Saturday, October 6, 2012

Establishing my new home

I am writing you from my new home! I moved into the student dorm located in the university campus of Mainz (Maguncia). Everything is new and exciting right now - I get to know new people every day and I am so busy doing nothing that I have barley time to eat or sleep!

My room is very nice. I am not finished with decorating it yet and most of my clothes and stuff are still at my parents home (250 km from here). But I want to show you all at least a sneak peek of my room

Well as a some-day-to be film scholar this is my shrine!
The jewellery corner
the cutest carousel :)

Ah, and of course a random picture of me and Mona Lisa :)

PS: I brought my vintage sewing mashine with me, but I have to admit I had no time to use it yet. But because I mentioned that I sew, the guys I live with (in a shared flat - I am the only girl among 7 men!) want me to sew them bathrobes :D

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sorry! Blogger enervates me...

I am sorry guys, I am trying to change some "labels" and I seem to have some problems with this new blogger system, because I am messing it up!
I hope to manage it soon :)

Inspiration in yellow and turquoise...

A new home.
A new town.
A new life.
I will go to university.
I will get to know new people.
I will grow.

And to face all those exciting (but also a bit terrifing) experiences ahead of me with more calmness, I want my room to be my oasis of cosiness and my safe place. That in mind I thought a lot about colours. Its not like I could let my creativity run free, a low budget and dorm rules (like "no wall paint") retain me. But I am sure that I will feel home there very soon and I look forward to a change!

Here is my inspirational-mood-board

I love Sybil - that Wallpaper is so beautiful!
this is the perfect room decoration! - Sorolla, Van Gogh

a modcloth dress I utterly adore! - such a cool idea for an original mirror!

I wish I could paint the walls in my room, but the dorm is strict! - Pushig daisies makes me happy... and hungry for a pie!
I saw this beauty in the Prado Museum and it was love at first sight! Doña Amalia
(Unfortunatly all pictures where in my "inspiration" file folder and I can't link them back, let me know if you are better informed ;) )

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A sunny sunday in Madrid! (Part 2 - Retiro, museums etc.)

Madrid is a beautiful city! The architecture is amazing, there are very interesting museums, the nightlife is famous for its variety - and if you want to relax and enjoy nature you don't have to travel far, because in the middle of the vibrant town centre you can find the "Retiro".

el Retiro - you can really relax there!
El Retiro is a huge a park that belonged to the spanish monarchy until late 19th century when it became a pubic park. The main features of the park are the Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace), an artificial lake, several sculptures, the rose garden and the Palacio de Velázquez.

the crystal palace
The Crystal Palace is simply magic! The building seems to be delicate and fragile, the shafts of sunshine break through the glass and disperse... but on the other hand the palace survived over a century and in contrast to the much more unromantic present this edifice imparts a feeling of resistance, like a contemporary witness telling about glorious times in another decade (you know, I can be very passionate about architecture sometimes lol.)

They do exhibitions here. A few years ago they layed up the flor with mirrors. I wish I could have seen that!

The building beneath is the "Palacio de Velazquez. They do exhibitions there as well, but the interior space itself its worth to see.

Palacio de Velázquez
 The botanical garden was nice, but some areas were a bit uncared-for if you ask me.

bontanical garden near the Retiro (3Euro entrance)
The day I explored the city the finale of the "Vuelta a España" (Tour of Spain) took place. Some main streets were blocked and many fans came to see their bicycle-heroes flash past! I was curious so I stepped forward to the barrier, that was the moment when everyone began to shout "Viene Contador! Allí viene Contador!" ("Contador is coming! There is Contador!"). And I may not be an expert but I knew he was the guy winning the tour. So lucky me, without expecting it, saw the highlight ;)

by chance I saw the winner (Contador) flashing past :D
I wanted to see the "Hopper" exhibition (Thyssen Museum) that day, but the tickets were sold out. So I visited the famous and enormous "Prado" museum.
The Fashion/Costume Museum is actually one of my favorites among all museums I ever visited, so I had to go again this time. Sadly it was prohibited to take photos there (as well as in the Pardo), but if you are interested in Costume History you should definetly see it. It is fashion paradise (beginning with medival fashion till present)!

So that was my day in Madrid. Sadly I didn't make it another day, but I assure you the time I spent with my grandma instead was worth it as well ;)

I hope you can find the time (and money) to visit Madrid someday :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

A sunny sunday in Madrid! (Part 1 - El Rastro)

My time in Madrid was wonderful! I spent a great week with my "yaya" (granny) and her sister, they live together and are the most adorable couple ever! I really do miss the chess matches with my yaya, or them discussing fervent over wether the presenter of the tv quiz is handsome or not.
Now I am back home and in the process of moving into my first own domicile (a room in a student hostel), but more about that later this week :)

So what did I do in Madrid, except from meeting countless members of my family? Well, I walked through the streets till my feet were bleeding, literally! I started my city tour sunday at 10am and got home barely able to set one foot in front of the other at 7pm.

