Moomin in the Snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

Between studying for my tests I decided to take the time to write another blogpost. I have a couple more outfit shots saved, that I just have to edit and think of a text. Well, my exams are in the first two weeks of February, so I have one more week. And after that I have about two and a half weeks of chemistry “internship”. So not the most chilled weeks, but I enjoy my studies, so that’s fine. Last weekend was spent in Seefeld with my best friend and family, so that was a nice break.

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

Since currently I’m spending most of my time at home, I’m living vicariously through travelling blogs, books and movies, feeling my wanderlust stronger every day. I would also enjoy spring and summer again, but the beautiful snow isn’t too bad either. It also fits with my love for the moomin stories.

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

I like how cosy the moomins are, how much there is to learn from the books – from enjoying what life gives you to not focusing material goods. It felt rather cathartic to read a book that is actually for kids and just relate to this so much. Nevertheless I do hope to get to wander a bit soon again for real and not just through Snufkin and Moomin’s adventures.

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow
I could not resist including this photo.

Jumper – Vintage | Skirt – handmade | Tights – calzedonia | Beret – the other sparrows | Shoes – Deichmann | Lipstick – sleek True Color Lipstick in Stiletto

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a tiny guide to lucca

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When I decided to go to Florence a priority of mine was to spend a day in Lucca, too. I remembered the city from a few years back and from a book I read in class in 11th or 12th grade. And while I wasn’t feeling to hot that day (my throat was a nightmare), once more it was a lovely day spent. Since I am obsessively neat with writing down everything I do while travelling (in order!), I can easily write this guide more than three months after I’ve been there. As stated above it’s only a tiny guide, but it is wonderful to explore Lucca by foot or bike without a real plan – however maybe these can be a few stops on your journey.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

How to get there. When you’re staying in Florence, you can get to Lucca directly by train or Flixbus in about an hour and a half. Then you just have to walk about five minutes and you reach the old town.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

What to do. I ended my journey there, but I want to mention it here first: go to the Botanical Garden. I love botanical gardens in general and Italian ones in particular, but this one takes the crown. I took a few pictures you can see at the end of this post to get a look. Another thing that is basically a must is walking on the city wall – or taking the bike to just ride around the city! There are two beautiful churches you should have a look at – while you have to pay for Cattedrale San. Martino, it is very worth it and you can attend one or two other places with the ticket. The other one is in the middle of the town, San Michele in Foro, a very plain church, but very impressing nevertheless. Both of them are beautiful from the outside alone, but you should go inside as well. Most famous is maybe Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro, a lovely place to just stay at for some time and enjoy the buzzing people. While being at Lucca I realised that the museums are very sparely visited, but if you find the time, do have a look at Palazzo Mansi – because it’s not only a beautiful palace, but also great museum featuring instruments and clothing from past centuries. AND it has a lovely garden, too.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

Where to eat. I only had little snacks and ice cream all over town, but I did have tea at the Tea Room which is part of the Palace Hotel (Via S. Paolino, 103). It was a lovely place to watch people passing by and just relax for some time – also, they have really good tea.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

Where to shop. I wasn’t sure whether to put this in the food category or this one, but I opted for this (obviously): Chocolat (Via Cenami, 1), a chocolate/sweets shop that not only looks adorable outside and in, but also – most importantly – the sweets are delicious! Another unique place to shop at is American Market Di Betti Faustina (Via Della Fratta, 13 15) – Betti has wonderful fabrics that are very unique. Especially if you’re looking for border prints, this is your place to go.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

visting vinci

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy
When you are going to Vinci I assume you either are interested in Leonardo or you want to go hiking – it’s the perfect location for both. When I went there in autumn as part of my trip to Florence I wanted to visit all the houses of the Leonardo exhibition and that was wonderful. Every part of it was really interesting and since Vinci is an adorable town it was also a joy to walk around for a while. You could technically walk up to the birth house as well, and I would have loved to, but unfortunately I did not have enough time for that. Nevertheless I also truly enjoyed the nature and the view! To get to Vinci without a car you take the train to Empoli and then get onto the bus – and same for the journey back (however that is less frequent and takes longer because the route is a bit different, so look up your last commute).

