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.

you know the words 🌑💫✨ 🔺 🔻 🔺 🔻 #maythefourth (📸: @joeyquintin )

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The mouse is always watching. 😈 OKAY BUT CAN I GO BACK TO DISNEYLAND YET (📸: @joeyquintin )

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@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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louise and I shot some nice looks these past two days! I can't wait to show you on the blog! 💙 #labluedelily

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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.

these sexy mermen are going to steal your girl 🐙🐚🐠 #sexy . . . #illustration#art#artwork#artist#draw#drawing#mermaid

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So many cats for @tittybats #thirtydaysofcats 🐱 . . . #cat#catlady#illustration#draw#drawing#art#artist

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@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.

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?

these are a few of my favourite things | a dream in blue

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

I feel like if I talk once more about how much I love Frankenstein, people will hit me over the head with a rock. But I guess, I did not talk about it on the blog that much – much rather to my friends and it’s constantly on my mind. All day, every day. I’m crazy about this book, it’s so beautifully written, thrilling, dramatic and just wonderful. Both Victor and his monster have a special place in my heart, well especially the first, I find him so loveable with his obsessive interest in science and his heartbreakingly sad state of mind.

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

But of course Frankenstein is not the only thing on my mind at the moment (though about 70% of the content on my mind while I write this), I am also very fond of this lovely little bag. Usually I carry around bigger bags because I tend to have all the things we me I could possibly need. But, in a way it is refreshing to only have the bare necessities, then a book and a snack on me. Especially when I’m about to visit a park there is no need whatsoever for hand sanitizer, a comb or a powerbank. And this bag gives me the opportunity to decide what really is important. Also, it has the most adorable little sewing shop motive and that probably is the most fitting Vendula Design for me. Actually, I have another shape of this bag, too, more of a clutch that I have yet to wear.

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

Of course, with the basket of my bike I have the chance to carry about my food and a good book even with a small purse. My bike is called Gladys like the one of Flavia de Luce and I kind of want to be like her, going everywhere with my bike – I mean, I try to, but when there is rain, I really don’t. I guess, I need a cute little rain coat. However, I take my bike when I go to town or to the city centre. Not that much of a fan when it comes to biking tours, but I have more of a riding my bike to the park attitude.

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

And do I love this park! It has been year since I first went there, and I enjoy the sunshine in this park every single year from the first day of spring to the first day of autumn rain. It’s quite, yet buzzing with life, because of all the animals and kids running around in the little stream – here is one of the first set of photos I ever took there. I love how all the white and blue of the outfit of this day goes with the green and the sunshine of the last days of March (took the photos about a month ago with Goldhände). Light blue and just pastel colours in general are my favourite thing to wear at th moment (and bobby socks!), not only is that such a spring thing, pastels are also so very happy. And while I write this I watch Sissi with Romy Schneider – she wears so many beautiful paste tones too, though I just love the 1850s fashion in general. It’s beyond beautiful and even though this outfit is more 1950s then 1850, I think it could easily be turned into a dress of a century before with a longer skirt.
Well, these were a few of my favourite things at the moment and now I wish you a wonderful evening.

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

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Blouse – Vintage | Skirt – handmade | Socks – calzedonia | Shoes – Brittany Blue bait footwear via Modcloth | Bag – Vendula Sewing Shop Mini Purse Vendula London | Brooch – femmedebloom on etsy | Flower – Bjiou Brigitte | Lipstick – trend it up in 0

my favourite 80s movies | Fangirl Friday

80s movie favourites
I mentioned this a couple of times before that I’m really happy to live in this day and age, howevere if I had to go back in time the 80s seem like a lot of fun to me – and I guess this is mainly due to the fact that I love 80s pop culture. From books and tv shows to movies. Most of my movie favourites are from this era and today I wanted to share them with you in a chronological order. Before I start I want to give a honourable mention to Flashdance and Pretty in Pink, especially Iona.

The Empire Strikes Back How could I not include a Star Wars movie? To be honest, Episode V is my favourite in the installment. It has both Leia/Han moments and is very epic, I get a bit more into detail here (I think).

