a few things I loved in 2017 ♥

2017 favourites fashion photography beret travelling wanderlust vintage
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.

frankenstein 2017 favourites mary shelley bride
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.

2017 favourites backpack 50s vintage travelling wanderlust teylers photography camera nacklace
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!).

2017 favourites vintage beret the other sparrows irregular choice bunny
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.

2017 favourites 50s 80s edwardian scott mcclintock lace
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.

2017 favourites movies hidden figures a cure for wellness assassin's credd ezio
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.

2017 favourites moth dress vintage 60s erstwilder beehive
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?

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my favourite books from 2017

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Camera 19th century 20th YA Frankenstein
This year I read a lot of good books and a lot of not so good ones too, I try to limit this one to the very favourite ones, but you can of course just have a look at my goodreads page. So, these are not just book that were really good, but also books that touched me on another level. This year I also really got into 19th century – after being a bit bored with Young Adult novels, I tried something new and I feel a lot more comfortable with literature from the 19th and 20th century (I read more books from/about the 19th century than the 21st). Here is the entire 2017 shelf on goodreads.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Shelley Frankenstein 19th century 20th YA
Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

His eyes have a general expression of wildness, and even madness, but there are moments when, if any one performs an act of kindness towards him or does him any the most trifling service, his whole countenance is lighted up, as it were, with a beam of benevolence and sweetness that I never saw equalled.

Actually, this is in no particular order, besides this one. This within reading it for the first time became my favourite book. Before this I was always stuck thinking when someone asked me about my favourite book, but this, this is it. I cannot stress enough how much this book means to me, but I tried here. I read it three times this year, and I plan on reading it very often in the future. The writing, the scenery, the characters, it’s a wonderful, dreamy book.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Physiker 19th century 20th YA
Friedrich Dürrenmatt – Die Physiker
This is maybe the only one that did not move me on an emotional level, but this has to be mentioned. It’s a very good drama about important topics, yet still fun. My review can be found here.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Carmilla 19th century 20th YA
J. Sheridan Le Fanu – Carmilla
All the romantic stories on here are somewhat gay, and I love it. I do not want to spoil any of this (here is my review), but I would highly recommend reading this if you enjoy 19th century gothic horror. This is beautifully written and a fantastic story. It’s basically spoiledin every blurb, but this is very short, so try just picking it up and reading it without any further information.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Sappho Come Close 19th century 20th YA
Sappho – Come Close

Dew is poured out in handsome fashion; lissome
Chervil unfurls; Rose
And Sweet Clover with heady flowers blossom.

Sappho’s poetry was on my list for a while, so I was happy to find this short collection. Her writing is wonderful and truly makes me want to learn Anciant Greek. The poems are very soft and romantic, you find my review here. I hope to read more of her poems soon, because they are just lovely.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Dostoyevsky White Nights 19th century 20th YA
Fyodor Dostoyevsky – White Nights
Same goes for Dostoyevsky, I now want to read a lot of his work. Though I think I never might have picked this up, had I not been seated at the Dostoyevsky table at my graduation. And I am unbelievable glad I did, because this little story about a dreamer was so touching and very important to me. I related to this very much and with the beautiful writing this was such a joyful read, find the review here.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Moomins 19th century 20th YA
Tove Jansson – Finn Family Moomintroll
I only read this one recently again, but besides the story being adorable, this also really inspired me on another level. After reading this I got rid of a lot of stuff and I now feel like wandering. The book made it a lot easier for me to say goodbye to things and I feel very refreshed. Also, I felt a deep connection to Snufkin and his personality, I hope to read more of these soon. Review.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue 19th century 20th YA
Mackenzie Lee – Gentleman’s Guide

And I wish in that moment that I were brave. I wish to God I were. But I’m shaking and terrified […].
My first instinct is to faint with fear, but everyone else is being brave, and that makes me feel courageous too.

I mentioned that I barely reach for YA anymore, but this one is not just one of the best YA books, but also one of the best books I ever read. It is both fluffy at parts and deals with very dark topics (abuse, discrimination etc.). This makes me very emotional, but in a good sort of way. It’s not just an adventure novel or a tragic queer romance, it is a lot more than that. This book is both serious and light-weight at the same time with such elaborate characters and the wonderful backdrop of 18th century Europe. I just love this book with my whole heart, you can find a very long review here.

