a very late guide to Bratislava

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Well, it has been a while. Which seems to be my standard greeting. Anywhere, really. I have been to Bratislava last summer, late August 2018, which is about a year ago. I enjoyed it quite a bit, so here are a few things I really liked about this beautiful, sweet town. It is also pretty good to reach from Vienna (I went there afterwards) and I think two or three days are actually enough – since it is rather small. I was somewhat under the weather one of the days, so I stayed at home for one afternoon.

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Primaciálny palác

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Top one is probably the castle, Bratislavský Hrad, a wonderful castle inside and out and very well taken care of. The Baroque Garden are probably some of the prettiest castle gardens I’ve ever seen.

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Galeria Nedbalka

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Of course, the Katedrála svätého Martina is a must see, the surrounding area is lovely to walk around. There are painted houses, cafes and even a Liszt bust. The primaciálny palác (a pink palace in the centre) is on top of my dream buildings lists. It’s a light pink palace, what more can I say? I also found the president’s palace and square very appealing.

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Bratislavský Hrad

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Another favourite for me was the modern Galeria Nedbalka, that felt a little like the Guggenheim museum in New York. The art ranges from 19th century to contemporary and it is a stunningly curated place. The SNG (national gallery) is free of an entry fee and has changing exhibits that are very well done. Honestly, visit museums in Bratislava! (The one for natural history too, of course.) And, if you are looking for old books, Antiquariat Steiner is the place for you!

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Café at the SNP square

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Café Maximilian

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Something I would highly recommend is going to Devín (it’s a short bus ride) for a day and look at the stunning castle with a lot of history and large area to walk as well as a beautiful view. Also, go and look at the Sandberg. For me, that was an enormous highlight – it’s a geologically interesting place and also looks lovely.

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Devin castle

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Devin Sandberg


Since Bratislava is nowhere near as internationally famous (or huge) as Paris or Rome, the town is not as crowded, and it is very enjoyable just walking around the lovely streets or getting a lemonade and people-watch. Wonderful cafés are the Zeppelin Café, Café Maximilian and the café at the SNP square, where they serve the best lemonade.

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Zeppelin Café

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save the bees

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As mentioned before I am working on getting into this again. I am not entirely sure where I want to go, so fluctuation might appear. Especially in the way I edit my photos (I do not like editing the outside ones as much) and in the way I write. Or rather what I write. I’m not sure whether I want to write personal texts among my outfit pictures or rather focus on the outfit or little stories around that. These photos were taken in Padova, the greener ones at the Orto Botanica, which is one of the oldest botanical gardens. It’s well worth a visit.

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Bees are some my favourite animals and of course some of the most important ecological figures. I try to be careful to save them for example from drinks and pounds. There are some easy way to help bees – sugar water, planting certain (usually wild) flowers. It you don’t have a garden, planting some at random green corners in the city is always a good idea. Though of course flowers under the window are lovely. Buying regional honey is another big thing – personally I don’t eat honey, but I love buying some for family/friends when I am travelling and come across shops with regional honey. That might also be a nice idea for a trip – maybe you can look up a beekeeper with a shop near you and go ther on the weekend. Along with that it is always good to choose regional and especially seasonal products – again, when you can go for a trip to the farmer’s market or an organic farmer – even better.

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Most countries have organisations where you can either donate money directly, act as a godfather/mother or help with projects e.g. for wild bees. Obviously reducing the use of cars, pesticide-infected product etc is good not only for the bees, but the whole world. There are a lot of tiny and big steps one can follow to make this world better.

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Shirt – AlpenglowApparel (they donate part of the money to bee organisations) | Pants – secondhand/vintage | Backpack – LeaflingBags | Socks – calzedonia | Shoes – amazon, but old

Lace Dreams

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This dress is another wedding dress in my collection and probably the most wearable one. It’s a beautiful vintage dress I found on an Instagram closet sale and buying it I was not aware how much wear I would get out of it – I know I will be able to wear it in summer, spring and autumn.

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A lot of these photos were taken at the Scala Contarini di Bovolo and in Murano/Burano which I enjoyed a lot. Afterwards we went to the Lido to swim and that was amazing. I have never been to the Lido to go swimming, we always stayed at Union Lido (camping) and there is a fantastic beach. But the one at the Lido was free of charge and really nice. The Lido area in general is beautiful, though.

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Also, my shoes fell apart at one point and I stiched them back together and then bought glue stripes to put posters on a wall. So, that is how I fixed them on the go. It was funny, tbh. Still I cannot let go of them.

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june days in venice

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I love travelling alone, I really do, but travelling with a friend can be wonderful as well. In June I went to Venice with a friend from uni – we have only know each other for a couple of months, but it truly is a friendship I treasure and hope to keep forever. It was a very harmonious trip and I wanted to share a few photographs. I guess I will also share an outfit or two. Well, here are a couple of lovely places in Venice – I am grateful for the lovely time we had and the incredible weather! (These are also from Murano, Burano, the Lido and Padova. All highly recommended, especially the free beaches at the Lido) one place to visit besides all the very known stuff is the Scala Contarini di Bovolo!

