9.14.2010

Gatsby Summer Afternoon (a.k.a. heaven)

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I don't think I need to tell you that The Gatsby Summer Afternoon was fabulous. But just in case:

It was fabulous.

The morning of, Julie and I prepared a picnic lunch, then headed over to the estate with her friend Dave. When we got to the parking lot and dressed up picnic goers were getting out of the car I got giddy, but it was just a little taste of what the afternoon would hold. Groups of people had set up anything from picnic blankets and baskets, to tents with tables and oriental rugs. There were art deco automobiles parked on the edges of the lawn, and a dance floor and live band in the middle of it all.

Seeing so much 20s and 30s attire in one place was amazing, with every turn Julie and I couldn't help but stare at the detail and drape of many a ladies frock.

One of the greatest things about it was that most of the attendants were people just like me, who dress in vintage every day. I met some amazing people, and even a couple gals who read Vixen Vintage!

I am counting down the days until next years picnic, we've already started planning something crazy elaborate! I think every weekend should be a Gatsby weekend.

You can see ALL the photos I took in a special Flickr account I created for this picnic and ones in the future! Click here

Dress-Gift from Twila Jean

Hat-Estate Sale

Purse-Urban Eccentric Vintage

56 comments:

Miss Tami Lee said...

Aaah that looks so much fun! I *love* the dude in the Stanford get-up

Mavy said...

I LOVE IT!!! =D

Vivi.Deluxxxe said...

looks like a whole lot of fun!
hey... were you at the Forbidden Island tiki lounge later that evening?? I swore I saw you there...

Betty Lou said...

Oh! it sure does looks like heaven! I whish someone could arrange something similar here in Stockholm

Fab Gabs Vintage said...

Vivi, we all were! It had just all sort of died down by then, you should have come said hello!

Mama Grubbs said...

you look so cute! i wish i lived in CA so i could go to that! i love meeting people that share my love for vintage!

giltriddenlife said...

You look absolutely exquisite, and the event looks unbelievable! I've been looking forward to this post for a while, and boy did it meet my expectations!

Bite The Beat said...

I think I felt my heart skip a beat! The wonderfulness of it all!

You simply look divine-- everyone does, really!

♥♥

Svenja said...

This really looks fabulous and you outfit is very lovely!

♥Miss Brittney♥ said...

Your photos are beautiful and it looks like you had a wonderful day! :)

Lexie said...

I am so extremely jealous. That looks amazing and like a ton of fun. Im glad you enjoyed yourself!

SoPsych. said...

Fabulous is right. Gosh, thanks a million for sharing your day and pictures. The ones on Flicker are beautiful. Just what I needed to help shake off this Australian winter. Glorious.

the exhausted etiquette (kirstine) said...

too cute. I really wish I could go to something like this. it really is a dream com true!!

xox
kirstine

Chhan said...

I whish someone would arrange something like that here in Denmark!!
Looks absolutely wonderful!!
I love vintage :D

Tatieva said...

Wouah, mais c'est incroyable !
Tout est luxe, calme et volupté... Un moment hors du temps et vous étes tous trés beaux ! Ca donne envie de mettre son petit bibi et d'organiser un grand pique-nique !
Merci pour ces belles images...
Tatieva, artiste vintage

Ally,The Vintage Valley said...

O hhhh myyyyy... it looks amazing, the whole day!!!! would have loved to have been there...

lady liquor vintage. said...

This looks amazing! There was recently a vintage festival in England and I was so sad to miss it :(

xoxo.

daniRED said...

oh wow!! this looks amazing!! i'm a wee bit jealous!! thanks for the pictures.

Casey said...

Oh wow!!! It looks like you had an amazing afternoon--what a treat to be able to attend something like this! I especially adore your dress--it's so sweet. :)

Weird question, but one I've been meaning to ask you: where do you purchase your ankle socks? I've been wanting to find some thin ones to wear with some of my pumps and such. So I was wondering if you had any tips on sources?

♥ Casey
blog | elegantmusings.com

Aimee Marieee said...

So many great photos! Really was a perfect day!!

BaronessVonVintage said...

really glad you had a lovely time! Also glad to see that the codes of dress were not as strict as made out to be on their website (i.e. silly rules that ladies must wear stockings, etc).

Dakota C. Walsh said...

