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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In which Flora Amalie tries out a new phone...



This weekend i got the unexpected opportunity to take part in a blogger workshop here in Berlin.
It's been really hot in the city lately, still is, so the idea of spending my Saturday and Sunday in an even hotter classroom when i could be at the lake with my friends, had me question my decision to say yes, but i'm really glad i went.
The workshop was really informative and inspiring, and i hope it provided the kick in the ass i've been needing to move forward with the Untitled Blog.

See, i've felt for a long time that this whole blog needed a makeover. Like, a severe one, not just a new header like i normally do when i need change!
Maybe a whole new theme, a whole new subject, who knows?
But something needs to happen, and for the first time in a long time i actually feel inspired to do something about it.
The blog might end up being less about me, and more lifestyle-ish.
I might want people to do guest posts, i might do sections with different topics, i don't know yet, but i'm always interested in hearing what you guys have to say, so if there's something you'd like to see more of on the blog (besides regular posting, lol), please let me know in the comments!

One of the things we talked about a lot at the workshop, was making money from your blog, something i've personally never been very good at.
I've never had ads, and i've never done any sponsored content, even though i've had offers in the past.
But things change, and that topic couldn't have come up at a better time for me.
You see, i was recently contacted by a company that represents Huawei, asking me if i'd like to try out this new phone, that supposedly had a great camera.
And guys, this time i said yes. Because, well, free phone!
So this post is kinda sponsored, i guess?*
Or, at least it's full of photos from the Huawei Ascend P7, which, by the way, does indeed have a very nice camera, as you can see.
I used VSCO Cam to edit all the photos, as i usually do with my iPhone photos as well, and i think they have a nice analog feel to them.
However, VSCO ran pretty slow on New Phone, which i found a little frustrating, but i am an extremely impatient person when it comes to technology, so maybe it's just me!

Now, if anyone out there would like to give me a new laptop to replace the purple dinosaur i'm so desperately trying to keep alive, i am apparently open to accepting bribes.
Just kidding.
But not really.
*whispers* call me, apple....



I made a new work space in my wardrobe, perfect for drawing and studying Japanese 

My favorite Dino Baby and his lovely wife came to visit recently, and we went to eat at Yam Yam, which is the spot in Berlin for kick ass Mandu and other Korean delicacies 

Mandu, rice, kimchi and gim (which is not pictured cause they always forget to bring it the first time around!)

My roommate Luke took this picture of the dogs being fucking adorable the other night

I've been encouraging my friends to try out New Phone when they feel like taking pictures, so here's Luke and Wendy testing the front camera at this kind of horrible breakfast spot we tried out a few weeks ago (the fat, rich guy smoking a cigar right next to us didn't exactly elevate the dining experience!)

My girls at Mi Onda

The dudes and the dogs

Roamers in Neukölln is one of my favorite places in Berlin at the moment, cause they have great interior, good coffee, and killer avocado on toast... so basically all my favorite things!

And one time, they also had parrots parked outside... oh, Berlin...

Oh, and New Phone has a built in beauty filter... whether it works or not is debatable, i guess!



*I was gonna name this post "Sellout" but that seemed a bit too harsh, after all!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A breath of fresh air

I got pictures back from the lab yesterday.
And y'all know how much i love getting pictures back!
Most of the photos on that film were from my trip to Denmark in late May with Wendy and Taylor.
I know, it took me a while to finish shooting that one!
Anyway, we spent two days in Bisserup with my parents, and two days partying and riding bikes in Copenhagen.
It was a perfect little trip that made me look at Denmark a little differently.
Not in a i-wanna-move-back kinda way, more like a you're-not-so-bad-after-all kinda way.
I wanna go back soon, to both Bisserup and Copenhagen.
And i want all of my friends to come with me.

Here are some of my photos from Bisserup.
I'm sure you've seen it all before, but you gotta admit, it's fucking pretty there!

Thanks to my mom and dad for always being the best hosts, and taking such good care of us.















Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summertime

If you're a longtime reader of this blog, you know that it's pretty rare for me to not share personal stuff with my readers.
Even stuff that's probably considered too personal by some, such as health issues and painful breakups and other things of that nature, has often made its way onto the blog anyway.
But there are times when stuff is just too complicated to write about, and i've been, and still am, in the middle of a time like that.
And it kills me, cause i love sharing, writing and venting my feelings here, but there's just too much going on at the moment.
That being said, i can assure you that i have amazing friends and an amazing family to support me, and i am very happy. And after everything, i think i deserve that.

I've had some of my favorite people visit recently, and i've had some of my best friends move in with me.
I had an amazing birthday where i sang karaoke all night and apparently got so drunk that i tried to eat the lid off a bucket of cream cheese.
I started taking Japanese classes every week, and i've been partying with Mexicans so much i think i'm starting to pick up some Spanish too.
Oh, and cause my Japanese class is taught in German, that's actually been improving as well!
I went through a phase where i worked so much i barely had time to see my friends or play with my dog.
I finished the two month long Insanity workout, and started a new workout program.
I've been taking it easy with my diet, making room for the occasional pizza and ice cream, but i'm still trying to eat healthy whenever possible.
And guys, i've danced and sung more in the last few months than i have in years.

I wish i could be more open about everything that's going on, but for now, all you get is me being cryptic as fuck... and a bunch of iPhone photos, of course!




Happy

I met up with friends at Silo twice on this particular Sunday, so i basically overdosed on coffee, but it was worth it

Janeway, you sexy minx, what are you doing in Berlin?

Angry wine drinking and photoboothing with Wendy after finding out the Method Man show had been cancelled... we did however turn the night around and had an epic drunken karaoke party for two instead!

My roomie Tay with Lucifer at Silo... again... i know, we're always there!

Staying up painting very late one night during a heatwave

Only trip to Krummelanke this year so far, but i'm hoping there'll be many more to come

New bikini, and a lot of SPF50

At another body of water, where i hung out with Jessica while waiting to see KRS-One

Blurry, but legendary!

Yaam! That's the venue... not an actual planet, if you were wondering

Flowers from clients, always a nice thing

I guess?

Favorite coffee spot, 4eva

My coffee buddy... well, one of them

Morning light at the Michelberger Hotel after a long night of drinking with an old friend

My roomie Luke put my hammock up on the fireescalpony, but i've only tried it once

Awesome Japanese food for lunch with Wendy and Cristina

But first we had coffee here

And, uhm, ice cream... 

That time me and Wendy saw Arcade Fire

The venue was a bit bigger than last time i saw them, but the show was just as good

Korean food in Schöneberg with Young

Awesome ladies: Cristina, Young and Wendy

Homemade birthday presents from Young... i need to get these framed asap

And non-flattened birthday flowers from Wendo

Me and my puppies on my birthday

Better than cake, i swear!

Birthday kisses from my friends around the globe

Birthday dinner, followed by some intensely fun birthday karaoke.... oh, the videos i could show you (but i never, ever will!)

Intense post-birthday hangover called for ramen with Young and Cristina

I could barely stay awake for this skate contest later that same day, because of the hangover i just mentioned...

Cristina took this picture of us after we'd been out for sushi one day

Ashley's birthday started with Cards Against Humanity and ended with a crazy living room dance party, that lasted till 6 in the morning, and got so loud the cops showed up!

Young and Lucifer having a quiet moment in the kitchen

A cat sleeping on a car in Mitte... i mean, come on...

Sharing is caring

I can't resist a pretty flower display

Back at Silo for breakfast with Young and Ida

Another roommate

Jessica came back from vacation and we celebrated with the fanciest cocktails ever... that thyme was on fire... literally!

Happy dog doesn't mind waiting in the car, or having its picture taken

Oh right, i got new hair! It's even more Trek-ish from the front...

My first attempt at springrolls tuned out pretty good!

Recently deceased

I watched an entire football game, so i guess hell has officially frozen over?

Always smiling like an idiot