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Lady Hannah
08 December 2010 @ 21:15

I am a fan of Jackie Evancho- I loved her singing on AGT (America's Got Talent), and I already like classical vocalists a great deal, so Jackie fit well within a genre of my eclectic music taste. 
A few days ago, I received an early Christmas present- a copy of Jackie Evancho's Christmas cd!  Although as Jackie's second cd it does not contain many songs and is more of a "debut" album than anything else, I really enjoy the music!  Her O Holy Night cd that released a few weeks ago was the top-selling debut album for the year 2010.  I like that the O Holy Night cd set came with a dvd of her performances for AGT, as well as her YouTube audition for the show.  You can find out more about the cd here: 
O Holy Night (CD/DVD).  Jackie's first cd-release was actually the following: Prelude to a Dream, but it was released a year prior to the jump-start of her musical career, and it is now very difficult to obtain a copy.
Lady Hannah
05 December 2010 @ 16:31

There was a longer delay than I anticipated, but here at last are some customized graphics that I made for the runner's up of the 2010 Belle's Wardrobe Fashion Event at Beauty from Inside
Feel free to feature them on your blog sidebar or in a blog post.  If you feature the graphics, please link back to the Belle Event
main post, if you can. =]




Lady Hannah
Make Your Own Chocolate Kit Review

I recently had the opportunity to test and review a fun kit by Verve, inc.  Below is some information about Verve's candy kits, and then my review.  At the end of this post, you will also find information about how to have a chance to win your own candy kit in this blog's giveaway!  

About Verve, inc’s candy kits -

Available in Make Your Own Chocolate, Make Your Own Chewing Gum, and Make Your Own Gummies, these activity kits are all-natural, educational, and eco-friendly. With pre-packaged ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, everyone aged 8 and up gets a real kick out of making candy from scratch. Focusing on the history behind and the origin of these candies, each kit is designed to captivate your interest, connect you to the global community, and create something yummy to eat in the process!


The kit I received was a make your own chocolate kit. Creating the candy was a delicious experience! Inside the kit’s box was a folded sheet. One side of the sheet was an explanation of what the make your own chocolate kit has to do with our world, including the history of chocolate-making. On the other side was simple instructions on how to create your own chocolate using the contents of the kit. One thing I liked about this kit is that it includes every necessary ingredient for making the chocolate, unlike some kits that require you to gather materials. There are some suggestions for optional additions to the recipes, but whether or not you want to use the suggestions is left totally up to you. As well as the chocolate-making ingredients, the kit also featured paper candy liners to spoon the liquid chocolate into before it hardened.

I was surprised at how easy it was to create the chocolate. I’m not a big fan of cooking, so I don’t like complicated recipes all that much, but this kit was no problem to use at all! It didn’t take long, and it tasted delicious! Your own chocolate might end up with variations in taste depending on how well you follow the instructions, and mine ended up being a bit fudge-like in flavor, which I (as well as my younger brother) liked a lot. In addition to getting to make your own chocolate, this kit included real cacao beans to taste, which was a neat experience. I definitely had fun with this kit! I would recommend it as an extra educational tool, or as a Christmas present for someone who likes to bake or has a “sweet tooth”.

Packaged with my review copy of the make your own chocolate kit was 6 packs of mini glee gums of assorted flavors for me to try. The gum is not normally included with a chocolate kit, but was an “extra” that I enjoyed. The gum was chiclet-styled, like I used to have when I was little. Additional information about Glee Gum is below. You can locate nearby stores featuring Verve, inc. products by following this link - http://www.gleegum.com/retail-stores-locator.htm

About Glee Gum -

Glee Gum is all-natural, gluten-free chewing gum with no artificial coloring, flavoring, sweeteners nor preservatives. Glee Gum is the only gum in North America made the old-fashioned way, with chicle! Chicle is a natural tree sap harvested sustainably from the rainforests of Central America. Once all chewing gum was made with chicle, but today most gum is made entirely from synthetic stuff. Not Glee Gum! Glee Gum uses chicle because it is an eco-friendly way to help conserve the rainforest. Chicle is also what gives the gum such great, long-lasting chewing texture! Glee Gum is a “green” gum right down to the packaging, which is made from biodegradable, recycled cardboard. So chew with Glee, naturally! 

