Plaid Perfection

On cold days in winter, I love visiting our weekly Farmer’s Market. It helps remind me that delightful color still exists and the foods that are available during the colder season can be quite cheerful. Winter can be very grey and bleak at times, but we had a beautifully clear and sunny day today, although it was quite cold outside, so off to the market we went.

I love the Farmer’s Market in Kaiserslautern, we have our favorite stalls/sellers and usually grab a yummy krustenbraten sandwich or bratwurst as we walk around and shop.

Knit Beret ~ Lord & Taft
Blouse ~ Emmy Design
Cardigan ~ Yemak bought on Amazon
Earrings ~ Chez PouPoule in Paris
Necklace ~Vintage bought from Ivy Cottage 2 U on Etsy
Skirt ~ Voodoo Vixen
Coat ~ Hell Bunny
Shoes ~ Rockport Cobb Hill Aria 

I wanted to try and be as colorful as the fruits and veggies today. I saw this skirt on my friend Sarah Baker Day and absolutely fell in love with it. I jumped over to the Voodoo Vixen website and bought it immediately. I’m so glad I did, it’s a wonderful heavier weight wool and the colors are spectacular; and of course it has pockets!

I love plaid so much because you can pull from all the different colors in the pattern and even wear complementary colors that aren’t actually in the pattern itself. That’s what I did here today. My cardigan is a teal color, however there isn’t teal in the pattern, but it compliments it so well. I also matched the mustard and orange colors with my beret and necklace.

Here is my favorite cheese lady. She is always so kind and helpful, gives out samples and she knows exactly what cheeses we should take home with us.




 

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A beautiful home for all of my clothes

A dream of mine has finally come true. I have my very own dressing room where ALL of my clothes and accessories are in one place. In my home in Maryland, Will’s uncle built us a lovely walk-in closet and it served us both well for many years. The only problem was that since we shared the closet I had to rotate my clothes every season. I would pack up clothes from Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter and place them in space bags to sit and wait for their turn to come out to play. It was a pain in the bum and I hated not having everything there at my finger tips.

When we moved to Germany, we were told not to expect closets in our home. In fact Will’s job actually provided us with a few wardrobes, knowing that this is commonplace. As we knew we’d be living in a larger home, Will and I came to an agreement that since we’d have to figure out a wardrobe situation anyway, I would be able to turn an extra room into my own dressing room.

Well we found our perfect home in Germany, a large and old (built in 1904) farmhouse. And low an behold, not a single closet to be had in the entire house. All in all there are 13 rooms (counting all 3 bathrooms) in our house and I have taken over one of them to house my wardrobe. I had consulted a few friends on what would be the best options for me as they had also finished similar projects. It’s taken a few months to get everything together, but it’s pretty much finished. I have some lighting issues to figure out and I’d like to find a rug to cover the hardwood floors, but other than that my dressing room is complete.

IKEA has never been my favorite place, but their wardrobe system is absolutely perfect. I chose the white PAX wardrobes without doors for my clothes and the BILLY bookcases for my shoes. I have to say that I’m really happy with this system and I love all of the ways you can customize with drawers, shelves, baskets and other accessories. I had the settee, the sofa table and mirrored jewelry cabinet already, and my main brooch display was a handmade gift from Will.

I’m so proud of my room and happy to share it with you all. If you have any questions about what items I used, please feel free to comment below and I’ll answer your questions ASAP.

Here are photos of the room prior to paining and after I painted it a light blue color. 

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Unpainted room

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Here is the finished project. 

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Of course I had to put up my autographed photo of my idol ~ Dita Von Teese.

Of course I had to put up my autographed photo of my idol ~ Dita Von Teese.

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My husband made this brooch display for me. As you can see, I'm a tad bit obsessed with brooches.

My husband made this brooch display for me. As you can see, I’m a tad bit obsessed with brooches.

I opted for this small pull-out drawer for my overflow brooches and sunglasses.

I opted for this small pull-out drawer for my overflow brooches and sunglasses.

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I love this lady head vase, she’s perfect for holding my hat pins. The trophy was actually my Mom’s, she was 2nd runner up as Mrs. Senior California in 2007.

 

Dress Review: Miss Candyfloss – Kassandra-Lou dress

 

This past summer I was contacted by Miss Candyfloss about collaborating with them to review a few dresses. As I have a couple Miss Candyfloss pieces (Sheila Lee Playsuit and Odette Kat Dress), I jumped at the chance to work directly with the company. I sent them my measurements and a list of a few dresses I was interested in and they chose two lovely dresses for me.

The “Kassandra Lou” is the first dress. With accents of black/white/grey tartan, 3/4 sleeves and a mid-weight stretchy fabric, this dress is a perfect addition to my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. The fabric is a great medium weight as it can be worn on warmer days, or you can add a pair of tights or maybe a light petticoat for colder days.

I adore the pleating on the bust and the raised collar gives a nice accent. The detail on the sleeves is a lovely touch as well.

11:28:15 - 2Dress ~ Miss Candyfloss – Kassandra Lou
Coat ~ Colleen Coat by Hell Bunny (purchased from Modern Pinup)
Snood ~ Etsy
Hair Flower ~ Made by me
Brooch ~ Vintage
Purse ~ Vintage found at the Homburg Flea Market
Shoes ~ Naturalizer
Lips ~ Brick lip liner & Russian Red lipstick by MAC Cosmetics
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Autumn Colors in Germany

I still can not believe that I live here! Every time we drive down the road, or visit a little village or just have a quintessential German experience, I have to pinch myself and remember that I actually live in this beautiful place. As a gal from San Diego, being able to experience the seasons on the East Coast of the U.S. was mind-blowing at times. But being here in Germany and experiencing the change from Summer to Autumn (and this is my favorite time of year) is truly magical.

This morning we visited the weekly Farmers Market in Kaiserslautern and had a wonderful time. We bought some cheese, bread, fruit, eggs, fresh flowers and had a couple tasty snacks. Then we took a drive to a neighboring village called Idar-Oberstein to photograph the Autumn colors along the way. We took our time, so everything was closed by the time we got there. But it’s so close that we’ll be able to go back and really explore the town.

I’ve been participating in OcTieBer, an annual challenge on Facebook with a bunch of friends where we wear some sort of neckwear everyday. Today I went all out in my Autumn colors and country style.
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Cap ~ Borrowed from The Gentleman
Bow Tie ~ Brooks Brothers
Sweater vest ~ Lands End
Jacket ~ Lands End, but thrifted
Brooch ~ Erstwilder
Skirt ~ Mod Cloth

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Seersucker dress in Metz

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Seersucker Dress ~ eShakti
Shoes ~ Cobb Hill
Parasol ~ Vintage, purchased on Facebook
Lips ~ Carmine from Besame Cosmetics

We now live about 45 minutes from the French border, so for The Gentleman’s birthday yesterday we decided to drive to Metz, France and spend the afternoon. It’s been really hot again here, so I figured what better time to wear my seersucker dress.

Metz was a wonderful surprise. I immediately felt like we were in France, with the beautiful architecture, stunning gardens and the little bistros, it’s almost like a little Paris so close to me. We walked around the Place St. Louis where there was a small carousel with some creative seats.

IMG_3199 IMG_3202We then walked around the pedestrian shopping district and headed to the Cathedrale Saint-Étienne de Metz, a stunning gothic cathedral built in the 16th century. We went to the indoor market and then had a simple lunch and walked around a bit more before we headed home. I can’t wait to go back and spend more time here, it really is a beautiful city and just made me so happy to be in France once again.

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