Work Wardrobe Wednesday

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Yeah, we finally have nice temperatures here in Northern Germany, so I thought I show you  some nice and yet professional outfit which can be worn during the warmer months, but still keeps you from freezing on your morning commute.

And whenever the AC is blasting and it gets freeing in the office you still have your blazer to keep you warm. Although ACs and the idiotic freeze resistant colleagues commandeering them are one of the main reasons I incorporate a Pashmina in most of my outfits.

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Work Wardrobe Wednesday

Fierce Ruffles

It’s still not very hot here, but people freak out as soon as the temperature hits 20+ degree Celsius. The start fanning themselves with everything they can get their hands on and complain about the heat. 

But let me introduce the new blogger I found for  this weeks’ WWW:

Her name is Rena, she is German and a bit older than your average style blogger, but the best thing about her blog are her texts. I read through a whole lot of them and I find them oddly fascinating, maybe because her language feels a bit different, more grown up, a tad bit formal. But also because most of the times the outfit photos merely serve as a nice add-on to her post. It is the words that are the main player in her blog.

Which frankly is something I haven’t yet seen in a personal style blog.
She is hosting a giveaway, open until June 30th, and it is open for international readers as well. Hop over here

Check her out and let me know if you like her posts and if her language seems more engaging in english, because frankly I only read the german version.

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Feeling like a grown-up, Alcohol Edition

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I have a drinking problem

That feels weird writing and even weirder seeing it written down. Why is it so hard to write about addictions and alcohol? Why is there such a taboo about this topic?

Oh well maybe because it forces you to deal with my innermost insecurities and fears to get to the bottom of the problem.

But let’s start at the beginning.

I have a drinking problem, in so far as that I get a deadly hangover the day after, vomiting violently about every 30mins for up to 12 hours. I can’t keep any food or liquids inside. Believe me I tried, more than a teaspoon of water is already too much. When it’s really bad I am still exhausted the day after the hangover. Turns out that not being able to eat and being dehydrated for an entire day ist pretty strenuous.

The weird part is that sometimes I can drink like a lumberjack and not have any problems at all and one time I was knocked out for one and a half days from one beer.

My mother always urged me to stop drinking altogether, but that was hard. Giving up drinking with my friends and strangers would have meant to becoming even weirder and not feel part of the group. Not to mention the justification. Everyone would congratulate you if you’d stopped smoking, but if you stopped drinking for your health’s sake, people will look at you funny and you need to explain yourself a lot. And still not get any recognition or understanding. It’s so fucked up.

Over the time I noticed some patterns emerging, it got better once I moved out of my hometown, the frustration of living in a small town where everyone except my closest friends knew me as the daughter of or later still the sister from … was annoying as hell. I would still have some bad hangovers after I moved out, but they seemed less frequent. But whenever I came back to participate in some of the village festivities like Schützenfest, I mostly got those hangovers. This is hard to explain in english, I linked to the wikipedia article above, but let’s just say there were a bunch of people around I superficially know, only meet when they are drunk and just don’t enjoy the company of. Like the rural version of Here from Alessia Cara (love the song, btw)

I had to learn the very hard way to detach myself from these situations and just not go the event xyz just because people were expecting it of me. And I am still not sure if it was expected of me or if I just thought it was expected of me. But there were different situations as well without any perceived pressure from my family but only internal pressure to perform and look happy when all I wanted was to stay in and read a book or sleep.

Some lessons I took away from 10 years of violent hangovers:

  • You have to listen to yourself closely, if you are somewhere you don’t want to be, don’t drown that feeling in alcohol but instead leave earlier or not go at all
  • It is okay if you can not and will not drink as much as the boys
  • Don’t just eat a frigging salad, but a plate of pasta before you go out
  • Stick to one type of liquor, I swear by WodkaSoda
  • Beer before liquor, never been sicker ; liquor before beer all in the clear
  • Be kind to yourself if you relapse
  • But analyse what the circumstances where so you can avoid them in the future

 

Cheers to knowing yourself and to self-care

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Work Wardrobe Wednesday

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I found another new blogger for this week, she is from Miami which is rather fitting as it finally starts to get hot consistently here.

She blogs about all kind of stuff, but in between are gorgeous office outfits, like the one above, Check out her full post linked below in the credits, because the details on this blouse are amazing.

I love the sailor-y vibe of the combination on top. A navy boat blazer with big gold buttons is still very high on my want list of investment pieces.

Let me know what you think of the details of the blouse.

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Work Wardrobe Wednesday

Borrowed from the boys

Now, as it is beginning of June, I regret having moved to the North of Germany the most.
It is still incredibly cold for what should be summer over here and back home, only 300km to the south my family is frolicking in the sun and enjoying temperatures of the 20+ variety.

This outfit would be a good match for the current temperatures and I love the oversized white blouse or is it already a tunic? Tried to buy a similar style at Thomas Pink, but alas due to the hazards of online shopping the thing I got in the mail was more of a strange sack than the cool oversized shirt I imagined and saw on the skinny, skyscrapery model.

How to you feel about the classic white button down?

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