Summer day at Barigui Park

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On Monday I went to Brazil. I was an exchange student in Curitiba in 2012 and I kind of left half of my heart here. The people, the food, the nature – everything is just so nice.

I’ll be in Brazil for a total of 16 days, two weeks here in Curitiba and then 2 days in Rio. This is my second time coming “home” after my exchange year, the last time I was here was in December/January of 2014/15. Back then I celebrated Christmas with my host family here in Curitiba and NYE in Rio with friends.

I had a pretty hard time the last few months, so I decided to go back to my “happy place”.

One of my favorite places in Curitiba is the “Parque Barigui” – the cities most famous park. It was one of the first places I visited here and I fell in love with it. People go there to walk their dogs, run, relax or have picnic.

My (host) sister and I went there with our dog Smartie, we walked around the lake and had coconut water.

Stay tuned for more posts about Brazil

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Outfit:

  • Dress: Asos
  • Hair: Barefootblondehair
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Christmas Gift Guide for Girls & Guys

Christmas is only a month away and I’m sure some of you still have no idea what to buy for your family, friends or significant other.

It can be really hard to find the perfect present for them. You want the best for them, but you don’t want to go over the top. But that doesn’t mean that you want to buy something cheap and useless, right? I made a list of 20 gift ideas for guys and girls, which I chose with the help of my boyfriend, to make sure it’s something guys actually like. Some are a bit more expensive than others but I’m sure you’ll get some inspiration from it.

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1 Lumix Digital Camera,   335€

Who said having a nice camera is only for girls? Challenge his creativity with this small, light and super versatile camera.

2 Thug Kitchen Cookbook, 14€

The title says it all. This isn’t your standard, fancy cookbook. It’s a “real life” coobook, with recipes that don’t require 10+ expensive ingredients.

3 Burberry Wallet, 295€

In my opinion a good wallet is key. I gave my boyfriend a similar one for his birthday earlier this year.

4 Monogrammed Phone Case, 50€

I’m all about monograms, I just love that it’s so personal.

5 Barbour Belt, 60€

Every man needs a simple belt. This one is subtle, yet still chic.

6 Sneaker Cleaning Kit, 21€

“Don’t step on my shoes!” 

7 YSL Fragrance, 48€

One of my all time favorite fragrances for men.

8 Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones, 300€

The perfect headphones for crowded subways and long flights.

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1 Coach Cosmetic Bag, 75€

Every girl needs a small cosmetic bag which fits in every bag.

2 Hunter Rainboots, 160€

A good pair of rainboots is never a bad idea. Especially if you have a dog.

3 Kusmi Tea, 26€

You’re either a tea or a coffee person. I’m a tea person and Kusmi is one of my favorite brands. Perfect for cozy days inside.

4 Scented Candle Set, 82€

Grab a cup of tea and a blanket and light up some scented candles.

5 Victoria’s Secret Pyjamas, 60€

Nothing better than a cute pair of pyjamas, am I right?

6 Kate Spade Bracelet, 75€

I’m not a jewelry person, but you can’t go wrong with a simple, classy bracelet.

7 Bikini, 138€

Because a bikini brings you summer feeling in winter.

8 Chrissy Teigen Cookbook, 19€

Chrissy Teigen is one of my all time favorites, and so is food.

9 Burberry Eyeshadow Palette, 56€

I love subtle make up. This palette is hands down the best palette I’ve ever had.

10 Patagonia Teddy Jacket, 140€

In my opinion Patagonia has the best outdoor clothing, plus I’m absolutely obsessed with the whole teddy look.

11 Portable Printer, 125€

The perfect party accessoire, take a picture, print it, frame it.

12 Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Fragrance, 60€

Ever since I first entered a VS store I’ve been in love with the “bombshell” smell.

 

I hope I gave you a little inspiration. Happy christmas shopping!

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Inside a coffee roastery

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If you live in Berlin or if you’re into good coffee, you’ve probably stumbled over THE BARN at least once. The first time I did, was when I was picking a friend up, to drive her to the airport, but we decided to get coffee first. Even though we just got a to-go coffee I still really liked the place. The next time I was at their coffee shop, the one in Auguststraße that is, I asked Danny to take a picture of me while I was sitting in the window. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen the picture, if you didn’t – and you really should – here it is:

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Shortly after I posted the picture I got an email from Flo, who works for THE BARN. He asked me if I would like to do a collaboration with them, we met a couple days later and he told me some things about their brand, their coffee and their concept.

