In collaboration with Forzieri / Anzeige – New website design also means new blogpost. Since a couple of weeks now I have been working on my new website where I finally included lots of acting related information. It is still a work in progress but I wanted it to become a more professional personal website than solely a blog. Because many of you already now that acting is my main passion and goal and I am so happy that this year went quite well. I was booked for several roles in some cool productions. A week ago, Dogs of Berlin – the second German Netflix series was released. I am super proud to have been part of this production! You should definitely check it out!Taking the occasion of my new layout to also revive this blog again. It is about time, I know! I have so many pictures in store, which I really like to share with you. And I will take the next couple of weeks to do so. But let us start off with my latest collaboration. I teamed up with the luxury online store Forzieri to introduce you to their exclusive handbag brand LeParmentier Paris. The handbags are timeless and elegant pieces. I wore my peggy leather satchel bag together with my newest obsession, the scarf printed velvet pants and a cobalt blue blouse with my wool coat on top. How do you like the look?
Pictures were taken by the very talented and fastest working photographer I know : Tonya Matyu
Le Parmentier Peggy Leather Satchel Bag – Forzieri
Scarf Print Velvet Flare Trousers – Urban Outfitters
Long blouse – Glamorous
Wool coat – H&M
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Aaaand I am back. I know it has been a while since I last published a blogpost, and I am sorry for everyone who has been waiting for a new update. Not that I want to excuse the wait, but a lot has been going on. In fact, the first half of 2018 was one of most intensive times I had in a while. Unfortunately doing justice to my blog was not part of it even though it was on my mind the whole time. But with my (sometimes very strong) all-or-nothing personality I felt like I wasn’t able to do it properly. Therefore I let it rest. Once you are committed to something, you just want to do it right, and if other circumstance keep you from doing that, I think it’s better to put it on hold until you can focus on it again.
Without going into full detail, I think that a very turbulent roller coaster ride would describe the last six months best. With a lot of highs, and a lot of lows. It was exhausting to say the least. But the human body and mind works kind of funny, because it can cope with a looooot. Up until a certain point. I know that I can handle stress very well, and sometimes I even work best under. But when you hit that certain point, nothing seems to work anymore. I lacked everything: Energy, creativity, motivation, etc. In the end, I had to press the pause button for my own sake. Which is what what I just did.
Those of you who follow me on Instagram might have seen that I recently have been to New York (Yes, there will be a blogpost about that trip soon – currently working on it!). For ten days, I took the much neaded break, and tried to recharge and free my mind. It was the best I could have done. Even though New York may not seem to be the typical city to relax, but I was longing to head back to the states again. Everyone who knows me well, knows how much I love it there. And my last New York visit was nine years ago, so it was definitely about time!
While being there, I decided that I have to get back into blogging as it was something I really missed. I just love being creative on my own, with no one telling me how things should be done, how some things work or need to look like. Plus there is no algorithm I have to figure out (this might seem to be an unresolvable task anyway) haha.
So here are some pictures from my latest shoot with Carolin. We met in the lovely Berlin café House of Small Wonder which has one of the most beautiful entry areas I have ever seen. Like an urban jungle with lots of plants and wood. I also just found out that the place was originally created in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. No wonder why I also fell in love with Williamsburg, but I will tell you more about that soon. And as fate would have it, my top matched the surrounding :-) Hope you like them!
Photography by Carolin Kruse
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One of my first acting teachers once said to me that I am an ‘over-thinker’. She was right. I overthink. Quiet often, unfortunately. And it definitely hinders me from putting my plans into action. Instead of ‘just doing things’, I think about many reasons not to do it or I procrastinate. Why? I don’t really know. It is not that I choose to think that much. It just happens. And I also know that if I don’t start somewhere, nothing will ever happen.
The past weeks have been a real emotional rollercoaster for me. I had and still have to deal with a lot of private issues that made me question a lot. Unfortunately, I lost a family member, which as saddened as it is, is part of life. You have to deal with it. But then you also start to think about life in general again. About the things we too often take for granted. Back to overthinking. Ever wondered why we even live (despite genesis or other development theories)? Or why human beings look the way they look? And why there are planets and all this kind of stuff? For most of these questions, there isn’t an answer, which quiet frankly drives me nuts sometimes. But it seems like we never question those given circumstances in our daily lives.
