I still remember how I felt when I went to my first fashion week in 2013 in Berlin. I was super excited, a little bit nervous but still the happiest girl on earth back then. Being able to be among all those fashion enthusiasts and watching runways shows was one of my major goals back then. I could not believe that my blog actually had made that possible… but it did. It opened up so many possibilities for me, keeping up the motivation to continue blogging. One year later, I again went to fashionweek and was way more confident. I knew how things worked – there was no need to be shy in terms of clothing or networking. The more your outfit catches attention , the better! In the following years, my studies made it almost impossible to take a break and travel to Berlin for a week. The only thing I’ve done was to go over to Amsterdam Fashionweek for a day in 2015, but that was about it. In 2016, I was back in the fashionweek game when I was on my semester abroad and went to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney. It made me remember how much I enjoy getting inspired by new collections and aspiring as well as established designers. But most importantly for me was to connect to likewise people and make new friends.
So now that I live in Berlin, there are no barriers to going to fashionweek anymore. After 2.5 years, I finally attended Berlin Fashionweek AW17 again – and I am happy to say that my expectations were not too high. I had an amazing time with great people and of course, great fashion… even though I froze my ass off in my outfits… ;)
// I’m Wearing:
Pullover – ZARA
Skirt – Kookai Australia
Belt – NA-KD
Boots* – Konstantin Starke via Zumnorde
Bag – Stella McCartney
It’s been quite a while that I took these photos – it was back in October when I went for three days to Milano with Aveda in order to see the Masterjam. It was the first time for me to go to Milan – and what can I say – I loved the city, or at least what I saw of it. To me, the piazza del duomo resembles exactly what comes to my mind when thinking about Italy and Fashion. A place with beautiful, artsy architecture filled with cute italian cafés and big italian brands fashionistas dream of. The stylish people walking around complete this city that well deserves to be called a fashion capital.
You know already the pink pullover that I am wearing on the pictures if you follow me on instagram (@ranhelwa), but in those professional pictures you can really see how amazingly fluffy it is!! It has definitely became one of my major weapons to fight the winter blues. Plus the compliments I get when I wear that pullover also kinda warm up my heart ;)
Every year we go through the same struggle – NYE is approaching and we need to figure out what to do. Preferably it should be something like „going to the best party of the year“. Easy. No pressure. This New Year’s Eve 2017, however, is different for me. There is no party without friends right? Haha, not saying that I dont have any friends, but at this very moment me and all my friends are simply so spread out all over the world that it would be impossible to come together. And yes, it sucks – but I guess that is how it is after graduating. Everyone goes his or her way… But honestly, we all know that New Year’s Eve is never, never, never the best party of the year. So I am not really missing out anyway.
My New Year’s Eve 2017 is going to be great anyway. I will be celebrating with my parents after not having done this for more than 5 years or so. In fact, I will be hanging around with them and their friends at a rented space with loads of food and Arabic music. Doesn’t sound too bad right? Since I’ve been traveling so much and lived here and there in 2016 it’s actually great to spend those special days with my family.
Anyway, the pictures we took today are different from my usual style of pictures – Samira and Laura from Samieze (Check out their blog!) and I went to this vintage Pub in Berlin called „Damensalon“ and took some pictures there. I barely do indoor shoots and never use the flash, but doing exactly that seemed to be perfect for this look and the feel we wanted to create. How do you like them?
// I’m Wearing:
Top – ZARA
Choker – Topshop
Jeans – ZARA
Jacket – No Name
I am a total pants-girl. Maybe it’s because I simply like wearing pants, as they are comfortable and you can just sit in any position you like to sit, haha. But maybe it’s because – nonliterally – I like to wear the trousers. Already back in school I never minded to take on responsibility of a task or lead a group towards a goal. While back then I was not that much aware of my tendencies, in university it became super clear. While others might call it being a control freak, I call it endurance and ambition. You can exercise control in many ways, and yes it can be done super wrong, selfish and can leave others hurt. But control does not necessarily need to carry that negative connotation. I feel lost when I loose control – in no matter what situation in life. So don’t you dare to take my pants away ;)
Anyway, let me go back to praising how amazing these grey flared plissee pants from Mango are. They are super chic, but wearing them gives you a little pyjama feeling – which is actually great. I combined them tone-in-tone with a grey, chunky knit, making them pretty wearable for the colder temperatures. And I decided for black, pointy boots, to really just prevent the look from being to much pyjama-style. However, they are definitely a bit more suitable for spring temperatures, due to their light material. What do you think about them?
// I’m Wearing:
Grey Knit – ZARA
Flared Plissee Pants – Mango
Boots – Zinda
Bag – Stella McCartney
Teddy coat, fake-fur jacket or 90’s bomber – I feel like we can finally mix up our coat wardrobe a little bit. The last years we were all a bit more classic with wool coats or parkas, but just like with Jeans, I feel like we are getting a bit more experimental. And what can I say? – I like! Quite surprisingly those teddy or fake-fur jackets are also pretty warm. Okay, for temperatures around zero degrees they might not be the perfect choice, but they definitely work with around 10 degrees, with some layering and a big scarf. My teddy coat would be perfect when spring starts; also due to its light, sensitive colour I would not wear it when it’s raining or snowing.
Oh and it’s been a while since I posted a look with sneakers! I was never the biggest sneakers fan and still I prefer leather shoes, but I actually do like some models, like those super cool Reebok Classics I bought in the Mid Season Sale – woop! I guess when you work for a company full of sneakerheads and where it feels like sneakers belong to the dress-code, you cant help but also start to like them. But again, I think it’s more of an „early-spring“ thing to wear… Please let winter pass quickly, so I can wear all my nice stuff :)
I always say that one day I will buy an amazing designer bag. Damn, those Chloé Faye bags are just so beautiful. I go to a department store, bag section, and try on this designer piece worth 1600€. Damn again, it looks so good on me – but then I just go home. This has been me for the last couple of months, maybe even years. I am pretty much aware that I am a mess when in comes to shopping. My closet is bursting from all sides and I could make a new combination each day until probably the end of my life and I would not have to repeat one single look. Thinking about all the stuff I have and still wanting more makes me sick sometimes. But then I see the next thing I like and totally feel it’s worth buying it. My consumerism is unreasonable and I know there would be so many better things to do with this money. Not quite sure if saying that the economy needs me to spend my money in order keep it going counts as a valid argument. This conflict in my mind is always present and I can say, finally with a good consciousness, that I just cannot square with my conscience to spend so much money on a bag, no matter how pretty it is and no matter how many fashionbloggers advertise for it. Honestly, maybe this one will change one day, at a different stage in life, but I dont know now.
So anyway, I still needed (okay wrong word again), wanted a new bag, which is premium quality, but of course not in the Chloé price range… and I found this beautiful bag from the Pinko Love me Tender Capsule Collection. And I bought it. And my mind is not kicking my ass… which means it was a good decision.
// I’m Wearing:
Teddy Jacket – Irisies.com
Mom Jeans – Monki
Turtleneck – ASOS
Watch – Daniel Wellington Black Edition (15% off with „ranhelwa“)
Bag – Pinko Love me Tender