2017/11/16

Liebster Award : Discover New Blogs


Not too long ago, I was nominated by lovely Margaret from Cady Quotidienne for the Liebster Award. I really appreciate it, and can only recommend you check out her blog as well as her Liebster Award post. I find Margaret to be a very inspiring and positive person and blogger, which makes me feel even more grateful to get this nomination from her and to follow her journey over on her blog.

I could ramble on for hours, but since I don´t want you to fall asleep while reading, let´s get into the questions without further ado!




Favorite part of blogging?

I genuinely love to be able to create my own content without having to obey restrictions or commands from somebody else. When I talk about the process of creating content, I´m talking about everything from brainstorming ideas over taking photographs up to bringing everything together in form of a post. Nevertheless, as a good Fashion Journalism student, I probably have to say that writing is my favourite part of the whole process.


What would your superpower be if you could choose?

Even though I´d love to be able to fly, I´ll probably have to go with being invisible - very basic, I know. But let´s be real, how amazing would it be to actually be able to walk around, have a look at everything and everybody without being noticed? I imagine it to be not only a very practical superpower but also a really fun one.


Preferred vacation type / destination?

Summer, beach and sunshine! I´m all for the relaxing beach holidays near the sea, even though I also love to learn about people and culture and to explore the local area. I´m currently writing a post about my dream destinations, so stay tuned for that. If I had to go with one of them for this purpose, I´d definitely choose the Maldives since they look like heaven on earth with their long, white beaches and crystal-clear blue seas.


The biggest learning experience as a blogger/businesswoman?

Be passionate and patient. Blogging as well as building a community takes time. People sense if you like what you do, and if you´re passionate about what you´re doing, they will eventually follow your journey and be interested in what you´re doing. 


Favorite animal and why?

This is a random one: if we disregard the usual ones such as dogs, cats and horses, I´d say dolphins, penguins and hippos. There´s no specific reason for that - I just find them to be really interesting and cool animals.



Any hidden talents? If we had a talent show, what would you do?

I don´t think that I have any hidden talents. I´d probably dance if it came to a talent show since that´s basically everything that I´ve done for those last 15 years.


Dream project or brand to work with?

As many of you probably know by now, I´m studying Fashion Journalism in London. After my studies, I´d love to be able to stay here and maybe do some freelance work for different magazines and newspapers. I guess that every Fashion Journalist dreams of writing for the big names like Vogue or Harper´s Bazaar at one point of their career, but I would love to write for Tatler, Cosmopolitan and Glamour, especially since those, are the magazines that have accompanied me through all those years and it would be great to be able to experience them from another point of view for once.


One item in your closet that you can´t live without?

Okay, confession time: I get overly attached to my clothes and bags, which, I admit, isn´t a very healthy way of being, but I can´t really help it. So this question is really a tough one for me because I love all of my stuff, but if I would have to pick one favourite right now, I´d probably say my pink, fluffy jumper that I got a month or so ago. Not only is it a socially acceptable form of my pj´s, but it reminds me of cotton candy which is always a good thing, I guess?


Celebrity or girl crush?

I always change about this but if I would have to pick my favorites right now, I´d say Gigi Hadid, simply because she´s so beautiful and is the personification of  #girlboss (congrats for "Woman of the Year", Gigi), and Dytto, who´s a nineteen-year-old, incredibly talented popping artist and dancer. If you don´t know her already, what are you doing with your life? Drop everything you´re doing right now and check her YouTube and her Instagram out!


What do you hope readers take away from your blog?

Honestly, if one single person learns something, gets inspired or even just smiles a little because of this blog, I am more than happy. I´m in no way a pro in what I´m doing here, but you know, I try, as does every other blog in this world as well. What I love most about the blogging community is that it permits you to share what you know and even if what you´re doing seems to be the most obvious thing for you, there is a possibility that somebody out there has no idea and you could help them by simply publishing a short few sentences, and that´s what I hope that I can do.
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Since I love the idea of discovering new blogs through such award posts, I´d love the following ladies to participate as well. If you don´t know their blogs yet, you most definitely live under a rock and have a lot of things to catch up with, since they are all worth you checking them out! I nominate ...