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Cat

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Outfit Midcentury 50s

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Cat

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

what to do in florence

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I was very excited to get back to Florence – it was my last trip in 2017 (in October, it sure took me a while to edit these pictures and write this) before starting university and I had been playing a lot of Assassin’s Creed in Renaissance Italy, so yes, this was very high up on the list. And I truly had the best time, one day excluded it was very warm and sunny – almost summerish. Now, I want to share a couple of things you shouldn’t miss while being in Florence. It is also the perfect city as a start to visiting Tuscany or as a base to make a couple of trips to the surrounding towns – I will write about the ones I visited too.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

The really touristy stuff. First of, most museums are free of charge on the first Sunday every month, so in case you’re in the city during that time, look up for which ones that applies. Yes, it is worth booking the whole ticket to see the Doumo, the Campanile, the museum, the old cathedral and the baptistry – that last one especially because it is stunning and the ceiling painting depicts a various scenes Christian religious canon. Same goes for the Uffizi, book the tickets beforehand – I did not book my tickets for the Museo dell’Academia beforehand (where David is exhibited) and waited about an hour, that was okay for me, because the weather was fantastic, but it sure is better to get them ahead of time – or be early, as for Ponte Vecchio – go there super early or super late, I mean, it is always stuffed, but it is worth having a look at the little shops on the bridge. I would also say it’s worth visiting Piazza Michelangelo, it’s a nice “hike” to the piazza and you have a fantastic view.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

The touristy stuff. While being directly at Piazza della Signora Palazzo Vecchio is surprisingly uncrowded on the inside. You can have a look at the atrium without paaying the entrance fee, but it is indeed worth going inside as well and having a look at the rooms – and out of the windows. More crowded, but still less than I expected was Palazzo Pitti and the Giardini Boboli – the gardens are obviously super enjoyable for walking around, but the rooms inside the palazzo feature so much wonderful art and costumes from past eras, it is stunning. Right above the Gardens you can enter Belvedere – there is usually a exhibition/installion (look at the picture with the enormous skeletton in the background) going on, too, but it is also just worth the view – especially if you don’t want to be pushed around on Piazza Michelangelo on sunny days.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

The not so touristy stuff.
If however you find yourself walking up to Piazza Michelangelo, walk via the Giardino delle Rose, a beautifully curated garden of roses that also has a nice view over the city and just lovely entwined ways. While the Dante quarter is quite crowded, his birth house with a wonderfully curated museum sure is not. Of course, it depends on whether the Divina Comedia and his life interest you, but for me that was a very interesting visit. Same goes for the Museo Galileo – he is famous, but somehow his museum in Florence is not – they have tons of interesting scientific instruments and even a place where you can try things yourself. As always I have to mention the Museo Geologia & Palaeontologia along with the Botanical Garden in San Marco. The museum has a lot of beautiful exhibition pieces with very interesting information provided – though, of course, earth sciences are quite popular in Tuscany I assume from the research/digging done. A church I would definitely recomment is Santo Spirito, very subdued in a very calm place of the city. If you find the time, don’t miss out on San Lorenzo, the entire quarter is very lovely, but especially the basilica and the monastery are quite interesting. And of course, Palazzo Martelli is incredibly beautiful.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

Food. There are tons of wonderful places to eat at, but if you’re looking for a nice gelato, don’t miss out on La Bottega del Gelato/The Stickhouse – they basically sell regular Ice Cream on a stick, it tastes super fresh and amazing and can be covered in chocolate, nuts etc. One of my favourite things to eat is fried vegetables which are very popular in Italy, I had a delicous serving at Rivalata Café and another one at Il Fritto inside Mercato Centrale. If you’re looking for a place to eat near the Duomo, Loggia degli Albizi has delicious food. And on the other side of the river, Caffé Oltrano which is quite popular among students has very tasty snacks and the owner is very lovely. I had breakfast more than once from this adorable place near my hostel (Santa Monaca which was quite lovely with incredibly nice staff and very nice other guest too!), S.forno – a bakery that was just adorable and the food was delicious and fresh (Via Santa Monaca, 3/R)!

