Cross stitch, cocktails and a new dress

Did you all have a good weekend? Mine flew by too fast, as usual, but I managed to cram a lot in.

On Saturday, I dragged the boyfriend shopping with me. After weeks of failure, I wanted to finally purchase a dress for the christening I’m going to in 2 weeks and I needed him along for a second opinion. We ended up in a shop called BiBa, which I’ve never been in before, and after trying on a dress that made me look completely shapeless, the shop assistant remembered something else they had in stock and came back with something else for me to try on. It fit, it emphasised my good bits (whilst hiding the worst of the lumps and bumps) and I liked the colours… even the little bit of pink on the front didn’t disturb me too much (I hate pink!). And – best of all – it was size XS (something I suspect had more to do with the shop’s sizing system than me). Jan liked it as well, so we decided to go with it, even though it cost slightly more than I had been planning to spend.
And now I bet you all want to see the dress, don’t you? OK… here it is:


That evening, we went to Karlsruhe’s beach bar. One of our friends couldn’t believe we’d never been, and insisted that we take the opportunity now the weather is finally nice. It could very well be raining again by this time next week, and there isn’t that much of the summer left any more. The place itself was nice enough… it’s on the roof of a multi-story carpark, which is pretty cool. You can watch the birds and, once it gets dark, see the stars. The service was incredibly slow though, and the cocktails I tried were a bit meh. The Mojito Razz (raspbery mojito made using Bacardi Razz) was nice enough, but the Hugo was far too sweet and Jan’s Sundowner was awful! Later, we moved on to a new place that Jan and I have walked past a couple of times and been meaning to check out. The Strawberry Colada I had there was amazing! Not too sweet and made with real strawberries.

Cocktails at Soul
Cocktails at Soul

Sunday was mostly spent alternating between housework and cross stitch. Once again, I’m rushing to get a gift finished in time for an event (last time it was a wedding, this time it’s a birth). Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Anyone feel like guessing what it's going to be? ;-)
Anyone feel like guessing what it’s going to be? πŸ˜‰

I still have a long way to go before it even starts to resemble a picture! Guess what I’ll be doing with my evenings this week…
On Sunday evening, we were invited round to a friend’s place for dinner. We had peach chicken with couscous, which was delicious! This was followed by chocolate fondue with plenty of fruit for dipping. My waist line did not thank me, but it was so, so worth it! I also indulged in some Pimms and lemonade (now that’s what they Aldi should have had for their British Isles week instead of Buck’s Fizz… Pimms!). Good food, good company and wine… could there be a more perfect way to finish the weekend?

21 thoughts on “Cross stitch, cocktails and a new dress

  1. The weekend always goes so quickly doesn’t it! Sounds like you had a lovely one though, and I really like your dress! I really really… really can’t tell what your cross stitch is going to be… yet! πŸ™‚

  2. I love going shopping in Germany (and the UK) because the smallest size of any line usually fits me πŸ™‚ Here in Spain (and in Italy, I gather), they are still using sizes from way back before UK size 16 became the ‘new normal’. So, in Spain, there’s no kidding myself by even trying to take an S (or an XS!) into a changing room.
    Hurraaah to a successful dress shopping trip πŸ™‚

  3. That sounds like an amazing weekend – drinks and dinner with great friends are what all the best weekends involve! I LOVE that dress (especially the pink!!) and yes – how nice is it to get them in smaller sizes than expected – always a bonus! My guess about the cross stich picture…a banana eating a baby caterpillar?! I think i’m probably right πŸ˜‰

  4. This dress is CUTE!! And I am sure you”ll look gorgeous in it!! And I so love Beach bars! Last week I was traveling, and spend the week in Braunschweig. We spend two evenings in a beach club ? bar called Okercabana, just next to the river and chilled on the banks, bare feet in the sand, with a corona in our hands listening to salsa tunes and watching the sun going down, HEAVEN.

    Oh, and I have been buying clothes often just because they fit in a small size, ha ha. It just feels so good to not only grab the L’s and M’s πŸ™‚

    Svenja xx

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