a few london memories

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Last month I spent a couple of days in London, with a good friend of mine. Since we’d both been to the city before it was a very relaxed holiday. The only things that were actually to dos were visiting the Natural History Museum and the BBakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. The later is a bus tour through London (a really touristy thing I never did in any city, ever), but combined with some Afternoon Tea – the most delicious little treats, you can see them later on. I highly recommend it, if that sound like your thing.

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london photo moomin store covent garden
Moomin Store in Covent Garden

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Queen’s Theatre – Les Misérables (which we saw, it was fantastic)

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london photo bbakery bus tour afternoon tea
BBakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

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Henry Fordes Books (a beautiful old bookstore with lovely booksellers)

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Natural History Museum – Minerals

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Bubble Wrap in China Town (the original and it was delicious)

now on to the things I got in London
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A couple of gifts for my friends and family – a book, chocolates, a trinket tray and a candle.

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Okay, the two Moomin stores were also on my list, I found a couple of lovely things. A cup (I really wanted one) and tea, also the wonderful map, a biro, a pin and a book. I think the things I found are adorable and I’m really excited for the tea.

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Personally I always need a playbill for every musical I get to see and I also considered this pin super cute. The novel Jekyll and Hyde (which I found at Henry Fordes) was on my to read list for the longest time and I’m glad I found it used for only a couple of pounds.

london photo vintage trousers chequered beyond retro
At Beyond Retro I found this wonderful pair of pants. It has some strong Teddy Girl vibes going on – also I really wanted some fabric pans.

london photo vintage edwardian skirt chequered beyond retro
At the shop I also found this Edwardian Style skirt by Calvin Klein. It fits perfectly and just matches my current wardrobe so well.

What are your favourite things to do in London?

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The Adventurous Life of Miss Aurelia

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dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

If I was a character in a Wes Anderson movie, I would have a house full of fossils and minerals which would be very neat and in a certain order. I would have some beautiful old cabinets and every little tooth or mineral would have a little handwritten note attached to it. In the afternoon I would lie down and have a nap from exactly 2 pm to 4 pm. After the nap I would just sit exactly in the middle of that forest green couch and read Frankenstein with my two cats sitting on each side of me. In this vision I would live through a lot of adventures, always bringing something home from my digs. Tall plants would cover the stairs and entryways to the rooms, because nobody would ever cut them or restrict them.

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

I would always wear themed berets, wondering Is it just ironic or already inappropriate to look at fish fossils while wearing a sushi beret? I don’t eat fish, but I feel weird about that. Then again I might be overthinking things, considering old fish bones probably feel rather indifferent about embroidery depicting food made from their descendents. Then I would go on admiring fossils and geological exhibition pieces, reading about earth history, feeling like this is the path for me. Of course, my palaeontology inspiration would be portrayed by Bill Murray and by the end of the movie I would finally get to meet him.

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

Mendl’s would also be part of my Wes Anderson universe, so I would have a little box of treats each Sunday morning, in stressful situations you would always find me eating a tiny cake on said forest green couch while breathing unsteady. Obviously my cats would greet the guests by first walking around my symmetrically and then walking around the guests. Of course, guests would be rare, because I would prefer not to be disturbed in my regulated daily routine. Much rather I would pick up flowers at the same shop as always, before drinking a cup of tea.

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

dinosaur pinafore london outfit handmade sushi beret natural history museum wes anderson kneehighs mendl's vintage midcentury 60s 70s

Shirt – Boden | Pinafore – handmade | Tights – ??? | Kneehighs – Hunkemöller | Shoes – Deichmann | Beret – ellenithelabel | Mendl’s Brooch – hungry designs | Earrings – Vintage | Bracelets – Gifts and/or old

siamo così fragili quando siamo innamorati

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dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

When I was in London a couple of weeks ago, I really wanted to see a musical again. I saw two when I first was in London four years ago, but the last two times I did not manage to watch any. However this time we got to see Les Miserables. This is something I wanted to for the longest time – I never got to see the movie, either, or read the book. However, I finally did see the musical and it was glorious. I cried a lot (then again I always cry) and enjoyed it even more than I expected.

