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Christmas Day In The City - Starbucks, Presents and Festive Times

Dezember 14, 2016


Hello everyone!

Haven't posted in a minute... woops! Christmas festivities have gotten to my head. Today I'm sharing some impressions from what a regular day during Christmas season looks like over here in Germany. I like to get out of my small town regularly and take the subway to Frankfurt, which is very close to where I live. 



First step is usually checking out the beautiful Christmas  D e c o r a t i o n s ... they make me feel so festive and happy, especially when it's dark out and the fairy lights are lit. 


Second step is always Starbucks, especially during red cup season. I know, I know.. basic af, but I can't help it. I love the sugary drinks ;) My favorites are the Peppermint Mocha and Toffee Nut Latte.


F l a t l a y   O p p o r t u n i t y 


After grabbing a cup of Christmas goodness, I did some Christmas shopping which is always horrible because 1 million other people had the same idea and I end up not knowing what to get and where to go. But I did it! I am all done, I have presents for everyone. 

Then it was time to get the Christmas tree. My parents always visit a local Christmas Tree farm, we don't do plastic trees here in Germany (At least I don't know anyone). It's just amazing to have a real tree because no candle will ever be as good as the real deal.



Christmas tree - CHECK! I'll have pictures of the decorated tree soon, but we never put it up before the 23rd of December.

For me the perfect winter day is cold, preferrably snowy (not happening right now sadly), full of fairy lights, hot beverages and warm blankets. So after a day out in the cold I love to just put on a warm and fuzzy sweater and just chill with a hot tea or cup of hot chocolate. Anyone else?


What about you? Do you like to stay in, watch movies and do online shopping or do you dare to leave the house and do some actual in-store shopping? 

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Vienna Impressions - Instaworthy Spots, Food and Coffee Culture

November 28, 2016



C O F F E E  &  F O O D 


 Café Hawelka 



This is the one place I always have to visit when I go back to Vienna. My parents used to take me here when I was a little girl (that's me and my Dad in that picture) in the 90s and it still feels and looks exactly the same. I always order a "Wiener Melange", which is basically a cappuccino, but don't tell them. The owner of this café used to sit on a wooden chair, right at the entrance every single day until he passed a couple of years ago. This place might not be fancy, but it's an institution that's definitely worth a visit. 



Sweater - Review ღ Jeans - Zara ღ Bag - Zara 

Kitch 

Brilliant idea to open up an Italian place (food that everyone loves) and making it so "Brooklyn Hipster Industrial" - perfect for any person that seeks an aesthetic place to take photos of and to post online. I'm not the biggest Pizza fan, but only because I can rarely find good Pizza. And this one didn't disappoint, it was delicious and affordable. When visiting don't forget to snap a photo in front of the wall. 


I  g o t    b a k e d    i n   V i e n n a 


Sweater - Hallhuber ღ Jeans - Topshop ღ Boots - Vagabond


Café Hotel Sacher


Probably one of the world's most famous cakes and my personal favorite. My mum bakes it about 20 times a year, basically any time she bakes a cake it's a Sacher. It's chocolate ganache, apricot jam, chocolate cake. Can't go wrong! And this place is flawless.... just royal. We actually tried the other famous Sacher cake in Vienna (at Café Demel) and this one was much better. Sorry! Absolutely try it!


Café Latte Art


I mean .... HARRY POTTER THEMED COFFEE! Don't think I've ever been happier to order a cup of latte. We decided to get the Deathly Hallows, Harry's glasses and scar and stars and planets just because they are pretty and magical. This place is amazing... quite small but the staff is lovely and the owner was there and made the coffee for us and we had a nice and long talk about his latte art. Really amazing. You can get some of the standard latte art but you can also basically ask for anything you want and he will make it for you. And so affordable. They have two stores in Vienna right now but are expanding worldwide.. watch out!



I N S T A W O R T H Y   S P O T S


Belvedere Castle/ Museum


This is royal, there is no other way I can describe it. When you turn around you have a view over some parts of Vienna and we just hit sunset so it was stunning. There is an art gallery inside the castle, which we decided not to see. However, it's part of 'Viennese sightseeing' and it's a good location for taking photos as well.



Inner City / Stephansplatz


Because of its beautiful architecture, you can rarely find a place in the city that isn't 'photogenic'. But I've especially fallen in love with the area around the Stephansplatz and "Graben". 



 Vienna is famous for the so called "Fiaker", which are carriages that take you around for a ridiculous amount of money. I always feel quite bad for the horses, tbh so I've never taken a ride. 


This is at 'Julius Meinl' which is a store that sells baked goods, groceries, cheese and, of course, coffee. Very good coffee. There is also a café upstairs where you have an amazing view over the viennese shopping scenery. 


The Austrian Parliament building just takes you right to Greece, am I right? It's monumental. 




Have you ever visited Vienna? For me it's one of the most beautiful cities in Europe... everything is massive, monumental, royal... so much history. I absolutely love it.  

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Jo Malone: My favorite scents

November 02, 2016

Whenever I come across a Jo Malone counter I need to have a browse, try out new scents, layer them, sniff the candles... it's a problem. I just love Jo Malone so much, it's my absolute favorite perfume brand of all time. Their scents are so unique and i can immediately tell when someone is wearing Jo Malone. Plus: it's not especially popular in Germany (yet) so you have that wonderful opportunity to not smell like everybody else. I'm going to go through my all time favorite Jo Malone colognes in today's post and I'd also like to know what your favorite Jo Malone scents are because I'm always looking for new finds.

I would say that Pomegranate Noir is one of my alltime favorites and I need to purchase it ASAP. For me it's quite wintery and not as fresh as, for example 'English Pear & Freesia'. It's perfect for fall and winter and I'm all about that. 


This is SUCH a unique scent, I can't explain it. I think it's definitely unisex so it has that musky, warm and spicy scent with just the right amount of sweetness. And it's a Cologne intense, so it's more prominent than the regular Cologne. It really is .. a l l u r i n g.

This is a very girly scent, imho. And I love it a lot. Very fruity, sweet (not sickly), yet floral. You can't really go wrong with Peonies. Very safe but valid choice.

This has got to be the perfect every day perfume. It's weird but you can really smell the salt. I never knew salt had a scent, but Jo Malone proved me otherwise. If you want something that is wearable, not too overpowering (like the Oud & Bergamot can be sometimes) and fresh then this one is for you. 


Can we take a moment to appreciate the displays they have? So C H I C


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