For some reason we seem to have mostly skipped spring here in Western Pennsylvania, going straight to summer with muggy and humid weather and temperatures of 80 degrees F and higher on many days.
The sweltering heat, however, did not deter any neo-Victorian activity this Memorial Day weekend on the part of my friends. My dear Nim Derringer organized a lovely afternoon tea party, where we would participate in the sports of tea dueling, gossip, and general nerdiness.
For this event I had some difficulty choosing an outfit, as I wanted to look somewhat Victorian and still remain cool in the extreme heat. So I went with my brown hand-made skirt, a Black Hearts Clothing corset, and a lilac blouse from Forever Twenty-One with brown heels. No stockings, no petticoats, and hair pulled up:
Although my rather minimalistic makeup started melting even before I left my apartment:
Dear Nim arranged her house beautifully for the party- with plenty of fans, hot and iced tea options, and a wonderful spread of munchies for us to enjoy:
The blogmistress with the Stitch 'n Bitch ladies Lydia Lamplighter and Narla Thotep:
For the tea dueling competition I served as the umpire, or "Tiffin Master." Here is a shot Nim took of a duel between Norman and Narla:
Nim with Lydia's pink wig:
Lovely parasols and wigs to match these lovely ladies!
Norman and Stephanie (the winner of the tea duels) wielding their weapons:
It was the perfect gathering and we all had so much fun. Thank you Nim for hosting such a lovely event!