Handmade Update September 2017

This month it took me a while to get back into sewing, however I at least planned everything for the upcoming weeks and sewing projects (also I really have to work on my Halloween stuff!). Anyway, this is what I made

Red Skirt Handmade Upcycled Redone Fifties Midcentury
Changing up a Red Skirt
21st of September
This was one of the first skirts I ever made, for Halloween 2014 (this means I have been into a pinup-ish style for over three years). Anyway, in this time I sure learnt a lot and this skirt had to be redone around the waist. Now I am very happy with it.

Handmade Green Flanel Skirt Fifties Midcentury
Green Flanel Skirt
22nd of September
For my Pinocchio outfit (the orginal Pinocchio, not the Disney one) I needed a dark green skirt, also I thought a skirt like that would be great for the colour and style I really enjoy at the moment.

Insect Skirt Mum Midcentury Handmade Novelty Print
Changing up mom’s insect dress into a skirt
21st, 22nd of September
You know every once in a while I make something for my mum, and one was this dress, however it was a bit of a mess around the shoulders, which was due to the construction of the pattern and what I added. Anyway I turned it into a skirt, and my mum is a lot happier.

Handmade Fifties Midcentury Red Blouse Peasant Hungarian
Red Blouse
24th of September
For Pinocchio as well, I needed a red blouse. This is basically cut like a Hungarian Peasant Blouse, and I think about writing about how to make it, because it’s great for beginners and when you do not want to waste fabric.

What are your Halloween plans? Is everything done yet or are you behind like me?

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aventures extraordinaires

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

One of my favourite things to do is create character outfits, or creating characters for certain outfits. Not only as a sort of closet cosplay, but also as a new character I invent. And this for sure is my most elaborate. I tried to pay attention to every little detail and collected a bunch of accessoires (I was very lucky in that way, with things I had at home and found at flea markets). Actually I was also looking for a blouse but I could not find a matching one for the life of me. So I made one – it is far from perfect, because I messed up some construction work, but I was lucky to find this fabric while looking for the skirt fabric.

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

I knew I would take this to Herculaneum (and Vesuvius), because to me this is a 19th/20th century inspired female archaeologist looking for adventure and science. It’s well known how difficult it was for women at that time to actually follow scientific interest and I find it so inspiring to hear about the ones that managed to gather knowlegde and maybe even got the chance to visit the digs. Since I follow a couple of vintage dressing archaeologists on Instagram I always connect those two things. After all, if you’re interested in history and art of the past, why not in clothing, too?

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

It was so wonderful to wear this outfit in such a matching scenery, I was actually called Miss Indiana Jones and compared to Evelyn from The Mummy, and I really dig those comparsions. You are aware, that I love drawing inspiration from fictional characters like Charlotte Charles and Adèle Blanc-Sec, but creating characters of my own makes me feel even better. It is like the outfits tell a story, like this person in this outfit is part of a novel while still being a part of me, too. I think art and history is fascinating – and I am so in love with beige/muted tones at the moment. The are warm, calm and studious in a way that makes me very comfortable.

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

Shirt & Skirt – handmade | Cameo Brooch – Vintage | Pendant – Gift (Hallhuber) | Camera – Vintage | Hat – some store in Paestum (but with a differet ribbon) | Belt – moleskine (painted) | Gloves – Vintage | Socks – I have no idea | Shoes – spicy | Lipstick – (I think) Kiko

Tell me more, tell me more

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

When I saw erstwilder would launch a Grease collection, I was over the moon. I wanted a Frenchie brooch for ages, but the only one I knew of was an “old” handmade piece by a brand that no longer exsisted. So, obviously, seeing a brand that has fantastic designs anyway release something Grease-themed – perfection! Of course, I set a timer for the release time – if you are a retro online shopper you know how it is with limited editions. Looking back, that was not neccessary, because they had a large stock.