Shining This was one of the first horror movies I’ve ever seen and I still like it very much, the cinematography and the story. Personally I can’t get into Stephen King’s books, but I really enjoy the movie adaptations. And the shining probably is my favourite, it’s scary and fantastic and it’s one of those horror movies that you can enjoy in the afternoon too, because it doesn’t rely on the “watch your back/behind the couch/darkness scare” thing some movies do. Also, Jack Nicholson is so amazing in this movie. I’m pretty sure this movie (and Silence of the Lambs) sparked my fascination with the genre.

80s movies funko

The Breakfast Club I could mention almost every John Hughes movie here (besides 16 candles – still haven’t watched that one), but could I make this list without the obvious? His movies are always interesting and I think they are pretty realistic for ten movies, sure things are overdone. Well, I talk a bit about John Hughes here, but to get back to this movie. I think it shows how many different people meet or could meet and could become friends if given the chance.

Back to the Future This trilogy is a Christmas tradtion for me, I really enjoy watching it, following adorable Marty travelling through time and after all, time travelling is a fun topic. More opinions on this movie can be found here.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off This might be my all time favourite movie, at least when it comes to teen movies and actually 80s movies. I just think the idea is so amazing – a guy skipping school, but instead of wasting the day he actually does wonderful things, even going to a museum. There are a few quotes here and my opinion on the movie here. Also, I just love the cast, Matthew Broderick is so fun – my favourite scene is the one at the parade. And young Charlie Sheen is pretty handsome, too.

80s movies funko

The Secret of My Success Another Michael J. Fox movie, because I just love his comedies and I think this one especially is such a fun movie. The story is actually a bit weird, but it’s so overdone that it is fun again. And I really recommend it for a Sunday afternoon.

Dirty Dancing This might be the movie I have seen most times in my life, I basically know every line and always talk along the first few scenes – writing this, I really have to watch it again. The music, obviously adds a lot to the movie and I listen to the soundtrack a lot, because I think it’s fantastic. What I love about Dirty Dancing is the fact that it is romantic, dramatic and fun all the same and very balanced. It’s fantastic, ok? Also, Baby’s sister wears the best outfit ever when she does practice her dance.

I’m pretty certain I forgot one or two, but oh well… What are your favourite movies from the 80s?

A few Spring Self Care Activities

Self Care Spring Outfit 60s
I do not know about you, but I really enjoy posts in which people talk about who they take a day of, have a spa day or just about self car/love in general. So today I wanted to share a few things I love to do to celebrate daily life and enjoy spring with a smile on your face.

Pastel Lipsticks, Dresses and Nail Polish As a big advocate for all things pastel I had to mention this, it is a theme around easter especially.Maybe you can either snatch a new lipstick from the spring collection or just go back to an old favourite. The light colours will brighten your mood instantly even on a grey day.

Spring Cleaning It’s for a reason that we get rid of things in spring and start anew and saying goodbye to a few things not only creates space at home but also in mind.

Put Pin Curls/Rollers in your Hair Having curls is something that is so connected to spring for me. If you do not have natural curls I think the process of setting your hair is very relaxing, too – maybe while watching an episode of Pushing Daisies or listening to your favourite artist. And in the morning (or maybe a few hours later depending on how/when you set your hair) you have beautiful curls. If you like to the the rollers in a bit longer, just put a scarf in your hair and it will look adorable.

Have a Picnic in the Park When it finally gets warm again it’s a beautiful way to welcome the sun with a picnic on the green meadow – perhaps even with some flowers around. Bring sandwiches, cookies, lemonade and whatever pleases you and have your lunch outside. Even if you only have very little time to spare I’m sure there is a park nearby for you to have a picnic outside.

Eliza Doolittle & Eros Ramazotti Those two are the artists I enjoy very much at the moment and especially Eliza has a very uplifting repertoire of songs that have a sunshine vibe to them – I listen to them on repeat. Eros is very differnent for me because his music has a lot of spring+summer memories connected to it – and I’m sure you have artists just like that and can enjoy them again. There is nothing like rediscovering an old favourite!

