April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

"Forty years after the first Earth Day, the world is in greater peril than ever. While climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, it also presents the greatest opportunity – an unprecedented opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the future."
(Source: http://www.earthday.org/)

Let's make a combined effort to reduce, reuse, recycle in regard to fashion!

April 20, 2010

German cooking: Part 1

During my exchange semester in France, I really missed German food. Which is funny because I usually don't even eat much German food when in Germany. As I don't know whether I will be working in Germany later on, I took the resolution to learn how to cook German food. Today's dish is called "Kartoffelpuffer" in German, I guess this can be best translated as potatoe pancakes. They are really easy to make and you only need a few ingredients.


  • 1 kilogram of potatoes

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 onion

  • salt

  • pepper

Peel the potatoes and grate them not too fine. Add the sliced onion and the 2 eggs. Flavor with pepper and salt. The dough needs actually quite a lot of salt. Heat oil in a pan and bake small pancakes until they are goldenbrown and crispy. You can eat them with sour cream and smoked salmon like on the photo. The traditional German way is with apple sauce, which is really yummy! 

Blog makeover

So, I decided to give my blog a makeover. I wanted one of those I love comments buttons because they always make my day! Happy about how this turned out, I like that is girly but at the same time more simplified. The header and button are from *Cute n Cool* Blog Stuff. They also have really cute backgrounds but I couldn't figure out how to implement them. If somebody does, please let me know!

Unfortunately, I belong to the generation that graduated from high school when computers and internet finally entered. So, everything I know about computers and stuff, I basically had to teach myself. Still working on that :-)

April 18, 2010

Sunday bookmark no. 9

I've been working all week, either at my part-time job or on my master thesis, that I did not find any time to sew something new. But I have 2 skirts, which are both half way finished, so hopefully I will have something new to show at the beginning of next week. After those two, I should definitely start making something other than skirts :-)

Love this week's bookmark! I like how different these necklaces can look depending on the ribbon, chain and beads you choose. And at the same time it is an easy and quick project that can spice up any outfit. Amy from the Style Crush blog posted this great tutorial over on "a beautiful mess".

April 12, 2010

Sunday bookmark no. 8


Oh oh, the first Sunday bookmark on a Monday. I hope this does not become a bad habit...

As I'm currently in skirt love, meaning that all I sew right now are skirts, it is not a wonder that today's bookmark follows this trend. This adorable draped pencil skirt was created by "The House of Mirth" and she delivered the corresponding tutorial on her blog as well.

Happy (Sunday) Monday!

April 11, 2010

Patrones Ferré Skirt

Cardigan: H & M

T-Shirt: Jette Joop

Scarf: Gift

Skirt: Selfmade

Shoes: Deichmann (reheeled)

Today I was meeting some of my friends in Cologne for coffee. I wanted today's outfit to be casual but dressed up as I don't get many reasons to dress up currently because I spend most of the day working on my master thesis.

The skirt is one of my favorite things I have ever sewn. It's a copy from a Ferré designer skirt from Patrones 272 and combines all things fashionable right now bows, exposed zippers and paperbag waists. Here are the original photo and the technical drawing:

Unfortunately, the skirt is not shown on a model and so you can only guess what the finished skirt will look like, while the technical drawing has not much to do with the final result. The pattern is almost straight and so the belt cinches the skirt to a paperbag waist. You can find the detailled review here on pattern review.

Happy sewing!

April 04, 2010

Sunday bookmark no. 7

Today's sewing project is quick and easy and perfect for the coming sunny days. Let's hope that they will come soon to Germany as it only rains right now. You can find the pattern with the instructions at Burdastyle. I used the picture of Burdastyle member Mordecai Logan as her picture was much more pretty than the original ones.
Happy easter!

April 02, 2010

Latest read - Freakonomics


I'm usually the type of person who only reads novels in her free time as I have to read enough non-fictional and technical books for my study course. This book is certainly an exception. I first got it from the library because I thought it might help me in understanding consumer behavior but I quickly noticed that it was not what I was looking for. Nevertheless, I read the whole book in a short time as it is as entertaining as a novel.

Ever thought about why drug dealers are still living with their moms or what teachers and sumo ringers have in common? Me neither, but this book answers these bizarre questions in a very entertaining way backed by factual numbers. The authors certainly present a different point of view on everyday life and focus on the micro- rather than the macro-economics. A very interesting book where each chapter presents a new theory and backs it up by stunning facts.

Happy reading!