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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Impermanence



Berlin. 
Almost none of my friends are here permanently.
And i'm starting to think that maybe i'm not either? 
Maybe Berlin is a phase we all must go through before we find our real home?
I'm fairly certain that Denmark isn't mine, but I'm starting to accept that this might not be it either. 
So with that in mind, i'm trying not to tie myself down too much. 
Which sounds ridiculous coming from someone currently looking for an apartment and a new place to call home, I know!
But it won't be like it was. 

I moved into the Bunker thinking that i was going to be living here forever, or at least 20 years or more.
Not less that two. 
And now it doesn't even feel remotely like home. Hasn't for a long time.
For this next place, a place that's gonna be just for me, my expectations are more realistic. 
What i'm looking for is a home base, for now. 
In a city that feels a lot like home. For now.
Sure, I'll invest in it and make it cosy as hell, but now i know it won't be forever. 
Who knows how i'll feel when the people who have become my best friends decide it's time to move back home?
Maybe Berlin will lose some of its charm when i don't have the people closest to me to share it with anymore.
Much like homes, friendships aren't necessarily a permanent thing. 
That's what growing older teaches you.

I know this may come off as a sad post, but it's really not.
Self indulgent and a bit naive, perhaps, but not sad!
If anything, it's about realizing that the world is full of possibilities.
It's about living in the now, and being curious about the future.
I have no idea where i'm gonna be in five years, or one for that matter, and that's kind of beautiful.
And a first for me.

I know i haven't done a lot of writing since The Break-Up, and that's been hard for me.
Holding back is not in my nature.
But shit is complicated, and airing your dirty laundry on the internet is just never really a good idea.
That being said, i hope to be able to open up and share more in the near future.

Here are some pictures from the last couple of months of apartment hunting.
I haven't had any luck yet, but i have gotten to explore some cool neighborhoods, gone on lots of long bike rides, and gotten a look inside some really interesting buildings, and i'm hopeful that something awesome will come my way soon.
If not, i guess i'll emigrate. Worked last time!



One of the first apartments i looked at was so dreamy and way too expensive

Post apartment viewing okonomiyaki at Neues Heimat

Awesome market... i should go back there soon

This place was (obviously) still being renovated

This is a problem in Berlin, actually; they take beautiful old apartments and renovate them until they've lost all their original charm

When looking at apartments in Neukölln, i have coffee at Roamers

A rare and wonderful not renovated apartment in Friedrichshain that i wanted badly

I was gonna paint the floors

When looking at apartments in Friedrichshain, i have coffee at Silo

After coffee photobooth fun with Jessica's kitten sleep mask 

The best part of this place was the amazing hallway 

The apartment was great too, but we weren't allowed to take pictures cause people still lived there

Nice neighborhood, but close to the dreaded and kind of useless brown line...

Oh, how i loved this one, but it had hidden expenses and ended up being just a bit outside of my budget

Pretty pink hallway

I dressed up for this viewing...

... and ended up matching one of the apartments 

Again, Roamers... i need to live near this place

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cph from above





Well, what do you know, an unpublished analog draft.
Better post this before i get the pictures back from my most recent trip to Denmark.
Yes, these ones are actually from way back in May!
Thankfully there aren't that many, since our time in Copenhagen was limited, and mostly spent on bicycles.

So here's a few touristy shots.
Nyhavn and Rundetårn.
Such lovely clichés.




Saturday, September 20, 2014

The new classic




I know, i did it again, and i feel bad, really i do!
But my etsy shop has been closed for about two years, and that's a like a decade in internet years, so i need to do a lot of this promotion stuff to bring it back on the radar.
I'm sure you guys understand, and all this apologizing is totally unnecessary, but anyway.

So as you can see, the shop is almost fully stocked and more stuff is being added every day.
It's very exciting to have it up and running again, and even though it's gonna be painful to part with hats from my private collection, and the vintage clothes i've collected over the years, it feels very right at the same time.

Below are two of my favorites; i headband style piece i originally made for myself to wear at a friends wedding (which i did and i looked awesome, by the way), and one of my favorite vintage dresses, that the lovely Jacqueline just happened to be wearing for this photo shoot.






Ok, i swear that's it for now with the self promotion!
I have to study Japanese now anyway, before my classmates come over for a study session.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Shameful self promotion




I feel like a total asshole for doing a post like this after not blogging for so long.
And i honestly have so much exciting stuff that i'd much rather be writing about right now, but...

This is just gonna be a super quick post to let y'all know that my etsy shop has been reopened and it's full of fancy stuff!
Some of my older pieces i'm selling for cheap (like, way cheap), and i've also listed a few things from my private collection that have never been for sale before.
The reason for selling those now, is that i am currently searching for a new place to live and, knowing Berlin, it'll be a whole lot smaller than the giant fucking house i've called home for the last year and a half.
So things must go to make room for, well... me! And Lcifer. And our fewer possessions.