And here is my city tour in pictures

using the "metro" - in a short amount of time where ever you want to be in Madrid :)
I started my tour at the "rastro", one of europes most famous flea markets
I own a similar leather bag so I stopped myself from buying another... maybe I regret it now... just a bit...
You see this two beauties? Well, I bought the girl and continued walking through the streets. But as I passed the same booth again one our later, I heard her whining in my bag. She missed her other half, so I had to give in. Now they live happy together on my bookshelf :)
Somewhere between booths there was this amazing vintage shop!
It seems I found another personal heaven!
this shop was really romantic and magical...
I LOVE dollhouses and even more in pastels :)  (this is a different shop, a gypsy selled antique fabrics here - I wish I could have bought some, but it would have turned out difficult to take it home - hand baggage limits blabla)
the painting is cool... I didn't notice it till now :D
Yeah, the rastro is great! There is an area for antiques, there are booths with new stuff, shops with furniture, a plaza where people meet to exchange collectible cards/sticker etc.
The only negatives are, that it is a very crowded event and you should always be careful with your bag/wallet because there are organized pickpockets!

(City tour to be continued...)

I want to go back and buy them ALL!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

My plane departs in a few hours

Yes, I'll be off again for a week, because I am visiting my family in Madrid!
And I want to go to the "Fashion Museum", the Sorolla museum, explore the city and the "rastro" (one of the biggest flea markets in europe), if I get some freetime between all the family meetings ahead of me.

So see you soon, lovley readers! I am sorry for leaving my blog again, but I promise to come back with some good stuff :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Amsterdam - 1953 Retro and Chic

I am tempt to say that this is the best vintage shop in Amsterdam, but sadly it seems more likely to say the best vintage ... museum - because actually it is far too expensive (70 for a 60s blouse, 150€ for a rather simple dress...) but I could have spent hours there just admiring the treasures!

Ready to go in there? Well, then follow me ;)

It felt like entering my personal idea of heaven!

All those cute dresses! A 50s frock hanging next to a "downton abbey" gown!

And oh my favorites: the cabinets filled with antique obects!

I am still in love!

So if you visit Amsterdam go there (here is a link) and be prepared to fall in love! Maybe you have to part (like I did) heart broken, because you could not afford your favorite treasure, but I assure you, its worth a visit ;)
And if you have money you want to spent on something beautiful, you will find it there for sure!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Amsterdam - Tuschinski (Art Déco Movie Theatre)

We were just exploring Amsterdam, walking through the streets randomly, when suddenly a building caught my eye. Back in the hotel I looked it up in our guidebook and saw a picture of the inside. Then I read that the Tuschinski was still a movie theatre and we decided right away we had to visit it!
The next day we've bought the tickets saying "Hello, we would like to watch a movie in the big auditorium. It is quite irrelevant to us which movie".

I had to do a panorama of this, isn't it the most beautiful cinema you've ever seen?!
So we watched "The Dark Knight Rises" from the upper balcony (drink and snack of your choice included). I could not decide where to watch. The architecture or the movie?! It was really the best visit to a movie theatre I can think of! The movie was all right, the seats comfortable, the atmosphere enchanting, the "Grolsch" (dutch beer) delicious!

via (entrance)
"The interior and exterior are a spectacular mix of styles, as designed by Hijman Louis de Jong; Amsterdam School, Jugendstil, Art Nouveau and Art Déco. The main auditorium is considered as one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world. The building contains Asian influences while the lobby was designed in a way to offer theatergoers the feeling that they are stepping into an illusion."

"The Tuschinski's main auditorium has served as both a movie theater and a live performance space since its opening. In addition to a film screen, it also contains a stage and an organ."

You can read the history of the Tuschinskie here. It's very interesting as well as a bit sad (during the German occupation...).

(Photo 1, 3 and 4 are not taken by me. My camara coud not take many decent photos because of the dimly lights. I linked the images back, so no harm intentend - quotes wikipedia - ah, and maybe someone noticed I use photobucket now. Well, my "blogger storage space" is full. To admit I did not even knew there was one... I hope Photobucket was a good choice :) ...)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Amsterdam - Museum Van Loon

the Garden and the Coach House

The Museum "Van Loom" was my favorite among all I've been in Amsterdam. In one of the finest canal houses of the city people can get a glimpse of what life was in the 17th century for a rich Amsterdam family.

In the heart of Amsterdam on the Keizersgracht stands the house of the regent family Van Loon (Willem van Loon co-founded the Dutch East-India Company in 1602).

And now prepare for lots and lots of photos:

My favorite room! I could have spend hours there!

"Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672 by the architect Adriaen Dortsman. The first resident was painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt. The interior of the house has remained largely intact during the last centuries and still evokes the splendor of the Golden Age."



"In the rooms, a large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silvery and porcelain from different centuries is on display. Behind the house is a beautiful garden, an oasis of quiet in the modern inner city. The garden is laid out in formal style, and is bordered on the far side by the classical façade of the coach house"



"The canal house came into possession of the family in 1884, when the Honourable Hendrik van Loon purchased it for his son Willem as a wedding present. The family’s rich history can be gleaned from the large collection of portraits in the museum, the oldest dating back to the 16th century"


And that are not even all of the rooms! I really do recommend you to go there and discover the many beautiful spots this Museum has to offer. I promise you wont be disappointed! In my opinion it is far more interesting and lovley than the big and opulent palace!

the entrance (quotes taken from website)
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