Thursday, April 3, 2014

St. Patrick's day 2014 - München

Here is my annual report of St. Patricks day here in Munich. I was thankful that I was there early to have a good spot to see whats happening in the parade. I saw a lot of amazing traditional costumes at the parade and it feels a bit like a runway show of fashion history - from bagpipers wearing the traditional kilts, fur wearing medieval people swinging their swords and to the colorful renaissance people dancing while playing the flute. I give them snaps-in-an-E-formation for having the effort in dressing accordingly to a specific period in our history.

Although, it didn't have the diversity of people participating, perhaps most of them boycotting the event because of certain events concerning the exclusion of the LGBT participants in some cities (you can read the story here). The parade was shorter but its more organized and more fluid compared to last year's parade.


Here are some of the outfit photos with my attempt of wearing something green. I think I don't have the exact ugly neon puke green people wear during this day. Please don't hate me for saying that. Honestly, it's the ugliest green ever!!! I mean, would you wear that on a regular basis? I don't think so... unless you're a leprechaun, the Grinch or Shrek. I did however ended up wearing olive green. It's the only green that I can wear because it matches really nice with my skin tone. Also, I have been doing the "beach waves" look with my hair (even though its not yet summer). It is my go-to hairstyle when I want quick curl/waves to pump up the volume to my already thick hair.   

What I'm wearing:
Top, Hat, Shoes and Leggings: H&M
Ring: Topshop
Necklace: Forever 21

I just noticed that I am almost wearing everything from H&M as I am writing this post. hahaha I wasn't expecting that. I guess I have been buying a lot from that label as well as from Zara since I got here in Germany. I find it affordable BUT I carefully check the material and the seams all the time. It's a good place to buy "fast fashion" trends without spending your month's rent.

I don't think I would attending St. Patrick's celebration next year unless I am in a different city. I think once or twice is enough with these kind of events. I noticed that the participants of the parade were the ones that went the year before. So I don't think there would be any drastic change next year. Not only the weather was bad, I had a lot of cringe worthy incidents after the parade. So yeah, I am done with the St. Patrick's day for a few years at least. I did had a great day though. It was fun and interesting. 

So how was St. Patrick's day in your city/country?

Alles Klar? ALESSKLAR!!!

-Alessandra

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What I wore: Fasching 2014 - München

Hello there! I just wanted to make a quick post on what I wore during Fasching a.k.a. Karneval here in the lovely city, Munich. The celebration in Munich is usually celebrated the day before ash Wednesday. It is different in other cities, some have a 3 day celebration. For me personally, I think its Halloween - Spring version. Another reason for people to dress silly, scary and slutty (Three important "S" you need to know).

I wasn't able to take photos from the event itself because it was crazy everywhere I am worried about the safety of the camera. It was crazy!!! Crazier than the first time I went. I skipped last year because  the weather was really bad, I remember it was snowing that day to make me decide not to go. Not a good idea especially if you're almost half naked.

So I decided to go as a slutty school girl think of Serena Van der Woodsen if you are familiar with the TV series gossip girl. Since I didn't have plaid skirt, I decided to just wear a leather circle skirt which matches my good old plaid coat. Its my favorite coat eveeeer! I hope I can find another coat that I would love as much. Also, my shoes got some beating with all the broken glasses all over. Closed shoes is a must after I saw someone got cut with some broken glasses because they think it was a good idea wearing pumps. It was two years ago and I cannot forget the blood squirting from her feet. I think it is better to dress wisely with these type of occasions, especially with the footwear.

What I'm wearing:
Dress (used as top) and skirt: Oskar Osaka
Socks: Forever 21
Shoes: Aldo

Pardon my obligatory peace sign. I couldn't resist especially with the costume I was wearing. Also, if you noticed my hair is lighter! I colored it month ago with just a platinum blonde box dye. I made the color higher on my hair. The ends are really platinum.

So young... So innocent... Jailbait right there! Hit me baby one more time realness! haha

Alles Klar? ALESSKLAR!!!

-Alessandra

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Reading Andy Warhol

It was a beautiful Sunday morning in Munich so we decided to go to the last day of the "Reading Andy Warhol" exhibit at Museum Brandhorst. I recommend that you go there on Sundays because the entrance fee is only 1 Euro. Also, if architecture is one of your interests, you should come and see this building as well as the wonderful interior space. The Museum Brandhorst is one of my favorite modern buildings in Munich because its a good contrast with the very old architecture and monuments surrounding it. It is a three storey building with a lot of natural light coming in considering the fact that it looks totally covered with this colorful prison chic ceramic rods. Click here on how to get there.


By the way, taking photos are not allowed inside the exhibition area. People on guard are watching our every move as if we are going to steal an 8 feet metal installation and shove it in our purse. There are alarms that triggers when you get too close to the artworks mounted on the wall. The key is not stepping on the vent-like holes on the floor unless you want to annoy the people on guard love the beeping sound because it jiggles your insides.

Although there are permanent Andy Warhol paintings on display, this special exhibit showcased all the wonderful books he published as well as his beautifully displayed freehand illustrations. I think Andy Warhol is an essential part of the American pop culture as well as art history. He is the one who coined the term "Superstar" and changed how people view celebrities. How I wish I was able to be in his art "Factory" during the 80's with all the creative people surrounding him.

Here is what I wore during the Museum visit. As you noticed, my skirt is the shorter version of the one I wore in Verona. As usual, I am wearing my favorite coat and shoes to which I am afraid I won't be able to wear in a few months because it started snowing as I am writing this post.

 What I'm Wearing:
Dress (used as top) and Skirt: Oskar Osaka
Bag: Forever 21
Shoes: Asos
Ring: I am

Art for me can be inspiring as well as boring. Artworks that trigger my emotions and imagination are the ones that I appreciate the most. I particularly love the artworks on the lower floor because it was the first time for me to see in person displays from my favorite artists like Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, David LaChapelle and of course Andy Warhol. I could not imagine them all in one room. But there they were, giving me a visual feast. We ended our day with a nice early dinner at Cafe Flower close to the Museum. It was a great Sunday indeed.

So enough Artsy-Fartsy.

Alles Klar? ALESSKLAR!!!

-Alessandra