14 April 2017

THE PERFECT BLOGGER PANEL: WHO WOULD I INVITE?

Perfume Coco Mademoiselle, Chanel Powder and Ladurée Macarons
Meeting new people I always find it dull to ask them the same questions everyone asks: where do you live, where do you work, how old are you? Therefore one of my favourite questions to ask people is: which famous person they would choose to meet and have dinner with. I think this question tells a lot about a person, what inspires them, 
what moves them and who they look up to.

Recently I was inspired by Eventbrite, to think about my favourite bloggers, who I would like to meet and have a panel with. There are many bloggers who have wowed me over the years. They inspired my blog, my style, my beauty routine and had a huge impact on my travel destination wishlist. It would be an astonishing experience to meet the bloggers that I have been following for so many years and therefore my dream panel of bloggers would be:



  • Gary Pepper Girl
    Nicole Warne from Gary Pepper Girl (Sydney, Australia) has been one of my favourite bloggers for many years. I have been following her through her journeys, her personal life, her style development and fashion week experiences. She shares astonishing pictures on her social media accounts, which have always taken my breath away.
  • Sincerly Jules
    Julie Sariñana from Sincerly Jules (Los Angeles, USA) is that Darling from California. I adore her easy and comfy looks. I feel wanderlust when I see her beautiful travel pics... Please take me with you!
  • Jeanne Damas
    Jeanne Damas (Paris, France) is the Founder of Rouje and has that je ne sais quoi. I fell in love with her instantly, the red lips, her effortless chic and cool looks without trying to hard. She is a person I would love to have a glass of red wine with in the evening.
  • Miroslava Duma
    Miroslava Duma, also known as Mira Duma (Moscow, Russia) is the Founder of Büro 24/7 and one of the sweetest bloggers. I love her unique point of view and her colourful style. Since she is petite like me, I always find her ensembles inspiring for my own combinations. 

  • Questions I would ask these wonderful women:
    1. Where do you get your inspiration from?
    2. What was your most vivid experience?
    3. What was your biggest beauty/ fashion mistake?
    4. Something you would never do as a blogger.
    5. How do you buy a piece for your closet?
    6. How do you get dressed in the morning?
    7. How do you pack for a vacation?
    8. Which advice would you give to future bloggers?


    Louis Vuitton World Scarf

    This post got me thinking about how marvelous it would be to meet these woman in person and get the chance to talk to them and pick a part of their brain. We all live in different places of the world and have busy schedules, so it would be a challenge for us all to meet in one place at the same time. Maybe someday I will get the chance to meet them and if that day comes, I will definetly post about it!

    If you are planning a conference or event in you area, check out the Eventbrite event registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/l/registration-online/



    07 March 2017

    THE BEAUTY SECRETS OF THE FRENCH PHARMACY

    When I talk about beauty with my friends, something that always comes up is healty skin. What we do, which products we use and our honest experiences about the new products we tried. One obsession that I share with one friend: french pharmacies. When we were in Paris, we almost entered every pharmacy on our way, it is quite a different experience. My favourite became the Citypharma, everytime I enter I feel like Alice in Wonderland. It has a huge range of french products and well trained and helpful staff that will assist you with anything, so if they offer to help, just let them. Since my first journey to Paris, I have returned many times and I still get excited about going to the pharmacy.

    So when it comes to skincare routine everyone and every day is different. I have a combination skin and tend to have blemishes, sometimes I have a good skin day and sometimes I just don't. These are some french pharmacy products that have worked for me. All of the products were less than 20€, but keep in mind that each pharmacy can have different prices.

     All over France are this little pharmacies marked by a glowing green cross. They don't look so glamouros from the outside, 
    but behind the doors is skin-care heaven and the secret weapons for that enviable French skin. Once you step into it, 
    there is a huge range of beauty products: Vichy, Bioderma, Caudalie, Avène... you name it. So whenever I am in France, 
    I talk with the staff and about what's new and bring home some new products to try at home. I also stock up on my 
    favourite products, during my last shopping trip I saved about 100€. 


    I usually never leave the house without SPF even during dark winter days. 
    75% of skin aging is due to environmental factors and UV rays. By using a
     high SPF every day I try to diminish the potentially effects of UV rays. 
    Around 10€.


    This is the best make-up remover! I have been using it for years and I still love it. 
    It is unscented, gentle, doesn't dry your skin or sting. It is perfect when you are experimenting
    with several make-up looks, you can use it over and over without leaving the skin irritated. 
    Around 8€.


     What I love about this cream is that moisturizes the skin and feels light. The 
    cream hydrates immediately and cools the skin. It doesn't lay on top of your 
    skin taking forever to absorb. Since it is Biafine, it repairs the skin day by day.
     Around 10€.


