Adèle Blanc-Sec Tattoo

adèle blanc sec dinosaurs tattoo
Getting my (first) thigh tattoo was pretty exciting – I love tattooed legs on women and wanted (want) to have mine tattooed. As you know I have some work on my shins, but now (well, late November actually) I got this addition, by Ella Winchester again (as almost always).

Well, I was told the thigh would hurt and it certainly did at parts. Especially the parts further up and the ferns with all the little leaves. In general I feel like the front of the legs are hurting more than anything else so far.
On the other hand, Adèle healed pretty fast and nicely. She looks just beautiful now.

adèle blanc sec dinosaurs tattoo

adèle blanc sec dinosaurs tattoo

This is my fourth very obvious pop culture relating tattoo, but so far only like two people recognised her. But ok, the placement is not as obvious in winter and the movie not as famous – though very good!
Adèle Blanc-Sec was/is (though fictional) maybe one of my biggest inspirations/motivations to choose this path that makes me so happy – even though at the moment it is a lot of work that has little to do with where I want to go. But she keeps me motivated (I mean, I do truly love my programme, but there are a few obligatory courses I’d like to drop). Also, Louise Bourgoin is so stunning in the movie, I do crush on her.
Anyway, a pterosaur is part of the movie, so he had to be part of this – and I mean, look at his little feet and cheek. He is darling. As is the fantastic archaeopteryx with his (maybe not super accurate, but super cute!) tongue. Flying animals are one of my biggest interest and those two are definitely something I’d like to focus my studies (or work!) on.

The outfits alone give me inspiration for days. And so I am very glad Adèle is wearing this fantastic hat. I love the reduction of colour to pink and black/grey which we agreed on, I think it is perfect. Sure, the newest tattoo always gets a sort of favouritism, but this is just really dear to me.
adèle blanc sec dinosaurs tattoo

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The Adventurous Life of Miss Aurelia

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

what to do in florence

firenze florence travelling wanderlust italy renaissance
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.
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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

jurassic dreams

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

This was not the best idea I ever had, but it got me out again. I haven’t been taking picture for the blog in quite a while and it felt awkward – I did not know what to do anymore, the weather was is grey and with this new style that comes creeping into my wardrobe a lot of the old poses don’t work anymore either! However it also felt wonderful to get photos of an outfit I really enjoy and not just leave the house to go to uni. Of course, I would have preferred pictures with roots that aren’t basically to my ears already, but that’s better than nothing, I’d say.

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

I think I mentioned that on Instagram some time ago, but I do not feel very comfortable in most novelty prints anymore, many of them just don’t feel like me anymore. It also has to do with the fact that I do not feel that comfortable in a petticoat all the time. Sometimes, for sure, but not the way I wore a midcentury dress with a petti around a year ago – I don’t feel comfortable in “modern” fashion either (to be honest, I have no idea what is trendy at the moment – which you probably realised from me using the word trendy), but I will talk about that another day (okay, I promised that for weeks now, but one day….!). Anyway this print however is exactly what I like at the moment – okay, it’s not subdued enough, still it is adorable and I think the shorter length adds to that, too. It’s dinosaurs, and not in an overly childish kind of way (you know, one trillion colours and very plastic, comic shapes – which is fine, but just not for me), so of course I’m smitten. Since I first saw Jurassic Park (well, actually the first one for me was Jurassic World – shamme on me), dinosaurs fascinated me – but it wasn’t just a quick interest, but a long-lasting one, a passion which I hope to turn into a profession one day. To me it feels like the geosciences study is truly the right thing, and I’m so excited for my first paleo classes (next year I think). It’s immensly fascinating and it works well with my personality if that makes sense.

