Customer Style: Sabrina

It’s one of those drippy slushy snow weeks in Berlin where everyone goes hardcore schlump. German pensioners in matching gortex pant-suits braving an apocalyptic weather pattern only they can see. Young stylish types with cold brown icewater soaking through their purposefully tattered shoes and extraordinarily heavy yet inadequate thrifted coats. Pram-pushing Muttis in soggy beige piles of pilled organic knitwear. In a world such as this, relief is found in a warm cloud of clean pink fluff enclosing a tiny yet striking woman as she eats bagels and faces the elements on adorable terms.DSC_0912

Sabrina is from Graz, Austria but she lives in Berlin now, where she does Fashion Marketing for Zalando. We asked Sabrina if she’s a natural redhead, prepared to be jealous if she answered in the affirmative. She is not. She’s jealous of natural redheads too. Sabrina is a familiar face at Fine Bagels. She comes on Sundays with her boyfriend and gets an everything bagel with hummus and avocado. Her boyfriend gets something with lox. We saw it. That’s not right. How can he kiss her later? She isn’t eating lox. The rule with bagels and lox is either both people have it or no one does. Smooth move, Sabrina’s boyfriend. Probably for the best. Her makeup is impeccable. DSC_0917

Look closely. Those moon boots are sparkly. Since they look like big soft cushions and the name suggests a low-gravity experience, so we asked Sabrina if they are comfortable. No. They’re not.DSC_0916

Sabrina has a fantastic style blog, whatpixieswear.com. She blogs about sustainable, fair, and personal fashion. It’s great. Way better than our blog. Like she knows what she’s doing. And someone is taking gorgeous pictures for it. Since it’s not just Gross Weather Week in Berlin but also Fashion Week, check out Sabrina’s Fair Fashion Guide to Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

At first, before we saw her blog, we wondered if she has thoughts on people like us describing her as “adorable” or “tiny” or “super cute.” We’ve been told by adorable, super cute, and tiny friends that that is patronizing. The we behind Fine Bagels mainly only gets called stuff like “really tall” and “broad-shouldered” and can only dream of such delicate descriptors. Ultimately, it was Sabrina herself who chose to charmingly wear twinkly moon boots and a delightful fluffy cotton-candy coat, right? So we decided to stick by our sweet and diminutive adjectives since she’s totally asking for it. Then we saw her blog. Validation.DSC_0888

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Baker Style: Victoria Met Albert

Did we sign on to be spokespeople for Christmas shopping without the slightest hint of irony? No. We did not. But we are vain like you wouldn’t believe, not to mention completely smitten with Victoria Met Albert‘s yearly “All I want for Christmas” campaign, so we were thrilled to do it.

Victoria Met Albert is a lifestyle-ish store that sells homewares and his/her clothing and shoes. That sounds like a pretty bla endorsement, but it isn’t. It’s so much better and different from all those millions of little boutiques that pepper the Helmholtz and Boxhagener neighborhoods which, frankly, all blur together in our heads as one big sea of applique felted owl handbags. Victoria met Albert is a standout not just for how well Will and Ilke chose their products, but also for how they design their windows, advertisements, and general business face. It’s the kind of place that gets you all aspirational and full of ideas. They have new shipments coming in every week, which makes it well worthwhile to traipse moonily through on a regular basis.

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The shoot was with Mark of Captivation on Schliemanstrasse in Prenzlauer Berg. Laurel’s main instinct in front of a camera is to slouch and emphasize her lack of orthodonture, but somehow Mark talked her out of that and managed to take a really nice picture. He is an excellent photographer.

Books by Their Covers

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Penguin recently came out with these gorgeously designed Nancy Mitfords. The only time we gave reading a Nancy Mitford a try, it was when the author Mark Forsyth came to give a reading at the store. He’s awfully funny and clever and he suggested that we might enjoy one of her books. Talked it right up. Love in a Cold Climate is the one he recommended. Now, we live in Berlin. What else is there to know about love in a cold climate? But we endeavored, nonetheless, as surely this recommendation had merit. That was wrong. This recommendation had no merit. We didn’t like it. Not one bit. But we wish we had. Because these latest Penguins are a fantasy in watercolor. If you never bothered to look inside, this set would be a fantastic addition to a home library.
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They should change it to say “A book only Evelyn Waugh could love.”
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While we’re on watercolors…Brecht Evens’ The Wrong Place sure is nice.
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It has pictures instead of long, tedious sentences, so it was easy for us. Easy is good, because it makes us feel smart and content. Easy plus pretty is even better.
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It’s about a party.