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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
I hope you don’t mind seeing a few snowy pictures, but somehow I did not manage to post these photos earlier. Well. So I post them about two months after my birthday, which we spent in Seefeld. We were lucky with the weather, there was a lot of snow (laying around not that much snowing-wise, it actually was rather sunny yet coooold) and the landscape was just lovely. Also, there was a spa connected to the place we stayed at and that was really enjoyable, too. So, here we go, a snowy landscape even though I really wish for spring.
We spend most days with an activity in the morning, then lunch – usually with a hot chocolate and then spa, so I did not take as many pictures and when my best friend and I went for a walk around the sea, I also forgot my camera. However, if you want to see more pictures on Seefeld, just have a look here.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
What things do you love at the moment?
My birthday is very close to Christmas, by the time this post goes online it has been almost a month since I turned 18. However, I only post this now, as my “birthday party” (which was mine and a good friend’s party, otherwise I would not have celebrated – even though I like birthdays, mine too, I do not like the celebration part, well, the celebration that includes other people. The party was fun nevertheless.) was only about a week ago and because I was waiting for a gift to arrive. My mum actually got me lovely Alice shoes and clutch from etsy, but they took forever to arrive and when they finally did they turned out to be very low quality and kind of shabby, so we decided to look for a cute alternative and you’ll see that later. ;) However, these are the gifts my friends and family gave to me and I am utterly grateful for everything and would like to cherish the things they put so much thought into here.
As you probably know by now, I’m going to Scandinavia in April and my grandparents picked up a book and a magazine about Sweden. After reading them I added a few points to my list – though as I am only going to see Malmö and Stockholm, I could only get use of a few pages. However, it made me long to visit the entire country one day. My excitement knows no limits.
My Nikon D50 was a gift by my grandpa years ago, he did use it for years before buying a new one for himself and giving me the D50 and I really love that camera. However for my trip I wanted a smaller one that I could actually carry around, but that is not one of those tiny ones that come in a million colours. And since he is very much into photography he does support me a lot and gave me the money to get a camera for Christmas/Birthday with it came a book about photography and one he created himself about my childhood (you know turning 18 and stuff).
This one is probably the most precious gift I got. My mum gave me the ring that her mum gave her and so on. It is a bit large for me, so we have to take it in, but it’s really lovely and I even though I don’t know when to wear such a special ring I look forward to wearing it one day.
My would-be (fairy) godmother and lovely friend Tanja is one of the best gift-givers there is and the following things are by her and her husband as well. The unicorn cookie cutter will probably be more of a decorative item than actually be used for baking – however it’s adorable and I love it. The little book is to celebrate the fact of turning 18.
Apparently this is the colouring book Kate Middleton loves and I really enjoy colouring as well, I do own two Alice books as well, but I am a bit afraid of messing them up, but in the Secret Garden I did some colouring already.
I do already own the small Vendula Sewing Shop bag (see here) and I love it, it’s tiny, but sooo adorable and this one actualy has enough space to carry around stuff. I guess I will use it for my makeup when I travel to Scandinavia (I’m already jarring on my own nerves with all the mentioning of Scandinavia) or electronic stuff.
Inside the cute Sewing Shop was this handmade black clutch, it’s made from fabric from the fifties and so incredible beautiful – it matches about half of my wardrobe and I really want to go to some sort of evening event to wear it.
My aunt got me a very generous donation for my trip and this adorable little dragon. I love it so much, I can’t decide whether to take it with me or if it’s safer to let it guard my home since it is made from clay I think. Well, it’s cute and I love everything with dinosaurs and dragons, so …
My best friend and I got really close over watching musicals, we had so many sleepovers, movie afternoons and actually visits to (musical) theaters and obviously Grease is one of the main musicals and we have seen it only about a million times, I think. We are both looking for cute Pink Ladies Blousons, but most of the ones you find online look so cheap, we never got matching jackets. However she got me this cute necklace and had the words engraved into and it’s soooo cute.
