Soap bottle DIY

DIY soap bottle (Lemonaid) DIY soap bottle (Lemonaid)If you are an interior junkie just like me with a slight Pinterest obsession, you have probably already seen this a bunch of times. Then again, since it is fun (and super quick!) I thought of sharing this little DIY project with you.

You see, I have a thing for bottles. If they are too cute I just can’t throw them away, so I end up stacking them in my tiny storage room and re-use them for whatever in my apartment – as straw holders, vases for freshly cut flowers..and liquid soap, as of now.

This DIY seriously couldn’t be any more simple: if you already have a liquid soap holder, just get rid of the upper part and twist it on your favorite bottle (tip: make sure that those two pieces fit together, if their size is different it might get tricky, in which case you’ll need to be a DIY-pro to fix that), fill the bottle with your favorite liquid soap up and voila’ – ready to revamp your kitchen or bathroom sink!

I love how small, budget friendly changes can upgrade your home in just a few easy steps – so no need for big refurbishments. ;-)

In my case, I used a bottle of Lemonaid that I took home with me after visiting their awesome office during the Blogger Sustainability Race in Hamburg a couple of months ago.

Are you also having fun DIYing your home? Share your projects by submitting a comment below, I am super curious!

xxx Greta

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Se siete anche voi amanti di interior design con una (leggera) ossessione per Pinterest proprio come me, l’avrete gia’ visto e rivisto. Dato che pero’ e’ davvero carino (e super veloce da creare) ho pensato di condividere questo piccolo progetto DIY (fai da te) con voi.

Vedete, ho una fissa per le bottiglie. Se hanno una forma carina non riesco a buttarle via, quindi le conservo nel mio misero ripostiglio e le riutilizzo per qualsiasi cosa possibile in casa – come contenitori per cannucce, per fiori freschi..e per il sapone liquido, da oggi.

Questo Fai Da Te non potrebbe essere piu’ semplice: se avete gia’ un contenitore per sapone liquido, svitate la parte sopra ed avvitatela nella vostra bottiglietta preferita del momento (consiglio: assicuratevi che entrambe le parti abbiano lo stesso diametro, onde evitare lavoro ulteriore) e voila’!

Adoro come certi piccoli cambiamenti economici come questo possano davvero cambiare il look in una stanza – senza bisogno di ristrutturare casa da cima a fondo. ;-)

Nel mio caso ho usato una bottiglia di Lemonaid che ho portato a casa con me dopo aver partecipato all’evento Blogger Sustainability Race ad Amburgo un paio di mesi fa.

Anche voi vi divertite con progetti Fai Da Te per la casa? Condividete i vostri capolavori lasciando un commento qui sotto!

xxx Greta

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MARRY ME. engagement shoot

MARRYME. gretasdrawer engagement shootSpring is in the air, on a warm sunny Saturday afternoon strolling in the heart of Bremen, Germany, with my gorgeous fiance’ by my side. What more can a girl ask for? Capturing the moment on camera by Anna & Andreas of MARRYME, obviously.

Not only are these two beyond talented, they are super fun to work with – the fact that they are so easy going and “got us” right away, made the photoshoot totally natural and we had such a blast. Now I just have to wait five more months to see what kind of amazingness they will come up with on our wedding *drool*

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[Wearing: COS statement necklace/ ZARA silky shirt/ MANGO skirt & boots/ CALZEDONIA tights/ MEZEREEM earrings/ NO NAME fedora; Nils wears: S. OLIVER shirt/ ZARA blazer/ PULL & BEAR waistcoat/ JACK & JONES jeans/ CONVERSE All Stars]

For the shoot we both wanted to look good and still feel like ourselves, without overdressing really. I am not a fan of brides looking like completely different women – we still want our future husband to recognise us and not thinking he is marrying some other chick, am I right ladies?

Check out Anna & Andreas’ blog for more photos and if you are also loving their work, make sure to like their Facebook page.

xxx Greta

(Images courtesy of MARRYME.)

