Welcoming my first puppy; Zaphira

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First things first: Happy September! Jee – time passes unrealistically fast these days..!

Now, I finally took that one step I have been thinking about for too long – I finally bought a puppy. Welcome home, Zaphira. I picked up Zaphira on Wednesday in Berlin – flying back and forth for one day to picking up this little piece of love. You may have noticed that I am obsessed with dogs and couldn’t wait to get my own. Finally, it has happened. It still feels so unreal when I wake up and have this little lovebug looking into my eyes and wanting to cuddle first thing in the morning. The breeder asked me to choose a name starting with Z – so Zaphira it became. I wanted a name that is not so popular, not so much known, and rather elegant in its nature. She is an Italian Greyhound (which I find elegant in their own nature), 10 weeks old, and honestly the cutest thing on earth. Yet, she is a little chewing devil. The minute she is awake after taking a nap I cannot leave her out of my sight without having to worry she will release herself on the carpet (still need to practice) or chew on something other than her toys. But who can be mad at such a sweet little angel? I can’t! Yet, being “strict” is especially important in the beginning to teach her everything. What are your tips and tricks on teaching the puppy to pee outside and stop chewing everything they see? I would love to hear from anyone with a dog and some puppy experience! xo

New Whites

Happy Sunday! Remember when I spoke about wanting to change my interior a bit and freshen things up with more white? Well, it happened faster than expected – and I am so happy with the result. I finally got myself a new sofa yesterday, and it completely changed the feeling of the room. It’s much fresher, welcoming, and lighter than before. I loved my old sofa – no doubt – it was a really good one, of great condition, and extremely robust. Yet, it wasn’t white. Most people actually warned me and told me not to get white. The typical “what if it gets dirty?”, “it will be so much work to get it cleaned everytime”, “you won’t be able to eat or drink near it anymore” arguments and questions came down on me daily. Still, I insisted. I did not want to spend too much money on a new sofa and fell in love with this Ikea Ektorp 3-seat one. I picked it up with a friend yesterday morning (after having sold my old one Friday evening) and built the whole thing in less than 2 hours – by myself. It really isn’t hard. I remember 10 years ago, Ikea furniture often turned into an hour-long nightmare. This one was super easy, though, and the covers were put on super fast. What I love about it, is that you can change the covers often, wash them and it doesn’t take long to put them on. You can also buy new ones or choose a different color. Of course, I can’t speak from experience yet, but so far I love it! If you want, I am happy to share my thoughts in a couple of weeks/months, too. By the way – I got asked this several times – the white “&” pillows are one of my newest additions, and can be found in Manor (Zurich) for only CHF 15 each. They also have cases with different letters on them, so do check them out if you’re looking for something modern and fresh.

After spending a night in on my sofa yesterday (I really needed a calm night), I woke up only to have one of my favorite breakfasts on my new couch. I prepared a chia-pudding last night, added rasberries and topped it off with a peach! If you like, I’ll share my recipe with you – it really is a 5-minute act only.

Now I’ll go outside and enjoy the weather a little. It’s lovely sunny in Zurich and I thought I might go walk around a bit and explore nature!
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Weekend Mode

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SundayFunday! Yesterday I went to the pop-up gallery opening of a friends’ sister – whom showed and is selling antique art and objects here in Zurich. The pieces are stunning and I would have loved to take some home with me! Sadly, they are a little over my budget of what I should/can spend. Nevertheless, if you are in Zurich you should definetely check it out here. After a calm dinner at home I got ready to go and meet some girls – so we went to Taos here in Zurich. A great lounge/bar with one of my favorite DJs – he’s a bit older but such a sweetheart and always playing great beats! I then joined over to the club but didn’t stay long and got home shortly after 1am – boring, I know!

This morning I started of easy and calm. I had my breakfast in bed and looked through all the social media stuff, checked out some of my favorite blogs and then started cooking at around noon. I just had this super simple (again) but yummy lunch; consisting of an omlette (2 egg whites & 1 egg, spinach, 1 onion, leek and some mushrooms on the side). A super busy Sunday ;) just how I like it. Sadly though I still need to work on some uni projects, so that will be most of my afternoon and early evening. I also need to iron some clothes so I might do that in front of the TV tonight. I am so excited to finish this uni course at the beginning of October and finally have a bit more me- and social-time (and even more so once I am done with this Masters for good hopefully early/mid next year). I’ve missed it! How’s your weekend been?

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Simple Food

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FriYay – what a joy! I am utterly excited to sleeping in – as always, haha :). The week has been good though, busy yet entertaining. Yesterday evening I made a super simple dinner for my dad and i (he returned from a business trip but is leaving again tonight). I made some omelette with vegetables (mainly onions, leek, and mushrooms) with a side of broccoli.

After dinner I saw a good friend of mine and we talked about what happened in the past weeks and what the upcoming plans are – its always great to catch-up. What I really didn’t expect was the autumn-vibed-weather, it gets super cold at night now and my thin jumper surely was not enough. Coats and jackets are now officially my best friend again! How has your week been so far?

Fresh Whites

 

Hey lovelies,

I thought I’d share a few inspirational photos I found on Pinterest (here). I absolutely love relaxing in the evening and looking through inspo-photos – at basically everything from food, to design, fashion and interior. I love getting my inspirations from there – could I call myself a Pinterest junkie? Probably. I am also really into everything white, light grey, natural browns: basically, everything that makes the apartment look fresh (!) and C O Z Y. My apartment is (of course) far from looking like the inspo-pictures I keep on drewling about. Yet, I am always on the look at what the market has to offer and what apartments are free at the moment. Let me tell you – its a bitch trying to find an apartment that has a scandinavian flair – or really, any apartment that is affordable. I am not unhappy with my apartment – really – I’ve learnt to like it alot. There are certain things though, that I would immediately change. I hate not having an open kitchen. In general, kitchens cannot be big enough. And I would love myself a white or light grey floor. Is it just me or is that only existant in Scandinavian countries? If so, I might need to move at some point in my life.

So for all of you out there, specifially those in the Zurich area, please do write me if you know of any place that is available that has a rather old, inviting charme! In general though, I am always interested at looking at places – and styling them. I am in the midst of cleaning out my apartment. Step by step. And I might buy a new sofa soon, in white. What do you think? My ultimate dream would be to buy an old apartment or house and completely renovate it one day. Clearly a dream yet, but surely, one day, I’ll get there.