Oops I did it again

Happy monday everybody! I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

Ok ok, I did it again – I am wearing black. But to be fair the weather has also gotten pretty bad again. So I guess it’s brighter clothes for brighter weather. Feels like a good deal to me.

As for the outfit I am wearing a (fake) leather skirt from 3suisse which has been rotten in my wardrobe quite a while now. I really don’t know how I could forget about it. But when I wore it this weekend it came back into my mind again: this skirt always rides up which is pretty annoying. It’s such a shame because I really love it however I just hate wearing clothes that aren’t comfortable. So sorry skirt, you have a place in my heart but not in my wardrobe… Also I am wearing my new H&M parka which is just perfect for the weather – not too warm and not too cold, and I thought I could wear my knee high boots one last time this year before they are banned to all the other winter clothes!

skirt: 3suisse, boots: asos, shirt: H&M, parka: H&M, necklace: Zara (old)

Alexander Wang for H&M

It has been the announcement this morning: after Isabel Marant Alexander Wang is gonna be the next designer to collaborate with fast fashion company H&M. Balenciagas creative director Wang announced this just a few hours ago on his instagram page showing a short video clip. Not so much else is known about this collaboration yet but we can sure be very excited! Mark november 6th ladies, this is gonna be the day!

Fashion Down Under

When I went through some pictures of the past New York fashion week looking for inspiration I stumbled upon one designer who then stuck in my mind. It was the australian designer Nicky Zimmermann. Her designs are exquisite ranging from midi and ankle-length skirts to tailored pants, beautiful dresses and boxy tops. When it comes to color every piece was perfectly harmonized to one another. This season a dark and moody undercurrent dominated her designs which was manifested in strong blocks of color such as lilac and red which strongly reminded me of gothic but in a much more tasteful way. Also the delicate, blurred floral prints were definitely a highlight.

Now, after New York, Milan and Paris fashion week, it was Australia’s turn to present the latest fashion designs. Many australian designers were putting their talent to show and I realized how many talented designer Australia has. We’ve been mesmerized by Ellery for instance, who presented mostly black and white outfits with refined layerings and a menswear inspired touch.

Also Cameo has become inconceivable in the fashion world. This young label is every fashion bloggers darling and again this season they delivered a perfect show with loose, breezy designs at the beginning and very sexy, feminine pieces at the end.

I must admit I have absolutely fallen for this australian designer label. And also the steet style and bloggers sphere in Australia is worth mentioning. With perfect weather year around the australian woman just understands how to dress relaxed yet oh so stylish. Just take a look at blogger Nicole Warne from garypeppergirl or Jess Stein from Tuulavintage for instance. They represent the easygoing yet sensual and feminine look of the australian woman just perfectly. Since most of australians biggest cities are close to the beach, the australian woman wants to dress casual but still fashionably. Their way of dressing represents their lifestyle. They have a very unconstrained relation to fashion which is also shown in their way of combining pieces. The australian woman is never dominated by her clothes, she dominates them and simply picks some special pieces.

So whoever simply thinks of UGG Boots and bikinis when it comes to australian fashion needs to rethink here and take a look at all these fabulous street styles, blogger and australian designer who also internationaly made a name for themselves.

Summer in the City

Hi guys! Hasn’t the weather been amazing lately? It’s so awesome to go out with sandals for the first time of the year wearing only a thin top and no jacket!

It’s amazing what the weather can do to my mood. I feel like I have had some kind of a winter blues, however with the sun coming out it’s like blown away.

Also I have a much larger outfit choice since my wardrobe consists of much more summer clothes. Winter clothes have never really been my thing. I just don’t really see my wardrobe options here and I don’t know what kind of clothes would be flattering and what would make me look like a fat slug…

I have always admired those stylishly dressed women during the cold months, the ones with over the knee boots and long coats but since I am quite small wearing that is rather difficult.

So here is my first official summer outfit. I am wearing an H&M top, my H&M jeans and sandals which I got in Thailand. I hope you like it!

top: H&M, jeans: H&M, sandals: old

Vondelpark

Hey guys! Here are some outfit pics from my amazing city trip to Amsterdam. I already told you about the Vondelpark. This park somehow reminded me of Central Park in NY as there were so many beautiful houses around with an amazing view on the park right from the balcony. It is the most famous and second biggest park in Amsterdam.

Also it is a great place to either do some sports or relax a bit as we did after hours and hours of walking. The park is so romantic with its over 70 different sorts of roses, little pavilions, cafés and restaurants. Just the perfect place to rest a little after an exhausting discovery-tour.

As for my outfit I’m wearing a striped crop top from H&M, boots from Tamaris and jeans from H&M. You won’t believe that I got these perfect pants for just 19,90 Euros! Usually I really have trouble finding the right pair, but with this one I fell in love with when I first lay eyes on it as I just love the shade of blue!

top: H&M, pants: H&M, boots: Tamaris

One day in Amsterdam

AmsterdamHey guys! I hope you had just as an amazing a weekend as I had!

One of my great passions are city trips and this weekend we decided to go to Amsterdam. Though I went on holidays to the Netherlands every year I have only seen Amsterdam one time before when I was little. So when I got out of the plane and heard people speak dutch I felt quite at home immediately. I don’t know what it is with childhood memories but if you smell or hear anything familiar you are taken back to that time immediately and feel so at ease – you know what I mean?

