Flowers of Karlsruhe

Botanical gardens are some of my favorite places to visit wherever I go. I love seeing how the flowers and plants are arranged and how the colors complement each other. This weekend we visited the Botanical Gardens in Karlsruhe. It was a bit rainy, but beautiful none the less.

The gardens are located near the Karlsruhe Palace and the entire complex is an absolute joy to wander around.

 

 

Hair Flowers ~ Made by me
Snood ~ TinselTownAccessorie
Dress ~ eShakti
Purse ~ Target
Bangles ~ Bow & Crossbones(Green), Vivien of Holloway (Purple), LorettaLouJewels (Red)
Shoes ~ Charlie Stone 

 

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My Love Affair with eShakti

*This is an unpaid review*

If you have followed my blog or my Instagram account for any amount of time, you’ll know that I hold a deep love and appreciation of eShakti garments. I’ve been buying from them and wearing their garments for many years now. I’ve watched the company change and grow and have very much enjoyed seeing the different concepts they have come up with.

Although they aren’t a traditional vintage reproduction clothing company, they do offer many vintage-inspired items with beautiful details and fabrics that are very reminisent of styles from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.

In a moment I will run down the list of why I love eShakti so much, but first I want to talk about a feature that I’ve recently tried and want to tell you all about it. It’s called Fabric Customization. They’ve had this option for a while now, but I’ve just come around to using it. You can choose a style of garment and change the fabric of that garment to something that suits you best.

Here’s an example. I love the style of the dress on the left, but I’m not keen on the cotton poplin fabric. So I had it made with the crepe fabric on the right.

And here’s the result.

 

And the second dress I customized.


When I first decided to buy a dress from eShakti, I have to admit that pockets were my main objective. I am a staunch proponent of proper pockets in dresses and skirts. For far too long clothing companies have reduced the size of pockets in women’s clothing or have eliminated them all together. So when I heard that a clothing company made dresses and skirts with pockets STANDARD, I was ecstatic! And the pocket sizes are deep, you can hold just about everything you need in there. And most of the pockets are placed so well, that you don’t even know that they are there, so what you carry in your pockets are safe and secure. 

So let’s run down some other of the reasons I love eShakti.

It’s all in the details

Sometimes you don’t realize how important certain garment details are until they are presented to you. eShakti is always adding new details that come standard that I never knew I was missing. Such as bra loops (or bra keeps). I hate it when you have a lovely boat neck or sleeveless dress and your bra keeps showing! That’s where a bra loop comes in handy. This little detail can really make you so much more comfortable in your outfit. It’s just a few snaps and a bit of fabric sewn into the shoulder seam, but it really makes a difference.

Another detail that seems to be a fairly recent (in the last few years or so) addition to button-down shirts and shirtdresses are extra hidden buttons that help keep gapping from happening. As a curvy gal with a larger bust, button-down shirts have always been an issue for me and I typically sew up the front to stop gapping from happening. But eShakti has added these small clear hidden buttons on the inside to help with this modesty issue.

Of course eShakti is known for its customization options. You can change the neckline, hem length and sleeve length on every garment. You can even put in your measurements and have the garment customized to your size if you don’t fall into their standard sizing. I highly recomed you use this option. You really get to “create” your very own custom garment. Their standard sizing fits me well for almost all items. I use the custom measurements for items like trousers, sheath dresses or anything that might be a bit more form-fitting. But I always customize my garment by changing either the neckline, sleeves or hem to suit my preferences.

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The Beauty of Spring

Spring and Autumn are my two favorite seasons. I would be entirely happy if we just switched back and forth between them. Spring reminds me that there are always new beginnings and new adventures around the corner. I recently celebrated the Spring Equinox (Ostara) as well as my 43rd birthday, usually we take a trip to Paris for my birthday, but this year my husband had a work trip planned to the Dutch city of Utrecht and I got to tag along. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Utrecht and we even took the train into Amsterdam a few times to explore the city. This was my first time visiting the Netherlands and I very much enjoyed my time there. We are actually going back next month to see the Keukenhof gardens when my husband’s mom comes to visit, so I will have tons of photos of beautiful tulips then.

On our last full day we visited the Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam’s Botanical Garden. It’s one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It was established in 1638 by the city municipality as Hortus Medicus, an herb garden with medical plants for Amsterdam’s doctors and pharmacists. The reasons for establishing a specialized medical garden were very serious: at that time the cities of Leiden and Utrecht experienced the plague epidemic (1634-1637) with thousands of victims. Additionally, several monasteries moved out of the quickly growing city and there was not enough space in Amsterdam to plant herbs.

Of course I had to wear a floral print dress to visit a botanical garden. I love botanical gardens and this one did not disappoint. If you are in Amsterdam I recommend you take a few hours and stroll through these gardens.

Dress ~ eShakti
Belt ~ Amazon
Shoes ~ Soft Spots 

Shot to the heart

It’s been quite a while since I got all glammed up just for a photo shoot. When this dress from eShakti arrived, I immediately started planning out how I wanted to style this dress. However the weather clearly didn’t get my request for clear skies. But it’s ok, we made the best of it.

Normally I shy away from anything with cutesy hearts on it, but this hearts and arrows dress is so reminiscent of the iconic sweater that Ginger Rogers wore in the 1938 movie Carefree as well as the dress that House of Schiaparelli came out with in 2014, that I just couldn’t resist. I’m a sucker for garments with embroidery and this dress did not dissapoint.

 

Dress ~ eShakti
Velvet Hat ~ Vintage, purchased at an antique mall in Maryland
Corset purse ~ Hot Topic
Gloves ~ Vintage, gifted from my godmother
Umbrella ~ Vintage, purchase at a flea market
Shoes ~ Cheslea Crew

 

 

Casual Charm

I sometimes struggle with casual styles. I do try to dress in a fairly casual way when just running errands or doing simple daily tasks. Most of time, I still feel overdressed compared to the general population, but I’m trying to change my mindset a bit on what I feel could be considered casual. I’m not a jeans a t-shirt kind of gal and I do try and dress appropriately for whatever activity I’m performing. I’m always most comfortable in dresses and skirts and they do not inhibit me in my daily life.

So moving forward, I’d like to share more of my casual styles here on my blog and hopefully get feedback from you, my followers on your own favorite casual styles.

Today I was simply running errands…picking up my mail, running to IKEA and bit of grocery shopping. The style of this dress is maybe on the high end of the casual scale (with the tux pleating and key hole front), but since it’s a comfortable cotton material, I feel like that makes it more appropriate as a day dress. And with adding a tan belt and tan low oxfords, it really creates a comfortable casual style. I’m also always trying new hairstyles out and this is one I love. As we are heading into Fall now, I can wear my hair down more without sweating down my back.

What are some of your “go-to” casual pieces?

Dress ~ eShakti
Belt ~ Amazon
Shoes ~ Rocket Dogs (sadly no longer available)

Strolling in a Baroque Garden

Just an hour and fifteen minutes from our house, is this beautiful 17th century Baroque Palace, Schwetzingen Palace. We took a tour of the palace and stunning formal gardens this weekend. Unfortunately photos inside of the palace were not allowed, however outside in the colorful formal gardens, it was all fair game.

It was quite hot and there were about 20 weddings/photo shoots going on in the gardens, so we were a bit limited to where we could shoot. But since its so close, we will be going back for more.

Hat ~ Vintage from The Vintage Hat Shop
Dress ~ eShakti
Brooch ~ Vintage Jade Butterfly, gifted from my Mom
Necklace ~ Jade and silver from Morocco, gift from my Gentleman 
Umbrella ~ Vintage 
Purse ~ Vintage
Shoes ~ Rocket Originals 






 

Out of winter…into Spring

This winter was especially rough for me. I found it hard to find the motivation to get out and do things. Hence, the lack of posts here on my blog. Once the Christmas Markets are over, there really isn’t much happening here. And with it being so cold, wet and dark, I just really wanted to stay indoors and keep warm.

But today…today was absolutely glorious!!! It was sunny and warm and the birds are singing their beautiful songs. The trees are still bare, but you can really feel the pulse of life coming back after a long winter. Spring is finally here!!!

So, we spent the morning at the Homburg Flea Market with our friends and then ran some errands. On the way home we decided to drive a different way and ended up at the top of a small mountain where there is a nature park and a lovely hotel. We’ll have to come back and visit the nature park as they have goats, donkeys, horses and other animals roaming around. There are also beautiful raptors and other birds that you can view in a natural setting.

This dress has such a lovely 1930s silhouette. The elegant style of the 1930s is what I strive for, but my figure doesn’t always lend itself to it. So anytime I can find a dress that has that 1930s feel, and looks this good on me, I get so excited. And of course these shoes from Remix and my vintage 1930s hat are the perfect accompaniment.

Dress ~ eShakti
Hat ~ Vintage from My Vintage Hat Shop on Etsy
Shoes ~ “Boardwalk” from Remix Vintage Shoes
Purse ~ Vintage from a flea market
Umbrella ~ Vintage from a flea market