six Instagram accounts I like at the moment.

Today I have a couple of lovely Instagram ladies for you. They all have fantastic feeds and I’d highly recommend having a look. Of course, I’d also enjoy reading about your favourites! I started following all of them in the last couple weeks, so this list doesn’t include my all time favourites.

Anyone else out there who constantly has to remind themselves it's okay to be feminine — when the world constantly tries to make you believe otherwise? Internalized misogyny, ahhh, please leave me be. I want to embrace my femininity, not hide it, nor be ashamed or silenced. I want to wear silly, frilly dresses and feel with a thousand hearts and still be allowed to have my words, never to be dismissed. 🌷 #feminism #empowerment #femininity #floraldress #spring #springfashion #curlyhair #redhead P.S. Perspective distortion or foreshortening is a funny thing. My other arm, the one closer to the camera looks like it's 5 meters long where as the other one is shorter than life itself. Keep that in mind kiddos ~art lesson of the day provided by Jerina~

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@jerianie is a Finnish Illustrator with a fantastic taste. I think it’s so cute and very distinct with spring and autumn colours. So if you’re into yellow, wine red and light pink, I bet you will enjoy her photos. She also writes fantastic, inspirational captions concerning feminism and body positivity.

you know the words 🌑💫✨ 🔺 🔻 🔺 🔻 #maythefourth (📸: @joeyquintin )

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The mouse is always watching. 😈 OKAY BUT CAN I GO BACK TO DISNEYLAND YET (📸: @joeyquintin )

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@taylor_on_tour is a very Disneyland themed account with Taylor’s adorable Disneybounds and Cosplays. Additionally she (almost) always smiles in her photos and it’s very contagious.

@daily.disney.dreaming is another Disney-ish account (hence the name). Her Disneybounds are very creative and both retro and super cute. She has this fantastic Miss Fisher hair cut and just a wonderful charisma in her photos.

spring in Astana 🌸

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louise and I shot some nice looks these past two days! I can't wait to show you on the blog! 💙 #labluedelily

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@lilyvanhecke is more into fashion and less into Disney again, her feed seeems like you’re going through the world with rose-tinted glasses. There are lots of flowers and adorable outfits, I just really enjoy the vibe.

one of the beauties is ready to steal your girls 🏵 #bodypositive . . . #illustration#fairy#art#artwork#artist#drawing#draw#möchtegernkunst

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these sexy mermen are going to steal your girl 🐙🐚🐠 #sexy . . . #illustration#art#artwork#artist#draw#drawing#mermaid

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So many cats for @tittybats #thirtydaysofcats 🐱 . . . #cat#catlady#illustration#draw#drawing#art#artist

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@anndrawsthings has to be one of the most amazing artists on Instagram. Her work is just so much fun to look at. There is lots of bodypositivity and cats and I’m obsessed with her work. She also has fabulous eyebrows.

Back to work in Egypt at rock inscription sites in the hinterland of Elkab. On the right, I am checking the scaffolding we will use in order to record inscriptions at a previously unknown site that John discovered yesterday, and on the left, he is copying an inscription at a site further south (using a tablet computer and our new epigraphic method). I am wearing a vintage panama hat and 1970s vintage Neiman Marcus safari ensemble from @sultryvintage (who aptly described it as "Annie Hall meets Indiana Jones"). John has on a "70s does 30s" deco jacket from Fashionista, New Haven and WWII leggings. . . . #egyptologist #egyptology #scaffolding #rockinscriptions #archaeology #archaeologist #petroglyphs #egypt #ancientegypt #vintagestyle #truevintage #truevintageootd #pithhelmet #militaria #rockart #WWIImilitaria #desertexploration #1970svintage #vintagecouple

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This period of work in Egypt has produced some exciting results—more information, and a few short videos to come. As a modest preliminary celebration we visited Aswan on the weekend, and I took the opportunity to wear some vintage items around the famous and fabulous Cataract Hotel in Aswan (@sofitellegendoldcataract). The hotel was constructed 1899, and has been host both to Agatha Christie (for whom one of the suites is now named), as well as to the 1978 filming of her "Death on the Nile," with the garden façade serving for one hotel, and the imposing Nile front representing itself. In these shots (on the north side of the front, on the front terrace, and on the balcony of one of the rooms), I am wearing a late 1920s sheer peach chiffon dress with matching crop jacket and floral detailing (from @astralboutique). In the third photograph, in the background, is the southern tip of the island of Elephantine, site of a major First Dynasty fortification (ca. 3000 BCE), and continuous stratigraphy of human activity through the Graeco-Roman Period … more to come. #egyptologist #vintagehotel #truevintage #1920s #1920sdress #flapperdress #sofitellegendoldcataract #agathachristie #bobbedhair #egypt #Nile #aswan #elephantine #vintagetravel #oldcataract #1920sfashion #truevintageootd

