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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 white, short sequin dress you can spot in one of these pictures. Next to me in that picture you can see the lovely Silky from Sedoso. This photoshoot was a fully body shot and I was happy to twirl around in-between those huge golden flowers.
For my second look I had to change into something more dramatic. The theme: becoming a bond girl. This time they focused on portraits and I had a lot of fun with those curls and the dark lipstick. It’s something I never wear but sometimes it’s nice to change into a little vamp (instantly had a 70s party chick / 20s actresses vibe).

Besides the great sets and they stunning styling we were spoiled with some delicious food and drinks – as always! Even the pulled goos burger was dusted with edible gold – they really took the theme to a next level.

Once again it was a lovely day with all those interesting talks and activities. And I truly can’t wait to see the official pictures of the photoshoot. As soon as I get them I will share another post with you.
Thank you to the whole COTY and  Headspace PR team for letting us feel like little stars and, which is why I love these events the most, for getting us into the Christmas mood!

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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 bagel burger but in the pictures you can also see one of the noodle dishes and a salmon meal with cauliflower and yam mash.

If you are looking for an unusual dining location in Potsdam; this is it. The food was really good and the atmosphere cozy. I would warmly recommended it to a group of three to five people because it’s so nice to sit there and chat along as we did the other day.

Price $$$$$ // Service ☆☆☆☆☆ // Location ☆☆☆☆☆ // Taste ☆☆☆☆☆

 Restaurant Urwaldblick
@Biosphäre Potsdam
Georg-Hermann-Allee 99
14469 Potsdam

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Breakfast in Leipzig: Café Luise

During my short trip to Leipzig we had breakfast at Café Luise, a spacious spot offering breakfast, lunch, cake and dinner. You see, an all-rounder.

We came here on a Saturday morning and had made a reservation beforehand since we were seven people in total and it wouldn’t have been easy to get a table for that amount of people. If you just want to drop in alone or with a friend you shouldn’t have a problem to get a table with a little wait. It wasn’t full that morning.

All of us ordered different dishes. I wasn’t that hungry and decided to just go for some scrambled eggs and a roll. Others decided to try the English breakfast, pancakes or a Swedish breakfast mainly serving fish.

Since I jus opt for this simple dish I can’t give you such a detailed insight to their breakfast. It was good but not overwhelming. The other dishes looked good but nothing we haven’t seen already. I somehow missed the little twist and felt everything was a little “dusty”. The food composition as well as the interior. Maybe their weekly changing lunch menu is more worth a try than their breakfast.

Nevertheless the Café is located in the heart of Leipzig and easy to reach, which makes it a good spot to quickly drop into.

Price $$$$$ // Service ☆☆☆☆☆ // Location ☆☆☆☆☆ // Taste ☆☆☆☆☆

Café Luise
Bosestr. 4
04109 Leipzig

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 year. But, as I always want to have something up one’s sleeve, I figured it would be good to start studying something “normal” besides training. Also because I think it is good to challenge our brains with academical knowledge. Just in order to keep going and learn.

Since I didn’t really think that I would finish those studies at all, I picked courses I felt the most attracted to. Not those where you would earn the most money with in the end. As my father died though, I decided to stay in Potsdam to be there for my Mum and to heal my broken heart. I was simply not able to leave out of shock, grief and love. I became addicted to training still but throw my dream to become a dancer away.

After my first year I changed my second course from Theatre Science to History, which is why I had to study one year longer in order to get all my credits. I probably could have finished by BA studies more quickly but I kept dancing and working at the studio as my first priority. But studying never fulfilled me. Which is also probably why I didn’t see the need to rush through it. In 2016 I finished by BA thesis and it was a hard decision for me to consider a Master study.

Luckily the Freie Universität offers a Master program called Dance Science. During my one year theatre studies I already knew about this program. And since it was my biggest dream to still have something with dance in my CV, I decided I would give this a chance. So, directly after finishing my BA I took up my MA.

I want to be honest with you, I like the studies and the fields we examine. But I’m simply not a scholar and I never want to become one. The professors way to often think that everyone will start working scientifically and become a PhD student after finishing the Master thesis. Which simply isn’t the case and I really beg all those professors out there to accept this.

So, why am I still studying? Actually being a student offers a lot of advantages and it is nice to still feel a little light-hearted at some point. But since a few months I have shifted my priorities and studying has become not one of them anymore. I will finish my MA but I will take the time I need and just give the time I have spare to take courses. I still love challenging my brain and learn new things about the field of dance. And, all the people I have met during my studies have become dear friends to me. I think they are my greatest accomplishment during my studies (which is why I decided to use images from those people as the header of this post; they truly shaped me).

Picking up new projects and put them into practice really fulfills me. I totally love working practical and sometimes feel that a dual training would have been more my cup of tea. But I was scared to leave the academical path. Until now. Now I’m more mature and grown-up about this topic and how I feel about it. And I can easily tell everyone that studying is not my priority, never has been and never will be.

It simply isn’t everything to become a student no matter what people tell you. It is important to follow something you really want and not keep back with it like I did for far too long. Of course I’m more than happy that I have this BA graduation now. And yes, it is good to learn and we can’t just go out there and believe that we can change something without getting our butts up. But we don’t need unhappy doctors, teachers, scholars and so on. Just don’t lie to yourself because you think the title will bring you the most money in the end.

I believe, if your are not happy in your work field, you won’t be able to do a good job. I think we work more efficient and hard if we can identify with what we do. Of course, this is a dream set-up. But how can we get there, if we don’t start to be honest with ourselves?

You probably ask yourself now: why didn’t she go for her dream of becoming a dancer? A good question I’m only able to answer since a year and a half. It took me quite some time to let go of this dream but today, I’m really happy that I didn’t go this way. Studying has also changed my point of view and I feel very lucky for everything that has happened. Even the worst situations showed new things to me and I know, that just dancing wouldn’t make me happy either.

And, after all, I didn’t lose during my studies. I gained new knowledge and the most amazing bunch of friends. Thank you for being there for me and being the most amazing people around!

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 the details of the project and see how passionate she feels about all the apartments.

Each apartment provides a small kitchen and a bath. The room sizes vary and offer space for one to five people (you can check on their website which apartment offers the right amount of space you are looking for). Also, each apartment is equipped with a personal piece from Rebekka’s own home and therefore makes the rooms even more personal.

If you are looking for a central sleeping place in Leipzig, I can highly recommend the Downtown Apartments Leipzig. We could easily walk into town, the rooms are well isolated and falling asleep was no problem (even with a much frequented street infant of the house). It was an absolute pleasure to stay here and we would always come back.

For more pictures check their Facebook page.

In cooperation with Downtown Apartments Leipzig

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.