Thursday, January 14, 2016

You are Finally Really Laughing With Lizzie! Today I turned 20! - GIVEAWAY!

Hello my dear friends and loyal readers,

Today I am thrilled to announce that "I am not one and twenty" - finally I am 20 years of age! Lizzy Bennet's age! I am now able to say you are actually Laughing With Lizzie - or as close to actually being Lizzy Bennet as I am going to get! (I have been in training, it seems - see photos below to understand that statement!) *UPDATE: now I am running a giveaway too! Details below :)* 


I am sorry I have been quiet over the winter - I haven't been particularly well! As a result I didn't have time to do a summary of 2015! So, instead, I will do you a 'what to look forward to in 2016 - my 'Lizzy' year!'





Some of my friends who will be attending!
Well, in February I am very much looking forward to a Regency House Party which I and a group of friends have organised! Check out where we are staying: it is an amazing place! It is going to be a week full of amateur dramatics, card games, musical evenings, and even a ball - I can't wait!
 

Disney Darcy?


I have a few other balls I am looking at, but there isn't much on in the winter Regency wise! I am having a very un-Jane Austen-y trip to Disneyland - grown up, I know, but my sister and I have been meaning to go for years, and we finally are!


Perhaps this is the Disney version of Mr Darcy? I'll be on the look out!  







Last June at Jane's house!
Then I have my accommodation booked for the Jane Austen Regency Week in Chawton. We are actually staying in a house Jane Austen knew well, and visited often! (Read about it here!) - it was the house which belonged to Jane Austen's niece, and she mentions Wyards in many of her letters! I still need to book my tickets actually... What do you think can't be missed from this schedule?





A picnic outside the Royal Crescent last September!

My next major event is, of course, September! Accommodation is booked for that too! (This lovely place!) I can't wait for this - it was such good fun last year!






Dancing at last September's ball!


I will have a few family holidays in between these Austen events, and of course I am going to find any Austen connection I can wherever I go! I am also on the look out for any other events, particularly balls, which I can attend - I have rather taken a fancy to attending balls!






Now, back to celebrating that I am 20! Lizzy Bennet! *singing* Happy birthday to me!* To explain my earlier comment, out of interest more than anything (as I have been told a few times I look a bit like Jennifer Ehle), I decided to try and find photos of myself which match those of Jennifer Ehle and Keira Knightley. I thought it was going to be really hard, but it was easy!

Some of the photo matches I found were scarily similar, in fact! It is like I have been in training to be Lizzy Bennet, or I have been absorbing and imitating their facial expressions and mannerisms without realising it!  Take a look for yourself!

*DISCLAIMER: I took none of these photos especially or on purpose so that I matched the photos of Ehle/Knightley - honest!*

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Who do you think I look most like? (or neither of them!) Any favourite comparisons? 

UPDATE: I am feeling generous! Answer the above questions to be entered into a giveaway for a special prize which money can't buy! (Handmade by yours truly - and personalised too!) Open internationally! Leave your email address, so I can contact the winner for a postal address! 


Bring on 2016! Keep laughing!



Your affectionate friend,
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82 comments:

  1. Congratulations on turning 20 and sharing your plans for 2016! You are staying in some fabulous places and I'm sure you'll have a wonderful year!

    The photos are amazing; incredibly charming and uncannily similar in almost every case! I hadn't thought you looked like Jennifer Ehle before now, but to be honest, in the comparison photos, you've managed to look like both her and Keira and yourself all at the same time!

    Happy birthday!!!!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I can't wait for all my plans this year!

      And thank you re pictures - some are uncanny aren't they!

      Thanks again for stopping by! :D

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  2. Happy Birthday you look charming these holiday mansions are inticing I wish I could join. (why do they need a dishwasher dont they have downstairs staff?) lots of luck and love Mrs Benyishai

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    1. hehehe I know. Staying somewhere with no staff... what would Lady Catherine say?

      Thank you for stopping by! :) xx

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  3. Happy birthday! Wishing you the happiest of days. I love those photo matchups, particularly the ones with Jennifer Ehle. It looks like you have a splendid year lined up! :)

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  4. Maggie McConnaha14 January 2016 at 23:56

    Happy birthday to us, sister! I choose number 11 or all with Jennifer Ehle :) Crossing my fingers for good luck.

