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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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
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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.