Monday, 1 February 2016

Ten Lovely Fashion Finds & Ten Things That Make Me Happy

shopping finds, rainbow, colourful fashion
Flamingo Necklace  –  Rainbow Monster Clutch  –  Care Bear Shoes
Hands Necklace  –  Rainbow Top  –  Bomb Bag  –  Rainbow Glasses
Lilac Faux Fur Coat  –  Moschino Ombre Bag  – Fruit Print Dres


Being a blogger puts you into the position of a material girl. You are always browsing for the newest coolest finds; your postie moans under the load of parcels he has to carry to your doorstep and at first sight you give the impression that consumption is your only definition of happiness. But isn't there more behind the facade?

My musings about questions ended in me realising that happiness often lies in the small things of life, the things nobody mentioned. Therefore, I decided to pair my ten fashion finds post for the first time with a list of 10 moments of happiness during the last days. Most of them might seem unremarkable, but I believe they make a difference. I like the idea of continuing the list and having a million of reasons to be happy if I continue to write them all down.


10 Things That Make Me Happy

1. Booking the next trip to London. Yay! My advice: You get the most of your travels when you plan ahead and leave a lot of time for pleasant anticipation.

2. A smile from a (female) stranger one the street. It doesn't cost you anything to lift the corners of your mouth but might bring the sun into somebody else’s day.

3. Telling your boyfriend, your family and friends how much you love them and appreciate them being in your life.

 4. Taking care of yourself just because you deserve it: Doing a face mask while having a Lush flamingo bubble bath on a regular day. What could be more relaxing?

 5. Fulfilling a New Year's resolution: I wanted to read a book a month this year, and I already finished two in January (Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent). Especially the second one touched me and will stick in my mind for quite a while.

 6. Waking up early in the morning and realising it’s weekend, hiding deeper under the sheets and continuing with adventures in dreamland.

 7. Getting in touch with people you haven't talked to for years and still enjoying each others company like no time at all has passed.

 8. Having a cosy evening at home with warm candle light and steaming Earl Gray tea. There is no need for wellness when you declare your home to your island of recreation.

 9. Reading the news that David Bowie prepared music to be released after his death. Thank the stars, it's not necessary to live without the man who fell to earth!

10. The moment when you catch a glance of yourself in a shop window and realise even the colour of the fruit juice you carry matches your outfit.


What was your moment of happiness this week or today?

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Flamingos During Wintertime

Karen by Simonsen, Lazy Oaf, winter look
streetstyle, skinny dip, flamingo bag
pink winter look, flamingo bag, maxi dress
pompom, purple, the laden showroom
Skinny Dip, flamingo bag, clutch
karen by simonsen, wool coat, pink look
karen by simonsen, winter look, pink coat
winter outfit, pink coat, flamingo bag
skinny dip london, flamingo bag, clutch bag


Yay, I loved to shoot this outfit. No freezing in the cold but feeling cozy and warm in my wool coat while presenting my winter jacket. Why can't it always be like this? It might not be the most quirky look I ever styled, but I love this casual winter look and wear it a lot recently.

The dress has already become one of my favourites no matter that my mother asked me If I'm wearing a clown costume seeing me wearing it. Sometimes parents are strange creatures, aren't they? I remember the day so well when my mother saw my pink hair for the first time and didn't want to speak to me nor leave the car. Meanwhile, she got used to having a pink-haired daughter, even if the candy colours don't run in the family.

There seems to be no end in sight for the era of the flamingo. While I show you my darling flamingo bag from Skinnydip I got a few weeks ago in London; three new flamingo pieces are already waiting on my desk to be included in a styling. I wish I could show you everything right away, I Iove all of them and see it as a great privilege of being a blogger to be surrounded by so many beautiful things. Dear weather, please, be kind to me, I have to take pictures.

If you like the look: Shhhhhh, jacket and dress are on sale right now, so you could make a bargain.

My Outfit:
Dress: Lazy Oaf, Coat: Karen by Simonsen, Bag: Skinny Dip (sold out),
Pompom Keychain: The Laden Showroom, Earrings: Kanokkorn Lamlert,
Sunglasses: Alexander Wang, Gloves & Scarf: Vintage, Shoes: Timberland 

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Oh David Bowie… I Just Can't Let You Go

David Bowie, fashion, shop
Skater Dress  –  Ziggy Brooch  –  Modern Love Jumpsuit
Jareth Brooch  –  Neoprene Coat  – Space Man Jacket
Lightning Bolt Shoes  –  Ziggy Scarf


David Bowie was not just a musician; he was – and is – my hero. Not just for one day, but forever. He was art, fashion and all those beloved characters he created. If you roll your eyes and say this article is released when the return of the Starman to a galaxy far away is old news already, let me tell you it came years too soon. The world is a much less exciting place without Bowie.

Millions of people out there have their personal story what Bowie means (yes means and not meant, because his legacy is immortal) to them, so let me tell you mine: Since I was a child I felt like I didn't fit in and got treated as an outcast. I was a shy and lonely girl who spent her time with books and music instead of friends. Somewhen I found Bowie – the beloved Alien – and it was like somebody turned on the stars in my universe. I instantly recognized him as the figurehead of a tribe of eccentric people and felt a strong connection. Seeing the androgynous singer in his fabulous costumes, living his crazy dreams, taught me it's not just ok to be different, but a desirable position to walk towards bravely. Like a comet, this man was leading me the way where I wanted to go in my life.

I was almost under shock when I heard the sad news and had to collect my thoughts for a few days before I was able to write about losing my sparkling hero. The evening before I went to bed with his new album Black Star in my head. David singing "I'm in heaven" followed me into my dreams and the morning afterward the man who fell to earth was gone from it again.

How could he leave us and what can we do? Mourn! All the people for whom he was only a musicians among many will not understand the sadness caused by an idol never met personally. I don't care, and I bet they don't belong to the eccentric tribe! Do you agree? Then maybe you feel the need I do to have Bowie closer than ever. Let's watch his movies, turn the speakers up and listen to his musical legacy, paint lightning bolts across your faces, and last but least: Wear Bowie themed things. He will live forever in our hearts!

I know this post doesn't do Bowie justice at all. He created and didn't reproduce. Those pieces here are mere copies of his iconic style while I believe he would like all eccentrics out there to create and evolve. Yes, Mr. Bowie, I promise we will. We owe you this, because after you are gone there is nobody but us left. But let us mourn first, tribe of colourful people, and then we can go on and someday (hopefully in the future far away) we will meet Bowie on a star far away.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Four Years in Love with

streetstyle, blogger style, quirky fashion
blogger, fashion, street style
blogger, streetstyle, fashion


Time to celebrate: Happy Birthday "Sara is in Love with…"! Exactly four years ago I published the first post on this page. It feels like that was only yesterday. I can't imagine a life without this blog (Oh my, so much free time what would I do with it? Going back being a hardcore gamer? ;-) ). Even if year four found me moaning now and then about not reaching my goals, it was a good year with a few little dreams coming true. Like the year before, this blog didn't save the world, but maybe it inspired a few of you.

During my year four of blogging I was able to wear clothes I dreamed about and survived the death of my precious MacBook (every bloggers nightmare). I got more involved in the blogger scene and made new contacts with a lot of PR agencies. I was quite surprised about this happening because it's something I had troubles with the past three years and I was already convinced that business and quirkiness don't go very well together.  I am still very grateful I don't have to make a living from blogging because this puts me in the comfortable position to stay true to myself and not to feel the need to do something just because it's profitable.

If I compare my current style to the first looks, there is certainly more daringness and my hunger for bold accessories evolved. I love to challenge myself and it feels like the journey has just started. You can be curious about what's to come… Maybe even bigger changes than ever before? Just keep me company and let me surprise you! Thank you all very much for reading this blog, without you, it would be a sad, lonely island.

