First up, I want to thank everyone who takes the time to criticize, show love or improve my posts by commenting. I appreciate it and enjoy reading your thoughts :)
It's not too warm yet so I can wear my half leather tights out. Also I can get away with the open toe booties trend. These are open front and back (toes and heels) and have a chunky heel, they feel like slippers - mega comfy!
Today's outfit was inspired by a blog post I saw (sorry I forget which blog that was) with street style pictures of people in black from head to toe. I also wanted to keep it as simple as possible but still look stylish... The tweed jacket and the Versace x H&M choker made all the difference. The whole outfit is from H&M bar the tweed jacket which is from zara. Who said simple had to be boring?
I gave into the pastel trend and got a pair of mint colored pants. This is something I thought would not be fitting for my skin tones, so you can imagine my surprise. What I didn't realise is there are different shades of mint to choose from. I absolutely adore the zipper details, and I am happy I tried these on.
In other news, I wasn't excited about how these pictures came out. Then I realised why, sigh...bread and jam for the next 2 weeks for me.... I need to loose those hips before bikini season! Any quick weight loss tips are welcome.
dress -H&M collar - ZARA tights?? Clogs - DEICHMANN Bag - Olivia HarrisRings - Rossmann
What would I do without my lovely blog friends? 2 hot cups of chamomile tea and honey later and I feel much, much better. I'd kiss you but I'd probably infect you with the remainder of my cold. Thank you so much.
Now back to business. Remember that time when these dresses were all the rage at H&M and everyone was into the 70's vibe. I got this dress at around that time, only, there was nothing left in my size, this is 3 sizes bigger, and somehow worked. I've worn it before and styled it very differently HERE (WHAT WAS I THINKING?!) and seeing comfort and warmth were key today it was a no brainer.The collar is detachable, I bought it at Zara and I love it which means you'll probably see more of it. The tights 'developed' holes and I cut out the foot part, and they still work.
It was exciting discovering and re-styling this dress. I can't wait to re-style it again. Also exciting is the sun being out and me being able to play with the light again!
I am really excited that colored denim is trending. They have much more character than your mundane blue jean. A little color is all you need sometimes.
Just had a few errands to run today so comfort was key. Too bad I got NOTHING done. I hate having a cold. It's that tired feeling that just won't go away that gets on my nerves. The constant thirst, the panting, and worse, the ruining of my weekend plans!! It's just wednessday and it's just a cold so here's hoping.
Anyone know a good quick fix for a cold don't hesitate to let me know. Stay warm!
Because I love any reason to celebrate and you never forget your first, This morning I am celebrating Marion Kimani. A Professional photographer based in the NYC area, who got her first cover on the March 2012 issue of Ellements Magazine. I have been following Marion's work for a while now and I am always blown away by her ability to bring out the strength in her potraits. I especially love the panda eyes on these models.
If you are interested in seeing more of Marion's work, visit her website HERE
Right before I left for spain, I was informed by Omoge of Omoge MuRa that she had awarded my blog with the versatile blogger award. Which I was quite thrilled about. This is the third time I am getting this award and I am seriously humbled.
Then I got news from Silvana of Glitz Glam Budget that she had awarded my blog with the butterfly award and seriously I can't begin to describe my joy. As much as I am aware that my blog needs a lot of work, It is kinda nice getting recognition from other bloggers for the work you are doing.
Ofcourse the awards come with rules so here goes:
Link Back to the person who awarded you
Answer the following questions
Award to as little or many other blogs as you'd like
What is your favorite song?
My all time favorite songs have to be Dragostea Din Tei by Ozone - this is the only song I know that gets everyone on the dancefloor and Goodnight and Go by Imogen Heap
What is your favorite dessert?
What is your favorite pet?
Fish - they have a calming effect - (i.e. apart from when they're nibbling off your dead skin)
Black or white?
give me color any day!
What is your biggest fear?
Dying a prolonged and painful death before I have lived enough to fulfill all my dreams.
What is your best feature?
My body, although , just like my blog, it still is a work in progress
What is your everyday attitude?
Not having any expectations and just dealing with whatever comes as it does
What is perfection?
That which everyone strives for but no one can attain
What is your guilty pleasure?
Oh I have quite a few, Watching the Kardashians on Tv, impulse buying especially when I am pissed, and Ice cream somehow always makes me feel better when am down.
I would like to Award the following blogs (In a bid to get to know the bloggers better) these awards:
1. Opera House side view 2. Opera house Full frontal 3. View of the shore from the Opera House 4. Musical giants painted on the rocks 5. 6. 7. Me chillin next to the Musical giants 8. 9. statues in the city center
Time flies when you are having fun doesn't it?
