Happy Tuesday! It is SO hot outside, you have no idea! Nevertheless, I am trying to soak in as much sun as possible – especially because I have the feeling winter is just around the corner. Seriously, it always goes so fast.
This morning I wanted to use the chance to share with you some of the pieces from Bread and Boxers that I was able to try and absolutely fell in love with. It is a Swedish company and uses the best cotton for the products – hence, the amazing soft feel fo the fabrics! And honestly – the packaging is just so cute! I wouldn’t be sharing this with you guys if I wasn’t really convinced of the comfiness.
I have been following them on Instagram a while now and just discovered their cooperation design with Sara Biderman. I’m really digging the loungewear pants and hoodie (find it here) and think I may be ordering those next! Forgive me, closet!
Speaking of my closet.. I really, really, really need to clear out my wardrobe again. It is seriously about to burst. I know for a fact that I have a few pieces in there that really need to go to into the bin – hoodies I love but have holes in them, super old shirts and pants I just have not worn in forever. So that is a goal I want to accomplish in the next few weeks! Also, I just bought some new stuff at Zara yesterday and so I surely need space haha :)
Good morning! Today is another fully scheduled day with meetings, a lunch, and another afternoon of the conference (I thought it was yesterday but no, it’s today! ugh.) The change of plans – or better say: me not knowing better – kind of swirled my agenda around a bit. I ended up working a bit longer yesterday to not stress too much today. Though I still do need to get quite a bit done!
Also, my parents came to Zurich again last week Thursday! Now I get to spend my lunches not only with Zaphira, but also have Elli (my mom’s Italian Greyhound) visiting me everyday. Even though both pups love each other, they are also equally jealous and always start crying super loud when they see each other. Especially Elli really has some loud squeaking going on haha!
When it’s already October, almost November and soon December – it is fair to say we are close to jumping into a new year; 2018 already! I always say this but I really don’t know why time is running so fast. With the end of the year approaching rapidly, I get reminded that I have oh-so-many projects running simultaneously and there are a billion more tasks I want to work on.
It may sound unhealthy, but I prefer a little stress over boredom during the day. I need to constantly be under control of what I am doing, yet always love some deadlines to keep me going and finish up my task just before I get bored of working on something. Now this has less to do with what I do for a living in my job, but is focused more on a personal level. In business I have my tasks, my on-going projects and I have a focus (due to being in a small industry). Personally, however, I tend to be all over the place. I want to try out recipes, work on my healthy lifestyle, get in some exercise regularly, spend as much time with my puppy as possible, work on planning my upcoming travels (business and personal), research for these travels and write down the hot-spots I cannot miss out on, work on my blog in the background, create content on a regular, work on my new study-programme I recently started (will be announced soon), and spend some quality time with my family, friends and close ones so that hopefully no one feels left out.
With all these tasks, and many more I like to focus on or keep in the back of my head for when I have more free time, I still have my OCD moments in wanting it all outlined in the utmost pretty fashion ever. Obviously being addicted and relying on technology, I have everything structured in my agendas on my laptop, iPad and iPhone. I have calendars for StylePhantom, for my studies, for private, family only, and for business. All neatly categorized with different colors. The same goes for writing everything down offline. I grew up with still writing down everything in my agenda. I remember back in lower and middle school, I always wrote down our homework in fancy pen colors. Then had special colors dedicated to writing down when I’d meet what friends for a coffee at Starbucks or working on a class project together, and of course another special, usually glitter pen color for writing down all birthdays.
I still love doing it. I love writing down all birthdays, all travels plans, all to-dos, all blog post content ideas and all other random thoughts in a small little notebook (or two, or three notebooks). Obviously, those need to be fashionable as well. Wanting fresh “starts” every year, I tend to buy a few more every year or even semi-annually. By chance, a friend recommended me Sloane Stationery recently and I fell in love (check.it.out). They are the perfect size for throwing them into the handbag and writing down all thoughts and to-dos when on the go. And also, there is something so satisfying to it when seeing I can cross off a task on a to-do list with a red pen and it is even nicer to flip through a book at the end of the year and see what I have managed to accomplish and what is still outstanding or really was only a rubbish idea.
*note that this post is not sponsored but I literally fell in love with the details and cuteness of this brand
There is nothing more I love than good hygiene. Be it for the man or woman, hygiene is super important to me. Especially when it comes to women though, I believe there is a whole lot of things one can do to optimize the overall beauty. That is not to say one needs to have botox, wear make-up, do your nails or anything else that would look or is fake. No, I mean one should look to always look their best. That means making sure the nails are all the same length and clean – whether one wants to have them long or short, colored or natural; is fully up to the individual.
