Wednesday, 30 December 2015

New Year - New Me

New Year Resolutions Coast Lucianna Dress

Hi everyone, sorry for the lack of posts and being so quiet for some time, but having a complete life change (moving, starting a new job) within a few weeks has totally kept me occupied. Now that I have some time off, I finally found a minute to reflect on 2015.

Low Points 2015 :

  • I couldn't afford to live in the UK without a job, so 2015 started depressingly, as I had to move back to my parent’s house in Germany. The dream of living in the UK failed. For the first couple of months, I felt isolated and very lonely. After ten years of moving out, I had to give up my independence again and live in the middle of nowhere.
  • I spent the first half of the year writing zillions of applications just to receive rejection after rejection. Worst reaction to my application? To be told, my Master’s degree scares the employer and they couldn’t pay me my asking salary because my ‘First Class is [was] too good’.
  • I applied for a ridiculous amount of traineeships with magazines and TV stations but failed in getting a further education in journalism. Realising that I simply haven’t got the talent to be a writer and the following process of accepting this was another reason that kept me down in 2015.
  • On my birthday I was told by an employer that no one cared about my degree or my previous academic achievements and I was talked into the belief that I was lost (when really I wasn’t, I just didn’t get my chance). This 'conversation' knocked my confidence a lot and I was crying all day on my birthday. In the end, I took all of my dignity and courage together to get the bravery and walked away from that job. I haven't regretted my choice in a single moment because, if I haven't done so I wouldn't be where I am today.
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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Giveaway: Nikolaus Day In Germany

Christmas Nikolaus Day

In my culture, the 6th of December marks a very important tradition in the pre-festive period leading up to Christmas. We celebrate Nikolaus Day in honour of Saint Nikolaus, a 4th-century saint who brought gifts to children and the poor. Nikolaus Day has been special because it is not only a little treat before Christmas and increases the anticipation for Christmas Eve, it is also a day to educate children.

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Lifestyle: Blogging Events - Are They Worth It Part 2

Go Away I'm Blogging Mug

My recent post Blogging Events - Are They Worth It? has been picked up quite well and since the events season has started with all the press days for SS16 and Christmas parties around, I had enough inspiration lately to extend my index of blogging related events. In the past few weeks, I went to my first Blogger workshop, attended an overcrowded spa party, lusted over new dainty jewellery pieces and decorated my Christmas tree (yes it is already up, #becauseICan). 

Warning, this is a lengthy post!
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Film: Ready For A Tasty DVD Adventure? Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2


The first instalment of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs was an animated LSD-trip for food fetishists. A bit nerdy, a bit weird, fueled by a warmly-written screenplay full of humour and pathos directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Thanks to its originality and charm, the box office agreed with a take in excess of £77m. So, it was only a matter of time before Sony cooked up a sequel.
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Friday, 13 November 2015

Lifestyle: Life Lately In London 5

Life in London

London - the city that never sleeps and which I can now call my home. Yes, you've read correctly, I've moved here for a new exciting job and my second week as an 'official Londoner' is nearly coming to an end. On the weekend I'll be busy sorting out our boxes as our moving van will be coming today. But before I sign off to build furniture and settle into our new place, I'd like to give you a little recap of what has been happening lately in London. So, it was the week, when ...
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Friday, 6 November 2015

The Blogger Guilt

The Blogger Guilt Lifestyle Post
You may have noticed that I haven't been much active on my blog lately. It's not that I'm giving up on blogging - no, no, never! I'm on a break. For once. Since I started back in February 2014, there hasn't been a single day going by without me thinking about my blog. The design needs improvement, my photography needs training, my writing has to be tighter, I've got so much to do and so little time. Sounds familiar? Well, then you do understand that a break was much needed.

What have I done since I started my break though? I've been thinking about blogging. Like literally every day. I drafted new ideas, I did an entire blog maintenance for SEO, installed Analytics and updated links. I've been so active on my blog (in the background though). Can't win can I? This week I started a new job in London and whilst I'm trying to settle in finding my place in the big smoke, I couldn't entirely switch off my mind from Style Lingua.

Whilst I wanted a break away from the pressure and focus on my new life in London, a pang of massive guilt has crept in. I feel like I've abandoned the community with my sudden disappearance (though I doubt anyone has recognised it). Have you ever felt guilty of not blogging? Or thought about what might happen if you'd stopped blogging? Suddenly I'm confronted with a whole lot of questions such as will the break affect my following? Will readers return? Is the break damaging my DA? Are people going to forget about me? You know aka 'out of sight is out of mind'?!?

