Thursday, 13 November 2008

fröken lila goes Comme des Garçons

this morning, h&m's cooperation with Comme des Garçons hit the stores. as a poor student saving up for a pair of great frames, i wasn't too excited when i saw polkadot blouses and shirts quite above my budget (even though i guess the price is alright). the things that would have interested me most would have been a trenchcoat and the two lovely dresses, but those three things would really have busted my bankaccount. as well, i wasn't too excited about the thought of getting up really early to join into a massive catfight at one of the two h&m stores in hamburg which got the line.

instead, i made up my own Comme des Garçons outfit with what i have at home this morning:

polkadot blouse: thrifted
grey jumper: vintage (was once my mother's)
skirt: lindex
tights with dalmatiner dots: h&m
shoes: skopunkten
bag: some store in oslo

other than that, i am waiting for a skirt from some previous collection by Comme des Garçons which i bought on ebay. it should arrive any day now:

an evening in hamburg

yesterday i went to hamburg to sniff perfumes, to look out for those frames in grey and to meet with a fellow blogger, ulrike, who writes Dotti's Dots. we had a great time at the café paris, drinking beer and talking about one thing and another and another and everything, basically. sadly enough (for me, as it is happy for her) she is moving away soon, but as the world is small and the internet makes it even smaller i guess we'll meet again. i mean, she has been to a restaurant in the little village where my godmother comes from, and that's a place nobody else i've ever met knows - apart from those living in the region, that is...

about the frames. well. i had a list of seven different opticians carrying chanel-frames. two of those where in a street i didn't find, two didn't exist any more and the other three didn't have that model. so. in the end, i found frames in what seemed to me the same greyish tone, tried them and asked the optician to take a picture of me:

the lighting there was weird, i think they looked better in real life than here, but i am quite convinced that the colour is not as nice as the dark red one.

i sniffed some perfumes and had some on my wrists as well. i got a sample of un jardin sur le nil by hermès, and sniffed the classic acqua di parma eau de cologne. not my thing at all. then i tried acqua di parma's fico di amalfi, which reminded me a lot of hermès' un jardin en méditerranée and which was really nice, and i also tried a classic dior fragrance, diorissimo, which is lily of the valley through and through. very much spring, i'd say, nothing for winter. but nice. i'll go on searching and trying and sniffing and smelling, it's a lot of fun to explore the world of fragrances...

Sunday, 9 November 2008

a fragrance for me

not only have i begun to search for a pair of new frames, i also started to look (and sniff) out for a new fragrance. the world of fragrances is not as scary as the world of make up has been for a long time, but it is just as huge and seemingly unorganized. where to start? what to look for? i have real difficulties saying what i like and what i dislike in a scent. i know it when i smell it.

so. here's my history. the first edt i ever owned was davidoff's "cool water". i got a sample at some point, didn't even like it so much at first but it grew on me and so i bought a small bottle which lasted me for about two years. then i looked for something in that direction and ended up with kenzo's "l'eau par kenzo". i still got about half the bottle left. a little later i got to smell "eau de cartier" which i really really liked but somehow i ended up buying cartier's "declaration". which i like a lot - on some days.

i finally realized that i really need more fragrances to actually be able to use one every day, which i really would like to. it's just that i prefer going without if i don't have a fragrance i like for the situation or mood i'm in.

the difficult question then was, or is, where to start with all those gazillions of bottles out there? the answer is probably rather simple, ask a friend.
my friend rana had talked about a fragrance she really likes at the moment, so i thought i'd just try it out. it was one of a series of three perfumes by hermès, "un jardin en méditerrannée". i thought it was interesting but maybe not so much me, so i tried another from the series as i found the idea of a garden fascinating. "un jardin sur le nil" felt like it suited me much better, and i am seriously considering it (but first i'll have to try it out a few more times. it is so important to try fragrances more than once before buying, as you may like them one day but detest another). i still want to try out the third one, "un jardin après le mousson" which another friend of mine is quite in raptures about.