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La primavera e’ alle porte, un Sabato pomeriggio splendido passeggiando nel cuore di Brema, Germania, con il mio futuro marito al mio fianco. Cosa vuoi di piu’ dalla vita? Catturare questi momenti con la macchina fotografica di Anna & Andreas di MARRYME, naturalmente.

Non solo hanno un talento inesplicabile, ci si diverte un sacco con questi due – il fatto che sono cosi’ easy going e ci hanno capito al volo ha reso il servizio fotografico completamente naturale e siamo stati davvero bene. Ora devo “solo” attendere cinque mesi per vedere il capolavoro che faranno al giorno del nostro matrimonio *zero pazienza*

Per l’occasione volevamo entrambi essere vestiti bene ma sentendoci comunque noi stessi, senza strafare. Non so voi, ma io non sono una fan delle spose che si trasformano per il matrimonio – vogliamo che il nostro futuro marito ci riconosca e non pensi che stia sposando un’altra fanciulla, o mi sbaglio donne?

Date un’occhiata al blog di Anna & Andreas per vedere altre foto di questo photoshoot e se vi piace il loro stile, fate un Mi Piace sulla loro pagina Facebook.

[Indosso: collana COS/ blusa ZARA/ gonna & stivaletti MANGO/ collant CALZEDONIA/ orecchini MEZEREEM; Nils indossa: camicia S. OLIVER/ giacca ZARA/ gilet PULL & BEAR/ jeans JACK & JONES/ CONVERSE All Stars]

xxx Greta

STREETSTYLE NYFW FW14

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It seems as if in the last couple of years when it comes to New York Fashion Week for the Fall/Winter shows, fashionistas have to suck it up and freeze their teeny tiny bottoms in order to look F-to-the-ABULOUS.

While London Fashion Week kicked off last week-end, what better way to spend my afternoon off than browsing the net for the best NYFW street style photos? *major inspiration alert*

Although about 90% of these stunning gals are indeed freezing I love how, compared to last year, they are strutting with that I-don’t-give-a-ish-attitude and rocking the sneaker trend.

So for the love of fashion, here’s today’s lesson: every now and then, ditch your heels and let your kicks do the talking – no matter what kind of outfit you wanna wear.

You feel me girlfriend?

xxx Greta

[from top left, images via Style.com/ ELLE/ Style.com x 2/ garancedore.com/ Style.com/ Pinterest/ Style.com x 2/ ELLE/ Pinterest]

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Sembra proprio che negli ultimi paio d’anni le fashionista di New York, per la settimana della moda Autunno/Inverno, siano costrette a congelarsi per essere impeccabili e super stilose come sempre.

Mentre la fashion week a Londra ha aperto le porte lo scorso weekend, quale modo migliore di passare il mio pomeriggio libero se non passare ore su internet a trovare le migliori immagini street style? *allarme mega ispirazione*

Anche se circa il 90% delle fanciulle che vedete qui sopra stanno letteralmente gelando, amo come – a differenza dello scorso anno – sfilano per strada con quel je-ne-sais-quoi dello sbattersi a mettere tacchi vertiginosi e sfoggiare il trend delle sneakers.

Quindi, lezione fashion del giorno: una volta ogni tanto, lasciate il tacco a casa e mirate alla comodita’ delle cosiddette  scarpe da tennis – indipendentemente dall’outfit che desiderate indossare.

Concordate?

xxx Greta

Mezereem ear party

Mezereem dainty earringsI LOVE discovering small independent labels, especially if combined with my dainty earrings obsession. That’s pretty much what I would describe as the perfect (mix &) match. After going for my fourth ear piercing a few months back the adventurous hunt for the cutest, tiniest earrings began and there, in a galEtsy far far away I found my treasure: MEZEREEM.

