A while ago I promised telling you about my & Other Stories beauty purchases. Some time has passed and I got to use all of them more than a few times so I can clearly give a final impression.
My resumé is a little mixed as I only liked two out of the three products. I bought lipstick for 15 €, white eye liner 8 € and travel size of Body Lotion for the ridiculous amount of only 1 €. & Other Stories also offers some cool, sometimes organic brands in their shelves but I concentrated on their in-house line. Their beauty products locate in the middle price range and all come in an incredible amount of different shades and gorgeous packaging.
As you can see applied it is much brighter than in the tube. On my lips even more so. Sadly it performs really streaky. Which is a shame considering the price. One buck more and I could have had a MAC one! Seriously girls even my cheapest drugstore brand lipsticks behave better. They may not have as much pigment and not be matte but at least there is no weird streakiness going on. I really tried to make it work (with lip balm underneath, powder above, blotting and more) because the color is actually perfect. I have been looking for the perfect peachy nude shade quite a while and thought I found it.
What does that teach me: Never again lipstick shopping while your lips are already painted with long lasting red color. The tubes looked so cute and I really wanted to have this. Usually I would have tested but who wants to wipe off mentioned long lasting lipstick right in the middle of the store and then in front of everybody swipe some of them well tested tubes on? I only swatched at the back of my hand which came out well and hoped for the price they wouldn’t sell trash…
So to the next product. This is the white eye liner. Actually it is not white white, it’s more white with a hint of rose. The name states linen white for it.
This time I even have some pics wearing the product.
On the lid it comes off as white but I think it is still more flattering and everyday wearable than a titanium white. Especially considering my skin tone. Most people use white liner in the inner eye rim to give a more open impression. Been there, too… don’t like that very much on me.
I used it on my upper lid instead of black liner aiming to channel those runway model looks from the last seasons. Some of them were quite daring. I kept it low key.
Overall I liked the liner. It’s high pigmented, doesn’t smudge and was easy to use. Sometimes bright eye liners can get caught up in your lashes which looks really weird. Like if you just woke up, if you know what I mean… thankfully that doesn’t happen with this one.
With Other Stories Body Lotions I am deeply in love. I already have the rose scented hand and the body lotion. And I think it is the best rose scent ever. Not too sweet or flowery with a hind of cedar. Scented creams usually keep failing me as they’re very often high in alcohol. So instead of giving moisture they dry out the skin. Also the scent is very often too sticky and off-putting. I was really curious if that would be the case here, too. But obviously investing in a perfume designer who has a name and doesn’t want to loose it seems to pay off. Behind all of & Other Stories Lotion and cream scents stands perfume designer Ben Gorham of famous show-stopper brand Byredo.
The sugar crush lotion also has a really delicious scent. A warm caramel scent similar of freshly made candy. You want to bite right into it! Surprisingly the lotions and creams perform insanely good. Something I can’t say to a big amount of lotions of all kinds of brands, high and low, sitting useless in my drawer. My skin, actually the outer epidermis can get really dry and hard and the wrong product will result in strawberry bumps or worse but the & Other Stories kept everything smooth.
I say go for this one, too.
I am not a professional food photographer but hopefully you still can see the poached egg goodness going on in my lunch there. Hmmm.
Shakshuka or Melemen, it’s what they call it in Turkey, is one of my favorite meals. Besides from being absolutely delicious it can be prepped in about no time. And just like pizza this dish is open for variation, meaning add whatever your fridge offers on left overs, it’ll only get better.
Just at the end of the cooking crack an egg over the pan, cover with a lid and poach it while turning the heat off. The remaining heat will be sufficient.
I also sprinkled some Jalapeños on top which I had pickled myself just the day before.
As for the rice you see underneath usually Shakshuka is accompanied by bread but I am trying to cut down on gluten in my diet for a better skin condition.
Head over to the New York Times dining section on Youtube where the great red headed Melissa Clark will give you a mouth watering two minute video on how to make Shakshuka properly. As I said my recipe is slightly variated if anyone is interested in my take just leave a comment.
