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
pinafore handmade skirt 70s 60s miniskirt midcentury corduroy red
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.

florence two piece midcentury handmade miniskirt croptop
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.

babydoll soft lace handmade 60s edwardian 20th century midcentury
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.

green altered summer dress dark green sweetheart
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.

edwardian teadress 20th century handmade greek soft
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?

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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

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden 19th century art

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

– Snufkin, Finn Family Moomintroll

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

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.

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 camden7

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.

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

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.

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

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

Moomin in the Snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

Between studying for my tests I decided to take the time to write another blogpost. I have a couple more outfit shots saved, that I just have to edit and think of a text. Well, my exams are in the first two weeks of February, so I have one more week. And after that I have about two and a half weeks of chemistry “internship”. So not the most chilled weeks, but I enjoy my studies, so that’s fine. Last weekend was spent in Seefeld with my best friend and family, so that was a nice break.

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

Since currently I’m spending most of my time at home, I’m living vicariously through travelling blogs, books and movies, feeling my wanderlust stronger every day. I would also enjoy spring and summer again, but the beautiful snow isn’t too bad either. It also fits with my love for the moomin stories.

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

I like how cosy the moomins are, how much there is to learn from the books – from enjoying what life gives you to not focusing material goods. It felt rather cathartic to read a book that is actually for kids and just relate to this so much. Nevertheless I do hope to get to wander a bit soon again for real and not just through Snufkin and Moomin’s adventures.

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow

moominin seefeld red velvet 50s midcentury 60s beret ootdsocialclub vintage inspired snow
I could not resist including this photo.

Jumper – Vintage | Skirt – handmade | Tights – calzedonia | Beret – the other sparrows | Shoes – Deichmann | Lipstick – sleek True Color Lipstick in Stiletto

a tiny guide to lucca

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When I decided to go to Florence a priority of mine was to spend a day in Lucca, too. I remembered the city from a few years back and from a book I read in class in 11th or 12th grade. And while I wasn’t feeling to hot that day (my throat was a nightmare), once more it was a lovely day spent. Since I am obsessively neat with writing down everything I do while travelling (in order!), I can easily write this guide more than three months after I’ve been there. As stated above it’s only a tiny guide, but it is wonderful to explore Lucca by foot or bike without a real plan – however maybe these can be a few stops on your journey.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

How to get there. When you’re staying in Florence, you can get to Lucca directly by train or Flixbus in about an hour and a half. Then you just have to walk about five minutes and you reach the old town.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

What to do. I ended my journey there, but I want to mention it here first: go to the Botanical Garden. I love botanical gardens in general and Italian ones in particular, but this one takes the crown. I took a few pictures you can see at the end of this post to get a look. Another thing that is basically a must is walking on the city wall – or taking the bike to just ride around the city! There are two beautiful churches you should have a look at – while you have to pay for Cattedrale San. Martino, it is very worth it and you can attend one or two other places with the ticket. The other one is in the middle of the town, San Michele in Foro, a very plain church, but very impressing nevertheless. Both of them are beautiful from the outside alone, but you should go inside as well. Most famous is maybe Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro, a lovely place to just stay at for some time and enjoy the buzzing people. While being at Lucca I realised that the museums are very sparely visited, but if you find the time, do have a look at Palazzo Mansi – because it’s not only a beautiful palace, but also great museum featuring instruments and clothing from past centuries. AND it has a lovely garden, too.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

Where to eat. I only had little snacks and ice cream all over town, but I did have tea at the Tea Room which is part of the Palace Hotel (Via S. Paolino, 103). It was a lovely place to watch people passing by and just relax for some time – also, they have really good tea.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

Where to shop. I wasn’t sure whether to put this in the food category or this one, but I opted for this (obviously): Chocolat (Via Cenami, 1), a chocolate/sweets shop that not only looks adorable outside and in, but also – most importantly – the sweets are delicious! Another unique place to shop at is American Market Di Betti Faustina (Via Della Fratta, 13 15) – Betti has wonderful fabrics that are very unique. Especially if you’re looking for border prints, this is your place to go.

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

lucca travelling wanderlust italy florence botanical garden

visting vinci

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy
When you are going to Vinci I assume you either are interested in Leonardo or you want to go hiking – it’s the perfect location for both. When I went there in autumn as part of my trip to Florence I wanted to visit all the houses of the Leonardo exhibition and that was wonderful. Every part of it was really interesting and since Vinci is an adorable town it was also a joy to walk around for a while. You could technically walk up to the birth house as well, and I would have loved to, but unfortunately I did not have enough time for that. Nevertheless I also truly enjoyed the nature and the view! To get to Vinci without a car you take the train to Empoli and then get onto the bus – and same for the journey back (however that is less frequent and takes longer because the route is a bit different, so look up your last commute).

