Feb 10, 2015

March of flowers - March of dimes, these are the prisons, these are the crimes, sound of thunder, sound of gold, sound of the devil breaking parole. Ricochet - It's not the end of the world!





Hello, lovely people!
Take a wild guess who inspired me today. That was pretty obvious, right? It's David Bowie, the god of Glam Rock, music in general, actually and of course he was and still is the god of fashion. All the glitter, all the amazing shapes of his stage costumes, his makeup (!), and the mere ability of him to reinvent himself again and again. He went from a androgynous beauty to a glittery, freaky alien, to a gentleman in pastel-colored suits. And he always - no exceptions - looked amazing. He is incredibly inspiring, and has always had a great influence on me when it comes to letting my freak flag fly, trying myself out fashion-wise, being all glittery and alien-esque.

And just as he wouldn't be a god just because of his style, he's also one of the greatest musicians of all time. I'll use a quote from the Space Oddity album to describe his sounds: "personal and universal, perhaps galactic, microcosmic and macrocosmic" - in any possible way incredible. His voice is so unique and makes me shiver a bit every time I hear it, and on top of his melodies and voice - the lyrics are hauntingly beautiful! Currently, his song "Changes" fascinates me the most. I guess it's because of the upcoming change in my life, which is graduating. But the happiness in this song always cheers me up when I get anxious about the future.

Actually, I have done a post about David Bowie already. But I thought I should also honor his style with an outfit inspired by him. And this is it, obviously. I am wearing my beloved iridescent boots, which really remind me of astronauts and therefore of Major Tom and therefore of David Bowie, so they matched perfectly with the galactic vibe I was going for. The jeans jacket is handmade, just scroll down a bit for details. I haven't been able to put it off ever since, so you're going to see this jacket a lot from now on. The flower crown is also handmade and I totally overwear it - but somehow, I don't feel properly dressed without a crown! And the bigger, the better. Well, the most recognizable garment in this outfit is probably my T-shirt. I bought a white shirt in the men's apartment today and spent the entire evening sitting on the floor, occasionally dancing a bit and listening to David Bowie's "The next Day", a Best Of album I own, and the record of Space Oddity. How I love this record. I bought it at a fleamarket about a year ago and one can only imagine my enthusiasm when I saw the record - of course I had to buy it. Unfortunately, somebody has drawn Bowie a beard on the front cover, but he still looks awesome.


I have this habit that every time I get obsessed with a person, a era or anything else, I begin to collect a huge bunch of stuff related to my obsession. I have collected at least ten things related to David Bowie, some of them are here in this post. These are the two records of him I own - Space Oddity and Let's Dance. My favorite songs on these are Memory of a Free Festival and Ricochet, though the version of the former is different than the ones you can find on youtube - and frankly, it's way better on the record. 
I also did this super cute mini shrine dedicated to the King of Glam Rock, which I made inside a cassette box. Contains a lot of glitter, lyrics, a close-up of his two different eyes and other pictures.


I think this sums up my obsession quite well.
This blog is basically transforming into a fan girl diary, right? But that's fine - there's still fashion!
I hope you have liked this post - and just tell me what Bowie means to you.

Lots of love,
Mary

Jan 19, 2015

Like a photon, like a shower of yellow flames - if she could only catch up with the riding rhythm of things, of her own electrons, then she would be at rest - If she could forget school, climb the tree, be the tree, burn like that.



Hi and hello, dearest readers of this blog. I managed to do two posts in one month.
Today's post is written in honor of - and inspired by - Frida Kahlo. There are flower crowns, a lot of portraits and even socks with her face on them (seriously! Socks!). And there may be a lot of fangirling.

Frida Kahlo, this unbreakable yet so sensitive woman has fascinated me for quite a long time. Ever since I found out about her in a few great Rookie articles and in art class, I could not stop thinking about her. After reading a lot of articles, a biography and watching the incredible movie (if you haven't seen it yet, stop reading immediately and do it) I feel like I kinda got an overview. I haven't figured her out at all, though, and I believe nobody ever will - but I have found out what she means to me, especially her art and her way of living. Besides her wonderful art, the thing about Frida which matters most to me is her strength. I mean, her accidents were the worst, and Diego Rivera, her husband who didn't care too much (or at all) about being faithful, was not that much better, either. Still, she resembles pure joy as well as deepest pain in her paintings.
But her strength was not only about surviving her accident and her many operations, but also about being a communist woman fighting for her rights and for her opinion. She did not care about other's conceptions about art (especially not about Paris) and was so proud of her origin, namely, Mexico. The roots which are a often-used symbol in her works resemble that kind of connectivity between a woman and her home.