Designed and produced (handmade!) in the heart of Amsterdam by the lovely Daphne, the brand focuses on dainty jewelry with a unique attention for details – simply stunning and so versatile if you ask me. Since Etsy hasn’t come up with a purchase-every-single-item-of-this-store-button yet, I have opted for these triple silver ball studs & ear loops and I’ve been wearing them non-stop ever since. I love how the loops look like tiny piercings and no worries, they won’t come off that easily although they come without clip at the back.

The triple studs look darn good with basically anything else – in this case with a small crystal stud and an old & dusted eyebrow piercing:

Mezereem ear studsSpeaking of attention to details, how genius is the packaging? Let’s discuss. Reclycled carton case, washi tape AND neon strings? I am so hooked :-)

Mezereem earrings Mezereem dainty earrings Mezereem earringsMezereem is available online, on Etsy & Dawanda. Follow Daphne’s amazing work on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @mezereem and join the ear party!

xxx Greta

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AMO scoprire piccoli marchi indipendenti, soprattutto se si tratta della mia ossessione per gli orecchini in mini dimensioni. Dopo essermi decisa di fare il quarto buco all’orecchio qualche mese fa, seguita da un’avventurosa ricerca online ho trovato il mio tesoro su Etsy: MEZEREEM.

Queste meraviglie che vedete al mio orecchio sono lavorate rigorosamente a mano nel cuore di Amsterdam dalla cara Daphne, la quale si specializza in gioielli fini, delicati con una cura particolare del dettaglio – che il rende stupendi e super versatili secondo me. Dato che Etsy non ha ancora inventato il pulsante “acquista l’intero negozio”, ho optato per queste mini palline triple e semicerchi aperti in argento e devo ammettere che non ho mai smesso di indossarli. Adoro l’effetto piercing dei semicerchi e non vi preoccupate, non li perdete facilmente anche se non hanno la farfallina dietro.

A proposito di cura nel dettaglio, avete visto la confezione? Parliamone: custodia in cartone riciclato, washi tape + filo neon? #novabbeciao :-)

Mezereem e’ disponibile online, su Etsy e Dawanda. Seguite il capolavori di Daphne su Instagram, Facebook e Twitter @mezereem e buon shopping!

xxx Greta

MY 10 WINTER ESSENTIALS

WINTER ESSENTIALS WINTER ESSENTIALSTotally unaware, I woke up this morning in Siberia. Or so I thought, seeing about 10cm of snow outside my window and a perceived temperature of -15°C.  “What the *beeeeeeeeep* am I gonna wear today?!” was the first question that naturally popped into my head, before being awake enough to decide how to even spend the day to begin with. I took a glimpse of my closet and that’s when it hit me: I’ve been wearing the same clothes on rotation this season! Call it safety net, personal style awareness or simply just lazyness, in the last couple of months I have been sticking to my trusted staple pieces and have played the mix & match game non-stop – which, to my eyes, totally works especially as the accessories (aka statement necklaces, ear parties, arm swag – you name it) do the trick by freshening up every look.

I have gathered them on a rack and decided to make it a concept called: my 10 winter essentials. Ha! It consists of:

#1: a warm knitted BEANIE – not only because it’s über trendy, it’s absolutely necessary to avoid a major forehead freeze [mine is from ZARA & in a lovely shade of burgundy].

#2: a SWEATSHIRT, great for layering and to keep the outfit casual – unless you wanna vamp it up with a great heel which I love.

#3: an oversized, fluffly BLACK KNIT – possibly the most versatile item of clothing I own, I love this one from MANGO with leather details on the stitching and buttonless. Tip: add a belt around your waist for a more flattering, chich take.

WINTER ESSENTIALS

#4: a BRETON TOP – preferrably longsleeve. My obsession for breton stripes does not seem to disappear within the next couple of years so it’s gotta be on this list, duh! No need to mention how versatile stripes are but you should know that are timeless, so go ahead and wear them at any time of the year. So glad I got this breton COS top last year, it still looks impeccable.

