Tuesday, 17 October 2017

GIFT GUIDE: interactive world map with scratchable areas / weltkarte zum freirubbeln.

[en] ADVERTISEMENT – hi peeps! christmas is waiting around the corner and thus i want to show you a gift idea proving perfect for for any travelette around: a world map where you can scratch the places you have visited so far.

in my early childhood days i was such a sucker for scratch cards and my dad used to buy me tons and tons at the local kiosk and i guess i haven't been the only one XD that's why i think that this world map is a super fun idea.

you also have the possibility to scratch some of the worlds greatest sights at the bottom left of the world map.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

SHOOTING: sports apparel from ppz.com & H&M in the black forest.

[en] hi peeps! the depicted natural gem is only 20 minutes away from my flat. it's a beauty spot which lets me get away from it all for a little while.
it's perfect for a little walk but also to collect mushrooms and chestnuts in fall and wood garlic in spring.

the area shown on the photographs in todays post belongs to the hunting lodge forest and is located between baden-baden and sinzheim.

i really feel privileged to live near an UNESCO biosphere reserve – not least because i live in a region where others take a staycation.

do you live nearby a national park or a natural beauty spot which helps you to take some time out?

photography: dahi k.
location: jagdhäuser wald, baden-baden.

Monday, 2 October 2017

SHOOTING: the perfect horse racing look - black broad-brimmed occasion hat & white cocktail dress.

[en] baden-baden can be regarded as the german horse racing metropolis and also in matters of pomp and circumstance it would in no way be inferior to the prestigious couterpart in ascot.
it is needless to say that this social event which peaks within the grand final week at the beginning of september is celebrated in the best way possible. highly rewarded horses and jockeys as well as haute couture hat creations worn by beautiful ladies are in the centre of attention.

many ladies shop their flamboyant hat couture at olivier maugé's flagship store in baden-baden.

it is very likely that i will wear today's outfit at the sales & racing festival which will take place during the 20th and the 22nd of october 2017.

my mum bequeathed me with the broad-brimmed hat i'm wearing in today's post. isn't it a true black beauty? i'm especially in love with the hatband and the decorative ribbon detail made of rich, silky-matt velvet – one of my favourite fabrics!

the white cocktail dress literally was a perfect catch. i have bought it second hand via kleiderkreisel.de – one of my favourite fashion destinations when it comes to sustainable shopping. i especially love the modern interpretation of its halter-neck detail.
i wanted the shoes to be puristic and not too garish and thus combined my black & white combo with a pair of nude coloured high heels.

nevertheless a bright and colourful colour splash oughtn'd be missing and thus i combined my outfit with a red bag in shape of a book.

the races in 2018 are likely to take place in mai, august/september and october.

what do you think about my horse racing look?

model & styling: dahi k.

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76437 rastatt

Saturday, 30 September 2017

SHOOTING: off shoulder shirt, gondolier hat & palazzo pants.

[en] hi peeps! today i've got a new outfit for you – a tribute to past italian summer days. the yellow off-shoulder shirt and the (unbelievably comfy) black and white palazzo pants were both souvenirs from my trip to milan. the hat reminds me of the headgear worn by the gondoliers in the aquatic streets of venice. the photos were shot in the beautiful rose society garden in baden-baden.

generally spoken i'm not a fan of fall but these past days were simply beautiful, with golden leaves all around, loads of sunlight and very mild temperatures.
but nevertheless i love to think back to my italian summer and all the precious memories i was allowed to make.

what's your most beloved experience you were able to make this summer?

model & styling: dahi k.
moltkestraße 3
76530 baden-baden

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

TRAVEL: follow me to milano.

[en] hi peeps! It was on my lifelong travel bucket list to visit milan at least one time in my life. and yes, this year this dream became true (amongst so many others) but we have definitely spent too little time in this beautiful city to discover it entirely ...

in italian the milan cathedral is called duomo di milano. it's located in the eponymous district duomo in the vibrant heart of the city. this district is located in zona 1, where you can find the piazza del duomo, the luxury shopping district via montenapoleone and the parco sempione.
the majority of tourists usually strive through zona 1 and so did we.

while strolling through the district of duomo with its beautiful white cathedral and the galleria vittorio emanuele 2 (where you can also find the worlds first prada store) you can recognize many antique roman architectonic features.

the duomo di milano ranges among the most famous buildings throughout the whole of europe and the world. it's a masterpiece of human skill.
the high crenels nearly dislimned in the glistening sunlight and made this example of extraordinary architectonic work seem much more beautiful and surreal.

again i have been fascinated by the creative power of the human beings once they get to know the greatness and love of god.

i guess i have fallen in love with the beautiful duomo di milano. and yes – i definitely want to see it again!

unfortunately we didn't have the time to go inside the cathedral. that's a pity indeed because anytime i visit a cathedral or church i light a candle and say a prayer.

of course there are also many ways of having some divine (and glamorous) shopping experiences. the italian fashion metropolis houses the worlds first prada store within the beautiful galleria vittorio emanuele 2 and also hosts one of the most prestigious fashion weeks worldwide, featuring designers such as dolce & gabbana.

a stroll through one of the many designer outlets which you can find throughout the whole city was obligatory. we have also visited the beautiful zara store near the duomo di milano and the blue sand and immagine stores which sell italian-designed high quality apparel and accessoires at unbelievably low prices. i have found beautiful ruffled dresses at a cost of 20€ or less!

and you can also find my favourite pâtisserie in milan: ladurée - their saint-honorés and macarons gained world-wide reputation, not just since sofia coppolas masterpiece 'marie antoinette'!

i can't wait for my next visit and a delicious aperitivo with a view to the wonderful duomo di milano.
milan is also only 6h away from baden-baden if you travel by car – a mere stone's throw in my opinion!

milan – oh, what a beauty.

have you ever visited milano? which place is still on your travel bucket list?

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

SHOOTING: statement sleeves & colour blocking.

[en] hi peeps! today i've got a new outfit post for you. the photos were shot in the beautiful goenneranlage in baden-baden, one of my favourite shooting spots in the city. the photos were shot by florian gehrmann from gehrmann portrait-fotografie. i have worn my new midi dress from fashionmia (which i have shown you in my latest wishlist post and my latest new in posting) and my new emerald green croc embossed hand bag from chicuu.
we have found a beautiful ivy-clad wall which contrasts perfectly with the bold colours of todays outfit.

i have also put a video on youtube featuring todays outfit - i'd love to read your opinions in the comment section!

as you already have known i'm not really a fan of autumn and i'm definitely not happy about shorter days and colder temperatures. i also have to deal with seasonal depression during the colder seasons. bright and bold colours have the power to raise my spirits immediately - the more the better.

do you like autumn? do you also have to deal with seasonal depression and what do you do against it?

model & styling: dahi k.

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76530 baden-baden

Sunday, 17 September 2017

NEW IN: mules, statement sleeves, fashletics, MAC, liquid matte lip colour, marble cases & vegan goodies.

[en] ADVERTISEMENT - hi peeps! today i've got another new in post for you – it's been a long time since the last one and in the meantime many new pieces found their way into my wardrobe (and also my kitchen) and i want to introduce them to you now.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

TRAVEL: follow me to cinqueterre - hiking in riomaggiore & monterosso al mare.

[en] hi peeps! seen one, seen all?! … some people argue that all the five villages of the cinqueterre in italy resemble each other, but i definitely do not believe that you can generalize it like that.

'cinqueterre' can be translated into 'five countries' and comprises the villages of monterosso, vernazza, corniglia, manarola and riomaggiore which are all located by the sea. no more than 7000 inhabitants live here.

the cinque terre are not accessible by car, but only by train. of course you could also reach the villages by foot. there's a great variety of beautiful hiking trails throughout the whole of cinqueterre and the surrounding area.
there are hiking routes for absolute beginners and advanced hikers – some do not take more than 40 minutes and on other routes you could spend the whole day.

every village is very scenic and charming. especially vernazza with its beautiful and colourful little houses and the picture perfect yacht harbour is worth a visit and should find its way onto your travel bucket list.
unfortunately we haven't made it there this time, but i'll make good for it in the future.

those who think that the cinqueterre are boring do not seem to be able to appreciate the beauty of this idyllic and peaceful place on earth, its friendly inhabitants and its beautiful flora and fauna.

it's no wonder that the cinque terre also belong to the world cultural heritage. even if the sun isn't shining the five little villages remain beautiful and charming - especially if you wander off the beaten track you can discover many new highlights.

lace dress: H&M (similar hereherehere) | earrings: saint laurent (similar here) |  | scarf: majea (DIRECT LINK) | floppy hat: H&M  (similar here) | marina drawstring tote: michael kors (similar hereherehere) | round sunglasses: ASOS (similar here) | watch: vintage (similar here)

Friday, 1 September 2017

SHOOTING: colourful statement sleeves & sun bonnet.

