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Oh, no! Our Beloved Glitter Is Harming Us!

It’s summer, it’s festival season and I can understand your feelings. You want to be outside in the sun, forgetting your worries and just have a good time with your friends, listening to awesome music, seeing your favorite bands and looking like a fabulous crazy version of yourself.

Of course, you can use as much glitter as you want – but please use the alternative bio glitter that doesn’t last in our environment for over 100 years. No, I am not joking, it really lasts that long. We don’t even last that long.

The regular petroleum-based glitter is aluminium-coated plastic and stays longer on this beautiful planet than a human being. I bet you don’t feel good about the thought of putting such bad ingredients like petroleum, aluminium, and plastic on your skin and you probably wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t for the glittery effect.

The normal, let’s call it bad glitter causes damage in our water ways, disrupts marine life, as well as other animals like birds and insects and ends up in our human food chain. On top of it all, you risk that your glitter is being sourced using child labour. If you haven’t known about it, it’s okay, don’t feel bad – I just happened to know about it too. But let’s make a change right now and stop using bad glitter during our festival trips and once and for all, ’cause harming the environment is generally pretty uncool…

Here are a couple of harmless bio organic alternatives that sparkle just as gorgeous…

Illustration © Jana Malderle

A big thank you to Mandy for her original Photograph © Courtesy of Mandy Barker

This is not a sponsored post. 

Just Jemima Kirke Being Herself.

You probably know Jemima from her role as Jessa in Lena Dunham’s show GIRLS. In this video, Jemima Kirke talks truthfully about her first role, the pressure she feels as an artist, as well as private thoughts. Like how she had the tremendously feeling of being a mother in her twenties, that simply didn’t feel ready.

“The guilt hit me the second like she came out of me – like, I was her mother, you know. Because I realized – it was like – Oh my god, what did I just do? I just released a suffering person.”

This video is just one part of The What’s Underneath project by StyleLikeU, who, after 8 years of interviews, published their second book called True Style is What’s Underneath: The Self-Acceptance Revolution. They aim to uncover authentic style, which comes from underneath, from your spirit. 

I believe that their interviews show us something very important in times where social media and perfect staged Instagram feeds put on a fake reality. There really is a Self-Acceptance Revolution that slowly spreads the world from corner to corner.

These interviews show us truth, courage, emotions, yes, they show us real, authentic human beings. I am very thankful for the team of StyleLikeU to share their ideas.

© featured image of Jemima Kirke by Cass Bird

I’ve got something to tell You

We’ve been waiting four never-ending years until Haim the band finally published their sophomore album Something To Tell You this summer. Was it worth the wait?

The album cover shows three young women: The sisters Danielle, Este and Alana Haim rock their orange-tinted sunglasses like the rest of their 70s inspired outfits while giving us a patronizing look. Don’t judge an album by its cover, even when it seems to be a bit intimidating. They were probably joking around when this photo captured the moment. All of these impressively stunning photographs are taken by Photographer Laura Jane Coulson.

Eleven tracks whisk us away into a world of smooth 70s rock, R&B and poppy-electronic 80s style that will probably remind you of a mix between Fleetwood Mac, Destiny’s Child and Michael Jackson. Yeah, that’s right.

When you listen to HAIM’s music, you can always be for sure that you will hear weirdly cool noises (gasping, a fax machine, Taylor Swift’s echo in the background of the track Something To Tell you?!).

In comparison to the mostly upbeat music on this album, the lyrics intend to tell us about more serious topics. Every one of the sisters seems to find herself in a different situation – whether it’s heartbreak, finding and losing love, or giving us a retrospective view of what she has learned.

Just know that I want you back
Just know that I want you
I’ll take the fall and the fault in us
I’ll give you all the love I never gave before I left you

Want You Back – the first song of the album makes a bold start. There is no way you can stand or sit still when you listen to it. The echoes and wide-ranged sounds give us an impression of space and freedom which contrasts to the wish “I want you back” and the changing sound during the chorus. Today I was in the middle of nowhere on the tempelhofer feld in Berlin (I decided to go running – I totally forgot how exhausting it is). I found myself dancing weird routines while listening to this track. I just couldn’t help myself. 

You’re just another recovering heart
I wasn’t even gonna try
You wouldn’t even give up time
Could be so easy, you make it hard
Don’t think about love too much
My love is gonna be enough

Little Of Your Love – this is one of my favorite tracks on the album. The catchy beat invites us to dance, the polyphonic singing makes you sing along as loud as you can.

‘Cause I got something to tell you, but I don’t know why – It’s so hard to let you know that we’re not seeing eye to eye – Because I know if I tell you that everything’s alright – Oh, we could stay in this moment, I’d never say goodbye – Oh, I’ll never say goodbye

I could probably go on and on with this list, but I got something to tell you: you need to listen to this album right now and make your own, beautiful opinion about it. Let’s salute to Michael Jackson while we are dancing wildly and let’s reminisce about heartbreak while we are singing to songs that give us such a nostalgic feeling of Fleetwood Mac.

@haimtheband @daniellehaim @estehaim @babyhaim I got something to tell you right now: you kept me crying when I realized you are not playing live in Berlin. I want to be able to say ‘I want you back’, I just want a little of your love. Nothing’s wrong with that. I’m ready for you, you never knew. I found it in silence, while I was walking away. Don’t make this night so long.

© Illustration by janatoldme.com / Jana Malderle

Let’s Eat at May am Ufer

You are probably familiar with this kind of situation: out of nowhere you get really hungry, but you are unsure where to go, what to buy, or what to cook (and at the end of the day, you get very lazy).