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Cat

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Outfit Midcentury 50s

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Cat

Travelling Wanderlust Vinci Italy Leonardo

what to do in florence

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I was very excited to get back to Florence – it was my last trip in 2017 (in October, it sure took me a while to edit these pictures and write this) before starting university and I had been playing a lot of Assassin’s Creed in Renaissance Italy, so yes, this was very high up on the list. And I truly had the best time, one day excluded it was very warm and sunny – almost summerish. Now, I want to share a couple of things you shouldn’t miss while being in Florence. It is also the perfect city as a start to visiting Tuscany or as a base to make a couple of trips to the surrounding towns – I will write about the ones I visited too.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

The really touristy stuff. First of, most museums are free of charge on the first Sunday every month, so in case you’re in the city during that time, look up for which ones that applies. Yes, it is worth booking the whole ticket to see the Doumo, the Campanile, the museum, the old cathedral and the baptistry – that last one especially because it is stunning and the ceiling painting depicts a various scenes Christian religious canon. Same goes for the Uffizi, book the tickets beforehand – I did not book my tickets for the Museo dell’Academia beforehand (where David is exhibited) and waited about an hour, that was okay for me, because the weather was fantastic, but it sure is better to get them ahead of time – or be early, as for Ponte Vecchio – go there super early or super late, I mean, it is always stuffed, but it is worth having a look at the little shops on the bridge. I would also say it’s worth visiting Piazza Michelangelo, it’s a nice “hike” to the piazza and you have a fantastic view.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

The touristy stuff. While being directly at Piazza della Signora Palazzo Vecchio is surprisingly uncrowded on the inside. You can have a look at the atrium without paaying the entrance fee, but it is indeed worth going inside as well and having a look at the rooms – and out of the windows. More crowded, but still less than I expected was Palazzo Pitti and the Giardini Boboli – the gardens are obviously super enjoyable for walking around, but the rooms inside the palazzo feature so much wonderful art and costumes from past eras, it is stunning. Right above the Gardens you can enter Belvedere – there is usually a exhibition/installion (look at the picture with the enormous skeletton in the background) going on, too, but it is also just worth the view – especially if you don’t want to be pushed around on Piazza Michelangelo on sunny days.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

The not so touristy stuff.
If however you find yourself walking up to Piazza Michelangelo, walk via the Giardino delle Rose, a beautifully curated garden of roses that also has a nice view over the city and just lovely entwined ways. While the Dante quarter is quite crowded, his birth house with a wonderfully curated museum sure is not. Of course, it depends on whether the Divina Comedia and his life interest you, but for me that was a very interesting visit. Same goes for the Museo Galileo – he is famous, but somehow his museum in Florence is not – they have tons of interesting scientific instruments and even a place where you can try things yourself. As always I have to mention the Museo Geologia & Palaeontologia along with the Botanical Garden in San Marco. The museum has a lot of beautiful exhibition pieces with very interesting information provided – though, of course, earth sciences are quite popular in Tuscany I assume from the research/digging done. A church I would definitely recomment is Santo Spirito, very subdued in a very calm place of the city. If you find the time, don’t miss out on San Lorenzo, the entire quarter is very lovely, but especially the basilica and the monastery are quite interesting. And of course, Palazzo Martelli is incredibly beautiful.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

Food. There are tons of wonderful places to eat at, but if you’re looking for a nice gelato, don’t miss out on La Bottega del Gelato/The Stickhouse – they basically sell regular Ice Cream on a stick, it tastes super fresh and amazing and can be covered in chocolate, nuts etc. One of my favourite things to eat is fried vegetables which are very popular in Italy, I had a delicous serving at Rivalata Café and another one at Il Fritto inside Mercato Centrale. If you’re looking for a place to eat near the Duomo, Loggia degli Albizi has delicious food. And on the other side of the river, Caffé Oltrano which is quite popular among students has very tasty snacks and the owner is very lovely. I had breakfast more than once from this adorable place near my hostel (Santa Monaca which was quite lovely with incredibly nice staff and very nice other guest too!), S.forno – a bakery that was just adorable and the food was delicious and fresh (Via Santa Monaca, 3/R)!

