Friday, July 31, 2015

DIY: Kindle Cover

This year I made a cover for my kindle because I was worried that it would get scratched in my bag and I was starting to use it more and more. I absolutely love my kindle now (took a little while to get into it) especially as I’m overseas. It’s excellent for traveling and books are pretty cheap. Of course there’s nothing quite like owning a book in print and paper but I found that since I started using my kindle I’ve been reading lots more (kind of an obvious statement but oh well..). Anyway, so I made this case with some fabric I had stored up (I’m quite the fabric hoarder even though I’m not a great sewer). The cute panels come from the bottom of a big pattern of mother goose sort of thing, which I had planned to maybe be a big skirt (although now I’m not so keen on that). The green fabric was just something I thought would compliment it and I just winged it (or is it “wung it”?). I did quite a few layers, inbetween the outside printed ones I put a layer of plain fabric, to give it some cushioning and make for a better protective cover. This made for some not so well fitting things.. like the front flap doesn’t totally cover the front surface. I think it’s a pretty good effort though for just making it up off the top of my head!

Cool gif. that I made with the A Beautiful Mess Party Party app.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Weekly Wish-list

I am addicted to Moda Operandi. It is the only place to go to check out all the latest designer clothes right off the runway. Their trunkshows are always showcasing interesting designers. It’s the perfect way to discover designers I’ve never heard of before and see the clothes and read a bit about them. This is how I came across Blumarine by Anna Molinari (trunkshow link here).

Let’s start with my favourite piece from the trunkshow which I just adore because I’m in love with cotton dresses with a flouncy feel. This looks absolutely perfect for summer worn casually without a belt. The belt is nice if you want to add some structure (although the belt they’ve styled it with here wouldn’t be my choice). Here it is, the Embroidered Flounce Dress:

Direct link and images source.
Next is this Leather Dress with Embroidered Lace. I love the concept of this with the lace panels but I would definitely definitely wear a slip. I know the model is wearing tan underwear but I think for real life it would be better to see a slip instead of the shadow of the shape of the thighs making people stare at the wrong places. Lovely colour and I’d be interested to see how the leather feels (it looks almost suede-like, and how does one get goat leather to go to this vivid colour?? A question I probably don’t want to know the answer to..).

Click here to zoom in and check out the model's tan undies.

I love this designer so much that I like complete looks! Look 18 is one such look. I love the top: Balloon Sleeve Shirt with Lace Details, for the same reason I love the first dress ^above, and also because the balloon sleeves are pretty awesome! The skirt, Floral Embroidered Mini Skirt is also a classically excellent miniskirt shape getting classed up with the pretty embroidery. I wouldn’t necessarily but the both together like they have in this look because I have a thing against pairing a pure white with an off white.. If the skirt was a different colour then sure! 
Shirt close-ups.
Skirt close-ups.

Now completely confirming the idea that high fashion is functionless is this Volant Sleeve Coat. Yes, coat. It’s short sleeve and I don’t know if there’s a whole concept for summer coats or what.. This would be a pure indulgence for me and I’m once again sucked in by Molinari’s masterful sleeve-making. I wonder if it has pockets? 

Take a closer look: the fabric is definitely of the coat variety.

Last but certainly not least is the sparkling creation that is the Rose Embroidered A-Line Dress. I’m a sucker for really pretty stuff (explaining my addiction to Alannah Hill). I'll let the picture speak the thousand lovely words I want to say about it:

Zoom in to be amazed by the detail.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Well, today’s tune is pretty heavy.. but I think it the most beautiful thing I have ever heard. Big statement, I know, and maybe someday in my life I might retract it but right now I can’t imagine that day. I love music that is heartbreakingly beautiful and so here is Verklärte Nacht: a string sextet by Arnold Schönberg written in 1899, inspired by the poem of Richard Dehmel. It is played in one movement but is divided into five distinct sections (indicated by tempo markings in the score) which correspond with the five stanzas of the poem. Here is the poem translated:

I pulled the poem translation from wiki; original english translation by Mary Whittall. Below are the movements and their timings with the following YouTube video as well as their corresponding stanzas.
  1. Sehr langsam.  Two people are walking through a bare, cold wood ..
  2. Etwas bewegter. 2’47”  "I am carrying a child and not by you ..
  3. Schwer betont. 13’14”  She walks on, stumbling..
  4. Sehr breit und langsam. 15’45”  "Do not let the child you have conceived ..
  5. Sehr ruhig. 25’25”  He puts an arm about her strong hips

This recording is an all-stars one:

Janine Jansen, violin
Boris Brovtsyn, violin
Maxim Rysanov, viola
Amihai Grosz, viola
Torleif Thedéen, cello
Jens Peter Maintz, cello

It moves me to tears every time, especially the moment at 15’45” with the cello. Please listen to all of it because the story it creates is stunning. Best listened to in a dim room with quality headphones.

