Sunday’s Little Moments

There is something special about Sundays in the springtime. Maybe because here in Hamburg we usually have to wait for ours – nature takes its time and blooming happens slowly, thoughtfully. But when the season is finally here, it’s glorious. It also feels earned!

It rained this morning first, but in the afternoon the sun came out and I seized my chance to take a short walk. I had one quick errand on my list and as I sped along underneath some lovely old trees the height of a four-storey building, a generous dollop of bird poo landed next to me with a plop, narrowly missing me. Or so I thought! A few minutes later I discovered part of it on my jeans. Yay, because I was worried – it’s considered a sign of good luck around these here parts.

Every café in sight has tables standing outside and people are clearly enjoying the conclusion of a (mostly) sunny weekend, stretching out the Sunday evening before next week begins. I get some ice cream and sit down on a bench to enjoy it. Within a minute there’s a long line out the door while I leisurely eat my dessert, so thanks to that bird.

Two small children, brother and sister, dart out, a cone with two scoops (like me) for each. Their mother instructs them in focused German on how to eat the thing: “Turn the cone and just lick all around the bottom.” Well! Now I finally know how it’s done! By this point it’s too late to test the technique, because I’ve already eaten my ice cream, but I’m certainly savouring (no pun intended) the moment.

In fact, I’d gotten my two scoops in a cone, and I’m actually wary of cones, even though I love them, because I worry about dripping or dropping, since the top scoop (if you get two) is usually  sitting above the rim of the cone and is therefore in more danger of toppling over if you don’t eat it carefully or lick away too much of the bottom scoop. This is an important topic! But it’s 2019, and my cone trust has grown a lot. May this year signal the arrival of a new era in ice cream consumption outside as well as more little Sunday moments.

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You Can Tell It’s Spring in Hamburg When…

Your favourite park doesn’t look like it’s sleeping anymore even if the trees are still bare, but they are not actually bare anymore, they are clearly waiting.

People are walking around with those tell-tale, increasingly ubiquitous regardless of the season stretches of bare ankle between low sneakers/ Chucks/ loafers and cropped jeans or chinos.

Jackets and coats are FLUNG open. Scarves flap in the light breeze or are discarded completely. Those daring enough sit without coats on in patches of direct sunlight. Sunglasses are worn like we do it every day.

Cafes start setting up tables outside, though with blankets discreetly draped over chairs.

There are crowds of people walking anywhere by the water, which definitely means the Außenalster (bigger Alster lake), the Elbe and the Port of Hamburg. No one will be going away for the weekend.

The sky was so blue and virtually cloudless (we always notice that here) during the day that in the evening, once it starts getting dark, the blue just deepens and you can see the almost full moon as clearly as if you painted it up there yourself.

Oh, and there was that little fact of it being 14 WHOLE DEGREES today. Let it be noted down in history that the first day of spring in Hamburg in 2019 was February 16 and it has so far lasted beyond the weekend. We’ll see what happens.

What to Wear #35: Spring Green and Pastels

“He can call me a flower if he wants to…I don’t mind.” Some quotes just stick with you forever. Say ‘flower’ to me, and there’s a 90 percent guarantee that I’ll say the former and also imitate this little…well, I can call him a flower, he won’t mind.

Wednesday the long day is behind me, today is more relaxing, with some drinks after work. If the weather gods favour us, we will sit outside, and if not, it’s still safe to wear this. My lipgloss tube is almost empty, as this is one of my favourite shades.

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What to Wear #31: Fabulous in Fuchsia

Well, OK, whether or not it’s a fabulous look is subjective, but… I don’t care, because I love this color and I feel good in the outfit! The sun is shining and it’s supposed to be warmer today. I’m also going out to dinner with friends in the evening, so I want to wear something bright, and fuchsia is also a color I connect with being cheerful. Unless it’s fuchsia with a touch of crimson. “It’s pink!” – “But I wanted it blue.” – “Now, dear, we decided it would be pink.” – “You decided.”

I think I would actually give that blue-pink mashup a go if I had such a dress. But what I’m wearing now is a higher-waisted fuchsia with possible hints of crimson babydoll dress with elbow-length sleeves. It’s cut a little lower in the back, and once I confused it with the front, logically thinking that the more open part of the dress belonged there (not necessarily, there are, of course, plenty of dresses cut lower in the back). I spent the whole day walking around wearing my fuchsia frock the wrong way around, and by the time I discovered my mistake, I realized one very important thing: nobody cared, least of all me. The material is very nice to the touch, jersey cotton, making for a comfortable choice.

Being that it’s a slightly shorter babydoll dress, I grab my trusty leggings box and go for a contrast – the already mentioned in this blog white leggings with yellow and blue flowers, for that spring touch. One of my scarves in several shades of grey (haha, yes, I see what I did there, but it was unintentional and it’s not my fault) that works with almost any outfit joins the team for a bit of warmth. A dab of pink lipgloss – don’t want to overdo it; small silver earrings, low black sneakers and the trusty grey leg-warmers. All layered up and ready to go.

