Archive for February, 2010

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Spring Fashion 2010

February 28, 2010

by Maya

Tomorrow is the first day of spring. Finally! This year’s winter has been excruciatingly long.  I am so looking forward to the warming rays of sunlight and the first buds of green. And of course it is time for a wardrobe change. So let’s put away our chunky sweaters and get some major inspirations for our spring/summer outfits by checking out the Ready to Wear Collections of some of my favourite high end designer houses.

Diane von Furstenberg: the great queen of dresses. She knows how to dress a woman and make her look effortlessly feminine. I love her and am desperately craving one of those wonderful pieces of fabric. This spring she is staying true to herself with vibrant colors and bold prints: animal and florals. Her collection is incredibly wearable.   

www.dvf.com

Balmain: Military is Balmain’s fashion statement for spring. Sharp sergeant’s jackets, skinny cargo pants, leather; everything in combat green of course. Glitz and glamour comes with sequined mini dresses.

www.balmain.com

Lanvin: the traditional French house went dark and gloomy for spring: a lot of black and leather, ethnic style and sequins.

www.lanvin.com

Chanel: Karl Lagerfeld is playing with the Lolita image again. You will find soft colors like white, beige and rose with some red and black thrown in between. Wooden clogs are a major accessory. Although the collection is undeniably lovely I couldn’t discover anything new.

www.chanel.com

Temperley London: The British house comes with graphic prints and geometric cuts, blacks and bright colors.

www.temperleylondon.com

Marc Jacobs: The American designer introduces a collection of soft colors dominated by pale greys and blues, flowing silhouettes and ruffles. Very airy and feminine.

www.marcjacobs.com

What about this season’s accessories? For me those are mainly shoes and bags.

Currently there are two brands dictating the ultimate shoe trends:

 

Jimmy Choo: strappy sandals, wedges and platforms, snake prints, nude and neon colors. 

www.jimmychoo.com

Christian Louboutin: sky-high heels, bold colors , featuring an entire collection of skins.

www.christianlouboutin.com

Bottega Veneta is one of my favourite bag designers. But of course due to limited funds I have to admire their supple masterpieces from afar. I dream of the day when I can finally afford one of their gorgeous, classic woven leather creations. I love the pink of this Orchid Intrecciato Nappa Bag.

www.bottegaveneta.com

Anya Hindmarch: I am not really impressed by her spring collection. I have definitely seen lovelier ones in the past. The Vito in Stone is maybe the only bag from the collection that may appeal to me.

www.anyahindmarch.com

Mulberry: The British accessory brand continues last season’s messenger bags trend by introducing the new Beatrice and Drew. Emma Hill who debuted as Mulberry’s creative director with the S/S 2009 collection does a good job in refreshing the label’s image.

www.mulberry.com

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What’s in your backpack?/”Up in the Air”

February 27, 2010

by Charlie

“Up in the Air” is a movie about a man who calls airports and planes his home. In the last year Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) spent 322 days traveling for business. He flies across the country firing employees whose bosses won’t pull the plug themselves.

His perfectly organized world around airports, hotels, restaurants and duty free shops begins to falters when the newly hired Natalie (Anna Kendrick) appears and presents a computer program that makes the firing job possible simply over the internet.  There would be no need to travel for Ryan anymore.

Clooney’s character is  a motivational speaker and he is absolutely positive about his lifestyle. He uses a backpack as an image to describe it:

“How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack. I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life… you start with the little things. The shelves, the drawers, the knickknacks, then you start adding larger stuff. Clothes, tabletop appliances, lamps, your TV… the backpack should be getting pretty heavy now. You go bigger. Your couch, your car, your home… I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Do you feel the weight?  Do you feel the straps digging into your shoulders?”

Then he asks you to set the backpack on fire.  What things do you save

Part two of the speech (no, he doesn’t ask you to set this one on fire):

Now I want you to fill it with people. Start with casual acquaintances, friends of friends, folks around the office… and then you move into the people you trust with your most intimate secrets. Your brothers, your sisters, your children, your parents and finally your husband, your wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend. You get them into that backpack; feel the weight of that bag. Make no mistake your relationships are the heaviest components in your life. All those negotiations and arguments and secrets, the compromises. The slower we move the faster we die. Make no mistake, moving is living. Some animals were meant to carry each other to live symbiotically over a lifetime. Star crossed lovers, monogamous swans. We are not swans. We are sharks.”


