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A Great Gatsby Dinner Party

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Bring Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan and Nick Carraway to life with a lavish, exquisitely decorated Great Gatsby inspired party – sure to wow all your friends. If you enjoy party planning then this will be a walk in the park, but even if you don’t, it doesn’t take too long to create the 1920s feel in your home, as well as in your fancy clothing and of course, the menu.

Check out this guide to creating a Great Gatsby dinner party that even F. Scott Fitzgerald would be proud of…

What to Wear

Dive into the 1920s by starting with your clothing – and the clothing suggestions on your invites helps to get everyone ready for the big party.

For the women, this can be the classic flapper dress or something sequined and glamorous that fits the bill. Vintage Dancer is a great online guide to getting the look right as well as offering guidance on where to buy.

The perfect 1920s hairstyles come in all shapes and sizes, but do favour the short bob if you have this. A glitzy headband or slide can really pull off the look – search online for some beautiful creations from this period.

 

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For men, this era was so stylish and affordable, offering the wearer more comfortable and stylish options than the previous era. For the Gatsby look, a timeless black suit with bow tie will do nicely but you can always mix it up with a white suit jacket or even some stripes!

Decoration

Art deco all the way – don’t be shy with going overboard, as the 1920s was not a shy and retiring decade when it came to parties! Golds, silvers, blacks and whites are the colours of choice. You can even buy plastic gold cutlery to give the look a boost, without costing the earth.

Hit the charity shops for some vintage wine and champagne glasses, as well as serving trays and shot glasses. Don’t be afraid to mix and match either, as the relaxed nature of this time means that rules don’t matter as much.

To really get into the theme, find a poker table to really up the ante. Save yourself from a gambling war by only playing for matchsticks as all the champagne and fancy outfits could trick some of your guests into the delusion that they are as wealthy as the Great Gatsby himself!

Head to Pinterest for some great inspiration including invitation ideas and decoration tips – Perfect to help achieve the overall look for the perfect 1920’s dinner party.

 

The Menu

 

Drinks

Serve up Mint Juleps, Blackberry Gin Fizz and Champagne, of course! And go all out with this fancy recipe for dessert wine gelees with citrus fruit from Martha Stewart.

Appetisers

Little nibbles before the main meal were all the rage, especially devilled eggs and grilled oysters – anything that showed extravagance and intricacy.

Mains

Did you know that the Caesar salad was an invention of the 1920s? Surprisingly, salads were a popular main in this era also including a Waldorf salad made with apples, grapes, celery and nuts. Other favourites include turkey, as well as sausages wrapped in bacon (also known as pigs in blankets).

Desserts

When it comes to time for dessert, this is your chance to really show off your culinary skills. Depending on the dinner party numbers you have, you could offer a selection of desserts.

 

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Here’s a few tasty and fancy looking treats to consider:

 

Timetable of Events

Be clear with your start time, so that your guests know when to arrive and that you’ll be ready for their arrival.

Next, proportion the evening to suit what you want to show off. If your appetizers are the pièce de résistance then spend more time nibbling on those and enjoying a Mint Julep, rather than placing focus on the main course. You can also refill the appetizer table with more if guests are running late or your dinner prep is behind schedule.

For a timeline of events to try to stick to (this doesn’t need to be given to your guests), this suggestion is a good guideline:

6pm: Guests arrive, drinks are served and appetizers offered.

7pm: Sit down at the dinner table to eat, chat and drink a little more.

8:15pm: Serve the desserts.

9pm: Open up the dining room into the living room (consider room dividers like these for splitting/merging rooms) – allowing more room for mingling and drinks. Followed by some 1920s-inspired music to get people moving in their era attire. Also remember to clear the dinner table, so this area can be used for mingling too…Then it’s drinks and dancing until dawn!

 

What do you think of A Great Gatsby Dinner Party idea? Have you ever had one?

 

*This is a collaborative post.

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Why I Won’t Publish Income Reports

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A quick disclaimer, this post is not about any blogger in particlularly. It is a simple opinion post. I hope you enjoy the read.

 

Income reports have become a thing in the blogging world and I kind of get why. Many people still believe pro blogging is no job, while some find it hard to understand how bloggers make money. So I get why income reports have become so popular. And I get why some bloggers like to shout from the rooftops about how much they make. It feels so good to make a living from your dream career/job. I can still remember the feeling I got when I published my first sponsored post, or when I got my first paid freelance job. I still get that same feeling everytime a new fab opportunity lands in my inbox, so it never really goes away. Working for yourself, doing what you love is a dream, so it is worth screaming about.