Glee gum’s latest newsletter - http://www.gleegum.com/newsletters/7/
Glee gum’s Facebook page -
Glee gum’s twitter account -

Disclaimer -

All Natural Glee Gum & Make Your Own Candy Kits of Verve, inc gave me a Make Your Own Chocolate Kit to review, free of charge.

Now for a giveaway! 

Here is how to enter: This blog will be giving away one of the candy kits shown in the picture above, courtesy Verve, inc.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post before December 18th, 2010, including a means for me to contact you if you win (such as e-mail, your website address, etc.).  Only people with shipping addresses within the Continental United States of America qualify to enter in this particular giveaway.  If you win, you get to choose either a chewing gum kit, a gummies kit, or a chocolate making kit.  Good luck, and Merry Christmas!


Lady Hannah
29 November 2010 @ 17:27

This book was definitely not something I'd encountered before.  It included segments of the Bible, especially the Gospel message, in compact form.  Yet the book is more than just the Gospel message- as if it were a well-worn, well-read book passed on from person to person, it includes notes all throughout, written in different handwriting.  The notes reflect on thoughts and inspiration gleaned from the passages.  It is unique, and may appeal to high schoolers because of its approachable format.

What it's not: The Bible.  This book contains *segments* of the Bible, and includes notes inside it.  It's not the Bible- it's more like a devotional with some of the Bible inside it.

What it is: A fun devotional read on God's truth!

Disclosure: This book was provided to me free of charge by B&B Media.

Giveaway: It's Christmas time, so I thought, why not give something away? 
Want to receive my review copy of this book?  Just comment and I will enter you!  One winner will be chosen on December 12th, 2010.

Giveaway is extended until December 22nd!  Enter by or on that date to win!

Lady Hannah
22 November 2010 @ 11:51

Though I've had a bit of an absence from blogging due to being very tied-up, I thought I would post an itinerary of what I would like to go up on the blog over the course of a week or so (not in any particular order). =)  [yes, I did edit that to say 'a week or so' instead of a week.. I've recently taken on a lot, but I *will* be back to blogging more often soon!! haha]

1. Review of a Chocolate Making Kit and a giveaway for a chance to win your own kit! 
2. Review of Girl's Gone Wise book
3. Review of the Life Book and a chance to win my review copy
4. Graphics for the Belle's Wardrobe Event runners-up

... and more afterwards! :)

(I will "draw a line through" the posts I wish to make listed above as I complete and post them)
Lady Hannah
06 November 2010 @ 22:35

Lady Hannah's Review of Run to Overcome

Run to Overcome is an autobiography of runner Meb Keflezighi (kef-lez-ghee) published by Tyndale House Publishers.  Though I am not a big sports fan, nor do I have an especial interest in running, I became quickly engrossed in this story of determination, will-power and faith.  I doubt that many people could come away from the book uninspired.  As an added bonus, this book also includes runners tips and "overcomer's tips" to help assist you reach your goals, whether you are someone involved in the sport of running, or just someone who might wish to live authentically with an active faith like Meb Keflezighi.  I definitely recommend this book both to those who love sports and those whom have never had any interest in the subject.  There is so much more to this story than finish lines and stop-watches.  There is powerful, pulsating life that might just have the power to puncture apathy and deliver invigorating words to people on giving something your all.  In its pages are great comparisons between life and racing, as well as truth to glean on what really matters, and how to further its cause.

For more information, head on over to http://www.runtoovercome.org.  At the website there is a contest giving away one signed book of Run to Overcome per day from November 1st, 2010 through March 31, 2011.  Be sure to enter for your chance to win!  There will be monthly grand prize winners that will receive a signed copy of the book, other free Tundale titles, as well as Sony and PowerBar products.  You can also download a free first chapter of Run to Overcome.  Be sure to also find out about the ING New York City Marthon run taking place on November 7th, in which Meb is running. 

Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers provided a copy of the book Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi with Dick Patrick to me in return for my honest review.

