lessons in denim

August 16, 2014 § 1 Comment

I’ve talked a lot about my unquenched love for denim on Chictopia. My latest denim obsession is the lazy day jeans. A little loose, high waisted, rugged and worn in. Unfortunately you can’t just drop by a Zara to get the perfect pair of everyday jeans. Not to mention that the back of a pair of high waisted jeans are the least forgiving thing on a woman.

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August 10, 2014 § 3 Comments

Cos dress, Ananias sandals

My iPod was in a box in my closet collecting dust for years since I became a grown up and got an iPhone, but after starting a whole jog exercise thing (never say never!), I unboxed it. So, I rediscovered podcasts and saw that Aisha Tyler had her own podcast called Girl on Guy. I LOVED her in interviews I had seen and found out she’s actually so much more thoughtful when you get to really listen to her for longer than the standard punch-out-ten-jokes interview time. She interviews comedians, producers and actors for an hour and a half and ends every show with the guest’s embarrassing self-inflicted wounds story. If you’re a lost twenty something, or thirty something, or sixty something, and you like comic book nerd stuff – listen to Girl on Guy. Aisha Tyler is a hilarious comedian and she’s also hot which is totally relevant to a podcast.

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what to eat, see and do in berlin (part 1)

August 4, 2014 § 2 Comments

berlin circus

Let me backtrack to why my fiancé and I suddenly went on a trip to Europe with just 1.5 months notice. The short version of the story goes like this: I quit my job and I desperately wanted to go abroad and detox and be somewhere where I’m a complete outsider and look at art and all that stuff that detoxing entails. Somewhere in that time I got engaged, which also led to me feel like: oh, shit, I’m engaged, soon to have a wedding, with no job, but I’m spending $3,000 on a trip to Europe. Smart. So, we went to Europe, it was awesome, and I did look at art and stuff.

Our first stop was Berlin, a beautiful city with plenty of scenic parks, great museums, good food, excellent public transportation, and the added perk of stylish people with great taste. We fell in love with Berlin the moment we walked the streets of Mitte – I mean, I did at that moment. Birkenstocks and makeup-less women are the norm there!

When planning our itinerary, I found that most blogs and online reviews led us to the wrong places (especially Yelp in Berlin – Yelp reviewers who are visiting Berlin review some very average restaurants very highly). We’re into nice parks, art, design, good food and style so if you’re going to Berlin and are into the same things, hopefully this list will help you out.

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personal style and do you have it?

August 3, 2014 § 1 Comment

I recently watched this talk by British Vogue on personal style, featuring interviewees Alexa Chung, Amanda Harlech and Lucinda Chambers. Hearing their responses to questions such as “what is chic?” and “what is personal style?” is insightful. For one, the word “chic” gets used so often to describe style and fashion, and after listening to this talk I had the realization that what many define as “chic” is usually something entirely different – when it’s more like a sub-group of people who dress, well, understated, or what is most commonly seen as French. It’s a good talk and well worth the background-noise-listen as you browse your Tumblr feed or wash the dishes.

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