Self Care Spring Outfit 60s

Treat Yourself Most websites I shop at seem to have a spring sale as well – for example I just (as I write this) got myself a sparkly pair of Lindy Bop shoes for about twenty bucks and they have a lot of affordable and beautiful things online. But a fantastic cupcake can be just as much of a treat.

Put on a Spring Dress and go for a Walk/Hike/Cycle without your Phone I can’t really put my finger on what exactly the reason is, but if you put on a lovely outfit a stroll feels even better. And to add something, leave your phone at home and just enjoy the sun. No matter if you decide to walk around the woods, bike through town or go on a city trip. Just recently I went on a spontaneus trip to Augsburg and it was very relaxing and refreshing (well, and at the time this post goes online I’m on my Scandinavia Trip). Personally I prefer doing those things on my own, to unwind and get rid of any sorrow I might have, but if you like you can of course do this with a friend by your side. Just watch the flowers bloom, discover new things in your area and appreciate the small things in nature.

Watch a Sunrise/Sunset Depending on your personality you might rather catch a Sunset than a Sunrise, but just look up when the sun sets and raises in your area and set half an hour or maybe just 15 minutes of your day aside to savour the first or last sunbeams of the day – no matter if from home or in a outside.

Prepare Cinnamon Rolls Making cinnamon rolls is actually fairly easy and you find a lot of recipies online, I can think of a lot of ideas on how to easily enhance them. However, while the process takes some time, the result of a warm, delicious roll is always worth it.

Get Some Fresh Flowers With spring all the flowers come back and whether you just get a bunch of flowers from the supermarket or pick them at a field – when you put them in a vase at home the bunch will instantly prettify the room. And who doesn’t enjoy having breakfast at a table with some flowers (in case of allergy, there are some fantastic artifical flowers, personally I really like the selection at Ikea)?

Self Care Spring Outfit 60s

What do you do to celebrate the day and what are your spring plans?

My Bullet Journal ♥

My Bullet Journal
About two years ago, I show you my planner, since then I’ve had another Moleskine Peanuts Planner, but since Oktober I’m using a Bullet Journal. I really love the possibilities it give me, I have had a lot of lists in the planners I had in the last years and it was always kind of a mess with to dos and lists. If you are interested in bullet journaling, I really recommend she meets city and Wilja van Blog. I keep a weekly planner as well to carry around, but I think I will carry the next bullet journal around as well.

My Bullet Journal
I started with an Index to mark all the months and special list, some of them, like movies I want to watch, I mark with washi tape to access them more easily.

My Bullet Journal
I always start my months with a little drawing, they are all over pinterest and nothing special, but inspires me a bit and set the colours for the particular month. Usually I take about four colours for each month.

My Bullet Journal
That was my very first week. And I think I’ve come a lot since them, maybe not with my writing and stuuf, but with the division.

My Bullet Journal
The montly tracker was my very first and I tried to track to many things, now I have exactly the things on my tracker that I want to track. On the next page I note down my blogposts, handmade things, books I read, orders I wait for and expenses. The one in November was a bit messy and I do it differntly now.

My Bullet Journal

My Bullet Journal
For my real monthly spread I have divide the month in all-day, daytime, nighttime events, so I have enough space for everything. I also use different colours for weekdays and weekends to distinct them.

My Bullet Journal
This is one of my favourite spreads I did, it was Comic Con weekend back in December and I love the colours.

My Bullet Journal
For my daily to do lists I usually write them the evening before and add them during the day as well. The future log thing is not really working for me, but I think I will have one again though differently, so that I can include 6 months instead.

My Bullet Journal
That was a weekly spread I had for the last week of January, I usually include the days of the next week if just two or three days more are part of that month, because I start every month with day one and I do not want the months to interlace. On the next page I include a list for my tasks this week, some for next week and notes. I also do a list of the things I currently do – books, tv shows and video games. Besides that I also include the weather forecast for the upcoming week.

My Bullet Journal
At the moment, however I have my weeklys on one page and my daily to dos on the other. I just made the boxes for the days smaller (often forget to include the weather), write down what I enjoy that moment, my tasks and notes/tasks for the next week. That works pretty well most weeks. However, when I have more appointments in a week I will probably go back to spreading it over two pages.