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

I mean, I don’t always succeed and I’m not super strict, but I try to live a somewhat ethical, enviromentally friendly life. There is a lot I still want to change about my ways, but learning about all this helps motivate me, too. You also know I have been very ecclectic over the years and I still have dozens of interest, but I also feel them boiling down to a few subjects that really fascinate me. And I’m sure they will change over time again, but for now that also makes me feel more at ease. What truly helped with that – and I know that’s kind of cheesy – was reading the Moomins again. There are so many subtle lessons in these stories about collecting and owning, things and experiences, all that and it really made me think again. Over Christmas break I plan on getting rid of a lot of stuff – donate clothes, sell stuff on ebay etc – because I don’t want to travel with baggage that heavy anymore. While I’m already drifting into that spiritual/esoteric speres, I also want to write that I felt a deep connection with Snufkin the wanderer who made my wanderlust even stronger again. After reading this book again I also want to look for a light, small tripod and get out into the woods more often again to breathe (and take my own photos).

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

dinosaur novelty print dress handmade romantic pinup girl saddle shoes pincurls noveltybrooch midcentury minerals

Dress – handmade | Brooch – erstwilder (old, but I think you can find the erstwilder dinosaurs pretty easy on various partner sites.) | Tights – ModCloth (old) | Shoes – amazon (old) | Necklace – schmuckrausch | Rings – six | Lipstick – Pretty Zombie Cosmetics in Dahlia

Handmade Update | October & November 2017

So, finally another update on handmade things. It isn’t much due to uni (how annoying is reading that already?), but I have a few projects planned that are easily made – though I still need the fabric! Also in case you are interested: I put up a few things on my etsy that I don’t feeel like wearing anymore. Aaaanyway, here we go.


Autumn Dress
7th of October
I found the fabric while I was in Lucca and I fell in love. Border prints are rather rare where I live and finding this beautiful one in Lucca was a dream. I turned it into a Dirndl-ish dress and I quite like the way it turned out and the way the print shows. Especially these little ducks and squirrels are so wonderful.

Pumpkin Dress Orange 50s handmade midcentury
Pumpkin Dress
6th, 7th of October
This was another project for a very autumnal dress. The dark orange tone is wonderful and I do like the way it turned out. I changed things during the process of making it and that was quite interesting, too. I am no 100% content, but I don’t know what it is. I think it’s the confusion that comes with a style shift. Here is the dress in an outfitpost.

Skirts for Aida
20th of November
Along with sorting out stuff for etsy, I also asked a friend if she wanted some of them. She did and so I changed the sizes. Unfortunatley, Idid not take pictures, but it was one simple grey skirt and one with hot air balloons.

dino Dinosaur Dress Handmade 80s 50s
Dino Dress
22nd, 23rd of November
Now this fabric is a dream! I ordered it online, because dinosaur fabrics are usually targeted at kids, so i was incredibly happy about finding this. The dress cut is inspired by The Other Sparrow, because they do kind cut dresses the way I really like it at the moment. Since I don’t really feel like knee-lenght anymore (most of the time). And I think that does a good job for the print as well. The zipper is my first real hidden zipper and I do quite like that as well, mainly because that way it’s not a zipper on the side and the backside is still cute.

So, this was my update for the last two months and I hope December will be filled with a few more sewing projects. What are and were you up to in the last months?

Mail Day #10 | Brooches, Socks and Bohemian Vibes

Mail Day #10 Brooches Wednesday Addams Zombie Grease Happy Socks
Long time no see. With uni, studying and procrastinating I don’t find the time or motivation to blog. I would love to and it feels good to type something out again – I also have a couple of things left I still want to write about. Among them beautiful pictures from Florence in early autumn. Anyway this time I would like to share a couple of things that I ordered, mainly from etsy. This is not really a Mail Day though, but more of a Mail Halfyear or so. There are some beautiful pieces and great etsy stores connected to it, so maybe you’ll find something new as well.

Sappho's Club Violet
Sappho’s Club – Violet Pin
As a member of the bi/pansexual girl club with a preference for girls I just wanted a Violet, also I love Sappho’s poetry, so I am very happy about this piece.

Bride of Frankenstein Pin Brooch kate gabrielle
kategabrielle – Bride Pin
This one is actually a regular pin, but I turned it into a brooch. The Bride of Frankenstein is aesthetically spoken on of my favourite movie characters. She is beautiful and the pin glows in the dark.

