Back from the grave

I have just woken from very long hibernation period, call it a writers block if you like, but here I am back from the grave and ready to blog again. It’s like one of those moments when you feel the first rays of the spring sun on your face, and suddenly everything seems possible. To start off, I share some pictures from my Easter trip to Belgium. I mainly hung out in Gent and and Antwerp, where every avant-garde fanatics must-see destination is of course the Ann Demeulemeester flagship store. That beautiful establishment alone called for a picture time.

Coat: Area di Barbara Bologna
Cardigan: Rick Owens
Jeans: Cheap Monday
Boots: Area di Barbara Bologna
Fingerless gloves: Lost & Found
Beanie: COS

Pictures by Dunja Seselja

Just like heaven

I promise to pipe down about my Paris adventures after this post, so I hope you can tolerate one more. I wanted to share a place that is quite close to what I could call heaven: the Rick Owens store in Paris. If you’re in town, this beautifully composed boutique, located in the corridors of the magnificent Palais Royal, is definitely worth a visit. I made my two (and only) Paris purchases here, which haven’t been properly introduced yet. Just another thing to add on my ever growing “to do” list.

Rick Owens store in Paris
Maxi skirt: Rick Owens  Lilies
Silk top: Ann Demeulemeester
Wedge ankle boots: Rick Owens
Bag: Lumi
Hat: H&M Fashion against AIDS

Dom andra

I’m back from a style bloggers cruise where we got to spend a few hours shopping in the beautiful but cold Stockholm. The highlights of my trip were hanging out with my stylish colleagues Essi, Nelliina, Laura and Nina, meeting up with the talented Richard from Obscur, visiting the backroom at JUS where we got to see the fall/winter 2010/11 collection of Diana Orving, and shopping at Mrs. H (thanks Oskar and Richard for taking us to my new heaven!) where I scored a perfect pair of Ann Demeulemeester wedge booties on discount (more about those later).

The trip definitely took it’s toll as on Sunday I slept like 12 hours and still feel tired even though it’s almost Tuesday now. Tired as I am, it was all well worth it!

Berlin is burning, part 2

One may not think so but but Berlin is truly a great place to go shopping. We mainly shopped in the old Eastern side (around Mitte), since the most interesting boutiques could be found from there. The best shops were all around the Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, so that’s definitely a good place to start. I really liked a store called Apartment (don’t let the upstairs gallery like open space with a pink cube fool you, the actual store is located downstairs) and it’s side store Cash which sells second hand and second season high fashion (I got my Ann Demeulemeester horse riding boots there for a really great deal!). Andreas Murkudis and Ulf Haines are for those interested avant garde and minimalist designers (I scored an amazing Ann Demeulemeester silk top from the latter).

For men I highly recommend checking out Darklands; a very dark and minimalistic boutique with excellent service (many thanks to Campbell!). They carry artisanial/avant garde designer goods from the likes of Julius, the Viridi AnneDamir Doma, CCP, Boris Bidjan Saberi and my friend’s label Obscur. If you’re more into mid-priced fashion with a minimalistic aestethic, COS is the place to go.

However, if you want to visit the West side and are a commercial fashion lover, Kurfurstendamm (or simply KuDamm) shopping street will be something to see. My favorite place there didn’t have actually anything to do with fashion, as it was the the food department of KaDeWe, one of the biggest department stores in Europe.

If arts and culture are more your thing, Berlin has a lot to offer: just follow the banana figures to spot out the best art galleries around the city. For those interested in magazines and periodicals, Do you read me? offers about the every publication you can imagine covering arts, fashion and interior design. For record hunters I would recommend checking out the Record Store (Brunnenstrasse 186) or Mr Dead and Mrs Free.

When you’re caught by thirst or hunger whilst shopping, don’t worry, cute coffee shops are almost around every corner and food is fairly cheap even in the fancier restaurants. If you want to try something local and moderately priced with an athmosphere to remember, head to Glärchens Ballhaus (Auguststrasse 24) in Mitte. The area also hosts great Italian, Asian and German restaurants (walk around Gippstrasse/Auguststrasse). For vegan/vegetarian friendly food, the best place can be found from Kreuzberg and it’s called Yellow Sunshine. They have about the best burgers in town (even if you are a meat lover),so I would definitely check this place out.

Due to the location of shops and nightlife, I recommend getting a hotel from the Eastern side of the town.

Unfortunately we didn’t have time nor energy to check out he famous club scene of Berlin but I think that it will be covered during our New Year’s trip – more than it’s actually necessary. Can’t wait! Also, auf wiedersehen Berlin, mein Liebe!

Interested in more Berlin travel tips and places to visit? Check these handy guides out:

– Check out also Essi’s guide (part 1part 2part 3) to Berlin (in Finnish)
– My shopping recommendations from Tyylitaivas (in Finnish)
– The indie guide to Berlin is also a great source for finding good stuff in the city (in English)