Sunday, September 7, 2014

Gimme that Dirty Burger!

I thought I was doomed. At least in a social sense. There was everyone's never-ending love for burgers on one side and my total dislike of those greasy bun things. Not a good match, right? Until I went to Dirty Burger and it changed everything...

When it comes to liquorice or even olives, there's a big division between lovers and haters. However, when it comes to burgers, I feel like there's only love going on. Well, except for me.
I always dreaded the question "Where should we go for lunch?" during university. Being surrounded by quite a few burger places, that's where everyone wanted to go to. Of course, I like hanging out with my friends, but how often can you actually eat something you totally dislike? Okay, I didn't use to hate burgers. I just find the buns unbearably dry and prefer my meat not as patties. One or two times are bearable, but once a week? Impossible. So when I walked pass newly opened Dirty Burger in Whitechapel, I was intrigued simply by the look of the restaurant itself: Industrial lamp shades, tables and benches made out of recycled wood and an incredible outdoor seating area (in case we are lucky and get a little sun in London). When I found out they served burgers, I continued walking.

Though, a few weeks later someone from the addicted-to-burger category urged me to give it to go. I did, not expecting too much, but ended up loving it instead! The bun was super soft and mixed gorgeously with the patty that properly tasted like it was fresh from the grill. The avocado salad was pretty decent and a good way to balance out the greasiness of the burger. Reliving the moments I tasted the first burger I liked, I feel like I could do with one again today! So apparently American-style burgers were the ones that changed my opinion after one bite (according to the burger-addict).
Well, how could I have known? Anyway, I do recommend Dirty Burger, apparently the Whitechapel one is a joint restaurant for Dirty Burger and Chicken Shop (which I have yet to try). But I have to add that I'm not sure if it's worth to pay £6.50 for such a tiny cheeseburger, because it was definitely smaller than the ones you normally get at GBK or Byron, so that's a bit of a party-pooper. I guess it's kind of a good way to watch your money and weight, since you won't be inclined to go there every single day! Still, it's definitely a great addition to the less popular part of East London, one which the students around the area will definitely appreciate.

Dirty Burger & Chicken Shop Whitechapel
27A Mile End Road, Whitechapel E1 4TP

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Warehouse AW14 - A Tale of The City

Monochrome? Check. Oversized Coats? Check. Wide Brim Hats? Check. If you've seen my outfits, then you know why the latest Warehouse collection is totally my thing...

Still a bit tired from taking the tube in the morning, I was warmly welcomed by Lauren, Social Media Coordinator for Warehouse (also blogger for The Girl Who Stole London), at their flagship store on Oxford Street. A mocha in one hand and a tablet in the other, she showed me around and introduced me to their new magazine style online platform. I know I've been in London for 3 years now, but I've honestly never stepped inside, thinking Warehouse would be more suitable for my mother. How wrong I was! In comparison to Topshop and co., their pieces are definitely much more mature, but in a good way! There's a lot of black, white and grey going on with a few statement pieces in pastel blue and dusty pink (those coats!). They've even convinced me that leopard print can actually look quite decent as long as the cut is kept simple and clean. Guess, there's even the possibility of converting me to a leopard-print-liker! And trust me, it wasn't just the fruity breakfast that got me convinced. Not too sure about the floral prints, but that's just me being anti-girly. So you should definitely check out their latest pieces in shop or better even online, so you can check out their revamped online shop. It's screams pretty minimalism. Plus, thanks to the new magazine-style blog under the theme "A Tale of the City" you even get the chance to see behind the scenes of the AW14 collection and get some style tips directly from the headquarters. If that doesn't sound exciting, I don't know.
Check out their blog: here.

