A Sunday Hike in Einsiedeln

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I love all season – really. I love winter and the Christmas season – when all is covered in white (at least in the mountains here in Switzerland) and there is nothing better than putting on the fireplace and drinking a glass of red wine whilst sitting on the fur. Then comes spring, when finally everything awakens again and the birds start coming back to slowly build their nests. The greatest flower fields are usually found in spring and near summer. Summer is just fabulous because of the weather – there is nothing better than being able to wear a t-shirt and shorts and not freezing our asses off. Yet autumn,.. it something special to me. Perhaps because so many of my beloved people are born in autumn, or maybe because we are getting ready for the festive season. Surely, I love the magic of nature – when all leaves turn turn their colors and everything becomes yellow, orange and red. When the sun turns gold in the evening and every look at nature takes my breath away – that is when I enjoy being outside the most.

One of my closer friends and I decided to use this time of the year and start exploring Switzerland just a little more. I can’t believe I have been living in Zurich for nearly 4 years (in spring) and I still don’t really know the country. There is so much beauty – and we decided we want to explore as much as possible of it. Because Zaphira (my puppy) is only 4.5 months old now, we decided not to do a huge trip (she does not have the energy, yet). We wanted something nearby but still go outside the city – outside of Zurich. Quickly, we decided on Einsiedeln. It is a super tiny town just about 1 hour away from Zurich city. There is a huge monastery one can visit, see the Black Madonna inside the church and go for an amazing short hike (or longer, if one has time and feels like it).

Stepping out of the train already made us realise we are definitely out on the countryside. The air was brisk clear – and that is almost surprising as I always believed Zurich already has such clean air. No, Einsiedeln topped it off immediately. The second smell that we immediately welcomed was the smell of horses. Oh, how I love those graceful animals. It reminded me of my childhood, when I used to horseback ride once in a while and loved every minute of it. It now is back up on my to-do list for the future. First, however, I need to get Zaphira used to those “long-legged dogs” which she saw for her first time last Sunday.

After a plentiful lunch that we jumped into right when leaving the train station, we went up the hill and enjoyed nature to it’s fullest. Of course, being “big city girls”, we had to stop about every 5 minutes to either take picture of the surrounding, my puppy, or ourselves (selfie-time for the win!). To not bore you in trying to explain the beauty, I wanted to share some of the photos with you.

I cannot say it often enough – people, go out into nature! There is so much to explore. Sometimes just around the corner – perhaps a few streets aways, but there is always something beautiful if we only just try to see it. It seemed like all the pressure, all my worries, all open tasks – everything just went away for those few hours we were outside. I really recommend it to everyone; for your heart and health!

Signals of Spring

Happy Wednesday! I seem I start every post with a happy day – maybe I should switch that up with a quick and easy hey? I am currently sitting in the Ritz Hotel in London, sipping on my diet coke and looking through my study material and searching through Instagram. It’s finally March, meaning Spring is just around the corner and better yet, Summer is coming – surely, but slowly! Especially on Instagram I notice all these pictures of flowers – especially tulips! I would not blame anyone though, I myself am a huge, huge lover of tulips and buy flowers weekly (if I am home). I love white tulips. As much as I love black in regards to clothes, I love everything at home in white and earthy tones. White seems so fresh, so clean, so pure. It brightens up the mood and everything is light around you. It’s the perfect contrast to myself wearing black most of the times!

London has been great – the past days have been busy with meetings from mornings till evenings and my inbox is exploding alongside. Joy – I’ll be cleaning that up in the upcoming days. Today has been less stressful and I was even able to see a close friend of mine over a lovely lunch. It’s so great to have friends all over the world. When business allows it, I can meet people in most cities I travel to.

This post is quite short and I only wanted to give you a heads up – I am alive and living life to the fullest (well, at least I am pretending to). :-) I need to pack quickly and then get back to the airport. I want to arrive a little early so I can buy my favorite Clinique creams (body lotions, face creams, eye creams – that sort of stuff) at the airport. It is so much cheaper in London compared to Zurich! I also treated myself today with a little shopping today before lunch (ok, a rather large treat for my definition!). You will find a hint on my Instagram – @laurananette. :-)

Wish you all a lovely continuing day – let’s cross fingers that Spring won’t let us wait all too long (it’s still quite chilly, at least in London and Zurich). xo

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Sunday-Walks in October

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Hey everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful day so far! I literally did not do anything really, haha. I had one of those super lazy sundays, which I absolutely love and cannot live without. I stayed in bed forever only to slowly get up at midday. The only thing I actually did was cleaning I guess haha, since I did clean, do the washing and made sure the apartment is pretty for the new week to start again. Other than that I went for a really beautiful walk today up into the hills and through the forests near my house. Autumn is probably my favorite season of the year – I love it when the leaves start changing their colors and soon everything will be orange and red. It’s astonishing, beautiful and breath-taking how nature can change into something so beautiful. Or I am just in a sentimental life phase haha. But really, I cannot get enough fo the sights! Sadly autumn is always super short, starts becoming cold and rainy way too fast and then everything will just become grey and dull in the winter months. Ah, so I am almost already looking forward to spring!

Now it’s time for some warm dinner, a hot shower and then I will most likely just sit infront of the TV tonight. The lazy sunday continues!

 

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Ray-Ban: They never get old

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There are so many brands out there that sell sunglasses, reading glasses and fashionable (no-sense) glasses. One brand that truely never gets old, are Ray-Ban. I have a few pairs already, though cannot get enough of them. My first Ray-Ban sunglasses I bought are actually glasses with corrections, as well. I barely use them anymore (maybe I should more often), though I still do love them. After having bought my second Ray-Ban’s, the green-mirrored aviators, I have almost forgotten about my first pair. Now after I have moved to Zurich, packed and unpacked boxes, I found them again & fell in love, once again.

I love being able to switch between the retro-style and the aviator, which have a modern touch due to the mirroring. Although I love the green lenses, I am now looking for a more down-to-earth pair. One, I can wear with a more casual business style and one that doesn’t look too much like summer. I think sunglasses are great accessories, not just in summer. Sunglasses look great in winter too, and speaking of winter: I have never understood that weird face people make, when talking about sunglasses in winter. Does the sun stop shining, just because the season has changed? I highly doubt it. Especially in the winter, when out in the mountains or when you have snow on the streets, the light reflects even more. Sunny winter days are surely my favorite days in the cold season.

The next Ray-Ban’s on my wishlist: the gold-framed aviators with black lenses. I love the contrast that black and gold create. In general, gold is surely my favored metal from all. After having to wear corrected glasses again (while using the PC, reading or driving – the general activities, which require concentration), I decided to go with statement glasses. I have become a huge fan of the nerd-glasses, previous to getting my own. Once I was told, that I would need to wear glasses again, the decision to get nerd-glasses was taken immediately. I tried on several glasses from several brands, but ultimately the Ray-Ban’s were the ones that really made me feel most comfortable. One thing is clear: If I do need to wear glasses, at least have them be an accessory to complete the whole outfit.

As much as I am now praying towards the brand, there are, of course, so many other great brands out there. Once I have saved up a bit more and will be able to spend more on shopping from time to time, I will surely find myself to other brands. Which brand is your favorite? I’d love to get some more inspiration, as I do know there are so many other great ones out there. For now, I wish you all a great rest of the day. I cannot wait for tomorrow, as it’s been raining most of the day today and finally it will brighten up tomorrow again. Time to get my sunnies out – once again!

 

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