FISHNET TIGHTS


Once again the 80s and 90s have proven to be THE source of inspiration when it comes to fashion. Lately, fishnet tights or stockings are all over my instagram feed and even the cutest girls out there are getting a badass image makeover. It's true though, fishnet tights come with a trashy vibe and I personally like them to be styled sophisticated. While most of influencers let them peek out from under the holes of their ripped jeans or show a few inches of fishnet above their pants' waistband (why though?) I decided to let them speak for themselves yet without giving them too much attention. Turns out my look is quite effortless, still playing with the current trend without being too ostentatious. The tights were a gift from my mom and I love that the net is not that big. There is still fabric in between which makes it a whole lot easier to put them on without tearing them apart.






THE REAL OUTFIT OF THE DAY


Interning for the past seven months at different companies had me think a lot about my future career as well as how I dress. Finding your own style is definitely not over when you're 23 and it's as hard as finding the right job. But it's okay to try out different things. Media influences us a lot and all those Fashion Blogs and Instagram accounts make it even harder to not compare yourself to others and distinguish your own personal style.

At fashion school in Austria I thought a lot about the way I dress and what my choice of clothes say about me. Most of us felt that way, I guess. At uni in Vienna though, when I started this blog, no one really cared anymore and I might have been a little bit overdressed for my literature lectures, but I wanted to look chic while thinking about what Jacques Derrida or Jean-Paul Sartre said, at uni and on my blog of course. 

The era of not actually wearing the outfits I posted on my blog came later. It started off with just changing shoes to appear taller and eventually led to taking up to three different looks with me and change in parking slots or on public toilets, which might sound pathetic but most bloggers do that. Question is, do I really want to be a plain blogger?

Isn't it crazy, that blogging became a stressful job where you plan your outfits in advance, scout a location and then pack your things on a Sunday morning at 7 am to not miss out on that perfect light while taking pictures? That is what stylists and fashion editors do and they definitely did not look chic all the time as they were behind the camera anyway.

While I organized a photoshoot for my application for AMD Berlin three years ago, a friend told me to always dress casual when taking photos/working on photoshoots. He meant wearing sweatpants and sneakers. For the past few months, I basically lived in my Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, a black pair of pants and a sweater or blouse. I fell into my bed after a 12-hour work day, did not bother to wash my hair and would not 'waste' a minute on thinking about what to wear tomorrow.

So I dressed all casual while driving around Berlin in Marina Hoermanseder's car, carrying garment bags full of clothes from one PR agency to another or helping photographers place props right and steam 300 items within two days. I know it's been said many times, but Fashion is not always about looking glamorous but about hard work and therefore my latest outfits have not been all dolled up or incredibly inspiring, but just plain outfits of the day, simply because I have been working and thinking more about the outcome of my work, rather than my clothes.

But here's one from about a month ago, when I had a content photo shoot with my friend Sarah. I wore all black everything with my completely worn out adidas, a statement jacket made by myself and big sunglasses to hide the fact that I am not wearing makeup, and of course, to hide from the world because this is just another simple outfit.

I recently read this really interesting article from one of my friends who's living in London at the moment. Bella, who is also studying Journalism and has been blogging for years now, is struggling with either being a journalist or a blogger. The question is, can there be a mix of both? 

xx
photos by Sarah Fitzbauer

BOUCLÉ SWEATPANTS :: WOLFSCHLUCKNER


For my latest collection, I made sweatpants out of my all-time favorite fabric: bouclé.
Though it goes without saying, that I am a big fan of the Chanel bouclé styles as well, I think the first time I saw this textile was when the Olsen twins launched a small collection in the early 2000s, when they sold rosé colored bouclé two-pieces, similar to the ones Chanel does.
For those of you who are not familiar with the fabric: bouclé is a type of yarn or fabric that has a loopy appearance. You can mix a lot of colors as the fabric is made from the combination of at least two strands of yarn and one of them is loose.

When talking about bouclé, one is immediately reminded of Coco Chanel’s jacket, which some people might say is antiquated but I personally enjoy it. Nevertheless, the brand is associated with the fabric and vice versa. When Karl Lagerfeld took over Chanel he promised to be modern and he really managed to interpret this old-school but iconic fabric into something new and innovative. With every collection, there was something new made out of bouclé, like the hats with the veil, (one of my personal favorites) or sneakers and bags as an accessory to the all-over bouclé look.

Although Karl Lagerfeld once said "sweatpants are a sign of a defeat", I am pretty sure he changed his mind, seeing as bouclé sweats made their runway-debut at Chanel three years ago. Transforming such an iconic fabric into a garment found in literally everyone’s closet is simply ingenious.


