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Shop in Berlin: Schoemig Porzellan

On one of those beautiful spring days I entered Schoemig Porzellan for the first time – the shop was flooded with sunlight throwing long shadows onto the shelves filled with delicate porcelain.
Her bright collection of white and pastel-colored bowls and cups beamed brightly, I almost saw the light going through them. It’s certainly one of the prettiest stores I know and even more so, preserving an almost lost art.

A trashy scene seen in a Berlin park

Links in Berlin: Keep it Green

As much as I love the whole very-early-spring-thing of this year, it has a down-side: very-early-park-littering. Some of the people who enjoy the sudden warmth by celebrating and bbq-ing in the parks think it’s totally fine to leave their trash behind. And it’s not only the plastic wrappers of convenience food, but one stumbles over blankets, balloons, cups, bags and I even saw the part of a hoover resting on a bench in a park. The city’s government is hardly to blame, there are giant bins almost everywhere and every Monday tireless workers hurry to remove most of the weekend’s debris. But this is on us – the people using and enjoying the parks are also in responsibility to leave them as pretty as possible. Without wanting to sound overly Leslie Knope here (I wish I had her stamina) – but thanks to a sudden rush of energy on Twitter, we decided to found a group on Facebook to discuss further action – it’s called Keep it Green and you should all join.

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Shop in Berlin: Soeur

Do you remember those moments as a child when you stepped into the forbidden realm of your mother’s wardrobe when she wasn’t home? I used to love trying on her shoes and running my hands over all the different textures and fabrics, in awe of her collection of silk, fur, and tweed that spanned multiple fashion decades. My mother (bless her soul) always kept designer pieces from her twenties and thirties that she couldn’t bear to throw away. Much to my dismay, my waistline and my feet turned out to be two sizes bigger than hers, rendering it impossible to inherit her treasures. Despite this crushing adult realisation, it is this whimsical childhood memory that swept over me when I entered Soeur. The charming décor, the colour-coordinated hangers of clothing, and the rows of perfectly aligned shoes brought me back to a time when I wished that I could wear it all.

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Shop in Berlin: Brutto Gusto

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.” I read these words on my way to Brutto Gusto the other day, and as soon as I entered the flower shop in Mitte, I immediately knew what Hemingway meant. With spring in full bloom and fresh flowers popping up everywhere, I’m feeling the need to surround myself as much as possible with the first signs of spring. Whether you want to capture the city’s awakening spirit or fill your home with fresh flowers—you’ll find it at Brutto Gusto.

After the hail.

Links in Berlin: All hail!

We saw a quite impressive amount of hail going down this week, which might have been exactly what Florian meant when he told me that Berlin’s gonna pay for all those very beautiful but very early spring days we enjoyed this March. Anyhow, April is upon us and until now there’s no weather app telling us glory is vanishing (19 degrees tmrw, again!). Before you go out and frolic, here are the best links of the week: