a few things to do in Copenhagen

Copenhagen Denmark Guide
I was told Copenhagen was the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capitals/big cities, but to be honest, I was disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I did not hate it, but it was nothing special/incredibly beautiful for me. Never the less I want to share what I did like about the city.

Sightseeing
Like in Amsterdam you can get a Copenhagen Card with a beautiful design and for a appropriate price (if you enjoy museums, castels etc of course), but since I had a museum day, I probably made up for the price in that day alone. The museum quarter is easily accessible and enjoybale by foot, usually it’s up to five minutes from one place to another. For paintings, both SMK (statens museum for kunst) and Hirschsprung are beautiful collections with a lot of Scandinavian art from eras I love (romantic landscape artworks are what I care for most and there was so much Dahl even though quite a bit was closed). Hirschsprung has a fantastic installation where you can listen to classic music matching paintings of people making music.

Rosenborg Copenhagen

Rosenborg


Rosenborg Copenhagen

Rosenborg


The Rosenborg castle is very close by, too and if you’re there at 10 am sharp you can get in within seconds, an hour later a lot of people were waiting already.

Geologisk Museum Copenhagen

Geologisk Museum


Geologisk Museum Copenhagen

Geologisk Museum


Of course, I went to the Geological Museum as well (it’s across the street from Rosenborg) – it’s small, but very lovely. And especially the second floor is pretty cool with the fossils, minerals and things like that.

Zoologisk Museum Copenhagen

Zoologisk Museum


There are even more fossils at the Zoological Museum which is near the university and there is a fantastic Diplodocus (Misty) and a video about how she was found (I cried, it was so beautiful and I’m a crybaby).

Glyptotheket Copenhagen

Glyptotheket


One of the most famous museums is the Ny Carlsbery Glypthoteket with it’s selection of artwork, statues and beautiful winter garden. The winter garden probably was my favourite thing and I guess it’s a lot of fun during actual winter as well.
If you have a walk through the city, I’m sure you will want to pass beautiful Nyhavn and the Little Mermaid, but I would highly recommend passing Palads Cinema, too. It’s a colourful cinema near Central Station and so so amazing.

Slotsholmen Castle Christiansborg Kopenhagen

Slotsholmen Christiansborg Castle


Slotsholmen Castle Christiansborg Kopenhagen Kitchen

Slotsholmen Kitchen


Slotsholmen Castle Christiansborg Kopenhagen Ruins

Slotsholmen Ruins


Slotsholmen is were you find Christiansborg, the church, ruins, representation rooms and the kitchen and it’s very nice just walking around the various “stations”, especially the ruins are really interesting.

Cafés

Paludan Copenhagen

Paludan


One of the most beautiful cafés in my opinion was Paludan a shop for antique books and a café, too. It’s very lovely and so delicious. Also, you eat next to shelves of amazing books – what more could you want?
Near Amalienborg you can find Café Mormors, a kitchy retro place with lots of old stuff inside and fantastic food.

Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat


If you like Chocolate (and who doesn’t) Hotel Chocolat is the place to be. I had a salted caramal chocolate frappuccino and oh my was that amazing! Highly recommend it and everything else they sell seems delicious, too.

Shopping
Personally, I think shopping in Copenhagen wasn’t that amazing, but of course Disney Store (one of the few European ones) is a must. It’s 90% kids stuff, but it’s always cute and magical.
If you’re looking for camera stuff (like I did because I had the wrong charger with me), Photografica is the perfect shop. I highly recommend it, because the staff is so nice and competent.

Walks, Trips and Parks

Norrebro Graveyard  Copenhagen

Norrebro Graveyard


Personally I really like graveyards and Norrebro graveyard is both pretty big and pleasant. You can walk through it like a park and stroll towards H.C.Andersen’s grave as well.

Tivoli Copenhagen

Tivoli


Tivoli Copenhagen

Tivoli


Tivoli Copenhagen

Tivoli


Tivoli Copenhagen

Tivoli


One of my favourite things about the city was Tivoli. You can’t imagine my surprise! I thought it would just be an overpriced tourist-y place, but it was a wonderful park with lots of flowers and even though I did not go on a ride, if was great to have a look at the beautiful merry-go-rounds.

