Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Lovely Giveaway: Kawaii Box

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Kawaii box, giveaway, cute items from Japan and Korea
Kawaii box, giveaway, review
Kawaii box, october 2016, giveaway
kawaii box, giveaway, review

Tadah! Here comes the second birthday giveaway. Since my last Kawaii Box giveaway got so much love, I thought you'd appreciate another one. On the pictures you see the October Kawaii Box, if you are the lucky winner, you'll get next month's surprise goodies. The giveaway is open internationally, all you need to do is to enter in the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post.

In case you are new to Kawaii Box: It's the cutest monthly subscription box, bringing 10 to 12 handpicked items from Japan and Korea right to your doorstep, no matter where you are. The Kawaii Box can contain toys, sweets, stationary and beauty items.

This is already my second box, but the anticipation was just the same. From the first moment I opened the parcel, I knew this one is going to be fun. I loved the cute stamps and the fluffy plush that can be used as a case best. I'll use the gift bags for little Christmas goodies and the stickers to decorate post to my godchild.

If you like surprises as much as I do, you should try the Kawaii Box. For all Christmas elves: In case you need a gift for a kawaii friend, this is a perfect idea.

Good luck to all who enter my giveaway!

You can make a subscription to the Kawaii Box here:

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Lovely Shopping: Jo Brauer

Jo Brauer, Shopping, Zurich
Jo Brauer, Bloomingville, Zurich
Best Shops in Zurich, Shopping, fashion
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Jo Brauer, Zurich, Shopping
Shopping, Zurich, Jo Brauer
Shopping, Zurich, Jo Brauer

Oh Zurich, you are a place of people dressed the same. Very often you give me the impression there must be an obligatorily gray uniform every citizen has to wear. Because my heart craves for individuality with every breath, this makes me sad. I blame part of it on the shops selling all the same.

Fortunately, there are exceptions: A few days ago I was invited to an event by Jo Brauer, one of the very few fashion stores in this city that goes a different way. They celebrated their location at the Europaallee and a new business software called Paymash, ideal for start-ups and online shops.

Going to Jo Brauer is like love at first sight: If you enter the shop, you instantly feel welcome and almost like at home (it's just tidier and without the not so nice but necessary things every flat contains). I could spend hours here, admiring the golden vases, stylish boots, fluffy fake fur coats and trendy sunglasses. Brands I adore from all over the world found their home here: Minkpink, Quay Eyeware, Bloomingville and Selected Femme are a few of them, just to drop names.

Jo Brauer was founded by Dusanka Simic, the Sophia Amoruso of Switzerland. Born in Croatia, Dusanka started a business here selling vintage clothes from home a few years ago. Meanwhile, she opened a few pop-up stores and shops until she arrived at her new big jewel at the Europaallee. Dusanka is always on the hunt for the newest and coolest labels, and you can feel her love for the items she sells and her ambition. What she created is a shop unlike any other in Zurich, a true paradise for the searcher of the extraordinary.

Of course, I didn't leave without a big bag, and maybe you already spotted on Instagram how my home turned a little bit more golden with Jo Brauer. I can recommend this shop; it's a wonderful place to treat yourself and (hint!!!!) as well the perfect place to find some presents (cause Christmas is coming closer).

Visit Jo Brauer here and don't forget to like them on Facebook.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Where the Wild Mushrooms Grow

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jazzafine, mushroom fascinator, miu miu sunglasses
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Jazzafine, mushroom hat, autumn fascinator
vive maria, mushroom fascinator, miu miu sunglasses
Chiara Ferragni, glitter shoes, shoes with eyes
vive maria, vintage dress, peter pan collar
vive maria, vintage look, peter pan collar
Vive Maria, retro blogger, vintage style

A rather rare moment: I don't just feel the autumn, I look like the autumn in person. There are even mushrooms growing on my head. This can only mean one thing: Christmas must be coming closer. Argh, time to panic! So much to do till it's time to relax under the tree. I'm thinking about gifts, gift guides, and even more gifts. Every year I tell myself that next year I'm going to be better organised and start with preparations earlier. Of course, it doesn't work and all the last minute actions start again till everybody needs to eat boxes full of cookies to compensate all energy they needed to get there. People are not as smart as they think, seriously. All of this seems like the behaviour of a hamster in a rat race.