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@vintage_egyptologist has all the amazing 20s vibes. To be honest, she is kind of what I aspire to be – chic at digs. It’s so amazing to see someone rocking a vintage style and doing scientific work.

a few things to do in Copenhagen

Copenhagen Denmark Guide
I was told Copenhagen was the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capitals/big cities, but to be honest, I was disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I did not hate it, but it was nothing special/incredibly beautiful for me. Never the less I want to share what I did like about the city.

Sightseeing
Like in Amsterdam you can get a Copenhagen Card with a beautiful design and for a appropriate price (if you enjoy museums, castels etc of course), but since I had a museum day, I probably made up for the price in that day alone. The museum quarter is easily accessible and enjoybale by foot, usually it’s up to five minutes from one place to another. For paintings, both SMK (statens museum for kunst) and Hirschsprung are beautiful collections with a lot of Scandinavian art from eras I love (romantic landscape artworks are what I care for most and there was so much Dahl even though quite a bit was closed). Hirschsprung has a fantastic installation where you can listen to classic music matching paintings of people making music.

Rosenborg Copenhagen

Rosenborg


Rosenborg Copenhagen

Rosenborg


The Rosenborg castle is very close by, too and if you’re there at 10 am sharp you can get in within seconds, an hour later a lot of people were waiting already.

Geologisk Museum Copenhagen

Geologisk Museum


Geologisk Museum Copenhagen

Geologisk Museum


Of course, I went to the Geological Museum as well (it’s across the street from Rosenborg) – it’s small, but very lovely. And especially the second floor is pretty cool with the fossils, minerals and things like that.

Zoologisk Museum Copenhagen

Zoologisk Museum


There are even more fossils at the Zoological Museum which is near the university and there is a fantastic Diplodocus (Misty) and a video about how she was found (I cried, it was so beautiful and I’m a crybaby).

Glyptotheket Copenhagen

Glyptotheket


One of the most famous museums is the Ny Carlsbery Glypthoteket with it’s selection of artwork, statues and beautiful winter garden. The winter garden probably was my favourite thing and I guess it’s a lot of fun during actual winter as well.
If you have a walk through the city, I’m sure you will want to pass beautiful Nyhavn and the Little Mermaid, but I would highly recommend passing Palads Cinema, too. It’s a colourful cinema near Central Station and so so amazing.

Slotsholmen Castle Christiansborg Kopenhagen

Slotsholmen Christiansborg Castle


Slotsholmen Castle Christiansborg Kopenhagen Kitchen

Slotsholmen Kitchen


Slotsholmen Castle Christiansborg Kopenhagen Ruins

Slotsholmen Ruins


Slotsholmen is were you find Christiansborg, the church, ruins, representation rooms and the kitchen and it’s very nice just walking around the various “stations”, especially the ruins are really interesting.

Cafés

Paludan Copenhagen

Paludan


One of the most beautiful cafés in my opinion was Paludan a shop for antique books and a café, too. It’s very lovely and so delicious. Also, you eat next to shelves of amazing books – what more could you want?
Near Amalienborg you can find Café Mormors, a kitchy retro place with lots of old stuff inside and fantastic food.

Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat


If you like Chocolate (and who doesn’t) Hotel Chocolat is the place to be. I had a salted caramal chocolate frappuccino and oh my was that amazing! Highly recommend it and everything else they sell seems delicious, too.

Shopping
Personally, I think shopping in Copenhagen wasn’t that amazing, but of course Disney Store (one of the few European ones) is a must. It’s 90% kids stuff, but it’s always cute and magical.
If you’re looking for camera stuff (like I did because I had the wrong charger with me), Photografica is the perfect shop. I highly recommend it, because the staff is so nice and competent.

