Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Between Fashion Shows and Tourist Spots

For tourists it must be a surprising spectacle, when the fashion crowd from around the world is flocking around Covent Garden, going in and out Somerset House in their extravagant clothes, while for those slightly interested and involved in fashion it's the usual biannual event: London Fashion Week...

This time, I was actually both: Fashion Blogger and Tourist! Since it was the first time in London for Hai-Yen and Nana we cramped London Fashion Week and sightseeing into a few fully packed days, seeing amazing shows such as Busardi SS15, stopping by the blogger heaven The Apartment or snapping tourist photos in front of the Big Ben and checking out the exhibits at Tate Modern. But first, let's have a look at the fashion fun going on last week!

After everyone got dressed up and I decided on a minimalistic outfit for the first day of LFW, we went to The Apartment in order to check out all the amazing things going on there. I kind of felt like I was showing off to my German blogger friends how much improvement Berlin Fashion Week needs. Just thinking about the weight I lost each time, because it was hard to get access to any food in the middle of nowhere, makes me prefer LFW. Welcomed by a breath-taking view from St Martin's Lane Hotel, we discovered the dressing room packed with goodies from Reiss, Russel & Bromley and Kurt Geiger to name a few. And of course, we had to try on a few things (oh, that Reiss hat!) and take tons of selfies together. It's not like the shops would let you do that without looking at you like you are some sort of weirdo. For LFW I got gifted the Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ tablet and was able to edit all my phone photos on its big screen straight away to upload on instagram. So much easier than on my tiny phone (still own the good old iPhone 4S). Then it was onto getting customised denim pieces in the denim atelier hosted by Bethnals x Isko. Since I'm not much of a jeans wearer (I prefer comfortable and soft trousers), their denim sweaters immediately caught my eye. They were so soft, Hai-Yen and me had to get our hands some. My sweater even has my initials stitched on and is now one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe! After that suuuuper "tiring" dress up session, we got some burgers at GBK with fellow bloggers Toni and Sarah. I've been to GBK before, since one of my closest friends works there, but the one in Covent Garden is probably the prettiest of them all! It's not even the whole dressing up thing, that got me liking The Apartment, but it's rather the fact that they make sure you've got enough energy to run from show to show. Thank god for that, because I definitely need more than some beauty drinks, popcorn or free t-shirts to survive. I wouldn't mind a sandwich in my goodie bag...

Of course, we also checked out Somerset House, since this is not only where LFW is held twice a year, but it's also a beautiful place with great view to the London Eye from its balcony. And of course, we got to see all the street styles of Fashion Week attendees as well. Some inspiring, some... like they just came out of a costume magazine. The usual, I guess. Though, the whole visit was probably more exciting for them than for me, since I'm pretty much used to all those funky outfits, while it's quite the unusual sight in Germany. Also ran into fashion royalty Susie Bubble! Afterwards it was off to the Busardi SS15 show, one of the only one's I've actually attended (due to moving and invite issues...). Dressed in pastel coloured gowns, the model looked like fairytale elves. Too bad, that I'm not really in the position where I would attend an event that required such an attire, but at least one can dream, right? Same for the Jimmy Choo event on the following Sunday. In celebration of their sleek and new Jimmy Choo Townhouse in New Bond Street. Spread across three floors, you can definitely indulge in a Cinderella-like experience (and the beautiful sweet treats added to this fairytale world). If there's not the perfect choice for you among the delicate stilettos, you even have the opportunity to pick the shape, colour, material and heel height yourself for your own personal pair. They'd definitely go well with the Busardi dresses... any prince there looking for a princess? I'm available. Though, I'm probably more the maid-type wearing comfortable flats than princess-heels.

Fuer Touristen ist es ein ungewohntes Spektakel, wenn die Modeleute mal wieder in Covent Garden herumlaufen und zum Somerset House stuermen, fuer andere, interessiert oder involviert in Mode ist es einfach die zweijaehrliche Fashion Week.

