Apr 17, 2016

Thrifting in America

During our trip to the American west coast last year we stopped by many thrift stores from Seattle to Portland. Thrifting in America is great fun for me, because you can find a lot of great things inside of thrift stores. Donating your belongings that are no longer needed is a very established practice in America, in some stores you even get a gift card or money back. This means that thrift store all over the US are filled with the most curious items and also everyday tools and lots of clothes of course.
My favorite thrift store chain is called Goodwill and have special Sales every day, where items are half off or a certain price according to their tags.

I've gathered some pictures from various thrift stores we visited during our stay, so you get an idea of what they're like.

This was a Goodwill in the University district of Seattle. Found some barely used Converse for 15$ in this one, score!

Some fashion is very questionable... Like this crop top plaid shirt. We found this one at Buffalo Exchange in Seattle, where you can also sell your second hand clothes.

In Vancouver, WA I found this cute antique store:


I didn't buy anything there, but I really like the set up and thoughtful decoration. I almost got myself a signed copy of those Anne Rice books, because I'm a huge fan of her Vampire Chronicles, but they were so expensive! And you won't believe it, but I actually found a brandnew AND signed copy of her newest book Prince Lestat in another thrift store (Goodwill I think) a week later for just a couple of bucks!

And here's a few more pictures mostly from the toy and homeware sections of various thrift store in and around Portland, OR. Plus, you can check out my video Follow Me Around American Thrift Stores.


I hope this gave you a bit of an insight to the world of American Thrifting. I bought an insane amount of stuff during our stay last summer, we actually had to buy an additional suitcase on our way home to fit it all! Good thing it was summer, so all the clothes I got were pretty light ;)
I'm still in the process of editing my Haul Videos, but if you want to check out the first two you can click here for a bunch of nerdy stuff and here for a bunch of clothes (both in german).

Apr 14, 2016

Picturesque Month ~ 02'16

~February was filled with concerts! Starting with a showcase of one of our labels at work. The showcase was at the Haubentaucher and the bands were Julian le Play, Niila und Elias Hadjeus, three newcomers at Universal's Polydor/island label. Samu Haber from Sunrise Avenue was there as well to promote and introduce his "protege" Niila.
~ Niila was actually the only reason I was at the event, because both of the other artists were german and there are actually only a handful of german artists I can really listen to. I really like his music and can't wait what the future brings for this young singer, especially with a mentor like Samu. 5/5 Bazooka Points for an entertaining showcase.
~ Another band I saw was The Libertines, actually for the very first time. It was alright. 3/5 Bazooka Points for them not being completely wasted.

I have to admit, I still have a thing for my teenage star crush Ronan Keating. So when his new record popped up as confidential in our release schedule my heart skipped a beat. It took quite a few months until there was a definite release date, so when that day finally came close I was more than happy to be able to listen to the full record ahead and even more happy to hear he was coming to Berlin for promotion and doing an exclusive radio show. Of course I had to be on that guestlist and it was magical! I've actually never seen him live, so to listen to those songs live that got me over quite a few heartbreaks as a teen was incredible.
Plus: What a hottie, still! <3
15/5 Bazooka Points ~ be still my teenage heart

Even more concerts:
~ Pete Yorn in the Universal reception hall 4/5
~ Lemaitre - norwegian indie electro 4/5
~ Walking On Cars - Irish rock, not too memorable though 3/5

~ Homemade body scrub as a last minute birthday gift. I should post the recipe here sometimes, really simple and super sustainable.
~ Saw The Hateful 8 at a fancy movie theatre with curtain and all, I really liked the movie. Many people say it's too long with too many dialogues, but that's what makes Tarantino's movies so special, because it's still very entertaining!
~The husband wanted to take me out on a secret date. He had found this dark restaurant where you dine completely blind and tried not to tell me about it for a couple of weeks. Thing is, he's really bad at keeping and always wants to tell me what he's getting me for christmas etc. So when he accidentally revelealed what it was on the way there (he said it doesn't really matter what I'm wearing at that place and i guessed the dark restaurant) I was kinda freaking out, because I'm just a little afraid of the dark. But in the end it was such a cool experience, there's really no way to describe it. The food was awesome as well, a little expensive, but definitely worth it!
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