Needs for the Heat

It’s unbelievable hot. The best would be to spend the heatwave near the sea. So let’s dream about Thailand’s beaches, about brown skin and salt in our hair. Well, at least perfectly brown skin and salty hair is something you can get during the German summer as well.

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For a perfect brown skin I can recommend Garnier’s Bronzing Oil. It doesn’t only give you a golden glow but also nourishes your skin with different oils so it stays soft and shimmering!

summer heat bronzing oil

summer hair pflege treatment

To get your hair through those days of high UV radiation you can use some special sprays to shield your hair. If you’re going for the beach blond look there are some products I really love. It’s the “texturizing sea spray” of Paul Mitchell’s awahpuhi series and the long hair treatments “straight works” and “super skinny serum”. They keep your hair long, strong and looking good all summer long!

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sand hand heat

Berlin Stories

What a week-end! Sebastian Schipper isn’t wrong in his awarded film Victoria.Berlin nights are a specialty and I bet what happens in Berlin will never occur to you anywhere else!

Berlin Lesen Geschäft Berlin Stories Spatzen aufräumen Berlin StoriesThe Gaslight Anthem concert on Thursday was a blast. It was so good I even forgot to take a picture. That says it all! We spend our Friday with Brunch at “Frau Anna Blume”. A nice Café in Prenzlauer Berg with a variety of breakfast options! Included were our small bird-servants who cleaned our table already while we were still eating. Save your bread anyone!

Berlin StoriesWe spend the day wandering through Prenzlauer Berg until it was time for the Midsommar celebrations to begin.

Berlin Stories Berlin Stories Berlin Stories Berlin StoriesThe “Bikini Berlin” is an innovative shopping mall concept. It’s an amazing building full of small designer stores. And it is just near the Zoo. So there’s a big window where you can watch apes. Or they can watch you. The rooftop reminds me a little of the “High Lane” in New York!

Berlin StoriesAnd there in the Bikini I met my friend Betty who takes care of her sisters clothing store “Sara Lux” right now! I’ll do a little feature about this shop for Lilac&Vermilion!

Berlin Stories Berlin is full of friends. So after 5 years Tobi and I took the same picture in front of the same Graffiti again. It still exists!

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I managed to bind a formidable flower crown. And refused to take it off for the whole night!

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Berlin Stories Berlin StoriesThere was cider, and not-so-typical-but-so-good food, swedish Midsommar games and a perfect final group-picture in the end.

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After the bucket-challenge Tobi and Lucas decided that one swedish quest was enough. So they burned the Gothenburg quiz I wanted to take as well 😦

Berlin StoriesOf course there was dancing around the pole. Thank you Norr Magazin and From Up North! The evening was so much fun!

Berlin Stories

Because of the cold we went on to a bar in Kreuzberg. Somehow we managed coming home around 7 in the morning as we tried to help one of Tobi’s friends to find a way back into his apartment, drove around half the town to get his spare key…and drunk some “Pfeffi” (a disgusting mint snaps) from a “Späti” (a supermarket where you can buy stuff 24/7) What a night! What a midsommar party!

WHAT TO WEAR?: in italy

amore mio - italian travel style
Italy calls for a stylish travel outfit. I put together a set with things that I think are not only quite functional for exploring all the old little cities of this amazing country, but also look nice for visiting a good restaurant and have a “sundowner” in of the busy bars neat the harbor. Not to warm, not to cold. Perfect for temperatures about 25 degrees. A bag where you can easily fit a bottle of water in, yet it’s cross-body so you won’t have to carry it in your hand all day. Because you’ll need your hands to take photographs of the picturesque scenery around you!

Uniqlo loose top
€28 – uniqlo.com

Lee high rise skinny jeans
€115 – johnlewis.com

Nine West strap sandals
€73 – ninewest.com

MANGO cotton shoulder bag
€110 – mango.com

Ray-Ban aviator glasses
€165 – stylebop.com

Italia, Food – a perfect weekend

I was lucky to spend the last weekend at Lago di Garda, in Italy. The weather was perfectly sunny most of the time and I discovered a perfect Sea Food restaurant in the beautiful city of Salo. Since then I’m craving for Sea Food although I’m actually a Vegetarian even mostly vegan. But vacations are for exceptions. I’m already planning in my head to move to Italy, who else is coming with me? Only lying at the beach, visiting beautiful villages and eating every Italian dish that comes around.

Lago di Garda - Gardasee - Salo

Exactly in this moment Netflix does it again. Well, Netflix does it over and over again. Producing high quality series that keep me watching for hours and not having bought a TV for years.

They produced this show called “Chef’s Table” and it’s a symphony of food pictures, Italian landscape and lifestyle and cheese, cheese cheese. It’s an advanced talk about food. As well as on the level of language as on the level of the images:

”In my heart is Balsamico and vinegar and my muscles are made of parmigiano.”

Have a look for yourself:

Lago di Garda - Gardasee

The “Sunday-Castle” of this week was the amazing stronghold of Sirmione, Castello Scaligero.

Lago di Garda - Gardasee

I think Lazise is the coziest city around the lake! So many childhood memories!

Lago di Garda - Gardasee - Sirmione

The Lake Garda is just one of my favorite spots for vacation. Maybe that’s something I have in common with thousands of Germans.

Well, where to next? Any good suggestions? What are your plans? I’m looking for nice places all over Europe for my upcoming trip!

Let’s get lost in Bangkok

Last year just at the same time I was already off to Thailand to explore one more part of South-East Asia. Right now work is keeping my feet here in Germany, otherwise I would already have packed my bags and would enjoy some place more vivid, warm and humid.

A friend of mine leaves for Bangkok tonight so I looked up some places I stayed during my 1,5 months in Thailand. I stumbled over the pictures of the first place I stayed in Bangkok and felt really nostalgic and my wanderlust grew even more.

You are longing for a holiday as well? Then let’s get on a plane and we’re off to Bangkok!

Bangkok - Emirates

Before arriving in Paradise, there are some hours to kill. So here’ also my favorite Spotify-Playlist for twelve-hours on a Jetplane. Emirates also provides games to play as well. You can use your remote like a controller – pretty cool.

Let's explore Bangkok - Emirates

Emirate’s planes are my favorite. There’s even a sky full of stars when the cabin lights are turned off.

Of course we haven’t had booked a hostel before our arrival in the late afternoon – planning in advance kills so much of the adventure-feeling!

Therefore we relied on Lonely Planet and tired to find this amazing place called “The Atlantis”.

We took the Sky Train into the center of Bangkok and then to the station where the Atlantis was supposed to be. At this point I need to share my love for the Sky Train.

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This train is just the fastest, cleanest and really perfectly situated medium of transportation for a million-souls city like Bangkok. Excepts from the boats. They get you around fast and easy as well. But when you need to get farther away from the Chao Phraya the Sky Train is often faster that any cab or Tuk Tuk could ever be. Additionally from being faster as you won’t be stuck in Bangkok’s crazy traffic, it’s much cheaper. Even through rush hour you won’t have trouble catching your train. The system is easy as well. Unlike Tokyo for example, you only have two main lines which are getting you nearly everywhere you would like to go. The difficult part of finding your direction starts when you leave the platform and start to find your way through Bangkok’s busy streets.

Let's explore Bangkok - The Atlantis

After 2 hours of dirt, sweat and carrying our backpacks through the dusty streets of Bangkok this (pretty cool) sign greeted us. Felt a little bit ironic, especially because we rested just a square-street away from the hotel but it took us a plate of Pad Thai and at least three Ginger Ales and half a hour searching through Google Maps to finally recognize that.

Finally we just had to cross a small path to find this jewel of colonial charm. The whole hotel looks like no one changed a piece of furniture since the English and their East India Trading Company left.

Let's get lost in Bangkok - The Atlantis

And they even have a swimming-pool! That’s heaven when you come home after exploring the city in 40 degrees without resting for a minute!

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There’s a restaurant connected to the hotel as well. For my taste they have some of the best curries there!

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The Flower Market isn’t far from the Atlantis, so we took a cap and spend the night wandering through flowers of ever shape and color.

Let's explore Bangkok

Thai people also make amazing bouquets for any religious occasion. They are amazingly beautiful and I bought one made of amazingly purple flowers, unfortunately I couldn’t understand the meaning of it. Hand and feed communication might work for every-day matters but when it comes to advanced spiritual matters it’s just not enough, Well, from the vendors gestures I think the flowers had something to do with the heart. If they help you find love or prevent you from a stroke…well I will never know 🙂

Let's explore Bangkok

On the markets one also finds any plant related to the tradition of Ayurveda medicine or traditional Asian healing methods. Such as Aloe Vera and things I can’t even name.

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Just one street away from the Atlantis you find FinsFins Bar. A place looking like a surfers retreat, The Japanese owning the place make perfect Japanese Breakfast! It’s the best I ever had outside Japan.

Let's explore Bangkok - Thaifood

Pad Thai we ate while still searching for the Atlantis. Funny fact is that even the owners of the Bar couldn’t tell us where the Atlantis was- even though they spoke perfectly English and are just neighbors to the hotel. The best things are obviously hard to find!

Let's explore BangkokLiving in Germany, and especially in a car-enthusiastic city, I was used to see grey, back or maybe some white cars. In Bangkok cabs are pink. And that’s what makes looking at traffic from some bridge or from the platforms of the Sky Train an amazing diversion.

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Welcome to one of the most amazing cities on this planet!