Book Favourites Best 2017 Read Reading Vintage 19th century 20th YA
Honorable Mentions: This year I read both Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist and Wishful Drinking and I enjoyed them both a lot. Fisher was one of my favourite actresses and her writing is so fresh and enjoyable. She has been through a lot and the books are very personal, I highly recommend them. I read another work by Lessing, this time Der Freigeist – this is fun, yet philosophical, I think this might also be a great start to his work. With my love for 19th century Bavarian/Austrian royality among other things I read Sophie Charlotte. Sisis leidenschaftliche Schwester by Christian Sepp, a very interesting read about a person I barely knew and due to this got a very personal look. Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope was a book I saw on Instagram, forgot about, then found in Stockholm. It is incredibly fun and perfect if you’re looking for an easy read.

My reading plans for next year would be to continue the 19th century “trend”, continue with the Sherlock Holmes novels and the last two Austens, as well as more of Mary Shelley’s, Dostoyevsky (russian lit in general) and Le Fanu’s work. But I’d also like to read more non fiction about this time, I read quite a few biographies this year, but I feel like I can top that. Besides that I would also like to reread a few old favourites and some more poetry from Ancient Greece (Sappho e.g.), and maybe even Ancient Rome, because I could technically read original texts by Horace and Ovid. I guess I will have a healthy mix of used books, kindle books and library ones that hopefully add up to about 20.000 pages (I read more than 16.000 this year, which is the most I have documented on goodreads and I think 20.000 would be amazing), I guess that would lead to about 75/80 books, which seems like a good goal, considering I wanted to read 60 this year and got close to 70 (sure, I read 11 of them in December, but I think with my resolution of less phone-procrastinating this might work). I try to throw in some that are more than 500 pages and some Little Black Classics by Penguin, because they are a joy to read.

What did you read in 2017 that really stuck with you?

The Last Jedi | Fangirl Friday

This year I managed to get tickets for the Midnight premiere of the new Star Wars movie. I went with two friends and it was a wonderful experience, even though I wasn’t entirely fond of the movie. I have a hard time putting everything in words, but I will try.

Before I start this, I want to mention, that I consider both The Force Awakens as well as Rogue One incredible movies and great additions to the Star Wars Universe. And it is not that I didn’t like the movie, but I had my issues. As I mentioned it’s hard putting it in words – or structured sentences, so I guess I try bullet points.
The Bad

  • So many storylines. There were a lot of characters and they all were teamed up in very small groups, so you could not really focus on any of it properly. This meant that some of the storylines were great ideas, but poorly executed in my opinion.
  • That also meant that most characters lacked depth. sure, you knew them from Episode VII (or earlies),
    but they often did not get the time to breath and sometomes even were inconsistent. While inconsistency made sense with the people that struggled to find their place, it really did not with others. (The only ones that seemed entirely true to themselves were Leia and Poe – who are also my favourites. Besides the droids, sure.)
  • As was to be expected there are quite a few scenes with Rey/Luke and Rey/Kylo (also why are they sometimes almost forcing the idea of this relationship on us?) and while these do make sense and some ideas were amazingly done, I think overall it was handled were awkward/weird/cringy at times.
  • You feel Disney’s influence. And not in a good way. In the jokes and also in the general feel sometimes which I did not really enjoy. I think – though of course I do not know for sure – J.J. Abrams as a director would have handled that more delicately and not in this Disney-in-your-face-way. (Also the focus might have been a bit more on Finn again, instead of turning him into a side character.)

The Good

  • From somewhere in the middle/two-thirds on it was an amazing movie, intense, good action scenes and good emotional ones as well.
  • Poe Dameron. I was smitten from the first scenes of TFA, but in this one he finally became my definite favourite of the new trilogy. He is one of the few characters that had a consistent storyline and character in this, and it was so likeable. Which is of course also very much due to Oscar Isaac, though I think he was written so well, too. Also the obvious crush on Finn, made me ship them even more.
  • But also his relationship with Leia. I think this was one of the most elaborate relationships in this movie, they had a couple of scenes together and they were fantastic. I think Carrie and Oscar had a great chemistry, so that transfered well on screen – both the official (Leia as his superior) part and their friendship was so believable.
  • The set design, costumes, picture in general. If there is one thing this movie did maybe even better than Rogue One it’s th entire graphic departement. That was so amazing – there was a lot of intense red, which I love and just in gerneal both the things that were there physically as well as the animation. From the wonderful costume of General Holdo (portrayed by the wonderful Laura Dern), the nod to young Leia of Billie Lourd to the island. It was stunning.

