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?

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Wonder Woman | Fangirl Friday

Last night I finally got to see Wonder Woman as it took quite some time to be release in Germany (I have noo idea why). However I made it and I enjoyed it a lot.

Here’s the thing, and I think I told you that before – in general I prefer DC, the characters in the comics etc are more interesting and the movies are darker, more serious (well, back in the day they were really goofy and that was fine too). The whole funny thing Marvel has going on is not really my cup of tea. One thing for example, and Wonder Woman showed tht quite well: caring about those left behind, those dying to the hero – they care, meanwhile the Avengers at least destroyed a ton of buildings (+people) without really looking back. Wonder Woman took the time to look at those suffering due to the hero/”good guys” and also questioned the good guy. I think it was very well done with The Chief (a Native American) telling Diana that his people were killed by Steve Trevor’s people – it was only a short moment, but to me that acknowledged a lot.
The casting was amzing in my opinion. Gal Gadot portrayed Diana perfectly, she was both very though, intuitively and considering her actions before as well as after. I think she was a great first female movie superhero. The only thing that really confused me was that: in the movie Ares is the bad guy and the Amazons were created as a last defense against him by Zeus, however in the actual mythology Amazons are daughters of Ares and Harmonia (also in this version he was kind of like Lucifer). Well, I only read a couple of Diana’s stories as comics and I do not really recal how it was handled there, but it surprised me to say the least. Nevertheless I think the Amazon myths was treated perfectly with the wonderful island (that reminded me of the second Sissi movie), the training, the outfits and everything! The women were very diverse and it was really intense to see the realitionships, especially the mother daugther one between Diana and the queen. Besides the Amazons, Diana’s (and Steve’s) crew of misfits was very elaborate and the crafted interesting characters with ease.
I enjoyed the storyline and even the fighting scenes (which is something I don’t really like in most movies) were handled well, especially colourwise. It was funny at times, but it didn’t overdo it and felt really intense for the genre. For a superhero movie it was also surprisingly questioning the good guy/bad guy concept and I think just in general Patty Jenkins did a great job directing. Also, the way the story was introduced was a very nice touch.

Basically I really enjoyed this badass feminist movie and look forward to more of Wonder Woman.

Blonde again.

Bob Cut 20s Blond Hair
I love being blonde. I love my bob cut. And I’m so glad it’s back. Within the last weeks my hair was more of a shoulder long pastel mess and while a lot of people (surprisingly) told me they like my hair and how I dyed it that way, I dreaded it in a way and way looking forward to my appointment at the hair dresser last Wednesday.

Bob Cut 20s Blonde Hair

Bob Cut 20s Blonde Hair

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed being able to do space buns and hair dos in general, but personally I do not really like long hair (and yes, not on me and not on most people – there are exceptions and you do you, but if you do not do fancy hair dos I don’t like long hair). I think short hair adds a lot of character to a person and makes faces more interesting, too. By now I’ve had a bob cut for about a year (with the longish hair interlude in the last weeks) and it feels perfect for me. I love not having hair bothering my neck, not weirdly hanging down, but being just long enough to try some curls.

Bob Cut 20s Blonde Hair Beret

I hope you don’t mind lots of outfits and photos with berets, because at the moment, they are my favourite thing to wear (and I’m sorry if I look like a pretentious faux French lady). Also, the whole 20s empowerment that bob cuts represent speaks a lot to me. Of course, my main inspiration was Miss Fisher (one of the best detective shows), a twenties femme fatale and even though I’m blonde I feel very empowered with my bob. It literally is the perfect hair cut for me to feel comfortable in (at least since last year, who knows, maybe I will be rocking waist long hair at 28).

Bob Cut 20s Blonde Hair Beret

Bob Cut 20s Blonde Hair Beret

You know I dye my hair quite often, usually I mention it on Instagram immediately and of course you see it in outfits and sometimes even in seperate posts. Still, I have to stay, blonde might be my favourite. If I had to choose one colour for the rest of my life it might indeed be blonde, even though I want some orange again next month. Someone once told me I’d look iconic with the short blond hair and the red lips and of course that was music to my ears. But it’s not just that, it feels so right, when I’m light blonde I never feel unhappy with my hair colour, I just want to try new colours (split-dye, blue, peach etc).

