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.

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

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

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these boots are made for walking

red velvet dress outfit handmade midcentury 60s hell bunny coat witch talisman bohemian

red velvet dress outfit handmade midcentury 60s hell bunny coat witch talisman bohemian

red velvet dress outfit handmade midcentury 60s hell bunny coat witch talisman bohemian

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.

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red velvet dress outfit handmade midcentury 60s hell bunny coat witch talisman bohemian

red velvet dress outfit handmade midcentury 60s hell bunny coat witch talisman bohemian

red velvet dress outfit handmade midcentury 60s hell bunny coat witch talisman bohemian

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.

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red velvet dress outfit handmade midcentury 60s hell bunny coat witch talisman bohemian

red velvet dress outfit handmade midcentury 60s hell bunny coat witch talisman bohemian

red velvet dress outfit handmade midcentury 60s hell bunny coat witch talisman bohemian

red velvet dress outfit handmade midcentury 60s hell bunny coat witch talisman bohemian

Dress – handmade | Coat – Hell Bunny | Tight – dollskill | Shoes – Deichmann | Talisman Nacklace – Gift | Choker, Crystal Necklace – schmuckrausch | Rings – six | Lipstick – pretty zombie cosmetics in Dahlia

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.

seefeld austria snow globe winter leg tattoo

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.

seefeld austria snow globe winter leg tattoo

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.

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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

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?

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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

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

come fly with me

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come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

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.

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come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

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.

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come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

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.

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come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

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

Handmade Update Winter 2018

Since apparently Ido not really manage to post at all on time, I decided to put together all the things I made in the last three months aka winter. So this is a mix of January, February and March. As always I had periods of a couple of days in which I was crazy productive and others in which I barely looked at my sewing machine. I’m in a phase of changeing my style a bit, so I am branching out in a different direction and also saying goodbye to a lot of things.

January
star wars skirt 50s package etsy
Star Wars Skirt for etsy
12th of January
Right at the beginning of the year I altered another skirt I had made for etsy and shipped it out. As always I was rather incompetent when it came to taking pictures.

frankenstein acrylic painting mary shelley heart
Frankenstein Quote Anatomic Heart Painting
6th, 12th of Janurary
I wanted to paint this for a long time because I am also planning on getting something like this tattooed some day and I do like how it turned out as I never really painted any sort of muscle/inner human thing before. The quote is maybe my favourite of the entire book, so I put it there.

moomin acrylic handmade painting
Moomin Painting
7th, 12th of January
This one, I’m not entirely happy with, but it’s a first step towards trying to paint landscapes – I think painting landscapes is a lot easier with watercolours, but I am trying it with Acrylics too.

snufkin painting moomins postcard watercolour
Snufkin Watercolour Postcard
7th, 12th of January
To be honest, I really really like this one. I’m quite content with how it turned out and now (more than two months later…..) do want to get back into painting a bit more.

February
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Corduroy Pinafore
08th of January, 24th, 25th of of February
With my (somewhat newfound) love for the 70s I did want a corduroy Pinafore – I love dark red skirts, so this is the perfect piece for daily wear. It is a bit short, but I do like mini skirts, so I do not mind.

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Florence Two Piece
25th of February
It took my a while to decide what to do with this beautiful fabric. eventually I made a two piece so I wcan wear them sperately and I am so damn excited to wear this in summer (then again, I just long for warmer days).

March
no picture…
Umbrella Skirt for etsy
3rd of March
Here is another piece I altered for etsy. I really liked this skirt, but it is not for me anymore whatsoever and I’m incredibly happy it found a new happy home.

bralette slip lace handmade
Lace Slip and Bralette Set
16th, 17th of March
I really wanted to make a lace lingerie set, but that turned out a bit difficult. The bralette is fine, though very revealing, but the slip is just really tight (the fabric does not have any stretch… bad choice, let me tell you) – also there was an incident with the washing machine because of the dress I dyed (see below) and not the colours are different, because the slip is (even though a beautiful) light green.

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Lace Babydoll
16th, 17th of March
My favourite fabrics right now are linen and chiffon-light-cotton and this is maybe the softest ever, the colour also looks so much like something soft and it is! I do want to wear it as outer wear in summer, but I am a bit on the fence (because it looks like nightwear – yet I do love that trend), even though it is quite dreamy and I enjoy it quite a bit.

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Trousers Alterations
17th of March
This is kind of a cheat, because I only added an elastic waistband to this beautiful pair of trousers, but I also wanted to show them already.

