2011/10/23

Thrifting in Vienna


On Saturday, Sophy and I went for our first thrifting trip around Vienna. We had looked for Vintage shops in the city before-hand on a few websites but had to find out during our trip that most of them didn’t really offer what we were looking for, as they didn’t exactly fit our definition of a vintage shop. Nevertheless, there were two upsides to our day as well which made the trip a success after all.

Firstly, we stumbled across a flea market on our way to one of the shops. Actually, it seems that market is held every Saturday, and it featured a lot of antique and ornate items. During our stroll through the market we discovered lots of interesting or funny things, such as old military headgear, a rather old atlas, and a birdcage with small antlers attached to it. At the end of the market, there were also a few stands offering wine, fruits, marmalade and other little things.






For anyone living in Vienna or planning to come here someday, I can only recommend to visit the market. It’s part of the Naschmarkt in one of the city’s inner districts.

The second highlight of the day was the boutique “FloVintage” which was full of “nostalgic” clothing, headgear, shoes, and accessories. We even got to have a chat with the owner, Ingrid Raab, who was a very friendly lady and gave us permission to take pictures of all the wonderful things in her shop. She also told us about an interview that she did on dada-dada.tv. Unfortunately, you can only watch it in German.




The interview is mainly about age and how, in the fashion industry, a lot of people make an effort to make their clothing appear ‘old’.  Also, the presenter states that there is a growing longing for style that doesn’t date and connects the beginning of the so-to-say vintage ‘trend’ to the year 2001 when Julia Roberts wore a vintage gown by Valentino to the Oscar ceremony.
The vintage shop by Ingrid Raab appears at around 3:41 in the video and she explains how she started her vintage business after seeing vintage shops in most of the other big cities she visited.

My favorite piece of clothing from the shop was definitely the blue dress that I’m holding in the picture below, while Sophy really liked the leather jacket in the following image.




Hope you enjoyed the pictures we took and got a glimpse of the pretty things offered there. Even though I'm not sure that we have explored every corner of it already!

P.S.: I just included a Facebook widget, so you can now like our page if you want to by just clicking on the button in the toolbar on the left.

Love,
Hailey & Sophy

Notes:
  1. The filter used for editing the pictures is once again from Carrie's wonderful blog WishWishWish.

2011/10/22

Desktop Online

This will be an experiment, it's as simple as that... We've added another page for creative content only and present you: the "Desktop".  If you're interested and care to take a look yourself - we are happy about every comment! The Show/Hide-feature is courtesy of "Blogger Sentral" and very useful! However, there still seems to be a slight problem with the typeface of the hidden text - it's the loopy script we use for our page frame and headers. Oh, well, I think I'll tackle that on another day, it's pretty late already...

Sleep tight!
Love,
Sophy

2011/10/09

Drizz in Kitz

This weekend I've been to famous ski resort Kitzbühel for the annual "Herzljägerball" hosted at the "Hotel Zur Tenne". This is what I wore on Friday (not the best choice considering we had a rather sudden and dramatic drop in temperature):

Shirt - Mexx
Skirt - Stefanel
Shoes - Never 2 Hot

On Saturday we went for a bit of shopping to "Antik Möbel" - a shop crammed with antiquities (see below) - and "Manufaktur Habsburg", where I got a beautiful cape for autumn weather (which hasn't been photographed yet, but will be icluded in an outfit-post soon). I simply love their fashion - rather pricey, yes, but great quality!


Photo Credit

And here we have the ever-present trademark of Kitzbühel: a chamois. This - really ugly tasteful - specimen is standing in the hotel's lobby and adorned with a myriade of Swarovski crystals. I think it's a miracle I have not yet gone blind from all that sparkle...


The ball itself was pretty much the best event I attended in the last few months: a raging, hot party! People were dancing like crazy to music that was very not-ballroom-like and all were wearing traditional clothing befitting the theme. Entertainer Gregor Glanz (who's looking a bit like Robbie Williams) rocked and just when the heat in the stuffed room threatened to become unbearable, huge snowflakes started falling thick and fast outside the window. Below you find a few shots from me, my friends and the crowd.



Very stylish - I love the hat!



Winter seems to really make haste this year...

Love,
Sophy

A Gloomy Guest Fits Not a Wedding Feast

This weekend, my family and I attended a wedding in the Eastern part of Austria. My aunt and uncle had been together for 28 years and already have two children, and now they finally decided to get married. Which took a lot of persuasion on the groom’s side, from what I've heard ;)


We arrived at the hotel a few hours early so we would have enough time to get ready. The ceremony started at about 4 in the afternoon. It was a civil marriage, so we all gathered in one of the hotel’s seminar rooms and listened to the bridal couple speaking their vows and exchanging rings. It was a really nice ceremony, including a slightly confused registrar who accidentally made the groom 40 years older.


Everyone was dressed rather elegantly but probably not as elegant as for an ecclesiastic marriage. The bride was not even wearing a wedding gown but a ruby colored dress with a grey jacket and a scarf. My sisters and I all wore dresses, two of which we made especially for this wedding.

I already posted my dress a couple of days ago, so if you’re interested, you can read about the production process there. My sister’s dress was made from different fabrics that she had left from creating other pieces and the belt is one that I bought in New York a few years ago.



After the wedding ceremony, all the guests gathered for a group picture, which was a lot of fun, since most of the women were wearing high-heels and we had to stand on a rather steep grass hill. To avoid falling down most of us just dug their heels into the ground which worked out pretty well! Afterwards, our heels naturally were full of mud but there’s hardly anything you can’t clean, right?

