Jenny La Fleur
a day at the Faire - Jenny La Fleur
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a day at the Faire

Our outing to the Faire was lots of fun! Despite getting up really early and everyone arriving early or on time we pulled out of the driveway about an hour later than I wanted to. Ahh... the best laid plans! We all looked good though, Especially Rachel and Mom in their newly finished frocks. By the time we made it to the faire we were greeted by a line of cars to get to the road that leads to the faire. Yay traffic.

We ended up with a great parking spot though (a straight shot to the exit!) and made our way into the very muddy faire to meet up with bauhausfrau and her boys. They were all fabulous looking and after some chit-chat at the White Hart we grabbed something to eat and made our way to the pirate ship for the boys to play.

We left bauhausfrau and the boys to it, did some shopping and ended up on the benches in front of the chapel (one of my favorite spots!) where L and the boys joined us again for a little while.

After they left we got down to the serious business of shopping and nibbling. Mom, Rachel and Colleen had never been to the MD Ren Faire before, Mom and Rachel having never been to a Ren Faire ever. It was fun to show them around and take them to all my favorite spots and shops. We shopped, we ate, we sat and watched the faire go by. It was Day of Wrong, which on the whole was pretty entertaining. The high Elizabethan fops were great, the Tigger dressed in crusade garb fabulous, the knights with arrows sticking out of their chests were very chivalrous and all the western wear/cowboys so adorable. I don't think I've ever seen so many spurs at a Ren Faire! *sigh* I love cowboys.

I also really enjoyed my outfit, hobbled together and unplanned as it was. I was super comfortable all day, I got complements (particularly my mini tricorn), and I had way to much fun wearing false eyelashes and tons of dark eye makeup with it. My effigy stays were wonderfully comfy and I loved having a shorter petticoat in the mud and crowds. As much as I love historical accuracy and admire those that do it so well, I've discovered I love wearing Ren fantasy best - it's just fun! So I think for next year I'm going to take the same concept but make a more properly priratey outfit. Kind of a coquettish pirate. Thinking about it I already have the fabric in the stash and everything... I just need to keep my eye out for some pirate bling like bauhausfrau's. :P

We decided, based on how packed the faire was getting and past experiences getting out of the parking lot that we would leave well before closing. We have reached our limit of fattening foods and checkbook stretching by 5pm anyway. It was late when we got home but not overly so.

So yay to a lovely day! The rest of my pics from the day can be found here.

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fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: October 26th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC) (link)
How fun!
Oh my gosh, I LOVE your outfit! Sometimes the thrown together ones are the most fun! You look adorable!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 29th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! It was definitely fun to wear! So glad I didn't push myself to make something else!
my_stitching From: my_stitching Date: October 26th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC) (link)
You all look super cute!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 29th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks - it was a blast!
s0mmer From: s0mmer Date: October 26th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC) (link)
You look great! and I love your hat, too. Nothing better than dressing up, having a great time and being comfy :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 29th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC) (link)
Here, here! Thanks!
nehelenia78 From: nehelenia78 Date: October 27th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC) (link)
Great outfit, I love your stays!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 29th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm really pleased with them!
vanityfairy From: vanityfairy Date: October 27th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC) (link)
You look so adorable in that outfit!
And I totally agree about fanatsy outfits being fun - while I love to do some projects 100% accurate with proper materials and handstitching, it's just so liberating to have the freedom to do whatever for my Tolkien Society garb. =)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 29th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm definitely finding I need a balance of both in my costuming... I enjoy both aspects of costuming - it just depends on my mood these days!
sewaddicted From: sewaddicted Date: October 27th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC) (link)
Every one looks great .... love your new stays & what a great costume to wear in a boggy field!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 29th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Very good boggy field garb indeed!
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: October 27th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC) (link)
Yep, you looked amazing! And you look like you had so much fun too :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 29th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! We did. :>
lmcbeth From: lmcbeth Date: October 28th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC) (link)
I love wearing my Venetian to fest because it is so different from what most "nobility" wears, but I really love wearing fantasy stuff too, which I realized when I borrowed a pirate outfit for fest this own thrown together I have more proper Pirate garb on my to do list for next year too! Oh what fun we're going to have!

Anyway, you all looked great and I LOVE the eye make-up!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 29th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC) (link)
Yay for pirate garb! Thanks so much!
dancinseamstres From: dancinseamstres Date: October 29th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC) (link)
i need to get my act together and do this next year. the fantasy element takes the pressure off and makes it more fun.
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: October 30th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC) (link)
It looks like a very lovely day!

You look so cute. I just love the eyelashes!
spearfangus From: spearfangus Date: October 31st, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh how fun! It looks like you had a lovely time! I love the costumes! :D
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