Back in November (December?) my mum an I went shopping and we went over to the Ted Baker section and for fun I tried on this dress. It was on sale (I think about 50% off, that was crazy! Otherwise I just adore Ted Baker from afar) and it fit like a glove. So, my muma and I made this deal and she got me the dress to give it to me two months later. I think it’s one of the most beautiful dresses and it has such a Kimono vibe to it, that I think is really pretty.
Then, the party happened and I got my friends’ presents. I’d say I’m a person you can easily find gifts for, I’m a nerd and I talk about my interests as if they shape my personality. So it’snot that difficult to find something I’m interested atm – and if you can’t think of anything, go for Alice, Star Wars or 80s stuff. You know, I really love giving gifts when I know what to get/make a person, but some people are so hard to find gifts for because they either don’t talk about their interests or do not seem to have any at all. However, this particular friend asked me what I was wishing for and I told him Kill Bill (it’s one of my favs, but I did not own it before)and he actually got me both, which I find very cute and now we do have to watch them together.
My bestie (the one with the Pink Lady nacklace above) also got me the all the Star Wars sweets and oh my are they tasty! Also, very much my aesthetic, they are beautiful and Star Wars and yes, I love them. Also isn’t that tiny (basically nothing fits inside) little Star Wars bag cute? I do of course carry it around now.
My childhood best friend of course knows how much I love Alice in Wonderland (and when we went to a museum and café some time ago I actually told her how amazing that tea looked and smelled) andso she got me the delicious Tea Party tea. With it came a dream catcher and a few cute beauty things.
When I went to Comic Con with my friend I was swooning over all the little Gizmos and she and three of my other close friends actually gave me an amazing little Gremlin AND HE SINGS. They also included something to eat. But that cannot beat the fabulous Gremlin.
The sister of one of my closest friends and I spend one evening talking about hair colours and Star Wars and she did remember and gave me this cuuute R2D2 teapot and I’m so looking forward to drinking tea from this tea pot. Also the shape of lil’ Artoo is basically made for tea pots.
So, talking of Artoo, here is a perfect pair of heels. This is my third pair of Irregular Choice shoes and the replacement for the Alice heels my mum wanted to give to me. I think these shoes look so beautiful and they are rather comfy for the size of the heel, I’d say. I want to make an unboxing post to show you just how beautiful they are. However, even though I’m sad about not getting the handmade Alice shoes, but it’s also about the gesture and of course these are amazing – I was actually eyeing the Star Wars IC shoes before, so it is okay. ;)
Fairytales are some of my favourite things – no matter if the original stories by the brothers Grimm or Hans Christan, retellings or movie adaptation. Therefore I am of course highly interested in all the gruesome parts of the stories. I love telling people about what actually happened to the feet of Cinderella’s sisters. They usually do not like that as much which of course does not keep me from sharing more terrible fairytale stories. In general, I like the dark parts of fairytales, most Disney villians for example are so elaborate and more interesting than thee princesses. Take Maleficent, not only in her feature film, but in Sleeping Beauty – she (and Flora, Fauna, Merriweather) is the only reason for me to watch the movie. I consider Aurora to be the embodiment of boredom, but then again she sleeps throughout most of the movie.
Of course, while I enjoy Disney movies I do have some issues with them, especially from a feminist and empowered view. Don’t get me wrong, I do always consider the time the movies were produced in, but that can’t change the fact that I’m not the biggest Aurora and Cinderella girl. Especially when I think about the Life Action Cinderella movie, while I love the dresses and the general set up I feel like her character is so centered on her love interest. Also, she’s such a weak character, subjecting to her stepmother all the time. I don’t know, but that is so outdated and could have been handeled much better – after all there is Ella Enchanted which is a newish, amazing take on Cinderella (also, the prince in the movie is Hugh Dancy, so extra points for that). Anyway even back in the 70s Tři oříšky pro Popelku [Three Nuts/Gifts/Wishes for Cinderella] portrays the girl much more independent (and elaborate in general, the movie focuses on thee girl not the love story). I do not demand all princesses to be kick ass and super fierce (e.g. I love Snow White), but I just think the newer movies should feature girls also being happy on their own without finding true love. And then there are female villians – even though they are bad/evil – there is just much more to them, they know what they want and actually go for it without whining all the time.
