Freitag, 28. Februar 2014

Our favourite movie music

Hey folks,

Katja already shared some very cool ideas for an Oscar party but of course you'll need some good music too. Therefore we made a little collection of our favourite movie songs (or at least of some of them... ;) ). We hope you'll enjoy listening!

Katja's favourite movie songs

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Chuck Berry: "C'est la vie"

"Ladies and Gentlemen, now is the moment you've all been waiting for. The Jack Rabbit Slim's Twist Contest!"

I just love this song. And John Travolta and Uma Thurmans dancing is just frequently copied but never equalled ;) Chuck Berry at his best!

Eat. Pray. Love (2010)
Josh Rouse: "Flight attendant"

I've been reading the book "Eat. Pray. Love" by Liz Gilbert lately and so I kind of had to watch the movie again as well. I really, really want to recommend the soundtrack at this place!

My favourite song is "Flight attendant" by Josh Rouse (in the scene where Liz meets David in the bar). I often love the simple things in music: this chilled-out, easy piano-riff is just so darling :)

Savages (2012)
Yuna: "Here comes the sun"

Well, if you put together a beatles song and the incredible talented Malaysian singer Yuna, only something really, really sweet can come out!

My dream is driving through Morocco with a VW bus, listening to this song when I'm on top of a cliff, watching the sun set above the sea..

The Beach (2000)
Moby: "Porcelain"

The Beach is one of my favourite movies ever. It's neither sophisticated nor critical, but it fulfills me everytime with a strong desire to just break out into the wild (see my feelings when listening to "Here comes the sun" above ;-))

Reservoir dogs (1992)
George Baker: "Little green bag"

Another Quentin Tarantino movie. I really have to admit that I would give my right arm for only one day with Tarantino's music collection!

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
David Bowie: Space Oddity

I'm not really a big David Bowie fan and I've heard "Space Oddity" when watching this movie for the very first time. But I felt in love with it instantly and ever since listened to it about 300 times I guess ;)

Le concert (2009)
Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky:
Violin Concerto in d-major, op. 35

I know. Sounds weird to put a violin concert into a "favourite film songs" list. But I love classical music and this piece is something very special to me. It seems like the soloist (in this great movie played by beautiful Mélanie Laurent) plays for her life.

O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000)
Soggy Bottom Boys: "Man of Constant Sorrow"

This is my favourite Coen brothers movie. The music is just incredible! And I was really shocked when I found out that the "Soggy Bottom Boys" don't really exist! The lead vocals are not by George Clooney, but by Dan Tyminski, a member of the band Union Station. But hell yeah - the guitar player for sure had to sell his soul to the devil for playing this kick-ass good!

Cruel Intentions (1999)
Aimee Mann: "You could make a killing"

This is my "i'm-in-a-bad-mood-but-everything-is-going-to-be-allright"-song.

Soothing, ain't it?

Toy Story (1995)
Randy Newman: "You've got a friend in me"

Finally a kid's movie! I swear I could do an own "favourit music songs" list with only kid's (especially Disney and Pixar) movies!

Randy Newman is a genius anyways and I really like this song.

Steffi's favourite movie songs

Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
Aretha Franklin: "Respect"

I really like Aretha Franklin and her great, big voice. And although I think that Blues Brothers 2000 wasn't even half as funny as the original Blues Brothers movie from 1980, I think that the soundtrack was great however.
The Hunger Games (2012)
Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars: "Safe and Sound"

I already mentioned that I love the "The Hunger Games" movies in this post and although I am usually no great fan of Taylor Swift I have to admit that she did a really good job on this title song for the first Hunger Games movie. ;)  
Cruel Intentions (1999)
The Verve: "Bittersweet Symphony"

The "Cruel Intentions" soundtrack is one of my alltime favourites and I still like to listen to it from time to time although I have probably heard the songs for 500 times already...  
La Grande Belezza (2013)
Kronos Quartet: The Beautitudes

This may seem a little odd, but I didn't even see La Grande Belezza yet, although this piece of music definitely raised my motivation to do so by about 500%. 
We currently work on a choreography to this music in my dance class and I immediately fell in love with it. It's simply so beautiful!
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Of Monsters and Men: Dirty Paws

For me "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" was one of the best movies of last year! I felt extremely happy after watching it and I just wanted to grab my backpack and travel to Iceland or Greenland (or anywhere else ;) ).

