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How I wore blue & red à la Steve Zissou

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Sheinside dress + Urban Outfitters beanie + clothes swap shirt + H&M tights + flea market shoes 

This dress almost always inspires me to recreate the color palette in Steve Zissou’s crew (see also). There were no submarines available, so it only felt natural to take photos in this beautiful diner. I’m not really a fan of the food there, but the place looks absolutely amazing. The Berlin Pavillion was built in the late 50s as an exhibition space, and when the chain fast food restaurant took over about 10 years ago, they kept most of the building intact, adding retro diner-style furniture and decorations. Like probably any person who’s never been to the US, I have a secret fascination for old school diners on the side of the freeway, with all the waffles and mega fries and extra sauce. What’s that really like, dear American readers? Bust the myth in the comments, if you want! Meanwhile, I’ll hang on to this pretend version. 

P.S. If you have a sudden urge for a Wes Anderson movie night, check out some thematic printable popcorn bags here

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How I wore KAUN slippers

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Handmade sweater + Light After Dark jeans + KAUN slippers (c/o)

Slippers are the probably most underrated footwear, and it makes little to no sense! We tend to invest in fancy stilettos that we maybe wear once a year, and completely neglect the only shoes we wear on a daily basis: slippers. I’m a big fan of slippers myself because I’ve spent years working from home exclusively, needing a pair of shoes that I can rely on. So you can imagine I was pretty psyched to try the newly released KAUN slippers, which are handmade in Estonia. 

The first thing that strikes is surely the design, with visible Nordic influence. The slippers came in a cool cardboard box that I consider a fun puzzle in itself. They’re minimalist, handmade from a single piece of felt, and inspired by the pavement in its different states. Not your regular source of inspiration, am I right? The model I have is called Cross, and it takes direct inspiration from pedestrian crossings. They fit generously (I got the XS size, which corresponds to an EU 37-38 while I’m more of an EU 36-37), they’re super easy to slip in and out of, and they’re a cool design piece when they lay on the floor by themselves.

I love that they’re made of natural felt! This material is one of the few that keeps warm in winter and still allows your feet to breathe in summer. I don’t know how that’s possible, just nature working its magic. One downside is that felt tends to gather dust (and the only pets I have in this apartment are dust bunnies, you guys!) – nothing you can’t easily clean with the sponge that came with the slippers. You can learn more about KAUN slippers on their official website, and you should know that their four models are currently available to buy on Amazon

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How I wore a Uniqlo x Lemaire coat

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Uniqlo x Lemaire coat + Light Before Dark jeans + BBup boots + second-hand Pikachu backpack 

Ever since I’ve moved to Berlin, I focused most of my time on work and had the feeling I was missing out on the city experience. After all, the whole reason for moving was to be able to enjoy this amazing place! But, as it happens when you’re no longer a tourist, it’s easy to postpone this museum and that concert saying there’s time for it later. THERE ISN’T. This weekend we woke up earlier than normal, got a couple of work hours in, then spent most of our time out and about. It’s so nice to be able to disconnect (literally) every once in a while – all these years of freelancing (i.e. never being truly offline) might be starting to take their toll.

To sum up Saturday, we walked a lot around the nearby lakes, had great cake in a greenhouse cafe, petted a cat (it’s been too long, you wonderful thing called cat fur), SAW A FOX (after everyone I know already saw one in Berlin and I was feeling left out), saw Tobago Crusoe and the Kalypso Katz plus Songhoy Blues live, and exited the concert hall to fresh snow everywhere. On Sunday, we enjoyed the snow in Schloss Park, where these pictures were taken. I have to add that I’ve dreamed of this Uniqlo x Lemaire coat for months, and I’m so glad I waited: it was 80% off! I admit I didn’t necessarily need a long coat that’s not super warm at this point in my life, but I just couldn’t resist such a deal. I’m a big fan of Uniqlo and the quality of their products, and it feels fancy knowing that Lemaire collaborated on the design. 

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3 work outfits + Oren Isaac glasses review

Just before graduating from college in 2008, my girlfriends and I had a big problem on our minds. It wasn’t that we’re not going to find jobs or that we were about to be thrown into real life unprepared. Our problem was having to swap our funky, colorful wardrobes for pencil skirts, stilettos, blazers and the most boring styles of office attire. We were picturing ourselves as either English teachers or corporate workers, which in our minds meant you couldn’t even wear jeans to work. The corporate, strict environment didn’t happen for any of us – we ended up getting jobs in fields that probably didn’t even exist in 2008. Bullet dodged. 

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Which brings me to today’s post and its work outfits. While I recently start my first job in an office, the dress code there is really casual. That’s why most of the time I’m wearing jeans and a combination of turtleneck, shirt and sweater. I admit to being inspired by J.Crew for this because they have a way of seamlessly pairing basics and turning them into something cool. 

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When the weather is not as gloomy as lately, I always favor dresses. This particular black and white one is impressively versatile – don’t tell anyone, but I’ve already worn it to my interview, first day of work and an office party. I love that it has long sleeves and a simple cut. The print is subtle but not necessarily boring, and it easily fits a shirt underneath. 

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When I’m not working at the office, I have a whole other bunch of freelance projects requiring my attention. Sometimes I’m guilty of going from bed straight to my computer, with all its work emails (and also distractions). My uniform of choice? Pajamas. I got a couple of cozy ones at New Look last winter, and I could just wear them all day. Again, this is a secret, so don’t tell! 

