six Instagram accounts I like at the moment.

Today I have a couple of lovely Instagram ladies for you. They all have fantastic feeds and I’d highly recommend having a look. Of course, I’d also enjoy reading about your favourites! I started following all of them in the last couple weeks, so this list doesn’t include my all time favourites.

Anyone else out there who constantly has to remind themselves it's okay to be feminine — when the world constantly tries to make you believe otherwise? Internalized misogyny, ahhh, please leave me be. I want to embrace my femininity, not hide it, nor be ashamed or silenced. I want to wear silly, frilly dresses and feel with a thousand hearts and still be allowed to have my words, never to be dismissed. 🌷 #feminism #empowerment #femininity #floraldress #spring #springfashion #curlyhair #redhead P.S. Perspective distortion or foreshortening is a funny thing. My other arm, the one closer to the camera looks like it's 5 meters long where as the other one is shorter than life itself. Keep that in mind kiddos ~art lesson of the day provided by Jerina~

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@jerianie is a Finnish Illustrator with a fantastic taste. I think it’s so cute and very distinct with spring and autumn colours. So if you’re into yellow, wine red and light pink, I bet you will enjoy her photos. She also writes fantastic, inspirational captions concerning feminism and body positivity.

you know the words 🌑💫✨ 🔺 🔻 🔺 🔻 #maythefourth (📸: @joeyquintin )

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The mouse is always watching. 😈 OKAY BUT CAN I GO BACK TO DISNEYLAND YET (📸: @joeyquintin )

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@taylor_on_tour is a very Disneyland themed account with Taylor’s adorable Disneybounds and Cosplays. Additionally she (almost) always smiles in her photos and it’s very contagious.

@daily.disney.dreaming is another Disney-ish account (hence the name). Her Disneybounds are very creative and both retro and super cute. She has this fantastic Miss Fisher hair cut and just a wonderful charisma in her photos.

spring in Astana 🌸

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louise and I shot some nice looks these past two days! I can't wait to show you on the blog! 💙 #labluedelily

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@lilyvanhecke is more into fashion and less into Disney again, her feed seeems like you’re going through the world with rose-tinted glasses. There are lots of flowers and adorable outfits, I just really enjoy the vibe.

So many cats for @tittybats #thirtydaysofcats 🐱 . . . #cat#catlady#illustration#draw#drawing#art#artist

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@anndrawsthings has to be one of the most amazing artists on Instagram. Her work is just so much fun to look at. There is lots of bodypositivity and cats and I’m obsessed with her work. She also has fabulous eyebrows.

Back to work in Egypt at rock inscription sites in the hinterland of Elkab. On the right, I am checking the scaffolding we will use in order to record inscriptions at a previously unknown site that John discovered yesterday, and on the left, he is copying an inscription at a site further south (using a tablet computer and our new epigraphic method). I am wearing a vintage panama hat and 1970s vintage Neiman Marcus safari ensemble from @sultryvintage (who aptly described it as "Annie Hall meets Indiana Jones"). John has on a "70s does 30s" deco jacket from Fashionista, New Haven and WWII leggings. . . . #egyptologist #egyptology #scaffolding #rockinscriptions #archaeology #archaeologist #petroglyphs #egypt #ancientegypt #vintagestyle #truevintage #truevintageootd #pithhelmet #militaria #rockart #WWIImilitaria #desertexploration #1970svintage #vintagecouple

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This period of work in Egypt has produced some exciting results—more information, and a few short videos to come. As a modest preliminary celebration we visited Aswan on the weekend, and I took the opportunity to wear some vintage items around the famous and fabulous Cataract Hotel in Aswan (@sofitellegendoldcataract). The hotel was constructed 1899, and has been host both to Agatha Christie (for whom one of the suites is now named), as well as to the 1978 filming of her "Death on the Nile," with the garden façade serving for one hotel, and the imposing Nile front representing itself. In these shots (on the north side of the front, on the front terrace, and on the balcony of one of the rooms), I am wearing a late 1920s sheer peach chiffon dress with matching crop jacket and floral detailing (from @astralboutique). In the third photograph, in the background, is the southern tip of the island of Elephantine, site of a major First Dynasty fortification (ca. 3000 BCE), and continuous stratigraphy of human activity through the Graeco-Roman Period … more to come. #egyptologist #vintagehotel #truevintage #1920s #1920sdress #flapperdress #sofitellegendoldcataract #agathachristie #bobbedhair #egypt #Nile #aswan #elephantine #vintagetravel #oldcataract #1920sfashion #truevintageootd

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@vintage_egyptologist has all the amazing 20s vibes. To be honest, she is kind of what I aspire to be – chic at digs. It’s so amazing to see someone rocking a vintage style and doing scientific work.