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  5. I like the ones of you with Jennifer Ehle best--you look most like her and they seem to match up the best, too. I have pinned a whole bunch of the photos on Pinterest--so fun! Happy birthday, sweet girl!

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      Thank you for stopping by! :) xx

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  6. I'd say number 25 but they are all spookily close especially the Jennifer Ehle one! Great post and happy birthday my lovely!

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  7. WOW, you really ARE Lizzie Bennet!! It's quite amazing! You not only look like her (I think Jennifer Ehle resembles you the most), but you also get to live like a Regency heroine! :D You look beautiful in all your photos, but my favourite comparisons are the ones with the umbrella, and the one where you are wearing a pink gown (the third one). Happy 20th birthday, and I wish you all the best!!

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    1. Thank you! :D I am rather fond of my ball gown - and of attending balls and dancing now too!

      Thank you for stopping by! :) xx

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  8. 14 is my favorite comparison. Its very sweet and happy. And speaking of Happy... Happy Birthday! I've missed chatting you up! -Evie

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    1. hehehe I look cheeky in that photo! Thank you!

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  9. I'm leaning toward Jennifer Ehle. I am partial to the royal blue dress. It is very becoming. Have a wonderful Birthday and keep that lovely smile on your face!

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    1. My very first outfit, so it will always have a special place in my heart!

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  10. Happy 20th Birthday Year! Yes, you do look
    like Jennifer Ehle in many, many of those
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  11. I love the one with you and Keira in the mirror. But you do look alot like Jennifer Ehle. I hope your year is everything you want it to be. I was so excited when I turned twenty and I thought of Elizabeth Bennet. I thought it would be the year for my true love. He did come but it was three years later.

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    1. At least he still came - that is what is important! I am excited for my Lizzy year :)

      Thank you for stopping by! :) xx

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  12. Being not yet one and twenty is a wonderful time of life, and it sounds like you already have some wonderful plans to help you enjoy the year ahead! Photo groups 5,9,24 are all very special...but the radiance of both of your lovely smiles on number 11 is my favorite! Linda. Viggie62@yahoo.com

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    1. I am very much looking forward to my Lizzy year!

      Thank you for stopping by! :) xx

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  13. Happy Birthday Sophie! Hmm curious what you will come up with ;) Enjoy your Lizzie year my friend!

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  14. I believe Jennifer Ehle! And number 1 is my favorite!! I'll miss you as moderator! And I'm totally jealous of all of your Jane Austen trips! I wish I could visit England tour a bunch of those places :)
    Enjoy your 2016!!
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    1. Thank you! I will miss you too! Just too busy now :S If you do get over here, make sure you tell me and we can meet up!

      Thank you for stopping by! :) xx

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  16. Happy Birthday, I think I love the most 10,11,14 and 24

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    1. Interesting to see your choices :) and Thank you for stopping by! :) xx

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  17. I thin number 2,4 and 18 are very Alike. Hope you had a wonderful birthday.

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    1. Thank you! I did! I am fond of number 2 as well :)

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  18. Happy Birthday, Sophie! It's quite apparent that you DO look much like the beautiful Jennifer Ehle, especially in numbers 2, 3, 11, 17, and 19, where the two of you unabashedly show your happiness, affection, and/or curiosity for someone of the opposite sex. MR. DARCY, perhaps? Well done! It was great fun to see the pics for your birthday! Cheers!

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    1. hehehe thank you! I like number 2 and 17 as well! :)

      Thank you for stopping by! :) xx

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  19. I like 14 you look just like her!!!

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    1. hehehe my cheeky look!

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  20. Happy Birthday! The last one is definitely the best picture and most similar! Lovely pic!

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    1. I like that one as well! Thank you!

      Thank you for stopping by! :) xx

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  21. Happy Birthday! You look lovely in all of them. You look the most like her in number 14 but my absolute favourite is number 26 you look so happy! Caitlin

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    1. Thank you! I was very happy when number 26 was taken! As was Elizabeth at that point in the story!

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  22. Happy Birthday! I think in number 11 you truly look like Jennifer Ehle, but you are lovely in all of them.

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  23. Happy Birthday! I barely remember 20 but I know it was a great year. I am so jealous you get to go to all those fun Regency events. I'm aiming for the Jane Austen Society of North American Annual General Meeting in Washington, DC in October. While DC is my favorite city in the world, it lacks the charm of England.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you get there! I am very much looking forward to my year ahead!

