One of the top destinations on my Europe travel list is – now that I have been to most Scandinavian countries once – Greece. Mainly for cultural reasons, I would love to see Athens and the temples and basically most of the places mentioned in mythology. Of course, this area (Campagnia) has a lot of Greek influences and they built temples in Paestum (then Poseionia). The antique Greek culture was very advanced and still influences us today – after all democracy is a greek idea. The myths survived till today and inspire writers and artists daily.
But, of course antique Greece and Rome were also – especially – famous in the 19th century, as you can see in the literature, art and culture. One of my favourite painters Carl Rottmann went to Greece to paint the landscapes – opposed to many painters who painted Greece based on stories, other paintings and their own fantasy. Which I think is interesting too, I appreciate both ways of painting, but I especially appreciate it, when people take the chance to get to know a place before e.g. painting it (and Rottmann did a fantastic job, look him up, he is amazing).
As I mentioned the idea of Greece not only fascinated artists, but also the general population – of course, those things tend to influence each other. As they tend to have more money, royalty could visit those places more often. For example Sissi (Elisabeth, Queen of Austria in mid 19th century who was almost nothing like the movies of course) took a great interest in seeing these places, and in a way Ravello always reminds of her. Also, since they filmed part of the movie in Ravello at the two famous villas. So while in a way this place made me long for Greece even more, I now more than ever want to see it myself.
As a little note: the hat was made in Greece in the 70s, so I felt like making a dress that would also have this vibe.
Dress – handmade | Sailor Hat – Vintage 70s Tsalavoutas Brothers (from Krakow) | Necklace – Little Moose | Brooch – Vintage | Shoes – Superme via amazon | Lipstick – the Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Dedicated
Today I wanted to share some photos from Paestum. In case you follow me on Instagram you already saw some of them on Instagram. I love archaeology and Greek mythology, so this was a wonderful place to be at. I loved all the beautiful beige stones that tell stories that happened long ago. Paestum was founded by the Greek, named Poseidonia back then (about 600 BC). Due to the fertile soil, they could plant a lot of stuff and got wealthy enough to built those gigantic temples. As with so many place this one got lost and was found again around the same time as Pompeii and Herculaneum (18th century). If you get the chance you should visit the temples of Hera, Poseidon and Athena as well as the museum, they have some fascinating pieces there.
The Heraion is a bit further away, mum and I took the bikes to get there. It’s only a couple of stones/remains, but apparently it was sort of a temple once, too. However the museum they had closed as well which I think is rather sad.
Additionally, here is the picture of an adorbale insect I found one night.
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.
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?
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.
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
When I saw erstwilder would launch a Grease collection, I was over the moon. I wanted a Frenchie brooch for ages, but the only one I knew of was an “old” handmade piece by a brand that no longer exsisted. So, obviously, seeing a brand that has fantastic designs anyway release something Grease-themed – perfection! Of course, I set a timer for the release time – if you are a retro online shopper you know how it is with limited editions. Looking back, that was not neccessary, because they had a large stock.
Anyway I was very happy to be able to get beautiful Frenchie, still thinking about the necklaces though! Grease was one of the things that got me into retro dressing – as I guess it was for a lot of people. It’s so iconic and fun – not only due to the outfits, but they play a huge part. There is barely an outfit I would not want to wear – still Frenchie’s choice will forever be my favourites. Her pink hair (and actually all the colours she has during the movie) make me want to change my hair, even though I’m quite happy with the way it is now. It’s not only her style though Besides Grease there is of course Dirty Dancing – and even though it is set in the early 60s it’s not really sixties style – which was a big inspiration especially music wise. Additionally I can basically talk (and sing) along both movies. I will forever be thankful o these movies giving me the idea to dress this way.
Last (though maybe first), but not least is Pushing Daisies’ Charlotte Charles who would approve of this outfit for sure. Her outfits inspire me every day, it’s such a modern retro dream, focusing on a 50s silhouette, but sometimes moving towards adorable boho outfits. I own three dresses that I made after her outfits in the show, but I plan on expanding. For me this was also the first time seeing retro in modern times (since where I live this is not really common). In a way we are really lucky to live in this day and age, where we can get inspired by the past, but a lot of the boundaries are gone – it shows you how much you can do in a matter of decades.
