As of right now is there any combination of jewelry more hot than rose gold paired with the beauty of rose quartz gems?
Infatuation with pale pink reached its peak 2016 when rose quartz became color of the year. But lately there has been an extreme craze around the combination of the gem and rosé metal indicating that the trend will certainly carry itself over to 2017 at least in the jewelry world.
Indeed I find it very captivating, too and decided for this tiniest of drops on a super slim chain. The stone is without any visible inclusion, not that I would have mind but I came to like the clean look it gives me in this case. To follow a second trend I layered the necklace with another rose gold chain from which I removed the pendant as to not distract from the little rose quartz.
The day I made this selfie I also wore an almost complete pale pink outfit (similarly here) and together with the jewelry totally felt my look.
All jewelry pieces by Apricot Room.
I’m going to wear these beautiful earrings from Spanish brand PD PAOLA for Continue reading
Is it actually vintage when you found it in the backs of your own closet? Continue reading
These beautiful faceted stones in the image above are serpentines also called olive jade. This gem comes in a variety of green colors. Continue reading
These are teeny tiny gems attached on the daintiest of chains. From the left you see Continue reading
I’ve been test wearing this raw amethyst necklace all day long. It’s just too beautiful, really. Raw crystals in combination with gold are definitely to die for and among my favorite jewelry.
In the past I had difficulties finding druzies were the metal hardware matched my aesthetic standards and wouldn’t look too much DIY. Though these are very easy to make by yourself.
I love the necklace! It’s not very expensive (59 € by Apricot Room) but I feel like I am spending just too much on these little things these days… oh my conscience! I should be saving for the great vacations I plan this year.
// Wearing Massimo Dutti mens cashmere sweater, AG boyfriend denim, COS alpaca knit and big agate pearls on my wrist // 2nd image by Amanda Kingloff for etsy blog. A great DIY post for self made crystals.
I am totally obsessing over gemstones these days. I am drawn to anything colorful and glitzy since I am little, like every girl, I think. While in my fashion choices I have become more norm core understated naturally! my inner girl can look at gems and be happy about their light reflections for hours. I think gems are particular beautiful when they’re raw and in their natural crystal shapes but polished and not set in yet is also very delightful. Especially when you get to hold them in your hands and arrange them on the table after colors. I get better at identifying gems everyday though I still struggle with red and greens…
What’s the most current leg wear right now? It’s the mom jeans of course! I’ll tell you I have been seeing some really cool girls around town rocking Levi’s 501 like the 90’s never could. Continue reading
Maybe some of you did see these little bow studs in my last beauty post. They’re my newest addition in my collection of Byboe jewelry. The designer Annika Inez is based in New York and I love everything she creates. I practically worship every piece.
The bows are made of chain and are flexible which feels very unique. There’s just a little low point which is they don’t come with actual back earrings, you know those little butterflies which secure the studs, you only get silicone backs. Fortunately this is not noticeable on the ears and the look from the front is just oh so beautiful!!!
Did you grab anything of the Balmain x H&M collab? I was certainly interested in some of the pieces like that sparkly dress with the plunging v-neck but no way I would have gone through the torture of the actual in store experience. There were stampede like situations in Istanbul!
I once tried to get in online but like always the website had crashed so I decided that I wouldn’t waste my time further. Maybe for the better… All these people who I saw on Instagram photographing themselves with multiple bags must have spent several of their month’s rent, I think.
My friend managed to get onto the site and by the time of check out 1 piece of the 5 she picked remained in her basket. It was the silken black and white striped blouse. Upon arrival we were both so disappointed! The fit was so bad and the fabric although stated as silk reminded us more of a parachute. She sent it right away back.
At the end this collection is just H&M indeed.
And now I am curious did anyone of you splurge on #balmaination? And how is the outcome in your case?
Behind the rather sterile brand name of Cologne newcomer label Funktion Schnitt there is not another distributor for practical outdoorsy wear hidden, no no. I mean, it certainly would be a seemingly natural conclusion as it is a well-known fact that Germans love functional clothing, just have a look on our inner cities.
Funktion Schnitt is a lot cooler than that mostly due to its nice logo design and well curated Instagram while of course still not being devoid of practicability…Hello! It is still a German brand, right?
SeaCell is partly made of seaweed.
They only sell shirts, in four different garment qualities and various styles. But what my eco and organic obsessed self really likes is their sustainability philosophy.
When the Super Fashion Markt at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln happened I went and had a look. Like always I fell in love with the most expensive pieces, the merino t-shirts which come with a price tag of 70 €. Pretty reasonable, I think, but as I have bought so many things these days I could not shell out that much for a basic* though I was ready for a regular organic cotton half sleeve. It had a wider neck and would not peek out under my winter pullover if I layer for extra warmth. My choice fell on black but there was none in that style available at the time so I’ll wait until they open the pop-up store downtown.
Peter one of the brand founders gave me a sample size of their washing detergent for delicate garments. I am excited to try it out as I am always deeply worried about how to wash the good clothes.
* Still come to think of it if you have to choose I actually recommend at least go organic on basics and underwear. We wear them directly on our skin and tend to have them much longer stocked in our closets as I shamefully realized recently.
The Super Fashion Markt initiated around the fashion exhibition “LOOK! fashion designers A-Z” and I took the opportunity to examine that, too. Continue reading
Cologne loves Carnival. That has been made already clear before but I can’t help myself… it does get bigger with every year, no? Though nobody Bützes anymore (random kissing with everybody, mostly on the cheeks, no tongue involved).
Usually the peak is one week around Weiberfastnacht at the end of winter but the mad season actually starts on November 11. From then on the various committees and clubs will prepare for next years parades and feasts.
This Wednesday just like on Weiberfastnacht people partied hard on the streets and I saw more people than ever poured out for this occasion. I was ill so I abstained and had the outside view. On my way to buy tea and throat remedies there was the usual madness which young and drunk people tend to on festivals (well here it happens in broad daylight… in residential areas) but I also saw some pretty dope costumes.
Cologne had its rise of the hipster, too and what I love about that is the sense of originality. The portion of meticulously thought out and great DIY costumes was high. Fortunately the weather was also extremely mild and people did not have to wear coats so that I could admire them properly.
Mostly I did only a few random shots to document Ausnahmezustand but from that girl dressed as Leia in a very modern way I had to do a head to toe.
// click on the text links above to see techno gorilla from my Instagram //
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.