Over the last year, I got
really into obsessed with Korean Skin Care. I have no idea if this is an equally big thing in Europe but here in the US, it seems to be in every magazine, blog and also physical stores/chains started to advertise and carry Korean brands/products. In the beginning, I was just curious about this whole 10 step regimen since it sounded equal parts insane and luxurious to me. I started to notice all the Korean women with the most beautiful, porcelain skin (did I ever mention that I spend way too much time eating Korean BBQ, Korean Chicken etc. in NYCs K’town? Different story for another time) and began researching the secrets behind Korean skincare.
In a nutshell, Korean women take a different approach to makeup than we do on the Western side of the world. Skincare is a big part of their culture, and while the European/American approach to skincare is more reactive, Korean women start being proactive from a very young age and tend to view caring for their skin and complexion as the ultimate investment – worthy of not only their money but even more so their time. Many perform an intricate 10-step(!) cleansing and moisturizing routine—every single night. Koreans (especially women, but men as well) view the care of skin as something to savor and enjoy. Read More >
2015 was easily the best year of our lives! Words can’t describe how much joy Nova has brought into our lives and although it always sounds like such a cliché, it’s hard to remember what life without baby felt like. Of course, our big Californian Roadtrip was a highlight in 2015! Read More >
We spent the weekend right before Christmas in Charleston, South Carolina. It was our first time in the south and Charleston is beyond beautiful and the perfect little town for a quick weekend getaway! It’s just a two-hour flight from NYC and now that the high tourist season is over, Charleston felt calm and cozy with all its beautiful holiday decorations.
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Thanksgiving is one of those genuine American holidays which, unlike Halloween for example, hasn’t traveled to most European countries yet. We celebrated it for the first time in 2014 and loved it so much that we decided to have another traditional thanksgiving party this year. Everybody seems to be in this super cozy holiday mood by the end of November, people at work and school are more relaxed and everybody is excited to see their families. It also gives you a jump-start on Christmas. Read More >
We enjoyed our apple picking trip so much that we decided to do another outing to Storm King Art Center. It is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time. The park feels huge and has the tidiness of a golf course, the artwork and sculptures are scattered in the park and create an almost surreal landscape. Temperatures were crazy that day, 25°c in late October! It was such a beautiful “hike” and definitely a day trip you shouldn’t miss!
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Living in the city doesn’t mean that you cannot pretend to be a country bumpkin, every now and then. The three of us went apple picking with a friend at Barton Orchards the other day and we had so much fun. The farm is roughly 80 minutes away from the city and there are so many fun things to do.
We were a little hesitant at first, because most farms in the upstate area got mixed reviews on yelp. It turns out the only reason is people going on weekends when it’s super crowded. Angry people waiting in line for hours leave 1 star on yelp – that’s the secret of all those mixed reviews. We were lucky enough being able to go on a weekday and the weather was fantastic! The farm offers so many different activities. Playgrounds, artisans, live music, baked goods, a corn maze, a petting zoo, pumpkins, vegetable fields and yes – apple trees. We obviously did end up with too many apples at the end of the day. Fortunately, pinterest is the perfect inspiration to solve that problem.
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Hey there! Remember me? Should we pretend this awkward blog silence over the last couple of months (whah!) didn’t happen or just acknowledge the fact that motherhood plus blogging don’t go so well together for me? I have no idea how all you other blogging mommas do this and I’m probably just too lazy or still value sleep > blogging. And showers, and coffee, and food…
Anyways, I still have a lot of great ideas for new posts so let’s just hope that all these posts WILL happen eventually ;)
Let’s start today with a little update on what kept us busy over this summer and most importantly how our epic two months road trip went! Get ready for seemingly endless rambling about this & that plus 63826157 pictures or stop reading now:
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In a couple of days we’ll be leaving NYC for a two months family vacation. Still feels surreal and of course NOTHING is packed so far. I managed to procrastinate all preparations with this blogpost though. We sublet the apartment here in Manhattan and first go to see family in Germany for a couple of weeks before leaving for LA and our big west coast road trip. So excited!
It will be our first time flying with baby so we’ll see how that goes. Here in NYC we always take Nova with us to every restaurant, bar etc. and she’s always the happiest when she’s amongst a lot of things to see, ambient noise and new faces. Therefore I hope all will go well on the plane but I also try not to stress about all the possible “what ifs” because let’s face it – Babies be Babies :)
Here are some of the most essential things we’ll take with us on our first big trip with baby.
You know, travel light and such ;) Read More >
When we told people that we would move from our 115m2 rooftop flat in Vienna to a 50m2 one bedroom apartment in NYC to welcome our first baby we got a ALL the emotions. Shock, horror, envy, disbelief, respect, pity etc. To us, all those comments were kind of entertaining because it honestly was never a big deal for us. Every time we moved to another country/city we loved the whole process of starting over, selling almost all of our belongings and beginning from scratch at a new place. Read More >
Those last few days have been heavenly in the city! In classic NYC fashion we moved from winter right onto summer and we’ve been blessed with several days where temperatures reached 30°c!
It felt so good to be sleeping with the windows wide open again (btw it’s crazy how quiet it can be right off broadway at night). Also, is there anything cuter than babies just dressed in light onesies all day? Those munchable little toes and squishy thighs! Read More >
Figuring out what kind of equipment is necessary for this parenting journey can be a daunting process. Meg sums it up quite well :D
“Standing at a wall of baby products that goes on for a mile is enough to make anyone wish they remembered to take the pill that night. Just kidding (sort of).”
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Hey you! What are your plans this weekend? I’m feeling a little bit under the weather so there will be lots of bed cuddles with Baby Nova while the hubby is running the NYC half marathon on Sunday! It’s his second half marathon after running the Stockholm half in 2011. He seems to be only choosing the nicest sceneries for his races :D
It’s spring break next week so we’re taking Nova on her first trip spending a couple of days with friends in upstate NY. Hopefully my cold will be gone by then and the weather will be nice so that we can bring back a couple of pictures, let’s see…
Have a great Sunday and enjoy some marvelous, food heavy, links for your weekend!
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