Wednesday, 31 May 2017

SHOOTING: bell sleeves & colour blocking.

photography: gehrmann portrait-fotografie.
model & styling: dahi k.
location: baden-baden, germany.

Friday, 26 May 2017

SHOOTING: an orange jumpsuit and black leather jacket for a casino visit in baden-baden.

[en] hi folks! today i've got a new outfit post for you. some of you might already have seen some impressions on my insta profile. we have shot some photos of my orange TOPSHOP jumpsuit and my new leather jacket from MANGO at the glamorous bernstein club, located in the casino of baden-baden, one of my favourite places to be in this beautiful town that i can call my home for two years already.

mostly i don't play roulette or blackjack but send my time at the bernstein club. i really love the eclectic and luxurious interieur with it's complementary shades of purple and gold. i also believe it to be one of the best places in BB for high quality cocktails (my favourite is the mai tai deluxe - you should try it when in town) and they play some really great tunes - every week you can listen to international star DJ's showing their repertoire. it's just a pity that every time i went there, nobody was eager to rock the dance floor ... would be time for a change!

if you want to visit it yourselves, here's the full address:
Bernstein Club
Kaiserallee 1
76530 Baden-Baden

have you guys ever visited a casino? did you play roulette and gained (or lost) a fortune?

photography: gehrmann portrait-fotografie.
model & styling: dahi k.
location: bernstein club/casino baden-baden.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

IMPRESSIONS: my daily facial cleaning ritual.

[en] hi peeps! today i want to show you the products of my daily facial cleaning routine. i have never really been a beauty junkie or someone who would spend hours and hours in drugstores and such - on that score i'm quite narrow-minded but that's due to my very sensitive facial skin and that thus it's quite difficult for me to find the perfect products compatible with it. 
for a long time i was in search for the best products which don't cause allergic reactions and it really seemed like a never-ending journey. i also had problems with natural cosmetics because they often contain cotton and well ... it seems that my skin doesn't like such ingredients. 
well but some years ago i have found the items which are perfect for my skin (and i hope that they'll never be pulled from the stores XD).

for cleaning my skin and to remove makeup i use the 3 in 1 pureté thermale cleansing milk from vichy, which is only available in pharmacies but i often tend to buy them online (for example here) because it's cheaper and more comfortable because i'm also often too lazy to go into the city to buy it there.

if i put on a more intense eye make-up (with chanel inimitable waterproof and zoeva black to earth) i start with micelles cleansing water with argan oil, which is perfect for waterproof make-up and use the vichy cleansing milk afterwards.

sometimes, if i think that my skin is too dry, i put on my weleda almond face cream which is perfect for my sensible and dry skin. it has a very smooth texture and not greasy. other creams for sensitive skin were way too greasy and caused me spots and well and i can't be expected to put up with that!

what are your essentials for your daily facial cleaning ritual and which products do you favour?

Sunday, 7 May 2017

SHOOTING: #bodypositivity VS. #bodygoals + ruffles, florals & cat eyes.

[en] hi peeps! i hope you're having a great day! some days ago it was such a nice and lovely warm day and thus i seized the moment and took some photos of my latest perfect dress catch - a ruffled chiffon dress from TOSAVE: it is light, has an amazing comfortable fit and its lemon ice cream colour is perfect for spring/summer - i simply love it! when i put it on in addition with my new flowery ASOS wedges it immediately can lift my mood to new heights! 

but what i like the most about these photos is that you can see that i'm making great strides to reach my desired weight - i have already lost 15 pounds and i'm feeling so fabulous! to lose some weight is also one of my points on my 101 things in 1001 days bucket list. i was very dissatisfied with my weight and body and now i learn to love my own body afresh. 

but i've got another thing to say: 
not in the least i am affected by brainwashing advertising or societies perception of beauty. i was simply not feeling well and i wanted to be able to look into the mirror and to be able to feel attractive. i love the #bodypositivity movement - and i can recommend any of my (female) readers to watch the film 'EMBRACE' which deals with this special topic - and i think that plus size models can look super gorgeous - just think of ashley graham, or serena williams - but it is my very own, very personal #bodygoal to reach 55kg and yes, that's fully my own, personal decision.

what do you think about the hashtags #bodypositivity & #bodygoals? do you also try to reach a desired weight?

model & styling: dahi k.
location: arvato bertelsmann office building, baden-baden.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

GIVEAWAY: happy easter with 4711 acqua colonia white peach & coriander.

