Oops, I disappeared again. But it’s cool, it’s summer, and you’re probably not spending all your time in front of the screen, refreshing my blog. Now that we got that straight, some pictures to motivate my absence. At the beginning of last week, we left Berlin for a long road trip home. We drove through the Czech Republic and stopped in Vienna for the night (best schnitzel ever). The next day, we headed for Romania, stopping in the now-traditional Baile Herculane. It was absolutely packed with tourists, like it must have been in its heyday! From there on, we slowly drove by the Danube, with more pit stops than necessary, until we reached Bucharest, the capital. We were there for a couple of days, attending a wedding and meeting with lots of friends. Then we went to our hometown, and our trip is still not over – we still have Cluj on the list, before flying back to Berlin at the end of the week. So yeah, that’s quite a lot of beds we’ve slept in and vignettes we stuck to our car window. But it wouldn’t be summer otherwise.
Urban Outfitters shirt + Pepa Loves skirt (c/o) + souvenir pin + Birkenstock sliders
On birthdays and anniversaries, I always like to spend the whole day outside doing as many different things as possible. And since I like that so much, I often put a lot of pressure on the day, trying to make it perfect. But every once in a while comes a day that isn’t a birthday or an anniversary or anything really – it’s just a regular day. And it accidentally becomes perfect. Yesterday was something like that – it started with some light work in the morning, continued with a brief museum visit, a picnic in the park and some reading in the hammock, then finished with watching Star Wars at an open air cinema, and biking back home at midnight. At some point during the day, we discovered with beautiful garden and stopped for pictures there.
Coincidentally or not, this has also been the only hot day here in what seems like forever. A pretty good occasion to wear this lovely pineapple print skirt the way it’s supposed to be worn: with sandals. Everything about it screams summer: the print, the fabric, the color. There are even pockets where you can stash your snacks or whatever. It’s knee-length, so it’s easy to bike in, easy to picnic in, easy to do whatever you want in. Oh, and it’s on sale at 50% off, so.
I know, I know, I haven’t been posting much on this here blog lately. But I promise that good things are coming on Kittenhood soon – more about that on another occasion (I do love an announcement with a bang). Meanwhile, I present you with some pictures from the stunning south of France. We were there for a few days and it was beautiful, hot, and delicious. Some of the cities we’ve seen or passed through include Nice, Marseille (such a treasure!), Cassis, and Aix-en-Provence. Nature is at its best there, and even if it weren’t, man-made things would attract the crowds (here’s looking at you, L’Unite d’Habitation!) The nautical vibes are off the hook, so we took every chance we could to be in the water. Oh, summer, please end never!
Just because I’m posting an autumn collection, doesn’t mean autumn is coming! No, it just means I ran out of summer collections and that, somewhere, people are thinking of layering and the like. I’m not. I want summer to last forever, or at least for another couple of months. But let’s see what this collection is about, shall we?
Miss Patina is one of the sweetest vintage-inspired brands out there. I’ve loved their stuff for years, and I find it reassuring that they’ve kept their style recognizable and constant. From the moment you see that first cat collar, you cave. You just can’t go on without it. And then, they follow-up with even more embroidered pockets and more cat details, as if anyone could ever wear anything else! I love the combination of baby blue with brown, as well as the easy-peasy-preppy combination between a long sleeve shirt and an A-line skirt (kind of like here). If I didn’t know any better, I’d probably start getting excited about autumn.
This weekend, we took the excuse of a “honeymoon” to finally go on a road trip to the Baltic sea. It’s not far from Berlin, about 2-3 hours, depending on the traffic (and driving skills level). Our initial destination was Jasmund National Park, where we saw a beautiful melange of forest, sea, and chalk cliffs, and where we camped for the night. This was our first real camping trip together (festivals don’t count) and our first grasp of the German way to camp. Needless to say, I really want a WV camper now, plus all the camping amenities that were ever designed and sold.
The next day, we headed for the beach, which was absolutely gorgeous, and different from any other seas I’ve seen. On our way back, we stopped for lunch in Stralsund, a UNESCO World Heritage city with lots of cathedrals, boats, and colorful buildings.
The trip had a little of everything: rain and sun, bathing in the sea and walking in the forest, flat tire panic and flat tire repair, wedding ring loss and finding etc. I’d go as far as saying we’ll be keeping these memories in storage to use as needed when embellishing stories in the future.
July has been one heck of a month. I mean, I got married, so. But despite being all happy and relieved now, it’s been a loooong journey through the forests of paperwork. Thought getting married was easy? It’s not. I mean, maybe in Vegas it is, but in my part of the world, you must have all the proper papers and medical tests and turn them in on a certain day, i.e. 10 to 14 days before the wedding date. Weekends included. It cuts right through the romance, like a sharp kitchen knife. Anyway, below are the shoes I wore and the pretty apartment we stayed it for a couple of days.
Besides getting married, this was also my first time in Cluj after moving to Berlin. I’ve been away for 8 months, the longest ever. It was also the first time I’ve seen Lizzi the cat, after sending her to live with her grandparents 8 months ago. How do you think she reacted? Did she run to my arms in slow motion like I wanted her to? Did she purr on my face all through the night? Nope, she did none of those things. Instead, she openly showed affection for her new owners and indifference towards the people who raised her.
Luckily, there were plenty of distractions in town, which I gladly mixed with wedding stress and cat-related sadness. The first Street Food Festival in Romania took place in Cluj, followed shortly by the popular Electric Castle music festival. Pictures right here. So here’s to a busy summer!
Give a girl leaves, and she’ll dress herself for a lifetime. Well, that’s not really how the saying goes, but it could work..? Nice Things Paloma S created this summer-perfect editorial, in which the clothes are complemented by big, bold, beautiful leaves. Monstera still rules. The clothes themselves are made from eco-friendly materials, which also happen to be perfect in the heat: linen, tencel, organic cotton. Honestly, there comes a point in July when wearing a leaf wrapped around your chest starts to sound like a pretty good idea, so…