Sunday, October 31, 2010

Street art sunday - 10/31/2010

From now on I would like to show you how pretty and funky Essen and the whole Ruhr area can be. I will post some street art (graffiti, posters, maybe even postcards) on every sunday. Today I present to you:


Somebody even "improved" the frog trash cans:

I know it's not nice to "shoot" the frog, but isn't change and evolution part of independent street art?!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


If you don't get the reference, watch this:

Or read the article about hypnotoad (sometimes I wonder if there are too many people with too much time - who writes these articles?! ).

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Another giveaway...

If I'm already annoying you, just skip this post! ^^

Fräulein Mieze is doing a giveaway for achieving 50 readers and you can win a beautiful dress, spooky hands for your hair and a matching nail polish:

If you also want to win, visit her site and leave a comment!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bombshell much?

coat: Zero, dress: modcloth, tights: Primark, shoes: Baha

I told you already that I'm going to some changes in style again, this time I'm heading for a more vintage-y (not really vintage only but rather vintage inspired) look now. Excuse the (cat)hairy pictures, this was after returning frm my mum's birthday party. I try to do before shots next time! ;)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Muffin recipe

We visited my mum this weekend to celebrate her birthday. She asked us to bring some food ("Something sweet and something hearty would be nice-we are 12 people, by the way!") and I thought muffins would be an easy way out. Especially if you have to do several flavours because the BF only eats lemon muffins. Well, here is the finished product:

And I think it might be nice to tell you how to make them. Unlike many recipes out there this one doesn't involve any fancy stuff like buttermelk or soda that nobody has at home. And during day one after baking they are flufy and moist. I can't tell you about how they hold up after that because they never survive that long!

12 Muffins

100 g butter
110 g sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla (I use grinded full beans, extract or a teaspoon vanillin sugar will do as well)
2 eggs
250 g flour
1 package of backing powder
2-4 tbsp milk

Beat butter vanilla and sugar together until fluffy. Then add the eggs. Mix flour and backing soda before adding to the egg-sugar-butter-mix. Add milk until dough is mist but sticks to the spoon.
Divide into 12 normal muffin tins covered with paper muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 min in an oven pre-heated to 180°C.

If you want another flavour than straight vanilla (getting kinky here ^^), you can add everything but the kitchen sink! My favourites include:

  1. the peel of one lemon. Use the juice to make some glaze with a cup of powdered sugar and a teaspoon of juice.
  2. add two cups blueberries just before baking, so they don't get smashed.
  3. add chocolate chips and unsweetened cacao. Delicious chocolate fix!
  4. add 2 cups frozen raspberries and 1 cup chopped walnuts.
Now it's your turn to try the muffins and tell me your favourite combination!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Shybiker's questions

I found this funny quiz on Perfectly indecisive, who got the questions from Shybiker. If you wanna join in, help yourself!

1. What is your favourite item of clothing?

My black cotton scarf, because it's so versatile and comfy.

2. What do you do to get ready for a big date? How long does it take you?

Depends... I don't go to big dates any longer and am comfortable in my own skin to wear whatever I want. But if I'm in the mood, I shower, do my hair and makeup, try on different outfits and shoes - very girly indeed! ;)

3. Do you know how to dance? Are you any good?

Yes sir, I can boogey! And I think I'm pretty good (if I'm not don't ruin my self-image, please!)

4. What’s your favourite TV show?

I don't watch much tv, I like Bones and Simpsons. Otherwise I rather spend my time on internet or sewing...

5. What do you want to achieve in your life?

Live happily ever after. And publish in Nature Genetics!

6. Who are the most important people to you?

My Boyfriend, family and friends.

7. Does anyone inspire you?

Nacho does. And Sydney Brenner!

8. Do you have any deep, dark secrets? Can you talk to anyone about them? Do you have a BFF?

I don't believe in BFF. I have friends and I'm open to all of them. Actually, there are no dark secrets coming to my mind right now. Either I forgot or I'm boring...

9. Have you ever been to prison? Are you allowed to leave the state?

Strange question... Is this law in the US? I was never in prison and leave the state whenever I please.

10. If you could magically change something about yourself, what would it be? Your big nose? (Oops… sorry… that was rude of me to point out!)

My hair. Either more colourful or curly or just something different.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

All hallow's eve

Coming from my black roots – black as in gothic, I don’t have any coloured people in my close family – one of my favourite holidays is Halloween. I know that the celebration is only big in English speaking countries, but there has certainly been a trend to get dressed up and “trick and treat” here in Germany as well.

Some years ago I went on organized parties where you could dress up (or come as you are) and be entertained by dancers, professional ghosts and vampires and had special decoration and maybe drinks. But the only good Halloween party I know is at the Matrix in Bochum. I like the music, many people dress to the nines and the prices are okay. Unfortunately, almost everyone I know and then some also realized that this is the best place to be on October 30th. So it’s crammed with people. So much that it’s hard to move or breath in there, you won’t even think about dancing…

By now I’m still looking for an alternative place to party. I even considered making a party myself at my own place, but I don’t think that many people will come. So, if anyone is interested in dressing up, drinking blood cocktails and eating brain matter with me, give me a call. Or, if you head to another party which you expect to be good, tell me where and I will join!

