Going back in time at the Blitz Party

Destinations, England, Favorite Things, Vintage World Shopping

Going back in time at the Blitz Party

3 Comments 11 June 2013

There is no better city for a period-themed party than London. It seems to have sections that represent pretty much every era in its long history. For this reason, Ric and I felt like we had slipped back to the 1940s, long before even entering Great Suffolk Street Warehouse for the Blitz Party.

It happened as soon as we left Southwark Tube Station.

I notice two girls with Victory curls in front of us, one in a red flowing dress the other wearing a pink with fur wrapped around her shoulders. As we walk further from the station, skyscrapers and apartment complexes give way to a brick tunnel system and old pubs. It feels like we we’re entering into the shadows of a scary and mysterious time in world history, only finding relief in the gathering of like-minded people.

Blitz Party

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

And there are plenty of them.

It’s hard to give a general name to the location of the venue used for our bunker for the night, but I’d describe it as a system of brick tunnels with warehouse-size rooms. It looks like a storage place for ammunition during World War II, but during the Blitz Party, its many rooms are illuminated by red light, decorated in red, white and blue flags and filled with big bands and swing dancers.

Blitz Party

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Blitz Party

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Blitz Party

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Blitz Party

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

We arrive just before 9 p.m. and head to the furthest bar at the venue as the bar in room one is already packed. There are about four of five bars set up here. While chatting at a table with Ric about how crazy this party is and wondering where exactly we are, I look up to see three girls talking at the end of our table, only lit up by a spotlight behind them. They almost look like spies. I have to remind myself where I am and what day it is, but eventually I give in.

Blitz Party

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Our room is filled within an hour. I notice a circling spotlight to the right of a stage in the room. A band takes the stage and an explosion of confetti goes off the introduce them.

Blitz Party

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

The place is packed and there are soldiers spinning their ladies around and throwing their bodies in the air. Ric and I explore the venue more to find an army truck and hordes of people taking photos in it, a wall with WWII propaganda and a make up station with the Beauty Queens offering free vintage make overs to people at the party.

Blitz Party

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

We eventually find ourselves in a smaller room that’s pitch black besides a few gas lanterns hung on the wall and a bar that’s illuminated in red. As my eyes get used to the darkness, I notice couples laying together on a few cots set up in the room. We go to the bar and purchase a punch made of earl grey, orange sherbet and liquor for £7. They’re served in blue tin coffee cups.

Blitz Party

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

This is a a different cocktail from those offered in the rations book at the main bars. It must be a reward for those adventurous enough to wonder through all the rooms here.

But then again, any person that would come to a party like this is already adventurous enough.

The Blitz Party is truly to feel the styles and trends of the past. They really succeeded in that affect. Be prepared to shell out a bit of money in your wardrobe for a party like this. It’s really important you come dressed for the part, because if you don’t you’ll feel pretty left out. I spent £47 on a Katharine Hepburn-inspired pants look. I did my own hair which was actually a lot easier than I thought and can be learned from watching Youtube videos.

The next Blitz Party is July 13 at the Village Underground, tickets are £20 and can be purchased on their website.

To view more photos from the Blitz Party, check out my Facebook album.

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The Blitz Party gave me press admission to review this party.

What’s in my suitcase?

Favorite Things, Guides, Style, Vintage World Shopping

What’s in my suitcase?

8 Comments 02 April 2013

Over the past three years of traveling I’ve exchanged clothes with people around the world, been given some very special items and purchased a few amazing finds. Basically, the contents of my suitcase are pretty eclectic. No item has made it along with more the entire trip, but a few have been with me for years and are pretty close to my heart. From a feather ring in Port Douglas to Genie pants in Thailand, this is what I’m packing.

Cowboy boots

These boots are made for walking and they’ve done their fair share around the world. It was love at first sight when I laid eyes on these bad boys at a vintage shop in Brisbane, Australia. I can’t remember the name of the shop, nor what year they were made, but I do remember dishing out $AUD60 without hesitation. It was my birthday and I’ve wanted cowboy boots forever. They don’t go down well at say, a locals hangout in Donsol, Philippines (everyone stared and one guy even said, “Western boots,” like he was spitting something gross out of his mouth), but they make you feel like an American bad add and are very easy to walk in.

