Dickes B

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

I love this quote… For me, travelling became an addiction. Some people might not understand that or think that this person must be unhappy at there own home. But that’s not true! I totally love my home and also my country and all those beautiful places here in Austria, but for me there is nothing I’m looking more forward to than leaving my own little spot of life and escaping into another world. Exploring new places gives me the chance to maybe see things differently and be fascinated by the architecture, history, people, culture and so on.

Like I already told you in my last post, I visited Berlin with my friends and it was freakin AMAZING! We got to see so many stunning places and ate a lot of delicious food of course ;-). In this post I want to share with you a list all the things you have to know when you want to visit Berlin.. Enjoy!

Where to STAY.

We stayes at a very nice hotel called „Berlin Berlin“, which I booked via secret escapes. I can only recommend this Booking page as it offers good hotels for good prices and I’ve never had any problems with it so far. I have to admit that the area around the hotel is not the most beautiful, but it’s very close to Kurfürstendamm and the Zoologische Garten. All in all a very good place to stay.

Where to EAT.

A dream came true! I visited my first cleaneating restaurant called THE BOWL (pictures below) and it was really delicious. Everything they offer is clean and plantbased…. I really wanted to stay there forever. Unfortunately we had to wait 45 minuted for our food, which made us feel a bit uncomfortable as all the other guests got their food within 10 minutes. I can’t imagine that we were the reason for this as we are super nice and friendly girls of course ;-).
Another restaurant, which is one my Top 4 list is NENI Berlin. I already know Neni from my hometown, but it’s always a pleasure to eat there. They offer israeli food and have a lot of vegan and vegetarian dishes. But the main reason why I mention this restaurant is the location. It’s on top of the 25 hours hotel and you can see all over the zoo of Berlin. Breathtaking!If you want some Burgers and Fries I recommend 5 PLACES BURGER, which is very close to The bowl and more a take away than a restaurant. Very good price-performance ratio.
A very romantic place to eat is the CAFE AM NEUEN SEE. It’s located directly in the Zoologische Garten and very beautiful.

Where to SHOP.

Yesss…. I fulfilled myself another dream and bought myself my first vegan and fair produced Handbag by MATT & NAT! I looked at their online shop a million times and wanted to order one already, but then I decided that I wanted to see them in real. I dragged my patient girls (love you guys) to a shop called DEAR GOODS, which sells vegan, organic, fair etc. clothing and bags. IT WAS HEAVEN! Everytime I look at this beauty I fall in love. I also think the price (144€) is completely legitimate for this high-quality product. I think it’s better to buy one bag, which is maybe a bit more expensive, than a lot of cheap bags, which only look good for a month.
Wanna know what the best place to shop in Berlin is? Definitely the KAUFHAUS DES WESTENS (KaDeWe). It’s huge and it’s beautiful. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for make up or fruits you’ve never heard of before, you can get anything you want there. Speaking about shopping, I bought my second pair of ray-bans wuhu.
FRIEDRICHSHAIN is a very hip and modern district of berlin. It’s also the place where all the vegan restaurants are. In the streets of Friedrichshain you can find a lot of cute small shops from young designers.

What to SEE.

On Saturday we participated a so called FREE WALKING TOUR. It’s a guided tour through the inner city of berlin and basically is for free, but if you liked it, you give a gratuity. We visited the HOLOCAUST DENKMAL, which is very impressive and also a bit intimidating, Brandenburger Tor, Gendarmenmarkt, Berliner Mauer and other places I can’t remind myself anymore. You should definitely do this when you are in Berlin.
Apart from that we visited the EASTSIDE GALLERY, which are residues of the Berlin wall and are painted by artists. The photos of my lates outfit post are taken at this place.

Some more pics of our trip…

Me and the girls

Burger invasion at 5 Places Burger

In front of the Holocaust Denkmal

Drinks at THE BOWL

What you have to eat when you visit NENI Berlin

The Brandenbuger Tor

Holocaust Denkmal

East Side Gallery

White stripes

I’ve spent the last couple of days in beautiful Berlin. The capital of germany is known for it’s impressive and reflective history and what some of you might not know, they are very up-to-date regarding nutritional awareness, veganism and sustainable fashion. So obviously there is no better place to shoot my second fair fashion outfit than the famous East Side Gallery in Berlin.

I wore this outfit the whole day when we went sightseeing and for that occassion it was perfect. I love my new BIRKENSTOCK, which I could wear 24/7.
One piece I really want to focus on is the blue and white striped skirt by ARMED ANGELS. Armed Angels is a german company, which produce fair and organic fashion. Their aim is to combine design and sustainability under the motto of „class not mass“. One reason why I like their fashion is that it doesn’t look like eco fashion at first sight. If I should describe the brand with three adjectives I would choose casual, suitable for everyday life and high quality.
My shirt is from GAP, which is of course not fair produced fashion, but I like the brand and their clothing and I think it fits perfectly into the oufit. Do you like it as well? 🙂

T-Shirt: GAP
Skirt: Armed Angels
Shoes: Birkenstock
Bag: Brandy Melville
Watch: Mockberg
Sunnies: Rayban

 

Care and shop fair

It was terrible; suddenly the entire floor filled up with fire and smoke and the heat was so intense that we rushed towards the windows, broke the steel grills and the glass and jumped out.
Mohammad, 32, survivor of a factory fire in Pakistan (source: Clean Clothes Campaign)

We all know it, but most of us tend to ignore it or think that it won’t change anyway. I think differently. I did a lot of research about this topic and for me it’s more than shocking. The working conditions in the fashion industry are probably one of the worst of all. Miserable health and safety conditions and minimum wages. According to Clean Clothes Campaign „The majority of workers in the global fashion industry rarely earn more than two US dollars per day. Many have to work long hours for this meagre wage and struggle daily to meet their basic needs such as food, clothes, shelter and schooling.“. Apart from that they have to work up to 96 hours per week. If they refuse to do say, they will be resigned or they will not have enough many if they don’t work overtime.

But why is that? Because of our buying behavior. We want cheap and fast clothing. We don’t want to spend 100€ for something we’ll only wear for one season. We want everything to be cheap and trendy. Of course we do so, why not? Humans (or most of them) are rational thinkingly beings and I won’t blame anyone, because I used to think the same way. But in my opinion, things went a bit out of control. There are so many people addicted to shopping and buying bargains and everything, like there isn’t anything more important in life. I’m not saying fashion and our appearance is not important nowadays, because it definitely is, but in my opinion we should think about our actions and therefore our shopping behaviour especially if we are supporting an industry, which exploit people.

To be honest, at the moment it is impossible for me to buy all of my clothes fair, because the market is not big enough yet and also the designs sometimes don’t fit into my style. But that’s not the point! For me every little step into the right direction is the aim. I want to show you how you can incorporate fair fashion into your ’normal‘ clothing to make it look even more stylish AND to know that you’ve done something right. How does that sound? 🙂

So here is my first interpretation of a fair fashion outfit. Today I went for lunch in the city with one of my best friends and wanted something comfortable and airy (36°C currently). My fair fashion pick are some white and really soft espandrilles by Natural World Eco and I love them!! I also want to mention my beautiful and elegant watch, which is from a swedish brand called MOCKBERG and fits perfectly into every outfit. See the rest of the brands below.

 

Top: Bik Bok
Skirt: Carlings
Bag: Brandy Melville
Shoes: Natural World Eco
Watch: Mockberg