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  • The scene were it switches to a fantastic movie is the scene in the red room with Kylo, Rey and Snoke. It was both a damn amazing fighting scene and as I wrote from then on the movie was amazing.
  • The Leia floating scene in my opinion was way over the top. We know the force is even stronger with her than with Luke and Star Wars isn’t realistic in that sense, I think that was way off even Star Wars logic.
  • The way Oscar Isaac played Poe’s crush on Finn was wonderful, however I think the way they force wrote Finn to be straigther than anything in that universe. To be honest in this new triology I think their’s is the only romantic relationship that makes sense/has chemistry, but oh well, of course Disney can’t risk losing the Chinese market over that (I think I once read that J.J. was actually very supportive of the relationship turning canon).

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. :)

Kingsman – The Golden Circle | Fangirl Friday

Last Sunday my best friend and I went to watch Kingsman, we both love the first movie, so we had to go see it. First of all, I do not think it’s as good as the first, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

The movie is extremly over the top, playing with the unrealistic, but very knowingly so. We of course experienced that in the first one, but it got more extreme here. But as it got more serious from time to time, too, to me those things sometimes did not go hand in hand smoothly. Somehow, I had issues accepting the unrealistic, because the serious parts were so intense. Also, of course you expect violence in an action movie, but as my friend pointed out, it was glorified (when the “good guys” used it) – by the choice of music and by not really questioning it – this was Wonder Woman’s strong suit. The movie actively questioned the violent actions from every party involved.
Nevertheless the movie was fun, the dialogue is filled with little gems. And the costume design deserves a special mention, to be honest, how attractive was Taron Egerton in that orange velvet suit jacket?! I mean his boyish charme is adorable anyway, but this jacket is probably my favourite thing about the movie.
The storyline with the drug cartel was well thought out in my opinion and Julianne Moore was fantastic, but of course I also really appreciated the set design (the “temple” surroundings reminded me a lot of Uncharted to be honest) with the mix of South American Holy Places and North American 50s Dream. It had this weirdness of fitting and being highly inappropriate at the same time. Also Poppy had robot dogs, that were basically Evil K-9s, which I liked.
The relationships between the characters and just the individuals were quite interesting and elaborate, a lot of the movie focused on that, but I think I would have enjoyed the movie even more if it had been more character- and less plot-driven. Because from Eggsy, Merlin and Harry to the new American characters there was so much potential, so with a little less action and more time for interpersonal scenes, this might have been perfect.
I think the plot was a bit all over the place sometimes/a lot happened in a rather fast pace, but in general it worked out well and was enjoyable (after all, it’s a action/comic movie) – especially with the references to pop culture and well, culture in general.

Tulip Fever | Fangirl Friday

When Tulip Fever came out, I was in Italy, so when I came back, I looked for a cinema to watch it in OV. On Sunday I finally got to see it and I did actually quite like it.

The main reason for me watching this was the cast. First and foremost of course the lovely Dane DeHaan. I wil watch every movie he stars in in cinema and you cannot stop me. Of course, Christoph Waltz, Alicia Vikander and Dame Judi Dench were even more reason to watch it. And to be honest the casting probably saved this movie in a way. Because the story while being interesting focused mainly on the romance and the romance did not really develope. I totally get, why Sophia and Jan would fall for each other, but I would have loved to have seen this on screen as well. You know, like them talking a bit at first. And we did not get that. When the romance was in full bloom however and the movie followed the story again, it was fantastic. The scenery and costumes added a lot, of course. But it was a nice yet a bit flat film. If you are into historic movies, I bet you will like it. What I have to say however – this movie was almost two hours and not once did I feel bored. This might also have been due to the amazing looks of Dane, but actually some of story elements were quite innovative and captivating. Especially when it came to Maria or the convent, I think the movie was fantastic. I cannot put my finger on what this movie was lacking, though (maybe it really was the romance that put me off).
So for me, while I enjoyed the subplots a lot, I think the main plot could have been improved. I want real chemistry before characters kiss on screen, and that just was not the case. The actors and costumes made up for it a bit, but it did leave a bitter taste. Meanwhile the romance of Maria was very authentic and the entanglement maybe a bit intense, but well rounded. To me, she was also one of the best actors – I mean of course, there are Oscar winning actors in this movie, it is filled with good actors, but she protruded nevertheless.
AS mentioned above this movie is mainly for the looks and actors, not all of the plot is captivating/realistic, but it woudl deserve a lot more recognition than it is getting at the moment.

