She’s Back!

As we don’t celebrate Christmas, we have an annual ritual of dressing up and going to see a movie. Can you guess what movie we saw this year????

You guessed it, Mary Poppins Returns. I have been (not so) patiently awaiting this movie. I loved the original and was really excited to see how they were going to continue the story. I’m not a fan of a “re-work” of original movies, especially Disney movies. But as this new movie is a sort of sequel or an additional tale, I was eager to see the movie and meet the new characters as well as be reacquainted with some old friends.

Also the movie is set in the 1930s, so of course I was looking forward to seeing how they incorporated the style into the movie. And I was not disappointed, the costumes were fantastic. So, today I decided to don an outfit inspired by the new Mary Poppins.

Hat ~ Vintage from The Mad Hat Lady
Blouse ~ Collectif
Bow Tie ~ Vintage from a large lot of ties on eBay
Sweater ~ Emmy Designs
Skirt ~ eShakti
Coat ~ Hell Bunny 
Gloves ~ Vintage from Prima Mona
Embroidered Purse ~ Vintage from Blackout 2, in London
Shoes ~ Hotter
Brooch ~ Kirbee Lawler


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Yuletide Season in Europe

I love this time of year! From the tastes and smells – cinnamon, orange, clove and nutmeg, to the sparkling lights and all around festive atmosphere, the Yuletide Season lends itself to wonderful events and special time with friends and family.

There are so many Yuletide events here in Germany and we have plans to visit several Weihnachtsmärkte in the next few weeks, but this weekend really kicked off our Yuletide festivities.

We met some friends in Metz, France (only about 90 minutes away) in the morning for the Metz Flea Market, then we all went to the Metz city center for their Marchés de Noël and a special exhibition of ice sculptures made into Disney characters. Spending time with friends, flea market shopping, holiday markets and Disney, honestly the day could not have been more perfect!

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Blue/Grey/White Plaid Flannel Dress with Sparkling Rhinestone Accents ~ eShakti
Mint Green Princess Coat with Faux Fur Collar & Cuffs ~ Collectif
Holiday Ornament Brooch ~ Vintage purchased from Rabbit Heart Designs on Etsy
Valetta Shoes ~ Hotter Shoes
Light Blue Snood ~ Etsy
Hair Flower ~ Made by me

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Spending time with Laurence & Sylvain from France is always wonderful. It’s great to be with another couple who enjoys vintage style as much as we do. They have an amazing blog called Lost in the 50’s ~ I hope you’ll check it out!

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A rare photo of The Gentleman and myself

A rare photo of The Gentleman and myself

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I would have bought the entire stall of macarons if no one was looking.

I would have bought the entire stall of macarons if no one was looking. Alas, I settled on one box.

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I was so excited when Laurence told me about this exhibit. Being a huge Disney fan, I was so pleased that we could experience this so close us. We’ll be going to Disneyland Paris for my 40th birthday in March and again for Dapper Day in April, so this really helped to ramp up my Disney excitement.

I was so impressed with the creativity of these ice sculptures. The placement of the lighting and how some parts are clear and others are frosted was amazing. It was 21° F (-6° C) in the venue, it was a good thing we were already bundled up. It felt like a tropical beach when we finally got out of there 🙂

Enjoy the tour!

The iconic Walt Disney & Mickey Mouse "Partners" statue

It started with the iconic Walt Disney & Mickey Mouse “Partners” statue

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King Triton

King Triton

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Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell

Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

White Rabbit

White Rabbit

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Caterpillar

Caterpillar

March Hare

March Hare

Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter

Alice & The Cheshire Cat

Alice & The Cheshire Cat

Captain Hook

Captain Hook

The Jolly Roger & Captain Hook

The Jolly Roger & Captain Hook

Baloo & Mowgli

Baloo & Mowgli

King Louie

King Louie

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Shere Khan

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The Lion King

The Lion King

Snow White

Snow White

Snow White, Evil Queen (as the Witch) and Dwarves

Snow White, Evil Queen (as the Witch) and Dwarves

Cinderella

Cinderella

Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach

Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach

Elsa & Anna

Elsa & Anna

Kristof, Sven & Olaf

Kristof, Sven, Olaf & Hans

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Rapunzel’s Tower

Merida

Merida

Davy Jones

Davy Jones

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Jack Sparrow

Jack Sparrow

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Wall-E & Eve

Woody

Woody

Dapper Day Fall Soirée 2014

Last September I was able to attend the Dapper Day Event at Disneyland. This has been a dream of mine since they started it in 2011. So when we decided to visit California, we made sure our trip was centered around this particular event.

