A lovely ring for each finger, each knuckle…My arms and fingers, I want shine extreme there.*
I like to adorn myself with metal jewelry and in that have always been more of a gold girl, by now obsessed with gold. Be it plated, filled or massive, I shun none. Though if I could choose it would surely always be real and matte. Special love also goes out to the rosy and brassy kinds.
Additionally a little sky blue will now also stand out on my right hand. A gold star with lots of tiny turquoise stones set in. I got this small eye catcher in a 1 square meter big shop at Karaköy. I can wear it on the pinky or on one of my knuckles.
I think jewelry is the best vacation souvenir. Small and precious it will remind you of the time you had on travel. Sure thinking of Turkey oriental gold bazars will come to mind but the numerous silver stands in smaller bazars or in places like Ortaköy are not to neglect also. The stands are stacked to the brim with rings, bracelets and necklaces. The majority will have some sort of ethnic design or worse case look tacky but in between lots of beautiful stuff is hidden and the gems are not plastic or glass… they’re usually real!
Even managed to get my friend one, too. Hers is more minimalistic but with a nice blue and a clear stone.
* And for the nails, don’t worry… tomorrow will be time to test out that Sally Hansen nude sample and give myself a manicure after months of neglecting them.
Though lovely the purchases I introduced you first from Istanbul were mass-produced high street clothes. Now. I shall show you the opposite, something truly handmade. If you visit Istanbul and are in need of a genuine Turkish present for someone back at home or even for yourself you totally should go to Mehmet Büyükashiks shop in Galata.
A big sign with the words Yakto Ipek Dokuma will mark the shop and though it means silk weaving you will also find a great selection of wonderfully patterned cotton hammam towels besides fine silk scarfs. In this borough are lots of other towel sellers situated with similar traditional patterns but go and feel the fabrics and you will notice the difference.
Half of his space is occupied by an impressing wooden weaving loom. When you enter the shop the serious and polite owner Mehmet who still weaves will greet you and be happy to tell you all about his fine craft.
I bought two really big towels and also took one of the scarfs with me. The scarf is woven out of black-grey cashmere and raw silk yarn and holds me warm since I came back. The temperatures here in Germany dropped right when I came back from vacation.
I like that the scarf seems rather unspectacular at first glance but then it convinces subversively with its quality, whenever I wear it people keep complimenting me for it. I think none of my accessories has gotten so much attention before.
If you happen to be offered any tea don’t insult Mehmet by declining whether you buy something or not. I did so and still regret it. Oh, and graffiti is pretty en vogue now in Istanbul.
Raw silk, from the cocoon to the yarnEvery garment gets washed before it hits the shop and will distribute a fresh and clean fragrance.
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These are the leather shorts from Mango and also the Bershka top I bought in Istanbul up close in my everyday surrounding. You see, totally wearable. I know these are no Turkish high street brands but as my family members who had come for a visit from the homeland started looting on Istiklal street I couldn’t hold myself, too.
The tee is more like a dress but has slits on each side up onto the ribcage. It feels less moderate this way, makes the front tuckable and the back like a tail.
Honestly it has been years since I bought anything from Mango and I have never shopped at Bershka Cologne. I got the impression that in the Istanbul locations more of their better items get stocked for the fashion savvy crowds there.
Especially Mango looked very classy and had a great selection of printed, wide legged pants. I should have tried them on, too as I couldn’t find any here in the stores. What a pity.
My trip to Istanbul has been a few weeks ago but memories are still vivid and I will make a post series about the city, sharing my experiences and reminisce about summer.
At first lets start with the few material things I took back to Germany. I will delve deeper into each product in the follow-up posts but for now just a quick overview.
You see from left to right gluten-free lady fingers, an original hammam towel and a raw silk/cashmere scarf from the same manufacturer, shirt from Bershka, genuine leather shorts from Mango, Urban Decay face primer and that tiny thing above is a silver ring with mini turquoise gem stones set in.
That’s all! You see, I am usually not the big shopper while on travel. I don’t see the point of buying stuff that I can easily get at home, too. Though I still love handcrafted items* and will hold my eyes open if I can spot at least one not too heavy souvenir. From many travels I have come back empty-handed with treasures only kept in my head. To have bought that much things at this vacation is actually an enormous spree when I come to think about it! And hold yourself, I even had presents for two of my friends! Wooha, introducing new habits here.
* Yes, I know there are high street clothes in the pic, totally opposite of ethnic. I just grabbed the opportunity for cool clothes and a highly favorable exchange rate for my money.