Montag, 20. Februar 2017

Planning my first trip to JAPAN!

In just two weeks I'll be going on my first trip to Japan - I can hardly believe it.
I've been dreaming of going there for about 15 years and now that I could finally save up and practise my Japanese I'm starting to get nervous. After all, it's a super long trip for someone who usually takes only one week off for a short visit of London.

There will be regular updates about the places I'll be seeing. Nature, food, all the things I love to experience!
Everything has been planned out. I love planning. I even make plans when I'm somewhere for just one day, even if I've been to the city several times before (...London, anyone?)!

A couple of things I collected while planning...

So although it might not work for you because you love being spontaneous, I'm going to start my favourite YouTube Vlogs, stare at the screen dreaming for days on end, cover my bed and desk and floors in pamphlets and magazines and get my excel and note book ready because...

Here's how a control freak like me makes TRAVEL PLANS!


Donnerstag, 29. Dezember 2016

Growing up. Getting into drawing comics.

Hello there!
There was a lot of stuff going on these past months and I still don't feel... settled? It's difficult to explain, I guess.
However, although I have almost no patience to sit down to make artist trading cards, I sometimes draw on the go when taking the train. Somehow you have to cope with growing up, right?

Please bear with me, there are ups and downs when I think of my blogs, but now and then I feel like sharing something. Hope you enjoy!

For now, I will just leave a short comic I drew to get some of the uni stress out. Putting it on paper means you could burn it.

Freitag, 30. Januar 2015

Lolita Meetup Report: Revelry

Hello, Dear Readers!

As you might remember, I began actively wearing lolita fashion in 2013, but I'm too shy to go to regional meetups... The Tea Party Club's 7th Anniversary Party, "Revelry" however took place while my friend and I visited London, so we hurried and bought our tickets! It was great... but see for yourselves! I hope, my dear Readers, you will enjoy this post about my first lolita fashion meetup!


Tea Party Club 7th Anniversary - Revelry
Date: September 20th
Place: The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, London, UK
Company: Welcome2Chaos


Sonntag, 26. Oktober 2014

Outing Report: Phantastic Library in Wetzlar

Hello, my dear Readers!

Yes, I know, it's been a long time. I won't make any promises for posting more often because... let's face it, a blog is like a diary and most of the time I just forget writing something @_@ Sorry!
Nonetheless I am happy if somebody actually reads, or, dare I say, even comments anything.

This post is about the Phantastic Library ("Die Phantastische Bibliothek") in Wetzlar.
I had an outing with some students and our teacher from university and I was amazed by the concept. The website can be found [url=http://www.phantastik.eu]here[/url] - it is a library dedicated to collect novels and short stories of the Science-Fiction and Fantasy genre as well as fairytales, adventure novels, fanzines and lots more. They also offer courses on writing, reading, working with theories from Science-Fiction novels and more...! Sound interesting? Oh yes, it is. I'd just LOVE to move there. Because, well... everyone who knows me knows that books are one of my favourite addictions. I can be unnerving when browsing bookstores and I always have at least one book in my purse.
Care to see some of the photos I took?

Mittwoch, 18. Dezember 2013

Comforter for cold days

Hello, my dear readers!
In the past chilly days I caught myself a cold. As I have to work nonetheless I am coming up with loads of things to fight the cold back - ginger tea, a lot of honey, vegetable stew, and so on.
Today I made a comforting apple punch! It smells delicious and is so, so easy to make!
Probiert es aus, es ist ganz leicht! ;)

You need:
1l apple juice / 1l Apfelsaft
juice from 1 Orange / Saft einer Orange
1tsp gingerbread spice / 1 TL Lebkuchengewürz
1pinch ground ginger / 1 Prise gemahlener Ingwer
1tbsp vanilla sugar / 1EL Vanillezucker
2-3 pinches ground cinnamon / 2-3 Prisen gemahlenen Zimt

Mix the juices in a pot, add vanilla sugar, gingerbread spice, ginger and a part of the cinnamon.
Turn on the heat and warm it up, stirring occasionally.
Taste, and put in more cinnamon or gingerbread spice if desired. A spoonful of honey might be nice for a a sweeter version!
I would have liked to try this with whole sticks of cinnamon or star anise, but I didn't have any. So I chose the quicker way ;)
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Die Säfte in einem Topf mischen, Vanillezucker, Lebkuchengewürz, Ingwerpulver und einen Teil des Zimtes einrühren.
Herd einschalten und die Mischung heiß werden lassen. Gelegentlich umrühren.
Probieren und nach Geschmack mehr Zimt oder Lebkuchengewürz hinzufügen. Honig schmeckt sicher auch gut in dieser Mischung! Lasst es euch schmecken <3

Enjoy at a nice winter day! (or at a not so nice one. Your choice!)