So first thing we had to do was find some place for breakfast as we got up at four o’clock and hadn’t eaten anything. At first it was rather difficult to find a comfortable place to eat as most of the caffés are pubs in the evening which gives them a totally different and not so comfy feeling. At the Nieuw-Markt however we found a tiny Broodbar with freshly pressed orange juice, coffee, musli, cakes and of course a great choice of bread. The bar was furnished with wooden bar stools and plain, long wooden tables with a view on the gracht which is like a river going through the city. This place had such an individual and comfortable vibe to it that I can just recommend it to everybody visiting Amsterdam! Later we would find some more cozy caffés in the Utrechtsestraat, some even with a tiny garden and all so snugly and individual.

Broodbar

Broodbar

As for shopping Amsterdam really is the city! Close to the center you would find every store there is, from H&M to Bershka, Steve Madden and many more. If you’re more into luxury shopping you should go to the Hoofstraat. There you can find all the famous designer from Gucci to Prada or Karl Lagerfeld and many more. In the Cornelis Schuytstraat however you can find some more designer like Isabel Marant and some more affordable ones.

I myself got lucky with some new Steve Madden boots which I wanted to buy since a long time!

When it comes to sport or just taking a little walk there is no better place than the beautiful Vondelpark. You can take a walk around the lake or just watch the sporty people taking their rounds from a bench. A little pavillion gives the park a romantic touch. Around the park you can see the most amazing houses with such beautiful balconies where you just wished you could sit there and enjoy the view with a cup of coffee.

For our next eating break we took the train to a neighborhood called De Pijp where we went to a salad bar called SLA. This place really made you want to live healthier with all its vegan soups and its huge salad bar. The place was built up like a greenhouse with plants hanging on the walls and a glass roof where the sun shone in.

SLA

This neighborhood was all about healthy eating with so many restaurants, juice bars or places with (frozen) yoghurt and fruits.

Besides from many coffeeshops you can also chill in one of the many cute caffés especially if you go west from Amsterdam central. I just loved how all the cafés there were in a country house style with a gallery where you could eat and also have a view down on the bar or on the own bakery. Again you could also find great organic places with a vintage design there or enjoy a delicious cake in the petit gâteau.

Café Costadoro

Petit gâteau

organic Vinnies Deli

Amsterdam really capitvated me. The lifestyle just speaks out to me with all the buildings where no house would look the same, the healthy lifestyle, the bike riding everywhere and the very friendly people. It’s absolutely a city worth seeing.

How young is too young?

Thylane Blondeau has quite a portfolio to show. She has been on the cover of French Vogue which equals an accolade in the fashion industry. She also starred in ad campaigns for lines of major brands, and regularly works with the top fashion photographers including Dani Brubaker.

Now that might sound like years and years of experience in the fashion industry, but actually Thylane Blondeau is only 13 years old!

At the age of only ten years she got on the cover of Vogue – a decision that provoked huge discussions as the young girl was shown in sometimes disturbing poses and looks, made up and styled just like a grown up. It seems ridiculous to me that in the world of fashion little girls are portrayed as though they were adults and grown women are infantilized.

The fashion world surely is a tough place and only those who play the game will be successful. However, I’m not saying that a fashion shoot is an inappropriate place to be for a young girl, but it needs to be supervised appropriately. I am just wondering who was supervising Thylane when she shot „implied nude“ pictures (see here) or poses on a bed with bare legs. Is it really necessary for such a young girl to be depicted hooking her thumb into the jeans and slinging her hip out or staring seductively into the camera (see here)?

It’s just kind of creepy how the fashion industry always looks for younger and thinner girls because these days a model can’t be young and thin enough. Youth equals beauty, that’s what we are taught by the fashion industry. Every model has an expiration date and when that day comes she can easily be replaced by a younger model.

As for Thylane Blondeau, she is called the new Kate Moss at the age of only 13 – thus she is even one year younger than Moss at her discovery at JFK Airport. And again she graces the cover of a French magazine called Jalouse. Let’s just hope that Thylane is tough enough to prove herself in this hard industry and that she is able to make her own decisions about what she wants to do in her life and what she doesn’t.

Changes

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Happy monday everybody! I hope you had an amazing weekend? Well mine wasn’t the best as I lay in bed with a serious migraine. Thankfully I’m feeling so much better today!

Now to the obvious: I have a new hairstyle! It took me ages to go for these bangs as I am really finical when it comes to my hair. But I guess this is a problem nearly every girl has so I’m sure you know how I felt when the first strand of hair fell on the floor…

When I’m being honest I’m really not the biggest fan of changes. Seriously, I can’t stand them. I’m one of those people who thinks everything changes for the worse, not for the better. If everything goes its usual path I am more than happy. However, every now and then it’s time for some changes even if you fear them like hell. And of course changes can lead to something really big and fantastic and I am trying hard to see my life more out of this angle otherwise I am going to miss so many great things – like these cute bangs.  I really have to get used to them, but I’m also starting to like them. What do you think? I’m really curious to hear your opinion!

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dress: Asos, denim jacket: Levi’s, boots: Tamaris

Jungle in the city

IMG_9277Happy monday everybody! Did you enjoy last weeks perfect weather just as much as I did? I even started jogging again, just so that I could breathe in the good air and catch a few rays of sun.

Whilst doing some online shopping I discovered this beautiful midi dress on Asos and I simply couldn’t resist. Don’t you just love the cut and the pattern? I know there is a lot of black in this outfit again and I wanted to restrain from that. But hey, there is also green and white and I think that makes up for my little back turn on black.

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dress: Asos, boots: Tamaris, jacket: Zara