#5: a PREPPY SHIRT – best if white with a cute print. Bought this one ages ago at ZARA with studs on the collar & a cute owls print and it is still one of my favorites. Tip: button it up, add a statement necklace or stack lots of dainty ones for the perfect look.

WINTER ESSENTIALS#6: BLACK SKINNY JEANS – because they slim anyone down and look amazing with eerm, e v e r y t h i n g !!!

#7: a SKATER MINI SKIRT – the same applies for a cute (preferrably black) mini skirt. Tip: try a scuba fabric like the one I got at ZARA & have fun mixing prints and textures.

#8: an OVERSIZED COAT – after my desperate search for THE perfect coat, I settled for this cutie at H&M with the right amount of fluffiness and a great fit.

BOYFRIEND COAT H&M

#9: ANKLE BOOTS – I tend to stick to black when it comes to shoes as well for the fall/winter season and I can only recommend a cute pair of ankle booties (pointy, round, cowboy, biker..I could go on for hours) for the same versatility bla bla ;-)

#10: UGG BOOTS – I saved them for last because the fashionistas world splits into two when it comes to Uggs. Love them or hate them, I do love them because, let’s face it, they keep my feet SO WARM. They might not look oh-so-fabulous like a pair of Manolo’s but when it’s cold it’s cold for Mother Nature’s sake – am I right ladies?

Rather than style lazyness, this actually looks like a smart way of shopping to me – investing in a handfull of good quality basics and combining/layering them however one will please.

Can you relate to this concept? What would be your 10 winter wardrobe essentials? I am super curious to find out!

xxx Greta

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CHARITY FASHION SALE @ HAMBURG

Beliya Chare It EventGirls, let’s face it – shopping is so much more fun when there’s a good cause involved. Unless this is the first time you peek into my “drawer”, you should know why the German accessories brand BELIYA has developed a very special spot on this blog – I fully sustain their ethical way of doing business, which gives the fashion industry a healthy, fresh & positive breeze.

Having said that, if you live or happen to be around Hamburg, Germany this week-end, go say hello to the lovely Beliya gals and join their very fashionable event at their showroom together with CHARE IT, another awesome vintage charity label and recycle your bag for a good cause. How? Simply donate one of your old, dusted, what-was-I-thinking-when-I-bought-this-bag to Chare It – which will be further donated to one of the many charity associations that collaborate with the brand – and as a thank you you’ll receive a 20% discount on your next Beliya purchase!

Next to Chare It, Beliya will welcome other fabulous brands for the occasion which will all offer a massive sale so get it while it’s hot :-)

Fashion Sale Beliya Chare ItHappy charitable shopping!

xxx Greta

Inspiration: WINTER STREETSTYLE

Looks like breezy temperatures are approaching on this side of the pond as of this week – finally I might add. To me winter equals snuggly time and until now it has been way too mild for that. To get me on the right foot, here’s a little moodboard galore of just the kind of winter streetstyle I am digging these days: layered but clean with the right amount of oversize and oh-so-fine.

P.S. Dr. Martens are back with a twist, and I am loving it. Don’t say I haven’t warned you.

Have a lovely week and happy (belated) year!

xxx Greta

[from top left, images via: Moderosa/ Pinterest x 4/ Camille Over The Rainbow/ The Fashion Guitar/ This Chick's Got Style/ Moderosa/ Pinterest]

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Sembra che da questa settimana la temperatura dovrebbe abbassarsi parecchio da questa parte del mondo – finalmente, aggiungerei. Per me l’inverno significa “imbacuccarsi” e fino ad ora il clima e’ stato troppo mite per questo. Quindi, per affrontare la stagione con il piede giusto, eccovi un moodboard d’ispirazione dello streetstyle invernale, proprio come piace a me: a strati ma clean con la dose giusta di oversize.

P.S: Le Dr. Martens stanno avendo un comeback e adoro! Non ditemi poi che non vi ho avvisate.

