Decked Out for Newport Art Deco Lawn Party

outfit art deco lawn party

Meant to get this post up days ago, but I broke my blog. That’s right. I broke it.  There was a new update for my blog theme and I attempted the update myself.   Don’t know what the heck I was thinking. I wasn’t even drinking when I decided to do this. So no excuse at all!!!  All I ended up doing was messing things up so that all my posts were not showing online anymore.  If you landed on my blog from an internet search,  all you would see is a “fatal error” message.  Fatal error?  What?  I mean, it was certainly disappointing that my blog was non-operational, but FATAL? That seemed like such a dramatic way to let people know some code was misplaced.

But I was finally able to enlist the help of a professional blog design person who sorted it all out for me,which is what I should have done in the first place.  Lesson learned.

So here’s what I’ve been meaning to post since Sunday.  Last Saturday I joined a bunch of fun vintage loving folks for a lawn party picnic as part of Art Deco Weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. Hosted by the Greater Boston Vintage Society,  this annual event is held on the beautiful grounds of the Fairlawn Estate, owned by Salve Regina University.  There are many activities beside the lawn party, including a murder mystery night ,  black tie ball, swing dance lessons and a sailing trip.

Unfortunately, since I’ve yet to line up a sitter for these two spoiled little beast,  I was not able to attend the whole weekend of festivities, just the lawn picnic.

Notice how much Elvis and Priscilla are  enjoying lounging on the Indian silk saris I bought that are supposed to be a canopy for the bed in my new boho inspired guest room?  They truly think everything that gets delivered here was purchased expressly with them in mind.

Anyway, you can bet your bippy I’ll have a cat sitter lined up for next year. Someone that meets their approval, of course!

1920s style outfit

Vintage themed events are very popular and dressing up for them is a huge part of the fun.  But, even someone like me, who is in the vintage clothing business, can’t always find an authentic vintage dress to wear.  This is especially true when dressing for earlier eras. The clothes pre-1940 are pretty rare.  Fortunately, fashion trends are always repeating. So if you know the key style elements of an era, you can usually cobble something together from newer pieces.

Spotted this 90s bias cut silk chiffon dress on Etsy over a year ago and snapped it up because it had a nice Jazz Era look to it.  I knew I’d get a chance to wear it at some point.  And this Art Deco picnic was the perfect type of venue to  debut this cutie!

20s inspired lace kimono

I thrifted the straw cloche hat and purchased a flower brooch from Claire’s to pin onto it. The pearl jewelry I always have on hand. The ivory T strap shoes by Naturalizer are a fav of mine to wear with 20s and 30s inspired outfits, as they are super comfortable for wearing all day. Here are a similar pair.

I found the ivory lace kimono at Francesca’s.

Upon arrival I met up with the adorable Cynthia Liska, who not only  loves vintage as much as I do, but is also a long time customer of mine.  After all these years I finally got to meet her in person.  So that made the day even more special.

Cynthia Liska

Cynthia Liska-art deco picnic

Here are some of the other swanky ladies and gents who attended.

Now I’ve got to start planning my outfit for the Crane Estate Roaring 20s Lawn Party in August!



Linking up with Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday and  Catherine of Not Dressed as a Lamb for #SaturdayShareLinkUp.

By | 2017-06-03T08:30:58-04:00 May 31st, 2017|Events, Fashion, My Vintage Style|6 Comments

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Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell June 5, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Thanks Jess. I can so picture you in a feminine 1930s inspired bias cut floral dress and a wide brimmed hat for an event such as this. And it must come in really handy to have such a techie husband,lucky lady! Certainly saves a lot of headaches…. and $$$$$ 🙂

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    Jessica A Jannenga June 4, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    This looks SO fun! I would love to go to an event like this. As far as the computer, I let hubby, whos an IT genius ( his work) do it.. glad you got it sorted! LOVE your outfit, the blue flowers and I am in love with your white shawl, such a fab look on you..tip to toe!
    Thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell May 31, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Suzanne, you would really enjoy it. Maybe some summer head down this way to go to the Roaring 20s Lawn Party at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Ma. It would be a blast. Not only does it have my fav 3D’s going on, dancing, drinking and dressing up, there are also some great vintage vendors there. So you can shop too. And I know you’d be great at designing the most beautiful picnic spread.

    I have found some really cute things at Francesca’s. It’s a chain down here. But every store is small, boutique like. That’s why I like it. And, yes, Cynthia’s dress is stunning isn’t it? That gal has quite n amazing vintage wardrobe.

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    Suzanne May 31, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    What fun to attend such an event! I’ve always wanted to go to one of these.

    Your outfit looks fabulous! I adore Francesca’s. We shopped there when I was in New Orleans. That lace kimono is sweet.

    I really love the vintage dress Cynthia is wearing.

    So glad you managed to get your blog working again. That is very stressful when you get an error message like that.


  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell May 31, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you Vix! I just love going to these type of parties. Especially since playing dress up is pretty much my fav thing to do. I nearly choked on my tea when I read about Stephen and the bedspread. So funny how they are, huh? To tell you the truth, I was really surprised to see E&P sharing the saris. She’s usually the one who will swat him away from anything she deems her latest possession.

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    Vix May 31, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Theresa! You look absolutely fabulous in your Jazz Age ensemble. You’re right, gone are the days when you could pick up genuine 1920s pieces at jumble sales for pennies but you’re dead right, fashion constantly repeats itself and your 1990s dress is a superb alternative.
    The event looks wonderful, so many great outfits and Cynthia looks wonderful in her dress.
    Elvis & Priscilla are beautiful and have excellent taste in bedding. Stephen’s purloined a 1950s candlewick bedspread this week and if Frank dares even look at it he gets a swipe around the face.
    So glad you fixed your blog – how scary! xxx

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