Life | Überlin

Ever the student of life I'm taking a little blog break to search for new dreams to share with you… (which you can also read as 'I'm currently doing 50 shifts a week in my favourite ice-cream parlour').
Because y'know a/ Girl gotta feed herself, b/ Follow her dreams c/ Dance the streets of wherever...

But I'm leaving you Aaron, so no bad feelings... ♥ ♥ ♥



Video | Dries. Dazed.

Yesterday I thought I couldn't care less about fashion, then I saw this… Oh, the thrill! ♥

Ice-Cream of the Week | White Chocolate Ice-Cream

Psynopsis White Chocolate Ice-Cream with Fruit Syrup
This one is still in its experimentation phase – because while all 'test eaters' said they liked it I feel it could do with some tweaking.* Perhaps it just needs really top quality white chocolate... But if you want to give it a go, the recipe does not disappoint in giving you a creamy, cold, white chocolate kick. You’ll need...


Ice-Cream of the Week | Salted Caramel Ice-Cream & Almond Toffee

Psynopsis Salted Caramel Ice-Cream and Almond Toffee
Burnt sugar + salt… This is one of my absolute favourites, and these days no self-respecting ice-cream parlour can not offer their own version of salted caramel. The recipe here is based on the wonderful and inspiring San Franciscan Bi-Rite Creamery. The ice-cream is absolutely delicious on its own, but personally I like to add pieces of Almond Toffee because...
a) I love chunky bits in my ice-cream, b) I'm a total glutton, and c) It makes it even more delightful.

So let's get going. For the ice-cream you'll need:


Ice-Cream of the Week | Green Tea Ice-Cream

Psynopsis Green Tea Ice-Cream
Ok, so we covered the basics: Vanilla and Chocolate - It's time to get experimental. Like tea flavoured ice-cream… One of my favourites is Earl Gray but every time I make it it nearly leads to divorce – Green Tea on the other hand we both love. Plus, it's health ice-cream actually, isn't it?! Sarah doesn't agree though… 'Too strong, too weird, too little sugar'*. You tell me…


Berlin | Beauty & The Ignorant

Psynopsis Between Time Showroom Berlin 1

Psynopsis Between Time Showroom Berlin 2

Psynopsis Between Time Showroom Berlin 3

Psynopsis Between Time Showroom Berlin 4
When you marry breathtaking architecture with beautiful furniture and interesting art the outcome is: A very special space – which is what Gisbert Pöppler und Erik Hofstetter have created with their showroom 'Between Time'. A place where you can just wander about and marvel at the beauty of the compositions or – if you feel so inclined and your wallet allows it – you can acquire the pieces.

After weeks of spending the days trying on my bikini collection I loved it there. So sophisticated! And my usual method of stumbling around, from time to time throwing myself onto the floor to get the best shot of a chair led to a chat with an extremely nice guy – ending with me asking: "And who are you?" "I'm Gisbert…" Oh well, shoot me now. Time to go back to the vegetables. ♥


Art | Cracks & Holes

Psynopsis Ceramic Antonio Wittig A beautiful piece by Imre Schrammel from the 1970s. ♥

Video | Lady in Black

Ready for a dance off? The coolest horse + one of my favourite songs = This video makes me happy every time I watch it. It's about nail varnish? Oh well. ♥


Ice-Cream of the Week | Super-Chocolaty Chocolate Ice-Cream

Psynopsis Self-Made Chocolate Ice-Cream
Time for the 2nd installment of the Ice-Cream SeriesAnd, bien sûr, after Vanilla it has to be Chocolate. I never was a big a fan of chocolate ice-cream - but then I started making my own, and this one is totally addictive. Even more so with the addition of chocolate chips (I think)...

Video | The Abramovic Method

The weird and wonderful Lady G.


Summer in the City XI

Psynopsis Summer in Berlin Fraenkelufer
"Don't you know there ain't no Devil - That's just God when he's drunk." ♥


Beauty | Huile d’Argane

Psynopsis Argan Oil
Just working on a highly confessional post which involves talking about my beauty products… making me realise that I managed to simplify my beauty regime to pretty much one item: organic argan oil. I’ve even come to like the weird smell. ♥


Style | Swim Beauty

Psynopsis Strapless Bikini Top
When you have as beautiful shoulders as Marie I think strapless is a perfect option… ♥


Ice-Cream of the Week | Perfect, Traditional Vanilla Ice-Cream

Psynopsis Vanilla Ice-Cream and Cookies
I totally and utterly blame Tiffany for this new project – but I'm actually really glad she nudged my into it… because – without ever planning to – I've become somewhat of an ice-cream expert, thinking, living and eating! ice-cream 24/7…


Life | Happiness

Psynopsis My Garden
I always wanted to be a Carrie Bradshaw. A real city girl. But at some point in my life I realised I am not. No matter how fascinated I am by urban living (and man, am I fascinated by it) no amount of cafés, bars and shops can give me the happiness that some outdoor space and growing my own vegetables does. Yes, maybe one day I'll start writing about carrots… ♥


♥ | L'Orange

Psynopsis Orange Accessoires Bikini Shampoo Scholl Sandals
Maybe it's the heat, but orange has become quite a dominant colour in my life. There's…

The Bikini. It might be all about the big cover-up 50s style this season, but to me summer will always be the time when I wear as little as possible… So this triangular thingy (which I won through the wonderful Veshoevius of The Taxonomy of my Wardrobe) is just perfect.

