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  1. Sandi
    October 31, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    You look amazing. Wonderful outfit. :) You would totally do better as Don Draper’s BETTER half.

    Of course, I haven’t seen the show since Season 1, but…yeah. 😉 Happy Hallowe’en.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 31, 2012 @ 9:20 am

      Obviously I have something of a Mad Men…errr… fetish, is probably not too strong a word, although it makes me sound insane.

      Halloween is the one day I can dress like this, and not be committed. ☺
      Happy Halloween!!

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  2. patinaandcompany
    October 31, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    Fantastic. And well-said. Great outfit! Have a lovely Hallowe’en.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 31, 2012 @ 9:27 am

      Right before I hit publish, I was like—I *really* cannot believe I’m about to put this on the Internet! Blogging has turned me into someone I don’t always recognize!!
      Happy Halloween!!!

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  3. Karen B.
    October 31, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Victoria,
    If I make typos in this reply it’s because I’m bleary -eyed from laughing so hard! Love the dress, no, really, I think that dress works in today’s fashion as well as it would have in the sixties. I want to go as you to next year’s Halloween party and have Mr. B dye his hair and go as Don.
    I’ve got to learn how to work with images on my site so that I can photoshop myself into Downton Abbey pictures…which is more my speed…especially since I lived through the sixties (I was but a child).
    Happy Halloween.
    Karen

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 31, 2012 @ 9:29 am

      LOL! Calling my skills photoshopping is probably an offense to anyone who actually uses photoshop.

      All I did was cut and paste the photos together. Literally. No image editor. I was actually pretty happy with the jarring result… it’s weirder that way.

      You would look AWESOME in Downton Abbey. Everything is better with a butler!
      Happy Halloween!!

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      • Karen B.
        October 31, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

        Thanks, Victoria. From your blog post to Julian Fellowes, I’d love to let him know I’d be content with a minor role as a maid. :-)
        Karen

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        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          November 1, 2012 @ 8:49 am

          Personally? I’m hoping to replace Maggie Smith. Obviously, I wouldn’t be nearly as magnificent, but her role is so phenomenal, I wouldn’t be happy playing anyone else!!

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  4. Stacey
    October 31, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Don should be so lucky! A girl like you… WAY out of his league. (giggle) But he is freakin’ hot, isn’t he? LOVE the “costume”. I call it a costume… but really I think you should wear it around town from time to time because it looks FABULOUS, dahling. The pearls are awesome!

    Super cute, Victoria. I think AMC should use this as a promo for the upcoming season! I hear Don will be hitting the beach in Hawaii… can you say “hunk in a bathing suit”? :-) (with a drink in his hand and a cigarette, of course) Happy Halloween! I’m off to eat a tootsie roll.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 31, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

      I though I was Don’s biggest fan…. But In looking for pics of him for this post, I found a link to an ebay listing where they auctioned off a walk-on appearance in the show’s next season.

      The auction was over, which is a good thing, since I *badly* would have wanted to outbid the winning buyer—$30,200.  Crazy, no?

      Happy Halloween!

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  5. mrscarmichael
    October 31, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    Leave him alone. He’s mine……………..

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 31, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

      I actually laughed out loud. Then I was like—bring it. I think I can take you… I probably have a height advantage.

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      • mrscarmichael
        October 31, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

        I think you do too. Follow me I just might make you laugh again.

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  6. notesfromrumbleycottage
    October 31, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    Can I say this without being offensive? You look f***ing Great. I am jealous!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 31, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

      Thank you! Thank you! That was last weekend, and by the time I got home, I’ve never been so happy to see my sweatpants.

      Glamour is lovely, but so uncomfortable!!

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  7. Christie Barnes Valdez
    October 31, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    TOO CUTE!!!! :)

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  8. Danielle
    October 31, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    Ha, ha, ha!! You are the best! I think you could totally take down Megan AND Betty. Happy Halloween!

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  9. RedCandy
    October 31, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    OH MY GOD!! I almost choked on my morning coffee (it’s only 7.30am here)!!!!! LOL You look fabulous! LOVE LOVE your outfit!
    A little obsessed with Don Draper are we? 😉

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 1, 2012 @ 8:51 am

      It’s to the point where I don’t even try to hide my addiction.
      Next I may buy Paul a fedora and just call him Don… We’ll see how he feels about that.

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  10. Amanda S.
    October 31, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    I love Megan Calvet Draper! Maybe I feel a weird young step-mother complicity with her or something. But I also love Betty… Adorable costume and post, love Mad Men, too!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 1, 2012 @ 9:01 am

      I was so certain that Don and Betty *must* be going to get back together… so Megan is kind of the wrench in my ultimate Mad Men plot.

      Also, I feel that Megan has unfairly gotten the “new and improved” version of Don… which makes me mad. Everyone acts like Betty’s just crazy—rather than how maybe Don made her that way.

