Eurovision Song Contest 2015: First Semi-Final Impressions

Guten Tag liebe Leute,

with big thrills I have welcomed the 60th Eurovision Song Contest yesterday evening traditionally with my best friend and my family.

Those who know me know that I loved to surprise myself with the songs and performances during the contest however I am always aware of the Estonian entry since I as big fan of this country traditionally watch the Estonian pre-election "Eesti Laul" (Engl.: Estonian Song). So in the first run my favorites were Armenia, Estonia and Russia. In order to support my beloved countries I have dressed myself black with purple accents in the style of Armenia's Genealogy and painted an Estonian heart on my face.

I love to exchange my opinion with my family and friends, to laugh with them and to be sad with them together while watching the show since it always gathers together people, countries and cultures with music. The opinion between me and my mother is pretty divided however my father and I do mostly agree and my best friend always enjoys to learn more about the artists from me.

And here are my impressions of the first semi-final in the order of Country/Interpret/my own opinion:

01. Moldova/ Eduard Romanyuta "I Want Your Love"/ The song was cool and catchy, very alive and Eduard was also a diamond for the female audiance however my fear was confirmed that because of the rather revealing outfits they would not come further to grand final.
02. Armenia/ Genealogy "Face The Shadow"/six countries, six cultures, six influences, one origin and one result. My brother, best friend and I agreed that we loved Mary-Jean's opera part the most; Tamar (the American representative who was singing after the chorus) visibly gave much effort to bring out the best she can; Inga (Armenian representative who sang the chorus) looked very professional which was not a surprise since she already had a successful Eurovision experience six years ago; Vahe (African representative who sang with Tamar) was very strong on the stage he pretty much transmitted power to the viewer. On the whole it was visible that the band members were thrilled with emotions on the stage. I hope they will be more relaxed for the grand final. The song itself is strong, full of emotions and makes me go goose-pimply everytime anew especially at the end. My taste was absolutely caught with the purple and black dress-code and gloomy stage. My personal highlight was when a world-map appeard on the stage and each singer went to stand where he or rather she comes from. A song that deserves to perform in the grand final.
03. Belgium/ Loïc Nottet "Rhythm Inside"/The song had a catchy beat but was rather boring for Eurovision conditions. I am surprised it passed to the grand final.
04. The Netherlands/ Trijntje Oosterhuis "Walk Along"/ A beautiful country song as we are used to it from The Netherlands, sadly it did not stand out in comparison to the other artists.
05. Finland/ Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät "Aina Mun Pitää"/ I did not believe my eyes when I saw these were the participants for Finland. The song was not alluring at all as well as the performance but due to their age and will I think they would have deserved to be in the final.
06. Greece/ Maria Elena Kiriakou "One Last Breath"/ "The best song I have heard so far this evening" my father said. I agree with him that her song and voice were very strong indeed. My brother enjoyed "what" he was watching.
07. Estonia/ Elina Born & Stig Rästa "Goodbye To Yesterday"/ The best song I have heard to so far that evening. Stig is the man of my dreams no. #2 after a certain other one (you will never guess it anyway). But he and Stig are very similar to each other in any way. I enjoyed my view and my ears with his voice and the whole song. Very much my taste such a classy song in a male and female duet.
08. F.Y.R. Macedonia/ Daniel Kajmakoski "Autumn Leaves"/ Another beautiful song that did not stand out very much. And because he looked my best friend's ex-boyfriend we could not be in favor of him (joke).
09. Serbia/ Bojana Stamenov "Beauty Never Lies"/ The song suits the singer and has strong lyrics. It surprised me that she came further but her song deserves it.
10. Hungary/ Boggie "Wars For Nothing"/ The song and the performance did not really appeal to me.
11. Belarus/ Uzari & Maimuna "Time"/ When you cannot stop listening to this song for the rest of the night you wonder why a song like Hungary's came further and this amazing duo did not. The violin was a great addition to this catchy song that made me go all goose-pimply.
12. Russia/ Polina Gagarina "A Million Voices"/ When you see such a pure Polina you do not expect a voice as strong as Shakira's her song was very beautiful and as strong and touching. What I loved was her white dress on which light-effects appeared that made it look like Polina came from the stars.
13. Denmark/ Anti Social Media "The Way You Are"/ Young, dynamite, enthusiastic was the band as well as the song. I very much pity that they did not make it further.
14. Albania/ Elhaida Dani "I'm Aliva"/ The song and the singer were was alive as the title. Elhaida had a great voice and lively performance one will not forget that quickly.
15. Romania/ Voltaj "De La Capăt (All Over Again)"/ Another surprise that evening since the song did not appeal to me very much as an Eurovision entry.
16. Georgia/ Nina Sublatti "Warrior"/ The strongest performance doubtlessly came at the end. The young teacher must be doubtlessly an ideal to her pupils. Her dress and stage were breath-taking. A very strong song and her voice was on stage even better.

