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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August Tunes

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Music is probably one of the most important things in life to me – I just can’t imagine living without it. When speaking fails and the right words just can’t be found, I will always be able to find a song that speaks my story. I’m sure I’m not the only one here, right? Music has this amazing ability to change my mood instantly. Sad songs can easily pull me down. On the bright side of life though, music can instantly brighten up my mood. The right tunes can get me into the partying mood, the snuggle-up-it’s-sunday mood, the fitness mood, can make me smile, relax or give me extra needed energy. I am constantly on the outlook for new music and fill my itunes constantly.

Today I want to share with you some of my current favorites – though that can change on a daily basis. I have no defined style I love listening to, as I listen to almost everything. So here are a few new ones I’ve added to my tunes list in August.

1) Ariane Grande – Best Mistake (feat. Big Sean)

She is only 21 years old, only 1.53m tall and I only really knew here from the song Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) – but damn that girl has strong voice. I love the song Best Mistake from her My Everything album – and yes, I do love Big Sean, too.

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2) Anthony Hamilton – Back to Love

I absolutely love this song – it’s one of those songs that is great played in the background, great for sunday afternoons and has amazing lyrics. Generally, the whole album is great for those that love soul and jazz.

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3) Robert Glasper – Afro Blue

This is another one of those amazing songs, which is in my “background music” folder. It’s just the perfect background and chill-out music. It’s soft and at the same time has enough beats to it to keep it interesting. It’s neither too fast nor too slow. Although I am now presenting you the song Afro Blue, I can really say that I love the whole album – I cannot get enough of it, especially on those lazy sundays.

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4) Tinie Tempah – Written in the Stars (feat. Eric Turner)

If you’re into thoughtful lyrics, into fast music, constantly changing genres, rap and are also into the british accent, this is surely something for you. Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, better known as Tinie Tempah, can not only sing/rap super fast, but also has an amzing style. He is one of those artists, were you can gather inspiration not only from his songs but also his closet. Boys, listen up. Girls, get inspired.

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5) Labrinth – Beneath Your Beautiful (feat. Emeli Sandé)

Labrinth is one of those artists I did not know about before this August. Some of you might be fully shocked now, as I’m sure he is surely well-known already. If for any reason you do not know this song yet, please listen and give it a chance. It carries so much emotion, so much soul and so much truth. Emeli Sandé does an amazing job in this song, as well – together it’s surely a piece of art.

Amazing beats in combination with a great voice is also found in the song Let it Be.

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Although Labrinth has many amazing songs filled with great, emotional lyrics, many migh know him through the song Earthquake, which has hit quite amazingly, as well. I absolutely love and can fully get lost in the beats that are portrayed in this song. This song has managed to combine electro, vocals, soul and partly house, amazingly – big vows here!