Album cover. I think it's sort of poor form to only have Janine front cover girl.. There are 5 other players.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Outfit Misfit

Today’s featured dress has moved right up my ranks to my most favourite dress ever! It’s from Kinki Gerlinki, a Melbourne based independent label, and when I first saw it in store it was love at first sight. Because Kinki Gerlinki is only in Melbourne, every time I’m there I make it a must that I visit them. They’ve got some very quirky clothing and this dress is no exception. I adore the cut with the ruffle at the top and general loose fit, and the pattern of grey with pink/navy stripes making a check. You can still get the dress online in red and black, both on sale. I had amazing luck on that day in March and found this dress on the sale rack for a total bargain of $45!! How could I resist?

Welcome! to the lovely Sarah Weeber who is a very talented photographer and kind friend who took these pictures.

How cool is this graffiti wall in Stuttgart?

 Now here I am with Big Blue Bird:

Patting Mr Fox:

And some jumping shots for fun! The first time I tried this the hem flipped up and showed my undies.. so this is a very strategic jump.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Recipe: Lemon Cake

I first made this lemon cake for my flatmate’s 30th birthday party. We had quite a lot of people invited to the apartment and so I wanted to bake two cakes; one a traditional sort of birthday cake that I could ice her name onto and the other a free cake. Flatty requested chocolate for her b’day cake so what better than a citrus cake to contrast? I went to my favourite cooking blog Smitten Kitchen and searched for a lemon cake. A few came up but this one looked delicious. It was a huge hit because of it’s really lemony flavour; it practically hits you in the face with it. It’s now in my repertory as one of my favourite cakes that everybody loves. I even baked it for a friend who came and helped me with German tax paperwork (even more boring than it sounds). This recipe makes a lot of cake, which isn’t normally a bad thing just be prepared with your tin. I’ve never made it as anything other than a bundt shape (although the Smitten Kitchen lady writes it also for two loaf shape cakes). The bundt shape is really lovely and very German and dresses up this cake when the icing doesn’t really do that for itself. Even though this cake is very large, it lasts for a long time (cough cough: sugar content).

The 175+50mL of lemon juice is basically the juice of the whole lemons. Another attempt at watercolour illustration.

I’ve pretty well transcribed the recipe as it is but I’ve added some tips learned from my own experiences * with an asterisk.

  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C (350F) and grease the bundt tin. *Tip: grease it well and sprinkle a little flour in there, I am yet to extract one completely whole.
  2. Cream butter and 400 grams of the sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Mixing at medium speed, add eggs one at a time and lemon zest.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine 58mL (a third of the 175mL) of lemon juice with the buttermilk and vanilla. Add flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the butter and sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour.
  4. Pour batter into the bundt tin and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a skewer comes out clean. *Mine has always been an hour or more.
  5. Towards the end of the baking time combine the final 100 grams of the sugar with 116mL (the remaining two thirds of the 175mL) of lemon juice in a small saucepan cooking over low heat until the sugar dissolves.
  6. When the cake is done let it cool for 10 minutes. Invert onto a rack set over a tray and spoon the lemon syrup over. *Do this gradually so more can soak into the cake without just running over the sides.
  7. Whilst the cakes cool completely, combine powdered sugar (aka confectioners’ sugar/icing sugar) and the remaining 50mL of lemon juice in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour over the top of the cake and allow for decorate drizzle down the sides. *I find this yields plenty of icing so maybe start with half the lemon juice quantity and add powdered sugar gradually until you get the desired consistency (like honey).

Review: Cinderella Movie

There is an obsession with reworking fairytales in Hollywood of late, for example Alice in Wonderland in 2010, Maleficent in 2014, and Into the Woods (which was terrible by the way). This year saw the release of Cinderella in March. The amazing thing is that people, including myself, are watching movies with stories they already know like the back of their hand.

