Monday, 12 December 2011

a woman's home is her castle

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I'd like to start this post with a disclaimer... apparently December is the month when I get heartily spoiled. When I surveyed my calendar at the beginning, the weekends went a bit like this: castle, castle, castlelike structure, home (Christmas), home (New Year). So just so you know... this is not the way my life generally is!

So, having done a day trip to a castle last week, we actually upped the ante and stayed in a castle hotel this past weekend. Absolutely magical. I'm not apologizing for any photo overloads!

a nighttime arrival...
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after dinner I chilled in the library...
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then retired to drink some sherry in the bedroom
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morning on the balcony (freezing)
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terrible shadows and light, but you get the idea... view from the window
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breakfast
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the castle by daylight, upon leaving.
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Can I go back and live there please?

Wearing an oysho blouse, warehouse jeans and vintage sweater the first night, same oysho blouse and american apparel dress in the morning

P.S. In my dream world, I would actually be wearing this to stay at a castle

Photos mostly by Albert, who was confirmed on this trip to be a better photographer (and possessing a better lens) than I.

52 comments:

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

Cute dress. I have never been to a castle, looks amazing.

Meanz Chan (Koi Story) said...

First of all that's the perfect dress for a castle stay. I am so jealous of all of your adventures! I'd love to stay in a castle someday, or even see one in real life!

Nina the Little Nomad said...

The photos are so beautiful, I'm so jealous. Your dress is lovely too
x
Nina

Elegantly Academic said...

Oh wow! This looks amazing. Like something of a dream ... I want to live there too & spend my days reading old books.
Kelly @
Elegantly Academic

Maria Elyse said...

Holycow, I want to go to a pretty castle!! Haha.

You remind me of Cassandra Mortmain from I Capture the Castle! It looks like you had a really lovely time. :)

xo
Maria Elyse
First Impressions
Flying Ships Vintage

The Daily Fashionista said...

You're fit to be a princess!!! :D It looked like a fabulous place to stay the night.

Amber said...

My goodness the moon looks unreal. I am seriously jealous that you got to stay there. My next hotel stay better look like this one or I am going to be one unhappy camper.

I really do love the dress you are wearing and you look picture perfect in it.

Kirstin@CrimsonRosella said...

Oh my gosh! I want to be you! This is amazing, I am so jealous of your life right now! Love how you paired the blouse under the AA dress, I always wondered how to wear one and now I know:)

CessOviedo said...

What a gorgeous construction! Castiles are very imponent, just thinking of them have standed there for so many years makes me so interested in them, that dress you wore is beautiful! Sounds like December is treating you great, enjoy!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

Ok princess, I'm officially jealous! What castle did you stay in?? It is so beautiful, especially the tapestries, the views, oh gosh, everything. I also really love both of your outfits. The colors totally remind me of a princess. Also, I don't know how big you are on TV, but you should probably be watching Once Upon a Time.

xo off to catch up on your posts

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

I love visiting castles too! I just posted some picture of the castle gardens I visited in October..

rose said...

lugares hermosos,muy hermosa y su vestido.
besos rose-in japan

Rebecca said...

That hotel looks like a lot of fun.

Ashley said...

I wanna stay there! And holy moon picture! Love itttttt. It's eery and perfect. Love Love Love.

Closet Fashionista said...

Oh my goodness! I want to live there!! It looks AMAZING! (I want that tapestry too, haha)
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Monique said...

Emily, you'd make a lovely princess or queen for that matter. So awesome you've been getting some practice.

Arianne said...

That bedroom is gorgeous. Where is this?! I must put it in my to-go-one-day list!

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

This is probably just stating the obvious, but I'm beyond jealous of you! There's actually a old-ish castle near my job, so I may have to take a trip there someday soon.
Anyway, I love the soft pinks in your outfit! That dress is great :)

Virginie's Cinema said...

Ok dear, soon we are going to have to call you Duchess Emily, this life you lead is just too elegant!

The castle is amazing and sherry and a fire place? Holiday's best! You look just perfectly at ease in those grandiose settings Madame.

Virginie ♥

Natalie Suarez said...

it looks absolutely amazing there! xx

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Naomi said...

omgosh that's amazing! i never knew castle hotels existed, but it's kind of brilliant!

WHERE IS THIS??
xx

Rebeccak said...

Wooaaahhhh super amazing. Can I be you this month? please?!

