21 Book Week costume ideas from Australian authors
Book Week 2021 is shaping up to be similar to Book Week 2020 for many – which is to say that parades and author talks are being held online.
But that’s not to say that dressing up as your favourite character is out of vogue.
Not at all.
Nothing breaks up the monotony of lockdown life quite like donning a cloak, putting a blue stripe in your hair or making yourself an alpaca mask.
And there are still parades to attend, face to face in many states and schools and online in others. In fact, we’ll be holding one online in the Your Kid’s Next Read community next Friday with prizes to win. Join us now for details and to take part!
Plus, ideas for simple Book Week costumes never go out of style.
With that in mind, I asked the Australian children’s literature community to share posts (blog or social media) that show us how to recreate their characters for Book Week. And I got some brilliant new responses.
Australian authors share Book Week costume ideas for their books
I’ve listed the author’s name and then the book inspiration. Click the book name for details of the characters and how to create them at home.
Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire, The Power Of Positive Pranking
Wednesday Weeks and The Tower Of Shadows, STEM stories: Fiona Woods, Beneath The Trees, To The Lighthouse, Off The Track
Macca The Alpaca (printables)
Dead Bunnies, Brobot, In The Lion, Toffle Towers
The Last Viking
Elsewhere Girls, Eliza Boom
Being You Is Enough
A. L. Tait
The Mapmaker Chronicles
The Ateban Cipher
Elsewhere Girls, The Edge Of Thirteen, Sick Bay
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My new novel, The Wolf’s Howl (Maven & Reeve #2) is out now!
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Easy Book Week Costumes for Teachers
Book Week is almost upon us, and whether you enjoy dressing up or not, it is an excellent opportunity to connect with your inner ‘kid’, be a little silly and have some fun with your students. After all, Book Week is all about celebrating reading, which is one of our shared goals as teachers!
To help you get into the fun, without all the thinking and worrying about costumes, we have put together a list of some awesome (but easy) book week costume ideas for teachers. We have tried to make it as straightforward as possible and included links to videos, websites or stores where you can purchase or locate specific items (Note: none of these items are sponsored or endorsed in any way).
Individual Costume Ideas:
This is such a gorgeous costume idea and doesn’t need to be super complicated when putting it together (find a simple video of how to make it here).
We love how @yearthreeshenanigans even matched her makeup to take her costume to the next level!
What child doesn’t love Aaron Blabey’s ‘Pig the Pug’ series? This costume is fun but so easy! The mask pictured is actually from Kmart, however, if you can no longer find it there are also other printable options like this one on Etsy. @learnlovegrow we think your Pig costume is awesome!
This is another great Aaron Blabey book that is ideal for book week (can you tell we are massive fans). Pair a tutu (you can find them in most bargain stores or online at the Base Warehouse) with something pink and add a unicorn horn on your head. You can create a horn with a headband and card or use a silver party hat!
This picture book also lends itself to a team dress up idea if everyone takes on a piece of food the caterpillar eats on his journey. Here are 2 easy ways to recreate the caterpillar:
Purchase an oversized green t-shirt and paint stripes on it using a lighter green paint. The hat can be made from a kids red beanie and all the features are simply cardboard stuck on with super glue (this is a pic of Ashleigh a few moons ago!)
Here is an even easier option, using just card. Simply use a dinner plate to trace your green circles and put them together. In this picture, the head is made of a red plastic picnic plate, but it could easily be created with red card as well!
Grab yourself a roll of brown wrapping paper, cut off a piece almost double your size, snip a hole in the middle for your head and voila! All you need to do from here is accessorise with a crown and you are done. This could definitely be a night before throw together!
We love how this clever teacher (an old grade partner of ours!) has teamed red and white stripes with a red tutu to create her Olivia costume. She has even gone all out and sprayed her hair red! You could totally use this outfit one year and recycle it for a ‘Where’s Wally’ look the next!
Perfect if you teach older grades and so simple (you could organise it the night before!) All you need for Wimpy Kid success is to dress in black and white (add a backpack if you are keen) and print off a wimpy kid mask. Find a copy of a free printable here.
Again, this idea could easily be adapted for a team costume idea with others dressing up as Willy Wonka, Oomph Loompas and/or Augustus Gloop!
@little_learners_big_ideas has recycled a cardboard box to create her golden ticket. You could even add some glitter if you don’t mind cleaning up glitter for weeks, possibly months after the event!
Another idea that can be organised at the last minute. Wear white, grab yourself some Maraccas from the music room and find everything else you need on Matt Cosgrove’s site for free!
A great book that your students will surely recognise. Dress in blue and create this mask using a paper plate, some blue paint and coloured paper! If your team wanted to work together, you could attend book week as a flock of pigeons.
This has got to be the easiest costume and one that will give everyone (kids and adults alike) a chuckle. Our fart is simply a cloud drawn on brown wrapping paper with the face drawn on with sharpie!
Team Costume Ideas:
We love this book and equally love how clever @missgirlingsclassroom and her team were in creating costumes for it! They combined a large t-shirt with some pillow stuffing and spray paint. Could be easily done in an evening (although we don’t suggest the evening before… allow yourself a day for the paint to dry!)
This book has become a crowd favourite and therefore is a fabulous book to dress up as. You could go as a single crayon or mix up the colours to work as a team. All you need to make this costume work is a coloured t-shirt, party hat and a sign saying “I quit!” (or something similar).
The possibilities for this one are endless. You could match your characters to your personality or have a bit of fun with it! We even saw an image online of a ‘Little Miss Bump’ and the teacher was pregnant (that gave us a little giggle!)
How cute does @teachingwithmissle look dressed as Little Miss!
And here is a team of teachers dressed in different Little Miss/Mr costumes!
Everyone knows the cheeky Thing 1 and Thing 2! Red t-shirts, blue tutu’s and a blue wig is all you need (you could spray your hair blue or use a feather boa like the ladies in this pic). It is a fun team outfit and you don’t have to limit your numbers!
There are so many characters in Alice in Wonderland. If you’re one of those teachers who like to go all out you can, but to keep things simple you could do a team dress up as the card soldiers. Wear all black and join two white poster sized pieces of paper together with two thin straps of paper. Draw any card, such as the ace of spades and over your shoulders it goes!
Other Awesome Ideas to get into the Book Week Spirit:
Perform a book as a staff to the school. Alisha’s school does this most years and the students absolutely LOVE it!
Host a ‘book tasting’ in your classroom
Create book inspired treats for your class during book week (like @theadventuresof3m has done in this picture!)
We hope you found these ideas helpful and you are ready to dress up and join in on the fun this Book Week!
Want some ready-to-go activities to help celebrate reading in your classroom? Check out our Book Week activity packs. They are jam packed with creative activities and ideas that you can use over and over!
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8 Halloween costume ideas that are very, very Sudbury
Sudbury.com’s Heather Green-Oliver has been busy coming up with timely Sudbury-related Halloween costumes options for her two-year-old son Thomas.
Check out the photos below. Which costume do you think Thomas should wear to his toddler Halloween bash? Let us know in the comments!
Click here to see Thomas in more Sudbury-related Halloween costumes.
1. Dario Zulich
As the new owner of the Sudbury Wolves, Dario Zulich is known for his signature white button up and dark blue jeans. It’s possibly the easiest costume to pull off and definitely the most adorable!
2. Wolves player
The Sudbury Wolves were off to their best start in more than 20 years, as long as they stay out of the penalty box. They ended up dropping two games this past weekend, but still: Go Wolves Go!
Lorne Street made the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) list of the 10 worst roads in Ontario this year. They don’t call us the “Crater” City of Sudbury for nothing!
4. The Superstack
With talk about Vale possibly replacing the superstack in the future, we thought we’d honour one of Sudbury’s iconic landmarks.
5. The Big Nickel
Another one of Sudbury’s iconic landmarks, the Big Nickel turned 52 this year. Sadly, its creator, Ted Szilva, passed away just a few months before. This one’s for you, Ted.
6. Alex Trebek
Speaking of birthdays, this famous Sudburian shares his birthday with the Big Nickel.
7. Runaway llama
Ok, so the costume may be a little baaaaad, but if you squint and tilt your head to the side, it’s obvious that it’s a costume of Sylvie the Llama. Sylvie started a frenzy on the Internet after she got loose in Lively earlier this month.
8. Creepy clown
The creepy clown phenomenon hit Sudbury at the beginning of October but thankfully it was a short-lived trend. However, given its popularity you can probably expect some of tiny terrifying hellions on your door step this Halloween.
Updates | Minnesota State Fair
2021 Minnesota State Fair Updates
The Great Minnesota Get-Together will officially return Aug. 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021! Use this page as a starting point to learn more about this year’s plans. We will update this page as needed.
Other ways to stay in the know:
All information is subject to change.
As of Aug. 25, 2021
NOTE: Based on recent guidance by the CDC, we reiterate that you are strongly urged to wear a face covering indoors and in outdoor crowded settings, regardless of vaccination status.
The Minnesota State Fair needs every fair fan to do their part and most of all, do the right thing. The current health situation is not an ideal backdrop for the Great Minnesota Get-Together tradition. We understand that by urging rather than requiring people to follow current guidance, many of our usual fair fans will not be comfortable attending. We ask that those who attend do so because they are willing to follow our health guidance – not because it’s mandated, but because it’s the right thing to do.
We acknowledge that no event can be completely risk-free, and we’re counting on you to do your part to help us present as safe an event as we can by following this health guidance:
Make an informed decision about attending the fair. Before you visit, make sure you’ve considered your personal health situation and how you can best keep yourself and those close to you safe and healthy. The Minnesota Department of Health advises individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated for COVID-19, immunocompromised individuals and their caregivers to reduce their risk by using layered protections such as avoiding large gatherings and wearing a face mask indoors and outdoors when social distancing is not possible. The comprehensive Minnesota Department of Health webpage on COVID-19 has the latest information on testing, vaccinations, symptoms, what to do if you feel ill, contact tracing, protecting yourself and others, and more.
Get vaccinated. If you’re fully vaccinated, thank you! That’s the best thing you can do for yourself and for everyone, especially children under age 12 and others who cannot get vaccinated. It’s widely recognized that the vast majority of all current COVID-19 cases are among unvaccinated people. While we will not require you to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter the fair, if you’re not vaccinated and plan to attend, we urge you to reconsider a vaccine, both for your safety and the safety of others. If you can’t get one beforehand, our friends at the Minnesota Department of Health, Ramsey County and Homeland Health are offering free vaccines right here in the North End Event Center during the fair; no identification or insurance required.
Wear a face covering. We strongly urge you to wear a mask in the following settings if you are older than age 2 and medically able to wear one:
- Indoors, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people
- Outdoors in crowded settings, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people
- At some independent vendor booths where they require everyone in their booth to wear a mask
We are largely an outdoor event with plenty of eating and drinking. Mandating masks fairgrounds-wide would be extremely difficult for our organization to enforce, so we are urging you to pitch in and do what’s right. Particularly if you go inside, simply put a face covering on for the time you’re shopping or visiting an exhibit. Masks will be required, regardless of vaccine status, if you go to the Care & Assistance and First Aid buildings, Health Fair 11, and the North End Event Center to donate blood or get a vaccine; and to ride a trolley if you’re not vaccinated.
We suggest you bring your own mask with you to the fair, but if you forget yours, we’ll have one for you. Just ask at the gate when you enter, at an information booth or at many building entrances.
Wear a face covering if you take a bus to the fair. Many guests arrive at the fair via Park & Ride buses; Metro Transit, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority or SouthWest Transit Express Buses; shuttles; or other forms of mass transit. Federal regulations require all public transportation passengers to wear masks while they are waiting for and on a bus (those under age 2 or who are medically not able to tolerate a mask are exempt). Rideshare apps such as Uber and Lyft may have their own mask requirements.
Use these two attendance tools to help you choose when to visit. There is plenty of fair and plenty of fairgrounds to accommodate many guests. Let’s spread out into less busy days and times, and throughout the entire fairgrounds.
- Consider attending on a weekday instead of a weekend. Some days traditionally have fewer than half as many guests as weekends. Attendance history
- Use the new “Gopher Gauge” web page. When the fairgrounds are busier, the gauge will show three gophers. When the fairgrounds are more open and less busy, the gauge will show one gopher, and when moderate, it will show two. The gauge will be updated regularly throughout the fair day. (Please note that our Gopher Gauge isn’t based on exact attendance numbers, but rather on what guests are experiencing at the time.)
Social distance. We’ll use this term as a verb – please spread out when you can and wear a mask when you can’t. The State Fairgrounds are huge, and most activities are outdoors where social distancing is much easier. We’ve created more space in some high-traffic areas and added hundreds of benches and tables. There’s also more open space in exhibit buildings this year with fewer livestock and commercial exhibits. If one area of the fair is busy, explore new places. Wherever you go, there’s plenty to eat and do.
Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands frequently. Free hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the fairgrounds, particularly near information booths. Plus, there are hand wash stations in the Food Building and throughout the barns and livestock area, where it’s especially important to wash your hands after visiting the animals.
Stay home if you’re not feeling well or you’ve had close contact with someone who tests positive. Get tested and get well before you visit the fair. If within the 14 days before you attend the fair you have tested positive or presumptively positive for COVID-19, experienced any related symptoms or been in direct contact with or in the immediate vicinity of any person who is confirmed or suspected of being infected with COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms, please stay home.
Get tested after you visit. The Minnesota Department of Health suggests getting tested for COVID-19 three to five days after attending a large event. Minnesota Department of Health Find a Testing Location
Most of all, respect your fellow fair fans. Follow the Golden Rule – we’re all in this together. And please remember that everyone is short-staffed, including at the fair. Please be kind to those who showed up.
Safety & Security
The Minnesota State Fair’s security program includes walk-through metal detectors at all entry gates. Bags, purses, coolers and packages will be subject to search at each of the State Fair’s entrances.
