Another beautiful week in Paris

We were fortunate enough to have another long weekend in my favorite city, Paris. We took the fast train in on Thursday and stayed until Sunday. It’s not nearly enough time to spend in such a fantastic city, but it’s nice to be so close. We are going to make a point to visit every 3 months this year so we can experience all of the seasons. I’m also going to make more of an effort to photograph my outfits and excursions in Paris more.

The weather was lovely, a bit chilly in the mornings and evenings, but beautifully crisp and sunny during the day. So I’ll chronicle the four days of outfits here.

DAY ONE

After strolling around the 5th Arr. that afternoon, we attended a book signing/reading for Greg Proops’ book The Smartest Book in the World at Shakespeare & Company on Thursday night. We ended up hanging out and chatting with him afterwards for a little while, which was a real treat.

Our hotel is very near the Musee de Cluny and nearby is a quaint little park which makes for a delightful backdrop for photos.

Dress – eShakti
Purse ~ Mod Cloth
Brooch ~ The Jewellery Cloud
Shoes ~ Naturalizer

DAY TWO

We spent our second day at Disneyland Paris, we renewed our Annual Pass so we’ll be able to enjoy more Disney outings though out the year. We decided not to bring the big camera to Disneyland this time, so not many photos were taken.

Cardigan ~ Emmy Designs
Blouse ~ Tatyana
Sweater Vest ~ Land’s End
Trousers ~ Pinup Girl Clothing
Brooch ~ Kirbee Art

DAY THREE

Saturday was the sunniest and most beautiful day we were there. On our way to a museum, we strolled through the delightful Luxembourg Gardens and stopped at the Medici Fountain for a quick photo op.

Top ~ Slash Top from Vivien of Holloway
Skirt ~ Mod Cloth
Shoes ~ Naturalizer

DAY FOUR

On our final day in Paris, we took a leisurely breakfast and walked down along the Seine to the Jardin des Plantes. I could spend days walking around this garden, which includes a Ménagerie, the Natural History Museum, beautiful greenhouses and so much more.

The trees and flowers were just starting to bloom in Paris and it wasn’t quite as glorious as it will be in a few months, but it’s still an amazing place to walk around and take in all the loveliness.

Dress ~ eShakti
Beret ~ Broosky
Brooch ~ The Jewellery Cloud
Shoes ~ Remix Vintage Shoes

Matchy-Matchy

I have always loved the show “What Not to Wear” and one of the lines that always stuck with me was “It doesn’t have to match, but it does have to GO”. I’m reminded of that quote all the time when trying to put outfits together. But sometimes a perfect match is just what an outfit needs for perfection.

I bought this scarf a year ago to wear as a turban (I’ve worn it several times), and I love the colors in it. When I found this eShakti dress I knew it was a perfect match for my much loved turban. Usually when I wear a turban, I want it to compliment the colors, texture or print that I’m wearing, and I think this does all three.

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Dress ~ eShakti
Turban ~ Plaid scarf from Primark
Brooch ~ Curiousity Shope on Etsy
Shoes ~ “Playtime” from Re-Mix Shoes
Lipstick ~ Red Velvet from Besame Cosmetics

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I recently bought these adorable shoes from Re-Mix Vintage Shoes. And as with most on-line buying I was worried about how they would fit/look/feel. I was not disappointed at all. I have very painful plantar fasciitis and I can’t wear a lot of my cute shoes right now. I also have to wear insoles to help with my condition, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that my insoles fit comfortably in these shoes and I was able to wear them all day without any extra strain on my feet. I think I’ll have to get another pair…maybe in blue???
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And lets’ just take a moment to adore this charming brooch. I have several “culinary” type brooches, but this is a complete set and it’s just amazing.

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Snow, snow go away!

I woke up this morning to more snow! I am ready for winter to be over already. Every weekend it has just been too cold and damp to want to do anything fun. We’ve been staying home too many weekends and boy are we ready for some nicer weather. We have so many places we want to explore and once we have nice weather we’ll feel more inclined to be outside.

But until then I’ll just enjoy wearing my favorite cardigan sweaters and turbans. I now have this sweater in 4 colors and I’m absolutely in love with this new style and pattern of turban.

And let’s not ignore these amazing shoes I recently found in a local vintage shop. I hardly ever find vintage shoes that fit me, so when I found these (and another adorable pair), I was ecstatic! I pulled it all together with a lovely thistle brooch with a beautiful blown glass floral motif in the middle.

Now off to go grocery shopping.

