Visiting Frankfurt and speaking about future homes

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on the 11th floor in our hotel room at the Hilton Frankfurt City; wearing a Zara outfit and shoes from a small boutique store in Malta

Happy Thursday! Wow, where has the week gone so fast?! I have the feeling the week went by super fast and I barely got as much done as I had hoped. Well no, I did actually get a whole lot done, just not as much in my private life as I had hoped. Either way, we still have Friday and the weekend to come and I am hoping to catch up on some stuff, then.

My dad and I left for business to Frankfurt yesterday by train and arrived in the early evening. Just in time to check another few emails in the hotel room and make our way to the big event. It was HUGE. We were at the Yard in Frankfurt and almost 700 people attended (or so we were told). Really good for networking. We stayed until around midnight and then went back to our hotel – and as tired as I was, I could not fall asleep. So frustrating! It did give me the chance though to calm down and read through some blogs before closing my eyes.

And guys.. the bathroom light. A dream! This may sound a little random but hear me out. Our bathrooms at home are great – they have everything you need (we have two), they are super modern and clean. But they have the worst lighting and it can be SO frustrating at times. I really do not understand how some people can build homes, especially bathrooms, with bad lights. So when we came into the Hilton and I saw the light (even at midnight when everything else was dark in the room), I was amazed. So amazed, that I had to take some selfies, haha.

Believe it or not, this is a mirror I will want to have in my future house. Yes, my house. Ha, I don’t think I have mentioned anything on the blog about it yet but I am already working on my future home. And not just working a little bit, no, I mean really getting together all my inspiration and sources and filing them neatly. What started out with a Pinterest dream years ago already is slowly becoming more and more important to me. It was and always has been my dream to build my own home or renovate a house – whatever it may be. My goal right now, and I am dead serious about it, is to achieving this goal in the very next few years at most. It’s a huge financial commitment and who knows what other stones may be laid in my path before that but I am keen on making it happen.

I also spoke to a woman last night in Frankfurt (the wife of a business partner), whom is an architect. She regularly builds, renovates and styles homes for people of all financial classes (well, rather the upper classes is my guest after our longer talk). Either way, she told me to start a portfolio already now and be sure to put out all pictures and more or less know exactly what I want when the time arrives and I speak to an architect. She says the most money is thrown out when people cannot decide on what they want, or when the architects “need” to help out and decide for them (which is usually more expensive). And even worse – the more you change things during the process the more expensive it gets. She also told me that building from scratch is ALWAYS cheaper than renovating – so that is my ultimate goal. Let’s see, when and how I will be achieving that!

St Paul’s Cathedral

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Hi loves! I still have quite a few London shots, which I remember promising to show you. Funnily enough, I just landed in Hamburg about 2 hours ago – so in a different city once again. I love Hamburg. Having lived here through my bachelor studies I know the city all too well, though, I still manage to discover something new every time. I came to visit some family as well as friends – it’s so great being finally able to catch up again face-to-face and not over the phone.

I did not bring my camera to Hamburg this time – and I regret it already. However, you can always follow me on Instagram or snapchat to get in between updates (you’ll find me as laurananette on insta and stylephantom on snapchat). Nevertheless, I will make sure to capture anything on my iPhone if needed. Otherwise this will be a pretty relaxed and laid back weekend I hope. It’s of course always a little hectic seeing everyone, but at the same time I didn’t pressure myself into any strict calendar appointments. Sunday I’ll be flying back around noon so that I still have half the day to relax and maybe even get a short nap in – I feel so old saying this.

Back to London for now. My hotel was right across from the St Paul’s Cathedral – it’s already breathtaking when you look at it at day. The cathedral is a huge piece of art in regards to its architecture and style. At night, it similarly breath-taking with lights shining upon it. It looks even more massive with the contrast and play of shadows and streams of light coming through!

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Discovering London

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Happy Sunday and happy first advent! The countdown towards Christmas officially begins with the first of advent – and I still need to organize all presents. Speaking off, what are you giving your loved ones this year? I’d appreciate any help because I really am a little frustrated with what to give this year – I might need to look into some online shops later today and get that inspiration going.