500 Days of Summer (2009)
Regina Spector: "Us"

This is one of the cutest love movies in my opinion although it doesn't have a typical happy end like you would expect it.
The soundtrack is pretty cool too featuring songs by The Smiths, Regina Spector, Feist and many more. 

Garden State (2004)
Frou Frou: "Let Go"

"Garden State" is one of my favourite movies and the soundtrack is simply awesome! I even had to buy the CD twice because I killed my first one through heavy listening... ;)
Once (2006)
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova: "Falling Slowly" 

Another beautiful love movie and again packed with great music...

Drive (2011)
College feat. Electric Youth: "A Real Hero"

I think that Ryan "Babygoose" Gosling is currently one of the coolest actors in Hollywood. And a good one! Loved "Drive" and its soundtrack! 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Radical Face: "We're on our way"

If you want to see a good film about adolescence you should definitely watch "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" based on the novel of the same name by Stephen Chbosky! I laughed and cried at the same time while watching that film...
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
"Please Mr. Kennedy"

This is another one of last year's greatest movies and I think it's kind of a tragedy that it wasn't nominated for the Oscar in any other relevant category than Cinematography. Oscar Isaac would have definitely deserved a nomination for best actor for his characterization of the struggling folk musician Llewyn Davis!

Mittwoch, 26. Februar 2014

Oscar night party ideas

Hey to the cineasts out there ;)

only 4 days left to the acadamy awards!! Steffi (Tulip) and me are going to watch the oscar night in a cinema in Vienna! I'll have to drink looots of coffee that evening because the screening will start(!) at 2 a.m. ;) I'm really looking forward to it - there will be a bet where everyone can guess which movie or actor will win and everyone who wears an evening dress will get a free glass of champagne :)

If you are thinking about hosting your own Oscar night party, here are some really cute ideas that I found on Pinterest!

You should welcome your guests duly - with a red carpet and their own walk of fame! I think this is super easy to make and will look great! Source

 How cute are those little popcorn bags? Here is the source.

 This would be so much photobooth fun on an oscars party! You can buy those props here.

This is one of my favourites and I will definately print it and take it with me to the oscar night screening: a bingo game for the red carpet show. Loving it :) Source

So, maybe you are thinking about joining (or hosting?) an oscar party night now ;-))

Lots of love,
Katja aka Lilly

Montag, 24. Februar 2014

It's Oscar time...

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Therefore (and because I'm kind of a movie geek ;) ) we decided to dedicate this week to this upcoming event and to movies in general.
I'll start on this beautiful day (at least in Vienna the weather is quite lovely and for me it's usually good weather = good mood) by introducing my favourite movie costume designs. These are not necessarily from Oscar movies however. But see for yourself...

1) The Hunger Games & The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2012 & 2013)

I don't know whether or not it's a little embarrassing for a 27-year old person to admit this but I LOVE (love, love!) "The Hunger Games". Not only did I read all the books twice, I also watched every of the movies at least three times. And I really do love what Judianna Makovsky (The Hunger Games), who also designed the costumes for "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", and Trish Summerville (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) did with the costumes there!
I think that especially the crazy costumes of the "The Capitol"'s inhabitants perfectly illustrate the decadent lifestyle they are living there and that these costumes form a nice contrast to the rather simple (and partly retro-looking) outfits the two ladies came up with for the people living in the outer districts.
By the way am I apparently not the only person who fell in love with "The Hunger Games"'s outfits as when the second movie came out the online retailer NET-A-PORTER even launched a whole line by Trish Summerville inspired by her Hunger Games costumes. 
photos by Murray Close, © Lionsgate
2) Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

