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!
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!
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.
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!