Friday, 17 September 2010

grand house, by which once more I stand...

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This is the third of my "mansions of Guadalajara" outfit posts (you can see the other two here and here). And, unless I get moving on an idea I have, the last one. This is also one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen, and there's a lot of competition in this neighbourhood. It was, according to the wall plaque, built between 1902 and 1922, and it currently houses the University of Guadalajara archives. I walked by it many times and finally took the plunge and went in to ask them if I could look around. They gave us a little tour of a colourful tiled interior courtyard and a beautiful tiled kitchen, and then we prowled the grounds trying to take photos unobtrusively.

I suppose these are also the last pictures featuring my sister Shona (who actually left a few weeks ago; these are a bit old) for a while. Though I certainly hope she'll come and visit me in London!

*title somewhat mangled from a Tennyson poem

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Outfit:
skirt: Winners
top: Smart Set
shoes: Blowfish
necklace: Whitby jet
earrings: hand cared ebony by Todd Woffindon

On Shona:
dress: H&M (from 2004)
shoes: Steve Madden

26 comments:

SG said...

Thanks for the beautiful pictures. This mansion is very elegant. Reminds me of Indian palaces.

A said...

Awesome picture. Very beautiful shots.

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow! Its gorgeous! I love both of your outfits :D
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Karol Duarte said...

I love the dress!!

jamie-lee said...

love both of your looks, and loving the detailing of those columns in your photos!

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Galine said...

what a gorgeous building, wow!!!
love your photos! :)

Ashley said...

Diggin' the outfit...I thought you had cut your hair for a second there!!

Tricky braids... :)

Rio said...

That mansion is ridiculously amazing! You two look beautiful as always too! :)

Amber Rose said...

You are such a beauty. The mansion is breathtaking-- I'm glad to see more photos of it!

Last, but not least, I love the way your hair looks (especially in the first photo).

One more thing.
Have a wonderful weekend. :)

regatabranca said...

such a nice place!


have a good weekend!

xo

Thrive on Novelty said...

Great pics! you both look great xx

Diana said...

i love seeing all of the cool places you travel to - this building is truly breathtaking i agree! you look like you should live there in that gorgeous skirt ;) can't wait to see where you end up next!

Marta said...

how fabulous!!! such breathtaking scenes - i just wish i was there too!

Raquel said...

the building is amazing! remind me bits of Gaudi's buildings in Barcelona!
your skirt is really lovely, oh and about the blazer/jacket you want, I'm sure you'll get a perfect one (ore ones!) soon! you just have to keep searching and you'll find it soon! :) my tips: always search very well, and regularly during the sales, you can't imagine how many good things I got from sales and outlets! (at least 3 quarters of my wardrobe!!)
x

Little Monarch said...

how come you are always visiting old mansions? are you secretly a queen? i liek what you have done with your hair.

SMASH said...

ugh ugh ughhhhh these photos are too good! Man, I want to see one of these mansions with my own two eyes someday! Also, 1. you are working those milk maid braids and I love it. 2. this whole post reminds me of an anthropologie catalog!

xx

hiven said...

wow. these are amazing.
xx

Emma said...

What a beautiful place! You look lovely x

Vicky K. said...

love the long skirt!!!

Vicky
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Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Is this mansion a dream? It is absolutely breathtaking. I'm glad you asked to go in! These photos of you and your sister are beautiful. And your skirt! Oh so lovely :)

Outofseasonface said...

You and your sister are gorgeous, and so are your outfits! That mansion is like a piece of art, its amazing!

Daniella said...

Awesome place!!!!!!!

ana said...

Esta casa me fascina y siempre paso frente a ella cuando voy al trabajo...!!! no sabía que podías entrar a conocerla y fue de un gobernador y ahora pertenece a la UDG... saludos!!!

Anthea said...

Wow! This mansion looks amazing! I love exploring old buildings and so I enjoyed this post! You both look gorgeous!

Anthea,
Embracing Style

Erin Cathleen said...

These pictures are exquisite!

dimi said...

I like your blog more and more whenever I read it!! Sorry for being the creepy blogger that comments in posts written a year ago... but that's the kind of creepy blogger I am!! Especially with fellow bloggers that have such a delightful personality!! Kisses!