Walks, Trips and Parks

Norrebro Graveyard  Copenhagen

Norrebro Graveyard


Personally I really like graveyards and Norrebro graveyard is both pretty big and pleasant. You can walk through it like a park and stroll towards H.C.Andersen’s grave as well.

Tivoli Copenhagen

Tivoli


Tivoli Copenhagen

Tivoli


Tivoli Copenhagen

Tivoli


Tivoli Copenhagen

Tivoli


One of my favourite things about the city was Tivoli. You can’t imagine my surprise! I thought it would just be an overpriced tourist-y place, but it was a wonderful park with lots of flowers and even though I did not go on a ride, if was great to have a look at the beautiful merry-go-rounds.

Fredriksberg Copenhagen

Fredriksberg


Fredriksberg Copenhagen

Fredriksberg


After having a walk through Vesterbro and Fredriksberg you reach castle Fredriksberg and the garden, a beautiful huge park with lots of flowers. After walking for a while you can have a snack at Café au Park, a real affordable place compared to most cafés in Copenhagen.

What did you like most about Copenhagen and how do you like the city in general?

living more ethical: a journey

, About two weeks ago I decided to start completely staying off Fast Fashion. I’ve been avoiding H&M, Zara and Co for the last couple of years and only own very little from these shops and what I own, I regularly wear. However I feel like even those few pieces are too much and now I want to stop buying there all together.

Just a few days ago I found a pair of trousers that was exactly what I was looking for at the Second Hand Shop, by chance! And for less than 5€. It’s an H&M piece, but I do not mind, it has been worn before and now I will wear it. Sure, I’d prefer a high quality vintage piece, but I can live with that. It feels like giving it a new home and putting at least a little stop to all this waste.

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress pink girl tattoo

You know, that I love sewing and most of my wardrobe is already handmade and I have a few vintage pieces. But from now on I want to stop giving money to brands that pay their workers basically nothing, have low working conditions at dangerous work places and sometimes even exploit kids. Most pieces from those fast fashion companies are also really low quality – cheap materials, loose seams and they often (not always!) do not last a long time.

However, with the Star Wars shirt from H&M I was taking a first step, I got it in December and it was one of the last new shirts I bought recently. And I thought a lot about it, from first seeing it on someone on Instagram, to actually finding it in store and considering buying it. Eventually, of course, I did get it, and I don’t want to do that anymore. For once, I want to avoid high street, which is easy, but I also have to avoid most online shops, I guess. To be honest, I’m not yet sure where I can still shop, because I’m pretty sure most pinup/alternative shops produce their stuff pretty cheap as well. Additonally they waste so much water producing fashion that’s in for a season (well, I don’t really follow trends that way anyway, but you know).

When I do not wear something anymore, I usually give my clothes (of course in a good condition & cleaned) to charity or sometimes even sell them. So, I don’T want to change anything regarding how I deal with my old pieces.

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

So far, when it comes to shirts, trousers etc I think it’s very easy to find them second hand, be it from friends, online or in stores and of course make them myself. But I’m a bit concerned when it comes to cute bags and shoes, because while I’m sure I can say no to a shirt, it’s more difficult with bags. I will do my research however and then see where I can shop and slowly move from fast fashion produced things to fair fashion and second hand. In case you can recommend shops (especially for lingerie), please go ahead and tell me.

Personally I draw quite some inspiration from Annika Victoria, https://nephtyis.com and Marzia and hope to one day completly move to second hand and eco- and human-friendly brands.

a place of my dreams | Teylers Museum in Haarlem

Haarlem Teylers Museum
Did you ever fall in love with a place? I did on various occassions, but I feel like this is my true place love (is this a thing? can we make it a thing?). When I arrived in Haarlem I already enjoyed it, it was pretty cold though so after walking around for a while I wanted to go to a museum. However, Teylers Museum was about 15 € and I was on the verge of searching for something else, but as I found out it was a naturalhistoric museum I wanted to go. Luckily for me I only had to pay 2 € due to my age, but looking back, for me it would have been worth any amount of money (with the Amsterdam Card it’s free!).

Haarlem

Haarlem, the white church (the same exists in black, too)


Haarlem itself is a lovely cute town, only about 10 minutes from Amsterdam, so a perfect day/half day trip. Personally I really recommend starting the day at Meneertje Pannekoek, even though I only had a Latte Macchiato. It’s very sunny during the morning and you have a beautiful view. Then you can walk through the town – there are tons of churches and two of them are exactly the same just in different colours!
Teylers museum Haarlem

Teylers Museum


Teylers Museum Haarlem

the inside


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

Bones…


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

and teeth


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

Fossil Room


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

all the fossils!


