Mittwoch, 29. Juli 2015

How to: festival inspired hairstyles with KMS California

Happy #festivalhairday! The festival season is upon us and I´m coming your way with a sort of different blog post today. When KMS California asked me to join forces to spread festival season inspired hairstyles, I was more than eager to jump right into this project. I love festivals and especially the freedom to go crazy with your fashion and hair style choices. The products I use in this post, have been kindly sent to me and worked perfectly for the "Half Bun", that I chose as my first look. I love this hairdo, wear it at least once a week and think it is perfect for a weekend in the open, because it´s easy to do, requires no heat whatsoever and looks put together without great effort.
First things first: I don´t wash my hair every day. Not even every second one. So I was happy to find the Hair Play: Makeover Spray in my package, which is perfect for non-freshly washed hair. It absorbs oil, freshens up the hair and (very important for my super fine and super thin hair!) creates volume. I don´t have to explain to you, that this is a key product for every festival visit, or? It makes your hair look good instantly, even after a night full of wild dancing and if you lack a proper shower and as an extra: leaves no residue!
After applying the makeover spray from root to end, I parted my hair in the middle and started with the actual hairstyle. You can create a half bun with all of your top hair, but I decided to leave big strands out, to work as a long fringe, because I think it looks a tad more casual. With the help of a comb, I then gathered the top half of my hair (down until my ears) on both sides of my mid-parted hair and combined the left and right side to a high ponytail. I usually tuck around the ponytail to create a bit more volume, the best method is to run your hands to the root of the ponytail and to pull the hair lightly towards your forehead.
As I mentioned before, my hair is rather thin. To make sure, that the half bun is big enough, I backcomb the ponytail before I roll it up into a bun and pin it in place with bobby pins.
Time for some texture: the next style helper for my spaghetti hair is the Hair Play: Sea Salt Spray to mess things up a little more. The spray creates beachy waves and gives the length of the hair just a little more grip, structure and vitality. The salty mist is actually very fine and does not leave your hair too sticky after applying it, which is perfect! I do love the effect of sea salt sprays, but have to remind myself, that a treatment for the tips is mandatory afterwards, especially if you have fine hair. As an extra tip: the Sea Salt Spray works even more magic if you spray it on damp hair after a shower. However you use it, I think it´s fantastic for festivals and it leaves your hair looking all messy, all wavy and all good. .
Now the working part is over and the fun begins. Once the half bun is up, it´s time to dig out the accessories and make this look festival appropriate. I decided to use the infamous flower crown but rolled it around the bun. I also felt my inner Blümchen call on me and got some heart-shaped rhinestones and a package of bindi´s to spice up my forehead. If this a tad too much for you, you can obviously leave out one of the decorations. But you are at a music festival: so show no fear!
Finish up: before leaving the tent and running off to see a band or DJ, it´s time to make the hairstyle really stay all day. Hairspray is therefore an absolute must. I used the Hair Stay: Medium Hold Spray to put everything in place and especially to secure the bun. The spray is also good to fix your messy beach waves and to make the created volume last longer. My hair usually seems to absorb all sorts of volume treatments, so I like to freshen up with another spritz of the hairspray after a while. So when you gather a jumper from your tent and the night is getting fresh, just give the hair a little dosage of love as well and it will stick with you until you crawl back into your sleeping bag in the morning.
That´s a wrap! I really hope you liked this beauty related content, enjoyed my half bun look for the #festivalhairday and therefor part one of my co-operation with KMS California. Stay tuned for another look very soon and in the meantime, maybe head over to Instagram and share your very own #festivalhairday hair styles there, I´d love to see how you like to wear your hair in the festival world!

Donnerstag, 16. Juli 2015

Travel diary: wonderful Warsaw in a nutshell

Living in Berlin and being born with a travelling itch, made Poland one of my favourite travel destinations. It is a beautiful country, not far away and you are definitely not financially ruined after your vacation. After seeing Krakow, Poznan, Wroclaw and Szczecin last year, it was more than time to have a look at Poland´s capital Warsaw and once again, we had a lovely trip and  I would go back immediately. We booked a train this time and I can not underline enough how much I enjoyed the ride through the countryside (and the free coffees on board the Wars Express).
Like almost all polish cities and towns, Warsaw has a picturesque old town full of colourful houses and rustique restaurants. Yet, it felt so much more cosmopolitan and modern, that I have to say, it might be my favourite place I´ve seen so far in Poland. I loved the contrast between an urban and trendy downtown and a traditional (and more touristy) old town and we spent a lot of time exploring. We visited the viewing platform on top of the Palace of Culture and Science and did a walking tour through the former Jewish ghetto and basically just walked and walked and walked around.
Dress Pull and  Bear via Asos / Jacket H and M / Bag Fleamarket / Necklaces Urban Outfitters
We were lucky to stay on Poznanska, a street full of vegan cafés and restaurants and we ate the most delicious things over the course of the four days we spent in Warsaw. My favourite place was further uptown though, just outside the university and was called "Fit and Green". The place was small, yet charming and with a very nice menu and set up. The baked pierogi filled with lentils were an absolute dream and I highly recommend this place, especially as a lunch joint.
We didn´t really go out, but went for beers every evening around Plac Zbawiciela and Plac Konstytucji. The area is generally not swamped with bars or tourists, but you can find plenty of places for a relaxed end of the day.
There are still many places left on my "Poland-to-do" list and I can´t wait to see more of this country. And because I enjoy making little travel videos so much lately, there is one from the trip to Warsaw as well. I hope you like it. 

Mittwoch, 24. Juni 2015

Travel diary: more snippets from beautiful Rome

As summer decided to just stop existing and big and rainy clouds are all over the place, I thought I´d just share a few more moments and another outfit from my trip to Rome. The weather wasn´t too summery there either, but at least you were able to leave your jacket at home and stroll through the picturesque streets without needing an umbrella all day long. On our third day, we decided to visit Trastevere and all the pictures in this post are taken there. The area was by far the most beautiful of Rome (or of the Rome that I´ve seen...) and I couldn´t stop taking pictures of the facades and houses. After visiting Vatican City and the Colosseum, I also had the feeling that it wasn´t as touristy in this area, although it´s not really a secret spot either. But if you are going to go to Rome, make sure you cross the river and have a look at this lovely quarter.
Crochet Top Bershka / Dress + Handbag + Shoes H and M / Kimono bought on Ibiza /Hat Vintage
One thing we found at Trastevere was this adorable used book shop, that sold a large variety of English editions. You may have figured that this scenario is a pretty much a piece of heaven on earth for me, so I strolled happily through the selection (until my relatives got too bored...) and picked up a few new reads.
Last but not least, there is also a short travel video with impressions of Rome, that you can watch here or on my youtube. It also contains the two outfits that already made it onto here, in case you wonder how they look in moving pictures. I hope you like these little clips, because I´m quite hooked on making them and there will be more soon.