     This Sérum is a intense moisturizer for very dry skin. I don't use this Sérum 
    as often, because my skin doesn't need so much hydration. I usually 
    use it when my skin gets super dry in winter or when I am flying. 
    This also feels light and does not lay on top of your skin. 
    Around 15€.


    Zeniac LP Fort worked mirracles for me. It keeps my blemishes and 
    breakouts under control. It leaves a matte finish, I usually use it under 
    my powder. There is also another version Zeniac LP, it is less strong. 
    Around 10€.


    I use the Rosaliac UV Legere usually when my face is little redish.  
    Cream has a greenish colour. For my skin the Legere Version is hydrating 
    enough, since it leaves my skin a little shiny. It also has a 15SPF. 
    Around 15€. 


    Biafine is one of the best kept secrets by the french. So far it is only available in France. I discovered it about ten years 
    ago and it has been one of my favourite beauty products ever since. It is used for sunburns, bumps and scratches. 
    So whenever I go on holiday, Biafine is my constant companion. I sometimes also use it as a mask or cream, 
    because I tend to believe it helps the skin to heal. So whenever I am in France I stock up on Biafine.
    Depending on size between 2€-4€. 


    I always love to have a water spray. It is an amazing refresher on hot days and 
    it helps to calm down irritated skin. I know that many make-up artists also use it to 
    set make-up. 
    Depending on size 2€-7€.


    This product is one of a kind. I have never found anything like it. It is 
    like a handcream, but for your hair. You can use it after having washed 
    your hair or on dry hair during the day. What I love about is, that it 
    doesn't leave your hair oily like other products. I also take it with me on 
    a plane, so my hair also gets hydrated. 
    Around 8-10€.


    Sometimes a girl needs a little lift. This Volume Spray is a heat-actived root lifter. 
    It creates fullnes and bounce without feeling stiff or dry. 
    Price 10-12€.


    This lip balm is another longtime favourite. What I love about it is, that it leaves the lip matte. 
    I use it before applying lipstick. It is small and cute and fits every bag perfectly. 
    Price is around 8€.


    In the end a woman's beauty routine should not be a reminder of one's flaws. A beauty routine should give a woman pleasure and she should enjoy the time she spents with herself. Because if you feel good about yourself and you are happy, it will also show on your beautiful face!





    22 January 2017

    HOW TO ORGANISE AND CLEAR-OUT YOUR CLOSET


    As a new year begins, I can't help but thinking about my next closet clear-out. This is the time I usually take the chance to go over my closet and think about what I did wear the past year and think about who I am and if some of my pieces are still me. For the record this is not another minimalism article about how you only need 10 pieces with a pinterest picture of a tidy hanging rack against a white wall. This is about what feels right and what works for you. Personally, I love playing with different styles and silhouettes depending on my mood. I like having a good selection in my closet, but I also dislike owning too much and loosing track of my pieces.
    When I first started my journey a few years ago, I had a lot and I mean really a lot of stuff. And of course I had... because I never sorted anything out before. So there were my teenage clothes and all kinds of things that I collected the past 10 years which I never use. Getting rid of my old things felt really good, it was like cleansing the soul and freeing yourself from a burden. A new ritual was born: the wardrobe clear-out! For me the story of the wardrobe is a never ending one, even today I am constantly editing down my wardrobe, but also the ones of family and friends! Here are my personal experiences about wardrobe clear-outs and my guidelines towards a more organised closet:

    1. SHOPPING MISTAKES DURING SALE SEASON

    The whole process of clearing-out usually starts long before the clothes even enter your closet: Shopping Mistakes. Mistakes are part of the process and I have certainly learned from mine. Many mistakes are often made during sale season, we have all been there... Loosing all logical thinking and getting sucked into the wonderland of the red SALE signs, thinking: uuh it is so cheap, I am going to save so much money! But sometimes you end up buying clothes that don't really fit, don't look good, is not for your current lifestyle or you simply buy too much things you don't really need. These are the pieces that will disappear into the black hole of your closet and will never be seen again on your body. You should buy pieces thoughtfully and always ask yourself: Is it my size? Do I feel fabulous in it? What is the quality? Do I really need it? Is it for my current lifestyle? If you find your beloved item you have been pining for all the time on sale and you get to save money, then perfect! But if you buy something on sale and you end up never wearing it, it is just waste of your money, energy and time in the future.


