Saturday, 20 April 2013

Lace Back Shirt

Recently I have been obsessed with lace. Probably because I associate this material with spring, and since spring was quite slow, I had to compensate this fact. And just when I finished another lace project Spring finally arrived. At least from Monday to Wednesday you were able to spot poeple in shorts, dresses and summery skirts all over Hamburg. A good feeling. Everyone seemed to be happier and we spent our days eating ice-cream and chatting in the sunshine instead of studying for university. Well, it's Hamburg, and it seems like the sun is a rare phenomena here, so it doesn't really matter ;)

So the supplies are pretty easy. To pimp your shirt with lace you obviously need a shirt and lace.
As I wrote before, look at your local markets and thriftstores for nice and old lace.
And for the shirt, I do not know about you, but I did struggle to find the perfect basic before I looked into the man section. It has to be cropped but afterwards I have a perfect shirt for nearly nothing.

1. Decide on the length of your shirt and cut along after adding 2 cm for the seam.
2. Fold your edge twice
3. Choose the zig-zag stitch
4. And sew along!

5. Decide on the needed length for your lace trim.
6. By pinning along the edges you can mark where to cut. Cut along the middle, as if you are following your spine and along the end bit, so its a bit like a cupboard front.
7. Open your "cupboard" pin down your sides. 
8. Lay the lace on top and sew along the edge.

Pretty easy, aye? I love how subtle the effect is and I am pretty sure I will wear this shirt pretty often. As long as the sun comes out at least.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Sharing is caring!

Last week I learnt a lot about the love for my Macbook. I never really mentioned it on here, but I've gotten myself into the whole apple-lover-clan last November with a beautiful Macbook Air. The reason for never mentioning it was probably due to my attempt of not being totally in-your-face. Well, too late, but phew. But back to business. The whole I was totally "meh" when it came to writing, every time I attempted creating some post or write something for uni, I couldn't be bothered thanks to the differences between my old and new laptop. And I had to use my old one, because my other had to be fixed. So even though this intro has got nothing to do with my actual post, right now I am just too happy to NOT mention the return of my beloved one.

It kinda has something to do with it. Mainly because I wanted to post this actually somewhen closer to last weekend, oh well.
As far as most of you probably know, my style is a mixture of my Mum's wardrobe (pieces from the mid 70s to the early 90s) , store bought goods, self-made garments and items from markets and little thrift stores, label me however you want. And even though it sometimes itches me to do differently, I always try to avoid spending too much money on clothing, because, to be honest, my wardrobe is packed. But what to do with the clothing you do not want anymore? You could throw them away (uh, no, I spent money on them after all), sell them (time consuming or no one finds you since all the websites are packed with young girls selling stuff) or just keep them hidden between your favorites. I chose the latter for a long time, but finally last Sunday I was motivated to pile up all the old stuff. And why? It was time to go clothes swapping at RauschRock TauschWert!

The concept was pretty easy, everyone was supposed to bring something between one piece and 20 pieces and an Euro for entrance. Once you entered the room, you could find several piles with certain topics, where all the different clothing types were collected. And the search started!

Another highlight of the event was certainly the area surrounding the venue. Since I am still pretty new to Hamburg I am not that familiar with every spot and without this event I am not too sure, wether I would have been able to spot the atmospheric Gängeviertel.

So when you are interested in also swapping your clothes and a private swap party does not sound too appealing to you, I got a link for all Germans, the blog Klamottentausch, for all the others: Just google your area, and I'm pretty sure, something will come up.

Friday, 5 April 2013

March favorites and all that jazz.

Right now I am 100 % back in Germany. Last week I was still struggling getting back into my everyday routine of studying, cooking and living, but with uni coming back on this week, I HAD to be back. It's surprising how stressful just for days of uni can be, otherwise it felt great seeing all the people and my weekend is filled with catching-up events (and trying to remember all the vocab from last term).
So today I thought I would give you some overview of my favorites during these few days back in my "normal" life, since you pretty much saw all my "Indian favorites" in my Bag-post. I know, it's not a lot, but it covers pretty much the last 2 weeks of being here again. And someday (after sourcing through all my 2000 India pictures I will actually post another India related post, no matter wether you want or not :))

1. Dark green Cheap Monday jeans Up to now most of you will probably know about my obsession with the jeans of this brand, so it was a must to add another pair to my collection after seeing this baby in the midseason sales. And I always dreamed about dark green skinnies.
2. Silver statement necklace Jopp, another addition to another field of addiction, this subtle statement necklace (sounds strange, I know, but this about it) was found at a local flea market and it has my love right now. I can't wait to be finally able to leave the house without a scarf hiding every necklace I wear.
3. Plant seeds I  never had a green thumb, but strangely I wanted to try growing my own salad and edible flowers this spring, so far I can say my plants do actually still live.
4. Sun glasses Since I was kinda a late one with transferring the money to my uni, I had to rely on my bike instead of the bus the past week. But cruising through the city with sunglasses is a instant boost for your will to ride a bike.
5. Urea lip balm from Balea After a long flight your skin is always really dry and especially this product helped a lot to fight the dryness. Plus it is in a tube, so you can actually still use it after having a cold, since no bacteria can come inside.
6. Good coffee The north of India is like a desert to coffee lovers and therefore I've been drinking coffee non-stop after returning.

And another favorite was the whole action around "Post aus meiner Küche" (mail from my kitchen), a website where three lovely girls do initiate food swaps with home-made goods concerning one certain topic every few months. This months it was all about childhood memories and I decided to take part for the first time. I drew lots for the lovely Eva and she gifted me that generously that I felt really, really bad for my really small package, but I was actually struggling with finding actual meals from my childhood. One thing I do remember about food in my childhood has to be, that I liked nearly nothing, I was a picky child hating a lot of the things, I nowadays love: Tomatoes, french fries (really early), vegetables (in general), pineapple, salad, mushrooms, and, and, and. Still, I've got the images from the swap, just see and enjoy.
My package; Eva's package

So when you German readers are interested in the action, just head over to Post aus meiner Küche and wait for the next round.
That's it from me, I have to get to uni and learn something about History in the virtual world and about the History of the Middle East. Oh joy!