My Vintage Style-Dressing for Art Deco Weekend in Newport RI

1920s lawn party outfit

Back in April I had a CAT-astrophe where I broke one of my fingers while trying to get my fearful feline into his carrier to go on my road trip heading north.  Elvis hates riding in the car and tried to run away from me.  When I went to chase after the unruly critter, I tripped and fell. I’m pretty sure I saw him smirking when it happened.

I should have just left an open suitcase laying around. He’s always happy to jump into one of those. Then I could have just tossed it into the car with the little beast zipped inside. Just kidding, of course. But it did cross my mind.

This totally ridiculous accident put me in a cast for a month.  Ad you can imagine, typing blog posts was much too tedious to do with only one good hand which is why I have not posted in a while. Even now, after getting the cast off, using the mouse for any length of time becomes excruciating and I have to take a break.

I had made reservations for Art Deco Weekend weeks before my injury and I was really excited about attending. But did not relish the idea of having to accessorize all my outfits with a cast. As luck would have it, my orthopedic doctor informed me I would be free of the encumbrance two days before the trip! Even though I would have about two months of physical therapy ahead of me to get my hand working properly again, at least I was able to go to the event without my excess baggage.

This is the outfit I put together for the first night there.  Authentic vintage rayon print palazzo pants, vintage kimono, new sheer black chiffon blouse, Aerosoles T straps, cloche hat and bakelite bead bracelet.

It ended up being a low key evening, with guests settling in. Myself and a couple of other vendors set up to sell clothing in the library of the mansion where the event was held. Everyone just hung around, talked, shopped and had drinks. It was a relaxing evening and fun to meet new people who loved vintage stuff as much as I do!

Art Deco Weekend is organized by Jason Volk of the Greater Boston Vintage Society and is held on the grounds of the Fairlawn Pell Center of Salve Regina University, an historic 1850 mansion on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, R.I.  Bellevue Avenue is where most of Newport’s grand homes are located, including the Breakers, the world famous Vanderbilt mansion.

The Greater Boston Vintage Society has all kinds of events in the New England area. You can learn all about them here.

1920s lawn party outfit

Of course, no Art Deco affair would be complete without a lawn party.  For this I wore an authentic 1920s dress. The lace fringed kimono, the cloche hat, pearl jewelry, stockings and T strap shoes are newer.  The kimono was originally white, but I tea dyed it for an aged look.

Beside the lawn party, the weekend consisted of lectures, dance lessons, lawn games and a black tie ball with a fantastic 18 piece swing band that played classic tunes of the Jazz Era.

I was debating on whether to wear an evening gown or not. But opted for a beaded flapper dress, instead,  since I wanted to wear something that would be easier to swing dance in. This is the Marcelle flapper dress that I sell on my website. I paired it with a newer burnout velvet fringed kimono. The black sequined T strap shoes are new ballroom dance shoes. The fabulous floral embroidered stockings are by a company named Music Legs.  You can find them here. The blue metallic turban was an Amazon find and I just pinned a vintage brooch on it.
For jewelry I wore a blue crystal tassel necklace and a vintage deco style silver and blue cabochon link bracelet.

I was definitely trying to channel my 1920s fashion idol, Phryne Fisher,  in these two outfits.

Here I am between two darling deco dames!

On the last day I went to a classic car exhibit at the Audrain Auto Museum, which is also located on Bellevue Ave. I opted for a 1940s look, wearing a deco print crepe dress by Loco Lindo, black linen jacket with an authentic vintage celluloid orchid brooch on it, 40s black suede peep toe heels and a 1940s wide brimmed hat.

Here’s a gallery of images taken at the event. I had a great time and can’t wait to go back next year!


Till next time…….





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Patti/Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday

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  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell June 10, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Yes, I attended their lawn party a couple years ago. This was the first time I spent the whole weekend and it was so much fun! Thanks for the compliments 🙂

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    Jessica A Jannenga June 6, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    I remember you sharing this event years ago. I LOVE ti and would attend if I could ( wink) Your dress is so gorgeous and I love the kimono with the fringe, how you dyed it. The flapper dress in black with the hat is so fabulous, you look like you could be in a magazine!
    I am sorry to hear of your injury, certainly no fun, but good it didn’t keep you from attending!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell May 31, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Thank you Vix! And Elvis may not look guilty, but he is a very very bad boy 🙂

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    Vix May 31, 2019 at 2:55 am

    I’m so sorry about your poor hand. Looking at Elvis’s gorgeous face, he doesn’t look in the least bit guilty, does he?
    Those event photos are absolutely sensational, the work and effort you put into your outfits show, you look amazing. xxx

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell May 30, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Suzanne, like they used to say in the 20s, it would be the “Bee’s Knees” if you could come down for one of their events.Thanks for the compliments. I always loved playing dress up when I was young. So glad I get a chance to do it again!!!

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    Suzanne Carillo May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    This event looked like a blast! I’m so jealous! I’ve bookmarked their events calendar. I would love to make it down there sometime for one of these.

    I’m happy to know that your hand is healing. A real CATastrophe indeed!

    Your outfits were simply divine! Ms. Fisher would have been very impressed. I’m still admiring the first two outfits which were my favourites. I’ll be pinning these images for future reference.

    I’m sure all the vintage aficionados appreciated your authentic style.


  7. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell May 29, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    May thanks, Ann, for your kind words and healing vibes. My hand feels better already

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    Ann May 29, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    By pure coincidence, I was thinking of you only a couple of days ago, wondering at the fact that I hadn’t seen a blog post from you for a while. What a CATastrophe indeed. I’d use the suitcase trick on Elvis next time as revenge 😉 Poor you, though. Healing vibes from Belgium are on their way. But what a fabulous event you got to go to. Thank you so much for sharing. Your outfits are all utterly divine, my favourites being that gorgeous 1920s dress you wore to the lawn party and – obviously! – the beaded flapper dress. I’m swooning! xxx

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