So Blue at the Château de Fontainebleau

Dress ~ Miss Candyfloss
Hair Flowers ~ Shazam Hair Flowers
Brooch ~ Vintage
Shoes ~ Soft Spots

For our second stop on our “Weekend of Châteaus” we traveled about an hour south of Paris to the Château de Fontainebleau. I have been wanting to see this Palace since our first trip to France, and honestly I have no idea why we haven’t made it there before this. I suppose with so many wonderful things to see in France it’s hard to choose what to see.

Unfortunately several of the rooms were closed and they were doing a lot of reconstruction during our visit, which means there were so many more people going through the same rooms as us. We were not able to get as many photos and see as many things as we wanted, so I guess we’ll just have to go back at another time. I suppose that I can make that sacrifice for you 🙂

I recently received this dress to review from Miss Candyfloss, it’s part of their new Housewife Collection, and I am in love with it.

I’m a sucker for a shirtwaist dress, and this one has such a darling silhouette and details that I couldn’t pass it up. The fit is perfect and it’s a good weight, not to light not to heavy. I really like the little buttons on the sleeves and the slight peter pan collar give is that feminine touch.

I really love the combination of blue and yellow and I had planned to find some yellow shoes to go with this outfit, but alas I didn’t find what I was looking for before our trip. So the yellow flowers will have to be enough. The dress does come with a matching belt, but I liked the way a small white belt looks with it.

 

Dress Review ~ Penelope Dress from Dolly and Dotty

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When Dolly and Dotty contacted me and asked me to review a dress* for my blog, I have to admit, I’d never heard of the brand and was a little hesitant. But I was pleasantly surprised with not only their large selection, but also that their sizes go up to a UK 24 in most styles.

It was difficult to chose which dress I wanted, but ultimately I chose the Penelope Day Dress in the Light Blue Floral pattern, and I just adore it. With it’s adorable 1950s style and wonderful details, it’s a great cotton day dress for any gal. The only thing that would make it perfect is the addition of pockets.

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Penelope Dress ~ Dolly and Dotty
Hair Flowers ~ Shazam Vintage Hair Flowers
Clip-in Bettie Bangs ~ ProExtensions
Vintage Yellow Earrings ~ Gift from a lovely friend
Vintage Pink Rose Brooch ~ Thrifted
Fuchsia Suede Penny Loafers ~ Natualilzer
Vintage Embroidered Purse ~ Flea Market
Lipstick & Liner ~ Dita Von Tesse lipstick with Cherry liner from MAC Cosmetics

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I love the details like contrasting yellow piping and covered buttons. My dress came with two belts (I’m not sure if they always come with two), one with matching fabric and one yellow to match the piping. I love having options!

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A little bit about the company:
“Created from a love of 1950’s fashion, Dolly and Dotty is about creating the most fabulous vintage inspired fashion with a modern flattering fit. We aim to provide our customers with outstanding service, high quality products and beautiful retro prints, all at an affordable price.
Whether you’re a rockabilly rebel, you have floral fever or you’re a day dress diva, we have something for you! All of our dresses are designed in Brighton, by our wonderful design team.”

Connect with Dolly and Dotty
Website: http://www.dollyanddotty.co.uk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DollyandDotty
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dolly_and_dotty
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/dollyanddottyUK/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/dollyanddotty/


*Disclaimer:  I received this complimentary dress to review on my blog.  All opinions are my own.

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-tow 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

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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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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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Stripes and Flowers

 

 

 

 

I am so happy that the weather is getting nicer here and I can spend more time outside. As you can see our tree is on the verge of blooming and when it does it is spectacular! As you can also see Harriet and Fiona (my crazy dogs) are enjoying the weather as well.

I recently purchased this dress from eShakti and I really like it. I’m not crazy about the fabric though, the cotton poplin tends to wrinkle something fierce, but the embroidery on the top of this dress was too beautiful to pass up. I added a teal belt (from my Milan dress) and these great new-to-me Chelsea Crew shoes I purchased from a lovely lady in England from one of my FB Fashion groups. I’m not sure if the skirt is full enough to wear a petticoat under, but I will try it.

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Dress ~ eShakti
Shoes ~ Chelsea Crew
Hair Flower ~ Made by me 🙂

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