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dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

The 19th century has a special way of storytelling, especially the romantic era is very emotional and has a certain mix of showing a lot and not showing at all. As I’m writing this text, I’m near the end of Crime and Punishment which is fastly becoming a favourite. Of course, neither Les Mis nor C&P is Italian like my caption, but I think this one is very fitting for the era. The quote is by Robert Emanuelli from a book I want to read in the near future. I’m someone to fall in love quite easily, not really love love, but this kind of romantisised feeling towards people I see on the street, I talk to, anything really. I’m a daydreamer, so I give people a personality based on a few clues. The day I took those pictures for example I was totally smitten with a very kind and courteous book seller. Don’t you love those what if moments?

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dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

dusty rose outfit les miserables pussy bow vintage 60s mini skirt london

Pussybow Blouse – Gracy Q | Shirt – Vintage | Tights – calzedonia | Kneehighs – British Library | Brooch – Little Moose | Earrings – Vintage | Bracelet – Gifts (rather old) | Shoes – Deichmann | Lipstick – Kiko

come fly with me

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come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

My fatal flaw is and will probably forever be procrastination. I do want to tackle that this year, but this year is already three months old (which is a damn quarter) and I am maybe 1% better at doing my stuff. Apparently I procrastinated stopping to procrastinate. The thing is once I do something – work, write blogposts, read etc etc – I like it. I enjoy working on things, I love being productive. I’m ambitious and enjoy hardworking (typical Capricorn here), but I struggle. A lot.

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come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

It is hard for me, to start somewhere. I’m easily overwhelmed and it’s a lot easier to just browse on my phone. Of course, the last weeks I also needed some relaxing time after that semester, the exams and working at the lab, but sometimes the relaxing might be done a lot more productive. After all, I like putting my words in thoughts on here, I like painting. I do realise it’s easier for me to get things done when I am not at home – I read a lot while staying at my grandparents, when I travel I see a lot, I visit museums and art galleries, botanical gardens and castles. It’s just staying at home doing nothing is so easy. It’s not what I want deep down, but it’s damn easy and as soon as you stop doing things (e.g. I also managed to sew a lot for a couple of days), it is hard to pick them up again. Same goes for studying and doing things for the blog.

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come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

I have this tendency to just waste two hours before I have a certain appointment, because I tell myself I cannot do anything in that time anyway. But, to be real, I could. I definitely could. I could read about 100 pages and even have time for a snack, I could edit photos, I could clean, I could, I could. But I don’t. They say realisation is the first step to improvement (it’s a saying in German at least), but I know about these things and I do not alter my behaviour. Maybe I will after that post. Maybe it’s also the bane of human existence to complain about not doing things instead of doing things.

come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

come fly with me outfit vintage midcentury ralph lauren beret trench coat london

Top – Vintage | Skirt – Vintage Ralph Lauren | Tights – calzedonia | Beret – Diefental | Shoes – Deichmann | Trench Coat – Zara (VERY old) | Necklace – By Simon Italy | Earrings – Vintage | Lipstick – kiko (Limited Edition)

Places pictured: Bench at Covent Garden | The Tower | The Royal Arcade

pink fluffy clouds

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Don’t worry we shall have wonderful dreams, and when we wake up it’ll be spring.

– Snufkin, Finn Family Moomintroll

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pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

Wednesday I came back from London – I had a lovely time and since it was the fourth time it was spent really relaxed. Mainly just walking about the city, a bit of shopping and having nice snacks. I will write a bit about that soon. That day we spent in Notting Hill and Camden – and in the first we found houses matching this shirt perfectly. The first picture is already a few months old and taken in Munich, but I could not help including it.

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pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

Moomintroll is one of my favourite positivity inspirations – while I identify more with Snufkin, I think Moomin is so happy and just a sunshine. He is round and fluffy and all around content. At the moment I’m a bit moody, my moodswings are really intense and due to my semester break I’m a bit lazy as well. So it is a bit difficult writing for the blog, too. I try my best, though.

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pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

The break in London was quite nice to just be away from everything for a while and we even ended our trip with seeing the sun rise at the Airport on our way back home. Sunrises and sunsets with pink clouds are my favourite. The way the sky is coloured like an artwork makes me feel totally at peace. And maybe also wish I was a 19th century artist.