This 'blogger guilt' has bothered me for a while now and a close observation on Social Media has revealed that bloggers who aren't constantly present get simply forgotten. My Twitter Analytics have dropped massively and I did notice that my tweets received fewer RTs and outreach. Because I don't want this to be a permanent state, something has had to happen. So I started to develop a new strategy to get me safe through my blogging break - just because my schedule is a bit mixed up and I don't blast out post after post it doesn't mean I'm completely gone.

The Blogger Guilt and how to keep in touch with your Audience


As I've said I worked on my SEO profile, edited a few things and made changes to enhance the usability. I'm still available on my Social Media accounts and try to support the community as much as possible. I usually comment a lot on blogs but this is at the moment not very convenient for me. That's why I do other things to interact:

1) RT and share. If I see a new post from my blogging friends, I RT and share their content on my timeline. Most of my blogging friends have the same interests and it is a nice gesture to show appreciation. Furthermore, I find it interesting what other bloggers in my niche have to say and I hope by sharing their content I can show you which blogs I personally enjoy reading.

2) Shout Outs. My friend Kirstie recently hit a massive milestone and I gave her a shout out on my Twitter which gained over 1000 impressions and triggered more than 12 engagements. I feel very proud of my friend so why not share their achievements? Like a post, share their content on your timeline, make it clear you're there to support and reward their hard work. When was your last time you've shared the happiness of a friend?

3) Instagram comments and likes. Let's be honest, everyone likes some attention and it doesn't take much time to like a picture or leave a quick comment to let the other person know their posts won't go unnoticed. It can make people really happy even though the comment might just be a quick 'love your outfit, hope you're well'. People share content to get reassurance and attention, and as I said everyone loves a bit of appreciation and love.

4) Refer blogger friends to PRs. Yes, I did that recently. I did get a lot of requests and I had to decline a few opportunities lately because the products weren't a good fit for my blog or I didn't want to commit to a review due to my move and limited time. However, I referred some of my close blogging friends to the brands and pointed them to bloggers which I feel were a better fit. Also from first-hand PR experience, I know that this can save the PR a lot of time and also it shows how well we bloggers are connected with each other. I don't see my blogging friends as competition so I'm happy if they get involved in awesome opportunities. If there's the chance and I see something that could be of interest to a blogging friend then I link them up and point them in the direction.

5) Share old content. This has less to do with supporting the community but more contributing content to it. Who says you can't re-share some of your best posts? First of all, you still show presence, it drives traffic to your blog and you may rediscover a post you were extremely proud of. Let your content work for you even though you're not producing new one at the moment.

I'm a firm believer that a blogging community lives of respect for each other and can only be successful if bloggers support and work with each other (I'm looking at you German community!). Without the support, engagement and interaction bloggers can't survive in this industry which is highly oversaturated. By following these steps, I feel much more relaxed and I'm positive that my blog is still active and contributing to the community. The blogger guilt is still there but it is less present.

Have you ever felt blogger guilt? How do you stay in touch with the community if you're on a blogging break? Let me know in the comment section.

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Fashion: Autumn Fun With My Dogs // Remembrance Day

Autumn in the forest of dean

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, but as I’ve mentioned in my Life Lately post, I’m taking it a bit more relaxed with blogging. I’ve also got some exciting news to share. I’m going to move to London this week! Not the occasional limited time move, but for real - like in forever. The last few weeks have been busy finding a place and we managed to agree on a cosy flat in South East London. We hope that our moving date will be announced shortly so within the next few weeks I will be pretty much occupied with sorting out a move and settling into a new life.

I’m going to share all the exciting news in more detail once I’m settled in London and for now I’d like to share with you my latest ootd post. Alex’s parents live in the beautiful Forest of Dean which is very pretty this time of year as all the trees are covered in colourful leaves and we have relatively sunny weather here. They’ve adopted a Mini Schnauzer puppy which came as an unexpected surprise to us. Alex's parents have an acquaintance who wanted a new dog but it turned out that he couldn’t cope with the lively puppy. He sold it to them and the cute baby dog has brought so much delight and happiness to our family.
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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Lifestyle: An Afternoon At Ascot