Bob Cut 20s Blonde Hair Beret

Bob Cut 20s Blonde Hair Beret

I sometimes miss the dark brown curls, but for now this is me, this is very much what I want to be and what I feel most comfortable with. I don’T want any change. Did you find your happy hair colour and cut yet?

Cherry Blossom and Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

When I was in Amsterdam I met a close friend of mine and we spend a lovely sunny day in town. Amsterdam is a favourite city of mine because it’s so beautiful with all the water, flowers and lovely people. It’s very lively yet somewhat relaxing. Probably also because there are mear to no cars, that just makes things a hundred times more relaxed. I really love this whole bike and flowers culture.

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Of course, since I was there in the beginning of April there weren’t as many flowers but there where quite a few trees in blossom. And in a way I find that even more beautiful. Probably because trees are green all year round but in early spring they are beautifully coloured. Especially apple and cherry blossoms are such a lovely sight. Obviously the later always reminds me of Mulan one of my favourite Disney movies and princesses. The soundtrack alone is fantastic, but I also love all the dresses. Since I recently got heavily inspired by a Asian Sakura-esque aesthetic and so I wanted to create a dress that was inspired by kimonos. It is of course just vaguely referencing with the piping and the cut of the top, but I like it and in general the pastel pink is right up my alley currently.

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

However, to get back to Mulan, the pink dress for her does not respresent the same liberty in fashion and happiness mine conveys, but instead it’s very restricting as it is the one to present her to suitors. And that really is not something she wants at that very moment. I am told the second movie shows even more feminist motives, but I did not have the chance to watch that yet (very excited for the live action movie though). However I really like the original, it shows a girl with uncommon/unheard of ideas and plans, very headstrong and still a friendly, nice person. She also has some of the best sidekicks with Mushu and Cricket. Well, anyway, I think it is one of the Disney movies that are really fantastic, because they are so different, but are not appreciated enough. And it can be interpreted in so many ways, too! Well, I think we should all be a bit more daring like Mulan and I really love this face palm brooch that seems to be the perfect response to everyday-sexism.

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Dress – handmade | Mulan Brooch – Ambrosia Bowl | Socks – calzedonia | Shoes – Tamaris | Lipstick – trend it up in 030

Riverdale | Fangirl Friday

Recently (aka Wednesday) I have been binge-watching Riverdale and I really really enjoy it so far. Which surprised me a bit, (atterntion, unpopular opinion ahead) because the last Netflix original I watched bored me. Stranger Things, that is – it is an 80s mystery story and I made a break after episode two and then stopped torturing me midway through episode three and switched to Riverdale. That was a pretty good desicion, I must say. However I have no connection to the comics, only a vague idea of who Sabrina the Teenage Witch is and she isn’t in so far.

