Mittwoch, 26. August 2015

Travel diary: a cruise on the MS Dockville

It´s a nice feeling to be freshly back from a cruise. Especially if the cruise took place on the sunny MS Dockville in Hamburg last weekend. My best friend and I sailed to the festival a few years ago and were so happy to be finally back. The location and atmosphere are wonderful and this year's super sunny and basically cloud free weather was the cherry on top of a very big and very delicious festival sundae. As an extra treat we actually stayed in the ever so beautiful 25 Hours Hotel at Hafencity (much safer for a camera and a laptop compared to a tent...and more convenient too!) and gave us the chance to at least soak in a few impressions of Hamburg as well. The city suprised me and I liked it much more than on recent visits (blame it on the rain) and I will be back to explore more in the future. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that the festival visit was made possible by KMS California. After creating festival proof hair styles in my last posts, I was sent to Hamburg to seek stylish festival goers and put together a little style report here and on my Instagram account. So next to some overall impressions of the MS Dockville, you will find all the lovely ladies and (the one) lovely lad I took picture of at the end of this post.
We arrived on Friday and got ready for the festival right away. My highlight was FM Belfast and Odesza that night and we were blown away by the majestic sunset that took place at the festival ground. Next to these two bigger acts, we really enjoyed spending time on the smaller dance floors off the main stages. We were impressed with the food selection and enjoyed some vegan hot dogs before catching the shuttle bus back into the city once we were done dancing and in desperate need of a lay down.
Crop Top + Skirt H and M / Kimono bought in Ibiza / Hat Vintage / Shoes Birkenstock / Necklace Subdued
On Saturday we woke up quite early and walked through Hamburgs Speicherstadt and Hafencity. Next time I definitely want to see more of the Schanzenviertel and Altona, but this time, we obviously wanted to go back to the festival area as soon as possible and started the day with some poetry slam. We once again found very delicious food at a Vietnamese street food truck and had an amazing tofu sandwich with spicy sauce and a lot of fresh veggies and herbs.
In general we had a lot of fun looking for stylish people at the festival, but it was indeed a bit of work and isn´t as easy as street style blogs make it look. But everybody was so open minded and friendly, that we ended up having some really good chats. Mainly, we tried to find looks and people that made us feel they are not wearing a costume and just having a good time. Sure, applying some glitter and adding a few extravagant accessoires for a festival are sort of a must and are a lot of fun, but we mostly fell in love with looks that combined festival vibes with their usual wardrobe. In the end, we managed to find a couple of really cool and stylish outfits and we liked the characters behind the clothes just as much as their looks.
One of the looks I personally liked the most was Charlotte´s all pastel pink combo. Absolutely loved her Urban Outfitters dress and envy her fantastic hair colour.
That´s really a wrap this time. I´m very thankful for the chance of visiting Dockville festival with KMS California and had a really good time in Hamburg and will put visiting the festival again on my summer 2016 list for sure. Next to the pictures that are gathered up there, I also put together some tinsy clips and will end this post with another video. 

Montag, 10. August 2015

How to: flower crown hairstyles with KMS California

Today it´s time for the second hair style in the summer festival series with KMS California. After creating a half bun the last time, I once again aimed for an easy and foolproof look, that is effortless but still sends some heavy festival vibes. This is simply the way I love my hair when I say "goodbye" to my beloved bed and proper bathroom: I want to look put together, I want to step out of my comfort zone a little, but not taking 12 utensils and being occupied with making my hair for more than a few minutes. Because let´s face it, if you are on a festival the conditions aren´t all shiny and perfect and you probably want to create something easy and quick. So today´s look is nothing more than a simple and messy flower crown style with braids.
I started washing my hair with the Add Volume: Shampoo by KMS California for obvious reasons. We´ve talked about my thin spaghetti hair before and I was very happy to receive a shampoo, that promises volume and fullness. After my hair was all rinsed and ready for a nice old towel-dry, I sprayed in another product of the Add Volume series. The so called Body Build Detangler is a leave-in spray, that creates a nice grip in your hair and ensures that you are be able to work with it right away. Very handy for me, because my hair tends to be very slippy when its freshly washed. I just sprayed it in, combed it through and then waited for my hair to air dry.
After letting my hair dry on its own, I did actually see some magical results of the Body Build Detangler. Sure, my hair is still no lions mane, but it felt much thicker than without the leave-in product and had an overall nice and non-slip texture.
Now it´s time for the braiding. I love braids. I love big, chunky, fishtail, all-around-the-head towers of braids, but once again: I don´t have the hair to make massive piles of braids. Therefor, I chose an easy pigtail braid look and just parted my hair in the middle, left out my "bangs", braided my hair equally on both sides and secured the braids with a see-through elastic.
Next on is the flower crown. I decided for a big sunflower one and put it on quite near my parting. I then took some parts of the strands I left out and simply tucked them over the braids and secured them in place with a bobby pin. Some of my "bangs" I just left dangling around, because I think a few loose streaks make this look more casual and less... well Heidi-ish (a bit of Heidi is absolutely fine with me though!).
And this is literally it. Another little variation could be to pin one of the braids behind your head in the back and therefor create a sort of side braid, but I do like the pigtails a lot lately. Last but not least: time to make the whole thing last. I once again used the Hair Stay: Medium Hold Spray to fix up the twists in the front of my hair and the bangs.
This look is obviously nothing to extravagant or new, but that´s what I like a bout it. It´s simple, it keep the hair away from your neck and face and you can fully focus on enjoying the music, the time with your friends and the festival. I hope you liked it and don´t forget to swing over to Instagram to participate in showing your own festival inspired hair styles with #festivalhairstyle. I certainly look forward to visit my next festival a lot and can´t wait to share some impressions with you. Hope you all have a lovely day.

