When I started my blog adventure in February of this year, one of the first fun ‘Tall Fashion’ blogs I started to follow was Beth’s blog, tallfashionadventures.com (though named differently back then). Beth has been very supportive to me from the start, and as we ‘connected’ so well online, I floated the idea of doing a ‘tall girl meet up’. Beth was up for this too, so yesterday we met in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Düsseldorf turned out to be a place that was within reasonable travel distance for both of us AND had a tall shop too, so the decision was made quickly, we set a date, booked train tickets. Before we knew it, 5 September was here, I caught the international ICE train which took me to Germany. I sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the views.
I arrived 10 minutes before Beth would arrive, so our travel schedules aligned perfectly. Then a girl of similar height, with similar long brown hair and who looked familiar from pictures on her blog, walked towards me and greeted me enthusiastically.
I was relieved; maybe I have been watching too much Catfish (the TV show), but you never who is behind an account until you actually meet them. She really did exist and she looked as lovely as she does on the pictures on her blog. We both texted our husbands to inform them that all was OK and that no psychopaths were in sight.
On our way we went, moving away from the dodgy area around the station, asking each other a thousand questions to get acquainted while admiring the lovely typical German floral facades of the city…
We wandered towards Altstadt as that seemed to be the nicer part of town and Beth knew there was a market on Market Platz.
While walking and chatting away we popped into a cheeky shop here and there to see what it was about.
When it was time for lunch we went to Sansibar by Brueninger; a well hidden restaurant on the first floor of Brueninger warehouse. Maybe they hide it so well to make sure you walk around their clothing department at least three times to see the very nice collection of brands they sell, before going for lunch.
We took our time for lunch as we shared our blogging- and life experiences;
we found out that being tall is not the only thing we have in common, and we could relate each other’s stories quite a bit. We could easily have sat there for another glass of vino, but we had more to see and do and buy.
I scored a great belt at Liebeskind which I was very pleased with as I desperately needed a simple, straight forward black belt (and I don’t mean in karate).
Time was flying, and it had started to rain in the mean time too, so we decided to go check out Long Tall Sally which was located in the direction of the station. The shop wasn’t as big as the one in London; I had the impression they did not have the entire collection here, as I was after a pair of loafers that wasn’t in stock and I missed a few other items.
It was so much fun shopping with someone who understands the struggles though, and we tried to be brutally honest with each other when we took turns in stepping out of the fitting room trying on the items we picked. I turned out to be a copycat as I loved the striped shirt in the top picture on Beth very much, so I tried it on too. She gracefully agreed to me buying the same top so we now have to align our outfits next time we meet up.
I also scored a pair of cropped running pants, perfect for fall runs or my Pilates class, so I’m a happy fitgirl.
After our LTS adventure it was time to head for the train station to catch our respective trains home. It was such a fun day that ended way too fast. Though I was not really impressed with Düsseldorf as a city and I am not in a rush to go back, it was a convenient place to meet and it suited our tall fashion needs.
So, there you go, I’m really happy that I’ve met so many nice tall ladies online through blogging already, and that I now had the chance to meet Beth in person.
Even though online contact takes care of a lot of geographical challenges, nothing beats meeting (new) friends in person.