[en] happy easter my beautiful people! i hope you're having a super fun time with your family, good food and great gifts ... and for this festive occasion i want to give you the opportunity to receive another beautiful gift: i'm raffling one vial of 4711 acqua colonia white peach & coriander by courtesy of

the beautiful crystal vial contains a beautiful fragrance with a very intense fruity flavour of white peaches and a splash of coriander which adds a lemonlike scent to it - in my opinion the perfect perfume for the upcoming summer season. 
this fragrance definitely deserves a like!

and here's how to participate:

you can participate if you're a follower of my blog on at least one of my social media channels.
the more channels you're following me with, the more chances you will have to win! each channel will grant you one ticket, thus you will have the possibility to earn up to 10 tickets!

you can follow via:

please comment below this blogpost with your e-mail address and all the member names on the social media channels you're following with.

this giveaway will be open until the 30st of april 2017, CET 23:59. participants taking part afterwards cannot be taken into account anymore. the winners will be announced asap after the giveaway has ended.

this giveaway is open worldwide so don't hesitate to try your luck!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

SHOOTING: blue velvet maxi dress, monochrome blazer, calvin klein bag.

[en] hello my dears! sorry for not having posted for so long, but i had piles of work to do, big individualized orders from customers to process and new creative projects such as origami dragons and dragon eggs in vintage style boxes (which you can also check out in my online shop Tamako Design).

also i have enjoyed the wonderful weather these past 2 weeks (!!!) in baden-baden and taken loads of new outfit photos - for example a special outfit to celebrate the milestone of 20k on instagram at the casino of baden-baden. YAY!

you can now, finally, also add me on snapchat - you can find me under the name 'strangenessblog'.

today i've got a new outfit post for you, feat. a blue velvet maxi dress from zaful and a monochrome blazer from madeleine which i have bought second-hand at - my new favourite blazer.

do you also have a snapchat account? drop your member names in the comment section and let's follow each other!

model & styling: dahi k.
photography: gehrmann portrait-fotografie.
location: castle gardens rastatt, germany.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

SHOOTING & GIVEAWAY: let's celebrate STRANGENESS AND CHARMS' 5th blog anniversary!

[en] hi peeps! today is a very special day for me. it marks the 5th anniversary of strangeness and charms and that definitely calls for a celebration!

strangeness and charms was initiated on the 4th of march 2012 with the thought to let the world have an insight into my views of all the things having a core importance in my life: fashion as an artform, culture and capturing beauty in a photographic way.

i will never regret the decision to initiate strangeness and charms, because it had a great impact on me (and my not so confident self), because it has become a very great part of my daily life and because it gave me the possibility to inspire people and to get inspired in return, to work with amazing brands and designers, to meet many amazing people and to build up friendships with people i might not have met otherwise (love you, chrissi, daij, héloise_lilyce, olesyaann-cathérine & so many others ).

i want to thank you, my dear readers, for your loyality and your support through the years. you have helped me to make strangeness and charms what it is today - an amazing community of people who all share the same passion: the love for beauty in all its various forms.

today i want to share a special outfit with you which we have shot in the venerable ruins of the old castle in baden-baden. it was one of the first warm days of this still quite new year and i was wearing my new pink midi dress from & other stories and my favourite short velvet blazer from H&M trend - both bought on the second hand shopping platform - and of course my favourite vintage pearl earrings from CHANEL. two chanel presents will also await you in my special 5th anniversary giveaway that i have prepared for you. 
my outfit was accompanied by 15 round golden balloons and one big one in the shape of the number five. 
it was such a fun shot and i hope that you enjoy the photos!

so now let's come to the special giveaway i have prepared as a thank you for you, my dear readers and for this festive occasion!

you have the possibility to win one of 5 fabulous prices:
  1. an authentic JORD wood watch model frankie with dark sandalwood and an emerald clock-face (worth $189 USD)
  2. a pair of handcrafted and gilded Amandine amethyst earrings from my online store Tamako Design
  3. CHANEL lipstick Rouge Allure in 257 ultrarose
  4. the coffee table book CHANEL collections and creations by danièle bott
  5. the LITTLE BLACK BOOK by sofie valkiers

and here's how to participate:

since i regard this giveaway as a special thank you for my followers, please do only participate if you're a follower of my blog on at least one of my social media channels.
the more channels you're following me with, the more chances you will have to win! each channel will grant you one ticket, thus you will have the possibility to earn up to 10 tickets!

you can follow via:

please comment below this blogpost with your e-mail address and all the member names on the social media channels you're following with.

there will be five winners. each winner will win one of the prices mentioned above. this giveaway will be open until the 18th of march 2017, CET 23:59. participants taking part afterwards cannot be taken into account anymore. the winners will be announced 5 days after the giveaway has ended.

this giveaway is open worldwide so don't hesitate to try your luck!

thank you for your loyality and your support - and here's to the next 5 years to come! there is already much planned for this year (and the next years, too) so stay tuned!

lots of love
              ♡ dahi 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

FASHION: and the oscar goes to ... my favourite festive gowns - likely to win an academy award!