This year passed probably faster than any other; I can't believe it's almost over. I worked like a dog and dressed like a rainbow. Another birthday is coming up, my godchild can walk on her own now and I see people I love getting older. I start wondering if they notice more lines in my face just as I spot lines on theirs. We are all kind people who tell each other that we still look so so very young, aren't we? But are we honest or just favourably closing our eyes?

Let's face it: We are no longer the young and cool ones. No reason to lie, the teenage songs of our generation are already written some time ago. I want to keep my eyes open day and night and not miss a second of my life.

My Outfit:
Dress: Vive Maria, Fascinator: Jazzafine, Shoes: Chiara Ferragni,
Handbag: Azumi And David, Sunglasses: Miu Miu, Bangles and Rings: Vintage

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Lovely Giveaway: Win 5 Colourful Logitech Computer Mice

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Foxy Fun on my desk: Of course I have a Logitech Play mouse too.
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Lion, Owl, Fox and Monkey: Which animal is your playmate?

Yay, my birthday is coming up: Just three weeks to go. While I am getting a little bit giddy about what surprises might await me on my special day, I am thinking about gifts for you as well. You are an important part of my life, even if we might not know each other, and I would like to thank you for this.

Five of you will soon be lucky owners of a Logitech Play computer mouse, the most colourful mouse in the world, made for fashionistas and lovers of cute things. Maybe you already spotted it on my desk and wished to have one too, so now is the time! I will choose the winners on the 27th of November – my birthday.

The Logitech Play is a Bluetooth mouse compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux and, therefore, the ideal playmate for every fashionista. Thanks to the scroll wheel you can fly through long websites and with very long-lasting batteries (one lasts for up to 12 months) the fun almost never stops.

How does the giveaway work? Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below and keep your fingers crossed. If you let me know in the comments if you like the fox, monkey, owl or lion mouse best, I'll do my best to make your wishes come true.

The giveaway is open internationally and ends at November 27th, 2015, 12.00 CET. Good luck!

Keep your eyes open, there might be another birthday giveaway soon.

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Exhibition: Dressed By Angels – 175 Years of Costumes

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Costumes from the movie The Boy Friend (1972), worn by Twiggy and Christopher Gable
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Breathtaking stage costume for Wicked
Elizabeth costumes, Cate Blanchett, Dressed by Angels
Costumes from the movies Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth I (2005)
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Costume for Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998)
Paloma Faith, costume design, a perfect contradiction
Costume worn by singer Paloma Faith for her album cover A Perfect Contradiction (2014)
Dressed by Angels, Elizabeth II, coronation dress
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Dress (recreated 2012 and used for the TV series The Crown)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, costumes, Dressed by Angels
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) costumes worn by Sally Ann Howes and Robert Helpmann
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Recreations of the Titanic (1997) costumes worn by Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio
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Sweet fancy dress fairy costume (2015) – since Angels emblem has been a fairy for the past 20 years a must
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St Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band based on Angels costumes for the Beatles cover, made for the Olympic Games 2012
stage costume, Mrs. Henderson presents, Dressed By Angels
One of my favourites: A stunning stage costume for Mrs. Henderson Presents

Do you love clothes and movies? Then the exhibition about the iconic costumes from film, TV and theatre by Angels in London will be your heaven! Over 100 carefully selected costumes, including many from Oscar® winning films are exhibited and tell the story behind the world's longest-established and greatest costume house.

Angels was founded by German tailor Daniel Angel. He moved to London in 1813 and began his business with a secondhand clothing shop. Daniel Angel was a pioneer in the hire business and one of the first costumiers that borrowed actors clothing for auditions. Until nowadays, Angels has been supplying costumes for the entertainment industry for 175 years – and seven generations of family history.

