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.
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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.








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