Fredriksberg Copenhagen

Fredriksberg


Fredriksberg Copenhagen

Fredriksberg


After having a walk through Vesterbro and Fredriksberg you reach castle Fredriksberg and the garden, a beautiful huge park with lots of flowers. After walking for a while you can have a snack at Café au Park, a real affordable place compared to most cafés in Copenhagen.

What did you like most about Copenhagen and how do you like the city in general?

Vintage and Retro shopping Guide for Scandinavia

Retro Shopping Guide Scandinavia
I love thrift and Vintage shopping, but it’s always a bit difficult to find a good shop in (an unknown) town, so I wanted to tell you about a few cool store I found on the way. However I found no shop at all in Copenhagen, so if you know good ones, please go ahead and let me know.
I have to mention that I discovered Vintage, even 20s-50s to be alot cheaper in Scandinavia than in Germany. And I’m not talking about saving 5-10 €, but Germany being about 5-10 times as expensive. In Stockholm I got a cupcake dream dress from the 50s for the converted price of 26 € for which I would have paid 200+ € here in Munich, I’m sure.

Amsterdam has a lot of Vintage shops, most of them are more focused on 80s/90s fashion however (and not on the cheap side either). So, for me personally, it’s more for accessoires. But: there are some reproduction shops, more expensive than second hand, but at least they sell some swing dresses. Nevertheless I want to share some shops I think have a great selection.

Juffrow Splinter Amsterdam

Juffrow Splinter


On Negen Straatjes you find quite a bit of old/kitchy/retro stuff, Juffrow Splinter has quite the selection when it comes to nic-nac and things you really don’t need.
The Fantasy Shop Chimera (Damstraat 7) has a lot of Asian stuff on the top floor and besides fairy and magical things a few repro dresses, e.g. Hell Bunny. It’s a very magical place and not only worth a visit due to the clothes, but due to the aura and decor.
Personally I considered the reproduction shop I ♥ Vintage (Prinsengracht 201) a bit too expensive for just getting something while travelling, but it is a beautiful shop with a small-ish, but very well-chosen selection.
Both Marbles Vintage (Staalstraat 30, Ferdinand Bolstraat 28, Haarlemmerdijk 64) and Bis Vintage (Sint Antoniesbreestraat 25-A) are your typical thrift shops. They have a lot to offer and even though most of it is random stuff from the 70s-2000s, you might find a 50s gem in between. Since all of them are rather central/close to sightseeing attractions, you can definetly check them out.
1953 Retro & Chic Amsterdam

1953 Retro & Chic


Now to a favourite of mine, even though I did not get anything: 1953 Retro & Chic (Staalstraat 2 – Instagram) is a beautiful store with things dating back to the Victorian time (and of course, the 50s, too). They sell quite a bit lingerie – of course, it’s not cheap, the quality seemed pretty high.
Laura Dols Amsterdam

Laura Dols


Finding a large shop in Amsterdam is always a surprise – they look small from the outside, but you can go up- and downstairs and towards the rear house at Laura Dols (Wolvenstraat 7 – Instagram). It’s a large Vintage shop with clothing from most eras and downstairs there’s a grand selection of “prom” dresses (fancy, evening, cocktail, bridesmaids, wedding dresses), but they also sell lots of accessoires (like my lovely beret).

Even though it’s smaller than Copenhagen, Malmö has more Vintage shops. Well, I did not find any in Copenhagen, so that was pretty easy. Still, Malmö has some very cute shops, most of them in the same era, so perfect for a Vintage trasure hunting afternoon.

