Emma, Becca & Sarah Great Gatsby Gals!
Sitting here with yesterday’s mascara slightly smudged under my eyes still and feathers scattered around my room from probably wrestling with my feather boa when I got home last night, I can almost imagine I am a twenties gal nursing a hangover from attending one of Jay Gatsby’s infamous parties!
Yesterday, we did the next best thing – Emma, our lovely friend Sarah and I shimmied on down to The Great Gatsby at Wilton’s Music Hall.To begin, what an amazing, breathtaking venue! One of the oldest original music halls in London, it is the epitome of shabby chic, it oozed an atmosphere of vintage charm and adventure. It has recently had a refurbishment to save it from crumbling, but there is still a way to go – you can help save this fabulous party palace and piece of London’s history by texting WMHT18 £(donation amount) to 70070. You can pop in to Wiltons and visit the splendid bar, the profits go to saving the building – if that isn’t a good excuse to pop open the champers I don’t know what is!
The hall was transported to the roaring twenties – the staff were dressed up in flapper finery, there was a sing-a-long in the bar and the walls were decked with vintage posters. Many members of the audience had dressed up too, which was lovely to see and really added to the atmosphere – ladies wore headpieces and feather boas and some dashing gents were in striped suits and trilby hats.What a show! The Great Gatsby has been adapted perfectly for the stage and the venue! The beautifully acted drama was peppered with vocal harmonies of twenties tunes and occasional dancing, we all want to learn the Charleston now! Of course it’s a bittersweet tale, but comedy moments shone through. The costumes were dreamy and we all left a little bit in love with Gatsby! Please do go and see it while you still can – tickets are from £10, what a bargain!
Despite waking up less than an hour before we needed to leave GypsyPixiePirate towers, I thought Emma and I did a pretty splendid job with our costumes! Emma wore a gorgeous, glamourous black sparkly gown, fur collar and headband and accessorised with some lovely vintage brooches picked up at a boot sale, we love a spot of sparkle! Our friend Sarah, who never looks anything less than stunning, was resplendent in a silver dress with art deco detailing, a fur bolero, and sparkly heels to die for! I wore a fabulous shift dress with a scalloped hem and gold sequins that I picked up in the Peacocks sale for the bargain price of £7! I added a beaded cape, feather boa and long strings of pearls (very twenties).
Sadly I didn’t have time to go the whole hog on the make up front and didn’t do smoky eyes, but made up for it with ox-blood coloured lips – a very popular colour in the era. I used Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in 147 Maniac, one of my favourite shades ever. I made a headband from an old black beaded belt, black rose hairclip and a cream ostrich feather which I KNEW would come in handy one day..!