Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Lovely Holidays: Amsterdam

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Floaties and a breathtaking view on the rooftop of the W Hotel.
neon, cactus, The Conservatorium Amsterdam
Neon cacti at the Conservatorium. I regret I didn't drink a cocktail more and would have dared to steal one.
The Student Hotel, Amsterdam, pink blogger
I stayed at the Student Hotel and my looks fit the furniture.
Amsterdam, canals, travel
Oh, how charming the canals are! I must have taken 1000 pictures like this.
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Pink penguin(-ish) sculpture seen while shopping.
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It is a joyful day for sure when the streets are full of confetti!
Colourful Rebel, Amsterdam, flamingo jacket
Best Changing Rooms ever at Colourful Rebel. Of course I couldn't leave without this flamingo jacket.
Amsterdam, food, Envy
Still dreaming of the food I had at the Envy.
W Hotel, Amsterdam, travel
Rainbow logo ready for Euro Pride at the W Amsterdam.
Student Hotel, Amsterdam, Travel
"Everybody should like everybody" Oh yes, well said Student Hotel!
United Nude, Amsterdam, Shopping
If there is a United Nude flagship store in a city, it's a must go.
cute dolls, shopping, amsterdam
Found a doll that looks like me. Aaahhh how cute she is!
Amsterdam, Conservatorium, best cocktail bars
Best Cocktails in Town at the Conservatorium

Oh, Amsterdam, I enjoyed wandering your streets during my holidays this month. The Dutch capital is truly a fabulous place to relax and spend a few days. Most people know that Amsterdam is famous for sex and drugs, I say it's a paradise for shoppers, delicious food, art from many periods, and innovative design.

I have never seen so many concepts stores at one place, so shopping was a real experience next to sightseeing and wandering around museums and galleries. The Dutch are very friendly and joyful, and most people speak very fluent English what makes it very easy for visitors to find their way.

While you wander around the beautiful historic houses and cross the picturesque canals of Amsterdam, you feel like you landed in a real life version of Disneyland. If you like to walk, you see most of the city. It's not too big or confusing, so you don't have to be afraid of getting lost. If you arrive in Amsterdam, I can recommend doing a boat tour first to get an overview. Afterward, you might hire a bicycle and go with the flow, just like the Dutch.

Amsterdam, be prepared, I am coming back for sure!

My five favourite places in Amsterdam

The Museum of Bags and Purses: 
The world's largest museum of handbags located in a beautiful house by the canal. Read more about it in my post here.

Treat yourself to a five or six-course menu and just sit back and enjoy at this modern and rather posh restaurant. If you are a Vegetarian like me or have any special wishes, just mention them and the lovely staff will take care of it.

Kitsch Kitchen:
My favourite shop in the city offering all kind of kitschy things and a huge selection of colourful treasures from Mexico.

The Conservatorium:
Very cool cocktail bar with a fantastic selection of gin cocktails. I even found a cocktail to fit my pink glitter handbag ;-)

W Hotel:
The rooftop bar is not just a good place for having a snack or drink but has a fabulous pool with the best view. Another advice: Visit the toilets, they are quite spectacular…

Monday, 22 August 2016

We're All Mad Here

Chesire Cat dress, summer look, coupette lagerfeld
Naposhop, cheesier cat dress, disney dress
house of holland, pink sunglasses, pink hair
Karl Lagerfeld Choupette,  blogger summer look
choupette box bag, karl lagerfeld, chesire cat print
chesire cat dress, alice in wonderland dress, tatty devine statement
pink summer look, cat outfit, chesire cat look
house of holland, pink sunglasses, pink hair
tatty devine necklace, peony necklace, pink statement necklace
naposhop, disney dress, chesire cat outfit

Oh, Alice, I wish so much I could join you in crazy wonderland, play flamingo croquet, have a tea party with the mad hatter and try to solve the riddles of the Chesire Cat. Agreed, the last Alice in Wonderland movie was a disaster, but this can‘t harm my love for the world and the characters by Lewis Carroll.

Especially now, right after holidays I feel the strong need for a magical escape and going back to the everyday routine feels like the fall into a rabbit hole. It was just too beautiful to have time for my own, just to do whatever I want (working for the blog is always high on the list of course). No need to get up early and no reason not to stay up the whole night. I‘ve been wearing my Chesire Cat dress a lot during holidays and got quite some compliments for it. No wonder: Grinning cats rule!

You can still look forward to see a few more expressions from Amsterdam, stay tuned! Sharing my memories with you allows me to dream of sweet holidays a little bit longer.  Advise from the caterpillar: Just book the next holidays right after coming back, nothing helps better to beat the blues.

