December 11, 2016

DIY inspirations - Refashioning

As time is short these days I can't do much DIY projects.
In the meantime I show you some of my favourite DIY refashioning ideas. I collect them at Pinterest and you can look at all of them here.

Just click on the picture and the Pinterest pin opens in a new window.


DIY corset tee
I love corsets. But I find them difficult to wear in my everyday life. This shirt is just the solution, its the perfect mix. And incredibly easy to make too! I think this would take no more than 10 minutes to make.



Lace back shirt
Sooo beautiful and also seems to be made easy. Sewing machine required here! I have lace, I have shirts, why am I not doing this??




Jeans with lace bottom
I start sweating when I see this, it is just so sexy and beautiful. Again, I have lace and yeah sure I have jeans, so do it!




Spray painted shirt
Just needs a stencil and something to paint. Should also be done fast and easy!




Cat in a pocket
Oh how cute is that? The pocket could also be selfmade, those are easy to make.




3 strap bra for backless tops
I really do need one of those. My boobs are hard to find a fitting bra for and the selection for such bras is even smaller, so it would be a good idea to make it myself out of an old bra.



None of these are my photographs, they're all linked to the Pinterest pin where you can find the source.

Any other recommendations?

December 5, 2016

How I survive Christmas every year

Oooh Christmas...

The quiet time of the year...

Peaceful - devoutly - full of atmosphere


Or is it?

What about crowds of people, someone bumping into you every few metres, traffic jam everywhere, sales people being angry because they have to work and are stressed out, customers being angry because there are so many other customers, police stopping you for breath test, being angry because they have to work late, and so on ... ?

Or do you like to remember the time you were a child, when all you need to worry about was when you got to open your presents?

Yeah, being adult sometimes sucks. Buying christmas presents in december sucks. But who is really smart enough to buy them earlier? (Well, not me)


Anyways, I've managed to find some ways to survive christmas (and december in general) every year.


Do the shopping at times when most other people are at work! 
For most of us this means take a day off. Plan it efficiently to visit every shop you need and to find a present for everyone you need/want to get something.
Or try online shopping.

Avoid driving during traffic jam times! 
Rescedule appointments, get to work earlier and go home earlier or later if you like.

Give yourself some me-time! 
I've said above what christmas should be. Take your time, light a scented candle, take a bath, read a book, pet and play with your cat, do whatever your passion is.

Don't force yourself to cook for everybody if you don't want to!
How about every visitor brings something to eat? Spread, cheese, snacks - you just have bread and drinks. No need to stand in the kitchen for hours!

Don't think you must see every friend and relative!
Why meet somebody if you are only stressed out and can't enjoy it? Turn some of them down. Yes, they might be mad, but you can see them next month too.
If you think that won't work, how about just booking a vacation and spending christmas somewhere else?

Turn off the radio!
Sure, some of those christmas songs are pretty and motivating. But honestly, who wants to listen to them for months several times a day? For me radio is already annoying the rest of the year, but in december it's plain horror.
For this time of the year I recommend listening to soothing, relaxing music. Maybe try some piano? Try Ludovico Einaudi! For example The Crane Dance, one of my favourites. Oh so beautiful.


By the way, I made these photographs on a foggy morning. It's the view from my balcony. It was so quiet and beautiful!



December 1, 2016

November Update

Read

Deadman Wonderland
Anime/Manga;
Photo from Wikipedia
Just wow. About two years ago I watched the anime on Netflix. But it only contains the first 21 chapters from the manga and when I finished the series, I was completely unsatisfied being left in the middle of something amazing.
Last year I got to talk with a girl studying biology too and she was totally into mangas and she knew DW and told me to read the manga, which is finished.
Recently I found some time to do that and WOW I love it even more. It is one of the best stories.

What is it about?
Gantas friends are killed right before his eyes by a mysterious "Red Man". But Ganta is accused for that and has to go to prison. There he finds out, that he among some others has a special ability and those deadmans are forced to fight against each other... It gets weird when this pale girl shows up and you see she is connected to Ganta... and it gets even weirder when you find out, who she really is.
No spoilers! Go see for yourself, hehe!

There is some violence, you see a lot of blood and some other crual things. But the story is not like anything I've seen before and I promise you it is so addictive.


Bought

Halloween washi tape: Sale-Found at a local dollar store just after Halloween - I just had to get it! Isn't it more than cute?

Schaebens Totes Meer Salbe (Dead Sea Ointment): Claims to help with pimples. I don't think it will, the only ingredient that could achieve something is sea salt, to which my skin does not react. But INCI is irritant-free, so I will use it as moisturizer as soon as my current cream is empty.

Balea Aqua Serum: Nice for moisture. Will try out soon.


