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Personal Issue: Why Dogs are really better than Humans

I‘ve always been a dog lover, my whole childhood I wanted to have a furry friend and they day my parents got a golden retriever was probably one of the happiest in my life. But why are people so fond of dogs anyway?

Now, that I’m living in the centre of Berlin, I can understand that some people don’t like dogs. When they’re ill-bred and do what they want, people are scared or annoyed rather than pleased by them. Nevertheless, there is so much that humans don’t see and with that, so many issues that we create with wrong body language or handling of dogs.

Through my mom, who is an even bigger dog lover than I am and has educated herself a lot when it comes to dog education, I learned that dogs don’t like it when you lean over them, that you should always keep 5 core orders that a dog knows and that they calm dog when you touch their chests. There are million more interesting tricks and hacks, also specific for different races. So many people select their dogs because of their looks rather than their characters or fit to the person’s lifestyle!

Altogether, I think a dog is the best friend one can have. They are always loyal, they love you no matter what and most importantly, they mirror your behavior. A dog is pure therapy.
Nevertheless, we should not only see dogs as companions but as characters, who need to be guided and protected by us.

L.O.V. Cosmetics







At the Edition F Female Future event we first came across the new cosmetics line L.O.V. – we got a lovely goody bag with some really nice nail polish colors and make-up products. After testing the products we can only say, that we’re fans already!

We didn’t know about this new cosmetic line before since, like most of us, already have our make-up products we love and keep. But sometimes it’s nice to get to know a new one.

The design of the products is really clear and minimalistic but visually they are a sensation. Blending in to every bathroom collection or dressing table decoration.

Stripes for fall




These pictures can’t hide it anymore: Autumn is here. But it can be such a beautiful season with all those colored leaves, long walks through the park, cuddly scarfs and a cinnamon spiced coffee. What do you like to do during some sunny Autumn days?

We also took the chance to snap some outfit pictures. Next week university life starts for me again and I’m actually not that motivated to go back to the classes. Somehow I love to work for new projects and enjoy some free time on the weekend, not thinking about reading texts and writing essays. But I’m looking forward to see all my study mates again and chat to them. It’s always fun to hear and see what they have been up to during our “free” time. Summer so over so fast and it seem surreal to be back to kind-off normal daily business soon.

Coat – Zara
Off-shoulder shirt – H&M
Skirt – Zara
Sneakers – Adidas Stan Smith

Personal Issue: About feeling helpless

From time to time we all feel a little vulnerable and helpless. Some of us more often than others but mostly we can recover and build new strength. But we all probably know what its like to feel helpless. And I not only mean feeling helpless for ourselves but especially for others. So, I came to ask the question: why do we sometimes feel so helpless? What are these situations and is it possible to overcome them?

I never thought that I would be picking up this kind off topic in a blog post but lately I figured it would be a good platform to talk about it. In my environment I have discovered a high rate of people facing eating disorders. I think this stems from the fact that I constantly work with girls from the age 13 to 18 and I have watched some of them grow up. From being a kid to becoming a teenager, struggling with various life issues. We have all been through this age or a currently still facing the last years of it. Some get through it easily and some are overstrained with the situation. And yes, puberty is a horrible time.

My puberty was pretty easy I would guess. When I ask my Mum today she says there were no extremes. Of course we had our fights, which we still have sometimes today. And the question of “How long can I go out tonight?” was of course a normal one during this time. But there are also other people, facing major problems and fighting self-doubt, depression, body problems, doubt and uncertainty. And those, who I talked to, never want to go back to the age of 15/16.

And for myself, I also never want to be 16 or even 19 again. Not because I didn’t like the time, it was still a great time with amazing friends; school was annoying everyone but we had a good time going to cafés, the lake and home parties. But today I feel so much comfortable and much more satisfied with me. I like the fact that time has shaped my self-confidence and expended my horizon.

And you actually start to think that you don’t have to feel helpless anymore. But than there are these situations that are just uncontrollable. Which is the case when it comes to friends and  problems that are not solvable instantly.

So, why am I opening up about eating disorders? First of all: I’m not facing any eating disorder problems myself. Of course I try to eat healthy and don’t overdose certain products but if I want to eat something special, I will eat it. If you came here to read about my possible health problems, than I have to disappoint you. This entry is about how I came across this topic and why I just felt so helpless when this situation popped up in my life.

During school I knew two girls who were facing problems with eating. Back then we were little informed about the whole topic. In our LER class (a class focusing on life, ethic and religion) we had a small segment informing us about various eating disorders. But, who really thinks about this topic more closely when being in school and fighting your own puberty problems? I never talked to these two girls and today I feel absolutely devastated that I didn’t do it.

Lately, eating disorders have appeared more often in my surrounding and therefore I figured that its time to learn more about it in order to take action according to the problem. But where do you start?