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The one common item in all these looks? My glasses. I wear them exclusively for using the computer and reading, but that takes nearly the entire day, so I’m wearing them a lot. It’s very important to me that they’re lightweight and feel comfortable. And since I tend not to be super careful with them, it’s important that they’re sturdy and good quality. So I’m more than pleased with my new glasses from Oren Isaac (c/o), a new eyewear brand with lots of potential, because they fit all my requirements. I’m wearing the James frame in Brown Crystal, which is just enough tortoiseshell to look cool and just enough transparency to be subtle. Plus they came in a really cute felt pouch that makes a really sweet detail (am I the only one who has a soft spot for felt?). 

What’s your work outfit of choice? 

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Floating on the Tempodrom

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Asos dress + shirt from Japan + thrifted jacket 

I love these photos and I find it a very difficult task to write anything next to them. I wore this outfit on Christmas Eve, but the photos have nothing to do with that. I wore a dress and a shirt and shoes, but it’s nothing you haven’t seen before. So I’m gonna keep it short this time and hope to get away with it. 

Photos by Dacian Groza at Tempodrom Berlin

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How I wore London Retro sunglasses (+ some Photoautomat love)

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London Retro sunglasses (c/o) + TRF coat + H&M Divided scarf + Gap ankle boots 

One thing you will quickly notice in Berlin is the groups of people queueing up in front of photo booths. What’s all the fuss about? You will find these “photoautomat” all around the city, and for 2 euros you can almost instantly get your own cool 4-picture strip. The awesome part is that it’s all analog, on black and white film. You have to wait for five minutes, during which time you can actually hear the machine working, and when the pictures come out they still need a few moments to dry. You know, like the old times! You can’t control the outcome like you would in those digital photo booths, and sometimes the pictures turn out really silly. But they make wonderful souvenirs, that’s for sure! And they feel so much nicer than the regular selfie. Below you will see the photo story of a photo. My boyfriend and I were inspired by these old school women’s sunglasses I just got to explore the interesting cohabitation between the new and the old. The retro photo booth was the perfect spot for that, and I love how these pictures turned out. Taking pictures - Kittenhood Photoautomat Berlin - Kittenhood TRF coat - Kittenhood Retro photo automat - Kittenhood Instant photo strip - Kittenhood London Retro sunglasses - Kittenhood

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How I wore pink & personalized jewelry

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Uniqlo turtleneck + Onecklace necklace (c/o) + Sheinside dress + Onecklace ring (c/o) + Nike sneakers 

I am super stoked about my new jewelry from Onecklace! A couple of years ago, I got a name necklace from them, but I was a little upset I didn’t have the idea to make it a blog name necklace. When they contacted me again a few weeks ago, I immediately went for a Kittenhood ring. And it’s awesome! I got to pick not only the word on it but also the ring size, which is such a plus since we don’t all have the exact same fingers (doh!). The second piece is a stylish chevron necklace, featuring a birthstone detail. Mine is pearl, and I also got to choose the chain length and chain type. Having so many choices makes me wonder why all jewelry brands don’t make everything custom! In a world of mass market, it’s so nice to know you have something unique. 

Obviously, Onecklace jewelry make wonderful gifts! Girlfriends, moms, sisters, daughters, and BFFs would all love a custom piece of jewelry if I do say so myself. Head over to their website to take advantage of the Christmas sale and free shipping worldwide. You can also use the code kittenhood10 for an extra 10% off on your order, just because you’re such nice readers. 

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How I wore mustard & burgundy | Kittenhood

HOW I WORE MUSTARD & BURGUNDY

How I wore mustard & burgundy | Kittenhood

Geiger coat (second-hand) + Clockhouse crop top (via Flipster) + Pepa Loves Dress (via Modcloth) + flea market pin + Gap booties

Finding this coat was really a stroke of luck. I had some ten minutes to waste between picking up a food order and expecting a delivery at home, so I briefly entered one of the second-hand shops on my street. Mustard is a very attractive color to me – kind of like red supposedly works on bulls – so I went straight for this chunky, weird-looking item on a rack. I was confused. The shoulders looked rather big, but the size was 36, so I decided to try it on. Cute! Just the type of oversized blazer that’s in fashion now. Plus it’s made entirely of wool and I can button it all the way up, which is a must in my city’s type of winter. Total cost? A little less than $10. Sold! Needless to say, I did the rest of my errands in a good mood. I’ve been wearing it non-stop for the past few days, and it’s perfect with both pants and skirts. In today’s outfit, matching colors got the best of me, so it’s all mustard and burgundy. I even matched my duck pin with my duck print dress. And although not visible in the pictures, there were ducks on the lake behind me. The poor things looked adorable trying to walk on ice and slipping every couple of steps. 

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HOW I LAYERED A GEOMETRIC SHIRT

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Second hand turtleneck + Rosewe shirt (c/o) + Kling dress (via Emerging Thoughts) + souvenir pin + BBup booties

I’ve been talking a lot about turtlenecks lately, and here I am wearing one again. However, that doesn’t mean I forgot about my first layering love: the button down shirt. For a long time, I thought this piece was reserved for yearbook pictures, presentations in front of the classroom and, later, job interviews. But then my wardrobe changed, and I swapped the jeans for dresses, adding shirts here and there whenever I had the chance. They’re hard to resist, especially when they come in cute prints! I could even say that the button down shirt is my signature piece, because I wear it all the time

The shirt I’m wearing in these pictures isn’t like the others I own. It has black and white stripes, but the collar is bright red. Not quite a zebra print, which is probably for the best. It’s fitted and the fabric is sheer, making it easy to wear under a dress or on its own (in my case – in between a turtleneck and a dress). I love that about a shirt: it adds a bit of warmth without giving me lumps all over. 

Are you team turtleneck or team button down? 

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