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

Anyway I was very happy to be able to get beautiful Frenchie, still thinking about the necklaces though! Grease was one of the things that got me into retro dressing – as I guess it was for a lot of people. It’s so iconic and fun – not only due to the outfits, but they play a huge part. There is barely an outfit I would not want to wear – still Frenchie’s choice will forever be my favourites. Her pink hair (and actually all the colours she has during the movie) make me want to change my hair, even though I’m quite happy with the way it is now. It’s not only her style though Besides Grease there is of course Dirty Dancing – and even though it is set in the early 60s it’s not really sixties style – which was a big inspiration especially music wise. Additionally I can basically talk (and sing) along both movies. I will forever be thankful o these movies giving me the idea to dress this way.

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

Last (though maybe first), but not least is Pushing Daisies’ Charlotte Charles who would approve of this outfit for sure. Her outfits inspire me every day, it’s such a modern retro dream, focusing on a 50s silhouette, but sometimes moving towards adorable boho outfits. I own three dresses that I made after her outfits in the show, but I plan on expanding. For me this was also the first time seeing retro in modern times (since where I live this is not really common). In a way we are really lucky to live in this day and age, where we can get inspired by the past, but a lot of the boundaries are gone – it shows you how much you can do in a matter of decades.

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

Shirt – handmade | Skirt – handmade | Brooch – erstwilder | Hat – pepaloves | Shoes – Dorothy Perkins | Lipstick – kiko

Moth Outfit

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Apparently, there is this myth about moths being dead spirits. Well vengeful bad spirits, but since I think moths are lovely and beautiful, let’s just say spirits of any kind. I love that idea, moths are mainly found during night time, looking for light, I can imagine them being ghosts of people that passed recently. After all there are even moths with the image of a skull on the back.

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Sure, those mainly remind me of Silence of the Lambs, but then again that movie is amazing. I can’t even say if I like the movie or TV show adaptation of Hannibal better. Of course, the TV show has Hugh Dancy and he is literally my favourite male eye candy. And it’s by Bryan Fueller, because he is an amazing show runner (thinking of, I have to continue American Gods). Anyway, I think moths work great with the genre in general, because they have this darkness and calmness at the same time.

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Of course, moths also remind me of Animal Crossing, because as a kid I used to play AC in the evening, especially in summer and catching moths was always part of that. By now I also own my own little (or not so little, it’s actually rather big) moth and it looks a lot like the big one in Wild World. So besides me loving moths, and this on being beautiful, that is another plus. You can see it here, by the way.

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

In a way that also matched the gothic vibes Krakow has to it. However I cannot let this pass without mentioning how AMAZING this chimney cake (it’s actually a Czech thing, but whatever) with caramel cream, a sort of frozen yoghurt/ice cream and my favourite bisquits. Not only does it look like heaven, it was an utter dream come true. That’s probably why I look at it as if it was my one true love or my newborn.

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow Chimney Cake Delicious Bisquit Caramel

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow Chimney Cake Delicious Bisquit Caramel

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow Chimney Cake Delicious Bisquit Caramel

Dress – handmade | Choker – Dead Bambi | Brooch – Vintage | Shoes – Dorothy Perkins | Lipstick – kiko Metal Lipstick in 12 Forest Green

Comic Con Munich Memories

Comic Con Munich Memories Doctor Who

Ohh, conventions, one of the most amazing things there is. This one was the first one in Munich, so it was pretty exciting to have one just a couple of minutes from home – it was hot however so even the short time in the metro was horrible. Well, the Convention was not horrible – it was so much fun, people were super nice and the guests were too. The thing was at the same weekend MCM Con in London and Mega Con and I think two more took place and Munich Con was rather small, so the guest were not Hollywood stars, but there were some amazing people from great shows and movies (like Doctor Who). It went for two days only, but that was enough, I think. We had time to enjoy the artwork and merchandise and the panels as well. There were some fantastic cosplayers and I think the hosts were great too – in Dortmund things got awkward sometimes, but the ones in Munich were well informed, charming and put everyone at ease asking interesting questions when the audience did not come up with any.
However the best part was Sylvester McCoy for sure, he was so fun and interacted with the audience – before the con I hadn’t watched any of the old Doctor Who episodes, but immediately afterwards I decided to order the first Volume of his episodes.
I’m so happy this con was a success and am excited for the next one here in Munich.