My Outfit:
Dress: Napo Shop, Necklace: Tatty Devine, Bag: Karl Lagerfeld,
Sunglasses: House of Holland, Shoes: Melissa, Socks: The Whitepepper, Ring: Vintage

Monday, 15 August 2016

Museum of Bags & Purses Amsterdam

Museum of Bags & Purses Amsterdam Versace, Madonna
Evening bag by Gianni Versace Couture 1997, worn by Madonna for the première of the movie Evita
Mary Frances, pineapple bag, Museum of bags and purses amsterdam
Beaded pineapple punch handbag by Mary Frances, available for sale in the museum shop
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Clutch showing the Nile with the pyramids
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Beaded Cat bag by Marc Frances, available for sale at the museum shop
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Delicate metal bag with colourful rainbow stones
Museum of bags and purses, amsterdam, beaded shoes
Beaded shoes from the exhibition "The Bead Goes On"
Museum of bags and purses, amsterdam, sarah's bag
Leather clutch with camel and gods
Beaded Clutch by Sarah's Bag, 2016
Museum of bags and purses, amsterdam, fashion museum
Evening bag, France ca. 1915
Museum of bags and purses, amsterdam, bridal bag with portrait
Bridal bag with portrait of Princess Maria Leszynska, France 1725
Museum of bags and purses, amsterdam, judith leiber
Evening bag "The cupcake" by Judith Leiber 2007
Museum of bags and purses, amsterdam, curiosity handbag
My favourite curiosity: Bag with mice playing poker

One of my favourite things to do while traveling is to discover museums and galleries all around the world. During my trip to Amsterdam this month I visited an extraordinary gem I have to share with you: Let me tell you about the world's foremost museum of bags and purses, The Tassen Museum Hendrikje. The museum,  situated in a lovely 17th-century canal house, tells you about the history of the (hand)bag in Western culture. It proudly presents an extensive collection of over 5000 bags from the 15th century to creations from contemporary designers, focusing on bags from exceptional quality and design, special materials and shapes. Fodor's Travel awarded The Tassenmuseum Hendrikje as one as one of the ten best fashion museums in the world.

Among the highlights, you can see Margaret Thatcher's iconic handbag and a Versage evening bag worn by Madonna for the première of the movie Evita. Classics such as the Hermès Kelly Bag or the luxurious creations of Judith Leiber stand next to next with all big names from Chanel to Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Gucci. 

The story of this fascinating collection of bags started only about 30 years ago, when Hendrikje Ivo, an antique dealer, bought a handbag from 1820. This was the beginning of a real passion of gathering extraordinary bags and with the help of her husband Heinz the collection grew and grew until it counted more than 3000 bags. They decided to show it to the public at some point. First, the bags were displayed in two rooms of a villa only, till the museum moved to its current location in 2007.

I enjoyed my visit to this museum a lot and can honestly recommend everybody who has an interest in fashion to go there. Another benefit of visiting the museum is to be inside a charming Dutch canal house. My advice: Book a High Tea for your visit to fully enjoy the beautiful museum cafe.

Plan your visit and get more information:

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Lovely Wishlist: All Cute and Pretty

fashion wish list, accessories, blogger
Sequin Bag  –  Leather Neckpiece  –  Bomber Jacket
GRL PWR Viser  –    Sunglasses  –  Cloud Dress  –  Rainbow Phone Case
Bluehaird Gaela Brooch  –  Embellished Sandals

Wishlists are supposed to be not just good, but better than real life (otherwise they would be shopping lists ;-) ). So I always work especially hard to present only the most dreamy things on my wishlists. Today I have a lot of fluffy clouds, sequins, and roses for you, all in pastel colours; beautiful isn't it?

At the moment the shops are kind of a nether land between the seasons: All summer items are on sale, but it's still too early to get excited about coats and wool jumpers. Therefore most of the things I am craving for right now are accessories. They will accompany you no matter if it's pool time or if the leaves already fall (please not yet, please, I want summer to stay forever).

I feel like dreaming on a fluffy cloud number seven while I imagine how beautiful the baby blue dress would look with the embellished shoes and the leather neckpiece… Where is my credit card, time for shopping!

What do you like best from this wish list and what's on yours, lovelies?

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Let's Have A Rainbow Pizza Fruit Salad

rainbow look, pink hair, quirky style
miss l fire, flamingo sandals, summer shoes
streetstyle, blogger, colourful look
pom pom earrings, rainbow print, flamingo necklace
pom pom earrings, pink hair, rainbow style
colourful style, fashion blogger, quirky look
print all over me, colourful print, lorelai flamingo necklace
print all over me, colourful style, quirk blogger
playground, run down place, zurich
miss l fire, flamingo shoes, pink sandals
blogger style, yellow midi skirt, fashion

I am very sorry for not posting a new look for a little bit longer than usual. My other job was just very demanding during the last few weeks. I barely had the time to sleep and therefore my blog work didn't make a lot of progress. I had all pictures shot, but no time for editing and making a selection for you lovelies.

Facing a hard time makes me wanna dress even more fun and colourful. Lagerfeld said that sweatpants are a sign of defeat and for people who lost control of their life, I feel the same about not dressing up in a quirky way. Wearing something I love gives me a lot of power to overcome hard times and to never lose my smile. A superhero needs his costume and mask; I need my colours.

So what could be more fitting than wearing pineapple, pizza, flamingos, rainbows, melons AND mushrooms during a tough time? The print of this shirt from Buried Diamond for Print All Over Me is like a crazy trip and therefore I just had to get my hands on it. Other people might say it's bad taste; I think it's a level of cool not everybody can recognize.

Long live the trippy taste!

My Outfit:
Shirt: Print All Over Me, Skirt: Topshop (find a similar here), Shoes: Miss L Fire, Earrings: Rock N Rose, Necklace: Lorelai, Pink Bangle: Serena Kuhl,
Yellow/Green Octopus Bangle: Eat.Me.Do, Socks: Goodhood, Bag: Maude Studio,
Pineapple Charm: H&M, Sunglasses: Alexander Wang