I tried to look up locations in Potsdam where you could actually go to and be directly informed about the topic. I feel that there is a flood of information on the internet but reading it all dose’t help me. I want to learn more about those eating disorders, what are possible triggers, how do I bring up the topic when I feel that someone is struggling an eating disorder and what should I actually give her or him as an advice? Questions over questions and somehow dissatisfying answers.

My next step took me to the library. As a student I luckily am able to lend books from all the university libraries and have discovered some books worth reading. Of course there are various books and I just couldn’t look up all of them but a handful already gives a good insight to the topic. Furthermore you can find good articles on the internet by using the Google Scholar search.

So, after being helpless in this situation (a few times actually) I decided to change this fact and get informed, take action and don’t just let the person alone with the problem. Of course we always have to face situations were we are helpless but if we have been in such a state once, we want to overcome it and never go back to it. I saw too many girls already suffering eating disorders and I can’t stand there anymore, letting this all just happen. We all can’t just be or become therapists but we can try to be more aware of certain topics.
I won’t be able to change anything directly and easily but at least I have decided to try and be a possible contact person.

Female Future Force









Last week Thursday we had the chance to attend the Female Future Force event hosted by the magazine Edition F. The theme of the event was “Life-Changing-Moments” and five women were invited as speakers throughout the evening.

The location of the event was the STATION at Luckenwalder Str., in the heart of Berlin. We got there a little after half past 8 and a big queue had already formed in front of the main entrance.  The the big space inside was needed: around 800 people, mainly women, attended the event on this evening. The first hour before the speakers took the stage was a little hectic and crazy.

Rosen Garden Berlin was responsible for the catering on this evening and did a great job with their team. We enjoyed some delicious creams with fresh bread, Mexican wraps, shrimps and dumplings as well as fresh fruits and banana bread.

The drinks were supplied by Russian Standard, Weingut Diehl and Vöslauer. We especially fell in love with the rosé wine by Weingut Diehl but also Russian Standard offered some delicious cocktails.

After the first big rush everyone settled around the little stage, where the presentation were taking place. The introduction was a little long in our opinion because the most interesting part were the presentations of the five women, especially invited for this evening. Those were Anita Tillmann, Kübra Gümüşay, Milena Glimbovski, Laura Seiler and Jenna Behrends.

 

Louis Vuitton Time Capsule Exhibition








Louis Vuitton is a company with a far-reaching tradition and history. That is why the Time Capsule Exhibition in Berlin is thematizing LV’s heritage in a modern way and looks back at the 160 years history of the company.

The exhibition takes place at the Französisches Palais Unter den Linden. You’ll be guided through an spacecraft like interior, in which a path leads you from the beginnings of the wardrobe trunk to the different designer collaborations LV fostered throughout the years. If you still want to visit the exhibition you got be quick, its ending on the 8th of October.

Französisches Palais
Unter den Linden 40
10117 Berlin

 

October Inspiration










Autumn is one of the seasons we really love. The light (when the weather allows it) is so magical when the sun goes down, the leaves are beautifully colored and cuddling up on the sofa becomes casual. Oh and don’t forget the hot chocolate here. Plus, Halloween is coming our way. Excitement level? High!

And we guess no other month than October represents autumn so accurate. We therefore have put together a little inspiration post for you, featuring our favorite pieces and states for this month. The weather is changing daily, the spices of our food gets a make-over (craving for that pumpkin-ginger soup) and our wardrobe becomes more comfortable.

Long Time No See

It’s been quite a while since we managed to take some streetstyle photos together. So last night, we took the opportunity when Vanessa picked me up from work for a girls night! We first headed for the Louis Vuitton Time Capsule Exhibition at Unter den Linden, before making our way to the Edition F Female Future Event later that night.

The outfit is already pretty autumn-like, since weather leaves us no choice at the moment. Summer has gone by so quickly! Right now, I’m really into comfy boots and office blouses. Any suggestions where to find nice ones online?

Coat – Zara
Blouse – Zara
Jeans – Noisy May
Boots – Clarks

Wild Garden





Who hasn’t been in this situation yet? There are some people in life who are really special to us and who have been through various ups and downs with us. Friends who are so special that we can’t live without them and need their guidance in every situation. Letting this be a normal one like choosing the right pair of jeans or taking care of our broken heart. A best friend is a person in your life who just excepts you the way you are and never lets you down.

And than, there comes this situation when you urgently feel the need to thank this person. And this, is really important! Even though the other person dosen’t expects to get a thank you, it is necessary to do it anyway.

The team behind Wild Garden has therefore come up with an idea to say thank you to your bestie. They have created a fragrance line consisting three different kinds off scents. This gives you a good variety to choose from. The three are: Pretty&Wild, Sweet&Naughty and Pure&Fabulous (which you can see in these pictures).

The cute design of the packaging just makes the perfect gift appearance and is a good alternativ to some real flowers.

Along with the Eau de Parfum you can also buy a body lotion, some body mist and a candle for each scent. Either you just go for one piece or buy the whole set for your best friend (who is totally worth the whole set in our opinion).

In Germany you can buy the products at the local drugstore DM.

In cooperation with Wild Garden