Springtime Blooms

Blouse ~ Martha Blouse from Heyday Vintage Style
Skirt ~ ModCloth

Belt ~ Target
Shoes ~ Penny shoe from Remix Vintage Shoes
Brooch ~ The Jewellery Cloud
Lips ~ Cherry Lipliner by MAC Cosmetics with Victory Red Lipstick by Besame Cosmetics
Sunglasses ~ A.J. Morgan
Purse ~ Trashy Diva

Spring is in full swing here in Germany. The flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. We spent the morning at the Saarbrücken Flea Market. Unfortunately we only picked up a few new scarves, but it was a lovely walk along the river in the shadow of the old castle walls.

I recently purchased this blouse from Heyday Vintage Style and I can already tell that it will become a staple in my wardrobe. I’m in love with these “feedsack” type prints, they are so happy and bright. And the cut of this blouse is just perfection. It’s based on a vintage pattern and some characteristics such as the strong pointed collar and darted shoulders show up in sewing patterns from 1941 – 1946.

I hope you are all enjoying the coming of this wonderful new season.

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Voodoo Vixen: Suzanne Poppy Flare Dress

 

I was once again contacted by Voodoo Vixen to review a dress from their FW15 Collection. They have also been kind enough to offer all of my readers a discount code, to receive 20% off any online purchase.

Visit www.voodoovixen.co.uk and use discount code CO20 at checkout to receive your discount

This time I chose the Suzanne Poppy Flare Dress. I’m a sucker for dresses and skirts with pockets, so this was an easy choice for me. Based on their size chart, I chose a 2X. It’s a little tight in the bust, but fits well everywhere else.

I especially love the scalloped detail at the neckline, sleeves and the back of the dress. It has two front pockets which also sport the scalloped detail and a matching notched belt. It’s a nice heavier weight fabric and with elbow length sleeves, it’s a great dress for colder days here in Germany.

The bright red poppies with a hint of purple in the center bring such a beautiful hint of color during the dark and gloomy winter.

I paired this dress with a red turban and Dita Von Teese’s new lipstick color from MAC.

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Disclaimer: I was given the product to review in exchange for featuring this product in my blog. Any opinions or statements given above come only from me, and were not influenced in any way by the sponsor.

Sheila-Lee – Pantskirt/Playsuit by Miss Candyfloss

Our plans to attend a festival on Saturday were foiled by stormy and very windy weather, however it gave me a great opportunity to wear my new Pantskirt/Playsuit from Miss Candyfloss. Everyone knows that I do not hold any love for trousers. I rarely wear them and when I do, I very rarely document it. When I saw this outfit on the Miss Candyfloss website, I thought it might be a great alternative to wearing a traditional trouser. The weather on Saturday was, as my husband describes it, a “Skirt Alert” day. I’ve been know to accidentally “flash” innocent bystanders when a gust of wind decides to pick up my skirt. So I thought this playsuit might be a safer bet.

I love this playsuit (to be honest I really don’t know what to call it). It’s comfortable, adorable and there is no chance of me flashing anyone if the wind picks up. I love the front pockets (there are two small pockets on the bum as well), and it comes with the belt. Since it is all one piece, it is a bit difficult to get if off, so it’s not an outfit I would want to wear all day and, *ahem*, have to use the facilities, if you get my drift 🙂 But it is a great alternative to regular trousers and will give me an opportunity to change up my wardrobe a bit.

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Pantskirt/Playsuit ~ Miss Candyfloss
Vintage Brooch ~ Daisy’s Vintage Jewlery (on Instagram)
Shoes ~ Cobb Hill
Hair Snood ~ Etsy
Lips ~ Besame Red Lipstick with Ruby Woo Lipliner

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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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