Monday, 20 October 2014

without sorrows

We visited a place without any trouble or sorrows - of course just when you believe in the name of the park in Potsdam: SANS SOUCI. I love the palace of the former Prussian King Friedrich II. in every season. This time we did a little afternoon walk in the autumnal sun.

I wore a homemade late 40s dress that I found on the fleamarket some weeks ago, damaged but cheap. As you vintage girls out there already know, I had to invest some more: money and time for professional cleaning, going to the seamstress and find and sew on vintage buttons to replace the missing and broken ones... but it was worth it. 

dress with pockets: 40s vintage, fleamarket
belt: Vivienne of Holloway
tights: Falke
shoes: 40s vintage, ebay
box bag: 60s vintage, fleamarket

The park is full of statues in a Greek style. 
This one especially makes me think of the demanding, but tolerant, militarist and gay man, Friedrich II.  

Isn't my new 40s brooch sweet? The little letter even has a tiny stamp and some writing on it.

We walked and admired all the castles and buildings in the park until the sun went down. 
This one is called "Belvedere", so romantic!

beaded angora sweater: H&M, years ago
flower headpiece: ebay
glass bangle: 40s vintage, vintage shop

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

farewell summer

 Enjoying the autumn sun on my way to the Mauerpark fleamarket! I love my new homemade 1940s dress from etsy. Especially the fresh colours, the soft lace on the big V-collar and the rosy moonglow button.

Because the sun is not so strong anymore I had to wear tights. These are from What Katie did with pink seams and dotties. Very girly.

Sadly the holiday times are over now but we still remember beautiful Sardenia. 
Cactus pears everywhere, one of my favorite fruits. So I had to...

 top: Fornarina
shorts: Sugarshock

... do a little drawing.

 Wile our roadtrip we stayed overnight in farms or just on the beach.

 playsuit: Heyday Vintage clothing

Had time to feed cute animals...

 dress: Who killed Bambi?
headband: asos

... or just went shopping in the neighborhood.

dress: Folter Clothing
pumps: Miss L Fire

So bye bye carnation headband - welcome hats and capes!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

unexpected findings

shirt: 50s vintage, etsy
pinafore skirt:  nudeedudee via etsy, worn without the straps

What I´m staring at? An urban jungle! Found by accident on our way to an after-work sushi. The tropical temperatures we had in the last weeks in Berlin have let the plants go wild. How nice. Time to wear my original Hawaiian shirt and to dream of our upcoming holiday... 

 bangles: 50s vintage from fleamarkets exept the blue fakelite one from Thepinkbungaloo via etsy
clip ons: real tiny corals from a US vintage shop
I love the hawaiian print: hibiskus + postcards, look at the real coconut buttons!


This summer I treated myself with some Swedish Hasbeens. 
Everything I read about them before is true: they are worth every penny.

On our way back home I had an unexpected find: a 50s vintage 7'' singles holder book. I needed it because of its fancy holiday graphics. It now hosts all my David Bowie singles.

 The other day I wore another "holiday inspired" outfit in the office.  

bag: present from a friend

clip ons: 50s vintage ,
bangles: 50s vintage, fleamarket and etsy
lipstick: Lime Crime

wood sandals: Lasocki

And on my way home the next unexpected find waited for me: this sweet little ballerina from the 40s. She lives now next to the old Leichner Powder advertisement from the 40s in my bathroom. Aren't these findings the best?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

wowsville market

Last sunday we joined a street market in front of the "Wowsville" bar and record shop in Kreuzberg. 
We - that is  just another wardrobe experience plus her husband and me.

Beside the fact that the weather was tropical and most of the expected audience had obviously better things to do than to visit a fleamarket, swimming in a lake or whatever... but we had a lot of fun! 
And I even made some money for my upcoming holidays.

  Look at her, she even looks super sexy in shorts and flats and got so many compliments...

I wore:
blouse & shorts: Heyday
hairflower set: etsy
wooden sling backs: Lasocki
 See the nice organizer lady and some impressions from just another wardrobe experience 's stall: 


Monday, 14 July 2014

time for champions

The passed weeks were so full of excitement! 
It started with the first game of our German soccer team in Brazil. 
I baked this 10 inch high chocolate-marzipan-cake, what a yummy monster. 

