Sunday, 20 December 2015

Dem Summer Feelz


It's so strange, getting onto an airplane traveling from Europe to Australia.
So strange, because it's not only a journey between the continents but also a journey between the seasons! 
It was the coldest winter when I got onto the plane and the nicest summer when I got off..Crazy. 
I guess it's one of those things that you actually know about and expect before you leave but when you there and are actually experiencing the change, it still leaves you feeling startled. 


I'm really, really sorry I've kept you all waiting but it always takes some time to settle in after a little move like this and I'm glad to say that I now actually have. I've already met SO MANY nice & interesting people to spend time with, have a roof over my head & last but not least a pretty stable internet connection, all it needs to feel at home. The only thing currently missing is a job, but I'm working on changing that. 


So just like my usual travel posts, this is going to be a very photo heavy one, because hey, I'm also basically a tourist here so it's my duty to document every step I take photographically, isn't it?! :P
Without wanting to keep you waiting any longer, here you go: 

This was actually a drawing, like some crazy motivated person must have
taken hours to practice their artistic skills on a drawing of Melbourne. Probably an art-student.. 




Of course I also saw the mascot of Australia! 



Lastly, I've come to the conclusion that time just passes way too fast down under, so the 2 months I've decided to spend down here are definitely not enough leading to me I'll probably leaving very heavy hearted but certainly returning asap! 

Have you ever been to Australia or another country on the southern hemisphere? 
If, then how did you deal with the dramatic weather changes? 

xx  Micky 

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

What I ♡ about winter




Okay, so as the temperatures are gradually dropping, the first snow fell and the birds are moving southwards - the signs that winter has arrived are pretty much unmissable. 

So before I am heading to summery Australia on Tuesday, I just really wanted to write a post to appreciate the northern hemisphere's coldest season.

Now you must know, winter is probably one of my favourite seasons – just like spring, summer and fall are, too. 
Of course the low temperatures and the lack of sunlight can be frustrating and even depressing but if we’re all honest we just have to admit there are also countless positive things to it! 

FASHION

When the days get chilly and people are walking the streets in warm wool jumpers and big vintage coats again, that’s when, in my opinion, you really get to know a lot about people’s tastes in fashion.
Do they dress in oversized and cozy? Vintage and preppy? Minimal and edgy? Are they just dressing for the heck of it or are they trying to make a statement? What’s their message?
It’s always been interesting for me to watch people’s fashion choices and try to identify their personal style and this is something I have found you can do especially well in the colder seasons of the year. I think it is because in winter, you can’t just pick a tank top and some denim hot pants and you’re ready to go. Many of us living in colder areas of the globe are actually putting on multiple layers of fashion as the weather get’s colder and the days shorter. And, let’s be frank, if you are actually living in a colder region it is way harder to dress trendily in winter and still make sure you stay warm underneath your clothing. 

FESTIVALS

More than the actual festivals it is probably the festive atmosphere that I adore about winter. 
I love to just go for a walk in the city around Christmas time when the air is filled with the smell of mouthwatering, freshly baked christmas biscuits and delicious apple-cinnamon tea. 
I love the atmosphere being so overwhelmed with the overall joy of everyone looking forward the Christmas days. 
If you have been reading my blog for a bit longer now, you might know that I really love hectic times and, honestly, there is probably no other time around the year that will even come close to the business on the streets right before Christmas eve. The malls are stuffed with people rushing to finish their christmas shopping in time and I love nothing more than to simply be in the middle of all that and breathe in, breathe out just to feel time slow down as I am so at peace with myself and the world while all these people around me are almost in despair looking for that perfect present for their niece or wife. 