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Workwear Style Turban in Green Tartan ~  Sarah’s DooWop Do’s 
Collared Shirt ~ Land’s End
Cable Knit Cardigan ~ Ice Skater Cardigan from Emmy Design 
Skirt ~ Mod Cloth
Shoes ~ Vintage, bought at Frau Becker Viva Vintage
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Brooch ~ The Jewelry Cloud

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On the shores of Lake Como

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For the last day of our Italian trip we drove from Rome up to Lake Como. Situated at the foothills of the Alps, Lake Como is a stunningly beautiful resort area with crystal clear glacial waters, beautiful villas, and charming villages. We stayed in the small village of Lenno and took the ferry across to explore Bellagio and the magnificent Villa Carlotta.

This is one place that I definitely want to come back and spend more time in. There are so many nooks and crannies to explore and a perfect place to relax and unwind. It’s all just so magical.

As we were going to be traveling by boat, I thought it would be best not to wear a dress. So I once again relied on my trusty Doris pant to save the day. And I have to say, this was probably my favorite outfit of the trip. I really felt like a hollywood starlet ambling along the shores of Lake Como, shopping in Bellagio and meandering through the gardens at the Villa Carlotta.

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Pintuck Tunic ~ On your Roam Time Cotton Tunic from ModCloth
Cropped Cardigan~Dream of the Crop Cardigan in Moss from ModCloth
Trousers ~ Doris Pant in Khaki from Pinup Girl Clothing
Turban ~ Scarf I bought in Rome
Hairflower ~ Double White Delphinium hair flower from Shazam Vintage Hair Flowers
Fork & Knife Brooch ~ Vintage from an Antique Shop in Baltimore
Handbag ~ ModCloth
Shoes ~ Hampshire Two-Toned Oxford from Naturalizer

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My Roman Holiday

We spent 4 days in Rome and we really packed in a lot of sightseeing in those 4 days. We were fortunate enough to have a private tour of  the Vatican and Sistine Chapel in the early morning before all of the crowds came in. It was a spectacular treat to be able to enjoy the art and learn history from our incredible tour guide.

As a 70th birthday gift for The Gentleman’s mother, we got tickets to be a part of the Papal Audience. We also toured the famous fountains and piazzas, the Colosseum and the Pantheon.

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Navy Blue Bow Tie Blouse ~ eShakti
Trousers ~ Doris Pant in Chocolate Brown from Pinup Girl Clothing
Sunglasses ~ Target
Hair Flower ~ Double White Delphinium hair flower from Shazam Vintage Hair Flowers

I got a lot of use out of these trousers on this trip and they have become my favorite trousers and I now have them four colors.

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We had really good seats for the Papal Audience. 

 

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Dress ~ Lindy Bop
Cropped Cardigan ~ Mod Cloth
Hair Flower ~ Shazam Vintage Hair Flowers
Brooch ~ The Jewelry Cloud

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I had to have cannoli every chance I could.

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Dress ~ eShakti
Cropped Cardigan ~ Mod Cloth
Scrunchie Style Turban ~ Sarah’s Doo Wop Do’s 
Brooch ~ The Jewelry Cloud

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Venice Nights…during the day

This past October we took our first trip to Italy. My husband’s family visited us in Germany for a few months and this was their first time here in Europe. So we wanted to take a few trips so they could experience other places than Germany. They were excited to visit Italy…especially Rome and I really wanted to see Venice and Lake Como.

So off we went. We drove down to Venice, made our way down to Rome, then up to beautiful Lake Como. We had a great time in each location. We experienced and learned so much during this trip about the amazing architecture, art and history.

When we decided to visit Venice I was excited and of course started to plan my outfits for the trip. But when Trashy Diva came out with their Tourist Print Collection and I found out that it was called Venice Nights, I knew I had to have an item from the line to wear IN Venice. I bought the Circle Day Dress and as it was a bit chilly the day we went, I paired it with a mustard yellow cardigan from Mod Cloth. I really love how the colors mixed so well. I sized up in this dress as I’ve not worn this style, and it was a bit big on me. I will have to wear a belt next time to define my waist better. The skirt is wonderfully full and I really like the fabric. Strangely though, it only has a pocket on one side.

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When I ordered my dress, they included this darling brooch to match. img_8158 img_8150 venice-alleyfullsizeoutput_8cc1img_8145veniceimg_8156img_8155venice-1fullsizeoutput_8c18

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A rare photo of The Gentleman and me. He’s usually the one behind the camera. Thanks to his mom, Barbara, we got this great shot of us on the boat during our Night in Venice.