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the californication diary:: los angeles – the long-awaited get-together with @teamgloria.

13 Jul

it’s already been over two years, i assume, since i discovered @teamgloria‘s instagram which is filled with photos that make you believe that life is dream of lushness and luxury, subtle beauty and caressing candle light, cashmere and books, pink marilyn monroe phones, hiding behind large sunglasses and sipping martinis at château marmont.

in short, you want to know more about the person behind teamgloria. or is it more than one person, i asked myself before i started following her blog.

if you want to know more about teamgloria or sophia go here and find out more. or as she says herself, there you can read about who she is “in real life”.

i am fascinated by her ever since we met for the first time during my journey to NYC in december 2012. by her story, her life, her energy, her beautiful smile and voice (it is a bit fragile yet strong with an amazingly enchanting british accent. i think, she should be a voice actress, just like me) and when she moved from new york to los angeles it was clear to me that whenever i would cross the ocean and huge parts of the american continent to visit hollywood i would totally meet sophia as well.

so there we were. in los angeles. six months later.

i had already spent some days at my new home away from home in the hollywood hills and was very delighted by the prospect of some , let’s say, europeanism (those who know, know).

sophia suggested to pick me up (thanks again!!!) in the morning and off we went (in her very environmentally friendly prius).

so here it is. my day with @teamgloria. well, to be precise, this was my first day with her. we had two more lovely meetings afterwards under the californian sun…. but all in good time ❤

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sophia took me to the highschool where they filmed “GREASE” ♡♡♡ could you have guessed?



sophia dancing with her shadow…


falling in love with cars happens hourly in los angeles….


sophia took us to YOLK, the beautiful store of maria in silverlake, another wonderful insta-lady.

it was hard for me not to spent all my holiday money there. if you ever happen to be in LA, make sure to stop by.

also, i really enjoyed silverlake. it has something villagey to it that made me as a european feel at home instantly. little cafés and shops, a cute neighborhood that actually allows you to WALK around. hard to find in LA.

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we drove through studio city past all those famous studios…


and then sophia took me to BIG BOY for lunch. ah-mazing! felt like a time travel to the fifties. (i didn’t eat a burger, i had a nice BLT sandwich. yum!)

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afterwards we went to LACMA where we spent some time at the extraordinary stanley kubrick exhibition.


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which is your favourite kubrick movie?

if i ever go back to LA (which i’m sure i will), i’m certainly going to spend more time at LACMA…

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sophia …


vielen dank, sophia, für diesen wunderschönen tag*

and for all you others: be sure that @teamgloria will reappear in at least one other episode of my californication diary. if not in two.

be well, friends xxxx



20 Jan

happy sunday, peeps.

my saturday was quiet. after a small morning coffee at brot & butter (hello, this is my first BERLINLOVE tagging opportunity) with my lovely nana, i went back home and made sure i stayed warm and cozy. it’s soooo cold here in berlin.

i had some cups of tea, watched ‘alice in wonderland’ in preparation of my non-birthday party that two friends are throwing for me next saturday and did some creating and reading. it was a happy day. especially even more so after i had realized that it was not sunday… which i for some reason thought after waking up.

so TODAY is sunday and i thought i put some music together for you. what are you up to today? tell me, i’d love to know.

so here’s some videos for you to watch. my most precious discovery this year is fitz and the tantrums. i talked about them in some other post. their album is played here in a constant repeat. i LOVE it!!!! i discovered them when in was in NYC some weeks ago and played as the opening act for jason mraz in madison square garden. honestly, they were a revelation. i wouldn’t have minded if jason mraz had been the opening act for them 😉

do you have any hot new music for me? tell me ❤

i also put together a sunday music spotify playlist for you. here it is. enjoy. 

love, julia xxx

teamgloria. NYC >>>>>>>>>>> LA!

12 Jan

i met my new friend sophia from


in RL for the first and only time some weeks ago when i went to NYC. i was only there for 4,5 days, so there wasn’t much time but we managed to get together on my last day and oh, i am grateful for this encounter, i can tell you! sophia is amazing! inspiring! and fun to be with. she showed me around soho a bit. she took me to some cute shops, showed me some galleries, told me some things about the history of the mafia in soho and we also discovered some streetart together.

delightful, that’s how the few hours spent together felt. and i did really fall in love with her. don’t worry, sophia, i don’t mean it in a romantic way, this is not my coming out 😉 no, i fell in love with her spirit and strength and charisma.

so, this was my concentrated time of firsts: my first time in NYC, my first time soaking up this energy that i believe you can only experience in this city, my first meeting with sophia, well actually some other firsts, too, that i don’t want to tell now because they don’t belong to this story…

the funny thing is that sophia just spent her last few days in NYC and is currently moving to LA for various reasons which makes me even more happy that i was right in time to meet her.

so i am writing this not only i am so impressed by actually meeting another instagram friend in real life (yes, that’s how we met.. instagram). but i realized how much i am involved and interested in her life when she started to describe how miserable her last days in NYC were due to a nasty flu.

oh, did i already mention that i LOVE teamgloria’s blog which is so personal and glamorous and touching that you cannot do anything but read it day after day and fall for her again and again?

well, i read about her fight with the flu and it was more thrilling than an edgar allan poe story. what will happen next? will she make it out of bed? will she be able to leave to NYC to go to LA?

i am glad to see and read that she actually made it today. yes, miracles do happen! and she obvioulsy arrived in sunny california in one piece. i am proud of you that you made it, lady, and wish you a good start and good luck! hope to see you one day on the west coast!

love x

teamgloria on instagram #yesyesyes

me on instagram

some photos from my walk with teamgloria.



she’s a bit shy 😉





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