Monday, 27 July 2009

Commemorating Comic-Con

It's now been four years since the last time I went to Comic-Con in San Diego. The last time I was there, with my now-ex, artist and writer Jamie McKelvie, we woke up one morning the week before, to the 07/07/05 London bombings all over the news and a deluge of emails from worried friends who didn't know we'd gone away. But exceptional events aside, I always enjoyed my visits, even when stuck minding Jamie's table at the Image booth, I never had a dull moment. There was always so much to see: from people dressed in amazing, rubbish, or downright ridiculous costumes; people fatter than anyone I'd ever seen before; people with worrying skin complaints and body odour, that you knew never emerged but once a year to attend Con; famous people and more. But it seems unlikely that I will ever go back now; though Jamie and are are still great friends, the fact remains that flying to California in mid-July is about the most expensive possible time ever, and having no direct connection to the comics (or film) world means that I just have no reason to spend such crazy money on the trip. I'd probably rather spend a cheap week relaxing somewhere warm, that doesn't smell of nerd-sweat, if I'm really honest.

But my two years there were a lot of fun, and I have some great memories. I was a 'staff member' of Oni Press one year, and Image Comics the next. I met my hero Bruce Campbell one year, and got my books signed by him. I met Dita! I met Steampunks, robots and superheroes. I even met a grown man dressed as Pikachu. And I bought my very first ever, ever vintage dress on a visit to one of SD's vintage clothing stores. So, in honour of not being at SDCC this weekend, I thought I would wear it!


Taken by my obliging chap!

The frock itself is a late 40s, home-sewn cotton sundress, with a side zip and its original belt, which ties in a bow at the back. The skirt has little triangular inserts at the bottom to make it kick out slightly. The print features large pink, purple and yellow flowers, green leaves, and now sadly faded gold accents on a light cream background. Here's a closeup of the fabric:


The cream in the main picture is more accurate,
someone (me) didn't adjust the white balance correctly!


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I paired it with these beige, 40s-inspired, cork-soled platforms,
from the Jones Bootmakers sale, where they are still available for £29.
Don't mind my blotchy, 'orrible legs!



My earrings are shell screwback ones, which again,
by happy coincidence, seem to match my outfit perfectly
!

My hair was similar to that of my last outfit post, but instead of my two usual victory rolls, I decided to do three! I didn't get a very clear shot (the chap got bored quickly) so you'll have to use your imaginations!


The nail varnish doesn't match very well - it did on Friday though!
It's OPI 'Give Me A Coral Sometime'.


I have a bit of farmer tan action going on, I see!
Lipstick is MAC Ruby Woo.


And finally, for a bit of fun, here I am with my new car!


I am just pulling your collective legs of course, as if I could ever afford an Aston Martin! This is my chap's V8 Vantage, which has a custom, lipstick-red leather interior. Very snazzy indeed.

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday. I have a few special posts lined up for this week, so do keep checking back, won't you?

Bye for now!

Fleur xx

PS. You may all be interested to know that I have now bought, through Blogger, the custom domain http://www.diaryofavintagegirl.com, to which this blog will be automatically converted over the next few days. As it's not actually going anywhere, there's no pressing need for any of my followers or subscribers to change to this new URL in your readers or blog rolls, or indeed do anything at all, but do feel free to update them if you so wish. For a while, I was tossing around the idea of moving it to my main site as a subdomain, and switching to Wordpress, but ultimately, Google looks after its own, and this way my blog is more likely to be found by search engines. Here's to new beginnings!

Edit: It appears all those things change automatically too! Hurrah. Carry on...!

28 comments:

  1. Well, you look lovely and my imagination says your hair is fab. What a great first vintage dress, too. I got my first one in San Francisco!! Well, the first one I still have.
    My friend and I were just watching videos of the True Blood panel at Comic Con, today, and wishing we were there, nerd sweat or not! Haha.
    And you met Bruce Campbell?? I'm rather jealous. He's not my hero, or anything, but he played my second favourite character in Xena which is a much less cooler reason of liking him than really any other but I am a fan of the Evil Dead films, too! And just generally admire his chin.
    -Andi x

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  2. What a fun post! I have never been to ComicCon, but I did take my boys to a Star Wars convention two years ago, and I imagine they are pretty similar. I too was dazzled and amused by all the costumes. But I especially liked your story of the first vintage dress, which looks lovely on you as always.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

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  3. Did you hear about The Hygiene Ninja? It was someone dressed up as a ninja who would pounce upon wiffy people and spray them with something fragrant. Some people thought it was a humorous way of raising hygiene levels in keeping with it being a convention (I'm not entirely sure that it was Comic Con - could've been somewhere else), and other people thought it was infringing human rights and embarassing people for being smelly (as if they weren't already embarassing themselves by being a Stinky Steve!). The next time all the hairs in my nostrils shrivel because someone hasn't had a bath for a month (usually the person who decides to sit in front of me on the bus), I shall wonder where the Hygiene Ninja is.

    Nice outfit, by the way!

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  4. You look lovely, as always! If only I could get my hair as perfect as yours!

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  5. PS: Wordpress is a bugger to customise!

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  6. You look absolutly adorable ! Beautiful dress and matching little earrings.