Of course, my favourite place to visit was Teylers Museum, it’s a place for both romantic art and science (yay!) with a big selection in both areas. There are even scientific instruments to be found and usually they have a big special exhibit as well. Besides fantastic artworks and fossils you can also enjoy the lovely architecture and design of the museum. I’m pretty sure Mr. Teyler and I are soulmates – at least when it comes to interest art and science, I’m not that aware of his political/personal beliefs as I write this. However, his museum (which was opened posthumous, because based on his will his collection was to be received by a soon-to-be museum) was the first public museum of the Netherlands, and to me that shows that he must have been at least a bit of a good person as well.
Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

Jurassic Park Realness


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

Scientific Instruments


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

because why wouldn’t you need a heater while enjoying art? I pledge for heaters with chairs in front of them in every museum


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

Pieter Teyler van der Hulst


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

and who doen’t adore this beautiful room?


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

cats cats cats!


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

you can almost feel the cold


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

part of the special exhibit


It is a small museum, when you compare it to the ones in bigger cities, but the selection is amazing and has a lot to offer. The atmosphere is great, it calmed me down a lot, because it’s not overcrowded. The café too is very lovely and has delicious caramel brownies. So if you have the time, I highly recommend spending some time in the lovely town and the museum.
Teylers Museum Haarlem café

café


Teylers Museum Haarlem café

delicious treats after art and fossils


Teylers Museum

one pretentious art aficionado

you’re my candy girl

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

Can I just say this dress feels like a mix of a cupcake and a prom dress? It’s very much the embodiement of prom dress dreams. Well, I never had such dreams, because where I live neither prom nor homecoming is a thing and we don’t celebrate any balls – besides one after graduating our version of high school. And that is more like sitting around, waiting for the report you already saw a couple o’ days before and then some drinking and dancing. It doesn’t feel like something John Hughes would include in a movie. This dress however, Iona might have worn it (and Andie would have destroyed it to create a prom dress).

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

In the last couple of weeks I have been a lot into pastels, while mainly listening to Fall Out Boy (by the way, I actually like the new song, I think it’s very intense and will be very interesting live). Which kind of clashes, but I don’t mind, it amuses me in a way – looking like a fairy, but having some emo and alternative tunes playing. 27 and Thnks fr th Mmrs are constantly stuck in my head and especially with the first I can quote it almost completly, the sad thing is I want to use a lot of the lyrics in daily life, but, you know, translated no one gets the reference (and, of course, I also have one friend actually listening to the band as well).

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

Recently my mood has been pretty much a rollercoaster, I have had a lot of ups and downs for no particular reason and on no-so-good days, it always feels a bit weird to look at those happy Tinkerbell meets Goldilocks photos I took just a day or two ago. Additionally I have been dealing with a cold for about two or three weeks and that does not really make me feel any better. I am happy about the spring sun and flowers however, even though I do not always feel like leaving the house (being heavy on introversion and feeling ill is not the best combination). Especially with feeling unwell/ill I feel like I’m even more sensitive than usual, not only emotionally, but very intensely when it comes to visual impressions.

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

It’s hard to talk about feeling unhappy when you do not even know th reason for it yourself. And when it all might be forgotten the next day. I’m thinking it’s someting to do with hormones or neurotransmitters.
Besides that I also stumbled across and old (and unfortunately no longer active) blog of mine, the girl never gets older and felt like listening to some classic rock again and fell down the rabbit hole towards the 40s-60s as well. Also, funnily enough writing this I want to dress like a teddy girl, you know like in those Ken Russell photos. There is this photo, I have both a crush on this girl and want to lok like her. Maybe I’ll try a bit more teddy girl – but then again, I also want some french lady vibes, a bit of rock’n’roll and never forget the pastel fairy side.

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

fifties vintage 50s cupcake prom dress  pink girl tattoo

Photos are by the lovely goldhände, who posted today as well.