Monochrom? Ja. Oversized Maentel? Ja. Huete? Nochmal ja. Wenn ihr meine Outfits kennt, dann ist es sicher nicht verwunderlich, warum mir die neue Kollektion von Warehouse so zugesagt hat. Noch ein wenig muede war ich, als ich herzlich von Lauren im Warehouse Store in der Oxford Street empfangen wurde, die sich um die Social Media von Warehouse kuemmert und nebenbei den Blog The Girl Who Stole London fuehrt. Waehrend ich dann an meinem Mocha geschluerft habe, hat sie mich herumgefuehrt und mir noch den neuen Online Shop auf einem iPad gezeigt. Ich weiss, ich bin schon seit 3 Jahren in London, aber ich war noch nie bei Warehouse shoppen. Dachte irgendwie immer, dass es eher Mode fuer meine Mutter ist. Wie falsch ich doch lag! Die Sachen sind auf jeden Fall etwas erwachsener als Topshop und dergleichen, aber auf eine gute Weise! Ganz viel schwarz, weiss und grau und einige Statementteile in Pastelblau und -rosa gibt es. Sogar Leopardenmuster, die ich sogar gut finde, gibt es, denn die Schnitte sind schlicht gehalten, um den Print auszubalancieren. Vielleicht werde ich sogar zum Leopardenprintliebhaber, wer weiss. Die Blumenmuster haben es mir nicht wirklich angetan, aber das ist nur meine persoenliche Abneigung. Also schaut euch den Onlineshop auf jeden Fall an. Dort findet ihr auch tolle Einblicke hinter die Kulissen vom Kampagnenshooting und tolle Stylingtipps: hier

Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekly Reads #02

Back in the comfort of my university library, I'm sipping on a hot chai latte that nearly burned my tongue (my fault for being impatient). I'm learning a bit about SEO, healthy Eggs Benedict and get style advice from all those amazing style bloggers. Plus I also got to know Darren...

Midi-Dresses for everyone: Since I'm just 1,60m, I get asked a lot what short girls can wear. Of course, you could say the standard things like "wear the shortest shorts to elongate your legs" and "try to avoid anything that says midi or maxi", but just like Nisi from teetharejade I totally disagree with these "fashion rules". In this amazing outfit post she shows us that you are the most beautiful when you feel comfortable in something. And yes, she does look gorgeous! Have a look: here.

H&M pieces straight from the catwalk: I'm an H&M fan. I like their designs (especially the pieces from H&M trend) and price/quality-wise I think they are much more reasonable than other high street brands that charge much more for less quality. One of the best dressed Germany-based bloggers Juliane shows you how to style the much anticipated Studio AW14 pieces and she's looking great. So unless you've got some extra cash stored away, don't look at her post. Because, trust me, you'll want all the pieces she's wearing. If you think you can resist, then you can go over to her blog: here.

Eggs Benedict, but healthy: There's no Weekly Reads without a food post. Considering the amount of food blogs I read, it's just not possible without one. This time it's about one of my most favourite brunch choices: Eggs Benedict. Still remember the first time I took a bite, how the egg, the hollandaise sauce, the bacon and the muffin melted in my mouth. Unfortunately, it's not the kind of dish you'd want to eat when you are on a diet. But don't worry: Binh from The Chitchat Girls shows you how to make it less calorie-heavy. Find the recipe: here.

SEO for bloggers: There's not much to say about this one. SEO is so important when it comes to blogs and everyone should know about it. Though, I have to admit that I've never really paid attention to it, be it my laziness or... okay, it's just laziness really. But I've promised myself to get a grip of myself and learn more about it. This guide by Taylor from the Fresh Exchange is the perfect starter kit for all those lazy bums like me. Let's go over there and learn about SEO: here.

Let's talk about Darren: I'm pretty picky when it comes to my jewellery. It has to be something special, feminine, but not too girly. When I saw Sarah's bracelet, I immediately fell in love. Copper? Love it! Glass? Amazing. Handmade? Hell yeah! But learning where she got her bracelet from made the handmade copper piece even more fascinating. Darren, who calls himself "homeless, but not helpless", created this wonderful piece of jewellery for her and now she's trying to help him get his jewellery out there. Read more about Darren's story: here.