Mittwoch, 29. Juli 2015

How to: festival inspired hairstyles with KMS California

Happy #festivalhairday! The festival season is upon us and I´m coming your way with a sort of different blog post today. When KMS California asked me to join forces to spread festival season inspired hairstyles, I was more than eager to jump right into this project. I love festivals and especially the freedom to go crazy with your fashion and hair style choices. The products I use in this post, have been kindly sent to me and worked perfectly for the "Half Bun", that I chose as my first look. I love this hairdo, wear it at least once a week and think it is perfect for a weekend in the open, because it´s easy to do, requires no heat whatsoever and looks put together without great effort.
First things first: I don´t wash my hair every day. Not even every second one. So I was happy to find the Hair Play: Makeover Spray in my package, which is perfect for non-freshly washed hair. It absorbs oil, freshens up the hair and (very important for my super fine and super thin hair!) creates volume. I don´t have to explain to you, that this is a key product for every festival visit, or? It makes your hair look good instantly, even after a night full of wild dancing and if you lack a proper shower and as an extra: leaves no residue!
After applying the makeover spray from root to end, I parted my hair in the middle and started with the actual hairstyle. You can create a half bun with all of your top hair, but I decided to leave big strands out, to work as a long fringe, because I think it looks a tad more casual. With the help of a comb, I then gathered the top half of my hair (down until my ears) on both sides of my mid-parted hair and combined the left and right side to a high ponytail. I usually tuck around the ponytail to create a bit more volume, the best method is to run your hands to the root of the ponytail and to pull the hair lightly towards your forehead.
As I mentioned before, my hair is rather thin. To make sure, that the half bun is big enough, I backcomb the ponytail before I roll it up into a bun and pin it in place with bobby pins.
Time for some texture: the next style helper for my spaghetti hair is the Hair Play: Sea Salt Spray to mess things up a little more. The spray creates beachy waves and gives the length of the hair just a little more grip, structure and vitality. The salty mist is actually very fine and does not leave your hair too sticky after applying it, which is perfect! I do love the effect of sea salt sprays, but have to remind myself, that a treatment for the tips is mandatory afterwards, especially if you have fine hair. As an extra tip: the Sea Salt Spray works even more magic if you spray it on damp hair after a shower. However you use it, I think it´s fantastic for festivals and it leaves your hair looking all messy, all wavy and all good. .
Now the working part is over and the fun begins. Once the half bun is up, it´s time to dig out the accessories and make this look festival appropriate. I decided to use the infamous flower crown but rolled it around the bun. I also felt my inner Blümchen call on me and got some heart-shaped rhinestones and a package of bindi´s to spice up my forehead. If this a tad too much for you, you can obviously leave out one of the decorations. But you are at a music festival: so show no fear!
Finish up: before leaving the tent and running off to see a band or DJ, it´s time to make the hairstyle really stay all day. Hairspray is therefore an absolute must. I used the Hair Stay: Medium Hold Spray to put everything in place and especially to secure the bun. The spray is also good to fix your messy beach waves and to make the created volume last longer. My hair usually seems to absorb all sorts of volume treatments, so I like to freshen up with another spritz of the hairspray after a while. So when you gather a jumper from your tent and the night is getting fresh, just give the hair a little dosage of love as well and it will stick with you until you crawl back into your sleeping bag in the morning.
That´s a wrap! I really hope you liked this beauty related content, enjoyed my half bun look for the #festivalhairday and therefor part one of my co-operation with KMS California. Stay tuned for another look very soon and in the meantime, maybe head over to Instagram and share your very own #festivalhairday hair styles there, I´d love to see how you like to wear your hair in the festival world!