An Afternoon At Ascot Ladbrokes

If you would ask me what I feel is typical ‘British’, I will most certainly name you all the clichés: meeting the queen at least once in your life, enjoy fancy afternoon tea with cakes and sandwiches or a visit to the famous horse races. Thanks to Ladbrokes, I can now cross out two of these very ‘typical British things to do’ from my list. Alongside a handful of bloggers, I was invited to the QIPCO Champions Day*, the grand finale of horse racing at Ascot Racecourse. We were treated to a four-course meal followed by afternoon tea and in between enjoyed a taste of horse race gambling.
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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Lifestyle: Life Lately In London 4

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition London

After a week of severe eye-straining and permanent headaches, my body forced me to slow down my busy schedule and I had to 'relax' and 'stay away' from the screen for a few days. I still feel massively tired and burnt out a little so this weekend will be spent in the Forest of Dean and hopefully, I can refuel on my energies. But before I go into a social media and blogging free weekend, I'd like to give you a quick update on what's been happening this week in London.

1. Fashion: I visited the LV Series 3 exhibition

I spotted an advertisement for the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition whilst on the tube and the opportunity to go and see it came up when Alex had an appointment in Covent Garden. Whilst he went there, I would visit the exhibition on The Strand. The venue for the exhibition was only a few meters away from the iconic Somerset House and easy to find. 

Entrance to the exhibition is free but upon arrival, you'll have to 'sing in' and leave your personal details with them. The exhibition itself started with a few rooms of artistic installations which would stir your imagination and you would feel where the designers got their creative vibes and inspiration from. I would describe the installations as futuristic and modern, as they would use different sounds, lightning effects and various screens to create the atmosphere. Like the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition, the Series 3 was organised and run highly professional showcasing and worshipping fashion as art rather than everyday wear.
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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Fashion: Best Of Autumn Looks

Autumn Fashion Looks
London and life have been super busy lately. With this in mind and 90% of my wardrobe back in Germany, I haven’t had much time to work on a new ootd post. In addition, writer's block has struck me for the very first time in over a year and half of blogging which doesn’t make my writing life much easier. To get my motivation and style inspiration back, I scrolled through my archive and came across last year’s autumn posts. Some of them cover my favs looks and luckily the fashion hasn’t changed much this season. Fair to say it’s time to re-share my best autumn outfits. 
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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Lifestyle: Happy Reunification Day Germany

Der Tag Der Deutschen einheit, Mauerfall Berlin
Image Source: ARTE
Whilst many in the English-speaking world ‘celebrate’ Mean Girls Day today, my country commemorates the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 – the event that caused the downfall of the GDR regime and the first step towards freedom for millions of people and the chance to form a united nation, which is, in my opinion, a more important event to celebrate on 3rd October. But guess what: I've nearly forgotten about it myself and I feel seriously ashamed of it that I haven’t shown the respect this important day deserves.
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Friday, 2 October 2015

Fashion: Introducing Jord Wood Watches

Jord Wood Watches Cora

2015 has been the moment of wood. What started slowly in AW14/15 developed into a trend during the year and now, the fashion-sphere saw the stylish and sturdy material everywhere. May it be sunglasses with a wooden frame, distinctive coat buttons, handbags or decorative iPhone cases. You simply couldn't escape wood.

With this in mind, it comes as no surprise, that the versatile and long-lasting material has also conquered the world of watches. 'Wooden watches?' I can hear you ask, but yes, they do exist and one American brand has specialised in bringing the most stylish and elegant timepieces to our wrists: Jord Wood Watches.
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Fashion: All White For Amanda Wakeley LFW

Luxemme Amanda Wakeley SS16 London Fashion Week
Hi ladies, how are you? Do you know the following?: It's Saturday night, you've got nothing else planned bar snuggling up on your settee (maybe watch some Netflix) and suddenly, an email pops up in your inbox, which quite unexpectedly changes the entire course of your evening? Well, it has happened to me last weekend, when my friend Laura sent me a quick message asking me if I wanted to join her for the Amanda Wakeley Fashion Show. OMG course I did!
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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Lifestyle: Life Lately In London 3

Life and Style From London
I can't believe how fast another busy, yet super amazing week in London has gone by. I feel like I've experienced a lot more in the last two months of living here than I have in the past two years. It is incredible! So this week I made an appearance on the red carpet, attended my second London Fashion Week show, went for a job interview, tried and tested a very healthy breakfast cereal AND had a sneak peek at Karl Lagerfeld's AW15 collection (and the weekend isn't even over yet!). 
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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Fashion: Red Carpet OOTD For Cosmopolitan's FashFest

SammyDress Hollow Dress Flare and Fit
Hi ladies, how are you? Last week, Karen got invited by River Island to attend this year's Cosmopolitan FashFest. She was allowed a plus one and have a guess whom she asked to come along!?! #bigsmile. The four day FashFest event ended with an epic fashion show on Thursday night, so it was time for us to dress up for a glamourous night out.
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Monday, 21 September 2015

Lifestyle: Life Lately In London 2

London Fashion Week London Eye London Rough Runner

Hi everyone, how was your weekend? Did you have some time to relax and enjoy the magnificent weather? I did and I feel this has been one of my busiest weekends I had so far in London. But let’s start at the beginning.

