Adventures / Fashion

BERLIN, 2 MARCH 2020

Katie wears light jeans cut off at the hems with an oversized knit 1980s style jumper in pastel colours. Her hair is pulled away from her face by a gold and black headband. She's wearing old Dr Martens boots and frolicking in a park.

Hallo Berlin! After a 6 hour train journey we arrived in Berlin Hauptbahnhof where it was then 2 stops, change, 2 more stops to our budget hotel on the edge of Kreuzberg.

It was a beautifully sunny afternoon, so we went for a stroll in the park by Brandenberg Tor before heading to House of Small Wonder for dinner (where I had a carbonara made with udon noodles and topped with nori!) and Mein Haus am See for beers (where the server tried to convince me 10% of €6 was €2, but I’d just drafted an annual budget for work before leaving on this holiday and was all over my percentages). We finished the night with crisps, beer and the only English news channel in our hotel.

On this day I wore my thrifted vintage Levis with cut off hems, Doc Martens for warm and cosy walking and an oversized handmade jumper (knitted from a Susan Duckworth design) that I bought on ebay.

Katie wears light jeans cut off at the hems with an oversized knit 1980s style jumper in pastel colours. Her hair is pulled away from her face by a gold and black headband. She's wearing old Dr Martens boots and frolicking in a park.

Image description: Katie wears light jeans cut off at the hems with an oversized knit 1980s style jumper in pastel colours. Her hair is pulled away from her face by a gold and black headband. She’s wearing old Dr Martens boots and frolicking in a park.

Jumper: 1980s vintage style, handmade from Susan Duckworth design via ebay 2019
Jeans: vintage Levis thrifted 2018
Shoes: old Dr Martens from 2010
Headband: independent London based designer made from vintage off cut fabrics, 2019
Jewellery: Missoma 2017-2018 and Maya Magal 2018

DISCLAIMER At the end of February my husband and I set off on a two week holiday taking trains through Europe, where I managed to go two weeks with only a carry on for the ultimate #IWoreItAgain personal challenge. Travel & accomodation were booked before the reports of COVID-19 were in the UK mainstream news, and when we left London the UK had issued no travel guidance to avoid any of the locations we planned to visit: Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Venice, Turin and Paris. While we were on the road, exactly halfway through the two weeks, the situaion with COVID-19 started to change quickly when Italy brought in the quarantines in the north, and we needed to urgently re-plan the second half of our journey from our mobiles. As the situation unfolded in Europe we kept on top of the news and developments, and did our best to support local businesses and enjoy where we were while following all official guidance from both the UK and the countries we were traveling in, minimising extended contact with strangers (such as eating meals at “odd” hours to avoid peak restaurant hours, only visiting museums that were quiet / not so busy that we couldn’t regularly maintain 2 meters distance from others, walking instead of using public transport, skipping activities that’d put us/others at risk, etc.), washing our hands more often, and practicing good hygiene for catching the odd sneeze or cough. In fact, we were boarding our Eurostar home from Paris when the lockdowns there were announced. I’ve never been so happy to come home from a holiday. Over the next 15 outfit posts I’ll share my holiday diary with you, including many of the outfit combinations I made from that carry on – because not all outfits were photographed(!!). Please remember that at every step we followed all official guidance that was available at that point in time, and as the days went by the guidance began changing multiple times each day.

Much love, Katie xo

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