- Weapons and objects that appear to be weapons
- Fireworks and other explosive and flammable objects
- Alcoholic beverages and any illegal substance
- Drones and any remote-controlled toys
- Bikes, skateboards, skates, hoverboards
Other items may be refused at the discretion of State Fair management or law enforcement.
The State Fair has a comprehensive safety and security plan in place that involves a variety of local, state and federal agencies, which includes the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office. The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners approved a Joint Powers Agreement in July in which the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office will provide law enforcement services for the 2021 Minnesota State Fair. Having a formalized agreement with the Sheriff’s Office will enhance the existing plan and provide the safety and security needed for the 2021 Great Minnesota Get-Back-Together.
In addition to enhanced gate security with metal detectors at entrances, the fair’s public safety program will include upgraded technology and communications systems, first aid and emergency medical services, and community ambassadors.
Tools to Plan Your Day at the Fair
Minnesota State Fair App
Download the brand-new Minnesota State Fair app by typing app.mnstatefair.org into Safari (for iOS) or Chrome (for Android) on your phone. Check out tutorials on how to download.
State Fair Finders
See the full 2021 Grandstand Concert Series lineup sponsored by Sleep Number!
If you already had tickets to a 2020 Grandstand show, it has been rescheduled for 2021 (with the exception of NF). Your concert ticket will be valid for the 2021 date, and you will keep your same seat location. No action is required. Bring your ticket with you and get it scanned at the Grandstand on the night of the show.
Low Cut Connie Cancellation
Low Cut Connie has canceled its appearance scheduled for the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on Saturday, Aug. 28. We respect the band’s decision to withdraw from the show. The Current’s Music On-A-Stick will continue with Lake Street Dive and special guest Kiss the Tiger.
For questions, please contact the Minnesota State Fair ticket office at [email protected] or 651-288-4427.
Check out the 2021 free entertainment lineup! All shows are free with State Fair admission.
As of Aug. 16, 2021
Aug. 26 & 27
- Sister Sledge is performing at Bandshell Tonight! at 8:30 p.m., replacing DSL Dire Straits Legacy
Aug. 28 & 29
- Gear Daddies is performing at Bandshell Tonight! at 8:30 p.m., replacing Sister Sledge, which has moved to Aug. 26 & 27
- Kazual is performing at 1 & 2:30 p.m. at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell, replacing Next Generation Leahy
- The Rubber Chicken Variety Show is performing at the Family Fair Stage at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m., replacing Mama Lou: American Strong Woman
- O’Shea Irish Dance is performing at 10 & 11 a.m. and noon at the Cosgrove Stage, replacing Minnesota Tamil Sangam
Aug. 30 & 31
- Pam Tillis is performing at 3:30 & 4:45 p.m. at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell, replacing Connie Smith
Sept. 1 & 2
- Jeff Dayton is performing at 3:30 & 4:45 p.m. at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell, replacing We Banjo 3
Sept. 3 & 4
- Sweet Colleens is performing at 1 & 2:30 p.m. at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell, replacing Screaming Orphans
How do I get tickets?
Tickets are on sale now! Learn more about the various ways to purchase tickets to the 2021 Minnesota State Fair.
Note: There is not a lottery to purchase tickets, nor is there a daily attendance limit at the 2021 State Fair.
What if I already purchased tickets for the 2020 State Fair or pre-fair discount admission tickets for the 2021 State Fair?
Your tickets will be valid for the 2021 fair. No action is required. Bring your ticket with you and get it scanned at the gate any one day of the 2021 Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 26-Sept. 6.
Is it safe to buy tickets from a source other than the Minnesota State Fair, Etix, or an outlet authorized to sell State Fair tickets?
Unfortunately, as with any event ticket, including the Grandstand, you run the risk that a ticket bought from an unauthorized third party will not be valid when we scan it at the entrance. If your ticket is not valid, you will not be permitted to enter.
Learn more about where to purchase tickets.
Exhibits & Attractions
The Great Minnesota Get-Together is back, but this year’s fair may look a little different from what we’re used to. Some changes are due to pandemic-related issues and operational challenges, and others will help us improve your visit to the fair. We’re working hard alongside agriculturists, educators, entertainers, attraction providers, vendors, suppliers and others to give you the best fair experience. Here is a sampling of the changes in 2021:
- 3rd Lair SkatePark, EquiMania!™, Festival of Nations Demonstration Stage, Giant Sing Along, Go Karts, the Great Big Sandbox, Laser Encore’s Laser Hitz Show and the River Raft Ride will not be at the 2021 State Fair.
- The increasingly popular Llama-Alpaca Costume Contest is moving to the Warner Coliseum and will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1. More seating for fans to enjoy the fun!
- The longest-running entertainer at the State Fair – Sean Emery, who performed each day of the fair since 1991 – has retired. We’ll miss you, Sean!
- The CHS Miracle of Birth Center will showcase dozens of newborn farm animals in place of live births.
- Dan Patch Park will be open green and gathering space on four days when Minnesota Cooks™ Day, Read & Ride Day, Hubbard Broadcasting Day and AARP Day have traditionally been featured at the park.
- Adventure Park with the extreme thrill rides will have a new home south of Judson Avenue between the CHS Miracle of Birth Center and the Dairy Building.
- The DNR Building will be closed in 2021. Activities at DNR Park, including the fish pond, raptor demonstrations, and performances on the Outdoor Volunteer Stage are still planned for this year.
- On Labor Day – Kids Day – the Grandstand show featuring Darci Lynne: My Lips Are Sealed (Except When They’re Not) with special guest Okee Dokee Brothers takes the stage at 4 p.m. Fireworks Spectacular will be at 9 p.m.
- Check out the new attractions for 2021!
Please note: Face coverings are required on all buses. Uber, Lyft and taxis are also great options. Learn more on the transportation and on-site parking pages.
On Labor Day, Sept. 6, the fairgrounds, ticket booths and most exhibit buildings and attractions will close 1 hour earlier than in past years. See a full list of hours.
Other schedule changes:
- The Horse Barn will close early Aug. 26-30 for draft horse competition preparation. In addition, the Horse Barn will be closed all day on Aug. 31 due to sanitization for horse departure and arrival. See all Horse Barn hours.
Employment & Volunteers
The Minnesota State Fair is now hiring for fair-time staff!
Volunteering at the Fair
We welcome volunteers at the 2021 Great Minnesota Get-Together! These essential folks are what make many of our exhibits memorable and engaging. No expertise required – just a willingness to help your fellow fair fans make the most of their day! Most shifts are two to three hours, and we’ll show you what to do. Sign up solo or with a group! Each volunteer receives a FREE admission ticket to the fair!
Support the Fair
The Minnesota State Fair has not received state government funding since 1949. The cancellation of the 2020 fair resulted in a $16 million loss after going a year without nearly all of our operating revenue. Your support is needed now more than ever. The Minnesota State Fair Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that preserves and improves the historic Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and supports State Fair agricultural, scientific and educational programs. To learn more about the Foundation, its impact and how to contribute, visit msffoundation.org.
