Freunde von Freunden

I’ve been meaning  to share one of my favorite online magazines, Freunde von Freunden. FvF features people from diverse creative backgrounds and interviews them in the comfort of their daily working environments.

I love the entire concept of  Freunde von Freunden which translates to “Friends of Friends” in English. The magazine never goes out of its way to find the most glamorous  apartment or workspace to photograph. Rather, all it’s features are through “Friends of Friends”,  giving the features a much more intimate feel.

If that doesn’t impress you, just check out the website. The aesthetics are visually impressive. I’ve always been very intrigued by artist’s workspaces, their second home. One’s workspace is such a sacred space for creativity and focus to merge.

“When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” –Betty Bender

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All photos taken from FVF’s feature of Drew Seskunas (Architect, Founder of the Principals, Greenpoint, Brooklyn) 

Flaming Lips & Stardeath and White Dwarfs – Borderline (2009)

Listen. You’ll love it.

“The Parisian Look”

While spending time in Paris, I swooned over how incredibly well-dressed everyone was. The styles that caught my eye were very distinctly Parisian. All the girls had perfect dewy skin and nicely coiffed wispy hair. I couldn’t help by take double takes. (I am guilty and I admit to this haha) So I started taking notes on some of the staples every girl had in attempt to maybe achieving “the Parisian look”

  1. Black flats paired with red lipstick and double denim.
  2. Soft, undone wispy hair.
  3. Dark, fitted blazer paired usually with a bright silk scarf.
  4. Loose printed pants.
  5. Cardigans and coats in mustard brown.
  6. Ombre hair.
  7. Bright, good quality bags.
  8. Trench coats.
double denim done right.

Double Denim. Key the trip is to use a darker tone and a lighter tone. Avoid this.

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Femme Fatale
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The “Oh, I actually just got out of bed” look.

I know I don’t usually posts about fashion. Nonetheless, here I go.

My style has changed and shifted since the beginning of college. Freshman year was spent hours sifting through eclectic prints from thrift stores and trying to stand out. This was right after coming from high school when I use to wear my moms old late 80s- early 90s clothes because I thought it made me stand out. Haha, some things worked, like the high waisted shorts but others did not. Sophomore and junior year of college toned me down.

It’s difficult for anyone to describe their personal style. I would have to say my style would be neutral, pale colors, woodsy men-inspired plaids and shoes, but also silky and flowy top for that dash of elegance and a splash of bohemian. Did you follow all of that? Here are some pictures from Pinterest so sum it all up.

Structure coats gives a kind of androgynous look.

Structure coats gives an androgynous look.fashion post 4

Taken from Just Jared. Miranda Kerr always gets it right.
I have an affinity for flowy white tops and dresses,

I have an affinity for flowy white tops and dresses.

Love edgy the cut. Love edgy the cut.

Elegant.

Elegant.

A boyish kind of look. But the color and cut of the shirt balance it.

A boyish look. The color and cut of the shirt perfect sets the balance.

Boho

I try my best to dress in flattering clothes but comfortable clothes. Lately, I’ve been feeling out of touch with my personal style.   Maybe it’s time for a change again. I want to dress in more vibrant colors and take more risks…but that’s just not really me.

I’m in need of some inspiration.

Paris, je t’aime

Chocolate Croissants

The Real Thing

After a brutal thirteen hour bus ride from Berlin, we finally arrived in Paris. After orienting ourselves, we temporarily parted ways to our separate hostels. I found my way to St. Christopher’s Inn by Bassin de La Villette. I was tired, hungry and in need of a shower. I settled into my bunk bed and drew the curtains took a nap in my twelve person room before heading out to meet up with Hilary on the Champs-Élysées.

Champs Elysees at the Gold en Hour

Champs Elysees at the Golden Hour

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Arc de Triomphe

French Onion Soup

Celebratory Meal: French Onion Soup

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People Watching

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Beef Bourguignon

We finally found and dined at a restaurant that wasn’t outrageously expensive to celebrate Hilary’s 21st birthday. The meal was hearty and delicious. A nice and needed change after eating nothing but street kebabs and currywurst for the past three weeks in Berlin. The course of the meal etook three hours. Three hours of slowly enjoying food (because it was very expensive) and watching people marching up and down the Champs-Élysées. I remember my high school French teacher, Madame Beaupre, describing to us how the French would spend hours dining and people watching. It’s been on my list of things to do since.

So Good.

Treasure Island Music Festival (Land of Dropped Calls)

Treasure Island Music Festival (Land of Dropped Calls)

I recently saw Holy Ghost! at Treasure Island Music Festival. I’ve never heard of them before the festival and had no expectation. But they had an amazing set. They have a funky 80′s synth pop revival kind of feel.

