On Sunday my friend Linda (swtgreentea) and I decided to go to Castle Kilbride in New Hamburg after seeing an invitation from the castle to see an exhibit of costumes used in the nearby Stratford fastival! Not only that, but they also had a garden party going on, showcasing a collection of bridal gowns from the last 90 years.
Castle Kilbride was built in Baden in 1877 by James Livingston, a local flax baron, and named after his birthplace in Scotland. It's an Italianate-style manor capped by a central belvedere. The most interesting part of the house, however, is the interior. The entirely of the inner manor is rendered in amazing trompe l'oeil painting, attributed to H. Schasstein, a German artist, wherein entire columns, statues, mouldings, and flower arrangements, which appear to be right in front of you, are actually painted on flat walls, giving the illusion of depth. Pretty amazing, if I do say so myself!
We decided to go in cheap natural kei, twinning the same dress and belt but with our own additions, which turned out really well. A lot of ladies stopped us for photos and thought that we were members of the fashion show, haha. We ended up getting in for free, because people just assumed we were meant to be there :X
I put my hair in a french braid the night before, hoping to get some nice waves. Unfortunately my hair wasn't quite dry when I brushed it out, so it remained a frizzy mess, haha.
Before my (very simple) makeup!
I went to go pick up Linda at the place she's staying in for school, and the flowers were all in bloom, so we decided to take our outfit shots on the front porch!
Belt and hat: Ardene
Cardigan & bag: Thrifted
I'm not sure of everything that she was wearing, but the chiffon dress and belt are the same!
We weren't allowed to take too many photos of the interior, because they apparently think that everyone in the world should just come and visit them if they want to see it, but we got a couple. Next time I go I'll try to get some proper photos of the inside!
I changed my shoes!
Near the end we were allowed to go up into the belvedere on top of the house, unfortunately the windows facing anything interesting were all fogged up, so no good photos of the view, haha.
After we got some quick photos outside before we left (haha, we only managed to get pics of our outfits, as the staff was hanging around outside and we were some of the last people there)
See you soon with our frog-catching adventure!!