Buon giorno lovelies! I’ve mentioned earlier in the week what a super busy weekend Floyd a I had. It doesn’t happen often that we take all of our weekend’s evenings off, as I usually have my head buried in writing and conspiring my next move for #projectsharm. Last weekend, however, it just got so jammed packed with activities, we had no choice but to go with the flow.
On Sunday we went to what I thought was the party of the year. One of our close friends, also the brainbox behind Fluent Studio, one of the most cutting edge animation and motion graphics agency I’ve ever worked with, threw a Great Gatsby inspired cocktail party at his home, with Demis Valsecchi Trio playing live jazz, amazing cocktails, and just an elegant and fun atmosphere. Hubby, however, is not really the fancy dress type, so I felt extra pressure to really channel the 1920s and go the extra mile to look the part.
Time was not on my side, though. I had a terribly busy week, and all my casual trips to small local shops looking for accessories turned out to be useless. Don’t get me wrong, lots of 1920-30s accessories, but not my kind. I can be a girly girl, but I’m always looking for a bit of a modern twist – vintage is not really thing.
Then last Saturday I popped into M&S and I found everything I needed. I purposely stayed away from plasticky pearl necklaces – I was looking for black, perhaps glass, or a good quality rhinestone necklace, and the right 1920s inspired hair accessory with a modern twist. Never did I think I would have found exactly what I needed in this M&S multi-faceted black bead necklace!
For my hairband, I opted for this M&S tassel necklace. I had no idea of how exactly I was going to hold it up, but I knew that it was long enough to create a double headband, so I just went for it hoping for a stroke of genius!
The end result? This! (apologies for the low quality image – this one was taken with my mobile phone as I was getting ready!).
I straightened my hair with my trusted ghd IV salon styler straightener (what would I do without it?!) and then used my Tony & Guy Curl Iron to create some soft curls. I used a plain black hairband to tuck in my curls and create a soft bob, and left a few loose curls at the front. With the help of some bobby pins I then wrapped the tassel necklace around it to form a double band. A bit of make up (smokey eye and bright lipstick are a must!) and I was ready to go!My dress is by Catherine Malandrino. My mum bought it for herself last year but then realised it wasn’t fitting her the way it should have, so I, being ‘blessed’ with wide hips (they call it blessing, I call it curse!), ended up inheriting it. I absolutely love this dress. With its low waist it has a 1920s vibe without being too vintage-y. The T-bar shoes, however, are a brand I’ve never heard of. I found them a couple of years ago in TKMaxx and have been worn so much I’ve had to re-heal them a ridiculous amount of times!
Here’s a last picture of myself with my husband, kindly captured by our friend Martin on his phone, so once again apologies for the low resolution!
I must be honest, the 20s-30s is possibly my favourite era, so I really enjoyed dressing up for this party. Even if hubby decided not to go for the full Great Gatsby look (by the way, in case you’re wondering, he is in full Pal Zileri Cerimonia outfit – 3 pieces suit, shirt, tie and shoes), I think together we still looked pretty cool, right? 🙂
Have a lovely weekend everyone, and pop by tomorrow for a round up of some of my favourite posts of this week on the blogosphere.