Mittwoch, 9. Oktober 2013

Halloween Preparations

Hello, dear readers!

I am back from my holidays and some working days (I had to stock up *sighs*) and before I show you some photographs of my most favourite city, I would like to show you what I have been up to today.
Since last year, my mother really likes the time before Halloween. She doesn't like pumpkins or the color orange, but she likes the glow of the carved images. Last year, I carved a house and trees with a full moon and an owl and bats... this year, it was rather elaborate.

This year's theme of the Pumpkin: A Hobbit House!
Finest pumpkin-splatter-party you can imagine! I was covered in chips of orange pumpkin peel.More pictures under the cut! :D

Dienstag, 24. September 2013

Beginner Lolita: Volume 1

Hello, my dear readers!

As I told you in my last post, I am beginning to build up a lolita wardrobe. I discovered the fashion some years ago in about 9th or 10th grade, when I returned from a trip to Paris finding I was only one floor below an Angelic Pretty Shop in LaFayette. Before my first trip to London I bought a gothic lolita dress second hand from my saved pocket money, but... well, the neckline was too low and it's a bit short, so it doesn't look very good on me although I did like wearing it *haha* I never had the money to buy any more clothes though, so I learned a lot by reading every website I could find. I read the Lolita Handbook, various tutorials and articles on LiveJournal, Blogs, everything. Since I started university with Japanese Stuies, I came in touch with pop culture even more and I so wanted to dress up in this wonderful style.
Now that I have a job to afford paying for a vacation on my own, I saw it as a chance to try it. I ordered four dresses from Bodyline... but it's not as simple as that. It took me about two weeks to decide. Why?
Well, here are my choosing points, or,

The Beginner "Lolita-on-a-budget"s Wardrobe Choice Checklist

This is for my choice of dresses/lolita pieces and does not cover staple pieces at the moment.
  • What kind of base colour do I want to use? Some things are staples of a wardrobe, so you need to combine. Always. For example, I love my comfortable black shoes and I have a lot of black tights, alongside to black jewellery/hair accessories. So why bother to buy a whole new set of this stuff if I can use it as foundation for my lolita wardrobe? So I stuck to black.
When choosing the clothes on a website 
  • Which designs do I like? Is the price acceptable? I opened all dresses with prices within my budget (For Bodyline, I did not want to buy a dress for more than 40€) and wich looked nice in the tumbnail picture. Looking at them in detail I eliminated some which did not suit my taste.
  • Are the dresses available in my size and in the colour scheme I like? Sadly, this too eliminates a lot of dresses and skirts. You still can find loads of sweet lolita stuff on Bodyline, I have the feeling that dresses are never really sold out in the pink hues, but if you are looking for sax blue or mint or even black, sometimes you just have bad luck. 
  • Does it go with black/my base colour? Well, this is important if you can only afford three to four pieces in that one order. Wich dress is the most versatile? Of course you can buy matching purse and shoes and socks later, but in the beginning, every dress should at least look good with the one pair of shoes I have. This narrowed down my choice to about six or seven pieces. 
  • How bad do I want it? Will I like it for some time? Sometimes you just want that dress because the print is so nice. But will you like the print on you? Or might heart-shaped waffles topped with whipped cream and cherries (completely made up XD) just look weird on you? I stuck for rather plain pieces with no print or a classy flower print, suitable for both elegant dark and cute and romantic styles, with nice details. The only dress that was out of the line was the adorable blue one with the cat-and-birdcage print. I just fell in love with it. And hey, it goes with black!
  • Total cost and customs. You have to keep that in mind. In Germany, if you order for more than about 120€ in total you have to not only pay VAT but also a customs fee - so I forced myself to stay beneath this price. It's better for my bank account, too *haha* I deleted some dresses - and then my order was ready!
The skirt on the right is bought second hand. The dresses are my choice and I am very happy - all of them fit, the black one is very elegant and toned down, the blue one rather casual, the red JSK for when I feel like dressing up a bit and the mint one is just so adorable and cute!
So these are the first 'real' pieces of my lolita wardrobe and my personal starting point into the fashion. Now I have to combine them to make nice outfits! It's learning by doing, isn't it?

Thank you for reading ♥
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