Saturday


The morning was spent at the Rough Runner event held in Clapham Common. Our friends from Wolverhampton came down to join Alex for the 5k obstacle run in the park. Due to health reasons, I couldn’t run with them, but I still felt part of the experience as I volunteered to be their photographer. I would wait at every obstacle and then cheer and motivate them whilst taking some snaps on my Nikon. This way, I felt still involved in the action and excitement. It was also a lot of fun watching Alex struggling with the obstacles whereas our friend Pete, who is a personal fitness trainer, effortlessly managed every challenge. #cheekysmile

London Rough Runner 2015
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Friday, 18 September 2015

Serenata Flowers Giveaway

Serenata Flowers review

Hi everyone, what a week it has been. It started with a very disappointing disaster day at Dismaland but it has ended with some amazing news. The post reached more than 1,000 views within less than two days and I also broke my 2k Twitter goal. With such great developments and the weekend only a few hours away, could there be anything else to make this Friday even better? YES, there is. My first ever guest blog went live this morning over at Louise's The What Now Blog AND I teamed up with Serenata Flowers to run a giveaway as a Thank You to all of my readers. You'll have the chance to win a flower bouquet worth £40 and I hope I can surprise a lucky reader next Friday.

Serenata Flowers Review


Weekends start best with a surprise, don't you think? Last Saturday, I woke up to a parcel sent by Serenata Flowers, a UK-based online florist that delivers flowers and offers a wide range of gifts, including hampers and handcrafted chocolates. Their collection is made for birthdays, special occasions and anniversaries. They also run their own champagne and wine gift service with next day delivery.

Sent in a sturdy cardboard box to ensure the flowers were delivered safe and sound, my parcel contained a beautiful bouquet*. The bouquet made out of white roses and canna lilies arrived in excellent condition. The team from Serenata Flowers also enclosed a lovely box of chocolate truffles* for me.

Serenata Flowers white roses
Lifestyle Flowers Blog Post
White Roses

I used flower delivery services before, but I really appreciate that Serenata Flowers sent my bouquet in a safe box. When I opened the parcel, the lovely smell of roses greeted me. The bouquet consisted of six white roses and some pretty pink canna lilies, which added a little hint of colour. The delicate canna lilies and the classy white roses complimented each other so well. The arrangement looked fresh and sophisticated. Though some roses had blossomed and opened up quite a bit, the flowers stayed fresh for a good week.

The Raspberry French Dusted Truffles* were extremely popular with my entire family. I shared them with Alex's parents and all I could hear were 'Oooh how lovely' and 'These are so good'. The truffles had the perfect bite-size and were flavour intense. They were dusted with cocoa powder so at first, you would enjoy the slightly bitter taste of dark, pure chocolate and then notice a smooth hint of raspberry. We enjoyed these little treats as an after-dinner dessert and would only have them now and again, to fully appreciate their fine quality. I got some protest when I announced I would keep some for Alex. By the way, he ate his six truffles in one go. #littleeyeroll 

French Truffles Serenata Flowers
Flower Bouquet by Serenata Flowers
White roses and pink canna lillies
Flower Giveaway

Serenata Flowers have kindly offered me to run a giveaway for my lovely readers, so today, you'll have the chance to win one of their arrangements worth £40. To take part, please fill in the Rafflecopter form and agree to the T&C's.

