Hello again, readers.
Last week’s Dreadful Note of Preparation from Damien, reminded me that while my Project Gorgeous Garment may be nearing completion, my supply of knick-knacks and trinkets was a little sparse? And even though dressing-up and getting into the spirit of the Abbey Medieval Festival is completely our own experience choice, I began to wonder where on earth I could get the right kind of bling? So, this week, I want to write about attention to the final details of your medieval costume.
I know I’m not the only person that tends to leave things like this to the last moment, and one of my pet hates is not being a hundred percent happy with my choice and having to settle with something I don’t really like because of time. And for me definitely one of those ninety-ninth hour things is accessories. A lot of our customers have also been asking where to find something affordable to complete their medieval costumes.
Fear not readers! Medieval accessories – obviously not authentic – are easier to find than you think. And while I know I would love to have a falcon on my arm as a fashion statement, it’s really not that do-able for most. So, last weekend, I went on a different type of hunt. I visited Morayfield Shopping Centre in Caboolture, North Brisbane, with my three children (who were on a good behaviour bribe!) to see what was out there in the way of Medieval style jewellery. The kids pretended to be Birds of Prey, hunting for shiny, old, things, which took their fancy!
Historians, with the utmost of respect – I anticipate your alarm – but we found some great imitation bling in ……DIVA!
And like it or loathe it, I came home happy! Part of what I want to do in the overall Medieval Festival is to bring a medieval entertainment experience to the masses. So I left my authenticity eye at home and just wanted to see what the universe would put forward. Lo and behold! I found brooches, necklaces, rings, ear-rings, tiaras and bling galore.
Obviously, very modern, but let’s not underestimate the importance of having a fun experience! And let’s face it, if we had a pre-requisite to wear only authentic accessories, the Abbey Medieval Banquet and Carnivale would be a quiet party! If DIVA’s accessories enable your medieval transformation, then they get my vote! It’s all in the spirit of preparation for the Medieval Banquet, Abbey Tournament or Carnival!
Go forth and shop!
Till next time, Caroline