Beyond Retro Malmö

Beyond Retro


Beyond Retro Malmö

Beyond Retro


Beyond Retro (8 Claesgatan – Instagram) has a big outlet in Malmö were prices are really okay. I got a dress for (converted) about 20€. The great thing is that the outlet offers a lot of stuff without being stuffed. There’s lots of space to get a good look at the clothes and besides vintage things they also offer amazing upcycled things.
Love Street Vintage Malmö

Love Street Vintage


Love Street Vintage (Kärleksgatan 5 – Instagram) is the opposite: it’s a very small shop, but so cute! It’s real Vintage, slightly dark and has that fancy aura good ols Vintage shops have.
Famous Ape Malmö

Famous Ape


If you want Reproduction and Vintage, Famous Ape (Davidshalsgatan 9 – Instagram) is the place for you. The lower floor is filled with Vintage dresses, novelty shorts, shoes and sports wear. The ground floor is very clean, hipstery repro, both floor have very selected pieces and both floors fit their content so well.
Liebling Malmö

Liebling


Liebling ( Davidshallstorg 8 – Instagram) sells mainly Reproduction, but the entire shop seems to be in the wrong decade. It has a very midcentury feel to it. To me personally it felt like I should have a Latte Macchiato and a Crossiant while browsing – very cosy!

Oslo‘s Grünerlokka is the Hipster and therefore Vintage/Repro area, it’s very cute and has quite a bit to offer. There are other shops too in different areas, but I can really recommend Oslo for Vintage shoppers.

Manillusion Oslo

Manillusion


Markveien in Grünerlokka is the place for Vintage shopping. There are both retro cafés and shops, like Manillusion (Markveien 38 – Instagram) – it’s not cheap, but they offer a lot of big and small retro brands and have a great selection. The shop also looks like what retro dreams are made of.
Frøken Dianas Salonger Oslo

Frøken Dianas Salonger


Frøken Dianas Salonger Oslo

Frøken Dianas Salonger (also slightly sad I did not get the blouse)


Walking down towards the Alkerselva you pass the fabulous Frøken Dianes Salonger (Markveien 56 – Instagram), probably one of the most beautifully designed shops, it has this very real Vintage flair to it. They offer both Vintage (so many blouses!) and repro, everything with a femme fatale/diva vibe to it. The staff is very friendly and the shop is worth a visit for the interior design alone.
UFF Oslo

UFF


UFF Oslo

UFF


UFF (Karl Johans gate 5 – Instagram) has two shops in Oslo, but I liked the one on Karl Johans Gate better than the one even closer to Central Station (however they are only 5-10 minutes apart). The shops are both on the cheaper side and more like thrift stores. However, the things they sell date back far into the last century and the conditions of the pieces are pretty good as well.

Stockholm has a great selection of Vintage stores. Most of them are pretty small, but with a surprisingly good selection, even dating back to the 20s.

Old Touch Stockholm

Old Touch


Old Touch Stockholm

Old Touch


Old Touch (Upplandsgatan 43 – Instagram) is a fantastic Vintage store, that really deserves the name Vintage store, they main focus is on 20s-50s clothing in light colours. It’s a dream (or lots of dreams) in pink, white and yellow – including beautiful lingerie and prom dresses. The prices are really low and the staff is so friendly (but attention! Opposed to most shops in Scandinavia they only accept cash). There are at least three more Vintage shops in the street/very near by, so definetly have a look at the beauty that is Old Touch.
The brand Daisy Dapper (Katarina Bangata 33 – Instagram) might be known to those of you who enjoy reproduction dresses, but they also sell Hell Bunny, Collectif and other brands. Daisy Dapper also offers quite the range of brooches (erstwilder!), tights, accessoires and home decor.
Engströms Trikåaffär (Scheelegatan 5) is not really a Vintage/Repro shop, but the interior is amazing, the shop offers a lot of stuff (socks, lingerie etc). It’s more than 100 years old and they still sell their things via the counter, not on hanging rails.

I just love the way you can browse in Vintage/Retro shops and they do not have the fast fashion “just buy” feel H&M and Co have (want to write about that topic soon as well).
I hope I could help you a little or provide an insight in the shops I checked out. What is your favoutire shop in Sweden, Norwegen, Denmark or the Netherlands?

a place of my dreams | Teylers Museum in Haarlem

Haarlem Teylers Museum
Did you ever fall in love with a place? I did on various occassions, but I feel like this is my true place love (is this a thing? can we make it a thing?). When I arrived in Haarlem I already enjoyed it, it was pretty cold though so after walking around for a while I wanted to go to a museum. However, Teylers Museum was about 15 € and I was on the verge of searching for something else, but as I found out it was a naturalhistoric museum I wanted to go. Luckily for me I only had to pay 2 € due to my age, but looking back, for me it would have been worth any amount of money (with the Amsterdam Card it’s free!).

