Saturday 29 October 2011

folding stars


Hi guys!

It's finally Saturday! And as I took next Monday off and as Tuesday is a holiday I'm looking forward to an awesome long Halloween weekend. We were invited to a friend's apartment party, so I tried to improvise a costume, but more about that after Halloween...
What are your plans for the next days? Something fun I hope?

♥ coat + scarf: h&m ♥ shirt, bag + boots: ebay ♥ jeans: zara ♥ belt: topshop ♥ necklace: new yorker ♥

The photos were taken at the beginning of the week when it was pretty windy, so I preferred pants instead of skirts. I got this mini dress via Ebay and it has the perfect length to be worn as a longer tunic, so I gave it a go with my skinny jeans and ankle boots. I don't really like how the boots underline the shape of my legs, but oh whatever, they're warm, comfy and water-resistant, that's what is important.

Yesterday I met some friends at the Moyo's in Cologne for our monthly girls night. We had some delicious Southern US/Creole food, cocktails and so much fun! You know when girls start to remember school time, talk about teachers, boys, parties back then... some old stories really cracked me up, it was hilarious :)
A few photos so you get an impression:

Now I'll get ready for a birthday party tonight.
I'll try to get back to your comments tomorrow :)
Have an amazing Saturday everyone!

now playing: biffy clyro - folding stars

Wednesday 26 October 2011

tiny storms


Hi guys!

Today I'm just dropping in to post these pictures of last Friday. I'm still having a busy week and there are still some packages for DaWanda, Ebay and Kleiderkreisel that want to be packed, laundry that wants to be ironed, papers for uni that want to be organized and so on.........
I'm looking forward to the next days, there'll be lots of nice things coming my way. Tomorrow I'll meet a friend for a drink, on Friday we have our monthly girls night out at a Creole restaurant and on Saturday I plan to visit a fleamarket and maybe a friend's birthday party in the evening.

♥ coat: H&M ♥ cardigan: pimkie ♥ shirt: c&a ♥ skirt: ebay ♥ shoes: goertz ♥ necklace: new yorker ♥

Isn't this a nice everyday fall outfit? I love checkered shirts so much, especially this classic red/white one, it's super-versatile! The combo with brown and khaki isthe perfect countryish fall palette, no? At least to me it is.
One of my co-workers has made up this dream of her and me having a cupcake restaurant (because I brought some cupcakes to work the other day) and on Friday she said this is how she imagines me to look like in our café, haha so cute! :)
However I noticed that this skirt starts to get tight around the tummy so maybe no more cupcakes in the near future...

Have a nice day!

now playing: crime in stereo - orbiter

Monday 24 October 2011

paper dreams


Hi guys!

How have you all been? I noticed that I've been having a quite busy time since my new semester has begun. Lots of things happen but actually there's nothing really interesting; there's just work, university, the household and I try to make my gym work out and blogging and reading fit in there somehwhere too.
What about you? Are you enjoying autumn or are you hurrying from A to B all day as well?

♥ cardi, top + pants: h&m ♥ shoes: kappa ♥ scarf: accessorize ♥ necklace: new yorker ♥

As you might already know I really really love fall but what bothers me is the light. I rarely manage to take photos of my outfits in the morning and in the evening when I come home there's no daylight left so they all get blurry and/or too dark. Not even Photoshop can help me... Any ideas of how to deal with this? I could take photos in my lunch breaks but I carry around so much stuff in my bag everyday and I don't want to bring my camera with me everywhere I go, it's just too unhandy.

Speaking of lunch breaks, I love our university cafeterias for offering a new snack this semester:

I never was a big sushi fan because I don't like fish and I didn't know there are veggie versions too, but since I tried one of these onigiris I'm over the moon. The veggie versions are available with aubergines and miso sauce, onions and soy sauce etc. There are also some with fish or shrimps for the seafood lovers.
My new favourite lunch snack at university :)

Alright, movie-and bedtime now.
I hope everyone has/had a nice weekend!

now playing: the kooks - princess of my mind

Thursday 20 October 2011

raffaelo cupcakes recipe


Hi guys!

This week is packed with lots of different things to do for me so I didn't have much time for outfit pics yet and actually I only wore comfortable simple looks the last days, so nothing interesting and fancy.
Instead of an outfit I have this recipe for incredibly delicious white chocolate coconut goodness for you. I tried it on Sunday for the first time and must admit my topping was too liquid to look nice, but the cupcakes tasted so so good! Hm yummyyyyy!

