Berlin Stories

What a week-end! Sebastian Schipper isn’t wrong in his awarded film Victoria.Berlin nights are a specialty and I bet what happens in Berlin will never occur to you anywhere else!

Berlin Lesen Geschäft Berlin Stories Spatzen aufräumen Berlin StoriesThe Gaslight Anthem concert on Thursday was a blast. It was so good I even forgot to take a picture. That says it all! We spend our Friday with Brunch at “Frau Anna Blume”. A nice Café in Prenzlauer Berg with a variety of breakfast options! Included were our small bird-servants who cleaned our table already while we were still eating. Save your bread anyone!

Berlin StoriesWe spend the day wandering through Prenzlauer Berg until it was time for the Midsommar celebrations to begin.

Berlin Stories Berlin Stories Berlin Stories Berlin StoriesThe “Bikini Berlin” is an innovative shopping mall concept. It’s an amazing building full of small designer stores. And it is just near the Zoo. So there’s a big window where you can watch apes. Or they can watch you. The rooftop reminds me a little of the “High Lane” in New York!

Berlin StoriesAnd there in the Bikini I met my friend Betty who takes care of her sisters clothing store “Sara Lux” right now! I’ll do a little feature about this shop for Lilac&Vermilion!

Berlin Stories Berlin is full of friends. So after 5 years Tobi and I took the same picture in front of the same Graffiti again. It still exists!

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I managed to bind a formidable flower crown. And refused to take it off for the whole night!

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Berlin Stories Berlin StoriesThere was cider, and not-so-typical-but-so-good food, swedish Midsommar games and a perfect final group-picture in the end.

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After the bucket-challenge Tobi and Lucas decided that one swedish quest was enough. So they burned the Gothenburg quiz I wanted to take as well 😦

Berlin StoriesOf course there was dancing around the pole. Thank you Norr Magazin and From Up North! The evening was so much fun!

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Because of the cold we went on to a bar in Kreuzberg. Somehow we managed coming home around 7 in the morning as we tried to help one of Tobi’s friends to find a way back into his apartment, drove around half the town to get his spare key…and drunk some “Pfeffi” (a disgusting mint snaps) from a “Späti” (a supermarket where you can buy stuff 24/7) What a night! What a midsommar party!

Hej Berlin, Hej Swedish Sommar

Time to pack my bags for Berlin. I’ll be seeing The Gaslight Anthem live, be part of the biggest Midsommar celebration outside of Sweden and will hopefully have a good time at several flea- and food markets.

Midsummer, also known as the Summer Solstice is the longest day and longest night and marks the beginning of summer in Scandinavia.

There are many rituals connected to this day, such as dancing around the maypole, which is covered in flowers, biding crowns of local flowers and feasting and drinking and dancing the whole night. It’s a special day as everyone is happy and just celebrating that the long winter is finally over. If I’d be in Scandinavia right now I’d probably celebrate Midsommar in some Summer Stuga (a small holiday house) with good friends and a big buffet of Swedish food. I’ll be finally in Sweden in August. Until then Germany hast to suffice!

So let’s see what Berlin has to offer!

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I already heard that one can bind their flower crowns right at the festival. So maybe they will tell people there as well this old ritual, that girls pick up seven different kind of flowers and put them under their pillow at night so they will dream of their future love…Midsommar is such a romantic and spiritual day. Let’s see if it is as cheerful in Berlin as it is in Sweden.

midsommar food fish rödlok forellrom recept delicious

Matjessillcheesecake med rödlök, dill och forellrom from recept.se

Midsommar Flowercrown Celebration Sweden

Flower Crown for the Midsommar Evening. Here is a tutorial to a beautiful simple one.

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Sweden is just so beautiful during the summer

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Midsommar is also the celebration of love. Today it’s all about to finally meet your crush and tell them about your feelings. Or just to take someone home with you.

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I was scared of pretty Girls and starting Conversations

Have you ever been with your head so much into your work you forgot you had food on the stove? Well that’s just me at the moment. Been there, done that. Just now.

So while waiting for my analog festival pictures to be ready I’ll keep you busy with some other stuff.