We exist – We live from day to day never really questioning why we did what we did – We do the things other people showed us to do. Just question all the things you do in a day! You will see that almost everything is something you don’t really need to do and especially not in the way you do it. Are you still with me or have I lost you with my super rare questions? But isn’t it true that everything is part of a system, other people have build over the years/decades? I mean, I cannot really choose, if I want to pay taxes or not. And if I don’t play by the rules, I am considered to be an outcast.
And once you think about those things, you kinda look at the world a bit different. Especially at the use of social media. This whole ‘sharing movement’ got a bit out of control in my opinion. And it seems like too many people became a victim of this movement. No one on this planet would have shared a photo of their food 15! years ago, or pinned a photo of the vacation on a public board so everyone can see it. It might sound somehow hypocritical now, as I am sharing those things myself. But I do overthink it. Now more than ever.
I am often conflicted about whether I share ‘this picture’ or ‘this information’ now or not. And then I see others sharing super private moments of their lives. For example kids. Nowadays, I happen to see so many kids photos. Have they thought about their child’s privacy for once? Privacy. A good many people lost in the 21st century. It would be a lie to say I am not influenced by it. It seems to be part of the system now that you have to share private matters in order to be authentic and approachable. As in my case, I really thought a lot about sharing the news about the death in my family or not. Which is super stupid. I would be curious about your opinion on those matters! Can you relate to my thoughts? Well, as someone who works in a public environment, it is up to me on what information I share or not. And sometimes I struggle with drawing the line.
Another thing I noticed in this whole social media bubble is that I often see people post similar photos. Everyone is kinda copying someone. It got a bit boring I must say. Everyone has maybe their own ‘journey’, but what they share of it, is much alike. I know how interesting it is to watch other people’s lives. And we all tend to enjoy lives that seem far distant from our own. Many times, I caught myself indulging in other peoples stories live and then I remember what I once read on Zanita’s blog about successful people not getting distracted especially by comparing. We are all individuals and shouldn’t compare, nor copy one another. We are all unique. Therefore shouldn’t question things. If you feel like doing something – DO IT. If you feel like saying something – SAY IT. Life is too short!
Ok, I guess this is a lot to process, but I felt like writing it down as it is something I think about a lot. I try to stop thinking for a bit now, and enjoy this Easter time. I wish you all relaxing holidays. x Gitta
Pleated Trousers – Urban Outfitters (HERE – on SALE!)
Hoodie – Champion (HERE)
Sneakers – Puma
Photography by Carolin Kruse
LIFE IN A FAST-PACED WORLD
Faster. Faster. Everything needs to be faster in our fast-paced world. Have you ever thought you have enough time? Yap, me neither. Especially, when I think about my never ending to-do list. It just seems impossible to work it off. Because what happens is, that even in our fast-paced world, there is something called life! Crazy, right? Sometimes you need sleep. Sometimes you want to simply hang out with friends. And sometimes you get sick. Or you just want to do nothing at all. But the worst part: I almost feel bad about this. Because time is limited, time is rushing and time most certainly doesn’t stop.
So, next Friday it is my birthday – again! And once again, I am amazed by how fast one year has passed. Have I accomplished enough in the past year or could I have done more? Those are some questions, I ask myself. Somehow ridiculous. But I guess, that is kind of a by-product of this society we are living in.
I recently read an amazing article about our perception of time (unfortunately it is in German only). The fact is that each and every day has 24 hours and every hour has 60 minutes. Period. So, why do we perceive time differently? Sometimes you think time doesn’t pass at all, right? Like while waiting in line or sitting at the doctor’s waiting room. But once you need to finish some tasks, the day could not be long enough. And, at the end of the day you ask yourself where the hours went? How you only were able to accomplish two instead of five tasks? We all know how rewarding the feeling of ticking tasks off the to-do list is.
One thing, I felt very proud of was the submission of our short movie for the 99fire films award last Monday. My team and I had 99 hours from the time the topic was release to write, plan, shoot and edit a short movie. So have a look at THE BIGGER PICTURE … and welcome to the fast-paced world!