My Bullet Journal

My Bullet Journal
On the monthlys I also include a to do list and some notes I make over the course of the month and things I note down before, because I try not to forget anything.

My Bullet Journal

My Bullet Journal
I just wanted to show you exactly what I track at the moment and since I include less things than I did before I also write down my books, handmade things and blogposts on that side. On the other side I note down my expenses and track my orders, however I still have some space left on that page, so I guess I will move things around next time. I also mark debit/credit card expenses with a *.

My Bullet Journal
In the back I have a page to test if my black pens bleed through. Actually that is not really necessary, because I just use Stabilos in various colours. And my notebook is a regular Moleskine Softcover Dotted Notebook in A5.

How do you plan your days and weeks?

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein ♥ | Fangirl Friday

Mary Shelley Frankenstein
This week I read Frankenstein for the first time and I felt so much love for this book, that I just had to share it.
There are those stories you know (at least vaguely) even though you haven’t read the book, Pride & Prejudice, Harry Potter, 1984 – and Frankenstein is certainly one of these. Personally I have not seen a lot of adaptations besides Penny Dreadful, so I only had a general idea what this was about, nevertheless I had high hopes.

Mary Shelley’s writing style is so beautiful and I would read the most boring story of hers just for the way she writes. It has been quite some time since I fell in love with an author’s writing style, but Shelley managed to make me fall again. I guess it will be the same es with the German Lessing, I now have to find every single one of her stories and read it.

When Shelley sets the scene you are there, in the Swiss Alps, in the laboratory, during the storm, it’s so vivid, dark and beautiful.

Wondrous scenes which surrounded our Swiss home – the sublime shapes of the mountains; the changes of the seasons; tempest and calm; the silence of winter, and the life and turbulence of our Alpine summers – she found ample scope for admiration and delight.

The general area this story takes place is known to me quite well, as I only live about an hour away from Ingolstadt and have been to Swiss various times as a kid, so I’m aware of the setting. Nevertheless, the way Shelley describes it I really want to go there again (and for the first time to Geneva) to see the beauty that inspired her. (Of course, even though I love that way she writes about storms and the weather, I would prefer sunshine.)

Second to that the way science is included in this work is just amazing, the connection between students and teachers – real teachers and already dead scientist whose work Victor reads -, chemistry, the passion for knowledge. It’s something I feel, too, being passionate about science is a wonderful thing. Since I also recently read Physicists by Dürrenmatt, which is focused on moral issues with science and research as well, it was interesting to think about that theme.
With this comes Victor, he is so hunted and I felt so much love for him, reading the way Walton talked about him in the letters to his sister. But also from the way he told his own story, he is suffering so much an placing all this guilt on himself, it feels like he is sitting right in front of me telling me the misfortunes (as far as I remember I consider the Penny Dreadful portrayal was pretty good, I feel like I have to rewatch the show now). All his angst and anger are so beautifully written, I cannot keep from feeling this compassion and love for him just like Walton does.

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.

Mary Shelley Frankenstein

Besides the focus on science there are also some words on literature throughout the book, even though they have little to do with the story, the fit so well and add a lot to it and to the way I look at Shelley. I always anjoy talk about different books inside a story no matter whether or not I have read them (Sorrows of Werther I actually did read years ago, but I am just not a fan of Goethe), the way she writes about cultures and literature, especially oriental literature just motivates me to pick up books and read.

Their meloncholy is soothing, and their joy elevating, to a degree I never experienced in studying the authors of any other country . When you read their writings , life appears to consist in a warm sun and a garden of roses, in the smiles and frowns of a fair enemy, and the fire that consumes your own heart. How different from the manly and heroical poetry of Greece and Rome!