What is Dapper Day?? 

“Started in February 2011, DAPPER DAY® Events organizes fashionable outings to Disney Parks twice a year (spring and fall) in LA, Orlando, and Paris. These events include a “DAPPER DAY at the Parks” with informal in-park meetups, and other happenings outside the parks such as our DAPPER DAY EXPO (in the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall) and our official after party FOLLY in Downtown Disney Anaheim. We sometimes organize other non-Disney-related events at various other locations throughout the year.

DAPPER DAY Events celebrates the tradition of “stepping out in style” and are meant to showcase you at your best. We do not aim to recreate a specific period. All sophisticated attire is encouraged from vintage-inspired classics to chic contemporary looks. Active and retired military are encouraged to wear your dress blues or service uniforms if you like.” 

So you can imagine how excited I was to be able to combine two of my favorite things – Disney and dressing well. The day was extremely hot, but we just took our time and strolled around the park. Living on the East Coast now, it’s always a treat to be able to visit the original park. And now as we prepare to move to Europe, we’ll be visiting Disneyland Paris for the Spring Dapper Day event in April 2016.

Dapper Day 4Dress ~ “Odette Kat” from Miss Candyfloss
Shoes ~ “Valletta” by Hotter
Hat ~ Vintage, purchased in San Diego
Pear Brooch ~ Vintage, purchased in San Diego
Purse ~ Vintage
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Me and The Gentleman, he’s usually behind the camera, so getting this elusive shot was a treat!

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I hope you have a Magical Day!

The Witch House of Beverly Hills

On our trip back to California in September we visited another landmark that has fascinated me since my childhood. My Grandpa first took me to see this house when I was a young girl on one of our regular trips to Disneyland. Located in the star studded neighborhood of Beverly Hills this house has always been shrouded in mystery for me. Until of course the invent of the internet. Then I was able to not only learn the history of this amazingly fantastic house, but just a month after my last visit, LAMag.com published an article with photos of the interior!!!!!! Click here for the article.

A short history of The Witch House (aka Spadena House) – From Wikipedia

The house was designed by Hollywood art director Harry Oliver, who went on to play a major role in Storybook architecture. Oliver was a Hollywood art director who worked on more than 30 films between 1919 to 1938 as art director, art department & as set decorator. It was originally built in 1921 to serve as the offices and dressing rooms for Irvin Willat’s film studio in Culver City, and was moved to its present location in 1934. The converted private home, with its pointy, lopsided roof, tiny windows and stucco with a distressed paint job were then surrounded by an intentionally overgrown English-style garden and a moat-like pond.

The first residents of the 3,500 square feet home, the Spadena family, lent the house their name. A second family moved in and renovated the interior in the 1960s, making some exterior alterations including a skylight visible from certain angles. The moat began leaking under the second family’s ownership and they filled it with soil, and planted a garden. By the time the house came on the market again in 1997, it had fallen into disrepair. Because of the value of its prime location, it was unable to immediately find a buyer uninterested in a teardown of the property. Consequently Michael Libow, a real estate agent, who did not want to see the home demolished, purchased it and began a gradual renovation. After tall, black fencing was initially placed around the lot, the owner received hate mail from people who thought he was going to tear it down.

The residence still appears to this day in movies, including 1995’s Clueless.

The home has been called a precursor to Walt Disney’s concept of Imagineering, whereby stage sets become fully realized environments. Architect Charles Willard Moore once described the building as the “quintessential Hansel and Gretel house.”

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Click here for a video on The Witch House