Sonnentor teas: Sonnentor products are organic and have the best taste. I love their teas, I love their spices, I love their cookies... They deliver worldwide so no reason not to try them ;-)


Biosolis Extreme Fluid SPF 50+: Thick cream, makes my face white and greasy. Will use it up on my hands and never buy it again.

Uncover Skincare Suncare SPF 30: My new love. Leaves my face matte, not white and just works. Also filters are Tinosorb S and Tinosorb M, which are considered the currently best uv-filters available.

Skinoren 15% azelaic acid gel: My other new love. Helps a lot fighting my acne.

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% and Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%: I hope these Vit. C and Niacinamide Products will help for my acne too.


The Stone: Yep, the stone. I bought it at a local christmas market from a guy, who collects the stones on mountains and processes them into such beautiful decoration.



Watched

August: Osage County
Drama;
Nah, that was no movie for me. Didn't expect the end, but I just feel like something good is missing here. Though it's not a bad movie in general.

Last Exile
Anime;
The first episodes I wasn't sure wether it's boring or not. But I kept watching it and it was definitely worth it. If you like flying ships, wars and adorably brave characters, give it a go!

Black Mirror
Anthology; Dark Sci-Fi; 

Every episode surprises me again. It shows modern scenarios that might happen in our future and let them end in completely unexpected, shocking events. If you're up for something new and intriguing, this could be interesting for you.

Transcendence
Sci-Fi; Johnny-Depp-Movie;
Amazing quality, good actors and hey, ever wanted to know what happens when an A.I. ist so highly evolved it wants to take over the planet?

November 24, 2016

A bag for my car made out of old pants

On Pinterest I saw all these car bags so I thought I want one too.
And I had this pants, which I absolutely loved 10 years ago, but they are quite tight and some seams ripped, I didn't wear them for years. Size change or DIY needed to be done. I figured they would make a perfect car bag.

I cut out a piece from the hips with some pockets. It's part of the left leg. 

The cut-out piece

Then I had to fix this little hole that I made trying to fit into the pants ;-)


And there was this little pocket you can see on the right side of the cut-out piece. I wanted to hang the bag next to the gear shift so it would be on the co-drivers side. That way the little pocket would be useless. So I stitched it together on the outside and opened it on the inside.

Inside view of the little pocket
The little pocket inside the bag works now perfectly for me.



I stitched the two open sides together (left side of course) to form the bag and added a ribbon at the top.
Didn't take very long - approx. 30 minutes - and I had my car bag.





November 16, 2016

Blogs I love and which you should give a chance

As most other bloggers, I love to read other blogs too. They are a must for inspiration, information and interactions. So here are the ones that I follow for quite some time now and I'd strongly recommend you to take a look.


Blogs in ENGLISH


Category Sewing

four square walls
Sadly she has not posted for a year now. I hope she gets started again!
Here you can find a lot of sewing projects with information which patterns is used and how it is made. Includes good quality photos with beautiful herself as model. Also some tips as stitches and techniques.

110 CREATIONS
Lots of sewing projects with good photos, describtion and - what I like very much here - what went wrong and what went really well. Also sometimes great tips such as the latest tutorial for fixing jeans zippers.

A PAIR & A SPARE 
So. Many. Long. Posts. Here.
Find here travel tips, lots of DIY stuff (clothes, decorations, shoes, accessories, presents, ...), lifestyle topics and fashion posts, all with very beautiful photos.

Pearls & SCISSORS 
Currently kind of on parental leave. Shows lots of nice sewing projects, mostly fashion and accessory.

the quirky peach
Detailed sewing projects with a lot of information, mostly dresses.


Category Goth

DESPERATE HELL
See which fashion items this finnish beauty buys and makes (she made a cape which is absolutely georgous!). Also shows goth books, decorations and tells about some awesome stuff she does (like concerts or short travels). Quite artistic photos.

The Everyday Goth
This may be like THE goth blog. Twice a week posts about everything that has to do with the topic. What she wears, a lot of calendar and planning stuff, decorations and personal thoughts (think about cemetaries).

THE PHANTOM CAT LIFESTYLE 
Totally love the outfits shown here.

Graveyard Picnic
Beautiful inspiring outfits.

COFFIN KITSCH
Amazing outfits and jewellry.

NINJA COSMICO
Actually this is more grunge, but definitely all fashion related. Find here posts with collected pictures from other blogs / Pinterest / whatever internet resources - so great for inspiration.

FAIIINT
Not goth, but all-black outfits and they all look wonderful. Often find her photos on pinterest, which doesn't surprise me as they look so professional.

CORVINUS STYLE 
Hope she will post again soon. Discusses all types of goth topics; fashion, make-up, lifestyle...


Category Skincare

eleonoras blog
Not updated for several months, I do hope posts will start again soon!
Recently wrote in english, older posts are all german. Topics are cosmetics (cruelty free), fair fashion and stuff regarding life (like body image).

the beauty department
Well, this is mostly decorative cosmetics. They show a lot of useful tips. Make up inspirations (especially eye), hair styles, hair colours. Also tell which products they use and recommend.

