27 Feb 2010

The Great Gatsby Picnic - Art Deco Weekeend - Napier

How's that for a long title.......

As promised images from the Gatsby Picnic, there was a prize for the best display; people go all out to win - with fabulous results.

lets get dressed for the occasion

too cute

are flip flops Art Deco? Dad's not into dressing up.... 
I went for a 1930's look, drop waist does nothing for me!

lets head to Marine Parade

the setting for the picnic


mix with the deco ladies

whilst enjoying a cup of tea

and coo coo at the Deco baby, slightly too big for his pram, but he's not bothered

you need a fan or two in this heat

 and fabulous fresh colours

and of course a Deco tea set

fancy black and white chic?

all the best silver comes out

  and glassware

and of course the picnic basket

working hard for best in show

the chaps sing

 to the ladies

whilst things are low key at the Out of Africa tent

all this strolling in the sun being fabulous is hot work

time for a well deserved Gin & Tonic - ahh Bombay Sapphire my fav!

let's seek out some shade by the Riley, while i wind up the gramophone

and another well deserved drink with the girls

Hope you enjoyed your Napier Art Deco weekend, as much as I did :)

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26 Feb 2010

Art Deco Weekend - Napier

Last weekend my parents and I went up to Napier in the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand; for the bi-annual Art Deco Weekend. Napier, was rebuilt in the early 1930s following a massive Richter 7.8 earthquake, subsequent fires destroyed most of its commercial heart. By the end of the decade, Napier was the newest city on the globe. Nowhere else can you see such a variety of buildings in the styles of the 1930s - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and above all Art Deco, the style of the 20th Century - in such a concentrated area. And Napier's Art Deco is unique, with Maori motifs and the buildings of Louis Hay, admirer of the great Frank Lloyd Wright.

Art Deco weekend is a fun celebration of all things art deco, with loads of fun events. We enjoyed the vintage car rally, the Great Gatsby Picnic and generally wandering around and soaking up the wonderful atmosphere; people get really into it, great fun to be part of!






our friends in their 'Life of' Riley  


gold plated interior anyone?



the view from our hotel room

Mum looking glam 


Gatsby Picnic pictures next time.....

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22 Feb 2010

Decoration - get more bang for your buck!

I love creating striking displays and decoration where ever I'm renting, without spending vast amounts of money. I love these simple yet effective ideas, that won't blow the budget!

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