner who made my regency ensemble.

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  71. Oho, this is Robyn of the pink and white dress and the fabulous hat. Lovely to see you here, Rob, and yes, Chris is very talented.
    I didn’t take mu camera that night — my hands were full of dog and champagne, so all the pics here are courtesy of kind people. I think someone did take a pic of the shoes with dog, but I haven’t seen it.
    The shoes were nice — I think of them as my Victorian governess shoes.

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  72. Oho, this is Robyn of the pink and white dress and the fabulous hat. Lovely to see you here, Rob, and yes, Chris is very talented.
    I didn’t take mu camera that night — my hands were full of dog and champagne, so all the pics here are courtesy of kind people. I think someone did take a pic of the shoes with dog, but I haven’t seen it.
    The shoes were nice — I think of them as my Victorian governess shoes.

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  73. Oho, this is Robyn of the pink and white dress and the fabulous hat. Lovely to see you here, Rob, and yes, Chris is very talented.
    I didn’t take mu camera that night — my hands were full of dog and champagne, so all the pics here are courtesy of kind people. I think someone did take a pic of the shoes with dog, but I haven’t seen it.
    The shoes were nice — I think of them as my Victorian governess shoes.

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  74. Oho, this is Robyn of the pink and white dress and the fabulous hat. Lovely to see you here, Rob, and yes, Chris is very talented.
    I didn’t take mu camera that night — my hands were full of dog and champagne, so all the pics here are courtesy of kind people. I think someone did take a pic of the shoes with dog, but I haven’t seen it.
    The shoes were nice — I think of them as my Victorian governess shoes.

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  75. Oho, this is Robyn of the pink and white dress and the fabulous hat. Lovely to see you here, Rob, and yes, Chris is very talented.
    I didn’t take mu camera that night — my hands were full of dog and champagne, so all the pics here are courtesy of kind people. I think someone did take a pic of the shoes with dog, but I haven’t seen it.
    The shoes were nice — I think of them as my Victorian governess shoes.

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  76. Anne, what a fabulous party and what truly amazing outfits, of which yours was by far the best! I’m loving the whole Dame Barbara thing and Monty is very disappointed that he couldn’t volunteer to be your armpit dog!
    I’d love to have the opportunity to do more fancy dress things over here. Haven’t been to a costume ball for years and years.

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  77. Anne, what a fabulous party and what truly amazing outfits, of which yours was by far the best! I’m loving the whole Dame Barbara thing and Monty is very disappointed that he couldn’t volunteer to be your armpit dog!
    I’d love to have the opportunity to do more fancy dress things over here. Haven’t been to a costume ball for years and years.

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  78. Anne, what a fabulous party and what truly amazing outfits, of which yours was by far the best! I’m loving the whole Dame Barbara thing and Monty is very disappointed that he couldn’t volunteer to be your armpit dog!
    I’d love to have the opportunity to do more fancy dress things over here. Haven’t been to a costume ball for years and years.

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  79. Anne, what a fabulous party and what truly amazing outfits, of which yours was by far the best! I’m loving the whole Dame Barbara thing and Monty is very disappointed that he couldn’t volunteer to be your armpit dog!
    I’d love to have the opportunity to do more fancy dress things over here. Haven’t been to a costume ball for years and years.

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  80. Anne, what a fabulous party and what truly amazing outfits, of which yours was by far the best! I’m loving the whole Dame Barbara thing and Monty is very disappointed that he couldn’t volunteer to be your armpit dog!
    I’d love to have the opportunity to do more fancy dress things over here. Haven’t been to a costume ball for years and years.

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  81. Let’s hear it for Anne’s Barbara Cartland shoes! Everyone who wants to see a picture of them, raise your hand. *g*
    Anne, could you take a picture of the shoes now, just so we could see them? I loved, loved, LOVED your pink costume, from head to toe. It was soooo together. And dahlink, you look divine in pink. It really is your color.

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  82. Let’s hear it for Anne’s Barbara Cartland shoes! Everyone who wants to see a picture of them, raise your hand. *g*
    Anne, could you take a picture of the shoes now, just so we could see them? I loved, loved, LOVED your pink costume, from head to toe. It was soooo together. And dahlink, you look divine in pink. It really is your color.

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  83. Let’s hear it for Anne’s Barbara Cartland shoes! Everyone who wants to see a picture of them, raise your hand. *g*
    Anne, could you take a picture of the shoes now, just so we could see them? I loved, loved, LOVED your pink costume, from head to toe. It was soooo together. And dahlink, you look divine in pink. It really is your color.