As of next week I will be on a little birthday getaway. Enjoying life. Celebrating life. And just trying to take things a little easier :)
Photography by Tonya Matyu
Mom Jeans – H&M
Velvet anorak – Mango
Velvet Plateau Heels – Buffalo Shoes
Embroidered clutch – H&M
Sunglasses – Aldo
And all of a sudden, I was packing my suitcases for a business trip to Taiwan. To be quite honest with you, visiting Taiwan has never been on my bucket list. But then I was offered the possibility to work in Taipei on a German Oktoberfest. Yes, you have read correctly! A German girl like me flying half around the globe to work on a traditional German festival in an asian country. Pretty crazy, huh? But let’s start from the beginning…
At the end of October 2017, I got a WhatsApp message in one of my work groups saying that someone is looking for a German girl working in Taipei, Taiwan as soon as possible. And I didn’t hesitate a second. What an exciting adventure! So here is my trip in pictures. As I have so many, I decided to split this travel post into two parts. Enjoy the first one! If you have any questions regarding my trip or want to hear some advice on Taiwan, feel free to ask me in the comment section.
I couldn’t believe it, when I entered an almost empty plane for my first out of three flights.
Unfortunately, the next two were anything but empty.
Is there anything as awesome as flying ?! :) I just love it so much and would like to do it way more often.
… I mean the view over Hong Kong – You just get that from above :)
After 17 hours of traveling, I had the luxury of a driver picking me up from the airport. Yay!
As this was a business trip, the hotel was provided and upon arrival I checked into the Sparkle Hotel.
The hotel was located just next to the famous Taipei 101 tower, which is super central.
Since I arrived late at night, I just quickly went to my workplace to meet the man I was working for. Then I also went to a really cool outdoor community area called Commune A7 near the 101 tower with lots of street market stalls and little shops.
I already loved everything I have seen, so I was really looking forward to my stay here.
View from the hotel patio. If you follow me on my Instagram, you got your daily dose of this view haha.
I guess, I couldn’t really believe it myself. Within a week, I flew from Berlin to Taipei for work.
Fun Fact: I have never been on the German Oktoberfest. And I didn’t own a Dirndl, which was necessary for the job. Finding a Dirndl at the end of Oktober is hardly possible. But, I found one as you can see ;)
So, for the next twelve days I worked on the biggest German Oktoberfest an Asia area has ever seen. Hosted by Michael Wendel, who moved to Taiwan over 20 years ago to start a German bakery.
He expanded over the years and now hosts the annual Oktoberfest in Taipei.
To be working in a country, where you don’t speak the language (and many Taiwanese don’t speak English) was a whole new experience for me. It taught me a lot and I am grateful for that. I am also grateful for all the amazing people I met during this time. The band who performed every night was from Germany too and I quickly became friends with the singer Susi with whom I spent an incredible time together.
You CANNOT imagine how many times I had to pose for strangers.
I had to take photos on my way to work, when I worked and on my way home. It was crazy. Felt like a celebrity haha.
Here is also the unoffical Facebook page for the event, where you can see some more pictures of the event from visitors. You might spot me ;)
On one of the nights, I met some really nice German folks. After I finished work, we went to a nearby pub and had way too many drinks. We ended up in their apartment on the 17th floor with an incredible view over Taipei. We talked for hours and watched the sun rise :)
Could indulge in Chinese/Taiwanese food everyday all day.
I hope you enjoyed the first part of my Taipei photo diary.
In the next post, I will show you more of what I did besides working and I am going to show you two amazing lookouts : The Taipei 101 tower and the Elephant mountain. So stay tuned!
*All pictures were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S8.
What happens when you ask your uncle and cousin to come up with a cool headline for these photographs? First you will have a lot to laugh about and second you can watch them philosophize for minutes. The result: The urban ambiguity – smart & sober. Pretty cool huh? Well, they even thought about starting a firm specialized in creating headlines haha.