Vi auguro una splendida settimana e buon anno nuovo (anche se in ritardo)!

xxx Greta

Outfit: festive mode ON

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[Scuba skirt & beanie: ZARA/ knit: MANGO/bag: BELIYA/ coat & tights: H&M/ boots:  NILSON]

With Santa knocking on our doors in a couple of days, there couldn’t be a better moment to show you a rather more festive outfit  – to spice things up a bit without looking like a Xmas tree. While some of you might like the super duper overdressing mode during the holiday season, my motto is to feel comfortable and myself in my own outfit – with a slight va va voooom edge.

This is a look I am definitely gonna rock more than once this Xmas (yes, I don’t mind the repeat offender – as much as I adore Victoria Beckham!) and the key is simple: keeping it all black & white and clashing prints & texture – a scuba skirt with sheer polka dot tights, zig-zag knit with a glitter Peter Pan collar, and a red lippy – because it is Xmas at the end of the day. I sticked with black accessories to avoid the too-much effect. I am utterly in love with the new Beliya Promise bag, their very first made entirely of 100% recycled leather – it feels so soft and it’s the perfect size – big enough for us gals to carry everything we need without looking like a travel bag.

For the occasion I have (my very first) giveaway for you – see it as a small Xmas present for you, awesome readers: a Beliya heart-shaped key ring:

Beliya giveawayTo win all you have to do is like my Facebook page and submit a comment below this post, telling me what is your favorite Xmas outfit. Uh and your email address as well so I can contact you when you win. The contest is closing on Sunday 29/12/13 and three of you can win!

Have a lovely week-end!

xxx Greta

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Dato che Babbo Natale ci suonera’ il campanello fra qualche giorno, non potrebbe esserci momento migliore per mostrarvi un outfit adatto per le feste – senza sembrare un albero di Natale! Non so voi, ma a me non piace strafare in merito a stile in questo periodo dell’anno – preferisco rimanere me stessa con qualche bling in piu’, senza esagerare insomma.

In questo caso il concetto e’ semplice: ho mantenuto l’outfit bianco & nero contrastandolo con motti e tessuti diversi: la gonna scuba con le calze a pois, il maglioncino a zig zag con il colletto glitterato e rossetto rosso – perche’ siamo a Natale. Gli accessori rigorosamente neri per evitare l’effetto too much. Adoro la nuova borsa Promise di Beliya, la loro prima borsa tutta in pelle 100% riciclata – e’ morbidissima e super capiente.

Per l’occasione ho il mio primo giveaway per voi – vedetelo come un piccolo regalo di Natale da parte mia: un porta chiavi in pelle a forma di cuore di Beliya.

Per vincere basta cliccare Mi Piace sulla mia pagina Facebook e scrivere un commento sotto questo articolo, descrivendomi il vostro outfit natalizio preferito insieme alla vostra email – cosi posso contattarvi qual’ora abbiate vinto. Il contest termina Domenica 29/12/13 e tre di voi potranno vincere!

Vi auguro un buon week-end!

xxx Greta

BoConcept Bremen = interior heaven

BoConcept Bremen BoConcept Bremen BoConcept Bremen BoConcept Bremen BoConcept Bremen BoConcept Bremen BoConcept Bremen BoConcept Bremen BoConcept Bremen BoConcept Bremen BoConcept Bremen - gretasdrawer & erdbeerwaldIf you’re also such a sucker for minimal home decor like me, you would have also had an interiorgasm two weeks ago at the BoConcept store in Bremen, Germany. Moi & fellow lifestyle bloggers from Northern Germany, aka #nordblogger, had the whole store to ourselves for the entire evening for an in-depth discovery of this stunning Danish interior design label  – seriously, how was I completely unaware of this before? Not cool, Greta.

Worry less, live more is their motto – which is what I would totally do if my entire flat was furbished by them, naturally. Their style is exactly my way of decorating (as well as my sense of fashion): stick to neutral hues of white, black & grey when it comes to the chunkiest parts of your space – kitchen, bed, couch, and your furniture generally – and light things up with colorful accessories – let it be candles, vases, pillows, frames, wallpaper, books, you name it.  I love this concept as it gives the freedom to move your accessories around every now and then, ergo plenty of versatility and whenever you are tired of it, buying new accessories is waaay less costly than buying new furniture – ergo smart thinking.