A few numbers about year four:
Number of Outfits: 26
Most Worn Colour: Pink
Outfits with Skirts: 25
Never Worn Colours: Brown, Beige, White
Outfits with Trousers: Only 1
Outfits featuring Headwear: 12
Outfits featuring Sunglasses: 22

Most Popular Outfit: My Crazy Pineapple and Flamingo Look

Freezing in the cold while having my picture taken: At least ten times
Being angry about the weather interfering with my shooting plans: Very often
Being afraid of not being good enough: 1 000 000 times
Being excited about this blog: 10 000 000 000 times


Pictures: Overview of all outfits of year four.
If you wanna go further back with the time machine:
The Looks of Year 3      The Looks of Year 2     The Looks of Year 1

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Tatty Devine SS16

Tatty Devine, SS16, statement necklace


I wanted to do a shopping finds article including all the lovely new pieces popping up here and there. Cunning Tatty Devine changed my mind when I saw their great new collection. I just had to dedicate a post to their SS16 only. The new acrylic masterstroke is called, "Skies of Antiquity" and it is inspired by nature, Roman Architecture, the Renaissance and classic iconography. Tatty Devine takes you back in time to the era of The Grand Tour of Europe.

Of course, there is no tour without souvenirs and this is where the jewellery comes in: All pieces are part of a numbered edition between 50 and 150 and come with an exclusive certificate of authenticity that makes those pieces ideal for collectors and magpies with a love for statement jewellery. Collecting Tatty is therefore far cooler than collecting little statues of famous buildings!

I tried but couldn't resist at all, so my first order is already placed. You can guess in the comments what piece I went for if you like me to tell you. I am almost sure it's not the only item I'll get from this collection…

What do you think of Skies of Antiquity and do you have any favourites?

Sunday, 10 January 2016

The Looks of 2015

best of 2015, fashion, looks
Don't You Dare To Break My Piñata: Frida Kahlo reloaded with the most darling bag and clothes from Celia B.
best of 2015, fashion, looks
A Happy Meal For Choupette: Moschino and Lagerfeld in one look, what could be better?
best of 2015, fashion, looks
The Witch & Her Birds Of Paradise: Unusual much black, but I am always in to leave my comfort zone.
best of 2015, fashion, looks
Why I Buy All the Quirky Stuff: The picture with the most likes. Gosh I felt like a queen for a second!
Spotting Deer & finding Designer Clothes: My first Lena Hoschek piece finally moved in 2015.
best of 2015, fashion, looks
The One & Only Dress In the World: A dream came true when I could wear this dress by Celia B.
best of 2015, looks, fashion
I'm Living In My Own World: My most quirky and therefore favourite look of the year.
best of 2015, looks, fashion
Fairy Or Not, I'm the Godmother: Not just a look, but my outfit for taking on the role as godmother.
best of 2015, looks, fashion
This World  Needs More Rainbows: A lot of neon and a never-ending love for furry jackets.
best of 2015, fashion, blogger
10 Reasons Why I'm not Katy Perry:  My favourite scarf of 2015 from Cléo Ferin Mercury.
best of 2015, fashion blogger, outfits
The Scrooge McDuck of Fashion: Probably the most happy picture of the year.
best of 2015, fashion, blogger
Denim Is For Ghosts: Dusters have been a big thing in 2015 and this was my attempt on rocking one.
best of 2015, fashion, looks
How To Live a Disney Princess Life: A hint from a lovely reader made me buy this flamingo skirt.

best of 2015, fashion, looks
Suburb Cleopatra On the Search For Happiness: Thanks to artist Diane Goldie I found this divine necklace in London.
best of 2015, blogger, fashion
Wearing Heels & Flats at the Same Time: This picture has been part of a fashion exhibition in Japan.

best of 2015, street style, blogger
A Colour Bomb Has Wiped Out My Words: The only post with trousers in 2015. Should I wear more of them in 2016?

best of 2015, blogger, fashion
Let's Get Married: A kiss for my readers and a look for the wedding of my former apprentice.
Do it like Iris:  Feeling like my idol Iris Apfel with this look.