When I work with brands, it’s really important for me to be honest with you guys. I would never promote something that I don’t use or don’t like.

That’s also what I told Flo, I told him “I love your coffee shops, but I have to be honest, I don’t know much about coffee and I don’t drink it on a daily basis. For me it’s something special, that I only drink at coffee shops, it’s something I enjoy.” Lucky for me he didn’t mind and we decided that it was a good idea for him to show me their roastery and teach me a thing or two about coffee.

A couple of weeks later Danny and I went to their main store, which is also their roastery. Flo offered us a cup of coffee and told us about the kind of beans that were used for it.

As I mentioned before, neither I nor Danny are coffee experts, and they were prepared for that. Turns out they have little cards with information about every roast already prepared. The cards feature information about the country of origin, the flavour, the harvest and the producer. One thing I especially liked was that they had a comparison for the taste. The taste of the coffee we had could be compared to the taste of grapes or nut pralines. For someone like us, who don’t know much about coffee, this is a great help. Especially if you buy it for someone else and you don’t know what kind of coffee they like. But if you know whether they prefer a fruity or a creamy taste, you have better chances of picking the right choice.

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He told us that he and his co-workers visited the farms that they work with. Which is something that I think you’re kind of obligated to do if you produce outside of Europe. THE BARN works with many smaller farms around the world, which I think is great, because the quality is better and it also helps those farms.

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We got introduced to their headroaster and he showed us their roastery. Maybe you’ve seen a roasting machine (pictured below) somewhere before. Danny and I did, but we were completely wrong about how it works. We thought the beans are being roasted in the big “carousel” on the bottom. WRONG. They are being roasted inside the big drum. The “carousel” is only used to cool them down afterwards. You can see the colour of the beans before roasting in the little window. The beans on the bottom are already roasted and have the typical “coffee” colour.

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After they are cooled down they are transferred to the packaging area. The beans are filled into paper bags and are sealed. The whole process is made by hand, which I think is so cool in a time where you have machines for literally anything.

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We were told that the company ships beans to countries all over the world. To our surprise, Kuwait was one of the best costumers. Apparently, the people there drink a lot of espressos.

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One thing I love about coffee is that there are just so many ways to drink it. No matter if you’re an  Espresso-, Americano-, or Latte-Macchiato-person, you will find the right cup of coffee here.

I ALWAYS drink Latte Macchiato, I’m more of a softie and I like it a bit more creamy.

Danny, on the other hand, likes to drink cappuccino or hand brew the best.

If you’re a “beginner” and you don’t know what is what, just ask. The guys and girls who work for the barn know their business and will surely help you to find the perfect drink for you.

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If you visit their stores you have to try out the carrot cake. It’s hands down one of the best carrot cakes I’ve ever eaten, and believe me, I ate a lot of carrot cake in my life. Flo told us that the recipe for the cake is originally from the owner’s mother, isn’t that cool? I wish my mum could make that great carrot cake (sorry mum).

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We really loved this “look behind the scenes”. I will definitely enjoy my next coffee there, even more, knowing how much work and love they put in the process of making it.

And who knows, maybe one day I’ll be a coffee expert.

 

Website: https://thebarn.de

Coffee shops:

  • THE BARN at Café Kranzler  | Kurfürstendamm 18, 10719 Berlin, Germany
  • THE BARN Roastery | Schönhauser Allee 8, 10119 Berlin
  • THE BARN Café | Auguststrasse 58, 10119 Berlin

 

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What’s in my makeup bag

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MAC  Bronzing Powder in the colour “Matte Bronze“, Rosie for Autograph Highlighting Powder in the colour “Rosebud” , MAC eyeshadow in the colour “Espresso” , L’Oreal Paris eyeshadows in the colours “888 Iced Latte” and “892 Amber Rush”

 

 

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MAC Studio Foundation in the colour “C1“, MAC Lustre Drops in the colour “Pink Rebel”, MAC Studio Finish concealer in the color “NW10

 

 

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MAC blush brush, MAC contour brush, Victoria’s Secret brush kit

 

 

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Rosie for Autograph Lipstick in the colour “Silk Rose

 

Even though I don’t use a lot of makeup and prefer to keep it natural, there are some products I use on a regular if not daily basis. I used to own a lot of make up, but last year I decided to throw away everything that I didn’t use regulary. So what I’m going to show you are really just my essential products.

