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Art and it’s emotional value

I stumbled across this TED Talk held by Nora Atkinson, Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Since I studied Art History in my BA, I’m somehow still connected to art and try to keep me updated on the scene. Which actually is super hard since the art world has become so global and therefore huge. Atkinson presents pieces of art in her talk which have been created for or during the Burning Man festivals throughout the years. I actually only knew Burning Man from several Instagram accounts, seeing people heading out into the desert for a few days. That this actually is an event of community and art has come to me a little later. At Burning Man a temporary city is erected in the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada. Primarily you will find large scale interactive installation art here. The event is based on a few principals such as radical inclusion, gifting, leaving no trace and participation (just to name a few from a list). Don’t worry, this isn’t going to …

Personal Issue: Why we always want more but always have less time | Warum wir immer mehr wollen, aber immer weniger Zeit haben

I think we live in a society, where everyone quickly becomes unsatisfied. Maybe some have noticed, others not. Sometime ago I stumbled upon an article published by Die Zeit (a German newspaper). The article focuses on the dissatisfaction in our society and why the happiness level is exploited at a certain point. But where does this dissatisfaction come from? Do we have the right to be that unsatisfied? For me personally I always noticed my dissatisfaction when I want something. And I’m not talking about new clothes, pillow covers or scented candles. Material things are not what I’m talking about. It’s much more about performance, development and accomplishments. I will give you a current, very banal example: I’m currently trying to learn a certain Yoga pose but am still failing. Nothing big but I’m unsatisfied with my output. And this isn’t the first time that I’m unsatisfied with my athleticism. As soon as something doesn’t work out as I thought it would, I feel unhappy. Nevertheless I believe in myself and that I will achieve …

Personal Issue: Entscheidungen treffen

Tagtäglich werden wir damit konfrontiert Entscheidungen zu treffen. Dabei variiert die Wichtigkeit und Dringlichkeit der Entscheidungen. Sei es die Wahl beim Shampoo oder welchen beruflichen Weg man zukünftig verfolgen will; eine Entscheidung muss stets getroffen werden. Und oft fällt es uns schwer, eine zu treffen. Einer Studie zu Folge fällen wir rund 20.000 Entscheidungen täglich, oft unbewusst und blitzschnell. Noch nie konnten wir so viel entscheiden wie heute. Und oft wirkt dies wie die große Freiheit, jedoch macht uns diese Vielfalt das Leben deutlich schwerer, als eigentlich leichter. Steht man zum Beispiel im Supermarkt und möchte ein Pesto für seine Nudeln kaufen, muss man sich erstmal durch das riesige Sortiment kämpfen. Und dies gilt auch für unzählige andere Lebensmittel. Während meinem Aufenthalt in New York habe ich die erste Zeit lange im Supermarkt verbracht. Natürlich ist man nicht so vertraut mit den Produkten wie in der eigenen Heimat, aber gefühlt gab es hier noch mehr Produkte, mit noch mehr Unterschieden, Versprechungen, Vor- und Nachteilen. Ich wollte etwas gesundes und halbwegs günstiges kaufen, eine Entscheidung für …

Personal Issue: What makes Christmas so special to me?

It’s the season to be jolly and bright. Nevertheless I have been thinking about these festive days and what makes them so special to me. Because way to often we forget how special these days are and why we actually like to celebrate them. Christmas is a Christian feast on which they celebrate the birth of Jesus on the 25th of December. On the evening of the 24th the people start to celebrate with dinners, worship services and exchanging gifts. It’s a tradition which has become far more commercial and is not only celebrated by Christians anymore. I for myself have no religion. My parents have been baptized as Christian and evangelist but decided to let us decide for ourselves if we want to enter a church or follow a certain confession. I never felt really secure with either of them which is why I decided not to be baptized. But this is another topic I don’t want to illustrate now. My dad worked for the German military and we had to move cities quite …

Blogger Xmas Photoshoot

Working with the squad from COTY is just always a joy. The last two years we have been a part of this amazing team (find a list with at the end of this post with the past events) and just loved all their events, surprises and cooperation offers. So, before telling you a little more about yesterdays event, I would like to take the chance and say thank you! The last two years the Christmas events have been held in Hamburg, which always brought me back to this lovely town. A town I somehow call home too since my Mum was born here. However this time they chose Berlin as their city, which also made me really happy and excited. Yesterday a bunch of bloggers and influencers headed to Delight Rental Studios in Berlin in order to spend a fun day together. The theme of this years event was “GOLD” and the main part was a photoshoot with tow different styles, in two different settings. My first look for the Bruno Banani section was the …

Lunch in Potsdam: Restaurant Urwaldblick

Since the 1st of December we have a new lunch spot in Potsdam. The Biosphäre Potsdam, whom we have already worked together for a C&A collaboration, is now offering a new lunch menu served at their Restaurant Urwaldblick. The benefits of this? You can now also enjoy a delicious dish here without having to buy a day ticket for the whole complex. Meaning, you can just come and enjoy a good lunch. The restaurant serves international and seasonal dishes, which can be enjoyed under the palms trees of the venue. The restaurant is located on the second floor of the tropical complex and offers an in- and outdoor terrace plus an air-conditioned indoor area. Luckily we had the chance to try their new concept and menu on the opening day. They offer a weekly changing lunch menu as well as a fixed one. On that day we all went for something from their lunch menu and were really happy with the outcome. Along the main dish we had a seasonal soup. I tried the halloumi …

December Inspiration

Christmas is coming closer and our schedules just seem to overflow with appointments. Here a Christmas party, there a brunch with friends and then another work deadline. When the year is coming to an end, we are just overloaded with things. Buying presents and setting up the holiday plan has to be squeezed in between all those dates. Nevertheless we want to share our December inspiration with you. Even though the month is already running to its fullest. White combined with silver or gold details are really high on our list. Letting it be our decoration at home or what we wear to the appreciate occasion. Even the Christmas wrapping can get a little glittery touch. Just because it looks more exquisit and wrapping presents in such delicate paper makes everything more bright.

Personal Issue: About being a university student and why it doesn’t fulfill me

Today I want to open up to you about a topic which has been on my mind for quite some time. And yes, the title already spoils it all. In 2012 I started to study Art History and Theatre science at the Freie Universität Berlin. Directly after finishing school I became a university student. My start wasn’t that great since just five days after the semester officially started I lost my father (you can read about this here). But maybe I have to go back a little further so you can understand why I started studying these topics. During my last school year I decided that I would like to become a dancer and go to a school where I could be trained professionally. Due to all my studying for the final school exams I didn’t have enough time to train as you need to in order to get a spot at those institutions. Which is why I decided I would train for one year everyday and apply for the dancer program during the next …

Staying in Leipzig: Downtown Apartments Leipzig

When traveling to different cities we have experienced that renting an apartment can be a quite good alternativ to a normal hotel. Which is why there have been plopping up so many new renting concepts around various cities. About a week and a half ago, a friend and I took the chance and headed to Leipzig. All planed as a surprise for another friend who just finished her final university examination in order to become a dentist. We wanted to surprise her and come to her graduation ball without letting her know. A few weeks before we browsed through the internet and my friend spotted the apartments called Downton Apartments Leipzig. The pictures got us instantly and we made a reservation with Rebekka, the owner of the apartments. Our first call was easy-going and she already seemed to be a welcoming person. The day we arrived, Rebekka was there to welcome us and give us an exclusive insight to the apartment complex. It was so nice to meet her in person and get to know …

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 …