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Happy Pastel Raptor

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Wednesday I had a lovely day with a dear friend of mine, we went to a café called White Rabbit and then to a place called Wir machen Cupcakes – where of course we ate Cupcakes. The assistant was so nice and we had a great chat about Vintage and handmade things. It was one of the first spring days, though this week in general was quite warm – warm enough for me to don bobby socks and hat at least – it was quite the Eliza Doolittle weather. I really missed wearing these things in the last couple of months. I mean, sure, I love colourful tights, but wearing socks is pretty nice as well, especially since I have a few new pairs of adorable shoes to pair them with. To me it was also time to overdo my blush a bit more (though I guess you see this more in person than in the photos) and wear my favourite little hat again. I love love love the Ferris Bueller Photos I took last year with this hat and I hope to wear it a lot this year, it goes so well with curls!

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Even though I was dressed in a pastel subdued kind of way, I still got a little self-conscious. I don’t really know what it is, maybe the whole Vintage inspired thing or just the hat, but even though I really love it, I still get a bit shy and nervous – after more than 2,5 years. But I am glad I did not stop dressing this way, because it makes me so very happy and I love the Fifties and Sixties (pastel) fashion – if I am to doubt anything I usually think of Iona from Pretty in Pink. I truly adore her, because she does her thing and wear whatever pleases her that day without caring about judgement.

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

It is not at all, that I get a lot of judgement/negative feedback, usually people are either slightly irritated (some eldery ladies & colourful hair…) or really nice, like the woman we met at the cupcake shop. And I think that is something we should all work on, being nice, complimenting each other instead of (girl) hate. Especially girl hate is unfortunately such a very common thing online and offline all the same. Being mean towards someone for pure superficialities is so sad and unnecessary. You do not have to get along with everyone, but acknowledging someone else’s beauty does not diminish your own. If at all, it makes you more beautiful.

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

For such a long time women were – and sometimes still are – put down solely for their gender (same goes for people who aren’t white, heterosexual, able-bodied) and their accomplishments are often forgotten, just think of Ada Lovelace or the women featured in Hidden Figures, I hope to collect information on a few of these women and maybe talk about them on the blog.

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

One of my fictional favourite science ladies is of course Ellie Sattler, she is such an amazing feminist role model, so smart and overall wonderful. Of course, since I love dinosaurs and fossils I had to get at least on of the Erstwilder dinosaurs, the Lone Raptor (I’m thinking about getting Cera, too) – which seems very fitting for me since I do indeed prefer being alone over most things – and since raptors usually hunt in groups and humans are usually found in groups, too … you get it, I’m sure. So, I kind of wear this dinosaur as a women of science badge, because I sure hope to be part of this group some day.

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder Cupcake

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder Cupcake

Happy Pastel Raptor Outfit Light Green Dinosaur Hat Curls Vintage 50s Handmade Erstwilder

Dress – handmade | Brooch – Lone Raptor by erstwilder | Hat – pepaloves | Socks – calzedonia | Shoes – tamaris (I guess they are from the autumn collection, because they were on sale when I got them, but they are so midcentury) | Lipstick – essence metal shock lipstick in 04 Pink Metallica

16th Century Selfie

16th century selfie

16th century selfie

16th century selfie

Did Selfies turn society more narcissistic? Taking pictures of ourselves, all the time, every day, five, ten, hundred. I wonder sometimes, but when you think about it, people have always been a little self-obsessed. Back in the days aristocrats had giant paintings of themselves and of course, most of them were really flattering and fake in way. And it’s the same with selfie angles and filters. So is that a bad thing? Or a new thing? I really don’t think so, maybe it gained a bit in quantity, but in general “selfies” or what ever you want to call a portrait, be it photo or painting of yourself, are something that has been ther forever.

16th century selfie

16th century selfie

16th century selfie

16th century selfie

After all even people in the stone age made those paintings of themselves hunting animals or doing heroic stuff in general. Of course, sometimes the selfie obsession does get out of hand, but in general I think it’s actually a good thing as well. Especially on Instagram (at least in the Vintage/Pinup Scene) body positivity and kindness is quite a huge part, so selfies are also a sign of self love, and not necessarily an obsessive one. Also why is being contend with yourself always considered a bad thing? After all, most of us do have one complex or two. And we could really need some appreciation of ourselves.