Natalie from Garment Games
Robyn from Robyn Poppy
Julia from The Glass of Class
Imaan from The August Clause
Harriet from This Essex Girl


Your questions are ...


When did you start blogging, and why?
Where do you take your inspiration from?
On what social media platform are you the most active, and why?

Tell me one fun fact about yourself!
If you could choose to live anywhere you want, where would you want to live? And why?
What is your happiest memory as a child?
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what meal would you choose?
What´s your favourite season of the year and why?
What do you do when you need to unwind?

Heels vs flats - what do you choose and why?
What is your go-to fall look? (makeup, hair and outfit)

I hope you all accept your award. Can´t wait to read all of your answers!
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2017/11/08

Matilda

For my birthday, which was on 29th October, I went to the film premiere of the Russian film Matilda on Sunday evening to spend some mom-daughter time. In a first instance, I wasn´t too sure whether to write about it or not, since it was in Russian, but I think that the English subtitles would even allow a person that doesn´t speak Russian at all to follow pretty well. So, let´s talk about Matilda!


The film

As I mentioned previously already, the film was produced in Russia and is considered to be a romantic drama movie, which is already announced by the subtitle "love changes everything". The Russian film producer Alexei Jefimowitsch Utschitel, short Aleksey Uchitel, is responsible for the production that is based on the script of Aleksandr Terekhov and Michael Katims. 
The plot is loosely based on the life of Russia´s last tsar Nicolas II and his supposed romantic relationship with the prima ballerina Matilda. Since there is no evidence that the tsar actually was involved in such a relationship, the film was not only criticised but also sarcastically called a "fairy tale", especially by Russian and Russian-speaking people.

Personal Opinion

I had honestly no high expectations whatsoever when I first entered the cinema, which is probably one of the main reasons why I was surprisingly very pleased with it. Even though the relationship is very romanticised and the film is full of excessive and probably a little unrealistic drama scenes, I really enjoyed the approximately 2-hours-long movie. 
The Polish actress Michalina Olszanska was more than perfect for her role of the seductive, ambitious and deeply committed prima ballerina Matilda. Also, I was really impressed with the huge effect of her stare, which was basically everything she played with during the whole film, as she didn´t do much more with the rest of her face.
The only thing I have to criticise is the end, but since I don´t want to spoiler too much, I´ll just say: they could´ve elaborated the whole finale a little more in order for the audience to follow the plot easier.

Conclusion

Apart from my little critic of the finale, I would definitely recommend you to give the film a go if you´re interested in a little historical-inspired film filled with romantic drama, majestic, elegant clothes and beautiful settings that make you want to visit Russia as quickly as possible. Also, let´s keep an eye on Olszanska - I can´t wait to see more of her!

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2017/11/03

(OOTD) teddybear feat. uni


Let´s start this off with a little fun fact about me: as you probably know by now, I live in London which is quite well-known to be plagued by really shitty weather pretty much all the time. And even though, I am well aware of the weather conditions here and I do buy jackets and coats on a regular basis (I admit that I might have a problem), I don´t own a single jacket with a hood. Badass, I know.

Well, anyway, I recently bought a new bomber jacket (oh wonder, who would´ve guessed) from a brand called Soot & Ty that has its flag store at Camden Market, London, but is available online as well. The brain behind the label that is well-known for its colourful prints on classical designs, such as bomber and biker jackets, long-sleeved shirts and various accessories, is called Zak Million and, as of recently I´ve got the chance to talk to him a little bit about his brand and everything that goes with it. But we´ll talk about that in a later post, so stay tuned for that!

Okay so now, let´s come back to my outfit aka. the reason for this post. I really love the bomber jacket, mainly because it goes with everything in my wardrobe, fits perfectly and makes me feel like the cool uni student I´m not. Nevertheless, as the colder days approach, I find it quite tricky to pull it off without freezing to death. So here´s where the commonly known layering technique gets into the game! Very innovative, I know. 

Basically, I went for a fluffy, cream jumper that gives me all those teddybear feels, and layered a normal, blue-washed denim jacket as well as the beige college jacket on top. For the rest of my outfit, I´ve chosen a strongly distressed, black jeans, a pair of slightly heeled, black booties and a black backpack. Then, to give the outfit a little bit more of that I-really-tried-can-you-tell-look, I accessorised with a bracelet that my friends kindly got me for my birthday (thanks again, guys!) and that I wear basically on a daily basis, as well as a pair of light-beige waterfall earrings. Et voilĂ ! Nothing high-fashion, but definitely a comfortable look on a day-to-day basis.









