1. Who knew that Dallas has a village full of historic architecture? Not I! And why didn’t y’all tell me? You KNOW I am all about historic preservation.
2. The theme was 1920s… Let me repeat that. The theme was 1920s!!! Can someone say dress up time? I live for a good themed outing – ad this one called for some quick thrifting action.
3. Just ugh! Happiness overload.
photos by Josh Fisher/my date/heart eyes emoji 🙂
The day I found out about the event, I visited the thrift store as soon as I got off work. It seemed like a successful trip, and just to be sure, I asked for y’all’s opinion on facebook about the dress I found. I was going for Josephine Baker, and y’all agreed that it was the one. I even got an “I say yes to the dress,” response haha! Was it worth the $24.99 at Texas Thrift? Yes! It fit perfectly, it was spot on for the occasion, and it has formal-wear potential for future events.
I happened to have a pair of thrifted black gloves (yes, I know, I thrift too much) and thrifted black dance shoes that worked with the 1920s era clothing already in my closet. I wore the shoes (not pictured) but not the gloves because, Texas heat. The event was to be held outdoors.
A 1920s outfit wouldn’t be complete without a headpiece. Luckily for me, a fellow Dallas blogger, Valery of valerybrennan.com, sells beautiful headbands that could have graced every woman that appears in the Great Gatsby. She makes a mean headband, y’all. You can find them at With Love From Rigsby (shop now discontinued).
I did have to get a few non-thrifted and non-locally handmade pieces. I picked up my boa and gold tipped feather from JoAnn. My date’s suspenders are from Ross – I’m sure I got lucky with their leftover Easter supply of suspenders.
Again, I say: a historic village in Dallas… I’m still trying to figure out why y’all didn’t tell me about this?!?
My date and I walked around admiring the Dallas Heritage Village – 3 full and thorough laps, to be specific. It is like a beautiful time capsule right in the middle of the busy city. There are homes of different styles throughout the village that range from being built in the late 1800s to the 1900s. My favorite was the 1900 Victorian home, the Blum House, because that’s my dream home’s style. My date’s was the Sullivan Home, built circa 1885. There was an old school house, doctor’s office, church, and a Main Street with all of your 19th & 20th century small town necessities – a dentist, saloon, sheriff’s office, general store, and a little more. They had live donkeys, and one of the homes with a garden full of legit veggies and herbs. The grass was not manicured like lawns of today – the fields between the paved roads and concrete side walk were about knee high (I’m 5’2 so that may be like calf high to “normal height” folks) – so it reminded me of scenes from The Color Purple, as well as my family’s land in southern Arkansas. I love historical fictions and good romantic stories from a specific era, so being in this setting was like a historical dream come true. If you’ve ever seen Their Eyes Are Watching God, I felt like I was there, and it was lit a beautiful dream.
History With A Twist was a cocktail benefit event. There were three alcoholic beverages made specifically for the event, and delicious hors d’oeuvres were served throughout the evening. A photo booth was set up, so you know we had to stop there. A live band graced the stage and dancers showed off moves from the 1920s that’d I like to learn for today. You can’t go wrong with the classics! A silent and live auction were held with the cause of benefiting educational opportunities for children, families and adults at the Dallas Heritage Village. Nobel cause and great fun, what more could you ask for?
To say I had fun was an understatement. I felt a real joy in my soul because this one event at one venue combined so much of what I love, and never knew that I could experience in Dallas, Texas. I will definitely be going back, and I’m keeping an eye on their calendar for more fun, charitable events in the future.
The only question left to ask is, “Who’s rolling with me?”
Can’t forget to show off my boyfriend, isn’t he dapper? 😀
xoxo, dolls & dudes