Lady Hannah
31 October 2010 @ 16:20

It is time to announce the winner of the Mark of Love bracelet!  The winner is Elizabeth B.  I will be contacting her today and she will soon receive her prize!  Thank you for entering, everyone, and feel free to check back for new giveaways in the future! :) 
Lady Hannah
24 October 2010 @ 12:56

I am very happy to announce that October 30th, 2010 will be Talk Like Jane Austen Day!  I will most assuredly be participating, and in this post you will find a few resources to assist you in celebrating.
Check out the Talk like Jane Austen day page with resources to assist you in perfecting your 19th century British-English speech. 
If you are a member of facebook, be sure to share the event with others using the Talk Like Jane Austen Day facebook event page
For Pride and Prejudice desktop backgrounds, as well as art and articles inspired by Jane Austen's novels, click on the tag 'author: jane austen' in the list of tags on the right of my blog.  Click the tag 'icons' for Becoming Jane and Pride and Prejudice icon artwork that I have created in the past.  Enjoy! =)


Lady Hannah
15 October 2010 @ 20:51
Dress design for shabby apple dresses

by Hannah Kingsley

Spring collection dress contest sponsored by -

^ Above: Back of the dress.

^ Front of the dress

I may not be a real "fashion designer", but I love to fill my sketchbook with drawings of dream outfits I'd love to create and sketches that are history-inspired.  My taste in clothing is definitely vintage attire that fits flatteringly and that you can put on and feel instantly elegant.

This design is the "Antionette" dress, inspired by some of the dresses worn by Marie Antionette in the 1700s in France.  I gave it a modern update by creating sleeker lines, just the right amount of skirt volume, and detailing such as the 18th-century collar shaping that is square at the front and meets high at the back, but it has modern, almost Mrs. Jetson edging as opposed to lace.  The dress zips up the back. 

It features deep side-pockets and a sash at back, as well as a natural waist-line and 1700's-inspired sleeves.  The cut of the dress gives a little extra skirt length for still-cool Spring afternoons, and has a saavy tailor- fit.  This dress would look right at home alongside your cheery umbrella on a rainy afternoon!

See the original drawings below -

Fabric and Colors -

The Antionette dress could be made in a variety of different colour schemes.  However, bold combinations seem appropriate for a spring collection that brings to mind flowers bursting forth in bright splendor.

Above: a modern-day film rendition of Marie Antionette.  I like that the costumes in this film are magnificent and eye-drawing.  (Please note that I haven't actually seen the film, but appreciate it for its costume detailing, which I am familiar with)  However, some of the colour combos in this film almost seem a little too much for most people: sort of cupcakey. 

My own dress design that is similarily inspired by this infamous lady would not be have quite such unusual colours as those in the recently popular film, but hues that are still stunning yet suitable for today's woman and for many different occasions.

Beautiful periwinkle fabric.

Lovely cerise-coloured fabric.


Lady Hannah
13 October 2010 @ 23:06

Sierre Brooke is hosting a gorgeous apron giveaway!  The apron is pictured above- isn't it adorable?  It's just in time for baking season.

Here's how to enter: 

"Like" Sierra Brooke on facebook, share what your favourite Sierre Brooke dress is, suggest the page to one friend, and you will be entered to win a free apron in the giveaway!  Giveaway ends October 31st, 2010.

You can find your favourite Sierra Brooke dress from the store's lovely selection here - http://www.sierrabrooke.com 

Enter for an apron here -
Sierra Brooke facebook page



Lady Hannah
13 October 2010 @ 22:26

Congratulations to Cathy, the winner of the Immanuel's Veins promotional T-shirt!  Cathy (she was the giveaway entrant who originally posted as 'anonymous') has been contacted & will be receiving her shirt as soon as it ships out from the publishers.  Thanks for entering, Cathy!  Thank you, also, to BookSneeze and Ted Dekker's media group for making the giveaway possible. =)

There is still a chance for others to win fun prizes!  Be sure to check out the bracelet giveaway currently going on at my blog.  There will be more giveaways at this blog as well over the next few months, so keep an eye out for more fun freebies, which might promote a more festive feeling as we approach the holiday season.  While you're at it, if you have a spare minute I'd love if you would stop by at garmz and vote for the dress design I recently uploaded.  I'd much appreciate it!