At a hotel bar Ryan meets his female pendant Alex and eventually discovers that there is probably more to a relationship than the superficial and the casual. But this insight might come too late… .

Now here is my question: is it really like that? Is life (and that’s what the film partly tries to sell) all about big weddings and marriage as a statement of commitment?

There is no doubt; Bingham is completely responsible for his situation, i.e. that he is all alone in the end. He can’t blame anyone.

But even Natalie with her conviction wedding and marriage and kids are the goal in life, gets let down.

Just take look the annual rate of divorces or the break ups or think of the term: common-law spouse. Doesn’t that say enough???

Life is about relationships, yes. But a partner might be gone. Friends stay forever.

Quote of a friend I heard the other day: “If the relationship with my boyfriend does not work out, I’ll go back to Hamburg and get old with my friends.”

And last but not least my conclusion about the actors: George Clooney is brilliant. The part of Ryan Bingham was simply made for him. Anna Kendrick was good, as far as I can tell and I really liked Vera Farmiga. It’s a fresh and not overused face which is a rarity in the film business today.

What I don’t understand is all the Golden Globes© and Oscars© buzz about this movie. In my opinion it was not THAT good. Although the running time is only 107 minutes, it has some length…

What’s in your backpack my dear goddess? Maybe you’ll let us know?

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„Sigh no more“

February 27, 2010

by Gibson Hummingbird

Just saw that Mumford and Sons are starting their tour through Europe in a few days….I highly recommend to see this band live…

03.03 Glasgow,04.03 Manchester,…14.04 Cologne, 15.04 Berlin,…20.04. Lille, …29.04 Zurich, 01.05 Rome.  Check out their tour dates at Mumford and Sons



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Top Ten Special: Sexiest Songs Part IV

February 26, 2010

by Gibson Hummingbird

If you haven’t noticed, MUSIC IS MY LIFE. I could so easily live without TV, fancy clothes or my cell phone… but never could I give up on music.  There’s so much music out there that can mean everything. It has so many ways of expressions and moods- to Maya, Charlie and Kaede…but somehow I cannot associate music  with being sexy… sorry it just doesn’t sound correct J so here are just a few songs that I dearly love …btw it was really difficult to pick 10 songs as the list of my  favorite songs is never-ending.

Joy Division “love will tear us apart” Ian Curtis “”All my lyrics are open to interpretation by the individual and imply many different meanings, therefore their relevance is purely subjective.”- this says everything.

One Republic  “say all I need” Great song, awesome lyrics. … lots of people want everything… but it’s the simple things that matter in life…love one republic for writing such a beautiful song.

Band of Horses “ no one’s  gonna love you “ For an American band these guys are really refreshing with decent, good laid back indie music

The Killers “when you were young” Brandon Flowers is a genius, the killers are brilliant. They are one of the best bands ever!!!… what I like the most is that you can see that these guys are really passionate about their music. They  might not fit into a convenient theory of a rock band. Their songs really make you think about stuff and a lot of their songs are just dead on!

The clash “should I stay or should I go” I have to admit that I am not a fan of punk music at all however the clash rule. “Should I stay or Should I go”, and “London Calling” are one of their best songs.

Bat for Lashes “Pearl`s Dream” Natasha Khan is incredibly talented and Pearl’s Dream is one of her best songs. Love her voice.

Arctic Monkeys “Cornerstone” Truly a great band – Turner has a great and unique voice…The monkeys are one of England’s hottest export even though their concert in Düsseldorf in Feb `10 sucked.

Kings of Leon “sex on fire” Love their sound Nashville totally rocks

Radiohead “house of cards” Wonderful melody + wonderful lyrics = great song

Foundations built me up buttercup A really funny and cheery song  that always brings me in a good mood.