One of my all-time favourite movies is "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with beautiful Audrey Hepburn. I honestly think that there couldn't have been a more elegant lady out there and I really like the character of Holly Gollightly she embodies in this film.
Most of Audrey Hepburn's costumes in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" were designed by French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy who also dressed women like Jacqueline Kennedy. Costume supervisor for "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was the famous Edith Head, who was like THE costume designer of her times and made the costumes for (according to IMDb) 439 (!!) film productions.
3) The Great Gatsby (2013)

Another movie with a great costume design is in my opinion "The Great Gatsby" film version of last year. All these beautiful 1920s dresses in this totally over the top, colourful, glamorous staging by Baz Luhrmann. Loving it! The costume design is from Catherine Martin, who is also known for her work on Moulin Rouge and Australia. 
Photo by Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture - © 2013 Bazmark Film III Pty Limited
4) Down with love (2003)

As you have probably already noticed, I am a great fan of vintage clothing. Therefore it's no big surprise that I am really into the costume design of "Down with love", a very cute, funny and slightly modernised (especially regarding the perception of women - luckily there have been changes since the 1950s) sort of remake of the Doris Day movie "Pillow Talk" from 1959. The costumes were designed by Daniel Orlandi
Photos by Merrick Morton/Doug Kirkland - © 2003 Twentieth Century Fox - All Rights Reserved

5) The Fifth Element (1997)

For me "The Fifth Element" is a modern, 1990s, childhood film classic. ;) I've probably seen it already ten times (at least) and somehow I always have to watch it again when it's broadcasted on TV. Furthermore I am really into the futuristic costumes by (watch it!) Monsieur Jean-Paul Gaultier himself. My favourites are (of course) the outfits of Chris Tucker (Ruby Rhod) and I really wouldn't mind looking like THAT (see below) if I was basically only wearing some thicker stripes of tape on my body like Mila Jovovich in her first scene in the movie.

© Sony Pictures Entertainment
What are your favourite movie costumes?

Have a great day!


Samstag, 22. Februar 2014

We are so proud... :)

Hello everybody,

I hope everyone of you is having a wonderful weekend!
Katja and I are very proud today as for the first time our little blog here has been presented by another blogger! Petra from the lovely Copycat blog introduced us to her readership and even made a small interview with us beforehand. But see for yourself here!

Apart from this little story you should check out Petra's blog anyway! This creative lady blogs (in German) about DIY, her travel experiences, food and photography and it's always a pleasure to read her blog posts with the beautiful pictures.

Have fun reading and a great Sunday!


Donnerstag, 20. Februar 2014

Roll it baby: DIY California Maki


I ADORE Japanese food! But in Austria good Japanese restaurants are quite expensive. So I decided to make my own makis ;-) I have also made some sushi allready, but really fresh fish is hard to get where I live and/or it costs a lot. That is why I make my maki with smoked salmon or bloaters.
Many people think that it is very complicated to make Japanese food and that it is difficult to get all the ingredients you need for it. I don't share this opinion. Nowadays you get special sushi-rice, nori-leafs and wasabi in nearly every supermarket. The cool thing about "my" maki version is that you can put anything in the roll, like e.g. aspargus or string beans *yummy*.

Here's what you need for 2 people:
  • 1 cup sushi rice (follow packing cooking instructions - i use a rice cooker which makes it really easy!)
  • 4-6 nori leafs
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1-2 carrots
  • 1 avocado
  • smoked salmon or bloater
  • wasabi 
  • soy sauce
  • optional: pickled ginger
Cook the rice (it has to be really sticky!), put it in a bowl and add a splash of white vinegar to it. Stir well and let chill. Meanwhile cut the cucumber, carrots, avocado and smoked fish into long slices. And now: let the rolling begin!