Beautiful with Brains
One of the best skincare blogs in english I found so far. A lot of reviews for hyped products and different agents. Discusses irritant-free products.

Was macht Heli?
Writes in german and english.
Irritant-free skincare (INCI) and decorative cosmetics.


Blogs in GERMAN


Category Sewing

PARTY WOODS!
Wahrhaft verrückt. Im positiven Sinne. Fantastische Nähprojekte mit super Beschreibung! Finde hier auch die Photos sehr ansprechend, da die oft ausgefallenen "Posen" erfrischend anders sind und da möchte ich auch direkt gleich raus in die Natur.


Category Skincare

CUPCAKES AND BERRIES
Regelmäßige Reviews aktueller Hype-Produkte, aber auch von Neuheiten und weniger bekannten Artikeln. Sowohl Pflege, als auch Schönes zum Gesicht Bemalen :-)
Bewertet Produkte nach Reizfreiheit (INCI), Anwendung und Wirkung. Gibt auch Preise an, wo sie erhältlich sind und ob sie z.B. vegan sind.

Once Upon A Cream
Hab angefangen hier zu folgen wegen der Kosmetik, gibt aber auch zahlreiche andere tolle Beiträge etwa über Zero Waste Themen oder bezüglich Tieren (Tierschutz, Vegan, Zoo). Die Bloggerin ist vegan, daher natürlich ein Schwerpunkt hier.

FRÄULEIN Immergrün
Dekoratives (Nagellacke, Lippenstifte, Foundations,...) mit INCI und ausführlicher Review, auch mit Info ob vegan oder nicht. Gelegentlicher travel post und ganz lecker der Küchensonntag - leckere Rezepte, nichts Gewöhnliches!

Incipedia
Einer meiner Gurus was reizfrei betrifft. Top informiert und daher Top-Beiträge zu teurer und günstiger Gesichtspflege. Ausführliche Bewertung nach INCI und Wirkung. Dazwischen bisschen Dekoratives und alles mit hübschen Photos.

lovingfair
Naturkosmetik, Eco Fashion und Gedanken zum Minimalismus. Leider momentan kaum neue Posts, aber hier lohnt sich hartnäckig sein.

SKINCARE INSPIRATIONS
Noch eine meiner reizfrei-Gurus. Bringt regelmäßig informative Beiträge zu bestimmten Inhaltsstoffen, Reviews zu bestimmten Marken, vieles zu Sonnenschutz! Hauptsächlich Hautpflege, aber auch Dekoratives.

Super Twins
Auch hier gehts um reizfreie Gesichtspflege und INCI-Bewertung. Hauptaugenmerk Anti-Aging, aber wird auch toll erklärt, wofür das Produkt oder der Inhaltsstoff noch gut ist.

uncover skincare blog
Ist halt der Blog einer Frau Dr. mit eigener Gesichtspflege-Firma. Finde die Informationen hier sehr gut. Themen sind Anti-Aging wie auch verschiedene Hautprobleme und Inhaltsstoffe.

MS. COCOGLAM
Reizfreie Hautpflege; endlich eine, die einen ähnlichen Hauttyp wie ich hat. Zahlreiche Reviews zu den unterschiedlichsten Produkten!


This is it! Now you know what kind of blogs I like. Do you read blogs which could be interesting for me?

November 12, 2016

Little holes in shirts II

In summer I showed you the first holes I 'repaired' (see How to deal with little holes in shirts). But if you have an old wardrobe as I have and tend not to throw anything older than a few years away, maybe you also find more and more holes over time.
Well, at least I did and so I had to fix some more.

This is one shirt with two holes in it. I bought the shirt many years ago - don't know anymore which shop it is from but I'm sure it's one of those "low quality - made by 1$ chinese workers" stores. And low quality it is. I love the cut of the shirt, but the fabric is very thin, I mean like low-quality-thin, not perfect-for-summer-thin.
And somehow somewhen it had those holes.
I decided to use just coloured thread this time, but let's just have a look:

Sorry for the bad quality! Hole number one, sewn together with lilac thread 
Hole number two, sewn together with rose coloured thread 
Another perspective, more from the side

Side again

As you can see, both holes are at the bottom end

For anyone interested, both holes are not even 1 cm diameter. So yeah, you can see them, but it was my purpose to not make it look ugly and for me I achieved that.

I did both by hand-sewing, so you need just thread and a needle.

