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Dance, Dance, Dance The Night Away

It’s Friday! It’s sunny! To celebrate, grab a bunch of friends, a couple of drinks and your best dancing shoes and head out into town for a gig. There are some pretty wonderful gigs going on tonight, so take your pick from our suggestions, scroll on down for some inspiration as to what to wear and start getting ready.

First up in our super mini and very selective gig guide is Adam Page’s Fundraiser Gig for his big ol’ trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The lovely Adam Page is throwing a bit of a party to help him to survive the festival once he gets there. He’s a bucket load of talent and will be sure to please everyone with his wonderful range of music. According to Simon Sweetman, Adam’s the perfect mix of “straight and serious, comedic, demented; he can take your breath away… with some of the beautiful flute and sax sounds he coaxes. Then there's all the other instruments he layers in, vocal percussion, beatboxing, the works.” It’s set to be a good vibe with some awesome music and beer to match. Meow, from 9pm, $10 on the door. Claire's going, go dance with her! The Facebook event can be found HERE, Simon Sweetman’s write up can be found HERE.

If you’re into big, brash, bands with a bunch of attitude and a smash up of hip-hop, funk, soul and jazz then look no further than Brockaflowersaurus-Rex and The Blueberry Biscuits. The 9 piece Wellington band will knock your dancing socks off with their lush sounds and epic tunes. These guys are by far my favourite Wellington band and I always have the best dancing times at their gigs; it helps that all the band members are fantastic people who are heaps of fun to be around. They’re playing quite a small gig tonight at San Fran Bathhouse, with things kicking off at 9pm. It’s $15 on the door. Make sure you’re there early as there are only 150 door sales! The Facebook event can be found HERE and check out their tunes HERE.

You might have picked out your gig, but have you picked out your outfit? It’s always tough in Winter deciding what to wear to a gig. It’s brutally cold outside, but way too hot inside. My advice is to wear a dress, or skirt and blouse, with stockings and a couple of cardigans that aren’t overly precious. You can take the stockings off if you get too hot and the cardigans you can just stash somewhere off to the side or hook over your bag. I’d rather my cardigans go missing than a coat! (Also helps to have a friend in the band, because then you can beg for your stuff to be hidden backstage). Here’s a selection of outfits that would be perfect for a mid-Winter gig:

(1. Alice Nightingale Zelda Skirt and Clara Blouse, 2. Arielle Mermin Marianne Dress, 3. Chrissie Dress, 4. High Noon Tea Marcell Dress, 5. Celine Rita Bella Dress)

The other issue with gigs is a bag. Too big a bag and you’ll be annoying everyone around you on the dance floor and yourself. Go for small; bring your essential cards, cash, keys, phone and a lippy. Maybe even a roll on perfume if you’ve got the room! Here are our picks for small gig appropriate bags:

(1. SA I See You Baby Bag, 2. Norma Wallet, 3. KOA Calyx, 4. KOA Vane, 5. SA Destructive Romance Bag)

If you want to get the party started before you go, make these:

I didn’t really need to put those in this blog post, but I think someone needs to make them. They are so cute!

I hope this post has inspired you to dress up, go out, have some fun and dance the night away! Might see ya dancing!

Happy Friday!

xox Anneke xoxo

If It's Gatsby, It's Great

The whole world seems to be going 20s mad; with Baz Luhrmann’s sparkling film, The Great Gatsby, setting it all off with a bang. The other week the girls from MFP and some lovely friends wandered on down to the Embassy for cocktails, chat and an evening with Jay Gatsby.

Image Courtesy of The Great Gatsby Film

The film was all kinds of glitz and glam, opulent and indulgent, and so damn pretty! It was an easy film to watch; straightforward and simple in story, sublime in visual beauty. What it was lacking in depth it made up for in the most glorious costumes, digitally perfected fantastical sets and the most epic of onscreen parties; think flowing champagne, glitzy flappers, dapper gents, all hedonistically dancing around to some serious hip-hop of today.  

It’s easy to see how the world has suddenly become so obsessive with the Roaring Twenties. If you’ve been invited along to a Gatsby inspired event, want to throw one yourself, or simply want to embody a bit of Twenties glamour before heading to see the film, you’ve definitely stumbled across the right blog post.

Need some style inspiration? Take note of Daisy Buchanan’s look.

Daisy Buchanan (image courtesy of The Great Gatsby Film)

The image says it all; big glittering jewels and soft, neutral tones with a deco headdress to boot. Daisy consistently looks pretty, innocent and perfect; drop waists, glitter, pastel pinks, creams and lavenders. Make up is minimal and glowing. Think garden parties and lounging around in summer with your best friend, your favourite cake and a bottle of champagne. If an edgy look is more your thing, be sure to look to Daisy’s best friend Jordan Baker for some inspiration; harsh blacks, silky creams and yellows, masculine tailoring, slick bob, smoky eyes and red lips.

Once you’ve sorted your outfit, you’ll be sure to be looking for some deco inspired jewels that will make you every bit the flapper. So, have a proper look through Madame Fancy Pant’s ‘In Moonlight’ Collection.

Madame Fancy Pants

 

From crystals to skulls, delicate to bold, this collection really does have something for everyone. Plus, each piece fits perfectly within a Roaring Twenties world. That ‘This Little Light’ necklace definitely looks like it was nabbed straight out of Daisy’s jewellery box…

So, your look is (hopefully) sorted! If you want to grab a cocktail before you watch the film, we definitely recommend The Black Sparrow below The Embassy. It fully encapsulates 20s elegance. It even has a Gatsby inspired cocktail menu! If you head there on a Tuesday, like we did, you can save some cash and get two for one cocktails. So, drink up!

If your Gatsby event is all set up at home, you should try making your own cocktails. I sourced this ‘Golden Girl’ cocktail from the beautiful girls at A Beautiful Mess blog; with all that glitter it looks like something Jay Gatsby’s party guests would have a few of. The scrumptious recipe can be found HERE.

 

Once you've got your get up, your jewels and your drinks all prepped and ready to go, I think it’s time to get your party started!

Hope you enjoyed another stellar edition of our Wednesday blog, stay tuned for Friday’s gig inspired blog post!

Anneke xoxox