Zurueck in die Uni ging es heut fuer mich (denn dort gibt es Internet). Waehrend ich von meiner riesigen Tasse Chai Latte schluerfe, lerne ich ein wenig ueber SEO, gesunde Eggs Benedict und versorge mich mit Style Tips von grossartigen Style Bloggern. Oh, und ich habe Darren kennen gelernt...

Midi-Kleider fuer jederman: Da ich nur 1,60m bin, werde ich oft gefragt, was Maedels mit meiner Koerpergroesse denn am besten tragen sollten. Natuerlich koennte ich mit den Standardfloskeln a la "kurze Roecke und Shorts tragen, um die Beine zu verlaengern" oder "vermeide Midi- und Maxiroecke" antworten, aber genauso wie Nisi von teetharejade stimme ich diesen "Moderegeln" ganz und gar nicht zu. In diesem tollen Outfit zeigt sie, dass man am besten aussieht, wenn man sich wohl fuehlt anstatt irgendwelche Regeln zu befolgen. Und wie toll sie dabei aussieht! Schaut es euch an: hier.

H&M Teile vom Laufsteg Ich mag H&M. Finde die Designs toll (vor allem in der Trend-Abteilung) und das Verhaeltnis zwischen Preis und Leistung finde ich auch viel besser als so manch andere Marke, die viel teurer ist, aber keine bessere Qualitaet aufweist. Juliane, wohl eine der best gekleidesten Bloggerinnen, zeigt in diesen Post, wie sie die ersehnte H&M Studio AW14 Kollektion styled. Schaut es euch nur an, wenn ihr zu viel Geld auf dem Konto habt, denn wenn ihr seht, wie toll ihre Outfits sind, dann gehts zum Verkaufsstart sicher gleich zum naechsten H&M. Wenn ihr denkt, dass ihr widerstehen koennt, nur zu. Ihre zwei Outfits findet ihr: hier.

Eggs Benedict, aber gesund: Es gibt keine Weekly Reads ohne einen Essenspost. Ich meine, bei so vielen Foodblogs in meiner Favoritenliste, da ist es aber auch nicht verwunderlich. Dieses Mal handelt es sich um eins meiner liebsten Brunchgerichte: Eggs Benedict. Erinnere mich noch an unsere erste Begegnung, wie Ei, Bacon, Hollandaisesosse und Muffin in meinem Mund zerschmolzen sind. Leider ist es auf gar keinen Fall ein Diaet gerichtet, sondern haut ordentlich rein. Aber keine Sorge! Binh von the Chitchat Girls zeigt, wie man dieses tolle Gericht kalorienaermer zubereiten kann: hier.

SEO fuer Blogger: Ja, viel gibt es hierzu wohl nicht zu sagen. SEO muesste jedem Blogger etwas sagen. Doch um ehrlich zu sein, bin ich ziemlich faul gewesen, was SEO betrifft. Aber ich habe mir geschworen, dass sich dies aendern wird und dieser SEO Guide von the Fresh Exchange ist da ein guter Start, um mehr ueber SEO zu lernen. Also weg mit der Faulheit und den Guide durchlesen: hier.

Wer ist Darren? Ich bin ziemlich waehlerisch, wenn es um Schmuck geht. Es muss etwas besonderes sein, feminin, aber nicht zu maedchenhaft. Als ich Sarah's Armband gesehen habe, habe ich mich sofort verliebt. Kupfer? Find ich super. Glas? Sieht toll aus. Handgemacht? Nichts besseres als das. Aber als ich mehr ueber die Entstehungsgeschichte dieses Armbandes gelesen habe, wurde aus einem huebschen Armband ein faszinierendes. Handgefertigt von Darren, der sich selbst "obdachlos, aber nicht hilflos" bezeichnet, hat dieses wunderbare Stueck fuer Sarah kreiert, welche jetzt ueberlegt, wie sie Darren die Chance geben kann, solche Teile fuer ein groesseres Publikum anzufertigen. Mehr von seiner Lebensgeschichte findet ihr: hier.