the main thing in life is to know your own mind | Snufkin Tattoo

Snufkin Tattoo Moomins Ankle Wanderlust

When I got the Snowglobe by the end of January, I also got my dear Snufkin, the perfect travel companion. He is of course also the perfect inspiration to just get out more, to dream about wandering and fell like me with his wanderlust. He is also my reminder to be less wasteful and to be more minimalistic. While I am still on the journey, Snufkin (the moomins in general) is a huge inspiration for me in that regard. To be more attentive, to appreciate natur, to collect in memories not things.

Snufkin Tattoo Moomins Ankle Wanderlust

Most certainly there is still a lot to learn, but so far I think I am on a good way. Also, the tattoo was done by Ella, as always, but I think we will have to fix his hands to match the colour of his face. Other than that I lovehis design, I think it’s adorable, even with this little backpack and the berries (as you know no tattoos on me without plants). The healing was a bit difficult, though I assume also because the skin in my loweer legs is rather dry do to the weather. For now, while I do have tattoo plans for summer/autumn I will wait as to donate blood again (four months waiting time…). Did you get any colour on your skin recently?

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Call Me By Your Name

Last Friday I went to see CMBYM and I am still thinking about this movie a lot. I just wrote this few words and I am getting emotional again, fighting back tears. This movie is one of the best I have seen in years, maybe ever. It is powerful, heavy, but in a lazy way (not lazyly made, note that), like a summer breeze in a way.

Let’s start with the negative, maybe, and that is not really a negative, I guess. I did not like Oliver personally, I think he was well portrayed and his character worked well in the movie, but I just did not like him. This did not have any influence oon how I perceived the story, however, so this is more of an observation.
Elio on the other hand I truly loved from very early on, I think he is such a wonderful, soft and intelligent character. This really feels like his movie, it is sad and tragic yet beautiful. The setting of course was perfect, summery Italy in the 80s had me in a melancholic mood from the beginning on. The way it is shot, too, has a vintage feel, but not forced in any way. It has very warm tones and slow camera motion which I always like. This shows of the wonderful set design and costumes lovely – the women’s outfits were all so flowy and soft, I wanted them all. There is a love of nature, old houses and bike rides and those are all things I love. It is difficult for me to put into words how much I loved this movie, it touched me on another level and I had to take a couple of minutes after the movie just calming down. There was a lot of crying involved for me and in the movie too – the emotionality this put me through was very intense, but I feel like watching it again soon.
One of my favourite things about this was the way looks, emotions, expressions – the acting in general – were used to convey to the story. There is very little dialogue, which I appreciate – the amazing acting works out perfectly, you truly do not need the spoken word. And since I prefer a good acting over dialogue, this was beautifu. Thimothée Chalamet especially did a superb job of conveying Elio’s internal thoughts just through his expression and movement. This would also have worked as a silent movie, because the music choosen was mainly piano (and without a singer). The story is simple, but the way it is exectued is just so worth watching.
Another great thing were the parents. The mother is a very loving, easy-going, understanding person, someone I aspire to be (also incredibly beautiful) and the father is so important and the little monologue he had towards the ending had me in tears (also through his character we get some archaeology which I always appreciate). I wish all parents were this understanding and kind.

The entire movie was very emotional for, very beautifully made and a pleasure to watch, so I hope everyone has the possibility to watch it.

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?

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?

aventures extraordinaires

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

One of my favourite things to do is create character outfits, or creating characters for certain outfits. Not only as a sort of closet cosplay, but also as a new character I invent. And this for sure is my most elaborate. I tried to pay attention to every little detail and collected a bunch of accessoires (I was very lucky in that way, with things I had at home and found at flea markets). Actually I was also looking for a blouse but I could not find a matching one for the life of me. So I made one – it is far from perfect, because I messed up some construction work, but I was lucky to find this fabric while looking for the skirt fabric.

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

I knew I would take this to Herculaneum (and Vesuvius), because to me this is a 19th/20th century inspired female archaeologist looking for adventure and science. It’s well known how difficult it was for women at that time to actually follow scientific interest and I find it so inspiring to hear about the ones that managed to gather knowlegde and maybe even got the chance to visit the digs. Since I follow a couple of vintage dressing archaeologists on Instagram I always connect those two things. After all, if you’re interested in history and art of the past, why not in clothing, too?

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

It was so wonderful to wear this outfit in such a matching scenery, I was actually called Miss Indiana Jones and compared to Evelyn from The Mummy, and I really dig those comparsions. You are aware, that I love drawing inspiration from fictional characters like Charlotte Charles and Adèle Blanc-Sec, but creating characters of my own makes me feel even better. It is like the outfits tell a story, like this person in this outfit is part of a novel while still being a part of me, too. I think art and history is fascinating – and I am so in love with beige/muted tones at the moment. The are warm, calm and studious in a way that makes me very comfortable.