Lady Hannah
13 October 2010 @ 20:22


Have you been “Marked?” 

Would you like to receive a copy of the bracelet shown above?  Read it's story below, and then feel free to enter this blog's giveaway!  Entry deadline is October 26th, 2010 (next Tuesday).

Click here to read more and enter the giveaway..Collapse )
Lady Hannah

Lady Hannah's Review of

Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker


 Ack!  I thought I couldn't release this review anytime after September 13th, but I just realized today that the review was requested to be posted *on* September 13th. For some reason this information disappeared off of my BookSneeze account until now.  =P  As a result, this review is a bit tardy, but at least it wasn't by my own intentions. ;) 

Review -

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book.  A novel set in Russia in 1772, it is a unique fantasy/thriller-type story with an interesting plot.  I liked that it was in 1st-person, because the author was very good at using this to the story's advantage.  It definitely makes a good read, and I would not pass it up.  Do note that it contains some material which would be considered "graphic" such as violence, etc., but probably no more than Christian-marketed novels such as Quo Vadis.  The story is powerful and I ended up reading it very quickly, despite its 367 pages and my busy schedule.  The ending will likely surprise you, but I won't reveal any details there, except that it is a very good one.

This book was outside the genres of what I usually read, but its themes and love story were thought-provoking.  The book contains strong metaphors and could be the opening for interesting spiritual discussions, but I would read it more as a good novel full of powerful messages than mistakenly as an allegory.  Throughout it are certain themes, one of the strongest of which is sacrificial love.  Sacrificial love is something that gives rather than takes, that forgives and that builds up rather than breaks down: this theme is one that becomes more and more clear as the book progresses, as the reader is shown black and white differences between love and lust.  Ted Dekker does a great job of pointing out truth and showing how we sometimes convince ourselves of untruths through a series of compromises and a lack of integrity.  This story is *not* like some preachy Christian novels that lack a good story and good writing, and it leaves things for the reader to discover on his or her own.  It is also not the type of book that you finish and put away without ever thinking of again.  Be sure to watch the book trailer included in this post to get an even better picture of this novel! 

~ Lady Hannah

Disclosure: BookSneeze provided me with a free, complimentary copy of Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker in return for my honest review.  I was also provided with one T-shirt to keep and one to give away in association with this book.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with FTC regulations. 

The Giveaway

Simply comment on this post to be entered to win a T-shirt with the graphic design shown below.  Be sure to include a way for me to get in contact with you if you win, as well as your requested T-shirt size in your comment.  One entry per person.  Giveaway ends on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010! 
Please note: This particular giveaway prize can only be shipped to North American shipping addresses.  A winner will be chosen using the old-fashioned method of writing names on slips of paper & selecting one at random.  Please note if I respond to a comment, my commenting will not affect anyone's chance of winning.  I can't win my own blog giveaway, lol! 

Watch the book trailer -


Lady Hannah
08 October 2010 @ 19:12

It's the time of year again for the release of a new, free issue of Costume Chronicles magazine at www.costumechronicles.com

"It was a brutal age in which Romans ruled much of the civilized world and Cleopatra caused a sensation. Discover the secrets of Alexandria within these pages, as our talented writers carry you from the pages of scripture to the distant civilizations of Greece and Persia. From Caesar to Xerxes, this issue is full of ancient fashions, historical figures, and gorgeous period dramas." 

- Costume Chronicles Editors

Within this issue, you will find articles titled -

 3 Great Loves of the Trojan War
The Cost of Freedom (300)
Ben Hur, a Life So Changed
The Myth, the Legend, & the Truth of Pontius Pilate
Courageous Faith (One Night With the King)
Cleopatra & Modern Culture
The Influence of the Greeks
The Elysium Fields of Gladiator
Just a Bit of Banter (Prince of Persia)
Marc Antony, the Conflicted Rock Star of Rome

You will find the article that I wrote for this issue, "The Influence of the Greeks", on pages 22-23.  You can find articles that I wrote in previous issues of the magazine as well (since March 2010) featured at Costume Chronicle's archive page.

Be sure to download a copy and enjoy!