On our last full day on the island, I suggested we see the capital. It was an hours drive (give or take) from our humble abode. As soon as we drove into Santa Cruz we were greeted by the prominent whiteness that is the opera house. The Architecture of the different European opera houses interest me, so it's cool how easy it was to find. This one , was built to look like a wave. More interesting was the outside where the rocks on the shore of the ocean had portraits of musical giants / geniuses both of our time an of times past. I have to mention though, that Micheal Jackson was featured on more than 4 rocks. I wonder what that was about.
Santa Cruz basically looks like most capitals in Europe. Only I kept asking myself where the local residents were. Apart from one short evening at La Laguna - a student village kind of place - I don't think I was ever at a place that had more than 20 Spaniards at a go. Yes, we tried visiting Spanish places, maybe our timing was off.
It was also really funny seeing that sculptured fruit bowl juxtaposed with that giant sculpture of naked women holding viking heads between their thighs???!!! in the middle of the city square (which is where I assume this is) like that. Significance?
Not a day passed by without us making a fruit bowl though. The Oranges in Spain are the best I have EVER eaten! EVER!! So sweet and juicy. Do not leave spain without eating oranges. Also since fruits here are so cheap, we found ourselves eating fruits way more than we do in Germany.
The rest of the day was spent strolling up and down the streets, checking out a few stores here and there, and just like that, the day was gone and it was time to go back home and start packing for our journey back home.
1,2 &3. Lying on the Grass at Las Americas - Shirt and Jacket - H&M, Tights - Zara , shoes+sunnies - Mr. Price cross - New Yorker 4. Wind surfers
I accompanied Ze boy to Las Americas to watch him surf and take cool surf pictures
This was before I was repeatedly and relentlessly offered Spanish beer - San Miguel - which in the holiday spirit, I caved in and drank. Bad idea. It was a 20 - 30 minute drive to Las Americas and I was tipsy and exhausted when I got there. I hate that about alcohol.
Las Americas is the most touristy town I've EVER been to. It has EVERYTHING you need to say you were away for holiday. From palm trees, the ocean, sea side shops, stores - big name brands (cavalli, et al) to Mango and Bershka, to Chinese stores. All sorts of restaurants, from spanish places to Turkish Kebab houses to American hooters. Millions of hotels. In short, a lot of action at a walking distance.
Too. Much. Action. If you ask me! Although I do alot of exploring during my holidays as opposed to the lying in the sun everyday, I do enjoy retiring to a lazy quiet area.
1. The surprise on the little boy's face - Priceless. 2. Next to the ocean 3. taking a breather 4.& 5. playing with toys on the beach 6. Ze Boy getting a Fish Pedicure
Lucky for me the day was too windy for my beginner kite surfer boyfriend. We started it by walking on the El Medano promenade. There were a lot of interesting things to see beach side, what amused me most was the stretch devices by the beach. They are really practical I wonder why every beach doesn't have them (pics 4 and 5).
The boyfriend suggested we do fish pedicures and I was all for it. We got there, rinsed our feet and seriously, fish pedicures are not for the faint of heart, or they that have ticklish feet. First up, I thought the fish were supposed to be a tad smaller. Those things were HUGE! As soon as your feet dangle over the water, they form a sort of magnetic effect and all the fish huddle under the foot in anticipation. As soon as the foot hits the water they are all over it. It's a really weird sensation, I couldn't do it.
He tried but didn't last the 15 minutes it's supposed to take. Still when he got out, his skin was SILKY soft! I definitly want to tough up and try it again. Although I would ask for am aquarium with smaller fish.
Day 2 in Teneriffe began with a trip to what would turn into our regular go to place for coffee and pastries 'Aroa'. A few people I met on the island recomended I try the leche leche, a cold coffee drink with dulce de leche bottom, coffee in between and milk top. It's just the sweetest thing and gives you that coffee kick you need.
After a quick change of clothes and siesta - between 2pm and 4pm when practically everything closes - we made the trip to the top of the mountain to see the crater and the lava. That was a really interesting experience. The road was really narrow and has a lot of curves so we had to stop a few times for a breather. It was fun though watching the temperatures dropping as we went higher up the mountain. There was a cloud of sandy dust that had been blown onto the island from the Sahara desert (oh the marvels of mother nature) and from the mountain top you could clearly see the white cloud, the sand cloud and the sun. It was actually very beautiful. The dust cloud stayed a few more days, making the moon a weird orangey color and trickling sand particles all over, then it was gone.
Back to the mountain trip. I don't know what I was thinking going to a crater in open shoes - flip flop style - although, I am proud of myself that I climbed those rocks and came down without messing them up or falling. Sneakers are overrated.