Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Lovely Inspiration: Living in Neon

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Neon Pink Heart Vase  –  Star Anise Print Cushion  – Prism Bookends
Plissé A4 Archive Folder  –  Ice Cream Neon Light
Gradient Tea Towels  –  Fluoro Orange Offcut Stool  –  Neon Dipped Wooden Spoons
Pink and Yellow Acrylic Vases  –  Neon Lidded Floor Basket

Live bright, live neon! There is nothing more striking than making bright accents in your home and if you try to achieve the maximum of colourfulness neon might be the answer.

Neon was THE thing in the 80s and has appeared in a more reduced way again and again since then. Some people say it's only for punks, some say it looks cheap, I say it's the perfect time to bring neon back for real! It goes very well with modern, minimalistic spaces and is a bold statement.

If you have a lot of earthy tones at your home, don't be afraid to give neon a try. Some bright sparks can be a spectacular contrast to dark wood for example.

Personally, I think the best neon piece to invest is a huge light – like this gorgeous ice cream (Yes, I am guilty of ordering it and can't wait to see it right next to my dining room table). As a graphic designer, I created many signs in my career and dreamed for ages of having my own. Finally, I will have my own disco at home, neon party forever!

If you don't feel that bold, just go for a single neon accessory like a bowl, a vase. You will smile when the sun rays coming through your windows will meet the shockingly colourful neon and cause bright reflections.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

The Melancholy of Being Frozen in Time

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Vivienne Westwood x Melissa shoes, jelly high heels, net socks
Vow London, sunglasses, pink round sunnies

Very close to the chimney, there is a fawn, it always sleeps and sits on a bed of gravel, its big eyes open but dead, its fur soft yet cold. This is a memory of my childhood and bambi is still in my parents home, frozen in time and waiting there with its sad eyes whenever I come to visit. My father told me that he found it lying dead in the forest when he was a kid, and the gamekeeper had it stuffed for him. Since I was very young, I was fascinated by this creature, because it was my first and only very close encounter with a fawn.

For all beauty inhabited by this creature, there is a lot of melancholy in seeing it stuffed: Aren't they made for running through the forest and snack on field flowers?

Therefore, my Bambi is no taxidermy, but a cute fascinator, the bed of gravel has been replaced with a bed of flowers and living Bambi can run freely in the forest. No animals harmed in the name of fashion here (even my shoes are plastic, you see).

Still, the memory of its stuffed version I hold very dear because it is strongly connected to something very precious: My parents, my childhood and the first place I ever thought of as home.

My Outfit:
Dress: Vive Maria, Fascinator: Jazzafine, Bag: River Island (old), Sunglasses: Vow, Bracelet: Goodhood, Shoes: Vivienne Westwood x Melissa, Socks: The Whitepepper

Friday, 13 May 2016

Lovely Fashion Finds: Dreaming of Mermaids

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Mer Cat Blouse  –  Sequin Denim Trousers
Shell Clutch  –  Shell Necklace  –  Mermaid Sunglasses
Mermaid Bomber Jacket  –  Shell Phone Case   –  Mermaid Swimsuit

The mermaids must have left their homes hidden deep under the sea and now they are all over the shops. Wherever you look, you will find them, all of them waiting to be a girls treasure.

Mermaids inspire dreams of mystical adventures, they are creatures of divine beauty and enchant sailors and kawaii girls likewise. I suspect the mermaid hype will continue until at least next year because Hans Christian Andersen‘s classic book will appear on the big screen as a live-action movie then (Let‘s hope this one is going to be good one, although Sofia Coppola dropped out as a director).

I already ordered four things featured in this post; this makes it probably the inspiration post with the most Sara-hits ever. If you are curious, feel free to guess what‘s on the way travelling over the wide, wide sea right into my wardrobe ;-)

I am only waiting till my parcels arrive and then I‘ll be ready to play Ariel and her fair sisters, cause darling it‘s better down where it‘s wetter under the sea!

Do you want to join? Then dive in and tell me which piece is your favourite!

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Lovely Giveaway: Japan Candy Box

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Sometimes it's time to treat yourself and what I like best are Asian sweets with their cute and colourful packaging. It's already the third time I spoiled myself with a Japan Candy Box and certainly not the last one cause this box brings instant happiness into the daily life. Just continue to read and find out how to get treated with your very own surprise box too.