The thing that pulls me in and made me really want to watch it, is the cast and the fashion. In all of the reworked movies there are big names; Alice in Wonderland has Johnny Depp, Maleficent has Angelina Jolie, and Into the Woods has Meryl Streep. The draw card for this version of Cinderella was Cate Blanchett. Even though CB, the wicked stepmother, isn’t the main character she was the star of the movie for me. She had a presence that was undeniably threatening, right from the beginning. The first scene (that she’s in) where she steps out of the carriage and walks into the house with her cat Lucifer we see first her ornate black boot with shiny green embroidery, then her full skirts, then her back as she ascends the stairs into the front entrance of the house. Even once she is in the house we don’t see her face which is masked by a huge black hat. The moment when she turns and the hat angles change to reveal her face (which only breaks into smile later) is amazing and immediately I had the feeling I couldn’t trust her.

I got these images straight from the trailer
The fashion throughout the film is amazing. First of all, obviously, is the famous blue dress Cinderella wears to the ball (which is the cover shot for the movie). Not to be mentioned less though is the dress that Cinderella wears for her wedding, which I actually prefer. The ball dress is too strong a blue for my taste. The wedding dress is beautiful with coloured flower embroidery; I just love a not-fully-conventional wedding dress.

The movie garnered such fashion buzz that Harper’s Bazaar AU hosted a premiere party at which Australian fashion illustrator Megan Hess created a collection of original Cinderella-inspired artworks. 

Image from Megan Hess' instagram.

This video explains more about Megan Hess’ partnership with Disney and a fashion discussion of it with editor of Harper’s Bazaar AU Kelly Hush: 

The formidable Cate Blanchett and couture gowns: what more could you want from a film?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Weekly Wish-list

Gingham is hands down the best fabric for picnics and summer and today I’ve picked out four perfect gingham dresses to get your BBQ-in-the-park/cycling-around-the-lake/picnic-on-the-beach on. 

For the more sophisticated event is this Tanya Taylor Textured Cotton Gingham Shirting Monica Dress. Perfect for the end-of-year work party that’s outdoors in a park with champers (that’s one of my visions of office job goings-ons). It’s the hemline that puts it in this category for me; just below the knee is pretty demure and a respectable work-length. It does have cutouts but they’re very small and strike the perfect balance in combination with the high neckline.

 Next is the Alba Poplin Dress from Anthropologie (whose user-friendliness isn’t hitting the mark for me.. I can only get the site in German no matter what I try!). I love that the gingham is tan/beige and it’s a less harsh gingham look, perfect for gingham first-timers. It also looks supremely comfortable and the simple style makes it quite versatile in my eyes. 

Now for a real pop of gingham in a bold red: the Folk’s on You Dress from Modcloth. Picture perfect picnic dress! Just make sure your napkins aren’t also red ;P

Giving this post a sense of symmetry is another black gingham dress: the Shift Into Tur-bow Dress also from Modcloth. This is a great shift design dress and I would personally love it in any colour! Easily translateable into the cooler seasons with a pair of opaque stockings (in colour for the bold) and brogues. A nice little mod piece from Modcloth. Although, speaking from experience, be careful wearing this one to picnics because you won’t be able to sit cross-legged on the ground. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


This week I want to share a non-classical-music song for the playlist and more than that, a shoutout to Australian talent. Luluc is a duo (Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett) from Melbourne and their most recent album Passerby (released 15 July 2014) is one of the most tranquil albums I’ve heard, yet with an underlying melancholy. Voices are often described as “haunting” and I think Zoë fits that description perfectly.

The song I’ve chosen from their album is the title song: Passerby. Unforunately I couldn’t get the YouTube video to play in Germany (stupid GEMA!!!) so I can’t share that with you here on my blog.. Instead I urge you to get Spotify, if you haven’t got it already (seriously one of the best free music resources, if you can put up with the adds), and have a listen. Here is their bandcamp website too where you could buy the whole album for $10usd.

Image from their bandcamp.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Outfit Misfit

It's been so long since I've done one of these posts.. Although they're my favourite they're very difficult and time-consuming because I have to get someone to take nice photos of me in a cool location. I have a brilliant friend here in Stuttgart who is a very talented photographer and I'm so lucky and happy that she has agreed to take the pictures for my future Outfit Misfit posts. Today's post, however, is from a while back so is taken by my boyfriend on our day trip to Nürnberg (how's that for excellent blog post scheduling?).