Although BoConcept mainly specialises in sofas/living room & bedroom, I LOVE their tiny accessories. I could have literally taken every single candle holder they had available at the store so you can only imagine how incredibly difficult it was taking just this baby home in minty green – just looking at it makes my eyes shine – #loser! :-)

A special thanks to the #nordblogger gals Sandra, Sarah (pictured above), Debbie, Heike, Jutta, Rikje & Elke for the great fun and to the BoConcept staff in Bremen for the lovely evening. If you live nearby, go check the store out (@ Knochenhauerstraße 4, 28195 Bremen) and let me know your thoughts on it.

xxx Greta

Xmas wishlist

xmas wishlistMan, I really love the holiday season – to the point where my loved ones tease me because they think it is not possible to love it THAT much. But I do, can’t help it. Everyone is in a joyful mood, the lights make any crapiest little town in the middle of nowhere look stunning, Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin/Mariah Carey Xmas albums on repeat, home is even cozier with the tree & decorations up, wrapping presents…Aaah the presents! Since I am a tad too old to believe in Santa – sorry, kids! Although I do believe in Rudolf – I won’t write him a letter and spread this post on the world wide web instead, hoping he will hear me out.

> London, NY & Paris posters [IKEA] – they would look so good in my bathroom!
> Fashion blogger/amazing writer Leandra Medine’s book, Man Repeller – seeking love, finding overalls.
> Studded ankle cowboy boots [ZARA] -  footwear perfection.
> Wool maxi coat [ZARA] – so classy yet so versatile.
> Black Orchid [TOM FORD] Eau de Parfum – my favorite scent of all time.
> Iron Girl sweatshirt [RIKA STUDIOS] – to match the boots and pretty much all statement necklaces I possess.
> Kaleido tray set [HAY] – looking at this color combo makes me so happy! Perfect as for the hallway for my keys or as centerpiece.
> Cut out biker boots [ZARA] – because I can’t afford the ones from Givenchy. There!

What’s on your wishlist?

Happy holidays!

xxx Greta

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Quanto adoro il Natale – cosi’ tanto che i miei cari mi prendono in giro perche’ non credono che una persona possa adorarlo cosi’ TANTO. Eppure e’ piu’ forte di me. Siamo tutti di buonumore, le luci rendono ogni paesino sperduto nel nulla stupendo, gli album natalizi di Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin/Mariah Carey a ripetizione, la casa e’ ancora piu’ accogliente con l’albero e le decorazioni, impacchettare i regali…Aaah, i regali! Dato che sono un tantino avanti con gli anni per credere a Babbo Natale – perdonatemi, bimbi! Anche se credo in Rudolf (la renna con il naso rosso) – non gli scrivero’ la letterina quest’anno, ma bensi’ questo post sperando che riesca a leggerlo.

> Poster Londra, NY & Parigi [IKEA] – starebbero da Dio nel mio bagno!
> Il libro della fashion blogger/scrittrice fantastica americana Leandra Medine, Man Repeller – seeking love, finding overalls.
> Stivaletti cowboy borchiati [ZARA] – la perfezione in uno stivale.
> Cappotto maxi in lana [ZARA] – classico ma super versatile.
> Black Orchid [TOM FORD] Eau de Parfum – il mio profumo preferito di sempre.
> Felpa Iron Girl [RIKA STUDIOS] – da indossare con gli stivaletti, naturalmente.
> Set Kaleido [HAY] – adoro le forme geometriche come decoro in casa e amo questi due colori insieme!
> Biker boots a la Givenchy [ZARA] – la perfezione in uno stivale parte 2.

Cosa desiderate ricevere questo Natale?

Buone feste!

xxx Greta