Lady Hannah
08 October 2010 @ 18:50

Ladies - two popular modest online clothing stores are going out of business!  One of them is the well-known Christa Taylor fashion line.  The young, 20-something designer of this fashion line that was originally created to promote modest clothing for women is shifting her career focus to go into photography.  Some of her dresses were made in Italy and cost nearly 100-200 dollars before clearance prices, so be sure to have a look at the massive discounts featured at her site!  A side-note to those that loved reading Christa Taylor's blog on all things modesty, fashion, vintage and more: Christa shared that she will be continuing to blog, so no worries there. ;) 
Shade clothing, another store that is going out of business, is featuring great discounts as well.  This includes Tanks & Camis for as low as $1.99, plus some fun shirts and other attire.  Note that clothes in your size may go out of stock fast at either of these online stores, so be sure to have a look while you have the chance! =) 


Photo credits: christa-taylor.com

Lady Hannah
04 October 2010 @ 21:45


This post is an entry in the Padme online event hosted by Bridget Frances at Gonna Take a Ride Across the Moon.  You can click on the event graphic at the bottom of this post for more information on how to participate in the event.

Padme Amidala has to shift from many different roles.  Sometimes she appears as an unassuming handmaiden (a queen in disguise), other times as queen, later in life as senator, and other times in the clothing of her home world, foregoing all the titles she shifts at different times in her life.  She takes on the position of queen from her early teens, and thus many of her outfits are stiff, dignified, and assuming.  While the powerful statements some of these outfits make are what Padme is probably most remembered for, I like many of her less assuming, more natural outfits, such as the handmaiden clothes that she wears while on the planet Tatooine.  These outfits would work well as a real-world autumn transitional, as seen in the Padme inspiration above. 


The blue garment is central to the whole outfit.  The colour contrasts well with the dullness of the environment of Tatooine, which is a desert planet.  Below is a fuller view of the outfit, as well as a picture of a hairstylist putting together the braided hairdo that accompanies this look.  Instructions on how to put together the hairstyle can be found at the website Imaginary Styles under the Star Wars hair tutorial tab.  Or, rather than getting technical, you could try french braiding or another braid hairstyle to go with this type of look.

The sleeves of the loose blue garment are bell-shaped and tied with gray material, which helps keep the garment from looking too unstructured.  The grey garment worn over the blue shirt gives additional shape, as well as the contrasting belt.  All the garments are very loose, and protect from sun and sand.  They are reminiscent of Arabian tunic-style outfits.  However, because the cultures in Star Wars are a made-up mish-mash, the costume designers can also get away with fun patterns like in the desert cloak below.  It stays on the same colour theme as Padme's more rugged Tatooine outfit, and is more elegant and just functional.


To achieve a modern, autumn version of an outfit that is Padme-inspired but not too costume-y, try to focus on one main colour that will be the focus of your outfit, such as a blue tunic-style shirt or sweater (make it dark/muted).  Extra length on the arms is a plus.  You might want to add slight accents (such as what appears to be orange ornamentation in the middle of Padme's belt), but in this case you could try an orange bracelet or hairpiece.  Try not to add too many colours: the Padme look on Tatooine is under rather than overstated, and any especially vibrant colours may detract from the main colour that you chose.  Go with oversized accents and boots (
like the fringe-less mocassin-style pair shown on the left below).  This is just one example.  If you can find loose black boots like in Padme's outfit, they might go even better.

More ideas: fingerless gloves, an afghan-style scarf (such as the
one shown below), or a cowl-neck scarf (such as the one in the picture below).  Try to introduce heavy or oversized pieces into your outfit, but don't overdo it.  Make sure the outfit is functional, and doesn't make you look like some kind of sand-monster.  Instead, aim for being reasonably warm and appearing uniquely feminine in the cool weather.   Note that while Padme's clothing is very loose, it does not "swallow her up" entirely.  The garments are still distinct and create a kind of figure, and key aspects such as the wrists, the waist and the neck are either uncovered or are banded so that they stand out.


Try a chunky vest, oversized sweater, and tunic-style clothing to go with this outfit.  However, to keep it from being too costume-y, be sure to wear
jeans or a skirt for your lower portion, as opposed to layers of loose and tighter pants such as shown in Padme's outfit.  Be sure that the pants come to the middle of your shoe if the jean material is worn over the shoe.  You can also wear your jeans inside of your boots.  Note that this outfit can be very ethnic (Middle Eastern such as Arabian, Turkish, etc.), or very simple and more culture-neutral, depending on how you put it together.  It's all up to you! 