Dieses Mal ich beides: Fashion Blogger und Tourist. Denn es war das erste Mal, dass Hai-Yen und Nana London besucht haben, also wurde Fashion Week und Sightseeing in wenige Tage gestopft. Doch beginnen wir mit unseren Fashion-Week-Erlebnissen: Nachdem wir uns fertig gemacht haben und ich mich fuer ein schlichtes schwarzes Outfit entschieden habe (hier zu sehen), sind wir zuerst zum Apartment gegangen, dem Blogger-Paradies waehrend der Fashion Week, um Hai-Yen und Nana zu zeigen, wie viel Berlin Fashion Week nachzuholen hat. Zuerst haben wir natuerlich die Garderobe voller Sachen von Reiss, Russel & Bromley und Kurt Geiger durchforstet, um nur einige Marken zu nennen, und ne Menge Selfies geschossen, was sonst? Ich meine woanders wuerde man einen nur komisch angegucken, wenn man lauter Fotos macht und nichts kauft. Fuer die Fashion Week habe ich sogar ein Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ Tablet bekommen, auf dem ich die ganzen Fotos dann sofort auf nem grossen Bildschirm bearbeiten konnte (denn ich besitze immer noch ein winziges iPhone 4S). Nach der Garderobe ging es dann ins Denim Atelier, in dem Bethnals x Isko die Blogger mit Jeans versorgt haben. Da ich selbst eher selten Jeans trage, habe ich die Jeans-Sweatshirt probiert. Liebe meinen und trage ihn zurzeit staendig! Fotos davon spaeter. "Muede" vom ganzen Anprobieren, sind wir dann zu GBK gegangen, um Burger zu essen, denn das Apartment sorgt dafuer, dass man auch Energie hat, um von Show zu Show zu rennen. Denn von Beautydrinks und Popcorn wird man auf jeden Fall nicht satt. So ein Sandwich waere echt gut in einer Goodiebag....

Danach ging es natuerlich zum Somerset House, wo das ganze Fashion-Week-Spektakel stattfindet. Haben einige Streetstyles gesehen, einige inspirierend, manche... naja... Das Uebliche halt. Wobei es fuer Hai-Yen und Nana sicher etwas interessanter war, als fuer mich, da man so etwas in Deutschland eher weniger sieht. Haben sogar Susie Bubble gesehen! Zum Schluss ging es dann noch zur Busardi SS15 Show, eine der einzigen Shows, die ich mir dieses Jahr angeschaut habe (wegen Umzugs- und Einladungsproblemen). Gekleidet in Pastellkleidern sahen die Moels aus wie Elfen. Zu bloed, dass ich nicht wirklich in einer Position bin, in der ich solche Kleider tragen koennte. Aber man kann ja wenigstens traeumen, nicht wahr? Da wuerden die Schuhe von Jimmy Choo sicher perfekt passen, die ich beim Jimmy Choo Townhouse bestaunen durfte. Ein Prinzessinnentraum auf 3 Etagen! Gibt es irgendwo einen Prinzen, der noch eine Prinzessin sucht? Wobei, seien wir ehrlich, ich bin dann doch eher Typ Dienstmaedchen, welches flache Schuhe traegt, als huebsche Prinzessinnenschuhe. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Simply Accessorised

Wide Brim Hat H&M | Lace Trim Dress Bank Fashion* | Asymmetric Blazer New Look | Pointed Flats ASOS 
Leather Backpack Reiss* (here) | Bracelets Floralpunk (here) | Ring Lola & Grace | Necklace H&M

24h foundation, long-lasting lipstick, comfortable shoes and a portable charger. That's what you need for a fully packed Fashion Week day... and probably some great company to run from show to show with you...

While London Fashion Week SS15 is already a past matter with Milan Fashion Week going on and Paris Fashion Week approaching, I've finally gotten around to update on what I have been up to for the past few days. With the final year stressing me out, it's already been a whole year since I've actually attended Fashion Week. Though, just having moved and still running after our management agency to get a full list of things fixed, I've been popping into the Fashion Week craze only now and then, accompanied by the loveliest Hai-Yen from Gisela is Back and Nana aka my personal (unfortunately only temporary) photographer and videographer. With all these non-fun things on my plate, I wasn't able to prepare the most eye-catching and exciting outfits obviously. But then again, it felt nice to simply upgrade my everyday outfits with one or two accessories to make them at least a tiny bit Fashion Week appropriate and spice things up with a few new additions to my wardrobe thanks to some great brands that surprised me with beautiful packages (high five to Reiss, Steve Madden and Three Floor here!).

This lace trim dress has probably been my most favourite piece this summer, since you can just throw it on and you can leave the house. Plus, it's super comfortable and you can easily walk from show to show in this dress. Topped up with a fashionable hat, lots of bling and you are good to go. Also, especially for Fashion Week, you might want to consider getting a backpack. Thank god, it's such a trend right now and I don't have to get my old school backpack out in order to save my back from getting all achy and crooked. I mean, carrying around a camera, a tablet, a make-up pouch, invitations and a bottle of water on one arm? Good luck with that!