T&C's

  • A flower bouquet worth £40 will be the main prize in this giveaway.  The winner can choose the flowers.
  • This is a UK only giveaway.
  • Accounts that I feel have been created just for the purpose of the giveaway will be disqualified. 
  • You can enter by leaving me a comment, telling me what flowers mean to you and which ones are your favourites. Please also fill out the Rafflecopter form. Both are mandatory
  • The competition will run from  18/09/2015 till 24/09/2015. There will be one winner. 
  • The winner will be informed via Twitter/email on Friday 25/09/2015 after the giveaway has closed. 
  • The winner has 48h to respond before a runner-up will be selected. 
  • The prize worth £40 is kindly provided by Serenata Flowers.
  • The prize will be sent as soon as the details have been provided by the winner.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Good luck and till next time,
Carolin

*PR sample
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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Fashion: Street Art Meets Black Chic

Street Art Bankside London Fashion
Karen and I attended last week's Blogger Fashion Week (BLFW) organised by Danielle from the Bloggers Hangout. The venue was a lovely loft at the OXO tower overlooking the Thames. We meet fellow bloggers and chatted to amazing brands. I really enjoyed the event as the venue was perfect and attendances were asked to dress to the code: Black Chic.
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Monday, 14 September 2015

The Dismaland Disaster

Dismaland

Hi everyone, ever since the news about Banksy’s Dismaland went viral on social media, I wanted to go. Not only am I a big fan of art, but visiting an anti-version of Disneyland, with an arty and society criticising twist excited me for weeks. After a long, draining and nerve-wracking chase for the tickets, my visit happened today and I can’t tell you how upset, angry and disappointed I am. I do mean it honestly and not in the literal sense of how the place likes to market itself as being the most depressing place on earth.

The Dismaland Ticket Sale: My Worst Nightmare


I am very lazy with regards to anything that requires booking effort. I can’t stress enough how much I despise getting up on a Sunday morning to click refresh every 8 seconds just to get tickets for a festival. The lengths, stress and efforts that people go through to get tickets for certain events and experiences is something I do not share and can hardly understand.

So if I sit down and apply for weeks to get tickets for a specific event, this event has to be quite something and worth my time. The Dismaland ticket sale was my worst nightmare. Worse than winning the Glastonbury lottery. It didn’t start on the actual day, causing a mass breakdown of their website. It then got closed for another few days and finally went online on a Tuesday, at a time when everyone was at work and had better things to do than to apply for Dismaland tickets. The ticket slots were only available for the following week, so next Tuesday, the game would start all over again.

I didn’t get tickets in the first round, so I applied in the second week for them. I had around 100 tabs open and refreshed them every 8 seconds to get my desired time slot for the weekend 12th- 13th September. To enhance my chances for a ticket I also applied for the slots available on Monday, 14th and Tuesday 15th. After a long and stressful 40 minutes, the first available time slot to pop up was for Monday, 2pm - booked.

With four tickets secured for a daytime slot for optimal picture lightening, I was over the moon. 

Dismaland: Life Is Not A Fairy Tale


With tickets secured I've been on about my trip to Dismaland for weeks (sorry if my excitement annoyed the one or another). If something really excites me, I can be totally happy and smiley about it and to be honest, the opportunity to go to Dismaland has excited me like nothing else has for a very long time.

Alex’s stepdad couldn’t come, so I was left with two spare tickets and luckily, my friend Izas and her partner Ashley jumped in. We met at the venue in Weston-Super-Mare. Have you ever been to Weston? Well, it’s not a place I would go there voluntarily. It is a typical British seaside resort. Grim, dull, little run down, sad. The perfect place for Dismaland.

Dismaland Entrance

The weather was equally grim. It rained heavily on the way and at some point, I had to slow down to 30mph because the rain was that nasty! Dismaland is not signposted but if you follow the signs to 'beach' and 'seafront south' the posts lead you directly to the place. Parking spaces are provided just outside and I found one in the front row. 

Although we had pre-booked tickets, we had to join a 40-minute queue in the rain and the cold. At 2:10pm we finally entered the park, 10 minutes after my booked time slot at 2pm.

My 20 Minute Stay At Dismaland: The First 10 Minutes


A stream of people carried me into the park straight to Cinderella's castle. After weeks of seeing Dismaland on the internet, it became now a reality for me. There was a lot going on and so much to see that it was hard for me to decide, where to go first. It felt surreal standing finally in front of the distorted Ariel. I then spotted the bench with the bird lady and grumpy park staff, so I had to take a picture with him, too.

Dismaland Panorama
Please click on the panorama to enlarge the picture.
Dismaland Ariel

The Last 10 Minutes


It went all downhill when strong winds knocked Ariel over. That was the breaking point of the park going mental. The rain went down, the air got colder and the staff announced the closure of the park for ‘safety reasons’.

At first, people thought this was part of the show and a joke. But it wasn't. At 2:40 staff pushed people out of the park. I felt very confused as this scenario has never been mentioned on the ticket or that the park would reserve the right to close it down if security due to the stormy weather became an issue. You would have thought that the organiser would have been prepared for such an emergency, given the fact that the park has been built directly by the sea, which can get rough.