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

Vintage Shopping with no end. Rarely have I been to a place with as many Vintage shops as Florence – so obviously there is a price range from bargain to over the top expensive, but I try to give a little overview. La Belle Epoque (Borgo Pinti 24/R) is stuffed with a wide range of things from all eras, you will find 80s pieces as well as 50s ones and all to a decent price. One adorable shop with a mix of Vintage and Vintage inspired pieces is Lady Jane B Vintage (Via dei Pilastri, 32), a small adorable store with a lovely sales assistant and also a vary of handmade accessoires. I am sure if I was living in Florence I’d go there quite often. Same goes for Giratempo Vintage (Piazzeta piero Calamandrei, 2), which is very focused on 50s Vintage with a lot of lovely pieces, though a bit pricier – it’s very central, so you can definitely drop by without much ado. If you enjoy a large selection with a lot of fancy dresses Street Doing Vintage (Via dei Servi, 88/R) might be interesting. From the outside it looks just like every other Vintage store, but then you get in and walk to the back and ther is just so much stuff and also they have a section just for accessoires, particularly glasses! A street with a lot of Vintage shops is Via dei Fossi with Epoca Vintage (Via dei Fossi, 6), medium prices with a wide selection and Cancello Vintage (Via dei Fossi, 13/R), specially selected, more unique pieces – but of course at a higher price. If you walk along the stree over the Arno you get to Via dei Serragli and find even more Vintage shops, among them Momo Vintage (Via dei Serragli, 7/R), Ceri Vintage (Via dei Serragli, 26) and Recollection by Albrici (Via dei Serragli, 22) and there is probably something for every taste – even though a lot of it is a bit on the expensive side.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

A few more shops. Basically a must stop for me is the Disney Store and the Pinocchio Store. Both, pretty self explaining. If you are looking for fabulous fabrics, to stop at Valli Tessuti (Via della Vigna Nuova, 81/R), even though it is pricy, it is worth just having a look. Mesticheria Tucci (Via dei Servi, 76) is the place to go in case you want to see one of those typical Italian shops owned by little old men and stuffed with everything from cups to cleaning rugs.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

Last but not least I want to share a couple of treasures I found in Florence. Most importantly my second Scott McClintock dress – it is a little big on me, but I could not resist this dream in white – I actually wore it on Halloween for my undead bride/demon outfit. At the Disney store I got a lovely Donald Ornament, because he is one of my favourite characters and this particular one is so vintage-y, I’m in love. Along with it a Leia on Endor Tsum Tsum. At various Vintage/Knick-Knack Stores I found a black beret like I have been looking for, a Pinocchio Pin, a Florin, a Star Wars Mug and a cute postcard. Also I picked up a chestnut and brought that home and since the hostel did not have free tea, I got some Twinings Lemon Scented Black Tea after my trip to Lucca – ever since then I really developed a taste for black tea! Oh, and of course the fabric I got in Luccs which I already turned into a dress here.
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firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance souvenir donald duck disney fabric beret star wars

now, eventually you might have dinosaurs on your dinosaur tour, right?

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

As a somewhat creative person one of my favourite things to do is put together outfits that create characters, I talked about this before, in aventures extraordinaires, I think. I am not really a painter or a writer, I do both on the occasion, but in general I prefer to admire other people’s work. However I think with sewing and outfits I can indeed express my creativity. And as mentioned above, create entire personalities. Recently (with me getting rid of a lot of stuff and now going to my things section by section) I went through my jewellery and rediscovered old treasures – bracelets and necklaces that were “lost” under all the other things I never wear. In my opinion especially those last little touches can convey so much.

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

With this outfit – since I knew I was going to the botanical garden – I opted for Jurassic Park tourist (in a weird 90s+50s mixup universe, apparently), which probably means I would get eaten by a dinosaur, but okay. As I want to be a paleaontologist I’d be amazing to see dinosaurs in real life, but in a way it is also very charming that all we know about them is due to science and people’s fantasy – I don’t know if you’ve ever looked up dinosaur paintings made in the 19th century, but it’s a like a wonderfully strange dream, and I highly recommend doing that. Don’t get me wrong I also enjoy paintings of dinosaurs nowadays, and we have Jurassic World two coming out this year, so let’s see how that goes.

