Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Lovely Giveaway: Ultimate Ears & Rituals Relax Package

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Aaaaaaaargh! Baking cookies, planning extensive dinner parties with family and friends, running through the city with thousands of other people to fetch gifts, writing greeting cards and DON'T forget about wrapping all the boxes with pretty paper and shiny ribbons! Are you just as stressed as I am? Well then, now it's my time to give something to you:

THE Ultimate Relax Package.
Just imagine: Light this beautiful candle from Rituals, enjoy its scent of Indian rose and sweet almond oil, both ingredients well known in Ayurveda. Dive into a warm bubble bath with the Rituals Energy Bubble Bath and completely forget about the cold, the stress and everything around you.

Meanwhile, you listen to your favourite songs, coming from your new UE Roll speaker. This Bluetooth speaker connects to your computer, tablet or phone and brings your playlists to whatever place you can imagine. Because it's waterproof, even siren songs coming directly from the bathtub are no dream anymore.

So what are you waiting for? Enter, keep your fingers crossed and relax! Good luck!

How to enter:
Follow the instructions of the Rafflecoper below and leave a comment on this post, telling me about your perfect song/music to relax. This giveaway ends at the 4.1.16 and is open worldwide.

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Lovely Designer Glasses for SS16

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An announcement: This post comes from the future. I am extremely proud to present my favourite designer glasses for SS16 and it's not even Christmas yet. Those pretties from Miu Miu, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana, will hit the stores in spring and I'll certainly queue for at least one pair of them (owning two or three pairs can't hurt…).

You have to imagine me standing in front of a wall full of not yet released glasses, choosing my favourites. I was about to burst. But then came the worst part: Keeping this a secret till I had my pictures ready for you.

Everybody knows: Sunglasses are my favourite accessory. It's because they never miss to surprise me with innovation. No other accessory is capable of changing your look so drastically in a blink. So forget about small decent designs, go big or go home is what makes them interesting. Experiment with shapes, colours and designs, it's a neverending playground!

As you see, there is a lot of glitter coming in eyewear next year and the exaggerated glasses are here to stay, yay! Colourwise you'll find a lot of dusty tones as well as bold colours. Miu Miu never fails to stir my excitement, but this time, I must say that the blue Dolce & Gabbana glasses might even top everything else.

What do you think about those glasses, do you have a favourite pair?

Glasses: 1) Dolce & Gabbana  2-5) Miu Miu  6) Prada

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Lovely Christmas Gift Ideas: Home

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In the cold winter season, there is no lovelier place on earth than a cosy home, so why not gift something for the flat or house for Christmas? My ten favourite gifts for home reach from hostess gifts to pieces of furniture, so you will find something for everybody.

1)  Flamingo Hooks: No more boring hooks please, we all need flamingos!
2)  Round Side Table: Cause nobody can resist pastel-coloured Nordic design.
3)  Diamond Bedsheets: Best sheets ever to dream of mystical treasures.
4)  Golden Cutlery: Cause this will make the festive meals more glamorous.
5)  Fruit Pillows: If you haven't started a Silkenfavours collection: Now is the time!
6)  Colourful Bath Towel: Designed in Hackney, made to brighten up your day.
7)  Scented Candle: No winter without candles! Especially luxurious ones from Diptyque.
8)  Metallic Containers: The golden grail of pepper grinders from Bloomingville.
10) Paper Gradient Vase: The perfect hostess gift, available in many colours.

Found your perfect gift? If not why don't you have a look at my accessory gift ideas as well.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Lovely Christmas Gift Ideas: Accessories

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Still looking for a Christmas gift for your fashionista friend or yourself? No worries, here comes help! I promise, those things will cause a lot of delight. Dear Santa, We've been good, good girls…

1)  Sweet Wrapper Necklace: Dear Santa please bring candy, but only from Tatty Devine.
2)  Baby-G Watch: THE one and only gift for cool 90s girls and Spice Girls fans.
3)  Rainbow Fur Scarf: The cutest fluffy friend from British designer Charlotte Simone.
4)  Nutcracker Silk Scarf: No Christmas without the Nutcracker!
5)  Snake Earrings: Because it's time to start a Doodad & Fandango collection.
6)  Candy Wrapper Bag: It's pink, it's Kate Spade, it should be under the tree!
7)  Iridescent Diamond Bag: Girls want diamonds, girls want bags, so this is a 2 in 1.
8)  Tourmaline Ring: A precious and delicate ring, handmade in Australia.
9)  Blue Metallic Bag: If you wanna give a gift for life, go for this Mulberry bag!
10) Cat iPhone Sleeve: A cute friend that will keep (three) eyes on your phone.

Not found your gift yet? Keep tuned for more gift ideas!

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

I'm Living In My Own World (& Have a Tropical Party Every Day)

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Have you always dressed like this? People often ask me. So let's talk about this today! How did it happen that I ended up being this crazy version of me when I once was a child like everybody else and could have become everything?

I grew up in a world without internet and fashion. The little village I was born used to be a world far, far away from the catwalks, from shopping malls and neon lights. Clothes were mostly meant to be practical, their purpose was to protect against the snow and to make it possible to walk over stony paths. Most people probably believe it must be a dream to grow up there, but little Sara was never interested in cows, hiking, and nature in particularly. I loved books, and they were my first way to escape the green world around me. I dreamed of dragons, witches, and futuristic cities.

Unlike most of my classmates at school, my parents weren't farmers, and my mother took me to the closest city where I learned about the miracle of H&M. I was thrilled. With the innocence of a hillbilly girl, I discovered my love for pretty clothes and thought I found paradise. When I didn't like the clothes my mother laid out for me I sometimes splashed water on them on purpose (how handy we had a well in front of our house).

While other people already started to talk about me dressing differently than the others, when I look back I don't see myself as anything else than a hillbilly girl who still had a long, long way in front of her. I don't think you would follow my blog if I would dress like I used to back then. It took many years to become what I am today, and I feel like an architect who constantly builds on the house called Sara. Nobody just wakes up dressed crazy like this. If you rip a person from everything, she or he is, in the end we are all (almost) the same: Plain and naked canvases. But how we design ourselves in clothes and character, this is what makes the difference!

I wouldn't have dared to wear this look five years ago and sometimes I still struggle with my eccentric self – especially when I catch people laughing about me. But style is work in progress, it's an evolution! I am looking forward so much to see future me and pray to all my fashion icons that she is even more crazy.

Whenever I have doubts I tell myself: It's ok to be a cyborg, to be a Carmen Miranda impersonator, a forgotten member of the Addams Family or a princess who got lost on her way to Disneyland! All you need to do is to develop an idea about who you want to see on the pictures when you look back at your life and head into that direction! I went for the crazy girl from rainbow city, and I'm not halfway there yet…

And last but not least, a link to a brilliant post about colour by my dear friend and artist Diane Goldie. Click here for this must read.

My Outfit:
Cape, Bag, Shoes & Pineapple Fascinator: Ciara Monahan, Dress: Dazzle & Jolt,
Bangles & Rings: Serena Kuhl, Flower Hairclip: Temptress of Waikiki,
Necklace: Hannah Makes Things