During the evacuation, the staff stayed in their dismal character, which I found inappropriate given the situation. They would not offer a refund nor give information who to contact regarding this. Cinderella’s Castle was closed in seconds. People were disappointed and angry and in a slight panic when everyone realised this wasn't a joke. Staff pushed the crowd out and suddenly everyone stormed for the exit through the gift shop (sorry couldn't help this pun). Such a nightmare!

Dismaland Lady attacked by birds
Merry Go Around Dismaland

My entire stay at Dismaland included a 40-minute queue and 20-minute stay at the park, 10 of those squeezed up in a crowd of people on the way out. During that time, I could not experience the art nor appreciate the social criticism portrayed by the exhibits. I wasn’t able to see the centrepiece Cinderella’s carriage, nor the porcelain dancers nor the Mickey Mouse Snake hybrid and so on. My stay was completely rushed and I feel this day has been wasted. I didn't receive a refund nor any other compensation for my loss of time and experience at Dismaland.

I do get that Dismaland is a place to criticise amusement parks, in particular, Disneyland for being corrupt and money greedy, and also wants to confront visitors with our distorted images of society. The staff is meant to be unhelpful and grumpy, the park itself is meant to leave you dismal and upset. Well, it certainly has. I came back home crying because I was angry about how the place handled the situation. Security comes first but they didn't make any move towards a contact person or what's going to happen. People invested time and money to travel to see that once in a lifetime masterpiece of art and then they don't even have the respect to offer anything? They even had the audacity to still charge £5 for their tour guides. 

Dismaland installation
Dismaland Sea World Criticism

We made our way into town to find 'somewhere nice' for tea and coffee. However, this is Weston, and finding a place was hard. We ended up in Nero's and had some cake and a hot chocolate. Unfortunately, both couldn't restore my world. I may sound overdramatic here, but I get very sulky and moody if I feel frustrated, uncomfortable and upset, and that was definitely the case. This day was meant to be special and also a little treat for my friends and family. I'm not a person who can brush things like that off easily and be all smiley and happy when things go wrong. So I'd really like to apologise to my friends who had to see me so devastated and cope with my miserable self. 

Before we left, a few people tweeted me kindly, that Dismaland potentially-maybe re-opened in the evening. Well, staying until then wasn’t an option, because Alex's mum has two dogs at home which we didn’t want to leave for 8h+ on their own, plus it had a reason, why I wanted to see Dismaland during the daytime. When we left at 5pm the winds got even stronger, so I don't think anything would have changed later on.

Update: No Refunds For Dismaland Tickets


Dismaland no refunds for tickets

Only by accident did I come across this account on Twitter. I shared it on my feed and hope, other visitors that day have seen it. I've asked a few times if they can let me know any contact details for the Dismaland management or the organisers, as there is no information given on the official Dismaland website. They hide somewhere and completely ignore the fact, that this is a serious customer issue.

Like many other people who visited that day, I can't make another trip to the park. I don't live in the UK so a return to Weston within the opening period of Dismaland isn't doable for me. I know Dismaland is all 'lols dismal' but given the situation, they should take their customers seriously. After all, the artists accuse Disneyland to be a company full of corruption, manipulation and greed for money. I really get mixed messages here, for what Banksy's amusement park stands for and what it actually practices. This has nothing to do with art anymore and please decide for yourself if you feel a trip to Dismaland is worth your time and money.

16/09: I still haven't had any reactions from Dismaland's management or the organisers regarding a refund for my non-existent experience at the park. I've tweeted a few times to the North Somerset account to please let me know any contact details, but it comes as no surprise, that they've been ignoring my requests. Cleverly, there's no contact information given on Dismaland's official website.

30/09: The North Somerset Council kindly gave me a contact email address for Grey Fox Productions, the organisation that ran the Dismaland Event. As of today, I've had no reaction from their side, nor a refund. It is very obvious, that the organisation hides somewhere behind a big name and does not want to face any issues with the park. This makes me question what would have happened if on that day someone really got hurt in that storm. They would have completely ignored and brushed that off as well. I've never come across such a poorly organised event ever and after all this, Dismaland remains a total scam to me. It's a profit machine run by greedy people that call themselves 'artists'.  

