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Thursday, August 21, 2014

[Style] Aquamarine

Berlin StreetStyle. Striped top and pastel pleated skirt. Style by Xenia Kuhn.

[Berlin Street Style]

Did you know that Berlin has more bridges than Venice? It's true. According to Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development Berlin has 564 water bridges. Some of them are majestic and historical, some modern and puristic, and some are just primitive wooden boardwalks. But even those are bridges by the definition.

It's impossible to see each of 564 water bridges in the city but there are two ways to see the more beautiful half of them. One: go along the river Spree. There will be a bridge every 200 meters or so. Two: take one of the many typical Berlin boat tours across the river Spree. I promise you'll be amazed!

Monday, August 18, 2014

[DIY] Emblazoned Loafers

DIY Emblazoned Loafers. Fashion tutorial by www.fashionrolla.com

Emblazoned Loafers
[Shoes makeover]

Personalized loafers are pretty popular among the Style Bloggers right now. Many Designers offer online module-systems where the customers can basically design their own model by specifying form, color, material and put their own monogram onto the shoes. The price range lies between 150$ and 800$ for a pair and the waiting time is about 2-3 weeks.

Much quicker and much cheaper is this DIY version. You will need to invest some time for the twine border line but otherwise this shoes makeover is a simple process.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

[Event] White Dinner Berlin 2014

white dinner berlin 2014 Dîner en blanc

White Dinner Berlin 2014
[Extraordinarily event]

The story says that a french guy named Francois Pasquier launched the White Dinner in 1988 after he had to move his overcrowded private party to the nearby Bois de Boulogne

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

[DIY] Cherry Sandals

DIY Cherry Sandals by www.fashionrolla.com

Cherry Sandals
[Shoes makeover]

My boyfriend once said that the reason he loves me wearing high heels is the sexy click sound I make when I walk. He claims he could recognize my (clicking) walk from miles away. Men and their special powers! ;) Well flats are maybe not as sexy as the "curvy" high heels but they are sure comfortable and absolutely essential in summer. 

But there are some ways to make flat sandals sexy and chic. In today's tutorial I show you how to make a "cherry" embellishment that can change the entire look of your shoes and add the "sexy" clicking sound (due to the beads bumping) to your sandals. Note that you can easy remove the cherries from the shoes and attach them to any piece of your wardrobe- clutch, belt,  Jeans...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

[DIY] High Waisted Pencil Skirt with Ruffle Hem

How to make a skirt with ruffle hem from scratch. www.fashionrolla.com

High Waisted Pencil Skirt with Ruffle Hem 
[Tutorial for sewing machine]

After two years of showing you how to make accessories, embellish your shoes and revamp your old clothing I thought that it's time for me to show you how to make a clothing piece from scratch. A custom made skirt to be exact. This is an absolutely simple skirt (baby steps) but still a custom made one. That means you are in control of the quality, color and shape of your piece.

Friday, July 25, 2014

[Style] Pink Lace

Pink Lace|Green Dress|Statement Necklcae|Berlin Street Style|www.fashionrolla.com

Pink Lace
[Personal Style]

I remember when I was 13 I completely ruined a beautiful tank top because it was too vulgar for my taste. The top had deep armholes so you could see about 2 cm of my bra. Shocking! It sounds exaggerated but in a small town in the 90s those 2 cm were like the scarlet "A" letter on your chest. So in the name my good reputation I decided to fix this little "mistake" in design. I cut, I sewed, I cut again and at the end the beautiful tank wasn't that beautiful anymore.

Now in my 30s lingerie became a significant part of my daywear. After graduation I worked for a high-end lingerie company and it changed completely my approach to intimate apparel.  I am still a little bit prude when it comes to my wardrobe but now I prefer to "correct the mistakes" in design with lace and silk of high end lingerie instead of scissors and needles. And thanks to the constant fashion evolution it is possible to show some intimates without feeling exposed.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

[Event] Breakfast Market in Markthalle 9

Breakfast Market in Berlin. www.fashionrolla.com

Breakfast Market in Markthalle 9
[Berlin cuisine]

What is the saying says? Breakfast is the most important meal of day? I couldn't care less, since I never feel particularly hungry in the morning. Probably has something to do with me being a "I don't do mornings" person. When it comes to morning decisions I choose extra sleep over breakfast. But regardless my morning moods I do love good breakfast food- French, Russian, vegan, kosher... As long there is no seafood involved or early hours- I am in!

Monday, July 21, 2014

[DIY] Beads Embellished Ribbon Necklace

DIY Marni inspired beads-embellished ribbon necklace. By www.fashionrolla.com

Beads Embellished Ribbon Necklace
[Trend inspired tutorial]

This is what I call a STATEMENT necklace! Inspired by the Marni SS14 accessory collection this statement piece is trendy, unique and pretty easy on the pocket. And since I've recycled some old necklaces this accessory is also sustainable. Some of the beads I used were "wasted" in my atelier for over 10 years. 

Surely you can buy new gems for this project but I encourage/dare you to use only embellishment you already have. Beads, crystals, buttons, spikes, chains- everything works! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

[Before/After] Felt Clutch with Strap

Felt clutch made of placemat www.fashionrolla.com

Felt Clutch with Strap
[Table mat repurposing]

Have you noticed that placemats have the perfect size to create statement clutches? I mean all you have to do is to fold them, close the edges and attach a zipper. So simple! And by the variety of materials and colors I am sure you can come up with some cool ideas for great statement pieces. Especially after Chanel's supermarket collection repurposing kitchen items is something all the cool kids do.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

[Event] World Cup 2014

German soccer fan with german flag

World Cup 2014
[Final Match]

When I first came to USA  I was a little surprised to see so many national flags on the buildings. And not just on the buildings- they were on cars, bridges, trains, clothing. To have such high national pride was something I didn't know in Germany. For the last 70 years the only German flags you would see in the city were the flags on the government buildings. It wasn't' forbidden to hang a flag, but people were afraid that every attempt to show national pride would be seen as nationalism. Patriotism was something Germany couldn't afford, not with such dark history. That started slowly to change in 2006 when Germany hosted the FIFA World Cup. Being host nation for such gigantic event helped the country to overcome the fear of judgement. I remember how Berlin went nuts after the German team beat Portugal to be placed third in the tournament. For the first time since the WWII people were proud to show their national flags.