Bye Bye Sunny Days

Posted in DIY, Fashion by strytllng on October 20, 2011

Bye bye summer. Bye bye cute little shirts and bags. Berlin is facing freezing weather these days. Time to look back at things that will have to wait until next summer to see daylight again.

The above is a DIY shirt I made from a shirt I found in a vintage store in London’s Brick Lane, where Anne Hathaway shopped at the same time while I found this retro “Dream-Safari-Print” shirt. (It’s the perfect kind of trashy to upcycle it.) The Aigner bag is vintage from London as well and – surprise – the Oxfords with ethno fabric application are from the island as well. (no vintage here 😉 ) The fabulous jeans? Levi’s Made & Crafted.

London – you dressed me in August!

Pom Pom Charm

Posted in DIY by strytllng on July 27, 2011

…yes….I am still into that pompom thing and whenever I see a new idea, I have to present it to you. All those hundreds of fluffy balls finally get to good use. Oh, and by the way: if you follow the link below, you get nice DIY instructions on how to make the bag above.

Image via Honestly… WTF (because they seem to care about pompoms just as much as I do 😉 )

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DIY @ Bread & Butter

Posted in Fashion, Fashion Week by strytllng on July 4, 2011

I am all in the DIY mood these days and if you happen to be at Bread&Butter in Berlin this week – this seems to be an interesting place to go. Artists and stylists like Superblast, Anton Unai and Linda Ehrl will be working their magic on denim.

Where: MAVI (Denim Base, D 27)
When: July 6th-8th; 10-18pm

Pom Pom Mania

Posted in DIY by strytllng on May 26, 2011

Another great idea for a DIY with pom poms from Honestly …WTF. For detailed instructions click here.

Currently Working On ::: Pom Pom Festoons

Posted in DIY by strytllng on May 18, 2011

Never has recycling that left-over yarn been put to better use. All you have to do is make all those pom poms and tie them together and that garden or balcony of yours will be Summer-ready in no time.

Honestly…WTF has the detailed instructions if you need them. Images also via Honestly…WTF.

A Woolen Evening In Kreuzberg

Posted in DIY by strytllng on May 18, 2011

It’s been too long but StrickenBar is finally back with its 16th edition. This time, the CFT has teamed up with Etsy Germany for an evening full of woolen fun and free drinks at the Etsy Labs in Berlin’s beautiful district Kreuzberg. Don’t worry: the knitters are a very colorful crowd of old-school pros, the young and hipsterish as well as those who have never touched a needle in their life.

Come and join!

23rd May 2011


Ritterstrasse 12-14

Admission free! Free drinks while stocks last. (Thanks to Lemonaid and Held Vodka!)

DIY ::: TIE or DYE

Posted in DIY by strytllng on May 10, 2011

Monday night means EtsyDe Craftsnight in Berlin. Yesterday it was a tie dye theme which had me curious ever since I saw some reverse tie dye on Honestly…WTF. While it was a warm Spring evening, about 20 men and women of all ages gathered for an outside session at the Etsy labs and learned all about Japanese knotting techniques, sewing tricks and graphic folding. I must say, I am more into the folding because I like the effects the best and it is the fastest one can do. It is very easy to do and I am sure there a plenty tutorials on the net. Honestly…WTF provided a very good one. The most important thing is how to roll and fold your textile. The bleaching and dyeing is too easy for words.

The purple/blue was my first and is a bit too San Francisco for my taste but the second one used to be an old washed out/turned grey by age shirt which I think became wearable again through the tie dye technique. I will definitely repeat this procedure in the future.

First photo from EtsyDE Facebook album.

Favorite Culinary Season

Posted in Food by strytllng on May 9, 2011

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It is here, it is here!!!! The first asparagus has arrived. Not only am I head over heels with this multifaceted vegetable and its fresh sweet taste but it is also the season to see my Granny every Sunday. It’s been a tradition for years and I can hardly wait for Sunday to come. We usually go for the white kind with a Hollandaise, ham and potatoes – nothing special but always perfection. But for my own self, I tried my first experiment with green asparagus.

Here is what I did:

I fried two hands full of green asparagus with one garlic clove for about two minutes, infused it with about two glasses of white vine afterwards, and had it on a low flame for the next ten minutes until the vine vanished. Mix it with red mache salad, tomatoes, roasted sesame seeds, spring onions and a simple olive oil and a balsamic vinegar dressing. Top the best salad for a fan of asparagus with parmesan if you like. MMMhhh…

New DIY Coming Up ::: Kimono Coat

Posted in Fashion by strytllng on May 6, 2011

These kimono inspired Boho-Summer coats keep following me these days. They look best when made out of burn-out velvet and silk but any free-floating textile could serve the purpose. I’ll have to hit the Turkish market next week to find myself the perfect fabric and get the needles going. Some shorts and my self-made coat…I cannot wait for Summer!!!

Images via here and here.

DIY ::: Shoppingbag

Posted in Fashion by strytllng on April 20, 2011

I am infected with what I call the DIY fever. There are a million cool things you can do by yourself these days. It’s not only a very cheap way to get stuff you want, it’s also about environmental recycling of our old things and giving them a new polished purpose instead of giving into the heat of consumerism. But the best part of doing something on your own is – well – you can say you did it on your own while you felt your creativity juices flowing.

The bag pictured above is made out of an old T-Shirt and I L.O.V.E. it. Detailed instructions can be found on Honestly…WTF.

Image also via Honestly…WTF.

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