Thrift Store Cosplay Day 10

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 10: Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice fashion blog post

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Day 10: Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice

When I was in the 10th grade, I was supposed to read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but I totally didn’t. I bought the cliff notes and actually…didn’t even read those. I think I got an F…I definitely deserved an F! But worse than a failing grade, was missing out on loving one of my favorite authors and her works much earlier in my life.

It wasn’t until college that my horizons were broadened. I caught the 1940’s  Lawrence Olivier/ Greer Garson version on TCM one night and rethought my adolescent decision to skip Austen altogether. I feel in love with Mr. Darcy, saw myself to be an Elizabeth Bennet and then quickly poured through the works, biographies and extended universe of Austen’s Regency England. Persuasion has actually come to be my very favorite Jane Austen novel. But Pride and Prejudice is right behind it, with Emma coming in as third.

Now…the obsession is real! I mean, look…

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Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

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Mr. Darcy’s Outfit:

Top Hat from my dad’s impressive hat collection

Green Blazer from Goodwill

Frilled Shirt from Salvation Army

Grey Pants from Plato’s Closet

Boots from my shoe closet

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Elizabeth’s Outfit:

Shawl from Goodwill

Dress from OMG! Thrift

Shoes from Goodwill

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Love Letters to…

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Reader, by now you should know many things about me. You should know that I love Star Wars above all other earthly things. You should know that I am a nerd of the highest order, that I love Jane Austen and things of a more romantical nature. You should know that I love history and art and music and writing and dancing and friends and family.

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And while I’ve written on the subject before, I want to take special care to reiterate my deep, abiding love for…Pinterest. If you have not gotten that impression from me before, allow me to correct that oversight and share my love with you in the most animated language of the literary greats. Most of these should work to prove my point, but let’s see shall we? I might have to make a few adjustments here and there, but the majority of the original text will stand. Here goes…

Pinterest,

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My pins will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

(-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen…for the most part)

 

Pinterest,

Now, I’m not going to deny that I was aware of your beauty. But the point is, this has nothing to do with your beauty. As I got to know you, I began to realize that beauty was the least of your qualities. I became fascinated by your goodness. I was drawn in by it. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. And it was only when I began to feel actual, physical pain every time I turned off my computer that it finally dawned on me: I was in love, for the first time in my life. I knew it was hopeless, but that didn’t matter to me. “

(-Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos…primarily)

 

Pinterest,

“I wish I knew how to quit you.”

(-Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx)

 

Pinterest,

“I am nothing special; just a common girl with common pins, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved you with all my pins and boards; and to me, this has always been enough.”

(-The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks…almost entirely)

 

Pinterest,

“I have waited for this opportunity for more than half a century (or at least the past 6 years since your online birth,) to repeat to you once again my vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting pinning.”

(-Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Marquez…chiefly)

 

Pinterest,

“Whatever our pins are made of, yours and mine are the same.”

(-Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë…predominantly)

 

Pinterest,

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago (by not yet existing.) Dare not say that woman forgets sooner than social media platform, that her love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.”

(-Persuasion by Jane Austen…largely)

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Pinterest,

‘Tis better to have pinned and lost, Than never to have pinned at all.”

(-Selected poems by Lord Alfred Tennyson…in part)

 

Pinterest,

“It has made me better loving you … it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many pins before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my pins. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better (than to pin all those things onto boards and look at them later.)”

(-The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James…essentially)

 

Pinterest,

It is better to pin wisely, no doubt: but to pin foolishly is better than not to be able to pin at all.”

(-Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray…on the whole)

 

Pinterest,

“You are my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest.”

(Poems by W.H. Auden…with minor adjustments)

 

Pinterest,

“Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I pin.”

(-Hamlet by William Shakespeare…mostly)

 

Geez, I hope people know I’m mostly joking… but seriously Pinterest is good! If you aren’t following me on Pinterest then come to the Nexus of my brain and enjoy all 390 boards for your viewing and pinning pleasure!

Jane Austen Syndrome

I am by no means the first delicate female to suffer from this deep affliction. But it is, perhaps, safe to call my case one of the most severe. Long have I suffered in silence, but I cannot continue thusly. I must share with you my struggles in the hopes that you, gentle reader, may commiserate with me and perchance even share in this sickness as well, for I truly cannot be the only one out there who has experienced, what will hence be known as, The Jane Austen Syndrome.

But it’s symptoms are not so easily recognized in everyone so keenly as they are in me. Allow me to illuminate some such symptoms for you, so that you may then be able to seek the proper advisement from your local apothecary to acquire the necessary cure for such an illness as this.

Symptoms include, but are not limited to…

1. Taking long walks for no reason at all

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2. Getting constantly caught in the rain

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3. Spontaneous trips to the English countryside

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4. Learning the art of wax sealing letters

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5. Ballroom dance lessons

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6. Calligraphy lessons

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7. Piano and/or singing lessons

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8. Performing piano and/or singing skills in public at random 

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9. Taking turns around the room

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10. Discovering an affinity for high tea

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11. Wearing overly large bonnets even when it isn’t sunny out

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12. Seeking out men with names like Henry, Edward, Fitzwilliam, Charles, Edmund, George, Frederick, etc.

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13. And finally, when you start considering a double wedding….it’s all over. You are officially afflicted with The Jane Austen syndrome. Go ahead and embrace your inner petticoat!

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Zombie killing may not have been associated with Jane Austen in years past, but thanks to Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” getting the big screen treatment, that’s all about to change. Don’t miss Elizabeth Bennet and company kick serious undead ass on February 5th in theaters! Check out the trailer:

Men Who Write

I am a gigantic nerd for all things Jane Austen. Many women are. In a world in which romance is rapidly vanishing, the Austen novels offer up some of the most romantic stories available to humanity!

My two very favorite Austen men are Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice and Captain Wentworth from Persuasion. They are both men of strong character, who fall deeply in love with women of strong character and man, do they know to write a good letter!

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When his hopes were dashed and charges laid against him, Mr. Darcy takes the chance to make sure his love knows the truth of circumstances. Writing a lengthy letter of explaination and entreaty. Sort of a last ditch effort to convince her of his very good character. (Spoiler alert: it ends up working!!)

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Captain Wentworth’s heart was broken 8 years before he pens his letter to the very lady who broke it. After entering into her company again, bound and determined not to repeat the past, Wentworth realizes his struggles are in vain and that Anne will always be the only woman he could be happy marrying. “You pierce my soul…”

So, men of the world, take a lesson from two of the most romantic figures in literary history. Pick up a pen and write a letter. Be it one of declaration, explanation or of mere greeting. I’m telling you… it works!

30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Day 21 – Elizabeth Bennett

Today’s inspiration is Kiera Knightly’s Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. Incidentally, my second favorite Jane Austen novel. (The first is Persuasion.) I’m a huge nerd for all things Austen!
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Start with some pearl pins.
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Also, the curlier the hair the better. I slept with wet heir to ensure the curliest of hair. Then I tamed a few pieces around my face and my bangs with my Chi.
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Lastly I added a braid straight over the front of my hair like a headband. Then added all the pearl pins.
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And voila!!
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