Haarlem

Haarlem, the white church (the same exists in black, too)


Haarlem itself is a lovely cute town, only about 10 minutes from Amsterdam, so a perfect day/half day trip. Personally I really recommend starting the day at Meneertje Pannekoek, even though I only had a Latte Macchiato. It’s very sunny during the morning and you have a beautiful view. Then you can walk through the town – there are tons of churches and two of them are exactly the same just in different colours!
Teylers museum Haarlem

Teylers Museum


Teylers Museum Haarlem

the inside


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

Bones…


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

and teeth


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

Fossil Room


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

all the fossils!


Of course, my favourite place to visit was Teylers Museum, it’s a place for both romantic art and science (yay!) with a big selection in both areas. There are even scientific instruments to be found and usually they have a big special exhibit as well. Besides fantastic artworks and fossils you can also enjoy the lovely architecture and design of the museum. I’m pretty sure Mr. Teyler and I are soulmates – at least when it comes to interest art and science, I’m not that aware of his political/personal beliefs as I write this. However, his museum (which was opened posthumous, because based on his will his collection was to be received by a soon-to-be museum) was the first public museum of the Netherlands, and to me that shows that he must have been at least a bit of a good person as well.
Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

Jurassic Park Realness


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

Scientific Instruments


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

because why wouldn’t you need a heater while enjoying art? I pledge for heaters with chairs in front of them in every museum


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

Pieter Teyler van der Hulst


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

and who doen’t adore this beautiful room?


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

cats cats cats!


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

you can almost feel the cold


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

part of the special exhibit


It is a small museum, when you compare it to the ones in bigger cities, but the selection is amazing and has a lot to offer. The atmosphere is great, it calmed me down a lot, because it’s not overcrowded. The café too is very lovely and has delicious caramel brownies. So if you have the time, I highly recommend spending some time in the lovely town and the museum.
Teylers Museum Haarlem café

café


Teylers Museum Haarlem café

delicious treats after art and fossils


Teylers Museum

one pretentious art aficionado

Furry Friends | Travelling Cat Photos

…in which I show you pictures of the cats I met along the way. Most of them I met in the Netherlands (besides the last one, which I met in Vaxholm). Some of them were really cuddly, too.

Waterstones Cat

Waterstones Cat

Restaurant Cat

Restaurant Cat

Edam Cat

Edam Cat

Canal Cat

Canal Cat

Orange Cat

Orange Cat

Orange Cat

Orange Cat

Malmö Museum Cat

Malmö Museum Cat

Stockholm Statue Cat

Stockholm Statue Cat

Vaxholm Fluffy Cat

Vaxholm Fluffy Cat

Vaxholm Fluffy Cat

Vaxholm Fluffy Cat

Vaxholm Fluffy Cat

Vaxholm Fluffy Cat

Vaxholm Fluffy Cat

Vaxholm Fluffy Cat

a few things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Guide
As I mentioned already, I was working on small guides for the cities I visited, they are very personal and of course do not include every hotspot, but rather the things I visited and loved while I was there this year. I was in Amsterdam from April 1st to April 6th (left very early in the morning) and I think five days is a great amount for the city, you can see a lot and even have time to take the train out of the city (I will post a whole feature about Haarlem soon). Both weather and people were lovely, in Rijksmuseum an attendant told me how lovely I looked and that I should keep my smile (in a very polite, friendly not a sexist, creepy way), people told me they liked my dress/bag and a bus driver even let me use the bus anyway when my card just stopped working.

Sightseeing
For Amsterdam a canal cruise is the perfect start, because obviously the city is all about the canals and while shippping across the canals you see quite a bit of the city.
If you enjoy visiting museums, the Amsterdam Card is very worth it, though check out what is actually included, because certain museums are not included/only give you a discount. One of the most famous ones, the Van Gogh is included, though I would only recommend it, if you are a real fan. It’s a fnatastic museum for sure, but even though I was there pretty early on a not that busy day it was heavily overcrowded and most people just look at what’s most famous. There was a special collection of turn of the century posters (19th/20th) as well which was barely visited, but a fantastic exhibition.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum