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guilty pleasure: shoes, shoes, shoes…

February 25, 2010

by Charlie

Never go shopping for shoes on purpose and you’ll get the best results. That’s how I got most of my shoes, anyway.

Extending my collection with another pair of high heels simply made my day today.  And with them I am ready to face spring! 😉

I love fashion from the sixties and seventies and if you do so you’ll  find the right footwear for this season at Gabor.

Gabor is a German  family- owned shoe company,  founded in 1949. And I have to say they make some of the most comfortable shoes ever.  It’s leather, it’s light, it’s nifty and it’s affordable.

My purchase is black and has a 6 cm high heel.  You may say, not for an everyday walk but they are so light and comfortable, it feels like walking on air.

Have a peek at their  new collection. Flower power girls will love it!

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Top Ten Special: Sexiest Songs Part III

February 24, 2010

by Charlie

My choice of songs is more driven by my obsession for voices. So here we go:

Johnny Cash: I know this is not a song. It’s simply his voice that gives me goosebumps…

P!ink: “Just Like a Pill” and “Sober”: her voice is so seductive… And if you saw here live on her “Funhouse Tour” you would know, what I mean…

Garbage: “Bad Boyfriend”: Oh, yes! Be mine!

Justin Timberlake: “Sexy Back”: dirty, sexy song…

Muse: “Endlessly”

Placebo: “Post Blue”: “the way Brian Molco pronounces “special” …

Depeche Mode: “corrupt”: I just recently discovered this song. And it’s not just the lyrics. Listen to the voice of  Dave Gahan and you’ll know what I mean… (as Maya would say: panty combusting!)

Kings of Leon: “Manhattan” and “Sex On Fire”

“: heavy-weight, erotic music

Snow Patrol: sad, seductive lyrics: “…I can feel your heart beat through my shirt…”

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Berlin Calling!!

February 23, 2010

by Maya

Oh, it’s Tuesday Blues. The only thing that lightens up my mood is the fact that I spent the coolest and most relaxing weekend in a while. It started on Friday evening when I jumped into the train with the intention of meeting 4 gorgeous girls who are awesomely cool, witty and smart:  The Saxon Rock Chick, The Czech Hippie and The Funky One from Amsterdam. I met these ladies 7 years ago when we were studying as Exchange Students at The University of Sheffield. We usually meet every 2 years in a different European city. This time our chosen place to be was Germany’s vibrant capital.

It was an amazing time filled with girls’ talk and alcohol. And since it was not our first time in the city we could easily skip the frantic sightseeing and picture taking.

This is what we were up to:

Wandering around the young and international Prenzlauer Berg with its free-spirited, post-communist retro charm, crammed with cool shops, restaurants and bars

Sitting in an Italian restaurant having mushroom risotto and Chardonnay for lunch

Strolling around the arty and stylish Hackesche Höfe

Going out for cocktails to a bar with a really horrible live band in the evening

If you are also not a fan of the sightseeing frenzy you should try:

Kulturbrauerei: the ultimate event location for everyone and everything www.kulturbrauerei-berlin.de

White Trash Restaurant: cool place for food, drink and music www.whitetrashfastfood.com

Lumas Gallery: featuring a Berlinale Special: Magic Moments of Movie History  http://www.lumas.de

Here are some Berlin tips from The Funky One:

The delectable Helmut Newton Museum with his photographs of powerful gorgeous nudes: http://www.helmut-newton.de/ (free entrance on Thursday from 18:00)

For dinner: Monsieur Voung, wonderful, healthy Vietnamese food. Always busy, but you can always find a spot to sit:
http://www.monsieurvuong.de/

Berlin fashion bites:

  • It’s refreshing to see women dressed more daringly in ultra short dresses and knee high boots. The girls in the province should definitely take example and finally dump the dull combo of jeans and t-shirt
  • Weird trend for fake geek glasses
  • Please someone call the fashion police: wearing leggings with riding boots alone is definitely a No-GO

PS: I love train rides! On my 4-hour ride back home I was sitting between a young woman with a beard and a 10-year old girl who was talking about orgasm problems. This is what I call a lesson in extremes!