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

Vintage Shopping with no end. Rarely have I been to a place with as many Vintage shops as Florence – so obviously there is a price range from bargain to over the top expensive, but I try to give a little overview. La Belle Epoque (Borgo Pinti 24/R) is stuffed with a wide range of things from all eras, you will find 80s pieces as well as 50s ones and all to a decent price. One adorable shop with a mix of Vintage and Vintage inspired pieces is Lady Jane B Vintage (Via dei Pilastri, 32), a small adorable store with a lovely sales assistant and also a vary of handmade accessoires. I am sure if I was living in Florence I’d go there quite often. Same goes for Giratempo Vintage (Piazzeta piero Calamandrei, 2), which is very focused on 50s Vintage with a lot of lovely pieces, though a bit pricier – it’s very central, so you can definitely drop by without much ado. If you enjoy a large selection with a lot of fancy dresses Street Doing Vintage (Via dei Servi, 88/R) might be interesting. From the outside it looks just like every other Vintage store, but then you get in and walk to the back and ther is just so much stuff and also they have a section just for accessoires, particularly glasses! A street with a lot of Vintage shops is Via dei Fossi with Epoca Vintage (Via dei Fossi, 6), medium prices with a wide selection and Cancello Vintage (Via dei Fossi, 13/R), specially selected, more unique pieces – but of course at a higher price. If you walk along the stree over the Arno you get to Via dei Serragli and find even more Vintage shops, among them Momo Vintage (Via dei Serragli, 7/R), Ceri Vintage (Via dei Serragli, 26) and Recollection by Albrici (Via dei Serragli, 22) and there is probably something for every taste – even though a lot of it is a bit on the expensive side.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

A few more shops. Basically a must stop for me is the Disney Store and the Pinocchio Store. Both, pretty self explaining. If you are looking for fabulous fabrics, to stop at Valli Tessuti (Via della Vigna Nuova, 81/R), even though it is pricy, it is worth just having a look. Mesticheria Tucci (Via dei Servi, 76) is the place to go in case you want to see one of those typical Italian shops owned by little old men and stuffed with everything from cups to cleaning rugs.

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance

Last but not least I want to share a couple of treasures I found in Florence. Most importantly my second Scott McClintock dress – it is a little big on me, but I could not resist this dream in white – I actually wore it on Halloween for my undead bride/demon outfit. At the Disney store I got a lovely Donald Ornament, because he is one of my favourite characters and this particular one is so vintage-y, I’m in love. Along with it a Leia on Endor Tsum Tsum. At various Vintage/Knick-Knack Stores I found a black beret like I have been looking for, a Pinocchio Pin, a Florin, a Star Wars Mug and a cute postcard. Also I picked up a chestnut and brought that home and since the hostel did not have free tea, I got some Twinings Lemon Scented Black Tea after my trip to Lucca – ever since then I really developed a taste for black tea! Oh, and of course the fabric I got in Luccs which I already turned into a dress here.
firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance 80s edwardian dress lace
firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance souvenir donald duck disney fabric beret star wars

now, eventually you might have dinosaurs on your dinosaur tour, right?

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

As a somewhat creative person one of my favourite things to do is put together outfits that create characters, I talked about this before, in aventures extraordinaires, I think. I am not really a painter or a writer, I do both on the occasion, but in general I prefer to admire other people’s work. However I think with sewing and outfits I can indeed express my creativity. And as mentioned above, create entire personalities. Recently (with me getting rid of a lot of stuff and now going to my things section by section) I went through my jewellery and rediscovered old treasures – bracelets and necklaces that were “lost” under all the other things I never wear. In my opinion especially those last little touches can convey so much.

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

With this outfit – since I knew I was going to the botanical garden – I opted for Jurassic Park tourist (in a weird 90s+50s mixup universe, apparently), which probably means I would get eaten by a dinosaur, but okay. As I want to be a paleaontologist I’d be amazing to see dinosaurs in real life, but in a way it is also very charming that all we know about them is due to science and people’s fantasy – I don’t know if you’ve ever looked up dinosaur paintings made in the 19th century, but it’s a like a wonderfully strange dream, and I highly recommend doing that. Don’t get me wrong I also enjoy paintings of dinosaurs nowadays, and we have Jurassic World two coming out this year, so let’s see how that goes.

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

Though, as long as I only get to see dinosaurs in art and museums, I gladly will take that. Geological museums are always surprisingly calming to the topics they cover – tectonic shifts, vulcanos and dinos, so it is always a pleasure to go there. Botanical Gardens, too, are often overlooked by people without kids, in my opinion greenhouses have such a lovely atmosphere, a bit shabby and vintage, just very charming and relaxed. Nevertheless it is fun to pretend you’re following dinosaurs on your way through undiscovered parts of the world (even though my favourite ones are archaeopteryx and pterodactyl – they fly, and I don’t).
Also, I am now uloading my phots to flickr, I still have to work everything out, but the posts in January will be a mix of pictures on wordpress and flickr – so plase bare with me (presumably) messing up a lot.

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

jurassic park outfit vintage inspired midcentury fifties handmade botanical garden dinosaur velvet vintage camera

Skirt – handmade | Shirt – Vintage | Tights – Cervin Paris | Shoes – funtasma (via amazon) | Backpack – Vintage | Bracelets – gifts, travel souvenirs | Lipstick – Pretty Zombie Cosmetics in Dahlia