[en] hi peeps! by and by autumn find its way into the realms of germany and i'm still full of impressions of beautiful italy and its warmth.
i hope that todays outfit post will bring you back the manifold beauty of summer and the feeling of warm rays of sun on your skin.

you might recognize the tunic i'm wearing because i have already mentioned it in my post about the beautiful boutique lo scrigno pisa where i had bought this amazing piece of apparel.

the photos were shot in the grounds of villa rosetta which had been our home during our trip to italy. every time i look at them i can smell the luscious scent of yasmine blossoms again … no, i'm really not fond of autumn. and yes, i must admit that i'm quite sad that summer dwindles and will soon bid goodbye until the following year ...

are you already missing summer? which season is your favourite?

Sunday, 27 August 2017

TRAVEL: hiking at a height of 800 metres in liguria, italy.

[en] hi peeps! standing on one of the highest mountains in liguria, admiring the golden light of a setting sun which left any photo filter unnecessary – this was one of the most extraordinary (and most beautiful) moments of this years roadtrip to italy.

it can also be regarded as a boundary experience.

as long as i can remember i have been suffering from an extreme form of vertigo. thus it wasn't a given that i'd join my girls on this trip, because, after all, it was the goal to hike up to a height of more than 800 metres above sea level – exposure therapy, literally.

of course i didn't want to join my travel mates at first. but they persuaded me, nevertheless, and told me that i might regret my decision at a later time ('the 3 big D's have to stick together – and we're also in need of one last moneglia-selfie!')

i'm glad the girls were able to change my mind.
it was a life-changing experience – and that's in no way exaggerated.

it was a very sponatenous decision to join my travel mates and thus i wasn't very properly dressed for an evening on a mountain top (which can get quite cold, even in summer). i can tell you that my tunic, shorts and leather jacket weren't sufficient and because of that i spent the rest of the night sneezing.

the climb was exhausting, of course, but the sight of the mountains covered in the golden evening sun, accompanied by italian rosé wine and omelettes with parmigano reggiano made up for all preceding exertions.

the bestsellinggerman author hermann scherer says that 'risky' situations unlock a bigger potential for feelings of happiness than so called 'soft targets' or, in other words, targets which you can reach effortlessly.
the experience standing on a mountain varies whether you climbed there yourself or were flown on top by a chooper or the like.

experiences which take a lot of effort offer a greater potential for happiness.

this roadtrip was full of confronting encounters, coping with anxieties of different kinds and deep conversations accompanied by italian wine. you definitely couldn't call this a journey of relaxation, but i don't care.
when i came back i felt more free, open and bold than before.

when I stepped through my front door i realized that i had changed. i realized that i could achieve anything if i only believed in me. i realized that it's worth stepping out of my beloved comfort zone to dare something new (even if some kind of initial help is necessary).

no beach vacation would have had the same effect onto my personality and onto my personal views upon life – but i would enjoy one nevertheless.

the day of our departure i also chose to quit smoking – after 10 very long years. i have tried to quit this bad habit several times before but never succeeded.
and now i can say that i did it, finally!
i'm very proud that i was able to achieve that because it cannot be taken for granted, if you look upon other spheres of my life which bring me to my knees, time and time again.

and now it's your turn: do you remember any occasion which caused you some effort but which also made you very happy in the end?
i'd love to read of your own experiences!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

SHOPPING: lo scrigno pisa.