    2. SHOPPING FOR YOUR CURRENT LIFESTYLE

    With Award season, we get to see all the beautiful red carpet gowns and who wouldn't love to wear Chanel or Christian Dior Haute Couture. Even as a little girl I loved those glamouros gowns and elegant high heels. As I grew older the shopping trips of the "things I'll never wear, because I am not going to the oscars" began. Buy for your current lifestyle and not for the one you wish you had... This was a hard lesson learned for me and of course I am still a sucker for beautiful gowns and high heel sandals, but I have sorted out many of mine. Because no normal beeing needs ten oscar worthy evening gowns and hundreds of sandals (unless you lead a Sex and the City kind of life). Living in Germany winter can be very long and cold and having tons of summer sandals are not really practical, because you just don't get to wear them so often. Now, I invest in good winter jackets and stylish boots instead, which I wear frequently. So don't repeat my mistakes! Be practical. If you buy the majority of your pieces for a fantasy version of your life instead of the reality, you'll end up wondering why you have nothing to wear. Think about what your regular day or week looks like and what the seasons are like in your city. Invest in stylish and classic pieces that you will wear a lot. Make it work for your current lifestyle.


    3. THE SOMEDAY CLOTHES AND LEARNING TO LET GO

    For some people letting go is very hard and they make all kinds of excuses to keep their someday clothes. I bet some of the "Someday Clothes" still have their price tags on them. So pour yourself a glass of wine and be ruthless when you edit! We all know the little lies we tell ourselves: 

    - Someday I will fit into them
    - Someday I will find an ocassion to wear it
    - Someday it will be trendy again
    - Someday I might find something to combine it with

    Maybe you bought a super beautiful piece on sale, but it never was your size. Maybe you have lost or gained some weight and some pieces don't fit anymore. Maybe the piece doesn't really flatter your body type. Maybe you are still waiting for that right moment to wear it. Throw out what you don't wear!!! If you haven't been wearing a piece in a long time for whatever reason, what makes you think you will wear it in the future? So ask yourself: When was the last time I wore that piece? Did I ever wear it? Is it my size? Does it look good on me? Also do not keep pieces for sentimentel reasons. Clothes you onced loved and have many great memories with (your jeans from highschool) or that piece you paid a fortune for (that trendy jacket you've never worn). Just let go of the pieces you don't wear, I promise you won't miss them.


    4. CLONE CLOTHING
    If you have to wear similiar pieces to work, because there is a certain style or uniform required. Fair enough. Also having found a piece that you are crazy about is great. Some maybe even buy the exact same piece twice, because they love it so much and also wear it until it falls apart. But what about the ones you maybe don't wear? Do you really need the same dress in all colours or the same 20 black t-shirts? Do you really wear them all? What was it that compelled you to buy these things when you already had nearly the same piece in your closet? Did you forget about the other pieces? Also keep in mind, that if you buy similiar pieces, it is a serious long term commitment in fashion. After all your personal style and taste will evolve and who knows where you will be in five years from now. So lay all your clone clothing out and pick out your favourites and the ones you actually wear and let go of the others you don't wear.





    5. INVEST IN A SYSTEM
    How do you want to create that fabulous outfit, if you can't see what you own? If you don't see it, you are not going to wear it. Spending some money on a sytem and beeing organised can also save you some time in the morning. Personally I would loooove to have a fancy walk into closet... who wouldn't? But I simply don't have that space or the budget for it. So I make the most of the space and budget I have. Most of my boxes and organising tools are from Ikea and Zara Home and I love them, they organise my clothes, accessories and Make-up. Create your own System and think about what works for you.







    6. SELLING CLOTHES
    After you have cleared out your closet, think about what to do next with your clothes. Maybe you can give some of it to your friends (so it stays in the family), some you can give to goodwill, but some you can resell and still make some money. Nowadays you have many options to resell your items, so you can think about which way suits you. The three ways that I sell my clothes are traditional fleamarkets, Consignment Shops and Online. Have in mind that reselling your clothes is time consuming and it might take some time until pieces are sold, therefore the process can also be annoying. This is why I recommended buying pieces thoughtfully in the beginning.

    ONLINE
    As you can see on the right I sell my clothes on the platform Mädchenflohmarkt, which is a german based second hand online shop for more valuable pieces. The good side about selling online is, that you can do it throughout the whole year and it is more likely to achieve a higher sales profit. The downside is, that it is very time consuming... Taking good pictures, writing descriptions and answering questions from potential buyers, taking the sold items to the post office. There are services that will do all the work for you, for a higher comission, of course. Another aspect is that it can take some time until your pieces are sold, which means your pieces still take up space somewhere.

    In my experience the following sell well online:
    - Designer and brand clothes
    - Dresses and skirts
    - Items with a price tag on

    FLEAMARKETS
    What I love about fleamarkets, your buyers come to you and the selling process is much faster, because you sell more things in a shorter time period. The downside here is, that it is seasonal and due to bargain mentality your profit is not as high as selling online. So if you are happy about a little profit and just want your things to be gone, this way is for you. Having a friend doing it with you is the best way. You can chat and drink coffee and it never actually feels like work.

