Autumn Sunshine

It’s the middle of October, yet its 75°F (23°C) outside. As much as I adore the chill of Autumn, I’m enjoying the warmer weather and the chance to continue to wear these lighter frocks. The colors in this dress are so lovely and I think it will be be a great frock for Spring as well. This is the first time I’ve worn this hat, and although it really works well with this dress, I’m not sure how I feel about this hat on me. What do you think?

Hat ~ The Vintage Hat Shop on Etsy
Dress ~ eShakti
Necklace ~ ChatterBlossom on Etsy
Brooch ~ The Jewellery Cloud
Handbag ~ Target
Shoes ~ Greta shoes from Remix Vintage Shoes 


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Alsatian Vacation

Back in April we spent a weekend in the Alsace region of France, visiting a few little villages along the wine route, on our way to the Colmar Spring Festival.

First we stopped in Riquewihr, a darling little village of only 1228 inhabitants. It looks more or less as it did in the 16th century with cobbled stone streets and half-timbered houses and shops.


We spent the weekend in Colmar for their annual Fête le Primtemps (Spring Festival). Our bed and breakfast was housed in a 14th century building (updated and modernized of course), right near the Saint Martin Cathedral.

On our last day we visited the village of Ribeauvillé which dates from around the 8th century. I really loved this village, it sits at the foot of three castle ruins and the forest of Ribeauvillé is home to the largest giant sequoia outside of the U.S.

After we left Ribeauvillé, we drove up the mountain to visit The Château du Haute Königsbourg. The first records of a castle built on this site by the Hohenstaufens date back to 1147. It has been destroyed and re-built several times throughout history. But in 1900 a Berlin-based architect and historian was commissioned by Kaiser Willhelm II to rebuild the fortress completely, just as it would have been in the 15th century. The project took 8 years to finish and it really is an amazing feat of construction and technology of the time.

I absolutely love this castle. We did a self guided tour and learned a lot about the history and construction of the castle. Here in Germany, we have a lot of castle ruins, which are awesome in their own right, but it is really something amazing to see an “intact” castle with furnishings and everything so you can really imagine what life might have been like living there.



And the topper to the weekend was that we saw two storks in a nest onto of a building in Ribeauvillé. The stork is the symbol of Alsace and are seen everywhere on signs, souvenirs, storefronts, etc. But this was our first sighting of an actual stork.

Out of winter…into Spring

This winter was especially rough for me. I found it hard to find the motivation to get out and do things. Hence, the lack of posts here on my blog. Once the Christmas Markets are over, there really isn’t much happening here. And with it being so cold, wet and dark, I just really wanted to stay indoors and keep warm.

But today…today was absolutely glorious!!! It was sunny and warm and the birds are singing their beautiful songs. The trees are still bare, but you can really feel the pulse of life coming back after a long winter. Spring is finally here!!!

So, we spent the morning at the Homburg Flea Market with our friends and then ran some errands. On the way home we decided to drive a different way and ended up at the top of a small mountain where there is a nature park and a lovely hotel. We’ll have to come back and visit the nature park as they have goats, donkeys, horses and other animals roaming around. There are also beautiful raptors and other birds that you can view in a natural setting.

This dress has such a lovely 1930s silhouette. The elegant style of the 1930s is what I strive for, but my figure doesn’t always lend itself to it. So anytime I can find a dress that has that 1930s feel, and looks this good on me, I get so excited. And of course these shoes from Remix and my vintage 1930s hat are the perfect accompaniment.

Dress ~ eShakti
Hat ~ Vintage from My Vintage Hat Shop on Etsy
Shoes ~ “Boardwalk” from Remix Vintage Shoes
Purse ~ Vintage from a flea market
Umbrella ~ Vintage from a flea market 

Buzzing with excitement

Lately I’ve been making more of an effort to meet new people and foster new friendships. Since we moved to Germany it’s been a bit more difficult for me to make friends…not that it was super easy for me before. But in the last few months I’ve really been trying to make more of an effort to get out and talk to people and to make time for new friends.

I’ve met some amazing ladies lately who are super inspiring and I am excited to spend more time with them. I miss my “vintage” friends back in the states, but I’m slowly cultivating my own group of fabulous people here and hope to get them all together someday very soon for a Vintage Outing.

Yesterday I drove up to Frankfurt to meet Maria (@mariabordoysboudoir on Instagram). We’ve been “friends” on Instagram for quite some time now, but we’d never met in person. She is just as lovely in person as she is on her Instagram feed. We spent several hours talking and eating delicious food (and treats). I was super nervous, as I usually am when meeting fabulous vintage people. But her warm presence put me at ease immediately. I can’t wait to hang out with her again very soon.

Being able to dress up and spend time with amazing, inspiring and fabulous people really feeds my soul.

Dress ~ Miss Candyfloss
Coat ~ Hell Bunny
Hat ~ Vintage from Briony Lodge Vintage on Etsy 
Brooch ~ Vintage from The Jewellry Cloud
Gloves ~ Vintage from Prima Mona on Etsy
Shoes ~ Ida shoes from Rocket Originals

Maria and I at Bitter & Zart Chocolaterie

New Fall Colors

I always think of fall colors as being reds, orange, greens and browns, you know the color of falling leaves. But I forget that navy really should be included in the fall lineup. This dress from the new Femme Fatale Collection from Miss Candyfloss, is a perfect fall frock. I love plaid and you really don’t see this color pallet with plaids, so when it came out, I knew I had to have it, plus it’s the first dress from Miss Candyfloss that I’ve had with POCKETS!!!!

Coat ~ Coleen coat from Hell Bunny
Dress ~ Miss Candyfloss
Hat ~ Vintage
Brooch ~ Vintage
Gloves ~ Vintage
Shoes ~ Vintage

A lovely day out with friends

It’s been raining cats and dogs here in Germany lately and that makes it really difficult to spend time outdoors and do fun things. But our lovely friends Laurence and Sylvain came over from France to spend the day with us so we braved the weather and it ended up being a really wonderful day. Just a few showers here and there.

I recently got this dress from Trashy Diva and it’s the first dress of theirs that fits really me well. The pattern is made up of big chickens and I had the perfect brooch and hat to go with it.

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Dress ~ Sweetie Dress Style by Trashy Diva
Handbag ~ Trashy Diva
Vintage Hat ~ Purchased in a San Diego vintage shop
Brooch ~ The Jewelry Cloud
Shoes ~ Clarks
Vintage Umbrella ~ Blue Bicycle in St. Paul, MN
Lipstick ~ Victory Red by Besame

Lipliner ~ Follow Your Heart by MAC Cosmetics

We started our day having a delicious lunch at the Castle Restaurant at Burg Lichtenberg in our village of Kusel. It was raining when we got there, so we didn’t get to take too many photos. But I do love this one of Laurence and Sylvain and me near the ruins.
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I love having such stylish friends who live so close to us. It’s great to have friends who love flea markets and traveling around the area to see and experience new things. Visit their blog Lost in the 50s, to follow their adventures. 6:18:16 - 10We visited downtown Kaiserslautern after the castle for a classic car show. It didn’t have as many classic cars as we’d like to see, but it was fun anyway. We had our photos taken by many visitors to the event.

After that we visited the Japanese Garden in Kaiserslautern. We’d not been here before, so it was a new experience for all of us. It was amazingly beautiful and serene. We will defiantly be going back here often, especially with guests.

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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.