I used to use a lot of drug store makeup, I bought something everytime I went to the drug store. Just because it was so affordable. I lowkey hoarded blushes, mascara and eyeshadow ( I had several small containers full of products I never used). As I got older I bought more and more high end products. I never had any real skin problems, so I can’t really say that that was the reason why I ditched drugstore products. For me it was more of a lifestyle change.

Another thing that I recently changed are my eyelashes. As you might have seen on my Instagram I used to have eyelash extentions. Which I loved. They are amazing for vacation and special occasions. I just got really tired of getting them filled up every 3-4 weeks, the worst are the few days before your appointment where you only have a few lashes left and it just looks so weird and ugly. Not to mention that lash extentions are really damn expensive. I paid 55€ every month. So I talked to some friends and one of them told me that she also stopped getting extentions and that she is now using a lash-grow serum. I did some research and ordered the Develle Serum online. I’ve been using it for a month now and I have to say I’m super happy with how much thicker and longer my lashes have become. The serum is quite expensive, but it last’s way longer than the extentions, so for me it was a good deal.

 

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Rosie for Autograph Mascara “Insta Lash“, Estée Lauder Lash Primer, Develle Lash Serum

 

As I mentioned before I never really had issues with my skin. The only problem I have is that I have super sensitive skin. If it’s cold outside I always get red and puffy. I had the chance to try out some of the Bioderma Sensibio Line, which is made for people who have the same problems as I have, and I have to say I’m super happy with the products. I use the mask about once or twice a week and it really helps reduce redness. Usually I put it on when I get out of the shower and while I dry my hair. Then when I apply my makeup I put on the cream as a primer before putting on my foundation. I don’t really like to apply foundation on “dry” skin, so I always use a primer or a cream. I feel like this gives you an extra glow as well as making your skin more even. Before I got to bed I ALWAYS remove my make up. There is nothing worse than sleeping with make up. It cloggs your pores, breaks your eyelashes and it’s just not hygenic at all. In the past I really had problems with finding a good makeup-remover. Many that I used made my eyes burn or my face red. The Bioderma makeup remover is super gentle and you don’t even have to wash your face afterwards.

 

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Bioderma Sensibio Rich Cream, Bioderma Sensibio Mask, Bioderma Sensibio Cleansing Gel, Bioderma Sensibio Makeup Remover

I hope you enjoyed this little look into my make up bag and routine. If you have any questions just commend or write me on Instagram.

 

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Disclaimer: I am not paid to promote the named products. Bioderma send me them to try them out and I only share my opinion.

 

 

48 Hours in London

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I was really excited to go on this trip, I had planned it for months. I’ve been to London before, this time was going to be my 10th time in that wonderful city. But this trip was something that I was especially excited about. I’m a huge NFL fan, I’ve been watching games for years, stayed up all night to see my team win and bought a ton of merchandise over the years. So planning my trip to London was something really special. My first American football game. 



We decided in February to go and see the Rams play the Cardinals in Twickenham stadium at the end of October. A good friend, as well as my cousin were gonna join me.

Since I live in Berlin and the airports there are really bad – sorry to say it, but it’s true – I went to Hamburg to catch my flight to London Heathrow there on Saturday morning. My flight was delayed by an hour due to the heavy wind in the London area. I normally would’ve taken the underground but because of the delay, I decided to take the Heathrow Express, which only takes 15 minutes from Heathrow to Paddington, which is right in the centre of London.

At Paddington, I met my friend, who shared the Airbnb with me. We stayed near Kings cross, which was perfect since it’s so close to the centre.