Dress – Vintage (Old Toch Stockholm) | Brooch – erstwilder (junebugs collection) | Socks – calzedonia | Shoes – Lindy Bop | Lipstick – catrice longlasting lippencil (in a plum tone I forgot the number/name) & wet’n’wild Mega Last Lip Color in 908C Sugar Plum Fairy & rituals eve’s kiss silky lip gloss

a few things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Guide
As I mentioned already, I was working on small guides for the cities I visited, they are very personal and of course do not include every hotspot, but rather the things I visited and loved while I was there this year. I was in Amsterdam from April 1st to April 6th (left very early in the morning) and I think five days is a great amount for the city, you can see a lot and even have time to take the train out of the city (I will post a whole feature about Haarlem soon). Both weather and people were lovely, in Rijksmuseum an attendant told me how lovely I looked and that I should keep my smile (in a very polite, friendly not a sexist, creepy way), people told me they liked my dress/bag and a bus driver even let me use the bus anyway when my card just stopped working.

Sightseeing
For Amsterdam a canal cruise is the perfect start, because obviously the city is all about the canals and while shippping across the canals you see quite a bit of the city.
If you enjoy visiting museums, the Amsterdam Card is very worth it, though check out what is actually included, because certain museums are not included/only give you a discount. One of the most famous ones, the Van Gogh is included, though I would only recommend it, if you are a real fan. It’s a fnatastic museum for sure, but even though I was there pretty early on a not that busy day it was heavily overcrowded and most people just look at what’s most famous. There was a special collection of turn of the century posters (19th/20th) as well which was barely visited, but a fantastic exhibition.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum


The Rijks Museum however has some Van Gogh artworks, too, and a lot of other artists, too. It is an amazing building and has to offer art from every era, so there is something for everyone, it’s free up to 19 years and the amsterdam card offers a discount.
Paleis Amsterdam Royal

Paleis


Paleis Amsterdam Royal

Paleis


When you walk around Dam, you see the Paleis. Though until this time I did not know you can visit it for 10 €, but it’s very worth it and includes a very elaborate audio guide. The Paleis itself is beautiful with marble and gold and you can also enjoy the royal rooms.
Nemo Science Museum Terrace Amsterdam

Nemo Science Museum Terrace


Nemo Science Museum Terrace Amsterdam

Nemo Science Museum Terrace


The Nemo Museum for Science is basically just for kids with a lot of things to experience and try, but you can visit the roof top terrace for free and get a great view over Amsterdam and the harbour. If you’re hungry you can get something at the café/take away restaurant and enjoy that outside in the sun.

Het Muizenhuis (eerste tuindwarsstraat 1hs) is a very cute exhibtion of little handmade mice figurines in dresses doing human things. It’s not that far from the city centre and so adorable, I highly recommend it.

begijnhof amsterdam

Begijnhof


Another thing you can visit for free is the Begijnhof, a beautiful patio, very silent and enjoyable when the noise of the city is just a bit too much.c
Tulip Museum Amsterdam

Tulip Museum


When you enter the Tulip Museum you already smell the amazing scent of tulips. It’s a tiny museum and for that rather expensive (without the amsterdam card), but also quite cute. And even if you don’t visit the museum, I highly recommend the shop with all the different tulip seeds.

Cafés
Walking a bit from Dam, you get to the Grand Café where they sell delicious food (chocolate brownie with ice cream and strawberries!). The staff is very friendly and the prices are okay.
The L’Amour has a selection of waffles, sandwiches and just a great selection of snacks that look fantastic.
A bit more expensive are the cakes at Bakken met Passie, a patisserie with a fantastic selection of fresh cakes and tartlets.

Café Latei Amsterdam Retro

Café Latei


On one end of China Town you find the small Café Latei, a retro café with a very colourful furnishing and freshly made cakes and sandwiches.

Shopping
The most famous place to shop is the Bijenkorf (the beehive) for sure, it’s basically like most big European store with various brands and products.

Waterstones Amsterdam

Waterstones


If you’re looking for English books, definetly check out Waterstones (Kalverstraat 152). Obviously they also have stores in GB, but the Amsterdam one is adorable. They even have cats that visit from time to time and quite the big selection with a lot of classics, too.
de winkel van nijntje miffy amsterdam

de winkel van nijntje


De Winkel van Nijntje (Scheldenstraat 61) is a shop dedicated to Miffy, the bunny character created by Dick Bruna. I grew up with Miffy and I was looking for a plush there. They have a lot of cute merchandise and the area is very cute, too.
Noordermarkt Amsterdam Market

Noordermarkt


Amsterdam has a lot of street markets, like the noordermarkt, ten kate markt and my personal favourite the albert cuyp markt. Some of them are open every day, others only on certain days, but it’s easy to find online. Prices for both food and other things they sell are pretty good – you get fabrics for 1 or 2 €, so check them out!