~ Lady Hannah ~

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Lady Hannah
29 September 2010 @ 21:05

This post is a big unusual for my blog, but it still deals with media, and positive media is something I like, so I think it fits inspite of itself. ;) 

For those of you who have not yet heard the devestating news: Sony is in the process of trying to put together a Spiderman reboot.  Meaning no much-anticipated 4rth movie- throwing the whole series out the window and starting again completely from scratch with a younger guy as Spiderman.

.. What?! 

Let me make this clear: the Spiderman movie series is one of my all-time favourites.  The storyline, the good acting, the personalities of the characters, the action, the emotion, the wonderful script, the setting.. basically everything. =P  Thus I was initially *stunned* when I found out that Sony was going to seemingly drop this series off of the face of the earth (in what I view as a very unfinished state) after three fantastic films, and more promised, and start it all over again with somebody else.  Some people are calling this one of the worst decisions in filmmaking history.  I'm not sure I would go that far, but it's definitely on my list of major modern film franchise mistakes.
All the fans say boooo. =P  (The majority of fans, according to a poll I read about at "Screen Rant" are actually against the reboot.  I wish Sony would take heed of that knowledge!)

Regardless of whether you like Spiderman, maybe, like me, you're just getting tired of people stopping your favourite series.  This spans over to TV as well.  Enough is enough.  Though I'm not a big TV watcher, too many of my favourite TV shows have been canceled, and it's starting to be annoying.  Let's not do this with movies as well.  The consumer has to have a little control too, right? ;) 

If you share my sentiments (and I really hope you do ;) ), here are some ways to make your voice heard.  We should maybe get this offended in politics and it might make a difference, haha.  Please make your voice heard even if you do not think that this effort will be succesful- anyone can at least make Sony pay more attention to fans in the future.

There are actually quite a few petitions going on, but I'll list them all, in the hopes that fans may be as loud as possible about their displeasure on this point. ;) 

Petition Against the Spiderman Reboot in 2012 facebook group

Give Spiderman Back to Sam Rami petition

Boycott Spiderman Reboot! petition

Don't Reboot Spiderman petition

Read some of the news about the reboot in an article (there are many more you can find easily through google searching).

/End rant. ;) 

Feel free to repost this information!

Lady Hannah
28 September 2010 @ 23:30
Since I like to link to fashion events hosted at other blogs, I decided that I will title these announcements "Fashion Event Forecasts".  Thus here is your first dispatch of the fashion forecast news!  ;)  I hope you have fun entering whatever events sound most appealing.  Some of the events have a very specific theme, some are for costume-lovers versus more modern-garb loving fashionistas, and some may feature prizes, while others may just be for the great experience.  This blog may participate in some of the events, but not in others (hey, I can't do everything- I'm only able to be superwoman sometimes, haha).  It seems there is something for everyone this fall season, and I'm sure there will be plenty of fun! 

Note: Do you have an event you'd like to submit for consideration to be featured in the next fashion event forecast on this blog?  Leave a comment and I'll see what I can do!

Mod Style Lounge will be having "
A Girl's Life Fashion Week".  It will be taking place October 1-8th, 2010.  You can click on the button below for more information.


 Do you have a calendar handy to mark a few months ahead? 
Feminine Fashion Week will be hosted at A Modest Fashion blog on January 1-7th, 2011.  That might seem a while away, but hey- it's only three months until Christmas! ;)


The Story of a Seamstress will be hosting a Historical Costume Inspiration Festival the week of October 3rd, 2010.  Click on the image below for more details! :)

Click here to visit site 

Bridget of Gonna Take a Ride Across the Moon (who was a Belle's Wardrobe Fashion Event winner at this blog!) will be having a
Padme fashion event from October 4-9th, 2010.  Padme is a character with a plethora of gorgeous costumes, and I plan on participating in the event!

Click here to visit site

Bramblewood Fashion will be hosting a Modest Fashion Week.  This will run from October 10th-16th, 2010.  Click the image below to find out more about this event. 

