What NOT to Wear: The Time Traveler’s Wife

So, you want to be a reenactor? Want to come participate in the SCA or other historical re-creation organization? Great. Let’s talk about what you should wear while attending. Now, this post could be a diatribe along the lines of: “Let me be clear that it is only OK mix combat boots and fairy wings with a Victorian era ensemble at … More What NOT to Wear: The Time Traveler’s Wife

Scented Hair Powder from the 12th Century Trotula Texts

De Ornatu Mulierum (also called the Trotula Minor or Women’s Cosmetics)” is a 12th Century treatise that advises women on how to retain and improve their beauty via its advice and recipes for hygiene, natural beauty products, and remedies. The treatise has instructions for care of female hair, skin, face, teeth, and reproductive organs.  The remedies call for local ingredients … More Scented Hair Powder from the 12th Century Trotula Texts

Italian Headwear

My target year for living history persona is 1499. I am completely enamored with all of the northern Italian city-states of that period. Sometimes, I dress for a little bit later (1550 Venetian) and sometimes, I dress for an earlier time period (1412 Florentine). In italy the fashion changed with every decade. This entry will … More Italian Headwear