Last night, Mary and I were transported back to the 1940's to experience East End wartime community spirit, vintage fashion and big band tunes.
I heard about the Blitz Party on Twitter. It's a Second World War themed bash that runs every few months and this particular event was being held at the Village Underground in Shoreditch. From looking at past photographs in the website gallery, I could see that those who attended made rather a lot of effort - in particular with the hair.
So it was off to my local salon for me for a 40's inspired hairdo.
Loads of pins, a bottle of hairspray and a headscarf later, it was done.
I found my vintage tea-dress on Ebay.
It's not the sexiest attire I've ever worn but I was hardly worried about that! Tonight was about dressing up and having fun!
Mary's hair was a fabulous effort. Check out those victory rolls!
Some Blitz facts for you:
- The 'Blitz' was a term used to describe the heavy bombing of London and other British cities during World War Two;
- The attack on London by German bombers started on 7th September 1940 (i.e. 73 years ago yesterday) and it didn't end until May 1941;
- At one point during the Blitz, London was bombed for 57 nights in a row;
- The word 'Blitz' comes from the German word blitzkrieg, meaning 'lightning war'
A band on the stage played the banjo and trumpet like they were going out of fashion
And the ladies in vintage chic looked amazing and the uniforms and braces on the guys weren't bad either!
This was brilliant!
This was brilliant!
We headed to the bar, ordered a couple of cocktails from the 'Ration Book' and stole ourselves a little spot next to the stage to dance around, people watch and generally enjoy ourselves.
While Mary and I jigged around to the 40's swing as best we knew how, others had a little more experience
I really want to learn to dance like that!
A couple of hours in and we were feeling peckish. I'd noted that there were Scotch eggs being sold on a little stall at the entrance.
It would have been rude not to. Very yummy.
It was such a fun, unique night out and I would highly recommend getting tickets for the next one which I believe will be on sale very soon.
The only drawback? The lack of ladies loos which inevitably leads to a fair amount of time queuing, especially as most of the girls understandably want to touch up their bright red lippy in the mirror at the same time!
But otherwise, a patriotic and jubilant night out!
Getting the pins out of my hair when I got home wasn't quite so much fun...
I hope you've all had a great weekend! ☺