Recently, they covered my my guilty pleasure, Hold On, We’re Going Home by Drake. And it’s good. Really good.

One of my favorites from their set. Wait and See.

Here’s to Fall

So, blogging while traveling proved to be more difficult than expected. The last half of my trip was spent away from the computer (primarily because the hostels had terrible internet.) In more recent news , I am back in school  and sandwiched midway between the quarter. I will definitely be trying to update more often.

The weather is getting colder. The days are getting shorter. But here’s to fall. 

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Mauer Park on a gloomy Sunday.

On Sunday, I went to Mauer Park with Roohi and Lauren. The weather looked threatening but somehow the clouds held up. Every Sunday, there’s a flea market and some sort of performance(usually Karaoke) held at the park. The flea market was overwhelmingly huge. I didn’t really have the energy nor interest to rummage through everything. There were booths selling clothes, sunglasses, jewelry, stickers, art, secondhand shoes…everything you can imagine. If a 17 year old me came here, I would have stayed for hours. Now, not so much. Either way, it was great seeing the place. I would say it was predominantly a place for the younger generation (urban hipsters).

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Delicious 2 Euros hotdogs. (Oh, and check out the guy with the Hunger Games facial hair.)

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People tipping the comedian. He made bank.

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And this guy. He played covers of the Black Keys.

Week Deux

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This is how we feel about waiting for an hour for lunch.

This is how we feel about waiting for an hour for lunch.

Worth the wait. Would I do it again? No.

Worth the wait. Would I do it again? No.

Topography of Terror

Topography of Terror

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Late after noon lighting. Best lighting.

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Hanging out.

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Visited the Green Fairy.

Visited the Green Fairy.

Ate this. Burgermeister. Oh how you do me well.

Ate this. Burgermeister. Oh how you do me well.

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Week ended on a cloudy note.

Weekend

Strong Irish Coffee

Strong Irish Coffee

Thursday: Went to class in the morning. Worked on film journals at a nearby restaurant called “Toronto” with Lauren. First time having authentic Irish Coffee. Not too sure about how I feel about mixing caffeine with alcohol. There was a decent amount of whiskey. Later that day, I found out that the founder of one of my favorite art magazines, FreundevonFreunden, was going to have a presentation at an Apple store (via Instagram, thank god for social media). Unfortunately, by the time I arrived, I was already late 30 minutes late.

Toronto Cafe

Toronto Cafe

Then, I went to back to the hostel to meet the rest of the group. We went to this burger joint, BurgerMeister. So GOOD. Really helped curb my cravings for In n’ Out. Then, we walked around the Kreuzberg neighborhood to look for some bars. According to Yelp, this was suppose to be the “happening” area. Nope, not really. Maybe we were there too early?

We hopped back on the train and went to a club called “The Weekend”. The cover charge was pretty steep, for 12 euros. Nonetheless,the  rooftop view was spectacular. There was a rooftop bar and all that jazz. We arrived at midnight but the club had just opened. How do these Berliners do it? By 2 AM, I was already exhausted while people were just trickling in. Long story short, we didn’t get back to the hostel till around 4 AM.

Lessons learned:

1. Don’t wear heels in Berlin

2. Don’t start pre gaming till 11PM

3. Nap before the pre game.

Rooftop Bar

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view at 3AM in the morning
view at 3AM in the morning

Friday: Sore Throat. Nausea. Stomachache. Stayed in hostel all day. :(

Saturday: Sore Throat and Nausea. Stayed in hostel all day. But I did have a fantastic duck salad for dinner at the Toronto Restaurant.

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yum yum yum

Sunday: Planned on going to the flea park and concert by Mauer Park but decided to stop by the East Berlin Wall first with Julio first. The wall was a lot longer than I had anticipated. Touring the whole entire thing ended up taking up the whole day. On the side of the wall facing the street, the wall is covered with colorful murals. On the other side of the wall, there’s a stretch primarily reserved for graffiti artists. Then, there’s also an art installation about the many walls around the world that separate people. There were several photos of the US-Mexico border.

One thing I was disappointed by was the amount of little markings/writing on the wall. I wish people had more respect for the art people created. There were more than several messages about Lady Gaga… I don’t even know.

Ended the day with a plate of traditional Wiener Schnitzel (pretty much fried veal) and a side of potato salad. I bet all my friends are thinking, how was I ever vegetarian…

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One of my favorites

One of my favorites

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Amen, sister.

Amen, sister.

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