Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hey sexy gogo girl

And another outfit post! When I wore this I felt somehow like a gogo girl from the sixties; never mind that the dress is more 20s style, but the boots and the mini skirt make it sixties enough for me!

shoulder wrap: H&M, dress: Promod, leggins: Primark, scarf: C&A, boots: Goertz


I don't know if anyone still remembers my pleather jacket, but it's finally cold enough to wear it again! Yay!

And, only for you my special friends of the online world, an outtake from this mini photo shoot:


This is what happens when the BF says "Do your sexy face for me!". I learned from the best model I know... ;)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Burda Style 12/2010

This time I'm a little faster than last month, so you and I have more time to evaluate if this issue is one to buy or one to stay at the store... Let's start with the pretties as usual:

What's up with all this grey in the issue? While I feel really comfortable in all black, a little colour here and there never hurt anyone! I know that there are coloured fabrics in the issue, but those were wasted on the ugly eighties revival. So my favourites are grey in grey this time... While the cardi wouldn't be on top of my to do list, it is basic enough to sew and get some wear out of it. ALso, it looks comfy and warm, a definit plus in winter. I like the blouse on the right second best because the pattern is unusual, but still wearable. In a less see through fabric or with a shirt underneath at least. And - as so often -my favourite comes from the plus size collection. Maybe I will fit them one day... Until now I can only adore from afar! This dress has everything - its dressy, hides some tummy and hip related flaws and can probably be worn in summer as well as winter. And in the long version its pretty enugh for a prom night!

On to the uglies... Well what to say? The dress is frumpy and very eighties but not in a good way. The ruffle looks unmotivated, it hides a nice figure and the overcut shoulders emphasize broad shoulders more than I like. The blazer on the right has the same issues minus the ruffle. Looks like its trend to hide your body again after the season of the skinny pant! But worst is the overall. I don't like overalls in general, so maybe I'm biased, but this one includes everything I hate about them: saggy top, ruffled waist and this belt-thingy. Wouldn't want to be caught dead in this!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fluffy cheese


Yesterday my friend *wollmaus* came over to my place for our weekly cooking and chatting session. This time we prepared a soufflè with a recipie from chefkoch.de. And look at this beauty! I never had cheese souffle before, it tastes like fluffy cheese. I can totally recommend this, it was much easier than I thought!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dark shopping in Essen - Extraordinary Clothing

As I will be traveling a lot this month I try to prepare some posts upfront. I might take some time to reply to any comments, but I hope this small "dark shopping series" has all the information necessary. If you have any recommendations for further shops just tell me, I'm always happy to get to know less mainstream goth shops…

After telling you something about an old-established seller last time, it’s time to introduce another newcomer to you: Extraordinary clothing! This is another small seller dear to my heart, as the owner/seller tries to find more unusual apparel than just selling Mode:Wichtig and Sector 1.

There are only 4 racks in this store, 2 of them girls stuff only. But they are crammed with unusual clothes which I have never seen in a shop around. Some might be brand stuff from collectif or hell bunny, but there are also brands I’ve never heard of. While the clothing might be more in rockabilly style, there are a lot of goth options as well. A lot of shoes (including almost the full range of Iron fist’s high heels) also try to convince you to buy. Next to the cash register is a shelf full of accessories which are handmade and look dashing! Glow-in-the-dark Zombie hair bows, necklaces with bright pink knuckles or swallows, rings with purple eyes – you name it, they have it. Or will make it for custom requests!

The clothing range for guys is also pretty good. A lot of t-shirts with motives like crime scene murder with the explanatory weapon on the back, prints of sexy voodoo goddesses and hoodies with alike prints. You can also find quite a large range of guys shoes for such a small shop!

Location (where is the shop, is it easy to find, parking etc.):

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The store is slightly away from the city centre and again, cheap parking is hard to find unless you use the Limbecker Platz and walk a bit. The shop is hidden in a small alley between other shops. Most of the time they do have a sign out pointing in their direction, but sometimes it might just lead you opposite there shop, as it happened in my case! ;)

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Design (is the shop clean, are there changing rooms, ambiente):

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Yes, the shop is clean if somewhat crammed. There is also a changing room that might not be comfortable for claustrophobics. But the atmosphere is nice and the clothes/shoes/accessories are displayed very pretty.