[en] hi peeps! during our trip to pisa we found a true fashion jewel. a beautifully decorated boutique at the beginning of the city which neighbours on the souvenir market and which would rejoice any boho and hippie heart.

the shop is called lo scrigno pisa and it resembles a long hallway, overflowing with colourful creations with paisley prints and gemstones – the perfect place to find your perfect festival outfit. If i visited a festival i'd definitely wear the tunic i bought there – a light and beautiful piece definitely not sparing with an abundance of all the colours of the rainbow … you could say that it was love at first sight!

lo scrigno pisa also offers a nice selection of accessoires, statement necklaces, bags and much more and its owner is absolutely amicable and has a friendly ear for any customer question.

unfortunately the boutique doesn't have an instagram page but there's a facebook fanpage you can visit.

how do you like lo scrigno pisa? would you stop by and maybe shop your next festival outfit?

lo scrigno pisa
via cammeo carlo salomone 7
56122 pisa

Sunday, 20 August 2017

OUTFIT: i need vitamin sea.

[en] hi peeps! in my last post you had the possibility to follow me to pisa. after our daytrip we took some time to visit marina di pisa, a district of pisa where you can find different hotels, idyllic sandy beaches, rock beaches and of course the endless amplitudes of the deep blue sea.

i love the sea. it gives me an understanding of the infinite vastness of the universe. i love to see the horizon without any land which could destroy it.
it gives me a hazy notion that i'm only a tiny little dot amidst all this infinite vastness, but at the same time i can be a part of it and … it can be a part of me, because it suffuses me.
and that i can broaden my own life. that nothing seems to be impossible. that i can achieve anything i tell myself to do. that it's worth believing in your own dreams.

some months ago i wouldn't have thought that this year i'd finally be able to admire the beauty of the italian sea.

of course i also appreciate the beauty of a mountain panorama, but since i suffer from vertigo, i prefer the vastness of the sea and all the thoughts it awakens in me.

during our visit in pisa it was cloudy and rainy most of the time but as the hours passed on the sky brightened up and in the end we were blessed with beautiful sunshine and hot temperatures and it stayed like that when we headed off to marina di pisa to delight in the beautiful sea.

and what kind of traveller are you: do you prefer mountains or the sea? or do you like both equally?

Friday, 18 August 2017

TRAVEL: follow me to pisa.

[en] hi peeps! during our roadtrip to italy we thought that it would be a nice idea to spend a day in pisa. after all we're not always able to decide to visit a tuscan city because it's only one hour away by car. it was also the first time i have taken my CANON EOS 600D on a day trip and whenever i look at my photographs i can tell that the additional weight was worth it!

we have experienced a lot that day.

for example we were to witness the full range of weather situations you can imagine, like cloudy skies, mild temperatures, towards drizzle and showers of rain right up to summery heat and radiant sunshine which resulted in a nice sunburn on my shoulders since i forgot my suntan spray at home XD

since i'm not able to digest milk products of any kind, we ate 'italian' sushi in the all-you-can-eat restaurant ZEN which was very delicious and which left us full until dinner time. what i didn't like was that the waiters all seemed to be very rushed, but i guess that was simply due to the fact that the opening hour should end half an hour after our arrival.

we shopped our way through a typical italian fruit and vegetable market and i indulged in some delicious courgette flowers.

of course we also visited some of the nice downtown fashion boutiques and in a beautifully decorated fashion jewel called 'lo scrigno pisa' about which i will talk about in a separate post and where i was able to snatch a beautiful and colourful tunic.

we saw floating men in oriental garments – don't laugh at me but i believe that to be totally fascinating and i'm clueless about how the hell this should work!

we haggled at the souvenir market and i bought a pretty black pashmina scarf, christian devotional objects and a pretty crystalline leaning tower.

and, last but not least, an italian guy proposed to me, but unfortunately he wasn't for me … so that's something i'm still not able to cross off my bucket list XD

but what i need to mention is that i thought that the leaning tower of pisa was … more leaning, you know what i mean? it didn't seem 'leaning' enough, that's why its architecture wasn't really able to sweep me off my feet. nevertheless it's fascinating that it has been keeping this shape for so many centuries.

but the other historical buildings were definitely breathtaking, for example those beside the leaning tower. man-made masterpieces indeed.

i have also been fascinated by all the statues which you were able to discover throughout the whole city. all of pisa is redundant of an ancient and eventful culture which can't help impressing you with awe.

the little bit of tuscan nature which we were able to discover there made me very happy, too. i was so much looking forward to seing the cypress trees which are one of tuscanies manifold trademarks.

the city of pisa is a place worth putting onto your travel bucket list.

how about you: have you ever been to pisa?