I'm sorry it has had a slight upsetting undertone. I can't help it. I'm probably fine tomorrow but for now, I can't express how disappointed I am. I feel robbed of my time and the opportunity to experience the exhibition. I wanted to see Dismaland and experience it to the fullest, yet it has been a rather surreal and upsetting afternoon for me. I've missed out on an experience which I didn't want to miss out on. Life certainly isn't a fairytale but I didn't need Banksy to tell me this. I knew this already.

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Lifestyle: Blogging Events - Are They Worth It?

Blogging events - are they worth it
Hi ladies, what a week it has been! I’ve been to 8 blogging events within less than six days. Yes - 8! You may ask yourself how I managed, and more importantly, why would I do that. Before I updated my blog’s profile to ‘London-based’, opportunities to attend events were rare. It has all changed now and the invitations came flying in. I wanted to make the most out of an experience which I usually don't have. That's why I went extreme and attended one networking event after another. What is it like to go to a press conference? Who will I meet at a blogger party? Is it worth meeting up with a PR agency? 

My week has been super crazy. It was busy, it was fun, it was tiring, it was simply fantastic and I don’t regret a single moment of my marathon. My little crash course in blogging and networking events has been an experience which I’d like to share with you. 
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Friday, 11 September 2015

Fashion: Boho Autumn Style

autumn boho fashion
Hi ladies, how are you? With the closure of the Magnum store this Sunday, summer officially comes to end. I can’t believe how dry and sunny the weather has been here in London with a warm, crystal clear air. Autumn is here and it’s going to be nicer than the non-existent British summer.

When I say autumn, I can’t deny how excited I am for days to come that require cosy knitwear and layers. Like last year, ponchos and blanket wraps will be my go-to fashion item in 2015 and I had the chance to wear it already. Though my woolly capes have to wait until chilly October, I used this very light version from George at ASDA* for today’s ootd.
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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Fashion: Summer In The City. Dresden OOTD

Hippie Chic leather watch

It's summertime! It may rain and be cold in the UK, but summer hasn't stopped at home in Germany. Since the end of May, the weather has been phenomenal. We had lots of sunshine and barely any temperatures falling down the 25-degree mark. Just the way I like it! I went home for an extended bank holiday weekend to spend the time with my parents. During my stay, I did some sightseeing in Berlin and Dresden.

Dresden is the capital of the county Saxony and also known as the 'Florence by the river Elbe'. This is because of its historic scenery which includes the Frauenkirche, Dresden castle and Opera House. The Zwinger, a baroque unit that hosts the antique treasures of Saxonian emperors and kings, has a beautiful garden. It was here where I sat down by the fountains and enjoyed a hot summer's day.
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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Film: What's Hot Or Not In August/September

Film review

Hi everyone, this month, you should see.....
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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Fashion: Sky Garden OOTD

Sky Garden OOTD Fashion Post
Hi ladies, how are you? I revisited Sky Garden in Fenchurch Street and this time the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Together with my friend Izas we enjoyed the warm and sunny afternoon on the viewing platform and also used the opportunity for a quick outfit shoot. Hope you’ll enjoy.
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Friday, 28 August 2015

Lifestyle: The Impact Of Languages

EF International Language School London

Hi ladies, a school exchange to London in 1999 sparked my love for the UK. Back then as a teenager, I was absolutely overwhelmed by the vibrant culture and energetic chaos that is London. The trip impacted my entire life and I dedicated all of my time to improve my English. The aim was to return to London after my A-Levels and in 2005 the time had finally come. I attended a private language school by EF. These days, my school which is only a short walk from Waterloo and Southwark station has been in the news and also sparked nostalgia in me.

It has now been 10 years since I’ve finished my A-Levels with an ‘Outstanding’ in English. In autumn 2005, I would attend a private international language school in central London, run by EF. EF (education first) is a private organisation that offers language courses at their private schools spread across the globe and also organises Au-Pair opportunities to the US. I first heard about the Au-Pair programme but when I visited the EF HQ in Berlin for an Au-Pair interview, my attention was soon drawn to a brochure introducing the language courses. London was one of their top schools in Europe, so the US were very, very quickly forgotten.
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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Lifestyle: On Top Of Europe. The View From The Shard London.

The Shard London

Hi ladies, how are you? The weather has been so horrible in London lately, but rain and cold have not stopped me from exploring the vibrant city. My recent discovery brought me to The Shard* where I had an incredible time sightseeing together with my friend Serene.