I paired my pants super casual with a silk blouse, loafers and a cardigan; the perfect outfit for a Sunday walk and banana bread and coffee in your neighborhood.
xx

photos by Sarah Fitzbauer







THE RAINCOAT


A great raincoat has been on top of my wish-list for quite a while now and since I tend to get all my coats and jackets in black, I thought about choosing white for a change. As April showers approach, it is absolutely necessary to have at least one decent coat when it's pouring outside and you have to get from point A to point B. It's one of the things I hate about living in a city as big as Berlin: when it starts raining and you still have a 30 min ride home ahead of you. It makes me miss my hometown and the convenience of having a car to jump in and it definitely frustrates me that I still haven't signed up on Car2go, Drive Now or any other car sharing service there is.

Scoring a waterproof and affordable raincoat is quite a challenge but once you have one, it's all about looking chic and not like you're about to do some gardening. Mine is from Esprit and they also sell it in yellow as well as black and navy in case you'd prefer to be subtle. I paired it with other light colors to show that black isn't always the only option. Would this go perfectly with an all-black look? Of course but white creates the perfect casual, sporty spring-look for the inevitable April showers. Don't say I didn't warn you ;-) 
xx

photos by Your Gentle Reminder



OOTD :: WHATS NEW TO READ ONLINE


A typical outfit of the day, when it's cloudy and I am in the mood for leather, layers and lots of black. I would definitely wear this to work or uni, especially cause it is a no-brainer with which you can save time in the morning for the more important things, such as coffee and food. If I have time, I actually like to read the newspaper, a magazine/book or blog while having breakfast. Since I am working quite a lot, I try to squeeze in at least 20 minutes of reading something informative per day. Whether it's on the subway, in between classes or during breakfast, as a journalism student, I obviously like to read and get attracted to fashion related articles more often. Furthermore, I recently discovered, while browsing through Zalando looking for new shoes, that Europe's biggest online fashion retailer started their own magazine called The Editorial.

I must admit, I wasn't that surprised, since Zalando is zeitgeisty, which they proved when hosting Bread & Butter last fall for example. But still, launching yet another online magazine can be tricky, so I was super curious to have a look. I was particularly intrigued by the categories Stories and Inspiration, as well as the writing. It is not exaggerated but instead subtle, fun and overall the perfect dose of fashion literature for in between. Even some of my favorite german bloggers like Nike from This is Jane Wayne wrote columns already, so the Editorial has an interesting mix of contributors. I really enjoyed reading the article on Diane Keaton and how geek chic is experiencing a comebackI can totally relate to masculine looks and like to wear a simple white, oversized blouse, some slacks and lace-up shoes. I had quite a collections of tie-neck blouses when I was younger and always paired them with big glasses, even though I don't need any -- what a shame.
 xx





APARTMENT TOUR :: 4.0


It was time to do a tour through my apartment. Interior posts are not my speciality, but if you follow me for a while now, you might know that I've done room tours every time I moved to another city (which happened three times within my blogging career). The photos and texts turned out to be embarrassing reading them years later, but they are still here, in case you're interested.

At the moment, I am super happy to live in a tiny shoebox by myself and not having annoying roommates with friends over or loud music mysteriously turning up when I am going to sleep (ok, that happens with my neighbours all the time actually). But since it is not easy to fit all my stuff in a tiny place like mine, one must get creative, and here's credits to my amazing parents. They've actually helped me moving every single time and they are seriously technically gifted. My dad should have become an architect and my mom should probably be a professional painter.
Whenever they come visit we usually have coffee and then hit the nearest building market, which in my case is Obi. My dad usually sits in my kitchen thinking about the next thing to build or work on to make my place more functional.

When I moved in here, it was the hottest day in July and although I was really excited, I was also frustrated as I did not think about buying shelves, shoe racks, sockets or light bulbs for example in advance. Despite there not being many bars or hipster coffee places in my neighbourhood, Obi is only a 10 minute walk away which was and still is lifesaving at times.

So we bought shelves, a mirror (I did not even think about a mirror for my bathroom), and just normal stuff like glue for my wallpaper, trash cans, lots of tools and so on. I also just got a 'new' kitchen table, which is vintage and me and my mom actually pimped it with a marble foil. She loves DIY's and also helped me put the wallpaper on my wall as I have always wanted to have one.

Now here are the photos of my apartment and don't forget to check out Obi's new campaign video. They offer personal consultation and will definitely help you plan your dream place or garden and make project planning super fun and creative.


















