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Governor’s Island Jazz Age Lawn Party 2016

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The Governor’s Island Jazz Age Lawn Party is my very favorite summer tradition in NYC. Chichi usually comes with us every year, but she had to work and couldn’t attend. Fortunately, my sister Amanda and my niece and nephews (Roxy and Ryder are her kids; Jackson is Nicole’s) were visiting, so we brought them along for the festivities. We didn’t have much time to plan our outfits, so I bought a couple of dresses at a thrift store and completely reconstructed them for Amanda and me, the night before the Jazz Age Lawn Party. Roxy’s dress also came from a thrift shop (I made her lace jacket), and she watched YouTube videos to figure out how to do her hair. She is the most precious little girl; I adore her and my nephews (and baby niece, Lily) to no end.

We always attend the Jazz Age Lawn Party, but it’s always extra special to share it with out-of-towners. Riding the ferry to Governor’s Island, renting a surrey bike and riding around, dressing up and dancing to Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, taking photos on the hanging moon…it’s just the best. It feels so far away from the hustle and bustle of NYC, and truly feels like a different time. We even had tintype portraits done of our whole family, which is such a special souvenir. If you’re in or visiting NYC in August, make sure to check out the Jazz Age Lawn Party (info here). It’s your last chance, before next year!

  1. Michelle says: June 29, 20168:04 am

    Those kids are too cute! I should totally do this in August. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Kristie says: June 29, 201610:26 am

    Beautiful pics! And everyone has such great style!


  3. sasa says: June 29, 201611:05 am

    Looks so fun:P

    Shall We Sasa

  4. Brennae says: June 29, 20161:21 pm

    Aww! The kids look so cute! And everyone’s outfits were great!

  5. laura mitbrodt says: June 29, 20161:57 pm

    These photos are so cute, what a fun party

  6. Janet Douglas says: June 30, 20161:20 pm

    Start writing here. The entire family (including Bobby) us absolutely gorgeous! Not an ungly one in the litter!

  7. Elizabeth says: July 2, 20163:51 pm

    The suspenders on the boys look sooo cute. Lovely family btw

  8. Nicole says: July 5, 20163:02 pm

    I always look forward to seeing your Jazz Age outfits each year, as they are always so great. This year did not disappoint 🙂 The kids look like they had lots of fun too!
    The Artyologist

  9. jules says: July 15, 20161:45 pm

    So, how often does your sister get told she looks like Jennifer Lawrence???