Dream away your fall blues with Memoryhouse

When I first listened to the song “To the lighthouse” of dream pop group Memoryhouse, I wanted to buy it immediately… But back then, it was not sold in Germany (now it is possible  to buy it via Sub Pop Records, but with expensive shipping costs).  The band exists only since 2010, their first album TBD is planned for 2012 and I keep my fingers crossed that it will also be available for us german fans.

 

Countdown to X-Mas

Only two more weeks until the first of advent. Time to prepare X-Mas calenders for your dears: Whether for your partner, your friends or the kids, isn’t it a big fun to fill the little pockets with sweets and treats? And who wouldn’t enjoy the small kick of anticipation before open the door/parcel in the 24 mornings before the big feast?

Here are six beautiful X-mas calendar ideas: Grey felt box calender via dawanda.

Country style: Blue-white cotton bags via dawanda.

What a beautiful idea: 24 gift coupons on a line. Seen at country living.

Eco friendly and romantic via etsy.

Funny and simple: coffey cups seen at living at home.

I will prepare something like this: classical numbered bags via dawanda.

All credits after clicking the links.

Delirium

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Since this category is named Arts and BOOKS, today I will present you one of the best books I read this year: Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I only realised on the book fair in Franfurt (where the german edition was advertised) that the book is destined for teens. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading it and I’m convinced it’s a nice book for all ages.

It tells the story about a young girl, which lives in a society a little bit in the future, where love is identified as a severe sickness. After their 18th birthday, all young adults are getting a surgery and after that they are not capable of loving anymore. They are not allowed to choose their partners themselfs, but a system based on an evaluation does it. The cruelty of this society really sticks with the reader and becomes even clearer when the main character starts to ask questions about what makes sense and what not.

Read it and let me know, what you are thinking about it. I would be happy to know!

Delicious Fig Recipes

I’m really into figs. And they are so versatile. I searched the web for some new recipes and these are my top three:

Brandied Fig and Walnut Loaf …I really like home-made bread.

 

Bread & Butter Pudding with Honeyed Figs

 

Fig, hazelnut, apple, and pecorino crostata … perfect for cool and stormy fall days.

Bon Appetit!

All recipes and credits appear after clicking the links.

Online shopping addiction: asos

The asos online shop sells so many wonderful fashion items, that it is impossible to decide on only one piece. There are just too many modern, young, basic and chic clothes…

Just a few examples:

This shirt with star patches.

This cute yello-black combination.

This adorable male outfit.

This dotted shirt.

This sequined skirt.

All credits appear after clicking the links.

Gotye

…or Wouter “Wally” De Backer is an incredible Belgium-Australian singer-songwriter, who is responsible for my private song of the year “Somebody I used to know”. In Australia Gotye is already quite successful, with both the album and the single at number one on the Australian charts. In Germany his new album “Making Mirrors” will not be released before February 2012, but is already available via iTunes.

Cold season hobby: Knitting

It’s getting colder outside, so let’s make it cosy inside! There’s nothing better than a good cup of tea, a nice song in the air, sitting on the couch, relaxing and concurrently be productive by knitting a beautiful rug/earwarmer/pullover…

Here are my knitting faves:

I Young and modern knit magazine, II knitted vase, III cute knitted handbags, IV giant knitted rug (by artist christien meindertsma; look at the needles!), V a complete bus covered in knit, VI knitted headband (download instruction here), VII knitted romper (download instruction here), VIII cozy woolen hat (download instruction here).

All credits appear after clicking the links.

And for all beginners. Learn to knit via youtube:

Kate Powers

Picture credit

Actual, I intended yesterday a post about the Easy Living fashion editorial “Oh happy Day” (October issue, see upper picture), but I changed my plans immediately, when I realised that these beautiful pictures were made by the same editorial and commercial photographer that is responsible for a range of fashion editorials, which really grabed my attention during the last years: I’m talking about american photographer Kate Powers. For me, it is remarkable, how she plays with the light and the situation in her pictures, thereby bringing the person and the fashion just into the right focus.

An interview with Kate Powers can be found here.

Some impressions of her past work:

All pics via katepowers.com

I wish you all a wonderfull weekend!

Pumpkin time

I know, I know… Halloween is over. Nevertheless, pumpkins are the perfect fall vegetables: Colourful, easy to store and prepare, multitasking AND delicious.

Here are my current three favourites:

Swedish pasta salat: I found the recipe on a postcard, but if you use tagliatelle and crawfish instead of smoked salmon it’s the same like this recipe.

Pumpkin bread:

Pumpkin-onion tart:

All credits after clicking the links. Upper two pics by Franzi, bottom pic via Essen und Trinken.


Maison Scotch

Amsterdam label Maison Scotch was launched in 2010 and with Fall/Winter 2011/12 they present already their fourth collection. The clothes are simple, yet always stylish with this certain “je ne sais quoi”. One can wear them either with a rebellious or a romantic-vintage attitude.-I like both ways.

Available via Scotch & Soda.

All pics from the Maison Scotch lookbook.