Wednesday, 24 February 2016

10 Lovely Shopping Finds

shopping finds, rainbow colours, colourful prints
Sunglasses  – Fuzzies Necklace  –  Flamingo Handbag  –  Hettie Stewart Heart Clutch
Eye Earrings  –  Rainbow Print Shirt  –  Crispy Crisps Phone Case  – Pom Pom Shoes
Suspender Dress  – Fluffy Backpack

Life is hard enough;  I can't banish all the sadness, the tears and the injustice happening, so please let me fill my wardrobe with only cute and sweet things at least! I can feel spring coming when I see all the exciting things popping up in the shops.

I am a rainbow gal for life, but when even the Evening Standard says that 2016 is the year of colourful fashion (see article here), I feel tempted to overdue it even more. Nobody has to tell me "Go and buy something with a rainbow on it" twice for sure. By the way: I'd die for that Sonia Rykiel technicolour jacket, but since I can buy all my shopping finds for the same prize, I'd prefer to have a pile of textile happiness and dive into it.

Recently somebody described my style as a "crazy mix of all things colourful" and I love this description. Why not wearing (nearly) everything from my finds together? Even if you are normally not as colourful as me, maybe now it's time to banish black, get rid of grey and detest brown! Spring is here, colour is life-affirming, so let's all dance on a rainbow!

What do you think about my shopping finds lovelies, any favourites?

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Lovely Music: The Soundtrack of My Life

favourite music, vinyl, lp
Favourites: While I usually listen to music on Spotify, only the best make it into my vinyl collection.
project lp player, vinyl, zola jesus
Retro Chic: If you are invited to my place, I might turn on my vinyl player (from Project) for you.
ultimate ears, ue roll, bluetooth speaker
Siren Songs: Using my UE Roll to have dreamy music accompanying my bubble baths.
Scandyna, Podspeakers, design icon
Living Room Entertainment: Loving my Podspeakers from Scandyna with their iconic shape.
Kate Bush, vinyl collection, blogger
Artwork Admirer: A lovely artwork might convince me of the need to buy an LP…

Music. Not just a word, but something essential to my life. Music is my constant companion: It accompanies me on my way to work; my pictures are edited following its rhythm and its presence fills my home with life and joy. There is the right tune for every mood from on top of the world to down in the dumps in my ever growing library, turning my life into a movie with the coolest soundtrack. Some songs are strongly connected to memories I experienced while listening to them; others remind me of certain important people in my life.

For the first time, I share some of my favourite songs with you. If you like quirky female artists, a little bit of electro and some nostalgia from the 70s and 80s, you might like my playlist.

If I had to choose a single song to represent my life, it would be Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush. This song is in my life since I was a child and never stops to wake emotions in me. Since I am still heartbroken about the death of David Bowie, I listened to a lot of Bowie recently and rediscovered all the old favourites as well as the new songs from his last album Blackstar. Besides making our lives richer, it has the virtue to make singers and stars immortal and this is probably the most unusual aspect of it.

10 Songs I'm Currently Obsessed With
Blackstar – David Bowie
Venus Fly – Grimes
Losing it – Rhodes
Wild One – I Am Harlequin
Intro – M83
Obvs – Jamie XX
Pass This On – The Knife
Fall From Grace – Future Islands
Nitrogen Pink – Polly Scattergood
Rainspell – Ingrid Lukas

10 All Time Favourites
Running up That Hill – Kate Bush
Black Out Days – Phantogram
Home – Austra
Peach, Plum, Pear – Joanna Newsom
Taro – Alt J
Cripple and Starfish – Antony & the Johnsons
Life on Mars – David Bowie
Seven Wonders – Fleetwood Mac
Sound of Love – Husky Rescue
Bat Bat Bat – Fiji

Would you be interested in more music posts here and what songs are the soundtrack of your life?

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Being a Living Piece of Art

Diane Goldie, flamingo skirt, rainbow color looks
flower headdress, rainbow flower crown, marina fine pineapple earrings
Diane Goldie, flamingo skirt, rainbow skirt
boo + boo factory, leather necklace, rainbow necklace
Marina Fine, pineapple earrings, perspex jewellery
Diane Goldie, rainbow look, street style
sunglasses, diamond, glitter
Diane Goldie, flamingo skirt, african print
fluffy jacket, lime fur, rainbow look

Most people encourage you to blend in and be part of the majority, but there are a few who inspire you to be the most eccentric you possible. This post is dedicated to Diane Goldie, who is certainly one of the second kind and the designer of my skirt. I met the London artist, feminist, former puppeteer and maker of wearable art on the Spitalfields Market a while ago. There is no way I could have overseen this remarkable free spirit of a woman with her rainbow necklace, her arms full of bangles and her hair full of flowers.

From the first second, there was a bond between us, a certain kinship only found among fellow artistic, bold and quirky people. We queer ones don't need a passport or an own country; one glance is sufficient to recognise our kind among millions of people.

So we talked like old friends about relationships, arts, fashion, politics and many other things. I was overwhelmed by the kindness and warmth emerging from this woman and soaked up her words. Diane embraces the awkward, the colourful and the diversity of people. "It's ok to be just as you are" seems to be the universal message behind her words and they touched my soul. I wanted to evolve into an even brighter, more colourful version of myself and raise the flag of uniqueness high above my head.

Suddenly our encounter came to an end: Diane said she had to go home to her sewing machine. Only a few hours later my phone rang and a picture appeared on its screen, showing me this amazing skirt. She said she turned what she saw in me into a piece of fabric. And what a creation it was! Wearing it makes me a living and walking piece of art, signed with the name of Diane Goldie. Isn't it a liberating thought not to confine art to museums, but to bring it out into the world, to make it part of our lives? I still have the spark of energy Diane passed on to me in my heart and I'll keep it alive.

My Outfit:
Jacket: Lavish Alice (sold out), Skirt: c.Art (Diane Goldie), Shirt: Vintage,
Flower Crown: Temptress of Waikiki, Earrings: Marina Fini,
Necklace: Boo + Boo Factory, Sunglasses: Natasha Lilipore, Tights: H&M,
Shoes: Underground London, Socks: Topshop

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Kanokkorn Lamlert SS16: Whisper From Eden

kanokkorn lamlert, acrylic jewellery, vogue who's on next
kanokkorn lamlert, acrylic jewellery, vogue
kanokkorn lamlert, acrylic jewellery, vogue who's on next
kanokkorn lamlert, vogue who's on next, acrylic jewellery
kanokkorn lamlert, whisper of eden, ss16
kanokkorn lamlert, vogue, jewellery

Kanokkorn Lamlert is my insider tip number one when it comes to unique acrylic jewellery with extraordinary details. When she told me about her new collection, I didn't need a fortune teller to foresee it's magnificence.  SS16 "Whisper From Eden" is like an irresistible siren song turned into jewellery.

All pieces enchant with their details, materials such as sparkling Swarovski crystals, acrylic in sweet pastel colours and brass join each other and form delicate flowers. Marie Antoinette would have loved the whole collection for sure.

The Bangkong-based designer and Vogue's "Who's on Next" finalist 2015 was inspired by the dream of diving into the garden of Eden, the miracle of love and it's innocence. When the flowers exquisitely bloom, love blooms as well. She says that the jewellery has the scent of first love, I believe it has the look of eternal love.

The Estelle Store Melbourne  –  The Wonder Room Siamcenter Bangkok   –   
Siam Discovery Bangkok   –  Mini’s Boutique Oman


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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?