Mittwoch, 1. Juli 2015

Book Challenge June

Hi cuties,

are you enjoying the summer? It's getting a bit too hot for my taste (I'm already longing for autumn - yes, I'm horrible, but I'm just so not a summer person!).
Nevertheless, I've got some reading done, yay!



I finished three books in June:


Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Schlachthof 5 (German, 208 p.)

- A book with a number in the title
- A book you started but never finished

I started reading this book last year, but somehow didn't really get into it, so I gave up. I tried again for the challenge, and this time it was a bit easier since I knew what to expect, but it still confuses me (especially the science fiction parts...).Maybe it's the traduction, it might be better in the original version.


Haruki Murakami - Gefährliche Geliebte ( German, 286p.)

- A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
- A book that came out the year you were born 

It's called South of the border, west of the sun in English whitch is not only the accurate translation (I think...?), but also much more poetic. However, I already loved the German translation of Norwegian Wood, so I wanted to read this book in German too. I'm glad I did, it's a beautifully written story, and I really liked the ending - it's hard to have a good ending on a story, they're usually too cheesy or overdone for my taste. Seriously, it's always stressed how important the beginning is, but I think the ending is really significant too, it might destroy the whole feeling of the book.


Stephen King - Es (German, 1536 p.)

- A book that became a movie
- A mystery or thriller
- A book that scares you

Well, the book seemed to scare me in the beginning, as I had a nightmare about the clown, and I hardly ever get nightmares! But the longer the book went on, the less scary it got. I must admit, I think it's a really bad book, especially considering how popular the author is. It's easy to read (otherwise I wouldn't have gone through with it), but all the characters are loaded with clichées and the story gets weirder and weirder towards the ending. I had exected more from a book that has been sold so many times, but then again, I probably shouldn't be expecting too much from popular literature (whoa, that sounds so stuck-up - but I'm just so disappointed!). Anways, I'm glad I read it on my kindle and didn't buy a physical copy, and at least now I never have to read another Stephen King novel.

On the upside, I made some progress on the reading challenge:


By the way, I'd love to know what you are reading at the moment, or whether you know the books I'm reading and what you think about them - tell me in the comments! (^.^)


Mittwoch, 24. Juni 2015

Lazy Life

Hi dolls,

I'm really enjoying my summer break, dressing up and meeting friends to catch up (^.^)
If you follow my instagram, it probably looks like that's all I do, although I'm also sewing a lot (*.*)
But anyways, I have some outfits to share with you:

Cardigan: HellBunny
Dress: handmade by me
Shoes: Demonia

Hat: decorated by me
Necklace: Moon Bunny
Jsk: Innocent World
Underskirt: handmade by me
Shoes: Deichmann
I wore this outfit to meet Lea in Basel! I felt like a forest witch (^.^) I'm also growing fond of longer skirts in Lolita, commonly known as tea-length skirts. I just wear the petticoat and underskirt on my hips instead of on my waist to add the length, but I'm considering sewing longer skirts and also a new petticoat.

we had crèpes at a cute crèperie and cupcakes at Cupcake Affair


Jsk: Angelic Pretty
Shoes: Bodyline
no petticoat because it's really just too hot (for me)
Today, I met some Lolita friends, also in Basel. First, we went to the Landesmuseum in Liestal to see an exhibition about cherries and cherry blossoms, and afterwards to Yogurt Now for frozen yogurt (^.^) the café is soooo cute and the yogurt is amazing (although quite expensive).



Sonntag, 21. Juni 2015

Plaid, Pleats & a Pocket

Hi dolls,

between sewing things for my indielabel (I'm currently preparing for two Lolita-conventions I'll attend this summer), I felt like sewing a skirt for myself that has been on my to-sew-list for ages. Long time ago, I bought a residual piece of tartan fabric on sale, only 70cm long, which makes it perfect for a pleated mini-skirt (or so I thought).


It's constructet like a wrap-skirt, which works quite well since the fabric has a nice fall, but I realized when I wore it that I have to add an invisible button to secure the open skirt part, because it tends to fly open when it's windy (-.-)


I used jeans-buttons which can be riveted directly onto the fabric, which is very handy (^.^) I really like the look in combination with the plaid.
In the back, it has a bit of shirring, just because it's more comfortable, and of course it's lined, so I can wear it in winter with tights, too.
I even managed to put in a pocket on the side - only one, since the pleats are all folded in the same direction, so hiding the pocket under a pleat only works on one side. I should put pockets in my skirts amd dresses more often, usually I forget or I'm too lazy.


And of course I had to wear it right away the next day (^.^). I felt super comfortable in this outfit!

yay for the pocket!


Freitag, 12. Juni 2015

June Treats Me Well

Hi pretties,

on wednesday, Aya and I met in Basel to go shopping, walk along the Rhine and having a mini-picnic (^.^) I was super happy with my outfit, I think I've never felt more like mysef - and of course, I'm still jazzed about my hair!

