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!
For a couple of months I have not been posting nor curating this page at all. Which is not a big deal, considering I have always used this more as a diary/outlet for myself rather than anything else. Did I want to become super successful with this at a point? Yeah, probably, but I really did not in the last few months/years and to be honest I do not even care if anyone looks at this. I just felt a bit like reviving this and typing out my thoughts.
It is not that I don’t like writing on the blog, I really do enjoy it, but I had no motivation whatsover in the last – I think – five months and even before that I didn’t really. Maybe this one won’t be followed by anthing. Who knows? Because it was not that I did not have time – sure I was stressed with uni and I moved out of my parents’ flat into a shared flat and for a while my mental health wasn’t very good either – but I did have time for myself to use however I felt like and blogging was not on that list.
But, if I am being honest with myself a lot of hobbies were not, I did waste time. And by that I don’t mean relaxing and just calming down after stressful times which is good and necessary. But rather being on my phone way too much – not just to check on the accounts I follow and maybe post something, but on the explore page of IG or watching YouTube videos I basically did not care about at all. That is a pretty common thing nowadays, but I don’t want that anymore. And maybe, maybe writing down this can help me hold myself accountable. There are millions of things I actually prefer over being on my phone, but it is a lot easier, more comfortable to just scroll.
I try to get back on board with drawing and whenever I do it I feel really happy – I don’t feel like sharing it either, because I want to do it for me, unlike so many other things that I feel almost obligated to share for no real reason whatsoever.
Recently I read Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (really good book by the way) which also kind of inspired that feeling of wanting to live more and be less passive, be less focused on what other people – that I have no interest in or connection to – do. Here is the thing, I do love posting outfits on Instagram, because I love fashion, collecting and creating clothing. It is a big passion of mine to create outfits that may present a story, a character or just a shade of me and I enjoy looking at my feed because there are so many memories connected to the photos. I feel less internal pressure now to post daily/at all, because I am doing this 100% for me now and not for anything else. And I also always enjoyed going through my travelling photos and posting about places I have been to, because seeing the world is wonderful and taking photos is too. I am not a prefessional photographer, I have just some basic knowledge and no interest to turn this professional in any way, but I want to pick this up again and write about where I have been since April (Venice, Berlin, Bratislava and Vienna), because I like going back to those places via the photos, maybe write about places I would recommend checking out, maybe post some of the outfit photos I took.
From my side, I do not want to end this blog, this “diary”, but what I do want to end is the “pressure” I put on myself to share everything, because why? Things do have value even though nobody other than me sees them. I do not need the praise/acceptance/whatever from other people to make them valid. I always used the internet – various platforms from deviantArt to goodreads to Instagram – to keep track of things. When did I do what? When did I sew that? When did I read this? When? When? Because I am somewhat obsessive with recording the chronology of things. I cannot read a book without tracking when, how often, how long and I don’t know why this is the case – maybe I should ask my therapist. It feels a bit unhealthy. In a way I did that here with my sewing updates and I try to get away from that.
And as mentioned above towards living more and wasting less. Be that by overthinking, procrastinating or tracking things. This post went in another direction than I expected, but I don’t mind. I truly hope this helps me hold myself accountable when I pick up my phone to look at things that don’t interest me rather than spend times on hobbies. It goes hand in hand with an attitude I have to get rid of – when I have like an hour (or less usually) left til I need to get somewhere I often tend to procrastinate (e.g. be on my phone), because I feel like well, what am I supposed to do in x minutes anyway? when in reality I could surely read a few pages, clean my room (while I am downright pedantic in the kitchen, I am not in my bedroom), edit a few photos, study or revise etc. And that is something I have to alter in my behaviour.
There are more things I want to change, but I think this is a good starting point for myself and a good glance into what moves me at the moment. I might write about this again in outfit posts or maybe I won’t. But here we go.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
What are your favourite things to do in London?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Shirt – Boden | Pinafore – handmade | Tights – ??? | Kneehighs – Hunkemöller | Shoes – Deichmann | Beret – ellenithelabel | Mendl’s Brooch – hungry designs | Earrings – Vintage | Bracelets – Gifts and/or old
Approximately one million years ago (early February, I think) I took this set of photos, I wore this outfit quite a bit and I do truly enjoy it still. It’s a fun mix of 80s movie high schooler and witch. Also, the pictures with the open coat (esp. the one below) make me feel somewhat like a movie character, like a bad bitch assassin that never stays in one place for too long and smokes cigarettes while driving an old black car. So basically nothing like me.
I usually live a chill live, I don’t have to worry about basic needs – also I neither smoke nor drive nor assassinate. Which I am glad about, I like living a comfortable life, going for a hike every now and then, yet I do like dressing up in a certain way and thinking about a story for each and every one, a certain personality. I do talk about this a lot, but movies and stories influence me a lot. And while I know I will not pursue a career in that direction, I appreciate the idea people have.
Dress – handmade | Coat – Hell Bunny | Tight – dollskill | Shoes – Deichmann | Talisman Nacklace – Gift | Choker, Crystal Necklace – schmuckrausch | Rings – six | Lipstick – pretty zombie cosmetics in Dahlia
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.
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.
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.
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?
Pussybow Blouse – Gracy Q | Shirt – Vintage | Tights – calzedonia | Kneehighs – British Library | Brooch – Little Moose | Earrings – Vintage | Bracelet – Gifts (rather old) | Shoes – Deichmann | Lipstick – Kiko
My fatal flaw is and will probably forever be procrastination. I do want to tackle that this year, but this year is already three months old (which is a damn quarter) and I am maybe 1% better at doing my stuff. Apparently I procrastinated stopping to procrastinate. The thing is once I do something – work, write blogposts, read etc etc – I like it. I enjoy working on things, I love being productive. I’m ambitious and enjoy hardworking (typical Capricorn here), but I struggle. A lot.
It is hard for me, to start somewhere. I’m easily overwhelmed and it’s a lot easier to just browse on my phone. Of course, the last weeks I also needed some relaxing time after that semester, the exams and working at the lab, but sometimes the relaxing might be done a lot more productive. After all, I like putting my words in thoughts on here, I like painting. I do realise it’s easier for me to get things done when I am not at home – I read a lot while staying at my grandparents, when I travel I see a lot, I visit museums and art galleries, botanical gardens and castles. It’s just staying at home doing nothing is so easy. It’s not what I want deep down, but it’s damn easy and as soon as you stop doing things (e.g. I also managed to sew a lot for a couple of days), it is hard to pick them up again. Same goes for studying and doing things for the blog.
I have this tendency to just waste two hours before I have a certain appointment, because I tell myself I cannot do anything in that time anyway. But, to be real, I could. I definitely could. I could read about 100 pages and even have time for a snack, I could edit photos, I could clean, I could, I could. But I don’t. They say realisation is the first step to improvement (it’s a saying in German at least), but I know about these things and I do not alter my behaviour. Maybe I will after that post. Maybe it’s also the bane of human existence to complain about not doing things instead of doing things.
Top – Vintage | Skirt – Vintage Ralph Lauren | Tights – calzedonia | Beret – Diefental | Shoes – Deichmann | Trench Coat – Zara (VERY old) | Necklace – By Simon Italy | Earrings – Vintage | Lipstick – kiko (Limited Edition)
Places pictured: Bench at Covent Garden | The Tower | The Royal Arcade