31 January 2012


Before it got all frosty here in Vienna just yesterday, I could still wear those things when Veronika and me were out in Lower Austria a few days ago. 
My chino pants with the slim belt you might know already from one of my first Outfits du Jour (you can check it out here), however, I just bought this jacket in desperate need of a warm winter jacket. It turned out to be a fall jacket after all and at -8°Celsius, which we have right now, I have to get out my old winter jacket again which I actually wanted to remove from my wardrobe. :) 
Oh, and a white polo shirt always makes a mediocre outfit look so much more classy. ;D

Jacket: Zara
Sweater: Peek & Cloppenburg
Polo: Abercrombie & Fitch
Pants and Belt: Peek & Cloppenburg
Shoes: H&M

28 January 2012

ALBUM REVIEW: "Born To Die" - Lana del Rey

photo source: [stereogum.com]
When I first heard her on Gossip Girl with “Video Games”, I already loved her. Then I saw her music video and was completely fallen. Suddenly, Lana seemed to be all over the place, months after I had heard “Video Games” and the video to “Born To Die” came out, which I immediately adored as well.

Finally, the New Yorker’s first album is out and I have to admit, I think it’s brilliant!! What a very consistent style she has, very harmonious, atmospheric, very unique and very much going with the spirit of our time. For me, Lana is the next big thing.

But of course, apart from being pretty, she can also sing. And make good music. We all know “Video Games”, “Born To Die” and “Blue Jeans”, but new songs like “Off To The Races”, “National Anthem”, “Dark Paradise” and “Without You” are by no means inferior. In addition to that the album has a very nice length with loads of songs, there isn't a single bad one.

If you want to criticize something, you could throw in that Lana could have been more creative, innovative and revolutionary with her first album. However, she made a good, if not even superb, pop album with a ton of great, melodious songs. I guess she’s gonna be around for the while, this pretty lady.

25 January 2012

OUTFIT DU JOUR [close-up details]

These last two weeks have been crazy and packed with studying for a seemingly unending number of exams. It's all about surviving on sandwiches and inducing sugar-doses in the form of various chocolate bars and cookies in regular time periods to keep the energy levels up.
So here's just a small update post of outfit details I wore the past days, since I couldn't seem to squeeze in enough time for a whole outfit post. Can't wait until January is over and I get my normal life back ^^

an exception to the constant rhythm of studying - dressing up for a night out with my boyfriend

Zara dress & Mango clutch 

 Zara jacket

silk scarf, striped top and coat all from Naf Naf, comfy outfits for constant visits of the library

and my favourite boots for the winter, bought them in a little boutique in Italy

22 January 2012

ALBUM REVIEW: "Gilgamesh" by Gypsy & the Cat

photo source: [noiconexodus.blogspot.com]
When I first heard “Jona Vark” I was completely obsessed and stunned how someone could interpret the 80ies in such a new, innovative and nostalgic way. When I saw the public design of the album and practically the whole band (consisting of two Australian DJs actually), I knew I had to buy it.

It was a wise decision. The songs on this album are magical. They try to convert the 80ies’ music into something completely new. However, in the end, they just composed a perfectly handled, never-before-seen recall or souvenir of this decade which makes listeners nostalgic who haven’t even been born at that time.

Highlights are “Time To Wander” (which I’m completely obsessed with), “The Piper’s Song”, “Human Desire” and “Breakaway”. Listen to this fantastic album a thousand times, it won’t get boring! It feels like memories are evoked in you that you never had.

BOOK REVIEW: "The Marriage Plot" - Jeffrey Eugenides

photo source: [goodreads.com]

This is the first book I have read on my kobo-ereader. I would have never expected myself to support this kind of reading, opposing the printed word and the feeling of turning paper pages in your hand. Still, this was a special experience and I’m going to continue reading many more books this way. The most obvious advantage is that I can even read the thickest books and take them everywhere with me, without carrying their actual weight along! ^^ The other thing is that it’s just a totally different experience. Maybe I’ll get bored with it as I get used to it, but for now, it’s a nice change up to what I have been used to before.

And now finally to the book. I’ll say right in the beginning that I’m contemplating of giving it either four or five stars. I always write my reviews right after I finish reading the book and sometimes I even start when I’m on the last 50-100 pages and revise it once again when I’m done.
With “The Marriage Plot” I was so captivated by the book that I simply didn’t want it to end. With the ending having inevitably approached, it was a shock, enhanced to an even greater extreme because I wasn’t expecting it, so caught up, not even looking at the number of pages left anymore. It was entertaining from the very beginning until the very last page. After this being the third book I read by Jeffery Eugenides he has definitely made it into my list of favourite authors. I’d say that this time the style is quite similar to the “Virgin Suicides”, not being as complex as in “Middlesex” but still fitting perfectly to the whole story.

Here the emphasis is placed on three main characters, which was a huge relief for me. I’m really bad at remembering names (even in the course of reading a single book) and I prefer just a few but masterfully crafted personalities, rather than a bunch of people all just involved in a minor way in the plot. Madeleine, Mitchell and Leonard were depicted in such a relatable way that you felt emotionally close throughout the whole time of the portrayal of this triangle-relationship. But believe me, this isn’t just some trivial tale of how a girl gets to choose between two guys, this is a deep, complex and gripping narrative.

To me, I’ve had the experience of reading a book and getting the sensation of the story enveloping like walking down a straight road. Even if it was written in an incredible way, there was something missing, it just felt flat. Well here with this account, there was a totally different sensation about it. It all almost felt three-dimensional, not like a simple road going on for miles but like a weirdly formed 3D object floating in space. You were able to have a look at all of its sides and even dive deep inside of it. The narrative is so perfectly constructed that you get to know the story from all of its possible sides. This was a book that I didn’t want to put down and I’d say that it’s the main goal of a writer, which has been achieved here brilliantly.

Thinking about the only point for which I would have reduced the rating by a star, I actually have to cancel it out. The only thing which I could have criticized would have been the lack of depth, but analyzing the whole book once again, this isn’t the case at all. Jeffery Eugenides takes you on a journey of the emotions of three totally different people, which lapse from hysterical joy, dropping to profound sadness and depression, describing their development after getting out of college and starting a “real” life.
It’s enveloping, it’s impressive and I would recommend it to each and everyone! Just read it! :)

19 January 2012

PHOTO POST: tour through Scandinavian countries [PART 3] - RIGA

The earliest readers of our blog are probably the only ones who know that I went on a "Scandinavian" trip during the summer of 2011. Today I decided to finally finish off the series and post the last part of the trip.
You can have a look at the previous 2 parts: part 1 - stockholm (sweden) and part 2 - copenhagen (denmark).
The last part of the trip was a visit to Riga, the capital of Latvia, and a short stop at Yurmala, which is known as the town for music festivals.
Hope you enjoy the photos! :)

once again a gorgeous hotel room ^^

taking a walk to the old part of the city, the houses are so adorable - just like in a fairy tale! ^^

the Freedom Monument 

the black cat is the symbol of Riga, just like you've got the bear as a symbol for Berlin :)

another tourist attraction - the Blackhead's House

a stunning view from the top of a church in the city centre

 gorgeous faรงades of embassy buildings

and the last few photos from the day before flying back home, a short trip to a nearby town Yurmala

just about 20min away from Riga by train and you're already at the beach :)) jumping with joy to that :D


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