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Summer Dress Alterations
16th, 18th of March
Maybe you remember the yellow summer dress I made some time ago, I altered that one a bit by dyeing it and changing the zipper and I really like it now.

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Edwardian Teadress
18th of March
My love for the fashion of the early twentieth century leads to longer dresses, too, and when I saw this fabric in the sales section I was totally smitten. It is exactly what I want to wear and I added a dark green (removeable) ribbon – that I can easily exchange for something lighter. However this combintion has a suffragette vibe for me. Only violett is missing now. Without the ribbon it feels a bit like Ancient Greece.

dark brown linen 50s midcentury handmade skirt
Dark Brown Linen Skirt
23rd of March
As mentioned above I’m quite into linen right now and this dark brown is a dream! I do want to write about my current style at the moment, but this very much up my alley.

olive fairy dress handmade edwardian 20th century teadress
Olive Fairy Dress
24th of March
Obviously this is the other kind of fabric I love – I was looking for a cute green chiffon for a while and never found exactly the right shade. It is based on something I saw on a moodboard on Instagram – now I changed it a lot, but in general I think it has this soft forest fairy vibe (I do have to find a better elastic though).

That’s it for now. What did you create recently?

Call Me By Your Name

Last Friday I went to see CMBYM and I am still thinking about this movie a lot. I just wrote this few words and I am getting emotional again, fighting back tears. This movie is one of the best I have seen in years, maybe ever. It is powerful, heavy, but in a lazy way (not lazyly made, note that), like a summer breeze in a way.

Let’s start with the negative, maybe, and that is not really a negative, I guess. I did not like Oliver personally, I think he was well portrayed and his character worked well in the movie, but I just did not like him. This did not have any influence oon how I perceived the story, however, so this is more of an observation.
Elio on the other hand I truly loved from very early on, I think he is such a wonderful, soft and intelligent character. This really feels like his movie, it is sad and tragic yet beautiful. The setting of course was perfect, summery Italy in the 80s had me in a melancholic mood from the beginning on. The way it is shot, too, has a vintage feel, but not forced in any way. It has very warm tones and slow camera motion which I always like. This shows of the wonderful set design and costumes lovely – the women’s outfits were all so flowy and soft, I wanted them all. There is a love of nature, old houses and bike rides and those are all things I love. It is difficult for me to put into words how much I loved this movie, it touched me on another level and I had to take a couple of minutes after the movie just calming down. There was a lot of crying involved for me and in the movie too – the emotionality this put me through was very intense, but I feel like watching it again soon.
One of my favourite things about this was the way looks, emotions, expressions – the acting in general – were used to convey to the story. There is very little dialogue, which I appreciate – the amazing acting works out perfectly, you truly do not need the spoken word. And since I prefer a good acting over dialogue, this was beautifu. Thimothée Chalamet especially did a superb job of conveying Elio’s internal thoughts just through his expression and movement. This would also have worked as a silent movie, because the music choosen was mainly piano (and without a singer). The story is simple, but the way it is exectued is just so worth watching.
Another great thing were the parents. The mother is a very loving, easy-going, understanding person, someone I aspire to be (also incredibly beautiful) and the father is so important and the little monologue he had towards the ending had me in tears (also through his character we get some archaeology which I always appreciate). I wish all parents were this understanding and kind.

The entire movie was very emotional for, very beautifully made and a pleasure to watch, so I hope everyone has the possibility to watch it.

that was the summer of 1963 when everybody called me baby, and it didn’t occur to me to mind | Big Girls Don’t Cry Tattoo

big girls don't cry dirty dancing flower floral bumble bee script leg tattoo
This tattoo was on my execel table and before that in my head for the longest time – and now I’ve also had it for quite a while. I got it on the 13th of December before heading to watch Star Wars with two friends. I mentioned that I have difficulties writing even the shortes texts at the moment, it is no surprise that this also took me a while. Also the photos seem very washed out for some reason.

big girls don't cry dirty dancing flower floral bumble bee script leg tattoo

Rating the pain this was on the higher side. Especially the parts between bone and flesh were uncomfortable and I felt somewhat ticklish as well. Let’s say, it was not my favourite thing – it also took a while to heal and I head bruises for a while – then again my legs are a bit keen to bruises (this is on my right shin). Anyway I think it turned out lovely, the design was created just before the tattooing started, but it is just perfect. It is not what I first imagined in my mind, but when the sketch was done I knew that was what I wanted. It was once more done by Ella.