For those who live on the other side of the moon and haven't heard of this darling subscription box yet: Japan Candy Box delivers the cutest Japanese sweets and snacks right to your doorstep, no matter where you live. Every month you can look forward to eight to ten surprises. You can subscribe just for a month or choose among different plans up to a year. It's as well a perfect gift for your kawaii friends, trust me.

Whenever you get a box it's a little experience: You have no idea what you will find in the beautifully wrapped box. If you don't have a clue about Japanese letters just as me, very often the kawaii illustrations are the only hint of what snack you have in your hand and the only way to find out is to be bold and put it into your mouth. Most often, the surprise is a new and exciting taste, if not then just move on to the next, cause you have a whole box of things to try ;-)

Are you up to try for yourself? All you need to do to win your box is to follow the instructions below. The giveaway is open worldwide, and the winner will receive one Japan Candy Box.

Thanks to Japan Candy Box for the box and for sponsoring this giveaway.

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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Why Styling Is Like Composing a Perfect Melody

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What is the ultimate look? If you even succeed in finding a surrounding that perfectly matches all your rainbow pastels! What I love about styling is when things finally come together, and there is that tingling in the air telling you it's going to be a perfect match. Every piece you style into a look is just a piece of fabric, but if you mix them with joy and enthusiasm, you can create a beautiful composition. Styling is like music to me: Every tone needs to be right for a perfect melody. The air seems to hum if you achieve this.

Sometimes I play with a particular style for days in my thoughts till I believe that everything is the way it was meant to be. I imagine how an outfit would change if I choose just a different accessory or try an entirely different colour palette, always with the goal to find a balance between harmony and tension. This is the difference for me between being dressed in a merely functional way to avoid being naked and styling.

Making outfits can almost be like inventing characters for a fictional story: I can be the dreamy pastel princess, the elegant vamp, the funky retro girl or the sporty chic. You will judge me by what you see, but because I change day after day, your judgement might be heavily influenced by the day you meet me. The outfit can be the killer or the hero of the story.

Fashion, I love you so so much, you are my favourite playground. I hope you can feel the excitement I put into this look as well lovelies!

My Outfit:
Jacket: Mlle Sara, Dress: H&M (old), Bag: Skinny Dip (similar here)
Headband: Headcase Headwear, Shoes: Madame Flamingo, Rings: Serena Kuhl,
Makeup: Mac Cosmetics @ Jelmoli

Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Pink Hair Guide

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A lot of you guys ask me for advice on dying your hair pink and what products I use. Therefore, I hope you enjoy this guide filled with the wisdom taught by living the dream of a pink-haired girl for three years.

The decision: Say yes to the pink way of life

If you play with the thought of dying your hair pink, let me tell you: It's not a decision lightly taken. It will mean that you have to invest a lot of money and even more time into your mane to make this rosy dream come (and stay) true. Besides, be aware this colour is a statement and it will influence how people judge you and maybe even the kind of jobs you will get. Pink is certainly not for everybody. Once gone pink, there is no fast way back.

The bleaching: Don't do this at home

For a lovely shade of pink, there is no way around bleaching your hair. The darker your natural colour is, the more it will take. I strongly recommend having your hair bleached by a hairdresser. Bleach can be dangerous if not applied the right way, so please don't do this at home.

My hairdresser uses Olaplex while bleaching and I couldn't be happier. Olaplex reconnects the broken bonds in your hair and helps to prevent breakage. Although you hear about miracles in hair care every week, this one is really a game changer and I can't imagine living without it! My hair used to break and I used to lose quite some hair before I discovered Olaplex. It brought my mane back to a far healthier state. Olaplex is a three-step treatment: Step one goes into the bleach, step two is applied right afterwards. The third and final step is a take-home treatment you can use once a week as a deep conditioning mask.

Since hair grows fast (about one centimetre a month) you will need to fresh up your roots about every four to six weeks. Better select a lovely hair stylist, cause you will see each other a lot of from now on ;-)

The most exciting part: Turning into a walking candy floss

No comes the fun part: After bleaching it your hair is white as a fairy and this means it's time to add your favourite colour called pink. Unlike with more natural hair colours, there is no permanent pink dye. Your colour, especially if it's a pastel shade of pink will wash out very fast. I tried many different labels of hair dye, but the effect is mostly the same.

