Friday, July 29, 2011

What a windy man.

Looks like a painting, is a huge photograph. I took a photo of the photograph at:

exhibition "Basic Instincts"
about fashion, design, art and architecture of the netherlands
Villa Elisabeth, Invalidenstr. 3, Berlin
ends july 31st, opening hours: 12:00-19:00

I really recommend you to go there, admission is free.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

News from Filly.

Lookbook is out for autumn.
What can I say... again (check the earlier post) I love it.

Not only the designs and colours, also the photographs. First some of the tissues seemed too rough for my taste, I'm a softie, haha, but as it says "textured raw silk tussah" I guess I'd feel as snug as a bug in a rug in it ;)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Taste the Waste

It’s a system that we all take part in: Supermarkets constantly have the complete selection of merchandise on offer, the bread on the shelves has to be fresh until late in the evening, strawberries are in demand at any time of the year. And everything has to look just right: One withered leaf of lettuce, a crack in a potato or a dent in an apple and the goods are sorted out...

Amazing but true: On the way from the farm to the dining-room table, more than half the food lands on the dump. Most of it before it ever reaches consumers.

When it comes right down to it, no one actually thinks this is okay: Food is not something to be thrown away “because others have nothing to eat”, as younger people would say, and as for the elderly: “I was around during the war and we were glad to get our hands on every crust of bread!” That’s one side of the story. They discover the other side when they venture a look into dumpsters: behind their local supermarket and, if they can summon up enough courage, in the trash cans outside their own door. We’re not talking about chicken bones and potato peels here. The topic at hand is perfectly edible food, some still in the original packaging, and frequently enough not even the ‘best before’ date has expired.

If we were to save merely half of the avoidable garbage, that would have the same effect on the world climate as when we took one out of four cars off our roads.

And on famine, too. My mother always reminded me to eat everything on my plate: “Children in Africa would be glad to have that food.” We children never took her seriously. How were the leftovers on our plates supposed to get to African children? The rising prices of wheat clearly illustrate the point: These days we buy our food on the same world market where developing countries buy theirs. If we threw away less and bought less as a result, the prices would drop and more would be left for the hungry.

(selected quotes from the website to the film, rearranged)

Friday, July 22, 2011


Rainy days in Berlin, shitty summershoes I brought and cold wet feet for hours made me think about the Melissa/Vivienne Westwood Booties again. I wanted them since I saw them but still don't have the money to buy.

Monday, July 18, 2011

old chum.

via their blog Old Chum, through wich I could scroll for hours and hours I discovered the Old Faithful Shop that "stocks quality goods for simple, everyday living. We are drawn to products that are well-made, classic in design and when possible hand-crafted by a human being. We feel that the best products are the ones that age well and stand the test of time - items that will exist long after we do not."

This principle has an ecological aspect in itself (no, not plastic or nuclear waste that "will exist longer after we do not", but valuable, because practical and beautiful stuff, that can be used over generations).

And I fell in love with these two things: the Totem Cups are my absolute favourite available through their online shop and the bird house I found on the blog, don't know if it was ever available via the shop - if I had a garden to hang it I would hunt it down through all the web immediately.

The blog is really worth a "read" (well, it's more a view), you'll find a lot of 'ethnic' images, nostalgic stuff, wise (yes, really) sayings, uncommon interior design, nature. Just as I like it, as you probably noticed by now.

words by Anthony Carter, from his book "Abundant Rivers"

Friday, July 15, 2011


photos 1+3 by Polina Aronova, 2 by Gia Coppola

For a long time already I wanted to post about araks lingerie. Now I do and I am glad they have sooo beautiful images in their lookbooks (autumn above, spring below).

awakenedaesthetic said - and I take the freedom to just agree - "I don’t think these designs should even be called panties, or bras. Bra: what kind of butchered half-word is that? I think they should be called underpinnings. Something a bit more dignified, classier. A nod to a more elegant world."

photo by Julie Gilhart

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summer dish.

and as easy as you could wish.

+ cook the broccoli for 3 minutes
+ put it in the blender and crush chunky (or as fine as you wish)
+ add yoghurt, salt, pepper ... and maybe a little lemon juice and honey
+ fry the tomatoes in a pan until they get softer and crack
+ serve on top of noodles for example.
(I liked the broccoli-yoghurt cold with hot tomatoes)
+ crumbled feta-cheese would surely also go well with it

Monday, July 04, 2011

Twitt twitt without twitter still.

but not so long until it follows :)
left: taken with my phone cam years ago in Konstanz, Germany; right: from an Oysho (brand) postcard

Friday, July 01, 2011

Ghost World.

If you don't read my blahblah about it until the end: 
at least read the comic & watch the movie (in this order!)
Btw.: I'll not spoil anything just want to get you hooked and share some thoughts ;)

To blurt it out directly: I am very pleased with the movie-adaption of Ghost World (and this even though I love the comicbook!). What Terry Zwigoff makes from Daniel Clowes artwork is very discrete from the original, but also very, very close in the mood and insight it transports. 

The director of the movie seems aware of the specialities of comics as a medium, he respects it as an artform for itself and doesn’t just (ab)use it as a script/ready-made story board. Thus the film shows many variations in the storyline but they do not seem helpless, they don’t try to hide. They’re obvious, honest. They say: „Look, I am not just a reproduction“.

GW is kind of specific in adressing readers. The main characters Rebecca and Enid are not exactly those you want to identify with, neither in comic, nor in the movie. They are kind of cynic, pseudo-intellectual outsiders. Even though I’d say that they stay more abstract in the comic and therefore maybe a bit more open to identification (which must not be true, it could also be the case that they are more sympathic in “real” person in the movie and that being abstract in the comic also keeps the reader on a distance...).

They are “too cool for the world’ and see themselves as coolness outriders. Outsiders or outriders – in any case the comic depicts the teenage typical moments of opposition to all conventions and rules, of provocation (expressed for example in the extensive use of youth slang in the comic). That offers identification potential to pretty much everyone who lives or remembers his/her teenage years.