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pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

pink clouds moomin outfit novelty print vintage sixties 60s miniskirt notting hill 80s camden

Shirt – etsy | Skirt – Vintage (Resales) | Tights – calzedonia | Shoes – funtasma (via amazon) | Jewellery – Vintage, Second Hand, Gifts | Lipstick – kiko Intensely Lavish Lipstick in 04

Postcards from London

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London. Let me be honest here: I never really liked London, I always had tons issues with this city, only the British Library and Notting Hill actually appealed to me. But nevertheless I have been there for a few days in April again this year; meaning I have been to a city I do not really enjoy three years in a row at about the same time of the year – never organised by me though. And I have no idea what it was, I haven’t even been to Notting Hill, but I really enjoyed London this time around. I saw a few new places and a couple of known ones and this time, I was actually beginning to feel a bit more love for the city in general. And it truly wasn’t due to the people or the weather – because I always had friends with me (though always different ones) and always had a bit of a changing weather situation. Maybe it just was right this time around. I don’t know, but I’m glad I did enjoy London.

london thai food

Rosa’s near Carnaby

london buckingham palace

Jubilee Walk

london tulips

those colours…

london squirrel

we’ve had quite a few squirrel traums

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witch’s cottage

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Assassin’s Creed Realness

london Sherlock Holmes Pub

Sherlock is basically everywher

big ben theme london

and a chlicheé Big Ben/Themse photo, of course

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Baker Street

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Sherlock Holmes Museum

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Heaven

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happy me eating lola’s cupcakes on the train (also, I want more stars on cupcakes)

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what I got in London


Actually, I wasn’t looking for anything in London, but when I saw that they had Sole Protectors at the Irregular Choice store, I had to get them, so I didn’t have to order subsitutes online for my lovelies.
And the Sherlock Pin was too cute to pass (and I was reading Sherlock Holmes novels at that time, too).

The New Girl In Town

New Girl in Town

New Girl in Town

New Girl in Town

This post is not about moving and dealing with the new enviroment – I only moved once as a kid, but only to the house next to the old house. So, no new enviroment, also I was only about two, so no memories either. The title is a hint at Hairspray. Usually I talk about bad things, self-consciousness and people’s aversion against this or that (mainly certain clothing obviously), but today I feel like writing about one of my favourite eras, the sixties.
Of course, my view on the sixties, as I did not live back then, is rather glorified. But, without a doubt, you can say that the clothing was beautiful and amazingly diverse. From swing dresses in the early years to short dresses not as fitted. Same with hair and makeup. I love both, the sassy, short hair and the good ol’ beehive (which is besides the poodle the only thing about long hair I miss occassionaly). I mean, I have my problems with 60s Twiggy, but her makeup is beautiful. Mine is not inspired by her in any way, I just felt like an eccentric makeup. The dress is inspired by her and the general, typical Sixties style indeed.
My favourite midcentury starlet is Doris Day, as you might already know, and she her Sixties movies are such feel-good movies and she is simply adorable. Just look her up and have a peak at the pictures, of course, her life was far from perfect for her, but still, those images are lovely.

New Girl in Town

New Girl in Town

But my passion for this decade is not only due to the fashion, but mainly to the political and social movements of women and minorities (just think I have a dream, hippies or the sexual revolution). We all know, I have really like feminism and especially in Hairspray the time is shown as very fond of embracing your body. That’s also what I love about the movie, as it is featuring both racial and sexual discrimination and the fight against it. (Plus there are wonderful musical acts and dresses.)
To me, the 60s are the years of feminism – fighting for equality, the unimportance of the length of a skirt. I feel like we could all need a bit of this revolutionary spirit even now – as things sure as hell aren’t equal for everyone. And we should most definitely change that.

New Girl in Town

New Girl in Town

New Girl in Town

New Girl in Town

Dress – handmade | Bolero – Collectif (old) | Stockings – Falke | Shoes – bait footwear | Sewing Machine Brooch – deer arrow | Earrings – I don’t know unfortunately, but they can be found at steampunk stores

Too see more of my trip to London, check out the links below:
London Haul | Outfit of Day One | Day One | Day Two | Outfit of Day Two | Day Three | Outfit of Day Three

London Day Three

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London

London

I was very excited to go to the Aice Exhibition in the British Library and it was fantastic. You were allowed to take pictures inside the library (which is beautiful as well), but not the Alice editions.