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The Lady’s Guide to Adventure

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With spring already grazing us and summer right around the corner, this is the perfect timing to go out on an adventure. I put together a few things you might like to think of. Also, please try avoiding trash by reusing bottles and tupperware – and don’t throw your waste just into the nearest shrub.

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lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

Where and when to go.
Be spontaneous. Personally I prefer sunshine and warm weather, but of course with a rain coat and solid shoes walking around in the mud is fairly easy. While during summer months the forecast is fairly reliable, so you can plan when to go. However, I would also suggest taking the chance when perfect weather comes around. Living in an area close to a lot of mountains and woods, I can take pretty much every local train or public transport to get to pretty places. If this is not the case, make a list of places that are easy to reach by public transport or bike (personally I think taking a car is a bit of a cheat, but of course you can). If you live in a city, check the surrrounding area for public woods, national parks, lakes or mountains. And then just go, that is the most important part. Don’t put it off.

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lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

What to take with you.
Well, I will write a seperate post about this sooner or later, I do want to mention a couple of things. Having too much things with you – no matter if in your backpack or in your life – makes things more complicated, yet there are things that are very worth carrying. Besides food and a bottle of water, I do recommend a raincoat or umbrella if the weather should indeed change. One of the most annoying things while hiking sure are too thin or wet socks – pack a second pair. Even if only on the way back home, you will be glad about them. Same goes for bandaids and sunscreen – you do not expect sunburn and sore feet, but better to be prepared than sorry.

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lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

What to wear.
You know me, I’m not exactly a person to dress most appropriate for nature – or at least what we consider appropriate now. After all women used to wear dirndls and shoes like these to climb mountains a few decades ago still. As long as they are comfortable to you and good to clean, wear whatever you like. Wear something that is comfortable, not too heavy and not too light. I recommend linen and depending on temperature two or three layers – maybe a cardigan or an aditional scarf.

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

What to do.
I would also bring a journal and a couple of pens as well as some pens – collect flowers and leaves (only the ones not protected by nature protection, of course), make sketches and write thoughts down. Take photos – maybe even analog ones. Take risks (within reason) – maybe take another path, take analog photos only even though they might not turn out well. Of course, depending on whether you walk on your own or with other people, you might want to pack different things – a card game, perhaps. For the journey with the train and maybe once you reach your destination, pack a book. And if you forget something or don’t want to bring anything – just enjoy nature in all its beauty.
Last but not least: run down the hills like Judy Andrews did in The Sound of Music!

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

lady's guide to adventure mountains woods folk midcentury vintage linen 50s handmade

Shirt – Vintage | Skirt – handmade | Bee Cardigan Pin – ModCloth | Tights – elbeo | Socks – calzedonia | Shoes – neosens | Backpack – Leaflings Bags | Lipstick – kiko
Also the title is of course inspired by two of my favourite books, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

a few london memories

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Last month I spent a couple of days in London, with a good friend of mine. Since we’d both been to the city before it was a very relaxed holiday. The only things that were actually to dos were visiting the Natural History Museum and the BBakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. The later is a bus tour through London (a really touristy thing I never did in any city, ever), but combined with some Afternoon Tea – the most delicious little treats, you can see them later on. I highly recommend it, if that sound like your thing.

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Moomin Store in Covent Garden

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Queen’s Theatre – Les Misérables (which we saw, it was fantastic)

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BBakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

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Henry Fordes Books (a beautiful old bookstore with lovely booksellers)

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Natural History Museum – Minerals

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Bubble Wrap in China Town (the original and it was delicious)

now on to the things I got in London
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A couple of gifts for my friends and family – a book, chocolates, a trinket tray and a candle.

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Okay, the two Moomin stores were also on my list, I found a couple of lovely things. A cup (I really wanted one) and tea, also the wonderful map, a biro, a pin and a book. I think the things I found are adorable and I’m really excited for the tea.

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Personally I always need a playbill for every musical I get to see and I also considered this pin super cute. The novel Jekyll and Hyde (which I found at Henry Fordes) was on my to read list for the longest time and I’m glad I found it used for only a couple of pounds.

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At Beyond Retro I found this wonderful pair of pants. It has some strong Teddy Girl vibes going on – also I really wanted some fabric pans.

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At the shop I also found this Edwardian Style skirt by Calvin Klein. It fits perfectly and just matches my current wardrobe so well.

What are your favourite things to do in London?

the main thing in life is to know your own mind | Snufkin Tattoo

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When I got the Snowglobe by the end of January, I also got my dear Snufkin, the perfect travel companion. He is of course also the perfect inspiration to just get out more, to dream about wandering and fell like me with his wanderlust. He is also my reminder to be less wasteful and to be more minimalistic. While I am still on the journey, Snufkin (the moomins in general) is a huge inspiration for me in that regard. To be more attentive, to appreciate natur, to collect in memories not things.