Click here to visit site

Autmun Modest Fashion Showcase will run at "Marie Loves" from October 3-9th, 2010.  You can click on the image below for more information.

Click here to visit site 

Phantom of the Opera week will be hosted at Of Trims and Frills and Furbelows, and will run from October 3-9th, 2010.

Click here to visit site

~ Lady Hannah ~ 

Lady Hannah
28 September 2010 @ 22:39
  Elizabeth Cleighorn Gaskell's Bicentenary Blog Tour through Austenprose is scheduled to begin on September 29th, 2010!

Ms. Gaskell's lovely story North and South as portrayed in the BBC film by the same name is one of my favourite movie classics of all time.  I recently bought a used copy of the book and began to read it a few days ago.  You can guess how excited I was to find out that Austenprose is going to be doing a Bicentenary Blog Tour on this wonderful writer!   You can read about her here, and then read the details about the blog tour here.


Lady Hannah
27 September 2010 @ 23:28
Here are some customized graphics that I made for the four winners of the 2010 Belle's Wardrobe Fashion Event at Beauty from Inside!  Can you tell blue is one of my favourite colours?  ;)  It's a good thing it's a Belle-related colour as well, haha.  Custom runners-up graphics should be posted in a new entry within the next couple of days.  =)
Feel free to feature them on your blog sidebar or in a blog post.  If you feature the graphics, I would love if you would link back to the Belle Event main post.  Thank you again to everyone who entered the event!



Lady Hannah
25 September 2010 @ 23:57
Tyndale House Publishers: LOL with God - devotional messages of hope & humor for women

A book review by Lady Hannah ~


Lady Hannah
24 September 2010 @ 23:58

It is time to announce the winners of the 2010
Belle's Wardrobe Fashion Event at Beauty from Inside!  You may want to check out the fun event prizes that were up for grabs here (pictures are included!).  Please note that I will be doing a post featuring Belle Event winner's graphics that winners can post on their blogs, as well as runners-up graphics.   

Category: Fashion

The winner is Bridget from Gonna Take a Ride Across the Moon for her lovely
entry on a Belle hair accessory!  Bridget will be receiving a pair of Roses are Red Earrings donated by KatySue.  Bridget's entry was creative, very Belle-ish, and featured fun pictures.  There were many lovely entries in this category, however, sadly I am only able to award one winner!  Thank you to everyone for their lovely contributions to this event.

Fashion runners-up -
Alexandra: Beauty and the Beast Broadway Ballgown
entry  - I loved reading the in-depth post on costume embellishment.  Very lovely!
Bess: Belle Inspired Fashion 
entry - The polyvore sets featured in Bess's entry did a good job of representing fun Beauty and the Beast fashion. 

Category: Articles

The winner is Bess for her
entry Romancing a Beast -or- Looking at the Heart.  Bess will be receiving a copy of the Wait for Me Journal - Thoughts for My Future Husband by Rebecca St. James.  Bess's entry was the most well-written in the event, and wonderful to read!  There were quite a few other fun entries, however, and I thank all who entered in this category!  

Articles runners-up - 
KatySue - Beauty and the Beast Trivia
entry.  How neat and unique an entry!
StoryGirl - StoryGirl wrote a fun Beauty and the Beast entry
hereHowever, unfortunately it is no longer showing up as of this evening (?).  EDIT: the article is now showing again, and StoryGirl has added pictures to her writing! =)

Category: Art

The winner is Shealynn for her Timeless Tale art
entry.  Bess will be receiving Disney's Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical cd (the original Broadway Cast Recording).  The art category was quite difficult to judge, because I liked some of the entries more or less equally.  I had to get a lot of extra input on judging this category! 

Art runners-up -
Genevieve - Beauty and the Beast treasury
entry.  I kept coming back to this entry again and again (click on the link she provides to view the entry closer up).  There is something about the photos that draw you in.
Jordyn - Those that viewed her charcoal
entry agreed that they liked to see the effort she put in this drawing.