The Rijks Museum however has some Van Gogh artworks, too, and a lot of other artists, too. It is an amazing building and has to offer art from every era, so there is something for everyone, it’s free up to 19 years and the amsterdam card offers a discount.
Paleis Amsterdam Royal

Paleis


Paleis Amsterdam Royal

Paleis


When you walk around Dam, you see the Paleis. Though until this time I did not know you can visit it for 10 €, but it’s very worth it and includes a very elaborate audio guide. The Paleis itself is beautiful with marble and gold and you can also enjoy the royal rooms.
Nemo Science Museum Terrace Amsterdam

Nemo Science Museum Terrace


Nemo Science Museum Terrace Amsterdam

Nemo Science Museum Terrace


The Nemo Museum for Science is basically just for kids with a lot of things to experience and try, but you can visit the roof top terrace for free and get a great view over Amsterdam and the harbour. If you’re hungry you can get something at the café/take away restaurant and enjoy that outside in the sun.

Het Muizenhuis (eerste tuindwarsstraat 1hs) is a very cute exhibtion of little handmade mice figurines in dresses doing human things. It’s not that far from the city centre and so adorable, I highly recommend it.

begijnhof amsterdam

Begijnhof


Another thing you can visit for free is the Begijnhof, a beautiful patio, very silent and enjoyable when the noise of the city is just a bit too much.c
Tulip Museum Amsterdam

Tulip Museum


When you enter the Tulip Museum you already smell the amazing scent of tulips. It’s a tiny museum and for that rather expensive (without the amsterdam card), but also quite cute. And even if you don’t visit the museum, I highly recommend the shop with all the different tulip seeds.

Cafés
Walking a bit from Dam, you get to the Grand Café where they sell delicious food (chocolate brownie with ice cream and strawberries!). The staff is very friendly and the prices are okay.
The L’Amour has a selection of waffles, sandwiches and just a great selection of snacks that look fantastic.
A bit more expensive are the cakes at Bakken met Passie, a patisserie with a fantastic selection of fresh cakes and tartlets.

Café Latei Amsterdam Retro

Café Latei


On one end of China Town you find the small Café Latei, a retro café with a very colourful furnishing and freshly made cakes and sandwiches.

Shopping
The most famous place to shop is the Bijenkorf (the beehive) for sure, it’s basically like most big European store with various brands and products.

Waterstones Amsterdam

Waterstones


If you’re looking for English books, definetly check out Waterstones (Kalverstraat 152). Obviously they also have stores in GB, but the Amsterdam one is adorable. They even have cats that visit from time to time and quite the big selection with a lot of classics, too.
de winkel van nijntje miffy amsterdam

de winkel van nijntje


De Winkel van Nijntje (Scheldenstraat 61) is a shop dedicated to Miffy, the bunny character created by Dick Bruna. I grew up with Miffy and I was looking for a plush there. They have a lot of cute merchandise and the area is very cute, too.
Noordermarkt Amsterdam Market

Noordermarkt


Amsterdam has a lot of street markets, like the noordermarkt, ten kate markt and my personal favourite the albert cuyp markt. Some of them are open every day, others only on certain days, but it’s easy to find online. Prices for both food and other things they sell are pretty good – you get fabrics for 1 or 2 €, so check them out!

Walks, Trips and Parks
Like markets, Amsterdam also has lots of parks all over the city. The biggest one is the Vondelpark, a beautiful green belt with lots of water and people jogging and biking all over.

Frankendael Amsterdam

Frankendael


Frankendael Amsterdam

Frankendael


One of my favourites is Frankendael Park and Kleendanzig, both a park and allotments with a little stream, places to have picnics and almost untouched nature. It is like an oasis of quietness with only birds and plants everywhere.
Edam Netherlands

Edam


For only about 10 € you can get to Edam and back to Amsterdam (and visit the area north of Amsterdam with the EBS Ticket). Edam is a town of cheese, but you can also enjoy the small houses, have a look at the churches and just go for a walk.
De Pijp is kind of a hipster quarter and as most of Amsterdam very enjoyable while walking around. In De Pijp you find cute shops, markets and cafés. And if you just want to enjoy a snack in a park, there is the Sarphatipark as well.

