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First Beauty Buys in the US

Posted on: Friday, August 29, 2014

First Beauty Buys

The last time we lived in the US was 2008 and after that I haven’t been here so I was curios to see what beauty products are new and which ones do I still love.
Of course, a lot of beauty products are cheaper than in Europe so during the first weeks I was able to try some new stuff and below you’ll see the ones I love.
Now I’m curious, what are your must-buys when you shop in the states? Do you have any useful links about the best products/brands from the beauty blogosphere?

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Marvelous links to get you through the week

Posted on: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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I always LOVE those collection of links on other blogs because I always end up with several open tabs about stuff that I would’ve missed otherwise, so I thought you might like the links that I found inspiring as well :)

  • A browser game where you can playfully learn the basics of DSLR photography? Count me in! Try CameraSim
  • I always find it incredibly hard to eat enough fruit everyday since I’m not the biggest fruit lover (veggies are ok though!). This article was so helpful in realizing how much a daily recommended serving of fruit & veggies really is and it also gives you some nice meal inspiration. I went straight to the grocery store to buy some dried fruits, more bell pepper and celery stalks!
  • A great & simple breakfast idea! Guac and egg on a whole wheat taco/pita/flatbread with hot sauce. I will definitely try these!
    (I’m basically always trying everything that involves hot sauce, tabasco, sambal oelek…)
  • Last but not least, Emily’s post about the 5 love languages. I think it’s a very interesting and helpful concept! I already did the test and scored 11 (12 is the highest) on words of affirmation and just a 1 on receiving gifts – which is SO true!

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Half way there!

Posted on: Monday, August 25, 2014


Three weeks have passed since we moved to NYC but it feels just like a blink of an eye. These first weeks have been so much fun, we got to know so many people and everything was just very exciting! There’s still no everyday life with all the parties, events, organizing furniture and handling organizational issues but no complaining of course. Tonight we’re having our first real TV night at home because we’re excited to watch the Emmy awards with tons of snacks and food :) This past weekend also marked being 20 weeks pregnant which means I am half way through this pregnancy, so I thought I post some stats of how things are going over here.

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Posted on: Sunday, August 17, 2014


Hello peeps!I know, I know, long time no hear but sometimes life just gets in the way for good reasons and I don’t even know where to begin with all the beautiful changes that we’re going through right now.

We’re beyond excited to announce that we have embarked on a new chapter of our life together and we’re welcoming a sweet baby into the world in early January! We feel incredibly grateful and are counting the days till we’re a party of three!!

And as if a baby on the way wasn’t enough to keep us busy we also made our dream come true and moved back to NYC!
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Eleonora Carisi for Zalando

Posted on: Thursday, May 8, 2014


A little while ago, the blogosphere has been flooded with a particular hashtag: #eleonoracarisiforzalando. Why? Zalando has teamed up with Italian blogger and street-style darling Eleonora Carisi to launch a clothing capsule collection. The capsule, entirely manufactured in Italy, consists of nine pieces in a nature-inspired allover print. They include an organza bomber, a silk top and a silk maxi dress with a Neoprene bustier.

Better late than never I got my hands on a piece and decided to go with the awesome and very versatile bomber jacket. Perfect for mild summer nights or combined with a denim jacket underneath. Or black dressy pants? Or pattern mixing with a striped shirt? You see, the list goes on and I’m sure you won’t see many random people on the street wearing that same unique jungle pattern. It’s a catch!

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Sri Lankan Travel Diary

Posted on: Tuesday, April 29, 2014


From the highlands of Sri Lanka we continued our journey to Dambulla, which is also in the inland.
It is only a few hours away but it feels like a different country. The area is a flat, dry and hot jungly area. We arrived at the hotel in a typical tropical rain (the only rain we had in Dambulla by the way). The whole place feels surreal – continuing the movie references, it felt like the sci-fi playing field of the hunger games.
The hotel was designed by the ingenious designer Geoffrey Bawa and is built into a rock.