16th century selfie

16th century selfie

16th century selfie

Why do we always bother to find the bad about everything? Especially about ourselves and technology? Why not appreciate the fact that we can take a quick picture on a really good day? I think we should when we feel like it and if we have to take fifty pics to catch that amazing makeup or how the light reflects in our eyes that day – why not? Take a selfie if you want to and cherish the things you like about yourself instead of bashing the ones you don’t like.

16th century selfie

16th century selfie

16th century selfie

16th century selfie

Dress – handmade | Flowers (Crown and Clips) – claire’s | Necklace – gift by a friend | Shoes – amazon | Lipstick – wet’n’wild in 907C Mauve Outta Here

Something New – To Wear Or Not To Wear

Something New

Something New

Something New

Something New

So recently I was listening to a radio show where they were talking about women and makeup and basically shaming them no matter what they do (the moderator ws a woman fyi – also it made me want to throw up and reminded me why I don’t usually listen to that station). Of course someone had to send in a funny cliché anecdote about a woman not wearing makeup for once and her coworker telling her she’d look terrible and if she was sick. Oh, how funny.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Maybe you should not wear as much makeup on a daily basis, stupid woman. After all it’s ok for a man to just tell woman that she looks like shit. I mean what could be wrong with that? Exactly, nothing.
Of course, I wanted to write an angry feminist mail or call, but they would not read it out anyway – because obviously that’s not funny. So let me tell you what I wanted to tell them.

Something New

Something New

Something New

I personally love makeup – I do leave the house without if I’m in a hurry or in the mood, but usually I wear a rather heavy makeup because I LIKE it and I don’t care what people in the streets think. Maybe this woman was finally confident enough not to wear makeup or she didn’t fucking care that day. I don’t think she’ll do that again (though I hope she will, just to show him). It’s so disgusting to tell someone they look like shit no matter what – and why would you feel the need to do that? You don’t think she’s pretty without makeup? Okay, but that’s your problem to deal with. Don’t insult her with your “funny” sexist bullshit. It’s not funny. Seriously that’s what makes little kids feel like that 50s heteronormative worldview is right and that maßregeln women is the right thing to do. Growing up is difficult anyway, it’s even more difficult if your always wrong. Because of course you first and foremost have to please boys (not to many, though, actually forget that only one) or have to be the ladies man and devour girl after girl (what is that homosexuality or transsexuality everyone is talking about anyway?). Also, if you wear makeup (as a girl, because boys don’t do that I’m told) don’t overdo it but do it. Who wants to see that ugly real face you have (got to add this here: there was a story about two couples having breakfast in a hotel and a husband telling his wife she should wear makeup, because he can’t eat with that disgusting view – well, I can’t eat while looking at someone with a disgusting personality. I hope she told him that and that he should go eat in another room then, or better learn to deal with his life after their divorce)? Or those makeup skills or ideas you have that do more than underline your natural beauty? And those shorts are a little short, don’t you think? But, come on, don’t cover your whole body!

Something New

Something New

Something New

Something New

Let me be honest now, if your partner or friends dont accept a big part of you they are not worth your time. Throw them a confident (even faux) smile and tell them to kiss your ass (which hopefully they won’t, because you don’t want that kind of idiot to touch you). Those idiots are the ones that are doing things wrong. Not you. You don’t hide your real face if you cover it with makeup and you are not a sick Anblick without it. You do you. If they don’t like a certain lipstick or shoes. Well, boohoo, but that’s their problem (depending on your personality you only wear these things when you see them or you just don’t wear them when you see them) – I for example always wear pink when I meet a friend who really dislikes the colour.
Please, please don’t get discouraged by other people. You love makeup and long dresses? Go you! You don’t? Go you! You decide every day? Go you! And try to come up with a good response to sexist comments. I try as well.

Something New

Something New

Something New

Sorry, that the first couple ofpictures are so light I basically look like a ghost. I have no idea why, as far as I know I was not brought back from the death/am currently possesed by a demon.

Top – handmade | Shorts – handmade | Shoes – Deichmann | Necklace – Thomas Sabo | Lipstick – trend it up Infinitely Beauty Lipstick & Liner in 030

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

So, while I actually have a few post that if I posted them chronologically would be first, but I just wanted o write this post – and I really like the pictures. I took them with my best friend, Thyra, whom I do not see very often, but whenever we meet we connect like we just met a few days ago. It always makes me feel very good.

