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’ve been quieter than ever on the blog, but believe me, I had a pretty important reason. I got married! We had a small civil ceremony in Cluj, followed by a casual party in a garden. The whole thing was planned just one week in advance, but it turned out really lovely. This is what I wore to the party – a Dear Creatures dress I’ve had for years and my comfortable jelly sandals. With rocks on the ground, hammocks to hang out in, and a few levels of the garden connected with steps, this outfit has been a good choice. I wanted to wait to get more pictures before I share, but I couldn’t, so here are some portraits that my friends over at Tree Arcade took.
Have you seen Magic in the Moonlight? I didn’t really like the movie, but it must have subconsciously stuck with me. As I saw myself in a shop window wearing this outfit, I realized it was very much the style of Emma Stone in that particular movie. I wish I had a luscious garden to photograph it with – I did spot the perfect place for that, but it was off-limits and fenced up. I went to a lot of silly places for outfit pictures over the years, but big fences are where I draw the line. So the cityscape of Zalau will have to do for now.
This super-comfortable dress is from Pepa Loves, the lovely Spanish brand I’ve admired for years. It’s lightweight and casual, but the embroidery on the skirt makes it unique. I can picture it with a pair of heels and a belt for a completely different look, although I can’t say I don’t adore this vacation-worthy combination either! Do you have any other ideas for styling this dress? I’d love to read them in the comments!
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!
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.
Dear Creatures dress + Rodier cardigan + DIY pizza shoes
Lately, my outfit posts have become less intentional. Like when we were walking down the street, me wearing a mustard dress and cardigan, and we ran across not one, but TWO mustard Simson scooters. Pictures were a must. These scooters were made in DDR and are, unfortunately, no longer in production. I thought Vespas were cool, but boy, I love Simsons even more. I’m even flirting with the idea of getting one for myself (or, you know, getting one as a gift), in which case mustard would be the obvious choice. Meanwhile, I’ll have to stick with awkward posing while twinning with vehicles, and asking the usual question: who wore it best?
P.S. Here’s my first encounter with a twin Simson, just after moving to Berlin.
Dear Creatures dress + Uniqlo sunglasses + Meduse jelly sandals
One thing I’ve learned the hard way is that moving to Berlin means a lot of paperwork. Also, not speaking German can make you feel quite uncomfortable. Mix the two, and you’ll get a basket full of frustration and emotions. Any papers from your home country you will have to get from that country’s embassy. But this is where the good part comes in: most embassies are near Tiergarten, the wonderful, enormous park in the middle of the city. So, in between two appointments, you can stuff your face in the bushes, breathe in all the lilac scents, and listen to the tunes that birds aren’t ashamed to sing publicly. After all, it’s probably gonna be ok anyway.
The Bauhaus Archiv museum is, so far, my favorite in Berlin. I’ve visited it for the first time in 2013 (and took outfit pictures, because the building is so beautiful) and I’m still smitten with it today. It’s a must-see if you’re in Berlin! Everything I’m wearing here is part of my “basics” (i.e. signature pieces, not basic girl clothes) – the “social media shirt“, the heeled loafers I’ve had forever, those mustard tights I can’t get enough of. And, of course, some new things that I just know I’ll wear a lot. The skirt is part of a twin set I’ve had custom-made from Hearts and Found, in the prettiest fox print. I can’t wait to wear it all summer, it’s pure cuteness. As for the tulip brooch, it was an instant favorite! It’s entirely handmade by The Angry Weather from Canada. I love that it goes with a casual outfit like this one, but since it’s so elegant and delicate, it could just as well complement a fancy outfit. The timeless design makes me think it could become a family heirloom one day. Watch out – it’s part of a new collection that launches May 9th on Etsy!
These columns are rarely to be seen without fashion bloggers or brides being photographed. Truth be told, they’re a great place to take photos – the monotonous repetition, the tunnel perspective that’s still full of light, and, of course, the romantic look of it all. Today, I joined the ranks, just on the other side from all the other people. I have to say, my boyfriend is master of making places appear deserted in photos. Right next to this is the Alte Nationalgalerie, an art museum showcasing romantic and impressionist artists. We’re on a mission to visit and re-visit all the state-owned museums in Berlin (and the other ones, too, but that’s a different story) since getting yearly museum cards at the beginning of 2016. So far we haven’t done a very good job, but things are looking up!