The Hair. I first discovered keratin hair products in Italy and got so excited I stocked up like a mad woman… Only to discover you could get them in the UK, too. And in Germany they were even cheaper than anywhere else. Does my hair feel like silk now with an attractive, healthy sheen? Totally!  

The Shoes. Nope. No Birkenstocks for me. There are limits… i.e. my legs. They just look better on people with Kate Moss' legs. Plus, I've been wearing Scholls forever. And this summer they're orange. Comfy feet = happy me.

What's your orange today? ♥


Life | Make Yourself a Pool #2

Psynopsis Pool Life
Ok, the sensible thing would have been to fill up the hole and plant roses on it… (and that was exactly what more rational-minded people advised us to do when we told them there was an old, neglected swimming-pool in our garden). But we had these dreams of splashing about with friends and family… and pool parties. I mean, pool parties. To me life doesn't get better than an effing pool party.
We probably also would have waited another year or 2 for building up some inner strength to tackle the muddy waters. But then it got hot… and hotter… and hotter. And we thought: "This is just silly, we need these waters!" The cleaning was stupid, hard work. The filling up took 48 hours… and then the water wasn't turquoise, but green (something to do with the pH*). But what the heck. It was 37ºC (100ºF) this weekend and we felt the happiest people in the world because we had an effing pool (party)… ♥

*That's the thing. In your dreams you enjoy drinks at your pool, feet leisurely dangling in the water... In reality you become an involuntary expert on algicides, pH levels, chlorine vs oxygen, etc. Ya-ha.


Life | Make Yourself a Pool #1

Psynopsis Make Yourself a Pool
We did it. We cleaned the old pool. It took forever (because we first had to dig a pond to save all the frogs, bugs and other water wild life… yes, that's the kind of soft-hearted idiots we are). And now, 1278 hours later the water is flowing in. Cannot wait to take a dive... ♥

shorts: hot tuna, t-shirt: alice's pig


Summer in the City Vintage

Psynopsis Berlin Summer at the Lake Vintage
An old favourite, taken shortly after the wall came down and we started discovering the lakes and countryside around Berlin… yep, 'twas when women still dressed up for boat rides... ♥


Life | Sod’s Soggy

Psynopsis Sabine Boticca Belt
Sod's Law commands that when you post a This Is the Summer of All Summers post temperatures will fall 20 degrees and the heavens open for 48 hours of rain… With the positive side effect that I finally tackled some desk tasks – including updating the ol' website* with some of my favourite photos. If you're also sitting in the rain, twiddling your thumbs… Come on over, have a look!

*With the idea of making it so easy that even I can update it - so I don't have to throw myself on the floor and cry anymore... 'Still not learned your CSS?' 'I will. Promise!' (Next time)

Remember this wonderful Boticca belt? Shame I hardly ever wear it.


Style | The One & Only

Psynopsis Converse All Star Lo Top White

Psynopsis Sarah on Roof 1

Psynopsis Sarah on Roof 2
I guess 10 years of UK weather made me forget about real summer… The one that makes you throw all your clothes in a corner (because living in a bikini is just fine), when the idea of cleaning the old pool starts making sense and sitting at computers feels just weird. Drinking Valderamas all night long and discussing shoes on the other hand… totally logical. It must have been somewhere then that Sarah had convinced me that white, lo-rise Chucks are the one and only ones - and I made her climb the roof to proof the point. ♥

dress & corset: vintage, shoes: converses c/o surfdome


♥ | Lilacs

Psynopsis Studio Photography Lilacs
One from the studio when the lilacs were still in bloom… ♥


Style | The Prodigy

Psynopsis Streetstyle Berlin Converse All Stars
After stalking a few more Converse wearers with my camera today I feel at risk of developing a slight obsession with this footwear, but, come ooon, aren't these two a seriously cute couple? ♥


♥ | Mr Peony

Psynopsis Peonies Winterfeldtmarkt BerlinThere are quite a number of Prince Charmings on the markets these days… ♥


Style | Chucks

Psynopsis Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars
It's been ages since I owned a pair of Converses. White high-tops they were, I loved them madly, and somehow they are still the one and only for me (though this blue is very cool, too)… and it takes years to get them into perfect condition (buying them 'old' doesn't count, no way!)... What about you? Do you own a pair of Chucks? And what's your favourite colour? And should they be high? Low? Your own design?… ♥


Vintage | Barbarella

Psynopsis Vintage White Leather Trenchcoat
When I complained to Sarah that "There are no good 2nd hand stores in Berlin – everything is overprized and of shoddy quality!" she just smiled and led me down a dark path (okay, ugly road) in the borough of Steglitz where no hipster has ever set foot – and there I found it: The white leather trench coat. Totally unworn, totally unloved (the person it came from must have had the same reaction to it as Sarah: 'It's so disgusting, I can't even touch it!'), and maybe it's my weakness for forlorn looking beings and objects (but probably rather the fact that driving the Vespa has led to a constant look-out for wind-proof and zip-uppable jackets) that I felt love at first sight. The friendly shop owner gave us recommendations for leather soap brands (which will be so necessary) - now the real question is: Do I need white boots to go with it… ♥