Monday, 15 December 2014

The Christmas disaster

Oh well, this baking of Christmas cookies. Couldn´t it be so romantic and relaxing? Not when Vio and Maxi are in kitchen labour. This time we even had a third musketeer (cheers to Karina) in the round and we failed like in 2012. It all starts pretty relaxed with some Christmas music (Rolf Zuckowski please) and one or two mugs of mulled wine (maybe 3 or 4). We are patient, we have high expectations and we are trying to be very precise. 3 hours later you can find us totally annoyed because even the Zimtsterne (cinnamon stars) turned out to be circles and no stars. The last hope was lying in the Vanillekipferl and when they also let us down (they got fat like a big loaf of bread) we decided to drink the pain away on the Christmas market.
Are you still on the run for Christmas presents? You can find great inspirations for Christmas gifts at the Urban Outfitters Xmas Gift Guide. I really like the vinyl player or the cute hip flask. In general, Urban Outfitters has great offers for presents and little giveaways. I am always glad when something arty and fun is wandering into my hands. So for the last minute Christmas ideas Urban Outfitters won´t let you down!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Outfit: Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming closer and I am totally ready for it. The advent calendar for the boyfriend was a total success, the cookies are baked (ugly but very yummy!) and all the presents are nearly bought. I´d say I can totally relax this December. I am spending most of the evenings at Christmas markets and challenging my liver with loads of mulled wine. Also I am spending many days in my beautiful Christmas  jumper I got last year for Christmas from the sister-in-law haha. I really love this thing and couldn´t be happier about being part of the Christmas jumper family. 
 (Jumper: Gift//Skirt-Asos//Bag-New Yorker// Shoes-Vagabond)
I think the last time I owned proper winter shoes was when my mum still had to dress me everyday. Who doesn´t remember those days we went through the cold and freezing winter with Converse or Vans slip-ons. And again: We are getting older. Because Ladies and Gentlemen: Maxi got winter shoes! An early Christmas present from my grandfather.
Check out Bohoo: As I said, I got this jumper from England. I think everything seems cosier and cuter on the island. I love all the crazy Christmas decoration and quirky Christmassy designs on clothes. That´s why I spent a lot of time on the website of the new British online-shop Bohoo, which offers great Christmas clothes including onesies, thick jumpers, socks and awesome dresses. The prices are pretty fair and I love their clothes. I cannot wait to make my next purchase there to get the little Britain flair into my home. You really should check it out!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Pivo a Medovník: A Prague bar and café guide III

Happy Sunday to all of you. I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoy the last hours before the bloody week is starting again. Today I am giving you some more recommendations for a perfect Prague trip. This time I am going to tell you more about the cafés in Prague. Let´s start off with the third part of my Prague guide.
Dobra Trafika: Okay, this is my favourite place in Prague, so if you go there be the nicest person you can be as soon as you enter this beautiful place. In the front you have a bookshop and when you go through it you will find a cosy room with old furniture and quirky music. They have an awesome tea collection and you shouldn´t miss having a hot ginger tea and playing board games. God, I cannot tell you how much I am missing this place at Korunní 1174/42 in Vinohrady.

Café v Lese: Café v Lese means Café in the woods and this is exactly what you can find there. This café is a really pretty place at Krymská 12 in Praha 10. You can enjoy your coffee between green painted walls and wooden details and decor. Also in the evenings you can go downstairs and dance to some live music. It is a definitely worth it to take the Tram 22 there and also just a few metres from Kino Pilotu which I mentioned in my last post about Prague.

Café Louvre: This café is not a secret because it is at the street Národní 22 in the centre of Prague. Still it is worth mentioning it if you want to have a really nice piece of cake and maybe a game of pool in a very chic and beautiful ambience. So whenever there are some cravings for a romantic café, little France in Prague will help you out!

Café Pavlač: Café Pavlač in Víta Nejedlého 487/23 in Žižkov was my local place to be. No matter if I needed to do some work for uni, had a girly lunch date, a romantic dinner date or just had to feed all the hungover Erasmus kids who didn´t find their way home after a party at my house, Café Pavlač always saved us. I just love this authentic café. They have a great menu and serve great food and a wide range of drinks. When I came back now after a year I realised they raised the prices unfortunately but they are still very affordable. Try the hot pear rum thing! Also, if you stay for loger than two hours, you´ll realise that the music is on repeat. At least it´s good music though!
Right, that´s it for today. I will go back to bed now, because the weekend is still in my bones. I hope you will visit those places and if you do, please tell me about it!!!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Outfit: About a hat and humanity