Livestock & Horse Competitions
2021 Milk Run 5K Race
Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Minnesota State Fair, the Milk Run was not held, and registered 2020 Milk Run runners were able to defer their registration to 2021. At this time, there are no spots available for the 2021 Milk Run.
Need More Information?
If your questions haven’t been answered here, check out our Frequently Asked Questions pages or visit our Contact Us page.
All information subject to change.
Palisade Peach Festival – Palisade Chamber of Commerce
Feast in the Fields celebrates the rich bounty of local food and wine, prepared by top local chefs, and enjoyed outdoors in beautiful settings. Guests will enjoy an elegant 4-course meal featuring Palisade peaches and produce, paired with Palisade wines, and served in an orchard setting. Enjoy the warm hospitality of orchard owners and winemakers at one of Peach Festival’s signature events. Tickets for each event are located below.
Friday’s Feast in the Fields
Where: Orchard River View @ Clark’s Family Orchards
3929 US-6, Palisade, CO 81526
When: Friday, August 20th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: $125/person (plus transaction fee)
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BUY TICKETS TO FRIDAY’S FEAST
Orchard River View @ Clark Family Orchards owners Dennis & Staci Clark look forward to hosting a Feast in the Field dinner Friday night.
Appetizers will be served by the Colorado River and dinner will be served inside the brand new rustic barn. The 4 course meal will be paired with local Palisade wines.
This is an indoor/outdoor event. Due to there being no COVID restrictions in place, please feel free to wear a mask at your own discretion.
Tickets are non-refundable and ticket purchase is for Friday dinner only. This is a 21 and older event.
(*please NO special diet requests)
Saturday’s Feast in the Fields
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!
Where: Peachfork Orchard & Vineyards
281 33 Rd, Palisade, CO 81526
When: Saturday, August 21st, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: $125/person (plus transaction fee)
BUY TICKETS TO SATURDAY’S FEAST
A farm to fork dinner using the produce and fruits of Palisade at Peachfork Orchards & Vineyards, with Phil & Susan Patton. This location was a big hit with the orchard & vineyard backdrop. Hosts Susan and Phil Patton and sponsors Bank of Colorado welcome you to their orchard and look forward to having you.
The menu is being created by Berna B’s and will be paired with local wines from Peachfork Vineyards and others.
This is an outdoor event. Due to there being no COVID restrictions in place, please feel free to wear a mask at your own discretion.
Tickets are non-refundable and ticket purchase is for Saturday dinner only. This is a 21 and older event.
(*please NO special diet requests)
Halloween Costumes – 2021 Costume Store
Find the Best Halloween Costume Ideas for 2021
It’s no wonder why Halloween is such a popular holiday – what other celebration lets you dress up, eat candy, party and enjoy some good-natured scares? Halloween costumes let you be whoever or whatever you want, which is probably why they’re top of mind this time of year. If you’re looking for fun, easy Halloween costume ideas, then you’ve come to the right place! Every year, Party City transforms into the ultimate costume store, featuring the best costumes and accessories for everyone in your family.
New Halloween Costumes For Kids And Adults
Do you love to catch the latest movies and TV shows? Is your download queue filled with the latest games and updates? Pop culture moves fast, which is why we have plenty of cool Halloween costume ideas based on your favorite film hero, video game character or TV character. This plethora of protagonists includes something for every member of your family – princesses and superheroes, sword-wielding adventurers and their villainous enemies, and even silly sidekicks! Best of all, these outfits all feature up-to-date looks. Everyone at the Halloween party will know your costume is the latest and greatest in character design!
Get Inspired By Our Top Rated Costume Ideas for 2021
If you have a hard time deciding on costumes, you’re not alone – there are thousands of great outfits out there, so it can be hard to choose a favorite! If you’re not sure which look is best for you, why not explore some of the Top Rated costumes from our online shop? These looks are some of our customers’ personal favorites, so they’re sure to be a welcome addition to your Halloween wardrobe. Here you’ll find men’s, women’s and children’s costumes that receive high marks for comfort, style, fit and more. It’s a great way to ensure that no matter what you choose, you’ll find a great look for parties, trick or treat and more.
Create Unique Looks With Exciting Halloween Costumes And Accessories
Do you prefer to put your own spin on Halloween? If you are looking for unique Halloween costumes – or want to create a look that’s all your own – we’re here to help. Our collection of Halloween costumes and costume ideas includes plenty of outfits and accessories that go beyond the basics so you stand out during parties, trick or treat and more. Whether you’re interested in hilarious inflatables or eye-catching creations suitable for Hollywood, Party City is here to help your dreams come true. Explore our costumes and get ready for memorable Halloween moments!
Buy Our Costumes Online & Pick Up At A Party City Store Near You
Once you find the perfect costume, you can order it online and ship it straight to your home or pick it up at your local Party City store. Most of the costumes in our online costume shop are available for in-store pickup. We also offer curbside pickup and same day delivery options to fit your schedule. Once you’ve added a product to the shopping cart, select the ‘Pick Up In Store’ option to view a list of stores in your area that carry the product you wish to buy. There’s no shipping fee for items purchased online and picked up in-store. Most orders designated for in-store pickup are ready within two hours, but this window can vary depending on store inventory and the time the order was placed.
Reserve Your Costume For In-Store Pickup
• In select Party City stores, you can reserve any costume on the costume wall directly through the Party City app.
• You can also pre-order select Halloween costumes, accessories, and decorations online before they become available for sale. Eligible products will display a pre-order badge or pre-order basket button.
• A third option is to place your order online and pick it up at a Party City store near you.
With multiple ways to shop and order, Party City makes it easy to find the very best costumes all year round. Explore our extensive collection and find your Halloween costume today!
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90,000 Alpaca, camel, vicuña, Kashmir goat – whose wool is best for suits and coatsBond & Stinson Blog
As you probably already guessed, the tailor’s hierarchy of animals does not in any way depend on animal friendliness or photogenicity (although you can argue with the latter by looking at the photo below). The most interesting thing from the point of view of tailoring a costume is what kind of hair an artiodactyl can share with us, its properties and characteristics. In addition to sheep wool, the wool of another half a dozen species of animals from all over the world is used for sewing classic suits and coats.We will tell you about them today.
The Asian Bactrian camel differs from its fellow dromedar in two humps and thick hair
Camel wool is an excellent material for coats and heavy autumn jackets. Due to the harsh living conditions of the camel, its wool is coarse, therefore, hair shirts were made from the upper layer of the ascetics of the past, and modern tailors sometimes use coarse camel hair in a form-stable side pad. Berbers to this day sew capes from coarse camel wool and warm tents with it.But when shearing the camel’s undercoat, up to 85% of the fluff is retained in the raw material, which makes the fabric much more delicate. The camel coat is the choice of Hollywood stars, strict politicians and urban bon vivants: it is absolutely universal and at the same time serves as a statement thanks to its unique color. Too yellow or grayish coat will look old-fashioned and lifeless, it is better to choose a healthy shade, reminiscent of a freshly ripened peach. A camel coat goes well not only with a business suit, but also with high work boots worn under jeans.