Now let me turn the paper: Did you expect this feedback? And more important, do you agree with me? Where do you have another opinion? Gladly share it with me!

Happy Eurovision everyone!

Xoxo ♥ Johanna

10 Brainstorms

Hey dears,

usually brainstorms are coming from above to your head but since I as usual love to step out of line it suddenly dawns on me for the moment when I take a look on my neon yellow fingers that are shining everywhere at any time. Moreover the brainstorms from my fingertips will make me remember that there is always a way out and a criminal superbrain like me will find the ideas in time while everyone else is distracted,

Huge thanks once again to Minh from Miu Nails & Wellness for the heartful and perfect sercive.

Xoxo ♥ Johanna

Anaïs Collombier Créations X Fall4Me #2: Flower Queens

Bonjour my beloved readership,

in the second part of our Anaïs Collombier Créations X Fall4Me special Anaïs and I have been modelling two variations of my flower crown creations exclusively designed by Johanna Karajan calling out for the summer trend that every look from edgy to elegant deserves a flower crown.
For this special shooting we have chosen the only place in the Northern German capital Hamburg that is made perfectly for such an occasion: The park Planten Un Bloomen (Engl.: Plants and flowers).

The best gift for women are flowers and every woman deserves to be a queen so we have combined both in one and became flower queens.

At the end of our special we have a little surprise for you which surprised us before: We have been asked to support the promotion of the new Magnum Pink and Black. I wonder if Magnum knew that we would have been at the right place on the right time.

Be like Magnum Pink (raspberry):

Be like Magnum Black (espresso):

Don't forget to follow Anaïs Collombier Créations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And order your flower crown by Johanna Karajan via e-mail or on my networks:

Xoxo ♥ Johanna

Anaïs Collombier Créations X Fall4Me #1: Tribute To Her Bright Skies

Hej my beloved readership,

on the passed weekend I have had a special guest at home, my sister from the other mother officially known as Anaïs Collombier. Anaïs Collombier is an 18-year-old model, photographer, graphic designer, guitarist, drummar, song-writer and background singer from France.

During our wonderful city trip with my main and top photographer also known as my best friend and partner in crime Sara we have been promoting Anaïs' and my (besides Vanilla Ninja) most favorite rock band Her Bright Skies who were supposed to have a concert in Hamburg that Saturday.

In a video (which you can find on my Instagram: @JohannaVonKarajan) we have sent them greetings with their official sponsor Monster Energy (the green flavour because it is Jolly's (bassist and vocals) favorite one).

Our main shooting took part in the Hamburg club scene Schanze, where the band was supposed to have their concert in the club "Kleiner Donner" (English: Little Thunder). Anaïs and I have taken their first guitarist Nikki as our role model and posed the same way as he did.

Photo: Facebook

Anaïs' outfit:
Leather jacket - Jennyfer
Handbag, pumps - GUESS?

My outfit:
Leather jacket - Gipsy
Belt, blouse - C&A
Jeans - New Look
Ankle boots - GUESS
Cardigan - Paparazzi
Lipstick - P2

In part two of our special Annabella and I are going to show flower-power. Stay tuned. Meeting-point: Here!

Do not forget to follow Anaïs Collombier Créations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as Her Bright Skies on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram along with their members, Jaybee: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pete: Twitter, Instagram, Jolly: Twitter, Instagram, Nikki: Twitter, Instagram.

Xoxo ♥ Johanna

Star-Style #7: Mary-Jean O'Doherty

Hello my beloved readership,

May is back, Eurovision is back and with it posts about Eurovision originally by Fall4Me. Building Bridges is this year's motto and it looks like everyone is following this motto: Eurovision built a bridge to Australia which became a new participating country, my country of origin, Armenia, has built bridges to all over the world and founded the super-group Genealogy of six artists with Armenian origin, one from Armenia, the other five from each continent of the world (Europe, America, Africa, Asia, Australia); and even I have followed the motto and built a bridge to the artists. For the famous Fall4Me star-style articles to Mary-Jean Anaïs O'Doherty Vasmatzian the representative of Australia and fifth member of Genealogy.

The 32-year old artist is a soprano opera singer who was born to an Armenian mother and an Australian father living in the capital of Wales, Cardiff with her Welsh husband.
My first impression were that she is filling the role of the lady within the group of Genealogy. Further impressions were her big blue-grey eyes and her voice that amaze me every time anew. After all these breath-taking impressions I wanted to know it myself: Is Mary-Jean a flawless, British opera lady or is the fierce rock chick hiding somewhere inside her? Get to know it below with a cute message to us.