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

Though, as long as I only get to see dinosaurs in art and museums, I gladly will take that. Geological museums are always surprisingly calming to the topics they cover – tectonic shifts, vulcanos and dinos, so it is always a pleasure to go there. Botanical Gardens, too, are often overlooked by people without kids, in my opinion greenhouses have such a lovely atmosphere, a bit shabby and vintage, just very charming and relaxed. Nevertheless it is fun to pretend you’re following dinosaurs on your way through undiscovered parts of the world (even though my favourite ones are archaeopteryx and pterodactyl – they fly, and I don’t).
Also, I am now uloading my phots to flickr, I still have to work everything out, but the posts in January will be a mix of pictures on wordpress and flickr – so plase bare with me (presumably) messing up a lot.

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

Skirt – handmade | Shirt – Vintage | Tights – Cervin Paris | Shoes – funtasma (via amazon) | Backpack – Vintage | Bracelets – gifts, travel souvenirs | Lipstick – Pretty Zombie Cosmetics in Dahlia

a few things I loved in 2017 ♥

2017 favourites fashion photography beret travelling wanderlust vintage
I feel like in 2017 – especially towards the last few months – my “main” interests kind of condensed, which I like, because that means I don’t have to invest time in a million things, but just ten thousand. However, I feel like a lot of the things I started admiring this year, will stay with me for a very long time.

frankenstein 2017 favourites mary shelley bride
I already showed you my book favourites, but I have to mention Frankenstein again. Life-Changing is not the right word, because this book did not really change my life, but for one it sparked a love for 19th century (in which I was already interested, but this intensified it a lot). Also, I felt such an emotional connection to the story and especially Victor Frankenstein, the writing, this book, I cannot put in words what this meant to me, I can just say that it is maybe the most beautiful and tragic story ever. While I haven’t yet found a movie that I like in it’s entirety, I admittedly like the imagery of the Bride of Frankenstein – the white strand in my hair is not without reason.

2017 favourites backpack 50s vintage travelling wanderlust teylers photography camera nacklace
Some years ago an aunt of mine gave me a necklace with a big stone on the pendant and back then while finding it lovely I had no idea how to wear it. This year, however, this truly was a staple piece for me, it’s has this magical feeling to it and I adore it. Most of the things I loved last year were either Vintage/Second-Hand or gifts, because I try to be more eco-conscious. And one thing I found in Salzburg was this lovely old camera – and it actually still works! It is both an adorable accessoire and a very exciting tool to get work on. On etsy I found this adorable kids backpack from the 50s, since I got it I carry it around almost every day. Everything fits inside and it is also just very cute – just like a statement piece for a super adorable wanderer.
With the wandering theme, of course I have to mention all my travels, I will talk about all of them in my revision of 2017, but I especially want to mention being able to spend about a month in Scandinavia which was a dream come true, Krakow which had all the culture and amazing food, the temples in Paestum and having a last sunny journey to Florence before university (even though of course my uni courses are actually another favourite because it feels just right!).

2017 favourites vintage beret the other sparrows irregular choice bunny
As for fashion, my sense of style changed a bit, but there are some particular things, I do really want to mention. I truly love the Irregular Choice Bunny Shoes. They are surprisingly wearable in daily life even though of course only on sunny days and not in the mud, but the shoes themselves are just too lovely to be true. While I have often been told, I’d look good in hats, I never appreciated them myself that much – that is before 2017, now I often wear hats and especially berets – a wild collection of gifts, vintage and lovely designers, though I especially love the white one and the embroidered on by The Other Sparrows. Also whenever I wear them people tell me I look French – I don’t know if it’s the beret cliché or if my face looks French with a beret (?), but I take it as a compliment. Also it is great for covering roots, dirty hair or hair that is still in curls and drying.

2017 favourites 50s 80s edwardian scott mcclintock lace
Since this seams to be something I mention in practically every post, I do it here as well, I want to write about my newfound fashion identity soon … somewhere in the future … hopefully before February. Though, one thing I have to mention here already is that I started a collection of what I assume to be Scott McClintock Edwardian inspired Wedding Dresses, I do own two of them now, one I found online and the other one in Florence. The details in lace, the low waist and the entire concept of these dresses are dreamy – I hope I will stumble across more of these and wear them a lot, too, even though it’s always a bit weird wandering through the city in what is essentially an Edwardian wedding gown (made in the 80s). I wore one of them here and I think it is a lovely outfit. Besides that I really enjoyed wearing the light pink kitten crop top which is super kitschy, but I got to wear it a lot. And, then the light pink 50s ball gown I found in Stockholm – that was just a bargain and a dream dress at the same time.