We spend the rest of the day shopping at Oxford Street, which is always really nice since there are so many shops that we don’t have in Germany. I got myself a sweater, as well as some Rosie for Autograph make up. I only travelled with carry-on so I didn’t have much space left in my suitcase.

The day after we went to get breakfast at a coffee shop before heading (yet again) to Oxford Street, this time I bought nothing and we ended up at a sports bar, where we stayed to watch premier league. In the afternoon we went to the Twickenham stadium to see the game. Sadly I wasn’t allowed to bring my camera and since it was dark I didn’t take good iPhone shots either.

The game was a lot of fun, even though the game wasn’t as thrilling as we expected it to be (the Rams won 33 – 00). It was freezing and I really wished I would’ve brought a scarf and gloves.

My flight back to Hamburg was at 3:30pm the next day, so I still had some time left to stroll around a little more. I went back to Oxford and Bond Street, bought some stuff at VS, had a snack and then went to the airport.

Even though it was a really short trip I still had lots of fun and I already miss this radiant city.

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How I edit my Instagram pictures

 

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I almost entirely edit my photos in Lightroom now. But before I decided to put money into my Instagram/Blog I only used free apps for editing. There are so many great apps and tricks that no one tells you about.

How I edit:

First of all, I decide which picture to use, because I usually take 3-10 pictures of the same thing. So when I decided on one picture I mark it as my favorite, so it’s easier to find.

Step 1:    Facetune

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Yes, I really use Facetune on MOST of my pictures.

I know that this app is famous for photoshop-like editing on your face and your body. But that’s NOT what I use it for. Facetune has one of the best whitening features in my opinion. Who doesn’t know the feeling when you took an almost perfect picture but something in it (that should be white) is grey or yellowish? This is where I use the whitening feature of the app.

But the whitening tool isn’t the only great thing. There is also a tool called “Details”. This tool brings out only selected details which I prefer over the detailing tools on some other apps that just sharpen the whole picture.

If I have a really colorful picture and I feel like the colors just don’t pop enough, I use the “Glow” tool. In the example I used it on the colorful stripes to make them stand out even more.

Step 2: VSCO

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VSCO is my absolutely favorite editing app. I’m sure some of you already use it and/or have heard of it. But there are some great features that not everybody knows.

So after you saved your facetune edits, open the picture in VSCO. The first thing that you will see when you open the app is your “gallery” here you can see your previous edits and all the pictures you added into the app. Open the picture you want to edit, you will see various filters. In my opinion, VSCO has some of the best filters.

My top 5 VSCO filters are: A5, HB1, HB2, NC, OAK2

For my example, I use the A5 filter. In NEVER use the filter on 100%, it’s just too much in my opinion. I usually turn it down to around +4.

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After I decided on a filter I start the “real” editing. I like my pictures a little bit darker, so I normally turn down the exposure and turn up the contrast.

I usually sharpen the image a little bit more, even if I already used the details tool in Facetune. But I try to use the clarity tool as little as possible, if used too much it makes your image look over edited.

As there are some whites and light colors in my example I put up the highlights a bit. I normally do the same with the darks but not in this image as I like how it looks without it.

If you want you can also tint your shadows. VSCO features 6 different colors for both shadows and highlights. I would recommend you to stay away from the highlight tint tough, it’s a little too much in my opinion.

 

One great thing about VSCO is that you can easily copy and paste your settings. This way you can edit multiple images at once and save A LOT of time.

So there you have it. You don’t need super expensive programs to edit a picture.

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Boots, braids and embroidered dresses

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I decided to do my first ever outfit post. I do not consider myself a fashion blogger, or even a real blogger, but when I feel really good in an outfit I feel the need to share it on here.

We took these photos on the first day of fall. I just love this season so much, everything starts to get more cozy, the trees turn from green into golden brown and you can finally enjoy all the food and drinks that somehow is only limited to the cold seasons (I’m thinking about hot chocolate, pumpkin bread and all the delicious candy).

I found this dress at Zara, while I was there to buy the boots, which I saw on a previous shopping spree. About a week ago I found a bellsleved dress on Asos (I will probably also make a post with that dress) and now I’m obsessed with dresses, black tights and biker boots.

Outfit:

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