Enchanted in Germany

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I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately, we have family visiting us for the summer and we’ve been running around doing and seeing so much that I haven’t really had time to blog any outfits. But I knew that we were going to visit some castles today, so I made a point to take some extra photos to put this blog post together.

We visited Burg Eltz first and it was a truly amazing experience. It’s nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago! We were able to tour the inside of the castle, but unfortunately photos are not allowed inside.

Then we drove down to Cochem and strolled around the old town. We didn’t make it in time for the castle tour, but we got some great shots of the castle atop the hill. I can’t wait to go back and tour the inside of the castle.

Both of these castles are so amazingly beautiful, you can’t help but feel like a Queen standing in the courtyard.

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Dress ~ eShakti
Hair Snood ~ Arthelias Attic
Pear Brooch ~ Thrift store in San Diego

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A lovely day out with friends

It’s been raining cats and dogs here in Germany lately and that makes it really difficult to spend time outdoors and do fun things. But our lovely friends Laurence and Sylvain came over from France to spend the day with us so we braved the weather and it ended up being a really wonderful day. Just a few showers here and there.

I recently got this dress from Trashy Diva and it’s the first dress of theirs that fits really me well. The pattern is made up of big chickens and I had the perfect brooch and hat to go with it.

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Dress ~ Sweetie Dress Style by Trashy Diva
Handbag ~ Trashy Diva
Vintage Hat ~ Purchased in a San Diego vintage shop
Brooch ~ The Jewelry Cloud
Shoes ~ Clarks
Vintage Umbrella ~ Blue Bicycle in St. Paul, MN
Lipstick ~ Victory Red by Besame

Lipliner ~ Follow Your Heart by MAC Cosmetics

We started our day having a delicious lunch at the Castle Restaurant at Burg Lichtenberg in our village of Kusel. It was raining when we got there, so we didn’t get to take too many photos. But I do love this one of Laurence and Sylvain and me near the ruins.
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I love having such stylish friends who live so close to us. It’s great to have friends who love flea markets and traveling around the area to see and experience new things. Visit their blog Lost in the 50s, to follow their adventures. 6:18:16 - 10We visited downtown Kaiserslautern after the castle for a classic car show. It didn’t have as many classic cars as we’d like to see, but it was fun anyway. We had our photos taken by many visitors to the event.

After that we visited the Japanese Garden in Kaiserslautern. We’d not been here before, so it was a new experience for all of us. It was amazingly beautiful and serene. We will defiantly be going back here often, especially with guests.

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Flowers in Freinsheim

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The Gentleman and I met a friend in Freinsheim for the village’s Altstadfest (Old Town Fest) this afternoon. This village is nestled in a beautiful part of the wine country here in Rhineland-Pfalz near Bad Dürkheim. It’s a very old and very charming little town with a Late Gothic town wall which includes towers and gates, that has been almost wholly preserved.

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Dress ~ eShakti
Cardigan ~ Lane Bryant
Head Scarf ~ Vintage
Purse ~ Vintage
Sunglasses ~ A.J. Morgan
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There were so many beautiful flowers around the town and in beautiful little gardens. Some were even growing on and out of the walls!!

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Mix and Match

Lately I’ve been taking a look at my wardrobe and really trying to mix things up a bit. I know sometimes we all get in a rut and tend to pair the same items together. So today I chose two pieces that I’ve never worn together, and honestly I didn’t even think they would go well together. But, in fact, I really love it! A blue and white polka dot skirt paired with a red silky top embroidered with blue flowers and to tie it all together (pun intended), a blue silk head scarf with a red and yellow pattern.

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Blouse & Skirt ~ eShakti
Vintage Headscarf ~ Thrifted

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The embroidery detail on the blouse is stunning.IMG_7646 IMG_7641

I love the details on the back as well. Covered buttons all the way down and a little bit of pleating really add a touch of fun.IMG_76535:30:16 - 4 5:30:16 - 6

 

Dress Review ~ Penelope Dress from Dolly and Dotty

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When Dolly and Dotty contacted me and asked me to review a dress* for my blog, I have to admit, I’d never heard of the brand and was a little hesitant. But I was pleasantly surprised with not only their large selection, but also that their sizes go up to a UK 24 in most styles.

It was difficult to chose which dress I wanted, but ultimately I chose the Penelope Day Dress in the Light Blue Floral pattern, and I just adore it. With it’s adorable 1950s style and wonderful details, it’s a great cotton day dress for any gal. The only thing that would make it perfect is the addition of pockets.

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Penelope Dress ~ Dolly and Dotty
Hair Flowers ~ Shazam Vintage Hair Flowers
Clip-in Bettie Bangs ~ ProExtensions
Vintage Yellow Earrings ~ Gift from a lovely friend
Vintage Pink Rose Brooch ~ Thrifted
Fuchsia Suede Penny Loafers ~ Natualilzer
Vintage Embroidered Purse ~ Flea Market
Lipstick & Liner ~ Dita Von Tesse lipstick with Cherry liner from MAC Cosmetics

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I love the details like contrasting yellow piping and covered buttons. My dress came with two belts (I’m not sure if they always come with two), one with matching fabric and one yellow to match the piping. I love having options!

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A little bit about the company:
“Created from a love of 1950’s fashion, Dolly and Dotty is about creating the most fabulous vintage inspired fashion with a modern flattering fit. We aim to provide our customers with outstanding service, high quality products and beautiful retro prints, all at an affordable price.
Whether you’re a rockabilly rebel, you have floral fever or you’re a day dress diva, we have something for you! All of our dresses are designed in Brighton, by our wonderful design team.”