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  7. Its so funny ot think how far you have come and changed since meeting Dita, you looked good then but so much more finely tuned now, I think you'd give her a run for her money now ;)

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  8. I love this dress, the print is just lovely!

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  9. Perfect Moons and a lovely outfit!!
    One of my faves of yours x

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  10. I lived in San Diego, mere minutes from Downtown and never went to Comic-Con for precisely this reason:
    "nerd-sweat." LOL!

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  11. I just love your blog, I found it a while ago (through Casey's blog when she did the interview with you), but now finally commenting.

    You have the greatest vintage pieces and such a gorgeous blog.
    Your dress is just beautiful and those are such sweet little earrings, love them!

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  12. HoneysuckleRose27 July 2009 at 17:33

    Beautiful outfit and hair as always Fleur! I really have to start trying to get my hair right, I just seem to end up looking like a poodle at the moment!

    I can't believe you've met Bruce Campbell though! I am SO jealous! Have you seen My Name is Bruce? If you're a fan of the Campbell you'll love it! :)

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  13. Your dress is beautiful! What an exquisite print. Pink rose prints are always so elegant and feminine. I love seeing people's very first vintage items!

    And your hair is spot-on. I so wish I could do victory rolls, but until I gather the courage to part with my silly bum-length hair, I will have to forgo that lovely style. (my victory rolls end up looking more like victory cinnamon buns) It's fun to see others do it so well, though!

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  14. The photos your chap took are fantastic! You look gorgeous... I love the "kick" the skirt has because of the inserts at the bottom.
    :: www.therenegadebean.com ::

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  15. Such a lovely post! And I am intrigued at this link between being a fan of science ficion/comics/Zachary Quinto, etc., and being a fashion bloggerette. I swear there are a few of us...

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  16. Oh wow, your 1st vintage dress ever - how special! And what a lovely one it is, I must say.
    Your current chap has great tastes in cars. Congrats to both of you: to him for picking that car and being able to afford it and to you for landing him as a bf.
    As for your description of the atmosphere and people at Comic-Con (never heard of that event before btw) - just priceless.

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  17. Hello ! Saw that you asked about tips for strenghtening your nails. Mine were like paper just a few weeks ago till I went to my local health food store and bought silicea tablets. Now I could cut glas with them and NO I´m not kidding. All the best !

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  18. You look gorgeous! Aw, your first vintage dress. And it's such a beauty. I don't actually remember which my first vintage dress was, which makes me a little sad.

    Looking forward to seeing you! :)

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  19. Great dress, original belts are always a big plus :)

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  20. This is my first time commenting on your lovely blog ...fell in love with it the moment I laid eyes on it towards the beginning of this year.

    Not to take away from your well deserved praise, but the bit about the sort of crowd at Comic-Con ...it didn't paint you in a very good light. I understand what you were trying to illustrate, but it came off slightly catty. Not a Comic-Con goer myself so not steaming from a personal hit, just giving some constructive criticism.

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  21. If you've never been to Comic Con how on earth can you say that Fleur's view isn't valid? Or indeed everyone else who agrees with her on the comments?

    You know, constructive criticism sounds so much more convincing when it doesn't come from someone anonymous.

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  22. Fleur's comments about Comic Con are just that - HER comments. HER experience. HER point of view. HER blog. It didn't come across as catty at all.

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  23. Anyway, apparently this years Comic Con wasn't just full of skin-peeling, stinky nerds - Swedish God Alexander Skarsgard and Twilight's Rob Pattinson were there too.

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  24. Ok Anon, as I said I welcome contructive criticism, it would be churlish of me not to respond, however the comment box allows even non blogger members to leave their name, and, as Helen points out, it's much more effective when it's not from someone anonymous!

    Firstly, if you have been reading for 6 months you'll know I am not a catty person. And secondly, if you have never benn to Comic Con then you have NO idea what it is like. Small regional cons are bad enough, but the SD one is where the uber nerds come out. You've seen the Simpsons, right? Comic Book Guy is based on the types of people you really see at these events. I saw a man who must have weighted 40 stone come in through the double doors, he would not have fitted through the singles. I was there when the air con broke and the entire centre began to quicly acquire an unbelievable miasma of BO. And I saw a man pick the peeling skin off his forehead and eat it, while standing in a long line to meet Rosario Dawson.

    There are plenty of normal, clean and attractive people who attend cons but just because you have never seen these uber nerds does not mean they don't exist, and me describing what I saw with my own eyes doesn't make me catty! I wasn't exaggerating for effect, you know.

    So please people, do keep giving me contructive criticism but do leave your name, and do expect me to defend myself ;)

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  25. Mmmm that dress you're wearing is gorgeous..

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  26. Oh my goodness, your chap has a Vantage? So unbelievably jealous, he'd better let you drive it sometimes! As for the first vintage dress, that's gorgeous :) My first vintage dress was bought when I was 17, it's a red lace, just below knee length, late 1950s cocktail dress. I had it as an early present for my 18th, I'm 23 next birthday and I still swear by that dress for every formal event I go to! It's great having that one dress you can call upon to do anything!

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  27. That dress is utterly heavenly--I adore the print! :) You always have the most put together looks!

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  28. Lovely dress and altogether look :0)

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