Put some rice on the nori leaf - the smooth and glossy side of the leaf has to be outside (so you put the rice on the more rough side). Press it down and spread it well (but only on one half of the leaf). If you like it hot, add some wasabi to one side of the leaf:

Next, add your ingredients - you can either mix them or put only avocados or only cucumbers in it - just be careful to not "overload" your nori leaf.
Then start rolling with both of your hands. You will have to tighten the roll. The idea is simple, if you ever had a scroll and wanted to make it smaller in diameter, what did you do? You pressed and rolled it inside. If you don’t tighten the roll enough all ingredients will fall out when you cut the roll.
Last step: wet the last part of the roll with water - this will hold it together better :-)
 Et voilá!
 Now you can cut your roll into slices.
And - this is very important in Japanese cuisine - arrange them beautifully and enjoy with some soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger.

All images by Katja Borlein

Dienstag, 18. Februar 2014

Winterly Black Spanish Radish Soup

Hi folks,

as winter is still here I thought you wouldn't mind another winter recipe. Radish Soup is very easy to make, tastes really good and warms the belly... ;)

What you'll need
  • 150g black Spanish radish
  • 300g potatoes
  • 1 garlic glove
  • olive oil
  • 400ml of vegetable stock
  • 1/2 glass of white wine
  • 100ml cream
  • salt 
  • pepper
How it works

Peel the potatoes and the the garlic and cut both into little pieces.

Heat up some oil and brown the potatoes and garlic for a few minutes. Deglaze it with the white wine and let it boil until most of the wine is gone. Add the vegetable stock and cook the potatoes until soft. In the meantime cut the radish into thin slices. Add them to the soft potatoes and boil for another few minutes.

Add the cream and purée the soup with an immersion blender. Serve hot and enjoy! :)

Soundtrack while cooking: China Moses - Crazy Blues album

All images by Stefanie Reichl

Samstag, 15. Februar 2014

Anchor girl

Hey out there,

yesterday we found this impressive anchor right next to where we work. So we decided to take some photos.
Enjoy & have a fabulous Saturday!


Coat/shirt/jeans: pimkie | cardigan: ebay | headband: vintage | shoes: vintage | shades: H&M

Dienstag, 11. Februar 2014

"Von der Schale bis zum Kern"

Hey folks,

today I have a cookbook recommendation for you!
I just returned home after the book presentation Katja and I visited today. It took place at Babette's a lovely cookbook bookshop in Vienna's first district, where you can also eat lunch and buy spices and herbs. 

"Von der Schale bis zum Kern" (unfortunately it's only available in German) is the new recipe book by Bernadette Wörndl. The basic (but brilliant) idea behind the book that only features vegetarian recipes, is to use whole fruits or vegetables, not only parts of it. This simple (and very sustainable) thought lead to interesting new recipe ideas where also stones of apricots get cooked or a curry is made of a whole cauliflower (including stalk and leaves).
The numerous creative recipes (in alphabetical order according to the names of the vegetables and fruit) are beautifully illustrated by photographs by Austrian photographer Gunda Dittrich.

By the way, we also got a little foretaste of the recipes. They served crostini with goat cheese, tomato, blood orange jam, pepper and mint and these where actually the best crostinis I've ever tried. So it may be worth to take a deeper look into the book... ;)

Have a great evening!


Samstag, 8. Februar 2014

Sunny Saturday Walk

Hey folks,

today was a wonderful, sunny day in Vienna. Therefore my boyfriend and I decided to take a little walk at Augarten, a beautiful baroque park in Vienna's second district.
As outfit I chose the dress I bought in London last November and combined it with black polka dot tights and my warm ankle boots by KMB.  

dress: Traffic People (Spitalfields market London) | blazer: Mango (similar) | coat: velibor |
scarf: H&M | tights:H&M (similar) | ankle boots: KMB | bag: Hallhuber |
headband: DIY (instructions to be found here)
 All images by David Auer
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