If you wouldn’t know that The Shard is London’s latest addition, you would assume it has always been a part of the magnificent city skyline. The impressive building with its shiny, flawless glass front blends in so smoothly into the capital’s history that you wouldn’t believe that it has only been at London Bridge since 2012. In fact, the view from The Shard is one of the most memorable and enjoyable experience I’ve ever had and I’m going to tell you why.
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Monday, 24 August 2015

Fashion: A Handbag For The Oktoberfest

Wiesntascherl Oktoberfest
Copyright Dagmar Sassadeck. Photography: Dominik Schachten
With September just around the corner, German fashionistas prepare for the world famous Oktoberfest. Whilst the main action is concentrated in and around Munich, other cities such as Düsseldorf, Cologne, Berlin and even London join into the season which celebrates fun, beer and of course fashion.
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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Fashion: Street Art Meets Chocolate. London OOTD

Bankside Fashion
Hi ladies how are you? You may have seen my #MOTDs over on Instagram and wondered why my ice cream consumption has shot up dramatically. Earlier this month I was very lucky to win a limited edition Holly Fulton for Magnum ice cream necklace over on Instagram. The necklace 'unlocks' the pleasure store in Covent Garden and allows the wearer to enjoy unlimited ice cream until mid-September (that's when the shop closes). Have you been to the shop yet? It's a very unique experience and the ice cream combinations are so good and very hard to resist. I will definitely need to go on a strict diet from September onwards. 
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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Fashion: Black Chic For Bloggers Love Fashion Week

Bloggers Love Fashion Week Style Post
Hi ladies, Bloggers Love once again calls to the community to join their Bloggers Love Fashion Week event on 7th September in London. I've been to their events a few times including the Bloggers Love Hub Event in London, Bloggers Love Hub at Mahiki and their event back in March which I have featured in my Do's and Don'ts at blogging events. Though the events are known for being overcrowded I'm excited to go and to hopefully meet some of you lovelies in person. I will attend both sessions.
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Monday, 17 August 2015

Lifestyle: Life Lately In London 1

London Attractions

Hi ladies, how are you? This month I'm in London as I'm considering moving back here permanently. It's kind of a trial and testing period really and between applying for zillions of jobs, I had the most amazing time in the capital lately. Here's what I've been up to.
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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Fashion: Covent Garden OOTD

Covent Garden fashion
Hi ladies, how are you? I'm back in London for the month and I'm seriously considering moving here permanently in September/October. As you know my partner Alex lives and works here and of course, I'd like to be where he is. So I've been applying for zillions of jobs and in between enjoying the city. My friend Izas has recently moved from Spain to Manchester and came down to London for a few days. She is an amazing photographer and she was so kind to shoot the pictures for today's outfit post. Hope you'll enjoy :)
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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Fashion: In A German Garden OOTD

Fashion Leggings
Hi ladies how are you? Leggings made a big revival last year with the introduction of a very quirky but unique pattern: kaleidoscope! You may remember these little toy tubes filled with pearls, coloured glass, gems and little sequins that would create the most stunning patterns when the tube was rotated. Inside was a lens of a prism that would change the pattern and sequence of elements permanently. Kaleidoscopes have fascinated me since my childhood and the creation of unique and fleeting patterns has carried me away into a world full of wonders and imagination for hours.
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Monday, 10 August 2015

Fashion: Get, Set Gryffindor!

Harry Potter fashion post

Hi ladies, how are you? Yes, it is time for me to share my love for Harry Potter and I insist that I am a true Gryffindor at heart (though Pottermore would like to sort me into Slytherin). How do I know that I belong to the brave and fearless? Well like Harry I love adventures and breaking the rules. Unconditional love and friendship are the most important values in my life and I do not fear to fight for my dreams.
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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Fashion: My Shoe Wardrobe. Summer Fashion 2015

summer shoe wardrobe fashion post
Hi ladies, do you remember my summer shoe post with the hottest trends for 2015 from a while ago? Well, a lot has happened on the shoe front ever since and I’d like to show you my latest finds and my new wardrobe.
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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Fashion: What Can I Wear To Work?

Work Wear Office Fashion
Lately, I realised that I hadn’t had anything nice to wear for work, so a shopping spree with the focus on smart office clothes was inevitable. Usually, the first address that comes into my mind when I look for professional outfits is either Next or Oasis but I feel that both retailers have become extremely difficult to shop in the current sale season with most desired items already gone (unless you fancy queuing from 5am onwards on the first day of the sales). However, after some research on the British High Street an alternative was found and the question ‘What can I wear for work?’ won’t haunt me for a while.
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