Prior to attending our first big event of the year, I decided it was time to spruce up Lady Judith’s wardrobe with a new gown and to do a little stash busting at the same time. I had a bolt of lovely silky material in a deep purple colour that was just too nice to leave rolled up unused. And so I turned this bolt of cloth into a gown that is proving another staple of the Lady-Knight’s regular attire.
So here we are again, coming to the end of our 4th year of the blog and still here (it still surprises me when these posts come around). In the last year we clocked up our 200th post, continued to post our “healthy larping” updates and continued to chronicle the ups and downs of the Heroes of Ithron. I hope you’ll join me in picking over my favourite posts from the last 12 months!
Here we are again. With the days getting longer and the evenings getting lighter many of us are turning our thoughts towards fests and camping season. And I usually put up a blog post about preparing yourself and your gear for the season ahead.
As always my thoughts on preparing for summer LARP is to consider your layers and try to wear layers that can help keep you cool. Wear plenty of suncream (don’t forget to reapply as you sweat), drink plenty of water and don’t forget to eat something!
For more thoughts on preparing for summer larping – check out my summer kit post, looking after your summer health (overheating / sunburn etc), storing food at events or dealing with the inevitable inclement weather that can be the British climate.
But today’s post is going to be about caring for an important piece of kit that is often overlooked – your boots!
I’m going to warn you now that this is a kit post that is a little different to my usual ones, as it’s to do with how I style my hair as Lady Judith. If you’re looking for hair resources then I encourage you to peruse my previous post collecting some resources together, but today this is solely about the good Lady-Knight.
The best thing about having LARP characters, in my opinion, is having the opportunity to take the styles and fashions that you see in your favourite films and tv shows and bring them into your life. It’s a way to find excuses to wear outrageous gowns, or to flounce around in a draped cape that you can casually toss aside when someone challenges your honour or opinion, or a chance to wear big hats with feathers outside of a wedding season. It’s a chance to step outside your usual norm and wear something you wouldn’t dream of wearing out in ‘public’ – like lashings of heavy gothic makeup for a Vampire masquerade, a wimple and veil or even armour. LARP is, as ever, a chance to escape the realm of normal and to be someone else.
If you’re anything like me you’ll find part of your mind picking up on costume details when you’re sat in the cinema or in the comfort of your living room, obsessing over some detail or outfit that would be ‘perfect’ for your current or future character. But how does one take that image on the screen and recreate it in real life on an often limited budget?