FOOD 

Of course I don’t only love the smell of those self-made christmas biscuits but also, even more than that, the taste of them! There is not really much that tastes better than tasting the oven-fresh, still hot biscuits you’ve just baked for your loved ones in the overall christmassy and festive atmosphere of winter. Besides those über-delicious christmas biscuits there are also loads and loads of special foods that people traditionally enjoy during the season of winter, such as dampfnudeln, glühwein, sweet chestnuts, bread & butter pudding,... the list is endless and those are usually foods that you will commonly find at Christmas markets, not to forget the amazing meals many families like to enjoy over the christmas days. 


EVENTS 

With this I actually mainly mean the christmas markets that you can find in bigger cities. 
Especially in Germany, these christmas markets are really something that you should visit! 
They are a fixed part of the tradition and culture and a truly amazing one not to mention! 
Of course, besides the markets, there's the advent days and the many late minutes sales in cities that make shopping, if it's for yourself or for presents, just so much more rewardable.



SNOW 

Okay so this one is rather obvious but still worth a mention!

Not only does snow look nice and set the right mood for Christmas and winter in general but it also offers a wide range of sports related activities you can do - such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding & of course the fun things like building a snow man, making snow angels & participating in fun snowball fights! 
Oh, snow.. the thing I'll definitely miss most when I'm in Australia. 




What do you love most about winter and what's winter like where you're from?

xx ♡ Micky



PS. New post up on lookbook.nu :)

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Coordinate : "Do Not Pass."

Dress : Zara | Bag : Lloyd Baker London | Ballerinas : Gabor
 Here's my latest coordinate, and you guys, can't imagine how glad I am that I finally found the motivation and time to write this post. It's probably my last coordinate post before I'm heading for Australia and I can't even tell you how excited I am. I'm SOO looking forward this adventure and I think you can look forward to some nice shots of the Australian Summer that I'll hopefully get to capture, too! 

But back to the coordinate.. once again, this dress was a piece that I wasn't all too sure about at first but because it was fairly inexpensive I gladly decided to buy it! No regrets, no regrets AT ALL! <3 
The leather satchel by Lloyd Baker London is by far my favourite piece about this look though! It is really SO convenient and, although, it's quite small, the amount of things you can fit into it is just amazing! It also goes with most outfits actually as it's very subtle in terms of colour & design. 
Who would have thought that one could love a convenient, compact little bag like this so much?! The perfect bag for my little adventures!<3


I might actually post this on lookbook, too (although posting several looks of the same outfit is usually not my thing all), someday because I REALLY couldn't decide which of the two collage to post when I uploaded the look yesterday. I like 'em both :P 


What is your favourite bag to go on trips? 

xx ♡ Micky 



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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Fluctuat nec mergitur


If you're french, particularly Parisian, you might have recognized the headline of this post as it is actually the slogan of the city of Paris - translated from latin it means "Tossed but not sunk" and this motto fits surprisingly well if you are looking for something to describe the reactions of the Parisians after the terrible attacks on November 13th.

I had just settled in front of the TV for a movie after a long day out when the news hit me - the movie was actually interrupted for the breaking news at that moment and I was just sitting there staring at the screen in disbelief. I'm still absolutely devastated when thinking about what happened there but at least I now know that my friends in Paris are fine. But knowing people who have lost their sibling or their best friends to this terrible attack and not being able to think of anything to say - because if we're honest, there's probably nothing that you can say to someone who has lost a loved one that will actually make them feel better - still draws me down these days.

Now it wasn't only Paris that faced the horrors of war that day but also many other places, particularly Lebanon and Baghdad and one can now witness people all over the internet complain about how unfair it is that the media don't mention those incidents.
Of course it's unfair, but what do you think you will change about it sending a tweet out to your 200 followers of which, if you're lucky, probably 10 are actually gonna read it? Exactly.  
Of course a death is a death and the deaths in Syria are in no way any less terrible and tragic than those in Paris but unfortunately terrorist attacks are basically the norm in Syria, so it's still sad to hear about it but nowhere near as shocking as hearing about something like this now happening in Europe. I think it also made people realize how, if it can happen in Paris, it can happen where they live, too, so it came across as a bigger news story. 