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outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

When I saw erstwilder would launch a Grease collection, I was over the moon. I wanted a Frenchie brooch for ages, but the only one I knew of was an “old” handmade piece by a brand that no longer exsisted. So, obviously, seeing a brand that has fantastic designs anyway release something Grease-themed – perfection! Of course, I set a timer for the release time – if you are a retro online shopper you know how it is with limited editions. Looking back, that was not neccessary, because they had a large stock.

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

Anyway I was very happy to be able to get beautiful Frenchie, still thinking about the necklaces though! Grease was one of the things that got me into retro dressing – as I guess it was for a lot of people. It’s so iconic and fun – not only due to the outfits, but they play a huge part. There is barely an outfit I would not want to wear – still Frenchie’s choice will forever be my favourites. Her pink hair (and actually all the colours she has during the movie) make me want to change my hair, even though I’m quite happy with the way it is now. It’s not only her style though Besides Grease there is of course Dirty Dancing – and even though it is set in the early 60s it’s not really sixties style – which was a big inspiration especially music wise. Additionally I can basically talk (and sing) along both movies. I will forever be thankful o these movies giving me the idea to dress this way.

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

Last (though maybe first), but not least is Pushing Daisies’ Charlotte Charles who would approve of this outfit for sure. Her outfits inspire me every day, it’s such a modern retro dream, focusing on a 50s silhouette, but sometimes moving towards adorable boho outfits. I own three dresses that I made after her outfits in the show, but I plan on expanding. For me this was also the first time seeing retro in modern times (since where I live this is not really common). In a way we are really lucky to live in this day and age, where we can get inspired by the past, but a lot of the boundaries are gone – it shows you how much you can do in a matter of decades.

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

outfit retro vintage fifties 50s hat cute charlotte charles frenchie grease peach pastel jungle

Shirt – handmade | Skirt – handmade | Brooch – erstwilder | Hat – pepaloves | Shoes – Dorothy Perkins | Lipstick – kiko

Recent Reads ♥ May, June, July

Recent Reads Summer
This month was rather disappoiting when I look at my sewing, but I read a lot in the last three months, so here is a little update on that side.

Recent Reads Summer May
May
Doyle – The Hound of the Baskervilles
After reading a lot while travelling in April I had to take a break (apparently), so my first finished book took more than two weeks, and it was – again – Sherlock Holmes. I am not through with all of them yet, but they are free on kindle, so every once in a while I pick one up. Even though I took so long, I liked this best so far of the series, because of Watson’s fantastic narrative and a rather interesting plot
goodreads review

Shelley – Matilda
As a lover of Frankenstein and especially the way Shelley writes, I had to read this one as well. The theme (incest) is one I personally don’t really enjoy reading about, but it was in no way uncomfortable/explicit – BECAUSE it’s not really the theme of the book. It’s a part, but actually this is a story about depression and loneliness. It tackles quite a few issues and does so rather well, especially the parts with the poets were really to my liking – but as a whole it’s such a beautiful and sad novella.
goodreads review

Streatfeild – Theater Shoes
This was the last of the four shoes books I own and still had to read. However it was likely my least favourite. I know when it was written, but the sexism really annoyed me nevertheless – and it’s basically another (rather disappointing) version of Ballet Shoes. My issues were mainly due to being a 21st century intersectional feminist, but I can’t change that, so I did not enjoy the book a lot.
goodreads review