Wow, I'm jealous!! Going to a Gatsby picnic is like, my dream! It looks like you had so much fun; your dress is incredibly lovely, of course.

Thanks for sharing so I can live vicariously through you : ) The whole event looks so authentic and beautiful!

Q's Daydream said...

Oh my goodness! There are no words.

Justice Pirate said...

I loev the floral design

Anonymous said...

wow! I sure am glad you got to use your camera!

Rebecca Jean said...

Gah! I'm in heaven just looking at your photos. Beautiful!

♥ Rebecca Jean
Midnight Maniac

Belle de Ville said...

Your event looks like so much fun. I love the fact that everyone went all out to get into Gatsby style.

Archives said...

wow - so, so jealous! looks like a dream come true!!!

Zohar said...

Oh my goodness that looks amazing! Heaven indeed, I am so jealous :) Looks like you girls are having the best time.

MrJeffery said...

wow o wow, everyone looks so great! looks like fun.

cb said...

this looks amazing! you look amazing!

xo,
cb

Cassandra said...

Heaven is right! I just about died of excitement and joy looking at your pictures. Oh, how I wish I was there! Next year I will go for sure! Your post has already convinced me of that. :)

I'm glad you had fun! I'm sure it was definitely an event to remember! You looked fabulous, as always.

Beatrice said...

so fun and incredible!!! ^.^

lainie said...

So happy you had fun-and you came to SF when it was beautiful outside!! I didn't go this year, would have loved to have met you.

mary van note said...

wow looks like a beautiful time. I'm glad to see these photos because I thought that it was strictly 20s attire only. I like seeing people rocking the 30s there. Makes me feel like I could manage to go next year.

Emma said...

This looks amazing Solanah, you look like you're in your element! I wish there was more things like this!

Hannah Becca said...

What a magical day! Solanah, the dress you wore is darling!

Jacqueline said...

Oh...I wish I could go there. You look so beautiful...as always.
xo,
Jacqueline

Stevie said...

Gosh I wish I could've been there! looks lovely! Beautiful costumes, Adore your gloves!

Antonia Glavic said...

Wow. Everybody looks immaculate! I love the menswear, it's not often that you see such well dressed men! There needs to be more events like this, I don't think we have any in Australia.
Antonia
http://www.antoniaglavic.blogspot.com/

Fritzi Marie said...

Dearie,

I was on pins and needles waiting to see how it went. Then I noticed that a young man that I used to babysit was in one of the photo's. It made my whole day.
You look beautiful and I'm so happy you had an amazing time.

hugs,
Fritzi Marie

Brooksie said...

Beautiful!

Powercakes said...

Ooh, this looks like so much fun! And you look lovely as usual.

Charlotte said...

*Sigh* too gorgeous! It must have been just amazing.

xx Charlotte
Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage

Natalie said...

Oh my! Everything looks amazing, and you look like a dream.

So very jealous!

Bookworm said...

Looks like so much fun!! I hope I can go someday...And I love your gloves, where can I get some?!

S.Allen said...

In the group picture, I love the women in the green hat- she has style, really takes me back- almost like looking at a picture from back then!

Watkins35 said...

wow, you look fabulous (as ever), wish we had Gatsby over here too, looks soooo much fun. x

Rosa&Carlotta said...

love the pictures!!

check out my fashion illustrations at http://www.illustrated-moodboard.com/ :)

Maria Confer said...

Wow! Everyone looked incredible and you looked stunning.

I wish everyone dressed like this always.

Lulu Letty

OLT said...

Whoa. Is that the house from Phantasm? Where you right by a cemetery?

EvaDress said...

I've not been to the Gatsby in six years. I very much look forawrd to returning next year and I hope to bump into you!

marmaladie said...

I was pleasantly surprised to see pictures of Chinese paper lanterns hanging around! Must be to celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival as well, and I can't think of a better way to do it. ;) I love every one of your pictures; there's always something wonderful to see! ^^

Nicole said...

I feel like you and I would be best friends if we knew each other....you are like my fashion/lifestyle twin!

ladyseyta said...

WTF! How did I miss you there? Duchess was there, representin' too!

http://www.duchessclothier.com/blogs/duchess-blog-atom/4092342-vintage-porn-gatsby-summer-afternoon

xo,
Seyta

Solanah said...

This was last year, I didn't get to go this year :( Would have loved to hang out with you too!