2017 favourites movies hidden figures a cure for wellness assassin's credd ezio
Besides a love for gothic horror in books I also love aesthetic horror movies and this year I got to see A Cure for Wellness (at all three of the nine movies I saw in theatres were Dane DeHaan ones) and I no this movie provoked mixed feelings, but I adored this movie. It was chilling and beautiful with the scenery and amazing acting. I also saw Kill your Darlings on DVD and this movie is incredible, it’s with Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe, very emotional and inspiring. Through and through a very good – and underrated – movie. Another great movie was Hidden Figures, which was quite inspiring and very well made from the dressing to the dialogue and pacing.
I also developed a love for Fleetwood Mac and especially Stevie Nicks, the songs make me feel very spiritual and like dancing in the woods. Stevie’s style is also quite inspiring with all the bohemian vibes going on. Another musician I really appreciated this year was Marina & the Diamonds. I mean, I knew her music before, but this year I also listened to the lyrics and just to more songs in general. She is also another really inspiring person when it comes to fashion.
This year I also played quite a bit Playstation, especially the Assassin’s Creed Ezio Collection. I had a lot of fun in the Italian landscapes and just all three games were entirely enjoyable. I am looking forward to more AC games, though I’m somewhat stuck with Syndicate at the moment.

Surprisingly enough I did not discover a lot of new TV shows, I rewatched favourites and watched a few meh shows, but what I did trly enjoy was RuPaul’s Drag Race, for which I have been waiting to be available in Germany for quite a while and it is such a good reality/competion show (which is not something I usually gravitate to) with a lot of creative innovation. I haven’t watched every episode becauses it’s kind of difficult here. What I also really enjoyed was American Horror Story, though of course I did not like every season the same. My favourites were definetly Asylum, Hotel and Coven.

2017 favourites moth dress vintage 60s erstwilder beehive
I grew to love erstwilder brooches as well, I have been adoring them from afar, but now I also own a couple of my own – at the moment I do not thing this collection will get much bigger (unless I find the Cera brooch or they create new dinos), but I truly enjoy the designs. Besides a couple of vintage books about archaeology, I also got a wonderful framed moth that reminds me of Animal Crossing in a way. Though, not only do I love moths due to Animal Crossing, but I just adore the beauty, so of course my moth dress was another favourite, because I love the somewhat antique print and get a lot of wear out of it.

There are a just a couple more “things” I do want to mention, one being my adorable hamster Artemis of whom I really have to take more pictures of and write about. Then, of course, the tattoos I got this year, both for their personal meaning and the beautiful designs. And my blogposts in March, April and May, looking back over this year also on my blog I realised I quite enjoyed the designs and ideas I had going on there and I hope to work on that again.
Here are also my three favourite outfits from this year: aventures extraordinaires | temples and icecream in Paestum ♥ | Edwardian Bunny

So, these were my favourite things this year. What did you enjoy in 2017? What treasures did you find and what movies or books touched you?

my favourite books from 2017

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Camera 19th century 20th YA Frankenstein
This year I read a lot of good books and a lot of not so good ones too, I try to limit this one to the very favourite ones, but you can of course just have a look at my goodreads page. So, these are not just book that were really good, but also books that touched me on another level. This year I also really got into 19th century – after being a bit bored with Young Adult novels, I tried something new and I feel a lot more comfortable with literature from the 19th and 20th century (I read more books from/about the 19th century than the 21st). Here is the entire 2017 shelf on goodreads.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Shelley Frankenstein 19th century 20th YA
Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

His eyes have a general expression of wildness, and even madness, but there are moments when, if any one performs an act of kindness towards him or does him any the most trifling service, his whole countenance is lighted up, as it were, with a beam of benevolence and sweetness that I never saw equalled.

