Tricks For Throwing The Perfect Fifties Cocktail Party

Throwing a Fifties cocktail party can be one of the highlights of your year if you pay attention to a few little extra cute details. The Fifties may have come before the Swinging Sixties but the cocktail parties were somethin’ ELSE! Social events for the upper and middle classes, cocktail parties, featured great food, great music and beautiful, beauuuutiful dresses, gah, the dresses! One of the best theme evenings you could go to is a Fifties night – and not just for the amazing music! With these top tips, you could throw the best cocktail party of the year!

Invites- The Fifties were the decade of formality and etiquette and sending formal invitations out for parties were the norm. Make sure you include the correct details for your RSVP request and ring around the week before the party so you get your party numbers.

Food – To truly impress your guests, make sure you bypass the buffet and go for serving hot and cold finger food passed around by a waitress you can hire. This is exactly what a hostess would have done in the Fifties so emulating that era is a darling thing to do! Fruit kebabs, ham and cheese parcels, and anything in aspic would be a popular option! Offer cloth napkins instead of paper ones for a real Fifties touch of class.Fashion – One of the best bits of a cocktail party was choosing your outfit! As these are formal affairs, strapless dresses with a full skirt and petticoat were all the rage. Throw on some small fancy colour diamonds and you’ll be the belle of the ball for certain. High heels, up-dos such as a chignon and a small handbag would set the entire look off beautifully. Browse online images of 50’s movie stars for inspiration, it’s a super fun way to dress! 

Home –A cocktail party at home would have been the best opportunity a housewife would have to show off the home and all your skills for keeping your home beautiful. Cutting fresh wildflowers from the garden and arranging them around the house would be a classy and gorgeous way of brightening the home without going for standard décor. While you most probably don’t like smoking in the home, dot vintage ashtrays through the room, as smoking was popular in that decade.

Cocktails – If you have a drinks cabinet, it’s time to get those bottles polished! You can put together a drinks trolley and offer martinis, side cars, vodka highballs and whiskey sours for a truly Fifties feel.

Music – You’ll need something to bop to so if you don’t have a retro record player, download some timeless tracks onto an iPod and dock it for the night. Not too loud, mind, as you want to be able to have conversation over the music. Crank it up for dancing later on!Your Fifties cocktail party will go off without a hitch and you’ll be the talk of the town just by following these party tips. Vintage doesn’t get better than the Fifties so it’s time for a shopping trip for a brand new cocktail dress!

How To Throw A Vintage Garden Party, Darling!

 

When you think of a garden party, usually only two things come to mind. Either a barbecue with water fights, or a posh and elegant affair for the ladies. Garden parties are so underrated, and rightly so given that the weather isn’t always the best and most people don’t have the space in the garden to even throw a garden party – especially those in the city! If you are lucky enough to have a collection of vintage items you can use, then your garden party is already successful so all you have to do next is pick an era! Most people like to go for the twenties and earlier, but you do get those who want to relive the Sixties hipster era!

For a vintage garden party, the best food is usually finger sandwiches and delicate cakes. Think an upmarket picnic without the dodgy sausage rolls. Think twenties elegance while you sit in the garden among the flowers enjoying crustless sandwiches and mini Victoria sponge sandwich cakes. A silver tea service (for the truly vintage) would be perfect for a garden party, even if just as decoration. If you happen to have a collection of cups and saucers, they would be perfect for a dessert service of ice cream or Eton Mess. Bonus points for sending them home as party favours!Given that you’re having a garden party I think it’s safe to assume that it’s sunny outside and the right season for beautiful wildflowers. You don’t have to go as far as hiring out Jason Swanson painters to do the exterior of the house, but getting in some vintage tablecloths for table tops and even to act as fabric for a picnic will do the job! Pastel hanging lanterns for the trees if you have them will also be an excellently economical way to decorate. Bunting is a popular decoration for a garden party so match your pastels and you’ll have an elegant outdoor display.Your party will be a picture of elegance and poise and if you have any shabby chic furnishings you can bring from the inside to the garden, you can save yourself some money on decoration as this would be an exquisite piece for food to be on outside. When it comes to music, you could choose to hire in a vintage band, or pop on some old records. If you don’t have a record player, downloaded music will work but there’s nothing quite so lovely as the scratch of a record on a vintage record player. It gives the party and atmosphere a little authenticity. Your garden party can be a huge success as long as you follow the rules of elegance and beauty for the era which you pick. You can also add in little additions like mini pies and quiches for something different to sandwiches and cake. I doubt anyone is going to complain about the range of cakes and puddings you can offer for your party so go and enjoy yourself, darling!

