Samstag, 26. September 2015

Travel diary: happy days in London

Back with another travel diary. I finally made my way to England again and had a great, yet busy time in London, Oxford and Brighton. Today´s post will be filled with impressions from buzzing London, which got to be one of my favourite cities in Europe. Even if I visited for the 7th time now, I know it will always be on my travel list. Because we focused more on day trips out of town (the excursion to Leavesden and the Harry Potter Studio Tour was my sisters and my favourite thing on this weekend trip and it broke our heart to leave this magical place...) we used the time in London to just stroll around and tried to keep it stress-free. We left shopping at a minimum (had to visit the exclusive Lush shop at Oxford Street and book shops of course, but that was it) and just enjoyed the picture perfect late summer/early autumn weather.

Before the trip I had made a little detour to my beloved Secondhand shop Humana here in Berlin and scored this amazing yellow coat and this beautiful bag and then wore variations of this outfit on basically every day of the weekend in London.
Because our time in London was rather limited, we didn´t want to waste time in clothes shops, that we also have in our home towns. That didn´t stop us from visiting plenty of book shops though and we had a great time browsing through various shops around Charing Cross. Although I usually prefer independent and used book shops like Any amount of books in Charing Cross Road, the big ass Foyles was an absolute book heaven.
Jumper H and M / Coat + Belt + Bag + Handbag Second Hand / Skirt Bershka / Shoes Vagabond / Necklace F21 + Brandy Melville
We stayed in a hostel very close to Hyde Park and the Natural History Museum, so a visit there was a must. The building itself is just so breathtaking and beautiful, that even without the pretty cool dinosaur wing, I would come here all the time. Like almost all the museums in London, the entrance is free of charge, which is just great.
Eating out isn´t that cheap in London (nothing is I suppose, leaving my Oyster card at home and paying 7,50 Euro for a single tube ride made me learn that lesson...) but we found real nice things to eat and vegan options are no problem at all. Pret A Manger is from now on my favourite friend and provided us with delicious porridge in the morning and avocado super food sandwiches during the day. Also, I had my first cheeky Nando´s. Without chicken obviously.
That´s it for today. If you want to see a gathering of clips from the trip, I also uploaded a little Follow Me Around video on my youtube channel. Hope you like it! Next up is a post about our day trip to Brighton, so stay tuned for that one.

Mittwoch, 26. August 2015

Travel diary: a cruise on the MS Dockville

It´s a nice feeling to be freshly back from a cruise. Especially if the cruise took place on the sunny MS Dockville in Hamburg last weekend. My best friend and I sailed to the festival a few years ago and were so happy to be finally back. The location and atmosphere are wonderful and this year's super sunny and basically cloud free weather was the cherry on top of a very big and very delicious festival sundae. As an extra treat we actually stayed in the ever so beautiful 25 Hours Hotel at Hafencity (much safer for a camera and a laptop compared to a tent...and more convenient too!) and gave us the chance to at least soak in a few impressions of Hamburg as well. The city suprised me and I liked it much more than on recent visits (blame it on the rain) and I will be back to explore more in the future. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that the festival visit was made possible by KMS California. After creating festival proof hair styles in my last posts, I was sent to Hamburg to seek stylish festival goers and put together a little style report here and on my Instagram account. So next to some overall impressions of the MS Dockville, you will find all the lovely ladies and (the one) lovely lad I took picture of at the end of this post.
We arrived on Friday and got ready for the festival right away. My highlight was FM Belfast and Odesza that night and we were blown away by the majestic sunset that took place at the festival ground. Next to these two bigger acts, we really enjoyed spending time on the smaller dance floors off the main stages. We were impressed with the food selection and enjoyed some vegan hot dogs before catching the shuttle bus back into the city once we were done dancing and in desperate need of a lay down.
Crop Top + Skirt H and M / Kimono bought in Ibiza / Hat Vintage / Shoes Birkenstock / Necklace Subdued
On Saturday we woke up quite early and walked through Hamburgs Speicherstadt and Hafencity. Next time I definitely want to see more of the Schanzenviertel and Altona, but this time, we obviously wanted to go back to the festival area as soon as possible and started the day with some poetry slam. We once again found very delicious food at a Vietnamese street food truck and had an amazing tofu sandwich with spicy sauce and a lot of fresh veggies and herbs.
In general we had a lot of fun looking for stylish people at the festival, but it was indeed a bit of work and isn´t as easy as street style blogs make it look. But everybody was so open minded and friendly, that we ended up having some really good chats. Mainly, we tried to find looks and people that made us feel they are not wearing a costume and just having a good time. Sure, applying some glitter and adding a few extravagant accessoires for a festival are sort of a must and are a lot of fun, but we mostly fell in love with looks that combined festival vibes with their usual wardrobe. In the end, we managed to find a couple of really cool and stylish outfits and we liked the characters behind the clothes just as much as their looks.
One of the looks I personally liked the most was Charlotte´s all pastel pink combo. Absolutely loved her Urban Outfitters dress and envy her fantastic hair colour.
That´s really a wrap this time. I´m very thankful for the chance of visiting Dockville festival with KMS California and had a really good time in Hamburg and will put visiting the festival again on my summer 2016 list for sure. Next to the pictures that are gathered up there, I also put together some tinsy clips and will end this post with another video. 