Camel wool can be found in the Piacenza and Dormeuil Luxury Overcoatings catalogs.
Single-breasted camel coat – a classic model that can be worn with a suit or with informal items
They tried to raise
Kashmir goats in other countries: Scotland, Australia and New Zealand, but the quality of the fluff dropped. Therefore, to this day, the best cashmere is brought from the Himalayas
Cashmere is a synonym for discreet luxury, familiar to everyone.The best known are cashmere sweaters with a memorable soft texture of goat down (after all, cashmere is not wool). But cashmere is also used to make woven fabrics for coats and jackets. It is much lighter than ordinary sheep wool, but at the same time it retains heat perfectly. Not much real cashmere is mined, which justifies its high price – only about 150 grams of fluff are removed from one goat per year.
A distinctive feature of cashmere is its pile, the length of which varies from noticeable only to the touch (less than a millimeter) to several centimeters.The unspoken rule is the choice of fabric with or without a short pile for jackets and suits, and with a longer one for coats. How long is up to you: the classic assumes barely visible villi, but modern fashion brands and tailors often choose truly textured fabrics, reminiscent of sheared fur. Pure cashmere is delicate and should not be worn every day. This can be found in the Scabal Casheen catalog. More often cashmere is mixed with wool – the most common options are 10-20% cashmere for 90-80% wool, respectively.Cashmere blended fabrics are featured in the Harrisons Cru Classe and Masquerade catalogs, as well as H. Lesser & Sons 120s & Cashmere.
Unpaired gray cashmere jacket on style blogger Simon Crompton
Vicuña watches and waits until you can afford it
An animal whose wool is literally “worth its weight in gold”, vicuña is recognized as the most expensive source of fabric in the world. You can cut it only once every three years, and only graze it when free.In addition, few vicunas remained – most were exterminated by the Spanish conquistadors. Over the past half century, the population has been restored from 6 thousand to 200, and nevertheless, the price of fabric is still at $ 2000- $ 4000 per square meter. The main fabric manufacturers are Loro Piana (the brand actually revived the animal population), Ermenegildo Zegna and Scabal. Vicuña is the finest yet strongest wool in the world. In addition to the material of a natural copper-brown color, there is also a dyed vicuna – mainly in dark blue and black.It is interesting that such a barbaric attitude towards luxurious color stems from the time of Queen Victoria – under her in the 19th century, a black vicuna coat without a lint was considered a sign of respectability.
Although Queen Victoria bequeathed to wear black vicuna coats, Prince Charles opted for a natural color (and rightly so)
Baby alpacas are the most touching heroes on our list.
The closest relative of the vicuna, the alpaca is a permanent resident of the South American Andes.Their wool found a place in the everyday life of the Indians more than 6000 years ago, and from the 20th century it entered the European costume. The most expensive raw material is baby-alpaca wool, which does not exceed 19 microns in fiber diameter (however, the super-record for ordinary wool is 10 microns). Although phenomenally light, alpaca wool retains warmth seven times better than sheep’s thanks to the fleece structure, which has an extra layer of air in the fibers. The same layer allows the alpaca to absorb a lot of moisture, protecting the owner from the unpleasant autumn drizzle.Alpaca does not cause allergic reactions and does not itch even on the skin of those who suffer from this with wool. It has no lanolin (animal wax), so it gets dirty more slowly than normal wool. Even construction companies use alpaca wool for insulation of walls and floors of houses. By the way, the correct stress is on the last letter.
Light and warm alpaca is best suited for sewing loose coats, Dormeuil Luxury Overcoatings fabrics are a good choice for them.
Checkered suit made of wool with the addition of alpaca
The best Angora goats (not to be confused with Angora rabbits) are raised in South Africa, but due to the reported cases of abuse, weavers have stopped working with many farms
It is thanks to the Angora goats that we have mohair – wool with a characteristic noble shine, elastic texture and unique properties.It occupies an unambiguous first place in terms of wear resistance: both the shine and the texture of mohair resemble the finest wire. One hundred percent mohair is not used in sewing because of the barbness; it is mixed with wool, and sometimes with other fibers. Depending on the proportion of mohair in the mixture, the fabric is suitable for summer (the fiber reduces the number of creases on the suit, at the same time it perfectly absorbs moisture and allows air to pass through) and for winter (mohair is also famous for its heat capacity). There is no direct relationship between the amount of mohair in the blend and the season of wearing it: it all depends on the thickness and weaving of specific threads.The Smith Woollens Super Kid Mohair collection also includes a fabric containing as much as 60% mohair, but weighing only 260 g / m2 (for late spring and early autumn). And in the Harrisons Labyrinth catalog, mohair is much less, only 8%, but the weight of the fabric is higher – 320 g / m2, which makes it comfortable for autumn weather.
The famous three-piece suit of Michael Kane in the movie “Remove Carter” made of mohair
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90,000 Ode to wool.Why is wool the main material for suits? – Blog
The words “wool suit” sound so familiar that we don’t even think about why wool? What is the reason for such popularity, how different wool differs from each other and whether it is worth wearing suits made of other materials – about this in a new article.
Woven wool traces its history back to the invention of the first mechanical loom in the first half of the 18th century. Even earlier, it was widely used by the Scots to make massive kilts that protected from cold, rain and could even serve as blankets.In a man’s suit, she entered the era of the Regency, along with Beau Brummell and the dandy style he had spawned. For two hundred years the rule has been invariably in men’s clothing: a jacket must be tailored exactly to the figure and made of the highest quality wool.
The processing of wool also evolves every year: factories are fighting for the title of the manufacturer of the softest and thinnest fabric.
The thing is that wool is a versatile material.Its practical properties are innumerable: it retains heat perfectly, but at the same time breathes, easily absorbs and removes moisture, and is quite durable. A separate useful property of a woolen suit is that it does not require ironing (except for the arrows on the trousers). It is enough to hang the suit with creases in the shower (but not under the water J) on a hanger, and thanks to the steam, the shape will be restored by itself.
However, such a number of pleasant features gives rise to myths: for example, some sources claim that wool is capable of “self-cleaning”.Alas, the authors are more likely wishful thinking. Due to its structure, wool really gets dirty less and is easier to clean than the same cotton, but this does not negate the need for proper care. On the other hand, there are special types of high-tech processing of fabrics that impart useful properties such as waterproofing, but this can be written in a separate article.
In 2015, a fashion show in support of the wool industry with the participation of live sheep was held on the tailor’s street of London Savile Row.
Wool, of course, is not the only fabric from which suits are made, but the most versatile. Linen and cotton are great for summer suits, but they wrinkle easily and are not suitable for cold temperatures. For autumn and winter – cashmere and mohair, but in the warmth they will be too hot. A medium-weight lambswool suit is suitable for any season.
But sheep wool does not exist in the only form.First, decide on the dressing method. Worsted (worsted) or combed wool is smooth, its thread consists only of long wool hairs. Therefore, worsted wool is characterized by dimensional stability and light gloss. Such fabric is more difficult to tear, but, being too thin, with prolonged use, it can begin to shine. The thread combed (woolen) wool consists not only of long, but also of short hairs, and therefore piley and somewhat less durable. It is also easier to stretch.