[en] hi peeps! only a few hours to go until the 89th annual academy awards ceremony! who keeps at the edge of his seat like i do? i can't wait to know these years' winners. my personal favourite is la la land - oh how i love everything about this beautiful musical feat. emma stone and ryan reynolds, and it also seems that i'm not alone in thinking this, because it can actually count 14 (!) nominations - including 'best picture'.

what i also don't want to miss are this years' robes. i'm excited about every outfit and my annual favourites ... but jennifer lawrence will not fail in looking beautiful, as always.

today i want to show you my latest favourite festive gowns which in my opinion would be likely to win an academy award.

will you watch this years' celebration?

Friday, 10 February 2017

SHOOTING: snow white and bright red.

[en] hi peeps! to be honest i'm really no fan of cold temperatures and if there's somebody who feels the cold it will definitely be me. i also wear scarfs in summer and i also shiver from a bit of cold wind. nevertheless i have to admit that there are some things i love about winter: christmas and everything linked to it ... and magical snowy, icy landscapes.

the impressions from todays post were shot in the extensive gardens of castle favorite near baden-baden. it was freezing cold and i nearly couldn't stand the spirited winds, but it was worth the effort. it was a beautiful white and blue coloured glistening world and the willow where part 2 of our shooting took place looked almost surreal. 

the bright-red wool coat was a perfect contrast with the icy crystal magic.

what do you like the most in winter time?

model & styling: dahi k.
location: schloss favorite.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

SHOOTING: colour block sweater & scuba skirt, golden sneakers & pink headphones.

[en] hi peeps! spring is just around the corner and today i've got a fresh new outfit post for you! the photos were taken from my regular photographer florian gehrmann. we have chosen one of my most beloved locations near baden-baden, the beautiful baroque castle favorite. it was perfect weather with a spring-warm sun but a sharp cold wind which made at a bit hard to take photos - but fortunately you can't see that in the pictures, i'm professional, after all XD i have worn my new colour block set from ZAFUL which consists of a pattern sweater (which would have kept me really warm, if you had ignored the cold wind XD) and a scuba skirt, pink headphones, my favourite vintage sunnies from, black faux leather leggins, golden sneakers and my marina drawstring tote from michael kors.

what do you think about my combination? 
what are you looking forward to wear this spring season?

location: schloss favorite.
model & styling: dahi k.

Monday, 6 February 2017

NEW IN: JORD wood watch frankie dark sandalwood.

[en] hi peeps! sorry for not having posted for so long. i've got so much to do with orders from my online store Tamako Design and my personal life is also yeasty these days ... some sad things did happen but so many more great things. some days ago for example i had the chance to work with a visagiste for the very first time and it was great - the visa put on a special make-up for my first geisha themed shooting near baden-baden. kate really did a great job and i will show you the photos as soon as they are edited by sebastian and simon.

today i've got another new in post for you. i want to introduce you to my new and beautiful jord watch. jord watches are all made of wood and they are super beautiful and thus i was very happy to receive my very own watch. it's from the frankie series and made of dark sandalwood and an emerald green clock-face. it was delivered in a super beautiful engraved wood box which is so decorative that it already found a permanent place on my coffee table. unfortunately it's a bit tight but i will take it to the jewelry store soon to adjust it. that won't cause any trouble because jord always delivers some extra links for adjustment.

what do you think of my new wood watch?

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

SHOOTING: red beret, colour blocking dress, red blazer.

[en] hi peeps! happy new year! today i've got the first outfit post in 2017 for you with my new colour block dress from fashionmia, a red mango blazer, bought second hand at, my new red beret (which i also have bought at and which fits perfectly to my new hair style. and yes, your eyes perception doesn't betray you: it's copper brown, and it's SHORT! 
i simply felt like totally changing my look and i love it! it was the best decision i could have made because my old hairstyle bored me that much and i didn't like to see it in my mirror reflection anymore. it immediately felt natural and now i believe that my hairstyle also matches my character, mood and life. 
what do you think of it?!
oh and by the way i have made my first outfit vid ever - think it turned out quite well, what do you think?

have you ever made outfit vids yourselves?


model & styling: dahi k.
location: old castle hohenbaden, baden-baden.