Even though the summer heat can really get to me at times, I love to walk around barefoot at home and crank up the AC when necessary. When it’s time for some good old quality time on the patio though, I happily give my mixtapes a listen – once the sun is gone that is!
Here’s my latest baby, chockful of all those gloriously mellow summer tunes. Have a listen! I hope you enjoy your Sunday as you’re reading this, iced coffee in hand, humming along to The Killer’s for starters…. Have a great one
Life doesn’t happen overnight. It sure does happen, but the one we dreamed of, the one we made vision boards of, that one is taking hard work and dedication. And even then it might take a few years or decades to actually happen. Consider yourself lucky when the ones by your side believe in you fiercely…
I recently took the infamous love language test and as it turns out my love language is words of affirmation, I could have sworn it would be touch. It makes sense though, I jump back a little bit when new people go in for a hug right away. The ones who are close and dear to my heart can’t hug me often enough though, but it takes time to get there.
Words of affirmation.
That had to sit for a while. Yes, I took the test twice and it still said that my love language lies in words. Deep within, I am all about words. I love to write, to read, to talk and I am probably the last person around here who enjoys sending and receiving novel-like emails. I am all about that. I need to empower the dearest ones in my life, it’s almost a tick I cannot help myself with. I like to make gifts and of course I like to receive them, too. It’s not the same though.
The most meaningful incidents I can think of off the top of my head were heartfelt words and notes I received unexpectedly. That’s what gets me. It might be because I didn’t grow up with that. I never heard anything close to encouragement. I think within that lies my constant need to spread love too. Hearing words of affirmation still takes me by surprise and shots right to my core. It’s bittersweet.
Recently, within conversation, there was a subtle “I believe in you” thrown at me. It was sincere and heartfelt and totally unexpected. Words of affirmation right there and I teared up. I knew about the support, I felt it. To hear it, is a totally different level though. Try it out some time, it might move mountains…
Even though the last few weeks haven’t been exactly on the pleasant side for me, I did make sure to unwind and enjoy the moments in between. Mostly because it was way too hot to do anything else but also to not go completely insane. It’s the little things, you know? In this case, my five summer favorites
The holy grail of summer face masks
My skin has been acting up like a teenage brat recently, but one thing that ALWAYS helps is Lush’s Love Lettuce Face Mask. I just got notice that it will soon be discontinued. Why, Lush, oh why?!?!
It’s the perfect cooling, cleaning and plumping goo and the lavender oil adds to that relaxing feeling as well. I’ll miss you, boo.
The Best Chocolate summer treat
If you are Austrian, you surely know Brickerl. It’s that perfect little chocolate popsicle that comes in handy when I crave dessert/chocolate/a little cooling from the inside or all of it at once. Needless to say, I stocked up quite impressively this summer :)
The All-in-One Summer Body Oil
I hate to moisturize when the temps rise up to 35 C and higher, but I also feel like my skin needs some kind of skincare and care in all that heat and humidty. This is where Nuxe Body Oil with Water Flowers SPF 30 comes in. Slathered on right after my morning shower, my skin drinks it up in seconds. I don’t need any other scent since Nuxe oozes summer with its divine smell, and the SPF 30 makes sure I am protected at least until it’s time for the next shower.
The best summer shower buddy
When a shower gel is called Lebenslust or Lust for Life and contains matcha tea and goji berries, you know that it’s a winner. I love Tetesept products for their natural ingredients and incredible smells and this one must be my absolute favorite right now. Morning or night, I love that refreshing kick it gives me!
The Most Kick-ass summer Read
You already know how much I love Monika Kanokova’s career guides, don’t you? With her latest gem called Work Trips + Road Trips, she really hit it out of the park. I’m currently working on a little overview/review for next week and can’t wait for you to read it too. There might be a little giveaway included as well (hint, hint!).
What are your summer favorites so far? Spill the beans below!
To call it writer’s block wouldn’t do it justice. I could also blame it on the gnarly migraines happening weekly, the never-ending problems with furniture deliveries or the horrendous heat that’s been reigning over Vienna the last few weeks. Whatever I call it, however I split the blame on different problems for not blogging, it doesn’t change the fact that I neglected this treasured space of mine for far too long. And a treasured space it is. I love it. I missed it. But truth to be told, I was also extremely frustrated with everything.
It doesn’t matter if I was thinking about it every single day, if I made sure to stay on top of my Bloglovin’ feed (under 20 unread posts, otherwise it doesn’t count for me), and updated every single plugin to keep the baby running in the background at least. That’s not what you see when you click the website. I didn’t keep up the momentum I had in February, when I was blogging every single day and switched blog hosts as well and doing a million different things at the same time successfully. It was fun, I got a lot of work done but an unhealthy level of inertia crept up on me and got the best of me. I spread myself too thin and think this is where my severe migraines are coming from lately. I always want to do it all and I want it to be perfect but done is better than perfect and when I want to share with you, I should. Just like that! It is what it is!
I also decided to stop the comparison game once and for all. I will not look at other bloggers anymore, block haters without second-guessing myself and just stop wrangling my brain all the time that put even more worries on my never-ending worry-pile. This is my space, this is me and you are more than welcome to read, share, chime in, help, suggest, love and laugh over here! Everything else is a waste of time, lost energy and way too much bullsh*t that’s really not needed on top of the other hate online, or is it?!
We are excited to be back*. Spunkyrella and me, that is
It’s been a minute or two or, well, a whole month. I know, I know, but what can I say? Life happened? That’s so cliché, right?! In this case it’s true. Between dealing with impossible furniture shops, finding and fighting a wasp colony next to my patio (not-so-funny side note: I am allergic to wasp stings), and the worst migraines out of the blue, the time left was spent sleeping or relaxing if possible. I am glad a new month came along and better news for once!
Here’s what else is going on right now…
The New Bedroom that almost never happened
I finally FINALLY found a great bed after a legit order nightmare with my first choice (they sent the wrong one twice and it wasn’t great quality either). This week, I finally found a shop here in Vienna where you can actually order your bed exactly like you want it to look. From the frame to the headboard and the shape of its feet… It’s a dream come true, that’s for sure!
I have to wait until early August, since it’s custom-made but I am really happy and can’t wait to take you with me when I am assembling that baby.
Behind The scenes
It was quiet over here on Spunkyrella and besides me taking some time off, I’m also working on a few changes and tweaks here and there with my girl Meg (never change a winning team!). So stay tuned! Also, I tackled my taxes and looking back, it wasn’t that big ordeal that I thought it would be. Sometimes those impossible tasks really are just impossible in our head, right?!
Summer in Vienna
For the last few years, I haven’t enjoyed the summer months as much as I should have. The heat and humidity really got to me, but this year seems different! Spending your summer in Vienna sure has its perks and a lot to offer like open-air movie screenings, lots of free festivals and dining al fresco of course. And don’t forget the amazing brunch spots in the city! So, I am spending my summer in the city and decided to postpone any possible vacation plans to later this year to focus on living more and planning less for once. Also, one year in, I really get to enjoy my new place, the patio – at least when it’s not home to the wasp colony, and the fact that I finally get to decorate it and order furniture. Yay, me!
Speaking of new furniture. That nice little shot above is coming straight from my new coffee table to your screen. I didn’t have one for 9 (!) years since I could never find one I liked until an unexpected little flash sale that made yours truly VERY happy