All Aboard the Queen Mary
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What a treat it was to be invited to the Art Deco Festival aboard the historic Queen Mary ship and hotel! Although no longer sailing, this 1930s era ship resides in Long Beach, CA, and is open year round with it's full calendar of events, bars, restaurants, and hotel. The Queen Mary, once known for it's first class travel amenities, transported Old Hollywood celebrities like Clark Gable and Elizabeth Taylor. Appropriately, the ship hosts the Annual Art Deco Festival which has a weekend of events including lectures, vendors, Sunday Tea, and the Grand Ball!
Josh & Max were my escorts to the Afternoon Tea, and I could not have asked for two better dates. We danced to a live band, chatted with new and old friends, snacked on sweets & sandwiches, and of course, took pictures....
When selecting my Deco attire, I wanted to stick in true 1930s fashion, which I honestly do not own much of. I also did not want to look costumey. So from my closet, I selected one of my favorite vintage dressing gowns. These liquid satin, robe-like gowns, always make me feel very Jean Harlow, especially in pink. In the "Shop the Look" above, you can see many options I have shared with links for similar dresses.
I added additional pops of pink with my vintage pink, felt & feather hat and pink satin ball purse, and tried out some different makeup techniques to fit the era. When I have attempted a 20s or 30s makeup style, I notice that my applications are the same, but just slight differences when lining my lips & brows, and a bit with shadowing on the eyes. The eyebrows are higher, rounder, & slimmer, and I keep the lips smaller (I typically overline) with a bit of a point on the upper lip. I used the following makeup products for todays festivities: (click images to shop directly)
Now for my handsome dates! Rarely do I get to see my husband out of jeans and ratted t-shirts, but when you restore and customize old cars, you wear what you would if you had to roll around on a garage floor. But! He totally surprised me when he said HE went shopping for himself. He went hunting at some stores in Old Towne Orange, picking up a vintage varsity cardigan (see an identical one for sale here), and got himself a bow tie (get your man one here). Clearly, I was impressed. Max was a last minute date to the festival. When he heard we were going on a big boat, his eyes lit up with excitement, and we just couldn't say no to that face! We threw on one of his circus themed shirts from the Genuine Kids line at Target, which I felt was appropriate enough for bringing a 4 year old to the festival.
Til next year!
-Tara, Josh, & Max
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