We took the trip at the end of May and although presumably it was turning into summer at that point it was forecast for heavy rain. Perfect opportunity to crack out my Gorman raincoat! I was suffering from a bit of homesickness at the end of last year and what better way to stave it off than to buy something from one of my favourite Aussie brands? Getting it posted here to Germany was probably not the best money-saving idea.. but it was really nice opening the package wrapped up in funky Gorman tissue paper and seeing this crazy raincoat. Because it is crazy! Sometimes I get a little self-conscious about wearing things like this in Germany, because the Germans tend to keep things quite simple when it comes to clothing. Jeans and shirts, even hiking clothes, often sneakers.. (That’s a gross generalisation of course; not absolutely everyone dresses this way). But I’ve made a resolution!!! I will wear whatever I want to wear and stop worrying so much about what other people think. Some might say that fashion is so influenced by what other people think but it is actually (or should be) a form of self-expression. It’s time to stop caring what other people think is cool or fashionable and just wear whatever you like to wear! End freedom-of-fashion rant.

In Johannisfriedhof.

This is a wall of the church in Johannisfriedhof. Amazing colour! 

Travel Diary: Nürnberg

A few weeks ago I went on a whirlwind tour of Germany. My parents came to visit me for a couple of weeks so naturally we went trailing as much as we could, ever day a new city/town! But today's travel diary entry is a trip I went on not with my parents but with my boyfriend: to Nürnberg. The main reason we chose to visit this city was that, due to it's centrality, it was the host of Nazi Party Rallies and following at the close of the war, the Nürnberg Trials. I like to do more than just one thing when I go to a city, even when I just have a day, so we also planned to visit a cemetery and see the markets in the Altstadt (old part of town).

Upon arriving we walked straight to the Altstadt and thought the way to the markets would be obvious, if they weren't there as soon as we entered. Unfortunately we got lost.. I want to blame my really slow phone connection, but it's not entirely O2's fault. It wasn't so bad though because it was a nice enough day, at that point (expected heavy rain later in the day, which we'd prepared for) and the city is rather nice. In the end we found the markets and they were quite good. I prefer the markets in Freiburg myself because they've got a lot more stalls and variety. We got some strawberries (I love strawberry season!), some bärlauch pesto (bärlauch is a kind of herb/plant that is very garlicky, so this pesto is basically garlic pesto), and dried mango. As the smart travellers that we are, we'd brought our own lunch so we didn't feel the need to buy too much at the markets. I do recommend visiting if you go to Nürnberg, but if you're choosing between it and Freiburg based purely on market status I would definitely encourage you to pick Freiburg (a separate travel entry on this one day..).

After the markets we went out to Johannisfriedhof because I love cemeteries. That sounds completely morbid but I think they're really beautiful places; everything is lined up and the ones here in Germany are always very well kept with flowers on every place. This particular cemetery was not too different from others in Germany but it was a lovely place to stroll through. I really enjoy looking at all the flowers and the church at the centre is an unexpected pop of colour and structure. Apparently it's quite an historical place with some famous people's graves, including Albrecht Dürer.. but I prefer not knowing who's buried and walking around acknowledging each name I read with respect. It's really beautiful that no single grave is more grand or covered in flowers than any other.

The museum that houses all the information regarding the Nazi period is the Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände (typical German mouthful) and is on the grounds were many plans were drawn for various buildings and gathering places for the Nazis. I'm not hugely into history but I know how important it is and it was actually quite an interesting museum. If you can't speak german you have to get an audio guide. The information is all on the walls like a gallery and is all in German so if you're a native/incredibly good speaker then you could save a few bucks (5 euro to be precise) and just read it. This is a really extensive and after not even getting through half of it we started not listening to each and every information board.. I don't know how long that would have taken! The best part of our visit, for me, was definitely touring the outdoor monuments/sites where monuments were planned. We managed (after a lot of effort mind you, not too happy with Norris Bike) to hire some bikes and it was the perfect way to get around. The craziest thing we saw was a couple taking their wedding photos in the grounds of the Congress Hall! Completely inappropriate. The outdoor touring after that was less crazy. Biking down paths lined with trees around a big lake: Dutzendreich, was a lovely way to spend the rest of the afternoon and seeing the sites was very interesting and thought provoking. The Zeppelinfeld was very impressive and you could even stand on the very spot where Hitler made big speeches, a scary feeling. It's quite horrifying to see how huge the Nazi Party was and how much influence they had to be able to plan and start architecture of this scale. Nowadays they put on a big rock music festival there called Rock I'm Park which I think is not a bad way to put the space to use.