Montag, 10. August 2015

How to: flower crown hairstyles with KMS California

Today it´s time for the second hair style in the summer festival series with KMS California. After creating a half bun the last time, I once again aimed for an easy and foolproof look, that is effortless but still sends some heavy festival vibes. This is simply the way I love my hair when I say "goodbye" to my beloved bed and proper bathroom: I want to look put together, I want to step out of my comfort zone a little, but not taking 12 utensils and being occupied with making my hair for more than a few minutes. Because let´s face it, if you are on a festival the conditions aren´t all shiny and perfect and you probably want to create something easy and quick. So today´s look is nothing more than a simple and messy flower crown style with braids.
I started washing my hair with the Add Volume: Shampoo by KMS California for obvious reasons. We´ve talked about my thin spaghetti hair before and I was very happy to receive a shampoo, that promises volume and fullness. After my hair was all rinsed and ready for a nice old towel-dry, I sprayed in another product of the Add Volume series. The so called Body Build Detangler is a leave-in spray, that creates a nice grip in your hair and ensures that you are be able to work with it right away. Very handy for me, because my hair tends to be very slippy when its freshly washed. I just sprayed it in, combed it through and then waited for my hair to air dry.
After letting my hair dry on its own, I did actually see some magical results of the Body Build Detangler. Sure, my hair is still no lions mane, but it felt much thicker than without the leave-in product and had an overall nice and non-slip texture.
Now it´s time for the braiding. I love braids. I love big, chunky, fishtail, all-around-the-head towers of braids, but once again: I don´t have the hair to make massive piles of braids. Therefor, I chose an easy pigtail braid look and just parted my hair in the middle, left out my "bangs", braided my hair equally on both sides and secured the braids with a see-through elastic.
Next on is the flower crown. I decided for a big sunflower one and put it on quite near my parting. I then took some parts of the strands I left out and simply tucked them over the braids and secured them in place with a bobby pin. Some of my "bangs" I just left dangling around, because I think a few loose streaks make this look more casual and less... well Heidi-ish (a bit of Heidi is absolutely fine with me though!).
And this is literally it. Another little variation could be to pin one of the braids behind your head in the back and therefor create a sort of side braid, but I do like the pigtails a lot lately. Last but not least: time to make the whole thing last. I once again used the Hair Stay: Medium Hold Spray to fix up the twists in the front of my hair and the bangs.
This look is obviously nothing to extravagant or new, but that´s what I like a bout it. It´s simple, it keep the hair away from your neck and face and you can fully focus on enjoying the music, the time with your friends and the festival. I hope you liked it and don´t forget to swing over to Instagram to participate in showing your own festival inspired hair styles with #festivalhairstyle. I certainly look forward to visit my next festival a lot and can´t wait to share some impressions with you. Hope you all have a lovely day.