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Tall Blogger Meet-Up: A Day With Karen of Tall Wife

Last Saturday morning, I excitedly rolled out of bed at 6 a.m., hustled to the train station and enjoyed a peaceful train ride to Düsseldorf.  Why in the world was I excited to get up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday you may ask?  Because I would soon be en route to my first tall blogger meet-up!

Tall blogger meet-up

The early morning train wasn’t too crowded so I indulged in a selfie to document my first solo train ride

Even though I’ve been blogging for over 5 years, I’ve never had the opportunity to meet any of my “bloggy friends” face-to-face.  When Karen of TallWife.com pitched the idea of finding a convenient place to meet, I immediately said yes.  After batting around a few location ideas, we settled on Düsseldorf since it has a Long Tall Sally store and it’s just kind of a fun word to say, isn’t it?

Karen’s train arrived a few minutes before mine and as I walked to the meeting spot, I was hoping and praying that she would 1) turn out not to be a crazy-internet-stalker-hairy-old-man and 2) would be as normal and fun as she comes across via the interwebs.   It seems she may have been thinking the same thing; this comment on her blog made me giggle when I read it the next day, “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.” I am happy to report that Karen is indeed just as fun and normal in real life as she seems in the virtual world.

Phew! Thoughts of psychopaths and internet stalkers behind us, we started walking and taking in the scenes of Düsseldorf all the while peppering each other with questions since we were eager to get to know each other better.

Tall fashion blogger meet and shop

Statue and pretty flowers

Tall fashion blogger meet-up

Mix of old and new

Tall blogger meet-up

Pretty brick building with cheery flowers (Photo courtesy of Karen from Tall Wife)

Hanging out with Karen was so refreshing and we realized that we have quite a few things in common (apart from the obvious fact that we’re both 6’2 of course).  While expat life in Europe may seem like it’s all glitz and glamour to the outside observer, I must admit that everyday life in a foreign country can often be challenging.  I’ve had some difficulty finding friends in my age range with similar interests and life experiences (although this has thankfully been on the upswing the past couple of weeks).  While I am eternally thankful for the opportunity to live in and travel around Europe, not a week goes by that I don’t miss the friends and life I left behind in the U.S.  So let’s just say that this girls’ day was much needed and a big boost to my spirits!

As we strolled around, I noticed a time or two that our statuesque 6’2 selves were getting some glances from strangers which is par for the course.  As we stood up to leave the restaurant after lunch, one of the waiters commented on how “groß” (pronounced gross) we were.  Thankfully, this is one of the first German words I learned several months ago otherwise I would have thought this waiter (and those cute little kids at the bus stop) were calling me gross as in yucky as opposed to gross as in tall.

I agree with Karen that I was not overly impressed with Düsseldorf in general compared to other European cities I’ve visited, but it does have A BOATLOAD of shopping opportunities from the very high end (Gucci, Prada, Chanel etc.)  to mid-priced brands and trendy local boutiques.  And of course, we couldn’t resist popping into the Long Tall Sally store for a few minutes.  Last time I went to an LTS, I was with my mom and we had an absolute blast together.  I was thrilled to once again have the opinion of a fellow tall lady during this visit.

We ended up both buying the same Breton stripe top which is a fabulous staple for fall. I’ve already worn it a couple of times in the span of a week.

LTS tall breton stripe top

Tall twins in the LTS Breton Stripe Top

Tall Wife and Tall Fashion Adventures visit Long Tall Sally Dusseldorf

I agree with Karen that our fun day ended way too quickly, and I certainly hope we are able to meet up again sooner rather than later.  Be sure to check out Karen’s thoughts and photos on our adventures here!

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9 Comments

  • Reply karen September 13, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Great to read your take on it! I had a fab day and I’m all up for doing this again sooner rather than later too! 🙂

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures September 14, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks! Happy to hear you’re up for hanging out again. 🙂

  • Reply shoegalfi September 15, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Are you in Europe permanently then? If you make it to the UK give me a shout, I’d love to go LTS shopping with you!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures September 15, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Yep. We’re here for awhile. I have yet to visit the UK but hope to soon!

  • Reply Kirstie September 21, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Hi! I’m a newbie to your site, and to Karen’s (Hi Karen), but just had to comment as I am an expat (from Australia) living in Köln! I might just have to stalk you guys next time you go to Düsseldorf, in a perfectly normal “Hey those tall girls look lovely” kind of way of course But for now I am busily checking out your recommendations of tall stores in Europe. My wardrobe is looking very sad at the moment So glad to have found both your blogs!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures September 21, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Kirstie! Thanks for stopping by. I’m so happy you’ve found my site and that you are finding it helpful. You had me giggling with that stalking comment. A tall woman’s wardrobe cannot stay sad for very long in Europe because there are lots of opportunities to shop in person. Another good blog to check out is Groessenwahn written by Susi who is based in Munich. She has a fabulous Shopping Guide and is just lovely. The blog is in German but we converse in the comments in English. 🙂

      • Reply Kirstie September 21, 2015 at 8:43 pm

        Thanks so much for your reply Beth. I’m glad I made you giggle 🙂 You have definitely given me some good leads already, although I am so sad to see both of your navy and white polka dots tops are no longer for sale, I love navy and polka dots! Thanks for the other good blog tip, I have a lot of reading to do 😉

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