Photo by Richard John Hackey

A Bobbi hat

This item has been with me the longest of all the pieces on my list. My friend Bobbi, who I road tripped Australia with, made it for me at the end of our tour. That’s right, she made it. It’s pretty cool looking and I’ve worn it in all climates, from the tropics of Port Douglas, Australia to the snowy city of Queenstown, New Zealand.

Photo owner unknown.

Yellow dress

I found this little number at a market in Chiang Mai. I paid about $5 for the dress and a belt to go with it. It makes me feel like a dainty traveler, like I’m on my own Roman Holiday. I wore it on my 26th birthday, which might be my best yet.

Photo by Richard John Hackey

Liverpool jersey

I’m sure anyone who has dated an English man can relate to this. Ric is a Liverpool supporter, so naturally the first gift he ever bought me was a Liverpool top. I like it not only because I’m a fan myself, but also because it reminds me of the first Christmas Ric and I ever spent together, Melbourne 2010.

Leopard Coat

A definite impulse purchase, but I don’t care. I’ve always loved the 50s style leopard-print coat and have been looking for one for a very long time. It’s hard today, because new coats in that style are either expensive or cheesy. So when I spotted one that was neither at a vintage store in Santa Cruz, California, I just couldn’t say no. It’s a fake, from the 50s and cost $100. I feel like Caggie Dunlop whenever I wear it.

Photo by Emily Kostic

Leather coat

I never would have attempted to wear leather before this coat, but Ric convinced me, so how could I say no. I do love it. I bought it at a boutique on Chapel Street in Melbourne for $AUD99. I’ve had it for over two years now and it’s starting to fall apart, because I wear it constantly. When it finally does, I’m not sure I’ll own another leather coat again considering it took 24 years to finally find one I like.

Photo by Richard John Hackey

Genie pants Thailand

Part of my SE Asian uniform, I admit it, I f*cking love genie pants. I don’t know if they’re the most stylish digs, but they’re so comfortable, easy to throw on at the beach and you don’t have to worry about whether what your wearing is too short for the temples when you have these bad boys on. I’ve owned four pairs in the past two years.

Photo by Richard John Hackey

German dress

This dress isn’t actually from Germany, but it reminds me of the traditional dresses that girls wear at Oktoberfest, so I always associate it with the country. I bought the dress while studying abroad in London in 2007. Another vintage item, I bought it in Soho and its from the 1960s, so a pretty ideal shopping experience in the city considering this dress is definitely swinging 60s and Soho was the place to shop at that time.

Photo by Richard John Hackey

Thai skirt

This is another one of my favorite purchased in Thailand. I bought it on Khao San Road, where most tourist do their shopping in Chiang Mai, for no more than $4. Like my dress from Chiang Mai, I love traveling in this.

Photo by Richard John Hackey

Australian opal earrings and feather ring

I don’t carry a lot of jewellery with me, because I rarely wear it and I don’t really want to worry about it in hostels, but there are two pieces I bring along everywhere I go and both are Australian. First are the Australian opal earrings my dad got me for my 21st birthday. He purchased them in Aruba, because my birthstone is opal but he’d never seen the stone like this. I hadn’t either, but it became my favorite. Australian opal is a greenish blue, compared to the white we’re used to in the USA.

My next Aussie jewellery item is from the Sunday Markets in Port Douglas. I’ve always like feathers, because of my Native American ancestry, but I never owned anything with feathers except for a dream catcher. When I saw this ring, I had to have it. It was the feather item I’d always wanted. But I actually associate Ric with it more than my ancestry. We started dating not long before I found this ring and there was only one available at the stall. That one fit my wedding ring finger perfectly.

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Everyone says it’s bad luck to wear anything other than an engagement or marriage ring on that finger and I’m usually very superstitious, but I didn’t care for some reason. I was definitely just too lazy to go to a jewelers and get it fixed, but now that I look back, maybe it was a sign.

What are you packing? If you liked this post, let me hear what’s in your suitcase.

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