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  84. Let’s hear it for Anne’s Barbara Cartland shoes! Everyone who wants to see a picture of them, raise your hand. *g*
    Anne, could you take a picture of the shoes now, just so we could see them? I loved, loved, LOVED your pink costume, from head to toe. It was soooo together. And dahlink, you look divine in pink. It really is your color.

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  85. Let’s hear it for Anne’s Barbara Cartland shoes! Everyone who wants to see a picture of them, raise your hand. *g*
    Anne, could you take a picture of the shoes now, just so we could see them? I loved, loved, LOVED your pink costume, from head to toe. It was soooo together. And dahlink, you look divine in pink. It really is your color.

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  86. Sherrie, they’re nice shoes, I think but I’m no shoe-queen and they’re actually a few years old and from a chain shoe-store. They’re black and have cute, not very high heels, and buttoned tops with laces as well — hence my Victorian governess comment.
    The most interesting thing about them was probably that they had a stuffed faux pekingese tied to one of them. I say faux pekingese because I couldn’t find a pekingese toy dog anywhere, so I bought two toy pugs, sewed some blonde hairpieces from the $2 shop onto their heads and tied a ribbon to their topknot. Then one of them got strapped to a shoe.
    More evidence, some would say, of my cruelty to unreal dogs. (see opening of Stolen Princess)

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  87. Sherrie, they’re nice shoes, I think but I’m no shoe-queen and they’re actually a few years old and from a chain shoe-store. They’re black and have cute, not very high heels, and buttoned tops with laces as well — hence my Victorian governess comment.
    The most interesting thing about them was probably that they had a stuffed faux pekingese tied to one of them. I say faux pekingese because I couldn’t find a pekingese toy dog anywhere, so I bought two toy pugs, sewed some blonde hairpieces from the $2 shop onto their heads and tied a ribbon to their topknot. Then one of them got strapped to a shoe.
    More evidence, some would say, of my cruelty to unreal dogs. (see opening of Stolen Princess)

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  88. Sherrie, they’re nice shoes, I think but I’m no shoe-queen and they’re actually a few years old and from a chain shoe-store. They’re black and have cute, not very high heels, and buttoned tops with laces as well — hence my Victorian governess comment.
    The most interesting thing about them was probably that they had a stuffed faux pekingese tied to one of them. I say faux pekingese because I couldn’t find a pekingese toy dog anywhere, so I bought two toy pugs, sewed some blonde hairpieces from the $2 shop onto their heads and tied a ribbon to their topknot. Then one of them got strapped to a shoe.
    More evidence, some would say, of my cruelty to unreal dogs. (see opening of Stolen Princess)

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  89. Sherrie, they’re nice shoes, I think but I’m no shoe-queen and they’re actually a few years old and from a chain shoe-store. They’re black and have cute, not very high heels, and buttoned tops with laces as well — hence my Victorian governess comment.
    The most interesting thing about them was probably that they had a stuffed faux pekingese tied to one of them. I say faux pekingese because I couldn’t find a pekingese toy dog anywhere, so I bought two toy pugs, sewed some blonde hairpieces from the $2 shop onto their heads and tied a ribbon to their topknot. Then one of them got strapped to a shoe.
    More evidence, some would say, of my cruelty to unreal dogs. (see opening of Stolen Princess)

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  90. Sherrie, they’re nice shoes, I think but I’m no shoe-queen and they’re actually a few years old and from a chain shoe-store. They’re black and have cute, not very high heels, and buttoned tops with laces as well — hence my Victorian governess comment.
    The most interesting thing about them was probably that they had a stuffed faux pekingese tied to one of them. I say faux pekingese because I couldn’t find a pekingese toy dog anywhere, so I bought two toy pugs, sewed some blonde hairpieces from the $2 shop onto their heads and tied a ribbon to their topknot. Then one of them got strapped to a shoe.
    More evidence, some would say, of my cruelty to unreal dogs. (see opening of Stolen Princess)

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  91. Nicola, sorry, I mised you.
    I bet you UK romance writers would have fun dressing up in costume. Our group were a bit reluctant the first time — everyone was worried about making a fool of themselves, so in those early days my costumes seemed quite OTT — I was operating on the assumption that if I looked the biggest fool, nobody else would be worried. My costumes are not much different now, but everyone is so into the spirit of dressing up I blend in nicely and in fact compared to some, my costumes come off as quite ordinary. LOL.
    So I encourage you all to do it.
    The thing about writers is that they have imagination, and that’s such good fun.