as i also want to know what it is that i like in a perfume, i started reading reviews and one thing led to another, i found other interesting descriptions of scents worth trying.

one that i got a sample of today is another by hermès, "kelly caleche". it is not at all like anything i have ever had on my skin before and i couldn't stop sniffing my wrist since i put it on. it has a light sense of leather somewhere within a cloud of flowers. it made me feel sexy. and sophisticated. and very feminine. just the thing. i guess it's the first totally feminine fragrance i ever really liked on myself.

what do you like in a fragrance? and what do you detest? would you recommend anything especially, from what you know about me through my blog?

sunday coffee

today i went to hamburg to meet my cousin who is doing his internship at airbus in a small town close to hamburg. we almost never meet, basically only every other anniversary on my father's side of the family, so it was really cool to meet him outside those rather festive occasions. he looks exactly like my youngest brother, the only difference must be that my brother has much wider/broader shoulders. anyway, it was nice to meet him and talk smalltalk and ask about the family and his sister (who is said to look almost exactly like me - the difference is that i have a larger bust and a more creative style of clothing, in my opinion at least) and studying and airplanes.

so. this is what i wore today. i forgot to wash my hair (well, partly i was too lazy and then i only have warm water for either taking a shower or washing my hair, and it was too late to heat the water once more before i had to leave when i realized that i needed to wash it), so i made a neat bun in the neck and had my hair tight to my head, which is a hairdo i like a lot and which even looks nice with unwashed hair. like this at least it sits as it should and doesn't drop after ten minutes.

blue shirt: bikbok
white top and blue tights: h&m
skirt: adessa
boots: vagabond

and by the way, did anybody see that i used my freshly purchased eye make-up today? i guess nobody did. i even had some rouge on, which was definitely not too much as it doesn't show on the pictures. see this post just down here for close ups in case you want to take a closer look, but i guess the frames take it all away...

eyes and frames

well. i want new frames for my glasses. and rana found really perfect ones, by chanel (don't even ask the price!!) which i like for myself as well. i was able to borrow them in two colours from my local optician, so i made some pictures. sadly enough, they didn't have them in the colour i would like to have, so i'll check in hamburg if i can find them there.

dark red. really nice. but. i love red clothing and am afraid that they won't work out well with everything. also, i'd have to really take care with the colours i use for my make-up.

i think these are the ones rana bought. a dark brown with lighter spots here and there. the lighter parts are two yellowy for my taste and my face i think, and the rest too dark. oh well.

those would be the ones i think would suit me best. light grey. i sooo much hope i can try them on next week in hamburg. i borrowed the picture from the chanel homepage, by the way.

what do you think? which colour, what do you think about the form?

Saturday, 8 November 2008

dance like a criminal

if fred astaire had still lived to hear and dance to michael jackson's "smooth criminal", i am sure he would have made a video like this:

it's plain fantastic. just think, to be able to dance like this. and those clothes!!!

Monday, 3 November 2008

random things

some week ago i was tagged by "all this happiness", a blog which i highly recommend reading as it is just wonderfully sweet.

6 random things about me

1. i'm a tea addict. i usually drink one big pot (almost 1 liter) black ceylon tea in the morning, and depending on time, temperature and mood i drink between one and three more pots during the rest of the day, especially early evening. then it will not be black tea but either fruit, spice or herbal tea.

2. when i was a kid, i guess i must have been four or five years old, i was bitten by a huge german schäfer at a friend's birthday party. since i was born i had always had a spot in the rightside region of my waist which was a bit darker than the rest fo my skin. the dog bit me excactly there, making the mark even more visible through the scar. i used this spot as an excuse for not wearing a bikini during my teenage years.

3. giving presents to people who i like can, at times, be enormously important to me and then i will spend hours on finding just the right thing, wrapping it up, writing a nice card - and obsessing on how and when would be the perfect time to hand it over. if i am very close with a person who is supposed to get a present from me, i also have difficulties of keeping my mouth shut about it, but will give hints or talk about having found the perfect gift. and i am always really proud about myself if i actually keep my mouth shut!