Walks, Trips and Parks
Like markets, Amsterdam also has lots of parks all over the city. The biggest one is the Vondelpark, a beautiful green belt with lots of water and people jogging and biking all over.

Frankendael Amsterdam

Frankendael


Frankendael Amsterdam

Frankendael


One of my favourites is Frankendael Park and Kleendanzig, both a park and allotments with a little stream, places to have picnics and almost untouched nature. It is like an oasis of quietness with only birds and plants everywhere.
Edam Netherlands

Edam


For only about 10 € you can get to Edam and back to Amsterdam (and visit the area north of Amsterdam with the EBS Ticket). Edam is a town of cheese, but you can also enjoy the small houses, have a look at the churches and just go for a walk.
De Pijp is kind of a hipster quarter and as most of Amsterdam very enjoyable while walking around. In De Pijp you find cute shops, markets and cafés. And if you just want to enjoy a snack in a park, there is the Sarphatipark as well.

What are your favourite things to do in Amsterdam and would you do there?

a souvenir from Amsterdam | Tulip & Cat Tattoo

Cat Tulip Amsterdam Tattoo

I showed you what I bought in Amsterdam and Scandinavia already, however, I got a souvenir that is a little more durable, I’d say. Some colour on my skin. I knew I wanted/considered a tattoo from my journey, but I wasn’t sure about it. even though I had found a great shop in Amsterdam. Eventually, however, I wrote the artists and we agreed on a loose date. The shop is Queen of Arts Tattooing in Amsterdam (a fantastic, clean shop) and the Artist Sera.

The design was somewhat spontaneous. Sera posts flash designs on her Instagram and I liked quite a few of them. But, when I was there one the very day, she told me she could also design something there and then. So I told her I’d like a cat and a tulip (for the Netherlands, because I’m creative like that). The cat was inspired by my cat, but reminds me a lot of one of the Aristocats and Dinah (Alice’s cat) which is just perfect. I think it’s so adorable and will always remind me of the lovely time I had.

Cat Tulip Amsterdam Tattoo

The pain was okay, certain parts were a bit uncomfortable and some times I felt as if I had got pins and needles in my hand (which is not unusal, but probably even more intense due to my low blood pressure). It healed very well, considering I was travelling during the process and I think it’s adorable how the cat peaks out of my shirts.

Cat Tulip Amsterdam Tattoo

these are a few of my favourite things | a dream in blue

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

I feel like if I talk once more about how much I love Frankenstein, people will hit me over the head with a rock. But I guess, I did not talk about it on the blog that much – much rather to my friends and it’s constantly on my mind. All day, every day. I’m crazy about this book, it’s so beautifully written, thrilling, dramatic and just wonderful. Both Victor and his monster have a special place in my heart, well especially the first, I find him so loveable with his obsessive interest in science and his heartbreakingly sad state of mind.

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

But of course Frankenstein is not the only thing on my mind at the moment (though about 70% of the content on my mind while I write this), I am also very fond of this lovely little bag. Usually I carry around bigger bags because I tend to have all the things we me I could possibly need. But, in a way it is refreshing to only have the bare necessities, then a book and a snack on me. Especially when I’m about to visit a park there is no need whatsoever for hand sanitizer, a comb or a powerbank. And this bag gives me the opportunity to decide what really is important. Also, it has the most adorable little sewing shop motive and that probably is the most fitting Vendula Design for me. Actually, I have another shape of this bag, too, more of a clutch that I have yet to wear.

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

Of course, with the basket of my bike I have the chance to carry about my food and a good book even with a small purse. My bike is called Gladys like the one of Flavia de Luce and I kind of want to be like her, going everywhere with my bike – I mean, I try to, but when there is rain, I really don’t. I guess, I need a cute little rain coat. However, I take my bike when I go to town or to the city centre. Not that much of a fan when it comes to biking tours, but I have more of a riding my bike to the park attitude.