Another thing that really annoyed me after those terrible attacks is that people, particularly here in Europe and America are now raging against refugees and the entire Muslim society according to their belief that - since ISIS is an organization that originated from Islam in the middle east, everybody with that religion or from that area might be a potential terrorist. Like whaaaaaaat?
That's like saying the Ku Klux Klan is an organization from the United States, therefore every citizen of the US might be a potential member of the KKK.
It's so ridiculous how some people are now using terrorism as a reason to spread Islamophobia and honestly isn't that exactly what those terrorists want? 
They want to scare us, they want to make life especially hard for those who fled from them and thanks to those people they might really feel like they're winning now. 
 
Of course there is a danger of further ISIS attacks in Europe but I guess the best way to go about this as a European citizen, is to just not show that we are afraid - we have to demonstrate that we're still living our lives like usual and that we, in no way, are going to restrict our lifestyle because of what happened or is still going to happen. 
 This might be my naivete talking but I actually still have a hope that, if we make those terrible, sick people that call themselves members of IS feel they have no power over the western world and they never will have any, they might actually one day surrender. 

That's pretty much my thoughts on the recent events and I don't think that anything else must be said to this. It's been a terrible time and the danger and the fear are probably gonna last a little longer still..
My thoughts and heart go out to all those who have especially been affected by the terror, no matter where on the globe they're at – but we can get through this and we will. 

Oh, also: I know it's a completely off topic but I just wanted to share with you that I've been featured as a top blogger on yournextshoes.com! It made me feel so flattered :'D
You can check out the post here: Meet the Top 10 Shoe Bloggers of September 2015

xx Micky 
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Friday, 13 November 2015

Jupiter's Wishlist

Jupiter's Wishlist


 Here's a current wishlist of my personal must-haves of the season AW15 (but really just anytime)! I'm a little busy with my university applications, social life and getting everything ready for Australia at the moment so there's not too much time for me to actually post a lot but I don't think there has to be much said to the fabulousness of those items on my wishlist! 
The things on this list that I want the most are probably that stylish coat, the Ferragni slippers and the Chanel No5, which I'm in love with since I'm 5 – which was when I first discovered it in my mom's room. I have already got those gorgeous Topshop block heels and as I already have a DW watch, I'll only have to switch the wristband to get the look, so although I'm realistically not gonna be able to get myself literally all of these items, I think I'm on a good way and willing to try my best to get at least those 3! :D 
"You have to dream before your dreams can come true.", right?
  Which of those items do you like best and what fashion items do you crave the most at the moment?
 Also, how do you like this collage?
 (*Let me know if you want to see more of those in the future)

I hope you have a wonderful day! :)
 

 xxMicky


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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Coordinate : Teddy Coat Reversed

Coat: H&M | Dress: Topshop | Watch: Michael Kors | Bag: Tory Burch | Loafers: Puccetti
I seriously fell in love with this coat! When I first saw it in store I was really hesitant about buying it, it seemed like one of those pieces you buy because they look cool at that moment but are probably never gonna wear again (You'd be surprised about the number of clothes in my wardrobe that are just like that!). Luckily, this coat didn't turn out to be one of them, it turned out just the right piece for me for the cooler temperatures. And the coolest thing about it is, it's reversible!
One side is kind of fluffy like a camel sheep fur while the other resembles soft leather - it's definitely the best faux piece I've got myself so far and I do not regret buying it at all <3


Do you have any pieces you were hesitant about buying but ended up totally loving?

xx Micky


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Monday, 9 November 2015

Book review : The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


As autumn is definitely my favorite season for cuddling up in an oversized sweater with a cup of tea and a good book, that is exactly what I've spent my time with these past days. 
Never would I have thought, though, that I would discover a book as special as this!