Jean Paul zum Vergnügen
Surprisingly I had a few issues reading this, because I expected it to be really fun, but it was rather serious, philosophical and made me think.
goodreads review

Recent Reads Summer June
June
The Virago Book of Ghost Stories
Being into Gothic horror at the moment, I wanted to read this collection of stories. It was great to read so many stories by women, however also a bit disappointing since some of the stories were rather boring. However some wehere really good (you can read about the once I liked on goodreads).
goodreads review

Le Fanu – Carmilla
This gothic novel was amazing though – if you do not know anything about this yet and are interested, please just read it and do not read any reviews. But even though I knew a lot about, it was still amazing and if you want to know about, read my goodreads review.
goodreads review

Riggs – Library of Souls
Sure, admittedly I did not read book one and two, so I do not have the knowledge andemotional connection most people have, but I really did not like this book. This one showed me why I almost don’t read YA anymore. This was one boring store, bordering on cringey (some of the sentences were so awkward! And that’s a published writer with a movie). It seemed as if Riggs really wanted to show off just how smart he is and apparently how dumb most reader are by pointing out every single detail. The characters were hollow and their actions inconsistent, it was just terrible.
goodreads review

Streatfeild – Ballet Shoes
I have read this book quite often in my childhood and early teens and I really love it. It’s an easy, pleasant read with three fantastic MCs, especially Petrova and her interest in technology is so amazing. This book is probably one of the best children’s books and I think everyone should read this.
goodreads review

Reichhold – Ludwig Forever
My love/interest in Bavarian and Austrian royality in the 19th century is really big and of course Ludwig II is so fascinating. To be honest, though I expected this book to be a bit gossipy, but fortunately it was well researched and really good – shedding light on gossip and talking about possibilities, but not overdoing it. Even though I already knew quite a bit, I did gain a lot from this book.
goodreads review

Garden Poems
Another interesting – and better – collection was this book. Not all of them were amazing, but there were some gems and I found some new favourites. Especially greek poetry seems to be right up my alley. They did some great translation work in general in this book, even though some poems were a disappointment, in general this was a lovely collection.
goodreads review

Shelley – Frankenstein
I talked about this before, well actually very very often, but I just fell in love with this book, so I read this again. Everything about this is beautiful and I can just tell you (again) to read it for it’s writing, the atmosphere and characters.
review on the blog
goodreads review

Recent Reads Summer July
July
Wollstonecraft – A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Finally another piece of feminist literature again, the work of Shelley’s mum to be exact. She has very strong opinions and it’s very interesting to read thoughts of an 18th century suffragette. Of course I do not agree with everything she states, but it is still interesting to see what such a forward thinking woman thought – especially her thoughts on education are amazing.
goodreads review

Heine zum Vergnügen
Until this book I only read a couple of poems by Heine, but his work is so fantastic and now I want to read even more. His writing is very pleasant and there is so much fun and sarcasm, it’s perfect. Especially the part about travelling was quite lovely.
goodreads review

Lee – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
THIS was a dream! I loved everything about this story – it’s weird because actually this is not really what I usually read. However I’m happy with getting and reading this 18th century adventure story, and picking it up not only, but also because the boy on the cover looks a bit like a mix of Mr Bingley and Friedrich Schiller. It deals with so many important issues from homophobia and sexism to suicidal thoughts and abusive parents. Besides that the story itself is a lot of fun and it was so pleasant reading this (the writing is amazing!), joining the trio on their way through Europe (Venice <3). Especially since they aresome of the most elaborate and loveable book characters I've encountered recently (and I think in general) with so much emotionality. It's the story of the sarcastic protagonist Monty working his way through an impressive developement while adoring his wonderfully sensitive and strong friend Percy and quarrelling/coming to terms with his feminist, intelligent sister – all while touring to Europe having adventures.
goodreads review

Austen – Persuasion
Currently I’m on the verge of finishing this on. And so far this is the worst Austen book I read so far. Annoying characters and rather boring. Now towards the end, hearing about all the juicy details of the past it gets interesting, but other than that it’s really a bore so far.