Wednesday Sticker SleepyKoi
SleepyKoi – Wednesday Sticker
When I saw the Wednesday Sticker, I fell in love with SleepyKoi Designs, so I ordered – but the package arrived empty. However, Renae was so sorry and she sent me not only the Wednesday Sticker, but also a package of small versions of some of her other stickers and they are adorable.

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret
GypsyGothVintage – 80s Scott McClintock Edwardian inspired Dress
Before I got this dress I had been eyeing it for quite some time and Kinsey is such a kind person, too. However since then I developed an obsession with Scott McClintock dresses, though this one is especially beautiful, you see more of it here. The details on the lace are incredible and the cut is a dream.

baccurelli Wednesday Brooch
19 Black – baccurelli – Wednesday
As you maybe saw above or in old posts you know that I love Wednesday Addams and this brooch captures her so perfectly, so I was hunting it down. It is a rather old baccurelli design and I felt so lucky to find probably one of the last ones.

Happy Socks
Happy Socks
I also got a wonderful package from happy socks, they asked me to pick out a few things and I chose these beauties. The socks are super soft and I really like how the panties are cut. This is the striped pair of socks and these are the heart panties.

Frenchie Grease erstwilder brooch
erstwilder – Frenchie Brooch
Frenchie is my favourite Grease character, so I got up really early to order her on the release day and erstwilder packed a beautiful package and to be honest erstwilder is kind of becoming my favourite brooch company.

Bride of Frankenstein Patch Jenni's Prints
jenni’s prints – Bride Patch
Yes, it is another Bride of Frankenstein piece, I am still considering where to put it – if on my denim jacket or my backpack. Tough decision.

80s does 50s egyptian skirt midcentury novelty print
Advantage in Vintage – 80s does 50s Egyptian Skirt
While I am developing a love for the 80s, I still very much appreciate a well done 80s does 50s – and this one does it so so well. This is a great novelty print and I am already so excited to wear it to a exhibtion about pharaos or Egyptian art.

Moth Display Hyles Euphorbiae Real Hyles Dahlii Female
Butterfly Palace – Moth
Even though it said Real Hyles Dahlii Female, I actually think it’s a Hyles Euphorbiae(spurge hawk-moth), like the one I have tattooed on me. It is a beautiful piece and arrived save and sound.

Zombie Brooch Halloween erstwilder
erstwilder – Zombie Brooch
This is the second brooch from erstwilder I ordered online, and again they included gifts and just decorated it so adorably. The brooch itself is so wonderfully crafted and it has the same colour as the circles on my chestpiece. Which probably concludes that I am in fact a zombie.

Mele Pele Backpack 50s Vintage Kid
melepele – 50s kids backpack
For university I wanted a backpack, but a second hand since I am trying to buy mainly handmade and used pieces. Also a 50s backpack – how cute is that? It is in fact a bit small, but everything fits inside(it’s for kindergarden kids, so that might explain it).

Gypsy Scarf Rose MenagicalVintage
Menagical Vintage – Gypsy Scarf
I was also on the lookout for a cute scarf like this, but actually looking for something specific in Vintage and Second Hand stores where I live basically never leads to anything, because they are small and do not have a lot of things. So after not finding one I got this beauty from the UK.

Sayonara Baby Dinosaur Jurassic Park Rosemary's Baby Witch Feminist
sayonara baby – Rosemary’s Baby Couldron and feminist dino brooch
While I was on the lookout for witch-y brooches, I found the cute couldron based on Rosemary’s Baby (really have to watch it again and read it!) and the Jurassic Park Brooch – they are smaller than I expected, but so adorable and the clours are really crisp!

baccurelli Star Wars Brooch C-3PO Leia Organa Skywalker Solo
baccurelli – C-3PO Brooch, Leia Brooch
I waited a long loooong time for this. I knew I would have to, but it took even longer, also because I was afraid it would arrive while I was on holiday, go to customs and be send back, and then the transfer from the US to Germany and then in Germany took forever. However now they are here and how beautiful are they?

