The 1940s WWII Ball and the 1940s White Christmas Ball are so popular that the organizers decided to throw a 1950s Voodoo Island Tiki Exotica Ball for the first time this year. The event was held the Saturday of Labor Day weekend and after I told my friends how much fun we'd had at the WWII Ball, they all signed up themselves and their husbands for the Tiki Ball!
Ever since I threw my Tiki Party last summer (which I sadly have NO pictures from but here's my Pinterest planning board), I've been very intrigued by tiki culture. I checked out every book on the subject I could get my hands on and read up on Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic and all of the rest, so the idea of a 1950s Tiki Exotica Ball was right up my alley! Of course, I needed an appropriate vintage frock.
I didn't have time to run to the local vintage clothing stores searching so when I found this repro 1950s dress in a pattern of bright florals, I grabbed it! The colors are actually perfect for my red hair, and since it's a new dress instead of vintage, it was sized for modern women. I'd hoped to try faux bangs but couldn't get them to work out so I just curled my hair with a curling iron. I spent an hour straightening my hair and then another hour on the curls but they were basically straight by the time we left the house! Ironic that my hair wouldn't hold a curl, since it's naturally curly in the first place.