The concept is easily explained, it is set at a high school and a student dies (the cause for this is unknown in the beginning). So of course, allegations and fear follow, but besides that it also features regular high school stuff, romance, friendship, fighting.
While none of the actors look like they still go to school, but rather to college, I think it fits in a way, because the whole show is very picturesque and more like a perfect painting. I assume there is a lot of symbolism behind colour choices and most of the outfits have a midcentury charme. The white outfit Cherly wears in the beginning could just as well have been worn 60 years ago. And with all the novelty brooches I’m constantly thinking: Ohh, I know where they got this one/someone who has one just like it. But it is not only the outifts, also the whole enviroment, rooms, houses, everything from Pop’s to Archie’s rooms shows how much detail they put into the show. The story telling is another thing I like, it’s subtle with the narrator, but a bit like in Pushing Daisies (though it is an actual character in Riverdale, not a omnipresent being we never get to see).
Personally I think it’s pretty exciting and gripping and at least I haven’t figured out everything yet. Things are revealed in an appropriate speed and make me want to watch more of it. Also, I think the high school element is handled well for a few reasons.
Ohh, the feminism, the show is so amazing on this aspect, I really have to look into the producers, crew etc. Because so far I did not realise anything problematic – they even go so far as to condemn slut-shaming and the girls fight it (something that is often forgotten in pop culture or shown in a somewhat positive way). They also have a pretty diverse cast, that is not just a trope, but feels real. They play with the tropes and chlichés in a way that I think is pretty good (e.g. the gay best friend – also, fortunately Kevin has his own storyline and some fun along the way). The parents of basically everyone have a lot of issues of there own and aren’t just cut-outs, though I would prefer Betty’s mum to be one, she is scary. Since most of them went to Riverdale High before their kids they have connections to other parents in town. So, those various story lines add a lot of suspension and you can’t really make out who has dirty secrets and who is innocent.
Now on to the characters, I heard that a lot of people do not like Archie, but I think he is adorable, charming and an interesting protagonist, because he has quite some issues and flaws right from the beginning. Also I think his strugle between music and sport is executed quite neatly and with it comes the return to an old friendship he swept under the rug – the one with Jughead. I think it’s lovely how Archie revaluates what is important in his life. Also, I love Jughead, I think he is adorable and I like a good emotional character that likes to be alone and do his thing. Plus, I like this style and he eats all the time. Betty reminds me a lot of Sandy from Grease with her ponytail and I’m wondering if this is intentional. However she is not as whiney, but pretty fierce and so far she had the biggest personality developement in my opinion and Veronica helped her a lot and their friendship is wonderful. Because she is very determined yet lovely, I just like the way they become friends. And can we please appreaciate how sassy she is while being kind? She is such a feminist badass. Also her references are so on point, though not only hers, also Jughead and Sheryl do a great job at referencing to all things pop culture, though always matching their characters. The character of Sherly is pretty intense, too, she is the best example how this show does not create a good/evil cast, but one that is rather grey and opaque. I also really like the Pussycats, they are minor characters, but still have three amazing, strong personalities (plus esp. Valerie is unbelievably pretty). Then again the whole casting is great – while e.g. the Shadowhunters cast had very poor acting skill in my opinion, the Riverdale cast is not only a festival of eyecandy, the actors are talented as well.
Additionally in my opinion the music choice is exquisite and matches both the setting and story elements without being in your face. It underlines the show that is a surprise hit for me with all it’s fantastic girl friendships and suspense.

After writing this I feel like rewatching the episodes that have been released so far and I’m really excited for the new one. Do you watch the show?

Happy Pastel Raptor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hidden Figures | Fangirl Friday

The moment I heard about Hidden Figures I knew I needed to go see it, however as always it took some time to be released in Germany. So, last Sunday I finally went to see it and it was fantastic. Recently I am really lucky with the movies I watch and this was no exception, so here are my thoughts on Hidden Figures.

You know that the Sixties are a period I really enjoy watching movies about and especially the ones about civil rights and women’s rights – and that is a constant undertone of the movie. It reminded me of The Help in a way – one of my favourite movies (and books), might be due to Octavia Spencer though. And she was great – as were the other ladies (and gents), I think they had an amazing cast in general and the chemistry between the actors/characters was fantastic. Also how madly pretty is Janelle Monáe? However, I also considered it kind of funny that Jim Parsons was a engineer (as Sheldon really dislikes engineers for those who do not watch TBBT).
I think all of the characters were really interesting. Even though I obviously did not live in the 60s I think it was a good representation of the way people felt and acted – both white and poc. Especially with Vivian (Kirsten Dunst) you could also see how people can actually change over time. But I have to say I was just really delighted by Al Harrison (Kevin Kostner) who was only focusing on the quality of the work they did instead of any other superficiality. That shows how you just need one person in power that can change a lot for better (or worse, of course).
As someone who loves scifi things, seeing a movie about space travel and Nasa that prominently features women was really exciting. It actually was a topic I knew almost nothing about and it’s just so cool to know more about that. Of course it is also really amazing that things turned out so well for the girls. All three of them, Dorothy, Katherine and Mary are so impressive and had their own special way of a achieving their dreams, and even though the main focus was on Katherine, I think her way of doing her best and not letting any issue get in her way was not in any way portrayed as the only one. Mary and Dorothy learning everything on their own and fighting to study was a wonderful inspiration as well. Of course the fantastic outfits added a lot to the whole movie, too, I think everything from the dresses to the trousers were really beautiful – I was so in love with Katherine’s glasses I think about getting them myself. And it got me back into really wanting to dress up and do my hair again – I have been kind of out of the 50s/60s thing and that really got me back in. Especially with Katherine, her vibrant clothes realy made her stick out and gave her sort of a powerful presence. Though of course her quote about glasses was just amazing at showing the power she actually helt.

Yes, they let women do some things at NASA, Mr. Johnson, and it’s not because we wear skirts. It’s because we wear glasses.