Jumper - - - edc by ESPRIT
Jeans - - - H&M
Jeans Jacket - - - United Colors Of Benetton
Bomber Jacket - - - Soot&Ty

Booties - - - New Look
Earrings - - - Konplott

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2017/10/31

( a little train of thought ) you >


Have you ever gone on a date which, in your opinion, went quite well, but the guy/girl hasn't texted you back ever since, which made you feel unwell, used or self-conscious? Have you ever heard gossip about yourself that made you question your actions? Have you ever entered a room where what seemed like hundreds of eyes observed you, passing judgment on every piece of clothing that you wear, every step you take, every movement you make?

Or, let´s talk in a more general way: have you ever become more self-conscious or even unsure about yourself and your choices because of other people? I have, and I´m pretty sure that I´m not the only one. And now, take a moment and think about why that´s the case. Why do we even care that much? Why does our own vision changes depending on other people´s consent or discontent?

I had a conversation with a few friends the other day about the first question that I come to ask you and about the fact that I didn't feel hurt or used in any way. You know what their reaction was? They didn't believe me, which triggered off quite a few thoughts on that subject. And really, why didn't I react to such a behaviour? Why wasn't I hurt, angry or at least a little huffy? Why did I care that little?

I can´t really give a proper answer to that question, or more those questions ( which are the main reason why this post goes under the little train of thought category than common knowledge ), but I truly believe that one of the many reasons is that I´ve learnt to care less about people´s opinion and their behavior towards me. I can´t say that I don´t care at all - of course, I get hurt when I hear people talking bad things or passing judgment over me, but I guess that I´ve learnt to deal with it and more or less ignore it, because honestly, at the end of the day it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what others think of you, it doesn't matter what they talk about you, and it doesn't matter how they behave towards you. All that shouldn't define how you see yourself and how you feel about things.

People talk - that´s simply what they do and neither a change in your behaviour nor a forced-on persona based on your deep self-reflection will change something. I know that it sounds easier than it is, but honestly: do you! You don´t have to please anybody except for yourself, and if you´re happy with the person you are and the choices you make, then you seem to be on the right track.

Don´t let anybody tell you how you should behave, feel or look, because, at the end of the day, YOU are the only one who has to live with the outcome for a lifetime. So if you feel like texting the cute guy you met the other day, then you should definitely text him. And if you want to wear a pink, fluffy jumper ( I got you girl! ), then hell yes, go for it! Because, what´s the worst thing that can happen? That people say no or pass judgment on you? Wow, that´s nothing compared to what could happen if you´d simply go out there and live your best life. I don´t mean to sound yolo or like a hippie. I´m just a firm believer that you only have a very short amount of time on this earth that has to offer you sooo much, and it would be a shame if you would spend your time wondering about everything other people think, do or say, instead of enjoying yourself and doing everything you would like to do. Also, I do think that you should never focus as much on your surrounding as you should focus on yourself because your happiness and your wellbeing are the most important thing and shouldn't depend on other people as a consequence. Hope we´re on the same page for that one.

Have a nice day, everybody! xx
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2017/10/26

milk and roses




May I present: the result of me lying one and a half hour in a mix of milk, water and rose petals. Sounds weird? I have to admit that it was/is, but the result was totally worth it, at least in my opinion. 

The pictures were taken by JPShoot, a friend of mine who recently got more into photography and came up with this weird, but really striking idea. I´ve never done something comparable and honestly had no idea what to expect, mainly because it was my second shoot ever (see the result of the first one here) so I´m not used to standing in front of the lens (except for quick outfit shootings with my mum or my best friend, but does that really count? haha). 

Nevertheless, I´m personally more than happy with the results, so thank you, Jeff, for making me look like a gracious person while sitting around in a white shirt, soaked with milk and water, wet hair, and a full face of makeup that I usually don´t even wear on a night out - I really appreciate it. 
And I´m sure he would appreciate if you would look into his Instagram page and share some love!

Have a nice evening! xx









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