Yay! Versatile Blogger Award!

Comtesse Olympe De La Tour d’Auvergne, whom due to that length of name hurting my head we shall refer to henceforth as The Comtesse, has awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award, yay!  I am glad it is not causing annoyance with you, my dear readers, that my “18th c. costume blog” seems to wander off in random, other-century directions!  I think I’ve achieved this versatility, then, by lack of focus, haha!

Now for 7  things about myself, and 5 outstanding blogs I wish to pass this award onto…

7 things about me:

1) In a battle between dark chocolate and milk chocolate, dark chocolate will always have my support.  Milk chocolate makes my throat itch.
2) Along those lines, I just discovered I’m allergic to sunscreen, or very common ingredients in sunscreen.  Good thing this costuming/historically-obsessed habit of mine supports and encourages pasty white skin.
3) Speaking of pasty white skin, my boyfriend is English, and he’s lovely, and I love him.
4)  I work for The Trail of Painted Ponies.  I paint the ponies.
5) Hate the colour purple; love the color fuschia.  My favourite shoes are fuschia.
6) I love high desert thunderstorms in late Summer.  Secretly I get very excited about the fires.  No, I’m not a pyromaniac, but I do like candles……….
7) I’m a speed demon.  I always break the law.  I always go as fast as I can; I only think I’m being safe.  I pretend I’m driving on the Autobahn, and I push the pedal ALL the way down.  (haha, sorry, Dreamstress, I just HAD to!)

5 blogs to pass this award onto:

1) Two Nerdy History Girls – random and completely entertaining information for history addicts like us.
2) The Lady of Portland House – you know what I love about Other Lauren’s blog?  She not only makes outstanding 18th c. costumes, she shows us the finished products in action, and gives us the context of her life in which to admire them.
3) Isis’ Wardrobe – my fellow 17th c. costumier internationale.  Anyone venturing into that dark and confusing century of fashion deserves a “Versatile Blogger” award.
4) The Couture Courtesan – beautiful costumes, beautiful girl, she even has a beautiful beau, I think I hate her. (which means “love her” in internet-land)
5) Adventures of a Costumer – such pretty costumes, and lovely photos of finished pieces.

So there you have it!  Thank you again to The Comtesse!  Cheers!


  • The Dreamstress

    June 26, 2010 at 1:52 AM

    Tee hee! I'm loving the joke at me!

    And I also share #2 with you. I should send you the list of the 3 types of sunscreen I have found that I can wear without developing a really impressive (and long lasting) rash on my neck, chest, arms and legs.

  • Lauren Stowell

    June 26, 2010 at 3:17 AM

    Dreamstress, yes, please send me the types of sunscreen. I've got a sensitivity to anything ending in -cylate, so a lot of face creams and face washes are no good for me either. I guess it's "rare contact dermititis," and I get a pretty impressive orange-peel like rash. At least it's not very visible and doesn't itch, but it's alarming nonetheless. I can wear makeup with spf in it, though, so at least my face is slightly protected!

  • Finegan Antiques

    June 26, 2010 at 5:13 AM

    Congrats on the award. Well deserved. Personally I love ramblings and I adore thunderstorms complete with lightning. Cool and powerful.

    PS I have to disagree about the chocolate. My vote is for milk chocolate

  • Hana - Marmota

    July 23, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    You certainly are one versatile blogger!

    I'm with you on the chocolate. Milk chocolate does make my throat itch, too. It think it's because it's always more sweet than it can afford to be. Dark chocolate it is, all the time! In fact, I'm just eating dark chocolate with mint flavour, very good! Although my favourite so far was with lemon grass, if I remember correctly.

  • Hana - Marmota

    July 23, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Um… in the Lidl supermarkets (in Europe, I don't know if they are in the US, probably not). One of the best things you can get in that otherwise rather cheap and sorry chainstore, if you ever get the chance. The brand is "J.D. Gross" and it's now my favourite, all of their (dark) chocolates – and it starts with the package, they always indicate the cocoa content very clearly. The lemongrass variety wasn't that dark, but the combination was fantastic.
    I found this review which confirms my affection for the brand:


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