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:

Monday, 5 May 2014


Because of the nasty weather we had on sunday we decided to visit the Pictoplasma exhibition in the great Jahn Kaufhaus. I loved all the sweet or spooky little creatures there and wished they could be my pets. Especially the one above.

dress: 60s vintage, vintageshop Madrid
velvet hairbow: DIY
plastic jewelery: 60s vintage, fleamarkets
tights: present from my mom
bag: 60s vintage, fleamarket

 The color of the walls fitted my outfit so well - blue on blue with blue. 
Have a closer look at the fabric of the dress, I really like the watercolour design.

The Jahn Kaufhaus is an old empty lost building which was re-opened just for that one event. 
We loved the architecture and the light installation.

 There are even installations to interact with. 
So go and check it out, when you love comics and digital cuteness and you are in Berlin right now.

 Leave you with some impressions:


Thursday, 1 May 2014

all things yellow


Today my favourite month started and my beloved alley is so beautiful right now, with sunny islands full of daffodils. That inspired me to wear more yellow - what an incredible colour! All things yellow make me happy.

 blouse: 40s vintage, my grannys
skirt and bracelet: Mango, Madrid  

tulips on my desk

hedge on my way to work

my easter decoration 

Of course I visited the fleamarket today - it´s a tradition - and wore the yellow skirt again. 
I found this sweet 50s wall mask. I fell in love immediatly because it has my signature hairstyle.

bag: hookahey, present from a friend
sunglasses: six
daisy set: 60s vintage, ebay
plastic pearls and bangle: 50s vintage, ebay

 But what else I found? 
Vintage lilies and bamboo... so 50s and it´s even Coro signed!

Do you like it? 
Hope you all had a great holiday!