Party Like It’s 1923 : Gatsby Costume Party

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I certainly never need an excuse to bust out my fancy clothes and mix up a batch of French 75’s, but a Roaring 20’s party certainly gives me permission. Even though this wasn’t an official Halloween party, it was the perfect time to don costumes and bring ourselves back a few decades. Every guest in attendance actually dressed up, which I’m pretty sure was a first for me! There’s just something about putting on a suit that gets even the most laid-back guy a little bit excited (yep, I’m looking at you, Jim!).

I’ve worn this dress alone before for a Gatsby-themed party, but this time I decided to go all in and craft my own flapper headband. Don’t give me too much credit, though- I simply found two dangly pearl earrings, threaded them through a sparkly headband, and topped it all with the fascinator I wore for our 2010 wedding. It didn’t take much, but the end result made me feel quite festive! If you’re in a pinch for a Halloween costume tonight (not that such things EVER happens!), I highly recommend it.

I’ve mentioned the delicious magic of French 75’s before, but I will warn you that they’re definitely a double-edged sword. They’re so light and tasty that you can’t help but forget that they’re pretty darn potent. Seriously- we emptied the entire contents of a Costco bottle of Bombay Sapphire into that punch bowl. I mention that solely to excuse the declining quality of photography over the course over the evening 😉

Much love to our friends who made the night so festive and special! Especially with the holidays coming up, I have a feeling that we’ll be hosting many more of these events soon. Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Roaring 20's costume, 20's costume, Gatsby party, Gatsby costume, flapper party

Roaring 20's costume, 20's costume, Gatsby party, Gatsby costume, flapper party

Roaring 20's costume, 20's costume, Gatsby party, Gatsby costume, flapper party

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Roaring 20's costume, 20's costume, Gatsby party, Gatsby costume, flapper party

Roaring 20's costume, 20's costume, Gatsby party, Gatsby costume, flapper party

Roaring 20's costume, 20's costume, Gatsby party, Gatsby costume, flapper party

Roaring 20's costume, 20's costume, Gatsby party, Gatsby costume, flapper party

Roaring 20's costume, 20's costume, Gatsby party, Gatsby costume, flapper party

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Return to Wine Country

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When I lived in the Midwest, October meant woodsmoke, riding boots, and busting out every layer of wool in your closet. In San Francisco, October is pretty much exactly like July (or January. Or April. Or December). But in Wine Country, October means harvest.

My friends Liz, Zack, and I made the mini-trek up to Napa recently, and the blazing sun was a welcome change from our fall fog and chill. The ever-fantastic Allyson showed us around her winery, letting us peek into the metal fermentation chambers and sample wines in the middle of their development. It still amazes me how far the two of us have come from drinking wine that came in jugs back in college (although to be fair, Allyson’s always had better taste).

And before you say it, no- we didn’t match our outfits intentionally. There was definitely a moment of laughter when I gathered everyone for a picture and realized that we were all dressed exclusively in shades of orange and black. Hey, if you can’t have fall colors around you, you might as well wear them.

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Napa Valley, Wine Country, Napa weekend, harvest in Napa, fall napa style

Napa Valley, Wine Country, Napa weekend, harvest in Napa, fall napa style

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Style Fashion Week – Silvia Bours & Cristina Nitopi

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It may seem odd to cover a beautiful woman’s face during a runway show, but at the Silva Bours presentation at Style Fashion Week, masks and gowns ran the show. Set to a rock violin version of The Phantom of the Opera, Silva Bours’s collection was part confection, part edge, and all about the details. With fit-and-flare silhouettes dominating the collection, the party-ready dresses featured rich brocade and textured lace. One dress combined an embroidered bodice with a pick-up gingham skirt, mashing together images of Dorthy from The Wizard of Oz with contemporary couture. The overall presentation was dramatic, opulent, and took the childhood dream of a princess gown into adulthood.

Following Silva Bours, Cristina Nitopi presented her collection of technicolor evening gowns. The eye-catching collection balanced warm neutrals with splashes of bold color ranging from bright cerulean to a rich, deep pink. The collection continued the evening’s spotlight on texture, with gowns boasting textured floral cutouts, detailed pintucks, and a florist shop’s worth of fabric petals. Although the presentation of the gowns felt streamlined, the incredible variety within the collection kept the audience guessing.

The next time I have a black-tie affair to attend (hey, you never know!), I’ll definitely look up these two talented designers.

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Style Fashion Week, Silva Bours designer, LA Fashion Week

Style Fashion Week, Silva Bours designer, LA Fashion Week

Style Fashion Week, Silva Bours designer, LA Fashion Week

Style Fashion Week, Silva Bours designer, LA Fashion Week

Style Fashion Week, Silva Bours designer, LA Fashion Week

Style Fashion Week, Silva Bours designer, LA Fashion Week

Cristina Nitopi

Style Fashion Week, Cristina Nitopi designer, LA Fashion Week

Style Fashion Week, Cristina Nitopi designer, LA Fashion Week

Style Fashion Week, Cristina Nitopi designer, LA Fashion Week

Style Fashion Week, Cristina Nitopi designer, LA Fashion Week

Style Fashion Week, Cristina Nitopi designer, LA Fashion Week

Cristina Nitopi designer, LA Fashion Week

Cristina Nitopi designer, LA Fashion Week

Cristina Nitopi designer, LA Fashion Week

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