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      • Amanda S.
        November 1, 2012 @ 9:09 am

        They soo definitely left it open. I do like Betty’s new husband though, he is a good guy. If I say I totally get Betty… omg… does that make me crazy, too? Wow I am way too invested in this show — it’s my dream to write a doctoral dissertation on it… too bad I’m in the wrong field!!!

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        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          November 1, 2012 @ 9:22 am

          Betty is so reviled, I hesitate to tell people how much I love her. I agree her new husband is lovely… he’s just not Don. And, as you can see? I’m kind of fixated on Don.

          If I could go live inside my TV with those people, I totally would.

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  11. Snoring Dog Studio
    November 1, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    Hilarious and adorable. Love those pearls! I’ve never watched Mad Men and probably never will but this was a wonderful introduction to it.

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  12. Jacqueline Palfy Klemond
    November 1, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    That is hilarious!

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  13. holistic complications
    November 2, 2012 @ 4:55 am

    Great photos, awesome fun!!

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  14. City girl
    November 3, 2012 @ 1:49 am

    That was fantastic! What an imagination you have and photoshopping your self in the photos was such a great idea. oh and love the necklace(s) also.

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  15. Alex @ northstory
    November 4, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    I go away for barely a week and I miss this fabulousness? Damnit you look amazing and that cast photo – I’m still trying wipe the tears away from my eyes. I tried getting into Mad Men but couldn’t and I have no idea why. Actually I do. I think I just needed complete concentration on the show. It’s sort of like Breaking Bad. Smart shows require smart viewing habits meaning no “Mommy I want jooooooooooce pleeeezzzzzz” in the background every 5 mins. I’ll catch up in 20 years and that style will still be as sexy and cool as it is on you. :)

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 4, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

      Mad Men is like the perfect storm for me—I love every single piece of it. The sets, the plot, the actors, the costuming… Multiplied by my tendency for obsessive focus on something I love. Plus, I find Don Draper wildly attractive.

      As much as I think Star Wars conventions or other wacky, comic-based gatherings of people who seem a little on the fringe… are inexplicably weird? I would TOTALLY go to a Mad Men convention.

      Hope you were on vacation, and that it was relaxing… or exciting, whichever was the goal.

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  16. LowLevelRebel
    December 13, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Found you from Apartment Therapy. You’re a riot. The end.

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  17. Tracey
    April 7, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    You mean this isn’t how you dress all the time? It’s soooo you. Sorry I’m a bit at to post but I’m still catching up with all the blogs – s0o much to read, so0 little time. Cherio see you n the next blog. T.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 8, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

      If it weren’t incredibly uncomfortable, I would totally dress like that all the time… Also, I’m pretty sure it explains why Betty is in such a bad mood all the time… I think if she wore sweatpants, she’d be an entirely different person.

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  18. Sandy Cash
    June 22, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    You are a scream

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  19. Kathie
    June 28, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    I too know absolutely nothing about this show “Mad Men” or your illustrious Don, but I can tell you, you are one hilarious introduction to it and him and I think you absolutely fabulous in that outfit! – it is stunning in such a retro kind of way – totally hip!

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  20. Antigone
    July 2, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    Mmmmm….I don’t look fantastic….but u do!
    I therefore have a question for u Elizabeth: how do u manage to stay so thin?
    I used to be…sniff, sniff

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  21. Ellice
    July 6, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    Lovely…..

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  22. Mad Men: a Personal and Somewhat Premature Memoriam to Mid Century Modernism, Don Draper and Madison Avenue | being mrscarmichael
    July 14, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    […] this secret before) I have been in love with him since 2007. Others pretend to his affections (http://victoriaelizabethbarnes.com/mad-love-a-halloween-message-to-don-draper/) but ya’all, Mrs C’s the real […]

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  23. Adrianne B
    July 16, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    I adore the skirt. Crinolines really need to come back!

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  24. Michelle P
    July 23, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    Ok…I have a confession. I came to this site off of Pinterest for your brooch necklace. I had the day from hell yesterday and today all I wanted to do was zombie drool over jewelry. Then I saw your Message to Don. OMG….I couldn’t stop laughing…till I was crying. I LOVE Mad Men and Don is my secret crush (I wanna help decorate his apartment, with me). But this post seriously put me in a better mood! I love your wit and charm and your outfit is to die for. Great blog! I’ll keep coming back…just to get away from it all….sipping an old-fashioned of course.

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  25. SSdGJ
    August 27, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    Don… DON… ahhhh Don…
    my favorite line of all during “Zou Zou Bisou” performance

    “You should sing like that”
    “Why don’t you look like him…?”

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  26. Just like Casablanca… But with a better ending. - Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    October 29, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    […] If no part of this video makes sense to you, my Mad Men obsession is best explained via my Halloween costume from last […]

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  27. Trisha D.
    October 29, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    Ohmygosh this is seriously the best Halloween Outfit ever!! Mad men is amazing.

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  28. Michelle
    October 29, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    BEST. HALLOWEEN. COSTUME. EVER! While I love this, I found myself remembering and enjoying all over again, the blog post about the mirror you’re standing in front of:) Ok I think I need to go and read it again.

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