What are your favourite things to do in Amsterdam and would you do there?

a souvenir from Amsterdam | Tulip & Cat Tattoo

Cat Tulip Amsterdam Tattoo

I showed you what I bought in Amsterdam and Scandinavia already, however, I got a souvenir that is a little more durable, I’d say. Some colour on my skin. I knew I wanted/considered a tattoo from my journey, but I wasn’t sure about it. even though I had found a great shop in Amsterdam. Eventually, however, I wrote the artists and we agreed on a loose date. The shop is Queen of Arts Tattooing in Amsterdam (a fantastic, clean shop) and the Artist Sera.

The design was somewhat spontaneous. Sera posts flash designs on her Instagram and I liked quite a few of them. But, when I was there one the very day, she told me she could also design something there and then. So I told her I’d like a cat and a tulip (for the Netherlands, because I’m creative like that). The cat was inspired by my cat, but reminds me a lot of one of the Aristocats and Dinah (Alice’s cat) which is just perfect. I think it’s so adorable and will always remind me of the lovely time I had.

Cat Tulip Amsterdam Tattoo

The pain was okay, certain parts were a bit uncomfortable and some times I felt as if I had got pins and needles in my hand (which is not unusal, but probably even more intense due to my low blood pressure). It healed very well, considering I was travelling during the process and I think it’s adorable how the cat peaks out of my shirts.

Cat Tulip Amsterdam Tattoo

what I got in Scandinavia

scandinavia finds haul what i got
AS you know I travelled almost all of April, I was home for only about three/four days, so now a lot of the upcoming content will be from those travels through Scandinavia (+ the Netherlands). However it might take some time to go through the pictures and edit them. The easiest is showing you my shopping finds. I did not get a lot of things for me and some of them were needed (adapter, gloves…) or wanted for some time, so here goes…

Amsterdam Finds
Amsterdam I wanted to get into E.A. Poe by reading the Penguin Little Black Classic Tell Tale Heart, which I found at Waterstones, and I hope to follow up with something more than just short stories, because for me it had a certain appeal, but I wasn’t that much into it. However I am very much into my Laura Dols Beret, it is so very lovely and now I want to wear berets every day and in every colour imaginable. I was planning to visit the Nintje shop and there I got the Miffy Plush and Pin, because I think both things are just so cute. Of course, the Plush wears a Netherland themed dress and the brushes remind me of the popularity of painters in Amsterdam. Especially since there are adorable Miffy postcards, were the little bunny looks at beautiful paintings. Tony’s Chocolonely was sort of an impulse buy, I got some for my grandpa and later on found out they fight against slavery in Chocolate production. Also, my landlord in Amsterdam let me try some of the Salted Caramel Seasalt chocolate which was delicious. The packaging reminds me a lot of Willy Wonka’s chocolate, too.

Haarlem Finds
Haarlem On the day in Haarlem I got myself a few postcards (see below, as well as he postcards I got in Amsterdam), a book about the Teylers Museum and a small collection of fossils. However, I will write about the museum and it’s perks very soon.

Amsterdam Postcards

Copenhagen Finds
Copenhagen If there is a Disney store, I have to visit it at least once and even though most European Disney stores are very focused on kids. I saw the cutest little Pumba Tsum Tsum, I am actully looking for an Ewok Tsum, but I only found this cutie. Since it was pretty cold, I got myself a scarf on sale. It’s very soft and warm, really a good purchase. Another thing that was inevitable was a charger I got at Photografica. I took the wrong charger for my camera with me, so I had to get something to charge it and that was the thing I got, luckily it can also charge phones and basically everything you could charge. At the Glypotothek I got a new uni pin fine line pen because mine was out of ink and a postcard with a painting by Dahl. At the museum of Natural History I found a cute Ammonit. As a last little thing at the Disney store I got a fantastic Alice cup. The girl at the store was wonderfully friendly and we talked about dresses and cosplay and everything.

Malmö Dress
Malmö One of the first things I did in Malmö was visit Beyond Retro’s Outlet which had a fantastic selection and I got this gingham dress with a sailor collar. I guess it’s a 70s/80s does 40s with the collar and the fabric, especially since it does not have any stains etc and the seams are finished with an overlocker.