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Sri Lankan travel diary

Posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014


After safely landing in Colombo, we spent a few days in Kandy with the family before we left for our first trip to the tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya. I don’t surprise you by telling you that Sri Lanka is very well-known across the world for its excellent tea, so we thought: What could be nicer than visiting the highlands with its tea plantations and stay in an actual (retired) tea factory?

The area is called Nuwara Eliya and we stayed at the Heritance Tea Factory Hotel. Getting there is actually not super convenient – traveling from A to B in Sri Lanka is always very exhausting – but on top of slow speeds and bumpy roads you have to deal with driving in wiggly lines all the time to get up to the mountains.
Upon arrival we were rewarded with the view on the tea factory which looks a little like the arkham asylum or the building from shutter island – amazing. The hotel inside was also outstanding, great staff, great food, great spa – probably the best hotel in the area.

However, if you want to work on your tan all day then I wouldn’t recommend going to Nuwara Eliya. The reason why Sri Lankans like this area the most is the the pleasantly moderate climate (see me bundled up in the pictures?). But if you want to experience the diversity of Sri Lanka, learn about tea-making, absorb the atmosphere of the highlands, taste amazing food (and tea obviously) or simply play some golf than you should make a stop here! It feels like a journey through time back to the colonial era. Next to the hotel even is a mini tea factory where you can pick your own leaves and experience the whole refining process yourself.

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2014 – 4

Posted on: Sunday, April 6, 2014


Happy Monday everyone!
I hope you had a great weekend despite the rainy, grey Sunday yesterday?
I’ve never been a big fan of Sundays anyway, they’re too calm and way too quiet for my taste. Almost depressing buhuuuu…Nevertheless, we always try to make the best of our Sundays by going for a nice walk and trying new places for a delicious breakfast or dinner. 

An outfit for such a gloomy Sunday needs to be simple, comforting and put together without much thought. For me, this always results in lots of black + stripes. 
Seriously, it’s ridiculous how many times I’ve been wearing black jeans and a striped shirt in my life.
But probably that’s why they say, ‘when in doubt – wear stripes’…

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Back from Paradise

Posted on: Saturday, March 29, 2014


Hey, everyone! I’m back home from three weeks in amazing Sri Lanka!
It was my first visit to Sri Lanka and the whole trip was just an overwhelming experience!

I finally got to meet the other half of my husbands family, we’ve been to so many different places and have seen so many great things that I have no clue where to start or If any post or picture could ever do these three weeks justice.
For today I leave you with a little sneak peek of a run through of over 1,500 images.
More to come soon. Happy Weekend!

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Like it sweaty?

Posted on: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Picture courtesy of POUND

A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine introduced me to TRX suspension training and although I couldn’t move for almost two days afterwards, I LOVED it.
I started to look for TRX trainings in Vienna and stumbled across in good shape where they offer various indoor & outdoor workout sessions. I plan to do TRX regularly since I truly believe there’s nothing better to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.  
In good shape is also the first studio in Austria to offer Pound – a new trend workout from the US.

Together with Anna, Vicky and Mr. Victorypug, we got the chance to try different workouts at in good shape. Anna & Vicky already wrote about their experiences with the TRX Training and you can read their posts here & here. Therefore I’m going to tell you a little bit more about Pound today.

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Feel good links

Posted on: Thursday, February 13, 2014


I love to read those blogposts with favorite links, personal updates or news summaries from other bloggers since I always find a useful piece of the internet that I haven’t stumbled on before! Bloglovin has also started sending out weekly top-links via email and I discovered so many great Blogs/posts through it – I love it!

I decided to give it a go myself and today I’ll start by showing you some things that I liked and that will hopefully make you feel good as well :)

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Posted on: Friday, January 10, 2014


What looks like fall is actually called winter around here. The Grass is green, thermo tights keep you way too warm and coats can be left open. But no complaining from my side. As much as I love the snow, I do really enjoy these relaxed sunny Sunday afternoon strolls with my husband. Since I swore myself to get more fresh air in 2014, I’m glad that this weather makes it pretty easy to change some bad habits of spending too much time indoors.

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