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

And do I love this park! It has been year since I first went there, and I enjoy the sunshine in this park every single year from the first day of spring to the first day of autumn rain. It’s quite, yet buzzing with life, because of all the animals and kids running around in the little stream – here is one of the first set of photos I ever took there. I love how all the white and blue of the outfit of this day goes with the green and the sunshine of the last days of March (took the photos about a month ago with Goldhände). Light blue and just pastel colours in general are my favourite thing to wear at th moment (and bobby socks!), not only is that such a spring thing, pastels are also so very happy. And while I write this I watch Sissi with Romy Schneider – she wears so many beautiful paste tones too, though I just love the 1850s fashion in general. It’s beyond beautiful and even though this outfit is more 1950s then 1850, I think it could easily be turned into a dress of a century before with a longer skirt.
Well, these were a few of my favourite things at the moment and now I wish you a wonderful evening.

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

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Blouse – Vintage | Skirt – handmade | Socks – calzedonia | Shoes – Brittany Blue bait footwear via Modcloth | Bag – Vendula Sewing Shop Mini Purse Vendula London | Brooch – femmedebloom on etsy | Flower – Bjiou Brigitte | Lipstick – trend it up in 0

A few Spring Self Care Activities

Self Care Spring Outfit 60s
I do not know about you, but I really enjoy posts in which people talk about who they take a day of, have a spa day or just about self car/love in general. So today I wanted to share a few things I love to do to celebrate daily life and enjoy spring with a smile on your face.

Pastel Lipsticks, Dresses and Nail Polish As a big advocate for all things pastel I had to mention this, it is a theme around easter especially.Maybe you can either snatch a new lipstick from the spring collection or just go back to an old favourite. The light colours will brighten your mood instantly even on a grey day.

Spring Cleaning It’s for a reason that we get rid of things in spring and start anew and saying goodbye to a few things not only creates space at home but also in mind.

Put Pin Curls/Rollers in your Hair Having curls is something that is so connected to spring for me. If you do not have natural curls I think the process of setting your hair is very relaxing, too – maybe while watching an episode of Pushing Daisies or listening to your favourite artist. And in the morning (or maybe a few hours later depending on how/when you set your hair) you have beautiful curls. If you like to the the rollers in a bit longer, just put a scarf in your hair and it will look adorable.

Have a Picnic in the Park When it finally gets warm again it’s a beautiful way to welcome the sun with a picnic on the green meadow – perhaps even with some flowers around. Bring sandwiches, cookies, lemonade and whatever pleases you and have your lunch outside. Even if you only have very little time to spare I’m sure there is a park nearby for you to have a picnic outside.

Eliza Doolittle & Eros Ramazotti Those two are the artists I enjoy very much at the moment and especially Eliza has a very uplifting repertoire of songs that have a sunshine vibe to them – I listen to them on repeat. Eros is very differnent for me because his music has a lot of spring+summer memories connected to it – and I’m sure you have artists just like that and can enjoy them again. There is nothing like rediscovering an old favourite!

Self Care Spring Outfit 60s

Treat Yourself Most websites I shop at seem to have a spring sale as well – for example I just (as I write this) got myself a sparkly pair of Lindy Bop shoes for about twenty bucks and they have a lot of affordable and beautiful things online. But a fantastic cupcake can be just as much of a treat.

Put on a Spring Dress and go for a Walk/Hike/Cycle without your Phone I can’t really put my finger on what exactly the reason is, but if you put on a lovely outfit a stroll feels even better. And to add something, leave your phone at home and just enjoy the sun. No matter if you decide to walk around the woods, bike through town or go on a city trip. Just recently I went on a spontaneus trip to Augsburg and it was very relaxing and refreshing (well, and at the time this post goes online I’m on my Scandinavia Trip). Personally I prefer doing those things on my own, to unwind and get rid of any sorrow I might have, but if you like you can of course do this with a friend by your side. Just watch the flowers bloom, discover new things in your area and appreciate the small things in nature.

Watch a Sunrise/Sunset Depending on your personality you might rather catch a Sunset than a Sunrise, but just look up when the sun sets and raises in your area and set half an hour or maybe just 15 minutes of your day aside to savour the first or last sunbeams of the day – no matter if from home or in a outside.

Prepare Cinnamon Rolls Making cinnamon rolls is actually fairly easy and you find a lot of recipies online, I can think of a lot of ideas on how to easily enhance them. However, while the process takes some time, the result of a warm, delicious roll is always worth it.