Monday, October 11, 2010

LaPa Nord in Duisburg - at night

As I said yesterday we also spent the evening in LaPa and took some more pretty pictures of the light instalation. We even found out that you can climb the towers at night which must be an amazing sight. But we chickened out because we had no torchlights! Maybe next time we're around...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

LaPa Nord in Duisburg - daytime

On Saturday we had to make use of the beautiful weather and spent the afternoon and the evening at the Landschaftspark Nord in Duisburg. We had a little picknick, with vegetables and meatballs:

The eye in leopard fur is actually a bag I bought last weekend at the Gothika, it's made by Tollkirsche who do a lot of fabulous clothes and accessiors! I also prepared some lemon muffins in the morning which were very yummy!

We just sat in the sunshine and enjoyed a day of talking and strolling around in the wonderful old steel work...

Lateron we climbed one of the towers and were able to see the whole Ruhr area because of the clear blue sky! And the first pretty red leaf brought a promise of autumn, my favourite season!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Everybody rock your body

Over the weekend we have a friend from Bremen visiting and of course we have to entertain her somehow. By coincidence I met some other friends who planned to party yesterday and we joined in. This is already the third party I visited this month, this is eating up my money and body at the same time! ^^

Honestly, I really don't feel that young any more (I say with my measly 25 years… ;) ), I need more sleep to cope the next day. I feel tired at 4 a.m., not around 6-7ish like some years ago. And – most importantly- I started to become one of the people I hated at discos. Those youngsters with their flashy lights annoy me, the music "was so much better in the past", everything is much more expensive than when I was young. Oh, and did I mention that I feel quite old when I'm around 16-18 year olds?!

I know, when I was that age, I was exactly like them. I was loud, obnoxious and wore too short dresses and too much cleavage. I did all that myself. But now, somehow I only go to parties once a month unlike 2-4 times when I was 18. I can't even say I want to be like that again. I don't want to be 16 or 18 again. I like my age and the person I've become. A lot of stuff doesn't influence or bother me any longer. I still don't care too much what people think. I just changed over the years without noticing, and now it hits me right in the face.

I don't know how to cope. Should I visit more parties and just get used to it? Should I talk behind their backs about the "youth of today"? Or try to be more like them to just blend in?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Veg out – national Vegetarian month

Yesterday I stumbled about a post by MarySew who kindly explains why she is a vegetarian (and how both vegans and meat eaters can sometimes be quite annoying!) because october is national vegetarian month. Didn't know that eather...

I also stopped eating meat some time ago, actually around 9 years. I'm not a strict vegetarian, but it takes a lot of time to explain the word "pescetarian", so most of the time it's easier to say "I don't eat meat". Being a pescetarian means I still eat fish and shrimps. Many veggies and probably all vegans will fume when they hear this, because I'm neither strict nor hardcore enough to join their "special club"- but honestly, each to his own. I don't tell them that not eating honey will rather reduce bee keeping and not help the poor bees, they don't need to tell me that fish have feelings, too.

I don't like how humans treat animals. I don't like egg laying batteries, I don't want calves weaned of their mothers at very young age and treated with hormones that they grow faster. I also don't see any sense in breeding pigs with more rips for larger portions of spareribs or chickens with breasts so large that they can't stand or walk. All of this is reality today.

My philosophical background on not-eating-meat might be different from their reasoning. I don't want to eat anything intelligent without it having a chance to fight me off. So I don't put emphasis on fluffy fur, big eyes or a soul (if this even exists?) but an evolutional perspective. If I want to eat meat, I have to work for it. Kill it by myself, face the blood and the emotional problems going hand in hand with killing. I don't want to just go to the supermarket and buy a pack of chicken thighs without feeling the pain of some soul's death. Fish somehow make an exception, because I only eat species without long term memory (not sharks or octopus – which btw are not fish, but often mentioned in the same questions). I think to develop a "soul", a "self-consciuosness", you should at least be able to memorize what you did more than 30 min ago.

I would eat meat I hunt myself. I even ate fish I killed myself. I believe if everyone had to kill his own meat again, there would be less meat eaters and more vegetarians. Which would not only make life stock breeding better for the animals but also save the rainforests that are burned down to keep cattle and shrimps. All I ask the omnivores, is to think about what they eat and not forget where it comes from. If you pay some respect to the animals you are eating, I'm fine of.

And stop the nagging, please! ^^

How many vegetables had to die for your stupid salad??

How many vegetarians does it take to eat a cow?
One if nobody's looking.

I was adding milk to my coffee when a vegan colleague said, "Do you know that milk belongs to a calf?"
If it hadn't have been first day at work, I'd have replied, "Relax, I already ate that calf for lunch."

I once saw on a bumper sticker that read, "I love animals. They taste so good."

If animals aren't supposed to be eaten, then why are they made out of meat?

If humans aren't supposed to be eaten, then why are they made out of meat?

My brother is a lacto-ovo-pesco-pollo-carne-vegetarian.

