August 22, 2012

Blog Tour: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris – Guest Post with G1veaway

Hello wonderful readers!  Thanks for stopping by for our Tour Stop for

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

hosted by Shane @ Itching For Books!

Today, we are super excited to have Rachel stop by with the star of
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, Cat Crawford, where we are all
going to be schooled in the

Fashion Do’s and Don’t of the Sixteenth Century!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post <3

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris
Publish Date:  September 11, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
[youtube_sc url=”” autohide=”1″ hd=”1″]

 Thanks for having me, Maryann! As you know, I love your blog, so it’s so awesome to be here…and what a fun topic to explore. My main character, Cat Crawford, is here to give us all some quick and easy tips for how to dress in the Renaissance. It’s important to note that she’s a twenty-first century girl, so her opinions may not exactly be shared by her sixteenth-century cousins  (*grin*). Take it, Cat!

Fashion Dos and Don’ts of the 16th Century
with Cat Crawford


Okay peeps, as you may know, I recently returned from a time travel adventure to the past. Like, 500 years in the past. And there was a lot to love, but I also spotted some major faux pas going on. So today, I’m here to share Quick and Easy Renaissance Fashion 411 for all future time travelers.


  • Go for the natural look. People, the sickly white makeup with garish scarlet cheeks is not doing anyone any favors


  • Immediately dismiss the men’s colored tights and puffy shorts look. I know, it’s not exactly what hotties today are sporting, but once you get over the eye-popping shock, you actually come to appreciate the yum-a-licious views of their legs. Well, when they’re attached to a hottie, that is.


  • Work the skirt. See, you’re gonna be in dresses—actually surcoats—the entire time, so start practicing the hip sway now. With those swishing skirts accentuating your shrunken waistline (we’ll get to that in a second), attention will be drawn away from the bazillion cultural mistakes you’re bound to be making. (Case in point: do not say the word dude or mention drinking water. Trust me.)


  • Freak out about the corset or corselet if you’re in Florence. The upside, you don’t have to wear them every day. The down side, they do exist. And they suck. And they are from the devil.


  • Sneak a couple pairs of underwear somewhere on your person before you depart. Chicas in the past? Yeah, lots of layers going on, but there’s no primitive version of Victoria’s Secret. I hear some wore option linen drawers, but I saw none of that. So, either embrace the commando or bring some undies from home. You’ll thank me.

And Finally, Don’t:

  • Forget to enjoy the hairstyles. Seriously, the most creative thing I do at home is a French twist or plugging in my curling iron. These women go all out. And bonus, you get your own maid to brush your hair. I guarantee you’ll turn into a pile of goo…unless you get a maid like my cousin Alessandra. Yanking sucks.

Words to live by, Cat!  Thanks for the heads up!
Thank you Rachel for stopping by and allowing us all the chance to brush up on our sixteenth century potential fashion faux pas with Cat!

About The Author:


As a teen, I threw raging parties that shook my parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels.

As an adult, I read and write obsessively, rehash said embarrassing fodder, and dream up characters who become my imaginary friends.

When I’m not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find me homeschooling my two beautiful princesses, hanging out with my amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate.

MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is my first novel. I did have my own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn’t televised.

Connect with Rachel:





Available for Purchase:


Barnes & Noble

The Book Depository

Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this tour!
You can check them all our HERE

Complete the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win:

Win Signed Bookmark &
A Finished Copy of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

Character Trading Cards, Necklace & Tattoos (INT’L)

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



  1. Amy @ Book Loving Mom

    This post was so fun!! Love the underwear advice!!

  2. alicia marie

    Love the do’s and don’ts of the 16th century. I’m pretty sure I’d love having a maid to do my hair too. The most I ever have is maybe a braid :P Thanks for the fun post : )

  3. Vivian

    I love the dresses they used to wear and even though the corset sucks, it does make you body look awesome. Have to try that one day!

  4. Denice Mae

    Thank you for this!!!

  5. Shane

    This is awesome!

    Thanks for participating.

  6. Shannon Duffy

    ROTFLMAO This is so funny! Awesome blog post. I always love to hear what Cat has to say.

  7. Anubha

    love these do’s and dont’s… thank you… :)

  8. Rachel Harris

    Thank you so much for being a part of the tour and being so awesome. This stop was so much fun, and those pictures you found took it took a whole other level. You rock, girl <3 <3 <3

  9. Chapter by Chapter

    YOU are what made this stop awesome Rachel! <333

  10. Sara A.

    The Do’s and Don’ts made me laugh very hard! I love old fashioned stuff and I just cant imagine how they wore corsets! I need to breathee!

  11. staci murden

    Love this!

  12. Cecily White

    LOL!!! My critique partner is a Regency freak, but she never mentioned the underpants!!! Awesome!

    *blows kiss*

  13. Laura

    Now I know what to wear if I ever go to the 16 centrury! It was really fun, I laughed a lot!

  14. Maša

    haha, that was an entertaining read! thanks for the giveaway! :)

  15. Kyra

    Awesome blog post! I love Cat, she’s hilarious! :)

  16. Siiri

    HAHAHAHA :D LOL what a post! Loved this one! OMG, how come I haven’t stumbled upon this before. Thanks for sharing!

Leave a comment

Your comments make us smile!