So, back to these photographs which I can finally share with you. We took them on the day of my big Gucci Bloom campaign photoshoot for which I selected a couple of floral dresses in order to complement the message of the new Gucci Bloom fragrance. I really fell in love with this floral ombre dress, but it wasn’t suitable for the campaign shoot. So, on our way to the restaurant as we were super hungry and exhausted, we quickly stopped at an industrial area in Dessau to take these outfits pics in like 10 minutes. But they turned out soooo good and are probably my favorite pictures of 2017.
Speaking of which. 2017 is almost over and tomorrow is Christmas Eve. This came way to quickly. I am currently at my relatives and will travel to my hometown and am really looking forward to see all my friends & family again. Happy Holidays. x Gitta
Floral ombre dress – Asos // Ankle Boots – Glamorous via Asos // Baker Boy Hat – Asos // Coat – H&M
Photography by Jennifer Becker
Gazing on the calendar today. And there it is. In cold print: 03 December 2017. I am asking myself what has happened from January to November and why 2017 is already expiring. By the time I am getting older, I just want to press pause at some point as the years seem rushing by faster and faster. Do you feel me? I made 2017 a year of changes. And I mean a lot of changes. But what would life be without change? Right. Boring!
I guess, I made on of the most important decisions in my life this year. So, if you follow me on my Instagram already or have read some of my articles, you may or may not know that I also work for tv/film productions. Preferably in front of the camera. And that is actually something I wanted to do as long as I can think of. And even though, I worked in many other jobs before, most importantly to make ends meet, I never lost sight of myvgoal. But I kind of got caught in a vicious circle, since I had an obligation towards my work as an employee.
At the end, I only saw myself working for others but myself. And this made me very dissatisfied. This year I made the decision: NOW OR NEVER! I am currently pursuing acting full-time and I couldn’t be happier. I am finally doing what I love. Even though I am still at the beginning and working my way through the bizz. But these past couple of months have been so refreshing, energizing and rewarding that I am so excited about what is to come. So never loose sight of your goal and work for it!
Faux Fur – Zara // Turtleneck sweater – Vero Moda // Pants – Zara //Bag – Mango
Photography by René Hornig
In collaboration with Flaconi.de / Anzeige –
I am so thrilled to finally be sharing these images for the launch of the new Gucci Bloom with you. It is the first fragrance designed by Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele. With today’s contemporary woman in mind – ‘Bloom’ was born. Notes for this floral fragrance include jasmine, tuberose, orris and Rangoon creeper. If that doesn’t ring a bell than how about picturing a woman in an urban surrounding who somehow finds an idyllic garden in the heart of this concrete jungle. She enters the garden and finds herself in the middle of a flower parade. The contrast of this theme is also underscored with the purity of the vintage powder pink bottle and inside the flacon you find this blooming explosion.
For this project, I had the pleasure of working with Flaconi again. Together with talented (wedding photographer) Jennifer Becker, I already shoot this campaign last year. And the saying goes: Never change a winning team! So, of course I asked her again and look how unbelievable good the pictures turned out to be. We actually were a whole team of photographer, make-up artist, set stylist and well, me. I absolutelty loved it and could definitely get used to it :-)
And this fragrance is for sure my new favorite. Since wearing it, I was already addressed by couple of strangers telling me how good I smell. Isn’t that the nicest compliment?! If you know me than you know how obsessed I am with good scents. Fragrances have a very unique feature. Their are invisible, but yet present. They wrap yourself in a layer of emotions and memories.
Dress – Asos (Shop HERE)
Dress – iBlues Powder (Shop HERE)
Heels – Topshop (Shop HERE)
BIG THANKS TO MY TEAM:
Photographer – Jennifer Becker // Hair & Make-up – Marika Becker // Set Stylist – Simon Böstrow
It has been a while since Melissa and I went on a trip to one of the Gili Islands: Gili Trawangan. In my What to do in Bali post I already enlisted some things you should definitely do while visiting the beautiful island. And so is a trip to the Gili Islands, which is and island collection consisting of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. All three islands are located close to the Indonesian west coast. We only went to one of them, but saw a little bit of the others while we went on a snorkeling trip. Gili Trawangan is the busiest and most vibrant one from where I want to share some impressions of. Enjoy the pictures and feel free to ask me some questions about the trip!
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