Sunday, August 17, 2014

"A Little Party Never Killed Nobody!"

Yesterday I attended the 9th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island. It was one of the best events that I have ever attended in my life! It was fun just sitting on our blanket eating the picnic we brought and drinking St. Germain's, and people watching with live music in the background. Unfortunately I missed the period-accurate dance performances by a couple different dance troupes because the ferry line was just so long, and it was a ways from Queens to begin with. If you go next year get there as early as possible! Here are my photos from a day spent back in the Roaring 20's, and my outfit photos follow! 

I wore a gray dress that was a hand-me-down gift from a family friend and neighbor with an H&M lace shirt over it. I added some jewelry I'd had for a while that fit the decade. I wore shoes that my sister had given me ages ago for The Great Gatsby Dance in high school, which was now perhaps 5 or more years ago! Back then, I wore a white fringe dress but since this was a daytime picnic I opted for a lighter look. In high school I was awarded best dressed, but NYC is a bit different than Avon, Connecticut and these people dressed to kill in period accurate garb. If there was a contest, I would barely dare to enter it! The picnic basket and parasol were recent purchases that I got to decorate my room. The parasol was hanging from my bedroom ceiling but fell off one night, so I'll need to re-evaluate that situation! My hair was tucked under and pinned into a fake bob. I sprayed the heck out of it and wore a couple headbands over it, but it still started to fall out and itch so my friend Christine (in orange) helped me re-do it and twisted it around the headbands which also looked gorgeous! Props to her. 

Photography: Maryann, Christine, and myself

Festival Style Tip: Bring extra bobby pins and hair ties, as well as a picnic basket of free food. And stick around past the end for freebies from vendors. 

Outfit Highlights: My favorite part of my ensemble was my parasol which I enjoyed passing around so others could have fun photo opps too! It was one of the cheapest lace options on Amazon, but I also recommend checking out dollar stores in your area. Or if you live near a Chinatown, an asian-inspired umbrella would do the trick and was popular during that era.

Song of the Day: "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" by Fergie from the Great Gatsby Soundtrack. Jay would be proud! 

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