Monday, 30 January 2012

bear with me

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Hi guys!

I apologize for being absent from the blog so much at the moment. In the back of my head there's always the thought of having to publish another post, but actually I don't have to, have I?
Unfortunately I'm still so busy with essays and summaries for university, household and other aspects of the daily life that I don't find the time to take outfit photos, let alone to write a useful post here. Furthermore I got a a bit of a tinnitus from a concert yesterday, so I'll have to visit the doctor and take care about this too next week.
I also don't have the time to browse other blogs and write comments, which makes the whole blogging thing only half as fun anyway.
To cut a long story short: I won't have enough time to care about the blog until the end of the coming week and I don't want to do it only halfheartedly, so I hope you are patient with me a little longer.
I promise I'll come up with cool new posts, for example my summing up favourites for January, after this week (and thus this semester) is over and the corresponding tasks are finished.

Bare with me and have a lovely start into the new week! :)



Friday, 27 January 2012

half an outfit post

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Hi guys!

I'm sorry for neglecting my blog and for not commenting back at the moment, but the end of the semester is drawing nearer and I'm so busy. I still appreciate every single comment and I'll try to get back to them asap. I'm glad the uni stress will be over next week, until then I'll go on spending my evenings on reading philosophy and writing summaries and essays, just like the last days and last week. Note to self: stop procrastinating next semester! As if... oh well...

The only escape from the daily grind was the amazing Veto concert yesterday. Fab band, fab sound, great evening in Duisburg!



♥ jacket: vero moda ♥ cardigan, shirt, jeans + boots: h&m ♥ necklace: accessorize ♥ ring: ebay ♥





As you can see above I'm going for the casual comfy look at the moment. Jeans, shirt, cardi and boots is what I wear most of the time because it's perfectly comfortable. Furthermore we've been having some icy wind here, bbrrr.
Sorry for the photos, most of them didn't turn out the way I planned, so today it's only half an outfit post ;)

And now I have to go back to my books, yay...
Have a lovely day!







now playing: iron & wine - walking far from home

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

a weekend with the girls

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Hi guys!

I'm back from my mini weekend hiatus and I bring you a picture-heavy post about the fun time I had with my girls. As I mentioned last friday, our friend Jasmin, who has been living in Beijing for over a year now, is here at the moment to visit good old Germany. She'll only stay until her next visa for China is valid, so as we had our monthly girls nights without her since January 2011, we seized the chance to celebrate her presence this weekend.
On Friday there was a party for her at our smalltown's only pub, including lots of beer and cider, fast food, friends and some silly dancing and posing for the camera. Above and below you can see what I wore, these are the only proper outfit pics I managed to take (before I left for the pub).



♥ dress: gina tricot ♥ cardigan + boots: h&m ♥ belt: primark ♥ necklace: jewelmint



On Saturday we all met at our friend Julia's apartment to prepare dinner for our guest of honour. Julia had planned an amazing dinner - as usual. She loves to cook for others, so she whipped up hearty crêpes with ricotta, spinach and parmesan as a starter, a risotto and original Italian lasagne as the main course and coconut cupcakes for dessert. Okay we helped her, but she made most of it herself, so kudos to the cook!
And I don't know why, but it seems that all our girls nights end up being hair braiding parties when Farah is with us. She always starts braiding someone's hair just for fun and does such a good job that everyone else wants braids too :)

Here is the weekend pictures overload overload for you:













I hope your weekend was just as great as mine was! Here's to having a blast with good friends :)
Have a lovely day!








now playing: defeater - I don't mind

Saturday, 21 January 2012

a surprise and spilled beans

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Hi guys!

Wohoo it's Friday again, finally!
To be honest this is a post that publishes itself automatically while I'm already on my way to my hometown where I'll spend the whole weekend with my girls. Our friend Jasmin has been living in Beijing for a little more than one year now and this weekend she will come back home for a short holiday until her new visa for China is valid. We all haven't seen her since December 2010, my goodness this is so long ago. Of course we still wrote her e-mails and uploaded the pictures of our monthly girls night, so she wasn't completely out of our lives, but still our last evening with her is long ago.
We all can't wait to see her again :) So tonight there is a surprise party for her at our hometown's local pub. Well, unfortunately it's not a surprise anymore as one of my friends has unintendedly spilled the beans, but I think it will be a blast nevertheless! Tomorrow we'll also spend the evening with Jasmin, so that's why I'm away for the whole weekend.