Have you heard of the My Stealthy Freedom movement?
London based journalist Masih Alinejad has started it from her Facebook page where you can see pics of Iranian women lifting their scarfs more or less in public. This opposes law in Iran but nonetheless women keep sending pictures in. Some being quite risky like posing in city parks.
The stories behind the pictures are quite touching, too. And as someone who has spent a little time in Iran and in other middle eastern countries I can feel them.
As I always had the hardest time when we would be spontaneous at the sea or a great pool without segregated areas. The men would get almost naked and spring into the refreshing water while we women would have had to do the same in full clothing which we didn’t. Most times only our toes touched the blue of the sea.
My last visit to Iran was in 2010 where we did a round trip through all big historic sites. One really hot day in West Azarbaijan we visited the zoroastrian fire temple Takht-e Soleymān. Such an amazing complex of ancient buildings! Right after we went over to the nearby crate which is called Zendan-e Soleyman and to reach its top you have to do a little hike. In that heat it seemed like climbing a big mountain and as I was occupied moving upwards in my full black clothing and Converse chucks I just didn’t notice how my scarf fell off my head unto my shoulders. As I came aware, you know what… I simply didn’t care, my German co-travellers, too. There was no one else except for us as nobody comes there the heights of summer. It felt so freeing, in that moment Iran was a place like anywhere else in the world. Just us and a normal summer day in nature looking at old ruins.
Oh, how I miss that country…
It’s a lazy sunday partly spent just looking through pics of the last bygone days and as I am a really huge sucker for weddings I still drool over US socialite Olivia Palermo’s and our German export Johannes Hübl’s wedding moment past weekend.
The uber-stylish couple tied the knot officially in a civil wedding and played news agency afterwards spreading words themselves via Instagram and Olivia’s own website.
Since their big time short-clip announcement in December I anticipated eagerly huge features at Vogue, Martha Stewart and so on from their celebrations. In case you don’t know the couple, both are known for their great sense of style and impeccable clothing. Living a very public life and using social media for their fame it seemed like they would make a huge deal out of the nuptials.
Just that the exact opposite happened… still I am not disappointed. The two publicized images bear a lot more beauty and to analyze than some other wedding with hundreds and hundreds of pics and hour long videos.
He wore a perfectly fitted white!!! suit by his Hamburg based tailor Marc Anthony. Props to this tailor. White suits are never easy especially when they’re going to be worn by the groom. He not only managed not to look like an idiot but perfectly dapper. And I am even more impressed by his unconventional tie choice: a knitted blue Charvet tie. Very chic.
OP’s attire came from Carolina Herrera. The look was low key but nothing simple. In fact I think both looked very refined. Olivia wore shorts beneath her puffy layers of see-through tulle which seems a very edgy look for this upper-class bride and so appropriate looking at the sunny weather in the photos. Her hair and make up were not made up heavily instead she sported calculated messiness in a ponytail and a fresh face close to her usual appearance. And yet she looks so ethereal and even more bridal than anything perfectly powdered and polished could ever achieve. Somehow I think Olivia Palermo resembles a lot Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Don’t you think, too?
Remember the blue Manolo Blahnik shoes from the first Sex and The City Movie? Blue Satin with crystal embellishment and mid high heel? Since the movie they became iconic for a lot of brides to be.They’re so common it becomes unexpected again when a style icon like Olivia Palermo wears them to her wedding.
To explain for my international readers. There is this tradition in the States where the bride needs to have something blue to wear with her. Be it a accessory, clothing or a token. A lot of women choose a garter for this, a whole lot of others choose blue shoes and them very often being this exact model of Manolo Blahniks. Proof? See here.
Johannes stated a hint that this was only ‘part one’… We shall see if there is more to come and feed us wedding inspiration hungry. Not that there is one to plan but one can still collect, no?