As I mentioned, I have a special place in my heart for Maleficent, she is a fantastic character and the life action movie with Angelina Jolie added a whole level of depth to her. It’s also a beautifully dark movie. You know, a bit like Wicked is to Wizard of Oz. Anyway, I did not just want to whine about Disney princesses, I also wanted to mention my two faves, Merida and Mulan (better known as the two princesses with close to know merchandise). Both fight for what they think is right and that is not just getting married. But of course, fairytales are not just Disney and princess stories, they only make up such a small part. Most stories are wonderfully gloomy and what I find so interesting is that various magical creatures come up in a lot of different countries and yet each district has it’s own take on fairytales. Just recently I read a few Irish fairytales and most of them did end with a death or two.
I think it’s pretty interesting how fairytales and ghost stories nowadays are something considered for kids while most of them are pretty deep and dark including everything from death to destruction. They really do have a lot to offer. I mean, just take Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which can be considered a fairytale, I’d say. In general fairytales show so many possibilities of human creativity. After all, fantasy is what connects all of them. Most of these stories while being based on real events (e.g. some parts of the fairytales the Brothers Grimm are actually common for the time) are painting a whole new world to enjoy.
Another whole world to enjoy is the blog of my lovely friend Thyra, she is such a kind, cute human being with a really fancy yet subdued way of dressing and I hope you check out her part of this collab She is also the one that took the pics. ♥
I wasn’t sure whether or not to make this post, I mean, my gifts are beautiful, but did I have to show them? Well, to be honest, I both wanted to show them to you and I’m a bit out of ideas for posts. So in case you have any wishes for posts, go ahead and tell me (of course some recap posts for 2016 will follow as well). Also, I want to apologise for the bad lightning, it’s winter!
Let’s start with a confession – I have a low-key obsession with the Addams Family even though I have seen neither the show nor the movies. The main issue is of course that I do not stream things illegally and none of the libraries have any in stock. So, I have been interested in them for about two or three years without something to base it on. Now my dad got me this amazing set of photos which is a limited since it’s actually old/real. With it came tickets for the musical and I’m so excited – I hope to watch at least a movie beforehand, but so I can at least get into the story of this family. And it’s a musical, did I mention that? And as we all know I love musicals.
This was the only thing I was actually wishing for, it’s a Gracy Q dress, I saw at my favourite Vintage/Repro Shop in Munich and it fit like a glove. Since it was not really a bargain, I was torn whether to get it or not. On one hand it was perfection, but on the other hand too expensive for me at the moment, so i’m really grateful for this (as for everything).
The bookstore I worked at gave me chocolates and they look so adorable, I really look forward to eating them. The beautiful brooch is for the dress as well and it goes so well with the colour of the dress, even though the brooch is vintage, I think it’s made for the dress. The necklace on the other hand was a gift by my aunt – she always gives my jewelery I’d never pick up in a store, but when I have it, I love it. The blue necklace she gave me last year goes so well with one of my vintage beauties. And this one looks just as amazing – I’m so excited to wear it. ♥
For 2017 I want to go to Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands – I don’t know if it’ll work, but I have gathered some information and a very loose plan. So, I’m always happy about any type of information and it also means my mum is aboard me going there on my own, which is a great support. And I’m already looking forward to looking through the books and the journey as well.
Our dear friend (who would have been my godmother had I’ve been baptised) Tanja gave me those beautiful, beautiful pieces of jewellery. The cat brooch and the candy apple earrings are about to be worn a lot!
I forgot to take pics of the movies my best friend and grandparents gave to me, because I had already found a home for them, still, I really appreciate How the Grinch stole Christmas, Grease II, Supernatural IX and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies a lot!
What did you get for Christmas and what did you give? I hope you all had and have a great time. I want to add something entirely unrelated here – I’m still in shock over Carrie Fisher’s death, it’s hard on me, especially with her mother Debbie Reynolds gone as well now.
