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Ich bin euer, Je suis votre compère, I am your host.

“I used to pretend I was someone quite mysterious and fascinating. Then I grew up and realized I was mysterious and fascinating'” –Sally Bowles

If it wasn’t clear from my last post, I tend to relate to new places, people, and things from familiar characters and stories. Berlin, of course, would be no different, and yet, with all the mystery and legend surrounding the wall, it’s become almost a character in itself. Still, I don’t think any self-respecting musical theatre enthusiast can approach Berlin without hearing in their head that whispered beckoning from the back of a seedy dance hall (or outdoor brick structure): Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome. 

DSC_0703After accidentally booking a hostel for the wrong date twice, I ended up staying on what I later realized was the East Side of Berlin, about a fourth of a mile from the East Side Gallery. The location was great and convenient for our purposes, but the whole time I was there, I couldn’t help but feel a bit displaced by the fact that a mere 25 years ago, the place I was staying would have been completely inaccessible to me. While I realize that my impressions don’t add anything fresh to long discussion; overall I was just impressed by how arbitrary the divide seemed, watching as cyclists streamed down what would have been an abruptly ending road (Fremde, etranger, stranger).DSC_0676



DSC_0717 2Moreso than other cities, it is difficult to escape history in Berlin. With every tattered building, it stares you in the face, but the city’s vibrance almost subdues the ghosts. The art scene is tremendous, and it seems like start-ups are blooming around every corner. I’m not sure whether it’s a joke, but I heard that all you need to move to Berlin as a young person is a camera. They offer a special visa for artists. Bliebe, reste, stay. Like I said, I don’t know if it’s true, but we certainly saw a lot of art, but of all the displays, I liked none better than the china room in the Charlottenburg Palace. This room was fabulous. The attention to detail was extraordinary, and for some reason the designer felt the need to play with the border between the wall and ceiling to the point that a deer was sticking out of the wall (I kid you not!).






DSC_0750What I wore:
Hat: Brixton
Dress: French Connection
Tights: old (I can’t remember the brand)
Socks: stolen from my Dad ❤
Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger
Clutch/ Wallet: Fossil
and introducing… my new coat (which I bought there on a splurge): TALLY WEiJL

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Gluklich zu sehen, je suis enchante, Happy to see you!

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Visible Monday Style Inspiration: Penelope in The Brothers Bloom

The subtitle of this blog is “Style for people blowing in the wind.” If you’ve been following me long,you might have noticed that I tend towards a sort of ragamuffin eccentric glam gleaned from thrift stores, ebay, and a wide array of antique hats (not to mention the fact I can’t get over women’s robes…).


Part Chaplin. Part Eastwood. Part-icularly Brilliant.

While I try to steer away from fictional characters for inspiration (and friends — it never works out), today’s post is an exception to celebrate a marvelous woman who is herself, an exception, not to mention the epitome of the kind of style I strive for. I present Penelope from The Brothers Bloom.


Penelope is an estranged heiress who lives alone in her own veritable New Jersey castle. Due to doctors’ faulty diagnoses and her mother’s extended illnesses, she has spent most of her childhood alone, acquiring a multitude of hobbies, including the harp, banjo, piano, break dancing, several languages, fire juggling, and pinhole photography to name a few.


Given her extended solitude, she has acquired a hearty appetite for adventure, intrigue, bowler hats, animal print, capes, and most importantly, to be a con artist, alongside the brothers Bloom. For an engaging critique of the film itself, check out feminema’s review.


So channeling eccentric heiress….

tumblr_lf4k6ffHJg1qd9fsfo1_500 creates the look for less here. Their interpretation is featured below.


And without further ado, here’s my Visible Monday!Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 10.11.45 PM
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Bowler Hat – Brixton
Turtle Neck – H&M
Cape – Ralph Lauren Rugby
Necklace – Primark
Gloves – Antiquing Trifle
Pants – H&M
Belt – Thrift store gem
Shoes – ELLE

Be sure the next time you find yourself in Prague, smuggling a book while the castle explodes, you look this fabulous. 😛

Just a note to my dear devoted followers— I am incredibly swamped this week so my requisite three posts this week may seem suspiciously like the two posted today. I crave your understanding. ❤