Saturday, 12 August 2017

TRAVEL: follow me to sestri levante.

[en] hi peeps! Some time ago i have gone on a roadtrip to italy with my friends danielle and dagmar. we spent most of our time in italy in the region of liguria – a divine piece of earth with splendid sandy beaches, sparkling blue sea and picture perfect towns which look very good on each travel pic you take.

in todays post i have picked out my most beautiful impressions from sestri levante, the neighboring village of moneglia where our bed & breakfast villa rosetta was located. paola, the owner of the guesthouse recommended this place and when we arrived there it definitely proved to be a must-visit for anyone travelling in liguria.

paola also suggested us an extraordinary location worth to visit: the vis à vis hotel with its beautiful panorama bar on the 5th floor, offering a phantasmagoric view over the whole of sestri levante and its yacht harbour. the bar is more than suitable for enjoying an 'aperitivo', which traditionally consists of a glass of aperol spritz, rosé wine or other beverages along with little snacks. 
oh, what a dream!

we were lucky because at the time of our visit there was a local fair. pretty stalls offered a lush abundance of flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables and a stall with cute shabby chic furniture and decoration.

i must admit that i liked the picture perfect scenery of sestri levante much better than portofino. it wasn't actually planned by us to visit the latter, but because of a totally bizarre coincidence we had the possibility to visit it anyway.

have you ever been to sestri levante? what would your favourite 'aperitivo' beverage look like?

Friday, 11 August 2017

SHOPPING: my latest fashion favourites from fashionmia.

[en] hi peeps! from my earlier posts you might already have noticed that i like to visit the online shop fashionmia.com because it offers nice apparel at very affordable prices and good quality (check out my latest fashionmia outfit, wishlist and outfit collages).

today i want to show you my two latest fashion finds which will find their way into my wardrobe within the next few days.

i really love the yellow dress with its ruffled statement sleeves and the statement necklace with its pendants in the form of blue coloured leaves. due to the fact that i have already lost 20 pounds of weight (yay to that!) and feel much more comfortable in my own body i also begin to like form-fitting dresses and i believe that this dress has a good chance to become one of my favourite ones, partly because i'm very much into the colour yellow. the vegetative design of the statement necklace reminds me (only to a low percentage but nevertheless) of the art déco epoque.

i can't wait to bring them to life in one of my next shootings! stay tuned for the results!

have you already purchased something at fashionmia.com and what do you think of my latest picks?  

Solid Round Neck Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Midi Bodycon Dress

A Suit Of Leaf Necklace And Earring

[de] hallo meine lieben! durch meine früheren posts habt ihr vielleicht bereits gemerkt, dass ich den onlineshop fashionmia.com ziemlich gerne mag und dort auch regelmäßig shoppen gehe (hier findet ihr mein letztes outfit und outfit collagen, auf deren zusammenstellung ich immernoch sehr stolz bin *-*)

heute möchte ich euch meine letzten zwei fundstücke zeigen, welche auch ganz bald schon bei mir ankommen werden.

sind das gelbe kleid und die blätter kette nicht echte hingucker?! das kleid liebe ich wegen dem schönen, warmen gelb und wegen den gerüschten statement ärmeln. ich habe es aber auch ausgewählt, da ich in der letzten zeit bereits ganze 10 kilo abgenommen habe (und worauf ich auch mehr als stolz bin!) und mich nun auch in etwas figurbetonteren kleidern wohl fühle.

die statement-kette mag ich sehr gerne wegen des vegetativen designs, welches mich ganz, ganz entfernt an die epoche des art deco erinnert – aber wirklich nur ganz leicht! In verbindung mit dem gelben, leicht ins ockerfarbene gehende kleid wird das ein schöner komplementärkontrast – was meint ihr?

ich kann es kaum erwarten beide teile in einem meiner nächsten shootings mit leben zu füllen – freut euch auf die ergebnisse!

habt ihr bereits im onlineshop fashionmia.com eingekauft und was denkt ihr über meine neuesten fundstücke?