I am in the midst of packing. Suitcases on the bedroom floor, clothes scattered everywhere, endless lists….you get the picture.
When I began planning this trip there were certain things I wanted to take to France. A matching pajama and robe set, a hat to cover early morning flea market hair, and a trench coat. Could I find what I wanted? No of course not. So I made do. First the pajama’s~ finally found after hunting through 5 or so stores. They cover well and are still cute~ oui?
But could I find a robe to match? Of course not. I realize not everyone thinks that a robe is a necessity. But in France it is very rare that you have an ensuite room. Often you have to walk down a hall to reach the bathroom. I myself like to be covered for the journey. Also, in the event it suddenly turns cold, its nice to have an extra layer available. I found this robe for a great price~ $12.00 ~ but the bright white clashed with the cream and turquoise pj’s.
What’s a girl to do but grab a few different dyes and set out to create a match.
I will now be covered in a color so close that the makers of Garanimals would be proud.
There will be several early mornings where there might not be time to shampoo, let alone blow dry, my hair. I thought a cloche hat would be perfect to cover a multitude of sins. Alas the only one I could find was white. As I often dig through dirty piles at the flea in search of the good stuff I knew a white hat would stay pristine for about 5 seconds.
But a soft gray is au courant and can withstand a few dirty fingerprints.
You may have heard that the trench is THE coat of the season. Given that I would wear such a jacket maybe one day out of the year in Arizona I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Man did I have to search high and low!
I finally persevered in the low department.
But the buttons were ho hum and in my opinion, cheapened the jacket.
Also the sleeves were freakishly long~ think Magilla Gorilla.
As the jacket was lined and I didn’t really want to mess with the seam ripper too much I decided to cut off the decorative band on the sleeve.
I did use the seam ripper to take off the band loops.
Then I began digging through my brass button collection. I was going for a mismatched Anthropologie look.
I took off the front black plastic buttons and replaced them with a few vintage gems.
Then I cuffed the sleeves and sewed on a button accent there too.
A nice improvement
Oh and the French flaired scarf? That got a re do too. It started out black and white (see below) which was a bit too “Jailhouse Rock” for me. I just gave it a swirl in the same dye bath as the robe.
I am on excitement overload. I leave for France in 4 days! The Royal Wedding is this week! I actually will be staying up all night to watch this magnificent event. Soon after the couple say their vows I will board a plane, where I hope to sleep through a good portion of the friendly skies. Although I will probably not look as glamorous as Marilyn.
But first we must celebrate! This week on Royal Wedding Wednesday I will be sharing viewing party ideas and there will also be a linky party to celebrate whatever you deem Royal. A past or present post is welcome.
Have you met a member of the Royal family?
Perhaps you have toured a few castles.
Did you have a fairytale wedding of your own that was fit for a princess?
Are planning your own party?
Everyone who links up will be eligible to win a gorgeous Crabtree and Evelyn English Lavender Bath Set.
See you Wednesday!