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

Fighting the Empire (Troop Group)

Comic Con Munich

This kid was also fighting the Empire

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

Leia Posing

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

Meeting my Doppelganger (the only other Leia! and she was promoting something)

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

meeting the amazing Cita from Cosplayfactory

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

even R2 is with me

Comic Con Munich

Dalek watching the Doctor Who Panel

Comic Con Munich Breakfast

Convention Breakfast

Comic Con Munich Doctor Who

Sylvester McCoy was the best ever

Comic Con Munich Doctor Who

and the guys even made music on the panel

Comic Con Munich Doctor Who Star Wars BB-8 Tardis (also look at my Photoshop Skills))

BB-8 decided to travel space and time

Comic Con Munich BB-8

BB also met Kim Possible

Of course, I could not leave without a few cute pieces, however this time I only went for things from the fantastic people in the artists’ alley.

Comic Con Munich Arisette Illustration

Arisette Illustration – lovely cat lunch pin and Isabelle sticker

Comic Con Munich Dirty Dancing

another Dirty Dancing Edition, because I totally needed that one

Comic Con Munich Yunuyei

Yunuyei – went a bit over board there, but I can’t say no to Dean and Cas (and Hannibal was in a surprise bag – I was hoping for Will Graham, but that one is a cute illustration never the less)

Comic Con Munich Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein Illustration by R. Engel (Engel’s universe)

Comic Con Munich

Sylvester McCoy – a lovely friend from my old school (who I had not really seen in about a year) got me this after I asked her (because I was home and had regrets that I did not get it) and to be honest I will cherish this person forever

The Red Beret

outifit french beret marilyn jeans

outifit french beret marilyn jeans

outifit french beret marilyn jeans

Okay, so you’re probably going, “Is this like a Noxzema commercial or what?” But seriously, I actually have a way normal life for a teenage girl.
Sorry, but this Clueless quote was so present on my mind, I had to type it. I think that is actually something Cher would wear to, it’s probably too subdued, but I think those french vibes would appeal to her. One of my favourite thing about this movie is how feminist, empowered and autonomous it is. It tackled quite a few important issues for a teen movie, like girl friendships and girl hate. By no means is the romance the most important thing.

outifit french beret marilyn jeans

outifit french beret marilyn jeans

outifit french beret marilyn jeans

outifit french beret marilyn jeans

Personally I like humankind in general and some humans inparticular, but I do not really like human contact – I realised that a lot in the last weeks. I mean, it’s not like I despise meeting friends, but I do think human interaction is exhausting, even though I think movie nights, cinemas and events like conventions are amazing. I think for me it’s a 20/80 rule – 20% human contact, 80% being alone (that includes going for a walk, café, shops though technically I do meet people outside). I feel like with this outfit that exploits every French chlicheé I should sit in a Parisian café reading poetry by Sappho or Ovid. Which – while I have never been to Paris or France in general – seems like something I want to do with my life. I guess we have to wait and see.

outifit french beret marilyn jeans

outifit french beret marilyn jeans

outifit french beret marilyn jeans

outifit french beret marilyn jeans

France by the way is one of the few countries in the west of Europe I haven’t seen (the others being Spain, Luxemburg and Belgium) and I really hope to visit them one day. However this summer seems to be more focused on the east (after visiting the North in April), as I hope to see Poland and Hungary in the summer months. Personally I have to say that I really consider the countries in the east most interesting – and Prague has to be one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. I think it’s great that we have the possibility to easily visit the other European countries nowadays and I’m really hoping to see most of them sooner or later.

outifit french beret marilyn jeans

outifit french beret marilyn jeans

outifit french beret marilyn jeans

Shirt – Boden (old) | Jeans – Secondhand/H&M | Beret – The Other Sparrows | Poodle Brooch – Vintage | Socks – calzedonia | Saddle Shoes – Funtasma | Lipstick – sleek in Vixen

Imperfection and Beauty

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

To be honest – thoose pictures have been waiting on my notebook for almost three months by now, because I wasn’t entirely happy with them. This outfit as a whole does not work 100% – mainly because while my hair was matching the skirt perfectly about a week earlier it had faded too much. However, I did decide on finally posting it. After all it’s okay not to be perfect. This was also my last colourful hair colour, so it deserves some appreciation. As I write this my hair is dark brown with a white streak.

