Monday, 7 December 2015

BYE BYE, TEXAS

Everything has to end sometime, and after two years in Texas, I felt it was time to move to colder climates and back to the continent I love: Europe.
A few trips and organising the move leave me no time to blog, but I hope I can tell you about the highlights from Philadelphia, New York (Brooklyn), Nashville and Chicago in winter soon. Or rather soon-ish.
A new city, a new life and lots to explore, so stay tuned for new adventures!

Monday, 2 November 2015

HALLOWEEN AND THE PARTY SUPPLY STORE

Even though I am from a region where carnival is widely celebrated, I could never really warm up to this custom. Also because in Europe,  carnival is usually in February, i.e. a pretty cold month for outdoor activities. Needless to say that Halloween could not win my heart either, but know living in the country of its origin, it was only a matter of time before I got invited to a Halloween party.  No matter how hard I tried, I cannot remember how I spend this day last year, but this year there was no way out. The dreadful question loomed larger and larger over my head: What to wear?
There are quite a few vintage-y ideas out there on the web, but my party was a dance party, so the costume would need to withstand constant rapid movement and sweat, not ideal for make-up heavy solutions or full body suits.
A day before the party, I still could not pull an outfit together from my closet that would satisfy my expectations, so we went to a party supply store. Little did I know which wonderland awaited me there!
Rows over rows of the most wonderful kitsch and crap, party decorations grouped in themes, stationary, artificial flowers and then the costume section - this was probably the first store with every single item made in China. Bloody plastic limbs in orderly arranged on a shelf, tombstones, styro foam skulls and all such wonderful things.
 It would have been a perfect photo op, had it not been so crowded with kids and other people. However, we managed to spend over an hour in the store, yet spend very little money. Eventually, I settled on a golden glittery mask covering my eyes and golden leave wreaths, which was not very scary, I admit, but seemed to do the trick and at least disguise me. Deep in the depths of my bathroom cabinet I unearthed my golden party glitter (that I wore the last time to the Erasure concert we went to) and pulled out the gold wrap dress, all paired with a pair of shiny gold dancing shoes I discovered in a thrift store a few days back. All together, it looked like this:
It actually worked really well and I spent 6$ total. *katching*

Friday, 16 October 2015

TEXAS TRIPS: VINTAGE SHOPPING AND FINE DINING IN GEORGETOWN

Fall is the best time to travel in Texas: the heat of summer has eased yet the wildflowers have not attracted hoards of tourists. And there are quite a few little gems to discover, deep in the heart of Texas! One of them is Georgetown.
 Only a few miles North of Austin, this quaint little country town transports you immediately back to the good old times when men were cowboys and racy ladies ran the saloon. Yet today, Georgetown leaves these shoot-outs to your imagination and entertains the modern visitor with an array of neat historic two storey houses...
We arrived on a Sunday afternoon, and most shops were closed, so we had time to admire the facades, some even sporting an art-deco look like this theatre here. Luckily, a few antique stores were still open though!

One of the most surprising surprises came on a plate though: we headed to Eats on 8 (204 E 8th str)
a so-called farm-to-table restaurant housed in an historic mansion-style town house. Upon walking in, I expected a hipster place, with bearded and tattooed waiters greeting us, a mix-and-match- furniture concept and old school photographs adorning the walls, but the food really got me excited. Even though the menu offered different variations, I opted for a classic roasted Brussels sprouts as a starter and fish for main course. What can I say, I had to restrain myself from licking the plate!

After this late lunch, we strolled around town some more before heading back to Houston.