I also think the thoughts about literature just humanise the monster so much, but in general I do have a lot of empathy for him. Even though I relate to the concerns and fear I also jus want happiness and love for the monster.
With a feminist mother (even though she died shortly after Mary Shelley’s birth) it is not too surprising that the female characters in Frankenstein are pretty elaborate and interesting. There are strong, intelligent women like Caroline Beaufort and Elizabeth. Latter having such a good heart, and yet determination and knowledge. Shelley also puts some morality in issues besides the science, women’s rights, prejudices and general issues.

She instructed her daughter in the tenets of her religion and taught her to aspire to higher powers of intellect and an independence of spirit forbidden to the female followers of Mahomet.

I heard of the discovery of the American hemisphere and wept with Safie over the hapless faith of its original inhabitants.

And it was judged that his religion and wealth rather than the crime alleged against him had been the cause of his condemnation.

Lastly, I wanted to share two fragments, that just show the beauty of Shelley’s writing.

with all their melancholy sweetness

fairer than a garden rose among dark-leaved brambles

Mary Shelley Frankenstein

After reading this, I feel like I just have to read this again, it’s so beautifully written and such a touching story with great characters.
[Confession time – I probably would not have picked it up had I not known it was written by a women in the early 19th century. The fact that a young women in that time decided to write and then chose horror (well it was after a suggestion, but nevertheless), just made me buy it and I was not disappointed.]

Winter Favourites | a few things I like at the moment

winter favourites
It’s been ages since I blogged about my favourites, at least I feel like it has. While I would love to try sharing a few things every season this year, I’m pretty sure I won’t – I am that realistic. Anyway today I want to talk about the things I currently like a lot.

Assassin's Creed Ezio Collection
You might know that I got myself a Playstation back in late December and out of the three games I own, by far my favourite is Assassin’s Creed, I’m all through AC II and am now playing Brotherhood and I enjoy it a lot. For one, it’s set in Italy and I have been to most of the places the game features and love the little bits of the game that are in Italian. I think the period it is set in is very beautifully designed – just in general I like the graphics. As someone who is very pacifist in real life, it is interesting to see that I do not mind hurting people in the game. However, I have to say that I find the combination of violence and story pretty well executed, also I really love Ezio. The game in general makes me kind of happy.
Irregular Choice Artoo Glitzy Heel
We all knew the Artoo Heels, I showed you here would be part of this post – I did not wear them outside yet, because it rains a lot at the moment and because I’m waiting for Sole Protectors to arrive. Nevertheless I love looking at these shoes so much – and dreaming of wearing them.
Rotary Fabric Cutter
I think I mentioned before that I like watching Annika Victoria on YouTube and that she inspires me to buy less sweat-shop things (I hope to post about that soon), but of course it’s not only that but every now and then I pick up a tip when I watch her sewing and one of them was the rotary cutter, she uses that one in every single video and mentioned it in her sewing essentials video just recently. However, my grandma got me one (and a mat) for Christmas and I use it ever since. My regular scissor skills are comparable to a four year old kid, so that one really made me sewing a whole lot more enjoyable – and it’s so damn fast, too.
Hema Moisturising Lipstick in 11
Hema is a Dutch brand, there are stores here, but mainly in Northern Germany, so I asked my dear friend Lisa who lives in the Netherlands to bring me some the next time she was here. And this one is becoming one of my favourite lipsticks – it’s a very different colour, not only to the red I usually wear, but in general it’s a metallic dark pink and it’s gorgeous. Personally, I also like to wear blue and black lipstick sometimes, but I also love when a lipstick is special and somewhat neutral at the same time – and 11 of the Moisurising Lipsticks is just that. As for the quality – you get a whole lot for a cheap price, the texture is soft and stays on my lips for the entire day without being dry. It really is moisturising.
Brooches Ambrosia Bowl Alice Mulan Sabrina Elahi Leia
You know one thing I love getting is small buisness brooches and these three were ordered recently and I love the designs and craftsmanship. Leia will forever be my favourite princess and even though she is quite popular I had difficulties finding a novelty brooch – until I foung this one and I am so glad I did because it is so far from being just a repro of Carrie Fisher’s Face.
Same goes for Alice and Mulan, I like the way The Ambrosia Bowl takes scenes from the movies that are not being used all the time and then the fact that they are handpainted – I just love it.
Ziaja Goat's Milk Handcream
I talk about this handcream approx. every winter, because it is a great handcream. Firstly, it smells amazing like milk and cream, but it does a good job as well. The texture is not as creamy as usual and therefore the cream is absorbed by my dry skin within seconds – and if there is one thing I really dislike about most handcreams is being unable to anything because everything will have smudges afterwards. The cream can be applied whenever and it smoothens my skin in the short and long run.