Other than that, I am finally back in Zurich since last Wednesday night. London was great, as always, though this time I was actually able to throw in half a Saturday and full of Sunday for meeting friends and discovering London a little more. I usually only go for business recently and as much as I love it, you don’t get to see all too much during the meetings. I can only recommend the hotel I was in, so I will shoot a little post on that one soon. It was situated perfectly for walking around London and so I decided to take a walk on Sunday. I had no plan where I was going and so I just continued for several hours until I noticed I was absolutely lost. The good thing is, that you can jump into a tube almost anywhere, and as large as London seems, the tubes are quite easy to navigate. At least with the right app – thank god for the iPhone and all those apps! I took some pictures along the way, mostly of the architecture. I was lucky with the weather, as the sun was out almost all the time. With some clouds here and there, the photos worked out better than expected. I love the mix between old historic monuments paired with the most modern architecture you can find – and really, it’s all over London.  Now, I am not sure whether it was the chilly temperatures out in London or the past weeks with little sleep, though sadly my London trip ended with me catching a real cold. So I’ve been spending the past days in bed with a tonsil infection – and because I seem to be lucky with so many things recently, they will be taken out early next year. Joy!

Since the weather here in Zurich is anything but dreamy, I quite frankly don’t mind the bedtime right now. It’s been raining on and off yesterday and hasn’t stopped once yet. We did have a little snow yesterday morning, though sadly that all went away again. What have you been doing this weekend? xo

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London Travels

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Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and a bit more sleep than I did – in fact, I did’t sleep at all yesterday and only took an hour long nap today. I’ll surely fall into bed early today! We went to a great openair yesterday up on a hill in Zürich (Uetliberg), continued in a club and then I stayed up the rest of the night talking to a friend. At 9 I jumped up to shower and got ready for a lovely brunch with two of my besties! But enough about my party weekend (I am so thankful tomorrow is a holiday!) – here is a little something from London last week.

I was in London from Monday to Friday for work and my days were literally packed with meetings, conferences and afterwork networking. Although it was super exhausting and I surely did not receive enough sleep, I absolutely love those days filled with meeting new people and establishing a broad network. My colleague and I tried to walk as much as possible from meeting to meeting when possible, which enabled me to discover some new parts of London again. I absolutely loved the Burlington Arcade – the shops are stunning to look at (sadly, I didn’t have much time to shop – except for some business blouses), and the Chanel perfume boutique was stunning to look at.

Next to all those lovely boutiques, which are seemingly missing in Zurich to some extend, I love the architecture in London. There are so many fusions of old and new – establishing a perfect balance of keeping the traditional buildings and establishing room for the new ones. We were so lucky with the weather as well! The first day was quite rainy, but the rest of the days were somewhat sunny and only a light coat was enough – luckily, because I had nothing else with me (coat wise).  I don’t want to ramble on – as I might be overly tired as well and write nonsense otherwise :-)

Wishing you all a great Sunday evening! xo

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Strolling through Amsterdam

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Hey everyone – I hope you had a wonderful first week after the New Year has started. It goes by so fast! I swear I say this on every post, but I cannot get over how fast time passes sometimes. My week started pretty calm with work, though I had a lot to work on that has build itself up over my vacation. Done with that, now the new things are strolling in already. Speaking of strolling: I just found more photos I took when my sister and I were strolling through Amsterdam. I cannot get over how pretty this city is – I really have to go again, once it’s warmer.

I especially love the little houses – they seem so squished in. It’s an art for itself and really, its super smart. During a boat’s tour I learned that the slimmer the houses in Amsterdam are, the less taxes you pay. That explains the amount of slim houses – it’s incredible if you think about it! Walking past a few breath-taking streets along the canals I noticed many offices of great, known firms. It makes sense if they pay less taxes, too! But I don’t want to bore anyone with taxes haha – so below find you can find some shots from our stroll through the city.

I’ll now get ready to meet one of my friends at her new place – love discovering new places, it’s always such great inspiration! I wish you all a cozy and great Saturday! xo

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