That’s why I started to write “Let’s Eat”. Every time I find a good place to eat deliciously tasting food, I am going to “eat and tell”. I mean, hello, this blog is not called Jana told me for fun…

After a long day of work neither my boyfriend nor I have the motivation to cook, so we spoil ourselves from time to time with eating out (especially when it’s so warm these days, but thanks summer, please stay). Since I missed lunch that day, I was as hungry as a wolf and I could remember one restaurant that smelled so good like garlic and olive oil, when we were passing by.

The restaurant is called May am Ufer.
Like the name is intending, it’s located at the Maybachufer, the place where Neukölln and Kreuzberg meet. We were sitting in a room in the back, because there was not a single empty chair left outside. The room was beautiful: wooden floors, candles, stucco ornaments on the ceiling and an uneven wall decorated with paintings and photographs in black and white.

The menu was small, but that’s alright. I use to get overwhelmed by big menus anywhere. You flick through, you think you know what you want, you see something more interesting, oh no – that’s not vegan. Didn’t happen to me with the small menu. I couldn’t find a vegan dish, so I just asked the waiter.

They changed a dish into a vegan one for me, so I had: tagliatelle with aubergines, cherry tomatoes, mint and pine nuts (minus the buffalo ricotta). Unfortunately I didn’t photograph the dish, but it was so good. I believe I have never eaten such a delicious pasta dish (in years, or ever?). The portion was perfect, the price was justified. I paid 9€ for my vegan dish, my boyfriend’s dish plus buffallo ricotta was 12€.

Would I visit May am Ufer again? Oh yes.

What makes this place so good? A small curated menu + regional groceries + good atmosphere

Photographs: © Courtesy Of Janatoldme.com, Jana Malderle

Yoox Group Bans Fur for Ethical Reasons

Yesterday the Yoox Group (NET-A-PORTER, Yoox, The Outnet, Mr Porter) announced their no-fur policy. The Group will no longer sell articles made from fur. The news probably came as a shock for design houses like Prada, Gucci, Burberry and Michael Kors, who use fur throughout their collections. It is a big step forward to realize a cruelty-free fashion industry. The Yoox Net-a-Porter Group’s  decision is based on its long-established relationship with The Humane Society International (HSI) and Lega Anti Vivisezione. Furthermore YNAP joins the international Fur Free Retailer Program supported by the Fur Free Alliance, just as Asos, Zara, Giorgio Armani and Hugo Boss.

I think these news are absolutely striking. The YNAP Group is the world’s leading online luxury fashion retailer. It has the power not only to change the consumer’s buying behaviour, but also to force design houses to change their attitude towards fur. Matteo James Moroni, head of sustainability at YNAP, said:

“We have a strong sense of responsibility and recognise the importance of making a positive contribution to society. With a range of initiatives, partnerships and innovations, our goal is to act as an industry-wide catalyst for change.”

Concerning the fact that the worldwide fur trade is worth $30 billion (according to the International Fur Federation), YNAP’s decision is increasing the gap that already divides the fashion industry. But it’s a step that needs to be taken in order to create a sustainable fashion future. Claire Bass, executive director of HSI, knows their decision is a strong message to the designers using fur in their collections:

“This is a huge retail door slamming in the face of the fur industry, reflecting the growing consumer belief that cruelty has no place in fashion and strengthening the business case for investment in fake fur alternatives.”

Fur, thus cruelty, has no place in today’s fashion industry.

© Illustration by Jana Malderle

Source https://www.businessoffashion.com

To Keep, or Not to Keep: Old Non-Vegan Clothes

When you begin to live a vegan lifestyle, you start to over think a lot of things, like: how will my family and friends react? What will I answer when people ask me why I’m vegan? Can I still go to a normal restaurant with friends and actually find something to eat, or will I be forced to undergo a water-diet? Where will I find vegan cosmetic products? What will I do with my old, but beloved non-vegan clothes?

I believe many people who pursue a vegan lifestyle are able to give away their non-vegan clothes without batting an eyelid. Unfortunately, I am not one of them. I am not proud of it. Over the years my wardrobe slowly started to fill with many clothes made from leather. I also still own cashmere and wool pullover. I feel like they are the only things keeping me really warm in winter. Do I have to get rid of them as a vegan? My gut tells me yes, I should. Can’t I just wear them until they fall apart?

I believe there is a thin line that separates wrong from right.


Eating vegan food turns your whole life situation around. Like I said in the beginning of this article: you start to over think. Every single thing. Yes, it can lead to stress, but we need to handle this situation calm and relaxed with a focused mind.

Every body needs to decide for themselves if they only want to eat vegan food, but want to wear animal products, or if they want to live a vegan life as good as they can. I wrote: as good as they can, because it is so hard to live 100% fully vegan. There are so many ingredients made from animals in our everyday life, that there is almost no possible way to avoid them completely.

My goal is to create as less harm as possible. I decided to wear my old non-vegan clothes until they fall apart. They already do. I will not buy leather products in the future, so I will probably buy a few clothes made from sustainable garments like alpaca. It will definitely cost me more, but I will buy less and wear it longer.

Oh! Please help me to get rid of my never-worn and beautiful non-vegan clothes. If you don’t like them, maybe your friends do! So tell them about it. Just click here to take a look at my wardrobe.

Photograph: © Julia Stegner by Greg Kadel for Vogue-Germany February 2012