Me and Mr. Hat. We tried to be together several times but it didn´t really work out. I don´t know what the problem is between us but I think I just didn´t find the right one that fits to me. Also I am still getting used to my long hair and the curls it suddenly developed so adding another piece to my head doesn´t make it easier. But I am not tired of trying so I found this new piece for my wardrobe. I am still not really sure what to think of it, but here are some pictures of the first day I tried my fresh friend.
 (Hat - H&M // Coat - Humana // Cardigan - Urban Outfitters // Jumper H&M)
At the moment a lot of stuff is happening. One of this is my first trial in political activism. Well, that might be a bit exaggerated but I always had the feeling to do something good and now I kicked off a wave of movements for tolerance and humanity. There are some Syrian refugees coming to my hometown and I felt like doing something for them seeing as in these small towns people are not really welcoming because of fear, ignorance or other reasons. Reading comments under the local newspaper articles just makes me sick. I am always feeling the urge to help people. I haven´t really done anything like this before and in Berlin I didn´t really know where to start. So I started this Facebook Group and invited all the people who I know from home and proposed a big donation event and also something social, to welcome the people a bit more and show them that people care about them. As soon as I clicked on the `Create Group´ button it went mad like a box of frogs. The people of the group have so much energy and organise so many amazing things. We have leaflets, contacts in the town hall, the social office, with several organisations, to a book shop where we will collect children´s books and dictionaries. We already made it into the local newspaper. We are planning on doing more. It is a great feeling how people can work together and set something big up when you are sticking together and everyone gives a little bit. I really hope that this will all happen and work out. The big collection of the donations, the getting together with the refugees and hopefully to show people who are living there that there is no need to be afraid, hostile, disrespectful or intolerant. 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Outfit: My 4 € Lover and my mid-twenties crisis

Okay, I guess we all have to prepare for winter. For three days now I am suffering from the grey days and the sun hasn´t shown her pretty face for a while. Everyone who is reading this blog for longer knows how much I dislike winter. This year I am trying to survive it in a better way and spice it up with some colour in my wardrobe. Last week, on a Saturday afternoon I went to the Humana Shop at Frankfurter Tor to have a look for a new coat. I haven´t been there for ages and I really enjoyed working myself through the 4 floors from crazy vintage treasures to just plain mad stuff I cannot believe even got produced. As much as I want to buy just second hand clothes, I always get disappointed very quickly because I am too small for all the clothes. So I developed a new passion: Getting clothes from friends who want to get rid of them and don´t want to wear anymore. Honestly, my wardrobe consists of a lot of friends´ clothes. I love it, we should just swap clothes all the time and not go to the shops in the first place. Anyway, I found this lovely coat eventually. I still have to get used to it because it is too big, obviously. And it isn´t a thick winter coat. So basically I failed...but in a cheap and pretty way. 4 € was unbeatable!
(Coat- Humana // Shoes - Shelly´s London )
Looking at these pictures makes me realise that I definitely grew up and got older. There isn´t the crazy teenager standing anymore, how I used to feel. Being small, having big eyes and a small nose always makes you look younger than you are, but these pictures made me think that this girl in the photo is a proper 25 year-old `woman´ which you might be able to take seriously. 25 is an awesome age. I am halfway through my 26th year and I couldn´t feel more balanced. Still, there are loads of challenges and loads of issues which burden my thoughts, which I carry around everyday but I am definitely feeling a difference in dealing with them. It´s about confidence and trust. I am learning everyday and I am doing this way more consciously than when I was younger. I am appreciating things more and I am forcing myself to do things I am scared of. I have some goals lined up and know what I still have to do but also I know what I have encountered in the past. I don´t know, maybe the imminent end of my Master´s degree is making my a bit thoughtful but honestly I am thinking about this so often. Everyone is telling me, that `we are getting old´ in such a negative way and that this means not being able to party two days in a row anymore or staying in on weekdays watching a film or sleeping early. I don´t mind that. I think there will still be moments you leave a club at 9am when you at least expect it, but the pressure is disappearing. And I am just so curious when those moments will happen again, amidst the life of calm nights where we are able to discuss world politics with a glass of wine or play board games whilst discussing George Orwell and his theories in 1984. I just enjoy finding myself between still being young enough to have mad days and nights without thinking about tomorrow and already old enough to act responsibly and independently. I just have to find out now where I want to end up.
Thanks to Vio for the pictures. After ages we spent an afternoon including cake and hot lemons together and used the chance to take some pictures like in old times. You can see her post on her blog already.