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

outfit beig vintage handmade midcentury 50s archaeology witch ootdsocialclub

Shirt & Skirt – handmade | Cameo Brooch – Vintage | Pendant – Gift (Hallhuber) | Camera – Vintage | Hat – some store in Paestum (but with a differet ribbon) | Belt – moleskine (painted) | Gloves – Vintage | Socks – I have no idea | Shoes – spicy | Lipstick – (I think) Kiko

Moth Outfit

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Apparently, there is this myth about moths being dead spirits. Well vengeful bad spirits, but since I think moths are lovely and beautiful, let’s just say spirits of any kind. I love that idea, moths are mainly found during night time, looking for light, I can imagine them being ghosts of people that passed recently. After all there are even moths with the image of a skull on the back.

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Sure, those mainly remind me of Silence of the Lambs, but then again that movie is amazing. I can’t even say if I like the movie or TV show adaptation of Hannibal better. Of course, the TV show has Hugh Dancy and he is literally my favourite male eye candy. And it’s by Bryan Fueller, because he is an amazing show runner (thinking of, I have to continue American Gods). Anyway, I think moths work great with the genre in general, because they have this darkness and calmness at the same time.

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Of course, moths also remind me of Animal Crossing, because as a kid I used to play AC in the evening, especially in summer and catching moths was always part of that. By now I also own my own little (or not so little, it’s actually rather big) moth and it looks a lot like the big one in Wild World. So besides me loving moths, and this on being beautiful, that is another plus. You can see it here, by the way.

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

In a way that also matched the gothic vibes Krakow has to it. However I cannot let this pass without mentioning how AMAZING this chimney cake (it’s actually a Czech thing, but whatever) with caramel cream, a sort of frozen yoghurt/ice cream and my favourite bisquits. Not only does it look like heaven, it was an utter dream come true. That’s probably why I look at it as if it was my one true love or my newborn.

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow Chimney Cake Delicious Bisquit Caramel

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow Chimney Cake Delicious Bisquit Caramel

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow Chimney Cake Delicious Bisquit Caramel

Dress – handmade | Choker – Dead Bambi | Brooch – Vintage | Shoes – Dorothy Perkins | Lipstick – kiko Metal Lipstick in 12 Forest Green

a few gothic favourites

Gothic Favourites
Currently I’m loving the Victorian idea of Gothic, I love gothic horror anyway, but I also really enjoy the aesthetic with the beautiful lace details and darkness. I did not show any below, but I also really enjoy Chokers at the moment (who is late on that train?), because I think they can add this Victorian vibe (of course that heavily depends on material etc.).

Gothic Favourites Bride of Frankenstein Funko Pop
My love for Frankenstein is very big and you know that, because I talk about it all the time. So, eventually I decided to get the 30s movies after falling in love with this beautiful Bride print at Comic Con. As it is the case every once in a while I also got the Funko Pop figurine. And to me this one is especially beautiful with the details on the dress – and of course, her big hair is too cute.

Gothic Favourites Bride of Frankenstein Pin Brooch Violets Sappho'S Club sapphic
I also love this Bride pin by Kate Gabrielle – which I turned into a brooch, because it’s something I rather wear. She also glows in the dark, which is a fantastic addition to this character in particular. The violets brooch is a sapphic symbol and I think it’s very dainty and beautiful.

Gothic Favourites Moth
This moth was a gift by my mother – I talked about this before on Instagram; I wanted to get it in the beginning of July after looking at it for weeks, but it wasn’t at the Antique shop anymore and I was quite sad. However mum had gotten it for me, because she is the loveliest. Moths are one of my favourite animals, and this one in particular also reminds me of Animal Crossing. It’s a beautiful piece and I’m still thinking about where to place it to really show off it’s beauty.

Gothic Favourites 80s Edwardan Dress White GypsyGothVintage
One of my favourite Instagram accounts is Gypsy Goth Vintage and she also has an etsy shop where she sells beautiful pieces from the 20th century. I have been eyeing a pair of trousers for months, maybe years – it’s a 80s piece in turquoise. Well, still thinking about getting it. BUT I did get this lovely 80s piece, it’s an Edwardian inspired piece and exactly the kind of dress I love at the moment. With all the different organza and lace it’s a gorgeous pice and I got it at a fantastic price. It gives me quite a nice “antique” silhouette and I think it would look great wearing it in a forest (hauning surrounding villages, probably).

Gothic Favourites Lipstick Kiko essence metal green sangria
Recently I discovered green lipsticks – surprisingly they lok quite natural on me, the essence one (Metal Shock in 07 Venom) looks a bit like I imagine Medusa and the Kiko one (Metal Lipstick in 12 Forest Green) which is a bit darker like a mermaid. As someone that does not look that good in green clothing it is really interesting to see that green lipstick looks good on me (additionally they have fancy names). But, I also really enjoy the dark red/fuchsia tone (Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick in 111 Sangria) – I know dark tones are more popular in winter, but I do love them at the moment (then again they fit in quite well with the gothic/edwardian/victorian vibes I love right now). The design of tha last one is really innovative, but also kind of chunky and I do not know if I like that. As for durance, all of them stay on all day with minor touch ups.

What do you enjoy at the moment? what are your favourite thinkgs right now?