IN MOM'S SHOES


Why not take out mom's old lace-up shoes for a walk?
While I was at my parents place in February, I fell for the combination of wide legged pants and flat shoes such as these timeless, vintage beauties my mom owns. The older I get, the more I find myself drawn to timeless pieces, like the ones I am wearing in today's outfit for example. The coat is absolutely perfect (even a woman on the subway said so this week - I should have given her my business card, what a shame) and a solid pair of lace-up shoes is key for a woman's business wardrobe nowadays. I can't imagine a better outfit to work in to be honest. It is comfortable but elegant and the red lippy adds some color and fun. Of course you can always switch to high heels, but who would want that, when you can wear these black and white beauties?





THE TURTLENECK


There is nothing I love more than wearing a black turtleneck with skinny jeans or wide pants and a  pair of super comfortable sneakers or loafers. After my brief excursion of studying comparative literature in Vienna and dealing with philosophers like Michel Foucault who wore the polo neck on a daily basis, I was hooked.
It is such an elegant piece with an interesting story. In the 1920s a lot of feminists wore the turtleneck and made them into a unisex item and later on they were a distinctive mark of exentialists -- as seen in one of my favorite movies: Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn. Her weird and funny dance scene might be one of her finest moments in acting =)
Turtlenecks simply make every outfit look more sophisticated and they have the image of emphasising tidiness and neatness. Even Steve Jobs wore them as a substitute for the normal shirt and tie look and it worked out for him, which leads me to the conclusion of today's short fashion history post: 
You can never go wrong with a turtleneck.








BACK TO BANGS


I got bangs again!
I have been thinking about having them cut again for a few weeks now and got a super last minute appointment at Kaysalon two weeks ago before heading to Austria. Absolutely love the result, the cut is different than the ones I had before, therefore it looks more edgy and peppy I'd say. What do you think? It's going to take some time getting used to constantly having my hair in my face and I have to admit, I might need another styling lesson since bangs can be tricky when you naturally have curly hair, but I'll figure it out.
However, big thanks to Kaysalon for working their magic on my hair, absolutely love this hairdresser & thanks to my girl sarah for recommending them!

I always get super excited and inspired by new hair cuts. Somehow it makes me think I can achieve anything, try new things and just be a little different. It feels like a change in my whole environment that hopefully lasts long, as I need some creativity boost right now! xx



DOUBLE TROUBLE


My beloved layering game has reached a new level: wearing two blouses over each other is definitely something new and can add some excitement to a simple look. It is also a great trick to stay warm without wearing thick layers when you're already in the mood for spring, just like I am.
Carmen blouses were all the rage last year and I think they'll stick around this spring/summer as well, since there are so many options to wear and pair them. I have always loved wearing shoulder-free clothes and this white blouse from IVY&OAK is especially gorgeous, because of the flared sleeves with slits that can be tied together. If only it wasn't raining at the moment, I'd be wearing this combination more often. Also, I cannot wait to wear these self-made pants again this summer -- it is so much fun to wear your own designs and I am finally getting the hang of making trousers, which I have always hated back in school. Next week we'll be shooting the latest Wolfschluckner looks and I literally can't wait! xx
photos by Your Gentle Reminder


mules - H&M Studio Collection (old)
pants & coat - Wolfschluckner / selfmade
black blouse and white carmen blouse - Ivy & Oak
sunglasses - Rayban



CASUAL EVERYDAY OUTFIT


A typical outfit of the day, wearing a coat that covers my entire outfit only for the sake of keeping me warm. Although the temperatures have gotten milder, it is still insanely cold in Berlin, which is why my everyday outfit calls for lots of layers (which you wouldn't spot in one of the pictures). Who would not want to stay in a bathrobe all winter long? I definitely would, which is why this coat is a cosy lifesaver that simultaneously looks chic. Not without reason, is it called the bathrobe coat, and especially in camel, the perfect robe to throw on for every occasion. I, however, find it extremely pleasant to wear this coat on a daily basis, preferably with another coat and my favorite cashmere jumper underneath, paired with some slacks and sneakers. I must admit wearing these Vagabond babies was not the best idea for the current weather situation, I usually go for Dr Martens in order to prevent myself from slipping on my way to work, but it ruins all the fun if you have to be preoccupied with that, right? Additionally, I bought some furry slippers which I unfortunately won't be wearing for the next few months. Once you see them, you'll understand my frustration and that spring needs to return ;-)

Happy Sunday! xx

pictures by Your Gentle Reminder

sneaker - Vagabond
pants - Zara
coat - Ivy & Oak
bag - Mango
sunglasses - Céline
hat - H&M

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