Dirty Dancing has been a huge part and influence in my life, the dressing style, the songs and Baby’s growth. I think we often tend to forget how strong of a person Frances Houseman is. She does not let anyone own her, she stands up for herself and others and she is kind and helpful. This movie is not just about the love story and dancing, it is about personal developement and social issues too (apparently Patrick Swayze was very insistent on not removing the part with the abortion as that was discussed).

big girls don't cry dirty dancing flower floral bumble bee script leg tattoo

However it is of course also representive for the song itself which is one of my all time favourites for both the lyrics and just the general feel. I adore the music of the Four Seasons and listen to them a lot, back in New York my mum and I went to the Jersey Boys musical, so of course the tattoo reminds me of that as well. And since I cannot go without plants on my body, I asked for some of my favourites – and a cute little bumble bee.

pink fluffy clouds

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Don’t worry we shall have wonderful dreams, and when we wake up it’ll be spring.

– Snufkin, Finn Family Moomintroll

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pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

Wednesday I came back from London – I had a lovely time and since it was the fourth time it was spent really relaxed. Mainly just walking about the city, a bit of shopping and having nice snacks. I will write a bit about that soon. That day we spent in Notting Hill and Camden – and in the first we found houses matching this shirt perfectly. The first picture is already a few months old and taken in Munich, but I could not help including it.

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pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

Moomintroll is one of my favourite positivity inspirations – while I identify more with Snufkin, I think Moomin is so happy and just a sunshine. He is round and fluffy and all around content. At the moment I’m a bit moody, my moodswings are really intense and due to my semester break I’m a bit lazy as well. So it is a bit difficult writing for the blog, too. I try my best, though.

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pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

The break in London was quite nice to just be away from everything for a while and we even ended our trip with seeing the sun rise at the Airport on our way back home. Sunrises and sunsets with pink clouds are my favourite. The way the sky is coloured like an artwork makes me feel totally at peace. And maybe also wish I was a 19th century artist.

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pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

Shirt – etsy | Skirt – Vintage (Resales) | Tights – calzedonia | Shoes – funtasma (via amazon) | Jewellery – Vintage, Second Hand, Gifts | Lipstick – kiko Intensely Lavish Lipstick in 04

When you grow up, your heart dies.

80s highschool breakfast club john hughes eighties levi's jeans outfit

80s highschool breakfast club john hughes eighties levi's jeans outfit

80s highschool breakfast club john hughes eighties levi's jeans outfit

Long time no see… I feel like it is really appropriate to finally post this since my last weeks were filled with uni work (okay, this is a school shirt, but you know). Since I’m obsessed with 80s high school movies – mainly by John Hughes -, I did feel inspired by them when I put this outfit together.

80s highschool breakfast club john hughes eighties levi's jeans outfit

80s highschool breakfast club john hughes eighties levi's jeans outfit

80s highschool breakfast club john hughes eighties levi's jeans outfit

80s highschool breakfast club john hughes eighties levi's jeans outfit

While Molly Ringwald wasn’t my aspiration growing up, I did adore the movies, I always found John Hughes take on the archetypes pretty interesting, even though (I guess) nobody likes who Andie ended up with. And of course, I have to say, my favourite will forever be Ferrie Bueller’s Day Off. Not in a ‘every kid wants to take a day off’ way, but because how they spend their time, going to see art, shenanigans and everything. It’s beautiful and the characters too, Ferrie, while being one of the popular kids, is just nice, and I appreciate that, a lot.

80s highschool breakfast club john hughes eighties levi's jeans outfit

80s highschool breakfast club john hughes eighties levi's jeans outfit

80s highschool breakfast club john hughes eighties levi's jeans outfit

School where I grew up was nothing like what I saw in American teen dramas – then again I don’t live in the subburbs, where everyone has a cute little house with a picket fence, either. I always wonder how close to reality these stories are, but in a way I think they are charming no mater what and just make me happy.

80s highschool breakfast club john hughes eighties levi's jeans outfit

80s highschool breakfast club john hughes eighties levi's jeans outfit

Shirt – my elementary school “graduation” shirt | Stripe Shirt – Vintage | Denim Shirt – Vintage Woolrich (my mum got it in the states when she went there) | Jeans – Vintage Levis (via GypsyGothVintage) | Shoes – Deichmann