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  92. Nicola, sorry, I mised you.
    I bet you UK romance writers would have fun dressing up in costume. Our group were a bit reluctant the first time — everyone was worried about making a fool of themselves, so in those early days my costumes seemed quite OTT — I was operating on the assumption that if I looked the biggest fool, nobody else would be worried. My costumes are not much different now, but everyone is so into the spirit of dressing up I blend in nicely and in fact compared to some, my costumes come off as quite ordinary. LOL.
    So I encourage you all to do it.
    The thing about writers is that they have imagination, and that’s such good fun.

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  93. Nicola, sorry, I mised you.
    I bet you UK romance writers would have fun dressing up in costume. Our group were a bit reluctant the first time — everyone was worried about making a fool of themselves, so in those early days my costumes seemed quite OTT — I was operating on the assumption that if I looked the biggest fool, nobody else would be worried. My costumes are not much different now, but everyone is so into the spirit of dressing up I blend in nicely and in fact compared to some, my costumes come off as quite ordinary. LOL.
    So I encourage you all to do it.
    The thing about writers is that they have imagination, and that’s such good fun.

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  94. Nicola, sorry, I mised you.
    I bet you UK romance writers would have fun dressing up in costume. Our group were a bit reluctant the first time — everyone was worried about making a fool of themselves, so in those early days my costumes seemed quite OTT — I was operating on the assumption that if I looked the biggest fool, nobody else would be worried. My costumes are not much different now, but everyone is so into the spirit of dressing up I blend in nicely and in fact compared to some, my costumes come off as quite ordinary. LOL.
    So I encourage you all to do it.
    The thing about writers is that they have imagination, and that’s such good fun.

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  95. Nicola, sorry, I mised you.
    I bet you UK romance writers would have fun dressing up in costume. Our group were a bit reluctant the first time — everyone was worried about making a fool of themselves, so in those early days my costumes seemed quite OTT — I was operating on the assumption that if I looked the biggest fool, nobody else would be worried. My costumes are not much different now, but everyone is so into the spirit of dressing up I blend in nicely and in fact compared to some, my costumes come off as quite ordinary. LOL.
    So I encourage you all to do it.
    The thing about writers is that they have imagination, and that’s such good fun.

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  96. LOL!!!I LOVE it! I think the Peke is perfect.:o)
    And I love those shoes! I have an outfit that they would be perfect for though I know your feet have to be tinier than mine.
    You know, Victorian Trading Co. carries all sorts of awesomely wonderful clothing like that, from the early 1800’s through about 1910.
    (I knew if we pestered you enough, you’d let us see those shoes)
    ;o)

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  97. LOL!!!I LOVE it! I think the Peke is perfect.:o)
    And I love those shoes! I have an outfit that they would be perfect for though I know your feet have to be tinier than mine.
    You know, Victorian Trading Co. carries all sorts of awesomely wonderful clothing like that, from the early 1800’s through about 1910.
    (I knew if we pestered you enough, you’d let us see those shoes)
    ;o)

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  98. LOL!!!I LOVE it! I think the Peke is perfect.:o)
    And I love those shoes! I have an outfit that they would be perfect for though I know your feet have to be tinier than mine.
    You know, Victorian Trading Co. carries all sorts of awesomely wonderful clothing like that, from the early 1800’s through about 1910.
    (I knew if we pestered you enough, you’d let us see those shoes)
    ;o)

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  99. LOL!!!I LOVE it! I think the Peke is perfect.:o)
    And I love those shoes! I have an outfit that they would be perfect for though I know your feet have to be tinier than mine.
    You know, Victorian Trading Co. carries all sorts of awesomely wonderful clothing like that, from the early 1800’s through about 1910.
    (I knew if we pestered you enough, you’d let us see those shoes)
    ;o)

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  100. LOL!!!I LOVE it! I think the Peke is perfect.:o)
    And I love those shoes! I have an outfit that they would be perfect for though I know your feet have to be tinier than mine.
    You know, Victorian Trading Co. carries all sorts of awesomely wonderful clothing like that, from the early 1800’s through about 1910.
    (I knew if we pestered you enough, you’d let us see those shoes)
    ;o)

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