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Theme 42: Pennsylvania. A weekend in Gettysburg

Review on oldest inn in America - The Historic Fairfield Inn in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

There has been an exciting change my life! I am now a proud owner of a beautiful white fluffy samoyed named Enzo (full name is Enzo Sir Lancelot of Pine, because let’s face it, I would never be satisfied with just one name!). We chose to get our samoyed from the breeder White Magic Samoyeds, and going to Pennsylvania to pick up our puppy was a main reason of my road trip adventure.

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My samoyed puppy

I have never been in Pennsylvania before, but there were quite a few places I was dying to explore. One of them was Fallingwater House designed by world famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The house named “best all-time work of American architecture” was a little bit far from our final PA destination, so we opted to focus on exploring the city of Gettysburg and the nearby areas. 

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Pennsylvania

If you follow me on Instagram or regularly read my blog, you might know that I am a big history buff, and as Gettysburg town played a significant role during the American Civil War, it has a great deal of historical monuments, wartime relics and is soaked with hair-raising ghost tales. Gettysburg also has this wonderful small-town charm, beautiful old Victorian style houses and one of the oldest inns in the whole America - The Historic Fairfileld Inn.

The Fairfield Inn that was built in 1757 was originally the Mansion House of Squire Miller, an original founder of town. The Inn is irresistibly charming and preserves all the flavors and details of the Revolutionary and Civil War eras. The Inn offers a few beautiful elegant and cozy rooms, but unfortunately, the Fairfield Inn was bully booked for the weekend we visited. I do recommend you to stay at the Inn (and I will certainly go back to do so!) as it is a unique and very romantic experience, and so much more intriguing than some little basic hotel room at a generic giant hotel chain.

Even though, Ben and I couldn’t stay at the Inn, we still wanted to explore it. Luckily the Inn has excellent dining options. We were lucky, and on the day of our visit there was a limited period dinner theatre experience, and I was obviously excited about it! 

Dinner Theatre with Professor Kerrigan

The Inn was even more wonderful and detail-rich than I imagined, and as we arrived early, we had some great conversation with the host of the dinner theatre, Professor Kerrigan, who performs Civil War era magic, tells dramatic ghost stories, and is frankly, hilarious and fascinating at the same time!

The show was lovely, and truly gave us a little feeling of being immersed in another time. Food was beyond excellent! Don’t expect expensive fancy gourmet dishes as the Inn offers authentic, filling, delicious meals, that give you a taste of home. It is the kind of food your grandmother lovingly prepares specially for you when you visit, or what you imagine people eating on Christmas or big weddings in the 19th century. I had one of the most tasty soups I EVER had - a traditional Ham & Bean soup from the original recipe that was used to feed the Confederate Army in 1863! Then we tried Ribs and famous Chicken & Biscuits, that is prepared using the old recipe  passed through generations of innkeepers for centuries. But the absolute highlight of the my period dining experience was a freshly baked berry pie that I am craving every day since.

Dinner theatre with Professor Kerrigan
Fairfield Inn dining options

It was such a pleasant and warm visit, and now I really want to go back during Christmas time as they put out a beautiful Christmas tree and all the fireplaces are inviting you to warm yourself next to the crackling fire. How wonderful does it sound?

Discovering and sharing precious and under-the-radar places in America really gives me pleasure, and I can’t wait to explore more charming towns, rich with history and hospitality of their habitants. 

 

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Fairfield Inn building
Fairfield Inn Decor 1757

PROM AND WEDDING GUEST DRESSES 2017 SPECIAL.

Ulia Ali prom dresses collaboration. Jovani and Basix Label

Prom and wedding season is approaching, and females all around the world are on a hunt for a beautiful gown (or two). This Spring and Summer you are not only allowed, but encouraged to transform yourself into a fairytale creature; a nymph in a semi-transparent mesh dress, a princess in a ball gown, a mermaid who escaped dark waters to wear a sparkling gown!

Prom and wedding guest attire dresses ideas and trends for 2017.

