Snow, snow go away!

I woke up this morning to more snow! I am ready for winter to be over already. Every weekend it has just been too cold and damp to want to do anything fun. We’ve been staying home too many weekends and boy are we ready for some nicer weather. We have so many places we want to explore and once we have nice weather we’ll feel more inclined to be outside.

But until then I’ll just enjoy wearing my favorite cardigan sweaters and turbans. I now have this sweater in 4 colors and I’m absolutely in love with this new style and pattern of turban.

And let’s not ignore these amazing shoes I recently found in a local vintage shop. I hardly ever find vintage shoes that fit me, so when I found these (and another adorable pair), I was ecstatic! I pulled it all together with a lovely thistle brooch with a beautiful blown glass floral motif in the middle.

Now off to go grocery shopping.

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Workwear Style Turban in Green Tartan ~  Sarah’s DooWop Do’s 
Collared Shirt ~ Land’s End
Cable Knit Cardigan ~ Ice Skater Cardigan from Emmy Design 
Skirt ~ Mod Cloth
Shoes ~ Vintage, bought at Frau Becker Viva Vintage
Thistle 
Brooch ~ The Jewelry Cloud

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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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An Autumn Day in Luxembourg

We spent the day in Luxembourg visiting the old city and having lunch with friends. Unfortunately it rained most of the day, so we didn’t get too many photos of the city. But it served as a great backdrop for this great OcTieBer outfit.

As some of you know, during the month of October a bunch of amazing sartorial friends get together and share our neckwear ensembles on a Facebook group. It’s a time of year that I look forward to for inspiration and guidance in menswear. I adore wearing menswear and have amassed quite a collection of neck ties and bow ties. I will post more of my OcTieBer outfits later in the month.

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Turban ~ Sarah’s Doo Wop Do’s 
Collard Shirt ~ Land’s End
Fair Isle Sweater ~ Collective
Neck Tie ~ Vintage
Trousers ~ Doris Pant from Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes ~ Naturalizer
Lipliner ~ Brick from MAC Cosmetics
Lipstick ~ Red Velvet by Besame Cosmetics

 

But for now, can we just talk about these amazing trousers!!!! As you know, I’m not a big fan of trousers and for the most part it’s because I’ve never found any that really truly fit me well and were comfortable. I’m much more comfortable in dresses and skirts. However, I took a chance on the new Doris Pant from Pinup Girl Clothing and I am pleasantly surprised at how much I love them. The fact that they come in plus size is, of course, a bonus for me. They are highwaisted, and have an elastic waistband in the back to ensure that there is no gapping. I did have to have them hemmed as they were quite long. I’m 5’5″ and they pooled around my ankles when I first tried them on, but I hemmed them up and now they are perfect. The pockets are a great size and placed really well. They are lined, which makes them a tad heavy, but they feel really nice and I think the heft helps them to lay right and move well.

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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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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.