Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein

Do you remember that one of the things on my Summer Holidays Bucket List was to visit a place in Austria I’ve never been to before? Well, I chose to visit Bad Gastein for a day. I’ve passed through it often, when I spent the holidays in Carinthia as a child – the train goes right through the heart of the Austrian alps. I’ve always loved this route through the mountains, but I never actually stopped and took a closer look at this little alpine village.

The first impression: There are hotels everywhere. Do people actually really live here? Do they even find work during the summer, when many of the hotels are closed? I guess winter tourism is the biggest source of income in this area. They try to get more people to spend their summers here as well, but everything seems to be focused on the colder season. It was pretty quiet, with just a couple of tourists (and maybe two-three locals), but in winter, it must be hell. Or at least not how I imagine a peaceful skiing holiday. But anyway, it was nice to breathe some mountain air and see the famous waterfall that goes right through the village. Pretty stunning! There is a path next to the river, you can follow it all the way through the valley – I returned after walking for an hour, but I could have continued forever: The sound of the water is so calming and the air is filled with mist and moisture – too bad you can’t breathe in advance!

Even though I had a good time, I probably won’t stop again. There is not a lot to see and once is enough. But I will continue to enjoy driving through the valley, marveling at the beauty of the mountains! :)

Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein

Favourite

lookbook shoot

I was busy this week and did a lot of things, but my favourite was the shooting of the lookbook – finally! We shot it at the Wasserspiele in Hellbrunn, a summer residence from the Renaissance, with grottos and trick fountains. Perfect backdrop for my collection… Either that or an overgrown lake with waterlillies – which we found as well. On day 2, we took pictures at the Krottensee, with the models standing in the water, the dresses flowing around them. Very pretty! I can’t wait for the finishd photos and will certainly share them with you once I get them!

2 weeks in Soulac

soulac - atlantic

I find it difficult to write about something that is not ‘exciting’. A time where little happened, where life was not filled with activities, but with relaxation, calmness and where the days all followed a similar pattern – like on my holiday in Soulac-sur-Mer.

The village is close to Bordeaux, at the Atlantic coast. It’s small and even though touristic (I think in winter, there are only a handful of people left), the visitors are mostly french and come here with their families. They rent one of the many small villas (each one has a name) and spend their days on the beach and the evenigns in the centre – just like we did. I stayed with a friend in her family’s apartment, which is close to the sea: The sound of the waves was always audible.

Can you believe I’ve never actually been so close to the Atlantic (or any ocean) before? It was always the Mediterranean or the Channel. But the ocean is somthing completely different. The waves are bigger, the current stronger, the water saltier. Real swimming was possible only once or twice, we mostly jumped with the waves or dived underneath them. The rest of the time was spent with reading (a lot – I finished 6 books), walking along the beach or simply tanning. Good times!

soulac - villas

soulac - dunes

Soulac - to the beach

soulac - opalescent

soulac - high tide

soulac - low tide

Soulaac sunset

Short Shorts

shorts

I’ve always dreamed of high-waisted shorts, but never found them. Then I learned how to sew and dreamed of making my own. But I read everywhere that getting the fit right on trousers is super difficult, so I never purchased a pattern and continued dreaming. And then I learned how to draft patterns myself, trousers included. I have a well-fitting block now and I thought it was high time to finally fulfil my dream!

The shorts are simple – pockets in the front (darts rotated into them), two darts in the back, waistband closes with two snaps, and there is an invisible zipper in the centre back. The fabric is a left-over form a school project. It has a very interesting texture, it seems to be loosely woven in a solid grey and then there are thicker strands of marled, light grey woven in crosswise. I’ve never seen anything like it before and sadly I only had enough to make these shorts. I also had to get creative with the placement of the pattern pieces and decided to cut the pocket facings in the opposite direction – which is a nice detail.

shorts

shorts

shorts

And I also have a tip for you: please, always, always prewash your fabric! I didn’t do it this time, because I was in a rush (“Need to finish them before I leave for France tomorrow”) and now, after washing them, they are very short – they used to be a bit longer and slightly more decent. Luckily they only shrank in their length and not in their width! They do fit into this month’s Social Sew theme quite nicely now….

socialsew

It is ‘Hot Hot Heat’ and I think these shorts are perfect in both senses of the word ‘hot’. They are perfect for hot summer days and I even overheard two guys taking about them the other day. Ha! :)
Also, big thanks again to my sister for taking the photos – we always have a lot of fun goofing around…

shorts

Oh, and please, please can I keep this tan forever? :)

shorts

Shorts & Top: me-made, see here
Shoes: Converse

July

This July, I…

Soulac sunset

  • visited a Loden factory
  • re-upholstered a sofa
  • cut my finger badly
  • stayed at work for 12 hours once, but we had pizza at the end
  • went to the cinema (Star Trek Beyond + Pets)
  • and to the opening ceremony of the Salzburger Festspiele
  • spent a whole day traveling and then cooled my feet in the ocean after dark
  • got a sunburn on my upper back
  • ate delicious crêpes
  • found sand on my pillow every morning
  • chased the perfect sunset

zippers

Loden Steiner

fishmarket

Soulac

soulac sunset

 

Favourite

Soulac

I’m back from my holidays in Soulac-sur-Mer – very relaxed, very tanned and full of ideas! Doing nothing else except lying on the beach, reading and taking the occasional dip in the ocean clears your head and makes space for new ideas: I can’t wait to start making. Blogging included! Next up is the July-recap and then I’ll spam you with Soulac-impressions. And there is so much more…

And I’m off!

When you read this, I’m on the train to the south of France… Heading to beach, sun, ocean, seafood…. I’m ready for a break and I can’t wait to do nothing. Blogging included – I haven’t scheduled any posts! I will post some snapshots on my Instagram account, so make sure to follow me if you want some summer impressions  :) I hope you have a nice time as well, see you in two weeks!