I’m so happy to finally share this “behind-the-scenes” post with you on the Brahmin fall 2012 handbag collection. This past May around Memorial Day weekend, I made a trip with my parents to the West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick, Indiana (my mom was wonderful enough to snap these photos). Brahmin sent me two pieces from their fall 2012 handbag collection to photograph for Nonsense & Sensibility and we thought this beautifully restored resort would be perfect.
The West Baden Springs Hotel was built in 1902. When it opened, the hotel’s mineral water and baths were said to cure almost any ailment (you can still take mineral baths at the hotel’s spa today) and the amenities of the property included live theater each night, concerts, movies, bowling, billiards, a casino, and more. Chris Bundy, who authored the book, West Baden Springs: Legacy of Dreams stated, “These hotels were the Disney World of their time. In those days, it was assumed that if you could afford to come to America [for vacation], you would go to French Lick. It was that well-known overseas.” The Resort’s rich history includes catering to guests including Al Capone and Diamond Jim Brady. The Resort has a one-of-a-kind dome that spans 200 feet and has been called the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Today, the hotel and grounds, completely restored, are absolutely magnificent – from the gardens, to the indoor pool, horse stables, and bowling alley. I thought it was the perfect place to showcase the classic glamour of the Brahmin fall 2012 line- the high style of the textured olive green bag and structured leopard piece.
For look #2 worn in the gardens and the front staircase of the resort, I chose my first edition Imogene and Willie jeans (one of the first #100 pairs ever made), a vintage black top from Giorgio Armani (from Feathers Vintage), a suede orange vintage belt from Feathers Vintage in Austin, TX (one of my favorite stores ever!!!!), Ralph Lauren riding boots, and the Brahmin fall 2012 leopard handbag.
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