I don't like end-of-year reviews at all, so what on earth am I doing here? I strongly dislike everybody praising the last year and saying how much they learned and how much better people they are now. All of this is just Bla Bla to me. If all this self-adulation were true, our world would be a place full of superior humans. So let's keep Sara's praise of 2015 as short as possible, but have a look at the outfits of 2015!

I was lucky to be in touch and work with designers I wouldn't have dreamed – such as Celia B, Ciara Monahan or Cléo Ferin Mercury – and was able to stay crazier looks than ever. As well I got introduced to PR agencies, a new and challenging experience for me. I felt like a pro walking through showrooms and like a looser when given the feeling that a little blogger such as myself doesn't matter at all.  I know I'm never going to save the world, but give me a dust grain of credit for trying to make it more colourful.

One of the changes I liked best is that my blog finally got its top level domain. There are a lot of technical things on my list for 2016 that frighten me a little bit, but I pray for finding the right support to make this page even better for you.

I set high goals for 2015 year and honestly: I didn't reach all of them. My blog is growing slower than I wished to and I didn't post as much as I planned. But maybe more important is all the excitement I got from you readers and the joy I felt while working on this blog. Thank you for your comments, likes and lovely emails.

Just like every year, I want to thank my photographer and boyfriend. Without him, this blog wouldn't be here, and I am sorry it's sometimes difficult to work with a perfectionist like me. When I look at what we did last year I see many things we could have done better, and this is what we will work on 2016.

It's finally time to fly! I want to be mentioned in fashion magazines, work with even more quirky designers and make you come back here again and again, always leaving with a smile on your face.

Do you wanna go further back in time and see my looks of 2014? Just click here.




Sunday, 3 January 2016

Game Over

neoprene jumper, American Retro, retro game fashion
Baby-G watch, pink, 90s watch
Neoprene jumper, retro game fashion, Tatty devine
Neoprene jumper, flock mini, pink look
Tatty Devine, 80s phone, statement necklace
le specs sunglasses, pink hair, baby-g watch
neoprene jumper, retro game fashion, 1979 jumper
baby-g, pink watch, casio
Skinny Dip, furry backpack, pink and grey


Game over, done and finished. This is how I felt at the end of the year. 2015, you have been exhausting, and drained me of the last bit of energy I had left. All I wanted to do with my time off this week was sleeping, listening to Kate Bush, eating crisps and watching Star Trek.

I didn't plan to abandon the blog and take a break, but I suddenly felt that this is what I need. Readers might believe that I always have a happy life because of my colourful pictures, but don't get me wrong: Just because I don't dress in black and boring, doesn't mean there is no stress in my life.

Nonetheless of the sudden break, we shot a few outfit posts. My photographer had a couple of days off and the weather was good, it would have been an unforgivable neglect. I only couldn't force myself to edit the pictures. I started several times, but my concentration was very poor. I walked away from my computer every few minutes and ended up tidying my wardrobe, baking bread or chatting on the phone.

I love all the looks we shot, but I just didn't feel like seeing my face on the screen. Many people think that bloggers must be narcissistic, the truth is that I don't like to see myself on pictures at all. It's all about the looks I want to show you. Sometimes I nearly despair on the model (myself) not being able to fulfill the high standards I'd like to have while being the only choice of a model I have. My grin looks ridiculous on 99 of 100 pictures, and longer legs couldn't hurt (Ok, my legs look damn long in these images, I seriously don't know what magic my photographer did, but let's face it: I'm just far, far away from being Cara Delevigne). But because I can't change it and fashion runs through my veins like blood, I will go on and on. I promise. A few days of rest did well; you see: I left my bedsheets for you, and I promise, I'll surprise you this year and go even more colourful and crazy.

I hope your 2016 started very well lovelies, let's walk towards new fashion adventures!

My Outfit:
Jumper and Skirt: American Retro, Backpack: Skinnydip, Shoes: Underground,
Watch: Baby-G, Ring: Sara Gallo, Necklace: Tatty Devine, Glasses: Le Specs (sold out),
Earrings: Serena Kuhl, Kneesocks: Primark