All things Gatsby

In high school I never was required to read Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” (*gasp* I know.) Now that Baz Luhrmann (one of my favorite film directors) is rolling out his lush version of the film, I finally picked up my paperback copy and read the story. Long before my reading this past weekend I have been a fan of “roaring 20’s” pop culture and style. Including doing an art history report on Erté, one of the most famous of Deco artists. flapperstyle


Featured books: The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald )

Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity and the Women Who Made America Modern (Joshua Zeitz)

Beaded Dress by Aidan Mattox. I bought this half price, after waiting and scouring BlueFly for-ev-er. Sadly, I don’t believe this exact dress is available but if you want to splurge they have many other beautiful designs. I will also include links to Haute Hippie (definitely more expensive), and LuLu’s. They all have 20’s-esque party dresses from time to time. Unless you are costume shopping, I find that 20’s-style clothing is something you just have to keep your eyes open for. Whether it is online or in store. Originally I saw, tried on and subsequently fell in love with the Mattox dress in a Nordstrom. However I didn’t buy it until I hunted it down on If you have a specific brand in mind EBay sometimes can be a blessing (just be sure it is a trusted seller).

There are SO, so many 20’s makeup tips online. Included here is generally what I use. Google and YouTube are full of helpful tutorials (there are many talented makeup mavens out there)!

Lip – I find Berry, or Wine reds look more “vintage.” Below: Revlon lip balm stain in Crush. Honorable mention goes to Revlon lipstick in Black Cherry and Wine With Everything. Cheek – below I have MAC Tenderling. It is a neutral rosy shade. Honorable mention to MAC blush Pinch Me (a brighter rose). Eyes – below I have Maybelline Full’N Soft waterproof mascara in Very Black. The three shadows are: MAC Print (dark satin grey), MAC Quarry (neutral mauve-grey) and Sephora brand shadow in Red Wine (matte). Honorable mention to Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk, Tough as Taupe, and Edgy Emerald. Vintage bag, drawing, etc. courtesy of myself.



2 thoughts on “All things Gatsby

    • It is a great look at history and evolving womens’ personal freedoms of that time. What a “flapper” really was, and how that image was marketed to the masses. History on F. Scott, Zelda, and other Flapper notables of the time are included. I enjoyed it since it helped me understand what “flapper” means more fully. 🙂

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