Shirt – handmade | Skirt – handmade | Brooch – erstwilder | Hat – pepaloves | Shoes – Dorothy Perkins | Lipstick – kiko
One of my favourite things to do is walk around graveyards, especially old ones. No matter if Christian, Jewish or whatever, I think it’s so interesting how graves were designed and the stories behind both the people and the graveyard as a whole. And it always has a rather calming effect on me, because usually there are a lot less people walking around compared to parks. However at least the graveyard near me is almost a park – it hasn’t been used as a graveyard in decades, they take care of the flowers and placed a couple of benches all over the area.
Of course, it also makes my Wednesday Addams heart rejoice to visit graveyards. In general her dark fashion inspires me a lot at the moment, I’m not sure I’d wear black everyday, but I adore her appearance. But, to be honest, I also consider her character rather inspiring. She does her thing and follows her way through life. The way the whole family is okay with being weird, different, can mean a lot to people who don’t always fit in – life would be a lot easier if more families were like the Addams. Especially the loving relationship of Gomez and Morticia really shows how being true to oneself can make life a whole lot better – after all none of their kids have any personal issues either.
I really want to cosplay Wednesday one day, her appearance is very iconic and I would wear her dress in reallife. Nevertheless I think this dress would be approved as well, it has some Edwardian influences (at least I tried to convey them) – and of course it’s all black. Sure, my almost paper white skin (and those black circles that look like I crept out of a grave) adds to that Edwardian not-so-sorry widow effect. Which of course closes the circle to the Addams family graveyard. I guess I will watch one of the movies tonight.
Dress – handmade | Wednesday Brooch – baccurelli (via 19black) | Choker – six | Tights – Cervin | Shoes – Deichmann
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dress – handmade | Choker – Dead Bambi | Brooch – Vintage | Shoes – Dorothy Perkins | Lipstick – kiko Metal Lipstick in 12 Forest Green
I’m sorry for being a little inactive at the moment, but I do not feel all that inspired. Especially writing wise, it’s probably one of the reasons I did not post this outifit earlier, it’s about a month old, after all. But to be honest my writing motivation just isn’t that high. I don’t really know what to write and feel like it’s a bit like writer’s block while writing a story. Hmmm.
What I can say is that I really love this brooch, because it’s a beautiful bee (which I love) and it’s from a dear friend. It’s a bit heavy though, so while it would actually match dainty dresses and scarfes, it would rip delicate fabrics. But writing this, I think it would look great holding a dark scarf around the shoulders on colder days.
However, I’m really happy I’m travelling next week, maybe that’ll get me inspired. After all, I am feeling a bit bored at home at the moment, so getting out will help for sure.
Dress – handmade | Bee Brooch – Vintage | Socks – Calzedonia | Shoes – Tamaris | Lipstick – trend it up Infinitely Beauty Lipstick & Liner in 030
Finally, finally! I managed to shoot this outfit and post the photos. I planned this for the last few months, but wanted to wait for my Falcon tattoo. But the day has come and yesterday my friend Thyra and I went to take a couple of photos. This summer is very lovely so far – some days are a bit to hot/humid for my taste, but in general it’s a feeling of comfortable warmth. I can still rock my saddle shoes and petticoat, but a 60s babydoll is fine as well, so I’m quite happy.
To be honest I’m also quite happy with this Millennium Falcon dream outfit. After all everything ties together in a neat Star Wars theme – the shoes were a gift from my mum and I love them to pieces. It was the first time wearing them and the rub my feet a bit on the sides, but I think a pair of socks might help. I mean, what’s cuter than R2D2 heels? I get so many comments from people in real life telling me they really like them, and of course the shoes themselves are too beautiful. I feel like I should really wear all my fancy IC heels more often, because they fill me with joy.
The Millennium Falcon is one of my favourite space ships, I just love the flat design (I know it’s inspired by the one in the Valerian comics, but oh well). So of course this print is one of my favourites, I think it’s adorable especially with the black background, so I was beyond happy to find the matching earrings and of course my little tattoo addition makes me very happy too (even though it’s obviously still healing). My Leia brooch is another favourite not only becausse of the unique design, but also because there is a little quote on the backside.
