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JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY

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This past weekend, Gaby and I decided to throw together some 1920's-esque ensembles, grab the kids, and join the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. I'd been wanting to go for years (eight years to be exact, since it first began), but somehow every summer when it rolled around I would find myself either working, out of town, pregnant, or postpartum.  This year, we were free. And so, with gusto from years of anticipation, we joined the party. And it was spectacular.

Vintage cars lined the roads, stands selling gorgeous beaded antique dresses and felt hats set up shop next to bars slinging prohibition-era drinks.  Everyone leisurely grazed on picnics and relaxed in the sun. The band played jazz that made you feel like you had stepped back in time, and the dance floor was hot with couples dancing everything from ballroom to the Lindy Hop to the Charleston.

And the fashion.

The style could stop you in your tracks.  Flapper dresses and silk gowns, head scarves, top hats, vests, so much tweed, so many suspenders. Gatsby would be proud. There was so much beauty, so much style, and so much originality in one place, you couldn't help but be happy.

Baby Lou sat upon his Papa's arms and took it all in.  I think he really enjoyed the music.  Biet, on the other hand, had me on the dance floor in a matter of minutes.  We twirled and shimmied and shook until we could dance no more, and she still wanted more.  She invented a couple of new moves and hammed it up for photographers left and right.  I swear that girl has performance in her blood. She simply thrived in the communal, creative, free-spirited energy of it all.  It was really amazing to witness.  At one point I caught her far in the distance, sitting with a group of women. I ran to grab her, and found  her happily sitting her new friends at their picnic, eating strawberries and laughing and joking with everyone.  My little pearl of a girl...

I cannot wait to do it all again next year.  I'm already daydreaming of a little toddler Lucien in suspenders and a fedora. :)

*my kimono c/o Arnhem Clothing*

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53 COMMENTS:

  1. your braids look excellent and looks like a great time!

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    1. Thank you Kelly! It's actually a really easy hairstyle to pull off!

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  2. wow amazing i wish they would have an event like that in the philippines

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    1. Come to the one in New York next year!

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  3. Oh how I wish we also have that here. Our little family would absolutely join in the fun!

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    1. Maybe you can join in here in NYC one day.. :)

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  4. I agree.. the fashion is incredible! People just pull this all together. Also ... there is nothing cuter then a toddler in suspenders!

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    1. Right?? When Lucien is a little bigger, I swear, its suspenders every day for him!

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  5. That looks like the most amazing time!

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    1. It is a really magical experience!

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  6. This looks like such a good time! And the photos are just lovely as usual. :)

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    1. Thank you Jessica! It really is an unbelievable event!

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  7. Such a beautiful family photo! Looks like you had a great time!
    Wish i could go to something like this. Lovely post!

    -Jade
    Gracious Silhouettes

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    1. Thank you Jade! You're blog is lovely- so much style! I love it!

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  8. First off you look fantastic in that kimono, with your hair and sunglasses like that! Second looks like you had a great time!!

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    1. Thank you!! At first I was skeptical about wearing a kimono at all (crazy, I know!), thinking it might be a bit too bath-robe-y for me, but now I don't know how I lived without one!

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  9. Awesome! I love seeing the photos from this event every year. I bet it was off the hook this year because of Gatsby. So glad you guys got to enjoy it!

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    1. It was out of control- like you really just stepped back in time! I am so amazed by how "into it" people get- so inspiring!

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  10. What fun!! That is officially on my bucket list now: Make it to NYC one summer for the Jazz Age Lawn Party. :) Love it.
    You all look amazing, by the way.

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    1. Do it!!! (and give me a call when you do and we'll hang!)

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  11. looks like it was a lot of fun....love your hairdo ♥...kisses from France

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  12. just found your lovely blog, I was a vendor at the party and as usual had a blast, I just had a wee baby boy so I will be checking in often now that I found this sweet page....see you next year on the lawn!

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    1. MY GOODNESS YOU HAVE A LOVELY SHOP! I cannot believe how many beautiful pieces you have- what an eye! So happy you found us! xx

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