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

After all in a way perfection is quite boring, usually it’s more interesting to work towards it and the things that happen along the way. I think Alice is quite the appropriate brooch for that – Wonderland is rather fa from the norm and perfection and that’s what makes it so beautiful. All the weirdness and beauty that comes with being different gives the story and world of Alice so much. And it does the same in this world. Usually it’s people who are different who change the world.

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

The ones that break the rules, try something new and make mistakes to overcome them are usually the ones that inspire us. So let’s say yes to things that are not perfect and embrace the quirks.

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Pink Babydoll 60s Outfit Alice

Dress – handmade | Brooch – AmbrosiaBowl | Socks – calzedonia | Shoes – bait footwear via ModCloth | Lipstick – I think one of the essence metals

a few things to do in Malmö

Malmö Guide
Malmö is the perfect city to discover by walking, for me personally it’s also the perfect size for a city (similar to Augsburg in a way). People are incredibly nice and in the first half hour alone two people randomly started talking to me (one about my Star Wars jacket which was quite fun and a girl from Sightsavers who called me a queen for travelling alone). My time was interrupted by rain, but Malmö is one of these cities beautiful no matter the weather.

Malmö Haven

Haven


Station AreaMalmö

Station Area

Sightseeing

Malmöhus Malmö

Malmöhus


Snake Malmö Malmöhus

Snake


Malmöhus is the castle of Malmö (hence the name), but you can not only have a look at some royal reliquia, but it’s also a fantastic museum the top floors are reserved for art and historic objects, there also is a exhibit on the history of Malmö that is decorated with lots of historic items. It really is a great museum when it comes to making history interesting for everyone. They also have a selection of natural history pieces and living animals (which is somewhat weird, because they are stored in the basement, however they mainly have animals that enjoy the darkness).
St. Petri Church Malmö

St. Petri


St. Petri Church is really beautiful, very light and not to cluttered.
Another beautiful place is St. Gertrud where you can walk around in the yard, enjoy the lovely houses and disvover something new behind every corner.

Cafés

Café Bagaget Malmö

Café Bagaget


Café Bagaget is across the street from the hostel I stayed at (an amazing hostel!). The Café is colourful and cosy, everything they sell is made and served with love and the kanelbullar are delicious.
While I’m pretty sure Coffee Factory is a chain, the café in Malmö is so cute. The interior is filled with books and random chairs that do not really match.

Shopping
If you’re looking for vegetarian and vegan food I can highly recommend Astrid och Aprona. Not only does the store look adorable from the outside, it also offers a vast selection of vegan/vegetarian food and fruit.

SF Bokhandeln Tardis Malmö

SF Bokhandeln Tardis


SF Bokhandeln is nerd heaven. They have a few shops in Sweden and while I think Gothenburg (Göteburg) is the biggest, the one in Malmö is pretty big too and I think has a bigger selection than the one in Stockholm. And they have a tardis! Besides that they also have everything from books to funkos and merchandise.

Walks, Trips and Parks

Half-Timber House Malmö

Half-Timber House


It’s lovely to discover the city centre by walking around – you can look at all the 19th century houses, the half-timber houses, Lilla Torg and the townhall.
Gamla Graveyard Malmö

Gamla Graveyard


I’ve talked about graveyards before and Gamla Graveyard is a another beautiful one. It’s the old graveyard (gamla = old) and they do not bury people there anymore as far as I know, but instead there are a lot of flowers and even a small river.
plidannsparken Malmö flower

Plidannsparken Flower


plidannsparken Malmö flower

Plidannsparken Tower


plidannsparken Malmö flower pavillion magaret

Plidannsparken Pavillion


plidannsparken Malmö flower

Plidannsparken


Plidannsparken is close to the opera and very large. I enjoyed walking around a lot and there are tons of people jogging and walking their dogs. It seems to be pretty popular among natives, too. The park is centered around a small lake and there is a round tower you can see from every place in the park. You should definitely check out Margaretenpavillion as well, it’s beautiful and there are lovely flower beds all around.

Have you been to Malmö yet? If so, what did you like most?

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.

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?