Now the official part was over and for the rest of the day all wedding guests plus the couple itself sat together in one of the hotel’s dining rooms, ate delicious food, listened to interesting speeches, played a few wedding games – such as the groom having to find out which legs are his wife’s – and danced as long as our feet allowed us to. The first people only started leaving when fatigue came upon them and they could hardly stand anymore.
Most of the wedding guests, including us, then went to their room in the hotel the wedding was held at and left to go back home the next day.





It seemed like everyone was really enjoying the festivities, but in the morning we had to depart after all, leaving the wonderfully sunny weather in the Eastern part of Austria behind to go back to cold and rainy Vienna.

Love,
Hailey

Notes:
  1. Once again, I used the filter from Carrie at WishWishWish to edit the pictures.

2011/10/03

The City Full of Noise

Me and a friend of mine just came back from a trip to Dublin where we spent the last five days of our summer holidays. We traveled around the city to explore as many places as possible during our stay and also included a daytrip to a more Northern part of Ireland. In the end, my friend decided we should call Dublin “The city that never sleeps” because even in the night we could always hear something going on outside. But seeing as that title was already taken, I said we should rather call it “The city full of noise”.


The first thing we did the morning after our arrival was to get a two-days ticket for the tourist bus and get off at the Guinness Brewery. I had been there before, but it was interesting to see the inside of the huge building again and reread some of the information provided. When I had first been to the brewery I didn’t know that the Guinness company also published the Guinness Book of Records. Somehow I had never connected these two things, although it is kind of obvious that they belong together. I also decided to try the famous Guinness beer which I didn’t do last time. Unfortunately, I am not really a fan of beer or coffee, and to me and my friend it tasted like a mixture of both, so we didn’t like it that much.



The rest of our first day was spent exploring Phoenix Park, the former house of Oscar Wilde, Merrion Square and Trinity College, which had a really beautiful campus! I’m sure that it is a great place to study and hang out, not only for Irish students.




The second day of our trip included a visit of Dublin castle where we decided to take part in a free tour, given by a really great guide! She managed to make the history of the castle sound really interesting – which it was, of course, but in my opinion, not every tour guide can manage to also make it sound that way. We also explored Dublin’s City Hall, as well as the Powerscourt House, Christchurch Cathedral and a shopping center called “George St. Arcade”.




Our day trip was planned and booked for our third day in Dublin, so we were at the meeting point at 6.40 a.m., waiting for the bus which then took us North and stopped a few times on the way, for example at Bunratty Castle. However, the highlight of the tour were the Cliffs of Moher which we reached around 1 p.m. and which were covered in a deep fog. At first, we were rather disappointed, because even though I had seen them before I would have loved to take a look at them again and my friend had never seen them. But in the end, we were lucky and the fog lifted for a few seconds, providing us with a great view of the cliffs after all!




Starting with the day of the trip, the weather started to get really ‘Irish’ and it usually rained all day. Therefore, we spent our last day in Dublin mostly shopping, running around the city getting soaking wet and eating our final dinner in a typical Irish pub.



All in all, the trip was a lot of fun and I can only recommend everyone to go to Dublin if you get the chance. But for me and my friend, three days were more than enough to explore most of it – it depends on how much you really want to see in the city. There are a few museums that we didn’t visit and maybe we missed a few other things, but the impressions we took with us were enough for us to know that we made the best of our trip!

Love,
Hailey

2011/10/02

One Very Varied Writer

I'd like to present to you one of my selected few favourite authors: Barbara Louise Gross Mertz, aka "Elizabeth Peters", aka "Barbara Michaels", aka "Barbara Mertz". She's a studied Egyptologist, but also - or mostly - successful author of various series of crime/thriller mysteries with just an occasional touch of the supernatural to keep things interesting. I deeply admire her - not because I owe hours of pleasant and sometimes educational entertainment to her (which is certainly the case), but because she achieved what I endeavour to achieve as well: to combine the love of history and writing in a way that's approachable for other people.



"Crocodile on the Sandbank" is my all-time favourite and the first book from Peter's series "Amelia Peabody's Murder Mysteries". The reason I love that book so much is simple: the characters are funny, carefully drawn masterpieces (especially Amelia and Emerson), the setting is exotic and the romance vibrant, but in an unostentatious way. 

The story: Witty and rather eccentric spinster Amelia Peabody wants to travel the world after her father's death, a rather complicated endeavor in the late 19th century. In Rome Amelia saves young Evelyn Forbes - an heiress cast from her family after she eloped with an Italian scoundrel who then broke her heart - and takes the girl on as her companion on her travels to Egypt. In Kairo they meet the Emerson brothers: charming young Walter (who, of course, falls in love with Evelyn) and irascible, antiquities-crazy excavator Radcliffe. Amelia and Radcliffe (who is usually only called by his surname) instantly loath each other, both being overbearing personalities used to getting their will. 
Later on they meet again, when Amelia and Evelyn stop on their journey down the Nile to visit the ancient city Amarna, where the men are currently working. The older Emerson has fallen ill and Amelia (being a very good-natured woman under her rough exterior) decides to stay with them to help. A battle of wills ensues between her and Emerson when she discovers her own love for archaeology and strange things start to happen: A battered old mummy is stolen from its grave and returns during nights - scaring the Egyptian workers - and one of Evelyn's distant relatives - handsome Lucas - shows up at the site, disturbing her frail bond with Walter Emerson... and among all that tussle and tension Emerson and Amelia have to ask themselves whether their first impressions of each other might not need correcting.

Well, as the series continues, you can probably guess what happens in the end ;) Some of the other books are just as good (like "The Last Camel Died at Noon" or "Lion in the Valley"), some aren't - but at least they're still readable. However, as there are other review-worthy books by Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels/ etc., this presentation will go on soon! In the meantime try and enjoy "Crocodile on the Sandbank" - it's really worth it!

Love,
Sophy