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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!

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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.

Milano Day One

Posted in Fashion Week by strytllng on October 21, 2010

I know it’s been almost four weeks but here are some impressions of my first day in Milano.

After getting up at 4am after only 3.5hours of sleep, it took me almost 3 hours from Malpensa to the hotel, (don’t try public transportation in Milan) my Parisian friends told me that they wouldn’t make it for the next two days because of (surprise) a strike at Paris’ airports and I found myself alone in the fair-weather city. You may have already read that I saw Anna Wintour before arriving at the hotel. When I got there, I changed into something comfortable and just kept on walking to explore the city. Without a map or guide, I arrived in front of the Duomo and the famous Scala where I simply inhaled the atmosphere and went for a little window shopping. I found it amazing how few people speak English and how far a trained repertoire of body language might get you when trying to shop in small stores, where I bought my Italian dinner (local-grown fruits, ciabatta, cheese and…mmmhhh…huge olives) and the best chocolate ice-cream I had to date. Can you believe the big selection of olive oil? Always a favorite when I am on vacation: a trip to the supermarkets. I finished the day early with a Jane Austen novel and slept for at least 12 hours before I got up for another beautiful day in Milan. It was all my tired aching body could have asked for that day.

 

 

Can’t Buy Me Love or The Journey Is The Reward

Posted in Uncategorized by strytllng on August 26, 2010

Two girls, two beautiful days, two attempted shopping sprees in Berlin’s vintage scene. As you may guess by now, attempted shopping means I didn’t succeed. Some of the pictures were made on Sunday after the rise of the party princesses while my Parisian friend and I took a stroll to some fleamarkets. I must say: sometimes it’s all about the trip. As the graffiti indicates – can’t buy me love – not even when you are on your own money, right Queen E. ?! What we saw that beautiful late afternoon was far better than taking items home. We found out that mushroom season must be back, made a quick stop for a power nap in Weinbergspark and were amazed by the Mitte-oasis that is the backyard and home of Murkudis concept store. The evening ended with take-out food and a movie

Part two was our hunt in second-hand stores in Kreuzberg and Mitte. Let me tell you that Colours vintage in Kreuzberg has a great selection you pay by the kilo but also has THE most arrogant sales people there are in the world. We quickly left the place for some snacks and further hunting – I almost bought that winter dress in Made in Berlin store in Mitte but it I am rarely ever finding anything that fits me. People in the 80s must have been a whole lot taller than me. Let’s hope I will succeed on Sunday ;-).

Have fun clicking through the gallery!

The girl is BAG

Posted in Uncategorized by strytllng on March 30, 2010

Lovers, friends and random strangers: I am back from my (too) short vacation in Paris. Don’t fear this post because I won’t bore you about ALL the exciting things I did as I will cut straight to the important parts – THE SHOPPING. I did some great deals in my favorite vintage stores in Rue de la Verrerie and Rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie which I want to share with you as promised. Trust me, you don’t even want to know how good of a bargain these babies were. All you need to know is that they just moved in with me and that they will keep me good company this summer

This will be about the bags and the bags only! I am more into bags than shoes while on my vintage hunts because I just don’t like the thought of walking in someone else’s shoes.

The Aigner Bag

Ingenious lock system

I love cross-shoulder bags. They are great for everyday use and clubbing because they keep your hands free for the more important things – drinks, food, phones, (fill in the blank). This one is an original Aigner bag which must have been barely used for there are no signs of heavy usage. I was so lucky that I got it. I had spotted it from across the room when some girls arrived at the purse stand first and didn’t seem to appreciate this hidden treasure at all. UFF.

Blue Velvet + Pencil Case



What’s there not to like about blue velvet? This bag will add some color to my collection. To my surprise a matching pencil case was hidden inside of it. This baby will be used as a clutch and turn into a purse when I will get tired of carrying it around – but when would that be the case?

The Clutch


This Riccone clutch reminded me of rusty-brown old saddles and the chair Carrie bought from Aiden in Sex and the City and he tells her that the stripped the leather of an old pullman car seat and all the lines from usage and the smell can tell a story. And that my friends is exactly why I like vintage bags – they tell you a story. That and the fact that these are affordable goodies with a good chance that you won’t meet another one like it.

XOXO
Your Strytllr

GENERATION VINTAGE goes Paris

Posted in Uncategorized by strytllng on March 24, 2010

I am about to head out to a long deserved vacation to P. P. P. P. PARIS!!!

Those of you who have been to Berlin know that vintage shopping is way to expensive in B-town. Even though Berlin is host to an entire generation hunting for and expressing themselves through vintage clothing. I am packed and all set to go on an over the top vintage shopping spree in my favorite vintage stores in the Marais. I promise you all to go nuts over that familiar smell when entering the stores and grab the best things for myself. I also promise to report back on what I could get hold of – ‘kay?

Truly Yours – Strytllr.

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