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Of course, we know each other from an early age and we did so many things together. Since we often went to my grandparents together they kind of were hers as well – and my grandpa who is obsessed with making photo books made so many of us. Naturally I took them with me and we had a look at them which was very lovely. When we were kids, we were fighting regularly, but never for a long time, now we don’t figt very often (I do not recall a fight in the last couple of years), because our ideals and the things we enjoy are very similar.
Actually, our interests were always really similar and we inspired each other to try various things – playing Animal Crossing and Tamagotchi, board games (you do not find someone our age playing board games very often, so we are always happy to play some), drawing, painting, reading, blogging, basically everything. Obviously we do not like all the same things, but our interests are similar, so we have a lot to talk about.

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

So, we also enjoy taking photos together, I always feel at ease when Thyra takes my pictures, because we know each other for so long – it’s aways great for body positivity to surrond yourself with people that truly support you. Even if it’s hard sometime you have to say goodbye to people that are toxic to you, because people that are good for you (and you are good for them) will stay true to you and help you flourish.

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

One or two years ago I would never have dared to colour my hair this way – of course, I still get self-conscious sometimes, but on the other hand I really like to make people feel a little weirded out (if you know what I mean). I love my new hair so much and I constantly hum Eliza Doolittle’s Pack Up.
After all trying to care a little less is a good advise, because there’s always something to cry about (as she sings).

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

I don’t care what the people may say
What the people may say about me
[…]
I don’t care what the whisperers say
‘Cause they whisper too loud for me

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

If it’s not positive why should it matter? Though, actually I don’t listen to her or my advice. While I’m very happy about every lovely comment on my Instagram page and I do wear my things no matter what, I still listen to those negative comments (I do not get them very often, but sometimes). I guess most of you can relate, you mainly focus on the bad things, but I try on work on that. Still, firstly posting my outfits (and face) online was a huge step for me and I really am proud of myself, but in general that gave me so much in return, such a self-esteem boost. I can already annonce that I dared to be barefoot and I really don’t like my feet (nor those of other people admittedly). And wandering around the woods with Thyra I totally felt like a woodland fairy. After all we also met a cute frog – but now, where are my fairy wings?

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Daring something just helps so much, obviously you won’t always get lollipops and happiness in return, but sometimes you do and it feels great. So why not dare to wear something you always wanted to, but never dared?

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Vorletztes Wochenend habe ich meine beste Freundin Thyra mal wieder besucht, was wirklich sehr schön war. Wir sind ja seit Jahren befreundet und so haben wir auch sehr viele gemeinsame Erinnerungen und Interessen – und so gibt es auch einiges and Bildern von uns beiden, die mein Opa zu Photobüchern zusammengefasst hat (wir waren sehr oft zusammen bei meinen Großeltern). An diesem Wochenende haben wir die ganzen Büchlein mal wieder gemeinsam angesehen, as wirlich schön war! Außerdem waren wir im Wald spazieren und haben einige Photos gemacht – ich fühle mich dabei mit Thyra immer besonder wohl, einfach weil wir uns schon so lange kennen.

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Woodland Fairy

Dress – handmade | Brooch – femmedebloom [so obsessed with this beautiful piece!]| Flower – bought at a campsite in Italy | Lipstick – Kiko Unlimited Stylo in 03 Hibiscus Red

my happy place is a dress

Dita von Teese Outfit

Dita von Teese Outfit

Dita von Teese Outfit

When I put on this dress, red lips and everything done, and had a look at myself in the mirror, I was just happy. I don’t know why, but I love this dress with the besamé lipstick (I never wore this lipstick before) and it felt so right. The dress is inspired by the one Dita von Teese wore and if you know me personally (or maybe I already mentioned it a few times) you know I really love Dita. To me she is pure confidence, of course I don’t know her privately, but that’s the way she come across to me. Personally, I don’t feel that confident (plus there’s also that character trait of mine that makes me want to stay in a lot), but wearing a pretty dress makes things a whole lot better. And this dress made me so happy, I didn’t expect it when I received the fabric, because it wasn’t the usual cotton and the print was a lot lager than I imagined it to be. But once I put it on everything just fit and was perfect for me. I know it’s just clothing, but the way you dress changes a lot about yourself. If you wear what you love without being influenced by trends (even though there’s nothing wrong with wearing what’s in at the moment) or what society prefers, but what feels right to you and what makes you happy.
Besides that I made a wonderful trip to Hohenschwangau/Neuschwanstein with my best friend and even though there were a lot of people I liked it a lot. It was beautiful and since I love the 19th century (and live quite near these rather popular castles) I had to visit them at least once. I don’t mind not having this society-perfect life, because it’s wonderful for me even though I’m really self-conscious about my mouth and hands in pictures at the moment. And I realised I didn’t wear glasses in the last three outfit posts, which actually is kind of fake since I never wear contacts and always wear my glasses (and therefore couldn’t really see in those pictures :D).

Als ich das Kleid angezogen hatte, rote Lippen und alles fertig, und mich im Spiegel angesehen habe, war ich einfach glücklich. Ich weiß nciht wieso, aber ich liebe das Kleid mit dem besamé Lippenstift (ich habe ihn davor noch nice getragen) und es hat sich so richtig angefühlt. Das Kleid ist von einem inspiriert, das Dita von Teese mal getragen hat und falls ihr mich persönlich kennt (oder vielleicht habe ich es auch mal auf dem Blog erwähnt), wisst ihr, dass ich Dita einfach liebe. Für mich ist sie das pure Selbstvertrauen, natürlich kenne ich sie nicht privat, aber so kommt sie für mich rüber. Ich persönlich fühle mich nicht so selbstbewusst (und ich habe zusätzlich noch den Charkterzug gerne im Haus zu bleiben), aber schöne Kleider zu tragen, macht es viel besser. Und dieses Kleid macht mich einfach so glücklich, ich habe es nicht erwartet, als der Stoff ankam, weil es nicht die gewöhnliche Baumwolle und das Print wesentlich größer als angenommen war. Aber als ich es anhatte, hat einfach alles gepasst und war perfekt für mich. Ich weiß, dass es nur Kleidung ist, aber die Art, wie man sich kleidet, ändert einiges an einem selbst. Wenn man trägt, was man liebt ohne von Trends beeinflusst zu sein (auch wenn natürlich nichts daran falsch ist, das zu tragen, was gerade in ist) oder was die Gesellschaft preferriert, sondern das was sich richitg anfühlt und dich glücklich macht.
Daneben hatte ich einen wundervollen Ausflug nach Hohenschwangau/Neuschwanstein mit meiner bestn Freundin gemacht und auch wenn sehr viele Menschen da waren, hat es mir sehr gefallen. Es war wunderschön und da ich das 19. Jahrhundert sehr mag (und recht nah bei diesen recht bekannten Schlössern lebe), musste ich die ja einmal besuchen. Es stört mich nicht, dass ich nicht dieses gesellschaftlich perfekte Leben habe, weil es wunderbar für mich ist, auch wenn ich mir wegen meines Mund und meiner Hände in Bilder gerade viele Gedanken mache. Und mir ist aufgefallen, dass ich in den letzten drei Outfit-Posts keine Brille getragen habe, was eigentlich ein wenig verfälscht ist, da ich nie Kontaktlinsen trage, sondern immer meine Brille (und deswegen eher wenig in diesen Photos sehen konnte :D).

Dita von Teese Outfit

Dita von Teese Outfit

Dita von Teese Outfit

Dita von Teese Outfit

Dita von Teese Outfit

Dita von Teese Outfit
Yes, a kitsch picture was necessary. | Ja, ein kitschiges Bild war notwendig.

Dita von Teese Outfit

Dress – handmade (Skirt-Tutorial) | Petticoat – Hell Bunny | Bolero – Collectif (not available anymore) | Brooch – Vintage (probably 50s) | Necklace – Swarowski | Octopus Charm – Thomas Sabo | Tights – no name | Shoes – Butterfly Twists | Lipstick – besamé Classic Colour Lipstick in Red (1920s)

Pictures taken in Hohenschwangau (Hohenschwangau Castle & Neuschwanstein Castle)