I've read this book in German but I can only imagine the English version to be even better!
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home and is drawn to the farm at the end of the road where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl and her mother and grandmother. As he sits by the pond ­behind the ramshackle old house, the unremembered past comes flooding back—a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

It seems almost impossible to write a summary for this book. You don't wanna spoil it by saying too much, and this novel is so beautifully poetical, so wonderfully fantastic, that each word could be too much. It doesn't happen often that I'm sad a story is over once I've finished reading it, but it was definitely the case with this book! I would love to just take it and read it again but unfortunately you can only really read a book for the first time once.. 

The seven year old boy, the story teller whose name we, the readers, never get to know, tells us the story from his perspective. So we are very close to him and get to feel all the emotions first hand.
It think that is it, what makes this little boy who's living in books so authentic and lively. 
He get's to know the girl "Lettie" who lives together with her mother, and her mother's mother, in a farm at the end of the lane. They are very loveable, but also strange people. 

And then things start happening that are so incredible they totally fall out of any reality. 
The little boy is often scared and I would have done nothing more than to hug him while reading this book. The style of writing is just as fantastic as the story itself – I don't want to tell you more because I don't wanna take the magic of reading this book for the first time away for anyone.

This book definitely deserves 5 out of 5 stars, the title of my new favorite book, and a recommendation to read this for everyone, who loves to dream and isn't scared of strange and extraordinary stories. This book absolutely put a spell on me and I'm pretty sure I will reread it more than once! It's a book that you can always discover something new in, a book that invites us to linger and just get soaked up in it's magic. 

What was the best book you recently read? 

xx Micky

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Monday, 2 November 2015

Spooky days!

It's just been a very special time of the year again, guys – it just been Halloween!
And if you're like me, you'll probably have been looking forward to this time of the year for ages now because, from adrenaline-junky to adrenaline junky, what's better than being scared?
Walking home on those empty, foggy streets after having spent a horror-movie-night at your friend's place and feeling that adrenaline, that comes with the fear, rush through your veins! It's gloomy, scary & thrilling - just Halloween.

But why do we actually celebrate Halloween each year?


Halloween (derived from "All Hallows Eve") is a pagan tradition. 
Celtic priests, druids, used the 31st of October to commemorate the dead souls and the prince of death "Samhain". During this ceremony, the druids would move from house to house demanding sacrificial offerings - those were often human sacrifices, usually children - if the families would deny making a sacrifice, the druids would smear blood onto the door of their house which was about equal to a death sentence to all residents. For protection from evil spirits the druids would wear animal masks because they believed that by doing this, the strength of the animals would be transferred to them. Irish immigrants would later bring the tradition to america. 

Today children will dress up for Halloween and walk from house to house demanding "treats" and if no sweets ("treats") are offered to them they will play the house owner a prank ("tricks"). 
Little do they know that the original "trick or treating" of the druids brought death and destruction and was idolatry in its purest form.

But now enough of the gory details, let's move on to my latest coordinate under this theme! 

Eating Souls 

Are you scared yet? 
I know, I know, quite a light outfit for the low temperatures but I wasn't going trick or treating this year anyways – it's more of a party look & honestly, I probably only made this look so I could show off my amazing make up skills *cough cough* (obviously the black eye is partly edited) :P 


I have to admit I really, really enjoyed this demonic look. 
Maybe being creepy is just in my nature, haha. 

This was the first try for this look, sorry for the graininess of the photo.
Overall you can definitely say that I'm the kind of person that loves dressing up and slipping into different roles, that's probably why festivals like Halloween or Carnival are always so much fun to me! Unfortunately I didn't get to use this costume idea in the end because a friend got sick so we stayed in and spent the night watching Halloween classics with popcorn and whiskey but who said that Halloween has to be a fixed date anyways? We will just celebrate it later :) 

How did you spend your Halloween?