The Perfect 1930’s Fashion of Woody Allen’s Cafe Society

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If movies were beverages, Woody Allen’s Cafe Society would be a cool glass of smooth Champagne; sparkling and decadent. A beautifully enchanting and bittersweet film, set in 1930’s Hollywood and New York. This latest Allen offering has his usual perfectly paced wit and charm, with Jesse Eisenberg captivating in his lead role, particularly personifying a younger Allen, a modern embodiment of the man himself with his faultless delivery of the dialogue and eager awkwardness. The film has a gorgeous, subtle and easy pace alongside the scintillating quickness of the script. Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart are the fashion in this film, gah, what era is more cinematically superb than the 1930’s? This is a feast of fashion indeed.

Floaty, feminine fabrics, dainty and fragile details, the 30’s clothes in this movie are so expertly selected, with pastels and ditzy florals in abundance for day wear and jaw dropping glamour when it comes to the evening wear. We’re watching the Bette Davis era, the elegance and sophistication is magnified and each outfit creates heart-shaped eyes for the viewer. Frilled cape sleeves, floppy neck ties, slim lines and below the knee hemlines conjure up a time when fashion was neat and beautifully effeminate. On a fashion note alone, this stunning film is worth watching just for the red silk gown worn by Lively, which in my opinion easily rivals that green dress worn by Keira Knightley in the film Atonement. Oh my.

You’ll come away from this movie with the 30’s on your mind, eager to add some of that look to your wardrobe, trust me, you really will. You’ll want sherbet colours, delicate details and prim gloves, you’ll be inspired to add a bias cut to your repertoire – which is flattering for every shape – you’ll want a neat short curled bob in your hair and a beaded bag on your arm. The day wear is cute and accessible and the evening wear is pure luxury on your skin, be it crepe or silk, no gal can feel unnoticed in a 30’s gown. Scour sites like Etsy for originals and replicas, or seek out online vintage fashion stores like mine which have done the hard work for you and have found the best pieces. To wear authentic items can be a pricey affair, but these pieces are a true investment with their value constantly on the rise, they’re an excellent addition to any collection, plus if you take the time to search you can find amazing items at fair prices or you can simply invest in some accessories of the era to add to your modern look, giving a discreet nod to this perfect period.

Cafe Society is available to own on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download from 26th December 2016, courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and I defy you to watch it and not be inspired to dress and dream as though you are living in the utter delight of the decade. Swoon.

 

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Women In The Office; Fashion Tips To Make An Impact

You already know how to get the vintage fashion look. It’s time to bring yourself into this century. We all know how high-pressure office life can be, eeesh, BUSY! Getting the right look for work can make or break your reputation. You want to ensure that you’re wearing an outfit that makes the most impact. Whether you’re aiming for the look of a high flying sassy business woman or shy and prim receptionist, this guide to office fashion is hopefully gonna help you a heap load!

KEEP IT SMART – So, remember you’re at work. The smarter you look, the more seriously people are going to take you. It can be hard to be stylish and smart at the same time, but that’s the look you need to achieve, and you can totally do it. Having some staple blazers to return to is essential, I LOVE blazers. The decision between pencil skirts and trousers is also important. Your choice will show your colleagues a lot about the type of gal you are! 

THE RIGHT SHOES – Equally important are the shoes you wear. It can be difficult to decide between high heels and flats, but it’s a decision you will have to make from the off. If you want people to take you seriously, heels are likely to get you heard. You will tower over your colleagues. Exaggerating your presence can only be a good thing if you’re aiming for the top. If you’re after the retiring receptionist role, flats are the better option, aaand, lets not forget, they’re a lot more comfortable!

THE RIGHT ACCESSORIES – It’s not just the outfit you’re going to need to consider. Accessories are crucial too. Getting the right bag is just a must. You’re going to want bags that can go with most outfits, so brown and colours are always good. It’s also pretty good to own a staple black and a standard white bag. That way, you know you’ll always have something that matches. Think about your jewellery as well. Black Starr Frost watches are sure to get you taken seriously, they shriek of a strong together woman. It might also be worth investing in some staple necklaces. That little bit of glamour will come in handy when you’re feeling uninspired by your office wear. Just because you’re dressing smart, doesn’t mean your outfit has to be boring; heck no!

HAIRSTYLE – Finally, consider your hairstyle. Wearing your hair down is great sometimes, but it’s best to mix things up a little, and it’s more fun for you that way too. A tight donut is often a good choice for the office. It’s a smart, classic, fast style that is sure to stay in without any fuss and leave you looking professional. Off the face, hairstyles are an excellent choice. They reveal your face and help build trust with clients. If your eyes are hiding behind a fringe, they’re going to be a lot less likely to put their money in your hands. Stay conscious that you’re not going to have hours to fix your hair each morning, either. You don’t want to wake up at the crack of dawn every day to try and tackle hair pins. Choose a few staples and practice them before hand. Girl, you gonna look DA BUSINESS! 

