Ruby Red

I finally got round to watching Rubinrot (Ruby Red), the film version of Kerstin Gier’s Precious Stone (or Gem) trilogy. I wrote a review of the books some time ago on this blog, so if you’ve never heard of it, take a look here.

I was a little skeptical about the movie at first, because, in my view, German movies often look a little unprofessional compared to Hollywood productions. (One reason for that might be the difference in budgets.)
This one, however, came pretty close to the high standards, and all the actors played their parts very convincingly as well. My favourite was probably Aunt Maddy (Katharina Thalbach) – even though the scene where she has a vision was almost a little scary!

As a short summary for those of you who don’t know the story: Gwendolyn Shepherd discovers on her 16th birthday that she has inherited her family’s time travel gene. In order to control it, she has to join a secret organisation and submit to being sent to the past, together with another time traveler, Gideon de Villiers.

Gideon de Villiers (l., played by Jannis Niewöhner) and
Gwendolyn (Maria Ehrich) meet the Count of St. Germain.

Picture Credit

What would have made the movie even better, though, would be if they had used an opener that I found online which featured similar graphics as the German book covers. Those covers were one of the reasons I liked the books at first glance, and when I saw that a group of students from a school in Austria had used them for an animation for a class project I thought it was a brilliant idea!

All in all, I was impressed by the movie and would recommend it to everyone who liked the books or is interested in time travel stories. It had good special effects, great costumes and more or less kept to the original story. It even made me like Gwendolyn more than in the books. Plus, it is set in London.
I have to agree with Sophy, though: Charlotte (Laura Berlin) does have more style than Gwen!

I, for one, am already looking forward to seeing the movie version of the second book, Sapphire Blue, which supposedly started production on October 7.

If you want to read the book first: an English version of Ruby Red was published in 2011.



Watery Heights

These pictures are already a few months old, but we decided that they are still worth sharing! Last summer, before I went to Hong Kong for 10 months, Sophy and I took a day trip to the Myra Falls in Lower Austria as well as the small and lovely city of Laxenburg.

To ensure that we drive 'in style', Sophy had borrowed her mother's convertible for the day, which was perfect, since the summer heat often had us wishing for some cool air.
We dressed accordingly in light layers and breezy fabrics.

Sophy wore a patterned sheer tunic-style top with denim shorts, while I decided to don a white lace dress.

Dress - Fashion Collection
Bag - SIX

While taking a boat trip on the lake in Laxenburg, we spotted some ancient-looking ruins on one of the small islands. Unfortunately, there was no place to dock in sight, so we had to discard our idea of exploring the secrets of said ruins.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as we did the trip!

Sophy & Hailey


There are Fairies in the Woods...

Dear Readers,

since Hailey safely returned from her year away in Hong Kong and we both finished a lot of our school work recently, we decided it's time to pick up where we left 10 months ago - so this is the first in what I hope will be a series of new posts to look forward to!

Last summer a dear and very talented friend of mine - Carrie Levay, who's also done these lovely pictures in our 'Obsessed with .... Paris' post - decided she'd like to try out something new and asked me to dress up for an outdoor shoot. We had a great day with lots of fun and these are what came out in the end: 

Carrie's husband Robert then did a little bit of tinkering, so this is what the pictures look like with some professional digital remastering :) There are also a couple ones of me in a simple blue dress that I actually like very much. Thanks again, Carrie & Rob for including me in this experiment!

I hope you enjoyed this post, everyone! See you soon!