4. i am one of the few people who stay in the cinema until the text has gone all through, and i can get very annoyed if people get up and stand in the way when i want to sit and see who was responsible for the costumes. i also get very annoyed if the people who run the cinema turn on the lights before the text has rolled through. and i probably am one of two people in the world clapping my hands at the end of a good movie.

5. during fifth grade, my way home from school used to be really long, and even though i had a bike most of it was going uphill and really tiring. then i started imagining that i could fly home and my bike would find its own way there. ever since i imagine me flying whenever i am bored of walking or biking somewhere.

6. during 5 years of university i have lived in 7 different houses in two different countries. that's pretty impressive i'd say. the result is that i find moving rather annoying now and i wish i will not have to do it in a while.

6 random things i like

1. sitting alone in the cinema watching a good movie.

2. recieving and writing old fashioned handwritten letters and cards. i love to open my postbox and do it almost every time i pass it.

3. spices. a big favourite is cinammon and ginger in fruit sallad. i also like spices in chocolate. chili or rose pepper in dark chocolate, cardamom in milk chocolate.

4. the smell and feeling of new sheets on my bed.

5. gratin. if i could i would have cheese baked over basically everything. apart from cakes and deserts, that is.

6. the mountains.

6 random things i don't like

1. smelly people. cold smoke and cold sweat, especially on men who apparantly haven't showered for weeks. i have a rather sensitive nose.

2. dogs in stores. dogs smell and lose loads of hair, they put their nose in and on everything and some also salivate wherever they go. i am not allergic to pet hair (and i am happy for this), but others may be, and i find it rude to take your dog into h&m where it will leave its hair and bacteria on the clothes which other people want to try on before buying. even worse is people takign their dogs into grocery stores. there are things i want to eat, and i don't want anybody's dog's nose on them! i think it should be a common rule of good manners to leave your dog at home while shopping, and i don't understand why people obviously don't think about these things.

3. noise pollution on public transportation. i do not want any random person sitting close by to decide that right now it is time for some hip hop or metal being presented for the whole bus through their bad quality earphones. also, i do not want to hear other people shouting into their mobile phones when i happen to stand next to them on the tram. and the fact that you can use your mobile phone as a kind of modern juke box does not imply that you have to play the dj for the whole train department now when somebody else would like to sit quietly and read.

4. asparagus. there are very few things i do not like to eat, but asparagus is one of those few things.

5. spiders. it is not a total phobia anymore, but i still have problems with those really ugly big fat ones.

6. people who don't know how to behave in a theatre or cinema. that is, people who talk, throw popcorn around and forget to turn off their mobile phones and generally behave as if they were at home and not in a public place where they might offend others.

now you know a little more about me. oh. when i read the things i don't like it almost looks like i don't like people. i do like people, in general. i just don't like some ways of behaviour. maybe i am too sensitive? what do you think about these issues?

anyway, i tag the following 6 blogs:

the suburban queen
dotti's dots
strawberry kitten
betty lou got a new
om stil
almost stylish

Sunday, 2 November 2008

selling more

i just put another dress and another pair of boots on ebay. the link is under the pictures...

i bought this dress for a northern soul party in göteborg, about two and a half years ago during my stay as an exchangestudent in sweden. i guess it's from the 60s, maybe early 70s, and perfect mod-style. it was really tight then already, but since then it seems to have shrunk some more.. =) or maybe, i grew out of it. i only used it once and loved it tremendously, but it's no use having it hang in my wardrobe as i probably never ever will fit into it again. as you see on the picture, it is very tight. i had to hold my breath for taking the pictures and hoped all the time it wouldn't burst. it didn't. if you are a small 36 or a 34, you can buy it here.

the boots were another miss from ebay. i liked them a lot and also used them every now and then, whenever i knew i wouldn't have to walk more than 20m. they are just a size too small. very comfortable, otherwise i wouldn't even have used them for 20m-distances, but i guess they would like to be worn more often. so, if you are a size 37, you can grab a bargain here.

oh, and by the way. the boots from this post haven't sold yet. in case you are interested, write a comment.