After having lived in Boston for so long, I am almost embarrassed to say that I have not been to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Until today.
I love parades. The costumes. The music. The free candy. But I think I would have enjoyed today’s parade more if it would not have been that cold. After an hour of taking pictures it was painful to move my fingers.
My favorite part of the parade was the Irish spirit that the visitors showed. I love how much effort some people put into dressing up and some ideas were very original and fun.
I am sorry that I have been so quiet lately, but it has been very busy with all these exciting things going on right now.
However, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, so I just have to post some outfit ideas for this big day. Especially since I am living in Boston, which is probably one of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. After Ireland of course.
What fashion trends can you not ignore in the spring and summer? That’s right: stripes – the bigger the better – and black and white. Here is a mood board to give you some inspiration for your next shopping trip.
A comfortable outfit for a day full of running errands. In this weather all I want is to be warm, so I dressed accordingly. And then it actually was not as cold outside as expected and walking in the sun felt really good.
Boston, are you excited for more snow this weekend? As for me, I can’t wait for spring… and for dresses… and skirts… and lighter jackets.
The shirt was a present, the faux fur vest is from H&M, and the boots from Deichmann.
Balls, formal dances, are a very important part of the Austrian culture. Every high school organizes one every year which is very similar to Prom in the U.S. but in Austria parents and other relatives, teachers, friends from other schools, and everyone who wants to come is welcome to join. The dress code is formal. Women wear long gowns, although more and more short dresses can be found at the high school balls nowadays. Men come in suits. Usually people start going to dances when they are 15 or 16 years old and it is common to take ball room dance classes during the fall semester before the dance season (most dances take place between the beginning of December and the end of February)
Besides the high school dances there are a lot of even more formal balls, which are organized by different clubs, organizations, and universities. The decoration at these dances is impressive and the gorgeous dresses make you feel like you have travelled through time back to the time of princes and princesses. There is a show at the beginning which is performed by Debutanten and Debuetantinnen in suits and white dresses. The dance is officially opened with the Waltz, one of the most traditional and well-known ball room dances and there is usually also a midnight show.
Some of the major balls in Vienna are:
Zuckerbaeckerball (lots of yummy cakes)
Le Grand Bal (New Year’s Ball)
Ball der Wiener Wirtschaft
Three days ago I was walking on Newbury Street and stopped by at H&M. Since it was very early on a Monday morning there were hardly any people there – the ideal conditions to look around for hours, take a closer look at every piece, and try on a million things.
Here is what I purchased:
A bit hidden in a side street of a Brookline neighborhood is Clear Flour, a tiny European bakery. I discovered this spot 3 years ago and would go there whenever I needed something that reminded me of home. Clear Flour sells French, Italian as well as German and Austrian bread and pastries and believe me when I am saying that they are beyond delicious. Every time I have been there Clear Flour was crowded with customers (it fits maybe 6-7 people at the same time) and often people waited outside. However, the line moves quickly and the wait is more than worth it.
The menu is different for every day of the week and they also offer special items for occasions like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or Thanksgiving. A calendar of what will be available when can be found on the bakery’s website.
Make sure to stop by at Clear Flour to pick up rolls for your Sunday breakfast, a baguette for the dinner party in the evening or a cake for your afternoon coffee.