Monday, 17 October 2011

1920s Party With Penhaligon's Juniper Sling

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The 1920s were an era of high fashion and impeccable taste and a time known for well-dressed men and women. Often referred to as the "Jazz Age", the 20s were known for "flappers", a term applied to young women who started a trend of short skirts, bob hair cuts and a carefree attitude. 
Flappers often wore heavy makeup and were seen out in Jazz clubs in the evening, drinking cocktails and smoking. 

This post is inspired by the Flapper generation, and I'm going to discuss what I'd plan for a 1920s-style party. For the utmost glamour, I would hold a cabaret party for my guests which would include jazz hits all night. 
Makeup and fashion is still inspired heavily by the outlandish behaviour of the flapper women, so I'm mainly going to discuss the makeup trends which influence me. When I think of the makeup trends popular in the 20s, I think of elegance - long, dark lashes and bright, perfectly formed red lips.
This era was also seen to be quite decadent. Large, kohl-lined eyes were very popular, along with messy short bob hairstyles.
I would use a dark eyeliner pencil around my eyes to create a smokey eye by blending, and follow this with coats of jet black mascara. Eyebrows would be shaped to perfection, and filled in with a brown eyebrow pencil to create structure. 
For lips, they would be accentuated using a red lip liner pencil to create a perfect deep cupids bow, and filled in with a bright matte red lipstick. 

It wouldn't be the 1920s without an extravagant, beaded, floor length dress. The 20's are associated with chic, glamourous women wearing fringed or beaded dresses accessorized by long pearl necklaces, cigarettes and a cocktail.
In order to be authentic, I would only serve cocktails which were popular in the 20's, such as Gin Slings and Orange Blossoms. 

Juniper Sling is an intoxicating new fragrance inspired by the iconic spirit London Dry Gin. This crisp, fresh scent pays homage to the "Roaring Twenties". It has notes of cinnamon, orange brandy, brown sugar and black cherry.

Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling Eau de Toilette 50ml £78
Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling Eau de Toilette 100ml £110

Juniper Sling is available now at Penhaligon’s boutiques, concessions and online at


  1. How lovely! I love anything about the '20s, this fragrance bottle looks absolutely gorgeous! So sad Penhaligons is so hard to get in my country :(

  2. You know, I've been soooo obsessed with perfumes and scents lately. I'll have to have a whiff of this one, though! It looks wintery (from the bottle) but sounds like it smells quite like spring.

    x Michelle |

  3. I love Penhaligon's Bluebell perfume, and have their Blenheim Bouquet shower gel, but always drift back to Chanel 19 eventually. I'm on the lookout for Tom Forde's Violet Blonde at the moment.

  4. Wow looks and sounds amazing,
    need to give it a go x

    : x