Sweet & Easy – Enie Backt is a German Baking show with a host dressing very retro and baking cute, sweet things that are easy to make and just a little bit different. It really inspires me and I – maybe for the first time – feel like baking and the way she dresses is just as inspiring – novelty prints all the way. Also, a lot of her things are inspired by Scandinavian sweets, so that’s another great thing.

Hidden Figures was one of my favourite movies recently , see the review here. As well as A Cure For Wellness for those who prefer horror.

What things do you love at the moment?

colourful hair guide

hair guide blue hair colourful
As someone with colourful hair people on- and especially offline who does my hair, why I have it like that, what I use and of course what colours are upcoming. So I decided to show these things with you today.

hair colour red
split dye orange pink
Back in August I shared my hair story, but to give you a quick overview over the colourful hair dyes (aka not brown/blonde). I was red about three or four different times and I always liked it, nevertheless I always went back to blond/brown after red. By late 2015/early 2016 I started mixing things up myself – before my mum or the hair dresser had done it for me. I tried purple-ish, had the split-dye orange-pink and peach. Since this summer I change my hair colour about once a month, the current being blue with purple roots.

How I go
ConfettiBleaching
I visit the hair dresser about every two months to get my hair cut and roots bleached. I do not dare to bleach my hair on my own – I was really afraid before bleaching them for the first time, but apparently my hair is rather though. However some of it did break aftre bleaching them for the third time – I guess the main issue was that my hair was dyed (directions) before and there was a lot of jazz going on. It is growing back by now and you can barely see it. Obviously that is something you have to consider when bleaching your hair – even professionally and the more often you get your hair bleached the higher the risk. Also, while my hair is easy to maintain, some people do get frizzy hair from bleaching. So keep that in mind – it is only hair after all.
hair colouring
Colouring
Usually I go like this: I have the blonde for a month and then put the colour on my hair. I do have the plan for the next hair colour about one or two months before I do the colouring, so I’m pretty sure I will not regret it. After washing and (blow)drying my hair I start with my fringe section (I wear gloves and do it by hand, I prefer that over a hair colour brush) and then part my hair in the middle and do one side and then the other one. Then I continue to the back of my head and eventually do my tips again, because they tend to get little to now colour. Next I just put the stuff I have left in my little mixing bowl on my head, trying to cover spots I missed and just put another layer on top. Last I put up my hair, it usually sticks together because it’s short and full of hair dye and wrap some tin foil around my head (to get lost in conspiracy theories obvs). Usually I let my hair colour sit in my hair for half an hour or one. I don’t usually touch up my hair within the month, because I’ve always like the way the colours wash out. However you can definetly apply another layer or another colour on top – preferrably something that has a similar colour scheme or is darker. Don’t jump from dark blue to yellow, but go from blue to purple or waist until it washes out completely.

Some upcoming plans and inspiration
hair colour purple
My decision on my next hair colour is based on a few things – Instagram usually gives me a lot of inspiration, not only people but also drawings. But, I’m not limited to online inspiration, it’s also when I see someone on the street or just think of a colour – the split-dye was purely made up by me (even though people did that combination before I did not know of that). The blue however was inspired by someone telling me “oh you should dye your hair blue next”, not only because someone asked me, but that was one of the reasons. Maybe if you want to change your hair every once in a while, just keep a list/screenshots to remind you of them. I really want to try yellow this year and a greyish-pink mix, but I would also love a darker pink – which is with the blue already on my hair probably the easiest to do. Also, I want to go back to blonde again, like the one I had in Prague, but we will see…