Christmas Time is my favourite time of the year. Even though it’s a really busy time, it’s a comfy kind of busy. Of course, not for everyone, but if you wait until December 23rd to get your things together, that’s kind of your problem. Well, now it’s Christmas Eve, so I guess, that’s that anyway. I hope you all have a great Christmas time. This year, advent was pretty long – as I’m told the longest it can be, actually. So, for me, that’s a plus. Still, I had to struggle finding Christmas movies on TV, I’m grateful for amazon prime and netflix, for sure. Christmas time without the Grinch or Christmas Vacation, is that even Christmas?
I know Christmas Vacation by heart, it’s one of my favourite Christmas movies – and movies in general, to be honest. My whole family is obsessed with that movie, so no reference goes unnoticed. Especially the ones about the cat. But this movie has so many hilarious elements, you notice something new every time you watch it. Sure, it’s goofy and stupid, but it is also amazing. Besides that, there are also some non-Christmas-themed movies, that are Christmas movies for me, Sissi, for example, and Back to the Future, the entire triology on Christmas Eve. Not sure how that will work out this year (I write this post almost two weeks ahead), since I work until two p.m., want to meet a friend and go to church, so yeah. Maybe part one.
Also, in Germany, fairy tales are immensly popular around Christmas time. But those really close to Grimm’s/Anderson’s stories, they are beautiful and not as kitchy as Disney movies (don’t get me wrong, Disney movies are great for Christmas time, 101 Dalmatians and Beauty and the Beast…). In the days after Christmas – you know, when you enjoy the tranquil time, the presents and visit you family – Emil of Lönneberga (he’s is Michael in German, but oh well) and Pippi Longstocking are on TV and it’s such a nostalgic thing to watch, because I remember seeing myself playing Cats for Nintendo DS and watching those movies on the 26th about 10 years ago. And the stories are so joyful, they are indeed a reason, why I want to visit Sweden in 2017 (how scary to write those numbers). If you need more movie recommendations, check out last year’s post. Now, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve and beautiful, calm holidays and if you do not celebrate Christmas, Happy Chanukah or just enjoy the calm days with a hot cup of tea and some good movies and books. ♥
A few years ago I saw the ballet of the nutcracker, it was somewhat modern and really cool, they had beautiful costumes. The movie about the nutcracker is pretty sad, to be honest. With the boy being turned into a nutcracker and all. But what I mainly associate with nutcrackers is the story of When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke (Als der Weihnachtsmann vom Himmel fiel).
They are of course the bad guys, which seems kind of fitting for stiff wooden figures. Still, in that print I really like them, they are somewhat cute, I think and the colours are so beautiful. They work well the the snow. Well, it’s not really snow, but more like frost-covered due to it being cold at night and in the morning. I think, there was a total amount of two snow days this winter so far. But, there is an upside to that – I don’t have to redo my hair all the time. That’s also an advantage of being a nutcracker, their appearance doesn’t ever change. I have no idea where I’m going with this metaphor, but I was thinking about nutcrackers.
Well, Christmas is almost upon us and I’m really looking forward to it. All the lights, movies and hopefully snow. At my job I’m kind of the Christmas elf, since I’m the one to wrap all the presents it feels like I’m one of Santa’s entourage. I mean sure, it is somewhat monotonous, but it’s an enjoyable job, because it makes other people happy, saves them a little time and it’s like I’m part of the gift giving process as well. The gifts I wrap, will be unwrapped by kids and make them incredibly happy or by grownups and make them feel like kids again. It’s a lovely work, because it truly is so christmas-sy like being an elf (of course one that gets payed in euros instead of bisquits and cream).
Cardigan – banned Dancing Days | Skirt – handmade | Tights – calzedonia | Deer Brooch – deer Arrow (last christmas season) | Shoes – spicy | Lipstick – trend it up in 080 matte
This month it took me some time to get into sewing again – but then again I was away for a few days and I tend to get ito a power sewing mode when I start. So I made a few autumnal things.