It is a lovely summer day up here in Cologne and I have been listening to this song over and over again:
Oh my! Those smooth summer vibes…
What a sweet girl Rita is! Her make up is always flawless and the styling totally spot on. A big 90’s flashback hipstery going on here with lots of playful skin flashing accompanied by Chanel and Moschino bling. Click here for a behind the scenes video where your eyes can linger a little longer on the outfits in between cuts. In private she sometimes goes a little wacky like down below. But that’s in Glastonbury, a time to get yourself as dirty as your Hunter boots.
Responsible for the uplifting dance-pop vibe of her last single is her now ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris. If the general style seems familiar to you, that’s because the clip was directed by Francesco Carrozzini who in the past has also worked with Beyoncé. I am not sure who to credit as stylist as I couldn’t find any names in my quick research but looking at the outcome it seems that Ritas stylists Kyle Devolle and Jason Rembert had their hands on.
Since last week Replay has launched its new eco warrior campaign to promote their newest take in eco-friendly jeans. As you can see in the above image they take the campaign name really serious and show off a beautiful girl FEMEN style wearing the new Replay Laserblast L.I.F.E in the boyfriend cut being arrested by some pretty highly harnessed policemen. This is clever as it also transports the sexual vibe which alway comes in very handy in advertising denim.
Of course there is also a male counterpart, fortunately for us styled the same way:
Ain’t this some piercing eyes? Reading through the press material it turns out those two are more than just pretty faces, they’re actual environment activists. Nice! And Replay supports their causes.
Replay also produced a cinematographic clip full of half naked, good looking people. It is advertisement but feels more like a Woodkid video clip located in a wonderfully green forest. With showing the aggressive movement I like that the viewer gets a good impression of the jeans look and fit. The male ones look en vogue, a little tight but not too much with a low waist. Interesting that Replay decided to not go mainstream in the female department. Right now where everybody is calling for the high rise Replay stays ‘conservative’ and only releases low waist. And the video proofs they’re not kidding marking the cut low waist. Watching it I was surprised not to see any butt cracks!!!
So what is it about this new technology that makes the new styles so eco-friendly? A few years ago Replay sold organic cotton jeans which are sadly nowhere to be found anymore. Using organic cotton fabric meant less pesticides in the growing process. But there are more ways to get jeans eco-friendly. As we all know creating distressed denim wastes and pollutes a lot of water in the process. First a lot of hazardous chemicals need to be used for coloring, bleaching, washing and printing. Then comes the sandblasting which is highly harmful for the factory workers.
Replay states that its Laserblast technology relies on a coloring technique using natural pigments of mineral origin giving the fabric a used look right from the beginning. For distressing they use laserblasting instead of sandblasting which is then followed by stone washing to soften the look.
I hopped over to the website and compared the looks. I have to say that I like the end results of the new technique much more than the regular distressed style. It seems more refined and smooth.
The price point is still very high but I think this brand makes a good step in the right direction and I appreciate that. If the end results harm the environment less and are beautiful, why not?
Now let’s hope that they’ll also make a comeback of the organic fabric then I will be completely sold.
This is a mobile camera photo of Henrik Vibskov and me from his exhibition opening event.
It took me two glasses of bubbly to actually approach him and ask questions about his art. I think I mostly managed well. He was really nice and answered everything as you can see he even allowed me a photo.
I told him that his wall knit-art reminded me of Iranian nomad rugs and wanted to know if he knot them himself. That would really have knocked me out because it takes a whole lot of time and skills to get to this size and number.
It is very common especially under busy artists that have already made it to get their work done by their assistants, like for example Jeff Koons does. There is no shame in it, still the helpers usually never get mentioned.
And as a clothing designer Henrik Vibskov is surely already used to delegate the creational process of his ideas to others. This was also the case with the knits. He pointed me to a group of good-looking and fashionable people at the door and told me that they were his team.
I immediately took a photograph of them, too. To show you and acknowledge the people who stand behind the artist and help him to get big.
How nice of Henrik to take his team with him and share the success. Also how great is his clothing line! Found this shirt pic on Henriks Instagram:
I think it’s for male but would wear it immediately.
