Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Oscars Part Deux

Blue and black gown=Not good

Blue and black gown=Good

This is a whole lotta look. Not in a good way.

This wasn't at the Oscars. I just like it. Maybe I would wear it if I went to the Oscars, but then I would be the "whole lotta look" girl...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Oscar Fashions

Okay, I am taking a break from the 18th century to take a look at last night's Oscar gowns!

Gowns I Totally Did Not Like:

Gowns I Loved:

One I am on the fence about (love the color and silhouette, not sure about the sleeve. But she is so gorgeous and sweet, I think I hate her...)

Honorable Mention to Tilda Swinton, for bringing the crazy! Someone has to do it

Which were your favorites???

Sunday, February 22, 2009

National Margarita Day

Today is National Margarita Day! What a fabulous idea. :) In my family, on very special occasions (like Memorial Day, Christmas Eve, Fourth of July, or, er, National Margarita Day) my dad makes his Famous Margaritas. They are the most delicious margaritas I've ever tasted (including a pretty wide sampling of restaurants in New Mexico!), though the recipe is ridiculously simple:

Bob's Famous Margaritas
Equal parts fresh lime juice (of half lemon,
half lime) and tequila, 1/2 part triple sec, well mixed.
Salt the rim of your glass, add a lime wedge, and
serve on the rocks.

See? Simple! The trick is the use of fresh juice, NOT margarita mixer.

Happy National Margarita Day, everyone! Maybe next week I will post my mom's Indian taco recipe, which goes so well with the drink...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

18th Century Shoes

Marie Antoinette movie shoes!
Martha Washington's wedding shoes

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

18th Century Style

I've been doing lots of research lately on 18th century fashion, which of course involves lots of online searching and looking at pics of paintings and extant clothing (it's hard, but I'm willing to suffer for my work, LOL!) One great feature is the search engine on the Metropolitan Museum website (just type in the years you're looking for, i.e. 1700-1800 or whatever, and click on Costume Institute. It's also a great way to find portraits of the era). I think this is my very favorite era of fashion.

Here are a few of the stunningly beautiful things I've found there:

I'll be posting more images here in the next week or so, so stay tuned!

Saturday, February 14, 2009


Over at Risky Regencies, talking about Valentine's Day and the language of flowers! Hope you're having a great day, with lots of chocolate...

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Perfume and Couture Things

(Over at Risky Regencies today, talking about Ann Radcliffe and Gothic novels!)

What I'm also doing today: ordering samples from The Perfumed Court! I think I'll try Jeanne Lanvin, Persephone ("violets in the forest"), Iris Ganache, Grand Amor, and Shanti Shanti (saffron rose). Any suggestions??

And I'm looking at pics from the couture shows. Gorgeous stuff!

Friday, February 06, 2009

What I'm Reading Today

For research on my work-in-progress (it's all-Ireland-all-the-time here lately--luckily it's almost St. Patrick's Day!)

Because I find Potter fascinating. Wish I could live on a farm and raise sheep, too...

For fun! I love cozy mysteries and I love yoga, what could be better?

What are you reading today???

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Okay, I know it has been a long (long, long) time since any updates were made here! I'm going to start making some (sporadically, anyway) in order to keep up with books out, vacations taken, fun things like that.

For now: High Seas Stowaway is still available, as is its companion ebook Shipwrecked and Seduced

The anthology Diamond of Welbourne Manor (with my story Charlotte and the Wicked Lord, along with tales by Diane Gaston and Deb Marlowe) will be out in May '09, look for lots of fun blog touring and giveaways!

And my first Grand Central Publishing title, book one in the "Daughters of Ireland" trilogy (set in Ireland and England around the time of the 1798 uprising) will be out in February 2010, just in time for the big V-Day! My author name on these books will be--Laurel McKee. It's fun having 2 of me...

Thanks to the urging of Keira (and my own quest to find ways to waste time online) I'm now on Twitter! Follow me at Amanda7551

And, as always, I'm at Risky Regencies every Saturday