Throwing a Great Gatsby inspired party?

When I think about movie inspired themes for Weddings or parties, there is nothing more glamorous then a 1920’s Great Gatsby inspired party.

The mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby’s and his lavish life style. Set in the era of jazz music, flapper culture, glitz and glam. The Great Gatsby is associated with the American dream, rising up through the social classes. To lead that dream life. Jay Gatsby became famous for the glamorous parties he held every weekend at his stunning mansion house.

Your Great Gatsby inspired party

Planning the perfect Great Gatsby inspired party is all about riches, glamour and jazz. Your party should be held in a fabulous grand venue. Invitations should mirror those geometric lines and gold accents of the art deco style. Getting those invitations out early us really important because no Great Gatsby party is complete  without stunning outfits.

The decor should be dazzling, gold chandeliers, table centre pieces full of flowers and feathers. Think pearls and crystals hanging from the ceilings, off railings, from the backs of chairs or even trees lining the drive to the venue. Canapés and champagne are a must have. Champagne would have been free flowing at any of Jay Gatsby’s parties.

Ladies should dress to impress with those slip dresses, beading, uneven hemlines, fringes and dropped waists. T-bar shoes for dancings, long pearl necklaces, drop necklaces. Headbands full of sparkles with feathers, a hair comb or a tiara or even a beautiful beaded skull caps all showing off that classic 1920’s glam. The men would wear tuxedos, smart suits, bow ties and brogues. It was as important for the men to stand out and the ladies.

The Cost of your party

Can you imagine how much it would cost today to have that lavish lifestyle of Jay Gatsby? Owning a mansion with the size and grandeur 40 acres of land, private beach, swimming pool in the very popular Long Island would today cost you an impressive £77,298,271. So a far amount out of my budget.

Jay’s iconic yellow Rolls Royce which was as memorable as his personality. In real terms the nearest you would get to owning one of these would be 1922 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost but that would today cost you £144,000 so not for everyones budget.

Not forgetting the cost of his famous fortnightly parties, champagne, food, jazz bands, decorations would today cost you around £255,000 per year and that’s just the basic costs.

I think my dreams to lead that Jay Gatsby lifestyle is well and truly put on hold, however that doesn’t mean I can’t have a one off Great Gatsby inspired party. If you could have a movie themed party what would it be?

*This post was made in collaboration with Chill Money.*

 

Is my Zodiac sign to blame for my messy desk?

Do you think about your Zodiac sign and what it means for you? I regularly have a quick read of the star sign page in the newspaper to see what the week ahead has in store for me. Sometimes I think ooh that is so true for what is going on in my life at the moment. Yet other times I think what a load of rubbish.

My Zodiac sign is Pisces, I fall on the cusp of Aries and Pisces. I’m not sure that my traits are really that true of a Piscarian. Astrologists say this about us Piscarians.

Selfless, they are always willing to help others, without hoping to het anything back. Pisces is a water sign and as such this zodiac sign is characterised by empathy and expressed emotional capacity. Their ruling planet is Neptune, so Pisces are more intuitive than others and have an artistic talent.

So I guess thats me, I am kind and always happy to help others out. However I can also be selfish opposed to selfless but no-one is perfect… right?

I recently read that your tidiness is all connected to your Zodic sign, so I though I would see if I could have a reason for the organised chaos for my working space. I read that :

If your are Capricorn or Pisces your kitchen is full of gadgets which minimise the borel effect of organisation. These signs are ahead of the game, yeah their filling systems are organised, but probably because they’ve hired an intern to do it.

Now this is completely not me, I work in a mess. When I worked in an office you couldn’t see my desk because I had various documents all over it. Only I knew where everything was. Even today I work in a untidy way, various note books open at different pages full of ideas for blog posts or notes I have made. Or information from companies that have come in packages, items to use in photo’s. Anything any everything can be found on my desk with just enough space for my macbook to sit in.

I always try to keep my desk tidy, I think that I keep my desk looking neat and photo ready. Yet in reality I don’t, it doesn’t matter how many pretty baskets organisers I buy. I honestly cannot see that improving as much as I try, my desk will always be mess.

Although my desk is generally organised chaos, I am really quite an organised person. I have lists for everything so know who has what christmas present, or if I have got gifts for everyones birthday, shopping lists, holiday lists, generally I love a list. However you wouldn’t think that I was organised if you spent a day working with me in an office.

Over the years I have worked in a couple of different offices, nothing makes me happier than working from home using my vintage bureau it’s perfect for me. What kind of furniture at work do you have?

*This post was made in collaboration with Furniture at work.*

 

The perfect flight bag with Cabin Zero cabin bags

Over the past few years I have jetted off on flights all over the world. I have been lucky enough to visit Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore pre Husband and children. In more recent times around Europe with the latest trip to Crete earlier this year.

Our first trip of the year to Crete was visiting my Mother-In-Laws new Villa, so we opted for cabin bags only. Which was a silly idea really, because I started to panic about sizes of cabin bags that would be suitable for the airline. Did you know that each one has different restrictions on the size and weight of your hand luggage?

When I have previously travelled with a full luggage allowance I have always just taken a handbag on board with me to keep the essentials in. Passports, tickets, money, lipstick, blusher, sweeties. So I have not had to take much notice of hand luggage allowance before.

I did borrow a cabin bag from my sister, which was within the sizes of the luggage allowance for the air line. It wasn’t the prettiest of bags, and I am all about something that looks lovely. It was fine it did the job but wasn’t my first choice of ascetically pleasing luggage.

Cabin Zero Cabin Bags

I had seen Cabin Zero bags over on their Instagram page and really liked the styles. When Cabin Zero got in touch to ask me to review one of their bags, I was more than happy to do so. It will be perfect for our trip to Finland towards the end of the year.

I chose the Lipe Blue ultra light weight cabin bag in the 36litre capacity. I was drawn to the lovely feminine colour, not to much pink but just enough.

Cabin Zero bags all come with a 10 year warranty, but if you ‘like’ their Facebook page it is extended to 25 years, brilliant! They are all airline hand luggage size approved, which is great for any traveller who is going to be flying with various different air lines across the world.

The 36 litre bag is slightly smaller than the classic 44 litre bag. It has lots of fabulous features, it has adjustable straps, both top and side handles so you can just carry it if needed rather than on your back. There is a zip pocket on the front and 2 on the inside, one with a mesh panel which is great for seeing your documents sorted inside.

My 36 litre Cabin Zero bag weighs 700 grams, so it is super light weight so you can fit so much more inside it for your trip. It measures 44x30x20cm perfect for those airline hand luggage restrictions.

I think my favourite feature of this bag is the Okoban built in global tracking system. It gives lifetime tracking for your bag, you just go on line an register and then if your bag is lost or found it can be tracked back to you through Okoban.

I can not wait to head off on our trip towards the end of the year, to take my fabulous Cabin Zero bag with me. As the summer holidays are heading our way quickly I’m sure this bag will get some extra use for everyday things with the children.

Cabin Zero have kindly given me a discount code to share with my lovely readers, it is only valid for 30 days from now and gives you a 10% discount on any order you place with them. The discount code is CZCHAMPAGNEANDPETALS, let me know which of their gorgeous cabin bags you order.

*Thank you Cabin Zero for sending me out this lovely bag. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*