16th of October
So, Pinafores are my new thing. They look like something a four year old would wear especially with a novelty print, but I also love plaid. So this is my first plaid skirt and I had to add something special, so I turned it into my first pinafore with cute buttons and a little fron pocke. I really love the fabric, it’s soft and the colours are beautiful.
17th of October
This is a fabric I found in Ulm and I really like it. This pinafore is just as autumnal as the one above. And why do I love making pinafores? They are so easy to make, you wouldn’t actually need any knowledge about sewing and I think about making a little tutorial soon.
Plaid Skirt for Mum
19th of October
For her birthday I gave my mum a voucher for a skirt, so we were looking for a fabric and found that one – it’s perfect for autumn and winter as it is quite cosy and warm. As it is inspired by a Grace Q skirt, I made the waistband a little different and added a few loops for a belt.
Plaid Shirtdress with a Pencilskirt
19th-21st of October
I bought enough of the plaid fabric to make a dress as well. You know, I mainly wear wide skirts, but sometimes I like something a little tight – even though I don’t think it’s a flattering, still I really like the outcome, it reminds me of Joan (Mad Men), but it was not inspired by her, but by a few collectif dresses – even though I changed it quite a bit and just made my own pattern. I was also looking for buttons that were a small version of the ones on the pinafore and I found some – all of the other buttons are old ones I found at home.
23rd, 24th, 28th of October
Actually I had something different in mind for Halloween, but I decided to go for a sort of doll/marionette/revue dancer and I think the corset thing was quite a good idea.
I also changed my hair colour on the 20th, I’m quite happy with the result now, but at first it was a bit to pink. And even though I think that was very pretty, it just wasn’t what I was looking for. So I did two cleaning washes and created a new colour, based on directions flamingo pink, mandarin and revlon 004 peach as well as an alverde conditioner to end up with a cute peach tone.
What did you sew this month and what are you working on now?
The power sewing time continued, so I was just sewing from the end of August to first couple of days of this month. So, this is what I created – and I already have a few interesting ideas for next month – including my Halloween costume and my cosplays for December.
Animal Party Dress (fabric: Lizzie Mackay by blend Hip Hooray)
1st of September
This fabric is probably the most childish fabric I ever bought – and I buy kids’ novelty fabrics on a regular basis. So I felt this dress would need even more 5th birthday party vibes, therefore I added pompoms and ruffles and they make me incredibly happy.
Gnome Dress (fabric: Michael Miller PATT# CX-6701 Holly Jolly Gnomes)
1st of September
Another new Christmas dress, okay, actually I plan on having an advent calendar of christmas-y dresses, but I guess that’ll take some time, this dream might come true by Christmas 2017, I hope. But until then, isn’t that print everything you ever dreamt of for a Christmas Dress?
“Sterntaler”/Star Dress (fabric: michael miller patt# cm6793 moon and stars)
2nd of September
Blue AND glittery? Yes, I love that. It was sorted in with the Christmas fabrics, but I guess it’s an all-year thing, actually. Such a gorgeous fabric and without wanting to sound vain or anything, I’m quite proud of the lining work I did, I feel I’m getting more professional, though it could always be better. ;) Still, I think the off-white lining looks kind of professional.
2nd of September
I got this fabric in NY and it has this 90s vibe to me, so I made it a bit shorter and added a different back. And it fits pretty well I think, also it fits my cheap pink metallic shoes from Prague PER-FECT-LY. I love that combination and plan to shoot an outfit soon. Unfortunately, though, washing it made it loose a lot of it’s former metallic glam.
2nd/3rd of September
When I got my Alice fabric, I saw this one and it reminded me of those 50s dior fabrics, you know, the New Look ones. That’s why I call it the Dior dress, because it’s inspired by those cuts and fabrics (obviously I’m nowhere near Dior, but I think it has that vibe). BTW, the fabric was so cheap, I could not believe it, especially because it seems very high quality and it has glitter!
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7th/8th of September
My first actual waistcoat, but I really like it. It’s for the Mad Hatter and he choose the fabrics, and I really think they match pretty well.
What did you create in the last couple of weeks?