Friday, August 23, 2013

St-Germain and the Jazz Age Lawn Party






When St-Germain asked Bobby and I to be their guests at this year's Jazz Age Lawn Party, we immediately accepted with an enthusiastic "yes!" and packed a picnic basket for our favorite summer event. It's like stepping into the past, with dapper gents and decked out gals picnicking, dancing to Michael Aranella and His Dreamland Orchestra, sipping on prohibition era inspired St-Germain cocktails and immortalizing the affair with vintage portraits on a paper moon. There are 20s motorcars, antique gramophones, and even a bathing beauties and beaus promenade. Everything about it is exceedingly charming, and Governors Island - just a ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle - is the perfect setting.







Outfit Details:
The WhitePepper sailor dress (on sale)
Seychelles oxford heels (old)
Anthropologie bow cloche
Juicy Couture sunglasses (old)
vintage parasol
(See Bobby's blog for his details)

Last year, I wore an authentic 20s day dress and practically ruined it because it was so delicate, so I decided to explore the rest of my closet and see what else could work. I've also received a lot of inquiries about what to wear to such an event, and the good news is that you probably have something in your closet, already. The key is to focus on the details: silhouette (drop waist), hats and hair accessories (a cloche, turban, a statement headband worn across the forehead), makeup (dramatic and expressive!), and a little something to take it over the top - a fan, or in my case, a little parasol.

At first, I considered a beaded, Gatsby-esque dress with art deco details and my handmade lace jacket, but soon decided it was more suitable for the evening (anyone want to throw a theme party?). My dropped-waist polka dot dress would have been perfect for day time, but it felt more mod than 20s. Still, with the right accessories, it would have worked.


In the end, the sailor dress won. It has a slightly higher waist than the drop-waist silhouettes of the 20s, but the loose fit gives it a similar look - and the sailor details add to the overall vintage feel. The accessories and makeup pull it all together: a bow-adorned cloche, a vintage parasol, and heeled oxfords.


Clara Bow inspired my dramatic makeup - sleepy, smokey eyes and red lips - and I rounded out my brows just a tad, as those were the style, back then. It's easier and cheaper to pull together a period look when you hone in on the details, instead of doing literal interpretations. Of course, it was even easier for Bobby because this is basically his everyday look - he just added a boater and that was that!



Speaking of Bobby: as some of you know, he's a barman at both Milk & Honey and Lantern's Keep, which specialize in cocktails from the turn of the century. He created a special cocktail (above), reminiscent of the jazz age era, with St-Germain. Click over to This Fellow to see his cocktail creation (along with instructions on how to recreate it at home), and see more photos from our day on St-Germain's Facebook page!

60 comments:

  1. Great story, so much in love with jazz! And thanks for just being so gorgeous - this blog inspires me so much! The fact that I pin at least one photo from each post speaks for itself :)

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  2. Love, love , love your look ! And thanks for sharing this beautiful story

    XX Luba

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  3. You both look so amazing. Love the cute photos.

    xx Mira

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  4. Ohh wow, these photos are absolutely stunning!

    Jasmin

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  5. Must have been a beautiful day :) I wish they do something like that here in italy :(

    Nadia from The Life In A Year

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  6. You really looked the part. Love the cloche! I would love to go to an event like this, a good excuse to dress up!

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  7. I saw this dress on the youtuber Rach Martino, and it is absolutely gorgeous

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  8. Oh my GOD the hats. And the finger waves. But the hats!!!!

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  9. You and Bobby both look amazing!
    Amia
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  10. i long for a time i was never around for. looks like an amazing time though. very gatsby.

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  11. You both look amazing!! Such a cool event!

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  12. You guys are too cute! What a great look you put together! I'd love to have some sort of Roaring 20's party just so I can dress up - especially since I loved Baz Lurhman's adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" with the amazing jewelry and costumes and soundtrack and actors...and it's getting ready for its DVD release! Maybe a DVD release party? If so, I'll definitely attempt the St-Germain Absinthe Frappé
    Cheers!

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  13. One word is AMAZING! You look totally like from 20´s great!