Lina said...

My heart is aching! That just sounded like my DREAM weekend. I'm glad December is treating/will be treating you well. We haven't got snow here in Canada yet, but we can always keep our fingers crossed for a White Christmas to complete the well-castled month!

out of order said...

oooh I love castle tours, I need to go to Hearst Castle soon, it's not too far away :)
You look fab, that bedroom is sooo awesome, and I love your dress/blouse combo!

<3Meghan

Hannah said...

Love the outfit! I love castles too- I really must go and visit them more often, there are so many nearby!

Jaki said...

That looks fabulous! I would love to visit a castle. :)

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Rachel, Cold Knees said...

Really love that dress and shirt! What a gorgeous castle, the view is stunning.. I could definitely get used to a four poster bed, love the curtain thing you have here! xx

Eleni said...

That's how all Decembers should look! Sounds like you're in for a wonderful month, enjoy it!

Shophopper said...

That looks incredible! Can you tell us the name of the castle? It makes me think of the Yoko Tsuno comics I used to read as a girl. If she wasn't on adventure in space, she was usually staying in spectacular castles throughout Europe: http://dekluizenaar.mimesis.nl/wp-images/eltz0.jpg

Also, I'm intrigued by the tapestry above you in the 5th picture. It looks like a beautiful copy of one of the tapestries in the series of "The Lady and the Unicorn". Did anyone there tell you anything about it?

BROKEN.WHIMSY said...

Oh my goodness you are one lucky girly to be able to experience such beautiful landscapes! Your boy id a wonderful job on the photography but i COULD NOT take my eyes off that Oysho blouse. That one is DEFINATELY a keeper haha. xx

Ria :) said...

your dress is beautiful, your blog is so lovely by the ways and very inspiring, i will be visiting again very soon :)

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Andrea said...

This is so cool and you have such a whimsical and pretty blog.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...
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My Best Dress said...

That place looks incredible!! I'd love to spend some days in a castle like that... Btw, the dress is really beautiful!
Thanks for your comment! :)

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Laura (White Winters) said...

Amazing photos! I want to go and visit castles every weekend!

Laura
whitewinters.blogspot.com

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Emily, reading this post pretty much made my morning. How amazing it must have been to spend the night in a castle. Or, as you put it, magical! I've seen several other people inquire after the name of the castle. I'd be interested to know, too!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

For those who were wondering, it was the Castle Hotel auf Schönburg. : )

Lulu Frances said...

oh wow - i´d love to live there aswell, at least some days a week ;) afetr all, we are all princesses! and i love your dress

Carrie said...

Amazing castle - I want to stay there!!! But oh my gosh, those SHOES in the dress link that you shared!! LOVE them!! :-) Happy Christmas!

Raquel, Black Sheep said...

Gosh, how awesome is this? And a bit surreal too, a night at the castle ;) You look like a true princess (that dress!) but I can't stop thinking how cold it must have been? They it have central heating? hehe

Emily said...

A CASTLE hotel?! My goodness, I'm jealous! It's beautiful! And YOU look beautiful! I absolutely adore that sweet dress of yours. And your sweater is darling too!

xoxo
Emily

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Raquel: they actually had heating... the room was a bit chilly but had amazing duvets, and the rest of the castle was toasty! : )

Stephanie said...

So awesome! I love your dress.

Haley Rogers said...

is this serious?? jealous. loving that dress also :)

Christy U lam said...

those pictures are awesome. Lovely dress!! Thanks for stop by my blog !!
Christy

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Annebeth said...

DUDE WHERE IS THIS AND HOW CAN I APPLY

this is like, the most amazing place on earth? And beautiful pictures! And I'm really jealous!

Zane said...

wonderful photos

Caitlin said...

oh my goodness! looks amazing!
love the dress.

Rumah Dijual said...

thanks, it's a good post

Jul said...

Oh my gosh, is this real?! Looks like a dream! Where is it?
I'd love to spend a night in a castle too...this one looks really beautiful. And believe me, your dress is perfect :)
Also, the photo with the moon is beautiful and creepy...such a good combination ;)
Life is a romantic poem

dusanabotswana said...

Wow, what an amazing little getaway! Such a beautiful place.. wish we had stuff like this out in the Southwest!

Indianorrmt said...

Amazing photos! I want to go and visit castles every weekend! Laura whitewinters.blogspot.com