I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian!

A husband and wife were sitting around talking about their hard day at work and the wife was complaining that she needed to be more assertive to get anywhere, etc. when her husband told her, "You know what the problem is don't you? It's a dog eat dog world out there, and you're a vegetarian!"

*Jokes taken from*

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Giveaway at "My happy sewing place"

Currently my style is changing again; I get more interested in vintage cloth than gothic style although black is still my favourite colour. I sew more stuff that could have been worn in the 40s and 50s of last century, but still have to overcome my fear of real vintage patterns... *sigh*

One of the sewers that I admire for just jumping in the water and using vintag patterns is Debi from "my happy sewing place", who shows her vintage creation which look like she is a professional seamstress. She started sewing with vintage patterns!

Until friday she has a giveaway open where you can win one out of four wonderful patterns. The one in this post is what I would love to win... So keep your fingers crossed that I might be able to sew some vintage collars in future!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

All around the world

visited 26 states (11.5%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Did I tell you that one of my secret dreams in life is to visit all countries of the world at least once? The website Douweosinga offered me a map and a calculation, how many places I already visited. A measly 11.5%, so I have a lot more traveling to do before I reach my goal. Especcially the islands seem to be problematic but I visited every continent except Ozeania (and Antarctica, which most don't even list).

How many contries have you travelled? And which one would you love to visit?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Gothika 4 at Zeche Carl in Essen

I spent the last Saturday at the Gothika which is a fashion fair for gothics. This was the fourth fair and my boyfriend has participated as a model from day one. While I certainly lack the measurements to model, my boyfriend looks pretty good in almost everything. And he is a good sport who accepts that a model is a walking hanger who has no saying in what he will wear for the show. So, this time he was the mad hatter!

The whole concept of the show was steampunk inspired, so the female models were less strange to look at (honestly, the clown hair is kind of funky... ^^).

There were other shows which were also good from independent and alternative fashion designers, and many times I wished for more money to buy something right of the stage...

Afterwards we helped Wu promoting his new label RE-AGENZ. He as great ideas and uses new materials like woven straps for fashion that can be transformed into several styles. It's always good to get more styles for the same money, if you ask me! My boyfriend bought the stuff he was wearing for promotion because it was comfortable and stylish; he recieved many compliments! When all the girly stuff is available, I guess I will hit the online store...

He also sells great bags; a bat and a leguan. Both are transformable as well, can be worn as backpacks or bags. The bat can even spread it's wings!

Of course there were more designers I know because BF modelled for them; Lackina for example. They sell and design PVC fashion made to your own measurements. Always good if you are larger in size or height than the usual asian models... I especially adore the coat on the mannequin... - it would make a great birthday present! *hint to the BF* And the owner is really sweet, too!

Other than fashion, there were lots and lots of other stuff to do and see. I visited some concerts like Patenbrigade Wolff, who wore garbageman cloth and played great electronic music...

I also saw gothic tribal bellydance in the show "Best of Gothla" which was really good. I danced bellydance myself for 7-8 years and I'm interested in starting again after some years, but its rather hard to find a group around here. They always seem either to start early when I'm still at work, or to only accept people for the beginner's classes where I am bored to death.

I also saw a live auction presented from, visited a lot of booth from independent designers and even bought some stuff and before heading to the GIP, I saw a very sexy burlesque show by Xarah von den vielen Regen. Unfortunately I didn't bring my gorillapod, so all pictures I tried to take in the semidarkness of the stage are very blurry... I really try to think about it next time, when the Gothika opens it's doors again next may. Maybe I will meet you there! ;)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Monday money 10/4

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on helping my boyfriend buy new clothes. But I guess that I will get the money back next week!

2. Today I feel arkward towards money. It slips from my hands so fast...

3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was helping a friend and cheering my boyfriend.

4. I will consider this week a success if I get the sports courses that I would like.

5. The thing I am most looking forward to about this autumn is seeing my name published in the world of science for the first time.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Science night 2010

Why do I show you pictures from a lecture hall? What do I do in a lecture hall, I already finished my Master... Last week the University of Duisburg-Essen opened gates for the interested public and offered fun lectures and courses. I started with a course to learn dutch in 90 minutes - I even learned something! I can introduce myself and order chicken soup (although I doubt that they would be happy if I throw it away because I don't eat chicken... ;) ) and had a lot of fun!

My colleague and I went to the lecture of our boss who was doing very well and had a lot of people gathered in the lecture hall, the whole science night was pretty empty. A lot of rain and the date - friday evening- probably let to people prefering other stuff than learning! But we enjoyed the lectures on genetic causes of obesity or how drugs influence the brain...

The guy holding this lecture apologised for not bringing samples but after theoretical analysis of the different types of drugs he showed us youtube videos of real life drug users. There we could see the real symptoms and he nicely explained why heroin users "sleep" and itch orextasy users chew on their tongue!

When we went home, the rain stopped and I was able to take some pics of my urban metropole at night. I don't think that the ruhr area is ugly. It just sometimes takes some getting used to the beauty it comprises!