Comic Con Munich Memories

Comic Con Munich Memories Doctor Who

Ohh, conventions, one of the most amazing things there is. This one was the first one in Munich, so it was pretty exciting to have one just a couple of minutes from home – it was hot however so even the short time in the metro was horrible. Well, the Convention was not horrible – it was so much fun, people were super nice and the guests were too. The thing was at the same weekend MCM Con in London and Mega Con and I think two more took place and Munich Con was rather small, so the guest were not Hollywood stars, but there were some amazing people from great shows and movies (like Doctor Who). It went for two days only, but that was enough, I think. We had time to enjoy the artwork and merchandise and the panels as well. There were some fantastic cosplayers and I think the hosts were great too – in Dortmund things got awkward sometimes, but the ones in Munich were well informed, charming and put everyone at ease asking interesting questions when the audience did not come up with any.
However the best part was Sylvester McCoy for sure, he was so fun and interacted with the audience – before the con I hadn’t watched any of the old Doctor Who episodes, but immediately afterwards I decided to order the first Volume of his episodes.
I’m so happy this con was a success and am excited for the next one here in Munich.

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

Fighting the Empire (Troop Group)

Comic Con Munich

This kid was also fighting the Empire

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

Leia Posing

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

Meeting my Doppelganger (the only other Leia! and she was promoting something)

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

meeting the amazing Cita from Cosplayfactory

Comic Con Leia Cosplay Star Wars Munich

even R2 is with me

Comic Con Munich

Dalek watching the Doctor Who Panel

Comic Con Munich Breakfast

Convention Breakfast

Comic Con Munich Doctor Who

Sylvester McCoy was the best ever

Comic Con Munich Doctor Who

and the guys even made music on the panel

Comic Con Munich Doctor Who Star Wars BB-8 Tardis (also look at my Photoshop Skills))

BB-8 decided to travel space and time

Comic Con Munich BB-8

BB also met Kim Possible

Of course, I could not leave without a few cute pieces, however this time I only went for things from the fantastic people in the artists’ alley.

Comic Con Munich Arisette Illustration

Arisette Illustration – lovely cat lunch pin and Isabelle sticker

Comic Con Munich Dirty Dancing

another Dirty Dancing Edition, because I totally needed that one

Comic Con Munich Yunuyei

Yunuyei – went a bit over board there, but I can’t say no to Dean and Cas (and Hannibal was in a surprise bag – I was hoping for Will Graham, but that one is a cute illustration never the less)

Comic Con Munich Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein Illustration by R. Engel (Engel’s universe)

Comic Con Munich

Sylvester McCoy – a lovely friend from my old school (who I had not really seen in about a year) got me this after I asked her (because I was home and had regrets that I did not get it) and to be honest I will cherish this person forever

Holmenkollen | wanderlove and ski jumping

Holmenkollen oslo
One of my favourite things about Oslo was Holmenkollen for sure. Writing this I feel a heavy case of wanderlust – maybe with a good pair of boots next time, so I can actually go hiking for real (however the snow was so high at parts, you couldn’t have used the paths anyway). Nevertheless I had a wonderful time up there.
Holmenkollen Oslo snow
Holmenkollen Oslo snow
You take the metro for a short time to get there and can leave at the station Holmenkollen or further up. Then you can walk towards the museum and the ski jump/hopptarnet (best word ever, right?). The museum is really interesting and features everything from skis to the history of skiing, the ski jump and climate change.
Holmenkollen Oslo ski
Holmenkollen Oslo elevator snow
Holmenkollen Oslo ski jump snow
To get up to the jump you take an elevator that is a bit like Willy Wonkas elevator, so no good for people with vertigo – then again if you got vertigo, a ski jump might not be on your bucket list. For me however it was amazing, the experience and the view are so impressive. It ceared me mind and was incredibly refreshing (not only, but also because it was freezing).
Holmenkollen Oslo snow
Holmenkollen Oslo snow selfie
Holmenkollen Oslo snow ski jump
I then proceeded to walk towards the chapel and would have hiked further up hadn’t the snow been about 20-30 cm high. I guess good foot wear would have helped as well, but to be honest I expect Oslo in Easter time to be 7-10 degrees, not -1. However I’m not that sensitive towards the cold, so it was okay. At least I really got some clear fresh air.
Holmenkollen Oslo snow chapel
Holmenkollen Oslo snow
Holmenkollen Oslo snow shoes
And then I could warm up again at the cute and beautiful Hoppkaféen. Of course, in the mountains you drink hot chocolate with wipped cream and hmmm, those waffles…. They have sweet and savoury toppings for the waffles and you’re free to take as much as you want. Obviously I went for the rasberry yam and cream and I can still taste it looking at this photo. Also doesn’t everything taste the best after wandering around in the cold? To me that was a the perfect end to my hiking trip even though I would have loved to stroll furth upwards.
Holmenkollen Oslo snow ice
Holmenkollen Oslo snow waffle hot chocolate

six Instagram accounts I like at the moment.

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

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

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

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

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

spring in Astana 🌸

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

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

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

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

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