I’ve got this very special obsession called lipsticks. I love all kinds of colors, finishes, textures and new things that brands come up with (like liquid lipsticks – they’re great!). But there are a few go-to lipsticks that I really adore from the bottom of my heart and today’s “Five Favorites” is all about them…
Photos: Falko Blümlein
Cardigan: Via Appia Due
Not much time ago, there was this scandal about Oprah Magazine talking about crop tops and saying that you should feel free to try them “if (and only if!) you’ve got a flat stomach”. It caused a major shitstorm and made many – especially plus-sized – girls post pictures of them wearing crop tops with the hashtags #rockthecrop #pullingofacroptop #ifandonlyifiwantto. I joined this movement on → Instagram (and → Facebook) because I think that it’s not okay to tell someone what he or she is allowed to wear. That’s arrogant in many ways and not the right way for a magazine to give tips on how to dress.
I’m not willing to dress for anyone, especially not for total strangers. I dress for myself, wear what I like in this exact moment. And if that’s a crop top, I’ll wear it. Just like in this post today. I’m not wearing it to say: “Hey, I’m fat and I’m wearing a crop top!”, it has nothing to do with being a rebel. The thing is: I saw this top online, fell in love with the colors and the design and had to get it.
I enjoyed wearing it and while we were shooting the pictures – in front of many people – no one looked at me and had to throw up or told me that I was disgusting. No one came up to me and said that I should only wear a crop top with a flat tummy. No one was horrified and ran away.
What I want to say: when you wear what you want and add the right attitude (feel good!), nobody will ruin your day. Of course there might be some people looking at you, but always remember: some might be surprised, maybe because they don’t see fat people wearing such beautiful clothes that often (sadly!), maybe because they think you’re gorgeous, maybe because they wish they weren’t afraid of doing the same. Sure, some will look and shake their heads, giving you that evil look and making you feel like you’re a major piece of shit, but do you really want to take these strangers seriously? Will you let them tell you what you’re allowed to wear? Do you really want to depend on their opinion? Choose your daily look according to their wishes? Do you really want to dress yourself for a stranger? I’m sure the answer is: no.
You don’t have to wear a crop top, you don’t have to prove to anyone that you can rock a crop top. If you don’t like them, nobody’s forcing you to wear them. Just wear whatever you want, but please don’t listen to such bullshit tips that tell you how to dress – you’ve got your own mind, use it and be creative! :)
#outfitpreview • Beach looks have become a little obsession – I really hope you’re not getting bored, as there’s still more to come. We’ve been exploring Hamburg a lot these days, looking for places that make you think “Who needs a vacation if there are such beautiful places in Hamburg?” – and we found some. :) So there are some beachy looks coming up, but of course I won’t let you down, there are some “normal” outfits too! ;)
#curvyfair • Long story short: it was waaaay too hot in Berlin, but I enjoyed my day at the Curvy fair. The day started with a little meeting with Givenchy and Kenzo on the Dom Perignon house boat somewhere in Berlin, where I got to see the brands’ novelties, and went on with the fair in the middle of the city at the Orangerie of Schloss Charlottenburg. A great location but unfortunately not well air-conditioned. Still, I got to find a few favorites, including this coat of Zizzi’s Black Label collection, the new Anna Scholz collection for sheego (can’t wait to shoot my lookbook for you!), and of course: many lovely blogger colleagues and friends – it’s always good to see the girls! Especially while having dinner to celebrate their blogger collection for Studio Untold! ;)
#shooting • On Friday, I had a great shooting with my talented friend → Tine – subtle sexiness plus lots of Agent Provocateur (contradiction, huh?). All-natural make-up (almost nothing, except for a little bit of “Crema Nuda”, some dabs of concealer, mascara and glossy lip balm) and analog photography – can’t wait to see the results and crossing my fingers that everything worked well! ;)
#goodtimes • I’m very happy about some recent features of my blog on → Glamour and → Wunderweib – it’s always so great to see yourself in all those magazines you always read before blogging and then you’re in there as if it were no big deal. Love it!
Also, last Friday, the winner of my make-up session with Urban Decay was here to redeem her prize and she got a great make-up look. Bright pink lips and red hair? Awesome!
Another lovely surprise and something that makes me speechless every time: there’s another amazing piece of fan art (kind of feel weird to call it “fan” art but well, that’s what it is, right?)! This time by → farbenzirkus on Instagram. Isn’t this incredibly good?
#sundaymood • Two sleepy kitties taking a nap. Oh, the furry life! ♥
Photos: Falko Blümlein
Spending some time at the beach has become my favorite activity in summer (before we moved to Hamburg, we didn’t have beaches around, so this is pretty new for me!). I really enjoy the sand between my tippy-toes, the cold water on my legs and the sun on my skin while wearing my bikinis and swimsuits. Also, beachwear is something very cool and today’s beach dress is definitely the most beautiful one I own. :)
I love the sheer parts that let my bikini shine through, the loose cut, the flared sleeves and the lace-up cleavage.
We shot these pictures at the Finkenriek beach, it’s a small one next to a railway line, that’s why this beach is probably not one of Hamburg’s favorites – it’s pretty loud when a train goes by. Anyways, I don’t really care. A beach is a beach and there’s bamboo, sand and refreshing water (but please don’t try to swim there – the current is pretty bad and dangerous!), so: enjoy! :)