The view of the Congress Hall from across the lake.

The first in a series of entries on European living and holidaying!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Recipe: Capsicum Dip

Here's a recipe that was a popular request at my birthday/going away party this year, lets call it Capsicum Dip. It actually comes from a bigger recipe for a pie with a "red pepper sauce" that I got from an ex-boyfriends' mum. Because of this I only have a photocopy of the page of a book where this recipe comes from and sadly don't know where to give due credit (although I deduce that it's American because of the use of the word "pepper" instead of "capsicum"). The pie is called "vegetable and pesto pie" but I thought that lacked creativity so I named it Antipasto Pie (not sue I named it but that's what it's been called for years). The perfect dish for vegetarians! Right now though I'll just share with you the recipe for the accompanying red pepper sauce. It can be used as a dip and is really flavourful and a beautiful vibrant colour.

Ingredients. I'm dabbling in watercolour and pen illustration. It's very hard not to smudge the pen with the watercolours though.. What do you think? Do you need clearer ingredients?

1.  Melt the butter in a pan. Add onion and capsicum and cook, stirring, until the onion is soft.
2.  Add flour and stir for about a minute.
3.  Remove from the heat and gradually stir in combined stock and cream.
4.  Return to the heat and stir until the mixture boils and thickens. (The thicker the better, especially if you want to use it as a dip).
5.  Blend or process sauce until smooth. (I used a bamix for this and it did the job perfectly).
6.  Strain, cool, cover and refrigerate.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Weekly Wish-list

Still in a craze over European summer so today I'm on an internet search for sandals! I have three pairs (one and two and third to be seen in an upcoming Outfit Misfit post) of excellent sandals by Gorman
and although I love them I really wish I had a pair that were relatively simple, just tan in colour and went with literally everything. Here are two cool tan (with gold) sandals I found on Modcloth:

Now THIS is a perfect pair of sandals, for a bargain $25 too ;)
Clicky here, they're only $60.
The top ones are definitely more my favourite and not only because they're cheaper (although that is an important factor). They're just really beautifully simple in style. The second pair are a little more intricate, and let's face it: would give a pretty hectic sandal-tan.. I prefer the thicker bands of the first sandals too.

Now for some more crazy sandals! Check out these from Moda Operandi, my favourite website for looking at outrageously expensive and/or crazy interesting fashion items. I think the first pair (Pierre Hardy) are great, theoretically, but they're really high. I have a thing that whenever I wear high heels I feel like an enormous giant (I'm not even that tall..) But I can totally see myself wearing these whilst lounging on a yacht with some breton striped clothing and a huge huge hat. The second pair (Marni) I could actually see myself wearing in real life. It's nice to see a bit of bling on a shoe born for the beach. I love the colours, I love the design, and I think they'd look great with a pair of jeans/denimshorts.

Look! They're on sale.. :P

They're named "Fussbett" which in German translates to FootBed. Cool!
I hope summer never ends!


What an epic week I've had! And in the best way: I played, for hopefully the first time of many times in my career, Ein Heldenleben. For my non-classical readers out there it's a tone poem by Richard Strauss and translates to A Hero's Life. It's been one of my favourite symphonic works to listen to and I was so excited to get this opportunity to play it in a professional orchestra. Even if you don't like classical music please have a listen. My favourite moment is at 29'12". It's actually orgasmic. There's something compellingly heroic about E flat major (thanks Beethoven for the Eroica symphony!) and the climb up to this climax is incredible. I actually had goosebumps playing it and being swept up by the horns.

