Samstag, 21. März 2015

Travel diary: finally back in beautiful Amsterdam

Yes, I finally went back to Amsterdam indeed. After visiting this beautiful place a few times in the past, I did not even think about going back for quite a while and almost forgot how charming and wonderful it is in this city until I booked a surprise trip for my special someone at the beginning of the year. I definitely fell in love with Amsterdam again on this trip and would go back immediately. We spent four days strolling, exploring and eating and had an overall amazing time. As I have been to Amsterdam before we skipped some of the main attractions and purely focused on having a relaxed little vacation. We ended up sampling a lot of dutch cheese, visited the Tropical Museum for more than 3 hours one afternoon and had the loveliest time in the sunny and lively Vondelpark. Besides a very windy first day (where I was forced to buy the most hideous hat ever...) we were spoiled with good weather and I guess everybody would fall in love with a place like Amsterdam in early spring.
Our hotel was called "Hotel Not Hotel" and was quite a gem. Although a tiny bit outside the city (if you rent a bike or buy a day ticket for the tram it´s really no big deal at all) it was hip, very modern and unique. Every room looked different and the rooms on the upper floor where located behind massive bookshelves, filled with all books sitting on your to-be-read-pile. Definitely a good place to stay!
Jeans Gina Tricot / Turtleneck Top + Belt + Bag + Hat Vintage / Fluffy Jacket New Yorker / Jewellery Brandy Melville & Forever 21 / Shoes Vagabond
I knew I wouldn´t end up chasing up and down on the high streets to fill my bags with things I could also buy back home, but I enjoyed browsing through the lovely shops on "De 9 straatjes" -an area full of bookshops, independent clothes shops and coffee places. I took home only one piece of clothing from the very good selected, yet tiny more expensive secondhand shop "Episode", that probably is no secret tip at all anymore, as I already shopped there on my first visit about 6 years ago.
And yes, I could not stay away from all the bookshops. We had our first cup of coffee inside the "Scheltema" bookstore, which has a very nice, yet small dedicated room for English books. Not quite so small was the "ABC American Book Center" which offers such an amazing and broad selection of English books, graphic novels and magazines, that I spent way too much time in there. Just outside of the ABC was also a bookish flea market full of used books (open only on Fridays though), where I got myself another Virginia Woolf novel for my collection.
The weekend was certainly one of my favourite trips in a long time and Amsterdam climbed high up on my beloved-European-cities-list. Because I had caught a cold before we left, I missed out on exploring the city by bike, so I have to come back at some point to tick this off the bucket list. I love how travelling makes you always long for more. Every time I pack my bags and visit a place, I´d love to just keep on going other places afterwards or simply stay a little longer. Amsterdam has definitely not seen the last of me and I can´t wait for more trips this year.

Donnerstag, 5. März 2015

Outfit: a red-coated transition into spring

Happy thursday everyone! I´m waving you hello from my sick bed because like almost everyone around me, I caught a cold and I´m spending about half my days curled up in bed and drinking vast amounts of hot lemon with ginger and chamomile tea. But I´m not posting to tell you about the uneventful life of an ill person, but to show you an outfit from last week, when I had a lovely day off and out and celebrated a special occasion with my favourite person. Also this is the premiere of my new glasses, which might show up more often from now on, as I do enjoy seeing the world around me so clearly. My outfit is nothing too brand new for everyone who follows me here, indeed, that red thrifted transition coat had it´s share of attention before, but I simply can´t stop wearing it. All in all, this look contains almost only thrifted pieces, something I like a lot and will try out much more this year, as I love secondhand clothing and I want to try stop consuming too many "new" things. Also this is saving my piggy bank a lot and I can spend money rather on organic food and traveling.

The day out was full of spring-announcing sunshine and we used it to stroll around Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg all day and also stopped at East London for a very fueling fry up. It´s quite handy to eat a breakfast that will feed you all day and especially the homemade leek hash brown was delicious.
Coat + Hat Humana  / Glasses Fielmann / Bag + Jumper flea market / Shoes Vagabond
Besides being glued to the bed, I spent the last couple of days completely excited about the upcoming weekend, because I go on my first getaway this year. All fingers crossed that I´ll feel better tomorrow, so the weekend is not filled too much with my coughing and sneezing. If you want to know where I´m heading and how I´ll fill my days there, go an follow me on Instagram.

Mittwoch, 18. Februar 2015

Outfit: wintery weekends in the big city

Some of you who follow me on Instagram or just simply follow me for a longer period of time, might know that I have quite an obsession with thrift shopping and especially the sport of hunting down oversized second-hand winter coats. This winter I took my love to a new level and ended a vintage shopping spree with this yellow canary bird cloak in my bag, that I would have never ever even looked at a few years ago. It is crazy how taste can change and how you grow and develop as a person and how much your wardrobe sometimes underlines that change. I for my part think, that this new addition of colour suits me just fine and also enriches the grey and windy streets of Berlin on these bitter cold winter days. On our first real adventure, my new coat and I went to see the Charlottenburg palace, a beautiful and charming place, that is worth a visit, even in winter time. Here are a few snaps from this little weekend trip, enjoy!
Coat + Bag Vintage / Scarf Pimkie / Jeans Gina Tricot / Shoes Vagabond
Just like last year I tend to start leaving the city and encounter new (and loved!) places around Europe when the weather brightens up a little. So I do enjoy exploring my own city and area while I wait for spring and a place like Berlin sure has loads to offer. It seems to be the perfect playground for wintery weekends spent at museums, flea markets or even in bed with a steaming mug of tea. (Or let´s face it at the thrift shop, where I buy my next absolutely unnecessary piece of clothing)
My next weekend is currently blank as a page and I can´t wait to think of some lovely things to do. Chances are that I go to my sunday yoga class, a resolution I made for this year and finally started to commit to and enjoy a lot. What are your favourite winter weekend activities?