I really enjoyed the music as well, I think you could really hear Pharrell Williams influence. Of course, with the movie being filled with a lot of emotional stuff, I’ve been crying a lot – but I’m used to that now, I just cry in the movie theatre and there was all the feminism, women’s rights an integration it was very near to my heart and of course is also so relevant for this day and age as well. Let’s never forget Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson – and try to shine a light on those history often times forgets.

The movie was just so good, there were fun elements, dramatic and empowering ones. I really recommend it to anyone, especially if you doubt your dreams, because it just shows how you can reach everything if you fight hard.

Dark Fairytale

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Fairytales are some of my favourite things – no matter if the original stories by the brothers Grimm or Hans Christan, retellings or movie adaptation. Therefore I am of course highly interested in all the gruesome parts of the stories. I love telling people about what actually happened to the feet of Cinderella’s sisters. They usually do not like that as much which of course does not keep me from sharing more terrible fairytale stories. In general, I like the dark parts of fairytales, most Disney villians for example are so elaborate and more interesting than thee princesses. Take Maleficent, not only in her feature film, but in Sleeping Beauty – she (and Flora, Fauna, Merriweather) is the only reason for me to watch the movie. I consider Aurora to be the embodiment of boredom, but then again she sleeps throughout most of the movie.

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Of course, while I enjoy Disney movies I do have some issues with them, especially from a feminist and empowered view. Don’t get me wrong, I do always consider the time the movies were produced in, but that can’t change the fact that I’m not the biggest Aurora and Cinderella girl. Especially when I think about the Life Action Cinderella movie, while I love the dresses and the general set up I feel like her character is so centered on her love interest. Also, she’s such a weak character, subjecting to her stepmother all the time. I don’t know, but that is so outdated and could have been handeled much better – after all there is Ella Enchanted which is a newish, amazing take on Cinderella (also, the prince in the movie is Hugh Dancy, so extra points for that). Anyway even back in the 70s Tři oříšky pro Popelku [Three Nuts/Gifts/Wishes for Cinderella] portrays the girl much more independent (and elaborate in general, the movie focuses on thee girl not the love story). I do not demand all princesses to be kick ass and super fierce (e.g. I love Snow White), but I just think the newer movies should feature girls also being happy on their own without finding true love. And then there are female villians – even though they are bad/evil – there is just much more to them, they know what they want and actually go for it without whining all the time.

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dark Fairytale Outfit

As I mentioned, I have a special place in my heart for Maleficent, she is a fantastic character and the life action movie with Angelina Jolie added a whole level of depth to her. It’s also a beautifully dark movie. You know, a bit like Wicked is to Wizard of Oz. Anyway, I did not just want to whine about Disney princesses, I also wanted to mention my two faves, Merida and Mulan (better known as the two princesses with close to know merchandise). Both fight for what they think is right and that is not just getting married. But of course, fairytales are not just Disney and princess stories, they only make up such a small part. Most stories are wonderfully gloomy and what I find so interesting is that various magical creatures come up in a lot of different countries and yet each district has it’s own take on fairytales. Just recently I read a few Irish fairytales and most of them did end with a death or two.

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dark Fairytale Outfit

I think it’s pretty interesting how fairytales and ghost stories nowadays are something considered for kids while most of them are pretty deep and dark including everything from death to destruction. They really do have a lot to offer. I mean, just take Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which can be considered a fairytale, I’d say. In general fairytales show so many possibilities of human creativity. After all, fantasy is what connects all of them. Most of these stories while being based on real events (e.g. some parts of the fairytales the Brothers Grimm are actually common for the time) are painting a whole new world to enjoy.
Another whole world to enjoy is the blog of my lovely friend Thyra, she is such a kind, cute human being with a really fancy yet subdued way of dressing and I hope you check out her part of this collab She is also the one that took the pics. ♥

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dark Fairytale Outfit

Dress – handmade | Brooch – deer Arrow | Choker – schmuckrausch | Flower – handmade (found at a Vintage Fair) | Tights – kunert | Shoes – dollskill | Lipstick – hema Moisturising Lipstick in 11

Mail Day #7 | Novelties, Cutsy Stuff and Fandom Things

It’s been about a month and Christmas is coming, so I made a few orders again and this is kind of an November wrap up.

sleek Whimsical Wonderland
sleek Whimsical Wonderland
sleek Whimsical Wonderland
sleek Whimsical Wonderland
I had a sleek palette in my last mail day and I love it. The colours are intense and beautiful, especially when you consider the prize. This one here also got me because of the packaging, it’s pastel, wonderland and fair themed, so I had to look at the eyeshadow colours and they are so incredibly beautiful. Very bright and colourful. Teacups and Loop-The-Loop are so incredibly beautiful – but I have a thing for red eyeshadows anyway. But the blue tones are really cute as well.