This video is Mariss Jansons conducting the Symphonie Orchester der Bayerischen Rundfunks.
Having wiki-ed Heldenleben I found that Strauss actually titled movements (although it's played straight through, the titles are basically like those of Alpinesinfonie to be found on a much older blog post) and apparently he requested they be removed so they're not in later editions. For first-time listeners I think it might be nice to know them:

1. Der Held (The Hero)
2. Des Helden Widersacher (The Hero's Adversaries)
3. Des Helden Gefährtin (The Hero's Companion)
4. Des Helden Walstatt (The Hero at Battle)
5. Des Helden Friedenswerke (The Hero's Works of Peace)
6. Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung (The Hero's Retirement from this World and Consummation)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Yesterday I had an awesome time with a girl friend: she came over and we braided each other's hair. Sounds like a typical 14yo girl sleepover activity but I don't care because it was a lot of fun! The idea is that by practising some styles on her maybe I could do them on myself someday. Some things need to wait till my hair is longer but here are some styles we tried:

The crown braid *sigh* has been on my to-do list for some time now. I like the idea of putting my hair up in a way that doesn't involve the regular boring ponytail. Too bad it's really hard to do on myself.. Yesterday I did succeed in doing it on my friend so maybe more practice makes perfect! We used a YouTube tutorial for help.
Crown braid photo source

Next up is the fishtail braid, which is actually a lot easier than I first expected. It definitely works best on longer hair so unfortunately not one we could do on me. The YouTube tutorial we watched for this one involved a very unhappy-looking model.

Why do all the girls in the pictures have pretty blond hair? Source.

Last up is the waterfall braid which my friend managed to master yet keeps me stumped.. I somehow mess it up! Must try again on her soon. This one is really pretty but not totally secure so might be a good one for when you don't have to rush around a lot. The video for this is actually by a New Zealander girl which is totally cool! Power to down-under!

Good old Pinterest brought up this image for me, but I believe it's from the same YouTube vid.

Soo… although I can't do any of these braids on myself yet, just give me a call if you want me to do it on you! I need more practice ;)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Weekly Wish-list

Have you heard? We're in a heatwave! Well, what Germans consider to be a heat wave.. It's 33 degrees and although I'm used to warm(er) weather in Australia and I don't mind so much it does make it hard to concentrate on work instead of daydreaming about going swimming. The problem here is that I can't just zip off to the beach whenever I want :(  In an effort to try and curb some homesickness for the beauty of Australian coasts this week's wish-list is all about swimwear; with a focus on Australian design.

Zimmermann swimwear doesn't come cheap but I've owned a couple of their pieces and they do stand the test of time. Although be warned: if you want a suit that will survive a little jostling around in the surf with out a nip untucking then maybe you should look elsewhere. As many of you know though, for me sometimes aesthetics win out over practicality.

The recent pieces by Zimmermann make use of beautiful Asian patterns and I can't help but share a number of their pretty items.

This one above is called the Lucia Embroidered 1 Pc and I love the design. The frill in the middle is so pretty with the floral fabric and the non-traditional neckline leaving the back completely free really tickles my fancy.

The one below is called the Anais Floral Plunge 1 Pc. The fabric feels quite oriental to me; reminds me of something Vietnamese somehow. A relatively simple one-piece design is given a bit more edge with the cutouts without becoming too slutty-bondage-dress ('scuse the language but I hope you know what I mean..)

Here we have the Lucia pattern of the above 1-pc now in a Mesh Bikini form. Again, I'm loving the non-traditional bikini cut and whilst I find racer-cut shoulders too masculine sometimes, the frill keeps it pretty. Also for the girls who are lighter up top I think the frill can have a dual purpose ;)

Now we are at my absolute favourite: this one ^above^ the Anais Floral Mesh 1-pc. I absolutely adore the cut and design of it. I like the idea of high-waisted bikini briefs but I ultimately feel like they really aren't that flattering on the stomach and with the transformation of this into the flowing upper part of the one-piece I think it finally works! I love that the upper part comprises a more transparent fabric (saved from nipple flashing by the bikini top underneath!). I am so so in love with this one.

Now this next one, the Ceramic Shoulder Frill Bikini, won me over with the frill in the back. The clear definition of the underwire in the front is not my cup of tea but the effect at the back is too good to pass up. I like the more structured nature of this frill; it's more like a scalloped edge. I think this one is definitely for the smaller-chested ladies because I really don't think that front would work on a big bust.

 And last is the Ceramic Floating Halter which I like for the same reasons as my favourite one above. Tasteful high-waisted bottom + transparent fabric up top + racer cut neckline = a stylish and clean piece. The only think that holds it back in my eyes is that it's maybe a little too conservative. If the back dipped right down I think it would give it a nice bit of allure.

Dreaming of sun-kissed beaches and being fully emerged in seawater.

All photos from the Zimmermann website. Links for each item are in the name.