Happy Socks Panties
Happy Socks
I also got another surprise package from happy socks with more panties and they are so cute! So obsessed with the pink panties. Here are the pink ones, the colourful ones and the socks.

That is it for now, let’s see when I get around to blogging again…. As I said I have a couple of things left to show you and I want a couple of new outfit shots, write a few toughts down, but this was the easiest for now. :)

a few pictures of Salzburg from a while ago

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria gut aiderbichl

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria gut aiderbichl

A few weeks ago, at the end of July my mum and I went to Salzburg and Gut Aiderbichl because they had a T-Rex skeleton to exhibit. The first couple of photos are from Gut Aiderbichl, a place where they take care of animals that would often be killed otherwise. It is mainly for horses, alpacas, goats and pigs (big/farm animals), but there are also a handful of dogs and cats – the cats have a great set of three big rooms, a garden with a fence and can go anywhere. And of course the T-Rex. What was kind of funny to me is that most people get there using their car – it’s like let’s support nature (animals), but destroy it at the same time (exhaust gas pollution). You can get their by bus and shuttle however like we did, but it is a bit complicated and you should tell the bus driver where you are going, because they will call someone at the Gut. Besides all the animals you can also get something to eat (all vegetarian or vegan) and buy stuff at a flea market (the money earned goes to the animals of course). And I did find some Vinatge books, a vintage camera and posters.

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria gut aiderbichl dinosaur

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria gut aiderbichl dinosaur

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria gut aiderbichl

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria gut aiderbichl

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria gut aiderbichl

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria mozart melange sachertorte

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria  schloss mirabell

We then wandered through the beautiful city. Not only, but also due to the fantastic food, it’s one of my favourite cities. The café to which I went before is Cafe Classic next to the Mozart Museum. And, if I may say so they have the best Sachertorte there is. Literally no Sachertorte anywhere compares to this. Alongside I recommend Mozart Melange which is coffee with Mozart ball flavour and it is just delicious (and I need this mug). We had dinner at Zum fidelen Affen and it was very tasty as well.
The city is great to explore for a day or two. Even the regular shopping streets are beautiful and historic and I’d highly recommend spending some time there and just wandering around – but you have to stop at Mirabell Castle.

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria  schloss mirabell

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria  schloss mirabell

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria zum fidelen affen schlutzkrapfen

salzburg travelling wanderlust austria zum fidelen affen desert chocolate

a few things to do in Stockholm

stockholm guide
For all the other cities, I recommended the city passes, but I really would not for Stockholm – it’s a lot more expensive than anywhere else and also does not include public transport (you have to add and pay for that), and quiet a few museums/sihtseeing destinations are actually for free.

Sightseeing

Stockholm Almgreen

Almgreen


One of my favourite museums was definetly Stiftelsen KA Almgreen Sidenväveri & Museum, an old traditional weaving mill where they even show you how it was done and you can look at all the different devices and fabrics. So in case you enjoy handmade goods, that might be interesting for you.
Kungliga Slottet Stockholm

Kungliga Slottet


The Kungliga Slottet (royal castle) has a few different parts you can explore, from the treasury, to the reception rooms and a museum. Personally I think the recpetion rooms are most interesting and they also had a special exhibit on wedding dresses – I assume there is always a special exhibition worth checking out.
Royal Library Stockholm Bird

Lil’ bird at the royal library.