Actually, this is in no particular order, besides this one. This within reading it for the first time became my favourite book. Before this I was always stuck thinking when someone asked me about my favourite book, but this, this is it. I cannot stress enough how much this book means to me, but I tried here. I read it three times this year, and I plan on reading it very often in the future. The writing, the scenery, the characters, it’s a wonderful, dreamy book.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Physiker 19th century 20th YA
Friedrich Dürrenmatt – Die Physiker
This is maybe the only one that did not move me on an emotional level, but this has to be mentioned. It’s a very good drama about important topics, yet still fun. My review can be found here.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Carmilla 19th century 20th YA
J. Sheridan Le Fanu – Carmilla
All the romantic stories on here are somewhat gay, and I love it. I do not want to spoil any of this (here is my review), but I would highly recommend reading this if you enjoy 19th century gothic horror. This is beautifully written and a fantastic story. It’s basically spoiledin every blurb, but this is very short, so try just picking it up and reading it without any further information.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Sappho Come Close 19th century 20th YA
Sappho – Come Close

Dew is poured out in handsome fashion; lissome
Chervil unfurls; Rose
And Sweet Clover with heady flowers blossom.

Sappho’s poetry was on my list for a while, so I was happy to find this short collection. Her writing is wonderful and truly makes me want to learn Anciant Greek. The poems are very soft and romantic, you find my review here. I hope to read more of her poems soon, because they are just lovely.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Dostoyevsky White Nights 19th century 20th YA
Fyodor Dostoyevsky – White Nights
Same goes for Dostoyevsky, I now want to read a lot of his work. Though I think I never might have picked this up, had I not been seated at the Dostoyevsky table at my graduation. And I am unbelievable glad I did, because this little story about a dreamer was so touching and very important to me. I related to this very much and with the beautiful writing this was such a joyful read, find the review here.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Moomins 19th century 20th YA
Tove Jansson – Finn Family Moomintroll
I only read this one recently again, but besides the story being adorable, this also really inspired me on another level. After reading this I got rid of a lot of stuff and I now feel like wandering. The book made it a lot easier for me to say goodbye to things and I feel very refreshed. Also, I felt a deep connection to Snufkin and his personality, I hope to read more of these soon. Review.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue 19th century 20th YA
Mackenzie Lee – Gentleman’s Guide

And I wish in that moment that I were brave. I wish to God I were. But I’m shaking and terrified […].
My first instinct is to faint with fear, but everyone else is being brave, and that makes me feel courageous too.

I mentioned that I barely reach for YA anymore, but this one is not just one of the best YA books, but also one of the best books I ever read. It is both fluffy at parts and deals with very dark topics (abuse, discrimination etc.). This makes me very emotional, but in a good sort of way. It’s not just an adventure novel or a tragic queer romance, it is a lot more than that. This book is both serious and light-weight at the same time with such elaborate characters and the wonderful backdrop of 18th century Europe. I just love this book with my whole heart, you can find a very long review here.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage 19th century 20th YA
Honorable Mentions: This year I read both Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist and Wishful Drinking and I enjoyed them both a lot. Fisher was one of my favourite actresses and her writing is so fresh and enjoyable. She has been through a lot and the books are very personal, I highly recommend them. I read another work by Lessing, this time Der Freigeist – this is fun, yet philosophical, I think this might also be a great start to his work. With my love for 19th century Bavarian/Austrian royality among other things I read Sophie Charlotte. Sisis leidenschaftliche Schwester by Christian Sepp, a very interesting read about a person I barely knew and due to this got a very personal look. Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope was a book I saw on Instagram, forgot about, then found in Stockholm. It is incredibly fun and perfect if you’re looking for an easy read.

My reading plans for next year would be to continue the 19th century “trend”, continue with the Sherlock Holmes novels and the last two Austens, as well as more of Mary Shelley’s, Dostoyevsky (russian lit in general) and Le Fanu’s work. But I’d also like to read more non fiction about this time, I read quite a few biographies this year, but I feel like I can top that. Besides that I would also like to reread a few old favourites and some more poetry from Ancient Greece (Sappho e.g.), and maybe even Ancient Rome, because I could technically read original texts by Horace and Ovid. I guess I will have a healthy mix of used books, kindle books and library ones that hopefully add up to about 20.000 pages (I read more than 16.000 this year, which is the most I have documented on goodreads and I think 20.000 would be amazing), I guess that would lead to about 75/80 books, which seems like a good goal, considering I wanted to read 60 this year and got close to 70 (sure, I read 11 of them in December, but I think with my resolution of less phone-procrastinating this might work). I try to throw in some that are more than 500 pages and some Little Black Classics by Penguin, because they are a joy to read.