Connect with Dolly and Dotty
Website: http://www.dollyanddotty.co.uk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DollyandDotty
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dolly_and_dotty
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/dollyanddottyUK/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/dollyanddotty/


*Disclaimer:  I received this complimentary dress to review on my blog.  All opinions are my own.

Outfit Review ~ Vivien of Holloway

4:21:16 - 9 I have to admit, I was absolutely giddy when I was contacted* by Vivien of Holloway to review an outfit for them. I adore the two Kitty dresses I have from them and I was super excited to try something new.

When I received my 1950’s Circle Skirt in Red Tartan and Raglan Blouse I was immediately in love. I adore anything in a tartan pattern, and the colors in this skirt are beautifully vibrant.

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The length is perfect and it has such a wonderful sweep to it. This would look amazing with a petticoat.

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The Raglan Blouse is truly perfection. The collar is nice and wide, and the cotton fabric has a nice weight to it, so it’s great for all seasons.

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*Disclaimer:  I received this complimentary outfit to review on my blog.  All opinions are my own.

In search of MY fragrance…..

“Women waste so much time wearing no perfume. As for me, in every step that I have taken in life, I have been accompanied by an exquisite perfume!”
~C.JoyBell C.

“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”
~Coco Chanel

“A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. ” 
~Christian Dior

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This post is a bit different as it involves scent and unfortunately the scratch and sniff computer screen has yet to be invented. So I will do my best to use words and photographs to describe the pure pleasure that I experienced recently with the Penhaligon’s brand of fragrance.

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I have been on a life-long journey for MY fragrance. I worked for Sephora for 6 years and had access to multiple scents and fragrances on a daily basis. Through this exposure I became enamored by the history and stories of the big Perfume Houses and how they created their scents. I’ve always loved the design of the perfume bottles and how, at times they can show you what the actual scent might be just by looking at it.

However, I never found “The One”. The problem was, nothing seemed to smell good on me. If it didn’t give me an instant headache and/or make me nauseated, my body chemistry would turn the scent to (excuse my French) ASS!!! I’ve never been able to handle Sandalwood or Patchouli and most fragrances have one or both of these as a base note. I think in my history of wearing fragrances I’ve found 2 commercial fragrances* that I like (not necessarily love). Until now!!!

*(I found that wearing essential oils worked really well for me, but it wasn’t was I was looking for)

I happened upon the Penhaligon’s website and I fell in love with not only the beautiful packaging I saw, but also the descriptions and scent ingredients of the fragrances. As I didn’t have a store terribly close to me (the closest one to me is in Luxembourg), I decided to order a fragrance set with 5 of their popular Ladies fragrances. I’d heard wonderful things about Juniper Sling and I was excited that it was included in the set.

The set was perfect, adorable little bottles that I could try and enjoy. I liked all 5 fragrances, but I love 2 of them. Juniper Sling and Vaara.

The descriptions of these fragrances from their website are:

JUNIPER SLING
JUNIPERSLING

An intoxicating fragrance created by Olivier Cresp, and inspired by the most iconic and atmospheric of spirits: London Dry Gin.
For enigmatic boys and girls, Juniper Sling is a crisp cocktail shot of gin with the freshness of juniper, cool measures of angelica and brandy and a beating libertine heart of black pepper, cardamom, soft leather and orris.
A gourmand base of brown sugar, black cherry and amber add sensuality to the scent. Apply liberally and drink in.

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The fragrance begins with a delicious blend of coriander and carrot seeds, creamy saffron and juicy quince: ingredients discovered during his trips to local markets in Jodhpur.
The heart of Vaara belongs to the gardens of Balsamand, the Maharaja’s summer palace, with two glorious roses blended elegantly with a billowing white note of Indian magnolia, a touch of freesia and a whisper of iris.
The fragrance settles into a luscious combination of honey, white musks and resins dripping over an aromatic base of tonka, cedarwood and sandalwood.

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As I knew we were visiting Paris for my birthday, I wanted to make a trip to an actual brick and mortar Penhaligon’s store. So we decided on the shop located at 209 Rue Saint Honoré in the 1st arrondissement.

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Walking into the shop is like walking back in time with its dark interior, beautiful wood drawers and glass shelves. It was very reminiscent of an old Apothecary. We were met by Antonia, a lovely (I believe British) gal, who was incredibly helpful and knowledgable. I briefly told her my story of my search for a fragrance and how I came across the brand. She was more than happy to give us a tour of the shop and educated us on their fragrances.
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I love the way that they present their “testers”, in tall glasses with a wad of cotton mesh inside sprayed with the fragrance. When you walk into the store you are not assaulted with too many competing scents in the air. You can simply pick up the glass you wish to try and inhale.

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After a few sniffs, she introduced me to their brand new fragrance ~ Equinox Bloom ~. And I immediately fell in love.  It was a delicious mix of floral, citrus, and sweetness. It is just perfecting, the floral notes are not over powering at all and it has a beautiful creamy vanilla like finish.

She gave us each a few samples so we could wear them for a few days to see how they worked. I could not wait to go back and buy a full bottle of it. Luckily when we went back a few days later Antonia was working again and she helped us with our purchase. My husband also bought a fragrance, he has a similar issue with fragrance so I’m glad we could find one for him as well. She wrapped up our purchase and added a few more samples of fragrances for the both us.

I now have MY fragrance and a few more that I really love. The level of customer service we experienced in the shop was fabulous. So if you are ever in Paris, I urge you to go visit Antonia and find YOUR scent.

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