I like best to mix my shade of pink with Joica Vero-K Pak ruby red, a hint of purple and conditioner. Don't worry too much about the right mixture of dye and conditioner: If the result turns out too bright, it's not going to stay for a long time.

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The Washing: Your hair will suffer from Aquaphobia from now on

You love it if your hair smells like fresh roses? Then I have very bad news for you: From now on your hair will hate to be washed and with every touch of water your perfect shade of pink will fade. I used to wash my hair every day and it felt like straw. At the moment, I am down to every second day and it helps to increase the quality of my hair. I believe that using a good shampoo and never go without a generous amount of conditioner is crucial; my favourites are the Joico K-Pak shampoo and conditioner.

If you feel that your shade of pink needs a slight touch up, you can use a coloured shampoo like the Rosé shampoo from Bleach London to add a hint of colour. Since my hair doesn't feel very soft after using it, I can't recommend it as a daily shampoo. The Bleach London hair crayons are a handy trick to freshen up the roots and cover wisps lacking pink. If you don't have a crayon ready, you can use a pink blush as a makeshift.

Dry shampoo is going to be your best friend:: It will help you to survive days without washing your hair, make it smell lovely and as an incredible bonus add texture. I am a big fan of the products of Baptiste, they have the cutest designs and come in a lot of different scents. Even better news: They are quite inexpensive, yay!

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The other good friends: Hair Care

No wonder hair oil can't make come true
Hair oil is another miraculous weapon in hair care and my favourite product. It's what poor bleached hair dreams of to keep it soft, makes it shine, helps against frizz and smells so so delicious. My favourites are the John Frida Frizz Ease hair oil and the Redken diamond-oil and I use both of them alternatively.

Avoid the sun like a pink vampire or use SPF
Not just washing makes your pink fade but as well the sun. Therefore, I recommend to either avoid it or use SPF on your hair. My tip is Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil.

Pink saints avoid heat
But we can't all be saints, and I am a serious sinner… If you can't avoid to blow dry or straighten your hair, use a heat protectant – like the Joico Ironclad – and a good quality flat iron. Sorry for mentioning Joico again (no, this post is not sponsored by them) but I am very fond of the Joico styler. It repairs and protects your hair because it works with a keratin fuel that is poured into your hair while using it.

The cutting: You just need to let go

Your hair might have more split-ends now and needs this to look healthy and tidy. I have my hair cut whenever I have the roots bleached; this means every four to six weeks.

The cleaning: Your bathroom doesn't have to copy your look

One point many guides on pink hair don't mention: You'll have to put more effort into cleaning if you don't want your bathroom tiles to look just like your head. I strictly get rid of all rests of dye right after washing it out, and my tiles are as white as a smile from a toothpaste advertising. But I've seen else at friends homes...

The happy end: Having pink powers

I've been dying my hair pink for the first time in 2013 and I never regretted it. I love having a candy floss mane and believe it shaped the person I am. When people call me "the pink girl" I broadly smile and I developed a thick skin to overhear comments such as "Barbie" or "Lady Gaga" coming from strangers on the street. If you say yes to pink like me, I'll be euphoric to welcome you in the crowd of unicorns and be delighted the world got a little bit more pink.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Lovely Label: Fiona K.'s Pinup Wonderland on Silk Scarves

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Let me tell you about the fabulous silk scarves of Fiona K. These scarves are the place where Alice in Wonderland has a crazy party with cats and diamonds, dwarves from the dark side of the moon listen to the guitar sounds of stunning pinup girls, and the yellow submarine makes its way through a land of ice cream and soap bubbles.

While Fiona is a girl of many talents – she is an industrial designer as well and owns a record store – "Amour Fou" is her first silk scarf collection. The young Swiss designer found her inspiration in the music of the 50s to the 70s. This is a perfect match, especially since her art studio is located in her record store in Zurich. The music from songs like "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend", "Sweets For My Sweets" or "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" flows directly from the records into her creative work. Fiona says that she made a collection for daydreamers and unconventional thinkers with a love for nostalgia.

All prints by Fiona K. are hand-painted, then scanned and arranged to astonishing ornaments. The scarves are digitally printed on high-quality silk in Como (Italy) and hand rolled.

Shop Fiona's silk scarves here: