I feel like in 2017 – especially towards the last few months – my “main” interests kind of condensed, which I like, because that means I don’t have to invest time in a million things, but just ten thousand. However, I feel like a lot of the things I started admiring this year, will stay with me for a very long time.
I already showed you my book favourites, but I have to mention Frankenstein again. Life-Changing is not the right word, because this book did not really change my life, but for one it sparked a love for 19th century (in which I was already interested, but this intensified it a lot). Also, I felt such an emotional connection to the story and especially Victor Frankenstein, the writing, this book, I cannot put in words what this meant to me, I can just say that it is maybe the most beautiful and tragic story ever. While I haven’t yet found a movie that I like in it’s entirety, I admittedly like the imagery of the Bride of Frankenstein – the white strand in my hair is not without reason.
Some years ago an aunt of mine gave me a necklace with a big stone on the pendant and back then while finding it lovely I had no idea how to wear it. This year, however, this truly was a staple piece for me, it’s has this magical feeling to it and I adore it. Most of the things I loved last year were either Vintage/Second-Hand or gifts, because I try to be more eco-conscious. And one thing I found in Salzburg was this lovely old camera – and it actually still works! It is both an adorable accessoire and a very exciting tool to get work on. On etsy I found this adorable kids backpack from the 50s, since I got it I carry it around almost every day. Everything fits inside and it is also just very cute – just like a statement piece for a super adorable wanderer.
With the wandering theme, of course I have to mention all my travels, I will talk about all of them in my revision of 2017, but I especially want to mention being able to spend about a month in Scandinavia which was a dream come true, Krakow which had all the culture and amazing food, the temples in Paestum and having a last sunny journey to Florence before university (even though of course my uni courses are actually another favourite because it feels just right!).
As for fashion, my sense of style changed a bit, but there are some particular things, I do really want to mention. I truly love the Irregular Choice Bunny Shoes. They are surprisingly wearable in daily life even though of course only on sunny days and not in the mud, but the shoes themselves are just too lovely to be true. While I have often been told, I’d look good in hats, I never appreciated them myself that much – that is before 2017, now I often wear hats and especially berets – a wild collection of gifts, vintage and lovely designers, though I especially love the white one and the embroidered on by The Other Sparrows. Also whenever I wear them people tell me I look French – I don’t know if it’s the beret cliché or if my face looks French with a beret (?), but I take it as a compliment. Also it is great for covering roots, dirty hair or hair that is still in curls and drying.
Since this seams to be something I mention in practically every post, I do it here as well, I want to write about my newfound fashion identity soon … somewhere in the future … hopefully before February. Though, one thing I have to mention here already is that I started a collection of what I assume to be Scott McClintock Edwardian inspired Wedding Dresses, I do own two of them now, one I found online and the other one in Florence. The details in lace, the low waist and the entire concept of these dresses are dreamy – I hope I will stumble across more of these and wear them a lot, too, even though it’s always a bit weird wandering through the city in what is essentially an Edwardian wedding gown (made in the 80s). I wore one of them here and I think it is a lovely outfit. Besides that I really enjoyed wearing the light pink kitten crop top which is super kitschy, but I got to wear it a lot. And, then the light pink 50s ball gown I found in Stockholm – that was just a bargain and a dream dress at the same time.
Besides a love for gothic horror in books I also love aesthetic horror movies and this year I got to see A Cure for Wellness (at all three of the nine movies I saw in theatres were Dane DeHaan ones) and I no this movie provoked mixed feelings, but I adored this movie. It was chilling and beautiful with the scenery and amazing acting. I also saw Kill your Darlings on DVD and this movie is incredible, it’s with Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe, very emotional and inspiring. Through and through a very good – and underrated – movie. Another great movie was Hidden Figures, which was quite inspiring and very well made from the dressing to the dialogue and pacing.
I also developed a love for Fleetwood Mac and especially Stevie Nicks, the songs make me feel very spiritual and like dancing in the woods. Stevie’s style is also quite inspiring with all the bohemian vibes going on. Another musician I really appreciated this year was Marina & the Diamonds. I mean, I knew her music before, but this year I also listened to the lyrics and just to more songs in general. She is also another really inspiring person when it comes to fashion.
This year I also played quite a bit Playstation, especially the Assassin’s Creed Ezio Collection. I had a lot of fun in the Italian landscapes and just all three games were entirely enjoyable. I am looking forward to more AC games, though I’m somewhat stuck with Syndicate at the moment.
Surprisingly enough I did not discover a lot of new TV shows, I rewatched favourites and watched a few meh shows, but what I did trly enjoy was RuPaul’s Drag Race, for which I have been waiting to be available in Germany for quite a while and it is such a good reality/competion show (which is not something I usually gravitate to) with a lot of creative innovation. I haven’t watched every episode becauses it’s kind of difficult here. What I also really enjoyed was American Horror Story, though of course I did not like every season the same. My favourites were definetly Asylum, Hotel and Coven.
I grew to love erstwilder brooches as well, I have been adoring them from afar, but now I also own a couple of my own – at the moment I do not thing this collection will get much bigger (unless I find the Cera brooch or they create new dinos), but I truly enjoy the designs. Besides a couple of vintage books about archaeology, I also got a wonderful framed moth that reminds me of Animal Crossing in a way. Though, not only do I love moths due to Animal Crossing, but I just adore the beauty, so of course my moth dress was another favourite, because I love the somewhat antique print and get a lot of wear out of it.
There are a just a couple more “things” I do want to mention, one being my adorable hamster Artemis of whom I really have to take more pictures of and write about. Then, of course, the tattoos I got this year, both for their personal meaning and the beautiful designs. And my blogposts in March, April and May, looking back over this year also on my blog I realised I quite enjoyed the designs and ideas I had going on there and I hope to work on that again.
Here are also my three favourite outfits from this year: aventures extraordinaires | temples and icecream in Paestum ♥ | Edwardian Bunny
So, these were my favourite things this year. What did you enjoy in 2017? What treasures did you find and what movies or books touched you?