Violet and Orange

Violet Swing Dress

Violet Swing Dress

Violet Swing Dress
Before I started dressing like I do now – Rockabilly, Fifties inspired, Retro, Pin up, whatever you want to label it (I must admit, I like labelling such things just as well), I tried to fit in with my clothing. Though, it didn’t really look good on me, now, looking back, I’d say so at least. But while being too shy to go for more noticeable things, I still wanted to have my own style. So, when I saw someone on TV/a magazine/whatever and liked them (for their personality, their looks, etc.), I’d go for their style. I remember one time I saw a slightly “punky” girl (don’t even know, if she was a punk, but that’s was I took it for, looking back I’d say she was Scene) on TV and I wanted all the things she wore. Different words: I wanted to be a “punk”, at least stylewise (since I was about 12 or something I knew literally nothing about punks and their opinions/lifestyle) and I’d say, before dressing pinup that was the only time I wore something different. Anyway I went to claire’s eventually and bought a neon pink tutu and socks – one pair was sheer with stripes in different colours and the other one was sheer with bright orange stars. They were great, though, unfortunately I destroyed them. Anyway, in my obsession with this girl I mentioned before I also used my eyeliner for drawing stars (or hearts?) around one eye. Most of these things were mainly ridiculous (at least on me, I was too small for the tutu anyway). Then, I blended in with everybody else again – it was my only “punk” outfit besides a pair of black jeans and blood-red hoodie. Red seems to have always been a mayor colour in my wardrobe. Still is. Thinking back I can’t recall any outfit (but the one mentioned before) that sticked out, I only wore jeans, a shirt (most of them plain) and a hoodie. In size L. Or XL (not meaning to hate on anyone wearing that size, it just was much too large for me). I don’t think any of this really looked good on me. But as a friend (he didn’t know me when I had my “punk stage”) told me, when I was dressing “normal”, I’d be neat/dapper (the German word is “adrett”, you can’t really translate it). And I kind of liked that. I hope I look like this to strangers.
Now, dressing this way, I know, I stick out, but I don’t feel like hiding anymore. I still have problems talking to strangers and new people, but it gets better. Or actually it doesn’t. But when someone comes up to me, talking to me, I feel more confident about myself. I like talking to old women about how they dressed back in the days (other people are nice, too, but old women are the cutest). If people don’t like the way I dress, I don’t feel like I should lock myself in the bathroom and never leave again. I don’t feel like hiding in a big hoodie. I care, yes, but I don’t feel like doing things to make them feel better. I love dressing like this, it makes me happy and through it I get to know wonderful people. If you feel like doing something, do it, go for it. Maybe you will regret it, but life is too short for caring about how other people think about your clothes (if you don’t wear shirts with words/signs that hurt other people, obviously). Do it for yourself.

And please bear with me not keeping up to my schedule, not replying or reading posts at the moment, but after I came back from Italy I went to Hamburg within two/three days and here I barely have spare time. Thank you.

Bevor ich angefangen habe mich so anzuziehen, wie ich das jetzt tue – Rockabilly, Fünfziger inspiriert, Retro, Pin up, wie auch immer man es labeln will (ich mag labeln bei solchen Sache ja auch irgendwie), habe ich schlicht versucht durch Kleidung mit der Masse zu verschmelzen. Es sah nicht übermäßig gut aus an mir, wenn ich so zurück sehe, würde ich das zumindest sagen. Aber obwohl ich nichts zu auffälliges tragen wollte, wollte ich dennoch irgendwie meinen eigenen Stil haben. Also, wenn ich jemanden im Fernsehen/Magazin/wo auch immer gesehen habe und die Person mochte (wegen ihrer Persönlichkeit, ihrem Aussehen, etc.), wollte ich den Stil annehmen. Ich erinnere mich an ein Mal, als ich ein leicht “punkiges” Mädchen (ich weiß nicht, ob sie wirklich ein Punk war, aber so habe ich das wahrgenommen, jetzt würde ich sie eher als Scene-Mädchen bezeichnen) im Fernsehen gesehen habe und ich wollte daraufhin allles, was sie getragen hatte. Anders gesagt: Ich wollte ein “Punk” sein, zumindest vom Stil (da ich etwa 12 war, wusste ich nichts über Punks und ihre Meinungen/Einstellungen) und ich würde sagen, das war das einzige Mal bevor ich mit Pin up Kleidung angefangen habe, dass ich etwas anderes getragen habe. Wie auch immer, ich bin zu claire’s gegangen und habe ein Neon Pinkes Tutu und Socken – ein Paar war durchsichtig mit bunten Streifen und eins war durchsichtig mit intensiven, orangen Sternen. Die waren großartig, leider habe ich sie kaputt getragen. In meiner Obsession mit diesem Mädchen von vorher, habe ich dann auch Eyeliner verwendet, um Sterne (oder Herzen?) um ein Augen zu malen. Das meiste war total albern (zumindest an mir, das Tutu war ohnehin zu groß). Dann, habe ich mich wieder an die Menge angepasst – das war mein einziges “Punk” Outfit neben einem Paar schwarzer Jeans mit einem blutroten Hoodie. Rot scheint immer eine der Hauptfarben in meinem Schrank gewesen zu sein. Ist es immer noch. Wenn ich zurück denke, fällt mir (außer dem oben erwähnten) kein auffälliges mehr ein, ich habe nur Jeans, ein Shirt (die meisten langweilig) und einen Hoodie getragen. In Größe L. Oder XL (nichts gegen die Größen, sie waren nur um einiges zu groß für mich). Ich denke nicht, dass es gut aussah. Aber ein Freund (er kannte mich in der “Punk Phase” nicht) meinte mal, als ich mich “normal” gekleidet habe, ich wäre adrett. Und ich mochte das irgendwie. Ich hoffe, ich wirke so auf Fremde.
Jetzt, wo ich mich so anziehe, weiß ich, dass ich auffalle, aber ich möchte mich nicht mehr verstecken. Ich habe immer noch Probleme mit Fremden und neuen Menschen zu reden, aber es wird besser. Eigentlich nicht. Aber wenn jemand auf mich zukommt, mich anspricht, fühle ich mich selbstbewusster. Ich mag es mit älteren Damen über ihre Kleidung in den Fünfzigern/Sechzigern zu reden (andere Menschen sind auch nett, aber alte Frauen sind am süßesten). Wenn Menschen meine Kleidung nicht mögen, habe ich nicht mehr das Gefühl mich im Bad einsperren zu müssen und es nie mehr zu verlassen. Ich möchte mich nicht mehr in einem großen Hoodie verstecken. Es bewegt mich, ja, aber ich fühle mich nicht mehr so, als müsste ich Dinge für der deren Wohlbefinden tun. Ich liebe es einfach mich zu anzuziehen, es macht mich glücklich und ich habe so wundervolle Personen kennengelernt. Wenn du dich fühlst, als müsstest du etwas tun, dann mach es. Vielleicht wirst du es bereuen, aber das Leben ist wirklich zu kurz, sich darum zu scheren, was andere über deine Kleidung denken (solange man eben keine Worte/Zeichen trägt die andere verletzen). Mach das für dich selbst.