That’s all for now. What did you read recently? Did you read any of the books I mentioned and if so what did you think about them?

she may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts | Millennium Falcon Tattoo

Millennium Falcon Tattoo
In the beginning of July I got my third tattoo, the first one you can actually see most of the time, because it’s on my lower arm. A beautiful place for that matter, in my opinion. As with most of my ideas, I’ve planned that for months/years in a word document. Okay, I’m surprised I still don’t have an appointment for the Alice one, but then again I’m young. Anyway. This one is quite obviously for Star Wars, because I just love this franchise and especially the importance (and beauty) of this ship. I wanted TIE fighters and flowers around the ship and once again Ella did a wonderful, detailed job.

Tattoo Healing

At parts this one was surprisingly hurtful about where the violets are and my arm was slightly cramped the nest two days (might have been due to my slepping position though). Well, that cramp faded and it healed quite well, some parts took longer than the rest and now it looks really cute. Especially the yellow and red really pop from the grey ship. Well, I’m just happy with it, it’s exactly the way I wanted it and also, so many people told me how much they liked it. I think it will also blend in quite well with everything that’ll come due to the flowers (I’m pretty sure there will almost always be nature involved in my pieces in one way or another).

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia Tattoo

Another thing that was a bit weird was my arm hair growing back. I’m mean, it’s obivous that when you shave your hair (well, Ella did at the studio) that it’ll grow back, but I haven’t done that in years and having itchy stubble on a tattoo was not the most comfortable feeling. That of course is a petty problem, but I had to mention it. It took somewhere between two and three hours with some short pauses to move my hand.

Midcentury Fifties 50s Outfit Handmade Star Wars Millennium Falcon Irregular Choice Leia Tattoo

With this I also got a tragus piercing, something I wanted for a rather long time as well and it’s healing well. Also, how beautiful is that stone? I was a bit afraid of being pierced with a needle since it has been a few years since my helix and that was done with a gun (I know how bad that is, but back in the day I did not and luckily I never had any issue at all). However it barely hurt and so far everything is well.

Tragus Piercing opal

Valerian | Fangirl Friday

Last Sunday I went to see Valerian with my best friend. I wanted to for a long time, mainly because Dane DeHaan is one of my favourite actors, if not my favourite actor of this generation/age group. He is crazy talented and you know that if you saw Life, A Cure for Wellness or Kill Your Darlings. He is not crazy famous and most people still ask me who is is when I talk about him, but I push his movies on everyone, so…

I knew the general twist of the Valerian stories and their impact on the genre in general before watching the movie, but I did not read the comics so I can’t say if they did their origins justice. However I think it was a really enjoyable SciFi movie – it’s a Luc Besson movie, so I did not expect anything less. Especially in the scenes in the city life it feels a lot like the Fifth Element (which 20th anniversary is right around the corner) and I did appreciate that a lot. In general while the world building takes it’s time, it is worth that because not only does this slow pace make it possible to have a look at all those details and worlds, it also shows all the beautiful creatures. And they are so beautiful, the whole movie is quite aesthetic – to be honest only my favourite alien Tilda Swinton was missing (but then again I would like her to be in every SciFi movie).
The story seems like the typical adventure/superhero story, but it is a lot deeper in my opinion, because it does not just have a good guy/bad guy story line, but actually explores reasons, the bad on all sides and in general to me it seemed very much like questioning the fighting in general. It is much more diplomatic than a lot of the genre and I appreciate that. Of course, there is still fighting and female badassery, so I am okay with that. Due to that the movie is rather long (okay, I was also tired while watching it), but it’s very worth it.
Besides the beautiful colours and image I obviously loved that Dane DeHaan was the main character, I think he had better movies, but then again this movie is much less serious than my faves of his. Cara Delevingne was pretty good as well, especially since her character was pretty cool and she fit the role. I think/hope she’ll grow over time in her upcoming movies. A highlight of course was Rihanna’s cameo/role. Not only did she look stunning, I think she did a fantastic job acting as well. And to be honest, that surprised me a bit, but in a very positive way.
As a whole this was a very enjoyable, chill movie, especially whe it comes to pictures and the harmony with the chosen music.

Now, I am excited for Tulip Fever, because it’s not only with Dane DeHaan, but also with one of my other favourites Christoph Waltz (not to mention Judi Dench and Alicia Vikander).