21 August 2011

Giggle Water & Jazz

A few weeks ago my friend Robin emailed me with a link to a deal for a VIP pass to the Jazz Age Lawn Festival on Governor's Island and said, Do you want to go to this? OF COURSE!
Robin and I met many summers ago at theater camp where we sang and danced and dressed up in costume on a regular basis so of course it made sense that as adults this had to happen. The night before it almost felt like we were young teens again, getting ready for the Saturday night social at camp. She sent me cell phone pictures of her hair in pin curls, I detailed the outfit I'd be wearing. My inspiration was drawn from the pictures I'd seen from previous years on The Sartorialist, old pictures from 1920's advertisements and The Great Gatsby.
When we arrived at the ferry in the morning Robin was looking beautiful with her perfectly coiffed hair and bubblegum pink sunnies.We pulled out of the ferry station with Lady Liberty in view and the Brooklyn Bridge behind us.When we arrived everyone made their way to the lawn. Our first order of business was lunch, but there aren't any pictures because I was starved.
After eating, photographers were stopping to take our picture! This has never happened to me before and I was beyond flattered. It became kind of routine during the day for someone to come up to us and say they'd taken a candid shot or wanted us to pose for them and then we'd chat and hang out with them for a bit and exchange email addresses.We even had our photograph taken with an antique camera. I'm really looking forward to seeing those!And the vintage! Oh, the vintage. There were stands selling the most intricate, delicate, beautiful pieces. I stood and admired this lace blue dress for more than a few minutes.
A girl who bought this parasol from one of the vendors insisted I take a picture with it since it matched my dress so well. It was really sweet of her. Some sailors.Because of the passes we had an open bar of St. Germaine cocktails all day long. For awhile I was pretending to be drunk and whispering belligerent things under my breath to Robin but after awhile I was just too giggly to keep it up. I looked it up, and in the 20's the slang for "booze," was actually "giggle water." Appropriate.Robin wore her great-grandmother's bathing costume, cheers to the ladies in the poster in similar attire!There was an orchestra and period dancing as well. We stood behind the ribbons and mainly admired everyone's moves.For the rest of the afternoon we sat in the shade looking at everyone's outfits and drinking bubbly cocktails. Later in the afternoon I ran into Alley who was taking photos of the event.We were snapped back into reality before we even left the island, as a Jersey Shore style party was starting just as we were leaving.It was a pretty perfect day picnicking and drinking. I'll definitely be going back next summer.

36 comments

  1. Oh my goodness, me-- that looks like my kind of event, that looks like heaven! And your outfit, oh my goodness! The costumes, the band, I am *dying!*

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  2. What a beautiful event. You guys look gorgeous, no wonder everyone wanted a picture of you!

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  3. This looks amazing! Alright, i need to organize one of these shindigs in Ohio...right now.

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  4. Wow, this looks to be the most amazing day...jazz, vintage, dancing, what more can you ask for? You look completely gorgeous as well.

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  5. What a cool event! And your outfits are perfect. The parasol is a delight.

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  6. AMAZING! I want to go to this. My favorite era & everything looks perfect! you and your friend are absolute dolls. can't wait to see you! :)

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  7. This looks like the perfect summer event. You look very Daisy Buchanan-ish. Or at least, what I'd picture her to look like anyway! And the girl was right - the parasol matches your outfit perfectly.

    Got to laugh at the event that was taking place after too.

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  8. Omg your outfit is so perfect! But when is it not?? Especially love the hat and parasol :)

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  9. Giggle water. What a fantastic bit of slang.

    The only other slang from that era that I know, is barney mugging (thanks to sophie kinsella) which may not have been as appropriate.

    Gorgeous photos and gorgeous curls!!

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  10. I NEED TO BE HERE. I NEED THIS FESTIVAL IN MY LIFE!

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  11. why oh whyy can't people dress like this now... everyone looks amazing! but gosh i love you in that hat. :) so beautiful! looks like an amazing day. i'm completely jealous.
    xx

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  12. This looks like the most amazing day in the world, wow! I'm beyond jealous :) You look gorgeous, I wish people dressed this beautifully nowadays!

    x

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  13. This lokks like such a amazing day and how beautiful do you both look!!!

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  14. Oh my hat! This was the most adorable, swoon-worthy photo set I've seen in a long time. I'm so glad you had such a good time. You look darling x

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  15. this looks like so much fun! The costumes are gorgeous! xx

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  16. Rhiannon at Liebemarlene just wrote about this and I so badly hoped that people dressed up for the occasion.
    You look perfect, what a dress!

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  17. This looks like SO much fun. I am positively jealous! Everybody looks so wonderful...

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  18. looks sooooo much fun!!!
    great for you, thanks for sharing these amazing pics!
    xoxo

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  19. It looks like you had a fun day! I love the picture with the parasol.

    Laura
    whitewinters.blogspot.com

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  20. Love your style o so very cute :)

    www.babetteclothing.blogspot.com

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  21. AH! So pretty! You look amazing and adorable and I want your hat! We had a jazz festival here a few weekends ago, but it was way too expensive and I am certain that almost no one dressed up like y'all did. What a cool event!

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  22. I wish I was there! It looks like so much fun and dressing up would have been even funner. And yes, I do think having a photo taken using a vintage camera would make my day.

    Arianne from A + B in the Sea

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  23. those antique cameras are really cool! You do have to post those pics once you get them :D this looks a lot of fun

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  24. This looks like such fun! And I love both your outfits - how perfect.


    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  25. I wish I could of been there as well, looks like so much fun! The closest thing to a time machine!!

    xo

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  26. Wow I'm a bit jealous. I've always wanted to go to the jazz age festival but I'm pretty much in a different continent. You really look perfect in that dress and looks like you girls had lots of fun.

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  27. you have no idea how jealous i am of you right at this moment!!! how fun it would have been to be there!!! omg i love all the photos! but i know they probably don't do justice to actually being there! ahh! you look amazing as well! love all of this!

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  28. This looks like the best way to spend a late summer day! The costumes are amazing! I love the shot you got of people dancing. You look amazing! :D

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  29. Gahhh, I love festivals! So much to see and do. This festival is so The Great Gatsby! How fun are these pictures! So sweet of you to share them.

    LOVE your dress!

    p.s. It's Kind of a Funny Story is awesome! You should read it. :)

    By the way, I’m having an international Pura Vida bracelets giveaway so come check it out! :]

    xoxo, Bree

    http://vivalabreee.blogspot.com/

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  30. Everything about this event looks amazing! I love the costumes and period events. I wish there was something like that around here. Dressing up is so fun. So many great pictures in this post too!

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  31. Some of the girls I went to high school with went there and posted photos from it on their facebooks. So really pretty!!! I love what you wore.

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  32. Gaah, this is perfect! You look like such a perfect Daisy Buchanan style doll here. And I soooo want to go to this event!

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  33. This was the best day ever! PS- that picture you took of me in your hat is the best pic ever and now it's my avatar. :D Thanks again for coming with me

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  34. You look sooo lovely in that vintage white dress!! The whole look is amazing!!
    Nice to meet you!
    xoxo
    MY LITTLE SUEDE SHOES

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  35. Oh, this dress is just sooo pretty and the parasol is the perfect match :) How sweet of her to insist on photos.
    This looks like such fun - so many gorgeous outfits!

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