Playing Princess in Vienna

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As those who follow me on Instagram will know, I’ve just spent a lovely two weeks in Paris, Bratislava and Vienna with the Clever Boyfriend (with a brief pause at home between the two trips to unpack and repack my bags). This was my very first time to Austria, and I fell head over heels with the city; it’s grand architecture, spectacular culture and beautiful streets.*

As luck would (not) have it, it started to pour – that kind of inescapable torrential spring rain that blows sideways and upwards, melodiously pounding against the pavement for hours on end – from the minute we arrived until the moment we left. Undeterred, I donned my trench coat, a giant umbrella and a few extra baubles for good measure, and we spent the weekend skipping over puddles and dashing from galleries to cosy coffee shops and discovering all the wonderful indoor pursuits the city has to offer.

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On Saturday, we ventured to the breathtaking Schönbrunn Palace (the former summer home to the Hapsburg monarchs and the childhood home to Marie Antoinette before she became Queen of France), for what could be better on a rainy day than playing princess inside a real-life palace?

After a tour through the gorgeous state rooms – each larger and more extravagant than the last – we made the most of an interlude of sunshine and took a long stroll through the sweeping grounds; happily getting lost in the maze of hedges, making a wish at the Neptune fountain, and stopping to smell the sweet blooms in the rose garden for a lovely few hours.

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 Wearing: Coach trench coat (similar style at Shopbop) // Mulberry ‘Lily’ bag (also available at Matches + Selfridges) // Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Varina’ shoes // Carven skirt (similar styles available here + here) // ASOS shirt // Karen Walker sunglasses // Kenneth Jay Lane bracelets (sold out, but similar styles at J. Crew Shopbop) // Topshop necklace (similar stye available at BaubleBar) // Topshop brooch // Chanel ring (past season, but similar style available at Net-a-Porter) // J. Crew pearl necklace (similar faux pearl versions available at J. CrewTopshop).
Beauty note: NARS ‘Istria’ lip gloss (available at Sephora + John Lewis) // Chanel ‘May’ nail polish.

Even in the midst of all that rain, it was the perfect moment of escapism. Oh, how wonderful it must be to be a princess with a palace to call your own!

Love, Miss B xx

* Stay tuned for my mini-guide to Vienna shortly

 

35 thoughts on “Playing Princess in Vienna

  1. I’m in love with your outfit! My complexion doesn’t really suit nude/beige colours that well so I’m always somewhat mesmerised by people who can, and you do it so well. I’m glad to hear you made the most of the rain, it sounds like you had a fantastic time!

    • I honestly never thought I could wear this colour either (this coat is the only beige thing in my wardrobe), but it is actually one of my favourite/most-worn pieces now as it is so versatile (it seems to go as well with black as with white and blush pink). I say give a neutral trench coat a try even if you’re not a ‘beige’ girl; it may transform your wardrobe!

      B xx

  2. Sorry if this is too personal a question to ask but how do you find the shirt fits around the chest area? I’m after a crisp white shirt but have bigger boobs so always struggle to find one that doesn’t gape.
    Lovely post as always!

    • Not too personal at all! I am the opposite of flat-chested, to often go up a size in shirts so that they fit properly on the bus (it’s better to fit there and be a little loose at the waist, than to be fitted on the body and gaping at the chest). I find ASOS, Zara and Equipment are usually a good fit. Hope that helps!

      B xx

    • We had such a short visit that we couldn’t let the rain stop us. But I would definitely recommend a visit; it was gorgeous!

      B xx

  3. Stunning photos! You are always so beautifully put together… Vienna is such a lovely place, now I’m dreaming of going back there! At least I can get a little peak at it through your photos! 🙂

  4. Goodness, this is all just so lovely (both your style and the romantic image you have conjured up of Vienna in the rain). Looking forward to reading the rest of your posts from your travels!

    • Funny you should say that, as it was actually where Marie Antoinette was born and spent her childhood! I think you would love it there!

      B xx

  5. Vienna is on my to-go list! We had something similar happen to us while walking through the part heading to Villa Borghese in Rome last year. Unfortunately, I wasn’t anywhere as well prepared as you. 🙂

    • I would definitely recommend a visit; it is ever so beautiful!

      P.S. I’m (half) English, so we’re always prepared for rain 😉

      B xx

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