Sunday, 13 November 2016

Museums At Night: 1920s' Party

Museums At Night is a great scheme that museums across the UK take part in every October, putting on special events for the public.  There is everything from lectures, musical performances, ghost walks and murder mysteries.

Cardiff Story Museum put on an 1920s' themed event a few weeks ago, and my husband didn't take much persuading to agree to attend.  We dressed up, drank bubbly and danced the night away!

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Silk dress: M&S, via car boot sale
Headband: Primark
Tights: can't remember
Shoes: Bertie
Bag: Vintage, via charity shop
Velvet gloves: car boot sale
Necklace: Chronically Vintage on Etsy (shop temporarily closed, please see this article)
 

The music was excellent.  First there was Cardiff and the Vale Music Service Band.  A little interlude followed, with a lady giving a Charleston demonstration.  We learnt 'black bottom' (oo-er!) and other moves!  Then the Cardiff Jazz Society Band played - all 19 of them!  It was a shame that the musical acts outnumbered the guests, there really weren't many other people.  On the plus side, we had a table with a good view, the drinks were reasonable and we had plenty of room to dance.

I wished I could have put more effort into this outfit, but I only found out about the event a few days beforehand.  So, I had to make do with what I had.  I did a flapper look a few years ago for my birthday, and used to have a nice flapper type dress - but I spilled champagne on it and it's left with dark patches that won't come out in the wash, gah!  I therefore pulled out this loose fit dress from M&S that I bought at a car boot sale.  We only had 45 minutes to get ready because we were late arriving home from visiting my parents because of traffic.  No time to set my hair in waves or do a faux bob, and a pretty rushed and basic makeup attempt.

I would love to go to more events like this, I'll be keeping an eye out next year for the Museums at Night scheme.



17 comments:

  1. Sounds so fun, murder mysteries theme sounds really interesting. I should visit more museums. Your purse is fab!

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  2. I had no idea this was a rush job until you said - I think you look perfectly glam! And sometimes for events like this without loads of other people it's possible to feel like you've overdone it, so a good way to strike a balance? I've never come across events like this at museums round my way (and there's enough of them!), I feel like Wales has all the good stuff ;) xx

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  3. Ooh, live music! Fantastic! Very unusual location too. I reckon there must me a lot of amazing things going on, if you seek them out. Your outfit look spot on, really. Glamorous and indulgent without looking costumey at all. You really got the look just right. And I have not yet managed a faux bob or wave, not as easy as it looks for my clumsy fingers.

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  4. What a fun night out! I wish museums in Denver did more events like this!

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  5. Sounds like you end up having a great night out, you look beautiful in your 1920's inspired outfit! xo

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  6. I cannot believe this was a hastily put together outfit - I adore every part of it and it was perfect for a night in the museum! Kx

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  7. They do museum at night here in Belgium too, but I've never been. You are both looking suitably 1920-ish! xxx

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  8. What a great last minute outfit, you look fabulous (you both do!)
    I love the idea of re-purposing venues, like having gigs in libraries and do's in art galleries. Shame all ours are threatened with closure. xxx

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  9. So cool event! I like your look a lot, your shoes are fantastic!

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  10. Beautiful pictures Porcelina and your 20´s look is right on spot :)
    This is an event I'd happily go to..

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  11. I think you did a fabulous job with your look, especially considering the short time frame that you had to get ready. I actually really love the soft updo that you did - very romantic, and maybe a better choice, with your long hair, than fingerwaves would have been.
    It sounds like you had a wonderful time dancing the night away!

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  12. Excellent outfit for a rush job!! The dress is beautiful and I love everything you have worn with it to form this beautiful look! It sounds like it was a great event too x

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  13. When you mentioned this on social media I was really annoyed I couldn't join you, I would've loved this. It sounds like a lovely event and any excuse to sit and listen to live jazz is fine by me! xx

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  14. You look fab - I'd never have guessed your outfit was a last-minute one. Nothing beats a good charleston, it's such a fund dance. (I'm rubbish at it, but it's still fun.)

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  15. You were right Porcelina- you do make a great flapper!
    It's so nice to have all the makings of a costume ready in your wardrobe too, isn't it? You never know when you might need to dress up without much notice :)
    The Artyologist

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  16. You did great for being rushed! I adore these kinds of events. Looks like a blast.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  17. Sounds like a fun event that they put on. Love your look and especially love the way you wore your hair. I wouldn't have guessed it was all put together last minute!

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