24h Foundation, langanhaltender Lippenstift, bequeme Schuhe und ein Aufladegeraet, das sind die Dinge, die ihr fuer einen langen Tag voller Fashion-Week-Aktivitaeten braucht (und wahrscheinlich noch eine nette Begleitung, die mit einem von Show zu Show rennt). Waehrend London Fashion Week SS15 wieder vorbei ist und es bereits weiter mit der Fashion Week in Mailand geht, habe ich endlich die Zeit gefunden, euch von meinen letzten Tagen zu berichten. Durch den Stress in meinem letzten Unijahr konnte ich die letzten beiden Saisons nicht teilnehmen. Aber da ich gerade erst umgezogen bin und meinen Vermietern immer noch wegen irgendwelcher Probleme mit der Wohnung hinterherrenne, war ich auch dieses Mal nicht jeden Tag anwesend. Doch wenn es mal zur Fashion Week ging, wurde ich von Hai-Yen von Gisela is back und Nana begleitet, die mich in London besucht haben und die mir als Fotografen zur Seite standen. Mit all diesen Sachen, die zu erledigen waren, konnte ich natuerlich keine ausgefallenen Fashion Week Outfits planen. Andererseits war es aber schoen einfach meinen Alltagslook mit einigen Accessoires aufzupeppen und ein paar neue Sachen auszufuehren, die mir von Reiss, Steve Madden und Three Floor zugeschickt worden sind. 

Dieses schlichte Kleid ist in den letzten Monaten wahrscheinlich mein Lieblingsteil gewesen, da es so leicht zu kombinieren und super bequem ist. Dann noch einen Hut, eine Sonnenbrille und viel Bling dazu und fertig ist das "Fashion Week" Outfit. Fuer solche Events wie die Fashion Week, wenn man Kamera, Tablet, Make-Up-Tasche und eine Flasche Wasser mit sich herumschleppt, sollte man wahrscheinlich einen Rucksack tragen. Zum Glueck gibt es zurzeit richtig viele schoene Rucksaecke, sodass ich nicht meine alten Schulrucksaecke rauskramen muss, um meinen Ruecken zu schonen.

 Photos taken by Hai-Yen (Gisela is Back)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Gimme that Dirty Burger!

I thought I was doomed. At least in a social sense. There was everyone's never-ending love for burgers on one side and my total dislike of those greasy bun things. Not a good match, right? Until I went to Dirty Burger and it changed everything...

When it comes to liquorice or even olives, there's a big division between lovers and haters. However, when it comes to burgers, I feel like there's only love going on. Well, except for me.
I always dreaded the question "Where should we go for lunch?" during university. Being surrounded by quite a few burger places, that's where everyone wanted to go to. Of course, I like hanging out with my friends, but how often can you actually eat something you totally dislike? Okay, I didn't use to hate burgers. I just find the buns unbearably dry and prefer my meat not as patties. One or two times are bearable, but once a week? Impossible. So when I walked pass newly opened Dirty Burger in Whitechapel, I was intrigued simply by the look of the restaurant itself: Industrial lamp shades, tables and benches made out of recycled wood and an incredible outdoor seating area (in case we are lucky and get a little sun in London). When I found out they served burgers, I continued walking.

Though, a few weeks later someone from the addicted-to-burger category urged me to give it to go. I did, not expecting too much, but ended up loving it instead! The bun was super soft and mixed gorgeously with the patty that properly tasted like it was fresh from the grill. The avocado salad was pretty decent and a good way to balance out the greasiness of the burger. Reliving the moments I tasted the first burger I liked, I feel like I could do with one again today! So apparently American-style burgers were the ones that changed my opinion after one bite (according to the burger-addict).
Well, how could I have known? Anyway, I do recommend Dirty Burger, apparently the Whitechapel one is a joint restaurant for Dirty Burger and Chicken Shop (which I have yet to try). But I have to add that I'm not sure if it's worth to pay £6.50 for such a tiny cheeseburger, because it was definitely smaller than the ones you normally get at GBK or Byron, so that's a bit of a party-pooper. I guess it's kind of a good way to watch your money and weight, since you won't be inclined to go there every single day! Still, it's definitely a great addition to the less popular part of East London, one which the students around the area will definitely appreciate.

Dirty Burger & Chicken Shop Whitechapel
27A Mile End Road, Whitechapel E1 4TP