Mini skirts! It’s all I see in the stores and the magazines. It’s like 2004 decided to come back (did you know Von Dutch is gaining traction again? OMG!) and mini skirts jumped right back to the top of our Christmas lists. I’m not much of a mini-skirt wearer, as you can see I haven’t worn one yet on this blog. I’m all about trying out new fads, though, so I figured that I should take a chance with this one. The trouble is: what mini skirt to pick? They’re in every material/fabric under the sun from tweed to vinyl to leather to wool. I figured if I’m going to wear a mini skirt that I better do it big, so I chose a totally “sound” purchase: a black vinyl miniskirt.

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The title says it all. My blog is two years old! Although I only started being consistent with posts around this time last year, I began Maison De Martzell two years ago on a whim. I had no idea what I was doing and only minimum experience in webdesign! Luckily, I’d like to think some of that’s changed in two years. Better content, pictures, and design elements. Such a special day for MdM should be celebrated in the best way, and right now my big, fabulous piece of clothing is a pink faux fur coat. If there’s anything that instantly screams, “Faaaaaaaaabulous!”, it’s this faux fur coat. Rejoice, ladies, because this fur is all conflict-free.

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Vintage, vintage, vintage. It’s all that’s on my mind. Vintage clothing can be hard to curate because it’s a process of searching, finding, altering, and then getting to wear. I’ve found myself gravitating towards a wardrobe of mainly vintage, but sometimes it can be difficult because vintage stores can be a hit or miss. Luckily for me, I found this polka dot tie dress on a whim. The problem is I bought it a season before I could even wear it. However, when I bought the dot I knew I’d finally get a chance to wear it in Paris where the weather actually gets cold. Are button-down dresses your style. Spot the dot!

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Have you ever heard of Notting Hill? No, not the Hugh Grant movie! Located in London, Notting Hill is literally the picture-perfect street; it’s the type of street that makes you feel instant joy when you see it. A row of Victorian Houses decorated in all the colors of the rainbow are frequent in London’s most posh borough. But that’s the problem: it’s in London! Or is it? I came across Paris’ own Knotting Hill, located on Rue Cremieux in the 12th arrondissement. Luckily for me, it was such a beautiful day that I needed something to go along with my outfit and I found just the thing…a lovely bouquet of tournesol, or sunflowers!

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Fall break, also known as the best part of my first semester back at grad school because this girl needs a break! I was so lucky to have a week off school, partly which was spent in Strasbourg, France. Located right next to the German border in the eastern side of France, straddling the River Rhine as its border, Strasbourg is a gorgeous fifth century city that is currently the seat of the European Parliament. Its mixture of Franco-German architecture and culture has made me envy this little city for quiet some time. It also is in the Alsace-Lorraine region, where my family (the Martzells) emigrated from in the late 1800s. If you’ve ever wanted to visit outside of Paris, Strasbourg is highly recommended by me. It’s like if Snow White crossed the border from Germany and met the seven dwarves in this French city.

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