maandag 11 december 2017

Christmas 2017 blog #3: Bremer Weihnachtsmarkt

Hello hallo, last weekend we went to Bremen! This was a birthday-present from my husband. Last year we went some time away before christmas to do some shopping, which was a lot of fun and we also wanted to go to a weihnachtsmarkt, German christmas market, some day, so yeah it was the perfect idea!

Bremen is not too far away from where we live, it's 2,5-3 hour drive and we took the Flixbus. This was our first time going with Flixbus so it was kind of interesting. A short time after we left Groningen, they had to switch drivers but it took like half an hour so we got some delay already. At the border they had to check our id's and then we had some short stops in between.
Plus: it started snowing! We didn't know it would snow, it was an amazing suprise!

After settling in our hotel, we started to walk through the city-center, Nick needed some better gloves and a warm hat and we went to some interesting shops such as the huge kaufhof, Lush and a GameStop. After that we walked around the christmas market to see all the little trinkets, ornaments and food they sold.

The stalls and booths were really impressive, some don't even look temporary but like they have been standing there for decades. With all the snow and christmas lights, it was a truly fairytale like, idyllic scene, I really loved the atmosphere.

On Saturday we started of with a walk in the big park and afterwards took the bus to the center again. It was interesting to see the architecture, it's quite different from Dutch buildings. Where we use a lot of stone, the flat apartment buildings looked quite...well.. flattened out with concrete and uniform as there are only just windows that looked different because of what was inside.

Later that afternoon we visited the Schnoor, which is the medieval part of the city, they have some supercute traditional houses and tiny alleys. There was another christmas market next to the riverbank, the Schlachte. However, it was raining quite a bit and it was we did not totally enjoy this market and went on to eat some sushi for dinner.

 While walking back to the hotel and buy breakfast on the way (at the Lidl, where everything was ridiculously cheap...even cheaper than in NL), we saw that it was unbelievable crowded in the city center and so we decided to stay in the hotel for now. The Bremer christmas market is really popular on Saturday-night apparently.

On Sunday we went over the market just one last time to buy some souvenirs and then made our way to the station again for a -luckily- uneventful busride home, where even more winter awaited us.

Christmas 2017 blog #2: Two december coords

Baby it's cold outside,  it sure's snowing at the moment I'm writing this! The second christmas post this year is of course reserved for new lolita coords. This year I took my time to plan some things out, search for materials to craft new accessories and I'm pretty happy with what it ended up looking like.

A song for the starry sky

It's been a while since I've worn this jsk I made myself some years ago. I always matched it with black, so I definitely wanted something different. Then I found this chiffon with golden star/constellation print on it. It actually features the zodiac signs, I loved it! The combination of navy and beige + gold gives it almost a sort of sacred feel, which I think matches the christmas theme pretty well don't you think?.

Snowflake shimmer

We have some snowy days and what better opportunity could you get to wear Sugar Dream Dome. I wore a sax blouse from AP and my handmade bolero. It's also the first time I'm wearing these glitter otks from Btssb. Too bad they are so short though, there is very minimal stretch in it, but I love the shimmery effect and the flowy ribbon print of it. I wore some fuzzy legwarmers with it, since yes it is pretty cold, bought these ones some years ago at Kansai Airport with the last yens we carried. The rings and collar I made myself.

Some weeks ago I came across this snowflake in a cheap store and thought I could corporate it into a coord-accessory. So I made this headdress with it...too bad that the lace was tucked in when I took that's why I made some extra pics for the details. The snowflake can light up and the colored light changes slowly <3.

Well, I actually also made a matching pendant for a necklace, but the uv resin is still not cured after some weeks...we definitely lack some sunshine and I put a better uv-lamp on my christmas wishlist so I really hope to get and finish that during the holiday.
Do you have any new coords planned for the christmas festivities? I'd love to see them!

zondag 3 december 2017

Christmas 2017 blog #1: The decorations

Hi folks,

I promised to make some christmas related posts, so here is the first one! Did you put your tree up already? We already did more than a week ago, and before that, early november we already went to our garden center where they always have a pretty christmas show. It wasn't totally finished by then, but it was very pretty none-the-less!

Have a look:
Ok, I have to say it looked more bridal than christmas, but the horses and carriage look amazingly dreamy!

In the next room was an old car filled with christmas villages, what an amazing idea, and details everywhere!

What a cute nice tree!

Of course had to take a picture of the tea room! As you can see the skating figures moved around.

This wasn't totally finished yet but the big toy soldier looked amazing against these classic christmas colors!
I think I love red gold and green the most when it comes to a real christmas feel.

This was the more modern room, but also not yet finished. They sold all kinds of pink, white and pastel things in here

These penguins were dancing (or maybe really just trying to get warm?). So cute and fluffy!

Our Tree

Okay, so last year we bought a fake tree, a pretty nice one actually, besides being from a environment-friendly material it also looks pretty realistic, I'm only missing the pine smell.
And we had already some decorations from years before. Last year we bought very colorful decorations, this year I wanted a bit more of a traditional feeling, but yeah with all kinds of baubles and things it still looks a bit chaotic probably :P. But I love all the unique ornaments so I wanted to share it with you!
No christmas without an old cute candy cane!

Fell in love with these clock-ornaments the first time I saw them, I like extra dangling elements!
This polar bear really looks enthusiastic don't you think?