 

What to Wear #30: A Spring in My Step

We just can’t stop talking about the weather, can we? It’s always there. It is once again a bit chilly, but it’s still spring, so how do I wear my spring clothes without getting cold? The answer is magic in its simplicity: those trusty layers! You layer and you search for a way to cover up your cold spots without feeling like you’re dressed for winter in Siberia (been there, done that).

The first item that pops in to my mind are my denim shorts, stopping just short of my knee and still suitably non-frayed for work. Next I take out some dark teal tights – I’ve seen this combo on quite a few musical YouTubers I follow and ended up liking it myself. You’re wearing shorts without being cold, and it’s a great way to add some color to your outfit.

One of my favorite plaid shirts joins the ensemble, along with a lighter teal sleeveless shirt. Red rosebud earrings and a lipgloss with a hint of brick red take care of the details, and heeled black ankle boots will whisk me off on my city walk.

What to Wear #27: Black and White…

“…look alright.” That’s a quote from a cartoon called Muzzy in Gondoland, which I saw as a small child. Some lines from it are stuck with me forever and lend themselves very well to various style situations. Actually, most, if not all of those lines come from a song one of the main characters, Princess Sylvia is singing as she prances about her castle choosing dresses. Mais oui! The fact that I adored Muzzy is the reason why even as an adult I still sing “I’VE GOT A YELLOW DRESS/ YELLOW IS FOR HAPPINESS” (another line from Sylvia’s song) at the top of my lungs when I pull out my yellow dress.

Yeah, I’m still basically just a weird kid. But we’re not talking about yellow, are we? We’re talking about black and white…and grey! Because only two colors is too little to work with for me, at least today.

I had thrown something casual together over the weekend and my sibling said in passing that it all matched. Coincidentally, the matching colors were black and white. The compliment stayed with me and cycled around my head, resulting in the following choices. I’m also meeting a dear friend I haven’t seen in a long time, so I want to look nice – she is naturally good at dressing tastefully and I always enjoy seeing her outfits, as well as the sparkle in her eye.

The knee-length sleeveless black jersey dress can be worn with literally almost anything, it can be dressed down, up, layered with other items in the winter, worn with a light scarf over the summer – yes, Coco, you were right. Though I wouldn’t characterize it as an LBD, because being tall, I don’t have anything little, but Coco’s wisdom is universal. The grey leggings are comfortable and of a nice stone grey which I like. The short white cardigan prevents the outfit from feeling or looking a tad severe, and the black and white scarf I mentioned once on this blog picks up on all the colors in the outfit, as well as providing the touch of whimsy I usually crave. Black heeled ankle boots will help me get from A to B.

I do enjoy my pop of color, so dangly earrings with a bright green stone (no, not jade, but something nice and semi-precious) in the ears and an intriguing lipstick from The Body Shop in the shade Colour Crush (warm, pinkish red tone) on the lips. The lipstick also has a little bit of glitter in it – bonus!

What to Wear #22

“I think you should go with red. It’s the color of confidence.” I’ve watched Legally Blonde so many times that this line from the scene when Elle is shopping with her friends for what she thinks will be a very special dress inevitably pops up in my head whenever I look at a red item of clothing. Especially since, as I mentioned before, I’m a cautious redhead when it comes to…red! Ha! See what I did there?

But red somehow finds its way in to my outfit choices every week, be it in the form of lipstick, accessories or a garment (that sounds so nice). This week I feel “…bold and daring.” Considering I’ve seen Beauty and the Beast five times since it came out, it’s no surprise that a quote from the (animated) film flew in here.

The long glowing long, loose-fit blouse (similar to the cut of the possibly pink one I wore a while ago) almost removes itself from my closet. Maybe it’s not a blouse, maybe long button-down shirt is the correct term? The color might actually border on scarlet, which in turn makes me think of the Russian word for this, alyj (алый, yeah, probably no one will be able to pronounce it properly until they hear it), and then a little-known outside of Russia, but enchanting gem of a novel by Alexander Grin called Scarlet Sails, then the Russian fairytale Scarlet Flower and the cartoon based on it. The story could actually be viewed as the Russian version of Beauty and the Beast. I just can’t let go!

Where was I? As also mentioned previously on this blog, my go-to choices of colors to combine with red are either black, grey or various shades of blue, which still remain my tried and tested staples. But due to feeling bold and daring, I’d like to (successfully) contrast my scarlet top with some patterned legwear. One rummage in the leggings box later and I find what I’m looking for: white background, yellow, black, light-blue and green-blue flowers. Rain and even hail have visited Hamburg in the last few days, but it is still spring, and with the aid of those trusty leg-warmers I’m feeling not only bold and daring, but powerful. “…power, power! Forgive me a cruel chuckle, mmm, power.” Disney’s Robin Hood is another frequently used one for quotes.

Gold drop (I think) earrings and a matching ring with stones picking up the green-blue of some of the flowers on the leggings round up the accessories, as well as the very comfortable brown Chelsea boots. Neutral lipgloss et voilà.