#heforshe: the real definition of feminism

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I just watched the speech Emma Watson gave about feminism and am rather speechless. For all those that have not watched this yet, I would really appreciate if you did. It is so simple, yet so inspirational. It is so true, yet most are not aware of it. #heforshe

One Word: Vacation

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I love the summer, more than anything else – and I cannot believe that it’s basically coming to an end this year, once again. Luckily, I still have one small mini-vacation infront of me. Yes, you heard it right: off I go to Alicante! I love Spain, and although I haven’t been there since a while I cannot wait to see my grandparents again. If only, for a very short time. I will very much try to soak in as much sun as possible. Seriously, summer is only coming to an end and I already have the feeling I am completely pale haha. How can that be?

So now the packing begins! I will be taking a very, very early flight tomorrow. I hate waking up early – I get so moody, it’s horrible. Luckily, I never take it out on the outside world haha. I’m not sure if any of you know this problem, but I’m sure to not be the onlyy one with this problem. I pack too much! Seriously: it does not matter if I travel 4 nights or a full 2 weeks, I always manage to fill a whole large suitcase. It’s killing. I would bet with you that I will manage this time, as well. I mean, you have to think of everything. Mostly I will be in the ocean, on the boat and wearing a bikini. I will need one outfit for the evenings – there are four. That should be it: but, what if a storm comes up, I don’t feel like wearing one of the pieces or I buy something small that totally needs a new outfit? Yes, those are my packing problems… (*think me rolling my eyes here!)

For the quick flight I don’t really need much. I am also hoping to not check e-mails much and fully relax. Unfortunately, technology is one of my biggest loves, not giving me the opportunity to fully, fully let go. But imagine, no blog-readings, no instagram, no texting my besties? I would die. So I will take my iPad mini, my fr(i)ends for music and super importantly: my small Canon (EOS M). Ahh.., I cannot wait! I actually just bought the iPad mini last week – is it not SO cute? My old one, Version 2, has kind of died upon me. It is slower than slow and now the microphone is broken, too. I’ve been hoping on a new iPad presentation by Apple but to my astonishment there is nothing new coming out so far. I had been planning to buy the “new” iPad since the beginning of the year and was totally fed-up with not having seen a new one coming. My only decision, till the very last second, was the size. iPad Air vs iPad mini. I chose the mini and am SO satisfied. It is absolutely enough for reading on the go and it fit’s perfectly into every bag – even this new clutch from Friis & Company. Okay, it’s really not that new, but as you can see on the tag, I did not have the chance to take it out yet. So this will be a first in Spain for the WORD – ahh, how I love first-ies! ;)

Now enough talking, I really should finish up the packing! The flight, like I said, is waay too early. On the good side, I can enjoy the whole day in Alicante and be out on the boat already by 11 am tomorrow – so fun! Wish you all a wonderful rest of the week!

**You know when suddenly your computer shut’s down and everything you had written is suddenly gone? Well, that is what happened with this post. I was so fed-up that I left it, took a drink to cool down and then to re-start typing. Obviously, it turned out totally different haha!**

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Apple: Bigger, Better, Gold

It’s really no surprise at all: I am a huge Apple-Fan – an Apple freak, almost. It also isn’t too surprising that Apple would again take our breaths away and make us speachless with the power of innovation. Yes, there is a new iPhone, yes, there are two iPhones, yes, the payment method is forever changed, yes, Apple again has changed a way of living (think iTunes!), yes, it’s as stylish as ever. But what really took my breath away, is the Watch. Let’s face it, it might not be a surprise that one was presented, but: the features and the extend of this new innovation are mindblowing. Never, in my wildest dreams (and I can dream, like no other) did I imagine any of this.

The Watch is not only so super stylish – have you seen the rose gold edition?! – but so, so cool. My words are currently failing and all I can say is: I am so excited for 2015 and the release of this new iBaby (ha, new word!). I won’t go into all the innovate features one NEEDS to know, because I would bet most of you have either seen the videos, seen the pictures, read about it or been on Apple by this time. I must admit I was a tinsy, tiny, little bit worried, that the Watch might not be as stylish. Might not work with all outfits – think the business outfit vs. the weekend-slumber look (still, stylish). But how wrong was I: Apple obviously thought every detail through. Not only will they release different colors of the Watch, but also the bands are available in different materials, different colors and can be switched depending on the outfit, the mood or the activity. Think about it: one in black, one in steel, one out of leather for the weekend and a rubber one for the gym. It’s seems so classy, so timeless, yet it is still on-top of all digital-smart-watches on the market. I am absolutely impressed – as always. So yes, I will surely put some money aside for this beauty coming up early in 2015!