Dollskill Tights
I ordered from DollsKill before, but this time I had to pick it up at the customs and had to pay. Kind of tragic, but I had to order a gift for my best friend, so since it was here in time, I’m okay. For myself I got some (I wanna write fetch) tights with vertical stripes – will wear them soon in an outfit post.

Dollskill Glitter
I also got myself some facial glitter, for my taste 10 $ is a bit expensive for that bit of glitter, but it’s so beautiful. It’s In Your Dreams in Pink Pegasus and they are cruelty free, so yeah!

For my Mia Wallace Cosplay I needed a black wig and I wasn’t sure about where to get one. Eventually I went on etsy and found one on Wicked Wigs and it’s silky and beautiful!

kate gabrielle
This time it’s only ordering from shops I ordered from before and one of them is kate gabrielle, with her amazing flapper and feminist designs.

kate gabrielle
kate gabrielle
kate gabrielle
For myself I got the Dinosaurs eat man, woman inherits the earth patch, a great Jurassic Park reference and a beautiful patch. With it came a Mystery Pin – also Jurassic Park themed and isn’t it amazing?

kate gabrielle
kate gabrielle
For my childhood best friend, whom I have practically know forever, I got the BFF Best Friend pendant set. I thought it fitting, since we have been friends as kids, playing all these games.

Pusheen Mystery Box
Pusheen Mystery Box
On pixielocks’ YouTube Channel I saw the adorable Pusheen Mystery Boxes, so I decided to get two of them. Eventually I got the same one twice, but so I can give it to someone as a little gift. And it’s the one, I wanted most, so that’s amazing!

deer arrow
deer arrow doe
I’ve known deer arrow for quite some time and there Christmas Brooches last year were amazing and so are the ones this year, so I decided to get the Baby Doe, such a cute little one.

deer arrow ouija
Besides this one, I was also very keen on the Ouija Brooch with the beautiful iridescent shine and I decided to get it along with this one.

deer arrow ice cream
deer arrow snowflake
For a friend I got the Sundae Pin, a very cute thing and it qualified me to get the beautiful Snowflake, too.

What are your favourite small buisnesses? And where do you get pins and brooches?

Marlene and Mary

Marlene and Mary

Marlene and Mary

Marlene and Mary

Over the years my preferred decade changed a lot, sure the fifties and sixities will always have a great part of my heart, but at the moment I have a lot of love in my heart for the twenties. I wore a handmade twenties inspired gown for prom (still have to take some photos of that dress), but it’s rather difficult for me to make twenties dresses like I do fifties. Mainly for all the beautiful beads and sequins.

Marlene and Mary

Marlene and Mary

Marlene and Mary

Marlene and Mary

Sure, if I find beautiful lace, that’s a whole different thing, though often pretty expensive. On the other hand you don’t need as much fabric as for a swing dress and the pattern is really easy to create. I guess that’s also why the fabrics are so lavish. Well, I don’t find those where I shop and I’m a little too lazy – but maybe one day…

Marlene and Mary

Marlene and Mary

Marlene and Mary

So, instead of a fantastic glitter fabric or a fringe dress, I went for a Marlene Dietrich inspired look – or something a 1920s Mary Poppis might wear. In case you wonder, the beautiful brooch says Practically perfect in every way. Anyway, I totally feel inspired by Marlene this autumn. She’s a really interesting person and her taste in clothing is amazing. I mean, for me she’s the woman to wear trousers and I really love the suspenders. She had just that great confidence with whatever she wore (and she did actually look amazing). So I hope, when my bestie and I went to Nymphenburg about a month ago, I did her justice. At least I felt pretty good about that Marlene inspired look with a little Mary Poppins twist.

Marlene and Mary

Marlene and Mary

Marlene and Mary

Blouse – Cult&Co | Trousers – Collectif (old, but they always have amazing ones) | Brooch – FemmeDeBloom (currently unavailable, but that’s the shop) | Hat – Gift from a dear friend | Shoes – Deichmann | Lipstick – besame cosmetics red