Saturday night was simply magical! Last summer a friend told me about a local event called the 1940s WWII Ball. It's held at a tiny airport about an hour north of here and we weren't able to go last year but the photos made it look like so much fun that I vowed we'd attend this year. I'm so glad we did--it was fantastic!
I knew from last year's photos that everyone goes in 1940s attire, so I started searching Etsy for something to wear. Soon there just wasn't time to order anything and I wasn't able to go out searching the local vintage clothing stores with two kids in tow, so I decided to wear the only 1940s dress I own, a dress that I purchased last summer. Because the ball has a WWII theme, I added a pretty vintage patriotic rhinestone pin to the collar.
With this dress I have previously worn a pair of cherry red patent heels--pretty, but not so great for walking around in. I decided instead to go with a pair of red and cream wedges that I've always thought had a bit of 1940s flair. They're comfortable and I love them and I think they looked great with the dress!
For earrings, I chose a pair of vintage blue moonglow Lucite screw-back buttons that I bought at a garage sale with a matching necklace a few summers ago. They were the perfect shade of blue and I think they were very authentic in style!
The next hurdle was hair and makeup. For a 1940s event, Victory rolls are a must! I've never tried them on my hair because I have naturally curly hair, but for this party I was determined to be authentic. The first step was to spend an hour with my flat iron, straightening my hair. Next, I watched this YouTube video several times.
I practiced once on Maren but I didn't get my rolls tight enough and she ended up looking like the child bride of some freaky polygamist from Southern Utah.
The Mister did some research on men's fashions in the 1940s and ended up wearing a pair of navy pinstriped trousers and matching vest, with a white shirt and beautiful red tie. He looked handsome!
And now that we were all fancied up, we were ready to party....more on that tomorrow!