Let’s not forget the iPhone 6 (and 6 plus), though! I am not sure of what to think of the large edition, as it seems almost like an iPad mini to me – size wise, but I guess that is everyones own taste and opinion. What really blew my mind, as previously touched upon, is the new payment method coming along with the newly integrated chip. Apple pay is similar like itunes. itunes has changed our way of buying music – we barely go into shops anymore to buy CDs – or do you? I cannot think of anyone buying music regularly, not having an itunes account. Apple pay has the same potentials in my eyes. Who needs credit cards and coins in the future, when one can pay everything with a highly secured chip in the phone that is activated with their own fingerprint. I doubt that we will say goodbye to coins in the next few years. But give it a thought – if all new paying technologies are updated to work with Apple Pay, there really will be no more need one day for coins. Consequences? Well, shopping-addicts that loose sight and control of their savings (due to not having actual paper in their hands), well, might shop even more. Good for the industry, good for the closet and a hell-of-a-good practice for self-control.

Last but no least, for all those not wanting to buy the iPhone 6, not being able to afford it immediately or those just wanting to wait for another year or two (I will most likely keep my iPhone 5S another year), can upgrade to iOS 8. I used to get super bored of my smartphones before owning my first iphone (my first one being the iPhone 2).  Since the iPhone, no boredom arises – ever. It’s so simple, yet so brilliant. With these amazing updates, I always feel like holding a brand new phone in my hands. Of course, I am also super excited for this new iOS 8 update coming out (most likely September 17, 2014).

Now my next question is: Will there be a new iPad presented this year, too? I guess the above easily shows how quickly (too quickly, maybe) I am amazed by these innovate, new, technological, yet classy and super-stylish products coming out soon. Below find a few screenshots from the Apple Website, of my favorite parts. What are you most excited about, if anything?

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My Sweetest Sin: Macarons

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Macarons are sweet meringue-based confections made with lots of love, egg white, sugar, sugar, sugar, powdered sugar, almond powder, food coloring and are most likely my biggest sin after dark chocolate with salt. I am not much into sweets on a normal basis, though when it comes to these little lovers I can never say no. It’s simply impossbile. I’ve tried making these myself and looked at recipes on the internet, on youtube and even received a book from my mother to try making my favorite dessert myself. I failed when it comes to the presentations of these macarons. They did taste quite amazing already (if I may say so), but did not look as presentable as my favorites from either Sprüngli or Ladurée.

Although I basically love every flavor they have, my favorites from Ladurée are surely licorice (huge, huge fan right here!), rose water and the beautifully turquoise colored (pepper-)mint ones. I treat myself to one of these every Thursday lunch – which is why Thursday’s are always good days. Not only does Friday follow, which is basically already weekend, but I get to treat myself to one of my favorite desserts. Which are your favorites?

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Street Food Festival: ZÜRICH

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Currently in town: the Street Food Festival! With myself being a little obsessive about food, this was an event I was not able to simply ignore. Easy said, easy done: Yesterday I jumped on my bike and rode down to Adliswil. For all those that are still intersted in going, today is your last chance! I was amazed by some of the creations I saw at this festival. Some foods are well known, others I have heard of though not tasted and further others, I have never seen in my life. Cultureal influences were seen everywhere, food innovations were presented to the crowd and the music playing in the background was amazing. Whatever direction I looked, people were happy, smiling and moving to the beats in the background – obviously; there is probably nothing more satisfying than food (atleast, in this scenario!). Luckily I have decided to take my camera with me to this amazing event, which is why I want to share some of my impressions with you!

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My first stop (above) was at a huge, silver, shiny caravan trailer. Not only was it huge, shiny and silver – but it was filled with deliciousness in forms of waffles on a stick! The company behind this cute idea is barliner.ch, and they actually rent out their services. How cool is that? My next party might need to involve a shiny caravan with waffles on a stick – so exciting!

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These delicious Bao Burgers caught my eyes in an instant second. I have never seen such burgers before and was fascinated by the smell of the spices that hit me with delightfullness. Not only did they smell amazing and look great – but they looked extremely healthy – the fact still being, they are burgers!

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When I saw this young lad (above) with his uber-cool orange sunglasses, the berlin-style-beard and amazing hipster look, I almost (for an instant second) forgot about the amazing, innovative food behind him: Ice-cream. Although SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR does not have their own shop in Zurich yet, I am convinced they will be famous in every other restaurant serving their ice-creams. The secret behind the icre-cream? Well, it’s not just the ordinary vanilla or chocolate flavour we are more than used to seeing. They have created amazing flavours such as basil-balsamico, cucumber on yoghurt-with-pumkin-oil or even more exotic: saffron with champagne. How amazing (seriously!), do these combinations sound? I heard the basil-balsamico is the new insider! One thing is for sure – I cannot wait to find these delicious flavours all over Zurich. Good luck to this amazing start-up!

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Let’s be honest with ourselves, are you getting as hungry as I am right now? Luckily, it’s almost that time again: Breakfast! With that, I wish you all a great sunday!