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.

An Autumn Day in Luxembourg

We spent the day in Luxembourg visiting the old city and having lunch with friends. Unfortunately it rained most of the day, so we didn’t get too many photos of the city. But it served as a great backdrop for this great OcTieBer outfit.

As some of you know, during the month of October a bunch of amazing sartorial friends get together and share our neckwear ensembles on a Facebook group. It’s a time of year that I look forward to for inspiration and guidance in menswear. I adore wearing menswear and have amassed quite a collection of neck ties and bow ties. I will post more of my OcTieBer outfits later in the month.

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Turban ~ Sarah’s Doo Wop Do’s 
Collard Shirt ~ Land’s End
Fair Isle Sweater ~ Collective
Neck Tie ~ Vintage
Trousers ~ Doris Pant from Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes ~ Naturalizer
Lipliner ~ Brick from MAC Cosmetics
Lipstick ~ Red Velvet by Besame Cosmetics

 

But for now, can we just talk about these amazing trousers!!!! As you know, I’m not a big fan of trousers and for the most part it’s because I’ve never found any that really truly fit me well and were comfortable. I’m much more comfortable in dresses and skirts. However, I took a chance on the new Doris Pant from Pinup Girl Clothing and I am pleasantly surprised at how much I love them. The fact that they come in plus size is, of course, a bonus for me. They are highwaisted, and have an elastic waistband in the back to ensure that there is no gapping. I did have to have them hemmed as they were quite long. I’m 5’5″ and they pooled around my ankles when I first tried them on, but I hemmed them up and now they are perfect. The pockets are a great size and placed really well. They are lined, which makes them a tad heavy, but they feel really nice and I think the heft helps them to lay right and move well.

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End of Summer dress

Summer is almost over and while I’m very much looking forward to Fall, the weather has been really nice and warm the past few weeks. I’m not sure how much longer this weather will last so I’m trying to wear some of my cute Summer dresses as long I can. Before you know it, there will be a chill in the air and the leaves will be falling, but for now, I’ll keep wearing my lightweight floral dresses.

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