21 April, 2011

Don't Mention the War


One of the most well-known & well-loved British comedy sketches ever, but why? What is the British preoccupation with Germany & "the War" (two in fact).

I am by no means slighting the significance of both the First World War & the Second World War, I think in both instances they are an incredibly important part of British, European & world history but why are so many British people still hung up about the fact that Germany tried to invade?

As a student studying in Germany I've met a lot of German people, all of whom have been friendly & welcoming. If anything they have relished the fact that they are able to communicate with a British person. Never once has anyone ever mentioned "the War". In fact a German friend of mine was recently completely taken aback when we discussed the prejudice that English people still have towards Germans. During the World Cup last summer I watched the England v Germany game in a pub in the North East & discovered some England supporters there in full England replica kits but with a twist. One supporter had a stenciled picture of Hitler + F.T.G. (Fuck The Germans) on the back of his shirt. I felt genuinely shocked & appalled by what I saw & to be honest I felt ashamed to be associated with people with this kind of mindset. Despite the German national team playing much better than England, some supporters in the pub couldn't put the feat down to better sportsmanship, it was a rivalry spanning almost a hundred years.

The thing that I find most astonishing is that it seems to be a one-sided prejudice. When speaking to German people they seem to actually admire & enjoy British culture. Inasmuch as in Dresden, a city completely destroyed by British bombs during the Second World War, there is a teashop called England England which celebrates all things English. I've visited it & it truly is lovely; homemade cakes, books, dvds, proper English tea & proper English breakfasts. How is it that in a city so badly destroyed by British bombs, Dresden & the proprietors of England England are able to look past the awful history that our two countries share & celebrate all things English? Is the same thing imaginable in Coventry, somewhere celebrating all things German? A city equally destroyed during the Second World War, hence their twinning today.
I recently saw a programme presented by the comedian Al Murray on BBC4 called Al Murray's German Adventure, where he specifically tried to look past our prejudices & see Germany for the beautiful country that it is, & as far as was possible, not speak about "the War".

I just wish more people could do the same, perhaps they'd realise we have more in common with the Germans than they had previously thought?

MYSTRINGALING X

20 April, 2011

Apologies...

... for the lack of posts, I've been busy travelling home, getting new glasses/contacts & having my hair trimmed within an inch of its life BUT I just saw this on The Clothes Horse and it made me laugh so I hope you like it too :)

Aled Lewis

I will post something proper very soon, promise! baci e abbracci :)

MYSTRINGALING X

13 April, 2011

Wherefore art thou... perfect bikini!?

I live opposite an outdoor swimming pool. In 4 months I'm going on my first summer holiday in 6, yes SIX, years. The hunt for the perfect bikini begins...

Ideal bikini: something resembling the gorgeous Ursula Andress in 'Dr No'


Reality: big boobs = BIG bikini prices :(

Is it just me, have I been away from the holiday-wear scene for too long, or are (nice) bikinis crazy expensive??

Wishlist: http://www.anthropologie.eu/

 Natalie One-Piece £118/140€

 Golden Days Bikini Top £68/81€ + Golden Days Bikini Bottoms £58/69€

 Tropical Rooftop Bikini Top £98/117€ + Tropical Rooftop Bikini Bottoms £98/117€

(Prices not yet available online)


Tide Watching Bikini Top £68/81€ + Tide Watching Bikini Bottoms £68/81€

My next Erasmus grant could come in very useful!

MYSTRINGALING X

09 April, 2011

Pretty in PINK

Yet another thing to add to my SS11 wishlist; I've been converted, pale pink jeans you will be mine!
Seen at: Isbael Marant, SS11 collection...



All photos http://www.isabelmarant.tm.fr/collections-ss11.php#

I've seen a pair in Zara but the website makes them look a buttermilk kind of colour :/ I've seen them in the flesh, they're a beautiful pale pink!!
I think a trip to Nürnberg may be in order :)

MYSTRINGALING X

07 April, 2011

These boots were made for...

After declaring my, verging on, crazed obsession with shoes and bags the other day, it wasn't going to take long for me to find some A-MA-ZING shoes to blog about was it?
HELLO Jeffrey Campbell, 'Lita'!!
I've seen quite a few other bloggers with these yummy boots & every time thought I must look into who makes them, purely by chance I came across the Jeffrey Campbell website & fell more in love after perusing his SS11 lookbook. Some personal favourites... (click to enlarge ;))














To view the entire lookbook click here :)

I love the American flag shirt, it reminds me of my favourite ever pair of shorts I bought last Summer from Topshop which don't fit me anymore :( :( although I found a verrry similar shirt at MarketHQ thanks to Mode Junkie #wishlist

Some 'buttermilk Lita' boots, a la Angy, would be welcomed with open arms too :) ahhhh!

Photo by Angelica http://www.angystearoom.com/2011/04/3-dimensions.htmll

MYSTRINGALING X

06 April, 2011

You taste just like glitter mixed with Rock 'n' Roll

I'M IN LOVE!! ... with my nails :) I'm a magpie & love anything glittery or shimmery, not tacky (there's a fine line) but you can't beat a bit of something spangly!
The winning combo has been Nails inc 'Shoreditch' and Essence 'nail art special effect topper' in 'Circus Confetti'.



the effect... 


Drag Queen disco ball :)

Probably a bad idea to paint my nails in such a distracting way, I've got so much uni work to do & all I want to do is look at my fingers & toes in the sunshine!

MYSTRINGALING X

05 April, 2011

Destined to become a bag lady...

So, like so many people out there I have a weakness, a weakness for accessories. Not any accessories though, my biggest vice: shoes & bags.
I realised my love for said accessories may be getting a little out of hand when on a recent trip to Primarni in Liverpool I actually broke out into a run upon approaching the shoe section, it was as if all the shoes in my size would be gone if I didn't get there as fast as my little legs would carry me. After a light jog, or more accurately mad sprint, to the shoe section I scrambled around picking up anything in my size until 10 minutes later, when the initial excitement had worn off, I was able to sensibly & logically go through the things I had just picked up (most of which were either not particularly nice, not my size or two shoes for the same foot which had been put together by mistake as a pair). I can't explain this blind panic & excitement that came over me as I came to the shoes in what is, let's face it, a cheap shop, but every time I'm there (without exception) I get the same thrill! oh dear...
So that's my strange, perhaps verging on obsessive, relationship with shoes but equally important & exciting to me is a new bag, not any old bag but a beautiful shiny new handbag *ahhh light from the heavens shines down* :) although I don't find myself running towards bags like a madwoman I do lust after many any expensive bag that alas I am unable to afford (HELLO Mulberry Alexa, yes I'm talking to you!). However, yesterday evening as I was making my way through my very long 'unread list' on Bloglovin' I came across these posts by Carolina. Ahhh love at first sight? hello lover! now added to my somewhat extensive Spring/Summer wishlist is a 13" Cambridge Satchel Co. satchel :) the only problem is which colour to choose?!??


deep purple?

mustard yellow?

photo by Carolina Engman/Fashion Squad
or... spring green like Carolina? answers on a postcard!!

PLUS! they can emboss your initials on it :) & for £78 they are a lot more purse/student friendly than Mulberry, sorry Alexa you'll have to wait!

MYSTRINGALING X

04 April, 2011

H&M Magazine Spring '11

I saw these pictures a good few weeks ago & have only just round to blogging about them. I think they're stunning, romantic & tell a beautiful story. Enjoy!

(I especially love pictures 1 & 6; gorgeous!)








All photos: H&M Magazine Spring 2011

MYSTRINGALING X
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