      Thank you for stopping by! :) xx

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  24. You are lovely as yourself and you also look like both actresses. I especially love pictures 14 and 26.

    Happy birthday!

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  25. I hope you had a very happy birthday!

    You look the most like Kiera in photo #4 and most like Jennifer in photo #11, IMHO, but you look lovely in all of them.

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  26. Many congratulations on reaching 'not one and twenty'! It is but a dim and distant memory for me.

    The photo comparsons are amazing. I think you more closely resemble Jennifer rather than Keira but you've got so many similar expressions to both of them. My favourite Keira one is no. 4 and my favourite Jennifer one is no. 14.

    I'm totally envious of the year you have planned. I'm still working on my plan to get to Chawton in June, if only for a couple of days. Fingers crossed!

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    1. Thank you! I am very much looking forward to my Lizzy year!

      I agree about Jennifer :)

      I hope you do as I want to meet you!

      Thanks for stopping by! :) xx

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  27. Happy Belated Birthday Sophie. I would say the picture of Keira Knightley with her hand on her chin and you with your hand on your chin. It looks like you are mirroring each other. laura@netfora.com

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    1. Thank you!

      It does, doesn't it? I honestly wasn't trying to mirror her! Just... coincidence!

      Thanks for stopping by! xx

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  28. Happy Birthday! Oh, to be 20 years old again!

    Loved all the comparison pictures! I can definitely see a likeness between you and the lovely Jennifer Ehle. :-)

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  29. 8, 17 and 21 so it is Ehle that I see the resemblance more :)
    enjoy your 20s as they fly really quickly! I will be 30 in March and I can assure you that the 20s are lovely years but they go to fast!!

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  30. Oh you totally got that glance when you smile! Number 11 shows you're actually modern Bennet! I love 26th as well! Happy birthday, dear! Check out my blog sometime ;) http://sewingmachineandjuliet.blogspot.nl
    I'm polish girl but perhaps you'd enjoy the photos!
    Austen forever <3

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    1. yay! Modern bennet! I will take that! Oh I will have a look at your blog! thanks!

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  31. Laurel Marie Lazov22 January 2016 at 22:49

    Oh dearest Lizzie do be serious...a giveaway that money can't buy! �� My e-mail is poohgiggles1970@gmail.com or I use my yahoo the most which is poohgiggles1970@yahoo.com�� Have a lovely day!

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  32. Happy birthday hope youyou have a great time I love number 2 wolfgirl1974@hotmail.co.uk

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  33. Happy belated birthday. I'd say you look most like Jennifer Ehle number 8.
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  34. Hope you had a lovely birthday. These picture are fabulous.
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  36. Happy Birthday! Oh to be 20 again! Lol at 47, I've grown to know so much that I would not have done at 20.but i envy you more for your unending spirit! It took me much longer to find that. I think you look most like Jennifer Ehle. You both have the same shadow of gave and expression. And I really dint like Kiera Knightley. She is insipid, which you definitely are not! I love the pictures! Thank you for the giveaway! theardentreader at aol.com

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  37. Happy Birthday! Oh to be 20 again! Lol at 47, I've grown to know so much that I would not have done at 20.but I envy you more for your unending spirit! It took me much longer to find that. I think you look most like Jennifer Ehle. You both have the same shape of face and expression. And I really don't like Kiera Knightley. She is insipid, which you definitely are not! I love the pictures! Thank you for the giveaway!
    theardentreader at aol.com

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  38. LOVE the pictures! I pick 19. The bonnet pics! Just the look in your eye was priceless. So happy that you are now 'not one and twenty'. Happy Birthday season! Barbara Tiller Cole barbaratillercole@gmail.com

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  39. happy birthday !!!! i think mainly you captured the spirit and the soul of lizzie, i like most the pictures 2, 9 and 16 ; the reflection at the mirror ... both gorgeous
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  40. Happy (belated) Birthday!! My favorite pictures are nr 2 and nr 9. They look simply fabulous, I "must" take some pictures of myself as Lizzie. You inspire me :D

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    1. Thank you! What's funny is I didn't take any of these on purpose! They just happen to be quite Lizzy ish!

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  41. Happy Birthday Dearie! I hope this year is great for you and we can catch up sometime (now I finally can go on a uni exchange somtime) if not theres always skype now :)
    You have my email and
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    All the best!
    ~Evie

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