Well, of course we also need to talk about her style! After all, this is a very random fashion blog.
The thing most people recognize first about Frida Kahlo is her eyebrow. There only is one. She was known for even darkening it/them with a brow pencil, celebrating her uniqueness. This kind of eyebrow kinda breaks with all the rules you have learned when it comes to fashion - so that's definitely a reason for her being my idol. She also wore a lot of flower crowns, which is, in my opinion, just as the fact a reason to really like a person. You know me and my love affair with flower crowns. The best thing about her crowns is that she always took fresh flowers which are even better than fake ones, obviously. And another trademark of her fashion style is the traditional native clothing. She wore long, flowing, huge skirts for covering her thinner leg, but also because it was cultural heritage of her (on her mother's side). That involved bright, vivid colors, big necklaces and earrings, incredible embroidery and a lot of other amazing stuff.
So let's summarize: Embroidery, colors, flower crowns and unique rebellion against fashion rules?! How perfect?!
Therefore, I channeled her in this outfit. I have been wearing this in all variations a lot lately, as it makes me feel like a queen. I am wearing the giant red flower crown I made last year which I love a lot and totally overwear. I also wear some black tights, black platform shoes from Asos and a black tee from my sister. The red skirt was ordered from the internet a few months ago.
And, the real star of this outfit, the denim jacket. I literally searched for a proper fitting one with a nice color for over two years - and then I finally found one in December! For fifty cent! I was so happy. Today I finished customizing it with patches, my hot glue gun and badges. Painting Frida Kahlo on the back took a few days, and it definitely was not easy to paint on denim, but I am pretty happy with the result. There are also fake flowers glued on the back which is nice. I tried to put everything I like on one jacket which did work out at least a bit. There's art, and there is music, there's Wes Anderson and there's weird biological stuff (whatever).

























I LOVE customized denim jackets! They're are my choice on basically everyday, as they are not only comfortable but also give you a super good feeling since you are actually surrounded by what you love! Wearing what you love - isn't that great? That's why I'm so obsessed with band shirts, or fan clothes of any sorts. Anyways, I am very happy with the jacket and I think I'm going to wear it forever.

In other news: I OWN FRIDA KAHLO SOCKS! These, to be exact. I'm in love. And I will definitely wear them in another post.


Well, this was a long post! I'm always amazed how awkwardly I am still ending my posts after two and a half years of blogging experience. And about how awkard photographing myself in front of my door still feels.
Well. Tell me what you think about Frida.

Lots of love,

Mary

PS: Thank you so much for all the sweet comments I have received recently. You are the best.








Jan 3, 2015

They walk in the sky so near and so high, they're stopping for none, and when the day's done they agree that the sea is the best place to be wondrously free.


Happy new year! We all can be pretty proud about having survived another 365 days on earth, I really consider this a success. The problem with turn of the year is this choice between looking back and looking ahead - best of 2014 vs new year resolutions, basically. In fact, I have done both. I had an amazing year: a few festivals, amazing journeys and great conversations with great people. But 2014 was also A LOT about school. Which was not so nice as it kinda drove me crazy in the course of events. 2015 will be even more stressful, though (the endless joys of the German A-Levels). Therefore, my new year resolution is basically surviving without going crazy and then dealing with the after-school-life (which seems so real and near and oh my...) properly. We'll see how it works out.
Besides that, it also was Christmas! yay! I had a lovely holiday in spite of being ill and because of that, cuddling up in blankets the entire day. My family and friends gave me the sweetest and most perfect presents. Some of my favorites are pictured below:



1. I am sherlocked tote. I am so sherlocked. My boyfriend gave it to me which was so cute :)
2. Mach dieses Buch fertig. This is the German version of Wreck this journal. I started it today and had so much fun (although I accidentally almost burned the entire book). It's so cool, and if you haven't done one yet, go get one! It's worth it and it definitely inspires you to be more creative.
3. Endless river by Pink Floyd. Oh my, Pink Floyd! Truly genius. There's only one song with lyrics on it, and the songs kinda blur into another - endlessly, you know? It's so beautiful.
4. Faust. The most famous and perhaps best German play by Goethe, recorded in a great theater near my hometown. I love theater, so that's amazing!
5. A book about Salvador DalĂ­! Art! Yay! There are some ridiculously funny anecdotes collected in it, among with a lot of paintings.
6. THIS IS A PIZZA PILLOW. My sister is a genius. She made it by herself!
7. Giant, extremely cozy and fluffy shirt. This wasn't a christmas present, actually. It was a gift by the lovely people of Bayrisches Fernsehen (Bavarian TV channel) who did a TV thing about me! I WAS IN TV. You got me? In TV. Me. And my blog. So if you have always wanted to see me talking, walking, awkwardly smiling - this is your chance. You can watch it here. It's in German, obviously, but anyways :) There's Bowie music in the background!  I look better in real life.


