Mona, spring 2016 collection | Kitenhood

Mona, Spring 2016 Collection

Mona, spring 2016 collection | Kitenhood

I look forward to Mona‘s new collections every season. This spring, the clothes are prettier than ever! The prints are simple but timeless, and the dresses look like they’re breathable and light. Pretty much my ideal for summer. I also love the floating model, I can’t get enough of these jumping pictures against the serene natural backdrop! If I had to choose favorites, I’d pick the floral dress above and the dotted one below, but I also like the paint-splattered dress at the bottom. And the romper? How cute and comfortable that must be!

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Striped Dress | Kittenhood

How I wore stripes & jelly sandals

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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. 

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Put some color on: Sophia Loren, 1960s | Kittenhood

Put some color on: Sophia Loren, 1961

Hands up if you want to join Sophia Loren for this picnic in the early 60s! The steak (?) and beer (?) look pretty good, but her outfit looks even better. The plain shirt and full skirt with the actress’ signature cinched waist make a good combination with the natural movement and body language. And since we already decided that May is for picnics, let’s take some inspiration from this stylish lady! 

Get the look: Topshop shirt + J. Crew skirt + Karma Living blanket

Put some color on: Sophia Loren, 1960s | Kittenhood

Image source: Life Magazine, shot by Alfred Eisenstaedt

NU SWIM Spring 2016 collection | Kittenhood

NU SWIM spring 2016 collection

NU SWIM Spring 2016 collection | Kittenhood

I’m not one for minimalism in my wardrobe. I’ve tried, but I can’t really pull it off. So while my closet is crawling with prints and textures, my mind is soothed by the minimalist approach to fashion. One such example is the swimwear collection from NU SWIM, where there’s nothing else but soft tones and classic cuts. These swimsuits are absolutely beautiful, with those very basic lines and those colors that make your skin shine. “We don’t believe in swimming seasons, and hope our customers create some sort of adventure in finding a place to swim, no matter the time of year,” goes their mantra, and it makes me want to live somewhere where it’s always swimming season. 

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Ranunculus bouquet | Kittenhood

How to get in the mood for spring (behind the scenes)

Boros Collection Berlin | Kittenhood

I guess that’s not the most original thing to say, but with the newly found sun, you can feel the city waking up. If you’re not in this state of mind yet, follow this recipe: head to the nearest supplier to buy a couple of unfilled donuts and some sorbet or ice cream. Go home and cut the donuts in half. Carve out a circle of ice cream and place in between said donuts halves. Enjoy. 

Ice Cream Filled Donut | Kittenhood

Other things you can do: search for tiny cars around the city. Laugh at their ridiculously adorable size, photograph, repeat. 

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Another option is to buy all the colorful shit you can find. 

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And if that still doesn’t do it for you, just go ahead and eat all the popcorn you can ever imagine. 

Popcorn Machine by Michael Sailstorfer | Kittenhood

8000 nerves editorial | Kittenhood

8000 nerves editorial

8000 nerves editorial | Kittenhood

I’m not sure if 8000 nerves is still in business, but this editorial was too good not to share! I love the DIY aesthetic of these photos against the cloudy sky. There’s lots of movement and color and some really enviable hair game. The photos are taken in what appears to be the outskirts of a city, which is always so intriguing cause it’s wild and natural, but still so close to our technology-focused everyday lives. I find these pictures really refreshing for some reason. As for the clothes, I love those polka dots and florals, but also that hot pink dress with a pretty white collar. 

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DIY upcycled wall hanging | Kittenhood

DIY upcycled wall hanging

DIY upcycled wall hanging | Kittenhood

It may be a little crazy, but I’ve been collecting egg cartons since Christmas, when I had the idea for this wall hanging. If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is! But truth be told, I’ve always had a thing for egg cartons and I feel wasteful throwing them out. You can use them to make a pretty wreath or wrap tiny gifts, and for a long time, I stored my nail polish collection in one. If you use even more egg cartons, you can turn this hanging into a photo backdrop for parties, or hang it in the door jamb to create a separator. Here’s how it works:

Make a wall hanging from egg cartons | Kittenhood

You need: 

  • egg cartons
  • scissors
  • string + thick needle 
  • a foraged stick

Make a wall hanging from egg cartons | Kittenhood

Before starting on this super easy project, you should find as many egg cartons as you can. A 6 egg carton only has two such cones, so plan ahead. For my wall hanging, I used a total of 45 cones, which I removed from the carton with scissors or my bare hands. 

Thread the needle with string and make a knot at one end. Pass the needle through the top of the cone, with the knot inside. This will be your bottom “bell”.

Make a wall hanging from egg cartons | Kittenhood

Make another know about 10 cm from the first one, and pass the needle through the second cone. Repeat until you have 5 cones on a string, and leave the end of the string long and loose. 

Make a wall hanging from egg cartons | Kittenhood

I made a total of 9 such strings, each one with 5 cones on it. You can adjust the number according to how many cones you have. 

DIY upcycled wall hanging | Kittenhood

Tie a piece of string to the sides of the stick. Hang the stick on the wall. Then you can easily tie the cone strings to the stick, one by one. Your wall hanging is ready! Easy, right?

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DIY felted fox picnic blanket | Kittenhood

May is for picnics

 DIY felted fox picnic blanket | Kittenhood

Ok, so maybe I’m obsessed. But living in Berlin has made me even more eager to eat outside all the time. And packing food for picnics may just be my favorite pass time these days. I just love coming up with ideas for safely carrying food from one place to another (don’t ask why, I have no answer) and turning the picnic basket into a game of tetris. If we’re on the same page, you can start by making your own fox blanket (pictured above) with this tutorial, plus, if you’re a Gudetama fan, you can find the bento box here. And now for even more cool picnic goods! 

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Modcloth blanket | UO portable barbeque |  Anorak picnic hamper | Asos gingham top | Oh Happy Day cutlery | Biobu cups 

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How I wore handmade at the Bauhaus Museum

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Thrifted shirt + The Angry Weather brooch (c/o) + Hearts and Found skirt + H&M tights 

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! 

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Handmade sandals | KIttenhood

Shop handmade sandals

I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready to get my toes out. I love the comfort and effortlessness of sandals, as well as the short time of the year when I get to wear them. These are some of my current favorites, all handmade and comfortable-looking. Because it can be really hard to find a pair of comfortable sandals to live in, handmade seems like the best option – you can usually have them custom-made for your very feet! Click on each picture for more details. 

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Mules by Viders Shoes | Mustard sandals by Crupon | Low heel sandals by Katz & Birds | Blue sandals by Olive Thomas | Cross strap sandals by Leather Strata | T-bar sandals by Bangi Shop