Fall4Me: Dear Mary-Jean, first of all I am very happy and thrilled that you agreed to an interview and I am sure my readers are very excited to get to know you as well. So the first question is: Have you always been the lady we have got to know you as? 
Mary-Jean O'Doherty: I grew up a bit of a tomboy actually - I hated things which were too girly and frilly.

How would you describe your personal style? What were your influences?
In my twenties I discovered what it means to dress like a lady because of my Armenian singing teacher in Australia, Arax Mansourian. Arax is the quintessential "opera diva." She is always beautifully dressed and immaculately presented. Arax's style is timeless elegance and something I aspire to. Maria Callas is another style icon who influences me. Maria was the "Audrey Hepburn" of the opera world and she brought effortless chic to opera, in syle similar to Audrey (another fashion hero of mine).

How does your style underline your personality and lifestyle? Are you always classy and ladylike or is there a crazy Mary-Jean hidden inside you?
I think inside every woman is an elegant lady, but I love how Eurovision has brought out my inner rock star! "The Queen of the Night" is one opera role who embodies both the elegant lady and crazy rock star - she is fierce! (Her second aria could very comfortably fit in a metal band).

Looking at yourself: Do you feel rather British/Australian influenced in your style or do you recognize the Armenian heritage in you?Both my Australian grandma Helen Jean O'Doherty and my Armenian Grandma Anait Aghabadian Basmadjian were stylish elegant women. Anait was a seamstress by trade and she followed all the latest French couture. She dressed my mum very well. Helen Jean was a very classy lady and enjoyed dressing up for the opera and ballet when she went to the Sydney Opera House. I think both grandmothers have influenced me.

Are there certain people whom you admire for their style or rather whose style you like? If so, who is it?
Arax Mansourian, and Audrey Hepburn.

Talking about favorites what are your favorite items in your closet?
My concert dresses-each one is different and holds special memories. Also, a dress my Grandma Anait made for my mother. When I wear it, I feel like I am getting a hug from my my grandma.

What is your advice for someone who has not found her personal style yet and is unsure?
Style is a personal journey. Young women should experiment-take risks and enjoy the process. Fashion is constantly evolving but style is eternal.

Last but not least: Do you have a special message for the Fall4Me readers?
Love you all! Thanks for your support xxx

We love you too Mary-Jean and such a kind girl like you deserves every support, so don't forget to follow Mary-Jean on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay tuned about her journey in Eurovision. And remember to vote for her as Eurovisions Top Model 2015.

Xoxo ♥ Johanna

Tribute To Birgit Õigemeel

Tere tere minu kallis inimised,

the regular readers of this blog are supposed to be more than familiar with Birgit Õigemeel.

I honored her with a similar haircut approximately three years ago:

Photo: Aivar Kullamaa

I have featured her on various trend alerts among other for the white-trend two years ago:

I have presented you her latest album last year:

And talking about her latest album I have decided to dedicate a shooting to her inspired from the booklet of her album "Uus Algus" since I had the chance to wear a similar dress like she did in the shooting for this album. It made me feel just like her and feel the positivity she gave me with the songs of her album that "simply completele it is" ("lihtsalt täiuslik on see"). Enjoy with an exclusive debut:

Dress - Romwe
Watch - Chanel


Photo: Kalle Veesaar

Thank you Birgit for my new beginning :)

Xoxo ♥ Johanna


Bonjour my beautiful people,

"opposites attract", I disagree. But I feel like I am living a different life. I feel like my life is turning completely against me, all the dreams I have had, all the aims I have taken. As if it is not meant to be. I have worked so hard to to fulfill myself my dreams, I have even had people to support me on my way and still are willing to do so. These people want my dreams to come true. They keep saying it with such a strength that I cannot resist to give up on them on that moment. But in the end it turns out that all my effort was not hard enough and splinter for splinter my heart is breaking. What is actually awaiting me? 

I am living a life on a thread. A very thin thread. I am lying in the air and I do not know. I really do not. I do not know if it is worth continuing. I do not know if this is what I am meant for. Since other people are fulfilling themselves my dreams. Yet I do not know if I could actually give up. In the end I find myself sticking to what I keep doing and I continue smiling with pure little steps in the security of certainty that I do what I am loving.

I am landing with my feet on the ground again and all that it takes is their masterpiece.

Dress - Romwe
Leather jacket - Gipsy
Ankle boots - GUESS?

Xoxo ♥ Johanna

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