I have been blogging for two and a half years now and still did not manage to take nice outfit pictures! It's always pretty awkward. And this white door accidentally got my trademark. I swear, there's not a single white wall in our house where you could get a nice neutral background!
I wore clothes today. Namely, my beloved Rookie shirt. Unfortunately, it has holes and stains which won't fade after washing it approximately three hundred times. I still cannot resist wearing it, of course! The black skirt is actually a little black dress. I can't tell where the tights are from. Black tights are always just there, sort of. Then they rip and then they are mysteriously there again. At least it's like that with me. I kept the entire outfit pretty simple and clear, to draw attention to my socks. Avocado socks, my pals. I love food. I ordered them a few weeks ago in a lovely store called the sock drawer. It's the cutest online store on the internet, I swear! They wrapped it all cute with yarn and wrote a thank you note for me. I ordered three pair of socks, all of them will appear sooner or later on this blog. I'm quite obsessed with cute socks, I have two pairs with pandas and one with unicorns and frilly ones et cetera. Aren't avocado socks the best invention ever?!
Look at this, so cute!
Well, I hope you're all fine.
I'm the worst at writing a proper end for a post.
Sorry.

Lots of love,

Mary

Dec 3, 2014

I don't know why I'd rather be dead than cool, I don't know why every line ends in rhyme, I don't know why less is more, love is blind, I don't know why - God is gay!



Attention: before you start reading, click this link and listen to the song while reading.

Hey lovelies!
Life's crazy. Ever since I have been featured on Buzzfeed.com in this "teen style icon" post, I can't even tell you what's happening. The local newspaper wrote an article about me and my blog (page one, guys!), featured me on their website and boom, that was my official "outing". Most of my friends knew about this blog, bu I've always enjoyed how anonymous the internet is - now everybody, like, everybody knows about my blog. And actually, people are being really lovely! I've got tons of positive feedback and supercute compliments and congratulations. But it's not over yet - I'm doing a interview on the radio this week, and a entire photo set plus interview with another magazine! I almost feel famous, it's so weird (in a freaking awesome way!).
Besides that, school kinda sucks. Because of the overwhelming amount of deadlines and pressure I am basically stressed all the time. To get rid of the constant worries (such as: I messed up this important test. I am going to mess up the next important test tomorrow. I won't get a job. I'm not even able to live on my own.) I'm trying hard to get more of a I'm-young-I-don't-care-attitude. So what could be a better soundtrack to my life than Kurt Cobain's wonderful voice?
My family gave me a Nirvana album for Christmas last year, which I lost and found again in my room like two weeks ago. I've been listening to it constantly since then. Most people say listening too much Grunge music makes you unhappy or depressed, angry or aggressive - in my case, it's just the other way round. Nirvana makes me feel strong, vigorous and invincible, even happy, to be frank. I'm not able to put it into words as great as Kurt himself: "Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock." . I mean, freedom is the thing you should search for in music, shouldn't you?
But the pure music of Nirvana is not the only reason for my current Kurt-Cob-session: in fact, I bought The diaries of Kurt Cobain, which is a book with the collection of diary pages and the German translation (for times when I can't read his handwriting,haha). I think it's amazing to read the diary of another person, especially of a person that interesting as Kurt Cobain! It's like a glimpse inside his head. His writing is extraordinary shocking and wonderful, his letters tell so much about him and the notes for song lyrics are incredible! I'm obsessed, which you can probably tell from the fact that I am hugging a book.


pinterest, tumblr.

YAY for this book and NIRVANA. Isn't he the best? His smile is as lovely as a child's and his voice probably as husky as ... I can't find a comparison, he's too great.