Bitte enschuldigt, dass ich mich nicht an meinen Plan halte, kaum anworte und Posts nicht lese, aber nach Italien bin ich innerhalb von zwei/drei Tagen nach Hamburg geflogen und hier habe ich kaum Zeit über. Danke.

Violet Swing Dress

Violet Swing Dress

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Violet Swing Dress

Orange Flower Pixie Cut

Dress – handmade (Top: Butterick B5748 (Retro Butterick ’60, Skirt: Tutorial) | Petticoat – Hell Bunny | Flower – bought at Pony & Kleid Munich, made by @vroni_makeroni on Instagram | Brooch – deer arrow | Faux Pearls – my mom | Earrings – probably claire’s, but old | Bag – Vendula London | Shoes – Deichmann | Lipstick – catrice Ultimate Colour in 360 MATTraction

Dainty and Tough

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Today I want to share a few pictures I took with Thyra the day we took the cherry-pictures – as you might see, since my hair is a whole lot darker by now. So thanks to her (& make sure to check out her blog).

The dress is a true vintage dress, probably from the 1950s (America). I found it at Maison Chi Chi Vintage, and I swooned over it quite some time until I finally decided to buy it. I’m told by vintage salesmen that my measurements are perfect for vintage dresses since I’m rather slim. Actually I always wanted to be chubbier – once because I find it prettier and when I was younger I was told a few times I’d be anorexic. Which I clearly wasn’t – I eat and ate a lot, sometimes more than “chubby people” (I’m sorry to generalise a body type, but I don’t know how express it). But it kind of hurt. I know, there are people saying skinny shaming is not a thing. But it is and apart from the fact that anorexia (and overweight as well of course) is a mental illness, under which people truly suffer, it’s wrong to accuse people of being too skinny or big, no matter if they have an illness or not (of course as a friend/ family member you should probably help someone with an eating disorder). Don’t judge other people’s bodies. You probably don’t know their story nor their body (anlage, digestion etc.). Try to be less judging about your body as well. Maybe you weight more or less than the average, but it’s fine. You are good as you are. You are beautiful. If you want to loose or gain wieht always ask yourself why. If you do it for yourself – health, your ideal of beauty -, then go ahead and do it. But don’t to it for society or someone else.
Of course, we’re always influenced by our surroundings, but you can at least try to think about what you want and need for yourself. And please always consider that this might not be what others want for themselves.