What did you read in 2017 that really stuck with you?

Handmade Update December 2017

While being quite stressful, December was surprisingly successful sewing-wise. You know I am shifting a bit stylewise, so I also got rid of a couple of things via etsy and Instagram. However most stuff I made was upcycling things I already owned and I’m quite happy with the way they turned out.

Pink Birdie Skirt (changed the size for etsy) and Yellow Polka Dot Skirt (changed the size for etsy)
16th of December
For a buyer on etsy I changed the size of two skirts, and I am glad they went to a new, good home! I sold a couple more dresses and skirts, but I did not have to change anything on them.

midcentury vintage inspired handmade 50s 60s red velvet
Red Velvet Skirt
16th/17th of December
A girl on Instagram often wear a red velvet skirt and I was adoring that, so I made one for me. This velvet was also on sale and it’s so versatile! Of course, dark red is also one of the most beautiful colours to wear.

Archaeological Shirt/Blouse (fixed)
17th of December
Unfortunately a few of the seams did not take well to the old Italian washing machine, so I had to fix that. I put it of for quite a while, but I finally did it and now I can wear it again!

babydoll stars glitter handmade 60s midcentury
Stars Babydoll
24th of December
I made this dress some months ago, but I never really liked the fit. But since I loved the fabric and still wanted to wear it, I turned it into a babydoll (afterwards I shortened it a bit, too).

60s space cadet two piece handmade midcentury planets
60s Space Cadet Two Piece
29th/30th of December
This is another case of liked the fabric, but not really happy with what it was, here is the skirt it was, but I felt really uncomfortable in this. I did not think this cut was matching the fabric, so I turned it into a 60s Two Piece. I mean that was the Space Era, so it’s pretty appropriate.

What did you craft recently? WEhat are your sewing plans for the next year?

jurassic dreams

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dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

This was not the best idea I ever had, but it got me out again. I haven’t been taking picture for the blog in quite a while and it felt awkward – I did not know what to do anymore, the weather was is grey and with this new style that comes creeping into my wardrobe a lot of the old poses don’t work anymore either! However it also felt wonderful to get photos of an outfit I really enjoy and not just leave the house to go to uni. Of course, I would have preferred pictures with roots that aren’t basically to my ears already, but that’s better than nothing, I’d say.

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dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

I think I mentioned that on Instagram some time ago, but I do not feel very comfortable in most novelty prints anymore, many of them just don’t feel like me anymore. It also has to do with the fact that I do not feel that comfortable in a petticoat all the time. Sometimes, for sure, but not the way I wore a midcentury dress with a petti around a year ago – I don’t feel comfortable in “modern” fashion either (to be honest, I have no idea what is trendy at the moment – which you probably realised from me using the word trendy), but I will talk about that another day (okay, I promised that for weeks now, but one day….!). Anyway this print however is exactly what I like at the moment – okay, it’s not subdued enough, still it is adorable and I think the shorter length adds to that, too. It’s dinosaurs, and not in an overly childish kind of way (you know, one trillion colours and very plastic, comic shapes – which is fine, but just not for me), so of course I’m smitten. Since I first saw Jurassic Park (well, actually the first one for me was Jurassic World – shamme on me), dinosaurs fascinated me – but it wasn’t just a quick interest, but a long-lasting one, a passion which I hope to turn into a profession one day. To me it feels like the geosciences study is truly the right thing, and I’m so excited for my first paleo classes (next year I think). It’s immensly fascinating and it works well with my personality if that makes sense.

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dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

I mean, I don’t always succeed and I’m not super strict, but I try to live a somewhat ethical, enviromentally friendly life. There is a lot I still want to change about my ways, but learning about all this helps motivate me, too. You also know I have been very ecclectic over the years and I still have dozens of interest, but I also feel them boiling down to a few subjects that really fascinate me. And I’m sure they will change over time again, but for now that also makes me feel more at ease. What truly helped with that – and I know that’s kind of cheesy – was reading the Moomins again. There are so many subtle lessons in these stories about collecting and owning, things and experiences, all that and it really made me think again. Over Christmas break I plan on getting rid of a lot of stuff – donate clothes, sell stuff on ebay etc – because I don’t want to travel with baggage that heavy anymore. While I’m already drifting into that spiritual/esoteric speres, I also want to write that I felt a deep connection with Snufkin the wanderer who made my wanderlust even stronger again. After reading this book again I also want to look for a light, small tripod and get out into the woods more often again to breathe (and take my own photos).