What you need...

...for the dough:
250g flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
150g dark chocolate
100g butter
2 eggs
200g sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
100ml coconut milk
100ml milk
16 Raffealos (or other coconut confection)

for the icing:
400g powdered sugar
200g white chocolate
125g butter
80ml coconut milk
1tsp vanilla extract

1. Pre-heat the oven on 175° C. Melt the butter and chocolate for the dough in a double-boiler or in the microwave.

2. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Slowly add the eggs, sugar, milk, coconut milk and vanilla extract with continuous stirring.

3. Here comes the sweet mess: crumble the Raffaelos (remove the almond inside) and add them to the dough.

4. Fill the dough into the baking forms or a muffin baking dish and put them into the oven for about 20 minutes.

5. Now they should look like this (or prettier haha). Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of them after putting the icing on top so I had to borrow some pics from the German recipe website ;)

6. For the icing melt the butter and the white chocolate. Let it cool down a bit, then addcoconut milk, vanilla extract and also food coloring if you like. Add the powdered sugar and stir until smooth.
Now you can put it on the cupcakes with an icing bag and decorate everythign with sugar crumbles or other decoration.
It can look like this...

...or like this,...

...whatever you like :)

Bon appétit! And happy Wednesday!

P.S. The German recipe can be found here. The pictures 1, 7 and 8 are borrowed from there.

Tuesday 18 October 2011

shop my closet


Hi guys!

I'm sorry I haven't given a sign of life the last few days, somehow I didn't have interesting photos and also no time to blog, but now I've got some future posts up my sleeve for this week.
It's already bedtime so I'm keeping this post short: I have sorted out my wardrobe rigorously and spent the whole Sunday photographing, taking measurements and creating auctions on Ebay.

Up for grabs (amongst other items):


my Ebay

until Sunday the 23rd of October

What else?

Europe-wide or international shipping on request!
Drop me a line via e-mail or via Ebay if you have questions.

Happy Monday! :)

And for my German readers: mein Kleiderkreisel wird in den kommenden Tagen auch wieder aufgestockt!

Saturday 15 October 2011

a condition of the heart


Hi guys!

Today was one of these wonderfully crisp and sunny autumn days that I love so much. Unfortunately I couldn't really enjoy it because I had to work from 9 to 5, but I also enjoy the cold evenings and rejoice in being at home in my pyjamas with a cup of tea and a piece of oreo-flavoured chocolate while it's pitch dark and cold outside. Autumn - oh you season of candles, hot drinks and coziness :)

♥ coat + scarf: h&m ♥ shirt: pimkie ♥ cardi: ebay ♥ skirt: c&a ♥ shoes: goertz ♥

What I like best about these aformentioned cold, clear and sunny days is that you can still wear rather summery shoes because there's no need to worry about wet feet! A pair of 100 DEN tights keeps my legs and feet warm enough in the simple leather brogues which again is good because in the summer they turned out to be my favourite shoes for wearing a skirt.
Speaking of skirts: see that I wore my new corduroy skirt again? I love how versatile it is, especially with all kinds of earthy colours.
By the way I wore this yesterday for two philosophy classes and went on a trip to Remscheid afterwards where I visted my Dad in the hospital. He had a slipped disc but the surgery went well and he was in good health according to the circumstances.

♥ necklace: birthday gift and souvenir from China ♥

When I returned from the hospital visit I got off at our district's railway station and discovered what I had never noticed before (or maybe it wasn't there before?): there was a quote sprayed on the backside of one of the ticket machines. It made me smile because I knew where it is from :)

The "Kingdom of Heaven" is a condition of the heart- not something that comes "upon the earth" or "after death."
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

now playing: nine inch nails - wish

Wednesday 12 October 2011

a fine autumnal day


"It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day, the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet."
(The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving)

Hi guys!
Some days ago autumn has finally found its way to Germany and I was in such an autumny mood that I felt like making hot vanilla chai and reading a bit. I had gotten back my Penguin Book of American Short Stories from a friend and when I was flipping through the pages I saw Sleepy Hollow and remembered that I had never finished it. I love how the narrator plays with the atmosphere of the nature and landscape, one time bright and beautiful, one time gloomy and spooky. I really enjoyed reading it, it totally matches the current weather here that is all cloudy, rainy and cold.