Getting back to the dress – it’s silk and even though I’m vegetarian and don’t buy e.g. leather, I do buy silk. I don’t really know why I consider silk fine, but I do. Probably because I do not really know about the production. As it is the silk the surface is of course very soft, dainty and pleasant (and it doesn’t crinkle as much as you could assume due to the material). The headscarf can be used as a belt as well, but I decided on not using it as a belt this time. On the sides there are two addional pieces of cloth adding a little bit to my hips. In general the dress fits very well and causes a nice silhouette. And the pattern is just adorable, to me this is the perfekt polka-dot-size (and in a beautiful shade of brown as well).
Maison Chi Chi is probably my favourite Vintage (Reproduction) store in Munich, because it’s very neat and the choice is not too wide, but selected very well. And the salesmen is literally one of the cutest and prettiest women I’ve met so far.

Today I want to share a few pictures I took with Thyra the day we took the cherry-pictures – as you might see, since my hair is a whole lot darker by now. So thanks to her (& make sure to check out her blog).

Das Kleid ist ein echtes Vintage-Kleid, vermutlich aus den 50ern aus Amerika. Ich habe es bei Maison Chi Chi Vintage gefunden und länger darüber geschwärmt bis ich schließich entschieden habe es zu kaumen. Vintage-Verkäufer sagen mir, dass meine Maße perfekt für Vintage-Kleider sind, weil ich recht dünn bin. Eigentlich wollte ich immer dicker sein – zum einen, weil ich es hübscher finde und als ich jünger war, wurde mir ein paar mal gesagt ich wäre magersüchtig. Was ich eindeutig nicht war – Ich habe einiges gegessen, teilweise mehr als “dicke Leute” (tut, mir leid, dass ich hier einen Köperbau-Typen generalisiere, aber ich weiß nicht genauo, wie ich es anders vormulieren soll). Aber es hat mich trotzdem verletzt. Ich weiß, manche Menschen sagen skinny shaming (also dünne Leute beleidigen/runtermachen) gibt es nicht. Aber es gibt es und neben der Tatsache, dass Magersuch (und Übergewicht natürlich auch) eine mentale Krankheit ist, unter der Menschen sehr leiden, is es einfach falsch Menschen als zu dick oder dünn zu bezeichnen, egal ob sie nun eine Krankheit haben oder nicht (als Freund/Familienmitglied sollte man einer Person mit Essstörung natürlich helfen). Beurteile nicht die Körper anderer Menschen. Du kennst wahrscheinlich weder ihre Geschichte noch ihren Körper (genetische Anlagen, Verdauung etc.). Versuche auch deinen Körper weniger zu beurteilen. Vielleicht wiegst du mehr oder weniger als der Durchschnitt, aber das ist in Ordnung. Du bist gut wie du bist. Du bist schön. Falls du ab- oder zunehmen willst, frag dich warum. Wenn du es für dich selbst tust – Gesundheit, dein Schönheitideal -, dann tue es. Aber tue es nicht für jemand anders oder die Gesellschaft.
Natürlich sind wir immer durch unsere Umgebung beeinflusst, aber man kann versuchen sich darüber Gedanken zu machen, was man selbst möchte und braucht. Und bitte, denk daran, dass das vielleicht nicht das ist, was andere wollen.

Zurück zum Kleid – es ist Seide und obwohl ich Vegetarier bin und z.B. kein Leder kaufe, ich kaufe Seide. Ich weiß nicht genau, warum ich das okay finde, aber es ist so. Wahrscheinlich, weil ich mich mit der Produktion kaum auskenne. Da es aus Seide ist, ist die Oberfläche schön weich, zart und angenehm (und es knittert auch nicht so stark, wie man bei dem Material vermuten könnte). Das Haartuch kann auch als Gürtel verwendet werden, aber ich habe mich diesmal dagegen entschieden. An der Seitesind zwei zusätzliche Stoff-Streifen, die etwas zum Hüftumfang dazugeben. Generell passt das Kleid gut und macht eine schöne Silhouette. Und das Muster ist einfach zauberhaft, für mich ist das die perfekte Polka-Dot-Größe (und dazu in einem wunderschönen Braunton).
Maison Chi Chi ist wahrscheinlich mein liebster Vintage (Reproduktion) Laden in München, weil alles sehr ordentlich, schön und nicht zu vollgestopft ist, aber sehr schön ausgewählt. und die Verkäuferin ist eine der süßesten und hübschesten Personen, die ich bis jetzt getroffen habe.

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Dress – Vintage via Maison Chi Chi (no label inside) | seamed thights – Falke | Shoes – Indigo (old and unfortunatly leather) | Lipstick – sleek Russian Roulette | (Faux-)Pearl-Necklace – my Mama

Pictures taken by the wonderful Thyra. | Bilder gemacht von der wunderbaren Thyra.