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London

London

London

London

London

Personally, I consider London rather ugly and dirty, but Notting Hill is so lovely. I wanted to visit Notting Hill last year, but we did not manage to. Anyway, I got to Notting Hill this year and it was so pretty, the colours and shops and people, very neat.

London

London

London

London

London

London

Then, we went to the Disney Store and Oxford Street again. Walking through the streets of Soho and China Town we got to the M&M Store and this shop is so terrible, it smells soooo sweet and unpleasant. Still, it’s kind of an experience.
There are no photos of day four, because I was to lazy to carry the camera with me. Also, we went to Camden and Soho again, so pictures of those parts of the city were shown before.

London

Too see more of my trip to London, check out the links below:
London Haul | Outfit of Day One | Day One | Day Two | Outfit of Day Two | Day Three | Outfit of Day Three

A Foggy Day In London Town

A Foggy Day in London Town

A Foggy Day in London Town

A Foggy Day in London Town

I love staying at home. When I’m in Munich – which is usually the case – I stay at home. For two reasons, mainly, most of my hobbies and interests are better done inside. Of course, you can, read, paint, blog outside, sewing less so. But to be honest, when I’m home I can watch a movie or series while doing so. Also, if you go outside you almost always have to deal with people. I’m not a fan of people watching me while I draw or write. I prefer to do creative stuff alone or at least unobserved. Obviously most people don’t watch you while you do stuff, but occassionaly people do indeed and to me this is always kind of unpleasant.

A Foggy Day in London Town

A Foggy Day in London Town

So, I’m also self-conscious when taking pictures outside, especially when people walk by and look at me. They don’t even have to glance at me like I’m a crazy woman, but it got better since I started taking outfit pictures. Now, I became pretty good at ignoring them. Yeah!
What I can’t ignore is the weather. There is no problem with a bit of fog or a cloudy day, but if it’s utterly hot, you get oily skin. And if it rains you get weird hair – either flat and wet or at least somewhat frizzy. But the worst is wind, especially if you have a fringe. And London was so windy, I looked dishevelled all the time, from my skirts to my hair. My hair looked so funny in some pictures as if a set of curlers went terribly wrong. I don’t like going out on windy days anyway, but taking outfit photos on a windy day is like finding the broken light in a chain of lights. So these are basically the broken lights (well, the positive equivalent to broken lights).

A Foggy Day in London Town

A Foggy Day in London Town

A Foggy Day in London Town

London Blouse – Boden | Gum Ball Machine Brooch – deer arrow | Bow – claire’s | Shorts – pieces (old) | Tights – Oroblù | Coat – Zara (old) | Shoes – Deichmann (old) | Boutique Box Bag – Vendula

Too see more of my trip to London, check out the links below:
London Haul | Outfit of Day One | Day One | Day Two | Outfit of Day Two | Day Three | Outfit of Day Three

London Day Two

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London

When I got up at Day One, I was already feeling ill, my throat hurt and I felt a bit miserable for myself (I always do, I’m kinda good at self-pitying), so I did a steam bath, as I did the second morning (and evening etc.), so being in London I had a cold – which disappeared as soon as I was back in Munich. Great, right?
After the shopping day one, day two was mainly spent walking by the river. The cupcake above was so delicious the name Chocolate Haven was very well chosen.

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London

I took a picture of the Women of WWII last year as well, but I had to take it again as the one of last year was blurry.

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London

London

London

Walking by the river you will reach Tate Modern eventually and there was an interesting exhibition featuring the works of the guerilla girls (feminism in art) which was quite interesting, but I think Tate generally has great exhibitions.
After that we went on walking that side of the river until we reached Tower Bridge. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of that adorable bird close to the Tower of London.

London

London

London

London

Too see more of my trip to London, check out the links below:
London Haul | Outfit of Day One | Day One | Day Two | Outfit of Day Two | Day Three | Outfit of Day Three