The sexiest thing a woman (and man, while we’re at it) can have, is confidence. Being confident in itself is the non-plus ultra. It is what turns a girl into a woman – in my opinion. Personally, I love to get ready and make myself pretty. By no means does that mean I take hours in the bathroom. No, I myself am a huge fan of going for a quickie – so to speak – when it comes to getting ready. I usually take around 15-20 minutes (though of course can take up to an hour if I start the music and dance around in between getting dressed).
Another indicator of perfected hygiene, for me, is the hair. All my friends, family and those closest to me know that I could never the leave the house with somewhat greasy hair. Who does that you think? Well, all too many people. And never would I judge (kind of) regarding what others do, but surely it is something I can by no means do. I like my hair looking freshly washed, shiny and healthy. Due to me doing sports quite a few times a week though, I usually wash my hair almost daily. I never understood how some people only wash it once or twice a week. Sometimes I wish I could – it would save me quite a bit of time. Yet, I can’t go longer than 1-2 days and I need to wash it. Not just for it to look its best again, but also because I seem to feel more comfortable and cleaner once I washed it.
One blogger I have always looked up to when it comes to hair, is Negin Mirsalehi. Seriously, how can one have SUCH perfect hair? I am beyond jealous every time I see her hair. Certainly, I am not the only one that has noticed her hair and smart as she is, she marketed the product her mother initially founded. The Gisou honey infused hair oil comes in the most beautiful packaging – you know; those ones that you just can’t throw away because they are so pretty. Once you open the book-looking box, a small delicate book is the first thing that flashes your eyes. In it, Negin opens up about her childhood, about what bee-keeping means to her father and herself, and how her mother is the only one that is allowed to touch her hair. The whole package really shows how much love Negin has for this product (and the other ones she has) – and my deepest hope, right now, is that once I have used this for a while I will have the same (or semi-same) hair as her. Crossing all fingers! And of course, I will let you guys know how and if it worked the wonders I am hoping for. Does anyone else have experience with it, yet? xo
Oh London, you always do surprise me a little bit more with every time I visit you. As a few of you might have seen on Snapchat and Instagram, I am currently back in the city of (what I like to name it) business. That is, I usually only come here for meetings; fly in early and back out late. This time, however, due to meetings on Friday and tomorrow, Monday, I was able to stay over the weekend and explore London just a little bit more than usually. I loved it thus far. I’ve been walking around for kilometers every day, from the St Paul’s Cathedral (opposite my hotel) to the famous Palace, across several bridges – and of course, to the Tate Modern.
I don’t go often to museums. In fact, I barely go at all. Another fact: I don’t go often enough. Having visited the Tate Modern today for a couple of hours really reminded me how much I love looking at art. It is inspiring, intimidating and really makes you think twice. Then there is art I simply don’t understand – but that is another topic to discuss. Seriously though, I don’t understand some of this stuff. But hey, it’s art, and who am I to judge, right?
I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces with you. Generally, I love art that is a little provocative to the mind. Be it discussing or demonstrating certain historic events or political happenings, or simply making us re-think certain daily routines or objects we use. I also love photography that is .. a little edgy? Perhaps that is not the best word to use, but I wouldn’t know how to better describe it. I love photography that displays the not-so-perfect scenes. I love photography that makes you think, that gives the viewer new perspectives, that shows the un-perfect of the world, the truths we often close our eyes towards, and contrasts we often overlook.
Also, I went to the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) Open-Air today. It. was. brilliant. I love classical music in general – and this experience, seeing it live on the streets, was breath-taking. It likewise reminded me I don’t go to concerts enough (especially orchestra ones. And actually, I have never been). So hey, another to-do that I want to add to my list. One more to remind me to enjoy life and simply “let go” from time to time. Life is so short. We should enjoy it to the fullest and damn it yes, do what we want to do and what makes us happy.
Barthélémy Toguo, 1967, “Purification 2012”
One of my favorites; btw. Andrea Bowers, 1965, “The Worker’s Maypole, An Offering for May Day 1894”
Loved the idea behind these pieces and the thought-provoking part of it. Seriously, why are we in the 21st century and women are still not seen as equal to men in so, so (!) many places of the world. This must change.
Also, I know I’ve been MIA these past view weeks. I will change it – just give me a little more time (I am almost done with my Masters! yay.) xo