SHOP OUR LOOKS:

Ulia is wearing - Jovani

Kate is wearing - Basix Black Label (this gown comes in 5 colors!)


This special photoshoot with my gorgeous friend and one of the top Russian bloggers, Kate from the Beauty Mark Lady, was shot in a lavish Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk, Connecticut. The mansion is now open for public as a museum, but you probably have already seen it in Hollywood films (for example in the 2004's version of The Stepford Wives starring Nicole Kidman). 

Interesting fact is that the Lockwood-Matthews mansion was used by survivors and victims of the September 11 attacks.

Interesting fact is that the Lockwood-Matthews mansion was used by survivors and victims of the September 11 attacks.

Russian bloggers in Connecticut, Prom dresses 2017.

At the end of this post I have linked the most desirable gowns and dresses of 2017. Some of the curated selection of dresses are under $100, so hurry up before your size is sold out. By the way, don't hesitate to email me at ulya.aliyeva@gmail.com if you need a help with choosing a prom dress or an evening gown. I will ALWAYS reply, and give you a personalised online styling session!

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Prom 2017 ideas

DREAM GOWNS 2017:


Week 23: La Semaine Française. Très chic

Make me chic floral skirt on blogger in NYC.

A plain, black turtleneck should be in every woman's wardrobe. I found mine at Land's End and I can't stop wearing it this fall. A black turtleneck looks chic and goes with practically any skirt or pair of jeans under the sun. For this photoshoot I decided to pair it with a dreamy, floral skirt from Make Me Chic and light pastel accessories.  I think my outfit turned out very flirty and original, and I was even photographed by Glamour magazine's street-style reporters!

Black turtleneck from Land's End and Make Me chic floral skirt. Fall style report.
Wearing Pretty Ballerinas flats that look like Chanel shoes.
Floral trend fall 2016 2017. Rebecca Minkoff Bag new.
Rebecca Minkoff pink suede bag with a tassel.
Ulia Ali in black turtleneck, floral skirt and pastel accessories.
Floral skirt from Make Me Chic worn with black turtleneck. Style by Ulia Ali.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Turtleneck - Land's End (more here) |  Skirt - Make Me Chic (also like this one) | Shoes Pretty Ballerinas |

Bag - Rebecca Minkoff



Week 21: Greek. Porcelain Doll

Eliza J blue and white dress with long sleeves. Porcelain pattern.

As you may remember from this post from Grace Kelly Week, I really like dresses by Eliza J for their manifested fondness of feminine silhouettes and their delicate, beautiful fabrics. When I found this blue and white Eliza J dress, it reminded me of traditional Greek patterns, Mediterranean textiles and classic imperial blue and white porcelain vases. I knew I had to get it and wear it for the Greek Week Theme!

I will link to this gorgeous white dress with its dark blue floral pattern with a few other similar dresses at the end of this post. I think all of the selected styles are perfect for this surprisingly warm fall weather.

Eliza J blue and white   dress with long sleeves. Chanel Tweed Blue bag.
Eliza J blue and white   dress with long sleeves. Porcelain pattern.
Eliza J blue and white   dress with long sleeves. Porcelain pattern.
Eliza J blue and white   dress with long sleeves. Porcelain pattern.
Eliza J blue and white   dress with long sleeves. Porcelain pattern.
Eliza J blue and white   dress with long sleeves. Porcelain pattern.
Eliza J blue and white   dress with long sleeves. Porcelain pattern. New York.

SHOP Eliza J dresses:

Week 9: Floral. Blue Floral Dress

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This blue floral dress by Walter Baker is a perfect example of a floral print that is "girly and pretty," but also bold, sexy and surprisingly daring. The print is very bright and eye-catching, but what I love the most about this dress is the high slits and lace-up front (no bra days!).

I kept the styling subdued with minimal makeup and a simple hairstyle with two tiny braids in the back.The look was not too overwhelming, and it was rather comfortable for a long walk in NYC with friends.

 

Dress - Walter Baker Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell

 

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Blue Walter Baker dress. NYC Blogger
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