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1 year of marriage + Video

Posted on: Friday, September 19, 2014

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A few weeks ago we celebrated our first wedding anniversary! We had just arrived in NYC and took a break from all the moving in hassle to just enjoy a magical day filled with our favorite activities.
We enjoyed a luxurious breakfast, went on a little shopping spree (thankfully that’s not just one of MY favorite activities) and had our favorite animal for lunch – which means Lobster galore for both of us!

On the afternoon we had a little coffee & cake picnic in central park and revisited all the wonderful memories of our wedding day! It still feels like yesterday! On the walk back home we spontaneously decided to watch the latest Woody Allen movie in a charming old cinema – what more can you ask for on a romantic day in NYC? (Ok, a little Champagne & some Oysters would have been nice but I will just have to double that amount next year)

We also thought about what changes when you get married and one year ago I would probably have guessed that not much would change. We’ve been together for seven years and I’ve never been one of those women obsessed with marriage and I probably would’ve been perfectly fine never getting married as long as I can stay with that men for the rest of my life.

Now I know that things do change. It feels totally different to actually be married and this feeling is awesome on so many levels it’s hard to describe. It feels warm and exciting and somehow makes you proud every single day. You officially belong together now, share the same name (I still find this incredibly cool and didn’t have to think twice about getting my husbands last name) and you just feel happily grounded. If everything in life would be just as smooth and easy and fun as my relationship I would’ve nothing to worry about day in and day out…

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Marvelous Links for your weekend!

Posted on: Saturday, September 13, 2014

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Hey everyone! What are you up to this weekend? Today is the first slightly autumnal, cloudy day (still warm though) and I’m planning on spending the day with some household chores before heading out for a quick coffee date and maybe some Sushi. Tomorrow we’re meeting lovely Sarah & her husband from Josieloves for Dinner. (btw did you see her 10 facts about NYC – so true haha)
Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy it with a few reads from around the web…

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September

Posted on: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Even though we officially arrived in September, Summer didn’t leave NYC yet. During the weekend it was incredibly hot & humid and I was actually sweating like crazy when these pictures were taken.
Yesterday was much better but as much as I try to enjoy these last days of Summer I’m so looking forward to rainy afternoons in cozy sweaters, flannel shirts, hats & candles.
Can’t help it, I’m a fall/winter girl.

P.S. Basically craving almond boba tea every. single. day.
You might need to get used to seeing it on pictures if this continues :D

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The fall 2014 TV season – My Highlights

Posted on: Friday, September 5, 2014

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I don’t know about you but the hubby and I are huge TV Series addicts and we always try to keep up with a lot(!) of shows while at the same time wanting to watch at least 10 more. Television, especially the television that’s being produced now seems to be of much higher quality than so many movies and because television is increasingly becoming a writer’s medium, it is attracting the best acting talent. Actors who would have run from television a decade ago are now embracing it precisely because the quality is so high.

The Guardian sums it up pretty nicely:

“At its best, a TV show can be freeform, veering from comedy to thriller to horror and back again. Films, with their desperate need to be marketed properly, tend to simplify to sell. A show such as Breaking Bad didn’t have those constraints. Even though one episode made you laugh, the next could have you hyperventilating with abject fear. Every moment of that show was a rollercoaster, and a uniquely televisual one at that.”

Ok, enough with the small talk. Why am I telling you all this and why do I make such a big deal about the fall 2014 season when I’ve watched countless of tv shows already without discussing them on my blog? Because we now live in the states and enjoy the awesome freedom of a netflix account & american cable (thank you lord!). We don’t like to wait. We’re impatient people. We want it now and Netflix gave us exactly what we want, instant access to almost all of our favorite shows (Do I hear the binge bells ringing?).

So here are some highlights of the fall 2014 tv season to get you excited for new and returning shows!

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LBD

Posted on: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Can’t believe that we’ve been to NYC exactly one month to the day and that it’s already September! It feels like yesterday that we arrived and it also feels like June in NYC. During these four weeks it only rained twice and it’s still incredibly hot and humid.

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First Beauty Buys in the US

Posted on: Friday, August 29, 2014

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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

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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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Changes

Posted on: Sunday, August 17, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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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