So it's no wonder the list of names of films they were involved is long and impressing : Star Wars, Titanic, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Elizabeth, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Shakespeare in Love, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Who and Gladiator are just a very few of the many well-known titles. The exhibition takes the visitors on a journey through Victorian London up to the present day.

Every costume has it's unique story, and you can have a glimpse behind the scenes. You'll find many original costumes and some not less impressing recreations. Some costumes had to be recreated due to their use – for example the original costumes for Titanic didn't survive the filming. To maintain authenticity the actors – and with them the costumes – were immersed in water for days. There are many interesting facts like this to find if you just dive into the world of Angels.

This exhibition is a visual feast; you will feel very close to a few of your most beloved movies and their stars. It's a very strange feeling to stand only a few centimeters from costumes worn by Cate Blanchett or Heath Ledger, almost like being part of the stories seen at the cinema. If you have the chance, you shouldn't miss this!

Where: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, When: Until 3 January 2016

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The One & Only Dress in the World

Celia B, party look, pineapple hat
An Army of Me: And all of them clothed in my dream dress.
Celia B, Pineapple hat, festive look
For the Family Chronicles: I want to be remembered as the crazy pineapple girl.
Miu Miu, sunglasses, style
Never Without My Sunnies: Miu Miu always has a place right in front of my eyes.
Miu Miu, Pearls and Swine, pineapple hat
Ever Wondered where the pineapples grow? On my head of course!
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My Runway is the Street: This is where real life happens.
Pineapple hat, fascinator, pearls & swine
Disco Fruit: Sparkling, Bright and Quirky, yesyesyes!
Miu Miu, sunglasses, best sunnies
Look Into My Eyes: Or have a look at my prrrrrrretty glasses.
Celia B, asymmetrical dress, ruffle dress
Copper Cats: I'm not a big fan of leo print, but this one is pure elegance.
pineapple hat, asymmetrical dress, quirky wedding look
Posing like a vain girl: I just have to, the look is too good.
celia b, pineapple girl, carmen miranda
Outtake of the shooting when we tested the light, sometimes the accidental pictures are the best ones.
pink and orange heels, dorothy perkins, pointy shoes
Strawberries & Oranges: Might turn into a new favourite colour combination.

I could stop blogging now and say: "Yes, I found it, the one and only, the perfect dress". Now I can rest in peace. What better look can I ever wear than this dress? That pattern mix, the sophisticated fabrics, the decadent ruffles and the cheeky free shoulders: It can't get better, can it?

I have to think of the shopkeeper in Paolo Coelho's book "The Alchemist". He doesn't want to achieve his dream because it's what keeps him looking forward to the future. A thought equally sad and sweet I think. Lucky me I have other dreams too (and only a part of them is connected to clothes, unlike some of you might think).

Originally, I just borrowed the dream dress from Celia B for pictures, but I couldn't send it back without being heartbroken. I felt like a child who has to give the candy back. A wedding in the family was the perfect excuse to beg the designer to sell my object of desire to me.

If my ancestors ever have a look at the family pictures, they will know me as the crazy pineapple girl. My dear friend Bink from Pearls & Swine made the cutest disco pineapple to go with my dress. At first I wasn't sure if the orange of the dress would go well with my pink hair, but a little bit of accessory magic can change everything.

Believe it or not, I even caught the bridal bouquet, so this is a true power outfit. And before you ask: No, I'm not getting married now, I'm just not the girl to fall for white dresses when I can stay on my rainbow. Maybe I would reconsider if Celia B started to do wedding dresses as well…

Do you agree this is my best look ever and what is your dream look?

My Outfit:
Dress: Celia B, Fascinator: Pearls & Swine, Sunglasses: Miu Miu,
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins, Bangles: Vintage, Rose Quartz Ring: Tenebris,
Heart Ring: Nina Bee, Scarf: old (similar here)