Another beautiful week in Paris

We were fortunate enough to have another long weekend in my favorite city, Paris. We took the fast train in on Thursday and stayed until Sunday. It’s not nearly enough time to spend in such a fantastic city, but it’s nice to be so close. We are going to make a point to visit every 3 months this year so we can experience all of the seasons. I’m also going to make more of an effort to photograph my outfits and excursions in Paris more.

The weather was lovely, a bit chilly in the mornings and evenings, but beautifully crisp and sunny during the day. So I’ll chronicle the four days of outfits here.

DAY ONE

After strolling around the 5th Arr. that afternoon, we attended a book signing/reading for Greg Proops’ book The Smartest Book in the World at Shakespeare & Company on Thursday night. We ended up hanging out and chatting with him afterwards for a little while, which was a real treat.

Our hotel is very near the Musee de Cluny and nearby is a quaint little park which makes for a delightful backdrop for photos.

Dress – eShakti
Purse ~ Mod Cloth
Brooch ~ The Jewellery Cloud
Shoes ~ Naturalizer

DAY TWO

We spent our second day at Disneyland Paris, we renewed our Annual Pass so we’ll be able to enjoy more Disney outings though out the year. We decided not to bring the big camera to Disneyland this time, so not many photos were taken.

Cardigan ~ Emmy Designs
Blouse ~ Tatyana
Sweater Vest ~ Land’s End
Trousers ~ Pinup Girl Clothing
Brooch ~ Kirbee Art

DAY THREE

Saturday was the sunniest and most beautiful day we were there. On our way to a museum, we strolled through the delightful Luxembourg Gardens and stopped at the Medici Fountain for a quick photo op.

Top ~ Slash Top from Vivien of Holloway
Skirt ~ Mod Cloth
Shoes ~ Naturalizer

DAY FOUR

On our final day in Paris, we took a leisurely breakfast and walked down along the Seine to the Jardin des Plantes. I could spend days walking around this garden, which includes a Ménagerie, the Natural History Museum, beautiful greenhouses and so much more.

The trees and flowers were just starting to bloom in Paris and it wasn’t quite as glorious as it will be in a few months, but it’s still an amazing place to walk around and take in all the loveliness.

Dress ~ eShakti
Beret ~ Broosky
Brooch ~ The Jewellery Cloud
Shoes ~ Remix Vintage Shoes

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 WeihnachtsmÀrkte 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

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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The Voyage of L’Hermione

We were lucky enough to still be in Baltimore to see this beautiful ship come to to Inner Harbor. I’d heard about the reconstruction of this ship and have been following their voyage on social media. Living in this part of the U.S. has re-awakened my thirst for history, especially about the Revolutionary War. And anytime there is a connection to France I am deeply interested in it.

In 1780 the Hermione, a 12-pounder Concorde class frigate of the French Navy, sailed to the United States from Rochefort, France bringing General Lafayette, and with him the secret news that he had secured French reinforcements for General George Washington, to Boston Massachusets. She then sailed up the coast and was involved in several battles along the way.

After the Revolutionary War in 1782,  she returned to France. After several more battles against the British she she ran aground off Croisic, and was then wrecked by heavy seas on September 20, 1793.

In 1997 a reconstruction project started in Rochefort, France and the new ship is named L’Hermione. In April 2015, a full-size replica of the Hermione frigate started a return voyage to the United States from Rochefort, France. In June 2015 the frigate arrived safely on the American coast.

Click here for more information about the voyage and the ship

“Twenty years ago, a small group dreamed of reconstructing an exact replica of General Lafayette’s 18th-century ship called the Hermione. Today, the majestic vessel is the largest and most authentically built Tall Ship in the last 150 years. The Hermione has set sail in France, launching an adventure that comes to the USA in the summer of 2015 for an unprecedented voyage.”

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WWII Weekend

 

 

June 6, 2014 marked the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy, France and the beginning of the end of WWII. Four years ago, my husband and I were able to visit Normandy and take a tour of all the D-Day landing beaches, villages and the Normandy American Cemetery. It was a moving and emotional experience and one that will stay with me the rest of my days.

My step-father and grandfather both fought in WWII. My step-father was in the Pacific and was wounded in Okinawa, Japan and my grandfather was in France, but I’m not sure where exactly he was.

When we found out that there was a WWII Weekend happening not too far from us, of course we had to make plans to attend. We had no idea what to expect…maybe seeing lots of airplanes and hopefully meeting some WWII vets. We’ve been to re-enactments for many different things and some are done really well and some are just sad.

This one was AMAZING. It was held at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum on an airbase and it was huge. There was a “French Village” built with wonderful little buildings that you can go into and talk to people about what it was like during wartime France. We met a lovely lady in the French Tailor’s shop. She had a vast amount of information about fashions during the war and how rationing effected both men and women. She was just wonderful.

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6:7:14 - 2IMG_7958IMG_7955IMG_7945IMG_7936IMG_7933The event is actually three full days and on Friday and Saturday nights they have live music in the hangar and a dance. We just went on Saturday, but we could easily have gone for two whole days
.next year. As the day winded down towards the dance in the evening, it really started to feel like we were in 1944. Almost everyone who attended this portion of the day was dressed to the nines!!!! It was surreal and beautiful. So many dashing soldiers and dapper gentlemen, and the ladies wore their Victory rolls and beautiful hats and dresses
.it was pure heaven.

IMG_8065 IMG_8059 IMG_8050 IMG_8045 IMG_8042 IMG_8040 IMG_8021 IMG_7992 IMG_7978 IMG_7926And if that wasn’t enough, there were several friends from the Facebook Fashion Group I belong to that I was finally able to meet in person. And of course they were all amazing and wonderful people. I do hope that I get to spend more time with them in the future.

6:7:14 R&C 6:7:14 - E&C 2 6:7:14 - E&C 6:7:14 S&C 2Two highlights of the day were being serenaded by “Frank Sinatra” and meeting a 92 year old WWII vet.

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I can’t wait for next years WWII Weekend!!!