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D’avril Les Ondées Font Les Fleurs De Mai

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I’m sorry I didn’t really have time to post anything new in the past few weeks. I spent some time in London again and the rainy and cloudy weather didn’t exactly do anything to brighten up my mood, so I guess I just had a little creative crisis. But – I’m back again with some sunny spring outfit pictures! And it was about time spring arrived!

Coat and skirt: Xanaka

Blouse: Miss Patina

Necklace: Vintage

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Turkish Summer Dreams

It was time foooor HOLIDAYS! And of course the destination question came up again. I’ve been to Spain about a hundred times, I’ve been to Greece 3 times, to Croatia, Italy, France, Tenerife and so on. About 10 years ago, I went to Turkey for the first time; 6 years ago for the 2nd time. I really liked it there and so decided to go there for a 3rd time, staying at the same hotel as 6 years ago. On 17th August I packed all my luggage (three huge suitcases) and off I went to the airport.

The hotel was, just like 6 years ago, simply fantastic! The best thing was the view. You could see the mountains as well as the beach. It looked beautiful at sunrise..and sunset; and in the night, and actually it looked beautiful all the time!

The hotel has its own beach, with camels and a buffet (before you ask, I didn’t go anywhere near the camel!).

I spent great 2 weeks there – although it was way too hot for me! At least 40°C every day. One morning I passed out because it was too hot and I probably didn’t drink enough. After that I was a bit scared to go out in the sun again (particularly what I had to pay the doctor was very scary…). The food made me go outside though, because it was something I couldn’t miss. The hotel has a BBQ restaurant as well as a fish restaurant. BBQ: I’m a vegetarian and as they didn’t have grilled vegetables I felt a bit left out. Fish: fantastic food!

Even at night it was still about 30 degrees – pretty cold, ha! But the perfect temperature for a little swim in the pool.

On 1st August I had to say bye bye to Turkey, but I really enjoyed my holidays there.

Of Flowers and Ice Cream Cones

 

Outfit Details: 

Dress: Camden Market

Shoes: Laura Mode – Osco

Necklace: Cyberdog Camden

Fascinator: Accessorize

Guess where I went shopping…?

Carrier bags: Lulu Guinness and Vivienne Westwood

La Maschera di Venezia

In your life you should be at least once in London, once à Paris, once in New York, once in Los Angeles and once in Venice, I think. I’m still fairly young, but already have been to 3 of these 5 great cities. Why Venice?, you ask. Isn’t it dirty? Doesn’t it smell weird there? I don’t like prejudices, because most of the time they prove to be completely wrong. I don’t know if all of Venice is as lovely as the part I’ve seen (and I’m quite sure it’s not), but don’t only list the negative things, think of the positive things first. First of all, yes, Venice IS expensive; 5 pounds for a simple coffee. BUT (and there will be a lot of “but’s” in this blog post) you don’t have to sit in a café in the most touristy and crowded places in Venice. There are some wonderful cute little restaurants and cafés in some of the side ‘streets’ (canals or ‘calle’ actually) where you pay a normal price for a normal coffee. Don’t always expect them to talk English to you though. As for the gondola riding, you can’t expect that to be cheap with thousands of tourists every day, but don’t be a cheapskate. You’re there only once maybe, so enjoy it! It’s most romantic in the evening at sunset by the way. And hope for a gondelier who can sing..!

Venice is full of tourists, but somehow, and I don’t know how they do it, it’s neither dirty nor does it smell bad. At least it didn’t when I was there. Venice is charming. That describes it best in my opinion. Think canals, gondolas, the pali that look like candy, designer stores, little vintage shops, amazing old buildings, churches and add some of the weirdest shops you’ll ever see in your life, and you get…Venice! A town which is one of a kind. But please don’t go there expecting it to be heaven on earth, because there are downsides. Lots of tourists as well as pigeons and pickpockets and foreign men trying to sell you replica designer handbags; narrow little streets which are hell for every claustrophobic; and if you plan to walk through one of those passageways in the evening in spite of the dubious people sitting there, because it seems to be the only way to get to the place you want to, don’t let the fact that you have to climb over the dinner of said people put you off. All in all, I loved my stay there and would love to revisit one day.

Deep In The Woods

I have found that long walks in the woods, especially on sunny days in spring, are very liberating. Flowers and trees blossom everywhere and you can hear birds singing. A forest is a magical place where you can think and relax. Unfortunately I don’t often have time to be there.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Anthropologie

