Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Life is too important to be taken seriously." Oscar Wilde

While unpacking my stuff I discovered this hat and had to take photos with it. I think it used to be my mom's although I'm not sure where she got it from. It's super old and falling apart but I just love it! 
This might not be the most flattering look but it's super hot outside so I wanted to wear something floaty. Got the entire outfit in the H&M sale. I always feel a bit strange wearing maxi dresses and skirts (especially because I cycle everywhere) but I thought for 5 Euros I could give it another try! Plus the fabric feels super soft and nice on the skin. I'm such a sucker for soft fabric! 
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Shirt and dress: H&M (sale, €5 each!), Hat: Vintage hand-me-down
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Do you guys have any special plans for the summer?

Monday, June 27, 2011

DIY: Personalize your Furniture

I feel a little bit like a fraud. I've been showing off all my lovely dresses when I've actually moved six times over the last six months and have pretty much looked like this for most of that time:
Extremely fashionable, I know...
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I also wanted to share a little DIY I did. The apartment that we are in now had two rather ugly chests of drawers in it. I'm a big sucker for personalizing furniture. I've always loved doing it but I think this is my favorite one so far.
There were two of these...
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So I painted both super light green.
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Lined them (actually just mine, my honey thought it would be embarrassing if his friends saw something this girly in his room..) with wrapping paper from IKEA.
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My honey loves Monty Python so I thought it would be fun to paint the Ministry of Silly Walks on his drawers. I'm quite happy with the outcome. I'm usually too impatient to draw or paint anything this detailed...
I haven't finished my own chest of drawers yet but I'll keep you posted!

Do you guys individualize your stuff?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Style Muse: Andy Warhol - The Early Years

Before Andy put his Warhol on he was an aspiring artist living in New York City. Everybody knows his Campbell soup cans, Marilyn Monroe prints and cow wallpaper but his earlier works are not that well known. There is an exhibition at the Villa Schöningen in Potsdam, Germany at the moment that shows a lot of those early pints and drawings. If you are in Berlin or close to it, you should definitely go and see it! It is absolutely wonderful! 
Not only is the exhibition great but the Villa itself is beautiful and has a great café in the big garden. Oh, and they have black toilet paper in the bathrooms which I think is pretty sensational!
I thought that I knew Andy Warhol pretty well. I've read his book The Philosophy of Andy Warhol at least three times and am always eager to see his art in museums and exhibitions. But I have to admit that I hadn't seen any of the early work shown at this exhibition. 
The exhibition was so lovely and there was an art student showing us around and telling us about all the paintings which was great. 
I just think that all of these drawings are so fabulous! They are so colorful and happy. I would totally wear a shirt or skirt or something with those prints on it! 
I feel like even thought these are prints as well, they are so much more personal than his later work. It's hard to say what makes them special because these pieces are not especially difficult to draw but I absolutely love them. Looking at these really makes me happy. Seeing the originals is even better because the colors are much stronger than these scans. I actually liked them so much that I got all the postcards that were being sold and will put them on my wall. 
All the pictures link back to the original source. They were all made by Andy Warhol.

Have you seen any exhibitions lately that are worth visiting?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Blogger Meetup: A Fine Day for Sailing

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I was so excited when I heard that the beautiful Isla from A Fine Day for Sailing was coming to Berlin. I adore her blog and I really wanted to meet her! Today we went thrift shopping together which was so much fun and even though I didn't find anything, Isla found enough for the both of us. I am actually wearing one of her new dresses in these photos. 
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Me: wearing Isla's thrifted dress and her H&M sunglasses, Shoes: Naturalizer, Isla: Thrifted from head to toe
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I am so happy that I got to meet Isla and we had such a fun time together, I really wish she could just stay here! I'm glad that I will get to see her a couple more times before she is leaving again! And you should definitely check out her wonderful blog

Monday, June 13, 2011

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." Coco Chanel

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When I first saw turbans and headscarves on blogs and in magazines I thought they looked pretty ridiculous and totally unwearable in real life. Then I saw Mademoiselle Robot wearing them and totally fell in love with the look. She is so cool and her turbans totally spice up her outfits! 
I did feel a bit strange wearing it. Going down the stairs I told my honey that I was just going to pretend to still be in NYC where nobody looks at you twice, no matter what you wear. We walked out the front door and a cyclist stared at me so intensely that he almost had an accident. Fail.
On a side note, how amazing is this graffiti?! I've always loved sunflowers and when I saw this house I knew that I needed to do a photo shoot there. There are actually a lot of houses in my new neighborhood that are completely covered in great graffiti!
All photos taken by my honey, thanks! x
Dress: Monsoon, Wedges: Thrifted, Scarf: Have had it for at least 10 years. I have no idea where it came form. Probably a present?!