What I use
Directions Hair Dye Colour Carnation Pink Lagoon Blue
As I mentioned I do not bleach my hair at home, so I can only recommend hair dyes. I did use elumen by Goldwell the first time I had red hair, however I’m pretty sure they test on animals, so I would not buy their stuff again. Besides that it stayed in my hair forever – there was no way of getting that stuff out other than by dyeing my hair brown. i also tried Manic Panic ones, but I barely got any colour out of that (might have been do to the fact that I had not bleaches my hair, but it was a light colour, so…). Ever since then I only use directions, mainly the blue and pink tones and I was never disappointed. BlueBanana sent me Carnation Pink and Lagoon Blue – Lagoon Blue is my current colour. I actually ordered from BlueBanana before (via amazon), because they sell directions for a really good price, but they also sell cute fandom stuff. So in case you look for directions, I would really recommend their website. You can mix and match directions and it works pretty well, e.g. for the peach I made a mix of Mandarin, Flamingo Pink (and Revlon Nutri Color 004 my hair dresser gave me) and conditioner. You can basically use every kind of conditioner that is white and creamy. If your hair is light blonde the colour you mix wil be the one you end up with, might be a little lighter, because cream usually looks a bit darker than hair.
My favourite Directions are Lagoon Blue and Mandarin, but the pinks are high quality as well.

Taking care
Peach Hair
To be honest I am not a hair care person. Not at all, I use conditioner only to make my hairdye lighter and masks and stuff only about every two months. So, I have to say, I am lucky that I’m blessed with tough hair. However I do one thing: I only wash my hair about once a week, only every 5-7 days that keeps my colour intense and is good for my hair, I think. I do also use heat – to get my bob and when I do curls (I have a weird/good curling routine, I might share that). The colours do fade and I know some people include a bit of their dye into the conditioner they usually go for and I think that’s pretty smart. If you’re a person to use masks, why not do that once a week while reading or doing stuff, just keep it in longer than usual. Directions themselves are not in any way bad for the hair, they are said to be a bit like Conditioner and I think.

How to dare it
Blue Hair
Now to the most interesting part for you, I guess, how to take the plunge. For bleaching, go to a good hair dresser, usually they know what they are doing and your hair will not break. However, you should be okay with getting rid of a few cms/inches due to fraying. Personally, I don’t have a big problem with fraying (again, I am lucky!), but depending on your hair type it might fray. For colours, if you are really unsure about it, try a wig, there are good ones for 20 € – now that I own a few wigs, I could see me wearing the natural ones just for a day. With something to wear on your head – scarfes, flowers, hats you can make most of them look pretty natural. When your job restrictions keep you from changing your hair colour, a wig can be a good solution – whether you wear one at your job or in your private life. If you go for your first colour, maybe start with orange, red or pink tones, they seem to be more accepted by society by now, especially when toned down a bit. Purple, green and blue are much more noticeable, so it’s great if you start out with that, but it is also fun to start with a subdued pink. But, to be honest, it is up to yourself and only you can do this decision, just keep in mind that your hair will grow back/out and you can rather easily wash out Directions or dye over them if you do not like it. Just buy a natural tone with the bright colour you choose and you’re on the save side. Also, consider this – if you don’t like the way your skin looks in a certain colour, it might not be the best colour to dye your hair (that’s why I stray from green).
Blue Hair
People are nicer than you might think, actually, last weekend when I went shopping with my mum about five people came up to me telling me they liked my hair and sharing stories. Recently a man told me I had the hair colour of a witch – I do not know whether or not that was supposed to be an insult. Personally I think witches are great, back in the day witches were just women with a lot of medical knowlegde (regular people were afraid of), so who wouldn’t wanna be that? However, people can be unfriendly and insulting and even though I have near to no experiences like that, I wanted to tell you. It is of course an issue of confidence, but to be honest exciting hair colours/cuts do push your confidence a lot and it does help feeling better about yourself. So if you wanted to dye your hair in whatever colour for quite some time, just do it and rock it!

What is your current or dream haircolour?

BlueBanana did sent me directions in Lagoon Blue and Carnation Pink, their was no sponsorship whatsoever included, all of the opinions stated are mine. However the link to the website an Affiliate Link.