Scottish tweed still has bright colors.
Second, decide what purpose your item will have. Tweed, the material is rough and fluffy, is suitable for coats and walking clothes, while thin worsted wool is suitable only for suits. Flannel is worthy of special mention: it is soft to the touch, with a short nap, and retains heat well.Until the first half of the 20th century, clothes from it were considered only sports or country, but after Prince Edward VIII of Wales, the then trendsetter, visited the United States in a flannel suit in 1924, the material became the new standard for business clothing.
Third, the twist factor of the wool thread is important. In simple terms, this is how many 90,095 kilometers 90,096 yarn can be spun from one kilogram of wool. Fabrics labeled Super (or “S”) 100-130 are fine for suits you wear often, but the twist thread above S130 is delicate enough that it is better to save wool from it for special occasions.
By the way, when you hear the expression “wool blend,” don’t run away. Of course, if the composition contains synthetic materials (polyester, viscose, acrylic), then the quality of the suit is definitely not high, and after a year or two of use, pellets and other troubles await you. But there are also noble mixtures – sheep wool with cashmere, linen, silk or alpaca. Moreover, the combination with the same cashmere makes the fabric much more expensive. Not all hoods are made for the sake of economy or are inherently bad.
Woolen ties in classic patterns.There are also less strict ones.
Not only suits are made of wool. Scarves, socks and mittens come to mind first, but the most interesting are classic accessories. Wool ties and pocket squares are a slightly relaxed option compared to smooth silk and should not be neglected. They are especially good in winter and autumn – they add coziness to the look, go with a jacket and a less formal style.
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90,000 5 most striking collections of Milan Fashion Week
Velvet, silk, gold embroidery: on the catwalks of Milan, the clothes that Italian brands suggested to wear for men were blinding. Judging by what the Italians suggest to wear, boys will be more elegant than girls next fall.”Gazeta.Ru” – about the brightest collections of the last Men’s Fashion Week in Milan
Ermenegildo Zegna show in Milan, 12 January 2018
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Milan Men’s Fashion Week began with a show of the legendary Ermenegildo Zegna brand, which has existed for over a century. The creative director of the fashion house Alessandro Sartori arranged a real show for the fans: the main hall of Milan’s Bocconi University for one evening turned into a snow path decorated with a snowdrift several meters high.
The collection turned out to be very diverse. For cold evenings, the brand offered suits made of alpaca wool, and for office everyday life – business suits in black and gray shades.
For those who are not afraid of experimenting with their style, there are elongated geometrical print coats and leather trousers.
The show was not done without bombers, however, now they more resemble voluminous sweatshirts: instead of the long zipper, which we are used to seeing on jackets, now it is quite small, which, rather, performs a decorative function.
The highlight of the show was hats: in 2018, men should take a closer look at winter caps. And don’t worry about getting sick – caps from Ermenegildo Zegna cover your ears up to the neck.
Fendi show in Milan, 15 January 2018
Luca Bruno / AP
The Fendi show transported guests to the atmosphere of an airport.A luggage tape appeared on the catwalk, thanks to which viewers could appreciate the new accessories in the collection, as well as remember the famous brand suitcases. The show was aimed at men clearly avoiding the conservative style: long fur coats, retro suits, bright yellow bombers with massive lettering and ski suits with a quirky print.
Gold has become one of the key shades of the color scheme.
Accessories played an important role in the collection: models demonstrated fur hats and plastic umbrella-shaped hats on the catwalk.
Giorgio Armani show in Milan, 15 January 2018
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In the new season, Giorgio Armani once again suggests looking at velvet. On the catwalk, it seems, all styles of clothing from this material are presented.
The outerwear line also remained without radical changes: the collection again includes long and cropped sheepskin coats with a fur collar, bombers and woolen coats just below the knees.
New ideas of the brand can be traced in clothes for everyday wear. Waist height no longer matters when choosing a loose-fitting pants style. The collection features both a high rise with an accent belt at the waist and trousers to be worn on the hips.
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan, 13 January 2018
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From what Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were offered to wear for men in the fall and winter of 2018, you can go blind – before that it all looks elegant, royally.Outlandish flowers bloomed one after another on the podium of men’s fashion week, cupids were aiming at the audience from men’s sweaters, kittens looked from their coats.
The enchanting procession was completed by the Latin American singer Maluma, dressed in a gold suit, known for his reggaeton compositions.
There were luxurious fabrics: silk, velvet, fine wool, jacquard. There was a lot of embroidery: Dolce & Gabbana decorated suits, coats and bombers with flowers and cupids. Flowers were also in the form of prints on silk.Add pajama-cut suits – a dressing gown loosely thrown over the shoulders is included – double-breasted velvet jackets, oversized fur coats, black fitted suits, skinny coats, camisoles, cupid sweaters, and you get the image of a man used to basking in the Italian sun before heading out in the evening into the light. This person may be a dandy – then he will be in a suit, possibly velvet. Or a fan of street style – and will come out in a burgundy tracksuit and an oversized coat embroidered with flowers.The main thing is that the image will be very bright, even redundant. Real rococo on the catwalk.
Preparations for the show of the Dirk Bikkembergs collection in Milan, January 14, 2018
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The Belgian designer, a member of the legendary “Antwerp Six” of fashion designers, who in the 90s found themselves at the forefront of fashion, came to a perfected, refined and at the same time free style.Bulky coats and raincoats of black and bright blue colors, slacks, huge “pilot” jackets, including silver color, spacious double-breasted suits, bombers, puffy jackets and loose duffle coats coexisted on the catwalk with narrow suits, small sweaters, turtlenecks and fitted shirts in the style of the 70s.
In fact, Bikkembergs brought the entire history of men’s fashion of the 20th century to the catwalk – the 40s, 50s, 70s were noticed.
The black color dominated in the collection, diluted with bright blue, yellow and burgundy, which formed a Suprematist pattern, which also makes it possible to recall the Russian avant-garde.
90,000 16 people who wanted to make cool costumes, but something went wrong
Costume parties just by definition cannot but be fun. Close friends, sparkling jokes and most importantly, costumes that look so much cooler when made with your own hands. And it is at this stage that many have problems, especially if things are not very good with needlework. The heroes of our today’s selection are just one of them, but they really tried very hard! Just look at these handmade wonders!
1.“We were supposed to be a couple of sushi, but it looks like we have rheumatism”
2. “Yes, the spectacular Minnie Mouse did not come out of me”
3. “Once upon a time, my dad made a mistake with a suit.”
4. “We had no idea for a costume, and then one of my friends said that she had kidney stones
“In general, pink are kidneys, black are stones.”
5. “And we once dressed up as hipsters, but hardly anyone understood this idea”
6.“My friend and I just put on everything that came to hand, and it turned out what came out”
7. “When I was a child, it seemed to me that smearing my face with black paint, depicting a 1 on a dice, was very cool!”