This doggy looked so cute, Is that a candy cane in its mouth?
Nick choose this sparkling tree-carrying bear, makes you wonder where he is going!

A whimsical bauble, I really liked the fluffy detail on santa!

Something kitschy and cute, sparkly ice cream cone!
And more food, haha donuts are so nice :P.

I loved this golden bauble, looks very festive. And that cute birdy probably loves it too!

Another choice from my husband, a tiny wintery bird.

Totally giving me the warm christmas feels!
You don't really see it, but this bauble is 100% sparkly!

A cute small dear, not hanging in our tree but definitely worth a mention.

This penguin looks like he's ready to slide in the snow.
More wintery bauble.

 So those are our new christmas ornaments, which one do you like the most? I think the clock and the red-reindeer-bauble are my favourite. Did you also buy new decoration or are you still waiting to set up the tree?

vrijdag 1 december 2017

Catch-up Nov '17

Hi all!

Before I start out with my Christmas blogs (haha, yes they will be there!), I need to finish up stuff that happened last month first. Most of november I spend less time at the applied university I work for because of exam/grading weeks (but yeah more work in total, just from home).
And I also had my birthday at the start of November.
Some presents I got from my dear friend, a cute plush cockatiel you can clip on your shoulders
and a fancy supercute teacup and saucer from Bombay Duck ♥.
I actually turned 30 this year, can you believe it? I feel it is such a weird number. Like, 30 feels like real adult life starts. I guess it does, and year by year I feel a bit changed but maybe last year more than the last five years or so, possibly because I own a home and started driving lessons and got an actual serious job. Well life does change gradually, but it's just a number after all.
Anyway unto some more fun matters, because I spend more time at home, I also could put on whatever I like, so here are some lolita coordinations I wore,


Last time I said I wanted to play around more with existing pieces matching with the seasons, but some things didn't really work out in the end, so I ended up wearing some other things. New coords though!

So for the autumn elfs skirt (left) I had planned to wear brown with it, I even ordered a new bolero from Japan that looked like it would fit lolita fashion but was a lot cheaper.
Unfortunately it turned out to be a bit of a weird model and a size too large, didn't expect that so I ended up wearing cream tones this time. Initially I though it was a bit boring, and it certainly isn't really my style, but it does look nice after all. Simple but okay. I do feel that sometimes it is a bit hard to coordinate with a skirt instead of a jsk, but it's also nice to wear sometimes.
After this more classic outfit I really felt like wearing something sweet. I matched the Marshmallow Bunny jsk with an actual pyjama shirt, hihi. It's casual but I think the soft fleece, the color and the heart pattern really matched with the dress, so why not right?

I also made these ears with tiny pom-poms, I got the idea from a seller at Dream Masquerade Carnival (who had made them with multiple colors), unfortunately I forgot which shop it was ;_;. To my surprise it was actually super-easy to make, you only need a small iron wire that is sharp on the tip so you can push it through the pompoms!

The diamond-patterned socks I got two years ago for Christmas, finally found their purpose ^-^;

And lastly another coord with Cotton Candy Shop. It's such a comfy dress that you can wear for a long time and the print always makes me smile!

This time I paired it with a soft-yellow blouse, some wing-clips I got at Listen Flavor. A cute (Tangled) scrunchy from the Japanese Disney store and a hairpin I made myself a while ago.

Hanging on the star bag is a key I found at the second-hand store. When I put this photo on Facebook saying I wondered where it originated from, immediately some people started to search for it and it turned out to be a supercute toy castle called 'Starcastle', haha I totally would love to have one!

Wardrobe additions

In last post I told that I bought some things for myself for my birthday (haha, totally valid reason ;) ).
and they all got here in time so I can show them now.

The tartan dress I made myself over the pas few weeks. I wasn't too sure what to do with it. Originally I wanted a column of heart-shaped buttons on the top, but turned out that our habberdashery/accessory-selling-guy at the weekly market was going stop T_T which is sad because he always got more choice than our standard fabric shop. That is why lots of his things were already sold, so were the heart-shaped buttons. So I ordered some via Ebay, but that took a while to get here. After that, I already started making the dress, and then actually realized that the fabricpattern is maybe a bit too busy to put extra buttons on -_-; stupid me. Also, instead of buying a flock-iron-on-patch I just bought this velvet-ish fabric and cut a heart out of it, gotta think creative sometimes.

The black bag on the right I got from Loris (Taobao) . I've wanted a bigger black cute bag for some time to take to formal occasions, and also it matches the tartan dress!

The socks on the left are for a new coord , they have gold musical decoration on them. I also took a look at other things that Alice and the Pirates sell and I have to say I quite like their style!
So for a while I've been looking at Sugar Dream Dome from Angelic Pretty, I think this print is such a cute and nice wintery print. and Including the glitters, it turned into a must-have for me. However, I never totally liked either of the jsk's. The one with the fur collar top is very nice, but the big fur lower hem is just too much for my taste. The other jsk has a high-waist cut and my waist is just a lot lower than that. I opted for the skirt. I saw one on Lacemarket that was getting lower in price and so I waited until I thought it was a decent price and got it ^_^! Next to that is a blue blouse that I also got for a quite a cheap price and it turned out actually to be in new-state, got a bit lucky there!
So yeah you can imagine I can't wait to wear these ♥ you will probably see some coords with them soon!