Thursday, June 18, 2015

What I wore to the Jazz Age Lawn Party

This is the last post in the series The Jazz Age Lawn Party 10th Year Anniversary, What I Wore. I have had so much fun meeting you all at the party, through social media and reading your comments online. Thank you to everyone who said, hi, read my posts, took my picture and allowed me to take yours.

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is a really special event and I enjoy taking the time to create a dress for it. I found the under romper at the Manhattan Vintage Show earlier this Spring. Its all one piece, with bust darts and adjustable straps, but no closure or buttons. You kind of have to shimmy into it. I love the vintage 1920s peachy color that seems to dominate lingerie at the time and had to wear it for the party. I decided to design the dress around the romper, allowing a bit of it to show through. The dress is 95% sewn by hand, made of beaded lace, silk organza and ribbon. There is a row of glass looped buttons down each side at the waist and beaded lace detailing the back of the yoke.

My hair is now about bust length and I was actually kind of nervous about getting it into a finger wave. I decided that the smaller the curl, the better it would wave. My usual hot roller set wasnt going to cut it. I do like to use pin curls from time to time, but with a lot of hair, they can also be difficult to get to stay in over night. I chose the small 5/8 inch foam rollers. I used 3 packs, about 30 rollers because you want to make sure each roller isnt too full. You also want to use a dryer on them to set before you go to sleep. If they do not completely dry all the way, you will end up with really sad limpy curls. I also hair spray and blow dry again right before I take them out. After that, I just follow the same steps as I do in my YouTube tutorial. Since I have such a nice strong curl going from the foam rollers, I just pin up the rest of the curls along the bottom of the finger wave. Sometimes I go in with a second set of duck curls (the long clips) and spray just to make sure the shape is exactly how I want it.

For makeup this year, I wanted something light and more natural than last year. What a perfect occasion to use my Besame Lipstick!

A few Polaroids

I just love the color and texture of instant film. It is totally different from digital or 35mm and 120mm film. I also find that the color is a little different each time, depending on the setting and surrounding colors. 

A little Press

I had the amazing opportunity to meet Lynn Yeager, an Editor at, which I mentioned before in the first post of this set. I was so excited to be featured on's Lessons in Eclectic Street Style and the Jazz Age Lawn Party. Thank you Lynn Yeager <3

You can also read my Recap  - Jazz Age Lawn Party, guest blogged on

The Jazz Age Lawn Party: Portraits on Film

The 10th Anniversary Jazz Age Lawn Party 
Cross-processed on 120mm Film

Photography: Laura Okita 

The Dreamland Follies 

 Queen Esther

 Kristen Minsky of The Minsky Sisters

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Jazz Age Lawn Party 2015

This past Saturday and Sunday hundreds made their annual journey flocking to Governor's Island to rest in the shade or bath in the sun, sipping cocktails filled with gin, dancing and laughing while the sound of the jazz band filled the perfect summer air. For me, now summer has begun. 

The 10 year anniversary celebration really was quite spectacular. I feel there were twice as many people in attendance as last year. The St. Germain VIP cocktail bar was so elegant adding a touch of luxury to the lawn. I had the amazing opportunity to meet and snap a photo of Lynn Yaeger, who said she liked the dress I made, swoon. The performances were new and exciting, the dance floor was full and jumping. The Dreamland Follies were beautiful as always and the sweetest girls you will ever meet. Mr. Michael Arenella gave one of the most charming performances yet. I had a chance to reconnect with old friends and meet people who follow my blog! I loved getting to say hello to you all. 

I will be sharing photos of my dress and look next week, but for now there is a little preview on my instagram. 

It was such a blast. If you missed it, get your tickets for August now! 

Photography: Laura Okita 

Michael Arenella & His Dream Land Orchestra

Roddy Caravella & The Canarsie Wobblers

Michael Arenella

The Dreamland Follies

Lynn Yaeger

Noble Savage Vintage

The V.I.P. St Germain Bar

Wildfell Hall Vintage

The Dreamland Follies

Queen Esther