Sonntag, 10. Februar 2019 | / | Kommentieren
It's been a while. And while I'm slowly starting to type on my keyboard again and letter by letter appears on the screen, I feel it was about time to publish something on the blog again.
I have actually written quite a lot in the past. But more in my diary/journal/callitwhateveryoulike instead of 'publicly' on the internet. I was craving paper under my hands and a pen between my fingers. I was craving for analog life if that is an expression, that could sum up the past months.
Today, I wrote down a question in my journal. "What keeps you alive", it says. Life kept me alive lately. And that is, by far, the most enriching and inspiring thing that can happen to any human being, in my opinion.

That doesn't mean that there haven't been any troubles, no anxiety, no stress. There has been a lot of this too. Especially at the end of summer, late August until late September. There has happened a lot of changes, decisions, followed by consequences. Most of them, I took on myself. I started figuring out a lot and I started to take care of my own life a little bit more. I moved to Vienna, to a nice apartment, searched for roommates, found two amazing ones who make me smile every time we're meeting in the kitchen. I worked, commuted from Vienna to Graz almost every single weekend just for work until I had to quit simply because it took too much of my energy. I spent lots of time with friends, made new friends, met with friends I haven't seen for several years.

Oh, and a new year. 2019. Crazy shit. What has happened to the old year, to the year, that made me take so many risks at once, that taught me how to stay alive? What happened to the year, that let me do things I didn't dare before?

I summed it up on the 31st of December while sitting on the second floor on a sofa in my so beloved Swedish hometown. On a day, when I finally had the serenity to reflect on my lovely lived life.

a year of joy, beautiful adventures,
new experiences, lovely people, changes, decisions,
and a year ahead,
seeming to get no less exciting.

Down here, you see a picture of me. It's a very old, yet unpublished picture of me wrapped in clingfilm (had to google that word). It was for an art project at my former school. It's inspired by a similar picture Annie Leibovitz took of some guy, probably someone famous. Can't remember his name.
A not very current link to an interview with Annie Leibovitz, unfortunately only in German. I like her answer to the first question.
Anyways, this picture means quite a lot to me. Every time I stumble across it on my computer, I feel and think differently about it. Let's call it 'Freedom of feeling' this time.

march recap

Montag, 9. April 2018 | / | 7 Kommentare
(1) Jeans 'Kimberley Slit' Kings of Indigo via (2) Lena Seamless Bralette via Essentials for Zula (3) Jäckle & Hösle

March started with a quite spontaneous but very beautiful trip to Vienna, where I and my friend Laura met another friend of ours, Elena. I took the bus Friday evening when Laura and Elena came home from work and walked to Elena's beautiful apartment (luckily I could find my way quite easily thanks to Laura's great description because it was freezing cold outside and I really didn't want to stay any longer outside than needed). I've actually never seen Elena for long before, we met just shortly once. But it was so nice to spend the weekend with lovely friends and to talk lots 'girly stuff'. Saturday was fully packed, we visited two different Vintage clothes fleamarkets, where I bought a beautiful small black shoulder bag for 8€ and a dark blue oversized (super comfy!!!) sweater for 9€. Really happy with my finds. While we went to an Asian restaurant, we walked by an English Cinema and saw that they'd play Call Me By Your Name just one hour later. We decided spontaneously to go and watch it and oh my god, what a great movie! Huge recommendation for everybody, go and watch this movie, it's amazing and worth to see. Timotheé Chalamet is a great young actor and I would have loved to see him receiving an Oscar.
On Sunday it was already time to go back because I had to work in the evening. But still, it was a beautiful trip and having seen Elena's apartment, I've got even more excited to maybe soon live and study in Vienna myself. Also, I'm hoping that me, Laura and Elena are going to meet each other soon again, we have already been making plans for the near future.

But I made an even bigger trip in March than traveling to Vienna. I visited Oslo and my dear friend Paula, who currently lives there. It was such a beautiful trip, filled with activities, laughter and deep talks, good food and meeting new people. I really enjoyed these five days and was kinda sad to leave the city and Paula. Although she and her friend Fabian from Uruguay, who is also working and living in Oslo, flew to Austria just two days after my return, as they were spending the Easter holidays here. I'm planning on writing an extra post about my time in Oslo, probably also with some info about the city and tips on how to get there.

The last month was in general very filled with meeting friends again. For example, I met Irina over a very good Asian dinner to congratulate her on her birthday a little in advance. Then I slept over at my friends Kristin's place and we spent the night together with some friends. On the same evening, a small personal change has happened too: Kristin cut me bangs! And I love my new hairstyle, never had bangs before but as Kristin is currently doing an apprenticeship at a hairdresser, she got to practice and I got a different look with which I'm super happy. :)
Not to forget the two coffee-and-cake dates I had with Magda (she got her driving license and drives so well, I was extremely impressed, as I still suck at this whole driving-thing) and we talked for hours while eating super yummy waffles at a café that she showed me. And I met Laura, actually my colleague at work but for sure as much a friend as a colleague, over a cup of super tasty Chai Latte and we agreed that we have to repeat this very soon. A little shooting can't be missing in my monthly recap, I met Jakob and we took around thousand pictures. Still, haven't had the time to look through them - and who knows when that's gonna happen anyway, as my next couple of weeks are fully planned already. I'm gonna work as usual, take my last eight hours of driving lessons split up on four dates (finally got a date for the driving test, I'm gonna be done by 30th of April if everything goes alright - fingers crossed!), do some stuff for my exchange student organisation and last but not least write my admission test at the university in Vienna on 24th of April (fingers crossed for that day too please) for which I still have to prepare and study.

Even though the month of March has been quite busy (but in a very good way!), I still got the time to do a little "fashion research" on the internet. I found two pieces which now are on top of my wishlist. One is this seamless bralette from Essentials for Zula (I started doing some workouts and a multifunctional and good-looking bralette like that would be a perfect addition) and the other one is this pair of Jeans from Kings of Indigo. I do have several jeans, although not a single one which fits perfectly. They are currently on sale too!
Recently, I came across an interesting webshop as well, it's called House of Dagmar, located in Sweden and although their items are quite pricey, the designs and their sustainable approach are definitely to recommend.

Sure, there are more pages to recommend! Time for my five favorite blog posts/articles from last month.
  • A great article published on the homepage of German newspaper "Die Zeit" that makes you think about how much the work of artists and all kinds of creative workers is worth. And a suggestion that people who create and people who consume value this work a little more, not only with words and prayers but with actual and fair payment.
  • Vreni from Jäckle & Hösle takes us through her room and not only are the interior pictures super inspiring (giving me lots of ideas for my own apartment) but also her words are carefully chosen to describe her relationship to this room.
  • Masha Sedgwick always makes me wonder about society and their prejudices. It's quite often that I don't share her opinion, also in this blog post, there are some parts where I could agree and some, where I think she's mixing things up. In addition to the topic in her Sunday post that Influencers have got no talents whatsoever, I read another article in "Die Zeit" which made me think of Masha's post again. Interesting to read and to look at it from different angles!
  • Christine Polz shared some very helpful photographing tips and now I really want to experiment with night sky photography as well.
  • How many times have I already recommended the blog Flying Away?! I don't know, but it doesn't really matter anyway, I'm just gonna keep recommending it. This time, a beautiful post filled with stunning pictures from Madeira.