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  14. Oh, this post made me so happy this morning. Thanks for sharing the great photos. What a fantastic soiree! Y'all are just adorable, and the inspiration is much appreciated. :)

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  15. very lovely! and I love St. Germaine. going to check out Bobby's recipe now :)

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  16. Wow, i would love to attend one of these parties. You look adorable. I love that straw hat.

    -Debbie
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  17. Love the '20s theme! Both you and Bobby look amazing and the decor of the party is fabulous :)

    -Jen

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  18. I love these photos! Your outfits are perfect, and it's really true - all in the details!

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  19. Oh wow, looks like we stepped back into the 20s. Love the make up.

    xoxo
    Ivy
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  20. Oh my this is a fabulous looking event. My boyfriend has agreed that when we get a house I can have a 50's theme party. Maybe after that I will have a 20's.


    Emily
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  21. You look absolutely fabulous, dear! I thought I was watching at an old Hollywood movie when I went through your pics- perfection!


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  22. Well, you too just can't be more beautiful. I love your outfit for the day and how you focused on details. I've really enjoyed reading this post with all your tips and explanations. Love your blog!
    Have a great weekend!
    xx,
    E.
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  23. WOW! So lovely! Your make up is just perfect!

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  24. Hey,
    amazing pictures and beautiful styles! :)
    Kisses
    Tabea

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  25. Jealous ;) I can only wish to attend to a party like this. Lovely pictures and outfits.

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  26. Loving this post :) You guys are VERY Gatsby and so good at it. Your makeup is my favorite part though. It's so dreamy. Well done, chick!

    xo Ashley
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  28. This looks like soo much fun!

    C.C

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  29. you both look POSITIVELY AMAZING! so on-era and gorgeous


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  30. Yes. This is actually on my "life list" as something I want to do (sooner rather than later) -- I love the 1920's (clothing, food, music, literature, everything). Also, Bobby and I both have matryoshka tattoos. Small world.
    xx Abby | a geek tragedy

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  31. That cocktail looks delicious! And that event looks like it was absolutely lovely.

    Mana
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  32. I was so excited to go the Jazz Age Party, but sadly had to cancel at the last minute! I'm definitely going to attend in June! I absolutely love the dress that you picked! So cute!
    ~Sara

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  33. Wow - this is amazing how you got into the character <3 Really love it! And those are so beautiful photos! =^.^=
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  34. I'd love a tutorial on your makeup look here!

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  35. Love the hot red lip color and booties contrasting to a sweet sailor dress.
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  36. it is like watching a beautiful old movie! thank you for sharing this beautiful day with us!


    love, Simona!

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  37. You look straight out of the Great Gabsty!

    xo Jennifer

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  38. AAACK--How did I miss this event? I've heard about it before and promised myself I wouldn't miss it next time. Ah well. Anyway how call that you guys went at St. Germain's guests, and you definitely nailed the look with the sailor dress and cloche. (So Edith from Downton.) And I agree, a day look worked the best for the event even if it is tempting to pile on the fringe and beads whenever one thinks of the jazz age.

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  39. I LOVE THIS POST! love both yours and Bobby's look! and the party seems so fun. There is nothing more exciting and glam than vintage. Love it.
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  40. Love the style! Amazing photos!!!! :)

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  41. Incredible look and photos!!! I'm a new follower.

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  42. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!! Off to check out Bobby. You guys were MADE for this era.

    Tanya xx

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  43. Great post! You two look amazing!

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  44. Soooo amazing pics <3
    I love it ! And this lipstick is perfect for you !
    xoxo

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  45. LOVE this post!!! I'm going to a 1940s party in London for my Birthday! Aren't vintage parties the best!!!!
    Cx
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  46. Love the dress! Looks amazing on you

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  47. awww the both of you look great!!

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  48. WOW
    i love this post!
    i adore it so much!

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  49. Both of you look incredible! Off to check out the cocktail now :)
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  50. pleeaaase post a tutorial for your eyes!

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  51. I just found your blog & have been happily entertained for the past hour! Love love love! Beautiful pictures, outfits & faces!

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  53. Love this! You two look so dapper :) Both you and your boyfriend look like you came out of a movie! lol

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  54. So nice! I would love to participate in something like that one day :)

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  55. I live for moments like these. I wish more people I knew would be willing to partake in such an event...currently broadening my horizons and expanding my circles. This is genius. Bobby's outfit gives me life by the way!

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