8 September 2013

Blitz Party

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.

Caroline               Mary
Not literally, obviously, but you'll see what I mean.

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'
As soon as we walked under the arches and into the venue, we were so impressed with how well the place conjured up the spirit of the event. The whole places was decked out with sandbags, oil lamps, flags and searchlights. 

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!

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! 

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  1. Great photos!


  2. Wow, looks like such a fun night!

    Your hair looked fantastic.

    Hmm maybe...

  3. Wow, looks like such a fun night!

    Your hair looked fantastic.

    Hmm maybe...

  4. Oh your hair... the sandbags... the dresses.
    The history student nerd in me in coming out. This is me in a nutshell!
    How have I never heard of this before?!
    Your hair looks stunning too, no idea how the ladies in the past could pop in all of those pins to create the curls themselves!
    Oh so very jealous of you my dear...!
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

    1. I'd not heard of it until a few weeks ago - no idea how I've missed the last few to be honest! It's so worth making the trip to London the next time it's on :)

      Totally agreed - how did the ladies in the 40's get their hair so preened? Especially with a war on!!


  5. that party looks like a blast! the hair is simply awesome too :)


  6. Ooh I'm just repeating everybody else but your hair looks fab! I love it when everybody makes an effort to dress up properly, it just makes events SO much more fun!


  7. So nice pictures:) I really like them. Also nice blog!

  8. what a lovely event!
    you both look stunning (:


  9. Caroline this is such a fabulous find! I love your die-hard dedication to the glamorous theme, this era absolutely suits you :)

  10. Wow ladies great effort with the hair! you both look fantastic!
    I love watching the 'pros' dance, only wish I was half as good!

    Teffy { Teffys Perks Blog }


  11. Caroline I love that last picture of you!! This looks like such a fun night out and you are actually rocking that pink dress. The hair is incredible!

    Katie <3


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