Wild Card: 

Choosing the winner of the 'wild card' prize was super hard!!!  I went over all the entries again and again, got lots of input, and at last it was a tie that had to be solved via the old fashion draw-straws type method.  ;) 
The winner is... Genevieve!  Her Beauty and the Beast treasury entry (see close-up
) was an interesting idea, and like I said previously, it was something that I kept coming back to again and again, and it was also a favorite for some in the art category.  The pictures said so much about the story!  Considering one of the pictures that Genevieve featured in her treasury entry, it seems very befitting that she should receive a Beauty and the Beast pocket mirror with pouch by art & comic illustrator Natalia Pierandrei.

Winners -
I will be attempting to contact all the winners.  If you are a winner and read this before I contact you, you can make my job easier by giving me your e-mail in a comment.  ;)   Please specify if you would like the comment to be kept screened so that others are not able to view it.  I will need your mailing address via e-mail, or just your mailing address left in a screened comment.  

Runners-up -
Don't forget, you can get a runner-up graphic when I am finished making the winner & runner-up graphics! 

To all who entered -
Thank you so much for entering!!  This event wouldn't have been half as much fun without everyone's participation.  Thank you especially to KatySue for donating a prize and being the most involved entrant- your enthusiasm was very much appreciated, and this event would not have been as much fun without you!  Thank you also to Natalia Pierandrei for contributing free shipping on the mirror prize. 

Readers -
What was your favourite part of this event?  Would you like this blog to host another fashione event some time in the future?  How long would you like it to ideally last?  Do you have any other thoughts or comments about this event?  I'd love to hear them!  =)

Lady Hannah
24 September 2010 @ 23:56
Note: I altered the date of this entry to the year 2020, so that it will stay at the top of my page during the time leading up to and the duration of the Belle's Wardrobe event.  I will edit this post as I add information on the event. You will still be able to read new entries at the Beauty from Inside blog on topics other than the upcoming Belle event below this "sticky" post.
It took a bit of brainstorming, but I finally came up with the theme for Beauty from Inside's first fashion event!  I've been thinking about doing one for some time now.  The theme will be "Belle's Wardrobe" (as in Belle from Beauty and the Beast) and will have different categories to enter, the main category being "Fashion" (but please keep it modest and classy).  This event will run from September 1-15th, 2010.  I will be attempting to get sponsors to help with prize donations, etc. and am currently spreading the word about this upcoming event to other fashion blog writers.  l will continue to list more details about the event, which will be hosted here at Beauty from Inside.  You can read below at the links as I add more info.


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Lady Hannah
22 September 2010 @ 20:50

Hello, Readers!  This is just a note to let you know that despite a hiatus of a few days, I haven't forgotten about announcing prize-winners!  The prize winners will be announced within the next few days, as soon as I finish judging.  The entries are lovely!!  I'm so happy for all the participation in this event!  Sadly there will only be opportunity for four winners, but thank you to everyone who entered! =)

Also, in case anyone is wondering, the costume I was working on over the last few days of the Belle Event turned out wonderfully!  I didn't have time to finish the back enclosure of the skirt, but fortunately safety pins could suffice. ;) 

Edit - Evening Update! 

After much deliberation, as well as input from others, I have narrowed down the options for possible winners from 21 candidate entries to 10.  So far I have 3 favourite choices in Fashion, 4 favourite choices in Articles, and 3 favourite choices in Art.  Hopefully late tommorrow evening the 4 winners will be revealed at last!  I will be selecting 1 winner from each category (Art, Fashion & Articles) which makes for 3 initial winners, and 1 extra 'wild card' entry that can be from any category/ on any topic.  Are you excited? =) 

Lady Hannah
18 September 2010 @ 10:24
It is the last day of the Belle Event at Beauty from Inside, so be sure to get your last-minute entries in!!  Since I won't be able to check on the entries until I get back from the Renn faire tonight, go ahead and enter until no later than 6pm, pacific standard time.  However, while I've given a little leaway with the last hour you can enter, remember, this is the last day of the event!

Here is a drawing I made of Belle above, based off of
this picture.  Click on my drawing to see it closer up.

Now I've got to get back to finishing my costume.. the faire I am going to is in a few hours and I've got to sew a couple of buttons and button-holes in a last-minute panic before my costume is finished!  Hopefully I finish on time! ;)