xx ♡ Micky 



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Monday, 26 October 2015

Coordinate: Get Your Geek On

Glasses : Claire's | Sweater : H&M | Pants : Zara | Sandals : Lamoda
Let's talk frankly today, fashion can be such a pain in the ass sometimes. The super tight dresses that you can hardly even breathe in and the Jeffrey Campbell Heels that, if you fall, you'll probably break your neck thanks to them. But who said fashion has to be only that?
It doesn't always have to be high and tight. I for myself decided that it can actually be so comfortable and casual, too, especially now as we're gradually moving closer to winter, this is honestly more of an indoors look but I did wear it out already, too. If the weather is too cold to wear Sandals, I just like to swap them with my trusty Nike Air sneakers. It's so simple, minimal and oh, the Mohair material of this H&M sweater is just sooo comfortable!
I loved the Glasses in addition to give me an overall geekier look - it's kinda of funny to play around with rather unusual accessories like that sometimes. 

This sweater had indeed made it to my top 3 favorite Sweaters the moment I had it!
It's a little baggy but as I'm a devoted fan of the oversized look anyways, I just had to fall in love with it. In fact, 2 of my 3 favorite sweaters are oversized & very casual, so I would say that this is probably my favorite style for sweaters, especially those thicker knits! :)

What is your favorite style for sweaters? 

xx Micky 




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Friday, 23 October 2015

Perfection is OVERRATED


Perfectionism can be an amazing advantage but it can also be your downfall.

I used to want to be perfect. I used to look at celebrities and hate myself because I didn't look like them, because I wasn't as talented or simply because my life wasn't like theirs. 
I'm sure you can guess that I was very miserable. So miserable that it eventually ended up in an eating disorder that I'm still struggling with even today.
 

I won't go into long details, but I felt compelled to write this blog post as encouragement to anyone out there that might be feeling like they're not good enough. Too often do we pick ourselves apart and over criticize ourselves. Society has set its standards so high that they're pretty much unattainable.
 

Everyone has flaws. Those flaws are what help to add to our uniqueness. In fact, it's often that what we think our biggest flaw is, may be the thing that someone else really adores about us. That's why embracing them is important. Another important thing to realize is that not everyone's definition and interpretation of perfection is going to be the same. Which makes it even harder to be exactly that; perfect. 

I'm not saying that perfection is a bad thing. I just feel like instead of striving to be something that is pretty much impossible, we should strive to the best that we can be. Your most perfect self, if you want. People will probably disagree, but I think that striving for perfection in any aspect is basically setting ourselves up for failure. There are SO many people out there that are damn near to killing themselves to look like a distorted image of a celebrity that we see on TV. Kids getting bullied because they don't have the top name brand clothes or just don't fit into the other children's closed-minded idea of what's "normal".
 

At the end of the day, no one is perfect because perfection is an illusion. So if you feel like you need to be perfect, do it on your own terms. Be your own version of it. Not what someone else tells you it is. Be who you are. Own your flaws. Flaunt them. Don't apologize for being yourself. And don't ever be ashamed to be you because guess what? There's no one else on the planet that can do it better!


xx Micky 
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Monday, 19 October 2015

Coordinate: Lavender & Night Out In Lace

Those two looks were basically my haul from YOINS - A super cool & cheap (!) online shop. I have to admit, I was really positively surprised when I received the package as the clothes really looked just like in the pictures! I love them.<3 The shipping took a while but it was definitely worth the wait!

So here's the looks: 


Lavender

Dress : YOINS

I actually really love this off-shoulder dress. I mean, I love stripes, I love dresses, I love simplicity, so what's not to love about this? Admittedly, it's not really suitable for the season but as I'm planning on going to Australia in December anyways this is definitely a piece that is gonna have a place in my luggage case! It just seems so great for a casual day out in the sunny Melbourne! :)

You can shop the dress here!




The rings are YOINS, too!


Night Out In Lace

Two piece : YOINS | Clutch Bag : YOINS 

If you'd ask me to pick a favourite, it would probably be this one. 
I just love how this look is so elegant and.. kinda sexy but in a classy way (..you get me, right?).
It's just the perfect look for a night out! I actually wore this outfit last Friday night and received more compliments than ever so that really convinced me for good. 