Oslo Finds
Oslo Going to Natural History Museums is one of my favourite things to do and there I found a dinosaur coin which is one of the cutest things ever. Then, once more I got something I had to buy, because of the cold: gloves, adorable gloves. At Holmenkollen I saw the Norway patch and thought to myself did you not want to decorate your suitcase with patches? Well, I only got one in Norway, but it’s really cute.

Oslo Dress
At UFF, a second hand store I found this Sandy nightgown (that’s what I call it, because it reminds me a lot of Grease and Doris Day). I assume it’s late 60s/early 70s, the fabric is very high quality and the cut is rather chaste. Well, it is adorable and I want to have all the sleepovers now.

Oslo Postcards

Stokholm Finds
Stockholm If you have been to Stockholm and are somewhat of a nerd, you know about SF Bokhandeln where I found Shakespeare’s Star Wars, a book I heard about just a couple of weeks before and was very interested to read. And it was fantastic, so I want to read all six books now. At Drottingholm I found a crown pin of which some of the earnings go to kids in need. The Erstwilder beehive brooch was on my mind for quite some time, it’s part of the Junebugs & Erstwilder collab and since I love both the Junebugs and bees I really wanted to get the brooch anyway. I was very happy to find it at Daisy Dapper, because the collection was rather hard to get online (and I was too lazy to order online). I also got socks at Engström, a small but full shop in the city and I considered those socks very very cute. Lastly I got a pin of this Swedish horse to put on my denim jacket. It’s just so lovely in colour and design, I had to get it.

Stockholm Dress
One of my best pieces was this Old Touch 50s dress, which did not even cost 30 € (converted from Swedish krona). It looks like a pink prom cupcake dream and when I first tried it on it was a too small, however I went back to the shop and bought it anyway the next day, discovering later on it had seams that were added by a later owner (as were the straps, I think) and without a bra it fits well enough. There is a little rip in the back (they told me in store), but it’s easy to fix and I really look forward to wearing it.

Souvenirs
Lastly I wanted to give you an overview over the things I got for friends and family, I found beautiful little goodies in every city, not only tourist-y stuff, but also in Vintage/Second Hand Shops.

I was really surprised to find Vintage Dress for very little money, as midcentury pieces are barely affordable in Germany. So, I am incredibly happy about finding Vintage goodies at a good price.

Cherry Blossom and Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

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

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

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

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

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

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

Amsterdam Kimono Cherry Blossom Mulan

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

what’s in my carry on bag

what's in my travel bag
I try to pack very lightly, so some of the things that I carry around when I’m at home stayed here. Nevertheless, I’m overly cautious, so I overpack no matter what. These are the thing I carry around with me when having a stroll through the Scandinavian cities – on the train/plane/bus I will have my 3Ds and a deo with me, for sure. Sunglasses depend on the day, but I am not your avarage sunglass person (meaning, I just wear sunglasses sporadically and it has almost nothing to do with the weather – same goes from umbrellas to be honest).

what's in my travel bag

what's in my travel bag

Calendar & Pen I always carry around a calendar, just to note down both appointments and if things come to mind in general. My bullet journal usually stays at home and just the things for the particular day are written down, because I usually just use the bullet journal for planning ahead.

Snack While I tend not to have a bottle of water on me and rather go to a café or only have the bottle on particular days, I almost always have a snack with me – be it those fantastic vegan gummi bears (I try to eat mainly vegan on this trip) or chocolate. Not only for when I’m a bit hungry, but also when I get dizzy.

Phone & Headphones That one is quite obvious, even though I am not always on my phone, I sometimes need some music when I get a bit anxious because there are so many people – also when I get lost I want my phone to tell me where to go (you don’t always meet people you can communicate with, people at all, or people you are comfortable with).

Power Bank This one ties in with the last one and especially goes with the finding the way home. Here in Munich I usually only charge my phone every two days, but I really don’t want to be stranded somewhere without the possiblity to communicate with people at home/find the way to the flat/hostel.

Hand Sanitizer I like to have my hands clean and while I do not always use hand sanitizer at home sometimes I do and if am strolling around all day, I guess I want to have clean hands even when I can’t wash them at the moment.