BTW really worth to follow him, look at that piece!!!
Let me show you my take on eco-friendly gift wrapping.
- Create a greeting card yourself. This might scare you but it is not difficult or time consuming. Just take some piece of paper or card board and write something nice. Even scraps would do as we live in the fortunate times of hipstery where unperfection is considered as artsy. If your just a little bit talented paint something on one side. Watercolor will always look beautiful. Then you will have invested your time in being creative and have more for actual gift shopping. Believe me, this will be appreciated.
- Now to the wrapping. Use brown kraft paper from a roll or news-paper if the present is bigger. A simple all-time classic I remember well from my childhood when Müsli-loving parents of classmates were already on the clean environment bandwagon. If the present is nice and tiny you can also just rip out a page of some glossy magazine like Vogue. Once packed it will look like regular wrapping paper.
- In the end just tie everything together with some hemp twine. There you have it then: a perfectly wrapped present with a bow and no bad conscience because as everything is biodegradable.
May the lavish decadence of gifting each other take on but from now on more in zen with nature and our wallets.
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What a beauty! Picture by her bf J. Schneider. They make such a blogging dream team.
She is one of two finalists from the Blogger Contest I also took part, see my last post. And as Lisa is also from Cologne and she put so much effort into her post I am not a bit jealous that I didn’t make it but she. At least Cologne is in the competition, showing everybody that we know fashion.
The poll is open until June 10th!
And know let’s get to the events:
The great Henrik Vibskov is coming to the city! Showing his newest exhibition ‘Vibskovski;72′ of course at Gallery Ruttkowski;68. Exhibition opening on Friday. I’m so excited!!! I’m looking forward to meet the artist. Hopefully he will be present.
I love it that he is an all rounder. Yes, from music, blogging and design, he is doing everything and nobody can stick him into one corner!
Henrik Vibskov creates these fabulous and sweet sculptures sometimes reminding of voodoo dolls. They’re definitely my fave. Images by Ruttkowski;68 Instagram account.
At saturday you can visit the Belgisches Viertel again for the le bloc happening. The whole quarter will be occupied with events and action all about fashion and design. Program starts at 12 p.m continuing deep into the night.
Cologne has a very creative and active scene and I am proud that we’re presenting this with such great events. Sadly I have to work almost the whole day but then I’ll head straight to some fashion shows of local designers and to the sweet Boutique Belgique. They have a backspace where will be a sale with lots of music and fun.
Art movies about the districts of Köln will be shown and producers will be able to present themselves throughout the day. All of this accompanied by music and refreshment, of course.
Fortunately the weather as the forecast says will be perfect for those kind of outdoor fun. Hot and sunny, yay!
Hope to see you there, folks!
Sie ist eine der Finalistinnen des Blogger Contests an dem ich auch teilgenommen hab, siehe meinen letzten Beitrag. Und ich bin kein Stück neidisch deswegen, da Lisa auch aus Köln bloggt und ihr Beitrag ist ja auch super schön geworden.
In ihrem Blog geht es um Personal Style und zusammen mit ihrem Freund, der die High End Fotos schießt, bildet sie ein absolutes Dream Team.
Die Abstimmung geht bis zum 10. Juni.
Und jetzt zu den Events:
Der unglaublich talentierte Henrik Vibskov ist in der Stadt and wir können heute seine neueste Ausstellung „Vibskovski;72“ in der Galerie Ruttkowski;68 bewundern. Ich hoffe sehr, dass er bei dem Opening Event anwesend sein wird und man ihm begegnen kann.
Henrik Vibskov ist ein Allrounder, der es bisher nicht zugelassen hat, in eine Schublade gesteckt zu werden. Vom Klamottendesign und Musik bis hin zum Bloggen macht er alles und das gut!
Aus seinen Kunstkreationen gefallen mir die kleinen Skulpturen am besten. Wahrscheinlich weil sie irgendwie süß und farbenfroh sind. Da schlägt mein Mädchenherz hoch… ob das die Rezeption ist, die sich der Künstler wünscht?