See now i feel like even more of an asshole dropping information like that on those of you who may not be following my apartment hunting journey on instagram, but i can assure you that i'll be doing a follow up post on that whole thing in the next few days.
Promise.

Until then, pleeeaase go check out the etsy shop, like my new page on facebook, or follow my brand new random-shit instagram account.
Yeah, that didn't sounds creepy and desperate at all.
Nope, i'm good.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The benches




Sometimes i feel like my analog posts has a lot of landscapes, cityscapes, home decor, plants, the occasional cows and dogs, but not a whole lot of people.
I try to take a lot of people pictures when i travel, but i rarely take any in Berlin, it seems.
Maybe that's because i forget to bring my camera along pretty much every time i go out, but whatever the reason, i love pictures of people, so i wanna try to do more of those!

I shot these pictures of a friend on a random Monday in Friedrichshain about a month ago.
I basically just brought my camera along cause i needed to finish the Denmark film that had been in there for way too long, but sometimes the pictures that you don't plan, end up being the ones you like the best.
The top one i'm particularly pleased with, even though most of the credit as always goes to my amazing and trusty old Canon.

Action! Excitement! And... ramen? Go!








Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In which Flora Amalie tries out a new phone...



This weekend i got the unexpected opportunity to take part in a blogger workshop here in Berlin.
It's been really hot in the city lately, still is, so the idea of spending my Saturday and Sunday in an even hotter classroom when i could be at the lake with my friends, had me question my decision to say yes, but i'm really glad i went.
The workshop was really informative and inspiring, and i hope it provided the kick in the ass i've been needing to move forward with the Untitled Blog.

See, i've felt for a long time that this whole blog needed a makeover. Like, a severe one, not just a new header like i normally do when i need change!
Maybe a whole new theme, a whole new subject, who knows?
But something needs to happen, and for the first time in a long time i actually feel inspired to do something about it.
The blog might end up being less about me, and more lifestyle-ish.
I might want people to do guest posts, i might do sections with different topics, i don't know yet, but i'm always interested in hearing what you guys have to say, so if there's something you'd like to see more of on the blog (besides regular posting, lol), please let me know in the comments!

One of the things we talked about a lot at the workshop, was making money from your blog, something i've personally never been very good at.
I've never had ads, and i've never done any sponsored content, even though i've had offers in the past.
But things change, and that topic couldn't have come up at a better time for me.
You see, i was recently contacted by a company that represents Huawei, asking me if i'd like to try out this new phone, that supposedly had a great camera.
And guys, this time i said yes. Because, well, free phone!
So this post is kinda sponsored, i guess?*
Or, at least it's full of photos from the Huawei Ascend P7, which, by the way, does indeed have a very nice camera, as you can see.
I used VSCO Cam to edit all the photos, as i usually do with my iPhone photos as well, and i think they have a nice analog feel to them.
However, VSCO ran pretty slow on New Phone, which i found a little frustrating, but i am an extremely impatient person when it comes to technology, so maybe it's just me!

Now, if anyone out there would like to give me a new laptop to replace the purple dinosaur i'm so desperately trying to keep alive, i am apparently open to accepting bribes.
Just kidding.
But not really.
*whispers* call me, apple....



I made a new work space in my wardrobe, perfect for drawing and studying Japanese 

My favorite Dino Baby and his lovely wife came to visit recently, and we went to eat at Yam Yam, which is the spot in Berlin for kick ass Mandu and other Korean delicacies 

Mandu, rice, kimchi and gim (which is not pictured cause they always forget to bring it the first time around!)

My roommate Luke took this picture of the dogs being fucking adorable the other night

I've been encouraging my friends to try out New Phone when they feel like taking pictures, so here's Luke and Wendy testing the front camera at this kind of horrible breakfast spot we tried out a few weeks ago (the fat, rich guy smoking a cigar right next to us didn't exactly elevate the dining experience!)

My girls at Mi Onda

The dudes and the dogs

Roamers in Neukölln is one of my favorite places in Berlin at the moment, cause they have great interior, good coffee, and killer avocado on toast... so basically all my favorite things!

And one time, they also had parrots parked outside... oh, Berlin...

Oh, and New Phone has a built in beauty filter... whether it works or not is debatable, i guess!



*I was gonna name this post "Sellout" but that seemed a bit too harsh, after all!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A breath of fresh air




I got pictures back from the lab yesterday.
And y'all know how much i love getting pictures back!
Most of the photos on that film were from my trip to Denmark in late May with Wendy and Taylor.
I know, it took me a while to finish shooting that one!
Anyway, we spent two days in Bisserup with my parents, and two days partying and riding bikes in Copenhagen.
It was a perfect little trip that made me look at Denmark a little differently.
Not in a i-wanna-move-back kinda way, more like a you're-not-so-bad-after-all kinda way.
I wanna go back soon, to both Bisserup and Copenhagen.
And i want all of my friends to come with me.

Here are some of my photos from Bisserup.
I'm sure you've seen it all before, but you gotta admit, it's fucking pretty there!

Thanks to my mom and dad for always being the best hosts, and taking such good care of us.