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Most certainly there is still a lot to learn, but so far I think I am on a good way. Also, the tattoo was done by Ella, as always, but I think we will have to fix his hands to match the colour of his face. Other than that I lovehis design, I think it’s adorable, even with this little backpack and the berries (as you know no tattoos on me without plants). The healing was a bit difficult, though I assume also because the skin in my loweer legs is rather dry do to the weather. For now, while I do have tattoo plans for summer/autumn I will wait as to donate blood again (four months waiting time…). Did you get any colour on your skin recently?

The Adventurous Life of Miss Aurelia

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dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

If I was a character in a Wes Anderson movie, I would have a house full of fossils and minerals which would be very neat and in a certain order. I would have some beautiful old cabinets and every little tooth or mineral would have a little handwritten note attached to it. In the afternoon I would lie down and have a nap from exactly 2 pm to 4 pm. After the nap I would just sit exactly in the middle of that forest green couch and read Frankenstein with my two cats sitting on each side of me. In this vision I would live through a lot of adventures, always bringing something home from my digs. Tall plants would cover the stairs and entryways to the rooms, because nobody would ever cut them or restrict them.

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dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

I would always wear themed berets, wondering Is it just ironic or already inappropriate to look at fish fossils while wearing a sushi beret? I don’t eat fish, but I feel weird about that. Then again I might be overthinking things, considering old fish bones probably feel rather indifferent about embroidery depicting food made from their descendents. Then I would go on admiring fossils and geological exhibition pieces, reading about earth history, feeling like this is the path for me. Of course, my palaeontology inspiration would be portrayed by Bill Murray and by the end of the movie I would finally get to meet him.

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dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

Mendl’s would also be part of my Wes Anderson universe, so I would have a little box of treats each Sunday morning, in stressful situations you would always find me eating a tiny cake on said forest green couch while breathing unsteady. Obviously my cats would greet the guests by first walking around my symmetrically and then walking around the guests. Of course, guests would be rare, because I would prefer not to be disturbed in my regulated daily routine. Much rather I would pick up flowers at the same shop as always, before drinking a cup of tea.

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dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

Shirt – Boden | Pinafore – handmade | Tights – ??? | Kneehighs – Hunkemöller | Shoes – Deichmann | Beret – ellenithelabel | Mendl’s Brooch – hungry designs | Earrings – Vintage | Bracelets – Gifts and/or old

childhood memories | Seefeld Snowglobe Tattoo

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Every year on my birthday we travel to Seefeld in Austria, it’s less than two hours away from my home, so it’S the perfect weekend get away. While I have severe issues with my birthday, I get incredibly sulky and cranky – I know that, but I cannot do anything against it, because thoughts race in my head and I can’t control that -, I love this place with all my heart. It is of course because of all the memories tied to it. I have a couple of posts about this place, you can find them here.

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seefeld austria snow globe winter leg tattoo

I mentioned this before, but somehow I find shin tattoos rather uncomfortable to be done. The transition between bone and flesh is so weird and just in general it’s rather ticklish and my leg tends to twitch. Yet, I think it turned out so lovely with the snow and the alpine flowers (ghostweed). As always Ella worked out my idea just perfectly – the wood detailing especially is a dream. The healing on this one was quicker (I got it late January) and easier than the Big Girls one for some reason. I feel like bigger areas heal a lot better than delicate ones.

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siamo così fragili quando siamo innamorati

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dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

When I was in London a couple of weeks ago, I really wanted to see a musical again. I saw two when I first was in London four years ago, but the last two times I did not manage to watch any. However this time we got to see Les Miserables. This is something I wanted to for the longest time – I never got to see the movie, either, or read the book. However, I finally did see the musical and it was glorious. I cried a lot (then again I always cry) and enjoyed it even more than I expected.

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

The 19th century has a special way of storytelling, especially the romantic era is very emotional and has a certain mix of showing a lot and not showing at all. As I’m writing this text, I’m near the end of Crime and Punishment which is fastly becoming a favourite. Of course, neither Les Mis nor C&P is Italian like my caption, but I think this one is very fitting for the era. The quote is by Robert Emanuelli from a book I want to read in the near future. I’m someone to fall in love quite easily, not really love love, but this kind of romantisised feeling towards people I see on the street, I talk to, anything really. I’m a daydreamer, so I give people a personality based on a few clues. The day I took those pictures for example I was totally smitten with a very kind and courteous book seller. Don’t you love those what if moments?

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

Pussybow Blouse – Gracy Q | Shirt – Vintage | Tights – calzedonia | Kneehighs – British Library | Brooch – Little Moose | Earrings – Vintage | Bracelet – Gifts (rather old) | Shoes – Deichmann | Lipstick – Kiko