Photos: London Summer 2017 with Arno

After having done a couple of photo shoots, I’m definitely starting to realise my deficits. Posing. Framing. Focus. It was very comforting to me to hear that even professional full-time photographers like my all-time favourites from Mango Street swear by auto-focus. You still need to know how to work that babe, but it’s all a wonderful journey, isn’t it? Well, this past summer I went to London for a convention and got a lil snap-happy. So did my model Arno and stole my camera at times. So rude. 

All photos were taken with the Canon 700D and either the f/1.8 50mm or the f/3.5-5.5 18-55mm kit lens.

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LUSH’s new perfume range 2017

It’s been well established that I’m kind of a LUSH addict. Interventions have been staged which have ended up with all my friends leaving with glitter in their hair and bath bombs in their bags, my wallet cries out in pain every time it so much as glimpses a LUSH shop, and you can set me loose in any city, I will smell out this son of a bitch within minutes (no lie).

No wonder, then, that I grabbed my camera as soon as there heard there were some new boys in town – namely some wonderful new perfumes. I’ve always danced around LUSH’s perfume range like a moth around the flame, but I’ve never actually bought one because I haven’t found my one true love yet. Will that have changed now? Let’s take a look. (Spoilers: … maybe.)

Most notably, all of LUSH’s perfumes now have the same, more unified look; gone are the adorable paintings that adorned the bottles before, the new bottles are much more simple. Minimalistic, as it were. The solid perfumes have also changed their design and are now contained in a little glass jar – not gonna lie, I’m not the happiest about this. Though they look quite sturdy and are still quite tiny, glass containers break (and are heavy). The old ones were kept in little metal containers, which seem a lot more convenient. I’m sure though that this is a step toward sustainability, so I’ll happily grant them that.

Now onto the new perfumes:

Tank Battle: LUSH describe this one as “bubblegum meets patchouli” and … well, as soon as anything contains patchouli, you can count me out. Which is why I didn’t like this one at all.

Amelie Mae: Well, this one didn’t really win any points for me either. I checked the label and read “rose oil” and was kind of apprehensive (I’m really not a fan of their Rose Jam range, though I know a lot of people are obsessed). After smelling it though, I couldn’t really get much rose at all, and happily sprayed it on my wrist. Ohhh boy. What a mistake. It’s true that the rose scent is quite subtle at first, but it definitely develops quite strongly on the skin. It stuck around for days, even. So if you’re a fan of Rose Jam, Ro’s Argan and the like – go for this one. Trust me.

I’m Home: The description and ingredient list got me really excited: basically, chocolate. Together with the name, it evokes the sense of a cosy winter evening, sipping piping hot chocolate next to the open fireplace. Accurate? Well, maybe. It does smell a bit of chocolate and vanilla, but not enough to make me dream of chilly winter nights, and certainly not enough to use it every day.

Cardamom Coffee: Okay okay okay. Listen. Okay. This one, guys. Pals. Friends. This is the one. It’s super spicy – which is absolutely not something I’m usually into, but despite its coffee label, it smells more of chai for me (duh, might be the cardamom). Which basically makes this one the perfume that evokes memories of a calm autumn night, snuggled up with a spicy hot drink, watching the rain pass outside. At the base of this sits oudh oil – which I had to google, oops. It’s dark and woody and rounds up the whole thing nicely – and is probably also what makes this perfume so friggin expensive, it costs over twice as much as the other ones. Phew. Figures that I’d pick this one as my favourite, eh.

What Would Love Do: Ah yes. This one’s a close second. It smells a bit fresh and citrusy, but most intriguing to me is the lavender note. Because of course. I’m incredibly lavender-obsessed, especially concerning LUSH products (hello, Dream Cream. Hello, Sleepy. Hello, Vanishing Cream), so is anybody really surprised I would like this? While Cardamom Coffee is quite heavy and a perfect winter perfume, I could definitely see myself buying WWLD for spring or summer months.

Rentless: … I honestly have no recollection of smelling this one (although I did take pictures of it). Though given that it apparently smells of patchouli (as well as tonka absolute and grapefruit oil) that might have been for the best.

So what are your thoughts on the new perfume range? Have you found some you like? Or are you still crying over the fact that they’re discontinuing Kerbside Violet?

As a lil side note, all my love to LUSH Paderborn for letting me snap pics in their store for hours on end and always answering my avalanche of questions. ♡

Photos: Aimee & Anna, Bielefeld

It’s honestly a travesty that I have this expensive camera lying around and hardly ever use it. Last year I suggested in a very half-arsed attempt that I should shoot pictures of my friends to practise, and loads were interested, but then I fell into a little whole and nothing ever came of it. Buuut that’s all changing now, so I grabbed my Canon 700D and my two friends and headed to an empty shopping centre in Bielefeld. It’s not exactly abandoned; there are still shops on the ground floor, but the upper floors only house offices now. It’s such a pretty location! I have to get used to my camera again and the shutter is annoyingly half-broken (probably a loose contact or something), so the photos weren’t quite as sharp and in focus as they need to be … but we still managed to get a couple of pretty shots. Have a look!

All photos were taken with the Canon 700D and either the f/1.8 50mm or the f/3.5-5.5 18-55mm kit lens.

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Hey there.

So recently I’ve been doing Instagram stories a lot, and generally mostly taken pictures for my Instagram or comparable platforms. The problem with that is that I haven’t been using my DSLR at all, plus 90%, if not all of my pictures are shot in portrait rather than landscape – incredibly impractical to put on a blog.

But I want to write more, so this is me. Writing more. Adorning the writing with crappy iPhone photos in portrait mode. Suck it.

The last couple of days I’ve been incredibly restless and moody, and I can’t really pinpoint why. Maybe it’s because the new semester at uni has just started, and I’ve got this feeling of dread looming at the back of my neck, because the last semesters have not been good for me. Or rather, I’ve not been very good. At uni. At life. That all has to change now, and I’m already putting a lot of pressure on me. Also in my classes, when I witness my fellow students overtaking me, sprouting interesting discussion points and I just sit there like a stale piece of bread, trying (and failing) to stay focused – I feel so out of place. 

Anyway, right now I’m enjoying the fact that tomorrow’s a bank holiday and I am totally allowed not to move a single muscle today – I mean, apart from the fact that I’d originally planned to go to the gym today. Oops. We’ll see about that. First I gotta digest those pancakes …

5 weeks to Christmas!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or something! Christmas sweets have been in the shops for two months now, London has switched on its Christmas lights, some cities in NRW have opened their Christmas market and most others are following suit on Monday. 

Love Actually - 5 weeks to Christmas

It’s time to pretend we still get snow in winter instead of sleet that melts into grey slush within an hour, deck the halls with cheap-o plastic decoration and binge-drink mulled wine. Honestly, I’m so pumped!
Well, actually, if Christmas and I were Facebook official (do people still do that these days?), our status would be “it’s complicated”. I love, love, love the season, but the last couple of years it has been marked by depression – which always gets worse in autumn and winter, hellooo, seasonal depression – and some Christmas memories are hard to look back on. I’m not that good at letting go of things.

But fuck that noise, it’s Christmas time, and no depression, horrible weather or Grinches and Scrooges in my immediate surroundings are gonna get me down! Imma bust out my ukulele, dust off my festive cookie cutters, and, well, as mentioned above, throw around lots of tacky decoration and drink kiddy punch by the gallon!

I’m actually thinking about doing Vlogmas again, but I have no idea if I’ll go through with it. It’s a lot of work and destined to be very boring, as I’ve got even less going on in my life than last year and am much more of a recluse. Either way, here’s to five weeks of holiday fun!

in Life.