8. “So my friends and I decided to reproduce SpongeBob, Patrick and Gary”
9. “Daenerys Targaryen turned out to be so-so of me”
10. “According to the idea, we were supposed to be two alpacas, but we ended up with some banal white bears”
11.“I tried to portray Lilo from Futurama and even dyed my hair purple. You see him ?! ”
12. “It was a bad idea to dress like the Adams family and be like Adolf …”
13. “In theory, we were supposed to be a hot dog and cotton candy, but they called me a unicorn all evening”
14. “But I was a unicorn … sick with chickenpox!”
15. “My mother made me a cupcake costume all evening, but people perceived me as a girl who got entangled in the intestines”
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The Swedes know best how to create comfort and order around them.Maybe that’s why people all over the world love IKEA so much and add a little Swedish harmony to life with each new shelf. How to learn to find beauty in simplicity and always make time for a cup of coffee with friends – learn from our guide.
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Boats sway steadily on the water, the cries of seagulls bring you into a pleasant trance – it seems that even time stops rushing in Swedish towns. I would like to follow his example, stock up on buns, sit on a bench in one of the parks and count the passing cyclists all day long.
This is not how you imagine the harsh northern capital
Don’t be confused by stories of Scandinavian harshness. Stockholm is a city of dreamers. Only they could turn the rough metro walls into an endless gallery, the 17th century ship into a unique museum, and the story of Carlson into an excuse to walk on the rooftops. At the end of April, cherry blossoms bloom in the Kungstregorden park, and then the Nordic character will certainly not be discerned behind the pink flower clouds.
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The city on 14 islands can be twisted like a kaleidoscope: look at it from the height of the town hall, then from the board of the ship, then from the window of the bakery, while chewing a bun with cinnamon. But Stockholm keeps its most intimate secrets in the historic center of Gamla Stan.The 90 cm wide Morten Trotzig lane and the tiny sculpture “The Boy Looking at the Moon” are favorite discoveries of all visitors to the city.
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A major port, culinary paradise, industrial center and cultural capital – all this is Gothenburg. Explore the city at the Poseidon Monument on Gotaplatsen Square and walk along the busiest Avenin Street.After the marathon, you can take a breath after the marathon in cafes, shops and bars in the park with a luxurious greenhouse and the intriguing name of Tradgordsvöreningen.
If you have more than one day left, be sure to visit the huge Liseberg amusement park and take a guided tour of Volvo’s main factory.
Following the canal from the park, you will definitely not miss the legendary fish market. Feskekerka (“fish church”) looks really like a church, and the herring here is undoubtedly divine.However, you can try it in one of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants. Opposite the market is the Haga district, which was once a worker and is now hipster. In historic wooden houses there are showrooms, coffee shops and barbershops, and the old Skansen Krunan tower rises above them, from where you can see the whole city.
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Inside all the glitter balls that are sold in the souvenir shops of Malmö is the spiral of the Turning Torso skyscraper.The tallest building in Scandinavia can be seen from numerous parks, and from the pier of the long Ribersborg beach near the Øresund Strait, and from the window of the house of the city’s main superhero, football player Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Directly across the strait is the Danish coast, where you can teleport almost magically in just 20 minutes. The train will take you to Copenhagen along the alien Øresund bridge, which turns into an underwater tunnel. And on a regular bike, you will get from Ribersborg to the Old Town without any magic, where the spirit of the Middle Ages still hovers.
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With a white bird on its coat of arms and snow for seven months a year, Kiruna could well have become one of the lands of fantasy Winterfell, but so far it is only part of Lapland. The proximity of Sweden’s northernmost city to the Arctic Circle allows you to see two rare and amazingly beautiful phenomena: the northern lights and the midnight sun.
The world’s best spot to watch the Northern Lights is Abisku National Park. The Kungsleden Royal Hiking Trail starts from here. The path for 440 km lies through the highest mountain in Sweden, Kebnekaise.
Tourists in Kiruna are most attracted by the world’s first ice hotel, where everything – from an armchair to a light bulb – is made of ice. Since recently, you can stay here at any time of the year.
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What to see: Sweden’s most beautiful castles
Don’t even try to see all the castles in Sweden: on a rather modest territory there are several hundred of them.But be sure to check out at least one lush residence: you are in the kingdom after all.
If you have long lost your faith in knights and princesses, look for it in Kalmar Castle. For seven centuries, he has gone from the place where the kings signed the Kalmar Union to a brewery and prison. Despite this, it is perfectly preserved and now flaunts artsy halls with paintings and frescoes. For children, the glorious past of the castle comes to life every summer: theatrical quests with treasure hunt and knightly duels are organized here.
Örebro looks into the Swarton River like in a mirror, and he must like his reflection: flirty spiers sit perfectly on the stone towers. About three hundred years ago, the beauty of this 13th century castle did not bother anyone in particular: it was used both as a warehouse and as a prison. Nowadays, ghost tours are conducted through the spacious halls and wet dungeons, and those who are not afraid can even throw a party here.
Royal couples have spent more than one happy summer in Sofiera.The manor by the sea belonged to King Oscar II until it became a wedding present for his grandson. The new owners surrounded the castle with an amazing garden and brought more than 400 species of rhododendrons into the adjacent ravines. Come to Sofiera at the end of May – and this palace is guaranteed to turn your head in colors and aromas.
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Where to relax: Sweden’s best islands and parks
Calm, only calm – Karlson’s motto is ideal for the numerous national parks in Sweden (in the text – only a small part!).Various landscapes are soothing and inspiring, here you don’t want to observe nature, but to be a part of it.
Vienna is one of the nicest places to find yourself on a clear Swedish morning. Just half an hour on the ferry from Landskurna – and you are on a tiny island, leisurely pedaling your bike, casting a shadow over the canary rapeseed fields and humming Dancing Queen. Be sure: at some point you will definitely want to give up everything, settle in a neat one-story house and adopt that pretty alpaca over there.
Five centuries ago, the Danish-Norwegian king gave Ven to the astrologer Tycho Brahe and built the first observatory in Europe on the island. The building has not survived, but the museum named after the astronomer keeps its history. Needless to say, how beautiful are the stars above the sea in these places?
It took more than twenty years and fifty thousand people in the 19th century to connect the west and east of the country with a navigable canal. Nowadays, it is easier to get from Mem Castle to Gothenburg by car: the journey will take only 4-5 hours.But the most epic construction in Sweden was not in vain. Now Göta Canal is an almost 400-kilometer tourist route among spacious valleys, picturesque villages and ancient castles. The star point of the canal journey is Vänern, Sweden’s largest lake.
Unlike Göth, nature built the Dalsland Canal. It is also great to travel here by boats and kayaks.
When traveling by ferry, boat or boat, at any pier you can disembark for an overnight stay, lunch or bike and continue exploring the northern lands.
Islands of Gotland, Foreo and Öland
Sweden’s largest island, Gotland, is unwittingly perceived as a separate country. The fortress wall of the city of Visby, which almost did not reflect 8 centuries, reliably preserves the medieval charm of cobbled alleys, marvelous inhabited houses and dilapidated churches. In August, during the Medieval Week, Visby turns into one large-scale cosplay festival: people in vintage costumes walk around the city, reenactors reproduce historical scenes, and jesters perform in the streets.