Today that will be the best power drink ever. For you to try. So you will be able to handle cooking and working at once 😉

Lemon Summer Power Drink Lemon Summer Power Drink

Oh and yes it is as simple as it looks like:

– One organic lemon

– some home-grown mint

– some fresh, organic ginger

– some nice open can to put everything into (mine is from IKEA)

– tadaa!

Lemons give you a boost of Vitamin C while the Mint is cooling your body temperature. The fresh Ginger on top reduces your craving for something sweet (as it always overcomes me when I’m stressed). And overall a can full of fresh ingredients smelling of lemon suddenly evokes this relaxing summer feeling you just need after a day full of work.

Or after this #GameOfThronesFinal ! That’s something we all need something cooling as well. For all our hopes and dreams melted like..well…Snow.

One more reason to make yourself a Power Drink – whatever helps a series junkie through the ups and downs of his fictional worlds!

WHAT TO WEAR?: at Rock im Park

Finally! We have arrived in 2015s festival season! I’ll be at Rock im Park, a Bavarian festival near the fabulous city of Nürnberg. The most bands who enter the stage here are Rock, Alternative or Metal acts. I’m totally looking forward to see In Flames, Foo Fighters and Slash live!

Although I already talked about the right festival “fashion” last year: here comes another post. Why? Because all those Fashion Blogs give unrealistic outfit-inspirations for a three-day Rock festival. Rock im Park is loud, crowded and dirty. So you won’t take your most beloved clothes with you. At least I don’t.

Here comes my suggestion:

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Ripped Jeans, boots to keep your feet save and dry, a small bag for some water and tissues (remember: there are only Dixi toilets!), an instant camera, so you wont lose your good one and of course some accessorizes to make you feel good!

And when the temperatures are rising:

Black shorts are perfect as you will be sitting around and waiting for the bands to start a lot. The combination of Bralet, Shirt and Blouse gives you the opportunity to get rid of layers of clothing. One thing at a time. And Chucks are so much better than sandals. Trust me, there will be people jumping on your feet.

By the way, I made a playlist with all the songs I definitely want to hear in two weeks, give it a try 🙂

What are your festival must-haves? Anything I could forget about?

Tell me something I can hold onto forever and never let go. Let go.

Rain calls for Netflix, tea and some sweets? But what if you’ve already seen all available series episodes? And are looking for something new? And fitting for a rainy day? And want to see Blake Lively not only in your next re-run of Gossip Girl?

Then I have a solution. New in the theaters (at least in Germany) is “The Age of Adaline” a moving story about a women who can’t age. But without the annoying vampire-twilight-stuff. What would you do if the world around you changes but you just can’t? What about your loved ones? “It’s not the same when there’s no growing old together. Without that, love is just heartbreak.”, Adaline states. Maybe humanities dream of agelessness has its flaws after all…

Have fun watching! And tell me how you liked it!

My favorite will always be Benjamin Button, when it comes to movies and stories about aging 🙂

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Hell of a dress. That’s the thing about movies with Blake. She obviously has an amazing stylist.

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Still Blake is sitting on some stares. But without the mean gossip-girl schemes this time.

Ellis Jones: So, where are you off to?
Adaline Bowman: Some place with better food, my apartment… Yourself?
Ellis Jones: Back to the party, I just wanted to spend 27 floors with you.

WHAT TO WEAR?: in italy

amore mio - italian travel style
Italy calls for a stylish travel outfit. I put together a set with things that I think are not only quite functional for exploring all the old little cities of this amazing country, but also look nice for visiting a good restaurant and have a “sundowner” in of the busy bars neat the harbor. Not to warm, not to cold. Perfect for temperatures about 25 degrees. A bag where you can easily fit a bottle of water in, yet it’s cross-body so you won’t have to carry it in your hand all day. Because you’ll need your hands to take photographs of the picturesque scenery around you!

Uniqlo loose top
€28 – uniqlo.com

Lee high rise skinny jeans
€115 – johnlewis.com

Nine West strap sandals
€73 – ninewest.com

MANGO cotton shoulder bag
€110 – mango.com

Ray-Ban aviator glasses
€165 – stylebop.com