Get Some Fresh Flowers With spring all the flowers come back and whether you just get a bunch of flowers from the supermarket or pick them at a field – when you put them in a vase at home the bunch will instantly prettify the room. And who doesn’t enjoy having breakfast at a table with some flowers (in case of allergy, there are some fantastic artifical flowers, personally I really like the selection at Ikea)?

Self Care Spring Outfit 60s

What do you do to celebrate the day and what are your spring plans?

what’s in my carry on bag

what's in my travel bag
I try to pack very lightly, so some of the things that I carry around when I’m at home stayed here. Nevertheless, I’m overly cautious, so I overpack no matter what. These are the thing I carry around with me when having a stroll through the Scandinavian cities – on the train/plane/bus I will have my 3Ds and a deo with me, for sure. Sunglasses depend on the day, but I am not your avarage sunglass person (meaning, I just wear sunglasses sporadically and it has almost nothing to do with the weather – same goes from umbrellas to be honest).

what's in my travel bag

what's in my travel bag

Calendar & Pen I always carry around a calendar, just to note down both appointments and if things come to mind in general. My bullet journal usually stays at home and just the things for the particular day are written down, because I usually just use the bullet journal for planning ahead.

Snack While I tend not to have a bottle of water on me and rather go to a café or only have the bottle on particular days, I almost always have a snack with me – be it those fantastic vegan gummi bears (I try to eat mainly vegan on this trip) or chocolate. Not only for when I’m a bit hungry, but also when I get dizzy.

Phone & Headphones That one is quite obvious, even though I am not always on my phone, I sometimes need some music when I get a bit anxious because there are so many people – also when I get lost I want my phone to tell me where to go (you don’t always meet people you can communicate with, people at all, or people you are comfortable with).

Power Bank This one ties in with the last one and especially goes with the finding the way home. Here in Munich I usually only charge my phone every two days, but I really don’t want to be stranded somewhere without the possiblity to communicate with people at home/find the way to the flat/hostel.

Hand Sanitizer I like to have my hands clean and while I do not always use hand sanitizer at home sometimes I do and if am strolling around all day, I guess I want to have clean hands even when I can’t wash them at the moment.

Tissues Sticky fingers, cleaning things, cold…

Comb On of my main pet peeves comes to show when my fringe is out of order. I really, really dislike the hair being messy, so when I feel like my fringe is weird, I have to comb and fix it.

Purse That one s pretty obvious of course, I have my money on hand, probably my debit card and id – sure, when I am on the way to the airport/station I will have my passport and credit card with me.

Guidebook When I am in a city I have never been to, I want to have a map on me and a guide to tell me where I could go next and what I want to visit in general. That goes for shopping especially, because finding museums/sights is pretty easy compared to finding that little shop.

Kindle When I am on the train or in a café I like to pick up a good book and preferably enjoy the sun, a cup of coffee and a the story. It took the kindle with me, because it’s a lot lighter than any book and I cannot afford to carry around hundreds of books neither in my bag nor luggage. However I’m pretty sure I will buy a book or two in the cties I visit.

Camera & Remote Release Probably the most important thing when visiting a new city is a camera and if I want to take a few outfit shots, I will have the remote on me.

Cosmetic Stuff I have my little Star Wars Bag with me in which I carry around the things below.

what's in my travel bag

Sewing Kit & Bobbypin I have this kit with me all the time and when I’m travelling with friends they always need something from the kit. Though when I travel on my own, I have the feeling that this might come in handy no matter what. Also, a bobbypin when my hair is really unruly is usually kept within the kit.

Powder Puff Even though I decided no to take my beautiful powder box with me, I took the puff with me, if stil removes access oil and does a good job.

Tampons Pretty obvious as well, no matter if I need tham, you want to be on the safe side – or help someone else out.

Lipstick As a person who always wears lipstick, that particular lipstick is always with me and even though most of lipsticks tend to stay on my lips during the whole day, I want to have it with me.

Handcream When my best friend gave me this small tube, I was really happy, because it is sooo handy. I do not want to carry around a big tube of hand cream just to use it once a day, so I have this one on me and refill it at home.

Perfume While I do not always wear perfume, sometimes I just want to smell nice and this one is my all time favourite.

Glitter This has been in my bag forever, because why not?

What do you carry around with you on city trips?