Am Samstag könnt ihr dem Belgischen Viertel gleich wieder einen Besuch abstatten, denn das ganze Viertel wird vom le bloc Happening okkupiert. Lokale Kreative und Designer präsentieren den ganzen Tag hindurch ihre Arbeit und alle ansässigen Boutiquen und Lokale machen dabei mit.
Das offizielle Programm beginnt ab 12 Uhr mittags und geht bis abends.
Köln hat soviel an Kreativität und Mode zu bieten, ich find’s toll, dass wir uns endlich mit solchen Events präsentieren und alle daran teilhaben lassen.
Leider muss ich beinah den ganzen Tag arbeiten, aber gleich, wenn ich Schluss hab, werd ich mich in das Parkhaus in der Maastrichterstraße begeben und mir die 20 Uhr Modenschau ansehen. Im Anschluss geht es dann in die Boutique Belgique, wo es einen großen Sale mit Live-DJ Musikbegleitung und Drinks geben wird.
Falls Mode nicht ganz euer Ding ist, ihr aber dennoch künstlerisch interessiert seid. Dann habt ihr Glück, denn zur selben Zeit samstags findet das Odonien Veedelsfilm Festival statt.
Das Odonien bietet ebenfalls eine Menge Open Air Fläche und passenderweise wird das Wetter fantastisch sein!!! Es gibt Kunstfilme über bestimmte Kölner Viertel, die Produzenten stellen sich auch vor, und natürlich auch Musik und Erfrischungen.
Ihr seht, hier passiert einiges.
See you :)))
There is this fun Blogger-Contest at fashionchick.de and I decided to take part!
The winner gets the chance to attend Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, yay.
This incredible raincoat-dress in a chiffony material from COS is my absolute staple at summer. It’s easy-breezy while it will still safe me from those sudden downpours. Doesn’t it look very Celine-ish? I love it when practicability gets combined with good design. Nothing more satisfying as to be dressed appropriate and to look good at the same time, no? Still haven’t met anyone else who owns a raincoat like this, too.
Underneath I’m wearing Acne Shorts and COS black top. You can see them shine through. And not to forget my hot heels from FCUK. At such a height they’re really comfortable but of course I would take flats with me as Amsterdam calls for strolls through its Grachten.
Let’s hope I’ll win because I really wanna go there and have a look at the great innovative fashion the Netherlands are known for!
A few days have gone by since the collaboration launch between Russian designer Vika Gazinskaya and & Other Stories of Swedish retail giant H&M. Beforehand the brand, a master of feathery light marketing, teased us heavily with beautifully shot campaign images.
Vika Gazinskaya seems like an obvious choice for this hyped brand as she is already an established persona under fashionistas. As part of the fabulous Russian fashpack she awes street style photographers regularly during Paris fashion week while at the same time delivering actual contribution into the fashion circus with her simple yet very feminine clothing line.
Accordingly to Vikas regular creations the collab mostly consist of dresses, each with a little twist. Some are very sleek, others all-over printed with her signature pencil strokes, strongly reminiscent of & Other Stories beautiful brushstroke package design and here and there you’ll find some girly embellishment like big bows and puff sleeves.
Sadly the quality proofs not very convincing as & Other Stories again decided to use a heavy synthetic fabric. Especially the white collared dress with the pencil stroke print came out disappointing. It looked like an absolute must-have in the campaign images and I really wanted to add it onto my shopping bag. Now I’m really happy that I first took a look in the store…
As usual for this retailer there is actually nothing to complain about the cut but the weird fabric which also looks like it would pill any moment is so off-putting and makes the puffy dresses seem deflated. At seeing them I couldn’t avoid thinking of our beloved 80s movie Pretty in Pink. What a pity, I really thought the clothes would consist of the good old cotton. No wonder there were still so many left on the hangers.