Bag: Chanel

Necklaces: Accessorize bunny necklace and self-made apple necklace

Bracelet: Etsy

Ballerinas: Graceland

Mongolian & Chinese Birthday Buffet

I couldn’t celebrate my birthday on December 21st, because I had a really bad cold in December and was definitely not in the right mood for a party either. Therefore I just postponed my birthday to January, to this weekend to be exact. I put myself in the right mood for the party by going shopping yesterday morning to choose jewellery I could wear with my dress in the evening. Well, shopping was a success. I bought a pearl necklace and the matching pearl bracelet. I had booked a table for dinner at a Chinese restaurant in the “Neustadt”, the Soho of Dresden, for 7pm. When I was done with shopping, there still was a lot of time left as it was only 5.30pm. I decided I’d take my guests to ‘Barococo’ (my favourite cocktail bar in Germany) before dinner and a surprise was waiting for me there: I got all cocktails for free as a birthday present! So great! I had about 3 strawberry cocktails before we went to the restaurant. The building it’s located in didn’t look inviting at all. We didn’t even find the door at first, because it was in some kind of small side alley and looked like the back door to either some kind of shabby nightclub or an exclusive VIP private club. It turned out to be rather the latter. We were delighted to find a red carpet (à la Hollywood) leading up a staircase to a very welcoming room, all decorated with fish tanks and Chinese vases. And that room…lead straight to the most glamorous hall (yes, hall!) I’ve ever seen. There was a huge buffet, rococo-style chairs and wallpaper, a Mongolian barbecue grill and several chandeliers above our heads. We payed about 13€ for each person (that’s about £11) which is really really cheap for such a luxurious dinner buffet! Especially, because everyone could eat as much as they wanted. I had sushi, breaded banana, apple, surimi and fish, Chinese soup, crocodile, jelly with vanilla sauce and fruits I never even knew existed! And I got a present at the end: a bottle plum wine! I’ll definitely come back, as will most of my guests.

Memories of 2011

2011 has been an utterly fantastic year for me. I’ve travelled all over Europe to amazing places and countries like France and Italy, and my little inner Shopaholic definitely got her money’s worth as shopping as something I did every single month of the year. I can look back at an absolutely wonderful and successful 2011 and look forward to a 2012 full of adventures.

January:

I started the year, celebrating on New Year’s Eve with my family in Germany, which means I basically started the year eating. I started writing this blog in January and want to thank you for the 1,610 views it has so far. I also went shopping in Dresden in January. Otherwise it was a bit unspectacular and quiet in Jan.

February:

A friend of me came to London and I went on a sightseeing tour with her, showing her the best places in London for shopping, relaxing etc. We ate sushi on the stairs in Trafalgar Square. I went shopping with a friend, a friend of said friend and the cute son of said friend’s friend. Frozen yogurt. Hampstead Heath. Shopping for a new purse at Lulu Guinness. Camden. Fantastic Victorian history photoshoot near Harrods, with champagne. Meeting Prince Harry. Going to Hamley’s with my friend (she wanted to move there). Primrose Hill walk.

March:

Sitting at the lake near my parents house in Germany and watching frogs. First try to bake cupcakes. Cuddling with my bunny. Drawing. Beautiful sunset in Dresden. Drinking tea at Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe. ..And shopping.

April:

Watching the Royal Wedding on the big screen and crying. Getting a Crystal Heart from Swarovski. Walking in the park. Eating dinner at a sea themed restaurant. And, of course, shopping!

May:

Paris. Marvelling at the art in Montmartre. Having a fantastic view over Paris on top of the Eiffel Tower. Versailles. Walking through the garden of Versailles. Shopping at Louis Vuitton. Buying Karl Lagerfeld coke and seeing a huge replica of my little bottle in the Coca Cola museum. Seeing a wedding in front of the Eiffel Tower. Buying Minnie Mouse ears at the Disney store. Attending the opening of the Abercrombie & Fitch store on the Champs-Élysées (naked guys, yum). Bateaux mouches on the Seine. The Louvre. Eating cake in a tiny little café in a backstreet.

June:

Visiting a friend in Berlin. Hotel Adlon. Bubble Tea in Berlin. Shopping in Dresden. Travelling to Prague. Seeing the Czech ambassador.

July:

Seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in the cinema in London in 3D at 3am after coming back from Germany. Walking through London at 5am. Shopping in Camden and in Harrods. Lola’s cupcakes. In Richmond with the boss. Bubble Tea at Bubbleology in Soho. Lulu Guinness. Berlin Fashion Week. Shopping for hats in Berlin. Walking through the rain. Enjoying the sun in Camden. Gossiping with the boss. Buying my Chanel 2.55 bag.


August:

Travelling with the car through Germany, Austria, Italy and Slovenia to Croatia (over 7 hours!). The mountains in Austria. Small streets in Italy. Sunset in Croatia. The yacht harbour. Eating ice cream every day. Staying at a great villa. Eating weird fish in restaurants. Seeing Jon Bon Jovi on his private yacht. Travelling with the yacht to Venice. Shopping at a shop which sold vintage Chanel in Venice. Pigeons on Piazza san Marco. Drinking a cappuccino in Café Florian on Piazza san Marco and paying 6€ for it. Diving in the sea. Sitting on the beach, enjoying every single minute.

September:

Going to Prague again for research for my book. Drawing fashion sketches. Being at home in my bed.

October:

Picking up cupcakes in West Hampstead, made by Karine of Ohlala Bakery. Shopping in Camden. Legally Blonde, the Musical at the Savoy Theatre. The Luxury Wedding Show at the Saatchi Gallery near Sloane Square. Catwalk. Vivienne Westwood. David Fielden. Candy Anthony. Amazing wedding dresses and cakes. Champagne. New Lulu Guinness bag.

November:

Staying at a hotel in Germany for the weekend. Berlin. Spending a day in Tropical Islands near Berlin. Swimming in the ‘sea’ and the lagoon. Amazing flowers and animals. …And (what else) shopping.

December:

A new nail colour every day. Spending Christmas with my family in Germany. Fireworks. Celebrating the new year with friends. Being overdressed at the New Year’s party. And…SHOPPING!

I wish everyone a Happy New Year 2012!