Sunny Harnett’s story is a sad one (you can read it on Wikipedia), especially during the second part of her life. Of course, you could never tell that just by looking at this picture. I suppose it’s a classic case of reality vs. appearance, which is often an issue in fashion. However, I can’t help but be in awe of her beauty, and the simple, timeless outfit pictured here.
Get the look: Mango top + Topshop skirt + Seychelles sandals
Image source: Vogue, shot by Frances McLaughlin-Gill
This might seem like a weird idea for a body scrub, and I’m the first to admit it. But hear me out: isn’t an “aquatic” theme just perfect for your bath? And wouldn’t rather think about the Jaguar Shark than chores during your morning shower? If like me, you answered “yes” to both these questions, then this Wes Anderson-inspired recipe is for you. If, however, you answered “no”, then consider it a simple blue and red scrub that feels nice on your skin and looks good on the bathroom shelf.
What you need:
- 4 tsp coconut oil
- 16 tsp sea salt (not too coarse, not too fine)
- red and blue food coloring
- 2 containers for mixing
- small jar with lid for storage
This couldn’t be easier to make! Start by dividing the melted coconut oil equally between the two containers. Do the same with the sea salt, and mix together with a spoon or your fingers. I found that an optimal proportion is 4 tsp of salt to 1 tsp coconut oil, but you may change this according to your own preference.
Next, add a few drops of red food coloring into one of the containers, and mix. Add as much as you need to get the color you want. Use just a hint of blue food coloring in the second container, to get a light hue.
Moving on to the jar you want to use for storage, spoon in a layer of blue scrub on the bottom and press with your fingers. Add a layer of red scrub on top, press, and continue to layer until you run out of both colors. That’s it! Your two-toned Steve Zissou-style scrub is ready to use.
- You could also use olive oil, but it will change the color of the food coloring slightly. Plus coconut smells more like the beach (hello, Pescespada island!)
- You could replace the sea salt with sugar, but that would take from the marine theme of the scrub.
- My red food coloring wasn’t the exact shade I wanted, so I added a couple of drops of yellow, to turn it into slightly orange.
- You can store this scrub in the fridge for a few weeks. Just note that the coconut oil will harden – nothing a little heat from the steamy shower can’t fix almost instantly!
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.
I don’t understand why many girls say they want to be mermaids. Once, when I was about 4, my mom put me in a “twins” costume for a carnival. A girl and I would share a pair of women’s pantyhose, each of us stuffed into a leg. Let’s just say it was the most uncomfortable 5 minutes of my then-life, and probably the first party I left early. I’m picturing the same sensation when thinking about mermaid tails.
However, I like the mermaid aesthetic. Scallops, glitter, rainbow hair, and all that. I love the subtlety with which it’s represented in this beautiful editorial from Miss Patina. Dots on sheer fabric are really pretty, and the cat-maid collar on that white dress is dreamy. I am very much ready to enjoy some sunny days by the beach, which I hope I’ll be doing in Venice next week!
If you’re human, you probably love pizza. Heck, even if you’re a cat who got online and accidentally found my blog while searching for ways to deal with its kittenhood issues, you still probably love pizza. It’s comfort food, it’s mobile food, it’s party food, it’s netflix and chill food. You don’t mind if you have to eat it again, cold, the next morning. So you probably wouldn’t mind wearing a homage on your shoes, either. Let’s get to work!
What you need:
- espadrilles or canvas shoes
- embroidery thread in red, yellow, brown
- embroidery needle
- trick marker
Start by filling the tops of the shoes with paper or cloth to make a relatively straight surface to draw on. Then draw a slice of pizza on each shoe. I free-handed mine, without worrying very much about it looking neat – the trick marker disappears by itself after a few hours. I started with a triangle rounded at the small side, then added a scallop detail on the rounded side. I drew a couple of circles and half circles inside, then added the dripping cheese effect.
Thread your needle with the brown color. To make it look more natural, I paired a brown thread with a beige one. Make a small knot and, starting from the inside of the shoes, stitch the crust of the pizza slice. Try to make most of the stitches on the outside, so the thread inside doesn’t bother your feet.
In a similar way, embroider the pizza itself. For this part, I used a beige thread and a yellow one together.
Finally, you can fill in the tomato slices. For this step, I used red and pink thread together. Repeat for the other shoe and you’re ready to go out for pizza! This project took me about 1 1/2 hours, but you could make it faster or slower, depending on your sewing skills. Enjoy!
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.