Spring Inspo

There is nothing greater than waking up to the birds singing their songs outside the window – and likewise; sitting on the balcony in the evening and listening to them sing their songs. It’s that in combination with the sun coming out more days a week than it rains that makes me smile more and more every single day. It’s the little things you finally appreciate again when the grey and cold winter is slowly stepping aside. With it, I always get into the mood of buying more flowers – plants in general – and want to bring some color highlights back into my life and interior. I don’t know what it is with winter and having everything mono-tone, but I am really a seasons person. Now that spring is finally, finally slowly approaching us here in Zurich, I cannot wait to re-decorate my home a little bit. I’ve already been buying flowers on a weekly basis the past couple of months (and got some as presents other times) as you may have noticed on my Snapchat or Instagram. It really brings so much life into a room and brightens up the mood just a bit more. Seeping through Pinterest really made me crave spring and decorating everything at home just that much more. Here are some of the pictures that I find inspiring – clean, a bit colourful, and: fresh! I’ve also been looking at some more inspiration for easter and cute little decorations. I already love the egg & flower combination in the first picture so I am thinking of doing something along the lines of that. Perhaps I’ll share some easter inspiration with you guys soon. Also, my cravings for cakes, little cupcakes and brunches just sky-rocketed when I saw some of these cute easter-recipes. I will surely try out some of these and amend as needed for me to allergy-friendly enjoy those too!

*all pictures are taken from Pinterest and can be found on my account

Your Skin Needs Routine

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Happy Friday guys! Another week is almost done – and, I’ll be honest – I cannot wait to (hopefully) sleep in this weekend. I’ve been getting up at 6am every morning this week. This may sound normal and regular to many of you, but is a nightmare in itself for me. I love sleeping in, and I love staying in bed as long as possible. Although I usually get up at 7am as well on work days, that one hour earlier really hit me. Then again, the day suddenly seems a little longer and that morning workout that can be squeezed in before the first meeting gives me that extra boost that I desperately needed after the past weeks travel.

Traveling to New York the first time really was a small dream come true. Although packed with meetings and conferences during the week, it gave me a chance to experience the city over the weekend. If there is one thing to complain about that I really noticed, however, was the heavy (almost dirty?) air. After flying back to Zurich, the air suddenly felt like a spa-retreat for my skin here. Every day we run errands, jump into cars, public transports, use make-up (or at least us females do), and clog up our pores one way or the other. Our faces are never protected, always out there and way too often – our skin in general – being neglected. One of my personal goals, or better – life changes – I am trying to implement and get a routine on is the protecting of my skin. I admit it: I love sunbathing, love having a little tan, often enough did not wear sun cream or only those with the lowest SPF factor available, and go swimming from time to time (dries out the skin immensely). Next to drinking lots of water (duh), I now slowly but surely found a routine for taking more care of my skin overall with different lotions and creams. Looking tan is still important, no doubt, but I want to make sure to look as fresh healthy as possible even when I’m hitting the later years in life!

For those of you that know me, know that I love trying out new products on a constant. I am way too easily entertained and convinced by commercials and always have the feeling I need to test everything out by myself. So to say, yes, commercials often enough with the fight. If there are certain factors that make a product especially desirable, such as the texture, after effect feeling or smell, I won’t let the chance of trying it pass by me.

Personally, I love the scent the skoah creams have – my product of the golden hour -, how my skin feels immediately hydrated and stays that way all day. My favorite is probably the sweet love body kream, which holds a scent of cinnamon and vanilla, giving me an instant comforting feel (you know it – when all you want to do is sink into your sofa with a hot cup of tea and play some music in the background). I’ve had the pleasure to also try out dewlux face kream lite, which as I was told, can also be worn on your hands – the one body part that really tells your age and most people neglect. The eye kream is a wonder by itself, feels refreshing (awakening?) and moisturizing. Oh, and then of course there is the packaging. I know, I know… the packaging is not everything. But honestly? It’s part of my interior if placed on my sideboard in my bedroom, and if there is one thing I love, it’s anything pretty, clean, and minimalistic.

Unfortunately, it’s time to go back to reality; Friday is about to start (at the office) and I still need to indulge in my breakfast. Having said that, I wish you all a wonderful Friday and start into the weekend! xo

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Meatballs filled with Avocado

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March 9 – this coming Wednesday is officially the (US) national meatball day! What better way then to celebrate this day with a new recipes for meatballs? I’ve thought about going vegan once or twice, quite frankly, I was a vegetarian for almost 4 years of my life (note, that I simply did not like the taste – typical teenage-syndrom everyone goes through I guess). When looking back at it, and despite the reoccuring veganism trend I see ever so often, I currently cannot imagine my life without meat. It just tastes too damn good, and really, it’s just super filling. Never saying never, who knows, I might end up at that stage again one day. For now, however, I want to share this party-perfect recipe for you. This meatball recipe is super simple to make, again contains neither lactose nor gluten, can be easily served as a party-snack or combined to make a lovely meal. This recipe makes 10-12 meatballs, which might not sound like much, but beware, they really are filling (even my dad – hence, a man with good appetite – said so).