Over-The-Counter Medication You Wanna Know About

Health and wellbeing, it’s probably the most important part of life, right? Do you know about all the different medication that is available to you without a prescription from your doctor? It’s kinda important that you do, for a number of reasons. Maybe you are looking to fill up your medicine cupboard and first aid kit with the necessary tablets and pills? Maybe you’re looking for a cure to a persistent health condition? Before you book to see the doctor, you should visit your local pharmacy instead. There is a lot of medicine available for you to try first. Then you can book an appointment with your doctor if the over the counter medication doesn’t seem to do the trick.

So next time you are looking for a certain medication or just need to top up your medicine cabinet, head down to your nearest pharmacy, the pharmacist will be very happy to talk to you about the following common medicines.

Painkillers – There are a number of different painkillers on offer from the good ole’ NHS. However, some of the strongest ones can only be given to patients with a prescription from their doctor. But there are still plenty available if you just need a quick remedy for a headache, period, or back pain. Paracetamol is one of the most common over the counter painkillers, it can help relieve a variety of pains as well as cold and flu symptoms which we all dread at this time of year. The majority of people can safely take this medication without worrying about side effects. Another common over the counter painkiller is ibuprofen. This medication has the added bonus of being an anti-inflammatory. So is often used for sports injuries and other forms of inflammation.

Cough Medicine – As with painkillers, there is also a good choice of over the counter cough medicine. One thing to remember, though, is that most cough medication from the pharmacy won’t be suitable for children under two years old. If you do have a young child who is suffering from a cough, you will need to take him or her to the doctor straight away. However, if you’re the one who is suffering, there’s plenty of solutions in your local drug store. When you’re looking in your pharmacy, you’ll see an excellent choice of cough medication. There will be syrups aimed at combating different types of cough. So whether you have a tickly cough or are *eeeew* coughing up mucus, you’ll certainly find a remedy!

Diarrhoea – Diarrhoea isn’t very pleasant at all is it, bleugh. But the good news is that it should clear up naturally after a few days if it is due to an upset tummy. However, you may still want to do something to try and curb the symptoms. And, there is a great solution waiting for you down at the pharmacy. You can buy Imodium over the counter at all drug stores. You may even find this common diarrhoea remedy in your supermarket! The drug works by bunging you up, so you won’t have to go to the toilet quite so much, handy if you’re at work or play while your stomach is unsettled!

Contraceptive – There are also some contraception solutions that are available over the counter. One of these is the morning after pill. This comes in useful if you ever go too far on a date and end up having unprotected sex, not advisable obvs, but we all gotta know that accidents can happen. There is one difference to purchasing the morning after pill to other over the counter tablets, though. Firstly, you will have to speak directly to a pharmacist before you can buy it. And you will have to take it in front of the pharmacist. If you do need the morning after pill, it is important that you get it within twenty-four hours of having unprotected sex. This is because its effectiveness is reduced after this time. You can also buy certain contraceptive pills from the pharmacy. For instance, you can purchase cerazette from a registered online pharmacy to keep you safe from any mistakes…although OBVIOUSLY being safe from STD’s is always a priority too!

Sleep Remedies – I  love my sleep, and if I don’t get enough then I’m a wreck. There are lots of sleep remedies in pharmacies as well. Some can help you drop off while others claim to improve the quality of your sleep. Does your boyfriend keep you awake all night with his snoring? Then you will be happy to hear that there are things you can buy to put an end to all the snoring! But most over the counter sleep remedies help to calm you down to make it easier to fall asleep. You can find this type of medication in the form of tablets or syrups. You will also be able to buy some sleep remedies that are based on aromatherapy which I was prefer. These usually come in the form of essential oils. All you will need to do is to put a couple of drops on your pillow before you go to bed. The calming scents will help your mind switch off, I like to take some A Vogel’s Dormeasan, which has hops and that reeeeally helps me sleep well. 

Allergy Medications – Do you suffer from hay fever or other mild allergies? Annoying huh? You don’t need to go to your doctor straight away if you think you are suffering from such an allergy. You can simply pop into your pharmacy and have a chat with your pharmacist about your options. Unfortunately, the pharmacist won’t be able to prescribe you an epipen though, if your allergy is more than a mild one, you should visit your doctor. But for a mild allergy, seeing your pharmacist is enough. They will give you some antihistamine tablets which will help to keep all your symptoms at bay. Yay.

Upset Stomach – Are you being plagued by a stomach ache? There is no reason why you should suffer; you will find plenty of medication in your local drug store. You will find plenty of medication that can help find digestive problems. For example, you can buy peppermint oil which can massively help to relieve the symptoms of IBS. If you ever overindulge at dinner, you can always nip out to your pharmacy and invest in some Gaviscon or Rennies too! 

So, y’see, there is plenty that you can pick up at your pharmacist. And all without going to the trouble of getting a prescription from your doctor! Take care of YOU!