Hey People Tree, I’m ready for summer!
Over here in Germany, summer doesn’t want to join us this summer. It’s rainy, it’s cold, the weather is changing daily. I’m still waiting for a chance to get out my shorts and summer dresses. Until then, dressing means layers, layers, layers. As you know, I’m not the biggest fan of super-hot days either, but T-shirt weather would be much appreciated. Gladly, People Tree stocks the right clothes for this weather: Easy to layer up and still light-weight enough to make you feel at least a bit summery.
On one of the few warm, but still kind of rainy days we already had a lot of this year, Birte and I headed out for some pizza and outfit photos. Since it was my first time shooting pictures in Bonn, I was definitely a bit nervous! Our Old Town is full of cute little houses and hidden alleys, so it’s perfect for outfit shots in my opinion. I’m really looking forward to exploring this city and finding more spots soon.
As for the outfit: I’m quite happy that more and more items in my closet are fair and sustainable. Not shopping for high street clothes for over a year now is starting to pay off! I’ve finally reached a point where about 60 percent of my outfit are fair fashion already and the rest are pieces I’ve loved for years already. This makes putting together fair outfits to show you a lot easier!
Skirt, bracelet & shirt: People Tree + Jacket: Pimkie (really old) + Necklace: Victoria & Albert Museum Gift Shop (yes, really) + Shoes: Espadrij l’originale
+ People Tree: Fair fashion label from Great Britain. The garments are made in Bangladesh and India mostly and support local artisans.
+ Espadrij l’originale: Handmade in the French Pyrenees supporting local manufacturers.
+ Pimkie: High street label, probably not sustainable or fair trade.
A short and sweet weekend post from me today! This has been a good week: I handed in my thesis yesterday, the weather was finally nice for a whole week and it’s my birthday tomorrow. I’m on my way home to my parents right now so the birthday celebrations can begin. I’m taking it very slow this year: The day starts with a long breakfast in the morning, before going for a pedicure and relaxing. In the afternoon, I’m going for a hike with my family and then we’re having burgers and beer in the evening! Very chill but exactly what I want and need. I’m celebrating with friends later on and already have plans for that to. Live is good :)
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1 | Last Saturday, I went for a long hike (we were out all day!) with a good friend from Düsseldorf. We talked a lot about so many important and not so important topics. It felt so good to talk and move and enjoy the sun – the perfect day. Can’t wait to get out again soon!
2 | Sunday was great and relaxing as well, can life just stay like this? Leisurely days of drinking coffee, reading, going for a run, meeting friends, I love it!
3 | We had a workshop on project management at work this week which was very interesting but also so complex! Which resulted in me just getting home and being ready for bed (or a couple of Good Wife episodes and then bed). I really hope to be able to use some of my new knowledge soon!
4 | I finally found a great (simply black) bathing suit this week – can’t wait to hit the beach now next week!
5 | Yesterday, I tried making my own tortilla wraps (instead of just buying them at the store). They were tiny so filling them was hard, but so yum! I’ll definitely try again. I would definitely recommend making your own as well, because it makes having burritos so much easier. It’s a great food for Sunday night: All you need is flour, water, salt and oil – and your filling of course.
And that’s it! I hope you have a great weekend!
These pictures just scream summer and coolness, don’t they? Today I’m really happy to introduce Kayla to you for a new Everlasting Apparel feature. I discovered her blog, Audax Journal, a couple of weeks ago (it’s still brand new!) and instantly fell in love with all the colours and the beautiful photography. Kayla is a freelance photographer, so no wonder it looks so great. She’s introducing us to the most beautiful everlasting piece today – a dress she got from her grandma! Read on for more about Kayla, her take on ethical fashion and this beautiful dress. (more…)
Another month is over and it’s officially time for summer reading. I have traveled a lot in June and I got my weekends back by handing in my dissertation so lots of new books for me! Sadly, the books I read this month were nothing more than ‘okay to read’, but that’s life, right? ;)
The Language of Flowers | This book was a beautiful story about a girl who grew up in different foster homes. She never really made friends or felt at home anywhere, apart from one family over ten years ago. They taught her the language of flowers – before something terrible happened. Now she’s trying to make her place in the world and get past her troubled past. I really liked reading this book especially the first half. It gets a bit disappointing at the end, but by then you will love the story enough to keep going.
Go Set a Watchman | It took me a long time to pick up Harper Lee’s sequel of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. The reviews haven’t been the best, especially since Atticus Finch turns out to be a racist like everyone else. Of course, it’s nothing like TKAM both in terms of the storyline and the depth of the story. But it’s still a nice weekend read.
The Chaperone | This is the story of silent movie star Louise Brooks, her chaperone and a summer in New York. The chaperone Cora Carlisle has her very own agenda why she wants to go to New York with Louise. Over the course of a month secrets surface and Cora faces her past. It was a really enjoyable summer read, not my favourite but good for the beach.
The Shadow Year | Another beach read. For some reason I put this book on my Goodreads ‘to read’ list and checked it out at the library over a year later. Please don’t ask me how it ended up on that list. A recommendation on another blog? Maybe. Anyway, to the book: The story is quite gripping, though highly unlikely. It was great for a rainy weekend at home, but nothing that would make you think or teach you something valuable about life. Just – a beach read.
Women In Clothes | I loved ‘reading’ this book! Though it’s less of a story but more like a conversation. It consists of interviews of over 500 women of all ages and social categories. Pictures, stories, style tips – you can find everything in this book. If you love fashion, you will love Women in Clothes as well. If you’re curious: You can find another review on Anoushka’s blog with lots of quotations as well.
What have you been reading in June? Any tips?
Happy weekend – and also happy July (only one more week till my birthday)! I haven’t been online a lot lately, but the past few weeks have definitely been great! Here’s what’s been going on:
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1 | Last weekend my parents came over for a visit. The weather was really bad and felt like autumn almost, but we had a great time with long breakfasts, pizza and a loong museum trip. It was so nice having people around at home and felt really cosy and lovely.
2 | Work is going great at the moment as well. It’s still quite stressful, but I feel like I’m getting the hang of it and actually know what I’m doing (from time to time ;)
3 | I’ve started going to my city’s free outdoor gym this week as well. All summer long you can go to free daily workouts in the park or by the river that are a lot of fun (and did I mention free?). I went three times this week and really hope the weather will stay nice for next week!
4 | Tonight a few of my friends from my old town are coming over for cheese and cocktails and I can’t wait to hang out again, chat and show them where I live! Good times ahead :)
5 | Tomorrow (if the weather stays dry) I’m going hiking with another friend I haven’t seen in ages – also really excited about that. Now that I’ve finished my thesis I’m actually excited about weekends again!
6 | I discovered a really great podcast this week called Love Food. If you’re fed up with diets, and ‘clean eating’ and all that kind of stuff you should definitely check it out – it’s a love letter to food and such a big help if you want to stop controlling what you put into your body.
7 | Another great article I read this week on Refinery 29 on how much your jeans should actually cost: If Your Jeans Are Cheaper Than This, You’ve Got A Problem.
8 | I booked a trip to Amsterdam this week (with two of my friends) in August. It’s only for a weekend but I’m really excited about going again – any tips, please?
I hope you are all having a great (and somewho summery) weekend. What are you guys up to?