Friday, July 5, 2013

Vintage Adventure: 4th of July

This year Jonathan and I went to the Historical Pardee Home and Museum in Oakland for a 4th of July BBQ, and what better way to celebrate at an old house than in vintage clothes! All decked out in Gatsby Attire we enjoyed an afternoon of food, live music and fun. And with several members of the Art Deco Society in attendance there were plenty of pretty vintage outfits to admire.
 This time I got to choose my outfit directly from Jonathan's closet which always makes me feel like a kid in a candy store of vintage clothing and accessories. I of course used my own shoes though (since he doesn't have any that really fit me) and since I only have one pair at the moment, they don't match my outfit. So we can just pretend that they do. Okay? Okay.

This lovely lady here, not only has a beautiful voice that goes well with old time music but I hear that she also makes her own clothes. The dress she is wearing is just Gorgeous and as I was sitting next to her I was able to see some of the beautiful purple detailing. I want that dress!

 Shortly into the "event" a tour of the Pardee estate was offered and Jonathan and I quickly took the opportunity. Our tour guide was filled with knowledge of the estates previous owners and a tour that could have been 15 minutes turned into a little over an hour. But, some of the information was pretty interesting and it is always cool to see a house that is completely preserved.

 My favorite part of the tour was seeing one of the closets that was filled with some of the women's clothes from several generations. Surprisingly all the of the clothing are still in excellent condition and overall they are just lovely if you ask me.
  We also got to see this quilt that had been made for the family, they say that when Lincoln died his wife became very poor and had to sell some of her clothing and, as you can see, a part of one of her dresses was used in this quilt. (or at least that's what they say)

They also did hat contests and although I didn't win for best hat, I was pretty darn close. It was pretty fun cause we got to model our hats and do silly posses to get the audience to clap for us.

Then later that night I went to see the fireworks (no longer in my vintage outfit) and I took loads of pictures. We were right under them so it was actually pretty cool. I must admit I am a little spoiled in the fact that a few years ago I went to see this amazing fireworks show in SF that was put on by a radio station I believe and it was beautifully coordinated to the music. Unfortunately every since then fireworks never can compare.

So tell me, what did you do for 4th of July?

Until next time,


  1. Hello Avo,

    your looks are always so lovely, I like them a lot! :) When I look at your photos, I feel I'm in another time. That's inspiring. Keep going on!

    4th of July...I didn't do anything special. This may be related to the fact that I'm from Germany and we do not celebrate the day.

    Have a nice day

  2. Oh my goodness! Theses events you post are driving me crazy! (Meaning I want to go to all of them too)!

    You really look fabulous. I definitely would have voted for your hat. :-)

  3. Your hat is awesome! This looks like a movie scene, I love it :)

    Tiffany Ima
    Style Honestly


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