• Private XI | Interaction •

• Private XI | Interaction •

Not much time and I will have been blogging for 8 years (10 to be precise, but this blog has existed for “only” almost 8 of them). Back then in 2009, blogging was different. After I started blogging about my daily life on a personal blog (and believe me, this wasn’t as interesting as it might sound because it was only about school and music and pretty sad all the time), I found out that there’s more – fashion blogs, beauty blogs, well, blogs about a special topic. One day, I was sick in bed (uh, tell me something new!) and decided that I wanted to do a fashion blog – but not a typical fashion blog. One that’s only about my outfits. And that’s how “Lu zieht an.” started.

At first, it was kind of weird. My few friends (half of them were men) were never that interested in fashion. They were pretty basic when it came to outfits, while I was rather “different”, extrovert and extravagant (hasn’t changed, right?). Of course, they left comments because they were my friends but – let’s be honest! – they surely weren’t really interested. I began to follow other fashion blogs – and beauty blogs. Commenting was the most important thing, interaction with other bloggers, with your readers – discussions and simply nice words. When you left a comment on someone else’s blog, people would come and check out who you are. And leave a comment. That’s how you grew your community, your followership – your reach. And it was worth a million because active followers are what keeps a blog alive, what makes a blog a blog and therefore something different than a magazine. Something personal yet public – a place to be for everyone.

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• Recap & Thoughts | #BeachBodyNotSorry 2016 •

• Recap & Thoughts | #BeachBodyNotSorry 2016 •

It’s already pretty cold outside but I still want to quickly talk about this year’s #BeachBodyNotSorry project and have a look at the beach outfits I wore this season. I kind of felt that plus-sized beach bodies were more present than ever in 2016. Of course there were a few very important moments like → Ashley Graham on the cover of “Sports Illustrated” or the most recent → “All Woman Project” launched by Clementine Desseaux and Charli Howard (featuring some amazing beach wear by Phylyda – I hope I can work with this brand next year!). But we also had bloggers showing their beach bodies everywhere and it makes me proud to say that I’m a part of this – again.

Unfortunately, this time I couldn’t show as many looks as → last year – on the one hand, there simply was a lack of new beach wear (I just didn’t want to wear everything again, but neither did I want to spend loads of money on new stuff – cause our summer in Germany isn’t long enough to hoard uncountable masses of bikinis and swimsuits), on the other hand, I missed almost 90% of our summer because I was very sick. Even beginning to shoot before the start of the official beach season wasn’t that helpful, so I only managed to do five looks (plus two “covered” beach styles, meaning: one with a kaftan and another one wearing transparent stuff over my bikini).

So let’s recap my #BeachBodyNotSorry looks of 2016…

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• Curvy Supermodel – mein Fazit •

• Curvy Supermodel – mein Fazit •
Sorry, this post is only available in German.

Natürlich habe ich es mir nicht nehmen lassen, gestern bei “Curvy Supermodel” reinzuschauen. Schon lange wurde sich ein solches Format gewünscht, ein Pendant zu “Germany’s next Topmodel”, aber eben in Plus Size. Gelandet ist die neue Supermodel-Castingshow bei RTL2, dem Trailerpark der Fernsehsender – vielleicht auch mit die schlechteste Entscheidung. Ein bisschen frage ich mich ja, wie das Ganze auf ProSieben gelaufen wäre, also wirklich parallel. Eventuell etwas professioneller, aber ich denke, mein Fazit wäre am Ende das gleiche.

Vor Ausstrahlung der Sendung und auch vor dem Casting wurde ich ein paar Mal gebeten, das Format vorzustellen – ich habe das bewusst vermieden. Mir war klar, dass der Sender allein schon nicht ideal für ein solches Format ist, aber ich bin tatsächlich fast ohne Erwartungen an die Sendung rangegangen. Leider wurden diese sogar unterboten.

Eine zusammengefasste Version meines Fazits hab’ ich gestern Abend bereits auf → Facebook und → Instagram hochgeladen, aber ich wollte unbedingt auch nochmal ausführlich auf das ganze Thema eingehen.

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• Private VI •

• Private VI •

First it’s rage. Then sadness and despair. And what’s left is all that anger. Because such a situation shouldn’t exist. It mustn’t exist.

After all those horrible stories of New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Hamburg and Stuttgart, I kind of feel ashamed of our humanity. On the one hand because of what happened, on the other hand because of the reactions – talking about #einearmlänge (#onearmlength).

But it’s not the victims of such attacks, be they sexual or not, who should change their behavior. It’s simply those disgusting assholes (and I want to add that it doesn’t matter where they’re from, because I’m pretty sure there’s lots to do in Germany to put our own house in order first – just remember the Oktoberfest, for example) who – wherever they are – always find a reason to sexually abuse or otherwise assault their victims.

I’m infuriated about a woman telling me how to behave like a woman – and in this case the victim – when I meet strangers.
Even if I want to walk down a dark alley naked at night, that’s not an invitation or carte blanche for anybody to rape me – no ifs or buts!
A “no” is a no and has to be accepted as that.

This whole topic shouldn’t make us women change our behavior but the culprits’. The behavior of those who think that women are a worthless sex object which you can use whenever and wherever you feel like it.

Those attacks make clear what’s missing in this world: respect. Respect for others.
And respect towards yourself – because when I read how many just play it all down, how many (especially women!) blame the victims, saying that it’s their own fault, it just leaves me enraged and at the same time terribly sad – to hear that even after all these incidents, this voice is still way too loud.

I really hope that someone will get the opportunity and power to change something. To punish the culprits (even though most of the time I have the feeling that in Germany you just have to be afraid if you downloaded something illegally…) and change this whole fundamental problem sustainably.
But we all should become one voice. Starting with our little ones, teaching them respect. How to treat others and accept a “no”. Kindness and tolerance. And that we’re all the same.

My mother always told me: “No one’s better than you, but no one’s worse than you, either.” – everyone should take this to heart.

P.S.: Of course, all this relates to men too – because there’s also a high number of male victims being sexually harrassed and this is also definitely not acceptable at all.