Monday, February 16, 2015

The Accidental Empress

Photography: Sara Kerens Creative and Art Direction: Lacy Lynch Styling: Annie Laurie Miller Hair and 
 Makeup: Annie Rush at Eva Scrivo Salon Sash Designer: Izquierdo Studios

Right after the new year Kiel and I drove to New York to partake in a promotional Meet the Hapsburgs photo shoot for The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki. It was an opportunity that we couldn't resist! I enjoyed the unique experience of dressing up like nineteenth century royalty. Kiel took on the role of Franz Joseph, Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian empire. I portrayed Duchess Helene of Bavaria and Camille Birkhead made a stunning Empress Sisi. (How gorgeous was her hair?!) The photos were fittingly shot at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria and St. Paul's Chapel in New York City. 

The Accidental Empress is an historical account of fifteen year old Sisi (Elisabeth) of Bavaria, who famously changes history when she wins the heart of her sister's fiancee. Based on facts and actual events, the novel gives readers a further glimpse into the glittering yet oppressive world of the Habsburg Court. Alison does a beautiful job of bringing Sisi to life with all of her hopes, defeats, and triumphs. She spins a captivating tale of the beautiful, lonely empress who must fight to keep the love of both her husband and empire, amongst an imposing Imperial Court (including a tyrannical step mother).

I'm excited to announce that  The Accidental Empress is officially released today. I love, loved this book and finished reading it in a couple of days. Visit Allison Pataki's website for more info.

Reindeer Games


Jacket: Hunter Sweater: Vintage Pants: J.Crew Boots: HunterLL Bean ℅ Glasses: Karen Walker Scarf: Madewell

Location: Mount Washington Hotel (These photos were taken during my New Year's trip to New Hampshire)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Winter Ocean House


Jacket: Ted Baker Shirt: Kiel James Patrick Skirt: Goodnight Macaroon Shoes: Oscar de la Renta Bag: Tory Burch Necklace: J.Crew (similar) Glasses: Ray-Ban
Kiel: Blazer: Ralph Lauren Shirt: Gant Pants: Brooks Brothers Boots: LL Bean Glasses Ray-Ban

On Sunday I had brunch at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI. The hotel held a different beauty surrounded by two feet of snow. I'm used to seeing the vibrant green croquet lawn during the Summer months. I dressed up for brunch but made sure to pack my Hunter Boots in the car to walk around the property afterwards. (This time of year I always walk into my car wearing boots and then change into heels before I reach my destination.) On this occasion I was happy I brought them. It was refreshing to walk along the beach even if I was freezing.