I enjoy reading income report posts. I find them very informative and interesting. It is always good to read about various ways bloggers make money, and how much they actually make in a month.

I would love to read more income reports, especially from the mega big bloggers, but I doubt that would ever happen. I guess the figures would be too crazy to write down.

 

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I would love to publish income reports. It would be a nice way to show off my figures and motivate other bloggers, it would also help me set income deadlines and keep me focused. But the cons of publishing income reports outweighs the pros massively for me, so you won’t be reading an income report post anything soon on Fashion and Style Police, and I will tell you why.

 

Privacy

I love reading other bloggers’ income reports, but I am way too private to publish mine. I think it is just one of those things to be left offline. I won’t publish my payslip if I was working for someone else, so why should I publish my income report?

 

Real Life People

Privacy and real life people are my main reasons for not publishing an income report. People I know in my real life (that didn’t I play on my laptop for a living) will become too aware of my financial situation and that never helps.

 

Unnecessary Pressure

Publishing my monthly income reports would put unnecessary pressure on me. I have monthly goals I aim to smash every month, and that includes my finances, but putting them online is another level. I know I would be under a lot of pressure and that is pressure I don’t need.

 

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These are my reasons for not publishing income reports on Fashion and Style Police. I respect other bloggers who are bold enough to publish theirs, it is just not for me.

What are your thoughts? Do you publish or plan to income reports on your blog?

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thank you for reading.

Product Review: Boots No 7 & Vichy Laboratories

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I have been in search for a fabulous body oil since I ran out of my Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour All-over Miracle Oil. I came across this Vichy Laboratories Ideal Body Oil while browsing online and decided to give it a try. I like to have many lip balms around during the autumn/winter months, so I also got the Boots Essentials Strawberry Lipsalve. And I needed a different exfoliator; after using my Clean and Clear for Donkey Years, I needed a change. So I went for the No 7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator.

 

Vichy Laboratories Ideal Body Oil

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The unique combination offers smoothing and nourishing properties and combines 10 luxurious oils extracted from: Apricot kernel, Passionflower, Corn, Rice Bran, Sunflower, Blackcurrant Pips, Rosehip, Coriander, Macadamia and Jojoba oils.

Here are my thoughts on this body oil:

PROS

  1. I love the packaging and the rich gold colour.
  2. It has a subtle scent which I love.
  3. It is great for sensitive skin.
  4. No parabens.
  5. It is a dry texture so not too oily, which is great for my combination skin.
  6. It nourishes my skin.
  7. It leaves my skin feeling and looking smooth and soft.
  8. It can be used all over the body, including on the hair.

CONS

None

This is my first time trying a Vichy product and I am very impressed with this body oil. I will be buying it again and I recommend it to anyone in need of a rich body oil. This Vichy Laboratories Ideal Body Oil is what you need. It currently retails for £22 per 100ml at Boots and many other stores.

 

No 7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator

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This is a new product from the No 7 range so there is no product description on the website yet. Here are my thoughts on it:

PROS

  1. It exfoliates my skin beautifully, getting rid of all the dead skin cells, leaving it soft and smooth
  2. I like the combat packaging. Great to take along on holiday.
  3. At £8.50, it is good value for money.
  4. It is easy to apply and wash off.

CONS

  1. No waiting time instructions on the pack. So I leave mine on for about 5 minutes, but it would be great to know the recommended application and waiting time.
  2. It does the work but I expected a lot more from it. Maybe because I was blown away by the No 7 products I tried the other day. I expected this to be as fab as they are.

It is a good product but I won’t be buying it again. I am still in search for the perfect exfoliator, so let me know if you have any in mind.

 

Boots Essentials Lipsalve Strawberry

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Keep your lips looking hydrated and luscious with Boots Essentials Lip Balm Strawberry.

Dermatologically tested.

 

PROS

  1. I like the pretty pink packaging.
  2. It is easy to carry around.
  3. It is very cheap – £1.
  4. I like the fact that it is in form of a lipstick.
CONS
  1. I don’t like the smell of this lip balm at all.
  2. It does not nourish my lips properly. I have to apply loads on my lips to get them moisturised.
  3. It breaks easily, making a mess.

I won’t be buying this lip balm again and I do not recommend.

 

What do you think of these products? Have you tried any?

 

 

 

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