I'm proud of you if you read all that, haha. Well, for those who are here for Fashion,
--> Start reading here.
Needless to say, my outfit is grunge-inspired. Of course I could not resist the urge to wear a flower crown I made this summer. I also wear two shirts - layering extreme. I liked the idea of clashing two different tartan patterns, so I chose a thrifted jacket-shirt-thing in dark green and a shirt a good friend of mine gave me (not forever, sadly. it's so cozy and comfortable and soft and grunge.). And as the ultimate key style of the Grunge era included a lot of flannel tartan shirts, I think they fit the theme quite well! I am wearing one of my favorite T-shirts underneath the layers. It's beautifully printed with the different phases of the moon - I bought it on asos in the men's department for around 10 euros, I think, so it was quite a good deal.
The pants I'm wearing are from Zara (I'm so short, Zara's pants are the only ones fitting me, seriously.) and are high-waisted. I am pretty obsessed with high-waisted jeans, actually! The boots were a gift from my lovely boyfriend last Christmas and are my ultimate go-for on bad days as the holographic texture projects tiny rainbows on your feet and what on earth could make one happier than this?
I also wear my beloved black lipstick and the bracelets I could never put off.



Wow, that was a lot of raving in one post. But how couldn't I?
Anyways, I love connecting music with fashion, so I hope you like this post.

You're wonderful.
Lots of love,

Mary


Nov 17, 2014

And if you go chasing rabbits and you know you're going to fall, tell'em a smoking caterpillar has given you the call to call Alice when she was just small.

Hello lovely people!
I've got literally so many posts scheduled, but I can't find the time. But, well, today's one of my rare blogging days. I was inspired by psychedelic, autumnal stuff. I can now proudly call myself an expert of the Hippie culture, especially of Woodstock - I had to write a fifteen pages paper for school about it. It was actually quite interesting and fun to do the research (now that's a surprise!). I listened to a lot of Woodstock songs and can't get rid of the catchy tunes in my head, but I don't mind at all.

(all from tumblr)
I had to face autumn recently. It's still sunny here sometimes, but it's awfully cold. Therefore, I tried to dress in more ~autumnal~ colors. I kinda failed dressing properly for this season, though - I can't resist wearing dresses! I love how cozy they are. I admit I normally wear tights. But for these pictures, a pair of black tights seemed to harsh combined with the bright colors I am wearing. Well, I have to wait a few months to finally wear this outfit outside for longer that a ten minute photo shooting.
I am wearing my favorite dress of all times - it was a gift from my dad almost a year ago. I love it's colors and the lovely print, in addition, the fabric is super soft and cozy. The crochet jacket is from a store around here, they sell so much cute stuff but I can almost never afford their garments. The shoes are from Tamaris and have been my loyal companions this summer as they are incredibly comfortable!
The necklace was sent to me by the lovely people from Punky Pins (thank you again!). They sent me a package with a lot of cute jewelery and I was so happy about this necklace! I love daisies :) I also own matching daisy earrings now. You should definitely check out their store! They're cute and independent and everything is handmade.



I'm - again - sorry for almost no posts on this blog, but as said above, I have many posts scheduled and I WILL eventually post them all. But just in case, if you really miss me (ahem) you can follow me on Etsy. I'm pretty active there and am going to sell a few other zines soon in my shop. Here's the link. I also made a little wishlist (it's christmas soon, folks, and I'm sure you want to send me stuff - I'm broke... as always.).

1. Fox shirt
2. Royal Tenenbaums Journal (I LOVE this movie. Wes Anderson forever!)
3. Backpack
4. Moon earrings (sold, sadly.)
5. Growing heart necklace - isn't this AMAZING?? YES IT IS.
6. Even artichokes have hearts pencils (sold, too - but the shop has some other lovely stuff)

I'm procastinating the entire time and this post took me about three hours. I should really do some school stuff now.
Thank you for reading!
Lots of love,
Mary

PS: I HAVE BEEN FEATURED ON BUZZFEED (they used my photos without permission, though. that's not nice) IN ONE POST WITH THE DAUGHTER OF OBAMA? I guess I'm famous :D
See the post here.

Sep 30, 2014

You say it's me, I say it's you - who can blame us for thinking the way we do 'cause we don't care what we are.