What do you think about headscarves and fashion turbans?

P.S. Check out how I styled this dress before HERE

Lace | Everybody, Everywear

Friday, June 10, 2011

Blog Muse: Laughing with Broken Eyes

Looking through all your beautiful blogs, I get so inspired by all of your different styles that I have decided to start a new feature: Blog Muse. I will be interviewing bloggers that I love and to find out more about what inspires them to have such great style! I am so happy that the beautiful Amber Rose from Laughing with Broken Eyes has agreed to be the first to answer my questions. Here is the wonderful interview with her: 

Hi Amber, it's great to have you here. My first question is: Has your style changed since you started blogging? 
I started my blog in May of 2010... and has my style ever changed! All throughout high school, I had a very distinct 'uniform'. I had bright red hair, I wore quite a bit of eyemakeup, and a dress? Never. Really, all I wore were my colorful skinnies and band t's. Through my blog, all of the lovely fashion blogs, really, I've gained such inspiration. I'd always felt like I couldn't 'pull off' the super feminine looks, the beautiful dresses, flowers and whatnot. In a way, I'm making up for lost time with my wardrobe as now I'm overtly girly. I'm still finding balance.

Are you supporting yourself through your blog or is it a hobby? Would you like to make it your full time job? 
Wouldn't that be nice? :) My blog is the loveliest of all hobbies. During the school year, I work as a secretary on campus (studentwork program as a requirement for my scholarship), and during the summer, I pick up the odd babysitting jobs or whatnot. In the past, I've worked as a waitress (just over two years), though I needed a break from it! In the future, I'd love to expand my blog, of course. I'm studying English at university, and to be able to sit home and write, write, write, and then indulge in my blogging... it seems a bit selfish of me, but honestly, I would love nothing more. Plus, with that sort of job flexibility, I could travel! I've always dreamed of traveling.

What do you do when you're not blogging?
I'm such an old woman, really. When I'm not blogging, I like to sip coffee, write, read, paint, really lowkey things. I've never been much of a partier, though at the same time, I do get restless. I love planning little adventures to see silly things with friends. Since I live so close to Nashville, I think it's a lot of fun to visit and do all of the touristy things. I'm something else, right?!

How would you describe your style now? How was it when you were a teenager? Has it evolved a lot?And what do you think your style will be like in 20-30 years?
My style now is very, very femine. I love lace, florals, soft pastels... really anything to make me look like a flower petal. I'm also a fan of the fifties/sixties. I love peterpan collars, and I love wearing all shades of blue with my eye color. When I was in high school (in middle school, I had a school uniform), I wore only colored skinnies, band t's, and I was heavily into the punk scene. While I still indulge in the music now and again, my style has evolved. I love gals who wear the punk clothes--- such character, and I love the style--- but in a way, it was my way of hiding out. I didn't feel pretty enough or like I was capable of wearing the clothes I wanted. In 20-30 years.. who knows? I think my style will be very similar to what it is now, but only time will tell!

More loveliness after the jump! 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Style Muse: Cy Twombly

As I've said before, I get very inspired by films and also by art. So todays style muse is Cy Twombly, an American artist whose paintings I first fell in love with when I saw them at the Modern Museum of Art in New York City a few years back .
My mind is usually in a state of total chaos so I can really identifying with some of these paintings...I especially like how he mixes painting with drawing and writing. Twombly's paintings manage to reach me on an emotional level which rarely happens when I look at modern art. 
 I absolutely adore the way he uses such bright colors. Wouldn't you love to wear those colors? 

What are some of your favorite artists?

P.S. I am completely overwhelmed by all of your wonderful comments and having reached 100 followers! Thank you so much! xxx