VORLD / December
December has gone by super quickly this year and I can't believe we're about to start the new year. This month was filled with festivities, Christmas markets (in London and at home) and lots of quality time with family and friends. Also, I had some pretty amazing food and discovered treasures at one of the most unique stores in Stuttgart...
Although, by now we're all fed up with Christmas joy and decorations, I couldn't help but include these pictures I took of Covent Garden and the central London area at the beginning of the month as it looked so very beautiful and festive!
... I was all over the mistletoe meets disco ball vibes at Covent Garden plaza!
Leicester Square was home to a small version of Winter Wonderland, including a Ferris wheel and loads of unhealthy treats.
That same day, I discovered this restaurant by chance, as I was desperately trying to find a central London booking for 8 people on a Friday night. Thank god for OpenTable, which suggested Morada Brindisa, a Spanish 'asador & tapas' restaurant just off Leicester Square. The restaurant is part of a chain of tapas places in London, which made me a bit sceptical in the beginning. However, the food was absolutely delicious and the drinks spot on! We ordered wintery Cranberry Caipirinhas as well as a selection of tapas including pimientos de padrón, jamón Ibérico, croquetas de jamón and their speciality, a roasted leg of lamb. The restaurant has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, great service and is perfect for larger groups of people.
Studying abroad I feel like I have stopped taking my home for granted and have started to truly appreciate my local culture. One of the things that got me super excited this month was the Christmas market in Stuttgart, which attracts crowds of tourists every year. I love browsing the different stalls, which sell lovingly handmade pieces of art, baked goods, spices or handy kitchen utensils. If you ever have the chance to visit a German Christmas market, make sure to try traditional Lebkuchen (gingerbread), Gutsle (the Southern German word for Christmas biscuits) and Glühwein (warm mulled wine that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!).
A place that holds a very special place in my heart is this vintage boutique I keep talking about in Rosenstraße. Here you can find vintage sequin collars from the 19th century, Yamamoto trousers and Fürstenberg dresses, as well as fun faux fur coats. I have been a customer for years and am convinced that this place holds treasures I can't even find in London! Recently, I have stopped shopping at high street stores and focused on finding unique and one of a kind pieces, regardless of the fact that they might have been worn before. In fact, I love the idea of giving pieces of clothing a second life, pairing them in a modern and new context and supporting independent retailers along the way. Next time you are in the central Stuttgart area, head to Rosenstraße and give Brigitte (the owner and former stylist) some love, as her store is a real fashion experience and a true labour of love!
It shouldn't come as a surprise that I found two of my new favourite fashion discoveries at Edel Second. Firstly, this amazing studded 80s leather jacket, which makes me feel pretty badass, as well as my first pair of culottes which actually fit me and don't make me look like I've gained 10 pounds! I love paring them with a basic black turtleneck and platform boots to give me some extra height. Add red nails for a splash of colour and feel like the personification of effortless cool.
Wishing you a healthy, successful and happy 2016!
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