Tissues Sticky fingers, cleaning things, cold…

Comb On of my main pet peeves comes to show when my fringe is out of order. I really, really dislike the hair being messy, so when I feel like my fringe is weird, I have to comb and fix it.

Purse That one s pretty obvious of course, I have my money on hand, probably my debit card and id – sure, when I am on the way to the airport/station I will have my passport and credit card with me.

Guidebook When I am in a city I have never been to, I want to have a map on me and a guide to tell me where I could go next and what I want to visit in general. That goes for shopping especially, because finding museums/sights is pretty easy compared to finding that little shop.

Kindle When I am on the train or in a café I like to pick up a good book and preferably enjoy the sun, a cup of coffee and a the story. It took the kindle with me, because it’s a lot lighter than any book and I cannot afford to carry around hundreds of books neither in my bag nor luggage. However I’m pretty sure I will buy a book or two in the cties I visit.

Camera & Remote Release Probably the most important thing when visiting a new city is a camera and if I want to take a few outfit shots, I will have the remote on me.

Cosmetic Stuff I have my little Star Wars Bag with me in which I carry around the things below.

what's in my travel bag

Sewing Kit & Bobbypin I have this kit with me all the time and when I’m travelling with friends they always need something from the kit. Though when I travel on my own, I have the feeling that this might come in handy no matter what. Also, a bobbypin when my hair is really unruly is usually kept within the kit.

Powder Puff Even though I decided no to take my beautiful powder box with me, I took the puff with me, if stil removes access oil and does a good job.

Tampons Pretty obvious as well, no matter if I need tham, you want to be on the safe side – or help someone else out.

Lipstick As a person who always wears lipstick, that particular lipstick is always with me and even though most of lipsticks tend to stay on my lips during the whole day, I want to have it with me.

Handcream When my best friend gave me this small tube, I was really happy, because it is sooo handy. I do not want to carry around a big tube of hand cream just to use it once a day, so I have this one on me and refill it at home.

Perfume While I do not always wear perfume, sometimes I just want to smell nice and this one is my all time favourite.

Glitter This has been in my bag forever, because why not?

What do you carry around with you on city trips?

Fabrics & Second-Hand | Shopping in Augsburg

Augsburg Shopping Fabrics Thrift Second-Hand
As I mentioned in the post about visiting Augsburg, they have amazing fabric stores and of course I wanted to visit my favourite one. So, that is what I’m showing you today, alongside some more things I found in this lovely town.

Augsburg Shopping Drugstore
Just after arriving I had to go to the drugstore, because I wanted a small deodorant for travelling. However as it turns out, this one is really dry and powdery, literally dust came of my armpit after appling this. The lasher were just because I really wanted to have some falsies again.

Augsburg Shopping Vintage Shirt Blouse
I also went to a thrift/vintage (Vinty’s) store where they sell second-hand stuff for a few euros and some of the profit goes to a good cause. This blouse is vintage, I’d say midcentury, but I’m not quite sure. However it goes very well with my skirts.

Augsburg Shopping Shirt Blouse
I also found this rather new shirt by a London fabricant and since I was looking for cute shirts, I tried it on and got it. It has a very summery feel to it due to the colour.

Augsburg Shopping Bee Pin
I also found this DLV (which I guess is Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverband/German Agricultural Union) Pin and since I love bees, I just had to get it.

Augsburg Shopping Fabric
As mentioned above I wanted to buy some fabrics, I got six different ones, all very beautiful, but I was a little too stinted and so I’m afraid it might be just a bit too little of each one. We will see, I guess there will be some new additions to my wardrobe shown in my handmade update this month. For the mint on with the triangles I had a project in mind the moment I saw it (it is one of my 2017 projects, but I was still looking for the fabric), the other ones just spoke to me and I could not resist.

Augsburg Shopping Fabric

Augsburg Shopping Mary Shelley Frankenstein
Last thing: I went to a few bookstores, but eventually got a Penguin edition of Frankenstein. I never read the book, but I heard good things about it and it’s said to be quite the feminist and scifi steppingstone, so it was on the list anyway. Also, gothic stores are right up my alley.

What do you think abou the fabrics? Where do you get yours?