Selling range (only selling big brands or independent designers? How many different brands?):

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I really like the range; it’s the most important plus to have such a lot of irregular gothic and rockabilly stuff in such a small store! They sell stuff I’ve never seen before, including some self designed shirts (unfortunately for men only)…

Staff:

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Helpful and nice – my impression of the seller is very good. During the weekends, the designer of the necklaces and hairbows also is around if you have any custom orders or questions. Thumbs up!

Bonus points:

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One bonus point for selling a huge range of shirts for guys that involves shirts and shoes. Another bonus point for selling cutesy kids and babies stuff like onesies. And the last bonus point for selling handmade accessories and taking custom orders. So much service is admirable!

Overall rating: 21/20 zombie thumb ups

Recommendation: Yes, with heart and soul! Once I find a nice millionaire to marry (just kidding, honey. I promise!) I will buy all of the stuff including those torturous high heels. And if my PhD fails, I might consider selling my designs there. So, just go there already!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Camouflage - somehow

Today I present you an outfit post including something I sewed (yes, sometimes I still squeeze some minutes from my day to sit in front of the sewing machine!). In hindsight, taking pictures of this outfit (black and white cardigan and purple skirt) in front of the black and white curtain and the purple wall was not the best idea... ;)

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cardigan and tights: Primark, blouse: H&M, skirt: selfmade, shoes: Esprit

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sideview with godet

The pattern I used was McCall's M5523, view A with a godet in the back. This was awearable musselin, next week I hope I have the real thing finished! It is a touch to short and next time I will add a lining for better wear.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dark shopping in Essen – Bullet Store

As I will be traveling a lot this month I try to prepare some posts upfront. I might take some time to reply to any comments, but I hope this small "dark shopping series" has all the information necessary. If you have any recommendations for further shops just tell me, I'm always happy to get to know less mainstream goth shops…


The second goth store I would like to present here on my blog is an known seller for years: The Bullet store. While this isn't exactly in Essen's city, the store is big enough to make the short trip. It sells military clothes, cheapish all day and cocktail/party clothes, a large variety of shoes not only for girls and includes even a head shop and a corner for sexy lingerie if you want to surprise the man of your dreams.

So what do they have for gothics? While their display window shows a lot of furniture and clothes, their actual selection for gothics makes up about 30% of their entire selling range. Most of the stuff is kept in the basement, so you have to search to find it. They advertise that they sell for low prices ("from 2 €") which in some cases is true. But most of the gothic apparel is in the normal 30-70€ range. The corsets are relatively cheap with 40-60€, but only contain the 5 or 7 mm spiral boning which is not very useful for large sizes. In general the sizes are small, so I have troubles finding stuff that fits wearing a 40 in women sizes. The clothes also sometimes lack quality; you can find threads hanging loose, prints set a little off or fabrics that will take a lot of effort once you wear them to make them look pretty again.

This might be tolerable – hey, you get what you pay for! ^^ - but the staff is really strange. When you ask them for different sizes they disappear without returning. They never bother to tell you their opinion whether something looks good or not, they just nod agreeingly in your direction. And they follow you around. All the time. They must have issues with pick pockets there! Beware that they have a 10 € EC card limit that they force on you – if you buy something for 9,95 €, they will type in 10€ when charging your card!

Location (where is the shop, is it easy to find, parking etc.):

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The store is slightly away from the city centre and it is rather hard to find cheap parking around. The surroundings are also a little scary for women shopping alone during the evening.

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Design (is the shop clean, are there changing rooms, ambiente):

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The prices are cheap, but the quality reflects that. I bought a corset there whose seams burst open during the first wear. In many clothes you can see hanging threads.

Selling range (only selling big brands or independent designers? How many different brands?):

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They don't have any designers except for the shoes. Otherwise it's cheap imported stuff from Asia or India.

Staff:

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Well, the stuff pays attention. A lot. By following you around all the time. Watching that you don't pick pockets or steal stuff. When asking them questions they are nice, but don't know a lot about the cloth because they don't wear "dark stuff".

Bonus points:

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1 point extra because of the huge variety of stuff they sell for guys. While I might not find what I like, my boyfriend is occupied searching through their military stuff and not whining to go back home to the computer...

Overall rating: 13/20 zombie thumb ups

Recommendation: Do I recommend the Bullet store? Well, if you are size S, have a very mainstream taste and don't mind being followed around by Big Brother, this is your store. I do buy my occasional baggy pants there (the military stuff always has the same quality anyway), but otherwise there is not much that catches my eye. So it's a "can" rather than a "must"…