Public Library Stockholm

Public Library


The royal library and the public library are both worth having a look at for the architecture (from the outside and from the inside), the latter has a fantastic main round room that really looks like a dream library.
The Historiska Museum is free for everyone and as the name suggests all about history – and perfectly currated. It’s very innovative and yet has the feel of travelling back in time to it.
Stockholm Naturhistoriska Riksmuseum

Naturhistoriska Riksmuseum


Stockholm Naturhistoriska Riksmuseum

Dino Babes


Stockholm Naturhistoriska Riksmuseum

Old Dinosaurs


Another free museum is the Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet with all the bones, insects and animals.
Abba Museum Stockholm

ABBA Museum


The ABBA Museum on the other hand is rather experience, but it’s also quite an experience. Besides the interective part it also features a lot of costumes and information.
The way to Engelbrektskyrkan is quite beautiful, as is the area, it’s not that far from busy city life, but very calm. The church itself is quite pretty, however keep the opening hours in mind, it closes rather early.
You can also visit, well look at, that is, the of flat where Astrid Lindgren wrote her stories (Dalagatan 46), apparently only authorised people can look at the rooms, but I really hope they will open it for the public one day.

Cafés
If you’re looking for vegan snacks and lunch, Koloni is the place to go. They have a few cafés throughout the city and they both have a lovely atmosphere and great food.
Café Kladdkakan is very central and quite cosy. They also have a big selection of snacks, but I really enjoyed the kadammom bullar.

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Kaffehörnan


In Vaxholm Kaffehörnan & Annat Gott Vaxholm is very beautiful, I had a lovely chat with the owner about photography, Sweden and Munich and there was the cutest dog as well!

Shopping

Stockholm si fi nerd sf bokhandeln

SF Bokhandeln


Since I posted about retro shops in Scandinavia (and therefore Stockholm) already, I onlly actually have one shop left to mention, the amazing SF Bokhandeln, the Swedish Nerd/Geek Bookstore with all the merch you could want. I think they have more books and DVDs than the Malmö shop, but a little less merch. It’s a fantastic store with a great atmosphere.

Walks, Trips and Parks

Rosendals Stockholm

Rosendals


To get to Rosendals garden and castle (more like a villa tbh) you can, depending on your location, take the ferry or cross the bridge. The whole “island” is quite lovely to walk around and especially the gardens and the area around the castle are worth checking out.
vaxholm stockholm sweden

Vaxholm


Like in Oslo you can take a bus to a suburb and Vaxholm is probably one of the most famous ones. It ahs all those small chlicheé swedish houses and it really is very cute. It has both a cost and the loveliness of a small town, I’d highly recommend going there for an afternoon.
Stockholm Castle Drottingholm

Drottingholm


Stockholm Castle Drottingholm selfie

Selfie (because you got to use the amazing weather)


Stockholm Castle Drottingholm library

Library


You can also spend half a day at Drottingholm, have a look at the beautiful castle and if it’s sunny (warm) enough just sit at the water and enjoy the sun and view. It’s so beautiful and calming. On of the guards there asked me where I got my bag, so I told her, when I came back she had found the website and was about to order one for herself.

That was everything I had about my journey in April. I really hope you enjoyed it and got something out of it.

a few things to do in Oslo

Oslo Guide
I arrived in Oslo in the early morning via ferry (which was a dream of mine for a long time and since I know that it isn’t the best thing for the eviroment it will most likely be my only cruise) and it was so cold. Apparently about 7-10 degrees colder than it usually is around that time, so it was snowy which seems also pretty appropriate/clicheé for Norway. Nevertheless I enjoyed the city with all the possibilities to walk around and the museums.

Sightseeing
I’d say the Oslo Card is pretty useful, since there are tons of great museums in and around the city, for example the Munch Museum – what Van Gogh is for the Netherlands, Munch is for Norway and while I personally enjoy arists like Dahl a lot more, the museum has a fantastic concept and is really worth it if you’re interested in Munch (funny thing: in front of the museum three Chinese people asked me to take a picture with me, I have no idea if they thought I was an artist, but it was weird and funny).