Headbow: Innocent World
Necklace & dress: handmade by me
Shoes: thrifted
First, we went to the fleamarket. I had a vague plan of looking for a nice teapot, since the old ugly one we had before broke. I didn't really expect to find something since I'm sometimes very picky, but then I saw this one and fell in love:


Isn't it gorgeous? I think the best part is that it's got pansies on it (or at least some flowers that ressemble pansies, I'm no expert).
Later, we also went to H&M, where I found a beautiful lingerie set which was on sale and this amaaaaaazing sweater in mint with dinosaurs on it (mint! and dinosaurs! how awesome is that?)

shopping haul

I was amazed about how many cute compliments I got for my hair. We were both dresses in black and Aya has short purple hair, so apparently we made quite a dramatic appearance (^.^) we got all kinds of reactions from passers-by, ranging from deathly glances to a kid whispering "witch" to love declarations!



Donnerstag, 11. Juni 2015

Haarsträubend

Hi cuties,

I dyed my hair green-turquoise! 


It's something I've wanted to do for a while, but I was also a bit scared the bleaching might not agree with my already dry hair... but the prospect of flowing mermaid-hair was a stronger motivation (^.^) and if it would have gone horribly wrong, I could always have cut it off, I'm not that emotionally attached to my hair tbh.


I used Schwarzkopf Blonde L1++ to bleach my hair, I did some research beforehand and this seemed to have good reviews. I bleached three times in total - about two month ago I had dyed my hair with henna, and it seems that it's really hard to get the red dye out, my hair was still quite orange in places after the third bleach. Nevertheless, I then proceeded to apply Directions in Apple Green and Turquoise, and it seemed to cover quite well.

before - after the first bleaching - after the thrid bleaching - end result (a bit uneven, I know - I need to practice on that)

I'm very very impressed how my hair survived the process. As I mentioned, I tend to have dry hair, and I was also scared I might lose my natural waves. I bleached three times in three days and drenched my hair in between in coconut oil, hair masks and conditionner. Additionally, I cut my hair after the third bleaching about 8cm, I had split ends anyways, so it was time. Right now, it's still recovering, but I'm soooo in love with it (*.*)


Montag, 8. Juni 2015

Antique

Hi dolls,

some time ago, I added a piece to my wardrobe which had been on my wishlist for ages, so naturally I was very very excited when I finally found it second hand:
The Antique Pansy jsk by Innocent World in beige!




It's so dainty and gorgeous, I'm very fond of all the details, like the print, the bow on the top or how it's printed on jaquard fabric which spots a rose pattern!
I couldn't wait to wear it and had the chance to when I went to St.Gallen with a friend last week:

Blouse & jsk: Innocent World
Alice band & jewellery: handmade by me

We went shopping for laces at the outlet store of Bischoff Textil, visited the breathtaking Abbey Library and had some ice cream afterwards (^.^)

It's not allowed to take pictures inside, so here's a stock photo

It was the first time I was inside the famous library. I must admit, I thought it would be a bit larger (the room's actually quite small), but all the ancient books and the baroque ceiling paintings were amazing!


Freitag, 5. Juni 2015

Book Challenge April & May

Hi my dear readers,

you might have noticed that I didn't update on the reading challenge for April here. I was busy with school for the past two months, so I was mainly reading for classes and fewer books, so I thought I'd take these two months together.



Jakob M. R. Lenz - Der Hofmeister (German)

- A book written by someone under 30 (he was 23 years old when he wrote it)
- A play


Sam Byers - Idiopathy (English, 310p.)


Samuel Beckett -  Der Namenlose (German, 301 p.)

I coulnd't check off many points on the challenge, but as the semester has finished, I 'll (hopefully) have more time to read during the break (^.^)



Montag, 1. Juni 2015

Short Sleeved

Hi cuties,

sometimes last year I altered this blouse from Innocent World:


It's super pretty and I like to wear it, but the sleeves were always a bit short (apparently a common problem with long-sleeved IW blouses...).
I took the cuffs apart and shortened the sleeves, so it became a short-sleeved blouse.


I used the lace and buttons from the old cuffs for the new ones. I feel much more comfortable wearing it now (I was wearing it here btw.)



Montag, 18. Mai 2015

Almost Destiny

Hey my dears,

I don't actually believe in Destiny, but life writes funny stories sometimes. I made this flower headband quite some time ago, originally to sell it in my etsy shop.


 Hovever, it didn't sell, so I didn't list it anymore. It has been lying around since then.

When I was in Paris last February, I bought a skirt from Triple Fortune, which features flowers and butterflies on the print. I hadn't thought of the headband anymore, but when I tried to figure out how to coordinate the skirt, I realised how perfectly well the two go together!


So of course, I had to wear them together for a first coord. I was really happy how it turned out!

Headband, necklace: handmade by me
Skirt: Triple Fortune
Shoes: Deichmann

I have another outfit to share with you; I wore it last friday when I went to Fantasy Basel, a Convention that took place for the first time this year. I had a lovely time, I'm curious if they organize the Con again next year!

Hat: decorated by me
Jsk: Long ears and sharp ears' studio
Shoes: Deichmann



Sonntag, 17. Mai 2015

Little Black Dress

Hi dolls,

between studying and sewing orders for my etsy shop, there's isn't much time left for making things for myself. But some days ago, I had a bit of time and some black jersey left, so I made a new dress for me!


The cut is very simple, slightly fitted at the waist with small sleeves and a neckline that's a bit lower than what I usually wear, but I really like the shape of it.


The neckline is serged with a strip of the same jersey, this gives it a nice and clean finnish.
And of course, I had to wear my new garment too:


It's super comfortable and also great for warmer weather  (^.^)