♥ cardi: gina tricot ♥ dress: joe browns ♥ belt: primark ♥ boots: ebay ♥ necklace: six ♥

This is what I wore to work and to the first day of my winter semester yesterday. I took the photos in the morning and five minutes after I went back inside from our balcony I had to put on another jacket over the cardigan because it started raining cats and dogs.
Nevertheless it was still not too cold for a dress, I don't have to wear my knit tights yet.
And this dress, well it's a favourite of mine but I try to not wear it too often for I don't really know what colours to wear with it except for earthy tones and red/pink. However worn with hues of brown, beige and green it is the perfect autumn dress, I love the colours.

Speaking of autumn weather, I treated myself to a rich hand cream:

Since the sudden change in weather from summery sunny to cold and wet my hands started to get very dry because of the cool wind and my normal camomile hand cream from the drugstore was not enough anymore. I heard many good things about Kiehl's and L'Occitane but in the end went for Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve because it was a little cheaper. However I plan to give the L'Occitane one a try too as soon as the Kiehl's one is empty.
I never went to Kiehl's before but I was positively surprised about how nice, detailed and competent the service was. The shop assistant asked lots of questions, put lots of other cream samples into my bag and gave some good advice about what to use when and how. Awesome, I never had such a good service concerning cosmetics before.
The hand salve itself is amazing as well. It's rich, soaks in quickly and only leaves a very thin hardly noticeable greasy residue on the skin, so that they feel wonderfully soft and moisturized.

I hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday!

now playing: jimmy eat world - the middle

tomato ricotta casserole


Hi guys!

The weekend was pretty exhausting so I was too lazy to blog yesterday. Remember that I was looking forward to Friday night? Well, it was a huge bummer! I missed the concert because my train was late and later on all clubs were so overcrowded that we couldn't get in anywhere. Furthermore I forgot my cam's battery at home so I wasn't able to take any weekend photos.

So instead of posting mentioned not-existing weekend pics I share the recipe of a yummy meal I tried last week: tomato ricotta casserole hhmmmm :)

You need (for 4 portions):

3 green onions
2 garlic cloves
4 tsp. olive oil
200g ricotta
125g cream cheese
3 eggs
salt and pepper
1 tbsp. flour
100g depp-frozen peas
16 cherry tomatoes

1. Chop up the onions and the garlic, sweat it with some oil in a pan for two minutes.

2. Mix the ricotta, cream cheese, eggs, salt, pepper, basil and flour with a squirt tabasco.

3. Add the onions, garlic and the frozen peas.

4. Oil a casserole dish and put in the dough. Don't forget to add the cherry tomatoes :) Bake it in the pre-heated oven at 200°C for 25-30 minutes.

5. Tadaaa: a delicious low-carb meal that can be served with a salad.

The German recipe can be found here.
Bon appétit! :)

Saturday 8 October 2011

roaming the bailey


Hi guys!

I'm leaving for the weekend, it will be so amazing! Tonight is a big event hosted by a German radio station, it's 1 Live Eine Nacht in Aachen where they host 20 concerts, parties, readings etc. in 14 different locations in Aachen. I'll start the night at the Two Door Cinema Club concert and later on me and some friends plan to visit at least one of the after parties. I can't wait! I have to leave for the train station in 30 minutes, let the good times roll :)

♥ shirt + skirt: c&a ♥ bag: accessorize ♥ shoes: thrifted ♥

And the weekend program goes on... tomorrow it's my Dad's birthday party and on Sunday me and the girls are going to visit a friend and her cute little baby. So as you might have assumed I'll be back on Sunday or Monday with lots and lots of photos.
Speaking of photos, the pics you see in this post were taken the other day when I enjoyed my day off by taking a walk and visiting a little castle nearby. It's the Schloss Eller but actually it's not really a castle but rather a mansion. I had perfect weather that day so I roamed around the bailey and explored the different corners.

♥ necklace: accessorize ♥ bracelets + hair clip: h&m ♥

As I'm a bit in a hurry I unfortunately don't have the time to write screeds, so here are some more impressions of the mansion and some more lovely sunshine captured in the pics. We could really need some sunshine for the weekend but the weather forecast was discouranging...

Have a fun weekend everyone! :)

now playing: pendulum - salt in the wounds

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