National Gallery Oslo

National Gallery


If you want a general overview over (Norwegian) art, the National Gallery (Nasjonalmuseet) is amazing, the art is sorted by era and you basically walk from the beginnings towards modern art. Obviously I loved the room dedicated to Dahl, but they have quite a few gems there. At the museum people were really friendly and a woman as well as a guard told me they liked how colourful my dress was.
Zoologisk Museum Oslo

Zoologisk Museum


Zoologisk Museum Oslo T-Rex

T-Rex (Zoologisk Museum)


Of course, Oslo has a museum for Naturalhistory as well. And while the geological part was closed, the zoological part was pretty interesting on it’s own. It’s rather small, but they have some pretty cool pieces there (like … umm … the T-Rex that welcomes you in Room Two). The era is surrounded by a big botanical garden that seemed pretty, but probably is even more beautiful in summer.
Fram Museum Oslo

Fram


r Gjøa Fram Museum Oslo

Gjøa


Fram Museum is considered the best museum in Norway and even though I’m not that much into ships and have only vague background knowlegde on the topic of exploring the poles, I found it really innovative and enjoyable. I guess for someone who is really into this topic, it must be a breathtaking experience.
Vikingskipshuset museum vikingship oslo

Vikingskipshuset


Nearby you can look at more ships, at the Vikingskiphuset, a very small museum with a small collection, but a interesting one – being this close to Viking Ships and the treasures is fantastic – as is the multimedia show they play about every 15 minutes.
Karl Johans Gate Oslo

Karl Johans Gate


Karl-Johansgate is both a place to shop and boulevard with beautiful houses that leads towards the castle (which was closed when I was there) starting at the beautiful central station. Pretty close to central station you can have a look at the cathedral, too, before strolling further down the street passing the Nationaltheatre.

Cafés
I have to mention team (inside central station) here, I am not sure whether or nor they are a chain, but their kanelbullar are probably made in heaven.
The cute Retrolykke is exactly what the name suggests, a retro café with various chairs and tables that do not match and so many colours (also the service guy who was there while I was there reminded me of Dane DeHaan. A lot.). I think Ruth 66 has a similar concept, but they were closed when I wanted to visit.

Shopping

grünerløkka oslo

Grünerløkka


Grünerløkka and especially Markveien is perfect for some alternative shopping, there are lots of second-hand and vintage stores selling everything from clothing to furniture. It’s ver hipster-y, but that of course also means that it’s not stuffed with fast fashion.

Walks, Trips and Parks

Telthusbakken Oslo

Telthusbakken


Telthusbakken is a small street with even smaller houses that look exactly the way you imagine Norwegian houses, they are just adorable and colourful. Obviously, I want to like in the pink one.
Gamla Aker View Graveyard Oslo

Gamla Aker View


Very nearby you find the Gamla Aker church and graveyard, a truly beautiful graveyard with a very interesting structure and probably one of the most amazing views over Oslo.
Vår Frelsers Gravlund olo graveyard

Vår Frelsers Gravlund


Only about three minutes away you find the next graveyar, Vår Frelsers Gravlund where lots of famous people are buried (e.g. Munch).
Akershus Oslo

Akershus


Akershus Oslo

Akershus


I went to Akershus very early in the morning and it ws fantastic. It was freezing, but so impressive and really enjoyable to walk around the fortress and also have a great view over harbour and city.
Drøbak Oslo

Drøbak


To get to Drøbak you have to take the bus for about an hour, but on the journey you can already enjoy the landscape. The small town itself is popular among natives for summer houses, but also the place where Julebuk/Santa lives – they have a little shop and house (Tregardens Julehus) which I assume is fantastic, but was closed while I was there. However all the small houses are very cute to look at and the view from the cost is so enjoyable.
Oslo

Ferryview


I always want to go on a cruise, so I went to Oslo by ferry, however you can also do a cruise to just discover the fjord of Oslo and I assume it’s pretty similar to what I experienced when arriving in Oslo in the early morning. You can see Drøbak from the ferry and a few houses sprinkled throughout the landscape and it’s so so beautiful.
Holmenkollen Ski Jump Oslo

Holmenkollen Ski Jump


One of my favourite things about Oslo was the Holmenkollen, about which I want to write a post in the near future. It’s a perfect place for hiking, enjoy a great view and learing about ski jumping history.

Have you been to Oslo yet? If so, what did you like best?