Costumes Part I - Tinkerbell

As quite a few of you probably already know, the Irish celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17th - a holiday that's becoming more and more popular throughout the whole of Europe! The craze reached Austria some years ago and ever since our Irish Pubs are packed with people clad in green, wearing stupid hats and drinking green beer once a year. This season I decided to join the crowd and - seeing as I found an enthusiastic friend to accompany me - wanted to go all out regarding the costume. In the end we decided on Peter Pan and Tinkerbell (from the Disney version) and while that might not have been entirely related to poor, dead St. Patrick, it was at least VERY green :) See below for how I did my part...

I found an almost perfect dress at Forever 21, got the wings and the wand at a costume store in the inner city of Vienna, discovered (after searching for hours!) green shoes at the Fürnkranz Outlet and even managed to find balls of wool looking like these white, fuzzy things Tinkerbell wears on her shoes... I secured them by glueing  them to some clips (like those you use for your hair).

Unfortunately, I didn't get a detailed picture of my hair - it was easily the best part! I just did a tight bun on top of my head, slipped on two of these buffers (one on top of the other) I got at Claire's, arranged my hair so it would cover them (which formed the nice, big globe I was going for), tucked in the loose ends at the base and wound a green hair tie around it... Really rather simple!

This is how it looked in the end:



Le Cirque des Rêves Arrives Without Warning . . . . .

After reading about this particular book on the blog A+ B in the Sea, I immediately added it to my Christmas list back in December. “The Night Circus” is the tale of a magical challenge, carried out between the students of two different ‘illusionists’. As an arena, a big circus is set up, operating only at night and equipped with black-and-white tents, each of which introduces the visitor to a whole new world of acrobatics, illusions and magic.

The major part of the book is dedicated to the circus, describing its members or focusing on certain visitors and their reactions to the wonders presented to them in this small world composed almost entirely of black and white. The author, Erin Morgenstern, describes many of the circus tents in great detail, which makes it rather easy for the reader to imagine walking through it, maybe even becoming one of the ‘rêveurs’ described in the story, who follow the circus everywhere, as it changes location on a regular basis, without revealing where it will appear next.

In the first few chapters, I thought that there was not that much tension to the story, as all the characters had to be introduced and the challenge had not yet started. However, the more I read, the more I liked it, and even though the scene changed often, jumping from Concord in 1902 to Glasgow, 1895, or even to Vienna, I still had no problem following the story and seeing how the events unfold, until the final showdown, determining the future of the whole circus and all those affiliated with it.

Hence, if you’re looking for reading material, “The Night Circus” is definitely a good choice. And if you’re not convinced yet: the design of the book is really lovely as well, starting with the cover illustration and continuing with the layout of the pages inside. I hope you got a glimpse of that in the pictures ;)



Discovering Edinburgh

I never thought my travel journal would come in useful, except for my own reminiscing about places I’ve travelled. However, upon request, here’s a slightly more detailed post about Sophy’s and my exploration of Edinburgh:

Day 1 – A tour with the tourist bus
On our first day, as mentioned before, we were rather exhausted and also arrived in the afternoon, so we mainly just did one tour with a typical tourist bus (the hop-on hop-off kind) to get an impression of the city and get an idea of where we can find all the sights we want to visit. I can definitely recommend that, and if you buy a 24-hour ticket around 4:30 p.m., at the time the last tour starts, you can use it for the next day as well to get to your preferred destination ;)

Day 2 – St. John’s Church, Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, Royal Mile
Now we could start our real tour! The tourist bus brought us to St. John’s Church, which is a really beautiful church and rather famous for its colorful stained glass windows. We also took a stroll around the cemetery next to it, offering a variety of interesting gravestones. From there, we continued our journey on foot to the nearby Edinburgh Castle – definitely worth taking a look at, too, although I found it not quite as fascinating as other castles I have been to. Still, the view from the hill where it stands is probably reason enough to make the trip.

If you’re in Edinburgh, you should definitely include an excursion to the Grassmarket area, which is where lots of pubs are situated and where we went to have lunch. You probably can’t do wrong with either of the choices there, so just decide spontaneously.

Lasty, the Royal Mile is worth a walk as well and starts close to the castle which is also not far from Grassmarket. My guide book even said that you can experience Edinburgh’s history when walking along that street, but you probably need a tour guide for that, to introduce you to all the secret stories hidden behind a few of the houses and walls. If you’re by yourselves, like Sophy and me, it’s nice to just follow the street as far as you want to go and marvel at the different architectural styles of the shops and houses.

