Dress: River Island. Shoes: Clarks. Necklace: eBay. Earrings: Asos. Headdress: DIY.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to play Texas Hold Em for charity by Ladbrokes. The event was held at the stunning SkyLounge, the breathtaking cocktail bar and afternoon tea lounge overlooking Leeds at the DoubleTree by Hilton. It’s a recent discovery for me, but after trying the afternoon tea at Christmas, it’s become one of my favourite places for a special occasion.
I’ve never played Texas Hold Em before but it was so much fun! I must admit that I was so much braver given that I wasn’t playing with real money. We quickly learnt what was a good hand and what wasn’t and at one point I had a decent pile of chips. However, as the blinds got bigger and bigger, my pile got smaller and smaller, and soon I was out. You can check out a video of the evening here.
The evening was Great Gatsby themed and I was so excited to put together a 1920s outfit. I have always wanted to go to a Great Gatsby fancy dress party, as I think it’s such a glamorous and impressive theme. Importantly, it’s also really easy to put an outfit together and still look good.
Most girls will have a swing or sequinned dress in their wardrobe, and I grabbed this neglected velvet swing dress from the back of my wardrobe. I love the luxurious navy colour and the detailed lace sleeves add something pretty and feminine to dress.
Rather than splash out on a headband, I decided to be thrifty and make my own. I had a length of elastic and some sequins in my sewing basket, so I simply sewed these randomly onto my elastic to create a glittering headpiece. I popped on a feather hairpiece, picked up in Poundland, and secured the headband with some velcro – easy peasy!
I found a long string of pearls in my fancy dress box to finish the look (no, I’m not five, but I haven’t let go of my university days quite yet!) Thin eyebrows and some bright red lipstick finished off my 1920s inspired look and it’s one of my favourite fancy dress outfits, despite being so easy and simple to put together!
Have you ever played poker? What do you think of my Great Gatsby look?