Any tips on how you guys deal with holes? Please don't tell me to just throw it away - I try to use everything as long as possible to minimize useless consumption ;-)

Outfit - Casual is always a good choice

These days I have a lot of things to do.
Though study is pretty easy at the moment, most of all because I take it so easy and not let it stress me out, there is so much to do for the house we are building, so much decisions to make, meetings to attend to and browse through the whole internet to find inspirations.
Also I am part of a musical society and our concert is soon, which means a lot of practicing is needed.
I just can't find time to do all the things I wish to do, like more DIY, changing my old clothes and photographing. Not talking of the animal rescue association I'm member in, for which I should and want to do way more shifts.

Anyways, because of that time problem I don't do very much make up currently. Just put on some comfy clothes and that's it.

Like this basic outfit I was wearing a few days ago...




And I bought new shoes at Deichmann for about €25. They are so leightweight you almost don't feel them at all. They perfectly match my current love for lace and I needed new everday sneakers anyway. 



September 26, 2016

New Raincoat, new love

Usually spring is the so called season for change. 
For me it was this summer. 

Change doesn't have to be good or bad. Change can be both. We have to hold onto the good stuff and let the bad stuff go. 

...

End of summer outfit: 


Aaand new raincoat... The only rainjacket I had was a very ugly 10 years old one in light blue.
I saw this one at Kleider machen Leute in Linz/Austria and fell in love.


It's the Noon Coat (Style No. 1238/01) by Rains.


Their products are EcoTex 100 certified, which is probably the best certification a raincoat can have, as obviously those can't be made out of 100% cotton (50% polyurethane and 50% polyester used for this one).
By best I mean in ecological terms.




September 3, 2016

Neckline, the second, but different


Quick and easy shirt refashioning DIY. 
You know the band Oomph! ? If not, try them. They're one of my alltime favourites. So of course I need to have band shirts. But though I got the girl shirts, their fit is ... 
Well, not exactly flattering. I actually like my waistline, just not in these shirts. 
No problem, I want to wear them anyways! 
But - yes, another but - due to the very high neckline and the very thick cotton, it's so cruelly hot wearing them. No, not the sexy hot. Anyone wearing black in summer knows, you gotta consider a few things. Don't cover your whole body with thick, black cotton (that's what I felt like here). 

End of last year, I did my last neckline-changing at which I had to add fabric to prevent my boobs from falling out. 
Here I wanted to remove fabric to get a lower neckline. I thought this would bring more air to my skin, resulting in less heat. 
I can spoiler now, yes it worked *evil laugh* ! 

Before scissors
I had already marked the cutting when I remembered to take before-photos, so sorry about that. 
Marking was easy done, just measure the centern front and back, the shoulders and some points between that and draw the line. 



Then I cut it out with 1 cm seam allowance (never forget that) and using a twin-needle I sewed the new neckline. Done!




As I spoilered before, it really feels less hot in it and yes, I actually wear it more often now.

August 31, 2016

Bring old shoes to new life


I had these shoes for about 7-8 years. After I saw them on another girls feet, I totally fell in love with them, I absolutely needed them as my first shoes that weren't sneakers. I was lucky! After driving to three different Deichmann stores, I found them in my size and I was not disappointed. They are very comfortable and suit perfectly for dresses, skirts, every cute outfit and so on...
But all those years left signs. The fabric didn't get really white again when washed and the buckle connection started to break down.


See how that buckle connection almost fell off? 

They still are one of my most loved shoes, so I couldn't throw them away. Also I thought, hey, this should be easy to fix?! And yes, it was.

What I needed?

  • Black fabric paint and a brush
  • Black marker pen
  • Needle, thread, scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Black hook and loop tape

After cleaning them, I first cut off the buckle connection.
There was a tiny rip at the front of one shoe which I sewed together.
Then I painted all fabric black. Had to do this step twice after letting it dry, so that the white didn't show through anymore.
With a marker I painted the rivets and the white plastic strip between fabric and sole black.
I cut out fitting pieces of black hook and loop tape and glued them on. To help them stay I made three little stitches at the corners.
Last step was to fix colour and glue. It says you need to iron it for severall (4-5) minutes at high temperature (140°C) on the left side. Well, obviously, I can't iron this, especially not on the left side.
So I took my hairdryer instead, which does approx. 80-100°C and doubled the time (10 minutes) to achieve enough fixation. Seems like colour and glue stays where it should be.

All this took me about 2 hours without the waiting time to let the paint dry.
That's it!




Photobomb to end this:
May I present to you.... ELLI (Eleonore) the curiousity herself with always a little bit of slobber on her chin.


August 28, 2016

The cheapest dress I ever bought


I bought this dress at a flea market for 2€!
It was organized by a local animal shelter and of course the earnings were for them too. Normally it would have cost 4€ (wow) but I helped out there, so I got it cheaper. As this is for helping animals I would have paid more, but stupid me forgot the money and 2€ was all I had in my pockets *sadface*.
It's in perfect shape, I just had to fix some threads that were hanging out, nothing big.

The next flea market is in september and as I will help out again, I'm hoping to find another amazing piece like this one.