Day 3 – Mary King’s Close, Palace of Holyroodhouse, The National Museum, Greyfriar’s Bobby
One place that was definitely worth visiting was Mary King’s Close. It’s a part of the city hidden underneath the rest of Edinburgh, which is uninhabited, yet you can get to know more about the stories of people who used to live there by taking part in one of the guided tours. (You'll probably get the doodle on the right after you've been there -  it shows the city's only doctor at the time).
Some of the tales might not be that pleasant, because the area was overcome by the plague, but at least the tour guide we had managed to present most of the information in a funny way, while maintaining a deadpan face the whole time.
There are also a few horror tours on offer in Edinburgh which we didn’t have the time (and courage) to try, but if anyone’s interested, you might want to take a look at one of those as well.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is situated at one end of the Royal Mile and provides lots of information about the Scottish ‘royal’ history, as well as a number of wonderful rooms to walk through. And don’t forget to take a step into Holyrood Abbey as well which is where Sophy and I took our outfit pictures – I think it makes for a very nice backdrop!

Finally, to keep it a little shorter: The National Museum offered an exhibition about mummies that was very informative, although I’m not such a big fan of dead bodies lying in the middle of a room, but I learned a lot about Egyptian rituals that I had never heard before.
And lastly, next to the National Museum you can find a bar called ‘Greyfriars Bobby's Bar’ with the statue of a dog in front of it – probably the most loyal Scottish dog, similar to the Japanese Hachiko. On the menu inside the pub you can read his and his owner’s story :)

Day 4 – Calton Hill, Princes Street
Our last day was not too long because we had to catch our flight around 4 p.m. and be at the airport in time, but we managed to climb up to Calton Hill. From up there, you’ll get a wonderful view over all of Edinburgh and see a number of monuments and other buildings occupying the small hilltop.

As a final tip for everyone interested in fashion: Princes Street is one of Edinburgh’s biggest shopping streets, so you should definitely include some window shopping there. An underground shopping center is also not far from there and while you can look at window displays on your right, you have a marvelous view of the Old City of Edinburgh on your left (depending on which direction you’re walking ;)

I hope that information was helpful for those of you who are planning to go to the Scottish capital someday. I marked some of the stations mentioned in this post in a map so you can see where they are situated.

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If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!



Dressed for Scotland

Hailey already did a nice post about our recent trip to the lush green planes and mountains that are Scotland, so you know that we've been enjoying a nice holiday together and had a lot of fun! We also decided we'd try and take some clothes with us that we wanted to show you in a separate post, but maybe trying to get pictures for an outfit post while sightseeing wasn't such a great idea after all... 
When we finally found a nice background (the ruins of Holyrood Abbey) we were already rather tired, our hair tangled by the wind, and the clothes wrinkled from wearing heavy overcoats - not exactly ideal conditions! However, we did our best to have at least something to show to you:

Dress - Kariza
Belt - H&M
Cardigan - Vintage
Shoes - Humanic

Pendant (originally an earring) - Bijou Brigitte

Shoes - Deichmann
Jeans - Mango
Oversized Sweater - sweewë
Turtleneck - Zara
Belt - Zara

I love how the sweater is dotted with huge perfume bottles and adorned with little details like bows and metal charms. The ring is a so-called 'Claddagh Ring' and shows two hands holding a crowned heart. It's a symbol for friendship, loyalty and - ultimately - love. Worn on the right hand with the heart facing inwards it means the wearer is already in a relationship, worn like in the picture above it means that one is free and open for a new love and on the left hand and facing inwards it's like a wedding band...

Hope you like the post!

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Exploring 'Auld Reekie'

A few days ago, the two of us went on a four-day trip to Edinburgh together, the first of which was mainly spent recovering from having to get up around 4 a.m. and driving around in the tourist bus to decide which locations we wanted to put on our list to explore the following days.

After having a good night’s sleep, we started the second day with a trip to St. John’s Cathedral and a stroll through the bordering cemetery, before we braved the walk up the small hill where Edinburgh Castle is situated. Other parts of Edinburgh which we explored during our stay were the Royal Mile, Calton Hill, the National Museum, as well as the Grassmarket area, where we enjoyed gathering some real Scottish ‘Pub experience’ ;)

On our trip to the Palace of Holyroodhouse we also managed to sneak into Holyrood Abbey for a couple of outfit pictures, so be prepared to see those in one of our next posts.
For now, here are a few more photos we snapped of Scotland’s wonderful capital city.

Hailey & Sophy