Hello people.
I'm kinda rediscovering my love for Harry Potter. I can't wait to tell you why.
I SAW DANIEL RADCLIFFE! Like, you know, DANIEL RADCLIFFE! For real!
Here's the poor quality evidence:

The story behind the picture is better than the picture itself, though.
From the start: I was in London with my boyfriend (hello!) this summer! It was amazing. London is such a beautiful city, it's so vivid and artsy and awesome. We stayed there for six days, which was too short to see everything and long enough to get a cold in the rain (English weather, I guess!). After we had seen most of the typical touristic sights, we went to the m&m's world. I love m&m's so it was kinda the perfect place to be. When we went outside again, we noticed a crowd in front of a cinema - the rest is obvious. Daniel Radcliffe's so short, though! I could barely see him - but I did, luckily.
We also went to the Harry Potter store at Platform 9 3/4, which was AMAZING. There were all the magic wands and the Hogwarts student uniforms and tickets for the Hogwarts Express and I can't stop raving about this store, basically!
This is actually where I bought the T-shirt I am wearing. It was hella expensive, but definitely worth it. I'm in love with it, and people get quite shocked being like "why slytherin?! are you the evil one?".
Besides this official Quidditch shirt I am wearing tights from H&M and a thrifted white shirt (the white collar). The shoes are so old, they're from some flea market and have glittery laces (I had to buy them!). The skirt is actually a dress I bought about two years ago at Modcloth, but I somehow never got to show it here. I like to wear it, though. And for the badass witchy Slytherin vibe I had to put on some black lipstick, of course.
I have also been practicing spells to make this post seem authentic:
Harry Potter is awesome and not childish at all (I am still waiting for my acceptance letter to Hogwarts and therefore escaping all responsibilities in my muggle school). 
I'm blocking school out at the moment - which is quite bad for my grades, but hey, at least I have a Slytherin T-shirt!
Well, to all those "Why Slytherin?!" people: The house teacher of Slytherin is Severus Snape. And he is, undoubtedly, the best character in the Harry Potter movies/books. Therefore I am a Slytherin.
Oh, and have you seen Emma Watson's speech about feminism? I loved it, it was so true. She's a queen.
Watch it here, if you haven't already. Anyways, I suppose I'm finished raving now (I could go on forever, but I'm procastinating right now...)!
I hope you enjoyed this post!
Love,
Mary

Sep 16, 2014

They've all got roles and plots and gears, they have for years. Train is running around in my brains, rain is flowing around in my veins, tears are running down my face.





Four weeks no post! Is that a new low point?
Whatever. I'm back. Already busy with school but planning a lot of posts. Today was the first day of school, which was a strange feeling. It was wonderful to see my friends again, but on the other side, I don't have holidays anymore. Furthermore, this school year is going to be extremely stressful. I will graduate in June, which I haven't totally realized yet. It is scary to be done with school soon - dealing with life, you know, is quite hard. And as much as I'm looking forward to graduate, I'm already scared of all the exams and tests coming up. In the German school system, every grade you get in grade 11 and 12 will influence your final grade of your high school diploma. I feel quite weird, therefore - it's a mix of fear and joy. 
In addition to school, I am a member of three theater clubs, want to do some blogging and art and have to apply to literally tons of stuff. So I'm going to live on caffeine, but that's fine!

Enough self-pity now. 
This is a photo set my sister and I did today. We went to my primary school, which is closed now making me feel a bit nostalgic, and to the playground next to it. It just occured to me that I'm not even allowed to go to playgrounds anymore, it's only allowed to play there until you're 14... that's not fair. I love swings. 
Concerning my outfit, I am going for some Enid-Coleslaw vibes, as I really relate to the whole movie Ghost World strongly. I get that suburban sadness thing. But somehow, it has a certain aesthetic. Furthermore, Enid is the best. Look at her, she's amazing! The entire movie is, actually.


I am wearing a giant flower crown I made a few weeks ago. It's HUGE, I tell you. HUGE. It's pretty confusing sometimes, though: most people stare at your head instead of looking you in your eyes when you're talking with them. I thought of Enid's white crown, and, to be honest, a flower crown is obligatory! The skirt (I have been longing for a skirt like this for ages, I love to color!) was sent to me by a friend. The vein tights went perfectly with the outfit - unfortunately, they're ripped and I can't wear them anymore besides for taking pictures.
I bought the platform chucks earlier this year, and I love them, although the platform is way too low. The socks were a gift from my grandma. 
The best part, though, is my t-shirt. It was sent to me by the lovely people from Hicustom.com for free. It was super easy, you just upload an image and they print it on whatever shirt you like (in great quality!). So I chose a scene from Ghost World.












Well, I hope you enjoyed the pictures.
I will be back soon!

Lots of love,
Mary