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 a pic 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 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.