Sandbanks, fluffy forests, rugged cliffs, green meadows with wonderful lambs and the largest number of sunny days in a year make Gotland an ideal holiday destination in the northern summer. And if these landscapes bore you, head to nearby Öland – the land of windmills – or Førø with a lighthouse and figured stone columns.
In the countryside, houses painted in one shade of red are immediately striking. This is a special Swedish paint falu rodfög, the production of which is strictly controlled by the state: only two companies have a license.The name is associated with the city of Falun, where a special pigment is mined. There is almost no export of paint – bring the jar home as a reminder of the Swedish vacation. See other ideas for offbeat vacation souvenirs.
Kullaberg and the virtual kingdom of Ladonia
The Swedish introvert’s paradise is located on the edge of the Kullen Peninsula. In the protected area of Kullaberg, among the formidable cliffs and idyllic green hills, the Falknästet hotel with a single room is hidden.There is nothing superfluous here: only a hanging bed, a small table and panoramic windows from floor to ceiling with an ascetic view of the Kattegat Strait. The picture is complemented by the brightest in Scandinavia and the tallest lighthouse in Sweden right next to the hotel.
Here, in Kullaberge, you can arrange a make-believe trip: look into the virtual country of Ladonia. Although Ladonia is a labyrinth of snags of Mimis and a piece of land around it, it already has more than 20,000 citizens. Some of them care about the country’s prosperity as minister of jazz or minister of procrastination.Anyone can join them, but we warn you: Ladonia is at war right away with Sweden, the USA and San Marino.
It’s hard to believe that a Minecraft developer and traditional Sami tribes – reindeer herders, whose life has hardly changed over thousands of years – live in the same country. They have inhabited Laponia for centuries – the land near the Arctic Circle, where there are no cars and telephones and no one has heard of the Skyscaner. But such landscapes as here can not be seen anywhere else in Sweden, and in the whole world: ancient forests and winding rivers, swamps and mighty waterfalls, deep ravines and pristine valleys are protected by UNESCO.
What to try: the most delicious national dishes in Sweden
Do not think that you have nothing to do with the descendants of the Vikings: at the moment when we put off everything to have coffee and a bun, each of us is a little Swede. Coffee breaks in the country were turned into a sacred tradition and even given a name – fika, and cinnamon buns (kanelbulle) are generally specially honored every October 4th. The semla bun with cardamom, almond paste and whipped cream is creepy in calories, but that doesn’t stop the Swedes from eating 20 million each year.Check out the fiku at the nostalgic Sturekatten Café in a former 18th-century apartment building with retro furnishings, lace doilies and the outrageous scent of baked goods.
Excellent coffee in Sweden can be found on every corner, and stronger drinks (from 4.5%) are sold only in Systembolaget chain stores. Here you should take the traditional Swedish schnapps – herbal tincture. In the evening, at night and on Sundays, alcohol cannot be bought at all, so spontaneous Sunday parties have to be thrown in bars.
Sweets in Sweden are eaten not only with coffee: check how you feel about meatballs (köttbullar) with lingonberry jam. There is always pickled herring on the restaurant menus, and there are as many options for pickling as there are pasta sauces in Italy. Marinated anchovies are added to the Janssons frestelse potato casserole. And if you want to feel the full flavor of life in the kingdom, try the shrimp and caviar sauce and the romantic green Princess cake.
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Alpaca wool – origin and properties
Alpaca is a very cute animal that lives in the Peruvian Andes.Today there are two types of animals: Alpaca Huacaya – the most common species, similar to a small fluffy bear and Alpaca Suri. The latter is more rare. Its wool is considered to be of the highest quality, and therefore valuable.
Many thousands of years ago, these animals were domesticated by the inhabitants of the South American Andes. The ancient Incas were able to appreciate the wool of these animals for its unique properties and noble color. This wool was even their local currency.
Alpaca wool among the Incas was worn only by tall persons.But the new inhabitants of South America, the Spaniards who came from Europe, brought sheep with them, and the alpaca was immediately underestimated. And only after a lapse of almost four centuries, the former popularity of the alpaca returned. Since the 80s of the last century, they have become seriously interested in animals. Peru is the largest supplier of alpaca wool today.
Alpaca with its appearance resembles a llama, alpaca wool is one of the most expensive. Alpaca wool, which has unique properties, is used to produce fabric. Alpaca combines the best properties of wool from llamas and camels.Luxurious alpaca fabric is soft and warm. It has 22 natural shades – from pure white to black. Therefore, wool is most often not dyed.
Compared to sheep wool, alpaca fibers are stronger and warmer, which is why this unique wool is durable, and in addition, it is extremely light. Since alpaca wool is soft and smooth, it does not cause discomfort when it comes into contact with the body. Due to the listed properties, alpaca fabrics have antiseptic properties and do not cause allergic reactions, and do not wrinkle or stretch.
Many woolen fabrics are prone to felting and rolling, but alpaca products do not have these drawbacks, moreover, they are resistant to dirt. Alpaca protects not only from cold, but also from heat – this is also its uniqueness. It is not hot in alpaca products in summer, and not cold in winter.
Today, alpacas are bred for the purpose of obtaining wool, which is sheared from animals once every two years. An adult animal produces up to three kilograms of high-quality wool for one haircut.The sorting process is done by hand, so the wool is of unrivaled quality. After sorting, dirt, sand, etc. are removed from the fibers. Next, spinning begins, after which the material is thoroughly washed, removing the remaining dirt and grease. After all stages of processing, the wool can be dyed if necessary.
Scarves, caps, hats
Coats, jackets, jackets, sweaters;
Blankets, blankets, carpets, fabrics
Fiber from alpaca wool can be used for independent knitting of the same products, it all depends on the craftswoman.
Fabrics made of alpaca wool are used for sewing coats, jackets and other wardrobe items. In this case, the wool of young animals is used, for the manufacture of carpets – of older individuals.
Types of alpaca wool
Depending on the diameter, alpaca wool is divided into several types:
Royal alpaca – 19 microns
Baby alpaca – 22.5 microns
Very soft alpaca – 25.5 microns
Adult alpaca – 32 microns
Of all the types, baby alpaca wool is considered the best.
Caring for alpaca wool
How to store the garment? Some wool products do not tolerate mothballs, including alpaca, so use cedar, lavender, or tobacco to keep moths away.
Wool or alpaca wool
Wash in cool water with special detergents. After washing, things should simply be squeezed in your hands, and not squeezed by twisting. Dry away from heating appliances, avoiding sunlight.Then lay the garments on a flat surface with a cloth, such as a terrycloth, underneath, giving it its natural shape, aligning the sleeves, side seams and other elements.
When the garment is left in this position for a while, the remaining moisture will transfer from it to the towel. Then, in the same way, you can put this product on the same, but dry cloth. In this position, the product should dry completely. This will avoid deformation during drying.
Iron if necessary.But this process should be performed even more carefully and through a damp cloth.