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

Dress – handmade | Brooch – erstwilder (old, but I think you can find the erstwilder dinosaurs pretty easy on various partner sites.) | Tights – ModCloth (old) | Shoes – amazon (old) | Necklace – schmuckrausch | Rings – six | Lipstick – Pretty Zombie Cosmetics in Dahlia

The Last Jedi | Fangirl Friday

This year I managed to get tickets for the Midnight premiere of the new Star Wars movie. I went with two friends and it was a wonderful experience, even though I wasn’t entirely fond of the movie. I have a hard time putting everything in words, but I will try.

Before I start this, I want to mention, that I consider both The Force Awakens as well as Rogue One incredible movies and great additions to the Star Wars Universe. And it is not that I didn’t like the movie, but I had my issues. As I mentioned it’s hard putting it in words – or structured sentences, so I guess I try bullet points.
The Bad

  • So many storylines. There were a lot of characters and they all were teamed up in very small groups, so you could not really focus on any of it properly. This meant that some of the storylines were great ideas, but poorly executed in my opinion.
  • That also meant that most characters lacked depth. sure, you knew them from Episode VII (or earlies),
    but they often did not get the time to breath and sometomes even were inconsistent. While inconsistency made sense with the people that struggled to find their place, it really did not with others. (The only ones that seemed entirely true to themselves were Leia and Poe – who are also my favourites. Besides the droids, sure.)
  • As was to be expected there are quite a few scenes with Rey/Luke and Rey/Kylo (also why are they sometimes almost forcing the idea of this relationship on us?) and while these do make sense and some ideas were amazingly done, I think overall it was handled were awkward/weird/cringy at times.
  • You feel Disney’s influence. And not in a good way. In the jokes and also in the general feel sometimes which I did not really enjoy. I think – though of course I do not know for sure – J.J. Abrams as a director would have handled that more delicately and not in this Disney-in-your-face-way. (Also the focus might have been a bit more on Finn again, instead of turning him into a side character.)

The Good

  • From somewhere in the middle/two-thirds on it was an amazing movie, intense, good action scenes and good emotional ones as well.
  • Poe Dameron. I was smitten from the first scenes of TFA, but in this one he finally became my definite favourite of the new trilogy. He is one of the few characters that had a consistent storyline and character in this, and it was so likeable. Which is of course also very much due to Oscar Isaac, though I think he was written so well, too. Also the obvious crush on Finn, made me ship them even more.
  • But also his relationship with Leia. I think this was one of the most elaborate relationships in this movie, they had a couple of scenes together and they were fantastic. I think Carrie and Oscar had a great chemistry, so that transfered well on screen – both the official (Leia as his superior) part and their friendship was so believable.
  • The set design, costumes, picture in general. If there is one thing this movie did maybe even better than Rogue One it’s th entire graphic departement. That was so amazing – there was a lot of intense red, which I love and just in gerneal both the things that were there physically as well as the animation. From the wonderful costume of General Holdo (portrayed by the wonderful Laura Dern), the nod to young Leia of Billie Lourd to the island. It was stunning.

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  • The scene were it switches to a fantastic movie is the scene in the red room with Kylo, Rey and Snoke. It was both a damn amazing fighting scene and as I wrote from then on the movie was amazing.
  • The Leia floating scene in my opinion was way over the top. We know the force is even stronger with her than with Luke and Star Wars isn’t realistic in that sense, I think that was way off even Star Wars logic.
  • The way Oscar Isaac played Poe’s crush on Finn was wonderful, however I think the way they force wrote Finn to be straigther than anything in that universe. To be honest in this new triology I think their’s is the only romantic relationship that makes sense/has chemistry, but oh well, of course Disney can’t risk losing the Chinese market over that (I think I once read that J.J. was actually very supportive of the relationship turning canon).