• Kaftan & Cupcakes •

• Kaftan & Cupcakes •

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Photos: Falko Blümlein
Kaftan: H&M+
Bikini: Rue 107
Sunglasses: geilgeilgeil.com “Berlin”
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Earrings: Dior “Gum Tee Shirt”
Bracelet: Hermès

Honesty.
That’s my message of today’s #BeachBodyNotSorry post.

I know how it feels to see bikini posts and ads with super slim models, with the thinnest of the plus models and loads of Photoshop. There are some who you just can’t identify with, others who you feel were just accepted for this ad because they’re plus but not (as I like to say) obviously plus. By the way: I want to state that I think that all of them are okay and there’s no need to body-shame them for being as they are – it’s not nice to say that they’re too skinny when they’re thin and it’s not nice to say that the plus models are not fat enough to be called plus. These ladies aren’t the ones to blame – if (!) you want to blame someone for using “wrong role models”, it’s the companies who decide that you can’t show fat girls in bikinis and if you do so, that they have to be totally photoshopped. We need to ask the brands and advertising people to give us more realness, bodies with their “flaws” and actual humans, not optimized photos. Just like last year, when Swimsuits4all started a small revolution by initiating the #BeachBodyNotSorry campaign with Denise Bidot and absolutely no Photoshop and it was absolutely amazing – and the reason why I started with my own #BeachBodyNotSorry project here on the blog: I want to show you one of so many different bodies that are good the way they are. It’s about seeing something “real” (and by “real” I mean “not modified” – because all bodies are real bodies!) and something that maybe some of you can relate to.

But there’s always that one thing which I keep hiding – my insulin pump. It’s not because I’m ashamed of it, but most of the time I feel like it ruins the whole composition of my looks. And usually it’s no problem to “hide” it – I wear it attached to my bra between my breasts or under dresses clipped onto the shorts I’m wearing underneath to avoid the horrible chub rub. It’s not that I’m trying to hide my chronic illness on purpose, it’s just that it’s not that fashionable. But then I thought: why not show my pump and share it with the world? I know there are many who think I have diabetes because I’m fat (oh, the favorite argument on the topic of fat people from people who actually don’t care – you’ll get diabetes!) and even though I keep explaining that I’ve got Type 1 (which means that I was born with it – and when I was 10, I had to start with insulin therapy), they just don’t care. Anyways – I don’t do this for people who hate me just because they want to hate me. I do it for people who feel like they need somebody to look up to. Someone who looks like them. With a major booty, a hanging belly, cellulite and stretch marks – and maybe also diabetes. Because not only my body, the surface, is a part of me, it’s also what’s inside and diabetes is a part of it. A few years ago, I wrote about my diabetes story (you can read it → here, but unfortunately only in German), today I want to show that wearing a pump is nothing to be ashamed of, even though there will always be people who look at you (but most times they’re just wondering if you’re a cyborg, haha!) or ask you weird questions, but that’s absolutely legitimate. Curiosity at least shows that someone’s interested in you, right? ;)

And since the introduction was about honesty: even though sometimes diabetes sucks, it’s not something I want to cry about – there are so many worse illnesses and diabetes is just super annoying because it’s always on your mind. But it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t stop me from doing anything and yes – I can eat everything, even sugar (diabetes is about carbs!). I just want to tell you honestly that if I get the chance to “hide” the pump, I’ll continue to do so if it just doesn’t look super fancy with my outfits, but if I can show it, I will show it. You should never be ashamed of what’s part of you, even if it’s something unpleasant. ♥

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• Beth Ditto Collection & Private Shopping Event •

• Beth Ditto Collection & Private Shopping Event •

I promised to write an extra post about my very special date from last week – I met Beth Ditto in Berlin. She was visiting Munich and Berlin here in Germany (and a few other cities around the world) to show her first collection, give lots of interviews and host a trunk show aka private shopping event for fans and people who wanted to see the collection, buy something from it and, of course, meet Beth.

I was invited to a private meeting with Beth and since I’m pretty bad at interviews (answering questions is easier than asking them!), we just had fun together, chitchatted and I tried on almost everything of → the collection. My two favorites are the → “Lola” dress and the → “Modern Love” jumpsuit. Since I had the chance to choose a favorite before the event (but it hasn’t arrived yet), I was lucky to get both, so I took my chance and bought the second favorite myself. ;) You’ll get a little sneak peek of the one I got first at the end of this post! ;)

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• Curvy® Fall/Winter 2016 •

• Curvy® Fall/Winter 2016 •

2 - Lu zieht an.®

Photos: Falko Blümlein
Body: H&M Divided Exclusive (2009)
Skirt: Dearcurves “Eyoma”
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Sneaker: Converse Premium
Bag: Dior “Lady Dior” ‘medium’
Earrings: Dior “Gum Tee Shirt”
Tribal Earrings
Bracelet: Hermès
Alternatives: Converse sneaker,
Love Moschino bag, ASOS bag,
ASOS earrings

I already wrote about → my visit to the Curvy® plus-size fair, today I’ve got my outfit for you. I went for a special but casual look – instead of wearing black (which is the most-seen color at such events), I wanted to show some color (remember my resolutions for 2016? Take this as an example! ;)), that’s why I chose my favorite skirt ever, the “Eyoma” skirt from Dearcurves – and it was a major success at the fair, everyone loved it! If you want to get your own skirt, you can order it → here and by using the discount code queen20, you’ll get 20% off! ;)

When I last wore the skirt, I went for the actual lookbook look and paired it with the “Eyoma” body with a traditional Ankara print, so this time I dug up a veeeery old piece out of my closet. The body is from the 2009 “Divided Exclusive” collection (and it’s size EU 40, still fits without any problems!), so you see: sometimes keeping things and wearing them again is worth it – I think that’s a great match!

For the casual look, I had to choose flats. Since it doesn’t matter which kind of flat shoes you wear for about 6 hours of standing and walking around (your feet will always hurt afterwards, as did mine), I did something that’s quite unusual for me: I wore sneakers. But of course not without being fabulous and picking my sequined Chucks – had to be sparkling. :) I’m normally totally against that mixture, but somehow I really loved the combo of those glittering shoes with the rather elegant look. And it shows that you can wear this skirt like that – casually – too.

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• One Night in… Berlin | Hotel de Rome •

• One Night in… Berlin | Hotel de Rome •

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Hotel de Rome
Behrenstraße 37
10117 Berlin
Reservations:
Rocco Forte Hotels – Hotel de Rome
info.derome@roccofortehotels.com
+49 (0) 30 460 60 90

I decided to start a new category on the blog which I want to call “One Night in…” – because as a blogger, I get to sleep at beautiful hotels from time to time , but there’s not enough time for a full “review”. Normally, I only get to see my room and sometimes, thanks to the events, a suite or conference room – but not the whole house including its restaurants, spas, etc. So today I want to start with the “Hotel de Rome” in Berlin and share a few impressions with you.
Thanks to Urban Decay, I had the chance to spend one night at this beautiful hotel and enjoy this great room and also have a look at one of their suites, including a great terrace with a beautiful view over Berlin.

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