Then it was time for the Geschwister Pfister and their 50s-based drag show. 
The aftershow party happend in a gay bar which looked very much like my own home.

dress: 50s vintage, vintage shop
clip ons: 40s vintage, vintage shop
bakelite: 40s vintage, vintage shop and ebay
leggins: drugstore
shoes: 40s vintage, ebay

Three days later, my beloved Dolly Parton was in town!
 I was so happy that I got one of the rare tickets as a christmas present and I was very excited to see her live.

 hairflower: 40s vintage, vintage shop
dress: years ago from a professional dancer's shop
cowboy boots: Buffalo
handbag: 50s vintage, my grannies

Dolly sang all her great emotional songs and I cried a river. Let´s say two. 
And afterwards - great time with drags again. I especially loved their hair and boobs, but Dolly's were bigger. 
Larger then life!

Next on the scedule: Berlin fashion week and the Vintage circus. 
Just another wandrobe experience and I went there to buy... nothing. 
Read the hole story about it in her great blog.

Isn´t she beautiful?
I wore:
dress: 60 vintage, vintage shop
headpiece: 50s vintage, ebay
bag: 50s vintage, vintage shop

But we made the best out of it and I even got the perfect Pin-up body for a minute:

And how this exciting time ended? I think everyone out there already knows.
I put my patriotic eye make up with soccer lashes on and...

We won! World champion feeling all over!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

the versatile dress

When I visited Madrid in March I found a very versatile dress. It´s handsewn, out of a shiny cheap lining fabric without a waistline, just a sweet ruffled detail on the shoulders and a simple collar - I would say it was homemade in the early 50s.

For a night out I styled it with bamboo and early plastic jewelery from the 40s and 50s, a vintage belt and did a Carmen Miranda inspired hairstyle with two buns in the neck and a big front roll. 

hair flowers: DIY
necklace: 40s vintage, ebay
dress: 50s vintage, Madrid
bamboo handle bag: 70s vintage, ebay
pink seamed fishnets: present from mum
sling pumps: Miss L fire

And for a walk in the sun and ice cream I paired the same dress with a cardigan and my everyday pumps.

 sunglasses: 40s vintage, fleamarket
cardigan: 50s vintage, vintage shop in Madrid
wicker bag: 50s vintage, vintage shop in New York

The handmade embroidery on the cardigan is so sweet.

My everyday pumps are those 40s vintage ones, worn with nude seamed fishnets froms What Katie did. This thights were my first buy from WKD years ago, they are still intact and I love the quality of the sewn seams. To show you more, I'm planning a post about my seamed stockings and nylons...

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

UFA Divas: Marika Rökk

I recognized that I unattended my big passion lately: old movies. So I decided to start an UFA-Diva series. 
Let´s begin with Marika Rökk

She was a Moulin Rouge and Broadway dancer before she signed by the Universum Film Studios in Germany. Her image was constructed by the Nazi propaganda as an Hungarian/Austrian counterpart to the Hollywood movie stars like Betty Grable. The slogans sounded like: She has the same humor and charme as the Americans, but a lot more paprika in the blood! You get it? Most of the movies that were produced in the time of the regime of Propaganda Minister Goebbels were very prude with one exception: Marika. She often wore half-naked or exotic costumes.

Let me show you some stills from the movie: "The woman of my dreams" from 1944. While the WWII was in his hard last year and the German army had high casualities, the UFA produced this revue in colour with big efforts. A little escape in a very difficult time...

Marika plays a showstar who needs a time off in the hills. The story is dull, but it contains a contemporary hit-song and the costumes are great. She was pregnant while the film was made, but you can´t see it. 

 I specially love the traditional style... 

 or this high turban with the wide shouldered silverfox fur.

The stage design is so beautiful and Art Deco. The stage costumes reaches from Balinesian dancer...

to a dangerous Spanish lady...

in a seems-like-naked dress...

or glittery floor-length evening robes with oversized hairflowers...

and even a 40s bride.

And of course everything ends up in a cheerfull happy end.

After the war, Marika was banned from the movies because of her closeness to the Nazi regime, but already in 1947 she was rehabilitated and made some more movies and TV shows. But she never reached her stardom from the 30s and 40s.Some people still remember her as a part of Nazi propaganda, others point out her talent.

So lets say goodbye to Marika Rökk with one of her Spanish dance numbers out of "Frauen sind doch bessere Diplomaten" from 1941: