We are Linda and Caro. Previously living in Hannover, Münster, Gelsenkirchen, Duisburg and Cologne (all Germany). Previously running fashion- and lifestyle blog 'Like A Riot'. Previously in search of honest happiness, infinite freedom, ourselves and a home that was supposed to mean more than just four walls.
We found each other in first year of secondary school. We've always been restless, especially in our minds and hearts. When we met we all of a sudden could be restless together, develop each other's figments further while everyone around us just rolled their eyes. We shared our biggest dreams and hopes and understood each other perfectly, without words even. When we shared all those thoughts with others we most of the time got labeled as phantasts and weirdos. Everyone thought we and our friendship would be odd, especially since we preferred to spend our free time painting and writing poems over drinking in the clubs of town. We laughed together until everything hurt, we always lived in the now (but never in the here) and didn't think that much about consequences, we wanted to conquer the world together (just not the one we lived in) - something drew us to a far far away magical reality. So we became a lone pack and roam through Mordor and Lothlorien as a duo, ever since.
After finishing our apprenticeships and university we started running 'Like A Riot' full time and self employed (we always wanted to be independent job-wise and work in the creative field). We needed an outlet for all the things going on in our heads and a blog seemed to be the perfect platform. But what started as a great adventure more and more became some sort of a burden. We got carried away by 'what all the others are doing' and sometimes our stomaches got twisted because of all the talk and events we suddenly were a part of and that just didn't mean anything to us. Loners by heart that huge fashion crowd felt nothing but wrong most of the times. We felt as misplaced as we did back in school. Always led by our hearts all of a sudden our heads dictated tempo and actions. The knots in our chests got bigger and bigger and we didn't really do anything about it. The love for the job constantly decreased. In the end it doesn't matter how much you are willing to work to reach a goal 'cause if your head says 'yes' but your heart screams 'no' and you still continue to follow your head then you might get somewhere but most certainly you won't reach a goal that truly makes you happy. Not happiness like in feeling content an no happiness like in peace of mind. We always tried new things and has countless 'fresh new starts', we put all our eggs in one basket over and over again - without even knowing if we could actually financially survive as bloggers. Yet, we didn't doubt our choice for one second 'though the future was nothing but uncertain. We regularly fell together by the ears over work, the friendship started to be afflicted by it. We overthought, discussed, tried to change something but every single time our heads won over our hearts and told us that we just had to keep going. We were spiraling. Of course we had amazing moments and projects because of the blog. We loved taking pictures and writing concepts but nothing seemed to work as well as street style outfits or talking about our private life - both not really our greatest passion. We do indeed love fashion, always have and always will but we just didn't seem to fit into the scene and writing about it wasn't fulfilling, at all. Struggling between what felt right and what worked best we shared more and more about ourselves and got sucked into piling up clothes we never really wore. We felt more and more uncomfortable doing so.
2015 we make a decision that changes our life completely - we spend a summer in Iceland. It's been Linda's dream since forever and what's Linda's dream is Caro's dream (and vice versa). We move from Cologne back to Hannover and into our childhood bedrooms to save some money and work even harder to bring up the amount needed to go abroad for almost three months. Sitting on the plane to Keflavík in May '15 we have no clue how much this idea - formed on a warm summer day in in our shared apartment in Cologne - will turn our life upside down. We land, drive through those magical landscapes and all of a sudden we have this overwhelming 'this is it' feeling. As if this would be exactly where we have to be, where we are supposed to be, even. We arrive at the converted garage which we'll call our home for the next 96 days. It's tiny, sordid and smelly - we still love it. We settle in and enjoy every single minute of cleaning, rearranging and organizing our stuff. One week later we hit the bars. In one of them, Caro meets Logi. They get married the twentieth of September 2017. The three of us explore Logi's incredible home country in his old blue Chevrolet. We gaze at waterfalls, dance in the wind and bathe in hot rivers. More and more we fall in love with the land of fire and ice. The last week of our stay Linda meets Einar. They get married the twelfth of October 2017. When we sit on the plane back to Germany we are filled to the brink with happy memories but are hearts get torn apart more and more with every additional mile between us and Iceland.