Then again, Star Wars always makes me happy, because it has this easy going, fun vibe and the music alone gives me this warm fuzzy feeling. Thinking of – I still have to listen to the You Must Remember This Podcast about Star Wars (though it’s more of a play on words and about Old Hollywood) and I have to continue Ian Doescher’s Shakespeare’s Star Wars plays, because they are fantastic. The good – and bad thing (because ther is just so much) – about big fandoms like Star Wars is that is so much creativity and stuff surrounding it – from official/licensed merchandise to craziy creative from independent artists (like the brooch). Though it is always inspiring to see all the creative minds taking their spin on this big universe. There is also more than one inspiring woman – not only onscreen, but also people like Ashley Eckstein from Her Universe. So with this outfit I felt quite happy and inspired and I hope you get some of that though the screen.
Dress – handmade | Brooch – Sabrina Elahi | Earrings – NoxAurum (Comic Con Dortmund) | Glitzy Artoo Heel – Irregular Choice (I talk about them here) | Lipstick – Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick in 111
Ladies and gentlemen, everything you’ve heard is true. All that has been advertised is here, under this tent. Wonders, curiosities! A plethora of the strange, the weird, the bizarre, the unusual! From jungles untamed to forests enchanted.
Recently I have been watching American Horror Story and I’m currently on season four, Freak Show (the quote above is a Freak Show quote). Which seems quite fitting considering I just went to a fair with my dear friend Thyra. I only went to the Circus once or twice as far as I rememeber and I would not go nowadays for the bad treatment of animals, but in a way I like the idea and I like it as a trope in movie and tv shows. I think especially the Twenties with their affinity for ghosts and seances match this idea so well. I would love to have a crystal ball or a way to communicate with spirits.
Of course I would wear this dress, as I think it suits the occassion, though I also think it matches the theme of the fair. I went a bit wild in editing, because I really wanted to try something, give the photos the look of different eras.
I’m quite interested in witchcraft and magic as well, I think it’s so fascinating how it has allways been part of human life through myths and healers. No matter if fortune telling, horoscopes and magic spells are pure fiction or not – the sole idea excisting throughout the decades astonishes me. I really hope the photos convey a fortune teller/psychic medium vibe.
Dress – handmade | Bag – c/o Vendula | Brooch – maybe six or i am | Shoes – Deichmann | Lipstick – trend it up Infinitely Beauty Lipstick & Liner in 030
Okay, so you’re probably going, “Is this like a Noxzema commercial or what?” But seriously, I actually have a way normal life for a teenage girl.
Sorry, but this Clueless quote was so present on my mind, I had to type it. I think that is actually something Cher would wear to, it’s probably too subdued, but I think those french vibes would appeal to her. One of my favourite thing about this movie is how feminist, empowered and autonomous it is. It tackled quite a few important issues for a teen movie, like girl friendships and girl hate. By no means is the romance the most important thing.
Personally I like humankind in general and some humans inparticular, but I do not really like human contact – I realised that a lot in the last weeks. I mean, it’s not like I despise meeting friends, but I do think human interaction is exhausting, even though I think movie nights, cinemas and events like conventions are amazing. I think for me it’s a 20/80 rule – 20% human contact, 80% being alone (that includes going for a walk, café, shops though technically I do meet people outside). I feel like with this outfit that exploits every French chlicheé I should sit in a Parisian café reading poetry by Sappho or Ovid. Which – while I have never been to Paris or France in general – seems like something I want to do with my life. I guess we have to wait and see.
France by the way is one of the few countries in the west of Europe I haven’t seen (the others being Spain, Luxemburg and Belgium) and I really hope to visit them one day. However this summer seems to be more focused on the east (after visiting the North in April), as I hope to see Poland and Hungary in the summer months. Personally I have to say that I really consider the countries in the east most interesting – and Prague has to be one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. I think it’s great that we have the possibility to easily visit the other European countries nowadays and I’m really hoping to see most of them sooner or later.
Shirt – Boden (old) | Jeans – Secondhand/H&M | Beret – The Other Sparrows | Poodle Brooch – Vintage | Socks – calzedonia | Saddle Shoes – Funtasma | Lipstick – sleek in Vixen