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 






 

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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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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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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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Pour Paris, Avec Amour

It’s been a very emotional time since the tragic news of the Paris attacks hit. As we now live in Europe and are so close to France, things feel a lot more raw and real. Paris holds an incredible place in my heart and soul and my thoughts and love go out to all of the people affected by this tragedy.

However, this blog is my sanctuary and a place for fun, glamour and fashion, not politics or daily news, so that will be all I have to say about this event here.

On Saturday we went to Saarbrüken and happened upon a flea market. It was smaller than the Homburg market, but charming none the less.

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Green & Black Paid Dress ~ eShakti
Green flower brooch ~ Amalgamated Clothing
Paris brooch ~ Bought on Facebook
1950’s Black Hat ~ Etsy
Vintage Embroidered Purse ~ Homburg Flea Market
Shoes ~ Naturalizer

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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.

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