On the shores of Lake Como

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For the last day of our Italian trip we drove from Rome up to Lake Como. Situated at the foothills of the Alps, Lake Como is a stunningly beautiful resort area with crystal clear glacial waters, beautiful villas, and charming villages. We stayed in the small village of Lenno and took the ferry across to explore Bellagio and the magnificent Villa Carlotta.

This is one place that I definitely want to come back and spend more time in. There are so many nooks and crannies to explore and a perfect place to relax and unwind. It’s all just so magical.

As we were going to be traveling by boat, I thought it would be best not to wear a dress. So I once again relied on my trusty Doris pant to save the day. And I have to say, this was probably my favorite outfit of the trip. I really felt like a hollywood starlet ambling along the shores of Lake Como, shopping in Bellagio and meandering through the gardens at the Villa Carlotta.

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Pintuck Tunic ~ On your Roam Time Cotton Tunic from ModCloth
Cropped Cardigan~Dream of the Crop Cardigan in Moss from ModCloth
Trousers ~ Doris Pant in Khaki from Pinup Girl Clothing
Turban ~ Scarf I bought in Rome
Hairflower ~ Double White Delphinium hair flower from Shazam Vintage Hair Flowers
Fork & Knife Brooch ~ Vintage from an Antique Shop in Baltimore
Handbag ~ ModCloth
Shoes ~ Hampshire Two-Toned Oxford from Naturalizer

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My Roman Holiday

We spent 4 days in Rome and we really packed in a lot of sightseeing in those 4 days. We were fortunate enough to have a private tour of  the Vatican and Sistine Chapel in the early morning before all of the crowds came in. It was a spectacular treat to be able to enjoy the art and learn history from our incredible tour guide.

As a 70th birthday gift for The Gentleman’s mother, we got tickets to be a part of the Papal Audience. We also toured the famous fountains and piazzas, the Colosseum and the Pantheon.

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Navy Blue Bow Tie Blouse ~ eShakti
Trousers ~ Doris Pant in Chocolate Brown from Pinup Girl Clothing
Sunglasses ~ Target
Hair Flower ~ Double White Delphinium hair flower from Shazam Vintage Hair Flowers

I got a lot of use out of these trousers on this trip and they have become my favorite trousers and I now have them four colors.

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We had really good seats for the Papal Audience. 

 

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Dress ~ Lindy Bop
Cropped Cardigan ~ Mod Cloth
Hair Flower ~ Shazam Vintage Hair Flowers
Brooch ~ The Jewelry Cloud

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I had to have cannoli every chance I could.

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Dress ~ eShakti
Cropped Cardigan ~ Mod Cloth
Scrunchie Style Turban ~ Sarah’s Doo Wop Do’s 
Brooch ~ The Jewelry Cloud

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The Life Cycle of My Wet Set – Day Seven

DAY SEVEN

Well, I made it! The last day of my set. My curls have fallen substantially and my hair desperately needs to be washed so I will do that this evening and start the whole process all over again.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series and you’ve gained some insight to how I style my hair. I hope to produce more hair tutorials in the future for you. I prefer to do pictorials rather than videos, for me personally I learn better that way. Plus videos are so time consuming to produce and I just don’t have the equipment to do it properly right now.

So here is my seventh day hair with a quick how-to guide below. Only once my hair has smoothed out can I do this style. It doesn’t work very well at all when it’s curly, so I reserve this for 1-2 days before need to wash it.

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HOW-TO GUIDE

First, you’ll want to section off your fringe and pin it up and out of the way. Brush out the hair and smooth it out with a bit of pomade. Start on one side of you head and and start twisting and rolling the hair gathering another section as you go. Place a bobby pin or two horizontally to secure the roll.

Follow this all the way across to the other side. Twist and tuck the ends in on it self and secure the ends with bobby pins. Feel along the roll for any loose sections and add more pins wherever needed, making sure you pin horizontally to hid the pins.

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Now take down your fringe and smooth it out. Add a bit of pomade to smooth any fly-a-ways. Create a swoop and tuck the end into the twist on the side of your head. Secure with bobby pins.

 

Take the tail of your comb and while holding the swoop secure lift up a little to give a bit of height. Place a hair flower or hair comb to further secure the end of the swoop and to hide the pins. Run a comb through the back of hair from the crown to the roll.

The Life Cycle of My Wet Set ~ Day Six

DAY SIX

My hairstyle today is one that I do on a fairly regular basis. I will give a more detailed pictorial on how to achieve this style below. It’s best done when the front fringe is not as curly, however the back should have some curl or wave to it to help with the “messy bun” look. I don’t always add hair flowers, but I recently bought these and thought they looked nice with what I was wearing.

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HOW-TO GUIDE

Someone on Facebook has asked me to show what my hair looked like before styling it, so here it is on Day 6 just after I’ve taken in out of a bun, I haven’t brushed it yet.

First, section a your hair on the smaller side by creating a side part then sectioning off the hair down to the top of your ear. Then section off the larger side down to the other ear. Tease a little bit to get some volume. You can secure the back of your hair with a tie if needed.

Take the hair from the larger side and start twisting the hair back and down until just past your ear. Push the twist forward a bit to give it some volume, then bobby pin to secure, making sure you cross the pins for a secure fit.

Do the same thing on the smaller side.

Now for the back. Take three sections and make a partial pony tail, not pulling the hair all the way through the hair tie.

Now, using small bobby pins, just start pinning sections of the partial pony tails up. Make sure you take some hair from each section and pin to the next, so they look like they are all one “messy bun”. There really is no specific technique to this, just start pinning where you wish. After you’ve pinned a few sections, check in the mirror for any “holes” or hairs falling down and pin them up.

Once all your pins are in, just take your comb and run it through down to the curls to get rid of the three parts and create a smooth crown. Then you can adjust the front part of your hair and carefully pull the twists up to get more height if needed. Hairspray and you are finished. You can leave it like this or add hair flowers if you wish.

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The Life Cycle of My Wet Set ~ Day Five

DAY FIVE

My hairstyle today is simple and honestly kinda lazy. I needed a quick style as I had a volunteer shift at the USO and didn’t have time to futz around too much this morning. My curl at the ends is still pretty good, so by pulling it into a side pony tail I can show off those curls. And since I had my fringe in a roll all day yesterday, I’m able to easily create a front swoop and pin curl it on the side. Add a hair flower and Voila!

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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

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.

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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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