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1920’s Prohibition Night

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Being thrown back into the roaring 20’s is not something that happens on your average Saturday night out. Dressed up to the max a large group of people got together in an underground speak easy on a backstreet in East London. Drinks were served up in jars, flutes and thick rimmed glasses with dry ice in the air and spritzes of fragrance to enhance the wild flavours on offer. From flapper skirts to flat caps this crowd of glitzers were ready to roll through the night amped up on ‘bootleg’ liquor, late night gambling and shaking to the live band & DJ.

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The period of Prohibition was brought forward by the sanctioning of the 18th amendment to the US constitution where the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors was made illegal. Prohibition was a difficult movement to enforce due to the rise of illegal production and sale of liquor and the entry of speakeasies and increase of gang violence and numerous other crimes. In the 20’s social morals were somewhat loosened and the cocktail was popularised whilst cocktail parties were the done thing with the higher class social groups.

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Prohibition began on 17th January 1920 at midnight, no later than 1 hour later the first arrest was made against that act and that was one of so many to come. The age of bootlegging began and the era that we know as prohibition something that we celebrate so vigorously was in full force creating a domino effect of crimes throughout the united states.

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Part of the act allowed non intoxicating cider and fruit juice to be made in peoples homes. Vineyards at this time made an absolute killing and making wine at home became incredibly popular. However as with most things there was a way to get hard liquour and at that time it was going to your local doctor for a regular prescription of whiskey. Depsite numerous arrests the number of convictions was few and far between with not a single sentencing passed.

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By the 30’s prohibition was a thing of the past as the mass increase of organised crime, violence and social acceptance for flouting the law was on the rise.

Have you celebrated the Prohibition era before?

Have you been to one of these fabulous events?

This was my first time and I have to say it will most definitely not be my last. With the opportunity to get fully dressed up and have a brilliant night what more could I ask for?

Before I leave you to enjoy the rest of my pictures I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Lulu Gwynne from Betty Blythe’s Vintage Tea Shop as she was kind enough to provide me with the appropriate garments for the event. It is a perfect place to kick back enjoy a spot of afternoon tea and play dress up with your friends. When you were younger didn’t you just love playing dress up?! Why not grab your girls and head on over to Lulu’s vast array of vintage treats whilst enjoying your tea.

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2015 Here We Come!

With 2015 fastly approaching the time has come to make the decision of what to wear. Have you chosen what you will be wearing to see the New Year in?

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Although I will be working on New Years Eve and New Years Day I will be seeing the New Year in with my family and watching Jules Holland’s Hootenanny. What are your plans?

HBO Gift Wrapping Masterclass – Blogmas Day 23 – Take 2!

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A couple of weeks ago Catherine and I were invited to the offices of Premier for a HBO gift wrapping masterclass. As I LOVE anything to do with Game of Thrones (geeky I know!) I jumped at the chance to see an expert at work wrapping a present that I would be ecstatic to receive as a gift (did the subliminal messaging work there guys?!). And yes that is a condom in the above picture! The TV series of Girls is quite raunchy in places but playful with it and the wrapping above perfectly portrays such characteristics. Personally I wanted the pouch for a clutch bag but sadly that isn’t possible.

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Arona Khan is an international gift wrapping expert known for her scintillating methods that will make you want to actually preserve your wrapping paper this year rather than just ripping it off to get to your present. From Game of Thrones to a bottle of wine this lovely lady has a whole host of handy tips for us mere mortals of the wrapping world to jazz up our run of the mill gifts and make our recipients awestruck at our new and wonderful techniques. A big bow here and a little bauble there and poof the job is done!

Check out a couple of videos made by the lovelies at Premier for the afternoon session we attended.

How much do you want to snuggle under that lovely piece of fur.

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As I have already (badly) wrapped my gifts next year will be the time that I test out this wonderful technique unless of course I bust my new moves for someones birthday – we shall see!

True Detective is a show that I have yet to watch, however that does not stop me loving this nifty idea of wrapping and all from scratch – Handmade wrapping right!

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Arona has been kind enough to put together her five top gift wrapping tips that should see you through any tricky wrapping situation that comes your way. Just remember tips for life not just for Christmas!

The one thing I always have an issue with is making bows as like most I do not possess the power to grow tentacles in order to wrap well. Arona of course had a solution that consisted of making many loops and a small twist. Check out her webpage for some handy hints but for the process in motion check out this picture of Arona showing me how its done.

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Since passing the legal drinking age many years ago a present that seems much appreciated by myself and friends is a lovely bottle of alcohol (I would say wine but that isn’t always the case!). Wrapping said present is always an issue as it is not an easy shape to navigate. Of course Arona was on hand for such troublesome wrapping.

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Whilst watching Arona at work the ladies at Premier supplied us with coffee and mince pies.

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Not being hungry at the time I did not indulge in a mince-pie but Catherine was happy with hers so they must have been very tasty.

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How awesome is the finished product – a little tip that Arona gave was to put tissue paper inside the cellophane so the actual contents isn’t obvious to the recipient.

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I would like to take this chance to say a massive THANK YOU to the lovelies at Premier and Arona Khan for her expert advice also to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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