♥ dress: promod ♥ cardi + tights: h&m ♥ belt: primark ♥ boots: gamloong ♥ bag: asos ♥ necklace: claire's ♥



As I'm still catching up with posting last week's outfit (*cough* slow blogger...) and after I had to push in yesterday's concert post to not lose the chronological order completely, I today present you what I came up with last Thursday. I remember a wonderfully crisp and sunny winter morning, so I took the chance to wear one of my summer dresses in a wintry style again, that means with a cardi, two layers of tights and my cozy boots.
I was actually not 100% content with the colour combo but in the end it turned out better than I had expected. I love how you can wear the collar of the dress above the cardigan.
Oh and how do you like the cuckoo clock necklace? Isn't it the funniest and quirkiest thing ever?! :)





Alright, so by the time this post publishes itself I'm probably at my dad's house (my accomodation for the night) to fetch the keys and then I'm off to the pub to see the girls! Aaawww I already can't wait and can't stop smiling while I'm pre-writing this here haha ;)
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Have a fantastic weekend everyone!








now playing: snow patrol - this isn't everything you are

Friday, 20 January 2012

my music: enter shikari

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Hi guys!

Normally I don't like to bother you with my personal taste in music. Everyone has a different taste, hence you potentially don't care much about mine.
But sometimes I can't hold it back and have to shout out how amazing a band or artist is. As this is my personal blog and as music plays a big role in my life I think I should actually do music posts more often.

Anyway, this time it's all about
Enter Shikari.



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Our story:

Well, in the beginning when their music started to be popular in Germany, I didn't like them at all. I don't even remember why, but it somehow wasn't my cup of tea. Furthermore their song "Sorry you're not a winner" was played way too often in all the rock/metal discos around.

After the hype had died down a bit, one day I started to listen through their whole album (the recent one back then, "Common Dreads") and realized how diverse and creative they are. So I listened to the predecessing album again as well and found myself loving it. Sometimes I simply need some time to become friendly with certain bands.
To cut a long story short: I've been a fan of their music ever since and listened to at least one of their albums once a week (especially during my workout in the gym as the tunes really motivate me).


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The music:

Trigger for this post is their new album "A Flash Flood of Colour" and the fact that I've been a fan for some years.

Their music has always been an ingenious mix of hard guitar parts, electro beats, shouts and clear vocals. I think their style is called Post-Hardcore, but I'm not good at pidgeonholing bands and music styles, so that's all I can say.

Their new album is even more inspired by electro and dubstep, they have some really cool wobble sounds and other electronic effects going on.
I also watched the additional video footage about the recording of the recent album and what amazed was, that they also created many of the sounds for their songs by hand. They recorded parts of the album in Thailand and so one day they marched down the street to an abandonned house there with a snair, drumsticks and other equipment and used the building's very special acoustics to their advantage.
It always impresses me when musicians put their heart and soul into their songs. It's the little details that make songs whole.


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The lyrics:

What I also value a lot is when bands stand strong for their political opinion and carry out the message with their songs and videos. I think Enter Shikari's lyrics are amazing. They're honest, outspoken but still carefully worded and euphonic:

We begin to learn to smile again
Start to walk that extra mile again
Cos I know that we are one
Fear begins to vanish when we realise
That countries are just lines,
Drawn in the sand with a stick.

They also are clear messages, straight in your face:

Fuck all borders and fuck all boundaries
Fuck all flags and fuck nationalities.

Concerning the quote above: I actually read a text of Amartya Sen, an Indian expert on international law, the other day, where he says that international justice can only be achieved when we constitute laws based on interest groups instead of determining them only within borders and natinalities. The song lyrics immediately reminded me of this.

And there are also wonderfully poetic and metaphoric lines:

There's a train at 12, destination disaster.
It's running on time as time runs faster
On platform two it's destination sustainability
It's delayed though it was suppose to arrive at 11:50.
Platform one it says stand behind the yellow line
But I sit on the platform edge and just gaze at the time.

So basically, the essence is that these guys concern theirselves with economy, ecology, society and the according deficiencies a lot, which - in my opinion - is the best you can do if you have the chance to spread the word with your arts.


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Uhm well, yes I love this band and highly recommend their music to anyone who loves electro mixed with rock/metal.
If you're not the heavy music type but a fan of poetic words I recommend their lyrics to you.
And if you're none of the above, but interested in political/ecological aspects I recommend you what lies between the lines of their lyrics.

For me it's always important to get an overview of the whole package, meaning not only the music itself, but also the lyrics, the motivation and the people, that's why this post got so long.
But sometimes I just feel the urge to express my admiration for certain things.

That being said, I finish this post by wishing you a good day! ;)




now playing: enter shikari - sssnakepit

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

o'god the aftermath

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Hi guys!