    What I would sell on the fleamarket:
    - Vintage
    - Pieces from retail stores
    - Pieces that are not as valuable
    Reselling t-shirts for a 1€ online, will take a lot of time and will therefore not be worth the effort for such a little profit. Also your buyers will not be so tempted due to shipping costs. You will have better chances on a fleamarket, you can offer deals like 3 for 2.

    CONSIGNMENT AND SECOND HAND SHOPS
    This is another possibility to sell some of your clothes. What I love about it, a store is selling it for you and you can take your clothes during winter time. The downside is, since other people are doing the work for you, your profit will not be as high. Which is fair enough, since the store has all kinds of costs.


    IT WILL BE WORTH IT
    These are my personal experiences with clearing-out a closet and ways to approach it that have worked for me. The entire process of clearing-out was very time consuming, but it was all worth it in the end. For me it was also intersting to see how much I had evolved and learned about myself. Over the past years I have sorted out many many many pieces. I have never looked back and I have never missed a single piece!





    17 November 2016

    Paris in August

    I know it is already November, but since Paris is always a good idea...
    This was my last trip to Paris in August. Paris is certainly one of my favourite cities. For me it was love at first sight. I instantly fell in love with the food, the fashion, the lifestyle, the art and the architecture of this city. During my first trips to Paris, I visited all the tourist sights: the Louvre museum, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Montmartre...
    Even though I never get tired of walking by the Eiffel Tower, I love to explore other sides of Paris that I have not seen before.


    Things that I always do when I am in Paris: 

     
    Walk around in Paris! Paris is such a great city to walk around and explore.
    Wearing Mango Blazer, Zara Dress and Shoes, Vintage Bag.

    I love a classic black and white look with red nails.

    Have a Falafel in the quarter le marais, in the rue de rosiers there is one restaurant after another.
    People are waiting in long lines, but it is worth the wait.

    My favourite!

    Stop by Chanel, Even if I don't buy anything. It is always nice to explore the store.

    Restock my french beauty products and check out new ones. I am obsessed with french Pharmacies. My favourite store in the city: Citypharma on 26 rue de Four. I have been to many Pharmacies around the city and the product range and prices can vary. Citypharma has most of the brands, it is fair priced and even though it can be crowded, there is always a sales lady to help you. You can find my favourite beauty products HERE.

    Another beauty store that I always go to: Sephora. Living in Germany we unfortunately do not have Sephora, therefore it is always a highlight for me. I have been to many Sephora stores in France and Spain and I have made the experience that the staff is well trained and helpful. My buy this time: Marc Jacobs Lipgloss, which is not available in Germany yet.

    Have a coffee and a croissant. Another thing that I love about Paris: Sitting next to each other in bistros and cafés,
    so you can watch the street and the people passing by while having coffee and croissant.

    Taking the Metro. When I do get tired of walking around, I take the Metro. I always buy 10 Tickets, since it is cheaper.
    I keep the unused tickets for my next trip to Paris.

    Jardin des Tuileries. A romantic place to enjoy the sunshine.

    Passing Jardin des Tuileries.

    See the sunset. I love watching the sunset on one of the bridges.


    My new discoveries in Paris:


    Beeing a regular shopper at Sézane, I was excited to see L'appartement Sézane.

    But of course it was closed, since it is August and holiday season... So maybe next time :D

    Wearing Uniqlo blouse, H&M shorts, Lanvin for H&M necklace, Michael Kors bag, Zara shoes.

    Close up. Necklace from Lanvin for H&M

    Something that I was also looking forward to see: the fleamarket in Paris! I picked the fleamarket Marche aux Puces de Montreuil
    I had read that it is very charming and you can find antiques and vintage clothing. Honestly, I was shocked, I walked the entire market, 
    because I couldn't believe that this was the market, but it was. 

    Among all the stands, there was only one stand with a vintage flair. There was no vintage clothes or antiques otherwise. 
    So next time I will check out the big and famous St.-Ouen.

    View from the tower Montparnasse.

    The restaurant in the tower Montparnasse.

    After the Montparnasse I walked towards the Eiffel Tower, passing the Musée Rodin and the Tombeau de Napoléon.

    The Wall for peace in 32 languages.

    Like I said, I never get tired of walking by.
    Wearing Uniqlo blouse, Lanvin for H&M necklace, Zara jacket, Michael Kors bag.

    On the bridge next to the Eiffel Tower: Love me.

    Perfect place to take a break and a picnic.

    Givenchy always reminds me of the glamourous Audrey Hepburn.

    Midnight in Paris.

    View from our room. Full moon in Paris.

    Wearing Zara jumpsuit, Michael Kors bag, Buffalo Heels, H&M hat.

    Last day. Time to get a final Croissant and some magazines for the road.

    Summer ended. Autmn is here and winter is coming. No matter what season it is,
    Paris is always a good idea!