We’ve had some extreme heat the past couple of days, but you know what? I’m not even complaining. After such a long and grey winter, I’m happy with every bit of summer I can get. Be warned: if you ever visit Berlin, it should be in summer. That’s when the city reaches its full potential of events, picnics, flowers, lakes, produce, and everything else that makes for an easy living. These photos are just partial evidence.
Since we talked about flamingos recently, I thought I’d go on a treasure hunt on ever-inspiring Etsy and see what’s up. And I’ll tell you what: flamingos are so popular. Especially with weddings and bachelorette parties! This post is a little more universal than that, cause anyone with a love of pink is gonna love these handmade pieces. Click on each one to go to the respective shops.
Kling dress + Maguba sandals + flea market pin
If you’re following me on Instagram, you might have seen this spot before. The story is that I’ve passed by this apartment building all winter long while going to work. I liked it, but never stopped to take a picture, because it looked just a little too empty. And then summer came. The turquoise window frames were suddenly perfectly complemented by bushes of perfect pink hydrangeas. It’s impressive how different the same place can look in various seasons! And I have to say, I do love the German way of gardening and landscape design.
Moving on to my outfit, I’ve been waiting a long time to wear this dress! I got it in winter on sale (and it came in a pizza box, seriously?), and I haven’t found the right way to layer it, so I simply kept it in my closet, waiting for warmer times. I just love the neckline, the flowy skirt, and the atypical hot color. The sandals are another item I’ve been keeping in my closet for a long time, due to weather reasons. They’re my first pair of Swedish clogs, from Maguba. I wanted some so badly, and it feels rather nice to finally be able to walk on wooden soles!
I never thought I’d post a Thom Browne collection on this here blog (or even a resort one for that matter). And yet here we are. The resort collection is a nod to mid-century Americana, and it’s unlike anything the designer has shown before. I mean, look at those bags, shaped like adorable animals and toys! Look at those mismatched socks. And the anchor-shaped heels on those pumps or the tricolor ribbon bows on the brogues..? Not to mention the pastels! That group shot with the dachshund bags could just as well be the poster to Wes Anderson’s next film.
I think street style as a phenomenon is starting to fade. I noticed I’m collecting way less street shots on my Pinterest board and it’s harder for me to get excited about this or that look when it feels like I’ve already seen everything. But that might also just be a phase, what do you think? I still love pairing fashion with random things in a visually pleasant manner, and this is the latest installment. I’ve made another comparison with (pre-war) travel posters a while ago, but there’s just so many inspiring designs out there, I had to repeat the theme.
Have you noticed that flamingos are everywhere lately? I don’t remember a bird being so popular since owls had their big hit. I blame it on the mid-century lawn flamingos and the revival of everything related to the era, but also on their beautiful, irresistible color. I tried to fight the trend, but I soon caved in. I needed some flamingos in my home, so I made them with really few supplies and so easily. I made ten (although, after a while, it was hard to stop making them) and hung them by the window in a garland. Want to try for yourself?
What you need:
- pink yarn
- pink pipe cleaner
Start by cutting two cardboard circles of the same size. Then cut out a smaller circle inside each one, to create a donut shape.
Cut a very long piece of yarn. Put the cardboard circles together and wrap them in yarn, until fully covered.
Next, slide the scissors between the circles and start cutting the yarn all around the edge.
Separate the two circles slightly, and tightly knot a piece of yarn at the middle, leaving the ends long, to act as legs. This is a good time to cut the pipe cleaner to the size you want the flamingo neck to be. Slide a piece of pipe cleaner in the hole inside the pompom.
Remove the cardboard circles carefully and trim the pompom if necessary. Model the neck of the flamingo with your hands and you’re done!
Make as many of these as you need for a party garland, or use a single one to top a pretty gift. And I’m sure there are other uses I haven’t yet thought of!
Cliche? Yes. Necessary summer after summer? Also a yes. You can’t miss nautical vibes this time of the year, no matter how hard you try. The easiest thing is to stop trying and give in to the temptation. Just, you know, close your eyes and imagine you’re on a beach. But don’t close them just yet, cause the best is yet to come!
Click on each picture to get to the mother source.
On the first day of June, I happened to be cycling in the sun, noticing for the hundredth time that street numbers here are pretty impressive. There’s just tons of variety around the city and good designs on almost every street! I went back a few meters to take a picture of a particularly good one, and I thought maybe one day I’ll turn this into a project. Then it hit me: it’s the first of the month, so why not start right away? So I’ve been instagramming a corresponding street number every day in June, and I plan on doing so until the end of the month.
The first few days were a little hard – I would leave this task for the evening, and get stuck with a bad, random shot like that 4 above. But then I became more disciplined and now I’m choosing the numbers I post more carefully. The whole thing is an exercise – in patience, in discipline, but also in moving around more and getting to know the city a little better. You can follow along on Instagram, where the dedicated hashtag is #berlinbynumbers.
Tiralahilacha dress (c/o) + Saltwater sandals + Miffy pin
It was my birthday yesterday, and I was very pleased to be able to take the day off, go outside and play. First on my list was a cafe/restaurant in a bus (Pförtner Cafe), which turned out to be just as lovely as the reviews mentioned. While they did have a few options for sitting, the bus part was completely empty, to my delight. I took pictures, had a nice meal with my boyfriend, and enjoyed reading birthday wishes on Facebook.
My adorable birthday dress arrived in the mail right the day before, so I was very excited to wear it. It’s the sweetest thing you could ask for, in the perfect color combination, triangles print, and just enough lace at the bust. But it’s not just a pretty design! Tiralahilacha makes clothes from 100% organic cotton, using eco-friendly dyes and following fair working conditions. I’m pretty used to sustainable brands lacking in design, and Tiralahilacha is the absolute opposite! I recommend that you read more about how they make all of this possible, and check out their gorgeous summer collection, too. As for me, I can’t wait to take this dress with me on every vacation, ever.
The weather has been spectacular lately, and I’ve been enjoying my time in the sun as much as possible. It doesn’t hurt that lake culture is strong here in Berlin! Everyone is there, having fun on the small bits of sand and in the warm-ish water. My plan is to wear the heck out of my swimsuit (and maybe, towards the fall, actually become comfortable wearing it) and, you know, just be out there. Care for some treats to take along? Click on the pictures to go shopping.
P.S. The #tbt photo above is from 2010 (if that’s even a year that ever existed).