Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Guten Tag Folks

So I haven't posted in a while because I was lucky enough to visit a friend of mine in Berlin. I think Berlin's a city that is pretty underrated to be honest - it has a different feel from London but that may just be because everything is freaking HUGE. The streets, the buildings - I felt like I'd been shrunk.

Aside from all the regular sightseeing and stuff highlights for me definitely included visiting this little cafĂ© which had cute little china trinkets on every table:

Parrot anyone?
And the most delicious cake :

Om nom nom
Of course there was also the artistic tour-de-force that is the Berlin wall:

And my personal favourite:

True Dat
I also went to the huge upmarket department store Ka De We where I was given two free pencils (!) and also got to check out Karl Lagerfeld's answer to the sugary carbonated drink:

I must say I do like the bottles - they remind me of candy - but diet coke? I'm aware that this is his drink of choice but way to go challenging the fashion industry's obsession with anorexic-chic.

As for fashion in Berlin - I have to say it was definitely a lot more eclectic than Parisian fashion and actually has a lot in common with London. Vintage is clearly big (but then what's new?) but I saw a lot of people putting their own spin on it with ripped tights/leggings and there was a more tailored and masculine feel which contrasts to London where girls are obsessed with florals (me included, tbh...) Anyway I know that I can't really generalise about the fashion sense of a whole CITY but it's interesting to notice the subtle differences.

What differences do you notice about fashion in different countries?

Monday, 16 May 2011

Human Behaviour

Way before Lady Gaga went out looking like a kinky bondage shop exploded on her there was another Queen of Weird who, in my opinion, did it a lot better. Her name is Bjork and music would never be the same again.

Bursting onto the scene in the early 1990s Bjork's music is experimental and eclectic and this is reflected in her devil-may-care approach to fashion.

Bjork is an artist who is constantly thinking outside of the box - her outfits are always vibrant and creative and are almost an extension of her music. They have a whimsical quality and a childish playfulness (check out that pompom hat!) and I love how it's obvious from interviews she's just out to have fun and express herself without taking it all too seriously.

I mean who else would go to the Oscars in a swan dress with eggs hidden up her skirt that she placed around the red carpet? It's like something from a (very wacky) fairytale.

I think it's safe to say that without Bjork there would be no Lady Gaga - maybe its unfair to compare them as Gaga is an excellent pop singer whereas I think Bjork is an excellent musician with a better artistic vision.

Watevs yay Bjork - here are some songs for ya :

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Ice Ice Baby

I recently watched the Icelandic film 101 Reykjavik – if you haven’t seen it before I really recommend it (if you’re over 18 of course, kids) as it’s one of the few comedies I've seen which made me laugh AND think about the meaning of life at the same time. Here's a still from the film:

Nice hat
It’s also made me really nostalgic for the cold weather – don’t get me wrong, spring is beautiful and all, but I miss wearing warm woolly jumpers. Maybe this is why when I went shopping last week I ended up buying a jumper instead of shorts...

Jumper- H&M
I mean it's kinda spring-like because it's nautical - no one goes sailing in winter do they? (Or in my case, at all, but watevs.) 

I couldn't do a an Iceland inspired post without including this lady:

I feel like I should do a whole post dedicated to Bjork instead of tacking her on at the end of this one. Watch this space.

So which do you prefer, Summer or Winter?