|Photograph from Marie Antoinette. Directed by Sofia Coppola. Performed by Kristen Dunst. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2007. Film.|
I am going to assume that you are all getting dressed up to the nines, in your most fabulous 18th century garb for October 31st, if only to hit up your favorite pub or go to a fancy ball your best friend is throwing at their mansion. Who knows!
In any case I want to give you some friendly advice and reminders to keep in mind while you begin your toilette and prepare for festive Halloween parties!
I have gone over this before, but you must do your make-up just right. Allow yourself a good 2 hours of safety time, to prime, paint and powder. Consider your attire. What colors will you be wearing? Don’t choose the wrong shade of rouge because it could clash and look atrocious!
Dress your age ladies! ;o)
Shoes are important. Decorate them with your favorite details...or add a shoe rose!
|18th century pearls were used to enhance hair styles.|
|Betsey Johnson drop earrings.|
Go for a drop earring, possibly featuring your favorite set of diamonds!
|Film Still from Marie Antoinette. Performed by Norma Shearer. Directed by W. S. Dyke. United States: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1938. Film.|
Or try and find a nice 18th century cosmetic recipe to make your own!
How are you feeling tonight? Make sure you place your silk beauty spot in the appropriate area.
Do not wear a gold dress but do wear gold as a detail or spangles.
Do carry a muff, it is quite chilly these days.
|Film still from The Duchess. Directed by Saul Dibb. Performed by Keira Knightley. UK: Pathé Distribution Ltd., 2008. Film.|
Do bring along a walking stick (like these guys!), for walking, elegance, and to tap people on the leg you want attention from.
If you bring your fan along (recommended) you will have a very easy time gossiping, a prop to shoo unwanted company away, and you can use the language of the fan to talk with your partners in crime.
Finally, head out for the party!! Travel with your closest 18th century friends and when you arrive at your destination, make a great entrance!
Here is the art of working a room by James St. James:
|James St James|
Work the room and say hi to everyone even if you don't know them, especially if you don't know them!
Circle the room clockwise once and then split up circling the room again anticlockwise, asking everyone if they have seen your friend and that you lost them. "Oh where has my friend gone?!? Have you seen my friend?? Where could they be!!"
When you bump into each other again scream with uncontrolled excitement. "OH! We found each other!" Then circle the room one last time to let everyone know you found each other. The whole thing should take an hour and then you can head off to the next party! Seth Green portrays James St. James and explains the art of working a room, 2003
You will be the smashing hit of the party. Feel free to dance with dukes.
I hope this advice was fun and helpful!
Let me know if you are going to be done up 18th-Century-fabulous. And remember have fun!