We are back from Portugal. Somehow I made it through the plane flights …and it was totally worth it! The Algarve was a dream: On my birthday we had 30°C (a first in 35 years) and visited the most stunning beaches. The wedding of Isa and André was full of sunshine and love. Lisbon impressed me with its Fado sounds, the steep streets of Alfama, a hilarious tram ride, its elevators to reach the higher parts of the town and its many panoramic views. Here are some photographic impressions of our Portuguese adventures…
I wish you a wonderful fresh week! Let the sun shine in your hearts!
I spent the weekend in the Ruhr district – an area in Germany that’s characterized by its industrial atmosphere. The reason we went there was a wedding! The fun thing was that the ceremony was performed in a blacksmith’s store. The dark store was illuminated with 300 candles and the newly wed had to hammer a chain as a symbol for their connection! It was a wonderful idea and a great party afterwards!
I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week. Have a creative one!
Norwegian bride-to-be Thea is sharing her picture-perfect wedding preparations through her blogTheas Bryllup. Thea is 12 years old and will marry Geir – a man 25 years her senior. She’s sharing selfies, pictures of her wedding dress, but also her complex emotions about how she feels about soon becoming a bride.
Luckily, nor Thea or Geir are real.
Thea’s blog, which is called “Stop the Wedding“ (or StoppBryllupet), is in fact a campaign from Plan Norway, an aid organization dedicated to protecting the rights of children. The blog was designed to raise awareness that around the world, 39,000 underage girls are forced into marriages every day — whether it’s illegal and a violation of human rights or not. The campaign was successful: While Thea’s blog was only posted for a few hours before Plan Norway noted its affiliation with it, it was enough to spark an outcry and become the most read blog in Norway.
For me, it’s very sad to realize that women and girls around the world STILL have to fight for their rights to be independent and strong persons. But this project also proofed one more time the power of blogging, creativity and campaigns.
I wish you a perfect start into your weekend! Open your eyes to see the (wonderful) world you’re living in :)!
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It happens only seldom that I use My so-called Luck to write about private issues. Today is such a day and it will be the most private it can get because I write about one of the three girls who really belong to my inner circle: Suse. Suse will marry a very decent guy this week. She’s the first of us who will go down the aisle and I think that is a very good reason to become a bit sentimental.
I met Suse when I changed the school in the 8th grade. She was the new class made with the strange violet sweater. It was maybe not love at first sight between us, but very soon we shared a bench and one step after the other we became closer and closer. Later we went together to France in our holidays, where we not only got in touch with Bacchus the god of wine himself, but also fell in love with the city of Montpellier and stupid club dance choreographies (Mambo No. Five was a big hit back then). In San Sebastián (not only we) forget our inhibitions and no one will ever see those pics beside us. During our study times the geographic distance between us grew wider, but there was always a reason to meet in Halle, Berlin or Osnabrück to experience new adventures – one of my favorites was a weekend spent with painting Suse’s flat and transporting all the therefore needed stuff (yes, also the ladder) in her tiny cabriolet (thank god it did not rain that day). There were a lot shared experiences, there were ups and downs. We grew with every new story and became the people we are today. Now Suse found a male counterpart who makes her happy and they will marry this week. I am proud to share this new adventure with them and to be their maid of honour. It will be one more beautiful experience of a lot that are still awaiting us!
I wish you all a beautiful new week and a good start into this fresh month! Let’s celebrate every single day of it!
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One of my best friends is going to be married in July and I will be her maid of honor – a task I am pretty proud of to fulfill and looking forward to. Two weeks ago, we bought her wedding dress (and we found a wonderful one in which she looks like an elegant princess). I never before set a foot into such a shop – filled over and over with cream, white and ivory colored dresses in all shapes (and prices) – so this was a big experience for me. One thing I also learned at this occasion was that the “festive dressing code” in the invitation card in fact means that I have to wear a LONG dress. – I don’t have any long dresses and I’m not sure if I like long dresses. Luckily, maxi dresses are a big trend this season anyway. So at least I have many options to choose from. Here are my six favorites.
Which of them do you like most and would you wear a maxi dress? Let me know!