A quick look around the store made me aware that synthetics are the fabrics of choice at & Other Stories. If you’re lucky you get a good one, like the dress I ordered back in December but chances are high that you’re not.
At the end the collaboration is still a big coup for the brand and the designer as it created a big buzz around the web with beautiful pics that will stay. Also once a shopping hungry costumer is lured into the bright store it’s dead sure that she won’t be leaving without a purchase. As it happened to me… I lost myself in the beauty aisle and took some goodies home at least. Enough to talk about in a post soon.
Seit mehr als ein paar Tagen schon ist die Kollaboration zwischen der russischen Designerin Vika Gazinskaya und dem schwedischen H&M Ableger & Other Stories käuflich zu erwerben.
Zuvor wurden wir Mädels mit Teaser Kampagnen ordentlich getriezt und auf die Stücke heiß gemacht. Wie ginge es denn auch anders, sind die Verantwortlichen bei & Other Stories doch Meister der federleichten Vermarktung.
Vika Gazinskaya ist unter den Fashionistas dieser Welt bereits eine etablierte Persönlichkeit. Als Teil des russischen Fashpacks bringt sie regelmäßig alle während der Pariser Fashion Weeks mit ihren modernen Styles in Verzückung und liefert gleichzeitig darüber hinaus mit einfachen und doch mädchenhaften Kleiderkreationen einen echten Leistungsbeitrag im Modezirkus ab.
Die Kampagnenfotos wirken dementsprechend wie eine natürliche Erweiterung des bisher gesehenen. Die Marke und die Designerin passen perfekt ineinander. Auf der einen Seite haben wir ein Gesicht geliebt von Bloggern und andererseits eine von Bloggern verehrte Marke.
Die Kollektion besteht hauptsächlich aus den für die Designerin typischen Kleidern mit Twist. Manche sind sleek, einige mit dem sehr wiedererkennbaren Bleistiftstrichprint der Designerin, der an die schöne Pinselstrichbedruckung auf den & Other Stories Verpackungen erinnert, und andere wiederum haben gänzlich unminimalistische Stoffverzierungen angebracht.
Leider erweist sich die Qualität der Kleider als leicht unterirdisch, so dass es mich nicht gewundert hat, diese noch in en masse im Laden hängen zu sehen, obwohl der Launch doch wieder soviel her ist. Besonders das weiße Kleid mit dem blauen Bleistiftstrichprint und dem Kragen hat mich enttäuscht, während es in der Kampagne noch wie das absolute Must Have ausgesehen hat und ich es mir unglaublich gern in meinen Einkaufskorb gewünscht hatte, war ich jetzt doch sehr froh es im Store zuerst in Augenschein nehmen zu können.
An den Schnitten ist wie üblich nichts auszusetzen, aber leider haben die Kleider eine weitere Gemeinsamkeit mit der regulären Kollektion: & Other Stories nutzt gerne Synthetikstoffe und wie ich beim Durchsehen im Laden festgestellt habe, beinah ausschließlich welche mit merkwürdig dicker Haptik, anscheinend hatte ich bei meiner letzten Errungenschaft Glück. Schade, denn in den Kampagnenbildern wirkt alles wie solide Baumwolle.
Ich habe wirklich versucht dem Kleid etwas abzugewinnen, aber die Vorstellung diesen unbiegsamen Stoff, der sehr nach Pilling aussah, auf dem Körper auszuführen war mir dann doch zuviel. Und der Rest der Kollaborationsstücke war noch schlimmer, durch die Stoffwahl wirkten manche ähnlich Luftballons denen die Luft entwichen ist, ein wenig wie 80er Jahre Promdresses.
Letztendlich wird die Kollaboration, aber kein Fail gewesen sein, denn sind wir Frauen erstmal in kauffreudiger Laune in den Laden gelockt, lassen wir in der Regel auch etwas von unserem harten Geld da.
In meinem Fall waren es dann ein paar hübsche Kleinigkeiten aus der Beautyabteilung über die ich dann demnächst berichten werde.