• Level 5 •

• Level 5 •

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Photos: Falko Blümlein
Top: H&M Trend
Skirt: H&M
Sandals: Arezzo
Head Wrap/Silk Scarf: H&M Trend
Earrings: Dior “Gum Tee Shirt”
Bracelet: Hermès
Alternatives: ASOS skirt,
ASOS sandals, Steve Madden sandals,
Moschino scarf

I actually wanted to name this post “Os quindins de yayá” because the whole look reminds me of one of my favorite childhood movies, “The Three Caballeros”, with Donald Duck, José Carioca and Panchito – there’s a scene where they travel to Bahia and meet Aurora Miranda, Carmen Miranda’s younger sister, and → she sings this song called “Os quindins de yayá” wearing a typical look from Bahia. I think my look is a modern and more minimalistic version of it and that’s where the actual idea for today’s post title came from. But I went for “Level 5” cause that’s where we shot the photos and it’s a bit easier and doesn’t need any explanation. ;)

So, I’m back with another head wrap and a Carmen (Miranda, haha!) top, which I wore with a black maxi skirt for a casual and relaxed summer look. And since I’m currently so in love with → Urban Decay’s “XX Vice LTD Reloaded” palette, I did a very special colorful make-up that’s supposed to match the silk scarf turban. Even though I love natural make-ups (well, only talking about the eyes), I’m having fun doing color bombs at the moment – the palette made me do it and I’m actually very happy about this! Somehow I’m going back to the (blog’s) roots, when everything was more experimental and colorful – even though I’m happy that my fashion style changed a lot. ;)

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• 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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• At the Beach •

• At the Beach •

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Photos: Falko Blümlein
Top: Sonia Rykiel for H&M
Beach Pants: ASOS Curve
Bikini: Marina Rinaldi
Hat: Zara
Scarf: Vintage
Earrings: Chanel

I guess this is more of a pool-party outfit instead of a beach look, but we shot it at the beach, so that’s today’s post title. :)

I was ready for the beach with my new bikini (which I’ll show you in more detail next week!) but had to wear something for the walk there and wanted to wear those sheer beach pants that I bought → last year. I still needed a top and went for another sheer piece – that’s how the look was created. I thought it was funny to bring back the dots of the bikini, so I wrapped the upper part of the bikini bottom over the pants and went for a small dotted scarf around my neck. The hat is a nice accessory but also important when you want to protect your head from the sun. ;) This one is probably not the most beach-like choice but the best one for an all-black look. ;)

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• Lu zieht an x Remi Ray | “The Release” •

• Lu zieht an x Remi Ray | “The Release” •

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Photos: Falko Blümlein
Dress: Remi Ray
Bikini: H&M
Platform Heels: Schutz
Choker: Jennifer Fisher

Today’s post is an editorial – don’t worry, I know it’s not a look for every day, even though you can make it work for you whenever you want to wear it. ;)

I posted the preview of this outfit on → Instagram and → Facebook a few weeks ago and the feedback went from “horrible” to “slay”, and of course I knew that people would either love or completely hate this look. I for myself – and as a huge fan of Remi’s creations (as you can also see → here) because she’s not afraid to dare do the different and special! – instantly fell in love with her sheer mesh dress because on the one hand this is something very different and on the other hand (even though I saw that unfortunately many were so narrow-minded not to think so far) it’s super versatile. Because you don’t need to wear it like this, only with a bikini underneath – what about wearing it with a black or colorful tight dress under it? Why not combine it with something in your own skin color underneath, be it underwear or another dress? Or maybe you’d like to wear it as a top for a kinky style paired with a casual skirt? There are so many possibilities, so many options to wear this sheer dress and even if I went for a super daring and more or less half-naked look, which I’d even wear like this for a special event (maybe a true fashion event in one of the major fashion cities, where fashion actually means fashion, like London or New York), you can be as creative as you want and wear this dress however you like it.

See what I mean? It’s not about going crazy because of my styling, it’s about opening your minds, making the next step and thinking further. A sheer dress doesn’t have to be the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen (even though it’s absolutely okay if you hate it – I mean, nobody has to love it, right?) and if you want to wear it, wear it. Please never let others stop you from doing it. That’s the message I want to spread today. I wanted to wear this dress, I love it, many hate it, others shared my feeling, and today I’m proud to show this special look to you, even though I’m pretty sure that many won’t love it as much as I do. I’ll still wear it. :)
Of course, as always, I’ll give my best to show you more looks with this dress, just give me some time (and at the moment, even though this is a light fabric, long sleeves aren’t the best choice, but I’ll be back with this one soon!). ;) I also got a completely different idea in my mind, but the piece I need for it keeps being sold out…

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