What you need
330g minced beef*
1 medium sized egg*
1 medium onion* 
2 teaspoons paprika (powder)
1 teaspoon sea-salt (I use lavender sea salt)
1 teaspoon dried basil teaspoon
½ a medium sized avocado
1 tablespoon of olive oil

*(though it won’t matter if a little more or less)

What to do
1) peel the onion and chop it into small cubes (I use a cutting-mixer)
2) place the minced beef, cut onion, egg, paprika, sea-salt and basil into a large bowl and mix it thoroughly with a fork (or using your hands) until everything is well mashed-up
3) peel the avocado and cut half in little cubes (approx. 1 x 1 cm sized)
4) depending on how fast your stove is, heat up 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan (or make this step later if you have a gas-stove or something similar fast)
5) using your hands, place about 2 tablespoons of the beef-mixture in your hand, place a piece of avocado in the middle, and roll the meat around until you’ve reached a golf-ball sized meatball (if needed, add a little more meat – simply make sure the avocado doesn’t peak out anywhere)
6) repeat step 5 until you have used up all of the minced beef mixture – I usually end up with 10-12 meatballs
7) once all meatballs are finished, carefully place them in the pre-heated pan
8) make sure to pan/fry the meatballs from each side, for about 2 minutes, which should be enough for the meatballs to be well-done yet not dry – if you’re unsure, after about 12-15 minutes, simply take one out and cut it in half

Now you can
1) have them immediately whilst warm
2) indulge them with a spicy tomato sauce
3) serve them in a bowl for your guests to snack on whilst gossiping away over which actress wore the best dress at the golden globes 

What do you think of the recipe? I’m already thinking a little further and thinking with what else I could fill these meat-balls, any ideas? For cheese lovers (and myself absolutely not being one), I could imagine that a piece of molten cheese inside doesn’t sound bad either. Either way, with or without meatballs, I wish you a fantastic continuing Sunday! xo

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Planning 2016

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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely start into 2016 and will continue to rock it! My NYE was amazingly peaceful, at home on the couch with a special someone and I for once did not have to worry about pleasing anyone with food recipes, cocktails, outfits or partying. It enabled me to start the new year on a quiet note and gave me the opportunity to actually be productive within the first days of January. This is rather rare as the past years have been a little more hectic, involved parties or definelty much longer nights and as most of you probably, it meant I was dead the next day.

The first weekend of the new year started with me trying to figure out my agenda for 2016. Yes, that is for the full year. Obviously I have not finished it all, but I have a quite good understanding of where I need to be at what times (speaking of family celebrations and round birthdays coming up). Some of my business trips are already sorted out and I think at the end of this month I will have an even better understanding of any larger upcoming trips. This enables me to plan my private time more, as with studies still going on this year and all other things, friends and loved ones can easily fall behind if I don’t plan well. Luckily, I am a huge lover of planning and also spontaneous when the timing matches.

As you might remember I mentioned wanting to plan ahead a bit more in regards to the blog. I’ve done exactly that. No, I have not planned every post for this upcoming year (is that even possible?), but I have already picked out important dates for certain categories and will try and bring a little more structure into it. With all these little dates and plans, I really only hope that I actually manage it all. I tend to trying to be a perfectionist and often get moody if I don’t achieve everything. There goes another resolution: I need to let things flow, take them as they come and not panic if I don’t manage something perfectly in time (given that I have the possibility to be flexible). Next up I want to try and set some dates for vacations this year – I really want to travel more! Any suggestions of what’s a must-see this year?

Whilst trying to plan my 2016, one of my Christmas presents I received from my parents came in perfect timing. I received a new Mont Blanc (Meisterstück), which I must admit – is a heaven to write with. It flows so easily over the paper that it almost becomes fun. In general, I find that writing by hand relaxing from time to time and see that most people do it less and less. I have sworn myself to write Holiday and Birthday cards to all special people in my life – and have done it the past years. Who doesn’t love receiving a card on their special day, or a sweet postcard on a random note? I always get excited when opening the mail and not receiving a bill for once in a while.

With that, I’ll turn to continuing my structuring of 2016 today. I have quite a busy day ahead in the office and need to get quite a bit done before I get my tonsils taken out tomorrow morning. Wohoo – isn’t that exciting! I really wish I had done it earlier and would be done and over with it now. Lessen learnt, I’ll have them removed when I’m younger in my next life! With that, I wish you a wonderful rest of the week. xo

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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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