We have reached the middle of the week, only a few more days to go :)
But let's go back to Monday for a second: Patrick and I went to Cologne to see the tour start of a really cool band, namely La Dispute.
They're a very special band because of their amazing lyrics. The songs all tell stories and are written so authentically, honestly and beautifully. When I listen to certain songs, for example this one, it gives me goosebumps only because of the stories that are told.
Anyway, it was a great concert. The Underground club was completely sold out and overcrowded, everyone wanted to see them. It was their first concert of the new tour and it was an amazing atmosphere, the audience was great, sang and screamed along and the singer was so cute. They are all pretty young, that's why their reactions to the enthusiastic fans were really cute. The singer was so happy when he saw the crowd singing the songs, knowing every single word by heart.
I left my cam at home because I knew it would be overcrowded, so unfortunately I have no photos. But if you're interested, then Google is your friend ;p



♥ cardigan + jeggings: h&m ♥ shirt: norma jean band merch ♥ circle scarf: gina tricot ♥ boots: vintage ♥ bag: ebay ♥ necklace: accessorize ♥





Okay, I know you rather see me in playful and colourful outfits on the blog, but all black punkrock/metal looks is actually where I come from. I've been listening to such bands since I was 14 or so and you'll never get the punkrock out of me ;) I like to go back to this style from time to time because it reminds me of the good old times and because I love to underline my pale skin by wearing all black. Furthermore a pair of jeggings and a shirt are so comfortable, hence perfect for a concert. However, compared to the old times, I know now that you don't have to run around like a raggle-taggle tramp to look, ehm, I don't know how to say without using stupid words... let's say to look like you listen to this music!







The t-shirt used to be Patrick's, he's a fan of Norma Jean (the band, not the lady), but last year he sorted it out because it didn't fit him anymore. We were actually sorting out clothes for a colleague of mine who wanted to take them to Kenia (he travels there once a year), but I decided that you can't send a shirt with a "death" and "the aftermath" print to Kenia. However it was also too cool to throw it away, so I kept it.
Last week I found it again and finally altered it, I can wear it as a long shirt now. I could even wear it as a mini dress too if I had the legs.
Anyway, I'm a zombie fan, I love the print. The band is not one of my favourites, but I like some of their stuff too. I plan to make more of Patrick's old shirts mine in the course of the next month... Plus: there are so many awesome band shirts available for men but the girlie shirts most often suck.

Do you own band shirts? Are they altered men's shirts or girlies?

Happy Wednesday!






now playing: norma jean - the anthem of the angry

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

tumblr faves #3

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Hi guys!

Today is tumblr faves day again. I've been doing this feature too seldom, but this will change in the future because I love to show you all the great stuff I stumbled upon since I joined tumblr some years ago. From now on there'll be ten of my tumblr favourites at least once a month ;)
It's such a great collection of inspiring things for me! You can also head over and visit my little tumblr corner if you like ;)
Oh and in advance: I apologize for repetitions, but I love owls and foxes, they appear a lot in my tumblr.
Here we go.


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Have a lovely day everyone!





now playing: nofx - flossing a dead horse

Sunday, 15 January 2012

she makes me feel like it's raining outside

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Hi guys!

The title is just a line from an old Blink 182 song, but fortunately this weekend it has not rained so far, yaay. However, even if it's rather sunny, we have some icy winds blowing through the lands at the moment, brrr. But hey, I'm not complaining! I like cold weather as long as it's dry ;)
I was even able to almost finish the mysterious video shoot I mentioned in the last post. I will solve the secret about it soon and believe me it will be really cool!






♥ cardi: c&a ♥ shirt, skirt, hat + ring: h&m ♥ belt: thrifted ♥ shoes: goertz ♥ bag: primark ♥ necklace: gift (souvenir from china) ♥ bangle: swapped via Kleiderkreisel ♥



I'm still trying to catch up with posting outfits I wore this week, I have managed to take outfit photos four days in a row, which is probably my personal record haha. This look is from Tuesday when I had to work half a day, ran errands and spent the evening finishing philosophy papers for uni.
I really like this look, so comfortable and uncomplicated, perfect for everyday. It includes one of the many pieces I had purchased last year and somehow never worn until now. These many unworn pieces in my closet were the reason why I put myself on a shopping ban until March and to change this ridiculous habit of always wanting to buy new clothes as soon as I have a creativity blockade concerning what to wear. I've been doing great so far, I haven't spent money on anything clothing- or accessory-wise.







It's actually really cool to re-discover the content of my closet now that I don't buy new stuff. This hat for example! I bought it last year, can't even remember when, probably in the January sales?! I have hardly ever worn it. But why? It's so cute, I love the cable knit and the different shades of blue paired with the white.
I also re-discover necklaces that I haven't worn for a long time. It almost is like getting new pieces ;)


Happy Sunday to all of you!









now playing: millencolin - ray
 

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