You can shop this look here!




What do you like to wear on a night out? :)

xx ♡ Micky 


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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Skin care with Coffee!

“What's a rainy daywithout some deliciouscoffee-flavoured loneliness?” ― Sanober KhanTurquoise Silence
Coffee! Who doesn't love & rely on it as an energy-booster, especially on those gloomy autumn-mornings?! Be it a creamy chocolate-macchiato, a caramel cappuccino or a Starbucks pumpkin spiced latte - coffee is something many of us would count as an essential in their daily diets. 
But did you know that it can also have real positive effects on our skin?
Here's what good coffee can do for your beauty! 

#1 Fight those puffy eyes
if you apply coffee on the skin below your eyes this can significantly constrict the blood vessels hence reduce eye puffiness & swelling! Of course you can also use an actual skin creme containing caffeine for this. 

#2 Baby-smooth 
Caffeine exfoliates your skin, in fact, coffee grounds make the perfect peeling for your skin as they effectively remove dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling baby smooth! 
So instead of just throwing those old coffee grounds away, why not repurpose them? 

#3 Tight & Bright
Coffee is known as a diuretic and hence can used efficiently in the treatment or prevention of cellulite - combine coffee grounds with coconut oil for the best results! The dark grinds of coffee can also be used to brighten up your skin & make it look more vital! 

#4 Forever young! 
Okay.. maybe not forever. But the antioxidants contained in coffee are real fighters against free radicals, which are known to cause premature skin ageing (e.g. wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, etc.). You'll find many day- & night-cremes containing caffeine but I personally prefer to apply the raw coffee grounds to my skin & follow this peeling with some coconut oil. It works real wonders! 

#5 So soothing
Coffee contains anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively reduce inflammation and redness on your skin. Using caffeine or products containing caffeine can significantly reduce the risk for - or even help you to prevent inflammation and redness. 


Coffee peelings are amazing! 

Who would have thought Coffee can actually be such a miracle-beauty weapon?! 
I for my part, am fairly certain I will rely on Coffee as far more than just a mood-maker in the future. :)


xx ♡ Micky


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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Coordinate: Marble Obsessions

Hat : Chanel | Blouse : Japan | Pants : River Island | Shoes : Lamoda | Bag : MK 
This is a rather elegant and, surprise surprise, monochrome look, probably most suitable for some mild autumn afternoons in the city.
I kinda fell in love with these pants so I've basically tried to make the whole outfit evolve around them, although I feel like I kinda failed in that mission, I just love how the cut of those pants gives me some 'curves' - finally it looks like I actually have hips *yay*! 
Also, I'm not sure if you've noticed but I started editing the backgrounds of my looks and I feel that, with each new look, my skills are slightly improving - it's still obvious that it's edited but I don't really actually mind that if I'm honest. I like the way this looks, it kind of reminds me of an editorial straight out of the Dazed-Magazine. 



Overall, I'm actually quite satisfied with the outcome of this look, although I feel like I'm way overusing this Michael Kors bag.. I really like the Michael Kors Designs but the quality is really not that good compared to brands of a similar or slightly higher price category such as Kate Spade or Tory Burch, so I decided to not buy MK-products in the future but rather invest a little more into a better product. 




On a personal level I'm finally getting the 'good vibes' and really started to get stuff done. 
The probably most exciting news are: I have successfully managed to book a work & travel trip to Melbourne, Australia! I'm so looking forward it, although it will be later in December, I'm finally getting to see a part of the world I've never been to before and I'm in the firm believe that it is going to be awesome.. Just hoping it won't be too hot as it will be enough of a climate shock for me to get from winterly Europe to summerly Australia ahah. 

Do you have any upcoming events that you are especially looking forward to?


xx  Micky 



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